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I had a good day at work as a co-worker asked me how I dropped so many points on my cholesterol from just diet and exercise. I spent a good twenty minutes showing him SparkPeople and how to log exercises and nutritional information. He seemed interested especially in the SparkRecipes ability to calculate NutritionalFacts for your own recipes. He has high cholesterol and is on medication for it...and says it isn't working. I'm hoping he'll check out the site tonight and catch the Spark...
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Can we bump this one to the top and make it a STICKY? I think we need a forum for just random thoguhts and such...I know I do...
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3/18/07 8:15 A

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Did anyone read the article on star foods? It rated apples as a 1 star food based on nutrition density. I thought that apples were supposed to be an all star food. What's the deal?

 
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HOLY CRAP!!

I know if I get a burger craving I'll make one with a lean beef patty in the GF grill with a wheat bun.

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3/17/07 10:43 A

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Wow, did you know that a BK whopper w/cheese, large fries and drink has 1,670 calories and 78 grams of fat.

I have found that when I get hungry I look for different types of foods and see how they fit into my daily plan before eating. I also eat much smaller portions of meat than I did. Since 3 ounces of meat is quite small compared to the portions I ate in the past, I started mixing my meat and poultry in with vegetables to add bulk. I make a lot of stirfiied meals. The vegetables rally help to add bulk without making the meal to high in calories.

I do not think that I could ever give up meat, but I have come to enjoy vegetables more. I have expirmented with different seasonings and spices and am building quite a large recipe list. Ahhh, so many spices and so few meals in the day.

 
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3/16/07 8:01 A

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Let me clarify. I don't see me ever becoming a vegetarian, but if I were forced to, I don't think I'd feel horribly deprived. I didn't mean I was headed that way or anything, just that I can now see how people do it. At one time, I don't think I could ever have imagined life without meat. Now, it's quite easy to visualize it. I will never give it up because I love the flavor and the protein is tops. By the same token, I can't tell you when I had my last Whopper and I used to think I'd die without at least a couple doubles a week (with onion rings, another great health food). For instance, yesterday I had a piece of pork the size of a deck of cards and was quite satisfied. The old days it would have been the size of a family Bible if there were that much available. I think the key to this whole thing is learning the discipline of portion control and nutrient balance. It's not about depriving yourself, but rather controlling yourself. For my addictive personality type, that has been a major accomplishment.

Now, I think I'll go have a quarter pounder for breakfast. (Lean beef, LTO, low fat bun, fat free Miracle Whip and South Beach cheese and a side of Lays Light Chips. Probably less than a quarter of a days worth of fat and calories instead of the whole days supply or more that was in my double cheese whopper and onion rings of old.)
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3/15/07 7:13 P

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I don't know if we ever lose all our cravings. I think alot of time we convince ourselves we don't have the taste for it anymore but its still there. I guess its unfair to compare flank steak to squash but its also ok to compare it to other leaner protein choices such as chicken or turkey for calorie density. There are just some things your not gonna gonna get from that squash that you need, its just making sure to keep everything in balance.

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3/15/07 1:23 P

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The very same. It's my goal to get as much bulk for my calorie expenditure as possible, so I guess I've developed some psychological distaste for what I now see as inefficient foods. I enjoy the flavor and protein of small portions of meat, but I don't think I'd miss it anymore if I didn't eat it. I still have a sweet tooth, but even that is well controlled with fat free and low sugar alternatives. Maybe getting hooked on a balanced diet has been good aversion therapy to calorie dense foods with few nutrients?
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3/15/07 10:31 A

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A couple days ago, I had some flank steak, 2 oz, to be exact. I also had some butternut squash, 8 oz. When I was entering my dinner in SP, I noticed that these two things had almost exactly the same amount of calories.

That squash was amazingly good, and it was so much less calorie dense that the steak. I can have 4 times the squash as the steak...

Funny thing is that I have really lost my desire to eat steak, or deep fried chicken, or coconut shrimp... I just don't care for the taste any more. In fact, Reeses PB Cups no longer hold much interest for me. Anyone else seeing their tastes changing?

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3/13/07 2:16 P

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working at it...

 
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3/13/07 10:23 A

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Joe,

It sounds interesting. I'll be in touch.

Thanks,
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3/12/07 10:10 P

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Mark,

I started out by buying beat up properties and renovating them. Started with 6-plex, then did several other 4-plexes, duplexes, single family homes, and moved up to a 21-plex (BIG mistake!). I built a storage unit complex in my town, and then moved to developing subdivisions. I am working aon a condo project now. It all started with the first little projects.

If you have interest in this path at all, take the time to get an equi-line on your home before the plant is shut down. You MUST be able to control your finances and spending, because there will be ups and downs in income.

If you want more detailed info, sparkmail me and I would be happy to give more details.

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3/12/07 8:08 A

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Dennis, way to go. I think the Salvation Army loves this site.

 
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3/11/07 3:16 P

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Dave (Niteman)
Way to go! throw those pants out the window. I started here with VERY tight 44's and am down to a loose 38 - and looking at the 36's in the stores.
I do not know if I will bottom out with 34's, but I guess it is possible.
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Joe,

I work in a manufacturing plant that is scheduled to close next year. As a result, I have been considering a career change. What exactly is real estate investing? What do you do?

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3/10/07 12:49 P

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Nite Dave... I took a leap a few years back, changing the type of work I did... Man, was it worth it! I am 42 years old now, and as I look back on switching from High Tech to real estate investing, I can hardly believe the results.

The first big change was subtle, and I didn't notice it at first. I was out to lunch with some of the guys from the old office about two months after I quit. When I was working in tech, I was in an office all day, often 12 - 16 hours a day... not much time in the sun. One guy, when he saw me said, Man Joe! You are really tanned!" In my new occupation, I was working outdoors about 50% of the time. I had not noticed, but then I compared photos per-quit and post-quit. I had had the completion of a ghost, and I didn't even know it.

The change also allowed me to get more exercise in, and I started losing pounds.

yes, change can be very good, even if it is a leap of faith to go through with it.

Good luck in your job search... I hope you find all that you are looking for!

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3/9/07 10:03 A

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Adam,

Good luck with the program. If you stick to the plan, you will lose.

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3/9/07 10:00 A

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Nite Dave,

I know that I have said it before, but it is worth saying again. Your success is amazing. Keep it up. Hey, those bell bottoms might be in style again so check the fashinon mags before you buy new. LOL!

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3/8/07 3:04 P

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I'm at school, and can't afford any new clothes. Starting with a 42/44 waist, I am still wearing the same pants, but in the past 3 week, they have begun to require a belt.

Needing that belt made me a lot happier than I thought it would. I'm just glad I brought it with me.

I can't wait to get home to my old clothes that haven't fit in years and try some of them on. But that's still 2 months away.

Great Work Guys!!!

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I'm getting a little taste of two of the things you guys have touched on. Number one is the pants. If losing weight and having a really positive attitude about it have any downside, the pants are it. I guess I should count them, but there are at least forty pair in waist sizes 46, 44, 42, 40 and 38 that I'm finally coming to grips with the concept that I may as well get rid of them... because I now know that I'll never wear them again. (Not that getting rid of them is any great mental trauma, it's just that it's getting damned expensive! I may actually need 34's before I get to goal and I sure don't have any of them laying around. If I did, they'd be bell bottoms.) The other is a new beginning searching for a job without all the worries of whether or not I can do whatever it is due to physical limitations imposed by my weight. I don't think I'll get a job on the docks heaving grain sacks all day long just yet, but I don't have to be afraid of going up and down stairs or being on my feet anymore. I can not only see my toes, I can touch them!
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3/8/07 10:10 A

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I tried on a pair of pants today that did not quite fit a few weeks ago and that I have not been able to wear for at least 5 years. Believe it or not, they fit. It made me think about the changes I have made since joining SP. I feel as though I was tucked away in a closet for the past several years and have emerged to a beautiful, sunny day.

Keep on sparking,
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I am self employed, and do work on a project by project basis. I have a potential project that is massive. I could take 3 or 4 years to complete, and be very worth the effort. I am so excited about it that I find myself once again very engaged in daily work. I am very comfortable with the idea that I work on projects that last a few months to a year or two, then start new ones. Being totally self directed is different than when I worked for other companies.

I love new projects, and that is how I see SP and my health. If I can keep the freshness of my health project, I should be able to make the lifestyle change to being self directed in my health, like I did for my occupation.

Hopefully we can all find our own thought proceses that will keep us motivated to make the change permenant. Have a healthy day!

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I was in St George a few years back doing some training..I remember walking around outside with just a shirt on.. well and pants..

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that's what I hear... don't golf myself. Did it twice about 25 years ago.

St.George is an amazing place. I love the red rock and cliffs. Several great places to visit in the southern part of the state.

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Utah has some great golf courses in the SW corner of the state!
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3/6/07 8:33 A

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Spontaneous combustion. I have heard about that, but did not know it was associated with living in southern CA. Who'da thunk!

 
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I love the facts that the summers here are tolerable so you want to be out doing things..Unlike Central California where there is a chance of spontaneous combustion if your out in the heat during the day.

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I think I will add Utah to my list of places to visit. I passed through once during a stop over, but did not have enough time to see anything. It was very picturesque from the plane.
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nite dave: if you are ever in Utah... let me know. There are some amazing things to see, and some really cool places to hike. I have lived here about twenty years and still feel privileged. Southern Utah is out of this world with the red rock and red sand. Northern Utah is an alpine hiking paradise.

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Well, that made me smile.
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Hi all,
I ran into an article about smiling in the paper today:
Why smile?
1. A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.
2. It lingers for a moment with effects that often last a lifetime.
3. It travels quickly.
4. A smile has no value until it is given away.
5. It is the closest distance between two people.
6. A smile brings joy to the home, creates good will in business, makes friendships flourish and brightens the day of passing strangers.

So, if ever you should meet someone who is too tired to give you smile, please give them one of yours; for no one needs a smile more than the person who has none to give.

There is lots more to read and see about smiles at www.smilestogo.com

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Uh oh, another Dave.
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Utah is one of those places I want to visit before I'm done on earth. In fact, everything west of Pennsylvania's borders intrigues me. I've been to California for Army training years ago, but saw little and I went to school for a short time in Kansas City, but once again saw little. We hope to spend some time in the golden years exploring all of the American landscape.

I'm very fortunate too with proximity to trails here at home in South Central PA as well. We have a brand spanking new 1.5 mile Rail-Trail right through the middle of town which I can incorporate with some pleasant residential streets to get two or more miles of walking right out my back door. Within twenty five minutes or less of home, I have access to the Appalachian Trail, the Tuscarora Trail the C&O Canal Park and many, many federal, local, and state park and forest trails. We also enjoy the Green-way that follows the Susquehanna River in and near Harrisburg which is only about fifty minutes away. A little further and we're at the shore or a myriad wonderful destinations that all can involve walking or biking.

The beauty of this is that with the weight I've lost, I can now actually enjoy this again. My Arthritis has become far less a problem and my physical condition is greatly improved. I'm really looking forward to Spring, Summer and Fall of this year and all the years I have left. I know that this alone is incentive to keep up the healthy living, never mind all the other reasons.
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Guys I have to TOUT my home town here but you guys that love a good hike would love the amount of trails here that are no more than 15-20 minutes drive from town. From some nice easy ones to some that can really give a guy a workout. Its nice because of the distance from here, you can go after work during the summer and get in a good hike in and out before sundown.

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Dave, it sounds like we have a some common outdoor interests. Although, I am just beginning to rediscover mine after too many years of hibernation. I will check out the AHS site, since I have of heard of it before.

Happy hiking,
Mark

PS - My wife is a shutterbug. I think she just joined the team.

 
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Baddi, thanks for the tip. I have opened my nutrition and exercise plans for all to see. I have to admit that my nutrition plan is a little boring until you get to dinner. we have been trying quite a few recipes from the recipe center.

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Hike_It,

Glad to hear there is another hiking lover here. I just joined the American Hiking Society for some input and belong to trails.com, so I'm ready to do some serious day hikes this year. We live in South Central Pennsylvania, so we have access to a bunch of great trails, the AT included. I'm only fifteen miles from the Maryland line, so we're close to the C&O as well. I also belong to Rails to Trails and we hit one of those every chance we get. There's a great one up the middle of the PA Grand Canyon near where my wife's home is. We love biking as well and they are great for that. My hobby is photography, so it gives me an excuse to hike/bike as much as I have time for.

We're big Yankees and Phillies fans. There is a Yankees Spark Team you'll find on my Spark Page if you're interested. I quit worrying about how much the little prima donnas make and just enjoy the sport. I think the old days were better, but alas they're long gone.
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Mark: If you edit your spark page, you can tick on boxes on the right to reveal your exercise and your food tracker

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Baddi, how do you post your exercise log?

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Joe, I have to agree with you on the points. While those quirky little suckers are addictive, I don't like to lie to myself. I don;t really think anyone else is ipressed with my point total so I post them for myself.

I am still a little miffed as to how someone can have more than 1,000 points in a day. However, if it would not help me reach my goals, it does not matter to me. If I am not honest with myself, I will never reach my goals.

Mark

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Dave, Hike_It comes from my favorite outdoor pastime. Hiking is my passion. I love to be outdoors and find a good vigorous hike in the mountains relaxing and calming. It used to be running, but then I put on too much weight and hurt my knees. So now I hike whenever possible.

I took the kids to the Watchung reservation a few weeks back and we did about 1/2 of a 10 mile trail. The trail was all hills and had a 500 foot vertical rise. It was rated as moderate, but I found it quite strenuous. I guess I have to keep getting in shape. I am almost at my goal weight, but need more work to build my stamina.

The C&O runs through Maryland, doesn't it? Where are you hiking the Applacian? One of my persoanl goals is to hike the entire trail. I plan to start this fall with a 26 mile stretch that runs through High Point State Park in Jersey. I think it is a 3 day hike and believe that there are camp sites strategically placed on the trail.

I was a huge baseball fan until the second strike back in the early 90's. I think I was making about $12K per year and had a problem with guys making $100K minimum going on strike. It was a hard pill to swallow. That was the year that Ken griffey was on pace to break the Babe's season HR record.

Anyway, I became interested a few years ago and follow from time to time now. Before the strike I was a Mets fan, but now I tend to follow both NY teams. I even made it to Game 1 at Yankee stadium last year. Too bad that they lost the series. I was looking forward to another subway series.

Mark

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I agree Joe. The #1 in points now has 1609 points! The "top" sparkers all have one thing in common, they never show you their excercise log emoticon

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Dave!!! I'm glad to see you here on this forum too!

Everyone: I "met" Niteman3d (Dave) on the One for The Guys group. He has been a long timer here on SP, and has had some awesome results.

I wanted to thank everyone for not collecting sparkpoints before they are earned. I am a member of another group where they collect points early by entering what they want to do, not what they did. They feel it gives them motivation to go out and do it. All I can see is that it is a way to kid yourself... a quick way for me to beat myself up for missing something I had "committed" to do by pre-entering.

I think entering only when earned keeps me honest in what I do, and it makes it possible for me to show up in the top ten sparkpoint earners of the group -- always a goal of mine.

Have a great day... make it one with no regrets, OK?

Joe

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3/1/07 7:42 P

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My wife and I are big baseball fans and belong to Spark Teams here for our favorite teams.

My question to Hike-It is where did your screen name come from? If it's hiking, that's my favorite "sport" and now that I've lost weight and become healthier, I'll be able to give it more time this year. It goes well with other activities we enjoy like geocaching and photography. We live near the Appalachian Trail and like to do small section hikes there and on the many intersecting trails near here. We're also near the C&O canal and enjoy hiking and biking there as well.

Our only 'spectator' sports are MLB and the NFL, but there are lots of things we enjoy doing like shooting baskets, pitching the football around and grabbing the gloves for pitch and catch or visiting the local batting cages. I guess a lot of it depends on your definition of "sport".
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Looking forward to getting to some auto races this year... not because I'm a big race fan, but because of the opportunity for colorful action shots photography-wise.


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3/1/07 6:59 P

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I'm definitely STILL sparking..Honestly I've never been much of a Basketball fan so March Madness never took hold of me! Its all downhill for me til NFL season! I am looking forward to playing some softball this year!

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3/1/07 7:44 A

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Hey, anyone here into sports? Maybe baseball or perhaps a little March madness. I have never been a big hoops fan, but maybe I can educate myself.

 
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I joined and then got busy and never posted, so it's my guess that this is the first post since I joined about a week ago. Good idea!
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I agree, this is needed. I think that the one who started this group has to make this "sticky topic", so it will stay on top of all other threads.

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I thought we could use a place to have general conversation. Most of the teams I belong to have a similar thread. It usually has the most posts.

BTW this team has been pretty quite lately. Are you guys still sparking?

Mark

 
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