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Sunday, October 25, 2020

It's sad to see how many of my SparkPeople friends have left the site. I like to imagine that they met all their health and fitness goals and no longer need it (I know for a FACT that at least two of them did, and I try not to envy or hate them too much - they're really good friends IRL), but I know that when I leave for extended periods, it's usually because I don't want to be reminded of or forced to admit my "failures." Mind you, SparkPeople is a far gentler reminder than scales or shopping for new clothes, most days.

I wonder how many times this page has looked "abandoned" (or worse, made people wonder if I'm dead)? I try to remember this - not just here, but on all social media sites - that it's good to post now and then (even if it's just "no new news") so that people don't start imagining the worst. I locked down my Facebook defaults to "Friends only" years ago, but if you do that, it's good to make a few public posts now and then - even if it's just a picture of a cat coughing up a hairball - to let people know that you haven't actually DIED. I just locked down Instagram - at least temporarily - because good GOD, the imposters are annoying. "Go build your botnet somewhere else, Billy! Stop trying to follow ME." Sheesh. I need to write a blog post on this - I cannot believe how many of my friends fall for these shenanigans, despite solid evidence that these people are scammers (at best) and foreign troll farmers seeking to influence our elections or gain military intel (at worst?).

But look, I'm Facebook friends with at least six truly dead people. I'm a LOYAL friend, okay? It just feels wrong to unfriend a corpse when they're down. (I joke, but two of them died just this month.) Seriously, it's good to poke a hand up through the dirt and say, "Just resting, not dead!" now and then. Which gives me ideas for a super creepy Halloween costume. Just gotta roll around in the dirt and cover myself with leaves. My luck, we won't have a single trick or treater all night, and I'll just be raking leaves out of my hair for days.

I walked 5.1 miles today and did not feel like I was dying (four days ago, I only managed 3.4, and I wasn't sure - but then it was 85F in bright sunshine, and today it was a glorious 66F and cloudy!) Nutrition's been excellent. I'm craving chips. But I don't have any in the house - yay, for planning ahead! And I'm too lazy to run out and get some. Guess it's steelhead trout, rice, and a nice fresh SALAD tonight! (Doesn't that sound better, anyway?) Seriously, my "snack" today was 2 ozs. of cooked quinoa, sliced cherry tomatoes, diced cucumbers, and slivered serrano pepper - it actually WAS tastier and fewer calories than those chips would be. I'm writing this here so I won't forget that, you know? Like ten minutes from now, when I'm hunting for chips that are not in my pantry.

Time to cook!



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  • JACKIEWALKS4FUN
    I do try and post my fitness from time to time so people know I am here. I do wonder what has happened to a lot of sparkers. I will stop by their page and give up sometimes and than feel guilty emoticon I just keep moving forward with my plans. I am just on spark. Glad I never joined any other social media.
    Hey good job you don't have chips in the house emoticon Great on your exercise too. emoticon
    Have a great weekend emoticon
    35 days ago
  • HEALTHYWRITER
    1HOPESPARKS, that's good! I was aiming to have you snort coffee all over your monitor, but I will take a couple of chuckles, any day! OMG, yes - we all have those magical cupboards and refrigerators, don't we? If I just open it ONE MORE TIME, all the contents will have changed! Yay! To be fair, there have been those times - you know, where you've gone blind to a thing, and you just know it's in there, and then there it is (always check your expiration dates, though!)
    37 days ago
  • 1HOPESPARKS
    You had me chuckling a couple of times. WTG on your walking and food planning. I can definitely relate to snacks that aren't there. Been known to go into the kitchen countless times within an hour, opening the same pantry and cupboards looking for SOMETHING or stare into the fridge hoping something magically appeared since the last time I looked. Keep up the good work and enjoy a beautiful and safe season.
    38 days ago
  • EOWYN2424
    have a great week
    38 days ago
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