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ObamaCare Rant

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I beg you to look at the farce our government has made over many, many years of the military medical system. Unless the military person is an officer they get very short changed in that system.

Why do we need a Wounded Warrier program when those folks should be receiving the best medical and mental professional care and services that this country has?

Now, project that into what they are trying to do to the entire country.
Fifteen hundred pages and still growing. Well, they passed it and they (nor we) know what's in it.

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GABY1948 1/1/2014 9:11AM

    I do SO agree with you...this country was and is on a crash course...and because so many are "sheep" following after what they are being fed by mainstream media...sad, isn't it?

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IUHRYTR 4/12/2013 7:47PM

    Remember what Nancy Pelosi said, "We had to pass the bill in order to know what's it," or words to that effect. How irresponsible is that? I agree our service personnel need our support and respect and that of the government. More likely to get it from us. emoticon -- Lou

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MONGO2TEN 4/11/2013 6:02AM

    Yes, very concerned about the direction our health care is headed:(


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JOYINKY 4/10/2013 9:59PM


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LOVINGTORUN 4/10/2013 1:43PM

    I know! It is a disgrace the way the current administration has treated our military. I have 2 siblings full time military right now and hear all the horror stories. Only the vote can help now.

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Strength Training and Bowling

Friday, October 19, 2012

In 2010 I thought I was finally bowling consistently well and my avg was going up. Then last year I hit a real slump that lasted pretty much the entire season.

This year I started bowling better again and last week it dawned on me why I was bowling better this year in both my weekly league and monthly travel league. **I returned to the gym and to strength training.**

After my gallbladder removal in 10/10 I couldn't go to the gym for awhile and when I was cleared to return I further justified not going as my finances needed a break from the expense. Strike one.

So, my entire 2011 was gym less. And, since I had lost all my weight and was in maintenance my calorie count and other nutritional elements were higher. Strike two.

Then my thyroid went hypo on me and I gained eight pounds, not to mention all the other symptoms of hypothyroidism. Strike three.

After I finally got myself to the doctor and had the diagnosis and helpful medications in late 2011, I also went back to the gym (1/12).

It was just a few months later that I began to bowl better but it took me some six months to relate the better bowling with my strength training and cardio workouts.

Having hypothyroidism can be daunting due to all the symptoms associated with it but the worst part is the weight gain and my body’s resistance to losing weight. I have been able to lose three of the gained pounds and have not given up on the other five.

I have had to adjust my nutrition mix and have upped my energy expenditure and gained yet another perspective on living a healthy lifestyle for the remainder of my (hopefully long) life.

There are always obstructions thrown in our path and I know I just need to think of them as challenges and opportunities rather than trying to use them as justifications to not revert to FatCat.

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DESTINYE 4/23/2013 9:39AM

    I have been struggling with hypothyroidism too - or my liver's inability to process to the active form of the hormone. Gained more than 5 lbs though but have lost 5 lbs since I have been really sticking to things, had to take a break from fighting my body and am in a much better place now to try to lose even if it is slow!

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JOYINKY 10/19/2012 9:09PM

    I guess it's a lifelong balancing act CAT. I took off from the gym to garden this spring and am having trouble getting myself back. But, have a "reminder" surfacing. Lower back pain. I don't have it when I strength train. Guess I've been away from the machines too long. I get plenty of exercise; but it doesn't do the trick like the gym does. It does make a difference in a lot of activities. Thanks for the "extra" reminder! sometimes I need that extra push!

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IUHRYTR 10/19/2012 8:08PM

    So true. So much of what we do in bowling puts a huge strain on our hands, thumbs, wrists, shoulders, back and legs so strength training does become very important. Glad you're feeling better. -- Lou

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My Own Weakness

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Since I started my body/mind transition in February of 2009 I have eaten less than six eggs, except when in food I have no control over making (not often), and I have had probably consumed less than a 1/4 pound of butter.

These were my choices because I had very high cholesterol and believed I needed to attack that problem head on and without compromise. I still avoid eggs, butter, and other saturated fats to this day. (My cholesterol has gotten down to the bottom of the high range with most of the number being from the HDL.)

Besides the cholesterol/sat fat avoidance I pretty much eat what I want as long as I eat balanced and within the ranges of all my nutritional elements. This has allowed me to be able to really learn how to have a healthy relationship with food, one that I believe will last forever. No more gaining and losing the same FIFTY pounds.

So, today I am making a concession to all this. I am turning 62 on October 9th and I want to have something special. Something from my old life.

I decided I was going to make a carrot cake with all real ingredients.

I pulled a carrot from my garden that weighed 15 ounces!!!!! I tasted it and it was still sweet. I used unprocessed sugar and real eggs along with all the other ingredients.

Monday I will make the frosting from low fat cream cheese but with real butter.

This my friends is my birthday cake. It won't throw me over the edge and back to be a FatCat because I know how to remain a NotFatCat. And, of course, I will be handing out slices to everyone I know so that I don't eat more than a couple.

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JOYINKY 10/6/2012 7:58PM

    WTG! I too enjoy eating healthy and not denying anything; but I have learned to really enjoy a lot of healthy foods along the way. I always enjoy cake and ice cream at my grandkids birthdays. It's not the celebrations that were a problem. It was all the days in between. Carrotcake would have been my choice too. Enjoy!

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IUHRYTR 10/6/2012 7:48PM

    I believe we need to treat ourselves now and then, especially on our birthdays, so go for it and enjoy it. -- Lou

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Spark Teams

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Today I left about seven teams, four of which I was the leader or co-leader.

I think that some SP join teams just to join teams and don't really want to interact with these teams.

While I don't just join teams to join, I am guilty of not interacting with some of my teams. So, I cut them loose. No need to hold on.

Just like my weight and bad eating/exercising habits. I cut those loose and didn't hold on.

Sometimes self analyzing and change is a good thing.

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REDHATSHAPELY1 9/6/2012 7:18AM

    I did the same thing too this week. A housecleaning seemed in order. Now I am going to focus on the teams I have left. Great idea! emoticon

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NAVYMOM133 8/1/2012 6:47PM

    I did the same, recently. They had just fallen inactive and I found I was working individually with a few SP friends instead. So I did the official "Leave Team" as well. I missed having a team that did interact somewhat daily, though, and joined the 50+ Maintainers. Thanks again for the warm welcome, Cat!!


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DESTINYE 7/15/2012 9:43PM

    Sounds like a good plan to me!

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IUHRYTR 7/5/2012 12:41AM

    I feel the same way. I joined several teams because I anticipated positive interaction but the teams are dead -- no one answers posts, or huddles, or shows any reason they are on the team. I should weed out my list, too. Thanks for staying with Raul and me. I look forward to your feedback on your scores and taking part of our new games. By the way, the next one in Bowling Terms is "X". That should be an easy one if you want it. emoticon -- Lou

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ROCKMAN6797 7/4/2012 3:07PM

    I agree Cat, I want to be able to interact with my team so I only join a limited amount of them!

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JOYINKY 7/3/2012 8:41PM

    I agree CAT; I've pared my teams way down and am active on those that remain. I function best that way.

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CHERYLSBUTT 7/3/2012 6:31PM

    I have a few teams I need to lose would you tell me how it can be done.
I tried and ended up just reorganizing the list.

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It Never Ends

Thursday, February 23, 2012

My relationship with food, weight, and the emotional connection between them is something that has taken up my entire life. Until now!

I have been able to reach through all this static to get to a point where I believe I have it pretty much under control. I've lost the weight I needed to lose. I feel good about my body (well, most of it anyway, just so long as I don't look too closely). I know how to look at food and make the right decision about whether it goes past my lips, or not.

I am still relyng on my Spark Food Tracker, so am I really being honest with myself about how far I have come and how secure I really am in my new healthy identity? I say yes. I say I use the food tracker as a tool just like I use EXCEL to track my miles walked and my daily blood pressure. It is a tool. It allows me to go back and see what works and what doesn't and how I can continue to make positive improvements in my life.

So, there!

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CHATTIEGIRL 5/12/2012 10:08PM

    H Cat;

Darling I am there too always check my food and exercises so they say a lot I have to eat more compared to exercises. I can't eat that much so I am healthy and it is just the way I am. You do what is comfortable for you. Have a happy, healthy, fun life.
God bless you always. Have a blessed Mothers Day with family.

Smile Joyce

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CKAYT56 2/26/2012 12:43AM

    I really rely on the food tracker too! Really makes me think twice about what I am going to put in my mouth. I use the food tracker every day and try hard not to forget to count all food for the day. Not ready to give it up and maybe never will give it up.

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ROCKMAN6797 2/24/2012 2:46PM

    The SparkPeople food tracker has been a godsend for me! It keeps me honest and reminds me of what I need to do in order to keep the pounds off! Thanks for reminding us all!


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IUHRYTR 2/24/2012 12:04AM

    Using the tracker shows me, too, the times of day I overeat. Doesn't mean I am always within calorie range but without the tracker I wouldn't have a picture of what needs more attention and control. Good going reaching your goal. -- Lou

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JOYINKY 2/23/2012 1:04PM

    I agree 100%!!

It's a tool that's brought me success and I have no intention of giving it up!

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