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Hitting the BIG "55" - OMG!!!!!!!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Well I did it yesterday. It's official, I now qualify for senior citzen discounts at most restaurants & retailers in our area. How did this happen?

My girlfriend called on her cell phone and told me she'd happened up on a deal on Bra's while out shopping, knew it was my birthday and wanted to know what size I wore. (Thinking that underwear is something I'd rather purchase myself) I told her 36C Extra Long. She asked if I meant longline bras? I said "No", just your regular 36C Extra Long. She was silent for a moment and finally said I don't know what you mean by Extra Long. I explained that what no longer stands up, now hangs down & had become extra long.

Then the joke was on her because she's older than I am, wasn't wearing Depends and laughed so hard she peed on herself.

Happy Birthday to ALL us Capricorns!

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FLASUN 1/1/2011 1:22PM

    AWWW...I missed it....but never to LATE to send you BIRTHDAY WISHES!!!! Hey, I'm 55 yrs old also.... wearing 38DD extra long!!! Loved it!!!! emoticon Love ya, Janice

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WALLEYEGUY 12/29/2010 11:16PM

    Happy Birthday!

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BIGT_56 12/29/2010 1:07AM

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Happy Birthday! If you look over your shoulder you will see me plodding along right behind you. I will be 55 in Sept.
Like I heard someone say once...I still got it, it is just all a little lower than it used to be.


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JERSEYDEBBIE23 12/28/2010 10:45AM

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Is WalMart adding calories unnecessarily to your daily intake???????????????

Monday, December 28, 2009


As a part of my daily fluid intake, my Internist told me that as long as a drink was water based, I could probably count it as water. I had found that WalMart was selling the GV generic of CrystalLight and that I found it to be a great value and it was ZERO calories per serving.

As with everything else they sell under the GV brand, the packaging recently changed, but with this product, the CALORIE count changed too. It has gone up to 5 calories per 8 oz. serving. I contacted WalMart about this and here is their response.

"Thank you for your message.

Dear Betsy,

Thank you for contacting us about our Great Value 12qt Drink Mixes. Walmart strives to provide quality products to our customers along with great prices. In reference to your inquiry on the nutritional statement of this product, we would like to share with you that this product has been reformulated to match the national brand in flavor, color, and ingredient statement.

Again, thank you for taking the time to contact us. You may also contact us by visiting and clicking on the contact us link or by phone @ 1-877-505-2267. For future questions regarding product ingredients, nutritional facts, preparation instructions and more, click the grocery link at


Benjamin Werkheiser
Great Value Customer Contact Team"

I want you each to know that WalMart has added calories and I guess it's up to us to let them know we DO NOT NEED EXTRA Calories. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE take a moment and let them know. Their contact info is included in the response email above.

Together, we can make a difference!
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ELAINESHAFF 12/29/2009 12:14PM

    I will have to check my labels a little closer to see if they went up. Thanks for the info.

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FLASUN 12/28/2009 7:43PM

    Betsy, That is great info on their drink. I personally picked up Crystal Light drinks today to mix myself. Maybe I better read the labels better....never realize what they might say or mean to say. Maybe its gone up in calories per serving too???
I also heard on a TV show today about a man who called Tyson Chicken company to see if he could visit their plant to see how they fix their frozen chickens to sell in the grocers, because he is interested in the nutritional value for his family. They said, "No". UMMM ...makes ya wonder!!

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ANSING 12/28/2009 4:45PM

    It seems these days that the only way you can be sure of what goes into food is to make it yourself, and that's not always practical in this modern age. All we can do is be vigilant in reading the labels.

Good luck with getting Walmart to change their product back.

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THE_JULES1 12/28/2009 1:27PM

    We should always read every label. Companies don't always announce when they do a reformulation of something we use and love.

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2BFREE2LIVE 12/28/2009 12:40PM

    True when they are competing with the national brands they want their product to taste as good or better so we will continue to shop their products.
I don't see that they did anything wrong by informing us of the change, now if they did not tell us of the change then yes they could be blamed.
They are trying as with all the other companies to keep us informed right on their product packaging. Thank you for sharing. Sandy

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JGMK55 12/28/2009 9:13AM

    I think this proves that we need to be vigilant at all times and never take for granted an assumption that 'calorie free' is really calorie free. I count carbs, too, and I cannot tell you how often I find something that is 'diet' and low calorie is so high in carbs that one serving would use all my carbs up for one day. We need to be educated consumers and protectors of our own food intake. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful New Year! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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What's Eating Me . . . STRESSSSSSSSSSSSS

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Unwilling Caregiver - - Equals STRESS !!!!!!!

Hi. For those of you who don't know me, I have my 85 yr. old mother-in-law living with us that I am charged with caregiver for. She was not brought up in a normal family situation. (They lived in the woods and by the time she should have been well into her school years - - welfare discoverd the family & that they weren't sending any of the children to school. After finishing what school she got, the family didn't want her to leave the pack, and then banished her for doing so. She never learned what normal is for living in a house with regular values. Not even the basics of bathroom etiquette or table manners or putting ones dirty laundry in a laundry hamper.)

This has been a pains taking process of teaching her just things that "NORMAL" society expects of us as she sees no need for any of it. It grates on my last nerve sometime and I get stressed to the MAX (and yes I do fly off the handle). She and her husband did not plan for retirement. He cashed in & spent the one small life ins. policy he had before he died. He died leaving her broke and for others to take care of, so here we are.

She now has a better quality of life than she has ever experienced and since moving in with us and eating properly, she walks for exercise 1 hr. every morning and has lost 58 lbs.. Her Doctor is majorly impressed. Her borderline diabetic condtion has been reversed and she's been told that she no longer needs medication. (She still takes it so she can eat candy bars mind you.)

This has been a long and difficult journey for us all. I am sure I will continue to stress over the everyday occurances that continue to crop up, but my real fear is that I will wind up as my late namesake aunt did: taking care of everyone in the whole famdamnly, becoming used up myself & then dying.

I pray for peace within.

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JGMK55 10/11/2009 9:35PM

    emoticon It is so very hard caring for someone who is not grateful or at least willing to try and be grateful. It's harder still when that person does not have the same values we do. You are doing the right thing by caring for her, but you also need someone to care for you or give you some respite. Check into your county Office of the Aging and see if they have a respite program you could take advantage of. When my uncle lived with us (89 years old, cantankerous and a 'runner' - we had to pick him up from Texas 2x in less than a year - we live in NY), the Office of the Aging helped us so much; lots of wonderful suggestions to make our lives easier and to help him. When it was time to find an Assisted Living Facility for him, they helped us with that, too. Take care of yourself. You ARE important!

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ANSING 10/11/2009 5:12PM

    You have my sympathies. At 85, she's pretty much set in her ways, so choose your battles wisely. Some things are just not worth the stress it takes. So pick the stuff you REALLY can't abide, and just let the rest go.

Don't forget to take very good care of yourself. You are a very special person, and well worth it!


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JOSHKO 10/11/2009 2:18PM

    God never gives us more than we can handle and he obviously has determined that you are a STRONG person...when things seem too much just remind yourself of that. Hope there is someone like you for me if ever needed!

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ERINLASH78 10/11/2009 1:21PM

    You have every reason to be stressed in a situation like this, but think of the wonderful things you are doing for your family. You are helping her learn how to function appropriately and showing the rest of your family how to help people who need it. Even if you do fly off the handle every once in awhile, you are doing a great thing. I know it's probably difficult, but try to take a little time for yourself during the day (even if it's only 5 minutes) to take some deep breaths and think positive thoughts. Good luck!

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ANGELA1717 10/11/2009 10:37AM

    You def have a heavy load to carry. I have said a prayer for you. emoticon Angela

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GROOVY_GURL 10/11/2009 9:33AM

    You are definitely carrying a heavy load. You do have choices into whether you end up caring for your whole family. You can so "No", it won't be easy to say it will be hard, but you have to think of what is better for you in the long run. Hang in there!

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Choices make and shape who and what we are. Making the RIGHT choices, consistently and not just at home, have helped me greatly attain the success I have enjoyed thus far with Sparkpeople.

I love to eat out, but know that I cannot always have EVERYTHING I want and continue down the weight loss path at an acceptable pace. Sacrifices must be made. For example, I love BBQ. But when I go to eat it, I order the sauce on the side, Green Beans rather than Baked Beans, and eat 1/2 a slice of Garlic Toast instead of the 2 provided. Little Changes consistently add up to BIG results over the long haul. I use alternative sweetner in my Tea and NEVER waste calories on Sugar Sweetened Tea. Liquid calories are just a No brainer to me. I'd rather save my carloric intake on "REAL" food.

I have not always made the right choices and the scales & my measurements reflect that when I do not make good decisions. But overall, I am pleased with my results. Are you happy with the results you have attained during your time as a Spark Member?

The CHOICE is yours. CHOOSE what you will be.

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DONGR8NCHARNC 9/26/2009 4:12PM

    So true! I hope to make more right choices!! Congratulations on your success!!!

Team Fishing

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ANSING 9/21/2009 7:26PM

    Your blog is so true. Don't you hate it when people act like the food just jumped off the table and into their mouths. Good or bad, it's always the choices you make that determine the outcome.

It sounds like you are really doing well. Congrats!


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SCAROUSEL1 9/21/2009 3:33PM

    I love your blog today! Thanks for the motivation!

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Food Diary, Exercise Log & HONESTY in posting !!!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

" To thine own self be true "

That one statement says it ALL to me.

If I am not honest with myself, who am I hurting? If I fib about how much cardio I got in, is it going to make me lose? I pray each night that the Lord will help me to beat my addiction to food and give me the strength to perservere in my quest to eat correctly and exercise.

I realize that there are those who exagerate what they have performed during the day, just so that their names will be be at the top of a list. I'd rather be at the bottom and lose pounds, than to simply make up numbers to look good on the boards. That is one reason I have chosen to leave some of the teams that I have belonged to. ALL talk & no action doesn't cut it for me. I want more! I can change no one other than myself.

Have you ever considered what we are NOT in control of? We cannot control our government. We cannot control our neighbors. We cannot control the weather. We cannot control our employers. The CANNOT list goes on forever, The one thing we CAN however control, is what goes in our mouths. I am taking that control. It is mine! I WILL scrutinize what goes in, to determine what my final outcome will be. Will you join me? Will you be in control?

I will! I am! I R

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CATTHOMPSON1969 8/24/2009 11:02AM

    So true.

I find that on days I eat way too much, I just won't track my food for that day. But who is that helping? No one. Just hurting myself, because when I do track (even the extra stuff), I'm more likely to get back on track THE NEXT DAY, as opposed to taking a few days off from eating well.

Thanks for bringing this up.

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QUARKY 8/24/2009 7:42AM

    Gosh, I'm more likely to omit stuff from those food logs just because they don't contain British food brands and it's such a bugger writing it all in from scratch!

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SWEETCFO 8/23/2009 7:33PM

    Thanks for sharing. This is soo true!!

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OUTDOORGIRL70 8/23/2009 5:50PM

    Very good blog. Thanks

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ANSING 8/23/2009 3:32PM

    I know exactly what you are talking about. When I first joined Sparks, I use to feel a little intimadated by some people who were really racking up the exercise minutes. I felt I'd never be able to do that. I don't even have the desire to do that! Then I realized that if they were really doing all that exercise, their days have more hours in them than mine. I'm retired, and I still wouldn't have THAT much time to devote to exercise!
They're really not helping themselves in the long run. I guess they get an ego boost for being at the "head of the class", but the point is to be the best you can be, not compete with somebody else. That's the only way you'll really get ahead in the weight loss game, or anything else you are going for in life.


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SEONAG 8/23/2009 2:50PM

    You are right! It is best to just write down what you really did. Every once in a while I have to estimate a little but I try to be as accurate as I can be.

Good luck this week! emoticon

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RENA1965 8/23/2009 11:53AM

    Well said, bravo!

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    Great blog. Very true!

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MSMAHM1 8/23/2009 10:55AM

    Great blog! I've wondered about the numbers when I post mine, also. They seem so unreal that you'd think these folks didn't do anything except sit around preparing and eating vegetables and fruits. Man, if I can find the time to get an apple cored, I'm doing well!
Thanks again for the blog.

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KNITTOBETHIN 8/23/2009 10:31AM

    Wow - Betsy I was trying to remember if I posted I exercised but didn't, and couldn't - except I think I don't fill in the exercise thingie until after the fact ! I think it's a mind clog with the aging process, ya know ? Anyway, you put out a powerful blog and got me all charged up. You might take note however, I'm still sitting here typing instead of in with my exercise disk ! I really need you to move to NC, next door would be nice ! Sigh..

You are right about not fooling yourself. I joke around at times about buying instruction books and then putting them on a shelf and expecting the knowledge in them to seep into my brain in a kind of magical dripping effect. The truth of the matter is if you don't put the effort into anything, you aren't going to get much out of it no matter how much you want to. I guess it depends on what you want... exaggerating to best someone on a list might make some feel better but that's the only benefit I can see. Ha - to be totally honest, I could exaggerate and best your efforts but even doing THAT much would tire me out ! You flat amaze me.

And you keep me motivated. I WILL get up and go put in the disk. I said I would last night and so I shall, but I will be thinking of you all the while I'm sweating myself silly, you and that durn Denise !

Ha - I feel very lucky to have both you and Ramona on my team !! You both definitely R !!

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