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Thursday, September 30, 2010

One scoop of ice cream emoticon

is always going to have fewer calories than two scoops of ice cream.

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Now that wasn't hard to figure out, was it?

Why is it so hard to THINK OF when you're in front of the ice cream?


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GOALIEGRANDMA3 10/3/2010 2:54PM

    Maybe we will now!!!!

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KAYYVAUGHN 10/3/2010 9:23AM


That's good thinking!! I'll try to remember that.

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NANCY- 10/1/2010 7:42AM

    Also one scoop is easier to savor before it melts.

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JENNY888 10/1/2010 4:11AM

    True wisdom!

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FISHINGLADY66 9/30/2010 5:53PM

    Will there be a test on this next week? emoticon You make it sound so easy. I love your blogs. Keep them coming. Have a healthy day. emoticon

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SAMI199 9/30/2010 12:02PM

    Brilliant! Thank goodness we aren't taking the next step-lol
Life without icecream would be very sad...
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ZEEDRA 9/30/2010 10:27AM

Does that go for cookies too?
Just wondering in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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PJSTIME 9/30/2010 10:00AM

    And I just broke down on Tuesday and had an ice cream cone. I got a 1 scoop, but it sure was a big one scoop and I admit I ate the whole thing and it was gooooood

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    I am finally practicing portion control in that regard. At first the amount seemed like nothing but I have learned to savor every bite. And I pass on the cone now and just have a dish. emoticon

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JEANNE229 9/30/2010 9:10AM

    Karen, your advice is always right on!

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NIKKIWOOD 9/30/2010 9:10AM

    Simple yet perfect!!

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Youth Club for Seniors?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

I've discovered the Fountain of Youth and you don't drink it - you SWIM in it!

Some of you remember all the pain problems I've had for years and then the discovery that I need a hip replacement. Before all that, walking was my PASSION! Joe and I used to take a one hour, 4 mile walk, in a very hilly area, every day after work. I loved it! And I have missed it, terribly, these past years. Iím very envious of all of you who can walk for and hour or more every day. Iím green with envy, in fact!

Since September 1st, though, I have really been enjoying exercise again. I meet a friend at the local heated pool and we have a good time laughing and yakking, lol. Not sure how many calories that burns! However, we are also in constant motion the entire 90 minutes - treading water, swimming, jogging, walking in chest deep water, etc.

I have to stop now and then because I'm breathing too hard to talk, lol. Can't have that. So I'm getting my heart rate up, for sure. It's been a long time since I've done anything that could be called exercise for 90 minutes straight! My body has missed it!

The first two weeks I was tired! Now I'm just invigorated and planning on increasing it to three days a week in October. I feel really good, which is not something I've said much since I had a bad flare up with my right hip.

Anyway, I haven't had any pain. NONE. I'm walking good, moving good. You can't tell I was in pain for 8 years. Miracles do happen.

I wanted to share this with you because even though Iíd always heard about water exercise being so good for you, and I had tried it on my own for 30 minute sessions, I could never join the water aerobics classes because I would always end up hurting myself.

Fear of pain is a strong deterrent.

My chiropractor told me to go to my local Boys and Girls Club. They have an Adult Swim session for three hours every day, heated pool, Mon - Fri. I would never have thought of looking at a youth club for exercise for people over 50.

One hour is a water aerobics class, but the other two hours are ďfree swimĒ, adults over 50 ONLY. Check in your area. Swimming year round is something most of us canít manage without a gym membership, but this is a pay-as-you-go ($3 per session) arrangement.

I would NEVER have believed how much GOOD this has done for me since September 1st. Instead of doing exercises with a leader and getting into moves I shouldn't make with my body, we just do what feels right for us at the time. The key is finding a buddy who promises to be there, too. No backing out. No excuses. And I certainly stay in the water 3 times as long when Iím having fun with a friend.

I hope you try year round water exercise if you are inhibited from weight bearing exercise for any reason. It is the best thing Iíve done since I began dealing with pain!

If it's the Journey that counts, this is IT!

PS - People come to this pool who are very obese. People come in walkers, wheelchairs and on crutches. Once the get in the water, a miracle happens! They are youthful, graceful, and no one sees them as disabled. A beautiful experience.

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ZEEDRA 9/30/2010 10:26AM

    Hi Karen,
That is a great experience and good for many of us to hear. Thanks so much. As you might remember, I too was looking for an exercise buddy for a loooong time (way before I joined SparkPeople).
This week is my fourth week with my new "buddy" and yesterday she even said she would switch to the afternoons (Mon.,Wed.,Fri.). That's my preference but I didn't want to push it for fear of losing her. The gym is much quieter in the afternoon and I'm actually awake by 1 p.m. Ha!
I'm happy for you and happy for me too!

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DGAIL51 9/25/2010 9:00PM

    Karen, I just read your "youth club" blog tonight. That sounds great! Water exercises are wonderful for painful joints. I am so glad you have found these classes and that you have had such amazing results.

I have been stooping over planting pansies today and my back feels about 92 years old I believe. I think it is time to fill the hot tub after giving it the hot summer off! LOL.

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    My first job was as a lifeguard and taught classes like this. It is wonderful exercise. I wish I had a place near here to go to.

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HAPPYONE331 9/23/2010 5:23PM

    I just know there's a pool around here someplace! Got to get in it! You're just having too much fun, thanks for sharing and for the encouragement. So glad your pain has improved so much! emoticon

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 9/23/2010 4:01PM

    I am so emoticon that you have found something that works so well for you.

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FISHINGLADY66 9/23/2010 1:04PM

    Half of doing is in the deciding. If you stumble, don't be afraid to brush yourself off and jump back in. Your doing a Great job. I'm so glad your pain is leaving. I'm proud of you, I'm happy for you. emoticon emoticon emoticon
I'll be back on Monday. Have a Great Weekend.

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LUCKYGRANNY2 9/23/2010 10:58AM

    I know what it is to be in pain and I'm so glad that you have found something to relieve yours and are having great fun at it, too. Sounds amazing and even better shared with a friend.


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VINGRAM 9/23/2010 10:35AM

    Our local rehab center has a program also - very affordable - and we know each other, laugh, share stories, get exercise......it's a great deal! vista emoticon

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GAILRUU 9/23/2010 9:36AM

    I think I will check with the local Y and see what they have to offer. Great idea.

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EARLYBIRDM 9/23/2010 9:26AM

    So glad that you found this "Youth Club." And I will join you in trying to get others to try the same thing.

I live in a 55+ community in Central Florida. We have a heated pool and I go to water aerobics classes 2 days a week, and "aquasize" classes 2 days a week. I used to watch women "pool walking" and thought that it couldn't be doing them much good, but at least they are moving. Then I tried it myself and found it to be a great exercise. Several of the women either come an hour early or stay an hour after class to pool walk. So there is usually someone to walk with. It's a great way to get to know them and the time goes by so fast while we are chatting. Several people come to the pool after class on scooters, with walkers or with canes and do their daily walking or swimming. Some have had hips or knees replaced or have had heart problems. I applaud them and am inspired by them.

Again, I am so happy that you found this new way to exercise. Wish I could meet you in the pool and walk along with you!



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JUSTJO66 9/23/2010 9:18AM

    Great idea. I will check into what there may be in my area. I used to love to walk,too. But like you.. pain has kept me from doing it . My knees have kept me from a lot of the things I love to do. I have used a recumbent bike and that's helped to the point I don't have to use a cane anymore. I sure would like to be able to really hike again. I also love the water. So, water aerobics might be just what I need.


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PJSTIME 9/23/2010 9:18AM

    Never Give Up I am so glad you found something that is working for you.

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KAYYVAUGHN 9/23/2010 8:40AM


You are an inspiration to us. You have fought the battle and won.
If I get the nerve up to try on a swim suit, I might try it.

Thanks for sharing your story.



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Is your man a DAD?

Tuesday, August 31, 2010


My WayCool son became a dad 11 yrs ago. This YouTube video could have been written for him. In fact, it could have been written BY him, lol.

He swore he'd never drive a mini-van; have a car full of dolls and snuggies, wear a grill apron, etc. etc. Watch the video for all the things he swore he'd never do, never become.

He has two daughters, three dogs and a cat, all living inside, lol. Inside the mini-van too, quite often. (My wonderful DIL is included, of course.) Their vacations make a Chevy Chase road trip seem mundane, lol.

He does all those things now AND reads bedtime stories, takes the dog out and picks up poop, has frilly girly things in his bathroom, wears the dockers and the bermudas, etc. etc.

I know for a fact that now he wouldn't trade it for the world.

I'm pretty sure lots of you will see YOUR man in The Dad Life.


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    Hilarious. Yep. It is my hubby as well who will be driving the loser cruiser, mini van, back home soon. LOL.

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HAPPYONE331 9/1/2010 10:58AM

    I have two grown sons, one has 3 girls and the other 1 boy. It has been so much fun watching them turning into DADS from big bad Marines and law enforcement officers! Just precious!

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FISHINGLADY66 8/31/2010 9:11PM

    Loved the video. Brings back memories too. My how they change when those precious little ones come into the picture. The big boys finally grow up!. lol. and become MEN. This is so cute. Thank you for sharing Karen. I wish I could write like you. Your the Best.

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VINGRAM 8/31/2010 8:41PM

    Enjoyed the video.......thanks for sharing! vista emoticon

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PJSTIME 8/31/2010 8:10PM

    Great video, How a family can change things. I kind of bet you remind him once in awhile of what he said. Admit it you rub it in once in awhile. But it sounds like he had a great role model in his mom and dad.

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KAYYVAUGHN 8/31/2010 6:57PM

    Your son is a true father, and I bet he learned from the best.

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YICHE12 8/31/2010 6:50PM

    Nice tribute to your son! He deserves it. emoticon

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A Tool For Healthy Restaurant Dining

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Here's a great link to help you enjoy eating out without blowing your diet.

You can search by restaurant OR enter you zip code.

You are given a healthy menu item for each place, and usually more than one healthy option is available.


We need all the help we can get, yes?


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JEANNE229 8/12/2010 6:26AM

    Now I just need my computer with me when I eat out (LOL). Actually, great tool. Thanks, Karen.

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VINGRAM 8/11/2010 8:56PM

    COOL!!!!!!!! emoticon vista

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KAYYVAUGHN 8/11/2010 2:47PM

    That is a neat site. I have already bookmarked it for reference.

You always keep us on our toes.


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--KREN 8/11/2010 1:13PM

    People do tell me I'm full of (somethingorother) quite often, lol. Karen

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FISHINGLADY66 8/11/2010 1:09PM

    This is Great. You are just full of good information. emoticon

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 8/11/2010 12:51PM

    How great is this? And I don't see Dove chocolates on any of the menu choices. emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/11/2010 12:44PM

    How cool!! thanks for the url!!

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AMYMATTA 8/11/2010 12:03PM

    What a great site! Thank you so much for this link!!

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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Buy A Birdbath. . .

Monday, August 02, 2010

I came home with a new chair instead.

Lowes was out of birdbaths! So, sweet Joe catered to my whim to stop by a furniture store. I'd been look for a new comfy but firm chair for my living room for quite a while. Suddenly, there was one sitting on display that looked like it was designed for my living room.

We were in Joe's truck so we just loaded it up and in ten minutes it was in my house.

Now over the past years, I've bought several kitty beds for Rosie. You know the soft, cushy, plush things they make for cats. Those beds belong to various friends and relatives now and their cats love them.

Rosie, on the other hand, couldn't seem to even SEE them. They just weren't on her radar. She walked right by them, over them, around them. Never even put one delicate little paw in them.

The instant this chair was in the room, however, she was creeping up on it. (This is how we approach new items, just to be sure they aren't some monster in disguise.) The next thing I knew, she was IN it. And IN it she stayed. I didn't get to sit in it at all the first day.

She never gets on my recliner or my sofa. She's just not a cat that likes furniture. But I guess she's been wanting a high-end bed, lol, and this chair fit the bill.

Yep! This will do.

Purrfect place for a mid-day nap!

This wing chair is actually a high leg recliner. When you lean back a leg rest pops up.

The one time I was in the chair, with my feet propped up, Rosie came and took over the footrest. She's bigger than it is, and I dearly wish I'd had the camera in hand when she got up there. Let's just say there was quite a bit of Rosie hanging over the edges, but she didn't seem to mind at all.


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JUSTJO66 8/22/2010 4:33PM

    Love the chair....obviously Rosie has really good taste :o) and so do you. It is perfect for your room.

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NANA662 8/20/2010 10:48AM

    That's my chair!!!! We have such good taste :-) I have it in my studio and it is my thinking chair. My Siamese loves to join me when I have my feet up for reading or thinking what to do to a painting. It has become our favorite spot. Enjoy! Nancy

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DGAIL51 8/3/2010 9:43AM

    Love the chair, but LOVE the cat! LOL. Donna

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FISHINGLADY66 8/2/2010 10:53PM

    Karen I really like Rosie's new bed. It goes so well with your couch. lol. Oh how cute Rosie is in her new bed.

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JENNY888 8/2/2010 1:27PM

    Sounds like Rosie has picked her spot. It's nice she shares it with you when you want to use it.

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SHASTA11 8/2/2010 1:09PM

    I'm glad Rosie "finally" has a bed of her own. emoticon

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KOOCH4 8/2/2010 12:13PM

    I got the best laugh out of this.
Rosie is a happy cat, and knows what she likes.
I hope she will share her new chair with you.lol emoticon meow!

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BELTONWALKER67 8/2/2010 11:47AM

    ahh...my own bed at last! Rosie looks very content!

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    LOL. She has great taste. You have a new cat chair!!

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KAYYVAUGHN 8/2/2010 9:18AM

I think in the back of your mind that you were really looking for a chair for Rosie. She had been unhappy with the kitty beds. She wanted something different than other cats. I understand. She has a mind of her. You will just have to understand this is her kitty bed to her.

Maybe she will share with you since you feed her.


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JEANNE229 8/2/2010 8:47AM

    The chair is beautiful...and so is Rosie. At least someone gets to sleep!!!

I loved the title of your blog. It really sucked me in. I HAD to find out the rest of the story.


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PJSTIME 8/2/2010 8:34AM

    Rosie has good tastes too. I love your new chair. You two will just have to learn to share.

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MAJA0123 8/2/2010 8:29AM

    you have a TORTIE!!!! i have one too!! they are the BEST kind of cats in my opionion.. Fickel, but sweet... Looks like rosie has HER chair now.. LOL..

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CHUBBYPEA 8/2/2010 7:40AM

    I went chair shopping with my friend, it took days and hours out of each day. Multiple stores and I was at my wits end when she finally found the chair that (as she says it) 'makes my butt sing' and it turned out that it makes all the kids, pets etc's butt sing too. You can't beat the perfect chair.

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