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  • Yeah! (A low energy person) I cleaned some clutter from the kitchen counter!

    9/20/2014 10:57:42 AM, by CTUPTON

    Yeah! I cleaned some clutter from the kitchen counter. Usually I find one or 2 things and run to that room to put a couple things away. Needless to say I get tired quickly. Today I used my labeled containers --one for each room. The clutter went into the labeled container. Now it is easy to pu... Read more

  • DAY 61: What to do with a turnip?-- remember I rarely cook ...

    9/19/2014 5:53:38 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have been reading here at SP about roasting vegetables. I peeled the turnip, cut it into cubes, coated it with olive oil--roasted it in my toaster oven. 400 degrees for 30 min. turning once. Delicious. Now I have cubed beets in the oven. chris ... Read more

  • I did not quite understand this before.... oh....

    9/19/2014 8:43:22 AM, by CTUPTON ... Read more

  • Day 61 - 65: Child of the Caribbean

    9/19/2014 5:02:28 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    Raven (The lesser known sunbird) Words can't express how much I love my Grandma, I try often, but the words never seem enough. I keep trying to tell her how she saved my life, but I so wish I could let her know how deep my grati... Read more

  • Fun at the Big E New England Exposition 2014--here is just a little of the circus

    9/18/2014 9:23:57 PM, by CTUPTON

    Not all of these were exactly what we saw. This is only the circus part of the Big E. There is lots more. ... Read more

  • DAY 62 We were barely back from Cher's pukey melee when some slimey muscle bound but sweet potters

    9/18/2014 4:51:56 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am supposed to be getting better at following my ALCAT elimination/rotation eating plan. To remember the foods I am not supposed to eat --due to food sensitivities ( not allergies), these are the 2 mnemonics I am using. STOP VICE We were barely back from Cher's pukey melee when some ... Read more

  • My Mnemonic attempts

    9/15/2014 9:45:46 PM, by CTUPTON

    Bart blackened Cherry's cumbersome grandmother's melon peeler because some lame muscled retard pared the sweaty pots. or We were barely back from Cher's pukey groupy melee when some slimey muscle bound but sweet potters arrived. 12 foods I'd like to remember to eat only very rar... Read more

  • The book WILD by Cheryl Strayed

    9/15/2014 9:12:40 PM, by CTUPTON

    Thank you to a fellow sparker! You suggested this book. I am in the middle of reading it.It is a very good read. But I am such a wimp. I never would have put up with the pain this woman endured. I did a 26 mile walk once (long ago) and I did everything I could to keep from getting blisters. I even ... Read more

  • A nice surprise at the chiropractor's!

    9/15/2014 5:40:29 PM, by CTUPTON

    At the end of the session today, Dr." I" asked me to raise my arm. Low and behold, I was able to raise it pretty high! This is the arm needing a shoulder replacement in November. He has been treating me with several different electric machines and with hands on stretching and breaking of ad... Read more

  • Calling all Mnemonic lovers

    9/15/2014 4:37:24 PM, by CTUPTON

    STOP VICE helps me remember the foods I am severely sensitive to. string beans, tapioca, onions, peanuts, vanilla, and carob I have no way to remember the following foods. I am moderately sensitive to these. (not allergic just they are food sensitivities) I feel fatigued and have brain ... Read more

  • sciatica from bulging disc vs piriformis syndrome--oh!

    9/14/2014 9:54:24 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am learning! There is a difference between pain from a bulging disc in the lower back and the piriformis syndrome. Apparently, my chiropractor is treating me for the bulging disc. He wants me to bend backward while resting my hands on the kitchen counter. I poked around the internet an... Read more

  • Bicycle ride along new road with bike lanes

    9/13/2014 9:09:51 PM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    I live in a pretty hilly part of Tennessee. Generally, it's a hard place to ride a bike. Most roads are: two lane; no shoulder; and contain plenty of blind curves and steep hills. Last winter a new road was built that starts two blocks from my house. This road is my kind of bicylist's dream. It... Read more

  • Fit at last

    9/13/2014 7:39:01 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Not as fit as I was when my exercise was more regular, but I have just had my first few days of antibiotics and finally feel back to normal. I had a fever. I had a respiratory infection that wouldn't go away. Even when I started the day feeling better, I could only be mildly active for a few hou... Read more

  • sciatica pictures

    9/13/2014 7:05:10 PM, by CTUPTON

    exercise to help ... Read more

  • Habits of the rich vs habits of the poor

    9/13/2014 2:55:02 PM, by CTUPTON

    DividerV2 1. 70% of wealthy eat less than 300 junk food calories per day. 97% of poor people eat more than 300 junk food calories per day. 23% of wealthy gamble. 52% of poor people gamble. 2. 80% of wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal. Only 12% of the poor d... Read more

  • Use charcoal as a house deodorizer!

    9/13/2014 2:49:04 PM, by CTUPTON

    Note: not the self starter charcoal ! SEE LINK BELOW FOR EXACT INFO. •Simply lay a few out in a metal tray. •Sew pouches for them or use an old sock, then hang them in inconspicuous areas. •Line a basket with foil or plastic and lay the briquettes inside. •Set them out on a tray on a shelf ... Read more

  • Sciatica

    9/13/2014 11:57:16 AM, by CTUPTON

    A chiropractor is helping me. He did some tailbone/spine adjustments and gave me an exercise. I am supposed to back up to the kitchen counter with my arms on the counter. Then lean back to get the pressure off the nerves near the vertebrae. I do lots of stretching in a warm water therapy pool too. I... Read more

  • Canoeing for the first time this year!

    9/12/2014 5:32:44 PM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    I seem to be squeezing summer into September since I was so fatigued for much of the summer. Today, hubby and I went canoeing for the first time this year. It was so nice to be out on the water. We went lake canoeing today. The water was as smooth as glass and I was amazed at how fast we gl... Read more

  • I wish I could develop this habit!

    9/12/2014 12:13:25 AM, by CTUPTON

    3. Do an end-of-day and end-of-week cleanup. When you’re nearing the end of each workday, take a few minutes to put everything back and think about what you’ll need first thing tomorrow. Arriving to find a clean desk makes it easy to get started on tasks without feeling overwhelmed. Similarly, ... Read more

  • SP The 60 second Daily Check in---OH!

    9/10/2014 11:12:48 PM, by CTUPTON
    the_launch_of_sparkamerica Here is the reasoning behind the streamlined START page for SPARK AMERICA. 2. The 60-Second Daily Check-In A new program we are launc... Read more

  • Thomas Edison Naps

    9/10/2014 10:42:52 PM, by PETALIA

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  • One hour a month to be prepared for emergencies. I just got this in an email

    9/10/2014 7:38:37 PM, by CTUPTON
    klet.pdf ... Read more

  • Day 70 (from 90) learnig to save "Makeover" recipes

    9/10/2014 7:35:50 PM, by CTUPTON

    In the Nutrition Tracker, I just saved a recipe: Makeover: Day 1 Vegetable Soup with Beef It was an original SP recipe, but I had to eliminate 2 things and change them to veggies I was supposed to eat on Day 1. Now I can easily put that in my Nutrition tracker. T... Read more

  • Low carb recipe for soup

    9/10/2014 6:25:01 PM, by CTUPTON
    62673 I went looking for Italian Wedding Soup. I found a couple of good recipes in SP for that soup. Also I ran across the recipe I linked to. It has sausage. chris... Read more

  • Kombucha success

    9/9/2014 5:14:45 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    We have finished the first bottle of Kombucha Tea I brewed in the last couple of weeks. It was interesting and pleasant. It's not like DH to be adventurous with this type of food but it seems to have caught his fancy too. Perhaps he remembers those ginger beer bugs we used to make when we were child... Read more

  • Day 72,71 from 90 Countdown

    9/9/2014 4:53:27 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have 3 months to comply with a new eating plan. It is hard changing eating habits. Mostly it is having the right stuff in the house. Yesterday was "Day 3" -- I can't remember! Probable I was "winging it." Today is "Day 4" of a 4 day rotation/elimination eating plan. Breakfast and lun... Read more

  • Now is Your Moment

    9/9/2014 2:38:39 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN
    qCQliL_N48tZZiw&index=1 Now is Your Moment: by etthehiphoppreacher ... Read more

  • Feeling better

    9/8/2014 3:02:31 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Visit from DS& BIL went very well, and Wellington put on a couple of lovely days. We spent time at my favorite seaside places, walked the beach, ate fabulous food, and chatted. It was a bit taxing as I wasn't feeling so flash, but antibiotic eye drops have sorted out our conjunctivitis and I am... Read more

  • Women's Gluten-Free Heath Summit!!!

    9/8/2014 12:18:21 PM, by _RAMONA

    I don't have the time (I wish I did!) to make notes for everyone to read here as I usually do... I just want to say that this summit is so worth the time it takes to listen!!!! All talks this week (four a day) are under a... Read more

  • Today's. "Note from the UNIVERSE" to me.

    9/8/2014 11:08:18 AM, by CTUPTON

    Hey, CHRISTINE, what if, instead of waiting for everything to be perfect, we start living your dreams this week, to any degree we can? Ooh-ooh-ooh! The Universe ... Read more

  • Hot Peppers Are In Abundance & Perfect

    9/7/2014 7:26:04 PM, by LINDYPOWER

    Red Hot Cherry Peppers They are all bright red now and hot. Red cherry peppers and ... Read more

  • A Garden Shocker - Cucuzzi Squash Climbed the Neighbor's Tree

    9/7/2014 7:17:38 PM, by LINDYPOWER

    I found a pack of opened seeds in the compost pile at the community garden last year. Date expiration was 2010. I took them anyway and planted a few. Transplanted by fence (THANK GOD I DID) in June. Lots of flowers around 4... Read more

  • Endless Hard Labor By The Veggie Garden

    9/7/2014 6:44:23 PM, by LINDYPOWER

    I covered this area with a green tarp all summer to kill the grass that was creeping into the vegetable beds. I decided to put a table on the tarp to have an area not needing a mowing. ... Read more

  • Eggless Lemon Pie with a whipped topping

    9/7/2014 6:28:40 PM, by CTUPTON

    I love lemon meringue pie but the eggs bother me. One more reason was my new eating plan. I went looking for this because my eating plan does not have eggs and lemons listed for the same day. Obsessive, I know. Sometimes I get this way. sometimes not at all! chris See the link at the botto... Read more

  • Pancakes made according to my ALCAT eating plan. Success

    9/7/2014 2:30:47 PM, by CTUPTON

    Last week I got the buckwheat flour and the amaranth flour. I already had brown rice flour. So I followed a SP recipe. I think my baking soda was old. So the pancakes did not rise at all. But with Brown and Brummel yogurt spread and real maple syrup, it was a real treat. I used coconut oi... Read more

  • If you miss daily health tips try this site.

    9/7/2014 2:02:11 PM, by CTUPTON

    Health News Updates link:
    lth-news/new s (sorry, will have to cut and paste) I "stole" this from 1CRAZYDOG ... Read more

  • Day 73 from 90 Countdown

    9/7/2014 11:28:20 AM, by CTUPTON

    I have 3 months to comply with a new eating plan. It is hard changing eating habits. Mostly it is having the right stuff in the house. I have been eating stuff on my plan but also eating things listed there for me not to eat. I tried going cold turkey and totally going on that pl... Read more


    9/7/2014 11:19:37 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am pretty sure this is what has been making my whole leg hurt. After a zillion knee pain treatments(of various kinds) at the chiropractor's office, the leg pain keeps coming back. Last visit he declared it sciatica. The whole leg hurt even bottom of my foot. He asked if... Read more

  • I wish...

    9/7/2014 3:59:49 AM, by _RAMONA

    This song just makes me feel happy... I smile in spite of myself... and my being dances...
    atch?v=9l8Xaly5b8g “I Wish You Enough!” (c) 2001, Bob Perks Recently I overheard a father and daughter in their last moments together at the airp... Read more

  • Day 75,74 Countdown to 100% compliancy with suggested eating plan.

    9/6/2014 11:28:52 AM, by CTUPTON

    The trip to the fair was great fun! My cravings for junk foods did not take over as they have in the past. I had 2 curly fries from DH's dish. I had a dish of coffee ice cream with chocolate flakes . I had a hard time walking. But that might have reduced my search of st... Read more

  • Cravings can be caused by gut microbes wanting foods not healthy for the host (me and you)!

    9/6/2014 10:59:45 AM, by CTUPTON
    icle/831069 People ,may no longer have to blame their food cravings — and giving in to them — on poor self-control. Now scientists are arguing that microbes living in the gut are responsible for manipulating eating behavior by causing cravings fo... Read more

  • TIME SENSITIVE: Bringing SEXY back!!!!!

    9/5/2014 5:07:00 PM, by _RAMONA It's back for THIS WEEKEND only!!! September 5th, 6th, 7th!!! FREE!!! ORIGINALLY WRITTEN: May 28, 2013 What do you think about when you hear the words sexy... mojo... libido... s... Read more


    9/5/2014 11:27:35 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am looking forward to a nice stir fry for lunch. Then take a ride to a county fair. Last time I got a huge cooked turkey leg at the fair. It is hard to resist all those country fair foods! Everything is deep ... Read more

  • Day 60: I don't want to go....

    9/5/2014 3:59:16 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    I really need some sensible advice here because I'm an emotional wreck and that is not the best time to be making decisions...time is short. Since yesterday my anxiety has been so bad that I've had the runs, have been crying ... Read more

  • Countdown day 90..89.....77 --aiming at eventual 100% compliance with suggested eating plan

    9/4/2014 8:14:08 PM, by CTUPTON

    Thur. September 4 Day 77 counting down to 0 for 90 days (3 months). In 3 months time I am supposed to be eating according to the eating plan suggested to me by ALCAT blood sensitivity testing. It is a good thing I have 76 more days to get this right. I have put the mea... Read more

  • About 2000 steps equals a mile and other facts

    9/4/2014 6:58:48 PM, by CTUPTON

    sions.html ... Read more

  • A new quarter

    9/4/2014 3:20:17 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Spring is a big thing, and usually I have had a plan in place. But I am kind of playing catch up at the moment. So I will just do a little thinking aloud. Im not going into work today because I am a little unwell. I have a headache, and caught conjunctivitis off DH, so I will lay low and take my e... Read more

  • Bed and Breakfast

    9/3/2014 5:18:28 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Day 59: Anxiety

    9/3/2014 2:51:48 PM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    (lol I love this, I think it's by but not sure there are so many out there) I've been having some serious anxiety today and as per usual it's because I let myself get overwhelmed. When I look at my room I see the ... Read more

  • Way off track!

    9/3/2014 10:39:47 AM, by REBELBLITZ

    Well, I have not tracked food or done exercise in months and have gained all the weight that I lost and then some. My daughter and I were exercising regularly together and then she was pregnant and we stopped going to zumba and rarely got in the swimming pool or walked. I thought I was making good... Read more

  • SP article(s) about dressing to look trimmer!

    9/2/2014 6:46:08 PM, by CTUPTON
    dress_thinner ... Read more

  • Eating From the Garden

    9/2/2014 2:29:09 PM, by LINDYPOWER

    For breakfast I had an unusual meal. Along with a fried egg, 2 sausage, I had a buckwheat raspberry pancake with sweet 100 cherry tomatoes - lushious. Bite into skins and they burst into your mouth the sweetest juices. Sweet &... Read more

  • Day 58: I am stronger

    9/2/2014 12:09:06 PM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    I never did a summary blog about my juice fast and my summer of concentrating on nutrition to move my health journey along. I was not really focused on the victories simply on getting through the drama and keepin on keepin on gi... Read more

  • Diversified meals with garden treasures

    9/2/2014 8:17:33 AM, by LINDYPOWER

    Buckwheat flaxseed raspberr... Read more

  • Balance & Moderation: September Challenge: Process Goals Redux!

    9/1/2014 11:57:51 PM, by _RAMONA

    Moving right along! THANK YOU, again for your kindness and support this past week! I've had wonderful, restful, rejuvenating weekend (I'll blog about it this week... I'm developing a strong interest in photography... who knew?!?) and I'm back to my old/new self! ;) Read more

  • Day 57: Start as you mean to go on?

    9/1/2014 3:58:55 PM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    Happy September, Happy Fall! I love fall, wind, rain, cooler temps, tis nice. So I said I wanted to rock September...and they always say you should start as you mean to go on, so the question is how did I spend the 1st day. Did ... Read more

  • Day 56: Me Old Mucker

    9/1/2014 4:18:07 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN
    Zmbbl1Rc5Tc "There's a hole in the world like a great black pit And the vermin of the world inhabit it And its morals aren't worth what a pig could spit And it goes by the name of Lo... Read more

  • Spring!

    8/31/2014 9:09:26 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    First day of spring, I love the weather warming up, the birds. Planted my first lettuces, yay! Had a great weekend, last night walked an outdoors exhibition, Lux, with multiple installations of lights around the waterfront. Truly beautiful on that still, warm night. And on Saturday, went to a ga... Read more

  • I am learning a big lesson about how foods make me feel.

    8/31/2014 9:14:30 AM, by CTUPTON

    Two days of having no energy and feeling like a stuffed pig. Clothes are snug. Ankles are swollen. Knees hurt more. I was enjoying days not needing an afternoon nap. I loved getting more decluttering done. But then I went back to my old eating habits. And bad went to worse! It will tak... Read more

  • Day 55: Choose Happy

    8/30/2014 9:22:09 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    Off back home to London tomorrow, I'll be at the river in a little while, my 'happy place' in the city. ... Read more

  • Have a great day! I hope you are feeling flexible today!

    8/30/2014 5:56:49 AM, by CTUPTON
    r-yoga-studios-in-the-bronx/ ... Read more

  • Fizzing along

    8/29/2014 5:14:51 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Today is the day to make my first batch of kombucha. I will infuse some for a few days before fermenting it. I think I will add ginger and lemon to some, and earl grey tea to some, and leave some plain. Big weekend this weekend, we have a gala dinner and a friend's significant birthday tonight.... Read more

  • Like the Phoenix, I will ALWAYS rise... with a 'little' help from my friends!

    8/29/2014 4:41:38 PM, by _RAMONA

    Broadway Allison Krause & Union Station
    atch?v=fu8ybWvuwYE (hit play and listen as you scroll...) Yesterday (got worse before it got better): Ghost In This House Allison Krause & Union Station http://www.... Read more

  • Growing, Preparing Food, and Cooking for My Life

    8/29/2014 8:24:59 AM, by LINDYPOWER

    My world revolves around growing, preparing "all" my meals. Before convenience foods came into the market - pre-1950's, a woman spent up to 6 - 7 hours a day preparing her family meals. By growing your own food, knowing what came from the... air, soil, water, and knowing you have used sanitary metho... Read more

  • Day 54: Pass The Peas

    8/29/2014 6:12:54 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    I've been meaning to do this for a while now and as I'm soon to be home I thought today would be good so I don't forget the minute I get back. I'm adding a new section to my BHSM and it's called Pass the Peas!!! Now it most c... Read more

  • Why can't JOY be 'character building'?

    8/28/2014 5:21:54 PM, by _RAMONA
    atch?v=2qJuVQ5Qb_E Love Reclaims the Atmosphere by Burlap to Cashmere ...a balm to my spirit... a place to begin anew... "Refuse to fall down. If you cannot refuse to fall do... Read more

  • Day 53: Be Yourself

    8/28/2014 9:48:15 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN

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  • Pictures! How to replace eggs in recipes. Who knew! Thanks sparkfriends!!!

    8/27/2014 11:48:22 AM, by CTUPTON
    Eggs-in-Your-Cooking or a more detailed list:
    tutes-cooking/ ... Read more

  • Day 84 countdown to 100% compliance on a special eating plan.

    8/27/2014 9:41:53 AM, by CTUPTON

    Probably I will not stick much to today's eating plan. I am going to lunch with a friend. It is a seafood restaurant. On the rustic side. Lobster and butter--here I come!... Read more

  • Day 85 count down -aiming at 100% compliance with a suggested eating plan for me

    8/27/2014 9:39:43 AM, by CTUPTON

    Well-- I made the corn bread I could have yesterday. Too much temptation for me! I made one fairly small pan of this. 6" by 8" approximately. Yup--ate it all. So most of yesterdays eating plan foods did not get eaten. This is the first bready, muffin kind of food I have had. I really miss that kind ... Read more

  • Day 52: Row Gently

    8/27/2014 4:07:38 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    "Row row row your boat, gently through the stars, merrily merrily merrily merrily they shall soon be ours" (found on pinterest) ... Read more

  • Variety!

    8/26/2014 12:58:30 PM, by CTUPTON

    Oh yes, this eating plan has veriety. A little too much variety. That is the problem. Each day has a different list of foods. I used to have a sandwich often. Well--there is no bread unless I can make it from that day's food list. And that is nearly impossible! Corn bread works but I still have to ... Read more

  • Day 86--countdown to getting more perfect on the suggested eating plan.

    8/26/2014 12:48:27 PM, by CTUPTON

    It is nice having a limited list of foods to eat in a day. It is forcing me to be creative mixing them. A month ago when I tried this I ended up with meals like fish and lima beans! I have gotten much better. I like that I can plan ahead, too. I can put a few days in the food tracker a head. I guess... Read more

  • How to use tahini?

    8/26/2014 6:42:56 AM, by CTUPTON

    I found these ideas. I had a can of tahini for a long time. But I never knew how to use it! It is on my Day 4 of the rotation eating plan. OK now I know! chris (see the link at the end) 1. Dip raw veggies in it. For a simple snack, reach for tahini instead of ranch dressing next time you... Read more

  • Day 51: Incidental Streaking & Desires Gaining a Foothold

    8/26/2014 4:23:47 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    For those who already know this bare with me, lol, I do repeat myself I'm afraid. So anyway, for those who don't know, Bruce Lee changed my life, this one quote prompted me to start my BHSM program just over 3 months ago now... Read more

  • Day 87 countdown...listing elimination of foods I am moderatey to

    8/25/2014 8:19:32 PM, by CTUPTON

    I already listed the foods I am severely sensitive to. I remember them by "STOP ViCe" Now, here are the 12 foods I am moderately sensitive to. I should not eat these for at least 3 months. Then take back only one at a time to see if I react at all. I guess I can eliminate these foods for ... Read more

  • Day 50: I've Been Cheating ....Prolifically

    8/25/2014 9:59:36 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    I do my BHSM recaps weekly (well I try to) to reflect on what goals I reached, where I went above and beyond my goals and where I fell down and could do better. After writing up this weeks recap (previous blog), as soon as I ha... Read more

  • BHSM: Recap & Week 14

    8/25/2014 9:35:02 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    win, win, win, win, win, win, win = I won the day x7 WIN, WIN, WIN, DOUBLE WIN, WIN WIN WIN, TRIPLE WIN, BAZINGA, WIN, WIN, WIN, YAY ME, WIN, WIN, HAPPY DANCE, INFINITE WIN = I won ... Read more

  • The Hill I Will Die On...

    8/25/2014 2:07:36 AM, by _RAMONA
    atch?v=uaWA2GbcnJU ...looks like this. At least I try very hard to make it so. I'd like to say that I am as consistently generous, loving, compassionate and MINDFUL of the invitation to be part of something greater... as is the young man i... Read more

  • To help myself remember foods on each of the 4 day rotation plan.

    8/24/2014 12:29:29 PM, by CTUPTON

    Each day has lots more foods, including various beans and various freggies--- but I am trying to remember the basics. Day 1 is a beef, lamb, flounder, swordfish day. Not all of them! Day 2 is a chicken, tuna, egg day. Not all of them! Day 3 is a pork, halibut day. Not all of th... Read more

  • Count down 90, 89, 88,,, to 100% (or so) sticking to my eating plan.

    8/24/2014 12:12:20 PM, by CTUPTON

    The eating plan is based on a blood test for food sensitivities. The lab mixes my white blood cells with food samples and sees how the WBCs react. If the change dramatically, it means I have a food sensitivity to that food. I had a strong reaction to these foods: STOP ViCe is my mn... Read more

  • "You can do better." instead of "I can do better." Oh!

    8/24/2014 7:16:57 AM, by CTUPTON

    I found this about "self-talk." Who knew! In one study, University of Michigan researchers induced stress in participants by telling them they had to prepare a speech to give to a panel of judges about their qualifications for a dream job. They were given five minutes to prepare and told ... Read more

  • "You can do better." instead of "I can do better." Oh!

    8/24/2014 7:16:57 AM, by CTUPTON

    I found this about "self-talk." Who knew! In one study, University of Michigan researchers induced stress in participants by telling them they had to prepare a speech to give to a panel of judges about their qualifications for a dream job. They were given five minutes to prepare and told ... Read more

  • Day 49: Be Flamboyant & Thrive

    8/24/2014 6:31:39 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    Happy Sunday... Read more

  • Baby steps

    8/23/2014 6:33:50 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    I'm not being as diligent about my exercise & food as I might be, so I am blogging the positive steps I AM taking, no matter how minor. So, I have begun taking diatomaceous earth and bentonite. So far so good, I know I need to have heaps of fluids to keep everything moving along, if you know what... Read more

  • Some info on removing toxins from your body. I am still looking for more info on this.

    8/23/2014 5:02:56 PM, by CTUPTON

    Pectin Fruit pectin is probably the most gentle method of detoxing contaminants. Pectin comes from the fibrous portion of the fruit and is most commonly found in the pith of limes, lemons and other citrus fruit as well as in apples. Other sources of pectin are bananas, grapes, carrots, and c... Read more

  • Day 44 - 48: When life thumps you in the face...take a seat.

    8/23/2014 7:30:21 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    We all have good and bad days on this spark journey...the journey of change. There are those days however where life walks straight up to you, toe to toe, brazen as you like, and simply thumps you square in the face and ko's yo... Read more

  • Countdown day 90..89 --aiming at eventual 100% compliance with suggested eating plan

    8/23/2014 4:41:25 AM, by CTUPTON

    I will try having a "chunky" rather than a smoothie today! I LOVEIT, Justyna. Thanks for that chuckle. I certainly am not being 100% compliant. I am following that advice very well. And I don't feel sick at all. It is only the second day restarting. I did not get sick till the 10th... Read more

  • Redecorating

    8/22/2014 5:30:08 PM, by _RAMONA
    O5GFiDdGGGM Anybody surprised I'm still here? As you can see I'm still streaking... yeah, I'm a little surprised, too, LOL! From what I can tell about the sobering few who make it to the end of week 4, week five is when the wheels... Read more

  • Countdown day 90 --aiming at eventual 100% compliance with suggested eating plan

    8/22/2014 12:42:40 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have been advised to more slowly follow the ALCAT eating plan based on my food sensitivities. So I don't have to be "perfect" yet. In 3 months hopefully I will have adjusted so I can eliminate foods seriously, moderately, and mildly sensitive to. Eventually I should be able to tak... Read more

  • Sign for my computer to improve

    8/22/2014 6:51:51 AM, by CTUPTON

    At doctor visits I always regret not having done the things to make my "numbers" better. To remind myself , I made a sign to tape on my computer: GOAL: Next doctor visit-lower A1C, lower BP, lower triglycerides, lower weight. I know the habits that help these numbers, but I need a pus... Read more

  • Burn more fat by 1 min. high intensity exercise alternated with 20 min. of moderate exercising.

    8/22/2014 6:35:29 AM, by CTUPTON

    A Cardio Obsession Ramp up cardio, burn calories and fat. Sounds simple enough, but the latest science on exercising for weight loss says otherwise. Classic cardio — walking on the treadmill, running, stepping, spinning, etc. — doesn’t help you lose as much weight as you might think, says Jim K... Read more

  • Lincoln Cathedral: The Labyrinth Festival (photo blog #3)

    8/22/2014 3:32:16 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    If you read my 'walking the labyrinth' blog you will know that they had a Labyrinth festival on at the time. There were no 'events' that day but they had artwork and poetry on the eastside of the cathedral. In the prayer candle room there was a seat made of wood and mirrors that I neglected to tak... Read more

  • Lincoln Cathedral: Inside (photo blog #2)

    8/22/2014 2:26:08 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    The first thing you see when you enter is The Nave at the far end as you are flanked by numerous stained glass windows "sunbeams!!" ... Read more

  • Lincoln Cathedral: Outside (photo blog #1)

    8/22/2014 1:44:09 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    I took a tonne of pics as I sort of wanted to remember how this day made me feel. So here are some of them. I didn't really know what much of it was or the stories behind it as I didn't get to do an official tour so explanations will be scant I'm afraid! We came up to the cathedral from th... Read more

  • For Eunice

    8/21/2014 2:40:11 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Watermellen blogged about fit neighborhoods. My DH used to walk to school with his friends. They would stop by each other's homes where the SAH mums were there to welcome them, and the tins were always full. He is now at that age where the parents of the friends are dying, and on Monday he is fl... Read more