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A visit to the dentist

Friday, January 20, 2012

At my last 6-month dental checkup, I learned about one more thing on that seemingly-endless list of things that "go bad" as you age--your fillings. Apparently after doing their job for many, many years, they can actually cause tiny cracks in your teeth that REALLY ruin your teeth. That has happened to one of mine, so today I go in for a crown. That's what it's called, but I just call it my first false tooth. They remove most of the tooth (yeah, cringe with me at the thought of all that drilling) and mold-in a man-made one, so....

Fortunately, it's a molar, and if I had just given you some more famous quotes, instead of trying to think a new daily blog topic to fulfill my challenge requirement, you'd never have even known about it.

I'm noticing something about blogging--if I've already listed my goals, unless I'm doing a regular progress resport, I tend to fall into either patting myself on the back or voicing a complaint. I think it's because of the desire to say something interesting....

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MAYTE1975 2/1/2012 7:01AM

    Iīm a dentistīs dream too , mainly due to my eating disorder , and I have to visit my dentist (a very cute young guy) quite often emoticon
You keep writing , even if itīd only to greet us

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BRAVERUDE 1/20/2012 11:52PM

    I have 2 crowns...and I do not like them! Sorry to hear that you had to spend your day this way - I went in for an hour-long facial today, to end my week. Hope your weekend is fabulous; stay warm! emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/20/2012 8:18PM

    I hate to tell you how many crowns, root canals, fillings....YIKES! I am a dentist's dream!! And you SHOULD pat yourself on the back because you're awesome! And we will also allow you to vent, LOL!

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LASARRE 1/20/2012 11:49AM

    I have a crown. I know the feeling. My old dentist kept warning me that the fillings don't last for forever. He replaced 3 of them with new ones.

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TERESA159 1/20/2012 11:21AM

    I have an awful relationship with dentistry. I love my dentist AND my periodontist (to give you an idea) both, they are wonderful. It's just the having to pay someone to inflict such pain and humiliation just seems so wrong....

I hear ya about blogging daily, it's kind of hard to come up with relevant, interesting stuff.

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The Beautyshop

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Today I'm going to the beautyshop. I'm looking forward to it already. It's a pampering thing I do at least once a month. I used to go more often, but now I exercise so much it's just not worth it. Today I'll at least do my run before my appointment. But I can't just write off getting my hair done entirely. For one thing, I just don't want to go back to my younger years when I always did my hair myself--even perms and color. I just don't want to go to all that trouble, even though it's cheaper. My beautician does it better, and my hair is healthier. Besides, I need my gray roots retouched--that vanity thing--and I need the "me" time. I don't smoke, don't eat fast food, eat less of everything than before, don't go to bars -- but I do go to the beautyshop.

I love the beautyshop. My beautician is friendly and chatty. Her clientele is friendly and chatty. We have a wonderful, chatty, laughing, fun time during the 2-3 hours I'm there.

 emoticon I'm going to the beautyshop today!  emoticon

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MAYTE1975 2/1/2012 7:03AM

    I always aaalways go to the beautyshop , if I had to do my hair it would be a total disaster emoticon emoticon

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LASARRE 1/20/2012 11:46AM

    Same splurge here too. Going for my dye job on Monday. It also just makes you feel better about yourself kind of a pick me up.

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TERESA159 1/20/2012 11:23AM

    Yes! This! It's my one splurge item too. I go and relax for 2 hours and get all the little pampering add ons and buy the wonderful products and just zone out.

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VETTRANGER 1/20/2012 12:33AM

    You're too pretty already. If they make you any better looking they might blow the roof off that place! LOL

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SONYALATRECE 1/19/2012 10:12PM

    I'm jealous!
Need a good massaging shampoo if nothing else...
Don't make me fly to DC from Texas like a fool! emoticon

Add to my goals list...find reliable beautician who works with natural, human, long hair...a challenge in my area.

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COLUMBINE2 1/19/2012 9:59PM

    Hey, I wanna go with you! Sounds like so much fun! I haven't been in a shop like that for decades...lucky you!

Send us some new photos one of these days! Lookin' good!

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CROOKEDLETTER 1/19/2012 8:27PM

    Hope you had a grand time being pampered.

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BRAVERUDE 1/19/2012 6:34PM

    WooHoo! Enjoy the pampering!

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/19/2012 1:59PM

    Woo hoo - I am going to set up an appt for next week!

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SPARKLE1908 1/19/2012 1:19PM

    I'll be seeing mine on Saturday morning!!! I totally understand....lol!! Enjoy your pampering Soror!

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HEALTHYBARB1 1/19/2012 10:46AM

    Enjoy your pamper session...make me want to have one too...Smiles Barb

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GLORYANDME 1/19/2012 10:46AM

    Enjoy! emoticon

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REBECCAMA 1/19/2012 7:51AM

  Good for you for taking care of yourself!

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IAFARMERWIFE 1/19/2012 7:34AM

    Have a fabulous day pampering yourself. You deserve it! emoticon

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On the merits of exercise

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A strong body makes the mind strong.
Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very fast.

Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.
Thomas Jefferson

Exercise is bunk. If you are healthy, you don't need it: if you are sick you should not take it.
Henry Ford

Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.
Sigmund Freud

Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.
John Adams


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MAYTE1975 2/1/2012 7:05AM

    Love Freudīs quote .

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VETTRANGER 1/19/2012 12:46AM

    Henry Ford was the only one of those that was completely off track! LOL Left a couple of comments on my last two blogs answering your comments there, btw Jazze.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 1/18/2012 6:58PM

    Great quotes, love the last one!

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JUICENUT 1/18/2012 6:42PM

    How diverse the opinions of those we respect as 'great minds'.

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BRAVERUDE 1/18/2012 6:18PM

    5 points, baby... (!!!)

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ZUMBAGIRL6 1/18/2012 5:44PM

  great quotes!!

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/18/2012 3:49PM

    All good stuff!

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HEALTHYBARB1 1/18/2012 3:33PM

    thanks for the quotes!! Smiles Barb

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GLORYANDME 1/18/2012 11:54AM

    Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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SP listens

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


They heard our complaints and removed the option to share with Facebook:

I love that they really care about making this a site we are comfortable with--and it didn't take them a year to make changes!

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BRAVERUDE 1/18/2012 6:16PM

    No, they didn't... The article says they did, but the button is still there and we can share the blogs on social networking sites as well as email, with just a push of that button... (I tested it!).

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SPARKLE1908 1/18/2012 9:54AM

    I haven't had any issue with food being automatically added to my food tracker...I'll look into that one a little deeper but I am glad they took the FB thing off...good deal!

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VETTRANGER 1/18/2012 12:56AM

    Interesting. Normally these sites get in love with Facebook and there is no going back! lol

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JOURNEY2DESTINY 1/17/2012 10:51PM

    THANK YA JESUS and you to J! Im really worried about trackers like that myself. You really have to be careful. I talk to my students about being more careful with their facebook pages because it will comeback to bite them in the yoo hoo later on. Saw how business are searching FB pages before hiring. Its a different age....

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SONYALATRECE 1/17/2012 10:44PM

    Totally appreciative of the adjustment!

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ZUMBAGIRL6 1/17/2012 5:19PM

  YEA!!! I didn't want to see any of my posts on Facebook either!!

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TERESA159 1/17/2012 2:47PM

    Ads that add food to our trackers? That's a new one on me, going to keep my eyes peeled for that one. But yes, Spark did react correctly to the amazing backlash they received for that stupid idea. Just because it's a "social" world full of "sharing" doesn't mean there are no boundaries to what and where we want to share. I am glad they saw the light.

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/17/2012 11:25AM


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HEALTHYBARB1 1/17/2012 11:08AM

So thankful for this decision!!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/17/2012 9:38AM

    Yes, they are good people. For sure.

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REBECCAMA 1/17/2012 9:37AM

  Wow. I actually didn't mind it being on there, but it's cool they listened. I hope they listen about the ads that automatically add food to our trackers too.

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Good advice for you -- good advice for me

Monday, January 16, 2012

If you don't make a habit of reading the Daily Spark blogs, you may have missed today's first one "6 Healthy Habits to Start This Year." It's good advice that maybe we all know already, but need steady, regular reminders of to keep us on the right track. I see blogs of Sparkers that complain about eating within their range, but still not seeing weight loss. This article reminds us of ALL the things we need to do and why:

In addition to the points of this article, I'd like some advice from you on how to stay at the weight I am now. All the weeks I couldn't lose a pound made me think I at least knew how to maintain--but I wasn't at goal weight, so that was just a plateau.

If you know a few tricks to maintenance, please pass them on to me. I'm going to continue to track my meals and exercise, but I'm sure hoping to be able to exercise a bit less, and I'll just go on and confess, I already had some German chocolate cake yesterday. I'm just afraid of putting all the weight back on before I know it. Don't laugh--I've done it before!

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NINJA-NED 1/17/2012 9:17AM

    i missed that article yesterday - thanks for pointing it out.

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VETTRANGER 1/16/2012 11:32PM

    Well, as you know Jazze, I wrote just about this same blog recently. My wife is now mentioning frequently that I need to stop losing weight. I've put some thought into it since, and I think I need to just eat larger portions of the things I've been eating. I don't want to add calories by just adding empty calories though.

I used a calorie calculators (again as mentioned) and came up with 1900 calories per day via two methods, and 2100 via another. I'm a little leery about going to either of those levels in the short term at least.

Having been averaging 1325 calories per day while I've lost, I'm thinking of adding 250 to 300 calories per day and monitor that for a while. I'll tell you though, after maintaining this 1325 level for so long, it feels very strange to be considering eating 1600 per day! LOL

One thing I believe I need to do is make sure I hit the weight bench three times a week. If I DO continue to lose slowly at the 1600 level, I don't want it to come from muscle mass.

So essentially, my strategy is going to be to increase my calories slowly and pay close attention to what is happening. At this time I can't see any circumstance under which I think it is wise to stop counting them daily.

(This wound up being long enough I'm going to take it back to my page and let it do double duty for today's blog! LOL)

Comment edited on: 1/16/2012 11:33:21 PM

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BRAVERUDE 1/16/2012 9:37PM

    We have to get comfortable with guessing at the quantity and calorie content of what we eat...if not, we'll be measuring and tracking for a long time to come! I'm with you...

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/16/2012 6:01PM

    You probably don't want to hear that everything I've read says we need to exercise as much or more in maintenance. Oops! But we can eat a little more.

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SONYALATRECE 1/16/2012 5:22PM

    I think what has worked for me was tracking every meal in a day for at least 3 days a week, drinking sufficient water, and exercising for 4-5 days per week.
Cardio and strength training must be included.

Maintenance can be challenging at times, especially with moist, delicious German chocolate cake...he he he!

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BBONET 1/16/2012 4:49PM

    Hope it was delicious!! I hear what you are saying and I did read the article.. I am trying real hard to do all the right things and just continue!! You have done so well that if you gain a pound you will get rid of it real quick.

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