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Well, Well, Well!

Friday, May 03, 2013

Got my hair cut short to donate to locks of Love for cancer patients. Found out I have curly hair under all that stuff! Trouble is, I asked for a straight style, cause that's what my hair has always been. So now I have a fluffy mess, but I don't care. It's freezing without hair on my neck. Guess that's why they invented scarves! It'll be nice come summer, (if it ever stops snowing!) LOL Have a great day all. Hugs, B

  
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CLAIREINPARIS 6/9/2013 4:45AM

    What a great idea! Good for you!

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CAMEOSUN 5/25/2013 1:16PM

    Very thoughtful ! emoticon

Hope your weather has warmed up by now.

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LGAR519 5/6/2013 7:47AM

    I'm proud of you for thinking of others. Your hair will turn out good, I bet!

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KAYYVAUGHN 5/5/2013 4:36PM

    I bet your hair gets nice. That was a nice gesture.
Take care,
Kay

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DEBBYFROMMT 5/4/2013 4:41PM

    Good for you donating to Locks of Love! But will we ever have spring? Cool rain here. OK we need it, but I would love a little sunshine!

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DOINGITFORGOD 5/4/2013 3:50PM

    Very emoticon That is such a blessing of you to do that emoticon

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ANGELA76H 5/4/2013 4:31AM

    What a wonderful thing to do. Hope it warms up soon for you!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/3/2013 8:52PM

  Such a fantastic thing to do! HUGS and you'll get to "know" your new "do". Takes time. And practice.

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CAT-IN-CJ 5/3/2013 2:59PM

    Way to go!

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GABY1948 5/3/2013 1:30PM

    Great for you to donate your hair! I never knew I had curls in my hair either til a couple years ago! Praying you have a wonderful weekend!

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VINGRAM 5/3/2013 12:59PM

    Good job....where is the pic? emoticon

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JOANNS4 5/3/2013 10:43AM

    A wonderful thing to do. emoticon

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PEZMOM1 5/3/2013 10:11AM

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I have done this once and my daughter has done it I think 5 times and will donate again when school is out.

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MISS_VIV 5/3/2013 9:33AM

    Congratulations on donating your beautiful locks to charity. Looking forward to pics of the new do............ emoticon

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NELLJONES 5/3/2013 7:40AM

    I remember reading that the women of Carthage donated their hair to Hannibal's war effort to make rope. When Scipio finally captured Carthage he captured a city of bald women. Yours is a much better cause.

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1935MARY 5/3/2013 7:26AM

    What a wonderful thing you did. You should be proud of your self. Surly God will put a gold star in your crown. I am sorry it is still cold there in 70's and 80's here. When it turns cooler it's like 50's and 60's. Maybe soon you will get warmer weather. Anyway your unselfish act touched my heart my mother-in- law had breast cancer and lost all her hair and the cancer society gave her to wigs. Her hair is grown back now. and she is doing alright for her age of 75. Bless you and have a great day. emoticon

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So Bad, So Sad.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

After three years here, I have gone to goal, had a heart attack, had three surgeries, and gone back to where I started. But I am so much wiser than I was. I am ready to start again. And this time, I won't put it back on!!!!

Thanks to all of you for your continuous support through life. I love you all.

  
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WANRAS 5/1/2013 9:15AM

    Strength in numbers. Welcome back. If you need help, call on your SparkFriends, we are all here for the same reason.
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GWTRIKER 4/29/2013 8:48PM

    You have overcome a lot. Glad you are back on Spark. Good luck on this leg of your journey.

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IMREITE 4/29/2013 12:44AM

    i lost 30 lbs during my first year on swpark. kept it off and even lost 5 more in the next 2 years, thnk in the lst 2 years i gained 20 of int back. on the plus side i do remember and know i am capable of losing it. so i just need to dedicate myself to making the right decisions.


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1CRAZYDOG 4/28/2013 8:53PM

  You've overcome a lot and you'll make it!! HUGS and welcome back.

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STEVIEBEE569 4/28/2013 8:08PM

    Welcome back! You can do it!

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ANGELA76H 4/28/2013 7:29PM

    You CAN do it! :)

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IDLETYME 4/28/2013 7:24PM

    With your "can do" attitude I know you will make it this time!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MT-MOONCHASER 4/28/2013 6:13PM

    It's good to see you back here.

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LGAR519 4/28/2013 3:15PM

    I'm just starting over too. I re-gained 60 some pounds of the 97 I lost. No excuses, I just starting eating junk food again. Now, health issues have encouraged me to try again! Good luck to you. We can do it.

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MOTHEPRO 4/28/2013 2:44PM

    Welcome back!
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KAYYVAUGHN 4/28/2013 1:13PM

    We are so glad that you are back. Take care of yourself.
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LIZARDG7 4/28/2013 12:43PM

    Welcome Back and Good Luck!

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JEANNE229 4/28/2013 10:49AM

    Barbara, I am SO glad to see you back, recovering and rededicated. It IS a lifelong battle, and we love that you are with us still!

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HIPPICHICK1 4/28/2013 10:33AM

    That is QUITE the trip!! Wishing you all the best of luck this time around.

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GRAMMY_22 4/28/2013 10:30AM

    You are totally worth it!!!

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BEWELL48 4/28/2013 9:06AM

    You can do it!

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NELLJONES 4/28/2013 8:06AM

    I'd think the heart attack would be a good reminder that avoiding another is well worth the effort. It's not like you won't be able to eat anymore, just different things that are actually delicious.

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    Much success to you towards your goals! emoticon

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It's About to Be Over!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Hi Spark Friends!
After almost 5 months off work, I've finally passed my work eval test at physical therapy. I see the Doc on Valentine's day, and I expect him to give me an updated work status that allows me to go back to work. A bit nervous about being able to perform after being gone so long, but the financial nightmare will be over in a couple of months!!!! Thank God in His mercy! I am applying for Social Security, and with that and the tax refund I'll be getting this year, I'm looking forward to getting caught up on all the past due bills and getting out of debt so I can afford to retire by the time I'm 70!!! I've been told I will never be pain free, so just have to live with it. Oh Well. So beit. Happy Valentine's Day, all. Thanks friends, for being here. Love and Hugs, B

  
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TEENY_BIKINI 2/14/2013 12:24PM

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JEANNE229 2/13/2013 3:12PM

    Good luck darlin' girl! Hang in there.

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NELLJONES 2/13/2013 8:32AM

    Congrats on being able to be back to work soon. Too bad your time off couldn't be more relaxing, though. It will be good to be back in the old routine.

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KAYYVAUGHN 2/13/2013 6:17AM

    That's good news that you may be going back to work. At our age, we will never be pain free, but maybe the pain will not be as bad.
Good luck, and prayers are with you.
Kay

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CEKER9 2/13/2013 1:56AM

    Glad to hear you are making great strides! I think when we get as old as we are, according to the doctors, pain is expected to be a constant companion. I will say that I retired (thanx to SS) when I was 70. It's been just a couple months beyond a year of retirement and I'm finding that I'm having less and less pain... I assume just from being retired, having a lot less stress, exercising, eating better in less rushed situations, and just generally taking better care of myself. Retirement and relaxing into it (not that easy) has done wonders for my health and reduced pain level...

Thanx to SparkPeople and the encouragement here, I am healthier and have a lot less pain... don't believe everything the doctors say!

You will be able to perform at your best and will do well when you go back to work... I have complete faith in your ability!!!

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NWCOUNTRYDANCER 2/12/2013 10:15PM

    Good luck. Wishing for a positive outcomes on Thursday.

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1CRAZYDOG 2/12/2013 8:18PM

  Wishing you all the best. HUGS

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The Trouble With Nutrition Lables

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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Today I decided to measure and weigh the beans in a can of black beans. The label says 40 % reduced sodium. (I always buy low or no added salt when I can find it.) It also says contents are equal to approx 3 1/2 servings of 1/2 cup each. Each serving is to be 130 grams. So I dumped the beans into the strainer, rinsed them well and began to measure.

The 1/2 cup serving was no where NEAR 130 grams. The can did not contain 1 3/4 cup of beans. It barely made the 1 1/2 cup.

Spark says if you drain and rinse well, you will reduce the sodium by approx. 40%. All the recipes I've ever read say drain and rinse the beans before you put them into your dish. So, if the measure is off, and the weight is off, I can only assume the nutrition label is telling me what I would consume if I used the sludge in the bottom of the can and the syrup surrounding the beans. To me, that is no help at all. I've asked several nutritionists, and they all say the same thing: I have no idea what the nutritional value is when the beans are drained and rinsed.

So, Spark Friends, what do you think of this situation?

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MT-MOONCHASER 10/25/2012 4:00PM

    I'm sure that the nutritional information on the can is for the entire contents of the can. Otherwise they would be in trouble with the labeling gods...

I think NANCYHOME247 is on the right track. Dried beans expand to three times their volume when soaked and cooked. Spark's nutrition data-base has black beans that have been cooked with no salt in it. You could use that, but be aware that your canned beans would have more sodium in them, even after rinsing.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/23/2012 10:31AM

  Have to agree. The thoing that makes most sense is that the weight of the product listed on the can includes the weight of the liquid and sludge.

I so often just use dry beans because then I can control the sodium . . . i.e. NONE added.

But if I do use canned beans, I definitely rinse as you do. Never took the time to be as methodical as you . . . just took it for granted that the label was accurate. WRONG choice, obviously!

Thanks!

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JEANNE229 10/23/2012 10:23AM

    It is the same with some prepared foods, like a cakemix for instance. They give you values of the mix, but not of when you add egg, oil, etc. What you read is what is there, I guess. Right. Not very helpful.

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IDLETYME 10/23/2012 10:02AM

    Good blog. Thanks for going to all of the trouble to check it out! We'd be surprised how many other things are like that!! emoticon

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NELLJONES 10/23/2012 9:22AM

    The rule of thumb with diabetic exchange plans is 3/4 oz dry=2 oz cooked.=one exchange. I wish all recipes gave weights of ingredients. It's a LOT easier!

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GOPINTOS 10/23/2012 8:18AM

    OMG! This reminded me, that I totally forgot about the black beans I cooked yesterday!! I like to cook them up and package them up smaller and freeze them, and I totally forgot about them and left them out all night!!

Drats. OH well. So cheap to make yourself, I just hate it when I do things like that.

Thanks for sharing!

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Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
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NANCYHOME247 10/23/2012 7:25AM

    Thanks for taking the time to do your own empirical research, and sharing your results. Valuable information.

To propose an answer your question about how you can more accurately track these kinds of foods, why don't you compare the nutritional values listed for the equivalent amount of black beans you'd make yourself from dried beans, and compare with what's listed on the can. You can then intelligently "guesstimate" what you're eating. I've found another website helpful in tracking the micronutrients that aren't always listed on the Sparks website: www.nutritiondata.com



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GABY1948 10/23/2012 6:42AM

    I think it's disgusting that the world has gotten to a point that we can't trust ANYTHING anymore...good blog! Thanks

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KAYYVAUGHN 10/23/2012 5:41AM

    I wish the nutrition labels were more accurate. Maybe they will improve. We need that information for our health.

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KRICKET4 10/23/2012 1:43AM

    Nutrition label = guideline only.
The weight on the label most likely contains the sludge :)

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SLIMMERKIWI 10/23/2012 1:36AM

    I actually contact the Manufactures when I notice these sorts of anomalies. You may be surprised at the number of firms who do this :-(

Kris

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LATTELEE 10/23/2012 1:20AM

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I took the test: Your Results You're Almost Ready to Lose Weight

Monday, October 01, 2012

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emoticon Some things I told the truth, like I hate to exercise. I'm so whipped! I tried to follow along with a zumba video today. It was only 3.5 minutes, and the fitness tracker said I didn't burn ANY calories!!!! So why even bother? Guess I need a swift kick in the bum! emoticon I feel like a slug! No energy. No stamina. I like walking, do it all the time, but I don't like climbing stairs, jumping around, or sweating.

I don't consider that test very motivating. Maybe I'm just lazy lately.

  
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JOYCECAIN 10/6/2012 8:42AM

    I only walk, mostly, and forget that darned quiz. Do what you like.

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CEKER9 10/3/2012 3:07AM

    Don't be so hard on yourself... number 1 those quizzes are written for 20 some years olders that are in great conditions. I don't know about you, but I don't qualify for being 20 some and haven't for a few decades. Zumba is also for young in-shape people.

Pick a good exercise that does the trick without requiring youth. Yoga, Tai Chi, Qui Gong, Isometric, walking... anything that takes us from where we are, gives us results and helps us get into shape for more intensive workouts. Actually dancing around the living room to the old songs is great to get things moving and is fun!

Don't do what I did for so long... set up a program, exercise and eating, that only a "perfect" and "younger" person could do so I could fail and beat myself up because I couldn't do it. Of course, I couldn't do it... I didn't want to do it so I made sure I couldn't. When I woke up and decided to be kinder to myself and actually see reality, I have been better at setting up eating and exercise programs that I can do and keep me interested in doing them.

You can do it! You ARE NOT LAZY! You just know that the jumping around and sweating unnecessarily isn't necessary. According to the health reports, walking on a regular basis for 20 minutes 3 times a week is enough... anything more is gravy. If you are doing the walking you are WAY ahead of most people!!!
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PURPLELVR7 10/2/2012 7:30AM

    don't worry about the quiz results - it is only a guide line
as far as exercise - I don't like it either.
start out slow - just try to get in 5 to 10 minutes at a time
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LAHUDSONCHEF 10/1/2012 12:12PM

    Quizzes are very limiting...don't set too much store by them. But, where is this quiz you took? I haven't found it.

I agree with the others, find something you enjoy. I love to dance, my gym has a line dance class, but even without that, I turn on some really good music and dance away at home alone. When I get a chance to go out to hear a friend's band play, I always hope there will be a dance floor. :) Cardio dance uses up a lot of calories! emoticon

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VINGRAM 10/1/2012 11:28AM

    I took that same quiz with the same results. My attitude stinks also! emoticon

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R-U-JELLEN 10/1/2012 11:16AM

    I didn't like walking. Thought it was boring and could always think of a good excuse not to. My doctor said it was the best form of "exercise" (hate that word) for me as it actually increases the effectiveness of the diabetes meds. So, I started. Lo, and behold, I really enjoy it and miss it when I can't get in at least a mile. So there is hope for this old dog learning new tricks! Who knows--I may learn to enjoy other - - -(shudder)- - exercises.
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NELLJONES 10/1/2012 10:25AM

    I don't think I'd take those quizzes too seriously. They are more about getting points than in imparting helpful info.

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BEESPARKLE 10/1/2012 10:10AM

    Start slow on something you like. Put on a dvd song that you like. Do three songs at first. If you can just move to it if your a person who likes to dance to music. I am thinking 90% people do.
If you like slow. Then pick the slow songs and just move slow.


Move your hands bend side to side. Sit on chair to the music. Move side to side.

And dent sweat, sweat. relax and enjoy something. It is all about getting away from the

computer or just moing in the day to a healthier you.

Your not lazy, just have not found something you like.

I walk in the house if weather is bad. I put on a timer for 15 minutes and walk in morning.

Afternoon another 15 minutes. That is good enough.

You have to move as the heart needs it and your legs, muscles, joints .


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AZIMAT 10/1/2012 10:03AM

    I agrre with the others, do something that you like. If you like walking, then walk. I lost about 15 pounds by just walking, actually, strolling on the beach two miles every morning. I do not have the zumba personality. Do you have a pedometer? May people have found that keeping track of steps per day is very helpful.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/1/2012 9:08AM

  The thing I found was to start by building on what you're interested in. If Zumba isn't your cup of tea, skip it! You like walking? Build on that! Explore the exercises on SP so you bet both cardio and strength training in. The bottomline is find what works for you. You aren't "locked into" Zumba.

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KAYYVAUGHN 10/1/2012 9:02AM

    Exercise is not the most fun in the world. Zumba was difficult for me, and I finally gave up on it. You have to start with low impact exercises that you halfway enjoy.
I started with a Leslie Sansone simple DVD-Walk Away the Pounds. I could do one, two or three miles. Now 3 miles is not a problem. They count down each mile, and that's motivating to me.
Don't give up. You are not lazy. You just haven't found the right exercises.

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NANCYHOME247 10/1/2012 8:23AM

    I think we all go through ups and downs in energy and motivation. Just so long as the slump doesn't turn into a flatline...

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 10/1/2012 4:33AM

    "I don't like climbing stairs, jumping around, or sweating. " --- me, either. BUT, I do like calisthenics, weight lifting, pilates and losing weight via very careful portion control. The things you DO like will work for you, long term. The things you hate will not work - because you'll never do enough of them consistently - and you really shouldn't. I NEVER work up a sweat (ickkkkk) but I work out over an hour a day. Usually over two hours, but at my own pace. And I lost 44 pounds. emoticon emoticon

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