MARI-SERV's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MARI%2DSERV MARI-SERV's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Carb Sensitive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451451 Carbohydrate Sensitivity Plays a Role In Abdominal Weight Gain <BR> <BR> In order to help maintain a healthy weight, people who are carbohydrate sensitive should avoid diets high in carbohydrates. According to estimates, over half of overweight people are carbohydrate sensitive. <BR> <BR> For women, the circumference of the waist being over 80% the circumference at the widest part of the hips, and for men the waist being as large or larger than the hips (as in a “beer belly”), are strong in... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 05:31:41 EST Going Down Hill Fast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396572 What is going on with me??? I can' stay on track for more than half a day anymore. Why am I doing what I don't want to do <em>38</em> I know exactly what I need to do yet I keep going in the opposite <em>198</em> direction Thu, 20 Jun 2013 18:10:03 EST Not 1 But http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387187 I only have one thing to say today. Someone brought in 2 dozen Dunkin Donuts at work today and I ate 2 donuts <em>473</em> <em>473</em> <BR> <BR> Does anyone know of a good exorcist <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> Marion <BR> Co-Leader Motivation Station <BR> <BR> Join us at <BR> Losing Weight Together @ FB <BR> <BR> www.facebook.com/pages/Losing-Weight-Toget<BR>her/537316626327312?fref=ts Wed, 12 Jun 2013 17:26:32 EST Rainy Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382115 I set a goal for myself to walk 30 mins each day for 30 days in June. For the first 6 days the weather was good. Yesterday, day #7 it poured here <em>257</em> <BR> <BR> Normally I would use the rain as an excuse to avoid the walking. But I am determined to meet this goal. So I decided to walk inside. <BR> <BR> Now my house is not that big and it seemed that 30 mins walking inside would take longer than 30 mins outside, walking the same small area back and forth. So I decided to ... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 06:25:02 EST Start With Just 10 Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381087 You don’t have to be a super-athlete to reap the benefits. Physician Michael Joyner, an anesthesiologist and specialist in exercise science with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., says some of the biggest health winners are couch potatoes who transition from being totally sedentary to moderately active. <BR> <BR> Start with just 10 minutes a day. We can all find 10 minutes in our day. Walk around & around the block for 10 mins without leaving your neighborhood. Get outside on your work ... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 06:38:03 EST The Benefits of Cycling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5321116 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1462435487.jpg"> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 17:48:13 EST Are You Being Honest With Yourself? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5320570 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1905360522.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Every bite counts !! Fri, 12 Apr 2013 09:25:56 EST Shared Tracker Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316685 Every day on Spark I read a blog or post from someone who has been following their weight loss plan faithfully without success. <BR> <BR> I know that feeling......thought there was something wrong with me because I could not seem to loose a pound <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> If this is you too why not try this simple idea: <BR> <BR> Many members featured in the Success Stories section of Spark share their nutrition & fitness tracker. Spend a little time reading their stories and checking ... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 05:47:37 EST What Works For Me, Not You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313350 I read some blogs today that motivated me to write this one. <BR> <BR> Obesity is a killer. Lose the weight and live longer and healthier. <BR> <BR> Stress is a killer. Reduce the stress and live longer and healthier. <BR> <BR> It is not rocket science. It is plain and simple, but not always easy. <BR> <BR> I learned this lesson personally 6 years ago when I had a heart attack. <BR> <BR> We are each unique and must find OUR OWN way that works for us <BR> <BR> What works for me may n... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 07:33:52 EST STOP!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310970 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1462330911.jpg"> Thu, 4 Apr 2013 05:07:29 EST Easy Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308401 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l920518329.jpg"> Tue, 2 Apr 2013 05:01:45 EST Don't Wait http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306085 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1567629594.jpg"> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 08:54:18 EST Easter..A Time For New Beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305397 What a wonderful, perfect season to wipe the slate clean and start a new beginning.... spiritually and physically <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Have a Happy & Blessed Easter <em>449</em> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 13:36:55 EST Advice For Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297905 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1451794720.jpg"> Sun, 24 Mar 2013 05:51:26 EST What season is it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296202 Everyone you talk to feels the same way..... <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l404160209.jpg"> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:06:52 EST Self Care http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5294720 I saw this on Facebook today and wanted to share with you all because I believe that taking care of yourself first gives you the power to make changes and reach goals. <BR> <BR> Create your own list and keep it in front of you every day as a reminder of who (not what) your priority is <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1189388588.jpg"> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 09:00:08 EST Attract The Positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5292420 If you believe in the law of attraction, as I do, then the best thing you can do for yourself is to fill your days with positive energy. <BR> <BR> Surround yourself with positive people. <BR> <BR> Read positive books, articles and quotes. <BR> <BR> Be grateful and thankful everyday for what you do have and don't worry about what you don't have. <BR> <BR> Don't give power to your problems. The more we talk about, stress over or complain about our problems the more power we give them... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 12:56:22 EST WHAT I DID NOT KNOW ABOUT OLIVE OIL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291484 Selection and Storage <BR> <BR> Olive oil goes rancid more slowly than some other oils (presumably due to the high antioxidant content), but it does degrade over time. The oil itself will go rancid and the polyphenols and other compounds will also break down. (Extra-virgin olive oil will turn to virgin olive oil in a glass bottle exposed to light at room temperature.) The main ways to avoid this are to protect the oil from light and heat. Some tips: <BR> <BR> - Buy olive oil in dark glass ... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 18:41:15 EST My Vegetable of the Week Is...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289995 .....CELERY <BR> <BR> Did you know that celery helps to lower blood pressure ? <BR> <BR> This week my goal is to snack on celery....I have never been a celery eater but starting this week I will become one. Just fresh, plain, crunchy cut in small pieces like little green candies. Celery has always been at the bottom of my veggie list (way at the bottom). <BR> <BR> This week my goal is to finish the whole celery bunch I bought today. <BR> <BR> <link>www.livestrong.com/article/89671-cel... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 15:27:27 EST An Irish Blessing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289471 May your troubles be less <BR> And your blessings be more. <BR> And nothing but happiness <BR> Come through your door. <BR> <BR> Happy St. Patrick's Day <em>441</em> Sun, 17 Mar 2013 04:22:37 EST Living Retired in New Jersey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288436 New Team for those of us retired or near retirement and living in NJ. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=59521 </link> <BR> <BR> Watch for our Facebook page starting soon !! Sat, 16 Mar 2013 04:38:33 EST Good Advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287341 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l929145144.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Begin each day with a Heart filled with Gratitude.. <BR> It will make a difference to your day... <BR> <BR> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 06:41:36 EST A SUNDAY SMILE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280779 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1486299422.jpg"> Sun, 10 Mar 2013 04:01:39 EST Track, Track and Track !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278384 Tracking, for me, is so important. I was able to lose 20 pounds in less than 10 weeks by tracking my calories and carbs after years of failing. <BR> <BR> The minute I stop tracking I immediately go off in every direction. <BR> <BR> Tracking keeps me focused and mindful. And it keeps me honest....no denial about what I'm eating. <BR> <BR> Tracking helps me analyze what and how I am eating and where to make changes and improvements. The more I use it the better I get. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 06:09:28 EST Author Unknown http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276872 When you've eaten too much and you can't write it down, <BR> <BR> And you feel like the biggest failure in town. <BR> <BR> When you want to give up just because you gave in <BR> <BR> and forget all about being healthy and thin. <BR> <BR> So what! You went over your points a bit, <BR> <BR> It's your next move that counts . . .So don't you quit! <BR> <BR> It's a moment of truth, it's an attitude change. <BR> <BR> It's learning the skills to get back in your range. <BR> <BR> It's tel... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 03:44:31 EST Stormy To Do List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275378 For those of us in the track of the storm this week, what a great opportunity to work on our TO DO LIST <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> ......I believe that having to stay inside during bad weather days is a gift of time for us to slow down and rest or get caught up on what we have been putting off. <BR> <BR> Reading those magazines you have been saving, cleaning up the bedroom clutter, going through that pile of mail, taking a bubble bath, calling or writing family and friends, meditating, yoga, ... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 06:01:35 EST Thankful Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274729 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2010787717.jpg"> Tue, 5 Mar 2013 18:29:44 EST You Have The Power http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272104 FOCUS on what is right in you life and not what is wrong. <BR> <BR> When we focus on what is wrong it only gives more POWER to want we don't want. <BR> <BR> Be GRATEFUL that you have the ability to make changes in your life. <BR> <BR> Don't CONCENTRATE on the fact that you are overweight or unhealthy. <BR> <BR> CELEBRATE the STRENGTHS you have within to reach your GOALS. <BR> <BR> Be AWARE of your thoughts and take CONTROL of them. <BR> <BR> When those self-defeating thoughts begin... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 04:46:26 EST A Better Day Today.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271492 A better day today meeting my water goal. 24 ounces so far....better than 0 ounces the past two days. <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> <em>324</em> Now it's time to exercise....planning on 32 ounces by bedtime <em>102</em> Sun, 3 Mar 2013 18:04:16 EST Staying Focused On Me Is Hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270078 I am hitting bumps on my road to become more focused .....yesterday was day #1 and I decided to start with drinking 8 glasses of water each day which has been a real problem for me. I had a glass with my meds in the morning then I put a full glass on my kitchen counter and full glass in my bedroom with the intention of drinking both before noon. I was determined. <BR> <BR> At 10:45 my daughter called and asked if my 3 1/2 year old granddaughter could stay with us because the dentist gave ... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 17:53:57 EST Being More Focused http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268022 <em>248</em> One of the hardest things for me to do while working on a healthier lifestyle is staying focused. I have come to realize how easily distracted I am. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Whatever you call it: being focused, being mindful or living in the moment, I seem to have lost it somewhere along my way. Maybe I do it to avoid making the changes I need to make. After all change is hard and I don't like hard. <BR> <BR> For example, I will sit down to search new recipes on Spar... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 04:25:24 EST Today's Smile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5265500 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1363902116.jpg"> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 04:14:16 EST Diet In The News Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264252 Results of the Mediterranean Diet study in the news today <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>abcnews.go.com/Health/HeartHealth/me<BR>diterranean-diet-fights-heart-disease-<BR>study-finds/story?id=18589007 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 05:26:16 EST Sunday's Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261725 It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. <BR> <BR> ~Edmund Hillary Sun, 24 Feb 2013 04:48:41 EST Just For Laughs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260678 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2107749505.jpg"> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 04:49:38 EST Life Is Like A Bicycle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259631 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l336245972.jpg"> <BR> <BR> How True, How True Fri, 22 Feb 2013 07:43:14 EST LIVING RETIRED IN NJ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258840 For any one living in New Jersey who is retired or planning on retiring in NJ please consider joining <em>213</em> Living Retired In New Jersey <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Most retirees leave our State because it is expensive to live here. But many of us stay for a variety of reasons, mostly because NJ is where our homes and hearts are and we want to stay close to our family. <BR> <BR> The goals of this team are simple: to live a healthy, happy and affordable retired life in our hom... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 13:56:22 EST RESPECT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257766 If you read the Spark Community Guidelines when you first joined Spark then you know that the first one is RESPECT. If you have not read them you will find the link below. <BR> <BR> You may follow a certain diet plan or "lifestyle" that has worked well for "you" and that is wonderful. But it does not mean that it will work for or "fit" everyone. <BR> <BR> You may have read that amazing "diet" book and every book the author wrote thereafter. <BR> You may subscribe to the website, the Face... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 17:00:44 EST One Mom's Crusade for Healthier Food In Our Schools http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250100 <BR> <link>school-bites.com/my-mission-2/ </link> <BR> <BR> from School Bites <em>150</em> <em>277</em> <em>203</em> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 08:32:54 EST Today's Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244767 Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before <BR> <BR> Mae West <BR> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 08:03:20 EST Slow Down & Enjoy Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241153 I wanted to share this wonderful article from the Power Of Less: <BR> <BR> It’s an irony of our modern lives that while technology is continually invented that saves us time, we use that time to do more and more things, and so our lives are more fast-paced and hectic than ever. <BR> Life moves at such a fast pace that it seems to pass us by before we can really enjoy it. <BR> However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Let’s rebel against a hectic lifestyle and slow down to enjoy life. <BR> A s... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 06:56:26 EST POTATO CHIP CALORIES http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224626 i WAS CURIOUS AS TO HOW MANY CALORIES I WAS SAVING BY NOT EATING CHIPS AT NIGHT....DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY DIPS OR SUGARY SODA: <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Calories in potato chips (potato crisps) <BR> <BR> Here is a good selection of examples covering a range of flavor/flavours. The average serving size is about 9-14 chips, which is about 140-250 calories depending on the type and brand. <BR> <BR> PLAIN SALTED AVERAGE BRANDS <BR> 1242 calories in an 8 oz or 227g bag <BR> 547 calories i... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 16:54:53 EST One Woman's Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223455 <BR> From GO RED FOR WOMEN: <BR> <BR> This young woman was 37 when she had her heart attack: <BR> <BR> <link>www.goredforwomen.org/?story=gail-al<BR>exander-wright </link> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 18:08:54 EST 20 Pounds Gone !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5222520 I met with my Registered Dietitian yesterday and I have officially lost 20 pounds of fat since Nov 13th. Needless to say I am thrilled. And my blood tests from last week reflect the results <em>244</em> 20 more pounds to go. I think what really made the difference this time is that she put a name to it - insulin resistance - and explained it. No other medical professional that I see has done that. What I followed is very similar to the Spark Diabetes Nutrition Plan so I was able to u... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 04:50:54 EST SKINNY HOMEMADE FRAPPUCINO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5211916 I saw this today and had to share it.....it looks so good and only 20 calories <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.familyfreshcooking.com/2009/11/1<BR>7/buzz-buzz-frozen-coffee-granita/ </link> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 18:08:14 EST Smoke Free Women Website http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5197494 I came across this on Facebook and wanted to share it with all those who made a resolution to quit in 2013. Wishing you all GREAT success.. <BR> <BR> <link>women.smokefree.gov/ </link> Tue, 8 Jan 2013 18:45:37 EST Keep At It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155495 When you are trying hard but miss the mark, remember that professional baseball players miss the ball most of the time, not to mention that great golfers usually hit above par. <BR> <BR> It’s the cumulative effect that pays dividends. You have to keep at it. Tue, 4 Dec 2012 02:47:54 EST WHERE IS BODY FAT LOST FIRST? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5149131 FROM LIVESTRONG <BR> <BR> <link>www.livestrong.com/article/368097-wh<BR>ich-parts-of-the-body-lose-weight-firs<BR>t-when-on-a-diet/ </link> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 06:40:16 EST Week #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147405 I am in the 3rd week on my insulin resistance diet plan. Three weeks with no chocolate <em>198</em> no cake, no donuts, no chips, no ice cream, no white bread, no white rice, no white potatoes, no sugar foods. <BR> <BR> The most amazing thing has happend to me......I have no cravings for these foods anymore. No cravings for carbs or sweets <em>244</em> I have a long way to go....not much variety right now, I eat very plain and simple to keep in my daily carb range. It's a boring ... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 17:22:46 EST Motivation Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5139998 It's MONDAY, the start of a new week and a great time to renew our commitment to a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> It's also Thanksgiving week <em>429</em> Lots of temptation .....comfort foods & goodies <em>471</em> all around us. <BR> <BR> But we are stronger than that extra helping of potatoes & gravy or that 2nd piece of pie. <BR> <BR> We are Spark People <em>252</em> We can do it.....we can get through this holiday by staying focused on our goals, putting what we have learne... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 05:18:29 EST