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Monday, May 30, 2011

This is Memorial Day weekend in our country, the USA. It means different things to different people. To some, it simply means that they get Monday off & don't have to work. An opportunity for a three day weekend. For others, it will be a time of reflection, as they remember those in their own immediate families whom they lost during times of war. A TIME FOR US TO REMEMBER! Too many of us do not remember very well. We often forget to remember.

Those heroes who gave so much for our freedom...we shall not forget to remember that they did it because they loved and their families shared them with us.

What lessons will we learn from the dead so that we shall live more effectively today? The book of Deuteronomy ,specifically chapter 8, (in the Bible) draws for us a significant lesson in learning from the past. It was a sermon delivered to the people of Israel calling them to remember. They were reminded to remember what God had done. To remember so they would be grateful. They are reminded to be grateful to the God who led them for 40 years while they wandered in the wilderness. It was He that preserved them. Remember the God who freed them from bondage and brought them into the Promised Land. It is a call to be faithful.


Words cannot express my gratitude.

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    Thank you Elaine for causing us to think deeper than just the day!

Yes God hated those 'murmurers and complainers' in the wilderness...let us not be one of those!!

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GATOR12 6/1/2011 9:31PM

    If we only remember once a year, it is okay but I, too, feel such gratitude to those who help assist us with our freedom. Our freedom is not nor has ever been free. Ultimate sacrifices have been given!!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/30/2011 9:15PM

    Elaine, thank you for posting this heartfelt blog!!! I also can not find the words to express my gratitude but I will not forget!
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JOURNEYTO60 5/30/2011 3:07PM

    Amen. Thank you for posting and the picture is very touching.

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LINDA! 5/30/2011 12:54PM

    My father and husband are both military vets. So thankful they came home after serving in the military. I am grateful for those that made the ultimate sacrifice.

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JSALERNO 5/30/2011 12:50PM

    My father was in the military. He passed away a few years ago(not related) but I always remember him on this special day.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

"The more I talk to athletes, the more convinced I become that the method of training is relatively unimportant. There are many ways to the top, and the training method you choose is just the one that suits you best. No, the important thing is the attitude of the athlete, the desire to get to the top."
- Herb Elliott

ATTITUDE ~ There it is again surfacing to the top! emoticon

MEASUREMENT ~ There are a few ways to measure success; charting exercise your individual training , charting health issues, charting nutrition, charting bp readings, charting body size reducing, lastly, charting weight loss. emoticon


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JANETELIZABETH1 5/31/2011 11:22AM

    You are right Elaine...it's whatever works for YOU/ ME/ HER/ HIM etc!!!

We can all achieve & get to our emoticon

Personally I keep a small journal notebook (nothing fancy) and record: date, weight, spark log in points, food eaten, f&v and water total and exercise minutes! Makes updating here on SP so much easier.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/26/2011 11:39PM

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CYCLINGSANDY 5/26/2011 1:17PM

    Attitude and the habit of training will help us to succeed.
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    Great blog.

I weigh and do a Habit Calendar and do yearly, monthly, and weekly goals. I celebrate smaller clothes too.

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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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