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Friday, July 02, 2010

Some of us have loved ones who are deployed.

Some of us have loved ones who have given much of their lives for our country.

Some of us have loved ones who have given their LIFE for our country.

Some us just live here and are grateful for that.

No matter which you are, I wish you and all your loved ones a happy, healthy and safe FOURTH OF JULY weekend!!

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And HAPPY CANADA DAY to our Canadians friends and allies! emoticon

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    Have a great Independence Day!!!

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ACIMPEGGY 7/2/2010 1:22PM

    Thank you, Karen. I agree wholeheartedly!

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PJSTIME 7/2/2010 1:15PM

    Thanks Karen.

God Bless America and all our troops and veterans too.


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KOOCH4 7/2/2010 12:47PM

what a beautiful reminder of how lucky we are to live in this free country.
I have 3 nephews who are deployed.
A big salute to all of our boys who help keep us free emoticon emoticon emoticon
We always keep them in our prayers.
Have a blessed , meaningful 4 th of July

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NANCY- 7/2/2010 11:32AM

    My wish is the same for you and yours.

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JEANNE229 7/2/2010 9:10AM

    Karen, what a wonderful tribute to independence day! I, too, wish everyone (deployed or not) a saft and happy day to remember what is important in life!


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ANNANN63 7/2/2010 9:08AM

    God Bless America and all who have sacrificed to keep her safe and free. This is the best place in the world to live and I appreciate that I am here.

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KAYYVAUGHN 7/2/2010 8:40AM

    I agree with all that you said. If we don't have family members fighting for us, we have friends. There are so many on our church list.
Let's keep them all in our prayers.

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Weigh your steak before or after grilling?

Friday, June 25, 2010

Different cuts of meat vary in how much they shrink during cooking - chicken breasts, pork chops, various cuts of steak, ground beef patties, etc.

When you enter the number of ounces of your chicken, pork or beef into your nutrition tracker, are you entering the pre-cooked weight or the cooked weight?

You can easily see when you grill that water and fat are dripping out of your food.

How much does that alter the "total ounces" of the food that actually enters your mouth?

Which is the PROPER and MOST ACCURATE weight to use when you're counting calories or fat?

What do you think?

Have you found any info on Spark People that addresses this?

Inquiring minds want to know, lol.



Ok. As suggested I checked the nurtrition message board in the FAQ I found this:

How do I know if the recommended serving size is cooked or uncooked when I look at it in the food database?

Cooked vs. uncooked…that is the question. However, standard serving sizes are always listed in a ready to eat state. When you are dishing the food item onto your plate, this is when the measuring and weighing begins. These standard portions are perfect examples:

Meat: 3 ounces, cooked
Vegetables: 1 cup, raw
Vegetables: ˝ cup cooked
Pasta, Noodles, Rice, Oatmeal: ˝ cup cooked
But, many times recipes do not use these standard portion sizes. Here are a few tips to help determine how much is being used:

Meat contains 7 grams of protein per cooked ounce.
Example: If the nutrient analysis for a pork chop recipe indicates 35 grams of protein/serving, you can estimate that approximately 5 ounces of cooked meat is used for the serving.

THANK YOU ALL for responding! I learned some valuable information today. Isn't Spark People a great place!

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KAYYVAUGHN 6/27/2010 12:35PM


Thanks for all that information. You are a wealth of knowledge. Kay

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ACIMPEGGY 6/25/2010 7:29PM

    I'm glad you found the information. When I started to read I was thinking it should be after.

What I have trouble with is 'ounces.' I have looked for one of those little scales in a few stores. Maybe I'll find one yet.

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JENNY888 6/25/2010 11:04AM

    I have always thought weigh it before cooking but now I don't know. I would suggest putting the questions on the nutritional message board. I am sure Dietitian Becky will chime in with the correct answer. I have found that to always be the case. She is great.

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KOOCH4 6/25/2010 10:52AM

    I am going to try it both ways and see if there's much of a difference.
Thanks for addressing this.

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FISHINGLADY66 6/25/2010 10:27AM

    I always weigh my food in the cooked stage. Since you do lose some water and fat in cooking you are not eating it. I don't know the politically correct answer, but that is what I do.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/25/2010 10:22AM

    Some calorie counters specify that the meat is cooked. I cook all my meat well done so a lot of the fat is rendered out. I purchase leaner cuts too as I prefer them. I always track in cooked ounces.

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LIZZY63 6/25/2010 8:21AM

    All food should be weighed after cooking/in the ready to eat state, unless other wise stated in the tracker.

As foods lose water/fat/shrink etc then you need to weigh what you are actually eating, not what it was raw/prior to cooking as that is not the same.

Hope that helps

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PJSTIME 6/25/2010 8:08AM

    Good question. I'm not sure either.

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KAYYVAUGHN 6/25/2010 8:04AM

    The food tracker often asks for ounces, but I have no idea. I can see the ounces on the packages of a steak or another meat, but is it the same when cooked?

Please someone address this question. I'm sure many are wondering and would appreciate an answer.

Thanks Karen for bringing this issue to our attention.


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LEOSMIMI 6/25/2010 8:03AM

  I have often thought about this. I believe meat is weighed prior to cooking to determine calories. I could be wrong and would be interested to know what is correct.

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What's YOUR best Smoothie?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

I'm looking for a tasty, LOW calorie smoothie recipe.

I did look on Spark recipes, but I'd like some of YOUR personal faves!

I'm wondering what's a good mixer besides yogurt and/or soymilk/milk?

Care to share?



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DARLENEK04 6/23/2010 10:51PM

  I cant drink soy milk because of thyroid problems, so I have
Unsweetened almond milk by Blue Diamond at Walmart. One cup
is only 40 calories, has 1 gr. protein and 1 of fiber, low
carb too.
You can have 1 or 1.5 cups, with blueberries or banana or
any fruit, pineapple is good too. Pop in a few ice cubes. I
put cinnamon in, some flax seed and wheat germ.

I love the smoothie with strawberries also.


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FISHINGLADY66 6/23/2010 10:12PM

    I buy the WW smoothies that comes in a powder form. You can make them with milk or water. I love the Chocolate for only 50 calories. I put a Tbls spoon of low fat peanut butter, a hand full of ice, and a packet of Sweet n Low. Yum Yum .

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--KREN 6/22/2010 6:33PM

    Ok, my FIRST smoothie! 1 small banana, 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk and 1/2 cup frozen sliced strawberries with a one serving small packet of Sweet-N-Low. I added a handful of ice cubes and Wow! It was GOOOOD! This had about 170 calories.

I'll try the cantaloupe another day. Sounds wonderful.



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READINGDOC 6/22/2010 6:28PM

    Try 1/2 a ripe canteloupecut up in chunks. Mix with 8oz of crushed ice and 2 packets of splenda and blend until smooth. This is really smooth and refreshing, especially on a hot day.
I hope that you enjoy this one.

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PJSTIME 6/22/2010 11:22AM

    I do soy milk, frozen berries (prefer strawberries), sweetener (if you want) and ice cubes put in blender. YUM the ice makes it thicker and cold.

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JENNY888 6/22/2010 11:15AM

    I like a half banana, non-fat soy, rice, or almond milk, 1/4 cup non fat yogurt, a little vanilla, and a shake of Cinnamon along with any fresh fruit I have on hand. I freeze fresh fruit in cut up pieces on a cookie sheet and then package it in zip lock bags so I can add what I feel like that day.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/22/2010 11:12AM

    I've never had a smoothie but I like unsweetened almond milk. It might be good to try of Hood Calorie Countdown Dairy Beverage. The chocolate is delicious and great on calories.

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Romance with a Smile!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

They strolled down the lane together,
The sky was studded with stars.
They reached the gate in silence
And he lifted down the bars.
She neither smiled nor thanked him,
Because she knew not how.
For he was just a farmer's boy,
And SHE was a Jersey cow!

A rhyme from my childhood. . .

I once knew a Jersey cow personally and bought a gallon of milk from her about 3 times a week. The cream was so thick, almost 50% of the jar was creme. Made wonderful butter and still had really thick, creamy milk.


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GOALIEGRANDMA3 6/22/2010 2:59PM

    You had me going...

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ACIMPEGGY 6/22/2010 2:07PM

    I love it! I remember that one. How about, "I never saw a purple cow. I never hope to see one. But one thing I can tell you sure: I'd rather see than be one!"


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Might as well be HAPPY!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Now and then people comment on my HAPPY Spark Page.

I figured out when I was in my late twenties that Happiness is a decision. We make it ourselves. Or NOT.

I was having a lot of difficulty with someone in my life and with a great deal of effort I managed to change my approach and things really got better. Wow, I really affected her. Or so I thought.

Then I heard several other people complaining about her. They had the same complaints as I did before I "changed her". That was when I realized that SHE hadn't changed at all. I had. And the next thought that came thundering in was, "We really do make our own hell."

So the opposite must be true too.

Synchronistically, (Don't you love the way the Universe works?) I found this poem, loved it, memorized it. Forty something years later, it's still with me. The last line sums up the philosophy of life I began to adopt way back then.

The Penitent

I had a little Sorrow,
Born of a little Sin,
I found a room all damp with gloom
And shut us all within;
And, "Little Sorrow, weep," said I,
"And, Little Sin, pray God to die,
And I upon the floor will lie
And think how bad I've been!"

Alas for pious planning - -
It mattered not a whit!
As far as gloom went in that room,
The lamp might have been lit!
My little Sorrow would not weep,
My little Sin would go to sleep --
To save my soul I could not keep
My graceless mind on it!

So I got up in anger,
And took a book I had,
And put a ribbon on my my hair
To please a passing lad,
And, "One thing there's no getting by --
I've been a wicked girl," said I:
"But if I can't be sorry, why,
I might as well be glad!"

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Happiness is an inside job!


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ACIMPEGGY 6/22/2010 2:09PM

    All 'feelings' are a decision! Happiness, joy, satisfaction in what we have. I prefer those to the so-called 'negative ones.'


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SUPREME5 6/19/2010 8:42PM

    great blog

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NANCY- 6/19/2010 10:17AM

    It is so true that "We really do make our own hell."
Attitude is everything.

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JUSTJO66 6/19/2010 8:00AM

    So true. Love the poem and the attitude.
Happy people always act like magnets....they just draw others in. It's as if they have this special glow/light that everyone wants to share.

Thanks for sharing your light with us Karen. :o)

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HAPPY-DESTINY 6/18/2010 10:51PM

    Might as well!! emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 6/18/2010 10:07PM

    I have never heard this poem before, but I love it. I will copy it and read it when I need a little lift. Your the emoticon emoticon

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    We share the same philosophy and a love of Edna. LOL.

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JEANNE229 6/18/2010 10:20AM

    Karen, I've missed talking with you lately. LOVE LOVE LOVE this outlook. My blog this last Monday is right along these lines.


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KAYYVAUGHN 6/18/2010 8:57AM

    Thanks for the positive email. The poem is so true.

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PJSTIME 6/18/2010 8:57AM

    I have never read this poem before. Love the last line. "I might as well be glad" does say it all let's all be glad.

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