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  • 8 - Strategize

    6/21/2018 11:26:42 AM, by KALISWALKER

    List your 3 reasons/excuses on why your lifestyle (diets and exercise) plans have not been well executed in the past. Write a strategy for each one to keep yourself on track for 8 weeks. Let's learn from our past behaviors and make this our best Challenge ever! 1) inconsistent - I lose focus a... Read more

  • 7 Triggers & Red Light Foods

    6/20/2018 6:10:57 PM, by KALISWALKER

    List Trigger situations and foods (red light) that trigger your over consumption of calories. My triggers are – 1) It's late and I am watching TV alone... guilty secret I am watching my 600 Pound Life. For some reason I am not in bed sleeping - need to unwind (destress), bored, uncomfort... Read more

  • Cold Summertime Soups

    6/20/2018 1:24:53 PM, by SUSANNAH31

    Summertime soups are cool and refreshing in the hot summer months. They can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator, ready whenever you want them. Gazpacho is my favorite, of course, and it is simple to make in a blender or food processor.<... Read more

  • DIY Niacinamide Spray for Crepey Skln

    6/19/2018 1:44:22 PM, by MZZCHIEF

    HI my lovely Sparkers! Today's share is a DIY Niacinamide Spray I make and use, that has been helpful in reducing the dun dun dun...dread Crepe Skin of Menopause. Niacinamide is the active form of Niacin. They are both considered to be B3, a water soluble vitamin. But why put it directly... Read more

  • 6 - Motivation & 100 More DWL Day 2 I’ll Start Tomorrow

    6/19/2018 12:31:03 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Sometimes I still think of myself as that skinny teenager, and forget I am an over weight adult with low impulse control around food. It's a struggle but worth the effort to turn it around. For some of us it takes longer. Note I cannot say I am a 'responsible' adult because you can't have that and '... Read more

  • Blah!

    6/19/2018 6:13:07 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Heat got to me last evening ……… isn't even officially summer and it was a miserable night! Thankfully there won't be a repeat! Have a meeting this morning - hopefully it should go well - crossing fingers! Enjoy your Tuesday! ... Read more

  • 100 More DWL - Day 1 - Others Have Done It

    6/19/2018 12:50:28 AM, by KALISWALKER

    100 More Days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangel - Day 1 - Others Have Done It I am so happy to have her new book. I LOVED 100 Days of Weight Loss and did it twice, one day at a time. Now I have the new book and look forward to more motivation and weight loss ideas. There are times I have fel... Read more

  • Make your own MulberryTea!

    6/18/2018 5:36:06 PM, by MZZCHIEF

    If you're a heavy tea drinker like me, you may have some concerns regarding use of illegal pesticides, its lead content, or with getting too much caffeine or fluoride, not to mention the cost. I sure was. What I did in response, was to create my own blend, with herbs that add their own special... Read more

  • I am Making the Rest of My Life the Best of My Life - Summer 5% Challenge Assignments

    6/18/2018 11:43:37 AM, by KALISWALKER

    Nutrition Tracking Menu Planning – aim for 15 vegan meals per week Breakfast Freggies/Fiber Sleep aim for 8 hours Summer 5% Challenge Assignments - Exercise, Diet, Schedule I had surgery earlier this year and need to focus on being all that I can be. I fight every day to ... Read more

  • Not too shabby......

    6/18/2018 5:59:55 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Event went well though I did get a mild sunburn (better round up that sunscreen that I know I have around the house for next time)……...the worst part about Saturday was adjusting to my change in usual routines...…..all good for the most part...… Quiet Saturday - went out for a Father's Day meal... Read more

  • Chigger Bite Relief

    6/17/2018 4:07:46 PM, by MZZCHIEF

    If you have ever lived in the South and hiked in Summer, picnic-ed in meadow, walked thru high grasses, watched fireworks from a pasture.... chances are you are very familiar with Chiggers. If you're not... may you never make their acquaintance. This... lemongrass oil... is the best... Read more

  • Tea time!

    6/15/2018 12:21:02 PM, by MZZCHIEF

    Here's my daily tea. Its a mix of 7 organic herbs with different medicinal properties and gunpowder green tea, that I either grow or buy online, combine myself. But you can use any tea that you enjoy to make this. The cup I use is a Spode Grande cup, that holds roughly 2 cups of t... Read more

  • Hectic Saturday coming up......

    6/15/2018 6:19:49 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Actually had to drop some activities to focus on more pressing ones - some weeks are feast, and others......well, not so much...… At least the weather is shaping up to be *gorgeous*! Enjoy your Friday! 213... Read more

  • What is this animal?

    6/13/2018 12:23:39 PM, by CTUPTON

    I just saw this while sitting on our balcony. I don't' know what the animal is. Do you? I think we had these on Cape Cod near our vacation trailer. He (she?) sure likes eating daisies! chris... Read more

  • A slight derailment.......

    6/13/2018 6:15:24 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    …..but not without a "good side" - after several years of not being able to do so, I gave blood yesterday, which meant the usual post-donation "appetizers" - not being a fan of pretzels I did go for the Oreos and a small chocolate bar...…...but I'm good to go today as I didn't feel triggered in any ... Read more

  • Delicious and unusual Jackfruit

    6/12/2018 3:18:36 PM, by MZZCHIEF

    Good day, lovely Sparkers! So the QOTD is: What looks like a hedgehog and tastes sweet and fruity? See photo's below! Jackfruit wedge: Edible kernels Pod, kernels, seeds (also edible when cooked) Jackfruit doesn't have any magical qualities, but its a tast... Read more

  • Interesting observation........

    6/12/2018 6:01:43 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Tried a piece of cake yesterday - the kind that would regularly trip me up (chocolate, ya know)……...and I did NOT find it all that fantastic! Somehow my tastebuds weren't all that impressed...……..I have significantly cut back on those kind of things for only a week now, but I was still surprised to ... Read more

  • Step it up?

    6/11/2018 3:15:57 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Sounds like a good idea, doesn't it? And yet it's sooooooo challenging for many of us...……..for me, it seems that momentum grinds to a halt fairly quickly during my many journeys, for varying reasons - very frustrating since, if it was one consistent reason it would be much easier to deal with in te... Read more

  • Great website for recipes and food ideas

    6/10/2018 3:28:26 PM, by MZZCHIEF

    If you're running out of healthy ideas of what to make, you've just got to visit Downshilftology! The site has hundreds of recipes using fresh whole foods... with photos. They are sorted to fit a wide range of parameters to fit any eating style imaginable. Catagory (type of me... Read more

  • Berry Good ChopnDrop Breakfast Bowl, 6/9/18

    6/9/2018 3:01:35 PM, by MZZCHIEF

    Good Saturday, Sparkers! Today's quick Breakfast share... super fast and easy... NO COOKING! Sprout's organic tofu, cinnamon, vanilla, red and black organic grapes, almonds, strawberries. Yum! Take care of you... : ) Mzzchief... Read more

  • Relief and gratitude.......

    6/9/2018 9:20:18 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Major event went well - though my practical side didn't think there would be a problem, the emotional side wasn't quite so sure, so the sense of relief is pulpable - and my overall good work on cutting back on sweets was "icing on the cake", so to speak... 211 Sooooooo - today is a chili... Read more

  • Glidecycle -to walk or run carrying only half your weight

    6/9/2018 9:14:39 AM, by CTUPTON This came up on my FB page this morning. They also make a treadmill attachment for rehab or exercising.... Read more

  • Status re: sweets

    6/8/2018 5:44:45 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Had a few small cookies last night (leftovers from earlier in the week) - but there's nothing left in the house as of now that can tempt me, and I have been spot-on successful in avoiding the ongoing temptation at the office...… significant plans that involve issues with sweets, and I'm feeling ... Read more

  • Vegan Crack, aka Nooch, aka Nutritional Yeast

    6/7/2018 1:33:34 PM, by MZZCHIEF

    Good Morning lovely Sparkers! Wanted to share this delicious golden staple with all of you today. Its a whole foods source of B vitamins as well Beta Glucan, Beta glucan has been shown to have favorable effects on the immune system... you may have been eating it all along, bc i... Read more

  • Low Fat, Low Calorie, Gluten Free 'Tostadas'

    6/6/2018 4:11:56 PM, by MZZCHIEF

    Greeting my lovely Sparkers! Check out these Horneadas... Tostadas' low fat hermana! I've been enjoying these almost daily as a side to beans and lentils ever since I saw them at Walmart a year or so ago. They're made by Mission, but there's others out there selling them, just check ... Read more

  • Anti-inflammatory Turmeric Tea

    6/5/2018 2:26:27 PM, by MZZCHIEF

    This is a tasty anti-inflammatory hot drink that you can enjoy anytime. But its especially beneficial if you have a tooth ache, herpes simplex 1 outbreak (cold sores), or canker sores... it can knock the pain back to acceptable levels by reducing inflammation and speeding recovery. ... Read more

  • Message from an old friend

    6/5/2018 10:15:13 AM, by SUSANNAH31

    I received a message on Face Book the other day from the son of an old friend. "Please give me your phone number, I have something to tell you about Mom, and I don't want to write it here." Mary used to live in our neighborhood, but she and her family had returned to her hometown in the midwe... Read more

  • Countdown 5-4-3-2-1- GO!

    6/5/2018 9:29:35 AM, by CTUPTON

    Don't want to get up in the morning? Countdown 5-4-3-2-1- GO! You're up! You did not let the feeling of dread get in your way! Magic/?I hope so. So says the following article. It is worth a try. It is supposed to work for any time you know you should do something but hold back and have ... Read more

  • Semi-NSV......

    6/5/2018 3:27:06 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Had one slice of meringue pie last night, but DID successfully avoid the morning temptation that's been dogging me for some time now...….so I guess there was that "semi-NSV" thing going there...… Now - I have a dilemma...…..I took advantage of an opportunity that I hope I don't regret ….. free ... Read more

  • Again?

    6/4/2018 3:44:25 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Yep! Again! This time I'm focusing on this aggravating devil "sweet tooth" that has been dogging me for some time now - there are things that I can start work on almost *immediately*, and I am redoing the Sweet Tooth Challenge - without the *journaling* part though...…..don't know why but for s... Read more

  • Whole Food Plant Based Eating (savory meals)

    6/3/2018 3:23:27 PM, by MZZCHIEF

    For those of you unfamiliar with my journey you may want to check out one of the previous 2 blogs. There's also a breakfast photo on the last blog (WFPB redux).. Here's a typical lunch or dinner. What you are looking at here, is mukimame (edamame, ie soy, out of the shell), arugula, noo... Read more

  • Whole Food Plant Based Eating Redux

    6/3/2018 2:36:54 PM, by MZZCHIEF

    Hi Sparkers! I've been on this WFPB journey for since October 2016. I'd like to share my experiences here in the hope of helping others. I'll begin by saying that I've had thyroid disease since 2007. And that I've always been a bit of a "health nut" eating well and exercising, despite wh... Read more

  • summer salad for a crowd

    6/3/2018 1:19:06 PM, by CTUPTON

    Add veggies to 1 lb cooked thin spaghetti! Serves: 10-12 Ingredients •1 pound thin spaghetti, broken into 1 inch pieces •1 pint cherry tomatoes, chopped in half •2 medium zucchini, diced •1 large cucumber, diced •1 medium green bell pepper, diced •1 red bell pepper,... Read more

  • Whole Food Plant Based Eating

    6/2/2018 5:42:52 PM, by MZZCHIEF

    Hi Sparkers! Wanted to draw attention to this wonderful way of eating! My persistent post-menopausal high cholesterol, angina and stubborn weight gain, was no match for WFBP eating.. its given me a new lease on life. WFPB, aka Whole Food Plant Based eating, with its emphasis on whole fresh... Read more

  • Blah :(

    6/2/2018 7:48:06 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Since certain decisions were made by others, things have not been comfy @ home - need to figure how best to endure (weekends are the *worst*)………..soooooooo glad that at least *this year* I actually *can* attend a company event now that I'm a bonafide employee - having to leave and go gawd-knows-wher... Read more

  • 5% Challenge Happy Dance! Thank you Spark People!

    5/31/2018 2:35:32 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I am doing the Happy Dance this morning. I weigh 219.4. I have left the 220's hopefully for the last time. When a slip becomes a slide the weight piles on and seems impossible to get it off. It is hard to build the momentum to get the scale moving in the right direction, so I am very happy. I have l... Read more

  • E's Story

    5/31/2018 1:54:27 PM, by TRESSWANN

    I first saw E when I was in 9th grade. In those days, we still had junior high school. Her junior high was part of the high school I would attend the following year. There was a program to bring children from that school to ours for a sort of orientation. E had this very distinctive face; what t... Read more

  • Woo Hoo Treadmill Time

    5/31/2018 1:54:18 AM, by KALISWALKER

    Maybe I can change things up to make my treadmill time more interesting. I need a little Uptown Funk! If you don't believe me just ask. Well at least I can sing the song. Summer 5% Challenge This is your invitation! Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose w... Read more

  • Woo-hoo!

    5/30/2018 6:11:21 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Finally did my normal floorwork routine - with NO discomfort at all …… no dizziness/lightheadedness - I'm *pleased as punch*! 104... Read more

  • Tuesday... Last Weigh In Coming Up...

    5/30/2018 12:36:32 AM, by KALISWALKER

    The last weigh in of the Spring 5% Challenge is Saturday. I have lost some weight, but not as much as I like... however I am still working hard. I want to show the best loss I can. I am already looking forward to the next challenge. I expect I will have more energy and focus and will hit the ground ... Read more

  • Broken stationary exercise machine! Darn.

    5/28/2018 11:08:41 PM, by CTUPTON

    I was moving things around in my storage unit. Somehow the glass area that shows all the graphs of the workout is broken. Either the freezing winter broke it or something was dropped on it during our move from CT to Buffalo, NY. I am sure it will be big bucks to fix it. chris... Read more

  • Hamburger Lentil Vegetable Soup (almost vegan!)

    5/28/2018 10:22:40 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Hamburger Lentil Vegetable Soup (almost vegan!) Makes 22 cups - before ADDing extra broth when serving ½ pound of browned and drained extra lean ground beef (11 oz raw) 1 large onion 3 medium carrots 3 celery stalks 7 cups of water 1 c green beans 1 c frozen okra 4 cups shre... Read more

  • Realizations and Gardens

    5/28/2018 9:27:35 PM, by TRESSWANN

    I am struggling with the disability designation. I knew it was coming. I know on all kinds of levels I need it. However, this means I need to come up with Plan B. So much of the last two and a half years have been spent looking for work, sorting out health insurance, taxes and legal bits. Now,... Read more

  • "PLOT TWIST"! *blink blink blink*

    5/28/2018 5:42:41 PM, by WOLFKITTY

    I appreciate the support from my last blog. It's been exactly a month since I had deadly thoughts. In that time, the company that acquired mine eliminated my position and laid off the accounting manager and me. I have signed an agreement and can't speak of it any more. I've had a difficult cou... Read more

  • Monday - still chill (so far)

    5/28/2018 7:41:02 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    DD requested to "bond" - not sure how best to do so as she likes to go out to eat and I'm not feelin' the need to go out...…..and I also have one significant household chore that I'd like to do today (and I *am* "feelin' that" since I was completely successful with the last major task yesterday, whi... Read more

  • OK A Little Over Due - But Here's a Start

    5/27/2018 10:58:56 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I am glad I have all week to blog an update where and I am and where I am going. It's been a testing time, yet a very... searching for the ONE right word... (trying - no), (difficult - no) time as I recovery from my mastectomy. In time that right word will pop up or maybe there is not a word for it.... Read more

  • Comfortable Sunday

    5/27/2018 7:28:40 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Rain came in as forecast - made for much better sleeping :) - the low-key weekend continues, which is fine......... Read more

  • Heads Up - Summer 5% Challenge Invitation

    5/26/2018 8:10:34 PM, by KALISWALKER

    This is your invitation! Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the 2018 Summer 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifestyle ... Read more

  • Holiday weekend

    5/26/2018 3:16:57 PM, by RASPBERRY56

    Nice mix of work and pleasure - got a semi-extended workout in (still no floor work, but maybe in a day or two I'll try again)……….a bit on the hot side but the forecast is calling for a cooldown.. 101... Read more

  • video to drain Eustacian tube fluid

    5/26/2018 11:29:42 AM, by CTUPTON
    Yvcrk... Read more

  • "Tracking other goals" on my opening spark page. Try to find this please.

    5/26/2018 10:33:09 AM, by CTUPTON

    248 In comments, please look at the TRACKING OTHER GOALS and let me know if you use that tactic. I have been daily using that tactic ever since SP added it. On your opening page of SP. It should be on the right in bright blue letters. Not easy to see I am sorry to say! 198 Just one sentence in ... Read more

  • Why can't people just THINK before they SPEAK?

    5/25/2018 5:59:26 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Have had to deal with a lot of "verbal garbage" being spewed lately - and I'm NOT HAVIN' ANY OF IT! NOT. ONE. BIT! 234... Read more

  • FRUIT!

    5/24/2018 5:55:40 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Family member bought a LOT of *fruit* yesterday - figures since for some unknown reason I'm not getting a lot of fruit in the ol' diet...…...hope it gets used up fairly quickly as I'd really hate to see the stuff spoil! 198... Read more