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Slow and steady wins the race....

Monday, January 14, 2013

Since a year ago I have lost about 11 pounds.

This month I have lost about 3 pounds so far. I am really watching portion size and avoiding fried foods, espcially in restaurants. (I asked at a couple of fast food places what kind of oil they used for the fries and did not get specific information. One place said "vegetable oil." I have a sensitivity to cottonseed oil and found that some restaurants stretch out their olive oil by adding cottonseed oil to reduce the cost.

The other thing in addition to unwanted fats is avoiding salty foods as I tend to retain fluid, especially in my legs, ankles and feet If you find a chart (on line or at the restaurant) the tells the amount of sodium it puts my food into the high sodium range with even one serving of fries or just about anything else other than sweets. And then there is the high sugar content of the smoothies they have in restaurants.

I have bought a Ninja machine and make my own smoothies at home and add things like powdered kelp (use sparingly), powdered parsely, rice protein, stevia and fresh fruits.

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123ELAINE456 1/14/2013 10:16AM

  Awesome!!! WAY TO GO!!! You are doing Good. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care.

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MCGS62 1/14/2013 8:35AM


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MSLZZY 1/14/2013 7:35AM

    Just keep on researching and do the best you can.
3 pounds is nothing to sneeze at.

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co-worker's back in hospital

Thursday, January 10, 2013


Laura's lungs are not working well. She has fluid in the lungs. Otherwise have only heard her kidneys are still not functioning well and she is on chronic dialysis until they start working better.

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MCGS62 1/14/2013 8:37AM

    Very sorry to hear that . I'll pray she gets well soon.

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123ELAINE456 1/10/2013 9:18AM

  Will continue to Pray for a Complete Recovery for her. God Bless You and Have a Wonderul Week. Enjoy Today. Take Care.

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MSLZZY 1/10/2013 6:53AM

    I will continue to pray for her.

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Good news about co-worker...

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

She is reported to be doing better and might be going home sometime this week.

Everyone is greatly relieved. Thanks for your prayers and good wishes.

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MCGS62 1/5/2013 12:46PM

That is good news!~ glad to hear it

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123ELAINE456 1/2/2013 10:08PM

  Awesome News. Praying for a Complete Recovery. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy Today. Take Care.

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MSLZZY 1/2/2013 5:59PM

    Great news! Praying for recovery!

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Honored on Christmas to play piano for famous singer...

Sunday, December 30, 2012

So there I was playing the piano at Ebenezer Nursing Home in Minneapolis for the dinnertime in the evening when this very nice man came up and asked if I could play The Christmas Song (Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...) as he like the way I played it. He mentioned he was in a biographical play (which he didn't tell me that he wrote and had the lead in) about Nat King Cole. When he sang he sounded just like Nat King Cole, and so I figured he must be playing the lead. He only sang one song but when he left (he was visiting a resident there) he stopped by the piano and said, "Keep playing the piano," and perhaps somthing else which I didn't hear as I was in the middle of another Christmas song.

So the next day, I Googled the play he was in. It has been very popular and he even did a bit of it at the Kennedy Center for the Arts in 2010. It was Dennis Spears (the male voice in Moore by Four) and he has a very active singing and acting career.

I was glad he didn't tell me who he was before I accompanied him or I probably would have gotten nervous! What a wonderful experience! And a Happy New Year (I will be playing on New Year's Day at the same venue!)

P.S. At least he is famous in Minnesota....


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MCGS62 12/31/2012 9:16AM

    That's a great story I am glad that it happened to you. I know what a challenge it is playing at a hospital or nursing home --I always end up crying in my car on the way home.
And the home being named "Ebenezer " (as in scrooge) has a nice bit of Irony to melt the heart.

I am glad you had such a special time !!
wish you many more times like that in the new year.

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JUDYAMK 12/31/2012 8:15AM

    Wow what a compliment he gave you, a special treat to the residents for that song he sang. How is Laura doing?

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123ELAINE456 12/31/2012 12:33AM

  Awesome!!! God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy Today. Take Care. Very Exciting.

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DIANER2014 12/30/2012 10:12PM

    How exciting!

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MERRYMARY42 12/30/2012 7:36PM

    wow, good going that is wonderful

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MSLZZY 12/30/2012 5:13PM


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JCARDINAL 12/30/2012 2:34PM

    Very cool! emoticon

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RYCKJUNG 12/30/2012 10:23AM

    Cool! Another memento in a life full of great memories.

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MAMISHELI53 12/30/2012 10:19AM

    How thrilling! What a blessing!

i was reading your page, and I can so identify with your struggles!

I've managed to lose weight, then it crept back up especially after I had an injury and couldn't exercise for a while. Then my exercise bike (used) broke down, and it took a while before I could replace it. But I'm back o track - and now deal with arthirits in the hip and knees. I'm looking at probably hip repair come summer vacation, so I can have time to recupe and not lose work - but Am concerned about the weight creeping back up. So, all the more reason, I have to be careful, to exercise (especially the muscles for hips and knees).
But Spark is a GREAT resource! I am confident I can do this. And that YOU can TOO! Onward and Upward! Blessings on your journey to a healthy lifestyle!

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GRAMADIANE 12/30/2012 10:15AM

  Wow - how cool!
I no longer live in the cities buy was born and raised there and lived in various communities until 2 years ago - I love it when I read about MN.
MOORE BY FOUR was always a great group to see whenever they were performing.

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No further updates...on co-worker's condition

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Everyone at work was hoping to hear how Laura has been doing but we have not heard any more news from her son-in-law. Our supervisor is not allowed to pass on any information but I suspect she is still on dialysis. The last email from her SIL said they they were thinking of transferring her to the University Medical Center for further care.

So we are still waiting to hear good news and praying every day for her recovery.

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MSLZZY 12/30/2012 8:42AM

    Praying for a good resolution and recovery for Laura

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123ELAINE456 12/30/2012 8:18AM

  Will continue Praying that She has a Complete Recovery. Let Us Know when You hear anything(Update). God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy Today. Take Care.

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