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  • Still unhappy that you lost only one pound? See this.

    5/24/2016 6:50:36 PM, by CTUPTON

    a pound of fat And I just thought this picture was a bit different! chris... Read more

  • Using mints and cucumbers to lessen overeating.

    5/24/2016 6:18:50 PM, by CTUPTON

    3. Use a mint to master portion control One of my biggest challenges is eating just enough to the point that I get full. I have the tendency to overeat so one way I fight this is by having a mint or chewing gum once I feel full after a meal. Because of mintís strong scent, it naturall... Read more

  • A prank on the ark

    5/24/2016 1:45:41 PM, by CTUPTON

    Here he comes. Give me half a dozen (feathers).... Read more

  • Cleanliness is next to --I forgot!

    5/24/2016 11:36:51 AM, by CTUPTON

    I don't really hate cleaning, my fatigue just gets in the way and then things pile up and I get "down." chris ... Read more

  • I am grateful for, 5/23

    5/24/2016 12:13:58 AM, by CETANISTAWI

    1. my babies, because they make me look at my priorities. 2. good interviews, because it's time to knock off some of this overhead. 3. naps, because they are awesome. 4. getting the peas planted, because i have been wanting to do it. 5. crock pots, because they make life simpler. 6. gettin... Read more

  • Toxins making skin break out.

    5/23/2016 6:17:51 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am having lots of rosacea on my face. And just under each eyebrow there is a dry patch--small but it won't go away. I have seen a dermatologist. He gave me an antibiotic cream for the rosacea. It works fairly well. He says they don't even know why it works. He keeps checking the 2 littl... Read more

  • It's done!

    5/23/2016 5:59:32 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • harness for my cat, Cujo?

    5/23/2016 11:49:01 AM, by CTUPTON

    I used one before. I left it on him and it cut his skin, needing stitches! I had no idea it was cutting him Poor kitty! Kitty Holster is one. Is that a good one? Thanks, chris... Read more

  • Tongan - Kansan Wedding, part 2

    5/23/2016 10:05:18 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    Remember the wedding I went to in April? They released their video on YouTube - http://youtu.be/e4AU46BweV0
    I'm posting here, so you can get a quick flavor of the wedding. They showed some of the food I had there, but really didn't focus on the more unique items that we had. It's more of a qu... Read more

  • Don't Fear The Fat - and alternative viewpoints on reversing Diabetes

    5/22/2016 9:31:48 PM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    Wow, got a new doctor and here are the links she recommended that I view: Reversing Type 2 diabetes starts with ignoring the guidelines - Sarah Hallberg - TEDxPurdueU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v
    =da1vvigy5tQ Don't Fear The Fat! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v
    =Z4FGvss_-8... Read more

  • wish I could figure out the new cropper!

    5/22/2016 8:52:51 PM, by CTUPTON

    I changed the banner a little on my sparkpage. Now it is really fuzzy. I guess I blew it up too big. But I had it smaller and there was black on each side. When it first appeared, it had multiple images of the daffoddils. That was OK but I thught I could make it fit better. I see other p... Read more

  • Budgeting progress

    5/21/2016 12:51:12 PM, by CTUPTON

    This past year has had some huge , unpredicted expenses. 198 Several thousand dollars actually. It could not be avoided. But as the year went on, I knew I was heading for trouble. I was beginning to panic actually. My priority was getting this condo in shape for a big move. Always in the back of ... Read more

  • Actually, I like the beach best toward the end of the day.

    5/17/2016 11:45:57 PM, by CTUPTON

    So many people go to the beach in the hot sun. I hate that part of the day. I love being near the water in late afternoon and early evening. Mostly on Cap Cod. chris... Read more

  • summer....

    5/17/2016 1:13:37 PM, by CTUPTON

    chris... Read more

  • This and that

    5/15/2016 3:54:36 PM, by YAKIRA_AVIGAYIL

    I got up this morning and mowed my yard. Takes me between 2-2 1/2 hours to mow. Then I got ambitious and used the weedeater. It was already after 11:00 and much of what I needed to weed eat was already in the sun, so I weed eated what was in the shade....about 40 minutes worth, and still have betwe... Read more

  • A May pole before the dance--first time I ever saw this

    5/15/2016 2:43:06 PM, by CTUPTON

    Have you ever seen a May pole dance --or participated ? ... Read more

  • In the merry month of May...

    5/15/2016 2:29:31 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Weekly Goals

    5/15/2016 11:02:41 AM, by ROGUEKAT

    Last week my goals were: *Log every bite of food I eat *stay under 1600 calories *No fast food I was at a conference with many others and really didn't meet my goals, however I did stay mindful of what I was eating and chose the best options I could find when they were available. I was... Read more

  • Have you set up personal goals on your start page? With personally chosen graphics...

    5/15/2016 7:31:04 AM, by CTUPTON

    I see the list of goals I personally set up and I see photos I chose to remind me of my goals. Have you done that? I am way better at setting this up than I am of actually accomplishing the goals.... but at least the goals hit me in the face each morning! If I did not do this I am afrai... Read more

  • more....goal photos that pop up on my start page

    5/15/2016 7:22:14 AM, by CTUPTON

    See previous blog -tells exactly where(and how) these photos pop up on my start page ... Read more

  • Some of My "Goal Board Check In" photos.

    5/15/2016 7:18:28 AM, by CTUPTON

    On my start page these photos pop up to remind me daily of my goals. If you don't know where I have these photos: See the START PAGE. On the left is a huge NUMBER 2. For yours, click on the blue words about goals. Two areas pop up, on the left is a list of the goals you set up f... Read more

  • exercise update and tracking

    5/14/2016 7:16:56 PM, by RKOTTEK

    I have had success exercising since the beginning of the month. This has been aided by the Holistic Team May challenge where members have been spurring each other on. On the days when I am not chair exercising, I walk for a brief period instead((This is my plan B) I use the Sparkpeople trackin... Read more

  • I got out on a nature trail!

    5/14/2016 12:43:26 PM, by CTUPTON

    It has been too long since I did this. I had such a great time. Went with our DD. chris 295... Read more

  • Am I now a genuine political activist?

    5/14/2016 10:15:33 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am in the Friends of the Library group. The library floods, is built on a flood plane (!) on a tiny lot. The workers there have tons of ideas and work hard to bring people of all ages into the library. There is just not enough space. So we are trying to get a new library or update this one. ... Read more

  • Love this dressing as a marinade for chicken

    5/14/2016 9:54:17 AM, by CTUPTON

    Kraft Italian Vinaigrette made with Olive Oil 41 4 Now I have a second favorite--and easy! 30 --way to cook my chicken breasts. Prudohmmes (spelling?) chicken spices was my favorite up to now. And I still love that. I buy a huge package of boneless chicken breasts, marinade them, a... Read more

  • I am grateful for, 5/11

    5/12/2016 3:51:01 AM, by CETANISTAWI

    1. my babies, because they keep me wanting to be bette. 2. rest, because i got some. 3. easy, good meals, because sometimes the brain just can't handle more. 4. productive days in spite of discombobulation, because the realization of it is somewhat redeeming. 5. progress, because it's nice t... Read more

  • A national organization to promote fat acceptance!

    5/11/2016 12:34:06 PM, by CTUPTON

    I know some people will say this won't encourage getting slimmer . But I disagree. There is so much prejudice against looking overweight that I think this is an important organization! I spent many, many years hating myself for being overweight--and some of those years I was not even overwei... Read more

  • Does anyone remember the old commenting list to the right of all the team pages?

    5/11/2016 12:00:33 PM, by CTUPTON

    We all complained when sparkpeople changed that way of doing things. 24 I honestly cannot remember it anymore! 40 "Shows to go ya." As my hubby would say.... Read more

  • I am still alive

    5/10/2016 10:55:53 PM, by KMBRLYGLBLT

    Well it is halfway through week 2 in May and I can honestly say that the last 2 weeks have been the craziest weeks ever. Planning and organizing a surprise party for our 18 year old has been a huge undertaking even though her friends covered most of the decorating details. I was still the one ... Read more

  • Celiac Disease?

    5/10/2016 9:10:22 PM, by ROGUEKAT

    Got a blood test for that today and a referral for a gastroenterologist today. Looks like an upper GI and colonoscopy is in the plans. Not sure what to make of that... Will start gluten free as of today. I have zero idea how that will really work but ready to learn more. Pizza... beer....... Read more

  • Ways to make getting enough water more fun and easier!

    5/10/2016 2:00:12 PM, by CTUPTON

    Healthy Lifestyle Tip: 6 Ideas to Make Water Less Boring Name any body part and you will find water is essential to keep it functioning properly. Make a conscious effort to keep yourself hydrated. Mild dehydration can trigger headaches, fatigue and poor concentration. The great news is that th... Read more

  • The reality of weight loss. So--never-give-up even if you gain.

    5/10/2016 12:11:41 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • My Food Blog

    5/10/2016 9:20:38 AM, by QUEEN-EYDIE

    I haven't done a food blog here for a very long time, but I have started a blog at Wordpress. I'd love it if you came to visit! Lots of new recipes and photos---I'm having fun with it! https://kitchenalchemistblog
    .wordpress.com/2016/05/ ... Read more

  • I am grateful for, 5/9

    5/10/2016 3:58:54 AM, by CETANISTAWI

    1. my babies, because of their unconditional love. 2. days off, because they are lovely. 3. making it to my new gym, because it gets rid of the anxiety of the unknown. 4. the hydromassage chair, because it felt awesome. 5. having the membership that allows for free use of the massage chairs.... Read more

  • May 8 - Weekly goals

    5/8/2016 10:37:50 PM, by ROGUEKAT

    I've spent the weekend reading, studying, planning and coming up with a plan that will hopefully works for me - *under 1600 calories daily *Track every bite *intentionally move my body 30 minutes a day *Post weekly goals each Sunday This week will be interesting because I am under a ... Read more

  • Happy Mothers Day!!

    5/8/2016 12:37:34 PM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    Happy Mother's Day (USA, officially, but Worldwide, as far as I am concerned - should be Every Day!) to everyone who has children, whether alive now, or alive in our hearts and cherished memories, adopted in love, foster, step-mom, men who have raised children, fur babies, Grandmothers, ... Read more

  • Fixing wall gouges to be able to show the condo for selling...

    5/8/2016 10:14:26 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am so grateful to our daughter for spending 3 full days spackling and re-painting the hallway to our bedroom. Hubby had a stroke in 2010. He uses a big, powerful motorized wheelchair. It is not all that easy to control. And he is using his non-dominant hand to boot. I had the condo pain... Read more

  • An unexpectedly perfect Mothers Day Gift!

    5/8/2016 9:37:37 AM, by CTUPTON

    I really expected nothing--and was quite satisfied with that. But... when I awoke, I went to my computer as usual and lo and behold a gift--the perfect gift of music. The Montauk Sessions cd was loaded on my computer with a sign that said "hit play" with an arrow to the "play" button whic... Read more

  • Zero clue what to do now. Help!!

    5/7/2016 7:27:45 PM, by ROGUEKAT

    So, this seems kind of silly... I mean after all I am a mom of five and a therapist. I am smart and I feel like I reasonably can figure things out but I really don't have a clue about how to pick a healthy balanced diet to lose weight... let alone how I came to be 249 pounds at my Dr. this week. ... Read more

  • Looking for active teams and challenges

    5/7/2016 6:48:54 PM, by ROGUEKAT

    I have not been very active over the last year. I am ready now and finding that many of the groups and challenges look great and then I see they also have not been very active over the last year! I am really looking for anything that helps with suggestions, accountability and encouragement! ... Read more

  • I am grateful for, 5/6

    5/7/2016 3:58:11 AM, by CETANISTAWI

    1. my babies, because they are helpful. 2. changing things up, because flexibility is good. 3. experience, because it's nice to be able to confidently help someone. 4. returning to what works, because it feels good and gets my motivation going. 5. sleep, because it feels good. 6. our sitt... Read more

  • I am grateful for, 5/4

    5/4/2016 2:57:08 PM, by CETANISTAWI

    1. my babies, because they are visible barometers of improvement. 2. time away, because breaks are good. 3. getting back, because normalcy is good. 4. getting away, because it helps you appreciate home. 5. minor mishaps, because they are more easily fixed than the alternative. 6. getting r... Read more

  • Wow, try out this salad!

    5/1/2016 8:56:10 PM, by EILEEN828

    Well I made a salad today that was very unusual so I feel inspired to share it. I'm going to call it: Spinach- Kiwi- Pecan Salad On a bed of spinach leaves on a dinner plate I put about 1/2c of leftover chilled red quinoa (I wanted to use it up). By the way, did you know that when yo... Read more

  • Daily exercise program, starting March,should be good for those with bad legs.

    5/1/2016 7:46:29 PM, by RKOTTEK

    As of yesterday. I have began daily seated chair exercises. The first is heel to toe rocking with my feet. The next is leg raises and straightening. The last is holding a fit band with arms straight out to front and then opening both arms out to the side. there are 20 repetitions of each a... Read more

  • Spring is sprung......you know the rest!

    5/1/2016 2:14:10 PM, by CTUPTON

    and maybe some people are not quite ready for spring: ... Read more

  • Not parking on the grass--rules.

    5/1/2016 1:53:35 PM, by CTUPTON

    I had no idea some towns have an ordinance against this. I can't believe it applies to your own home. You gave me some good ideas like using plywood to save the lawn. When I first moved in, they reprimanded me for putting up a plain green Christmas wreathe with tiny white lights! That stil... Read more

  • May the 4th be with you!

    5/1/2016 8:31:21 AM, by KMBRLYGLBLT

    This is a long standing joke in my house, as it is one of our girls Birthdays. It's actually a hectic week from April 30th (MIL Birthday) through to May 4th (with May 2nd being my Step Daughters Birthday. So 3 Birthday's in 5 days. Make it crazier.. They are all milestone ones. Mother in Law is... Read more

  • Yuky condo rules!

    4/30/2016 4:05:23 PM, by CTUPTON

    I got a reprimand phone call from "the management." not supposed to have my van on the grass. Well- I am moving things out of my basement to declutter this condo for selling. I drove the van to the basement door, 'round back. A truck was coming to take the boxes. They had to park in... Read more

  • Our Father feeds the Ravens...

    4/29/2016 10:26:11 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    Adding more scriptures that I sensed applies to my overeating and under exercising ... I have a Flashcard app on phone, where I create decks of "flashcards". One of the topics consists of various scriptures having to do with eating, exercise, not being anxious, and similar issues... It's an ongoing ... Read more

  • I am grateful for, 4/28

    4/29/2016 2:55:29 AM, by CETANISTAWI

    1. my babies, because they make old routines into new adventures. 2. a decent eval, because it has been feeling like it could have been different. 3. a nice flight, because it was very smooth and will be the first one the kids remember. 4. getting to the hotel, because shower and bed feel awes... Read more

  • I am grateful for, 4/27

    4/28/2016 2:11:00 AM, by CETANISTAWI

    1. my babies, because they are enthusiastic. 2. real issues, because they make my job feel right. 3. calls, because it fe LS good to give back. 4. streamlining, because simple is good. 5. my friday, because i'm ready for it. 6. steak, because it's yummy. 7. caffeine, because it is a usef... Read more

  • I know it is not monday but I will forget to post this later....

    4/27/2016 9:40:09 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • 5 yrs,5 yrs,5 yrs

    4/27/2016 10:34:56 AM, by CTUPTON

    I thought Someone would have told me it took way too long for me to learn to speak up! Not one person did that! 252 And through each 5 years I was reading self help books, going to alanon (8 yrs!) , and doing lots of crying. No, I would not give up. It was a very hard journey! (... Read more

  • Is this how the doctor checks drug interactions--(well not webMD but yes computer data sheet)?

    4/27/2016 10:29:24 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.webmd.com/my-medicine/defa
    ult.htm# chris... Read more

  • I am grateful for, 4/25

    4/26/2016 3:08:26 AM, by CETANISTAWI

    1. my babies, because their new experiences bring things back to life. 2. rest, because it felt good. 3. distraction, because it's been needed. 4. getting some laundry going, because it's been needed. 5. friends, because they are our family. 6. easy bedtimes, because it makes them nicer. ... Read more