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  • A new beginning... again

    8/20/2014 9:41:43 PM, by PURPLESPARCK

    Out of the blue the other night while cleaning out my emails I decided to pop into SparkPeople to see what's new. I haven't been on it since last year, before all the changes. I had stepped away because I was in too much pain to actually do any exercises. I struggled with knee pain for over a year... Read more

  • Tea tree oil is helping bruises

    8/20/2014 7:46:29 AM, by CTUPTON

    I have been surprised how well tea tree oil (and icing) works for bruising . After the chiropractor does the Graston technique on tissue bumps around my knee and shoulder, often I am bruised. He has been putting something on my skin after the treatment. I got to thinking maybe that is tea tree ... Read more

  • Peacock Butterfly

    8/18/2014 7:26:35 PM, by KATBWIN

    Took pictures Saturday. I have not been working with my camera enough but it was great to get out to St. Marks Wildlife Refuge and take pictures. The seasons changes and different things become available for photographs.... Read more

  • Crazy Summer

    8/18/2014 12:38:07 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    So many deaths this summer - I'd think it was winter, but these are a little more sudden and abrupt. My girlfriend's son just died a month ago the 13th. This past Saturday my step-sister's youngest son and his wife and a group of others were in Great Bend, KS to scope out an honorary motorcycle run ... Read more

  • Fire Dept. Lobsterfest!

    8/17/2014 2:44:23 PM, by CTUPTON

    YUM! Fire Dept. Lobsterfest! In our "old" town and with the FD we both volunteered for. If I quit eating for the day--except for fruit and veggies--I will be OK. CHRIS... Read more

  • cont. Solution Centered Weight Loss by SP Coach Dean Anderson

    8/17/2014 11:19:24 AM, by CTUPTON

    Our problems each day often repeat. We can figure out solutions so they don't knock us off track. But we need to "head them off at the pass!" ... Read more

  • SP Coach Dean Anderson: Solution Centered Approach to Weight Loss

    8/17/2014 11:08:20 AM, by CTUPTON

    4. Predict your way to success. SP Coach Dean Anderson Bad habits are often the product of self-fulfilling prophecies. You expect yourself to experience a problem, and then you do—again and again. You can interrupt this cycle by ... Read more

  • Hope

    8/16/2014 7:00:29 AM, by CTUPTON

    "There are really only two ways, it seems to me, in which we can think about our existence here on Earth. We either agree with Macbeth that life is nothing more than a 'tale told by an idiot,' a purposeless emergence of life-forms including the clever, greedy, selfish, and unfortunate species that w... Read more

  • Pierre Teilhard de Chardin quote

    8/16/2014 6:52:32 AM, by CTUPTON

    “God is not remote from us. He is at the point of my pen, my (pick) shovel, my paint brush, my (sewing) needle - and my heart and thoughts.” ¯ Pierre Teilhard de... Read more

  • The Miracle Question about stopping emotional eating

    8/15/2014 7:06:04 AM, by CTUPTON

    from SP Coach Dean Anderson Solution-Focused Approach to Weight Loss Ask the Right Questions, Find the Right Answers 2. Activate your imagination with the Miracle Question. The Miracle Question is a great way to help yourself focus on solutions. Imagine that tonight while you’re slee... Read more

  • Another Day

    8/14/2014 9:32:10 PM, by KATBWIN

    Well I let all my errand running and reading, mostly reading, get in the way of exercise today and writing. But, I enjoyed the reading... Read more

  • It Only Counts How Many Times We Get Up

    8/13/2014 3:47:40 PM, by KATBWIN

    Well, I am back after an approximate two year absence. I haven't gained any weight since I left but, I have not lost any either. I could lose 30 pounds and my doctor and I would be happy. I would be back to my college days weight... Read more

  • A quote I like --from BLESSEDBEING

    8/10/2014 12:46:15 PM, by CTUPTON

    My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. ¯ Maya Angelou ... Read more

  • End of the puns....honest.

    8/10/2014 10:58:28 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Puns intended....

    8/10/2014 10:28:02 AM, by CTUPTON

    A relief map shows where the restrooms are. If you don't pay your exorcist you get repossessed. A hungry traveler stops at a monastery and is taken to the kitchens. A brother is frying chips. 'Are you the friar?' he asks. 'No. I'm the chip monk,' he replies John Deere's manure spreade... Read more

  • No pun intended....

    8/10/2014 10:23:16 AM, by CTUPTON

    Did you hear about the guy who got hit in the head with a can of soda? He was lucky it was a soft drink. Police were called to a daycare where a three-year-old was resisting a rest. There was once a cross-eyed teacher who couldn't control his pupils. I was going to buy a book on phobi... Read more

  • A few laughs (hopefully)

    8/10/2014 10:16:23 AM, by CTUPTON

    Is google a woman? Because it won't let you finish your sentence without coming up with other suggestions. What do you call a fake noodle? an IMPASTA! 2 antennas met on a roof and got married. The wedding was ok, but the reception was incredible. I'm going to buy some velcro fo... Read more

  • More thoughts on gardening...

    8/9/2014 8:48:27 PM, by CTUPTON

    "Oh, give it a rest!" A stray curmudgeon in a field of perennial optimists. ... Read more

  • Thoughts on gardening...

    8/9/2014 8:28:35 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • A laugh I got watching Criminal Minds. A Hotch quote.

    8/9/2014 11:28:22 AM, by CTUPTON

    I got a good laugh watching Criminal Minds the other day. Do you watch that? Hotch is always so serious. I think they are trying to lighten him up. A Native American man said a quote to him which sounded kind of Zen. Hotch answered, "You sound like a fortune cookie." Probably you had... Read more

  • Losing fat cells and toxin release

    8/9/2014 7:51:31 AM, by CTUPTON

    HUH? I am being told my nausea, diarrhea, illness was caused by my body releasing toxins from fat cells. I was so successful on my elimination/rotation eating plan that I got sick. HUH? chris... Read more

  • People are noticing...

    8/6/2014 8:18:34 AM, by CTUPTON

    People are noticing I look a bit thinner. This is really dangerous for me. It happens first in the face. I wish the hips would decrease first. Shucks. People want a magic answer for losing weight. Their eyes light up when I say it is 30 lbs. But they ask how did I do it and I say well it took ... Read more

  • Day 2(of 4) rotation eating plan for food sensitivities. Ideas for good combinations are welcomed.

    8/3/2014 1:51:58 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am not allergic to the foods they eliminated. The goal is t lessen food sensitivities by eating things only once in 4 days. Day 1 is described I think on July 26 blog. And see my food tracker for combinations I already have been using. Here is day 2 millet wild rice be... Read more

  • Day 4 (of 4) Rotation Eating Plan. Ideas for combinations are welcomed.

    8/3/2014 1:47:56 PM, by CTUPTON

    You can see what I have already combined on my food tracker. Some combinations I made were fine and some were not so great. I have food sensitivities, not allergies. I am trying to reduce inflammation in my body. chris amaranth buckwheat rice beets jalapeno peppers okra ... Read more

  • Day 3 (of 4) rotation eating plan. Ideas for combinations requested.

    8/3/2014 1:45:53 PM, by CTUPTON

    You can see what I have already combined on my food tracker. Some combinations I made were fine and some were not so great. I have food sensitivities, not allergies. I am trying to reduce inflammation in my body. chris corn quinoa sorghum acorn squash asparagus black bean... Read more

  • Starbucks Starbucks Starbucks!!!

    8/3/2014 1:00:07 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    In keeping with my veganized eating I had made a lunch. I LOVE me some hummus so it was smart wraps, with hummus and kale. It's one of my favorite go tos.......that I left at home. So I says "self....I'm not the in the mood for a local veggie taco so I guess a Starbucks veggi... Read more

  • Successes in my failures

    8/2/2014 11:53:58 AM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    Alrightie everyone! How'd your first go? Me? I guess it depends on how ya look at it. I went for a run. I went at 10 am so it was cooler as we are experiencing 100+ weather here in dead and brown California.... It was 88 degrees I did half my work out, but... Read more

  • Can We Say Yahoo Again!

    8/1/2014 2:16:32 PM, by COWARDLYLION59

    As you know to ramp what I have learned here and added 21 Day Fix to my program it has paid off so far after 5 days on it, 6 lbs! A killer in trying to get in the 30 minutes of work out everyday but the muscles are getting used to it again I feel strong! Coach in the video is a slave driver, lol She... Read more

  • Last one.... or go read more yourself......

    8/1/2014 8:21:17 AM, by CTUPTON

    A priest, a rabbi and a vicar walk into a bar. The barman says, ''Is this some kind of joke?'' That's all folks! Now go read a few yourself. I enjoyed this website. chris
    ld/589651657715055 ... Read more

  • Yet one more....

    8/1/2014 8:18:39 AM, by CTUPTON

    A woman has twins, and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in Egypt and is named 'Amal.' The other goes to a family in Spain, they name him Juan'. Years later; Juan sends a picture of himself to his mum. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wished she also ... Read more

  • Another one.....

    8/1/2014 8:17:13 AM, by CTUPTON

    Doc, I can't stop singing the 'Green Green Grass of Home'. He said: 'That sounds like Tom Jones syndrome'. 'Is it common?'I asked. 'It's not unusual' he replied.... Read more

  • Uh?

    8/1/2014 8:15:07 AM, by CTUPTON

    ''Dyslexic man walks into a bra''
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  • I've never stuck with any eating plan this long.

    7/31/2014 7:14:29 PM, by CTUPTON

    I still have about 400 calories to eat this evening. Not fun stuff but stuff that will fill me up and not lead to cravings. What is left is what I had planned for dinner today: chicken, cabbage, ginger, apple juice concentrate, basil. I already ate both snacks because they were way mor... Read more

  • August already?

    7/31/2014 12:49:15 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    I took this from another Sparkie. I love it. so today is my first real day off in awhile. The girls began their preseason which means they are marching in triple digits from 8-5 M-F. What troopers!! Hubs at work. Housegu... Read more

  • YAHOO 2

    7/30/2014 11:57:57 AM, by COWARDLYLION59

    Sorry I haven't been blogging the last week or so trying to get the act together here and move it more. Monday I started the 21 DAY FIX and wow tough but fair, I've wake up thinking what to do or eat, every meal is okay how to stick whatever in a cup used in measure? It's easy with a slice of bread ... Read more

  • I was curious if the solids from making almond milk were used in some way...

    7/29/2014 6:19:15 PM, by CTUPTON

    This is the answer I got from the Blue Diamond company. "We are unsure of what happens to he almond milk solids as this is proprietary information." I told them I was just curious and had no negative intent. Since almonds are so expensive, I jut wondered about this. chris ... Read more

  • SP trivia : How far does food travel to get to us?

    7/28/2014 1:31:57 PM, by CTUPTON

    Our existing system of food transportation and distribution requires enormous amounts of energy and resources. Before reaching your table, the average food item in the United States will travel 1,300 miles! This is one of many reasons that environmentalists and nutritionists alike ... Read more

  • Day 3 of Elimination/Rotation Diet Plan (based on food insensitivities)

    7/28/2014 1:18:44 PM, by CTUPTON

    Breakfast: almond breeze and apricots in a blender. Lunch: Kidney beans, corn, quinoa, cardamom (Tomatoes , rice, onions, not listed for today-darn) Dinner: Pork tenderloin, peas, canola oil, dill weed. (mint was yesterday--not today ) Snack: almonds and cocoa Snack: br... Read more

  • A very, very strange mixture for an evening snack. End of Day 2.

    7/27/2014 7:21:26 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am so tired of dealing with foods that for my evening snack, I took all the foods I had left (that I had planned for today) and threw them in one bowl. So my evening snack is a bowl of cauliflower, hazelnuts, blueberries, red lentils and paprika! I had planned to make two snacks form t... Read more

  • Well Day 2 is way harder than Day1 on my food sensitivity rotation diet.

    7/27/2014 2:57:43 PM, by CTUPTON

    At least I am only eating the things on my list. I am having an afternoon snack. Not what I would have picked for sure. I planned a snack of eggs (egg beaters) and zucchini. Not too appetizing . I had cooked spaghetti squash that I had not eaten yesterday. I sprayed a pan with pam, heated the spagh... Read more

  • Not a bad smoothie for breakfast.

    7/27/2014 9:07:46 AM, by CTUPTON

    With limited choices for what is scheduled for today's menus, here is the smoothie I came up with. No dairy and no almonds for today so the avocado had to serve to make it "creamy." 1 whole avocado broccoli apple juice mint leaves (which I now grow myself nutritional yeast (which ... Read more

  • More about why we can have cravings for dairy products. Comments are welcomed!

    7/27/2014 7:07:16 AM, by CTUPTON

    More quoting from the SP team Calling all Vegans and Vegetarians. These links were listed on that team. I am really trying to figure out this dairy thing. I had never heard of it before. chris NOTE: I did not write this . I am just quoting it. "I [not Chris] just gave up cheese three weeks... Read more

  • What an awful lunch

    7/26/2014 1:36:16 PM, by CTUPTON

    lima beans, codfish, flax seeds and cumin I won't do this again! I am not craving things. I guess that is a good sign. chris... Read more

  • In 2008(on SP) someone wrote this about giving up dairy. It is news to me!

    7/26/2014 12:13:32 PM, by CTUPTON

    NOTE: I did not write any of this! chris "There is an interesting section in the book "skinny bitch" about dairy which explains a lot about why you might be going through withdrawal. Apparently, along with containing traces of morphine, codeine and other opiates which are naturally ... Read more

  • Menus based on my food sensitivity testing--oh my!

    7/26/2014 11:54:04 AM, by CTUPTON

    I just made a green smoothie from kale, peppermint tea, and coconut. No dairy is listed on the 4 day rotation diet they gave me. I normally would use almond milk in the smoothey but almond are only on another day. From the foods listed for each of the 4 days , "normal' meals are... Read more

  • Tiring (for me) "fun" trips for my disabled husband

    7/25/2014 6:25:25 PM, by CTUPTON

    I really would like my husband to experience more than our 4 walls here in the condo. I am so involved just doing the required things I don't have energy left for taking him places. Senior centers and community living groups take vans of people to local events. My husband would never join a group l... Read more

  • A techy spoon to help people with hand tremors!

    7/25/2014 7:28:03 AM, by CTUPTON
    h-tremors-164492.htm is a website with wonderful tips for caregivers. Not all the answers are helpful, but the "helpful" answers are marked. And there are articles from experts and articles... Read more

  • My shoulder might have been less damaged if....

    7/24/2014 8:35:06 PM, by CTUPTON

    My shoulder might have been less damaged if....I had known enough to move it more. I had plenty of physical therapy. And I moved it as much as possible during all those water aerobic classes. Now I know moving it would have prevented odd bone build up which now severely limits how I can move th... Read more

  • Hope not!

    7/24/2014 12:09:21 PM, by COWARDLYLION59

    So far I feel okay and no flu! had breakfast and ready to shower to greet the day. Sis is quiet this morning, she got some medicine last nite to feel better. Hope it works for her, she has an allergy to most pain meds and what have you so illnesses is never easy on her. Will keep you good people up... Read more

  • Yuck what a nite!

    7/23/2014 11:25:50 PM, by COWARDLYLION59

    A quiet one I don't think so, my sister came home from her vacation at Missouri and is pretty sick. Asian flu! The doctors figured she caught it from some other guest at a show her and mom went to in Branson who might of sneezed or coughed in her way so poor kid she is miserable and off work the res... Read more

  • Hangman but for music terms--"Hangnote"

    7/23/2014 7:40:47 AM, by CTUPTON
    ang-note.php This is so much fun! chris... Read more

  • hemidemisemiquaver???????

    7/23/2014 7:37:28 AM, by CTUPTON

    Quotes: Their gaiety consisted of ruling staves and copying a borrowed duet filled with hemidemisemiquavers . -- Patrick O'Brian, Master and Commander , 1969 Anything could follow, a hemidemisemiquaver or a whole note; and the translator was charged with interpreting t... Read more

  • Wearable Computing Gloves for learning Braille

    7/22/2014 6:47:06 PM, by CTUPTON

    The device evolved from a technology-enhanced glove that teaches beginners how to play piano melodies in 45 minutes, created a few years ago at Georgia Tech.
    e-teachin... Read more

  • Exploding "Pyrex" cookware--BEWARE!

    7/22/2014 6:38:39 PM, by CTUPTON
    08/exploding-pyrex-cookware/ This makes me mad. Companies changed the composition of "Pyrex" and now we can't count on it like we did years ago. chris... Read more

  • Best peppermint tea!

    7/22/2014 2:36:48 PM, by CTUPTON

    Carington Peppermint tea. My daughter introduced me to this. Very full bodied and smooth! I had to order it online. I could not find it in the stores. It used to be ln there. I don't know what happened! chris... Read more