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Friday, November 25, 2011

75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.

37% of Americans mistake dehydration for hunger.

Mild dehydration will slow one's metabolism 3%.

Dehydration is the number 1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

A 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on a computer screen.

Drinking 5 glasses of water per day decreases the risk of colon cancer by about 45%.

Drinking 5 glasses of water per day decreases the risk of breast cancer by about 79%.

Drinking 5 glasses of water per day decreases the risk of bladder cancer by about 50%.

8-10 glasses of water per day could reduce joint and back pain.

A University of Washington study found almost 100% of midnight hunger was resolved when participants drank one glass of water before bedtime.

Water is best! Do drink lots of it. Any water you drink goes first to stomach, liver, kidneys, etc. It's only the excess water after that which goes to your saliva and vocal folds, so if you're not drinking enough water, your vocal folds won't be properly hydrated. Other liquids do not substitute for water.

These interesting numbers came from a vocal workshop. Backs up everything we keep hearing from SP. I'm going to have a glass of water right now!

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MAGICKCAT 11/27/2011 5:46PM

    I'm putting this up on my Fridge!!!! I need to stay on that WATER! Thanks for putting this out there! Good Stuff! emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 11/26/2011 12:39PM

    I got thirsty reading it! Yayyy H2O!!


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LHLADY517 11/26/2011 11:58AM

    interesting numbers. Thanks for sharing.

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TINYDANCER 11/25/2011 8:06PM

    wow. I never heard most of those facts. Maybe i need to get back on the h2o regimine. emoticon

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IILAAD65 11/25/2011 3:51PM

    I learned some new stats! wow...

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POETLKNG2LOSE 11/25/2011 3:12PM

    Thanks for the info; I drink water, coffee and tea and add it all.

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BLUE42DOWN 11/25/2011 2:36PM

    I drink lots of water, but some of that I didn't know. Thank you!

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CHANGING-TURTLE 11/25/2011 1:59PM


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INSEARCH4MYSELF 11/25/2011 1:56PM

    thanks for blogging this! lots of important into :) water is the best thing ever! :)

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

LOST: old habit of unlimited sampling while I cook. I had to taste a couple of things today that aren't from recipes--and it felt downright strange to eat while cooking!

LOST: the desire to empty a can of cashews. I counted out a few and enjoyed them very much, along with a small glass of wine.

LOST: mass around the middle. My favorite jeans are getting looser and looser! I bought them a few weeks before starting SP, and they were REALLY tight back then.

FOUND: the ability to stick with daily intentional exercise. "Don't want to" is irrelevant.

FOUND: belief that I really am going to reach my goal this time--and stay there.

FOUND: new friends, new habits, and a healthier me!

FOUND: so much to be grateful for that I can't even begin to list it all. THANK YOU, all my fellow Sparkers! May tomorrow be a day of grace and gratitude however you celebrate it.

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MAGICKCAT 11/27/2011 5:44PM

    I loved this Blog!!!!! Wonder thoughts.... I couldn't be happier with your thinking my friend! That sounds fantastic! emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 11/23/2011 9:50PM

    I "liked" your blog - very nice. You are doing an awesome job!!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Friday, November 11, 2011

I am so provoked, both with myself and with sneaky packaging. Here's my story.

Today for lunch, I had a delicious can of water-packed sardines (not my preferred packed in olive oil). Yeah, I know; not everyone thinks sardines are worth a "delicious" rating, no matter what they're packed in. However, my senior cat and I know better.

Anyway, that was a nice start, and I was in the mood for soup. I had Select Harvest Mexican corn & tortilla soup in the pantry, reasonable calorie count, sounded good today, so I microwaved it and crumbled in half a serving of tostitos for some crunch. Nice. Went to enter it on my tracker, and having forgotten how many calories were in it by the time I went from kitchen to computer, I dug the container out of the garbage to look again. Oh yeah - 110, just what I thought. That gives me plenty of room for veggies and a small apple. OH WAIT! WHAT??? NO! THERE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE TWO SERVINGS IN THAT THING! TWO??? NO WAY! 220 of my precious calories? Not worth it! GRR!

SIGH....OK, I've eaten it; gotta track it. Dare to look at 18 calories over the upper end of the range. That's not so bad. I can easily make an adjustment on my next snack.

I am a literate woman. I know the importance of reading labels, and I usually do. I have no idea why this one didn't catch my attention. And to think I've eaten a couple of those things in the last week or so, thinking I was well within my range. GRR!

Wisdom gained: READ READ READ. Don't assume I know what a serving is. It never occurred to me to question such a generously filling "serving". If I were able to judge and abide by reasonable servings, I wouldn't have a need for food tracking and for this site.

So..."in everything??? give thanks?" Deep breath. Smile.
1. Thanks be that I wasn't much over my calorie range.. What if it had said, God forbid, THREE servings?
2. It WAS pretty good with the tostitos in it. Good thing I enjoyed it because I won't be buying it again.
3. I've had a powerful reminder that I don't know everything.
4. Likewise, that I need to keep reading those labels and not assume anything.
5. Be grateful that I can laugh at myself and not be flung into "revenge" eating--as in "I've blown it, so I might as well do it thoroughly and eat whatever I want the rest of the day. So there."
6. Be glad that it truly was a mistake and not a choice to overeat.

And finally, mistakes are not fatal. I'm human, and I'm going to mess up sometimes, knowingly or not. That doesn't mean I should give up, doesn't mean I'm a failure. IT'S OK TO MAKE A MISTAKE. But I sure will be reading labels more carefully from now on!

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BLESSEDGMP 11/15/2011 11:09PM

    I made some ramen and stir fried it with some veggies thinking I was having a good low cal lunch. One package of ramen is TWO servings. Seriously who has EVER eating half a package of ramen!


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BLUE42DOWN 11/11/2011 10:20PM

    One of the polls asked the question - What item on the nutrition label do you look at first? My answer was most definitely servings per container (and/or serving size). Since I'm the only one I'm feeding, anything that is packaged to cook all at once, but makes more than a single serving, would have to be split and stored, tossed, or eaten all together. The listed calories are meaningless if I either have to eat 2+ servings or throw away an entire serving plus.

And I still get grumpy about ones that say "About 2", but if you calculate the grams in the package and per serving, it's something like 2.45 servings. Razzle-frazzle sneaks.


That said, if you had eaten it and discovered it was three servings, one of those trivia questions had the answer there - don't panic and try to burn all those extra calories that day or starve yourself the next day. Instead, eat toward the lower end of your range for the rest of the week. The less extreme the differences, the easier on our bodies.

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IMREITE 11/11/2011 9:39PM

    Exactly. i tend to like soups but i also look at the protein and other vitamins to make sure it will fill me up. some of the light soups are just watered down and flavorless.

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DJSHIP46 11/11/2011 7:37PM

    When you turn it into a worthwhile learning experience, I don't think it even counts as a mistake. Great job of turning a less than positive experience in to a positive one!!! emoticon

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MENNOLY 11/11/2011 3:23PM

    I find that servings are always between 100 and 150 calories and then they determine how many servings are in the container based on that. That's so whoever is eating the product won't freak out when they see how many calories are in what appears to be a serving. A serving of grape nuts is only 1/4 of a cup. Who can get full on that little. A half cup has 208 calories! Or for low calorie stuff you get a huge quantity to make up your 100 calorie serving. If you have the time consider making your own soup, it will taste better, have less sodium, and probably be lower cal. It freezes well so a big pot can hold you for a while. Good Luck!

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HEYBUTT 11/11/2011 2:22PM

    That's why soup makes me so mad. For all the more food it really is (really, it's water with scraps floating in it) it's a lot of calories.

Here's another "silver lining" thought for you. There's a lot of water in that soup, so you can count it toward water consumption!

You have a great attitude toward this debacle. Humor can always get us through.

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CRACKERJACK2825 11/11/2011 2:07PM

    I always do that too. Try the Progresso Light Chicken noodle if you want a good meal with less calories. 140 in the whole can (70 per serving), and it's SO GOOD! Plenty of room for a sandwich on the side!

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Friday, November 04, 2011

My status this morning read,"Sableness loves rainy days!" OK, CHATTYKAY, here's what it's like.

I awake to the sound of gentle rainfall, droplets dancing on the hibiscus leaves outside the bedroom window. I've slept well, thanks be, and am ready to stretch. I start the day with 10-15 min of in bed stretching. By the time I've done that, I feel ready to get up.

My husband tells me he's opened the window just a teeny bit in the family room so we can hear not only the rain, but the water music of the little fountain on the deck (see blog Sanctuary Garden). He's happy that he won't have to water his organic garden today. Somehow the plants know the difference between the water that comes from sprinklers and the water they prefer that falls from the grey sky.

We breakfast on energy shakes to which I've added the rest of a papaya a co-worker brought him. I sit in my large comfortable chair sipping coffee and reading Psalms for Praying by Nan Merrill. Our younger cat wants to join me. She appreciates a warm lap. Actually, she has her eye on the tassel dangling from my bookmark; I have to keep on eye on her, or the little thief will snatch it and run.

I'm smiling; no yardwork today.

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CHANGING4ME49 11/6/2011 8:04AM

    I, too love the rain. Sounds like you had a beautiful start to your day. Thanks for sharing.

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DJSHIP46 11/4/2011 3:25PM

    I too appreciate the rain... or at least I always try to and you are so right the plants know the difference!

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BLUE42DOWN 11/4/2011 2:59PM

    Hehe, I love rainy days as well. Dressed right, I delight in walking and feeling the patters on my face. Stronger rains remind me of a metal corrugated porch roof that just emphasized the sounds of each drop, an orchestra of drips.

(Honestly, I love all weather variations, from scorching heat waves to blankets of snow. Then again ... I live in Northern California in a valley with just about the best weather year-round to be found anywhere.)

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MEXGAL1 11/4/2011 10:36AM

    I love rainy days as well but do not get many anymore living here in central Mexico. we do have a rainy season but it usually rains only in the evenings. I do like lying in bed and listening to it. so soothing.

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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

May you and I and all our SparkPeople community achieve our goals for this month. Help us not to be discouraged if the scale gets stuck, or worse, rises like a hot air balloon.

Keep alive in us the motivation we need to keep going on this journey, and help us avail ourselves of the many resources SP offers, knowing that those who do so are more likely to succeed.

May we remember that we are not the only ones on this path; if we are struggling, so is someone else. Offering words of hope to another may stir up hope in ourselves.

Keep us mindful this day that our little steps add up, and that each of those steps is moving us toward our healthier balanced selves.

Let us take time to be grateful for what is, right now, this day and moment, as well as what we hope for.

Help us to say nice things to ourselves, just as we would to a dearly cherished friend.

Give us this day...the bread of blessing for ourselves and for all of those with whom our lives interweave. AMEN.

(inspired by Nov 1 blog by BLESSEDGMP - thanks, Pat!)

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HAPPYLOSER46 11/2/2011 6:52AM

    Love it!!!

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BLESSEDGMP 11/1/2011 1:42PM

    And we all say AMEN AND AMEN. emoticon


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