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Honestly, You Will Not Regret Seeing the Orangutan & the Hound

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Hound & Orangutan video:

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LERINCHILL 1/16/2010 2:03PM

    Oh my gosh, that was like the cutest thing I've ever seen in my life!

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F.A.T.-Fatal, Awful, Trouble (Courtesy of Jack LaLanne)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

I just finished reading an article about 95-year-old Jack LaLanne, the Godfather of Fitness, and have to admit that I've taken him for granted. He's been around all my life and even though I've always admired his dedication to health and wellness, I now understand it better since embarking on my own adventure. (Was surprised to learn he was a junk food junkie until around age 15.)

He exercises for two hours every morning, eats a huge number of fruits and veggies daily, and practices what he has preached for decades. "The rest of your life is the best of your life. I'm living proof," he says.

Also made me smile when I read, "Would you give your dog a cup of coffee, a cigarette and a doughnut in the morning? Would you put garbage in your car's gas tank? Well, why do that to the human machine? It's killing us."

He jokingly says that he can't die, or else it'll ruin his image. (smiling) Thanks to people like Jack, so many others have continued to be inspired to become fitness gurus.

Thanks for everything, Jack.

(P.S. Thanks for reminding me, LisaNancy, his wife Elaine is awesomely healthy as well. Very inspiring.)

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DARLENA3 1/16/2010 6:38PM

    Wow, you are so right about him being around forever! I didn't realize he was 95!!

Isn't it the truth that we treat our dogs better than we treat ourselves. That hits home.

Thanks for sharing.

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THEADMIRAL 1/16/2010 11:08AM

    I remember him as The Exercise Guy when I was growing up. My mom would sort of exercise with him. emoticon I like the challenge of treating our bodies as good as we treat our pets and cars! emoticon Vikki

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LISANANCY 1/16/2010 10:42AM

    Can not argue with success! I love the comment about the dog diet. Interesting! He has been around for ever but did you see his wife! really nice lady, too emoticon

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JERSEYGIRL1950 1/16/2010 10:26AM

    I remember my mom watching him on a little tiny black & white screen but my memory was she was ironing at the time and I was rolling on the floor doing what he was. LOL

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1 Year After Healthier Lifestyle - the Things I Take for Granted Now

Friday, January 15, 2010

As I pulled one of my fave blouses out to dress this morning, I smiled. It suddenly dawned on me that this was among my "skinny" clothes, meaning, an item that ceased to fit when I packed on the extra pounds. However, it has fit again for some time, and I guess I have begun to take it for granted as I buttoned it up. Nice feeling, indeed. However, I still go to the larger sizes when shopping, and then remember that I dropped three pants sizes over the past year and head to my original size with a smiling face.

This lead me to think of the other things I now take for granted:

-That I'll eat breakfast daily. (This from someone who never ate breakfast until starting this lifestyle change in October 08.)
-That I'll exercise. (There's no option to skip.)
-That I'll drink tons of water. (Which I always did, but more aware than ever before.)
-That I'll get a good night's sleep. (Which I was always consistent with anyway, but again, more aware of its value now.)
-That when I go grocery shopping today, my basket looks entirely different than it did a year ago. Chock full of healthy food.

So, you get the idea. Things have begun to click for me. I'm still at this forever plateau, and might be my goal weight since my body will not give up any more. But that remains to be seen. At least I'm healthier, and much better prepared to deal with all of the stress from loss of loved ones that has been a consistent theme in the past few years.

Thank you to SP and to all of my SP friends for being there for me. Have a wonderful day.

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DARLENA3 1/16/2010 6:46PM

    If you are taking these things for granted it means you have truly made a lifestyle change. emoticon

That is terrific!!

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LISANANCY 1/16/2010 10:09AM

    Isn't it interesting how we get "stuck" in our mind. What a great success you have! I love your grocery shopping basket you get to see all your wonderful changes. Now that's a great visual for all of us! Look in our shopping carts today emoticon

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NANCY- 1/16/2010 12:10AM

How wonderful!

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    * sigh * SO envious!!! I so very much wish that things have 'clicked' for me...but I appreciate that you are a good example for people such as myself. It's encouraging to know someone who has met goals, is meeting goals, and working toward new goals!

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THEADMIRAL 1/15/2010 9:10PM

    That is so encouraging! We ARE changing instead of staying in those old self-destructive cycles. Hurray for us! Hurray for Spark People! emoticon Vikki

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JERSEYGIRL1950 1/15/2010 11:27AM

    Great blog and attitude ..yes what we take for granted as this holiday was the first time I didn't put on 10 pounds..Yipeeeeeeeeeeeee having the same issue though wondering if I'm shooting to high or rather lo for a goal..but we'll see this year I might have to concede..the jury still is out LOL.. have a wonderful weekend keep up the great work. hugs

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RASCALSMOMMA 1/15/2010 10:49AM

    Maybe you could forward this to JM and BL! (hey it might have an impact! emoticon
Hugs to you Laurie

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FLMOMX2 1/15/2010 10:18AM

    Oh my how we have changed. emoticon Better for all of us. Love the blog.

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OH PLEASE! (Jillian on TV last night)(and other misc. thoughts)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

I rarely express my strong opinions as not to step on toes, but I just have to scream about this one.

Seeing Jillian Michaels on TV last night made me shout out loud in protest. Honestly, I admire all the good stuff that Jillian has done. But I've personally had a strong opinion about being part of an entertainment show about obese people struggling through weight loss. And the ethical and medical considerations of her being a fitness fanatic, yet being part of that scene.

Last night, she said that there was nothing unhealthy about losing so much weight so quickly. That it doesn't have to be 2 pounds a week. Talk about denial! Yikes! There is a dark side to the folks who've gained all their weight back after Biggest Loser, and they are starting to come forward to talk about it. They didn't have time to learn the real ways to maintain healthy weight loss - the way being on SP reinforces.

On another topic, I amaze myself (not in a good way -smiling) at how consistently poorly I do on SP trivia. Even though the questions have repeated so many times, I still continue to get most of them wrong! What's that about? If retention of concrete facts takes so long, no wonder changing ingrained eating patterns takes a good period of time. It puts things in perspective and teaches me to be more patient.

Wishing all a good day.

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RICH530 1/15/2010 8:16AM

    I agree with you 100%!! We all know from hard work that it is more about what we learn to carry forward than a quick loss. If these people are not being taught how to maintain their loss it is all for not!! I have to question the person who would make personal gain from someone else's problems, especially in such a public way.
As for your question on the trivia, it takes a lot of repetition to commit some things to memory. We are working hard to do that so I can't imagine that people from BL are given the chance to really understand it all.
Good for you for speaking out!!!

emoticon Lee

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ZUZUBEE 1/15/2010 7:34AM

    I have never watched that show - I think it's sad that a major network chooses to capitalize on someone else's very real struggle to create a sideshow atmosphere for the American public to stare at. And shame on so many Americans for playing along. I don't care if there's a feel-good ending, it just doesn't feel right.

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LISANANCY 1/14/2010 7:30PM

    You know I don't watch that show. These are my fellow warriors that are trying to lose weight. I don't get much enjoyment or motivation watching this show parade them out to a scale for a weight-in like a circus animal. I want all the contestants to be winners to get healthy, not a show act. emoticon

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DARLENEK04 1/14/2010 3:42PM

  I agree also. I don't watch the show because the people
who get sent home stand humiliated in front of the world
and what happens to them when they get home?? Do they get
help from the show to get healthy, or are they dumped to
figure it out some other way? I don't think it;s right
for JM to be pushing her diet cleansing formula when she
knows purging is not healthy either. It's all about the

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JLITT62 1/14/2010 1:32PM

    I've never been silent about the reasons why I don't like the show. But no, I've never actually watched it. But that is such dangerous advice.

I read one of her books, "Master your metabolism", which didn't do a lot for me because most of it was stuff I already knew (thankfully got it from the library), but she talks about how she was still living pretty unhealthily even after losing weight & becoming a fitness guru . . . not exactly stellar credentials, if you ask me, altho sadly it's often par for the course.

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MELLYMK 1/14/2010 12:53PM

    Okay I agree with you. Sadly, most people out there don't get it. A lot of people get motivated by watching and thinking that "If BL peeps can lose that much weight so fast, then so can I." Honestly, I'd love to drop the weight that fast, but I know that there would be consequences. Look at all the diets out there that don't work. Yeah, you lose a ton and then gain it back w/interest.
All that being said...
I haven't researched this anywhere and maybe someone who reads this will have, but if we slow down on the losing the closer we get to our healthy weight, wouldn't it make sense that in the beginning we lose more? I know that 2lb a week is healthy weight loss, but is it "normal" to drop more than that?
IDK, just thought I'd ask. emoticon

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MBSKIT 1/14/2010 12:32PM

    I don't watch the show either. I don't think that it is healthy at all how they loss there wieght.

I'm with you I am not very good at the trivia. It actually laughable at how bad I am!!

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WISEWIFE 1/14/2010 11:03AM

    I too hate the show, in fact the idea made me so angry I've never seen a full episode. People need to learn real life skills so they can lose the weight and keep it off! SO many of them gain it all back when they go into the real world, because they can't spend 6 hours in the gym and no one is cooking (& portion controlling) their meals for them. I'd be a big fan of a show that gave them at least a year, to learn how to eat & make their weight loss permanent.

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SKYEFYR 1/14/2010 11:02AM

  If they didn't have so many medical personnel on the show keeping track of the contestants to make sure they were okay constantly, I'd be a lot more worried about the high weight loss numbers. I'd feel better if she had said something more like "losing more than 2lbs a week is okay as long as you're working closely with your dr" though. Then again, a good week for me is a pound, so I'm not worried about it personally. (I just wish I was losing so much I had that to worry about!)

And don't feel bad, I bomb on the trivia also.

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RASCALSMOMMA 1/14/2010 10:57AM

    Jesse, one of the things I read about JM is that this show she is worried about the SIZE of the contestents. They are evidently the biggest ones yet. I agree that the show does not promote good habits GAINED. Its all about LOSS. As for the trivia questions I'm thinking of a way to help out with those on the team. Why dont you stop by and maybe "team up"?? Hugs to you. Laurie

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    I for one happen to agree with you. Everything that I have read and my own doctor confirms is that slow weight loss is the best way to keep it off. The reason being is you are learning new eating habits.


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NANAMEL57 1/14/2010 10:53AM

    Funny I just posted a comment about the BL episode this week on my blog. If the medical community has been telling us for years that 2 pounds is healthy then this is obviously a study they are conducting. Great post!

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Almost One Year (in 12 Days) Sparkanniversary

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

In 12 days, it'll be one year at this terrific site. I marvel that it has helped me reinforce so many healthy habits, and will not whine about my forever plateau. I think this might be my goal weight! Yikes!

Not much to say today. Fighting a cold. Trying to wean myself (again!) off caffeine and it is not pretty. (smiling)

Wishing all a wonderful day.

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THEADMIRAL 1/13/2010 1:40PM

    Congratulations on your almost anniversary! You're taking good care of yourself, growing in strength, learned new healthy habits. Only time will tell if you're at your goal weight or not. Be gentle with yourself. emoticon

As for that caffeine thing, well, sweetie, I've been there. So I understand that it isn't easy.

emoticon emoticon Get your rest so you can beat that cold! emoticon Vikki

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AMBERZADE 1/13/2010 12:51PM

    Caffeine is hard stuff to get over but you know you can do it!

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RASCALSMOMMA 1/13/2010 12:47PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon for the emoticon You are makeing great strides. Nola helped me see that this must be national "GROUP HUG DAY" so here's yours! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon keep fighting the bad stuff from Laurie and Rascal.

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