PATRICIAANN46's SparkPeople Blog PATRICIAANN46's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Do Sugary Soft Drinks Lead To Diabetes? Short Answer: Yes <BR> <BR> The majority of health research is STACKED AGAINST SUGAR-SWEETENED SODA. A large 2004 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that women who drank one or more sugary drinks per day increased their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 83% compared to those who consumed less than one of these beverages per month. <BR> <BR> <em>222</em> <em>262</em> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:40:16 EST Is Walking As Effective As Running? Short Answer: Yes <BR> <BR> Studies have shown that how long you exercise---and thus how many calories you burn---is more important than how hard you exercise. Running is a more efficient form of exercise, but not necessarily better for you. <BR> <BR> A six-year study published in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology in April found that walking at a moderate pace and running produced similar health benefits, so long as the same amount of energy was expended. <B... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:11:53 EST A Laugh For The Day........ All the organs of the body were having a meeting, trying to decide who was the one in charge. <BR> <BR> "I should be in charge," said the BRAIN, "because I run all the body's systems, so without me nothing would happen." <BR> <BR> "I should be in charge," said the BLOOD, "because I circulate oxygen all over so without me you'd all waste away." <BR> <BR> "I should be in charge," said the STOMACH, "because I process food and give all of you energy." <BR> <BR> "I should be in charge," said t... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:14:11 EST Do I Need Sunscreen With More Than 30 SPF? Short Answer: No <BR> <BR> Sunscreens with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 block about 97% of ultraviolet rays while sunscreens with an SPF of higher than 30 block 97%-98%. It's more important that you choose "Broad-Spectrum" sunscreen, meaning it protects against both UVB and UVA rays. Sunbathers also need to apply a generous amount of sunscreen in order to get the full benefit of the SPF. <BR> <BR> Stay Safe............ <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:06:18 EST A Fun Quiz For My Very Bright Friends This is a quiz for people who know everything! <BR> I found out in a hurry that I didn't. <BR> These are not trick questions. <BR> They are straight questions with straight answers. <BR> <BR> 1. Name the one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends. <BR> <BR> 2. What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward? <BR> <BR> 3. Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several g... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:19:34 EST Does Olive Oil Prevent Heart Disease? Short Answer: Yes <BR> <BR> The Health Benefits of olive oil come from the presence of polyphenols, antioxidants THAT REDUCE THE RISK OF HEART DISEASES and cancers. <BR> But to get these healthy compounds, consumers should buy good-quality, fresh "extra-virgin" olive oil, which has the highest polyphenol content. Most commercially available olive oils have LOW LEVELS OF POLYPHENOLS associated with poor harvesting methods, improper storage, and heavy processing. careful of wher... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:29:31 EST Innocence Is Priceless One Sunday morning, a couple of weeks ago, before mass started, our Pastor noticed Ronnie S., a First grader in our parish school, standing in the foyer of our church staring up at a large plaque. <BR> <BR> The plaque was covered with names and had small American flags mounted on either side of it. Ronnie (6 years old) had been staring at the plaque for some time, so our Pastor walked up; stood beside him; and said quietly, "Good morning, Ronnie." <BR> <BR> "Good morning, Father," he repli... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:54:00 EST Theater Seats For Seniors An old man lay sprawled across three entire seats in the movie theater. <BR> <BR> When the usher came by and noticed this, he whispered to the old man, "Sorry sir, but you're only allowed one seat." <BR> <BR> The old man just groaned but didn't budge. The usher became more impatient. "Sir, if you don't get up from there I'm going to have to call the manager." <BR> <BR> Once again, the old man just groaned. The usher marched briskly back up the aisle, and in a moment he returned with the... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:38:04 EST Busy Day!!! We started out with having breakfast for my Mom and two of my High School classmates at 10 AM. My two classmates live across the street from my Mom's apartment and are VERY good to her. They go over to see her at least once/day, keep her bird feeder filled, pick up groceries for her if needed, etc. They are a wonderful couple and I appreciate everything that they do re: my Mom. My gardens are peak right now, so after breakfast we walked around all 15 of the gardens. While viewing the gar... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:46:55 EST I Am More Than Just A Little Bit Nervous....... This morning, while getting ready to go to the funeral of a dear friend's mother, I tilted my head back to put eye drops in my very itchy eyes, when I had a momentary feeling of Vertigo. <BR> For those of you who do not know what Vertigo is, the definition from is: <BR> a feeling that you or your surroundings are moving when there is no actual movement. You may feel as though you are off balance, spinning, whirling, falling, or tilting. When you have severe vertigo, you may feel v... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:54:29 EST A Perfect Summer Day!!! The last few days have been VERY humid and we finally had to turn on the AC. I love having the windows wide open and the breezes blowing through our house, so I always wait until I absolutely HAVE TO close them due to high humidity. Last night we had a very hard rain and it washed away the humidity. This morning, I opened all of the windows again and all I could hear were the birds singing and the breezes blowing. It was absolutely perfect weather-wise. Then the phone rang and it was our... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 19:53:17 EST Elder Banking.....PRICELESS Shown below, is an actual letter that was sent to a bank by an 86 year old woman. The bank manager thought it amusing enough to have it published in the New York Times. <BR> <BR> Dear Sir: <BR> I am writing to thank you for bouncing my check with which I endeavored to pay my plumber last month. <BR> By my calculations, three nanoseconds must have elapsed between his presenting the check and the arrival in my account of the funds needed to honor it. <BR> I refer, of course, to the automatic ... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 15:01:00 EST What A Great NSV My High School Class Reunion is coming up in just a few weeks, so I decided to start looking for something special to wear. I really didn't expect to find anything was just going to be a "Looking to see what was available" mission. Boy was I surprised!!!!! First by how many outfits I was interested in trying on; and then by the fact that I had to take all of the sizes I thought I needed back to exchange them for smaller sizes!!!!! Yaaaaaaay!!!!! I floated right out of t... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:24:28 EST Sometimes I Love Sarcasm........ The police came to my house earlier and said my dog had chased someone on a bike. I said, "You must be joking officer, my dog hasn't got a bike." <BR> <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> (Sorry, I have been told many times that I have a very unusual sense of humor!!!) Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:40:24 EST How Very True........ In the end, we only regret the chances we didn't take, the relationship we are afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make. <BR> <BR> Don't waste time being afraid............ <em>220</em> <em>306</em> Wed, 9 Jul 2014 15:54:45 EST What A Great Day!!! This morning, Elizabeth and I left for the American Girl Warehouse at 7. We met a fellow volunteer and her Grand-daughter, who live about 10 miles from us, and then the 4 of us headed for Middleton. Both of the girls had been to the Warehouse before, so they knew the drill. Elizabeth is still in awe of just how many dolls were housed in one area. This will be our last day of volunteering until the big sale. After the sale is over, there is usually about a 2 month break before we begin ag... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 20:58:46 EST Did You Know........... 1. Debra Winger was the voice of E.T. <BR> <BR> 2. Pearls melt in vinegar. <BR> <BR> 3. It takes 3000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year's supply of footballs. <BR> <BR> 4. It's possible to lead a cow upstairs......but not downstairs. <BR> <BR> 5. Humans are the only primates that don't have pigment in the palms of their hands. <BR> <BR> 6. The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog," uses every letter in the alphabet. (Developed by Western Union ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 16:15:52 EST I Put This On Our Refrigerator Door This Morning........ IT'S YOUR ROAD AND YOURS ALONE. <BR> OTHERS MAY WALK IT WITH YOU, BUT NO ONE CAN WALK IT FOR YOU....... <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>386</em> Sun, 6 Jul 2014 16:16:29 EST I Can Relate To This Today......... Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the H_ _ _ happened!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Sat, 5 Jul 2014 17:32:04 EST THANK YOU........ I pledge allegiance to the flag, of the United States Of America <BR> And to the republic, for which it stands, <BR> One Nation Under God, <BR> Indivisible, <BR> With Liberty <BR> And Justice for all!!! <BR> <BR> For all of our military personnel, where ever they may be, please support all of the troops defending our Country. <BR> <BR> And God Bless our Military who are protecting our Country for our Freedom. Thanks to them, and their sacrifices, we can celebrate the 4th of July. <BR> <BR... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 10:05:03 EST LIFE LIFE <BR> *Available for a limited time only. <BR> Limit one (1) per person. <BR> Subject to change without notice. <BR> Provided "as is" and without any warranties. <BR> Nontransferable and is the sole responsibility of the recipient. <BR> May incur damages arising from use or misuse. <BR> Additional parts sold separately. <BR> Your mileage may vary. <BR> Subject to all applicable fees and taxes. <BR> Terms and conditions apply. <BR> Other restrictions apply. <BR> <BR> I wish all of you... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 20:43:55 EST How Very True........ Your VALUE doesn't decrease based on someone's inability to see your WORTH. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Wed, 2 Jul 2014 21:08:14 EST Our Day At The American Girl Warehouse........ Today, Elizabeth, (my 7 year-old Grand-daughter) went with me to the American Girl Warehouse for the first time. This is what she looked like when we walked in the door...... <em>40</em> It has to be awe-inspiring to a child because there are thousands of dolls throughout the Warehouse, plus different stations displaying some of the accessories and clothing. <BR> Her job today was to wash the face, arms, and legs of each doll, re-dress them, and comb the hair so that they looked as good ... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 17:25:38 EST Three Simple Rules In Life 1. If you do not GO after what you want, you'll never have it!!! <BR> <BR> 2. If you do not ASK, the answer will always be NO!!! <BR> <BR> 3. If you do not step FORWARD, you'll always be in the SAME PLACE!!! <BR> <BR> I can relate to all 3........ <BR> <em>224</em> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:17:25 EST What A Great Sunday We just arrived home and are both exhausted, but had such a good time. A friend of ours told me last Tuesday on our way home from volunteering about the Birthday Celebration they were going to have with their 2 daughters and one son-in-law and 4 grandchildren today. She mentioned that they were all gathering at their home and were then going to rent a pontoon for the day at a local lake. I asked her what it costs to rent a pontoon for a day and she said that it was $100. I was telling my ... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 16:54:56 EST My New........Old Dishes Yesterday, on our way home from running errands, we happened upon an estate sale. We knew the people who had lived in this beautiful house and both of us had had most of their kids as students. The sale had been running for almost a week, so we really didn't think we would find any bargains, but we were both hoping that some of the kids would be there. Both of their parents had passed away and the children were closing up the estate. The garage had several tables full of many different ki... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 16:19:22 EST Someday......... Someday everything will make perfect sense. <BR> <BR> So, for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason. <BR> <BR> What would we do without our sense of humor to get us through the tough times????? <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <em>30</em> <em>334</em> <em>246</em> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:02:44 EST Reiki I had my first Reiki Session today. For those of you who do not know what Reiki is, it has to do with the Energy Force in your body. The person performing the session can either use light touch or just hold his/her hands above your body to channel the energy. The person doing my session used light touch. The session lasted about 45 minutes and I felt very refreshed afterward. She started with my face, neck and the back of my head. I could actually feel the warmth go from my head into he... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:46:43 EST Trouble Sleeping Do you know that awesome feeling when you get into bed, fall right asleep, stay asleep all night and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day? <BR> <BR> YEAH, ME NEITHER!!! <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:43:27 EST Sharing Some Humor With You........ I am so tired tonight, so will keep this short. I left the house this morning at 7 and didn't get home until 5 PM. We volunteered at the American Girl Warehouse from 8 until noon. We are very busy getting ready for the once a year sale on July 19th and 20th so we work very fast and very hard for the entire 4 hours. <BR> Then we went to a nearby restaurant for lunch. We had never been there before and the first thing I noticed was this sign just inside the door. <BR> <BR> We offer three... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:06:29 EST Have A Great Monday...... This is going to be a busy day, so I am Sparking earlier than ususal. I have to leave soon to take my Mom to a Venous Surgeon who will assess her circulatory problems and advise us on what to do next. Then, she has a couple of stores she wants to go to to stock up on items she is getting low on. I have to be home by 4 in order to pick our Grand-daughters up from Daycare. Then I will drop two-year-old Nola and my husband off at our son's and I will go on to Portage for Elizabeth's tennis l... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:49:41 EST My New Mission........ Slow down and enjoy the journey right now. Take time for the people in your life. They won't always be there. Stay as healthy as possible. <BR> <BR> At my age, if I could give advice to a young person, it would be this.........."If you are enjoying good health and are as physically fit as possible (for you); do whatever it takes to keep the situation as it is." As a person ages; if the condition of your health and physical fitness are is often difficult if not impos... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 17:00:10 EST My Vacation Has Come To An End.......... My husband was supposed to arrive home from his fishing trip around 3 this afternoon. He was home by noon!!! His brother had to leave earlier than planned due to a funeral, so everyone was on the road by 9 AM. They had a good time..........they always do. This was the 11th year in a row that the same group has gathered for their fishing trip which is always more than just fishing. There is a lot of laughing, movies, picnics, swimming, walking, etc. My husband has 3 brothers and the one ... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 16:12:53 EST One Of The Best Feelings........ One of the best feelings in the world is knowing that your presence and absence both mean something to someone. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> Have a Great Weekend....... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 12:02:39 EST A Great Day So Far......... I slept better last night.....I should finish Nola's sundress today and get a good start on Elizabeth's........I received great news from my BFF (since we were 3 years old) that the lump found in her daughter's breast is a cyst.........that the two of us will have a long telephone conversation early next week (she has severe Fibromyalgia and a lifetime of passing Kidney Stones, plus problems with Migraines and an inoperable brain tumor) so we always have to tentatively plan our phone calls. ... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:38:45 EST Vacation Going DownHill Today........ My poor husband didn't choose the best week to go on a fishing trip. The entire state of Wisconsin is under a weather pattern that includes hot and humid weather which isn't comfortable, but tolerable..............but included in this weather pattern are very severe storms. They begin to build in the early evenings and then hit during the night. The thunder and lightening are so unbelievable, that I don't know who can sleep through them. I had planned to work on the girl's dresses this mo... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:17:00 EST So Far, So Good........ It is 10:40 AM and it is the first day of my vacation and I am still in my housecoat!!!!! I <em>26</em> the fact that I DON'T HAVE TO get dressed until I WANT to!!!!! I even went out to the back garden in my housecoat to straighten a few of my potted plants. We live in the country and you can't see our home from the road, so I could garden naked if I were so inclined (I AM NOT!!!) We had storms last night and one of my favorite plants was listing to the right and almost tipping over, ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:47:15 EST Five Days On My Own......... Every Spring, my husband joins one of his brothers and his niece, plus about 3 to 4 other people, depending on the year, for a fishing trip. They go about 300 miles North of where we live and rent a cabin. His brother and niece go from Saturday through Saturday, but my husband chooses to go for five days instead. We help our oldest son and his wife every Monday, by taking our Grand-daughters from about 4 PM until about 8 PM so that they can go golfing or shopping or whatever they choose to... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:25:02 EST A Simple and Beautiful Explanation Of What Life Is About...... How much do we notice as we go through a day? <BR> <BR> Lisa Beamer on Good Morning America---If you remember, she's the wife of Todd Beamer who said 'Let's Roll!' and helped take down the plane over Pennsylvania that was heading for Washington, DC back on 9/11. <BR> <BR> She said it's the little things that she misses most about Todd, such as hearing the garage door open as he came home, and her children running to meet him. <BR> <BR> Lisa recalled this story: <BR> <BR> "I had a very spe... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 21:19:43 EST DOUBLE THAT........ The Title of my blog yesterday was Being VERY Thankful. Now I am DOUBLING that. When we went to pick up our friends last night, they motioned from their front window that they were on the phone and would be out soon. Well they didn't come out and they didn't come out, and we were beginning to worry. Finally they both came out and it was obvious that they had been crying. The phone call was from the Brother-in-law of Rod's best friend, Tony, telling him that Tony had passed away that morn... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 21:37:50 EST Being VERY Thankful........ Tonight, my husband and I are joining friends for a Pontoon ride first, followed by a fish fry at the nearby Country Club. We can dock at the Country Club Pier and climb the hill to the restaurant itself. I think that the climb will take care of any extra calories from the fish fry. <BR> <BR> Before I fell asleep last night, I couldn't help but think of how Thankful I am that the four of us are still able to enjoy each other's company. Rod is the man I told you about in a much earlier blo... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:24:01 EST Unusual Responses From Affectionate Husbands A group of women were at a seminar on how to live in a loving relationship with your husband. <BR> <BR> The women were asked, "How many of you love your husband?" All the women raised their hands. <BR> <BR> Then they were asked, "When was the last time you told your husband you loved him?" Some women answered today, a few yesterday, and some couldn't remember. <BR> <BR> The women were then told to take out their mobile phones and text their husband: *I love you sweetheart.* Then, the w... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:17:18 EST An Interesting Report Issued By A Doctor From New York I had our TV on while working in the kitchen this morning and it was tuned to NBC. A prominent New York Doctor was answering questions and I was listening, but not fully, until they asked her about Weight Loss and the SCALE. She admitted to having been on a Weight Loss program for the past year. When asked how often she weighed herself, she said that she didn't. The interviewers seemed shocked to hear that a Doctor didn't weigh herself, but she explained that she thought that weighing her... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:37:30 EST We Accomplished A Lot Today........... When I woke up this morning, the first thing I did was to call the U.W. Clinic in nearby Portage to see if I could make an appointment for my Mom to have a blood test done on July 21st. If they couldn't do it, we would have to drive the 45 miles to Madison again. Luckily, they could, so we are all set for that date. Then I called my Mom to tell her the news and to also have her make out her grocery list for our local grocery store and also her list for Dollar General. We made arrangements... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:32:11 EST A Long, But Worthwhile Afternoon My Mom has had problems with her left foot for several years. She bought a treadmill which my husband and I set up for her. We were short on time and didn't have a chance to adjust the tension. We told her (emphatically!!!) NOT to get on the Treadmill before we could come back and make the adjustments. She DIDN'T listen!!! She tore a tendon (this happened about 14 years ago and the opperation which would have corrected it was NOT available at the time. Over the years it has been painful... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 21:15:35 EST Humor From Amish Country......... Our home is located right in the middle of a fairly large Amish Community, so when I read this, I just had to share it with you. <BR> <BR> While driving, a family caught up to an Amish carriage. The owner of the carriage obviously had a sense of humor, because attached to the back of the carriage was a hand printed sign.........."Energy efficient vehicle: Runs on oats and grass. Caution.......Do not step in exhaust......" <BR> <BR> My husband always says that the road in front of our hou... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 18:11:25 EST Words Of Wisdom 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's not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker. <BR> <BR> 5. If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague. <BR> <BR> 6. If you lend someone $20 and never see tha... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 18:38:20 EST Stress Management For Women!!! A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience with a raised glass of water. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, "Half empty or half full?".....She fooled them all....."How heavy is this glass of water?" she inquired with a smile. <BR> <BR> Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz. <BR> <BR> She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 22:37:15 EST What Is One Of Your "First Date" Embarrassing Moments????? I have had several, but one came to mind the other day on the way home from running errands. It was an especially warm day and all of a sudden I was thirsty for a Root Beer!!!!! Usually, when I am thirsty it is for lemon water or just plain ice water, but that day it just had to be an A&W Root Beer. Elizabeth was with me and I thought it would be fun to go to a Drive-In with Car-Hops. While we were drinking our Root Beers, I remembered a First Date in High School that was very embarrassin... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 21:04:44 EST You Can't Make This Stuff Up!!! When we came home from running errands early this afternoon, we had a message beeping on our machine. It was from a former college roommate who was coming to our house for supper with her husband on Friday. At least that WAS the plan. <BR> <BR> This morning, she was doing household chores while her husband was at the dentist. Her last chore was to wash a window that a bird had decorated on their back porch. She went out to the garage to get a small step stool, and when she put her foot o... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 19:06:13 EST