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Vitamins and Supplements?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Since tracking my food/nutrition....I love the fact that the program shows me what vitamins i'm lacking in my diet. At first it was a challenge just to get fiber...but with the help of some great suggestions by my sparkfriends...I've conquered that one! Yay! (Now if I could conquer liking to exercise!!!) UGH!

Back to the subject.... I've been reading up on vitamins and purchased a big bottle of a good multi-vitamin. I haven't opened it yet. I've been trying to get my vitamins from natural foods but am severely lacking in Vitamins B, E, D. BED? sigh....need more sleep

I came across many sites that say that you should be drinking your vitamins....liquid form. They say that it gets absorbed into the body much faster and that traditional vitamins don't dissolve properly in the body and most of it is a waste of money.

I need calcium, too.

If anyone knows something about vitamins and supplements or has any suggestions...I'm all ears!

Have a great, energetic, sparkin' great day, folks! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHARON2014 2/20/2010 1:12PM

    I can tell you what my MD recommended for me, (63, post-menopausal, hyptertension, high cholesterol, osteopenia);
Calcium 1500 mg/day
Vitamin D 800 IU/day
Omega-3 fish oil, 2000 mg/ day
Exercise 30-45 min 3-4X week

I take a Centrum silver multi vitamin, 1000 mg Vit D, CQ10 (for heart health when you are on statins); Os cal with D (2/day), Krill Oil (a type of omega 3 that you only have to take 1x day); baby aspirin. I was just at the doctor and she thought this was fine.

She did draw a vit D blood level, don't have results yet. Read up on vitamin D - especially in states like Michigan we just don't get enough sun on bare skin each day!

I take the extra because I am not a consistent fruit/veggie eater... I do notice more energy when I take the vitamins on a daily basis.

Check out WebMD and the RealAge websites, they have a lot of good information. Good Luck.

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JANE1216 2/18/2010 7:02PM

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I've found that there are as many vitamin brands as there are opinions on which ones your should take! I subscribe to Prevention magazine and they seem to be in the "middle of the road" -- if you haven't checked them, they do have a nice website that might help --- other articles/websites seem a bit too extreme to me --- but spark seems to be very informed and not extreme in any department -- so I would trust what they say. I do know some people who have tried liquid, but didn't like them b/c of the taste -- hope that helps! In the meantime, I would get the B, E, and D by taking a nice nap, like you said -- get more sleep -- makes sense to me!!!

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KAJIRA_CALLA 2/18/2010 11:17AM

    Sorry I don't know squat about vitamins although I do take the expensive ones from GNC. Anyway what I wanted to comment on was you liking exercise or the lack of liking it. Find something you like doing dancing, swimming, bike riding anything that gets you moving and your heart rate up is considered exercise and will help you lose weight. Especially if it is an activity you enjoy that you don't necessarily consider exercise.

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We All Need Support....

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

SUPPORT: –verb
1. to bear or hold up (a load, mass, structure, part, etc.); serve as a foundation for.
2. to sustain; withstand (weight, pressure, strain) without giving way; serve as a prop for.
3. to undergo or endure, esp. with patience or submission; tolerate.
4. to sustain (a person, the mind, spirits, courage, etc.) under trial or affliction
5. to maintain (a person, family, establishment, institution, etc.) by supplying with things necessary to existence; provide for: to support a family.
6. to uphold (a person, cause, policy, etc.) by aid, countenance, one's vote, etc.; back; second.
7. to maintain or advocate (a theory, principle, etc.).
8. to corroborate (a statement, opinion, etc.
9. to act with or second (a lead performer); assist in performance

1, 6. Support, maintain, sustain, uphold all mean to hold up and to preserve. To support is to hold up or add strength to, literally or figuratively: The columns support the roof.

Sparkpeople actively support eachother!

When we need support we can count on someone..a sparkfriend.. coming to our aid to help hold us up, encourage us to keep standing, help us to maintain.

Without all of the love and support from my that picture of the old building above...I would crash, cave in and fall.

Thank you for all you do to support me...whether it be a kind word, a smile and chuckle, a compassionate ear or cheering me on with a "WooHoo" or a "You Can Do It!". I need your support! It is the thing that is making the difference in achieving my weight loss goals.

I hope you know that I will support you, too!

Thanks again! xoxoxox

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CAROLANN27 2/19/2010 3:07PM

    I couldn't agree more. The support of you and my other SparkFriends is the magic ingredient that is keeping me going!

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DCAMPBELL8 2/17/2010 2:55PM

    Thanks, I'm here for you also!

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CHERN009 2/17/2010 2:22PM

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DRTWITCHY 2/17/2010 1:26PM

    No kidding, huh? The support is what separates SP from every other diet program out there. If I didn't have people out there making me put down the French fries, it would be all over.

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    Good blog! I am always thankful for your support!

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KAJIRA_CALLA 2/17/2010 1:07PM

    You support us as much as we support you and for that I thank you. We love you hun. Keep up the great work. Together we can do this.

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JAKEANDNELLIE 2/17/2010 12:39PM

    My Friends here are my main source of support, inspiration, motivation, and encouragement! We have worked together through both good times and not so good times, but always been there for one another. They are the reason I continue on this journey and I give thanks for them and to them each day!
emoticonThank you for all the support, encouragement, and friendship you so freely give to us all.

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Challenge yourself!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

My little granddaughter, Haley is starting to like chess. She doesn't know exactly what she's doing yet..but I've been teaching her what each chess piece is called and which moves it is allowed to make. It's fun to watch her play by herself at times and I'm noticing that she's naturally challenging herself because she wants to win.

" Be the chess player, not the chess piece."
Ralph Charell inspiration and new mantra for this week is:

Challenge yourself!!!

Walk one step more than yesterday! Do one more exercize....or try something that you wouldn't ordinarily even be attracted to...I'm talking exercize right

Park your car wayyyyyy far away from the door of the store.

Make yourself push past what you don't like and make it fun!

Talk to yourself and give yourself a pep talk...a kick in the rear...whatever.

Push yourself!

Hey.,..we have "self-talk" going on all the time anyway...why not use it to our advantage?

When you hear the voice that says, "You know you don't feel like parking far away.."

Talk back!!! Say... "You don't get to decide...I do!" or simply say.."Let's see!" and do it!

I've always been the rebellious sort so for'll probably be easy! haaaaaaaa

If my self talk is yacking about being tired. I'll say..."Tired? You? Nawwww...Lemme' show you what tired REALLY feels like!" haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa your own drill sergeant! It works! And it's fun!

Challenge yourself!!!

If you decide to do it...let me know how you did this week and what you did to challenge
yourself! Have fun with it!!

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JANE1216 2/16/2010 5:50PM

    I like this! I think I'm going to "challenge" myself to be my own drill sergeant --- this is a great idea --- I'm going to write this on my weekly goal sheet and "YES SIR (I mean MAM) - I will report back, SIR (I mean MAM!) Thanks for this motivating, kick-it-in-the-fanny blog!!!

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DRTWITCHY 2/16/2010 1:22PM

    What a great idea! I'm going to work on getting my body all the way around every time in my Scandinavian dance class tonight (even though everything still really hurts). BTW, my grandfather taught me to play chess when I was 7, so I feel very simpatico with your granddaughter right now.

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JAKEANDNELLIE 2/16/2010 1:06PM

    I'm trying - but sometimes I just don't listen to myself!
Challenging myself is one of the reasons I do my weekly mini-streaks.
Thanks for sharing your wisdom with us.

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KAJIRA_CALLA 2/16/2010 12:07PM

    I'll take that challenge to challenge myself because that is how one breaks through a weight loss plateau and I am hoping if I keep challenging myself I won't hit any plateaus

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ERINLINDSAY83 2/16/2010 11:55AM

    Love the post! Thanks for sharing!

(P.S. It's spelled *exercise*)

keep up your hard work and remember to stay positive!

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20 lbs - GONE!! Yay!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Well, the above picture is 100 lbs of fat..I'm working my way toward that!

I decided to bring my scale out of hiding and was pleasantly surprised to see that I have lost a total of 20 lbs since January 1st, 2010! Yes!!!

I have lost an overall total of 37 1/2 inchies...unbelievable!!

This is only the start...I have alot to lose and to me..I can barely tell by looking in the mirror.

The jowl under my chin is going down... my waist is becoming visible clothes feel looser.

I have been drinking my 8 glasses of water.
I have been putting nutricious foods into my body.
I have been exercizing and/or doing the walking tape.

I can do this thing.
I am doing this thing!

Keep going sparksters...little by by day...we're doing it!

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DEBRA_T 2/21/2010 12:24AM

    AWESOME news to come home to, Michele! You are getting it done and I am so happy to be running, okay, briskly walking, along side you.

Love, Deb

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MTURNER68 2/16/2010 9:54PM

    You are doing great!! Thanks for always being so positive. emoticon

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CAROLANN27 2/16/2010 4:42PM

    Congratulations! That's wonderful. I'm so happy for you!!

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FAWNZIFER 2/16/2010 1:14PM

    yeah you!!!! you rock!!! way to go!!!! emoticon

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JAKEANDNELLIE 2/16/2010 1:07PM

    Wow! That's all I can say! Wow, again.
I am so proud of you!

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KAJIRA_CALLA 2/16/2010 5:23AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You are truely an inspiration. Keep up the great work together we can do this. emoticon

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DRTWITCHY 2/16/2010 12:52AM

    Twenty pounds?!? Inconceivable. That is so unbelievably great and you deserve it. Brava!

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JANE1216 2/16/2010 12:15AM

    BRAVO!!!!! emoticon

That is the best blog I've read today --- 20 pounds - gone! Gone! GOne!! GONe!!! GONE!!!!


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Keep the focus --- and congrats!

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PS: the 100 pounds of fat --- that is disgusting - but an excellent visual!!!!

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JEA1668 2/15/2010 8:52PM

    20lbs since january 1st and a total of 37 1/2 inches, girl you are on fire! youre amazing! keep it up and you'll be at your goal in NO TIME! i mean literally 20lbs already? youre on your way!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon You go girl!

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MARYMAC45 2/15/2010 6:23PM

That is fantastic, I am soooo happy for you. I was feeling low but you perked me up. You have given me the incentive to keep going. Thank you and good luck. emoticon emoticon

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MORNING_NOONAN 2/15/2010 5:55PM

    That is so fantastic!! I'm so happy for you!!!

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LISALOSING52 2/15/2010 1:02PM

    Wow that is SO AWESOME! What an inspiration you are to me! (and others of course)All of those inches....poof...GONE!!! Clothes fitting better,,, emoticon.
All that hard work you've been doing is paying off. I know you are up on cloud nine (or 20)haha. Keep it up emoticon

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KNITSTRONG 2/15/2010 11:53AM

    You are doing a fantastic job! Keep it up! Thanks for sharing, I know I'm inspired!
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Congratulations on your achievement! You are doing TERRIFIC!!!!

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DIFROMWYOMING 2/15/2010 10:20AM

    emoticon That is wonderful! I KNOW you can do this! You're inspiring me today.

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    emoticon And now you have the evidence to prove it!!! Keep up the emoticon work!!!! What an inspiration you are! emoticon

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Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

By Louise McCready
Bon Appetit
updated 2:38 p.m. ET, Wed., Feb. 10, 2010
"Be Mine." "Kiss Me." "Sweet Talk." Nothing signals Cupid's arrival quite like conversation hearts. This year, thanks to the landslide results of an online survey in which the candy's manufacturer solicited suggestions for new messages, one in 80 candy hearts will say, "Tweet Me."

Isn't that modern. But did you know just how vintage these 144-year-old candy hearts are?

We'll give you a short (and sweet) history lesson: The New England Confectionery Company (NECCO) debuted their Sweethearts Conversation Hearts in the 1800s. Originally called "motto hearts," their precursor was a trendy fortune cookie-like treat sold during the Civil War called a "cockle," which had printed phrases rolled up inside its scallop-shaped shell. Printing words directly on the candy was the bright idea of Daniel Chase, the brother of NECCO's founder. He also invented the machine that both pressed red vegetable coloring on the candy dough and cut the shapes. The new candies were a hit, especially wedding-day versions with sayings like: "Married in Pink, He will take to drink," and "Married in white, You have chosen right." At the turn of the last century, NECCO "Conversation Mottos" were even produced in shapes like watches, horseshoes, and baseballs.

Many of the original sayings, like "Be Good," "Be True," and "Kiss Me," are still printed, but NECCO began to update its lexicon in the late ’90s with hearts that said "Call Me," "Fax Me," and "Email Me." Last year's new phrases were all food related, from "Recipe 4 Love," to "Top Chef." And while it used to be impossible to find the candy hearts during any other time of the year, in March of 2009 NECCO produced “Twilight”-themed candy hearts, with sayings like "I heart EC," "Lion and Lamb," "Bite Me," "Dazzle" and "Live 4 Ever."

NECCO manufactures eight billion Sweethearts per year and approximately 100,000 pounds of candy hearts are sold each day during the six-week period between January 1 and Valentine's Day.
Just a little candy heart history

I made a few candy hearts for all my sparkfriends! You're all the best!

Love to you!

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DIFROMWYOMING 2/14/2010 8:29PM

    The SP emoticon are great! Amazing they sell so many of these things...I never liked them!
Hope you had a great day!

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CAROLANN27 2/14/2010 6:37PM

    I like your SP hearts!!!

And now after all these years, I know what NECCO stands for!



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JANE1216 2/14/2010 6:01PM

    This is so fun! I've learned alot and had a good time reading the facts - 8 BILLION a year --- whoa!!!!! Wonder how many calories would be in those??!!??!! Thanks for sharing -- and have a wonderful Valentine's Day evening!


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FLUFFYFLOWER 2/14/2010 4:45PM

    Nice touch with the SP hearts! Thanks for sharing.

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USAZIMBA 2/14/2010 2:45PM

  Thanks for the history lesson now my son knows also.Happy Valentine's Day!!

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CHERYLJM2 2/14/2010 2:31PM

    Happy Valentine's Day to all.

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AMETHYSTD 2/14/2010 2:07PM

    Happy Valentine's Day.

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