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Before it's in the doctor's hands...

Tuesday, April 05, 2011



It's in yours.

  
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BROWNIEISLANDER 4/10/2011 7:52PM

    We're should always stay in control!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPARKIE1964 4/7/2011 12:30PM

    LUV IT! emoticon

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HICALGAL 4/7/2011 1:41AM

    short but to the point... emoticon

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PRINCESSAMY2001 4/6/2011 10:12AM

    You're so right....it's all in our control!

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LEAKAY59 4/6/2011 6:57AM

    What a profound statement in such simple words! Thank you, Kirk!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 4/6/2011 1:41AM

    Great thought. THanks for the reminder.

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ERNOINACTION 4/5/2011 11:28PM

    Thanks for the reminder ;)

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1WALKINGMAN 4/5/2011 10:27PM

    RIGHT ON!

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JOYCERN12 4/5/2011 9:29PM

    too true emoticon

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DPERINO 4/5/2011 8:16PM

    thank you for the reminder

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LOVESLIFE48 4/5/2011 6:25PM

    So true, thanks for the reminder!! emoticon

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BARABOODAN1 4/5/2011 5:22PM

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Can Lard Be Good For You?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Apparently, it is. Filled with many of the mono & polyunsaturated fats that are good for you it will actually improve your cholesterol profile. Even more beneficial for you than butter! That was just one of many nuggets gleaned from Gary Taubes' latest book "Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About It."




Makes me remember going to greasy spoon diners with my dad as a kid where everything was cooked in lard or butter. Ah, the good ol' days. To think they may have had it right all along, at least with the fats. Not so much with the rolls, bagels and other assorted refined carbs, as tasty as they were and still are. Not ALL carbohydrates are bad for you but Taubes reveals the science behind the bodies' insulin response to deal with simple/refined carbs that quickly breakdown and raise blood sugar. Basically, if you're trying to slim down it's best to keep blood sugar low and steady by eating more fats, proteins, complex carbs, leafy green vegetables and fruit.

It was also eye opening to learn that scientists over the decades studied various Native American tribes, the Inuit and many other cultures of hunter-gatherers world wide that had no problems with obesity or western diseases and conditions (diabetes, cardiovascular & heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, high blood pressure, obesity, etc.) But when flour and sugar are introduced to these societies it's not long before western diseases come knocking. A great book (or audiobook) for anyone who wants to get a leg up and make this journey a little less bumpy and sweaty.

Hats off to the Fort Wayne Library for having all three versions of the book available (unabridged audiobook, ebook and hardcover) so soon after release. Enough of this book learning I've got some movies to catch up on. Keep on sparkin Sparkers!

  
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-POOKIE- 4/6/2011 6:48AM

    WAY better than the junk like hydrogenated fats!

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MUSHCAT 4/6/2011 6:41AM

    I have avoided lard like the plague. Who knew? More interesting reading ahead!

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CHOCMOM 2/28/2011 4:21PM

  Yep, we need some of that "lard". I remember the days of grandma - she couldn't cook anything without a giant scoop of (well used) lard! emoticon

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PRINCESSAMY2001 2/24/2011 9:48AM

    I'm learning so much lately that the fats are not making me fat. It's those yummy sweets and refined carbs. The less I eat them, the less I want them. Thanks for sharing this blog. Keep up the good work!

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TENACIOUSTIGER 2/24/2011 1:21AM

    Interesting, all the old remedies are coming back, i was reading about how good cod liver oil is for just about everything, isnt that what moms always used to give their kids?
Just dropped by to see how you were going, hope you are having a great week emoticon

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LEAKAY59 2/15/2011 8:10PM

    Thanks for the info, Kirk! Hmm - Nanny's lard-fried homemade doughnuts are calling my memories! LOL!

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BROWNIEISLANDER 2/15/2011 7:19PM

    Very true sentiments..even here on my island..we have lots of
female Centenarians...when interviewed they place their great longevity...on the use of..'in their day lots of ground food eg
Yams..okras..sweet potatoes..fruits'...Natural is best!!!1 emoticon emoticon

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 2/15/2011 9:40AM

    It is interesting how many variables there seems to be in finding the perfect diet. One thing is for sure it does not seem to include white flour carbs. I think I want to read this book too. Thanks for the review.

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LOVESLIFE48 2/15/2011 7:19AM

    Thanks so much for the info!! I will look into it!!! Have a great week!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GBSLIM 2/15/2011 6:59AM

    :) Thanx. I'll give it a read.
Hope your week is going Sparktacularly.

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What were they thinking?! 22 Business Name Failures :)

Monday, February 07, 2011

If you're in need of a good belly laugh check these out emoticon

www.smosh.com/PC/smosh-pit/photos/22
-business-name-failures


Sometimes you just can't use your last name in your business' name.

  
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BROWNIEISLANDER 2/15/2011 7:06PM

    Funny but attention getters lol!!! emoticon

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 2/7/2011 12:53PM

    Those were awesome!!

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45IN45 2/7/2011 8:35AM

    OMG unbelievable! emoticon emoticon

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LOVESLIFE48 2/7/2011 7:44AM

    Thanks for the laugh!!! Love it!!! emoticon

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MRE1956 2/7/2011 7:09AM

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LIZZYP609 2/7/2011 7:08AM

    Funny! Thanks for sharing!

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HICALGAL 2/7/2011 5:42AM

    laughter is always good medicine...thanks!!

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EPIPHANYANGEL 2/7/2011 5:20AM

    some of those were quite funny

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We must hunger after them...

Sunday, December 19, 2010

While it looks like I won't reach my original goal of 175 lbs by Christmas (because this ISN'T The Biggest Loser) I have a lot to be proud of and thankful for in 2010, and it's not even over yet. Reaching a number, and whatever is attached to that number, isn't worth losing one's soul or destroying our temples. Whenever I see a Sparker that has lost 90 or more lbs in a year (ELYMWX is a great example) I am truly happy for them. I also know that every Sparker has their own path to walk and that this journey is unique to all who have the courage to step on the path to a healthier self. I am on the path and will stay on the path because it's not a question of if I'll reach my goal but when. We CAN do this! emoticon Sparkers: now, in 2011 and beyond.

"It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them." - George Eliot


PS Started in January of 2008 at 260...now 197ish.
emoticon Winning by inches emoticon

  
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ERNOINACTION 12/23/2010 10:54AM

    You're so amazing and I love your blogs, they're so motivating. A happy and healhty holiday and new year to you and yours!! All the best, E

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ELYMWX 12/19/2010 11:08PM

    Thanks for the shout-out, Kirk, and good luck for 2011!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 12/19/2010 9:27PM

    I keep reminding myself that even slow journeys are worth taking. I am still moving forward even if it is at a turtles pace. I am grateful for the opportunity to have met you on this journey. Peach in the new year my friend as we continue this journey. emoticon emoticon

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SNOWFLAKELILYM9 12/19/2010 2:14PM

    Kirk,

Congratulations on all of your weight loss and fitness success!!! You have stayed the course and stuck with it and that is something to be so very proud of yourself for!!! I'll be waiting to shout final victory for you when you reach your ultimate goal, but you are already victorious in all you have already accomplished!!!!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!

Margaret

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SPARKIE1964 12/19/2010 10:19AM

    You have much to be proud of my friend...Stay the course and enjoy the journey which is what it's all about!
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CHATERJOY 12/19/2010 9:43AM

    You're doing it! Congrats! emoticon

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LOVESLIFE48 12/19/2010 9:22AM

    Wow!!! You have achieved a lot!!! emoticonYou are so right, we can and will do this!!! emoticonMerry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and you family emoticon

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HICALGAL 12/19/2010 8:46AM

    absolutely inspiring!!! yes WE CAN and will do this. just a matter of time...congrats on perservering! have a cool yule and the best of what's to come in the new year!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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A-STRONGER-ME 12/19/2010 4:40AM

    Amen! And you SHOULD be proud - emoticon and have done it!!

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Fort4Fitness 2011 to Host 10K!

Monday, November 22, 2010

That and there will now be 10,000 slots And registration opens in December, earlier than the previous 3 years by a few months. More info and official press release link at Fort4fitness.org.

Can't wait! emoticon

  
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LOVESLIFE48 11/22/2010 6:53PM

    Good luck to you!! I know you will do well!! emoticon

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LIZZYP609 11/22/2010 6:46PM

    So am I to assume you are doing the Galloping Gobbler?? Hubs is doing it! I haven't decided if me and the kids will be there at the finish line or not (depends on the weather).
Are you going to do the 10K? I am pretty excited but I can't imagine 10,000 + people being on the roads!

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