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Your Water Consumption...

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

It is good to drink plenty of water during the day...

A horrible paen to water, sung along to a religious school song commonly sung in USA:

"Water's good for me, I know,
For SparkPeople tells me so...
If we drink it plentif'ly
We'll feel better, yes we will...
Yea water loves me,
yea water loves me,
Yea water loves me,
Yea water loves me,
SparkPeople tells me so!"

Okay, and moving along..... (Yes, i know, I should not quit my day job....)

So while reading the paper this morning, and stalling on going for my walk, I saw this hilarious comic, and I took a snapshot of it:

Enjoy! And pace yourselves!!

Thanks for the comment about not wanting to drink the straight water !! That reminded me, I had meant to share this website info of a product that I really enjoy during the relatively few times when I'm not in the mood for straight water (which, admittedly, I don't mind, and I do switch off with teas etc.)... but I really like this product called TrueCitrus or I think it's also called TrueLemon. They are little packet-tubes and they are sweetened with STEVIA, yayyy! No aspartame, sorbitol, or other artificial sweeteners. I've seen them in at least three different flavors (Raspberry Lemonade, Black Cherry Limemade, and I forget the third. I've seen it at Dillons (a Kroger affiliate so if you are in a Kroger market, you should be able to find it.). It's available online in a variety of shops as well as their own website:

I've just had the little boxes so far, I haven't tried the shaker kinds. I'm thinking I also saw it at Walmart, but don't remember for sure. I need to go to the store anyway and will look again (I gave my mom the ones I had, three boxes/flavors, so she didn't have any excuse to not try it. She keeps buying that "awful to me" Crystal Light with more chemicals than anything actually healthy. Arrrgh.).

So that might give you some ideas. If you are where you can't easily get to the store, this website I just posted has a few offers available, and I think they make other coupon code offers on their Facebook page etc. I've seen it on and they are "more expensive" but are sending you several boxes all at once, so you can try more flavors or not have to get out and travel to a store. I know different readers have different situations, so I'm just trying to let you know that there are many options. They even have sample packs (look on the left hand frame, towards the bottom, and click on "Sample Packs."

But when I am in the mood for a flavored water, these are YUMMY!! (Usually I'm more in the mood for tart, so will spike my water with Natural Apple Cider Vinegar.). My son likes it with Seltzer water or Soda water, because he likes the carbonation. So you could play with that as well (and this product is one reason why I'm liking the idea of buying a SodaStream in the future....).

Okay so I better go get some water now!! all this typing makes me thirsty, haha!!

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859320 4/22/2014 1:14PM

    emoticon Sharing a hug with you and others. Pass it along. ruthie emoticon Thank you for sharing Yea water loves me, Yea water loves me. Every day I tell myself I am going to drink more straight water and it hasn't happen yet. I will try and remember this song and try and get more water in. I do drink over a gallon of wylers peach tea. emoticon

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A dad at age 16? nothing and everything to do with weight loss!

Monday, April 07, 2014

I was killing time, and clicked on my MindBodyGreen email and saw in it a blog link "3 Things I Learned From Becoming A Father At 16".

Now, of course, I became a mom in my 30's, so on one level, this blog has nothing to do with my life's experiences. On the other hand, it has everything to do with my life's experiences.

All three of his points are totally valid for all of us here on SparkPeople - yet his second point really hit me - "Comparing yourself to others is pointless. Unless you're comparing who you are today to who you were yesterday, and checking for improvement, you should avoid comparisons all together. All it does is mess with your psyche and lower your self esteem."

So true, and wise words from such a young man.

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GRAMMACATHY 4/15/2014 12:58PM

    43 years ago this week, I was married to a 16 year old that was going to experience father hood in two days. For our age and maturity level. I think we did remarkably well. The marriage only lasted five years, but we have a beautiful daughter. My only regret is that I couldn't learn fast enough to be a great mama. My daughter and I grew up together. Luckily we had good support systems from both families. I think the most important thing about being a teen parent is the desire to learn and change to become the very best parent you can for your child and that also means staying home and with the child when you aren't working. Except once or twice a week when you can go out and be a kid yourself. Too many teen parents either hand their child off to friends and relatives and party all the time or the flip like me, stay home and feel trapped like my childhood is passing me by. Neither are good scenarios. Balance and a desire to find the balance is key. Thank you for such a great article. Very timely too.

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PAPAMIKIE 4/12/2014 7:06PM

    I was a single dad before the age of 18, I helped change the tax laws in Canada so single dads had the same right to claim expenses that single moms did. I knew that single dad had it easier than single mom's (we were considered saints where as single moms where unwed mothers).

Truth is, I did the best I could, if I had it to do over I would do better if I got to keep the knowledge I learned doing it the first time, if I did not get to keep the knowledge I would do just about the same each time around.

What matters is what you do.


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DIBANANA 4/9/2014 8:46AM

  Great thing to remember!

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BRENDA_G50 4/8/2014 10:40AM

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The Layman's Ten Commandments

Friday, April 04, 2014

(Someone sent me this email. A lot of insightful thoughts to consider in my life. If it blesses you, so much more the better.).

The Layman's Ten Commandments.

Someone has written these beautiful words. It's a must read. Try to understand the deep meaning of it. They are like the ten commandments to follow in life all of the time!

Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a "steering wheel" that directs the right path throughout the journey.

Why is a car's WINDSHIELD so large and the Rear View Mirror so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, Look Ahead and Move on.

Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes a few minutes to burn, but it takes years to write.

All things in life are temporary. If going well, enjoy it, they will not last forever. If going wrong, don't worry, they can't last long either.

Old Friends are Gold! New Friends are Diamond! If you get a Diamond, don't forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a Base of Gold!

Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, "Relax, sweetheart, it's just a bend, not the end!"

When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn't solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities.

A blind person asked St. Anthony: "Can there be anything worse than losing your eye sight?" He replied: "Yes, losing your vision!"

When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.

WORRYING does not take away tomorrow's TROUBLES, it takes away today's PEACE.

If you really enjoy this, please pass on to others. It may just brighten someone's day...
Live simply,
Love generously,
Care deeply,
Speak kindly and,
Leave the rest to God.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/5/2014 5:28PM

    These are wonderful . . . actually just what I needed for today.

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“If the shoe doesn’t fit, kick it off and put on another shoe. Don’t be afraid of change because change is good – it opens up worlds of possibilities.” Myra Hunn
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MJ7DM33 4/5/2014 12:15PM

  Thanks for sharing!

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SOMAR12570 4/5/2014 11:40AM

    Love it. Thanks for sharing.


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    Yes, I am sharing this ... it is going out in an email to my friends.
Thank you for sharing.
Hugs, Audra

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This Night Owl Needs To Wake Up Early

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

My husband sent me a link to an interesting news article on a recent study...

To slim down, it helps to get up early and see the light, study says

I think we've basically known that, judging by various articles here on the Spark about the advantages of waking up early. I also know that many of us have butchered up schedules, what with working split shift/second shift/third shift (etc), having babies that wake up all hours of the night, you name it. (This isn't a contest to name the most exotic reason why we go to bed late and don't wake up early!!).

I know many nights I'm up late-thirty just because I'm on the internet, reading all the wonderful articles and blogs here on the Spark, goofing off on Facebook, whatever...

Soooo ... this is yet another reason why I need to get outside and at least be aware and cognizant of the light outside. There are gobs of other reasons, like staying outside for awhile (before 10 am or after 3-4 pm, to avoid the majority of skin-cancer causing UV and UB rays) to help build up one's supply of Vitamin D, or to get myr exercise over with for the day.

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JANNEPERRY 4/12/2014 7:32AM

    You know I started getting up early (a little after 4am) for work and now it's Saturday morning-no work and I could only sleep to 5:45am!
There's good science out there that shows that those that work out in the am burn more calories through the day than those that work out later. Of course it should all be balanced with the goal of getting enough sleep. Sleep is an important component of overall health and weight loss. emoticon

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    I think the real point is to get yourself in the habit of getting to bed early enough that you are getting enough sleep to be ready to awaken with pep and anticipation ... rather than having to drag yourself out of bed in the morning still tired and filled with dread of the day ahead.

I know it is true for me... I also know how easy it is to get caught up in electronic devices and thus create havoc with my wake / sleep schedule... when I manage to get too far out of whack... I end up getting sick with whatever happens to be making the rounds at the time.

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FUNZ81 4/3/2014 10:00AM

    Oh, dear! That means I should go to bed before 1:30 A.M.??

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SOMAR12570 4/3/2014 7:22AM

    I read that article too. Very interesting


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NMNEWWMN 4/2/2014 10:48PM

    hmmm, interesting.

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MICKEYH 4/2/2014 10:42PM

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MJ7DM33 4/2/2014 10:24PM

  Very interesting! Thanks for sharing!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/2/2014 9:45PM

    I am an early bird, so that doesn't bother me. It's when I have a late evening that I fade! Good luck.


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“Be that beacon of light, the one who shines a light on the other many souls who sit in the dark.” Gina Arianne
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Irish Prayer

Monday, March 17, 2014

Saw this today in "Dear Abby", and I have seen this before in other places.


Take time to work,

It is the price of success,


Take time to think,

It is the source of power.


Take time to play,

It is the secret of perpetual youth.


Take time to read,

It is the foundation of wisdom.


Take time to be friendly,

It is the road to happiness.


Take time to love and be loved,

It is the privilege of the gods.


Take time to share,

Life is too short to be selfish.


Take time to laugh,

Laughter is the music of the soul.


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CARINEVE 3/21/2014 12:41PM

    Good to remember these, they are so true!

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DIBANANA 3/18/2014 10:46PM

  Very nice!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/17/2014 9:48PM

    Happy St. Patrick's Day emoticon

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MICKEYH 3/17/2014 4:15PM

    Happy St. Pat day! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    O-o-o I like that. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs, Audra

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BOB5148 3/17/2014 11:28AM

  nice emoticon

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LINDA! 3/17/2014 11:25AM

    Very nice.

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-BLESSINGS- 3/17/2014 10:53AM

    very nice... thanks for sharing

~Happy St. Pattys Day~
BLESSings ALLways ~Deby

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SOMAR12570 3/17/2014 10:50AM

    It's so beautiful and so true.

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