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My Spark Hint for Today: Carefully Check Nutritional Information Added by Spark Members

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Have you ever used the food tracker, and instead of taking the time to put the nutrition information that you've researched on the internet and know to be as accurate as it can be? I have and today and no different, I was in a hurry and I had saved the corn muffin or cornbread muffin from Famous Dave's BBQ for breakfast this morning. I know its high in calories and not the best of calorie choices, but I was having it for breakfast. As i put my food in the tracker, I used several Spark entered nutrition information for the corn muffin. I found a recurring 360 or 600 calories for 1 serving or 1 muffin. After checking MyFitness Pal and Famous Dave's nutritional values I found the below information more accurate.

Nutrition Facts
Famous Dave's - Cornbread Muffin
Calories 270
Total Fat 12 g
Saturated 3 g
Polyunsaturated 0 g
Monounsaturated 0 g
Trans 4 g
Cholesterol 37 mg
Sodium 260 mg
Potassium 0 mg
Total Carbs 37 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Sugars 17 g
Protein 4 g

Vitamin A 0% Calcium 0%
Vitamin C 0% Iron 0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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I know Spark warns you that shared nutritional information from Spark members may not be accurate...well I am re-iterating that warning. To find the nutritional value of a certain food, It is worth the time to find out from a couple of web sources.

P.S. After seeing 4 g of Trans Fat, I will never eat another Famous Dave's corn muffin...who knew!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MRSWHITEWOLF 11/3/2013 2:23PM

    I took a class at the hospital and was amazed when I had my first heart attack, that the items that have transfat, hidden in it too. Basically, any baked items you purchase will have transfat. particularly cosco muffins will be loaded, albertson's and safeway, all high and that tends me to believe any of the places are too unless you are going to an organic place that uses natural ingredients and even at that you have to be careful to see what it is you are purchasing. I think the information is AWESOME that you provided. My comment is just a reflection of what I learned and then to see that you post this information just confirmed my suspicion. Thank you!

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RISENABOVE 10/10/2013 10:38PM

    Nice detective work! I'm know you, of all people, can find a healthy recipe and still be able to enjoy the taste and texture without the trans fat! Yuck!

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NEVADAPP 10/10/2013 9:59PM

    Good job on doing your homework!! I gave up muffins all together! They're great if you want to bulk up but that's about it!!

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SKEEWEE2MEK 10/10/2013 9:02PM

    I noticed that when I first joined SP. I love my Spark family but hardly ever use member-entered info. Verify! emoticon

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LETHA_ 10/10/2013 8:49PM

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I find errors all the time too. When you check the nutritional info entered there is a box you can check to say if the info is accurate or not and you get spark points for doing it so I report errors.

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JMOUSE99 10/10/2013 5:21PM

    I almost always check the nutritional info before I use a selection entered by a Spark member. Usually they neglect to enter any of the vitamin info etc on the lower part of the labels. Also, in Canada, the values are often different than something bought in the US. Thanks for the reminder!

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MAGGIE1944 10/10/2013 5:11PM

    I agree. Often I find the nutritional information for brand name items is slightly different than what is on the package. I hate to spend many minutes searching for one that is perfect match to what I have in my hands, but dang. I suppose the manufactures change their labels with newer information.

I think I'll slow down and hunt for good matches and see if I can get my favorites list filled with correct information.

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Pinterest Projects Anyone?

Friday, October 04, 2013

DGD and I wanted to do a fall project together. DGD is 10 yrs. old. I knew Pinterest would have the prefect project. I've done projects from Pinterest before...piece of cake, right??? Well...not quite!
It took two of us to make this pumpkin. There was no way one person could put it together. But we persisted and had a laughing time getting it together. We did have the best time!
Here is the picture of the one that had to be made by a team of professionals...
Looks amazing doesn't it...

DGD and I "nailed it" sort of... emoticon

Like I said we have lots of giggles while making this pumpkin with a unique personality. Lesson learned...always do a project with DGD, but be selective in picking the project!

By the way...anyone have experience with Pinterest projects, recipes, etc. I did make a cleaner I found on there, and really like the results.

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JCGALSHERE 10/5/2013 5:49PM

    I think it turned out great and has it's own flair emoticon

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NINETOZE 10/4/2013 11:50PM

    It looks perfect to me! Think of all the memories tied to it. If you had bought one at the store it would just be another decoration. Now you have something to take out every year and enjoy with the biggest grin on your faces and in your hearts!

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NEVADAPP 10/4/2013 9:07PM

    Very festive! (snicker)
You win emoticon

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HEALTH4LYFE 10/4/2013 9:00PM

    I am glad you had such a good time with DGD! Makes it all worthwhile no matter how the project turned out! emoticon

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GRACIEC 10/4/2013 8:25PM

    I see what you mean! LOL But the memories of doing it with your DGD will be priceless! Thanks for sharing!

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LITTLEDEBI 10/4/2013 4:59PM

    I see the similarities! emoticon
you both had fun that is what counts..

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Once Again...(warning venting ahead)

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

My body once again did what IT wanted to do no matter what I did. I exercised more than I have in months. 7/7 days, stayed within range, kept things out of my mouth that usually find its way in, ate healthy calories...and I gain..yeah, I know its only .2 lb. It is my body's way of telling me that I am going to have to emoticon emoticon and emoticon every single of these last 10-12 lbs off my body. I am a positive person I see the glass half full; 99% of the time and when I am done expressing my frustration, that proverbial glass will be "half full". What you don't know about me is that I don't give up. I won't be throwing the baby out with the bath water it just makes me more determined.

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MRSWHITEWOLF 11/3/2013 2:24PM

    You can do it! Keep on making positive choices!

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GRACIEC 10/2/2013 11:44PM

    I'm sure it's gremlins! They come in the night before weigh in and play with the adjustments on our scales! emoticon

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NEVADAPP 10/2/2013 10:46PM

    I think your scale is broken..... Lol!! Watch. Step on the scale on Thursday morning and you'll see the loss that you should have seen today!!

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JERSEYGIRL24 10/2/2013 10:40PM

    I think you know this, but don't get too upset. I know it's frustrating to do everything right and still see a gain. But if it is a fluke (and it seems like it is), then you should see the results you want next week. Last thing you should do is decide that it doesn't matter what you do, because it does. But again, I think you know all this!! emoticon

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CATLOVER110 10/2/2013 7:27PM

    Good for you for making all those healthy choices! Keep up the good work!

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LETHA_ 10/2/2013 3:56PM

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BLOOIZEANGEL 10/2/2013 1:09PM

    Right on!! You can do this! Your body is just adjusting to the exercise again. Keep up the great work! You know what to do!

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SINGER73 10/2/2013 11:17AM

    Sometime it takes the scale a few weeks to show your efforts. Just keep doing what you know is the right and healthy things to do and your body will have no choice but to show your efforts.

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KAT130 10/2/2013 10:14AM

    Sounds to me, with all the exercise, the .2 was probably due to muscle gain. Just keep going, like you said, never give up!

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DIETER27 10/2/2013 9:39AM

  show the scale whose boss making positive choices! you can do it!

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RISENABOVE 10/2/2013 9:37AM

    Show that scale who's boss, and keep making those positive choices! emoticon emoticon

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BLC23 - Photos, Measurements, Goals

Friday, September 06, 2013

Soon BLC 23 will begin in earnest! Being a part of the preBLC23 team, one of my tasks is to take photo, it is my choice to display it,, take my measurements and establish goals.
The shorts I have on in the photo, fit...but they fit tightly...one way to measure my weight loss is to have those shorts fit comfortably!

bust - 43"
waist - 37"
hips - 46"
R thigh - 37

Lose 1 lb. - 1.5lbs/wk
do strength exercises 3x/wk
exercise 30 - 45 min. on Tues/Wed./Sat (been slacking on those days)
Calorie recycling to jump start metabolism
Weigh all portions of protein and carbs

These are reasonable goals and definitely measurable.

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ABRANNEWME2014 9/14/2013 5:18PM

    I'm so very proud of you already I know you can totally do this....I hope we can be on the same team one day....I think I'm going to be on the Jungle Tigers again that's what I'm hoping for this round anyway I wish you well my friend


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SEAJESS 9/9/2013 12:48PM

    Ooooo.... strength training 3x a week! One of my Everest goals in BLC23. I'm starting with 10 minutes of exercise per day and so far have kept it to walking. Time to pull out those Beck tools and tighten the lose nuts, eh?


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CATLOVER110 9/7/2013 10:42PM

    Those sound like great goals! emoticon

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NEVADAPP 9/6/2013 11:29PM

    Awesome job on getting some pics taken before the beginning of the round. I wished I did that last round. Great goals! They are very obtainable!

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LOSINIT52 9/6/2013 3:40PM

Wishing you great success. Won't say luck because we both know it is not luck.
PS love the cutie pic in your profile. Funny to look into your own eyes in old photos, isn't it! I wonder what she was thinking. Kind of makes you smile doesn't it?

Comment edited on: 9/6/2013 3:42:57 PM

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BLC21 - 4 Weeks to go...so

Saturday, March 16, 2013

When I look at my 12 week plan...
"I will be in control of what I eat! Mindless eating still rears its ugly head and bites me big time...those stupid carbs haunt me!
I will find time to exercise even on busy days. It is too easy to not bother with any activity.
I will track every morsel that goes in my mouth! I find that when I slide on tracking food, the calories do mount up and there is no losing on the scale."

The first statement...good news there are many more successful days than caving in to mindless eating. I have a feeling the more I practice, the better it will get, time will tell!

The second statement...exercise: doing cardio is consistent...however...I need to work more strength in during the week. Currently it is hit 'n miss!

The third statement...tracking my food: greatly improved. Having Wednesday as my 'cheat' day and only day, I track the food...it ends up being at the higher end of my calorie range, but I find it challenges my body.The trick is to have only one cheat day...if I find I have plans coming up, then I will switch my cheat day. On that day...I cannot allow myself to mindless eat and I have been pretty good avoiding that, if I have to I chew gum, or nibble on baby carrots!

As I finish up this BLC round...most goals will have been met, and there's still time to meet the others!

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CIRANDELLA 4/18/2013 8:36AM

    I love that "cheat day" strategy, too! It's helped me maintain my weight for two years now...knock on wood :)

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ELIZINJAPAN 3/18/2013 1:01AM

    Woohoo! Sounds like you are doing really well!

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WINKERDINK 3/17/2013 10:56AM

    You've come a long way baby doll! I notice that EVEN on your cheat day, you're still in range! That beautiful brain of yours has changed the way it thinks!

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CATLOVER110 3/16/2013 10:06PM

    Sounds like you are doing great! Good for you! emoticon

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