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Taking A Moment - May 29, 2011

Sunday, May 29, 2011

We all lead busy lives, and we all are here to get the much needed support to continue with our weight loss project, but today, I want to take a moment's pause to remember our veterans who were flung into harm's way, in order to keep us free.

If you're a veteran, I humbly thank you for your sacrifice and service.

A peaceful Memorial Day to all.


Obesity And Brain Damage - Ooooh Really? May 25, 2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

As if I needed a new reason to lose weight, here is something I have not come across yet, until today:

If nothing else, it is an interesting theory. I like the connection that weight loss will improve my memory (now where did I leave the house keys again?). The converse is a bit scarier: What in obesity is causing "brain damage" (the study's words, not mine, surely), in the first place?

I'm going to add that to my list of reasons of why I am working on losing 145 pounds, total. Have you come up with a list of reasons of all the positive benefits for losing the weight yet? Quite a few Sparklers have cited this motivator already, so I honestly cannot take any credit for it, but I do like the idea a lot. Each reason equals one pound gone.

Let's get that list going!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SABRINALONDON21 5/26/2011 6:08PM

    I think there is genetic factor they missed, my mom has always been skinny and she has poor memory from time to time, and so do I. I can remember events, but do not me ask where did I put that paper (which is now lost) so it would not get lost!

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FRANNIEDID 5/26/2011 4:03PM

    Interesting article, but I am just as absent minded after losing weight as I was before! I guess I didn't benefit!!!

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NUMD97 5/25/2011 12:46PM

    For whatever it's worth, besides the weight loss, a complete overview by a neurologist can be helpful. Many I know who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, once diagnosed and treated, have noticed remarkable changes in memory and concentration.

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BUTEAFULL 5/25/2011 12:41PM

    losing weight hasn't helped my short term memory any, I still can't remember where I put things

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RAINBOWCHOC 5/25/2011 11:23AM

    mmmmm, I think it might be another of those things doctors will use to fob people off...your arm hurts because you are have an ingrowing toenail because you smoke...
thank you for sharing it, I just won't be believing it!
best wishes, Sandra

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LISA01605 5/25/2011 10:37AM

    When I started eating healthier, reduced sugar and salt a lot along with a large reduction in calories, I noticed a greater degree of mental clarity. I also started exercising more regularly about the same time so I can't really pinpoint which change caused the mental clarity. Maybe it was an effect of both. All I know is healthy living gives me more energy and more mental clarity and those are good reasons for me to keep it up.

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Packing A Lunch For The End Of The World - May 21, 2011

Saturday, May 21, 2011

I was thinking yesterday how "The End Of The World" as we know it, is supposedly coming today. This definitely is not in my schedule, and especially not now: We have great theater tickets for a Broadway show in June, and I still would like to lose a decent amount before that celebration night.

So what DOES one eat, for the last day on earth? I still think eating a healthful low calorie breakfast is key for setting the calories for the rest of the day. Cereal for me is the best option that I have found. It keeps the calories at around 150 and allows for using a lot for the other two meals. To get the veggies in, I LOVE salads for lunch. It's colorful, it's refreshing, and 2-4 ounces of protein, makes it filling. That allows for the bulk of the calories to go for dinner: Fish or lean meat.

And if tomorrow does indeed come, I will not replenish the pantry with empty calories. I'm going to drink more water, have more fruit (for the sugar cravings that stress brings), and stick to what I started.

I refuse to fall off this plan, ESPECIALLY today. I'm going to be optimistic and stick to the plan, EVEN today.

What do you have planned for the last day on earth?

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NUMD97 5/22/2011 8:51AM

    Rainbowchoc, you reminded me about the raspberry vinaigrette. It's a great way to dress up a salad!

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NUMD97 5/22/2011 8:49AM

    Forgetting that yesterday was "the end", Buteafull, was probably the best way to go. I'm glad that before the world disappeared you had a moment to stop by my page.

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RAINBOWCHOC 5/22/2011 8:19AM

    Perhaps on the day after you could splash out with some raspberry vinaigrette for your tasty!

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BUTEAFULL 5/22/2011 12:59AM

    I totally forgot today was supposed to be the end, just went about my day as usual, good thing nothing happened

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NUMD97 5/21/2011 11:01AM

    I'm glad you have this day covered, DiveDiva1. Sounds like a full day to me!

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DIVEDIVA1 5/21/2011 10:57AM

    I wasn't really planning for the end of the world so just the usual....walking my 5 K, eating balanced and healthy, tracking here, maybe working in the garden and a relaxing glass of wine this afternoon in the sunshine...... emoticon

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NUMD97 5/21/2011 9:48AM

    Well said, MissyGeen! I'm with you there.

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MISSYGEEN 5/21/2011 9:31AM

    Well I guess I should be praying. I started by sparking and then went for a walk. I'm going to make some eggs and toast for the gang. We'll say grace before we eat. I just downed a liter of water, one of earths most precious commodities. Maybe I will reflect on the goodness that the earth gives us even when we don't love it back.

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And Once Again The Universe "Self-Corrects" - May 18, 2011

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

This is going to be short, sweet, and to the point: Every now and again, when we see something woefully wrong and out of place, it is heartening to see that sometimes, the universe gets it right and "self-corrects".

Even in SP land, what this past week has shown us is, that when something goes awry, it can, indeed, be fixed. The take home here is that bullying of any sort, be it out there in the real world or here in the cyberuniverse, will not be tolerated, and will be exposed for the vile, secretive, inappropriate behavior that it is.

And I promise you, that every time it rears its ugly head, there is now a greater unified force that will beat it back, under that rock, where it belongs.

Bullies, consider yourselves, warned.

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LISA01605 5/18/2011 12:43PM

    I think I missed something... How were things corrected?

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Mixed Feelings - May 16, 2011

Monday, May 16, 2011

I usually start my mornings with SparkPeople, idly spinning the SP wheel. After racking up my points for the day, my next stop is to check out the daily blogs. Today was not a good morning. To my horror I noticed my profile staring at me as one of the popular blogs for the day. This never was my intention.

I came to SparkPeople like everyone else here: I needed something to change my "wicked, wicked ways", or I certainly would hurtle into oblivion. My own internist had told me that my body "was starting to complain", and hitting me back with the beginnings of high blood pressure and, for good measure, a pre-diabetic state.

Comparing this site with the "other" popular, PAYING sites, I could see that the structure was very similar, but goodness! It was created as a FREE site! Now, what can be wrong with that? Chris Downie has dedicated himself to maintaining this site as he originally envisioned it: FREE.

As we all know from the Motivational Pages as well as from other bloggers, many have achieved success and are maintaining it BECAUSE of the untiring work of Chris and his team. It really shouldn't have to be said (and some apparently do need the reminder), but they really do deserve our appreciation, thanks, and recognition for what they have created here.

Unfortunately, it seems, that for the past week or so, because of a very negative situation, many have chosen to take keyboard in hand to leave notes on the SP Guy's site, complaining loudly and, I must add, in unseemly terms, how they felt about that situation. This, from where I am sitting, is really unfair. And yet it seems that this situation has taken on a life of its own, and is veering us off in a direction that has NOTHING to do with health, lifestyle changes, exercise, weight loss and maintenance (for those blessed to have arrived at the Holy Grail already).

I see from my own Friend Feed that that individual is still active on SP, still leaving encouragement for people she is in contact with. I admire her continued dedication to helping others. For those that miss her daily blog postings, enough people have provided the links where they can still be found.

Let's take a moratorium on this situation and allow the SP team to work it out with the blogger, and let's rededicate ourselves to the REAL task of why we are here in the first place: Adopting a newer, healthier lifestyle.

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JGAL8123 5/16/2011 6:10PM

    Well said - thanks!

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MOXIEGAL67 5/16/2011 5:18PM

    I am too new to know Yoovie, and I am only reading about the conflicts second hand. However, I do appreciate the blogs--yours especially--that have spoken thoughtfully and compassionately (not impassioned!) about what it means to both nurture and strain the community that most of us hope to encounter here on Spark. Thank you.

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LINDAKETCHIE 5/16/2011 3:20PM

    I haven't seen the link to Yoovie's blog. I would love to keep up with her even if it is on another site. She is a great motivator!! I miss reading her blogs each day.

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 5/16/2011 11:47AM

    I agree. There been too much negative energy focused on this. Now we need to move forward and work on our goals.

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RAINBOWCHOC 5/16/2011 11:01AM

    all of this has gone right over my head....and that's great!
carry on with your good work, I am still sparking and hope your resolve bears good fruit
best wishes, Sandra

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LISA01605 5/16/2011 10:15AM

    I couldn't agree more! Love your blog!

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