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  • my thoughts on building my own self esteem

    1/21/2017 11:41:52 AM, by CTUPTON

    Numbers 2,3,5,7,8,and 10 speak to me! 40 24 2. Say exactly what you mean. Well I tend to always spare the other person bad feelings often to the detriment of my own feelings. 3. I am definitely a people pleaser and it has not gotten me anywhere--well many people like ... Read more

  • Freeze ahead breakfast smoothies

    1/21/2017 9:18:12 AM, by CTUPTON
    make-your-li In zip-lock bags freeze fruits and veggies. Stack in freezer. Use each morning with "milk" or yogurt. Whiz. Walla! A quick, delicious smoothie!... Read more

  • Self care and self esteem building

    1/20/2017 8:22:46 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • So many of you came to comfort me that...

    1/20/2017 6:14:14 AM, by CTUPTON

    So many of you came to comfort me that...I can't answer you personally, as I want to. I had not thought of many things my sparkfriends said. Thank you so much. I am definitely on overload. Once the condo gets sold, my anxiety and tasks will decrease. I need to get through these next few mo... Read more

  • Oh no--crying jags have started.

    1/19/2017 10:55:46 AM, by CTUPTON

    Two days in a row. I need to do something about this. The frustrations of the past months are catching up to me I got frustrated because the drug store did not have hubby's Rx ready --I had ordered it from the doctor in the morning. I went to get it at 2:30 pm. No luck. After trying to solve th... Read more

  • Hydrotherapy massage table-near Buffalo, NY? Can't find it here yet.

    1/19/2017 10:46:29 AM, by CTUPTON

    I have been looking for this kind of massage using water near Buffalo, NY. So far no luck. I found a place that has floating for relaxation, but not this special table with moving water underneath. chris... Read more

  • a little more from the research article

    1/17/2017 8:29:41 AM, by CTUPTON

    Even more recently, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee reported that a diet “that is higher in plant-based foods, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds, and lower in animal-based foods, is more health promoting.” And just this week, US News and World Report r... Read more

  • You have heard it before but here is more research--diabetes 2 prevention

    1/17/2017 8:22:52 AM, by CTUPTON

    First, let’s review the study. Researchers publishing in PLoS Medicine describe a study of more than 200,000 people in the U.S. who participated in health surveys over a 20-year period. They found that: •People who chose diets that were predominately of plant-based foods developed type 2 diabetes ... Read more

  • I wrote this response to another sparker and I thought it was good enough to share with everybody.

    1/17/2017 2:01:40 AM, by EILEEN828

    I'm going to recommend a book that I'm currently reading by Deepak Chopra.It's called What are you hungry for?: The Chopra Solution to permanent Weight Loss, Well being, and Lightness of Soul. One of the things that he says is that the self talk you give your self really becomes ingrained to follow ... Read more

  • Spark Activity Tracker ... untimely demise...

    1/17/2017 1:00:37 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    So, we are disappointed that SparkPeople Activity Tracker (SAT or SPAT depending on how one thinks of "Sparkpeople" or "SparkPeople" will stop being supported after mid-to-late February, 2017. I was doing some searching to find out if there was a way to hack it to continue using it albeit witho... Read more

  • Floating to relax

    1/16/2017 8:11:20 PM, by CTUPTON

    om/ Please give me some opinions. this seems too good to be true. chris... Read more

  • Thank God for friends!

    1/16/2017 7:30:15 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • I am grateful for, 1.15.17

    1/16/2017 3:09:41 AM, by CETANISTAWI

    1. my babies, because they make me look at things in different lights. 2. naps, because i got to cuddle with my boy for a long time. 3. catching up, because you learn new things from old chapters. 4. movement, because it brings on what we are next due. 5. making it to church, because it was ... Read more

  • Birthday cake for a Crazy Cat Lady

    1/15/2017 8:38:41 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • My exercise buddies, Frida and Denver

    1/15/2017 3:00:38 PM, by JUNEPA

    These photos share something of my life that I enjoy. Frida and Denver are DD's dogs and my exercise buddies. Together we walk the fields and by the river, hike and bike the close by mountains by trail and by logging road. I put in some very enjoyable miles and time with these two. On Wedn... Read more

  • 2017 - Walking the Edge

    1/15/2017 9:06:33 AM, by ITS_MY_TURN_NOW

    Hello. 213 Have you heard about Run the Edge 2017 in 2017? 2017 miles in 2017. (It is still open, if you are interested.) 334 A WRJ&G teammate brought it to our attention (thank you, Awmma) and I was intrigued. You can run, jog or walk them. You can ... Read more

  • Not your ordinary school lunch room....

    1/14/2017 9:39:03 PM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    Just in case you want a break from terrorism and politics and would like something pleasant to eat your meals with -
    n_US&rel=0... Read more

  • Be There For Your Loved Ones...

    1/14/2017 8:52:22 PM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    You may have seen this going around on the Internet: At the Chicago Bulls Basketball team home games, they have a Kiss Cam. The idea is that couples images are displayed on the big screen over the basketball court and if your image is shown you should kiss your partner. That's the theory. ... Read more

  • Stuff is going wrong. I hate it.

    1/14/2017 1:51:30 PM, by CTUPTON

    The big one is, of course, flooding at our condo which I am trying to sell. But 2 more-- Hubby's watch is too far gone to keep. 198 A new battery did not work in it. And the cat 240 pooped and threw up in 4 different places in the new apartment--after just having the place cleaned.... Read more

  • I am grateful for, 1.14.17

    1/14/2017 7:50:32 AM, by CETANISTAWI

    1. my babies, because they keep me striving for better. 2. reviewing finances, because it opens things up. 3. making progress, because forward movement is good. 4. getting hours in at job 2, because it was needed. 5. sleeping babies, because it's allowed me to do the other job i needed to do... Read more

  • Ever so slightly gained

    1/13/2017 10:00:25 AM, by TITANIUM303

    This week I'm up .2 of a pound. I'm hoping it's muscle. ???????? New day; New chances to make good choices.... Read more

  • Eat like a Millionaire!

    1/13/2017 2:01:04 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    While looking for some recipes for this: I came across an interesting article -
    very-day.html Wow! A part of me wondered if this guy is kin to the guy who founded Cooper Institute... Read more

  • I am trying to think positively....

    1/11/2017 8:41:08 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Water damage at the condo I am trying to sell! Oh no!

    1/10/2017 7:02:22 AM, by CTUPTON

    I have been dealing with a bad situation. I am trying to stay positive but it is very difficult. Our condo is up for sale but there has been a great deal of water damage! At first we thought it was a frozen, burst water pipe. It took me many days of frustrating phone calls to get an accurate pictur... Read more

  • Welcome to Buffalo. But I did not have to drive!

    1/8/2017 10:11:20 AM, by CTUPTON
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  • I asked my new doctor about fatty liver

    1/8/2017 8:40:51 AM, by CTUPTON

    His answer was, "Lose weight. That is the remedy." I asked if there was any additional medical help. He said no--just lose weight. chris... Read more

  • Peace. Pleasure Experienced by Accepting all Creation as it Exists

    1/8/2017 8:13:11 AM, by CTUPTON

    I receive emails Notes from the Universe. This article is about the founder, Mike Dooley. It is a follow-up on my blog about talking to my unconscious mind before sleeping. chris
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  • 9:19 AM and I just got major organizing done!

    1/7/2017 9:28:46 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • My thoughts on portion size vs seerving size

    1/7/2017 6:57:02 AM, by CTUPTON

    Thank you--I think you helped me understand portion size and serving size. Is this right? Portion is the size I serve myself but a serving is what is printed on the package so the nutritional values can be determined The serving size is "artificial, " just so we can have a ... Read more

  • I just made a grocery list using the SP Nutrition Tracker : )

    1/6/2017 11:50:25 AM, by CTUPTON

    I only need to make our lunches so this was really easy. chris... Read more

  • I can't seem to understand portion vs serving

    1/6/2017 10:15:43 AM, by CTUPTON

    Clearing up the confusion. Here are a couple of important definitions from the National Institutes of Health: •Portion is how much food you choose to eat at one time, whether in a restaurant, from a package or in your own kitchen. A portion is 100 percent under our control. See if you can pas... Read more

  • I gave a strong message to my unconscious mind before sleep last night.

    1/6/2017 10:12:31 AM, by CTUPTON

    I told her to find a way to curb my eating huge portions of food. We'll see what happens as time goes on. chris... Read more

  • I need to try this-let my unconscious mind work on a problem while I sleep!

    1/6/2017 1:50:34 AM, by CTUPTON

    I read this comment on FB after a blurb about unconscious thoughts actually changing our genes. It sounds like science fiction! Chris "I find this to be quite timely. I recall a book I read back in the 80's on the subconscious mind (wish I still had it) and one technique that I still use tod... Read more

  • The perfect set of shelves for our new apartment

    1/6/2017 1:37:53 AM, by CTUPTON

    Maybe I can find a moss covered credenza to go with this. chris... Read more

  • Glutamine update

    1/5/2017 4:37:38 PM, by RKOTTEK

    Since the 16 December I have now lost 18 pounds. This has been with having glutamine and a diet shake for breakfast. Apparently red meat is something that can aggravate my psoriasis, instinctively I have been steering away from this. The protein blast that I get first thing in the morning help... Read more

  • Clalrk Howard tips

    1/5/2017 1:19:19 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • You by Dr. Seuss

    1/5/2017 11:51:34 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • How to keep my weekends for myself....

    1/5/2017 11:38:15 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • How I reduce my blood pressure

    1/5/2017 6:38:43 AM, by CTUPTON watching and playing with our cat, Cujo. chris... Read more

  • A wonderful sparkfriend sent me this.... I love it.

    1/5/2017 5:41:03 AM, by CTUPTON

    One song can spark a moment, One flower can wake the dream. One tree can start a forest, One bird can herald spring. One smile begins a friendship, One handclasp lifts a soul. One star can guide a ship at sea, One word can frame the goal. One vote can change a... Read more

  • spaces seem to cause html errors! Last info fatty liver

    1/4/2017 1:05:54 PM, by CTUPTON

    In addition to releasing hormones and proteins, the fat cells also begin to release some of the fat that is being stored in them in the form of fatty acids. As a result, there is an increase in the blood levels of fatty acids. This is important because large amounts of certain types of fatty acids a... Read more

  • more...fatty liver info

    1/4/2017 1:03:40 PM, by CTUPTON

    Insulin is important because it is a major promoter of glucose (sugar) uptake from the blood by cells. At first, the pancreas compensates for the insensitivity to insulin by making and releasing more insulin, but eventually it can no longer produce sufficient quantities of insulin and, in fact, may ... Read more

  • more about fatty liver

    1/4/2017 1:02:03 PM, by CTUPTON

    When large amounts of fat are present as they are in obesity, the fat becomes metabolically active (actually inflamed) 40 and gives rise to the production of many hormones and proteins that are released into the blood and have effects on cells throughout the body. One of the many effects of these h... Read more

  • Blog in parts because of "no HTML" errors!

    1/4/2017 1:00:44 PM, by CTUPTON

    It used to be thought that obesity was nothing more than the simple accumulation of fat in the body. Fat tissues were thought to be inert, that is, they served as simply storage sites for fat and had little activity or interactions with other tissues.We now know that fat tissue is very active metabo... Read more

  • Oh

    1/4/2017 12:58:27 PM, by CTUPTON

    What causes nonalcoholic fatty liver disease? Well, he cause of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is complex and not completely understood, but the most important factors appear to be the presence of obesity and diabetes.... Read more

  • Fatty liver--I have not even considered this as a cause of my own body inflammation and pain

    1/4/2017 12:49:17 PM, by CTUPTON

    This just might motivate me to lose weight. I know I have lots of areas of noticeable inflammation in body tissues. I kept looking for a cure from supplements, drinking water, etc. It is hard to admit just my accumulation of fat is causing my body soreness! I had a liver ultrasound years ago an... Read more

  • Diabetic Food Pyramid and link

    1/3/2017 9:18:30 AM, by CTUPTON
    iabetic-nutritional-chart/... Read more

  • i am grateful for...

    1/3/2017 4:06:31 AM, by CETANISTAWI

    1. my babies, because they want their momma. 2. better work environment because it needed to happen. 3. being done, because it was a lot. 4. starting, because it is the right thing for what is ordered. 5. resolve, because definition makes things easier. 6. time, because it is needed. 7. ... Read more

  • This is very hard for me right now, but I am trying.

    1/2/2017 10:09:02 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • My New Year's Resolutions

    1/2/2017 8:46:11 AM, by EILEEN828

    I've got two main ones really. The first is continuing to learn how to eat while accommodating my food allergies. Some I've been dealing with for years and pretty much have them down. Those would be the nightshades, tomatoes, potatoes and peppers. The new ones I found out about are wheat, eggs, soy,... Read more

  • Why men lose weight faster than women. SP article

    1/2/2017 8:15:41 AM, by CTUPTON
    itness_articles.asp?id=2118 Life just is not fair! 46... Read more

  • Calculate how to lose 1 or 2 pounds a week. (from a SP article)

    1/2/2017 6:58:59 AM, by CTUPTON

    Tyler Spraul, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist for, recommends a simple formula to calculate how many calories are required to maintain your current weight: 14 to 16 times your bodyweight in pounds. "Once you've determined your maintenance number, you can start decreasing ... Read more

  • 2017: 27

    1/1/2017 6:18:01 PM, by TITANIUM303

    Well...working my buns off got me a "B" in Public Speaking last semester, but it also tacked on 20 lbs. (I partially give credit to my lack of control over the holidays and obsession with baking.....) but! It's a new day, I'm a year older (Happy belated to me!) and I'm back in the swing of things. B... Read more

  • I am grateful for, 12/31/16

    1/1/2017 3:59:21 AM, by CETANISTAWI

    1. my babies, because they make me laugh. 2. calming down, because it keeps me from acting rashly. 3. stepping back, because it affords others the memories. 4. rest, because it heals. 5. getting headway made, because it will be safer in the long run. 6. removal, because it is progress. 7... Read more

  • Heart attack warning signs

    12/31/2016 6:27:33 AM, by CTUPTON

    Thank you, LINDA!, for posting this on your sparkpage. Heart Attack Warning Signs Some heart attacks are sudden and intense the "movie heart attack," where no one doubts what's happening. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren't s... Read more

  • Getting new apartment organized... definitely a work in progress

    12/31/2016 5:27:05 AM, by CTUPTON

    Well, yes. But I have plans how to fix this! And sometimes this is actually better than this. Note the "bookcase." It should sit on top of a desk, which I don't have yet. OK. Just received the new DESK. 334 Now, at least I have a chance of putting everything away! I loved my Mom's secr... Read more

  • My Next 100 Days - Day 100!

    12/31/2016 12:35:33 AM, by ITS_MY_TURN_NOW

    I can't believe I made it! 40 590 185 Thank you for your encouragement. I am so grateful. I couldn't have done it without you. 220 247 Best wishes for a Happy, Healthy New Year! 408 Day 100 - Final step count 10446(10,000) Day 99 - Final step count 10202 (10,000) Day 98 - Final... Read more

  • Who to trust

    12/30/2016 2:46:32 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Life Lessons from Einstein

    12/30/2016 12:50:09 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Clutter--this must be my unconscious philosophy of life

    12/30/2016 12:42:17 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Which of these helps you be happy? Or which do you still need to learn?

    12/30/2016 12:17:03 PM, by CTUPTON

    For me: 4.The secret to getting ahead is to focus your energy not on fixing and fighting yesterday, but on building and growing something new right now. chris 1.When life does not go as planned, breathe and remember that life’s richness often comes from its unpredictability. 2.Sometimes you ... Read more

  • funny meanings

    12/30/2016 11:01:56 AM, by CTUPTON

    Thank you Cathy. chris... Read more

  • Hoping your New Year is supercalifragilisticexpia
    lidocious !

    12/30/2016 7:58:49 AM, by CTUPTON

    ious PRONUNCIATION: (soo-puhr-ka-li-fra-juh-lis-
    tik-eks-pi-uh-li-DO-shuhs) MEANING: adjective: Extraordinarily wonderful. ETYMOLOGY: A fanciful formation. Earliest documented use is from 1949, though this word was po... Read more

  • Snow shoe to Silverdaisy yurt

    12/29/2016 11:22:19 PM, by JUNEPA

    I went with 3 friends for an overnight snow shoe. We stayed in a yurt, so we had a cozy sleep, not like my overnight winter snow shoes last year when we stayed in tents. One of my friends is an international mountain guide, and although he now mostly works close to home, he has a lot of contacts i... Read more

  • My Next 100 Days - Day 98 and 99

    12/29/2016 10:06:34 PM, by ITS_MY_TURN_NOW

    Thank you for stopping by. Your encouragement means more than you know. 247 I can do this! 311 Day 99 - Final step count 20 minutes of yoga and my step goal. Day 98 - Final step count 10317 (10,000) Day 97 - Final step count 4557 (10,000) Day 96 - Final step count 2860 (10,000) ... Read more

  • Treadmill use

    12/29/2016 3:16:41 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Organization hints I recently learned--and remember

    12/29/2016 12:55:07 PM, by CTUPTON

    To you and to others who want to help me: "Don't mess with the mess," please. 211 This is a work in progress and I have to improve little by little at my own pace. So please don't give me advice about this here. 211 If I want some specific advice, I will , eventually ask about it. OK? 41 ... Read more

  • Best 100 calorie snacks to keep you full

    12/29/2016 11:23:21 AM, by CTUPTON

    p?id=1938 1. Two tablespoons of whipped light cream cheese rolled into two slices of extra-lean ham. 2. Two celery stalks, sliced into strips and dipped in 2 tablespoons of light guacamole. 3. Three ounc... Read more

  • Hatchimals

    12/29/2016 5:18:54 AM, by CTUPTON

    I guess I am cynical in my old age. Maybe kids learned that all chicken eggs do not hatch. chris... Read more

  • Do I look ready for New Year's Eve? (PICTURES)

    12/29/2016 1:45:01 AM, by _RAMONA

    Just over a year ago I was 250 lbs. & over 50% BMI... Obese Class III. (I know most of you already know this... and I know it, too... but somehow I've still not fully absorbed this fact so, please, bear with me as a continue to repeat it... until.) Today I'm STILL 155 lbs... Read more

  • My Next 100 Days - Day 96 and 97

    12/27/2016 11:12:29 AM, by ITS_MY_TURN_NOW

    I am worn out from all the holiday stuff 24 but I am almost there. 104 I am doing yoga every day. 417 Thank you for stopping by. Your encouragement means more than you know. I can do this! 311 Day 97 - 20 minutes of yoga and my step goal. Day 96 - 20 minutes of yoga 2860 (10,000... Read more

  • Family Stories, Records, Photographs and Memories

    12/26/2016 10:59:26 PM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    I read this article in our local newspaper (a reprint) - figured some here, myself included, could benefit.
    holiday-visits-to-record-family-/... Read more

  • Oh no! A burst pipe at the CT condo and I am in NY state!

    12/26/2016 10:27:44 AM, by CTUPTON

    2 plus days of panic 40 and some 46 but I am feeling better today. Brother in law drove from near NY city. He is there now evaluating the damage. Mostly soaked sheetrock. I thought I had no insurance 198 --but I have it!!! Thank the Lord!! 224 I did have to get insurance for the... Read more

  • Drs Oz and Roizen - Random Blog Entries I Want To Save

    12/25/2016 3:10:10 PM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    This dreary, raining, gloomy morning of December 25th, I was catching up on some of the back issues of newspapers that I hadn't read yet. I decided to look up some of the columns to save the info I wanted, and then I can pitch the newspapers and declutter! Yay! 147 Make Your Own Pumpkin Spic... Read more

  • My Next 100 Days - Day 93, 94 and 95

    12/25/2016 7:29:08 AM, by ITS_MY_TURN_NOW

    460 Merry Christmas! 446 It has been busy here but I have managed to do yoga every day. 417 Thank you for stopping by. Your encouragement means more than you know. I can do this! 311 Day 95 - 20 minutes of yoga and my step goal. Day 94 - Final step count 6476 (10,000) Day 93 - F... Read more

  • fat free lemon pie

    12/25/2016 6:55:44 AM, by CTUPTON

    Only this would post. Error message about html! I was very frustrated!
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  • If you are not having a great Christmas (or any other holiday)...

    12/25/2016 6:24:08 AM, by CTUPTON

    I too am there this year, and last year, and the year before. I survived. And I even thrived in certain ways. It is easy to get discouraged, especially when on FB, etc. everyone is putting up their perfect photos of smiling children and adults, perfect table settings, perfect Christmas trees, ... Read more

  • Dec. 25 th -- we made it to another Christmas!

    12/25/2016 3:59:36 AM, by CTUPTON

    The year certainly had its ups and downs. but I am grateful for all of my sparkfriends! You pulled me through another year! Merry Christmas! 446 459... Read more

  • I am grateful for, 12/23

    12/23/2016 3:11:34 PM, by CETANISTAWI

    1. my babies, because they are my mirrors. 2. a full house, because it means we're together. 3. activities, because they help create memories. 4. breathing room, because it brings a bit of release. 5. the quick decision, because it was right. 6. reminders, because they keep things running ... Read more