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Useful Trivia

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

I just read on SparkPeople today - actually, in the trivia quiz - that adding milk to tea destroys antioxidant properties. What a revelation! I've been drinking skim milk in my tea for years thinking I was adding good nutrition. The practical things you learn on SparkPeople!

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PEGGYANNSCH 1/6/2010 10:01AM

    I didn't know that

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AQUAGIRL08 1/5/2010 4:25PM

    Isn't it amazing the little titbit's that we can pick up? According to what I've read recently, the more plain you eat your food, the better for your vitamin intake!

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PO_PAZZA 1/5/2010 3:48PM

    My Irish-born neighbor got me started with milk in tea a few years ago. Then I read the same thing you did and have since backed off. My friend, who doesn't care a hoot about nutrients and antioxidants, refuses to give up her lifelong habit, and that's fine. I just want everything that's coming to me.

Oh, and the oxalic acid in spinach will bind with calcium to make it less available to the body, too, if taken at the same time.

By the way, last week, I added a bit of Torani sugar-free almond roca syrup to my daily homemade cappuccino. Ohhh yeahhhh. Think I'll try it with tea this afternoon. Instead of milk.


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WALKINGANNIE 1/5/2010 12:15PM

    More useful info. Thanks Oldmom.

When I was last in hospital the medics said I could only have skimmed milk but the hospital only had full fat (!) milk for tea and coffee. My family brought skimmed milk in for me but it was a hassle getting it stored and brought to my room when hot drinks were served as I was being barrier nursed. As a result I started to drink green tea which I thought was preferable to black tea without milk. I've now developed a habit of drinking 1 or 2 green teas a day as it's quite refreshing and good for antioxidants. (I adore full-caffeine coffee too but a girl's got to have some vices.)

Got to agree about the trivia quiz. I've learnt all sorts.

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KEEDLY 1/5/2010 8:19AM

  Well, I didn't know that. I used to add milk to my tea before all the flavored teas became available. Not I like the taste of those better.

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JUDY4652 1/5/2010 8:10AM

    I didn't know that either! I drink more coffee now and hardly no tea at all, but I expect that someone will say that that's not good for us either! I just look at the inside of my mug when I've drunk the contents. Coffee stains come off a LOT easier than tea stains! ... I just think what it might be doing to my insides!!

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ASHWOOD0531 1/5/2010 8:07AM

  Oops! Thanks for sharing!

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BARNFISH 1/5/2010 7:59AM

    Wow, I didn't know that either. Thanks for sharing that info!

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Even If Times Change, Men and Women are Different

Monday, January 04, 2010

Last week my husband went to the grocery store with me. As we walked in, without hesitation, he stepped onto the big scale at the front of the store. I would never weigh myself in public, but he has no inhibitions about it. Men and women truly are different. A couple weeks ago when I mentioned that I thought he could lose a few pounds he was shocked. But there it was. His weight was 232.

Wow! I smiled. The Saturday before I had weighed 132 at Weight Watchers. I weigh 100 pounds less than my husband. Amazing.

I thought back to 1998 when I was at my top weight of 212. One time a pair of his jeans got into my closet by accident. I was flabbergasted when I couldn't get them up over my thighs. I don't know exactly what he weighed then. We didn't routinely walk by grocery store scales together. But, I think it is likely that at that time we weighed about the same -- or maybe he was even slightly less.

Times have changed!

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JCORYCMA 1/4/2010 9:26PM

    I wrote a blog called Husbands -- altogether different creatures, so I know where of you speak! I remember when I couldn't wear my husband's jeans either and I tried to convince myself it was because they weren't tailored to women's curves. Yeah or the 50 lbs. heavier than him I was! Things are certainly different these days!
You look fabulous and congrats on the weight loss!
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WALKINGANNIE 1/4/2010 3:25PM

    I'm definitely with you on the weighing in public.

Wow - your mother's / daughter's coat, your husband's jeans. What's next? (Look out Natalie!)

It's great to hear that you're doing so well.

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MITECU 1/4/2010 4:50AM

    Congratulations on your amazing weight loss. Have you tried his jeans on now?

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Waiting for The Spark

Sunday, January 03, 2010

My book hasn't arrived yet. Can't wait! I'm jealous of those who are already into it. Oh, well. Patience has never been one of my better virtues. Maybe I need the practice.

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WALKINGANNIE 1/4/2010 3:14PM

    I think theyr'e rowing the Atlantic with the ones destined for England!

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PEGGYANNSCH 1/4/2010 10:06AM

    Didn't have the money to get one

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PAULASTRAS 1/4/2010 1:14AM

    I am waiting for mine too, was shipped though.

Patience is a virtue and sometimes mine is missing lol

take care,
God Bless You
paula:) hugs

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AQUAGIRL08 1/3/2010 3:51PM

    Mine came on Thursday. It's cool. I'm getting ready to read chapter one. We can comment on the chapters on the Read the Spark team. Yours will come soon!

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SUNNY238 1/3/2010 11:18AM

    I'm one of those to be jealous of, lol. If you have a Barnes and Noble close by you could always go in there and take a sneak peek, lol. I went to the store to buy mine so I've had it for several days and trust me, it's worth the wait!! Good luck harnessing your patience!!

Have a great Spark Year!!

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CHYCHY01 1/3/2010 11:17AM

    im sure it will be there soon

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Mother's Coat (Warning: More Obnoxious Blowing My Own Horn!)

Saturday, January 02, 2010

It was crispy cold this morning even in central Florida. I reached for my sloppy loose coat, when flat black leather caught my eye. Maybe, just maybe. I slipped it on and sure enough I could button every button, tie the belt, and even still breathe.

I smiled. I'll have to tell mom. She bought the full length coat with fitted waist and flared skirt more than 25 years ago. She'd been dieting and bought it as incentive. Sadly, she never did fit into it.

Probably a decade ago she gave it to my daughter who was a teen then. My daughter left the coat here when she went to college because, although she was not overweight, it was too small for her.

Well, it's not too small for me now!

You got fair warning this time. I unabashedly am blowing my own horn and celebrating every small success to help me stay on track.

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ZELLAZM 1/6/2010 4:09PM

    So you're happy for the cold weather in Florida! I'm sure you don't have many chances to wear that coat, so take advantage!

Blessings in the New Year,

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AQUAGIRL08 1/3/2010 3:53PM

    Marsha, I think that's wonderful! You deserve to blow your own horn after all of your hard work!
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WALKINGANNIE 1/3/2010 11:44AM

    You worked hard to fasten every button! Well done you.

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PO_PAZZA 1/2/2010 9:49PM

    And what's wrong with tooting our flute? Good for you. That coat buttoning was one of those yippee wahoo moments. May you have many more.



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WANNABE_A_PINUP 1/2/2010 8:14PM


Congratulations :o)

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A New Start?

Friday, January 01, 2010

A new year.... a new start. Well, it could be. But maybe this year I don't want it to be, for a change. Maybe that is good.

We moved to Florida when I was in 3rd grade. I remember wanting to start all over, wanting to meet new people who didn't know how I had been teased and the stupid things I was known for.

I've "reinvented"myself over and over, moving to follow my husband's career and changing career directions myself several times. Each time it was kind of freeing.

This year I'm ready to accept who I am and how I got here, warts and trophies all! I'm not starting over. I'm carrying forward lots of strengths, but some baggage, too. That's okay. It's going to be another good year. Going forward, but not starting over.

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R-U-JELLEN 1/1/2010 2:49PM

    Thank you for such an insightful blog. We all talk about new year -- new me and so forth. But your attitidue of accepting who we are a going forth with a new attitiude including all our old baggage---inspiring!! And thanks for your comments on my blog.
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GOALIEGRANDMA3 1/1/2010 2:16PM

    Great attitude. Sounds a lot less stressful, too.

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PEGGYANNSCH 1/1/2010 1:30PM

    I am ready to start a new me in a new year

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AQUAGIRL08 1/1/2010 1:22PM

    Learning to accept ourselves as we are now is very important. I admire the way you are going about embracing yourself with all of your strengths and weaknesses. I know that you're going to be successful!

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PO_PAZZA 1/1/2010 12:59PM

    Once again, you've shined a light on a piece of wisdom. You call yourself Old Mom, but what you are is an Old Soul in a young body.


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    I liked this blog! A lot!! I am voting for it!!

Baggage is part of who we are!

I love you,

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WALKINGANNIE 1/1/2010 11:26AM

    I strongly suspect that success to date with SP will mean that we shouldn't need to start over again - with weight loss anyway - ever again. I don't think that backsliding too far will be an option because of all the support.

Thanks for sharing another positive insight.

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YELLOWLABLUV 1/1/2010 9:34AM

    How very insightful! Embracing the person you are, recognizing your strengths and your weaknesses and loving the whole package. Life isn't about looking for perfection, but rather seeing the uniqueness that we all have. Happy New Year! emoticon

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