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  • Too expensive to cure people of diseases! Now it is official.

    4/22/2018 10:30:26 AM, by CTUPTON

    we knew this!
    be-economically-valid/all/... Read more

  • You can't make this #@!# UP!!!

    4/21/2018 7:50:51 AM, by _RAMONA

    (in some instances profanity IS the appropriate response... or at least the human/honest one) It's 4:00 AM and I'm writing a blog. Why am I writing a blog at 4:00 AM, you ask? I'm writing a blog at 4:00 AM because: 2:15 AM I was woken up by screaming in the stre... Read more

  • Traveling Girl

    4/21/2018 6:07:39 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I'm on my way down to see my son Sam, his wife Divine and beautiful little grandchild Shiloh. No, we're not traveling by stagecoach, but we're making the trip by car. ... Read more

  • Intermittent Fasting (IF)

    4/20/2018 5:09:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have started a very simple IF plan. The 16:8 plan has you fasting for 16 hours each day and eating only during an 8-hour window of your choice. I incorporate the hours I sleep as part of the 16-hour fast. I made it through my first IF day on Tuesday. Wednesday I ate too much of the healthy s... Read more

  • Jumping for Joy With a Spring in your Step!

    4/19/2018 5:06:50 AM, by JSTETSER

    Have you ever hiked Mt Monadnock or any other New Hampshire mountain) in late April? It can be an adventure! This year, there’s still plenty of snow, ice and lots of mud. Yes, this is Mud Season on Monadnock! Sneakers are not a good idea. The view from the summit makes the trip worthwhile! Wh... Read more

  • Dr. Hyman: How to Feed Your Gut

    4/18/2018 10:59:22 AM, by CTUPTON
    w-to-feed-your-gut/ I have read parts of this information in hundreds of places. This article put it all together for me! chris... Read more

  • Vacation plans

    4/18/2018 4:59:00 AM, by JSTETSER

    Maybe these aren't the most exciting plans for others, but I'm really happy to get out of town. I have lots of daily, weekly and monthly commitments, and it just feels nice to get a break from it all. Next week is April vacation, and I'm going to New Jersey with my husband. We will spend about... Read more

  • "ACES" list

    4/17/2018 3:04:59 PM, by CTUPTON

    The 10 ACEs the researchers measured: — Physical, sexual and verbal abuse. — Physical and emotional neglect. — A family member who is: •depressed or diagnosed with other mental illness; •addicted to alcohol or another substance; •in prison. — Witnessing a mother being abuse... Read more

  • 1 hr movie worth watching--online more to follow...

    4/17/2018 2:54:18 PM, by CTUPTON
    e/ ACES: ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES 39 A major movement is happening about how "ACES" in early childhood cause bodily and mental changes leading to adult problems. There is now scientific proof changes in the body happen due to stress in chi... Read more

  • Here comes the Sun!

    4/17/2018 5:02:54 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday was just another snowy spring day! I'm looking out my office window at a sleety, snowy day when what I really want is to see sunshine and dirt. This is when I normally plant my garden. I have seedlings that need to be planted in the ground, but they will have to wait! Why? Because ... Read more

  • more....

    4/16/2018 5:19:30 PM, by CTUPTON

    If a bunch of cats jump on top of each other, is it still called a dog pile? If a baby's leg pops out at 11:59PM but his head doesn't come out until 12:01, which day was he born on? Do Jewish vampires still avoid crosses? If a mime is arrested, do they tell him he has a right to talk? In t... Read more

  • Points to ponder

    4/16/2018 3:04:45 PM, by CTUPTON

    Do vegetarians eat animal crackers? Why are there no 'B' batteries? If a jogger runs at the speed of sound, can he still hear his iPod? If man evolved from monkeys, how come we still have monkeys? How do you handcuff a one-armed man? When does it stop being partly cloudy and start being... Read more

  • I'll be ready for the next time!

    4/16/2018 4:57:00 AM, by JSTETSER

    Well, I did it again. While eating out with my Mom and hubby, I fell off the healthy eating wagon by a creme brulee. It was a delicious fall, and I have no one to blame but myself. My blood sugar went up from 118 to 154. I suppose that it could have been much worse. I don't know why it i... Read more

  • Spotify this: "The Ultimate Country Music Workout Playlist" blog by Melissa Rudy

    4/16/2018 12:42:50 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    Just created a new Spotify playlist
    xMsQdaqfGnGEamBxA for "The Ultimate Country Music Workout Playlist" blog Melissa Rudy. Same thing - one has to have a Spotify account to listen to it play through.... Read more

  • Cruciferous veggies bad for thyroid but...

    4/15/2018 10:10:02 AM, by CTUPTON

    Fuhrman says if cooked, then no problem. Also he recommends a pinch of kelp daily or iodine in a supplement. So iodine is sufficient for the thyroid to work properly. I am glad I can continue eating cruciferous veggies. Oh boy--I even had Brussels sprouts yesterday! Kelp--I don't t... Read more

  • Changes

    4/15/2018 6:14:59 AM, by JSTETSER

    Recently I got honest with myself and recognized that I have nerve pain (neuropathy) in my feet. This is perhaps because of Type II Diabetes. It's time for me to make some changes. So far, here's my plan: 1. Buy new shoes. I bought new sneakers yesterday, and next month, I'll buy new... Read more

  • Hypothyroid problem -hoping this book helps me

    4/14/2018 7:21:30 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Nerve pain in my feet

    4/14/2018 5:07:25 AM, by JSTETSER

    Dear Friends, I have been diagnosed with Type II Diabetes 9 years ago. I have worked hard at keeping Type II under control. It was just this week that I got honest with myself, and acknowledged that I've been experiencing Diabetic Nerve Pain for a few years. I've tried to ignore it, but it w... Read more

  • New Intermittent Fasting Program and updates

    4/14/2018 12:25:14 AM, by RKOTTEK

    Please be patient with what may be a lengthy blog from me. In a shortish period I and a few Sparkfriends have embarked on Intermittent fasting. Why intermittent fasting? Normally when you eat there can be a spike of insulin. Insulin can do 2 things. It can cause fat deposition and it ca... Read more

  • Learn Something New Every Day!

    4/13/2018 5:00:01 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every day I take another step forward and work to learn one new thing. Some days, I am really just seeing an old lesson from a new vantage point. It doesn't matter. It's new to me today. What did I learn today? Speed Reading and child-like wonder. Speed reading is basically learning to und... Read more

  • Killing for Profit -- The Corruption of Evidence Based Medicine

    4/12/2018 4:57:56 PM, by _RAMONA

    (...not to mention all of that "peer reviewed research" in which SparkPeople puts so much faith... doesn't seem so relevant in light of this, does it?) I was recently asked, in light of my current chosen course of action on behalf of my health, and with regard to my dogged pursuit of wellnes... Read more

  • Nursing Homes: The Good & The Bad

    4/12/2018 5:03:53 AM, by JSTETSER

    The Good: My mother has had 5 great experiences going to the nursing homes. Each time, she has stayed for about a month. Each time, she has visited with old friends and had plenty of company. Each time, she was ready to go home when it was time. Short-term rehab has been good for my Mom. ... Read more

  • Name a specific thing.....

    4/11/2018 12:53:35 PM, by CTUPTON

    mine: In high school, at a girls' Catholic HS, I got in trouble for--- talking in the hall between classes. We had to walk in a single line t get to the next class. Oh--our uniforms were black tailored dresses with white removable collars and cuffs. Honest--true story. There were 2 o... Read more

  • Warning-deep thinking about a book ..Life of Pi

    4/11/2018 6:20:12 AM, by CTUPTON

    I was reading Goodreads reviews of the book: The Life of Pi If you have not read it, this probably won't help you much. I need to go re-read it! OK--two quotes I lifted from Goodreads about The Life of Pi: "And so, when she first heard of Hare Krishnas, she ... Read more

  • Satisfied With Less

    4/11/2018 5:06:17 AM, by JSTETSER

    One of the most difficult lessons that I've had to learn is to be satisfied eating less food. It's not that I was really hungry, I wasn't totally satiated, and I didn't feel full. I grew up eating fast and until I felt full. Now as an adult, I subconsciously still believe that I deserve and... Read more

  • Did not feel like it but went to water exercises anyway.

    4/10/2018 3:39:42 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Wow! exercises for different levels! Right here on SP!

    4/10/2018 2:23:08 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • A reason for being--Japanese style

    4/10/2018 1:57:31 PM, by CTUPTON

    Ikigai (生き甲斐, pronounced [ikiɡai]) is a Japanese concept meaning "a reason for being". Everyone, according to the Japanese, has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. ... Read more

  • Today's Loaves & Fish

    4/10/2018 4:55:55 AM, by JSTETSER

    A new version of an old story: the loaves and the fishes ** I wrote this story after my friend Andrew suffered a heart attack and must make some lifestyle changes. I'm sharing it today because we could all consider making a few adjustments as well. Back in Bible days, a small boy broug... Read more

  • Today

    4/9/2018 5:06:24 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today is the only day that is ours. Plan for tomorrow, remember yesterday, but live today! Tell someone that you love and appreciate them, Eat healthy foods, Go for a run, Move that body in the sunshine!... Read more


    4/8/2018 8:44:04 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am getting quite a bit of info from this website. I am first looking up polymyalgia rheumatic-a Last night was pretty awful for me. Thanks everyone! chris... Read more

  • Mom's home!

    4/8/2018 5:06:06 AM, by JSTETSER

    My mom turned 96 yesterday, and she still lives at home.My mother has been in and out of nursing homes for the past six years, mainly out. She has had falls because she has refused to use her walker. Somehow, she has never lost hope and keeps rising to the occasion. Also, the family has been a... Read more

  • A virus that is mild for 2 weeks and then bam!

    4/7/2018 9:38:33 PM, by CTUPTON

    This is happening again to me. About the third 24 time this winter. No sore throat or congestion. Traveling aches and pains. Extreme fatigue and even daytime sleeping. When it is the worst, aches and pains all over. More sleeping. Maybe sometimes a very mild headache on one side. ... Read more

  • What is your go to place for plus sized swim suits?

    4/7/2018 10:26:29 AM, by CTUPTON

    In my opinion, Woman Within seems to have the best selection. H2O has suits that last the longest but style is not their strong point. chris ... Read more

  • Healthy Eating For Life!

    4/7/2018 5:51:01 AM, by JSTETSER

    This is not a "Get Healthy Fad" I'm in it for the long haul. I'm in it for the rest of my life. I have made a commitment to exercise and eat healthy for the rest of my life. I like what SparkPeople Dietitian Becky Hand as taught me about relapses. She calls it Stop Look & Listen. 1... Read more

  • for those wondering about my meat-free days

    4/7/2018 3:26:15 AM, by RKOTTEK

    A friend JSTETSER was inquiring about the management of my meat-free days, so here was my reply. As far as meatless or vegetarian days are concerned, I take the easy approach as I can still include items such as dairy, eggs and fish. This has been made really easy in the last few months as ... Read more

  • Wonderful Windfall!

    4/6/2018 6:49:31 AM, by JSTETSER

    Last night, we had a wicked wind storm. Our power went out at about 11 pm, and we had no lights until morning. We just rolled over and tried to sleep as we listened to the wind howling in the trees. There was more trying and not much sleeping through the storm. At about 3, I heard chainsaws and ... Read more

  • Type II on the Trail

    4/5/2018 4:46:48 AM, by JSTETSER

    I was a hiker before the Type II diagnosis. I have not allowed that diagnosis to slow me down, but have found ways to manage Diabetes. 1. I check my blood sugar levels. It's important to know when I'm high and low during exertion. 2. I make my own energy drinks. Without the sugar in th... Read more

  • Confessions of a Couch Potato

    4/4/2018 5:09:39 AM, by JSTETSER

    Once I sit down on the couch, I have a very tough time getting up! I have my exercise mat and weights in front of me, but some days, I just sit there and veg out. I KNOW that I'm physically able to get up, but I can stretch out, and get some weight lifting in during this time.. Does anyone... Read more

  • 5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1

    4/3/2018 6:03:27 PM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    ...and watch this motivational video... Read more

  • But I forgot about ME!

    4/3/2018 5:07:36 AM, by JSTETSER

    You are probably a lot like me. I have a lot of people who depend on me to do many things. There are family, friends, professional and volunteer responsibilities. Caution! Responsibilities to others can become a deep, Black Hole, from which there is no way out. Somewhere along the w... Read more

  • Random Videos - Not particularly funny/sad/humorous/insigh
    tful for others... Keto alkaline

    4/3/2018 1:27:36 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    Just wanted to save a bunch of videos that I have watched recently that I want to go back and review... leaning towards low carb information, insulin index foods, etc. Some are doctors that may be controversial, that's cool - I'm just learning and testing and just wanted to save some other videos...... Read more

  • Life Is too Short to Be Quiet !

    4/2/2018 10:19:10 AM, by RANJINI4

    Our lives are too short for not living them to the fulest.I see patients whose lives are cut short suddenly and that too from 3mths of age to 86 yrs of age.People get younger and younger each time! We are put on this planet for a reason and this site brings us together in different teams accor... Read more

  • My Type 2 Vision Statement

    4/2/2018 5:02:18 AM, by JSTETSER

    It is time for new changes. Why? At night, I can feel the start of Diabetic Nerve Pain in my feet. I must get more serious about my health! This morning my Blood Sugar level was 151. I believe that I need it to be in the 110's for the nerve pain to stop. I am eating a Mediterranean style, ... Read more

  • Health Issues

    4/1/2018 12:14:40 PM, by LIZANDRASHAW

    I realized that I am so sleep deprived that I forgot to talk about what's going on healthwise in yesterday's blog. Background: I have PLMS (Periodic Limb Movements in Sleep). This is related to Restless Legs Syndrome, but instead of just being restless, the legs actually kick around while you'r... Read more

  • Rise Up!

    4/1/2018 6:06:59 AM, by JSTETSER

    We can rise to the top our mountains because Christ has risen! I cannot fully enjoy Easter/Passover season without thinking of Charles Wesley's song Christ The Lord Has Risen Today! I hope that you have a wonderful day-no matter how you choose to do it! Christ the Lord is ris’n today, Alle... Read more

  • Out Like a Lamb

    3/31/2018 4:43:49 PM, by LIZANDRASHAW

    Wow, it's been a crazy couple of weeks since I last blogged. I got some truly awful news about an ex-resident and watched a current resident go off the rails this week. Might end in eviction. I'm really sad about both of those things. My supervisor at work changes on Monday. Ch-ch-changes! I wo... Read more

  • Tell Me Something GOOD!

    3/31/2018 5:36:49 AM, by JSTETSER

    Everyone needs encouragement from time to time. Everyone likes to be pointed out for doing or being something wonderful. Yesterday, I celebrated one such student. This young boy was sweeping the multi-purpose room floor for me. He is the first student to really get it clean. I took a moment,... Read more

  • CBD oil - yay or nay?

    3/30/2018 3:46:45 PM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    I had a really positive experience a couple years ago with CBD oil capsules and a lotion to help deal with a really bad poison ivy rash. Recently became an affiliate of a company that sells CBD and so far, well... I don't know if I am using the oil correctly?? Also getting the naysayers who cla... Read more

  • Remember Andy crawling through the sewer pipe in Shawshank Redemption movie--. Well...

    3/30/2018 1:49:36 PM, by CTUPTON

    In the legendary scene where Andy Dufresne escapes from the Shawshank State Penitentiary, Andy is seen crawling through a pipe filled with sewage. As Red puts it, “Andy crawled to freedom through 500 yards of s***- smelling foulness I can’t even imagine.” That sewage? It was actually a mixture ... Read more

  • G-BOMBS. Does the "G" stand for gas????? Ha Ha

    3/30/2018 8:23:32 AM, by CTUPTON

    I use Beano. It usually helps a great deal. chris... Read more

  • Today's Adventure

    3/30/2018 5:11:39 AM, by JSTETSER

    Never underestimate the beauty and joy of today. It is a very special day and meant to be treasured. Make today special in one way or another. Enjoy the weather-sun, rain or clouds. Enjoy and be kind to the people in this day. Taste the food, and appreciate yourself. ... Read more

  • Journey Back

    3/29/2018 12:58:14 PM, by RANJINI4

    Hi Everyone!This is the last day left here this year and I have just cooked a lot of food so that they won't have to cook for the next few days,I hope! However,am really sad that I am leaving.My son also has plans in October and so I can't be back for my board recertification-have to delay that -... Read more

  • Good Friday!

    3/29/2018 5:09:15 AM, by JSTETSER

    Tomorrow is Good Friday, and a good day to remember the Cross and our salvation. Grace is AMAZING, and not to be taken for granted. I have other reasons to remember Good Friday. This is the day that I met my husband. I had divorced two years earlier. Good Friday was the start of something... Read more

  • Spring Cleaning, food nutrition packages, and Maths!

    3/28/2018 10:10:25 PM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    Husband helping me with spring deep cleaning in kitchen this year and we came upon empty packages of seeds that I intended to enter into SparkPeople nutritional Info. (I'm on cell phone now, so will upload photos and then come back and edit later...) ... Read more

  • Staying Joyful

    3/28/2018 5:08:55 AM, by JSTETSER

    Keep the joy, and keep the strength. When you lose your joy, your strength goes with it. Today is a day when I especially need my strength. My natural inclination is to beat myself up instead of moving on. Well, I'll learn my lessons, and keep on climbing! I've come too far to stop now! ... Read more

  • A bunch of maths happened here - where does FAT go??

    3/27/2018 11:39:02 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    This morning my husband sent this link: "Where fat goes when you lose weight?"
    oes-it-go-partner/index.html I'm still trying to absorb it all... but I think it is saying that is why I seemingly loose weight even if all ... Read more

  • My Mistake

    3/27/2018 4:43:15 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I'm feeling sad, mad and really bad. I made an awful mistake at work. I feel really bad about it, and it's going to be tough to fix. I have no problem owning up to it. I know that I've already learned a lot from it. I haven't yet met with my boss to discuss it. Hopefully, my boss wil... Read more

  • On The Trail Again!

    3/26/2018 5:07:27 AM, by JSTETSER

    Knee surgery, injuries and busy life can keep a person from hiking remote mountains. Some people just call it quits, and start settling into a sedentary life. Not us! There are ways to recover your hiking trails and enjoy new and old peaks. These two factors helped John get hiking again! ... Read more

  • A Day Of Rest

    3/25/2018 5:45:19 AM, by JSTETSER

    One of the hardest things for me to do is to take a full day off.Yesterday, I did no extra exercise. Today, I rest from life in general. Here are a few clues that might help you know when you need to take a break from the rush and responsibilities of life: 1. Chaos seems to be everywhere. I... Read more

  • New bathroom scales

    3/24/2018 7:58:14 PM, by RKOTTEK

    The good news is my new scales give a rock-solid weight with no jumping around The bad news is that according to my new scales I am 182.7 kg(my old scales ~ 174kg) Both considerably more heavy than yeasterdays weighin would indicate. The new scales are a CAMRY brand and designed to work in ... Read more