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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I feel foolish. I just realized people had been posting comments on my blogs. I knew about a few postings - I must have been notified. I was shocked to see so many.

Today I couldn't figure out why I wasn't getting points for my "other goals". Turns out I was trying to post on the wrong day. I had a chuckle at my own expense over that one. emoticon

All and all I can get around pretty well now, but I know there are still little surprises I'll be getting now and then.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CATHYGETSFIT 7/4/2011 2:17AM

    LOL It takes time to figure everything out and even when you think you've figured everything out things will change or you'll find something out about SP that you didn't know before. emoticon

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JKIRBY7 7/1/2011 3:42AM

    Not always reading whats on the page in full is a common practice for many people.
I arrived at work today. The problem was I was a whole day early I had a quick laugh and went back home. emoticon

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GRAMLORI 6/29/2011 10:22AM

    I've been sparking for almost 4 years, and I STILL find new things!! lol Keeps us on our toes!!

Have a blessed day!

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MAGA99 6/29/2011 1:18AM

    I have been here 2 1/2 yr sn every so often I'm thrown for a loop
just keep sparking it gets easier

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Weight vs Volume. Shrinking packages. What?????

Monday, June 27, 2011

Math is not my strong suit, but I do remember in grade school about bushels and pecks, pints and quarts. Berries, for example. Now raspberries are often sold in little 6 oz packaging. What does that equal? A pint?

I decided to ask hubby. His strong suit is math. I even confused him by the time I was done questioning him and challenging his answers. He started getting into volume vs weight and other things that boggle my mind. He tried, but both of us were frustrated by the end of the conversation.

In the afternoon we went to a grocery store together. Now he understood my confusion. He didn't realize raspberries are sold in little 6 oz baskets, not pints. He had never paid attention. The question becomes, how many little baskets to make 12 jars of jelly? Of course we'd have to factor in the size of the jars, but that is beside the point.

Turkey bacon was on sale. 2/$3. That sounded great til we looked closer at the package. That was two, 6 oz packs for $3. Not a pound in total, but just 12 oz. We put it back. It was cheaper to buy the one 12 oz (guess 16 oz are no longer available) that wasn't on sale. Same brand. We walked out without the turkey bacon.

Hubby loves his ice cream but the creameries are doing him a favor these days. Their packages/boxes are smaller too. This is where serving size has become important to him. It's a start.

Hubby picks up things for me on his way home from work occasionally. The other day he new I wanted cottage cheese. He asked me if I wanted a quart. I said the usual big size. I really didn't know if it was a quart. It sounded right to me - wouldn't that be 32 oz? I checked the container I had. 24 oz! When did that happen? There's one item I thought the price hadn't gone up too much. Boy was I wrong!

So the question remains, how many ounces in a pint?

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CTUPTON 7/31/2011 10:17AM

    I am trying to look at the price per unit labels on the shelves rather than the price of the individual thing. It is an easy way to compare the value! they put that number in small print so it is not so easy to spot. I am trying to train myself. It takes practice! Chris

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OPERADIVA114 6/27/2011 12:47PM

    16 ounces in a pint. (1 pint = 2 cups) emoticon (And a quart is 2 pints, so yes. 1 quart = 32 ounces)

But you're right about food packaging these days. They're cutting out the amount you get and raising prices. I ALWAYS look for the best price/volume. So if one package of meat is 2/$3, I check to see how many ounces that is total and then find the next larger package and see which one gives me more for my money. These food people nowadays are thieves!

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HINZEE57 6/27/2011 12:35PM

This may help. I think it's O.K. to post this link. Good luck. Looks like 1 Pint of Stawberries (I used as an example) = 12.43 Oz. Weight.

Comment edited on: 6/27/2011 12:38:28 PM

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A Brighter Afternoon

Thursday, June 23, 2011

It was so hard to get started today. Forcing myself I managed a whole 15 or so minutes of jogging on the rebounder. I was feeling so fatigued and eating made me feel sick. I did it anyway to build momentum. It took til this afternoon, but it worked! This afternoon I did another 40 minutes of exercise.

I also: read positive articles, posts and blogs. I did my best to encourage some teammates. I prayed alot.

My new set of rubbefmaid containers came today. Some are glass, some are plastic. All different sizes so it will be easier to cook ahead and store. I'll be able to keep healthy things on hand no matter where I am. That's my reward for being on the program since May 2. My next reward is going to be something nice to wear for the holiday weekend.

I am so glad I haven't given up. I won't either, because I'm doing this for me. This time next year I'll be a much better person.

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REBELBLITZ 6/24/2011 7:48PM

    Congratulations for taking care of you! :) emoticon

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GRAMLORI 6/24/2011 10:06AM

    Good for you!! We'll both get there.....then we can celebrate together!!! Have a blessed weekend!!

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WENDYJM4 6/24/2011 7:20AM

    good for you. You have done so well since joining about 6 weeks ago. emoticon

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GRAMMAP1 6/23/2011 10:16PM

    Some of us just have slow starters. Chuck Swindoll says, in the morning we are either Springers or feelers. I know my category!
But good for you that you persevere. I like your reward system.
Keep at it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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A Forced Restart

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Warning: Not such a positive blog

A bad fibro day yesterday so my eating and fitness were blown. I'm off today but am determined to follow my plan. Forcing myself to eat and exercise stinks. Maybe my attitude will improve when I get back on track.

Baby goat is already getting obnoxious. He was out running around yesterday. He's quick and strong. He still thinks he's a dog and can come into the house. In fact he ran straight to the dog dish. He forced himself in 3 times. I had to pick him up and force him back to the pasture. Not easy - he was fighting me plus he has put on quite a bit of weight. So I did get some exercise. However, it really winded me. That's not typical when I exercise.

Today I'll muddle through chores and try to get trash off the property. The wind brought in stuff from God knows where. The weather is perfect though, so it will be good to do things outside.

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HSTYER 6/24/2011 3:36AM

  pets are so much like babies aren't they?

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WENDYJM4 6/23/2011 1:41AM

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JOANNS4 6/22/2011 10:12PM

    I think it's funny about the goat. Of course if it was me having to take care of it when I wasn't feeling well it would be different. I hope you feel better tomorrow, a new day.

Jo Ann

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MAGA99 6/22/2011 2:52PM

    do u have any pics of the goat

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GRAMLORI 6/22/2011 10:16AM

    Boy, do I HEAR THAT!! Yesterday, I couldn't do a thing....and when I got up this morning, I felt better. So I went out to walk, and my hips and lower back hurt every step of the way. But, as my status says, I did it anyway!! Some days we can fight this, other days we have to grin and bear it. Good for you, keep fighting it! We can't let it win!
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DIVALADY 6/22/2011 8:55AM


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    Hi Dusty, So glad to hear you are MAD about being off track! Anger is a great motivator LOL Being outside and getting things done always puts me in a better frame of mind s I'm sure you will feel better. Sorry about the goat, sort of, it made me giggle to think of myself trying to put a goat outside :-) I am a city girl through and through and the goat would probably make me really nervous!

I hope you have a great restart today!!!

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SUNNYDAZE9 6/22/2011 8:46AM

    You will think back and laugh at this sometime.

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The Mystery Settled by an expert

Monday, June 20, 2011

I got a great phone call from a rep at Vitamin Cottage. She told me that when I use kamut flakes, and oatmeal for that matter, the nutrition values are based on dry weight. A half cup makes a big serving in my opinion. That isn't counting putting fruit and soy milk in it. An all day treat for me!


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