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Mistakes

Sunday, March 17, 2013


Denying our mistakes has become a thing many people do today. All you have to do is listen to the news. People mess up and blame others. Sometimes it makes me sick to see how other put the blame on someone else or something else. Lawsuits abound and some are so stupid...Why can't we face up to our mistakes. Noone in this world is perfect except God and when we deny them, we only lose out. We could learn from our mistakes instead playing the blame game.

Today I did ok on diet and exercise. I'm still continuing to stretch 10 minutes a day and oh does it make be feel better. Made some soy wax candles in tea cups today and have still be hooking the small round rug. Hope your St. Patty's day was perfect and blest.

  
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MICKEYH 3/17/2013 11:08PM

    I am so glad you've pointed out this issue!! I completely agree with you. We human being needs to learn from our mistake instead of blaming other. As long as we are blaming others and not admitting our own mistake we can never learn and keep making same mistake.

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GEMLADYONE 3/17/2013 10:11PM

    How true it is....it's good to have a reminder though that we do need to just admit it, learn something and move on! Thanks!

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MAZACK 3/17/2013 8:27PM

    If we learn from our mistakes and then just go on instead of dewelling on what might have been, life can be so much better.

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ALL-IS-AMAZING 3/17/2013 7:19PM

    What a great reminder to accept our mistakes, learn from them and move forward as a better person! Thanks for sharing.

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Nothing left to say

Saturday, March 16, 2013



What more can I say!!!

(had my belated birthday dinner at New China and didn't go over my calorie count. The sodium was bad but otherwise did ok. Got lots of walking in too.)

  
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MAZACK 3/17/2013 8:24PM

    Good!!!!

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BELIEVING-N-ME 3/17/2013 5:58PM

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CAKAROO 3/17/2013 8:36AM

    emoticon Happy Belated B'day!

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SLIMLEAF 3/17/2013 8:13AM

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DOROTHYBERO 3/17/2013 8:07AM

    Love it - Hope your birthday was as wonderful as you are!

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MICKEYH 3/16/2013 11:47PM

    Wow, The Chinese place you went must serve healthy stuff. Most Chinese I know are using heavy oil and hi calories. Glad you did enjoy your day !!

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READYBETTY 3/16/2013 8:43PM

    WTG!! So glad you enjoyed you dinner out!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/16/2013 7:05PM

    WOW, I can't imagine eating at a Chinese restaurant and not eating 5 times my calorie allotment! You are AWESOME!

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ALL-IS-AMAZING 3/16/2013 6:32PM

    What a beautiful quote!

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100LBLIGHTER 3/16/2013 6:31PM

    You did good!!! emoticon

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10 bad habits

Friday, March 15, 2013

I get a posting to my regular emails from Eating Healthy magazine. They pretty well cover much of what I've learned here at Sparkpeople. This is the article I read today about the 10 bad habits you should avoid.

1. Not drinking enough water. Staying hydrated helps to keep your memory sharp, your mood stable and your motivation intact. Keeping up with your fluids helps your skin stay supple, your body cool down when it’s hot, allows your muscles and joints to work better and helps clean toxins from your body via your kidneys.

2. Eating late at night. Researchers suspect that the longer lapse between meals allows the body to process the food more efficiently. Another reason is that you may sleep better: according to the National Institutes of Health, late-night meals can cause indigestion that interferes with sleep.

3.Not getting enough exercise. exercising regularly can help you lose weight and boost your energy. Exercising regularly also has bigger benefits. It may help you live longer!

4.Skimping on sleep. it can compromise your immune system, your judgment and ability to make decisions (you are also more likely to make mistakes) and your heart health. Being sleep-deprived may fuel depression and make it harder for you to lose weight .

5.Eating too much sodium. It would lower our risk of heart disease by up to 9 percent.

6.Choosing a Particular Food Because of a Healthy-Sounding Claim. Think: fat-free, trans-fat-free, gluten-free, etc. If such claims lure you in, know that just because a product lacks fat or gluten doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthier. For example, fat-free products sometimes deliver more sugar than their fat-containing counterparts. And eating certain fat-free foods may even cause you to gain weight: in a Purdue University study, rats fed potato chips containing Olean (a no-calorie, fat-free fat substitute) put on more weight than rats fed regular chips.Experts think fat substitutes may interfere with your body’s natural ability to regulate how much food is enough, causing you to eat more. The nutrients in gluten-free products can vary greatly. Some gluten-free breads have up to 13 times more fat and 16 times more protein than others, according to a recent study that compared 11 different gluten-free breads. So if you don’t have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, you may want to think twice before ditching gluten. Avoid being duped by a healthy-sounding label claim by comparing the Nutrition Facts Panels and ingredient lists across brands of the same food category.

7. Eating Lunch at Your Desk.It’s all too easy to munch on your midday meal desk-side, but according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, you’ll feel more satisfied and will rein in that temptation to binge midafternoon if you turn your attention toward your meal. Study participants who ate lunch without distractions felt fuller 30 minutes after eating, and ate less when they snacked later, than people who played solitaire on a computer during their midday meal.

8. Cooking Everything in Olive Oil.Even though olive oil is packed with heart-healthy antioxidants (called polyphenols) and monounsaturated fats, which can help lower “bad” LDL cholesterol and raise “good” HDL cholesterol levels, there are times when it’s not the best choice for cooking. Why? Because olive oil has a lower smoke point than some other oils (that’s the point at which an oil literally begins to smoke and olive oil’s is between 365° and 420°F). When you heat olive oil to its smoke point, the beneficial compounds in oil start to degrade, and potentially health-harming compounds form. So if you’re cooking over high heat, skip it. However, olive oil is a great choice for making salad dressing or sautéing vegetables over medium heat.

9. Skipping Dessert. You may think you’re doing a good thing by banishing sweet treats. But studies suggest that feeling deprived—even if you are consuming plenty of calories—can trigger overeating. And making any food off-limits just increases its allure. So if it’s something sweet you’re craving, go for it: a small treat won’t break your diet! Two squares of dark chocolate or ½ cup of (nonpremium) ice cream clock in at under 150 calories.

10. Not Changing or Sanitizing Your Kitchen Sponge Frequently Enough. This might not be something you think about regularly, but your kitchen sponge can harbor 150 times more bacteria, mold and yeast than your toothbrush holder. Ick! According to a study from NSF International (an independent public health organization), most of the germs they found won’t make you sick, but some could. So, if you’re the person who diligently cleans the kitchen counter, sink and refrigerator shelves, but fails to disinfect your sponge afterwards, try this to keep germs at bay: microwave a wet sponge for two minutes daily and replace it every two weeks.

Several of these really were much different than what Sparkpeople has taught me and some are new to me. So what do you think?

  
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DOROTHYBERO 3/16/2013 6:57AM

    all good habits to work on - thanks!

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MINNA72 3/16/2013 5:37AM

    Thanks for the reminders! My husband always looks at me funny when I put the dischcloths and sponges in the micro. LOL! I feel vindicated! ;)

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MICKEYH 3/16/2013 1:15AM

    Thanks for sharing this. they are all good info to know. What a surprise for me was number 6 on gluten-free product. Nowadays so many people are talking about how wonderful that gluten-free food is and so and so.. I am glad I didn't go for it cus I do not have no celiac issue.

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READYBETTY 3/15/2013 9:30PM

    All good and worth being reminded of again.

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KELSPRETTYGIRL 3/15/2013 5:26PM

    I'm a #4 and a #7 in principle... I don't have a desk to eat at... but you know how you can cook and eat at the same time and the next thing I know I ate more than I needed! Why? Because I'm not concentrating on my meal. And you know what you miss, that feeling of being satiated. You get what I'm saying!

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TURTLETALK 3/15/2013 3:34PM

    Sounds good. If I could stick to all of those I would be hitting this weight loss out of the ballpark! emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 3/15/2013 2:14PM

    I think it's a good list! I bet my husband (kitchen cleaner) is probably the only man who sanitizes my counters with a bleach solution after cleaning up after every meal. We often throw our dishcloths into the dishwasher with the dishes. Never thought about using the microwave.

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ALL-IS-AMAZING 3/15/2013 1:41PM

    Great reminders! Thanks for sharing!

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Grateful

Wednesday, March 13, 2013



We all need to be grateful for the obstacles we come up upon. Many times the hard times or changes in my life have always turned out to be good in the long run. Instead of moaning about the problems, we need to look more to God and let Him be the one to carry our burden. We become stronger people for the things that occur in our lives.

  
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IAM_HIS 3/15/2013 10:06AM

    As said in James, "Count it pure joy". If only I could remember that when I am in the middle of a stormy time in life.

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REALCAROL 3/14/2013 10:06AM

    yes absolutely.

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ALL-IS-AMAZING 3/14/2013 8:09AM

    Thanks for the great reminder! I have added you as a emoticon

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DOROTHYBERO 3/14/2013 7:49AM

    So very true!

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CAKAROO 3/14/2013 6:08AM

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SORTIZA99 3/14/2013 2:37AM

    Yes you are right.
Have a blessed and great day.

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MICKEYH 3/14/2013 2:00AM

    I agree with you. Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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READYBETTY 3/13/2013 11:16PM

    Thanks for the encouragement!

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GEMLADYONE 3/13/2013 10:49PM

    So true. Thanks for the reminder!

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KELSPRETTYGIRL 3/13/2013 10:29PM

    So true.

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TRAVELGRRL 3/13/2013 9:44PM

    You are so right! This attitude keeps us from becoming whiners, don't you think? And whiners are NOT very often grateful for the blessings they do have!

Good blog and reminder.

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BARB4HEALTH 3/13/2013 7:54PM

    "I thank God for the mountains, and I thank Him for the valleys, and I thank Him for all the storms He's brought me through. For if I never had a problem I wouldn't know that He could solve them, I wouldn't know what faith in God could do." Old song but true words! emoticon

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GLORIAMAJDI 3/13/2013 7:29PM

    I agree. I have had some trials in my life and at those times I was devastated, but later in life, I realized that these things actually helped me along on my journey.

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Embracing Life

Tuesday, March 12, 2013



Today is my 62nd birthday and I could look back and think of the things I've never done in my life or the things I did that I shouldn't have or the things I could have changed but I don't. At my age I only look forward and live in the present. I embrace life and all that is ahead. Be it bad or good. God has been good to me and blest me so much and why should I complain. I can see others who have it so much harder than I have ever had. I had a long discussion with one of my sweet DIL's today about this. She came into our family at such a young age and she and the son have such a good strong marriage and have gifted us with 3 granddaughters. She had such a terrible terrible home life growing up and had no mother figure in her life and her dad...well he wasn't much of a dad..she more or less raised herself and her 2 brothers. Sometimes she puts herself down as not being a good person. I know this is her past speaking to her. I tell her she is one of the best mother's I've ever known and that is really the truth. It seems she now puts all her energy and heart into raising her girls as she doesn't ever want them to experience what she went through growing up. I so admire her and tell her all the time you can't change your past and the future isn't here yet so live your life for today. I have lived by that for many years now and God has taken care of the rest.

BTW had a nice restful day!!! Wlaked and stretched and watched my calories. I feel pretty good today too. Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes. emoticon

  
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SORTIZA99 3/14/2013 2:38AM

    Belated happy birthday.
Good day.

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MICKEYH 3/14/2013 2:02AM

    emoticon emoticon for sharing.

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READYBETTY 3/13/2013 7:47PM

    Hope your day was emoticon emoticon

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IAM_HIS 3/13/2013 10:03AM

    Love this blog!! Your DIL is very blessed to have you as her MIL!!

Hope your birthday year is fill with much joy and good health!!

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MOSTMOM1 3/13/2013 9:04AM

    Wonderful outlook!!
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BABYTUXXY 3/12/2013 10:06PM

    Happy Birthday!!! emoticon emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 3/12/2013 8:48PM

    Happy birthday! You have a beautiful philosophy that serves you well!

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NANADERRICK 3/12/2013 7:47PM

    emoticon Love your positive attitude!

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HOLLYM48 3/12/2013 6:59PM

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Happiest of days to you! I love birthdays as they are our most special day of our lives. I am glad you had a good one and I am so happy that God has blessed you in so many ways. May He continue to shine his love down upon you and give you many more years to celebrate this wonderful life!
Hugs to you!
Holly

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CHANGE4THEBEST 3/12/2013 6:59PM

    Hi

Happy Birthday! Hope you had a wonderful day

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