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  • A trip to the largest industrial site in the world

    6/23/2018 8:33:43 AM, by 3VEGGIES

    In my June 10th blog, I shared a photo of what was labeled “veggie salad.” It wasn’t with its meat and cheeses. Our “hotel” was really a room in a building housing oil field workers in the Arctic. Prudhoe Bay/Deadhorse. These guys work 2 weeks on, 12 hour shifts, 2 weeks off and get paid big b... Read more

  • Problem getting health aides

    6/22/2018 8:01:20 PM, by CTUPTON

    I need aides for 1 hour morning and 1 hour evening. This is very , very difficult to get. I had a good system for 1 1/2 yrs here at the new home. But it is falling apart. M-F mornings has been the toughest to get aides. And now a person I counted on gave me 2 weeks notice! She needs to c... Read more

  • I hate it when I'm right

    6/20/2018 4:41:06 AM, by BRAVAH

    194.4 That's up a whole pound. I know, I know... there are normal fluctuations, blah, blah, blah. But we went out to dinner last night, and I overdid it. Things to do better next time: 1- No chips. In Italy, when one goes out for a drink in the evening, the bar usually provides chips. ... Read more

  • Feeling better!

    6/19/2018 12:19:54 PM, by DEPOTMODE

    So at the end of April I decided to bite the bullet. I ordered the DDP Yoga workout DVDs. I've been looking at the program for about a year before I pulled the trigger on ordering them. I was encouraged by not only people losing weight, but people recovering from back injuries. Including the cr... Read more

  • This is fun!

    6/19/2018 11:44:51 AM, by BRAVAH

    I have to write this today, knowing that there will be hard times ahead! I'm on a roll. Little drop again today! 193.3! And then, I go back looking through, and my average weight for April was 193.3 - on the way up the scale. At the beginning of the year, I was in the 180's. How stupid tha... Read more

  • Change, but slow...

    6/18/2018 10:45:53 AM, by BRAVAH

    Slow change seems to be the way of things right now, and in more ways than one. We have been in a holding pattern about when some of the changes are going to take place. But it looks like we will have the leisure to move over the next two + months. That's good and bad, lol. It is bad, because I ... Read more

  • Boom boom pow

    6/18/2018 2:38:57 AM, by 3VEGGIES

    I love this piece of art work and the saying: “i’ve Got that boom, boom, pow.” Sparklers—What advice do you have for successful weight loss? I’ve done this before and will do it again. But first, I’m going to ask the experts. What I Think the key elements for me are: Food journal, co... Read more

  • Swimming

    6/15/2018 2:08:43 AM, by EO4WELLNESS

    Is such excellent exercise!... Read more

  • Cool Beans

    6/14/2018 5:17:52 PM, by EO4WELLNESS

    Been using the phrase "Cool Beans" as an expression not unlike "wow" or other positive expressions. Recently someone sent me this photo the saw on line at a food blog, as a joke because I always say cool beans so much! It made me laugh. ... Read more

  • Immersion

    6/13/2018 9:16:10 PM, by EO4WELLNESS

    Today, I attended a Mikvah Immersion. Several people were being immersed, dedicating their life, marriage, or skills to their Creator. I knew I would attend, but I didn't know until I arrived the folks involved were going to ask me to film the even. So I had a try at recording the event. I... 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

  • Amazed!

    6/12/2018 1:52:06 PM, by EO4WELLNESS

    Never seen this happen ever before--400 points in one day. Wowzer! Normally, when I have time to do so, I earn about 200/day. How did this happen? (two 50-point team spins does it)... Read more

  • Sunshine

    6/11/2018 6:34:35 PM, by EO4WELLNESS

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  • ...a thought

    6/10/2018 9:21:53 PM, by EO4WELLNESS

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  • Making the best of it

    6/10/2018 10:42:56 AM, by 3VEGGIES

    For the last 2 days I’ve been in an unusual place, highly restricted and regulated. With modern conveniences, but significant limitations. No grocery, no restaurants, no pedestrian traffic, no talking except in designated areas. Food is plentiful, but not necessarily my first choice. I want t... Read more

  • Impressed!

    6/9/2018 4:31:47 PM, by EO4WELLNESS

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?
    v=5gKeJp3MyGw There are few instances of such impressive character attributes. This displays one such example. I never knew this individual was paralyzed. What a way NOT to let one's physical circumstances get in the way. Wishing he and his family well!... Read more

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

    6/9/2018 9:14:39 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.glidecycle.com/ This came up on my FB page this morning. They also make a treadmill attachment for rehab or exercising.... Read more

  • Rearranging Everything

    6/8/2018 8:50:36 PM, by EO4WELLNESS

    Took a nice, slow, long walk (about 4 hours) and then rearranged everything. Moved the fridge, exercise equipment, oven, vacuumed, cleaned everything up and reordered it. Now, I am zonked tired! LOL! So dinner was a bit of cheese, pecans, and fresh veggies. Very satisfied and no cooking! ... Read more

  • Busy Day (again)

    6/7/2018 7:17:49 PM, by EO4WELLNESS

    Walked over 10 miles just running errands which needed to be accomplished. Going to chill out now. 595... Read more

  • 100 days

    6/7/2018 9:05:24 AM, by 3VEGGIES

    This sums up life. Have a great attitude and things will happen. I’ve been reading Linda Spangle’s 100 more days of Weight Loss. My first goal is to read through the entire book and then I will journal for 100 days and work back through the book one day at a time. 100 days can bring a b... Read more

  • I'm in the 200's!!!

    6/7/2018 1:43:43 AM, by JKIRBY6

    OMFD! I did it. Oh, wow.... Read more

  • Go-Go-Go!

    6/6/2018 8:35:02 PM, by EO4WELLNESS

    Today, I started out having a leisurely day. It was going to be my REST day....yep. For the month of June I've committed to doing the #100squatchallenge and #saladaday so besides those two activities, I hadn't planned on doing anything more. Before I knew it I'd walked 20,000 steps and went swimm... Read more

  • Seated Workout

    6/5/2018 12:50:50 PM, by EO4WELLNESS

    Here is a seated WO I came across today. https://www.livestrong.com/sli
    deshow/1011774-stand-can-8
    -moves-sitting-down/... 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

  • Moving Forward

    6/5/2018 6:30:45 AM, by 3VEGGIES

    The last 2 months have been a game of up and under 240 lbs. For me, typing that number is surprisingly real. I do not feel fat. I’m very active and other than when at work, I never sit down for long. A couch potato does not describe me at all. Yet there it is on the scale. I remember when I w... Read more

  • Disability

    6/4/2018 7:21:03 PM, by EO4WELLNESS

    How does one cure a "bad attitude"? It is interesting that both the "owner's manual" and psychology seem to agree on this topic--but changing the thinking pattern. A few years ago, Amazon Prime offered for free a movie summarizing brain research. Apparently, at least at that time, they saw... Read more

  • The winds of change...

    6/4/2018 12:35:43 PM, by BRAVAH

    Upheaval! Okay, so it is a change we knew was coming, and it isn't a bad thing. But it does mean a lot of stress. We'll know more after tomorrow about some of the logistics. Basically, we've been kind of living in two places and now we'll be living in just one. In some ways, that ma... Read more

  • 4 legged personal trainers

    6/4/2018 3:18:59 AM, by 3VEGGIES

    Meet Henry, the standard poodle. Aka Mr personality. He loves to be photographed and be the center of attention, especially after he’s groomed. He knows he’s hot stuff then. Every Batman has a Robin. Beebee is the greyhound and loves her walks. She’s routine driven and is either up or down. Gr... Read more

  • 10 Min Arm Workout Video

    6/3/2018 4:44:50 PM, by EO4WELLNESS

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?
    v=gwyKLpsHPxM... 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

  • Another year, another start...

    6/3/2018 7:24:26 AM, by BRAVAH

    How depressing is it that I have come to blog about starting again, and the first thing I see is a blog from a year ago about starting again. That sucks! Well, here's the kicker... I'm nearing 200 again. And that has been a motivator in the past, for good reason! I'm in terrible shape. I ne... Read more

  • Links that can save or change your life

    6/2/2018 9:35:13 AM, by 3VEGGIES

    Tomorrow marks the 12 year anniversary of my 2nd chance at life. I knew something was seriously wrong and went to ER for the second time in my life, exactly 3 weeks after the 1st visit. I was 40 years old, athletic, active, and overweight, but in Onederland and ready to tackle the world. 185 216 ... Read more

  • Interesting

    6/2/2018 1:56:16 AM, by EO4WELLNESS

    For me, the "jurry" is still out on several alternative therapies--but--while I'm deciding what I think about alternative methods, I don't avoid ones which obviously cannot harm you, such as accupressure. If it helps: great. If it doesn't: no harm done. This is one of those things--an easy to do ... Read more

  • June! Awesome Start!

    6/1/2018 3:37:50 PM, by EO4WELLNESS

    Organizing and doing JUNE month-long challenges to help everyone focus on achieving their goals. Please join us. June Water Challenge: http://sparkppl.com/QIBat June Fitness Challenge: sparkppl.com/BDOWA June Nutrition Challenge: sparkppl.com/8pXyf June Goal Setting Challen... Read more

  • At age 70 he took up skateboarding

    6/1/2018 2:02:23 AM, by 3VEGGIES

    Age is not a limiting factor for exercising. “At age 70 he took up skateboarding, in his 90’s he was still barreling down ski slopes. Also in his 90s he was high in a tree with a chainsaw trimming branches.” Today I wrapped up the book “Unbroken” by Laura Hillerbrand. It is about Louis Zamper... Read more

  • Neck Pain Relief!

    5/31/2018 8:59:27 PM, by EO4WELLNESS

    Since discovering this video on YouTube a few days ago, I've been doing what this chiropractor suggests several times a day before bedtime and when ever my shoulders/neck/upper back feel stressed. I cannot emphasize enough my delight to discover how well it works! Sleeping better, LESS pain (so mu... Read more

  • Support, focus, goal-setting and friendship

    5/31/2018 5:46:53 AM, by 3VEGGIES

    2 years ago 504 I took a chance and committed to this thing called a private 5% challenge. This means what you post is accessible to team members only. I wasn’t sure about the entire concept or even about Sparkpeople then. I hadn’t really found anything that awesome that I felt justified my time on... Read more

  • Swimming

    5/31/2018 12:58:47 AM, by EO4WELLNESS

    Enjoyed a lovely time swimming today! 237... Read more

  • Capris, breakfast, and a tip of the day

    5/30/2018 6:49:54 AM, by 3VEGGIES

    This meme says it all. I got ticked off earlier in the week when I was able to pull on a pair of pants and snap them. Why? Because they didn’t fit, they should have, I could have worked harder, because I don’t even like donuts. You all know the drill. This morning I was looking for someth... Read more

  • Ever heard of LSA?

    5/29/2018 4:44:37 PM, by EO4WELLNESS

    While it is a common item in grocery stores in other countries, it isn't as popular or well known here in the US. LSA is a combo of ingredients, you can make yourself, which is believed to be a great source of nutrition. This includes: dietary fiber, protein, omega fatty acids, minerals such as... Read more

  • Choices and action

    5/29/2018 11:41:20 AM, by 3VEGGIES

    I’m mad at myself for not pushing a bit harder and for making bad choices. I had to go buy a pair of specialty pants for an activity that Doesn't cater to fat people. Because most obese people don’t need these clothes or do this sort of thing. I’m on the fringe of not doing several activities ... 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

  • Car Temps

    5/28/2018 2:21:34 PM, by EO4WELLNESS

    Saw this study and thought it was worth a link. https://www.disabled-world.com
    /disability/emergency/advi
    sories/car-temp.php... Read more

  • Join an 8 week boot camp

    5/28/2018 6:59:46 AM, by 3VEGGIES

    Today is Memorial Day. First thank you to all who have served our country and have sacrificed so much. My father-in-law helped liberate prisoners from German concentration camps at the end of WWII. He saw the horror of war and the walking dead. Many gave their life, so this was possible. All deserve... Read more

  • IN or OUT?

    5/27/2018 7:17:35 PM, by EO4WELLNESS

    Nope! I'm not talking about "In or Out" burger chain (though I recently heard from some fine folks here that they have a secret menu, hm....) My choice is ALL IN! It does take effort. Yesterday, I felt like quitting. I went over all the reasons I started and decided it was just a ... Read more

  • Memorial Day Fitness and Reflection

    5/27/2018 4:16:08 AM, by 3VEGGIES

    Last year this weekend, I fought thru a bicycle ride called the Horsey Hundred in the beautiful Lexington, Kentucky area. Over 2 days I rode options that gave me 100+ miles total for the weekend. It was both a mental and physical struggle for me and I later learned I had a thyroid issue going ... Read more

  • Strength!

    5/26/2018 1:11:38 PM, by EO4WELLNESS

    Worry, truly is something which robs us of our strength. There is so much research today indicating stress and worry ruin our health efforts, sleep, and even upset the delicate hormonal balances of the body. How do we deal with it? Easy peasy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?
    v... Read more

  • video to drain Eustacian tube fluid

    5/26/2018 11:29:42 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAs9uF
    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

  • What is a 5% challenge team?

    5/26/2018 7:16:01 AM, by 3VEGGIES

    My Cloverleafs team found me when I first joined SP and it is where I feel at home. They’ve been there for me as I’ve gained, lost, and sustained weight over the past 2 years. They understand success, failure, frustration, and challenges. I’m grateful to this team because I’ve not given ... Read more

  • Success!

    5/25/2018 2:27:35 AM, by EO4WELLNESS

    A month ago, I started earning my PhD in what works for me. That included Dr. Berg's eating plan--eat to meet your nutritional needs and then he out lines how often to eat, how much of each different kind of food to eat and when. I followed the plan for 30 days and measured myself. SUCCESS... Read more

  • Million Bucks!

    5/24/2018 5:19:42 PM, by EO4WELLNESS

    While discussing some of the images and ideas in the video I posted in yesterday's blog from the onion--where they made fun of the standard American diet--several friends decided someone should make a book & infomercial video about it, planning to be their own competition. Book 1: 5 minutes ... Read more