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Keep it Simple

Sunday, October 17, 2010

This is a reprint from one of the daily inspirational emails I get. Author unknown.


"One of the most memorable case studies on Japanese management was the case of the empty soap box, which happened in one of Japan's biggest cosmetics companies. The company received a complaint that a consumer had bought a soap box that was empty.

Immediately, the authorities isolated the problem to the assembly line, which transported all the packaged boxes of soap to the delivery department. For some reason, one soap box went through the assembly line empty.

Management asked its engineers to solve the problem. Here are the two solutions from two different approaches:

Solution A: The engineers worked hard to devise an X-ray machine with high-resolution monitors manned by two people to watch all the soap boxes that passed through the line to make sure they were not empty. They worked hard and they worked fast but they spent a large amount of money to do so.

Solution B: When a rank-and-file employee in a small company was posed with the same problem, he did not get into complications of X-rays, etc but instead came out with another solution. He bought a strong industrial electric fan and pointed it at the assembly line. He switched the fan on, and as each soap box passed the fan, it simply blew the empty boxes out of the line.

Always look for simple solutions! Devise the simplest possible solution that solves the problem, and learn to focus on the solution itself and not the problem."



We all need to apply the K.I.S.S. (keep it simple stupid) to our weightloss journey here on Spark People. We all know what we need to do. Drink more water, eat more fruits and veggies, stay away from white flour, white sugar, and white carbs ( pasta, rice,potatoes, breads, etc), add exercise to our daily routines.

Spark People is such a wonderful tool available to all that wish to participate. It's free and doesn't deplete our bank accounts. We do not need to spend money on pre-portioned foods, buy crazy gadgets that promise to whittle away the inches, or buy all of these diet aides that tell us we can lose weight without dieting or exercising. Ya right!

We have been given such a marvelous site to all come together and support one another. We can ask for help or advise or we can share our knowledge. You make Spark people what you want it to be.

Keep it simple, but know that you are the key to what will be success or not. The more you Spark the better you will do. It costs you nothing but your time and mindset. We are not re-inventing the wheel here people.




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PAPPHEM 10/18/2010 10:52PM

    OMG, that's so true and so hard to remember in the moment! Thanks for the reminder.

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DIGBOI 10/18/2010 10:28PM

    You are absolutely correct. Sparkpeople website has a lot of free resources to use. No point reinventing the wheel or pay for some gadget or fad diet plan needlessly. Thanks again for reminding us all. emoticon

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 10/18/2010 7:43AM

    Thank you for a very good story. So very true. We make it harder than it really is.
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DEVORA4 10/17/2010 11:08PM

  I loved the story and will remember it. KISS is something I use everyday but it does not always work for me. thanks emoticon

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DEFIANTVEGAN 10/17/2010 11:07PM

    Love it I like that saying K.I.S.S. emoticon heard it before and it doesn't get old.

You are absolutely right easy peasy is the the emoticon!

Thanks for the remind I will definitely try to be more logical and use common sense to keep myself from spendin/adding time, money and space to my decision making.

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EGRAMMY 10/17/2010 9:01PM

    Simply emoticon inspiration

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TEDYBEAR2838 10/17/2010 7:49PM

    You are right, sometimes we just make it harder than it should be. We all do that at one time or another.

I'm trying to keep it simple, but sometimes I don't. But I keep trying to get it right.

Hang in there Yvonne.

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DINGALLSTOO 10/17/2010 7:23PM

    amen! I have 2 co-workers on medifast, I fear what will happen when they go off it.

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L*I*T*A* 10/17/2010 7:12PM

    great reminder....
love it...
blessings and hugs..........lita

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REJ7777 10/17/2010 7:09PM

    emoticon I had to laugh when I thought of those empty boxes blowing off the assembly line. Thank you for this important reminder to K.I.S.S.! emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 10/17/2010 4:51PM

    Thanks for the reminder and a great story to go with it!

Hope things are getting better for you.
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MRDPOLING 10/17/2010 3:19PM

    KISS is something I learned many years ago but still struggle to implement it all the time!

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SHANTISHANTI 10/17/2010 3:08PM

    Yvonne,
You brought a smile to my face with the soap box story. It's so true, many of us can complicate the simplest things. Thanks for the reminder to KISS. Have a great rest of the weekend.

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SHANTISHANTI 10/17/2010 3:06PM

    Yvonne,
You brought a smile to my face with the soap box story. It's so true, many of us can complicate the simplest things. Thanks for the reminder to KISS. Have a great rest of the weekend.

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WILLOW49 10/17/2010 2:33PM

    Wonderful blog! KISS...yep, I agree!

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ANNABELLE1957 10/17/2010 1:49PM

    love this blog ty so much emoticon emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/17/2010 1:28PM

    Excellent blog! Thanks for sharing it with us. I hope that you're doing well. I've been worried about you. Love, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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OKCPAM 10/17/2010 1:22PM

   
So true, so true. I have the same philosophy.
Hope many people read this blog and finally "get it".
It really is simple if you just relax about the whole journey.
Gadgets, pills, magic formula's OMG I still can't believe people are so naive. Common sense is the solution to weight loss, plain and simple.
And YEP, SparkPeople.com is the best tool for weight loss, add common sense and you are in a win, win situation.
THANKS for this blog Yvonne!

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Gotta vent! This is eating me alive!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I got written up at work for I quote, " The following are concerns related to the employees conduct/work performance. Poor service/team attitude."

ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I in all my years have never been written up and in school as a child I never even once was reprimanded or sent to the principal's office. Now years later I get written up at my job? What is wrong with this picture?

I have been working a gazzillion overtime hours because I have been doing my job plus the mortgage processor's job. I have had to pick up the pieces because she is not doing her job. not a team player, poor attitude - ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

I responded in am email to an underwriter that I assumed that the processor had taken care of this. It was a processing issue. It was not a dig against the processor it was actually a dig against myself. You know what they say about assuming. Well it was my bad that I did not make sure that the processor did indeed take care of the issue prior to her submitting the loan into underwriting. I even attached the email the processor wrote to me telling me that she was taking care of it. i should have known better with her past work ethics.

They however interpreted it that I humiliated the processor by saying that. Not my intention if anything I was stating a disparaging remark about myself and not the processor because I should not have assumed, I should have known better.

Anywho, it doesn't matter that the Processor doesn't do her job. What matter is I hurt her feelings. Can you imagine!


GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
RRRRRR! And now I am really PO'd.

  
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BETHGILLIGAN 10/16/2010 8:31AM

    I am so sorry!! Like some of the others, my son is going through this also. You have a right to be angry. Is there a way to rebut this?? So at least your side of the story would be in your file. emoticon

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DIGBOI 10/15/2010 11:05PM

    emoticonSorry to hear about your experience. I do hope it got sorted by now. It is unfair but the hardest workers are the ones that have to go through these rough patches. They are the only ones doing their jobs. Duh!! emoticon

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KARVY09 10/14/2010 10:02PM

    Oh lord. I would be off the rails angry. I'm so angry for you right now.

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SWEETLIPS 10/14/2010 6:59PM

    Yes, as Tedybear2823 says is there a rebuttal. I have the same thing going on in my life of my employment. I often quote: " Hold my piece and the Lord will fight my battles. Now weapons formed against me shall not prosper and some days it gets difficult, and somehow, God steps in to remind me that God is sovereign. I really believe it really is time to fast. So, what is next for you, as I have filed two grievances and have been successful, but it is hard, cause now they are mad at me.

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SKFEREBEE 10/14/2010 11:41AM

    Unbelievable! emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 10/13/2010 6:55PM

    I'd talk to the source.

But I do know too much overtime can get one into trouble

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EGRAMMY 10/13/2010 6:27PM

    emoticon Sorry. I am hearing similar from several hard working Sparkers. It is worrisome.



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MRDPOLING 10/13/2010 9:23AM

    Welcome to the cold and hard world of corporate life. Ugh!

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SEASONS_CHANGE 10/13/2010 7:49AM

    Terrible things happen in the world of assumptions... Look what initially started the war...

Hang in there and we're all here for you!

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DS9KIE 10/13/2010 1:31AM

    how unfair, your working your butt off and thats the thanks you get, good grief. Hope it gets better. Just hang in there.



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DJS-DEBBIE 10/12/2010 10:58PM

    You should be PO'd. That processor is the one who should be reprimanded. They have a lot of nerve turning it around on you.

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 10/12/2010 10:13PM

    Yvonne, I am sorry this happened to you. I would be upset too.. I hope it gets all straightened out for you. Keep us posted.
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DEFIANTVEGAN 10/12/2010 9:35PM

    GET OUT OF THERE QUICK. emoticon

Seems like some butt head is jealous and in for you because of you dedication.

Ok that's the Cut Throat Version now the flip side is letting some time go by like next day and asking to talk with everyone so this way you don't come off like your throwing someone under the emoticon (ok closest thing to a bus) LOL and let them know how much time and effort you put into it and say you were CYA'g your emoticon and emoticon.

OH man I'm sorry to hear that you are going through all this stupid crap that is so upsetting it happens all the time at work and I'm tired of it.

I hope this doesn't affect your job man oh boy have you been affected by your dedication to your work, you've gotten shingles and who knows what else and they have no clue what you have put in emoticon wise omg that is crazy.


Well You have a lot of supporters here and we are all on your side praying for you.

go and make your Peace (closest to a white flag heh) emoticon and kick some booty emoticon.

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TEDYBEAR2838 10/12/2010 9:14PM

    Right, are you allowed a rebuttle? I sure hope so.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 10/12/2010 8:46PM

    Sorry that happened to you. Stuff like that is so upsetting and unfair.

You know what they say " No good deed goes unpunished".

Jackie

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BARCLE 10/12/2010 7:07PM

    How unfair - sorry to hear this happened to you. Is just doing your job and nothing extra an option? I'd be tempted since they certainly don't appear to appreciate your efforts and hard work ... then that way you may 'earn' the non team player title.

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SDPARTON 10/12/2010 6:52PM

    I don't blame you for being PO'd! That is so sad, and I am so sorry! It seems everyone is on work overload, well if the high ups could just work a day in your shoes, they would so understand! It is not like that though!
Keep your head up! Hang in there and don't let that little piece of paper define you:)
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SUNNYH99 10/12/2010 5:23PM

    Oh, how maddening! You did fine, Yvonne, and were soooo misinterpreted. It happens. I am sorry, and all I'd do is cop to inadequate communication, and I'd ask for the reprimand to be taken off your record.
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/12/2010 5:03PM

    I can see why you'd be angry. I feel angry "with you" against them & the unfairness of the write up. Are you able to dispute it? Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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SUSAN134 10/12/2010 2:55PM

    Yvonne, I'm so sorry that you have to go through this - super sucks! Unfortunately
(and it happened to me when I worked), the more you work, the better you are at your job, the more you extend yourself, and no matter how nice you are, etc., there is always
something/someone that will rock the boat and you are the one that gets wet. I would be furious and hurt too and I'm hoping that it all gets sorted out soon.

Hugs,

Sue

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L*I*T*A* 10/12/2010 2:15PM

    so sorry to hear........truly unfair
that seems to be the way of the world these days........
take a deep breathe and let it go...........
take care of "YOU"
blessings and hugs..........lita

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REJ7777 10/12/2010 2:08PM

    I'm so sorry! That kind of situation is unfair. And it's often difficult to try to straighten things out afterwards. I hope things work out for you!

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WEDDWT 10/12/2010 12:57PM

    It's a jungle out there.

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SERV4LIFE 10/12/2010 12:19PM

    Sorty to hear that. emoticon

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FOXXYROXXYD 10/12/2010 12:10PM

    Chin up Yvonne, take all the anger to the gym and work it out - make it into something positive and don't let it eat you up.

We live in a sad society who get their feelings hurt too easily and take things the wrong way to quickly. It's ridiculous!

Hugs to you my friend!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 10/12/2010 12:09PM

    Excuse me, do you sit next to me???? This crap happens all the time at the office where I work. If you're best buds with someone in charge, you're all set. Do what you want! If not, then everything you do is wrong, even if what was right yesterday is wrong today.

I'm sorry this happened to you. It has to be a stressful situation. Hang in there. I hope they see the problem for themselves... soon!

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PAPPHEM 10/12/2010 12:05PM

    High performers always seem to be the target of other people's criticism. So just do the best you can, talk with the processor (instead of email) and see if you can clear up the misunderstanding. Just remember, you can only control your own actions. So remind yourself, that you are doing a good job and the best you can within your control and let the rest work itself out. If your work environment is such that they don't appreciate your hard work, trust me they will once you move on and find a happier job :) Although hopefully, it doesn't have to get to that point for you.

Hang in there!

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QUIETUDESGOLDEN 10/12/2010 11:55AM

  Emails don't carry the same emotional intonation that the spoken word does and are usually misinterpreted. That has happened to me several times and now I simply don't try to make jokes or puns or anything that I find slightly funny or poking fun at me. Sigh, PEOPLE!!!!! emoticon

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KSTYLEFITNESS 10/12/2010 11:40AM

    Wow, that's crazy! DOn't dwell on it too much, just keep your positive attitude.

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DOWNTOWNJEN 10/12/2010 11:05AM

    Ugh - I've had similar experiences. Seems like if you are capable and can take what they throw at you other people get to gripe about it. Pah.

Don't let this get you down!



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Think small!

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Rethink your game plan on how to go about taking back your life. You will read time and time again from other members either in blogs or responses to other Sparker’s blogs trying to help or motivate you by urging you to take baby steps.

Small changes are manageable, and they're much easier to deal with than huge changes. If we want to change our lives for the better, we'll find much more success in taking baby steps that will add up to a greater whole than we will if we try to make major changes in one one fell swoop or try to go cold turkey. Going cold turkey may work for some and you HAVE to be well disciplined to do that. Don’t beat yourselves up because you are only setting yourself up for failure. You are already in a negative mindset by taking that route. Stay positive and pat yourself on the back when you have one thing you wanted to change under your belt. Simply tackle the next thing on your list and just keep duplicating that.

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ASHLEEWEBART 10/11/2010 11:27PM

    I like being reminded that I don't have to try to conquer the whole big problem on one day!

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DJS-DEBBIE 10/9/2010 11:32PM

    Thanks for the reminder!

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PENNYAN45 10/9/2010 6:34AM

    I agree that small steps - recognized and celebrated - can lead to large results.

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REJ7777 10/8/2010 7:22PM

    Baby steps are doable when the whole project seems overwhelming. We attain our goals one choice at a time! emoticon

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MYGOLDENBOYS3 10/8/2010 6:59AM

    Yep, baby steps for me and trying to get back on track. Thanks for a timely blog!
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KAITLYNSNAMMY 10/8/2010 1:00AM

    Thanks friend!

Very true, practical advise.

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PAPPHEM 10/7/2010 11:56PM

    Who would have thought baby steps would be so hard??

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DEVORA4 10/7/2010 10:03PM

  You are so right for 99.0 per cent of folks. However, there is that odd 1 percent that I belong to. It was all or nothung for me. I have missed not reading you my friend! emoticon emoticondebby

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ASHARON 10/7/2010 8:42PM

    Baby steps!

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DENI_ZEN 10/7/2010 7:41PM

    Different strokes for different folks, but one thing remains true: consistent baby steps can work real magic! - Sandi emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 10/7/2010 7:35PM

    I shall sure try.
Thanks!

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BEGONIAC 10/7/2010 6:55PM

    Yep, you're so right. The most significant change I've made is one of the smallest...committing to 10 min. of exercise/day. I've stuck with it and now it's usually 60+ min! I just have to get started and at about the 10 min. mark, I"m happy and keep going. Thanks for blogging about the small stuff! emoticon

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MTP717 10/7/2010 6:01PM

  So true. Thanks for the reminder. I needed to "hear" that today. emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 10/7/2010 5:51PM

    so true!!! well said........
blessings and hugs............lita

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TEDYBEAR2838 10/7/2010 5:45PM

    I know I CAN, but why am I NOT!?!?!?

Thanks Yvonne and I KNOW you are right!

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EGRAMMY 10/7/2010 4:55PM

    emoticon Sometimes I wish it were easier.

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MRDPOLING 10/7/2010 4:44PM

    I really needed to read this... I really did! Thank you!

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    I couldn't agree with you more. emoticon emoticon

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DEFIANTVEGAN 10/7/2010 4:13PM

    You are very right you can't just jump into something at full force you'll burn out. Baby steps are where it's at.

If you can't take baby steps how can you handle anything. Life's changes are physical and both mental you need to take it slow to handle it.

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DS9KIE 10/7/2010 4:02PM

    you are soooo right

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/7/2010 3:55PM

    Excellent blog! You are SO RIGHT! Baby steps! Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Happy Vegetarian Day

Friday, October 01, 2010

emoticon Remember me? emoticonI have been working a ton of overtime and I am talking sometimes up to 4 hours extra a day. My paycheck is really nice but I am exhausted. I have only been doing the basics here on Spark People and definitely logging my food and fitness. We can't quit the basics even in time constraints and expect to be successful. It is far too easy to backslide into old bad habits. I certainly don't want that to happen.

Don't have time to do one of my regular veggie blogs but I could not let today go unmentioned. We all really need to be eating more fruits and veggies. It is healthier for us and when one is watching their weight fruits and veggies is the way to go. low calorie, full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

If you are sitting on the fence to start even more veggies or are even thinking about cutting meat out all together here is a great article on the benefits of eating Vegetarian.

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DARKTHOR 10/3/2010 1:59AM

    I am eating lots and lots of fruits and veggies and feeling great! Thanks for the reminder, we need to keep getting the word out.

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SEASONS_CHANGE 10/2/2010 11:25AM

    Man, I wish I was a vegetarian... but I love grilled steaks too much...

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WILLOW49 10/2/2010 11:21AM

    Happy Vegetarian Day! Glad you took a few moments to check in with us. Busy, busy times for you. Take some time for yourself this weekend!
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FLORIDASUN 10/2/2010 8:38AM

    Love ya girlfriend...miss you too...but sometimes life interferes with our sparktime...blah...hate it when that happens! But love it that you check in! emoticon

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LOURON 10/2/2010 5:49AM

    Would never have known that we celebrate Vegetarian Day I am one who lately hasn't been getting my 5 a day in. Thanks
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AMYISSUCCEEDING 10/2/2010 3:26AM

    Happy Vegetarian Day. Good to see you. Have a great weekend and do something special for yourself.
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DEVORA4 10/1/2010 10:14PM

  I am glad it is work that has kept you away and nothing else. I have REALLY missed you!!~ Be well and thanks for the link? May I use it for my team? It was especially interesting because there were additional links in Hebrew which I read so I really got a lot of reinforcement.

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LITTLESPARKLER 10/1/2010 10:04PM

    Great reminder to stay focused, even when life gets busy! Hang in there with those long hours!

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PAPPHEM 10/1/2010 9:40PM

    Well, try to keep work in balance but I know how that goes! I've implemented a new policy- eating a fruit or veggie for all snacks. This helps me get in my 5-7 servings plus keeps me from eating snack bars all the time :)

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TEDYBEAR2838 10/1/2010 9:26PM

    I had LOTS of fruits and veggies today. WOrked at getting a lot in.
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MRDPOLING 10/1/2010 9:08PM

    Take the extra money and put it away to save for buying a new wardrobe

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DJS-DEBBIE 10/1/2010 7:52PM

    Miss you too!
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AHEALTHIERME9 10/1/2010 6:59PM

    HAPPY VEGETARIAN DAY, YVONNE!!!

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SECRETMUSIC 10/1/2010 6:58PM

    Thanks for the article!

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SPEAKINGVOLUMES 10/1/2010 4:57PM

    Thanks for the link to that article! I loved it! Ive been a vegetarian for over 2 months now and Im still learning so much! Thanks =)

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/1/2010 4:35PM

    Great blog. Thanks for sharing with us. Sorry you've been so busy but glad that you'll have some extra $!!!! Happy October! Love ya, Dawn PS: Happy WORLD SMILE DAY! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEFIANTVEGAN 10/1/2010 3:56PM

    That's so cool I new it was coming didn't quite research when so today I'll be sure to not it anything with animal products.

My friend wants to have Frozen Yogurt unfortunately they don't have a vegan one which they should have one made out of soy since I live in a predominately Asian City.

C'mon YogurtLand get some soy yogurts in there. emoticon

Thanks for the post very informative.

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DS9KIE 10/1/2010 3:37PM

    Hey thats neat that there is a vegetarain day. I'm a vegetarian and I still try to get more fruits a nd veggies in everyday.

Hey you keep up the great work your doing with your exerecise and your food.

Have a great day.
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BRANDI0074 10/1/2010 3:27PM

    I was just looking at some articles myself!!! I love this day, I am not a full time vegetarian, I eat about 65% of my meals meat free, and plan on upping that for Vegetarian awareness month, so I am trying for about 75-85% this month, thank you for the reminder! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 10/1/2010 3:25PM

    great reminder.......
thanks for the link.....
just do what is important and take care of "YOU"
blessings and hugs..........lita

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EGRAMMY 10/1/2010 3:24PM

    Thanks for the link.

You sure hit the nail on the head about the importance of our tracking nutrition and fitness, esp in time crunches. So Important to avoid backsliding. emoticon

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Job's Tears, the Grain of the Week

Monday, September 27, 2010





The common name for Job's tears comes from their teardrop shape.. Job's tears are the grains of a tropical Asian grass. These grains have a multiple uses, they are used as a source of food or to make ornaments.. Many Asian markets sell Job's tears in their grain sections for cooking. Beaders and craftspeople also use Job's tears, and they may be found at beading and craft stores for this purpose. They are sold in a polished white form and in an unhulled brown form. Unhulled Job's tears are more readily available in Japan, where they are called juzudama.

Job’s tears are rich in protein, iron, calcium, fatty acids, and dietary fiber. The most common way to eat Job's Tears is as a side-dish or in soups but it can also be used to make breads, pastas, and porridge. East Asian countries also use it for making drinks similar to coffee and tea.


Job's Tears are often mislabeled as Chinese Pearled Barley in Asian markets. It does look similar to barley but it is not even in the same family of grains. If you're not sure what you are buying then check the price. They are about five times the price of Barley. Second, check the size of the grains. If they are much larger and rounder than Barley - they are not Barley.

Heath Benefits:

Great for hair, skin and nails
Digestive problems
Joint Pain
Detoxifying agent
Lung problems
Edema


“Job's tears contains chemicals that might interfere with cancer cell growth. Other chemicals might also have antioxidant effects and also decrease growth of bacteria and parasites. But most research on Job's tears is in animals and test tubes. There isn't enough information to know if Job's tears has this activity in people. Fiber contained in Job's tears might also decrease how much fat and cholesterol the body absorbs.”

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How to prepare: Combine 2 parts grain to 1 part liquid. Bring to a boil then simmer, uncovered, 50-60 minutes or until water has evaporated. Fluff with fork and let stand 5 minutes.

***Any recipe you have to cook barley you can use to cook Job's Tears****





Brown Rice Pulao: Also known as Hato Mugi

1 cup brown basmati rice
1 cup Job's tears, or 1 more cup brown rice
3 tablespoons ghee or avocado oil, or a mixture
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
10 whole cloves
5 cardamom pods
2 bay leaves
1 cinnamon stick
4 cups water
2 cups frozen vegetable medley (corn, carrots, peas), not thawed
1/4-1/2 cup raisins
Pinch of salt (optional)
Additional ghee (optional)

1. Wash rice and Job's tears in a strainer; set aside.
2. Heat ghee or oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add spices. Stir a few minutes, being careful not to burn spices. Add rice and Job's tears, and stir about 8 minutes.
3. Carefully add water to rice mix (it will pop and splash). Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook for 45-55 minutes.
4. Add frozen vegetables to rice and stir on medium-low heat. Stir in raisins and add a bit of salt and ghee, if desired. Remove large spices before serving.




Job's Tears Chicken Stew - Chinese Herbal Recipes

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To find Job's Tears in a health food store, ask for "Hatomugi or look for it online.

  
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QUIETUDESGOLDEN 10/12/2010 11:56AM

  I have never heard of these. I wonder if they can be purchased in the city.

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TRACYZABELLE 10/1/2010 4:45AM

    I learn so much from you! Thank you

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 9/29/2010 8:16AM

    I am amazed at all things you know. Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day.
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EGRAMMY 9/29/2010 8:11AM

    emoticon Where do you learn so much? Thanks greatly for helping us grow in knowledge and health.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 9/29/2010 8:05AM

    I definitely had never seen this before. I had heard about it. As always, you are a wealth of information. Thanks for sharing with us. Love, Dawn emoticon

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DENI_ZEN 9/28/2010 9:49PM

    Yvonne, I'd never heard of these before! Thanks for the introduction...and the fabulous, fascinating recipe, too! You're a fount of rare information :) - Sandi emoticon

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WEDDWT 9/28/2010 9:46AM

    I bought a tin of Job's tears tea at the oriental market. It's a little too sweet for my taste. The ingred: job's tears,rice powder,soybean pwdr,barley pwdr,peanut pwdr,sugar,glucose,salt.
2g of protein, 2g of fiber, 10g of sugar per serving.
Nice as a warm beverage occasionally.

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L*I*T*A* 9/27/2010 10:39PM

    another great share!!!
will look for these..........
thanks........R>blessings and hugs.............lita

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JFROGDIVA 9/27/2010 10:18PM

    Very interesting!!!! Thank you for sharing!!!! Your every blog helps me to grow.....THANKS!!!!
Hugzz ~ Jae emoticon

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DEVORA4 9/27/2010 9:10PM

  At first I thought you were referring to the Bible. After all Job had a lot to cry about, didn't he? Lol

I don't know where you find these exotic grains but I will try to find it at the health store I go to. emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 9/27/2010 7:33PM

    Thank you!

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FUNNYGRANNY72 9/27/2010 6:27PM

  Thanks for sharing all the information. I learn something new every day. Hope you are feeling better.
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DEFIANTVEGAN 9/27/2010 6:04PM

    LOL MRDPOLING, I thought the same at first until I read Grain of the Week.

wow interesting.. Once it get's into stuff that I haven't tried I'm usually leary of them but that's because I'm not familiar and it's not your every day grain.

Love reading about stuff that is not even in my vocabulary makes it interesting what else is out there.

the price is just so high for my pocket book but good to know if I ever come across it at a restaurant.

emoticon for posting the info. and we could benefit from it.

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DS9KIE 9/27/2010 6:00PM

    that looks very good.

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MRDPOLING 9/27/2010 5:45PM

    LOL I totally read that title as Jobs as in work. LOL

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