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Pedometer fails again!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Two weeks ago I received a new pedometer for my birthday. Exciting since I had been without one for months after running it through the laundry! EEK! I'm walking so much now I really would like to keep track.

The new one worked for a day before the numbers started cutting out. We took it back and go a different brand. Tonight as I was walking I pulled the new one out of my pocket to check it and noticed it had stopped counting. I had to reset it to get it to go again and then it stopped again.

Fellow sparkers who wear pedometers do you have any suggestions about what brand to get?

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MONTANA_ED 5/2/2010 2:51PM

    After losing my first one - I found the one when I was with the State. It's a New Lifestyles Digi-Walker Model SW-701. I checked their page and it's about $30.00. This one has a security strap that I can clip on my belt and a cover that flips up over the buttons. Seems to work pretty well! Good luck with whatever you get!

Onwards...

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JUDYPETE1 4/29/2010 7:05AM

    great info, thanks for asking this question. I have a cheap one, but would like to get a good one to keep me going.



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NANASUGE 4/29/2010 2:06AM

    I use an omron and it is very good and reliable - I have the one you can upload the stats to your computer monthly; previous one was also omron but didn't upload. I try to never go anywhere without it.

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HAPPY1049 4/28/2010 3:21PM

    I have always had a problem with pedometers. They never seem to be accurate. Of course, these are "el cheapo's", and maybe that is why. Most of these comments are praising the Omron, which is more expensive, but I guess "you get what you pay for".

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REMIAM 4/28/2010 12:28PM

  Another vote for Omron--mine is a 720-HT, Walking Style. This is my first Omron, my 5th pedometer. $32 on sale at Costco.com. I like the shape, design, and security(solid waist clamp and also a leash with clip). Directions say it also works if just put in a pocket. Well worth the cost for all the information it gives me.

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SUNNY332 4/28/2010 9:29AM

    I wanted to get a new Pedometer as mine is a really cheap one and resets on it's own all the time. I thank you for posting this blog as it helped me too.

Hope all is well with you. Keep up the good work. I think I am going to order one of the ones mentioned here - the Omron HJ 113.

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BECKA525 4/28/2010 8:26AM

    I have an Omron HJ 113 I can put in my pocket and it has a tether or you can clip it on your pocket. You can't reset it accidentally it only has a small button on the back to reset it with a pin.

Mine was about $28 at dunhams but they have it on line for $25. I love mine.

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MKPRINCESS007 4/28/2010 7:52AM

    hey there...I don't have any brands to offer, I have a cheapy one, but I am guessing you checked the battery in the last one? Way to quick to cut out. Hope if it is defective you got your money back! :)

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MSWEEZER 4/28/2010 7:33AM

    I'll have to agree with those who indicated the Omron HJ-720 ITC. It is 32.95 on Amazon. Well worth the $$.

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FITKAT2010 4/28/2010 7:18AM

    Amazon.com Omron HJ7-ITC I believe. It's the one I wear and many others on the 10K team. It cannot be reset accidentally, is durable, accurate, affordable through Amazon $32 apx., has a clip AND a tether.

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PATRISNA 4/28/2010 7:18AM

    I have one my DH got me one through a health program at his company. It is The GOZONE Pedometer. It has computer software to up load your steps on Virgin HealthMiles website. You have to pay a monthly fee, but you earn Health miles and can get rewards for your miles.

This pedometer does not zero out until you upload your steps. The readout for steps may zero out on the pedometer if you press the clear button, but they stay in the pedometer until you upload it. This is so you can measure a walk or run. It tells you how many miles, calories burned and it has a clock.

So far this is the best pedometer I have had. I have had several pedometers. I know it is frustrating when they zero out. I also noticed recently when working in the kitchen I wasn't moving around enough to get the steps to click. It was not the pedometer it was me. LOL

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MARYSTAYSLIM 4/28/2010 6:51AM

  I have the Omron brand (walking style) and so far it is counting the steps accurately. This is my 2nd purchase, the first one was my fault as I left it unattended and it fell from my lap causing the front side to break (it was a glass cover) where I should have clipped the strap on my trouser.. try it, you won't be disappointed.


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KASEYCOFF 4/28/2010 5:55AM

    I use an Omron HJ-109-E. I'm on my third one. I like it because it has a cover, whereas the very first one I had was one without a cover and I seemed to keep accidentally hitting the 'reset' button - very aggravating. So I got this one because at the time it was the only model I found with a cover. It doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles - it has a 7-day memory, and I think it has an 'aerobic mode,' and maybe it tracks calories burned or something, I don't know. I have it set for maximum sensitivity, else it doesn't seem to record steps. I've also noticed that if I don't have it in EXACTLY the right place on my belt, it doesn't record. That has been true with all of them, and with two different brands other than Omron I've used - I don't know if it's true for all pedometers or some anomaly about ME, lol... Once when a battery was running low it didn't alert me 'low battery,' it just stopped being very accurate about recording steps. Is it possible that your new one was on the shelf long enough for the battery to lose some power? Also, I have a lanyard hooked to mine, and I always either knot it thru a beltloop or safety-pin it to my waistband, because I dropped one once and broke it. The instructions on mine say to place it 'over a hipbone.' Well, first let's assume I could FIND a hipbone, lol... Point being, it specifically says not to put it in a pocket, but rather clipped to the waistband and over a hipbone. So maybe if you do that with your new one, it would be more accurate?

That's it for my two cents' worth, Rita. Hope this helps! :-)

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NEWSTART123 4/28/2010 5:31AM

    How frustrating for you! I enjoy my pedometer and find it motivating to get more steps in. I ordered mine from: www.thepedometercompany.com I'm on my second one in 5 years. They're more expensive but last for a long time with an annual battery change.

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NUMD97 4/28/2010 5:24AM

    It's been my understanding that it needs to be clipped to your waist in order for it to register the stride of your leg. That's the principle behind its function. Try that and see if it makes a difference.

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GOING2LSEITNOW 4/28/2010 5:13AM

    I've got an Omron and I wear it in my pocket at work and on my waistband when I get home. Once or twice it has reset to zero but for the most part it will be the only one that I buy. It does use a battery and the more sophisticated ones have computer software.

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Doctor's Visit

Friday, April 16, 2010

This morning I walked up to my doctor's office for a regular visit. It was last April that he read me the riot act telling me that I was going to be a full fledged diabetic if I didn't change my ways and lose a good amount of weight. He was very pleased that in the past 50 weeks since that visit I've lost 55 pounds and my numbers have decreased for blood sugar, blood pressure and I feel GREAT! He asked me how I was continuing to lose after the program he told me to get into was over and I told him Spark People.

If I didn't have the encouragement and education from Spark People I would not be continuing to lose. I'm eager to have the scale reach the point where I'm no longer considered obese. It's not that far off and I know I will get there before the summer's end. YEAH!!

Life is great and exercise is too! Have a super day spark friends!

  
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4DOGNIGHT 4/24/2010 11:34AM

    You are doing great! Good report from Doc. Just goes to show what a good diet can accompish for you.

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REMIAM 4/23/2010 8:10PM

  Congratulations on your continuing changes, and on spreading the Spark to your MD! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LISANANCY 4/23/2010 7:08PM

    You know I didn't want much to go to the gym today and was watching the tv and having my morning coffee when a Tony Little ad came on. He was selling his latest gym equipment. Well, he turns and looks right into the camera, I swear he was talking to me and says "If you have time to watch tv, you have time to exercise." I finished the coffee, picked up my car keys and out I went. I am sure he meant me to buy his equipment, but he did have a point, That thought stayed with me all day. I think it will do the trick for a while. Wasting time watching tv, is not the way to go. Hve a great weekend. emoticon

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WISEWIFE 4/21/2010 3:29PM

    Woo Hoo Good job kiddo! You should be so prooud of yourself!
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LINDAKAY228 4/19/2010 3:38PM

    Awesome!! I had my annual physical in March and had lost 60 lbs and everything was better so I know how you feel! It feels so goooooood.

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MSWEEZER 4/19/2010 2:11PM

    That's great news!!! Keep up the good work!

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KASEYCOFF 4/18/2010 3:55PM

    That is wonderful, Rita! So gratifying that all your hard work is paying off - and good that the doctor noticed too, lol... emoticon

p.s. Absolutely gorgeous yellow rose on your background!

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GUNNSGIRL91303 4/18/2010 9:53AM

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What an accomplishment! Keep up the good work...you are an inspiration!
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-H0LY-Y0GA- 4/17/2010 7:40PM

    Hooray! :)

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SUNNY332 4/17/2010 8:37AM

    55#'s is awesome Rita. You are doing GREAT!

You are well on your way to succeeding and meeting your goals.

I am so proud of you and know your doctor is also. Keep up the GREAT work, my friend.

You inspire me.

Sunny

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COOKINMAMA 4/17/2010 4:26AM

    So proud of all your hard work! You go girl!

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NANASUGE 4/16/2010 11:42PM

    congratulations!

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JUST_TRI_IT 4/16/2010 10:56PM

    Such good news for you! Congratulations on staying on the journey... and ENJOYING the journey :)


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JUST_TRI_IT 4/16/2010 10:56PM

    Such good news for you! Congratulations on staying on the journey... and ENJOYING the journey :)


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MAMOOAUG 4/16/2010 3:39PM

    What a great doctor's visit! Great work on your part and the part of your support team.

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BUGGYS 4/16/2010 2:22PM

    Great news...you have come a long way and added years to your life!!! emoticon

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WOODSYGIRL 4/16/2010 1:52PM

    Congratulations Rita!! It feels so good when a doctor will actually acknowledge your hard work and commitment. You have done so great on your program and have such a great attitude about meeting every day with a positive can-do attitude. You WILL reach your goals and we'll all be celebrating with you!!

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ANDI571 4/16/2010 1:39PM

    That is such good news. Good for you! emoticon

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HAPPY1049 4/16/2010 1:26PM

    This is such great news! That's about one pound per week, isn't it. Wow! You are doing so well!
I'm glad you were able to lose the weight before you became diabetic. I am already diabetic, but I have been able to cut down on the amount of meds I take because I lost some weight. And now that I have finally come off the plateau I was on, I intend to keep going. Hooray for both of us!

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MERRYMARY42 4/16/2010 1:21PM

    That is so great, same thing with me, and I am so pleased, for both of us, I can not believe what one year has done for my health, and of course alot of help from Sparks and all my Spark Friends. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JWADDELL2 4/16/2010 1:17PM

    Wow!!! Great! Pat yourself on the back!!! emoticon

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You have worked hard and it shows!!! Congratulations!!!!

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Family Time!

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Wow! It's been a whirlwind since my daughter Amy, granddaughter 71/2 month old Helen and son in law Benji hit town! I'm exhausted!! It's been a wonderful time, especially getting to know our smiley little Helen better!

It's fun to see your child parent also. I'm happy that I am staying out of parenting her. She's the type that wants to do it all by herself, and with the help of her husband. I think she is relaxing, knowing I'm not going to give her a barrage of "how-to's."

I was thinking how this is a report card on my husband's and my parenting our daughter.
She is loving, responsible, very diligent and desiring to do her best for her child. I guess that's the icing on my cake today!

Wishing all a very happy Easter!

  
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GUNNSGIRL91303 4/18/2010 9:57AM

    Raising a child is the hardest thing I believe we ever do and it sounds like you did a great job! They talk about the rewards of parenting and in the end I guess having a son or daughter you can be proud of is the pot of gold!
I have 4 grandchildren myself and its a blast! Enjoy your little Helen! I remember when my oldest grandaughter was only 7 months old...now she's going on 11 and wants a cel phone!

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JOCHEBED1 4/10/2010 1:57PM

    glad to hear everything!

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HEART_N_GRACE 4/4/2010 6:32PM

    How wonderful! Happy Easter!

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HAPPY1049 4/4/2010 4:22PM

    It's great being the grandmother! I'm glad they were able to visit you this weekend. Have some jolly good fun. Happy Easter to you and yours!

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ALEXSGIRL1 4/4/2010 1:30PM

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WANT2BEFIT10 4/4/2010 10:39AM

    Awww....CONGRATS! It sure sounds like you did a wonderful job with your daughter...enjoy your time with your grandbaby! Happy Easter!

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DEBRITA01 4/4/2010 9:32AM

    emoticon Babies are so much fun...enjoy your little one! Being a grandma myself (well, actually a Mimi), it is so rewarding to see your "child" as a parent and the pride in knowing you shaped that person. You get an A+ on your report card! I also like your willingness to step back and let the parents "parent"...a very wise and loving way to support them.

Have a Happy Easter with your little honey bunny, Helen, and the rest of your family!

oh, and p.s., my daughter's name is Amy, too!

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MSWEEZER 4/4/2010 8:35AM

    How very nice indeed. Enjoy the time. Happy Easter to you and yours.

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SUNNY332 4/4/2010 8:25AM

    You Daughter has become everything you raised her to be. Great report card, I would say.
You should be so proud. Enjoy you little Helen.

Sunny

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Green Tea inquiry

Monday, March 15, 2010

I keep hearing about how green tea is so good for health. I tried some and didn't like it. In fact, I got rid of it. Now I'm wondering if maybe I had some that was not good quality or a variety I don't care for. It occurred to me that possibly my spark friends would have some suggestions of green tea that has been tried and enjoyed, or possibly, there's a certain length of time to steep that is different from black tea's 3-5 minute steep.

Any help would be appreciated. The goal is to lessen my coffee intake with some healthy green tea. Thanks much!! emoticon emoticon

  
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REMIAM 4/23/2010 8:32PM

  Hi,
I just saw your note inquiring about green tea. I drink lots of real teas and tea imposters. Celestial Seasonings and Republic of Tea are my favorite brands. Both companies have lots of varieties of all kinds of good tea.
Green tea is delicate--water needs to be just under boiling. Steep time is shorter--no more than 3 minutes. You can decaffeinate it yourself by brewing for a couple minutes, tossing out that brew (or pour it in your compost canister!) and putting the same tea bag in fresh hot water for 3 minutes.
Gets rid of most of the caffeine. Plain high quality Asian green tea tastes like grass to me (not so great) unless it's at my favorite Japanese restaurant! I prefer flavored green teas.
My favorites are the green chai varieties, but I have to limit myself to 1 a day b/c I add almond or rice milk and a bit of agave to them. Dessert. Also LOVE the new Celestial Sleepytime Vanilla. No caffeine. Benefits from just a few drops of agave and some almond milk. Helps me unwind & sleep.
I am currently using Republic of Tea's Be Well Red teas, especially Get Lost(quells cravings), Get Charged(for energy), and Get Some ZZZ's. No caffeine, rooibos based. I work nights but cannot use caffeine to keep me awake because its effects are unpredictable--might be bug-eyed awake for hours AFTER I'm home, tucked in, and desperately trying to sleep.
Teas are large in my arsenal of tools for staying on track!
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GUNNSGIRL91303 4/18/2010 9:49AM

    Try peppermint tea for a pick me up. Peppermint is a natural stimulant and is a great replacement for coffee as long as your allow it to steep for 30 - 60 minutes. The longer the better!


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LINDAKAY228 4/13/2010 9:09AM

    I don't like the plain green tea, but I do like some of the flavored green teas. My favorite is Chai green tea, but I also like Lipton's berry flavored and there is a mandarin orange flavor I like. I used to drink a lot of coffee before I started working on getting healthy. Then last summer I got dehydrated and really sick. I still drink coffee once in a while but have switched more to flavored green teas. Maybe if you try one of the flavored ones you'll like it better. I also drink it hot or cold, and use Stevia in it. There are a lot of different flavors out there.

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JOCHEBED1 3/30/2010 1:28AM

    Well, there is nothing like a hot cup of joe. However, I just started seeing a naturopath dr and she says coffee is not the best. With the supplements she had me take for detox and wellness, the caffeine is no good either since it cancels out the effect of them. So she said decaf green tea is the best choice. Being organic is also emphasized so the hunt began. I went to 3 different stores including a health food store and none had organic, decaf green tea. It was either organic with caffeine or decaf but not organic. Well, I had to settle for the decaf since I wanted my supplements to work. It ended up that I got the all natural with anti-oxidants, decaf Celestial Seasonings. My dr says to add natural sweeteners like agave nectar, honey, brown sugar or stevia. I settled for stevia since you can buy it in a box of packets at Sam's Club which is the inexpensive route. So every morning I add one bag of green tea to my cup of hot water and one packet of stevia...it tastes pretty good. There have been other brands I have tasted and this one so far has pleased me the most but I will keep exploring. This has been my green tea journey. Hope it helps you in yours :D

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NURSEWHO 3/18/2010 10:47PM

    I like tea that is steeped exactly 5 minutes. In fact, I set a timer when I brew tea because if it goes any longer than that, it tastes really bitter.
I'm not a fan of green tea either. Green tea smells like old lady, and it always tastes like your drinking it out of a shoe.
Good luck trying it again!

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PUBLIK0UTKRY 3/17/2010 5:43PM

    Hmm i'm not sure about the green tea, but thanks for commenting on my blog! :)

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HAPPY1049 3/16/2010 2:01PM

    I really can't help you, because I don't drink hot tea. However, I do like ice tea with lots of lemonade and sweetener. I guess I had better stick to my water! emoticon

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DIANE2868 3/15/2010 11:41PM

    I did a little bit of research, one of the best tea's to drink is Celestial all natural green tea, that is just plain without being decaffeinated, that brand is suppose to have the highest amount of antioxidants. I don't really care for it, but I don't hate it. I switched from 1 coffee a day with sweetners to two of those green teas a day. I just let the tea brew for at least 5 mins and enjoy, or not enjoy, but drink it anyway- lol. If you need some sweetness you could add a bit of honey. I drink it for the health not taste, and so I just have it like it is. Hope this helps. Diane

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PRINCESSALICA 3/15/2010 9:59PM

    I simply adore green tea with mango and green tea with peach. To work into it I would try one of the ones that adds a fruit to it, and don't brew it very long.

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MAGSA10 3/15/2010 8:04PM

    I love green teas, I drink mine not only hot but cold as well. With the cold green tea I add some berries to it, great little taste. Try the green teas again, there are lots of different favors. Have a great week and stay strong and keep on Sparking.

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SUNNY332 3/15/2010 7:05PM

    I know from experience if you brew the green tea too long, it can get bitter. I personally like the Honey Ginseng by Republic of Tea. I love tea and usually brew up a cup of Black Tea.

Hope you try it again.

Sunny



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TIFFANY_SUZANNE 3/15/2010 6:50PM

    Jasmine green teas are my favourite - also, get real tea leaves, not the crap they put in teabags! The difference in taste will rock your tastebuds!!

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GIANT-STEPS 3/15/2010 6:04PM

  You shouldn't use as hot water making green tea as black. It also isn't steeped as long. While tannins are part of the flavor of black tea, green and white tea shouldn't be brewed hot or long enough to release tannins.

There are a lot of different kinds of green teas. I prefer Chinese green teas to Japanese. I like gunpowder green, and jasmine infused teas. Fujian province makes some particularly good organic green and white teas.

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CAROLJEAN64 3/15/2010 5:54PM

    I recently read that black and green tea have the same anti-oxidant qualities. Also most people tend to brew green tea too long and it gets bitter. You don't need to use very much. It should be very light in color. Hope this helps.
(I think Chinese green tea is the best.)

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A week of surprises, some bad some good

Sunday, March 07, 2010

What an emotional week this has been! The man that I care for suffered several TIA's last Monday. It has effected me in a powerful way and I spent many extra hours with him so that he would not be alone.

The thing that really pleases me is that even though I had many extra hours with him, I didn't throw the exercise out the window. Instead, I didn't go to my normal classes, but did vigorous walk/run intervals while listening to my ipod. Six months ago, I would have easily bagged the exercise, now it's a habit that I must say, I ENJOY!

Another shocking thing this past week has been that my scale has been surprising me! I went months either on a plateau or up one, down two, up, down, etc. The scale has shown me to lose either 3-4 pounds this week. I am very content with a pound loss weekly so this is a great bonus! I hit my 1/2 way mark of weight loss and because of the high emotional things going on it didn't register until the next day!!

I am so thankful that God has provided Spark People with all of it's tremendous tools and especially the great friendships and encouragements from others walking the same path! Thank you, fellow sparkies!! emoticon emoticon

  
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JUST_TRI_IT 3/12/2010 10:12AM

    Congratulations on both the HALF WAY mark and sticking with the exercise during a tough time. I'm getting to that point where I am also enjoying the exercise.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Diane

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WHITEBULL1221 3/10/2010 8:40AM

    Congratulations on breaking that plateau. It is a great feeling when the scale starts moving again. I hope things continue for you. I am sorry to hear of the gentleman you care for health issue. He is in my thoughts and prayers.

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SUNNYARIZONA 3/8/2010 9:11AM

    You obviously have found something that WORKS for you. I too would be content with a pound a week or MONTH, but have been TURTLED for too long. Probably my own fault. But reading your blog is very encouraing to the rest of us emoticon's!

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    emoticonKeep up the good work. emoticonon the 1/2 way point emoticon emoticon

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MONTANA_ED 3/7/2010 6:11PM

    Stress has a great way to de-rail us and I'm glad that you are doing ok! Great news on the 1/2 way mark. You are doing it!

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MT-MOONCHASER 3/7/2010 5:35PM

    Rita -- CONGRATULATIONS on reaching the halfway mark. It must be a marvelous feeling.
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CARMEL466 3/7/2010 5:33PM

    WTG! I'm proud of you. Keep it going!

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HAPPY1049 3/7/2010 3:11PM

    It was nice of you to spend the extra time with that fellow you are caring for. I'm sure he is grateful for it.
I'm so glad you didn't stop exercising. Even better---now it's fun for you! That's great!
Congratulations for losing so much weight. You have been doing such a great job of keeping fit and really trying to do the right things. So keep it up!

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CGREEN717 3/7/2010 12:38PM

    Great job.

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PUBLIK0UTKRY 3/7/2010 11:55AM

    Thanks for the comment on my blog! :) Good luck with everything sorry to hear about the stressful week. Hang in there!

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DEBRITA01 3/7/2010 11:19AM

    emoticonGood for you, Rita! When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. Although it was a difficult time for you, you persevered and made the best of it - and got a bonus for your efforts. I'll say a prayer for you and the gentleman you care for.
Blessings~
Deb

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LJCANNON 3/7/2010 10:21AM

    emoticonRita, that is awesome!! I hope your Gentleman is doing better. Walking was a great idea, and Obviously it worked!!
I spent a lot of time in the Hospital walking the halls with a Client last week, too. I am glad that we both stayed on track.
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DEBRA_T 3/7/2010 10:19AM

    Hi Ritarose, I'm sorry you're going through such a difficult time with your patient and am offering prayers for both of you. It sounds like you're discovering that sticking to your program actually helps you deal which is a strengthening discovery. Best wishes for his continuing recovery and your continuing success.

Regards, Debra
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RHCOOKSON 3/7/2010 8:38AM

    Good for you for keeping up with exercise! It is easy for those who are caretakers for others to forget about taking care of themselves. I'm glad you're taking time to care for you too.

Also, having had some personal experience with caretakers when my husband nearly died this summer, I want to say thank you for what you do. People who care for the ill are angels on earth.

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PATHUMPHRIES 3/7/2010 8:29AM

    Life shows up, sometimes at unexpected times. I'm sorry about your friend. He is fortunate to have you in his life.

Congratulations on your progress.

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FITKAT2010 3/7/2010 8:04AM

    Wow! What a powerful week. You are walking the walk and getting results. How Sparkie is that? Fantastic!

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SUNNY332 3/7/2010 8:03AM

    Good for you Rita! Keep up the good work.

Sunny

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