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Even Wgt Bias For Cremation Services

Friday, August 03, 2012

I know this isn't a pleasant topic, but I have to be realistic and plan for final arrangements for myself. After the deaths of so many loved ones in the past few years, I've decided to be proactive so that all details are taken care of and no one has to worry about me.

Sooooo, upon researching cremation services, I find that many places charge extra for those weighing 250 lbs or over. Not that I'm anywhere near that number, but it just seems strange that even in this realm there is a weight bias. Same thing with haircutters who charge extra to cut long hair. Really? While you're cutting, you're cutting. Why charge more due to length?

Just wondering. I've also been pondering whether or not to donate my entire body to science. There are many places that do this.

Okay, enough of this topic. No, I'm not planning to end my life or anything like that, so don't jump to any of those types of conclusions. Again, just planning so that those left behind won't be inconvenienced.

Wishing all a fun weekend.

  
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PAMNANGEL 8/9/2012 12:58PM

    Always good to plan ahead. I want to be cremated, have my ashes put in my favorite decorative tin (Pirates of the Caribbean) and have my best friend take my ashes on a week long tour of Hawaii ending with her tossing my tin into one of the active volcanoes. Not sure if that can be arranged, but what a way to go and my friend could then tell everyone she threw a virgin into a volcano! Ha! How many people can claim that?!
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WENDYSPARKS 8/9/2012 9:50AM

    Lots of choices out there....need to decide myself also....

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FLORIDASUN 8/9/2012 9:02AM

    Oh YOU are the smart one my dear friend! We have no family so this is something we probably should consider. My sweet momma was cremated along with our beautiful Josh. If I weren't in such shock over his tragic and unexpectedly YOUNG passing I probably should have donated his brain to science. Josh was SO very brilliant (like my momma who ultimately died of ALZ...not because her body broke down..took NO meds at 89). I've always wondered if the so called brilliant brain burns out quicker...lots of people I know who developed ALZ were pretty smart people. And from Josh's standpoint it would be good to know how brains adle the brain's wiring and cause our young adults to be so carelessly with their attraction to pushing the envelope. I know ..or I should say..I think I know that Josh never intended his demise on that fateful day...he just thought he was filming and documenting a film about drugs and fun, fun, fun. I'm glad (gasp) that the film ran out before Josh ultimately did...my big wish is to get this film into the schools so that kids can see...drugs are NOT a fun little escape...drugs KILL...and take the family and friends down in the process! emoticon

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SUEJENN 8/5/2012 6:54PM

    What a topic! I never thought about weight/fuel ratios before. I get paid per pound when I scrap my car so.....

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DDHEART 8/5/2012 2:40PM

    Jesse, the title of this drew me in...first, we just have gone through this with FIL's passing and the fact that pre arrangements were made is the greatest gift that could be given to the survivors....but then, my MIL passed from ALS and we held her cremains so that FIL could be mixed in and they could be in eternal rest together...his choice especially...One thing that we discovered, is that since they were both of relatively small stature, their cremains would both fit together in the urn which they told us would normally only be big enough for one....I know this seems like a weird topic but it is just one of those factoids of life (and death) that we normally would not be aware of. Anyway, I think we are lucky to be able to talk about these things sometimes since it takes some of the mystery out of it.

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RAINBOWFALLS 8/3/2012 9:14PM

    I just had to take care of a friend who had no family and I was not sure of his wishes. It is much easier to prepare ahead of time. I agree about the long hair - mine is almost to my waist. My haircuts are only a trim of the bottom. An easier cut then a short one that you have to style

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MILLISMA 8/3/2012 5:58PM

    Well, this has been interesting and sad to say, its really something you need to think about.

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BOOKWORM27S 8/3/2012 4:28PM

    Wow, I didn't know that! Most of my extended family are morbidly obese....


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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/3/2012 2:23PM

    This is actually a huge problem for morbidly obese people.

My mother donated my dad's body to science and has made the arrangements to donate her own body too. You are right, there are lots of different options out there.

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MARGIE100%PURE 8/3/2012 1:51PM

    Wow, I did not know this. I too, want to share what I will not be using anymore. I will add the sticker to my ID and plan to save extra pennies to clear out my life footprint for everyone’s better comfort I leave behind. My pennies will be saved to calculate any extra unneeded me. Like a good taxi fare to heaven, I will prorate the muscle and bones for the honor of the ride and add more pennies for my extra inches.



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MARY1313 8/3/2012 1:17PM

    Well, you are smart to have your wishes all prepared so that your loved ones don't have to agonize over it.

When my Mom passed away, there was so much strife between my brother and the funeral home about her weight and being cremated that he demanded that all of us know that he wanted a paupers burial! And that is exactly what we did. Joe didn't want anyone to have to scrape together money to bury him or be upset trying to find a place to put him either.

As for me, I could care less, I won't be there, I'll be in heaven if I work hard now!!!

Mary

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NATPLUMMER 8/3/2012 11:19AM

    I think they charge more for longer hair because it takes more time to cut.
Apparently the same goes for cremation according to JOHNMARTINMILES.
I do have the organ/body donor box checked on my license so I guess my heirs will see what's leftover after I've gone...does remind me I should get a will together soon.
Have a fab weekend!!

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JOHNMARTINMILES 8/3/2012 10:14AM

    I spoke with a funeral director about the time to cremate had he told me it worked out basically to so many minutes a pound (just like cooking a turkey). Therefore, a heavier person would require longer time to cremate and therefore would require additional fuel. In the future we might even see per pound prices for cremation.

Make it a great day!

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Wonky Computer Issues w/SP Site

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

A month or so ago, I wrote about issues of having to log in each time I wanted to get onto this site. I wrote to the help desk and have had no trouble with that since then.

However, now another curious thing is happening to my incoming notifications from SP. Some are going into my inbox and others are going into junk. I've changed nothing on my computer, so there's no reason for this.

Time to contact the help desk again? BTW, shoes are going back. I thought they'd work out, but back to square one. Yikes.

Have a happy day.

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/2/2012 4:27PM

    That is weird about your computer issues.

Sorry to hear about the shoes......I can't remember if you have tried going to a good running store and running around in several different kinds. When I did that, I put one kind of shoe on one foot and another on the other and kept changing out the one that felt the least comfortable until I found one I really liked. That was in 1991 and I've been wearing the same brand ever since. It had just come out when I started running....it's now a "classic". I hate the color, but love the fit.
http://www.roadrunnersports
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Ev
eryone's foot is different, so the only way to find what works for you is to by trying them out. I keep coming back to my "old favorite" when I try switching to something else.

I hope you find what works for you soon.

Hugs,
Kay



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IAM_HIS2 8/1/2012 8:24PM

    Computers can drive you crazy...they are difficult to figure out when not working. Hope you get your puzzle solved with the help of the help desk.

Good luck with the shoes.

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ALEXSGIRL1 8/1/2012 8:10PM

    thanks for the advice

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TOTHEFUTURE1 8/1/2012 6:50PM

    Good idea to write to helpdesk but agree mail provider is problem. There was some similar problem before. Do you have Spark in your email contact list?

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SPARKLINGHOPE 8/1/2012 5:38PM

    I think it is your email provider most likely

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NATPLUMMER 8/1/2012 2:14PM

    I hope the help desk can help.
Perhaps you should go to a running shoe store and have them fit you in some shoes??

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Vit D, Running Shoes, Raspberry Ketones, Juicer

Sunday, July 29, 2012

I finally found running shoes that fit nicely. I've blogged about it recently and appreciate everyone's input. Spent a lot of time trying on different brands/styles. Found New Balance and they are even made in the USA! Wow, I didn't think anything was anymore.

Okay, I have to say that I ordered the raspberry ketones that I just discovered and blogged about yesterday. They'll arrive in several days and I'll let you know if they work.

Of all the supplements I've tried, I can honestly say that Vitamin D has given me the best outcomes. Just in a feeling of overall well being, it's done a terrific job.

And, last - but not least....I've ordered another juicer and am going to give it a more fair try this time. Did try about a year ago, but rushed to judgement. That will arrive in several days as well, and I'll blog about my new impressions.

Have a good week.

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/30/2012 6:38PM

    I'm glad you found some shoes you really like!!!

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INIT2LIVEIT 7/30/2012 4:28PM

    Which model sneakers did you get? I also have a hard time. Once I fall in love with a pair then the brand goes and changes them!
I begged New Balance to import the 380V2 (I think that's the model#) but they wont do it :( read such great reviews about them too,

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SAINTBETH 7/30/2012 12:33PM

    You're doing great! Trying new things, using tried and true things. Good for you.

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CINDYCHARLENE 7/30/2012 12:06PM

    Good job on finding your answers. I have thought about getting a juicer that keeps the fiber in the drink. I don't know how that will work as far as drinking the juice but it seems worth a try as I have a tendency toward hypoglycemia and juice alone spikes my blood sugar and then drops it too quick. Fiber is important to keep as it slows down the metabolism of the carbs is my understanding.
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NANCY- 7/30/2012 9:44AM

    Fit is the most important thing. Glad you found what works for you.

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JLITT62 7/30/2012 9:33AM

    Enjoy the new kicks.

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ALASKASKY 7/30/2012 9:11AM

    emoticon emoticon I love juicing too.

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HIKINGSD 7/30/2012 5:52AM

    I enjoy new balance. I have a few pairs and am on the hunt for another gym pair. Glad you were able to find some you like finally.

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MERRYMARY42 7/29/2012 7:47PM

    Yes I think New Balance and SAS is made in San Antonio, are about the only shoes made here in the USA, such a shame because when I was young I worked in a heel factory for awhile and there was a factory in El Monte Ca that was called Sibicca or something like that, oh well, Things have certainly changed
I am anxious to see if the raspberry ketones seem to curb your appetite, I will keep watching your blogs

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NATPLUMMER 7/29/2012 6:18PM

    I think New Balance are pretty much the only brand still made in the US. Glad they are working for you :-)
Sounds like some fun experiments to happen soon. Looking forward to the details.

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Raspberry Ketones?

Saturday, July 28, 2012

I was just on my favorite supplement site, ordering my replacement supply, when I happened upon something called raspberry ketones. And many positive reviews from people who've used it as an appetite suppressant. Not a fan of Dr. Oz (I don't watch TV), but they reference his advice in the reviews. Frankly, I'm going to research further because this may be a good thing to aid me in my ongoing quest to eliminate night eating.

Anyone out there use these? Have a fun weekend, friends.

  
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NATPLUMMER 7/29/2012 10:11AM

    Never heard of them.

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RAINBOWFALLS 7/29/2012 6:50AM

    No, I don't think those claims work. If you read the fine print it always requires proper eating and exercising to get the job done.

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GOOZLEBEAR 7/28/2012 10:45PM

    I have been using them for about 2 months and they definitely curb my appetite and also seem to take away some of my cravings for sweets. I do watch Dr. Oz but don't always take his advice!!! Sometimes it is overwhelming. Anyway, I do recommend the Raspberry Ketones but then some things don't work for everyone.

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MILLISMA 7/28/2012 5:30PM

    I have heard of them but have not tried them. There was a discussion about them on another team and most folks weren't having any luck.

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MERRYMARY42 7/28/2012 5:03PM

    I did see the Dr. Oz program, back in April I think, so I immediately ordered a bottle, and used it for a few weeks, did not seem to do anything for me, of course, I may not have given it a chance, but I am almost always ready to give something a chance to boost my will power, which is almost non-existent.
Let us know if you find good reports on it.

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THEEXERCISER 7/28/2012 4:59PM

    I have never heard of them but good luck with them.

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Mini Goal - All About Perspective

Friday, July 27, 2012

The concert is on August 26, and from now until then, my mini goal is to lose 5 lbs. Of course, it sounds like a very easy thing to do. For someone whose body insists that it would prefer to plateau, not so easy. However, I will do it. There's no particular reason for choosing this time period other than it's here and the time is now.

On one hand, I can be bummed and admit that 4 of those 5 lbs will be losing regained wgt. But I'm not. I'm realistic to know that sometimes that's the way it goes. For all I've eaten lately (I'll be blogging about that soon), it's amazing that it's only 4. I'll be thrilled with the loss and am anticipating the excitement. So, it's a little more than a lb a week. Should be a piece of cake. Oops, I mean, piece of celery. (smiling)

Wishing all a fun weekend.

  
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    Sounds like a very realistic goal.
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CATLADY52 7/27/2012 4:59PM

    I think that under five is very doable. Over five I'm not so sure. emoticon
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MARY1313 7/27/2012 11:58AM

    Yep you sure can do this. And if you are on a plateau or if losing weight is as hard for you as it is for me, interval exercising has been working for me. I'm menopausal and it's really hard for me to drop any weight, but interval training has helped!

Mary

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NANCYPAT1 7/27/2012 9:40AM

    You can do it!! I appreciate that you are NOT beating yourself up over the small gains - you are realistic and dealing with what IS and not what coulda, shoulda, or woulda been in some fantasy world. You are also setting a realistic goal. I am sure that you can do it. I have had a number of plateaus and often the thing that drops me off of them is that I gain a little and then drop off what I gain PLUS some more. Our bodies are like puppies that need training - BUT in addition to consistancy, they need variety and sometimes a little reminder whose in charge. And like puppies, sometimes THEY are in charge and sometimes they let US think we are.

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