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Sunday, September 29, 2013

It is without a doubt a wonder food.
As many of you know who follow my blogs, I broke my foot in Jan and was diagnosed with EXTREME low vitamin d levels.
I began researching foods that will help increase vitamin d, and found that cereals are almost all highly fortifed with vitamin d.
And more surprisingly, Frosted Flakes are ranked as one of the highest.
Yes, the sugary cereal we all would normally stay away from, is one of the best sources of vitamin d.
Of course vanilla instant oatmeal seems to be the highest.

So, today I was sparking my food and I was noticing how low my iron was, again, and I did some research and realized, DUH!!! CEREAL!!!
I had a bowl of raisin bran crunch and my iron went from like 20 to 122, wow!!!
So, back to cereal.
I was eating alot of it in the past, and I guess its about time to start again.
If it helps increase my fiber, vitamin d and iron...
I got in a good long walk this morning, I was just pushing along, putt putting along.
I dont know if its where I havent walked as much or what, but I had no energy, after 20 minutes I had to sit down and take a little break.
Then I had my second wind and finished an hour. Felt really great, it was 10am and only in the mid 60s.
Fall really is a new time for me. I drove yesterday to the interstate park, now there is a place to walk, its nearly too far to drive to walk it daily, but a couple times a week.
Trails for walking, hiking, biking and running.
Not to mention that this time of year, the park is officially closed so there isnt as much traffic and miles of roads, mostly natural one lane roads to walk on or beside.
This weekend hasnt been too bad.
I hope I see a drop on the scale this week and I am working toward that goal.
Getting my protein and water.
Just doing the best I can to get back into losing mode.
Now its time for some BRONCOS FOOTBALL BABY!!!!
And tonight, sadly the final episode of Breaking Bad, sniff sniff, I hate to see it go!!
But look forward to The Walking Dead in 2 more weeks.
I love it!!!!
Breaks Interstate Park...Ky/Va stateline, where I am going walking this week!!

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TINY67 10/3/2013 10:25AM

    Thanks for the info, emoticon

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JUST_BRENDA 9/30/2013 5:52AM


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JODROX 9/29/2013 9:52PM

    I'm a big fan of cereal :) but try to look for the lower sugar ones... well, lower than the really bad ones anyway. Lately I've been eating Kashi Toasted Berry Crisp. It's high in fiber and protein (not sure about the nutrients you're looking for).

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BAREFOOTGRL 9/29/2013 8:31PM

    Awesome pictures. Looks like the parks around here where I walk.

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CAPECODBABE 9/29/2013 8:16PM

    Beautiful pictures. What a great place to walk.

Enjoy your cereal!

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BARBANNA 9/29/2013 5:34PM

    Great park picture! Glad life is treating you kind and you are doing great! emoticon emoticon

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IAMBIZI 9/29/2013 4:33PM

    my vitamin d3 was low so I take a supplement, 5,000 units brought mine up to 50 which is a good level. IT is a small little gel capsule, easy to take and not expensive. I also take magnesium oxide phillips caplets for regularity issues. does the trick.
have a great rest of the day!
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love the pictures!

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EWL978 9/29/2013 4:13PM

    If it works, why fight it?? Just keep on keeping on and good luck!!

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LOSE4LIFE47 9/29/2013 4:10PM


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get up get up get up and go

Friday, September 27, 2013

Today my mom and dad came by, they gave me some birthday money, I wasnt expecting it.
But it was really very nice of them.
Now what to do with this found money???
Put it in the bank, use it toward my new walking shoes, toward the tattoo I have been wanting, toward my new phone fund, pay my electric bill, use it to get my hair did?????
So many options....the bank it is!!!!
My electric bill was 90 bucks, in Sept!!!
Makes me seriously dread seeing it in Dec and January!!
I know I dont use that much electricity, since my son moved out, I am doing less laundry, and never ever turn on the oven.
It makes one wonder. Probably has to do with the fact that they no longer come out and read the meters, they estimate usage based on previous months, which is fraudulent in my opinion.
How do they even know if anyone is living at a residence????
I tried some new coffee today, its clover valley (or dollar general store brand), generic Dunkin Donut coffee, called Donut Shop Blend.
and it is great!!!
At least 3 bucks cheaper than DD or SB bagged coffee.
But in my opinion, when it comes to coffee, I havent yet found one that can beat Bob Evans.
So, other than that, I went to Subway for my turkey sub, did a load of laundry and collected the mail.
That has been my day thus far, no walk this morning, I just couldnt pull my self together early enough to go.
This is going to end today!!!!
Starting tomorrow, I am setting three different alarms, where I have no choice but to rise and get up.
No more laziness for me, the cooler mornings are the best time for me to go walk and I used to know that.
Back to the groove!!!

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CAPECODBABE 9/27/2013 7:47PM

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found money should be used for a splurge! emoticon

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BAREFOOTGRL 9/27/2013 7:37PM

    Happy happy birthday! emoticon

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IAMBIZI 9/27/2013 5:50PM

    happy birthday!

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LOTUSBURGER 9/27/2013 4:47PM

    Happy Birthday!!!
What FUN, you can do it, get up and walk!!

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ARCHIMEDESII 9/27/2013 3:24PM

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Happy Birthday !!

I have a couple of elderly aunties that I love dearly, the keep sending me birthday money !! I've told them they don't need to send anything, I am 40+ now. LOL !!! It's a sweet gesture.

What to do with your new found wealth ? I would use half to pay any bills and half for a treat for yourself. It is your birthday. you should have some fun.

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for the friends who take the time

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Just wanted to say thanks to spark friends who always comment on my blogs and offer words of support, encouragement, amusement and sometimes kick my butt.
So for enquiring minds, Yes, I have stayed out of the poptarts.
I did bring my own snacks, honey crisp apple and honey yogurt, as well as milk, because my employer doesnt drink it.
I have walked the stairs quite a bit today and am feeling pretty good.
Getting my water and hoping I get a good long walk in real soon.
One thing about my job, they do keep healthy foods on hand as well, I have enjoyed a turkey bacon and tomato sandwich on double fiber wheat bread for lunch.
And as for the phone issue, partially resolved, AT&T has agreed to reimburse me for the minutes prepaid package I purchased, and they requested the local store to waive the restocking fee for the phone.
However, the local store manager was a, ummmmm, well, lets just say he was a very bad word to me on the phone and said theres nothing he can do.
I said, nothing???
Like maybe walk over to the computer and click a few keys and take it off???
So, I am going to sell the phone for 80 bucks, which I am losing 20, but thats better than taking it back and being charged 35.
Never ever ever again will I do business with AT&T.
Other than that, I have had a relatively decent day, the sun is shining and I have enjoyed getting outside as much as I can.

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JUST_BRENDA 9/27/2013 7:25AM


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IAMBIZI 9/26/2013 10:14PM

    sounds productive! good going!

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LOTUSBURGER 9/26/2013 4:42PM

    Woo Hoo

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MELISSIMAUS 9/26/2013 3:58PM

    Wow, that's very unprofessional. Glad you got some satisfaction from corporate, at least.

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CAROL494 9/26/2013 3:19PM


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KESTRYLL 9/26/2013 3:14PM

    I am happy for you that the sun is shining!

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put a lock on the poptarts please

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Back is aching this evening, havent done alot, but for some reason, its aching.
Pouring rain here and almost dark out.
Didnt get to walk today. Maybe tomorrow evening.
Scale still stuck, has been for weeks and weeks, a pound here or there, but nothing substansial to report.
Have started a streak (if it is such) on working on my abs.
Or, well, trying to actually find some muscle in that area. Doing squats, and crunches and side bends with the dumbbells.
Going to do some stairs tonight, even though it bothers my foot, its good, and I have the eliptical here as well.
Not much to report tonight.
Trying to keep busy and away from the poptart cabinet, lol, I call it that because thats what it is.
Nothing but stacks of poptarts, while my employer buys the oatmeal and unfrosted kinds, they are still carbs and sugar and not on my food list.
So, I am just sparking.
I am really realizing just how important getting supplements, such as iron and fiber and vitmain d and calcium are to me, because each day I spark my food and I am just staying way below the levels set for me by SP.
I tend to stay within my calories by a little, some days better than others, today for example, I am right on target.
But my supplements are way way low.
But at least I am staying out of the poptarts!!!

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YAGERMONSTER 9/27/2013 3:29AM

    Yeah, I don't buy them at the house because of the temptation. But occasionally they have them in the vending machine in front of my work station. emoticon
Those and Hostess Cup Cakes. emoticon

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JUST_BRENDA 9/26/2013 7:16AM

    Maybe bring your own healthy food

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FRENCHSEAMS 9/25/2013 10:17PM

    pop tarts....they don't even seem like real food to me.

you are wise to avoid those calories for sure.

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CHANGE4FIT 9/25/2013 9:08PM

    Poptarts are right up there with little debbie treats-public enemy #1 and irresistible. I guess at least poptarts are like a vitamin wrapped in a pastry-LOL

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FATASHNOMORE 9/25/2013 7:48PM

    Amen, sister, those PopTarts are hard to resist!!!

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MELISSIMAUS 9/25/2013 7:30PM

    Sometimes when I'm tempted by something really un-food-like, made of sugar and corn syrup and preservatives and little else, I imagine what my body would say to me if it could talk.

Go you for resisting, and for shaking up the workouts!

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unconditional friendship, no doubt, with pics!!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Yesterday could have been a pretty bad day for me, it was the anniversary of the death my brother.
And it was the anniversary of another event in my life that really changed who I am and the way my lifes direction has gone in the last year.
But instead of sitting inside and feeling down and sorry, I went and hung out at the river with my dearest friend.
We walked along the water and looked for arrowheads, and stood by our cars talking for 2 hours.
I always come away from my time spent with him feeling better about life. I always am reminded to always live life to the fullest, cant change the past and have to move forward, he has a way of reminding me that life is short, and we cant always control what happens, but we can control how we react to it, and what we do to steer ourselves away from further pain. He never ceases to amaze me with the way he can make me go from down in the dumps to feeling pumped and ready to take on the world. He has been thru hell on this earth and at times he too can get very very depressed, but he goes off alone and sits and thinks and prays on it and he finds some meaning in whatever it is.
I can say with all honesty, he is the best friend I have ever had and I hope everyday to talk to him and I know when I do, I will see a little light at the end of the darkness.
This man was the friend who was convicted of 2nd degree manslaugher earlier this year.
I have blogged about him in the past, about the events that occurred in his life that caused this to be.
A stranger came to his home in the early morning hours and tried to come inside and he took the only action he felt he could at that time.
That was over a year ago and it was during that time these events happened when I really buckled down and got myself on the ball.
On July 3rd last year my friend was released on bond and I seen him struggling with the way people viewed him, I seen him dealing with the decision he had made.
And I knew I had to be there for him, so I changed my life as well, I gave up pop then, havent had one since, and I started walking daily, started losing weight and he was always there for me, coming to walk with me to encourage me to keep at it.
I sat in court with him every day of his trial.
I know thru my life that no matter how down I get, I can call on him anytime and he is a true friend, he is the real deal, he will stop whatever he is doing and talk to me.
and I know I have helped him as well.
We tell each other often how we both feel our lives might have gone differently had we not found each other when we did.
I guess its hard to explain how someone you have pretty much known from afar for so long can come closer into your life and change you for the better.
So overall yesterday turned out to be a really good day.
I will never stop fighting for positive change in my life, i will walk and I will eat healthy and I will read and find ways to stay positive, and spark daily.
And I will love my friend for what he has given me, happiness in my darkest hours. He is one friend I never ever doubt.
me and my very best bestie SM!!!
....looking for arrowheads on the riverbank. Ky/Va state line.

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KATHY391 9/22/2013 4:50PM

    so happy that you have someone special in your life who makes your life better.
wish you the best!

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JUST_BRENDA 9/22/2013 1:02PM

    It's vary rare to have such a close friendship. Enjoy!

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IAMBIZI 9/22/2013 11:51AM

    happy that you have some one special in your life!

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CAPECODBABE 9/22/2013 11:47AM

    You are so lucky to have someone that special in your life.

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LOJACK73 9/22/2013 10:12AM

    You have an awesome friend. Cherish the memories!
Glad the day turned out better than what it could have.

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