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Sorry, "Coach Nicole," I have to disagree

Saturday, February 22, 2014

My SP email had a rah-rah from Coach Nicole on the bottom--"Water is the only drink your body needs." Yeah, so I gather she has no family history of osteoporosis??? Lucky gal.

However, in my family, ALL the women have suffered from osteoporosis---and I am trying desperately to STOP THAT trend in my daughters! It may too late for me to add bone density for myself, but I can still slow the loss.

And the number one way to do that?


So thanks for the Drink More Water's no doubt better for the body than empty-calorie pop or booze.

I'm gonna stick with my fat-free milk 3 times a day though...since it's better than a broken bone!

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NATNOEL 8/12/2014 8:25PM

    You can get just as much calcium from other sources like leafy greens
as you can from milk.

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IMLOCOLINDA 2/23/2014 2:19AM

    I'm with John...Scotch mixes well with both water and milk and is great just all by itself!!

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USMAWIFE 2/22/2014 9:29PM

    I also have a family history of osteoporsis and parathryoid gland issues and my doctor has ordered 2400 IU's of calcium each day in addition to what I get with my foods and certain other supplements. I get the chewable ones so that at least it seems like I am enjoying something sweet

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GRIZ1GIRL 2/22/2014 11:32AM

    Good when mixed with Scotch....Hahahahahahaha! That is fantastic! Don't drink Scotch myself, but I love the humor. Thanks!

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    Water is a very good drink, when mixed with Scotch!

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14BLESSED1 2/22/2014 11:26AM

    I love milk.

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The beauty of braces

Sunday, December 08, 2013

One of my daughters got braces on her teeth in September, and we've had to change some of our eating habits to accommodate the "no nuts, no popcorn, no crunchy foods" mandate from her orthodontist!

So I've found that I can't make most of the Christmas candies (almond roca, anyone?) that I used to make. Thus making this holiday season lower in fat & calories AND much more stress-free! Hallelujah!

Instead of scurrying around totally frazzled & stressed-out trying to get a gazillion things made in the kitchen, I have just been kicking back & enjoying our Christmas tree (decorated over Thanksgiving) and listening to Christmas music on the various tv specials...and (gasp!), I've even had time to READ in the evenings.

The presents were bought before my daughters' birthday in November, and wrapped shortly thereafter. The tree is decorated. The house is merry. The kids are enjoying craft projects here & there. And I am relaxed & happy. Amazing--mom's always had to suffer to make Christmas special for everyone else!

So thanks, Mr. Orthodontist--those braces really ARE beautiful! ;)

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MOM4HOCKEY 12/9/2013 12:54PM

    ha ha I love it!! Good for you,,funny it took braces to slow the pace down and really enjoy what Christmas is all about!! emoticon

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MT-MOONCHASER 12/8/2013 8:20PM

    I bet you never dreamed that braces could accomplish so much...


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USMAWIFE 12/8/2013 4:03PM

    Sounds like you are really ready to enjoy the holidays


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Am I Healthier Fat?

Saturday, October 05, 2013

It's been a wild ride for me...for a lot of years. 7 years ago I dedicated myself to losing the weight I'd gained after taking evil post-partum anti-depressants. At my high, I was 190 lbs, and wearing a size 3X. That's REALLY huge for someone only 5'3" tall.

It took 18 months, but I lost 72 lbs and LOVED being a size 4! Through vigilant dedication, I maintained that loss for about 3 years...give or take. I ate nothing but healthy mostly-vegetarian food. And I exercised daily.

Then last fall I had a severely herniated disk in my back that required surgery. And after surgery I was told in no uncertain terms by my surgeon--NO EXERCISE for at least 6-8 weeks...and bed rest for the first 10 days. It sucked. I was recovering and couldn't do squat.

So I started enjoying some Doritos again. Maybe a cookie or two. And lo & behold, I gained 25 lbs in 2 months. Go figure. But surprise. Blah, blah, blah.

At first I panicked and tried to diet again. It just wasn't working. Then after too many weeks of beating myself up I just went out & bought a new pair of jeans. Size 10. Boo hoo.

And now, a year later, I honestly don't care anymore. I am back to a regular exercise routine. I use my treadmill daily & my exercise bike daily & I lift weights 2-3 times a week in addition to that. My stretches are different post-op, my workouts aren't always very intense to protect my newly-fragile spine. But I do it--everyday, 7 days a week.

And I am HAPPY! Yes, I am 25 lbs heavier than I was...but still 45 lbs lighter than my top end. Is that a cop out? Maybe. However, my most recent physical showed my blood pressure is low, my blood sugar is healthy, my cholesterol is a-o-k...really, I'm in great physical shape. When I mentioned my weight--my doctor laughed! She said "you're in a perfect, healthy range...nothing to worry about."

I'm still not sure if I should thank her or feel gypped. Maybe it would've been better to hear a lecture--would've that've helped me jump start weight loss again!??

Here's the bottom line...I read all these postings about "healthy eating" & how if you eat "clean" (I had no idea food could be dirty!) you'll never crave junk food again. You'll learn to eat good foods & only eat when you're hungry. Wow--kudos to those 3 women who've pulled that off. have my undying respect. And those women are obviously NOT food addicts. They don't eat emotionally. Good for them.

However, I AM a food addict--I realize after over 20 years of trying to diet & be thin all the time...and then diving into Cheetos & Doritos when I was having a hard day, or a good day, or a tired day, or an angry day, or a sad day, or a celebrating day....well, enough said.

I spent ALL THOSE YEARS eating salads & fruits & super-healthy gourmet stuff. And it never once satisfied me like Doritos. Or made me feel happy & full & content. Is that a food sickness?!? Am I defective?!? Maybe so.

And yet--I don't care. I am SOOOOOO happy with who I am right now inside that the outside doesn't matter. I have clothes that fit nicely (never try squeeze your fat ass into too-tight clothes--ya' just look chunkier!)...and I have healthy kids. A happy marriage. My body is still moving & that's a real blessing.

My daily exercise staves off depression--no drugs needed. My family life makes me so content that I am awed daily by my luck. And best of all, my self-esteem & self-confidence is through the roof! Finally, at the ripe age of 39, I feel like I KNOW who I am...and I really like her. I'm a good person. And I don't need to hide behind fancy clothes, or gobs of makeup, or any of the things society tells women they need to be successful.

I am HEALTHY--inside & out...and maybe someday the rollercoaster will zip down again & I'll be back in those size 4 jeans...and until then I'm just gonna enjoy the ride (and the Doritos!)...and know that life goes on regardless of my waistline. And no one really cares if I'm fat or skinny--as long as I'm nice, and helpful, and confident and contributing.....

Nothing is healthier or more attractive than self-confidence & liking your own skin. No matter it's size. :)

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100,000 SparkPoints!

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

It's such a silly thing to be excited about, but I am! Today I reached 100,000 SparkPoints! It only took me 5 years, 9 months to do so.

Some other numbers that make me happy....I've logged on to SP for 820 straight days! And I've exercised DAILY for 261 straight weeks (that's 5 years worth!)!!! I've logged 126,577 Fitness Minutes to date....WOW!

Amazing! In a world where numbers on the scale fluctuate, and can cause happiness or unhappiness, it's nice to know some numbers are more positive!

So is that big shiny jeweled gold crown avatar worth getting excited over?!? Yep--you betcha! :)

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MT-MOONCHASER 6/5/2013 10:41PM

    I don't think that it is silly at all. In order to get those points you must have been doing or learning something to improve your health, that's the name of the game...

I think that it is stupendous that you have exercised every day for five years and are still going strong. And I always admire Sparkers who have more fitness minutes than Spark points!!

Now, settle in for the next 5 years and 9 months and see where that will take you!!


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Coffee Silliness

Monday, May 27, 2013

So many funny things happen every day that remind me I'm no longer a 20-something college grad, enjoying single life in a big city...although I still think of myself as young, life seems intent on reminding me that I'm 39, married with kids, living in smaller-town-America, and B-O-R-I-N-G!

For example - I enjoy coffee. I limit myself to one large mug in the morning, so I don't get too over-caffeinated during the day. I'm also a stay-at-home-mom...which means we don't have an extra dime to spare. I run a tight ship--and our finances are in great shape, because we don't spend money on "frivolous non-necessities" like coffeehouse lattes, or fast-food, or movies at the theater, etc.

I make my own coffee, and I have even been know to re-brew grounds to save a penny or two. (Hey, you load coffee with enough sugar, chocolate, creamer, etc, and it doesn't matter how cheap it is to begin with!) :)

So a friend gave me a Starbucks gift card as a thank you for lending her some baby clothes. Wow! What a rare & special treat! I promptly logged online, as the card instructed, to register my "rewards"--knowing full well that I'll probably never waste money on reloading the darn thing.

But surprise surprise--the rewards card gave me a FREE drink for my birthday last week! WOO HOO! A double bonus! Not only a gift card with money to burn....but a free drink on top of it all! WOW!

So here's the "Getting Old" part of this blog.....I wanted to head to Starbucks today to treat myself to something, and I realized I have NO IDEA WHAT TO ORDER! 15 years ago, I would've been able to stride into any coffeeshop & rattle off the proper espresso lingo...but NOW?!?

Ridiculously enough, I had to do research on the Starbucks website, so I can go today & not embarrass myself! I now know the difference between Tall, Grande & Venti. I now remember some of the Non-Fat Mocha No Whip lingo.....and it totally makes me chuckle.

I guess things really do change in life! There are so many more important things in my daily world than overpriced coffee beverages.....that I am happy to live in the dark. And for today, at least, I've been enlightened enough to treat myself. As long as it's FREE............. ;)

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HILLSLUG98239 6/3/2013 7:43PM

    I used to drink cappuccinos, but it's almost impossible to get a cappuccino today. I order a cappuccino, I get a latte. I roll my eyes and remember to never order a cappuccino in this place again.

Now, I either get drip coffee or just a double espresso. And I avoid Starbucks. They charge too much for a straight espresso. Then they quit brewing drip decaf after noon. (As the folks at Peet's Coffee noted, you shouldn't piss off the decaf drinkers: they're the only ones who you know are drinking your coffee because they like the taste.) The last straw? They switched their drip brew to a light roast. I'd rather buy a cup of truck stop coffee and save a couple bucks.

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GALINAZ 6/2/2013 1:15AM

    I can so relate! I've advised family I'm kicking the SB habit so no more gift cards, they'll have to get creative!

I read your info and I'm sorry to hear about your back. I've had problems with that combo too, it got me losing weight, still a ways to go.

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LILYPUTIN 5/27/2013 8:07PM

    Good for you and Happy Birthday too!!! You are a real grown up, but not old. If you were old, you would have enjoyed your gift card as a bookmark or ice scraper and never gotten that cup of coffee. Way to go!

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GRIZ1GIRL 5/27/2013 5:18PM

    Just an update for y'all.....I DID IT! I went to Starbucks & ordered my FREE birthday drink--a venti mocha non-fat with a shot of caramel & no whipped cream. LOL!

I popped it in my fridge & will drink half tomorrow morning. :)

It was $4.40 of free coffee--amazing! I can't imagine spending that daily--even just on workdays that's $22 per week! Or $88 per month! Or $1,144 per year!

That's a lot of money that could be put into a savings account....wowie-wow-wow! :)

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ZENXB! 5/27/2013 4:36PM

    You are MATURE!!!! I am a former Starbucks Slave! I would go daily, knew the slang and all the baristas knew my name. Then, I gained LOTS of weight. Starting my day with a Mocha Latte and scone is NOT the way to go.... but then I kept going... I felt remorse for not going to say "good morning" to my "friends". Like you said, what a GREAT TREAT!!! But only once in a VERY long time. OH, and you are right about the FREE! I saved LOTS of money on coffee alone. Kudos on not getting hooked!!!
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MT-MOONCHASER 5/27/2013 3:41PM

    All this make me glad that I'm not a coffee drinker... emoticon


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