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Have You Taken the Real Age Test?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

For me it was a real boost when I needed one. It said that my real age is 51.1 which is 9.6 years below my chronological age.

I bet you can find it if you just google on "Real Age" or sometimes I see banners on the SparkPeople site advertising it. Have your last blood work results, or at least your cholestrol and blood pressure, in order to answer the questions and get the most accurate results.

Real Age gives suggestions for improving your lifestyle and lots of good information, too. I'd recommend it.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 2/18/2010 12:53PM

    It's great that you're so much younger than your actual age! There are many ways to see your progress and this is a very cool one! Thanks for sharing!

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PEGGYANNSCH 2/18/2010 11:03AM

    emoticon I will check that out

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MKROSSMAN78 2/18/2010 10:24AM

    Great Job!!! I did this some time ago, I'll have to recheck mine.

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JOHAL52 2/18/2010 10:24AM

    I took it a few years ago but should take it again. Thanks for reminding me!!

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DONNABRIGHT 2/18/2010 8:22AM

    Great - I did this some time back but will definitely do it again!

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SHEILA1505 2/18/2010 12:38AM

    Well Done!
It also had a very useful section about Vitamins &Minerals asking for mgs & Umgs of the various supplements we use - the results were an eye opener and very great depth

I do have one bone to pick though - "they" reckon I do too MUCH exercise - and there's never anywhere on these internet questionnaires to fill in intolerances so a recommendation to increase certain food groups is a bit suspect

In general - I love Dr Oz's practical approach and wish we could see his TV program here in South Africa - seeing him on Oprah helped me quit smoking when he brought that awful lung into our homes!

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MONTY68 2/17/2010 11:30PM

    Marsha that is fantastic, You are will need to change your name here, young lady. I had taken the test before I started my weight plan and was about 6 years older then my age. Now I am 70 with a real age of 65 which is ok as I still smoke. I wonder what it will be when I quit smoking. I subscribe to the RealAge web and get newsletter daily. Some interesting information

Monty

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WILD4STARS 2/17/2010 9:22PM

    I did it a couple years ago and I was a couple years younger than my Real Age. I thing I would do better on it today.

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KALIGIRL 2/17/2010 9:14PM

    I have too - it's great to be 'younger' than your age!

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REDGRAMA 2/17/2010 8:41PM

    Yes I did when Dr,Oz first put it online, before he became a household name. About 3 years ago. I knew I was fit and in good
" medical shape " I took it on a dare to see if he was as good
as he was supposed to be. I filled in all the data,and got back
a number that shocked even me. I was 68 at the time, and the
"real age" came back that I was 52.3. Almost knocked me of
my chair. 16 YEARS YOUNGER THAN I WAS. I have taken it 4 more
times since. Always comes back about the same. I'm 71 now and
my real age is 54. NOT BAD. All the years of healthy eating and
exercising are paying off. YES INDEED.

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PERSISTANT123 2/17/2010 7:09PM

    I took the Real Age Test before I joined SP and I was more than 2 years older than I am. 90 days later (45 of those on SP) I am almost 2 years younger. I plan on taking it again in about 6 months to see where I am.

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MOTOMOMOF2 2/17/2010 6:46PM

    I did it, mine was only a few years younger mostly becase I didn't know my resting heart rate and blood pressure things like that

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 2/17/2010 6:46PM

    Yes, I took mine. Don't remember exactly, but around 50. something....I just turned 57 two weeks ago.

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Maybe Next Time

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Hubby said the job just was not a match with his skills, interests, and abilities. Oh, well. Maybe tomorrow.

  
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MONTY68 2/16/2010 9:13PM

    Marsha
The right job is out there for your Hubby. My thoughts and prayers are there for both you and your Hubby. Takes me back to about 20 years ago. I was out of work for 14 months and then WOW 3 job offers the same week.

Monty

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PO_PAZZA 2/16/2010 6:31PM

    My mother-in-law always used to say, "One door closes so another one can open." Darned if she wasn't right most of the time. Keep the faith, and that door will open. Meanwhile, I wish you both the best.

Mary

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PEGGYANNSCH 2/16/2010 5:58PM

    I know that I been there and done it.I still looking for work

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KRITTERKEEPERS 2/16/2010 1:11PM

    So sorry it did not turn out for you. I told the recruiter at the employment agency last week that being underemployed is more damaging than being unemployed because it takes up your time and energy that can be spent looking for a job that you are better suited for. Hopefully the right job will come along soon.
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KALIGIRL 2/16/2010 1:04PM

    Much better not to take something that wouldn't work. Thoughts and prayers for the RIGHT situation still coming your way.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 2/16/2010 12:46PM

    Stay positive. Times like this can't last forever.

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WALKINGANNIE 2/16/2010 12:10PM

    So sorry about this Marsha. It's disappointing news for him and for you, but a proper match is important. It's no fun being a square peg in a round hole. I hope that something more suitable comes along soon.

Hope you enjoyed your time with your grandchildren.

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AQUAGIRL08 2/16/2010 11:03AM

    That's so disappointing for him (and you too). Hopefully something that is a good match will come along soon.

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JOHAL52 2/16/2010 10:58AM

    So sorry that it didn't turn out well this time. As you said, maybe next time. We can hope, right?
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PERSISTANT123 2/16/2010 10:38AM

    I have to believe there is something out there perfect for him. We'll keep him in our prayers.
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Keep Fingers Crossed For Us on Monday!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Hubby has a job interview on Monday at 2pm in Winter Haven, easy commute from our home in south Lakeland. This is his first interview since he was laid off in April 2009. He wants to work very badly. So hope he gets it. If he could get health insurance for me (I have COBRA, but it will end) I would be much more secure, too. Please keep your fingers crossed for him. You might even want to say a prayer with me. -Marsha

  
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AQUAGIRL08 2/16/2010 11:02AM

    I'm crossing both fingers and toes!

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JANNIEWANNIE 2/16/2010 8:41AM

    I pray he gets the job and some good health insurance. We all have something to deal with, don't we? That is what friends are for: to help us get through life and its bumps and curves. Have a wonderful Tuesday. Hugs from J.

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STARTWME 2/15/2010 11:57AM

    Prayer goes out to support both of you. I visualize that he's sitting cheerful and confident as the right man for the job, and you are safe and secure with proper health coverage.

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DONNABRIGHT 2/15/2010 9:52AM

    I just said a prayer that all works out for this job. I know how stressful not working can be and health insurance is critical in this day and age!

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PEGGYANNSCH 2/14/2010 9:02PM

    You are in my prayers.I been looking for a job need health insurance I need my medication but I have no Insurance so no medication..

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FIT-AT-50 2/14/2010 7:29PM

    Marsha,

I'm praying that your husband "clicks" with the interviewer and that they quickly know that he (your husband) will be a good fit for the company. Praying also that the two of you have a good, peaceful, morning as he prepares for the interview and that the drive tomorrow is non-eventful into Winter Haven.

Diane

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KALIGIRL 2/14/2010 5:25PM

    More than fingers crossed - prayers and good thoughts coming your way!

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PERSISTANT123 2/14/2010 5:04PM

    My prayers are with your hubby.

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MNNICE 2/14/2010 1:48PM

    I know that I -- as well as many others -- could easily be in your situation in the blink of an eye. Will say a prayer that the interviewer hears all the right things to let him know your hubby is the right one for this job!

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LAPRATH 2/14/2010 12:49PM

  I'll be sending my positive, good thoughts with your husband.

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/14/2010 12:40PM

    Positive thoughts and prayers for you and your hubby. This past year has certainly had its challenges for you and yours! May those challenges be met with victory! emoticon emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 2/14/2010 12:38PM

    I really hope things work out for you and your hubby Marsha.

You're such an inspiration as you seem to face every challenge head-on with wisdom and determination. You so deserve for things to go well. I know that you're having lots of stressful things coming at the same time and I will definitely be crossing everything and wishing you well.

With love,

Annie x



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MONTY68 2/14/2010 12:20PM

    Marsha,
I have my fingers crossed and with all of your positive energy flowing, success will follow. I will keep you and your husband in my thoughts.

Monty

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PO_PAZZA 2/14/2010 11:38AM

    All best wishes coming to you and husband from the other coast. Keep us posted so we can all celebrate.

Mary

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WILD4STARS 2/14/2010 11:32AM

    Prayers and good energy headed your way for all concerned!


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Eating Grapefruit for Free with a Smile on my Face

Saturday, February 13, 2010

My daughter doesn't like grapefruit, and neither does her husband. They rent a home about a half mile from my house with a tree that is just covered with huge grapefruits. Their loss is my gain. I just harvested a dozen, and already ate two! Okay, I should stop now.

These grapefruits are not like what you would buy in the store. They aren't fancy pink or fancy anything. They have very thick peels and then hundreds - I mean hundreds - of seeds. In a huge fruit there is a serving about the size of a navel orange and a half. But the taste is yummy. They are very juicy and not too tangy, not too sweet. Just really refreshing.

But the best thing about eating these grapefruits, aside from the fact that I got them for free, is that I know if I hadn't lost weight I wouldn't be eating them. My husband isn't suppose to eat grapefruit because it messes with the statins he needs to take to control his cholesterol. Well, before I lost weight my cholesterol was getting higher and higher...194 - 202 -217-220 -- every time my doctor checked it, it had gone up a couple more points. She was ready to start me on statins. I asked for more time to bring it down. She gave me three months. And come down it did. Last time I checked it 159 was the number.

So I can now eat yummy free grapefruits with a smile on my face.

(If you've been following my blog and know I was stressing yesterday, I"ve made progress on the project and stress is going down now, just like that cholestrol!)

  
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JANNIEWANNIE 2/16/2010 8:46AM

    Good for you. It is so nice to have fresh fruit right off the tree. We don't have citrus fruits, but we have apples, pears, cherries and peaches right off the trees. Yum! Yum! I am glad to hear your project is progressing. Have a great day and hugs from you know who. J

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DONNABRIGHT 2/14/2010 11:17AM

    I have never been able to enjoy grapefruit but I am glad that you do.

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LEIAQUANTRILLE 2/14/2010 9:13AM

    Not only are they good way to manage Cholesterol but they help in weight loss to. I told my Dr to either change my Cholesterol med or I would quit taking them because I was going to eat grape fruit. my meds said not eat them. He said that since I take mt meds at night I could eat one first thing n the morning with out hurting my meds. just a tip. thank you Leia

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SHEILA1505 2/14/2010 12:20AM

    Sounds to me as if your grapefruit skins would be perfect for 3-fruit marmalade (orange lemon & grapefruit)
I have a small tree that gives a good harvest and my brother takes the ones from high up - when the rugby season is on he collects a carrier bag full to take home.
Do you know that if you put an empty half-grapefruit skin, hollow down, on the soil you will collect &kill snails without adding poisons to your ground

I do also have a guava tree - can't stand the things - and the dog was the only one who would eat them. So my garden services guys pick them and take them home every couple of weeks when they come here. The rotten ones on the ground feed the soil beautifully though.

Thrilled that your cholesterol came down without drugs - well done!

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PO_PAZZA 2/13/2010 6:21PM

    Enjoy your grapefruit, and, particularly, enjoy that you can eat it without fearing medication interference. That's the best part, that you made yourself healthy enough to not need drugs.

It's nice to hear the fruit is not wasted. It breaks my heart to see local fruit trees with fruit falling unused onto the ground. At the very least, they would be welcomed by food banks. We use most of our oranges and limes, but have plenty of lemons and grapefruit to give away.

Mary

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/13/2010 6:08PM

    Happy for you, Marsha! I love grapefruit, and read somewhere that they were something to avoid within a certain time period of taking my thyroid meds. So I follow orders about timing, but still love having them every couple of weeks or so.

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PERSISTANT123 2/13/2010 6:05PM

    I am so glad that your stress level has reduced!

My mom & dad usually bring a couple of bags of grapefruit and another couple of oranges from their trees in South Texas. The extreme heat they had this summer made the grapefruit about the size of oranges, and the oranges were even smaller. I do miss them because now I am spoiled and don't like the ones I can get in the stores around here. Enjoy one for me.
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MONTY68 2/13/2010 4:16PM

    Hi Marsha,
Well, you can't find a better deal then free. I read somewhere this week we should eat grapefruit everyday. I usually have 2 or 3 a week. There again, you are on top of things like bringing your cholesterol down. You are our guide in how to handle situations; as you said look at yesterday and the stress that you were going through and what you were going to do about it. Today, you say you made progress and the stress is going down.
I so admire you, you are one that takes this thing called life and works to make yours better. In the meantime you have helped others with what you do. Oh, for the frozen cigarettes, as I still smoke. Maybe I will freeze some to see if it helps me to quit. Keep writing, you have no idea how much you help us with what you write and how you take care of situations
Happy Valentine Day

Monty

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WILD4STARS 2/13/2010 4:14PM

    One of the nice things about living in Florida is the abundance of fresh citrus fruits. And often for free !! I love fresh grapefruit. A neighbor just recently brought me a big bag of oranges that were so juicy I had to eat them over the sink. YUM !

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WALKINGANNIE 2/13/2010 3:28PM

    So pleased that the stress is going down.

Usually I'm nodding in agreement when I read your blogs - but not this time for once! (Actually it's for twice - I still can't quite get my head round the frozen cigarettes!)

I just can't imagine getting excited by grapefruit, even though I've come off statins and am free to eat them. They're so sharp and tart! Perhaps those available in UK supermarkets aren't good examples?
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Anyway, glad that you can have them and enjoy them and that you've escaped the statins.

Hope you manage to work your way through your stressful week.

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AQUAGIRL08 2/13/2010 3:16PM

    Way to go Marsha!!!!

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Pressured

Friday, February 12, 2010

Oh, these are the times that for years drove me to food! Things at work = nuts! Just can't seem to get the project I'm working on to come together. Feeling scattered; not enough time; don't have the core idea I need. Gonna meet with the boss here at my house at 2 pm in hopes..... my house!?? house!!! gotta be kidding. House is far from clean and orderly. Uck.

And then there's the personal life. Let's just say everything is not so smooth there, either. Oh, there's some very positive high points, but there are recurring stresses that just seem resistant to change. And I've got company coming next week for a week and no time to plan for meals and activities and all that.

But I'm not gonna turn to food this time. I just finished 45 minute cardio, then strength training, and stretching, and I think it helped my thinking calm down. I'll take it one step at a time. I'll just take it one step at a time. Tomorrow I will count my blessings because there are plenty of them. But for today, it's just breathe, Marsha, breathe.



  
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DONNABRIGHT 2/13/2010 8:31AM

    Getting your worries out is a good thing - once you verbalize/write them they don't seem so daunting!

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WILD4STARS 2/12/2010 2:32PM

    10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, Deep inhale, exhale AHHHHHHHH........
Now isn't that better ??

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PO_PAZZA 2/12/2010 2:15PM

    What is really great is that you are thinking your way through and around the jungle of pitfalls. Guess what? You are guiding us along, too, oh fearless leader.

Mary

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AQUAGIRL08 2/12/2010 1:33PM

    I think that a lot of us are in the same situation as you are Marsha. Which brings to mind the question, why do we as women think that we have to do it all - and be so perfect at it? I know that every time we have guests, I tear apart the house and clean/wash everything in sight. The sad part is that I've done this all of my life. I suspect that it's connected to the idea of perfectionism that you blogged about earlier.

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WALKINGANNIE 2/12/2010 12:54PM

    Hope that blogging the thoughts has helped to release some tension. Making time for the physical activity is a strong-minded thing to do - and you're a strong-minded, resourceful woman.

You're taking control of some things by doing the cardio and training and managing what you eat. Your sensible self-talk is giving you good advice on dealing with the rest.

Thinking of you,

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MONTY68 2/12/2010 11:48AM

    Marsha,
You are one that is able to express your feelings, you are aware of the past and how you handled it. Look at you now. Congratulations on the change. You chose to do something healthy, it calmed you down so you were able to handle things better and more importantly you are focused on being in the now and taking one step at a time.
The way you handled it is a great lesson for the rest of us.

Thank you for sharing.

Monty
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 2/12/2010 11:45AM

    Yes, just keep breathing Marsha!

My mother was fond of saying, "if you come to see me, my door is always open. If you come to see my house, make a reservation."

Take it one day and one meal at a time. You can do this!

Love you,
Linda

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MXXOXXM 2/12/2010 11:26AM

    We are all addicted to something. My addiction is food. But I believe I have now replaced it with SparkPeople. My head seems to be in the right place. Yup - take a breath. You can succeed! emoticon

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GINA7249 2/12/2010 11:25AM

    way to go on all of that. you have made such progress from before. love it all and the whole story of it. thank you for shareing it all. great 4 you to relize what made you over eat before but remember you can eat special things but just do it consiously this time. make it your choice not just doing without u knowing it all. way to go.

gina

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