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  • more about "If I Ran the Zoo"

    1/31/2015 7:51:01 PM, by CTUPTON

    This is new to me. I don't remember reading this book. But.. I did read lots of Dr. Seuss books to my daughter when she was young. Someone gave us a whole bunch of these books. chris If I Ran the Zoo is often credited[1][2] with the first printed modern English use of the word "nerd," in the... Read more

  • Day 9 - Staying within range and preparing for Superbowl tomorrow

    1/31/2015 2:52:54 PM, by SUSANNAH31

    I have put a pork tenderloin in the slow cooker - covered with root beer. (That's what the recipe called for.) After about 7 hours, I will pull it apart and add some barbecue sauce, then let it sit overnight in the refrigerator. This will be one of the main dishes for tomorrow afternoon's SuperBow... Read more

  • Finding rails

    1/31/2015 9:41:53 AM, by CONFUSEDBIRD

    I would say the most positive thing that happened this week was sleep. Max slept two night for 9 hours and then the other nights were 7.5-8 hrs. Been blessed with a good sleeper which means mom and and dad get sleep too. My trick for getting this has been not letting him sleep anywhere too comfy in ... Read more

  • From the Indies to Andes in His Undies. Things to hum at 3 am to keep sane!

    1/31/2015 5:40:24 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    From the Indies to the Andes in His Undies And he never took a shave except on Mondays. He didn't eat a thing but chocolate sundaes 'Twas a very, very daring thing to do! Otto Zilch-he's the hero of the ages Otto Zilch-he will surely enter history's pages Sung by the Hoosier Hot Shots ... Read more

  • Dr. Seuss invented the word nerd--who knew!

    1/30/2015 5:46:05 PM, by CTUPTON

    The slang term nerd means an intelligent but single-minded person, obsessed with a certain hobby or pursuit, e.g. a computer nerd. But the word that has been the bane of so many elementary schoolers' existence was actually invented by their king: none other than Dr. Seuss himself! The word first app... Read more

  • Day 8- Some observations about total compliance

    1/30/2015 1:27:08 PM, by SUSANNAH31

    So here are some examples of what my commitment to total compliance translates into: -- If I am served French Fries with that sandwich I ordered, I will count each one I eat. (They are 10 calories per fry.) I will stop when I don't want to use up any more calories. When not compliant, I wou... Read more

  • Moderation - responding to FEEDTHEHUNGER

    1/29/2015 12:13:00 PM, by SUSANNAH31

    (This blog was written as a response to FEEDTHEHUNGER's blog about moderation in exercise.) Moderation takes some getting used to for perfectionists. I never liked the idea of moderation; used to consider it a cop-out, and would silently ridicule it. In my view, moderation lacked passion a... Read more

  • Bonus small blog. Forced compliance for DH

    1/29/2015 5:39:40 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I told you so. I didn't say it, didn't have to. I sat next to the bed in the emergency room Tuesday watching the third bag of saline drip into the man who was too dehydrated to complain. He's smart but has been really, really stupid. It's up to him to keep his appointments, monitor his ... Read more

  • Overlooking the fitness tracker

    1/29/2015 5:32:27 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I keep forgetting to log my steps which are tracked on my phone. I put in a lot of steps in a day as part of routine work. I quit trying to get in the 10,000 steps as part of a normal day but I rack up between 5,000 and 7,000. Not too shabby for someone who spends a LOT of time at a computer or si... Read more

  • Day 7 - A Good Day

    1/28/2015 9:17:11 PM, by SUSANNAH31

    This was a good food day, and I feel well as a result. I was particularly happy with the way I made a salmon salad for lunch. (That's canned salmon like canned tuna - made into a salad.) I mixed the salmon with some chopped onion, some fresh squeezed lemon juice, and some Greek yogurt in plac... Read more

  • Day 6 - Hungry but compliant

    1/28/2015 9:33:44 AM, by SUSANNAH31

    I began yesterday with a 5-mile hike in the morning. It was my first hike of the year here in Arizona. There were beautiful sights all around. The next time I go, I will take my camera. After the hike, I was hungry all day. I ate 4 smaller meals throughout the day and went to the top of th... Read more

  • About the initial fee for Independent folks came through for me!

    1/27/2015 10:26:02 AM, by CTUPTON

    I knew you would help me make a good decision --or help me think of doing more research. I really want to move from CT to near Buffalo because my whole family is there. I considered moving near NYC where my husband's family is. But that area is very, very expensive... Read more

  • Not missing the brunt of the storm

    1/27/2015 4:22:20 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I woke at 3:30 figuring I'd better layer up and get out there. I am pleasantly surprised the is only about 2-3 inches of snow! We may get more later but for now I can sweep off my car and drive away to work. Guess I'll have to burn some calories another way.... Read more

  • Day 5

    1/26/2015 3:49:57 PM, by SUSANNAH31

    This day began when I went to the gym at 7:30am for some strength training, Curves-style. They have a room with about 12 machines, and I went around the room twice. I'm planning to do this 2-3 times each week. My nutrition is back on track - because I now have control over the food. I w... Read more

  • Snow, a chance to exercise

    1/26/2015 5:30:07 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I shoveled a couple of heavy inches of the white stuff Saturday morning. While I rested I found a snow calculator which I have to investigate a bit more. It gave me the weight of what I assume is "average" snow so the heavy, back -breaking wet stuff I lifted may have been under measured. Ther... Read more

  • Day 4 Within the calorie range

    1/25/2015 10:48:18 PM, by SUSANNAH31

    Today we went to a farm with our grandkids - then off to the airport for our 2-hour flight back to Arizona. The quality of food today started out okay. Three quarters of a bagel with cream cheese this morning. After the farm, we stopped at Fuddruckers - and while everyone else had hamburgers,... Read more

  • The initial fee cost of an Independent Living Community scares me!

    1/25/2015 11:10:46 AM, by CTUPTON

    I have actually put a little money down to save our spot in the waiting list. I am worried about the initial fee. Some people have told me I am getting robbed with this initial fee and then pay rent too. $120,000 ! If we stay 8 years, they keep all that money. If we leave before 8 years, we ... Read more

  • My sister is following Jorge Cruz-- very low sugar eating plan.

    1/25/2015 9:27:05 AM, by CTUPTON

    I have been using Fuhrman's Eat to Live and Eat for Health. I whittled it down to eat mostly veggies and use meat as a condiment. I have not been thinking much about sugar. But I guess if I don't buy the stuff in a box, I won't be getting sugar unless I add it myself. Oops! I have been using honey. ... Read more

  • And it all goes down the drain. FInally. Free-flowing tub.

    1/25/2015 9:05:01 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    DH tried one more trick before calling in reinforcements to get the bathtub drain to unclog. I've pulled up my big girl panties and quit eating to the distress. As stated in my previous blog where I described my mindless, emotion-driven snacking, the tub stopped draining and we couldn't get the... Read more

  • Day 3 within range.

    1/25/2015 12:17:27 AM, by SUSANNAH31

    Today was another good day. I negotiated a buffet breakfast here at the hotel with the entire family. I filled plates for the grandkids with bacon and eggs and potatoes and other goodies like cinnamon rolls, while I limited myself to yogurt and nuts. Lunch was also light, followed by a t... Read more

  • Mental Toughness, blogging and Spark friends. A win-win-win.

    1/24/2015 7:14:54 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Blogging on Spark has been my therapy. I don't have a physical personal journal, a diary to write my challenges and triumphs. You get a glimpse of my world when I'm stressed or joyful, trying to reach for a goal or a gentle "virtual" pat on the shoulder. The fortunate part for me is I get feed... Read more

  • DAY 2 On Track

    1/24/2015 1:56:08 AM, by SUSANNAH31

    It was a successful Day 2. I had breakfast at home before we left for the airport, and I did not join my husband in getting something additional to eat while we waited at the gate. I also did not eat the chocolate chip cookie that the hotel traditionally gives to every guest as they check ... Read more

  • I need to help my daughter handle anxiety

    1/23/2015 8:50:17 PM, by CTUPTON

    I right now can only communicate with my daughter by pone. She is extremely anxious and I want to support her. She often dissolves into tears. She is 32 and having major life problems. During the last phone call I explained how our expectations fuel our anxiety. When our expectations are high and we... Read more

  • It sure is easy to get out of the habit of...

    1/23/2015 4:30:05 PM, by CTUPTON

    It sure is easy to get out of the habit of...doing things on our team. I hate to say it but I am having difficulty fully getting back to sparkpeople . I had many things I did and I loved all of them. It was not a chore at all! But being away due to surgery, I am realizing I need to get bac... Read more

  • A quote for January 8--even though it is now Jan 23.

    1/23/2015 9:56:42 AM, by CTUPTON

    I was born on January 8, 1942, exactly three hundred years after the death of Galileo. I estimate, however, that about two hundred thousand other babies were also born that day. I don't know whether any of them was later interested in astronomy. Stephen Hawking ... Read more

  • Care for more work woes? Remember when I was job searching LAST time?

    1/23/2015 5:55:44 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    My administrators are scouring the fields for someone to come help me clean up the mess that continues to be discovered. I compiled a spreadsheet of the what, why and the consequences of my challenges. I didn't only list issues I had proposed solutions which appeased the skeptics. (Here she comes wh... Read more

  • Day 1 of total compliance

    1/22/2015 11:03:37 AM, by SUSANNAH31

    Okay, it's time to take off those extra holiday pounds -- and perhaps to continue on down the scale some more. I have been really busy these days - for a retired person. I'm learning Spanish for an upcoming trip to South America. I spend time each day with an online course, making flas... Read more

  • Amazing mimic octopus--discovered only 15 years ago-Indonesia

    1/21/2015 8:52:15 PM, by CTUPTON
    us-video.html OK-octopi can mimic colors to camouflage themselves--but this can mimic the creature feared by other ocean creatures! It is a shape-shifter not only a color changer! chri... Read more

  • Astonishing photos of living things

    1/21/2015 8:36:51 PM, by CTUPTON
    s-and-photos/ Which is your favorite or favorites? I kindof was interested in the sperm fertilizing an egg. chris... Read more

  • A Siebold Fan

    1/21/2015 1:49:10 PM, by SUSANNAH31

    I am a fan of Steven Sieboldís. I didnít always like his style, but I found he did help me to view my frustrations and disappointments with weight loss through a new lens. The image I have in my mind of Siebold is that he is someone who carries a large sledgehammer, smashing away at our defens... Read more

  • ENJOY!

    1/21/2015 1:27:40 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • Recognition of behavior after the bite has been taken.

    1/21/2015 5:41:05 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Ok, I wouldn't spit the food out on the floor for several reasons; It wasn't poison (sort-of) It wasn't too hot That's just gross! However, the thought crossed my mind only after the package had been opened with grumbling to myself about the situation I was in. My focus was on the thought... Read more

  • Raptors: some photos

    1/20/2015 6:17:32 PM, by SUSANNAH31

    Last week, I went to a Tucson nature center on a photo shoot with the local camera club, and I saw a demonstration of raptors. I got some nice shots. <... Read more

  • last 4 lol

    1/18/2015 11:13:53 AM, by CTUPTON

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    1/18/2015 11:12:25 AM, by CTUPTON

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    1/18/2015 11:10:44 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • laugh out loud

    1/18/2015 11:09:16 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Postponing promises to myself?

    1/18/2015 7:35:18 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Siebold apologized in advance if he offended me with telling me I may be acting like a child. No offense taken. I am not sure my behavior is child-like as much as I haven't gotten off the couch this time out of shear lack of focus, not quite despair, but certainly I am not on my game this time. ... Read more

  • Have a grreat day!

    1/17/2015 4:56:59 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • dog lessons for people

    1/17/2015 4:56:11 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • great advice

    1/17/2015 4:55:34 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • virtue

    1/17/2015 4:32:42 PM, by CTUPTON

    What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy. Voltaire quotes... Read more

  • Being happy at 200 lbs

    1/16/2015 11:29:05 PM, by CONFUSEDBIRD

    I can't say that I am doing everything possible to not weight 200 lbs. But I am exercising and logging food and I am still 200 lbs. I am not gonna stop nursing to make the extra hunger go away. I can still do whatever the hell I want at 200 lbs. I am still running, dancing and water aerobics-ing. So... Read more

  • SP Late Night Snacks under 150 calories--with pictures

    1/16/2015 9:10:52 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • 7 Super Soups from SP-- soup is great in the winter season!

    1/16/2015 9:07:44 AM, by CTUPTON
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  • Healthy snacks-if the picture loaded correctly..

    1/15/2015 8:26:29 PM, by CTUPTON

    Please see the article for beter pictures to motivate you. From a recent spark article:
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  • My Olympic bid on ice. No one gave me a score for my performance.

    1/15/2015 6:37:32 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I still have grace, all 212 pounds of me. I exhibited that grace when walking to my car the other night in a dark parking lot. My right foot stepped on a patch of hidden ice, a LONG patch. As my foot slid I came down on my left knee as nicely as any professional at the end of their dance. Sor... Read more

  • Contemplating the non-negotiableprice of success

    1/14/2015 6:53:18 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Siebold nails it again in MT part 2 for me. Success is non negotiable. If you want to succeed you need to whatever it takes. I looked at the now-DH filled cabinet of snack, told myself I don't need any, don't like artificial colors and flavors. Yet I opened the bag and ate ...1...cheese cur... Read more

  • That time (weather) of year. I need a plant light over my head

    1/13/2015 5:37:56 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    It dawned (no pun intended) on me this morning as I looked out upon the darkness and felt an overwhelming urge to cry, I'm feeling the effects of less sunlight on top of all the other things that are kicking me. I turned on a bunch of lights yesterday and again this morning and felt a whole lot b... Read more

  • Misspell in my status update made me think.

    1/12/2015 6:39:26 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I AM starting a revolution in my head. I am staring in one too! To see me sitting here in my cozy bathrobe and fuzzy slippers, hair askew from sleeping well, you would not categorize me as a revolutionary. There is no fierce expression on my face, hardly one in my mind. At the moment the mos... Read more

  • Resolution 5k 2015

    1/11/2015 11:06:11 PM, by WOLFKITTY

    Resolution 5k 2015 My benchmark 5k this year was 63 minutes. I have to stop comparing myself to my former success until I get closer to surpassing those victories. I didn't really keep track of my 5k times before. I will star... Read more

  • Tresswann Shall Rise Again Blog

    1/11/2015 5:46:24 PM, by TRESSWANN

    I have been alluding to this for sometime but I have started a blog outside of SP to help me as I battle my autoimmune things. Through a circuitous, serendipitous turn of events, I found there was a way of eating that should be able to get me back to me, high heel wearing, mobile me. It's not be... Read more

  • Holy Soreness Batman!

    1/9/2015 12:58:37 PM, by CONFUSEDBIRD

    Ok my running soreness did not hit til last night. This morning it was bad but not terrible. I am too stubborn to take medicine. What did I do this morning? I got back on the treadmill and ran again, better to warm up the muscles. I didn't kick my ass as hard as Wednesday. Starting to embrace that ... Read more

  • I got on the treadmill and ran!

    1/8/2015 11:25:35 AM, by CONFUSEDBIRD

    Yesterday I was going a tad bit crazy stuck inside. So I put Max in his little chair and put it infront of the treadmill and had intent to walk. But then I challenged myself to run and I ran more and more. I got 2.25 miles done in 30 minutes! My legs started feeling really heavy and painful toward ... Read more

  • Winter goals

    1/8/2015 10:56:41 AM, by SUSANNAH31

    This winter I have set some goals for myself. 1. To continue eating healthfully every day, keeping a close watch on proteins, carbs, and fats - along with calcium levels. My endocrinologist has given me strict instructions: proteins should make up 30%, carbs 40%, and fats 30%. I also must t... Read more

  • Vuja de, Deja vu ,all over again

    1/8/2015 6:48:04 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Where have I seen this before? Yikes! It's my life from last year! January 1, 2014 decided to try Fatlosers (to some success) January 6, 2014 started my new job (starry eyed and relaxed) January 7, 2014 the day of discovery at my new job (most horrible day ever) Fast forward to no... Read more

  • How are those New Year's Resolutions going? No I made none this year!

    1/7/2015 10:39:40 PM, by CTUPTON
    ions/ To make them stick, pick a behavior to work on. My same ones from last year are: -eat meals at the table to limit my "picking" -start a meal with veggies and add meat only as a condiment -have ... Read more

  • 2015

    1/7/2015 1:22:31 PM, by CONFUSEDBIRD

    I wrote a whole blog 2 days ago and somehow got busy as usual and didn't finish. Oh well it wasn't a very positive one. I keep thinking of my new years resolutions of the past. 2007 was my best one, that one jump started me to lose 130lbs. This yr of course I wanna lose the weight I put on wi... Read more

  • A detox soup

    1/7/2015 9:02:05 AM, by CTUPTON

    Mexican Chicken Soup Recipe reprinted from Snack Girl to the Rescue! with permission Serves 5, 2 cups per serving 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 medium green pepper, chopped 1 quart low-sodium chicken broth 1 (14-ounce... Read more

  • How the plant-based diets compare-US News and World Report

    1/7/2015 8:28:25 AM, by CTUPTON
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  • Reminded to challenge myself and revisiting the Siebold 90 days.

    1/7/2015 5:02:24 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Thanks WATERMELLEN! After I mentioned revisiting my bog, she said she was reviewing the program again. Hey, why not? I was successful (net loss) last year and perhaps when revisiting I can get another, tighter grip on my issues. I have watched my control crumble under pressure again. ... Read more

  • Benchmarks 2015: Beach Stairs Timed

    1/7/2015 1:50:43 AM, by WOLFKITTY

    So far I only have this non-scale measurement: Time up 140 stairs - 2:41 *Always climbing, without stopping I played this game at a local landmark. Half way up Half way down ... Read more

  • 5 Big Things for 2015

    1/7/2015 1:37:28 AM, by WOLFKITTY

    I admit my life is not where I want it to be. Rather than dwell on what isn't and continue to get overwhelmed by all the pieces needing fixing I've summed it up to 5 big things. -Movement: Fitness & Rest -Nutrition: Quality & Quantity -Budget: Plan & Save -Mental: Health & Stret... Read more

  • Making a difference in a year

    1/5/2015 5:57:03 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    It's still not the best place to be but I'm making it work. Since I was hired the top administrator in my department was let go, I facilitated 2 being fired. The whole place suffered some poor management, interviews were poorly handled so the wrong people were hired and there were multiple rounds... Read more

  • Starting over in 2015

    1/5/2015 12:44:59 AM, by IUSECHOPSTICKS

    It's been some time since I've participated in the SP community. As with every entry, I am trying my damndest to get back to a healthier me, and hope to keep up with it this year. Year after year, I've said "I want to be healthy" but have noticed that I get lost in the vanity of losing weight b... Read more

  • Recently, DH's foot pressure sores have surfaced. Yet another problem here.

    1/4/2015 2:42:57 PM, by CTUPTON

    The way my husband's bent foot rests on the wheel chair foot piece is making pressure sores. His aide has been rearranging his feet and treating the sores. I his doctor could send a nurse to the house--but his doctor needs to see him first! I am not supposed to drive after a shoulder ... Read more

  • A scare at almost 6 weeks post op total shoulder replacement surgery

    1/4/2015 2:31:47 PM, by CTUPTON

    Yesterday, I thought I had a blood clot in my right leg . It was swollen on Friday. Red dots were appearing on the ankle. Then Sat. morning the whole leg hurt badly. I got dressed and went to my doctor. It is run like a walk in clinic with a few doctors that I am familiar with. Lu... Read more

  • google: set a timer for 1 hour

    1/4/2015 2:18:02 PM, by CTUPTON

    easiest way to limit online time or set time for a task--whatever! enjoy! Why didn't I think of that before! HAPPY NEW YEAR! chris... Read more

  • Fall squash raita- Indian food heaven

    1/4/2015 1:15:05 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Perhaps I waited too long to try this. My departed friend KOMAL53 used to give me recipes like my mother did. Add this, this and some of this. Cook it and done. Sure. I am in Indian food heaven right now; finding the spices was most of the battle. Making it to my personal taste was fun. Pee... Read more

  • Just finished the holiday cycle

    1/3/2015 2:20:48 PM, by SUSANNAH31

    It is January. The holidays are over. All the Christmas decorations are put away. The extra foods and treats that went along with the holiday have been eaten or discarded by now. It is the New Year - 2015. It is time to go back to the usual routine of eating and exercising according to ... Read more