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  • What a difference a year makes!

    12/16/2014 5:45:18 PM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    Today in aerobics class, I was really struck by the difference in me today versus a year ago. This time last year, I was doing what I call "the hard chemo" after three months of doing a "not quite as hard" chemo. I was so weak I couldn't walk from one room to another without being worn out and out... Read more

  • And the band played on

    12/15/2014 3:34:02 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Today was hot, Sparkies, hot and mostly still. Searing in the sun, where I sat with my niece eating a Mille Fieulle, her birthday treat for me. Still hot while I watered the wildflower meadow I have just sown. Hot when the brass band playing Christmas songs worked up and down the valley. Warm when... Read more

  • Fasting today...

    12/13/2014 1:08:15 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    I am doing the fast diet and after breakfast I decided to make today a fast day. So my fast day is 24 hours from 11 til 11 tomorrow morning. Not starving, just having 500 calories in those 24 hours. I find it fun to do this, at least when I have a big breakfast under my belt! I made a chicken sal... Read more

  • friday: a couple more days of something.

    12/12/2014 8:41:21 AM, by TOOTERFISH

    I believe earth foods are medicines. I believe that that what we ingest furthers or hinders health. i believe that many sicknesses, illnesses, diseases can be remedied or shown marketed improvement by eating simple natural earth foods (with individual tweaks, for individual peeps) i totally... Read more

  • First haircut since chemo

    12/11/2014 3:44:31 PM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    I got my first haircut in over a year yesterday. I think my last true haircut was in July 2013....not counting getting my head shaved after losing most of my hair to chemo last winter. My last chemo was almost a year ago. It was January 15th to be exact. My hair is normally slightly wavy, bu... Read more

  • wednesday: day something of something

    12/10/2014 10:40:53 AM, by TOOTERFISH

    i believe earth foods are medicines. in the past week i have found myself with a new part-time job. with the new people i have come to realize i have no sense of age anymore. i can tell older and younger, but to guess where people are on the timeline no longer registers. I also see correlatio... Read more

  • Project TRINITY 21 kilotons New Mexico 1945

    12/9/2014 9:35:15 AM, by PETALIA

    Six miles away, the worldís first nuclear explosion expands 0.053 seconds after detonation. Director J. Robert Oppenheimer quotes the Bhagavad-Gita: ďIf the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst forth at once in the sky, tha... Read more

  • Thanksgiving decorations down...

    12/8/2014 6:12:49 PM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    We finally took our Thanksgiving decorations down today! Since we were hosting our family get together the Saturday immediately after Thanksgiving, I planned on waiting until Sunday to take our decorations down. That Sunday was the day that my husband and I decided to go on a spur of the momen... Read more

  • Back from Cruise to Bahamas

    12/7/2014 5:13:35 PM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    Last Sunday, hubby and I made a spur of the moment decision to go on a cruise. We signed up for one that was leaving the next day from Jacksonville, Florida. We threw stuff into a couple bags and we were on our way! I think the month-long trip that we took in October has really taught me how to t... Read more

  • Fast Exercise HIT

    12/4/2014 10:39:22 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    HIT is High Intensity Training. There are some good articles on it here on Sparkpeople, check them out. I got a session in yesterday morning before work. I did three sets of one minute running in the pool. It was harder than I expected, after the first session where the recovery took not too long,... Read more

  • Giving myself credit

    12/3/2014 3:49:26 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Nightshift so I started late. Plan was to exercise at the beginning of the day but I ran out of time. Spent the whole day sitting down because the afternoon was spent at a conference. Interesting but by the time I finished the last thing I wanted to do was spend three more hours sitting down. Went... Read more

  • saudade

    12/2/2014 5:03:59 PM, by PETALIA

    youtu.be/IMTv4Ym0p6A Saudade is a word in Portuguese and Galician that has no direct translation in English. It describes a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something ... Read more

  • Family party and cruise!

    12/1/2014 6:18:02 AM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    We host a family get together every year sometime over the weekend after Thanksgiving. This year we did it on Saturday. On Friday morning, we thought 12 people were coming. Due to various illnesses, only 5 people came on Saturday. We still had a wonderful time, even though it was a much smaller ... Read more

  • Odd NSV, another 2.5 pounds off, 21.75 pounds in 9 weeks, what to do next, Nov & Dec goals

    12/1/2014 5:11:29 AM, by PENSFRIEND

    Monday 1st December. 2.5 pounds off this week. And my new jeans. I love em! Couldnít believe what I saw when I looked in the mirror. My (wheat?) belly has almost disappeared. First time since last century that Iíve worn stretchy jeans and felt happy about it! Odd NSV this week. Yesterday... Read more

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

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

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

  • Traditional Saturday

    11/29/2014 11:33:44 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    We had a guest coming for coffee and the house was a mess, so I skipped morning exercise to clean it up. Normally I do my housework on Mondays while DH is at work. So Saturday was a little like my childhood Saturdays when my sister, mother and I spent the morning cleaning house. Each of us girls h... Read more

  • Love is...

    11/29/2014 8:26:27 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    Well this is one of my squirrely plans that I can share now. When I was younger I remember my sisters exercise books for school always had one of those 'love is' stickers on them by Kim Casali. I loved these stickers...alway... Read more

  • Strange Thanksgiving...

    11/29/2014 7:23:18 AM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    Each year for the past 8 years, my husband and I have hosted "Thanksgiving" at our house for my side of the family. Due to geographical reasons, we have made a tradition of hosting it on either Friday or Saturday of that weekend rather than Thanksgiving Day. In years past, we have often been on th... Read more

  • I wonder if I should do the Daniel Fast rather than GAPS? Will it beat my Candida?

    11/29/2014 6:45:40 AM, by PENSFRIEND

    I just did a quick check on my calorie count for an average day on the Beat Candida diet. 927 calories. No wonder Iím losing weight so fast! Iím having second thoughts about GAPS. Not sure what to do next. Iíve ordered nutritional supplements to last me til after Christmas. Including... Read more

  • Prepping

    11/28/2014 12:10:37 PM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    I'm in prep mode. It's like I'm nesting... except just for myself, no wait, it's like a squirrel hoarding all the nuts for winter, ready for the lean season. I've ordered my nuts, also known as all my vitamins, supplements, juic... Read more

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

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

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  • How is that working for me?

    11/27/2014 9:55:05 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    It's a powerful question, isn't it? I sometimes ask it of others who tell me they are doing something they're not happy about. Well, Sparkies, i've been awake since just before 3am and it,s all my own fault. Yesterday was a big day at work, I worked from 8 am through til 6.15 with two brea... Read more

  • A Sprakly Black Sheep

    11/27/2014 7:40:32 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    I've had my laptop back for almost two weeks now, but I haven't blogged. I really missed blogging and writing it out so I thought the minute I got it back I'd be right where I left off. It's not that my mind is quiet or I don't ... Read more

  • Cool colored bands in icebergs

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

    The following link has a few more: blog.seattlepi.com/art/2
    008/06/18/iceberg-color-th
    eory/ ... Read more

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

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

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

  • Laugh at the snow!

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

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  • The Thanksgiving Poem I Generated

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

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

  • Poem Generator online

    11/26/2014 2:49:02 PM, by CTUPTON

    oakdome.com/k5/lesson-pl
    ans/word/thanksgiving-turk
    ey-personification-poem-ge
    nerator.php Even I can create a nice poem with this. There are set ups for many occasions! Enjoy! chris... Read more

  • A reminder to myself to eat more cruciferous vegetables.

    11/26/2014 8:16:30 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.greenandhealthy.info
    /cancernutrition.html Concentrate on anticancer cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage, as well as high-antioxidant berries. Cauliflower, for example, is loaded with nu... Read more

  • 1.5 stone off and love my smaller size jeans

    11/26/2014 4:56:38 AM, by PENSFRIEND

    Another half pound off today so have reached my next Great British goal of 1.5 stone off. Also my new smaller size jeans came yesterday. They were stretchy which I donít normally like cos it shows all my bulges, and I wasnít expecting to be able to fit in them yet. I thought I might just abou... Read more

  • Buck Books PALEO Promotion TODAY Only!!!

    11/25/2014 10:56:18 AM, by _RAMONA

    They are HERE!!! buckbooks.net/#sale I just now purchased my books... great sale... except for the one book at full price... didn't get that one... I'm sending a message to the author to get with the spirit of the event (if I really want it, it will still be full price tomorr... Read more

  • Why I will be switching from the Beat Candida Plan to GAPS and not doing SCD

    11/25/2014 9:09:31 AM, by PENSFRIEND

    The Beat Candida Plan tries to remove all sugar from the diet, including the sugar in fruit, milk, and honey, as sugar is what Candida lives on. All funghi and fermented foods are also removed from the diet, so no cheese, yeast, mushrooms, vinegar, etc are allowed. Grains and starchy vegs ... Read more

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

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

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

  • Upping the exercise

    11/25/2014 2:44:58 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    And have hurt my foot. I don't recall doing it, but for the last nearly week my left foot has been gypping me. I got DH to look at it tonight, and he says it is all bruised along one side. I guess if the bruising is visible, it is close to being gone. And it's a relief to know it is just a bruise... Read more

  • Fibro-fog

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

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

  • Plan B. Report on fasting day

    11/23/2014 11:10:59 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Well, that was different. I have done a lot of 500 calorie days over the last year or so and they have worked very well for me. But this felt really different, and I enjoyed it. My low cal days before were weeks with restricted foods, and I found them easy to do. Until I didn't. But this Fast Diet... Read more

  • Book: The Sixth Extinction

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

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

  • Free Cell Solitaire on the AARP web site

    11/22/2014 7:30:30 PM, by CTUPTON

    games.aarp.org/games/fre
    ecell/freecell.aspx An easy way to pass an hour or so..... chris... Read more

  • Paneras low fat chicken tortilla soup

    11/22/2014 3:11:43 PM, by CTUPTON

    I got a container at the supermarket. I enjoyed it. I did not have the tortilla chips with it so it was low cal. Yeah, sodium but not awful. chris... Read more

  • to get to sleep imagine warm honey from head to toe...

    11/22/2014 9:38:36 AM, by CTUPTON

    This is how a friend of mine gets to sleep. It is her nightly meditation. She says she imagines feeling this on her skin starting on her head and face, down her arms, down her chest and ....well..you get the idea! chris... Read more

  • Plan B, the Fast Diet

    11/21/2014 10:50:10 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    In the event yesterday did not make it to the work do, I had to work instead. Not to worry, DH & I went to a favorite place and had some yummy plates. No dessert though. This morning all set to go for a swim but the pool is in use for a swim meet. I suggested the other pool as plan B but DH didn... Read more

  • Make an online dinner and share it to give food to people needing food.

    11/21/2014 5:28:07 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.thankful4ag.com/tagg
    ed/thankful4ag/chrono ... Read more

  • Other Buffalo bad winters...

    11/20/2014 12:40:59 PM, by CTUPTON

    winter of '77 1999 (40+ inches), and 1966 (32 in w/ high winds on top of 18 preexisting inches) beat 1977...sorry to say, I was here for all 3. Not that 77 was any picnic. 1993 sucked too. then there was the Ice storm of 91.... Read more

  • FAVE gut interviews today only

    11/20/2014 11:15:38 AM, by DOTSLADY

    They're free today, so watch if you can. Or buy them (so nice they're free for a bit). I'm out the door for an 8 hour drive to see old doctor or I'd catch you up to date. Every time I come here to document weight, I say I'm going to write a blog and don't. I have podcasts and summit videos to watch!... Read more

  • This time of year

    11/20/2014 11:00:26 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Our end of work celebration is scheduled today, they took a chance and decided on an outdoor BBQ but I don't think the weather will be kind today. The default is next week. I have been worried about going away, how my chickens will cope, but I have made arrangements for their care so that is a ... Read more

  • Healing foods for before and after surgery...Whole Foods article

    11/19/2014 3:13:25 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.whfoods.com/genpage.
    php?tname=newtip&dbid=12 (Nothing new here but it reminds me to continue focusing on high density nutrient foods--like Dr. Fuhrman preaches. Chris) Some nutrients have taken center stage in... Read more

  • This is so scary to me....where are we heading!

    11/19/2014 10:30:19 AM, by CTUPTON

    gleichschaltung PRONUNCIATION: (GLYK-shalt-toong) MEANING: noun: The forced standardization of political, economic, and cultural institutions, as in an authoritarian state. ETYMOLOGY: From German gle... Read more

  • Mid November! 2014 snow --where my family lives! Oh my!

    11/19/2014 9:32:09 AM, by CTUPTON

    This is where all my family lives --near Buffalo, NY. And where we will be moving to next year.... chris The thruway very close to my brother's house. ... Read more

  • Bits and Bobs

    11/19/2014 6:42:25 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    I'm home now after a 3 week stay at my Grandmas. It was so good to be there, it's a magic house as my head cold disappeared after 6 or so days there, plus it was just so peaceful. She was proper trying to keep me though lol, s... Read more

  • Thank you my dear SparkBuddies

    11/19/2014 2:18:34 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    What kind and sweet messages you have sent me, SparkBuddies, on the death of my dear little cat Edie. And such thoughtful spark gifts. It really makes a difference to know that you understand and care. Feeling much better after a day at work, it was a warm sunny day, at least when I went... Read more

  • Get a "Personal Nurse" from your insurance company--well some insurance companies

    11/18/2014 8:48:36 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.sparkpeople.com/blog
    /blog.asp?post=take_contro
    l_of_your_life_with_a_pers
    onal_health_nurse This is new to me. But my insurance might have this service. I will check. chris... Read more

  • Maybe I will rethink that move to Buffalo. Today snow is being measured in feet, not inches!

    11/18/2014 3:22:59 PM, by CTUPTON

    interactives.wivb.com/ph
    otomojo/gallery/15213/2836
    40/snow-slams-wny/november-18th/ My sister is definitely snowed in, with a driving ban and a furnace that isn't working! chris... Read more

  • Back on track but still a joy germ

    11/18/2014 11:28:50 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Hey there Sparkers It's been a tough week or so and I took some time to sit with the things that have been going on. Didn't exercise except in the garden, but the last couple of days I have been swimming and that has helped me regroup and get back on track. Charlotte the new old chook is making ... Read more

  • I am praising the person keeping up with the data. This is amazing that you have kept up dating this

    11/18/2014 10:07:50 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.sparkpeople.com/mysp
    ark/team_messageboard_thre
    ad.asp?board=-1x4580x23246426 I would love my team to have such statistics. But I would never be able to be consistent in gathering the data and consistently updating it! for doing this and making the members ... Read more

  • Graph of energy level for a year. OMG--I did it!

    11/18/2014 9:47:57 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • SP graph of my energy level. Experiment in posting this.....

    11/18/2014 9:22:50 AM, by CTUPTON

    I had to save it as a bit map( the graph from SP start page). But it worked. Note that 10 is actually the top energy, not 5 as it looks. "Functional hours !" A good spark friend taught me this system. If 10 is the poss... Read more

  • Guessing at my present fatigue...

    11/18/2014 9:11:05 AM, by CTUPTON

    Two guesses: -I have a very itchy place on my ankle. It has lasted for days. It could be from a spider bite. - Gee could eating an IHOP meal make me fatigued for days? I ate chicken parmesan and had one of the 4 pancakes . I hate fatigue. Now for 3 full days. I sure hope it goes away soo... Read more

  • Life long battle with fatigue

    11/18/2014 8:50:48 AM, by CTUPTON

    Well... reasons for my life-long battle with fatigue. -thyroid-yes -I have been on meds since high school -fibromyalgia-yes -diagnosed when I was about 48-- just after our daughter was diagnosed. She said to me--Ma, you have all the symptoms I have. She was diagnosed at age 18. -chronic... Read more