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Santa Claus Melon

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

My husband and I decided yesterday in the brutal heat that a nice fruit salad would be a perfect side to dinner. We stopped at the store to pick up some additional fruit and I was searching for a honeydew melon. I actually don稚 care much for the honeydew myself, but he likes them so we were going to add it to the salad.

It took me a couple of spins around the produce section to see a sign that said honeydew, but the items by the sign looked more like squash to me than melon. As I looked closer the sign had smaller print that said Crenshaw, Canary, casaba and Santa Claus. These were all varieties of honeydew and none that I have ever heard of.

We decided to take a chance and we bought a Santa Claus variety. I am very glad we did, it is milder and not as sweet as the regular ones we have bought in the past. I think I will try another brand at some point too. It is interesting trying different trying different types of food.

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    I love Santa Claus melon too! I try to buy one fruit or vegetable a week that I have never tried and that was my choice 2 weeks ago. I was surprised how much I loved it. Good for you for trying new things!

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BASILIC 7/7/2010 3:30PM

    I love honeydew melons when they are at the proper stage of ripeness. But it's such a large melon that I don't by it too often. If I get it precut from a restaurant or salad bar, I find that more often than not, they prepare under-ripe melons that have no taste.

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KMATIS 7/7/2010 11:11AM

    I also don't usually like honeydew, but maybe I'll give that variety a try if I see it.

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 7/7/2010 12:17AM

    Interesting--I never realized that there are different varieties of honey dew melons. I don't care for the taste of them (I prefer cantaloupe), but my husband loves them. Maybe if I tried a different variety I might like it better.

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GLAMIT 7/6/2010 10:57PM

    Sounds interesting. They are breeding fruits now, lol. Yesterday I saw a plucote. Not exactly sure I spelled it right but it was a plum and apricot.

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DDOORN 7/6/2010 10:54PM

    Never heard of most of those, but I can relate to "experimenting" and trying out new things. Last fall I checked out a wide range of apple varieties. Still like the Cortland best...! :-)


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LIBRATAH 7/6/2010 10:36PM

    Never heard of a Santa Claus Melon before. The next time I go to the market I will need to check out the melons.

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NEED2LOSEN2010 7/6/2010 10:03PM

    Sounds Yummy!!!! I picked up watermelon tonight. The cantaloupe here is really small, doesn't look good, & is pricey. I love honeydew. I haven't seen the ones you mentioned but I'll be looking for them.
Thanks for sharing

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CUBFANGIRL1 7/6/2010 9:34PM

    Casaba is also very tasty:-) Now i'm craving fresh fruit. . . oh well, better than craving chocolate:-)

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WILLOW49 7/6/2010 8:33PM

    "Also known as December melon, Christmas melon and Piel de Spao, this melon was named in behalf of its long keeping qualities...until Christmas. Even though it is a very good keeper, this holiday melon was actually named because its peak season is in December." (from specialtyproduce.com)

Never had any, but sure sounds good!

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LIBBYFITZ 7/6/2010 7:17PM

    Interesting name for a melon! emoticon

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BAMBIBUNNY 7/6/2010 7:17PM

    sounds yummy! I wonder how it got it's name.... emoticon

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JUDY1676 7/6/2010 7:15PM

    I'll have to take a closer look at the melons next trip to the store!

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To Blog or Journal

Monday, July 05, 2010

I was in a challenge a couple of months back where we received points for writing in our journal. Since then I have made it a habit to journal everyday. I also blog but only occasionally when I have a bit if something I want to say.

Well this challenge has points for the blog entry. I don't really feel prepared to write everyday in a blog, but here is a start for me. I prefer the journal because I can make random comments about how I'm sleeping or my moods. Then I go back and look at that information to look for patterns.

I hope everyone has a great 1st week in July. Can you believe we are already half way through the year? How time flies as you get older...

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LINDABENEDICT 7/6/2010 12:35PM

    Journal blogging sounds like fun !

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DRASADAF 7/6/2010 11:28AM

    Me too i journal in my blogs and love to read blogs..and also commenting on them.

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WILLOW49 7/6/2010 11:16AM

    The older I get, the faster time goes by...it's passing way too fast this summer!

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DDOORN 7/6/2010 1:19AM

    Sounds like a "blournal" in the making...lol!

This summer is just WHIZZING by! Whew!


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CUBFANGIRL1 7/5/2010 11:43AM

    I love journaling and blogging but don't do it nearly enough. I find I can express myself much more clearly in writing than in talking. I thinking any form of journaling is an excellent coping skill and one I definitely need to utilize more frequently! Good for you for challenging yourself with this!

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BEESPARKLE 7/5/2010 9:33AM

    I enjoy blogging also and it is a relaxing time for me to read other blogs as well. I hope they consider to read mine as well. I know they do allot.That is a motivator. Lets keep sparking the blogs when can and enjoy the moments of expression. It will benefit us all .With many ideas. Lets challenge each other as a family on Sparks to blog or journal. We are blessed to have this tool to interact feelings. I love it. I was away on holidays and I wrote a fresh blog with photos. I love to see photos on a blog with others. I enjoy your background with the stream of water as a season warmth scenery.


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LIBBYFITZ 7/5/2010 8:53AM

    I journal in my blog! I tried to do both but with all the other great stuff to do on the site I just gradually moved across to blogging and love it! I only started in feb this year and have learn't so much, just love it! emoticon
I try to blog daily and reflect on mood, food and happenings! emoticon

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The End... of a 12 week challenge

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Tonight was the end of my Healthy U 12 week Challenge. This is the challenge that I presented to my co-workers and 4 of them joined with me. It had a $250 pay out for top male and female with the highest percentage lost and top male and female with the highest weight lost. We only had numbers when we saw results and for a while I was in third place in the standings. I ended the challenge in 4th overall out of 98. Of course the 3 in front of me were all women so no $$$ for me. I would have had to lose 40 pounds in 12 weeks to win the challenge.

I was hoping to win some and be able to buy a new fancy scale. Do I really need the scale? No! I have a good scale, but mine doesn稚 have hydration and all the other fancy features that I want. I took a class recently and we were weighed on a scale that had the body fat mass and percentage and the instructor explained the difference and how our mass should increase or stay the same and our % should decrease as you lost weight. Otherwise you are losing muscle not fat. I really want all those figures so I知 sure I知 doing enough to build my muscles.

So the bottom line is I am happy with my results! Tomorrow is my SparkPeople weigh in and measurements and I think I知 hitting a very good number unless the sleep monster strikes and adds a couple pounds to me. So I am a winner and tomorrow I hope to be a winner again!

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LIBBYFITZ 7/2/2010 3:07AM

    Sounds like the 4 week challenge was fun! wish you well with all you're number's!

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JERICAJJ 7/1/2010 3:46PM

    Sounds like you are definitely a winner! Wow! Impressive results, you have been working hard!
:) Jerica

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DDOORN 7/1/2010 12:57AM

    Hey, with your momentum you are ALREADY a winner! :-)

Keep SPARKIN' away!


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DENI_ZEN 6/30/2010 7:48PM

    Wow! You placed extraordinarily high in those 98 people - CONGRATULATIONS!! You have every reason to be delighted with your results :) And I think you deserve a new scale one of these days. You understand the percentage factor and its implications so well! - Sandi emoticon

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WILLOW49 6/30/2010 7:46PM

    Congrats on finishing the challenge and coming in 4th out of 98! Well done indeed!
I'm sure you'll be happy with the weigh-in tomorrow, too :)

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Evaluation at 4 months

Sunday, June 20, 2010

This past week was the 4 month mark of me being on SparkPeople. Thursday was my official weigh in day and was also the firs weigh in during those 4 months that I did not have a loss. I did think of my original goals and what I had wanted to lose and since I made those goals I felt ok with these results. When I got the email to move to Stage 4 and read the explanation I felt ready to move.

I feel as if I have made a mental change as well as the physical change that I知 still in the process of making. The mental change is so important to continued success and to moving forward with the healthy living mentality of this program. However, I am aware that there is still much too both my mental and physical improvements and I知 going to be working on these the rest of my life.

In this same week I have also taking on the role as Leader to me Spark Class Team. I received an email from one of the two original leaders that they wanted to step down. Something made me reply that I would do it. I am still trying to think of ways to get the team more locked in and will hopefully succeed with this endeavor. I do feel all alone with leading the team though because I知 not experienced at it and the other leaders are official gone.

I have achieved my goals in weight loss.
I have added more strength and cardio.
I usually eat with calorie range.
I have now taken on a new way to spread the Spark with my leader role.

We will see what is to come!

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DEBALYN22 6/28/2010 8:59AM

    Great Going! and Congrats on all your accomplishments. You inspire me to get back on track, and thanks for being our fearless leader!

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HEALTHYFIGHTER 6/25/2010 10:31AM

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KMCK117 6/24/2010 3:27PM

    You are an inspiration. I hope to be as motivated as you at my 4 mth mark!

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GONNA_BREAKAWAY 6/22/2010 9:48PM

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GLAMIT 6/22/2010 10:58AM

    You are doing emoticon Thanks for sticking in the challenge with me. Your going to make a great leader.

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GRAMMACATHY 6/21/2010 11:03AM

You have done such a good job of taking care of you.

I do feel with you about being a team leader by yourself. You will know soon enough if you want to recruit more helpers. Good luck.

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GRANNYPEG 6/21/2010 7:46AM

    emoticonand you are doing emoticon. You will be an excellent Team Leader.. emoticon emoticon

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LADYGWEN25 6/20/2010 7:30PM

    great job! what an adventure to be a spark team leader.. think of the lives you an change! Great job on meeting your goals... I am almost at my 4 month mark.. Ironically it will be July 4th.. talk about independence...lol.. Keep up the great work.. you inspire me to keep moving forward! :)

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 6/20/2010 4:34PM

    Great blog!! You're doing an awesome job. Congratulations for meeting a lot of your goals. Evaluating yourself is a great way to discover not only what you still want to accomplish, but to see how far you have already come!!

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WILLOW49 6/20/2010 1:12PM

    You're doing super! emoticon emoticon Good luck with your team!

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DENI_ZEN 6/20/2010 11:39AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Congratulations on reaching this stage and on your decision to become a Spark Class Team Leader! You sound like an excellent choice for the position, and I'm sure you'll do terrific! - Sandi emoticon

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MOOTWO 6/20/2010 10:50AM

You are going to make an excellent Team Leader as you are always inspiring us.
Your blog was a reminder of how my evaluation point went. My scale frequently halts progress ( and even creeps up a little briefly ) but as I stand with my fellow Sparkers and continue to eat sensibly and exercise, the pounds do eventually return to a meltaway state ;)

You continue to be awesome. It is workin!

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FRANKLYAMUSED 6/20/2010 10:43AM

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You are doing great!

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Spark Lifestyle Change Strategy #5

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Action Step 3:
In your SparkPage blog, write about a life issue that might cause emotional eating

My job can be a source of emotional eating for me. I知 an IT manager and take care of all the computers, printers, phones, and communications that go along with them. Some day痴 life is easy when everything runs as it should, and then there are those days when it seems everyone needs my help. I find that when there is a major problem, like last week when updates on my server caused our security access system to stop running. Our access system runs the doors that allow us entry into the building. It has a buffer, but I知 not sure the length of the buffer. All day I was very uptight about finding a fix, but I needed to wait for the security company to assist. I reached for a piece of chocolate I had a miniature dark chocolate that had been sitting on my desk for 2 weeks. I知 glad there was only 1 available to me.

Since starting SparkPeople I致e become more aware of recognizing these triggers and I always try to reach for a healthier snack, but there are times when I知 not as good about this as others. When the stress is the highest I usually want that sweet treat. I have improved with even my sweet treats though; I am more aware of portion sizes and allow myself a little treat once in a while.

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WILLOW49 6/23/2010 10:43PM

    emoticon You're doing great! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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DDOORN 6/23/2010 10:41PM

    Great to be more aware...!

That's the first step to making changes!

Lately I've been keeping a container of grape tomatoes handy on my desk:

The *Healthy* M & M...! Lol


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SPARKLERFRIEND 6/17/2010 10:38PM

    emoticon on making progress in this area! emoticon

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GRAMMACATHY 6/13/2010 11:17PM

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Great self control. You are an inspiration.

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SUNNY2010 6/13/2010 8:57PM

    Good blog! emoticon
Your job does sound stressful! But what a great and healthy attitude! Seems like you are in a right place and continuing your journey in a right direction! emoticon

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BRADIA 6/13/2010 1:10PM

    You surely do have a stressful job. I am also in charge of a railway accounting department, and sometimes handling people is difficult. They always expect you to be considerate and sweet, otherwise, you become a monster.
For a long time I have recongnized my bad habits and anxious eating. Currently, I am trying to cut down food amounts and through SP I have been measuring every single ounce or spoon of whatever goes into my mouth. It surely has helped a lot.
I went through major hip surgery last January and my doctor warned me that if I did not loose over 80 pounds, I would have problems. Now, after ten months, 40 of those pounds are gone but I still have at least 40 more to throw away. And I usse the throwing verb, because someone, making fun of my constant diets, said that when you loose something, you always try to find it back and that was what happened with lost weight. So am not loosing weight any more, I am throwing it away.


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DENI_ZEN 6/13/2010 12:07PM

    What a stressful job you've got there, RAINBOW! Yikes...I got a headache just reading about your complex responsibilities. I think it's a major achievement - or it would be for me - to have just a tiny bit of dark chocolate when under stress! You deserve a big pat on the back for such moderation; that's real transformation! - Sandi emoticon

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CURLSU 6/13/2010 11:28AM

  Dear Rainbowfalls:
I think you have a superb attitude, healthy and practical. As a leader and achiever you are hard on yourself and detailed. But you will undoubtably win your quest for the desired fitness you are reaching for. An apparent success is evident in your outlook and I high five you while you keep in front of yourself the tools supplied by Spark and the vision of your desired image. You are going to look & feel differently than you have in a long time! emoticon

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