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Check out SP's new Blog site: the dailySpark!

Monday, August 18, 2008

In case you haven't heard, SparkPeople has launched a brand new blog-style website called . Instead of adding new blog entries here on my SparkPage, I'll be blogging there from now on, along with our other Coaches and experts!

To learn more about what the dailySpark is all about, check out this article for a full explanation.

Go to anytime to read and comment on the new and interesting posts made daily by all of SparkPeople's experts! There, you can find my bio and blog entries by following this link .

I'll see you at the dailySpark!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LINDAMARIEZ1 6/9/2015 3:37PM

    love the ne additions! We love you! emoticon

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~KINDREDSPIRIT~ 8/8/2014 4:25AM


Thanks for this blog. It looks different from before..

PS: You write, "To learn more about what the dailySpark is all about, check out this article for a full explanation." The URL does not work.

Lastly, thanks for all your articles. I read them a number of years ago and they were the best. I'll go into this area and hopefully see more.

take care

Comment edited on: 8/8/2014 4:28:12 AM

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IMEMINE1 8/22/2013 7:08AM


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VINGRAM 10/17/2012 12:28PM

    Have you stopped blogging? emoticon

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REDROCK25 3/7/2011 10:38AM

    Did you submit the recipe for Thrive Applie Cinnamon Energy Bars?
It doesn't say refrigerate but with cooked Quinoa should I refrigerate them? I was thinking of taking them backpacking but wasn't sure if they need to stay refigerated.

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KAT7457 10/27/2009 2:28PM

    thanks for sharing. hope you feel better soon. many prayers to you.

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SPEACOCK06 7/3/2009 8:31AM

    I too could not comment on the dailysparkblog. But I did want to let u know that I read your article about dealing with your unhappiness. I have a BA in psychology and lived with a sibling with many mental illnesses. I worked in public mental health. And I have suffered depression in my adult life. To me, viewing your current depression as a means to a different future self seems logical. The key now is to find out how to use the feelings of hopelessness and helplessness and lack of interest to bring you to the future self. Of which I'm sure you already know! It reminded me of two things: first when I was in my abnormal psych class, the instructor started the very first class with the question "what is normal?" Leading us to discussion about who says what is normal. For a while I thought I signed up for a philosophy on sociology class! But it did embed certain questions that i still consider. The second thing was when I worked in mental health, we took consumers to a convention with a guest speaker, whose name I cannot remember, who had lived successfully with schizophrenia for his entire adult life. He said he managed to do this by embracing his hallucinations and accepting what his voices told him. He said that he may not necessarily believe what they told him, but that he acknowledged them as the opinions of whichever voice said it. This brought back something from abnormal psych about a group in England that was formed for people with schyzophrenia. The group decided to meet and discuss the validity of their hallucinations, instead of trying to suppress them.
This brings me to the way I handle my own depression attacks. Most people have that little voice in their head that talks to them. My own little problem is my negative self-talk. I often find myself saying "Man you are so stupid" or "You will never amount to anything". So in order to get past it, I have personified it. My negative self-talk has become Eddie. So when it starts, I just say "oh Eddy shut up, you don't know what you are talking about" then I tell myself something positive. Now maybe this sounds like I belong in one of those groups I referred to above! But it has been seeming to help. Sorry the comment was so long, but this is something that is near and dear to me.

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MOVEITGRACE 8/19/2008 5:40PM

    I read your article about behavior modification that was accompanied with the "feedbags" was hilarious! Definitely worth marking as a fave!

Btw, I couldn't mark it as a fave nor could I comment on it, although I did see others comments there. (There were 11 a few minutes ago). I was able to share it. When I tried to make a comment it asked me to log in (I already was). I put my log in info again, and clicked the log in button, but nothing happened.

I had to go out and again and search for it. Searching the site with keyword "feedbags" didn't work. Luckily I had noticed that you wrote the piece before I got out the first time. It was so worth tracking it down.

I'm not telling you all this to complain--just to alert in case there's a site glitch.

You know everyone will not "get it"--but hopefully they'll remember it! Thanks for being risky. Life's more fun that way!

Comment edited on: 8/19/2008 5:39:17 PM

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COLEMANSR 8/18/2008 7:14PM

    Thank you.

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