MARYALICE411's SparkPeople Blog MARYALICE411's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Thank You Spark People left me an e mail last night that you folks think I'm a motivator. I am so happy. I thought I was just gabby. I hoped my stories helped someone. I think everyone needs a motivator. One for each area of their life. <BR> <BR> I had a friend once tell me to think of living in a big ball. The top half of the ball is nice clean air. The bottom half is nasty goo. Around the middle is a walkway. Put people on the walkway that motivate you and encourage you. These people are going to... Mon, 18 May 2015 08:10:29 EST Burma Shave For those who never saw any of the Burma Shave signs, here is a quick lesson in our history of the <BR> <BR> 1930's and '40's. <BR> Before there were interstates, when everyone drove the old 2 lane roads, Burma Shave signs would be posted all over the countryside in farmers' fields. <BR> <BR> <BR> They were small red signs with white letters. <BR> Five signs, about 100 feet apart, each contain 1 line of a 4 line couplet..... <BR> And the obligatory 5th sign advertising Burma Shave, a po... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:46:48 EST What color will you wear? Tomorrow is St Patrick's Day. Here in the US we wear green, but what about Ireland. Well here it is. The people that followed Patrick wore blue, a special shade of blue known as Patrick's blue, Catholics wore green, Protestants wore orange and Druids wore purple. When the Catholics and Protestants went to war, the druids didn't care which side won, they didn't take sides. Many people that thought the war was stupid took to wearing the druid purple. Then people that wanted peace, but didn't w... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 08:14:56 EST Winter hydration The average heated hose is at 10% humidity. Your body complains at anything below 25%. To feel better. <BR> <BR> Hydrate from the inside, drink plenty of water to hydrate your skin from the inside. <BR> Rub a good body cream all over your body after bathing. <BR> There are special creams for hands, feet, hair, and scalp. <BR> If you swim. after swimming. rinse well, and rub cream all over your body. <BR> <BR> If you need to use a hot oil on your hair. Put oil oil on your hair, cover with... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 09:55:37 EST Don't be a couch potato Mom is 82 and takes a hike every fall this are some pictures of this years hike. She went on a senior tour/hike this year <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-a... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 09:31:55 EST Complaints Ok this is travel and I worked retail. but it tells you the kind of things people complain about. <BR> <BR> THESE ARE ACTUAL COMPLAINTS RECEIVED BY "THOMAS COOK VACATIONS" <BR> FROM DISSATISFIED CUSTOMERS: <BR> <BR> 1. "I think it should be explained in the brochure that the <BR> local convenience store does not sell proper biscuits like custard <BR> creams or ginger nuts. <BR> <BR> 2. "It's lazy of the local shopkeepers in Puerto Vallarta to <BR> close in the afternoons. I of... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 09:56:22 EST All calories aren't equal I saw today where they were saying that trackers where becoming very popular. They are a great tool ,but some people were gaining weight. They talked about the Fitbit since they said it was the most popular. <BR> <BR> The problem they said is that people would exercise, see that they had burned a lot of calories, the Fitbit would tell them to increase their calorie intake and they would think they could eat what they wanted. A banana is 100 calories, two sugar cookies are 100 calories so the... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:11:34 EST Freyja/Fregga Some people study greek mythology. I study Norwegian mythology. My cats name as Freyja and she crossed the rainbow bridge last night. Fregga is the early spelling of Freyja. <BR> <BR> In Honor of Frigga <BR> "Shiningg Lady of Asgard, <BR> All-seeing, all-knowing, <BR> at Your command worlds are born, <BR> at Your nod and tender smile, life burst into being. <BR> Valiant Goddess, ruthless foe, cunning Queen, <BR> Illuminate your wyrd. <BR> Strengthen our hamyngja. <BR> Make us fruitful in a... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 12:13:26 EST You start where you start I have always told new people to start where they are. <BR> <BR> On the Todays show they just showed a man that lost 550 pounds, no surgery, no weight loss pills. Well he said he just had some excess skin removed. It took him 10 years and he is 220 at 26 now. My math says that means he was a 77o at 16. <BR> <BR> This guy was saying when he started his exercise program his intense cardo was moving to the front of his seat and standing up and sitting down. Then it was how many steps away fr... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:34:46 EST Totally useless facts, but are Mom's for *If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.* *(Hardly seems worth it.)* <BR> <BR> *If you farted consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the <BR> energy of an atomic bomb.* *(Now that's more like it!)* <BR> <BR> *A pig's orgasm lasts 30 minutes.* *(O.M.G.!!!)* Is that why they are always squealing? <BR> <BR> *A cockroach will live nine days without its head before it starves to deat... Sat, 31 May 2014 12:26:29 EST No Added Sugar for 10 days I saw on Good Morning America where they throw out a challenge. For 10 days starting next Monday, no added sugar or sugar substitutes. This includes things like processed foods and soda, but not things like apples, bananas, and pears unless you add sugar to them. <BR> <BR> They said sugar has the same affect on your brain as cocaine and sugar substitutes do too. They are additive. <BR> <BR> DH is diabetic and we cook without sugar. We use fruit when we need to sweeten things. Applesauce i... Thu, 8 May 2014 14:13:25 EST The Way <img src=""> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 11:49:49 EST Water The Dr reminded me, so I'll remind you: <BR> <BR> The kidneys need water to do their job. If the kidneys don't get enough water then the liver has to do the job. If the liver is doing the kidneys job it can't do it's own job. Part of the livers job is to remove fat from the blood stream. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 14:42:11 EST Weight or lack there of I wasn't going to ay anything till my weight matched my tracker. But I just can't keep this quiet . After Daddy passed the DR told me to put my diet on hold and grieve. He said I was the type to gain 20+ pounds so to try and keep it under control. I put 10 pounds on fast, but put a stop to that, but I was over 170. Now 170 is a bad number for me. I got down to 170, was in a car accident and shot up to 190. I got down to 170, fell and broke my ankle and shot back up to 190. I got down to 170 ... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:28:47 EST Anyone want to walk dance <link><BR>ecided-to-dance-with-someone-on-the-st<BR>reet-what-happened-next-will-make-your-day/ </link> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:38:30 EST Freyja <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The Norwegian Goddess Freyja, the Goddess of love and beauty, spreading the flowers of spring, the season of love and beauty, though the woods. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 09:45:08 EST Crunches I post this every once in awhile. We have a bunch of new people so thought I would again. <BR> <BR> If you do crunches for an hour a day and let it all hang out the other 23 hours, it won't do you any good. So <BR> <BR> Stay on your diet, you might have abs of steel and no one can see them <BR> <BR> Do your ab exercises for 20 min 3X a week <BR> <BR> Tuck your tush every time you remember. Every time you stand up is a good habit. <BR> <BR> Stad and sit tall, if nothing else it will make ... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 19:56:06 EST Didn't quite get it right When I rode my stationary bike, I have done a warm up then rode my bike hard with sprints till my legs gave out, about 20 min then did a cool down. I got up to where I was riding 15 miles an hour with sprints of 21. <BR> <BR> I got the tape where you could watch the beaches of southern California while you rode. The DVD is a 5 min warm up 53 min beach trek and a 5 min cool down. Sounded good, but I knew I had to pace myself. <BR> <BR> I decided 13 miles an would be good. I quick learned m... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:54:38 EST Low tide high tide <BR> Mom sent this to me. click on each picture to see what it looks like at high tide <BR> <BR> <link><BR>id=5732&memberid=747728#.Uxc79nn2DLQ </link> Wed, 5 Mar 2014 10:06:25 EST My crazy mom and her word games I spoke to mom on the phone. She said some telamarketer keep calling and so she decided to play with them. Now understand all mom has is an old computer that has a dial up connection. <BR> <BR> Do you have windows <BR> <BR> Yes I have 3 in the living room, 2 in the bedroom, and <BR> <BR> No that isn't what I mean, do you have a laptop. <BR> <BR> Yes doesn't everyone. Every time I sit down I have a lap and it has a top. Sometimes I sit by the window then I have a laptop by the window. <B... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 09:49:42 EST No Glow Award today Today I had my cat scan to make sure I had kidneys. I had an ultra sound that wasn't ordered and it came back I had a cyst on one. I'm not in any pain and if they hadn't bone the ultra sound would never have known it. <BR> <BR> Well they told me nothing to eat or drink after midnight. I asked if i could have water. I was told tiny sip is I had to. Well I didn't get home from work till midnight. I was thirsty, but di as I was told and just a sip. I normally keep a glass of water by my bed, b... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 19:55:31 EST Dr Visit I'm 60 and decided it was time I had a well woman exam. Silly me. <BR> <BR> I went to the Dr. No surprise she sent me for a mammogram, bone density and a colonoscopy. Ok the mammogram I expected, I know I really should have the colonoscopy, a bone density ok. But then there where the 2 ultra sounds. Whats with them, but they said my Dr. ordered them. I asked the Dr yes she ordered one but not the other. <BR> <BR> I ent to the Dr about the colonoscopy, he doesn't like that I've been on i... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 18:04:09 EST Waiting for a tow truck Mom lives where one road makes a t into another road. With the snow and ice in the Ozark she is averaging 4 cars a day in the ditch in front of her house. The other day she recognized the driver as having been at her church several times and invited her in. <BR> <BR> Mom was just getting ready to sit down to a bowl of vegetable soup and a cup of coffee so invited the lady to do the same. <BR> <BR> Coffee is bad for you I'll have herd tea. <BR> <BR> Would you like some soup? <BR> <BR> On... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 12:37:07 EST Returned Game The other day a man brought in a Dance Dance Revaluation game for a refund. I asked him what was wrong with the game. He told me nothing was wrong with the game. The Dr said his son needed to get more exercise and the boy refused to go outside so he had gotten the game so the boy could get his exercise inside and his son wouldn't even look at it he said he wouldn't play any game that didn't involve twiddling his thumbs. For those of you that don't know Dance Dance Revaluation is a game where ... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 09:39:48 EST skinny fat I just saw something on TV about an Olympic skier. To me she looked great. She was saying some people thought she was fat. She said her fat %, measured by water, said she was at the low end of healthy. She called the stars and modals we see skinny fat people. She said that meant they looked skinny to us, but if you put them in a water tank and measured their fat, they would be at the same risk as fat person. <BR> <BR> Several years ago I saw a show that said basically they same thing, but t... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:02:02 EST An email from author V.J. Chambers This is a little message about The Helicon Muses, which is the best series of books I have written that you are not reading. (Unless you are. In which case, you get a gold star and big sloppy kiss from me.) <BR> <BR> This is also a review-begging message for the Helicon books. I'm going to make an offer up front now. The first Helicon muses book is free. It is called Dancing Days. Go download that book. Seriously. Do it now. Do it from any of these places: <BR> <BR> Amazon <BR> <BR> Barnes... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 09:27:51 EST Todays Funny and warning Mom had a bunch of unknown charges on her credit card bill, not the funny part, non of then very big, but they shouldn't have bee there and there where a bunch of them. She called the credit card company. They told her they where on line purchases and what the stores where called. No mom never authorized them. <BR> <BR> The credit card company called back. Did she want to press charges, the guy was easy to find. Not only were they all online stores, he had had them all shipped to HIS HOUSE.... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 16:14:17 EST Walking in the dark Someone said something about safely walking in the dark. This is what a police officer told me several years ago. <BR> <BR> 1 Wear reflective cloths. I wear one of those yellow vest like the road crew wear. <BR> 2 carry a cell phone or walky talky that goes to someone that is not walking with you <BR> 3 carry some kind of ID I have an old drivers lisence in a a pocket on my vest. <BR> 4 make sure the person you can call or is near the walky talky knows your route and when you are going to be... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 10:02:24 EST Every night a child is born is a holy night I know I posted this last year but it is tradition to read this poem Christmas Eve. <BR> <BR> For so the children come <BR> And so they have been coming. <BR> Always in the same way they come <BR> Born of the seed of man and woman <BR> No angels herald their beginnings, <BR> no prophets predict their future courses. <BR> No wisemen see a star to show <BR> where to find the babe <BR> that will save humankind. <BR> Yet each night a child is born is a holy night, <BR> Fathers and moth... Wed, 25 Dec 2013 00:33:44 EST 100 mile challenge I posted on several chat threads that I had entered a 100 mile challenge with one of the bloggers on face book. This challenge is to walk, run, bike swim indoors or out 100 mile. She don't care just move 100 miles in a month. This blogger is trying to loss weight and is asking us to join in with her. I've been asked how some of you can join her. I'm afraid I don't know her web site, I only deal with her on face book . Her name is Slap Dash Mom. I did the challenge in Nov and am doing it again... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 10:32:53 EST A different scale Yesterday I was reading something about knowing your body and how this will help with your weight loss. Something I found interesting was. Think of a scale with 10 being your stuffed to the point you can't eat another bit, 7 being your satisfied, 5 being your hungry, and 1 being your so hungry you could eat a horse. In a perfect world you would eat when you where a 5 and stop at a 7. We don't live in a perfect world. When you track your food, write how you felt when you started and how you f... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 09:03:09 EST Changes Almost 2 yeas ago Daddy passed. The Dr told me I had the personality that could easy gain 20 or 30 pounds if I didn't let myself greive properly. He told me to try not to gain too much, but to let myself grieve and not worry about my diet until I felt ready, but it needed to be at least a year. I went though the motions, got on SP every day, I gained 9 pounds. Not good but a long way from 20 or 30. <BR> <BR> Almost a month ago I felt it was time to get seriose again and ordered the SPAT. I... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 13:12:44 EST Duke and the scooter As many of you know I have a kick scooter with 16 inch tires made for an adult. It was made to keep sled dogs in shape during the summer. I have taken Mutt out with it for several years, but have always used it as a kick scooter since Mutt wants nothing to do with pulling the scooter. I told DH that when the weather cooled off I was taking Duke out. I figure that even running beside the scooter would tire him out. <BR> <BR> Dh is one of these that won't hear of me using seasonal things till... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 15:19:08 EST Alice Thinks For those of you that don't know Alice is my mom and my favorite minister. Mom sends out thought called Alice thinks. <BR> <BR> <BR> To relieve your stress <BR> <BR> 1 * Accept the fact that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue! <BR> <BR> 2 * Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them. <BR> <BR> 3 * Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it. <BR> <BR> 4 * Drive carefully.. It's not on... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 09:46:06 EST Halloween Candy In front of Costumer Service, where I have to stare at it for 8 hours a day is a big display of Halloween candy. Out of curiosity yesterday during a quite time, I went out to see how many calories where in those little pieces of candy. I checked the bag 220 calorie per serving. That didn't sound right so I checked serving size, 8 pieces of candy per serving. Then I went and checked every thing else. Everything was 200 to 220 calories per serving. They brake down is the individual pieces where... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:30:15 EST What story would you write As many of you know, I follow a authors on facebook. One told me his YOUNG daughter challenged him to write a book based on the songs on his ipod. His first song is To Morrow by the Kingston Trio the second is Rubber Ducky by Sesame Street. During the 90's this author wrote dystopian now he writes fantasy. Somehow all I can see is that commercial with that big rubber ducky. <BR> <BR> If you were to write a story based on the first two songs on your MP3 player, what would you story be about. ... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 09:47:52 EST Mom's hike Mom left to hike a national park in Utah, well we all know that didn't happen. I got these pictures from my niece that went along. Not the national forest and not hiking, but looks like they are having fun.img src="<BR>/1/l2117456640.jpg"> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Sun, 6 Oct 2013 14:08:56 EST The truth about food This is a TV show about food and the myths about food. I've posted this before, but with all the new people thought I would again. <BR> <BR> The myth: milk will help you loss weight. <BR> <BR> The experiment; researchers took 3 groups of people and measured the fat content in their poo. For 2 weeks, one group drank whole milk 3 times a day. One group drank skin milk 3 times a day and one group didn't eat or drink any dairy, but eat or drank foods that were calcium enriched. <BR> <BR> The... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 10:41:11 EST Reading challenge As you know one big part of weight lose is down time. One way many of us get down time is reading. I saw a challenge for cleaning out your Kindle and thought it looked like fun till I saw it was for bloggers. I'm not a blogger so decided to make it for us. <BR> <BR> Amazon gives away a lot of free books and it is easy to clog your Kindle with them. heres the way it works read the free books and tell us about them. The books have to be free or almost free, I got a couple for a penny, at the ... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:17:18 EST Houses to help us live longer I saw something on TV about a complex in Japan where the houses are reported to make you live longer. <BR> <BR> The idea is that houses have become to easy and people have gotten too lazy. <BR> <BR> Each room has 17 bright colors to keep your mind alert, any there you look you will have at least 6 colors in your range of view. Like most of Japan you go barefoot in the house. Each room has a different texture on the floor and walls. One floor repents sand and isn't flat but had small raised... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 12:15:55 EST The Law of the Garbage Truck From mom <BR> <BR> One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport <BR> We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. <BR> My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. <BR> My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly. <BR> So I asked, 'Why did you just do t... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 10:52:18 EST Start of the dry I was told that July was the start of the dry so I went out and measured the cracks that snaked though the front yard. At the end of the rainy season the cracks are 2 inches wide and 3 inches deep. DH just came in and asked if when I'm watering the plants I would water the mail box. The ground around it is drying out and the mail box is falling over. Oh well the neighbor was told to water his foundation. My house is in blocks. Wed, 3 Jul 2013 15:38:19 EST You will never look at water the same I found this video on line. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>m=en-us_msnhp#/video/cb317eda-adf7-101<BR>b-1d46-550f078891eb </link> Sat, 29 Jun 2013 10:10:03 EST Interesting I've seen several ads about 5 things you shouldn't eat. Well I finally bit no I didn't buy anything so I didn't get all the info, but thought the little I got might be of interest. <BR> <BR> All 5 things boiled down to no processed foods. I know we try to stay away from processed foods, but these people went further. <BR> <BR> According to them you will loss more weight on a 1800 calorie a day diet with no processed foods then you will with a 1200 calorie diet that includes processed food... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 14:01:43 EST McDonald's healthy I don't know about the rest of the world, but the McDonald's in the Wal-mart I work is going out to tell us how they aren't as unhealthy as people thing. Here are some interesting things from the flyer they are passing out. <BR> <BR> A crispy chicken sandwich is 510 calories <BR> A grilled chicken sandwich is 350 calories <BR> Every thing that you can get that has a grilled option as the same calorie difference. <BR> <BR> Things on the McCafe run from 40 calories for a small low fat, sug... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 10:23:18 EST Funny Me Use your imagination. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I decided to up the intensity of some sitting videos. Coach Nicole said there was no wrong way and to go at your own speed. Well I tried using an exercise ball instead of a chair. I gave several people a good laugh. Definitely did the exercises my own way at my one speed. Doing seated crunches where you lift both feet off the floor at the same time was the most interesting. I never fell off the ball. <BR> <BR> I guess I should just be glad no one r... Wed, 22 May 2013 13:06:52 EST Free e-book Scapemaker (Volume 1) <BR> Steve V Cypert (Author) <BR> <BR> Steve is a new author that is trying to get noticed. He sent me this message asking me to pass it on to anyone that would like a paranormal free e book <BR> <BR> Thank you. That's great, Maryalice. Getting the word out is always the biggest task in such a saturated market as book and ebooks. <BR> <BR> Here's the link to Smashwords to download Scapemaker: <BR> <link><BR>w/257376 </link> <BR... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 14:50:30 EST Black and white dance This is so cool <link><BR>s-dance.htm?utm_source=nl#.UUk9GY </link> Sun, 21 Apr 2013 10:39:00 EST What do you read on? I just read that for the first time people are reading on tablets more then e-readers. The said 49% of readers are reading on tablets, 42% on e-readers and the rest are reading books, on smart phones or audio books. <BR> <BR> What do you read on. I have a old fashion Kindle, nothing fancy one of the first they made. Tue, 9 Apr 2013 16:57:59 EST Beautiful <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sent to me by Melissa Lummis, a young author I follow Tue, 12 Mar 2013 09:55:55 EST