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Christmas Decorations at my house

Saturday, November 27, 2010

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I also "elfed" myself & Cliff & Banana

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BIGMAMAT 11/28/2010 10:35AM

    Judy! I watched your videos! You have lots of beautiful decorations! Popcorn looks so big! Goodness. You should have named him Goliath or something. lol.

Thanks for sharing! hugs. Tricia


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SOUP'S ON!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

For a quick healthy meal, Soup's On!!

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It's been called "Grandma's penicillin," and for good reason: Studies confirm that a hot bowl of soup can reduce inflammation and clear away mucous to ease the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections. Don't have time for homemade? You don't have to settle for super-salty, preservative-packed canned soups anymore: The new breed of packaged soups stick to Grandma's all-natural recipes. Here's what to look for:

Read the ingredients. Don't buy a soup that lists any ingredient you wouldn't use at home. Organic tomatoes, carrots, green beans and corn? Great! Monopotassium phosphate, hydrolyzed wheat gluten, disodium guanylate and hydrogenated anything? No so much. And insist on whole grains - brown rice and whole wheat pasta - for a satisfying dose of fiber.

Hold the sodium. Even if you don't have high blood pressure or other risk factors for heart disease, it's a good idea to limit your daily sodium to 1,500mg. Frozen soups have the least sodium - often as little as 40mg per serving - whereas canned soups need more sodium as a preservative. If you make canned soup a regular part of your diet, you can keep your daily sodium under 1,500mg by cutting out salty snacks and processed meats at other meals. Drink plenty of water, and eat potassium-rich foods like bananas, emoticon avocado, beans and low-fat yogurt, which can help flush excess sodium out of your system.

Eat only one serving! Most soup packages hold two servings, but the nutrition data on the label is based on one. If you plan on polishing off the whole container, multiply that info by two.

Turn soup into a meal. A complete meal requires whole grains, vegetables, lean protein and heart-healthy fat. That means getting creative with some packaged soups: Toss in extra veggies, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon beans or tofu, quinoa or wild rice and low-fat cheese emoticon or yogurt.

  
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DSTDIVA9 11/27/2010 8:21AM

    I love soup!Thanks for the info very useful!

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SKINNY341 11/27/2010 7:56AM

    soup has always been in our family as a way to get rid of viruses and infections but my child will not touch alot of it. So I have to feed her myself to get her to eat it. or she'll eat it at school.

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BE THANKFUL

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire,

If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don't know something

For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.

During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations

Because they give you opportunites for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge

Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.

They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you're tired and weary

Because it means you've made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.

A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are

also thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.

Find a way to be thankful for your troubles

and they can become your blessings.

CELEBRATE AND ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAYS WITH GRATITUDE AND LOVE.



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SEXY12SEXY 11/29/2010 5:26AM

    It's always wonderful to have a different perspective on how someone else thinks! And also to help change my mindset when it's not always right, this is great I will share it because it warrants doing so. Keep up the great work :o) emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 11/25/2010 9:43PM

    Very Nice, important to have gratitude in your heart

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PJSTIME 11/25/2010 8:00PM

    Thank your for this wonderful post.

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DDOORN 11/25/2010 4:48PM

    Thx for all the wonderful thoughts...hope your Thanksgiving has been wonderful!

Don

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MOM4407 11/25/2010 9:32AM

    Love it.
I am going to copy it and hand it out at our TOPS meeting.

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LINDA! 11/25/2010 9:26AM

    Happy Thanksgiving!! emoticon

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55WALKER 11/25/2010 7:36AM

    Thanks.
Did you write this? May I copy it and send it to my sister?

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LMATTHEWS76 11/25/2010 7:29AM

    Thank you!

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MAKING SENSE OF CHOLESTEROL

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

If you don't understand everything about cholesterol, you're not alone. Cholesterol can be confusing. There's good and bad cholesterol and numbers that go with each. To actively manage your cholesterol, you need to know about the different kinds of cholesterol and the different ways to reach your cholesterol goal.

KNOW THE BASICS. Cholesterol is a fat that your body needs. But too much of it can build up as plaque along the walls of your arteries, which can reduce blood flow and increase your risk of heart disease.

THE GOOD AND THE BAD. LDL is call "Bad" Cholesterol because it builds up in your arteries. HDL is known as "Good" Cholesterol because it helps remove the Bad Cholesterol from your body.

FOOD AND EXERCISE. Some foods, such as egg yolks and fatty red meat, increase LDL "Bad" Cholesterol levels. Regular physical activity can help raise HDL "Good" Cholesterol levels. Following a healthy diet and exercising regularly are important steps in lowering cholesterol but may not always be enough.

KNOW YOUR LDL NUMBER. Knowing your LDL Cholesterol number is important in managing your cholesterol because it gives you and your doctor a standard for good health - just like temperature, pulse and blood pressure. Keep in mind, the higher your LDL Cholesterol number, the greater your risk of developing heart disease.

TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR. Ask your doctor about your cholesterol and what your cholesterol numbers mean. Your doctor might suggest a different diet and more exercise. And sometimes, your doctor may prescribe medicine to help you reach your cholesterol goals. It's important to remember that it takes teamwork between you and your doctor to successfully manage cholesterol. Here are some questions to help you start the conversation:

What is my LDL Cholesterol number?

What should my LDL Cholesterol goal be?

If I eat well and exercise, can I get to goal?

What are the different types of medicines that treat cholesterol?

Do all medicines work in the same way?

  
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JUSTLYLE 11/25/2010 8:17AM

    Great blog, thanks so much for sharing. have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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MOM4407 11/23/2010 7:23PM

    Great information. You are right it is important not just to look at the total but to see the broken down to good and bad.


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UNICORN212 11/23/2010 2:59PM

    And if you have an underactive or dead thyroid, it will send your tryglycerides through the roof and increase your LDL. So if you have a sudden huge elevation in cholesterol, check your thyroid!

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 11/23/2010 9:33AM

    Thanks for posting this - a lot of people also don't realize their cholesterol numbers change daily [even hourly] so it's a 'snapshot' of a moving object. One mean can make them go up but an overall healthy program of exercise, fiber and everything else that might help can also bring them down.

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STARLIGHT615 11/23/2010 9:16AM

    emoticon that is great information!!

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DDOORN 11/23/2010 9:06AM

    All are great points. I think for myself what has made a critical difference has been cardio workouts...I swear it just burns up all that extra cholesterol! :-)

Don

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YOUCANDOITSUE 11/23/2010 8:37AM

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Me - a motivational member?

Saturday, November 13, 2010

WOW!! When I saw the e-mail from SparkPeople just now that said I'd been voted a Motivational Member, I was floored!! I can't even express just how special that makes me feel.

Thank you sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much, everyone who voted for me! I will try to continue to encourage everyone because by doing that...I am helping not only you guys, but myself as well.

I wish I could really express just how much this means to me!!

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LEANGRL42 11/22/2010 2:44AM

    CONGRATS!!! YOU DEFINITELY MOTIVATE ME. THANK YOU SO MUCH1 emoticon

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HAZELDREAMS 11/15/2010 6:12AM

    WOW Congratulations!!

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CARMEL466 11/14/2010 5:56AM

    Congratulations. I've known you are a motivation member for a long time. Thank you so much!

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BIGMAMAT 11/13/2010 1:08PM

    Judy! That's wonderful! congratulations !!! sooooo happy for you!!! emoticon emoticon

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PJSTIME 11/13/2010 10:13AM

    You are inspirational and motivational and you deserve it. Have a great day.

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VENISEW1 11/13/2010 8:48AM

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LKWQUILTER 11/13/2010 8:00AM

    Way to go. You deserve it!!

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