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  • Why Polyunsatuated Is Healthier?

    5/28/2015 11:17:43 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    The answer may surprise you!! ... Read more

  • what does health mean?

    5/28/2015 9:32:08 AM, by LOVELY-AMANDA

    Health means to me feeling getting light. Feeling happy because my body is happy. Health means looking good forward to exercise. Health means taking time to care for yourself. Health means love.... Read more

  • Last Nights Dream! (a real stunner) ---- A Fantastic Day Today!

    5/26/2015 9:52:13 PM, by LIVE_AMAZINGLY

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  • SURPRISE!

    5/26/2015 6:41:25 AM, by SMIDGON

    I decided to 'pop' in and surprise you all! I am sitting here, watching the battery slowly losing power. So, if suddenly I am gone; it's because I ran out of juice. Nothing really new here; just your 'boring' existence! Yesterday, it was hubby, Lexie and I here. We had a quiet nei... Read more

  • Weight GAIN! --- Chuck’s Sabotage… WHY? What’s He Up To? --- Journal Is GONE!

    5/25/2015 4:43:54 PM, by LIVE_AMAZINGLY

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  • Thought For Today - Perfectionism

    5/24/2015 11:02:05 PM, by SMYLEERED

    I just read something that I want to share with everyone. It's about Perfectionism from Nick Ortner, writer, (about Tapping)‎, in Facebook. There is a tapping group here in SP. If Tapping is new to you, check out this website: www.thetappingsolution.com/blo
    g/surrogate/ "Perfection ... Read more

  • Raised garden done!

    5/24/2015 5:58:17 PM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    Jersey is guarding the veggie garden from rabbits! Making a raised garden was a lot of work, and a team effort. I made a small fence to discourage rabbits, which are quite a problem! I'm trying to keep busy to keep the blues at bay. Mowed the lawn just in time. The rains came just as I went i... Read more

  • Holiday Warning

    5/23/2015 10:42:01 PM, by SMYLEERED

    524 SparkPeople -- hope your Memorial Weekend is going well. Remember this doesn't give you the go-ahead to overeat. Stick to your food plan and you'll be happier you did afterwards. ... Read more

  • Went to the ER

    5/22/2015 3:43:18 PM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    I was having some chest pains, like squeezing my chest, going around to the back. I thought it might go away by itself, but it was happening on and off. So I went to the ER. Given my heart murmur, it seemed the prudent thing to do. My coworker drove me, and stayed so I wouldn't be alone. It was inte... Read more

  • Emotions only last 1.5 Minutes (From An email on PTSD)

    5/22/2015 9:20:37 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    I got this email today from Michelle Rosenthal - I've seen this email before (she is promoting her new book), but it occurs to me this has applicaton to my mindless eating...so I copied it to paste into here for future reference. ---(beginning of email)----- Emotions have zero capability to sustai... Read more

  • Friday

    5/22/2015 9:17:30 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    I finally shook off the blues yesterday. I went for a 20 min bike ride, and was out of breath. Fun! It really helped to plan exercise like an appointment with myself. Friday Goals 1. track food 2. exercise 4 pm 3. stay positive... Read more

  • Thursday Goals

    5/21/2015 9:55:54 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    If you want to see a funny video, watch Too Many Cooks https://www.youtube.com/watc
    h?v=QrGrOK8oZG8 Thursday Goals: 1. track food 2. exercise min 10 min, after work, at 4 pm 3. think about all I have to be grateful for 4. think about my accomplishments For #tbt, throw ba... Read more

  • Wednesday Goals

    5/20/2015 10:23:57 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    I bought some more plants: cucumber, Brussels sprouts, and red bell pepper, as well as the peat & cow manure. I'll have to drive out to the orange store for vermiculite. So far I've spent $35 on the veggie garden. I'm not going to count my chickens before they hatch, or my veggies before they are ha... Read more

  • Just checking in...

    5/19/2015 12:19:30 PM, by REBIRTHDIVA

    This is just a quick checkin. 211 I am still here! There have been some setbacks, but I refuse to give up and give in. I may have put on a few pounds on my body but my spirit is strong and I feel the best I have felt in years. Literally. Thank you to all my fellow Sparkers! Even though... Read more

  • Tuesday Goals

    5/19/2015 12:04:49 PM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    I reached all my daily goals yesterday. 5 day streak! Go me! Tuesday Goals 1. track food 2. exercise 3. stay positive I picked up lumber yesterday for my next few projects, one of which is a raised garden bed. I'm planning on 4x4' garden, of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and basil... Read more

  • Scripture from Bible Readings

    5/19/2015 2:45:34 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    Isaiah 40:28-29 Have you not known? have you not heard? The everlasting God, Yahweh, the Creator of the ends of the earth, doesn't faint, neither is weary; there is no searching of his understanding. He gives power to the faint; and to him who has no might he increases strength. Isaiah 40:30-31 Eve... Read more

  • Monday Goals

    5/18/2015 12:51:24 PM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    I did a 4 day streak of completely and honestly tracking food, including the weekend, which can very often challenge my food journaling. Back to work today, it's so much easier to stay focused. Even though there are cupcakes in the break room, I'm not even going there. DS27 is done with univer... Read more

  • blog privacy

    5/17/2015 6:17:10 PM, by STRINGS58

    I checked my settings and didn't see any place where you can mark the page private - with the exception of only sharing with spark friends. I was stunned when I did a search and a spark blog came up. It was a good blog, but it make me wonder about the privacy of my blogs - not that I'm releasing any... Read more

  • The most difficult thing when it comes to weight loss.

    5/17/2015 11:56:51 AM, by LOVELY-AMANDA

    Consistancy. This is my battle. To stay consistant. But I can do it. :) and so can you!... Read more

  • Blogging at 1 am

    5/17/2015 2:17:30 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    I shouldn't have looked at Facebook, because I saw all those happy kids at HS prom, and DS16 didn't want to go, and college graduation, and DS27 didn't have all his requirements to graduate, and several acquaintances of mine, women my age included graduated, and I'm not invited to any parties. When ... Read more

  • Gasland, Part 2 (documentary).

    5/16/2015 9:46:54 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I watched this documentary on Netflix last night and was so bummed-out (and I happened to be over-tired at the time, which didn't help), that I didn't make it to the second half. Honestly, to see what is happening to drinking water supplies in so many cities is horrific. It's one thing to hear ab... Read more

  • 2 day streak

    5/16/2015 8:29:26 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    2 day streak of tracking food. Let's keep it up over the weekend. Yesterday is a memory. Tomorrow a dream. All we have is today. I vow to myself to completely & honestly track food. I also have other plans. I'm going to buy myself a brad nailer. They have 1 on sale. That will make furniture ... Read more

  • Chair Yoga (first class attended)

    5/15/2015 8:45:52 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Yesterday, I was perusing the latest list of library class offerings throughout the county and decided to try one that was nearby (and free), which was Chair Yoga. Figured it couldn't hurt - any movement is good, right? Well, yes, it was very easy and simple. But one never knows when a chair ... Read more

  • You're never behind. Start where you are.

    5/14/2015 9:08:13 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    Here's where I am today, 186. Size 12s are getting tight. Not happy with the regain. I'm back to tracking food today. What inspired me to stop this regain in it's tracks, before I gain it all back (and then some)? I read a featured blog by my Spark Friend, Pixie-Licious www.sparkpeople.com/mypag... Read more

  • Some Political Quotes

    5/14/2015 1:40:04 AM, by SUNSHINE65

    "I resent your insinuendoes." "If we don't make some changes, the status quo will remain the same." "We're going to have the best-educated American people in the world." "I support efforts to limit the terms of members of Congress, especially members of the House and members of the... Read more

  • Meditation article(s)

    5/14/2015 12:31:37 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    Just read this article on MindBodyGreen "8 Widely Held Beliefs You'll Reconsider After You Start Meditating" http://www.mindbodygreen.com
    /0-18664/8-widely-held-bel
    iefs-youll-reconsider-afte
    r-you-start-meditating.html I can't remember if I have posted other blogs on medita... Read more

  • It’s THAT Time of Year Again….. : - (

    5/13/2015 4:16:34 PM, by LIVE_AMAZINGLY

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  • Build a Modern Park Bench

    5/11/2015 3:28:22 PM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    I built this lovely, modern park bench from plans I found at Ana White. The only adjustment I made was to make the legs out of 4x4s. I like this plan because it's all straight, right angle cuts, a one day project, which I tackled by myself. I'm definitely getting more comfortable with the mite... Read more

  • Makers of M&M's Warning About Sugar - I Laughed Out Loud

    5/11/2015 8:25:42 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Talk about hypocrisy, I read that Mars, Inc., the makers of M&M's, has warned about not eating too much sugar. That's like a drug dealer warning his customer not to buy too much cocaine. I've decided, now that I'm on a roll with weight loss, to only weigh in weekly. Daily is not for me. ... Read more

  • One More LB Gone, Mother's Day, etc.

    5/10/2015 8:56:59 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    My body has been thanking me for getting (and will stay) back on the healthier track that I know will lead me to my goal. I have December as my time frame, which is plenty of time if I continue to do what I should. That includes less cheese, salt, starches, etc. You know, I've written about being... Read more

  • DUI - Wisconsin Style

    5/10/2015 3:44:24 AM, by SUNSHINE65

    From the state where drunk driving is considered a sport because there is a bar on every corner, comes this true story. Recently a routine police patrol parked outside a bar in Rhinelander, WI . After last call, the officer noticed a man leaving the bar apparently so intoxicated that he could ... Read more

  • fitness goal

    5/10/2015 12:15:16 AM, by LOVELY-AMANDA

    A fitness goal I will set for myself is I want to be able to comfortably hike up one of our surrounding mountains and make it to the top with a smile. :)... Read more

  • Another LB Kicked to the Curb

    5/9/2015 12:06:30 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Another lb down today. Woohoo. Wishing all a happy, healthy day and Happy Mother's Day tomorrow.... Read more

  • Looking At The Whole Picture

    5/9/2015 12:47:37 AM, by LIVE_AMAZINGLY

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  • Daffynitions

    5/9/2015 12:15:42 AM, by SUNSHINE65

    1. ARBITRAITOR A cook that leaves Arby’s to work at McDonald’s 2. BERNADETTE The act of torching a mortgage. 3. BURGLARIZE What a crook sees through 4. AVOIDABLE What a bullfighter tries to do 5. EYEDROPPER Cl... Read more

  • “You’re taking it all over town!” (Uh-huh)

    5/8/2015 12:39:42 PM, by LIVE_AMAZINGLY

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  • no mayo egg salad

    5/8/2015 9:29:26 AM, by STRINGS58

    Has anyone thought of this before/ I have a morning egg salad I like - mash a hard-boiled egg with a fork, add cottage cheese and Mrs. Dash. High protein, no added sodium etc. Simple, easy, satisfying. Have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend! This weekend I can't run the 5k which marks one... Read more

  • 3 More Lbs Down & Thrilled to See Some Rain

    5/8/2015 8:13:35 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Woohoo, another 3 lbs bite the dust! I'm definitely on a roll. We are in a severe drought and it looks as though we will have drastic consequences in the near future with water rationing. But delighted to see some light rain today. Any rain is good rain. Wishing all a happy, healthy... Read more

  • Cat Facts

    5/7/2015 11:53:22 PM, by SUNSHINE65

    A cat has 32 muscles in each ear that control their outer ear, whereas a human has only 6. Cats cannot taste sweet things. Adult cats never meow to each other but only to communicate with humans. Cats have three eyelids. The third eyelid is a tiny triangle of pinkish or whitish tissue... Read more

  • Trying To Cope

    5/7/2015 8:13:15 PM, by LIVE_AMAZINGLY

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  • Beets for Better Blood Sugar! (and that's not all!)

    5/7/2015 2:36:04 PM, by MZZCHIEF

    The inspiration for this Blog was 3rdtimethecharm11 's suggestion that beets were a good idea if you have sugar problems. I did some poking around online, and discovered they were a natural source of ALA, or Alpha Lipoic Acid, which I had heard was helpful but which I did not know was in beets!... Read more

  • The Result of Past Month Experiment Hanging, Rather than Dryer, Clothes

    5/7/2015 1:25:29 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    About a month ago, I got the bright idea to start hanging my clothes outside and I bought a number of very cool, portable devices that have been terrific to use outside. Now with one entire billing cycle completed, I received the monthly invoice yesterday and nearly fell over. Even with a litt... Read more

  • how I feel today

    5/7/2015 9:31:55 AM, by LOVELY-AMANDA

    I feel powerful, focused, and loved.... Read more

  • Something (Definitely) Doesn’t Smell Right… A lot has changed, yet NOTHING has.

    5/6/2015 6:21:30 PM, by LIVE_AMAZINGLY

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  • Wednesday: Make Small Goals

    5/6/2015 10:49:08 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    It was raining & flash flooding on Monday, so I didn't get to the gym for Zumba. Tuesday was my son's concert, so I didn't get there again. I'm going to make a small goal for myself, to workout in my lovely home gym for 10 min a day (at least) on days I can't make it to the gym, or the gym is cl... Read more

  • things to do when I feel the urge to binge

    5/5/2015 9:41:06 AM, by LOVELY-AMANDA

    Go outside Clean something in the house Drink a glass of water Review goals Organize something Walk my dog ... Read more

  • 4 Lbs. Down- Hooray for Me

    5/5/2015 8:34:40 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Looks like I won't be blogging each day in May as I'd planned. Just no time and I don't have daily topics. A few days ago, I wrote about having weighed in after a long period of time and some weight gain. Down 4 lbs. since that weigh in. My body responds when I'm doing the right things... Read more

  • Monday: productive weekend

    5/4/2015 11:40:53 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    The first project I tackled from Ana White's wonderful plans was a building a sturdy work table for my miter saw that I bought at a garage sale for $25. I was using cinder blocks and plywood as a makeshift work table, and wanted an improvement on that as my first project. So, let the fun begin! ... Read more

  • Give It Away

    5/4/2015 12:52:26 AM, by SMYLEERED

    I've been selecting some extra "stuff" in my kitchen cabinets, washing and wrapping glasses getting them ready to give away. There are two of us and I still have enough dinner/glassware to serve a bunch of people. Time to clean house I think! I started Sunday afternoon doing one shelf where I sto... Read more

  • Punography

    5/3/2015 6:49:04 PM, by SUNSHINE65

    I tried to catch some fog. I mist. A soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran. I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I can't put it down. I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words. They told me I had type A blood, but it was a typo.... Read more

  • Day 3 (of 31 in May?) - Weigh-In, Denial Springs Eternal

    5/3/2015 9:48:42 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I really don't want to face this blog. Telling myself that I won't get upset when I weigh in, I'm trying not to. For accuracy, because my body varies wildly, I have to do the weighing for two more consecutive days. Lucky me. (smiling) When you play, you pay. I've been a bad girl for awhile ... Read more

  • Day 2 (of a possible 31 in May?)-Pools/cesspools? Documentary blues. Impending weigh-in.

    5/2/2015 3:03:24 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Okay, I still intend to join the pool at the Y, and I really don't listen to opinions other than to weigh them from people I find credible. A friend thinks that public pools are not healthy. That there are too many cooties floating in them. Me, not so much. I recently watched "Fed Up" and it... Read more

  • Fenugreek, Milk thistle, cinnamon, protein for breakfast = improved blood sugar

    5/2/2015 2:12:02 PM, by MZZCHIEF

    Hi Sparkers! Hope everyone has been enjoying Spring! As most of you know, in addition to thyroid challenges, I've been having problems with pre-diabetes levels of blood sugar, resulting in a small retinal hematoma and a small cataract in one eye. Since October 2014, I've concentrate... Read more

  • Did anyone see Dateline last night?

    5/2/2015 12:29:40 PM, by IMJETTA8

    DATELINE: PREVIEW: Angels & Demons Dennis Murphy reports on the mysterious deaths inside a traveling commune and a fascinating investigation that would span over 10 years. Two sisters and former commune members come forward for the first time to share their terrifying stories involving a d... Read more

  • Friday

    5/1/2015 3:14:47 PM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    www.how-old.net/ thinks I"m 29, but I"m really 54. I made sloppy joes for dinner, ate lightly, got to zumba 7:30 last night, and it was great! Stayed within calorie range. I hope you have a great weekend. And happy May Day!... Read more

  • Day 1 (of 31 in May?) - B12, Court Stress, Lien Scare, etc.

    5/1/2015 9:51:58 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    In honor of my dearly departed cousin's (in black top in SP photo) birthday month, I thought I'd try to blog each day in an attempt to reel myself in and be accountable. I just don't have daily thoughts to blog, but I want to try. I'm rebooting my journey here. Having come to SP with a 30 l... Read more

  • Thursday

    4/30/2015 8:49:18 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    I didn't get to zumba last night. We can blame DS16, because he was volunteering & didn't know when he would be done. So rather than go to zumba 6:30-7:30, I did some much neglected (because I've been working on the gate the last 2 weekends) gardening. I mowed the lawn, pulled weeds, and planted som... Read more

  • Wednesday

    4/29/2015 2:17:03 PM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    Zumba was so much fun last night! I'm going again tonight. On the good side, I don't have to push myself to exercise often enough, or long enough. But diet... I have to track food better. I'm not tracking, eating too much, and not losing weight. Why am I even? The whole weight loss attempt is j... Read more

  • Feeling Fine

    4/28/2015 5:52:31 PM, by AGAPE815

    It has been so long since the number on the scale moved. I thought it was broken. Even bought a new one! I have been doing the 21 Day reset with Dr Sara on the "The Hormone Reset Diet". Not only loosing weight, but learning so much about food, the food industry and my body. I am notici... Read more