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  • motivation

    7/6/2015 5:25:36 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Great mountain ride!

    7/6/2015 7:24:06 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Beloved and I took the tandem out of town and to the base of the mountains. Got a very tough but glorious ride, I'm much stronger than I was before!... Read more

  • One more from Alice Walker....

    7/5/2015 10:18:34 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • From the book: Color Purple

    7/5/2015 10:13:42 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Time to eat all those delicious fresh, local veggies !

    7/5/2015 9:33:57 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Something to give you a "warm fuzzy"

    7/5/2015 9:32:29 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Two hours of hill work

    7/5/2015 2:51:04 PM, by CHERYLHURT

    Got in great exercise this morning. Cleaning up my diet, got to get back on track. Beloved is looking fluffy too, so he's in this with me. Too much cruising isn't the problem. The problem is we didn't return to clean eating like we usually do when we get back home!... Read more

  • My Mistake

    7/5/2015 1:16:55 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I was wrong with my yesterday's blog..... My aches and fatigue were apparently NOT DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) I'm sick, something that almost never happens! I slept 10.5 hours last night, and took a 3.5 hour nap yesterday afternoon.... and I'm still sore! And queasy! Drat! I was ... Read more

  • Having problems

    7/4/2015 2:32:58 PM, by ELAINEANNE1

    Once again not been on for a while. We went on holiday in mid June and it was really good, we had a week in Torquay and then I went on a day trip to the Cotswolds. But Michael has not been in an up mood very much recently and feel lucky that we did manage to go on holiday. Unfortunately I put on ... Read more

  • Paying the Piper

    7/4/2015 11:31:36 AM, by MCJULIEO

    I had intended to write this blog about the 4th of July.... Happy Birthday, America! But I find myself distracted with DOMS- Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.... at least I THINK that's what it is.... I've been swimming laps, you see, and I want to work up to 2 miles worth. I started three we... Read more

  • I have to give up wine!

    7/4/2015 6:45:23 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    I like a glass of wine in the evenings after a long day. Sitting on the deck with my beloved, looking at the trees, sipping wine...love it. But my doctor said my liver functions studies are elevated. I had to see a gastroenterologist, have labs Monday, and get an upper scope on Thursday if the ins... Read more

  • Feels So Good

    7/3/2015 11:02:58 PM, by MCJULIEO

    It took me almost two hours, but I swam 1.75 miles today!!!! I got a late start while helping a friend (really important that I help her instead of swimming early) BUT, because it was so sunshiny, and I sunburn so easily, I got to wear my super sun blocking shirt I got from Lands End...... Read more

  • James, July 2, 2015, 12:15pm, Thursday, R.I.P.

    7/3/2015 10:29:32 AM, by KAREN608

    At 12:15pm, after lunch my husband of 37 years died peacefully at the Circle of Life Hospice House, after only 4 days there. I was with him all the time, and the night before he was restless and kept sitting on the side of his bed, so I sat next to him and held him. I'm glad we had our final moment... Read more

  • Transitional time

    7/3/2015 9:26:27 AM, by SBECKER526

    We have an interview with the medical director and social worker of the Highlands at Wyomissing soon. I am eager for that interview and approach it with joy. I really need to move and avoid steps, snow shoveling and more about the house. If all goes well, then I meet with the designer to sele... Read more

  • Baby Smiles

    7/2/2015 11:33:24 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I got to go to a four year old's birthday party today and had a wonderful time... Was privileged to hold two different smily babies, one 8 months old and one 6 months old... You know, I can't think of anything as adorable as a smiling baby..... they just reel you in and wrap you around the... Read more

  • Ignore the naysayers!

    7/2/2015 7:31:34 AM, by CTUPTON

    "So she wants to fly. And she thinks she has a butterfly inside. And that business about focusing and goals! Ha! Ha! Ha!"... Read more

  • Urrgggh!

    7/1/2015 9:03:27 AM, by MCJULIEO

    I want to be in bed right now, sleeping late, snoozing and snuggled under the covers with my eyes closed, blissfully unaware of the sun's rising and travelling across the sky. Only ONE THING can challenge that wonderful somnolence: getting up to swim laps! I tell myself: "If you w... Read more

  • Glad to be home

    7/1/2015 12:09:41 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Although I love visiting with my mother, I am glad to get back home to my own bed again. The drive from Houston to San Antonio was full of spotty rain showers, but the traffic was good, and we actually got back in time to watch almost the entire world cup women's soccer game between the United State... Read more

  • Leg pain is much reduced! What a relief!

    6/30/2015 5:30:38 PM, by CTUPTON

    I think it was the wrapping done for lymphatic drainage and the light massage that went with it. I cannot remember when my legs felt this good. Only one leg was wrapped, but the other one was not so puffy. But it had the knee that won't bend. I am making improvements with that by stretch... Read more

  • Laughable Expert

    6/29/2015 9:26:49 PM, by MCJULIEO

    My wonderful mother thinks I'm a computer genius!!!! Hilarious, right?? I think so.... But, and here's the critical thought: While I am, by no means, a computer expert, I still have had a few more experiences with the computer, and I'm not afraid to keep trying alternate methods when intuitiv... Read more

  • About the book: The Moonstone

    6/29/2015 2:17:11 PM, by CTUPTON

    Boy, wouldn't it be cool to get a letter from Charles Dickens about a novel you wrote! chris from Goodreads website: The following is a recently found letter written by the English author Charles Dickens to his friend Wilkie Collins concerning the latter’s newly released 1868 novel The Moon... Read more

  • Lisa's gift from the heart

    6/28/2015 11:33:09 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am blessed with a wonderful and compassionate friend who gave me the best birthday present, A Day at the Beach. I am my husband's dialysis nurse so we rarely get anywhere. I shared how I longed to put my toes in the ocean and feel the sand and surf. A few week before my birthday, our schedules ... Read more

  • Houston Again

    6/28/2015 9:33:04 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Back to Houston we went for a doctor's appointment, and the traffic today between San Antonio and Houston was fierce with what I presume were Way Too MANY Houstonians jockeying into position to return to the Big City after time away ... But only one wreck, thank goodness not us... How GLAD I a... Read more

  • Your suggestions about my "chopping vegetables" problem. You are the finest people I know!

    6/28/2015 5:29:28 PM, by CTUPTON

    Ad you can see, the answers are all different! I just love the variety of ways we look at the world. Whowouldathunkit! I love everyone's suggestion. 250 It gave me lots to think about! But my personal favorite (for creativity) is this one: I never would have thought to make c... Read more

  • A home spa-foot massage --kids' birthday party! Isn't this cool!

    6/28/2015 4:57:32 PM, by CTUPTON

    I did not do this. It was done by a friend who has two sets of growing up twins! I really don't know how this Mom gets it all done--and she works full time, too! She put these photos on FB and , of course, I did not show the kids at the party. chris... Read more

  • The problem underlying my hatred of chopping vegetables---deeply held personal beliefs....

    6/28/2015 7:25:02 AM, by CTUPTON

    That sounds very serious, doesn't it. I have always had low energy, even as a kid. Long ago, I made it a priority to do the "things that mattered." And I believed first of all I needed a good education and I was naturally good at the "school skills" like reading and writing--"bookwork." ... Read more

  • A stupid chore that I have never wanted to do but now have to I guess...chopping vegetables!

    6/28/2015 7:04:16 AM, by CTUPTON

    I have not ever cooked much and chopping vegetables has always been a thing I hate. I never actually faced it before. Now that John needs soft foods and dietetic meals I have to prepare suitable meals for him. I was often just giving him a steak or hamburger. He never wanted vegetables--in fac... Read more

  • Garden Waning

    6/27/2015 11:01:21 PM, by MCJULIEO

    It's a little early for the garden to be fading in its annual midsummer slump, but there's no denying that the tomatoes are looking terrible! Even my heirloom tomatoes, all innately strong survivors, are showing spider mite infestation... Some of the tomatoes are already dead! The good ne... Read more

  • Home again

    6/27/2015 6:44:21 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Had a hugely wonderful cruise for 11 days, feeling fluffy so today starts lots of raw veggies and tons of water. Back to the responsibilities of volunteering full time and caring for Mum which is the life the Lord led me to live, cruising is the occasional break for beloved and me!... Read more

  • Small Steps

    6/26/2015 4:31:41 PM, by MCJULIEO

    The swim team was still practicing when I got to the pool this morning, and the sun was still low in the sky so I didn't have to worry about sunburn today. Of course, the sunburn I already have is plenty enough to deal with. But I won't have an opportunity to swim again until next week so hopef... Read more

  • Do you use a food processer?

    6/26/2015 1:04:57 PM, by CTUPTON

    I just made coleslaw. I used the nutribullet to chop the cabbage. Later I tride my blender which has a "chop" setting. Both of these chopped some very fine (too fine) and left lots in big chunks. I don't have a food processer. chris... Read more

  • Owwwwww!

    6/25/2015 10:15:52 PM, by MCJULIEO

    The sun was shining yesterday between the clouds while I was swimming, and Boy! Do I ever have a sunburn!!!! You would think that having been red-haired my whole life, I would have more sense.... but NOOOOOoooooooo! Now I have a bathing suit shaped pattern on my back! But I'm not giving up on s... Read more

  • Foot Love and Staying Off My Balls

    6/25/2015 2:24:08 PM, by REDHEARTGIRL

    As I have mentioned, I developed plantar fasciitis a while back. Unfortunately, I did not know that that was a thing and every night at work I would think "MAN, my feet sure are swelling a lot. Am I eating too much salt?" Things like that. It was a year before I realized I was in some mysterious foo... Read more

  • Step by step

    6/24/2015 11:51:42 PM, by SBECKER526

    I was feeling quite overwhelmed. I am doing better. Each day I tackle one item - closet, drawers in a chest, or a box in the attic. Gentle progress is being made. I mark the box as to its contents and probable final destination. 198... Read more

  • Tomorrow--no morning appointments! So I can get to the pool!

    6/24/2015 8:48:23 PM, by CTUPTON

    Between hubby's diabetes,rehab,weak swallowing muscles and my painful legs I have been missing lots of water aerobics classes. I need those times in the pool. Tomorrow I can get there! Yeah! The world will have to wait. chris... Read more

  • Hungry

    6/24/2015 8:38:35 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Ever since I swam a mile and a quarter this morning, I've been hungry!!! So I've been eating healthy fruits and vegetables.... But lots of them... The more I swim, the hungrier I think I am. You just can't burn 1000+ calories in an hour without needing to refuel...... Read more

  • Chia crisp Breads

    6/24/2015 8:04:48 PM, by CTUPTON

    Chia Crispbreads 1/2 cup mixed seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, etc) 1/4 cup chia seeds 2 tablespoons flax seeds 1/4 cup rolled oats 1/4 cup wholegrain flour 3/4 teaspoon sea salt 1 cup water 2 tablespoons olive oil Serves 6-8 ----------------------------
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  • The Shape I'm In

    6/24/2015 2:42:37 PM, by REDHEARTGIRL

    I was getting ready for work and decided to snap a "before" picture. This doesn't actually do my out-of-shape-ness justice but I wasn't about to post a half naked mush shot on the webs. Not my style. I have about 25 pounds to lose but WEIGHT isn't what I come here to focus on. It's my los... Read more

  • Last night's meltdown and feeling better today...

    6/24/2015 1:36:22 PM, by CTUPTON

    Last night was hubby's first day home from rehab. It seemed totally overwhelming. 46 I had a good cry and talked somewhat to the wonderful aide I pay to put him in bed each night. Why am I suddenly overwhelmed? It has been 9 yrs. since his stroke and most things related to his care are in pl... Read more

  • I Suspect SOMETHING'S Crazy

    6/23/2015 11:29:32 PM, by MCJULIEO

    My Sparktracker clocked more than 24, 000 steps today!!!!!!! While it's true that I DID quite a bit of shopping, three store's' worth, it wasn't constant walking, but was broken up by driving and parking for each one... it just seems like too much! But I'll take it! There HAVE been some da... Read more

  • Thank you! Spark administrators, what a great website!

    6/23/2015 7:44:01 AM, by CTUPTON

    I have so much fun here. And I meet such helpful and generous sparkers! 104 380 250 304 252 244 chris... Read more

  • Tracking

    6/22/2015 10:10:17 PM, by UNREADINK

    June 22nd 2015 M - 30 FM, Y T - 60 FM, N W - 30 FM, almost T - 35 FM, Y F - 55 FM,... Read more

  • Why do smart people think eating 500 cal. a day is good???

    6/22/2015 4:41:27 PM, by CTUPTON

    A good friend just told me that . She was already thin but last time we saw here she was thinner. Now she found an eating plan that will diagnose her health problems and the plan is 500 cal. per day. She said she just had a huge salad for lunch and was not hungry at all. She said some people lose 20... Read more

  • A New Low

    6/22/2015 4:16:10 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I WISH it were a new low number on my scale, but it's not....unfortunately... But it IS A new low for my 5 Sparkteam Bonus spins.... Usually I get five spins, and my previous low has been a total of 8 (a 3, a 2, and three 1s)... It's really hard to spin less that 8, but today I did it (two 2s, ... Read more

  • Choices, Choices

    6/21/2015 11:32:29 PM, by MCJULIEO

    When I'm at home, I pretty much have complete control over what I eat, and when I eat it.... but I'm spending a few days with my mother again, and we're eating in her dining facility where she lives. There's SOME choice, but not like at home where I can have a huge salad topped with a measured allo... Read more

  • SP article: cutting arthritis risk with foods--foods I don't eat often!

    6/20/2015 7:09:25 PM, by CTUPTON

    If you are looking for a way to protect your body against arthritis, it may already be a part of your normal breakfast routine—orange juice. To receive the protective, anti-inflammatory benefits of beta-cryptoxanthin and zeaxanthin include 7-9 fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. ... Read more

  • A Prayer to Pray Every Day

    6/20/2015 10:06:32 AM, by MCJULIEO

    I loved this when I read it on CTUPTON'S blog, so I swiped it, .... errrr , adopted it... DEAR GOD, ENLIGHTEN WHAT'S DARK IN ME... STRENGTHEN WHAT'S WEAK IN ME... MEND WHAT'S BROKEN IN ME, BIND WHAT'S BRUISED IN ME, HEAL WHAT'S SICK IN ME, AND LASTLY... REVIVE WHATEVER PE... Read more

  • Worked on downsizing

    6/19/2015 11:10:26 PM, by SBECKER526

    I got wonderful tips on making the most of my apartment. Bob's dialysis supplies (28 boxes) will fit in 1/2 of the closet of our bedroom. I will ask for a dedicated grounded outlet for his cycler in that room. The senior mover suggested that I put shelving in the dining area closet. It is a do... Read more

  • Rates of allergy symptoms in the US--each state compared...

    6/19/2015 7:26:47 PM, by CTUPTON

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    lergy-map-tool/default.htm Yup, my state, Connecticut has high allergy rating today!... Read more

  • Seasonal allergies are making me miserable!

    6/19/2015 6:53:09 PM, by CTUPTON

    The following chart says pollen is mostly low here in Hartford. Huh? But Sunday grass pollen will be very high! www.weather.com/forecast/pol
    len/l/ sorry this did not work--got any ideas? I also use Zyrtec daily and sometimes Mucinex as needed. Yesterday I felt pretty good. ... Read more

  • Made Me Smile So Much

    6/19/2015 2:32:04 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I WAS going to blog about how great I felt after having swum a mile this morning, but I ran across this little drama/comedy from Texas A&M, and it made me smile so much I just wanted to share it: First of all, Texas A&M is not/nor ever has been considered a basketball school, and their snagging... Read more

  • Trying to make a decision

    6/18/2015 11:08:22 PM, by ANDILH

    Recently I have been put in a position where I need to make a decision. This decision would benefit no one but me. I rarely make decisions that are only about me. The problem is that this decision could potentially be a horrible decision. Not in a criminal or physically dangerous way, but in ... Read more

  • DHA research--

    6/18/2015 9:25:59 PM, by CTUPTON

    On my kitchen windowsill was a bottle of DHA and...something else. A small dropper bottle. I must have bought it for some reason. 24 Can't remember why. I was looking it up and found this: These research efforts, done with laboratory animals, used a level of DHA supplementation that would equat... Read more

  • Who Knew?

    6/18/2015 5:24:21 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I just read on the Internet movie database website (IMDb.com) that Dwayne Johnson , otherwise known as The Rock, was director Tim Burton's second choice to play the part of Willy Wonka in Burtons remake of Charlie and the chocolate factory, The part that eventually went to Johnny Depp. I can h... Read more

  • A prayer posted by a good sparkfriend of mine. I am grateful for this prayer.

    6/18/2015 6:59:47 AM, by CTUPTON

    DEAR GOD, ENLIGHTEN WHAT'S DARK IN ME... STRENGTHEN WHAT'S WEAK IN ME... MEND WHAT'S BROKEN IN ME, BIND WHAT'S BRUISED IN ME, HEAL WHAT'S SICK IN ME, AND LASTLY... REVIVE WHATEVER PEACE AND LOVE HAS DIED IN ME Thank you my good sparkfriend for posting this. I am putting it in my blog so I... Read more

  • Oh, those little moments when you recognize yourself.

    6/17/2015 9:18:04 PM, by REDHEARTGIRL

    I have spent so long in my current shell, I truly forgot what my old one looked like. I came across photos of myself from many years ago today and it both inspired and saddened me. I looked at that sweet girl longingly. Was I even aware at the time of what I possessed? I don't think so. I am so than... Read more

  • Thank you all for the birthday wishes! You made my day!

    6/17/2015 8:49:39 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • We have heard these tips before, but not bad to see them again. Plus Luminosity games! I do those g

    6/17/2015 8:42:33 PM, by CTUPTON

    Declining memory and dementia are not a normal part of aging. There are many things you can do now to prevent or reverse inflammation of the brain!  1.Add coconut oil to your diet. There is growing evidence that regular consumption of coconut oil may offer profound benefits in the fight ... Read more

  • Not bad at all!

    6/17/2015 3:51:41 PM, by MCJULIEO

    My first trip to the city Park pool to swim laps went well this morning... I got a late start but had eaten breakfast and had everything I needed for when I got to the pool, and I really had hoped only to go about a quarter of a mile, but I still felt good after the first quarter mile and decid... Read more

  • shortened thigh muscles causing leg not to bend--news to me!

    6/17/2015 12:20:21 PM, by CTUPTON

    This is what my chiropractor told me I have. I never heard of this. I could not go to my water aerobics classes for about 2 months after my shoulder replacement surgery. The chiropractor said that is what caused my problem. It is the leg I had a knee meniscus tear worked on maybe 8 years ago. ... Read more

  • Um...it is my birthday....chris

    6/17/2015 12:14:49 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Ah! Summer Fruits and Vegetables!

    6/16/2015 11:45:03 PM, by MCJULIEO

    The grocery store was on my To Do list today, and what a treat it was to see all the fruits and vegetables in their peak!!! Corn on the cob was 6 for $1, and it is as sweet as I have ever tasted! Pineapples are $1.50 each, and though they could use some ripening , they look wonderful! ... Read more

  • Feeling some better

    6/16/2015 11:43:57 PM, by SBECKER526

    We made a formal application to the Highlands after touring our apartment. I went to get a massage and then could not stop sobbing. My home meant so much to me. I must remember that I am not running my home and doing as much cooking so I can take care of me as well as my husband. I also did ... Read more

  • Tomato Time

    6/15/2015 10:58:36 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I picked my first tomatoes of the season this morning! Apparently there is some kind of varmint that is attacking the tomatoes as they begin to change color so I was able to harvest only a few, but I'm optimistic that there will be enough to share. Ah! Homegrown tomatoes!... Read more

  • lymphedema and lymphatic drainage

    6/15/2015 9:28:43 PM, by CTUPTON

    I had my 1 hour eval today. I know I have fluid buildup in my leg tissues. (doppler ultrasound proved it) And I have major pain. It has been a many year quest to work on fluid in my legs. Maybe I will now get help with this. I had no idea it would be so much work. The physical therapist spec... Read more

  • clark howard--save big money-- I need to try these!

    6/15/2015 2:39:21 PM, by CTUPTON

    Save big money using these apps • Amazon Price Check - Scan a barcode or snap a picture of an item and then compare against Amazon prices. • BuyVia - Scan a barcode and compare against online prices. • Milo - Lets you search the shelves of local stores at home and on-the-go. • Pri... Read more

  • More things to do!

    6/14/2015 12:19:47 PM, by SBECKER526

    Still waiting to get the feedback on my financial disclosures and my application to a retirement community. I may have to wait awhile. That will be okay. I'm young to go to the community at this time (age 65). My husband is older. I must redo my living will and get a medical power of atto... Read more

  • So Good

    6/14/2015 11:32:06 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Well, it's time to leave my mother in Houston and head back home again... it's raining in Houston and I suspect it will be raining on the way home BUT That can be a good thing! It won't be as hot so my air conditioning won't have to work so hard... because of the cloud cover, I won't get ... Read more

  • I did it--took hazardous waste stuff to collection day for our town!

    6/14/2015 11:12:47 AM, by CTUPTON

    I just pushed myself to collect the hazardous chemicals to discard. Today was the collection day. I have been waiting for this day for almost a year. Really, I was not sure I could get this job done. When all the things were still here, this job seemed not worth doing. I know it... Read more

  • I wet my pants reading this about the paleo eating plan!

    6/14/2015 10:50:02 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.popsugar.com/fitness/Paleo
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  • Making progress toward selling the condo....STUFF!

    6/14/2015 10:04:16 AM, by CTUPTON

    How on earth can people amass so much stuff! I wish I could show you a nice living room with a couch and decorative tables, and perfect bedrooms , a lovely organized office, sparkling bathrooms..... I will get there. Thankfully, moving in date has been postponed a ffew times. Now it is moved to ... Read more

  • I am seeing real progress toward moving! more to come

    6/14/2015 9:57:44 AM, by CTUPTON

    you all have been hearing my woes about putting our condo on the market. Maybe 2 years daily I think of the huge task and often got overwhelmed. I am pretty much doing it alone and caregiving and worrying about a grown daughter's problems. Not to mention my own sluggish metabolism, shoulder su... Read more

  • Heading to Florida

    6/14/2015 5:39:49 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Getting back on a ship Monday for 11 days in the Caribbean. Really looking forward to it since this is a milestone cruise for us and will be a big celebration. We had Mum all day yesterday and she is slowing down and not as able to walk, very unsteady despite having a cane. I packed her freezer ful... Read more

  • Freezing mashed avocado--yes add lemon juice to it before freezing!

    6/13/2015 8:55:15 PM, by CTUPTON

    I should have explained that. Sorry. chris... Read more

  • I keep putting off a task related to selling this condo...

    6/13/2015 8:53:43 PM, by CTUPTON

    There is a hazardous waste drive going on. I really, really need to collect our stuff and take it there tomorrow! I am very lucky it is happening now. It is actually the perfect time for me to get rid of this stuff! Our site is a Jewish synagogue! Weird, isn't it? And because of that they are ... Read more

  • Found My Sparktracker

    6/13/2015 9:03:30 AM, by MCJULIEO

    I thought that it had fallen off my shoe, but it hadn't! In the bustle and rushing about of last week, I just had changed shoes, neatly stowing away the first pair, and forgetting to transfer the tracker! Oh! To THINK of all those thousands of steps I took that I didn't get credit for! ... Read more

  • After a great ride

    6/13/2015 5:45:28 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Got my walking in this morning. Yesterday we had a great tandem ride although the trail was filled with people. Will have to figure out a new ride for the busy months! Headed to church today, then after we take Mum home to her place tonight we can finish packing. Headed to Florida for another cruis... Read more

  • Not Quite Home

    6/12/2015 10:55:51 PM, by MCJULIEO

    After 4 intensive study days at the conference on Revelation, I'm back at my mother's in Houston trying to organize my notes, digest all the lectures, remember all the people from all over the world (Such a great privilege, BSF has classes in 39 countries!)., and just catch my breath... And I c... Read more

  • Peel avocados the right way to get the most benefit--who knew!

    6/12/2015 11:38:55 AM, by CTUPTON

    To Maximize Benefits, Peel Your Avocado the Right Way the following is from Dr. Fuhrman but I have read the same thing (reducing cholesterol with avocadoes) in other places. There is actual research! chris "Interestingly, the manner in which you de-skin your avocado can affect how... Read more

  • Stop Eating CRAP...a wonderful blog by a sparkfriend!

    6/12/2015 8:39:47 AM, by CTUPTON

    Thank you, TREKPURRSON! www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_p
    ublic_journal_individual.a
    sp?blog_id=5933734 carbs (I changed this from carbonated drinks) I love breads, crackers, cookies.....my downfall! R? oops--I need to look this up---refined sugars artificial "foods" preservative... Read more

  • Tandem cycling today...anyone else starving from lack of points?

    6/12/2015 7:07:19 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    It's been a starvation run of points lately, only 1, 2, or 3 from almost every spin or team. Statistically there should be a 20 or 25 show up sometime! Anybody else seeing a dearth of points? We are headed out this morning to get in a long ride on the tandem!... Read more

  • I feel great

    6/11/2015 7:29:59 PM, by REDHEARTGIRL

    I am in the springtime of my life... in my head. :) I certainly had some grand plans for my year. Everything was beautiful! Everything was on the horizon. Everything! My feet didn't get the memo. Understandable. They are so far from my dreaming head. Really. I'm nearly 5'11". Once upon a time I n... Read more

  • Wishing you......

    6/11/2015 9:01:32 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Rearrange the letters...results are hard to believe!

    6/11/2015 8:45:24 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • SparkTracker

    6/10/2015 10:35:08 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Somehow, in all the walking that I'm doing in this downtown hotel where I'm attending this conference, I've lost the Sparktracker right off my shoe.... And I was really adding up the steps, too!... Read more

  • Downs and Ups

    6/10/2015 12:04:53 AM, by MCJULIEO

    I scored a 1 on my Spark spin today... that's the Down of my day. On the other hand, I'm at aconference with over 1200 people from 39 countries around the world studying the Bible's Book of Revelation, and tonight we sang several verses of songs acapella... It was the most glorious and worsh... Read more

  • another beautiful thunderstorm!

    6/9/2015 6:25:48 PM, by CHERYLHURT

    Crashing rain, flashing lightning, booming thunder. We just love the rain!... Read more

  • Mindful of busyness

    6/8/2015 11:00:42 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am really working at using my time wisely. I tend to over schedule myself. Now I am putting meetings, appointments, exercise times in my schedule. I also put "down" time in where I cannot schedule myself. What a difference that makes! I also have some "ME" time to read, meditate, pray, or... Read more

  • Volunteering today

    6/8/2015 7:15:55 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Working on cabinets for the daycare rooms. Lots of hard work so we slept well!... Read more

  • Across Texas

    6/7/2015 10:16:40 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Drove from close to San Antonio to Houston today.... Wowza! Even a full week after the rains stopped, those rivers I crossed looked like they had just gone down from full force flooding... Searchers just found another body on the San Marcos River yesterday... The Brazos River was still quite full..... Read more

  • Zucchini Corn Bread--this is the first time I have heard of this-sounds good.

    6/7/2015 8:12:39 PM, by CTUPTON

    This is a box of Jiffy corn muffin mix, 1 medium zucchini grated and 1 egg. Mix (add a little water if Mix is dry) bake according to box directions. No milk as zucchini is the substitute. chris... Read more

  • Starting over after surgery

    6/7/2015 9:32:58 AM, by TRUCKERSWIFE80

    Well I am starting over today with my exercise and dieting. It has been a little over 7 weeks since I had my emergency surgery and the doctor has taken me off most restrictions. I still have to watch what I do, but I can do stuff as tolerarated . I am starting off today at 431.6 pounds Well I guess... Read more