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Is this MONDAY????!!!or terrible no good day!!!

Tuesday, October 02, 2012



Yep one of those days...like a snail on a scooter going round and round and not accomplishing a thing..It started with the phone....

Ok had talked last week to my sister about meeting today..and then last phone call I got was Friday when the youngest son called before they came out..have not had a phone call one all weekend which is sometimes not unusual. I had called my DIL this weekend but just not gotten a call..so didnt' think a thing about it..but was wondering why my sister had not called me back to firm up our plans for today. I'm thinking she just didn't want to meet and therefore was waiting for me to call her so she could make excuses...(btw she does this some)..so I'm a little hurt and mad but decided to go on over to the big town to Sam's as I needed to pick up refreshments for an art guild meeting tonight..decided to call the DIL who lives over there and ask her to meet me instead..she never would answer her phone..so went on to Sam's and picked up a cute skooter skirt for Miss Molly and decided to just drop by their house (same DIL I had called) and surprise them as thought maybe her phone was being charged and wasn't ringing or something..Now you have to know me and phones don't get along anyway..I don't do internet or even texting on them..basically just use it for calling and receiving calls..And my husband and my phones are new straight talk phones..so get to the DIL's house and noone is home..so thinking she forgot and had gone her merry way for the day..so drive on home and go to the local grocers and decided to call my husband who had gone a different direction this morning..and got a message saying there was no connection to his phone..then my mind starts working..though still thinking that it is because he is driving through a dead zone which we have many between here and there..so still thinking then maybe just maybe something is wrong with our phones..so call other DIL and she answered..had her call me and nothing..so called her back and she said she got message that there was no service...same as I got for my husband's number..so then call the other DIL I had tried to go see and she answered...she had forgotten her phone in her car that morning and got called into work at the last minute..she said since she had called me and got the message that there was no service on my phone, she had called my sister..which then got my sister to worrying that something might be wrong..so by then I'm driving home and that is one thing I don't do and that is use my phone while driving...almost home and get a text message..I pulled over to the side of the road and see it is from my sister..so called her from the side of the road..she told me she had called me all weekend and got the same message all weekend and even tried my home phone and couldn't get me..well I had never heard my home phone ring..so got home and explained to hubby what had happened and he tried to call my phone and got the same message as I got trying to call his..and since the home phone is not connected to any of that, went to check it...it was unplugged...ok that riddle was solved but our cells were another problem..so called straight talk and they give the automated spill that I could wait up to 20 minutes or they could call me back when an available rep could talk to me..well had to wait as knew they could not ring me..waited the entire 20 minutes..and finally got someone..with accent..and be being hard of hearing and bad vision and hard to see the tiny numbers on the phone...muddled through all their number pushing and finally got my phone to work..this took about another 20 minutes..so while I had him on the phone, I got my husband's phone and we did the number punching and never could get his to work..we worked on his for over 30 minutes..with no cure for the problem..me trying to be patient..so finally they said they would check things out there and try to reset everything and if it didn't work in 72 hours...yes 72 hours..that to call again and they would probably send out a new phone..

Go to cook lunch..decided I wanted cooked cabbage and immediately burned it..now if you know what cabbage smells like cooking think BURNED cabbage..pheweeeeee. threw it out and have the pan soaking with a bounce sheet..made slaw with rest of cabbage and hubby grilled potatoes and steak..ah when things go wrong..it all goes wrong..Just hope I made it to the art guild meeting with nothing else happening...going back to riding in circles..Have a good one.

  
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MAZACK 10/3/2012 11:52AM

    When it rains it pours. What a day!!!! you had. Hope you had a better Tuesday. Have several phone throughout the house so don't have to worry about not getting a call because of being unplugged BUT our big gray cat likes to ANSWER the phone. We have one that isn't cordless and he will lift receiver off the hook when he hears the answering machine come on.

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JENNNY135 10/3/2012 10:08AM

    Technology is so frustrating at times. Glad no one was sick or injured. Have a super day tomorrow.

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CAKAROO 10/3/2012 6:21AM

    hope thing are back working with you phones!

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MISSY455 10/3/2012 12:46AM

    Oh my goodness, I hope the phone situation gets resolved quicker than 72 hours, and the rest of your day was better.

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MCJULIEO 10/2/2012 5:33PM

    Hope everything goes better now that you've had this terrible no good bad day...

And Oh, I know how easy it is to burn cabbage- I can conjure that smell in my mind any time!

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13 Reason's Tea is good for you.

Monday, October 01, 2012


I am an avid tea drinker. I drink tea all day long..iced in the summer and hot in the winter. I like my tea with a touch of milk and substitute splenda for the sugar. My very favorite tea is Earl Grey. Many times in the summer I love drinking Jasmine green tea as it reminds me of Japanese tea gardens. Winter I go for more spicey ones like chai. Also tea is so good for you...here are 13 reasons why you should drink more tea.

• Tea can boost exercise endurance. Scientists have found that the catechins (antioxidants) in green tea extract increase the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel, which accounts for improved muscle endurance.
• Drinking tea could help reduce the risk of heart attack. Tea might also help protect against cardiovascular and degenerative diseases.
• The antioxidants in tea might help protect against a boatload of cancers, including breast, colon, colorectal, skin, lung, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, pancreas, liver, ovarian, prostate and oral cancers. But don’t rely solely on tea to keep a healthy body — tea is not a miracle cure, after all. While more studies than not suggest that tea has cancer-fighting benefits, the current research is mixed.
• Tea helps fight free radicals. Tea is high in oxygen radical absorbance capacity (“ORAC” to its friends), which is a fancy way of saying that it helps destroy free radicals (which can damage DNA) in the body. While our bodies are designed to fight free radicals on their own, they’re not 100 percent effective — and since damage from these radical oxygen ninjas has been linked to cancer, heart disease and neurological degeneration, we’ll take all the help we can get.
• Tea is hydrating to the body (even despite the caffeine!).
• Drinking tea is linked with a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease. When considered with other factors like smoking, physical activity, age and body mass index, regular tea drinking was associated with a lowered risk of Parkinson’s disease in both men and women.
• Tea might provide protection from ultraviolet rays. We know it’s important to limit exposure to UV rays, and we all know what it’s like to feel the burn. The good news is that green tea may act as a back-up sunscreen.
• Tea could keep waist circumference in check. In one study, participants who regularly consumed hot tea had lower waist circumference and lower BMI than non-consuming participants. Scientists speculate that regular tea drinking lowers the risk of metabolic syndrome (which increases the risk of diabetes, artery disease and stroke), although it’s important to remember that correlation does not equal causation.
• Regular tea drinking might also counteract some of the negative effects of smoking and might even lessen the risk of lung cancer (good news, obviously, but not a justification for cigs).
• Tea could be beneficial to people with Type 2 diabetes. Studies suggest that compounds in green tea could help diabetics better process sugars.
• Tea can help the body recover from radiation. One study found that tea helped protect against cellular degeneration upon exposure to radiation, while another found that tea can help skin bounce back postexposure.
• Green tea has been found to improve bone mineral density and strength.
• Tea might be an effective agent in the prevention and treatment of neurological diseases, especially degenerative diseases (think Alzheimer’s). While many factors influence brain health, polyphenols in green tea may help maintain the parts of the brain that regulate learning and memory

  
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MISSY455 10/3/2012 12:49AM

    I used to drink a lot more tea than I have recently. These are all very good reasons to start drinking again. emoticon for sharing!

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DOROTHYBERO 10/2/2012 9:30AM

    I usually drink greet tea and earl gray - but I love chai as well. Thanks for the info.

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JUDYAMK 10/1/2012 9:49PM

    question what brand of green tea & is one better than another ? I never had green tea. The all above you mentioned why it is good for you, how many cups do you drink a day to get the benefits? I love Earl Grey, does drinking tea count has a water when drinking it or does the true water still needed to be drank? Thanks for posting
Judy

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KIMPY225 10/1/2012 2:29PM

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Thank you for sharing! I love tea!

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ZACEVETOB 10/1/2012 2:24PM

    emoticon i love green and herbal tea

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10 Habits of UN-successful Dieters Parts 6-10

Saturday, September 29, 2012


Bad Habit #6: Only dieting and not exercising.
This may be one of the most common reasons your weight loss is stalling. Yes, you can lose weight through diet alone, but it will be a lot harder. You can only cut so many calories without feeling overly hungry, lethargic or miserable. Yet by exercising along with making dietary changes, you can eat more (and feel more satisfied) and still lose weight. Plus, you'll get all the amazing physical and mental benefits that come from exercising, including improved appearance, better muscle tone and a healthier body overall.
Smart Fix: Add exercise to your weight-loss plan. It doesn't have to be boring, strenuous, or time-consuming either. Even 10 minutes a day can make a huge difference in your results. For tons of fun, easy and effective workout ideas, check out our Fitness Resources. You're sure to find something that you enjoy!

Bad Habit #7: Trying to eat as little as possible. If cutting calories is good for weight loss, then eating as little as possible is better, right? Wrong (especially if you're also trying to fuel your body for regular workouts). You need to eat a certain calorie level to function optimally and get all its essential nutrients your body needs to stay healthy. Eating much less than that can cause serious problems in the long term and damage your metabolism, making weight loss even harder.
Smart Fix: Don't just guess how many calories you need, and don't eat what someone else eats either. Your SparkPeople free Nutrition Tracker has a recommended calorie range that is personalized for you and your goals. Eating within that range (even at the very top of it) will help you reach your weight loss goal. There is no reason to go below it. Remember: You have to eat to lose!

Bad Habit #8: Giving up too easily. No person who ever lost weight successfully reached that goal because they were perfect all the time. Setbacks happen to everyone, even the most successful people. We've all had days where we made a poor food decision during a meal—or even for an entire day. We've all missed workouts, forgot the lunch we packed, or been too busy to cook a diet-friendly meal at home. But those who continue dropping the pounds pick themselves up, forgive themselves from their mistakes, learn from their slipups, and just keep right on going.
Smart Fix: Remember that perfection has no place in a weight loss plan. When you do make a mistake or feel like you're not making enough progress, don't give up. Change requires time and old habits die hard. When you feel yourself ready to give up, reach out for some support, and don't wait until next week or next month to get back on the wagon. Here are 25 ways to get back on track today

Bad Habit #9: Confusing "healthy" with "low-calorie." Research shows that when shoppers see "healthy" buzz words or claims on food packages (think: gluten-free, organic, all-natural, sugar-free, low-fat, etc.), they automatically assume the food is low in calories. This couldn't be further from the truth. Food manufacturers will plaster all sorts of enticing lingo onto their packages, knowing that you'll think exactly that. But none of these words really tell you much about the healthfulness of a product; and none of them actually have any affect on a food's calories.
Smart Fix: Read front-of-package labels with a discerning eye, and always turn over the package and look at the nutrition facts (and ingredients) to get a full picture of what a food is really like. This goes for restaurant menus, too. Don't let healthy-sounding words make you think a food is actually low in calories. Know your menu watch words or look up nutrition facts before you place your order.

Bad Habit #10: Unrealistic expectations. These days with news stories, weight-loss advertisements and reality shows alike touting fast and extreme weight loss as the norm, it can be easy to think that you are capable of those kinds of results, too. But in truth, these are extreme and abnormal results that most people cannot expect to replicate. If you're expecting to drop a lot of weight fast—and to do so consistently—these unrealistic expectations could be setting you up for failure. There's nothing worse than expecting to lose 10 pounds in your first week, but to only lose one.
Smart Fix: Change your expectations and your mindset. If you expect to lose 10 pounds in one week, then losing 1 pound is a major letdown. But if you expect to lose 1 pound and you did, you feel successful and inspired to keep working toward your goals. Losing 1-2 pounds per week—even half a pound—is major progress that should be commended. This is a healthy and realistic rate of weight loss that you can expect if you're sticking to your nutrition and fitness goals

  
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MAZACK 10/3/2012 11:32AM

    #9 I am getting much better about choosing foods based on reading the labels. Zack makes comments about how long it takes me to shop but he is learning.

I know I would lose my weight faster if I would exercise more. That is how I lost a lot (for me) in the past.

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DR8561 9/30/2012 12:59PM

    Great list! I'd like to add to #7. The "if some is good then more is better" attitude can also apply to exercise. I've been guilty of over-doing both the calorie restriction and the amount of exercise and just ended up hurting myself and stalling out my weight loss. I'm still working on #8 - it can be hard shutting up my inner perfectionist. Thanks for sharing this.
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ZACEVETOB 9/30/2012 7:41AM

    awesome blog

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DOROTHYBERO 9/30/2012 7:25AM

    All so true - thanks for sharing!

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MISSY455 9/30/2012 2:52AM

    #10...that's me! Working on it though :-)

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10 Habits of UN-successful Dieters: Part 1-5

Friday, September 28, 2012



This is taken from a Sparkpeople article.

Bad Habits #1: Going on a "diet" in the first place. The word DIET implies restriction, limitation, and a short-lived effort to get some quick results . SparkPeople's surveys have shown that people who consider themselves to be "dieting" lose less weight and encounter more problems (such as plateaus and a lack of motivation) than people who are trying to lose weight by creating a lasting healthy lifestyle. Plus diets usually mean giving things up: favorite foods, dining out, desserts—even your social life. You don't have to be a psychology expert to know that when you tell yourself you can't have something, you usually want it more. This way of thinking could directly be sabotaging your efforts.
Smart Fix: Ditch the diets for good and focus on creating a healthy lifestyle based on nutritious foods and small, realistic changes that you can live with for the long term.

Bad Habit #2: Overhauling your eating habits overnight.
How many times have you gone crazy eating all the "bad" foods you know you shouldn't, only to promise to swear them off starting next week or next month or next year? How often have you decided to suddenly clean out your kitchen, throw away all the "junk" and then shop for only healthy food?No one can expect to change a lifetime of eating habits overnight—and no one should have to! To lose weight successfully and keep it off, you have to adopt a way of eating that you can stick with for the rest of your life.
Smart Fix: Eating healthy isn't about taking food away; it's about eating MORE of the things that are good for you. To be successful, you have to implement small and realistic changes to your diet. Next week, swap that 2% milk for 1%, and switch out your usual bread for a healthy whole-grain variety. Once you get used to that, you can set a small goal like eating one serving of fresh fruits or vegetables each day. The point is to start small with changes that fit into your lifestyle.

Bad Habit #3: Giving up certain foods altogether.
We've already touched on the idea that labeling certain foods as diet no-no's can make you crave them even more. Whether you feel out of control when you're around certain foods or you've read about a certain diet plan that promises results if you were to just cut out wheat, gluten, carbs, sugar, or dairy, a lot of people think that to lose weight they have to give up specific things—including foods that they love.A truly healthy diet that you can stick with forever will include all the foods you love. Unless you plan to give up ice cream or bread forever, then don't cut anything out temporarily. Generally, people can give up foods like that for a while and see some weight loss success (usually because they're eating fewer calories, not because anything about that specific food causes weight problems). But as soon as that food is let back into your life, the weight tends to come back with it.
Smart Fix: All things in moderation. Instead of focusing on the foods you can't have, set goals to eat more of the foods that you know are good for you. This is a much more positive way to think about your goals and get results. Plus, allowing yourself portion-controlled servings of the food you're thinking about banning will keep you happy and content, but also prevent crazed binges that can occur when you're feeling weak.

Bad Habit #4 Only caring about calories.
Calories are key to weight loss. In fact, balancing your calorie equation (what you eat and what you burn) is what results in successful weight management. However, there is more to weight loss and a healthy lifestyle than calories alone. Some foods that may be higher in calories per serving are actually healthier for you than foods that may be lower in calories (think a heart-healthy avocado vs. a processed 100-calorie pack of pretzels). So while calories count, nutrition matters, too.
Smart Fix: While tracking your calories, don't forget to look at other key nutrients like protein and healthy fats (both of which can keep you full) and key vitamins and minerals that are important for your overall health. Luckily, SparkPeople's Nutrition Tracker allows you to track all of these nutrients. Ideally, you want to use a little trial and error to balance not only your calorie equation, but make the kinds of choices that meet your protein, fat, carbohydrate and micronutrient (vitamins and minerals) goals.

Bad Habit #5: Focusing on the scale.
You want to lose weight, so you weigh yourself, right? Yes…and no. Weight is an easy way to measure your progress, but it doesn't tell you the whole story. Even if the scale isn't budging, that does not mean that you're not making major progress toward losing weight and getting healthier. You can lose inches, get fitter, gain lean muscle mass, drop body fat, become better hydrated, look better and feel more energized without the pounds budging at all.
Smart Fix: Remember that the scale tells you only one thing: the total mass of all your body parts at a given moment. Don't put too much stock into it. Weigh yourself less frequently (about once every 1-2 weeks), and track all the other signs that amazing changes are happening in your body even if the scale doesn't move. This is the best way to stay motivated for the long haul.

I will put up the next 5 tomorrow.

  
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ZACEVETOB 9/30/2012 7:42AM

    Awesome stuff

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MISSY455 9/30/2012 2:50AM

    5 is my nemesis. I really try not to put too much into what the scale says, but some mornings it is hard to ignore. Thanks for the reminders.

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MARCHEM 9/29/2012 11:10AM

    Great reminders!

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DOROTHYBERO 9/29/2012 7:47AM

    All great reminders!

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SLFGOLF 9/29/2012 1:00AM

    These are great reminders...Thanks!

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DR8561 9/28/2012 5:29PM

    Love it - looking forward to the next installment!
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Assignment 10 Am I prepared.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Are You Prepared to Reach Your Goals?

Anyone can set a goal, but it takes preparation, planning and motivation to see it through to the end. Are you on the path to success? Try this quiz.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/assessm
ent_questions.asp?quizid=52


I did the quiz and am On my Way...so ready and prepared.

  
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MAZACK 9/27/2012 5:09PM

    I did the quiz and I am prepared for success.


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Yes! The challenge is starting so soon! I can't wait. Good luck to you!

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