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Sunday, September 13, 2009


The link is to my post on the tech boards addressing the size of the type/print here on Sparks.

I printed my exercise plan and had to read it with a magnifying glass, lol. Really.
It would be great if I could control the size of the printed type. I also have trouble reading the forums and articles and can't adjust the size there either.

I wonder if anyone else has this problem? With so many thousands of members from all age groups, you would think an option for personalizing the size of type and print would be a needed option, hmmm? We are all so different and unique!


WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT VIEWING PAGES: Look at the bottom of any page, on the task bar at the bottom of your browser, in the right hand corner. You may see a small number with a plus + sign in front of it and a percent % sign after it, like this: +100%

You can put your mouse on that and change it to +150% or anything else and view your page with larger print! Doesn't work for printing exercise plans, though.

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ADIEOFTEXAS 9/14/2009 6:10PM

    I'm using Windows XP with Firefox. I believe this also works to enlarge the screen on Internet Explorer. Just try holding down your Control button while pressing the Plus (+) key. Each strike of the key enlarges the screen and you can adjust it as much as you want. To make it smaller again when leaving SparkPeople, just hold down Control and strike the minus,(-) key. Works great for reading, but doesn't transfer over to the print process, dang it.

emoticon for all of us who can't see worth a darn.

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    I use FireFox so that trick didn't work for me. But I am really glad it works for you!!

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DTRMNEDME 9/13/2009 1:22PM

    I totally agree as I can't read it either and I don't see the place they are talking about with an arrow to make it larger.

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--KREN 9/13/2009 12:24PM

    Linda, I never noticed that zoom feature down there! It DOES work on displaying pages, THANK YOU!

I can't get it to work in printing out my exercise plan, though. I can change it on the screen, but when it prints, it prints in tiny type. Karen

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BELTONWALKER67 9/13/2009 12:16PM

    Have you tried changing the font size with the little thingy to the right bottom of this screen? Not sure if everyone has this? Mine has a little down arrow and I click on it and it goes from 100% to 125%. I changed the size of this type on your page. Hope that helps. Yes, I have a hard time reading a lot of things lately and recently purchased a magnifying glass to aid in books and magazine. Good Luck and hope you find a solution.

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--KREN 9/13/2009 11:08AM

    KIMBERLY - THANKS! That did work. I guess I expected to be given those options when I just clicked on PRINT. But the PREVIEW pane did give me options I was looking for.

By the way - I LOVE the quote on your page! LOL. It takes a great sense of humor to survive in this world, and you've got it!


PS - While that worked on printing an article, I can't seem to get those options on printing my exercise plan. Can you make that work on printing your excercise plan?

Comment edited on: 9/13/2009 11:11:53 AM

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MYSTICRAINS 9/13/2009 10:56AM

    When you go to print something out online go to Print Preview and there should be an option labeled "Scale:" Simply choose a larger percentage and the size will be larger when you print it out.

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--KREN 9/13/2009 10:55AM

    I've tried using my IE toolbar, VIEW, LARGEST, and it doesn't seem to make a difference here. If anyone finds a way, please let me know! - Karen

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SERENITYSEL 9/13/2009 10:51AM

    I did the same thing!!!!! I know you can go to tools and change your font size there for everything. I'll have to try it!

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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

A few years ago I belonged to another on-line community and now and then I would write a blog about safety for women. Just little things women should do to stay safe in the world. It was before I retired and I got most of my safety tips from inmates I interviewed in the county jail, which was part of my job at the time. I just took their tale of the crime and worked it backwards to see how the victim could have prevented it.

This comes to mind now because a friend of mine called me yesterday and told me her wallet had been stolen at the grocery store. Of course it contained her Drivers’ License, her Social Security card, credit cards, $150 in cash and her checkbook! We women keep our lives in our handbags.

You can only feel sorrow for someone in her situation, knowing the worry she’ll have while she sorts out all she must do to protect herself, now that someone has all her pertinent information.

At the same time, I also feel such frustration at her carelessness! She had decided not to carry her rather large handbag to the store, so she only took her wallet. Do women ever have a pocket in which they can place a wallet that holds all those things? Nope. So what did she do with it while she was in the store? She left it in her cart!!

A year ago we were shopping together in a nice department store and she was at the counter writing a check for her purchase, when something about four feet away on the long counter caught her eye. She left her purse, her checkbook open, and walked down the counter to look at the object. I told her then that anyone could grab her belongings in half a second and that she should never, NEVER, let go of her purse or anything else that belonged to her in a public place! You can only wonder how many times she did that with no ill results. Not yesterday. Yesterday all the ill results caught up with her.

To make matters worse, the thief had Sunday and Labor Day, when the banks were closed, to have fun with her checkbook. She’s going to the bank today to close that account. Of course, she’ll have to change the 3 monthly direct deposits that go into that account, as well as all the automatic debits coming out of that account that pay her bills each month.

How many times have you noticed women doing just what she did? I saw a woman lay a hundred dollar bill on top of her handbag when she was at the counter waiting for the clerk to ring up her bill. She left the counter to look a something else with a dozen people milling around a very busy store. Anyone of them could have pocketed her money in a flash.

And don’t you see women at the store all the time, with their handbags in the grocery cart which they leave parked in the middle of the aisle while they walk up and down picking up items?

You need a purse with a handle and that handle needs to be in your hand, over your arm or over your shoulder. Your purse always needs to be closed - not gaping open where it’s too easy for someone to remove an item without you even noticing. Wearing a fanny pack with your valuables in it is also a good idea and probably the safest.

When you are in a restaurant, don’t leave your purse sitting on the chair or bench while you go to the ladies room. Hand it to someone who is with you and ask them to HOLD it, or take it with you and keep your hands on it the entire time.

Another mistake women often make is in getting in the car, leaving their purse in their cart or sitting on top of the car while they put their purchases in the car. Also, LOCK YOUR CAR DOOR before you even get in the car! How often do you hear that someone was abducted and raped when someone got in the car with them in a parking lot. Why wasn’t their door locked as they were getting in the car? Keep your car doors locked ALL THE TIME!

The sad truth is we have to be AWARE all the time, take precautions all the time, and assume all the time that someone is lurking who can do us harm. Use your head and stay focused when you are out in public! Thieves certainly do.

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SERENITYSEL 9/8/2009 6:18PM

    Thanks for the information. As info, since living alone and mainly shopping alone, I NEVER bring my purse with me. I don't "hide" it in the trunk, I simply do not bring it.

I carry a little change purse (the kind that snaps open or shut) with cute little mushrooms on it. In this purse I keep my license, registration, insurance card (health) and my debit card. I make sure I wear something that has pockets and I put it in my pocket along with my keys.

I was mugged in WalMart in Florida once (long story) and chased the guy down (yes I did), got my purse back, but I learned from that. Be careful ladies as Kren has stated!!!!!!! emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 9/8/2009 12:20PM

    Some really great ideas here. I have also watched women leave their cart and shop up and down an isle with their purse in the cart. I have a very small billfold, like a mans, and when I run to the store for a few things, I just put it in my pocket. It would be a lot harder to get into my front pocket than in my purse. Thanks Karen for the tips and the reminders.

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--KREN 9/8/2009 9:47AM

    Jean, you ask some really good questions. Don't we seem to feel we have to put EVERYTHING in our handbags? But you're right - we don't! Thanks! - Karen

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BIRDLEGS29 9/8/2009 9:42AM

    Some great ideas here and thanks for the reminders, Karen. I only have one other suggestion: don't carry all that stuff in your purse. NEVER carry you SS card! Why do you need a checkbook and a debit card? Use one or the other and leave the other at home. I also quit carrying credit cards unless I have a specific purchase for which I intend to use one. I really love Kathy's idea and intend to put phone numbers on my cell phone today.

Stay safe, Jean

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--KREN 9/8/2009 9:22AM

    Cathy, that's another great idea - putting your credit card phone numbers into your phone! You Sparkers are all on the ball! - Karen

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ROSILEIGH 9/8/2009 9:19AM

    I always use a shoulder bag and i put the strap over my head so that it goes across my body and i hold the bag to the front of me.I once saw a lady get her wallet taken out of her bag while on holiday in Spain,the thieves were working as a pair, one walking towards her dropped something on the pavement and as she bent down to pick it up the other one was behind her taking the wallet out of her bag,luckily for her a man chased them and got her wallet back,she never even realised it had been taken.
Also i put the 24 hour phone number that is on my cards on my mobile phone so if they are stolen or lost i can cancel them quickly.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 9/8/2009 8:57AM

    On more than one occasion I have pointed out to people at the grocery store that they left their purse in the cart while walking away and looking for things on the shelves. Sometimes I get a look back as though they think I ma nuts. But mostly I do get a thank you.

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--KREN 9/8/2009 8:07AM

    Nancy, that is a GREAT IDEA! Thank you! - Karen

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BELTONWALKER67 9/8/2009 8:02AM

    Great Reminders! Thank You.

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NANCY- 9/8/2009 7:55AM

    I'm usually pretty careful with my stuff as I do not want to go through the hassle of replacing things and the credit stuff.
One thing I do is make a copy of what is in my wallet, so if it goes missing I what is missing and i have the numbers on the back of the cards.

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Thanks for the kind thoughts.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Thank you all who inquired about my MRI last Friday..

I did indeed take the relaxation drug beforehand and zoned out during the MRI even though I could still hear the loud noise that thing makes. Joe brought me home and parked me in my recliner where I slept for three hours!

I awoke about 3:30 pm, had dinner with Joe, went to bed early and slept for eight hours of solid sleep. Now that's more sleeping in one day than I EVER get, lol.

Saturday was a good day for me. I did have some weakness in my right leg while walking around the grocery store, but less PAIN for the entire day. Until about 9 pm when it all returned with a vengeance. It was hard for me to get into bed. I awoke about 2:30 and put an ice pack on my body. (What a lovely, comfy thing to sleep with, hmmm?) Yesterday was the worst day I've had in a while. All the PAIN back with a vengeance.

My appointment with the Orthopedic doctor is September 17 and I'll get the results of the MRI then, as well as the opportunity to ask a million questions. I don't really think I have a bone or joint problem. I think I have a muscle problem that stems from my back. Bones and joints are covered with muscles and ligaments, so I'm hoping this doctor can help or guide me to someone who can.

I'm definitely going to ask about physical therapy.

I need to know how to exercise in PAIN. When is it ok and when is it not. I hesitate to push through PAIN when I am not sure that I'm not going to do more damage.

I do know that I can't go on not moving.

I'm going to do my best to work on all the muscles I can that don't scream out in PAIN.

I'm going to do my best to get in the pool three times a week, even though dressing, getting there, undressing, getting home, showering, dressing again, etc. etc. takes 3 hours out of my day and wears me out.

I have the Wharton book on active-isolated stretching and I'm going to try to do extensive stretching every day. PAIN or no PAIN.

You can see that, in my life, PAIN is a four-letter word.


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FISHINGLADY66 9/7/2009 10:04PM

    I am so sorry for your pain. You are in my prayers. I really wish I could help.
May God touch you and take away the pain.

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JUDY1676 9/7/2009 6:21PM

    I will continue to keep you in my prayers.
It's got to be really hard living with all that pain.

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BIRDLEGS29 9/7/2009 3:42PM

    I agree you sure have a long wait to get the results of your MRI but know how hard it can be sometimes to get in to see the specialists. You are in my prayers and do be careful what you do so you don't cause more harm. Better safe than sorry!


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    Love and blessings!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 9/7/2009 10:58AM

    I will be praying for you Karen.

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BELTONWALKER67 9/7/2009 9:47AM

    September 17 seems like a long time to wait for another doctor appointment since you are in so much pain. Are you on any medications to relieve the pain? I'm so sorry you are going through this, but as mentioned below, it really makes a person stop and think about how lucky they are and to count their blessings. On the stretching exercises, has the doctor given you advice on that to eliminate any further damage. Thinking of you and wish there was something that would make the pain go away.

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SERENITYSEL 9/7/2009 9:25AM

    I am praying that they find what is wrong and how to help you.

I can't imagine being in pain like that everyday. When I read this blog, it made me stop and think about how I complained about my SIMPLE issues.

I don't know how you do it, but you are an inspiration. God bless!!!!

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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

I've seen a few members lately posting about ever-present hunger. I thought I'd post a few ways I can feel full while staying within a reasonable calorie limit.


This is my own version of an old Weight Watchers recipe where you use "free" veggies (very low calorie) to make soup you can eat anytime.

I use a half of a head of cabbage, a couple of ripe tomatoes and an onion, all cut up into small to medium pieces. Put in a large pot with a can of chicken broth (low fat like Swanson's) and all the water you need to cover the veggies. Add whatever seasonings you like - garlic, salt, pepper, etc.

Bring to a boil and simmer until veggies are soft. Allow to cool some and then take about 1/2 to 3/4 of the veggies out and put them in your blender. Puree until the chunks are gone. You may have to do this twice if it won't all fit in one batch. Add it back to the remainder in the pot and stir together.

The pureed veggies mix in and give the soup a rich, creamy texture without adding any milk, cream, or butter! The chunks of veggies make it feel like real solid food. Eat this when you are hungry. There's very few calories in it. Also, drink a cup of it before lunch and dinner and it will slow down your eating, making you feel full more quickly.


Cut up your favorite veggies - broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, onions, zucchini, etc. Put them in a large zip lock bag and coat them with a little olive oil. OR you can just put them out in one layer on a large cookie sheet and spray them with a kitchen spritzer filled with olive oil.

The end result is you have low calorie veggies coated with some olive oil, spread out in one layer on a cookie sheet. Set the oven at about 375 - 400 deg. and roast for 20-30 minutes, depending on how crunchy you want them.

You can put them in zip lock bags in portion sizes and use them to fill out your meals with more bulk and fiber that is tasty. It's great to add them to a frozen dinner to make it more like a real meal without adding many calories.

The trick is to plan your meal around a "core" food you like - meat and potatoes, maybe - and add calorie free or very low calorie foods to it to give you more bulk and a more satisfied feeling when you're eating.

Sometimes we really crave more "hand-to-mouth" action when we reduce our calories. Just like smokers miss that when they give up smoking. Eating unprocessed food always gives you more of that so you get the satisfaction without the calories.

We just have to remember what it feels like when we BINGE. Do you ever feel GOOD after you do that? Usually you feel pretty rotten. Eating well makes you feel better and your body will thank you for it!

Anyone want to add YOUR tips and tricks to get full without overeating?


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DAISES2 9/2/2009 12:01PM

    great blog.super ideas.thank you for sharing emoticon

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PJC1967 9/2/2009 11:54AM

  Thanks for the great suggestions I will have to try them, they sound delicious.

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FISHINGLADY66 9/2/2009 11:34AM

    I used to make this soup all the time. I still make a version of it but I don't blend any of the vegetables. I also add green beans, zucchini, or what ever I like. It really helps keep you feeling fuller longer. Great suggestion. emoticon for the reminder.

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GYPSYHEART1 9/2/2009 10:46AM

    Thanks for sharing! I find I seem to get hungrier in the afternoon. This is PERFECT for helping me keep hunger at bay.

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    Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 9/2/2009 10:03AM

    Weight Watchers calls such things Filling Foods. Soups like Karen just said are certainly one of them, as the soup is made with filling foods.

WW members are encouraged to eat : and note, these are not contrary to Spark guidelines.

whole-wheat pasta, brown rice, potatoes and grains
vegetables and fruit
whole-grain cereals---without added sugar, nuts or dried fruit
lean meats, poulty, fish , eggs, beans and meat substitutes such as tofu
fat-free milk and milk products

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BELTONWALKER67 9/2/2009 8:40AM

    Great ideas and such a good way to get your veggies in. I've found that I can get my water in by sipping with a straw. It keeps the munchies away too.

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Progress Report

Thursday, August 27, 2009

I had a massage yesterday with a really proficient muscle specialist.

He used massage and trigger points to release the muscles in my right leg and in my back that connected to that area. He worked on me for an hour. A lot of it was painful, but I'm used to painful massage from all the deep tissue therapy I've had. I joke that I pay people to hurt me!

He gave me some advice on exercise - swimming is the only real way I should move my legs repetitively, because I get the movement of the muscle without any weight or strain.

He also suggested I use a rope looped around the bottom of my foot to pull my leg up and down, again to get movement without exerting and exhausting the muscles too much.

So I'm going to try to swim more and do some stretches. He told me the latest theory in stretching is not to hold the stretch for more than two seconds. I found verification for this in various places online, including "The Wharton Stretch Book" at amazon.com.

Still scheduled for an MRI but have no expectations there. Over the years I've had all sorts of tests, xrays, cat scans and an MRI 4 yrs ago, showing nothing.

The problem is in my muscles, which spasm and contort my body out of alignment. Strong enough to make one leg shorter at times, or to hold my back in an iron grip so I can't even reach the radio in my car. Something in my back/nerves causes this, as far as anyone can tell me. Sitting too much is a problem, standing too much is a problem, walking too much is a problem.

Orthopedics is the closest thing to a muscle specialist and I have a referral for that doctor after my MRI.

Meanwhile, I just do what has helped me in the past, not a cure, just a management of pain and restriction. In time, I ususally get some results. The pain is not excruciating any more, just annoying and frustrating. I don't limp every time I take a step, but about 50% of the time.
That is some improvement over a week ago. Counting my blessings. Maybe that is what has helped me lose 2 of the 5 lbs. I gained over the past month and a half.

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SHASTA11 9/2/2009 1:16PM

    Aw, some relief. I'm so happy for you. It's great that you have a pool to go to as the therapist thinks that's the best way for you to exercise.

Hope you continue to feel better.

Hugs, Joan

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SERENITYSEL 9/1/2009 8:23PM

    I am glad you got some relief from the pain (even though you had to endure a different pain to get relief). You are a very brave lady!

I can only imagine what you are going through. I watched my mother go through horrible pain with her rhuemotoid arthritis. She was so crippled, and very rarely would cry over the pain.

God bless you my friend!!!

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FISHINGLADY66 8/27/2009 12:52PM

    I'm glad the muscle specialist could help you. That is very interesting information on the stretching. I have been doing the stretching exercises here on spark and I think they really help. I can't swim right now until the hole in my chest heals. (The biopsy for skin cancer).
I do hope you can find relief soon. Congrats on losing the 2 pounds.

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