We now have living proof that the free online food ‘n exercise diary, http://www.myfitnesspal.com is very effective. We are continuing to accurately weigh, measure, level off all excess quantities and record every single item that goes in the mouth. Have trimmed down from a former size 18 to a svelte size 4 suit jacket and between a size 6 to 8 jeans or slacks (depending upon the manufacturer).
Results: More energy. Less arthritic pain. Much better health due to living a heart-healthy nutrition program. There is no “diet” involved. The key: strict, accurate and consistent PORTION CONTROL. If you choose to become more healthy, you will be successful too.
Water Retention Weight Caused by Excess Sodium (Salt) (Edit post)
Here’s what happens when the body is retaining fluids, more often than not, caused by excess intake of high salt/sodium. Pay close attention to those labels when you shop for groceries or use items you already have in your kitchen.
The FDA requires all content to be listed in order of quantity. Therefore, the first FOUR items on every label should be your “red flag” warning. If one of those items is sodium or salt, then you need to choose a different product. Quite often, many of our commonly used foods are our worst weight loss “enemies”. We also have to watch the CORN SYRUP content. They put that rubbish in everything including hot dogs, lunch meats, bacon and sausages.
Most all prepared foods and frozen entrees or meals are loaded with salt. It’s football playoff season as well as the heat of the basketball and ice hockey seasons. That means many of the sports fans are snacking on all kinds of chips, dips, etc. along with crackers, cheeses, pizza, shrimp with seafood cocktail sauces, etc. What are those culprits loaded with: hidden fats, hidden sugars, hidden sodium/salt content.
Here are my weight fluctuations caused by the above info:
Dec. 29: 131.6 lbs.
Jan 4: 132.4
Jan 5: 133.4
Jan 6: 131.6
Jan. 13: 132.5
Jan. 14: 131.7
Jan. 15: 131.4
Jan. 16: 131.0
Jan. 17: 130.2
Stay on track: one meal at a time/one day at a time.
Keep a set of individual measuring spoons & measuring cups next to your food scale. LEVEL OFF all excess quantities. Never use eating spoons to measure nor “eyeball” or “comparison” measure, i.e. size of your fist, a deck of cards, a tennis ball, etc. Been there~~done that! The comparison measuring is precisely how I ended up with an additional 25 lbs. on top of the 20 lbs. I needed to lose in the first place. If you think gaining just 2 lbs. is not much, consider that happening for the next 12 months and you’ve got: 48 lbs. more fat on your bones that are forcing your heart to work harder. That excess fat is placing a horrific strain on every single joint in your body.
You’ve already taken that great and wonderful positive first step by faithfully using this free online program. It’s been a real blessing for me to get me motivated, moving and helping me stay on track. I have finally faced the fact that I am no different that a bottomed out alcoholic or drug addict, I must stay in this self-rehabilitation program for the rest of my life or I’ll end up allowing the fat to sneak back on to my little frame. We were placed on this earth to eventually carry a certain body weight (your IDEAL body weight, in proportion). When we overload our bones, our bodies are going to not function well and, our self-destructive lifestyle of overeating the wrong foods, our quality of life deteriorates even to the point of an earlier death.
For those who are not familiar with the free online weight reduction tool, GO TO: http://www.myfitnesspal.com
There are no “diets”, per se, to follow on the MFP site. What it is: a food and exercise diary that has an incredible database of most of the commonly used food & beverage products. The user database grows by the thousands, daily. You can connect with others using the program for a self-help support group method. It works! It’s free! and I’m going to use it for the rest of my life (hopefully, it will last that long). I’m very grateful for the My Fitness Pal volunteer developers who continue to help all of us by maintaining the site.
Stay happy, eat healthy and move that precious body or it’s going to “rust”! 🙂
Well, as of August 2008, we were back into tracking
down ancestors. This opportunity was just too good to let it slip on past
without reaching out and grabbing that ol’ “brass ring” as we dance
our way through the pathway of life. We are working with the latest high-tech
genealogy research program are are really excited about what we’re able to find
in using it. What this program does is group researchers who are working in the
same family lines together. This way, we can see what data others have found on
our ancestors and vice-versa.
When we began using the program, it was a struggle
because, first, we have to search out all our ancestors who are already in the
program. Following that, we must go through each name very carefully to find
all the duplicates and combine them as though they were one individual. Yes,
it’s a big challenge but the rewards are wonderful for all of us.
In this process, I came across a great software
program that easily interfaces between the genealogy database in my computer
and the genealogy search program’s system. I have been able to link and
synchronize the individuals in the database as well as easily transmit my new
data across the wires right into the new FamilySearch program. We can search for
duplicates and do the combining tasks from within the program without
difficulty. We can even copy our unique notes into the new FamilySearch
program. This great software has been consuming most of my time these past few
weeks because it works so well, it’s like that book that you just cannot stop
reading. Right now, new FamilySearch is accessible only to members of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints but, after it’s been running
throughout the entire world and has been completely fine-tuned, it will be open
to all in the world who wish to participate in the program and there will not
be a monthly fee for you to pay.
We are so grateful for having the blessing of this
genealogy tool which we consider as a great “gift” because we are
continuously amazed at the new information we are able to gather. We have also
been able to make personal contact with some other researchers to collaborate
in doing our family history research. Cousins are popping up from all over this
wonderful world and we love it!
If you would like to view the video tutorial to see
how the Ancestral Quest 12.1 software works, you can click on this link: Ancestral Quest Video Tutorial. May we suggest that you view the video at least 2-3
times before trying to use the software. For those who are not members of the
LDS church, at this time, you will be able to use the software only as a
Now that you’ve seen the benefits of using the software
and what a great time-and-effort-saver it will be for you, you might like to
consider downloading it for a 60 day trial at: DOWNLOAD Ancestral Quest 12.1. We are not receiving any compensation from the
software developer nor have they requested we promote their product. The
purpose of this blog is to share what makes your genealogy research much easier
and more enjoyable. Happy high-tech family history research everyone.
It’s taken several
months to start living a "normal" routine again after serving the
Lord’s mission in Central America. First of
all, I came home to a weed, wild blackberry bramble and out-of-control Alder
tree "forest". I tried whittling away at it myself but it was far too
much for this l’il ‘ol lady to manage. I contacted my home teacher
"church" to ask if he knew where I could hire someone I could afford
on my little pension income. Yesterday, I was inspired to bake a couple of
apple-cherry combination pies and gave one to another friend who did me a huge
favor. The other was for my home teacher who was away when I called. When he
returned the call, he informed me he would be at my house at 8 a.m. sharp this
morning. When I went outside to check on the noises I had heard just before 8
a.m., I found there were two other priests from the church busily getting
started on that mess of a yard. By 8 o’‘clock, there were a total of four very industrious
priests busily working away with a DR trimmer, a chain saw, a huge weed drimmer
and a couple pairs of pruning shears. Quickly, I grabbed my leather gloves and
my own pruning shears, popped on a baseball hat and joined the team. My
goodness, when my next door neighbor returns home from his get-away weekend,
will he ever be amazed! Now, I can actually walk around the entire outside of
my house. Now, that’s a real big Wow!
Now, as I sit at the computer working in my tiny home office, I can actually
look out the window and not be staring at the horrid former weed & bramble
forest while serving a second Lord’s mission as an Area Support Missionary
specializing in New Family Search by helping people from around the world with
our church’s super-high tech genealogy program.
New Family Search is the latest state-of-the-art genealogy search program
where, if you have built or uploaded your own genealogy database to the site,
it’s not too far in the future where you’ll be able to actually see other
people’s genealogy databases if they’re working in your same family lines. What
it does is group all those ancestors together. You will be able to see what
data the others have and vice-versa. You will not be able to change any of
their information if you see errors in their work and they cannot change yours
but you can add a note to dispute the incorrect information that will be seen
Right now, New Family Search is only open to members of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints but…when all the little glitches are worked out
of the constantly revising program and … all the districts in the entire
world are up and running smoothly, all that data will be open to YOU , i.e. THE
WORLD on the new familysearch web site. So, hang in there, it’s coming and I
know you’re going to love the program and how it will help all of you to find