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A-Z of me

Saturday, February 06, 2010

A is for Age: 52

B is for Butt: yes I have one

C is for Career - mother, grandmother, domestic engineer

D is for Dad: he will be 90 Feb. 8

E is for Essential items to bring to a party: me

F is for Favourite song or music: I will Survive by Gloria Gaynor

G is for Goof off thing to do: play mindless games on the computer

H is for Hometown: born/raised Utica, NY, live near Conway, NH

I is for Instrument you play: piano

J is for Jam or Jelly you like: blueberry

K is for Kids: Daughter is 32, Son is 28

L is for Living arrangement: live with husband and 2 cats

M is for Mom's name: Doris

N is for Name of best friend: too many to pick 1

O is for Overnight Stay in a Hospital: 2 kids births, emergency bronchial spasm

P is for Phobias: bugs, mice, snakes

Q is for Quote you like: If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

R is for Relationship that lasted longest: 33 years with husband

S is for Siblings: 1 sister

T is for Texas, ever been? Nope and I don't care to, unless you count an airplane layover

U is for Unique trait : none that i know of

V is for vegetable you love: green beans

W is for Worst traits: attitude

X- is for X-rays you've had: not a whole lot.

Y is for Yummy food you make: Southwestern lasagna

Z is for Zodiac sign: Libra

Copy and paste this into a blog and lets all your spark friends get to know you :)

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LITTLEWIND53 2/7/2010 3:01AM

    I like this. Thanks for the idea!

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JMDROEGE 2/7/2010 12:13AM

    Great idea! I will have to do this.

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HJFOGARTY 2/6/2010 3:44PM

    HA this was great! you just have the best ideas girl! hope you are having a great day! you are amazing!

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RTLISA 2/6/2010 10:26AM

    Great Blog! It was fun learning a little about you. I've copied it to do my own.
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SUZYMOBILE 2/6/2010 8:50AM

    Very cool! We used to live in Conway, right off Rte. 16 near the KFC. I think I'll copy and paste this, too!

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JAVAJO47 2/6/2010 7:26AM

    This is cool Robin! Thanks for sharing the A-Z of you. How many years have you played the piano?? emoticon

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Your Personal Power Foods Plan

Thursday, February 04, 2010

This is an article a friend found and posted on her facebook page so I am posting it here. It is a huge long article about what to eat/drink for different parts of your body so I will post this in parts.


Your Personal Power Foods Plan
New research into everyday foods reveals what you should specifically eat to reach any health goal.
By Nancy Kalish, Prevention

Protect your heart

Fill up on these

Barley. This grain can blast LDL ("bad" cholesterol) and triglycerides, lowering your total cholesterol an average of 13 points—without affecting your HDL ("good" cholesterol) levels, according to a 2009 research review. Barley contains beta-glucan, a type of soluble fiber that binds with cholesterol to whisk it from the body, explains David Grotto, RD, the author of 101 Optimal Life Foods. A cup and a half of cooked pearled barley contains 3 g of soluble fiber, the daily amount recommended by the FDA.

Pinto beans. Like barley, pinto beans contain cholesterol-fighting beta-glucan. In one study, participants with mild insulin resistance (a precursor to high cholesterol) who ate ½ cup of pinto beans daily dropped 19 points from their total count in 8 weeks, including a 13-point decrease in LDL.

Grapes. Consuming just 1¼ cups of grapes can prevent the damaging effects of a high-fat meal that can slow circulation and increase risk of coronary heart disease, say researchers at Nation-wide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. A daily dose of grapes improves blood vessel health in general, scientists believe, because the fruit contains high levels of antioxidants called polyphenols.

Macadamia nuts. An Australian study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that when men with high cholesterol ate between 1 and 3 ounces of macadamia nuts per day for 1 month, their LDL dropped by 5.3 percent, while their HDL rose by 7.9 percent. The nuts, researchers concluded, increased the amount of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) in the blood. One ounce is adequate for most people.

Mineral water. The magnesium and calcium plentiful in most mineral waters (like San Pellegrino, which has 56 mg magnesium and 208 mg calcium) are both potential blood pressure reducers. In a Swedish study, 70 men and women ages 45 to 64 with borderline hypertension experienced a significant decrease in blood pressure after 4 weeks of drinking 1 liter of mineral (not seltzer) water daily.

Avoid these

Energy drinks. The caffeine and guarana that are often added to energy drinks can make your blood pressure skyrocket, says John La Puma, M.D., the author of Chef MD's Big Book of Culinary Medicine.


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LITTLEWIND53 2/5/2010 7:22AM

    Thanks for sharing. I have saved it so I can spend more time reading it this evening when I don't have to rush out the door to get to work..............

Have a great day.

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CLADY326 2/4/2010 4:45PM

    WTG Robin on sharing this article. We can never have too much information to base our life changing decisions and choices.

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EGRAMMY 2/4/2010 3:03PM

    Thanks for taking time to share. Interesting

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Cultivate Friendships

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

SparkPeople Day at a glance Calendar note for February 3.

Cultivate Friendships. The happiest people spend the least time alone. Attend social gatherings, host a party, and call your close friends to catch up as often as possible.

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AMYRWATSON 2/4/2010 6:40AM

    I live with my best friend so I spend time with her often. We are going on 10 years and I am not tired of being with her yet. That in itself for me is a milestone. Heres to a continued happy friendship and relationship.

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LITTLEWIND53 2/3/2010 8:27PM

    I just called my best friend last night and we talked for over an hour. We shouldn't loose touch with our friends, no matter how busy we are.

Thanks for posting.

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BABYLOBO3 2/3/2010 12:25PM

    I think you are right. I wish I had more time for it.
Great post... emoticonTina

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I'm on the Daily Spark Blog!!

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

OMG, what a wake up this morning when I read the Daily Spark Blog article "Spotted;'The Spark' " and saw me there! I'm the one with the iPod.

I had another bowl of oatmeal paste this morning, but with about 1/2 cup of added milk, it was ok. Not great, but ok.

Yesterday I did my exercise in the morning and it seemed to be better than exercising in the middle of the afternoon. I feel like I got a better workout. So I'm off to try it again this morning!

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HJFOGARTY 2/2/2010 9:30PM

    Man they should have mentioned your screen name in there - I hadn't read that blog yet - and you look great!!! so glad you are converting to mornings too! lol! and you made me laugh oatmeal paste?? oatmeal is my favorite breakfast! lol so glad you are a star now! can I have an autograph?? you are doing so great! love ya girl and miss you more! that is the only good part about this year going so fast - you'll be home sooner ;)

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JUDYK17 2/2/2010 2:28PM

    Great picture, you looked good!

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LITTLEWIND53 2/2/2010 2:10PM

    I saw this yesterday. I did not know it was you. Great to have you featured. Now about that ipod........

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JAVAJO47 2/2/2010 8:50AM

    Very cool Robin! I love that you were featured in the article. emoticon emoticon

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SOFEDUPP 2/2/2010 7:39AM

    That is so very cool!!!

I usually do part of my workout in the morning before work and then part after. It just seems to work for me. Personally, I can't believe I am working out at all. I am one who believes if you can visualize exercise in your head, that should count!

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AMYRWATSON 2/2/2010 7:00AM

    emoticon Have fun working out this morning.

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MISSM66 2/2/2010 6:05AM

    I did went and look at the pic you look great emoticon emoticon

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MISSM66 2/2/2010 6:01AM

    I always exercise in the morning that the best time for me, I'm
a evening person,thanks for letting us know that you are in the blog this morning I am going to look at it now,

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HENABELLE 2/2/2010 4:52AM

    That's Great to have your picture in the blog! Enjoy exercising early. I always do better with morning starts... too easy to procrastinate as the day progresses!

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    Great pic! Thanks for letting us know that it is you.
Morning is my exercise time. It has been working for me. I am glad it is working for you.

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Crockpot Oatmeal Part 2

Monday, February 01, 2010

This is in reference to my blog entry: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo

I made this last night. I substituted regular oatmeal with Bob's Red Mill Steel Cut Oats so I had to adjust the water with what the recipe on the package said. I used Chef Meg's recipe for Apple Pie spice mix. Well it turned out sloppy and glue-y and no taste. It was moist but very pasty like. I am not sure just what I did wrong, maybe I should have used regular oatmeal, Maybe you need a crockpot with a timer and start it in the middle of the night. I should have added more spices and maybe another apple. I have LOT of oatmeal now, LOL. Since I am a diabetic, I can only have 1/2 cup of oatmeal and not the full 1 cup serving, so I have 14 servings of cooked, mushy Steel cut oats now.
YOUR results might be delicious but mine was a failure, maybe I'll try again next month.

I added the recipe to my cookbook here in SparkPeople:

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JMDROEGE 2/2/2010 2:30AM

    Send some over my way. I am sure my 9 month old would love it!

I have always created paste when attempting to make oatmeal in the crockpot. Looking on the internet, it recommends "steel cut oats", not quick cooking oats. But you used those.

Another website recommends putting it all together and get a timer to turn it on in the middle of the night.

Maybe it is a hopeless cause...?

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LITTLEWIND53 2/1/2010 3:12PM

    I was not impressed with my attempt at making oatmeal in the slowcooker but I thought it was because I used quick cooking oats. I bought some regular or "Long" cooking oats but have not had a chance to try them yet. I love oatmeal but seldom have time to make it in the mornings. A crock pot would be one way of having them ready by the time I get in the mornings......

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