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  • Happy for my Son

    6/25/2016 1:39:00 AM, by TUDAFD

    So, good news this week. My son, along with his accordion teacher, applied for a ND Council of the Arts grant last January and he found out on Wednesday that they got the grant. It pays for his lessons for the next 8-months plus gas to get back and forth to his lessons. It's a pretty lengthy ... Read more

  • Minute Rice, part 2.

    6/24/2016 12:42:37 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    Many people wrote asking about my contacting of Spark Guy, Chris, about the MInute Rice ads that appear on the top of a lot of the searches we do for healthy eating. It was bothersome to me and many others that these ads are for a product with dubious health benefits, and they appear like a regular ... Read more

  • Day 14-17 Recap of Trip

    6/23/2016 7:41:05 PM, by TUDAFD

    On this day, we left PA which was difficult because we only get to see everyone here about every three years. We're not sure when we'll be back, again, but many are planning to come for my son's graduation in a couple years. Wow. Just typing that made me feel sad. I hope he doesn't move too far ... Read more

  • Day 8-13 of Trip -- PA Recap

    6/22/2016 5:22:50 PM, by TUDAFD

    We spent this time with my husband's family and we barely moved. :) It was actually very relaxing. His mom lives on forest land in central PA so it's quite beautiful -- so many trees and there is even a small creek on her property. I love all the beautiful wildflowers, birds, etc., and I ... Read more

  • New Weight Loss Plan/New Exercise Plan starting on Wednesday.

    6/22/2016 1:21:57 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    I had heard about my 80 year old uncle having success with a new eating plan, and decided to adopt it to myself. So I went to a nutritionist on Monday to help me implement it. I will eat as follows: Protein and carbohydrates with three meals in addition to 2 or 3 fruits and vegetables each meal. Sn... Read more

  • Day 7 of Trip -- A Little Late

    6/21/2016 8:36:56 PM, by TUDAFD

    On this day, we went to Philadelphia, PA. First, we went to Macy's to see their organ. I believe it's the largest organ in the world with 28,500 pipes. One of the instruments my son plays is the organ and he has a great interest in music but it is something we all wanted to see. We were able to g... Read more

  • Day 6 of Trip -- A Little Late

    6/20/2016 7:39:35 PM, by TUDAFD

    I thought I would continue these blogs even though we returned safe, sound, and happy on Sunday afternoon. I couldn't blog once we reached my husband's family -- no service. We spent the day in Washington D.C. and managed to see 9 sites in 9 hours. Nothing is as close as you'd think it would ... Read more

  • Saw myself in a mirror while sitting at a styling shop tonight.

    6/16/2016 11:39:41 PM, by WEARINGTHIN

    I looked as big as a house. I was feeling good keeping my weight under 300. (I'm 6'4"). But I really didn't have a clue as to how big I was. I think tomorrow I will set up an appt. with a nutritionist. I didn't want to go on a weight loss plan. but It looks like I have to. Wouldn't be able to live ... Read more

  • Minute Rice? Really?

    6/13/2016 12:27:11 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    A couple of weeks ago I wrote to Spark Guy, Chris, about the ever present ads for Minute Rice at the top of our "healthy" articles. Minute Rice is a polished rice, usually white, that is about the unhealthiest thing you can eat. It is like eating sugar. White rice already has a high glycemic level... Read more

  • Bad news: Bought a bag of Ruffles last night and a small chip dip.

    6/12/2016 2:50:39 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    Good news: It is the next night, and I have not finished the bag. This bag of chips (9 oz) will last three days.... Read more


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  • TV is a Series of Cheap Thrills!! part II

    6/9/2016 10:27:12 PM, by WEARINGTHIN

    Totally titillated is the person who buys all of the products, watches all of the leading shows, and participates in all of the leading activities that TV attempts to get one involved in. They have the car, the smart phone, maybe a laptop and an ipad. they take the vacations, eat the fast and sligh... Read more

  • TV is a Series of Cheap Thrills!!

    6/9/2016 7:10:14 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    And that is what the producers use to get you to watch the shows and commercials. It is a temporary boost of excitation sent to you over and over again. It's what gets you to watch for hours and hours. These titillation points affect the brain, and you get hooked on them like a junkie does his or ... Read more

  • Day Five of Trip

    6/8/2016 2:08:07 AM, by TUDAFD

    Forgot to mention that we made it to Tennessee, yesterday, too, and we saw a mamma bear and two baby black bear cubs thanks to my son and his eagle eyes. Today, we went to Virginia Beach and saw the Old Henry Lighthouse. It's the first lighthouse in the nation signed off on by President Washin... Read more

  • Day Four of Trip

    6/7/2016 1:39:28 AM, by TUDAFD

    Well, it was a really great day today. We had to do a little rearranging to get to my aunt and uncle's at a decent time so temporarily canceled the trek into North Carolina and I didn't make it to the Appalachian Trail today. We tried to find it but it isn't well marked. We still have plenty of o... Read more

  • Day Three of Trip

    6/6/2016 12:20:29 AM, by TUDAFD

    Today was a good day but we didn't quite manage to do as much as we planned because we are on a tight schedule to get to my aunt and uncle's by tomorrow night. So, I am sad to say that we didn't manage to go to the Basilica or to the art museum. But the kids and my hubby were very happy that we we... Read more

  • Day Two of Trip

    6/5/2016 1:56:32 AM, by TUDAFD

    Today was another long but interesting day. We started our day with a visit to Falls Park in Sioux Falls. Beautiful. I wish I could walk there every day. Next, we went to St. Joseph's Cathedral in Sioux Falls, SD. Built in 1916 and so pretty. Lots of stained glass. Our final stop in SD was in ... Read more

  • Day One of Trip

    6/3/2016 11:32:35 PM, by TUDAFD

    So, it was a rough start due to the rental company giving someone else our van even though we were told yesterday that it would be there and waiting. Luckily, we found another one but it cost us $500.00 more to rent and we lost 2-hours travel time but it is what it is. On a more positive note,... Read more

  • Bike ride

    6/2/2016 11:13:52 PM, by ITISABOUTME

    I went on a bike ride with my daughter!!! She almost killed me!!!! 100... Read more

  • Any Must Sees for Our Trip?

    6/2/2016 12:15:10 AM, by TUDAFD

    Hello Everyone! We're planning a big trip to the following states. For those of you who live there or who've been there, is there anything we should try to see or any specialties we should eat? How about good music to listen to? We're hoping to hear a little blue grass music at least. H... Read more

  • June 1, 2016

    6/1/2016 3:09:24 PM, by ITISABOUTME

    I started Yolates today 320 . I will be taking a walk to run errands and working on my water intake today also. 311 194 . Have a great sparking day!!!... Read more

  • Anyone familiar with Statin Myopathy and exercise?

    5/31/2016 3:27:21 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    I have a form of statin myopathy where even when off statins for years, I have weakness and fatigue in my leg muscles. I've read that there have been a couple of studies done on athletes with said myopathy. They found that when these athletes train, their symptoms get worse, But athletes who don'... Read more

  • I've Had Enough!!

    5/30/2016 4:17:59 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    Enough that is, of weighing 290 lbs. I've been here or 5 to 10 lbs more for the last almost 20 years. That has been my maintenance level after a 40 lb weight loss. But I have problems now with being at this weight. I can't do the things I want to do, and being lighter could help with those obstacle... Read more

  • Reminded that the scale doesnt matter

    5/28/2016 11:26:13 AM, by VELVETDRAGONFLY

    I know all of the encouragements. "Don't expect quick results, the pounds come off slow, the number on the scale doesn't matter." I know and believe all of this. I know that when I see no change on the scale, doesn't mean my body hasn't changed. Today I got excited over just such a remi... Read more


    5/27/2016 10:23:19 PM, by ICECUB

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