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Rediscovered the Discovery Center

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

In central Calif. (Fresno) we have a Discovery Center. It used to be a great place for dicoverying science exhibits and seeing how the Indians lived, played, and worked. It burned down many years ago so I haven't been.
However, I decided to explore what was remaining with the 2 grandbabes. We had a lot of fun. It's almost all outside (except the offices, a few live animals, and the gift shop). There were lots of pathways through the various gardens and exhibits. The children loved the space capsul and the maze. They ran around on the lawn, played in the sand box, tried to net something in Walden's Pond, and smelled many herbs. They also got to listen to a pipe xylophone and a pipe phone. We really had fun and I walked about an hour. It wasn't a fast pace, but sometimes I had to pick it up to keep up. They loved climbing on rocks and just plain running.
Try it--you'll like it.

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1CRAZYDOG 2/16/2011 10:20AM

  What a great way to spend a day!

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CINDYHEN 2/15/2011 9:31PM

    I used to take Conner there quite often before he started school. Do they still have classes? He learned so much about nature and did fun crafts there. When I taught in Fresno we used to walk there for field trips. It was in the neighborhood and many of students had never been there. Fun times! Did you visit the gardens?

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THETURTLEBEAR 2/15/2011 2:52PM

    What a great outing!

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Monday, February 14, 2011

The following will probably amaze and startle you.

One glass of water shuts down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University study:

Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen.

Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.

Are you drinking the amount of water you should every day?

(No kidding, all of the above are true....)

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THETURTLEBEAR 2/15/2011 9:16AM

    Makes all those trips to the bathroom seem worthwhile!

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FRIENDOFBACH 2/14/2011 11:30PM

  Thanks for all the information.

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CHRISAHAHN 2/14/2011 11:26PM

    That is amazing. I'm glad I started drinking it when I did -- over 10 years ago.

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Learned Something Important T She oday

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Had a doctor's appointment today. And I learned a lot!
I told the doctor I could never get to the amount of calories SP want me to have, I can't get my exercise energetic enough, and I can't lose weight.
1. SPeople has set my calories too high. At a minumum of 1600 calories and 30 min. of exercise, the most I can hope for is to stay the same.
2. 30 min of exercise is not going to help. I have artificial knees and even though they allow me to walk, there are limits to what I can do. My pace is usually about a 30-min. mile. I can't go much farther and almost can never go any faster. The doctor told me to break the exercise up into 10-min. units. I can go all out for 10 min and I'll get my heart rate up.
She said these things might help me to break my bodies' set point. I'm going to try these things and see if they help. AFter 1 1/2 years of SP, I'd like to lose some weight.
The doctor also said I was healthier than ever, just over weight!

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RAGAMUFFINKEL 2/10/2011 11:22PM

    congrats on positive report from doc and good advice from same!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/10/2011 9:25PM

  Sound advice from your Dr. I have a knee replacement, too, but just one. So, I am able to do my walking, but no running. That's fine with me!

There are days when I am slower than the previous day, but then I just listen and break it down in to shorter bits and that really does work.

Good luck!

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    I've been reading that more and more - break exercise into meaningful ten minute chunks. Nice to see more validation!

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ROBBIE53 2/9/2011 4:48PM

    Geri that is awesome! I'm so glad to hear you are healthy. And what a good idea about breaking up your walks! You should be able to manually change your calorie range to whatever your doctor recommended. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRAMMIE1959 2/9/2011 4:43PM

    Good call on your Dr.'s part. Best wishes for your progress from here on out! emoticon

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Monday, February 07, 2011

Will I Live to see 100?

Here's something to think about.

I recently picked a new primary care doctor. After two visits and exhaustive Lab tests, he said I was doing 'fairly well' for my age. (I just turned 60.)
A little concerned about that comment, I couldn't resist asking him, 'Do you think I'll live to be 80?' He asked, 'Do you smoke tobacco, or drink beer or wine?'
'Oh no,' I replied.. 'I'm not doing drugs, either!'
Then he asked, 'Do you eat rib-eye steaks and barbecued ribs?
'I said, 'Not much... My former doctor said that all red meat is very unhealthy!'
'Do you spend a lot of time in the sun, like playing golf, sailing, hiking, or bicycling?'
'No, I don't,' I said.
He asked, 'Do you gamble, drive fast cars, or have a lot of sex?'
'No,' I said.
He looked at me and said,... "Then, why do you even give a darn?"

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TRIKERBON 2/10/2011 6:24PM

    That is too funny!!! Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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NICKEL1331 2/7/2011 11:47PM

    emoticon too funny!

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MERRYMARY42 2/7/2011 8:51PM

    love it, and for sure,

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    Gotta love it!

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GRAMMIE1959 2/7/2011 6:52PM

    aaaahhhh hahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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Love Chocolate?

Sunday, February 06, 2011

There is a site/book/cookbook/etc. called Hungry Girl. She takes common recipes and makes them healthier and lower in calories. She has lots of major swaps. She has a new cooking program on the Cooking Channel. Yesterday, Sat., she had Chocolate 911--a few recipes for choc. swaps. If you are interested you can go on and look on the bottom of the site for her cooking show. I get a daily e-mail from her that shows healthy recipes, good choices at the market, new items that are out, and sometimes good deals.

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    She's on Facebook too - I've gotten some great tips there too.

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THINAGIN2 2/6/2011 3:49PM

    I just might have to look that up. I seem to be craving chocolate lately, which hardly ever happens to me! Thanks for sharing the site.

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PATRICIAANN46 2/6/2011 2:59PM

  emoticon for the information. I am a lover of Chocolate and appreciate being able to eat it in a lower calorie format. emoticon

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JOANOFSPARK 2/6/2011 2:43PM

    I get her email as well, but had forgotten about her site.....I need to go check it out. I love her ideas for healthy swaps. emoticon

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CINDYHEN 2/6/2011 2:26PM

    Thanks for sharing; I had forgotten about her site!

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