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  • This eating plan should be doable for me......

    10/22/2017 10:26:28 AM, by CTUPTON At 258 lbs Here is what that plan suggested: 2300/calories per day to maintain 1800 -if no exercise--lose 1 lb/week (average weight loss) 2100 with exercise-lose 1 lb per week (average weight loss) B 420 L 525 D 630 Sn 525 also ther... Read more

  • Pain and Persistence

    10/22/2017 5:25:32 AM, by JSTETSER

    I was in a car accident over 30 years ago. I was hit from behind, and I'm still paying for his mistake. I have chronic back and shoulder pain. At one point, I was on painkillers, but they almost killed me. In the end, I still have pain. So I gently exercise every day and build up my muscl... Read more

  • Allulose - the "new" sugar ??

    10/22/2017 1:00:13 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    So, I loaded up my Walkr app to check on my planets and their progress in production, and as usual, I get a full page ad - which I real quick bat out of the way, before I can play... Only, whaaaaat!?? An advertisement for KNOW foods supposedly #keto friendly cookies, muffins, wraps, waffles, do... Read more

  • If you are looking to move to a senior apartment complex--here is my experience.

    10/21/2017 9:49:47 AM, by CTUPTON

    We made the move to an independent senior complex. My husband is handicapped but if I live with him and be responsible for his care, they will accept him. It is way different living with people from 110 apartments! Unless you are pretty strict, everyone knows your business. People re helpful a... Read more

  • Get out the tissues

    10/21/2017 9:24:49 AM, by CTUPTON
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  • Yes, I can! Yes, I will!

    10/21/2017 5:52:46 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I got home and was faced with the temptation of eating more ice cream. I had done the Spark Coach exercise of visualizing NOT eating it. Unfortunately, I also took time to think about what that great vanilla ice cream would taste like. After I sat down and wrote how I had overcome t... Read more

  • Critical action required here

    10/21/2017 3:38:04 AM, by RKOTTEK

    I am going to try to embark on a mission Within the link I am sending you is a summary and a 24 minute video I hope you both read the summary and that the video is available to you This concerns about the most unhealthy nation on the Earth. The diet is composed of a super-high consumption of... Read more

  • continuing 21/Oct 2017

    10/20/2017 5:57:26 PM, by RKOTTEK

    01/Jan 167kgs 367.4 pounds 23/Sept. 174.5kg 383.9 pounds 30/Sept 172.5 kgs 379.5 pounds, 7/ Oct. 169.5kgs 372.9 pounds , down 6.6 since last week 14/Oct 168 kgs 369.6 pounds, down 3.3 since last week 21/Oct 166.5 kgs 366.3 pounds down 2.3 since last week, down 17.6 since Sept 30 ... Read more

  • Making a Motivational Moment

    10/20/2017 5:06:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    I Can SEE myself making a good choice! one of my favorite parts of the Spark People Premium is the simple visualization exercise that I do every single morning. It might take me a minute to complete this exercise, but it stays with me all day. Today's visualization was this: Today,... Read more

  • Forgiveness and The Broken Road

    10/19/2017 5:08:55 AM, by JSTETSER

    I was treated poorly in my first marriage. I married a handsome arrogant man that I thought that I could change. In the end, I was the person who changed. I became a much more compassionate and discerning person because of him. I thank God for the broken road that made me who I am today. ... Read more

  • A Simple Gesture of Kindness

    10/18/2017 5:08:55 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday was a hectic day at school, and I was out straight! I was about to take my group out for recess when I realized that I had not been able to use the Ladies Room for hours. Emily was in her room, preparing for students when I asked her to watch my group. It was a small gesture of ki... Read more

  • $10 off a COLOR genetic test kit...

    10/18/2017 12:13:28 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    I've no idea how much these costs but allegedly $20 discount available through the link here below. I'm receiving one for free due to qualifying for genetic testing from another study.
    ral?code=DOPYMF You probably should add the s back in to the https when yo... Read more

  • My Spark Teams

    10/17/2017 5:07:37 AM, by JSTETSER

    SparkFriends, I need your help ! I have joined and led some great Spark Teams. The teams motivate me, and give me a reason to move forward in my health. Teams help me to go further and keep a strong focus. Going alone can be tiring, and a good team is a strength! I've also been on some dead ... Read more

  • Side by side comparison of healthy fats

    10/16/2017 2:28:07 PM, by PROVERBS31JULIA
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  • I Got the Shot!

    10/16/2017 5:03:21 AM, by JSTETSER

    Sunday I took the time to get my flu shot at my pharmacy. The flu shot is the best way to protect yourself against getting the flu. And washing is important. Getting plenty of rest, and eating a healthy diet are also important. Still the best way to protect against the flu is to get the shot.... Read more

  • 10 Slow Breaths

    10/15/2017 5:51:59 AM, by JSTETSER

    10 slow breaths 3 times a day is my way of calming myself, centering myself, and lowering my blood pressure. According to, Deep breathing can release stress and provide other noticeable health benefits. You will likely feel calmer after performing deep breathing exe... Read more

  • In The Arms of Love

    10/14/2017 5:08:16 AM, by JSTETSER

    The arms of love There are days when life's journey gets long and hard. I get beat up a bit and discouraged by the fight. Then I come home to your welcoming arms where I'm safe and secure. The arms of love There are days when life's journey gets long and hard. I get beat up a bit ... Read more

  • continuing

    10/13/2017 11:09:05 PM, by RKOTTEK

    with an off and on vege and diet shake regime here is the progress 01/Jan 167kgs 367.4 pounds 23/Sept. 174.5kg 383.9 pounds 30/Sept 172.5 kgs 379.5 pounds, 7/ Oct. 169.5kgs 372.9 pounds , down 6.6 since last week 14/Oct 168 kgs 369.6 pounds, down 3.3 since last week I am st... Read more

  • I choose to believe...

    10/13/2017 8:18:56 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • the transverse abdominis

    10/13/2017 5:54:48 PM, by PETALIA

    The following blog post was originally a message board post I made on the Yoga Lover's team page. I have a strong yoga practice. I practice Baptiste Power Vinyasa Flow in a heated studio 5 or 6 times a week. I've been seriously practicing for 6 years. When I began I was quite strong: bodyweigh... Read more

  • Why am I dreaming night after night?

    10/13/2017 1:00:00 PM, by CTUPTON

    At least I mean I am remembering the dreams and waking up while dreaming. This is unusual for me. It has been happening for maybe 5 nights now. What is going on? I wake up as if I have slept very deeply. But a psychiatrist once told me dreams happen when we are sleeping lighter, not when ... Read more

  • 100 DAYS to do list progress: Some signs are printed and posted-I sure hope these work!

    10/13/2017 11:51:45 AM, by CTUPTON

    SOME-- 41 PRINTED AND POSTED --to remind myself to actually DO the behaviors I need to do! Summary DAY 100 This is how I live List the Behaviors 195 that "speak to me" and add how I will remember 104 to do each one: Even setting up to actually DO 40 this list will ta... Read more

  • Gotta go shopping first --before tackling homemade granola!

    10/13/2017 10:29:25 AM, by CTUPTON

    Note: the whole recipe is in a previous blog of mine! SO I NEED TO GO SHOPPING FIRST! 341 198 I don't seem to have these ingredients: 1 cup mixture --the main sweetner--maple syrup or brown sugar or honey or a mixture of these unsalted butter 4 cups nuts and seeds... Read more

  • Friday the 13th

    10/13/2017 5:16:40 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today is a good day. This is the day that God has made! This is a day of joy and hope. Never let a day scare you! I hope that you will look at this day as a great adventure. That's what I'm going to do! Maybe I'll climb another mountain! ... Read more

  • How does my 'do right' calendar look?

    10/12/2017 7:33:09 PM, by EILEEN828

    So I took these pics a few days ago but you get to see what the calendar looks like after the first week. So far I'm really liking my calendar. This image shows how I store all the rhinestone dots in the plastic sleeve behind the calendar key. I record all this info as I get into bed and do ... Read more

  • I tried this on boneless chicken--excellent!

    10/12/2017 2:00:56 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Homemade granola--adapt as you need to, of course

    10/12/2017 11:01:06 AM, by CTUPTON

    Yield: 10 cups granola 40 Well, I won't make that much! chris How to Make Granola Prep: 5 minutes 20 Cook: 40 minutes 198 Total: 45 minutes Homemade granola is so easy to make (seriously, it takes all of five minutes from pantry to oven 4 ), and it’s ... Read more

  • UPDATE!! Found! Find Isabella McCarble

    10/12/2017 7:45:59 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    Can't believe - well, I can - this world is suffering greatly - but Isabella is the granddaughter of long time family of ours. Her aunt and cousins attend my local congregation in KS. The grandparents are in the Houston metro. She has an Aunt expecting twins...not sure if it was her family's house a... Read more

  • Family love in small doses

    10/12/2017 5:18:32 AM, by JSTETSER

    I dearly love my family, but we have a few differences. BIG differences. Sometimes we argue with each other and express those differences. Recently one of my brothers came home to visit after 3 years of being away This past weekend I was out of state celebrating my son's birthday. I could ... Read more

  • Back on the Wagon

    10/11/2017 5:04:42 PM, by SHINIGAN

    FREE FOOD Yeah, try to walk away from that! Last week was Customer Service Week, so we had free food every day. Donuts, dilly bars, Panera..... I do not turn down free food as a matter or principal. But I should probably rethink that. Fortunately I did have a race Saturday, so I wrote off th... Read more

  • Fall Foliage

    10/11/2017 5:18:05 AM, by JSTETSER

    There's something lovely about being in New Hampshire in October. The warm and brilliant leaves and the cool air are just enough to get me out for a walk, bike, kayak or drive. There's no place more beautiful than on top of a mountain on a beautiful Fall day! Driving home from wor... Read more

  • A doctor's recipe for Breakfast: Thawed frozen fruit, chasews, no sugar yogurt

    10/10/2017 8:33:24 PM, by CTUPTON

    A doctor's 273 recipe for a healthy breakfast. OK I like this. Chris In fact I have been buying bags of frozen berries. I have not thought of making it my breakfast. But I could. The doctor said this: This is literally my breakfast sitting on my desk. Why is this a heal... Read more

  • Showing kindness

    10/10/2017 5:16:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    Everyone needs and wants kindness. There are times that I'd rather give some of my relatives a good swift kick instead! After acknowledging my frustrated feelings, and see their needs, I remember that I'm no better than they are. I would rather receive the kindness than the good swift ki... Read more

  • Yeah! Last day ........of 100 Days of Weight Loss book

    10/9/2017 11:40:34 AM, by CTUPTON

    Summary DAY 100 This is how I live List the Behaviors 195 that "speak to me" and add how I will remember 104 to do each one: Even setting up to actually DO 40 this list will take days to type signs 17 and set reminders around and set up the measurement devices, etc. So I have wor... Read more

  • Taking Care of ME!

    10/9/2017 6:12:53 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I have to stop. I've been in high gear for weeks, and the list of responsibilities is long. If I want to stay healthy, feel good about myself, I have to say NO to others and take time for me. People will be disappointed in me today. I'm sure that I'll hear about it. I like to p... Read more

  • Each one teach one

    10/8/2017 7:20:23 AM, by JSTETSER

    I took the time to pick apples with Shiloh Rose yesterday. What fun!... Read more

  • New Jersey Birthday!

    10/7/2017 7:21:16 AM, by JSTETSER

    My first-born turns 40! I can hardly wrap my mind around it. I still think of him as a child! Happy birthday to my firstborn son! You've added meaning, and so much fun. As I've learned to love and care for you, God has answered my prayers, more than a few! Now you're married with a... Read more

  • Very, very gross zombie eatables for parties.

    10/6/2017 4:26:21 PM, by CTUPTON
    pe-zombie-apocalypse-party chris... Read more

  • 10K Steps a Day-One Step at a Time!

    10/6/2017 5:19:35 AM, by JSTETSER

    Well, I'm putting my best foot forward with this challenge! Every day I try to get in 10,000 steps. Many days I fail in my attempt. Even trying makes me successful. My school schedule has changed dramatically, and I'm not getting out for my beautiful walks ass much as I used to. I've chan... Read more

  • Out on a Limb

    10/5/2017 5:05:23 AM, by JSTETSER

    Well, this time, I really did it. I tried to help a student and it really backfired. I followed the rules. I had the consent of the team. At the last minute, an important backed out, and I looked like a very foolish person. Life goes on. I'd rather be at fault for trying and hung out ... Read more

  • I'm too young to start acting old!

    10/4/2017 5:10:17 AM, by JSTETSER

    After a medical procedure like a colonoscopy, I don't want to do anything. I just want to sit. I just want to avoid drama. I just want to have a day to myself. Maybe it's what I need. Just a few minutes of quiet. Right now, I feel old. I'm 61, and that's too young to feel old. Maybe wh... Read more

  • A book worth reading if you don't mind lots of detail and some grotesque stuff.

    10/3/2017 2:11:30 PM, by CTUPTON

    The devil in the White City by Erik Larson 2003 A detailed description of how the 1893 "world's fair" came into being. But added to this is the history of the serial murderer Henry Holmes. I knew nothing of this world fair and really nothing about the serial killer, H. Holmes. There is lo... Read more

  • The Colon Cleanse

    10/3/2017 5:24:12 AM, by JSTETSER

    According to my nurse, this is the test that people avoid the most. It's not fun, and it's not pretty, but it's important. Every ten years, I go in for a colonoscopy, which requires a day of cleansing of the bowels before hand. A colonoscopy is one of the best ways to spot or help preven... Read more

  • Quote by Marianne Williamson

    10/2/2017 5:52:32 PM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your ... Read more

  • The Premium Spark

    10/2/2017 5:18:57 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I decided to take the trial use of the Spark Premium, and I'm glad that I did! I have been on Spark for a few years and thought that I'd seen it all. I found that the Spark Coach motivational 3-minute talks help me to gain a better grasp on what I'm facing! One of the best benefi... Read more

  • My health calendar

    10/1/2017 5:47:25 AM, by EILEEN828

    I decided to give myself a little project, it will serve to track my health goals. I wanted it to be seen visually every day at a glance. So I went with a blank calendar. I have numerous food allergies and psoriasis which I'm keeping under control with a special autoimmune diet. I decided ... Read more

  • Walking & Meditation

    10/1/2017 5:10:52 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I'm hiking in the hills doing Mindful Moving Meditation. I am taking parts from the SparkPeople's Walking meditation guide, which I found here:
    /wellness_articles.asp?id=894 Did you know that meditation can help lower blood pressure, relieve stress and ... Read more

  • What to do with my old (handicap) van thaey won't take in trade?

    9/30/2017 10:51:23 AM, by CTUPTON

    He'd give me $400 for it and then junk it and get his $400 back. 39 He said the frame is rotted and that is very common. His fixing that before reselling would be $3000 and then he'd sell the car for almost the same price. So he did not want to bother with it. He would take it as I sai... Read more

  • Beyond my control

    9/30/2017 5:10:21 AM, by JSTETSER

    There are some things that I just have to leave in the hands of God. They are beyond my control. I love to organize life so that things turn out well for everyone, but it just doesn't happen. My son is having a birthday soon, and I'm making the trip down to New Jersey to visit with him. I... Read more

  • Yesterday's appointments did not go so well. Darn

    9/29/2017 7:31:12 AM, by CTUPTON

    The appts. did not go so well. The hygienist cleaned only half my teeth-the uppers. I have to go back to get the bottom teeth done. But now it is hard to find another day to go. Things are in good shape, thank God. But we have not seen a dentist in a year because of the move. Then, we wen... Read more

  • Ask, Seek, Knock!

    9/29/2017 5:19:28 AM, by JSTETSER

    Ask and it shall be given to you! Seel and you shall find! Knock and the door shall be opened to you. Well, today is a very happy day! I have hunted for, asked the school staff for them, but I ended up empty-handed. I did not give up! I asked the principal again for pedometers. She asked ... Read more

  • Running on Empty

    9/28/2017 5:10:23 AM, by JSTETSER

    Running on Empty Tuesday was a normal day. I was riding into work when I noticed it. My gas gauge was very low. Okay. It was a very tiny bit above empty. I was taking the back road shortcut to work, and I had no gas. I had 5 extra minutes to turn around and get gas that is 5 miles in the ... Read more

  • Wisdom without a shelf life: Five enduring food rules you can trust - Cara Rosenbloom

    9/27/2017 10:53:27 PM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    Finally reading through the paper and saw this article: "Wisdom without a shelf life: Five enduring food rules you can trust" by Cara Rosenbloom
    ou-can-trust/afmfiem/ Variety of Food E... Read more

  • Mind mapping for my writing group...

    9/27/2017 12:45:16 PM, by CTUPTON

    I added images to the last blog. go check them out. I did not make those mind maps. This is one mind map I made to brainstorm to help me pick a topic for my writing sample. chris ... Read more

  • Webbing or mind mapping to brainstorm befor writing my homework for the writing group.

    9/27/2017 12:30:19 PM, by CTUPTON This shows how colorful a mind map can be. And, "The great thing about mind mapping is that you can put your ideas down in any order, as soon as they pop into your head. You are not constrained by thinking in order. Simply, throw out any and all ideas, then worry ... Read more

  • I am an Athlete!

    9/27/2017 9:52:35 AM, by JSTETSER

    I am an Athlete! Yes, I am! I didn't plan to become one, but I realize that in order to be a healthy person, I had to become an athlete. A shift in my thinking has begun! I no longer look at myself as an old person, sick with high blood pressure and Diabetes. I am an athlete! My bo... Read more

  • Depression, Vegans, Vegetarian diet - may be connections? Drs Oz & Roizen

    9/27/2017 8:29:01 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    Saw an article this morning from Drs Oz & Roizen - seems being a vegan or vegetarian can make one at higher risk for depression. They share some vegetarian food sources to help with depression to build up supplies of B-12, iron, zinc, Omega-3s, etc.
    irit/heal... Read more

  • For Amy (...and if I'm being honest, for me, too)... Keepin' it Real

    9/26/2017 7:21:39 AM, by _RAMONA

    When I joined SparkPeople, I thought it was because I wanted (needed) to take control of my weight and my health... and for awhile this remained a truth I could comfortably live with. I was undeniably fat (morbidly obese), and I was chronically ill. Interestingly, while the weight was my most o... Read more

  • Never Miss a Morning

    9/26/2017 5:12:27 AM, by JSTETSER

    My secret to staying slim is that I never miss a morning time. I get up and start the routine. Even if I go back to bed an hour later, I get up and put on my clothes. If it's a weekend, it's my workout clothes, In this photo, I'm at the foot of North Brother Mt in Maine. I love to hike! ... Read more

  • starting at:

    9/26/2017 12:04:50 AM, by RKOTTEK

    172 kg starting on green smoothie and optifast diet cheers ... Read more

  • Walking 10 K steps a day!

    9/25/2017 5:04:38 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every day I track my steps on a pedometer on my phone. I am finding that tracking my steps is very motivating. I used to go for long walks, now I have to get in my exercise in spits and spurts. A little here and there really does add up! I'm amazed at how many steps I can walk in a day! ... Read more

  • Sunflowers in my Garden

    9/24/2017 5:37:30 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every year, I grow a row of sunflowers at the back of my garden. Truthfully, it is just for the fun of seeing them grow. It is a lot of hassle to harvest the seeds. I'd love to hear from other people who grow Sunflowers. How do you harvest your seeds? It is a lot of work for me. Here ... Read more

  • The Sum of Small Efforts

    9/23/2017 5:09:10 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every day I get up and walk, bike, lift weights and get in good exercise. I take the time to eat healthy food. I drink my 8 glasses of water. In fact, I'm drinking some now! I know that all of these small efforts will keep the Type II Diabetes under control, and I will experience success:... Read more