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LM.JACKSON's Photo LM.JACKSON Posts: 1,989
10/14/08 1:26 P

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Becky ... I did like your cute comment about having a ball ... If the family comes through at Christmas I might have you come over and give me a few pointers!

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10/14/08 1:20 P

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I think you'll be pleasantly surprised just how easy it actually is to sit on a ball! emoticon You may just want to start by sitting on it near a wall or sofa so you can hold on to something while you get seated. In my opinion, a stability ball is one piece of exercise equipment everyone should own- it's cheap; extremely easy to move & store; & you can do SOOO many things with it! And, when you use the foot pump to inflate the ball, you get a mini-workout! I think you'll have a ball with a stability ball. (Did ya like that one?! Hee hee!) emoticon

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10/14/08 12:25 A

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I've actually put a stability ball on my Christmas Wish List ... I'll have to make myself some safety rules to follow so I don't get hurt on it. Maybe I can put an old mattress on the floor first ... then if I fall they'll be plenty of padding! (I'm not talking about my bum either!)

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8/13/08 10:24 P

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Now that all depends on your sense of balance.....I can fall out of a chair too!!! emoticon


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8/13/08 5:37 P

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Of course I will... after I finish giggling & peeing my pants! emoticon

It's really not that bad! If the ball is inflated properly, your knees should be at right angles & your feet flat on the floor. Not too different from sitting in a loose, wheeled chair!

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Will you come to the hospital to see me when I roll off the exercise ball, hit my head on the desk, put my hip out of joint as I hit the floor, and have to call for a tow truck to help me back up???? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


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8/13/08 5:16 P

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emoticon Great idea Becky ... with my luck ... I'll roll right off of it! emoticon

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8/13/08 11:27 A

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I know I've mentioned this to others before, but one more time can't hurt...

Trade your computer chair in for an exercise ball! It will force you to use proper posture while at the key board! This engages your back, abs & legs!

Besides that... I think it's FUN! emoticon

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8/10/08 7:39 P

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I found this on another site, but thought it was worth sharing.

Here is an article from SP about "secret weapon" foods. Remember to get your 3 SparkPoints when you get to the link.

NOTE: If you are allergic to any of these foods or if any of these foods are on your do not eat list because of certain medical conditions, these secret weapons are NOT for you. Check with your healthcare provider if in doubt BEFORE you eat them.

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Secret Weapon Ingredients
Healthy Foods That Go With Almost Anything
-- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer

Ahem. . . allow us to introduce to you several Secret Weapon Ingredients. And what, you might ask, are Secret Weapon Ingredients? They are versatile foods that are perfect for mixing into many recipes and dishes and provide a nutritional punch to any meal. They are easy and convenient, and their nutritional benefits are numerous. Do you have trouble making your kids eat healthy foods? Sneak these into their meals and their bodies will be grateful.

Beans
These little guys are a major source of soluble fiber, which keeps the digestive tract moving efficiently and therefore allowing it to absorb nutrients more effectively. Fiber also lowers bad cholesterol levels in the blood. How can you use beans? Replace fatty meat with low-fat beans in some of your recipes. They will make you feel full, so you’re less likely to overeat. Add them to salad or soups. For a simple dinner idea, mix beans with brown rice or whole wheat pasta.

Berries
Since there are so many varieties, chances are you can find one that tickles your taste buds. Powerful antioxidants, berries help combat heart disease and cancer. Berries are filled with vitamin C, a nutrient that wards off illness and helps build up the body. And, just like beans, berries are a good source of fiber. Between strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, you’ll be doing your body a favor by tossing these into meals. Try them with your morning oatmeal, mixed into yogurt or smoothies, or as a low-fat ice cream topping. Feeling adventurous? Try sliced strawberries and raspberries topped with balsamic vinegar and powdered sugar.

Tomatoes
This amazing fruit, which we commonly call a vegetable, is easy to add to meals. No matter its classification, the fact of the matter is that tomatoes are proven to reduce the risk of certain cancers, especially those in the digestive tract, by absorbing free radicals. They provide great antioxidant protection for your body. As a bonus, they are probably one of the easiest Secret Weapon Ingredients to include in your cooking. Add to an omelet, top your salad, or toss into spaghetti sauce. Want more? Make your own homemade salsa, mixing chopped tomatoes, onions and chili peppers.

Peas
Did your mother ever nag you about eating your peas? Turns out she was right! Peas have a wealth of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein. That should be enough motivation to eat more than just a mouthful. Sautι with other vegetables (including tomatoes) and eat over brown rice. Add peas to your chicken casseroles, soups, salads, even lasagna. Try them with or without the pods and be creative.

Carrots
Yet another choice that’s packed with antioxidants. Specifically, carrots contain beta-carotene, which helps promote good eye health. Of course, you can enjoy these veggies raw, and they make convenient snacks just about anywhere you go. Carrots have a pretty mild flavor, so they can also easily be incorporated into a variety of recipes; they will enhance tastes without being too overwhelming. Heat them up in your stew or soup for tonight’s dinner. Use them to top your pizza (seriously, a little shredded carrot can give pizza some extra vegetable health) or cook some carrots in with your stuffing.



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LM.JACKSON's Photo LM.JACKSON Posts: 1,989
8/6/08 11:55 P

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Here's a handy tip for your dressing on your salads. I don't like many dressings so often don't get much choice of lite or fat free when eating out. Ask for you dressing on the side ... even at Hoss's they will give you a little cup to put it in.

When you use the dressing dip and shake your fork into the salad dressing and then take a bite of salad. This uses such a minimal amount of dressing you don't really need to eat the lite or fat free. The taste is better ... and you have it with every bite you take.

A lot of people will dip their salad into the dressing but it still uses quite a bit of dressing ... try the fork dip method and see how little dressing you actually use.

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8/3/08 8:39 P

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I found this great list for Calories you burn doing different activities ... check it out and see how many calories you burn!

https://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calo
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Here's a few examples if you weigh 200 pounds
15 minutes of general low impact aerobics burns 132 calories
30 minutes of gardening burns 150 calories
40 minutes of bowling burns 192 calories
60 minutes walking (2 mile pace) burns 240 calories
60 minutes of golf using a cart burns 336 calories

Check it our for yourself and see how many ways you can burn calories each day


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