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Egg-cellent Brunch This Morning!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Veggie Omelet

* Egg, fresh, 5 large
* Cheddar or Colby Cheese, Low Fat, .5 cup, shredded
* Green Peppers (bell peppers), 1 medium, cut into strips
* Onions, raw, .1/2 medium, cut into strips
* Mushrooms, fresh, 3/4 cup, sliced
* Olive Oil, 1 tbsp

Saute vegetables in olive oil, remove from pan.
Whisk Eggs with a splash of water, cook on both sides.
Top with prepared vegetables and shredded cheese.
Fold & serve warm.

I made two omelets this morning from the ingredients, a 3-egg omelet for Larry and a 2-egg omelet for myself. Wonderful!

Calculated nutrition servings on the number of eggs.

Per Egg:

* Calories: 132.0
* Total Fat: 8.6 g
* Cholesterol: 214.9 mg
* Sodium: 133.4 mg
* Total Carbs: 3.9 g
* Dietary Fiber: 0.6 g
* Protein: 9.7 g
* WW Points (old system): 3 points

  
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WARMSPRINGDAY 2/14/2011 9:08PM

    Yum! I love omelets. Sometimes I have them for dinner, too.
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CJWORDPLAY 2/13/2011 3:05PM

    Sounds wonderful. emoticonThose are all on my favorites list, too. I'm adding it to my nutrition plan for this week. Thanks. emoticon

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Did You See This?

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

On today's Start Page there's a link to an article in CNN's Fortune Magazine that declares SP "The Facebook of Dieting." I'll pop a link in here, but if you click on it from the Spark Insider on your start page, you'll get a Spark Point emoticon

tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/04/13/the-
facebook-of-dieting/


Yeah, it's old news (April 2010), but it's an interesting read.

SP has passed WW.com with 2.7 MILLION unique visitors per month.

SP added 6,000 new members PER DAY in 2009.

CNN calls the Spark community loyal and obsessive. Are we? Probably. lol

Spark members spend twice as much time on SP as our counterparts on WW.com.

As of the time the article was published, SP was still not profitable. Pretty eye opening to see the next sentence mention that its SEVEN FIGURE revenue is coming from ads -- and there is only one investor.

I've worked the backend of online communities. Bringing us together and providing us with all of these wonderful tools is not cheap. It made me think of a couple things we can do to give back ...

Check the Spark Store for fitness products. If we're buying anyway, why not support the community?

When making online purchases, check out the Spark People advertisers. Even if we don't purchase from the sponsors, our click-thru's help bump SP's numbers, bringing more ad revenue to the table.

Plug aside, I was pretty impressed by the numbers in the article, and it made me think about how I use the site and the community ...

* When I am on my game, I am here about 30-60 minutes a day, every weekday
* I use the nutrition & fitness trackers to stay on track
* I read the articles for motivation & information
* I try out new, healthy recipes
* I use the recipe calculator to makeover old favorites.
* I am connecting with like-minded people, forming relationships, and building my support system.

What about you? How often do you visit SP? How much time do you spend here a day? What features are you using?

  
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WARMSPRINGDAY 2/8/2011 5:44PM

    I'm probably on about 30 - 60 minutes per day, too. I use the nutrition tracker, the fitness tracker, the weight tracker, read the daily spark blogs, read health and fitness articles, use the recipe tracker,update my friends with blogs on my progress, interact with other SP members via message boards, friend feed, reading blogs and visiting Spark pages.

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SARAWALKS 2/8/2011 10:09AM

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This will make me think differently about those ads which often irritate me.
And maybe I'll get some Spark Gear for spring!
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VEDDIE78 2/8/2011 9:49AM

    Very interesting article. I always wondering how the creators of a free website made money-- I figured it was from the ads but wasn't really sure. I have made some purchases from the online store- a couple workout dvds. Good to know that I am contributing!

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I'm Baaaack!

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Greetings, dear Spark Friends!

The Holidays are over -- ours were wonderful, and I hope yours were all you wished for!

You may remember me speaking of my friend, Connie, this past summer. It was Connie who I rushed to the ER exhibiting signs of stroke, only to find that she was in Stage 4 cancer which had metastasized to her brain.

She lost her brave battle on December 22nd. While I mourn the loss, I am honored to have had such a long and strong friendship, and comforted by knowing that her suffering is over.

It reminds me that while life may not always be fair, it is precious and we must take care of ourselves and live life to fullest.

On that happy note ... life also goes on.

I have been in maintenance mode since Thanksgiving, and am holding my own. I am gearing up to drop the next 17 pounds which will take me into a "healthy" BMI range.

As I have mentioned before, Winter is a tough time for me. I do not exercise. I eat comfort foods. I want coffee, not water. I move into a weight-loss mindset in the Spring.

So in gearing up, I am looking at habits that have fallen to the wayside and the small changes that need to start happening again to get back on track.

And I have a plan!

1. Increase water intake 1 20-oz bottle a week until I am back up to 4 a day.
2. Eat breakfast every day.
3. Add fresh fruits and vegetable snacks back into my meal plan.
4. Track my food intake daily.
5. Catch up with each of you - you are all such an inspiration!

I would be remiss not to do a little bragging ... Miss Lilly is growing like a weed, and is such a happy baby! She continues to be the light of my life, and I am enjoying having a grandbaby to spoil!



Here's to a Healthy & Happy 2011!

  
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CLAUDECF 2/4/2011 3:43PM

    Good to see you back, although I am sorry about your loss. emoticon
Winter IS indeed difficult for dieting and exercising, but it is good to take small steps towards getting there emoticon

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CJWORDPLAY 2/3/2011 9:57PM

    Sending you wishes for comfort with the loss of your good friend. Remembering the preciousness of life is a testimony to her.

I'm glad you are back online and making preparations for spring. Your little sweet Lilly looks so full of life. What a joy!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 2/3/2011 6:49PM

    Good to have you back. I've missed you. My sympathies on your loss. Lilly is beautiful. Thanks for sharing her pic. Great goals.

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ANASONIC 2/3/2011 11:46AM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. It is always so hard to lose a friend. I've missed you and am glad to see you're back
Ana

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SARAWALKS 2/3/2011 11:10AM

    I'm sorry about your friend. emoticon
Miss Lilly's smiling face cheers you right up, I'm sure!
And you are so smart to just aim to maintain over the winter months.
We'll all get a boost when spring peeks around the corner...
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"Gawked" and why you might care ...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

You've likely already received notice, or heard, that the Gawker servers were compromised over the weekend. Leaked data includes registration emails and encrypted password data for accounts on Lifehacker, Gizmodo, Gawker, Jezebel, io9, Jalopnik, Kotaku, Deadspin, and Fleshbot.

If you have an account on any of these sites, the email account (and username/password) you used to register has been compromised. If you are unsure, you can use the gadgets at the following sites. If your username and/or email shows up as being in the Gawker dump, you need to change passwords immediately.

* www.didigetgawkered.com (Duo Security)
* www.slate.com/id/2277768 (Slate)

MORE IMPORTANTLY: if you use that email, username, and/or password ANYWHERE ELSE on the internet, you need to change those too -- regardless of how strong that password combination was. Armed with the Gawker bump, hackers have the beginning of what they need to wreak havoc.

IF YOU ARE IN THE DUMP, YOU ARE AT RISK.

Yes, it's frustrating. No, we don't have time for this. Yes, we knew better, but it bears repeating ..

Don't use weak passwords. Don't use the same passwords across the internet. Don't let your friends and family do it either.

  
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TIMELESSCRONE 12/15/2010 9:33PM

    Thanks to each of you for reading and heeding. It IS a scary thing. We get complacent, then we get lazy and opt for the most convenient way.

I am an IT professional, and I am guilty - and *know* better. I use (or should say used) a couple of different password combinations. An easy set for general sites, a more complicated set for sites where I buy online, and a strong set for my important accounts.

But I generally use the same username, and always use the same email address.

I spent a couple of frustrating hours logging in and changing account info everywhere.

I even setup a new email account to be used ONLY for my important accounts, and changed that little tidbit on those sites.

Picking strong passwords is a pain, but they are strong because they are difficult to hack - don't use names, don't use dictionary words. Use 8 or more characters. Use a combination of upper and lower case. Use a numeric character. Use a "special" character (like $, #, etc) if you can.

Consider the site and how you use it. Facebook might seem innocuous and not worthy of a strong password - but if you use Facebook Connect to log into other sites, you might want to think again.

Personal email might not seem too dangerous - so your friends and family get spammed if it gets hacked. Not. What about account info from websites sent to that email address in the hands of a hacker? If they've hacked your email and just get the name of sites you do business at - can they use that to submit requests to recover usernames and passwords? You bet. OUCH!

I didn't lose anything but time. This time. And, I am seriously rethinking about how to protect my privacy and identity as the web weaves itself deeper and deeper into the fabric of my life.

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ANASONIC 12/15/2010 11:48AM

    Thanks for the info...

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BILLY4225 12/15/2010 11:06AM

    Thank you for this information. It's a scary thing.

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Catching Up ...

Thursday, December 02, 2010

I'm trying to "budget" my online time, so I'm not posting as often, but it's time for an update.

Spark goal-wise, I am doing well. I am still in maintenance mode and am holding steady. Better - I am not freaking out over the 1-2 pound weight fluctuations. SP has taught me that these are normal and nothing to stress over. Best - I held steady over the long Thanksgiving weekend.

Speaking of which, we drove over into West Virginia to spend the Holiday with my husband's daughter and her family. A rare treat, and one that I truly enjoy!

Exercise is proving problematic. I am well and firmly entrenched in my Winter Hibernation. I haven't attended a single Water Aerobics class this 6-week session, and it is nearly half over. As much as I like it, I am coming to the conclusion that I am somewhat bored with it. So, after reading some of the Motivational articles, I've decided it's time for a switch up -- we are looking for a local Yoga class.

I have been walking, so all's not lost. We switched trails to one that is closer. It's only two miles, so we make two laps. I missed Thanksgiving Saturday while I was away, but I made sure to wear the pedometer and get out and move.

On the Holiday-front, I am making progress in the Christmas prep. I don't go whole hog on the decor, but the tree is ready to put up. My beloved nephews will be here Saturday for our Holiday celebration, and I've decided that trimming the tree will be a fun activity for them. String a few lights outside, add a table runner in the kitchen, and switch the fall-themed candles to more festive ones - and that's done! Gift lists are done, as is about half of the shopping. My card list is done, and I've made almost half of those ... yes, I make my own :-)

On the Home-front, the house is in order, and I'm entrenched in my winter-routines.

I started a new job last Monday! Well, sort of. It's the same job, but I've converted from contractor to employee! I am over the moon! I've been contracting for the last 10 years, and while I enjoy the variety, it can be stressful - especially with the economy where it is. I now have now landed in a place that is as secure as possible until retirement. WOO HOO!

Funny, because I just read the Sparkpeople article, "Finding Meaning in a Job Well Done." www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
s_articles.asp?id=807
- Really made me think.

"Over 77 percent of women say that, even if they had enough money to get by without working, they would continue to work because of the satisfaction it provides. But when these same people were asked if they would rather be doing something else at that moment, by far the largest number of “yes” answers came from those who were at work at the time."

I fall right in there. I do enjoy working. And, I am lucky (and grateful) to have work that I truly enjoy and find satisfying. I'm an IT Project Manager, and that is right up my alley. I'm a geek. I'm organized and analytical. I love working with people, and helping them to do their best. I'm creative, and find that problem solving is a good outlet for that.

Would I rather be playing, doing my artsy-craftsy stuff, or designing blogs? Absolutely. But it doesn't pay the bills. And honestly, with the exception of blog design, it doesn't challenge my analytical side.

So in this Season of Gratitude, I am well and truly blessed!

So. What about you? Would you work if you didn't have to? Do you really like your job? Would you rather be doing something else?

And, now, what I know you've been waiting for ...



A smiling, chubby-cheeked, Miss Lilly at 7-1/2 weeks!

  
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CJWORDPLAY 12/5/2010 7:33PM

    Thank you, thank you for Miss Lilly's picture. She is growing so fast! And glad to hear you are maintaining your maintenance and listening to what kind of exercise your body wants to do. It makes sense that if you feel bored, your body does too.

About working - I was getting ready to launch my second career when at age 50 a series of car accidents resulted in me needing to apply for disability - quit my doctoral program which was complete except for my dissertation - and try to figure out how to live and get healthy with no income and no insurance. That was really difficult. I liked working, the friendship of co-workers and knowing there was "meaning in a job well done". The trouble was, at that time I could no longer do my job well - I couldn't even take good care of myself. Since then I've been seeking ways to live without formal work at the center of my day. Would I like to be working? YES! Do I enjoy the freedom I now have to select most of my own schedule? You bet! I'm still learning how to balance what I want to be doing and what I am able to do. But then, I guess we all are, aren't we?

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SARAWALKS 12/2/2010 9:10AM

    Beautiful Miss Lilly! sounds like you and she are doing great!
Thanks for mentioning the inch gain...I've gained a half-inch in my hips which at first panicked me, until I remembered Leslie Sansone saying that the more toned your glutes are, the more calories you burn, because gluteal is such a big muscle. Your experience encourages me further!
There are things I wouldn't miss AT ALL about my job - like scheduling, trying to get people to improve musically when they just aren't interested, trying to get people to put a priority on music for church, choosing hymns (you can't win, someone will always dislike whatever!).
But I will miss working with people, seeing them improve & learn & discover new things about music and about God.
I won't miss singing Schubert's Ave Maria...but I would miss singing solo...fortunately a lot of this can go on on a freelance basis, as I want to do it.
Musicians don't make a lot of money, but we do have some flexibility!
I also have other interests I'd like to pursue and am eager to dive into those, so that will help me "let go," so to speak!
Congratulations on your work change! It must be a tremendous relief not to have to do so much managing.... emoticon

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