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Sunday, May 08, 2011

~ Behold the turtle. He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out. ~ James Bryant Conant

"Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men (women) of courage; be strong. Do everything in love." II Corinthians 16:13

This turtle was raised by my grandson. It was tiny but grew to about 8" x 11".

Track your progress. Each time you reach a goal or take a positive step, place a BIG sticker, star or check mark on your calendar. Over time, you'll create a visual reminder of your progress towards that long-term goal. (taken from my Spark People calendar.)

I place a sticker on the calendar each time I make a meeting and/or lose a pound. I am encouraged when I do this, not afraid that this weight loss journey is to no avail.

Cour-age ~ n.1. Bravery; ability to control fear in the face of danger, pain, etc.: When the disciples saw Jesus walking on the lake, they were terrified. "It's a ghost," they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them. "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid." (Matthew 14:26,27) 2. have the courage of one's (own) convictions To be brave enough to do or say what one believes to be right

cou-ra-geous ~ adj. Having or showing courage; brave; fearless

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EBLOOMING 5/14/2011 8:06PM

    Thanks to everyone that posted...it certainly gives me courage to persevere!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I have a beautiful stone right on my desk that has this very word, COURAGE.
It is invaluable on our journey though life.
I wish you the very best, keep up the good work!

blessings, Sue

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VISUALLYRICS 5/9/2011 9:41AM

    I need Courage today! Thanks! ..please pray for me, my friend. emoticon

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GATOR12 5/8/2011 9:19PM

    Courage, I will have courage and continue progressing as I look where I've gone and where I'm going! Hugs, Elaine!

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Revised from TOPS magazine:


Depending on where you are in the human life cycle, the term "brain health" will probably bring different images to mind.

Latter Years ~ Alzheimer's disease.
Childbearing Years ~ Development of their child's brain.
Attending School ~ Jobs & School ability to concentrate and solve problems.

The Mediterranean Diet ~ appears to prevent decline in cognitive function & reduce risk of (MCI) mild cognitive impairment and progression to Alzheimer disease. Cognitive function is the process people use for remembering, reasoning, understanding, and using judgment. It is the ability to think and make sense out of what is seen, heard, felt, and experienced, in order to solve problems.

The Mediterranean diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, olive oil, legumes, whole grains and fish. Unknown to us why it improves cholesterol, blood sugar levels, and blood vessel health, all of which reduce the risk of MCI and Alzheimer's disease.

Research provides information from the Archives of Neurology that low amounts of high-fat dairy products, red meat, organ meat, and butter. Also, they found that the following foods fight Alzheimer's disease.
Salad Dressing, Nuts, Fish, Poultry, Tomatoes, Fruits, and Crucifierous (cabbage family) and Dark Green Vegetables appeared to fight Alzheimer's disease.

People using the good foods mentioned were one to two years younger in mental function than these women who ate fewer of these vegetables.

Vitamin D ~ Tufts University in Boston found that individuals who had sufficient D levels in their blood had higher cognitive performance on brain function tests than those with lower levels of D. The new recommendation for D is 600 IU for anyone 70 or younger and older than 70, 800 IU. Keeping in mind that this is with low fat and cholesterol.

So in conclusion recommendations are that action taken to combine physical and mental activity and social interaction using a Brain Healthy Diet. This means managing weight, reduce amounts of fat & cholesterol, increase amount of protective food, possibly includes vitamin supplements.

The same foods that contribute to Heart disease also are associated with a higher risk for Alzheimer's disease. However, HDL (the good cholesterol) may protect brain cells. So, use canola oil and olive oil, and grill or bake foods.

Other helpful Vitamins: E, B-12, and folic acid. A deficiency of B-12 can cause disorientation and confusion. After age 50, the stomach makes less acid, which is needed to absorb vitamin B-12 from foods that naturally contain it. Thus, individuals over 50 should eat foods that are fortified with b-12 or take a multivitamin that contains2.4 micrograms of B-12. The recommended amounts of B-6 are 1.7 for men and 1.5 for women. For folic acid, the recommendation is 400 micrograms per day. and for E, it is 15 mg or 30 IU per day. A multi vitamin should supply those doses. (With a healthy diet).

Joan Pleuss, R.D., M.S.. C.D.E., C.D., a registered dietician, is currently director of Bionutrition Core of the Translational Research University of the Medical College of Wisconsin located at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, WI. She also provides nutritional recipes for for TOPS.

FISH ~ halibut, mackerel, salmon, trout, tuna

FRUITS~blackberries, blueberries, cherries, grapes (red),oranges, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries

NUTS~almonds, pecans, walnuts

VEGETABLES~beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, corn, eggplant, kale, onion, peppers(red), spinach, Greens such as Romaine Lettuce, Basil,Swiss Chard (red), Jalapeņo peppers, green beans

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As you know I live in the heart of the Mediterranean and all those good foods are available to me.
Have to say that IMHO that only the older folk of the indigenous people have stayed with the traditional cooking & eating here. The younger folk are more into ready made meals and processed foods.
Having said that...in my village the older folk have plenty of heart, diabetes & weight problems...which impede their mobility!

We have to do the best we can with the knowledge that we have available to us I think....
I think the internet is a great tool for keeping the brain active!!

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  Thanks!! Great blog!!

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    I use coconut oil, walking, supplements, organic veggies 6 servings day, whole fresh fruit 3 servings a day.

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FLMOMX2 3/31/2011 4:18PM

    Great info

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VISUALLYRICS 3/31/2011 2:08PM

    emoticonfor the info! Great Stuff!
....and I LOVE your colorful page!!!

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STARPESCADO 3/31/2011 1:00PM

    Thanks for the info- love this blog!

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Monday, February 07, 2011

It was weigh in time on Thursday night with my support group. Gingerly I stepped on the scale after removing shoes, watch, jewellery, glasses etc....
Oh No!! I am up by 1 pound! So, we continue the meeting. It is awards night.
I am sitting there feeling defeated because of the gain.

Perfect attendance award ~ I AM A WINNER!!
Picking a ball out of the bag ~ I AM A WINNER...$1.00
Highest loser for the month ~ I AM A WINNER ... WIN OF $5.00

As often happens, I was focused on the one pound gain...but there is so much more to the picture. What? In looking at my loses, I LOST 2.2 POUNDS in Jan!

So, the moral of this story is to look at the whole picture and not just one incident.

This is life.... we win some and we lose some, it is the ATTITUDE...look for the silver lining.

I sure hope I have learned something from this!!!

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JANETELIZABETH1 2/8/2011 11:16AM

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/8/2011 6:44AM

    YOU ARE DEFINITELY A WINNER!!! Keep up the great work!!!
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LAYNIE428 2/7/2011 9:57PM

    Woohoo!!!! I'm sorry I missed that - great job!

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PURPLELVR7 2/7/2011 8:29PM

    Glad you see the big picture - you are a winner!!!

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STARPESCADO 2/7/2011 4:50PM

    The great thing about it, is there is always another day.

You are doing great!

So proud of you!

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GATOR12 2/7/2011 12:00PM

    You ARE a winner, Always, with me Elaine. But I so realize what you are saying. It is so easy to focus on our "didn't do's" or the goals we missed but not look at the big picture and what we've learned or enjoying!! Love ya, friend!!!

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JUST 10%

Thursday, January 20, 2011

A LONG RANGE GOAL FOR JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH is to LOSE, DROP, GET RID OF just 10% of my body weight and that can significantly improve my blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and overall heart health.

emoticon emoticonTHAT IS WHAT I AM AFTER....A HEALTHY HEART!!! emoticon emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/22/2011 10:47AM

    emoticon With your positive attitude, YOU WILL DO IT!!!

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JANETELIZABETH1 1/22/2011 4:24AM

    You are right Elaine...a healthy heart is kinda crucial !!
We know it takes hard, consistent work with the food and exercise areas of our lives...just keep going buddy emoticon


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EBLOOMING 1/21/2011 3:30PM

    Spiritually and Physically FIT!!! emoticon

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  You can do it!!! Keep up the positive attitude.

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GRANDMANANCY 1/21/2011 6:33AM


I have been listening to Dr.Oz on TV and he was talking about losing just 10 pounds....it motivated me... I did it....

now I am moving on to the next 10... you can do it Elaine! You can be the healthiest that you ever were in your entire life!

My goal too.......... a healthy heart! spiritually and physically! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Friday, January 14, 2011

I am posting a new set of GOALS because I have reflecting on the old year 2010 I am re-evaluating my new year 2011.

I have lost weight in that year after the ups and downs. I started out at 183.2 and ended at 177. Slow and yet not so steady.

I would like to see less of me and less of the 'ups and downs'. I am ready to commit to a new set of plans.

"This one thing I will do ...as Paul says in Philippians 3:13 Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things (the goals to a healthy temple my body) which are before, I press toward the high calling in Christ Jesus."

*Chronological Bible study Fridays *Study Isaiah with grandchildren at Bible Study Fellowship
*Prayer Journal
*Sharing Christ ~ small Journal

*Focus on healthy carbohydrates vs simple carbohydrates (5-8 serving vegetables & fruits plus a good multiple vitamin, proteins of fish, chicken, turkey, shakes.

*Water ~ Drink 8-10 glasses plus herbal teas & COFFEE ~Black
*Sleep ~ 7-8 hours before midnight

*Revisit my goals: Did I say EXERCISE?
* Balance Class twice a week
* Walking with or without poles ~ treadmill

*Support from Bible study groups, Spark Teams & TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)
*Accountability to these groups emoticon
*Organization ~ New office configuration & Garage

*TRUST GOD ~ ISAIAH 26:3,4 "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee because he trusteth in thee. Trust in the LORD forever; for in the LORD GOD is everlasting strength." from the Bible KJV

The words below are adopted from my SP friend & of course the verse from The Bible ~ THANKS!! emoticon emoticonALL OF MY SPARK FRIENDS!


Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me." emoticon emoticon emoticon

This is me in 2010

Beautiful Oregon Coastal Area

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GRANDMANANCY 1/16/2011 7:45AM

    These goals are absolutely PERFECT ! I need to write mine down again too.

Keep getting healthier my friend! emoticon

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PARAEAST 1/15/2011 7:02PM

    Elaine you got some great goals and I know with God's help you can do it!! He is our strength!!

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JUSTPEACHY1 1/15/2011 5:52PM

    Elaine, Thanks for sharing your thought process and your goals with us. It's inspiring to me! I gained a little in 2010, and now already I'm falling off the wagon in mid-January. I think I'll do a review like you, and try to get a grip NOW! Ena

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PS. In your Oregon Coastline photo I'm imagining the 2011 Elaine! Hehe.

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JANETELIZABETH1 1/15/2011 3:29PM

    Elaine you are right not to dwell on what is past, we can do nothing about those things but move forward in a positive way with the Lord at our Helm...How can we fail?
I wish you every success in achieving all those goals.

Should have added...love you're new photo...Ms Cool lady!! and what beautiful scenery, Joseph has been there but I haven't.

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EBLOOMING 1/15/2011 3:25PM

    Thanks for your encouraging remarks everyone!! emoticon emoticon

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GATOR12 1/15/2011 12:21PM

    We have to have goals or a map or how do we expect to get anywhere. You have compiled a good list of goals specific to YOU!! To who you are, who you want to be and how you want to get there (the tools you will use). I can see this happening, thru Christ who strengthens you!! Brenda

Love the pics. Our trip to Ore, Wash. state was one of our most memorable!! I'm not sure why we haven't headed back that way. Guess it was "the time".

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NELLIEC 1/14/2011 7:57PM

    They sound like good goals. Just remember to take them by baby steps so you don't get overwhelmed.

The pictures are beautiful. I live in WA state so get to enjoy the trees also!

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VISUALLYRICS 1/14/2011 7:08PM

    Yes, You Can Do It through Christ Who gives you Strength!! He is your portion!! emoticon.....I'm Praising Him!! emoticon

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