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  • Day 56: Me Old Mucker

    9/1/2014 4:18:07 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=
    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

    www.nymomsworld.com/blog
    /2012/08/our-best-picks-fo
    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 http://www.youtube.com/w
    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

    http://www.youtube.com/w
    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

    www.wikihow.com/Replace-
    Eggs-in-Your-Cooking or a more detailed list: chefinyou.com/egg-substi
    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

    http://www.youtube.com/w
    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

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=
    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

  • Pancakes Using more seeds & nuts than loaded with 100% gluten flours

    8/21/2014 9:36:58 AM, by LINDYPOWER

    Using 1 TABLESPOON each of coconut flour, cashew meal, flaxseed, self rising white flour, whole wheat flour, raw sunflower seeds, raw hemp seed, and cardamom seeds - anything course or whole was ground up in the coffee grinder. ... Read more

  • Tea tree oil is helping bruises

    8/20/2014 7:46:29 AM, by CTUPTON

    I have been surprised how well tea tree oil (and icing) works for bruising . After the chiropractor does the Graston technique on tissue bumps around my knee and shoulder, often I am bruised. He has been putting something on my skin after the treatment. I got to thinking maybe that is tea tree ... Read more

  • Walking The Labyrinth

    8/19/2014 8:47:27 PM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    **Disclaimer: This is my journal entry, which I don't normally share but wanted it here for posterity. It's epically long so read it if you have a spare hour or two you are more than welcome to ** As we walked ... Read more

  • OFFICIAL Exercise Challenge OFFICIALLY Completed... now LIFESTYLE Continues!

    8/19/2014 6:26:11 PM, by _RAMONA

    As she indicated, my Divine Miss O started her streak PROMPTLY on Monday! Today... Read more

  • Kombucha and other probiotics

    8/19/2014 3:10:20 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    I had lunch with my niece yesterday after we did a water exercise session. Then we picked up a scoby she had saved for me and bought a big jar to make Kombucha in. It is sitting on my counter working away. This will be my first batch so I hope it all goes OK. In the meantime we have a bottle in th... Read more

  • Day 43: Rebooting

    8/19/2014 5:50:41 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    www.rebootwithjoe.com HOW I FEEL Mangoes sure are messy but oh so yummy... oh mango how I love thee, let me count the ways.. ... Read more

  • No white knuckling it here.

    8/18/2014 9:18:13 PM, by _RAMONA

    I wrote the following January 27, 2010, You can read the rest here: www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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    al.asp?blog_id=2805881Read more

  • Oh HOW I wish I lived in Missouri!!!

    8/18/2014 6:33:44 PM, by _RAMONA

    I would register in a heartbeat! womensfitnesssummit.com/ Friday, September 26 – Sunday, September, 28 • Friday Night Social • Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. group dinner that evening • Sunday, 9 a.m. – Noo... Read more

  • Day 42: Rebooting

    8/18/2014 5:51:00 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    www.rebootwithjoe.com HOW I FEEL Today has been glorious! I really have to thank the kind encouraging words of my sparkfriends and a couple days of honest to goodness mental and physical rest, that have now... Read more

  • Modified Reboot Plan

    8/18/2014 5:18:33 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    So after 10 days of transitioning out of a fast I'm FINALLY ready to start phase 2 a modified reboot more akin to what they do on the Reboot with Joe website. Inspiration: Fat sick & Nearly Dead & Forks Over Knives, www... Read more

  • Giving Birth...

    8/17/2014 8:00:48 PM, by _RAMONA

    ... to the rest of my life! Right now I feel a lot like I did those last couple of weeks before the Divine Miss O was born. I just wanted her to get here so we could simply get ON with loving and raising her. The tension about drove me crazy. Having to trust the process drove me to ... Read more

  • BHSM: Recap & Week 13

    8/17/2014 6:31:17 PM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    skipped yet another week, tut tut! Had a mini spa day with all my own products, began a self care routine, wore an item that made me feel special, gave myself a hand and face massage. Journalled daily, thought of ... Read more

  • Spring gardening

    8/17/2014 3:06:12 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    I spent a happy day in the garden yesterday. The weather was glorious, warm, sunny and still. Everywhere I weeded were bulbs and spring flower mostly on the cusp of opening. I planted a few of my shrubs that have waited all winter. I trimmed a flowering shrub and pruned another. DH worked with me... Read more

  • Fire Dept. Lobsterfest!

    8/17/2014 2:44:23 PM, by CTUPTON

    YUM! Fire Dept. Lobsterfest! In our "old" town and with the FD we both volunteered for. If I quit eating for the day--except for fruit and veggies--I will be OK. CHRIS... Read more

  • cont. Solution Centered Weight Loss by SP Coach Dean Anderson

    8/17/2014 11:19:24 AM, by CTUPTON

    Our problems each day often repeat. We can figure out solutions so they don't knock us off track. But we need to "head them off at the pass!" ... Read more

  • SP Coach Dean Anderson: Solution Centered Approach to Weight Loss

    8/17/2014 11:08:20 AM, by CTUPTON

    4. Predict your way to success. SP Coach Dean Anderson Bad habits are often the product of self-fulfilling prophecies. You expect yourself to experience a problem, and then you do—again and again. You can interrupt this cycle by ... Read more

  • Win The Day

    8/17/2014 6:28:32 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    New morning,new day, new week, new attitude, make this day, today, ours! ... Read more

  • Day 41

    8/16/2014 4:50:50 PM, by A_RARE_BEAN

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  • Hope

    8/16/2014 7:00:29 AM, by CTUPTON

    "There are really only two ways, it seems to me, in which we can think about our existence here on Earth. We either agree with Macbeth that life is nothing more than a 'tale told by an idiot,' a purposeless emergence of life-forms including the clever, greedy, selfish, and unfortunate species that w... Read more

  • Pierre Teilhard de Chardin quote

    8/16/2014 6:52:32 AM, by CTUPTON

    “God is not remote from us. He is at the point of my pen, my (pick) shovel, my paint brush, my (sewing) needle - and my heart and thoughts.” ¯ Pierre Teilhard de... Read more

  • Two Dozen Streakin' Days!

    8/16/2014 12:43:24 AM, by _RAMONA

    Before I begin today's accounting, a public service announcement: (it's okay... I'm Catholic... the Pope, Jedi Master... it's all the same) Spark Tec has just brought it to my attention that I am an IDIOT. ... no, th... Read more

  • Day 40

    8/15/2014 4:51:13 PM, by A_RARE_BEAN

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  • CHOCOLATE DREAMS

    8/15/2014 4:09:42 PM, by TIME2BLOOM4ME

    The other night hubby went to bed early. It was just the cat and I alone. We got busy again, together in the kitchen. Hubby loves a product called Cacao Bliss, sol... Read more

  • The Miracle Question about stopping emotional eating

    8/15/2014 7:06:04 AM, by CTUPTON

    from SP Coach Dean Anderson Solution-Focused Approach to Weight Loss Ask the Right Questions, Find the Right Answers 2. Activate your imagination with the Miracle Question. The Miracle Question is a great way to help yourself focus on solutions. Imagine that tonight while you’re slee... Read more

  • Don't Count Your Trophies Before They Materialize

    8/15/2014 12:33:34 AM, by _RAMONA

    First, business as usual: Today was good day. I feel a sense of accomplishment. I was up at 6:00 AM. I did 20 minu... Read more

  • Staying Connected through Tough Times

    8/14/2014 3:07:03 PM, by _RAMONA

    Staying Connected through Tough Times www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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    al.asp?blog_id=5759151 Read it. It's where every SPARKling should begin. Your success depends upon this underst... Read more

  • Day 36 - 39: It's Ok not to be Ok

    8/14/2014 8:01:21 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    I'm taking the day off entirely. I am feeling really tired and depressed and have NO motivation to start my modified reboot. So today I'm just giving myself the day off both mentally and physically AND nutritionally. A day not ... Read more

  • Day 22 of the Rest of My Life

    8/13/2014 8:18:20 PM, by _RAMONA

    First of all, THANK YOU to everyone who is reading daily. Your encouraging comments mean the world to me, and turn days like yesterday into days like t... Read more

  • Coming or going???? Yes.

    8/13/2014 1:32:41 PM, by _JULEE_

    Where to begin this post? On July 10, I brought my mom to Tucson. Mom hadn't been feeling well for some time. In fact, just a few days before I got her, she was diagnosed with pneumonia and given a steroid and antibiotic. The day after we got to Tucson, she needed to go to the ER - she... Read more

  • "14 THOUSAND pounds, kept off for almost 800 years!"

    8/13/2014 9:47:17 AM, by _RAMONA

    THIS required an entry all of its own! CHECK OUT: "14 THOUSAND pounds, kept off for almost 800 years!" www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
    ge_public_journal_individu
    al.asp?blog_id=5758529 ...a TRULY inspiring... Read more

  • A Dubious First...

    8/12/2014 8:34:13 PM, by _RAMONA

    LARGER IMAGE: quotes.lifehack.org/medi
    a/quotes/quote-Vash-Young-
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    ns-in-life-37257.png ... Read more

  • FREE On-Line Event: The Evolution of Medicine Summit

    8/12/2014 2:38:14 PM, by _RAMONA

    INTRODUCING THE EVOLUTION OF MEDICINE SUMMIT, The Worlds Largest Medical Conference Completely FREE online September 8th -15th 2014. This FREE online conference is designed for patients, doctors, health coaches and those ... Read more

  • More Coconut milk notes

    8/12/2014 3:25:19 AM, by TIME2BLOOM4ME

    I remade my dehydrated flaked coconut milk again. It was a hectic day, so I took my time on making more milk. In the morning I soaked the unsweetened coconut flakes in cool water. I let them sit out all day on the counter. Just before bed I finally got around to running them throug... Read more

  • You know that sort of day...

    8/11/2014 7:04:44 PM, by _RAMONA

    ...when you come to the realization that a simple act of faith has become so much more? Or that other day, when you witness, in very real ways, how something small can grow far beyond your imagination and desire? Today was that kind of day... on both counts! Read more

  • Better Late Than Never?

    8/11/2014 5:10:19 PM, by _RAMONA

    I joined a great team awhile back that has had a HUGE impact on my process, and which is largely responsible for me taking off streaking this month: Balance & Moderation www.sparkpeople.com/mysp
    ark/groups_individual.asp?
    gid=62651 Every day, MAMA2FOURKIDDOS ... Read more

  • Day 35: Playing Catch up

    8/11/2014 4:10:35 PM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    This pic is nothing to do with todays blog, just love the picture, one day I'll be a ballerina too Ok so I don't have the juicy energy that I had before I started to eat again which makes me kinda sad BUT one can't... Read more

  • If it ain't broken...

    8/11/2014 1:17:11 PM, by _RAMONA

    ...KEEP STREAKING!!! We had a GREAT weekend over here! In the interests of honouring the spirit of my streak, I flipped Saturday and Sunday with regard to exercise... so family activity on Saturday (we went to the local fair: The Exhibition, or Ex for short), and strength-training on Sun... Read more

  • Day 34

    8/10/2014 4:58:45 PM, by A_RARE_BEAN

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  • Spring cleaning

    8/10/2014 2:12:20 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    This month I have set a goal of dealing to my kitchen. Spent some of this weekend cleaning the oven, it is a surprise to open it now. Will give it a final go with commercial oven cleaner but in the meantime it's looking much shinier. Moved on to the microwave and today is fridge time, followed by th... Read more

  • A quote I like --from BLESSEDBEING

    8/10/2014 12:46:15 PM, by CTUPTON

    My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. ¯ Maya Angelou ... Read more

  • End of the puns....honest.

    8/10/2014 10:58:28 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Puns intended....

    8/10/2014 10:28:02 AM, by CTUPTON

    A relief map shows where the restrooms are. If you don't pay your exorcist you get repossessed. A hungry traveler stops at a monastery and is taken to the kitchens. A brother is frying chips. 'Are you the friar?' he asks. 'No. I'm the chip monk,' he replies John Deere's manure spreade... Read more

  • No pun intended....

    8/10/2014 10:23:16 AM, by CTUPTON

    Did you hear about the guy who got hit in the head with a can of soda? He was lucky it was a soft drink. Police were called to a daycare where a three-year-old was resisting a rest. There was once a cross-eyed teacher who couldn't control his pupils. I was going to buy a book on phobi... Read more

  • A few laughs (hopefully)

    8/10/2014 10:16:23 AM, by CTUPTON

    Is google a woman? Because it won't let you finish your sentence without coming up with other suggestions. What do you call a fake noodle? an IMPASTA! 2 antennas met on a roof and got married. The wedding was ok, but the reception was incredible. I'm going to buy some velcro fo... Read more

  • More thoughts on gardening...

    8/9/2014 8:48:27 PM, by CTUPTON

    "Oh, give it a rest!" A stray curmudgeon in a field of perennial optimists. ... Read more

  • Thoughts on gardening...

    8/9/2014 8:28:35 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Still Sick with Lung Condition

    8/9/2014 3:01:01 PM, by LINDYPOWER

    Saw a doctor at the Local Walk-In, Urgent Care Center after my doctor said he was booked. I asked for a digital ex-ray & a culture. Done. Found Pulmonary doctor a few miles away who'll see me next Thursday; I have to bring the ex ray on CD disk with me. I picked up prescriptions but am holding off o... Read more

  • A laugh I got watching Criminal Minds. A Hotch quote.

    8/9/2014 11:28:22 AM, by CTUPTON

    I got a good laugh watching Criminal Minds the other day. Do you watch that? Hotch is always so serious. I think they are trying to lighten him up. A Native American man said a quote to him which sounded kind of Zen. Hotch answered, "You sound like a fortune cookie." Probably you had... Read more

  • Losing fat cells and toxin release

    8/9/2014 7:51:31 AM, by CTUPTON

    HUH? I am being told my nausea, diarrhea, illness was caused by my body releasing toxins from fat cells. I was so successful on my elimination/rotation eating plan that I got sick. HUH? chris... Read more

  • Day 33: Transition

    8/9/2014 5:47:54 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    I can't tell you how nice it is to eat food and not have stomach cramps straight after... do you think the electric eel is really dead? Obviously if I go back to eating crap I'm sure it will resurrect along with some offspring bu... Read more

  • UPDATED. Almost Instant Dehydrated Coconut Milk

    8/8/2014 3:35:01 PM, by TIME2BLOOM4ME

    Today I decided to try making some coconut milk at home. There are times when I don't have the luxury of having young coconuts available to make coconut milk. Most of the time we don't go to t... Read more

  • It's Friday... I Thank God!

    8/8/2014 3:28:31 PM, by _RAMONA

    ...Because it's two and half weeks, and I'm still streaking! This was in my inbox today: "I think over again my small adventures, my fears, those ... Read more

  • For my struggling SPARKling friends...

    8/8/2014 11:53:43 AM, by _RAMONA

    I'm sorry... I just had to share this. I know that there are many SPARKlings carrying heavy burdens as they journey, and my heart and prayers are with every one. This blog does not in any way apply to the genuine sorrows encompassed in being deeply human. However, the vast maj... Read more

  • Day 32: Transition

    8/8/2014 6:34:58 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    I feel like crap. I am still thoroughly depressed, I'm almost annoyed at myself that I feel like no matter how I break my fast my victory has been swiftly ruined and taken away. Oh well, I'm a big girl I'll move on once my lo... Read more

  • Riding the Roller Coaster

    8/8/2014 12:44:19 AM, by _RAMONA

    ...another SPARKling said today that she had, "mixed feelings about this.... Read more

  • Facing Friday...

    8/7/2014 2:56:21 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    ...in a good mood this week. Feeling stronger and happier because I have increased my calories. Found this round of the Cura tough so I have shortened it and will tackle a three week round when the spring asparagus and strawberries come in again. Work has been good this week, I am writing a paper... Read more

  • Streakin'... Day 15: REWARDS!

    8/7/2014 1:02:13 PM, by _RAMONA

    Done (even thought the alarm didn't go off, lol)! Done (though it would have been easy not to)! ...and DONE (despite it being a VERY busy day outside ... Read more

  • Tomorrow is Another Day

    8/7/2014 2:11:05 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN

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  • Juice Fast: Day 31

    8/7/2014 2:06:25 AM, by A_RARE_BEAN

    Stage: 4 www.healthrecipes.com/fa
    st21.htm JUICES 1)Green: 1 cucumber, 1 toadskin melon, ½ lemon, Rating 10/10 : Servings 1.75 1.75 total servings (serving = 500ml) EXTRAS Epsom salt bath, probiot... Read more

  • People are noticing...

    8/6/2014 8:18:34 AM, by CTUPTON

    People are noticing I look a bit thinner. This is really dangerous for me. It happens first in the face. I wish the hips would decrease first. Shucks. People want a magic answer for losing weight. Their eyes light up when I say it is 30 lbs. But they ask how did I do it and I say well it took ... Read more