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Tuesday, November 16, 2010


A Prayer For All My Online Friends

Dear Lord,
Every single evening
As I'm lying here in bed,
This tiny little prayer
Keeps running through my head:

God bless all my family
Wherever they may be,
Keep them warm & safe from harm
For they're so close to me.

And God, there is one more thing
I wish that you could do;
Hope you don't mind me asking,
Please bless my computer too.

Now I know that it's unusual
To bless a motherboard,
But listen just a second
While I explain it to you, Lord.

You see, that little metal box
Holds more than odds and ends;
Inside those small compartments
Rest so many of my friends.

I know so much about them
By the kindness that they give,
And this little scrap of metal
Takes me in to where they live.

By faith is how I know them
Much the same as you.
We share in what life brings us
And from that our friendships grew.

Please take an extra minute
From your duties up above,
To bless those in my address book
That's filled with so much love.

Wherever else this prayer may reach
To each and every friend,
Bless each e-mail inbox
And each person who hits “send.”

When you update your Heavenly list
On your own Great CD-ROM,
Bless everyone who says this prayer
Sent up to GOD.Com.

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FLYER99 11/23/2010 11:21AM

    Absolutely wonderful, and so true. Thanks for posting this!

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THENEWCINDY 11/17/2010 6:58PM

    Thank you

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IRISHLASS117 11/17/2010 6:45AM

    Amen and thank you for sharing.

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LIBRARYLASS 11/16/2010 3:38PM

    Wow, what a great poem! Thanks for sharing it, you say such good things in your blogs. And I'm glad you liked my little Hero people - you should feel special, because you are!

Comment edited on: 11/16/2010 3:38:56 PM

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CIVIAV 11/16/2010 8:15AM

    So absolutely true for me. Took the words and put them in my mouth! Thanks!

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I went to my Spark Page, I read my new comment, I responded, went back to my spark page and noticed an area, I haven't noticed, in awhile, and decided to check it out. That area is:

FRIENDS: I thought, I haven't been here, in quite awhile! I decided to send out one message and did, I felt good, then my eyes were drawn, to the eyes of another FRIEND, and I had to
click on it, and I was shocked, when I read her One Line State: I gained --lbs. and I said to myself, "I wish I would have stopped here, sooner" Yes, I've been busy working on myself, and I've thrown myself, into the Butterfly Team, but I forgot my friends, unless I heard from them, and that was selfish, of me and I deeply apologize, for that. Did I have time, Yes, I did, but I just forgot, to check out my friends, on Spark. So, that is one reason, for this blog, today so none of you need, to feel like, I do at the moment, and in doing this sharing, I will feel a little better.

Then I thought, I'm 65 years old, I've been alive along time, and I have seen, heard, and learned, a lot, being on this road of weight lost, since the age, of 12. So, I've shared some of my knowledge, with all of you, in post, in blogs, but there, is so much more locked away, that needs, to come out. It's like peeling an onion, one small piece, of skin, at a time, It is difficult, sometimes, to get the peel off quickly, it sticks there, and one has to keep grabbing it piece by piece.

Reminds, me of our changing bodies, and how the changes effect you, when a layer comes out, and your not ready, to get to that point yet, it comes back on. Something inside, has to tell us, it's okay, to get that layer off, sometimes, just a little tiny bit at a time. We have to like the change in us, not just our bodies, but our mind, too. Sometimes, the minds eyes, open wide, and you reach, for what we shouldn't have (I'm not going to be specific, because were all different, we all have different needs, different desires) but we reach, and if it wasn't the right choice, for us mentally, we find that out and we protect ourself, by adding some weight back on. We shut out, what we thought, was so important, It was wrong, or at this time it was wrong, or it didn't work out, so we don't want to continue, and we hide, behind that thing. Okay, we solved that dilima .

We are ready to continue on, We focus on Ourselves, competing in a challenge, we can involved, we do good, were happy, we feel good, we continue to feel good, somethings clicking, somethings working! Yahoo! Were excepting it, were liking it, but in the back of our mind, were fearing it is going to stop working, it didn't stop working, it is still working, we hesitate, down deep, were looking, for it not to work but we want it to continue, and right now it does. The point has come where It is working, I am sharing it is working, I am feeling okay, it will continue, to work and how do I know this now. I'm working it! I'm controlling, what I'm eating what I'm doing, and it is a continuous journey, and I'm fine with that, I'm in no hurry, I just want and need it to continue working, and now what to do when there is a little lull in the process.

I've made a few changes some along time ago, some a year a go, a month ago a week ago, it is a road of changes, here are some examples, of my changes

1. Know, if it's not working FOR ME, I can change it!
2. Measure my food in measuring cups, measuring spoons, and a food scale.
3. Made changes to the foods I eat, due to my inability, to chew well. I can't bite into fruit, like apples and pears, so if I want fresh, I can out the food processor, and I eat the food,grated, it taste the same, fresh, clean, delicious.
4. I changes the sizes of what I eat and drink out of. I live alone, and don't have people, to share food with often, so I:
went from a dinner plate to a salad plate, it is lighter to hold, also!
went from a mixing bowl, to a cool whip container, to a ceramic one cup size bow! Cool!
went from a tablespoon, to a teaspoon, to a child's spoon. (smaller bites, last longer)
went from a dinner fork, to a salad fork
went to a quart container, for my water, seltzer water, and non caloric beverages
went to a juice glass-for juice (yes, it's only 4-6 oz for a serving of juice) Not a glass full
went from depending on my memory, to writing things down, (still need to remember, to take the time, to putting, a lot of things, on one piece of paper, no matter, what it is, I will know where, that one sheet of paper is.(in one of my purses, lol)
5. If I don't like the taste, feel, or not enjoying, even when I did a few bites, ago, I stop!
6. Focus, on the extra thing, on the challenges, and try to continue it, if I forget, and then remember, I start, focusing on it again. (Habits are hard to hold onto, but once its in place, you have it)
7. I read the blogs, I read the articles, the discussions, the questions, the struggling, the community team pages, the leaders pages, I check out my points, I work the program, and it is working, for me.

REMEMBER THE SAYING ABOUT ::::::GRAB THE TIGER BY THE TAIL,I'm going to add and NEVER LET IT GO::::: Go With It, It Works!

Onward & Downward

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TORYSUE 11/16/2010 11:06AM

    Thank you for a great post. :)

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LIBRARYLASS 11/15/2010 10:18PM

    Great post!! It's true, we do have to be ready. I think I finally am, I hope I finally am. But you're right, I do find myself wondering when it will "stop working" - when that's silly because what's working is ME!

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LISAWILLBEFIT 11/10/2010 6:15PM

    I have done the same thing.I miss things that are going on in my firneds lives and i feel horrible too.I do make up for it and i do my best to keep in touch with all of them but you ar only one person and i know i am not offended whrn soemone misses something as someone else always notices.Lisa

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WILLOWWINDS 11/10/2010 10:45AM

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GREAT Blog. Thanks so much for sharing. It is odd how we can "skip" things at times.

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JOANOFSPARK 11/10/2010 10:14AM

    great blog....and so true.....and yeah, it does work....we just have to take it one day at a time, even some days just minutes at a time.....but we have to modify it so it fits in with who we are and where we are at.....but it does work......and it will work if we keep on tracking and keep on sharing with friends....I think that is one of the keys for me.....sometimes, letting it all hang out and yeah, sometimes it may be embarrassing, but it may be by sharing that we move past a particularly troublesome spot for us as well as hopefully helping others in their struggles.
Again, great blog

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

HI EVERYONE, been reading up on fiber and why we should be eating it. and how much foods have.

We should have at the least 2 cups of fruit a day and 2 1/2 cups of veggies, that is 4 1/2
What we should have is 10 cups a day, at the other end, for ultimate benefits!



Shopping List:

Apples eat skin 3.5 gms
don't eat skin 1.7
juice 0.2

artichoke 10gms

avocado 11-17 gms

barley 1/2C 4 gms

long grain brown rice 1.75gms
white less then 1 gm

beans: navy 1/2c 10gms
baked beans, garbonzo 1/2 c 7.5 & 9 gms

broccoli 1 c 2+gms

oat meal or whole grain cereal 5 gms

top with wheat germ all good sources of fiber

papaya 1 cup 2.5 gms

berries (esp raspberries) 1 cup 8gms

pumpkin 1 cup 2.5 gms

please feel free to add more


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LIBRARYLASS 11/1/2010 3:17AM

    Berries are so great for so many things! I wouldn't have been able to tell you papaya was a good source of fiber, thanks for the heads-up.

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MBSKIT 10/26/2010 8:31AM

    emoticonfor sharing!

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Add These Foods, to your shopping list!

Monday, October 25, 2010

If trying to lose weight!
If having to deal with diabetes!
If you like them!

Here goes:

Beans raises blood sugar SLOWLY
Oatmeal (has soluble fiber) which slows the absorbtion of foods in the stomach
(top with nuts) almonds, walnuts, pecans -adds protein to the meal

Fish(catfish,tilapia,cod,white flesh fish +high quality carbs as veggies, lentils or beans - prevents blood sugar rise.

non fat,low fat Yogurts carbohydrate +Protein combined naturally
excellent food for controlling or preventing sugar rise.

Almonds, Pumpkin Seeds, Spinach,Swiss Chard-low carb mix of monounsaturated fat+magnesium (reduce diabetes risk)

Non Starchy Vegetables_ have low impact on diabetes, so keeps sugar in balance

broccoli, spinach mushrooms peppers and many more

Wild Salmon & Sardines- Omega 3's - reduces risk of heart disease-has healthy fats and when combined with non starchy veggies-keeps blood sugars in balance

EGG WHITES- high quality lean protein, low in carb, perfect for blood sugar controll and for weight lost. 1 egg white has only 16 CALORIES +4g of filling protein (2-3 egg whites=1 egg serving) so one could easily eat 4-6 egg whites, with herbs & spices & veggies and thoroughly enjoy all the benefits of it.

Avocado- high in monounsaturated fats- among the healthiest fats, good especially if you have heart problems, good replacement for mayonaise on a sandwich. Good for a dip by adding mashed or diced tomatoes, cilantro and lime juice.

Were doing Fiber this week and

Flax seed or Flax Seed Meal is especially helpful, in adding fiber to your intake plus it is so healthy with omega 3's in it naturally. Can add to morning cereals, lunch salads, or veggies, or even goulash, beef stews etc. can also make bread, muffins out of instead of flour. Ask if interested!


Have a wonderful healthy week, Soar the Skies, Let's Get this Plane Landed! We Can do this.

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KALISWALKER 10/25/2010 4:27PM

    Thanks for the list, I copied so I can refer back to it.

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GERIKRAGH 10/25/2010 11:47AM

    Thank U. I need to post these on the frig.

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TMCK-40 10/25/2010 11:26AM

  Excellent suggestions and off to the store I go!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/25/2010 9:37AM

    Absolutely LOVE the almonds, pumpkin seeds and the like.

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REE9821 10/25/2010 9:36AM

    I will definitely try this.

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MYUTMOST4HIM 10/25/2010 9:33AM

    and pineapple is a natural anti inflammatory ( prevents water retention)

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Sodium intake is essential for muscles and nerves to function properly. We need less then 2400 mg. a day to maintain body's fluid balance. That is only 1 teaspoon of sodium, a day. (not one teaspoon of salt)

We need to be careful we are not overdoing it on our sodium intake.

TV Dinners can be high in sodium
Cereals, such as corn flakes and raisin bran can be 266 mg-342 mg a cup,but
Puffed Rice and Puffed wheat are sodium free, (so if we eat 1/2 c of each, it will lower our intake, considerably.

Vegetable Juice such as cocktail juice can have 653 mg. of sodium per serv.

canned veggies (example creamed corn 730mg 1/2 cup serving

deli meats such as prok of beef 2 slices 604 mg sodium

canned soup- chicken noodle soup 1 cup 1106 mg

marinades & flavorings (teriyaki 690MG, soy sauce 1000 1T measurement )

spaghetti sauce 610mg 1/2 cup serving

spices hot pepper better then jelopeanoe peppers in a jar 434 mg.

nuts- raw best
dry roast next best

snacks- 1 oz chips 149
1oz. cheeese puffs 258mg
1 oz pretzels 385 mg.

pre packaged foods- pasta low until you add that little package of flavor
rice low (prepackage high)

condiments Ketchup 1T 178 mg
sweet relish 121
capers 25

serving size of package food is 1/2 cup in most cases, not whole package or whole box

Understanding Sodium Advertised on packages

sodium free- less then 5%
very low sodium- less then 35 mg
low sodium at least 40 mg
unsalted - No Salt Added- but there is sodium in the food itself.

Medicines can have sodium, especially if used for headache or heartburn

Eating Out- Sauce= high sodium
soup= high sodium
Question Servers on how meat,fish, poultry is seasoned before ordering

Fast Food Skip cheese, Skip Condiments & stay low on sodium rest of day

High Sodium can cause medical problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease or strokes, also water retention.

Just thought, I would share this information, if your having trouble with reaching your goal and you think you are doing everything right, this may be a reason, so check sodium intake and try to stay under 2300 mg a day.

Yes, we do need sodium, but if we eat right, it is in many foods we eat.

Soar the skies Beautiful Butterflies!


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LISAWILLBEFIT 10/24/2010 9:17AM

    I always try to keep in my range but i find it really hard.I was shocked at how much sodium cheese are right the fresher the easier to control the sodium.Thankks for the reminder.Lisa

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WILLOWWINDS 10/24/2010 9:11AM

    Yes a lot of sodium in everything.

Another I found shocking was Diet soda. A lot of sodium in them.

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ZZYYGGY 10/23/2010 11:06PM

    Great blog.

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