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Ah, another weekend, another week passed .... 3 weeks to vacation

Friday, October 19, 2012

My mother always said "don't wish your life away" but some things are worth it.

When I was a kid, there was always something to look forward to and it all took forever to get there. That is why time goes slower when you are young, I am sure. You anticipate so much with excitement, birthdays were fantastic. Christmas amazing and filled with fun, food and most of all presents. Halloween was a blast. Easter is fun, and lots of chocolate, egg hunting, etc. Vacations were so much fun, and geez, they lasted for 2 months of the summer!

Now, I get older at birthdays, go broke at Christmas, Halloween is all about handing out candy at the front door while the temperatures are below zero (at least where I live) and you freeze all night long having the door open, Easter is special still I must admit, but only for the fact that Sunday is a celebration and it is the best mass of the year, as well, it is the entry to spring and summer when I get 2 weeks vacation, not 2 months. Although I do take time in November every year and escape the winter by going somewhere sunny and warm, it is a sad time for me. My husband passed away on November 8th in 2010, and the vacation is taken so I don't think so much about it. and am not in our home feeling alone and missing him.

Still, I realize I have lots to be thankful for. I have 2 wonderful successful daughters, both have wonderful careers, and still spend time with their old mom, I have a granddaughter that reminds me of those days when everything was a happy and exciting event. I do have a fantastic job, lots of friends and my parents are still around and healthy in their 80's. I have my health. I enjoy my vacations and take full advantage of the days off.

I am truly blessed and even having lost my husband, I had over 30 years with him and some wonderful memories, and we built the best family ever together.

Time now goes quickly, but I still anticipate good things to come! But now it is everyday, not just the special occasion days! Hummm, food for thought eh (?)

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ERINMARIE424 10/20/2012 10:04AM

    I really enjoyed this blog!

I always enjoy having something to look forward - like a fun trip somewhere! I also decided a few years ago that I was not going to waste any of my precious time off - I get a lot more vacation than my boyfriend so I use that time to go spend long weekends with my parents or brother's family. Or even if I just take one day and don't go anywhere I try to make it special in some way.

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great ideas received, thank you; info everyone should be aware of !!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

In regards to my prior two blogs and the subjects created on ‘post a message’ area, I have received some wonderful info and suggestions regarding this issue, and thank everyone for their replies!

It appears many folks have experienced the same concern and I am pleased to know I am not alone with this concern.

The suggestions I have received from other ‘Sparkers’ have been of great help.
It was requested by several people to let them know what I find out, so for those of you
who are curious, it appears to be a few things that have caused this to happen.

The following is three of the replies I received and these replies duplicated by several others:

First, the figures entered by some sparkpeople members contain incorrect information. Secondly, it appears it depends in some cases on what brand of product is being used. Thirdly, sometimes the measurements are off – for instance in my case the recipe called for 2 cups of crushed tortilla chips, how many chips is 2 cups?

Thanks to all and hopefully this will be of assistance to others out there too.

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WALLAHALLA 10/18/2012 4:16PM

    I'm learning when I find an SP recipe I like, I do the 'Makeover" just be be sure it's accurate.

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AQUAGIRL08 10/18/2012 2:49PM

    I've found the same thing to be true. Sometimes I think that people make a dish without a recipe and then go back and estimate how much they added of each ingredient. I now keep a measuring cup and electronic scale on the counter when I cook and serve.

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Thanks for all the replies/suggestions/comments on my last blog, seems same results for other folks

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Hi all

As you know from my last blog, I have a bone to pick here.

I got lots of replies and ideas as to what may be happening with the calorie and nutrition count difference, I am also going to contact SparkPeople and see what they think, thanks to the info. I got from Sandy (thx. Sandy!)

Someone asked me if the serving sizes were the same, yep they were. Someone else suggested that it may be the same products, but different brands, Hummm, that's worth thinkin' about, neither show any brand name at all, but the ingredients don't appear to be something that a different brand name would be a difference in, especially to this huge degree anyway so I expect this should not be an issue (?)

Yet another mentioned that most of the foods entered by Spark members themselves have incorrect info and actually sited an example of someone she had found who listed 8 oz milk provides 300% of the daily requirement of calcium (in what world would that be I wonder?!) I think they may have meant to put in 30%, not 300%, however this is a massive error some people may be using for their own tracking. When I checked out non fat (skim) milk (, it showed 30.1%
Anyway, lots to consider, I think I will do my own calculations from here forward, I trust myself more than I do Spark's count at this point .... I prefer and will go from ingredients/calorie and nutrition info. listed on the packages/other reliable sites, then will enter it all seperately myself to come up with what I believe would provide a more accurate count of what I am eating. I did this with the recipe I sited as the example and found the listing of the info on the recipe site was far more accurate than the one on this site!

I am very disappointed, and a little peeved that the foods listed by Sparkers would be incorrect, and why is this info not reviewed by someone at SparkPeople before they allow them to be universal foods for all of us to use, unaware of HUGE differences. I apologize if I sound mean or upset but this is what lots of us use to monitor our eating and why have it if it is incorrect?

It seems to me that this should be a "Report Inappropriate Comment" on this website we are encouraged to use (??)

Any other thoughts, opinions &/or ideas out there perhaps? THANKS FOR LISTENING (READING) MY RANT ... I appreciate it more than you all know! ..........

P.S. After posting this blog, I read a few posts and ideas from others via email and my posting on website as new topic and the replies I received and I have been asked to list the ingredients so they could check it out as well, so here you all are (6 servings) ....
1 lb. Italian sausage meat
1 cup salsa (Tostito medium)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 light Miracle Whip (yes, listed by name brand, and as light)
2 T. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
2 cups crushed tortilla chips (Tostito)
8 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese (medium)

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JENAE954 10/18/2012 8:33AM

  Have had the same type of experience with SP counts.
Glad you are being proactive.
You've got a lot of support! emoticon

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 10/18/2012 8:14AM

    I have three different brands of canned pure pumpkin...
Nothing added. Nothing different. Each lists "Pumpkin" as the one and only ingredient.

Guess what?
The nutritional info is different on each of them!

It is not that someone is trying to trick us as consumers. Natural ingredients will have natural fluctuations. Every company and manufacturer is bound to to see a difference.

As for SP, there is a whole lot of errors in the ingredients people input. Sometimes you can search an ingredient and see where the same person added the same ingredient multiple times with clear errors and them. If you don't go through and delete the incorrect items you added, or unshare them...They will stay in the system.

Several people put in the full calorie content of a product instead of a serving size, etc...
Not everyone is computer savvy and not everyone realizes that what they are putting in is going out to the entire SP world unless they choose otherwise.

As for the recipe you used, there are probably 18 zillion different kind of Italian Sausage and not a single brand or type is going to give you the same nutritional values. I, for example, would use 100% ground white turkey sausage. My calories and fat count would be much lower than a full fat pork sausage. Same with the Tostito's, that particular brand makes several different varieties. I would use the baked...much lower fat & calories.

Even many of the food items that originated from SP are older values. It just isn't a perfect system.

I input all of my own foods that come with packaging that lists them. I even have all 3 kinds of pumpkin in my tracker. I am obsessive like that!

SP has given us a new tool (and you get spark points) for verifying the nutritional info on any product listed.

It's frustrating, I get it, but you are just better off tracking your own values and not relying on anyone else.

Sorry that you are so frustrated!
I think it is awesome that you are keeping track...That's a good thing!!

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GRANDMA_SANDY48 10/18/2012 3:58AM

    You can rant here! LOL

I hope you receive something back when you contact SP.

Take care and enjoy your day/night whatever it is wherever you are! emoticon Sandy

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WICCANWIDGET 10/17/2012 11:00PM

    I find this very frustrating too. What I have found is that some calorie count books have vastly different nutritional information from what the actual package or restaurant says the counts are. Some claim that it was independent testing done in their labs, blah blah blah and that theirs is more accurate than what the restaurants provide. I have done much as you have and started doing everything myself. Also if you notice in the corner of many member entered items if you check the nutritional content before you add it (small link) there is a place to vote if the information is correct. If I find one that is vastly different I report it. If it is 10 calories or less off, I ignore it and just input my own and put it in my favorites. I know it is not much help, but not sure that even having Sparkpeople review this information would stop some of it depending on what source was used to check it. I also have had 2 boxes of the same product that had different nutritional values listed which is why I disregard 10 calorie or less errors.

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GRRR; Why is the exact same recipe on one website showing 217.2 cal's per serving less than Spark?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

So, this is odd, strange, weird, whatever and it is very upsetting to be honest here. I am pissed off and looking for your help here folks ........

Made a recipe from (which I love) and it gave me the breakdown of calories and nutrients as follows:
Calories 481
Carbohydrates 12.2 g
Cholesterol 90 mg
Fat 38 g
Sodium 690 mg
Fiber 2.3 g
Protein 24 g

So, when I plugged the exact same ingredients/measurements/number of servings into SparkPeople, the breakdown was totally different, it shows as follows:
Calories 698.2
Carbs 62 g
Cholesterol 82.6 mg
Fat 44.0 g
Sodium 1,570.8 mg
Fiber 6.8 g
Protein 21.7 g

Of course Spark shows more information regarding other minerals and vitamins, but these are the main ones that I am concerned with ..........

Why is there such a huge discrepancy ..... it does not give me confidence in the breakdown of other foods when I see this huge difference.

Can anyone explain??? PLEASE, IT REALLY BOTHERS ME as it threw my entire days' calories/fat/sodium/fibre/protein/sodium completely out of the water!! I am really annoyed right now!! ..... SHEESH !! PLEASE .... Does anyone know how to question SparkPeople Nutrition coach about this - how to contact them???

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SHERYLDS 10/17/2012 12:07PM

    are the serving sizes the same?

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SUSANS706 10/17/2012 11:04AM

    Please keep us posted if you get a response. I usually just plug in what the other recipe says! Yikes, maybe that's another reason why I don't seem to progressing as quickly as I would like!!

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GRANDMA_SANDY48 10/17/2012 12:36AM

Try emailing the above address. I found it as a contact to sparkpeople. It could be worth asking them.

Good luck and keep us posted! emoticon

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3016DEBRA 10/16/2012 11:07PM

  Great question.... emoticon

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ELSCO55 10/16/2012 10:55PM

    Really strange

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SHARON10002 10/16/2012 10:11PM

    I know that has to be so frustrating!See if you can find a similar topic on the message boards, or go to the technical help message board and start a new thread with your post asking for help.
Good Luck!

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UMUCGRAD 10/16/2012 9:54PM

    Ay, ya, ya. That IS disturbing. Wonder who to believe?

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JENAE954 10/16/2012 9:43PM

  Have had the same experience more than once.
Yes, it is confusing and frustrating.
No, I don't know the solution but would love to find the answer.
Good luck to both of us!

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JO88BAKO 10/16/2012 9:42PM

    That is a big difference! I don't know why, but it sure make things tough!

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I guess I'm going thru a plateau period here ....

Monday, October 15, 2012

Well, I have not changed weight for quite a few weeks, and before that only lost 2 lbs. after a fair few weeks. I don't believe I am doing anything differently, so on the body adjusting time I suppose.

I was hoping to drop another 5 lbs. before i leave for my cruise in the Carribean on Nov. 9th, now I am wondering if that will happen.

I was told by the daughter, (medical Dr.) the reason plateaus happen with weight loss is the body takes some time out to adjust to the new weight once in a while, she wasn't able to tell me how long this will go on for, she said it's different for everyone. I just want to be different enough to not have to have this happen ever!

Oh, well, it will happen, just bad timing with the upcoming holiday, won't have much 'wiggle' room I suppose! GGRRR !!

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SHERYLDS 10/16/2012 10:28AM

    As reigning Queen of the Plateaus...I can tell you that going on a low-carb diet with plenty of non-starchy veggies and no fruit or starch will help
. ..... just saying

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JENAE954 10/16/2012 10:01AM

  I can relate. Been at a plateau for weeks now. I have noticed that clothes are a little bigger now.
Changes take time. We both will see results when keeping eyes on goals not the scales.
I do have a love hate relationship with my scale.
Enjoy your vacation and your journey.

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LOVESTOWALK49 10/16/2012 7:56AM

    I'm having one right now. Hang in there. emoticon

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FEMISLIM 10/16/2012 12:45AM

    Plateaus can be hard but consistency breaks it off. I reached a plateau sometime back for about 5weeks. However, when the shift came it was an amazing loss. Hang in there.

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