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  • New week

    2/20/2017 12:28:25 AM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Stressed days ahead with tons of paperwork enjoy your day hugs... Read more

  • What to do about brain fog. Hmm... food for thought

    2/19/2017 3:32:59 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.mindbodygreen.com/0-28772/
    heres-exactly-what-to-do-a
    bout-brain-fog-a-functiona
    l-medicine-expert-explains.html... Read more

  • Learning to use the Instapot (pressure cooker)

    2/19/2017 10:38:59 AM, by CTUPTON

    This is kind of scary. I first actually read the manual! It is recommended you do a test run with 3 liters of water in it. 248 Now, I want to cook brown rice. It takes so long when boiling it on the stove. Even in the Instapot pressure cooker it takes 22 min. pressure cooking... Read more

  • My addiction

    2/18/2017 1:03:19 PM, by GALRYGAL

    Ever since I had my son (11 YEARS AGO!), I have been trying to lose the weight. My goal right now is to get below 155lbs. I actually weighed between 125-135 when I became pregnant, but I can't seem to break the 155lb barrier. I was at high 150's but no lower. Since then I've managed to gain back the... Read more

  • Saturday

    2/17/2017 11:41:13 PM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Have a blessed day and enjoy life... Read more

  • Mark Hyman's food pyramid explained

    2/17/2017 6:54:34 PM, by CTUPTON

    The Pegan Diet Rules 1. Focus on the glycemic load of your diet. This can be done on a vegan or paleo diet, but is harder to do on a purely vegan diet. Focus on more protein and fats, such as nuts (but not peanuts), seeds (flax, chia, hemp, sesame, pumpkin), coconut, avocados, sardines, olive ... Read more

  • Food Pyramid per Mark Hyman

    2/17/2017 6:48:43 PM, by CTUPTON

    drhyman.com/blog/2016/02/26/ho
    w-our-government-made-us-f
    at-and-sick/#lightbox/1/ The link has much better graphics than I can put here.... Read more

  • Trail run season is officially open

    2/17/2017 6:26:10 PM, by TIKITAMI

    This morning I realized my meeting was not until Monday and seeing I was already dressed to run to it I decided to switch runners and check out how the trails were. I grabbed my new runners, so pretty, so new...so not ready for what is about to happen to them. I decided the thicker runner better,... Read more

  • Still Going Strong

    2/17/2017 1:48:43 PM, by LASARRE

    So far I have walked 8 miles today. Took me almost two hours. It was beautiful out so my daughter and I were able to walk along the parkway. I just have to find some walking shoes that support my heels. I always wear Fitflops as they are the only shoes that don't leave me with heel problems. I have... Read more

  • Goldilocks and the 3 choices

    2/16/2017 10:53:26 PM, by TIKITAMI

    Today I was upset by an event that I had no control over. I had a hard time letting it go and calming down. It was interesting to see how different family members tried to make me feel better. The biggest bear offered food. My husband wanted to pick up take out so that I didn't have to wo... Read more

  • To motivate myself to use the "Instant Pot" I just bought

    2/16/2017 3:54:56 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Frustrations-continuing saga

    2/16/2017 3:39:21 PM, by CTUPTON

    I FINALLY actually started filling out the forms for the NYS DMV! We moved here Oct. 8, 2016. The DMV stuff has been a source od anxiety for months. I was told to get NYS auto insurance if I did nothing else. Just in case police pulled me over for something. I did that much. Got the insurance c... Read more

  • A course in our new senior apartment complex: History of the Catholic Church

    2/16/2017 3:19:04 PM, by CTUPTON

    The teacher is a priest who is quite an interesting person! He tends to be abrasive, but people who get to know his experience with agent orange have great tolerance for his present personality. He is brilliant and taught church history in a boys school. Once he asked a question. I ans... Read more

  • Giving Up

    2/16/2017 12:17:49 PM, by CRESHA20

    I thought I might as well give up because I was so tired of starting and quitting over and over again. Of course I want instant results, but I recognize that is an unrealistic expectation. I am tired of shedding tears over my lack of weight loss results. I don't like reaching out for help because... Read more

  • I'm feeling really good

    2/15/2017 8:53:21 PM, by KERRILANDON

    104 I've been logging food again for about a month now. Joined a gym, got a Fitbit and have been truly motivated to reach my goals each day. It's starting to come back. I feel myself getting stronger. I can dare to dream that I may look decent again... Read more

  • Danger Signals!

    2/15/2017 9:32:37 AM, by GAILRUU

    I suspect is is the time of year and being confined to the house during cold and icy weather conditions, but I am really fighting the urge to overindulge in snack foods. I know that returning to my previous way of eating will result in gaining weight and that is not what I want to do! It took me 1... Read more

  • Some tips on connecting with the unconscious mind....

    2/14/2017 8:09:27 PM, by CTUPTON

    http://www.wikihow.com/Practic
    e-Subconscious-Mind-Power 2 Break out of your old habits. The unconscious mind works largely through recognized patterns and habits in your everyday life. It's what allows your brain to go into "autopilot" while you drive to work or walk to the subway. Sometimes... Read more

  • Time spent with cats is never wasted...

    2/14/2017 7:46:58 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Used a smart BMI calculator and Im almost a normal weight!!!!

    2/14/2017 3:36:08 PM, by SSMITH762

    Here's my current BMI, i know it's not a great way to measure health, so it's not something I think about, but I was in a mood to calculate it today any way. :). I can't believe that at this time last year I was very obese and now I'm almost a normal weight. It's unreal! Here's a link if you want... Read more

  • Sorry, not sorry, sorry

    2/14/2017 1:29:09 PM, by MRSSMITH622

    2/4/2017 I am fat. Not chubby or chunky but morbidly obese. I am closing in on 300 pounds. I need to pump the breaks. I need to lose some weight to be healthier. I need to really lose some weight because my last Disney trip the seat belt on the plane barely clipped. That would have been a nig... Read more

  • Decor idea I had not thought of before

    2/13/2017 9:58:54 PM, by CTUPTON

    It is a mural. Online there is actually a number of these to choose from. chris... Read more

  • Nighttime Tami makes plans for Morning Tami

    2/13/2017 12:07:30 PM, by TIKITAMI

    Last night I decided I wanted to go to an early morning bootcamp this morning, it starts at 6AM. I let my husband know I would drive him to work and then go straight to the gym. "Get me up at 4:30 so I can get ready." "Starbucks won't be open that early, you're aware of this right?" "No... Read more

  • When in doubt, create your own path

    2/12/2017 9:35:16 PM, by TIKITAMI

    After a snow storm, an ice storm, a power outage and tons of rain we finally are starting to dig out again. The ice storm was short lived and we were very fortunate to only lose our power for half a day. Thanks to the rain and back to normal temperatures the snow has melted enough ... Read more

  • Understanding what the friend feed is

    2/12/2017 7:18:46 PM, by ACTIVEGRANDMAP

    Today I got a strange comment on my activity feed. "Is that all you do is compliment yourself? Please remove me as friend" So she doesn't understand that spark generates the activity feed based on our activities. Trying not to be offended. What do you guys think? ... Read more

  • Low carb Eggs Benedict for breakfast

    2/12/2017 10:23:42 AM, by SSMITH762

    So yummy and easy to do. It's cauliflower toast topped with poached eggs and a hollandaise sauce. The cauliflower toast is a bag of frozen cauliflower thawed in the microwave and riced with a food processor. Then I squeezed out as much of the water as I could, then I added an egg and garlic salt... Read more

  • Hiking with siblings yesterday

    2/12/2017 10:11:49 AM, by SSMITH762

    It was a lot of fun taking advantage of the 80 degree day and sun yesterday. We had a picnic and then went on a short hike at a nearby Park. I really enjoyed it. Since I'm no longer roomies width my brother and his son, I find I miss them so it was nice visiting with them. Turns out they ar... Read more

  • from Mark Hyman--about good fats

    2/12/2017 9:25:33 AM, by CTUPTON

    10. Your body gives you signs whether or not you are getting enough quality fat. The higher-quality the fat, the better your body will function. That’s because the body uses the fat you eat to build cell walls. You have more than 10 trillion cells in your body, and every single one of them needs hig... Read more

  • NSV and Update So Excited!!!

    2/9/2017 11:10:57 AM, by LASARRE

    The epidural worked well. I goofed up last year when I didn't do the series. I only did one. If this keeps up, I will do one more instead of two more. I am definitely a ways from the time I will agree to neck surgery. I can endure 15 minutes of uncomfortable. On another note, I tried on my ridi... Read more

  • Feeling Better & Doing Better

    2/8/2017 7:59:13 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I have anxiety when I hear the news or political discussions around me. I am doing my best to not let it change my feelings and actions, but I am not always able to shake it off. I am glad we are doing the sleep challenge, because it's a good reason to call it a day and turn in earlier. Being well r... Read more

  • Good and Not So Good

    2/8/2017 11:31:06 AM, by LASARRE

    I am now down 23 lbs. So close to the 160's again. I have gotten in the habit of walking at least 2 hours a day and try for 15,000 steps. All my clothes are big and I can fit into petite clothes again. However, it seems every time I get in a rhythm with my exercise something goes cablooey. Tues... Read more

  • Walking in the snow

    2/7/2017 6:31:09 PM, by TIKITAMI

    We've been snowed in for a few days, breaking all sorts of records. Shoveling snow has become my new cardio workout! Opened the front door on Sunday to find this waiting for me. A wall of snow where my garden and view used to be. Eventually I found the sidewalk. And t... Read more

  • Notes from the UNIVERSE

    2/6/2017 3:25:36 PM, by CTUPTON

    CHRISTINE, you have a track record here, have you forgotten? Little... teensy... tiny... That's how all of your present issues, challenges, and so-called problems will one day soon appear. And then you'll wonder - one hot summer's eve as you're floating lazily across your swimming pool... Read more

  • The Solution

    2/6/2017 1:58:52 AM, by -SUGARKISSES-

    I noticed I have been very off track the past two weeks. So, I decided to really get to the bottom of this and catch myself now before my bad habits continue to escalate. A few weeks ago, I had a strong craving for something delicious. I cooked it and told myself I would eat it in moderation. ... Read more

  • Fitbit Happy Dance

    2/5/2017 2:46:52 PM, by I-CAN-DO-IT-2

    Hi. Yessss! I love the fitbit congratulatory dance! My husband must've thought I was crazy the first time. I was in the next room on my treadmill shrieking in delight "I did it!!! I did it!!! I did it!!! Oh this is sooo cool!!!" 244 521 594 213 344... Read more

  • Sandwich Generation

    2/4/2017 11:19:15 PM, by GAILRUU

    I think I am a little old at 74 to be in the sandwich generation but that is where I am finding myself. I am one of two sisters making sure our 94 year old step father is taken care of. I don't do the daily care, but I do pills, bills, and shopping for him and sometimes shoveling the sidewalk. My... Read more

  • Wow Maybe It's a Record or the First Time I Noticed?

    2/4/2017 11:13:16 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I have been Sparking since January 2008. I never prioritized daily logins, but with a smart phone and a long string of days already, I kept it going. Maybe this is the most consecutive days I have logged in? Today we went to a huge Mesa, AZ flea market, did a big RV clean inside and out, ... Read more

  • I am drowning --again

    2/4/2017 3:56:48 AM, by CTUPTON

    Things are happening way faster than I can handle: -2 new pharmacies for our meds-this has been nerve wracking to set up! One pharmacy says they can't do it because I am giving them the wrong insurance number-so why can 2 other pharmacies do this? Hubbies pharmacy had no problem and "my" pharm... Read more

  • Fitbit Flex 2

    2/3/2017 11:14:14 PM, by I-CAN-DO-IT-2

    Today is day 4. I'm having fun with it and moving so much more. Happy.... Read more

  • Naps & Pickleball

    2/3/2017 6:47:07 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Last night I was asleep before 7 PM. There are 6 of us friends home, and I cannot keep up with hubby and the friends, so I am glad we have our own places so I can keep my own schedule. I am focused on building strength and endurance. Each morning I think of goals for the day, including my Spar... Read more

  • Fall off the Wagon Day! & Happiness Fix

    2/2/2017 3:06:55 PM, by KALISWALKER

    The first Thursday in February "Fall off the Wagon Day," is the day when the uptick in visits to fast food joints meet the downturn in visits to the gym. I needed this poke today. I am having good days and not so good days. There are some days I feel great and other days I am fatigued and 'hungry!!!... Read more

  • Reality check, table of one

    2/2/2017 11:24:21 AM, by TIKITAMI

    I was excited about last weekend for a lot of reasons. Seeing my inlaws, the twins first road trip, Disneyland and Universal. The trip started very early as we packed the girls into their car seats. Kudos to my daughter for a well packed car, filled with healthy snacks for them, tons of ente... Read more

  • Peter Pan story and modern brain function theories!

    2/2/2017 9:30:44 AM, by CTUPTON

    On my FB came up a fascinating idea! That the writer of Peter Pan incorporated scientific ideas about brain theory into his stories! Here is one example from the Peter Pan story: Mapping the mind Consider the following episode at the very start of Peter and Wendy’s adventures: ... Read more

  • Self-care

    1/31/2017 12:54:38 PM, by CTUPTON

    I found this on FB --a team for people with TBIs. But it is appropriate for anyone, I thought. chris... Read more

  • A cartoon link on sparkpeople! I am just found this!

    1/31/2017 8:28:41 AM, by CTUPTON

    I looked up the personal sparkpage of a sparkpeople expert. It was under "sheenadee." That led me to funnies. www.sparkpeople.com/resource/f
    unnies-cartoon.asp?id=278 593 244 chris... Read more

  • Week 4 Results - Week 5 Goals

    1/31/2017 6:35:58 AM, by LOPEYP

    Week of 4 of the new me plan is done. I think I did okay this week. Still working on getting my calorie intake reigned in. I give myself a B-. 104 My Week 4 goals: Daily step goal of 10, 000 steps 4/7 Strength train 3x 2/3 Stay in calorie range at least three times. 4/7 Eat dinner o... Read more

  • Winter laziness plus food equals 15 lbs!

    1/31/2017 3:08:22 AM, by KAREN608

    Well I backslid into winter laziness, and eating plenty of everything and much more than I ever ought to have eaten. Winter of my discontent? The blues? Anyway, restarting, by doing walking, and drinking my water again. It could have been worse. I dreaded getting on the scale, but a b... Read more

  • Homemade bisquick but gluten free

    1/29/2017 6:28:49 PM, by CTUPTON

    Gluten-Free Bisquick Mix blessherheartyall.com/one-mi
    nute-gluten-free-bisquick-mix Course Baked Goods Cook Time 1 minute Total Time 1 minute Author J Trogstad Ingredients • 2 cups GF white rice flour • 1 1/4 cup GF coconut flour •... Read more

  • Thoughts about Occam's Razor

    1/27/2017 10:55:30 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • On the Road Again to AZ & Scale Down

    1/27/2017 10:09:18 AM, by KALISWALKER

    We've been in Palm Springs for 3 days staying at our usual RV resort. It's great see the same group of friends here each year. This year is different, we are now going to an RV resort in Mesa AZ We expect it to be a more active environment for us. I look forward to discovering new activities, walkin... Read more

  • Taking a Few Minutes

    1/26/2017 9:02:29 PM, by KALISWALKER

    We are in Palm Springs, CA. I was busy this morning then had a surprise visit from friends. It was great to chat, then walk the dog, and run errands. All was well till my temporary internet crashed AGAIN and the provider could not get it restarted. I was stressed! So I headed to McD's to use their w... Read more

  • A lounger for your cat(s) and they can use it as a place to scratch, too!

    1/25/2017 10:35:10 AM, by CTUPTON

    scratchlounge.com/pages/happy... Read more

  • Why am I so hungry

    1/24/2017 5:38:31 PM, by CHIQUENS

    I walked a half marathon this past weekend and then went to the gym this morning and I'm just really really hungry. No good reason, just hungry. Ugh.... Read more

  • What Happens When You Reach Your Goal Weight?

    1/24/2017 7:14:12 AM, by LOPEYP

    Another session with my wellness coach has prompted me to give some thought to her question. Throughout my sessions I constantly mention, well I need to lose weight, I want to lose weight, I have to lose weight. But what happens when I do? Well my obvious answer is……. A whole bunch of pant... Read more

  • Still being motivated

    1/22/2017 7:45:15 PM, by SANDYMISA

    I've been to the gym 23 days in a row and have been tracking the food I'm eating as well. Woo hoo!... Read more

  • Week 3 Results - Week 4 Goals

    1/22/2017 5:35:04 PM, by LOPEYP

    Week 3 of the new me plan is over and I give myself a C. I seem to be floating without structure My goals were: 1. Daily Step Goal of 12,000 steps. I hit my goal 4 out of 7 days. 2. Stay in calorie range at least three times. Epic fail, as they say. One day in range. Worse than last week.... Read more

  • Improvement happens when you get comfortable with being uncomfortable

    1/22/2017 3:37:21 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • More about building self esteem

    1/22/2017 2:53:19 PM, by CTUPTON

    "We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty." ~~Maya Angelou... Read more

  • 2 months progress

    1/22/2017 10:39:36 AM, by VANILLAMAMA

    I know this is a little late but I was sick this last week. Here is two month progress after my sleeve .... Read more

  • Let the trail runs begin!

    1/21/2017 10:23:04 PM, by TIKITAMI

    Well....sorta Today my husband wanted to come with me on a hike. I was pretty excited about this so I didn't bother pointing out to him that while the snow is gone from where we live it will still be on the trails. More fun as a surprise right? I did take him out to the lake where the trai... Read more

  • Commitment & Determination pay off!

    1/21/2017 8:37:34 PM, by MRSGIXXER

    The last 8 weeks of working out consistently have been great! I am done letting life's challenges interfere with how we want our life to look. In the past I would get so busy that I would always put my needs on the back burner. I love working out (mostly strength training) but have pushed it away ... Read more

  • my thoughts on building my own self esteem

    1/21/2017 11:41:52 AM, by CTUPTON

    Numbers 2,3,5,7,8,and 10 speak to me! 40 24 2. Say exactly what you mean. Well I tend to always spare the other person bad feelings often to the detriment of my own feelings. 3. I am definitely a people pleaser and it has not gotten me anywhere--well many people like ... Read more

  • Freeze ahead breakfast smoothies

    1/21/2017 9:18:12 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.buzzfeed.com/mercedessando
    val/these-breakfast-smooth
    ie-meal-prep-recipes-will-
    make-your-li In zip-lock bags freeze fruits and veggies. Stack in freezer. Use each morning with "milk" or yogurt. Whiz. Walla! A quick, delicious smoothie!... Read more