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 (?)
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.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
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 (NutritionData.com), 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)
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 allrecipes.com (which I love) and it gave me the breakdown of calories and nutrients as follows:
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:
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???
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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