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How to Stay Young #2

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

A friend recently sent me one of those internet things and I thought there were some fun things that more people might enjoy. Here's the first of 10 or so recommendations:

1. Try everything twice. On one woman's tombstone she said she wanted this epitaph: "Tried everything twice. Loved it both times!"

2. Keep only cheerful friends. emoticon The grouches pull you down. emoticon
(Keep this in mind if you are one of those gouches!)

  
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MADKAPKID 10/4/2011 8:40PM

    another good one....if you have a grouchy friend...however, and they need a smile ....maybe you could cheer them up by sharing one of your smiles with them. Have a joy filled day..Karen emoticon

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LINOVER 10/4/2011 3:56PM

    Great advice! Can't wait to see more!

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MASTERPIECE8 10/4/2011 3:44PM

    Excellent advice, Jeannie. I wonder why negativity can be so overpowering. We should all remain positive. We can work wonders then!

Barb

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JILL313 10/4/2011 12:46PM

    You know it's so true. . .I used to have a fairly good friend that was so negative and always had a gripe--always complained about her food to the waiter, etc. I finally realized how down and even embarrassed she made me feel so I gradually stopped calling her. . .and I'm not one to give up easy but she was the most negative person I had ever met and I just didn't need her bringing me down. I am so grateful for positive thinking friends like you and the Ladies on Our Team.

Love & Hugs,

Jill

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GRANPATTIE 10/4/2011 11:12AM

    Good advice!

Pattie

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ESILBO 10/4/2011 9:42AM

    GOOD ADVICE...I LL WATCH MYSELF...LOL..JUST KIDDING, I AM THE OPPOSITE...LOL, I THINK
LOVE
LISE

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 10/4/2011 9:40AM

    Looking forward to the next installment. These are great. Thanks.

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How to Stay Young--#1

Monday, October 03, 2011

A friend recently sent me one of those internet things and I thought there were some fun things that more people might enjoy. Here's the first of 10 or so recommendations:

1. Try everything twice. On one woman's tombstone she said she wanted this epitaph: "Tried everything twice. Loved it both times!"

Stay tuned tomorrow for another one!

  
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GRANPATTIE 10/4/2011 11:11AM

    Oh, I can tell this series of blogs will be fun!

Pattie

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ESILBO 10/3/2011 2:19PM

    ...AND MANY MORE, IF YOU LIKE IT...LOL
LOVE
LISE

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JILL313 10/3/2011 12:03PM

    Hey, I've tried just about everything more times than I care to admit--LOL!! I hope you will have a wonderful day!

Hugs,

Jill

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MADKAPKID 10/3/2011 11:23AM

    LOL! Good one. But, ya know.. life is so short that enjoying life is what is a must. Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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Pictures from my morning walks (lots of pics and very boring...mostly for my friend Lise)

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Since I've started walking every other day and trying to increase my time and distance, I've been commenting about it in my daily chats and updates. Lise, my dear sweet Canadian friend, asked me if I live in the country. So, because we've chatted about it a little, I told her I'd post a few pics. For those of you who haven't guessed, I live in SE Iowa right in the middle of farming country--most of you will probably find the photos amazingly boring.

As I leave my driveway and get started down the highway (yes, this part of the walk is on a state highway), I don't have much competition for the roadway, as you can see. It's a quiet little highway, but great for walking. The house on the left is empy, but the family still owns it and visits periodically.

Down the road I go, getting to certain milestones I've used to mark my progress. But, mostly this is what I see. That's a soybean field on the left and the neighbor's buildings on the right. More about that later.

Here's the corner 1/2 mile south of my house and was one of my first goals. I was elated when I managed to do a mile in one day!

My turnaround point today was the electric pole on the left.


Sometimes I see this


or this

I didn't get a photo of the really big tractors and wagons. This is a grain augur that is used to transfer grain from wagons to grain bins or other storage.

Here I am coming back up the road towards my corner and eventually home. See the farmstead in the distance? That's my neighbor's house. The grain bin that is bigger than the house holds a little over 100,000 bushels of grain!

If you look really carefully at this photo, past all the grain bins and slightly to the left, you'll see our house.

Finally I'm almost there! Huffing and puffing my way closer to home and a big glass of water!!! This is the house sitting right next to a corn field!

1.8 miles later and I'm almost crawling up the sidewalk to the back door! Don't pay any attention to the weeds...don't they say they are just misplaced flowers? So that, dear friends, is my incredibly boring walk! Lise, what do you think now? Seriously, we love living here and wouldn't be anywhere else (except in the winter when we like to go somewhere a little warm for a little visit)!

  
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FLARETIREE 10/6/2011 11:00AM

    Oh Jeannie, this is WONDERFUL!

Years ago, when my family was young, we took our vacation up in NJ at a dairy farm. I absolutely loved it and cried all the way home because I didn't want to leave. I guess, living alone, that wouldn't be a great place for me to live now.

I applaud you for the great excercise plan you are building!
Hugs,
Nancy

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KLMEL2010 10/5/2011 6:19PM

    I your walk. Wished I lived nearby and could join you! I really like how FLAT it is, no hills! Karen

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PATTYCAKE17 10/5/2011 5:05PM

    I enjoyed "my walk" with you. I'm a one-state girl, so love to see what it looks like in places I will probably never go.I didn't find it boring at all; just very peaceful, like you could use it for your daily prayeror meditation time if you wanted to! Thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 10/5/2011 12:54PM

    Your walk reminds me of my walk, and we posted our blogs practically the same time. LOVED it! The countryside might seem a little boring to us day after day as we walk, but when I looked at my pictures (and yours) I realized how beautiful it was and now I appreciate my scenery a lot more. Thanks for sharing!

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JSPIN74 10/2/2011 12:37PM

    not boring at all....lovely sights....my city sights are much more boring to me at this point....lol

way to go with pushing yourself a bit further all the time emoticon

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LILBITWANNABE 10/2/2011 12:25PM

    I love the country, not boring at all! The peacefulness and being able to hear the birds chirp make my day:)

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ANATASHIKI 10/2/2011 7:39AM

    emoticon all that space and NOBODY , I bet it's silent too . looks wonderful to me ! nice house !~nice weeds! emoticon

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YB0511 10/2/2011 5:37AM

    Gotta love farming! Reminds me of farm country in Ontario, only many of those roads are gravel (well, at least where my friends live). If you walk a 'country' block, you must be going for miles. lol. Thanks for sharing.

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GRANPATTIE 10/2/2011 2:18AM

    Jeannie, this wasn't boring at all! I really enjoyed it! It's like my sister said...it was nice going for a walk with you. And I'm ready to sit on the deck and sip iced tea, too! And now I know what a grain auger looks like!

Thanks for sharing,
Pattie emoticon

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JILL313 10/1/2011 10:05PM

    Jeannie, you sure live in the beautiful and peaceful Country. It is so very different from where I live in the big City with no spare land and everything & people almost on top of each other. I love your house and deck it's no wonder you're so happy being home. I wish our area was better and flatter for walking but I live in the hills of Pasadena and have a postage stamp back yard to boot. I am so proud of you walking every other day as you are doing such a great job exercising--WTG!! I am actually a Country girl at heart. . .

Love,

Jill

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VTMAID 10/1/2011 9:26PM

    That was a really neat blog. It is so different from where I live. It is so flat there, you can see for miles! Here it is extremely hilly--even the cows have shorter legs on one side to help keep them from falling off the hillsides!
Hugs
Karen

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MADKAPKID 10/1/2011 8:36PM

    I love the pictures and the way you talked about your walk. Its like we could be walking along together. That would be such fun. I absolutely LOVE the "weeds are only misplaced flowers." JUST LOVED that one. I am gonna have to tell the one to my husband. LOL After the walk we could sit out on that lovely deck and sip some tea.. Thank you for sharing...and have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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SPEEDY143 10/1/2011 7:40PM

    heheh better than Google maps emoticonThanks for the tour Jeannie it really is nice to actually take a walk with YOU emoticon

emoticonLinda

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POLK-A-DOTS 10/1/2011 6:58PM

    I love your picture blog! And weeds are just misplaced flowers! It's only a weed if you call it a weed....Have a fantastic rest of your weekend!

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ESILBO 10/1/2011 6:55PM

    OH AND THAT MUST BE THE BEAUTIFUL DECK DH BUILT.. GREAT JOB

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ESILBO 10/1/2011 6:53PM

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, I KNOW WHAT IT TOOK FROM YOU TO DO THAT...LOL...YOU REALLY LIVE IN THE COUNTRY....I AM SUCH A CITY GIRL, I WOULD BE SCARE TO WALK THERE ALONE, YOU SHOULD GET A DOG...JUST KIDDING...PEOPLE MUST KNOW EVERYONE UP THERE AND IT MUST BE VERY PEACEFUL....NOT BORING AT ALL FOR ME, I LIKE TO IMAGINE MY FRIEND IN THEIR SURROUNDING...
THANK YOU MY FRIEND
LOVE
LISE

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The dreaded E word

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Since I've been back on SP and found my favorite team (Over 60++) I've had a chance to get involved with the team challenges and to meet such wonderful and motivating Spark Sisters. It has been such a pleasure to get to know so many new friends!

Some of the challenges have been more challenging than I ever expected!! I've also learned a lot about myself and more about what it takes to turn this journey to better health into a success story. I have discovered that I actually have to do something to achieve success!

I have to plan my meals, make a reasonable grocery list, read the wonderful articles on SP, chat with friends because that is where I get so much of my support, and some other things that are even harder for me. For example, I have to track my food intake because I have learned that it is helpful to see how much I'm eating of all the things good for me, as well as all the things that are questionable. Tracking helps me to evaluate how each day has gone, what I need to work on for tomorrow, and it gives me a way to think about how to make better plans for tomorrow. I've even learned to like it.

But, what about exercise? No, no, no...not exercise!! I have to do exercise, too? Yikes!! I hate exercise and find it boring, time-wasting and often mind-numbing. It also means I have to do something more than eat right. Now I have to plan this into my day!! I've read all the articles and I know all the great information out there about how important it is to a healthy body and lifestyle. I know all that! I also know that you need to do it often.

When the team challenges came up that involved exercise, I halfheartedly participated by getting some done most days, but not all. I still couldn't walk very far and I didn't have much stamina. My balance wasn't the best and I didn't have much core strength (actually, none).

However, you might call me an exercise in progress! This journey of mine to better health includes more than shedding weight and eating in a healthful way. It includes EXERCISE! There...I said it!! If I can stop thinking negatively about the E word, but keep planning a way of life that includes more physical activity, and if I can begin to build stronger legs (this morning I walked 1.6 miles) and a good heart (soon to go off BP meds, I think), and if I can actually stand on one foot for 20 or more seconds at a time—then I can and will continue to move more and sit less, and maybe I'll even be an inspiration for someone else some day.

The thing is that it doesn't happen by itself—I actually have to get up off my backside and do it. No one else can do it for me. I'm the one and only one who can do it—NO EXCUSES! NO WHINING! Wishing won't make it happen. Regret won't make it happen. Just me, right now...today!! I don't want to live the rest of my life with regret over what I didn't do to help myself. That's why I'm trying my best to be accountable to ME and to my team mates, to challenge myself often and keep putting one foot in front of the other!! After all, I want to be around long enough to spend lots of time with my family, have a few more good laughs with friends, travel to great places, and do lots of other things I haven't even thought of yet!!

PS: I've promised my team mates that if I ever say I “like” exercise, they can come over and beat me 29 lashes with a wet noodle. I just want everybody to know that I still don't like it—just acknowledging that it is important and I'm doing it!! LOL!!!

  
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ANATASHIKI 9/28/2011 2:54AM

    you just have to find the right exercises for you and something to distract you. something you like , of course. of course exercise is boring . I'm watching anime that I like while doing my cardio and I choose at least a part of the strength the same , exercise that I can do watching the desktop screen . after building some stamina and strength, of course you end up loving the exercise for itself but having something to make it more interesting is better. fragmenting it is also a good strategy. running an hour is a lot but running 6 times 10 minutes during the day sounds better . I don't know , just try to find something good for you. it might be totally different from the rest of us.
emoticon emoticonkori

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VTMAID 9/27/2011 9:38PM

    Cannot believe it is 9:33pm and I am just now posting blog comments. I was getting out the wet noodle, too, but read your blog and ate the noodle instead because I obviously was not going to use it on you today! Like you, I am not sure I will ever like the E word, but I do dislike it less--probably because I am starting to see some progress.
I do want to get something straight, though. You ALREADY inspire others--no "someday" about it!
Hugs
Karen

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JILL313 9/27/2011 8:53PM

    Jeannie, Well, I had the wet noodle out. . .but, I guess that will have to wait awhile--LOL!! A great blog that I can really relate to if I was as good of writer as you it could be my blog! I don't really enjoy the actually doing of exercise but love the feel good feeling of doing something very positive and necessary for myself. It's wonderful you're able to walk over 1 1/2 miles this morning--WOO HOO!! Continue exercising and remember it does give you more Energy or so they say!!

Hugs,

Jill

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ESILBO 9/27/2011 6:35PM

    OH GEEE...CAN T USE THE NOODLE YET...LOL...AT LEAST YOU ACKNOWLEDGE IT, ITS A BIG STEP...AND YOUR FITNESS MINUTES SHOW YOUR COMMITMENT ...
YOU ARE ON THE RIGHT ROAD TO LOVING IT...LOL

LOVE
LISE

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GRANPATTIE 9/27/2011 6:11PM

    Hey, Jeannie!

Great blog! Wait....did I write it? No...it's on your page, in YOUR name...I couldn't have written it...but I could have. I will always hate exercise, I think. I did find the water aerobics that I liked, but can't do it due to eczema trouble from my naturally dry skin in concert with the heated water and the chemicals. I also liked jazzercise, but I can't do that due to my knees. I'm sure I'd love Zumba, but the same goes for that. The stuff that's left seems too much like work. But, I do understand its importance and I'm trying. I just haven't made as much progress as you have......yet!

Always count your blessings,
Pattie emoticon

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MADKAPKID 9/27/2011 6:06PM

    I know what you mean about that dreaded "E" word. I don't think I will EVER love it as some do. And....sometimes I think saying I LIKE it might be stretching it a bit. But....the "E" word is so very important to us. IT will help us with not only losing weight...but, it will make us more physically fit and that is an important one. YOU ARE A JOY! Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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CAROLEE1945 9/27/2011 5:26PM

    The only thing that helps me with exercise is making it fun for myself. I actually like exercise, but not if forced to it, and not all the time. It is good you let off steam here about your exercise hatred. I really hate drinking water. But I just found out coffee counts as water!!! (as long as no milk or sugar) Spark on, I am glad to have met you through your blog!! Carol

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1/3 Second

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


This morning I was prepping the crockpot for something I planned to fix for dinner. As usual, I got out the spray and gave the inside of the pot a healthy dose, noticing as I usually do that it looks like a fair bit of oil on the sides and bottom. I've always heard that using the cooking spray is a great way to save calories and besides...nothing sticks when you use it. I think it's the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Out of curiosity I looked at the nutritional analysis for the spray I use. It says 0 calories for 1/3 second spray! You have to be kidding me!! 1/3 second??

Interesting...no calories were listed for a full second of spray...in fact, no calories were listed for anything. Now, I'm not naive enough to think there are no calories at all in that spray, and especially I'm not naive enough to think that I only use 1/3 second's worth of spray!!

What to do? Nothing, I think, except use less of it if I can. I still think it's great, and I'm not about to start buying plastic liner things to put in the pot when cooking—one more thing for the landfill, not to mention the cost. Besides...this hasn't been an issue so far in my journey to a healthier life. On the other hand, it is a good reminder to me to be sure to read ALL the labels, not just the obvious ones.

I may try to see how much 1/3 second of spray is, though...hmmm...how do I measure 1/3 second? emoticon

  
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LILBITWANNABE 9/22/2011 5:49PM

    Wow! Let me know if you ever figure out how to measure 1/3 of a second! It's amazing the ways companies try (and usually succeed) tricking us into thinking it's ok for us to consume! I'm guessing it's still better than dumping liquid oil in the pot, but still...
Now off to find out what mine says:)

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SPEEDY143 9/21/2011 7:02PM

    Interesting... I've never sprayed, greased, or oiled my crockpot with anything. Didn't know there were liners. Nothing sticks to mine and if there's any residue it soaks off. I will, on occasion, use a spray on the grill but even gave that up because the can goes out of date long before its used up... good luck trying to figure out what a 1/3 of a second "sounds" like emoticon

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JILL313 9/21/2011 3:33PM

    It's me again. . .I looked at my Safeway can of Olive Oil Cooking Spray and for each minute (1 gram) of spray it has the following Listed: Calories per gram - Fat 9 Calories, Carbs 4 calories & Protein 4 calories--so if it's like my spray oil we're pretty safe calorie wise but I still think I won't be as generous spraying it!! I go through a can really fast as I use it every day! I hope you're having a great day!!

Hugs,

Jill

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ESILBO 9/21/2011 2:33PM

    OMG... ROFLOL...ONLY MY JEANNIE WOULD FIND A THING LIKE THAT...LOL
BUT YOU ARE RIGHT, I NEVER THOUGHT TO LOOK AT THAT LABEL AND I USED THE THING LIKE THERE IS NO END TO IT....BETTER WATCH IT NEXT TIME...
MINE, COMPLIMENTS SAYS 1EIGHT IS 4 CALORIES...I BETTER WATCH AND STOP AT 1 EIGHT... LOL

THAT GOES IN MY MOST STUPID THINGS BOOK...LOL

THANKS FOR SHARING
LOVE
LISE

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JILL313 9/21/2011 2:28PM

    Hi Jeannie, OMG, I'm like you as I also use that spray freely. I've have to look at the nutrition levels, if there are any, as last time I bought Safeway's own olive spray. I wonder how they get away with not having that information on the can? I wonder if we googled it if they'd have any information to offer. Your blog is really food for thought! Thank you for making me get my ole brain thinking--LOL!

Hugs,


Jill

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