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  • More Rain

    9/20/2014 10:24:42 PM, by MCJULIEO

    My, Oh, My! We've received more rain! 2 inches earlier in the week, and then 2 days ago another 2 inches... And THEN, another INCH today!!! It makes me want to plant wildflower seeds! Texas' wonderful spring wildflower season depends almost exclusively on autumn rains...if no rain i... Read more

  • Balancing caregiving, chores and my health

    9/20/2014 8:52:23 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am no longer attending classes at 8 or 9 am at the gym. It is impossible for me to finish Bob's dialysis, get him ready for the day, feed the cat, play with the cat, get dressed, prepare breakfast, and travel to the gym. I also have morning aches and pains with my RA. So I am moving slower ... Read more

  • not good

    9/20/2014 1:09:58 PM, by ELAINEANNE1

    I am not feeling all good and feel just like giving up, weighed myself yesterday which has not helped as I had put on a pound, need something yo give a bit umph.... Read more

  • Yeah! (A low energy person) I cleaned some clutter from the kitchen counter!

    9/20/2014 10:57:42 AM, by CTUPTON

    Yeah! I cleaned some clutter from the kitchen counter. Usually I find one or 2 things and run to that room to put a couple things away. Needless to say I get tired quickly. Today I used my labeled containers --one for each room. The clutter went into the labeled container. Now it is easy to pu... Read more

  • DAY 61: What to do with a turnip?-- remember I rarely cook ...

    9/19/2014 5:53:38 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have been reading here at SP about roasting vegetables. I peeled the turnip, cut it into cubes, coated it with olive oil--roasted it in my toaster oven. 400 degrees for 30 min. turning once. Delicious. Now I have cubed beets in the oven. chris ... Read more

  • Grandchildren

    9/19/2014 5:45:38 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Playing with grandchildren CAN count as cardio, if done correctly... That is my observation of the day... Woo Hoo!... Read more

  • Lessons in Surprising Places

    9/19/2014 11:29:35 AM, by ANDILH

    Sometimes the lessons we have in life don't appear to us immediately. It's happened to me recently. I realized that the time I spent with several friends a few years ago actually taught me a lot more than I'd previously realized. Of the group of four, 2 moved away for amazing job opportunities an... Read more

  • I did not quite understand this before.... oh....

    9/19/2014 8:43:22 AM, by CTUPTON ... Read more

  • Productive Day

    9/19/2014 12:06:58 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Ate wisely. Made it to my genealogy class...worked on homework... Finished tying up some loose financial ends. Ate wisely again. (Yay!) Watched my beloved Texas Aggie soccer team beat the University of Tennessee, a team they had never beaten before... Stopped at grocery store on way home a... Read more

  • Fun at the Big E New England Exposition 2014--here is just a little of the circus

    9/18/2014 9:23:57 PM, by CTUPTON

    Not all of these were exactly what we saw. This is only the circus part of the Big E. There is lots more. ... Read more

  • DAY 62 We were barely back from Cher's pukey melee when some slimey muscle bound but sweet potters

    9/18/2014 4:51:56 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am supposed to be getting better at following my ALCAT elimination/rotation eating plan. To remember the foods I am not supposed to eat --due to food sensitivities ( not allergies), these are the 2 mnemonics I am using. STOP VICE We were barely back from Cher's pukey melee when some ... Read more

  • Spotty at Best, But Yay!

    9/17/2014 11:43:16 PM, by MCJULIEO

    We had rain today! Sweet beautiful refreshing pouring down deluge of RAIN! Something we hadn't seen in months! And I got soaked going from the house to the car, and I didn't mind it at all, even if it meant that I would get soaked again when I arrived at my destination... but it wasn't to be! ... Read more

  • Working on less stress!

    9/17/2014 8:18:25 PM, by SBECKER526

    I decided to stick with doing less and enjoying what I do moreso. I have an executive meeting at 9 am tomorrow. I have a hair appt at 1 pm and a class on nutrition and cancer at 3. I am not overbooked as the next appointment meetin g is on the way back from the first. If I have the energy, I wi... Read more

  • so tired

    9/17/2014 5:02:43 PM, by ELAINEANNE1

    I did not sleep well last night which is why I have not done so wel today... Read more

  • Youthful Forever

    9/16/2014 6:02:48 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. Henry Ford ... so I started a genealogy class today.... ... Read more

  • My Mnemonic attempts

    9/15/2014 9:45:46 PM, by CTUPTON

    Bart blackened Cherry's cumbersome grandmother's melon peeler because some lame muscled retard pared the sweaty pots. or We were barely back from Cher's pukey groupy melee when some slimey muscle bound but sweet potters arrived. 12 foods I'd like to remember to eat only very rar... Read more

  • The book WILD by Cheryl Strayed

    9/15/2014 9:12:40 PM, by CTUPTON

    Thank you to a fellow sparker! You suggested this book. I am in the middle of reading it.It is a very good read. But I am such a wimp. I never would have put up with the pain this woman endured. I did a 26 mile walk once (long ago) and I did everything I could to keep from getting blisters. I even ... Read more

  • A nice surprise at the chiropractor's!

    9/15/2014 5:40:29 PM, by CTUPTON

    At the end of the session today, Dr." I" asked me to raise my arm. Low and behold, I was able to raise it pretty high! This is the arm needing a shoulder replacement in November. He has been treating me with several different electric machines and with hands on stretching and breaking of ad... Read more

  • Calling all Mnemonic lovers

    9/15/2014 4:37:24 PM, by CTUPTON

    STOP VICE helps me remember the foods I am severely sensitive to. string beans, tapioca, onions, peanuts, vanilla, and carob I have no way to remember the following foods. I am moderately sensitive to these. (not allergic just they are food sensitivities) I feel fatigued and have brain ... Read more

  • Noticing, Not Sure What to DO Yet

    9/15/2014 1:20:18 AM, by INTIBLUE

    I've noticed I keep attempting to quell anxieties with sweets lately. Half a bag of cookies, a couple Hostess berry pies... often after a piece of fruit or a glass of water to try and stave off the nervous munchies. Not sure what to do about it yet but, here I am confessing to it. I feel a bi... Read more

  • Oh What Music!

    9/14/2014 11:23:51 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I'm visiting my mother in Houston and she wanted to go to a special concert given by a collaboration of three churches, one Baptist, one Methodist, and one Presbyterian. With a full orchestra, and a combined choir of more than 200, it was glorious! They even let the congregation join in on thre... Read more

  • Struggling

    9/14/2014 3:54:06 PM, by ELAINEANNE1

    No change still struggling with everything, mostly with my husbands mental health problems but that has an impact on everything else including my eating, I have been trying really hard to overcome my comfort eating but I keep having bad days. It is the same with diet coke drinking, I did manage to g... Read more

  • sciatica from bulging disc vs piriformis syndrome--oh!

    9/14/2014 9:54:24 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am learning! There is a difference between pain from a bulging disc in the lower back and the piriformis syndrome. Apparently, my chiropractor is treating me for the bulging disc. He wants me to bend backward while resting my hands on the kitchen counter. I poked around the internet an... Read more

  • What a day!

    9/13/2014 10:15:46 PM, by SBECKER526

    My day began at 4 am. I finished my husband's dialysis at 4:33 am. Time to eat breakfast and get dressed. I needed to be at the golf course for the tournament preparation by 6 am. I picked up a large bag of ice at Giant at 5:30 am. The past 2 weeks were filled with small tasks getting ready... Read more

  • Yummy Recipe Options (from Melissa's Foods)

    9/13/2014 9:36:30 PM, by INTIBLUE
    Recipes-s/1821.htm Wanted to save the above :) Many yummy-looking things: Blueberry Lavender Water
    Articles.asp?ID=564 Sweet and Spicy Mushrooms
    Articles.asp?ID=5... Read more

  • sciatica pictures

    9/13/2014 7:05:10 PM, by CTUPTON

    exercise to help ... Read more

  • Campus Fun

    9/13/2014 6:57:26 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I spent the day on the Texas A&M University campus WITHOUT planning on attending their evening football game tonight.....I was there for a scholarship reception that brings scholarship recipients together with their specific scholarship donors, and A&M provides a delicious and beautiful brunch /dess... Read more

  • No Magic but Still Streaking

    9/13/2014 5:02:19 PM, by WARMSPRINGDAY

    6 days per week No magic, but staying true to the goal.... Read more

  • Habits of the rich vs habits of the poor

    9/13/2014 2:55:02 PM, by CTUPTON

    DividerV2 1. 70% of wealthy eat less than 300 junk food calories per day. 97% of poor people eat more than 300 junk food calories per day. 23% of wealthy gamble. 52% of poor people gamble. 2. 80% of wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal. Only 12% of the poor d... Read more

  • Use charcoal as a house deodorizer!

    9/13/2014 2:49:04 PM, by CTUPTON

    Note: not the self starter charcoal ! SEE LINK BELOW FOR EXACT INFO. •Simply lay a few out in a metal tray. •Sew pouches for them or use an old sock, then hang them in inconspicuous areas. •Line a basket with foil or plastic and lay the briquettes inside. •Set them out on a tray on a shelf ... Read more

  • Sciatica

    9/13/2014 11:57:16 AM, by CTUPTON

    A chiropractor is helping me. He did some tailbone/spine adjustments and gave me an exercise. I am supposed to back up to the kitchen counter with my arms on the counter. Then lean back to get the pressure off the nerves near the vertebrae. I do lots of stretching in a warm water therapy pool too. I... Read more

  • Fall is around the corner...

    9/12/2014 7:10:12 PM, by BJHARRIS549

    Love this cooler weather! And , the rain ! Took dogs for walk. Walking in the country is nice as I don't have to keep dogs on a leash. Have a fun weekend , SP!... Read more

  • Fresh Incentive

    9/12/2014 9:36:02 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Yesterday I saw a photo that had been taken of me when I wasn't looking...... ACK! Not a pretty sight.... and it gives me an extra kick in the pants as far as making short term wise decisions, like foregoing the offer of an ice cream dessert, or choosing to walk around the neighborhood instead ... Read more

  • I wish I could develop this habit!

    9/12/2014 12:13:25 AM, by CTUPTON

    3. Do an end-of-day and end-of-week cleanup. When you’re nearing the end of each workday, take a few minutes to put everything back and think about what you’ll need first thing tomorrow. Arriving to find a clean desk makes it easy to get started on tasks without feeling overwhelmed. Similarly, ... Read more

  • Out of My Control

    9/11/2014 10:56:49 PM, by MCJULIEO

    The next few days I'm going to have quite a few meals that will be out of my control- basically only 2 choices- Take it.... or Leave it..... Here's hoping that I remember to carry some good options with me... And that I CHOOSE wisely... So far, so good.... Read more

  • grateful again!

    9/11/2014 12:28:23 AM, by SBECKER526

    I am recovering from back spasms. I h as d difficulty caring for Bob. I am grateful to be able to care for him again.... Read more

  • SP The 60 second Daily Check in---OH!

    9/10/2014 11:12:48 PM, by CTUPTON
    the_launch_of_sparkamerica Here is the reasoning behind the streamlined START page for SPARK AMERICA. 2. The 60-Second Daily Check-In A new program we are launc... Read more

  • One hour a month to be prepared for emergencies. I just got this in an email

    9/10/2014 7:38:37 PM, by CTUPTON
    klet.pdf ... Read more

  • Day 70 (from 90) learnig to save "Makeover" recipes

    9/10/2014 7:35:50 PM, by CTUPTON

    In the Nutrition Tracker, I just saved a recipe: Makeover: Day 1 Vegetable Soup with Beef It was an original SP recipe, but I had to eliminate 2 things and change them to veggies I was supposed to eat on Day 1. Now I can easily put that in my Nutrition tracker. T... Read more

  • Low carb recipe for soup

    9/10/2014 6:25:01 PM, by CTUPTON
    62673 I went looking for Italian Wedding Soup. I found a couple of good recipes in SP for that soup. Also I ran across the recipe I linked to. It has sausage. chris... Read more

  • Busy

    9/10/2014 5:06:48 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I never want to be so busy that I don't take time for what is important.... People are important.... Read more

  • Caution

    9/9/2014 11:24:33 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Caution: Dates on Calendar Are Closer Than They Appear... Read more

  • Day 72,71 from 90 Countdown

    9/9/2014 4:53:27 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have 3 months to comply with a new eating plan. It is hard changing eating habits. Mostly it is having the right stuff in the house. Yesterday was "Day 3" -- I can't remember! Probable I was "winging it." Today is "Day 4" of a 4 day rotation/elimination eating plan. Breakfast and lun... Read more

  • Stomach problems

    9/9/2014 7:37:23 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    My stomach has been on fire lately, waking me up at night. I went on treatment for a peptic ulcer but it didn't do any good. I don't eat at night but sip on a small glass of wine which now, I am reading, is the wrong thing to do. I didn't have any wine last night and my stomach was a little bette... Read more

  • Today's. "Note from the UNIVERSE" to me.

    9/8/2014 11:08:18 AM, by CTUPTON

    Hey, CHRISTINE, what if, instead of waiting for everything to be perfect, we start living your dreams this week, to any degree we can? Ooh-ooh-ooh! The Universe ... Read more

  • Better

    9/7/2014 10:12:58 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Thanks to all of you who sent encouraging messages over the weekend... it's just going to take some time to adjust to my New Normal.... I don't much care for being a widow... but I know that the Lord is in control, whatever happens. Beautiful sight tonight: lightning nearby and far off.. ... Read more

  • Special Meeting

    9/7/2014 8:27:03 PM, by SBECKER526

    I felt energized by the Berks County Association of School Retirees Meeting yesterday. We passed our bylaws and explained how they impact our subchapters and members. We awarded the Lauretta Woodson awards to Andrea White and Gloria Mendez. We gave the volunteer of the year award to Elizabeth Sto... Read more

  • Eggless Lemon Pie with a whipped topping

    9/7/2014 6:28:40 PM, by CTUPTON

    I love lemon meringue pie but the eggs bother me. One more reason was my new eating plan. I went looking for this because my eating plan does not have eggs and lemons listed for the same day. Obsessive, I know. Sometimes I get this way. sometimes not at all! chris See the link at the botto... Read more

  • Pancakes made according to my ALCAT eating plan. Success

    9/7/2014 2:30:47 PM, by CTUPTON

    Last week I got the buckwheat flour and the amaranth flour. I already had brown rice flour. So I followed a SP recipe. I think my baking soda was old. So the pancakes did not rise at all. But with Brown and Brummel yogurt spread and real maple syrup, it was a real treat. I used coconut oi... Read more

  • If you miss daily health tips try this site.

    9/7/2014 2:02:11 PM, by CTUPTON

    Health News Updates link:
    lth-news/new s (sorry, will have to cut and paste) I "stole" this from 1CRAZYDOG ... Read more

  • Day 73 from 90 Countdown

    9/7/2014 11:28:20 AM, by CTUPTON

    I have 3 months to comply with a new eating plan. It is hard changing eating habits. Mostly it is having the right stuff in the house. I have been eating stuff on my plan but also eating things listed there for me not to eat. I tried going cold turkey and totally going on that pl... Read more


    9/7/2014 11:19:37 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am pretty sure this is what has been making my whole leg hurt. After a zillion knee pain treatments(of various kinds) at the chiropractor's office, the leg pain keeps coming back. Last visit he declared it sciatica. The whole leg hurt even bottom of my foot. He asked if... Read more

  • Weepy and Determined

    9/6/2014 5:36:36 PM, by INTIBLUE

    So, this. I'm taking my depression medications. I'm drinking water. I'm running and exercising. I have a high sugar intake and I'm buoying my grandfather's loneliness as best I can - inviting over my own friends to visit and cook w... Read more

  • Day 75,74 Countdown to 100% compliancy with suggested eating plan.

    9/6/2014 11:28:52 AM, by CTUPTON

    The trip to the fair was great fun! My cravings for junk foods did not take over as they have in the past. I had 2 curly fries from DH's dish. I had a dish of coffee ice cream with chocolate flakes . I had a hard time walking. But that might have reduced my search of st... Read more

  • Cravings can be caused by gut microbes wanting foods not healthy for the host (me and you)!

    9/6/2014 10:59:45 AM, by CTUPTON
    icle/831069 People ,may no longer have to blame their food cravings — and giving in to them — on poor self-control. Now scientists are arguing that microbes living in the gut are responsible for manipulating eating behavior by causing cravings fo... Read more


    9/5/2014 11:27:35 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am looking forward to a nice stir fry for lunch. Then take a ride to a county fair. Last time I got a huge cooked turkey leg at the fair. It is hard to resist all those country fair foods! Everything is deep ... Read more

  • Grief

    9/5/2014 10:04:14 AM, by MCJULIEO

    I didn't think it would affect me so profoundly. I didn't even want to get out of bed. I just wanted to stay there and just grieve. Today would have been my DH's birthday. I'm reminding myself that the Lord has been faithful in the past, and that He continues to be so, that He loves m... Read more

  • Volunteering today

    9/5/2014 7:22:33 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    I'm back at the school again this year and come home exhausted after working with the 2 & 3 graders. Today my thighs were screaming when I walked down the stairs this morning for tea...all that tandem riding is paying off. Now if I could only quit snacking at night!... Read more

  • Scrapbooking Conference

    9/4/2014 9:57:53 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I volunteered at a CKC Scrapbooking Conference today in a nearby city (volunteering gets you in free, with a few other perks)....I've never been to one before, and I found myself staring in awe at all the STUFF and paraphernalia that all these attendees lug around with themselves, and then they buy ... Read more

  • No excuses

    9/4/2014 8:31:27 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am not making excuses and making myself look good. I am being honest in as much as humanly possible. I am accepting who I am.... Read more

  • Countdown day 90..89.....77 --aiming at eventual 100% compliance with suggested eating plan

    9/4/2014 8:14:08 PM, by CTUPTON

    Thur. September 4 Day 77 counting down to 0 for 90 days (3 months). In 3 months time I am supposed to be eating according to the eating plan suggested to me by ALCAT blood sensitivity testing. It is a good thing I have 76 more days to get this right. I have put the mea... Read more

  • About 2000 steps equals a mile and other facts

    9/4/2014 6:58:48 PM, by CTUPTON

    sions.html ... Read more

  • time for me = better me for others

    9/3/2014 8:45:36 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am taking time each day for me. I see a pattern where I have free time during Bob's morning nap and also during the afternoon. I use this time to exercise or do something on the me list. I have more energy and therefore can do a better job at cooking or caregiving. I feel me time yield... Read more

  • Bed and Breakfast

    9/3/2014 5:18:28 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Dream

    9/3/2014 12:50:12 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I woke up this morning in the middle of an enchanting dream, and managed to coax myself back to sleep in order to find out more of what happened....apparently two HOURS later I woke up for good, And foolishly, I didn't write any of it down.... and POOF! It's all gone.... So all I'm left w... Read more

  • Easing Into Austin

    9/2/2014 10:42:04 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I know that Austin Texas prides itself on being "different", and that the most popular bumper sticker seen around town proclaims "KEEP AUSTIN WEIRD", but I never cease to marvel at just what "weird" looks like.... yes, there are strange people in even stranger clothes, and a reputation fueled by wil... Read more

  • SP article(s) about dressing to look trimmer!

    9/2/2014 6:46:08 PM, by CTUPTON
    dress_thinner ... Read more

  • Labor Day ride

    9/1/2014 6:15:17 PM, by CHERYLHURT

    Today beloved and I went on a Charity ride to raise money to build a well in Guatemala. We signed up for a 50 mile ride, but the directions were so poor, we got totally lost! Ended up riding our tandem 61 miles, nothing but hills! In bed BEFORE 6:30pm! We are exhausted!... Read more

  • Caregiving - A willing labor

    9/1/2014 4:54:15 PM, by SBECKER526

    Through my husband's and my health problems I am learning so much more. Yesterday's emergency room visit for my husband gave me more insight into knee injuries and protocols for care. He has the awkward immobilizer. He was a sight to behold wavering on crutches and attempting to get to the bedroo... Read more

  • Comparative Translations

    9/1/2014 12:45:55 PM, by MCJULIEO

    The Bible is probably the MOST translated book in the world, that is, it is the book translated into the most languages (both the Old Testament from Hebrew, and the New Testament, originally written in Greek)... And in English, there are several versions in print, and sometimes I like to compar... Read more

  • Long Distance Friends

    9/1/2014 12:27:38 AM, by MCJULIEO

    We had a gathering tonight after church to eat dinner with some friends who will be moving to Chihuahua, Mexico tomorrow.... I will miss them a lot, but they actually have a phone number that should be reachable easily from here so it isn't as if they are moving to the moon, or Antarctica. We w... Read more

  • Not Everything Is Worthy of a GoFundMe

    8/31/2014 2:44:24 PM, by ANDILH

    Maybe this is me being judgmental, but I don't care. I belong to several message broad groups and email groups that revolve around the disease my sister has. It is a spectrum disorder so people can have it and not know all the way to not surviving birth. My sister is definitely on the severe side... Read more

  • I am learning a big lesson about how foods make me feel.

    8/31/2014 9:14:30 AM, by CTUPTON

    Two days of having no energy and feeling like a stuffed pig. Clothes are snug. Ankles are swollen. Knees hurt more. I was enjoying days not needing an afternoon nap. I loved getting more decluttering done. But then I went back to my old eating habits. And bad went to worse! It will tak... Read more

  • Look! No Socks!

    8/30/2014 3:18:04 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Last night, I had a close encounter of the live kind... I picked up a pile of dirty clothes and a little wiggly live thing jumped out of the material and slithered off under the cabinetry in the bathroom... it was a tiny gecko, only about two inches long, from the top of its nose to the tip of ... Read more

  • Have a great day! I hope you are feeling flexible today!

    8/30/2014 5:56:49 AM, by CTUPTON
    r-yoga-studios-in-the-bronx/ ... Read more

  • Playing With Grandchildren

    8/29/2014 11:49:19 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I got to play with some of the grandchildren today, ages 3 and almost 2..... one things for sure, they play hard... And therefore I'm pooped... But one of the victories: the family had arranged for us to eat at Maggiano's in the Domain... they said it was excellent food, and lots of it.. I... Read more

  • Great Weather and Golf

    8/29/2014 9:02:01 PM, by SBECKER526

    I got to play Willow Hollow Golf Course today and to see the staff. Bob and Bill were friendly and helpful. I signed up for my Thursday morning league for a 8:30 am tee time. I finally did get a par on hole 9. I used my 7 hybrid and landed perfectly near the pin. WooHoo. I also had pars on... Read more

  • Whew!

    8/28/2014 10:56:08 PM, by MCJULIEO

    My beloved Aggies of Texas A&M survived their first football game of the season against the explosive U of SouthCarolina tonight.... The game was in SC and the home crowd was ready for blood, but not only did the surprising Aggies NOT roll over and play dead, they rolled to an early lead, and then, ... Read more

  • Waiting for the Magic

    8/28/2014 7:57:01 PM, by WARMSPRINGDAY

    Ten minute streak six days a week still going - since June 23 I've kept the streak. I've missed 3 days since mid-May when I started the streaks. Sparkguy says the exercise magic kicks in around 3 - 6 months. I've been in the ma... Read more

  • 30 miles today

    8/28/2014 2:13:15 PM, by CHERYLHURT

    We just staggered back from another tandem ride...30 miles today and it was getting to be too hot! Lots of hill, I can feel my body getting stronger. Can't wait for cooler weather!... Read more

  • Appreciating some down time

    8/27/2014 11:24:30 PM, by SBECKER526

    I really enjoyed today. I only had a personal training booked today. I spent time at home in the morning with my husband. I got to call a friend yesterday. I hemmed two pairs of slacks for me. I played with the cat. I got to catch up. Bob was stir crazy from being at home for over a week.... Read more

  • The Lighter Side of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    8/27/2014 5:21:26 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I've seen celebrities take the ALS Ice bucket Challenge to raise money for ALS research... and I've had friends and family take it in honor of my DH, who passed away just about 6 months ago from ALS. But I have to be amused at these cartoon/entertainment figures who have undertaken the challeng... Read more

  • Pictures! How to replace eggs in recipes. Who knew! Thanks sparkfriends!!!

    8/27/2014 11:48:22 AM, by CTUPTON
    Eggs-in-Your-Cooking or a more detailed list:
    tutes-cooking/ ... Read more

  • Day 84 countdown to 100% compliance on a special eating plan.

    8/27/2014 9:41:53 AM, by CTUPTON

    Probably I will not stick much to today's eating plan. I am going to lunch with a friend. It is a seafood restaurant. On the rustic side. Lobster and butter--here I come!... Read more

  • Day 85 count down -aiming at 100% compliance with a suggested eating plan for me

    8/27/2014 9:39:43 AM, by CTUPTON

    Well-- I made the corn bread I could have yesterday. Too much temptation for me! I made one fairly small pan of this. 6" by 8" approximately. Yup--ate it all. So most of yesterdays eating plan foods did not get eaten. This is the first bready, muffin kind of food I have had. I really miss that kind ... Read more

  • Losing a Friend

    8/26/2014 10:26:32 PM, by MCJULIEO

    A good friend died over the weekend, and all of her friends are grieving... it just doesn't seem right that she's gone... I ache for her husband, who looks as if his soul has been drained from him... Married 42 years, they had no children to comfort him in his grief. Then ANOTHER friend's husb... Read more

  • Another 20 miles

    8/26/2014 1:37:26 PM, by CHERYLHURT

    Finished another 20 miles on the tandem. The weather was cool and breezy which made it nice. At the end of the trail, where one has to turn around and head back, we split one peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread. So much healthier than the protein bars which can just be glorified candy! And ... Read more

  • Variety!

    8/26/2014 12:58:30 PM, by CTUPTON

    Oh yes, this eating plan has veriety. A little too much variety. That is the problem. Each day has a different list of foods. I used to have a sandwich often. Well--there is no bread unless I can make it from that day's food list. And that is nearly impossible! Corn bread works but I still have to ... Read more

  • Day 86--countdown to getting more perfect on the suggested eating plan.

    8/26/2014 12:48:27 PM, by CTUPTON

    It is nice having a limited list of foods to eat in a day. It is forcing me to be creative mixing them. A month ago when I tried this I ended up with meals like fish and lima beans! I have gotten much better. I like that I can plan ahead, too. I can put a few days in the food tracker a head. I guess... Read more

  • How to use tahini?

    8/26/2014 6:42:56 AM, by CTUPTON

    I found these ideas. I had a can of tahini for a long time. But I never knew how to use it! It is on my Day 4 of the rotation eating plan. OK now I know! chris (see the link at the end) 1. Dip raw veggies in it. For a simple snack, reach for tahini instead of ranch dressing next time you... Read more

  • Day 87 countdown...listing elimination of foods I am moderatey to

    8/25/2014 8:19:32 PM, by CTUPTON

    I already listed the foods I am severely sensitive to. I remember them by "STOP ViCe" Now, here are the 12 foods I am moderately sensitive to. I should not eat these for at least 3 months. Then take back only one at a time to see if I react at all. I guess I can eliminate these foods for ... Read more

  • Not Off Scot Free

    8/24/2014 11:15:19 PM, by MCJULIEO

    You know, I mentioned how great I felt yesterday about my kayaking, and how it had seemed to get easier??? Well, after a few hours it became apparent that my exultation was perhaps, a bit premature... I discovered where I had missed putting that 50 SPF and 110 SPF sunscreen. It's a small a... Read more

  • 35.7 miles

    8/24/2014 4:28:59 PM, by CHERYLHURT

    Just finished 35.7 miles on the tandem. Lots of hills but the reward is on the way back when its much easier!... Read more

  • Neat Family

    8/24/2014 4:06:07 PM, by SBECKER526

    I have three super friends in one family. Hen is my golf partner and neighbor. Linda is a new pastor of Calvary United Church of Christ in Barto, PA. Cyndi is the other daughter who is super at so much. The third daughter, Debbie, is a former student. This family is so outgoing and welcom... Read more

  • I Refuse to Give Up on Myself

    8/24/2014 1:05:03 PM, by WARMSPRINGDAY

    Struggling! But still on track with at least 10 minutes per day of exercise 6 days per week. The last two days I was feeling so tired and discouraged, that my exercise consisted of 10 minutes of stretching. But my back and my hips needed it and it kept me moving. My eating has been slippin... Read more

  • To help myself remember foods on each of the 4 day rotation plan.

    8/24/2014 12:29:29 PM, by CTUPTON

    Each day has lots more foods, including various beans and various freggies--- but I am trying to remember the basics. Day 1 is a beef, lamb, flounder, swordfish day. Not all of them! Day 2 is a chicken, tuna, egg day. Not all of them! Day 3 is a pork, halibut day. Not all of th... Read more

  • Count down 90, 89, 88,,, to 100% (or so) sticking to my eating plan.

    8/24/2014 12:12:20 PM, by CTUPTON

    The eating plan is based on a blood test for food sensitivities. The lab mixes my white blood cells with food samples and sees how the WBCs react. If the change dramatically, it means I have a food sensitivity to that food. I had a strong reaction to these foods: STOP ViCe is my mn... Read more

  • "You can do better." instead of "I can do better." Oh!

    8/24/2014 7:16:57 AM, by CTUPTON

    I found this about "self-talk." Who knew! In one study, University of Michigan researchers induced stress in participants by telling them they had to prepare a speech to give to a panel of judges about their qualifications for a dream job. They were given five minutes to prepare and told ... Read more

  • "You can do better." instead of "I can do better." Oh!

    8/24/2014 7:16:57 AM, by CTUPTON

    I found this about "self-talk." Who knew! In one study, University of Michigan researchers induced stress in participants by telling them they had to prepare a speech to give to a panel of judges about their qualifications for a dream job. They were given five minutes to prepare and told ... Read more

  • Getting Better At It

    8/23/2014 9:01:30 PM, by MCJULIEO

    We went kayaking today, and it was wonderful! Although the sun was high in the sky, I had plenty of sunscreen on, and the wind never got so high that paddling was too hard. I feel great! Not even sore! I must be getting better! ... Getting stronger! Yay, Me!... Read more