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  • Recovering........

    2/28/2017 3:36:54 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Finally got a long-overdue task taken care of - without too much financial damage, either........what a relief! 104 As to the rough weekend - still working on recovery............back to regular, standard meals (though there is a Shrove Tuesday dinner that I'll probably attend, if for no... Read more

  • Today and tomorrow. Ick, ouch and keeping to my plan!

    2/27/2017 6:47:41 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    DH had another MRI today. He's such a sport. Follow up with the surgeon to make sure things are ok. I get my knee injection tomorrow. Oh, boy. I'm so excited. Not. It's supposed to help coat the bad cartilage and give me some time before I get the surgery I turned down. I got some control... Read more

  • I found...

    2/27/2017 1:24:08 PM, by CTUPTON

    no, not the 2 things I was looking for. 24 But I found my old fishing license and I found 2 directions to padlocks--and I found one of the padlocks, too!!! And found hubby's SS card, but not mine!... Read more

  • Condo for sale in north central connecticut. Ranch style. Lovely location.

    2/27/2017 10:13:57 AM, by CTUPTON

    It was the perfect place for us to live. We needed a one-floor place with an open floor plan. Hubby could maneuver his motorized wheelchair around to every room. Basement is as large as the condo itself. Lots of "nature" around. Very, very quiet since no highways can be heard. Newly r... Read more

  • *That* didn't go well :(

    2/27/2017 6:37:58 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Didn't do as well at the weekend event as I hoped to - but what bothered me more was how I felt *before* I even took a single bite of food............somehow, I felt a sense of social discomfort hitting - and hitting hard! *Very strange* since I've been attending this yearly event for *many* years n... Read more

  • Can't find title to the van and can't find original SS cards. Darn!

    2/26/2017 4:11:44 PM, by CTUPTON

    So, to do: 1) Go downtown Buffalo to the SS office . Get a new (free ) card. 2) Pay $25 to the state of Connecticut to get a new Title to the van. so I can get a NYS driver's license and register the van in NY state. Yuk. chris... Read more

  • I can't believe I got so much done today!

    2/26/2017 4:08:40 PM, by CTUPTON

    Something's wrong. I had many boxes of assorted papers. Tons of papers!! I sorted maybe 5 boxes of assorted papers and at least got things grouped and grouped and labeled groups put in the general area where they should go. chris... Read more

  • Nearing my 30 day goal. Methinks a redo.

    2/26/2017 7:30:12 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    It's that time to look towards a new goal while evaluating the success of the current. Hmmm, mixed bag. I found a week-long meal plan with recipes that was1200-1300 cals per day. I've made some of the recipes and was happy enough that I adapted an Asian stir-fry for beef, chicken and shrimp. ... Read more

  • (Non)candy bar comparison

    2/25/2017 6:11:13 PM, by CTUPTON

    198 something like a cookie that won't trigger my sweet tooth. Here is a comparison chart .
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    g/weighing-in-on-energy-bars... Read more

  • Make Nutty Raspberry Cookie Treats

    2/25/2017 2:23:00 PM, by CTUPTON

    Ingredients Nonstick cooking spray 3 cups whole grain brown rice crisp cereal, such as Gluten Free Rice Krispies brand 1 cup regular rolled oats 1 cup freeze-dried raspberries, such as Just Berries brand 1/2 cup sliced almonds or chopped peanuts 3 tablespo... Read more

  • Have you used freeze dried fruits?

    2/25/2017 1:06:30 PM, by CTUPTON
    +raspberries&tbm=shop&* One of the recipes to satisfy a sweet tooth had freeze dried raspberries. I never bought these. Yes, very expensive. chris... Read more

  • Thank you-my great sparkfriends

    2/25/2017 1:04:56 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am feeling much better. Not perfect. But I can face the world again. I read all your messages. 213 I took a drive to the library to pick up the Roosevelt book I had ordered: Not Ordinary Times. I ate an avocado I had frozen. 247 chris... Read more

  • This should not devistate me, but...

    2/25/2017 8:05:13 AM, by CTUPTON

    All that happened is that the DMV wants my original SS card . I have had it forever, but now, after moving, I can't find it. 24 Yes, I can get a new one free. I tried logging in to the SS site. My PW would not work! 24 I will try phoning them, but today is Saturday so they probably are n... Read more

  • Instead of ice cream

    2/25/2017 7:30:38 AM, by CTUPTON

    From a sparkfriend: Pulverize bananas in the blender with some different additives, sometimes fruit, or nut butter, sometimes a little unsweetened coconut powder, and usually a little unsweetened almond or soy milk which I make in another milk machine. I put the mixture in the fridge for about a ha... Read more

  • Winter's bite?

    2/25/2017 7:02:31 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I took a walk in a tank top. Trimmed my rose bushes. Sweat; not so lady-like. Listened to confused birds searching for mates. The frogs came out early to announce mating season. Their high-pitched chirps are deafening in several marshy areas near me. Saw a yard covered in purple crocus. ... Read more

  • From weekday to weekend......

    2/25/2017 5:44:03 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Had more sweets than I anticipated, but the lunch I had (treated myself for a change instead of packing) was absolutely *awesome*, and satisfied me well into dinnertime! Grilled salmon and quinoa are my new "food BFFs"! 224 Have a major food-involved get-together today so I *really* need... Read more

  • I have been craving sweets! So here are some tips...

    2/24/2017 2:57:24 PM, by CTUPTON

    1. Use cinnamon. Cinnamon is one of those spices that lends a sweet flavor and sprinkling it on different foods is just enough to give the illusion of a sweet treat. Cinnamon mixed with unsweetened apple sauce can taste like dessert. 2. Turn to nut butters. Nut butters, even the natural kin... Read more

  • End of another week!

    2/24/2017 3:40:10 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Looks like I survived my temporary work situation - saved most of my regular pay ......... what a relief! 224 Have two food situations I'll need to deal with.......... 198 Will be dealing with a short-term situation that will be pushing me out of my "comfort zone"........whoo, boy.... Read more

  • Well, hey! Today was fun.

    2/23/2017 6:03:40 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Spent 2 hours at the dentist, mostly waiting for DH. Got my pearly (almost) whites cleaned with a good bill of health and an obituary written for my chipping crown- to be replaced when it falls apart. 39 Sunshine and 70 degrees. April in February and I drove with the sunroof opened. 334 ... Read more

  • Thursday.........

    2/23/2017 6:14:02 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Still plugging away on the week..........nothing substantial to report......... Enjoy your day!... Read more

  • Dragging a bit.........

    2/22/2017 6:23:30 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Staying later than normal is a bit of a bummer, but can be justified with my current workload (and the need to compensate for lost pay :( )...........hung in as long as I could yesterday, but made the "mild mistake" of calling home - a few circumstances came into play to get me to split slightly ear... Read more

  • Living in a new state; the state of confusion over snacks!

    2/21/2017 1:44:04 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I already know some days are going to bother me worse than others and I can't tell when. I wake up feeling full of life; he's not so good. He feels better but then I have an attitude. Today I woke from little sleep and have been growling to myself all day yet DH is being Mr. Nice and helpful! My ... Read more

  • Montabaur Heights , Clarence, NY near Buffalo. Our new home.

    2/21/2017 10:50:05 AM, by CTUPTON

    All websites for senior living emphasize the VERY BEST about themselves. So view with a grain of salt. Living here brings things down to a human level. But we have liked this place. Tricky to find something with enough help for John that I will like also. This ... Read more

  • I need diabetic dessert recipes to give to our kitchen head

    2/21/2017 7:21:10 AM, by CTUPTON
    t-recipes?page=5 Included in our rent is breakfast and dinner. They don't provide much in the way of desserts for diabetics. Plenty of high calorie, high sugar, high fat desserts daily! But very... Read more

  • SP article: 40 one pot meals

    2/21/2017 7:12:26 AM, by CTUPTON
    with_less_than_500_calories I am not much of a cook. I hope this article will inspire me! chris... Read more

  • Gonna be a rough week.......

    2/21/2017 6:22:09 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Making up for lost time (and $$$$S) will be rough, but if I play my cards right I should "survive"........ Soooooooooo grateful to have had wonderful weather for a change! Here's to a great week, Sparkies! 213... Read more

  • Another great weekend!

    2/20/2017 3:51:27 PM, by RASPBERRY56

    Pushed hard on workouts - ate responsibly for the most part (though Sunday was a bit dicey with non-standard breakfast fare (by my normal standards) and I was *blindsided* by a lunch).......even got a nice outdoor walk in on Saturday! Decided *not* to reprise any outside walks as I have come to... Read more

  • Lecture downstairs on stained glass windows of Buffalo, NY

    2/20/2017 1:15:58 PM, by CTUPTON

    Holmes Chapel - Nave Stained Glass Windows Westminster Presbyterian Church 724 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo. I am assuming some of Frank Lloyd Wright's windows will be shown too. It is at our new home --an independent senior living complex near Buffalo, NY. chris 268... Read more

  • Instapot--brown rice was perfect after 22 min (manually set) and cool down

    2/20/2017 1:07:01 PM, by CTUPTON

    104 4 I did add a little more water than the recommended 2.5 cups. Now, what should I cook next? 38 4 Thanks about the info about comparison to a stove pressure cooker. This Instapot--set it up and forget it. Just turn it off or it will stay on "warm" for a very long time. ... Read more

  • What to do about brain fog. Hmm... food for thought

    2/19/2017 3:32:59 PM, by CTUPTON
    l-medicine-expert-explains.html... Read more

  • Visibility Disability

    2/19/2017 12:55:29 PM, by TRESSWANN

    I have always been visible. Part of it from an early age has been because of being interracial. Especially when I was a child, people look at you and your parents. I come from a strong maternal line. My cousins and I range from blonde to deep brown. We have the same face. On the rare occasio... Read more

  • Learning to use the Instapot (pressure cooker)

    2/19/2017 10:38:59 AM, by CTUPTON

    This is kind of scary. I first actually read the manual! It is recommended you do a test run with 3 liters of water in it. 248 Now, I want to cook brown rice. It takes so long when boiling it on the stove. Even in the Instapot pressure cooker it takes 22 min. pressure cooking... Read more

  • Forgiving myself but I won't forget!

    2/19/2017 7:28:27 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Long story short. We went to the RV show in Atlantic City yesterday. I stopped at the bagel shop and picked up our snack for the drive, promising myself when we were done I'd stop for a good late lunch. Ate it in the car. DH tried his best to walk through the convention center but I could see he... Read more

  • Meh - the weekend........

    2/18/2017 6:45:32 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    I should be pleased, but there's still a sense of discomfort (and not physical, either - I have a mild discomfort in the lower back but it is improving)......... Sigh............ 24... Read more

  • Mark Hyman's food pyramid explained

    2/17/2017 6:54:34 PM, by CTUPTON

    The Pegan Diet Rules 1. Focus on the glycemic load of your diet. This can be done on a vegan or paleo diet, but is harder to do on a purely vegan diet. Focus on more protein and fats, such as nuts (but not peanuts), seeds (flax, chia, hemp, sesame, pumpkin), coconut, avocados, sardines, olive ... Read more

  • Food Pyramid per Mark Hyman

    2/17/2017 6:48:43 PM, by CTUPTON
    at-and-sick/#lightbox/1/ The link has much better graphics than I can put here.... Read more

  • Friday - sigh.........

    2/17/2017 6:00:19 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Still processing the difficulties I faced earlier this week :( Am staying strong wrt another situation - just wished I'd stopped being bugged about it as I INSIST on standing my ground here! Have food-related plans, so that's *another* reason to strengthen resolve! (The menu for one event ... Read more

  • To motivate myself to use the "Instant Pot" I just bought

    2/16/2017 3:54:56 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Frustrations-continuing saga

    2/16/2017 3:39:21 PM, by CTUPTON

    I FINALLY actually started filling out the forms for the NYS DMV! We moved here Oct. 8, 2016. The DMV stuff has been a source od anxiety for months. I was told to get NYS auto insurance if I did nothing else. Just in case police pulled me over for something. I did that much. Got the insurance c... Read more

  • A course in our new senior apartment complex: History of the Catholic Church

    2/16/2017 3:19:04 PM, by CTUPTON

    The teacher is a priest who is quite an interesting person! He tends to be abrasive, but people who get to know his experience with agent orange have great tolerance for his present personality. He is brilliant and taught church history in a boys school. Once he asked a question. I ans... Read more

  • $#!@# NOT ANOTHER bad evening :(

    2/16/2017 3:30:46 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    1) Family member had a traumatic event :( 2) $#!@# - REDUCED PAY - I feel like a $#!@# PART-TIMER! Had to *FORCE* myself to eat anything last night - and I'm struggling with breakfast this morning ( least I'm not having junk)....... Can I get my life returned to the ... Read more

  • A new grand. The pitter-patter of (4) little feet!

    2/15/2017 7:42:10 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Between Saturday and yesterday I was the recipient of multiple photos, a video and questions concerning a potential new member of the family. Say hello to Chewie (Chewbacca) The phone calls were as numerous. 334 This little Shih Tzu will join DD2 and SIL2 tomorrow night after h... Read more

  • Whoops! :(

    2/15/2017 6:19:43 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Got blindsided by a surprise dinner out - and another obstacle in the fact that the venue changed up its menu and I couldn't find what I had originally planned to choose - I SOOOOOO *HATE* it when menus get changed like that! Sheesh! 234 Best I could do was "harm reduction/damage contro... Read more

  • Some tips on connecting with the unconscious mind....

    2/14/2017 8:09:27 PM, by CTUPTON
    e-Subconscious-Mind-Power 2 Break out of your old habits. The unconscious mind works largely through recognized patterns and habits in your everyday life. It's what allows your brain to go into "autopilot" while you drive to work or walk to the subway. Sometimes... Read more

  • Time spent with cats is never wasted...

    2/14/2017 7:46:58 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Love for today and every day

    2/14/2017 6:44:48 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    You get one of my narratives. 129 410 26 Valentine's Day ranks right up there with all of the other non-celebrated dates in DH's history like our anniversary, Mother's Day, my birthday. I put on a brave face and say the hype is devised by marketers to empty our pockets. Who needs sparkly car... Read more

  • Decor idea I had not thought of before

    2/13/2017 9:58:54 PM, by CTUPTON

    It is a mural. Online there is actually a number of these to choose from. chris... Read more

  • Thank goodness the *weekend* was salvaged.........

    2/13/2017 6:09:53 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Eating was dicey yesterday due to a luncheon, but I think I did OK overall........the most important thing that I was able to be productive - I've been in a creative block over a few things that I needed to start on soon, and I was able to at least get things started on a preliminary basis.........I... Read more

  • from Mark Hyman--about good fats

    2/12/2017 9:25:33 AM, by CTUPTON

    10. Your body gives you signs whether or not you are getting enough quality fat. The higher-quality the fat, the better your body will function. That’s because the body uses the fat you eat to build cell walls. You have more than 10 trillion cells in your body, and every single one of them needs hig... Read more

  • February is filled with celebrations. Keeping my hands off the party!

    2/12/2017 7:18:44 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Today, the elder of my girls celebrates the first anniversary of her 36th birthday! For some reason she's decided she can't be older than 36 which is the age she attributes to me. Why does 37 years ago seem like yesterday? 383 5 days ago, DD2 celebrated her 34th birthday. Her belated presen... Read more

  • Plan to think, think to plan. Working on it and found the culprit.

    2/11/2017 2:03:16 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I went to great lengths to plan thinking about my plans. 40 I've thought and thought about planning. Looked at my plans and though some more. Then I acted! Or reacted is a better term! 2 I copied multiple 1200 calorie diet plans. I placed recipes on the Spark site and placed fake mea... Read more

  • Doctor's Visit

    2/10/2017 1:40:11 PM, by TRESSWANN

    I bit my nails until a few years ago. I mean chewed them. I used to commute with my mother and she used to smack me when I bit them. This was odd because not only was I an adult but we were different colors. A few years ago I just made up my mind and let them grow. It was the look my mother had... Read more

  • Hell is NOT always warm :(

    2/10/2017 6:20:07 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Had a *horrible* day yesterday - and still having problems TODAY (and only 3" of snow, so I'm livid that I'm still dealing with "delay of game"-type issues! Too $#!@# UPSET to eat everything I tracked yesterday - that's just how bad things got (again, it wasn't even a significant weather event ... Read more

  • Snow day

    2/9/2017 10:45:32 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    It's not as bad as predicted; we probably will have less than 5 inches although I know 20 miles to the east there's 8 on the ground. I must live in the sweet spot today! Slow and steady today and no messing in the kitchen. As requested by BARBARAJ73, something that makes me smile. I'v... Read more


    2/8/2017 5:39:49 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    CAN'T! STAND! S N O W!!!!!!!!!!!! *Already* I'm getting the sense of feeling trapped and confined - and the $#!@# storm hasn't even STARTED yet! 28... Read more

  • Active

    2/7/2017 7:39:47 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I've survived another scourge. 527 This one only kicked butt for a week and today I seem to be my cheery self, albeit a coughing and sniffling self. 334 Now on to being my active self again. I went to PT yesterday and even though I was dragging, I performed all the exercises required an... Read more

  • CONTINUED stress and DRAMA!

    2/7/2017 5:52:57 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Had a Monday straight from h**l ......... family issue has, sadly, escalated - still trying to get resolution and hoping it won't need *stronger measures* .......... tech issues and distractions made the workday rough.......and, of course, with Murphy's Law being what it is, I was further distracted... Read more

  • Shopping Expeditions

    2/6/2017 4:23:55 PM, by TRESSWANN

    Another shopping expedition. However, this one although it had huge savings was not of the inexpensive variety. I finally have a new job! I flew in the face of conventional wisdom. I am a woman of a certain age with mobility issues and out of work for over a year. The people I am going to wo... Read more

  • Notes from the UNIVERSE

    2/6/2017 3:25:36 PM, by CTUPTON

    CHRISTINE, you have a track record here, have you forgotten? Little... teensy... tiny... That's how all of your present issues, challenges, and so-called problems will one day soon appear. And then you'll wonder - one hot summer's eve as you're floating lazily across your swimming pool... Read more

  • Looks like I survived the weekend.......

    2/6/2017 5:53:23 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    I'm still not *enamored* with this tracker - a lot of the foods that I've consumed do not track well.........soooooooo annoying - that having been said, it looks like I'm still somewhat under my calorie spread, though I feel generally satisfied at the end of the day........sigh........ And foun... Read more

  • Feed a cold? Heck no!

    2/5/2017 8:59:58 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Cold #2 for this winter season which really hasn't been winter. My mom used to say the reason we all get sick is because it hasn't been cold enough to freeze the spit on the ground! Leave it to my mom to be gross. I picked at food which probably wasn't a good idea either but I didn't eat much. Jus... Read more

  • I am drowning --again

    2/4/2017 3:56:48 AM, by CTUPTON

    Things are happening way faster than I can handle: -2 new pharmacies for our meds-this has been nerve wracking to set up! One pharmacy says they can't do it because I am giving them the wrong insurance number-so why can 2 other pharmacies do this? Hubbies pharmacy had no problem and "my" pharm... Read more

  • Exercise until it burns

    2/3/2017 9:00:56 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    THAT is what the physical therapist said. Argh. I have new exercises for those parts that have been ignored. Maybe since we've stopped trail hiking and boulder climbing I've had some muscles take a dive which might be the cause of my knee wear; besides the, ahem, age related arthritis. I appare... Read more

  • Another week down.........

    2/3/2017 6:00:36 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    .......still muddling through..........had slightly more in the way of snacks than I anticipated, but still ended the day with a good calorie count ........... I've never been much of a calorie counter, but using the tracker has helped me to take better care wrt what I eat during the'... Read more

  • Peter Pan story and modern brain function theories!

    2/2/2017 9:30:44 AM, by CTUPTON

    On my FB came up a fascinating idea! That the writer of Peter Pan incorporated scientific ideas about brain theory into his stories! Here is one example from the Peter Pan story: Mapping the mind Consider the following episode at the very start of Peter and Wendy’s adventures: ... Read more

  • Planning for the month (and for the future)........

    2/2/2017 6:14:09 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    After yesterday morning's TV fiasco, I've developed a "plan B" AND even a "plan C" - neither plan is ideal, but they could work in a pinch - but let's just hope that pinch doesn't happen.......heh, heh....... Also wrt plans - I am looking at two food-involved events later on this month, so I go... Read more

  • Ah, nuts! :(

    2/1/2017 3:21:36 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    TV went south on me :( - guess I'm gonna have to try - sigh - one of the $#!@# videos here or I won't exercise this morning unless, by some miracle, the TV comes back up before a certain routine usually calls for me to work out while watching something or other, and it has worked wel... Read more

  • Self-care

    1/31/2017 12:54:38 PM, by CTUPTON

    I found this on FB --a team for people with TBIs. But it is appropriate for anyone, I thought. chris... Read more

  • A cartoon link on sparkpeople! I am just found this!

    1/31/2017 8:28:41 AM, by CTUPTON

    I looked up the personal sparkpage of a sparkpeople expert. It was under "sheenadee." That led me to funnies.
    unnies-cartoon.asp?id=278 593 244 chris... Read more

  • Gotta keep that momentum going!

    1/31/2017 6:03:27 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    .......and definitely weigh-in *only* on a *monthly basis* (I've quit this MANY times due to frequent plateauing)..........'nuff said! 193 Enjoy your Tuesday! 213... Read more

  • Sometimes it's time. Gabriel.

    1/30/2017 3:04:38 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I had announced months ago he had been on the brink but darned if he didn't perk up multiple times. Gabe finally lost the battle today. The week before his 11th birthday last May, the son of one of our neighborhood kids suffered a ruptured cerebral artery. His prognosis was never good but his... Read more

  • Calculation

    1/30/2017 7:12:50 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I've entered meals and exercises as routine, given up and entered again. All after the fact. My next experiment is intense planning, something I admit I've not done. I go to the store, see what I like then make a big batch to last days. I'm getting bored and freezing more of what I've been maki... Read more

  • STOKED! :)

    1/30/2017 6:02:48 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Despite all the drama, mis-steps and other irritating factors - *7 LBS. GONE*! 104 I know I've got a *lot farther* to go on this journey but I am *now* officially *STOKED*! 224 Since I tend to plateau frequently, I will keep to my plan to weigh *only on a monthly basis*......... Read more

  • Homemade bisquick but gluten free

    1/29/2017 6:28:49 PM, by CTUPTON

    Gluten-Free Bisquick Mix
    nute-gluten-free-bisquick-mix Course Baked Goods Cook Time 1 minute Total Time 1 minute Author J Trogstad Ingredients • 2 cups GF white rice flour • 1 1/4 cup GF coconut flour •... Read more

  • Bits and bobs for Sunday morning

    1/29/2017 7:29:36 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Using my newest SIL's phrase. 334 I'll be asking his opinion of the latest politics as he's a "green card" holder from the UK. No ties to the banned countries , but gee whiz! He came here for my daughter AND the opportunities this ALREADY great nation has! 58 Not only have I battled the ... Read more