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Aero, did you get the notice of Skylark in the "Introduce Yourself to Team Forum" yesterday? You had asked about others so I thought you might wish to say "hi."

I like to add a bit of flavor to water at times, but don't always remember, though I enjoy plain water also.

Hoping for some warmer weather this week, but not before more snow tonight. I fell on some black ice on Thursday. OUCH! I was carrying some milk in a gallon glass jar (in a cloth bag) and that smashed. We were delivering it to someone else and it was their driveway. A section of downspout had a dripping area over the driveway. I thought it was ok but it was not. Down I went, smashed the milk and I had eggs also, but they were ok. I didn't think it was too bad. I was sort of sore for a while, but the next night the pain in the core muscles that I must have really tightened up started hurting. OUCH!! that lasted a day for the most part. I'm mostly better now.

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2/10/14 8:13 A

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Yes, water is always good. Sometimes I put in a little lemon and/or cranberry juice to get the juices flowing.
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2/9/14 8:44 P

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Those mixed signals can be confusing. If it doesn't seem like it is appetizing and perhaps not quite the time to eat...I usually share that time with family, though they don't always wait for me...you might try a glass of water. It could satisfy you for a while and can't hurt.

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I think I'll need to get a new colander; mine is hard plastic, and it doesn't stain right away, but sometimes I have to soak it in bleach and then put it in the dishwasher.

I woke up hungry, but I don't find anything appetizing. How can my stomach be growling, but not want to eat anything? Sometimes I wonder about the mixed signals my body gives me.
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2/8/14 10:12 P

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I have no Idea about WinningSpark heard hide nor hair. The only other member I have heard from was DEEDLELEA rejoined the team and posted in the "Introduce Yourself to Team Forum" I posted a couple of times on the thread, but nothing more. emoticon

The beets... well, I get the red hands as well. I use the stainless steel to cook and store in that or my Pyrex. I don't use the plastic with beets, same with tomatoes because of the staining. My sink and colander are also stainless so that's not a problem. The cutting board is wood and it washes out after a couple of times. No biggie to me.

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How do you keep the beets (or tomatoes, for that matter) from staining everything? When I store stuff in the plastic containers, it always gets stained, and the beets seem to stain everything they touch unless it's stainless steel (including my hands).

On another topic, whatever happened to WinningSpark? I also heard we had a new member, but haven't heard anything from her. Have you?

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2/7/14 5:54 P

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She just clings. We leave her toenails long so that she can hang on.

Your soups sound grand! I haven't done one of those yet, but we are eating Split pea right now and I need to make some beet soup very soon.

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That's really cool. Does she have a seat belt or something, or she just clutches her little feet into his shirt?

I know what you mean about not trusting people. I love to go walking around the neighborhood, but unlike years ago, when I lived on an Air Force Base, I won't go out alone early in the morning or at night. Too scary.

Today my soup was tomatoes, cabbage and broccoli, and tonight I'm doing tomatoes, eggplant and spinach. I used the canned unsalted diced tomatoes, because I really don't have time to chop up all those tomatoes, and surprisingly, the tomatoes have not bothered my stomach, which is good, because I love tomato anything.

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2/6/14 10:25 P

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I am fortunate that the streets in town are not busy, well not most of them, so one can ride from home and about. We have bike paths in the next city, that are paved over old train tracks and go through many towns, unfortunately they don't go through ours. It would be so much easier to start here rather than load a bike up. My biggest problem with the paths is that they are very secluded and I don't trust people all the time. Things have happened that could be deadly. So you don't go alone, but it is really a lovely ride. We have taken Lucky for rides...she rides on Bill's shoulder and is always a source of wild looks and many times people stop us to talk.

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I miss bike riding, but it's really too dangerous with the crazy Miami drivers, who ignore crosswalks and people on bikes, and it's really just too hot to ride, most of the time, unless it's on Miami Beach, but that's kind of far away from here for an every day bike ride.

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2/5/14 9:13 P

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At this point that doesn't look like it will be before Spring, but thanks for the hope! I just hope it happens by then. It usually does. I need to be able to get back to walking and bike riding!

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I think I'd crawl under a heating blanket and be done with it in that situation! I don't like extreme heat, but extreme cold is not fun either. I am thinking more and more about living in a more temperate climate, where it stays between 50 and 78 degrees most of the time.

When I lived in Monterey, California, it was like that quite often, although once in a while it crept up into the 80s, but there was usually a breeze off the ocean. Back then, I was wanting it to be hotter, though, because I wanted to go to the beach to swim, but I had to go to San Diego to get water that was warm enough to swim in. Down here it's only decent between January and April; the rest of the year it's either insufferably hot and humid, or it's raining.

Central and North Florida is a little better; but I'm sick of living in Florida. I am really going to have to research to find a place more liveable when we retire.

Hope it warms up for you soon!



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1/31/14 12:28 A

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And one wonders why the country has a spending problem. We have places that spend because the money is there and it has to be spent or lose it. It doesn't matter if there is actually a better way to spend it that is not the way it is designated. Sorry it seemed like a waste of time for you. Bill gets the same thing at work.

We are finally getting a slight break in the very severe temperatures. We had days of single to subzero temps. I think today was the first day for the kids in the area to go to a full day of school since the new year. They have had many days off and many 2hour delays. Some years it is like this and others are much warmer. Speaking of freezing offices. We are having a problem with our furnace and it wasn't having an easy time keeping the temperature above 63 on these past days. Thankfully we have a couple of good space heaters.


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I was in training all this week; just got back to work today, and now I'm off tomorrow, because my regular day off, Monday, I had to go to training. The training was not something I needed, since I teach the subject, but my Captain told me to go, and she doesn't seem to understand the concept of asking what training a person needs, she just sends you to stuff. So I sat through three days of Business Writing, and every single thing the teacher covered is what I already teach in my class, so I was bored out of my mind. Still, it was kind of a vacation from the Captain, and it was closer to my house, so it was a vacation, actually. It just irritates me that she'll waste money sending people to training they don't need because she won't ask anyone what they need or would like to take, and whatever her highness says, we have to do, no argument. Five more years of this crap. Ugh!

How's the weather up there? We had a nice few cold days, but now it's hot again outside. In my office it's freezing.

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Thanks for the tip on the Emergen-C Raspberry. I've never tried any of them but do take the lemon and honey part of your recipe. I'll need to pick up the other when it is on sale next time. D3 is supposed to be good for the immune system.

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My cold seems to be leaving me--not sneezing and sniffling any more; just a slightly scratchy throat. I've been doing Emergen-C; I know people say it doesn't work, but in my experience, if you drink it twice a day the second you realize you're coming down with something, it seems to make the cold go away sooner. Otherwise, I can have a cold for weeks, and then it gets into my ears, and I end up having to go to the doctor...so Emergen-C works for some people, and all the vitamin B perks you up a little and makes you feel better, so what the heck. I'm going to drink one more today to help that cold on it's way. I'm a poet and didn't know it!

I get the raspberry flavor and heat up 6 ounces of water, hot, but not boiling, put in a teaspoon or two of fresh lemon juice and honey, and then pour in the Emergen-C slowly, because it can fizz up and over the cup if you aren't careful, and yum! It's a nice warm, soothing, tasty drink that's good for me! It has lots of vitamin C and B, which are both water soluble, so you constantly have to replenish your body with those vitamins.

Thanks for the tip on the sesame seeds. I'll try it--the unsalted ones are a healthy snack, anyway.

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Hi, not doing it to lose weight can still make you feel like why do I hear others lost 10 or 15 pounds...it can still be disappointing. Way to have a positive attitude! I did a 40 day time of fasting during the day and just a normal healthy meal eaten after sunset a year and a half a go and lost only about 12 lbs, but there again I did it for prayer reasons not for loss. I put the scale away so I wouldn't think about that aspect. I felt good, but still felt like there should have been more of a loss when I did step on the scale. I guess it just felt like I lost more. Oh, well, I did only do it for a prayer fast.

I was looking through an E-mag. which had this little snippet about sesame seeds and pain in the knees. Take it for what it is worth. Thought you might find it interesting and maybe helpful:

Knee pain curbing your Curves workouts? Try munching 4 tablespoons of sesame seeds every day. A recent study found that people who ate 40 grams of powdered sesame seeds daily for 2 months had less pain from knee osteoarthritis than people who were taking two 500-milligram doses of acetaminophen twice a day and one 500-milligram dose of glucosamine once a day—and with no nasty side effects.

Sorry about the cold. Take that Vit. C!


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I only lost about 4-5 pounds after doing it for 10 days, but everyone is different. I didn't really do it for the weight loss, I was trying to give my liver, kidneys and spleen a break, but I will probably do it again. Unfortunately, I have a cold now, which I caught from my boss.

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I remember when you lost your mom. I do understand how hard that situation is. Bill's mom had been intubated and was the one to have to say wean her off in hopes she could resume breathing on her own, but it wasn't to be.

I haven't decided to try the soup cleanse quite yet, but I think I will speak to Bill about it...we both need to do something. Did you lose much with the cleanse? It reminds me of the captivity of Daniel in the Bible where he just ate the vegetables and not the meat that had been offered to idols.

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I remember how hard it was for me after my Mom died, and we didn't even get along that well; but she died in a hospital, and I had to make the choice not to have them put in a feeding tube and to put her in hospice, so that was difficult.

I think if more people passed the way your Mom did, people wouldn't be so afraid of death.

As far as how long the soup lasts, it depends on how much you eat, and how big your crock pot is. If that's all you're eating all day, you can go through a good portion of it a day, and since I had to take some of it to work with me, I usually made two crock pots at a time, so I wouldn't have to make it every night, and so I wouldn't run out.

If you're using it as a cleanse, it will probably be pretty bland, but you can throw in some DASH seasoning, and fresh or bottled oregano, thyme, cumin, tumeric, dry mustard, etc.

Once you're off the cleanse, if sodium is not a problem for you, you can add some onion soup mix to give it more ooomph, and maybe some pre-packaged organic broths, vegetable, chicken, turkey, beef, or fish. I always chose low-sodium, because I was trying to get rid of some inflammation, but it's up to you.

One time I just made eggplant soup, because I love eggplant, and it cooks fairly quickly--I think I added spinach, but that doesn't really have much of a taste to it in soup, but spinach is so good for you, and so high in calcium, that I almost always add spinach to the mix. I liked to throw in a bunch of stuff, but you can try out whatever combo you want. I found the broccoli, mushrooms and eggplant to be the most filling ingredients.

You can use: avocado, beets, bell peppers, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots (only a few), celery, eggplant, garlic, kale, onions, mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, and watercress. I never ate brussel sprouts before--now I'm a true fan.

There's lots of vegetarian soup recipes available on Spark and on the net. After you do your cleanse for 1-2 weeks, you can start adding protein to the mix, like fish, turker, or chicken.

I would stay away from adding pasta; carbs make me gain weight, but like I said it's up to you and how your body reacts to foods. Good luck!
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Thank you for the thoughts. Yes we are glad it happened in such a peaceful way. Glad she was healthy and not suffering. She would have been 92 in her next birthday (April). She hadn't been able to get around much as her legs were weak, but she had her mind and that was good. All in all I think we all would prefer the way she went and it was what we all, including her, had prayed for.

I can't believe how many people have been passing that I have been in contact with in just the last few weeks. I even went to the store last night and the check out lady mentioned, out of the blue, that she had recently lost her dad. It turned out that they had passed on the same day. So we talked a bit and it seemed to comfort both of us.

I was wondering, how long one of those pots of soup lasts? Does it improve with time? Did you use various combos of vegetables? If so, any interesting one?
How are the knees doing?
While out last night I bought a set of resistant bands...I need to get back into strength training.

Thank you again for the kind words.

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Wow, I'm sorry your Mom passed away, but at least she was at home, doing what she wanted, and not in a hospital. That's the way I want to go; at home, doing normal things, and then just gone, with no lingering misery and pain in a hospital.

Still, it's hard to lose those you love, no matter how they go. My condolences. Take care, and keep me posted.

As far as the fast, that's over, but I'm still having soup every day and trying to watch what I eat. You take care of yourself, and remember all the good times with your Mom.

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It has been a few days since hearing from you, Aero. Is the cleanse over?
I had some shocking though not completely unexpected news Thursday evening. Though I wasn't expecting it so soon. My mom passed away that evening. It was fast, she had been feeling well, but tired. That was why it was shocking, but not completely unexpected. She was sitting in her chair watching the news and reading the paper

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My cousin feels she got a good deal on her hearing aid at Costco. Joined just for that, but we don't have one of those around here either. I would like to check it out next time I go visit my daughters.
Keep up the walking and you might check out some of the less strenuous ones on Spark. Nicole has a great way with explaining and not pushing.

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Well, supposedly exercise is the answer to most pains and aches, so I'm trying to continue with the walking and hopefully this week I'll feel better. Thanks for the support.

I liked Costco better than BJ's; never belonged to Sam's; but they're all similar. They're good for when you're buying in bulk or buying big ticket items, and their bakery is way cheaper if you need a big cake for the office, but I only go there maybe six times a year. Still, I think I get more than the membership cost back, so I keep it up. I belong to BJ's cuz it's closer, but prefer Costco's--they seem to have more choices of the things I like. Of course, when the kids were young, we used it a lot more.

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I think BJ's has a better variety of vegetables than Sam's Club. I've been to both, but only have Sam's around me. I really don't find big advantages at Sam's, DH mainly got it to save on gas, but I'm not that sure that it is worth what we get there.

Glad you lost another pound, but sorry to hear about the pain in the legs. DH would say it is probably or mostly the body getting rid of the toxins. He has strong feelings about the body and toxins. I'm not quite as convinced as he is, but I am sure it does have something to do with some of the pains. I also know that when my mom was taking many different prescriptions she felt awful. we thought she was on too many things that were probably having chemical reactions. She finally felt that way herself and stopped most all of them (only stayed on 2 that she know that she needed). She felt much better once all the medications cleared her body.

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Lost another pound, but feeling really tired today. Went grocery shopping at BJ's wholesale, and bought more veggies in bulk, since they're a lot cheaper there, and then my knee started acting up, so I put some ice on it. Have noticed my legs hurting more, but that may be because I've stopped taking any IBProfun or Advil or anything while on this fast, and I'm walking more and trying to do a video a day, but that's kind of fallen by the wayside, because a lot of the videos on Spark are for twenty year olds who are already in shape, not for more senior people with bad knees, bad feet, or bad backs.

I do want to keep up with the soup, even after the cleansing thing, because it's an excellent way to get all my veggies for the day, and it's a better way to get magnesium, calcium, manganese, etc. I think just having the soup will improve my health, because it's very filling, and it makes me consistently eat all my veggies.

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You're on late. Yes I do have a crock pot. I don't use it much though. I never seem to throw the food in when I should. Might be a good way to really break it in. emoticon
I hear you when you say it takes a while to start losing and how you gain when others would be down five lbs. Not quite 2 years ago I did a 40 day fast of sorts. I didn't eat but one meal after the sun went down and then it was a healthy meal...I hardly lost anything really about 12 lbs. but others would have been much more. When ever I take medications I always put on weight. I even seem to find other people's weight when they say they have lost some. emoticon
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Thanks for the encouragement. Now it's the weekend, which is always a little harder, because I'm home, and I spend a lot of time in the kitchen or passing through the kitchen, and my hubby is not on a soup diet, so...but I am still holding strong. Just another week of this, and hopefully my system will be in better working order. I've only lost two pounds, but that's actually a break through for me, because it usually takes weeks for me to lose any weight at all. I'm the only one I know who can be in the hospital for a week on IV fluids, and not lose a pound--or even worse, gain weight. What is up with that? The acupuncturist says it's because my digestive system isn't working properly due to toxins built up from the medications I take, so hopefully, this will help.

Do you have a crockpot? That is the easiest way to make the soup and keep it handy for whenever you get hungry.

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Way to go! You can do it! You will do it!!! Be honest with me and I will try to help you want to stick to it. I'm proud of you for not trying those things, but really can't you just feel that disgusting grease and coat your mouth and then your arteries...especially if you have any inflammation because that is where the cholesterol will go if you are having problems causing plaque. So emoticon emoticon

Personally I really need to get back on the wagon, Well, I am sort of hanging on to the end of the wagon, but still dragging my feet.

Please stick with this, them I may try the recipe if you send it to me. I need to clean out also. I did start a heavy duty probiotic a couple of weeks ago and I hope it is doing something.

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Feeling a little better today. This will be my 3rd day of soup without cheating. (1st day I had two apples with peanut butter for dinner after the soup, 2nd night I had some crackers with cheese). Not feeling exactly energetic, but surprisingly, I'm not having difficulty with the willpower aspect--at least not as much as I thought I would. They had these really delicious donuts today from this place called Mojos--donuts with bacon, snicker doodle donuts, key lime donuts, strawberry cheesecake donuts--but I refrained and I'm still eating my soup.


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That does seem extreme, but you can do it. I've been told that detoxing can make you feel tired at first and even make you have aches and pains for a while and then you move through that phase and start to feel energized. emoticon

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Yes, it does feel like I'm getting my mojo back--and soon I'll be a Mini-Me. (Austin Powers movie reference).

I'm having mixed feelings about the soup. It seems to be working in some ways, but the acupuncturist seems to think I should eat nothing but this soup for fourteen days--which seems a little much, to me. I've been doing pretty well, but by the end of the day I feel exhausted--so I've been cheating by having sliced apples with a little peanut butter, or a bowl of oatmeal when I get really hungry and can't face eating anymore soup. I'm hoping that eventually I'll gain the willpower to just eat soup all day long without anything else--at least for one day, but so far I've needed to have one small meal of something else. This is day three--wish me luck. She told me to drink more water, too. Apparently eight cups isn't enough, so I'm trying to do that.

I think I would prefer to eat normally for breakfast and lunch, and then only have the soup from 7:00 pm on (when I get home from work). Still, I will try to do this cleansing thing as well as I can for the next week or so, and see how I feel.

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That's the truth to the last statement!
We are supposed to be in the 50's this weekend. Crazy isn't it? This really has been a strange weather pattern..
I am glad that you seem to be getting your MOJO back. May you be blessed with a great year!

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The temperature is in the fifties today, and with the wind blowing it feels colder, but I have to laugh when I hear people saying they are "freezing". They have no idea what freezing really is. It's a nice change, but I'm sure it will be back to being in the 80s by the end of the week. I wish I could find somewhere to live that stayed between 55 and 75 degrees all year round. I don't really relish one extreme (HOT) or the other (FREEZING).

Sorry to hear about your finger. I know, it's really weird when you just move a certain way, and hurt yourself. The problem with getting older, I guess. I've done that to my back, my shoulder, my knee, and also to my thumb over the last few years. Wouldn't it be nice if we could get our twenty year old bodies back? I would take much better care of mine this time.
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Some what slow...the cold weather doesn't exactly make me want to do too much. Your detox soup sounds like quite the thing. perhaps it will blend the flavors a bit more over night. Maybe add a bay leaf or 2? I need to make some split pea soup tomorrow, but I don't know if it will be detoxing...probably not to the air if you know what I mean.

I just can't seem to get into exercising right now. I looked into the team, but had just hurt my ring finger and it hurt so bad that it felt broken, swollen and everything. I was pretty sure it was just a broken blood vessel. It was, but hurt for days. It is finally starting to feel better. It was really nuts because I really did nothing to cause it just a simple movement, but it just zapped my desire to move around because I was always bumping it and I could hardly close my hand around anything.

I heard the cold weather went deep into FL. Did it reach you? We were at -9 most of the day. I don't expect it got that low near you. There were places in Alaska that were 56 degrees warmer than us today.

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Made two crockpots of vegetable soup: onions, garlic, eggplant, tomato, brussel sprouts, cabbage, spinach, kale, bell peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, tumeric and cumin.

Not bad--no salt, and just cooked in water, so nothing really fantastic, but it was filling, and takes care of my 7 veggies a day needs, and supposedly will help my liver and kidneys remove toxins, or whatever. My acupuncturist suggested it, to help me get my digestive system on track and to undo the damage from the cholesterol medication I've been taking.

I dance-walked 45 minutes today, and did one of the videos for my January Jumpstart challenge, so I'm feeling pretty good, though I know I'll be sore in the morning.

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Happy New Year to you, also!! May all your goals be achieved! emoticon

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It is really hard with parents. My Mom passed five years ago, but in 1999, I moved her from a trailer home in Brighton, Colorado, to Century Village, in Pembroke Pines, Florida. It was the largest one bedroom they have, it was on the lake, and it was on the first floor, so she never had to climb stairs, if the elevators broke down.

She loved it, but it was really hard to get her to become involved with the community there, and make friends with her neighbors, at first. It took years to get her to start socializing; I think because she was still mourning the loss of her last husband, and she was also losing her sight. I tried to take her out every other weekend, to breakfast, or lunch, or grocery shopping, etc., but I had my own house and my own stuff to take care of in Miami, which was about a 1/2 hour drive away.

I used to feel guilty about not doing enough for her, but my husband kept saying I could only do for her if she would allow me to, and she was very uncooperative at times, and super critical of everything. I guess you just have to do the best you can in those situations, and hope it's enough. When I get to be that age, if I make it to my eighties, that is, I will try to remember to be more pleasant and cooperative with my own children.

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It is so hard to keep up with the proper nutritional info because the producer of the foods keeps updating their recipes. So many foods have reduced their salt etc. I agree that it would be easier if everyone entered the portion weight when entering their info. That is how I have started entering my items now. Makes it easier to be accurate. It might be hard to delete entries that people have put in because that it what they are currently using themselves.

It can be difficult to look after our parents generation. Trying to keep them in their own home might be best for them but it can be really hard on the family. I am losing a client some time in the next week because her children have decided it is time to move her to a senior complex. I am trying to encourage her to stay active and meet the other residents. I hope she does well.

I had a shower for my grandson last weekend. It was a great success. Then we sang happy birthday to my husband. This weekend we are having our thanksgiving dinner. I am only working 4 hours in the morning and 2 hours from 6-8. Should be a good day with all of my kids home with their families.

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No, I see your point. It is a hassle sometimes, but especially when the computer you're working on is not up to snuff. That's why I get so frustrated with all their "improvements" to the site, which just eat up more memory and take longer to load.

I kind of hoped when we got to vote on which foods are put in correctly or not, that would mean they would start getting rid of the ones that people consistently vote "not accurate", but I don't think that's happening.

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What you said, Tara, does clear up what I meant a bit. The tracker shouldn't say 1 serving, it should be the first listing, but it should say how much that serving is. I do wish they had a panel that would go through "member added" foods. They could clear a lot of duplicates out and perhaps just add them to the regular tracker when they see that some food is added regularly. I realize things are not prefect, but I used to have a program for a really old computer. It was so old it was on a big old floppy disk, but the food list was very easy to use. I tend to use "real" foods way more than prepackaged. Sometimes, I just find it frustrating to find an easy to enter way of doing things. I would have to admit I do the Quick Track most of the time now anyway. I just got too bogged down. Like in my first post, I found it difficult to figure out stalks(42 cals) and spears(8.6 cals) for broccoli. Really? Put down the weight so we can figure it out better. I don't like to chop my veggies up to measure them. The grams is easier, but then I need to change my scale all the time. Here I go again. sorry for the silly rant. Just ignore me. emoticon

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At least all that yard work counts as exercise! It's extremely tiring, though, and it is much worse if you don't do it for a while.

Paula, I'm not sure what you mean by Spark not listing fresh foods first. I find fresh foods listed by typing in the word and clicking search, for--apples, oranges, kale, cucumbers, etc.

I don't think they can discriminate against certain foods, because the website is for all the members, and we all have different diets. I don't think the Spark Management has much to do with the nutrition entries; that's done mostly by the members. I get confused with the grams measurement because that's not usually how we list it here in the U.S., but we have a lot of Canadian and European members, so that probably works for them. Usually they have foods entered with 1 serving as an option. If I can't find it on Sparkpeople, and the food doesn not have a container with the nutritional information, I usually search it through the internet and just add the information in myself, for future use.

I'm sorry, I wasn't clear on what it is that you want them to change when I read your post.

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I didn't think you had to do yard work. That wouldn't be very "companiony". It was somewhat for me and mom, however. She has a 3 acre place and has lots of land that needed mowing, raking, and weeding with fruit trees and berries. Of course it is way more than she should have, but things got beyond her and dad when he got sick and a move was just too much at that time. Dad passed on January 1 and mom just can't go through that big of a change now. She'd 91 and feels she hasn't much time left. (I would have to say after hearing her talk today I am afraid she may be right.) We are working through it. Either I go for a few weeks at a time or my husband and I do. I just hope when my sister's family moves in they will take better care of the outside at least right around the house. They have hardly taken the time to even mow. When I was out there the grass around the house around 8 inches long and needed raked, including the 8 inch stuff left to dry up from the time before. My husband spent Fathers day push mowing the yard and I raked. It was bad then too. Sorry don't mean to complain.

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I work for a company called Home Instead Senior Care. They find the clients and insure us. They hire PSWs as well but sometimes the seniors do not need personal care (bathing, incontinence, etc.) just someone to be with them and make sure they eat. I thought about getting my PSW certificate but I don't know how long I will be working. John has retired and if we move in a couple of years I will have to give up my jobs too. This is working for me right now. We do not do yard work for the seniors, just inside housework. We are not even supposed to climb ladders because of the liability issues if we fall. Most of the seniors have family that lives with them or close by and they do the yard work. We just give them a break or look after the senior when they are at work.
My hours are picking up right now. Worked 76 hours this half month plus my hours at the store.
I know that it is different when you are the family. John had to help with his mother's yard work until she moved to an apartment in July. She is now settling quite well into her new environment. It is just an apartment building but it is only adults and 90% of them are seniors. She has made some friends and has gone to some of the social events. It took her a couple of months to adjust and sometimes she still complains that we forced her to move, which we did not. Funny how they see things differently. She only unpacks a couple of boxes a week and then complains she can't find something. Good thing she has a second bedroom to store all of the unpacked boxes. She is only 74 and has no trouble looking after herself. She just had problems doing the yard work because of her arthritis.

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Do you work for a service with the seniors or did you somehow find the job through another source? My oldest daughter does that at night for an older lady. She likes the work, but for her it is a private contract and the lady requires 24/7 care. I just returned from my Mom's with doing a similar job of care. My sister has been caring for her for over a year now so I went out to give her some time off. She has her family there and will soon be moving in with her as they don't have a place at this time. I had to do a lot of outside work while there because her family had let it slide and felt my Mom should hire it done. That really upset me. It was a real challenge for me to get it done, but that was because they had let it go for so long. Well it was quite the strength exercise!

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I agree with you Paula. I usually try to use the grams measurement because it is too hard to judge just by looking at the food. Most things in Canada are now measured in grams, but the scale I have has the option for measuring in oz as well for the foods that don't have the grams option.
I really enjoy my job of being a companion to the seniors. They are so happy to see me. It is such an easy job too. One senior likes to watch old movies like Elvis and Shirley Temple. Another likes to play the card game Crazy Eights. I also do a little meal prep and house cleaning. I am getting good reviews from the clients and they ask me to take on new clients when the chance comes up.
My job at the grocery store is a lot harder as I have to stand for the whole shift and cut up fruit and vegetables or make salads. I do like the people I work with though. Each job has its advantages and neither job will guarantee me a certain number of hours.

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The thing I wish they would do some major work on would be the foods in the nutrition tracker. That has been a bugga boo with me since starting. I have felt that foods should be put in with the fresh foods first. A normal serving size being the first option for tracking would be nice. There are so many pre-packaged foods in the lists and such unhealthy options within those that it surprises me. Things like Broccoli... what exactly is the difference between the size of a stalk and a spear and a bunch? Chicken with skin and bone removed there are 0.5 breast then there is grams and unit(?) I have never understood these things and what they mean. I wish they would improve this aspect section of Spark.


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By the way, Paula, in response to your question about the new start page--personally, I wish they would just leave well enough alone. I don't like having to relearn everything every time they change the website, and I'm of the opinion, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. I think by making the website so complex, people end up spending more time online than they should, and would be better off exercising. Plus, it takes so long to load Sparkpeople now on my computer, a lot of times I can't even get on to do anything.

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