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Weight, Glucose & More Tracker - 1 of SP's Great Tools!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

I use the WEIGHT, GLUCOSE & MORE Tracker every day. First, I spin the wheel; second, I track my weight and other things. I'm one of those people that stand on the scale everyday to see where I stand in my world and make adjustments as needed. The scale doesn't change much, but I'll know if it goes up and that's what I'm after. Most of my life was spent, not looking at a scale, as though it would zap me if I looked at it. It was fear. Fear of seeing for positive what I weighed. I knew I was overweight, but I didn't want to know how much! Now I look at it everyday. It doesn't depress me, it enlightens me.

I also use the other parts, some everyday, others occasionally, to keep track of other things. Other things, like my sleep levels, stress levels, self esteme levels (which is stuck at the top - I'm a WINNER! so it has to be at the top!).

Now all I have to do is pull a REPORT out and I can see my sleep pattern over time. What a handy tool! I've discovered my sleep pattern is like a rolling ocean. It's not a nice even line. I don't have a clue if that is good or bad, but I know that's how I sleep and while I have tried to change it, I don't seem to be able to. I go to bed at the same time every night, regardless of what day the calendar says it is.

But this morning, I had a SparkDay (same as an AwDay)! My SparkDay is because when I went to the very bottom of the WEIGHT, GLUCOSE & MORE tracker there was a section just above the SAVE button for entering your blood pressure and I had done that the last time I went to the doctor's office. It was my official record of pulse and BP. I got the info from the nurse and wrote it on a slip of paper. But the date is what slapped my face. Aha! Now I know the last time I went to the doctor's office. It's right there on my SparkTracker. No more hunting through pages of Day Planners or other calendars. Just look at SP and you've got it.

I suddenly realized how much time I had just saved for myself by keeping that record, and winning extra time for myself is important as I'm burning anywhere from 60 to 100 minutes of time everyday in exercises, plus doing all the other stuff I do for family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc.

My day is running high right now, even though it's pouring outside, the thunder is loudly grumbling (unlike my stomach) and the grey leaded sky is sparked white by the lightning flashing quite often. We're having a lovely storm right now. Fortunately there isn't much wind (it's almost calm out there) so I know the H Season has not arrived early and I'm glad of that.

I LOVE SparkDays! It's like an extra boost of energy, a lift to the spirit, a puff of cool air on a very hot and muggy day. I want to thank "whoever" at SparkPeople for making that tracker.

Okay, Everyone - have a grand day, be safe, eat healthy, workout long and hard, live long and prosper!

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1BEACHWALKER 3/11/2011 10:12PM

    I love the trackers! I even do the savings one! They even have where you can put your budget in it, but I have never been one to depend on a computer for my important stuff! I am glad you are doing so good Pat! Keep up the good work!!! emoticon emoticon I also like to use the scale as a ruler of how I am doing from day to day. I Don't get discouraged if it goes up, it probably is water retention.

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    I really enjoyed reading about how you use sparkpeople to help you meet your goals.

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JANETLP 3/10/2011 12:31PM

    I use my scale monthly- otherwise I get worried and depressed with the ups and downs.

Great blog. continue the Great Spark Day!

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GINNJEN2000 3/10/2011 8:15AM

    Hmmm never looked at it that way, the scale that is. I may have to. I have it stored in the closet and try not to step on it daily for the fear factor. I may use it as more of a guide to regulate where I need to improve daily. thanks for this blog.

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Rich guys fighting over Billions???

Friday, March 04, 2011

I think something is so wrong when Billionaires and Millionaires fight over billions of dollars while so many people in this country are fighting to make ends meet or not making it and wondering where they are going to live tomorrow. This is outrageous and I think it's time these rich, high and mighty's understand how STUPID and GREEDY they really look.

I realize they don't care about anything but the money coming their way and it should be their problem, but they have spilled their greedy, selfish, wasteful ways onto us and I think it's time we, the people, the fans, the place where the money comes from, let them know their shorts are too low and we're seeing way to much of something we should not be seeing. For crying out loud! PULL YOUR MINK SHORTS UP!

I like football, but I don't want to hear about the millions and billions spent at the collective fields and arenas. I don't want to have them threaten us with lockouts! Yes, yes, I understand we are not the ones they are aiming their barbs at, its between the players and owners, but we're the ones getting covered with the swill! Do you honestly think some millionairer is going to lose his house, oversize boat, car, truck, or any other toy he has collected from his hard work job where he bashes his brains out on some other guy's shoulder? I don't - and my bottom line is - I don't care if he did. Do you think some Billionaire is going to lose anything because the players are locked out? Doesn't bother me.

This is pure greed! I'm wondering, what would happen if we all turned our collective backs on the players and owners! Just turn your backs on them. Don't watch the games, if they actually play, don't buy the tickets, which will also put many others out of work in the ticket sales and the concessions and the field staff and building management, to name a few, but do the players and owners care? I would bet not a thought as they've already shown that angle since they are talking lockout!

Pathetic! Absolutely pathetic! I propose that the nation of fans turn their backs on Football for an entire season. I know something different would happen next season and let's not sit around crying about how it would put football out of business forever. Let's get real! It would not put football out of business forever, but it would tell the players and owners, "Hey! You want to play the GAME or sit on your butts and remember the good old days when you actually played the game and earned the big bucks and felt the glory of being heroes to our kids!

I don't think there is a player or owner that would have a single problem with being out of "work" for the rest of their lives. But what they would miss is making more money and feeling their joy of running out onto the field and getting all the honor heaped on them by the fans. What would it be like to see them run out on the field to no applause, no shouts of, "Go Team!" just silence. Dead silence. You don't think they'd notice? They definately would notice. The same notice that a celebrity would take if all the cameras turned away and all the fans stopped following them.

Sure there is going to be a few people that will buy a ticket to the game no matter what! They want to go out there with bodies as naked as allowed, painted with the team colors from stem to stern, but a few fans won't provide the money those players and owners are wanting.

Maybe it's time that fines were placed on these greedy owners and players. I'd vote for a million dollars a day, from each team, that doesn't sit down immediately and quit being so pig-headed and greedy. I'd vote for a million dollars a day from each team that has a lockout, with a minimum of 50 million dollars to bail out the people of this nation, not the banks that belong to another heap of greedy so-and-so's, but the people that really need it. The people that are out of work because of company managers mismanagement, company owners failure to run companies properly and keep the companies running. The people that can't work because there are no jobs to work at. The senior citizens that worked their lives at a job and now face ruin because their pensions can't possibly make ends meet because of greedy banks and greedy vendors.

Shame on all of the owners and players for being so greedy and letting it show so blatantly! Shame! And shame on the fans that sit there and cry because they'll take the swill thrown on them, carelessly by the owners and players greed and accept it as part of the game! I dare you to turn your back on this disgusting show of pure greed! I dare you to hit them where it hurts! Their swollen wallets! It's time we stand up and be counted and turn our backs on the hurtful greed of the few!

An angry fan and human being!

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1BEACHWALKER 3/11/2011 10:06PM

    I wish they would do what you say! But, so many people are addicted to football and all those sports! Just like all the actors and such when they were all striking and wanting more money! If we stopped going to the movies, which are getting way too expensive anymore, then they wouldn't need actors, directors or producers. My DH always said, if you don't like something talk with your feet. Walk out/away and never do it again until you see improvement. We could literally put something out of business if we all rallied! Power with the people! It is amazing what these billionaires put as priorities, no matter what business they are in! This is a subject we could go on and on about,but unfortunely won't do any good! But it is good to vent about it and maybe someone important might hear it and do something about it one day! emoticon

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41SUSAN14 3/4/2011 11:19AM

    A CEO, a Tea-Partier and a union represented public employee were sitting at a table in a restaurant. The waitress set down a plate with a dozen cookies. The CEO reached out, took 11 of the cookies, then looked at the Tea-Partier and said "Watch out for that union guy - he wants part of your cookie."

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JANETLP 3/4/2011 10:20AM

    I feel the same way when watching the "reality" show that ends with the famous words "You're Fired". Most don't need the money in the first place. Specially those people who are already famous for some crazy reason or the other.

As for the sports stars and owners! You said all that needs to be said!


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MARTY728 3/4/2011 8:55AM

    You said it all! emoticon emoticon

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2BMYOWN 3/4/2011 8:30AM

    I've been saying this for years. I know I'm an old phart, but I truly never thought I'd see the day where playing football or baseball would become a freakin' career choice because of the income, give me a break. BUT...it's the rabid fans that have to bear the blame for a lot of that. The mere mention of doing away with all of this is enough to send people to the streets in outrage......and yet, people die every day because they can't afford healthcare. Where did our priorities go so wrong.......

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Swimming Suits!

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Well, it's FINALLY time to go to the pool again. Thank God, a local store here was closing one of it's branches and wanted to clear the shelfs of clothes as opposed to moving them to another branch. I got two new swim suits on Sunday!

The old ones were very old and 3 of 4 had little mend jobs required, but they were like over 5 years old and I don't know mending from a hole in the ground. Well, I could figure it out, but it would look horrible so why bother. They went in the trash heap and then I wore the last one to the pool on Saturday morning. It was hanging on me and I just did the best I could with it. It went in the trash, wet!

So now, 2 new new suits that are 2 sizes lower than the ones I pitched! It feels so good to dump clothes that are too big. Interesting, I was somewhere between a size, but so close to the lower size that I bouth them because I'll be in them perfectly in short order. (Notice that positive attitude?)

emoticon I can do this! Momentum speaks wonders!

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1BEACHWALKER 3/11/2011 9:58PM

    Great feeling isn't it? Good for you strutting your new body in a bathing suit! I am not that brave yet! emoticon

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MARTY728 3/4/2011 8:56AM

    emoticon and keep it up!

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BACKYARDER1 3/4/2011 8:48AM

    Congrats on the smaller size..bet you look very spiffy in your new suits!!! Enjoy! emoticon

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MYSTERY4EVER 3/3/2011 11:48PM

    Fabulous! I felt so much better when I was actually wearing a suit that fit. I am sure you will too.

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JANETLP 3/2/2011 1:25PM

    Yes, It is great to buy New clothes 2 - 3 sizes lower than the old ones. I've been going through my closets getting rid of my Too Big clothes. Now, I will need to go through my summer things. Not quite warm enough for swimsuits up my way. But, I did buy a new one to go on vacation with last week. It wasn't on clearance or in a store that was closing, unfortunately. But, I needed a new one. My old one hung on me, as well. Not decently, either!

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JRSTERP 3/2/2011 9:59AM

    I've recently heard it was swimsuit weather in your part of the world. Several people that I work with went to Fla. for their winter recess last week and came back saying it was 80s. The one lady had an amazing tan!

emoticon on finding such amazing deals on your new swimsuits! Doesn't it feel great to be able to fit in the smaller sizes than the ones you were getting rid of?

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GINNJEN2000 3/2/2011 8:21AM

    That is wonderful and a great deal too.

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SKUNKY4 3/2/2011 8:10AM

    You go girl! That's emoticon! Right now with the winter we've had in Ohio I would where anything if I could go to the pool! emoticon

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Ghost Adventures Crew made 1,000,000 on Facebook

Friday, February 25, 2011

I interup this review and critique of Season 4 Episode 2 of The Ghost Adventures Crew to make this important announcement.

Ghost Adventures Crew has just received 1,000,000 on Facebook. Since I don't do Facebook, I was not part of the equation. So my feelings are very non-existant on this fact. However, I am sure that others are feeling elated. So congratulations to the GAC and followers.

I now continue with my review and critique.

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1BEACHWALKER 3/11/2011 9:56PM

    I guess in Facebook world that is really great! Never wanted to do facebook-it is tempting sometime, but I hear so many bad stories of hacking and viruses from it!

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Super Bowl Binge!

Saturday, February 05, 2011

A little over 3 years ago I would be planning my Super Bowl Binge about now. I'd be laying in the chips, dip, cookies, cake, candy, party foods, like shrimp, and cheese and fruit trays. Now I look at the list above and realize the only good things on it are the cheese and fruit trays. I no longer plan binges, except about a week ago when I realized something I thought about had triggered the old binge planner in my mind. It was an interesting experience, the thought not the deed because I didn't do the deed. But it brought a few memories out of the old dusty file cabinets in my brain and I looked at them with a different and very critical eye.

One thing binging taught me was how to plan a party with food as the main ingredient. All the other stuff, the fancy dishes, the shinny silver ware, the crystal glasses, the decorations were all fluff to the the "party for any reason" attitude.

Now I go to the grocery store to buy stuff like detergent and fabric softener, light bulbs and things I can't get at the farm, like meat and whole grain, multigrain products. The grocer doesn't get a lot of money from me and if I could penalize him more, I would nail him for the display he puts at the entrance where you cannot help but see it because if you miss it, you'll run into it. You have to negotiate your way around it. And of course at the end of it is a small cooler with an employee standing behind a small table with some very tasty looking samples to try. They practically put them in your mouth. It's a bit short of an assault, but it irritates me no end. I go there to buy stuff I can't get anywhere else and need. I don't want to be transported into the binge world, currently Super Bowl Sunday. Actually, I don't give a rip about Super Bowl Anyday! (Sorry, fans.) The only reason why I have the silly thing on my TV is so I can watch the extremely expensive commercials for stuff I never buy. It's amazing at how I feel like I can watch the commercials, actually love some of them for their artistic value and then walk away without a second thought of what they were about.

I hate the commercials that are so good that you don't know what they were selling when it's over. Like the original Mazda commercials (Vroom, Vroom). Once the ad people learned that everyone could do Vroom Vroom but couldn't tell you what product it was from, they made sure they fixed that campaign. Now you still get the vroom vroom, but you know what it's for and almost don't hear the vrooming any more.

Bottom line on this is that I don't plan on binging, or partying this weekend. But my biggest concern is what the grocery stores are teaching us. It isn't healthy. Walking into the store, having to make a detour around the current decoration and bad eating junk-display and the guy with the tasty titbit's in an effort to get you to buy the stuff displayed, just in case the display did not convince you, is teaching us to eat wildly without concern for health, and buy wildly, without concern for the budget. Now if you haven't really paid any attention to that "Get in your face display" really look at it, not for the stuff they're pushing, but for the place it has dominance of. The entry way. It's there all the time, but they wisely change it all out as soon as the day of the event or holiday is nearly over. Ours popped up just before Halloween last year and it has never moved from that spot. It changes regularly and with amazing skill of someone at the store.

I look at it because I have to, but I use an artistic eye to it. It is always well done but there's nothing there that I want and nothing I'm going to buy and I'm learning to go around it the other way because of where the man with the tasty goodies is. Give them a chance, they'll fix that, too. They'll have someone there pushing something else from the display. And a lot of folks will go to both ends. When it gets to that point, I will talk to the manager of the store. He's a very nice and understand person that will listen, even if nothing changes, but he does listen to reason and he has changed things for the better.

I ask you to look at the entry way to your favorite or neighborhood grocery store. Is the wall of decorations and party foods there where you have to go around it? Is it full of healthy things or full of things you no longer want to eat for whatever reason?

Have a grand one!


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JRSTERP 2/7/2011 5:37PM

    Great job on not "binging" this weekend. Usually, when I'm going into the grocery store, I'm a woman on a mission. I have list in hand and a mind-map of where I have to go to buy what I want/need. So, I haven't really paid a lot of attention to their marketing strategies. But, now I'll be paying more attention.


This year, we were invited to my sister's to watch the Super Bowl, even though the only thing we all wanted to watch was the commercials and the entertainers. My sister texted me all the things she already had for food, which was all snack foods, salsa, and chili with rice. So, I told her I'd bring the dip she didn't have and the 2-liter of pop that she wanted. But, I surprised her by bringing a veggie tray, too.

If you're having a get-together or going to one, and need to bring a food item, bring a healthy option...so that way at least you know you'll have one thing to "binge" on that won't hurt your efforts. But, also, having a little bit of some of the other things on occasion won't really hurt your efforts. Just remember...Moderation! (Tips that I use to help me along the way LOL)

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JANETLP 2/5/2011 10:55PM

    Great Blog. I'm not concerned about the Super Bowl party bit, but other family and friend celebrations that seem to center around the food! It's really hard to break traditions!

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1BEACHWALKER 2/5/2011 3:42PM

    Excellent blog! Our Publix had lots of fruit at the front! I must thank them for that! Plus, their specials and greeting cards and flowers! But, the bakery is just around the corner in the front-ugh! I am going to have to go the other way , like you! Good for you on not doing the bad binging thing anymore! I don't watch football (ever), but I do like to watch the halftime show, if they are a good group and the commercials. Guess what, you can watch them all online-you don't have to watch the game at all and wade through it and wait for them. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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MELTING2SVELTE 2/5/2011 3:25PM

    We have a gathering with the clients I work with. We talk during the game and everyone gets quiet to hear the fun commercials.

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REXTINE1 2/5/2011 12:31PM

    It depends. I simply ignore the things I'm not interested in, and my only irritation is having to sort through so much stuff to find what I want. They have something like 100,000 items in the average supermarket - what you want and a lot you don't.

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SBILLIAN 2/5/2011 12:06PM

    We saw on hulu.com that you can just watch the commercials and vote for them in real time, so we're not even watching the game! And if we do feel the need to snack - we'll just PACK in some GREENS and STEEL our will against junk food!


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DYNAMICDEB53 2/5/2011 10:13AM

    Nice that those changes happen to us as we learn more about ourselves. Sure shows growth doesnt it.

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