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Friday, November 18, 2011

McDonald's 5-piece Chicken Selects Premium Breast Strips
Wendy's 10-piece Crispy Chicken Nuggets

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Are "all-white meat" chicken nuggets all that healthy?

McDonald's now proudly offers all-white meat chicken strips, while Wendy's has used all-white meat chicken for years. Is all that white meat much healthier? See if you can guess which selection will give you more for your calorie buck—five strips from the golden arches, or 10 whole nuggets from Wendy's.

The Low-Cal Winner
Wendy's 10-piece Crispy Chicken Nuggets

You could eat 10 nuggets from Wendy's and still eat fewer calories and fat grams than five super-sized chicken strips from McDonald's. Wendy's 10-piece (without sauce) contains a reasonable 450 calories, but is fairly high in fat (29 grams) due to the crispy, fried outside. McDonald's chicken strips are larger. When you eat just five, you're taking in 660 calories, 40 grams of fat, and close to your daily allotment of sodium.

You could eat 10 McNuggets for still fewer calories than the Chicken Selects (460 calories and 29 grams of fat). Whichever you choose, limit calories by using less dipping sauce. At McDonald's, most sauces (besides the 170-calorie-per-pack Creamy Ranch) contain between 50 and 70 calories each. Most of Wendy's sauces vary between 45 and 120 calories per pack.

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WATERMELLEN 11/20/2011 6:27PM

    McD skim milk latte, large: apparently just 70 cal!! Lots of protein!!

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VENISEW1 11/18/2011 6:08PM

    I may steal a few of the kids nuggets but I usually just get their grilled chix salad w/low fat italian dressing.

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JAMBABY0 11/18/2011 6:03PM

    personally I like the parfait from McDonalds. Thanks for sharing

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Tackling big challenges with small actions

Thursday, November 17, 2011

"We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.

- Calvin Coolidge, American president

Tackling big challenges with small actions

This is a perfect illustration of tackling big challenges with small actions. It also shows the power of focus. There's a growing tendency for people to want to have it all. Not wanting to sacrifice anything, they run themselves straight into the ground--sometimes literally--only to end up frustrated, unhealthy, and tired, with nothing to show for it. What they don't realize is that you can have it all (or close to it). You just can't have it all right now. Does it feel like you're always busy, but you never seem to get anywhere? That's because when you try to do everything, you don't do anything well. Your child may force you to learn this lesson anyway. Instead of living your life all at once, try doing one thing at a time. Choose one goal and, through some small "things" every day, focus in on it until you've succeeded. During the day, put your full mind and efforts on one task at a time. You'll be much more productive (and calm) in the long run.

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NINNY165 11/19/2011 11:54AM

    So true.....I tried this at work yesterday and managed to get one very important task done for Monday. :0) So at home today...i will focus on resting & feeding my body for optimal recovery :)

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LHLADY517 11/17/2011 7:02PM

    Thanks for sharing. It's so true.

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APIRLRAIN888 11/17/2011 9:43AM

    Lol love it....really want to try wall climbing. Looks like not this wknd

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My sparkfriend Ellie's QOTD

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

ôLongevity is not whether or not you break, it is how well you recover and repair when you do... Genetics loads the gun, but your lifestyle pulls the trigger."―Dr. Mehmet Oz
Thought I would share w/all my spark buddies :)

Todays healthy reflection

When you stand still, you reject the struggle, and you refuse to change and grow. Ultimately, you reject fulfillment, happiness, the dance for joy and everything else that is eternally good.

- Matthew Kelly
Taking the path to personal growth

Action is the only way anything ever gets done. Sitting around and waiting for life to happen to you will only guarantee one thing: that you're not going to end up with a life you love. By waiting, you can react to what's tossed your way and nothing more. It's easy to take a passive approach to life without taking chances. It's easy to fall into a rut and do the same things the same way all the time. Change is sometimes hard, but it's change that will reveal all the wonders that life has to offer. You can break out of your set ways by taking action. Try doing the same thing a different way. Jump in with both feet and learn something new. Ask a friend to teach you a skill they're good at. Grow as a person and your world grows with you.

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Enjoying the road to accomplishment

Monday, November 14, 2011

Stop living life for what's around the corner and start enjoying the walk down the street.

- Grant L. Miller, motivational guru

It's possible to be a little too focused. With blinders on, it becomes easy to completely live in our vision of where we will be in the future, while ignoring the improvements that we have made in the present. The road to a healthy lifestyle is a long trip. While it's very important to realize what we are shooting for, we also need to make sure that we keep our heads in the present to enjoy the progress we've made. If your goal is to lose weight, instead of waiting to celebrate until you lose it all, enjoy today's small victories and take advantage of your improved health now. This approach serves as motivation for any aspiration in life. Set ambitious goals and enjoy the road to accomplishing those goals, because life might pass you by if you are always planning for tomorrow without ever seeing today.

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Conquering your fears through action

Sunday, November 13, 2011

I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experiences behind him.

- Eleanor Roosevelt, human rights advocate

Life brings with it many doubts and fears. But the unknown and the untried have held more people back than any lack of ability. Most successes are never seen because they're never attempted. The courage to face your fears can build momentum that creates magic. Each time you overcome an obstacle, a fear or a step back, you gain confidence. Every small victory helps you feel more certain of yourself and your direction, pushing you further and faster than you ever thought possible. You can do it! What's holding you back? True, fears are intimidating. So start small. Believe in yourself and take one small swipe at your fear today just to see what happens. If you can't talk yourself past the "point of no return," get a friend to help. In the end, half of the doing is in the deciding. If you stumble, don't be afraid to brush yourself off and jump back in.

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MARTHASPARKS 11/13/2011 10:30PM

    Excellent. I did some rock climbing and rappelling when I was younger and healthier. When my husband and I went on a cruise in Sept, I did try rock climbing again - and at age 56 and over 200 pounds, I made it to the lowest bell! It felt great!

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VENISEW1 11/13/2011 2:37PM

    After doing zip lining I'm now interested in trying repelling, just love a controlled fall. April I'm sure you coukd do some rock wall climbing.

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APIRLRAIN888 11/13/2011 2:33PM

    Yes thinking rock wall climbing, bc fear of heights lol
Really wanna do it

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