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Weekly Email & Blog Check-In

Friday, November 21, 2014

Happy Friday everyone!

I'm grabbing the URL for this blog to include in my weekly email. This week I'll share one of my personal keys to life that anyone can do (how's that for a teaser!).

Feel free to post any highlights from this week or goals for next week.

Good luck to anyone affected by the crazy amounts of snow in parts of the US right now.

SparkCheers!

Chris (SparkGuy)
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ARTJAC 11/22/2014 12:13AM

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WALLAHALLA 11/21/2014 11:33PM

    I'd love to have some of that snow!

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BURNINGTHYME101 11/21/2014 9:52PM

    This week I added more friends and got in touch with some of my older SparkFriends that I haven't talked to in a while. My SparkMail has really been busy.

This next week I will be adding more milage to my SP Tracker and raise my goal by 1000 steps. I started low at 3000 and worked my way to 4000 so up to 5ooo it goes.
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GRANNIEC1 11/21/2014 9:52PM

    Our snow is gone! ;-) Can't wait for more!!

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JAMER123 11/21/2014 8:34PM

    Thank heavens we aren't fighting the unreal snow fall in the east. We are quite warm and looking at more possible severe weather tomorrow. It will put a damper only on any outdoor activities.
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NELLIEH1 11/21/2014 8:14PM

    have gone from walking to a bit of jogging and walk-running this week...slowly changing.It has been good as the weather gets more bitterly cold and very windy.

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    Keep warm and keep safe.
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    received a compliment about my lower weight.

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COLOR-BLUE 11/21/2014 6:13PM

    Chris,

I know it will be worth the wait!

Blessings!

- Nancy Jean -
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MELYROD18 11/21/2014 4:57PM

    Looking forward to it. :)

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JEANNETTE59 11/21/2014 4:32PM

  Love walking in the cold, yes winter came early in my neck of the woods.

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LUVSBULLDOGS 11/21/2014 4:03PM

    This has been a good week for me. We missed one day of walking due to freezing rain, but still did well. emoticon

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SASSYLOVEBUG 11/21/2014 3:00PM

    I had a great week exercise way. I stayed on diet all but 2 days so not too bad.I will be more positive about getting outdoors next week. emoticon

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MASRITE 11/21/2014 1:55PM

    Last weekend of soccer. Kind of happy, but kind of sad. Love watching my daughter play, but, can use a little break. They'll be getting ready for state cup which is in January.

Need to get ready for Thanksgiving (since it's now at my house this year!!) Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and stays warm!!

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KITT52 11/21/2014 1:39PM

    planning my thanksgiving meal...portions are the important thing

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MOMTO6CUTIES 11/21/2014 1:38PM

    Working towards the thanksgiving goals I set!!!

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MAURIZIA 11/21/2014 1:22PM

    The inevitable setback because of crazy work hours...back on track today!

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KATHYJO56 11/21/2014 1:18PM

    This is Thanksgiving week. My plan is to stick to the healthy foods that will be available and leave the others alone. I plan to socialize more than eat. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. emoticon

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PIGLET-79 11/21/2014 12:54PM

    I'm just starting my journey today & looking forward to feeling better.

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NEW-CAZ 11/21/2014 12:41PM

    Got 4 ST workouts in and walked every day!

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    Still getting out for walks. emoticon

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NUTINLOOKSLIKE 11/21/2014 12:33PM

    I've done pretty well this week. Made the jump from "walking" to "walking with jogging intervals", so I'm excited :) This week my goal is to stay on track during Thanksgiving. I know emoticon

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 11/21/2014 12:00PM

    I have been able to do my walking but I had some slipping in diet. Not much but I still feel guilty.

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    It was a clean eating week. Love the Spark Nutrition Tracker! And my Spark Step Tracker. Your tech support folks there are emoticon

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MEREDITHB51 11/21/2014 11:32AM

    I've done well with both eating and exercise this week, though not completely perfect on the eating part. Still, woo hoo for me! I'm back into the loving exercise and looking forward to it groove.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/21/2014 11:26AM

    Looking forward to the update!

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    Looking forward to reading t emoticon he e-mail! And getting ready for Thanksgiving!

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XME501 11/21/2014 10:55AM

    We have been freezing here in Pendleton, Oregon for over a week - with snow and ice. But looks like it will warm up for a few days - at least!!

Thanks for all you do for us,
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KRICKET57 11/21/2014 10:50AM

    Very busy week that has not allowed for fitness sessions. I have tried to fit in other things to offset this. Goal for next week is to get back on track and make it happen.

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JUNEPA 11/21/2014 10:07AM

    It's been a weak week for me, gathering g my forces to stick to my plan. The future is now

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MSLZZY 11/21/2014 9:57AM

    I have been battling with Medicare Part D plans for 2 weeks and will be glad to see that deadline in my rear view mirror. I have still been trying for 10K of steps daily.

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SUSIEMT 11/21/2014 9:49AM

    I met my goal of three strength training sessions again this week. Woo Hoo me! My goal again next week is also three sessions. I will have two with my personal trainer. The other one will be totally up to me which maybe a challenge! Especially the day after Thanksgiving! I know I will make it over to the fitness center! The rest is up to me! I hope everyone will take on the day!

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MOONGLOWSNANA 11/21/2014 9:48AM

  Enjoy your weather and your family this fine day. In Ohio the wind has finally stopped blowing and the sun is out. There were no school delays because of frigid temps, but the lake is still ice covered. This is January weather, not November! I'm still feeding the Buck Stove to stay warm. This feels like a long winter already, and it's still fall.

My goals for today are to go to town to pay bills, clean up the kitchen, and find some more of the hidden Christmas presents to get them ready to mail. Oh, and to do my exercises and eat right!

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    Been shovelling a lot of snow this week... Toronto, Ontario. emoticon

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THOMS1 11/21/2014 9:19AM

    We'll be a waitin! emoticon

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GINA180847 11/21/2014 9:07AM

    I'll just be happy if I can drive again. Black ice, need I say more?

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MBPP50 11/21/2014 8:58AM

    Looking forward to the email.

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BURNINGTHYME101 11/21/2014 8:50AM

    I am planning to start walking after my Dr. appt. Here's to hoping it doesn't rain, otherwise I have my Gazzel to work on along with a workout.

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JEANKNEE 11/21/2014 8:42AM

    Nice teaser...

It has been a week of tapered exercise in preparation for a 5K tomorrow. Weather forecast for tomorrow's race is wind and rain. Next week will likely see another week of tapered exercise as I respond to my body's needs following the race.


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Day 218 Update: Snoozy Lays an Egg!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hi Everyone

Hope you had a great weekend!

Today is Day 218 of my 10+ Fitness Minutes Streak. Just did 5 minutes on the rowing machine and am about to do quick weights.

Here's a fun update building on yesterday's blog about my chickens: Snoozy laid her first egg yesterday -- woohoo!! She's a real sweetheart. One interesting thing we noticed about Brown Bear is that once she started laying eggs, she wasn't as timid with the other chickens and would jump right in and eat next to Blackjack the alpha and Blackjack was Ok with that. Snoozy has been the most timid, so hopefully this will help her.

SparkCheers!

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CICELY360 11/21/2014 10:52PM

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    There is nothing like fresh eggs in the morning. Just don't ever get a craving for chicken soup. emoticon Those are spark chickens.

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MARYJOANNA 11/19/2014 5:11AM

  Chickens can be our pets like cats and dogs. I had a pet chicken named Myra when I was a child.

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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 11/19/2014 2:26AM

   

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Enjoyed a low impact class, pool time and an advanced step class in addition to 45 min fast walking! Exercise is fun!

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WARRIORGIRL121 11/18/2014 5:39PM

    I LOVE YOUR CHICKENS! Enjoyed the videos. emoticon Yay for Snoozy! emoticon emoticon I hope this will help Snoozy! :) Give her a cuddle from me!

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NELLIEH1 11/18/2014 5:09PM

    Hmmm...good example for us as we work on new goals a bit at a time. Thanks!

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REBECKY441 11/18/2014 2:43PM

    I love chickens... and your chicken stories! I got my 10+ in again this morning.

The Streak Continues!
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NONNAOF2 11/18/2014 1:55PM

  I love chickens and hens that lay eggs! We had two growing up, but we lived in a city and couldn't raise any more of them, unfortunately. They really do have their own personalities for sure! :-) Congrats on your streak, you are doing a great job!! :-)

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    Wahoo way to go Snoozy.

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KERRYG155 11/18/2014 11:51AM

    Cool! I remember having chicken when we were little. My brother would go to the neighbors selling what we didn't eat.

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NANHBH 11/18/2014 11:01AM

    Nothing like fresh eggs!

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PENOWOK 11/18/2014 10:00AM

    Love the chicken stories as much as the exercise!! Your kids must be thrilled! Go Snoozy!

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BURNINGTHYME101 11/18/2014 9:58AM

    After reading the other posts I was wondering how I never thought of the different personalities of a chicken. It's sort interesting. How did the kids react ?

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1STCINDERALLA 11/18/2014 8:42AM

    Never thought of a chicken being timid. I would to raise chickens

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    Yay for Snoozy!!!

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Weekly Email & Blog Check-In: Chicken Videos

Friday, November 14, 2014

Hi Everyone

Fun edit on 11/17: Snoozy layed her first egg yesterday! Now 5 of the 6 hens are laying eggs. As I mentioned in the email, we're excited to have this fun way to have healthy food for our family -- produced very locally :). I know not everyone can raise chickens, but hopefully you'll find this entertaining and a fun way to be inspired to find your best ways to stay healthy!
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Thanks for stopping by my blog -- I appreciate your support!

If you haven't read my weekly email, here it is posted to our site:
www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog
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ns_will_make_you_smile


As I mention in the email, we're having fun with our 6 hens. And their eggs taste great.

Here is a video where I introduce each of the 6 hens if you'd like to meet them:


Here is a video of brown bear laying an egg this morning. She's a sweetie and real friendly:


Here's a short video of 3 of their eggs from today:


Here are the chickens at night -- they are so sweet and docile at night that they make me talk to them like babies :):


Here are snoozy and brown bear at night:


Shout out any highlights from last week or goals for next week!


SparkCheers!

Chris (SparkGuy)
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WHERE2BEGIN 11/21/2014 8:31PM

    Thank you for sharing. Love the chickens!
I plan to ride my Stationary bike 5 days next week for 20 min. each time.

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SUPERSYLPH 11/21/2014 6:54PM

    Eggs can be GREEN?!?!

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LESCANTOONOW 11/21/2014 8:59AM

  Good Morning SPARKGUY,

I LOVED YOUR CHICKEN VIDEOS! THEY WERE GREAT! You Really LOVE Those Chickens! AND IT SHOWS!

Until Next Time. Take Care, And Stay Well.


ALL THE VERY BEST TO YOU,
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WRITINGDIVA1 11/20/2014 3:52PM

    Thanks for sharing!
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    emoticon for showing us your chickens! They do like talking with you.

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YOYONOMORE1 11/19/2014 3:19PM

    Nice videos. Our son's neighbors have chickens and share their eggs, and he has said he'll never eat another store bought egg.

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GOLDENRODFARM 11/19/2014 2:28PM

    It is great to see all kinds of people get into chickens now! I have had chickens most of my life and they can be very interesting, besides the fact that once you eat fresh eggs you never want to go back to store bought ones! I have a mix of golden comets and barred rocks right now, This is a very personable group and talk loudly to me when I go to their pen, my neighbor says they know when I am gone and don't lay as many eggs for him! Great videos!
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NEED2BTHIN4ME 11/19/2014 11:31AM

    Love the chickens. We have had them for about 3 years (we have 14 now) and while I know we don't save any money, we do know what is going into the eggs so it is worth the trade.

This week I restarted working out to get in shape for a March marathon. I know it seems like March is forever away but really it so close that it will be a squeeze to get all the training in. I have to lose some weight and get my running legs back in shape so thanks for the encouragements in your blog posts.

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MSROZZIE 11/18/2014 8:01PM

    emoticon blog, thanks for sharing! The chicken look so plump and healthy. I bet those eggs are delicious too! Have fun! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MISSM66 11/18/2014 6:59PM

    I love Chickens,my Mom use to have chickens like those,thanks for sharing your chickens with us. emoticon emoticon

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MARYM1962 11/18/2014 3:28PM

  nothing better than FRESH eggs - very good for you too

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MARGOH12 11/18/2014 3:05PM

    Love the chickens thanks for sharing

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LILORITA 11/18/2014 1:09PM

    emoticon , I really enjoyed the videos. My highlight today was a Yoga workout!

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NSCARNEY 11/18/2014 12:02PM

    Love the chicken videos! In my universe, eggs come in styrofoam cartons....

How can you tell when one is getting ready to lay an egg?

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BOWKAY 11/18/2014 11:59AM

  Brought back memories from Sunday dinners at Papaw and Mamaws. Always had fresh fried chicken and eggs. I've always been slightly afraid of chickens but yours look very nice emoticon

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DANERUBY 11/18/2014 6:37AM

    A little late in posting, but better late than not at all. Thanks for a look at the life of a chicken. This reminded me of the benefits to choose local and as close as fresh as possible. My family is worth it!

Goal this week is to drink 8 glasses of water daily. This is a struggle for me but that doesn't mean impossible. Just two ounces every fifteen minutes and I will be okay. emoticon

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GOANNA2 11/18/2014 3:31AM

    Loved your chicken videos. thank you for sharing.
First I walked for an hour at 5.30 am, then went to
a circuit class from 7 to 8 am. Have down more walking
and total steps thus far is 19,135. So proud of myself.


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PONYFARMER 11/18/2014 12:01AM

    Love your chickens and seeing their coup. I have raised chicken for years and love the taste of fresh eggs over the cardboard taste of store bought eggs. Yuck!

Keep the chicken videos coming. I would love to see the garden as well.

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JEANKNEE 11/17/2014 10:37PM

    Enjoyed *meeting* the chickens. Thanks for sharing the videos.

Expecting a busy week at work as I prepare for my second 5K run - a turkey trot - this weekend. Balance will be key for me this week.

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MAYBER 11/17/2014 10:13PM

    Thank you for sharing brought back many memories of when we lived on five acres with our five children and raised chickens from babies wonderful experience
One day at a time love prayers peace God Bless
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BETZYGIRL 11/17/2014 9:20PM

    Thanks for sharing the chicken videos! It was so fun to watch them and remember when my guys were helping Gma and Gpa with their chickens, then later our own;)
My goal for this week is to get a 2nd strength training in (got one today). My chiropractor told me he can begin to see a bit of difference in my muscles since I started this.

Thank you for a wonderful site that I can use and be active on! There is so much available for those who will take advantage, and for those of us in the low income range, your providing SP free enables us to care for ourselves much better.

Blessings on you and your family!
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SAM60SUMTHINK 11/17/2014 9:12PM

    Congrats to Snoozy on laying her first egg on 11/16!
Thank you for sharing this truly fantastic aspect of your life, Chris; not only are they fun to watch, but you're able to give your children a wonderful life experience!!

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HEALTHYMEEMS 11/17/2014 7:33PM

    Love the chicken stories. This week I will NOT consume Swiss Miss hot cocoa! emoticon

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DJ4HEALTH 11/17/2014 7:13PM

    Love it that you even named them and know what eggs they lay too! That is so cool!

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MSBEKANATOR 11/17/2014 5:06PM

    Love the chicken videos! My goal for this week is to walk daily!

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GIGALENA 11/17/2014 4:26PM

    Been wanting to do this myself.
My goal for this week is to get in three days strength training.

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1STCINDERALLA 11/17/2014 4:22PM

    I loved reading about your chickens. We have a friend who raises chickens and shares the eggs with us for nothing. They're so much better than the stores. She has a lot of chickens and even takes the eggs to some Nursing Homes.

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PICKIE98 11/17/2014 4:00PM

    Drinking more water this week..

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 11/17/2014 2:59PM

    Great idea if you have the room for the chickens.

This week I did continue walking/exercise of 20 minutes five days minimum. Some days it was harder than others.

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LESLIESENIOR 11/17/2014 2:18PM

    Fantastic blog!!! Thank you so much for sharing with us all. Aren't chickens amazing? We had them when our boys were growing up! (They are all in their 30's now) They are so smart and friendly and make wonderful pets. Of course, their eggs are wonderful, too!
Ours roamed our 3 acres and had to be corralled to their pen at night due to the "night blindness". Sometimes an errant one would end up in our garage perched on a ladder or the washing machine if we couldn't find it.
My baby sister lived with us for a time, many years ago. She had a pet parrot that would roam around with the chickens imitating their pecking and saying: "Hello, how are you?" to them over and over. The parrot learned a clucking noise, as well. Very entertaining!

I've been in Sacramento visiting my dear aunt for 4 days, so my health goal today is to take advantage of our great So. Cal. weather and go for a 4 mile walk/jog and then get to our yoga class tonight.

Have a wonderful day!!!

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JMOUSE99 11/17/2014 1:56PM

    I can't imagine what my mother would say if she saw someone "cuddling" a chicken! She grew up on a farm and thought chickens were the stupidest animals on earth and certainly *not* pets. I, on the other hand, think your chickens are very sweet and I wouldn't mind cuddling one myself! Interesting that the lower in the pecking order the more cuddly they are.

Love your chickens and your blog!

(I'm on my 11th day of no sweet treats, candy, cookies, muffins, ice cream, etc. I've lost 5 lbs so far! I find the longer my streak lasts the easier it is to maintain because I don't want to break the streak)

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CLWELSH 11/17/2014 12:21PM

    Nice chickens! I have been more careful to get my steps in this week. I do need to watch my portions though...the number on the scale has been creeping up....

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MTRANCHWOMAN 11/17/2014 12:12PM

    Chickens are great and the eggs are so much better than those bought in a store. I have ten.

It has been so hectic that the bad thing I did was not eat regularly. The good news I dropped another pound. My DR was very pleased with the 22 pounds since me last check up. I referred him to Spark People as a helpful tool.

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LUVSBULLDOGS 11/17/2014 11:57AM

    Thanks for sharing. Glad you're enjoying your chickens.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 11/17/2014 11:55AM

    Thank you for sharing. Love the chickens!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 11/17/2014 11:23AM

    Loved the videos. Very entertaining. Thanks for sharing.

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NIBLOX610 11/17/2014 11:16AM

  As a child, we grew chickens for their eggs, as well as their meat. (Hint to would-be chicken growers: don’t give them names if they’re meant for the table.) We allowed them free range during the day. It’s a delight watching them come home to roost in their pens just before dusk. One time, I tried to shoo them away in vain, because together with their broods, they made a bee-line to their coop to roost at noon time! Noon time! “No, don’t sleep now, it’s not yet time”, I told them. But instinct prevailed, and they dutifully settled in for the “night”. Less than ten minutes later, it was broad daylight once again, as the moon revealed the sun after eclipsing it. “See told ya, but you wouldn’t listen”, I said to the hens and their broods as they filed out of their coop.

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MOMMY445 11/17/2014 11:08AM

    it was so much fun! thank you!

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    Thanks for the chicken story. Last week I started to get back on track with my food and tracking my food. I'm in a plateau and need to get back to work! emoticon

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GOOZLEBEAR 11/17/2014 10:28AM

    Thank you so much, Chris, for sharing your chickens with us. They are all beautiful and are pets just like dogs and cats!!!!

I didn't get all my steps in last week but did meet some other goals like cleaning out closets!!!! emoticon

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IDICEM 11/17/2014 9:51AM

  Love the chickens! My highlight is adding intervals to my walking regimen.

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CLESHER 11/17/2014 9:43AM

    Chicken videos are awesome...what a wonderful flock and those fresh eggs...hmmm a real green egg don't tell Dr. Seuss...... emoticon

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KWING517 11/17/2014 8:47AM

    Thank you for the weekly emails about whatever inspires you - and for giving us a place to share a little about our triumphs and goals.

I just noticed this week (on my SP-inspired run) that our neighbors have a chicken. The chicken and their dog seemed to be pretty good friends and were fun to watch.

Last week was a pretty good week 1 (all over again). I exercised at least 30 minutes every day, and I watched my calories closely. I haven't decided on a calorie-counting app for my new phone yet, but wrote things down and made smart choices.

Best wishes to everyone this week - make it a GREAT week!!

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TENNISJIM 11/17/2014 6:14AM

    Awesome

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BEYONDMYFENCES 11/17/2014 5:35AM

    Chickens are in our spring plans though meat chickens not egg, also probably adding some lambs and beef steers to the mix as we are sickened by the prices and quality available at the local stores when, with a 40 acre farm, we could be raising our own though we haven't raised anything but horses here in many years...

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QUILTINGB52 11/17/2014 5:08AM

    One of my Spark friends raises chicken (in Florida). She too has favorites and treats them like family!! She has so many eggs that she sells them on a regular basis.

Great to see all your "girls"....hope they bring you many years of enjoyment and eggs.

Am still getting Lymphedema treatments with my physical therapist and also heading to wound clinic to check out the "leaking leg" (Lymph fluid draining from the back of my leg). Always something...

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Day 210 Update: Fun Weekend

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Hi Everyone

Hope you are having a good weekend! Today is Day 210 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. 40 minutes for the day.

Today was pretty quiet after a busy day yesterday. The highlight of the weekend was my boy's soccer game yesterday. They have had a rough season so far with no wins (0-4). Yesterday they fell behind 1-0 at half. But, they were playing much better. My oldest plays defense and was getting some great saves and clearing the ball well along with his best friend and fellow fullback. The goalie had good saves as well.

Finally, in the second half my youngest scored to tie the game 1-1. This energized him and the team. About 5 minutes later he scored again to make it 2-1. There were some close calls, but the defense held and that was the final score.

What was your highlight this weekend?

SparkCheers!

Chris (SparkGuy)
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PAMTHER 11/16/2014 1:10PM

    Mine might not be QUITE as much fun as yours, but I'm getting to start working out again after surgery! Getting back to a normal life, here I come!

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    emoticon to your son and his team. My high light this week was a long walk even though my leg hurt from twisting my lower lag bones when stepping on a pine cone. I live in mid town Sacramento I am not use to having to watch for pine cones on city sidewalks, just my crazy luck.
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CATHYGETSFIT 11/12/2014 3:48AM

    Spending the day with my FIL on his birthday, Saturday. He enjoys having us over and we're glad we could make him happy.

Congrats to your son! How exciting for him.

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NANHBH 11/11/2014 11:36PM

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I spectated at a marathon/half marathon in my town. I did get some running in, as I parked and then ran to various points along the course to cheer on my marathon buddies. I'm a sprint distance runner; I don't do marathons.

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 11/11/2014 4:02PM

    Congratulations to your sons and their soccer team. My two sons are both grown now, but they played sports from a very young age on through college. Those were really fun times, and I enjoyed every minute of watching them play. My youngest son teaches school and now coaches high school football. I still go to his games. Someone asked me, "What position does your son play?" I said, "He's the coach, and I go to the games to watch my son coach!" That's true. I guess as parents, we NEVER tire of watching our children's activities and events.

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Pam

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GOANNA2 11/11/2014 7:19AM

    That was an awesome win for your son's team.
I went away for 4 days and caught up with family.
Today is Remembrance Day. Lest We Forget!

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JSEATTLE 11/10/2014 10:18PM

  How fun for you and your boys. I'm coming to the end of my leaf-raking season. YAY!

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JUDITHANNIE 11/10/2014 8:40PM

    Loved reading about your boys. I have 3 sons and remember going to their games. Youmade me smile.

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123ELAINE456 11/10/2014 4:34PM

  Awesome!!! WTG!!!
I Love SP!!!

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JEANNETTE59 11/10/2014 3:05PM

  emoticon to both boys. Both my grandsons' teams won yesterday. Ian is a goalie and Teddy plays defense.

We had a leave raking party this weekend. Lots of trees means a seeming never ending supply of leaves. It was great exercise and we had a lot of fun.

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MASRITE 11/10/2014 2:12PM

    Yeah to your boys winning this weekend!! emoticon My daughter is on a club team, so I get you!! She had 2 games this weekend: tied first game and won the second. Glad your boys are doing well. And, congrats on your little guy scoring both goals!!

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WARRIORGIRL121 11/10/2014 1:37PM

    My highlight was getting out this weekend and getting more activity, and doing well with my food portions! So grateful for SparkPeople's motivation and information! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPARKLINGME176 11/10/2014 1:27PM

    My highlight was sparking & finding that there are only about 100 of my team mates, left, sparking out of 11,000! WOW! Shocking!

DO THE CHALLENGES & SPARK STREAKS HELP ME? (Little Black Dress emoticon , team, daily question)

The hard thing for me emoticon , I am finding, is when I break a streak or challenge, for what ever reason, I want to give up on all of them! been streaking since I started EVERYDAY emoticon since March 16, 2012! emoticon I made a commitment to Spark DAILY, until I give up on keeping my goal of healthy living! No matter what the scale says, what the tape measure says, just keeping my trackers going, ALWAYS! emoticon ! I found Spark People as an answer to a prayer, 10 minutes after I asked for a solution to my being at an unhealthy weight!

THX to all the SP team mates March 11-17-2012 Who replied to my email! Out of 11,000 members there are only about 100 still Sparking! I'm shocked! Were RU, all? emoticon
I KNOW teams take time, Sparking takes time, BUT I still feel I am SO worth it! emoticon ! Yesterday I spent about 2 hours going through ALL my team mates to see IF they were still active on the team. The BIG awareness was, they are not even on Spark People, any more. Their names are UN-highlighted. emoticon I wish there was a way to help some of these people, truly achieve their goals through Spark People, as they have asked for the help. That's about 1%, right?

Thank YOU for still Sparking, still reaching your goals AND for YOUR amazing support! I can NOT do this without you! YOU are the MOST supportive people on earth! emoticon & I am so blessed to be in YOUR/our community! If you are reading this & want to 'friend' me, PLEASE do & I will add you, too! We are here to help each other! What can I do for YOU? emoticon

PS... Please read & Comment on my blog today, for the entire reading, thx!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 11/10/2014 12:59PM

    Good for your sons. It is always a morale boost to win the first game. emoticon

My highlight this weekend was being able to see my BFF in the hospital. He is going to be alright. He is in CCU and needs sparkpeople like I have been telling him for over 2 years now. emoticon

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KITT52 11/10/2014 10:33AM

    the highlight of my week end was being with family for a birthday party ....and telling people about my success here on Spark people....

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SUSIEMT 11/10/2014 9:38AM

    Soccer season is over for our little guy but does that leave us adrift? NO! My sister and I charged on by going to a craft sale! Woo Hoo for us! LOL However, come Sunday and we hit the gym!

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MEOWMEEEOW 11/10/2014 9:14AM

    My highlight of the weekend was walking the art festival.

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DJSHIP46 11/10/2014 8:08AM

    I went to a craft sale at the Fig Twig Market. It's an annual holiday thing. Then a walking tour of all the shops on Main Street in Ferndale. A very quaint little town about 4o miles from my home. I'm feeling MUCH better and managed some overdue chores yesterday... It was a very good weekend!

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GABY1948 11/10/2014 7:25AM

    Great blog and good for your boys!

I have really done well myself this week! Thanks for being such a great inspiration and starting Spark! emoticon

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ANNARUTH2 11/10/2014 6:53AM

    I'll bet you were about to "bust" with excitement and pride! Congratulations to the boys for winning their first game. I am so happy for them!
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FORMYDARLINGS 11/10/2014 6:14AM

    Your boys seem to have really taken well to soccer. My little grandson played this past season. He is 3 1/2. Mostly he ran back and forth , up and down the field with whatever crowd was going that way but he did get in and join the fun. Maybe next year he will touch the ball. LOL Great job on your streak.


Gini

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NILLAPEPSI 11/10/2014 4:05AM

    emoticon emoticon to your son's team & to him for those goals!!

Highlight of my weekend was just being able to spend time with my sweet hubby.

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NEW-CAZ 11/10/2014 3:11AM

    Well done your lads!

My highlight was seeing a hum back whales sighted off the beach and a rare bird (Dessert Wheatear) on the same day.
Just out for a walk and the locals told me they were about so I investigated. It made my day!

http://www.sparkpeople.
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SNOWFLAKELILYM9 11/10/2014 1:07AM

    Congratulations to your sons!! They both must have felt terrific after winning their game and putting their team in the games won column!!! emoticon emoticon

My highlight was watching my youngest son skate in a benefit show to raise money for a wing at one of the major hospitals in Boston. People had to pay $18.00 to come and see these kids and young men and women skate. They did a great job and gave the crowd a great show for the money they were donating to the hospital, and also put smiles on everyone's faces as well.

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JUNEPA 11/10/2014 12:04AM

    Yay for your boys' soccer game !!

My highlights for this weekend were visiting DS with DH in Seattle, going on a historic walk tour of the small historied town I was born, and watching my niece's soccer game.

Saturday I went for a run, Sunday was rest day.

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REGILIEH 11/9/2014 11:20PM

    That was exciting!

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JAMER123 11/9/2014 11:18PM

    A quiet Sunday afternoon and evening. I do better with workout every other day and did a 20 min. water aerobics last evening. Tomorrow will be another pool workout.

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SPARKFRAN514 11/9/2014 11:00PM

    work out done as watched the sea Hawk game and hey won and got 40 min in too.

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JEANKNEE 11/9/2014 10:33PM

    My highlight was enjoying an afternoon walk with my husband and lunch outdoors on a beautiful autumn day.

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GINA180847 11/9/2014 10:05PM

    My highlight was working on my book. I was kind of stuck for a day last week.

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DALID414 11/9/2014 9:50PM

    Getting back to the Body Pump class today.

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JUDITHANNIE 11/9/2014 9:49PM

    We had a great weekend. My husband is a Shriner and he Fezed one of his best friends last night. It was a great day.

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GOOZLEBEAR 11/9/2014 9:40PM

    So proud of your son, that win will be an encouragement to him and his teammates!!

My highlight was going to an arts and crafts show yesterday with my girlfriend and getting some walking in.

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AQUAGIRL08 11/9/2014 9:28PM

    Congratulations to your boys on their skill improvement in soccer! Well done!

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MSLZZY 11/9/2014 9:17PM

    I spent 75 minutes stacking wood and filling the basement ahead of the winter storm. Glad your son's team came out on top.

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LESLIESENIOR 11/9/2014 9:08PM

    Congratulations, Chris, on the wonderful soccer win for your boys. The inspiration of that story is in their continued support of one another!
My highlight was a lunch on Saturday with our three boys and spouses (girlfriends) and 2 grand kids for my husband's 64th birthday. They are all in their 30's and it is not as easy to get everyone together these days. It was great family time. We met at a mid-way point for everyone in Temecula. The weather was in the 90's. Yikes, it's November!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/9/2014 9:06PM

    Got walks in outdoors, and de-cluttered!

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PATRICIAAK 11/9/2014 9:04PM

    congrats to your boys

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MBPP50 11/9/2014 8:43PM

    Walking 10 miles in a 130 minutes- fastest time yet. Soccer game sounds fun!

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THOMS1 11/9/2014 8:40PM

    The highlight of our weekend was yesterday when my sister and I went to a holiday craft fair at a high school in our are. We were pleased with all of the crafty items we found and were pleased to support the school fund raiser. After a healthy lunch at the local Subway we called it a day. Today was another great start for the week ahead with a visit to the fitness center. Have a great week everyone. emoticon

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LUVSBULLDOGS 11/9/2014 8:38PM

    My weekend has been pretty usual for me. I worked at a thrift store Saturday morning and spent the afternoon working outside in the yard. The big highlight for us is warmer than predicted temperatures. The wind is blowing, but it's warm. Makes a delightful atmosphere.

Great that your son had an exciting soccer game.

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My highlight was a weekend visit from adult son. emoticon

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Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts

Weekly Email & Blog Check-In

Friday, November 07, 2014

Hi Everyone

Thanks for coming here from my weekly Hello from SparkGuy email or blog on the site. If you haven't read the email or blog yet (the email is sent out starting at 12:05 Eastern), just check it out here:
www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog
.asp?post=tis_the_season_how_to_cope_w
ith_sad



It would be great to spread the spark as much as possible to help out with SAD.

As mentioned in the email/blog, here are some links to sources. Keep in mind that I'm not a MD or trained medical expert, I'm just a person with a mild form of SAD who wants to help others, so these links are just ways to start your research if you are interested:

1) Mayo Clinic pages about SAD (I wanted to point people to a really well-known medical organization to show that this condition is recognized by mainstream medicine and can be treated:
www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditio
ns/seasonal-affective-disorder/basics/
definition/con-20021047


2) Article by a Harvard-trained MD discussing the benefits of Vitamin D3: www.saragottfriedmd.com/the-b
enefits-of-vitamin-d-why-its-the-sexie
st-vitamin-around/


3) Recent study discussing a possible connection between Vitamin D, serotonin, and autism:
www.sciencedaily.com/releases
/2014/02/140226110836.htm


4) Article by Coach Nicole about SAD with some more information:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/
wellness_articles.asp?id=341


5) SparkTeams for SAD:
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/g
roups_individual.asp?gid=25632
-- SAD team
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/g
roups_individual.asp?gid=953
-- Dealing with Depression team

Post below if you shared the email or blog wtih anyone and I'll pick a random person to send a signed copy of my first book!

Also, share any highlights from last week or goals for this coming week.

Thanks for your support!

SparkCheers!

Chris
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SASSYLOVEBUG 11/21/2014 2:54PM

    Thanks for the info I have a hard time getting out of the bed this time of the year. In the summer months I am outside all the time working in my flower beds at the cottage and on really nice days I am a BEACH bum. So I get lots of sunshine and love the outdoors. In the fall I head back to town and of course I am not as active as I am in summer.I always blamed it on winter and the cold. Now after reading your article I will welcome my walks outside with my dog and will try to get that sunshine in my body. Great info, thanks so much,love all the hints and info from you and ALL the spark people, you motivate me every day.

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UKNOWITNOW 11/19/2014 8:50AM

  I was aware of this condition. I like to turn lots of lights on in the house on these dreary days and it seems to help.
Thanks SparkGuy.
Have a great day.

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READYRUBBIES 11/18/2014 3:45PM

    this is very helpful thanks alot :)

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MELLYB1976 11/17/2014 3:07PM

  I never knew much about depression or SAD up until May of this year when my teenager tried to commit suicide. Luckily it was a failed attempt and we have gotten help. She has been diagnosed with SAD and with generalized anxiety disorder. I can't imagine what she or any of you actually feel like. Most of the time when she begins to talk I have no idea what to say to her and if I say something it is usually wrong. Thanks to our many drs we have been able to cope but we do have to take prozac daily to keep the suicidal thoughts away. Does anyone have any experiences with how depression actually changes the mind? Attention stress and schoolwise, my child is completely different that she was a year ago before the attempt. Sometimes is different in her cognitive abilities.

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MELLYBEANS0919 11/17/2014 2:30PM

    Thanks for sharing. I also have SAD and fully appreciate people being willing to speak so openly about it. I sleep too much, crave carbs/sweets, feel down, less motivated, etc. It's rough. I have more of a plan this winter: use my light box daily, eat healthier, exercise daily, journal daily, etc. I am hoping it helps.
Hugs to all who suffer or know someone who does.

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CLWELSH 11/17/2014 12:29PM

    Thanks for the info! I think that exercising gives me the "happy" hormones I need to keep going and I like the idea of the light. I live in Canada...on the prairies...it gets cold and the sun is not as effective so, ya, maybe I will look into that!

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BLKSWANN 11/16/2014 12:55PM

    I was diagnosed 2 years ago. I've always wondered why I would shut down when the time would change. I would hibernate like the bears for winter. I use light therapy in the mornings and have another light on my desk at work. It has helped me tremendously. I passed along your article to my friends on FB. Thanks for sharing!

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SUZYMARC 11/15/2014 11:56AM

    emoticon I have been trying to figure out if I am showing signs of SAD since I know for a fact my father has always suffered from it with severe symptoms.
Today's small steps: went outside for a 43 min. walk with the sun shining despite temps in the 30s with winds dropping it lower at times. It felt great having the sun shine on my face. emoticon
Also looked up some new strength exercises on SP to keep my body guessing and aimed for proper form, time limit (used my timer), and muscle fatigue before ending my lower body session. emoticon
Now to focus on making a healthy soup with lots of veggies and getting some water in.
I know my vitamin D level has been down so I am taking supplements. I have more blood labs to undergo on Tuesday.

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TAMMILYN1 11/14/2014 12:28PM

  Hi Spark Guy! I forwarded the email to all of my coworkers. We live in Michigan and have a problem with Vitamin D deficiency due to the lack of sunshine in the winter. I would like to be entered in the drawing for your book, would love to get a copy!!! Thanks, Tammi

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RUTHDEN1 11/12/2014 7:07PM

    I wondered why I was feeling so different lately, could it be the time change, coldness here and lack of not being outside. Never thought it could be SAD. Great info. Thanks!!! emoticon

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KAMELCHIA 11/12/2014 5:59PM

  I posted this link to Facebook

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FLCUPCAKE 11/12/2014 3:23PM

  I live in FL and never thought that this could apply to me. Reading this blog made me realize why I've been so disaffected lately. The sunshine is in the morning rather than in the evenings so getting home from work in the dark is depressing. I am resolved to going to bed earlier to get up earlier to walk in the sunlight before work. Thanks for opening my eyes to this. emoticon

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ZEECHA 11/12/2014 6:24AM

    Thanks for this info.

I was recently discussing this very topic with a couple of friends; I've shared this info with them. I know that if I get out & walk (just 10 minutes will do it) that I always feel much, much better. I'm going to try either the vitamin D3 therapy or the light to see if that will make a difference for me.

Thanks for your Spark!

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RAESUN54 11/11/2014 7:05PM

    Thanks for the information. It is sure to help a lot of people including myself.

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123ELAINE456 11/11/2014 12:23PM

  Awesome Blog. Thank You.

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123ELAINE456 11/11/2014 12:23PM

  Awesome Blog. Thank You.

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MARYM1962 11/11/2014 7:51AM

  Good for people to be aware. I myself am fortunate and do not suffer from this condition - actually this is my favorite time of year and I become more active and get outside more. But I do have quite a few friends who do suffer from this and even working near a window during the day isn't enough. Phototherapy and exercise are the best preventatives for this condition emoticon

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RHONDAWI 11/10/2014 11:54PM

  Thank you for sharing this. I will be better at taking my Vit D prescribed by my dr. now. I will make sure I am exercising too. I have often thought about the light to see if that worked for me. emoticon

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LUVTOBOWL 11/10/2014 8:56PM

    Thanks for the reminder Chris. This is the season that this happens most.

I'll be sure to check on loved ones who live alone.

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MTRANCHWOMAN 11/10/2014 7:51PM

    My daughter has SAD and I gave her a daytime light a long time ago. She also knows exercise helps.

My success this week-having my annual physical and being 22 pounds less than last year. emoticon

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MAWMAW101 11/10/2014 7:02PM

    Thank you so much for sharing. emoticon

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JMAHNKEN 11/10/2014 6:32PM

    I shared it on my Pinterest account and on my Facebook account. I don't have Outlook available to forward it out that way too.

I love all of your stuff. emoticon

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BACCAGIRL 11/10/2014 4:56PM

    I do, already have a copy of the book, but wanted to express my thanks for your sharing this topic so well!

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CHALLENGER15 11/10/2014 2:22PM

    Thank you for the great info. I shared with the Springfield, MO team and also with the RV Enthusiasts team.

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COFFEYANGEL 11/10/2014 1:55PM

    Absolutely shared! My Mom suffers w/ a nasty degree of SAD & I have minor issues w/ it as well as a severe Vit D deficiency. A lot of people act like these things are stupid or an attention grabbing ploy ~ or some other nonsense. Thank you for shining a light on this so maybe some folks out there might not judge sufferers too harshly, & some folks who are suffering, but not sure why or what is going on, can get to resources that may help!

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KCERRA 11/10/2014 12:59PM

  I shared your information. Great stuff! Thank you.

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PROPMAN1 11/10/2014 12:57PM

  Good information. emoticon emoticon

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ISABELLE31 11/10/2014 11:52AM

    Thanks for sharing this information!

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ATHENA1442 11/10/2014 11:44AM

    Hi There,
thank you for posting this about SAD, Chris. I have it and sit under my lightbox (from the Sunbox Company in Rockville, MD) every day starting about mid-August and lasting til early February. About 20-30 minutes seems to work. Otherwise I feel low, really want carbs, have less energy. I've had SAD at least for 30 years and the lightbox plus taking extra Vit D3 in addition to dietary sources helps me stay functional. emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 11/10/2014 11:40AM

    This is such great information. I think I might have a mild case but it has never been formally diagnosed. The fall & winter months are very hard for me to stay motivated and focused. But I've said and noticed that I am solar powered... in that I'm always happier and more active when the sun is shining.

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MTN_KITTEN 11/10/2014 10:45AM

    Hubby has a brain injury and getting daily sun is a must for his sleep!!!!

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MUSICNUT 11/10/2014 10:36AM

    Thank you for your email and blog post on SAD and for the very useful information.

I have forwarded your email and shared it as well. :-)

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RHAL1462 11/10/2014 10:25AM

    I read the SAD email and truly believe it is an issue for more people than we know.

Personally I crave sunshine and try to get the feel of it on my skin when I can even in the winter months - and that's hard to do in Indiana!. I have never been diagnosed with SAD and don't think I have it, but can understand how people have it. It is great that the medical industry acknowledges that it exists and there are options out there for those who need it.

Shared email with my sister and a co-worker.



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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 11/10/2014 9:55AM

    My poor DH suffers from SAD. Drives to work in the dark, drives home in the dark. Usually in winter he will give up his lunchtime just to go outside and see the sun and do some walking around. It is a very difficult time for him.

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ARKMOGAL 11/10/2014 9:26AM

    Thanks for sharing this!! I also shared the email!! I think I have SAD and taking your tips and running with them!! emoticon

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JOANNS4 11/10/2014 9:08AM

    Thank you.

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JUNETTA2002 11/10/2014 8:55AM

    Thanks for the information.

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TERSIEFROG 11/10/2014 8:42AM

    Thank you for the excellent and meaningful blog post! I am sharing this with a few friends who also deal with SAD. I'm taking action this week to get my diet and exercise back in order, to feel better overall and to beat the rough winter emotions.

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BARBALVA 11/10/2014 8:35AM

    Thank you!

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KWING517 11/10/2014 8:12AM

    In past years, I've struggled terribly with the change in seasons and the colder weather coming in - to the point that I've searched other areas of the country for a new job, but I just can't leave my family.

This year is different though - I'm embracing the change in seasons and finding ways to look forward to the colder weather - this year I WILL buy a snowsuit so I can stay warm even while sledding and building a snowman with my kids.

So, I'm hoping that what I was feeling was just a dreading of the season change and not SAD as I thought it was. We will see.

For my goals, as of today, I am starting over. I have a new plan, new goals, and a new outlook. I have let everyone else become more important, but starting today, I will take at least a half hour out of every day for me, just ME. I will go to the gym if possible, but if not, I will walk with Leslie Samsone or bundle up and walk outside.

Today is Day 1.

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GEMINI2222 11/10/2014 8:09AM

  I had no idea that there were more people other than me that got SAD in the fall to winter. I live in the Southeastern section of the U.S. and we have more sun than
most. I would rather be outside than in on most days. I really appreciate the shared
info about SAD.

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CALLMESALLYG 11/10/2014 7:07AM

    I shared! Although I am undiagnosed, I know full well that I suffer from SAD and am taking some of your tips to heart. Thank you!

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TENNISJIM 11/10/2014 6:10AM

    Thanks for the info.

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BAKINBUNNY 11/10/2014 4:10AM

  I have already started feeling the effects of SAD. This is earlier than usual for me. I have forwarded the article to my fiancee so he can read it and understand why I get this way. This week I am going to get more exercise than I have been getting, drink more water, get outside at lunchtime a couple times this week and break out my light box. I used a light box for the first time last year (the worst winter I have seen in my 41 years) and it really worked. I was not as depressed as I had been in previous years. Thank you for the article and for shedding some light (nopun intended) on a disorder that is not made up or just in my head. Thank you!!


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CATNURSE1 11/10/2014 3:08AM

    Living in Alaska, a lot of people suffer from SAD. I am not one of them, but I do have a Vitamin D deficiency which I never knew until I moved up here and had my level tested. I was on 50,000 IUs daily for eight weeks, then dropped to 10,000 IUs daily which I have been on for over five years now. Retesting my Vitamin D level showed that I am on the low side of normal, so I'll be taking 10,000 IUs of Vitamin D until further notice.

Right now we have seven hours and forty-two minutes of daylight. By the time tie winter solstice rolls around, we'll be down to about five hours. It's a lot worse in the northern areas where they have no sunlight at all in the winter. Then on the flip side, they have only sunlight 24 hours a day during the summer. And people wonder why we go nuts.

Happy Monday, and Happy Veteran's Day, too.

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_CYNDY55_ 11/9/2014 11:16PM

    emoticon for sharing...:::SparkGuy:::...!!
I have Vitamin D Deficiency. And take A Oral Supplement D3 2000 I.U. Liquid Softgel. Recommended and prescribed by my Doctor. Blood tests did diagnose this condition.
I get enough Sun. living in So Cal.
My doctor has not mentioned SAD. I'll ask her at my next appointment.
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ALISIA612 11/9/2014 9:56PM

  I shared this email with my mom,sister and Papa....I think it may help some family members of ours....I think I may suffer from it too...I know I have depression,but it seems worse in the fall and winter. I live in OR. How do you know if it is?? :(

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SASSYTHING52 11/9/2014 9:52PM

    i need to know more about sad emoticon

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