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  • Heatwave, Shingles pain, NSV's, Halloween, Misc.

    10/19/2016 1:13:33 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Today is the start of a heatwave here in SoCal. Frankly, I was hoping the high temps would be gone for the year. Enough is enough already. As many of you know and have heard a million times, I've had flare-ups of Shingles nerve pain all year and they are awful. I'm learning to live with the... Read more

  • Exercising with Anger Triples Heart Attack Risk

    10/13/2016 12:54:13 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    That's been the big headline of the week. I'll never have to worry because I don't exercise to the point of stressing my heart. (smiling) Guess I may not be able to be the cowgirl clown I'd planned for Halloween since there's this big thing with clowns these days. Who could've predicted thi... Read more

  • Not Worried About Sugar During The Upcoming Holiday Season

    10/12/2016 9:25:36 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I don't even think of sugar anymore, after a lifetime of being the sugar queen of the universe. Very thrilled about this shift, but aware not to be overly-confident as that poison can intrude at any time without warning. In other words, like any addiction, vigilance is necessary to keep it out of ... Read more

  • New Work Project & Time Commitments, Not Sure How SP Time Will be Affected

    10/9/2016 9:59:27 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Tomorrow begins a new work project for me that takes me WAY out of my comfort zone. Not sure if I'll last a day, week, month or year, but it'll take me a minute to figure out how to do SP daily. At least to some extent. I may not be able to respond to blogs the way I usually do, but will catch up... Read more

  • Persistent Heat Wave

    10/8/2016 1:31:59 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Thinking of those in the path of Hurricane Matthew and hope you stay safe. Several of my SP friends live in other parts of FL and have been spared. In SoCal, hot temps persist. But relief is supposed to start on Monday. Have a fun weekend.... Read more


    10/8/2016 3:50:17 AM, by SAMPAGUITA3

    i happen to notice a pattern in myself over the years in fitness and dieting. i always give up in the middle of the journey. its either i lose my motivation, ate too much or got lazy. actually its a combination of all those things. i feel like ive been loaded with the negative. after i lose the fir... Read more

  • Happy Thanksgiving and Happy New Year (and prayers for those in the path of H. Matt)

    10/6/2016 8:39:15 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    To those celebrating the above holidays, I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday. Have a happy day, friends.... Read more

  • Shake, Rattle & Roll. If I'm Suddenly Gone from SP, It Might Mean...

    10/5/2016 1:34:33 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    ...that the ground has swallowed me up. We are on high alert in SoCal with a record number of quakes nearby. That mighty ole San Andreas is WAYYY overdo to blow. Honestly, I've been in a few and I'll have a coronary before anything else because I panic. I try not to, but I do. Yesterday's R... Read more

  • Stuffed Acorn Squash

    10/5/2016 1:10:26 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I am stuffing some healthy stuff for dinner! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 3 acorn squashes, halved, seeded, and trimmed 2 Tbsps butter, melted 6 Tbsps butter 1 onion, chopped 1 c minced celery 1/2 tsp each dried sage, parsley, thyme, and oregano 2 Tbsps... Read more


    10/4/2016 9:19:16 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Last night, before bedtime, an email surprise came in. It is my Great Wall Badge from Fitbit; I've walked 5500 miles. Yes, I'm proud. Okay, today's lunch at Red Lobster will be moderate, not all you can eat shrimp. (although I'm sorely tempted) Wishing all a great day.... Read more

  • I've Graduated to Using Deep Greens

    10/3/2016 9:41:12 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I never really paid attention to the type of lettuce I was using for myriad salads. Even though I'd read about the nutrients in kale, chard, and similar others, I had a habit of just using iceberg. Well, for awhile now, I've been using containers of deep green mixes and my body is appreciatin... Read more

  • Welcome October, Pain Flareup, Successful Restaurant Eating

    10/2/2016 10:34:06 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Welcome, October. And I'm still amazed that we are entering the last quarter of '16. Just flipping these calendar pages faster than ever and watching time evaporate. Yesterday ushered in not only October but also another nerve pain flare-up from shingles I've had all year. I guess I'm lear... Read more

  • Food Tracking, Sugar, Goodbye September, and Misc.

    9/30/2016 8:44:28 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I recently got serious about food tracking and what a valuable tool it is! It's so helpful to see the exact calorie intake every day. That way, when I have a night time snack, I know that it's within my range. I'm getting better with consistency in remembering to track all day. As I've said befo... Read more

  • Always Amazed By Good Attitudes from Those In Chronic Pain

    9/29/2016 3:51:37 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    There have been several SP friends who have made me shake my head in amazement as their illnesses/pains are intense, yet they remain motivated, pleasant and friendly. I've had some pass away who were beyond belief (including my dearest cousin) in their bravery and kind demeanor despite agonizingly ... Read more

  • Scale Isn't Moving, But My Body Is

    9/28/2016 12:00:08 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I'm being such a good girl (smiling), but the scale refuses to acknowledge it. But I can see several good changes in my body, including comments from others, and it's encouraging. So, who cares about the scale? Doing great without sugar, less starches, and much less cheese. Have you ever don... Read more

  • Roasted Autumn Vegetables

    9/28/2016 10:42:55 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Get a healthy dose of this...Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 pound small red-skinned potatoes, quartered, or whole creamer potatoes 2 cups peeled butternut squash, cut into 1/2-inch dice 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch-thick diagonal slices 2 ... Read more

  • ready for the free fall

    9/27/2016 12:29:11 PM, by SOFT_VAL67

    I have never been a fan of roller coasters. Just like everyone, I like the thrill and fear of coming down, but its the going up that I cant stand. Same can be said of my weight. Which has been stuck on a roller coaster for about 2 years now. But its not one of them big wild twisting upside do... Read more

  • September Has Been About Rewiring My Brain

    9/27/2016 9:32:31 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I set a goal of five pounds gone in September. I've gotten rid of four. But, more importantly, I've retrained my brain to realize that I'm not going to be eating as much as I have always eaten. It has taken a lot of conscious restructuring to make my psyche aware that I do not need that amount of... Read more

  • 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