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  • Pet insurance

    7/24/2017 10:28:56 PM, by CTUPTON

    "Perhaps the insurance company just did you a favor by saving you from paying unnecessary premiums??" Wow I never thought of it that way! OK I will now put money aside and build a "kitty" for the kitty. 20 chris... Read more

  • Part II: How upset should I be?

    7/24/2017 10:18:37 PM, by CTUPTON

    304 Your wise comments gave me some perspective on this. This set of aides I have and the woman that keeps them scheduled have been wonderful. This is the second time in 10 months no one showed up. I think it is a pretty good record. I was told a typed phone message did not go through fr... Read more

  • How upset should I be?

    7/24/2017 1:16:49 PM, by CTUPTON

    The health aides got mixed up this morning so DH missed his gastroenterology appointment at noon. I, obviously, called to say we could not get there. It was rescheduled for Aug. 1 but 9:15 am. On a scale of 1-10, how upset should I be? I had a physical therapy appointment schedule... Read more

  • Another week.......

    7/24/2017 5:29:14 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Finally - *rain* and more comfortable temps! 104 27 Did very, very little with my weekend (save a few bits of moderate housework) - have neglected my reading (gotta get back on track with that, as well as bettter eating) ........... moderated some of my workout routines, but did do an e... Read more

  • Change of attitude

    7/24/2017 3:40:59 AM, by COURTENAYE

    I'm on the phone a lot and I just can't stand to be on hold. Tonight I was on hold waiting to talk to someone at the hospital when I suddenly realized that I could run in place while I waited. I ran half a mile listening to the music on hold and when the person finally picked up the phone I was actu... Read more

  • Change of attitude

    7/24/2017 3:40:54 AM, by COURTENAYE

    I'm on the phone a lot and I just can't stand to be on hold. Tonight I was on hold waiting to talk to someone at the hospital when I suddenly realized that I could run in place while I waited. I ran half a mile listening to the music on hold and when the person finally picked up the phone I was actu... Read more

  • Recovery

    7/23/2017 11:58:24 PM, by COURTENAYE

    after four days in intensive care being watched over like a hawk and receiving unbelievable amounts of medicine my mother is restored to health and will come home perhaps even tomorrow. I'm so grateful to the doctors and nurses, and so grateful to her, and so pleased that I was able to stay on my p... Read more

  • Superheroes AND firefighters, oh my!

    7/23/2017 7:24:12 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    What could be better than spending a day with a group of superheroes than spending that time in a firehouse? GS2's birthday party was held at a local firehouse, the whole affair run by the women's auxiliary. The firemen enlightened the kids on how they work and fire safety. Checking out firet... Read more

  • A Tale of Two Shorts

    7/23/2017 12:08:56 PM, by TRESSWANN

    Last year I blogged about a pair of shorts. I had lost weight so that shorts that I had to lie on the bed, suck my breath in and then couldn't button, pulled off without unzipping. Well, I have continued to lose weight - about another 5 pounds. People who did not know me from before refer to me ... Read more

  • Chillin'.......

    7/23/2017 10:38:37 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Heat wave finally *broke*! 104 Decided NOT to leave the house all weekend (thanks in part to an incompetent driver causing a uncalled-for "close call" on Friday)....... 234 Working once again on getting the ol' head into a better place to revamp, recharge and sigh - *restart... Read more

  • Hospital

    7/22/2017 3:18:04 PM, by COURTENAYE

    Beautiful Yvonne is in the hospital. Seriously ill but her spirits are good and we are feeling A lot of love for each other and from our family and friends and neighbors.... Read more

  • My Superhero turns 4 today!

    7/22/2017 9:34:37 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    By my kid's front door, there is a rack with pegs to hold keys. It also holds a Batman mask for emergencies! Happy 4th birthday to a great hugger.... Read more

  • My long day: the good, the bad, and the ugly

    7/21/2017 2:24:29 PM, by GRATTECIELLA

    Yesterday was one of my extra-long days at work: Get up at 5:45, out of the house by 7am, at work by 8 (ok, so it was 8:30), run usability sessions all day long from 9-5 with a 1-hour lunch-break, debrief, clean up everything, leave the office around 7pm, drive home, read stories to the kids, reset ... Read more

  • It works for me

    7/21/2017 8:28:06 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    40 246 As I started this blog, the advertisements placed on the margin of my screen are for fryers. Pictured in the ad are fried chicken wings, onion rings, white and sweet potato fries. All fried to perfection. This girl isn't being taken in or tempted to buy. Well, maybe tempted to think ab... Read more

  • 2017 summer bucket list

    7/21/2017 2:07:04 AM, by GRATTECIELLA

    Summer is going by so fast! Here is a partial list of things I want to do before summer is over: 😎 go stand up paddle boarding – date set! This will be a week from Sunday morning while the kids stay at my parents' house. 😎 eat at Simmzy's, a very popular restaurant near our house. ... Read more

  • Not fair--we were dropped from pet insurance.

    7/20/2017 11:24:20 AM, by CTUPTON

    I got a notice from our insurance for our cat's health insurance that the credit card I used for automatic payments got outdated and did not work. I fell behind in payments. I then got a second notice to pay $20 and catch up in payments and it would be re-instated. By the time I actually paid t... Read more

  • Free from FEMA food for survival in an emergency. Have you heard of this?

    7/20/2017 10:44:19 AM, by CTUPTON
    052&gclid=COC50_GLmNUCFVuBswod20EJHg I CAN'T GET THIS LINK TO WORK??? DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT TO DO? I am curious about this, but I am reluctant to pursue it. chris... Read more

  • Family walking is getting to be a habit,

    7/19/2017 5:32:03 PM, by COURTENAYE

    still recuperating with a broken leg, but my mom is finally well enough to come out for walks with me. She really looks forward to it.... Read more

  • A common safari. The hunt for protein.

    7/19/2017 3:53:34 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    My MD was encouraging my good cheese habit but I'm changing up some of my proteins I've been using for convenience. Greek yogurt won't be eaten daily. Organic chicken sausages, cooked in advance and in the refrigerator, were my go to for protein. No additives but still not the best for every, e... Read more

  • What's Next

    7/18/2017 6:19:32 PM, by TRESSWANN

    I cannot believe I have not blogged in such a long time. I was totally spinning out of balance. My new job began to consume me. It was doing something I loved. I was hired to create and deliver a training strategy around IT Service Delivery. Unfortunately, it has not worked out. My approach... Read more

  • Quote

    7/18/2017 6:16:53 PM, by COURTENAYE

    "My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four unless there are three other people. "β€”Orson Welles... Read more

  • Tuesday

    7/18/2017 6:16:20 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Gonna be a scorcher - thank goodness I picked up some extra salad fixins.......can't see a heavy meal in the immediate future........ 550... Read more

  • My inspiration

    7/18/2017 1:47:44 AM, by COURTENAYE

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  • My MD made my day!

    7/17/2017 7:29:03 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Please don't give up the cheese! 334 He looked at my well-honed Spark meal information and said I had it right. Just make the cheese worthwhile and don't waste the fat on cheap cheese. 18 Go off the statin for 2 weeks as I'm possibly having a reaction after all these years. If my severe ... Read more

  • SP article: Comparison of protein powders.

    7/17/2017 8:47:36 AM, by CTUPTON
    utrition_articles.asp?id=1964 58 chris... Read more

  • Quick update.......

    7/17/2017 6:16:55 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Good weekend for the most part - nice weather for activities........ Woke up in a lousy mood yesterday, but for a change - choose to force myself to get out rather than veg out (and I could have done that VERY easily) - good call for the most part :) Now to get back about the business of g... Read more

  • Another beach walk

    7/16/2017 8:54:52 PM, by COURTENAYE

    Another beach walk, different beach, different friends.... Read more

  • Bonus blog: Presidential flyovers

    7/16/2017 5:08:35 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    For the past several months we've noticed heavier and heftier helicopter traffic than usual. There are multiple large scientific and financial facilities in my area who utilize 'copters. But this has been more like the days when our neighbor would "buzz" by real close during his routine training f... Read more

  • Rinstein Woods Nature Preserve walk

    7/16/2017 11:47:24 AM, by CTUPTON

    The photos are from the Internet, not my own photos. We saw all these things (and more) but not the beaver because we were therein the afternoon. chris green heron Beavers can be seen in the evenings. Great White Egret "I am thrilled... Read more

  • Another change.

    7/16/2017 9:43:36 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Letting go, pushing off the nest and almost closing the infirmary. The man sitting across from me playing solitaire on the iPad is not the same man from last year. He made his own breakfast, including coffee. He's multi-tasking instead of struggling to focus on feeding himself. He can co... Read more

  • The proof is in the statistics

    7/15/2017 4:35:22 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    After receiving some awful lab work in the form of high triglycerides, an elevating glucose and A1C, which I was NOT expecting, I did some detailed rumination of my meals. Overall my average daily intake did not appear to be so bad-even with my complaining. I've maintained my weight for a year (not... Read more

  • Family Beachtime

    7/15/2017 9:51:20 AM, by SUSANNAH31

    Okay, so I am now back down to that lower number with a .4 added onto it. My plan is to concentrate on staying within the calorie limits until I have reached the lower whole number with a .0 attached - and then to stay there. Hold that number on the scale! will be my mantra for the next ... Read more

  • The things I have accomplished since April 1

    7/15/2017 1:53:24 AM, by GRATTECIELLA

    So, today I gained about 3/4 of a pound since Wednesday's weigh in. I've been doing great with food and exercise, but I did eat out yesterday, so I think it's probably mostly water gain. Nevertheless, discouraging. (I know it's not recommended to weigh in more than once a week, especially f... Read more

  • Windansea

    7/15/2017 1:31:57 AM, by COURTENAYE

    Walk with my neighbor, her little papillion dog and my mom in the wheelchair down to the beach and over to Windan sea. Beautiful day beautiful friends.... Read more

  • Milestone/millstone

    7/14/2017 5:49:03 PM, by COURTENAYE

    Lost 5 pounds and I'm feeling absurdly happy about it.... Read more

  • Emerson

    7/13/2017 5:03:00 PM, by COURTENAYE

    A fragment of a poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson is telling: "Finish each day And be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and Absurdities have crept in. Forget them as soon as you can." Move on with your life. Keep reaching for your goals and you will achiev... Read more

  • One day does not a plan prove but it's all I got.

    7/13/2017 8:17:34 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I talked to myself last night. It wasn't a long talk but it was thorough. Thanks for your suggestions. I multitask while watching my late night shows. Idle hands being the devil's workshop and all that. I Spark, shop for vacations, vacation homes and other things I really can't have but dre... Read more

  • cont Wind release yoga info ; )

    7/13/2017 6:49:11 AM, by CTUPTON

    Photo to go with the last blog: Several more suggestions without photos: Seated spinal twist About the pose: Twisting wrings out the old blood from our organs, stimulating fresh blood flow. It also helps get digestive juices flowing and gets the food moving on through! Twisti... Read more

  • My personal Twilight Zone.

    7/12/2017 8:17:45 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    There's a stranger in my head. I've been taken over by food eating zombies! Alien abduction? I feel like I'm in the Twilight Zone. This thing has decided to force me to eat against my usual will at unusual times. I recognized the first signs of needing an exorcist when I found a bag of c... Read more

  • Whew! WHAT a day!

    7/12/2017 6:25:20 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Had to fix a problem quickly yesterday - and it got done! Hopefully to everyone's satisfaction - sure did satisfy *me*! I haven't put out that kind of "fire" in a very long time - good to know that I was able to step up and take care of things - even at - ahem - *my age*! 211 Now if... Read more

  • "Wind release" yoga pose. Do on right side only...oh Who knew!

    7/11/2017 3:00:44 PM, by CTUPTON

    "Wind-Relief" Pose About the pose: Yes, this pose does exactly what you think it does. It helps relieve gas and bloating because, by bringing the right knee into the chest, we apply pressure on the ascending colon, which helps aid digestion. Make sure you're doing this with only the righ... Read more

  • Looking to buy a replacement handicap van-- oh my!

    7/11/2017 10:41:21 AM, by CTUPTON

    not this one-it is just an example Ours is getting old and starting to need work , We've had it 10 yrs and got it used. I never thought I would ever have to buy another one. I guess that is good, right. Hubby is still with us. I am so much more experienced now than 11 years ago!... Read more

  • Sleep........

    7/11/2017 6:02:25 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    WHY is it sooooooo elusive again? 234... Read more

  • I love oversharing!

    7/11/2017 12:16:01 AM, by GRATTECIELLA

    I have benefited so much from the new and improved Spark since I returned to this site for real in April. My favorite thing about it is the Friend Feed. Every day, I start the morning by surfing through the Friend Feed. It is inspiring to see so many people achieving goals, so many happy scale... Read more

  • Fun-Days

    7/10/2017 9:27:30 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Continuing with my theme of making more fun for me. DD2, spouse and dog spent the weekend with us. I BBQ'd meats which made my SIL2 hummmmmm with approval. It also afforded leftovers for the next day so it was every man for himself and my refrigerator got a good cleaning. The dog was entic... Read more

  • Tryin' again........

    7/10/2017 6:17:26 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Felt a bit low (and I'm really gonna have an issue this week :( :( :( ), so I backed off of my activity level for the weekend and focused on *rest* - am back on track now, but am concerned about the ol' mood for the week.......sigh....... Enjoy your Monday and new week! 213... Read more

  • Better

    7/10/2017 12:57:53 AM, by COURTENAYE

    So much more energized and optimistic after two weeks. Thank you.... Read more

  • Wanting more.

    7/8/2017 9:29:11 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    OMG, it's been more than 2 years! It's time to change things up. 249 Happily ticked off the list is visits for DH to the pain management doctor. He's now taking ibuprofen as needed! That from initially taking the real heavy duty stuff every 4 hours plus a long acting one. That's been a blessin... Read more

  • Blogging, Confessing, & Problem Solving

    7/7/2017 10:30:34 AM, by SUSANNAH31

    This blog is a public confession. I am writing about some behavior that I really want to change. So I'm hoping that if I go public, maybe that will finally force me to do what I have to do. On the scale, I have been bouncing back and forth between three numbers for the past several weeks.... Read more

  • Friday......sigh........

    7/7/2017 6:20:44 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Gawd, next pay is gonna *s**k* BIG TIME - I did the best I could to mitigate financial damage.......I *think* I'll be OK, but I GOTTA get a better situation - and the sooner the better! *No wonder* I'm not eating well (except for those *awesome* salads during the week).......sigh..... Enjo... Read more

  • Things and stuff

    7/6/2017 10:59:11 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    What are you doing? Things and stuff. That was the reply from my 2 kids when I'd be at work and Dad or the sitter had control. I worked evening shift and every weekend for the first 16 years of their lives. I later found out "things and stuff" was watching TV with Dad and not eating dinner (p... Read more

  • Hmmmmmm......

    7/6/2017 6:06:20 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    I *know* my eating hasn't been great (though I've really focused on salads and greens - and came up with an *awesome* and satisfying combo) - but my clothes are generally fitting OK (especially one that I have on now that I was concerned about) if I can just ramp up my mojo and get back... Read more

  • July 4th

    7/5/2017 9:18:00 AM, by SUSANNAH31

    My husband and I are at the beach - and we were by ourselves this July 4th for most of the day. When evening came, we joined some neighbors on our street to go to the beachfront house for a block party and a fireworks display. Lots of families were there - with kids and grandkids. Lots of... Read more

  • Not a great deal to say......but this time period is being dealt with......

    7/4/2017 4:29:31 PM, by RASPBERRY56

    Endured the undesirable period as best I could - got as much rest as possible, since there will be a good bit of work to deal with to end the week...........checked my budget/finances and I think I should survive the pay shrinkage, but will still make getting as many hours as possible the main focus... Read more

  • DD has myofascial pain syndrom along with fibromyalgia(hopefully links are fixed)

    7/4/2017 9:28:14 AM, by CTUPTON

    She has spent her life dealing with her widespread body pain. She is hoping she finally found a doctor who can treat this. The link below she found helpful. Maybe it will help others, too. So I posted this. Fybromyalgia and MPS overlap but are not exactly the same. She recently was a... Read more

  • Protecting our freedom--Eisenhower quote

    7/4/2017 8:15:26 AM, by CTUPTON

    From the website of Jonathan Lockwood Huie: How far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without? - Dwight D. Eisenhower The end does NOT justify the means. Freedom cannot be gained by sacrificing the freedom of others. Free speech... Read more

  • Freedom rings!

    7/4/2017 7:19:15 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    652 283 195 This year low-key for us. Kids are all going elsewhere. I'm still trying to get DH to go in our pool. The ladder up to the deck is unnerving to him but I'll encourage him again today. Sticking to my plan and eating right! ... Read more

  • Our Mon. morning walking group was taken to the Japanese Garden in Buffalo, NY

    7/3/2017 1:36:48 PM, by CTUPTON

    It is in Delaware Park next to the Buffalo Zoo and Historical Society and also Albright Knox Art Museum. We had a lovely walk and the weather was perfect. chris... Read more

  • Blue Bloods show star loks up to Teddy Roosevelt

    7/3/2017 9:03:05 AM, by CTUPTON

    see below for bigger print. Frank, the Commissioner, has Theodore Roosevelt's Picture in his office . And his mustache seems to be similar. And when he wears glasses, the glasses are old fashioned. I thank my DD for pointing this out to me. I never would have caught it. chris... Read more

  • Stop eating CRAP. eat more FOOD.

    7/2/2017 9:52:38 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Old water baby

    7/2/2017 7:32:28 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I'm not sure when I grew gills but I seem to be spending a lot of time in the water. Me with my mom 1954 Me on the right between Mom and Dad, around 1963. I lived near the beach when we moved from Pittsburgh and my mother ensured we spent every waking moment there in the summer. I ... Read more

  • With every good thing, unfortunately, comes an *end* - and the beginning of *bad things*......

    7/1/2017 9:22:55 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    'Nuff said on that, Sparkies........ 39 At least I'm having a productive morning - that's about all I can give it....... Enjoy your Saturday!... Read more

  • To succeed in life you need:

    6/30/2017 8:39:58 PM, by CTUPTON

    To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone. Reba McEntire... Read more

  • Last day of my goal to Take Care of Me! I've set myself up for good times.

    6/30/2017 9:56:42 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    DD2 and SIL2 took me out to dinner and to an outdoor concert. I started my day out with walking my granddog through a park near their house and investigating Victorian architecture. The kids live in a 2 family house with stained glass windows and a skylight still wearing black paint from th... Read more

  • Having fun.

    6/29/2017 10:59:11 PM, by COURTENAYE

    Having fun. Keeping cool. Staying. On track.... Read more

  • Bouncing along

    6/29/2017 10:56:14 PM, by COURTENAYE

    Stopping by weight watchers tomorrow. Something new!... Read more

  • Just for today...

    6/29/2017 11:17:31 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • I am very confused. But I made a plan .

    6/29/2017 10:09:02 AM, by CTUPTON

    So what's new. But this is about exercise in my life. Since we moved last October, I have not gotten regular exercise back. I just now began (once in awhile) getting to the 10:00 exercise classes here. So easy to attend. They are just downstairs. No driving! The classes are various types and go... Read more

  • Thank you all ....

    6/29/2017 8:03:51 AM, by CTUPTON

    Your prayers and good wishes helped me greatly and I know they helped my sister in law, Betty, and her family. She is now in peace, out of pain and suffering, in heaven. You all are such a gift to me. Thank you for everything. chris... Read more

  • DD went home. It was so much fun having her visit !

    6/29/2017 8:00:55 AM, by CTUPTON

    We chatted and chatted even late at night. I am so grateful for her recovery. She is working continually to get herself healthy. She visited 5 days. It was a joy. The last evening and night she set herself a huge task to help me declutter--from the many years of being unable to declutter. I h... Read more

  • Exercising my legs and heart. Sitting on babies.

    6/28/2017 11:43:18 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    GS1 was at his baseball game with Dad and Mom got a night out with the girls. The term baby sitting got bumped around by someone here at home until it became known as "sitting on babies". That's what DH and I did tonight. He sat on the couch explaining a car renovation show to the entranced GS2 wh... Read more

  • progress

    6/27/2017 6:41:03 PM, by COURTENAYE

    Walked a mile and a half last night and climbed four flights of stairs. Going a little farther every walk.... Read more

  • When I behave.

    6/27/2017 7:48:19 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I eat a little better. I move a little more. I have more energy to get things done. I also goad DH to get some things done which drives him bonkers. We hash it out in staccato bursts of talking through clenched teeth and short answers. I prevailed! Today in his van is a collection of... Read more

  • Loving the quiet so far :)

    6/27/2017 6:23:13 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Had to bring the laptop to my other location today, though - after a few nice days of good wireless behavior, it started to deteriorate this morning, soooooooo - "Plan B" it is.........oh, well....... So *awesome* to not have to deal with others (especially if they hog the $#!@# bathroom)......... Read more

  • Thinking on my feet

    6/26/2017 4:10:51 PM, by COURTENAYE

    Staying focused, cheerful, optimistic, disciplined.... Read more

  • Holding Pattern

    6/26/2017 8:40:23 AM, by SUSANNAH31

    My weight is currently in a holding pattern. It is 10 lbs above my lowest weight achieved here on SP, and 20 lbs below the weight I originally started out at. I am happy to say that I feel comfortable maintaining this weight, and I've been doing that for several months now. These days... Read more

  • Interesting week ahead.......

    6/26/2017 6:14:05 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    311 311 311 311 311 So glad I actually went against my gut instincts and went to the walking event yesterday - turns out my concerns were *totally unfounded* - a nicely organized event where both walkers and cyclists did their thing with no problems (that was my concern) I c... Read more

  • My First 5K

    6/26/2017 1:37:17 AM, by GRATTECIELLA

    Yesterday was my first 5k! I have been looking forward to this day for over a year. As a kid, I always hated running; but as an adult, it looks like fun to have some exercise that can be done solo, with minimal equipment, in a beautiful location. Runners don't need to schedule gym classes into the... Read more

  • Sunday plans and weekend so far........

    6/25/2017 7:38:48 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    DD and I got badly needed haircuts (I swear I must have lost about 5 lbs. on that alone - LOL)...... Made a last minute "executive decision" to do a walkathon after doing some research (almost lost the email with details that helped in the decision) - I am concerned about the fact that the even... Read more