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  • Joy from small things.

    2/11/2016 8:14:55 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I enjoyed my snoventure this week. I had fun all by myself making my snownana and following her adventures even though she is now headless! DD1 was in and out of the hospital again. The doctors say she should deliver in the next week or two. Sooo I'm gearing up to help out. By planning to help ... Read more

  • Let the Metamorphosis Begin

    2/11/2016 3:12:58 AM, by LIVEINTHELIGHT

    Weight loss surgery is complete and a new life is ready to emerge. Still's only day two. Looking forward to learning how to eat again and take care of my body. Very grateful.... Read more

  • Fear of Scale

    2/10/2016 5:32:38 PM, by TRESSWANN

    So after doing well being home and getting through the holidays, I went off the rails. Made that outrageous Babka. I did go to the gym. Then came the snow. I can't walk into gym. It is difficult for me to change the spectral leg. Snow makes things stop and you crave warm filling things. I did... Read more

  • Tracking Debacle, Tracking Triumph

    2/10/2016 5:13:24 PM, by VALERIEMAHA

    January 21 started this journey away from crazy eating and toward rational, conscious choices. I've had 20 days so far to get used to the process of tracking intake in order to stay within my daily caloric range of 1200-1550. Generally I've done alright, finishing the day closer to the higher ... Read more

  • I've been thinking about playgrounds and came up with a plan.

    2/9/2016 8:26:42 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Spark has been my emotional playground. I've spread some joy, vented, asked questions and given answers while running around in the grass. I've jumped on the spinning thing that you have to hang on to for dear life or you'll be flung off. (Fat Losers) Slid down the slide of lost and found pounds. (D... Read more

  • How do people fet 300,000 and 400,000 spark points!

    2/8/2016 11:38:53 AM, by CTUPTON

    198 I am sparking for several hours daily! I was happy when I got to Level 20-150,000 points I think. I am not disappointed! I am not complaining! I just wonder how it is possible to get that many points? I joined in 2008 so I have been at this a l-o-n-g time! 198 ... Read more

  • Snownana has the weight of the world on her shoulders.

    2/8/2016 10:30:09 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Funny that nature took my snow build and changed it up to follow my life. What gives? Is there something at work here showing me how things are going? I built a robust, solid "replica". We enjoyed some good times and even a selfie. The life started getting tough and wearing on her. ... Read more

  • The Weight of Weddings

    2/8/2016 9:56:48 AM, by TRESSWANN

    Not really weight. There is a lot of "weight" around weddings to be shed. The youngest SS is getting married in August. DH is now to be part of the wedding party. This is going to be wild to say the least. Truth is stranger than fiction. So, SS is product of interfaith marriage and is nominall... Read more

  • Dry rot of shoes??? Good, expensive shoes at that.

    2/7/2016 1:23:33 PM, by CTUPTON

    I never heard of this but I guess I am now old enough to have it happen! A big, heavy pair of Drew shoes are awful. The 1/2 inch thick rubber sole is cracking across the toes area. And the leather is peeling on the top of the toe area. I am retired from teaching -about 4 years. So I know ... Read more

  • Newsflash: Snownana is melting or is really run down.

    2/7/2016 12:30:52 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    DH's idea. 334 ... Read more

  • The One-legged Wind Releasing Pose for seniors

    2/7/2016 9:54:16 AM, by CTUPTON

    I did a search for "yoga for seniors. " I had seen a site or an article or a class offered to teach "seniors" easy stances and/or exercises to keep strength and flexibility. Yeah I guess "releasing wind" is very, very important for us! 198 chris... Read more

  • Bonus blog: Receiving kindness.

    2/7/2016 6:45:41 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I had tables turned on me yesterday. I am usually the one to go the extra step or out of my way to help someone. My snow thrower stopped working at the end (thank goodness!) of the last big snow. I scheduled a service to come to my home but they wouldn't come until the 25th and it was going to... Read more

  • Full hands + full lives = full heart.

    2/7/2016 6:11:57 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    This past night I slept on the floor. Not because I couldn't take DH's twists and turns although I could hear him getting up and the squeak of his walker wheels. He had a treatment at home yesterday and the steroids give him some jitters and move his kidneys to working hard, the IVIg. gives him ... Read more

  • There's no pictures like snow pictures!

    2/5/2016 7:56:33 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I managed over 700 calories burned. My poor metal peacock was hiding behind the covered bushes. The poor squirrels could not find their stashes. The sun came out. I made a snownana What snownana doesn't want a selfie? ... Read more

  • Snow is pretty (until you think you want to go out into it).

    2/5/2016 7:21:50 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Sigh. I can't face another shovelful today. This is a nice, wet, stick to the trees blanket that upon last inquiry on the NOAA site was supposed to be much less than I have. I missed my window to get to the pool. The rest of the day is spoken for. Once the white stuff is done I shall plow it w... Read more

  • Compare trying to get healthy to using a GPS!!! What a wonderful blog-enjoy!

    2/4/2016 3:40:41 PM, by CTUPTON
    ?blog_id=6085587 and this blog has another link within it! So basing your weight loss journey on the scale can be as misleading as using a GPS! 198... Read more

  • A belated Groundhog Day funny.

    2/4/2016 11:29:05 AM, by CTUPTON

    chris... Read more

  • Shopping at the big box hardware stores with DH on electric wheels. SIgh.

    2/4/2016 5:05:51 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    No one need say "I told you so". I told myself as I offered the excursion. I forgot using the electric cart would give the man superhuman abilities. He could sit and read any label he wanted. Save his energy. At the "orange" store the cart was equipped with a LOUD back up alarm which sounded wi... Read more

  • I can relate to this!

    2/3/2016 9:13:12 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • New Shoes

    2/2/2016 3:30:08 PM, by CONFUSEDBIRD

    The new plumbers finally came, they were way more pricey. The issue is fixed, I can do my cloth diapers again! I started PT last week for an evaluation and the guy I saw was pretty cocky and didn't really tell me to stay away from dancing. Then I made appointments for him this week and he was ... Read more

  • Looooooooove the Heinz commercial!

    2/2/2016 10:50:06 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    This is a link to the extended cut. Copy and paste ... Read more

  • Day 2 of being happy. I'm trying to trick myself into doing better!

    2/2/2016 8:18:31 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    "No white stuff" does not mean I don't want it to snow. 4 When I have the urge to eat something I should take out the trash or recycling. If there isn't any I'll go check on how fast the snow is melting. 67 I've got to do better because I ate all of the things that were available. I will... Read more

  • Pleasant culinary revelatons while eating consciously

    2/1/2016 11:22:17 PM, by VALERIEMAHA

    277Mindful Eating, Mindful Life267 As I close in on the second week of once again eating consciously, I'm steady at the helm with my nutrition tracking and quite shaky in my exercise, tracking or not. As I said in my first blog on this resolve, on January 21, I weighed at my doc's office on... Read more

  • I did not know babies in utero could be bored

    2/1/2016 4:59:45 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    If you can't see it, don't fret. Some people cannot discern ultrasound pictures. DD sent the latest of the grand fetus. She's yawning! ... Read more

  • self awareness

    2/1/2016 2:07:51 PM, by PARASELENIC

    I've been careful this past bit to eat right, not smoke, avoid booze. I've adapted a new habit of lemon water right away in the morning, and throughout the day. This has had a very weird effect on my hunger-- as in, I don't feel it. This past week, 6 out of 7 days, I came in under my min... Read more

  • AARP free course! The Big KNOW! About self-help becoming more happy.

    2/1/2016 12:24:07 PM, by CTUPTON

    I did not hold much hope that I'd benefit from this online free course. I tried it and I love it. It is NOT someone preaching at you! It is very, very well structured. ANd it is free! It can take 3 weeks to do or do it quicker if you want. You do have to be a member of AARP--a... Read more

  • When the simplest things can make you happy.

    2/1/2016 6:04:02 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I got a reminder of cuteness and simplicity yesterday I had found a package of stick-on moustaches and gave them to Lucas for Christmas. I knew the joy of being silly and who can pass up $1.99 moustaches? I also forgot about them. Yesterday the kids drive up and my normally chatty GS arrives ... Read more

  • FInding the right snacks. My new challenge.

    1/31/2016 7:05:04 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I completed my 31 day challenge of making the right meals. I have improved on what I've made and also am eating less at meals. In doing so I found it wasn't my meals that were helping me gain weight that I had temporarily given away. It was my snacking. The wrong snack. The wrong reasons. ... Read more

  • Bizzare birds and updates. Happy Saturday!

    1/30/2016 8:21:28 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I'm on the birdie super highway in North America. Currently there is a flock of robins living on and around my house; a stopover on their way home to Nova Scotia, I assume. Hundreds. My nice white snow and cleared sidewalk have become birdie toilets. The dumb birds keep flying into the window... Read more

  • Should be posted on my front door: " Found the pounds you lost. Willing to return for free."

    1/29/2016 7:24:36 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Heck, I tried. I'm trying I've exercised my muscles to new heights. Underneath my fat I feel so fit. I gained back a bunch of weight and no, this much is not new muscle. I've had fits in the kitchen and the stores. I've given in to cravings and creepy monsters in the refrigerators and cab... Read more

  • Help for caregivers--2 links-unfinished blog....

    1/29/2016 6:11:29 PM, by CTUPTON
    regiver I will add more info later, chris... Read more

  • Restart, retry, give up, fail, get up, keep at it, restart, retry.

    1/28/2016 1:11:53 PM, by PARASELENIC

    I spent some time this winter (holidays) eating all the things, not exercising. Spent a bit of time feeling ashamed about that. Originally, I was biking to work, but weather has not made that happen as of late, so I've been eating poorly, drinking too much beer, and not exercising. I needed a ... Read more

  • Boooooo to this week!

    1/27/2016 2:44:23 PM, by CONFUSEDBIRD

    Friday I called our normal plumber to come they called it off a few hrs later saying their morning job was taking too long, could they come Monday. I stayed home all afternoon waiting for them, they no showed. I called and they asked if they could come Tuesday and they actually gave me a time. 40 mi... Read more

  • Why can't I eat like an animal?

    1/27/2016 7:40:29 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I'm having a rebellious moment here. Who decided when and how we should eat our meals? 38 WATERMELEN's recent posts about insulin and fasting, FIFI's love of the Cura and my own remembrances of childhood eating habits got me thinking. There have been a host of conventions for foods and meals s... Read more

  • Control

    1/26/2016 5:43:22 PM, by VALERIEMAHA

    Sometimes control is a good and necessary thing in my with food intake. I feel like I've been in a free fall pattern at least since August. I remember noticing, upon first getting back from Ecuador in June, that I got full eating much less than I typically had prior to going to the... Read more

  • What hand cream do you like best for winter hands?

    1/26/2016 12:59:39 PM, by CTUPTON

    This was just recommended to me. What is your favorite kind??? chris... Read more

  • I keep putting off making a new profile photo....

    1/26/2016 9:00:44 AM, by CTUPTON

    I keep wanting to take a new profile photo of John and me. I never think we look good enough.... I guess. We both have lost weight. And my hair is certainly not short anymore--it goes down to the middle of my back! And hubby's health aide's husband shaves John and shaves his head, too! Oh my... Read more

  • DD's cat, Bob at Christmas 2015

    1/25/2016 3:05:51 PM, by CTUPTON

    Bob is a Manx. Manx cats have no tail. He is "Mr. Cool" and a bit standoffish. As opposed to Cujo, our own cat. Cujo runs to everyone and shows off by rolling over a few times. Both cats are about 7 years old. And we each got them when they were babies. Bob joined us about 5 months ago. ... Read more

  • Snow pics

    1/24/2016 8:21:30 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Visions of my back yard. My Adirondack chair and grill are covered. Looking tward my shed My SIL and his first good American snow. He's 6'2" and the snow is up to his waist! ... Read more

  • Happy birthday to me!

    1/24/2016 8:12:51 PM, by VALERIEMAHA

    What better gift can I give myself than good health, right? I weighed in at the doc's office on Jan 20. I'm not going to use my scale here at home. I'll weigh in next month at the doc's office again on or about my birthday, Feb 22-23. I'm committed to taking care of the "temple" or as my friend B... Read more

  • Guess how many people *** joined SP*** January 3-9? (in just 1 week)

    1/24/2016 12:20:48 PM, by CTUPTON

    a. over 10,000 b. over 20,000 c. over 30,000 d. over 40,000 e. over 50,000 47,248... Read more

  • Todays' exercise is brought to you by the letter "S" and the numbers 4 and 24

    1/24/2016 5:41:13 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    24, 24 beautiful inches of snow! 54 54 4, 4 foot snow drifts piled around the house! 54 54 4, 4 foot piles of plowed snow brought to my house courtesy of the snowplow! 54 54 Ha ha ha ha ha ha! 333 S is for: Snow 425 There is a lot of snow here. Snow sh... Read more

  • Cats

    1/23/2016 11:04:38 AM, by CTUPTON

    You won't believe the next one! chris ... Read more

  • Snow! Emergency! Snow Shoveling! Rest....

    1/23/2016 10:58:32 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Ack! I wasn't going to go out but someone in my house had a glucose almost not compatible with life this morning. Great. 40 He was alert enough to drink juice, a good thing. This is one of the issues we've been dealing with in the past few weeks. Why is everything an emergency in my life? ... Read more

  • Change is a coming

    1/22/2016 2:45:26 PM, by CONFUSEDBIRD

    I bit the bullet and made a podiatry appointment, I have a feeling he's gonna tell me to lay off anything jumping related. So I better get all the jumping out of my system before I go, right? 334 So I went to WerQ on Thursday morning and the teacher announced that she is 8 weeks pregnant and gettin... Read more

  • Onward!

    1/22/2016 2:34:38 PM, by VALERIEMAHA

    I'm so grateful for all the comments and helpful feedback on yesterday's "Attention Call." It is indeed time to pay attention, if I want to continue with the high quality of health that I now enjoy. I've never had to take any ongoing pills, except for my self-prescribed vitamins and supplement... Read more

  • SP article: Rewarding yourself

    1/22/2016 1:04:05 PM, by CTUPTON

    224 208 "I did good!" (Sorry about the grammar.) Of course this is not a new idea. It just might make the healthy choice behaviors, especially those times when it gets harder, more fun instead of a drag. 211 SPARKPEOPLE ARTICLE REWARD ROSTER CHOOSE YOUR FAVORITES AND USE THEM L... Read more

  • Political Correctness is frustrating!

    1/22/2016 12:04:12 PM, by CTUPTON

    Just zoom your screen to 200 or so to read this... My "zoom" is on bottom right of my screen. or go to
    cal_correctness4590.htm ... Read more

  • I wonder why....

    1/22/2016 12:01:23 PM, by CTUPTON

    When you want to make sure to save an important paper and make sure it does not get folded, you put it in something called .........a folder. 24 ... Read more

  • What is strong? Me!

    1/22/2016 5:54:57 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Fortunately this morning it's my coffee and in an hour it will be me in the pool! Strong is taking a stand for something and keeping it (as best I can). Sometimes strong is confused for trying too hard or taking too much on. It depends on the challenge. Here's where OVERWORKED comes in. ... Read more

  • Attention Call!

    1/21/2016 10:57:13 AM, by VALERIEMAHA

    When I returned from Ecuador I weighed 133 at my doc's office on June 11. Yesterday, January 20, I stopped by the office once again to weigh. This time, seven months later, I weighed 153. That's a weight gain of almost 3 pounds per month. I'm aghast and ashamed and anxious. This should not be.... Read more

  • My ticker is ticking down to the end of my next challenge and I don't think I'm up to it.

    1/21/2016 3:22:48 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    10 days until I'm making the right meals. I've not gotten this one so maybe this points to a problem for me. I gave myself 30 days to make good meals. Breakfast is a no brainer as it's only for me. I've got this down to a science and can walk away with under 350 cal, high protein, satisfyin... Read more

  • Progress By Inches is Still Progress

    1/20/2016 9:22:39 PM, by LIVEINTHELIGHT

    Today I went in for my final appointment with my nutritionist. Exhale. Let me say I believe in perfect timing and the switch in insurance carriers smack dab in the middle of this process ultimately works for my good. So I present my insurance card...the faxed copy wasn't suffic... Read more

  • Weight, Perceptions and Mother

    1/20/2016 8:19:07 PM, by TRESSWANN

    I thought I had already blogged about this before but see I have not, maybe just in chat. Late last year I weighed less than my mother did for most of her life and I am two inches shorter! My mother came out of the hospital after having me, weighing less than before she became pregnant. Uh, I was... Read more

  • Sorry about this situation.

    1/20/2016 11:10:30 AM, by CTUPTON

    Thank you all for your comments. I have no problem letting go of this. Love you all-- Sorry if I hurt anyone. chris... Read more

  • Update ( I hope they aren't daily)

    1/20/2016 8:57:18 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    The kids went home at 10. The 2 year old didn't want to sleep and if it wasn't a school night for the 5 year old, it would have been fun. Whatever meds they gave DD helped and SIL thinks she'll come home today. Total bed rest, only get up to visit the loo. They think she'll only last another 2-3 w... Read more

  • Busy, busy lives and I'm in high demand!

    1/19/2016 1:43:24 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I DID exercise this morning. Glad we practiced the sleep over. It seems I'll be having the boys tonight. DD is currently in the hospital with too many contractions. If they can stop them she'll probably be in and out for the next few weeks; if not, we have a very early baby. I think she's onl... Read more

  • About "messing with people."

    1/19/2016 12:14:55 PM, by CTUPTON

    I really, really did not know anyone did this on purpose. I look back in my life and just "caught on." I think back on a few people that did this regularly. I could have been having lots more fun if I had caught on then! Live and learn!!! chris... Read more

  • And lastly, #16-20 ways to "mess with" people you don't like--or--do like!

    1/19/2016 7:12:56 AM, by CTUPTON

    (Note: many people wrote these! The "I" is NOT me. #20 I wish I knew that one when I was still working . Retired now. chris) 16. I place random things on the table when my friend is over knowing that he's gonna pick them up and play with them. Then I think to myself "Yes, dance monkey, da... Read more

  • #11-15 Ways to "mess with" people you don't like.

    1/19/2016 7:03:19 AM, by CTUPTON

    No, the "I" is NOT me. I have not tried these --yet--but I will try something soon. 18 chris 11. When someone is talking to you, stop them mid sentence and say "Have you been crying?" 12. I look over people's shoulders when they're unlocking their phone so I can see their four-digit c... Read more

  • We are all doing great!

    1/18/2016 6:30:30 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Sometimes I want to reach out and hug this whole Sparkiverse. Sometimes the Sparkiverse hugs me. I feel a shift in the force lately when reading some blogs. What has happened this January? Did we bite off more than we could chew? Put too much on the plate? Heap a whole lot of flourless ... Read more

  • #6-19 Ways to "mess with" people.

    1/18/2016 6:18:02 PM, by CTUPTON

    #10 is definitely my favorite. Note: "I" is NOT me. 211 6. When meeting people for the first time I say, "Nice seeing you again!" Sometimes they'll go along with it so they don't appear rude for not remembering me. Other times they respond, "Yeah nice seei- wait, what?"... Read more

  • Movie: JOY -is this a good movie?

    1/18/2016 6:10:46 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am thinking of going to a movie. A friend say Joy but She did not have time to tell me if it was good. 272 chris... Read more

  • First 5 of 20 ways to subtley "mess with" people you don't like:

    1/18/2016 1:21:21 PM, by CTUPTON

    First 5 of 20 Ways To Subtly Mess With People That Everyone Should Try. Note: "I" is NOT me. Chris 1. Holding the door open for a stranger 198 while they are an awkwardly far distance away. 2. When you're talking to someone, instead of looking at their face, look at their e... Read more

  • Fifty seven & feeling fabulous!

    1/18/2016 10:40:38 AM, by FRANCESCANAZ

    Thank you to everyone of you who wished me a Happy Birthday yesterday. It really made my day. It took me 62 minutes to swim my 57 laps (1.25+ mile) & my sinus was burning after the first 47. I can still see the marks left behind from my goggles (damn aging skin) But, with every lap I recalled ... Read more

  • Morning walk

    1/16/2016 1:28:45 PM, by LIVEINTHELIGHT

    Did a lot of cloud watching on my walk this morning. Beautiful canopy to walk under This morning.... Read more

  • Sleepover fun?

    1/16/2016 10:28:24 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Never try to put 2 kids and 1 Nana in a twin bed. It ain't happenin'. There were two cuddly sleeping bags, two nicely outfitted twin beds and both kids wanted to sleep ON me. Giggles. After a half hour of musical beds, I put my foot down. Apparently I do not have the same foot that I used t... Read more

  • Parkinson's help --a special glove to steady the hand! Wow!

    1/16/2016 10:20:18 AM, by CTUPTON
    or-parkinsons-patients/ GyroGlove’s design is simple. It uses a miniature, dynamically adjustable gyroscope, which sits on the back of the hand, within a plastic casing attached to the glove’s material. When the device is switc... Read more

  • Stopping overeating....

    1/15/2016 7:45:14 PM, by CTUPTON

    Maybe this will work..... chris Hopefully 7... Read more

  • A lovely salmon dinner!

    1/15/2016 7:28:44 PM, by CTUPTON

    Not tonight but I will have this very soon. chris 4... Read more

  • Sweet Dreams

    1/15/2016 10:56:31 AM, by LIVEINTHELIGHT

    The most interesting thing has happened since I came off statins for cholesterol and Prevacid for acid reflux. I'm dreaming again and I can recall my dreams. Prior to coming off of these meds, I'd fall asleep and could never recall my dreams. Never. I used to vividly drea... Read more

  • In no particular order...

    1/15/2016 6:27:03 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Rocking my pool exercises at least 3 days a week. 104 Got my Beck pink delivered yesterday. There's a smell about a freshly printed book that I love so maybe my nose will be in it for a while. I may even read it 211 My BIL is arriving this morning to repair a leaking toilet. It was funny... Read more

  • Today's (behavioral) goal: eat more fat and less carbs

    1/14/2016 2:50:03 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am hoping by eating more fat in the early part of the day, I can cut my cravings that come just about everyday late afternoon and evenings. "Low carb" is the idea. A few eating plans are suggesting this approach. Atkins is not the only one. It seems our society got to eating tons of thi... Read more

  • Why not try......

    1/13/2016 5:50:12 PM, by CTUPTON

    chris... Read more

  • Here are your ideas for making soups! I cna't thank you enough!

    1/13/2016 10:04:34 AM, by CTUPTON

    My favorite is my Vegan Vegetable Soup, made with vegetable stock and all vegetables. My second favorite is a variation on a Kentucky Burgoo. (Sorry, never heard of this! chris) My third favorite is a Rhode Island/Virginia style clam chowder (no milk or tomatoes in this!). Last week... Read more

  • Walk walk walk

    1/13/2016 9:19:19 AM, by CONFUSEDBIRD

    Yesterday I was home with Max all day and he couldn't get up himself, he puts his hands out and goes "uh uh uh". I went to the gym for 90 minutes and came home and Scott said he stood up from the middle of the floor about 10 times. He immediately looked at me and goes "uh uh uh". Might as well ask m... Read more

  • People waiting longer between meals and people who eat breakfast later and dinner earlier lose more

    1/13/2016 8:14:49 AM, by CTUPTON

    "What we found is that the group who had eaten breakfast later and dinner earlier had, on average, lost more body fat and seen bigger falls in blood sugar levels and cholesterol than the control group." The way I eat 4 4 4 --very often!-- is not conducive to losing weight 15 even if the same... Read more