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  • Please prayers for brother in law--prostate cancer diagnosis.

    10/8/2015 10:18:05 AM, by CTUPTON

    thank you, all! chris You don't even have to comment--just say a prayer---thanks! His name is Bill. chris... Read more

  • BP up then way down

    10/8/2015 7:24:49 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    I was unable to walk around beautiful Virginia Beach yesterday, felt so weak, like I was going to collapse, felt 100 years old. We had a nice Italian meal, then returned to our hotel. Today we drive the back roads to Baltimore and get on the shop tomorrow. I have a new dance dress...sure hope I ca... Read more

  • Less pain and healing

    10/7/2015 9:58:24 PM, by SBECKER526

    I have less pain. I declared it time to put exercise back into my appointment schedule. I find I can take care of Bob and the cat. Since I go downstairs (one floor) and get a walk along hallways as as my warm up, I can get to class in under 5 minutes. I take Qi Gong and zumba on Saturday. I t... Read more

  • Long, Busy Day

    10/7/2015 9:49:45 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Woke up to the sounds of a lively household.... I am SO going to miss this when I go back home to Texas... DD had already peeled and chopped 2 crockpots full of apples for applesauce, and I helped peel and chop another crockpot and a large dutch oven full.... she has a peeler/slicer machine tha... Read more

  • Long, Busy Day

    10/7/2015 9:49:29 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Woke up to the sounds of a lively household.... I am SO going to miss this when I go back home to Texas... DD had already peeled and chopped 2 crockpots full of apples for applesauce, and I helped peel and chop another crockpot and a large dutch oven full.... she has a peeler/slicer machine tha... Read more

  • Beck Day 8--make time and energy for dieting. I will be on this day for a few days!!!

    10/7/2015 8:56:03 PM, by CTUPTON

    ___I read my ARC cards at least once today. NO PROBLEMO! I even remember all 5 due to the pneumonic! "cCRIED" ___I read other Response cards as needed. NO PROBLEMO! ___I ate slowly, sitting down and noticing every bite. __Every time __Most of the time. __Some of the ti... Read more

  • Beck Day 7: Changing your environment

    10/7/2015 7:00:02 PM, by CTUPTON

    +___I read my ARC cards at least once today. +___I read other Response cards as needed. ___I ate slowly, sitting down and noticing every bite. __Every time __Most of the time. + __Some of the time. ___I gave myself credit when I engaged in helpful dieting behaviors _... Read more

  • SP diabetes menu plan--does anyone use this. I have used it now for about 3 days.

    10/7/2015 3:56:55 PM, by CTUPTON

    Today's lunch was cooked cauliflower with a cheese sauce (cheddar, low fat sour cream, soy milk, Mrs Dash)over it. With a fruit and 2 pieces of Italian bread. Oh I precooked the canned beans and put it all together to microwave for a couple of minutes to melt the cheese. I had whole grain bread... Read more

  • He says it's not my heart but...

    10/7/2015 8:00:09 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Could be an inherited condition causing fibrous tissue build up in the renal arteries, fibromuscular hyperplasia. That severely raises blood pressure starting in your 20s...and mine sisters and Mum are hypertensive too and it runs in families. He added a calcium channel blocker to my lisin... Read more

  • What I Need

    10/6/2015 9:00:04 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I need to climb more stairs!!!! All that climbing yesterday at the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials has made me ache in places that I would really rather not ache, and since I'm sleeping in the basement while visiting my DD I need to be able to go up and down without wincing and /or groaning.... ... Read more

  • Seeing a cardiologist today...then I hope we can leave for the ship!

    10/6/2015 8:13:10 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Our trip has been delayed although the ship sails Friday and the latest we can leave town in early Thursday morning. I have to see the cardiologist today, got an emergent referral from the insurance company and internal medicine doctor. She thinks it's my bp meds that need to be changed since the ... Read more

  • Wiped Out

    10/5/2015 9:04:02 PM, by MCJULIEO

    DD got us up at 5:30 am in order to make our connections to DC (left home at 6:10 am so as to be sure to find a parking space at the Metro station at the extreme southernmost Maryland line.... No problem! There was parking galore! And we made our connection to L'Enfant Plaza without a hitch, t... Read more

  • My RUN AWAY foods

    10/5/2015 11:13:30 AM, by CTUPTON

    I can eat tons of these and not feel full: cookies muffins chips milk chocolate entrées like spaghetti, lasagna, most casseroles donuts bagels cereals can be a problem but I know (within reason) they are good for me chris 424 chris... Read more

  • Re-writing response cards -pneumonic so I can remember the list.

    10/5/2015 10:46:36 AM, by CTUPTON

    cCRIED clothes, confidence, respect, intelligence, energy, doctor The sentences are written in a previous blog about the Beck program. The list is typed on 3X5 cards taped to a few places in the house. chris 424... Read more

  • A featured blog I enjoyed.

    10/5/2015 9:54:45 AM, by CTUPTON

    HONEYLEA Sept. 28th (or 29th) I loved this blog. chris... Read more

  • Beck Day 6--make plans to get a diet coach

    10/5/2015 9:35:14 AM, by CTUPTON

    It is only morning but I am resolute today. I WILL eat at the table! I WILL eat slowly and savor every bite! Nothing can stop me! 521 +___I read my ARC cards at least once today. +___I read other Response cards as needed. ___I ate slowly, sitting down and noticing every ... Read more

  • Thank you Indy~ for your blog about foods to RUN AWAY from--like in Monty Python and the bunny

    10/5/2015 9:16:15 AM, by CTUPTON

    "On my journey to healthy living, I have learned to group food into three categories: "good for you," "occasional treat," and "RUN AWAY." You Monty Python Fans got that, right? In case you’re not familiar, in the movie "Monty Python and The Holy Grail," a group of knights face a ... Read more

  • I have a "featured blog!" How exciting--about rewarding yourself!

    10/5/2015 9:10:59 AM, by CTUPTON

    Can I gloat? I am just doin' what I love to do--share and chat with sparkfriends! chris... Read more

  • I Need to Take Pictures

    10/4/2015 7:37:54 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Well, we finished the Texas flag shirt project last night, and I think they look great, very different in texture... Tomorrow we are going to play tourist in DC, and so were talking about wearing the shirts.... I'll try to take photos.... If it's not too cool, the shirts will even show as we ta... Read more

  • Cat Halloween costumes! Hilarious!

    10/4/2015 6:27:43 PM, by CTUPTON
    t-a-smile-on-your-face-01037524 Do you have a favorite? I keep picking a favorite and then changing my mind when I see the next one. I think I'll pick the witch hat cat. Or maybe Red Ridin... Read more

  • Ideas for rewards when you make a healthy choice. How do you reward yourself?

    10/4/2015 6:24:37 PM, by CTUPTON

    from an SP article: Compliment yourself. Write down what you would say to anyone else who accomplished what you did. • Create an actual plaque or trophy. 208 • Give yourself badges of honor for different levels of accomplishment. • Take a vacation or weekend getaway. 334 • Tak... Read more

  • Returning to exercise classes

    10/4/2015 5:48:06 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am getting back into attending exercise classes - now at the Highlands. I enjoyed a yoga class, two aquatic exercise classes, water walking/swimming, walking a trail, qigong, zumba and more. I did all of these in 6 days. I did not have to drive. I cross one road and get to my favorite trai... Read more

  • Beck Day 5 Give myself credit DONE

    10/4/2015 4:20:23 PM, by CTUPTON

    +___I read my ARC cards at least once today. + ___I read other Response cards as needed. ___I ate slowly, sitting down and noticing every bite. __Every time __Most of the time. +__Some of the time. ___I gave myself credit when I engaged in helpful dieting behaviors __Every t... Read more

  • suffering low energy levels lately.

    10/4/2015 12:39:40 PM, by GATINA18

    524 Its been a while since I blogged. My husband finally went back to work and we've both been working long hours. I've been feeling really tired since I started losing weight. I think maybe I was working out too much. I think it also could have been that I was just sleeping better. I had been ha... Read more

  • balls to the wall

    10/4/2015 8:41:35 AM, by CTUPTON

    balls to the wall  term used by pilots. when accelerating quickly, the throttle is pushed all the way to the panel and the throttle lever (ball) actually touches the panel (wall). Hence, balls to the wall. I bet you all looked, didn't you!... Read more

  • Beck Day 4 done--sort of

    10/4/2015 8:14:35 AM, by CTUPTON

    +___I read my ARC cards at least once today. -___I read other Response cards as needed. +___I created a reminder system for giving myself credit. -___I sat down to eat. __Every time __Most of the time. __Some of the time. -___I gave myself credit __E... Read more

  • Syncope with complete collapse---911 came

    10/4/2015 8:13:55 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Totally terrifying Friday evening. We were home from volunteering, sitting quietly reading when all hell broke loose. My husband said I shouted to him, and collapsed in my chair. He got me on to the floor, laid me flat, checked my by 179/100, and called 911. I was out. Next thing I know the hou... Read more

  • A New DAY!

    10/3/2015 10:21:10 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Boy! This new medication has turned my world beautiful! I slept 11.5 hours, and woke refreshed and ready to go... Which was a good thing, because my daughter started working on those apples to make applesauce... she has a cool peeler/slicer that does almost everything but actually put the slice... Read more

  • Beck Day 9: Select an Exercise Program. Note, this is an UNFINISHED blog

    10/3/2015 9:43:53 AM, by CTUPTON

    ___I read my ARC cards at least once today. ___I read other Response cards as needed. ___I ate slowly, sitting down and noticing every bite. __Every time __Most of the time. __Some of the time. ___I gave myself credit when I engaged in helpful eating behaviors ... Read more

  • Beck Day 8: Make time and energy for dieting. Unfinished blog . To be completed in a few days.

    10/3/2015 9:41:17 AM, by CTUPTON

    ___I read my ARC cards at least once today. ___I read other Response cards as needed. ___I ate slowly, sitting down and noticing every bite. __Every time __Most of the time. __Some of the time. ___I gave myself credit when I engaged in helpful eating behaviors ... Read more

  • Beck Day 7: Arrange your Environment. Unfinished blog. To be completed in a few days.

    10/3/2015 9:35:51 AM, by CTUPTON

    ___I read my ARC cards at least once today. ___I read other Response cards as needed. ___I ate slowly, sitting down and noticing every bite. __Every time __Most of the time. __Some of the time. ___I gave myself credit when I engaged in helpful dieting behaviors ... Read more

  • Beck Day 6: Find a diet coach. Unfinished blog. To be completed in a couple of days from now.

    10/3/2015 9:32:51 AM, by CTUPTON

    ___I read my ARC cards at least once today. ___I read other Response cards as needed. ___I ate slowly, sitting down and noticing every bite. __Every time __Most of the time. __Some of the time. ___I gave myself credit when I engaged in helpful dieting behaviors ... Read more

  • Beck Day 5: Unfinished to do list. To be continued tomorrow.

    10/3/2015 9:29:41 AM, by CTUPTON

    ___I read my ARC cards at least once today. ___I read other Response cards as needed. ___I ate slowly, sitting down and noticing every bite. __Every time __Most of the time. __Some of the time. ___I gave myself credit when I engaged in helpful dieting behaviors ... Read more

  • Beck Day 4-Unfinished to-do list-to be continued later in the day....

    10/3/2015 9:26:07 AM, by CTUPTON

    ___I read my ARC cards at least once today. ___I read other Response cards as needed. ___I created a reminder system for giving myself credit. ___I sat down to eat. __Every time __Most of the time. __Some of the time. ___I gave myself credit __Every tim... Read more

  • Beck Day 4--Give Yourself Credit

    10/3/2015 9:19:19 AM, by CTUPTON

    Yesterday I ate at the table 4 times--breakfast , mid-morning , lunch, afternoon snack... Tootin' my own horn for those successes! 243 244 380 224 I will try again to eat at the table--even when I am tired...... NOT while using the computer! NOT while reading in bed! N... Read more

  • Beck-my 3 sabotaging thoughts-not the way I always feel--just my thoughts sometimes

    10/3/2015 9:10:09 AM, by CTUPTON

    I might have mislead the Beck Trekkers. 198 I did not mean I feel that way all the time. I just mean those are my thoughts --sometimes 24 ! Those are the hardest times for me. Sorry 245 if I made you think I am totally tired all the time! Oops! 198 I did get plenty of sympathy. 2... Read more

  • Bronchitis and Me

    10/2/2015 5:59:51 PM, by MCJULIEO

    If I had ever doubted myself that I was truly sick, my rough night last night proved that I needed to consult a medical professional, and they confirmed the terrible lung sounds as bronchitis, prescribed something to open up the bronchioles , and even gave me something else to help me sleep tonight.... Read more

  • Beck: sabotaging thoughts

    10/2/2015 10:10:12 AM, by CTUPTON

    -I am so tired! I am drained and I just want to lie in bed and read and eat and shut out the world. -I need to 'veg' at the computer, playing Trivia Crack or Solitaire---and snack on something tasty. In fact, I like to eat my meals at the computer , too. -I am very, very uncomfortable, anxious, ... Read more

  • Beck: Day 3 Sit Down to Eat

    10/2/2015 10:03:14 AM, by CTUPTON

    Mine should say "Sit up to eat." and "Sit at the table." I tend to read in bed and eat. Or, I eat while at the computer. Or, I eat in the car while driving. Maybe if I kept my cell phone attached to my ear, like many people I see, I'd not gain weight. Even this "cell phone thing" is a sign... Read more

  • Beck Day 2-- anyone want to be my Beck coach?

    10/2/2015 9:38:39 AM, by CTUPTON

    I believe I am a challenge to help. 24 I am way, way resistant to actually eating fewer times a day. 4 I have only been able to lose 40 lbs (6 years) by changing(drastically) the foods I eat, 550 through the day drinking tonic water 91 instead of eating something, and doing water aerobics fait... Read more

  • New Chapter of my life Starts Today...

    10/2/2015 7:39:14 AM, by KTAADN_GIRL

    I picked up my insulin yesterday, and a glucose meter, strips, and needles for the insulin. DH had several pickers, I don't know what they are called, but it's that thing that holds the lancets, to pick your finger, so I just call them pickers. lol. So I chose the one with the quicker spring action.... Read more

  • Lots of rain!

    10/2/2015 5:38:12 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Lots of rain but my Mum's town flooded. My beloved and our neighbor kid are trying to put together two basketball units for our little school so it will be a wet day for all of us! We get on a ship a week from Friday so hope the hurricane is over quickly! My BP is lower but skyrockets when I get to... Read more

  • Hurricane Changing & Daily Progress

    10/1/2015 2:38:44 PM, by MCJULIEO

    After all those hurricanes I've lived through while growing up on the Gulf Coast, I'm stunned to find a hurricane heading once again in my direction even while I'm visiting my daughter on the eastern seaboard... As of yesterday it was headed right for us, but this morning it seems to have taken... Read more

  • Woo Hoo!

    9/30/2015 9:07:49 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Doing quite a bit better today with my cold and actually enjoyed the day.... I am NOT getting used to this Maryland weather! Being from Texas, I should consider the 87 degree mugginess as cool compared to our usual mid-high 90s days, but today was a real sweat box.... I was miserable in the coo... Read more

  • Not Good Way to Lose

    9/29/2015 6:48:55 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Well, being sick HAS cut my calorie intake.... I just haven't been hungry... BUT it is not a good way to lose weight.... Thanks to all of your concern.... And a daughter who has encouraged my sleep (11 hours last night!) I am MUCH better... And even happy to be alive! I ate healthily... Read more

  • So this man impressed me

    9/29/2015 6:31:07 PM, by KAREN608

    After my husband's death, I made the acquaintance of a man(57 years old) who became a great help to cleaning up my acreage, in trade for items I own. He doesn't have a lazy bone anywhere in his body, and very intelligent (as is his wife!). He is having a good influence on me, as I can see, as rule... Read more

  • Hypersensitive to HCTZ

    9/29/2015 9:18:20 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Dr hat a fit yesterday when I showed her my numbers and told her of fainting 3 days in a row. Today is the second day of mo meds at all, check bp twice a day and take half a dose if it shows above 140/90. It's always very low at home but skyrockets when I go to see the dr or to school. I see he... Read more

  • Loving my new life

    9/28/2015 9:06:12 PM, by SBECKER526

    I moved into the Highlands at Wyomissing 3 weeks ago. I prepared for the move for 9 weeks ahead of that. I visualized my new life and felt ready to make the move. Caring for the house interfered with the care of my husband and my own needs. It was time to move. I feel I need to pinch myself... Read more

  • Thank You

    9/28/2015 3:39:19 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I am still considerably under what I consider to be Tip Top great shape (I feel lousy, with brief interludes of "pretty OK" throughout the day) and my body is still telling me to sleep (9.5 hours last night) But YOU, my Sparkpals, are fantastic at encouraging me. Along with the cold and allerg... Read more

  • What is healthy at Wendy's? SP article

    9/28/2015 10:34:06 AM, by CTUPTON
    parkdining-eatery.asp?id=4 My husband almost daily asks for food from one of the fast food restaurants. He is on a diabetic diet by the way. He also recently developed some choking while eating--a speech therapist has been working with him and advising us... Read more

  • BP uncontrolled!

    9/28/2015 5:45:39 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Fainted Friday and Saturday on my 20/25 lisinopril so yesterday I decided to take just my old dose of 10 mg. 30 minutes later I fainted again, hitting the floor. Felt like I was dying! My bp was 70/65 after my husband found me and elevated my feet, waiting with me until I recovered. Felt ill unti... Read more

  • I'm Sick

    9/27/2015 9:34:00 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Feels like a first class cold.. I'm coughing and my nose is dripping, and I slept for 14 hours last night.... FOURTEEN HOURS! Blah. Am going to bed.... Read more

  • SP article: What does 5 fruits and veggies look like? Great visuals!

    9/27/2015 10:35:02 AM, by CTUPTON
    utrition_articles.asp?id=2044... Read more

  • Elaine's health

    9/26/2015 1:36:15 PM, by ELAINEANNE1

    Well yet again I have fell by the wayside, I have put on a little weight about 3-4 pounds but the main problem is comfort and evening eating. I am restarting my food diary and this morning I printed off some food diary sheets for the BHF web site, I will be doing my best to stick to 1300 calories.... Read more

  • Fainted yesterday

    9/26/2015 7:09:29 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    I was driving to volunteer at the school in the next city yesterday when I suddenly had a sense of tunnel vision, and knew I was going to faint so I pulled off the road and hung my head down for a few minutes. Started driving again and felt very faint again! This happened 4 times and then I called ... Read more

  • County Fair Time!

    9/25/2015 11:23:03 PM, by MCJULIEO

    It's county fair time bck where I come from, back in Comal County, Texas, home of German settlers and the Wurstfest.... but I am currently in St. Mary's County, Maryland, and guess what! It's county fair time here, too! So I went, and ogled, and ahhh-ed at all the exhibits of arts and crafts, a... Read more

  • Brussels Sprouts, Bacon & Pepperjack Macaroni & Cheese

    9/25/2015 9:30:58 PM, by CTUPTON

    Brussels Sprouts, Bacon & Pepperjack Macaroni & Cheese 2-4 servings-- sorry nutritional info was not available but at least there are veggies in this dish!--chris Kick up your mac 'n' cheese with some roasted brussels, bacon and lots of Pepperjack cheese. Delish! Prep: 10 mins ... Read more

  • Weekend healthy eating!

    9/25/2015 7:28:38 PM, by CTUPTON

    Keep calm and continue the healthy habits over the weekend. We don't think this way anymore: Have a great , healthy, happy weekend! chris ... Read more

  • Beck: food pushers

    9/25/2015 7:03:23 PM, by CTUPTON

    It is hard to say "no" to someone who is offering their hard-effort, home made foods to us. The food is usually the very delicious kind and made to look as tempting as possible. My Mom even cried once when I said no thanks to her . Yeah--she actually cried. But saying I will have some later... Read more

  • Must Be Jet Lag

    9/24/2015 3:19:41 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I know that coming from Texas to Maryland is changing only one time zone, but I am So sleepy! There may be a few contributing factors : 1) I am still nursing a mild cold and am taking lots of vitamin C and antihistamines, so that may be making me drowsy.... 2) We got home late from the air... Read more

  • where to find trivia crack

    9/24/2015 12:11:37 PM, by CTUPTON

    I play it on the desktop and on our kindle. I did n online search. It seemed best for me to use it from my facebook but that is not necessary. My daughter uses it on her cell phone. that is probably an app. I hope you can find it. chris... Read more

  • BP down to 114/84 now

    9/24/2015 8:02:13 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Changing my BP meds and doubling the dose has lowered it to normal limits now. I have to check it twice a day in a log and see the dr in 2 weeks. I'm trying to stay calm at all times, which is difficult with an 89 y/o Mum who sees the "end of the world" in every news event. I agree but don't want... Read more

  • Trip Day 1

    9/23/2015 10:58:50 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Flew out of San Antonio to Baltimore.... Plane was seat mate had a service dog, which was well behaved...interesting traveling companion... Daughter met my plane and then we had a 2 Hour drive home to her house... It's now late but hard to go to bed, we haven't seen each other in... Read more

  • Packing- Too Much? Too Little?

    9/22/2015 5:29:57 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I'm leaving to visit the grandchildren in Maryland (oh, and their parents, too!) There's a real change of seasons going on right now, with Texas still hotter than blue blazes in the high 90s, and Maryland highs in the mid 70s.... and it feels incredibly silly to get out what to us is WINTER wea... Read more

  • Blood pressure, on meds, 180/110!

    9/22/2015 7:57:57 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Am I stressed, yes, looking after an almost 90 year old Mum in the next town is exhausting even with my beloved doing as much of the driving as possible. Every morning I have to call her at 7am and she goes over all the "terrible, terrible news" of the world. She agonized over each news item, war, ... Read more

  • Feeling Groovy... Not!

    9/21/2015 6:59:21 PM, by MCJULIEO

    It feels like a cold... My throat is scratchy. My eyes are watering... My nose is running a little... I'm taking cold medication... Surprisingly, when I ate Curry for lunch, I felt instantly better (but only for a little while).. Am now out of curry, but will be eating ... Read more

  • Nine days (after today) left in Sept.

    9/21/2015 12:06:46 PM, by CTUPTON

    40 How can that be?... Read more

  • Trivia Crack

    9/21/2015 12:04:04 PM, by CTUPTON

    This is a fun game on the smart phone, Kindle, or desktop. Is anyone else hooked yet?... Read more

  • Lest we forget.....

    9/21/2015 5:40:27 AM, by CTUPTON

    Buffalo, NY last winter! My niece's house.---winter of course, not right now! I am living in Connecticut. But my plans are to move "back home" near my family . Maybe I should rethink this move... chris... Read more

  • I want to change my sparkpage but I am loving the little owls too much!

    9/21/2015 5:33:25 AM, by CTUPTON

    Which is your favorite owl? Right now the sleepy one with the zzzz's is drawing my attention. chris... Read more

  • So Sleepy.....Zzzzzzzz

    9/20/2015 10:49:06 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I think I'm coming down with a cold.... my throat is a little tender and my nose has just barely started to drip a little... And I'm SO sleepy! It's the sleepiness that impacts me the most right now.... so much to do, but I really need the sleep.... End of blog. Good night.... Read more

  • H.A.L.T. and R.I.D. and how to use your

    9/20/2015 12:48:49 PM, by CTUPTON

    I hope I can remember this when I get my next bout of anxiety--and I want to EAT! 198 Anxiety is from a fight or flight response, triggered when the amygdala in the brain perceives threat. It doesn’t matter whether the threat is real or not – the brain thinks it is and acts as though its... Read more

  • Day 24, Deal with Discouragement

    9/20/2015 12:05:16 PM, by CTUPTON

    Day 24, Deal with Discouragement Oh yeah! this is my day! I am dealing with allergies. No energy. Itchy eyes. Slight headache. The no energy is my downfall! I have fought that all my life. I am doing everything I know how to lessen these allergies! This morning it seems to be h... Read more

  • names game

    9/20/2015 11:52:16 AM, by CTUPTON

    Maybe make your screen zoom to 200% I do that in my lower right corner of my screen I chose Elderly Hermione Granger chris... Read more

  • at home

    9/19/2015 11:39:14 PM, by SBECKER526

    I love our new home. I also am happy with less stuff. I am resorting items and finding more order in my life. I really like having a stackable washer-dryer in my walkin closet. I am in heaven. Snaggles adjusted well. He is playful and loves the deep window sills in our rooms.... Read more

  • BECK trying some things to lessen allergies

    9/19/2015 8:44:09 PM, by CTUPTON

    -put the air purifier on high in our bedroom -used the nose irrigation bottle of saline-yuk I hate it but it works -took one mucinex -used a mask to filter the air I was breathing when I was reading my book in the bedroom--mask like for sanding or painting projects--it couldn't hurt, right? ... Read more

  • Anybody using probiotics for stomach trouble?

    9/19/2015 6:27:33 PM, by CHERYLHURT

    Even after having my gallbladder out I still have exactly the same stomach burning issues, especially at night when it wakes me up. Does anybody else have burning stomach issues and if so, what do you use? Any probiotics ? Any suggestions?... Read more

  • Playing With Grandchildren, Surprising the Children

    9/19/2015 4:29:16 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I got to play with another set of grandchildren today, ostensibly to take care of them while their mom and dad take a church youth group hiking at a nearby state park ... But we're planning a little surprise for their folks.... The 4 yr old and the 3 yr old want to surprise their parents w... Read more

  • BECK problems

    9/19/2015 2:34:41 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have not been feeling good in general. How does a person keep doing the "to do " list when they don't feel well? Again this morning I again (like a week ago) had a slight headache, very tired , body somewhat sore. None of these symptoms are pronounced. It is more than a blah feeling. Possibl... Read more

  • I'm losing weight the wrong way

    9/19/2015 11:08:34 AM, by REDHEARTGIRL

    So my "work myself into an early grave" diet is definitely effective. My job is stressful, I don't know what to do. There's nothing I can do actually. Not about the job. I need to manage my stress better. I work in a school nurse's office, far from the main office. It's just me in there. I have two ... Read more

  • Update

    9/18/2015 9:47:44 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I went to have lunch at my grandson's school for grandparents' day, and it was an experience... Update: I wore a long red flowing skirt, and a very bright top.... No dealy-bobbers on a headband... And nobody gave me a second glance.... BUT, there was at least two grandmothers there with tu... Read more

  • Which strategy is better?

    9/17/2015 11:47:17 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Tomorrow is grandparents day at my grandson's school. He is in first grade, and I cannot decide whether I want to be the grandmother that all the children love, or the grandmother that all the teachers love, and what that looks like in either case. I'm thinking that the grandmother who wears br... Read more

  • I'm so mad, I cried myself into a headache...

    9/17/2015 6:20:34 PM, by KTAADN_GIRL

    I've been bustin butt to drop my A1C, and it went up. My doc and I had a deal on my last visit, I had 3 more months to drop my level, and if it didn't happen, I was going on insulin. I'm going on insulin. Doc was working with a student, and while we were in with the student, the nurse came in to giv... Read more

  • HALT

    9/17/2015 5:35:17 PM, by CTUPTON

    I traditionally have used "HALT" to analyze how I am feeling when I have a craving. Well--I try to use it anyway. Why do I want food? Am I hungry for real? Am I angry at someone? Am I lonely (bored usually)? Am I tired? The idea is : if it is not hunger, then food won't fix it! 40 Right now I ... Read more

  • coconut rice

    9/17/2015 4:32:52 PM, by CTUPTON

    This is pretty good. I cooked brown rice in half light coconut milk and half water. chris... Read more

  • Fluke--I Know WHy the Winged Whale Sings --a book I think I want to read...

    9/17/2015 4:18:10 PM, by CTUPTON

    Fluke, or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings is the seventh novel by Christopher Moore. Published in 2003, it combines elements of absurdist and fantasy fiction, as well as the author's own brand of social commentary and humor. A serious theme in the novel involves environmentalism, particularly tha... Read more

  • "Your worth should never depend on another persons opinion"

    9/17/2015 11:46:17 AM, by CTUPTON

    "Your worth should never depend on another persons opinion." Duh...but a hard lesson to learn! chris I found this on a 12 stem program page of quotes. ... Read more

  • A freeing feeling: I am enough.

    9/17/2015 10:33:38 AM, by CTUPTON

    “Say it, and feel it, carry it with you and be it:
‘I am ready to let go of the chase, of the escape, and simply be myself. I am enough. What I am is enough. There is no failure. There is no lack. There is nothing going wrong. I release all expectations that I put upon myself, either dir... Read more

  • I am (already) enough.... so spread my wings and fly! More thoughts on "I am enough."

    9/17/2015 10:06:26 AM, by CTUPTON

    “I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are... Read more

  • More about "I am enough."

    9/17/2015 9:46:01 AM, by CTUPTON

    This seems to be a complex idea. It seems like women especially are always striving to be better and better and do more and more. I am a bit confused. I am thinking women are programed to try to make others happy. If it doesn't work , we feel like failures. -am I on the right track? -d... Read more

  • Shopping...

    9/16/2015 9:43:29 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Is it too much to ask to expect to be able to find a classic style skirt that looks good, washes well, covers the subject (my high school speech teacher used to say that "a speech should be like a woman's skirt: short enough to be interesting, but long enough to cover the subject")... And has ... Read more

  • Struggling to get my right knee to bend..saga--finally 5 whole minutes on the recumbent bike! Yeah!

    9/16/2015 1:09:19 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have been working in many ways to improve my right knee. I have been working with at least 3 198 professionals about this problem. It was the result of being "out of commission" for several months after a total shoulder replacement last Dec. 24 My daughter has suggested using my recumbent b... Read more

  • Who you are is enough!

    9/16/2015 12:50:15 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • More on RWB-Out

    9/15/2015 9:19:39 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Have I ever mentioned how glad I am to be a Texas Aggie??!!!! I'll bet that by now you're wishing that I would stop..... but TOO Bad! I still want to mention how things went down in Aggieland this last weekend... Short recap: Every home game the students stage "Yell Practice" (Aggies don't CH... Read more

  • Praying for the kid who lives behind us...our burglar

    9/15/2015 5:58:53 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    The only way I can get periodic thoughts of absolute revenge out of my mind is to pray morning and evening, for the kid who lives behind us, the one who was arrested with our belongings under his parents crawl space. The judge agreed with his expensive attorney that there was a remote chance that s... Read more

  • Red, White, and Blue Out

    9/14/2015 11:26:48 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Texas A&M University may be home to a lot of eccentric, and may I just come out and say it- GOOFY traditions, but they often come up with some really spectacular ideas, one of which was what they refer to as RWB Out, sometimes called Red, White, and Blue Out, ... Just after the horrors of Septe... Read more

  • 14 SP easy slow cooker recipes-- I just found this article!

    9/14/2015 11:55:39 AM, by CTUPTON
    oker_recipes I can make sort of plain meats and plain veggies. But making them more palatable is tough for me. these slow cooker meals might help me! Now that it is fall in New England, USA, I will be needing these even... Read more

  • BECK Day 18 "to DO" list from SLENDERELLA61

    9/14/2015 11:42:54 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am not organized (yet) enough to actually do all these things. But I am getting more conscious of my eating. Thank you SLENDERELLA 61 for typing out the to do lists. It helps me greatly! chris Check off when you read your Advantages Response Cards, read cards addressing your sabotagi... Read more

  • Moving accomplished

    9/13/2015 11:46:23 PM, by SBECKER526

    We moved to our apartment a few days ago. We no longer have boxes in each room. The movers and resettlers did a great job. I have a few things to finish. I have a group cleaning out my house this coming week. I prayed much during the week. When the movers arrived, we had a praying mantis ... Read more

  • No Aggie Joaks Allowed

    9/13/2015 11:08:23 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Joaks, get it???? Hahahahaha! The weekend at Aggieland was spectacular, from being with old friends, actual family, Midnight Yell Practice at the newly $485 million refurbished Kyle Field, impressive students, ....... and of course, the successful Aggie football game. A little background:... Read more