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  • Reflecting on the year

    12/22/2014 6:11:19 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I have a net loss of about 10 pounds for this year. Hooray! After changing my start and goal weight multiple times that means I've lost around 25 pounds since joining Spark in 2009 I'd like it to be more but at least I'm taking it off like I gained it...5 pounds a year. Right now I'll be happy fo... Read more

  • Nothing special; life is good. Another week almost over with more random thoughts.

    12/18/2014 6:20:00 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    First random thought: I wish I read what I typed before hitting the enter button. Always a misspell. "Time flies" doesn't cover my days. Time is faster than a speeding bullet. It's 8 am, the next I know it's 2pm and I haven't had lunch yet! No worries there as it's portioned and packe... Read more

  • Help for Insulin Resistance/ weight loss

    12/16/2014 3:18:01 PM, by MZZCHIEF

    Hey Sparkers! I've been trying out a host of herbals in an attempt to get some of this pesky weight off, caused in part by insulin resistance/ high blood sugar after meals. Using these herbs doesn't mean I have carte blanche to eat as much and whatever I want. I still need to keep a... Read more

  • Times up!

    12/15/2014 4:36:14 PM, by CONFUSEDBIRD

    Ok I had my 6 weeks of no exercise and semi food logging. Times up, now we are down to business! I weighed this morning and I was at 199.8. Hanging out under 200 lbs by the skin of my teeth. My highest pregnancy weight was 220. Yesterday I really wanted a new fitness hoodie to motivate me to feel ... Read more

  • Bonus blog. Determined to attend family party

    12/15/2014 4:27:52 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I sat, Drank water. Lots. Every little kid who came to visit me coughed in my face, wiped noses on my sleeve or drooled on my pants. Never thought I'd say this but I loved every minute of it. One little one wanted to sit by me because she was bored and we had quite a chat. An estranged nephew show... Read more

  • Word of advice on medications from a medical professional.

    12/15/2014 4:14:34 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    If you don't feel right when taking a medication there are things you should do. READ the information your pharmacist supplies (before you take it). But sometimes not all the information is supplied. Call your physician right away if you think something is wrong. I took an antibiotic for m... Read more

  • Under the weather

    12/12/2014 5:52:09 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    My dental work had issues and I ended up on antibiotics Tuesday. I had a serious adverse reaction with blinding headaches, fever and body aches. No fun and I even stayed home from work. It will take a few days to get this out of my system. Crumb.... Read more

  • I'm Back!

    12/11/2014 10:12:25 AM, by CONFUSEDBIRD

    To my healthier self anyway. This week marks my fifth week PP so I am ready to get my butt back in gear. It's been a rough recovery. I take two steps forward in healing and then 3 steps back, 2 steps forward, 3 steps back. I am so ready to feel as good psychically as my mind feels to get exercising.... Read more

  • New beginings

    12/9/2014 7:21:23 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I've been quietly holding my breath and will continue in my pessimistic way for a few more hours. As I write there is a young man in the airport who left his country to spend the rest of his life with my daughter. They had a chance meeting at a party with mutual friends almost three years ago. B... Read more

  • Mindfulness and Company on the Journey

    12/9/2014 10:58:28 AM, by DOKEYOKEY

    I'm back. I've been away for months...and before that I wasn't really participating. My weight is now higher than it was the first time I started SparkPeople, and while it's not at an all time high, it's close. I'm two pounds away from the BMI "obese" category. That's a fact. So, while the ... Read more

  • Now it's time for some new family pictures

    12/7/2014 1:54:17 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    My DD wanted to have pictures for her Christmas cards. You all get the previews AND the more interesting shots! We couldn't pry the bagels out of the kids hands so you get to see Pop Pop's favorite treat! ... Read more

  • Celebrating life

    12/6/2014 4:59:00 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Some of my Spark friends have held funerals in the past weeks. It's a tough time of year to lose a loved one. I hope their memories help them in dark times and they allow themselves to grieve when they need to. Those memories help me celebrate the lives I miss. Time allows the changes to soften. It ... Read more

  • With the works. A tale of cheese, steak, bread and seeking comfort.

    12/2/2014 6:41:29 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    6 months ago you would not have recognized my plate. Measured veggies, little meat protein or dairy. No grains. I was not hungry. I was not needy. I was in control. Last night I walked through the door; in from the rain and my very short commute and announced we were going out to the de... Read more

  • SP recipe Robust Turkey Vegetable Soup-for Left Over Turkey

    11/30/2014 12:37:05 PM, by CTUPTON

    I boiled the turkey bones for stock and then made this soup! I saved the recipe to my SP recipe collection. I will make this a tradition! chris ... Read more

  • Back to normal?

    11/29/2014 7:23:24 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I'm not sure what normal is anymore in this very dysfunctional household. However for the first time in four years I put up a Christmas tree. Totally decorated and done. Now it's mine to care for. I'm trying to feel festive. ... Read more

  • No, my booty is up here...

    11/29/2014 2:47:17 PM, by WOLFKITTY

    You know that joke about "my eyes are up here, buddy"? Yeah well, I want to tell these pockets that my booty is up higher, stop hanging out on my leg. After sitting in them for 10 minutes and kinda giving myself a wedgie, ... Read more

  • Lack of Blog Access

    11/29/2014 2:30:03 PM, by WOLFKITTY

    I finally downloaded the Spark app again and kind of have access to blogs from my phone (progress!) When Spark converted to make a "mobile" version of their pages, they eliminated access via phone to many parts of the website. There is no "switch" to turn off a mobile version of the website. It's be... Read more

  • Thankful

    11/28/2014 5:37:20 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I did not overstuff. SIL carves the bird. Playing hard Watching football Waiting for desert... Read more

  • Spark People Activity Tracker seems to be half price now!

    11/27/2014 7:34:25 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Last minute recipe for cranberry salsa if you have the ingredients

    11/26/2014 6:57:44 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Bag of cranberries frozen orange juice concentrate about 1/2 container 1 jalapeno sugar 1 orange (tangerine will do) cilantro scallions Place less than 1 cup of water in a saucepan, boil. It should be just enough to immerse the cranberries 3/4 the way in. Add about 1/4 cup sugar. ... Read more

  • Oh Saddle Tree, Oh Saddle tree....

    11/26/2014 5:58:41 PM, by FRANCESCANAZ

    Happy Thanksgiving to all my Spark friends active, & not so active. This is my first blog in many months, but I have not forgotten all the friends I have here on Spark people who are a daily encouragement...even if I do seem off... Read more

  • Cool colored bands in icebergs

    11/26/2014 4:36:49 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Searching online for a sparkpage background....oops!

    11/26/2014 4:27:58 PM, by CTUPTON

    I did a few searches for images for my holiday sparkpage . I tried these searches: wreathes, Christmas flower arrangements, snow jewels, snow flakes, and finally purple snow flakes. That one got me a surprise! Apparently "Purple... Read more

  • Laugh at the snow!

    11/26/2014 3:47:59 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • The Thanksgiving Poem I Generated

    11/26/2014 2:55:28 PM, by CTUPTON

    If I were a Thanksgiving Turkey... I would look as thin as I could. I would listen for kitchen sounds. I would watch out for hungry people. I would want camoflage. If I were a Thanksgiving Turkey... I would smell like an old shoe. I would taste like leather. I would be stu... Read more

  • Poem Generator online

    11/26/2014 2:49:02 PM, by CTUPTON
    nerator.php Even I can create a nice poem with this. There are set ups for many occasions! Enjoy! chris... Read more

  • A reminder to myself to eat more cruciferous vegetables.

    11/26/2014 8:16:30 AM, by CTUPTON
    /cancernutrition.html Concentrate on anticancer cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage, as well as high-antioxidant berries. Cauliflower, for example, is loaded with nu... Read more

  • Morning thoughts-with coffee

    11/26/2014 5:53:52 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    This 4am I was determined to get a good cup of coffee from the brewer DH bought me a few years ago. I didn't want one due to excessive packaging waste and I continued using my 4 cup Mr. Coffee. Perfect every time. He "surprised" me with the brewer...totally ignoring my ecological decision. I t... Read more

  • Giving Thanks, my pledge

    11/25/2014 11:32:43 AM, by VALERIEMAHA

    Given what's going on all around my own country...and the world, I pledge: An original Dharma Comic by Leah Pearlman A PLEDGE FOR GRATEFUL LIVING -- Brother David Steindl-Rast In thanksgiving for life, I pledge to over... Read more

  • My heart goes out to sparkers near Buffalo-I will be moving there summer 2015..

    11/25/2014 7:13:32 AM, by CTUPTON

    God-willing, of course! You poor people! All that snow was bad enough but now flooding and dealing with water in the basement. chris (now in Connecticut)... Read more

  • A trip to Cabela's was a strange adventure

    11/23/2014 9:37:04 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Neither of us is a hunting buff. Our shooting targets are paper. We heard this store was huge, needed to take a road trip before weather socks us in so off we went 2 hours into the heart of Pennsylvania. Geeze, Louise! Huge is not the word. Read more

  • Saturday Night Live Plus

    11/23/2014 4:59:41 PM, by TRESSWANN

    Last night we took the nieces to dinner and a Scrooge the musical (at the church, semi pro theatre group) This is the high point and social event of my holiday season. I realized that over the last few years my holiday social life has disappeared. I was never one for the "office" party. A reflec... Read more

  • Fibro-fog

    11/23/2014 4:57:41 PM, by CTUPTON

    I just cleaned of the piles of stuff from my desk. It took "no time"at all. But the stuff has been sitting there for weeks. That is what fibro-fog does. chris... Read more

  • Book: The Sixth Extinction

    11/23/2014 9:39:55 AM, by CTUPTON

    by Elizabeth Kolbert Wow-the premise is that humans are a "weedy creature." And that humans have contributed greatly to the extinctions of living species in the past and will continue to do so. Elizabeth Kolbert does have a "wa... Read more

  • OMG was that fun!

    11/22/2014 11:33:53 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I don't think I'll be able to hear for a week. I was one of 2 blondes in the room. And I wore sparkles. I'm not sure anyone got a picture of me but I know I was on video. Dancing. Bollywood dancing. Dancing to Indian techno music. Dancing until I couldn't move. Beautiful girls in saris ... Read more