SPARKYCARLEY's SparkPeople Blog SPARKYCARLEY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Crock-pot Cauliflower Soup <img src=""> <BR> I made this soup and it's very tasty. I added some chicken breast for extra protein. Here's the recipe:<BR>ck-pot-cauliflower-cheddar-soup/2/ #L<BR>oveMyCrockPot Mon, 12 Feb 2018 20:24:28 EST Homemade Mayo <img src=""> <BR> I made some homemade mayo today. Since going sugar-free I'm finding it very difficult to find things that are both sugar-free free and artificial-sweetener free. Sugars are bad enough on the body, but many people (like me) find artificial sweeteners even worse (personally, I think artificial sweeteners should be outlawed, but that's a story for a different day & blog). The artificial stuff send... Sun, 11 Feb 2018 18:13:19 EST No Bake Coconut Date Energy Balls <img src=""> I found this recipe on Pinterest recently. They're just about the perfect snack! I made them yesterday. Even my family who aren't "dieting" and not big on "new" stuff loved them. They are: - no bake - very easy & quick to make - very tasty - you probably have the ingredients in your pantry already - gluten free - vegan - whole 30 compliant (whatever that is LOL) - sugar-free - artificial sweetener ... Fri, 9 Feb 2018 12:49:33 EST Guilt Free Chocolate! <img src=""> <BR> I started 30 Days Sugar-free on January 1st for the first time. Detox was difficult but I'm through the worst of it. I've lost about 7-8 lbs so far. I'm enjoying learning how to cook new foods. I never liked cooking but now it's getting to be fun. I wanted a snack yesterday and did some reading on sugar substitutes. I can't have artificial sweeteners because they send my bipolar disorder int... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:31:31 EST Self Improvement If you have self improvement resolutions you're determined to stick to here's what you need to know. Self improvement is a 3 part process. You need them all or none will work properly. The 3 parts are: - BODY (diet & exercise) - MIND (being positive, forgiving, and grateful) - SPIRIT (your relationship with Jesus - prayer, Bible reading & study, listening to Him, obedience, worship, taking part in ministry, fellowship with like-minded people). I have new routines that will help me wi... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 18:24:04 EST Don't Ever Quit! <img src=""> <BR> Note to me: no more quitting! Sat, 17 Jun 2017 14:14:52 EST Egg Substitute <img src=""> <BR> Wow! Who knew!? Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:30:52 EST I'm Back! <img src=""> <BR> I'm done saying "I'll restart my healthy living / weight loss next [week/month] after I....". I'm starting now. Today. I met my goals once before so I can do it again. This time is almost 10 years later & I have more hurdles to get over, but with God's leading I can do it. I would appreciate prayers to help me stick to the program, find the passion to push myself as I did before, and over com... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:39:09 EST New Exercise <img src=""> <BR> Here's a new exercise machine I bought. I can't do the power walking I used to do & love because I have bad feet now that hurt a lot. I also don't have space for a big piece of equipment. So I bought this machine (on the Walmart website). It's an exercise bike but you sit in a chair and peddle. It's also small enough to carry places. Anyone else have one or ever used one? What do you think? Sun, 5 Jun 2016 15:07:34 EST What's Wrong with this Pic <img src=""> <BR> OK, so I bought this clock last year. I just this week realized why I got a good deal on it. Look & see if you can find what's wrong with it. (PS. The SP app on my phone seems to have pushed the pic out of shape. It looks oval & not round, but that doesn't effect looking for the error). But it doesn't matter if it's not perfect. I love it anyway. Sun, 20 Mar 2016 08:57:42 EST Maggie <img src=""> <BR> I just had to share this pic of my little Maggie sitting at the computer. She's so cute. Tue, 15 Mar 2016 09:46:40 EST Gift from Portugal <img src=""> <BR> I got this gift yesterday from a Portuguese friend. I think it's so beautiful I just had to share. Mon, 29 Feb 2016 09:38:28 EST Say whaaaaa?! <img src=""> <BR> OK. This is literally the most illogical thing I've ever seen. I just saw this in a comment under a Global News article on Facebook: "Sorry that you are so closed minded and judgemental. It's a shame that you don't understand the definition of love without first referencing your bible. Get over yourselves." You've got a bigger chance at flying without a plane or wings than you do at understa... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 11:25:52 EST Fun for the Kids <img src=""> <BR> I do a little sewing now & then but I'm definitely not a seamstress. My Mom, however, definitely is. She used to have a business making & altering wedding gowns, & bride's maid and flower girl dresses. This pic is of one of her latest projects. She made it at the request of a friend. It's a table house/tent. You put it over the top of a table & the kids can have a place to play inside. Very c... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 13:20:06 EST Adult Colouring <img src=""> I got 3 adult colouring books for Christmas. I have to say that I have found it to be awesome. It is very meditative & I have found that it actually helps with bipolar symptoms. I highly recommend it. You should try it if you are feeling stressed. This pic took me about 8 hours to do over a few days. There's another pic in my status message for today. That one took me about 10 hours to do over a few da... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 11:57:31 EST Women's Conference <img src=""> <BR> The women's IF:Gathering conference we had at church on Saturday was awesome! Here's a pic of me & my bestie in front of the stage with the Jesus sign. I wanted to post a bunch of pics showing all the awesome decorations but I can't figure out how to post more than one pic using the phone app). Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:31:36 EST I'm Back! <img src=""> <BR> Hi Friends: It's been a VERY long time since I posted an SP blog. This time around I will only post things that can help someone out here, hopefully. The last time I was in my weight loss journey I shared my soul because you were my friends... my only friends. In the end, unknown to me, someone wasn't & I was hurt desperately. Someone didn't like me sharing my faith. I don't intend on sharing m... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 18:24:48 EST Oh Happy Day for Spark Friends It seems that some people doesn't like my Christian Messages here on SparkPeople. I've been reported for posting many of my Christian Messages. I really thought the friends I had on here were real friends. I feel like an idiot now for believing that. I'm so hurt. <BR> <BR> You'll be happy to know I've quit all my SparkTeams except the one that I am co-leader of. I will not be participating on SparkPeople anymore except for a bare minimum to fulfill my duties as co-leader of Hopeful He... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 16:44:23 EST Incredible Bipolar Survival Story Hi Friends. I told you last week that I had started a new website called "Breaking the Window" It's about helping people with mental illness and / or have suffered abuse. If we all work together we can kill stigma! I am looking regularly for Guest Authors to tell their story. The first Guest Author post was published today. It's an incredible story. I think you'll like it. It's by a young man named Miles Dillon. You can read his post at the link below. Please, friends, if you want to... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 11:32:36 EST Who Really Struggles the Most? I read a status message online the other day that said "“God only puts us through as much as we can handle, so the people who struggle the most have been chosen to be the strongest ones.” Do you ever wonder who struggles the most? Did you get chosen to be one of the strong ones? Here's my thoughts about this. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>02/who-really-suffers-most.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:16:37 EST Breaking the Window: New site for Abuse & Mental Illness I've just launched a new website called 'Breaking the Window' - It's about helping to break stigma against mental illness and abuse; one window at a time. Stigma hurts! Every Time! <BR> <BR> The mission statement is: <BR> <BR> It is the mission of Breaking the Window to reach out to people in all areas of life to help, empower, inspire, and educate them in an effort to help break the stigma in the world surrounding Domestic Violence and Mental Health issues; and to help those suff... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 18:10:34 EST How Do You Pay Other's Back? Remember those times when someone embarrassed you, made you angry, frustrated you, or caused road rage in you? Ever stop to wonder if this is how God wants you to react? Here's my latest blog post, and something you really need to consider when dealing with other people. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>02/how-do-you-pay-others-back.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 6 Feb 2014 18:22:20 EST Who Can Have Mental Illness? My latest blog post for the International Bipolar Foundation - all about stigma. Check it out! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lness </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Photo credit: Google Images Sat, 1 Feb 2014 14:59:42 EST Do You Use Holy Emotions? Recently in an online forum that I take part in, a lady asked “What are holy emotions?”. It got me thinking. After some research this is what I came up with... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>01/do-you-use-holy-emotions.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Photo credit: MS Office Copyright Free Images Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:03:04 EST Did You Hear the Latest News?! Gossip! It’s wrong. It hurts people. God said not to do it. But, it’s SO much fun to do! Resisting it, for a lot of people, means a big spiritual struggle inside. Some, even manage to justify it. Here's a struggle that I had recently. I wanted to respond to a situation I observed. What to do? What do you do in situations like these? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>01/did-you-hear-latest-news.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 15:29:11 EST Whose Kingdom is it Anyway? My latest blog post... God created this amazing kingdom here on earth, and the one to come so we could live with Him; so we could love Him, and He to love us. In essence, He created the kingdom for us. So is it His kingdom or is it ours? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>01/whose-kingdom-is-it-anyway.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 11:32:22 EST Whose Fault is It Really? Sometimes in the midst of those storms it feels like you’re all alone trying to survive. It’s during these times, our weakest moments, we start to wonder if God is even there. Is He listening? Did He forget about me? Why am I going through this? Did he fall asleep and leave me to fend for myself? Ever feel like screaming “Wake up Lord!”? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>01/whose-fault-is-it-really.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:28:34 EST What Quenches Your Thirst? Are you truly happy... for the right reasons? What is it that will quench that thirst to make your life 'perfect'? Think about it. This is something that I've figured out recently. My latest blog post.... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>01/what-quenches-your-thirst.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 7 Jan 2014 16:33:29 EST 2013 Year in Review My first blog of 2014! How did your year go in 2013? Did you have a good year, or a not so good year? Here's how mine went, and what I learned. Share your stories with me in the comment section below the blog post on Worship Melodies <BR> <BR> <link><BR>01/2013-year-in-review.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Carley on Bitstrips! Sun, 5 Jan 2014 23:24:40 EST Pets and Bipolar Disorder Here's my latest article for the International Bipolar Foundation. It's called "Pets and Bipolar Disorder". Please let me know what you think. <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.internationalbipolarfound<BR> </link> <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Dec 2013 21:07:34 EST Who Are You Thankful To? Have you ever thanked the person who led you to Christ? What would you say? Here's what I had to say. <BR> <BR> Here's my latest blog post. <BR> <link><BR>11/who-are-you-thankful-to.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:03:11 EST The Purpose of Jealousy My latest Blog post... The Purpose of Jealousy.... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>08/the-purpose-of-jealousy.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Photo source: Microsoft Office Copyright Free Images Tue, 20 Aug 2013 18:38:48 EST Collecting Rewards Options NEW Blog post! Ever wonder why things aren't working out like you prayed for? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>07/collecting-rewards-options.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 16:44:10 EST How Do You Know if Inspiration is from God? My latest blog post: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>do-you-know-if-inspiration-is-from.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 14:03:18 EST Writers Block or Spiritual Block? NEW Blog Post!! - Writers Block or Spiritual Block? <BR> <BR> I've been having trouble writing lately. What's the real issue? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>07/writers-block-or-spiritual-block.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Photo credit: MS Office copyright free image <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ages/results.aspx?qu=writer&ex=1#ai:MP<BR>900446454|mt:2| </link> Mon, 8 Jul 2013 15:14:27 EST Planning Your Dreams Here's a project I did to help keep myself inspired to push on toward my dreams. Hope it inspires you too. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ning-your-dreams.html </link> Tue, 28 May 2013 22:04:43 EST Mental Illness Stigma: Problems that Reslut My latest article for the International Bipolar Foundation. This is the 2nd article in a series about Stigma surrounding Mental Illness. <BR> <BR> <link>www.internationalbipolarfoundation.o<BR>rg/mental-health-stigma-problems-resul<BR>t-article-2-stigma-series </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 24 May 2013 21:32:17 EST Passing of the Seasons Ever feel lost from God? Seasons change and they're not always painless. <BR> Here's what I'm going through right now. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ing-of-seasons.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Photo by Carley Cooper. All rights reserved. Wed, 22 May 2013 15:18:57 EST Mental Illness Stigma: Myth vs. Fact My latest article for the International Bipolar Foundation. This is the first article in a series about Stigma surrounding Mental Illness. <BR> <BR> <link>www.internationalbipolarfoundation.o<BR>rg/mental-illness-stigma-myth-vs-fact-<BR>article-1-stigma-series </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 21 Apr 2013 18:40:52 EST VIDEO: My Weightloss Testimony Here's a short video of me doing a speech at a ladies bible study group in February. It's my testimony about my weight loss; and I talk about SparkPeople's role in my journey. I hope you like it. Help me out and leave your comments below the video on YouTube. Thanks. <BR> <BR> <link><BR> </link> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 11:53:13 EST Worshiping in Your Dreams Have you ever worshiped in your dreams? I don't mean have you dreamed you were worshiping, but worship in your dreams. Here's a recent experience that I had. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hiping-in-your-dreams.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Photo credit: MS Office copyright free images Sat, 13 Apr 2013 22:12:15 EST Living in the Dead Zone (Part 2) If God gave you a button to push that would release you from the one thing that bothers you the most... would you do it? Here's my thoughts on that issue. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ng-in-dead-zone-part-2.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Photo Credit: Microsoft Office copyright free images Thu, 7 Mar 2013 18:29:53 EST Living in the Dead Zone (Part 1) Ever get the feeling like life is just blah. I mean those times when nothings exciting, but it's not depressing either. It's just....blah. Here's what I learned recently while I was at the doctor's office. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ng-in-dead-zone-part-1.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Photo Credit: Microsoft Office Copyright Free Images Fri, 1 Mar 2013 21:07:28 EST One Billion Rising Flash Mob Hey... this is the Flash mob that I took part in on Valentine's Day in downtown Barrie, Ontario. You can see me in the video dancing. :-) (I'm wearing a grey winter coat and a 'One Billion Rising' toque) <BR> <BR> One Billion Rising is an organization that promotes awareness to stop violence against women. <BR> <BR> It was even on the local news! <BR> <BR> Here's the video. <BR> <link><BR>=player_embedded&v=6VOD4yle-xs </link> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 21:27:44 EST Thou Shalt Not Kill: You’re Guilty! My latest BLOG POST - How many commandments have you broken? Which ones are you SURE you haven't broken? You might need to rethink your strategy. Check out my latest blog post! <BR> <BR> Blog post: <BR> <link><BR>-shalt-not-kill-youre-guilty.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Also feel free to friend me on Facebook. <BR> <BR> Facebook: <BR> <link><BR>er </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:19:55 EST What Makes a Happy Disciple? My church has created a devotional book for Lent. There are 40 devotions in it all written by people in our church. I was one of the lucky 40 to be asked to write a devotional for our Lenten book. Here's what I wrote. I hope you like it. <BR> <BR> Carley <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-makes-happy-disciple.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 19:50:22 EST What to Do When You Feel Lonely Everyone knows loneliness at some point. How do you handle it? Here's some advice that will help. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-promises-what-to-do-when-you-feel.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 9 Feb 2013 18:03:41 EST What to Do About High Anxiety How do you handle anxiety? What makes you anxious? What / who is your focus when you anxious? Here's what I figured out today. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-to-do-about-high-anxiety.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 15:42:39 EST Can You Recognize a Blessing in Disguise Sometimes things aren't how they seem. Sometimes blessings come from the most unlikely paths. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>you-recognize-blessing-in-disguise.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 14:47:25 EST I Am Your Addiction Author Unknown <BR> <BR> I hate meetings. I hate your higher powers. I hate anyone who has a "program." To all who come into contact with me, I wish you suffering and I wish you death. <BR> <BR> Allow me to introduce myself. I am the disease of addiction. I am cunning, baffling, and powerful. I have killed millions and I am pleased. <BR> <BR> Click here to read the whole article... <BR> <link><BR>am-your-addiction.html </link> <BR> <BR> <i... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 16:47:20 EST