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  • Still here not moving

    5/3/2016 2:10:35 PM, by CONFUSEDBIRD

    My feet were pretty good in the orthotics and I was able to dance they felt about 70%. Then I was stupid one day and thought my outfit looked silly with gym shoes, so I wore birkenstocks instead screwed my feet up again. UGH I went in and saw my podiatrist and sort of lied to him. I feel like his on... Read more

  • If the shoe fits, buy it and other gems.

    5/3/2016 7:57:24 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    104 I walked a hefty 17,000 steps with ONEKIDSMOM through the streets of Boston a while ago and I was fine. I walked 1 mile on the treadmill each of several days last week and my hip hurt and my foot was having shooting pains throughout one night. I was wearing the same shoes. 40 Obviously ... Read more

  • Wendle Beaton 's 50 ThingsEvery Woman Should Have by Age 50

    5/2/2016 3:41:24 PM, by TRESSWANN

    I am passing this on from Facebook. How many do you have? Wendle Beaton April 25 at 8:22am ˇ 50 Things Every Woman Should Have by age 50. 1. An old boyfriend who makes you smile with melancholy when you remember him and an old boyfriend who makes you proud of how far you've come. 2. ... Read more

  • Off topic, Janet humor. Remembering wildlife in the house.

    5/2/2016 8:32:34 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    It all came back when I mentioned the masking taped hole. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, The tape is 20 years old and still sticking. It only holds back the dust. DH has a history of aversion to squirrels, mice and the like. Long story short. DH told me a tale of a squirrel in his basement, he and... Read more

  • Spring is know the rest!

    5/1/2016 2:14:10 PM, by CTUPTON

    and maybe some people are not quite ready for spring: ... Read more

  • Not parking on the grass--rules.

    5/1/2016 1:53:35 PM, by CTUPTON

    I had no idea some towns have an ordinance against this. I can't believe it applies to your own home. You gave me some good ideas like using plywood to save the lawn. When I first moved in, they reprimanded me for putting up a plain green Christmas wreathe with tiny white lights! That stil... Read more

  • I am claiming it and no one can take it from me! It's mine, all mine!

    5/1/2016 6:49:45 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    So there! 334 I spent yesterday in a mutinous phase of marriage pondering the possibilities of stuffing DH and all his things into a cargo container and having it sent to another country on a slow boat. DH managed to comfortably sit for a few hours at a family party and let everyone know he ... Read more

  • Yuky condo rules!

    4/30/2016 4:05:23 PM, by CTUPTON

    I got a reprimand phone call from "the management." not supposed to have my van on the grass. Well- I am moving things out of my basement to declutter this condo for selling. I drove the van to the basement door, 'round back. A truck was coming to take the boxes. They had to park in... Read more

  • End of an era, begining of a disaster. The stuff comes home.

    4/30/2016 4:55:03 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I took DH to his office today to hand in his resignation. It went rather well and I believe that by the time the weekend is over, his grumpiness will abate. He's already called a friend and given the news along with a few chuckles; a good sign he's accepted fate. Not so me. My job, besid... Read more

  • Behaving: met a goal! Thanks for your support!

    4/29/2016 7:54:31 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Call me Miss Behaving! I have met my latest goal with a vengeance. I cut out my voracious after dinner sneak eating. Once I had DH tucked in, I found the kitchen. Who was it good for? Not me! I've made sure there was little to eat which made all the difference. If it's not here, I can't have it. ... Read more

  • Got that out of my system. On to the next.

    4/28/2016 7:31:27 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Thanks for "listening"! DH's cognition is still not up to par and he does not understand what happened December through February. A lot. He basically shut down every time I suggested he contact his employer for some "face time" while he was gravely ill. I'm mopping that up now. There are so... Read more

  • I know it is not monday but I will forget to post this later....

    4/27/2016 9:40:09 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • 5 yrs,5 yrs,5 yrs

    4/27/2016 10:34:56 AM, by CTUPTON

    I thought Someone would have told me it took way too long for me to learn to speak up! Not one person did that! 252 And through each 5 years I was reading self help books, going to alanon (8 yrs!) , and doing lots of crying. No, I would not give up. It was a very hard journey! (... Read more

  • Is this how the doctor checks drug interactions--(well not webMD but yes computer data sheet)?

    4/27/2016 10:29:24 AM, by CTUPTON
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  • Partially fizzled cranky pants

    4/27/2016 7:08:22 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    fizzle 1. To make a hissing or sputtering sound. 2. Informal To fail or end weakly, especially after a hopeful beginning. n. Informal A failure. No, I am not a failure. I'm tired. I'm cranky and the world is not my oyster today. I am only partially fizzled. I am not following my... Read more

  • Thankfully, I have learned lots over the years.

    4/25/2016 9:42:24 PM, by CTUPTON

    Today hubby barked at me about something. It did not affect me at all. In fact later I told him I was glad he got mad. It showed his spunk-which isn't often there not after the stroke in 2006. When we were first married I divided my time into 5 years, 5 years, and 5 years. It seems incredible ... Read more

  • really ugly rugs, too --a link

    4/24/2016 7:09:53 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • Really ugly living rooms!

    4/24/2016 7:03:58 PM, by CTUPTON

    I was poking around looking for décor ideas. Then I found ugly stuff and got silly! 198 ... Read more

  • Mini update

    4/24/2016 11:25:58 AM, by DOKEYOKEY

    I"ve been tracking all week...even the two days when I fell out of sync with my goals. I'm realizing how far I had fallen away from my ideals of eating really healthy food. I have gotten sidetracked by convenience, taste, and simply dulling myself to the importance of eating well. However: Here I ... Read more

  • Look alike kids

    4/24/2016 7:07:42 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I sent this to my DD. Caroline was seeming to be such a knock-off of her brother at the same age. Caroline at 6 weeks Lucas at 6 weeks Ben at 7 weeks Caroline seems destined for lots of smiling. Lucas was a big smiler. Silly Ben was cranky as all get out for the first 6 months.... Read more

  • Crunch fitness test SP article

    4/23/2016 9:26:23 AM, by CTUPTON
    114&page=2 The article has a nice graph which does not copy well to this blog. I have been feeling my stomach muscles are improving after years of water aerobics. I am a bit curious if I can do these crunches on t... Read more

  • Low carb lettuce wrap (with beef or chicken)----why didn't I think of this! (SP recipe)

    4/23/2016 8:36:28 AM, by CTUPTON

    Delicious and bursting with flavor, these wraps are juicy and low in carbs. Can also work with chicken! Minutes to Prepare: 10 Minutes to Cook: 10 Number of Servings: 1 Ingredients 100 grams (3.5 ounces) lean ground beef or steak (or cubed chicken, if pre... Read more

  • Knitting is way more complicated than I thought....

    4/22/2016 4:35:59 PM, by CTUPTON

    DD has been knitting up a storm. She wants to make a sweater now. Her mentor says to knit a square to count the stitches so the sweater comes out the right size. If you don't do this you could make a sweater 6 sizes too big Wouldn't that be awful after all that work! I am givi... Read more

  • For me, it's officially pollen season. My morning poem for Spring.

    4/22/2016 6:59:06 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    The rising sun paints a misty pink and gray background for the unfurling leaves. Small rays escaping the clouds glance off my neighbor's car in a muted gold dance. My blue car appears green. Footprints of a rabbit show in the fuzzy yellow carpet on the black asphalt driveway My eyes are... Read more

  • This is my message to you: Don't worry about a thing....

    4/21/2016 11:29:14 PM, by VALERIEMAHA

    And do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come? -- Rumi 55 Bob Marley perfectly mirrors Rumi's Truth in this wonderful musical message:
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  • Celebrating.

    4/21/2016 7:23:22 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    665 I teased my British SIL that the parade in Great Britain was in honor of MY birthday, not HRMTQ. I hope that should I attain the venerable age of 90, that I rock it like Elizabeth does! 530 Today I've managed to turn 62, not too shabby for someone who has been changing up her life by wo... Read more

  • Teaching an "old" dog new tricks.

    4/20/2016 6:27:13 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I am learning. Today is day two of some serious exercise which I will see, hopefully 3 days a week. I am a tad sore from using muscles that have lain dormant. In the morning I will do my usual pool thing before DH wakes up. When I take him to therapy I will get in some treadmill and strengt... Read more

  • A new sleep apnea mask (No I don't have sleep apnea but I know people who do have it)

    4/19/2016 6:10:48 PM, by CTUPTON

    This looks more comfortable than the bigger masks I have seen. chris... Read more

  • 2 chuckles...

    4/19/2016 1:49:29 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Why I didn't go to the gym yesterday

    4/19/2016 11:43:44 AM, by TRESSWANN

    I had every intention of going to the gym yesterday. I am encouraged that my doctor found that I am a little bit stronger and a little bit faster. I need to leverage that. And since I am not employed, I have been losing ground. Yes, it's nice not to have to struggle through Grand Central, Times ... Read more

  • Boston, the tourist perspective, if you haven't had enough SParkie photos!

    4/19/2016 7:31:53 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Barb partially described my passions. Architecture AND photos. I once photographed weddings and *mitsva's but that's old news. Duckling bronzes. View of the bridge from the swan boats. I happened to catch the tail end of a marriage proposal (missed the photo op)as we walked on thi... Read more

  • Understanding Maintenance for me

    4/19/2016 12:19:29 AM, by SUSANNAH31

    YO-YO DIETING: taking action when the scale gets to an unacceptable point way beyond the desired weight. Then returning to the old eating habits until it happens again. In the days before joining SP, I believed that the hardest part of weight loss was taking it off. After I had done that,... Read more

  • The short, intense workput craze.... (Wall St Journal article)

    4/18/2016 6:02:28 PM, by CTUPTON

    Apparently there is a craze going on about short, intense workouts done at odd times to stop the excuses of not having enough time to go to the gym or do long workouts. In the WSJ article: There is a photo of a woman "and her daughter Clare do squats while another daughter, Maureen, make... Read more

  • Home again, home again, jiggity jig.

    4/18/2016 6:25:19 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    To market, to market to buy a .... Low fat yogurt, fruit, paper towels, laundry soap. I had a blast. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to catch OKM while she was here on my side of the country. The DAWG and I have met a few times, she has family near me. There are a few other SParklers w... Read more

  • Back, again.

    4/17/2016 10:36:31 AM, by DOKEYOKEY

    I'm back, again. This time, having gained back 100% of the weight I lost six years ago. Clearly, I gotta make it a priority not just to lose weight and be healthy, but to find ways to take it one day at a time (one minute at a time, sometimes) and press the re-set button for all the overeat/sweet t... Read more

  • How to get exercise, motivation and have a darned good time. Meet up with Spark Buds!

    4/17/2016 8:09:48 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Short and sweet because I'm getting back on the road, again. 335 Find a walking buddy. A recognizable buddy. Meet up with some friends (Janis, Lauren, Barb and me!)and take a selfie. Our friends left after a nice walk through Boston Commons, then Barb and I took on the town. I... Read more

  • Let's try this again

    4/16/2016 6:26:26 PM, by GIRANIMAL

    Ugh. 150. Dang it! 20 pounds. Monday morning. It's ON!!... Read more

  • Reminding myself of a lesson learned

    4/16/2016 3:28:43 PM, by SUSANNAH31

    I've been a member of SP for several years. And I've learned a thing or two about myself during that time. Avoidance behaviors are so easy to pull off: Don't step on the scale. Don't keep track of everything that goes into my mouth. Permit events to take priority over preferred eat... Read more

  • Traveling with DH. Those kid years left behind have returned.

    4/16/2016 6:51:42 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    First I must say he generously offered to do his best so I could make this trip. Thank you. It starts with the realization I am packing for two and carrying for two. And the two is acting like a five year old. No, you can't take that, it won't fit. No, you can't bring that, there is too m... Read more

  • Where are my measuring things for cooking? A sparkfriend said a utility belt is needed!

    4/15/2016 1:59:04 PM, by CTUPTON

    A utility belt was suggested. Great idea! In fact there is a company that will make custom too belts!
    tom-leather-belts/?page=3 Just for funsies: ... Read more

  • Progress decluttering.

    4/15/2016 1:37:15 PM, by CTUPTON

    I actually feel like things are getting done. I don't have any more energy but I can see some results when I tackle a job. I can only work for about an hour--this is actually longer than I was doing a few years ago (overwhelmed caregiver!) So I guess I have made progress with energy. I don... Read more

  • Easily refurbish old "gold" jewelry!

    4/15/2016 1:30:53 PM, by CTUPTON

    DD found a pen with gold in it. I have no idea if it has any metal or not! She had cleaned some jewelry from a thrift shop. It ended up looking dingy. She just used the pen on the chain-- wow! I think the pen was close to $10. I never thought this would work. I don't know how long ... Read more

  • More good news! About lost diabetic shoes.

    4/15/2016 1:24:36 PM, by CTUPTON

    Got a check for $378 to pay for hubby's diabetic shoes! Since last summer (!) I have been calling and calling the hospital--that lost hubby's diabetic shoes --and leg brace! Medicare paid for the brace because he needed a new one anyway. But I had no success getting the money for the shoes... Read more

  • Spreading my "Mom" wings to a friend then realizing we don't have it so bad.

    4/14/2016 7:49:12 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    There had been a student in my lab who showed promise; she merited my personal attention. She got it! She was smart and funny and starting a second career. She had a Master's in very special education and wanted to go into the sciences. When she graduated I hired her and it was the best move I ever ... Read more

  • Kicking up the dust

    4/14/2016 9:42:57 AM, by CONFUSEDBIRD

    I danced 3 days last week and It didn't really bother my foot. Right now I'm in the midst of TOM and not feeling like exercising, must push forward, I know it will make me feel better. I have my 5 week orthotics checkup tomorrow. I would say my pain is 80% gone, I still feel it when I wake up or if ... Read more

  • Belated April Fools Day

    4/13/2016 11:16:20 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Yeah! I can now clean all floors to the walls! Finally seeing PROGRESS!

    4/13/2016 9:50:48 AM, by CTUPTON

    This has taken YEARS!!!!!! 24 I am now almost 69! My ongoing days of fatigue has greatly hindered me from having an organized home--for my whole life--not just recently. I am making real progress! It is so good to be able to say this. I have had a cleaning person every 2 weeks for... Read more

  • Fashionably challenged?

    4/13/2016 8:49:54 AM, by CTUPTON

    I thought this was pretty funny! It is a Target ad by the way. I am not like this because putting this together is too much work. I wear pretty much a top and bottom--usually they coordinate. I have mostly stopped wearing jewelry, scarves, etc. Mostly it is my fatigue. But I am ... Read more

  • The "accepting disability and retirement" discussion.

    4/13/2016 7:06:32 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I don't think he wants to ACCEPT his disability but I think DH has realized he will no longer be able to hold a job. It's been hard to take his avoidance of discussing the inevitable, but I know my man has pride and a real big stubborn streak. It took me 6 months to get him to acknowledge my "wisdom... Read more

  • Mother Nature

    4/12/2016 12:07:14 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Following directions.

    4/12/2016 8:51:42 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    In my professional world, I would cite someone for not following manufacturer's directions. I haven't followed those principles in my personal life and the consequences are unhealthiness. I recently have paid great attention to serving sizes. Oh, boy was I wrong! I should be following my own direct... Read more

  • The inward and outward journeys intersect

    4/11/2016 10:07:13 PM, by VALERIEMAHA

    Anam Thubten I expected to WAKE UP this morning totally ENLIGHTENED after the yoga workshop last weekend and the meditation retreat this weekend! So much for "expectations." The visit of California-based Tibetan teacher Anam Thubten began with a Friday night talk at... Read more

  • Little miss misbehaving! Added up those bits and bobs.

    4/11/2016 4:31:58 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    WOW! I admit I'm a ketchup freak. I was great in the Regan years. It's a vegetable? Right on! I guestimated the squirt I put on my meat loaf. 4-5 tablespoons, 100 calories. Then I documented the snack. Since I dug the peanut butter out of the jar for each cracker, not a good idea, and I ... Read more

  • Miss behaving.

    4/11/2016 7:00:12 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Peanut butter should be placed in a separate container by measured amounts to use for a snack. On a few crackers. That did not occur. I see where I misbehave. It's the measurements. Too much ketchup on the meatloaf. I finally had a "real" dinner, not a separate leafy one and I added a b... Read more

  • Slightly different views of springtime....enjoy

    4/10/2016 1:53:36 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Paleo recipes with photos!

    4/10/2016 7:22:08 AM, by CTUPTON
    / I need to kick start my low carb eating! chris... Read more

  • Feeling Fat and Cleaning Up

    4/9/2016 1:17:34 PM, by TRESSWANN

    It's one of the times of year that my husband hates. I switch my seasonal closets. Because I am no longer strong enough I can no longer do this by myself. It also becomes slightly depressing. I like dresses, skirts. I was brought up by women who believed that ladies don't wear trousers. The ni... Read more

  • Saturday musings. Friday's road trip.

    4/9/2016 8:29:28 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I am supposed to be watching the snow fall later today. It's April 9! Will be cooking something to keep me from eating other things. Maybe a kid visit will do to keep away the munchies. OMG, I had to give DH another "what for" when I got home from the pool yesterday morning. He usually slee... Read more

  • No time like the present.

    4/8/2016 6:30:02 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Clocks in my house don't tick anymore so I don't notice the rhythm of the passage of time. I see it in red-lit chunks on the TV gizmo box. The last time I looked, it was 5:25. Why is it 6:24? I need to get my butt in gear out to the pool before the crowds and classes start! I've been slacki... Read more

  • I DID IT!

    4/7/2016 1:03:37 AM, by VALERIEMAHA

    I survived an intense weekend with almost 12 hours of hatha yoga from a demanding, precise teacher, along with 21 others students! I think my persistence with strength and aerobic training helped me, especially with more difficult asanas such as the shoulder stand. Here are a few photos, though sinc... Read more

  • Back to dancing!

    4/6/2016 9:22:56 AM, by CONFUSEDBIRD

    I have danced two times in the past week!!! For the past week and half I have been wearing my orthotics just a few hours a day and still wearing my plantar sock with it. This monday I went off the sock and straight to the orthotics, so far so good! I danced at home and I went to 1 class last week. B... Read more

  • Behaving like I should. Trying to help my new goal.

    4/6/2016 7:56:38 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    My newest goal is "Behaving" in 30 days. There are lots of thing I can do to behave. 1. Make better choices at the store. That's going rather well asn shopping healthy is my new stress reliever. 2. Make better choices when I open the refrigerator. That's going well because of #1. 3. Cook foo... Read more

  • Spring

    4/5/2016 8:22:01 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Spring peepers audio only

    4/5/2016 8:06:20 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • Well preserved for an old(er) age or; Can I have nitrates for $200, please?

    4/5/2016 8:55:09 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Most of you know my vocation is in laboratories. In the early years, I was literally immersed in formalin, formaldehyde, xylene and any chemicals on the planet (Janet from another planet, FIFI). We weighed and measured our own chemicals for testing, diluting the concentrates and using mouth pipettin... Read more

  • Please pray with me to find DH's glasses.

    4/5/2016 7:59:01 AM, by CTUPTON

    I just cannot afford to pay for more glasses. In the last 2 years it seems that is all I have been doing is paying for our glasses-breakage, losing them, etc. Mine and his both. chris... Read more

  • April 2016

    4/4/2016 2:35:45 PM, by WOLFKITTY

    "April showers brings May flowers..." I've always loved that saying, and for me, April has historically been a month of dramatic change. It's in that spirit that I started tracking my food again today. And over the weekend I stated aloud my intention to reach 250 lbs by the end of the year. I ... Read more

  • Shopping healthy. Am I healthier?

    4/4/2016 7:28:32 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I read a few blogs this morning and picked up on a theme. Many of us are shopping healthy where we didn't in the past. Nice. My grocery metamorphosis started a few years ago. The abundance of vegetables in my refrigerator is notable for the lack of spoiled produce in the trash! I skip by th... Read more