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Warning, Important Spark change and updates.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

This morning I read some blogs and noticed at the bottom of the blog that there is now a "share" button on their so readers can now post your blog on their facebook wall. I'm very uncomfortable with this, I am very open in my blog about my grief and weight loss and I don't want *strangers* coming in to my page and knowing more about me than many people in my life. I do keep my page "open" on sparkpeople because I have enjoyed the community so much and because when I do write informational blogs about the "choking game" that other people can find it or share it with others; however, if I'm just writing a regular blog I don't want my weight and measurements on somebody's facebook wall or if I'm having an emotional moment, I don't want to have that in cyberspace. In case you don't know, if you post something on facebook and it is shared, even if you delete your original posting, you will not have the power to delete the shared copy(ies) so it will live forever in cyberspace.

Thankfully, there is a solution which was given to me by a fabulous sparkie, you can remove the option to have your blogs shared; all you need to do is:

Go to your SparkPage.
Click to Edit the page.
On the top right Un-check "Show share bar on my blog posts".
Save your changes.

If you don't know about the "choking game", please contact me or visit Thank you all again so much for your support in the Pepsi challenge. We are planning the conference for late spring or early summer and I look so forward to the opportunity to go and all of the wonderful things that will happen because of this very large educational conference. A huge bonus is that I will meet a lot of people that I have bonded with over the almost last 6 years since Adam died. Adam died 6 years ago on Feb 28th.

I'm in the 5% Winter Challenge with the Awesome A Team again and it is going wonderful. It has been a little harder to lose my weight with surgery and being on a knee roller then a boot but last Wednesday, I got to give up my boot and switch to a brace that I could workout in as long as I didn't push it per surgeon. Murphy's Law, I woke up sick the day after I got my boot off. I walked .5 miles my first time on the treadmill and that was too much so I couldn't walk for 2 days then the next time I walked .25 miles and that was too much. I have been walking a couple times a day short distances to build up. I did try one 45 sec interval of running at 4 m.p.h. Yesterday, I walked 1.25 miles in a row and walked between 3.2 and 3.4 m.p.h.

I'm not cleared for lower body work other than walking/running easy but I'm continuing to do my sparkpeople advanced dumbbell workout which I highly recommend if you aren't following a program or want a more challenging workout.

If anyone has some good information about scales I would love input. I'm debating between the Omron full body composition scale which records information for 6 months, the unreleased Fitbit Aria which is a wifi scale and emails you your results and plots it for you and a Withings Wifi scale which interfaces with over 40 different apps to update your results and lets you choose to share your information or not.

I changed my bodybugg program from "losing weight" to "losing weight and building endurance" because I need to eat more food to start marathon training and want to fuel the muscles so I don't lose any muscle but eat health so I lose body fat.

I would appreciate prayers or warm thoughts for my Dad. He is declining and I brought up the subject of me being able to be tested to be a donor now and he didn't turn me down which is huge! He turned my sister down twice immediately which means he realizes he is much worse and his life would be greatly improved by having a kidney transplant. I've read all the risks and I've had a lot of surgeries so I'm a pro with that. I cooked dinner and made the bed the day I came home from my hysterectomy so I know I recover quickly. His two previous big objections have been that the surgery is harder on the donor than the recipient and he doesn't want either of his daughters having to face more surgery and because you usually live 10 years longer with a live donor and he doesn't want to live to be 93, he is okay with being 83 from a donor that has passed though.

I hope you have a fabulous weekend; if you need any support please let me know.

Blessings and Peace,
Amber, Adam's Mommy Forever
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