OLIVE_LOAF's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=OLIVE%5FLOAF OLIVE_LOAF's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Doctors are frustrating, to say the least http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455612 I'm back from vacation and I'll be resuming the 100 days of weight loss soon but today I need to vent. I had a doctor's appointment today. After the slew of tests that ran the gamut, the diagnosis is that I'm fat and lazy. There's nothing wrong with me, except I need to get off my ass and stop eating, fat fatty. She's referring me to a sleep specialist to see about possible narcolepsy (???). She was CERTAIN I had sleep apnea but that test showed nothing. Basically, I'm extremely fatigue... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 00:00:55 EST 100 days of weight loss, Day 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437724 It has been longer than I thought since I did my last "day"! It seems each day blurs into the next and pretty soon "oh my gosh, it's been a few days" turns into 9 days. It seriously feels like only about 4. Part of it was lingering fatigue and headache from being sick - today is the first day I haven't woken up with a headache. Oh well. I'm not going to try to catch up this time but will just pick up and continue where I left off. I'm also going out of town for 10 days on August 1st so ... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 18:59:51 EST 100 days of weight loss, Days 20, 21, 22, 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427771 I've been sick with some sort of summer flu and spent most of the day Thursday and Friday sleeping. I thought I was feeling better today but then I decided to go grocery shopping and that didn't go so well. The upside is that the nausea is making me not want to eat, but I would love for the headache to go away. It's going on a straight week. <BR> <BR> I'm going to go ahead and do the days I've missed to get caught up. <BR> <BR> Day 20 says to divide everything I eat in half; either b... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 23:07:39 EST 100 days of weight loss, Day 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423504 Today we are focusing on measuring serving sizes. After measuring for awhile I thought I could tell what the appropriate serving sizes looked like, and I probably did fine for awhile but then they started getting a little bigger and bigger. So I measured the measurable things today and sure enough, the appropriate serving looked smaller than what I've been eating lately. So I'll keep measuring for awhile to keep things in check and then periodically thereafter. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 21:46:59 EST 100 days of weight loss, Day 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422390 Today is about retraining my eating habits. They want me to start leaving small amounts of food on my plate each day to retrain myself from the "clean your plate" idea. I'm not going to do this as a rule because I am often very careful to only take the amount that I can eat. However, i will keep the idea in mind for situations when I have more than I can eat, such as at a restaurant. Just because it's there, doesn't mean I have to eat it. When I become more mindful of my body cues, I can... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 22:18:09 EST 100 days of weight loss, Day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421217 Today is about the idea of wasting food. The key concept to internalize is that eating something to save it from being thrown away is still wasting it. Every time you eat food your body doesn't need, you are wasting it! <BR> <BR> Many of us were raised to clean our plates with the accompanying guilt trip (the starving children!). Now, my biggest problem with throwing food away is the idea that I'm throwing money away. I need to remind myself that the money has already been spent, so wh... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 23:05:36 EST 100 days of weight loss, Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420308 Today is a carry over of the two bite concept with the emphasis on getting your emotional needs met with just two bites. Now, I am very skeptical of allowing myself to benefit emotionally from food at all, even just two bites. I've been using food emotionally for years, practically my whole life. Sure, it's comforting, but just so counter-intuitive to weight loss efforts. Plus, on Day whatever, they said food should only be eaten for fuel and to appreciate flavor. <BR> <BR> In the book... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 23:57:00 EST 100 days of weight loss, Day 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419437 Today is about the first two bites. Have you ever noticed that the first two bites of anything taste the best? As you keep eating the flavor loses that little something that makes you go YUM!! It's true. The moral to that story is if you're craving something, just have two bites. <BR> <BR> My problem is that I often cannot get myself to stop after two bites. It's happened a few times and it felt like such a huge achievement, but most of the time it's like I've been overtaken by someth... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 00:33:46 EST 100 days of weight loss, Day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418331 Today is about eating breakfast every day. One of my earliest memories as a kid is my grandma emphasizing the importance of breakfast. I guess it stuck with me because I've never been a breakfast-skipper. <BR> <BR> For those who need to get in the habit, they recommend splitting your breakfast in half and eating the other half mid-morning. <BR> <BR> To prevent the ravenous hunger by dinner time they also recommend an afternoon snack between 3-4PM, and make it a combo of carbs and protei... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 22:26:32 EST 100 days of weight loss, Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417346 Today is the "I forgot to eat" day. This rarely happens. When I'm extremely busy, I've put it off a bit but it was practically all I could think about so I definitely didn't forget. Today I am to write down the times of day when I plan to eat my meals and snacks and make an effort to eat within 30 minutes of these times. My weekdays are quite regimented and I rarely stray from these times by more than 30 minutes. On weekends I try my hardest to follow no schedule at all because I reall... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 00:19:44 EST 100 days of weight loss, Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416158 Thank you to those cheering me along! I usually lose interest on things like this after awhile but this is relatively painless so far. It also really helps posting it here knowing that people will notice if I don't do it. <BR> <BR> Today, I am to write down all the foods I ate today and then rate each one based on whether it provides fuel or if it is just filler. Then at the end of the day I will determine how well I met my fuel needs and decide whether I need to replace some filler items ... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 00:10:37 EST 100 days of weight loss, Day 11 and 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415299 I honestly forgot to do Day 11 yesterday. Boo! And I didn't read ahead to see that it's something I have to do throughout the day. So is Day 12. So I will do both today. <BR> <BR> Day 11 says that from now on, I will eat for only two reasons: <BR> 1. To fuel my body <BR> 2. To appreciate flavors <BR> <BR> I am to write down everything I eat today and count the times I took in fuel. I already do this, most of the time anyway. <BR> <BR> Then I am to plan ways to space my fuel stops betwe... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 09:28:18 EST 100 days of weight loss, Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413718 Today is basically about how to accept a compliment. The book directs me to use my response to affirm the complimenter by saying something like, "You can't imagine how much it means to hear you say that." It also wants me to solicit a compliment from someone, which is something I am vehemently opposed to, and then practice my response to them. So, I'm not going to do that, but honestly I think I accept compliments well already. Their point is not to turn the compliment around and make it ... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 22:58:13 EST 100 days of weight loss, Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412801 Today includes a quiz which I am supposed to provide answers to and then give to the supportive people in my life so that they know what I want. Here are the questions with my answers (these were multiple choice). <BR> <BR> 1. If you see me eating something that's not on my diet plan... Ignore it entirely. <BR> <BR> I know what I'm eating and I know that it's not on my diet plan. If I want to share with you why I am eating it, I will do so. It may be a little treat for sticking with my... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 23:06:54 EST 100 days of weight loss, Days 7 and 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411824 Day 7 is all about telling myself "I can do it!" The book instructs me to put post-it notes everywhere that say "I can do it!" I'm not too sure about that but I suppose I could put up a few in key places like on the fridge and the bathroom mirror, maybe one in the car, maybe set up an Outlook reminder at work to pop up and say "I can do it!" In addition, I will come up with several reasons: <BR> <BR> I can do it because I can do anything I set my mind to. <BR> I can do it because I've don... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 20:17:57 EST 100 days of weight loss, Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409958 This day is about a way to respond to food invitations: "Not just yet; I'm going to wait a little while." I can see how this would work better than "No thank you." You're not declining outright which would possibly lead to having to give an answer as to why you're declining. You're giving the inviter an excuse in the hopes that they will forget and not offer it to you again. While this might not work in every situation, it's a trick to add to my weight loss arsenal, especially those with ... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 19:56:45 EST 100 days of weight loss, Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408992 Just because you think about a food doesn't mean you have to eat it. When a food thought crosses your mind, remind yourself that you don't have to act on it. Instead, write down the name or even a description of the food and then anticipate the pleasure of eating it, some other time. <BR> <BR> This is a skill of observing food cues, then letting them go. Tue, 2 Jul 2013 21:13:12 EST 100 days of weight loss, Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407401 Picture your diet program as a road or path. You can define the boundaries of your diet road based on the number of calories or other factors you choose to follow. As you walk down the road each day, your goal is to stay between the sides of the road. <BR> <BR> Think about how you could define your narrow diet road compared to your wider diet road. Define your eating and exercise plans for both. <BR> <BR> Narrow diet road (Everything under Wide diet road, plus the following): <BR> -Stay ... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 12:24:34 EST 100 days of weight loss, Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406903 To improve my commitment, I will focus on my actions and not just my feelings. Even if I don't feel like exercising or eating healthy, I know I must do it anyway. Some things I often don't feel like doing and the reasons: <BR> <BR> -Limiting my calories (uncomfortable hunger pangs) <BR> -Planning meals and cooking them (would rather do something else) <BR> -Eating more fruits and veggies (prep time cutting/peeling/washing) <BR> -Tracking my food (takes too long) <BR> -Cardio (being out of ... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 00:09:55 EST 100 days of weight loss, Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405570 I have decided that I will always be committed to my weight-loss plan, and not just interested. When I was just interested, I would stick with my plan until something else came along, such as tempting foods or other activities instead of exercise. Now that I am committed, I stick with my plan, no matter what. Instead of depending on results to stay on track, I work on keeping my motivation strong, knowing that the results will follow. I stick with my plan in spite of not having enough tim... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 14:58:39 EST 100 days of weight loss, Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404846 Think for a minute about why you want to lose weight. Create a list of at least 10 reasons why you want to lose weight and maintain your success. <BR> <BR> This is why I'm doing the 100 Days Program and I'm sticking with my plan! <BR> <BR> 1. To prevent disease such as diabetes and heart disease. <BR> 2. To have more energy. <BR> 3. To prevent pain or joint problems. <BR> 4. To lead a more active life. <BR> 5. To be able to do everything I would like to. <BR> 6. To feel better about myself... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 18:15:16 EST S.M.A.R.T. goals for BLC 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382480 Our assignment for this weekend is to make S.M.A.R.T. goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. This made me cringe at first because I recently had to make SMART goals at work, which actually was quite difficult to do as my job does not consist of anything that can be easily measured. But weight loss, or getting fit and healthy, has many things that can be measured and tracked. <BR> <BR> In the 12 weeks of BLC: <BR> <BR> 1. I will lose 15 pounds. <BR> <BR> 2. ... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 13:40:51 EST The BLC: Round 22 coming up soon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361572 What is the BLC? It's a Biggest Loser Challenge that consists of 12 weeks of challenges based around a general schedule. It is structured enough for those who need it, yet flexible for those who like to do things their own way. Round 22 starts on June 5th and there is a registration team if you are interested in joining: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=60014 </link> <BR> <BR> If you'd like to push yourself, hold yourself accountable, and commit... Sun, 19 May 2013 21:59:49 EST The Vacation I've Always Wanted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261378 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l630789574.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I want to travel the world and see everything, but when I think "vacation" I think of relaxing in a beautiful place with sea, sand, and sun. Sat, 23 Feb 2013 19:23:47 EST Not completely Spark related but need to vent somewhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254559 I am distraught. Yesterday, I did what I've been thinking of doing for, oh probably years, and quit the local theatre ensemble I have been working with (volunteer) for 8 years. I have not gotten any enjoyment out of it in some time, but I guess I kept going because I was trying to get that enjoyment back. I'm an ok actor but haven't acted in awhile because of my body image issues. I have some really great directorial visions but I'm not assertive enough to get what I want out of opinionat... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 09:06:50 EST BLC 21 Back to the Future http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225660 For the Week 2 weekend challenge, the theme is Back to the Future, and one of the aspects of the challenge is to write about two things: How will my life change when I meet my weight loss/fitness goals, and to forgive myself for something in the past. <BR> <BR> I forgive myself for all of my bad choices regarding food and lack of exercise. I forgive myself for my previous weight loss failures. I forgive myself for beating myself up about it and shaming myself. I forgive myself for compa... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 13:53:50 EST Doctor blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133708 Had my Dr appt yesterday. I had thought she implied this before but then thought I was being oversensitive, but this time she actually said it. "I really think all your issues will resolve once you lose this weight." My issues? Chronic sinusitis, sweating for no reason alternating with flushing/hot face with no sweating, and dizziness/balance problems. How in the holy hell does my weight have anything to do with my sinuses? She spent five minutes in the room with me, had her back to me,... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 08:41:40 EST Random stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5131613 Would the elliptical count in a virtual 5k? I doubt it. I can go much faster on the elliptical than I can walking, because I don't get shin splints on the elliptical. I can do about a 14 min mile on the elliptical, but the fastest I've gone on the treadmill is a 22 min mile. <BR> <BR> I have a Dr appt tomorrow and will be getting an A1C done. It's been more than 3 months since my last one - it's actually been about 5 months. I took my blood glucose a few times a couple weeks ago and ... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 14:12:11 EST Back to Basics - Survey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5122884 Borrowing this from someone else. I thought it would be helpful for me to put answers to these basic questions in writing. I think it's good to simplify occasionally when things get too complicated. <BR> <BR> When did you start gaining weight? I've been overweight my entire life. I was a normal sized baby but once I started eating solid food I just couldn't stop. Seriously though, my parents were both overweight, so I learned their eating habits from the beginning. I lost a bit of weight... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 20:22:18 EST BLC 20 Mid-Challenge Reboot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5109118 Part of this weekend challenge is to look at the goals I made at the beginning of the challenge and assess where I am. Original goal listed first, then how I did and my new goal for the next 6 weeks. <BR> <BR> 1. My goal is to lose 20lbs in 12 weeks. I know this will be a challenge, but I chose a higher number on purpose for something to reach for and I will not "fail" if I don't achieve this one. <BR> <BR> I have lost 8.2lbs so far this challenge, even amidst some waning motivation and c... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 21:50:08 EST Everyone should take a moment and watch this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5084908 A friend of mine posted this on Facebook, from another of her friends, and I promptly posted it as well, after watching and bursting into tears for how happy this makes me. I hope it continues to be shared! <BR> <BR> http://www.upworthy.com/bully-calls-news<BR>-anchor-fat-news-anchor-destroys-him-o<BR>n-live-tv Wed, 3 Oct 2012 09:24:22 EST BLC 20 - Weekend Challenge: Focus on Nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5071248 One of our challenges for this weekend on Violet Venuses team is as follows: Indulge yourself! Exercise self control with a half serving of that tempting treat, and put the rest away! <BR> <BR> This made me nervous because having a little bit of something delicious just opens the floodgates and soon I've stuffed myself with it. My hubby has all sorts of snacks and sweets, and yesterday I was craving Oreos. I took one Oreo out of the package, went and sat down. I smelled it for a couple o... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 09:22:13 EST BLC 20 Goals and Before Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5059500 BLC 20 started on Wednesday, Sept 12, and I'm proud to be on the Violet Venuses team! (Can't help but think of it as Violet Man-parts, though) This is my first BLC and I doubt it will be my last. They seem very well organized and ultra motivated and supportive. I see good things happening! As part of the first weekend challenge, we are to blog our goals for the 12-week challenge. So here goes: <BR> <BR> <em>182</em> My goal is to lose 20lbs in 12 weeks. I know this will be a challe... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 18:43:00 EST Renewed motivation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5057700 Wow, I'm feeling it today! My e-mail started blowing up with notifications of comments on my page here. I was like, whaaa??? It turns out I'm DONE girl of the day! All of these supportive messages I'm getting are so inspiring and motivational, I'm getting revved up! <BR> <BR> I'm also just starting the BLC20 challenge and did my measurements last night for the start of the challenge. Even though my weight has only been fluctuating with no overall downward trend for a few weeks, I have l... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 13:54:06 EST Tightening up the reins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5052151 This weekend I started getting the first inklings of thoughts that I'm not losing weight fast enough since I started Sparkpeople on 6/27/12. At that time, and times since, I have promised myself I was not going to worry about how long it takes me or how fast the weight comes off, or compare myself to others and how fast they lose. I still know this, but when I weighed this weekend, I realized that my weight has been hovering for a few weeks. What happened? Life happened. Life is going to... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 08:56:32 EST TMI NSV and farmer's market goodies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5049738 I realized I have had another non-scale victory although it's a bit of a TMI - my IBS is under control! I've been having my first normal BMs since I was like a young child. I've been on a med for about a year and it helped more than any other I tried but the healthy diet has done so much more! It makes me wonder if it's a gluten sensitivity. I was tested for celiac but that came back negative (or positive, depending on how you look at it). I have still been eating some bread but the good... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 13:00:05 EST Weight is just a number http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5041811 I know we are told this all the time - weight doesn't measure your worth, weight does not define you, weight doesn't even fully define your weight loss success. I finally internalized this. It was something I read on someone's blog or page or somewhere, and since I don't even remember where it was, I don't remember who it was either, so I apologize for not giving credit where it's due. They pointed out that weight is the force on an object due to gravity. Since gravity differs on each dif... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 23:31:26 EST My Life in Diets, Chapter One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5030526 Nothing has really shaped my identity more than my weight. This is unfortunate, and makes me uncomfortable, but it is true. I have been overweight my entire life. You could say I never lost my baby fat (but I wish you wouldn’t because I dislike that term). My parents are/were both overweight and from the very first day of my existence, I learned how to eat, how to live, from them. We enjoyed good food, often celebrated with food, and we were not very active people. Both of my parents al... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 12:58:24 EST Two-month Sparkiversary! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5028034 I just realized today is my two-month Sparkiversary! Yes, June 23, 2012, will forever be referred to as the first day of the rest of my life. To mark this occasion, I would like to make a list of changes, victories, and other things I have noted in the past 2 months. <BR> <BR> 1) I crave fruit and veggies. Well, mostly fruit. But I enjoy discovering new ways of preparing veggies. <BR> <BR> 2) I used to snack on junk food all day. Now I have fruit, yogurt, nuts or veggies as my snacks, and... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 14:19:08 EST A true victory! and, I found a few of the pounds I had lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4997312 Today a friend told me that another friend had mentioned she could tell I have lost some weight! A true victory! Not really. My ultimate victory will be health and feeling fantastic. But hearing that kind of comment feels amazing! <BR> <BR> I got home from vacation on Sunday and after a proper weigh in, I discovered that I had found a few of the pounds I had lost. I know it's temporary so I'm not worried at all. My biggest challenge at the moment is getting back into a healthy eating mi... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 00:23:44 EST My boss gave me an ice cream sandwich and I threw it away!, or Ode to a Workplace Food Makeover http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4974998 My boss came around today and passed out ice cream sandwiches. <BR> <BR> Why, WHY?!?! WHY do they do this? To give people a treat, sure. How about some grapes next time, or an apple? Yogurt? Frozen yogurt? I mean, I appreciate the generosity, but they have big posters up all over and send us emails about ways to be more healthy, and then they give us ice cream sandwiches? <BR> <BR> But it doesn't stop there. It's donuts. Pizza. Candy. Cookies. Don't even get me started on Food D... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 18:25:34 EST The scale moved! or, How I started eating ice cream, then stopped. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4971083 Hooray! and Yay! the scale finally moved today! Yesterday it went down a tiny bit but today was a solid 2 pounds. Yesterday was my "official" weekly weigh in day and, that, my friends, is why I weigh myself daily. <BR> <BR> Now, on to the ice cream. My DH has a love affair with ice cream (it's ok, I've accepted it). He is also tall and thin and about three-quarters leg. So he can eat ice cream with no negative consequences. And there is nothing he loves more than DQ blizzards. He ha... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 10:36:09 EST First blog entry and hit a plateau already http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4965864 Hello to everyone! I joined Spark on 6/23 and lost 10 pounds as of 7/4 but now the scale hasn't moved since then. I started thinking it was broken or stuck. I've been diets (oh so many diets) before and I know people say you shouldn't weigh daily, and I know the scale will move again someday, and I know that dropping weight quickly when you first start is common, as is a plateau in your 3rd week. I know I'm doing everything right - staying within the calorie/fat/carb/protein ranges Spark ... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 16:57:36 EST