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Turning Lemons into Lemonade

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Often it is easier to see the down side. Maybe your alarm didn't go off, or the car is running rough, your favorite figurine got chipped, you friend forgot your birthday, your stock went down, you got an impossible assignment at work, you broke a fingernail right before the wedding, etc., etc. It is easy to see and remember when life gives you lemons.

I had a dear older aunt. When she was in her late 80's mom and I took her for a day out. Our plan was to eat at a restaurant and do a little shopping afterward. Somehow in shuffling around to help her with her walker and get to the restaurant and out of the rain, we locked the keys in the car and didn't realize it until time to leave. As mom and I growled and griped, dear Aunt Lorena just smiled. She said it would make the day memorable. She said you never remember the times things went smoothly. We had a wonderful time talking with her and laughing about our predicament while waiting for the locksmith. I will always remember it. Aunt Lorena was an expert at making lemonade.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 11/27/2009 9:23AM

    Now I don't feel so bad about exploding the stuffing Corningware dish on the stove on Thanksgiving. You are right, it does make memories and not necessarily bad ones! I'm glad you had the chance to visit and have a great time!

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AMBUDMAN 11/24/2009 8:39PM

    That is so true.

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LISALYNN1960 11/24/2009 9:27AM

    Sounds like Aunt Lorena was a wise woman. Thanks for the reminder... I forget the lemonade recipe every once in awhile so this was needed.

Lisa

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In Praise of Wheat Germ

Monday, November 23, 2009

I have finally figured out how to meet my requirements for magnesium and folate!. I've added some wheat germ to my oatmeal. It's yummy, too.

Two weeks ago I was having a real problem with sodium. Every meal plan I made was way over. Well, I'm not having that problem now. I think SparkPeople is a great way to learn about nutrition and proper eating.

Most of the time I find their meal plans interesting, but not what my husband would want to eat, even if I did. I wish SP had a feature whereby you could plan your meals with what you know you are going to have for the day, and then ask SP to make suggestions for the healthiest snacks and other things to go with it. So often when I add something to meet one requirement such as magnesium I go over in another such as potassium. Also, I'm always low in iron, but I add my vitamin pill and then I'm over. Hmmmm....

Definitely making progress! Thanks, SparkPeople.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 11/24/2009 8:01AM

    There is a feature where you can do your own food. You can block the suggested meals and type in your own. You can even save certain meals into meal favorites and just choose that meal. It's a time saver! Thanks for the tip about wheat germ. I have trouble getting enough magnesium in my diet too!

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Blame the Elastic Waist!!?!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

At Weight Watchers on Saturday our leader commented that she thought the elastic waist band is one cause of the American weight problem. She encouraged us not to wear elastic waists to Thanksgiving dinner.

Do you avoid elastic waist bands when you are at goal weight? Do you think they encourage overeating? Maybe. I hadn't thought about it before.

  
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GRAMMIE1959 11/24/2009 11:52AM

    novel thought ;)

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HAPPYPATTY1 11/24/2009 11:05AM

    I used to watch "Dr. Phil" - and maintained that sweatpants ruined marriages... they are so comfortable one doesn't notice the even expanding middle...

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AQUAGIRL08 11/22/2009 7:12PM

    I like elastic waists because I can move more easily in them. I usually don't eat a lot in one sitting so that isn't a reason for me to wear them. It is an interesting thought though!

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ICANDOIT63 11/22/2009 11:13AM

    that is good advice :) Scrub pants for nurses too

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OldMom Happy!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Went for a walk with my local SparkPeople team. Natalie went in the stroller and alternated walking, pushing, and being pushed. We walked at the local environmental center. We saw alligators, anhinga, herons, storks, egrets, butterflies, and acres filled with swamp flowers and mossy trees. Gorgeous day. Hot in the sun, cool in the shade. Natalie kept asking, "Old Mom happy?" And I had to answer emphatically, "Yes."

  
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AQUAGIRL08 11/22/2009 7:10PM

    It was a wonderful walk Marsha! My sister and I had a great time and hope to walk there again in the near future. Your granddaughter is precious and so well behaved!!!

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L*I*T*A* 11/21/2009 11:37PM

    what a great day full of wonderful memories........have a great weekend................blessings and hugs.................lita

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CHRISTY60 11/21/2009 5:59PM

    Sounds like a great day to me!

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I Doubt I Ever Would Have Started a Facebook Page...

Friday, November 20, 2009

but SparkPeople encouraged me to do it. So far, it has been amazing. I found an old friend from my Peace Corps years, 1971-73 in India. I had last talked to her in 1977 and had totally lost touch.

All my younger relatives are on Facebook. I've seen hundreds of pictures I would not have seen otherwise. Just great! Just great! A totally unanticipated advantage of using SparkPeople.

  
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MYMONSTERSX3 11/21/2009 5:53PM

    Facebook is amazing, even addictive, but I have met up with all my high schools and everyone and it's been 22 years,it's facinating.

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AMBUDMAN 11/21/2009 10:31AM

    Isn't this new technology great!!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 11/21/2009 9:05AM

    I know what you mean. I really enjoy going to Facebook. Just yesterday my frined and I took our laptops to lunch and I helped her with some of the features of Facebook she was having trouble with. We chuckled about being seniors ( she's 80) sitting there with laptops. We had a lot of fun, and I had a healthy lunch too by the way.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/20/2009 8:23PM

    Oh wow! That is fantastic!!

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AQUAGIRL08 11/20/2009 4:33PM

    Sounds interesting! My hubby has a Facebook page but I've shied away from it due to being afraid of some people in my past. It's so easy to find people on the internet these days and I don't want to be found by this abuser. It does sound like fun though. I wish I could use it.

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