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Spark withdrawals anyone?

Friday, May 17, 2013

I was sorry to hear about the fire yesterday but relieved to know it wasn't at Spark central.

What kinda of 'health' thoughts passed through your mind when you found out that the SparkPeople server was down?

I have to admit my curiosity was triggered by the responses on Facebook, such as "Oh, good! now I can eat what I want!" and "If I can't track, how will I know what I can eat?"

I'm hoping those comments were intended to be funny. It'd be scary to think they were serious....

I did come to realize, however, how helpful the Spark resources are and how much I'd miss them if they weren't available. I am still amazed that this awesome service and all the helpful tools - not to mention the awesome community of SparkFriends - are available to us without cost!
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Anyway, yesterday was rather bitter sweet. Mostly sweet - in that I was able to get a lot done, especially going through the boxes of papers that I have to sort. It was very therapeutic, healing and eye opening for me.

The bitter was that one of the fish in our big aquarium died. We'd had her (?) for several years - a big fancy tailed Oranda that we named Lucy because of her big red head.

Yeah, she was just a fish . . . but a great source of entertainment.
She had a cavernous mouth that could easily swallow just about anything - including a Corey Catfish . . . cos we had to do surgery to remove the one we found with it's tail sticking out of her mouth one morning last year.

Hope you have a wonderful day! The weekend is almost here!!!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FLORIDASUN 5/19/2013 9:03AM

    I completely missed it. I must have been too busy to get on that particular time. BUT like everyone else I'd be totally LOST with out Spark...not so much for the tracking..anyone can do that with a pencil and paper for criminy sakes...but for all my awesome that would be just TRAGIC!

Sorry about your little Lucky...she was a looker...yes she was and is probably turning heads in 'fish heaven' as we speak! emoticon emoticon

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KLMEIRING 5/19/2013 6:30AM

    So sorry to hear about your fish.


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    I was at work having a quiet evening - kept checking ... checking ... checking ... drat!

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BONNIEMARGAY 5/18/2013 3:26AM

    Oh, Lucy! I'm sorry.

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IMREITE 5/17/2013 9:59PM

    i wasn't freaking out, but i was somewhat obssesive about checking it every 30 minutes to see if the site was back up. i did yard work and when i was done i just wanted to post about my accomplishements. oh well at least all seems well now and we can stop making mistakes.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 5/17/2013 9:55PM

    I was a little surprised last evening when I couldn't log on. The message said the site was experiencing technical issues and to try back.
I did several times, but finally gave up for the night. It was a little strange not logging on.

Sorry about your fish Lucy.

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JEANNE229 5/17/2013 9:13PM


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    It was strange to try to log on and I couldn't! At first I felt befuddled, thinking: what am I supposed to eat today? I took a deep breath and thought about it and, of course, figured out how to do it on my own. SP is a great resource, but we should be learning new habits that we can manage on our own when we need to. It should be a tool rather than a crutch, and we have to take responsibility for ourselves. Surely those people on Facebook were kidding!!!

I love the name Lucy, and the reason you chose that name. I'm sorry you lost her.

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FISHINGLADY66 5/17/2013 5:56PM

    I was so confused and sad when I couldn't get into Spark. I didn't know what had happened. I'm so glad everything is up and running today.

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FELINEBETTER 5/17/2013 4:38PM

    Hi Cat! I was surprised and little lost for a bit! It did not change any of my thoughts or motives though! I feel sorry for those it did!

And speaking of sorry -- I sorry you lost your fish! You can't spend as much time as you do without feeling a loss. I'm sorry.

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PEGGYO 5/17/2013 2:13PM


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MJREIMERS 5/17/2013 12:38PM

    I'll admit that I was a little "upset." I didn't know what to do with myself, but soon figured out that "I would survive." I do like to track my nutrition and exercise everyday and it did feel strange not being able to do it. I didn't change what I ate because of the server being down.

I didn't know why the server was down until now. emoticon for the information.

P.S. Sorry about your Lucy. We had an aquarium, so I understand.

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HANSBRINK 5/17/2013 12:05PM

  No withdrawals. I try to limit the time on Sparkpeople to 1 hour in the morning. Otherwise, to me, it just becomes another form of television.

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MSLZZY 5/17/2013 11:57AM

    I didn't know it was due to a fire. This was the first I heard of that. Going through withdrawal big-time LOL!

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BIGPAWSUP 5/17/2013 11:40AM

    Glad I went to sleep early yesterday! I didn't have to experience the withdrawals! emoticon

I'm sorry to hear about Lucy. It is hard to lose a pet, I don't care what species.

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SUSANNAH31 5/17/2013 11:38AM

    I became aware of just how much I depend on SP to be there any time I want it.

I found myself wondering what had happened - I didn't think to look on Facebook.

And then I thought what a loss it would be if my friends on SP weren't available to me any more.


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SWANATOPIA 5/17/2013 11:20AM

    I think I started shaking at one point from I did see those comments on Facebook and was like, wow, glad I don't think like that way. I wrote my food out with my memorized calories beside them, just as Spark trained me to do ~wink~

Awe, sorry about your fish. I love my fishies and would bawl like a baby if one went silently into the night. I guess because they are so awesome!

Have a great day!

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