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/ frustrations of moving--have a ffew laughs... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913596 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1704070164.jpg"> <BR> I wish.... <BR> <BR> 1. You have to choose between spending the money and hiring movers or guilting your friends into helping you in exchange for a Papa John’s single topping pizza. The struggle is that if the movers scratch your coffee table, you’re insured. If your friend does it the only thing you can do is pick the pepperonis off his pizza. That’s about it. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. If you decide to get... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 19:31:59 EST I have been getting more done lately by this method: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913581 I find if I make a to do list for tomorrow--I get lots more done. <BR> <BR> In the morning I have energy but don't know where to start. So I have the pre-written list! <BR> <BR> At night I have lots of ideas but no energy to move things around. It is easy for me to just write down the ideas to be done the next day. <BR> <BR> This method gets me up and moving and accomplishing something in the morning. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 19:06:33 EST Stuff I got rid of --yeah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913579 <BR> already gone <BR> -two vans full of trash from the basement to the dump, including old computer equipment <BR> -many tall kitchen garbage bags of my old clothes for the VVA truck pickup-my daughter forced me to focus on these and pushed me to get rid of lots of the clothes! I thank her for that. <BR> -many boxes of assorted things for the VVA truck pickup <BR> -at least 10 plastic bags full of books <em>46</em> <BR> -my sparkpeople recipes and printed articles I just put in one box ... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:57:24 EST No pun intended--well maybe pun intended... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912794 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1607253400.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l794215359.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1651809430.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1547670939.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2016681093.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1223041322.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:03:59 EST "Nicecream" with frozen cherries and frozen bananas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912768 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2057735171.jpg"> <BR> Recipe: Frozen bananas blended with frozen cherries, fresh strawberries, fresh raspberries, a tad of coconut water, and a dash of cinnamon! Nice cream for dayzzzz....Enjoy my friends! <BR> <BR> from the website Fully Raw Fri, 17 Apr 2015 07:14:53 EST My thoughts --the moral bucket list http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912760 Mother Theresa and walking on water: <BR> <BR> As a teenager I had great aspirations. And I was said to always be "brooding." I was fairly unhappy and thought I should be saving the world. Dial ahead to now. I feel I am barely able to keep my own life together rather than out saving those starving people in Africa. <BR> <BR> My chosen field was being a teacher of the Deaf. I could not have picked a harder career for myself. I was definitely unprepared for this. I learned lots! <BR> <BR>... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 06:56:15 EST The moral bucket list--this sure made me think! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912751 <link>www.nytimes.com/2015/04/12/opinion/s<BR>unday/david-brooks-the-moral-bucket-li<BR>st.html?_r=0 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> In the realm of emotion, she is embedded in a web of unconditional loves. In the realm of action, she is committed to tasks that can’t be completed in a single lifetime. <BR> <BR> This is a philosophy for stumblers. The stumbler scuffs through life, a little off balance. But the stumbler faces her imperfect nature with unvarnished honesty, with the opposite of squ... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 06:23:39 EST Herbs vs spices--who knew! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911891 Only the green leafy parts of a plant are considered herbs. Flavourings from other parts are called spices. Thus, parsley, sage, rosemary, mint and thyme are all herbs. Seeds like nutmeg and peppercorns are spices, as are barks like cinnamon, buds like cloves, and flower parts like saffron. A few plants like dill give us both a herb and a spice - both the leaves and seeds are used. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:36:15 EST Cleaning out my basement for putting our condo on the market.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910730 I had the truck pick up my donations!! <em>334</em> He took lots of stuff, including 2 dressers I had for my daughter when she was little. She is now almost 33 (May 29th!). I am sure I bought them at a flea market! <em>224</em> I painted one mint green and a pinkish color with a little yellow trim. the other I painted off white. I probably had planned to paint a decoration on the drawers but it never got done. That was 30 years ago and the dressers were not new. Are they antiques now? ... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 19:05:01 EST Do you have a dishwasher you like? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910457 Mine died in just a couple of years. I am selling the condo and I have to replace it. <BR> <BR> There is a store near me with used appliances that look new. I want to get one there. <BR> <BR> I don't' want to pay a thousand dollars! OMG! <BR> <BR> Please don't tell me your horror stories------- I need positive information Thanks so much! <BR> <BR> chris Mon, 13 Apr 2015 10:42:13 EST Maine coon cat is very long and big--but we got him as a tiny kitten! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910108 Native to the state of Maine, these good-natured, intelligent cats can grow to be quite large. In fact the "Guiness Book of World Records" (2006) lists a male Maine Coon cat as the longest cat in the world. He measured 48 inches long (120 cm), including the length of his tail, and weighed a staggering 35 lbs (16 kg). They are also known for remaining playful most of their lives. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l859084604.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 19:53:44 EST From FROSTY99-- about PINEAPPLES! Eat more pineapples! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910063 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1165761709.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A Simple Pineapple <BR> <BR> The pineapple is a member of the bromeliad family. <BR> It is extremely rare that bromeliads produce edible fruit. The pineapple is the only available edible bromeliad today. <BR> <BR> It is a multiple fruit. One pineapple is actually made up of dozens of individual floweret's that grow together to form the entire fruit. Each scale on a pineapple is evidence of a separate flowe... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 17:58:19 EST Why Man cannot form a humane society even after all these many years of wars and turmoil. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909990 I have contemplated that question many times. I can't believe I did not come to a good answer. <BR> The book Utopia by Thomas More popped up on my computer. I read a bit about it and it got me thinking. Many societies have been engineered and fall apart. And obviously we are still producing wars at an alarming rate. So why can't we get it right? <BR> <BR> Here is a very level-headed analysis. Now why didn't I think of that! <BR> <BR> <link>www.ucg.org/human-nature/why-human-u<BR>topia-wo... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 15:36:57 EST 10 Healthy restaurant--including IHOP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909020 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=10_diet_friendly_restaurants_stay_o<BR>n_track_when_youre_onthego </link> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 17:28:07 EST Is Swerve Sweetner healthy and good tasting??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909004 <link>www.swervesweetener.com/about-swerve<BR>/ </link> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 16:51:21 EST I am craving caramel sauce for my yogurt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909000 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1805403023.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l768513856.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l21569891.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Best Low Carb Caramel Sauce <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yield: About 1 cup <BR> <BR> <BR> Serving Size: 2 tbsp <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Best Low Carb Caramel Sauce <BR> <BR> <BR> This is the only low carb, sugar-free caramel sauce recipe... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 16:46:26 EST Easy burrito baked casserole--I need easy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907471 <BR> <BR> Brown rice, lean chicken, and spinach up the health factor of this dish. <BR> <BR> Serves 6 <BR> Prep time: 15 minutes <BR> Cook Time: 45 minutes <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 1 15 oz. can no salt added black beans, rinsed and drained <BR> 1 16 oz. containers plus 6 tablespoons of Wholly Guacamole (Classic), divided <BR> 1 garlic clove <BR> ½ teaspoon, plus ¼ teaspoon kosher salt <BR> ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper <BR> 1 tablespoon cumin <BR> 1½ lbs. ground chicken, white ... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 03:47:19 EST No means yes! Thanks, NJENGEN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906874 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l717657538.jpg"> <BR> No means yes!! <BR> <BR> "No" to the cookie means yes to a healthier choice! <BR> "No" to chips or crackers means yes to better health, fewer joint problems. <BR> "No" to more nuts means yes to the ability to be more active more of the time! <BR> "No" to unnecessary food means yes to the kind of life and lifestyle I want to live! <BR> And "no", when I make that choice and stick to it means "Yes!! I succe... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 07:02:28 EST Easiest face sun protection? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906854 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l598665672.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l23928035.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l424482640.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l430836816.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am still lax putting on daily SPF creams -even though I had to have something removed from the center of my nose. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I was hoping there was a one step cream... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 06:29:19 EST largest immigrant population by state http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906650 <link>www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/0<BR>5/27/a-shift-from-germany-to-mexico-fo<BR>r-americas-immigrants/ </link> Mon, 6 Apr 2015 20:26:13 EST Video: correct way to walk on stairs--who knew! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905947 <link>www.med-health.net/Knee-Pain-Going-U<BR>p-Stairs.html </link> Sun, 5 Apr 2015 17:16:16 EST Lose weight to decreas pressure on each knee. Duh! Another reaso for me to lose weight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905946 <BR> <BR> From 3 fat chicks on a diet: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Dr. Peyton comments, “Every additional pound you carry equals <BR> 3 extra pounds of pressure on your hip joint, <BR> 4 extra pounds on your knee joint, <BR> and about 9 extra pounds on your patella femoral joint (which you use going up and down stairs, standing up, and getting off the toilet).” <BR> <BR> Think about it this way, if you’re 10 pounds overweight that’s 30 extra pounds of pressure on your hip join... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 17:15:32 EST Chemistry of synovial fluid. Very tecchnical! Just a link. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905924 <link>www.vri.cz/docs/vetmed/53-8-397.pdf </link> Sun, 5 Apr 2015 16:27:18 EST More about synovial fluid. with a link http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905920 The inner membrane of synovial joints is called the synovial membrane and secretes synovial fluid into the joint cavity. The fluid contains hyaluronic acid secreted by fibroblast-like cells in the synovial membrane and interstitial fluid filtered from the blood plasma.[1][page needed] This fluid forms a thin layer (roughly 50 μm) at the surface of cartilage and also seeps into microcavities and irregularities in the articular cartilage surface, filling all empty space.[2] The fluid in articu... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 16:18:03 EST synovial fluid http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905917 Synovial fluid is a viscous, non-Newtonian fluid found in the cavities of synovial joints. With its yolk-like consistency ("synovial" partially derives from ovum, Latin for egg), the principal role of synovial fluid is to reduce friction between the articular cartilage of synovial joints during movement. Sun, 5 Apr 2015 16:13:10 EST Cortisone shots for knee pain--a very complicated process to understand. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905914 Cortisone can actually prevent healing! I read about it after I got my shot! <BR> <BR> I think I had to get it. My pain was awful. Having read up on it, I am doing some things to have it heal if it can. <BR> <BR> I am bending it to make fluid be produced there. That fluid from my body can help it heal. The swelling has disappeared, due to the shot most likely. No indentation is made when I push my finger into the middle of the knee. <BR> <BR> I am often putting the leg up and icing it to ... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 16:07:39 EST Peeps diorama : Peeple and Scott Walker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905910 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2105143937.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am finding more and more peeps dioramas. <BR> <BR> They are really clever. I hate politics but this was kind of interesting, Peeple! <BR> <BR> chris Sun, 5 Apr 2015 15:38:17 EST Add more veggies to kashi pizza--delicious! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905881 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1193350572.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This might save me from those pizza cravings! <BR> <BR> I added no salt (drained) diced tomatoes, green pepper, and more grated parmesan cheese. <BR> <BR> chris Sun, 5 Apr 2015 14:20:36 EST Sugar addiction is real! The brain acts like addiction to http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905466 <link>www.iflscience.com/brain/here-s-what<BR>-happens-your-brain-when-you-give-suga<BR>r-lent </link> <BR> <BR> But we knew this already. Right? <BR> <BR> Lots of fun pictures are in the link! <BR> <BR> In short, this means that repeated access to sugar over time leads to prolonged dopamine signalling, greater excitation of the brain’s reward pathways and a need for even more sugar to activate all of the midbrain dopamine receptors like before. The brain becomes tolerant to sugar –... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 18:46:28 EST 100 calorie snacks that fill you up--well maybe.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905461 Healthy eating isn’t all about calorie counting. Nutritious foods are key, but sometimes it’s nice to know you can grab a quick snack that doesn't deliver an entire meal's worth of calories. The next time hunger creeps up when it’s least convenient (like 30 minutes before a dinner reservation), turn to this list for a small and satisfying bite that won’t ruin a healthy day. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Pumpkin Yogurt <BR> <BR> Combine 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek Yogurt with 1/4 cup pumpkin pur... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 18:37:30 EST I am not keeping a record of my exercise so no awards!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905236 I changed the battery in my SPAT and after that it leaked in the pool. I dried it. It worked but leaked again. I asked on the message board. I got some direction. I am putting the little rubber O ring in the wrong place. the diagram is not very clear. I have not gotten around to fixing it yet. Way too much ion my mind and still trying to organize and pack up the condo and be caregiver and treat my shoulder and knee and bumps in the middle of my palm--oh and spring allergies --and daughter's (... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 09:41:48 EST Misconceptions about aging--an excellent article! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905188 I get emails from this website (agingcare.com). It is full of great information and even personal support from "people who have been there." I have several wweb sites that I regularly contact about being a caregiver, mostly. I list hem on my team postings as my signature. <BR> <BR> Hope this helps someone. I have been getting "down" lately due to my increasing health problems--surgery for total shoulder replacement, now a knee that needs major attention, etc. I tried to transfer my husband ... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 08:06:44 EST A new ailment! Come on-I have had enough! Bumps on palm. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904999 <BR> These bumps have been developing for maybe 6 months. No pain mostly--on occasion a burning sensation. And the bumps are changing. Probably related to trigger finger but my fingers aren't acting that way. I have asked various professionals. They said if there is no pain--just leave it alone. <BR> <BR> <BR> Yes, I will see a doctor specifically for this! First, I looked up some stuff , of course. Here are a few pictures and websites. <BR> <BR> <BR> One pinterest page was apparently... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 21:12:16 EST I am liking this website "abouthome." This is another article from there. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904909 <link>housekeeping.about.com/od/savemoney/<BR>tp/9surprisingcleaners.htm </link> <BR> <BR> Using things like ketchup as a cleaning liquid! <BR> <BR> HUH! <em>40</em> Fri, 3 Apr 2015 16:24:57 EST Woolite laundry soap seems a bit expensive. Here are ways to make yur own. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904905 I use Woolite for any hand washables even if I wash them on gentle in the machine. <BR> I really don't know which recipe is best here. The last ideas seem pretty good to me. I have a bar of Fels Naphtha soap in fact. <BR> <BR> Homemade Wool Wash #1 <BR> •4 cups soap flakes <BR> •4 cups boiling water <BR> •1 cup denatured alcohol <BR> •1 tablespoon essential oil (lavender, eucalyptus) <BR> Place the soap flakes and boiling water in a large mixing bowl and mix well with the stick blen... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 16:20:34 EST You surprised me--you read my statistics blog! Here's more... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904132 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l170006364.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l501520204.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l725064898.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l921312441.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l45302754.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l168070236.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 10:00:31 EST Correlation is NOT causation! These are funny.... but it takes some brain power... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903668 Don't let the formal "science" looking graphs discourage you. <BR> <BR> hmm--I'd better stop eating margarine! <BR> <BR> <link>www.tylervigen.com/ </link> Wed, 1 Apr 2015 16:08:08 EST Go howl at the moon or..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903658 <link>www.tut.com/article/details/69-5-fun<BR>-and-safe-ways-to-express-your-inner-w<BR>ild-thing/?articleId=69 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> It got me thinking anyway! <BR> <BR> chris Wed, 1 Apr 2015 15:38:21 EST SPRING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901951 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l485245901.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1362893988.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l584948936.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l448665039.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1071683378.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1443339424.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <BR> ch... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 22:08:12 EST What to order at Panera Bread SP article http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901803 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=food_on_the_run_panera_bread </link> <BR> I am quoting a bit of the article. There is lots of info in the actual article! <BR> <BR> "Panera has stepped up their nutritional game recently with their Power Menu, a selection of high-protein, low-carb entrees with some seriously impressive nutritional stats. We've included some of them in our top six favorite healthy Panera entrees below, followed by 10 more of our honorable mentions. (Note tha... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 16:43:17 EST cheese storage bags and paper--on grommet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901203 <link>thegrommet.com/formaticum-cheese-sto<BR>rage-bags </link> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 13:34:29 EST tacos for lunch today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901106 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1152060462.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1266488744.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I will use broken up corn chips on a plate and spoon on the taco filling <BR> <BR> No recipe used but here is what I did: <BR> <BR> brown ground turkey <BR> brown the onions <BR> use a dry mix of spices for tacos, low sodium <BR> add fresh and canned tomatoes (low sodium) <BR> add canned corn <BR> add some water following the seasoning d... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 10:23:21 EST Buffalo-- I am planning to move us there in a few months. Hard to get the packing and other things d http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901102 Why there? family <BR> <BR> But I grew up in that area and it has many, many advantages. <BR> <BR> Please don't discourage me. <BR> <BR> Comment only if you have positives to say about Erie County, Buffalo, greater Buffalo, Clarence_NY, snow, lake effect, cloudy weather, etc. <BR> <BR> Chris Sat, 28 Mar 2015 10:12:57 EST Diet friendly "Boston Cream Pie" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901097 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l692456515.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Recipe <BR> Boston Cream Pie Parfait <BR> <BR> Nutrition factsAmount per Serving <BR> Calories: 128 <BR> Protein: 2.5g <BR> Total Fat: 4.5g <BR> - Saturated Fat: 2.0g <BR> Cholesterol: 60mg <BR> Total Carbohydrate: 19.0g <BR> - Dietary Fiber: 1.5g <BR> - Total Sugar: 11.5g <BR> Sodium: 120mg <BR> <BR> <BR> This recipe transforms a calorie-laden Boston cream pie into a diet-friendly, portion-controlled dess... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 10:04:12 EST Getting Naked-- a blog from IOWAGRAMMA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901024 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750626 </link> <BR> <BR> I just loved this blog. Thank you for putting this into words. I suggest water exercising to everyone! I am like a preacher for this. Many people say they would not be seen in a bathing suit. And these are "thin" people! I never could understand it. <BR> <BR> IOWAGRAMMA--thank you so much for writing about this! <BR> <BR> chris Sat, 28 Mar 2015 07:54:56 EST Don't store cheese wrapped in plastic says Chef Meg... who knew? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900789 <BR> <link>www.thekitchn.com/how-to-store-chees<BR>e-what-to-do-100285 </link> <BR> <BR> This link gives more information.But. my cheese doesn't last long enough to matter. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> chef Meg's food storage ideas. <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/videos.asp?v<BR>ideo=Peek_Inside_a_Healthy_Chef's_Fridge </link> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:24:05 EST Green Mac n' cheese http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900111 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1803029519.jpg"> <BR> The recipe is on the following web page: <BR> <link>heatherchristo.com/cooks/2012/11/04/<BR>green-macaroni-and-cheese/ </link> <BR> <BR> Spinach makes it green. <BR> <BR> Sorry I am just getting around to St. Patrick's day! Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:00:38 EST Meditation--I don't do this regularly but I have done it from time to time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900096 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2068089859.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2053184643.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/rachael-yahne<BR>/mantras_b_6919316.html?ncid=fcbklnkus<BR>hpmg00000030 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Some of the studies indicated that meditating even 20 minutes per day for a few weeks was already enough to start experiencing the benefits. <BR> <BR> http://liveanddare.com/benefits-of-medit<BR>ation/ Med... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:43:01 EST Who will be running for Pres. in 2016??????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898300 I hate politics with a passion. I still believe we live in the best country ever. It always had controversy. Now is nothing new. Everyone thinks their period of time is worst. Somehow we have a pretty good life here in the US despite all the grumbling. Many countries have no sane way of getting new leaders. here, we now don't have to fight a war to get new heads of government. I sure hope it stays that way. <BR> <BR> The following article helped me understand who might be running in 2016. ... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:56:09 EST Water got into my SPAT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898256 I replaced the battery. A little rubber ring fell out. I thought I put it back right. But after today's water class, the SP would not work. I opened it and now am drying it out. <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> chris Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:23:56 EST