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  • My Thanksgiving "George Story"

    11/26/2015 8:30:15 PM, by TERI-RIFIC

    In the 80's I worked as an RN in critical care-specifically Coronary Care. We did not use nurses aides in our unit. We had a dirty utility room for emptying bed pans and trash. One of my all time pet peeves was arriving at the large garbage cans, loaded down with gross detritus, only to find that t... Read more

  • A British take on Thanksgiving

    11/26/2015 5:21:20 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Here in the UK we don’t have Thanksgiving although my friend Kim who came from the States would always celebrate. We lost Kim very suddenly on the 19th Feb 2012 Today is one of those days when I'm thinking of her a great deal. And so, I’d like to give thanks for the friendship Kim and I shared. ... Read more

  • My Second Annual Turkey Trot

    11/26/2015 1:54:42 PM, by TERI-RIFIC

    Here are a few pics from this morning.This year I got to run with my daughter and it didn't snow. My granddaughter ran and got her medal from before and wanted to get in on the photo action. What a difference from last year when it was freezing and we had a foot of snow. I l... Read more

  • "...a heart wide open to all this beauty..."

    11/25/2015 9:02:37 PM, by SWDOTB2

    "This food is the gift of the whole universe—the earth, the sky, and much hard work. May we live in a way that makes us worthy to receive it. May we transform our unskillful states of mind, especially our greed. May we take only foods that nourish us and prevent illness. We accept this fo... Read more

  • My 'nursing' shift is done

    11/25/2015 6:32:58 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Yesterday my 'worker friend' showed some improvement - not least his appetite seemed to be returning. He was due to be travelling home today. He woke up feeling much better this morning and was indeed able to travel home this evening. So, my nursing duties are done for the time being and I'm very... Read more

  • Channelling my inner Pollyanna

    11/24/2015 5:47:55 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Weigh in Monday. No loss again. In fact a 2 oz gain. Negligible I know but hugely frustrating after 2 months of basically being stuck. There was no question of my giving up but, I did feel a bit frustrated. And then I looked at my 'stats' since I joined Spark all those years ago. And you know ... Read more

  • Now worried about new job

    11/24/2015 10:15:52 AM, by ICANINSIGHT

    I am not usually a worrier, but I couldn't sleep last night. My back has been hurting all week. I start the new part time job soon and what if I can't do it? What if I can't pay for my dental work? I have been really busy applying for other jobs of a more sedentary nature, but have not heard... Read more

  • how to season and roast a turkey

    11/23/2015 10:58:30 PM, by COACHSANDRAAULT
    N_ROAST_TURKEY... Read more

  • Hungry All Of The Time?

    11/23/2015 4:31:21 AM, by ~INDYGIRL

    I read that a new science is emerging about something called leptin resistance. Leptin is the satisfaction hormone that tells the brain you are satisfied. Scientists are now discovering that very overweight people are becoming resistant to their own leptin levels and therefor staying hungrier. ... Read more

  • Ideas for Christmas stocking Stuffers?

    11/22/2015 8:10:52 PM, by ELISADENK

    Any ideas for Christmas stocking stuffers for DH? Seems I go through this problem every season. And, speaking of Christmas, check this out:
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  • Tizzy's weekend ups and downs

    11/22/2015 6:51:16 PM, by TIZSLIM

    My youngest son's birthday went well yesterday. It was lovely to have all three of my children here together. I'm still getting used to the idea they are all adults and living their own lives. Not to mention my daughter no longer lives at home. I still get plenty of time when any one of them are... Read more

  • Interesting article as well as the comments, who do we believe?

    11/21/2015 12:06:18 PM, by WINACHST

    I just read an article,
    eeds-milk/ , No Body Needs Milk. I like to read comments on articles to see what and how others are thinking on an issue. I was amazed at how the majority of the comments were attacking the author and that he is a chiropractor and therefore ... Read more

  • Day 262

    11/21/2015 6:50:16 AM, by TIGERSPEECH

    Goal: keep up my plan through the weekend. So not having 2 pieces of flat bread pizza during the football game today. Not sure if it was the calories or sodium, but I usually felt too full the next day. Planning on Boca burger, brussels sprouts and carrots. Don't usually blog food, but thought it w... Read more

  • Plumbing, Perusing, Pruning and Planning.

    11/20/2015 5:57:38 PM, by TIZSLIM

    My 'worker friend' started on the actual plumbing of the ground floor shower room today. Unfortunately he has a slight cold so progress is slow. Hard to perform to the best of your ability when you're feeling rough. I spent part of my day perusing the internet as I'm still looking for a sui... Read more

  • Age 65 and New P/T Job

    11/20/2015 10:25:53 AM, by ICANINSIGHT

    I accepted a part time job as a merchandiser. I am a bit worried about my lower back, but my knees are in good shape. I believe it will be good for me, the bending, squatting and up and down. Plus I will get to meet new people for my other job in network marketing. I purchased a lumbar... Read more

  • Day 260

    11/20/2015 5:34:19 AM, by TIGERSPEECH

    Yesterday I had one of my worst days of work. I left feeling defeated, but talked to a friend MAF and felt better. As usual, it was the paperwork that got to me. I'm my own worst inner critic and am working on it. Things I am considering to make my life better: Keep on with regular exercise of s... Read more

  • He's back

    11/19/2015 6:46:38 PM, by TIZSLIM

    My 'Worker Friend' is back. Actually he arrived Tuesday evening. I welcomed him with a moussaka I made with quorn mince. I made it without pre frying the aubergines which greatly reduced the fat and calorie count, but more importantly, still totally worked. In fact, I enjoyed it more as sometime... Read more

  • A Mindful Holiday Season

    11/18/2015 12:38:38 PM, by EARTHSEAME

    This year I am nurturing mindfulness for the upcoming holiday season. In the past I was responsible for cooking for large groups and hosting friends and family on top of having a full-time job and a few children. Though it was joyful (mostly!), it was also stressful. Now the last f... Read more

  • Tweaking

    11/17/2015 4:04:15 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Weigh in yesterday and I was back to the halfway point. Which means the extra lb or so was temporary and no doubt making myself take a walk Saturday and Sunday dealt with that. But I'm still stuck. Time for some tweaking. Firstly taking slightly longer routes when ever I have to go somewhe... Read more

  • Sugar needs vitamin b and it takes yours

    11/17/2015 9:30:49 AM, by WINACHST

    I found a cookbook, "Smart Muffins" , at one of the library book bag sales. I looked at it last night because my grandson takes his lunch to school and I try to bake him something so he'll have a healthy treat in it. The author, Jane Kinderlehrer, writes a bit about sugar in the beginning. She state... Read more

  • Well Eating

    11/16/2015 11:59:56 PM, by COACHSANDRAAULT

    Well Eating Stop before you're stuffed. On average people eat until their stomach 80% full. Give yourself time to feel full by stopping halfway through meals and drink a tall glass of water. Get up from the table, simply removing yourself from your meal can help curb your tendency to... Read more

  • No Squirrels

    11/15/2015 8:52:54 PM, by TIZSLIM

    I didn't want to again today. But I did. It wasn't all that cold, and it wasn't raining, and, well, I'm an expert at excuses. Which means I'm also an expert at recognising them too. So I put my boots on and off I trundled. As it was dry, I thought I'd take the opportunity for a walk in our local... Read more

  • I Don't Want To

    11/14/2015 6:13:52 PM, by TIZSLIM

    I often talk to myself. I tell people it's so I can be sure of getting an intelligent answer. Actually it's because I'm as mad as a nine bob note but shush, don't tell anyone - it's a secret. So this afternoon I had a little chat with myself; TizSlim - You need to do some exercise. TizS... Read more

  • What is wrong with me? (Warning -- venting)

    11/14/2015 12:28:40 PM, by WINACHST

    Ugh!! I cannot stand my eating choices, yet I keep making the same bad choices over and over. I need to stop eating so much candy. There I made my declaration. Now, that I ate all the candy that was in the house, I have a clean slate. It is almost embarrassing when my grandson brings me the em... Read more

  • Progress Not Perfection and Trust

    11/14/2015 10:20:06 AM, by ~INDYGIRL

    Progress not perfection will get you there. Just TRUST the method. It's the mistrust and second guessing and stressing that sends us over and into a binge. I used to be so bad that I didn't trust a waiter would really bring me a diet drink sometimes and would go binge because of that. Or I would... Read more

  • Tantrum Time

    11/13/2015 8:18:32 AM, by TIZSLIM

    At the end of October, I finally reached the half way point in my weight loss journey. Hurrah! I weigh in on Mondays and I have remained stuck [again] since then. Monday weigh in and not so much as an ounce lost. So I decided for a few weeks I'd have a second weigh in on a Thursday afternoon. T... Read more

  • Back from vacation

    11/11/2015 10:37:29 AM, by SANGRIALEL

    Time to start over......again. I feel like I will never get this right but not giving up... Read more

  • They shoot horses don't they?

    11/8/2015 6:47:35 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Here we go Round and round the floor Together in time Here we sit It looks like this is it Whatever This time It's making no sense But we'll stay here till the end Whatever This time They shoot horses don't they? They shoot horses don't they? They shoot horses don't t... Read more

  • Life is what happens...........

    11/7/2015 9:20:05 PM, by TIZSLIM

    ............... while you're busy making other plans. Just as I get my head around the fact that mum's care home is closing and I must find another, so I get a call to tell me mum has been taken into hospital with breathing problems. She is OK. She is stable. They are keeping her in fo... Read more

  • Two Wicked Fun Races and a Note on my Dog

    11/7/2015 3:57:42 PM, by TERI-RIFIC

    First off, I had a notice on Facebook that really hit home with me. It stated " I find that God usually gives me what I've been wanting after I stop worshipping it." I think this was very true with my house situation! Next, during my month off Spark People when I had no internet or TV, I was in th... Read more

  • Streamlining just everything!

    11/6/2015 11:16:30 AM, by ICANINSIGHT

    Sorry that I had to leave some Spark teams. I don't participate and it was causing a small bit of stress that I do not have time for it. I barely have time for the team I started and lead. Getting clothes sorted out, too. Might try some upcycling/recycling techniques I have seen on Pinterest. ... Read more

  • Day 245

    11/6/2015 5:33:01 AM, by TIGERSPEECH

    My cold is getting better and I am more focused on my weight loss journey. It's been a very hectic work week and I am trying hard not to feel exhausted. Maybe a nap after work will help today. I want to have a fun weekend and not just get through each day. "God grant me the serenity to accept t... Read more

  • WHAT TO DO .

    11/5/2015 11:30:12 AM, by SMIDGON

    HELLO ALL We all are still hanging in there. It seems like the week between chemo s are his best time! But, wouldn't you know both weeks of Thanksgiving Giving and the week of Christmas are both Chemo weeks,! Thanksgiving Day is when he gets the pump take out. And, that is Thanksgiv... Read more

  • Carrot Spaghetti

    11/4/2015 6:28:32 PM, by TIZSLIM

    My daughter mentioned this to me some months ago when I said I was trying to avoid gluten in an attempt to mitigate 'Arthur's' affect on me but I really missed pasta. I've kept an eye out for it but until last week didn't find any. Suddenly, it was on the website when I did my internet grocery sho... Read more

  • Carbs and when to eat them

    11/4/2015 8:49:43 AM, by COACHSANDRAAULT

    The key to any successful diet is balance, balance, balance. Carbohydrates, along with fat and protein, are macronutrients that play their own roles in the body. Carbs, in particular, are an important fuel source and serve to transport all kinds of nutrients into your system. As such, there’s no “be... Read more

  • Weekend work out!

    11/2/2015 7:45:44 PM, by TIZSLIM

    I mentioned previously that I was getting an internet grocery delivery on Saturday. You'll no doubt be relieved to hear the smoked kippers were not out of stock. The pumpkins were though. I was so disappointed. What is it with British supermarkets that they don't realise pumpkin is an awesome edi... Read more

  • November 01, 2015

    11/1/2015 7:48:29 PM, by GINYAN

    Ok no more excuses! Went to my nieces wedding last weekend and had to wear two spankys because everything was to tight, I now know what its like to be in a straight jacket, oh my gosh I can't believe I have put back on 30 of the 50 pounds I lost back in 2007, just goes to show you are never in the ... Read more

  • Stepping up a notch for November

    11/1/2015 7:32:19 PM, by TIZSLIM

    At last, I made it to the halfway mark. This month, I want to work on; 1) Ensuring I'm getting the correct amount of nutrients. 2) Minimum 15 minutes walking every day [yes I know I've said that before but I've slipped recently]. 3) More movement throughout the day. 4) Cut dow... Read more

  • Rebooting----again!

    11/1/2015 9:38:11 AM, by WINACHST

    Reboot time! I had a very bad week: no exercise and ate too much candy. I need to refocus and get back to the basics: eat real food, not too much and move more. I know what I need to do, but just seem to lack the motivation to do what I need to do. So, my first thing I am going to do is not bu... Read more

  • Day 242, November 1, 2015

    11/1/2015 8:05:59 AM, by TIGERSPEECH

    Well, news lately is: - I hiked 10 miles with friends to Len Foote Lodge in Dawsonville, Ga. - my weight is still bobbling around 160. - I ate some Halloween candy- mini Ki tKat and Snickers - I have a yucky cold. - I think I will go back to bed.... Read more

  • Two blog Tiz

    10/31/2015 10:37:31 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Another blog because I'm very excited. Last month I joined a new team [Stormy's challengers]. Each month the goal is to try and lose 10 lbs. Of course I didn't lose 10 lbs in October - nowhere near it. But that doesn't matter because if it was easy to do, it wouldn't be a challenge would it. Be... Read more

  • Happy Halloween!

    10/31/2015 2:27:22 PM, by WINACHST

    Happy Halloween! Trick or Treat! Let's not get tricked by the treats! I know that I might think that it tastes good, but I am really being tricked into thinking that. These past few years, I have stopped eating so many candy bars because they do not taste as good as I remember them tasting. I h... Read more

  • Stop splashing the paint

    10/31/2015 8:06:38 AM, by TIZSLIM

    Each day I track my food. Sometimes I may go fractionally over or under my daily allowance, but when I look at the average over any 7 day period, it's fine - I'm within range. Occasionally, my eyes will slide over the breakdown of carbs, protein, and fat but I don't really take it in. Until now. ... Read more

  • Arizona

    10/30/2015 11:07:14 PM, by FIT5FAMILY

    So I have a trip planned to Arizona Dec. 18th. I need to get in shape and get ready for hiking and the change in altitude. I have no idea what to expect but I know I need to get working. Treadmill and strength training. I'll do it from home. I actually get more done if I do it from home. four ... Read more

  • Beck Trek Review Days 34 to 35

    10/30/2015 5:46:35 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Day 34 Solve problems without turning to food Beck says thinking about a problem can help us feel more in control and less upset. This means we are less likely to try to soothe ourselves with food. So when upset, identify the problem.Then use 7?s from Day 27 to address it. Then choose a solution &... Read more

  • Beck Trek Review Days 30 to 33

    10/30/2015 3:22:38 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Day 30 Stay in control when eating out: I'm so glad I didn't overeat! Beck says at eating out occasions and celebrations we are exposed to a whole lot of eating triggers and may be tempted to apply different rules to these situations. We'll come unstuck if we don't plan ahead, prepare and pract... Read more

  • Sunset and other beginnings

    10/29/2015 3:42:37 PM, by TIZSLIM

    I went to visit my mother yesterday. She's currently in a residential home in Southend overlooking the seafront. However, the home is closing so we need to work out what is best for mum. I'd hoped that she could go back to her rented flat which I haven't let go, but, after yesterday's visit, that... Read more

  • The perfect storm is over. I made it and skies are sunny

    10/29/2015 2:43:09 PM, by TERI-RIFIC

    Yikes! We just moved twice in less than a month. We had to back out of the first house deal- the one that was being built. It appears that the builder was running out of money and was lying to us. So, about a week before our lease was up, we had no prospect of a house and had to get out of our townh... Read more

  • More on eating, health, etc

    10/29/2015 1:39:17 PM, by ICANINSIGHT

    Since being sick, I was not eating low carb and continued to lose weight. I am not hungry, but have been eating. I have had no sugar, but have been eating crackers, bread, fruit, etc. I have not been exercising. One thing I have not had is sugar, any kind, except fruit. The carbs, like bread, hav... Read more

  • Beck Trek review: Day 28, the beginning of Week 5, Day 29

    10/29/2015 1:42:52 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Day 28 Get ready to weigh in What! So soon? Yes, gird your loins, tomorrow is the end of the second dieting week. Three scenarios; each with their ST and response. If it goes down, celebrate each little loss, if not, problem solve. Commit: Before I step on the scale tomorrow I'm going to remind my... Read more

  • 100 Pounds smaller than my wedding day/ how?

    10/28/2015 11:54:28 AM, by ~INDYGIRL

    I celebrated my 25th wedding anniversary this weekend to the most wonderful guy. I dug up an old wedding pic and am proud to say the dress no longer fits as I was exactly 100 pounds heavier than I am now. It's sad that I dieted my way to "fat." It's also sad that I remember my exact weig... Read more

  • JOHN

    10/28/2015 9:37:26 AM, by SMIDGON

    PRAYERS for John please prayers for John. This morning he is running a temp.. First it was 100.5 Then, 99.5 Now, 100,9 THANKS janet ... Read more