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  • The full video: Nationaal Park De Biesbosch by boat!

    10/20/2019 3:18:29 PM, by DESERT_WANDERER

    I've uploaded the full video of my boating trip today. If you've got ten minutes to spare, I encourage you to check it out! ... Read more

  • Running the race

    10/20/2019 1:32:07 AM, by DJ4HEALTH

    Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Hebrews 12:1... Read more

  • Laughs from wild animal photos

    10/19/2019 9:16:34 PM, by CTUPTON
    KHpgMYYA6g1aWBCdGZaWHORdKDo_kwjZ0 I am not sure thi... Read more

  • Fall 5% Challenge: Not a good weigh-in

    10/19/2019 11:49:07 AM, by CANYON_GAL

    Saturday means it's weigh-in day. I had the scales sitting in front of the bathroom door so I wouldn't forget. Well the numbers on the scales went in the wrong I sorta wish that I had forgotten. I had a few beers this week...obviously my body can't diet and drink beers at the sam... Read more

  • This picture makes me feel good

    10/17/2019 5:18:05 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have looked at hundreds of "images" for "pat on the back." Only this one actually makes me feel good. chris... Read more

  • Weight loss WON'T MAGICALLY change these things about YOU. DARN.

    10/17/2019 3:38:30 PM, by CTUPTON

    I (Chris) altered the SP article. But the info is the same. When I first lost weight--years and years ago--I was still unhappy and eventually gained the weight back. I am now pretty happy --but very overweight! 24 By SparkPeople Guest Blogger, Kirsten Nunez 2/14/2019 In a world of fad diets ... Read more

  • my chart ie grocery list

    10/17/2019 2:42:23 PM, by CTUPTON


  • Eureka! An easier make my grocery list.

    10/17/2019 2:19:28 PM, by CTUPTON

    I take hours usually to make a grocery list. -if I do it "right"-meaning plan meals and get the ingredients I need for the week. This takes too long and too much thinking and looking for recipes! So I don't usually get the right stuff to make the great recipes I found. 198 Problem: I never se... Read more

  • SP link Picture Perfect Portion Sizes

    10/17/2019 1:21:26 PM, by CTUPTON
    source/slideshow.asp?show=12 boy do I need to know portion sizes! I also found these graphics: ... Read more

  • I gotta keep going

    10/16/2019 2:34:03 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    I am thinking I might need this reminder for the rest of this week...well until my next official weigh-in on Saturday. Yes I survived our 14-hour power outage (yes it was longer then originally planned). BUT I will admit that I ate some things that I shouldn't...mainly a mini bag of che... Read more

  • Power Outage

    10/15/2019 6:46:05 AM, by CANYON_GAL

    For some dumb reason the Southern California Edison Company has decided to turn our power off today, so they can do maintenance. How many times in one season does an electric company really need to do maintenance? Well let's just say that I ain't looking forward to work today. I am up early t... Read more

  • 5% challenge: Goals for this Week

    10/14/2019 1:17:45 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    Gonna try to set little goals every week, so I don't freak myself out with just looking at a huge goal for the end. Usually huge goals look impossible with me telling myself..its to hard or that will take "forever" and will have me giving up before I get anywhere close to goal. 1. Clean o... Read more

  • Trip into town yesterday...for food

    10/13/2019 6:04:03 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    First time I have bought flour or sugar in years. But I needed it to make a pineapple upside down cake for somebody else on the 18th. But do you see all those lemons :) I can't resist adding mushrooms into a homemade veggie soup Haven't tried cilantro in years, but I got some to g... Read more

  • Today--October 12th in ND

    10/12/2019 6:08:09 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • you never thought of this before!

    10/12/2019 5:57:21 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • 2009 plane crashes into her house near Buffalo, NY --book by Karen Wielinski

    10/12/2019 5:41:06 PM, by CTUPTON

    This is a true story. Of course it is very tragic. About 50 people died, including the author's husband. Not easy reading by any means, but the places and people she mentions have meaning for me. I am grateful my family and friends were safe. Thank the Lord. One on the Ground: The Stor... Read more

  • Fall 5% Challenge: 2nd Offical Weigh-in

    10/12/2019 8:40:44 AM, by CANYON_GAL

    Well its seems that I got frustrated/ whiny yesterday for nothing. The official weigh-in for my challenge team is Saturday. So seeing as I was awake after midnight I weighed myself before falling asleep. I was pleasantly surprised with a number. I woke up a little after 5am, which is around the... Read more

  • Happy Thanksgiving --to our Canadian neighbors!

    10/11/2019 6:26:39 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • I Hate the Yo-Yo

    10/11/2019 5:27:09 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    Grandma had given me & my younger brothers all yo-yo's for Christmas when we were little kids. We had fun for awhile moving the hard piece of plastic up and down the string. But like alot of toys, the yo-yo became boring. I don't remember playing with it much after the next year. I think Dad h... Read more

  • Thursday's Breakfast Drink

    10/10/2019 1:04:05 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    I didn't add to much of the mixed fruit, but enough strawberries to give it a slight pinkish color. Mostly I tasted coconut from the milk. I love this almond/coconut milk combination. I have to remember to add it to my shopping list. So far this morning I am feeling better...still got ... Read more

  • A third trip. A National Park by boat!

    10/9/2019 6:12:15 PM, by DESERT_WANDERER

    I recently had a visit from my friend who lives in Slovenia. He's Dutch but doesn't return to The Netherlands very often, so when we're able to get together, we make sure to make the most of it! This time we went into a National Park which is a big river system with lots of islands, and I filmed... Read more

  • decluttering--still--and most likely forever!

    10/9/2019 5:22:07 PM, by CTUPTON

    I actually got some decluttering done. I had to push myself-still fatigued. But a plumber is supposed to show up. There is a leak from the upstairs tenant. The plumber is not here in my condo--I hope he (she?) is upstairs! I am happy the place looks better. I guess that is self-care. ... Read more

  • 5% Challenge: The Hardest Part

    10/8/2019 11:33:56 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    The people in this challenge are great, I love reading their spark pages. Sparkpeople is now the first website I check every morning. I like starting the day seeing how many team points that I can get. It's fun to search Google for a motivational quote to leave on the team page. But I can't seem t... Read more

  • Suggested meatless frozen meals --Gardein brand.

    10/8/2019 8:12:42 PM, by CTUPTON

    Gardein Meatless Products Gardein Gmo-Free Vegan Lightly Breaded Turk'y Cutlets, 12 Ounce (Pack of 8) ... Gardein The Ultimate Beefless Ground, 13.7 Ounce -- 8 per case. ... Gardein Classic Meatless Meatballs, 12.7 Ounce -- 8 per case. ... Gardein Seven Grain Crispy Tender, 9 Ounce - 8 per c... Read more

  • Your Halloween costumes were fantastic--a couple more of mine...

    10/8/2019 8:05:57 PM, by CTUPTON

    Once I scared my last class of the day (science) by wearing a gruesome mad scientist rubber mask--with nodules and even sores on the face. They told me to take it off. Oh well. I was "God" once. In the style of George Burns "God." Fancy white sweatshirt . I think it had gold on it. I also ... Read more

  • Halloween costumes you have tried...???

    10/7/2019 8:31:04 PM, by CTUPTON

    Hubby wore his fireman clothes -coat, boots, hat, etc. So I was a Dalmatian. His costume was way easier than mine. I don't think I have a photo of that. darn. For a scout meeting/party, in HS I did "blackface" when no one said it was not PC. I was quite tall and wore one of my Dad's suits a... Read more

  • Have you tried jackfruit?

    10/7/2019 8:13:21 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have not tried it but some people on other spark teams use it quite a bit instead of meat. ... Read more

  • Cold Season== Weight loss

    10/7/2019 2:50:24 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    I had weighed myself on Saturday for the start of the 5% challenge group and I was at 200#. This morning I decided to check weight again..even though we don't officially have to weigh in until next Saturday. Well this morning I was pleasantly surprised when the scale said 197.2#. Of course I real... Read more

  • Meals in the EDR (Employee Dining Room)

    10/6/2019 4:32:11 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    1. Eat to live, or Live to eat 2. Only eat when hungry. I have seen both of those statements/quotes/mantras (whatever you want to call them) many times throughout my life. 1. Is one of your first thoughts of the day..."oh boy time to eat, what will I have today" the minute you wak... Read more

  • I will try to stop...

    10/5/2019 7:43:40 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • If you love Halloweeen...

    10/5/2019 7:32:18 PM, by CTUPTON

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    10/5/2019 5:13:57 PM, by SMIDGON

    Happy Heavenly Birthday ! John (1964-2015) GONE HOME on Oct. 5,at 3:45 a.,.m. We visited the cemetery. The Fall orange-brown silk flowers look so cheerful in the Fall .sun. THANKS JANET 😁... Read more

  • Fall 5% Challenge: measurements & picture OH MY!

    10/5/2019 9:48:02 AM, by CANYON_GAL

    249 I had to reset my weight tracker this morning on my page to start this new challenge group. While I was doing that, I noticed some old measurements that I took in August 2013. Waist...43.5" Hips...47" Thighs...25" I decided to update those same measurements today.. Waist...49... Read more

  • Breakfast

    10/4/2019 11:22:31 AM, by CANYON_GAL

    A friend that moved away from Death Valley gave me the bag of Potato o'Brien, and I am slowly using them up. My old roommate left the can chicken behind. I also added 2 eggs into this and mixed everything together. This was Tuesday's breakfast and it was pretty tasty. Actually my old roommate ... Read more

  • 5% Challenge: Accountable

    10/3/2019 3:53:01 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    Being accountable is more than just being responsible for something—it's also, ultimately being answerable for your actions. To hold yourself accountable, you must find the motivation to do difficult things. Don't just set it and forget it, when it comes to any goal that you want. Remind yourself re... Read more

  • Fall 5%Challenge: Exercise Commitment

    10/2/2019 2:43:15 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    This challenge will only last 8 weeks from October 5th-- November 30th. Plenty of time to get into the groove of moving my butt and keep it moving after this challenge ends. For days when I am down with a cold (like today) and don't wanna do anything I don't really have to do (except go to work a... Read more

  • October: Fall 5% Challenge

    10/1/2019 2:10:08 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    Every season has it's beauty and Autumn is no exception. Autumn sings to you with the rustle of leaves And breathes on you with spicy scents that flow with the breeze. 465 431 574 774 422 I have joined one of the 5% challenge teams. It seems that they have been around sparkpeople... Read more

  • Will my mini-cycler prove that my Fitbit is useless?

    9/30/2019 1:37:15 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    Recently I ordered a new mini-cycler exercise machine from Amazon. It can actually be used to exercise your legs or arms. But if you are just interested in leg exercises, just beware that if you are only pedaling with your legs then it won't count on your Fitbit. Now if you rest your hands on... Read more

  • Monthly Fitness Minutes

    9/29/2019 12:11:36 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    This month is the first time that I have reached 2500 fitness minutes. Well at least it's the first month that I have ever tracked them. The most I had done before was only 1500 minutes. In late 2011, my mom's death was caused from a blood clot...and while I don't know everything about blo... Read more

  • Hiking video #2: Military training ground "Vrachelse Heide"

    9/29/2019 11:35:38 AM, by DESERT_WANDERER

    I went on a second hike just over a month ago, but I haven't advertised it on here yet. :) I went on a hike along military training ground "Vrachelse Heide" which is a forest with traces of the sand-dunes similar to the National Park I went to in the first video. Even though that first video r... Read more

  • I didn't win, but I didn't lose either

    9/28/2019 11:25:51 AM, by CANYON_GAL

    Almost every week for the last 1-2 months, an ex-boss's husband has invited me to participate in a 5-day "work week Hustle" challenge. Every week its usually the same few people at the top of the list at the end of the challenge. This week, I wanted to shake things up so I invited my youngest daught... Read more


    9/26/2019 3:22:21 PM, by SMIDGON

    Wow ! The older generation has a unique set of problems of their own. From the common things to weird things ! I have an older 'friend' whose hubby has health issues. But, how many of us older ones dont? Her most irritating problem is with her carpet. She can sweep and he can be watchin... Read more

  • I raided the salad bar at work

    9/26/2019 2:11:55 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    I walked down to the EDR (employee dining room) to grab a few things off their salad bar. 3 hard boiled eggs, little bit of diced onions and bell peppers, and a few cherry tomatoes. Then I walked back home. After slicing up the eggs and adding my own salad dressing, I decided it needed ... Read more

  • Assessing our bodies after age 60

    9/25/2019 8:52:40 PM, by CTUPTON

    I need to do this! chris
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  • Points to ponder

    9/25/2019 8:41:48 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Part 3 Seniors

    9/25/2019 8:39:43 PM, by CTUPTON

    Nine Important Facts To Remember As We Grow Older #9 Death is the number 1 killer in the world. #8 Life is sexually transmitted. #7 Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die. #6 Men have 2 motivations: hunger and hanky panky, and they can't tell ... Read more

  • Enjoy!

    9/25/2019 8:25:36 PM, by CTUPTON

    no I did not draw these... Read more

  • Workout with a Deck of Cards

    9/25/2019 1:54:07 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    As I was searching through articles to read for points today, I found this...
    next_workout_with_a_deck_of_cards At first I wondered "what the heck does playing cards have to do with exercise? " Well it's actually a clever... Read more

  • Part 2: Seniors

    9/23/2019 11:43:31 PM, by CTUPTON

    Then God considered the function of bladders and decided seniors would have additional calls of nature, requiring more trips to the bathroom, thus providing more exercise. God looked down and saw that it was good. So, if you find as you age, you are getting up and down more, remember it’s Go... Read more

  • Monday Motivation

    9/23/2019 12:54:22 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    Monday doesn't have to be doomsday, to me Mondays always meant a fresh start for a new week.. a new week to be better than last week. Does anyone start their week with a to-do list of important stuff that needs to be done? I love checking things off such lists when I finish them.... Read more