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What do old clothes weigh?

Friday, April 27, 2012

Awkkkk confession... I bought this bag of "Brasil Party Cocoa Covered Wafers"... Innocent little bag. I forgot to check the ingredients. They were on sale at Big Lots in their "International Foods" section. Made in Italy, the leading producers of seductive foods of chocolate...sugar...faaaaaat. One serving is 3 of these little sugar bombs. Only 174 calories. Approximately seven servings in that siren red shiny mylar bag. Slutty little devils have 9 grams of fat, 8 of it is SATURATED fat!! Zero grams trans fat - well, whoopy woo lah lah do!

WHY did I not preach to the choir to myself in the store and check the labels before I wandered off to the cashiers stand?

Now I know why my husband calls it "Pig Lots". Oink!

So... Feeling disgusted and frankly sick to my stomach, I took some charcoal - maybe it will stench up some of the mess before the heart attack hits.

And then I thought, wellll, better burn some calories and do something RIGHT for a change. Was trying to put away laundry and decided I might as well weed out the clothes that were too big (or ugly, worn out, had irritating seams and stains I'd never been able to get washed out), along with clothes that I used to wear 25-35 pounds ago, and got them all crammed into one of those ZipLock Size 2X storage bags, 32" tall below the zipper seam.

I was shocked when I picked it up - for one, couldn't believe how heavy it seemed and how poor my muscle tone has gotten since I quit going to Curves some four or five years ago. Decided to weigh myself and the lying scale claims I've lost weight, despite scarfing down the entire bag of chocolatey sugar wafers.... But that bag weighed 31 pounds!! Who knew clothes weighed that much?? And 32" - that's ummm 12x2=24 plus another 12" would be ummm 36" so this is like just over 2.5 feet tall. I'm looking here at the bag and it looks like its the same basic height and girth as a small child, older toddler!!


So ... Wow.... Something to wrap my head around. My dryer is calling. Thinking I'll take a photo later and edit it into this blog later.

Meanwhile I can feel my sinuses beginning to revolt.


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JANNEPERRY 4/28/2012 8:25AM

    Don't you almost hate that you're down after the sinful candy! It ALMOST makes it seem like a good idea!

Keep active and keep at it! emoticon

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Tornado Funds

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

"The entire donation to the Tornado Fund will go to tornado recovery assistance. No administrative fees will be charged.

Donations can be made online at Checks payable to United Way of the Plains Tornado Fund can be mailed to United Way of the Plains, 245 N. Water, Wichita, KS 67202. A $10 donation can be made by texting REBUILD to 80088."

Read more here:


The best way to help tornado survivors and rescue workers is to make a financial donation. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. To donate by credit card, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, 350 Market, Wichita, KS 67202. Donors may also text "Shelter" to 80888 to give $10. Please be sure to designate your gift “Kansas Tornadoes”.

*A one-time donation of $10 will be billed to your mobile phone bill. Messaging and data rates may apply. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army by Reply STOP to 80888 to stop. Reply HELP to 80888 for help. For terms, see

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JANNEPERRY 4/18/2012 10:15PM

    Thanks for sharing the information Julia! emoticon

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BRANDTSGIRL 4/18/2012 2:26PM

    Hugs to ALL those who are affected by the tornadoes, even the ones in my home state Iowa:)

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MARCHEM 4/18/2012 12:27PM

    That's wonderful. I know what you guys are going through. We're still recovering in Joplin. My thoughts and prayers are with my fellow mid-westerners.

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DAWNDMOORE40 4/18/2012 8:21AM

    emoticonPlease know I send prayers to all of the people who were impacted by these horrible storms! I think it is wonderful that we have programs such as United Way that are out there to help people that go throughs tragedies such as this one! God bless you! emoticon

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Intense Exercise can CAUSE cortisol development? Runners Trots? Etc.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Just read an interesting article this morning from the famous Riordin Clinic in Wichita...

A lot of interesting details to consider when engaging in intense exercise, especially in how critical it is for athletes ( or us athletes-to-be, or athletes-in-training, however some of us may regard ourselves.). Among the interesting details is a chart showing how much protein an athlete needs, going down the chart a listing by starting weight, and across the chart, the amounts, based on levels of intensity (ie, how long one exercises, how much effort etc.).

This is a fairly long article, stretching out 3-4 pages of their April 2012 newsletter and there is also a discussion as to the risks of nutritional deficiencies athletes might run, as a result of carelessly eating a lot of calories that was not nutritionally dense, including side effects of too much cortisol (the stuff that puts the belly fat on, people!), runners trots, frequent colds & coughs, and many other issues. In addition, a discussion on what needs to be in the water we drink to rehydrate after exercise.

So in some ways, this blog is a rough draft, and I am not sure I have a way to save it as such. I may have to come back and edit it later.

Oh hey, there's a "add link" option which should make it easier for you to just click on it! (otherwise, the way the links usually break at odd places when I put them in a blog or see them in someone else's blog - I generally just select the entire link over however many lines it got broken into in the blog, and then right click on it, and select "open in new tab".)

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JANNEPERRY 4/5/2012 10:36AM

    Thanks for the link to the newsletter. Some great topics and very relevant to me. I only skimmed it, will sit down and really read it this weekend. emoticon

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Twinkies vs Children's Breakfast Cereals - the Sugar Rush!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Okay, I admit it, full disclosure here, I got the idea for this blog from AMBER281 on one of my teams,

This website slideshow is similar in concept to the emails we used to get from SparkPeople - the "Which is lower in calories - Krispy Cremes or Chicago Donuts" type of story. Except this one might hit closer with those of us with kids or those of us who still enjoy our childhood cereal flavors, because this one visually illustrates popular adult or teen foods and the amounts of sugar they contain, compared to a cup of Captain Crunch or Apple Jacks or Honey Crisps or other popular breakfast cereals (in the US).

Somehow, I have a feeling that I'd rather let my son eat his Captain Crunch instead of Krispie Kreme!! emoticon But I can't handle either one now, so it's good ole hot oatmeal flavored with berries and stevia for me.
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By the way... Did you know you can make excellent oatmeal with your Keurig Coffeemaker? Who knew!!


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CONFUSEDBIRD 3/26/2012 11:36PM

    I am craving something sweet tonight and trying to stay out of the kitchen. You made oatmeal sound awesome in your blog. Sweet and filling, Here I come kitchen! lol

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BOSS61 3/25/2012 5:26AM

    Someone on my list (I cannot remember who - I only remember my Spark friend named Julia...) blogged about starting the day with Cap'n Crunch and wondering why they were insatiably hungry all day long. Try the sugar jolt to their bloodstream!

My personal opinion is that Kellog and General Mills are profiting at the expense of the health of our kids. We never brought much cereal into the house, and never the overtly sweet choices. We also only do the donut thing once or twice a year for slumber parties or what-have-you. As our kids are now teens they get it. But when they were littler, they would campaign for the bad stuff!

Great blog Julia!

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LNSYLVSDOGS 3/24/2012 10:30AM

    Oh yes! I knew I was forgetting something when I responded the first time!

My theory was that pop tarts= pie AND that donuts= cake. I figured that if people ate donuts for breakfast (like they do sometimes), then, why not cake???

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    I love oats...DH says I am part horse. emoticon

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LNSYLVSDOGS 3/22/2012 7:40AM

    I like old fashioned oatmeal, too. But, I can remember a time when I looked at the Pop Tarts my kids liked and figured....Pop Tarts = pie....and cake is no worse than those sugary breakfast cereals. So, I figured it was anything goes in the morning. I ALSO managed to gain 50+ pounds during my kids' childhood.....and, thank goodness, found SP!!

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    I love oatmeal, but I'm kind of strange because I like it to be old fashioned without ANY sugar or sweetener on it whatsoever. Yes, my husband says I'm strange! emoticon

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Perspectives on "what one 'should' weigh at various heights...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

We hear it all the time around on the Spark - that what one person weighs at a certain height is not the same as what another person at the same height weighs... we know part of it is because one person might be more muscular and "weigh more" but LOOK thinner... and the reverse is also true - a person might look heavier, but be all "fluff" because of being surrounded by fat, which takes up more volume for the same amount of weight. We know that, right?

So what brings this back to the forefront? I was reading a newspaper article in my email (local paper) - and noticed a link to the newspaper's "Rogue's Gallery" (the County Sheriff's & Police's Top Wanted Felons etc.). It's a slideshow of the various individuals, their mug shot, names, alibis, age, race, markings (tattoos, scars, moles, birthmarks, that sort of thing), AND height and weight. Woooah. I found several of the gals who were 5'3" and were just all over the place - 110 lbs, 165 lbs, 135 lbs, some looked heavier than what the information says...some looked thinner...some looked very thin and their weight was also very low....

The point isn't why are they on the Most Wanted list, but more I'm thinking maybe looking at such a lineup occasionally might help to desensitize, perhaps that's the word I want? myself to the preconceived notions of what a person "looks like" at this or that weight. If it helps others, then so be it.

In any case, a "Most Wanted" list is one of the few places where height and weight are listed as a matter of public record. I suppose Driver's Licenses information might be as well, but we all know THAT information is not correct! Also, I'm not sure if the height and weight listed with the mug shots was pulled from each individual's driver's license information, or if they are measured and weighed during the booking process??



Unfortunately I'm not up to date on the wisdoms of other spiritual beliefs and cultures, but I thought it was interesting to notice this in the New Testament of the Bible:

2 Corinthians 10:12 (King James Version) 12: For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

Could it be that our Father didn't want us stressing out over my weight, instead, wanting me to focus on more important issues, whatever they may be, as I go through my own journey in this life?



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    I just looked at my driver's license for TX and was surprised to see that it does not indicate the weight any more!

Your blog really was interesting, and I thank you for it! emoticon emoticon

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BESEVEN 3/15/2012 10:37AM

    I wish they would quit asking about weight on driver licenses where I live. As of Dec., when I renewed mine, they were still asking for it. It's stupid. You get them for 4 years. An awful lot of people will have significant weight gains and losses in 4 years.

Anyway, you are sooooo right about weight and BMI being pretty unhelpful. One 5'8" person might look obese at 180 and another might look very fit. It's all about muscles and hip-to-waist ratio.

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JANNEPERRY 3/14/2012 10:07AM

    It is interesting what each of us "obsesses" over. I'm never embarrassed to share my clothes size, because in my mind almost everyone would think it is small. But my weight, that's a different story. I never have the confidence to have that on my ticker or anywhere else.

Most certainly there are more important things in the world to concern ourselves with, and focus on.

I like what redshoes2011 said regarding other important measures and how they relate to risk of heart disease.

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MISSRUTH 3/14/2012 7:43AM

    I don't know if they weigh people when they arrest them... in the state where I live, they don't put weight on the drivers license any more (just height and eye color, and of course whether male or female)-- maybe they figured too many people lie about their weight! Or maybe weight can fluctuate too much?

At any rate, it really is an individual thing. It would be a big mistake to just go by the BMI and not take into consideration how athletic/muscular someone is. Plus like RedShoes said, people can be thin but be REALLY unhealthy, body weight alone is NOT an indication of a healthy lifestyle. My husband is the "right" weight for his height but eats crap and doesn't exercise : (

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EM1388 3/14/2012 3:37AM

    Like this blog! Really makes ya think! Thanks for sharing!

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REDSHOES2011 3/14/2012 12:16AM

    emoticonblog.. I weigh in at 75kgs at my present avatar- this make me obese lol..
But alot of people chase a number and BMI if I hear about this again I will scream.. I have up and down beanstalks in my family- they all die thinfat- it is what we eat all the time that hurts us.. BMI is also a 100 year old dinosaur- the safe measurement is hip waist ratio to avoid heart disease..
Thinfat people can have chicken legs, arms and no butt- but many times they have a stomach and this is where they carry dangerous fat logged hard about the vital organs..

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