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  • On The Lighter Side

    7/29/2016 8:15:29 AM, by NEPTUNE1939

    At peace. 213... Read more

  • Influences

    7/28/2016 10:23:25 PM, by JANE180

    My husband probably helps me eat better and make better choices by just being with me, helps me not act on impulses to eat negative foods.... Read more

  • Thursday afternoon

    7/28/2016 1:38:27 PM, by PICKIE98

    An actual normal day for the first time this month. We went to the library book sale at 8 am, then on to haircuts, then to doctor's office to drop off handicap placard form for him to sign, then it will get mailed back to me, then I can go to SOS office and get one. I feel shaky today, so ate an... Read more

  • What's my problem?

    7/28/2016 11:38:15 AM, by SMTURN70

    Why is it when someone comments positively about how I look, I feel like I don't deserve the praise. I chose to change the way I eat and exercise because I knew I wasn't healthy before. It's nice that because of changing my lifestyle and the choices I make daily have led to the way I look now but I'... Read more

  • Cactus Pear Salad

    7/28/2016 9:48:34 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, A simple lunch idea for a hot and humid day as today! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 cactus pear 1 avocado 1 bell pepper 1 tomato 1/4 c olive oil Juice from half a lemon Salt and pepper to taste Directions~ Peel the cactus pear ... Read more

  • Wednesday Workout

    7/28/2016 8:28:25 AM, by NEPTUNE1939

    Bench Press;1-Rep Max raised from 165 to 170 making 90% workout weight to be 158 Lbs. Performed 10x35, 5x65, 5x80, 5x95, 5x105-66.5%, 5x125-79.1%, 5x135-85.4%. Hypertrophy sets; 5x125-79.1%, 5x105-66.5%, 5x95, 10x80, 12x65, 15x65, 7x65. Total Sets 15, Reps 99, Volume 8,010 Lbs. S... Read more

  • Wednesday

    7/27/2016 6:22:39 PM, by PICKIE98

    Another day of running errands, mailing thank you cards, getting more stamps, sent daughter to workplace to tell them to put me back on the schedule for next week..I did not want to touch anything with all of these blisters and rashes all over me. I drive, she touches stuff! ;(. We stopped at the... Read more

  • Starting Fri. I won't be online much. I will miss you all!

    7/27/2016 2:31:26 PM, by CTUPTON

    I will be looking for a new home near Buffalo. I plan to stay there 7 days. Prayers welcome! chris... Read more

  • 36 days left. Countdown. To put our condo on the market. And find a new home to go to!

    7/27/2016 11:36:11 AM, by CTUPTON

    SMART GOAL:Get ready for my trip to Buffalo to look at housing. Leaving Friday. Only 2 days left to get ready for that trip. 1. I need to take passwords for my computer ! In prior trips I was stuck sometimes! 2. Pack! My clothes are washed already. 104 3. Be ready to meet the Buffalo rea... Read more

  • A "manufactured home"in a park over 55+ Worth considering.

    7/27/2016 11:21:00 AM, by CTUPTON

    nys.mlxchange.com/DotNet/Pub/E
    mailView.aspx?r=1984353977
    &s=NYS&t=NYS It is way cheaper than the over $200,000 places I have looked at (online). Our big need is enough space for John's motorized wheelchair. I have to find out the width of the hallway. There is a stairway to the... Read more

  • Grilled Shrimp With Roasted Pineapple And Habanero Sauce

    7/27/2016 9:46:58 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Are you hungry yet? Take a peek! Ingredients~ Large or extra-large shrimp, cleaned & deveined. Allow for approximately 3-4 shrimp per person 1/4 c olive oil or a bit more if there is a large quantity of shrimp 1 clove garlic, minced Roasted Pineapple & Hab... Read more

  • Tuesday workout

    7/27/2016 8:12:11 AM, by NEPTUNE1939

    High Pull; 8 sets, 38 Reps for 2,605 Lbs Block Pull; 6 Sets, 31 Reps for 6,055 Lbs Total; 14 Sets, 69 Reps for 8,660 Lbs 386 Sparkers ... Read more

  • Checking in

    7/27/2016 4:04:00 AM, by MISSTHISTLE6

    I am on the small changes challenge currently and am really enjoying it. Thanks to it I have tried Butter nut squash voodles, cauliflower rice and courgetti. I like getting my veggies in new ways and these are great alternatives. I still want to up my protein and fiber but I am working on it. ... Read more

  • Tuesday afternoon

    7/26/2016 3:35:46 PM, by PICKIE98

    My doctor hooked me up with a medrol pack, some powerful cream and I will go there and fill out a form for the handicap placard. When I was in college, I was on crutches after a bad ankle sprain for 3 1/2 months and had just a temporary one. I will need a regular one. I have been sitting at th... Read more

  • MIXED BAG OF EVENTS!

    7/26/2016 2:39:47 PM, by SMIDGON

    John had another treatment today! They are making him more tired. I had another blood draw yesterday. If that dr calls me again, wanting me to take more b.p meds.. I am going to unload on him. He has me on 4 different b.p. meds NOW. And, my pressure still going up and down. I am s... Read more

  • Adapting to the 5/3/1 Strength Training.

    7/26/2016 9:45:29 AM, by NEPTUNE1939

    Jim Wendler's 5/3/1 Strength Training program is a good program; but, with just 4-compound routines; one a day 4-days a week was just not aggressive enough for my goals. So after 1-month on his program I switched back to Bret Contraras' 2x4 Strength Training that has 8- compound routines. 2-a ... Read more

  • Corn Relish

    7/26/2016 9:01:45 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Take your cook'in to the great outdoors and do not forget this! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 2 cups fresh or frozen corn 2 cups chopped onions 2 cups chopped tomatoes 2 cups chopped seeded cucumber 1 large green pepper, chopped 1 c sugar 1 c cider vineg... Read more

  • Am I moving forward?

    7/26/2016 8:32:10 AM, by WINACHST

    It is my birthday next week and I reached the phase one of my goal that I set for myself this year, just barely made it but I succeeded. However, this year has been a struggle for me to get with a routine or a plan. I thnik I started and restarted many times. Even though I slipped and fell, we... Read more

  • Sugar-Free Ketchup With Lemon Zest And Chili Paste

    7/25/2016 6:07:20 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Are you grill'in and out of ketchup? Well then, make your own! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 6-oz. can of tomato paste 1/3 c water 2 tbsp. of your preferred sugar substitute (optional) 2 tbsp. onions 2 cloves garlic 1 tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. ground allspice... Read more

  • Countdown 38 Days left. Photos of my tasks.

    7/25/2016 11:45:24 AM, by CTUPTON

    Help me set reasonable time limits of each task. My lack of energy is a big factor. I think most people would be able to clean each area fairly quickly. Not me. Paper work is my nemesis ! And this is what is left after a couple of years of decluttering. 24 234 photos to fo... Read more

  • Remember my knee problem?-not able to bend it....now.. better!

    7/25/2016 10:01:50 AM, by CTUPTON

    It has taken over a year of daily work , but the knee bends just past 90 degrees now! 104 The best exercise is pushing the foot forward --pushing the foot on a stationary object like a wall---to tire the muscle--then bending the knee. Repeat maybe 2-3 times. A chiropractor taught me that. ... Read more

  • On The Lighter Side

    7/25/2016 8:39:22 AM, by NEPTUNE1939

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  • Getting starteed

    7/25/2016 8:33:54 AM, by JANE180

    Guess you could say that I've already started but need the frame of mind to continue and grow stronger. Somewhere I have lost a sense of passion for so many things. I realize that is from depression but pills alone are not going to get me to living life fully again. I must try everyday to get a litt... Read more

  • Spark coach

    7/25/2016 8:27:01 AM, by MISSA526

    One thing I've noticed as a improvement is all my clothes are fitting much looser. The shorts that were tight last summer are practically falling off of me now! Yay!!... Read more

  • Monday morning

    7/25/2016 8:20:51 AM, by PICKIE98

    I slept well, am just waking up,, but I need to wait for the doctor's office to open to call for an appointment. It seems like only yesterday that I was there and he was preparing to leave for a short trip to Alaska. It has been almost a month! I am hoping to be seen today, but at the very le... Read more

  • Exercise in the Summer

    7/25/2016 2:48:29 AM, by CJWORDPLAY

    I like exercising outdoors so as long as summer temperatures are moderate I am a happy athlete. But ---- summer has a habit of getting way warmer than my body likes. So I need to look for ways to cope with the heat and still get my exercise done. Here are five tips and how I use ... Read more

  • 39 days countdown. SMART GOAL: attack my own desk top. Oh no!

    7/24/2016 9:08:01 PM, by CTUPTON

    I did make progress! It is not done yet. The shelves above the desk collect tons of stuff. I found a whole roll 40 of stamps that I had misplaced! 198 I found the keys 528 to the bank safety deposit box so I can close it out before the move. 30 273 527 I still don't have... Read more

  • Sunday

    7/24/2016 2:49:26 PM, by PICKIE98

    I took two benadryl last night, no drowsiness, then took two more plus two extra strength acetaminophen at bedtime after slathering myself with hydracortisone cream. Only woke up twice to re-slather cream and take two more benadryl.. Slept very well in-between and got almost ten hours sleep! Almost... Read more

  • Day 7 of DWLC- writing words about feelings

    7/24/2016 2:15:15 PM, by ALASKANMOMOF2

    I wish diabetes was my only challenge. I wish I didn't have a love/hate relationship with food I wish I had more healthy thoughts about food and about caring for my system. It's been an okay week. I'm fairly certain there's been no progress, yet, but it's only week one. I'm trying not to t... Read more

  • Great Sunday

    7/24/2016 12:43:47 PM, by NEPTUNE1939

    Have a great day.... Read more

  • life in recovery, truth

    7/24/2016 12:32:04 PM, by MRSKATEDUVALL

    Reality hits me in the face. So, earlier this week, I went to my OA meeting, and a person there shared some things that set wrong with me. I know that not everyone I will meet in my recovery life is as educated about addiction in a book way as I am. I have LOTS of book life. And in this stereotype, ... Read more

  • Chard Salad

    7/24/2016 8:57:35 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I will meet you in the garden! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 3 lb. chard stems 1 qt. water 1 clove garlic 1 tsp. salt 1/3 c. oil 1/2 c. lemon juice 1 tsp. dried crushed mint Directions~ Cut chard stems into 1-inch pieces and boil them in water ... Read more

  • Oatmeal Muffins

    7/23/2016 8:39:18 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Have you had your oat;s today? Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 c of quick cooking oatmeal 3/4 c of milk (whole, 1 or 2% or skim) 1/2 c of vegetable oil 1/3 c packed brown sugar 1 egg 1 c of flour 3 tsps baking powder Dash of salt 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1... Read more

  • Aunty Acid

    7/23/2016 8:26:25 AM, by NEPTUNE1939

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  • Saturday morning

    7/23/2016 7:59:46 AM, by PICKIE98

    A long day at the funeral home yesterday, this morning is the funeral. I did not sleep, due to this severe case of poison whatever it is, all over my body. I am covered with blisters, red, itchy and hot. Never had this in my life.. IT was airborne at my friend's house and I got it, nobody else. O... Read more

  • First 10 gone!

    7/23/2016 4:39:19 AM, by MISSTHISTLE6

    When I joined May 30th. I set an initial goal to lose 12 lbs. Here it is July 23 and I have lost 10.2. Not quite my 12 but still the first big number and worth remarking on in my book! I still have 1.8 lbs before I meet my first official big goal of 12 and then I will take it from there, breaking it... Read more

  • Blind Pilot

    7/22/2016 10:45:00 PM, by JAMER123

    Couldn't resist another cute story. I hope this can lighten your day and have a good chuckle with it. Thanks for stopping but for at least a smile. The Blind Pilot In these days when flying has become humorless, here's a short tale that may make you smile. A plane was flying from... Read more

  • Which candidate do you side with?

    7/22/2016 7:51:00 PM, by CTUPTON

    I enjoyed doing this questionnaire online. Many questions have hidden choices. You might overlook these. They give many more options than the questions first appearing. isidewith.com/ I did this before but I am trying it again since the elections are so close. chris ... Read more

  • 41 days countdown, Today's smart goal: buy something pretty!

    7/22/2016 12:08:18 PM, by CTUPTON

    This is NOT the candle I bought but it looks a little like it. It is LED and goes on automatically for 4 hours. 244 I will set it for the evenings. Hopefully, people looking to buy the condo will be here then. A fun goal for today! 104... Read more

  • Starting a New Journey: The path to bariatric surgery (for reasons other than weight loss)

    7/22/2016 12:05:46 PM, by TIDESONG

    Yesterday, I had my consultation with a bariatric surgeon. While I have gained back all the weight I lost since 2012, the purpose of having surgery is not for weight loss; it is because my GERD is uncontrollable without proton pump inhibitors, which my gastro said I need to stop taking because I hav... Read more

  • Totally blew it Yesterday!

    7/22/2016 8:53:36 AM, by WINACHST

    I gave in to a craving and my granddaughter and I emptied a carton of Oreo thins while at the laundry mat. We both sat there reading a magazine, reached in, chomp, chomp, reached in for another. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Til i reached in and there was nothing left. I am such a bad example. Next ... Read more

  • On The Lighter Side

    7/22/2016 8:52:04 AM, by NEPTUNE1939

    334... Read more

  • Tangy Thai-style Melon And Chicken Salad

    7/22/2016 8:40:37 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Have a healthy lunch on me! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 12 ounces cooked, shredded chicken 1/4 tsp kosher salt 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper 1/4 c lime juice 3 Tbsps fish sauce 2 tsp sugar 1 clove garlic, grated or minced 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper (... Read more

  • The Fibro Manual copyright 2016

    7/22/2016 6:56:36 AM, by CTUPTON

    The Fibro Manual by Gineva Liptan, M.D. I found this book to be very up to date and very organized -easy to find info I needed chris 220... Read more

  • Bumper Stickers.

    7/22/2016 12:03:23 AM, by JAMER123

    I found this posting and thought we all need a little something to smile about and laugh at. Please enjoy and share with your friends if you had a laugh! Thanks for stopping by and take care in this heat as it rolls through your area. Bumper Stickers Back up my hard drive? How do I p... Read more

  • Thursday

    7/21/2016 1:39:39 PM, by PICKIE98

    Today is a sizzler, severe thunderstorm warnings here for the whole day. When they tell us that, on Lake Huron, we listen. Everybody can tell who is not native here when they take a boat out, or go for a bike ride in this weather. Pikers! IT is 94 degrees, 79% humidity and very dark and wind... Read more

  • On The Lighter Side

    7/21/2016 11:06:39 AM, by NEPTUNE1939

    334... Read more

  • Oven Baked Chips

    7/21/2016 10:08:29 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Do you have the munchies but do not want all the fat? Well grab a good movie and...Take a peek! Ingredients~ 4 Russet (baking) potatoes, peeled and sliced about 1/8-inch think 1/2 stick butter, melted Coarse salt to taste Directions~ Pr... Read more

  • Pencil vs Ink

    7/21/2016 9:32:47 AM, by MRS_EVA_K

    A friend of mine and I have been talking about healthy lifestyle and changes. We have very different lives, but both of us focus on keeping healthy kids and the challenges that arise with constantly flexing schedules. Almost everything says plan for 21-30 days. You get this mind set that if yo... Read more

  • Phase One Goal reached

    7/21/2016 9:20:23 AM, by WINACHST

    I have been struggling this year to get back down to my goal weight. I reached phase one this morning when I stepped on the scale. This is my weight that I was in early adult years. Now, I need to focus on getting rid of the excess body fat that I am carrying around. I have three pairs of jean... Read more

  • Day 45 for Witchy

    7/21/2016 4:02:05 AM, by WITCHYWONDERFUL

    424 Well its a day for celebrating 244 , at last we have our mortgage agreed and we can finally see the house we want being ours. Yesterday my angel card said 'visualisation' and I really tried this out yesterday, imagining the end goal, packing our stuff and collecting the keys. I feel very than... Read more

  • Day 3... What are my goals to be...

    7/21/2016 1:52:22 AM, by ALASKANMOMOF2

    It's been a harder week than I've wanted it to be. Too many little reasons to try to explain. Food is going okay, and I have some ideas for some projects for the next couple of days. Being on vocal rest, which was prescribed Monday, is NOT fun, but necessary for the moment. Meds for sinus in... Read more

  • On The Lighter Side

    7/20/2016 9:28:47 PM, by NEPTUNE1939

    224 244... Read more

  • life in recovery, it is what it is.

    7/20/2016 7:54:28 PM, by MRSKATEDUVALL

    7/20. Life in recovery; It is what it is, learning step three. Today was the day of the big doctor appointment, the day where I was to learn the test results and come up with a plan. I was hoping that today was the day where I would get a pat on the back for doing everything I could think of to d... Read more

  • life in recovery, it is what it is.

    7/20/2016 7:54:28 PM, by MRSKATEDUVALL

    7/20. Life in recovery; It is what it is, learning step three. Today was the day of the big doctor appointment, the day where I was to learn the test results and come up with a plan. I was hoping that today was the day where I would get a pat on the back for doing everything I could think of to d... Read more

  • life in recovery, step 2.

    7/20/2016 7:52:39 PM, by MRSKATEDUVALL

    AS I awake today, I pray the awakening thoughts. Pray that I be divorced from self pity, and dishonesty, and self seeking motives. I can employ my brain, knowing that God gave it to me to use, I pray that I use my talents for good, I think about indecision, and ask for Godís intuitiveness, for in... Read more

  • 43 days left. Today's SMART Goal

    7/20/2016 12:40:45 PM, by CTUPTON

    43 days left before I put this condo on the market. But I am not feeling up to par. I am feeling like I have a virus and a rash on chest, back, and itchy in various places. Darn. I need to accomplish something daily toward being able to "show" this condo. 24 Today's SMART Goal: ... Read more

  • Huh? I have a rash! And I feel like I have a virus. What on earth is this?

    7/20/2016 12:31:03 PM, by CTUPTON

    My throat and ear canal area is tender and stuffy. My chest definitely has a rash. Itchy, too. Other areas of my body feel a bit itchy , too. I have not been outside much so I don't think it is from insect bites. Got any ideas. It is now the 3rd full day. I am using cortisone cream ... Read more

  • My grade school reunion is July 30th near Buffalo, Ny.

    7/20/2016 12:27:14 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am going! Yeah! I just filled out a questionnaire they sent me. I am hoping meeting these old friends might give me information about where to live in that area! Wouldn't that be nice! chris... Read more

  • Wednesday

    7/20/2016 12:07:31 PM, by PICKIE98

    Blessings come in strange packages. Our dryer was delivered this morning by two great guys. Sears contracts these men out with trucks to just deliver and plug things in. Apparently, the work order stated there were to be NO hook-ups. I have a gas dryer, so that meant that I would have to remove... Read more

  • Shrimp Avocado Tacos

    7/20/2016 9:03:44 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, HEALTHY taco's for dinner! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 3/4 pound medium shrimp, peeled, deveined, and cooked 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained 1/4 c sliced scallions 1 avocado, diced and peeled 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1/2 c bot... Read more

  • Spark pages (I know it's an old issue)

    7/20/2016 6:51:58 AM, by MRS_EVA_K

    But for the life of me I wish I had an option to remove blocks (I have only 1 secret of success) and choose which blocks I want to display most prominently (goodies are gifts from friends and I love displaying a good gift). Oh well. It is what it is.... Read more

  • Day 44 for Witchy

    7/20/2016 4:50:26 AM, by WITCHYWONDERFUL

    424 Hi everyone from a very sunny and hot Worcester UK, it hit 35 yesterday hottest place in the UK. So everyone is very grumpy today from lack of sleep, it felt like there was no air to breath. I must be getting old I used to love the heat lol. Off to the hospital to start some treatment bef... Read more

  • Return from CA City,CA

    7/19/2016 9:28:12 PM, by NEPTUNE1939

    Arrived Concord, CA with my brother's household goods. Trip took 8-hours due to I-5 out of Coalinga, CA being shut down for an hour due to a brush fire. Am enjoying a nice cold beer. 91... Read more

  • 7/15-7/18 Sleep Journal

    7/19/2016 7:10:04 PM, by LIZZYB2006_

    7/15 1. What time did you wake up today? 6:11 am 2. What time are you lying down to go to sleep? 11 pm 3. In total, how many hours did you sleep last night? 9 hrs 6 mins 4. Naps today? 0 5. Wake-ups: 5-5:05am Lost sleep: 5 mins 7/16 1. What time did you... Read more

  • Busy Tuesday

    7/19/2016 3:15:21 PM, by PICKIE98

    Today was a slow day for errands. DD and I went to buy some clothing for the funeral. We needed freshening up, and we have some new garments. Onward to the workplace to discuss my situation. I do not know when I am returning yet. We then went to order a deli tray and some salads , pick... Read more

  • Staying in track

    7/19/2016 1:44:53 PM, by FLAPDOODLEDEB

    Now that is the while problema. Still no night ratting. Next I up give up daily wine.... Read more

  • 44 days left. Today's SMART Goal

    7/19/2016 11:39:30 AM, by CTUPTON

    Countdown to putting our condo on the market: 44 days left. Today's SMART Goals: Take the van to be serviced before the 400 mile Buffalo trip. 248 (I still have not really cleaned the interior. 24 ) Sort stuff from my purse: many notes , etc. from doc appts. etc. I will overlo... Read more

  • Healthy Iced Vanilla Latte

    7/19/2016 11:05:11 AM, by CTUPTON

    INGREDIENTS For coffee ice cubes- 1 pot brewed coffee For latte- 2-3 coffee ice cubes 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk 2-3 drops liquid stevia Dash cinnamon DIRECTIONS 1. To make coffee ice cubes, pour brewed coffee into an ice cube tray. Freeze for 1 hour or ... Read more

  • A way to calculate expenses at a certain retirement community

    7/19/2016 10:56:59 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.holidaytouch.com/retiremen
    t-101/cost-of-living... Read more

  • Sauteed Cabbage and Zucchini

    7/19/2016 10:26:26 AM, by CTUPTON

    Sauteed Cabbage and Zucchini (from DS9KIE--thanks) Ingredients: 1 small head cabbage, chopped 1 small zucchini and yellow squash Some onion Some red and yellow pepper Some collard greens 4 mushrooms 3 broccoli stems 1 tbsp onion powder 1 tbsp garlic po... Read more

  • Spicy Vegan Sloppy Joes

    7/19/2016 9:04:05 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Our internet has been on the blink AGAIN but not to fret, it is back up and so I present to you...Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 pound cremini mushrooms, halved 1 Tbsps extra-virgin olive oil 1 large sweet onion, diced 1 3/4 cups light beer Kosher salt 1/... Read more

  • Spark coach

    7/19/2016 7:50:10 AM, by MISSA526

    The healthy habit I have the hardest time with is smoking. I can't use chantix, patches, gum, or lozenges because of health issues. I'm working on cutting down. My boyfriend just quit so I'm not smoking in front of him. I go in another room. It is helping me to cut down.... Read more

  • Safe space

    7/19/2016 4:48:22 AM, by MISSTHISTLE6

    I don't always check in or write or comment but I am beginning to regard sparkpeople as a safe space or oasis on the internet. A place where I can check in and focus on myself and my goals. Away from expectations of others, politics or news of the day. A place where so many people are be... Read more

  • Day 43 for Witchy

    7/19/2016 4:41:09 AM, by WITCHYWONDERFUL

    424 Well it certainly is a scorching day so far, you wait for the hot sunny weather to appear and then its unbearable when it arrives, its an English thing hehe. Well I totally wish I was at the beach having a paddle with my little girl.. Only a week til my birthday so I'm hoping for a romanti... Read more

  • Monday

    7/18/2016 8:43:55 PM, by PICKIE98

    DD came home this morning and we hit the pavement running to do more funeral arrangements. I made a few phone calls, then we went to church to select hymns, liturgy readings,etc. Next stop was to Dad's house to pick up the mail. Off down the road to the cemetery to sign documents for permiss... Read more

  • Bangladesh sparkfriends-- earthquake possibility?

    7/18/2016 11:33:51 AM, by CTUPTON

    earthsky.org/earth/giant-quake
    -may-lurk-under-bangladesh I am hoping this is over blown. chris... Read more

  • Instead of the evil M&Ms try dark chocolate. Advice from a beloved sparkfriend!

    7/18/2016 10:58:02 AM, by CTUPTON

    "Hershey's Dark Chocolate Kisses, Brookside Dark Chocolate with Blueberry and Acai, and Lindt Extra Dark Chocolate truffles the best. I can have 1 truffle and I'm good for days. You can have 5 kisses, and you have to unwrap each one! Brookside is harder for me to control because it comes loose in... Read more

  • John as Cookie Monster!

    7/18/2016 10:45:30 AM, by CTUPTON

    ( John often covers himself in his motorized wheelchair to be warm and take a nap. DD put the paper cutouts on him.)... Read more

  • Race Result and some Ramblings

    7/18/2016 9:46:32 AM, by WINACHST

    July 9,2016 Red Ore 5k was my best time for the season so far. 31:57 It felt good to come in under 32 minutes, that was the chip time, gun time was 32:12 I'll take the chip time. :-) At my last race, I said that I was going to work on coming in under 32 minutes. I am now beginning to train fo... Read more

  • 50 things to do when you're bored.

    7/18/2016 9:24:30 AM, by CTUPTON

    media.trusper.net/u/e43679ab-9
    2ec-4bb5-83b5-6a2a5b6433bb
    .jpg Or, go clean the garage. I bet you think of something better to do fast! chris... Read more

  • Off to Californis City, CA

    7/18/2016 8:31:53 AM, by NEPTUNE1939

    Helping my brother today move his household goods to Concord, CA. Will get plenty of exercise. Have a great day Sparkers,... Read more

  • Countdown to putting our condo on the market: 45 days left. Today's SMART Goal

    7/18/2016 7:52:15 AM, by CTUPTON

    The 3 of us have 3 appointments today! And I am the driver for us all. DH's is for the GI doctor. He will stay in the hospital before his colonoscopy. I can't handle his prep alone. I asked if he could be in the hospital for that. But the Dr said then he has to see him first for Medicare approval. ... Read more

  • Mid Month Reboot

    7/18/2016 5:32:46 AM, by ALASKANMOMOF2

    Why wait to start a challenge at the start of the month? Right now, we're around 5 weeks from the start of school, so starting a challenge today seems about right. I've been struggling with several of my test numbers. Heck, I've been struggling with many areas of life. In December, I bou... Read more

  • Day 42 for Witchy

    7/18/2016 5:22:38 AM, by WITCHYWONDERFUL

    424 Well its been a while, but I'm feeling a bit stronger today so I have decided to start tracking and blogging again. I still don't know what is wrong with me and the docs have not found anything from the tests. I'm hoping it was just a bug that didn't want to leave. Well I have lost a ston... Read more

  • Sunday

    7/17/2016 12:30:41 PM, by PICKIE98

    I just read the obituary in today's newspaper and it is wrong. I called after Dave faxed me a copy on Friday, asked him to insert the word "past" before "member" of civic organizations that she and Dad used to belong to. Everything else was perfect as printed. When the paper arrived, her middle ... Read more

  • 7/15-7/16 Binge Journal

    7/17/2016 12:16:50 PM, by LIZZYB2006_

    Binge free with not wanting to binge! 521... Read more

  • Countdown to putting our condo on the market: 46 days left. Today's SMART Goals

    7/17/2016 9:32:39 AM, by CTUPTON

    1.To email the floor repair guy, take at least 4 photos of the old bathroom floor. 2. Before getting the van tuned up for my trip to "Buffalo", clean the inside. It really needs cleaning before the car repair guy sees it. (I believe workers do a better job when they see I care for the van. ) 3. ... Read more

  • On The Lighter Side

    7/17/2016 8:37:02 AM, by NEPTUNE1939

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  • Saturday

    7/16/2016 1:56:05 PM, by PICKIE98

    I got some much-needed sleep last night after a hard week. I am here alone, as DD is with her Dad. She is helping him and his wife prepare for a life party for her 50 year-old daughter who is dying of cancer and will not be here by fall or winter. Instead of a funeral, they rented a hall and are ... Read more

  • Informative graphic showing options and costs of senior housing.

    7/16/2016 9:10:46 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • On The Lighter Side

    7/16/2016 8:07:01 AM, by NEPTUNE1939

    213 Have a great Day Sparkers... Read more

  • Countdown to putting our condo on the market: 47 days left. Today's SMART Goal

    7/16/2016 6:57:58 AM, by CTUPTON

    Make SMART Goals: Specific Measurable Achievable Realistic Timely Today: Finish organizing the larger of 2 bathrooms. (A nephew will eventually install the new flooring.) And do the daily chores like dishes, etc. chris... Read more

  • How do you handle it when you gain and then start losing again?

    7/16/2016 6:47:09 AM, by CTUPTON

    I gained 8 lbs. OK now can I say I lost 2 lbs--if I did? I can gain and re-lose the same fat many times! chris 24... Read more

  • I just contacted the Chamber of Commerce in the Greater Buffalo area! Thanks .

    7/15/2016 7:49:28 PM, by CTUPTON

    I never thought of contacting them about a place to live! Thanks for the idea! And I will contact some senior centers in certain towns. I never thought of that either! chris 247 220... Read more

  • Our condo will soon be for sale. I do love it here. Bloomfield, CT

    7/15/2016 7:30:43 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • 7/13-7/14 Sleep Journal

    7/15/2016 9:41:50 AM, by LIZZYB2006_

    7/13 1. What time did you wake up today? 9 am 2. What time are you lying down to go to sleep? 10:39 pm 3. In total, how many hours did you sleep last night? 9 hrs 51 mins 4. Naps today? 0 5. Wake-ups: 1) 5:15-5:20 am 2) 5:40-5:55 am Sleep lost: 20 mins 7... Read more

  • 7/14 Binge Journal

    7/15/2016 9:36:13 AM, by LIZZYB2006_

    No binges on 7/14. Kept up with the no binge on brownies! 224... Read more

  • 5/3/1 Strength Training Update - Deadlift

    7/15/2016 9:17:10 AM, by NEPTUNE1939

    On week three, 5/3/1 maximizes your lift percentages. Based on my 1-Rep Max of 305 Lbs, 90% of that is 275 Lbs. This is where I cheat a tad (don't tell Jim Wendler). The three warm up sets are 40% of 275, 50% of 275 & 60% of 275. That equates to 5x110, 5x137, & 3x165 respectively. I ... Read more

  • House sitting this weekend

    7/15/2016 8:59:19 AM, by MISSA526

    This weekend should be a lot easier than last weekend. Last weekend was incredibly sad and emotional. We went to Shawn's Mom, Susan , parents grave. We sprinkled we ashes and Shawn had an emotional breakdown. I literally thought I was going to fall down from his weight. I broke down later. She was a... Read more