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HES Op Ed article by Linda Bacon, PhD

Saturday, March 16, 2013

I haven't fully absorbed the messages in this article. I just ordered the book mentioned late in the article, so hopefully it will arrive soon...

The first one, the interview - it's fairly long! And I kept having the feeling she was lurking on SparkPeople, because a lot of what she says about focusing on our health and making healthy changes, rather than focusing on the specific weight number or pants size. It just lent an air of validity somehow, especially when so many of my family members seem more focused on the numbers ("how much weight have you lost?" instead of "you look happier and healthier - what changes have you made to your lifestyle?" ).

I've been gone all day so I can't remember now, but I think the third link discussed hazards to having bariatric surgeries. Or she has an article somewhere that I read and I need to post that link here too. I remember some in TOPS were always acting as if the surgery was a big gift but then I'd be hearing about their follow up visits to hospital to deal with the follow-oh infections or ripped out stitches or other "things gone wrong".

Need to ponder more. This is still a big topic.

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 3/17/2013 11:29AM


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SCENIC_ROUTE 3/16/2013 9:33PM

    Thank you for sharing this!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/16/2013 9:10PM

    Hugs and thank you for this link.

Happy St. Patrick's Day and may the luck of the Irish be with you always!

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POPSY190 3/16/2013 2:40PM

    Thank you for this link. It chimes with what I've found on SP. Once I concentrated on lifestyle rather than weight I felt better and the weight went down without my stressing about it. I found an unrestrictive eating plan (Eat to live) which I believe I can follow indefinitely and my motivation is to keep as healthy as possible as I age rather than weight loss.

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article - Studies: Food memory may aid weight loss

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

I read an article today, oh boy! Seems not only is writing down everything we wrote helpful for weight loss, but also remembering everything we ate!? There may be a point to that, as I'm really bad about reading the paper (!! urk !! like just now?! Quick - what was I eating for lunch just now when I was reading the newspaper? Hmmmm....)

So the article is "Studies: Food memory may aid weight loss" by Mary MacVean from the LA Times, just in case these links below don't work and you end up having to do your google search. It was published today in the Wichita Eagle ( a McClasky paper), but in looking up the links, I think the original story was published back a week ago? So this might be "old news" but oh well, it's new news to me today.

and in case The Wichita Eagle gives you the shut-down because you're not a "subscribed member", here's another link, complete with a jillion adverts that make it almost impossible to read the article. I would just paste the article in here, but the lawyers on SP take a dim view of that....

Okay.... so this morning, errr I mean for "lunch" which was really kind of my breakfast because I only had a bowl of red grapes for breakfast.):

homemade vegetable soup - carrots potatos tomatos water, leftover of the roast that we'd fixed for Saturday's potluck... and um two slices, well one slice and the other was the heel of the loaf, really like a half a slice, of Ezekial Bread, with dark chocolate peanut butter and Amish-ly made Cherry Jam. (Made by Amish, so that's like "healthy" right? Those gals that walk 14,000 steps a day and they eat some cherry jam, so it's gotta be healthy, right? And yes, I'm fairly certain that "Amishly" is not really a word. It just kinda rhymes better with "healthy", if you follow my wandering drift...). On and some Chobani Greek Yogurt, plain. That's so yum! And I was sure it was on my list of Favorite foods, but evidently not, so I'm going to have to look for it again and save it to Favorites.

Okay.... so that's enough yick-yack for now, need to vacuum and my toes are cold, so I guess I should do the FlyLady thing and put some lace up shoes on my feet!


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TIME2BLOOM4ME 3/17/2013 1:57PM


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JANNEPERRY 3/14/2013 5:20PM

    Writing down what you eat, and doing it right near the time you eat it, really is an eye opener. I still use the food tracker to help me maintain. emoticon emoticon

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BOPPY_ 3/14/2013 1:08AM

    I wish food was the only thing I forget. emoticon

The food issue, however, I've fixed with paper and pencil, and an editor on my smart phone. Everything gets measured and recorded before I eat it. 64 years of doing it wrong, required a very conscious, and focused effort to BEGIN to do it right. emoticon

So far, it's working. emoticon

Lee emoticon emoticon (signs of spring)

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CARMEN327 3/13/2013 9:34AM

    That makes sense! I suffer from food amnesia all the time. It explains a lot (like why I am overweight). There have been a lot of days I don't track and I think to myself, "I probably stayed in my range". Ha ha ha... quel joke.

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AWESOMECHELZ 3/12/2013 10:14PM

    emoticon for sharing it. Great article! Chelsea emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 3/12/2013 9:18PM

    It DOES fill you up when you look @ what you've eaten in a day!

HUGS and thanks for sharing. Food memory is a good tool.

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JILLYBEAN25 3/12/2013 5:20PM

    Interesting article. I also read the abstract summary (cuz I geek out like that). I'd like them to further the study to find out WHY eating while distracted leads to greater intake at the NEXT meal, as opposed to the distracted meal. Thanks for sharing!

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MJ7DM33 3/12/2013 3:51PM

  Thx for sharing!

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Plz help us all - request CAPTION or SUBTITLE in newest DVD features survey! Thx

Monday, March 11, 2013

Heads up, plz!! In today's "Insider" tab (Start Page), there is a link to a servey which is asking for input as what kind of dvd we want in the next one - and I personally don't care exactly what kinds of workouts they are - I just would like to see them captioned or subtitles for the deaf & hard of hearing, as well as for our international Sparkers who many not be native English speakers...

They give a couple of "write in your own comments" areas - one was asking for "name of DVD" and I wrote something like "Open Captioned and ACCESSIBLE DVD for EVERYONE" - whatever the title is, I'd like it to be clear and upfront that it's accessible to all. I don't want to be squinting and hunting all over in the back for some tiny CC or subtitle symbol.

Later, there is another fill in the blank area and if I copied it right, I said:
"There are many of us on SparkPeople who benefit from captioning, music at a volume that is lower and doesn't overpower speaker's voice (or has toggle option to turn muzack off, like some workout dvd's I own.). There is even entire team of Dead/Hard of Hearing Sparkers who would really love open caption or subtitles (caption better, it includes environmental indicators like "background music" etc.). I know of many in Deaf group who have their status "hidden" so that when you look at the teams on their SparkPage, it's not shown. But captioning benefits more than just deaf or hard of hearing - also our international members who are not native speakers. Yes, it is not "required" by the letter of the Law - but it would be a blessing in the Spirit of the Law, good Karma, whatever it is you people subscribe to in the interest of good and positive and uplifting. I end up donating SparkPeople videos elsewhere because the woman's voice is just too soft and high pitched. It's not her fault she's that way. But it is extremely difficult to understand and even to lipread. Thanks for your consideration of this issue."

So whatever input you can share in response to the survey would be appreciated!! The more, the merrier!!! (I also clicked off features, in the other segment of the survey, like seated exercise etc.)

Thanks so much!!!!
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JILLYBEAN25 3/11/2013 7:05PM

    Can do!

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AWESOMECHELZ 3/11/2013 6:39PM

    Oh, I wish I had known this before I filled out the survey. I am sorry. That's a GREAT idea!! I used close caption on movies that I watch but never thought about the exercise DVDs. Thanks for letting them know. I hope they listen. emoticon Chelsea

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BOPPY_ 3/11/2013 3:51PM


I know beans about this issue. Have you pointed the powers that be (PTB) at resources that can help them resolve the issue?

Just a thought,

Lee emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 3/11/2013 12:16PM

    Amen, Julia! I would love captioning.

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PROVERBS31JULIA 3/11/2013 11:55AM

    (my response ro a person's comment that SparrkPeople doesn't read our huddle:)

Hi ! Thanks for stopping by! No, they don't see our huddle. But our members see the huddle, and they might see the email from SparkPeople about the survey, and they might notice on the blog roll that I also have a blog discussing how all of us collectively can ask for everyone to be included in the next dvd, not just hearing people!? The more people who fill out the survey (it doesn't ask names!), the more input that has to SparkPeople's decision. You can be assured that I have asked the SparkGuy and Coach Nicole and others, more than once. So has the members of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing team. A deaf ear has been turned towards our requests (pun intended.). It will take many requests to be heard, and not from only one person, I believe. I may be a dreamer - but isn't that kinda what SparkPeople is all about? dreaming big and working towards those dreams?

Thank you for your help!


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Russell Brand and Me...

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Re-read Beth Donovan's blog (
) about how she controls a binge. And a lot of parallels to a "user" of illegal ways of managing pain. I read an interesting article a couple of mornings ago...

While I am not particularly a fan of Mr. Brand's "public persona" as an actor and entertainer, I had to admit he was every bit as human as we are. I know I have foods and habits that are hard to avoid as a " go to " for managing pain. Beth's tips in her blog are essentially the same kinds of strategies he mentions in his article above - in his terms: "don't pick up."

In another part of his article, he says "Drugs and alcohol are not my problem, reality is my problem, drugs and alcohol are my solution." I could turn that around for me - "Chocolate Chip Cookies and Ice Cream and excessive inactivity are not my problem, reality is my problem."

He also mentions... "Don't pick up a drink or drug, one day at a time. It sounds so simple. It actually is simple but it isn't easy: it requires incredible support and fastidious structuring. Not to mention that the whole infrastructure of abstinence based recovery is shrouded in necessary secrecy. " and for me, just substitute "cookies" or "ice cream" or "any tasty fattening food will do" and I still need to just "don't pick it up, one day at a time..."

(I started this a couple days ago, so now I can't remember some of the other thoughts I was thinking of... may have to edit later... and it's not only cookies, or ice cream, but can be anything really.).

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CARMEN327 3/16/2013 10:19AM

    OMG, I just reread my comment!

I am such a junky! Good grief, Sweetened Condensed Milk- YOU ARE NOT MY FRIEND!

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CARMEN327 3/16/2013 10:06AM

    What!? Alcohol is not a food group!

Ha ha, just kidding.

Beth's concept of a "clean house" is brilliant. I have known for a long time that I can't keep certain cold cereals (I am looking at you, Trader Joe), nutella, Nutter Butters, Fig Newtons, anything from Girl Scouts, ice-cream, icing, chocolate anything, or baked goods in the house.

My last holdout is sweetened condensed milk. To date, I haven't yet consumed an entire can in one siting. My binge consists of a few tablespoons with powdered cocoa, and that isn't a diet-breaker. Its my methadone.

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JANNEPERRY 3/11/2013 5:37AM

    Julia Thanks for sharing --Russell Brand's analogy really is helpful and insightful.

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JILLYBEAN25 3/10/2013 5:01PM

    Could you possibly send along a link or something to Ms. Donovan's blog? I really liked reading this, as I'm going through the same thoughts and feelings about my own habits lately.

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AWESOMECHELZ 3/10/2013 12:09PM

    Thanks for sharing. And yes! We can only live one day at the time. Keep up the great work you are doing. emoticon Chelsea

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LOSTLIME 3/10/2013 10:58AM

    I agree with you. It does sound so simple but definitely not easy!But you can do it!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/10/2013 10:57AM

    Good ideas. I read Beth's blog, too, and lots of good advice and parallels from both of you.

In many way, food is a very difficult "addiction" (don't know why I put it in quotes, because it really IS an addiction for some of us!) for the simple reason that we NEED it to survive, unlike alcohol or other substances.

My favorite is the H.A.L.T. system (Ask yourself when you're reaching for food when you KNOW you shouldn't be hungery, Am I:

H ungry
A ngry
L onely
T ired.

If it's anything but hunger, food isn't the fix.

HUGS and thanks for this blog.

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CJJANISS 3/10/2013 10:51AM

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Wet Naked Grandma Butt

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

After reading James S Fell (Body For Wife)'s email, I got lost looking at various articles of his written in various online blogs...and learned an additional arguement for why everyone (men and women) should leave the toilet seat DOWN.

Not much here about how to exercise, or why, or other motivational information like I usually gain from Mr. Fell's blogs and articles. But sometimes laughter is a good motivator. Or just good for you.

(PS - I've fallen in before too... not gotten stuck in there but who knows how it will be in the future. Not funny when it happens but still, this guy's memories evidently made a big impression and he doesn't leave the lid up any more! Yaaay!)

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BERRY4 2/28/2013 11:43PM

    I was reminded this week how much a good laugh brightens one's spirits and improves one's outlook!

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AWESOMECHELZ 2/22/2013 9:46AM

    emoticon for sharing. Chelsea

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JILLYBEAN25 2/20/2013 8:08PM

    emoticon That was fabulous!

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WALLAHALLA 2/20/2013 7:27PM

    Too funny. Best laugh I had all day.

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KATHYSCOLLIES 2/20/2013 6:42PM

    Thanks for the wonderful smiles and chuckles, never mind the outright guffaws that came with the visuals I got from his descriptions....

Thanks for sharing this with us!

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CHEROKEE1946 2/20/2013 6:29PM

    That was cute but it isn't cute when it happens, didn't get stuck but did make a splash.

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1CRAZYDOG 2/20/2013 6:06PM

    Laughter is definitely the best medicine. Thanks for sharing!

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