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  • The "Habit" of Eating, Posted Pics, Misc.

    8/30/2016 8:45:37 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I heard the tail end of a radio segment by Dr. Sanjay Gupta who was saying that eating is a habit. Something clicked inside my brain; yes, an "aha" moment. Stated that way, I realized that I have kicked other habits and can surely kick this eating "habit." I have done great since hearing that sim... Read more

  • Chromium & Sugar Cravings

    8/29/2016 11:28:50 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    It really does work wonders for me. I'd been off sugar for quite awhile, but relapsed badly about a month ago. This past week, getting back in the right direction has been greatly helped with chromium. Amazing. Still tracking my food. Not perfect, but more consistent each day. Wishing... Read more

  • Garlic Bread Tuna Melt

    8/29/2016 10:01:56 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Get out the tuna! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 13 oz box frozen Texas toast with cheese 5 oz white albacore tuna, drained 3 roma tomatoes, sliced 1/4 c fresh basil, chopped Directions~ Place frozen garlic bread slices on a lined cooki... Read more

  • make my coffee triple strong please

    8/29/2016 9:39:44 AM, by SOFT_VAL67

    I havent blogged in a little bit. Dont know why, just been sticking to Netflix and not getting on SP much other than to track fitness and nutrition. I am doing a little better, I got my shoes back from the repair shop and walked 4 miles yesterday. Adding more fiber to my diet and trying to watc... Read more

  • TRIED CURRY FOR THE FIRST TIME

    8/28/2016 5:22:34 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    It was okay. Maybe an acquired taste. We'll see. Wasn't able to do my lake walk. Pain level was high, and I couldn't push myself through it. I hate to cancel commitments and disappoint friends. Took pics of my mature yards (3 years since landscape was done). Will post them in the next... Read more

  • Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

    8/28/2016 9:55:55 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Are you looking for a healthy snack on this beautiful day? Well your just going to have to...Take a peek! Ingredients~ 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 15-ounce can of chick peas or garbanzo beans, drained 1/3 c tahini (Tahini is a middle eastern paste or sauce ma... Read more

  • Golden (Not Red) Raspberries

    8/27/2016 12:14:30 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I was pretty surprised to see a different color raspberry and should have tried them. But I'm loyal to red raspberries. (smiling) Has anyone tried golden? Maybe next time I see them, I'll satisfy my curiosity. Unfortunately, I've eaten half of my calories for breakfast this morning. (smlin... Read more

  • Food Tracking, Mattress Success, Misc.

    8/26/2016 9:51:11 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    For so long, I've resisted tracking my food intake. Not only being lazy, but afraid to see the actual daily number of calories I'd been ingesting. (smiling) However, this week's consistent logging in and tracking shows me how the number helps me to hone my intake and succeed to stay within range. ... Read more

  • Vegetable Kebabs

    8/26/2016 9:31:23 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, It is the weekend and you must get the grill out for this...Take a peek! Ingredients~ 16 cherry tomatoes 16 small mushrooms 1 medium zucchini, sliced into 16 pieces 2 red onions, diced into 8 sections 2 green bell pepper, seeded and cut into 8 pieces 2... Read more

  • Sunscreen That Smells Like Fried Chicken

    8/25/2016 1:29:55 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    It's been in the news (and on the internet) that KFC has come out with a sunscreen that smells like fried chicken. I haven't looked into it further, so maybe it's a joke or a marketing tool. Because who would create such a thing and who would buy it? It might make me hungry if I smelled fried ch... Read more

  • Tropical Salad

    8/25/2016 9:02:31 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Let's get tropical here! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 20-oz. can pineapple chunks in juice 3 oranges, peeled and sectioned 2 apples, cored and chopped 1 papaya, peeled, seeded and cut into chunks 1 tsp cornstarch 1/4 c vegetable oil 2 Tbsps sugar 2 ... Read more

  • Warm Pear Crisp

    8/24/2016 11:35:28 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Have you ever had apple crisp? Did you like it? Well then come on in and try this on for size. You are going to love it! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 c rolled oats 1/2 c whole wheat flour 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 c vegetable oil or melted, unsalted butter 1/4 ... Read more

  • Reiki, End of Mattress Saga (?), and Misc.

    8/24/2016 10:48:43 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    A friend of mine is having great success with Reiki for pain abatement. I've heard good things from others as well. Although I've loved acupuncture results in the past, I've never experienced Reiki. Anyone else have thoughts on this? I've blogged about my expensive mattress mistake about a y... Read more

  • Stress

    8/23/2016 3:45:32 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I have many de-stressors in my life - ways to handle situations that cause anxiety and pressure. However, when it comes to relatives I care about, who make decisions that impact me, it's really hard to not get upset. For the sake of privacy - theirs and mine - I have to be vague. Suffice it to sa... Read more

  • Caprese Salad

    8/23/2016 9:03:30 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, On the menu for lunch...Take a peek! Ingredients~ 4 large tomatoes extra-virgin olive oil 1 large fresh mozzarella (4-5 oz.) 12 leaves fresh basil Splash of balsamic vinegar Salt and fresh cracked black pepper Directions~ Cut t... Read more

  • Peanut Butter Muffins

    8/22/2016 12:02:35 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, A great way to get your protein besides being yummy! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour 2 1/2 tsps baking powder 2 Tbsps sugar 3/4 tsps salt 2 Tbsps wheat germ 1/4 c shortening 1/4 c peanut butter 1 egg, well beaten 3/4... Read more

  • Zit Cupcakes. Would you Eat Them?

    8/22/2016 11:03:15 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    https://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?id
    =OIP.M141f80dd741526b0686b
    c8df313c788ao0&w=163&h=105
    &c=7&rs=1&qlt=90&pid=3.1&rm=2 Not sure if the link will work, but you can always Google it. These have been in the news lately, giving people a chuckle. So many say "ew, I would never eat those." I ... Read more

  • Maple Apple Chicken

    8/21/2016 11:03:33 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, As you may have guessed, I have been without internet again and you are correct! Now I have a new internet provider and we are in business so without further ado, I have this to present to you! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 4 chicken breasts 1 apple, peeled, cored... Read more

  • Curious to Hear From Those Who've Had Lasik and Used Raspberry Ketones

    8/20/2016 10:20:02 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Not that the two topics are related; I'm thinking of having lasik done and have researched for a long time. I know a good place and doc to go to, so that part of the research is done. I have to admit that the 2 percent failure rate, although tiny, troubles me as I don't like taking risks with my e... Read more

  • How Can Whey Protein Powder Brands Vary In Calories So Much?

    8/19/2016 10:35:01 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I start my day with a smoothie that contains various fruit, spinach, and a scoop of whey protein powder. Throughout my years, I've used different brands and they vary wildly in calories. I just don't get it; how can a scoop of powdered whey protein contain 160 calories? Just wondering out loud. (... Read more

  • Murder Mystery & Me Update

    8/19/2016 10:16:14 AM, by TKRYSTINA

    I have been working on my murder mystery a lot this summer. I did Camp NaNoWriMo & got 7474 words out of my 10,000 word goal. I am still working on my mystery & I now have over 10,500 words. I am now working on seeing how many more words total I can get between today 08/19/16 & 12/31/16. The 500+ wo... Read more

  • no walk for you shoe

    8/18/2016 2:59:18 PM, by SOFT_VAL67

    Well....... The saga continues. The search for shoes is back on! They were pretty on the webpage. The reviews were mostly good. They looked good in the box. They even looked decent when I put them on. But, that was not a happy moment. I had a feeling before I ever tried them on that th... Read more

  • I've Thrown Myself into the Arms of A Dangerous Lover (Sugar)

    8/18/2016 10:42:38 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I have done so well with sugar this year; so much so that I've felt victorious. However, these past few weeks of a huge nerve pain flare-up (Shingles) have made me run into its clutches as a reward. Yes, I know better. I am correcting it as of today. Last week I found meds on the sidewalk an... Read more

  • Arugula Potato Salad

    8/17/2016 9:02:34 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, It is a great day for a family picnic but not without this! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 1/2 pounds red potatoes, cubed 3 Tbsps white vinegar 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp black pepper 1/4 c olive oil 1 bunch arugula, shredded ... Read more

  • Tomato-Melon Gazpacho

    8/16/2016 9:12:30 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, We all love tomatoes and melons but what about this way! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 4 tomatoes, peeled and seeded. Reserve 1 cup One 3-pound cantaloupe, diced. Reserve 1 cup. 5 Tbsps olive oil 1 1/2 cups plain or vanilla yogurt 10 basil leaves Sal... Read more

  • blue sky monday

    8/15/2016 11:04:56 AM, by SOFT_VAL67

    There was a time when I would have gotten a letter in the mail like the one I got today, and I would have been so upset, distraught, angry, scared and worried and anxious. But not now. I am ready for a change. I am over sitting and worrying about something I have no control over. I will take ... Read more

  • Sourdough, Swiss, And Mango Chutney Grilled Cheese

    8/15/2016 9:00:27 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, A good ol fashioned...take a peek! Ingredients~ 8 slices sourdough bread 2-3 Tbsps butter, softened 8 slices Swiss cheese 1/2 c mango chutney (more or less, depending on taste) Directions~ Butter both sides of bread, placing 2 slic... Read more

  • Salmon Loaf

    8/14/2016 10:09:03 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, If you like meatloaf, you are going to LOVE this! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 (16-oz.) can salmon 2/3 c evaporated milk 2 cups soft bread crumbs 1 egg, well beaten 3 Tbsps. minced parsley 2 Tbsps. minced onion 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp Tabasco sauce 1... Read more

  • Coffee and Me

    8/13/2016 12:25:54 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I've written about coffee so often during my time on SP, that it even bores me. I've tried giving it up so many times, even though only one small mug a day has been my only caffeine source. For about the past three months (out of the seven I've had nerve pain from Shingles), I've gotten rid of... Read more

  • Sauteed Greens

    8/13/2016 9:02:46 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Out to the garden we go for this! Take a peek! Ingredients~ Several bags of baby spinach or a mild green of your choice. You can also just use baby bok choy or any mild green you like. Sometimes you can find a bag of mixed chopped greens consisting of baby spi... Read more

  • I Found Someone's Prescription Meds on the Sidewalk While Walking

    8/12/2016 6:08:34 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I called the pharmacy that was listed on the label and gave them my name and phone number to give to the lady whose scrip this is. She just left a message on my phone and will probably be coming over to pick it up. Strange to look down on the sidewalk and see a container of pills. I certainly... Read more

  • Whole Wheat Veggie Mac & Cheese

    8/12/2016 9:25:36 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Who does NOT like mac & cheese? MODERATION is the key here! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 pound whole wheat macaroni 3 1/4 cups milk 1/4 c butter 12 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded 4 tbls cornstarch 2 cans stewed tomatoes 2 cups broccoli 2 cups ka... Read more

  • To Premiere, or NOT to Premiere - That is The Question

    8/11/2016 12:14:40 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Throughout the years on SP, I've bought everything possible to be supportive of the site. I'm happy to hear so many rave about the new Premiere program. But, for me, it smacks of manipulation in NOT getting deluged by ads. I feel they've overloaded the pop-ups as a marketing move to encourage... Read more

  • and they are grape and pink!!!

    8/11/2016 10:34:37 AM, by SOFT_VAL67

    I did it!!!! I bite the bullet, pushed order, and ordered me a new pair of running shoes!!! I may end up sending them back if they arent wide enough because I just couldnt find a pair in wide, but I am currently wearing a regular width and we will see how it goes. Luckily I ordered from zappos... Read more

  • Flax And Sunflower Seed Bread

    8/11/2016 12:33:11 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, A BLT on flax and sunflower seed bread is awesome so I had better get out to the garden, grab up some sunflower seeds, and get to bake'in bread! (I am using my bread machine this time) To hot for the oven! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 1/3 cups water 2 Tbsps but... Read more

  • Very Berry Salad

    8/10/2016 10:50:12 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Sorry I was not here for a couple of days as I thought that my internet went out again! I was on my phone this morning and happen to click on a piece of sparkmail and low and behold, we are in business! So without further ado and not to jinks this, Take a peek! Ingre... Read more

  • over or under support

    8/10/2016 10:37:35 AM, by SOFT_VAL67

    Over pronate, underpronate. I have read and read up on the subject. Flat feet you are more likely to overpronate??? Is this the case, because then I look for shoes made for that issue and I when I read reviews on the shoe, it is the total opposite. I dont want to end up with the shoe that doe... Read more

  • Insanity

    8/10/2016 9:04:19 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I continue to do the same things, but expect different results. Unless I change up my program, I really won't lose these remaining pounds. Plain and simple. Wishing all a happy, healthy day.... Read more

  • Olympics Are Fun to Watch, Commercials Are Not

    8/8/2016 1:15:21 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Not usually a TV watcher, I tried to see some of the Olympic sporting events yesterday. Yikes, the commercials are out-of-hand. Maybe I'll try to find some online instead. Wishing all a wonderful day.... Read more

  • Garlic Pasta

    8/8/2016 12:46:03 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Let's face it, we all like pasta right? I thought so. Take a peek! Ingredients~ Tri-Color Orzo or Israeli Couscous (Israeli Couscous is larger pearled couscous which is toasted pasta) 1/8 c of extra virgin olive oil 1 Tbsp minced garlic 1 Tbsp butter (opti... Read more

  • Avocado Cilantro Bagel Spread

    8/7/2016 9:26:06 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Looking for a healthy and yummy spread for your bagel? I got it! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 ripe fresh avocado 1 oz. goat cheese 1/4 tsp. onion powder 11/2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro 1/8 tsp. black pepper dash of cayenne pepper 1/8 tsp. salt 1 Tbsp. f... Read more

  • Balsamic Glazed Blackened Salmon

    8/6/2016 1:19:07 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Salmon for dinner and I need to know how many place settings?! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 lb. salmon fillet Chef Paul Prudhomme Blackened Redfish Magic (Walmart sells this) 2 Tbsps extra virgin olive oil 1 clove of garlic, minced Balsamic glaze (See not... Read more

  • Tilapia Oreganato

    8/5/2016 9:44:05 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Have you got your omega 3's today? Well then here they are! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 2 tilapia fillets 1/4 c extra virgin olive oil 1/8 c lemon juice 1/4 c white wine 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 Tbsps oregano Salt and Pepper to taste 2 or more Tbsps... Read more

  • which shoe shoe shoe making me blue!!!!

    8/4/2016 11:37:00 AM, by SOFT_VAL67

    Ok walking and running sparkers. I have broken the internet, shut down five websites and confused myself to no end!!! I cannot decide, which shoes to buy. I have researched, compared prices, read reviews, and added and removed more shoes from more shopping carts this week than I can count. T... Read more

  • Papaya Salad

    8/4/2016 9:05:15 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Go on out the back door and on that tree over there you will find one of these to make some of this! Take a peek! ngredients~ 3 cloves garlic, peeled 3 fresh green chili peppers 6 green beans, cut into 1/2" pieces 1 large unripe papaya, peeled and cut into... Read more

  • Spiced Tea

    8/3/2016 9:15:30 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Time for a TALL glass of this! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 2 cups brewed tea 1 orange, peeled, quartered and seeds removed 1 small apple, peeled and cored 1/8 tsp cinnamon powder Honey or sugar, to taste Directions~ Blend ingredien... Read more

  • dwelling on the good

    8/3/2016 5:59:55 AM, by SOFT_VAL67

    Philip H. I don't care what you're wearing, or how much make-up you have on or don't have on; it's just you that makes you so pretty,i know It's quite peculiar for bees and butterflies to not notice a beautiful flower like you,angel you look divine! If I were to present your picture in heaven, so ... Read more

  • and searching for a bathroom.

    8/2/2016 12:50:43 PM, by SOFT_VAL67

    Another day, another no dollar! Walked a very little amount this morning, due to rain, then heat, then pain in the foot. I am at my wits end about what to do over my foot. I am still trying to decide which shoes to go with, and hoping some new gel inserts will help in the meantime. Getting o... Read more

  • makes ya heart go boom boom sighhhhh

    8/1/2016 1:52:00 PM, by SOFT_VAL67

    Today I got good news!!!! Nothing like WHAM KABOOM, but just a good heart review. I had an appointment with the cardiologist, and he asked me a leg long list of questions, did an ekg, and then told me he wanted to do a stress test. We walked down the hallway, me answering questions about exerc... Read more