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  • What Went - Monday

    3/30/2015 11:08:16 PM, by JEANINNEWCASTLE

    1. Tried to go to bed early last night. Then ds came out to say that the toilet was stopped up. I worked on it for a half hour straight with no luck. I reluctantly woke dh up who had actually gone to bed early. The two of us worked on it for an hour before giving up and going to bed. During th... Read more

  • Determination

    3/30/2015 9:58:18 PM, by LOVELYMERMAID

    I have made a schedule for my exercise day to day. I need to plan out my grocery list/ meal stuff. We don't have a lot of money, but I believe eventually I will figure out the right balance of healthy eating and not spending a ton of money while lasting the month. I have $40 a week to use with no ch... Read more

  • Relentless day 89, MI40 Routine, Week 5 Day 3, Quads & Hams

    3/30/2015 4:57:20 PM, by NEPTUNE1939

    Quad & Ham Workout via Barbell Back Squat. MI40 calls for isolation exercises for the above subject. But there comes a time when you have to change things up. Barbell Back Squats is a compound exercise primarily hits both the Hams & Quads. But; your core, back, traps, delts, ca... Read more

  • Monday

    3/30/2015 4:39:57 PM, by PICKIE98

    I take 300mg gabapentin FOUR times a day. I DO notice if I forget to take a dose too. I get that hot, electric shooting pain in my hands and feet. Ironically, doc said the pain is from my fibro. I think the numbness is neuropathy, but the pain is like he said.. The arthritis pain hs not even bee... Read more

  • Botox appt tomorrow!

    3/30/2015 3:19:53 PM, by MISSA526

    shoulder is killing me. I took a shower and washed my hair and mow it hurts so bad. Today I am taking a break from exercise and just work on moving and stretching my shoulder. And I'm going to try to do my fribro exercises. This is all so that my botox shots across my shoulders don't hurt so bad. T... Read more

  • Day 1 of MS Bike Tour Training

    3/30/2015 11:20:05 AM, by NEWLISACOMING

    I have a app on my phone called Map my ride which has a trainer for me to use to prepare for my 200km . I am trying to raise $2000 for this wonderful cause that hinders so many people. I have both family and friends that suffer from this debilitating disease. Its hard to watch friends who seem nor... Read more

  • March Progress!!!

    3/30/2015 10:57:15 AM, by HAT_WRIGHT

    This month has been great for me. I hit my 5% goal!!!! Yay, onto 10%. I have achieved my goals of being more real with myself, and also been more active everyday. My shoulder is finally getting better, and I am now allowed to do planks and tricep wall pushups, it won't be maybe 2-3 weeks and I wi... Read more

  • A certain mind set

    3/30/2015 10:29:10 AM, by 4CONNIESHEALTH

    Losing weight is more of a mind set than anything! We have to trick our mind into thinking we are full, that we are not too tired, that we aren't too sore, that we don't NEED a ____. Then there is mind tricking about our friends and family. We have to remind ourselves as to why we want to loose the ... Read more

  • Bell Pepper Chicken Nachos

    3/30/2015 9:43:17 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Gather friends and family for a movie and... Take a peek! Ingredients~ 4 bell peppers, any color you like 2 cups shredded Cooked Chicken 4 green onions, both green and white parts, sliced 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 tsp chili powder 3/4 c sliced bla... Read more

  • My First 5K!

    3/30/2015 8:49:05 AM, by SUSANPETUNIA

    I walked in my very first 5K at the Color Me Rad in Lexington, Kentucky Saturday! It was a BLAST!!!! I had the best time! The whole time I was walking I kept saying to myself "I'm really doing this...I'm really doing this!" I really felt like an athlete! ... Read more

  • What Went - Sunday

    3/29/2015 11:01:40 PM, by JEANINNEWCASTLE

    1. Church done 2. Church cleaning (to get ready for Easter Sunday) done. They wouldn't let me do much so I went through the condiments in the fridge and threw out all the ones that were past due. 3. Napped. 4. Dh took us all out to dinner. 5. I wonder if I can get away with... Read more

  • when will it be enough?

    3/29/2015 10:54:01 PM, by 4CONNIESHEALTH

    When I started my weight loss adventure I weighed 175 and I stand 5'3". My first goal was to weigh 163 than 157 and finally 150. I figured that if I were to get to 150 pounds that I would feel better and look great; I didn't. Than I found out that to be in the healthy range I should weigh between 10... Read more

  • SPRING

    3/29/2015 10:08:12 PM, by CTUPTON

    Enjoy! chris ... Read more

  • Relentless day 88, MI40 Routine, Week 5 Day 2, Chest & Biceps/Arm

    3/29/2015 10:00:59 PM, by NEPTUNE1939

    Chest Workout; Morning Session. Barbell Bench Press; 5 Sets, 44 Reps, 2,908 Lbs Dumbbell 60 Degree Incline Bench Press; 5 Sets, 45 Reps, 035 Lbs per arm Flat Bench Dumbbell Flyes; 5 Sets, 66 Reps, 1,050 Lbs per Arm Cable Pec Flyes; 6 Sets, 119 Reps, 3,730 Lbs. Tot... Read more

  • Relentless day 88, MI40 Routine, Week 5 Day 2, Chest & Biceps/Arm

    3/29/2015 9:32:09 PM, by NEPTUNE1939

    Chest Routine: morning session. Barbell Bench Press; 5 Sets, 44 Reps, 2,908 Lbs Dumbbell Press 60 Degree Incline; 5 Reps, 45 Sets, 935 Lbs per arm Dumbbell Flyes Flat Bench; 5 Sets, 66 Reps, 1,050 Lbs per arm Cable Pec Flyes; 6 Sets, 119 Reps, 3,730 Lbs Total Ches... Read more

  • Relentless day 88, MI40 Routine, Week 5 Day 2, Chest & Biceps/Arm

    3/29/2015 9:30:25 PM, by NEPTUNE1939

    Chest Routine: morning session. Barbell Bench Press; 5 Sets, 44 Reps, 2,908 Lbs Dumbbell Press 60 Degree Incline; 5 Reps, 45 Sets, 935 Lbs per arm Dumbbell Flyes Flat Bench; 5 Sets, 66 Reps, 1,050 Lbs per arm Cable Pec Flyes; 6 Sets, 119 Reps, 3,730 Lbs Total Ches... Read more

  • Struggling

    3/29/2015 8:41:27 PM, by KC8RZK31

    I've been really struggling, seems that I am dealing with Major Depression again. I just took the first step and got back into treatment, but keeping my Sparkpeople goals when even getting up off the couch is a struggle, has not gone well. I am going to try to limp along and do the best that I can... Read more

  • What to order at Panera Bread SP article

    3/29/2015 4:43:17 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.
    asp?post=food_on_the_run_p
    anera_bread I am quoting a bit of the article. There is lots of info in the actual article! "Panera has stepped up their nutritional game recently with their Power Menu, a selection of high-protein, low-carb entrees with some se... Read more

  • Sunday

    3/29/2015 12:34:39 PM, by PICKIE98

    Took another tramadol and gabapentin last night.. slept a little better.. Decided to make a bowl of tuna, pea and macaroni salad,, proceeded to cut my finger deep on a tuna can.. I don't know if it just me getting older or just my usual klutzy self from not slowing down to do things. I am enj... Read more

  • Chicken Cheese Sandwich

    3/29/2015 10:16:46 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Are you looking for something quick and oh so yummy for lunch? Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 1/4 cups warm shredded Cooked Chicken 8 slices of French or Italian loaf bread (or any kind you like) 1/3 c carrot, grated 1/3 c green onion, sliced 2 Tbsps mayonnais... Read more

  • What Went - Saturday

    3/29/2015 2:42:49 AM, by JEANINNEWCASTLE

    1. Still feeling good on this antibiotic. :) 2. More in-law drama. First we got a call from the assisted living facility saying that they could find nothing wrong with her but MIL wanted to go to the ER. They had to transport her. They couldn't find anything wrong with her at the ER eithe... Read more

  • Changing Clothes

    3/29/2015 1:49:07 AM, by AZMEE2

    I have found myself back here at Sparks, looking once again for accountability.. With a new found dedication I will stay focused, try harder, accept failures boldly and with courage to pick up and start again the next day instead of letting this weight devil beat me down I will WIN!! I will... Read more

  • Saturday

    3/28/2015 4:37:49 PM, by PICKIE98

    Thank you all for so many great suggestions yesterday.. I can retire full retirement at 65,, I was born in 1953,,1954 is the last year for that age... I was in so much pain last night I took a tramadol and a gabapentin and I finally got four hours sleep, tossing and turning. TH right shoulder... Read more

  • Relentless day 87, MI40 Routine, Week 5, Unscheduled Rest

    3/28/2015 2:51:21 PM, by NEPTUNE1939

    Hi Sparkers. 213 My upper body (Back) compound exercises of yesterday had me pushing & pulling 19,220 Lbs. Todays routine calls for compound & isolation workouts of Chest & Arms. Since this group of muscles were involved in yesterdays heavy workout and I'm no longer in my 20'... Read more

  • cheese storage bags and paper--on grommet

    3/28/2015 1:34:29 PM, by CTUPTON

    thegrommet.com/formaticum-chee
    se-storage-bags... Read more

  • Basil And Parsley Omelette

    3/28/2015 12:23:38 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Do you know that breakfast is like gas in a car and without it you will not get anywhere? Your bodies are the same way and will be sluggish and not run properly! Well let's fill up in the morning's with a healthy breakfast from this day out alright? Take a peek! Ingredi... Read more

  • tacos for lunch today

    3/28/2015 10:23:21 AM, by CTUPTON

    I will use broken up corn chips on a plate and spoon on the taco filling No recipe used but here is what I did: brown ground turkey brown the onions use a dry mix of spices for tacos, low sodium add fresh and canned tomatoes (low sodium) add canned corn add some water ... Read more

  • Buffalo-- I am planning to move us there in a few months. Hard to get the packing and other things d

    3/28/2015 10:12:57 AM, by CTUPTON

    Why there? family But I grew up in that area and it has many, many advantages. Please don't discourage me. Comment only if you have positives to say about Erie County, Buffalo, greater Buffalo, Clarence_NY, snow, lake effect, cloudy weather, etc. Chris... Read more

  • Diet friendly "Boston Cream Pie"

    3/28/2015 10:04:12 AM, by CTUPTON

    Recipe Boston Cream Pie Parfait Nutrition factsAmount per Serving Calories: 128 Protein: 2.5g Total Fat: 4.5g - Saturated Fat: 2.0g Cholesterol: 60mg Total Carbohydrate: 19.0g - Dietary Fiber: 1.5g - Total Sugar: 11.5g Sodium: 120mg This recipe transforms a ... Read more

  • Getting Naked-- a blog from IOWAGRAMMA

    3/28/2015 7:54:56 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pub
    lic_journal_individual.asp
    ?blog_id=5750626 I just loved this blog. Thank you for putting this into words. I suggest water exercising to everyone! I am like a preacher for this. Many people say they would not be seen in a bathing suit. And these are "thin" ... Read more

  • Happy Saturday!

    3/28/2015 5:10:00 AM, by SVAN13MARTINS

    Well, staying between 201 and 204 consistently. I believe the true number is 201, because of the sodium I eat from time to time. I think what is happening here is that I am maintaining my weight. That, of course, is not the object here. However, at least I am not gaining. Since February of 2013... Read more

  • What Went - Friday

    3/27/2015 8:58:01 PM, by JEANINNEWCASTLE

    1. Last night was a bad night - lots of leg cramps. In fact now at suppertime, my left leg is still a bit cramped up. I'm doing a lot of stretching and magnesium. 2. Today, however, was a good day. I'm a bit surprised that it is because both my kids had slightly bad days but I didn't let t... Read more

  • Relentless day 86, Week 5 day 1, Back & Hams

    3/27/2015 7:45:12 PM, by NEPTUNE1939

    Back Workout: Lat Pull-down; 6 Sets, 72 Reps, 3,120 Lbs Reverse Grip Seated Cable Rows; 4 Sets, 48 Reps, 7,680 Lbs Bent Over Cable Row; 5 Sets, 60 Reps, 5,700 Lbs Dumbbell Rows; 4 Sets, 48 Reps, 960 Lbs per arm Hyper Cable Extensions (Lower Back); 3 Sets, 28 ... Read more

  • Don't store cheese wrapped in plastic says Chef Meg... who knew?

    3/27/2015 6:24:05 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.thekitchn.com/how-to-store
    -cheese-what-to-do-100285 This link gives more information.But. my cheese doesn't last long enough to matter. 24 chef Meg's food storage ideas. recipes.sparkpeople.com/videos
    .asp?video=Peek_Inside_a_H
    ealthy_Chef's_Fridge... Read more

  • Another painful work day

    3/27/2015 4:37:58 PM, by PICKIE98

    I kind of waited to see if I am just fatigued or what is going on with me body. When I fell last Mothers day and hit my shoulder, hip and face on the wall and steel door, it never felt good again.I attributed it to that darned fall and thought I may have a hairline fracture of the hip,, after nume... Read more

  • Finally made it to the Dr. still in pain but...

    3/27/2015 4:27:12 PM, by MISSA526

    I just basically have to deal with it. I have a small tear in my rotator cuff. They gave me 10 pain pills and told me I have to move my shoulder around so it doesn't freeze up. The pain pills are so I can do this without screaming 211 I've been working out today just really modifying it, like using... Read more

  • spark coach entry

    3/27/2015 9:05:38 AM, by MISSA526

    I am grateful for my spark friends because they keep me motivated!... Read more

  • First my daughters and now my grandson...

    3/27/2015 8:27:03 AM, by WINACHST

    Think I look like this lady: And I often hear, "There is Grandma" whenever she pops up on the screen... Read more

  • Baked Garlic Shrimp

    3/27/2015 1:21:48 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Dinner is...Oh just take a peek! Ingredients~ 400-450 raw large shrimp, deveined and peeled 2 Tbsps lemon juice 1/4 c fresh parsley, finely chopped 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 tsp dried oregano leaves 1/2 c dry bread crumbs 1/4 tsp turmeric powder 1/4 c... Read more

  • What Went - Thursday

    3/27/2015 1:19:22 AM, by JEANINNEWCASTLE

    1. I wish I could bottle today (or days like it) and repeat it over and over. Other than some tummy upset which I'm dealing with, I'm feeling so much better on this new med. The old one was a broad spectrum one that killed everything and I was barely functional. This new one is more specific an... Read more

  • Thursday

    3/26/2015 4:21:27 PM, by PICKIE98

    I had an epiphany this morning at work. I had severe aching and pain in my right hip after an hour at work. My left hip area ached also, now it is my knee too..but not so severely. I had the same thing yesterday, but I attributed it to the task I was doing at the time. I am coming to the real... Read more

  • urgent prayer request

    3/26/2015 3:05:32 PM, by WALKINGDEADFAN

    Yesterday was turning out to be a great day. I had so much productive work done. I enjoyed all my clients and i just felt great. (for a person with arthritis and fibromyalgia, good pain days are such a blessing) I got home from work and made a wonderful healthy salad with spinach and grilled chicken... Read more

  • Meet Baby Barrett!

    3/26/2015 2:28:29 PM, by GIRANIMAL

    Hello, all! Of course I'm so sorry for not being around and for not posting a proper birth announcement, but wow ... newborns are demanding! 😄 Here are the most recent pics of my baby boy! (Can't figure out why the one is posting sideways!) He was born Feb. 5 at 7 lbs 11 oz and 20 inches ...... Read more

  • Writing out what feels dynamic yet muddled

    3/26/2015 2:19:47 PM, by ALASKANMOMOF2

    I'm floored that I haven't written *here* in so long. I've been doing a bunch of writing, but have kept it more personal, I suppose. Today, I'm not in a space I feel I can write just for me, so I'm sharing my words out loud. I may back date and share some of the poetry I've been working on. ... Read more

  • Green Mac n' cheese

    3/26/2015 2:00:38 PM, by CTUPTON

    The recipe is on the following web page: heatherchristo.com/cooks/2012/
    11/04/green-macaroni-and-c
    heese/ Spinach makes it green. Sorry I am just getting around to St. Patrick's day!... Read more

  • Meditation--I don't do this regularly but I have done it from time to time.

    3/26/2015 1:43:01 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.huffingtonpost.com/rachael
    -yahne/mantras_b_6919316.h
    tml?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000030 Some of the studies indicated that meditating even 20 minutes per day for a few weeks was already enough to start experiencing the benefits. http://liveanddare.com/benef
    its-o... Read more

  • Relentless day 85, MI40 Routine, Week 4 Day 7, Rest Day

    3/26/2015 12:54:38 PM, by NEPTUNE1939

    This ends the 4th week of MI40 Routine. How quick little things add up when you relentlessly take small steps. Ben Pakulski's routine gives you 40 different exercises over six weeks; his method balances out the workouts so that your recovery between sessions is optimal for muscle growth. His p... Read more

  • I Feel Terrible

    3/26/2015 11:56:57 AM, by CANMERA

    Yesterday Mar 25 I got on the scale at my Vet's office and I weighed in at 198 Lbs. I am still in shock and ashamed at the same time. I have never weighed this much in my life. I am almost double the wieght I should be. I have a bike in the house and today I will get on it. I will do now what I ha... Read more

  • Wedding Bells

    3/26/2015 10:42:05 AM, by SUSANPETUNIA

    336 A date has been set! It's an I Do BBQ on the 4th of July! So excited to marry the man of my dreams! I am down 65 pounds today and will be at least 15-20 pounds lighter by then! Could not be happier!!! 337... Read more

  • Choices

    3/26/2015 10:10:58 AM, by 4CONNIESHEALTH

    In life we move along in time making choices, some end up being good and some not so good. We can't always be perfect because only God is the perfect one so don't be so hard on yourself. Pick yourself up, start again, learn from what we did and make great choices next time. Remember we are only what... Read more

  • Almond Butter-Quinoa Brownies

    3/26/2015 10:08:06 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Are you look'in for these? Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1/4 c unsalted butter, softened 3/4 c smooth or crunchy natural almond butter 2 large eggs 3/4 c packed light brown sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract 3/4 c quinoa flour (I used my hand-crank grinder to make... Read more

  • Relentless day 84, MI40 Routine, Week 4 Day 6, Chest & Biceps

    3/25/2015 9:27:27 PM, by NEPTUNE1939

    This was a heavy workout day. My weights have increased to the point that morning and afternoon sessions were conducted. Chest workout: Morning Session. Started 11:25 AM & Finished 12:46 PM. Bench Press; 7 Sets, 79 Reps, 4,013 Lbs Dumbbell Incline Press; 5 Sets, 26 Reps, 820... Read more

  • The Black Hole

    3/25/2015 8:51:25 PM, by IMAVISION

    20 40 24 20 40 24 20 40 24 20 I found this both sad 46 & funny 246! Hope viewing it tickles your funny bone! It sure did mine! 100 20 40 24 20 40 24 20 40 24 20 biggeekdad.com/2015/03/the-bla
    ck-hole/ 20 40 24 20 40 24 20 40 24 20... Read more

  • What Went - Wednesday

    3/25/2015 8:44:49 PM, by JEANINNEWCASTLE

    1. Today has been such a happier day since I learned I could still sing. I sing all the time. I swear we live in a musical! 2. The new antibiotic doesn't seem to be causing any major problems. So far (for the one day I've been on it) it doesn't seem to make me as tired and wiped out as t... Read more

  • My fault!

    3/25/2015 3:37:29 PM, by PICKIE98

    It is my fault on the rainy weather: I washed my car!! IT went from rain to sleet, then back to rain again.. Finally stopped at noon..... Read more

  • yesterday was so sad

    3/25/2015 1:50:55 PM, by WALKINGDEADFAN

    I had a really hard day yesterday. I found out a friend of mines husband, who has prostate cancer, has spread to his liver, lungs and pelvis. They have a child who is 8. He is only 46 years old. I am heart broken. Then a lady at my work, her daughter was in a car accident and died. She was only 20 y... Read more

  • Chicken Satay And Thai Peanut Sauce

    3/25/2015 10:12:47 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Fix'in chicken? Let me count the way's! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 2 normal to large sized chicken breasts 1/2 c coconut milk 1 Tbsp curry powder 1 tsp turmeric powder 1 tsp sugar 1/2 tsp salt 12 wooden skewers Directions~ Soak the ske... Read more

  • What Went - Tuesday

    3/24/2015 10:08:38 PM, by JEANINNEWCASTLE

    1. This is for my Spark friend JenneinAZ who loves ducks: Last night I was driving down the road and there was Mr. Mallard sitting in the middle of the road. He let me get within 4 feet of him (I was driving slowly) before flying off. Dumb duck! 2. This is also sort of about ducks but s... Read more

  • Relentless day 83, MI40 Routine, Week 4, Delts & Triceps

    3/24/2015 8:03:53 PM, by NEPTUNE1939

    Deltoid Workout: Landmine Shoulder Press; 5 Sets, 48 Reps, 2,075 Lbs per Arm Bent Over Lateral Raises; 4 Sets, 44 Reps, 700 Lbs per Arm Dumbbell Front Raises; 5 Sets, 45 Reps, 284 Lbs per Arm Cable Side Laterals; 2 Sets, 24 Reps, 360 Lbs per Arm Total Deltoid Work... Read more

  • sheesh...

    3/24/2015 5:32:46 PM, by I.M.MAGIC

    Thanks, everyone! YOu mean so much to me... There's been another broken pipe, no real damage except to the wall... most of the water ran down into the crawl space under the building. Just about done here at the library, spent most of the last hour looking at listings for rentals. No dice. *si... Read more

  • SIBO for FIBRO treatment (FODMAPs +)

    3/24/2015 4:25:59 PM, by DOTSLADY

    I have been seeing a paleo doctor (occasionally). It's a "boutique" service where I "get" to pay an extra $2k a year for personal attention. You know, like you idealistically believe you'll get from an allopathic doctor? Not to complain. I have credit cards for this. :P He is wonderful, btw. It's... Read more

  • Car wash!!!!!!!!!

    3/24/2015 4:17:31 PM, by PICKIE98

    When I got home from work, DD filled the gas tank in my car and we ran errands,,, stopped at church to drop something off,, on to credit union for some dough-ray-me! A block from there is my car dealership, sow we went through their free car wash!! I cannot tell you what it means in MIchigan to be ... Read more

  • Soft foods: hard to find lower carb ones!

    3/24/2015 1:33:37 PM, by AMARANTH13

    I had a tooth extracted yesterday that had been bothering me for a month. After that I was supposed to eat soft foods but it has been very hard to find soft foods that are lower in carb. In the end I had more higher carb foods than I wanted, though options that I used were: Greek yogurt Scrambl... Read more

  • Sweaty Betty ad models that I am seeing today

    3/24/2015 11:20:08 AM, by WINACHST

    Has anyone seen these ads that are popping up on SP today? Is it just me or do these models look sickly and very unhappy? I was looking a Vogue magazine while waiting for hubby at the doctor's office and the models in that magazine looked terrible, not glamorous at all. Too skinny, it looked like my... Read more

  • Avocado Quinoa Salad

    3/24/2015 10:38:17 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Grab a plate and a fork and dig in to this healthy salad for lunch or dinner or breakfast if you dare! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 c quinoa 5 Tbsps chopped fresh mint 1 ripe avocado, diced 2 tomatoes, diced 3 Tbsps lemon juice or more depends on your taste ... Read more

  • Keep going!

    3/24/2015 10:34:15 AM, by 4CONNIESHEALTH

    Remember you might have to fight a battle more than once to win it; and the difference in winning or losing is not quitting! 381... Read more

  • Coffee makes me feel bloated

    3/24/2015 10:27:37 AM, by WINACHST

    I enjoy my coffee time in the morning. It is my "me" time. No one talks to me til I am done with my coffee. However, today I noticed that I get to feeling bloated after I am done. I need to start to wean myself from coffee. I am currently drinking "6" cups water with 3 tablespoons grounds. Thi... Read more

  • What Went - Monday

    3/24/2015 1:42:30 AM, by JEANINNEWCASTLE

    Tomorrow's my ENT appointment. Today was actually pretty good. Until about 15 minutes ago anyway. Pain is rushing at me like a freight train. A by-product of getting too tired. Anyway. . . today the teens had another music practice for their Easter special music. I was good and bad today. ... Read more

  • Relentless day 81, MI40 Routine, Week 4, Unscheduled Rest

    3/23/2015 6:05:54 PM, by NEPTUNE1939

    Yesterday was an intense back workout; Well today was scheduled a Delt/Tricep workout. Since yesterdays secondary Muscle Groups consisted of Deltoids/Triceps; it makes no sense to jump into a high intensity workout without adequate rest. Its a great way to re-injure an old shoulder mishap. ... Read more

  • Who will be running for Pres. in 2016???????

    3/23/2015 4:56:09 PM, by CTUPTON

    I hate politics with a passion. I still believe we live in the best country ever. It always had controversy. Now is nothing new. Everyone thinks their period of time is worst. Somehow we have a pretty good life here in the US despite all the grumbling. Many countries have no sane way of getting new... Read more

  • Water got into my SPAT!

    3/23/2015 3:23:56 PM, by CTUPTON

    I replaced the battery. A little rubber ring fell out. I thought I put it back right. But after today's water class, the SP would not work. I opened it and now am drying it out. 46 chris... Read more

  • Snowy spring

    3/23/2015 3:18:37 PM, by PICKIE98

    Here comes summer! !We got some snow today. On the bright side, it is 22 degrees...... Read more

  • I did not realize moving our things near Buffalo would cost so much! But a friend ....had an idea fo

    3/23/2015 3:12:42 PM, by CTUPTON

    A friend volunteered her husband to drive a truck with our stuff from our condo to our new home near buffalo. 400 miles. His wife said he would find some fun to do there to make it a vacation for himself. he once did that and drove his friend's stuff to Alaska! I told her to ask him first. ... Read more

  • FRESH START

    3/23/2015 10:33:39 AM, by WALKINGDEADFAN

    I have had a rough time since march of last year. I lost my job, i stopped my fibromyalgia medications completely and had to find work. I was very blessed to find a job after a month of searching. First i worked on an inpatient psychiatric unit. It was a great job, but really stressful and very exha... Read more

  • Hamburger/Potatoes In A Crock Pot

    3/23/2015 9:51:16 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, This recipe comes from a very special spark friend! Gloria (SUNSHINEGB)! I would love to feature your recipes on my daily recipe blog so if you have a family favorite, something you have tried or just something that you have just thrown together, please don't be shy, just email th... Read more

  • Choices

    3/23/2015 9:41:33 AM, by 4CONNIESHEALTH

    Only you are the one who can make the choices that can ultimately change your life. It takes one step at a time. One change at a time. It takes time to see change. And don't forget to look back and see the changes that you have made. Be proud of your accomplishments!! 104... Read more

  • What Went - Sunday

    3/23/2015 12:37:34 AM, by JEANINNEWCASTLE

    Dd did good! She came in sixth in her age group (under 14 women). Dd says that I have to tell you that her age group was only 6 people. I don't care. She's a super star! It was a big deal. There were 5 races - at staggered times. We went early and the park and ride was already full so... Read more

  • Your start page--there are at least 2 different formats you can see...

    3/22/2015 10:40:52 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have it so my tracker info shows up. Tracker Details is very motivating for me. I love the various graphs for the week or month, etc. And the fitness leader board and the minutes leader board give me something to challenge myself. I used to be around number 80 but lately I am around num... Read more

  • One more -- I could not resist showing this bunny bread food art!

    3/22/2015 7:58:40 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Food art. Fun to look at. too complicated to make. Enjoy!

    3/22/2015 7:50:36 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.kixcereal.com/kix-cereal-f
    ood-art-bumblebee-spring-s
    nack/ This has lovely art made from foods. Enjoy! www.wellinla.com/florent-tanet
    -food-art/2013/ this link has tons of images. Very complicated but unbelievable! www.google.com/sear... Read more

  • BLC27 First 6 weeks Results

    3/22/2015 7:38:18 PM, by NEWVINE

    This challenge has been everything I was looking for. At first I wasn't sure I would find the time, but is what this challenge is all about. Comfort zone- I have learned to ask for help, and have made many friends that are there to help me, and are also trying ... Read more

  • Do you notice what others eat?

    3/22/2015 7:30:13 PM, by CTUPTON

    We had family here last Saturday. I noticed the mother of the 6 month old baby fed the baby first before she took a plate of food. She put lasagna and salad on the plate and fed the baby the lasagna. OK. Then she asked her husband to watch the baby while she ate. She got herself lasagna but a much s... Read more

  • Relentless day 80, MI40 Routine, Week 4, Day 2; Back & Hams

    3/22/2015 7:24:10 PM, by NEPTUNE1939

    Continued with the MI40 Routine where I left off on March 16th. The rest from weights went well as did the landscaping. After that workout I'm glad to get back to the weights; tree planting for me is a minimum of 6 hours work; my workouts take only 45 to 70 minutes. Back Workout: ... Read more

  • Label maker fun!

    3/22/2015 6:59:24 PM, by CTUPTON

    This was between $30 and $40 dollars. It is more than I wanted to spend. But I am thoroughly enjoying the machine. It comes with some white tape. I ordered clear tape with black lettering, too. There are colored tapes, too. I think the tapes are all 1/2 in. wide but you can print smaller an... Read more

  • Is it enough or too much?

    3/22/2015 12:25:44 PM, by 4CONNIESHEALTH

    I want to loose weight... BADLY! I joined Weight Watchers in September of 2014 and since then I have lost 33 pounds. On average it is a pound a week. In order to keep up this pace I have had to increase my workouts. I used to run on the treadmill for 25 min. and walk outside for 40 min everyday. Now... Read more

  • Barbecued Pulled Pork With Potatoes

    3/22/2015 10:07:58 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Do you like pulled pork? Well then, take a peek! For the Sauce Ingredients~ 1-1/2 Tbsp canola or other vegetable oil 3 medium onions, finely chopped 8 garlic cloves, minced 2 Tbsp chili powder 1 c ketchup 1/2 c bottled chili sauce, such as Heinz ... Read more

  • Sunday

    3/22/2015 8:15:49 AM, by PICKIE98

    A beautiful sunrise,, I actually slept for about seven hours!! I am happy that my FBS is 118 this morning. Just the usual things today,, relaxing, walking, household..I baked a berry pie yesterday as long as I was baking lasagna. I always batch cook and double up on things in the oven, ma... Read more

  • The month of March

    3/21/2015 11:31:54 PM, by JAMER123

    This post is about our family and what has happened this month. You can stop now and not read or continue on. I am not looking for sympathy but letting you all know about our month and not doing well with my healthy eating. On Feb. 28th, my MIL passed away. we are 1600 miles away and got into... Read more

  • Feeling important

    3/21/2015 11:16:56 PM, by 4CONNIESHEALTH

    What makes you feel important? Family? Kids? Friends? Pets? Job? Maybe some of all of these maybe one or none. When life has got you down remember the thing you can always count on is yourself. When others make you feel important, embrace this time and remember it. Then when your feeling not so impo... Read more

  • What Went - Saturday

    3/21/2015 10:24:01 PM, by JEANINNEWCASTLE

    Tomorrow Dd13 is running her first 10k. Today we went to the 10k check in. It was a huge thing with about 20 booths! Dd got her bib number (the big number you pin to your shirt) and her timing chip (hooks to your shoe and measures your time across the finish line down to the second and makes sure... Read more

  • Tulips made from plum tomatoes!

    3/21/2015 12:45:30 PM, by CTUPTON

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    s-art/... Read more

  • Clever treats for spring

    3/21/2015 12:35:22 PM, by CTUPTON

    http://www.hungryhappenings.
    com/2011/04/fun-idea-for-e
    aster-brunch-carrot.html Pillsbury dough and food coloring makes the carrot for filling. Potato salad is the filling with I think it is dill sprigs. Note: this is way , way too complicated for me! It is a cute idea though. ... Read more

  • Relentless day 79; 5th Day of Rest from MI40 Routine

    3/21/2015 11:39:51 AM, by NEPTUNE1939

    My Central Nervous System (CNS) has recovered so tomorrow I'm back in the trenches of weight Lifting. 323 But in the meantime I've another tree to plant. 378 Take care Sparkers. 104... Read more

  • Blueberry Cobbler

    3/21/2015 11:19:32 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Here is a family favorite that requires "MODERATION"! Can we do this? Yes we can! Take a peek! While the blueberries are baking, prepare the ingredients for the topping, but do not stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just before the berries come out ... Read more

  • Saturday

    3/21/2015 7:29:12 AM, by PICKIE98

    I awoke early so walked out to the mailbox, enjoying the darkness and stars. The neighborhood is still asleep and I enjoy the quiet. found a few more bills in the mail, so I just finished paying everything, including mom's bills. Filled out a hospice survey, set up online payments for health c... Read more

  • What Went - Friday

    3/20/2015 9:28:42 PM, by JEANINNEWCASTLE

    1. After having things fairly under control tummy wise, the tummy started to act up again. Time to have even more probiotics. 2. Dd (13) made lunch for the family - pigs in a blanket. I can't eat them but everyone else enjoyed them. 3. Ds (17) made dinner for the family - spaghetti.... Read more

  • Peeps in a vacuum chamber. Some things I do miss about teaching science!

    3/20/2015 9:09:07 PM, by CTUPTON

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?
    v=fxLY1SGXV_E If you want some fun, search peeps images online. You will be amazed at all the different kinds there are now! Eating them? Well-- NOT. But they are fun. Peeps are also made in bunny shapes. There is a "Peeps Show" --I g... Read more

  • First day of spring

    3/20/2015 4:39:22 PM, by NATNOEL

    I just read the last blog I wrote back in January, yeah that little plan didn't go to well. I am up another 10 pounds since then...180 this morning. It has been a winter of mostly sitting in front of fire reading and the only exercise was shoveling a foot of snow about once a week but that di... Read more

  • 100 Reasons to Exercise-NOW!

    3/20/2015 2:16:10 PM, by CTUPTON

    "stolen " from a good sparkfriend. Thanks, IAMAGEMLOVER! And, it is an SP article by Nicole. 100 Reasons to Exercise Now 1. Because it makes you feel confident 2. Because it helps you get stronger 3. Because exercise helps combat depression 4. Because you'll feel proud of your... Read more

  • Friday

    3/20/2015 2:01:46 PM, by PICKIE98

    I finally made an appointment for the three income tax returns I need done. Accountant is supposed to call me to let me know what I need to bring for the Trust return. IT is complicated. I feel much better today than the past two days. Virus is gone,, I think our heat wave is back,... Read more