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  • Who said it? Politician or beauty queen? AARP quiz

    9/28/2016 5:49:22 PM, by CTUPTON

    games.aarp.org/games/who-said-
    it-candidates/who-said-it-
    candidates.aspx... Read more

  • Log Ins

    9/28/2016 1:41:48 PM, by TRESSWANN

    I think I have been on SP since Christmas Day 2008. I went on every day, I didn't always click the log in button as I mistakenly thought my activity counted.Once I realized the error of my ways, I clicked every day.At first my goal was to get 25 points so that I could spin for the bonus. My ambit... Read more

  • I'm still around

    9/26/2016 9:11:58 AM, by CONFUSEDBIRD

    Not that much has changed since I wrote last.Just been busy chasing around my toddler, haven't had much time to sit down and write. I've maintained pretty much the same weight now I haven't had the time to lift regularly and I can tell the differences in my body big time. I lift at home during napti... Read more

  • To do lists before the "Big Move"

    9/25/2016 4:02:15 PM, by CTUPTON

    40 Sunday -done my wash-well, almost done 211 -continue keeping up with the dishes.... ongoing challenge -keep John out of trouble--he is "antsy" and riding his big wheelchair all over the house-tends to damage stuff--and asks for coffee, diet soda, etc. etc. Probably he is antsy because o... Read more

  • Basking in the glow of a good weekend.........

    9/25/2016 7:15:45 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Now I need to keep the fairly good momentum going! Enjoy your Sunday, Sparkies! 213... Read more

  • A good day, for the most part.......

    9/24/2016 6:19:19 PM, by RASPBERRY56

    Got out to a local festival for a while - got a "mini-checkup" from one of the local hospitals.......two of the three numbers were good - and with some diet improvement I feel I could bring the one number down (I've done this before)...........would have walked more than I did but as I was breaking ... Read more

  • You get the rest of the blog challenge in one day.

    9/24/2016 8:44:53 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I've met my goal of finding something fun to do so I'll be away for a week, ending my over a 440+ day logging in streak. Day 24 and 30 I'll skip as they are "free" days. Day 25. If I could meet on fictional character, it would be Tom Bombadil. You'll find him in Tolkien's writings and in ... Read more

  • Halloween "Christmas" tree at my skin surgeon's yesterday

    9/23/2016 12:56:53 PM, by CTUPTON

    This is NOT the exact tree-just one I found online. Not a fun event for me, but it was made a little more pleasant by their decorations. chris... Read more

  • Bear gets into a Connecticut home! I was lucky ! Our bear went into the woods last week!

    9/23/2016 8:35:01 AM, by CTUPTON

    BRANFORD, CT — It's 3 a.m. and Matthew Gailey, 86, and his wife can hear someone in their house. No, it's not a burglar, well not in the classical sense, much to their surprise it's a 200 pound bear loudly making their way into their house. In a WTNH News 8 story/video Gailey explains... Read more

  • Challenging myself to finish the blog challenge while challenging my life.

    9/23/2016 8:30:27 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    22. What is my style? Odd question for a 62 yo, overweight female "lack of" fashionista with a farm leaning. I'll take this idea off of my wardrobe and put it onto my personality. My style is kinda tough. I think fast, act fast and regret almost nothing. I'm a heifer in a china shop. If... Read more

  • Day 21. Most embarassing moments. Ha, who me?

    9/21/2016 8:47:18 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I'm the queen of OMG. 2 I think I've lost the ability to be embarrassed by things I do! See previous blogs. However, and it's a big however, I am embarrassed by my judgmental behaviors in the past. One value of living for many years is that I can review my life and evaluate what I did,... Read more

  • You are not falling behind... Huff Post article

    9/21/2016 7:18:41 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.huffingtonpost.com/jamie-v
    aron/to-anyone-who-thinks-
    theyre-falling-behind_b_91
    90758.html? 40 I needed that! chris... Read more

  • Sigh........

    9/21/2016 6:30:27 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    I *really* need to be busy during the day to avoid temptations - sadly, things have been slack this week (hopefully this should change - it's not a seasonal thing........more a matter of what our info sources provide us, which can vary - almost at a whim)......... Sigh.........I always figured ... Read more

  • Got my home equity loan. Now I can pay the mover--before actually selling the condo.

    9/20/2016 3:29:38 PM, by CTUPTON

    this was a link in the chain of progress toward moving. I went round and round trying to figure out how to get this move DONE! I asked many people for advice. I got bits and pieces but nothing seemed right. Then , finally, three different people gave me help that made sense. -brothe... Read more

  • Back to the challenge: Days 19 and 20 Idols and hobbies

    9/20/2016 8:00:02 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Idol is a funny word and I like STRONGDAWGs take of "role model". I value people who are kind, living and dead, and try to emulate their behaviors. For instance, my dad is still my hero. Those who knew him were treated fairly, honestly and with affection. I like Pope Francis, although I have not ... Read more

  • Down and just about *out*.......

    9/20/2016 5:53:19 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    I HATE being snubbed - for ANY reason - and as far as I'm concerned there is NEVER a good reason for such treatment! I feel like $#!@# right now :(... Read more

  • Not in my backyard. Not anywhere. Stop it.

    9/19/2016 9:02:36 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    All politics aside. I am astounded and saddened that the recent violence of the past few days is in my backyard. Streets I've walked. For years we've been living with "See something, say something." Telling my daily city commuting children to look under benches and around corners. Every ba... Read more

  • Cauliflower pizza bites--low carb

    9/19/2016 8:32:08 AM, by CTUPTON

    Ingredients 1 large head cauliflower 2 large eggs 1 c. shredded mozzarella 1/4 c. shredded Parmesan 3 tbsp. finely chopped fresh basil 1 tbsp. garlic powder kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 1/2 c. marinara 1/4 c. mini pepperoni Directions 1Preheat oven t... Read more

  • Trying yet AGAIN........

    9/19/2016 6:23:34 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    All I can do is just grit the teeth and bear it (along with regular crossing of fingers).......... Read more

  • Today, we saw a bear at our condo complex -Bloomfield,CT

    9/18/2016 8:43:56 PM, by CTUPTON

    Not this bear, but one just like it! chris... Read more

  • bonus blog. Cemetery olympics. The sound of no hands clapping and my laughter!

    9/18/2016 7:43:04 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    We went to visit Dad's resting place today as his birthday is tomorrow. A nice two hour ride, good conversation and I felt relaxed. I pointed out a few things to DH as he hasn't been there in two years. Here's this improvement and here is where I lean against the split rail fence to talk to Dad. D... Read more

  • Bridget Jones Baby-- if you need a laugh, go see it!

    9/18/2016 4:24:17 PM, by CTUPTON

    It is not a movie I would have picked, but it was a ton of laughs. chris... Read more

  • Bridget Jones Baby-- if you need a laugh, go see it!

    9/18/2016 4:24:10 PM, by CTUPTON

    It is not a movie I would have picked, but it was a ton of laughs. chris... Read more

  • Here goes nothing......

    9/18/2016 9:05:06 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    I'm hoping that this is the end for my latest tech ordeal......... 101 Gotta pick myself back up and get back on track, too! Hoping for a stretch of cooler weather - some folks have enjoyed it, but it hasn't gotten to my neck of the woods to any significant extent.........my sleep has suf... Read more

  • Bonus blog: Keeping my chin up

    9/18/2016 7:26:26 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I've re-read my own recent blogs and see the downer quality to them lately. Do not despair, oh friends who give nice comments! I'm in a bit of a funk and it will pass. "Not all those who wander are lost" (Tolkien) I've been mentally rearranging my life and moving on with some projects. ... Read more

  • Challenge blog 18: These are a few of my favorite things...

    9/18/2016 7:07:22 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Singing yet? 334 Book. It's all about hobbits. Am I the only one to have had a map of Middle Earth displayed on their living room wall? My family thinks I have a shrine to Lord of the Rings. Perhaps I do. Movie: I don't venture out too often to see new ones. By virtue of TV and timing... Read more

  • Challenge blog 17: Something or someone I miss.

    9/17/2016 8:34:47 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I miss Mayberry... Sitting on the porch drinking ice-cold cherry Coke Where everything is black and white Picking on a six string Where people pass you by and you call them by their first name Watching the clouds roll by Bye Bye... Thanks, Rascal Flats. I miss the feeling of inn... Read more

  • Oreo cookies as addictive as cocaine ! A SP friend mentioned this study.

    9/17/2016 8:07:48 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/10/
    16/oreo-cookies-addictive-
    cocaine_n_4108999.html thanks, Cathy for this . I can't remember seeing the actual study done! chris... Read more

  • I really did not know about Jabba the Hut except the appearance so....

    9/17/2016 7:56:13 AM, by CTUPTON

    "Jabba's role in Star Wars is primarily antagonistic; he is introduced as the most powerful crime boss in Tatooine, who has a bounty on Han Solo's head. He employs a retinue of criminals, bounty hunters, smugglers, assassins and bodyguards to operate his criminal empire. He keeps a host of entertain... Read more

  • I Fear (catching up on the blog challenge as I'm lagging) Day 16

    9/16/2016 9:01:43 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    September's 30 day challenge of daily blogs. I've considered myself one of the strongest people on the planet. This one takes my breath away. My biggest fear? I've been living it for the past year and a half. It's wearing me down. We vowed to grow old together, the "better or worse" vows... Read more

  • Steps and Kindness

    9/16/2016 9:34:15 AM, by TRESSWANN

    Last night I had a meeting to attend at RXR Plaza aka EAB Plaza where I used to work for years. As some of you may know, I have some mobility issues. It's just another part of me. RXR Plaza is not even remotely handicapped accessible; something I never noticed when I used to use the stairs instead o... Read more

  • Challenge 15: First kiss. Blech! First romance is a different story.

    9/16/2016 8:36:04 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    It was on a dare at around age 12 or 13. Imagine being slobbered on while your friends cheered in the background. I hope he got better with practice. I know I did! 40 18 On to the romance... I was 7, so was he. We were in second grade together. I'll never forget his name or his bright ... Read more

  • ROUGH Thursday :(

    9/16/2016 5:41:48 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    1) Due to a blockoff on my road going in to work, I had no choice but to take a scarily dangerous stretch of highway (notorious for *many fatals* in the past year)........needless to say, I was in *quite the mood* when I *finally* arrived......... 28 2) Tech issues kept me from doing a s... Read more

  • If it weren't for...

    9/15/2016 9:37:02 PM, by TRESSWANN

    You know I am obsessed with how little I weigh now- the least in my adult life.Well, things have shifted around with age. And due to my condition, I am losing muscle tone.Yes, I fight it at the gym and my waist is smaller. So today I am looking at my tummy and thighs and I think if it weren't for m... Read more

  • Day 15 blog challenge. My favorite holiday. Not.

    9/15/2016 8:03:21 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    As an adult with a lot of years behind me, I do not have a favorite in the excitable sense. In fact, with most holidays becoming advertisements for sales or frantic trips to get to Grandma's house or theme parks, I've become a disinterested bystander. Or perhaps I'm simply tired. The thrill of ... Read more

  • $@!# connectivity......

    9/15/2016 6:15:56 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Now I'm having *login* issues - one was resolved quickly, but the other is gonna be a flippin' pain in the you-know-where to resolve....... I think I'm *this close* to throwing all these gadgets out the window/door and just take off to a deserted island where I don't have to go anywhere near th... Read more

  • Challenge: What's happened so far this week.

    9/14/2016 9:28:18 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Nothing profound. The usual. Kids came to visit; both big and small. Just before the firetruck parts are bashed together. Watching the game Watching the game with Uncle Watching everyone else doing something When the little kids went home I got the leftover big ones to help ... Read more

  • Midweek check-in

    9/14/2016 6:16:15 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Still struggling to get back on track - not sure why, either....... Had a *very busy* day, and settled back nicely with a *lot* of "guilty pleasure" TV - got a fairly nice sleep, too (was expecting slightly cooler temps and was a bit disappointed with that)...... Computer is behaving a bit... Read more

  • DH again

    9/12/2016 11:59:23 AM, by TRESSWANN

    Yesterday was off to a bad start. I kept on smelling something off in the night. When DH woke, he screamed at cats and said one of them had urinated in front of stove. Mollie is our old girl and she is dying. As he was cleaning up, he noticed it was actually leak from fridge, Now, we had probl... Read more

  • Day 12 Challenege: Best Friends

    9/12/2016 7:58:07 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    People let me tell you ‘bout my best friend, He’s a warm hearted person who’ll love me till the end. People let me tell you bout my best friend, He’s a one boy cuddly toy, my up, my down, my pride and joy. (Nilsson; from the Courtship of Eddies Father) DH of course, then closely foll... Read more

  • Update.......

    9/11/2016 4:39:44 PM, by RASPBERRY56

    Fell off track with the eating :( - am working to pick self up........ Took the day and worked on "clearing the head" - backed off of certain activities as they just didn't feel right doing on a day like this - forced myself to go out for a brief event.......weather was absolutely *gorgeous* - ... Read more

  • Day 10 and 11 of 30 day challenge: Free to choose what to write and schooling.

    9/11/2016 7:18:15 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Day 10 was a free day. I chose to write nothing as I was busy. Day 11 challenge falls on a most auspicious day. 9/11/2001 changed the history books of the world. I'm no longer a student in any formal school. Quite a student of current events, though. And I don't forget things that are burned... Read more

  • Went to "the fair!"

    9/10/2016 6:30:31 PM, by CTUPTON

    We took a day away from packing to attend the Hebron (CT) Harvest Fair. Tricky with hubby's motorized wheelchair. But we did OK. I resorted to renting a scooter. My knees were hurting badly. It was a very hot day. This is the first time I used a scooter. Dock Dogs is my favorite. And... Read more

  • For cat lovers. DD's cat, Bob

    9/10/2016 6:13:54 PM, by CTUPTON

    Jabba the Hut Bob is a Manx--so he has no tail. He is rather uppity as compared to our own cat, Cujo, who loves to have attention and touching, even "mauling."... Read more

  • Day 9 Name one thing you use every day.

    9/9/2016 5:30:40 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Where to begin? I've got a million of them! Toothbrush and floss. Spark People (452 days straight logging in!) My mind, although sometimes I think I've lost it! Computer Kisses! Coffee. On and on and on. How about you?... Read more

  • Great Autumn Changes

    9/9/2016 10:51:38 AM, by WOLFKITTY

    So at 330 I am closer than ever to my original start weight in 2008. That is daunting. Also, today my Facebook sent me a memory of ice skating in 2012, around 250 weight (above). I almost didn't recognize myself. Is it narcissistic to use your own self as motivation? :P I'm going to try it out... Read more

  • So much to do--but I am taking a break

    9/8/2016 12:14:02 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am actively packing to move! Oh dear! DD is getting rid of a bunch of small stuff. I don't know the site, but she does it all on her phone. I told her she can keep the money herself. But...she has to ask me first if she can get rid of it. 198 Today I sent in a little money so the n... Read more

  • Discovering Spark People. Day 8of the challenge.

    9/8/2016 9:24:14 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Day 8: How did I discover Spark People? I was fat(er)! I was looking for an on-line venue as I had absolutely no time to go to meetings. I started years before on eDiets, I don't know if it's still around. I remember it was more of a forum for accountability. I was not very accountable. 39... Read more

  • "These are a few of my favorite things" Challenge day 6 and 7

    9/7/2016 8:20:05 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Day 6 What is my favorite quote? That depends on the day and the situation and almost all have a humorous bend. I stick with dumb stuff. "He's dead, Jim." Star Trek's Dr. Leonard McCoy Starship Enterprise doctor. Uses extensively throughout the series to the point of absurdity. So I use it in... Read more

  • NOT a fantastic weekend......

    9/6/2016 6:08:18 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    ......fell off track a bit due, once AGAIN, to FAMILY STRESS........at times like this I TRULY ENVY singles! 234 Am working to get back on track, through - but I need to limit contact with certain folks, and that's gonna be rough to do......... Funny thing, though - during the weeke... Read more

  • Obsessed. Day 5 of Dawgs challenge

    9/6/2016 5:44:24 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    What are your obsessions? Where to begin? 28 The dishwasher MUST be loaded a certain way. Ask DH. I rearrange it after he loads it. I have a need to arrange the items by color. Makes for some strange looks as I move confetti into piles. I cannot tolerate multi-colored SMALL items. P... Read more

  • Catching up to Dawgs 31 day challenge. As if you needed to know MORE about me!

    9/5/2016 9:23:35 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I did this in 2012 with some of you. I gave me some inner reflection. Catching up a few days. 10 Facts about me. 1. I am always right. My way is the most logical, shortest or financially responsible. I bring facts into conversations to prove I'm right. I don't speak up until I have all the... Read more

  • Meeting my September goal 5 days in and keeping it going!

    9/5/2016 7:59:27 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I am going to rock this month! 334 My BFF of 34 years doesn't like flying but I am taking her on a 5 hour flight. I'll drug her or get her drunk! It will be odd to go someplace distant without DH as we always have traveled in each other's pockets. As for Vegas, it's only a place for me to peop... Read more

  • Recipe: tastes like strawberry topped cheesecake (Strawberry Banana Creams)

    9/4/2016 6:22:17 PM, by CTUPTON

    These are topped with sliced almonds, but you can get creative and use blueberries, dried cherries, chopped cashews, crystallized ginger, a sprinkle of granola, or a few chocolate chips. From Jenny Sugar, POPSUGAR Fitness Strawberry Banana Creams Ingredien... Read more

  • ZZ Top Band like the sunflower people! Ha! Ha!Oh yeah!

    9/4/2016 2:42:00 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Enjoy!

    9/3/2016 7:43:10 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • I just booked a date with the mover. OMG --Oh, my goodness! Moving to 800 sq ft.

    9/3/2016 1:02:28 PM, by CTUPTON

    Oct. 6,7,8th . so by the 6th---- I have to have every thing packed and make disappear all those things I won't have room for. 40 The new place is an apartment --only 800 sq ft. 40 One sort of large bedroom and a big living room. 24 Not much storage. I am used to a huge basement! Oh... Read more

  • Find a restaurant and reserve a table online. "Open Table" website

    9/2/2016 3:19:24 PM, by CTUPTON

    4 www.opentable.com/start/home I plan to use this soon. Especially when I move to the Buffalo area, I think it will help me. There are zillions of restaurants there . Even here in CT, I never can settle on a restaurant. chris... Read more

  • Standoff at the OJ corral. When food goes bad (cattle rustlin' bad).

    9/2/2016 9:23:36 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Cue the Western music ala Clint Eastwood.... I lost the fight last night in front of the TV while watching DIY shows. The bad guy arrived as a "two gun" chocolate coated outlaw. First it was one sugar free ice cream snack. Then it was two. Shortly thereafter the herd stampeded through ... Read more

  • What happens in the Grand Canyon will stay in the Grand Canyon!

    8/31/2016 9:51:29 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Also Las Vegas but I don't want you to get the idea I'm a totally bad girl. 18 My BFF came through and I am going to take her on small hikes for a few days then R&R in Sin City. As if two hot blondes can behave on their own! My DD1 will care for her dad for 5 days! He's capable of making ... Read more

  • Oh my sweet toot!

    8/31/2016 7:19:57 PM, by WOLFKITTY

    Yes, toot as in intestinal gas and bloating! I started a new job (yay!) and was astounded at all of the delicious coffee and iced tea offerings! Oh my, what's this? a fridge door full of sugar-free creamers! Finally I could save money and avoid Stafbucks! Between the two cups of coffee with SF c... Read more

  • Jar of Life story to visualize priorities

    8/31/2016 5:23:55 PM, by CTUPTON

    Hint: If the link does not work, try "cut and paste" to your browser. http://www.sparkpeople.com/r
    esource/motivation_article
    s.asp?id=264... Read more

  • Goal for September: Find some fun.

    8/31/2016 6:11:02 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    My new goal is off to a rocky start. I made tentative plans with a newly retired BFF who was all over it. We were going to be Thelma and Louise, sorta. She was looking into kennels for her dogs. I found a willing victim to watch DH. I made an itinerary. Then I get the text: "I'm scare... Read more

  • Rough week - but still staying strong!

    8/31/2016 3:21:21 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Have learned of two more losses in my circle - one was a major contributor to one of my activity communities, and the other a young teen from my daughter's church (both were sudden events)...........Have had to deal with a lot of loss these days - just goes to show you how precious life is and how i... Read more

  • Back to "normal"......

    8/30/2016 3:33:23 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Still keeping at it - back to a shorter workout routine as per normal during weekdays - this weekend will be different, though.......I may need to focus on individual activities for reasons I won't belabor anyone with - but I'm working to figure out how to cope....... Enjoy your Tuesday!... Read more