Jusfolk weighs in on the new show: Heavy
Tuesday, January 18, 2011      2 comments

I'm thinking a lot of Sparkers tuned in to watch "Heavy" last night. This Monday night program presented by A & E introduced us to two morbidly-obese patients from the Houston, Texas area: Tom and Jodi (the show can be seen at http://tinyurl.com... Read more
A Savory Spread
Monday, January 17, 2011      2 comments

Most of us are not going to always eat whole-grains, so for that occasion when we wish to veer off the perfectly straight-and-narrow, here's a tasty, low-cal treat: Garlic-parmesan spread (for garlic bread): *1 cup vegetable oil s... Read more
All canned beans are not created equal!
Saturday, January 15, 2011      2 comments

One of my health-focused New Year's Solutions (instead of resolutions!) is to eat more dried beans and legumes. I love to cook up a meal of one of our area's specialties - red beans and rice - using the dried beans, but have been enjoying trying... Read more
I'm Dreaming of a Light Christmas
Wednesday, December 22, 2010      5 comments

Hope you Bing Crosby fans will get a laugh out of these lyrics I tweaked. Come on, you know the tune, give it a whirl! "I'm dreaming of a light Christmas, just like the ones I used to know, When my size 8s fit me, my guy winked at me, and... Read more
Catering a luncheon
Friday, October 15, 2010      3 comments

For those who offered support and encouragement on the "YES I CAN" challenge, to donate a pound of canned food to help feed the hungry, for the pounds you lose between now and the holiday...thanks so much! I hope you'll keep me informed:) ... Read more
"Yes I CAN" holiday challenge!
Monday, October 11, 2010      7 comments

Thanksgiving is a bit over 6 weeks off. Wondering how many of you would be interested in taking on a challenge: Work at losing 10 pounds (or whatever you want/need to lose) and donate a CAN of food for every pound you lose, to an organization th... Read more
I hold the key!
Monday, October 04, 2010      6 comments

Carole Carson, who has written the incredible "From Fat to Fit: Turn Yourself into a Weapon of Mass Reduction" and coach of the AARP Fat2Fit community group has plenty of great advice in this most-excellent book. Carole lost 41 pounds in the fou... Read more
Why do some embrace extremely STRICT tactics?
Friday, October 01, 2010      5 comments

There's a physician-regulated weight-loss craze going great guns in my city. It is super-strict (one participant calls it "Atkins on speed"), beginning with bringing on ketosis by limiting calories to 500 a day for the first several days or a we... Read more
Our four-sided person
Friday, September 24, 2010      4 comments

I've just began the series of First Place 4 Health Bible studies: this one is called "Seek God First". This incredibly-successful program ( www.firstplace4health.co
m ) focuses on the four components of a person's life: physi... Read more
Food groupings save time in nutrition tracking
Wednesday, September 22, 2010      3 comments

Those who don't like the time it takes to select and fill in the foods eaten each day can greatly benefit by creating food groupings. Many of you already know about this feature, but this topic may be new to some. I realized I had favorite ... Read more
Pass the REAL stuff, please!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010      6 comments

This is just one of those "my opinion, FWIW" blog posts. I enjoyed a great breakfast this morning, and it has kept me satisfied more than any I've had recently. I had 1.5 slices of bacon (yep, the real sodium-infused, fat-laden kind) and fried a... Read more
A leaner sandwich
Saturday, September 11, 2010      3 comments

I'm sure there are quite a few Sparkers who are voracious readers. And for those of us watching our caloric intake, some of the most important reading we can do is in the grocery aisles. ... Read more
How much difference can 100 calories make?
Friday, September 10, 2010      2 comments

Today at the YMCA, a local dietician presented a great program. I already knew about 95% of what she shared, but picked up a few new pointers. One thing she brought out that set my brain-gears turning was to consider what happens when we in... Read more
Am I missing something here?
Tuesday, September 07, 2010      10 comments

You'll get a kick out of this info from our local paper. A seafood luncheon will be held at a local medical center to benefit the American Heart Association. Care to guess what's on the menu? I doubt it received approval from the AHA: fried fish... Read more
The first few minutes
Sunday, September 05, 2010      3 comments

Do you find the hardest part of exercise is not finishing the day's scheduled routine, but actually starting it? ... Read more

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