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Personal Hot Links? And Linking Vacation Planning to Weight Loss?

Monday, February 18, 2013

Thanks for all the comments on my hot links blog. I'm having to assume that the hot links are coming up just for me (in my blog text, sometimes in the comments too) and that's a bit of a relief: I can ignore them and I am no longer worried that my work is being "co-opted" to pitch product to my Spark Friends! (And yes, I've got firefox and quite a bit of virus protection too on my computer . . . which tends to slow it down . . . but that's OK).

I was reading a short in my March Oprah magazine which indicates that planning a vacation creates 8 weeks of mood elevation linked to anticipation: but the after-effects of a vacation (relaxation etc.) have faded within 2 weeks. Because we get right back to the daily grind. (Which suggests to me that "last minute" and "sell-off" may cost more than we think . . . . in foregone pleasurable planning!).

Interesting implications, too, for dieting and "eternal vigilance". I'm wondering if the same kind of phenomenon is in operation with respect to weight loss/weight loss maintenance, although of course over a much longer time span. It may take months or even years, but we keenly anticipate getting to goal weight, and how our lives are going to be so different etc. etc. once we weigh x and can wear size y. And then, within less than a year, 95% of those who lose weight fail to maintain that weight loss. Because . . . having lost the weight, many of us go right back to "normal" pre-weight-loss eating and pre-weight-loss exercise (or lack thereof), I suppose. The anticipation was more powerful than the reality.

All the more reason for taking it slow, both in vacation planning and in weight loss?

All the more reason for seeking out opportunities while on vacation for deeply transformational change? And ditto, while losing weight?

Other than three-day weekends here and there, I haven't had a recent vacation myself. But I have changed the way I live my winters pretty profoundly, particularly with my cross country skiing. Maybe that's better . . . it's working for me for now, anyhow.

PS

"Lose weight" and "losing weight" were immediately hot linked on my computer to a Dr. Oz website promotiong green coffee bean extract, yup, for weight loss.

PS 2

But this linking is random . . . now the word "job" is hot linked in my Spark Page preamble ("Can you type? Have a computer? Work at home . . . " . . . very very weird. Gonna ignore it!!
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STARDUSTD 2/19/2013 5:30PM

  I love your analogies to weight loss and maintenance. They're so spot on.

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NANCY- 2/19/2013 8:29AM

    Love the way you make me think about stuff. True, anticipation of a positive event is a definite mood booster. Even a day trip can be uplifting. The great news is if we plan we can still be kind to ourselves and keep our healthy ways while having fun.



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KANOE10 2/19/2013 8:04AM

    Good analogy with the travel and weight loss. You are right about the 95 percent who gain it back within a year. It would be wise to learn how to maintain and develop healthy patterns while losing.

Sorry you are getting all of those popups.


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PHEBESS 2/19/2013 3:41AM

    totally agree with the anticipation and pre-relaxation of planning - i love researching and planning a vacation. although i also like not planning and just going, too.

and yeah, the hotlink thing is bizarre - i'd complain to the helpdesk!

sorry about no caps, on pain meds post minor surgery and too groggy to capitalize, lol!

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_LINDA 2/19/2013 12:59AM

    This isn't normal Ellen, I have heard of no one else with this hot link problem. I think you should go on the tech help page and complain about it. Maybe Sparks need to be aware they have some kind of weird security leak and also, maybe you might find others having the same difficulty and who have found a solution..
I actually never give much thought to planning for a vacation. The one I took to Hawaii was a sort of last minute thing, and that was my first vacation in eight years. When I used to go to bridge tournaments, there wasn't much planning, fixed dates, fixed cities, knowing what I was going to be doing and where I was staying, so no real excitement.
I too have to do something with my long, cold, dark winters because I become a virtual shut in for lack of transportation, but also because a lot of our volunteers at the club go south for the winter leaving very few of us holding the bag. Out of six directors on our board, only one is staying here for the winter, very frustrating dealing with that. I think snowshoeing is the thing I can try. But I do enjoy my indoor workouts, but need some fresh air. Although our bitterly cold winter hasn't been good for much outdoor activity this year. Back down to -28 again tonight, is spring anywhere near us??
Here is to seeking out new ways to keep our maintenance fun and exciting and ever vigilent!!

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CARRAND 2/18/2013 5:33PM

    I get adds on Facebook all the time for thinning hair. Can they see me? It really spooks me out.

I think slow weight loss is the best in many ways. We anticipate all kinds of good things from losing weight, but aside from the health benefits, how does our life really change. My marriage hasn't changed. My kids haven't changed. I retired from work, but that wasn't because I lost weight. I wear smaller clothes now, and I spend more time at the gym - both of those changes were gradual as I lost pounds and as I worked to maintain my loss. I think if we expect too much from losing weight (or going on vacation) we will just be disappointed.

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MEADSBAY 2/18/2013 5:20PM

    That must be annoying but I can't see any of them.

When I was still teaching and we started taking a Caribbean vacation every spring I would do whatever the latest fad diet was and lose 10-15-20 lbs between Jan and April- adding to the fun and anticipation.
Of course, then I'd gain it all back PLUS MORE until the next January.
That is why I say I dieted my way up to nearly 200 lbs.
And so it goes...
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TRAVELGRRL 2/18/2013 1:38PM

    I love to travel and keenly anticipate it; but I also keenly anticipate getting home. My husband and I call it "SANCTUARY", and it really is for us!

Those hot links are strange. I never see them in your blog but see them in the Sparkrecipes.

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KALIGIRL 2/18/2013 1:16PM

    Expectations are wonderful things - maybe why in meditation we accept and let it go?
Glad your hot 'link' problem is no longer making you emoticon

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CRYSTALJEM 2/18/2013 1:01PM

    Anticipation vs reality - never thought about it that way but it makes sense. Sort of ties into it being the journey and not the destination too. Much food for thought here.

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ADVENTURESEEKER 2/18/2013 11:50AM

    I like how you linked the ideas of anticipating travel to anticipating being at goal. Thanks for sharing!

PS- I get non of the hot links you talk about, and I don't get any pop-ups, either. Got them blocked!

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SLENDERELLA61 2/18/2013 10:47AM

    Glad your skiing and long week ends are working for you now. Man, too bad I no longer like to travel. As a kid and young adult it was my favorite thing. For at least the last 10 years, though, I have spent time dreading "vacation" instead of positive anticipation. I don't like to fly and I don't like to drive or ride, but I do it when I need to. I never look forward to it, though. Guess I'm just cheating myself by being weird. Thanks for making me think about this issue. I need an attitude adjustment. I'll work on it. Promise.

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CYWSMILEY 2/18/2013 9:51AM

    Great information. Thank you.

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