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  • walk away

    6/15/2019 6:48:48 PM, by USMAWIFE

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  • Reduce depression--go outside--just 5 min. : )

    6/15/2019 12:51:29 PM, by CTUPTON

    In 2007, a research team from the University of Essex in the U.K. showed that even 5 minutes outside in a natural setting reduced symptoms of depression in 71% of the study participants. I have no source for this but I do believe it. chris... Read more

  • how to be a happier you

    6/14/2019 10:46:27 PM, by USMAWIFE

    The happiest people in the world constantly and consistently evaluate and improve themselves, while the most unhappy people in this world constantly focus on evaluating and judging others. Beginning today, set positive intentions with a relentless focus on becoming a better YOU.... Read more

  • Busy Worker Bee

    6/14/2019 9:35:23 AM, by SUGIRL06

    Woah its been like a month and a half since I last blogged! That's crazy! I started some blogs since then but kept getting busy and not finishing them :( Well, let's update. 312 My knee hurts. I haven't been running. My hip started hurting after the Mud Hen 8K back in April. This eventu... Read more

  • being positive

    6/13/2019 11:10:14 PM, by USMAWIFE

    being positive doesn’t mean you don’t face moments of negativity and doubt. Being positive is consistently and continuously rising above challenges, believing in yourself even when it’s hard to, and releasing/letting go of any pain. It’s about moving forward and getting better.... Read more

  • The newest pizza

    6/13/2019 5:20:08 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • The vetrinarian diet

    6/13/2019 5:17:48 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • keep believing

    6/13/2019 4:23:59 AM, by USMAWIFE

    keep telling yourself that things are going to work out even when you don’t know how. The positive attitude and optimism will start to change everything that’s happening in your life. Keep having hope and keep believing that things will get better.... Read more

  • say it out loud

    6/12/2019 6:21:45 AM, by SHINEFROMWITHIN

    I made another blog entry about this concept before, but I find myself using it often, every day. I have begun to say my excuses out loud to myself. Sounds a little weird, right? But I have found it to be incredibly helpful. I don’t feel like going to the gym today because it’s raining outside... Read more

  • medicare telemarketers

    6/12/2019 4:52:26 AM, by USMAWIFE

    honestly, these folks are annoying... Read more

  • Fitbit

    6/11/2019 9:01:04 PM, by JMBOX1

    I purchased a FitBit Charge 3 last week and starting using it on Saturday. It uses a calorie in/out method and when connected to SP will adjust the daily amount of calories accordingly. Yesterday (Monday), my recommended starting calories were 1,298 - 1,648. As the day progressed and my activity inc... Read more

  • Alexis Resindez is in a better place.

    6/11/2019 7:59:37 PM, by RSDWARRIOR

    Alexis was my sister's step daughter. Her husband's sweet girl from a previous marriage. My sister is a nurse and immediately took on that role for Alexis when they got full custody of her. She treated her as one of her own. Driving her to Miami for Dr's appts. She had sickle cell. When she was very... Read more

  • slowly but surely

    6/11/2019 6:46:43 AM, by SHINEFROMWITHIN

    Change doesn’t happen overnight. Heck, it doesn’t happen in a week. It takes time, commitment, dedication, and consistency. I have been listening to podcasts, making adjustments to my schedule and working on my mindset. I’ve been meditating before bed with the Headspace app, and following body pos... Read more

  • i am a seenager

    6/11/2019 4:07:03 AM, by USMAWIFE

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  • been a long time

    6/10/2019 11:21:34 PM, by RKOTTEK

    since my last blog a friend brought the following video to my attention. plenty of claims are made in the video i will research potentially buying it on ebay or from iherb, if not to expensive. my friend bought the oil rather than capsules. my main interest would be with any joint pain ... Read more

  • We've Come A Long Way!

    6/10/2019 8:08:15 PM, by LOSEDAPOUNDS

    When I was helping my mother sort through things in the home where they have lived for over 40 years, I found an old diet book from the 70s written by a female doctor. I couldn't resist reading it and then throwing it in the trash because this garbage should not be recycled! The author's adv... Read more

  • here’s the hard truth

    6/10/2019 6:33:07 PM, by SHINEFROMWITHIN

    Jessica, You are the person that you are right now because of the decisions you’ve made in the past. Your current situation is a direct reflection of your past decisions. Let that sink in for a second. No judgement. You cannot change it. Remove the disappointment. Push away any guilt. Do not b... Read more

  • rain....

    6/10/2019 3:08:28 AM, by USMAWIFE

    so much rain. Enough... Read more

  • What I Want To Accomplish

    6/9/2019 9:12:25 PM, by RSDWARRIOR

    I would like to establish a routine that will help me feel better about my health and environment. Chronic pain and fatigue makes it difficult to work full time, keep a clean house, keep yard looking nice, feed myself properly, and get a decent amount of exercise. I think yard work counts as exercis... Read more

  • Don't eat chicken sandwiches

    6/8/2019 3:33:39 PM, by USMAWIFE

    Don't eat chicken sandwiches, no matter what ! ! A little boy and a little girl attended the same school and became friends..Every day they would sit together to eat their lunch. They discovered that they both brought chicken sandwiches every day! This went on all through the fourth an... Read more

  • Wendy's salads-has anyone tried these?

    6/8/2019 1:46:33 PM, by CTUPTON

    https://menu.wendys.com/en_US/
    category/freshmade-salads/... Read more

  • Panty - Expiration

    6/7/2019 6:54:26 PM, by JMBOX1

    I was searching for some nori to make miso soup. Digging throuh a shelf I found items with various past expiration dates. The oldest being 2013. Did not find the nori but did gain some shelf space. The miso did turn out very tasty though.... Read more

  • keep repeating to yourself

    6/7/2019 11:40:43 AM, by USMAWIFE

    Keep telling yourself that things are going to work out even when you don’t know how. The positive attitude and optimism will start to change everything that’s happening in your life. Keep having hope and keep believing that things will get better.... Read more

  • blessing for june

    6/6/2019 7:51:34 PM, by USMAWIFE

    June is going to be a big month for you. I hope you experience the breakthrough you’ve been waiting for. May you receive healing energy, unexpected blessings, overflow of love, financial freedom, and spiritual insight. May all that your heart desires manifest for you.... Read more

  • Fresh Fennel Cucumber Salsa

    6/6/2019 6:33:53 PM, by JMBOX1

    Found this Fennel Cucumber Salsa recipe and made it over to suit my tastes. Added diced baby bell peppers and omitted the pickled banana peppers and onions. https://www.allrecipes.com/rec
    ipe/203552/fennel-cucumber
    -salsa/... Read more

  • Beware of Brookies and Never Give up!

    6/6/2019 6:25:25 PM, by LOSEDAPOUNDS

    The title is about me, but it also applies to my computer today. My dying computer once again surprised with me some signs of life, so figure I'd get a new post in. I may disappear at some point for the time between when this computer truly goes kaput and we get a new computer. I had a bout ... Read more

  • First Week of Summer Vacation

    6/6/2019 3:26:56 PM, by BONNIEMCC488

    With my niece coming last weekend, coming back for this weekend, and spending much of her time with us until June 15th due to various events and babysitting I need, I am not getting a lot of alone time. Having to literally ask for my alone time is challenging. Saturday we went to see A Dog's Jo... Read more

  • People aren't interested if ...

    6/6/2019 2:52:48 PM, by CTUPTON

    How to stop conversation quickest: Someone says ," Have you lost weight?" Yes, a few pounds. How did you do that? How long did it take? By eating more vegetables and cutting down on concentrated carb... Read more

  • Getting it together

    6/6/2019 10:57:35 AM, by WYTRIX

    Today is the last day of school for my kids and they are so excited, except the expectations they have to do daily before they can do anything for the day. They have a list of chores and activities, like reading, before they are allowed to play on their phones, game systems, play outside, etc. They ... Read more

  • ultrasounds to help with certain medical conditions

    6/6/2019 3:41:19 AM, by USMAWIFE

    wouldn't it be great if these were the treatments of the future http://www.webmd.com/brain/new
    s/20190529/breaking-the-ul
    trasound-barrier-to-fight-
    disease?ecd=wnl_nal_060519
    &ctr=wnl-nal-060519_nsl-Le
    adModule_cta&mb=uOxOEWeM%2
    fCvw3DwmEJoEkeHnVev1imbCmNJOW8GsVgs%3d... Read more

  • Cocoa Via research link

    6/5/2019 3:27:45 PM, by CTUPTON

    https://www.cocoavia.com/see-t
    he-science/publications Well their research is available. That's a start. Long ago I asked for research data on a DIFFERENT health product. They had me running in circles but no research ever turned up. I'll see w3hat I can find.chris... Read more

  • so, what’s your excuse

    6/5/2019 12:27:04 PM, by SHINEFROMWITHIN

    Oh man....I am so guilty of coming up with excuses...I mean, REASONS why I can’t or shouldn’t do something. Notice I called them reasons instead of excuses? Because my “rational” brain tries to trick me into thinking this way. But, in my case they are straight up excuses. Which led me to think a... Read more

  • real love

    6/4/2019 3:28:56 PM, by USMAWIFE

    Real love is based on Respect, Compromise, Care and Trust. Real love is not based on romance,Candle light dinner and walks along the beach.In fact, it is based on Respect, Compromise, Care and Trust. - Unknown. Never leave a true relation for few faults… Nobody is perfect. N... Read more

  • COCOA VIA

    6/4/2019 10:46:37 AM, by CTUPTON

    I used to buy this product. I have enough stocked up. It is hard to believe it can improve my health. They say: 💡20+ years of scientific research 📊150+ scientific papers published 🔬30+ clinical studies I guess I will do some more research about it. chris... Read more

  • love yourself

    6/4/2019 4:07:28 AM, by USMAWIFE

    Loving yourself will heal you. You are perfect no matter what your past was or what you’re currently experiencing. You can’t be broken. You are whole, complete, and divine. Let it all go. Feel light in your heart and mind. Claim your peace. It’s a new day to celebrate yourself.... Read more

  • pennies add up

    6/3/2019 6:06:22 PM, by SHINEFROMWITHIN

    Imagine you at working out. It’s nothing crazy. Maybe just a 15 minute walk. But, it’s something. Maybe, worth a penny. Imagine crushing a workout. A sweaty Zumba class, a 5k, or hitting a PR with weights. Maybe you would say that’s worth a quarter. If you add it all up at the end of the week, e... Read more

  • Calling computer gurus!

    6/3/2019 1:56:26 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am trying to print this picture. But always the bottom 1 inch or so does not print. I never had this happen before. Thanks for any ideas you have, chris ... Read more

  • walking proven to improve mood

    6/3/2019 11:17:52 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • words that work both ways

    6/3/2019 4:13:32 AM, by USMAWIFE

    When I die, don't come to my grave to tell me how much you love me and how much you miss me, because those are the words I want to hear while I'm still alive. Everything has seasons, and we have to be able to recognize when something's time has passed and be able to move into the next season. E... Read more

  • lemons and life

    6/1/2019 10:52:25 PM, by USMAWIFE

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  • A NEW FAMILY MEMBER!

    6/1/2019 7:41:09 PM, by SMIDGON

    I don't recall if I mentioned that DGD 2 had to have BOSSie their Boxer put down with an inheritedillness. A short time before they adopted CHEROKEE, an Husky. May I present to you Miss Cherokee Handy. BLESSINGS... Read more

  • prayers for Virginia Beach

    6/1/2019 1:04:11 AM, by USMAWIFE

    There are no words on how I pray for these weapons to be banned A friend on my facebook knitting group was there. These were people she worked with on a daily basis. Nothing is that bad you have to do this 458... Read more

  • check your life patterns

    5/30/2019 10:58:32 PM, by USMAWIFE

    If you pay attention to the patterns of your life you’ll realize everything always works out. Everything always takes you to a greater destination. You always grow and the things you think you can’t survive you somehow divinely make it through. That’s life. Always remember that.... Read more

  • Crazy Eventful Week & Now It's Summer Break

    5/30/2019 10:10:30 PM, by BONNIEMCC488

    Sunday was super busy: church, lunch, nap, church, and potluck dinner after church at someone's house. Monday, I worked on a blog post for a client and then we had tornado warnings. We had two back to back. Thankfully my town was fine. Tuesday was Field Day at the boys' school. I got a rid... Read more

  • THE HURT GOES ON AND ON!

    5/30/2019 6:16:03 PM, by SMIDGON

    Will it ever end? The latest count is 14 confirmed tornadoes in the area. Some EF4 in residential areas! Unbelievable! 170mile an hour from winds! Some 500 homes in one village destroyed. All this Monday. They just kept popping up! Slight chance of storms tonite. If you get a chance... Read more

  • The Gremlins Dancing and Fighting in my Head

    5/30/2019 5:58:57 PM, by LOSEDAPOUNDS

    Maybe I really am going mad-first a pretend world and now I have crazed gremlins in my head. One screams, "Let's get this show on the road with weightloss. More exercise! Move it Lady! Shake it! Kick it! More veggies! Less carbs! Keep counting those weight watchers points missy!" All I can think is... Read more

  • what a diet really is

    5/30/2019 4:57:08 AM, by USMAWIFE

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  • validation

    5/29/2019 8:56:52 PM, by SHINEFROMWITHIN

    val·i·da·tion /ˌvaləˈdāSH(ə)n/ noun •the action of checking or proving the validity or accuracy of something •the action of making or declaring something legally or officially acceptable •recognition or affirmation that a person or their feelings or opinions are valid or worthwhile I had a major ... Read more

  • believe

    5/29/2019 4:08:25 AM, by USMAWIFE

    Believe in it until it manifests for you . Don't overthink how it will happen . Don’t worry about when it will happen. Just believe in it. Believe in yourself. Allow it . Let it flow in.... Read more

  • My Pretend World is Fun!

    5/28/2019 9:08:35 PM, by LOSEDAPOUNDS

    I went through a whole pretend scenario in my head to take a break from stressors and I really enjoyed the escape. In my pretend world for today I am let's say "Shirley" and I have a charmed and easy life with a wonderful husband and kids (the family part is real thank goodness!), loving and support... Read more

  • Update

    5/28/2019 6:29:47 PM, by SMIDGON

    Family all safe. P.T.L. THEY ARE ALL SCATTERED. Larry and I went for his appts.. First he saw his Cardiologist. See him again in 3mos. Then he had his M.R.I. for his stomach enzynes. The Cardologist was bleak to say the least. About his idea. LORD help us! Thanks for all o... Read more

  • TORNADOS

    5/28/2019 6:51:55 AM, by SMIDGON

    Luckly, we are south of it. Hardly any rain. DD who resides SW of us in Ind. She, and her Emma are fine. DD2 in Indy fine. Her oldest daughter in Miami Co. She hasn't heard from yet. (Ohio) Our eldest GD in Ind north of Richmond fine after the storm passed. We are to have more... Read more

  • pig, eighteen beers and a cow

    5/27/2019 9:09:30 PM, by USMAWIFE

    http://ms.thebl.com/97460/pig-
    steals-18-beers-from-campe
    rs-gets-drunk-starts-a-fig
    ht-with-cow-2.html... Read more

  • I get by with a little help from my (Spark) friends

    5/27/2019 7:48:00 PM, by LOSEDAPOUNDS

    I always liked that Beatles song and it is so fitting. Earlier, I had written and deleted a few ranting blogs about sandwich generation stress set off by a visit to see the parents yesterday (one of whom has progressing Alzheimers and the other is a burned-out caregiver-that's a whole long story tha... Read more

  • The battlefield cross

    5/26/2019 10:18:32 PM, by USMAWIFE

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  • your life in book form

    5/25/2019 10:58:38 PM, by USMAWIFE

    You're so hard on yourself. But remember, everybody has a chapter they don't read out loud. Take a moment. Sit back. Marvel at your life; at the mistakes that gave you wisdom, at the suffering that gave you strength. Despite everything, you still move forward, be proud of this... Read more

  • Peace and Rest :)

    5/25/2019 5:10:02 PM, by LOSEDAPOUNDS

    Today has been a gift. While I didn't spend it at the beach or at a pool celebration and we have no plans to BBQ, it was lovely and exactly what I needed. I woke up feeling like I got quality sleep. It may not have been 8 or even 7 hours, but it was deep sleep and then I went back to sleep and got i... Read more

  • will never stop trying

    5/25/2019 4:32:09 PM, by BECWAL

    here we go again... Read more

  • Rough Days

    5/25/2019 1:13:57 PM, by BONNIEMCC488

    This has been a hard week. Thursday night was super hard. Coming to my room to rest after my niece left (she was a great help this week), and not having my Katie cat meowing at me or coming to sit with me and Jasper on the bed was so hard. Yesterday, after the boys left for their mom's, I tried to l... Read more

  • SP advice : Do a hard task early in the day.....

    5/25/2019 5:24:45 AM, by CTUPTON

    As Mark Twain once said, "Eat a live frog every morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day." Start each morning by identifying your "frog"—whether it's finishing a presentation or making a difficult phone call—and conquer it before the rest of the day gobbles you up. ... Read more

  • each day, give yourself

    5/24/2019 11:13:06 PM, by USMAWIFE

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  • always remember

    5/23/2019 11:22:08 PM, by USMAWIFE

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  • Saying Goodbye to My Katie Cat Today

    5/23/2019 2:19:57 PM, by BONNIEMCC488

    My Katie cat is ready to go. I made a vet appointment for 5:20 (exactly 4 hours). That's the earliest they had. We got her when I was 14 years old. She chose me as her person. She turned 16 in March. She's had a long and good life, but it's obviously still heartbreaking. May truly sucks.... Read more

  • six months from now

    5/22/2019 9:58:35 PM, by USMAWIFE

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  • what makes you feel alive

    5/22/2019 7:36:31 PM, by SHINEFROMWITHIN

    What makes you feel alive? Is it laughing with friends during happy hour? Is it dancing? Is it a yoga class, after savasana when you feel tired and refreshed at once? Is it a delicious meal that tastes as yummy as it makes your tummy happy? Is it crushing a weight training sesh? Is it going for a ... Read more

  • Swiss cheese makes me sleepy! Huh!

    5/22/2019 1:43:48 PM, by CTUPTON

    "Several casomorphins, breakdown products from the milk protein casein, are opioid receptor agonists, and are found in cheese. In nature, these encourage the baby or calf to feed, and calm them. In our unnatural state of consuming milk after infancy, they're just a mild sedative with slight ad... Read more

  • It's all about Perspective!

    5/22/2019 12:10:55 PM, by LOSEDAPOUNDS

    Got a call from school that one of my kids got injured in PE. *Gasp, my poor baby & there goes work!* Been through this before, so I knew to schedule a pediatrician emergency appointment before I left. After pediatrician, we jetted off to the imaging center. I knew from experience which was closest ... Read more

  • hunches

    5/22/2019 4:00:51 AM, by USMAWIFE

    I have one person who believes in my hunches and works with me to prove them. two weeks ago one proved HUGE and it could affect a lot of others he works with Wednesday will be confirmation day on how big or small the next step from this hunch plays out... Read more

  • QUIET TUESDAY

    5/21/2019 3:17:35 PM, by SMIDGON

    I don't know about this P.T.. It seems as though I am feeling worse! I realize sometime it takes awhile. But, even from one session to the next it doesn't ease up! I get home from a treatment and I am down! As I recall, many years ago when I had treatments I had the same results! I thought ... Read more

  • Spring Time Is not what it should be!!

    5/21/2019 2:22:54 PM, by WYTRIX

    The draw back of living in Wyoming...... Our forecast shows snow all the way through Thursday night. Shoveling this stuff almost gave me a heart attack. I love winters, but I am so over it right now. We bought a travel trailer last year and we are so itching to go away for a weekend. With... Read more

  • not so eloquent

    5/21/2019 6:13:07 AM, by SHINEFROMWITHIN

    Oh this blog has been in my mind but I am struggling for the right words. I’ve typed and deleted almost 4 times. I know weight loss is hard, but WOW it’s much harder than it used to be for me. I used to be able to lose weight so quickly and now, I struggle. I’m going to focus on better choices. ... Read more

  • who else thinks this

    5/21/2019 3:37:41 AM, by USMAWIFE

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  • May Has Been Busy and Hard

    5/20/2019 2:19:01 PM, by BONNIEMCC488

    I have been continuing to do pretty well with food, water, and some with exercise. Last Wednesday, my niece and I went bowling. Since I don't drive, we walked. We ended up taking a detour both ways for various reasons. We ended up walking 7+ miles (ended the day with 21K steps total) and also bowlin... Read more

  • Foods to help and foods to avoid for depression.

    5/20/2019 10:06:23 AM, by CTUPTON

    https://nutritionkit.com/foods
    -for-depression/ Great graphics! I am not sure about the foods they list as bad for persons with depression. 303 Too much info for me to print here. chris... Read more

  • I hate being sick

    5/20/2019 6:14:20 AM, by SHINEFROMWITHIN

    Last week, I made plans with someone who didn’t treat me well and to get out of it I told her I had a cold and couldn’t see her. Two days later, I actually got sick. I sneezed at work on Wednesday and immediately knew I was in for trouble. I woke up Thursday with a fever, a migraine, a raw-sore ... Read more

  • self love

    5/19/2019 7:36:52 AM, by USMAWIFE

    Self-love will heal you, empower you, restore you, and open up new worlds within you and all around you . Self-love is the key to your mental, spiritual, and emotional health. Every aspect of your life thrives when you love who you are and accept yourself. It all begins with you.... Read more

  • its never to late

    5/18/2019 6:17:00 PM, by USMAWIFE

    At age 23, Tina Fey was working at a YMCA. At age 23, Oprah was fired from her first reporting job. At age 24, Stephen King was working as a janitor and living in a trailer. At age 27, Vincent Van Gogh failed as a missionary and decided to go to art school. At age 28, J.K. Rowling was a suic... Read more

  • Born to Run...Eat Plants and Visit Plants

    5/18/2019 5:00:44 PM, by LOSEDAPOUNDS

    Right there is my secret to happiness. You're welcome. Well the first part for me is more like born to run-walk, Zumba and do other exercise, but you get the idea. I am too lazy to cite studies, but research backs this up. Many years ago some studies found exercise as effective as antidepressa... Read more

  • lizards

    5/17/2019 12:13:57 PM, by USMAWIFE

    WARNING: go pee and don't have a mouth full of liquid when you read this 🤣😂 If you have raised kids (or been one), and gone through the pet syndrome, including toilet flush burials for dead goldfish, the story below will have you laughing out LOUD! Overview: I had to take my so... Read more