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2010 is almost gone

Friday, December 31, 2010

It is hard to believe that 2010 has almost come and gone. I'm looking forward to 2011 and what I can accomplish.

  
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MAGPIE74 12/31/2010 10:18AM

    Good-bye 2010. Welcome 2011 - bring it on, I am so really for a better year to come my way!

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MRDPOLING 12/31/2010 4:06AM

    2011 is going to be the year of the Spark!

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SUSIEPH1 12/31/2010 4:03AM

    I Wish you a Wonderful Sparkfilled 2011.
I also Wish you a Safe, Healthy,Fit and Happy year ahead ..
Thank you so much Margi For all your support and friendship ..
Always in my thoughts Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CALGARYDAVE 12/31/2010 2:53AM

    I hope you have lots of success.

I'm glad to see 2010 gone, it wasn't my best year, but 2011 is another story! emoticon

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Use of a camera to record nutritional information

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I like buying foods out of the bulk bins at a local market but it always makes logging nutrition difficult. Writing down all the information posted on the tag takes forever and by the time I get home I don't know what is what.

Suddenly an idea came to me. Why not just take a picture of the label. It included the price and all of the nutritional information. When I got home I transferred the photos to a folder on my desktop to be pulled up when I use the ingredient to be logged into Spark.

I thought someone else might be able to use the same idea.

  
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DCGUY72 12/30/2010 12:29AM

    Brilliant ! I've been snapping pics of lots of other things, but hadn't thought of doing this one... love it :) Submit it as a "Secret"... this is a cool practice !

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EGRAMMY 12/29/2010 10:27PM

    Great idea to share. Hope you put it as a Spark idea.

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MRDPOLING 12/29/2010 6:42AM

    Hey now that's a good idea!

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STRONGERLEANER 12/28/2010 11:14PM

    I take pictures of nutritional information sometimes too. I have found that most of what I want to log is already in the Spark Nutrition tracker.

Way to go with using your resources!
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RUFFESS47 12/28/2010 10:57PM

    What a great idea good thing our Brains are still working
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MAGPIE74 12/28/2010 10:47PM

    That is actually brilliant! A photo of the nutrient info! Isn't modern technology grand!

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SUSIEPH1 12/28/2010 10:06PM

    Great Idea Margi!. Thanks for sharing !
I would also like to thank you so much for your constant support my friend ...
You never fail to make a lovely comment on my blogs or my activity feeds .

I really appriciate your friendship!
Hugs Susie

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MICHE135 12/28/2010 9:46PM

    Thats a really good idea. Thank you for sharing this. emoticon

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ALTORECORDER 12/28/2010 9:45PM

    Good idea, if you've the equipment handy and remember to use it. The best part is that you'll have a file growing at home for foods you normally eat, and won't need to do much to maintain it after the file is complete.
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BARABOODAN1 12/28/2010 9:44PM

    yeah I've been doing that also

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Crisco Butter Spray vs. Pam Butter Spray

Friday, December 24, 2010

My husband and I almost always use Crisco Butter Spray instead of butter these days. He purchased to Pam Butter Spray last time to try it. I know if we had started with Pam I would have never used butter spray again. The flavor was not like fresh butter and it had a strange bright yellow coloring to it.

If you haven't tried the Crisco spray I suggest giving it a try. It really has the taste of fresh butter but with none of the negative aspects.

  
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EGRAMMY 12/25/2010 6:57PM

    interesting, I am not informed on these aspects

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MRDPOLING 12/25/2010 6:52AM

    I'll have to watch for Crisco spray at Kroger the next time I go.

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SUSIEPH1 12/24/2010 5:13PM

    Thank you for Sharing Margi .. hugs Susie

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Whole Fat Dairy May Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk-New Study

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

I read an interesting link on the net this morning. The link is included here so you can read the article itself.

www.businessweek.com/lifestyle/conte
nt/healthday/647637.html?campaign_id=r
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The first link I read just mentioned dairy with no mention of what type of dairy. I noticed this link showed that the amount of the beneficial trans-palmitoleic acid was higher with the milks with more whole fat.

This was interesting to me. Last year I read that not all saturated fats were bad in an article that reported research on coconut oil being beneficial to those with Alzheimer's disease and other conditions. Now I read this article on the possible benefits of whole fat dairy.

Nutrition is much more complicated than originally thought. I think we all have much more to learn. Everything seems to point to moderation though and staying within the correct weigh range. All the more reason to eat a healthy balanced diet rather than going off on fad diets.

  
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MKT-PLAN 12/22/2010 6:13PM

    Very intersting. Thanks for posting. Hope you are having a great day!

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HEALTHYARTIST1 12/22/2010 1:01AM

    Great blog and oh yes, nutrition is complicated and each individual reacts differently to everything. I just keep going back to what has been put on this land for us to eat, keep it simple and recently my DH and I have been eating 6 meals a day per my DH's dr's suggestion, it is easier on the heart and keeps blood sugars fairly level throughout the day as my DH also had type II diabetes. This is working for us, the weight is coming off of both of us!

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MRDPOLING 12/21/2010 8:29PM

    very interesting

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 12/21/2010 8:25PM

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I definitely agree with you that nuttition is extremely complex.
There are so many variables, and every system is different. The more we learn, the more confusing it becomes. However, just like everything, we need to learn what is best for us and be the advocates for our health. Thank you so very much for sharing this important information. emoticon

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MRSBENNETT2 12/21/2010 4:38PM

    This is good news because I only like whole milk yogurt and everyone knows whole milk is better in your coffee. emoticon

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TOTHEFUTURE1 12/21/2010 4:35PM

    Thanks for the link. I don't have diabetes. I like butter on my toast, maybe twice a week.

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SUSIEPH1 12/21/2010 4:04PM

    Thanks Margi for posting this article.. it is most interesting .and will help many I feel . Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon

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JENNY888 12/21/2010 11:59AM

    I don't plan whole fat either, but will feel much less guilty if I continue with 1% or 2% milk. I love that we can put everything into Spark Nutritional counters and do reports of the overall consumption. This allows us to adjust for factors such as this and still eat healthy. Yeah Spark!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/21/2010 11:17AM

    Interesting. I am diabetic and the advice has always been watch out for fats as you need to control your cholesterol. I am going to show this to my Dr.

I think your summary that all things in moderation is the best way to look @ this, though. I don't think for me whole fat milk would be healthy daily, but maybe occassionally. I enjoy yogurt and that might be one good source of healthy fat.

Have a wonderful holiday.

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Results of Job Interview

Monday, December 20, 2010

I want to thank all who prayed for a successful job exploration for my DH. I should have posted the results here sooner but just didn't seem to be able to do it before now.

He had a very successful talk with the site manager and she indicated that they would really like to rehire him. She referred it to the personnel director to see what could be done. He came home with very high hopes and we both looked forward to the call and a return to normalcy.

Once again, though, it was raised hopes, only to be lowered afterwords. When he got the much anticipated call for the personnel department it was only to tell him that he couldn't be hired right now or at least until March. He was told that he took a test when he filled out the online application which he didn't pass. This was a test for the skills of the job he excelled at for over eight years. The company policy is the test cannot be taken again for at least six months for the position. The six months will be up in March.

It looks like more wait and see. He has been told me will probably have an unemployment appeal hearing in early January. Hopefully that will go well. Prayers are also needed for that one. He was accused of doing something at the job that he absolutely knows he didn't do or couldn't have done. The fact resulted in him getting denied unemployment resulting in no income or unemployment for the last three months. He has been faithfully filing his forms and going through the hoops for the appeal so if we are able to prove that he was unjustly accused or the company cannot prove he did what they said he did we will then get the back unemployment.

It is so difficult to know you didn't do something that someone said you did and to have to suffer the consequences anyway. The highs and lows that we keep experiencing are tiring. We're holding up fairly well though, and I'm fighting to stay positive no matter what the circumstances.

We've taken some steps including removing funds from my IRA to go ahead and pay off our home early. I only took half out this year and will pay off the rest the first week of January. This was better for tax reasons so the income of removing the IRA was spread out over two years.

I will be left with very little in my IRA after but it felt like the right thing to do. At least we will know that the house if ours and we will save around $1300 that the mortgage holder forced us to pay for flood insurance each year. We will also save some in other insurance as we can insure for less than the inflated value they forced us to insure each year. It will be nice to be in control of that again. We will also know there is no chance of being foreclosed upon no matter what.

The new year will bring the much awaited unemployment hearing and a renewed job search. There is even a possibility that he might be able to take that online test again before March as the company is planning on changing the job title for the position. We're hoping if that happens he will be able to take the test again early. In the original mail after applying they said he could apply for other positions in the company.

I'm really sorry I took so long to report the results here. It's been very difficult for me to continue to do what I have needed to do the last week or two. I am enjoying the less hectic holiday season though. We are keeping it really low key and making some gifts for family and friends to keep costs down. I'm loving all the time I get to spend with my DH. I notice all of the little things mean much more now. That seems to be the bright side of all that has happened in the last three months.

  
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MAGPIE74 12/24/2010 5:18PM

    I am sorry that the job did not result in the desired results. You are going through a difficult time but thankfully still have some resources. It does seem like many employers are using unscrupulous methods of letting people go these days, but fortunately the people at the unemployment offices are quite aware of this and are more on the side of the employee than ever before. If the employer can't prove their claim they are usually SOL. Unfortunately the wheels of justice move way to slow. As far as your retirement savings go - once you have two incomes again, and with no house payment you can start to contribute more into retirement.

I will keep you and your husband in my thoughts.

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 12/21/2010 12:21AM

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Jenny,
I will keep both you and your husband in my prayers. I am truly sorry you are having such a difficult time. It may not seem like it now, but often "when God closes a door, he opens a window." Something much better may be in your future.
Being falsely accused of something at work, and then having your rightful benefits denied seems to be the norm. I have had several individuals and friends have the very same thing happen to them. We are all here if you feel the need. It takes a great deal of courage to share our difficulties. However, it is when we don't, we dig ourselves in deeper.
It looks like, though difficult, you have a plan in place. Take care of yourself and each other.
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SUSIEPH1 12/20/2010 7:26PM

    I am so sure it will all turn out ok Margi..
Truth has a way of coming out sooner or later.
My love and good wishes are with you and DH always .. Hugs Susie emoticon

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TRACIEO3 12/20/2010 5:18PM

    Nice to hear from you and I just want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Also, thanks for your support on my comments today, it is nice to have your support and I"m here if you need me to. Sometimes I feel as though I take so much for granted.

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TOTHEFUTURE1 12/20/2010 4:59PM

    Thanks for the feedback. I will keep hoping for a good outcome soon.
My new year resolution Write a list and review it often. So many Sp ask for help for family and friends. emoticon

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