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Thursday, December 09, 2010

I just tried a new hot drink, RoBarr. It is roasted barley. It looks like coffee, but is naturally caffeine free and very low acid. Has a great taste, in my opinion. I've been looking for a satisfying hot drink I can enjoy without artifical sweetener, and I think this is it. The original RoBarr is good just plain to me and the bold version is good with milk.

The owner of the company is an online friend of mine, Linda, from Montana. She just started this business. I notice that I was order #12, so she is on her way. Just Google RoBarr or robarr dot com if you are interested.

Linda says some people need to try it about three times before they decide whether they like it. As she says, nothing tastes exactly like coffee but coffee. But I think if you don't think of it as coffee, you'll decide it is something better.

Hope it helps me reduce my dependence on artificial sweeteners. Have a great day, SparkFriends!!

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 12/11/2010 4:29PM

    Sounds good, but not for someone like me who has to avoid gluten.


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KRITTERKEEPERS 12/11/2010 1:57PM

    Sounds interesting. After brewing my beverage, I could give the grounds to my chickens for a treat!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/9/2010 9:26PM

    It sounds interesting!

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JOYINKY 12/9/2010 6:26PM

    I love my coffee! Straight! Still, worth looking at; thanks.

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MONTY68 12/9/2010 12:40PM

    Hi Marsha
I had never heard of a roasted barley. Sounds interesting, I am going to check out her website.
I am glad that you found a drink that you can enjoy with out the artificial sweeteners.
Thank you for sharing.

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JHADZHIA 12/9/2010 9:37AM

    Good for you!! I am glad you have found some kind of alternative to your coffee!!
I must admit, I could never understand people's love of coffee. I tried it once and just about gagged, so that was it for coffee LOL. Same goes with smokes, so I guess that is why I never got into coffee drinking or smoking. Water is all I really need though I have added Matcha green tea because its supposed to be good for you, and it is nice to have a warm drink in this cold place..
You never give up trying to make your choices as healthy as possible in your lifestyle change! You are an amazing inspiration and proof that it can be done!!
Keep up the great work!!

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NELLIEJO1 12/9/2010 9:08AM

  I like roasted barley too. I drink it with hot milk - sort of "barley-au-lait".

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    Wonderful! Enjoy it!!

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SUZIEQS65 12/9/2010 7:09AM

    huh...interesting...but like RRP546 I am a tea drinker!

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RRP546 12/9/2010 6:53AM

  i like barley but i drink tea

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Still Glad I Worked Out This Morning

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

I'm fighting that little negative voice that says, "See there. You are a klutz. You always were. It doesn't matter if you are 212 or 128 pounds, you will always be an awkward klutz." Go away detracting voice!! I know Grace is not my middle name, but I think this event could have happened to anyone.

If you read my status today, you know I fell on the treadmill. I was just merrily jogging along at my interval speed of 5 miles per hour when my thumb hit the cord between my MP3 player and my earphones. The MP3 player went flying and I tried to grab it. What exactly happened is a blur, but the next thing I knew I was on the floor with a scraped forearm, a treadmill pattern imprinted above my left knee, and a drop of blood.

Honestly, I am fine. I feel fit and strong. I'm even still glad I did my 70 minute workout this morning. What little scrapes I suffered will be gone in a week. My MP3 player, on the other hand, will not be the same. It still plays music, but the top half of the display was ruined. I guess that will be a frequent reminder to me to be a little more careful. However, I refuse to feel anything but good about my workout this morning.

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AQUAGIRL08 12/9/2010 9:25PM

    The MP3 player is just a thing. You, however, Marsha are irreplaceable. Since you are okay, that's the only thing that matters.

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LEANJEAN6 12/9/2010 7:21AM

    Determined girl!! Good for you!! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/9/2010 6:57AM

    First off, glad you're OK! And I, too, have had some "near misses" if I take my mind off what I'm doing while exercising. I don't use that little cord, and now I'll be thinking about it... it's also a bit of a jolt if you "accidentally" pull the cord (which I've done) and the treadmill comes to a sudden stop that you are unprepared for!

Can't win, I guess... but glad you're feeling good about your workout! emoticon emoticon

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JOYINKY 12/8/2010 8:58PM

    I'm just glad you're all right and the positive attitude is drowning out the negative self-talk. Be well. Joy

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SLENDERELLA61 12/8/2010 7:27PM

    No, Linda, I had quit using the safety cord. I have had this treadmill for 11 years and this is my first fall. I will start using it again. You are right!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/8/2010 11:49AM

    don't you use the safety cord?

I don't because I only walk on mine (when I use it) but I have *almost* fallen when I turn around to see the clock emoticon

That's not klutzy - that is just you concentrating so hard on your exercise!

I hope you didn't hurt yourself too much.

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GATOR12 12/8/2010 11:45AM

    I hate that inner negative voice thing. It has told me so many UNTRUTHS about myself. But sometimes I am stronger and can turn it off. Kudos to you for stressing the positives from your fall, no significant injuries, it can happen to anyone, learn to pay more attention. Hooray you got so much exercise in. WooHoo for you. You are doing this!! Choices for this healthy lifestyle to maintain.

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EMBRACE_SUCCESS 12/8/2010 11:05AM

    I've also fallen off the treadmill. While I got a few scrapes, what hurt most was my pride. I also had to quiet the voice that told me I was a klutz! What matters most is that you got back on and kept going- that takes guts!

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MONTY68 12/8/2010 10:48AM

    Hi Marsha
I am so glad that your scrapes were not to bad. You were fortunate and you definitely are not a klutz. You had an accident that happens to a lot of people on treadmills. As you said you did have a great workout and as most of us when we have a accident, we are more careful.
Thank you for sharing and I think others will think a little to also be more careful.

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And the Award Goes To........

Monday, December 06, 2010

If someone were handing me the Academy Award for Weight Maintenance I would thank my daughter who really pushed me to take the very first steps, thank Weight Watchers for enabling me to get to a healthy BMI, thank Leslie Sansone who got me off the couch, and thank the YMCA that enabled me to grow in strength.

But my biggest thanks goes out to SparkPeople. When I came to SparkPeople in November of 2009 I did not believe that I could maintain my 80 pound weight loss. I hoped, but truly I did not believe. Now I believe that SparkPeople is the number one reason I have successfully maintained. Thanks, thanks, and more thanks to SparkPeople and to all my SparkFriends.

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LEANJEAN6 12/9/2010 7:23AM

    Spark works doesn't it!!--Good for you! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/9/2010 6:58AM

    I totally agree... Spark keeps me going... and guess what? You're among the brightest of my Sparks! emoticon emoticon

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PARKERB2 12/8/2010 9:53AM

    emoticonon losing and maintaining your weight loss goals. The picture of you shows a very fit and attractive person. Keep up the good work on maintaining. Keep Sparking. It's good to have you as a friend. emoticon

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JHADZHIA 12/7/2010 12:10PM

    You can be really proud of yourself! Job well done. Sparks gives you the tools, but you have to use them and commit to them for the rest of your life. I believe you have learned that concept in spades!
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JOYINKY 12/6/2010 11:22PM

    emoticonTo you; for all you've done and all you do!

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MONTY68 12/6/2010 10:54PM

    Hi Marsha,
As a Spark Friend I thank you, and yes we do give support and give encouragement, but you have done all the work. I have told you before , that since we have become friends, that you inspire me and continually motivate me. So for that I thank you and yes you should receive a award for what you have done. Congratulations

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AQUAGIRL08 12/6/2010 9:52PM

    I agree with you but you were the one who put the whole thing into play!

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INTHELOOP 12/6/2010 8:28PM

    Nice job ~ Plan the work - work the plan!! emoticon

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    ... and the award goes to - - - - YOU!

You did it!

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My Two Programs

Sunday, December 05, 2010

I started my most recent healthy eating/weight loss journey with Weight Watchers on December 1, 2008. When I came to SparkPeople in November of 2009, I had already lost down to a healthy BMI of 25. Mostly I came to SparkPeople because the Weight Watcher program seemed too imprecise for maintenance. One point could be from about 25 calories to over 110. You got to eat more if something was high in fiber and less if it was high in fat. I thought tracking calories would be much more accurate. And although I have always love my Weight Watcher leader and benefit from the meetings I now attend approximately twice a month, I recognized that the emphasis at WW was on losing weight. I had lost weight many times before. What I had not done successfully was maintain.

On SparkPeople I found exactly what I was looking for and so much more. I tried strength training seriously for the first time. Not that WW did not encourage strength training, they did. But not in as direct and understandable a way for me as SparkPeople did. I read many articles I could apply to my eating and exercise programs. I tracked 75 nutrients for months. There are actually groups of people who had lost weight, some of them even around my age, and were working to keep it off. I joined teams and I made friends. I had never felt as understood before in my life. I found with SparkPeople, and emphasizing healthy eating and activity, I was able to lose below BMI of 21, a weight I had wanted to be since I was a teenager.

Now I have decided to try the new Weight Watcher program. My roots are deep in Weight Watchers. I first joined in 1968. I've made my goal weight many times. My experience has been that each time they change the program it is better. So, I want to try it. I am glad that they no longer double penalize fats. Used to be in the WW formula, the calories of fat was considered and then there was an extra penalty. One of the biggest changes for me coming to SparkPeople after Weight Watchers was that I needed to dramatically increase my fat intake to meet SparkPeople's guidelines even when I got in the 2 teaspoons of healthy oils Weight Watchers recommends. I plan to double count on WW and SparkPeople to compare at least one typical day a week, to make sure I'm nourishing myself as well as I know how.

I also intend to continue to use information I've learned at SparkPeople. Weight Watchers does tell you to watch your sodium, but until I started actually counting my sodium on SparkPeople I thought I ate a very moderate amount. Unfortunately, not true. WW has made some effort not to count high sodium things as what they call "PowerFoods," but they don't actually count sodium. I've become much more aware of sodium. If I find on my double count days that my sodium is going up, I will track more often.

I suspect that Weight Watchers corporation probably would not like the way I appreciate SparkPeople. And probably SparkPeople would not appreciate the way I value Weight Watchers. But for me, they are both major reasons that my life has improved in so many ways. I love them both!!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/6/2010 9:51PM

    I suspect that SP probably is much more tolerant of WW than WW is of SP due mainly to the fact that SP's whole premise is to use whatever works for you. You have to use what works and stick with it. SP has a series of tools and support to help you. How you set up your program is up to you. That is what is so liberating about SP. Marsha you've done such a great job. I'm in awe of you. Look at how far you've come. Wow!

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/6/2010 4:51PM

    I don't think either one would mind. One is the program you are following, the other is daily support...sounds like a winning combination to me

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JOHAL52 12/6/2010 10:48AM

    Hmmm, it will be interesting to read how you feel as you go along. I don't think the two are mutually exclusive although personally I would find keeping up with both difficult :)

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JHADZHIA 12/6/2010 9:50AM

    It will be a very interesting comparison between the new WW program and Spark's accurate tracking method. If the WW is method allows you to stay in the same calorie range as accurate tracking, then more power to it! Good luck with it and be sure to let us know how its stacking up!

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MONTY68 12/5/2010 10:54PM

Thank you so much, you have given a great overview for you and what WW and Spark can do, I can see how you would continue to with both. You have been so successful on your journey and only you can make your decisions. Both of been good for you.
Thank you for sharing

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HARMSLLC 12/5/2010 8:39PM

  When you perform a push up, you have to press approximately 70% of your body weight. With pull ups you have to be able to pull 100% of your weight up to the bar. If you donít have the strength to do correct push ups or pull ups, for a significant number of repetitions, you canít get any positive results or you donít even try. One of the best aspects of the Push Up Bench is that you start off with immediate success. As you move through each level you can achieve your goal many times over-which in turn motivates you to keep exercising. The Push Up Bench is designed to make push ups and pull ups easier. This will allow for a greater number of repetitions. You can start at the highest level, which means you only have to push 28% of your body weight instead of 70%. The Push Up Bench transfers the weight from your upper body to your feet- decreasing the amount of weight you have to press. Now you can do push ups with perfect form- which allows you to get full range of motion and hit all the muscle groups the push up exercise has to offer. As you get stronger, you can increase the weight you have to push by going through each level until your on the ground doing normal push ups. You can also increase the load on your arms by doing decline push ups. The Push Up Bench is adjustable to fit each personís height from approximately 4í8 to 6í4. You donít have to stop once you reach a full push up. The Push Up Bench also makes pull ups easier. By sitting inside the Bench you are able to perform seated or assisted pull ups. If your looking to tone your arms, increase your strength, need help passing a physical fitness test or just want to look and feel better, the Push Up Bench can help you achieve your goals. To learn more google ďpush up benchĒ

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    I honestly think that SP would promote Weight Watchers faster than WW would promote SP.

I know you will find your happy medium (should I say tiny-small instead of medium?)

You did it!

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WALKINGANNIE 12/5/2010 12:21PM

    Sounds like a great combination to me Marsha. You continue to make progress and to inspire as you tweak what works for you.

Well done and thanks for continuing to inspire.

emoticon emoticon emoticon and WW!

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JOYINKY 12/5/2010 12:17PM

    Sounds like a sound plan to me. I think there's even a WW group here! I'm not a WW person, need more flexibility than that; but I do have a lot of respect for their program. I agree, the weakness I've seen is maintenance. I know a lot of people that have lost there, then they drift away and gain again. I think SP is an excellent compliment to any other weight loss program. It's a "self check". I can see the appeal for you of WW, the group and sharing. I wish I had more health conscious people in my 3D life. Main social activities among my friends are going out to eat and or going to a movie; neither high priorities for me. Not many my age at the gym; so, my friends are getting younger and younger.

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Personal Best (Warning: More Bragging!)

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Yesterday I managed, in good form, to complete 2 sets of 15 reps at 220 pounds on the horizontal leg squat machine. WooHoo!! I started at the Y and on this machine at the end of February 2010. It was either 77 or 88 pounds that I started with and found challenging. I probably have it written down at the gym, but whichever it was, I've come a long way. I'm definitely getting stronger -- more than doubled the weight I can handle on this machine.

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AQUAGIRL08 12/6/2010 9:43PM

    Wow! Not only does it make your muscles stronger, it makes your bones stronger!

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CARLA-216 12/6/2010 2:10PM

    That's some heavy weight! Great progress, Marsha!

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MONTY68 12/5/2010 10:45PM

Congratulations and you can brag all that you want to, what you have accomplished with the weight is amazing.
Each time that you accomplish something it needs to be announced. Someone is going to read it and be motivated to do better. You are one of greatest motivators and a great example on how to be successful.
Thank you for sharing

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WALKINGANNIE 12/5/2010 12:22PM

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The bragging is justified!

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/5/2010 9:41AM

    Excellent, keep right on bragging!!!!!!!!!!

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KALIGIRL 12/4/2010 8:59PM

    emoticon You have every right to brag!

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JOYINKY 12/4/2010 3:28PM

    Yep, bragging rights earned! WTG! emoticon

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    you have definitely earned bragging rights!

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WILD4STARS 12/4/2010 2:21PM

    You ROCK !!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/4/2010 2:18PM

    emoticon Slender AND strong!

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JHADZHIA 12/4/2010 2:00PM

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Well done Marsha!! You rock!!

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