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  • Totally Unexpected Corporate Valentines Message

    2/12/2016 2:47:00 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I had an email from my cell provider, Sprint, today, and while I usually just auto delete these things, for some reason I actually opened it and read it... To my GREAT ASTONISHMENT, it was a good message.... a totally unexpected EXCELLENT message! Though it included their pitch for their p... Read more

  • Walked more than I had in months!

    2/12/2016 8:16:55 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    We walked an hour from the ship in to Cozumel, walked all over the lovely town, and hen walked back. Got in almost 10 miles of walking!... Read more

  • Either ......Or....

    2/12/2016 12:09:55 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Either I have developed the most wonderful self control in the history of female shoppers... OR there really WAS nothing good to buy at the Sam Moon's I went into yesterday... (Sam Moon is a giant accessories store with yards and yards of purses, scarves, hair adornments, and jewelry (lots and ... Read more

  • Busier than ever!

    2/11/2016 8:42:22 PM, by SBECKER526

    I have my busy moments. I limit them to two hours a day. I do my phone calls, computer work and meetings. I will not schedule more than two hours. I also schedule my exercise time as my ME time. I do mind-body and also strength. I walk and cycle almost every day for cardio. I am peace... Read more

  • Calories increased but still being careful

    2/11/2016 7:08:47 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Getting miles of walking in although my caloric intake has increased from the lovely wine they serve us every evening. Today we have a 10 mile hike planned, then will stop for fish tacos, just made, and share one beer, all while sitting in the plaza people watching, then walk back to the ship. Nev... Read more

  • Rodeo Time!

    2/10/2016 11:07:34 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Well, yesterday was just a foretaste of rodeo thrills as the riders and their horses came clop clop clopping through my neck of the woods yesterday....on their way to the grand launch of the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo which will begin tomorrow. The San Antonio Rodeo is a lot more than jus... Read more

  • Toured slums yesterday...

    2/10/2016 8:45:49 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    American poor have no concept of poverty. We toured the slums yesterday, so much like the slums of Panama when we first lived there. Tin shacks on stilts, garbage thrown out the empty window into the bog. We tried to visit the church we like to support but it was empty. Heartbreaking...with no ch... Read more

  • Stampede!!!! Not Exactly!

    2/9/2016 11:03:32 PM, by MCJULIEO

    As everybody who lives in Texas knows, the dark days of winter when everybody else in the country has to battle blizzards and white-outs are just the perfect season for rodeos... Yes, it really is Rodeo season in Texas....We're talkin' RO- dee- oh, ....Not ro-DAY-oh, not in Texas, unless you wa... Read more

  • Walking, walking, walking

    2/9/2016 8:10:15 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Surprised at how much stamina I have lost after being down for 5 months. Working on walking, walking, walking!... Read more

  • still exercising

    2/8/2016 7:10:28 PM, by SBECKER526

    I really enjoy exercising. I try to walk 3 miles each day. I am cycling 30 minutes on days I don't get to classes. I do one tai chi class , one QiGong class, one Aqua Class, one Zumba, and one yoga class per week. I hope to work in one pilates class.... Read more

  • How do people fet 300,000 and 400,000 spark points!

    2/8/2016 11:38:53 AM, by CTUPTON

    198 I am sparking for several hours daily! I was happy when I got to Level 20-150,000 points I think. I am not disappointed! I am not complaining! I just wonder how it is possible to get that many points? I joined in 2008 so I have been at this a l-o-n-g time! 198 ... Read more

  • Not a diet but a lifestyle.

    2/8/2016 8:42:34 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Another night of sleeping with only melatonin. I was so exhausted I actually slept but this is going to be rough. We tried taking the stairs yesterday but I was exhausted after one full flight. Since ending up in the hospital in October and being placed on beta-blockers I have only been walking. ... Read more

  • The day is done.....

    2/7/2016 11:25:33 PM, by KBAGIGI

    The day is done - so move on and look towards tomorrow - you don't know what's ahead - you only know what's behind - don't dwell on the past - learn from the past and take those lessons forward with you.... Read more

  • Good Time Except for the Chocolate

    2/7/2016 11:00:23 PM, by MCJULIEO

    The trouble with having skinny friends is that when you have lunch with them they want everyone to be as chocolate snacky as they are.... Like lunch today for example, when I had lunch with some extended family, not my extended family, but all of them were related to each other, and I was inv... Read more

  • Hi Scott ~ It's Super Bowl Sunday again.

    2/7/2016 10:29:39 PM, by MIMAWELIZABETH

    Dear Scott, You've been on my mind a LOT lately, even more than usual. It's hard NOT to think of you when it's time for the Super Bowl. That's because your party in 2008 was the last time I saw you, heard your laugh, got to hug you and say "I love you." These last several years, I never wanted ... Read more

  • Dry rot of shoes??? Good, expensive shoes at that.

    2/7/2016 1:23:33 PM, by CTUPTON

    I never heard of this but I guess I am now old enough to have it happen! A big, heavy pair of Drew shoes are awful. The 1/2 inch thick rubber sole is cracking across the toes area. And the leather is peeling on the top of the toe area. I am retired from teaching -about 4 years. So I know ... Read more

  • Watching everything that goes into my body very carefully

    2/7/2016 9:56:50 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    We got on the ship yesterday and I had a big plate of veggies and a little piece of chicken for protein. In the evening at the Concierge Lounge I had only one glass of wine, passed on all the hors d'oeuvres, having water instead. I wasn't hungry at all and reversing this fatty liver is more import... Read more

  • The One-legged Wind Releasing Pose for seniors

    2/7/2016 9:54:16 AM, by CTUPTON

    I did a search for "yoga for seniors. " I had seen a site or an article or a class offered to teach "seniors" easy stances and/or exercises to keep strength and flexibility. Yeah I guess "releasing wind" is very, very important for us! 198 chris... Read more

  • So glad...

    2/6/2016 8:34:58 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    To be getting on a ship! Came down with a UTI yesterday...burning, urgency every single minute. Luckily I had on one in Mexico and was able to buy some Cipro at a local pharmacy and now carry it everywhere. I know the dose so will treat myself for 5 days and notify my Dr. When I get home. Day 4 of ... Read more

  • Dirty Ducts!!!

    2/5/2016 11:57:15 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Man, oh man! I had an air conditioning technician show me how dirty the air conditioning ducts were in my house, and it was pretty bad after 30+ years, and so the duct cleaners came today .... This is apparently quite a big deal and they had to work at every vent in the house, but they were ab... Read more

  • Driving 12 hours in pouring rain!

    2/5/2016 7:22:29 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Accidents everywhere, three bad semitrrck wrecks, one didn't look survivable. We sat on the freeway at one wreck for over 2 hours. Finally got out of South Carolina and a sheet of rain came Down, we had torrential rains all the way into Tampa so we were hours late. It's almost impossible to sleep... Read more

  • Peculiar Valentines

    2/4/2016 10:44:54 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I just KNOW that peculiar valentines, and even specialty genre valentines are here to stay... Here are a few more that made me smile: Appealing to most people with at least 35 credit hours of college chemistry Honest valentines Appropriate Super Bowl valentine ... Read more

  • January Summary

    2/4/2016 4:04:26 PM, by GATINA18

    524, Just updating how my January went. I tried a few different approaches and haven't fully mastered a new plan. I did downsize my Tupperware to smaller portion sizes to use for lunch but found that I miss leaving the office for lunch as its my only time away. I'm still working on breakfast. The pr... Read more

  • Compare trying to get healthy to using a GPS!!! What a wonderful blog-enjoy!

    2/4/2016 3:40:41 PM, by CTUPTON
    ?blog_id=6085587 and this blog has another link within it! So basing your weight loss journey on the scale can be as misleading as using a GPS! 198... Read more

  • A belated Groundhog Day funny.

    2/4/2016 11:29:05 AM, by CTUPTON

    chris... Read more

  • Heading to Florida!

    2/4/2016 7:20:44 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Beloved is driving us to Florida today...we will get as close to Tampa as we can since we sail out Saturday. Can't wait, need this break. It will be a different cruise since I'll be abstaining from much of the marvelous food and wine. It must be done to reverse this liver!... Read more

  • Gotta get out of my holding pattern!

    2/3/2016 10:47:23 PM, by KAREN608

    Seems like the last few months, I have not shifted much for weight. I did not gain which is a victory of sorts, but I am getting antsy for some downward scale movement. So I set a goal that by the end of the year I could walk five miles at a go, instead of the two miles which I can do now. I n... Read more

  • My Very First Review on Tripadvisor

    2/3/2016 3:23:30 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I don't usually write reviews although if I like a place I don't hesitate to mention it to my friends.... but somewhere I read that up to 50% of online reviews are bogus... so I decided to give it a try just to push the scales over to the True and Honest side. My first review on Tripadvisor is ... Read more

  • I can relate to this!

    2/3/2016 9:13:12 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Do raisins help you sleep?

    2/3/2016 6:52:48 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    The doctor called me at home last night...even tho I'd seen her at 9am. She is ordering a liver ultrasound because my labs are abnormal...again, and she stopped the amitriptyline (elavil) that I take every bedtime to help me stay asleep. She thinks it may be causing liver problems after 10 years on... Read more

  • Valentines Month

    2/2/2016 9:54:46 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Even though I am personally out of the Lovey-Dovey Valentine scene, I still enjoy watching all the hoopla and shenanigans connected with the holiday, even the ANTI Valentines items... but, as an observer, I think Valentines Day drives more people crazy than any other holiday... I'll post a few ... Read more

  • Out of challenges, what next?

    2/2/2016 6:04:44 PM, by CHERYLHURT

    I'm still starving for points, and now I have completed all the challenges I have no way to earn more! It's almost an obsession...seeing how many points I can get each day. I saw my doctor today and have to have a liver ultrasound...bummer.... Read more

  • Black and Blue

    2/2/2016 12:26:40 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Remember that face-plant I made last week that I was so embarrassed about? Well, through the beauty of natural physiology, I can now follow the path of destruction that wreaked on my body... In short, I am black and blue in various places, or rather, I WAS black and blue... NOW I am black... Read more

  • Going back to vegan to heal my fatty liver!

    2/1/2016 5:17:59 PM, by CHERYLHURT

    Again, fatty liver. If I were needing pate I could harvest myself... I suppose a lovely coconut walnut tea bread sample from the bread store isn't advisable almost every day, nor celebrating with Krispy Kreme donuts when the Panthers win! Back on a very strict eating plan...... Read more

  • AARP free course! The Big KNOW! About self-help becoming more happy.

    2/1/2016 12:24:07 PM, by CTUPTON

    I did not hold much hope that I'd benefit from this online free course. I tried it and I love it. It is NOT someone preaching at you! It is very, very well structured. ANd it is free! It can take 3 weeks to do or do it quicker if you want. You do have to be a member of AARP--a... Read more

  • Successful Dodge

    1/31/2016 6:35:04 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I blame it on the internet..... Oh, Internet, Internet, How do I love thee??!? You overflow with creativity and ideas which make my life SO interesting... Like certain recipes! That's what happened this week.... I saw a recipe, and it sounded so Good, so delectable, SO EASY.... that I just H... Read more

  • two tenth's not one

    1/31/2016 12:00:48 PM, by JEANUT

    Woo Hoo found out from my neighbor it is one tenth a mile from our front door to his and one back. I forgot to count the trip back so it was tow tenth's of a mile I took for my first walk instead of one. Better start than I thought. ... Read more

  • Back burner

    1/31/2016 10:18:59 AM, by JEANUT

    I have put myself on the back burner for way too long. Like a pot of croc-pot stew simmering until my muscles are limp and weak my joints crusting and my spirit became mush. Time to get off that back burner toss out the old contents and start new. Slow going at first but at least NO... Read more

  • Time for severe change...fatty liver is back!

    1/31/2016 5:46:45 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    The doctor called, all my liver studies are elevated again so it;s back to lots of raw veggies, greens without dressing, and cooked cabbage. I have reversed this before with loads of raw means no sugar, nothing white, and no wine at all, no samples from the bread store. We leave Thur... Read more

  • Sometimes self destruction can't be stopped

    1/31/2016 1:54:29 AM, by ANDILH

    I don't think there is anything harder than watching someone you love destroy themselves for any reason. I'm not self destructing. But someone I love very much is. It's just more drama to add to the never ending stream that comes from them. I can't tell if they have such bad decision making capa... Read more

  • Get the right mindset and it all falls in place

    1/30/2016 3:38:39 PM, by BETTERME57

    I've given a lot of thought the last 28 days I have been back at Spark. What makes this time around so different? I have come to the conclusion, its all about having the right mind set. Before when I was with spark I was successful to a point but then I got lazy. I didn't post as often or log m... Read more

  • Probably My Longest Streak Ever

    1/30/2016 10:47:18 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Sparkpeople sent me an award today for 1350 consecutive days of logging into Sparkpeople... That's more than 3 and a half years! I can't imagine ANYTHING that I've done everyday for the last three plus years other than basic bodily functions... Sparkpeople, You have been good to me fo... Read more

  • Lovely Craft Play Day Again Today

    1/29/2016 9:25:41 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Such fantastic weather lent the opportunity to open the windows while we, Sparkpal, Improving Me and our friend, Donna, and I, played at being Artsy..... today we actually played with watercolors, and by "played", I mean actually slinging water and pigment and paper towels around... Well perhap... Read more

  • Help for caregivers--2 links-unfinished blog....

    1/29/2016 6:11:29 PM, by CTUPTON
    regiver I will add more info later, chris... Read more

  • God has a special place in heaven for teachers!

    1/29/2016 6:01:52 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    And it may include alcohol because if I had to do this full time...well, I couldn't. I was not called to be a teacher, I was called to be a nurse, and it's takes a real calling to be excellent at either. The classroom has not burned down nor have the students missed any lessons, but boy, they sure ... Read more

  • Embarrassing Face Plant

    1/28/2016 9:06:02 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I tripped over my own two feet as I was approaching the entrance of a Kohl's Department Store, and went down hard onto my hands and knees and face..... and there was no one around to appreciate my klutziness... It took a few moments to gather myself together, check the damage, and get up as if ... Read more

  • You have to eat

    1/28/2016 2:46:54 PM, by KBAGIGI

    I eat but I don't feel full. Is my mind telling me this or is my stomach so stretced out from over eating it does't send me signals?... Read more

  • Is Alphabet Pasta TOO Much to Ask For?

    1/27/2016 11:56:09 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I went to TWO more grocery stores today in San Antonio, and neither one had alphabet pasta.... that makes three in the last 24 hours!! I begged some off of Sparkpal, Improving Me, for Craft Play Day last week but needed some more.... It's funny how just playing with them in front of you gives you al... Read more

  • Appreciation for all those who helped during our 30 inch storm

    1/27/2016 11:21:47 PM, by SBECKER526

    All o f the people who touched my life during the storm gave of themselves. From the drivers who brought key personnel to our residence to keep us going with food and service. The maintenance and grounds people who had so much to do to clean walkways, roofs, drives, and even our cars. The young s... Read more

  • Learning to Be My Best Friend!

    1/27/2016 8:43:15 AM, by BETTERME57

    I have been on my journey 25 days now and I am so proud of the changes I have made. I look forward to getting up in the morning and spring out of bed ready to see what the day has in store for me. I eat breakfast which I skipped many times before spark. I don't fear the scales and yet don't... Read more

  • NOW We Have Some Winter!!!

    1/26/2016 10:59:15 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Not that we can possibly compare with the blizzards of the Northeast, but in comparison with Monday when a friend and I ate at a wonderful outdoor restaurant here in Gruene, on the banks of the beautiful green Guadalupe River, today was COLD! It was rainy and windy and the high was in the mid ... Read more

  • What hand cream do you like best for winter hands?

    1/26/2016 12:59:39 PM, by CTUPTON

    This was just recommended to me. What is your favorite kind??? chris... Read more

  • The Goodie Fairy~~spreading joy throughout sparkland!

    1/26/2016 12:57:48 PM, by BETTERME57

    My team is Creating a new Me! Members are visited by the Goodie Fairy 188 . She leaves a goodie on there page and sprinkles good thoughts and positive energy across their page to let them know they are thought of today and wished the very best. Bring a smile to your team and let's send that ... Read more

  • I keep putting off making a new profile photo....

    1/26/2016 9:00:44 AM, by CTUPTON

    I keep wanting to take a new profile photo of John and me. I never think we look good enough.... I guess. We both have lost weight. And my hair is certainly not short anymore--it goes down to the middle of my back! And hubby's health aide's husband shaves John and shaves his head, too! Oh my... Read more

  • Prayers needed...I have to cover a classroom this week!

    1/26/2016 8:30:13 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    And I am NOT a teacher, never was, just a Registered Nurse for neonates, but I AM a volunteer. One of the teachers where Mum and I volunteer has an autoimmune problem that has attacked her corneas so she's out for the week. They have nobody to cover her middle school girls...I am still intimidated ... Read more

  • Detours Can Be Good

    1/25/2016 10:58:15 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I'm planning a trip with the traveling Aggies, my alumni group, and we were supposed to go to Istanbul Turkey, after a stop in Ephesus, turkey.... Today after carefully planning out what excursions I wanted to take in Ephesus and in Istanbul, I got an email saying that our itinerary has chang... Read more

  • DD's cat, Bob at Christmas 2015

    1/25/2016 3:05:51 PM, by CTUPTON

    Bob is a Manx. Manx cats have no tail. He is "Mr. Cool" and a bit standoffish. As opposed to Cujo, our own cat. Cujo runs to everyone and shows off by rolling over a few times. Both cats are about 7 years old. And we each got them when they were babies. Bob joined us about 5 months ago. ... Read more

  • The sun is shining!

    1/25/2016 10:31:53 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    We had two days of snow which is all melted now, just enough to close school and church. I enjoyed the quiet time with my beloved who brought Mum over for chili and an afternoon of Downton Abbey. My eye is rid of pink-eye, my cough is almost gone, and other than STARVING for points all is great. T... Read more

  • Beginning to Sound a Lot Like Spring

    1/25/2016 12:08:00 AM, by MCJULIEO

    It was one of those glorious south Texas winter days today.... the kind of day that many Texans, when faced with $1.44/gal gasoline, just HAVE to go SOMEWHERE.... And I just happen to live just down the street from Gruene (pronounced "GREEN") Hall, the oldest continuously operating dance hall ... Read more

  • Guess how many people *** joined SP*** January 3-9? (in just 1 week)

    1/24/2016 12:20:48 PM, by CTUPTON

    a. over 10,000 b. over 20,000 c. over 30,000 d. over 40,000 e. over 50,000 47,248... Read more

  • Each day gets a little bit easier..........

    1/23/2016 9:20:32 PM, by BETTERME57

    Its been 21 days since I joined again here at Spark. When I started I wasn't sure I would make it a week. I had let myself go for so long that with all the changes I would need to make it seemed I was putting a lot of high expectations on myself. I knew in my heart that I had to begin taking care... Read more

  • Sibling Shenanigans

    1/23/2016 7:23:55 PM, by MCJULIEO

    One of my grown children lives in the northeast and is right now hunkered down to over a foot of snow paralyzing their area..... which led another of my grown children who lives in south Texas to send a text message with a photograph taken today of his children out playing in their swimsuits in the ... Read more

  • Cats

    1/23/2016 11:04:38 AM, by CTUPTON

    You won't believe the next one! chris ... Read more

  • Craft Play Day Again!

    1/22/2016 8:30:31 PM, by MCJULIEO

    How long can I go without getting together with my Craft Play Day pals before getting cranky??? Part creativity, part therapy, our Craft Play Day is always fun and a good time to escape from our regular lives.... Sparkpal, Improving Me, and another friend and I made it an INTERNATIONAL LUNCH ... Read more

  • SP article: Rewarding yourself

    1/22/2016 1:04:05 PM, by CTUPTON

    224 208 "I did good!" (Sorry about the grammar.) Of course this is not a new idea. It just might make the healthy choice behaviors, especially those times when it gets harder, more fun instead of a drag. 211 SPARKPEOPLE ARTICLE REWARD ROSTER CHOOSE YOUR FAVORITES AND USE THEM L... Read more

  • Political Correctness is frustrating!

    1/22/2016 12:04:12 PM, by CTUPTON

    Just zoom your screen to 200 or so to read this... My "zoom" is on bottom right of my screen. or go to
    cal_correctness4590.htm ... Read more

  • I wonder why....

    1/22/2016 12:01:23 PM, by CTUPTON

    When you want to make sure to save an important paper and make sure it does not get folded, you put it in something called .........a folder. 24 ... Read more

  • Pink eye, sinus infection, hacking cough!

    1/22/2016 8:30:37 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    All came on the day before yesterday but I was blessed to actually have a doctors appoint yesterday! Got started on the proper treatments but still don't feel any better yet. We were supposed to be volunteering at school today but are getting the first winter storm so all the schools are closed, i... Read more

  • Inner Disney Princess

    1/21/2016 11:07:59 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Buzzfeed is a website I seem to run across, and then cannot extract myself until I have wasted WAY too much time.... but it always has enticing headlines that are hard to resist and I fall for it almost every time, so when it had a collection of photos of products for people who love Disney stuff, I... Read more

  • Lost In Translation

    1/20/2016 10:32:03 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Well, I've been reading a LOT of online reviews for hotels/sleeping establishments in Rome, and since many have been written in languages other than English, I would be up a creek if online translations were not available... But some of the translations can be a little cryptic... Like this... Read more

  • Curiosity isn't always bad

    1/20/2016 9:39:15 PM, by ANDILH

    Last year I was diagnosed with a fairly rare connective tissue disorder that can affect many different parts of the body. Since then I have discovered that many people don't know about it, don't believe in it, or are genuinely curious about it. For those that are curious, please ask. I have no p... Read more

  • Did you know?????

    1/20/2016 1:33:45 PM, by BETTERME57

    I was listening to a talk show the other day, can't remember which one, sorry, but I heard that if you slow down when you are eating it is actually a boost to your metabolism. Ummmmm Many of us eat entirely too fast, and I blame it partly on our jobs or past jobs where lunch has been cut to a ... Read more

  • Sorry about this situation.

    1/20/2016 11:10:30 AM, by CTUPTON

    Thank you all for your comments. I have no problem letting go of this. Love you all-- Sorry if I hurt anyone. chris... Read more

  • About "messing with people."

    1/19/2016 12:14:55 PM, by CTUPTON

    I really, really did not know anyone did this on purpose. I look back in my life and just "caught on." I think back on a few people that did this regularly. I could have been having lots more fun if I had caught on then! Live and learn!!! chris... Read more

  • And lastly, #16-20 ways to "mess with" people you don't like--or--do like!

    1/19/2016 7:12:56 AM, by CTUPTON

    (Note: many people wrote these! The "I" is NOT me. #20 I wish I knew that one when I was still working . Retired now. chris) 16. I place random things on the table when my friend is over knowing that he's gonna pick them up and play with them. Then I think to myself "Yes, dance monkey, da... Read more

  • #11-15 Ways to "mess with" people you don't like.

    1/19/2016 7:03:19 AM, by CTUPTON

    No, the "I" is NOT me. I have not tried these --yet--but I will try something soon. 18 chris 11. When someone is talking to you, stop them mid sentence and say "Have you been crying?" 12. I look over people's shoulders when they're unlocking their phone so I can see their four-digit c... Read more

  • Enjoying life

    1/18/2016 9:09:20 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am enjoying meeting new people and to hear their stories. Each of us has challenges and special traits that are great to hear about. I have a new friend who is facing heart surgery. She inspires me with the calmness and faith she prepares for surgery.. My housekeeper has strong values. ... Read more

  • #6-19 Ways to "mess with" people.

    1/18/2016 6:18:02 PM, by CTUPTON

    #10 is definitely my favorite. Note: "I" is NOT me. 211 6. When meeting people for the first time I say, "Nice seeing you again!" Sometimes they'll go along with it so they don't appear rude for not remembering me. Other times they respond, "Yeah nice seei- wait, what?"... Read more

  • Movie: JOY -is this a good movie?

    1/18/2016 6:10:46 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am thinking of going to a movie. A friend say Joy but She did not have time to tell me if it was good. 272 chris... Read more

  • First 5 of 20 ways to subtley "mess with" people you don't like:

    1/18/2016 1:21:21 PM, by CTUPTON

    First 5 of 20 Ways To Subtly Mess With People That Everyone Should Try. Note: "I" is NOT me. Chris 1. Holding the door open for a stranger 198 while they are an awkwardly far distance away. 2. When you're talking to someone, instead of looking at their face, look at their e... Read more

  • Anyone Been to Rome?

    1/18/2016 10:48:55 AM, by MCJULIEO

    I'm taking a trip. To Rome. In the late Spring/early Summer. I need to make hotel reservations for 4 nights. Cost is a consideration, but I need Safe, and I WANT Clean. I'm hoping for some friendly, wise advice...... Anyone?... Read more

  • Its the little things that mean So Much!!!!

    1/17/2016 4:55:08 PM, by BETTERME57

    so my daughter and I found ourselves on our own with DH in the hospital. she ask me, "how are you doing on spark?" I said, " things are going really good and I feel so much better". she replied, "that's good". then she said, "mama it doesn't matter to me what size you are, I love you for... Read more

  • It's All Relative

    1/17/2016 3:58:23 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Next weekend there will be what sponsors are calling a "Polar Bear Plunge" in our local spring fed river, the Comal River, known for being the best tubing river in Texas.... it bubbles out of the ground at a lovely volume and 6 miles later, all withing city limits, it joins the Guadalupe River, anot... Read more

  • home again for two weeks

    1/17/2016 7:58:16 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Over fed, over wined. Now two weeks to cut back before I see the doctors. My bones are even thinner than before although I drink almond milk, take fosamax, and eat leafy greens. Guess I'll have to resort to the dreaded weight lifting. Bummer!... Read more

  • Literary Multi Tasking

    1/16/2016 9:34:54 PM, by MCJULIEO

    What a great day! I got out to the store early, and I accidentally found a lovely arcade basketball set-up on clearance that will make a wonderful gift for a 7 year old whose adoption should be finalized pretty soon..... I love Walmart when I find treasures... (and I got there early enough that shop... Read more

  • Not a breakfast person

    1/16/2016 1:50:08 PM, by GATINA18

    Its not that I don't like it, its just that I'm not a morning eater. I mean I know breakfast is important. I've even tried taking breakfast to work to eat at my desk but by the time I feel hungry its 11:30 or so.( I usually get up at 7am) I've noticed that a lot of my sparkfriends have been at this ... Read more

  • Parkinson's help --a special glove to steady the hand! Wow!

    1/16/2016 10:20:18 AM, by CTUPTON
    or-parkinsons-patients/ GyroGlove’s design is simple. It uses a miniature, dynamically adjustable gyroscope, which sits on the back of the hand, within a plastic casing attached to the glove’s material. When the device is switc... Read more

  • I vow to weigh ~~~~Once a Week

    1/16/2016 9:25:41 AM, by BETTERME57

    193 oh the dreaded scales. Even though I know that our weight fluctuates day to day give or take a few pounds, I have been weighing myself every day. Today has been 2 wks. so naturally it would be my day to weigh and I'm up a few pounds. Immediately I get mad, then I doubt the scales and move the... Read more

  • A Really Great Day

    1/16/2016 12:04:02 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Yesterday was a really great day.... I got to spend the afternoon studying the book of Revelation with my BSF peeps, and then when I got home again, I managed to not only get a good stretch of time in on the treadmill, but I also managed to rack up over 300 Sparkpoints!!!! A 200 Sparkpoint day... Read more

  • Progress in defining new life

    1/15/2016 9:55:03 PM, by SBECKER526

    My husband and I completed the new resident orientation and found the program to be worthwhile. We understand our new environment and the governance of it as well. I have a deep respect for the planners. My apartment is safe and comfortable. Our house has been on the market for 5 months. I ... Read more

  • Stopping overeating....

    1/15/2016 7:45:14 PM, by CTUPTON

    Maybe this will work..... chris Hopefully 7... Read more

  • A lovely salmon dinner!

    1/15/2016 7:28:44 PM, by CTUPTON

    Not tonight but I will have this very soon. chris 4... Read more

  • Tour bus crash in Jamaica

    1/15/2016 8:33:37 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    One of the tour buses from the cruise ship was hit by a semi-truck yesterday afternoon coming back from the Dunn falls. One guest killed, 21 guests injured. We sailed out of Jamaica four hours late, the Captain is making up the lost time today so we get back to Florida tomorrow. A very quiet ship... Read more

  • Beyond the Scale

    1/15/2016 8:13:18 AM, by BETTERME57

    I've lost and gained weight much of my adult life and so dieting has been a bit of a roller coaster. Oh don't get me wrong I have had my successful years. I once lost 96 lbs in my late 30's and never felt that good since I was a senior in high school. I gained it back and then some, and last time... Read more

  • The Trouble With Stretch Pants

    1/14/2016 11:17:08 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I went ahead and bought some new slacks this fall, and, wanting to be at least SOMEwhat in style, I bought some jean leggings, or "jeggings", as they are called, made from a stretch denim... I liked them a lot when I first bought them, but they seem to be getting a little baggy... the waist doe... Read more

  • Today's (behavioral) goal: eat more fat and less carbs

    1/14/2016 2:50:03 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am hoping by eating more fat in the early part of the day, I can cut my cravings that come just about everyday late afternoon and evenings. "Low carb" is the idea. A few eating plans are suggesting this approach. Atkins is not the only one. It seems our society got to eating tons of thi... Read more