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What is a Friend?

Monday, July 20, 2009


I found this In my Basement today, while doing some decluttering, its about 36 years old, It's a Post Card that a friend sent me from My Hometown after My Husband and I moved to Salt Lake City. Just Thought I would share it with you all.
I have so many Friends here on SP!!
Mollie

  
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HOLLY_ROSE3 9/22/2009 11:22AM

    Hey Mollie, wishing you SUCCESS in your Spark walk!! Cute Post card!!

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GLORIAOG 8/17/2009 11:52PM

    I hope I'm still in the friend count lol.. being away so much I don't know if I've been 4gotten.. (((Hugs)))

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MODESTA 8/3/2009 10:06PM

    thank you all so much
Spark Friends!

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MTALL848 7/22/2009 8:52PM

    That is so sweet!
Thanks for sharing!!
Hope all is well with you!!

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SUNNY332 7/22/2009 7:42AM

    I love it! Thanks so much for sharing it.

What a great poem on being a friend. Hugs, Sunny

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DONNAEDA 7/21/2009 10:17PM

    I love it. It is so appropriate.

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ROBLAINE1 7/21/2009 3:05PM

  Thank you so much. It is lovely and nice to have you as a friend too.
Robin

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ABIGAILSING 7/21/2009 12:03AM

    Glad to be among them and have you for one, too! emoticon

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I''m not Quitting SparkPeople

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Not going to quit and give up yet but I am on leave so to speak, My mother has not been doing too good and I am running back and fouth from her house, to mine, which is a 2-1/2 - 3 hour drive. I spend a few days there and a few days home with DH. When I am there I do have access to the internet she has a laptop. But I am so busy helping her that I don't really have time for anything on the internet anymore. I'm home right now but I will be going back to my moms Tuesday.
We found out my mother does not have Crohns Disease Thank Goodness! I took her for tests and they finally found out she has a virus called Clostridum Difficile Colitis. Its curable and she is on antibiotics now and everyday feeling better. I started her on a Whey Protein Drink and she is getting so strong now. I am trying to talk her into coming home with me to stay for as long as she wants, but she is a stubborn lady lol she wants to stay in her little house on the prairie, I don't blame her though I love country living myself, its so laid back and everyone knows everyone.
I am giving up all my challenges on SparkPeople hope I didn't cause any damage by quitting them. sorry
I will be back soon I hope
Your SparkBuddy Mollie

  
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MASTERCARE 8/2/2009 5:07PM

    Thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. Glad your mother has you!

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ANGELBEAR535 7/21/2009 9:42PM

    Glad to see you are doing alright! Enjoy your time with your mother! Will be thinking of you

Linda

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CCFIRECRACKER 7/21/2009 3:46PM

    you're mom is lucky to have such a wonderful daughter. i'm glad to hear that she's getting stronger and doing better. don't forget to take care of yourself too!

BIG spark emoticon to you

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CATDLK 7/20/2009 5:14PM

    Take care and God bless. Family should always come first!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 7/19/2009 11:57PM

    Mollie,
My thoughs & prayers are with you & your mom. I will miss you but I understand what you are doing...I would do the same. We'll be here when you can come back

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Teresa

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ABIGAILSING 7/19/2009 11:27PM

    Robin is correct. You have this time to make marvelous memories with your mother. Enjoy her. We will be here when you return, and we are with you in our prayers.

Updating us through your blog is great! Keep us informed as you have time.

BLESSings and emoticon
Darlene emoticon

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ROBLAINE1 7/19/2009 10:53PM

  Molly, we will miss you, but what you are doing is a wonderful thing. Your Mother needs you now, and you will be blessed for giving up some of your own personal things for her.
I will be praying that she will get better soon. Don't worry about the challenges. Doing all that driving and staying away from home is enough of a challenge for you right now.

Take care and God bless you and keep you.
Hope to hear from you again soon.
Robin

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My Baby Photo

Sunday, July 19, 2009


This is a picture of my sisters, a cousin and One Brother, and me! 9 years later one more brother was born then 7 years after him another brother. That makes 8 kids, I came from a big family.
Guess which one is me.
Mollie

  
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ABIGAILSING 7/28/2009 9:09PM

    emoticon I knew it. That expression looks just like your expression in your photo you had up for awhile. Well, that was fun. Now what?

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MODESTA 7/28/2009 2:54AM

    Yes your right thats me in the middle front
How did you guess lol

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BUNNONE 7/24/2009 10:55PM

    I agree with Abigailsing. Are we correct?

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ABIGAILSING 7/21/2009 12:06AM

    The middle one in the front row of girls.

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To Retire Or Not to Retire?

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Monday June 29, 2009
My Physical Therapist liked the idea of me doing the weight lifting when I told him about STSC. He OK 'ed it!! I just have to be careful. In todays session I got up to lifting 25 lbs if it is at table height. Thats bad because my norm is 50 lbs. emoticon
He is happy that I do water exercises also. The Only thing he is concerned is that I still have weakness in my legs, Once I squat down to pick up a heavy object or even not to pick anything up, I can't get up without support, I have to hang on to something to lift up. The exercises in the pool are helping a little, but so far not much.
But My Therapist graduated me lol so I don't have to go to Therapy Sessions anymore. I just have to do them at home every other day. (strength exerises)
Tomorrow I go See My Back Specialist and hopefully he releases me to go back to work.
June 29, 2009

Cardio 30 Minutes
Park: 30 minutes Walked 1 mile
Home: 36 minutes total
Bent-Over Row with 5 lb weights 12 minutes
Curl and Press 5 lb weights 12 minutes
Lunge with 5 lb weights 12 minutes
Strength: 66 minutes Total today
Therapy: 31 minutes
Back Extension with Ball 5 minutes
Crunches 5 minutes
Crunches with Ball 5 minutes
Slow Swimming on Ball 5 minutes
Modified Side Plank 5 minutes
Alternating dumbbell Biceps Curls
Chest Press with Band 2 minutes
Total time Exercising today 96 minutes
June 30, 2009
Went to see my Back Specialist (surgeon) today and He didn't want to release me to go back to work, He wanted me to take 2 months more off work. But I talked him into 5 weeks. I go back to see him in 5 weeks and then he will decide to release me to go back or not. We are now looking into a early medical retirement for me.
June 30, 2009
Cardio:
45 minutes gardening
30 minutes Walking 1 mile
Total today 75 minutes cardio
No Strength today

July 1, 2009
Strength Exercises:
Crunches 5 minutes
Crunches with Ball 5 minutes
Slow Swimming on Ball 5 minutes
Modified Side Plank 5 minutes
Alternating dumbbell Biceps Curls 2 minutes
Chest Press with Band 2 minutes
40 minutes water exercises
Total Strength Exercises 64 minutes
Cardio:
Swimming breaststroke 30 minutes
Swimming general 60 minutes
Total Cardio 90 minutes
Shopping for clothes with My Daughter walked alot about 120 minutes??? does this count for cardio??? well anyway we got our 10,000+ steps in today!!


MOTTO TO LIVE BY
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, latte in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO, What a ride!"

  
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SUNNY332 7/2/2009 6:22PM

    I did not realize you just recently had back surgery. You know your own body but also, please listen to the surgeon. He wants the best possible results from his "handiwork".

Take care and keep up the good work. Sounds like you are making great progress.

Hugs,Sunny

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ABIGAILSING 7/2/2009 10:06AM

    Wow, Mollie. After just having back surgery in February, I'd say lifting half what you used to is Great! It takes a good year to get back to full strength. Give yourself credit, girl, and give yourself a break. You are doing great!

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Darlene

PS: Praying wisdom for your decision on retirement.

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Fat Burning Foods

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

I found this while surfing the web: I'm putting this article here so I can come back and read it every so often.

If you are one of the many people fighting the battle of the bulge, you will be pleased to learn that there are actually foods that may help you burn fat. You will still need to exercise and avoid over indulging. However, you may be able to speed up the fat-burning process by consuming these wonder foods.



1. Low-Fat Dairy: Milk, Yogurt, Cottage Cheese
How: They all contain calcium and studies show that not getting enough calcium may trigger the release of calcitrol, a hormone that causes us to store fat, whereas meeting your daily calcium needs helps us burn fat more efficiently. Dairy products can boost weight loss efforts, according to a study in the April issue of Obesity Research. People on a reduced-calorie diet who included three to four servings of dairy foods lost significantly more weight than those who ate a low-dairy diet containing the same number of calories. Low-fat yogurt is a rich source of weight-loss-friendly calcium, providing about 450 mg (about half the recommended daily allowance for women ages 19-50) per 8-ounce serving, as well as 12 grams of protein.

2. Berries
How: they are high in fiber. Fiber is the magic bullet of weight loss. It keeps you full and satisfied all day on virtually no calories. A 1 cup serving of raspberries contains 8g of fiber and only 60 calories! Strawberries, blackberries and blueberries are all other high-fiber berries. Fiber makes us feel full sooner and stays in our stomach longer than other substances we eat, slowing down our rate of digestion and keeping us feeling full longer. Fiber also moves fat through our digestive system faster so that less of it is absorbed.

3. High-fiber cereals
How: A study from the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that women who ate cereal were 30 percent less likely to be overweight than those who ate other breakfast foods. High-fiber cereals have fewer calories than other breakfast options (eggs, bacon, donuts and muffins), and the fiber helps to keep you feeling full all morning so you are less likely to need a snack before lunch. Also, fiber helps to keep insulin levels in check which prevents fat storage.

4. Citrus Fruits: Oranges, Grapefruit, Lemon, Limes
How: Foods that contain vitamin C help metabolize fat faster and make losing weight less difficult. You only need 60 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C a day to meet your body’s basic needs, but according to the study, raising your daily intake to 500 mg could boost your fat burning potential during exercise by 39 percent. Researchers at Scripps Clinic found that participants who ate half a grapefruit with each meal in a 12-week period lost an average of 3.6 pounds. The study indicates that the unique chemical properties in this vitamin C-packed citrus fruit reduce insulin levels, which promotes weight loss. NOTE: If you are taking medication, check with your doctor about any potentially adverse interactions with grapefruit.

5. Green Tea
How: Green tea contains caffeine, which is a natural stimulant that can help your body burn more calories while at rest, meaning that you can burn fat without doing a thing. Caffeine speeds up the heart rate and also frees fatty acids stored in the body, making them more readily available for energy use. Also, green tea contains a compound called ECGC that may help to boost your metabolism by speeding up the nervous system. Green tea can also replace less healthy alternatives such as colas and excess coffee drinks which add calories to your diet.

6. Water
How: Water helps to rid the body of toxins and chemicals that may be slowing down your overall metabolism. By drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day, you can make sure that your digestion is running smoothly and that anything that shouldn’t be in your body is eliminated. Many times, our hunger is really just thirst in disguise since the symptoms of dehydration mimic those of hunger (weak, cranky, tired, etc.) A new study seems to indicate that drinking water actually speeds up weight loss. Researchers in Germany found that subjects of the study increased their metabolic rates (the rate at which calories are burned) by 30 percent after drinking approximately 17 ounces of water. Water is also a natural appetite suppressant that banishes bloat as it flushes out sodium and toxins. Make sure that you are starting your day with a big glass of water and drink throughout the day not just all at one time.

7. Soy beans: Either frozen in bags or dry-roasted
How: Soybeans contain lecitin, which helps your body keep your cells from accumulating fat. If you don’t have the time to steam them frozen, you can snack on dried or roasted ones.

8. Fish: Salmon, Tuna, Sardines
How: These fish all contain large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids which, besides being incredibly healthy, seem to affect metabolism. Omega-3s alter levels of leptin, a hormone in the body which directly influences metabolism and determines whether you burn calories or store them as fat. Fish contain omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) found only in fish oils. Fish oil increases the levels of fat-burning enzymes in your body and decreases the levels of fat-storage enzymes. It’s also been shown to boost your metabolism by as much as 400 calories per day. Fish like mackerel, salmon and trout are great sources of omega-3, but you can also take capsules (take at least 300mg).

9. Lean Proteins: Lean Beef, Chicken and Turkey
How: All lean meats help to speed up the metabolism and burn more fat simply because they require so much energy for complete digestion. Studies have shown that people who follow a high-protein diet burn twice as many calories after a meal as people who follow a high-carbohydrate diet. In addition, eating protein helps to preserve muscle mass during weight loss, keeping metabolism running at full speed. Rev up your fat-burning engine with this bodybuilder favorite. Countless studies have shown that protein can help boost metabolism, lose fat and build lean muscle tissue so you burn more calories. A 3-ounce serving of boneless, skinless lean turkey breast weighs in at 120 calories and provides 26 grams of appetite-curbing protein, 1 gram of fat and 0 grams of saturated fat.

10. Spicy Peppers: Jalapenos, Habaneros, Chili peppers
How: Studies show that the chemical compound capsacin, found in peppers, speeds up your heart rate and metabolism. Eating a very spicy meal can actually speed up the metabolism by about 25 percent for up to 3 hours. Keep Tabasco sauce on the table to spice up everything from scrambled eggs to soup to pasta.

11. Pistachios
How: Studies show that pistachios fight weight gain by slowing down rises in blood sugar levels and curbing hunger. Nut consumption in general is associated with a lower body mass index and has not been associated with weight gain. Pistachios have a significant amount of protein and are among the highest fiber nuts which slow down digestion, and keep you feeling fuller longer than low-protein, low-fiber snacks. You also get a lot of nuts for a one ounce serving which helps psychologically. For a 1-ounce portion of pistachios, you get 49 pistachios versus only 23 almonds and 18 cashews (in an equal one ounce portion).

12. Apples and Pears
How: Overweight women who ate the equivalent of three small apples or pears a day lost more weight on a low-calorie diet than women who didn’t add fruit to their diet, according to researchers from the State University of Rio de Janeiro. Fruit eaters also ate fewer calories overall. So next time you need to satisfy a sugar craving, reach for this low-calorie, high-fiber snack. You’ll feel full longer and eat less.

13. Soup
Eat less and burn fat faster by having a bowl of soup as an appetizer or a snack. According to a Penn State University study, soup is a super appetite suppressant because it’s made up of a hunger-satisfying combination of liquids and solids. In the study, women chose one of three 270-calorie snacks before lunch. Women who had chicken and rice soup as a snack consumed an average of 100 fewer calories than those in the study who opted for a chicken and rice casserole or the casserole and a glass of water. Just make sure to avoid soups made with cream or loaded with pasta or potatoes. Aim for broth based soups filled with vegetables for a low-calorie and filling meal or appetizer. Miso soup, vegetable soup and bean soups are all great options.

14. Broccoli
How: Study after study links calcium and weight loss. Broccoli is not only high in calcium, but also loaded with vitamin C, which boosts calcium absorption. This member of the nutritious cabbage family also has plenty of vitamin A, folate and fiber. And, at just 20-calories per cup, this weight-loss superfood not only fights fat but also contains powerful phytochemicals that boost your immunity and protect against disease. Try it chopped in your salad, or sautéed and used in an omelet or as a side dish.

15. Garlic
How: Garlic is a blood thinner but also seems to have the ability to break down fat. Most people can take it or leave it, but by adding garlic to your diet, even in amounts you cannot detect, will help you in your fat-burning goals and get a number of other benefits. Garlic is also a diuretic.

Tanya’s House Salad

1 bag romaine hearts (or spinach, rocket lettuce)
1 bag baby carrots
2 celery hearts
1 red pepper
1 seedless cucumber
1 box cherry tomatoes
1 14-ounce can hearts of palm
1 14-ouce can garbanzo beans
1 red onion

Posted in Tanya's Tasty Tips

  
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JUSTFOXXY 7/2/2009 6:15AM

    This is great information. Thanks for posting!
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I hope you don't mind, but I am going to copy your information and post in my own blog so I can also refer back to it. I promise to give you 100% credit and will even cite your page as the resource.

Jazz

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DONNAEDA 7/1/2009 6:27PM

    what a wonderful blog, thank you so much for posting this great selection of foods and spices.

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CATDLK 7/1/2009 11:43AM

    Thanks for sharing the great info! I'm definitely going to put it to use!

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SUNNY332 7/1/2009 7:36AM

    Great Blog with lots of good information. Thanks so much.

Have a emoticon day.

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LUCY419 7/1/2009 1:07AM

    This is a fantastic blog! im ready to go grocery shopping right now, I can't wait to start this.
I remember when I drank grapefruit juice a few years back I lost weight fast, and I love spicy foods.....well i'll have to spice it up from now on, i'll let you know how it's going.
Thank you! Lucy

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