Group Picture

Blogs     Join this team to post to the wall

  • Cleaning a fatty liver so it functions better to lose weight more efficiently. 6 foods to eat:

    11/24/2015 5:56:59 PM, by CTUPTON
    shed-fat-a-doctor-explains by Lori Shemek, Ph.D. is a leading fat cell researche... Read more

  • I don't want to be a frog!

    11/24/2015 10:50:51 AM, by CTUPTON

    Frog wants to be anything but a slimy, wet frog. A cat, perhaps. Or a rabbit. An owl? But when a hungry wolf arrives—a wolf who HATES eating frogs—our hero decides that maybe "being himself isn’t so bad after all." A story of self acceptance. chris... Read more

  • You cannot substitute habaneros for jalapenos. Just puttin it out there!

    11/24/2015 8:43:25 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I made my infamous cranberry dressing this morning. I must have been Mayan or Aztec in another life or secretly have Latin roots as I need heat in my food (and I have chocolate in my soul!). 18 I forgot to buy the jalapeno I finely chop and add to the dressing. Cranberries, sugar, orange zes... Read more

  • That time of year; thinking of loved ones.

    11/24/2015 5:29:17 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Why do many loved ones seem to pass at holidays? Maybe they tried to hold on to celebrate one more time. Maybe they didn't want us to have bad memories on holidays. Maybe it gives us something extra to celebrate. Whatever the reason, here we are again. This year as I prepare for Th... Read more

  • John Lennon quote

    11/23/2015 10:12:14 AM, by CTUPTON

    ... Read more

  • Sparky milestones. Maintaining and logging in.

    11/23/2015 7:08:13 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    160 days of logging in. Even through the bad days this year with DH! 334 I think my lifeline with you guys helped me feel "normal". I also put my best foot forward and have kept up at least 90 minutes of exercise a week. It's actually a lot more but I started tracking low thinking I'd not get... Read more

  • Long time, no see

    11/22/2015 10:02:27 PM, by BROWNJB0

    Well, Sparkpeople, it has been a while. And by "been a while" I mean 4 years. I've had another baby, a girl named Vera Beatrice. We had a house fire and lost all our possessions. My mom was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer and underwent six rounds of chemo and 4 surgeries. We built a new... Read more

  • Long time, no see

    11/22/2015 9:53:48 PM, by BROWNJB0

    Well, Sparkpeople, it has been a while. And by "been a while" I mean 4 years. I've had another baby, a girl named Vera Beatrice. We had a house fire and lost all our possessions. My mom was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer and underwent six rounds of chemo and 4 surgeries. We built a new... Read more

  • Chart for thawing a frozen turkey. Several methods...And, a link to more info!

    11/22/2015 4:25:02 PM, by CTUPTON

    Turkey Thawing Time in the Refrigerator (40 degrees F): Approximately 24 hours per 5 pounds Whole Turkey Weight Thawing Time 8 to 12 lbs 1 to 2 days 12 to 16 lbs 2 to 3 days 16 to 20 lbs 3 to 4 days 20 to 24 lbs 4 to 5 days Turkey Thawing Time in Cold Water: Approximately 3... Read more

  • In my spare time...trying not to eat.

    11/22/2015 2:54:11 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Since I have a new grandchild on the way I realized I had to create some new baby afghans. Additionally my SIL's brother will be adding to the family tree and they need some home made lovin' too! Here are my first two. The colors are not quite right as the dark blue is actually royal purple. ... Read more

  • I am not a bully. Well....

    11/22/2015 10:50:54 AM, by CTUPTON

    ... Read more

  • So true!

    11/22/2015 10:15:33 AM, by CTUPTON

    ... Read more

  • Chew on this for awhile.......

    11/22/2015 10:10:03 AM, by CTUPTON

    chris... Read more

  • Atkins... oh drat--carbs are creeping into my day! Horrors!

    11/21/2015 7:07:27 AM, by CTUPTON

    We are going in to our 4th week of attempting Atkins. I am finding I sneak some carby things. a pear a GNU fiber Bar Oh no--where will it stop.... Read more

  • I wrote to the wheelchair repair company. We'll see if I get an answer.

    11/21/2015 6:59:58 AM, by CTUPTON

    I can't blame the original company. But I sure do blame the company that bought them out: National Mobility I think it is called. I am thinking of notifying one of those media people who might publicize this. chris... Read more

  • Call me Gypsy Rose.

    11/20/2015 10:45:47 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    It was cold this morning so I bundled up. I was determined to continue my exercise program to counteract the insane eating I have been doing. About 3/4 of a mile in I slid off my gloves. Ta dum! The nice cheerleader voice in my pocket told me I had reached one mile and about that time I unzip... Read more

  • Fixing a wheelchair should not be this much of a hassle!

    11/19/2015 3:35:41 PM, by CTUPTON

    We used to have great service but the last 6 months have been just frustrating. I just found out the original company has been bought out by a national company. I was told they have 200 people waiting for repairs! This means all those poor (handicapped) people are frustrated. Some of them have to be... Read more

  • 20 questions to ask your parents..... I'd better get prepared if DD starts asking me

    11/18/2015 6:35:59 PM, by CTUPTON

    As adults, so many of us don't ask enough about our parents. Yet there's no better way to become closer to a person, even if you've known her all your life. has gathered the questions that our elder care experts and editors would most like to ask their own parents. Try them out for you... Read more

  • Long, long ago I had a tremendous weight loss by going to WW

    11/18/2015 5:56:28 PM, by CTUPTON

    I lost 89 lbs in less than a year. 9 Now I am lucky if I lose 10 lb in a year. 24 WW had just started (around 1960 I think). It was new having people e there to share weight loss stories with. The meeting leaders were excited. My Mom and I did it together and she did most of the cooking. We w... Read more

  • an SP link to find shoes that end foot pain

    11/18/2015 1:07:24 PM, by CTUPTON
    +Comfortable+Shoes+That+Actually+Relieve+F I have ... Read more

  • Inspiration from Google Images

    11/18/2015 10:53:56 AM, by SUSANNAH31

    Today, as I updated my Spark Page, reflecting my regained weight and new commitment to losing and maintaining, I looked at Google Images for some inspiration for achieving my goals once again. As always, I found it - and thought I would share some here. ... Read more

  • Got DH into the pool!

    11/18/2015 6:34:15 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    This is why I left the job. To be his hands, feet and energy. I told him he had to get better so he can care for me when I get my shoulder fixed; and I'm really going to need that done. This was exhausting. He got a ride in and out of the pool on the lift chair, mighty handy! I was surprised how... Read more

  • When I need a chuckle, I will check out this cute bird video! Hm..I think I will now!

    11/18/2015 5:04:11 AM, by CTUPTON
    per-towels/?shr=true... Read more

  • A picture is worth a thousand words.

    11/17/2015 5:10:33 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    My two very adult children were in a fit of giggles. It did a world of good to be able to go where he wanted. We paid for it with a bad night but oh, I think it was worth it!... Read more

  • How much calcium is in the human body? SP trivia question.

    11/15/2015 12:45:18 PM, by CTUPTON

    Calcium is present in the body in greater amounts that any other mineral. Calcium builds strong bones in both length and density and is vital to the formation of teeth. There is about 2 - 3 pounds of calcium in the body, mostly concentrated in the bones and teeth. That is a lot of calciu... Read more

  • Possible jobs for my Myers Briggs Personality type.. food for thoyght (but I am 68 now!)

    11/15/2015 9:42:04 AM, by CTUPTON

    Well-- I was a teacher for over 40 years. Hmmm.... maybe Social Worker would have been a better fit. Or a forest ranger!!! 40 Possible Careers Paths for ISFJ: Interior Decorator Designer Firefighter Nurse Business Manager Office Manager Administ... Read more

  • Me--Meyers Briggs... food for thought!

    11/15/2015 9:37:43 AM, by CTUPTON

    ISFJs generally have the following traits: • Large, rich inner store of information that they have gathered • Highly observant and aware of people's feelings and reactions • Excellent memory for details that are important to them • Very in-tune with their surroundings - excellent sense of... Read more

  • More Meyers Briggs info--more scientific--not just the funny categories.

    11/15/2015 9:27:22 AM, by CTUPTON

    I seem to be a "Sidekick!" ISFJ 24 according to the last blog showing funny interpretations of this! "Doesn't need much meaning in life, just a person (or baby or pet or car) to spend all their time ministering to. " Remember--I am a caregiver for almost 10 years now. I was a teacher for over 40 ... Read more

  • Not enjoying my forced retirement.

    11/15/2015 7:19:56 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I'm eating my way through every day. DH has been my biggest food trigger and I find myself hiding in the kitchen having a piece of this and a bite of that. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr. 4 of 5 days this week were MD related. We (including the ortho) were surprised to find his MRI showed no cord compressi... Read more

  • Myers Briggs for fun

    11/15/2015 1:25:08 AM, by CTUPTON

    MBTI Type Descriptions (Funny) ENFJ: "Busybody" Life's backseat drivers. They seem to know just what's wrong with everybody else's life and have a plan to fix it. INFJ: "Messiah" Characterized by the burning desire to change the world, which desperately needs everyone to be NF. ENFP: "Muck... Read more

  • One Pot Atkins meals--with the link fixed! : )

    11/14/2015 7:39:56 PM, by CTUPTON
    e+pot+meals... Read more

  • The Peace Crane Project

    11/14/2015 5:25:40 PM, by CTUPTON
    / No, it won't solve all the world's problems but it does make people conscious of other cultures and hopefully brings people together .chris... Read more

  • Do you know of a group on facebook related to creating peace in our broken world?

    11/13/2015 6:14:43 PM, by CTUPTON

    I found a few but some have mixed messages. I'd like something to regularly show up on my facebook page to encourage us to be kind to each other and have the ripple effect of promoting world peace. Not another Christmas holiday season totally spoiled by our people going off to war! chris... Read more

  • a little background about the 3 youths in fire --Bible story

    11/13/2015 5:15:04 PM, by CTUPTON
    dnego I am sorry but I was not at all familiar with this story. chris so I had to look it up... Read more

  • games to help you increase happiness

    11/13/2015 4:59:27 PM, by CTUPTON
    p_microsegment_F_35plus&c2=fbnf I am checking this out. I guess Katey Curic spoke about it. chris... Read more

  • book: The Shack.... led me to .....

    11/13/2015 4:49:45 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have been reading this. It obviously can be "preachy." But it is OK. It made me start thinking about what I learned as a kid from my family relationships . I was the first girl after 3 boys. Yes, I was Daddy's favorite. I had no idea till a couple of years ago that my brother's did not h... Read more


    11/13/2015 10:31:47 AM, by CTUPTON

    Top 10 Sayings Of Biblical Mothers 10. Samson! Get your hand out of that lion. You don’t know where it’s been! (Judges 14:5-8) 9. David! I told you not to play in the house with that sling! Go practice your harp. We pay good money for those lessons! 8. Abraham! Stop wandering aroun... Read more

  • If you like Bible jokes--the link actually has some better ones.

    11/13/2015 10:26:58 AM, by CTUPTON

    Bible Jokes Q. What kind of man was Boaz before he married Ruth? A. Ruthless. _____ 198 Q. What do they call pastors in Germany? A. German Shepherds. _____ Q. Who was the greatest financier in the Bible? A. Noah. He was floating his stock while everyone else was in liquidation. _____... Read more

  • Something anything

    11/12/2015 4:34:38 PM, by CONFUSEDBIRD

    I set my alarm and i went to werq this morning at 5 am! I drank water with lunch, which I have been really slacking on. I walked to the library with Max even tho it was kind of miserably cold and windy. That was not a nice mom move on my part. I did cover him. my scary neighbor told me it ... Read more

  • The Bible says....

    11/12/2015 9:52:08 AM, by CTUPTON

    Answers Given in a Bible Knowledge TestBible Jokes. Funny biblical jokes 1.The first book of the Bible is Guinness's. In the book of Guinness Adam and Eve were created from an apple 2.Adam and Eve were created from an apple tree. Noah's wife was Joan of the Ark. Noah built the ark and the an... Read more

  • Getting a hair dryer through customs...

    11/12/2015 9:41:29 AM, by CTUPTON

    A distinguished young woman on a flight from Switzerland asked the Priest beside her, "Father, may I ask a favor?" "Of course. What may I do for you?" "Well, I bought an expensive woman's electronic hair dryer for my mother's birthday. The dryer is unopened and well over the Customs limits; and... Read more

  • Looking into the family mirror

    11/12/2015 9:28:43 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I sat across from my brother over breakfast, listening to his messy life. He'll be 60 next month, three kids in college and a messy divorce in progress. He just bought a small house, the "hotel" he called it, furnished with bits and pieces he's picked up, polished and painted. My life doesn't see... Read more

  • Holiday Poem Generator

    11/11/2015 6:22:17 PM, by CTUPTON
    rd/holiday-poem-generator.php Please let us know what poems you make. chris My poem: thanksgiving abundant foods pie grunts happiness stuffed togetherness love Thanksgiving Day 2015 ... Read more

  • Done with pre-op exam for cataract surgery, Nov. 30.

    11/11/2015 6:16:33 PM, by CTUPTON

    I passed this hurdle... chris 43... Read more

  • from Sandra2Bfit--I love this!!!

    11/11/2015 5:47:44 PM, by CTUPTON

    don't know WHY I didn't figure this out sooner!!!! ...It's the shampoo I use in the shower! When I wash my hair, the shampoo runs down my whole body, and (duh!) printed very clearly on the shampoo label is this warning , "FOR EXTRA VOLUME AND BODY." ..... Read more

  • 2BDYNAMIC Blogs! Wow! Need a push--read these blogs! Oh my!

    11/11/2015 5:06:43 PM, by CTUPTON

    These blogs are very inspiring! I should be reading them daily! chris... Read more

  • Will be paying respects at the Veteran's Cemetery this morning. Thank you to those who serve.

    11/11/2015 6:22:06 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Thank you for your service. Thank you for your sacrifice. I will be visiting Dad's grave this morning to honor him and give myself a few moments of reflection. If I am lucky, I will be there for the small service they have. It makes me feel proud and privileged. I'm meeting up with my brother... Read more

  • followup to asserting yourself-- about saying no to food offers

    11/10/2015 4:33:01 PM, by CTUPTON
    ?blog_id=6028586 304 304 for this wonderful blog! chris... Read more

  • Lessen holiday stress by stating my own needs. Others sure do tell me their needs!

    11/10/2015 3:03:32 PM, by CTUPTON

    30 not 39 429 and 446 and 198 family disagreements... Read more

  • I should not have looked at the Panara "muffie" page!

    11/10/2015 2:43:50 PM, by CTUPTON

    Such beautiful, colorful photos of delicious-looking baked goods! I did find out what a "muffie" is. Seems to be like the top of a huge muffin. the top is everyone's favorite part anyway. I advise you not to look. chris... Read more

  • Chill out!

    11/10/2015 1:53:25 PM, by CONFUSEDBIRD

    Last week I hosted two birthday parties, so lots of food! I have 1 more party this weekend with coworkers and things should mellow a bit. I keep stepping on the scale and cringe. The holidays are coming too. I hate being on this constantly wheel of not being happy with myself. I feel like a hamster ... Read more

  • SP article most fattening holiday foods

    11/10/2015 9:56:13 AM, by CTUPTON
    utrition_articles.asp?id=1400 first pumpkin Pie --see the article for photos and more foods to avoid or get substitutes! 4 TRICK: You can bake your own pumpkin treats using less sugar and fat, plus whole-grain goodness. Use a mini muffin tin to help with... Read more

  • Oh, to be a 5 year old.

    11/9/2015 9:38:55 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    DD1 showed me a video. The image starts with GS1, elbows on the table and hands squashing his face. He is apparently answering his moms' question about the new baby. He is saying: "I changed my mind. I think I want to have a baby brother." She is standing next to him, ultrasound pictures in h... Read more

  • Reminders that We Need to be Assertive with Others....

    11/9/2015 5:37:26 PM, by CTUPTON

    ... Read more

  • Reasons I continue to be a "Sparkperson".

    11/8/2015 2:33:40 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Support. I have a team of friends who give me great ideas for nutrition. They let me know my choices are good or not so good and instead of chiding me for my mistakes they applaud my attempts to get back on track. They appreciate my recipes and share their own. Some of them read books and cond... Read more

  • Finished my last day of work by working late. Keeping my up with my moniker.

    11/6/2015 9:31:52 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    A few well wishers, everyone concerned for our lives. It was a nice way to leave. My Medial Director insisted she would see me in 4-5 weeks The Admin Director wished me well saying she didn't know how she could go through what I have. An emergency cropped up and I stayed to help. Cleaned up wha... Read more

  • Breakfasts

    11/6/2015 11:43:59 AM, by SUSANNAH31

    Breakfast must contain either a fat or a protein - and not a lot of carbs - if it is going to set me up properly for the day. (No fruit smoothies or pancakes for me!) Most egg dishes don't really appeal to me very much. The only way I eat eggs is if they are scrambled and well cooked. O... Read more

  • A blog about nothing much. Getting older, cranky, plain tired?

    11/5/2015 5:30:43 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    My heads' been spinning the past few weeks and I started thinking strange things. 40 DH watches reruns of reruns and theme songs bounce around in my head during the night. I complained to anyone who would listen that there were words to the M.A.S.H. theme. No one believed me. 39 DD Goo... Read more

  • Do you have memories of you or others stressing out from holiday preparations?

    11/4/2015 1:25:48 PM, by CTUPTON

    And I sure have done my share of over working and getting stressed out at holiday time. I once made a gingerbread Santa Sleigh that made me spend hours shopping for exactly the right decorating ingredients , like silver balls. But... our daughter (young at the time) ate the cookie cut outs... Read more

  • Making Atkins daily foods to eat.... wish I had more help with this

    11/4/2015 10:14:15 AM, by CTUPTON

    DD started us on this eating plan. We are into the 6th day of 14. I joined her thinking she'd be doing the food prep. I am finding she is a "grab and go" eater. And she is very willing to tell me this. Nothing is made ahead . She does buy lots of things to be eaten "grab and go." So she b... Read more

  • Ways to help the caregiver.... follow up blog.

    11/3/2015 12:45:40 PM, by CTUPTON

    See my Sat. Oct. 31st blog. My sparkfriends have come through again! I knew they would! If you have not read it, the Nov. AARP magazine has a great long list of ways to help the caregiver! help the caregiver!!! Did I say, "to help the caregiver?" I hope all you caregivers out the... Read more

  • Giving in to some new things and ideas

    11/3/2015 5:33:06 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I brought home all my personal goodies from work. Pictures, books and my Glinda the "Good Witch" magnet who has followed me for 25 years. She has been perched over my shoulder as a reminder that knowledge is power and must be used properly; and she's cool! Friday is my last day, I'm taking the ... Read more

  • Vegetables: Focus for the week

    11/2/2015 8:37:24 AM, by SUSANNAH31

    Yesterday, it was cod for dinner, so I made some heartier vegetables to go alongside the fish: cauliflower gratin, mushrooms, and butternut squash. The cauliflower gratin recipe, though, wound up tasting not quite as good as just plain old roasted cauliflower. I always feel so good physicall... Read more

  • Blogging daily trying to talk myself into being content with my decisions.

    11/2/2015 6:05:39 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Watching the man try to walk to the loo at 2am decides it for me. His hesitations while using the walker, the stooped shoulders and sighs keep me up well past when he has gone back to sleep. By 2pm I chide him for sitting around all morning when he could be walking through the house to engage those ... Read more

  • Reminded to prepare a routine.

    11/1/2015 5:54:36 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    WATERMELLEN's blog yesterday reminded me I need to prepare a new routine for the next stage of my life. Being home on weekends has been a challenge for a while in the eating department especially since I need to entice DH to have food. The doctors encouraged me to let him have ANYTHING he would ea... Read more

  • Staying on the downlow

    10/31/2015 7:18:37 PM, by CONFUSEDBIRD

    I have been trying to take it easy and hit the pool more this week. Pulled back the dancing to 1 day this week. My feet weren't too much trouble this week. My steps were the same if not more. I have no idea whats going on maybe the weather change. I do know that my physical therapy bills came in and... Read more

  • Low Carb Chocolate Torte (but yes high calorie--for Atkins)

    10/31/2015 11:15:30 AM, by CTUPTON

    Chocolate Truffle Torte (Very Low Sugar/ Low Carb) Nutrition Info Calories: 271.8 Fat: 26.3g Carbohydrates: 5.0g Protein: 4.2g Ingredients CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE TORTE 1 bar 85% Dark Chocolate (I use Lindt 85% - 100g) 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut up Pinch s... Read more

  • I still wish I could spell. Happy Halloween!

    10/31/2015 7:11:27 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    We all get it. Those flashes of thought that spell-check or your brain doesn't get. My status is misspelled but, I'm tired! The kids had several poems and songs for Halloween. I don't go for horror and guts. I like the cutsie stuff. Song from Girls Scouts or school: Hey Mr. Spider W... Read more

  • Random Acts of Kindness to a Caregiveer (see Oct/Nov AARP magazine)

    10/31/2015 12:34:01 AM, by CTUPTON

    There is a very long list of ideas 526 to do a kind act for a caregiver. The article called us "gentle heroes." 41 I will again subscribe to that AARP magazine in the future but I can't right now. It is full of good tips! If you saw the article , could you pleas write an idea or 2 i... Read more

  • ideas for Induction Phase of Atkins Menus online

    10/30/2015 8:26:14 PM, by CTUPTON
    n_menus/induction_menus.html I am saving the link for myself. I will try later to write which ones I found good for me. chris... Read more

  • Leaving work will move quickly

    10/30/2015 6:49:45 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    The physicians I work for understood my dilemma. Everyone does. My boss said it best to another manager: Janet's life is a mess and I don't know how she can be standing, but she is. I don't have to pay back the time I used. It's mine to keep. They collectively wanted to know what they could do... Read more

  • Day 2 Atkins induction

    10/30/2015 1:24:58 PM, by CTUPTON

    Since DD is doing this and wanting the specific foods in the house, I am trying it, too. Breakfast was only a mozzarella stick because we were on the road. But lunch was about 4 oz of cooked chicken, scrambled egg whites, heavy cream, pepper, zucchini "fried" in olive oil--not really browned. T... Read more

  • Resigned to resignation.

    10/29/2015 7:30:07 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I told my bosses I must leave. It's a no-choice choice. I'd appreciate a leave of absence so I could come back to the job I originally hated that I learned to like. I will have to work some days for free as I was paid in advance of earning the days off when I was on Family Leave. I've made so... Read more

  • Frozen veggies stir fry that I am liking.

    10/29/2015 1:53:16 PM, by CTUPTON

    Do you have any favorites? This is 90 cal. for 1 and 1/2 cup. I just cooked it in the MV with some turkey broth I had left over from a turkey breast roast. (Fat removed!) chris... Read more

  • Contemplating a lot of things including early retirement

    10/27/2015 5:34:28 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    The AARP magazine had a feature this month on caregivers. There was also an article in the NY Times on the same thing. Both described all the things we have talked about here when Spark friends discuss their woes and joys in caring for their family members. Money spent, time lost, lack of socializat... Read more