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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

People on line has a special photo section today about people who have lost half their body weight. The last lady is a sparker! Check it out at


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NEW-CAZ 2/23/2010 7:03AM

    emoticonHi hun
Just bumping your blog to renew my subscription to it.
I closed my SP a/c in error and this is the only way I can think of to make sure I keep abreast of your news.
Look forward to your next blog
Luv ya
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GOALIEGRANDMA3 2/20/2010 2:18PM

    Try this link to the article:


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LISANANCY 1/24/2010 7:01PM

    Where are you new blogs Talk to us! emoticon

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GABY1948 1/4/2010 10:44AM

    I haven't read it yet, but hope to! Thanks

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ATHENAJANE 1/3/2010 12:51PM

    I was at 200 pounds...and I was down...miracle to be again...122...and I am now up a little...130. But, I know hot to "turn it down" steps...and I will this week. It is almost half of my body weigth, and if I could, I would get down to 100, because that is where I was when I got married...but I know that is extremem and not healthy at my age...Health is where it is at, not a number on the scale...

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WOLFSPIRITS 1/3/2010 12:33PM

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KYBORN 12/30/2009 12:36PM

    That was amazing!! It just proves that it can be done. Best wishes to all on this journey.

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Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I am a blog reader, not a blog writer. However, I just had to wish all my great Spark friends a wonderful, blessed, healthy and happy Christmas.


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ATHENAJANE 1/3/2010 12:52PM

    Thank you my friend. I was with my friends up north for the holidays and it was so great, that I cried when I left. And I know I will be up there in Jan...for the birthdays...and I still cried...nuts??? huh???

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DAISYBELL6 12/23/2009 9:37PM

    Merry Christmas to you and a Happy New Year!


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RURAL3 12/23/2009 9:12PM

    Merry Christmas Jean emoticon

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GABY1948 12/22/2009 8:08PM

    Jean, I wish you the same Merry Christmas and Happy New are such a darling and I count myself so blessed to know you! emoticon
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BELTONWALKER67 12/22/2009 4:57PM

    Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to you, Jean! May all your dreams come true during this special time of the year.


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AMBUDMAN 12/22/2009 4:55PM

    Same to you and emoticon

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FALKOR59 12/22/2009 4:05PM

    You sound like me. I love to read blogs, but I can't really write them. Have a Merry Christmas too.

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WOLFSPIRITS 12/22/2009 3:57PM

    emoticon emoticon JEAN! HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY SEASON!!!!

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DISTAN 12/22/2009 3:45PM

    Same to you.

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2 more people; 2 more sides

Saturday, November 14, 2009

We have added a niece and cousin who are alone to our Thanksgiving feast and one especially requested my daughter's brussels sprouts. She steams baby sprouts, then sautÚs in a drop or two of olive oil and garlic. Wonderful! The other guest loves baked sweet potatoes so those will also be added. Very healthy side dish unless you choose to add the cinnamon covered butter pats I will offer!

DD has also suggested I bake my double fudge cake with fudge icing for a special treat. There goes my super healthy feast!


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ATHENAJANE 1/3/2010 12:53PM

    Ok...that sounds nice. I hate brussel sprouts...they just taste bad...but sauted like that with olive oil and garlic??

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LISANANCY 11/22/2009 5:04PM

    Oh, Lord, double fudge cake. I had to write an entire blog to chocolate cake and here you are making one. Boy, would I love a piece. Good thing you are there and I am here. Have a healthy Thanksgiving. emoticon

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AMBUDMAN 11/15/2009 5:01PM

    Sounds great. emoticon

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BELTONWALKER67 11/15/2009 4:45PM

    Sounds like a great time with delicious food for all! Enjoy!

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NANCYRUBIO 11/15/2009 8:33AM

    Life, you must be willing to accept changes. You are, I just hope no more adjusting to your meals.

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RURAL3 11/14/2009 11:16PM

    Love those brussels. We have them too but sprinkle with a little fresh parmesan. mmmmmmmmm

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STAMPINITUP 11/14/2009 10:11PM

    emoticonSounds yummie to me!!! BRING ER ON!! I want to be at your house for Thanksgiving!!

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JUDY1676 11/14/2009 9:31PM

    Jean--Sounds delicious! Maybe I'll drop in! emoticon

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CRAZYGAGRANNY 11/14/2009 5:33PM


Around the holidays we all have to have those tempting dishes that everyone loves! But we can have a little..but it doesn't mean we have to "blow" our goals away!

You are going to do just fine with your healthy feast!


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GABY1948 11/14/2009 4:09PM

    Your cake sounds absolutely heavenly (like you!) Do you ever give the recipe out?

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A Different Feast This Year

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

My Thanksgiving feasts have always been the typical, fat laden Southern specialties. Turkey, of course; good, healthy protein. Side dishes included dressing made with chicken stock and butter, candied sweet potatoes (lots more butter), cheese soufle (butter), mashed potatoes (butter), cranberry sauce, gravy made with turkey drippings and yeast rolls (butter). Desserts included pecan pie, pumpkin pie and chocolate cake.

This year will be vastly different, but I promise you, just as good.

To go with the turkey we will have dressing made with homemade cornbread and fat free broth, mashed potatoes made with skim milk and fat free sour cream, cranberry sauce, green beans with herbs, steamed asparagus, homemade whole wheat rolls, and dessert will be ambrosia. I found Heinz makes a very good fat free turkey gravy - not as good, but considering the fat tradeoff, excellent.

My daughter and I will each do part of the cooking and since DD and SIL are avid Sparkers, the menu was a no brainer. No complaints!

There will just be the three of us so we will have lots of leftovers to make healthy homemade frozen meals and pack for lunchs.

We are all looking forward to our first healthy feast. Most importantly, we will spend the time talking about all we are thankful for and visiting by phone with far away family members.


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PJSTIME 11/15/2009 7:49AM

    Sounds delicious. Way to plan and its nice to have fellow sparkers to eat with. PJ emoticon

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GRANNY1972 11/15/2009 12:05AM

    Your meal sounds delicious and it will definitely be healthier. My daughters and I are making much healthier foods for our dinner this year too.

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RURAL3 11/14/2009 11:17PM

    Sounds wonderful. Healthy can be just as good a fat laden, and a whole lot better for you. Have fun.

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GABY1948 11/14/2009 4:07PM

    This is wonderful, Jean! I think Spark has enlightened many people to serve more healthy dishes for holidays and isn't that wonderful? I know it is for me!
Hugs and Love,

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/11/2009 8:00PM

    Sounds delicious and healthy. Way to go on the leftovers too!!!
Blessings and hugs,

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JUDY1676 11/11/2009 6:09PM

    Way to go, Jean!
It still sounds like a good meal and it's always great to have those leftovers!
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VCWHITE 11/11/2009 4:07PM

    I think that is great. Way to go!

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Monday, November 02, 2009

I saw this blog idea on another team and suggested it to our leaders, so now I am forced to blog.

I am like another poster on this topic: I have cut the clutter in my life to zilch. I do not engage in any active hobbies but I consider reading, playing games and working crossword puzzles hobbies.

I am a voracious reader, primarily mysteries but do read an eclectic assortment of books. I subscribe to the NY Times crossword on line and print them out to work on paper. (easier on the eyes)

Computer games are another favorite. I don't play competitive games, just my own "for fun" games.


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WOLFSPIRITS 11/14/2009 9:54PM


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AMBUDMAN 11/2/2009 8:27PM

    I agree with all of you.

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BELTONWALKER67 11/2/2009 2:34PM

    Hi Jean! We think alike. I also like the computer games and do crossword puzzles. Still working on the clutter but getting better. Think we all have favorite things to do that other's might not consider a hobby but it keeps our lives enjoyable! I love reading mysteries and one of my favorites is the Sue Gafton's Alphabet series.

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LKWQUILTER 11/2/2009 2:12PM

    I love to play computer games too and enjoy light reading--the kind you can pick up and put down whenever and it is ok. Oh, they all have happy endings too. I do love to quilt but haven't done any the last couple of month--and not much over the summer either.

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--KREN 11/2/2009 2:04PM

    Me too, Jean! I have many interests that don't take up room, or anything else except my time, which is mine to use as I wish. Or not.

Maybe I'll go into a few more of them as the week goes by.

I love your positive, caring attitude. Now THAT is a worthwhile hobby to have - sharing positive thoughts with everyone!

And THANK YOU for helping to find ways to engage our SparkFriends in some friendly sharing!


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