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Its getting to be a habit!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Those of you who read my last blog know that I have had a bit of a hard time recently – with a bowel blockage and shingles – and then last Friday night I blacked out and fell – I didn’t make much impact in the concrete – but it knocked me about !!
The Ambos carted me off to hospital with suspected concussion and broken cheek bone and knee – however after a CT on my head – yes they found a brain!!
No damage was found and I was given the rare honour in the OZ public hospital system of a single room (I was deemed infectious with shingles) for the weekend while they did no ends of tests to find out why I had blacked out. It was pinned down to the nerve pain tablets for the shingles since all other tests were negative.
I got to see myself in the mirror then – hummm!! Pity its not Halloween!!

My knee!! And these were taken on the 4th day when they had started going down a bit!!

So I sprung myself from hospital yesterday and am home again!!

That’s 3 things – the bowel obstruction, the shingles and the fall – if I were superstitious I would say “that's it!!” But I do hope so anyway – I have had enough of the hospital and I am sure they have had enough of me!!

Have a Happy Easter everyone!!

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    Oh dear Ann. I am so sorry to read this. I am so glad that you were not more seriously hurt. Glad that you were able to sign yourself out. Hoping that you will quickly be totally healed & well soon. Bright blessings to you my friend. Love ya! Happy Easter to you as well.

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DANMAR1 4/16/2014 11:32AM

    Oh my gosh!! I have not been feeling great so have not been on SP as much and just saw your post today. I can not imagine how painful that must have been. You have been through so much. I am so sorry.
love and very gentle hugs coming your way,

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1BEACHWALKER 4/15/2014 10:53PM

    Oh my goodness Ann....you poor thing, you have gone through so much, then have that happens! I tell you those medicines and side effects can be worse than what its treating! I have problems all the time with side effects from meds! Glad you didn't have worse injuries! Take care....thanks for stopping by and for the goodie. Get well soon!!!

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PEGGY11 4/15/2014 1:35PM

    Yes things do seem to come in threes. You look like you have been through the wars. Rest, Heal, we all wish the best for you.

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GARDENQE2 4/15/2014 11:42AM

    Oh, my goodness! What a time you've had!
Here's hoping you heal quickly! emoticon

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KDYLOSE 4/15/2014 10:41AM

    You poor thing! I'm glad to see you've retained your sense of humor.

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NEWTEXDEBBIE 4/15/2014 10:34AM

    Well I would say you are like me......
I'm my own worst enemy...... Recover, heal, and relax

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GOANNA2 4/15/2014 6:59AM

    Oh Ann, you've had such a time of it. Those
bruises look nasty. Everything comes in 3's and
I hope that's it for you. No more suffering.
Get well soon. emoticon

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KAREN608 4/15/2014 12:21AM

    Oh my goodness! Glad you got to go home, and your sense of humor is intact.

I've had shingles on my head -forehead and in hair, and the pain is something else. They didn't give me anything for the pain. Now I think maybe that was a good thing.

I do hope for you a full recovery.

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A difficult time

Monday, April 07, 2014

In mid February I was shopping one day when I felt light headed – this has happened before but usually rights itself when I sit down and have a drink. This time it didn’t – I passed out instead!!
I briefly came to in the ambulance and again in emergency but it was 2 hrs before I really was conscious. Even then it took the rest of the day for my pulse to come back to normal. It was thought to be a stroke but this has been ruled out,

Then I started a stomach ache. To cut a long story short I had a blockage in my bowel – and spent the next 14days in hospital. Since I had had previous operations in the same area and because of my weight and age – the surgeon decided to treat me conservatively – which meant give me stuff to drink and hope they could clear it. They did!!

I heard later that as well as substantial narrowing of the large intestine the small intestine had twisted causing a total blockage. It untwisted itself.
Unfortunately I was unable to be fed during 13 of those days because my blood vessels collapsed and they couldn’t get a feed line in and I couldn’t eat or drink because I had a nasal gastric tube in and all I had was a saline drip– great I lost 7kg (15lb approx.) Then they got the line in and sent me home with it for a couple of weeks in case it was needed again and it got infected!! This meant very strong antibiotics.

Not so great – because I lost the weight so fast – I lost muscle – all the muscle I had worked so hard to build up over the last 4yrs!! I came home unable to walk more than 1 room distance before I had to sit down.
This was rather depressing – I was back to using a walker, unable to go shopping and needing help with showering and basically relying on mu DH for most things!! This was not good as I am his carer as he needs help with things too!! What a pair of old crocks we had become – the joys of aging – definitely not gratefully!!

After a day of frustration a home I decided I had had enough with my loss of mobility and more important to me- my loss of independence. I had to get strong again – I did it before so why not again – but this time I know exactly what to do – and have the DVDs already!!
So every day I do some Chair Exercise and force myself to walk that bit further both with the walker and without – to make meals even though I have to rest at times – and each day get stronger!!

It would have been so easy to give up when I was so mobility limited – but what would I really have gained – I would have lost so much more – mobility, flexibility and independence as well as so much else!!
I am still undergoing tests to find out what is causing the narrowing of the large intestine – and I may yet have to have an operation to rectify it – and then will be back again at square one with mobility and if so – I’ll do it all again – those of you who know me know I will never give up!!

By the way I put some of that 7kg(14lb) back but am still about 2kg (4.4lb) down from before I entered hospital and am maintain that loss – however healthy food and regaining my health are my priority!!

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NEWTEXDEBBIE 4/8/2014 11:15AM

    Well hello to you too.....

I wish I had known you were not doing so well! I'm not sure what I could have done but I would and will cheer you on!!!!! emoticon

Take care my friend and I guess I better take notice because I was thinking to myself..... hum, I do that at the store all the time...... emoticon well not the ambulance ride but the dizzy part! emoticon

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KAREN608 4/8/2014 1:46AM

    Thanks for letting us know. I was wondering how you were doing. Gaining muscle takes time, but you are determined, and good thing. I've seen many give up and sit in a motorized wheel chair and they didn't seem to last long without walking. So glad you are up and doing the best you can to regain your mobility.

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FOXXYROXXYD 4/7/2014 7:41PM

    So sorry to hear this news but glad you are on the mend! Strong work getting back to being healthy. You are AWESOME!

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DEBIGENE 4/7/2014 7:10PM

    You are such an inspiration to all of us. You are like a rubber ball, you just keep bouncing back !!! WTG Emma, you are AWESOME !!!

So glad to see you back and on the mend. You are loved !!!

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1BEACHWALKER 4/7/2014 1:45PM

    So sorry for all you went through, Ann. I knew a woman..worked with her in fact, years ago, who had a similar experience. In pain, taken from work to the hospital and she had blockage from a twisted intestine. It was from all the scar tissue from a previous surgery that caused it. I think she had to have surgery to remove the scar tissue. So strange that that could happen to her! I hope they figure out what happened to you!
You are a trooper...do the best you can! Since you are stronger from all the work you've done over 4 years, you will be back in shape before too long!
Good for you to get back at it so soon...one day at a time! You can do it!! Hugs.

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DANMAR1 4/7/2014 11:48AM

    You inspire me in your determination. So many of us are going to hit these types of situations on our journey. It sure can knock us over for a while, reminds me of a toy my son had when he was little. You could punch it and it would go over but then pop right back up. I am so sorry this happened to you but please know there are so many of us out here in SP cheering you on. love & hugs Dani

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    So glad you're better. I know your advice and chair exercise resources were the inspiration for my own recovery from serious illness in the winter of 2013. Best wishes for the inspiration and perspiration you need now.

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PEGGY11 4/7/2014 11:14AM

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JAKENELL 4/7/2014 10:18AM

    You are an inspiration to me!
Take it slow and be sure to follow the doctor's orders.
You know what's necessary to regain the life you had and you have the strength, determination, and focus to do so. Have faith in yourself.
That's a lesson I'm just learning - to have faith in myself and my abilities. I have regained all I had lost due to inactivity and eating everything in sight - now it's time to pull myself out of this dark hole and move forward.
Thanks for sharing your story.

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PHEBESS 4/7/2014 8:53AM

    Sending you lots of healing thoughts and wishes!!!

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BABYBARNEY 4/7/2014 8:37AM

    Sending you positive get well soon vibes...kudos to you for pushing through such a terrifying health crisis & getting back to moving your body however possible. I love the fact that you are doing chair exercises due to the mobility question. People underestimate the value of a good chair workout. Thank you for inspiring us to give it our all when times get tough!

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GRETA242 4/7/2014 8:01AM

    So glad you are doing better! What a scary time for you :(

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GOANNA2 4/7/2014 4:14AM

    Get well soon Ann. Sorry to hear about your ordeal.
I hope they find out what is the cause of all this. emoticon

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An Australian’s thoughts of Super Bowl!!

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Today – a lot of Americans will be watching Super Bowl – either actually in the stadium watching live or watching on TV!! emoticon

Tickets for the game sold at $500 - $2,500 – and luxury boxes for $400,000 – in addition parking fees of $150 were in place!!

emoticon That is a whole lot of money.

I have to wonder firstly what anyone in the “cheap” (?) seats – if $500 can be called cheap - gets to see given that the stadium is huge!! emoticon (stand in for ants)

But I guess that there are large screens around the stadium – so having paid $500 for a ticket they get to watch the game on TV – but they are there anyway – so they get the ambiance I guess - expensive ambiance - but ambiance none the less!! emoticon

And to top off my thoughts – did you know that the FDA says that America consumes only slightly fewer calories on Super Bowl Sunday than on Thanksgiving!! emoticon

No wonder with web sites and programs all suggesting “must have “ foods for Super Bowl –

And it seems that the parties and eating go on all day too – that’s a whole lot of food to get through while eating mindlessly watching TV!!

And we mustn’t forget the adverts!! Great fun they may be – at $4mil a min air time – not to mention the cost to make!! emoticon
Remember that the companies spending this type of money have to find it somewhere – so ..................it goes on the cost of their products so you eventually pay for those adverts!!
The same as the companies buying boxes for their employees (or CEOs) who pays – you do on the product!!

emoticon Yet few of you could afford to go to the game (even if you wanted to with the crush and transport problems)

Hope you team won emoticon – and remember .............................
It all starts again soon ready for next year!!

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MILLYMOUSE1 2/4/2014 11:21PM

    There was over 1 billion dollars of chicken wings sold on Sunday Super Bowl day


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SUNNYWBL 2/3/2014 11:49PM

    I tuned in the S Bowl for the second half. emoticon The game was a train wreck.

Early in the 2nd half, Percy Harvin ran an amazing distance for the Broncos only TD. emoticon This was my highlight only because PH played for our local train wreck ~ the Minnesota Vikings. Because PH ran for the touchdown my time wasn't totally wasted.

I enjoy a GOOD football game once in a while ~ that wasn't one! emoticon

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PHOENIX1949 2/3/2014 12:27PM

    Great observations. Spouse loved watching entire game on his big screen. This year we didn't put out a lot of snacks. Actually, we didn't put out any snacks. I watched the commercials -- had TV on in PC room and the volume jumps for commercials so they caught my attention. I caught the half-time show while I was on my Gazelle glider getting in my daily cardio. I think the ambiance is the draw for many people.

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SHARON2014 2/3/2014 8:10AM

    We're not all nuts emoticon

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ILOVEROSES 2/3/2014 6:57AM

    Great blog. emoticon

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GOANNA2 2/3/2014 6:52AM

    The tickets are so expensive, I hope they all enjoy
the spectacle. Most people watch the game for the ads!

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NOWYOUDIDIT 2/3/2014 6:36AM

    I'm not a fan- LOL!

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    My thoughts exactly!

I see all of this and, just as with buying the new Apple products, realize that people truly are not hurting, they are simply playing at hurting financially.

It doesn't make sense.

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MOTLEM 2/3/2014 12:29AM

    emoticon DH and I were under the impression that most seats were around $US4K and every 30 seconds advertising by those who lined up to pay was a cool $US4 million. Big biccies, eh! emoticon

I sure hope the fans weren't disappointed as it was a totally one-sided affair. It was 'live' here in Tasmania, Australia and whilst listening to the radio at the same time, DH heard an American from Delaware saying that it wasn't on yet? whilst we were actually watching it! I said to DH that must've been something to do with the time zones as there are (I believe) 4 in USA and same here... it does confuse at times.

I think this is such a big thing in America because it is something that the different States unify with. It's like the AFL Grand Final here that involves Tasmania, Victoria, West Australia, South Australia, New South Wales, and Queensland ... bits and pieces of us are in each team, right? emoticon

Nice blog and yes, it all starts again soon. Gosh, that sounds like out politics! emoticon

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LJCANNON 2/3/2014 12:21AM

    emoticon I really was shocked when I saw the "News" Reports about the amount and types of food consumed during the SUPER Bowl. And just watching the Commentary on FaceBook was a little disheartening. Do people really NOT think about What They Are Eating?!
emoticon I don't even like the taste of Beer, but I do LOVE the Budweiser Super Bowl Commercials every year!! I try to just not think about the Insane amount of Money involved.

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EJB2801 2/2/2014 11:08PM

    We haven't followed football since going without a TV for a few years. I guess we are a little socially odd, but we found we have too many other things to do to get involved with televised sports. Once you step away from spectator sports, you begin to wonder at the fervor expended on watching other people - people you do not even know - engage in a game. Although the level of athleticism and talent is amazing, it still seems to be a rather strange way to earn money.

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STUDLEEJOE 2/2/2014 10:23PM

    I stayed home and watch the game. No party I did have a slice of pizza and a cinnamon roll. But, did not go over my goals.

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Happy Australia Day

Saturday, January 25, 2014

A very Happy Australia Day to all my American friends -

Watch for the Empire State Building - in New York - to turn Green and Gold in honour of all the Aussies living in US


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1BEACHWALKER 1/28/2014 2:35AM

    emoticon What a treat to go to the article and see my guy Hugh!!! emoticon Love green and gold on the Empire!
You Aussies know how to throw a party! emoticon

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IAM_HIS 1/27/2014 11:22AM

    Sorry that I am late! Hope you had a wonderful Australia Day!!

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LJCANNON 1/27/2014 12:47AM

    emoticon Looks like you saw the Empire STATE Building before I did!! Hope you had a Great Day, I am exhausted just from reading about all of the Celebrations and watching the Videos on YouTube!
emoticon Not To Mention the FOOD!!
Australians Do Know how to Party and Eat, LOL!!

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SUNNYWBL 1/27/2014 12:34AM

    The Aussie singer, Lorde won some Grammies tonight!

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JOANOFSPARK 1/25/2014 8:36PM

    how awesome and we get to celebrate it right along with you since we are in Tasmania...what a fun filled day for sure....not just choccies but a little bit of everything......wow!! we will sleep well tonight, that is for sure....*grin* oh, wait, I am not done yet....still more time to celebrate......wooohooo:)

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RDEE22 1/25/2014 8:23PM

    Saw it last night on the news. It is great isn't it to see the rest of the world recognizing Australia Day. Perhaps at last we have come of age.
Have a great day. emoticon

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WENDYJM4 1/25/2014 6:52PM

    Happy Australia Day to you emoticon

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    Yea Aystralia!

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DEBIGENE 1/25/2014 5:09PM

    Hope this day is full of fun and spirit for you.

Thanks for the link !!!

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KOHINOOR2 1/25/2014 5:02PM

    Happy Australia Day to you too!!! emoticon emoticon

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ALIHIKES 1/25/2014 4:50PM

    Very happy Australia day to you! I appreciated the link to the Empire State building changing color in honor of Aussies in the US. emoticon

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CINDHOLM 1/25/2014 4:42PM

    Happy Australia Day to YOU!!

Spark ON!! emoticon

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PHOENIX1949 1/25/2014 4:37PM

    And Happy Australia Day to you also!

Central Texas, USA

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Right back to you - Happy Australia Day!
I will be sure to watch the news.

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Team leaders attitude and responsibility – does it matter??

Saturday, January 11, 2014

I am wondering about attitude, with relation to Sparkpeople in this case, but its possibly actually a reflection on society in general. emoticon

In the nearly 5 years that I have been a leader of Chair Exercise Team I have found that attitudes of members wishing to lead vary greatly.

I agree that I run a tight ship- that I can be domineering and that I work long hours and thus that some might feel they cannot cope with that. They don’t have to offer or agree to lead. emoticon

However my attitude is that the team attitude comes from the top – after all you are a leader. If you, as leader, slack, only dropping in once or twice a week, doing the odd thing and off again – then I believe that’s what the team will also do!!
If you as leader are active and there are always new ideas and challenges to keep the team motivated then the team will react to that by being active and talking part in the new ideas. But this takes time and effort. emoticon

Sparkpeople is a free site – we are fortunate to have the facility – but does that mean we should use it as we please, jumping in and out of teams, doing a bit here and then a bit there – but nothing consistent??

I regard my leadership of the team as an honour and in the same way as a job. I may not be paid for it – but I make the effort to check in every day, to have new ideas ready and to try to keep the message boards and threads moving. If there is a reason I cannot get in I make sure that another leader checks the team . Leadership therefore becomes a team effort. emoticon

Here it should be added that my life is certainly not a bed of roses emoticon that I can spend long hours on the computer – I have responsibilities at home, and a house to run, 10 acres to mow, a husband I care for and my own exercise and life to lead – but I make the time for my leadership duties.

We hear from Sparkpeople that people who take part in team message boards or are active through the site lose more weight than those who don’t. OK – so they have to say that – but I have honestly found it to be true. In the nearly 5 years of being active within my team I have never – yes I said – NEVER – lost motivation. I cannot – I have to be continually stimulating and motivating the team – and this leads to my motivation being raised. emoticon

What do other members feel about this emoticon – do you feel we can, as leaders do too much – that the team attitude has no relation to the leaders’ attitudes and that our own motivation has no connection with the amount we do on Sparkpeople?
Or do you appreciate an active leader who tries to motivate and stimulate the team? A team leader who has a responsibility to that team and to its members, and tries to live up to that responsibility. emoticon

This is not meant to be a “I am wonderful” blog – this is a blog asking for your thoughts on a subject – thoughts that I am honestly very interested in.

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MZLADY77 1/21/2014 4:36PM

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. God bless you are organized and being motivated.
Keep it up! Being in the leadership is something think about. Thanks again for the input. emoticon

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GRLTAZ 1/12/2014 4:23PM

    I believe a leader that checks in daily and offers his or her best to the team is a true leader and motivator. With that said, we are all human. I believe we all have good days, Great days, not so good days and maybe horrible days and we can only do what we are capable of doing. TC

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LEXIE63 1/12/2014 9:22AM

    I'm not familiar with your team, but I have personally come to the conclusion, after being both an active member only and a team leader here at SP, that your attitude does help as a leader, and that leading by example is important.

Having said that, however, there is only so much you can do, and the responsibility is really with the members. I tend to take a more softly softly approach as a team leader, but I do tend to stick to my team goals more when the team leader is a bit pushy (in a nice way, of course), which may mean I'm not pushy enough as a leader. I mean, I don't want some army major type yelling at me, but a little hint about my activity level popped into my inbox via a sparkgoodie once in a while is good, and the more contact I have with the leaders the better I seem to stick with the goals of the teams I am just a member of.

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NORASPAT 1/12/2014 9:15AM

    You are doing a great job, indeed an exemplary job as a leader.
There are 2 teams that are not doing well, I wish the leader of all teams should read this blog. I hope EVERYONE hits the Like Button Pat in Maine.
I hope you can post in the team leaders message board. !!!!

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GOANNA2 1/12/2014 7:30AM

    I am a member on a lot of teams, but I cannot possibly
be on each one every day, but I do appreciate the team
leaders input. You are very organized.

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NASFKAB 1/12/2014 4:39AM

  you are a gtreat team leader you have got one to start a page etc too much to mention you make it fun for us so thank you very much

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ARTJAC 1/11/2014 11:56PM

    you put your heart and soul into everything you do for this team emoticon you deserve a medal for giving your time and motivation and ideas emoticon

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LINDA! 1/11/2014 11:24PM

    I lead several teams and I try to drop in very often. Most of my teams...everyday. I do not like to be on a team where the leader is not involved.

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ALIHIKES 1/11/2014 9:18PM

    Yes the team leader attitude matters. Team leaders can be an inspiration and the glue for the team.

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PHEBESS 1/11/2014 8:36PM

    I'm a laissez faire team leader, but that's just my personality. Plus the team I created was more of a challenge, based on weight loss.

At this point, most of the original people on the team are no longer on SP for various reasons - two had major health crises, one was found by a stalker, others had babies and are at that busy stage of life - whatever. I'm trying to close the team, but need everyone to quit the team - and I can't even get people to do that!

So, I don't know what personality type leads a team. I suspect the focus of the team has much to do with it as well.

Hope that helps.

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NOWYOUDIDIT 1/11/2014 7:54PM

    Wow! You certainly gave me the push I needed as a team leader! I think you are a born leader! I am not- so it is work for me to get it together. But I agree, If I'm not consistent then the others won't be either.
Great blog! emoticon emoticon

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DEBIGENE 1/11/2014 6:52PM

    I have recently become the leader of a team where the leader was faltering. I have been and active member on this team since I joined SP and love it. I give it all my attention as I can only give my all to one team. I am a member of 3 other teams that are local to my state but truthfully just to give them the team points each day. I am the same with the SP friends I have I only keep enough that I can manage because I want to support them and I can not be friends with hundreds as I just don't have the time. So just as I have responsibility to my team I feel responsible to my friends as well. I check them regularly and if they do not have time for me then I unfriend them.

As a team leader I do feel responsible to encourage, motivate and inspire the team members to continue to come in often and post how they are doing in their journeys and their lives. We have a weekly competition going and it has been going strong as we have just started our 3rd year doing it. I have a co-leader who does a great job right along with me. Granted we are a small team but we are mighty !!! I have to admit I think the size has a lot to do with it. I do wish we had the capability to delete members who have not been active for 2+ years; (they can always come back if they choose) as well as inactive threads. I for one looked for groups with smaller enrollment and reviewed the team activity before I even joined one. I think it just makes for better team work. In my opinion to big is just too much.

I think the team leader plays a very important part to the activity of the group. Some things can go over big and others can flop but without the ideas and suggestions nothing can be accomplished. It's hard to do it alone as people can become bored so keeping things active on a regular basis is critical to me.

Well this has just been my 2 cents for what it's worth. Maybe it has some value ????

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    I do not get that you are wanting kudos with your blog. This is from your heart and you are being sincere.

1)I have led 6 teams and created 2 during my 3 stints here at Spark. It takes a lot to run a team. I know first hand. My teams were terrific, as your team is. It comes from the top down and you are reflected, as a leader, in what happens on the team.

2)As of tomorrow part of my commitment is to be more active on my teams. I've had some issues of late and they are coming to an end. Sorry I haven't been there more. It is a great team and you are a great leader.

3)The way you run your team is your personal mark. It is your baby. Unfortunately you are the rarity on Spark and so was I when I was leading. Many of my other teams have absentee leaders and to me they should simply relinquish that title.

Thanks for this blog. It was needing to be said.

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KAREN608 1/11/2014 6:27PM

    I am just getting into teams, but you seem very organized. I looked at all the links on the website and was amazed, as a lot of into there. You must be one of the most active leaders on spark.

I am still trying to decide if I can do a book, with it's challenge of a hundred days, and the ten week one with is simple AND your tas chall. I hope so... NEED more organization. Spark is a work out for our brains as well.

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