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  • Double-Apple Walnut Bread

    9/26/2016 11:16:32 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I am baking bread today! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 c sweetened or unsweetened applesauce 1/2 c plus 1 Tbsp sugar 1/2 c packed light-brown sugar 2 large eggs 1/4 c vegetable oil 1/4 c plain or vanilla yogurt 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpos... Read more

  • Hair Loss from Stress, Heat Wave, Misc.

    9/26/2016 12:27:57 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    One of the most obvious ways stress continues to affect me is hair loss. I'm steadily losing a lot and wonder if I'll become an old, bald lady. Whatever. This extreme heat is so uncomfortable; summer just doesn't seem to want to leave. Please go away now and come back next year. Trying ... Read more

  • Watching Relatives Slowly Getting Sicker From Poor Eating Habits

    9/25/2016 12:37:43 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I've done what I can to help influence two loved ones, but to no avail. It is very stressful to see them get sicker as they pay no attention to healthy choices. Very sad. Have a fun weekend.... Read more

  • NSV's in Sept, Stress, Misc.

    9/24/2016 10:43:14 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I had set a modest goal of five pounds lost in September, but have only lost two so far. However, my clothes are fitting much better and I've received several nice compliments that reinforce that I am on the right track. I'm not going to let the scale get me down. The scientists I heard on th... Read more

  • Beef Vegetable Casserole

    9/23/2016 12:03:57 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Are you wondering what's for dinner? Well wonder no more! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 4 medium carrots, shredded 2 medium zucchini, thinly sliced 2 medium summer squashes, thinly sliced 1 large onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1 pound lean ground be... Read more

  • LET THEM EAT DIRT (BOOK)

    9/23/2016 10:03:31 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Yesterday, two Canadian scientists (who authored the above titled book) were on the radio discussing how living in an overly-sanitized world is adversely affecting our health. It was interesting. They said that the scientific community always knew that the brain talks to the gut, but only recently... Read more

  • Beef And Eggplant Stew

    9/22/2016 5:09:01 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Get out the Dutch oven, gather the ingredients and...Take a peek! Ingredients~ 4 Tbsps oil 2 pounds stew beef cubed 4 onions, peeled and chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 6 ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped 1/2 c dry white wine 4 cups chicken stock 2... Read more

  • Bayer-Monsanto Merger Nightmare

    9/22/2016 10:26:52 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    As I was falling asleep last night, I heard a radio guest talk about this $66B merger and what it means for our food chain. Although I don't remember the specifics, it is a nightmare of the worst order. Then they mentioned the role Dupont plays in all of this. Yikes! No wonder disease has been r... Read more

  • dont look behind me cause it aint there!!!

    9/21/2016 2:19:40 PM, by SOFT_VAL67

    Switched the custom orthotics out of my shoes again this morning, I had a pair here that my mom had given me, they were kinda flat and cheap looking so I didnt know if they would be any good. But I had a really good walk, turns out they are custom to go into shoes made specifically for people with... Read more

  • Smokey Chipotle Gumbo Stew

    9/21/2016 10:38:19 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, The stew is on and dinner is still at 6pm sharp! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 Tbsp canola oil 4 skinless, boneless, chicken breasts cut into 1-inch chunks 2 medium onions, diced 1 pound fresh or frozen okra, stems and ends removed, cut into 1/2-inch pieces ... Read more

  • Lysine and Apple Cider Vinegar - Two "Miracle" Remedies

    9/21/2016 8:59:59 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Several years ago, my cat Prince Harry started to have eye infection flare-ups from his feline herpes virus. Going to the vet got expensive and the antibiotic drops didn't work very well. Then I researched on the internet and found the recommendation for L-lysine. Several SP friends at that time ... Read more

  • I Dreamt of My Deceased Cat Last Night

    9/20/2016 9:21:08 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I don't think I've ever had a dream about a pet that I've lost. William was Harry's brother (both Princes) and died two years ago this December. I miss him every single day; he had puppy personality and even though he looked super grouchy, he was the happiest little soul I've ever seen. I awo... Read more

  • lets try this for awhile

    9/20/2016 9:53:42 AM, by SOFT_VAL67

    The best laid plans, foiled again. Today the plan was to walk 4 miles. I took some comment advice and put my orthotics back into my shoes and at first, the first two miles were going well. Only minimal pain in the feet, but around about 2.5 my right arch started aching. Getting more sore with ... Read more

  • Visualizing Whenever I'm Hungry

    9/19/2016 8:59:35 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I remind my body, whenever I get hungry, that there's a little reservoir of fat it needs to use first before I'm going to eat. I visualize it chomping away on that yucky fat (see my SP pics for a reminder of what it looks like). Yummy! (smiling) Wishing all a happy, healthy day.... Read more

  • stuff on a monday

    9/19/2016 6:18:17 AM, by SOFT_VAL67

    Down another pound!!! I am celebrating this little loss. Yet.....the self critic in me says....if you hadnt had that roll with dinner the other night, or those two pieces of bread last night you might be down 2 lbs!!! I cant disagree. But, I will take the one pound loss and be happy with it. ... Read more

  • Cheesy Shrimp Melts

    9/18/2016 11:48:34 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, We are having shrimp for dinner! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 3 cups water 1 pound medium fresh shrimp, unpeeled 1 c (4 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese 1/4 c chopped celery 2 Tbsps thinly sliced scallion 1/4 c mayonnaise Kosher or sea salt and fre... Read more

  • Parched Skin, Mini Facial Massager, Heat Wave

    9/18/2016 10:02:04 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    San Diego is a pretty city, but in the middle of a five-year drought. So it is brown and dry. Some visitors complain that it isn't green enough and I do understand that. It is so important to stay hydrated when the atmosphere is sucking so much moisture from your body. I also have to use a lot o... Read more

  • the calm friendly weekend

    9/18/2016 7:38:57 AM, by SOFT_VAL67

    I have been getting to walk every morning, with the exception of one day last week when I had an appt. And today, due to the rain. But yesterday was a good walk, while not as long, it was nice, because I went fishing with honey, and while he fished, I walked. It is in a park area where ther... Read more

  • Sept 17 Weekly summary

    9/17/2016 6:00:49 PM, by MRSGIXXER

    We had a great week this week. Got to the gym almost every day. Our training session on Wednesday was pretty intense but we are looking forward to our own workouts starting on Monday. Eating is still a challenge for us. Sometimes we totally forget to eat at all. Goals for next week: S... Read more

  • Confession of a Cheese Addict, Chromium's "Magic" & Harvest Moon

    9/17/2016 12:36:38 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I can only say that I have been a cheese maniac for most of my life. There's no describing how much I've loved it. However, I just started eliminating cheese over the past few weeks. Not totally, just a LOT less. Which is like totally eliminating it for me. It's amazing how the body responds wh... Read more

  • Turkey Burritos

    9/16/2016 1:20:13 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, How 'bout a healthy burrito for lunch or dinner? Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted juice of 1 lime hot sauce, to taste 1-1/2 cups peeled, seeded, diced tomatoes 1/2 c chopped sweet onions salt and pepper, to taste 4 to 6 flo... Read more

  • My Most Hated Veggie

    9/16/2016 8:27:51 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    BEETS. Made me puke as a kid, and just the thought of them makes my stomach start hurting. Quite an extreme reaction to such an innocent veggie. (smiling) Do you have any that does similar to you? Food tracking is still a work in progress. I do fine during the first half of the day, but ge... Read more

  • Repairs, Raspberry Ketones, Red Lobster

    9/14/2016 9:50:40 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    This past couple of months have ushered in a plethora of repairs that have driven me nuts with their accompanying charges. First, electrical repairs. Then, water heater replacement and plumber. This morning, garage door opener. Yes, it's just part of life, but I still had to whine a bit and get... Read more

  • Tuscan Salmon Pasta

    9/14/2016 8:51:12 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Oh how we love pasta, let me count the ways! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 8 oz. bow tie pasta 1 c broccoli florets, chopped into bite-sized pieces 2 oz. (3 to 4 tbsp.) cream cheese, roughly cubed 3 oz. smoked salmon, roughly chopped 4 artichoke hearts, chop... Read more

  • Granola

    9/13/2016 8:37:12 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I was just ready to post this and lost it so here we go again! If you are looking for a healthy snack or a topping for your favorite cereal Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 part raw peanuts 1 part chopped almonds 1 part cashew pieces 2 parts rolled oats (oatmea... Read more

  • Survived Yesterday's Extreme Stress

    9/13/2016 9:09:29 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Literally from dawn to dusk, I was helping from long distance (by phone and texts) with a relative in extreme distress and a potentially life-threatening situation. Can't go into details here, but suffice it to say, my adrenaline was pumping big time. At the eleventh hour, all turned out fine. I... Read more

  • hold your water please!!

    9/13/2016 6:33:18 AM, by SOFT_VAL67

    According to my scale, I am down 1 lb for this past week and that makes 7 since my last doc appointment on August 26. Seems unreal. But I dont get my hopes up too high, i have learned the hard way. But right now, even though its such a small amount, 1 lb is my only recent victory. I hate to ... Read more

  • Frustration, NSV, Food Tracking and Misc.

    9/12/2016 8:38:06 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I had a goal of 5 lbs lost in September. After doing all the right things, the scale is not moving. However, clothes are fitting looser, which is a good sign. I realized, after seeing my Ninja pic that I posted here on SP, that I sometimes wear baggy clothes which make me look larger. I need to ... Read more

  • To a great Sunday!

    9/11/2016 8:43:54 PM, by MRSGIXXER

    Today has been a good day! We have figured out a training schedule and plan as well as a meal plan. This is something that is really hard for me. I feel like when it comes to healthy meals I am a bit dyslexic. But we are getting through it. I have read a lot in between football games, laundry an... Read more

  • Fall Reset

    9/11/2016 12:10:41 PM, by MRSGIXXER

    So far September is turing out to be a great month of positive changes for me and my family. Our youngest started college and FINALLY got her drivers license (last month) so we don't have to cart her around everywhere anymore. Eric and I have been back at the gym regularly and I've been consistent... Read more

  • 15 Years Later, I Still Cry

    9/11/2016 10:37:11 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I've never forgotten and just lit my huge candle in honor of the 3,000 victims of 9/11, their families, and their friends. ... Read more

  • Kumquat Chicken

    9/11/2016 10:31:05 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, It seems forever that I have posted my recipe and thought of the day and sorry that I have not been here to do just that but between the internet, phone and AT&T giving me fits, I would think that you get the picture!!!! So I am here now and without further interruptions,(I hope) ... Read more

  • Fitbit vs. Samsung

    9/9/2016 11:10:28 PM, by MRSGIXXER

    I own the Fitbit One and the Samsung Gear Fit 2. I will start with what I love, my Fitbit! I have used a Fitbit since 2009 or 2010 I don't quite remember. I've only used the kind you can attach to your belt buckle or put in your pocket. As much as I like my Fitbit One I have not found a Fitbit fi... Read more

  • Creating a New Me

    9/9/2016 6:38:08 PM, by TKRYSTINA

    I am working on creating & becoming a New Me. I am trying to learn about & embrace my Native American heritage. I am a member of the Cherokee Nation. Even though we do not have enough Cherokee in our blood to get any money I still consider myself a member of the Cherokee Nation. I am also Scottish,... Read more

  • Nothing In Particular, Just Checking In

    9/9/2016 9:47:19 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I run out of things to say in blogs, but still want to check in to say hello. Wishing all a wonderful day.... Read more

  • chop dice steam

    9/9/2016 5:51:51 AM, by SOFT_VAL67

    I am happy to announce I have lost 5 pounds. I am working really hard to keep that off and lose 5 more before I go back to the doctor in two weeks. That is my goal. I am not going to fret if I dont. I have been adding more time and steps to my daily walks. And more intensity, taking the st... Read more

  • Football Season - who's with me

    9/8/2016 10:52:41 PM, by MRSGIXXER

    We love football in our house. Well two out of three isn't bad but you can't really expect a 19 year old college girl to love football, but she likes it. We root for the Packers, Steelers and Seahawks in our house. This year we are going to adopt a high school team to follow which I am excited abo... Read more

  • In the Groove Again!

    9/7/2016 7:06:28 PM, by MRSGIXXER

    When I logged into SparkPeople today I received a message that I had logged in 3 days in a row. That's a small streak but a streak! My husband and I joined a new gym at the end of July and had only gone about 3 times before September but we are back at it and going 5 days a week. I never understan... Read more

  • Hiking Poles

    9/6/2016 2:56:45 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Every few years I go through this; I read about how they burn more calories when walking and I buy some. I always intend to use them during my regular walks, then realize how ridiculous it looks along the road. Not that I mind looking ridiculous. (smiling) I give them away, and then a few years l... Read more

  • Sad for My Friend, Huge Prayer Candle, Misc.

    9/4/2016 1:47:52 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    My dear friend's mother died last week as a result of nursing home abuse and neglect. My friend had gotten a lawyer and kept all of the evidence along the way, and it is indeed a criminal case, per the attorney. The young police officer who went above and beyond in trying to help my friend and her... Read more

  • Scrambled Eggs With Mushrooms

    9/4/2016 9:22:14 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Get your day started off with this! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1/2 pound mushrooms 1/4 c milk 3 Tbsps butter 3 scallions, chopped 1/2 dozen eggs, beaten Directions~ Carefully clean mushrooms with a damp paper towel and cut them in... Read more

  • Post Office Head-Scratcher, Misc

    9/2/2016 11:57:26 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    The other day I went to the post office and told the rep at the checkout that I wanted the package to get there by Saturday. I spent a fortune on priority mail which is two-day service. As I'm paying a king's ransom, he says, "It's not guaranteed to get there on Saturday, but we try our best." I ... Read more

  • September

    9/2/2016 5:21:46 AM, by SOFT_VAL67

    I was really looking forward to September. I knew the mornings would be a little cooler and I would get to walk without dying from heat stroke. But then yesterday, my calender pops up on my phone, and I see how many appointments I have this month. I am just about tired of running. I think I h... Read more

  • Goal for September

    9/1/2016 10:08:05 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Can it possibly be September already? Yesterday I pondered how much weight I plan to lose this month. At first I was going for a bigger number, but soon realized that I have to be realistic. Since I've been a slow loser, it's unlikely that I'll suddenly pick up steam. So I settled on 5 lbs. Yes... Read more

  • Fiddlehead Soup

    8/31/2016 7:29:24 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Sorry for the delay of my recipe and thought of the day. I have been having a whooper of a time with my email program! When I try to click on a piece of mail, it takes me nowhere! I mean nowhere!! So I thought that I would try one more time and guess what? Take a peek! ... Read more

  • Weigh-In After Months (!), Ridiculous Things I Sometimes Tell Myself, Misc.

    8/31/2016 9:47:37 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I am going in the right direction; my clothes are fitting looser. Haven't weighed for several months and decided that I'm going to do so weekly. Starting today. Am pleased with the number on the scale this morning, and will continue my new-found motivation, which has been in the background this ... Read more

  • Off-Ramp!!

    8/31/2016 6:41:33 AM, by SOFT_VAL67

    So, I went ahead and unhooked my new cpap machine and hooked my old one back up. I have used it the last two nights. Despite the fact that my doctor ordered the new one so that they could monitor it thru wifi, I did not bother to put it online until a few nights ago when I began having trouble w... Read more

  • 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