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Friday, March 25, 2011

All of you were in agreement with my blog "Did you get caught with your hand in the cookie jar". thus encouraging me to write another blog using some of your comments.

Back in the good old days when you had to walk to the toilet, draw water out of the well and carry it into the house, wash the clothes on a scrub board then a machine with a roller after the which you hung them out by hand you got plenty of exercise. The sheets smelled so good but now they wouldn't smell that good with all the pollution around. I loved to cook back then and I cooked while the rest of the family worked out of doors in the garden emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Then there was the shelling of peas, breaking up green beans, etc., etc.
Canning hundreds of jars of good food for the winter.
Picking the worms off the plants. Yuck.
Everyone worked, washing dishes by hand in the water we heated from the well, dusting on Saturdays, mopping, mowing, etc. We never thought of letting mom do all of the work. She usually had a little one to care for and I was little momma as I was the oldest of the children.
We would rather stay out of doors to play than come in to eat and ate little as we wanted to hurry and get back out of doors.
We had already walked 1/2 mile to school and 1/2 mile back sometimes twice a day.
When I was in the first grade and lived in the country I walked two miles to school.
What was the play we wanted to get back to? We loved to swing in home made swings, play chase, other games, baseball after supper, table tennis, etc.,
All of our play was active. And we would rather do that than eat. Of course back then our food was a lot of beans and potatoes and veggies from the garden.
Our snack and treat for the afternoon after school was an apple when they were in season and we would buy by the bushel, maybe a pear or a peach.
Then we got all the things kids could sit on the couch and play with. TV's, computer games, other games and the treats changed from home made stuff mom made and an apple or if we were lucky a nice pan of pop corn we all shared.
So why do we have more weight problems now?
Why do we battle with the weight?
Is our life style different?
Do we eat a lot of instant food, TV meals, Fast food, Super sized stuff?
We didn't hardly know what a restaurant was for back then.
So I say if we could get out and get active and enjoy it more than we enjoy food we would have no trouble with our weight.
What do you say?
Some of you have already said that.

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FREELADY 4/6/2011 7:29AM

    You have a way with words! Thank you for taking me on this lovely journey through a more active time past!!

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CAROLYNVIL 3/30/2011 11:06PM

    Loved your blog,brings back so many memories.

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MAMABUTTERFLY3 3/29/2011 3:50PM

    I loved your blog. I may be younger, but growing up in the countryside with my cousins right next door we were always outside playing and exploring. I hope to give my children that someday. Thank you for being so encouraging! emoticon

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    Wow, Irene, your blog brings up a wealth of emotions in me.

I dont even know where to start, well, lets start with just loving life and being so interested in doing something else besides eating.

Then people lived more simple and more moral lives then now. People believed and did work and hard work.

People were so thankful for having three meals a day maybe a snack in the afternoon or evening.

People had to walk more to get to where they wanted to go. There was more visiting by walking to one anothers homes and just sitting on porches when it was hot out and enjoying the setting sun and the cooler evening breezes.

There was also alot of bike riding and going to libraries and gardening and fresh foods and real whole foods and more people took responsibility more seriously then we do now.

Children were more of a blessing then a burden. People took time to teach and train their children in doing what is right just because it is the right thing to do not just for some payment of money.

The winters were different also, alot more show shoveling because it seems to me that there was more snow and earlier snow. And colder temps.

Thre was much more respect for authority in school, home, church and work.

I could go on and on but I will quit and thank you Irene

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GAILRUU 3/28/2011 10:05AM

    Your blog sounds like my early life. We had so much fun and spent most of the summer outdoors playing in the barn and with cousins and neighbor kids. I wish my grandkids had the same opportunity ---- with indoor plumbing of course.

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MOM4407 3/28/2011 12:00AM

    I lived in town so I to walked to school. We had sidewalks to walk on. I would ride my bike to school. I never thought it was exercise. It was fun.

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HAPPYMOM8 3/27/2011 4:16PM

    Loved your blog, Irene. It sounded very much like my own childhood experiences.
It is true that everything we did back then for work and pleasure ,except for reading, involved moving more.
Having a garden and eating fresh fruits and veggies was the norm.
Working daily in the house and garden was part of life.
Well I believe if we make the right choices now we can still apply a lot of these activities today by choice rather than by necessity .
For many of us, we can still do most of our own house work. We can choose fruits and veggies and prepare healthy meals, even bake our own bread,and garden to get the best of the best!
We can learn from the past and still apply many of these activities to today .
Walking more is free and one of the best workouts there is.
With all this knowledge we have no excuses to be fat anymore.
by just get moving and make good food choices ,we are on our way!
Thanks for another great Blog, Irene
We can all agree the out door toilet was a pain emoticon emoticon

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SUNNYWBL 3/26/2011 3:32PM

    We would all be thinner and healthier, of course! emoticon

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ILUVTTV 3/26/2011 8:03AM

    How true! Yes, if we were to add more manual labor into our lives, weight would not be the issue it is now. I must admit, though, walking out to the toilet is one thing I am glad I do not have to do! Thanks for the your thoughts and memories! emoticon

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LIZABETT 3/26/2011 8:00AM

    Them were the days... emoticon emoticon

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JUNEBUG150 3/26/2011 12:37AM

    Great blog! Says it all! I hear my grandchildren complaining all the time and they don't have to do half of the things we did as kids and yes they have computer games and the tv that occupies much of their time!

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YJNANA 3/26/2011 12:18AM

    Your right Irene, I remember how I hated to come in from playing. If there was still light out, we would eat fast and go back out to play until dark or if allowed played kick the can in the street lights.
We would be so hot and grimmy but loving life :)
We sure slept well too.

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MONTY68 3/25/2011 10:39PM

    Hi Irene

Thank you for the memories, it sounds like no matter where we lived, kids were kids.
We didn't have a garden but when the harvest came in, my parents bought bushels of veggies that we canned, . Our games were similar to what you did, of course we had no TV to interfere with our fun. The only difference was even back then as a young person I was heavy. Most of my friends were not. I agree with you about today and getting out to play, however, we have to correct the attitude of the parents on what we are eating.
Again, thank you for sharing wonderful memories of the past.

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SHECHAM 3/25/2011 9:42PM

    Irene...nice blog... and yes we live in a society that craves instant rewards for little effort. Sigh. Thanks for the walk down memory lane...

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JILL313 3/25/2011 9:42PM

    Thank you for this walk down Memory Lane. Honestly, I don't think things are better than they were back then in fact I'm glad I grew up when I did as I wouldn't want to be a kid now in this crazy mixed up World. Most kids nowdays hardly play outside anymore as they'd rather be on a electronic gadget of some kind. I think that and all the fast food and junk food easily available is why we an obese Country now.

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CAMEY13 3/25/2011 7:00PM

    I remember those days well. I had to be in the house when the street lights went on. I had to have my homework done before I went out. I had to wash dishes and dust and wash dishes after school, leaving little time outside before supper. I remember the wash board and the stuff we had to put outside in the snow cause we didn't have a refrigerator. We had to take the oil from downstairs up to the stove and had coal for heat. We put signs out for the oil man and a man came to deliver milk and fruits and veggies. Today, kids come home from school and first thing is the computer or tv games or tv. Then they do their homework. We never knew meat except on Sunday when dad killed a chicken, otherwise, it was beans and franks or eggs and broccoli or squash or spagetti. We managed on one pay check because we didn't have to have large homes or be the first to have everything on the market. If we could go back to yesterday we would not be in the fix we are in today. Good blog.

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CAZ5346 3/25/2011 6:04PM

    Irene, thanks for the memories. We too walked 2 miles to and from school and we lived in the city. Mom didn't have money for us to take the bus. I remember sitting on the back porch eating rhubarb. And the neighbors had an apple tree and I would climb up to get the best apples. My kids complained when the bus dropped them off a quarter mile from our place. And then there was my daughter who went out for track. She too complained when the late bus left her off at the corner. Is our world really better with all these electric appliances and gadgets?


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LMMIMI 3/25/2011 5:54PM

    Irene, you pretty much said it all. I remember when!

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VXWALL1942 3/25/2011 5:43PM

    Thanks for the memories!

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GRACEISENUF 3/25/2011 5:16PM

    I say...YOU have summed it all up in this blog!


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KAYDE53 3/25/2011 4:37PM

    You're absolutely right!! I didn't have to do all the things that you did, but we planted a huge garden, and had to hoe, weed, water it. Then we had to pick, process, and can or freeze everything. We complained but now I'm one of the few people my age these days who knows how to do it. We were outside all the time too. We mowed & trimmed by hand, no riding mowers, or weedeaters. I guess progress is good, but it has made us kinda lazy.

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THEWINNER33 3/25/2011 4:36PM

    Our childhoods were very similar. Grammy taight me to cook and bake when I was 10. My brother and I each had chores. In the summer we divided the house between he and I and we did all the cleaning . Part of my chores were to scrub the front porch, sidewalk and gutter. (Scrubby Dutch). I remember hanging onto Grammy's legs as she sat on the windowsill of the second floor washing the outside of the windows. What good memories you have brought back to me.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Remember the cartoons where the emoticon emoticon(children)would get caught with their hands in the emoticonjar?
Most of the time teetering from some high place to reach that goodie.
The DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR DIETERS made me think of this. If you have not read it you might like to.
MY TEMPTATION as a kid was the made from scratch emoticonmy mom made and I was not alone. All five of us kids were tempted.
We would pick the icing off around the edge of the cake thinking it is only a little bit, mom will never notice.
One day it was really in bad shape around the edges.
Mom said, "who has been picking off of the emoticon

No one did it.
Well, I will have to throw it away then she said because the mice have been in it.
My smallest brother thought she would do it and said, " I did it".
I felt guilty as I knew I had picked off the cake as well as at least one brother who had the same addiction as I.
Did the cake get thrown out? NO, NO WAY. We were brought up during the 2nd world war and the depression where money was hard to come by and sugar was rationed.

Maybe we should ration sugar, fried foods, white carbs, you know. Back then a coke came in one size and we hardly ever tasted one. I think it was a six ounce bottle.

Do we get our hands in the
emoticonjar too often or have that emoticon emoticonor emoticon
too much?

My husband knew how to ration his emoticonHe would cut off about a third and eat it and hide the rest from me as he knew I would finish it off. He did a good job of hiding it and I very seldom found his treasure. (he was a small man)

Every little bit counts. Maybe we think no one notices and maybe they don't but it all sticks to your tummy or your well you know what and it is there for all the world to see.

It adds pounds of fat and makes you look like this

I wanted the 5 pounds of fat above my fat pic but it turned out the other way.

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PAMAPPLE 4/3/2011 5:56PM

    I love your blog! Yes, rationing our sugar and goodies is a great way to go!! emoticon emoticon

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DIDMIS 3/30/2011 11:09AM

    I can say amen to Gailruu. Nothing left on the plate and we had to take something of everything. We figured out later why dad did that. LOL Mom never cooked anything he didn't like.
We did not have everyday sweets either. Mainly on the week end

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GAILRUU 3/30/2011 11:01AM

    Nice blog! Sugary treats were not an everyday thing when I was growing up. My father was a farmer and meals were hearty and we were encouraged to clean our plates and use good table manners but we spent the majority of nice days playing outdoors and none of the kids were overweight.

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MOM4407 3/26/2011 7:31PM

    Love your blog.

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MOMMA48 3/25/2011 7:29PM

    emoticonWhat a super blog, Irene! Love the message and your caring about us to share it with us here! You're the best!

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HAGIN2010 3/25/2011 7:08PM

    I liked the blog a lot Irene. It reminded me of my summers with my grandmother. We spent a month with my grandparents every summer when I was young. Everything was homemade there and every morning she would ask my brother what kind of pie we wanted and she would have one for each of us ready by lunch time. I have had a battle with weight ever since childhood. It wasn't till I discovered finally it had to be a lifestyle change and not a diet that it really has worked for me.

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PURPLESPEDCOW 3/25/2011 2:27PM

    I like the idea of rationing. Much better than the super sizing they do now.

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JANETLP 3/25/2011 1:36PM

    emoticon You hit the nail on the head. I find myself saying "one bite won't hurt" or "just this one time". Next thing it's a whole week of those "just this time" moments and my weight loss is blown for the week. Thanks for the reminders!

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ALICERIEGER 3/25/2011 12:42PM

    Rationing might be a good idea. But there would always be the 'hoarders'.

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BOBBIENORTHERN 3/25/2011 12:33PM

    Irene, this is such a good blog. You brought back so many memories of my eating habits of when I was a child.

I used to put myself on fasts, starvation diets to the point that I would faint and have to be rushed home and then I would eat just enough to get some strength back and then go right back to not eating until I got down to where i wanted to be.

Then I grew up and started having babies and really got crazy with eating. While I was pregnant I would over eat to the point I almost got sick. Then when the baby was born I would then again go on a starvation diet.

It always worked.

Then I quit smoking when I was 42 and had started smoking at 9 and so that was a long time.

I quit smoiking and my eating went crazy and I was getting older and my weight just went up and up and here I am now trying to undo a life time, literaly a life time of bad eating habits.

I do firmly believe and receive that I can over come all of these bondages of eating wrong but only through the grace of our Lord.

This blog really hit me hard in the area of moderation. Moderation is really the key.

There really is not any good or bad food but moderation is all important and the only way to have a complete life style change with my relationship with food.

I am deepening my relationship with Jesus and lessoning my relationship with food.

I am learning to eat to live and not live to eat.

I now live to eat the word of God.

This is really a great blog. thank you Irene

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VXWALL1942 3/25/2011 12:31PM

    Enjoyed the blog. Remember nibbling the edge of the icing all too well. The other day I found myself doing it again!! What a dreadful habit. 5 lbs is far less than I need to lose. The grocery store has 50 lb bags of dog food and that is quite an eye opener. You look lovely these days! Keep up the good work. Maintenance is quite a challenge.

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2BEATIT1 3/25/2011 10:21AM

Fantastic blog Irene,
You are right about not having the opportunity to over indulge in sugar back then.
I think the other secret was the outdoor activities (rain, shine, summer or winter). No TV's or computers to keep us indoors.
Thanks for sharing.

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GLORYB2014 3/25/2011 7:53AM

    Great blog Irene and brought back so many childhood memories!
I do believe we did better when our food was rationed, we really, really appreciated & enjoyed the cookies and cakes then. Now, they are easier to bake/buy and too plentiful!

I was so skinny when a child and fairly thin till I hit 50. What happened? Plentiful food and poor eating habits is what happened!

Thanks for sharing this with us Irene, great to read!

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JUNEBUG150 3/25/2011 12:34AM

    Good blog! I ate a lot growing up but then I was skinny as a rail. Now, not so much, lol! I watched my 12 yr old grandaughter piling the food on her plate the other day and said "you know, I used to do that too and never gained an ounce and then one day I started gaining but couldn't change my eating habits. Now I have to work at getting my weight back down."

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HAPPYMOM8 3/24/2011 11:32PM

    Now that brings back memories. Thanks for posting.A cookie jar is not found anymore in my kitchen. if it were I would have my hand in it til they were all gone I am sure!

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THEWINNER33 3/24/2011 11:23PM

    I loved the blog. You know that I have been caught with my hand in the cookie jar because I confessed. I have become much better lately. At least I am trying harder. Hugs, Marcia

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LIZABETT 3/24/2011 10:03PM

    Enjoyed your blog, Irene. Much of the time growing up, there was no cookie jar to get into. Times are better now, and temptations are greater. So it's up to us to decide. Keep up the good work telling us how 'the cat ate the cabbage'. emoticon Blog.

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VERITY50 3/24/2011 9:48PM

    Good blog. I had a problem with sneaking candy as a child also. I think we need to work on weaning ourselves off of sugar slowly. There are times I can go without but other times I just want something sweet. I am trying to use fruit instead. But I have had my oatmeal cookie two days in a row!

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JILL313 3/24/2011 9:17PM

    I really enjoyed the humor, but truth, in your blog. At least now we're eating more brown rice and grains as I remember being raised with Wonder bread sandwiches with bologna no less. Today a lot of people know way more about nutrition than my Mom or I knew. I sure realize now the importance of limiting treats and processed food but it's sure a long time coming . . .Thank you for the cute story--I really enjoyed reading your blog.

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NELLIEC 3/24/2011 8:31PM

    Well, I do plan for a few treats in my daily intake, but keep them small.

As a kid, I was scrawny. In fact to be able to have children and carry them to term, the OB/GYN said I would have to gain weight. Of course, once I had children, it seemed a lot easier to gain weight!

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MNNSAIDE 3/24/2011 6:47PM

    Excellent points and Blog my friend!
I could hear your voice as I read!


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DJHARLEYQ 3/24/2011 5:18PM

    emoticonIt's an interesting thought. My husband and I talked about how life was when my grandmother was a teen and just starting out as a mom. None of these things that we find at the grocery store were available. Bread, biscuits, cakes, and cookies were made from scratch.

Sweets were only eaten during the holidays. I remember my grandmother would give me candy sticks in different flavors each year. She only gave me 12 of them and they were suppose to last the whole year.

Processed foods are helping us put fat on our bodies

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SUNNYWBL 3/24/2011 4:18PM

    I was "lucky" as a child and everybody tried to fatten me up!
You can imagine what my eating habits were like! Anything and everything and as much as I could possibly eat.

As my activity slowed down, the pounds began to accumulate.

To this day I don't bake or buy cookies, cake, candy or keep them in the house.

Unfortunately, in my mind's eye I am still slender, in photos and mirrors I can tell that I am not!

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MONTY68 3/24/2011 4:10PM

    Hi Irene
Great blog, should make us think of those little bites now and then. I did those things up till 2007. Now, everything I eat gets tracked. As you say, they do add up and I love the way you show the results.
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Monday, March 14, 2011

i know I am not credited with Spark Points so don't know how to use the Goodie Points.
Can someone please tell me how to use my 100 Spark Goodie points. The first few who give me a correct answer will get a goodie.
I don't think I have received goodie points before.
didmis (irene)

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DIDMIS 3/31/2012 3:38PM

    GARATELESS They are to show how your friends appreciate you when they send them. Then you can send goodies also. This helps motivate us. You can also give yourself a goodie

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GARATE88 3/31/2012 3:35PM

  I still don't understand what are Spark Goodies, you do not get a gift, what exactly are
they for.

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DIDMIS 3/2/2012 10:06AM

    No you cannot cash them in for gifts or anything. They are to just give goodies to yourself or to someone else.
I was the one who posed the original question and found out how to get more points and love giving them to people who especially bless me.

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  Are you able to cash in your points for gifts or anything?

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GRACEISENUF 1/16/2012 12:37PM

    I award my friends spark goodies! That is the only way you can use them.

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DIDMIS 1/16/2012 10:41AM

    Walden read the answers I got. you should have 100 points if you do not have any more points. You can use them to go to a person's page and click on give a goodie and give them something or you can give yourself something.
Why don't you have points? I see no way to go to your page and see what you have. You should read articles and join teams and you will soon find out how to get points.
Why is your page hidden from everyone?

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WALDEN3 1/16/2012 4:24AM

  i have heard so much about goodies. what kind of goodies are we talking about?and how do i get them. what can i can i buy with my goodie points. i have 100 and i do not know what to do. emoticon

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CAROLYNVIL 3/19/2011 8:17PM

    The goodie points are added to your spark points. and as every one who knows me knows I give goodies to everyone who needs recognition for fitness minutes and spark points.


. s. I really love giving goodies.

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LIZABETT 3/18/2011 7:20PM

    I can't give answers to these things, but I know I like to receive goodies, and I like to give them. I also give myself a goodie when I feel I deserve one. That's one way to reward myself for being good! emoticon

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DIDMIS 3/15/2011 10:16PM

    Jean what confused me was that they said it wasn't added to my total SPARK POINTS but think I understand it now.

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2BEATIT1 3/15/2011 9:12PM

When you look up at the top right side of your page, it shows your points
If I am not mistaken, when you give a goodie, the points left to your next points award changes.
If the good comes from that special points you get on the wheel "500" or "1000", etc., I don't think it affects your points.
Hope that helps.

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1COUNTRY_GAL 3/14/2011 11:17PM

    Hi Irene.I sent you a Spark mail about the goodie question,I hope it was helpful.This was a good question,so many of us,like myself don't pay attention to this and one day I was curious and clicked the see details to better understand this.I love to give goodies to others,I just wish I had more points to give more.Happy goodie giving! emoticon emoticon emoticonDiana

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MNNSAIDE 3/14/2011 9:30PM

    Ditto!!! lol

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NELLIEC 3/14/2011 9:12PM

    Goodie points count to give goodies, but do not count as actual SparkPoints. SparkPoints and Goodie Points can be used to give goodies. When you go to give a goodie, you will see a statement of how many goodie points are available to give. Of course, when you do give the goodie, the number of points it "costs" are deducted from your available goodie points, but do not diminish the count of SparkPoints for your trophies.

Now, am I clear as mud?

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MONTY68 3/14/2011 8:49PM

Hi Irene
Each time we give a goodie, the value is deducted from our total spark points. When receive goodie points like you did , they are added to the spark points. It is like a bonus and If you look at your goodie page it tells you how many points you have to give,
According to your page, you have over 60, 000 spark points,As I said, if you look at your goodie page, it would show how many of those points you still have to give goodies, of course that would have increased with your great spin.
Hope you understand what I said emoticon

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MOM4407 3/14/2011 8:43PM

    You can use the points the same as other points. You give them away with a smile.

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DIDMIS 3/14/2011 8:11PM

    I need to know if you use them like you use your Spark Points or if it is different. If I just give aa goodie will it be taken from my Spark Points or will it be taken from the goodie?

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LADYRH 3/14/2011 8:07PM

    I use mine to give goodies to people who's blogs I enjoyed or if it seems they needs a lift and also when someone reaches a mile stop.
Hope this helped. emoticon

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Friday, March 04, 2011

What helped me to leave 52 pounds of fat behind and reach my goal? Below you will see a picture of me before starting the diet. I was hiding between my pastor's wife in Reynosa and her mother.
Come on girls, you know how we do! We never want to be upfront with our weight.

People have asked my secret. People make excuses. "I am too old", "I can't exercise therefore cannot lose weight", and the excuses go on and on.
I was in my late 70's in 2007 when I lost my weight, 52 pounds of butta

You have seen my other pictures on my Spark Page.

Ok, Ok you say enough of that what was the secret. Besides you are not a spring chicken. Why do we want to look at your pictures. I may not be a spring chicken but I am not a winter chicken either! So there! I may never wear the little black dress with spike heels like I did in my dancing days when I ruined my joints. LOL but I sure am not what I used to be either when I weighed over 230.

Now I will tell you the best secret I found besides making up my own mind I had to do it.

We have a restaurant which has the best BLACKENED SALMON in our area. If I eat that twice a week I lose. I buy it on top of a salad of different kinds of lettuce, artichokes and sun dried tomatoes and feta cheese..I usually use no dressing or stick the tines of my fork in the dressing then in the salad a couple of times which is enough for me. I sure am not going to ruin it with the blue cheese or ranch dressing I used to use.

They say salmon is the best protein, it keeps you feeling full longer.

I bring at least half home for supper so it makes two meals. Try it. Oh and tell them not to cook the salmon too dry. It is so easy to overcook fish, shrimp or chicken breast then it is so dry I don't like it.

Hope this helps at least one person. If it does it is worth it. And don't say I don't like fish. It tastes better than medicine any day.

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LMMIMI 3/11/2011 10:52AM

    Irene, great blog. I can relate about dancing in my spike heels probably led to double knee replacements (both done at the same time), but sure was fun the dancing I mean.

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DIDMIS 3/10/2011 2:21PM

    Go to IMAMARIE's page. She is a nutritionist.

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IMAMARIE 3/10/2011 2:07PM

    We love salmon at this house and I dip my fork in my dressing too. Your talk of salmon has made me think we need to eat salmon SOON. I dislike it when I get a salad or anything slathered in dressing or gravy. It's those little things like that, that really pack on the pounds day by day. Just like the little extra exercise and calorie trimming take it off. God bless you! emoticon

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HAPPYMOM8 3/8/2011 2:29PM

    I have salmon in the freezer and try to have it often but I never thought to use is on my salads! I am going to get some out right now. we have fresh Arugula salad often and I usually have chicken and hard boiled eggs on it along with several other veggies.
this will give me another option.
thank you!,Pat

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LIZABETT 3/7/2011 9:03AM

    Irene, I read your blog the second time, and it was even better and the pictures are absolutely incredible. The comments on your blog show how much people love you and appreciate you for what you are and do. I believe you are somewhere near my age, 81,sweetie girl, and are as busy a little bee. Thanks also for your comment on my blogs. You're so gracious. Maybe we can meet someday. emoticon emoticon

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DIDMIS 3/7/2011 1:11AM

    I will try this again Joyce. wrote a long one to clarify what I do and have done. I teach an Adult Spanish Sunday School class. Taught adults in Mexico for years who wanted to reach their own people with the gospel.
Have built several churches and at this time am finishing a church and parsonage and trying to buy a lot for parking.
All of this with the help of the Lord and His saints.
I could do nothing on my own but I am so grateful that He uses me.

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CHATTIEGIRL 3/7/2011 12:46AM

    Hi Irene:

Darling you are a wonderful person and a shepard of God teaching children and doing your work for him. God bless you. One of my secrets and I have done it for 15 or more years by eating on a dessert plate with just one helping of each item, meat, vegetable and starch. No salt or butter. Starch usually brown rice or sweet potatoes. One spoonful and no seconds and you can loose weigh because I did and I keep it off. Stay focused on maintaining your healthy life style. God bless you always and lead you where he wants you to be. Learn and pass on Spark people.


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DINGALLSTOO 3/6/2011 9:55PM

    woohoo, what a great secret weapon....love the pics

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DIDMIS 3/6/2011 9:48PM

    Sparkee I tried to go to your page and leave a comment as I did with the others but somehow I couldn't bring it up.
Thank you for your nice inspiring comment on my blog.

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SPARKEE 3/6/2011 8:44PM

    Ms. Irene, you have me smiling and grinning from ear to ear with your blogs! You are one smart lady! And you are an inspiration to us all! Blessings to you!


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2BEATIT1 3/5/2011 8:00PM

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I know the battle to lose in the 70's but I also know now the meaning of determination. Though I have only lost 30-32 lbs in 10 months, it is more than I have ever lost on any "diet".
I feel so much better now and I know you do also.
It is a year ago this month that DH had to have quadruple bypass. I am convinced had he not lost the 50 lbs before he discovered he had a problem with his heart, he probably would have had the heart attack and thus harder to heal.
Losing this excess baggage is always for our good.
Thanks for sharing.

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MOM4407 3/5/2011 7:58PM

    You secret weapon is you incredible spirit. Looking at your pictures it is amazing how much you have changed. I think your fishy idea is wonderful.

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HELEN_BRU 3/5/2011 1:16PM

    Ah, we all have our secrets to what works for us - it is sticking to them that counts the most and we so easily get off track and distracted. I could write a book!

Nice to see you again!


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YJNANA 3/5/2011 12:55PM

    OK IRENE, I will choose Salmon at my restaurants from now on :)

I DO love it.
That trick of sticking the fork in the dressing is such a GREAT way to reduce the amount we eat of it.
I use to do it long ago, and need to go back to Requesting Dressing on the Side, from now on.
I ate less than Half of what a serving is that way :)

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TUTUNAN 3/5/2011 12:40PM

    You are a beautiful person. Thanks for sharing your pictures and the salad!

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HAGIN2010 3/5/2011 11:49AM

    Great blog Irene. I am not much of a salmon eater, but you make this dish sound so good. I might have to try it when I visit. Very inspirational pictures/story.

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VERITY50 3/5/2011 11:11AM

    Great tip. I love salmon too! I have also noted that I do well when I eat a lot of seafood.. emoticon

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JANETLP 3/5/2011 9:28AM

    Great Blog. Love the pics. Yes, I am one who still wants to hide behind others when pictures are taken! I have very few of me alone in a picture or where I am out front for all to see. But, I am getting better at that.

I love fish (of all kinds) and have discovered Bob Evan's Salmon dinner is an excelent choice when we eat out. I usually eat all of it, instead of bringing some of it home for future use. I keep salmon (individually frozen) in my freezer as I am the only one of my house who likes it. My DH never grew up eating fish! Except those fish sticks that have actually very little fish in them!

Not taking the cholesterol medicine was one of my motivators for getting on a weight-loss program. I didn't like all the side affects!

Great Job!

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LIZABETT 3/5/2011 9:04AM

    Irene, my girl. What a great blog! The pictures tell the story, you look'mahvelous'. Thanks for the tip about salmon. I'm one who likes fish and eat it almost everytime we eat out which is a couple times a week.Bravo! emoticon

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JEANSHEP2 3/4/2011 10:13PM

    Just happened on your blog and think you look wonderful. I miss you on SP 70, but know you are a busy person. Nice blog and know it will help someone. My 50 lbs came off with lots of strenous exercise, but can't do any now due to neuropathy in legs.

Keep smiling and blogging!


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CAROLYNVIL 3/4/2011 10:09PM

    Great Job! and even though I don't like fish I think I will give it a try.

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    Irene, my mind is in such a tizzy since I have moved. I forgot to say how good you look you look many years younger since getting rid of the extra weight. It has really made a difference in your face.

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    Irene, I am so glad for you. You have done so well, and that is some good tips about the salad and the dressing and the salmon. And yes, fish tastes much better then medicine any time LOL.

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BESTSUSIEYET 3/4/2011 6:20PM

    Marvelous tip! I frequently make Spark's World's Best Salmon -- (think that's the right name). Marinate salmon in small mixture of soy sauce, maple syrup & garlic -- bake and YUM!! You are a real inspiration for all those who are tempted to let excuses trap them in unhealthy choices! Keep on telling the TRUTH! Love ya!

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THEWINNER33 3/4/2011 5:39PM

    Excellent message. I love your pictures. I also love fish and now as we are entering Lent there are alsways great sales each week. You did a great job reaching goal. You are my inspiration. Hugs, Marcia

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SUNNYWBL 3/4/2011 5:30PM

    You are correct, salmon is tastier than most medicines.

You might want to add, staying away from blizzards! emoticon

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NELLIEC 3/4/2011 5:21PM

    Fish is definitely better tasting than medicine!

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TEXAS_GRL 3/4/2011 5:10PM

    Excellent job!


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Saturday, February 26, 2011


Many of you already know this, some don't.
I promised a blog a long time ago so decided now would be the time.

TOPS is a non profit weight loss group which means TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY.

In 2007 I weighed 204 when first starting TOPS and reached my goal weight of 152 in nine months.

I went to what they call SRD to graduate and be crowned one of many princesses as I had lost the most in our part of Texas. What a beautiful time.

This is not the best picture but I am not good on pictures but this is one we took personally outside of our motel room. The professional one is on my Spark Page and is better.

After returning to my home things changed as our leader resigned and we had no leader for a while. The few who were here for the summer voted to not have meetings, just weigh ins and that once a month. I told them it wouldn't work for me. I continued as weight recorder but after gaining 15 pounds back decided to change chapters.

I did change chapters and began losing the 15 pounds. I did lose it and once again became a KOP

They gave a party for me at our chapter and presented me with cards and gifts. I am so proud of the plaque a special friend made for me which you see in the picture.
Some have asked what it says. This is what it says:

has, through diligence and determination, reached her
coveted goal and is hereby awarded this Certificate of Achievement.
Dated this 9th day of September,2010
T.O.P.S. #1694, Donna, Texas

Then it has A KOPS ROSE.

A yellow rose-beautiful, breathtaking,lush with life.
What does it mean when a KOPS gives you a yellow rose?
It means your KOPS friend-
believes in you more than you believe in yourself,
wants you to be everything you were meant to be;
wishes to see you happy with yourself as a person;
sees your potential even if you are blind to it; and
loves you enough to want you to become a KOPS too.

Here you find 5 pounds of fat someone sent me.

Just think I lost 10.4 of those. 52 lost divided by 5 = 10.4 Everyone was too kind to tell me I had made a mistake.

All of the time I belonged to Spark also and Spark and T.O.P.S. together helped me do this after I made up my mind I had to.

Now to keep it off.

Recently we had an area fun day. It was fantastic. Several chapters met and many received awards. I received a few myself. What fun we had.

emoticonand you will never be sorry.

Let's get on our horses and SPARK down the road.


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

HAPPYMOM8 3/2/2011 11:40PM

    What a wonderful Bog! Thank you Irene for sharing your road to success.
You can be very proud of your progress. And a great motivation for all of us.

you are definately my favorite KOP!


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SENKYOUSHI 3/2/2011 1:41PM

    Congrats!!! Keep up the good work!!

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CHARHUNT1 2/28/2011 8:41PM

    Nice blog, Irene. What exactly did you do to take the weight off?
Did you eat as many calories as they told you to on here?
I'm having a struggle to say the least. Be so glad for warm weather so I can get outside.
Love you.......

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    Congratulations Irene! That is awesome! Such beautiful pictures as well. Thanks for sharing.

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GMFAY33 2/28/2011 9:38AM

    It is wonderful to have connected with a team you are on so that I an benefit from your experiences and enthusiasm. emoticon

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YJNANA 2/28/2011 12:10AM

    Irene, your an inspiration to all who ever have met you and those who will. Keep up the good work. You Shine :)

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FREEDOMSTAR 2/27/2011 10:09PM

    emoticonIRENE That's emoticon
thanks for sharing, your blog is good with photo's too


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DIDMIS 2/27/2011 8:34PM

    I know it is KEEP OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY but I am only one.
The pun was (when I asked "did I spell that right") it sounds like cop.
I am just a big cut up so forgive me.

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LIZABETT 2/27/2011 12:53PM

    Congratulations on becoming a KOPS---you are a role model and a heroine. Keep up the good work!

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MARLIZG 2/27/2011 12:28PM

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MOM2GEO_JR 2/27/2011 10:30AM

    Irene, that is a beautiful picture of you. A big congratulations.....
I think it is KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly). I became a KOP, never had any kind of ceremony, or anything. Nothing. I got kinda discouraged because I couldn't go to ARD, or IRD and thought the local group would do something.
I have thought I would go back and see how things are going now.

You belong to a caring group, and it is groups like the one I went to that ruins it.

Hugs and prayers.
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FERRETLOVER1 2/27/2011 9:18AM

    I am so proud of you - congratulations! But, do not forget the most important letter of being a KOPS - the "S" - which stands for SENSIBLY!!!

I, too, am a KOPS and a very active SPARKPEOPLE member. Together, these two activities really help me to maintain my 112.50 lb. loss to goal. I have maintained for 5+ years. It ain't easy...but it's doable!

Keep up the great work!!

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SANDHILL5 2/27/2011 9:08AM


YOU DID IT !! YES YOU ARE A KOP !! emoticon emoticon


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DIDMIS 2/27/2011 1:19AM

    I made a bigggggg mistake and everyone was so kind as not to mention it.
I lost 52 pounds, not 204 LOL. See the edit above below the glob of fat.

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HAGIN2010 2/27/2011 12:50AM

    Irene, what a great story you have and what a great person you are as well. You are a great motivator. emoticon

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HAPPYMOM8 2/27/2011 12:20AM

    What a wonderful and inspiring story!

If that doesn't inspire everyone who needs to lose weight, I don't know what would.

thank you, Irene.


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SUGARPUNK52 2/27/2011 12:07AM

  Congratulations! Wonderful blog.Thank you so much.I believe you could inspire anyone.GOD bless.

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CAROLYNVIL 2/26/2011 11:45PM

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JUNEBUG150 2/26/2011 9:56PM

    I agree! You are a motivator, an encourager, and a wonderful online friend! I liked and like your blog, too. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DIDMIS 2/26/2011 9:36PM

    You girls are making me emoticon

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DIDMIS 2/26/2011 9:21PM

    Thank you girls. I know Becky personally and what she said about me I throw right back into her court. Wish I could do pictures like Becky can as I would have a before picture on that also.
Oh well, that old me is gone, gone, gone.

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MNNSAIDE 2/26/2011 9:21PM

    I dido what Becky said and I clicked the "I Like" Button.
You my friend are an inspiration to me and all you know.


Love ya,


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MOM4407 2/26/2011 9:10PM

    I hope everyone votes they like this blog. You are a beautiful person and you have done a wonderful job improving your health. This time you will Keep Off the Pounds. You have Spark Friends and you have TOPS Friends. You are wonderful.

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GRACEISENUF 2/26/2011 8:32PM

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What a motivating blog!

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