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12/7/08 5:46 P

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Hi Gang! Interesting to see what and how different people view their Spark Points. I never think about my total amount of points, but if you get a trophy for 10,000 then you probably get something at 20,000 and I must be getting close to that. I aim for 50 each day, and I saw that last month I far exceeded my normal monthly total which would have been 50x30 = 1500; but last month I got way over 1700. Some days are just easier. And back when I was working I was so tired the day I worked that whatever I had when I got home from work was usually it, cause I went to bed for a "nap" and sometimes never got up. I always do the spin first thing, then enter the 5 fruits & veggies and the 8 glasses of water, cause that's a given for me -- usually get more than that, but it gets it recorded before I forget about it, and the next thing I record is 5 teams of huddles. On all but one I am the administrator, so I feel I should do that to show a little enthusiasm!

This afternoon is a cool gloomy day, and persimmons are in season so I'm making persimmon cookies. Does anyone want the recipe, be happy to share with you. I got it years and years ago from my sister who lived in Santa Maria, CA. Before that I had never heard of them, and hadn't tasted them. They are delicious, can't think what they might come close to in taste, perhaps the mango. It takes only three of them to make the cookies. I always put them in my baskets of Christmas cookies for neighbors. And it is only at this time of year that they are in season. Otherwise they are not available.

Cheers everyone, Eve! emoticon

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MARGOMCP's Photo MARGOMCP Posts: 8,670
12/7/08 11:28 A

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I use to get more SparkPoints when I was logging my food. But I recently reset everything here, wiped out my nutrition and fitness plans, etc. but the result wasn't quite what I was expecting, LOL.

I'm working for my 10,000 point trophy and have a little more than 500 points to go. I just imagine I "average" 50 a day (though I don't think I do anymore) so try to guess what day I'll get the next trophy. In another forum I guessed last month that I'd get it this past week but it looks like it will be another 12+ days.

I've created so many teams I easily get huddle points :-) and I play a game with myself in the teams I've created where I try to make sure that by the end of a month there's no posts with the previous months' date on them :-)

Now though it's a little harder to get article points as I've read most of the articles and I only drink as much water as I'm interested in and don't log that or food, I don't get but 1 weekly Spark email to read/get points for and don't do standard "exercise" so I miss a lot of points these days.


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LUIGIE Posts: 147
11/4/08 5:29 P

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Yes, I voted at 10:30 - with the other retired people!
I was disappointed that there was no line because I am hoping for a record turnout. It was a beautiful Connecticut fall day, so weather cannot be an excuse.

Now we wait for the results!

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IWILLBE145's Photo IWILLBE145 Posts: 453
11/4/08 3:23 P

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Thanks, I got it!
You ROCK!
Did you get out and vote? I mailed mine in this year. We have been able to vote by mail here for several years, and it sure beats standing in line for hours. Now God help the country, I hope the best man wins, it is a scary one this year!! At least the nasty mudslinging ads are over with for now.

Charlotte



After a very long time, I thought I would check in and update my status, and say Hi to anyone still there who remember's me. I am doing well, have had some setbacks, but not in the weight loss department. My goal has always been my Sparkpeople name, Iwillbe145. I am able to see the goal line now, I weighed in this morning at 152. I still have nearly 10 lbs to go, and I can see by my belly that I will want to continue loosing until I have a waistline again, but I am so happy to have come so far.


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11/4/08 12:15 P

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When you check into any team you belong to, for example if you are going to "huddle" - when you are at the beginning of that team, for example on ours you would click on Retired Seniors. Then on the opening page it will show the number of members, tell you who the leader is, it will give the total spark points (for the team) and also the total exercise minutes (for the team).

There may be other places, but if so I'm not aware of just where. I'm still a newby at this.

You are doing fantastic!

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IWILLBE145's Photo IWILLBE145 Posts: 453
11/4/08 11:52 A

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Yesterday I finished with 81 points!! emoticon

I often don't post because, just like yesterday, I am able to get more after I post, so I think I will do a "Morning After" post. I'm off to a good start today and it's only 8:50 am here in WA state.

Eve, do you get the total only if we log it in or can you access it anyway? Can I check on the team total somewhere?

Charlotte

After a very long time, I thought I would check in and update my status, and say Hi to anyone still there who remember's me. I am doing well, have had some setbacks, but not in the weight loss department. My goal has always been my Sparkpeople name, Iwillbe145. I am able to see the goal line now, I weighed in this morning at 152. I still have nearly 10 lbs to go, and I can see by my belly that I will want to continue loosing until I have a waistline again, but I am so happy to have come so far.


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11/4/08 11:44 A

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I'm going to vote in a few minutes. I read that 10:00 was the best time to go -- all the 55+ like to get up early and do things, and that's the area where I have to vote.

Thanks so much for the compliments on my pix. Amber is very photogenic, so they all turn out good of her and she doesn't mind posing. Yes, I did look it up under A-Z medical place. I have heard a few people talk about it, but what helps specifically I don't have a clue. Sorry!

You are doing GREAT on your spark points. Our team as a whole is holding their own, I've checked against other teams, by dividing members into the number of overall points -- so even compared to the large teams we are doing quite well.

Hugs to all! emoticon

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11/4/08 1:11 A

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Eve, you look fantastic in your new pictures! How do you like the new camera? I must say Amber looks pretty smart herself! Love the one where she is sitting pretty! What a doll!

Have you looked up sciaticia on the SP Health topics? It is sure a great source of information.

I'm doing great, weather has turned to rain but I am down another two pounds, and I have 48 sparkpoints today!

Did everybody get out and vote?

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Charlotte


After a very long time, I thought I would check in and update my status, and say Hi to anyone still there who remember's me. I am doing well, have had some setbacks, but not in the weight loss department. My goal has always been my Sparkpeople name, Iwillbe145. I am able to see the goal line now, I weighed in this morning at 152. I still have nearly 10 lbs to go, and I can see by my belly that I will want to continue loosing until I have a waistline again, but I am so happy to have come so far.


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11/2/08 8:28 P

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Good for you, I'm happy to hear it.

My Mom used to talk about sciaticia, but I'm afraid that I know little about it. Have you checked with our experts to see what they have to say on the subject? Somewhere in all these members there are bound to be others with the same problem.

Again congratulations on the little break=thru.

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LUIGIE Posts: 147
11/2/08 4:54 P

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Today was a banner day for me. For the first time in weeks I was able to take a good walk without having to stop due to sciatica pain. It makes me hopeful that I can keep it up.

Does anyone else have sciatica? If so I would love to hear how you deal with it. emoticon

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GOODMEMORIES's Photo GOODMEMORIES Posts: 30,455
10/29/08 7:28 P

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People do tend to be able to handle a little more weight as they advance in age. It is probably due to the fact that their arms fill out and we carry our weight a little differently.

I'm 5'2 and have been since I was 12 years old. My bones are like iron so I doubt if I will even wizzle at all, not even a half inch. Besides which, I have very good posture.

But until I was probably 25 years old (other than when I was 9 months pregnant) I weighed ~105 lbs. By the time I was 40 I was up to 119, I suppose the three kids helped. At 50 I had started estrogen and gained about 6 or 7 pounds from that. Then came my third marriage and a new business -- worked 14+ hrs. each day and ate all meals in restaurants. Thanks to their fat and salt loaded meals I zoomed up 25 lbs and I have never been back to those tiny little figures on the scale since. I'd be content to be at 135 and feel I would look darn good.

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MARGOMCP's Photo MARGOMCP Posts: 8,670
10/29/08 1:34 P

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I "was" 5'6" but am only 5'5-1/2" and assume I'll "wizzle" (what my parents called it :-) a bit further as I age so I just say I'm 5'5" now. I weighed 127 in my teen, college, and young adult years, until I was mid- to late-20's and I was thinking of going to 130 pounds but figured I should add 5 pounds for each decade and 145 might be a better fit for me. Anything 149 or under is the "accepted" BMI for my height.


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GOODMEMORIES's Photo GOODMEMORIES Posts: 30,455
10/27/08 6:49 P

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I am only 5'2 myself. Built similar to my Scottish Terrier, one would think I was made of cement or lead. Of course if I could get my own weight down to 125 or 132 I'd be a much cuter package. At 70 years of age who looks at you anyway, I wonder.
Eve

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LUIGIE Posts: 147
10/27/08 5:15 P

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Eve,
Thanks for your message and for the goodie!

I am short - 5'1" so 125 lbs is better for me than 132. I am mainly concerned because a lot of those extra pounds are around the middle, and that is not good, especially for a breast cancer survivor.
I am starting to really envy you your weather. Fall is nice in New England, but cold days are coming.
Enjoy those lovely warm days.
Bonnie

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10/26/08 7:04 P

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Hi Bonnie -- as you only weigh 132 now, it must be that you are really short, or a normally very tiny person. To me to weigh 132 sounds quite light. But everyone to their own.

The advantages of joining a gym versus just doing exercises such as walking, would be (in my opinion) the equipment that a gym has. You can pinpoint various parts of your body and do exercises easier that will work those particular muscles. Many gyms also give the benefit of having a pool, something a lot of us do not have at home, certainly not a heated pool. Also, a gym will have a trainer on hand if you have a question on the proper way to use a certain piece of equipment. You have to weigh the pros and cons and decide what's best for you. If you can maintain easily by walking and doing things to a video, etc. why bother with the extra expense.
You look like you're doing great.

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LUIGIE Posts: 147
10/26/08 5:23 P

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28 points today but a bit discouraged that the scale seems to be stuck!!! Will stay off of it for a while and hope for a change.
Can anyone tell me the advantaqes of joining a gym?
I keep going back and forth about joining again. I did it years ago for a year or so.
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IWILLBE145's Photo IWILLBE145 Posts: 453
10/25/08 11:01 P

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Eve, You are almost at MY GOAL WEIGHT! I have a long way to go, but I will make it. I just can't say enough about how much the other members have helped me along, and the support you and everyone else has given to each other. Is this a great team or what???

Charlotte

After a very long time, I thought I would check in and update my status, and say Hi to anyone still there who remember's me. I am doing well, have had some setbacks, but not in the weight loss department. My goal has always been my Sparkpeople name, Iwillbe145. I am able to see the goal line now, I weighed in this morning at 152. I still have nearly 10 lbs to go, and I can see by my belly that I will want to continue loosing until I have a waistline again, but I am so happy to have come so far.


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10/25/08 6:13 P

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Thank you Sweetheart! You sure know how to make a person feel good.

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IWILLBE145's Photo IWILLBE145 Posts: 453
10/25/08 5:27 P

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You are doing just GREAT!! We usually don't track how long it took us to get to our heaviest weight, but that takes a long time. So why should it take less time to get it off? I think the longer it takes to get the weight off the easier it will be to maintain, which is of course the ultimate goal, to STAY at a healthy weight. Congratulations on your achievements, you are that much closer to the finish line!

Keep on Sparking!! emoticon

Charlotte

After a very long time, I thought I would check in and update my status, and say Hi to anyone still there who remember's me. I am doing well, have had some setbacks, but not in the weight loss department. My goal has always been my Sparkpeople name, Iwillbe145. I am able to see the goal line now, I weighed in this morning at 152. I still have nearly 10 lbs to go, and I can see by my belly that I will want to continue loosing until I have a waistline again, but I am so happy to have come so far.


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10/25/08 5:08 P

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I appreciate all the support that many of you are giving. It isn't so much that I want the SparkPoints, but I do know that the more involved we all get, the more interesting it is and the more likely we are to make our goals.

I can remember it was just a couple of months ago that my weight consistently stayed around 154 or 155 and now it is consistently staying at 148 or 149. In a couple more months I'm hoping it will be hovering around 145. Whatever it takes -- I not normally a very patient lady, but being consistent is paying off, I'm smart enough to see that.

Trying to find the silver lining in all the clouds!

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IWILLBE145's Photo IWILLBE145 Posts: 453
10/25/08 3:55 P

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I go to the VIEW SPARKPOINTS page, and just go down the list and try and get at least something in every category. But I have had computer problems lately, yesterday I couldn't even turn the blasted thing on in the morning, though I had logged in after midnight, so I have a continuous record of my log-in points. I was finally able to start my computer late in the evening, but didn't log my food in or anything else, I was tired, starting fresh today. And even though I didn't log my food in yesterday, I am (unofficially) down two pounds this morning. I say unofficially because I only OFFICIALLY weigh in once a week, I don't count the fluctuations of the rest of the time, but sometimes I just have to PEEK at the scale to see if I am on track.

I may have to drop out for a short while if my computer continues to die on me, but I will stay with the program and get a repair (or a new one) as soon as I can.

Good luck to all of you - how are you doing everyone!
Charlotte

After a very long time, I thought I would check in and update my status, and say Hi to anyone still there who remember's me. I am doing well, have had some setbacks, but not in the weight loss department. My goal has always been my Sparkpeople name, Iwillbe145. I am able to see the goal line now, I weighed in this morning at 152. I still have nearly 10 lbs to go, and I can see by my belly that I will want to continue loosing until I have a waistline again, but I am so happy to have come so far.


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10/21/08 4:46 P

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Nice going! Do you get the recipe of the day? If you click on "Print Recipe" it will go to where you see all the remarks about that particular recipe, it follows the actual recipe. At the end of that you can get 3 points if you click on where it says that.
Then at the bottom of the main page down on the left toward the bottom, there is a spot to click on where you get 1 point just for reading it. So altogether you get 4 points, just for clicking in the right spots on the recipe. It all adds up.

And of course you do your "spin" every day, don't you?

Have a great day -- hope your exercise was good.
Eve

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LUIGIE Posts: 147
10/21/08 3:41 P

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39 points today. Feeling better so maybe the virus is finally gone. Trying to exercise a bit now anyway.
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10/18/08 5:29 P

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Yes! Good for you! emoticon That is already higher than the goal I set for each of you (which was only 25)......I personally think that the more points you build up, the more you are throwing yourself into this program. It doesn't make me any smaller, but I am learning, just by reading the tips on exercise and other healthy news. Each day I go to the A-Z medical list. Started with Z and I am working my way up and through the list. Right now I am up to the M's. I check off one new item each day and just for reading it, 3 more Spark Points.

Thanks for contributing!

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LUIGIE Posts: 147
10/18/08 3:40 P

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I have 34 points today. Better than some emoticon
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10/15/08 10:52 P

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I've added a new team challenge to our home page. I realize there may be many of us who are not able to walk a mile, or spend 30 minutes working up a sweat in the gym doing aerobics or other strenuous stuff.

My thought is that it should be something we can "all" participate in. All of us are able to earn SparkPoints. I make it a personal challenge to get 50 each day! Yes, there have been days when I have done that, but not a lot of them!

There are so many ways to earn points. For example, go to your nutrition page and enter your fruits and vegetables plus the water you drink. Several points right there! Enter an appointment on the calendar; read your emails and click for the points, read the articles you get and click for the points, post a few notes of your own, and don't forget to huddle. Each huddle is worth 1 point up to a total of 5 points, so if you belong to 5 teams you can huddle with each of them. Join in the fun and don't be a bystander. Be an active part of this group. Let's see our numbers go up, up, up!

Thanking all of you in advance!

Trying to find the silver lining in all the clouds!

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