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/ from my sparkfriend, Cathy's blog---- to dog and cat lovers--- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6039009 The Story of Adam & Eve's Pets <BR> Author Unknown, From a forward in e-mail <BR> <BR> Adam and Eve said, 'Lord, when we were in the garden, you walked with us every day. Now we do not see you anymore. We are lonesome here, and it is difficult for us to remember how much you love us.' <BR> <BR> And God said, I will create a companion for you that will be with you and who will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will love me even when you cannot see me. Regardless of how se... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 11:45:36 EST Could we at least finish dinner first? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038565 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/31d8ba4b-04f8-41ee-ae4d-361e8431a458.jpg"> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 11:02:55 EST Mon. Nov. 30 cataract surgery-first eye. Ugh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038561 So today I started the first med; one drop a day in the right eye for 3 days. oh and face washing daily with an antiseptic soap. <BR> <BR> I have a friend who will drive me and pick me up and take me the next day for a follow-up appt. <BR> <BR> chris Fri, 27 Nov 2015 10:51:53 EST Kielbasa Fest! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038537 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f32e5141-bd14-4f57-956f-d4a9907fe0b0.jpg"> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 09:51:28 EST I really can't afford to be sick! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038534 <em>527</em> Darn. Now I have the scratchy throat and head congestion and tiredness that DD and DH have! <BR> <BR> I need all my energy. I can't afford to be laid up! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <em>273</em> <BR> <BR> chris Fri, 27 Nov 2015 09:46:08 EST cheap cat litter! Yeah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038531 The tractor Supply Store here sells horse bedding which is the same as the pellets I get for cat litter--but much cheaper!!! <BR> <BR> The bag is huge but so what. <BR> <BR> chris <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>240</em> Hope the cat does not start to think he is a horse! <em>24</em> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 09:43:54 EST Day after thanksgiving...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038524 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3df1568e-8253-4780-a040-ac40171ab6d4.jpg"> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 09:29:44 EST I have so much to be thankful for! chris http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038206 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/82a2a948-cfa2-43b3-99b9-6ce97cea9dd5.jpg"> Hint: zoom up to about 200 times to see this better. <BR> (I wish I had written this myself--but I do feel this way.) <BR> <BR> chris Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:19:43 EST SP article: Why You Should Have an Affair at the Gym! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038030 quote from the article: "Am I talking about "50 Shades of Gym"? No, but I have your attention now, right? I'm referring to exercise monogamy: using the same machine, taking the same class, or doing the same strength moves day after day after day. If this sounds like you, then it's time to cheat on your routine." <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> chris <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=why_you_should_have_an_affair_at_th<BR>e_gym </link> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 05:43:25 EST Disorganized Thanksgiving... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038026 I plan to go to water aerobics this morning. Thanksgiving dinner is very, very --unready! <BR> <BR> Priorities! <em>237</em> <BR> <BR> I preach taking care of us! So I'd better follow my own advice. I have been doing things for hubby and daughter. "My" stuff is impossible to get done now-a-days. Hubby might have a UTI starting again. I have called the doctor and visiting nurse. I sure don't want to drive him(motorized wheelchair) yet again to the hospital. He was just there last week. <B... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 05:26:41 EST Cleaning a fatty liver so it functions better to lose weight more efficiently. 6 foods to eat: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037325 <link>www.mindbodygreen.com/0-22455/6-food<BR>s-your-body-needs-to-shed-fat-a-doctor<BR>-explains.html?utm_source=mbg&utm_medi<BR>um=email&utm_content=daily&utm_campaig<BR>n=151111-6-foods-your-body-needs-to-sh<BR>ed-fat-a-doctor-explains </link> <BR> <BR> by Lori Shemek, Ph.D. is a leading fat cell researcher and recognized authority on inflammation and its role in weight loss, preventing disease and optimizing health. Dr. Shemek is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and Certified Life C... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:56:59 EST I don't want to be a frog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037154 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7b76e769-5501-4f11-8e79-24f91903c0bf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Frog wants to be anything but a slimy, wet frog. A cat, perhaps. Or a rabbit. An owl? But when a hungry wolf arrives—a wolf who HATES eating frogs—our hero decides that maybe "being himself isn’t so bad after all." <BR> <BR> <BR> A story of self acceptance. <BR> <BR> chris Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:50:51 EST John Lennon quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036629 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7770e68a-7ec4-47ee-b52c-60a4f3d18a0f.jpg"> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 10:12:14 EST Chart for thawing a frozen turkey. Several methods...And, a link to more info! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036232 Turkey Thawing Time in the Refrigerator (40 degrees F): <BR> Approximately 24 hours per 5 pounds <BR> <BR> Whole Turkey Weight Thawing Time <BR> 8 to 12 lbs 1 to 2 days <BR> 12 to 16 lbs 2 to 3 days <BR> 16 to 20 lbs 3 to 4 days <BR> 20 to 24 lbs 4 to 5 days <BR> <BR> Turkey Thawing Time in Cold Water: Approximately 30 minutes per pound. <BR> Change water every 1/2 hour. <BR> <BR> Whole Turkey Weight Thawing Time <BR> 8 to 12 lbs 4 to 6 hours <BR> 12 to 16 lbs 6 to 8 hours <BR> 1... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 16:25:02 EST I am not a bully. Well.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036122 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d360c570-d99d-4d5b-b33f-04f68a3914d2.jpg"> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 10:50:54 EST So true! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036105 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d3d6ec02-9bf4-4c3a-bc39-165bae3d9c1d.jpg"> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 10:15:33 EST Chew on this for awhile....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036101 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e2ea5b69-2eba-4828-b585-0192d6c29f71.jpg"> <BR> <BR> chris Sun, 22 Nov 2015 10:10:03 EST Atkins... oh drat--carbs are creeping into my day! Horrors! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6035554 We are going in to our 4th week of attempting Atkins. <BR> <BR> I am finding I sneak some carby things. <BR> <BR> a pear <BR> <BR> a GNU fiber Bar <BR> <BR> Oh no--where will it stop. Sat, 21 Nov 2015 07:07:27 EST I wrote to the wheelchair repair company. We'll see if I get an answer. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6035547 I can't blame the original company. But I sure do blame the company that bought them out: National Mobility I think it is called. <BR> <BR> I am thinking of notifying one of those media people who might publicize this. <BR> <BR> chris Sat, 21 Nov 2015 06:59:58 EST Fixing a wheelchair should not be this much of a hassle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034810 We used to have great service but the last 6 months have been just frustrating. I just found out the original company has been bought out by a national company. I was told they have 200 people waiting for repairs! This means all those poor (handicapped) people are frustrated. Some of them have to be stationary or even be confined to bed because their wheelchair needs repairs. <BR> <BR> My hubby's wait has been 6 months! <BR> <BR> He has been riding around on rubber wheels with chunks out o... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 15:35:41 EST agingcare.com 20 questions to ask your parents..... I'd better get prepared if DD starts asking me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034370 As adults, so many of us don't ask enough about our parents. Yet there's no better way to become closer to a person, even if you've known her all your life. AgingCare.com has gathered the questions that our elder care experts and editors would most like to ask their own parents. Try them out for yourself. You might gain a new perspective on your parents – and learn something about yourself. <BR> 1.In what ways do you think I'm like you? And not like you? <BR> 2.Who is the person who influenc... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 18:35:59 EST Long, long ago I had a tremendous weight loss by going to WW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034357 I lost 89 lbs in less than a year. <em>9</em> Now I am lucky if I lose 10 lb in a year. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> WW had just started (around 1960 I think). It was new having people e there to share weight loss stories with. The meeting leaders were excited. My Mom and I did it together and she did most of the cooking. We were perfect on the diet. Tuna with mustard. Yuk! There have been so many changes to WW since then! <BR> <BR> I kept the weight off for a number of years but then it... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 17:56:28 EST an SP link to find shoes that end foot pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034247 <link>walking.about.com/od/prshoe/tp/comfo<BR>rtshoes.htm?utm_source=out&utm_campaig<BR>n=about-out-walking_comfortshoes-01-11<BR>0615&utm_medium=con&utm_content=adg-na<BR>_adv-na_mtp-na_adc-con_adf-mix_ptp-ap_<BR>geo-us&utm_term=11+Super+Comfortable+S<BR>hoes+That+Actually+Relieve+F </link> <BR> <BR> I have been having pain near my left heel. <BR> <BR> I switched to wearing som leather shoes I bought a few years ago. I put my orthotics in these shoes. My heel feels better but the pain i... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 13:07:24 EST When I need a chuckle, I will check out this cute bird video! Hm..I think I will now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034014 <link>boredomtherapy.com/bird-and-paper-to<BR>wels/?shr=true </link> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 05:04:11 EST How much calcium is in the human body? SP trivia question. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032522 Calcium is present in the body in greater amounts that any other mineral. Calcium builds strong bones in both length and density and is vital to the formation of teeth. <BR> <BR> There is about 2 - 3 pounds of calcium in the body, mostly concentrated in the bones and teeth. <BR> <BR> That is a lot of calcium. I never thought about it! <BR> <BR> chris <BR> Sun, 15 Nov 2015 12:45:18 EST Possible jobs for my Myers Briggs Personality type.. food for thoyght (but I am 68 now!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032426 Well-- I was a teacher for over 40 years. Hmmm.... maybe Social Worker would have been a better fit. Or a forest ranger!!! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Possible Careers Paths for ISFJ: <BR> <BR> Interior Decorator <BR> Designer <BR> Firefighter <BR> Nurse <BR> Business Manager <BR> Office Manager <BR> Administrative Assistant <BR> Child Care Provider <BR> Social Worker <BR> Counselor <BR> Paralegal <BR> Pastor or Priest <BR> Church Empl... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 09:42:04 EST Me--Meyers Briggs... food for thought! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032422 ISFJs generally have the following traits: <BR> • Large, rich inner store of information that they have gathered <BR> • Highly observant and aware of people's feelings and reactions <BR> • Excellent memory for details that are important to them <BR> • Very in-tune with their surroundings - excellent sense of space and function <BR> • Can be depended on to follow things through to completion <BR> • Will work long and hard to see that jobs get done <BR> • Stable, practical, down-to-earth ... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 09:37:43 EST More Meyers Briggs info--more scientific--not just the funny categories. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032415 I seem to be a "Sidekick!" ISFJ <em>24</em> according to the last blog showing funny interpretations of this! "Doesn't need much meaning in life, just a person (or baby or pet or car) to spend all their time ministering to. " Remember--I am a caregiver for almost 10 years now. I was a teacher for over 40 years but did not feel totally comfortable in that role. I was on the weaker end of the "control" spectrum. I liked to let students explore rather than me dictate. I need to think about ... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 09:27:22 EST Myers Briggs for fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032318 MBTI Type Descriptions (Funny) <BR> ENFJ: "Busybody" <BR> Life's backseat drivers. They seem to know just what's wrong with everybody else's life and have a plan to fix it. <BR> INFJ: "Messiah" <BR> Characterized by the burning desire to change the world, which desperately needs everyone to be NF. <BR> ENFP: "Muckraker" <BR> Creator of hype, distortion, and the perversion of media of information to be wallows of mindless emotionalism. <BR> INFP: "Fanatic" <BR> Always searching for an Answer w... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 01:25:08 EST One Pot Atkins meals--with the link fixed! : ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032186 <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/great-recipe<BR>s.asp?food=atkins+one+pot+meals </link> Sat, 14 Nov 2015 19:39:56 EST The Peace Crane Project http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032128 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/525d10ba-beaa-4372-b2a0-898477343fdc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> http://peacecraneproject.org/ <BR> <BR> No, it won't solve all the world's problems but it does make people conscious of other cultures and hopefully brings people together .chris Sat, 14 Nov 2015 17:25:40 EST Do you know of a group on facebook related to creating peace in our broken world? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031649 I found a few but some have mixed messages. I'd like something to regularly show up on my facebook page to encourage us to be kind to each other and have the ripple effect of promoting world peace. Not another Christmas holiday season totally spoiled by our people going off to war! <BR> <BR> chris Fri, 13 Nov 2015 18:14:43 EST a little background about the 3 youths in fire --Bible story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031637 <link>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadra<BR>ch,_Meshach,_and_Abednego </link> <BR> <BR> I am sorry but I was not at all familiar with this story. chris <BR> <BR> so I had to look it up Fri, 13 Nov 2015 17:15:04 EST games to help you increase happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031629 <link>my.happify.com/o/lp32/?fl=1&tmp=&tri<BR>d=&srid=facebook&c1=PPLA_US_LAL_1pct_o<BR>ver35_top_microsegment_F_35plus&c2=fbnf </link> <BR> <BR> I am checking this out. I guess Katey Curic spoke about it. <BR> <BR> chris Fri, 13 Nov 2015 16:59:27 EST book: The Shack.... led me to ..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031625 I have been reading this. It obviously can be "preachy." But it is OK. <BR> <BR> It made me start thinking about what I learned as a kid from my family relationships . <BR> <BR> I was the first girl after 3 boys. Yes, I was Daddy's favorite. I had no idea till a couple of years ago that my brother's did not have that kind of experience. <BR> <BR> They had left home by the time I came along. I had very little contact with them because I was so much younger. My Mom had one more baby later!!... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 16:49:45 EST SAYINGS BY MOTHERS IN THE BIBLE: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031461 Top 10 Sayings Of Biblical Mothers <BR> <BR> 10. Samson! Get your hand out of that lion. You don’t know where it’s been! (Judges 14:5-8) <BR> <BR> 9. David! I told you not to play in the house with that sling! Go practice your harp. We pay good money for those lessons! <BR> <BR> 8. Abraham! Stop wandering around the countryside and get home for supper! <BR> <BR> 7. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego! I told you never to play with fire! <BR> <BR> 4 BORING <BR> <BR> 5. Noah! No, you can... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 10:31:47 EST If you like Bible jokes--the link actually has some better ones. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031455 Bible Jokes <BR> Q. What kind of man was Boaz before he married Ruth? A. Ruthless. _____ <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Q. What do they call pastors in Germany? A. German Shepherds. _____ <BR> <BR> Q. Who was the greatest financier in the Bible? A. Noah. He was floating his stock while everyone else was in liquidation. _____ <BR> <BR> Q. Who was the greatest female financier in the Bible? A. Pharaoh’s daughter. She went down to the bank of the Nile and drew out a little prophet. _____ <BR>... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 10:26:58 EST The Bible says.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030895 Answers Given in a Bible Knowledge TestBible Jokes. Funny biblical jokes <BR> 1.The first book of the Bible is Guinness's. In the book of Guinness Adam and Eve were created from an apple <BR> <BR> 2.Adam and Eve were created from an apple tree. Noah's wife was Joan of the Ark. Noah built the ark and the animals came on in pears. <BR> <BR> 3.Moses went to the top of Mount Cyanide to get the 10 Commandments. <BR> <BR> 4.The first commandment was when Eve told Adam to eat the apple. <BR> ... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 09:52:08 EST Getting a hair dryer through customs... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030890 A distinguished young woman on a flight from Switzerland asked the Priest beside her, "Father, may I ask a favor?" "Of course. What may I do for you?" <BR> <BR> "Well, I bought an expensive woman's electronic hair dryer for my mother's birthday. The dryer is unopened and well over the Customs limits; and I'm afraid they'll confiscate it. Is there any way you could carry it through Customs for me? Under your robes perhaps?" <BR> <BR> "I would love to help you, dear, but I must warn you: I wi... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 09:41:29 EST Holiday Poem Generator http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030565 <link>oakdome.com/k5/lesson-plans/word/hol<BR>iday-poem-generator.php </link> <BR> <BR> Please let us know what poems you make. <BR> <BR> chris <BR> <BR> <BR> My poem: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> thanksgiving <BR> <BR> abundant foods <BR> pie <BR> grunts <BR> happiness <BR> stuffed <BR> togetherness <BR> love <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving Day 2015 <BR> <BR> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 18:22:17 EST Done with pre-op exam for cataract surgery, Nov. 30. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030563 I passed this hurdle... <BR> <BR> chris <em>43</em> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 18:16:33 EST from Sandra2Bfit--I love this!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030556 don't know WHY I didn't figure <BR> this out sooner!!!! <BR> <BR> ...It's the shampoo I use in the shower! <BR> <BR> When I wash my hair, <BR> the shampoo runs down my whole body, <BR> and (duh!) <BR> <BR> printed very clearly on the <BR> shampoo label is this warning , <BR> "FOR EXTRA VOLUME AND BODY." <BR> <BR> ..NO wonder I have been gaining <BR> weight!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Well! <BR> <BR> I have gotten rid of that shampoo <BR> and I am going to start using Da... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 17:47:44 EST 2BDYNAMIC Blogs! Wow! Need a push--read these blogs! Oh my! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030548 These blogs are very inspiring! <BR> <BR> I should be reading them daily! <BR> <BR> chris Wed, 11 Nov 2015 17:06:43 EST followup to asserting yourself-- about saying no to food offers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029966 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6028586 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> for this wonderful blog! <BR> <BR> chris Tue, 10 Nov 2015 16:33:01 EST Lessen holiday stress by stating my own needs. Others sure do tell me their needs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029931 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/976d02cd-9ae2-45d2-b766-8238756cb089.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fb46e0a7-f658-46ec-a034-8e4d9c355448.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9fe57cc9-8db6-4d81-bc44-4568e9fe5f91.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> not <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> <em>429</em> and <em>446</em> and <em>198</em> family disagreements Tue, 10 Nov 2015 15:03:32 EST I should not have looked at the Panara "muffie" page! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029926 Such beautiful, colorful photos of delicious-looking baked goods! <BR> <BR> I did find out what a "muffie" is. Seems to be like the top of a huge muffin. the top is everyone's favorite part anyway. <BR> <BR> I advise you not to look. <BR> <BR> chris Tue, 10 Nov 2015 14:43:50 EST SP article most fattening holiday foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029768 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1400 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> first pumpkin Pie --see the article for photos and more foods to avoid or get substitutes! <em>4</em> <BR> TRICK: You can bake your own pumpkin treats using less sugar and fat, plus whole-grain goodness. Use a mini muffin tin to help with keep your portions in check and steer clear of these seasonal baked goods! <BR> <BR> <BR> Food Item Calories Fat Sugars <BR> Cheesecake Factory Pumpkin P... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 09:56:13 EST Reminders that We Need to be Assertive with Others.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029413 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9809f95f-a51c-4005-974c-7a3a3fc8feb8.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ee31c99c-3a56-47fb-9b63-e01f53ed2054.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d421a398-e394-422e-a9b8-2670fed78ec5.jpg"> Mon, 9 Nov 2015 17:37:26 EST Do you have memories of you or others stressing out from holiday preparations? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6026666 <BR> And I sure have done my share of over working and getting stressed out at holiday time. <BR> <BR> I once made a gingerbread Santa Sleigh that made me spend hours shopping for exactly the right decorating ingredients , like silver balls. But... our daughter (young at the time) ate the cookie cut outs even before I had it put together! <BR> <BR> Also once I spend hours in Toys R' Us collecting toys for the many children in the family. Well--I left the cart and a store person put ever... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 13:25:48 EST Making Atkins daily foods to eat.... wish I had more help with this http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6026558 DD started us on this eating plan. We are into the 6th day of 14. <BR> <BR> I joined her thinking she'd be doing the food prep. I am finding she is a "grab and go" eater. And she is very willing to tell me this. Nothing is made ahead . She does buy lots of things to be eaten "grab and go." <BR> <BR> So she buys some vegetables that need only washing. Also peanut butter and nuts (though these should be for after the 14 days). <BR> <BR> I tend to buy things for real meals. I have been trai... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 10:14:15 EST