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  • SPRING

    3/29/2015 10:08:12 PM, by CTUPTON

    Enjoy! chris ... Read more

  • What to order at Panera Bread SP article

    3/29/2015 4:43:17 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.
    asp?post=food_on_the_run_p
    anera_bread I am quoting a bit of the article. There is lots of info in the actual article! "Panera has stepped up their nutritional game recently with their Power Menu, a selection of high-protein, low-carb entrees with some se... Read more

  • cheese storage bags and paper--on grommet

    3/28/2015 1:34:29 PM, by CTUPTON

    thegrommet.com/formaticum-chee
    se-storage-bags... Read more

  • tacos for lunch today

    3/28/2015 10:23:21 AM, by CTUPTON

    I will use broken up corn chips on a plate and spoon on the taco filling No recipe used but here is what I did: brown ground turkey brown the onions use a dry mix of spices for tacos, low sodium add fresh and canned tomatoes (low sodium) add canned corn add some water ... Read more

  • Buffalo-- I am planning to move us there in a few months. Hard to get the packing and other things d

    3/28/2015 10:12:57 AM, by CTUPTON

    Why there? family But I grew up in that area and it has many, many advantages. Please don't discourage me. Comment only if you have positives to say about Erie County, Buffalo, greater Buffalo, Clarence_NY, snow, lake effect, cloudy weather, etc. Chris... Read more

  • Diet friendly "Boston Cream Pie"

    3/28/2015 10:04:12 AM, by CTUPTON

    Recipe Boston Cream Pie Parfait Nutrition factsAmount per Serving Calories: 128 Protein: 2.5g Total Fat: 4.5g - Saturated Fat: 2.0g Cholesterol: 60mg Total Carbohydrate: 19.0g - Dietary Fiber: 1.5g - Total Sugar: 11.5g Sodium: 120mg This recipe transforms a ... Read more

  • Getting Naked-- a blog from IOWAGRAMMA

    3/28/2015 7:54:56 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pub
    lic_journal_individual.asp
    ?blog_id=5750626 I just loved this blog. Thank you for putting this into words. I suggest water exercising to everyone! I am like a preacher for this. Many people say they would not be seen in a bathing suit. And these are "thin" ... Read more

  • Don't store cheese wrapped in plastic says Chef Meg... who knew?

    3/27/2015 6:24:05 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.thekitchn.com/how-to-store
    -cheese-what-to-do-100285 This link gives more information.But. my cheese doesn't last long enough to matter. 24 chef Meg's food storage ideas. recipes.sparkpeople.com/videos
    .asp?video=Peek_Inside_a_H
    ealthy_Chef's_Fridge... Read more

  • Green Mac n' cheese

    3/26/2015 2:00:38 PM, by CTUPTON

    The recipe is on the following web page: heatherchristo.com/cooks/2012/
    11/04/green-macaroni-and-c
    heese/ Spinach makes it green. Sorry I am just getting around to St. Patrick's day!... Read more

  • Meditation--I don't do this regularly but I have done it from time to time.

    3/26/2015 1:43:01 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.huffingtonpost.com/rachael
    -yahne/mantras_b_6919316.h
    tml?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000030 Some of the studies indicated that meditating even 20 minutes per day for a few weeks was already enough to start experiencing the benefits. http://liveanddare.com/benef
    its-o... Read more

  • Who will be running for Pres. in 2016???????

    3/23/2015 4:56:09 PM, by CTUPTON

    I hate politics with a passion. I still believe we live in the best country ever. It always had controversy. Now is nothing new. Everyone thinks their period of time is worst. Somehow we have a pretty good life here in the US despite all the grumbling. Many countries have no sane way of getting new... Read more

  • Sitting Kills!!

    3/23/2015 4:04:11 PM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    And here I am, sitting on my arse all morning, moaning about my headache, reading email and suddenly I read this article from MindBodyGreen (one of my favorite sites of recent history): "Why exercise won't counteract the effects of sitting all day"!! http://www.mindbodygre
    en.com/0-17967/why-ex... Read more

  • Water got into my SPAT!

    3/23/2015 3:23:56 PM, by CTUPTON

    I replaced the battery. A little rubber ring fell out. I thought I put it back right. But after today's water class, the SP would not work. I opened it and now am drying it out. 46 chris... Read more

  • I did not realize moving our things near Buffalo would cost so much! But a friend ....had an idea fo

    3/23/2015 3:12:42 PM, by CTUPTON

    A friend volunteered her husband to drive a truck with our stuff from our condo to our new home near buffalo. 400 miles. His wife said he would find some fun to do there to make it a vacation for himself. he once did that and drove his friend's stuff to Alaska! I told her to ask him first. ... Read more

  • Your start page--there are at least 2 different formats you can see...

    3/22/2015 10:40:52 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have it so my tracker info shows up. Tracker Details is very motivating for me. I love the various graphs for the week or month, etc. And the fitness leader board and the minutes leader board give me something to challenge myself. I used to be around number 80 but lately I am around num... Read more

  • One more -- I could not resist showing this bunny bread food art!

    3/22/2015 7:58:40 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Food art. Fun to look at. too complicated to make. Enjoy!

    3/22/2015 7:50:36 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.kixcereal.com/kix-cereal-f
    ood-art-bumblebee-spring-s
    nack/ This has lovely art made from foods. Enjoy! www.wellinla.com/florent-tanet
    -food-art/2013/ this link has tons of images. Very complicated but unbelievable! www.google.com/sear... Read more

  • Do you notice what others eat?

    3/22/2015 7:30:13 PM, by CTUPTON

    We had family here last Saturday. I noticed the mother of the 6 month old baby fed the baby first before she took a plate of food. She put lasagna and salad on the plate and fed the baby the lasagna. OK. Then she asked her husband to watch the baby while she ate. She got herself lasagna but a much s... Read more

  • Label maker fun!

    3/22/2015 6:59:24 PM, by CTUPTON

    This was between $30 and $40 dollars. It is more than I wanted to spend. But I am thoroughly enjoying the machine. It comes with some white tape. I ordered clear tape with black lettering, too. There are colored tapes, too. I think the tapes are all 1/2 in. wide but you can print smaller an... Read more

  • Tulips made from plum tomatoes!

    3/21/2015 12:45:30 PM, by CTUPTON

    hearthungryblog.com/tag/food-a
    s-art/... Read more

  • Clever treats for spring

    3/21/2015 12:35:22 PM, by CTUPTON

    http://www.hungryhappenings.
    com/2011/04/fun-idea-for-e
    aster-brunch-carrot.html Pillsbury dough and food coloring makes the carrot for filling. Potato salad is the filling with I think it is dill sprigs. Note: this is way , way too complicated for me! It is a cute idea though. ... Read more

  • The 2 Questions To Ask Yourself If You're Trying To Lose Weight (article)

    3/21/2015 11:07:27 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    I just read an interesting article and it is exactly the kind of thing I have struggled with in identifying "goals". SparkPeople is big on making goals, SMART GOALS - Specific Measureable Attainable Realistic Timely etc and I have never been able to clearly visualize anything beyond the nebulous "w... Read more

  • Peeps in a vacuum chamber. Some things I do miss about teaching science!

    3/20/2015 9:09:07 PM, by CTUPTON

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?
    v=fxLY1SGXV_E If you want some fun, search peeps images online. You will be amazed at all the different kinds there are now! Eating them? Well-- NOT. But they are fun. Peeps are also made in bunny shapes. There is a "Peeps Show" --I g... Read more

  • 100 Reasons to Exercise-NOW!

    3/20/2015 2:16:10 PM, by CTUPTON

    "stolen " from a good sparkfriend. Thanks, IAMAGEMLOVER! And, it is an SP article by Nicole. 100 Reasons to Exercise Now 1. Because it makes you feel confident 2. Because it helps you get stronger 3. Because exercise helps combat depression 4. Because you'll feel proud of your... Read more

  • General the Huskaroo

    3/20/2015 9:33:54 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    Some of you up in Fairbanks/ North Pole at or near the military base might have read about my cousin who ended up being the new Forever Home for General the Huskaroo. General was a runt of a litter and his parents and other family are/were participants in the Itenarod (sp? long races with teams of h... Read more

  • A blog I read today ...

    3/17/2015 10:17:24 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    I finally figured out how to at least start a blog from phone today, from inside the SparkPeople mobile app. It seems to be disabled going through the Safari browser. Not sure why. So I read this blog today: The Surprisingly Simple, Enjoyable Way to Make Weight Loss Stick I've no ide... Read more

  • Bronze fitness award--first since shoulder replacement surgery Dec. 2, 2014.

    3/15/2015 4:22:10 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am happy about the bronze medal this past week. I love the water aerobics, water zumba, and water kick boxing classes. Doing anything on land is discouraging for me. Too many aches and pains. chris... Read more

  • Handwriting... wow I hit a nerve!

    3/15/2015 12:42:11 PM, by CTUPTON

    We had to choose a "mini course " to teach one year. I wanted to do handwriting. It was turned down. It was for high school students. They really needed it. The powers that be thought it was irrelevant. I can remember how proud I was to learn cursive. Thank you all for commenting and even teac... Read more

  • The movie "LUCY." Have you seen this movie? What do you think?

    3/15/2015 10:39:00 AM, by CTUPTON

    272 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucy_(20
    14_film) I have not seen this but it was recommended to me. chris... Read more

  • Reserch about the importance of handwriting !

    3/15/2015 10:05:28 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.nytimes.com/2014/06/03/sci
    ence/whats-lost-as-handwri
    ting-fades.html?_r=1 So why is it only taught in the very early grades in the Common Core? chris ... Read more

  • Truvia is not stevia! I just found this out. So use stevia and not Truvia.

    3/11/2015 12:30:03 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.livestrong.com/article/366
    165-truvia-vs-stevia/ So truvia is almost all a sugar alcohol. It advertises itself as stevia! I just looked it up because a book on inflammation said to use stevia and specifically said not Truvia. I feel hoodwinked --yet again by food manufactu... Read more

  • SP article: Nine Ways to get More Out of Your Day-boy do I need this!

    3/9/2015 7:57:55 PM, by CTUPTON

    12 www.sparkpeople.com/resource
    /motivation_articles.asp?i
    d=149 I will read it again and pick something I can actually do.... I will add to this blog.... 224 Here is the very best one for me! On my spark page I have a goal to just have more fun. I am either work... Read more

  • I am back, after a very, very long break.

    3/9/2015 8:22:12 AM, by GREASE31

    I am back, after a very, very long break, which seeems to, have lasted forever, & @ times, has felt like, it!!!! !!!! !!!!. Recently i have, bin admitted to, Grantham Hospital i, initially went in, there with 2, badly swollen legs, caused by cellulitis, & i also, had an ongoing, chest infectio... Read more

  • Graphs you might actually enjoy. Very clever from Mental Floss.

    3/7/2015 10:20:52 AM, by CTUPTON

    mentalfloss.com/article/56939/
    13-graphs-laughs... Read more

  • I really will clean the house today!

    3/7/2015 9:56:49 AM, by CTUPTON

    Great idea--but I need to clean first so I can "freshen." I do want one of these! Someone else took this photo--but it could be my house, too. I already changed both litter boxes and loaded the dishwasher! I am so pr... Read more

  • Readers' Digest

    3/7/2015 9:52:07 AM, by CTUPTON

    Hubby and I joke about me waking him up to quote Readers' Digest. Now I can tell him I found it online, too! www.rd.com/jokes/cartoons... Read more

  • What does your appetite monster look like?

    3/6/2015 9:41:38 AM, by CTUPTON

    38 38 38 38 38 38 38 38 38... Read more

  • A very cute but deadly appetite monster

    3/6/2015 9:38:46 AM, by CTUPTON

    thebookwormbaby.blogspot.com/2
    015/02/the-tragic-tale-of-
    dwayne-eating-monster.html... Read more

  • Tame the appetite monster!

    3/6/2015 9:37:52 AM, by CTUPTON

    By planning ahead and following a few simple tips, you are setting yourself up for success. Healthy Lifestyle Tip: 10 Ways to Outwit Your Appetite Follow these ingenious tips to keep your appetite under wraps: 1.Feed it protein for breakfast. You'll be less hungry later ... Read more

  • When a hippo hits a snake

    3/5/2015 3:51:54 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    I've gotten out to do some running. The first day was like "omg 20 minutes? and I'm dying?" the 2nd day was like "booyah, yeah I'm getting into this" but the third day... ah yes, ssssssee those threes? I have this trail behind my house. I avoid it like crazy even though it is THE pl... Read more

  • 2015: March Goals

    3/3/2015 8:51:25 PM, by PURPLESPARCK

    Okie dokie ..... March has arrived and I am glad that the brutal weather of February is behind us. Here's hoping that March is WAY better. Although I don't think it will be tonight or tomorrow as we are expecting snow changing to rain into tomorrow. :-( Bleech March goals and plans now: I ... Read more

  • On my start page. STEP TWO. My other goals.

    3/3/2015 8:47:20 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am trying to develop habits that later I won't even think about. Track More Goals I love using this to reinforce my healthy behaviors. If I change to actually do these things, I know I can keep off any weight I lose. Most are YES/NO goals . Only the first one uses a scale of 1... Read more

  • Worst of my flu fever is past but still not well

    3/2/2015 9:04:34 AM, by CTUPTON

    I have had enough! 225 I want fresh air and get rid of these germs. Someone told me to get meds at the doctor. They always say it is a virus and we have nothing for you, just stuff to reduce symptoms. But I guess there are several antiviral drugs now. I am not used to asking for t... Read more

  • half price now--SPAT-Spark Activity Tracker

    3/2/2015 8:53:56 AM, by CTUPTON

    543 I have mine on my shoes always and on my water shoes in the pool. It records automatically onto the computer when I walk by. Nice to know it is half price right now. 528 20 Chris... Read more