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  • Ugh. Scale was up today.

    6/26/2019 3:56:55 PM, by MERRYPINK

    I know all the scale philosophies. It's okay. I have to weigh every day to keep myself on track. I have been eating too many snack foods that fit in my calorie range but obviously they are doing me no favors. It's too easy to get into the kids' snacks and blow my allowance on junk. Plus picture day.... Read more

  • June 26

    6/26/2019 3:31:27 PM, by SHELDON2018

    The last two months it has gotten easier and easier to eat healthy. I have gotten to where I don’t even like the taste of sugar. Tomorrow begins almost 2 weeks of being away from home and having other people in charge of meal plans. So concerned I won’t have opportunity for good choices. I have wor... Read more

  • How do you keep your cell phone handy!

    6/26/2019 3:00:40 PM, by CTUPTON

    I wish women's pants had pockets. And most do not even have belt loops. I can't find a comfortable way to carry my cell phone around. A friend wears a fanny pack, but I find that cumbersome, too. chris... Read more

  • Going to take that as a "No."

    6/26/2019 12:11:46 PM, by JEANKNEE

    I had nearly completed a blog and lost it. I know. I know. I can type it up on a word document first and then, copy & paste. Trust me. I still manage to lose things. I don't know what I do with my fingers; but, I manage some inexplicable things on the computer. So many times my dear h... Read more

  • Popovers and the Belly Ache

    6/26/2019 7:33:34 AM, by JSTETSER

    It's after midnight, and I don't feel well at all. I am drinking ginger tea to settle my stomach. Normally I am a disciplined person with my eating, but yesterday I really overdid it. I forgot about mindful eating and tonight I pay for it. We're on vacation in Southwest Harbor, Maine and stop... Read more

  • A little scared

    6/25/2019 11:51:43 AM, by DESIREE672

    I’m experiencing a slight health scare. I think DH’s numerous crises have given me much more control of my feelings. I’m much calmer than a few other times which turned out to be not too troubling or not troubling at all. I was being bothered by some petty problems with one person, but it’s put... Read more

  • My July goals

    6/25/2019 7:13:28 AM, by MERRYPINK

    Ok. So I've been back on track since the end of April. The third month is usually when I start backsliding and then I quit. I have some goals for the third month this time. July goals: 3-4 24-hour fasts; work out 6 days a week; start weight training; up and moving by 5 am! Starting that challenge on... Read more

  • Early morning on the Ocean

    6/25/2019 4:46:14 AM, by JSTETSER

    I'm just waiting for the sun to rise. Acadia is a beautiful spot to see the sun... Read more

  • We don't always get what we want but we get what we need

    6/24/2019 11:38:31 PM, by NANCYPAT1

    Mixed emotions today about orthopedic surgeon appointment. On the plus side, this doctor assured me that I do NOT need complete knee replacements. He told me that a partial replacement would be better. He told me he looked at the X-rays and it appeared that ALL of the deterioration on both knees is ... Read more

  • Down a pound

    6/24/2019 9:47:23 PM, by MERRYPINK

    It's so nice to write that again. I love it when I'm sticking to my diet, not letting stress send me to the potato chips. The weight is coming off slowly, which is fine. I'm still drinking lots of water and that is increasing as the weeks go by. I'm planning meals and keeping frozen ones for those b... Read more

  • Starting over ... Again!

    6/24/2019 8:01:59 PM, by TAYLORD_5

    Telling myself this week s a journey of many baby steps. So did my 10,000 steps, tracked food and water, and feeling empowered. I’ve lost 45# before with SparkPeople, put about 15# back on. I know if I stick with this, it will WORK. Thanks to everyone for being here! “...Faith without works is ... Read more

  • Starting over ... Again!

    6/24/2019 7:59:19 PM, by TAYLORD_5

    Telling myself this week s a journey of many baby steps. So did my 10,000 steps, tracked food and water, and feeling empowered. I’ve lost 45# before with SparkPeople, put about 15# back on. I know if I stick with this, it will WORK. Thanks to everyone for being here! “...Faith without works is ... Read more

  • Monday, need to go back to sleep

    6/24/2019 6:23:59 AM, by MERRYPINK

    I know I didn't sleep enough last night. Woke up with an itchy throat and itchy everything. I used a new soap, but my skin is so sensitive to everything but Ivory soap. Oh well! I did manage to break through my lazy spell and get the house tidied. Good on calories yesterday, didn't nibble on the kid... Read more

  • The missing Part of Mom

    6/24/2019 5:10:52 AM, by JSTETSER

    The slowly turning circle of Life The lights of my mother's life are dimming. I know that I'm slowly losing my 97 year young mother. Once again, I'll hold her hand and help her through another day. We laugh at her memory lapses. "You're very nice, she said to me. "Who are you, anyway?" I sm... Read more

  • Sunday night - the time when the mind monsters take over my brain

    6/23/2019 11:35:02 PM, by NANCYPAT1

    Just a quick note - not sure what I want to say. Warning that I have no idea what may pour out of my fingertips tonight. This could be maudlin and a bit rambling because as the title suggests, the mind monsters have invaded and thoughts are ricocheting about randomly. First of all, I am praying... Read more

  • Grandkids on the way, bye bye lazy day

    6/23/2019 5:41:30 PM, by MERRYPINK

    I had enough lazy anyway. Two whole free days of nada. It was lovely. I'll tidy up while the kids are here. Get stuff ready for work tomorrow. Etc etc. Good on calories today. Just gotta resist nibbling whatever the kids are eating. No chips or crackers today. I'm not strictly low carb, but I can te... Read more

  • A day bookended by earthquakes

    6/23/2019 10:13:34 AM, by JEANKNEE

    Yesterday morning I blogged regarding an earthquake sequence initiated shortly after rising. https://www.sparkpeople.com/
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    vidual.asp?blog_id=6599518 And, 2 minutes before I retired for the evening, another … https://www.msn.com/en-us/ne
    ws/weather/e... Read more

  • Remember the Early Days

    6/23/2019 5:18:12 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I am taking the time to remember the simpler and happier times that my mom cannot. It hurts to see my mother struggle with memory loss. She also struggles with her words and with walking. At 97, the Light in her eyes is dimming and it hurts to see the process of aging take its toll.... Read more

  • Ups and Downs: Exercise up weight down and cr*p I have hernias

    6/22/2019 11:29:21 PM, by LA1975

    I haven't blogged for a while. I have finally cracked my exercise aversion and have become addicted to exercise instead! This is something I never thought I would happen to me. I managed to get my pulled quad recovered and over the past 2 months have gradually increased my exercise to the poi... Read more

  • Call Me Crazy

    6/22/2019 11:34:02 AM, by JEANKNEE

    I know I have been sensing this … And, I was just preparing to blog about a new experience that I had … insomnia. It was HORRENDOUS! Could. not. sleep. Awake … for hours! Could. not. stand. it. Got up. Came to my perch. Sat and meditated. Returned to bed about an hour later. Sl... Read more

  • Tired today

    6/22/2019 11:28:44 AM, by MERRYPINK

    I think I've been doing more than I realize. Today I'm worn out. My feet hurt and so do the little bones in my ankles. I'll be glad when another 10 pounds comes off. I'm thinking a long bath and a nap. Then I'll be up and at it again. Stayed just under calorie goal yesterday. Shooting for a bigger d... Read more

  • Friends

    6/22/2019 5:37:05 AM, by JSTETSER

    Mom has a great friend named Dolly. They have been buddies for over 50 years. Today Dolly will join us once again for coffee at McDonald's. This is a favorite spot for the women, and I'm happy to drive them there. Many years ago, my mom and dad along with Bert and Dolly would meet for breakfa... Read more

  • Friday :)

    6/21/2019 8:11:19 PM, by MERRYPINK

    So we went outside early, didn't do any inside chores (it shows!). Played, cleaned up the playhouse, swam a little (the kids swam a lot), tidied up the yard and porch. Stayed outside about 4 hours. Very hot, sweaty. Lots of ice water. Kids gone home. Need a brain break. Obviously.... Read more

  • Thirty Years Ago Today ...

    6/21/2019 3:54:13 PM, by JEANKNEE

    Several of us had culminated a 9-day walking meditation of 108 miles and been joined by others for a meditation atop the Glastonbury Tor. On the eve of the summer solstice we would venture to Stonehenge and spend the night amongst the stones. Yes. It was a private gathering. Yes. It w... Read more

  • The Dance of Acceptance

    6/21/2019 11:28:36 AM, by JEANKNEE

    KOHINOOR2 strikes again! … "Whatever we can't embrace with love imprisons us." - Tara Brach My response … Working to embrace the fatigue with love knowing this does not mean the fatigue will vanish. I will be freed nonetheless. The dance of acceptance and surrender. Yeah. N... Read more

  • Bucket List

    6/21/2019 8:33:10 AM, by NETTYBREAD

    I was asked what was on my bucket list. Life has brought me the gift of a child. Spending each day enjoying the moment with her is truly ALL that needs to be on my bucket list. *Blesses*... Read more

  • Improved Sleep

    6/21/2019 5:26:45 AM, by JSTETSER

    I've been making changes in my bed-time routine over the past year. Now I'm really reaping the benefits. I sleep well on 9 out of 10 nights. It took some time for my body to learn how to sleep soundly, and when there's a lot going on in my life, occasionally insomnia shows up at night again. ... Read more

  • Boysenberry & Olallieberry Season Complete

    6/20/2019 10:49:09 PM, by JEANKNEE

    I continue to struggle with identifying and remaining within my energy envelope. It feels like a moving target and I'm not doing a very good job of meeting it. Not beating myself up. Simply stating the facts. So, my choice to head out to the farm stand today may not have been a wise choice. ... Read more

  • Outside. 5 kids.3 hours.

    6/20/2019 7:06:07 PM, by MERRYPINK

    Up and down the hill. Ice water requests. Moving chairs. Water hose. Tricycles. Swings. Mosquitoes! Sunshine. I am too tired to complete a sentence.... Read more

  • Be Patient! Good Things Are Coming!

    6/20/2019 5:23:26 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have two more days of school, and the students are definitely ready to have a break. The behaviors on the playground get more aggressive as the school year progresses. Om 2 days, the students will be on vacation, and we are all ready for that to come! ... Read more

  • Making it through the week

    6/19/2019 6:53:26 AM, by MERRYPINK

    School thing is done. Grandson is enrolled. One less thing. Field trip is almost planned. That's another item off my list. I have papers to grade, but that's normal. I can handle that. No football practice today, so that's also off the list. House needs tidying, not gonna worry about it too much. St... Read more

  • Good Morning!

    6/19/2019 5:24:54 AM, by JSTETSER

    This is a great day to be alive! This is a day to meet my goals and find excellent health. I am not where I want to be, but I'm heading in the right direction. I hope that you are too! ... Read more

  • Thoughts on cleaning house...

    6/18/2019 10:35:21 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • The ebb and flow of it all

    6/18/2019 12:33:38 PM, by JEANKNEE

    It has been interesting watching the dance of the weight trends in response to the dietary and supplement tweaks advised by the nutritionist in early March and early June. With the changes in March came a rising tide. The mean quarterly trend caught the mean annual trend on 04/13/19: ... Read more

  • The old enemy

    6/18/2019 9:26:19 AM, by MERRYPINK

    Still school hunting for my grandson. Hopefully that search will be done today. The whole thing just makes me anxious, but then so does everything. Grabbed a serving and a half of animal crackers last night! Erg!! I wasn't even hungry. Going to log it in a minute. Hope I didn't do too much damage. I... Read more

  • Find the Beauty

    6/18/2019 5:10:13 AM, by JSTETSER

    If you look for beauty every day, you will find it.... Read more

  • Awe..the joys of teaching Summer School.

    6/17/2019 3:17:28 PM, by SONYARODRI29

    Just kidding, there is no real joy. I do enjoy helping the kids finish out the school year strong so that they aren't left behind. I don't enjoy spending the beginning of my summer in a classroom . It is what it is. I'm here, I'm making the best of it. I know exactly what I plan to do wi... Read more

  • Birds Bringing Me Back Down

    6/17/2019 1:13:18 PM, by JEANKNEE

    I'm sitting here in what's become my perch: the living room chair. Slow, deep breaths. Taking in the cool, fresh morning air. Bird song (Mr. Mockingbird) and calls (Nuttall's Woodpecker) aiding me in stepping down the elevated stress. Northern Mockingbird http://www.allaboutb... Read more

  • NSV: towel

    6/17/2019 8:23:58 AM, by SEYTON84

    Scale is stuck in low 270s, but I went swimming yesterday. I impulsively decided to take off my suit in the shower at the pool afterwards I usually don't because being larger it's hard to cover up for the trip across the locker room back to my clothing. In the past, when I wrap up with a normal ... Read more

  • One inch gone off my waist

    6/17/2019 6:21:40 AM, by MERRYPINK

    None off my hiney though. Oh well. I need to work a little harder at this diet. I'm progressing, but I know I can do better. I have got to stay away from the kids' snacks, and I need to step up the workouts. Almost done with my girl problem, so maybe that was an issue the last few days. Still meeti... Read more

  • Know your Numbers!

    6/17/2019 5:32:35 AM, by JSTETSER

    Numbers are important. Knowing your numbers is important! The American Heart Association recommends that you be aware of five key numbers: Total Cholesterol, HDL (good) Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Body Mass Index (BMI). Numbers are one measure of needing more work in an area ... Read more

  • Learning to Recognize Characteristic Fluctuation

    6/16/2019 1:27:33 PM, by JEANKNEE

    Here's a 6-month graph of daily scale weights: The two areas circled in red coincide with nutritional tweaks advised by the clinical nutritionist to address the HPA axis dysregulation and the March gynecological diagnosis. I've been at this long enough now that I recognize uncharacte... Read more

  • Going to do the shopping

    6/16/2019 8:02:59 AM, by MERRYPINK

    Kids are coming over today to cook, so I'm going to rush out and do the shopping before they arrive. I need to replenish my baby carrots, celery, etc. for snacking. Celery must have a lot of fiber in it (google search - 1.6 grams per cup), if you get my drift. Yesterday, I had a day off from ever... Read more

  • Diverse Dads

    6/16/2019 5:29:33 AM, by JSTETSER

    The Tale of Two Fathers By Jackie Stetser and Taffi Wallis Dads are as diverse as the sons and daughters that they love. Some fathers are with us all of our lives, and others are with us for a few brief years. Here is the story of two fathers that influenced the lives of their childr... Read more

  • 5 Years of Maintenance in Review

    6/15/2019 7:53:06 PM, by JEANKNEE

    Today marks 5 years of maintenance for me. I’m excited to have reached this milestone. These are important milestones! - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. - When... Read more

  • How Still is She?

    6/15/2019 4:17:44 PM, by JEANKNEE

    For a bit of perspective. Those of you that use activity trackers will likely have a greater appreciation for this little tidbit of information. In 14 days the fitbit has tracked a total of 7 minutes of activity (no exercise minutes). So, an average of 30 seconds of activity per day... Read more

  • Herbie's verdict?

    6/15/2019 2:11:23 PM, by JEANKNEE

    We can do this! First, he had to mark the pillow by rubbing his chin against the edges. Something new in the space that he likely considers his. He does this funny huffing and puffing when he's not pleased. He was miffed. Plenty of huffing and puffing last night. We worked ... Read more

  • 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

  • Girl problems post, fair warning - trigger warning too: food

    6/15/2019 9:37:28 AM, by MERRYPINK

    So here is another test for me. It's that lovely time of the month. I did okay yesterday, maybe went 200 calories over for the first time in awhile. Maybe fewer than that. I've been trying to pad my calorie estimates to make sure I don't go over. Anyway! Yesterday was tough, but I still managed to b... Read more

  • Good News!

    6/15/2019 5:18:49 AM, by JSTETSER

    Matty is coming home! I was so happy to hear that my son and family are coming home from Florida for a visit this summer! Matty has not been home in over 4 years and his grandmother at 97, has changed a lot since he last saw her. The light in Mom's life is starting to flicker. Growin... Read more

  • Pillow Arrived!

    6/14/2019 8:57:06 PM, by JEANKNEE

    FedEx just delivered the wedge pillow ordered to address the sleep apnea. 104 244 I am excited to try it out. And, so pleased that the wedge pillow has been cleared by the sleep doctor as a treatment option. Given my chemical sensitivities it took some time to settle in on a choice. ... Read more

  • A sense of where I am ...

    6/14/2019 3:38:34 PM, by JEANKNEE

    A few of us from the Former Spark Activity Tracker team continue to work the monthly challenges that Coach Jen used to post for us. This month's challenge: The Jump-Start Your June Challenge Get ready to jump into June! This month's challenge is to track at least 100,000 steps with your tr... Read more

  • No junk food today

    6/14/2019 8:48:38 AM, by MERRYPINK

    I had some junk food the past 3 days. No binges or anything but still not a good path for me. I'll make a crunch bowl with celery and carrots, cucumber if I have any. Greek yogurt ranch and raspberry viniagrette for dipping. May make a smoothie for a late lunch. Going to hold out on eating until I g... Read more

  • Managing Stress with Meditation

    6/14/2019 5:18:49 AM, by JSTETSER

    It's time to breathe and focus on the calm. There are too many stressful things going on in my life for me to be productive. I need to find a place of peace and a little bit more understanding of the practice of meditation. I started with a blog by Julie Corliss who is the Executive Edit... Read more

  • Just about tired out

    6/13/2019 8:27:36 PM, by MERRYPINK

    Still school searching. That is so stressful! Phone calls, interviews, visits, paperwork...I think we've found the right one, so almost done. Football practice, running here and there, but so blessed to be able to do it. Ate some trash today, some good stuff too, logged it all, stayed in calories, b... 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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  • Getting Back Up

    6/13/2019 5:25:54 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday's meeting with my two bosses brought good news and bad news. Bad News: I had just finished better than 5 months on an action research project that my principal and coordinator do not consider relevant and told me to go back to doing things the old way. Good News: I still h... Read more

  • Pizza today!

    6/12/2019 7:19:02 PM, by MERRYPINK

    Stayed within calories, no sodas, no chips. Still lots of stress to go around. Mostly happy. All the kids are working lots of hours. Grandkids crashing here at Grandma's house. Football practice for nephew. Afternoon class. Planning a field trip. Students writing an argument essay. Took the kids to ... Read more

  • I’m looking forward to washing the floor!

    6/12/2019 9:23:25 AM, by DESIREE672

    I’m very near the end of the tunnel. I think I may be able to take two days off this weekend - first time in nearly three weeks. I love my job, but I’m beginning to really look forward to retirement in a year and a half. I often ask myself if I’m feeling more tired because of age, or because DH is a... Read more

  • Making the Puppets

    6/12/2019 5:12:05 AM, by JSTETSER

    My class loves this! The puppets project has been taken to a whole new level when I shared it with my students. This is a great end of the year project, and can work in well with a literature unit, too. This is what I did in preparation: 1. find odd socks and sash them. I visited a free cloth... Read more

  • Knew it was warm ...

    6/11/2019 2:05:33 PM, by JEANKNEE

    But, really? The San Francisco Airport smashed its former heat record of 94 (set in 1994) with a high of 100 degrees yesterday. The low for the day was 72. For those of you that know San Francisco that is outrageous! There's a saying that goes something like this … the coldest winter I e... Read more

  • Big Changes All Around

    6/11/2019 1:37:16 PM, by TANYA602

    I'm actually embarrassed to see that it's been more than a year since my last blog entry. A lot has happened in 12 months. 150 This past summer, DH and I decided that this would be my last year teaching. It's actually been a tough year at our site; we transitioned to a new superintendent, budg... Read more

  • Stress didn't win

    6/11/2019 6:10:50 AM, by MERRYPINK

    Usually stress is enough to totally throw me off track. I had a stressful day yesterday, but I didn't turn to food. I did have a one ounce bag of Cheetos, but I was still well within my calories. My other food choices were healthy. Looking forward to spending the morning with the grandkids. Then of... Read more

  • Trust in Uncertain Times

    6/11/2019 5:18:56 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today is a day for me to trust God in the midst of uncertainty. I have a meeting with two of my bosses on Wednesday, and I've never met with both bosses at the same time ever. I've worked in this school for six years, and I'd like to have another two years of teaching before I retire. My... Read more

  • Sometimes kids are a huge pain

    6/10/2019 5:40:55 PM, by MERRYPINK

    Not even talking about the grandkids. Their parents!!! So petty and annoying sometimes. I'm going to just put on my whateva shades. I'm definitely not going to let the stress from them derail me. Not this time. They are grown. But still. Just ugh.... Read more

  • Slept late this morning

    6/10/2019 6:30:08 AM, by MERRYPINK

    I was supposed to be up an hour and a half ago, so I'm a little annoyed. I shouldn't have had that black tea so late, and I shouldn't have gotten so into Slasher. Poor planning! I got up to make the coffee, and I have that "I just worked out for the first time" soreness, so I think I'll take a ho... Read more

  • Perseverance And Adventures in Puppet Land

    6/10/2019 5:06:19 AM, by JSTETSER

    How difficult can it be to make a cute puppet? Well... My first attempts at making puppets brought lackluster results. I needed a lot more help than a short Pinterest post and old socks to make something that I was satisfied with. My grandchild Ella (also called Gabby) asked me if I would ... Read more

  • Energy ebb

    6/9/2019 3:02:21 PM, by JEANKNEE

    Serious ebb in energy last week. Became extremely agitated yesterday while placing an order for a wedge pillow to treat the sleep apnea. The agitation came when the questions from dear hubby began. Innocent questions meant to aid the selection process. A decision which had already been made,... Read more

  • Flexibility

    6/9/2019 7:11:39 AM, by JSTETSER

    This is a weekend where lots of flexibility is needed. It's graduation time in Maine! Here's our basic agenda: We drive up to Maine, set up our camper, visit with family, watch an evening graduation, then go back to our campsite. On Sunday, we will eat our breakfast at the campsite, take ... Read more

  • Rested yesterday, gotta work it today

    6/9/2019 6:40:11 AM, by MERRYPINK

    Rest days and cheats scare me. Those two + stressful events always derail all the work I've done.I go straight back to my old habits. I'm up early instead of trying to sleep in, so that's good. My first tasks are to tidy up and put my workout clothes on, I just looked up a DIY medicine ball, and... Read more

  • Ending on goal today, really needed a rest day - and I got it

    6/8/2019 7:58:57 PM, by MERRYPINK

    I feel rested up. I think that will make for a good workout tomorrow. Every little child has gone home (knock on wood), so I should have the evening and tomorrow mostly to myself. I'll take a long bath, do my nails, and watch Slasher on Netflix. Drank cucumber water all day and ended just unde... 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

  • Resting day

    6/8/2019 9:42:10 AM, by MERRYPINK

    Up early. Made smoothies and cinnamon toast for the kids. We did so much yesterday that my hips, knees, and feet already hurt today. Those pains should decrease as I lose weight. Started some collard greens sauteing. Will bake some thighs to go with them. Got a thredup goody box that I need to try... Read more

  • My life is a Puzzle

    6/8/2019 5:15:24 AM, by JSTETSER

    Take your time solving the Puzzle of your Life! Have you ever felt frustrated that things were not coming together quicker? I wish that I had what I've been working for RIGHT NOW! I really need my goals to be met. I need the results that I'm working for. I've learned to look at my lif... Read more

  • Making progress . . . Not what I was hoping for but progress nonetheless!

    6/7/2019 9:55:16 PM, by NANCYPAT1

    Got a new referral for a different surgeon to do my knees and he can see me a tiny bit earlier than the other one. I am resigned to the delay and will make the most of the next few weeks while waiting and getting things done. Already I have a dentist appointment and plans to go by myself to New... Read more

  • Déjà vu

    6/7/2019 6:06:38 PM, by JEANKNEE

    Experiencing a bit of déjà vu recently. So much like the experience with my thyroid 30 years ago. This time it's my adrenal glands. God bless the doctors of our health insurer. They clearly do not get it. I also know enough about conventional health care to realize my experience is ... Read more

  • It Appears the Heat is Challenging Me

    6/7/2019 12:43:26 PM, by JEANKNEE

    I have always felt like I tolerated heat well even though I am far more fond of fall and winter than I am of spring and summer. With the health challenges experienced the past several summers I've had a number of Spark Friends with hypothyroid conditions share that summer challenges their bodie... Read more

  • Belly dance workout today

    6/7/2019 7:16:09 AM, by MERRYPINK

    Found a belly dance workout for beginners. https://www.youtube.com/watch?
    v=DJ-g05Pqmr0 It's going to rain today, and it's supposed to be a lot and all day long. If I get a chance, I'll do some walking on the driveway too. Otherwise, belly dance and a bodyweight video. That'll be 30 minutes of... Read more

  • My Life is Just One Large Sudaku Puzzle

    6/7/2019 5:14:41 AM, by JSTETSER

    Patience and the Saduko puzzles Have you ever felt like I do? I wish that I had what I've been working for RIGHT NOW! I really need my goals to be met. I need the results that I'm working for. I've learned to look at my life as a puzzle, waiting to be solved. 1. I have to write i... Read more

  • Four days of exercise, trying to make it 7 straight

    6/6/2019 5:57:39 PM, by MERRYPINK

    So I exercised 4 days straight this week. Yep. I'm going to try not to take a break (aka rest day) for awhile. That always messes me up. Doing really well on calories. Ate one French fry on the way home out of the nephew's fries. JUST ONE. Still staying away from the homecooking line and instead ... 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

  • Oregano

    6/6/2019 5:12:38 AM, by JSTETSER

    7 Wonderful Oregano Benefits by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated - February 22, 2019 The impressive health benefits of oregano include its ability to protect the immune system, prevent the onset of chronic diseases, improve digestion, detoxify the body, strengthen the bones, improve he... Read more

  • More hoops and hopes!

    6/5/2019 9:18:17 PM, by NANCYPAT1

    Very proud of myself for getting my classroom put to bed for the summer in record time - last year I was done about five hours later than most of the other teachers, year before it was 3 days longer, and for quite a few years almost a week longer. This year, I was done an hour BEFORE the principal r... Read more

  • "You're the kind of patient we write about."

    6/5/2019 7:53:34 PM, by JEANKNEE

    Those were the words spoken by the Sleep Doctor (a neurologist) this afternoon, when she called to share the results of the second overnight sleep lab study. She also told me that if someone had told her about my situation and what's occurred during the sleep studies she wouldn't have believed ... Read more

  • A little down...in a good way!

    6/5/2019 5:43:03 PM, by MERRYPINK

    Ha, just as I was mourning the scales, I got on this morning, and it showed a few pounds down, maybe 3. I just have the cheap scales. Maybe I should buy some digital ones. I'm eating in the cafeteria, but I'm sticking to fresh fruits and vegetables. I also make a salad with shredded lettuce, a sp... 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

  • Matty and The School Bus

    6/5/2019 5:08:20 AM, by JSTETSER

    I try to write down a different family story for every special date. My son Matty turns 40, and here is what I wrote for him. I added photos and made a photo book for his daughters to hear how "Matty Learns to Listen. Happy Birthday, Matty! I will never forget the moment you rode your bi... Read more

  • Seeking Understanding of the Signs

    6/4/2019 6:20:59 PM, by JEANKNEE

    I continue to learn more regarding what is and is not supporting the health and well-being of this incredibly miraculous body of mine. I say *miraculous* simply because there, clearly, is a lack of understanding regarding these things not only by me; but, the supposed experts, as well. ... Read more

  • GRRRRR erg so tired

    6/4/2019 5:51:13 PM, by MERRYPINK

    I'm petitioning for a 36-hour day. So this morning, up early again for the second day (yay me). Walked for an hour while my nephew was at football practice. Alternated that with some stretching, chair dips, and wall push ups. I'm still pretty weak though. No running at all. The scale (I know, ... Read more

  • OMG! Wait for it ... BOYSENBERRIES!!!

    6/4/2019 3:53:14 PM, by JEANKNEE

    Dear hubby took me out to the farm stand this morning to see if maybe, just maybe there would be boysenberries available. Not only were there incredibly beautiful boysenberries available, there were Olallieberries available too. As I approached the farm stand, I said to M... Read more

  • Having the adventure of my life and SHOUT OUT to KOHINOOR2

    6/4/2019 1:09:56 PM, by JEANKNEE

    "A joyful heart embraces life’s adventures with grace and compassion." - Harold W. Becker KOHINOOR2 shared this particular quote to the team wall for the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team last night (my time) and I woke to see it this morning. As his quotes often do, i... 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

  • Red Veined Sorrel

    6/4/2019 5:13:41 AM, by JSTETSER

    This crop is the easiest I've ever grown. I use a small handful of my sorrel in every salad I make. According to the Johnny Appleseed seeds, Red Veined sorrel has bright-green leaves with contrasting dark maroon stems and veins add color and taste to salad mix. Same sharp, tangy flavor as regul... Read more

  • Homecooking :p

    6/3/2019 7:54:57 PM, by MERRYPINK

    Of course there's a homecooking line in the cafeteria, and they put some good food out too. Today, I did not go near the homecooking. I had carrots, cucumbers, two each slices of deli turkey and ham, melon, and a banana. I was plenty full. And I was so glad not to feel yucky and greasy after lunch. ... 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

  • The Importance of Reflection

    6/3/2019 1:07:54 PM, by LTENNIS10

    So as May came to an end and I started to plan goals for June, I realized how important reflection is on our lifestyle. I was able to look at how much weight I had gained, lost, and where I ended up, inches lost, steps logged, and all sorts of other things I had tracked over the past 31 days. ... Read more

  • walking proven to improve mood

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

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  • Up super early this morning

    6/3/2019 5:43:10 AM, by MERRYPINK

    I'm trying to adjust my waking hours so that I have more time in the morning. I woke up a little too early, but I'm sure I'll be ready for bed by 9 pm. I've been staying up until midnight. Then I'm rushing to get ready for work, and then I just feel like I never settle down all day long. I know I... Read more

  • Less than Perfect With Pinterest

    6/3/2019 5:13:08 AM, by JSTETSER

    I really tried hard to make a beautiful sock puppet. My grandchild Ella (also called Gabby) asked me if I would make her some sock puppets. How could I say no? I would move heaven and earth for the child.. How hard could it be to make a beautiful sock puppet? I have lots of wool socks for the... Read more