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  • Beck-chart to prioritize my activities

    9/4/2015 5:59:43 PM, by CTUPTON

    Well- mostly I have "Essential Activities" There is not much time left for Highly Desirable and even less time for Desirable. 24 Daily Essential Activities of a Caregiver for 2 family members-(used to be one, but just became 2) AM Feed the cat Wed garbage day Fill Chris’ med bo... Read more

  • To remind myself to find the floation belt...

    9/4/2015 6:27:17 AM, by CTUPTON

    My current very complicated life is preventing me from getting to my beloved water aerobic classes. I need to find a way to go by myself and get a good workout without an instructor or a class. I think using the floatation belt and do deep water exercises including just "jogging" w... Read more

  • Hot Dog! College Football!

    9/3/2015 10:56:10 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I really like college football, and would even go as far as to say that I LOVE Texas A&M football (it comes in a close second to Texas A&M women's soccer), and I have been waiting MONTHS for this week to come! This weekend my beloved Texas Aggies line up against the Arizona State football team,... Read more

  • Using regular popcorn -- popcorn made in the microwave! Who knew!

    9/3/2015 1:06:59 PM, by CTUPTON

    1/2 cup unpopped popcorn 1 teaspoon vegetable oil ---- olive oil is what I would use-chris 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste -- I read some kinds of salt are finer than table salt. chris Directions 1. In a cup or small bowl, mix together the unpopped popcorn and oil. 2. Pour the coa... Read more

  • Trivia about Beanie Babies--no I never collected them.....

    9/3/2015 12:23:06 PM, by CTUPTON

    "In 1983 Ty Warner mortgaged his home, and founded Ty Inc. in Chicago, Illinois. His first toys, called Himalayan Cats, were popular. Some of the stuffing was left out to make the animals seem more lifelike. Warner still, however, wanted to find a collectable toy that was relatively inexpensiv... Read more

  • Shopping Today

    9/2/2015 11:49:04 PM, by MCJULIEO

    The Labor Day sales have already started, and even though I have resisted buying any clothes for a long time, I actually spent time shopping today. It was part fun and part ordeal.... I enjoyed LOOKING at all the racks, and was not entirely repulsed by what is pushed on us pretending to be fash... Read more

  • Moving another small trailer of things

    9/2/2015 9:36:45 PM, by KAREN608

    My dear sister in law Judy is back for a few days with me. Having someone to help move a table, etc, made it so much easier and fun to work. So over 7000 steps and not as weary as I normally would be. Had a small hamburger for dinner, then we split a banana split, then walked around our small town g... Read more

  • Getting my exercise done FIRST!

    9/2/2015 5:31:42 PM, by CHERYLHURT

    I'm way too tired to exercise after a long day volunteering so this morning I was out by 5:30 to get my walking in. Then it was a full day at school, gulp down my veggie lunch, then cram as much work as possible into the remaining hours. I do love the children...their hugs are better than any payc... Read more

  • Beck reboot -one of the helpful daily messages to keep the team going.

    9/2/2015 12:35:34 PM, by CTUPTON

    "All of you who are sitting down and mindfully eating every bite, give yourself BIG credit. You are on your way! Give yourself credit every time! When you've mastered these crucial skills, and are consistently doing it, you should feel really good! " from SLENDERELLA! ... Read more

  • opening of school-supplies

    9/2/2015 12:28:32 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Sharing on SP helps people lose more weight!!! We already know that but it is nice that research pro

    9/2/2015 11:41:01 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am testimony that "sparking" helps people lose more weight. I am positive I would have lost no weight at all if I had not been sparking! I have now lost 40 lbs. It was not quick but I know it is because by posting and blogging and reading sparkpages of others, I got ideas and the pushes I needed t... Read more

  • Back to School

    9/1/2015 10:45:48 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Well, all of the schools are back in session again, even the private schools, and students are settling back into some semblance of normalcy.... Texas high school football has already started around here, too, with all its pageantry and hoopla. I just want to dedicate this short moment to schoo... Read more


    9/1/2015 7:22:07 PM, by CTUPTON

    from NANA-B-FITZ Please, please, please see my sparkpage for the wonderful emoticons ! 303 September Motivation for You & Especially Me S - Spark on emoticon E - Eat Healthy emoticon P -Push Yourself emoticon T - Tough It Out, Stay Stroung emoticon E - Exe... Read more

  • Busy day with Mum!

    9/1/2015 5:42:07 PM, by CHERYLHURT

    Beloved did the driving today, so glad! We had to go take Mum to the bank, then out to lunch, then to the doctor. Doesn't sound like much but it was a loooong day with lots of driving. Tomorrow is another busy day with volunteering...counting the days until we cruise again in October!... Read more

  • A Few Thoughts to End the Summer

    9/1/2015 12:43:07 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Just thinking that September starts tomorrow! It's just a slippery slope from here ..... to Christmas!... Read more

  • Beck--Chris' advantages if she chooses to make healthy choices

    8/31/2015 2:50:06 PM, by CTUPTON

    If I don’t over eat… 1. I’ll have more energy for fun things. 2. My clothes will fit more comfortably. 3. I’ll act with more confidence. 4. I will have an easier time thinking that others see me as intelligent. 5. I will have an easier time thinking that others respect me. 6. ... Read more

  • 25 mile bike ride

    8/31/2015 6:53:28 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    We went a 25 mile tandem ride yesterday, lots of hills and I do love feeling so strong. The weather was perfect, 73 degrees and slightly misty. It was supposed to rain but here in the upstate of SC we are behind in our rain by 7 inches. Only 26 inches so far this year! My weight is staying off and ... Read more

  • Worst Combination Ever

    8/30/2015 9:59:13 PM, by MCJULIEO

    A dear friend lost his wife to cancer about 10 years ago and we all grieved with him. Then about two years ago he started dating a very nice lady, whom he married about almost a year ago. They are a lovely couple. But just yesterday his son proposed to a girl he's been dating for several years,... Read more

  • Getting stronger

    8/30/2015 7:17:25 PM, by SBECKER526

    I had several weeks of severe RA pain. I also was doing too much in preparation for our move. Finally the move is 10 days away. I went through all boxes. Everything is set to move. I need to use up more food. I need to finish some sorting of stuff. I have 3 deliveries to make to the Animal Re... Read more

  • Who invented emoticons. ; )

    8/30/2015 8:48:20 AM, by CTUPTON

    ◾Japanese emoticons are very different than American-style emoticons. In these emoticons, rather than having sideways faces, the Japanese emoticons are normally oriented, like this: (*_*( or (-_-(. One popular Japanese emoticon that has made its way somewhat into commonly used American emoticon... Read more

  • Strange Meals

    8/30/2015 12:34:15 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Do you have corners of your cupboards and refrigerator that are stocked with mystery food? I do, and freely admit that excavation must be done before I realize just what all I have... SO, I'm making an effort to eat up the things that have been filling up the freezer and the pantry, or get ri... Read more

  • Back to Being a Morning Person

    8/28/2015 10:22:22 AM, by MCJULIEO

    I used to be a morning person. I loved mornings! But then I got married.... and my DH was a Night Person, which was hard for him, since he worked long hours and had to get up early in the morning anyway.... and even though he was just getting revved up in the evening, by about 10 pm I was zoni... Read more

  • I DONT like the new format!

    8/28/2015 7:25:14 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Am struggling to find my way around this new format...frustrating!... Read more

  • Miniscule Progress is Still Progress

    8/27/2015 9:20:34 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Woke up late after getting to bed late last night.... BUT I ate my usual breakfast, even though it was almost time for my usual lunch (I DID mention that I had gotten to bed super late, didn't I?) And then when it became time to eat lunch late I fixed a smoothie from yogurt and fruit,... Read more

  • What Happened to Our Start Page???

    8/26/2015 10:49:46 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Something has happened to our Start Page! And I had just gotten SO comfortable with it, too! It doesn't look the same, and some things have disappeared altogether! Many things are still there, but I can't find my Review Goals graphic for anything! Is Sparkpeople trying to illustrate a... Read more

  • Beck Chapter Four

    8/26/2015 6:46:34 AM, by DESIREE671

    The first time I read Beck was when I'd been maintaining for only a short time. I was elated with my success. I'd reached my lowest weight since first gaining in my late thirties. I thought, "Maintenance is easy peasy. Most of this doesn't apply to me." And I didn't read it properly. This time aroun... Read more

  • It's hard to find balance

    8/26/2015 6:20:45 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Too much volunteering , driving Mum to necessary appointments, and now with the stress of this market slump. Today is another long, long day but tomorrow we have another dance lesson!... Read more

  • Catching Up

    8/26/2015 12:00:08 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Being gone to visit my mother left me a bunch of stuff that needed attention when I got back home again.... But reading so many sparkblogs has left me newly encouraged about my eating and exercising and positive lifestyle changes, and all that good stuff.... My grocery trip today was a long ... Read more

  • Uh-0h! I've tripped up! (Beck Ch. 3 No. 6)

    8/25/2015 8:44:45 AM, by DESIREE671

    Summer vacations when I do a lot of computer work are always danger spots for me. That was when I took my stepups in weight. This is the first vacation I've had to do a lot of computer work since I've been on maintenance, so maybe it's not a coincidence that I tipped over my maintenance range this w... Read more

  • Baby Smiles

    8/25/2015 12:55:47 AM, by MCJULIEO

    My brother's 2 month old granddaughter had to have surgery on her skull last Friday, and it went so well that I got to see her at home today... And she was a darling! I've never seen such a smiley baby! Not one so young! There's just Something about a baby's smile! It makes you feel so wo... Read more

  • Starting Christmas gift making...

    8/24/2015 2:14:08 PM, by KTAADN_GIRL

    I have a lot to do between now and Christmas. I'm still home a lot, only working when DH is at kidney dialysis. For the kids in the family I'm making tied fleece blankets. Each blanket will have one and a half yards of fleece. My dad and M. I. L. Will get a blanket with 2 yards. I'm also trying to s... Read more

  • Beck and your resistance muscle

    8/24/2015 10:03:12 AM, by DESIREE671

    Just joining this challenge is already focussing me on preventing upward creep, and after several days above my scream weight, I'm poised to go below it. Yesterday I did nothing different except cut sweet things that I would have eaten otherwise. I got really hungry late at night, and couldn't sleep... Read more

  • Great ride yesterday, first since surgery!

    8/24/2015 6:15:39 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    We got on our tandem and road 25 miles on the Swamp Rabbit Trail. It was pretty busy with walkers, amblers, cyclists, so my husband has to shout out loud and often, "on your left" as we approach. It was my first ride since surgery two weeks ago and felt great. Weather was perfect, overcast with a ... Read more

  • Wellness is a priority

    8/23/2015 11:11:46 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am making time for all facets of wellness. I exercise each day. I am sticking with my food program. I communicate and go out with friends. I am taking my meds. Spending time with my husband and cat are foremost. I feel blessed. Yes, I have stress of moving and building a new community. ... Read more

  • 24 questions to focus on when I tend to overeat. From Judith S. Beck.

    8/23/2015 8:46:49 PM, by CTUPTON

    Note: I saw this in a spark friend's blog. I found it very useful. My own responses are shown. All the Beck books are about Cognitive Behavior Therapy's approach to being successful in following whatever program you have chosen to use for weight loss (or maintenance). Beck Blue, officially titl... Read more

  • 50s Party

    8/23/2015 6:31:02 PM, by MCJULIEO

    My mother's apartment complex is for Senior Citizens, but though their years are many (Mom is almost 94), they still think young. Last night they had a Fifties Sock Hop, with music from the 50s, food from the 50s, an Elvis impersonator, hula hoops, and a lot of fun. Volunteers from a local Big ... Read more

  • Finished the Beck assignment for today..........

    8/23/2015 6:32:40 AM, by DESIREE671

    ........ which was reading the introduction. I recognized many traps I've been falling into: Page 21 "You felt upset and thought that eating would make you feel better. You were too tired to cook, so you opted for - not fast food but ordered food. You were too polite to turn down the d... Read more

  • Glad I Went

    8/22/2015 4:21:48 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Yesterday afternoon Winston Churchill's great grandson, Jonathan Sandys, spoke here at my mother's senior housing complex, and we sat on the second row. An excellent speaker, he kept our attention as he regaled us with story after story of his great grandfather's life, and gave us a teaser from... Read more

  • Getting ready for the Beck refresher

    8/22/2015 8:21:02 AM, by DESIREE671

    This refresher has come at just the right time. I've maintained for fifteen months with a target weight of 66.5 kilos, but for the first time, I'm hitting 3% above, this week. That would be enough to knock me out of a maintenance challenge if I was on one right now, so I really I have to get seriou... Read more

  • Boy do I feel out of shape!

    8/21/2015 4:56:43 PM, by KAREN608

    Even though I am moving a lot more, when I walked to the Family Dollar this afternoon, I felt rather icky. I had food, water and ibuprofen. But I do seem to have a sinus/inner ear problem making me a tad dizzy. It did make me feel a bit blah being at my lowest weight in two decades, yet not a... Read more

  • salmon and "blistered pears" yum taste combination

    8/21/2015 4:09:29 PM, by CTUPTON

    The whole meal was a few things over arugula and a light vinaigrette dressing. But I have salmon and the "blistered" pears left for my dinner. the taste together is great. I liked the original meal, too. First "blister" 1/2 ear of corn on a frying pan--cut off the kernels for the sala... Read more

  • Rainy Day

    8/21/2015 11:57:50 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Houston is wet today, and so all the things that I wanted to do are not as appealing to my mother as they were. We ARE planning on hearing Winston Churchill's great grandson speak here this afternoon, but in the meantime, we have a rainy day to enjoy... READING! ... Read more

  • Pouring Down Rain

    8/20/2015 10:08:35 PM, by MCJULIEO

    The skies opened up on me, but possibly not on my house, which needs rain badly... Well, not necessarily the house but the yard.... Typical summer in Texas, hot and dry. I left home near San Antonio and headed for Houston and had rain the WHOLE way there, much of it really HARD, and I was surel... Read more

  • Keeping promises to myself

    8/20/2015 7:21:56 AM, by DESIREE671

    I read on the Internet that you need to keep promises to yourself so you can trust yourself. This kind of rang true, but it's one of those ideas where you treat yourself as two people. Slightly weird, I thought. Anyway, I felt I needed to try it out. In the first half of last year, caregiving w... Read more

  • Library, Sweet Library

    8/19/2015 5:44:46 PM, by MCJULIEO

    It is so good to have the local library accessible again..... Libraries are a little bit like Book Stores, only a lot cheaper! ... Read more

  • Not moving for another whole year! I am not happy about this!

    8/19/2015 10:22:01 AM, by CTUPTON

    Our daughter has to be in CT twice a month for another whole year. If she does not live with us, she has no place to go. This is a very hard decision for me. Unless her situation changes drastically, she will be living with us. Prayers are definitely welcome! chris... Read more

  • Why do I still Spark?

    8/19/2015 6:40:11 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    I have been maintaining for over a year, my sign on points are consistently 2 or 3, so why do I go to Spark first thing every morning before the paper? For me it's having a group of friends, like good neighbors, and I want to see how they have been doing and they cheer me on. My food intake is don... Read more

  • Being Useful

    8/19/2015 12:44:01 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Well, guess what! One of the side effects of the library having been closed is that all the books and other materials that had been checked out for the almost three weeks were all due on Monday!!! And MOST people brought their materials in, and it totally absorbed several staff members to check... Read more

  • Volunteering at school starts tomorrow...and I'm dreading it!

    8/18/2015 7:17:58 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Today is my last day off. Tomorrow is the start of the school year for me, late because of the surgery just two weeks ago. Tomorrow I start driving 40 minutes into the next city, volunteer all day at the school in the classroom next to Mum's, then I drive her home, spend an hour with her, then driv... Read more

  • Friends are the Best!

    8/17/2015 10:53:02 PM, by MCJULIEO

    One of my dearest friends came for a visit over the weekend, and we had a great time... she went back home today, but I feel that it won't be long before we get together again... Then, this afternoon, my Local friends got together for another Craft Play Day, which we've had a rough time arrangi... Read more

  • 3-2-1... Open, Open, Open!

    8/17/2015 12:47:04 AM, by MCJULIEO

    The public library reopens tomorrow after a very rough 2 weeks for us bibliophiles... I can hardly wait! ... Read more

  • Almost there!

    8/16/2015 11:41:44 PM, by SBECKER526

    I will have a new beginning soon. I have numerous chores to finish. I need to contact the cable company and pay off my la-z boy rocker-recliner. I have the closets and cupboards almost done. The drawers of the chests and storage cabinets are super packed. I studied the online menus of the d... Read more

  • A busy week!

    8/16/2015 7:23:57 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Every day is booked full this week with dance lessons, volunteering at school, and seeing the doctor for clearance. I have been taking metamucil every morning to help with this constipation after having my gallbladder out. It's not from pain meds since I stopped those the second day, I'm just not ... Read more

  • Getting used to having our grown daughter and her cat living with us...

    8/15/2015 10:07:34 PM, by CTUPTON

    It is not so much having her live here--I like the company and I like getting to know her better. It is the long recovery she has ahead of her. Prayers are welcomed. He male cat thankfully and our male cat seem to be getting along. Each is finding spots in the condo to call their own. Dau... Read more

  • Pleasant, Though Short Lived, Surprise

    8/15/2015 10:21:04 AM, by MCJULIEO

    I woke up this morning to rain dripping from the roof. Actually it wasn't RAINING, but it HAD rained enough to wet the streets and drip from the eaves .... for a very short while.... not even enough to show in my rain gauge, less than half of a tenth of an inch... But I'm glad! It has been off... Read more

  • Those BONUS Spark Points Really Add Up!!!

    8/14/2015 12:54:26 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Once you get in the swing of Spark things, you discover just how many opportunities there are to earn extra spark points. For example, I manage to get extra spark points every day at the bottom of the Spark START page for my various Spark teams. Ever since they instituted the Start page, it's b... Read more

  • Seems I'm not producing enough bile!

    8/14/2015 6:57:20 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    I have been constipated since having my gallbladder out...never happened before. From what I have been reading my liver is not producing enough bile...any suggestions?... Read more

  • Takin' It Easy

    8/13/2015 10:37:11 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Summertime.... and the livin' is easy.... Or you ROAST! So I'm takin' it EASY!... Read more

  • He Acts Like a "Boogie"

    8/12/2015 8:44:03 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Went to the Children's Museum with a passle of grandchildren, and discovered that the youngest at 10 months has gotten a nickname..... his almost 3 year old brother calls him "Boogie".... None of the others respond to anything but their given names, but somehow THIS one is Boogie, as in "Let's ... Read more

  • We signed up for dance lessons!

    8/12/2015 7:49:42 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Groupon had a special on dance lessons...real the Fred Astaire studio on the other side of town. I have ALWAYS wanted to learn to dance...look graceful...and not just hang onto my beloved and pretend to know what we're doing when we cruise. We signed up and have had our first private less... Read more

  • Anniversary

    8/11/2015 2:20:41 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Today would have been my 43rd anniversary, my second one since my DH died from ALS. I miss him, but rejoice in his graduation to the golden streets and eternity with Christ...we were blessed to have 40 years together, and we continue to be blessed with the confidence that the Lord is in control... Read more

  • One day at a time

    8/10/2015 11:20:01 PM, by SBECKER526

    Snaggles got to the vet. I must have a care plan for the Highlands. I have the veternarian, my cat sitters, possible adopter and more. I am interviewing sitters. Whew! I am still packing. I find so much stuff. We want to give to charities whenever we can. My senior advisor, Liz Fry, is ... Read more

  • An Oldie But a Goodie

    8/10/2015 12:52:13 PM, by MCJULIEO

    In honor of the twelve hours I slept last night (I don't think I'm sick, I just felt compelled to go to bed early last night, and woke amazingly refreshed 11.5 hours later) My brother used to have this taped to the side of his first computer, back in the early 80s: The original: ACHTU... Read more

  • A friend posted this. Made in the USA! Very informative!

    8/10/2015 9:32:06 AM, by CTUPTON

    Made in the USA - Very Encouraging! READ ALL THE WAY TO THE BOTTOM! LOTS OF GOOD INFO HERE! Costco sells Goodyear wiper blades for almost half the price that you will pay elsewhere and they are made in the USA! Please read and do the following. Unfortunately our po... Read more

  • Good Advice

    8/9/2015 6:19:41 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I know! I know! I cannot resist offering unsolicited advice...... it's the Mom in me, I guess! ... Read more

  • M I A

    8/9/2015 4:31:09 PM, by KTAADN_GIRL

    Missing in action. It's more like just missing. NoT MUCH SP action. I feel like I'm in a parallel world. I'm here on this world, but, then again, I'm not. I know. Sounds weird. I cry a lot. I'm tuckered out. But DH has so much more to tend with, I don't complain. Which is why I cry a lot. lol. It's ... Read more

  • Mum had a fall

    8/9/2015 7:18:52 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    I called Mum today and she sounded down a bit. After pressing her a bit she admitted she had a bad fall this morning, out of bed onto the floor. Took her over an hour to crawl around the house before she got to the toilet to pull herself up. I asked her why she didn't press her life alert button ... Read more

  • Great Expectations- NOT!

    8/8/2015 12:04:33 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Well, this weekend marks the annual Back to School Tax Free Weekend for Texas, which really challenged my shopping impulse, but, virtuously I decided that I didn't need anything and that I would stay at home, enjoying reading, or sewing, or cleaning house (I just threw that last one in just to see i... Read more

  • Thank you all for your good wishes-- pray the family problems work out...

    8/8/2015 7:46:55 AM, by CTUPTON

    I need to greatly limit my time on SP. I love reading your posts, blogs, looking at your new sparkpages and your photos! Love to all, chris... Read more

  • From a wonderful spark friend!

    8/8/2015 7:43:59 AM, by CTUPTON

    A SPARK Garden For Spring In my garden, I would first plant five rows of peas: Planning, perseverance, politeness, participation and prayer. Next to them I would plant three rows of squash: Squash junk food, squash negativity, squash high calorie foods. Then, I would put in f... Read more

  • Almost better!

    8/8/2015 7:18:26 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    No epigastric pain at all, just some incision site pain especially when the cat walks on my tummy! Feeling so much better now. I have to force myself to eat but my appetite will return as time goes by.... Read more

  • Reality is Sometimes Way Overrated

    8/7/2015 12:14:21 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Seriously, August in Texas provokes a Hunker Down Mentality, so cuddling up in front of a box fan with a good book sounds better and better.... ... Read more

  • I Didn't Listen

    8/6/2015 1:02:53 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I know! I know! I COULD have done just THAT! But I didn't succumb to the temptation.... I got a mile and a quarter of lap swimming in this morning! And I have too much to do to sit down and indulge my favorite pasttime, but I'm looking forward to that perfect opportunity.... ... Read more