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I still don't know what to wear!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

My son will be getting married on January 20th, and I have no idea what to wear! emoticon

The wedding will take place in the Caribbeans. I've been told that the weather is usually around 26 degrees during the day, but that I might need a light sweater at night. The ceremony will be held in an open air chapel on the beach, so it won't be as formal as a church wedding. The bride will be wearing a short, white dress. I plan to call her mother next week, in order to ask what she'll be wearing.

The ideal would have been to buy the dress last Summer, but I had no idea what size I would need! Now, the clothes in Quebec stores are for Winter. I'm really stressing out over this. My son isn't much help, because he's... well, a guy. It's just not an issue for him. Has anyone ever attended that kind of wedding? What do people in the wedding party wear?

Countdown to takeoff: 49 days (plane leaves Montreal Airport on January 15th)
My sister (walking buddy), brother and sister-in-law will be coming with me.

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PENNYAN45 12/1/2010 1:36AM

    Some department stores have sections for resort wear - even in the wintertime. If you can't find it in the local stores, you will surely find some online.

Talking to the mother of the bride is a great idea. She can help you with colors, too.

What a wonderful time you will have at that wedding!

I like the idea of flowers in your hair.

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BUGGYS 11/29/2010 2:24PM

    Two of my kids were married on the beach at our cottage on Lake Michigan. The first wedding I wore traditional Tongan wear, as my SIL is from son's wedding was a bit more casual and I wore a long sundress, it was black and gold, sleeveless and it was something I had for a couple of years...evryone thought it was great...most of the people at the wedding also had on sundresses...I know there are alot to pick from online so you should try there...

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SHAPNUP 11/28/2010 11:58AM

    Maybe you can buy something when you get there? That would be fun. Or shop online? Good luck, whatever you decide. We'll be waiting to hear...

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ANDI571 11/28/2010 9:31AM

    I was thinking the same thing as Libby. Will you have time to shop once you get there? But that is scary because you don't know what kind of stores they have. Online is great, or catalogs, but I would start now in case it comes in and the size is wrong and you have to send it back for a new size. Checking in with the mother of the bride is a good idea.

Try not to stress, you will do great. Are there bridal stores in your area? I would also check with them.

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DEVORA4 11/28/2010 8:33AM

  Smart moove checking with bride and mom! Then asap buy that dress. Time is flitting away.

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DEBRITA01 11/28/2010 8:09AM

    Consulting with the bride and her mom is a good idea. If you can't find anything in the stores, I agree that online shopping is the way to go.

I love weddings. What an exciting time for you...enjoy it! And, whatever you choose to wear, I am sure you will look great, & your beaming smile will outshine any outfit!

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NEW-CAZ 11/28/2010 3:11AM

    I'd shop on line for something Rej, most womens' clothes catalogues have sections for wedding clothes and, believe it or not, start sending out their spring/summer collections in December,..........well they do over hear.
Try a google search maybe??!!!

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DRB13_1 11/28/2010 3:01AM

    Ask the bride what other colors she wants in her wedding party and figure out what you will shine in. Since the stores will not be stocked with appropriate wear in time, consider having something made for you - a fabric friendly to the weather and beach. Later, you will treasure it until/unless you get WAYYYY too small to enjoy it again. When all else fails, plan to wear flowers in your hair if you dare emoticon
You will have a wonderful time, and I am sure your son will be so proud to have you there!

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JHADZHIA 11/27/2010 11:12PM

    Asking the Mom is the best way to go.. So many people shop online these days, maybe you could run a search on it..
Good luck with it!

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MOMMYNURSE 11/27/2010 10:16PM

    How about a formal rental place? Maybe they would have warmer weather dress clothes?

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LIBBYFITZ 11/27/2010 9:56PM

    Will you have time to buy something when you get there?

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Short-Term overeating could make long-term weight loss tougher

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

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The SP health article "Short-Term overeating could make long-term weight loss tougher" was a real wake-up call for me! I want make sure that all my SparkFriends know about the effects that even short-term overeating can have on long-term weigt loss. It's important information, especially with the upcoming holidays.

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RACHELSBAMA 11/27/2010 11:37AM

    I have put all desire to over eat right out the window. I have a plate that I use and I eat what goes on there and no more. My body does not need it. Thank you for your blogs.

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 11/22/2010 8:08AM

    Wow, that's interesting. At first glance that article can be kind of discouraging. Second thought was that I need to reinforce mindful eating. Thanks for posting this!

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BUGGYS 11/21/2010 1:12PM

    Thanks for the link! emoticon

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MARENAMOO 11/21/2010 11:54AM

    I read that article too and was initially discouraged by it. It seems like so much is stacked up against us from past behaviors. To me it means that we must take this slowly, evaluate each stage (my current stage is not as healthy as it should be). But whereas in the past I would think I was doomed to repeat old habits, I am now looking at it as a stage in the learning process. What helps me the most (besides interaction with all of you which I will return to) is reading articles like this one. It is the constant learning and reinforcing of the health issues that is helpful. That and acceptance of and kindness to oneself.

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IRENEHARPS 11/18/2010 10:45AM

    Thanks for passing this on.....very informative.

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/18/2010 7:42AM

    Nothing we can do about such behavior in the past, most of us can see that we're dealing with it. Here's to the present helping our futures! Thanks for the link.

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SHAPNUP 11/18/2010 7:10AM

    I was afraid of that. It's so hard to get back on track once I derail, too. This is just one more reason to STICK TO IT!

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NEW-CAZ 11/18/2010 5:54AM

    Thanks for the link Rej emoticon

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PENNYAN45 11/17/2010 9:54PM

    This was good to know. Thanks for posting the link.

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TERRYT55 11/17/2010 7:56PM

    Thanks....great article

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JHADZHIA 11/17/2010 7:28PM

    I have been here long enough I have read every Spark article there is. There are so many good ones. They are spot on informing people about all aspects of a healthy lifestyle and what it really takes to succeed.
I have already got past my Thanksgiving and did okay. Small plate, no seconds, etc.. Small piece of dessert. Next is Christmas. I just entered a challenge my Curves is running -No reason to lose, running from Nov 19 to January 7, its a challenge NOT to gain weight over the holidays..

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MERLINANDME 11/17/2010 7:05PM

    Thank you for the heads up.

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Need another reason to floss?

Friday, November 12, 2010

In the November 15th issue of Woman's World (Ask the Doctor column), a woman asks how she can convince her husband that it's important for him to floss his teeth.

The answer: "This might get his attention: Our study suggests that flossing helps ward off Alzheimer's disease! Gum inflammation may contribute to brain inflammation and impaired mental functioning, which up the risk of Alzheimer's. Because regular flossing and brushing can keep gums healthy, it also may preserve the health of your brain as you age."
- Peridontist Angela R. Kamer, D.M.D., Ph.D, assoc professor, NY University of Dentistry

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RACHELSBAMA 11/27/2010 11:38AM

    I used to work in a seniors home and some of my patients had Alzheimers. That is one thing nobody wants and that is for sure.
I will floss twice a day if it would help prevent this awful disease.

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LIBBYFITZ 11/13/2010 6:03PM

    emoticonNeed that for the son and daughter! emoticon

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LESLIES537 11/13/2010 9:51AM

    I DID need another reason to floss actually, how'd you know! emoticon

Interesting stuff! emoticon

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SHAPNUP 11/13/2010 9:49AM

    Very interesting. My dad is an ardent flosser. Every night in front of the t.v. Unless he forgets. emoticon

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VALBOY2010 11/13/2010 8:50AM

    Wow - that's an eye opener if I ever saw one. never heard of that but it's good to know. Thanks.

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CHRYS13 11/13/2010 7:23AM

    Thanks for sharing! I'm a devoted "flosser"!!!

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NEW-CAZ 11/13/2010 3:21AM

    Well, I live and learn. emoticon

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JHADZHIA 11/12/2010 11:37PM

    Sparks had an article already on how dental hygiene can affect your whole body functions, as bacteria and viruses can so easily enter the bloodstream in your mouth (this is why heart medicine has tablets you put under your tongue -they rapidly dissolve into the bloodstream there.) I floss regularly as you can see for yourself a toothbrush can't get things out between your teeth. I don't feel 'clean' unless I do..
Enjoy your evening and have a great weekend!

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MOMOF2TONI 11/12/2010 10:33PM

    Here is another good reason. By not flossing, the bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and attach to plaque in the heart arteries. My dad had heart problems (he had a valve replacement) and was told by his heart specialist it is harmful to your heart not to floss. This is easily verified by typing 'flossing and heart disease' into your browser.

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THIAGRAM 11/12/2010 9:57PM

  I'm smiling! what a wonderful reason to floss! Hope it works!


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ANDI571 11/12/2010 9:33PM

    Sounds like a good reason to floss to me. Thanks for sharing.

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Am I the only one who gets confused?

Sunday, November 07, 2010

I get so mixed up with all the conflicting advice we get!

For example, I just finished supper, and am far from having gotten my 10,000 steps in for the day. I'm trying to decide whether to put on a Leslie Sansone walking DVD or not.

I've heard both:
- Never exercise right after eating, because it will divert the energy from your stomach that's needed to digest the food you've just eaten.
- Two people have told me recently (including a nurse): Walking after eating is the best time to do it, because you'll use the energy from the calories you just ate.

- Never drink before or during meals, because it will dilute your digestive juices.
- Lately, I read to drink two full glasses of water before meals because it reduces your appetite.

- Calories don't count.
- Only calories count.
- Only exercise counts.
- Only fat counts.
- Only carbs count.

- Eggs will increase your cholesterol levels.
- Eggs won't increase your cholesterol levels.

etc. etc. etc. I'm confused!
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The good news is that I'm Sparking in spite of the confusion.
I think I WILL walk with Leslie. emoticon

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LIBRARYLASS 11/27/2010 2:15PM

    I'm with you! I've started trying to just ignore all of those things and try and use common sense. I second the person who said calories in, calories out seems to be the best model. Hang in there, like you said, the main thing is you're doing it!

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DRB13_1 11/27/2010 3:41AM

    Now that I'm eating breakfast regularly, it's even more important for me to have energy to do my long walks and runs. It has not been a problem for me to eat breakfast, then exercise intensely. Ultimately, it's learning what works for us and remembering the "calories in vs calories burned" formula for weight loss isn't one meal or one workout, but the consistent deficit over time. emoticon

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SAL2525 11/12/2010 8:27AM

    Man do I hear you on this! It is so confusing. One time I lost almost 30 pounds doing Atkin's until my gallbladder gave out! emoticon Even when I was doing the diet I knew deep down inside that it was a bad idea. Moderation and balance are good but like someone said you have to find your moderation and your balance. For me it is a constant struggle especially when my life starts to get bumpy and really no ones life runs smoothly all of the time! I am just going to keep plugging along. Good luck and ARCHIMEDESII is one smart lady!

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ARCHIMEDESII 11/10/2010 9:29AM

    Yes, there is a lot of conflicting fitness information on the web. Now, the nurse who told you that your body uses the calories from the meal you eat for energy right after eating was incorrect. The energy you use for your walks comes from the glycogen in your muscles. Example, ever hear of a phrase called hitting the wall ? That's something that happens to runners during a race. What is it ? Hitting the wall means your body has depleted every single ounce of glycogen in your muscles. Think of glycogen as the gas in your tank that keeps your car running. When you have gas, you can keep going. But, once you run out of gas, that's it. You can't move until that gas/glycogen is replenished.

Okay, I'm sure you didn't want a lesson in biochemistry. Who's right ? This is where a person must become an "informed consumer". I read everything to determine who is/isn't correct.

the problem with fitness information is that what works for one person might not work for someone else. example, eggs. In some people, eating eggs can help lower their cholesterol. In others, it can drive it up. Diabetics are told not to eat white potatoes because they'll spike their blood sugar. Well, in some people it does, but in others it doesn't.

In short, one size does not fit all. How does a person lose weight ? By being mindful of what they eat. If you eat right, watch your portions and get some regular exercise that includes some strength training, the weight will come off with time.

I think the problem is that too many people are looking for the quick fix. they want instant gratification. Well, weight loss doesn't work that way. Weight loss really is a slow steady process that takes time. no gimics. just some hard work and attention to what we eat.

I'll say this much, what you eat does matter. A person could lose weight by eating at McDonald's every day i.e. calories in versus calories out. but, how healthy would that person's insides be ? Which is my point... if you're eating right, weight loss is nothing more than a byproduct of a healthy lifestyle.


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40PLUSANDFIT 11/10/2010 9:17AM

    Calories in, calories out seems to be the most logical and the most uniformly accepted one. They are pushing the drink more water because as a whole, the US seems to be dehydrated. Yes, we drink a lot, but a lot of CRAP. Do what feels right for your body. I personally keep my carbs as the highest/protein and then fat. I can't workout when I'm carb depleted. But I push protein on strength training days.

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JULIEFRANCES112 11/10/2010 9:09AM

    If it makes sense to me I follow the advice. I like the calories in, calories out. Works for me. I agree there is way to much confusion. Just find something that works for you.

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SHAPNUP 11/10/2010 6:09AM

    I'm with you on this. The sad thing is, by jumping from one theory to another, I don't develop any consistency in my program. I'm trying to find my way...

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IMSMILEY88 11/9/2010 10:10PM

    I SO agree! There is so much conflicting information out there! It's hard to know what the 'real truth' is. So, maybe you should just see how your body feels when you do various things? Anyway, I wish it was clearer, too!

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 11/9/2010 8:48PM

    How about 'don't eat after 6' and 'eat whenever you want, it doesn't matter'... grrr

I guess we just have to find what works for us and you have obviously found what works for you!

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PENNYAN45 11/8/2010 9:00PM

    I do agree that if it feels okay - then I will do it.


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LESLIES537 11/8/2010 9:55AM

    It makes my head spin too! emoticon Keep on Sparking! emoticon emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 11/8/2010 7:23AM

    I agree there is a lot of conflicting advice out there. Best thing to ask yor self when the advice is given. "who is giving it?" Unless research based don't believe it!

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NEW-CAZ 11/8/2010 6:57AM

    When I was losing weight I worked hard at the advice on calorie deficit and it worked.
As for everything else, I think everyone is different. I exercise b4 breakfast most mornings and yet the Professionals say to fuel up.
But it's worked for me for 3 years now and I'm healthy and fit.....that's all that matters!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/8/2010 6:12AM

    Funny thing is, most of the confusion I used to feel over all the advice and things was my perfectionism talking, wanting to do it all, and do it all perfectly. And then it conflicts! Makes the "A" student in me rebel and want to say, "this course is impossible... I can't get an A, so I won't take it at all".

Which of course is foolish. Now that I'm a *recovering* perfectionist I have learned that most of this is not an exact science... it's not a mathematical equation. Our bodies, for the most part, are pretty resilient, but they do have things they need: air, nutrients, motion.

So, dittos to everyone who said, "see what works for you". Articles we read seldom give the whole story.

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JUST_TRI_IT 11/7/2010 10:04PM

    SOOOO true! At some point I just have to listen to my body. It seems to talk and I often do not listen :)


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LJCANNON 11/7/2010 9:18PM

    I can only agree wholeheartedly with the others who have said to do what works for you. As Slimlila said, the "Truth" may be different for everyone.
emoticonI have learned to listen to all the 'Professional' advice, and then apply it to my Life in a way that works for me. I finally found a way to successfully lose weight by doing a lot of things that the "Professionals" said would not work. I just smile politely and go on with my plan.

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ANDI571 11/7/2010 9:03PM

    It is confusing. Plus today they will tell you to do one thing, and tomorrow they will tell you it is bad for you. I have just gotten to the point, I do what works for me. We are all different with different personalities, and we have to listen and learn, then take what we know and do what we are capable of.

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SLIMLILA 11/7/2010 7:50PM

    I agree with everything you said and the thing that really bothered me was that as a diabetic, I shouldn't be exercising till after I've eaten in the a.m... and then wait a half hour or so, who's got that kind of time in the morning? I wonder if the real truth is also different for everyone?

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    Here's my take on this...Well..confusion does abound, doesn't it. For most people, the cholesterol that naturally occurs in foods isn't so much the problem as the cholesterol their body makes in response to fatty foods (or genetics). So eat an egg.

Calories count. So do the food choices you make. Too much sugary food can raise your blood sugar and cause you to store excess calories as fat.

As for drinking...I think that if you have no digestion problems, drink when you want to. Some say to drink to curb hunger. I haven't been able to do that. I drink when I want to.

Unless you are doing hard cardio (like jogging) your stomach still digests. So you can walk, swim or stroll w/no problem.

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Your body's big enemy? You're sitting on it!

Saturday, November 06, 2010

I just read one of the best blogs ever on the need for physical activity. I wish everyone who's struggling with their weight could read it!

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ANDI571 11/7/2010 9:48AM

    I agree with that blog totally. I found after buying my pedometer how sedentary I was. Weight Watchers always taught us to go into the bank instead of the drive thru, or go into the restaurant etc. But that doesn't always happen. I tried one evening of just getting up and walking around the house during commercials while watching tv, and I go a lot of steps in just during that time.

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SHAPNUP 11/7/2010 7:29AM

    Thanks for sharing this blog. Although I don't think anyone will want to see me in a bikini OR a sarong. Good advice, makes sense, let's DO IT!

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JHADZHIA 11/7/2010 1:11AM

    I had heard of this, but not in so much detail. Was enlightening to read. I gave up TV watching a year ago, but the computer has taken over unfortunately. I like hanging out here and seeing what everone is up to!

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 11/6/2010 5:38PM

    Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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SONNYG1 11/6/2010 5:12PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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NEW-CAZ 11/6/2010 5:10PM

    I'll go read it thanks for sharing

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