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  • Slow recovery for DH and good news

    9/1/2015 5:14:48 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Funny how a few kindly delivered words can make a big difference. "You look great, man!" said the young, handsome doctor. "Bah," said the patient "I feel so bad.(sigh) I got up to answer the phone, passed out and hurt my back. " "That sucks, it happened to me on a plane in June" quipped the... Read more

  • Beck--Chris' advantages if she chooses to make healthy choices

    8/31/2015 2:50:06 PM, by CTUPTON

    If I don’t over eat… 1. I’ll have more energy for fun things. 2. My clothes will fit more comfortably. 3. I’ll act with more confidence. 4. I will have an easier time thinking that others see me as intelligent. 5. I will have an easier time thinking that others respect me. ... Read more

  • I got my act together. I completed my 90 day challenge.

    8/31/2015 8:32:04 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    My ticker reads 0 days to get my act together. What does this mean? I've recognized triggers for binge eating and found alternate ways of dealing with some of the cravings. I've started walking/exercising almost every day and seen some terrific benefits from doing so. Last night I wrote ... Read more

  • Who invented emoticons. ; )

    8/30/2015 8:48:20 AM, by CTUPTON

    ◾Japanese emoticons are very different than American-style emoticons. In these emoticons, rather than having sideways faces, the Japanese emoticons are normally oriented, like this: (*_*( or (-_-(. One popular Japanese emoticon that has made its way somewhat into commonly used American emoticon... Read more

  • Pissed off at Orville Redenbacher.

    8/27/2015 11:55:59 AM, by PARASELENIC

    Okay folks, I'm tracking food. Take a look at this: From the front-- "per 2 T UNPOPPED"== 130 cals. Who eats unpopped popcorn? What does that mean for one serving? So, look at the nutritional breakdown here: and cue the confusion. What the hell? It's "about" 2.5 servings p... Read more

  • My 90 day challenge for myself has 4 days left. Have I completed It?

    8/27/2015 5:08:25 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    90 days until I get my act together. Now it's 4 days. How have I done pulling up those panties and getting on with the in-control me? Let me count the ways. I'm completing my first 12 weeks of training in the pool with a one-on-one trainer. I've been working out- to blisters on my feet! ... Read more

  • Time to dig deeper

    8/26/2015 10:13:01 AM, by CONFUSEDBIRD

    I'm still dealing with a running injury. Which means its affecting all aspects of my exercise life. I have been trying to lighten up on exercise for 4 days and then I go back to it and I jump in my dance class and feel it. I think it's time to go get it looked at. I'm gonna stick to water aerobics a... Read more

  • A grillin' fool.

    8/25/2015 12:40:10 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Let's have some fun while caring for DH. My little garden produced about 40 pounds of tomatoes. I couldn't give them away fast enough. I also picked a few pounds of red, green and yellow peppers as well as some habaneros. What to do when your the only one who will be eating these fruits o... Read more

  • Keeping DH in line is really keeping me in line!

    8/24/2015 8:45:01 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I promised him I would help him if he would pay attention. What? I wasn't listening. Sigh. Measuring his foods has caused me to suck it up and measure mine with more diligence and showmanship See the size of the cereal in the bowl? No more than that. (My mind: Rats, I would have... Read more

  • 24 questions to focus on when I tend to overeat. From Judith S. Beck.

    8/23/2015 8:46:49 PM, by CTUPTON

    Note: I saw this in a spark friend's blog. I found it very useful. My own responses are shown. All the Beck books are about Cognitive Behavior Therapy's approach to being successful in following whatever program you have chosen to use for weight loss (or maintenance). Beck Blue, officially titl... Read more

  • Feeling a little dual personalitied or- how to smile when you want to rip something into pieces!

    8/23/2015 6:35:56 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I smile, I cajole and I keep calm. In my pre Spark-controlled condition I would have been cooking and tasting like there was no tomorrow. Chopping with the fervor of a secretly crazed butcher. Stuffing anything I could find in my mouth. Can't do that since my tooth still hurts. Having DH home... Read more

  • Josie Maran Bear Naked Nail Wipes

    8/22/2015 10:57:40 AM, by TRESSWANN

    I have been promising for longer than I care to admit that I would start sharing about beauty products for Staging Our Comeback. Mine is in a little over a month. But I think one needs to continue evolve and grow. Never stop planning improvements large and small Argan oil is not only for your... Read more

  • He followed me home, can I keep him?

    8/22/2015 8:18:58 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    My house looks like a tornado hit it and my organization side has taken a hit. There are "helpful" papers everywhere as the rehab printed a bunch of things like PT exercises and medication lists. The pharmacy added all their own helpful information sheets and coupons. I've been letting paid ... Read more

  • salmon and "blistered pears" yum taste combination

    8/21/2015 4:09:29 PM, by CTUPTON

    The whole meal was a few things over arugula and a light vinaigrette dressing. But I have salmon and the "blistered" pears left for my dinner. the taste together is great. I liked the original meal, too. First "blister" 1/2 ear of corn on a frying pan--cut off the kernels for the sala... Read more

  • Recipe Link: Vegan Sandwich awesomeness

    8/21/2015 12:31:41 PM, by PARASELENIC

    Posted here for posterity so I can return to it when needed (the bahn mi and the "egg salad" sound awesome!)
    4972... Read more

  • Yeah, that was a bad decision-- even though you had the right reasons.

    8/21/2015 12:27:15 PM, by PARASELENIC

    Yesterday and today are beautiful, pristine, perfect biking weather. But I didn't bike in yesterday or today. On Monday I biked into work, got a call from the sig that Poopy was really sick and he didn't know what to do. I had to bike home-- and that was not a fun bike ride-- worrying ab... Read more

  • Not moving for another whole year! I am not happy about this!

    8/19/2015 10:22:01 AM, by CTUPTON

    Our daughter has to be in CT twice a month for another whole year. If she does not live with us, she has no place to go. This is a very hard decision for me. Unless her situation changes drastically, she will be living with us. Prayers are definitely welcome! chris... Read more

  • Advice for when you or your loved one is in rehabilitative health care.

    8/19/2015 7:38:19 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    It's tough to see a loved one incapacitated. Have some moments by yourself or with them to get those important emotions worked out and then get ready to take time to do some business. There are rules and regulations covering patient rights and responsibilities and they have been decently written i... Read more

  • Rehab; surgical recovery for DH.

    8/18/2015 10:52:19 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    A suspected complication corrected itself and DH was sent to rehab on Sunday. It doesn't mean he is out of the woods or out of pain. Just closer. Real close.The facility is less than 10 miles from our home. And he is still confused; can't answer questions, won't make decisions unless I'm t... Read more

  • Plan w/ my trail buddy

    8/17/2015 3:30:53 PM, by DOKEYOKEY

    In bed by 11 p.m. 4 or 5 nights per week. 5 minutes of meditation (or more) before bed. Get up 7 a.m. (4 or 5 mornings per week) 1 hour of movement 6 days per week (including strength, which includes stacking wood!) Sugar free/ Wheat free Drink all medicinal teas == plus water! Evening ... Read more

  • weekend with activity and old veggie recipes

    8/17/2015 11:11:19 AM, by PARASELENIC

    This is a boring title but will help me in searching: First thing: Here's a link to some really great (and rather exotic-- so interesting) recipes to use old veggies:
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  • Getting used to having our grown daughter and her cat living with us...

    8/15/2015 10:07:34 PM, by CTUPTON

    It is not so much having her live here--I like the company and I like getting to know her better. It is the long recovery she has ahead of her. Prayers are welcomed. He male cat thankfully and our male cat seem to be getting along. Each is finding spots in the condo to call their own. Dau... Read more

  • Dialogue with a bad patient.

    8/15/2015 6:59:19 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    DH does not handle sick very well. He leans on me. Hard. He agrees with everything the doctors and staff say, then does what he wants-that's nothing new! Lies to look better than he is. So I have to get tough. Imagine his distress and the doctor's concern/surprise when I said-"He's lying ... Read more

  • You are one workout away from a good mood. ~spark

    8/14/2015 12:06:28 PM, by PARASELENIC

    I found that lovely quote here:
    lideshow.asp?show=88 Slide 5. Biking day two, into work. I'm going to make the title a mantra for me for the rest of the month. I'm not doing all the things, but I am doing something, and that feels awesome... Read more

  • Setbacks.

    8/14/2015 8:08:11 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    DH has suffered some setbacks. Instead of being discharged as anticipated to a rehab facility tomorrow he may go back in for more surgery. I won't know till later today. In a normal world, I'd be whining. I sat with my kids for two days chomping on those hard wasabi peas and screwed up an alrea... Read more

  • Stuck, stuck stuck

    8/12/2015 5:36:49 PM, by CONFUSEDBIRD

    Ok so I made it 9 days in my non eating out venture. Then my period came and all hell broke loose. So I have been running and few weeks ago I started getting this burn in my calf when I ran. I have never had a running injury which is pretty amazing. But the fact that I keep running at 190-195 lbs an... Read more

  • Holding hands

    8/12/2015 3:09:53 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Here we are, holding hands. He keeps looking warmly at me. half a smile on an unshaven face. How cute, you may say. Holding hands is a great idea. It keeps me from wringing his neck. The surgery went phenomenally. His recovery is on track. He's got all the gizmos and wires removed and is d... Read more

  • A friend posted this. Made in the USA! Very informative!

    8/10/2015 9:32:06 AM, by CTUPTON

    Made in the USA - Very Encouraging! READ ALL THE WAY TO THE BOTTOM! LOTS OF GOOD INFO HERE! Costco sells Goodyear wiper blades for almost half the price that you will pay elsewhere and they are made in the USA! Please read and do the following. Unfortunately our po... Read more

  • Step down and step up.

    8/9/2015 8:32:50 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    DH has graduated ICU and now is on a step-down floor. Still in a room on his own with one nurse to 3 patients. Grumpy. Still sleepy. He lost a lot of blood but didn't hit the trigger for a fill-up. He'll make his own in a few weeks. Sore. Did I say a bit short-tempered? No problem. I ... Read more

  • Family time.

    8/8/2015 9:17:28 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    It's been fun bonding with my son in laws and daughters on an adult level. This is their first major issue with our side of the parents and I've always been the family rock. I'm still being strong but it's interesting to see them want me to lean on them! It didn't stop them form letting me buy din... Read more

  • Coming Back Moving Forward

    8/8/2015 1:53:15 PM, by TRESSWANN

    My milestone birthday is less than two months away! Changes in latitude, attitude and gratitude. I started to lose weight when I focused on being healthy instead of dieting. Yep, I slip, slip all the time but I get back on track. I think more. As I approach this last bit of my life, I don't want t... Read more

  • So far, so good

    8/8/2015 8:54:05 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    The nurses in ICU want to keep my husband. "He's such a doll!" Ok, they can keep him for a day or two then I want him back. Even if he is minus a few parts. The surgeon said he did well. Nothing that indicated cancer (we weren't sure there may have been some underlying issues) although t... Read more

  • Thank you all for your good wishes-- pray the family problems work out...

    8/8/2015 7:46:55 AM, by CTUPTON

    I need to greatly limit my time on SP. I love reading your posts, blogs, looking at your new sparkpages and your photos! Love to all, chris... Read more

  • From a wonderful spark friend!

    8/8/2015 7:43:59 AM, by CTUPTON

    A SPARK Garden For Spring In my garden, I would first plant five rows of peas: Planning, perseverance, politeness, participation and prayer. Next to them I would plant three rows of squash: Squash junk food, squash negativity, squash high calorie foods. Then, I would put in f... Read more

  • Busy weekend ahead. Good luck and good health to those who need the support.

    8/6/2015 1:07:33 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I'm starting my weekend by wishing all my Spark friends who are engaging in their activities a hearty, "Go get 'em"! Especially my Spark buddy, ONEKIDSMOM, who didn't fool me for a moment. I knew her inner competitor was going to win out! My best friend, DH, will have his surgery tomorrow. I ... Read more

  • I'm too sexy for my clothes!

    8/4/2015 11:32:56 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    My shorts keep falling off. I've lost enough weight to need new shorts. I've toned up enough that my shirts fall off my shoulders. Or maybe I've become too sexy for my clothes. 334... Read more

  • My 5 minutes on Sparkpeople today! From TUT --notes from the UNIVERSE

    8/3/2015 8:01:45 AM, by CTUPTON

    What if you were to see your every action and inaction in this life so far, CHRISTINE, your every strength and weakness, your every hope and fear, as proof of your divinity? 526 chris... Read more

  • Party for DH. More fun than a barrel of monkeys and leaving one of us in real stiches

    8/3/2015 7:10:14 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I hosted our kids and DH's siblings for an afternoon to spend time with him in fun and frolic. Why sit an stare at him in the hospital mourning the loss of time when you could rib him without guilt? Get it out now. 334 I ordered subs (hoagies for you PA and DEL people), cut up my home-grown Je... Read more