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How much exercise is REALLY needed to lose weight

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Apparently the people who do all these studies have done some more and determined that 30 minutes five times a week will not usually do it for most of us. Here is the SP article that explains the new guidelines.


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SVELTEWARRIOR 7/24/2014 11:36PM

    I read this. It is interesting but I agree with everyone else, everyone is different and has to do what works for them

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SPARKLE1908 7/24/2014 10:02PM

    All this research...LOL...they'll never figure it out...everyone is different obviously and have to do what works for them...

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DEW1960 7/24/2014 8:56AM

    I am no expert but I think there are a lot of variables.

The simple truth I think is that when we burn off more calories than we consume, we start losing weight.

Burn 500 more calories a day than we consume and we lose 1 lb a week.

It seems to be working for me, except that I upped my calorie burn now to 1,000+ calories more than I consume each day and I actually put a couple pounds back on.

I read that I may have put my body in starvation mode and as strange as it sounds I need to consume more or cut back on the activity.

I like working out now and I want to keep challenging myself so I am trying to eat more healthy veggies and lean protein.

Bottom line is try things and go with what works best for you!

There is no cookie cutter solution because everyone's body is a little different and yet in some ways we are all the same.

That's my two cents worth of advice, but don't go by me, I know nothing!

I trust in God to be with me every step of the way and that really helps.

God Bless you today!


Daniel Walker


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Homemade Sugar-Free Drinks (3)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

From Joan & Lydia Wilen's Household Magic Daily Tips

Delicious Sugar-Free Iced Tea

This is just a basic way to make deliciously brewed sugar-free iced tea. If you’re trying to remove sugar from your life, try this:

Steep four black tea bags (any brand is fine) in four cups of just-boiled water for at least 15 minutes, but no more than an hour. We like to do this in a four-cup Pyrex measuring cup. Slice one-quarter lemon into smaller slices. Squeeze the lemon slices into the tea, and put the slices (rinds and all) into the tea. Add two sprigs of fresh mint (this is optional...still delicious without).

Remove tea bags, and chill in the refrigerator overnight. (You need to cover only if there are smells in your refrigerator that you think the tea will absorb.) The next day, pour over ice. Delicious!

(Now this one will be a stretch for me because I'm from the south where Sweet Tea is the norm. I know I can't take just regular iced tea...but we'll see what the lemon and mint can do for it....)

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SVELTEWARRIOR 7/23/2014 11:40PM

    might give this a try

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Homemade Sugar-Free Drinks (2)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

From Joan & Lydia Wilen's Household Magic Daily Tips

Watermelon Raspberry “Ade.” Watermelon is everywhere in the summer! This lovely blend was inspired by the National Watermelon Promotion Board. Here’s a version without the sugar…

Mix three cups of seedless watermelon cubes, one-quarter cup of raspberries, one-eighth teaspoon of salt (optional) and one cup of filtered water. Put everything in a blender, and whirl until smooth. Pour over ice, and add a lime-wedge garnish. Refreshingly simple and delicious!

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TIGGZZZ13 7/22/2014 11:35PM

    I love watermelon... YUMMY

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SVELTEWARRIOR 7/22/2014 11:17PM

    this sounds delicious!!!!

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MISSM66 7/22/2014 6:18PM

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A_RARE_BEAN 7/22/2014 6:13PM

    oooo hadn't considered putting raspberries with melon, nice tip! emoticon

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SANDICANE 7/22/2014 8:07AM

    Oh yum...that sounds great!

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WILSONWR 7/22/2014 8:03AM

    Sounds great!

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PICKIE98 7/22/2014 8:01AM

    I have never tried the berry/watermelon combo.. we did mango and cantaloupe..with ice cubes for a slurpee kind. They are all yummy!

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EVIE4NOW 7/22/2014 7:58AM

  Will have to try. Being diabetic I love new recipes without sugar. Thank you.

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RIDLEYRIDER 7/22/2014 7:58AM

  The perfect drink for a hot summer day! Thanks!

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Homemade Sugar-Free Drinks (1)

Monday, July 21, 2014

From Joan & Lydia Wilen's Household Magic Daily Tips

We love homemade lemonade. What we don’t love are all those lemons (buying, squeezing) and all that sugar it takes to make it! So we have moved on to a sweeter fruit and some ingenious help from a root to make delicious, no-sugar-added beverages—all without artificial sweeteners. These are quick, easy and super-refreshing drinks that you can make yourself. The following recipes each make two to three generous servings (two more blogs coming).

Homemade Ginger Ale

As kids, we loved store-bought ginger ale. Then it got way too sweet. Then we looked at the ingredient labels on a few popular brands…ginger is not even listed! Ingredients include high fructose corn syrup and other euphemisms for sugar. Enough of that! Here are two ways to make your own…

In 12 ounces of plain seltzer water (original Perrier has the best flavor), add one teaspoon of pure ginger extract (available at specialty-food stores, such as Whole Foods or online at Amazon.com or iHerb.com). Make sure that it’s sugar-free ginger extract for consumption, not aromatherapy—alcohol-free extract has the best flavor. Pour over ice, and garnish with a lime wedge or a few sprigs of mint. This mix has a spicy zing with zero sweetness. If you’re tired of fake flavors from too much sugar, you’ll love this.

You can also peel and cut up two to three two-inch pieces of ginger root (make sure the root is fresh with a strong ginger scent and bright yellow flesh), and use a garlic press to squeeze out fresh juice into your plain seltzer. Then add the pieces left in the press to your drinking glass. This also makes a great digestive!


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SVELTEWARRIOR 7/22/2014 11:10PM

    Thank you

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SICOSH 7/22/2014 8:56AM

    Thank you for this recipe.

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Over 50?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Have you had your colonoscopy? I just had my 2nd or 3rd one today, with a favorable result.

The prep (to empty -- COMPLETELY clean out -- your intestinal tract) is the hardest part. I was asleep during the "scope," which apparently only takes about 15 minutes.

It's a very important test that you don't want to put off. They say that colon cancer is very slow growing, usually developing from benign polyps, which if discovered during the colonoscopy, are snipped off, completely deterring the development of cancer.

And if you are African American or have a family history of that disease, don't wait til you're 50. My daughter's close friend was diagnosed in her late 30's and died 5 years later.

Sooooo...word to the wise.
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CATHYGETSFIT 7/11/2014 12:01AM

    Thanks for the info! I still have several years before I need to get one but your blog did remind me to get my mammogram done. Thanks for sharing your experience of how easy the procedure itself is. It's always good to be proactive in regards to our health.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 7/10/2014 10:27PM

    Excellant advice!!!!!!

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FLORIDASUN 7/10/2014 7:51PM

    I'm happy you got this out of the way. I lost my very closest friend to colon cancer I still miss her so very much! emoticon

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BBONET 7/10/2014 5:13PM

    Thanks for reminding me that I have to call to schedule mine! I have had them since before 50 because there is a family history of colon cancer! So I guess I will make the call this week! emoticon emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 7/10/2014 4:52PM

    I had have 2 of them; my first one was when I was in my 30's, and my most recent one was in May.

For me, the prep was the worst part. The procedure itself was easy; once they started the sedation meds through the IV, I don't remember any of it.

As rough as the prep can be, it's worth it. I know someone who recently had one done for the first time. He's in his 70's. It turned out he had colon cancer, even though he hadn't had any symptoms. But the good news is that it was caught early; he needed surgery, but he did not have to go through radiation or chemo.

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  Just had my first colonoscopy! I think the hardest part was the cleanse! I have a hard time being on a liquid diet! I like to sink my teeth into something! The procedure was wonderful. They gave me a shot and that is all I remember! I was so scared but it really was not bad. I am ready for the next one.

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GRACEOMALLEY 7/10/2014 2:30PM

    Good info to share. Yes - the preparation is not exactly delightful, but it isn't all that awful either. The procedure itself is pretty much nap-time for the patient and what a good thing you are doing to protect yourself and your health and your future! Be pro-active as suggested in this blog. Take responsibility for keeping yourself well!
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ROBBIEY 7/10/2014 2:29PM

  Awesome advice. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and story.

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PATTISTAMPS 7/10/2014 2:16PM

    Thanks for sharing! My mom has had colon cancer, and also 2 of her sisters. I have had polyps with my first one, nothing since, but not letting down my guard!

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