PROVERBS31JULIA's SparkPeople Blog PROVERBS31JULIA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community BioRing: The Latest Greatest Whizbang Tracker.... ...or is it the newest piece of overpriced gadgets that won't do all that is claimed?? <BR> <BR> Looks good. Looks like a nice ring. <BR> <BR> Have you heard of the BioRing currently on IndieGoGo crowdfunding? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>oring-the-personal-trainer-on-your-fin<BR>ger-fitness-gadget#/ </link> <BR> <BR> Some of it seems "too good to be true"... I'd love it if I could test it for SparkPeople - but the price is about high enough!! (The kid is in... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:58:32 EST Diabetes 3 - Alzheimer's <img src=""> Reading this - already tagged the infographic to my Pinterest boards... <link><BR>diagnosis-diet/201609/preventing-alzhe<BR>imer-s-disease-is-easier-you-think </link> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:51:49 EST Almonds Lower LDL and Triglicerides ...and they leave HDL alone ... <link><BR>R-D/Meta-analysis-supports-almond-s-ch<BR>olesterol-lowering-effects/?utm_source<BR>=newsletter_daily&utm_medium=email&utm<BR>_campaign=08-Sep-2016&c=BMySjkX4GEQa7g<BR>JeM9HC4eqZV%2FkntBFg&p2= <link> Thu, 8 Sep 2016 09:51:20 EST Dieting Techniques you can learn from athletes Clearing off my stack of newspapers - and here is another interesting article: Dieting Techniques you can learn from athletes <link><BR>160816/dieting-techniques-you-can-lear<BR>n-from-olympic-athletes </link> Wed, 7 Sep 2016 12:02:41 EST Earthquake and Vinegar Random thoughts today - <BR> <BR> Was asleep-ish when the earthquake hit a few hours ago this morning. I thought my husband was having a bad case of restless legs. But, I was at that stage where I wanted to go back to sleep and not go ahead and wake up enough to be able to talk and say "honey, are your legs hurting?". So it ended pretty fast and I said "it's nothing" and went back to sleep. <BR> <BR> Husband evidently was turning over when it hit, but he didn't wake up for a half hour, as ... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 11:22:23 EST What's That Emoji Thing?? <img src=""> Today, I was looking at my recent emoji list to send a reply back to my husband. I saw the round blue ball thing with the grey bottom, and couldn't decide what it was. I didn't remember deliberately selecting and using it, so I probably had fat fingered it by mistake. Asked husband and he thought it was something else. I found it in the emoji list under "objects", surrounded by other imagery of ol... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:50:15 EST Comfort Foods - or not?? I've been clearing out my hoard of newspapers from when we were on vacation last fall. I had read though and tossed the news and ad parts earlier, saving the comics for "later". It is NOW "later"! As I read and enjoy them, I'm making photos of the ones that I enjoyed or that hit me in other ways, and then tossing them outdoors in the recycling bin (single stream - I have a link to RecycleBank if you are interested in earning gift cards etc. from your recyclables.). <BR> <BR> This strip (belo... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:48:11 EST Another success story that is inspiring to me <BR> <link><BR>ochford-lost-200-pounds-ive-learned-20<BR>3639036.html </link> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:33:43 EST Testing Activity Trackers thru I am trying out three activity trackers for a week, through a rental type "try before you buy" kind of deal. Think I will explain more on that later. <BR> <BR> But one of the trackers is the Leaf, by . I have been wearing it as a necklace past two nights but disagrees with the lackadaisical readout I got, when I really wasn't getting as good sleep as it claimed. I couldn't figure out how the bracelet contraption worked and finally got a photo gallery that sort of explains (not... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 00:17:12 EST Kansas Weather Last Night Was headed to a friend's house last night like 45 min or so before sundown....and this Shelf cloud was getting closer to me! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> We were scheduled for rain and possible hail but only got rain. <BR> <BR> PHEBESS brings an interesting question and I thought I'd better clarify. Shelf clouds are the leading edge of a thunderstorm - and don't mean tornadoes. Here is a nice li... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 01:41:29 EST Resistance Is Futile - or is it? Just in case you didn't see this earlier on Facebook - How to save thousands of $$ of dollars on diabetes related expenses! This is a #captioned video of Dr. Sarah Hellberg discussing pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes, #LCHF and how people in her clinic go off of insulin - by refusing to follow the guidelines of the ADA (Diabetes group, not the Americans with Disabilities Act, which is what I generally think of when I read "ADA".). Amazing! Astounding! Real Food!! Apparently, according to this ... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 12:55:17 EST Eye issues - Epiretinal Membrane, Dry Eyes, etc. So the doctor says. I'm doing some research. <link><BR>ase.htm#E </link> Sat, 9 Jul 2016 13:14:18 EST Random articles and Virtual Models - Before & After Modeling sites I happened to read a blog written several years ago by FLEURGARDEN - it showed up in my SparkMail I think, or was a link on an older SparkArticle I was reading (I like to click "More" and save to favorites, before I click on SparkPoints - so I can remember that I have read an article or not. Then I save a list of links for interesting articles that I have not yet saved or collected points, if I go beyond my 30 points worth of articles read for a day.). So this article was about Virtual Weigh... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 19:17:19 EST This one is for the Dog... PDSLIM had a cute blog with adorable photos of dogs - I can't top that!! Maybe a photo of my little stinker if I can find it here (I'm not on the phone right now where most of my photos are.). But she shared a website that had quite a few recipes for dog treats, and I wanted to save it before I go off to the grocery store. I know my pooch will love these treats. I rarely get anything from the store because they contain chemicals of which I can not pronounce nor do I have any clue why it's eve... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 17:31:01 EST Bucket List possibilities - Hiking I just read a SparkPeople article on hiking trails in the 50 states - it's nine pages long. But as I was reading through it, I thought this would be good information if someone wants to create a bucket list item "hike a trail in all 50 states", or something similar. The one for Kansas is in the Elk River area and I have driven through there before en route to Branson. I can only imagine how gorgeous it is to actually be there hiking through it! <BR> <BR> Hmmm? Do we have a list of hiking tra... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 10:49:30 EST Memories - do I matter? Curious? I just read a fascinating (to me) article in the dead tree edition of our local paper. Here's the link... but it might not be fascinating to everyone here. It doesn't have a great deal to do with weight loss, on the surface. But I wanted to remember this link and find more about this guy - Bruce DesRoches and his theory or research... <link><BR>icle83219067.html </link> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 22:59:40 EST Give The Gift of Life this Summer!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I need to get things done today for the American Res Cross blood drive tomorrow at @NetApp in Wichita. Blood supplies are critically low all over the country! Especially the A blood types. <BR> <BR> I know not everyone can donate because of various health restrictions, meds, travel, etc., but maybe you have 16-17 year old kids or grandkids or friends, or neighbors who need community involve... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 10:41:49 EST Potassium Was reading on Potassium for various reasons, so this blog post is really being used more like a scratch pad or note pad, except that I can't just do wild handwritten scribbled notes on here like I would on pen and paper... <link><BR>.asp?post=high_potassium_foods_for_a_h<BR>ealthy_balance </link> ARCSPARKS had written a blog about potassium several years ago - lots of useful info: <link><BR>blic_journal_individual.a... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 02:22:38 EST Metformin - an environmental hazard? I was reading another article ("Come on, Julia, stop reading so much already!") and I had NO idea that Metformin is present in some of our Great Lakes. Of course, being in Kansas now, we have no "Great Lakes", but I have to wonder how Metformin may be impacting us here. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ticles/archive/2015/03/04/overtreatmen<BR>t-diabetes.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> So then earlier today I read yet another article, based on a somewhat casual off-han... Mon, 30 May 2016 16:41:55 EST Let the Uproar Begin AND: poking fun at me, for sure! ARrrgh now James Fell says the whole low carb high fat thing is bogus and will cause more problems... and the "back to the drawing board" is just eat fewer calories! (Duh!) <BR> <BR> I have wondered, being as it is so hard to stay in Keto. I am thinking the balance should be more in the middle favoring good vegetable fats (avocados, coconut oil etc.). I know I haven't been able to reconcile the Keto precepts with the bible saying don't eat the fat of the meats sacrificed etc... (For those of... Sun, 29 May 2016 13:06:14 EST Tongan - Kansan Wedding, part 2 Remember the wedding I went to in April? They released their video on YouTube - <link> </link> I'm posting here, so you can get a quick flavor of the wedding. They showed some of the food I had there, but really didn't focus on the more unique items that we had. It's more of a quick musical memories video, rather than a "sit down and watch the entire two hours worth of proceedings." And in other news - it's raining right now!! Mon, 23 May 2016 10:05:18 EST Don't Fear The Fat - and alternative viewpoints on reversing Diabetes Wow, got a new doctor and here are the links she recommended that I view: <BR> <BR> Reversing Type 2 diabetes starts with ignoring the guidelines - Sarah Hallberg - TEDxPurdueU <BR> <link><BR>igy5tQ </link> <BR> <BR> Don't Fear The Fat! <BR> <link><BR>ss_-8c </link> <BR> This one is about an hour long so I am not completely done with it...but thought it was interesting and so thought I would share it before ... Sun, 22 May 2016 21:31:48 EST Happy Mothers Day!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Mother's Day (USA, officially, but Worldwide, as far as I am concerned - should be Every Day!) to everyone who has children, whether alive now, or alive in our hearts and cherished memories, adopted in love, foster, step-mom, men who have raised children, fur babies, Grandmothers, Aunties, if you consider yourself a Mom, Mother, Mommy, Nana, whatever you c... Sun, 8 May 2016 12:37:34 EST Our Father feeds the Ravens... Adding more scriptures that I sensed applies to my overeating and under exercising ... I have a Flashcard app on phone, where I create decks of "flashcards". One of the topics consists of various scriptures having to do with eating, exercise, not being anxious, and similar issues... It's an ongoing project. I got some of the scripture from a thread in one of the Christian Women's groups here on SP - a team I don't belong to. Luke 12:24-35 24 Consider the ravens: they don't sow, they don't ... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:26:11 EST 100 Year Old Role Model!! Wow, what an inspiring woman!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-100-still-running-for-her-life/?&modu<BR>leDetail=section-news-1&action=click&c<BR>ontentCollection=Health®ion=Footer&mod<BR>ule=MoreInSection&version=WhatsNext&co<BR>ntentID=WhatsNext&pgtype=Blogs </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> (Later - Sunday ) <BR> Just read about a dude 96 years old - <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ter-fittest-oap-on-planet </link> <BR> <BR> And of course E... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 01:38:46 EST Trainwreck In A Bowl <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I bought this stuff a few months ago when a local Asian grocery store was going out of business. It was nominated by my husband to go out with the leavening as ingredients list merely says "raising agents". <BR> <BR> Finally got my reading magnifiers on and read the ingredients list (I don't like them where you have to roll the bowl around to read it - feels like I'm reading a S... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 12:07:34 EST A Multi-cultural Wedding - Kansas and Tonga!! Just got back from a wedding this afternoon, for a local Kansas girl we have known from our church family. I grew up with her mom and aunts and uncles, and her grandparents are about same ages as my parents were (although both her granddad and my dad have passed away just in the last year.). This was an interesting wedding, why? Her new husband is from Tonga. So many of his relatives came to Kansas for the first time, from Australia, New Zealand, and Tonga, as well as sisters of his who also... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 00:36:39 EST I need to change - from Complaining to Complimenting Just read this article on SparkPeople <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=2099&utm_source=spar<BR>kpeople&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=<BR>weekly-spark </link> Tue, 5 Apr 2016 17:36:33 EST Funniest or Strangest April Fool's Website At least, I hope this is an April Fool's prank video? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>oes.html </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR><BR>html <BR> <BR> Never miss a workout. Never feel lazy again. The Jolt's patented electric shock motivation system guarantees your feet will keep moving." <BR> <BR> Sat, 2 Apr 2016 00:01:43 EST Big Article - Marcel Vogel Today in studying - one thought needs to another, and I looked at a bunch of websites in the process. I came across this one, quite a long discussion on the life of Marcel Vogel. <link><BR>arcel_vogel.htm </link> Among other things, he had a near death experience at the age of six. He was changed as a child and very focused on researching all sorts of things. Eventually worked at IBM for many years, then retired and formed his own research. Some of it ... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 13:20:34 EST Sad to read this, but not really surprised - "Splenda connected to Cancer." I just got home from having dinner at my Mom's house. Opened up SparkBlog to see if there were any new articles to read. There was: <BR> <BR> Splenda Linked to Cancer, New Study Finds <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=splenda_linked_to_cancer_new_study_<BR>finds </link> <BR> <BR> I'm somewhat struck by the end of this paragraph: "Published in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, the new research found that mice who ingested sucral... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 00:32:59 EST Give it up! Past bedtime. Dealing with a rash. Here is an article for me to remember to come back and take notes and study...<BR>23851/15-things-you-should-give-up-to-<BR>be-happy.html?utm_source=mbg&utm_mediu<BR>m=email&utm_content=daily&utm_campaign<BR>=160308-15-things-you-should-give-up-to-be-happy Wed, 9 Mar 2016 01:53:36 EST Mandarins, Clementines, Satsumas and Tangerines I don't remember which team page I was on, but somehow the discussion had a side note about trying to tell the difference between Mandarins and Tangerine oranges. Here is one link that appears to clarify: <link><BR>3.php#citrus-251215 </link> Wed, 2 Mar 2016 11:09:59 EST I've been doing it all wrong!! I just read the latestet research on FaceBook - so "it must be true!" <BR> <BR> <link><BR>th/news/9069276/Chocolate-cake-breakfa<BR>st-could-help-you-lose-weight.html </link> <BR> <BR> And in other news, Java jumped up on the reboinder with me. I made a few small videos (there is an upper limit on how long I can hold my head upside down, filming video on a phone while actively - but gingerly - rebounding, with a small dog between my legs, before I start... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 23:13:12 EST A RealGirl story from here in Wichita Wow, what a busy week! My uncle died on Monday and while I was busy driving my mom to DFW for the funeral, this little 13 year old was featured on her mom's Facebook page, after trying on a dress for a prom type event and having a sales associate pop in and say that the girl would look better and needed to wear Spanx under the dress! What a thing to say! The mom wrote an open letter to the retailer on Facebook and the post went viral! Here's how it all went down! <link> Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:11:48 EST Faulty Logic <img src=""> We should all be so thin!! Thu, 21 Jan 2016 13:16:10 EST From the Intellectual Section: <img src=""> Fri, 1 Jan 2016 11:50:09 EST Hurtful Comments Not to Make to Someone who has lost weight ... Just saw several articles from different sources, each with their own spin on what NOT to say to someone who has lost weight. Most are in connection to attending holiday parties and seeing someone you hadn't seen before. But as I was reading the articles, I realized part of my emotional issue has to do with my previous weight loss years ago and my inability to deal with the comments I got - many of them exactly the same as the ones in these various articles (links below)... It occurs to me th... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 00:41:18 EST A GUIDE FOR LIVING IN 2016 Mom forwarded this email, so I decided to save it here and share with those who enjoy reading these types of reminders for daily life. <BR> <BR> A GUIDE FOR LIVING IN 2016 <BR> <BR> THIS IS SO GOOD - - BETTER MAKE A COPY OF IT AND READ IT EVERY DAY - I BET IT WILL MAKE A BETTER DAY FOR YOU. <BR> <BR> A GUIDE FOR LIVING IN 2016 - <BR> <BR> Health: <BR> <BR> 1. Drink plenty of water. <BR> <BR> 2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a <BR> beggar. <BR> <... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 00:32:38 EST More Ketogenic research - links I want to re-read and study Girlfriend is doing Keto again... I am waiting for books to arrive, including the "Keto Clarity" book by Jimmy Moore which is providing the main guidelines from the Spark Team Keto Clarity... <BR> <BR> Interestingly, I had read some time back that the keto diet, also called MCT diet (middle chain triglycerides) or Low Carb High Fat LCHF (not to be confused with the various High Protein diets which can create problems of their own...)... but this one link explains how the Keto diet for parent... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 23:51:18 EST "The Born Loser" comic today I saw this strip in today's comics section and immediately thought "What would Beth say?" <img src=""> To paraphrase ~INDYGIRL... "One donut always has fewer calories than the whole dozen donuts"!! Thu, 3 Dec 2015 13:37:50 EST Apologize, Forgive, Forget My attempt at making a meme - from a quote I found in my pile of papers I was sorting through (most needed to be shredded or to be recycled)... evidently I had seen this somewhere and scribbled it out on the back of a bill or some other such "business" mail. <BR> <BR> In case the link doesn't work: <BR> <BR> The first to apologize is the bravest. <BR> The first to forgive is the strongest. <BR> The first to forget is the happiest. <BR> <BR> I uploaded a photo I took a long time ago on my o... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 00:43:09 EST 51 Ways to Lose 25 Pounds Saw this article in Pinterest, and went back to that link. It's one of the annoying ones with 12 pages, interrupted by ads every other paragraph. (<BR>se-25-pounds/12/ ).When I finally got to the last page, the article was only up to like the 14th point, and then I could "read the rest of the article by clicking on the LINK." So here is THAT link (the one that does NOT sprawl out 13-14 points over 12 pages): <link> Tue, 1 Dec 2015 09:00:49 EST Wow - I need to be in more photographs... After reading this blog (link below) ... I am so busted. Have I had this discussion before? And yet I still avoid photos. But I've recently come across some photos of me and my husband, and the last one of me and my dad, taken about two years before the last visit I had with my dad when I did not take any photos of us together... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>too-fat-to-be-photographed/ </link> <BR> <BR> I will look for some here on the PC but I think they are o... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 23:12:13 EST Hee hee hee, I made Ghee! I have more photos on my phone, but the various apps and browsers are not playing nice in letting me upload them. I also have a 10 second video. Always before the Sabbath, so I will try again later. Gotta go make a salad for dinner tonight. <BR> <BR> I used this recipe on SparkRecipe (as well as reading through dozens of other websites for some time now.). Then this week, the grocery store had a sale on Land o Lakes unsalted (and salted, if you wanted, but for ghee, you need unsalted) for US... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 14:36:34 EST I need to get serious... For years my doctor has been saying I was "pre-diabetic" and "nothing to worry about." <BR> <BR> Well... she retired. And she lied... <BR> <BR> I've been noticing more problems with my eyes for awhile - but eye doc just says I have a cataract growing, not diabetic retinopathy.... <BR> <BR> The past several months, maybe nearly a year, the right side lower back (kidney maybe?) has an ongoing dull ache. Not painful. Just an ache, where I can easily ignore it. Or maybe I'm just so used to de... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 15:56:57 EST Seven Healthy Foods With Laxative Effects Dr Axe - Informative article on his website: (Pinterest-pinnable graphics, too, for those who are into such details.) <link><BR>utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email<BR>&utm_campaign=newsletter </link> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 15:45:52 EST I'm Beautiful! I'm Priceless! I'm Worthy ... Awesome and CAPTIONED video with a special message for all of us, young and old!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-bullying-song-to-daughter/ </link> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 23:45:12 EST Now on Spotify: Workout Music: What We're Exercising To Now 2011 Well now, that was fun!! Recently I merged the songs mentioned in another of Coach Nicole's playlists into a Spotify playlist that anyone can join. <BR> <BR> Today I did another one - Workout Music: What We're Exercising to Right Now (written in 2011 which is "rather recent" music, by my standards.). Here is the link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>.asp?post=workout_music_what_were_exer<BR>cising_to_right_now </link> <BR> <BR> I'm always looking for music I can ... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 16:28:13 EST Merging SparkPeople Workout Playlists With Spotify After being a Pandora girl for ages, with some dabbling around on Jango and other internet radio/music formats... I've been slowly getting my around on Spotify. I'm too cheap for splurging on a membership (I don't like paying full price - if its on sale 50% off I might buy!! Tightwads-R-Us!). <BR> <BR> So anyway, I spent a ridiculous amount of time this evening (after mowing the yard this morning) SITTING and going through the songs listed in this SparkPeople article "Christian Workout Music... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 23:36:28 EST