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I love GREEN TEA!

Sunday, June 08, 2008

It's been awhile since I've posted. Re blog title, I've been drinking a lot of green tea because I heard it was anti-inflammatory and I truly believe it is. I've been having a flare in my rib cage and shoulder blades since May 30th and on the days when I drank a lot of green tea, it just wasn't as bad. Psychosomatic? Maybe. But, if it works, who cares!

May 30th and 31st (Friday and Saturday) and June 5th (Thursday) and last night were the worst. I've been using my heating pads a lot and they really help but I've got to say that using a heating pad and having a hot flash is not pleasant.

Also, we started a new challenge last Sunday and even though I haven't had much exercise this week due to the flare, I lost a pound so I can't complain.

I hope everyone else is doing well.

  
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STACEYT12878 6/9/2008 12:58PM

    Crystal Light makes a great green tea that you add to your bottled water....lemon and raspberry flavors. Lipton also makes one as well with some different flavors. I've been drinking a lot of the green tea as well, it's refreshing and helps get you get the water you need as well. I don't know if it's helping me but it tastes good!

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CDRAKEAK 6/8/2008 4:49PM

    Joanna,
Congratulations on the weight loss! I'm sorry you're having problems with the flares, though. Have you tried ThermaCare heat wraps? They allow you to move around while you're using them - so you're not tied to a chair while waiting for the heat to take effect.

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WILLOE 6/8/2008 1:44PM

    I'm so sorry your ribs hurt. That happens to me sometimes too. I agree, I think green tea helps. I've also started making my own Turmeric capsules..( that yellow spice used in curry) and I think that is helping too. I buy empty capsules at the health food store, (the largest) and just fill them with the spice. Right now, I'm taking two a day. Thought I would pass that on, since you are also trying natural approaches.

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NURSEMOMTOTHREE 6/8/2008 1:43PM

    Is your green tea hot or iced? Does it make a difference with the anti-inflammatory properties? I've tried hot green tea, and it just taste so weak. Do you use flavored teas? Any suggestions, brand names, etc?

Glad you're feeling better, and I'm with you...if it helps, then do it.

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Finally some nice weather...

Friday, May 23, 2008

We finally had a nice day today - mostly sunny and around 68. I weeded and mulched my gardens finally and then I went and bought $275 worth of plants. Yikes! I'm planning on planting them tomorrow.

I bought:

- 3 raspberry plants (each a different variety so I'll see which one I like best)
- 3 beesbalm (monarda) - red
- 24 geraniums (bright pink and light pink)
- 8 white impatiens
- a flat of purple alyysum (sp?)
- 6 red begonias and 6 orange begonias
- 2 cherry tomato plants and 1 beefsteak
- 2 dill, one curry, 2 basil
- 2 dianthus (bright pink)
- 2 lobelia
- 1 red poppy
- 4 cosmos
- a flat of marigolds
- 4 morning glories
- 2 wasp traps

Our long weekend was last weekend. I hope people in the US enjoy their long weekend. It's supposed to be great weather here this weekend (sunny and warm). Too bad I have to go back to work on Monday.

Take care.

  
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MOLLIEMAC 5/24/2008 2:10PM

    So glad that your weather has been good- that plant list looks great. have fun planting and then sit back and enjoy your efforts...MJ

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Happy Birthday to Me!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Yes, it's true. Today I turn 48! My, that is starting sound old! Good thing I know that age is only a number. Mentally, I feel about 35 and physically? Well, some days, I feel 85 but today, I probably feel about 60 'cause my left knee is bothering me and the right side of my rib cage. But, hey, I'm only 48! So, that's got to be good, right?

I have a pedicure appointment scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and then I'm going to my dad's to get his present for me and then my husband is taking me out for dinner. Probably The Keg (a local steakhouse) but I may change my mind. The Keg is good because I don't have to worry about wheat items on the menu there.

He already gave me a present. He gave me long-handled gardening shears but they're steel and they're so heavy! I'm going to have to do more strength training just so I can use them. But, they're red and I really did want them so I really can't complain.

Have a good day, everyone!

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TITALADY 5/28/2008 10:07PM

    Just saw this, sorry for the late reply but hey, congrats on the bday miss! You're merely a pup in the scheme of things! Those fancy shears sound mighty fine, red being my fave color and all! love love love! emoticon

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GEMMAJO 5/14/2008 4:01PM

    hi i know its alittle late but happy birthday for monday pleased you
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your doing agreat job as team leader we had agreat week last week


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KATHIEB923 5/13/2008 2:09PM

    Happy Birthday!!! 48 is still young! emoticon emoticon

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ANDDAN243 5/13/2008 11:14AM

    Happy Birthday! I just celebrated my 48th aswell (on May 3). It's a very busy birthday time in my family - Mom on the 2nd, me on the 3rd, Sis on the 7th, Stepson on the 10th and then Mother's Day to cap it all off. What a great way to kick off spring!
48 is a wonderful age! ... and yep ... you're right ... it's only a number!
Hope your pedicure and supper out was wonderful.
Happy pruning with your new shears!

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CDRAKEAK 5/12/2008 5:43PM

    Happy Birthday! 48's just a young spring chicken! emoticon

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SUSIEQUILTS 5/12/2008 1:53PM

  Happy Birthday Joanna! My nephew's bday was yesterday, my SIL is today and my husband's is tomorrow! Lots of birthdays going on here--- celebration time! Hope your pedicure was nice... was thinking about getting that done for Mother's Day treat myself!

Thanks for being a host on this website!

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STACEYT12878 5/12/2008 11:23AM

    Happy Birthday!!!! Enjoy your pedicure that will start your day off well! I hope you have a great day and a wonderful year to come. Thank you for being such a great source of support and friendship.

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MOLLIEMAC 5/12/2008 9:22AM

    Happy Birthday Joanna! Have a wonderful day, enjoy your dinner and think about working in your garden with those new shears. And hey, aging is only a figment of our imagination- I've been 39 for over 20 years, lol!....MJ emoticon emoticon

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I Need Help

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Today was my weigh-in day and I gained 1.9 pounds, which makes me heavier today than I was at the beginning of April.

I haven't exercised since Saturday because of sore knees but I've been eating okay (or so I think) so I'm not really sure why I gained.

Could people have a look at my food and exercise diary, which I have open for viewing purposes, and comment on what I might do to improve my stats? Is exercise the only way that I can consistently lose weight or is there something else that I can do?

TIA
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FYI - my calorie range is 1530 to 1940

  
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TRAINOF4 5/5/2008 11:40AM

    Water is great exercise if you have any access. Mine is limited, but it is soooo much easier on the joints. call around to your local YMCA, contact local phyiscal rehab centers, etc., and find out what they'd recommend. Be sure to mention that $ is a factor (if it is for you like so many of us!) so they might be more realistic in suggestions.

County, city, municipal parks etc often have websites or printed publications that offer water classes ... check wtih your local governmnent, especially your local healh centers.

You know the condition of my knees so believe me when I say water is great exercise & virtually no stress on the joints! Goood luck & keep us posted! emoticon

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NURSEMOMTOTHREE 5/1/2008 6:48PM

    I can't offer much else in way of advice, but I was thinking about water exercise.

Is there a pool near you? It doesn't have to be an organized class, just walking in place would be something and maybe easier on your knees.

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CDRAKEAK 4/29/2008 7:09PM

    Bkwerm,
I agree with Sidneygirl's assessment on the food. One other thing to think about is the type of fats you are eating. "Prevention" magazine wrote an article about monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) and their impact on weight. They've developed a diet called the Belly Fat Diet which focuses on eating 1 serving of MUFA with each meal. There are five categories of MUFAs: olives & olive oil, nuts and seeds, avocado, chocolate (preferably dark), and vegetable oils. You'd have to check out the website to find out the serving size on each of them. They recommend 4 100-calorie meals a day with 1 serving of MUFA with each meal.

I modified their recommendation and keep my meals to between 350-500 calories with a 200-calorie snack. I make sure that I have 3-4 MUFAs a day - one at breakfast (12 dry roasted almonds), lunch (usually 10 small olives), snack (a 120-calorie serving of dark chocolate orange candy bar), and sometimes at dinner (using olive oil to fry something). It's been working for me, although I'm starting to slow down in my weight loss.

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SIDNEYGIRL 4/29/2008 3:53PM

    Hey Joanna! you sound like me ~ I actually gained nearly 5 pounds in April, tho I'm back on track now. I looked over your food/exercise tracker and here are my thoughts:
1. are you staying within your calorie range that spark gave you based on your weight-loss goals? I find myself that if I vary my calories doing a high day/a couple low days ~ back and forth....that keeps the body guessing somewhat. I'm wondering if you don't need to have a couple more of the lower cal days in there. (I know, ICK lol)

2. Do you look at your carb/fat/protein ratio? you can see that when you are on the nutriton tracker near the bottom it says something like Full days report....generally, Spark recommends something like 55% carb/25-30%fat/15-20%Protein.....I couldn't tell just how your days were going, but some days looked lower on protein and fat. Personally, I find that keeping the Carbohydrate ratio Lower ~ like at 50% or even lower ~ maybe 45% SEEMS to help me some....and trying to get the good fats (nuts/oliveoil/fishoil)

3. About exercise ~ it's very easy to Overcount exercise calories burned...machines often report 20-30% higher cals burned, and even Spark reports higher number burned calories on some activities for me. The only way to really know is to wear a heart-rate monitor. I think they are Excellent for learning how hard you should work and also, they let you know when you aren't working hard eNough.

I'm sorry your weight is up ~ I know it's really hard for me when exercise is limited....I have to be SO careful with calories then. I don't post my exercise on Spark because my computer is usually SO slow (you know that already lol)....but I try to log my food if I can get it in without getting too slow. Do you plan your food out the day before? sometimes that helps to get it all down and see how it works out...then you can go back and edit ..add more or take some away. My calorie range is 1210 - 1560. Geeze, that kills me!! I'm trying to work it out tho ~ I DO have a cheat day tho ~ otherwise I'd go nuts. I have my food tracker on my Sparkpage too so feel free to look at mine.

Joanna, just try to change things up some ~ do SOmething different because obviously what you Are doing isn't working right now. Maybe shift your percentages Or have your calories high one day/low the next. If there was a "correct" answer, None of us would be here!! lol....big hugs! emoticon
ps~ just wanted to add that nuts are Good fats, and generally, a serving of nuts (around 150-180cals) is fine everyday as long as it fits in with the TOTAL calories.

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MOLLIEMAC 4/29/2008 3:46PM

    I don't know what your daily calorie limit is but I went back 5 days on your tracker and some days are much higher than others (1800+ on one). Also, some of the foods you have chosen are very calorie dense (nuts) and should be enjoyed occasionally only. I know you have pain issues as well- are you able to exercise at least 3X a week for a shorter period of time than you did for the one day only?
I hope you can see improvement over the next month, I'm sure this is so frustrating for you. All the best, MJ

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Lost Friends

Friday, April 18, 2008

In the past few weeks, I've regained old friends who I thought I had lost forever. One was a Spark Friend, who dropped out of sight last December because of computer problems and one is a work friend who was dealing with some personal issues and suddenly stopped talking to me.

The first friend is still having computer issues but I'm so glad she's back. She's such a nice and supportive friend. I really missed her when she was gone.

I renewed my friendship with the second friend this week at the conference that I was at. I didn't even know she was coming to the conference but I ran into her accidentally and we ended up sharing meals and sitting near each other during workshops and keynote speakers for the whole conference. I'm so glad that she's back in my life again. I really missed her and worried about her while she was gone.

Friends are the best! Here's to friends everywhere!

  
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TITALADY 4/28/2008 5:21PM

    I know what you mean lady, sometimes I don't think I'd make it through this crazy journey without them!

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NURSEMOMTOTHREE 4/19/2008 7:06AM

    I'm so glad for you that these people are back in your lives. It's truly a blessing. I had a friend stop speaking to me about 11 years ago ( they left our church too) and I still don't know why. We were best friends, call each other every day, friends. But it just stopped. I've moved twice since then, but I've always wondered what happened.

I'm so happy that God has blessed you and that these people are back in your life.

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KAREN8241 4/18/2008 11:10AM

    It's great that you were able to reconnect with your friends. I had a similar experience last fall for my 30th high school reunion. One of my old gang started trying to track us all down, and one by one we started to "find" people we hadn't been in touch with in years. A whole group of us wound up going and had a great time. Now we all have one another's contact info. and it's great to have these people back in my life. Old friends are precious!

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