MARYALICE411's SparkPeople Blog MARYALICE411's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Christmas Cookie Rules A bit of fun <BR> <BR> Christmas Cookie Rules <BR> <BR> 1. If you eat a Christmas cookie fresh out of the oven, it has no calories <BR> because everyone knows that the first cookie is the test and thus calorie <BR> free. <BR> <BR> 2. If you drink a diet soda after eating your second cookie, it also has no <BR> calories because the diet soda cancels out the cookie calories. <BR> <BR> 3. If a friend comes over while you're making your Christmas cookies and <BR> needs to sample, you must sa... Mon, 25 Dec 2017 07:40:12 EST Dry Skin Winter is here, and with it comes dry skin. The health professionals say that if the humidity is over 50% the air feels heavy and we complain about the humidity, if it humidity is below 25% our skin feels dry. Now we are all different and those numbers may not be right for you, but you get the idea. <BR> <BR> The people that measure those things say the average heated house is has a humidity of 10%. You see the problem? So what can you do? <BR> <BR> Moisturize ALL your skin at least once a... Sat, 25 Nov 2017 15:39:50 EST Maybe this will give you an Idea I live in the country, The big city is 23,000 people. So maybe you already know this and maybe it will give you ideas. <BR> <BR> It is a beautiful cool day. The high will only get to 85 this afternoon. So DH and I decided to take a hike. Problem Harvey had washed the trail out. So we went looking for another place to walk. When I thought of something, didn't we see a walking path by the community collage. <BR> <BR> We went to the collage, Yes they had walking trails for the students and th... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:23:03 EST Japan and obesity or lack there of Yesterday I saw a ranking of the different countries in the world and how they ranked in obesity. For the most part it was all the same as it has been till I got to the bottom where they said the least obsess country was Japan with an obesity of 5%. <BR> <BR> Japan says it is because in 2008 that passed a law that any woman with a waist over 35.5, or a mans waist had to be 37 inches, had to take weight management classes. They have charged companies with taking the measurements of all peopl... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 08:38:32 EST THE SEVEN LAWS OF STUFF THE SEVEN LAWS OF STUFF <BR> <BR> The more you have, the more you want. <BR> Useless stuff crowds out the good stuff. <BR> Stuff expands to occupy all available space. <BR> Stuff becomes needed the day after thrown out. <BR> Stuff stays where you put it. <BR> Stuff is not where you remembered you put it. <BR> she who dies with the most stuff, leaves the most stuff for her kids to sort out. <BR> <BR> Alice Thinks Sometimes Maybe Perhaps Thu, 31 Aug 2017 09:23:27 EST Harvey Thank You for all the well wishes. Here is an update. <BR> <BR> I live south of Houston in Alvin TX. We were told Harvey was going to hit us as a tropical storm, maybe a cat 1. Well has you know he hit Rockport in the Corpus area as a cat 4. We are 200 miles from Rockport. Now that is nothing for most cat 4's, but size wise Harvey was a small storm with a big punch. We were on the dirty side of the storm and told we were going to get depending on the modal 20-40 inches of rain over 4 days a... Sat, 26 Aug 2017 20:52:07 EST Me Time This is something most people don't think about as being important to weight loss. Me time. You know the saying: If momma's not happy, No ones happy. Well it is the same with your head. <BR> <BR> Here is the deal. One your head needs a break to think, I'm not saying you are thinking about your diet during me time, I'm saying you are you are giving your head a break so it can do it's thing and when you do think about your diet, your head is better ready to give you an answer. Second to keep y... Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:26:02 EST Sleep This weeks blog for losing weight is something that most people don't think about sleep. Now there isn't much you have to do but get to bed in time to get a good nights sleep before you have to get up. I know, I know easier said then done. I'm a semi retired grandma now, but I use to be a single mom with a full time job an hours drive from the house. <BR> <BR> Here is the scoop. When you are tired you don't make smart decisions. So if you get your sleep you are more likely to take veggies, ... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:02:40 EST Baseball My Grandmother was born in England. She said she tried hard to teach Mom that proper young ladies don't play games with words. But Mom plays games. <BR> <BR> For those like myself who could use a brief explanation of baseball: <BR> <BR> baseball is a game played by two teams, <BR> one out the other in. <BR> the one that’s in sends players out, one at a time, to see if they can get in before they get out. <BR> If they get out before they get in, they come in, but it doesn’t count. <BR> if th... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 08:53:46 EST Calories in, calories out We have all heard it a million times. calories in/calories out. That is how you lose weight. And guess what they are right, well sort of. <BR> <BR> Here is the thing, if you cut calories too much your body goes into starvation mode, you get listless, and can't think straight. If you work out quite a bit, you have to feed your body, so you can't cut calories, you might even have to increase them. Use your food tracker. It will help you find the right balance. <BR> <BR> All calories are not ... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 09:46:38 EST Thoughts on exercise People have asked my "What counts as exercise?" Spark people counts so much as exercise and to be honest it is exercise. But here is how I look at it. <BR> <BR> We are in this to lose weight. We aren't going to lose doing what we were doing. If I was doing it when I was over 200 pounds before I started this journey, I don't count it. Even if it is exercise. Example: I was walking 30 minuets a day. Now I have 2 big dogs that want 2 walks, an hour each walk. That is 120 minutes. Yes that is a... Sat, 1 Jul 2017 13:26:13 EST Watch what you drink I went out to eat with 2 co workers. I'm on maintenance, one lady has been very sick and is an a weight gain diet that looks quite a bit like a Spark People diet and the 3rd needs to lose over half her body weight, but don't give her advice she is doing it her way. <BR> <BR> Now we decided to go to a place I didn't know, but the girl that needed to gain weight knew well. She said since our diets were so much alike she would help me order. The lady that was losing her own way just had somethi... Sat, 6 May 2017 14:12:30 EST Brazos Bend State Park. My walk today As those of you that know me know, I like to walk at Brazos Bend. For those of you that don't let me introduce you to the park. Brazos Bend is the home of the alligator. When I say we walk in the alligators home, that is what i mean miles and miles of trails 10 feet wide with lakes on either side and not a fence to in sight. So if the gator decided to sun himself on the path, remember to stay 3 feet away from him, and there will be a guard there to make sure you don't harass him. This is the ... Tue, 2 May 2017 13:14:57 EST Children as personal trainers Seeing the picture of Lisa's daughter, a Spark friend on the treadmill reminded me. <BR> <BR> I had a foster daughter, I don't think her self esteem could have gotten any lower and most of it was because she was just a girl. <BR> <BR> Now those of you that know me know that I was brought up that TV was the worse thing ever invented and I still have a very strong dislike for it. Well I decided it was going to have a good use. I found every show that was suitable for young child that had a f... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 09:42:42 EST The Dentist I know that is a dirty word to many of you, but I wanted to let people know what I learned to day in the hopes it keeps any of you from what almost happen to me. <BR> <BR> I found a lump in my mouth, it was a little lamp, soft and it came and went. At first i thought it had something to do with what I ate, but no. So I went to the dentist. <BR> <BR> Turns out I have an infected tooth, but most infected teeth the infection goes up into the bone and you have a very painful condition known a... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 21:37:25 EST What I learned in Silver Sneakers Today For those of you that don't know, Silver Sneakers is an exercise class for us older folks, but they will give you one heck of a workout. <BR> <BR> Every class the instructor gives us some exercise or general living advice and most of the time both. <BR> <BR> Today she told us that when she was a young instructor she didn't see the need for stretching after working out. When she got to 50 she had frozen shoulder from over use. Frozen shoulder a term that refers to 4 or 5 things that can ca... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:26:24 EST Water With the start of the 5% challenge and the first activity being water, I thought I would post something that happen to me. <BR> <BR> I was at a meeting. They had a dietitian come in and speak to us. This wan't a weight lose meeting. It was a business meeting. This isn't about what SP says about water. This is about what dietitians are saying we need to be healthy. And yes I did check it out and was told that is what is being taught now days. For one my DH's Dr told him the same thing. DH ca... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:00:04 EST Christmas <img src=""> Thu, 15 Dec 2016 06:29:02 EST What is YOUR Resaon We can tell you everything you need to know, We can give you all the equipment you could ever need or use, hire you a personal trainer and cook, but until you want to do it, I mean really want it for you, it isn't happening. <BR> <BR> We are all different. And here we are really different. <BR> <BR> My reason started because the Dr said so, but why keep at it, why as my husband says go though all that. One I want to keep up with Mom. Someone that lives in the flat lands of East Texas has a... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 12:22:46 EST Tracking Ok yesterday was a record day, never did 2 blogs in a row, Maybe I can make it three, At least I'm starting and the is 90% of the battle no mater what you are doing. <BR> <BR> Tracking, sends chills down many a spine, but lets look at it. My Dr told me NOT to count calories, not to put my food in one of those trackers where you put every ingredient in. <BR> <BR> Did he say not to track NO, in fact he wants me to. I cook from scratch and don't follow a recipe, so he is afraid it would becom... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 08:13:01 EST Weight When I went to the Dr he gave me a weight I had to get under so I wouldn't need an operation, a weight he would like to see me under and a weight he said I must never go under. There is 10 pounds between the weight he said I have to go under and the weight he says he would like me to go under. There is another 10 pounds between the weight he would like me to go under and the weight he says I should never go under. And 5 pounds between the weight he says I should never go under and what I weig... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 10:55:23 EST Me OK they want a blog, that isn't something I do very often, maybe twice a year. <BR> <BR> As many of you know I'm a Teddy Bear in the 5% challenge. What most of you don't know is how I got here. <BR> <BR> The Dr. said I had to lose 50 pounds or he was operating, pretty big incentive. From what I have read he was different from most Dr's. He gave me a diet and exercise plan and looked after me to make sure it was working. Most of the weight came off, we were both happy, but then it didn't. T... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 09:52:20 EST Stretching I'm not one to blog much and it seams strange blogging so soon after the last blog. <BR> <BR> I'm in the 5% challenge, and this week we are stretching. I read an article years ago, so I can't tell you the name, that was 12 trainers talking about exercise, the best kind and when the best time to do it was. I'm only talking about the stretching and the 13th way they said was the best time to exercise. <BR> <BR> One trainer, personally I think he dropped the weights on his head to often, but ... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 07:41:43 EST Exercise Yes you need diet to lose weight, I'm not going to dispute that. I hope you are on a good diet. I'm on the one my Doctor gave me. But I saw a study that showed with diet you loose external fat, the fat right under the skin, and look better, with exercise you loss internal fat. The fat that is inside your body and pressing on your organs. <BR> <BR> I have been on this journey for several years. I have seen fads come and go. All the fads have one thing in common weather they say it or people ... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 08:49:36 EST I wish I were a teddy bear I wish I were a teddy bear <BR> passed from place to place <BR> to see the look of happiness <BR> upon a young one's face <BR> <BR> I wish I were a teddy bear <BR> To be held by young and old <BR> and to hear so many secrets <BR> that to many have never been told <BR> <BR> I wish I were a teddy bear <BR> a true and trusted friend <BR> to hear so many loving words <BR> and to help a heartache mend <BR> <BR> I wish I were a teddy bear <BR> full of love and care <BR> to anyone w... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 18:23:19 EST B.B.Bear aka Daddy As many of you know, but most don't my teddy bear has a name. His name is B.B.Bear. That is because that was my fathers nick name. His grandchildren and grand grandchildren called him Bear. Daddy passed away 3 years ago. At the time the Dr told me not to try and lose anymore weight till I had grieved my fathers passing. He said that I could't grieve properly if I was dieting and I couldn't loss weight till I grieved. He told me to put my weight loss on maintenance till I felt it was time, bu... Sun, 8 May 2016 21:24:58 EST 60+ On Fitbit, I'm on a group of 60+. At 62 I'm a youngen. To give some of my 60+ friends here something to shot for I'm going to brag a little. We have 5 heavy steppers and I just made #5. I'm the youngest of the heavy steppers, the only not retired, and the only female. We brake down into 3 teams of 5 on Leap4Life team challenges. Since there are 3 teams and 5 heavy steppers, I'm not the heavy stepper of any team. Well this challenge, 2 of our heavy steppers had challenges and had to sit out. ... Mon, 2 May 2016 09:18:02 EST Don't trust Fitbit Sleep You have heard not to trust Fitbit active minutes, well don't trust Fitbit's sleep either. <BR> <BR> I have a one I wear most of the time. Someone gave me a flex, I don't wear it much during the day, but much prefer it to the one at night. One day I noticed Fitbit said I had gotten 9 hours sleep. I knew I got 8. I looked at the time and I had taken the flex off while I was still in bed and put the one on. Even though I got up, got dressed, and took the dog for a 3 mile walk. All of which sh... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 20:52:25 EST How he lost 80 pounds in 8 months A friend on a fitbit chat site lost 80 pounds in 7 1/2 months and he was over 60. Here is how he did it. Now he was retired, but his wife wasn't healthy so he did all the cooking and cleaning. This is how he did it. I'm not saying it is the right way for you. <BR> <BR> First he believed that 10,000 steps was built into the calories they say you burn with your activities of daily living, what you do around the house. So if you wanted to lose weight you need to do 10,000 exercise steps, that i... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 11:57:46 EST As seen on TV I don't normally pay any attention to what they say on TV, but this made sense, and they weren't selling anything. <BR> <BR> Most people gain weight during spring break some 7+ pounds, and most of it is drinks. Alcohol and soda count for many of the calories, but the big one is what you aren't drinking, water. Many people don't know the difference between hunger and thirst and eat when they need a drink. This happens more often when you have had alcohol. If you drink water when you are hungr... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 08:59:08 EST Addiction <link><BR>/articles/1109199/when-owning-a-fitbit<BR>-becomes-unhealthy </link> <BR> <BR> The over 60 chat group on on in Fitbit was discussing this. Basically it is about people getting addicted to trackers. Remember the tracker is a tool. make it work for you, not the other way around. You have many exercise tools you can use and many of them don't have any steps, but are good exercises and in many case the right exercise for you. Water aerobics and sw... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 13:17:30 EST Tummy Bug Friday my breakfast didn't stay down and My tummy was making all kinds of noise and cramping. Walking relived the cramps and noise, but I had no interest in food. This is Monday, I'm doing better, but 48 hours of no food makes a body week. <BR> <BR> I was talking to a Dr friend. She said I had done a good job of learning to listen to my body. There IS a tummy bug going around that lives off the food you eat, mostly sugar and starch, but most foods have at least a little of them. Mild exerci... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 09:33:00 EST A VERY HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR TO ALL A VERY HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR TO ALL <BR> <BR> <BR> I am a Seenagaer (Senior teenager) <BR> I have everything that I wanted as a teenager, just 60 years later. <BR> <BR> I don’t have to go to school or work. <BR> <BR> I get an allowance every month. <BR> <BR> I have my own pad. <BR> <BR> I don’t have a curfew. <BR> <BR> I have a driver’s license and my own car. <BR> <BR> The people I hang around with are not scared of getting pregnant, <BR> <BR> And I don’t have acne. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 17:27:33 EST Dry Skin I post this every Fall, every time I think I will skip a year I think of all the new folks that might like to know. <BR> <BR> Your skin starts complaining when the humility gets below 25%. The humility in the average heated home is 10%. To feel better: <BR> <BR> Drink extra fluids, hydrate your skin from the inside. <BR> Take showers not baths, soaking removes more oils. <BR> After bathing, rub a good moisturizer all over. Doing this right after towel drying, locks the moisture from your ba... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 09:18:30 EST Sleep I heard an article about sleep and weight gain, it didn't say much new but I thought there where some here that might like to hear it. They followed a group of people from late teens into their late 20's. The ones that stayed up late and then kept hitting the snooze button to get a few more z's in the morning so left the house without breakfast gained around a half pound a month. Weather it wasl that they weren't getting the recommend amount of sleep or because people that stay up late tend... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 17:42:31 EST Marge My brother in law has cancer and it wasn't responding to chemo, but felt fine, except he didn't have the energy of before. My sister Marge was all excited about coming to Surside. A week before Surfside Doug was have problems, they were going to the hospital and if they didn't see us in Surfside, they would see Mom when she walked Yellowstone in Nov. She never made it to Surfside. 2 days ago they moved Doug to hospice with about a month. Last night I got a text that Marge will be seeing Mom ... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 10:26:43 EST Playing Cowgirl <img src="">I don't write about what is going on often, but it just dawned on me, you guys don't have any idea what I'm talking about. <BR> <BR> Growing up my dad played classical music and Mom played The Boston Pops, and that was the only music allowed in the house. When I was in high school I heard rock, but didn't like it much. Country was never played in the little town where I grew up. Then I went and marrie... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 20:30:17 EST Calcium The challenge I'm in is tracking calcium this week. My Brother in Law died of complications of osteoporoses and I have osteopina, so I've done a little research. To be fair Larry didn't believe he had osteoporoses because that's a woman's diseases. It is not. It is a people disease. <BR> <BR> Since we were born our bones have been braking down and rebuilding. At first the build faster then they brake down. As we age the rebuilding slows down till we are braking down faster then rebuilding... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 10:42:15 EST 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