Just for fun, please explain your Spark name:)
Wednesday, May 11, 2011      38 comments

Does your curiosity ever get the best of you, wondering what's behind some of the unique screen names Sparkers have chosen? I ask MELAPHANTN, and she gave me the scoop on hers. Then I thought, "It'd be fun, and it'd help us learn a bit more abou... Read more
Any Sparkers heard of this book?
Monday, May 09, 2011      14 comments

I was Googling something else and happened upon this intriguing book by Dr. J. Ron Eaker, a respected obstetrician/gynecologist. The title is "Fat Proof Your Family: God's Way of Forming Healthy Habits for Life". I found some bargain copies on e... Read more
Planning for a WHOPPER:)
Thursday, May 05, 2011      11 comments

Many times we think of the smiling Burger King as the evil healthy-eating nemesis, but with careful planning (and rare indulgences), his fare can be enjoyed! Hubby found a buy-one-get-one-free coupon for a regular Whopper. I was dismayed wh... Read more
About my animals (photo collage, better view)
Wednesday, May 04, 2011      6 comments

After posting a status message about putting a collage of my favorite animal/bird photos as my background, some of you commented that you couldn't see them well. Sure enough,... Read more
The survival of the not-so fittest! (My first YMCA visit)
Tuesday, May 03, 2011      18 comments

Hoping I will have use of my arms tomorrow. emoticon When I arrived to test out my brand-new Y membership, I ... Read more
Plan A is history, time for Plan B1!
Sunday, May 01, 2011      10 comments

Our local YMCA is offering a new member special: whatever day this month one joins, a corresponding $$ amount is the sign-up fee. Since tomorrow is May 2nd, I will be able to become a card-carrying member for a whopping $2, so I'm gonna give it ... Read more
Who ya gonna believe? (Calorie count discrepancies)
Thursday, April 28, 2011      5 comments

1. Gotta love those canned water chestnuts: a half-cup only has 20 calories. 2. I love canned water chestnuts, but for a non-starchy veggie, they're kinda high in calories: 50 in half a cup. Hey, wait a minute...I'm talking about the sam... Read more
Healthy eating: neither skimpy, laborious or boring (photo)
Wednesday, April 27, 2011      3 comments

Some folks think cooking/eating healthy would involve one or more of the descriptions in my blog title. I beg to differ! I love to eat tasty meals, but am not a great fan of ... Read more
Easter ham revisited (simple, hearty recipe)
Tuesday, April 26, 2011      4 comments

Found some dried lentils in my pantry and decided to cook them up with some small chunks of leftover ham. I had about 3/4 pound of the legumes, and I rinsed them, covered them with water about two inches above them, added 1/2 tsp. salt and a go... Read more
The sodium-monster's secret hiding places
Monday, April 25, 2011      2 comments

Wow... when I looked at my nutritional data from yesterday, I saw I'd consumed about 3500 milligrams of sodium! Acckkk! For one trying to get off blood pressure medicines, that is too-too- much (but it was a rare occurrence). ... Read more
Easter lunch...got your game plan ready?
Saturday, April 23, 2011      4 comments

It's one of those celebration days (and what a wonderful event to celebrate!) that usually brings family and friends together around a table groaning with goodies. I've been thinking of my plan...have you? ... Read more
My birthday gifts to me!
Friday, April 22, 2011      7 comments

One way to get what we want for our birthday is to go buy it ourselves, right? emoticon Since today is my spe... Read more
An experiment...
Wednesday, April 20, 2011      7 comments

Weight loss equations work...but only perfectly in a perfect world. 3500 calories reduced from one's diet and/or exercised away will result in a pound lost...right? That's a mathematical equation, but obviously my scale failed MATH 101. ... Read more
Photo smile for the day: gas coupon
Tuesday, April 19, 2011      6 comments

Just a heads-up to you thrifty shoppers out there. I discovered a few of these coupons the other day; they can be turned in for a gallon of gas. I'm not sure how long they'll be good for, so if you have some lying around the house, you'd better ... Read more
A healthier Easter basket:)
Monday, April 18, 2011      6 comments

On another site I visit (AARP's Fat2Fit), a member had quipped that she was going to contact the Easter Bunny and put in her order for a fruit basket...I thought this was such a novel idea! ... Read more

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