CTUPTON's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CTUPTON CTUPTON's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Ignore the naysayers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954306 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c36cd32e-341a-4441-b089-7905fe1f2d2c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "So she wants to fly. And she thinks she has a butterfly inside. And that business about focusing and goals! Ha! Ha! Ha!" Thu, 2 Jul 2015 07:31:34 EST Leg pain is much reduced! What a relief! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953467 I think it was the wrapping done for lymphatic drainage and the light massage that went with it. <BR> <BR> I cannot remember when my legs felt this good. <BR> <BR> Only one leg was wrapped, but the other one was not so puffy. But it had the knee that won't bend. I am making improvements with that by stretching the front of the thigh. <BR> <BR> <BR> chris <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:30:38 EST About the book: The Moonstone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952822 Boy, wouldn't it be cool to get a letter from Charles Dickens about a novel you wrote! chris <BR> <BR> from Goodreads website: <BR> The following is a recently found letter written by the English author Charles Dickens to his friend Wilkie Collins concerning the latter’s newly released 1868 novel The Moonstone: <BR> <BR> Charles Dickens <BR> 11 Gad’s Hill Place <BR> Hingham, Kent <BR> England <BR> <BR> November 13, 1868 <BR> <BR> Dear Wilkie, <BR> <BR> I am now pressing my pen agains... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:17:11 EST Your suggestions about my "chopping vegetables" problem. You are the finest people I know! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952316 Ad you can see, the answers are all different! I just love the variety of ways we look at the world. Whowouldathunkit! <BR> <BR> I love everyone's suggestion. <em>250</em> It gave me lots to think about! <BR> <BR> But my personal favorite (for creativity) is this one: <BR> <BR> <BR> I never would have thought to make chopping vegetables like a lesson plan with professional tools, instead of dreaded woman's work! <BR> <BR> So I can take pride in it rather than see it as drudgery ... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 17:29:28 EST A home spa-foot massage --kids' birthday party! Isn't this cool! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952301 I did not do this. It was done by a friend who has two sets of growing up twins! <BR> I really don't know how this Mom gets it all done--and she works full time, too! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9ce37cf7-6018-42c0-8f93-0525a7487a34.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9555644d-d6d1-4893-bbca-92fbc7814ab0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0e9fcdfd-35f3-4cbb-a707-23f6c7b17253.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 16:57:32 EST The problem underlying my hatred of chopping vegetables---deeply held personal beliefs.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952098 That sounds very serious, doesn't it. <BR> <BR> I have always had low energy, even as a kid. <BR> <BR> Long ago, I made it a priority to do the "things that mattered." And I believed first of all I needed a good education and I was naturally good at the "school skills" like reading and writing--"bookwork." <BR> <BR> Success all through school reinforced my basic belief system. I also had a bent toward "service work." So I became a teacher of the Deaf--teaching science. I knew no Deaf peo... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 07:25:02 EST A stupid chore that I have never wanted to do but now have to I guess...chopping vegetables! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952094 I have not ever cooked much and chopping vegetables has always been a thing I hate. I never actually faced it before. <BR> <BR> Now that John needs soft foods and dietetic meals I have to prepare suitable meals for him. I was often just giving him a steak or hamburger. He never wanted vegetables--in fact would not eat them! Now he can't fill up on carbs and meat like before, he needs tasty meals well prepared. If I give him meals like before ( very, very quick prep and take out!) his diabet... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 07:04:16 EST Do you use a food processer? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951351 I just made coleslaw. I used the nutribullet to chop the cabbage. Later I tride my blender which has a "chop" setting. Both of these chopped some very fine (too fine) and left lots in big chunks. <BR> <BR> I don't have a food processer. <BR> <BR> chris Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:04:57 EST Tomorrow--no morning appointments! So I can get to the pool! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950476 Between hubby's diabetes,rehab,weak swallowing muscles and my painful legs I have been missing lots of water aerobics classes. I need those times in the pool. Tomorrow I can get there! <BR> <BR> Yeah! The world will have to wait. <BR> <BR> chris Wed, 24 Jun 2015 20:48:23 EST Chia crisp Breads http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950459 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c92c501c-30d1-4b68-bb5e-a32f1498a4c8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Chia Crispbreads <BR> <BR> 1/2 cup mixed seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, etc) <BR> 1/4 cup chia seeds <BR> 2 tablespoons flax seeds <BR> 1/4 cup rolled oats <BR> 1/4 cup wholegrain flour <BR> 3/4 teaspoon sea salt <BR> <BR> 1 cup water <BR> 2 tablespoons olive oil <BR> <BR> Serves 6-8 <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>------------------------ <BR> Preheat oven to 150C/3... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 20:04:48 EST Last night's meltdown and feeling better today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950315 Last night was hubby's first day home from rehab. It seemed totally overwhelming. <em>46</em> I had a good cry and talked somewhat to the wonderful aide I pay to put him in bed each night. <BR> <BR> Why am I suddenly overwhelmed? It has been 9 yrs. since his stroke and most things related to his care are in place....but...... he is newly diagnosed having diabetes. And he has been choking. And.... the rehab gave him lots of laxatives....and..and... <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> -new foods for... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:36:22 EST Thank you! Spark administrators, what a great website! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949604 I have so much fun here. And I meet such helpful and generous sparkers! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>380</em> <em>250</em> <em>304</em> <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> chris Tue, 23 Jun 2015 07:44:01 EST Why do smart people think eating 500 cal. a day is good??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949294 A good friend just told me that . She was already thin but last time we saw here she was thinner. Now she found an eating plan that will diagnose her health problems and the plan is 500 cal. per day. She said she just had a huge salad for lunch and was not hungry at all. She said some people lose 20 lbs. on this and she has already lost 14! <BR> <BR> Now before all this she was not overweight!!!! Her doctor told her he wanted her to lose some weight to manage her diabetes better. I hate it w... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 16:41:27 EST SP article: cutting arthritis risk with foods--foods I don't eat often! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948314 If you are looking for a way to protect your body against arthritis, it may already be a part of your normal breakfast routine—orange juice. To receive the protective, anti-inflammatory benefits of <BR> <BR> beta-cryptoxanthin and zeaxanthin <BR> <BR> include 7-9 fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. Foods high in these particular carotenoids include: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> oranges, papaya, tangerines, kale, collard greens, spinach, swiss chard, mustard greens, red pepper, okra and... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 19:09:25 EST Rates of allergy symptoms in the US--each state compared... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947884 <link>symptoms.webmd.com/seasonal-allergy-<BR>map-tool/default.htm </link> <BR> <BR> Yup, my state, Connecticut has high allergy rating today! Fri, 19 Jun 2015 19:26:47 EST Seasonal allergies are making me miserable! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947868 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/961c7945-18af-415f-bec0-e7b5dd161343.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/96515a80-e48d-4fd8-966e-d4b04c4f0e88.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/63b383f9-6ba4-4e98-a138-cbebddc33c5b.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a8388357-583d-49a6-8991-71b44d347fac.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e2c825fc-6265-4774-b06b-f00543829ec7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The following chart says polle... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 18:53:09 EST DHA research-- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947433 On my kitchen windowsill was a bottle of DHA and...something else. A small dropper bottle. I must have bought it for some reason. <em>24</em> Can't remember why. I was looking it up and found this: <BR> <BR> These research efforts, done with laboratory animals, used a level of DHA supplementation that would equate to about 2-4 grams per day for an average person. In the diet, the most common source of DHA is fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel or sardines <link>oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/arc... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 21:25:59 EST A prayer posted by a good sparkfriend of mine. I am grateful for this prayer. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947037 DEAR GOD, ENLIGHTEN WHAT'S DARK IN ME... STRENGTHEN WHAT'S WEAK IN ME... MEND WHAT'S BROKEN IN ME, BIND WHAT'S BRUISED IN ME, HEAL WHAT'S SICK IN ME, AND LASTLY... REVIVE WHATEVER PEACE AND LOVE HAS DIED IN ME <BR> <BR> Thank you my good sparkfriend for posting this. <BR> <BR> I am putting it in my blog so I can read it often. <BR> <BR> chris Thu, 18 Jun 2015 06:59:47 EST Thank you all for the birthday wishes! You made my day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946857 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a00d6899-a9d4-482e-89cb-7e0a988850a4.jpg"> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 20:49:39 EST We have heard these tips before, but not bad to see them again. Plus Luminosity games! I do those g http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946855 <BR> Declining memory and dementia are not a normal part of aging. There are many things you can do now to prevent or reverse inflammation of the brain! <BR>  <BR> 1.Add coconut oil to your diet. There is growing evidence that regular consumption of coconut oil may offer profound benefits in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. One of the primary fuels your brain uses is glucose. When your brain becomes insulin resistant, atrophy due to starvation can occur. But if you choose to lim... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 20:42:33 EST shortened thigh muscles causing leg not to bend--news to me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946655 This is what my chiropractor told me I have. I never heard of this. <BR> <BR> I could not go to my water aerobics classes for about 2 months after my shoulder replacement surgery. The chiropractor said that is what caused my problem. It is the leg I had a knee meniscus tear worked on maybe 8 years ago. <BR> <BR> The other knee bends OK. (Other than arthritis in both knees.) <BR> <BR> chris Wed, 17 Jun 2015 12:20:21 EST Um...it is my birthday....chris http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946651 <em>44</em> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 12:14:49 EST lymphedema and lymphatic drainage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945771 I had my 1 hour eval today. I know I have fluid buildup in my leg tissues. (doppler ultrasound proved it) And I have major pain. It has been a many year quest to work on fluid in my legs. Maybe I will now get help with this. <BR> <BR> <BR> I had no idea it would be so much work. The physical therapist specifically trained in this out lined the treatment. <BR> <BR> -she measured both legs for strength, flexibility and took many measurements with a tape measure. <BR> -the first step is tap... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 21:28:43 EST clark howard--save big money-- I need to try these! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945617 <BR> Save big money using these apps <BR> • Amazon Price Check - Scan a barcode or snap a picture of an item and then compare against Amazon prices. <BR> • BuyVia - Scan a barcode and compare against online prices. <BR> • Milo - Lets you search the shelves of local stores at home and on-the-go. <BR> • PriceGrabber - Get the lowest prices on computers, electronics, furniture, cameras and more. <BR> • RedLaser - Shopping price comparison app. Find the best prices online or locally, a... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 14:39:21 EST I did it--took hazardous waste stuff to collection day for our town! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944901 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/81c88ff6-ca72-4fbd-8ef0-06b8910806cf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e03a7906-a04f-4a9f-92e9-3d9ca92fe01e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3835f77e-ab04-47ae-b5ff-1cf29f0e5abc.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I just pushed myself to collect the hazardous chemicals to discard. Today was the collection day. I have been waiting for this day for almost a year. Really, I was not sure I could g... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 11:12:47 EST I wet my pants reading this about the paleo eating plan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944889 <link>www.popsugar.com/fitness/Paleo-Diet-<BR>Experience-37631676?utm_content=buffer<BR>6cf29&utm_medium=social&utm_source=fac<BR>ebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer </link> Sun, 14 Jun 2015 10:50:02 EST Making progress toward selling the condo....STUFF! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944864 <BR> How on earth can people amass so much stuff! I wish I could show you a nice living room with a couch and decorative tables, and perfect bedrooms , a lovely organized office, sparkling bathrooms..... I will get there. Thankfully, moving in date has been postponed a ffew times. Now it is moved to the "cold weather" probably late fall 20115. <BR> <BR> Think I will make it? <BR> <BR> a couple more photos; <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f0cc3cb1-e319-48... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 10:04:16 EST I am seeing real progress toward moving! more to come http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944861 <BR> <BR> you all have been hearing my woes about putting our condo on the market. Maybe 2 years daily I think of the huge task and often got overwhelmed. I am pretty much doing it alone and caregiving and worrying about a grown daughter's problems. Not to mention my own sluggish metabolism, shoulder surgery, daily leg pain, and all those doctor appts. for hubby and me at age 68. He is presently in rehab after a metformin reaction so I am making major progress at the condo. Having him not h... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 09:57:44 EST Freezing mashed avocado--yes add lemon juice to it before freezing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944630 I should have explained that. Sorry. chris Sat, 13 Jun 2015 20:55:15 EST I keep putting off a task related to selling this condo... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944629 There is a hazardous waste drive going on. I really, really need to collect our stuff and take it there tomorrow! I am very lucky it is happening now. It is actually the perfect time for me to get rid of this stuff! <BR> <BR> Our site is a Jewish synagogue! Weird, isn't it? And because of that they are collecting on Sun. not Sat. like all the other collection sites. That is fine with me. I had to be home all day today to wait for my Pea Pod grocery order to arrive. But tomorrow I have no ... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 20:53:43 EST Peel avocados the right way to get the most benefit--who knew! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943988 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c7d79062-8db3-42b7-8be9-6566f8d390e0.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a21bfa2f-4f90-45a0-a4ff-0f41241c945e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> To Maximize Benefits, Peel Your Avocado the Right Way <BR> <BR> the following is from Dr. Fuhrman but I have read the same thing (reducing cholesterol with avocadoes) in other places. There is actual research! chris <BR> <BR> <BR> "Interestingly, the manner in which you de-skin your avocado can affe... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 11:38:55 EST Stop Eating CRAP...a wonderful blog by a sparkfriend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943885 Thank you, TREKPURRSON! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933734 </link> <BR> <BR> carbs (I changed this from carbonated drinks) I love breads, crackers, cookies.....my downfall! <BR> R? oops--I need to look this up---refined sugars <BR> artificial "foods" <BR> preservatives -- as in processed "foods"---- Fri, 12 Jun 2015 08:39:47 EST Wishing you...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943367 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ff6eaf3f-86b5-457c-921c-534334e8934d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>pocketperspectives.com/ </link> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 09:01:32 EST Rearrange the letters...results are hard to believe! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943362 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/22d65655-7c42-4533-acb4-b1d159ed5350.jpg"> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 08:45:24 EST Zucchini Corn Bread--this is the first time I have heard of this-sounds good. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941364 This is a box of Jiffy corn muffin mix, 1 medium zucchini grated and 1 egg. Mix (add a little water if Mix is dry) bake according to box directions. No milk as zucchini is the substitute. <BR> <BR> chris Sun, 7 Jun 2015 20:12:39 EST Humor for lexophiles--enjoy! More on the link page... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940212 HUMOR FOR LEXOPHILES <BR> I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me. <BR> <BR> Police were called to a day care where a three-year-old was resisting a <BR> rest. <BR> <BR> Did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was cut off? He's all <BR> right now. <BR> <BR> The roundest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. <BR> <BR> The butcher backed up into the meat grinder and got a little behind in <BR> his work. <BR> <BR> To write with a bro... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 11:39:55 EST Eat beans to stop craving pizza? Whaduya think? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939836 <em>480</em> <BR> <BR> You are craving: Cheese, pizza, pasta <BR> Your body needs: Carbs, proteins <BR> Try: Lean chicken, whole grain cereals or bread, bean salad, bean chili, baked potatoes, brazil nuts, oily fish, avocados, broccoli <BR> <BR> You are craving: Chocolate <BR> Your body needs: Magnesium <BR> Try: High energy foods like nuts, seeds, wholegrain bread or crackers, berries etc. <BR> <BR> You are craving: Chips, bread <BR> Your body needs: Calcium and protein <BR> Try: ... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 20:35:47 EST I need ideas for meals my newly diagnosed husband will eat. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939811 In rehab, he is confined and only gets the meals they serve him. His blood sugar levels have become stable. But I know at home he will be doing his normal thing of refusing to eat any vegetables. He is so hungry into the 3rd week of rehab that he even ate some zucchini tonight! <BR> <BR> The meal was shepherds's pie, a pureed soup he drank in a cup, decaf with milk and sweetner and --hm probably a dessert, but I forgot what it was. <BR> <BR> The other evening I saw him eat something with ... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 20:06:04 EST Why is everything so difficult! Dr. error with my meds.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939679 The doctor wanted to see me. I went. He said my blood test showed too high thyroid. So he ordered new pills. I went to CVS, got them. They were the same dosage as I got before. I called the doctor--could not get through! I tried every choice on the phone. One said they don't subscribe to this service anymore. Another choice said it was not "my" office! I called CVS. He said I should call the doctor! I am ready to scream!!!!! <BR> Thu, 4 Jun 2015 14:19:32 EST Kitchen changes to help me lose weight! note: lose, not loose..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939674 Very beautiful visuals! <link>www.livescience.com/36781-kitchen-ch<BR>anges-help-lose-weight.html </link> <BR> <BR> I need to freeze things in smaller portions! <BR> <BR> I need to make my already prepped veggies and fruits more visible in the refrigerator. <BR> <BR> I definitely need to eat at the table--but boy am I resisting this! <BR> <BR> chris Thu, 4 Jun 2015 14:14:43 EST floccinaucinihilipilification Oh yeah! I had to share this for all you word lovers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939632 <BR> floccinaucinihilipilification <BR> "Oh boy! Say this one 10 times! chris) <BR> <BR> \flok-suh-naw-suh-nahy-hil-uh-pil-uh-fi-<BR>KEY-shuh n\ <BR> noun <BR> 1. Rare. the estimation of something as valueless (encountered mainly as an example of one of the longest words in the English language). <BR> <BR> Quotes <BR> …they must be taken with an air of contempt, a floccipaucinihilipilification of all that can gratify the outward man <BR> -- Sir Walter Scott, “Wednesday, March ... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 12:33:55 EST I needed a laugh... this is what came up on the internet... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938677 LAPD Undercover Officers dressed as women to catch a purse-snatcher, 1960 <BR> <BR> for a bigger photo see the link... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/633a030a-17e9-40da-a342-aa25b8b3ec73.jpg"> <link>www.teamjimmyjoe.com/2015/06/29-hist<BR>orical-photos-fun-amazing-and-unbeliev<BR>able/ </link> Tue, 2 Jun 2015 20:36:18 EST TENS machine for my home. I sure hope this and leg deep tissue massage and the many chiropractor tri http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937723 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9c6e763e-7037-46a5-ba01-ad86698bf60e.gif"> <BR> <BR> After recovering from a shoulder replacement, now my knees and whole legs are acting up badly. Not fair! <BR> <BR> I am going Mon, Wed, Fri this week to my great chiropractor who has lots of tricks to lessen pain. <BR> <BR> I sure hope he can help me reduce knee and leg pain to postpone any more drastic things. <BR> <BR> chris Mon, 1 Jun 2015 08:33:58 EST In CT where can I find cactus pads? I think I am kidding. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937691 <BR> <BR> The so called functional foods such as cactus pads, chia and soybean, when included in a balanced diet, help reduce obesity and control diabetes, says Nimbe Torres y Torres, from the Institute of Biomedical Research at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). <BR> <BR> <BR> Functional foods are those that provide other benefits to the body in addition to the original nutrient foods, such as cactus pads, chia and soy mainly, besides spinach, oatmeal, yogurt, fish rich... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 07:37:34 EST Moving tips from Flylady.com http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937286 <link>www.flylady.net/d/getting-started/fl<BR>ying-lessons/moving/ </link> <BR> <BR> I am getting really close to putting this condo on the market! <em>41</em> You told me it was possible. Often I could not believe that myself. <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> I got word that I won't have to actually move till late fall! <em>465</em> 2015 <BR> <BR> They have not "broken ground" yet on our new place near buffalo, NY. <BR> I am happy about the extra time. I believe God is helping me get thi... Sun, 31 May 2015 12:58:52 EST Chicken Cabbage Stir Fry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935868 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f811dd57-23a4-4eb0-b3c0-dff8be42c9c5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> CHICKEN CABBAGE STIR FRY <BR> Ingredients <BR> ~ 3 chicken breast halves <BR> ~1 teaspoon vegetable oil <BR> ~3 cups green cabbage, shredded... <BR> ~ 1 tablespoon cornstarch <BR> ~1⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger <BR> ~1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder <BR> ~1⁄2 cup water <BR> ~1 tablespoon soy sauce <BR> Directions <BR> 1. Cut chicken breasts into strips. <BR> 2. Heat oil in a frying ... Thu, 28 May 2015 19:25:34 EST The best cheap sunscreen by Clark Howard. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935315 Want the best sunscreen for your money? Check out these options <BR> <BR> Equate Ultra Protection Sunscreen SPF 50, which is a Walmart storebrand lotion, clinched the Best Buy trophy with a score of 94 out of 100. It costs only 56 cents an ounce, the same price as last year. Active ingredients include Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (13%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (7%), and Oxybenzone (4%). <BR> <BR> Two other sunblocks scored higher in the lotion category. They were was Coppertone Water Ba... Wed, 27 May 2015 18:43:52 EST I got lots done today! Lots of clothes to donate! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935314 I kept working away to get rid of stuff from my closet. <BR> <BR> I put some in "wardrobe" boxes with a pole for hanging clothes. <BR> Lots went into boxes for donations. Some went into boxes for moving day. <BR> <BR> Two closets look awesome. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Not done but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. <em>185</em> This is the 3rd day working on this! <BR> <BR> I counted my pants. 40! I could not believe it! I still have not sorted these. I probably will have... Wed, 27 May 2015 18:43:16 EST Thank you for all the goodies and good wishes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935264 I am spending the evening "packing" for the move. First, take care of my own closet. I did other closets before but I knew I'd be overwhelmed by my own closet. Today a truck picked up 15 boxes/bags of stuff we did not need, including plenty of my own unused clothing. <BR> <BR> I chose to stay home and not visit DH in rehab today. I had a chiropractor appt. and a dental cleaning. So now, I'd better get some packing done. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR... Wed, 27 May 2015 16:21:46 EST My country, the USA, is in great need of prayers and God's help. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934591 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ad15fd60-eeae-4ebd-8d27-0ac5bccad6d7.png"> <BR> <BR> Praying that our leaders act wisely to make our country an instrument of peace. <BR> <BR> Memorial Day 2015 <BR> <BR> <BR> chris Tue, 26 May 2015 14:10:56 EST