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How to help SP nutritional trackers work harder for you!

Saturday, November 03, 2012

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    Thanks for posting this! I'm going to read it now! emoticon emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 11/4/2012 9:41AM

    Awesome, I have a few of mine saved, but I could do better emoticon

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JANNEPERRY 11/4/2012 8:35AM

    Thanks for sharing the link. I still track 4-5X weekly in maintenance.

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PHEBESS 11/4/2012 2:35AM

    If I do nothing else on SP, it's track my food!

And yes, I save a lot of things in my faves - it helps, doesn't it?

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BERRY4 11/3/2012 6:45PM

    Useful tool... I NEED to start tracking. (A PT said it IS tedious, but it DOES make a real difference!)
I'm thinking..."New Year Goal" emoticon

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PAH!! Got the Captions to show on one of my videos!!

Friday, October 19, 2012

I've owned this exercise video - "Cardio Dance Blast!" By Crunch for awhile.... not exactly sure how long "a while" actually was. Months? Years? whatever. It was allegedly captioned, according to the CC symbol on the back cover. (How many of you knew what that CC meant? Cutie Cat? Cunning & Clever?).

Now, usually it's a "toggle it on" kind of deal on your TV (Monitor). Sometimes it's a default to toggle on or off within the DVD player itself, to play the captions regardless of what video is being played (assuming the video itself was encoded that way.). We have so many devices strung up through the one antique analog tv that it's like trying to get all the planets to line up correctly, maybe more like herding cats... with all the remote controls, with tiny buttons that I can't see with my blurry eyes, remote controls and devices stacked up on DS' computer desk clear at the opposite end of the TV, remote controls needing to be pointed carefully, straining to read the menu showing up on the screen, can't find reading glasses that will stay put and never walk away from the various devices, trying to read the tiny buttons on the remotes to make it go to where I want it to go on the screen, etc.

So after I got the tv captioning switched to analog caption, and the dvd switched to caption on, THEN the video captioning revealed itself! Voila!

Left me so tired, I could only do about half of the video itself...but I did work out 16 minutes. Woo hoo Mee!
(with Marie Forleo as leader/ instructor, put out by Anchor Bay videos)

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BELTONWALKER67 10/23/2012 9:06AM

    That's great! One of my pet peeves is when there is no CC on a TV show or on a video. Sure wish Spark had CC on their exercise videos too. But, then, it could be me as sometimes I'll see the CC on the screen but when I click it nothing happens. Maybe there is a secret to it?? Have a great day. emoticon

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DEELB1 10/23/2012 12:12AM

  emoticon Persistance pays 0ff!

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CELESTE_B 10/22/2012 6:14AM

    I've never had an issue like that..I have lots of video's, but I sure do hate it when I have issues with them. My most emoticon moment is when I can't find the remote for the DVD player. Most of my workouts have premixes on them....and you can't get to the premixes or even start the video without the remote....Drives me CRAZY.....

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1CRAZYDOG 10/20/2012 8:34AM

    Persistance paid off!

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JANNEPERRY 10/20/2012 8:18AM

    Good for you! You are very persistent. I usually give up and wait for someone more skilled in button pushing to fix it for me! Now I know who to call when I can't figure it out. emoticon

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MRSCLAUS46 10/20/2012 7:49AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Hoorah for Julia! I did have my husband try to get CC on my exercise video (he does all the stacking of devices, toggling & pointing for our old analog set) but the Spark Video just isn't set up for CC. I even won an exercise video on a bonus spin -- very frustrating. emoticon for the information on video that is CC'd--I'm going to try both Amazon and Ebay to see if I can get a copy.
I did find out that the NTSC on the Spark video case means that it can be used on players in North America and Japan ~ for Europe & others it would say PAL (it's some kind of decoding chip in the player that recognizes the signal from the dvd itself). Hope all is going well with you and emoticon on this find!
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RIP, our little Angel

Friday, September 21, 2012

Today I've been doing laundry and taking care of other stuff.

Our son came home after school and in a little bit, he went outside to mow the yard, and discovered our little Angel, legs outstretched, laying on her side in the grass near the house, a peaceful expression on her furry little black face. We've been working on her grave hole by the trees that she frequently liked to sleep under. DS is taking it fairly well, all things considered. He doesn't remember when our cat Diesel died when he was only 11 months old, so that's been years now.

We've had Angel since around 2006. The older woman we got her from was going into an assisted living home in Texas. She was a friend of my mother-in-law (who had already moved to Kansas closer to us in 2005.). She had gotten Angel from the pound there in Oklahoma some 2 or 3 years earlier, after her previous dog Queenie had passed on. The pound had her because she had belonged to an elderly couple who had to give her up when they themselves were going into a care home. So it's anyone's guess how old she actually was, but the vet said she was starting to get cataracts. She'd had grey/white hairs in her muzzle a few years now. Still liked to go for walks but couldn't handle running any more. I'd just taken her to the vet last week to get her rabies shot, and just renewed her license at the local City Hall for another year...

Somewhere around, I think we have a photo of her... Will have to find and update this later. We think she might have had some Australian Blue Heeler or some Shelty in her? Long wirey coat, impossible to keep brushed down, and she always preferred to be outdoors, even in the winter.... so peaceful, never tangled with our cat. Never barked much. About the only thing that got her going was chasing the rabbits that dared to bound through the yard, and she'd set off a mad dash in hot pursuit, stopping only at the fence.

She liked to dig... and when she'd go to my mom's house to hang out with her "cousin" (Larry the Cable Dog, who is mostly lab and maybe husky? he's a BIG dog compared to little ole 18-19 pound Angel!), she'd dig. Well... we were out of town and then my mom had to go out of town, so my step-brother was watching her. And well... she dug a hole and she and Larry got out of the fence and went roaming the neighborhood. Their tags got them some attention and phone calls, and they were returned. She got them out again later on. From then on, my mom called her "Jezebel" for "Leading Larry astray...." and when she went to visit my mom and Larry, we had to clip her to a very long chain so she had the entire yard to roam around on, but just not quite to the fence where she could dig!!

So anyway... I guess this is just a place to recollect thoughts.

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SAINTBETH 10/16/2012 9:48AM

    So sorry for your loss. My cat died last month and I also got her from a lady who went into a nursing home. These little furry guys bring a lot of happiness into our lives.

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JULIA_211 9/28/2012 4:55AM

    I'm so sorry. emoticon emoticon

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AWESOMECAROL55 9/23/2012 12:25PM

    Julia..I am so sorry for your loss...I know how difficult it is!! We love our little fur babies and treasure the joy they bring to us!! They love us unconditionally as we love them!! My condolences!!


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SONYALATRECE 9/22/2012 10:08PM

    My condolences! I know it's a matter of time for my Andy (toy poodle).
He's old. He's 10 in human years, but still lively.
Bless you!
All God's creatures are special and the companionship means so much. I understand.

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DIANER2014 9/22/2012 6:09PM

    So sorry for your loss! emoticon

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JILLYBEAN25 9/22/2012 5:04PM

    My condolences on the loss of your beloved Angel. Losing a furry member of the family is just as difficult as losing anyone.

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MISSG180 9/22/2012 3:24PM

    It's always painful to lose a beloved family friend like this. I am sorry for your loss.

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JANNEPERRY 9/22/2012 1:17PM

    Sorry for your loss. Pets are family members for many folks. I know Angel will be missed.

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JESSIKA_56 9/22/2012 11:58AM

    Sorry to hear about Angel's passing. emoticon

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M77355 9/22/2012 11:17AM

    Ohhhh I sad for you but glad she got to finish out her years with a loving family, big yard with rabbits to chase and still up for adventures. Life was good with you.

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PHEBESS 9/22/2012 11:13AM

    My deepest condolences - I know how hard it is to lose a pet, and send you lots of hugs.

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MRSCLAUS46 9/22/2012 9:27AM

    So sorry to read about your loss Julia. The loss of any pet can be devastating, but one so loved is very difficult. Your memories of her will be a comfort I am sure.
Take care friend.
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GAYLLYNNE 9/22/2012 9:19AM

    Sorry to hear about your loss. It's so hard to say good by to our furry kids. You are a wonderful family to have taken her in. I too had a dog that belonged to an elderly woman that went into a nursing home. We adopted him at 9 and had him till 13. I still miss him!! Remember, he is "over the rainbow bridge".

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GINNJEN1974 9/22/2012 5:59AM

    Aww so sorry to hear about you little Angel. She sounds like a sweetie

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BERRY4 9/22/2012 3:36AM

    Sorry to hear that your pet is gone. emoticon

I know we have discussed how we will manage when our older dog is gone. She is such a valuable asset to our rural life. She is the most perfect guard dog--better than any alarm system!
Animals have a way of weaving themselves into your daily lives and really do leave a hole when they go.

Glad you were able to share good memories and funnies that were unique to your Angel.

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KATHYSCOLLIES 9/21/2012 11:45PM

    Saying goodbye to those we love is never an easy thing, but take heart in the fact that your sweet Angel is now herself with the angels, with all those who have crossed The Rainbow Bridge before her. She is free from the aches and pains of old age, and able to romp and play once again like a youngster.

She will wait patiently for those whom she has loved to one day cross over The Bridge, when the time is right, so that she can be reunited with her human family again.


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CANINE_MAMA 9/21/2012 11:12PM

    I'm sorry for your loss. I have wondered how much longer Cody will be with me. He will be 14 in December. I certainly don't look forward to losing him.

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CONFUSEDBIRD 9/21/2012 10:20PM

    I am so sorry for your loss =(

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68ANNE 9/21/2012 9:27PM

    I am sorry for your loss. Enjoy the wonderful memories!

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MELROSE13 9/21/2012 8:26PM

    Sorry for your dogs have always been family and it is hard when they go but to know they were loved and cared for should be a comfort!

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OJ_2_OK 9/21/2012 8:06PM

    RIP angel. It sounds like you guys gave her a great life.

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Be An Inve$tor - Perfect Fuels CHOCOLATE - new flavors!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

So, many of us here on SparkPeople are all about chocolate, right? or coffee? or maybe energy foods like Chia Seeds? Some even run Marathons and 5K's and other races in between?

Anyone like to try out new products? or want to say they helped put up investment capital? Here's a link to IndieGoGo - which is kind of like a KickStarter type place, where people promote their idea, and they tell you what the fundraiser categories are and what "perks" you obtain.

I just signed up to contribute, but I'll show up as "anonymous" on their site. That's okay with me, it's their show and I don't need the glory. Just the little warm fuzzy I'll get when I'm slowly sucking down one of their Perfect Fuels, trying to keep the chocolate from drizzling down my face!!

Anyway I need to leave in a bit, but check out the link below, read all about it, ask them questions if you want, no pressure - got until October 1st to think about it. They want to raise something like $15,000 to help introduce three new flavors. Some of you may already be familiar with their products, so you might like to know about this and put your vote in!! (really a tough call as I think all three flavors have their merit, but I voted for Chia. I figure I can wash it down with a cuppa coffee and get my sea salt in some other way...).

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JANNEPERRY 9/19/2012 5:44AM

    Thanks for the link. I've heard about the site/concept but have yet to take action. Maybe the fuel is my "sweet spot". emoticon

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GERIKRAGH 9/18/2012 3:59PM

    Thanks for the info.

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SCOTMAMA 9/18/2012 1:53PM

    My husband adds chocolate to his coffee routinely -- so far I've avoided that little temptation!

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MRSCLAUS46 9/18/2012 10:48AM

    Thanks Julia ~ but I'll really need to check out the my old age my body has decided to betray me yet one more time and develped a serious allergy to sea salt, shellfish and seaweed! But I will check out the site--sounds interesting! emoticon emoticon

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LDRICHEL 9/18/2012 10:38AM

    Interesting. Thanks!

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Get More Almonds for Fewer Calories...

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Well, maybe not in Hawaii but one can dream?! It's a pleasant day, warmish and windy-ish in Kansas... we'll take them as they come.

Was reading this article and thought I'd share. It's one of those "scientific studies" paid for by the Almond Growers, so there is a bias there.

Just for sake of argument, I tried to find some other articles or results, to see if any had their own bias one way or another. Admittedly I haven't spent the entire afternoon perusing many articles. Actually, just one...

This article kinda goes off on a different but similar tangent, and mentions that a calorie isn't always a calorie - and that some foods just really don't take much effort to chew up or to digest (calories burned) and so the body gets more of the calories from that food. Evidently this is the case with smoother or slicker foods... and then the article mentions various nuts, including Almonds, as burning a lot of calories in the efforts of chewing and digesting the nuts. And it says that the US Department of Agriculture confirms that finding. (but I didn't go off hunting for the official US Department of Agriculture article on same. That can be your science project of the day, if that's of interest to you. I need to go jump on my rebounder right now because my legs are aching, and it will be much more fun then taking the dog to the vet for her rabies shot.).

I have noticed that just a small amount of almonds really does give me saity (sp?) in my breakfast cereal....

So it appears to me that a small portion of almonds will be sufficient to boost the protein levels and really not increase the calories that much, as long as you are doing most of the work chewing it up. Probably Almond butter will be a straight transfusion of calories though...

emoticon (this might look like peanut butter or Nutella, but today, I will suspend disbelief and call it Almond butter, since I couldn't find any emoticons for almonds in SparkPeople. The very idea!!!).

Have fun!

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BERRY4 9/18/2012 2:41PM

    Blue Diamond Natural has Oven Roasted Almonds, dark chocolate flavor. It is not a coating but a dusting of cocoa powder. I must say that are AMAZING after my workout!

As an aside...I just read on a "natural" site that we do not really have access to "raw" almonds since they are forced to be pasteurized to prevent salmonella contamination.
R>Anyway, good luck in your journey of health & fitness!

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CONFUSEDBIRD 9/14/2012 8:30AM

    I have always been so frustrated by how few almonds u get for a serving. I know they are flling but still sad to look at. Oh goodness me and almond butter, we got a sick relationship lol

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MRSCLAUS46 9/13/2012 3:24PM

    Ahhhhh......ponderable points.....does brain strain burn calories?(tongue in cheek) emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 9/11/2012 5:37PM

    Well, I personally enjoy both almonds and pistachios. Add 'em to my morning oatmeal! And I too find that it add to my satiety.

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JANIEWWJD 9/11/2012 5:36PM

    I love almonds!!!! emoticon

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JANNEPERRY 9/11/2012 4:54PM

    I only read the second article. Interesting.

I'm pretty sure we all do know that eating 1 2000 calorie ice cream sundae daily for our nutrition will not have the same impact on our bottom line as 2000 calories of foods from all three macro nutrient groups: carbohydrates, protein, and fats.

I do think more research needs to be done regarding the appropriate carbohydrates, protein, and fats % for a healthy lifestyle.


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