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  • It doesn't have to be bad

    11/25/2014 8:44:35 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Having a great Thanksgiving - or any holiday for that matter - doesn't have to be a bummer just because we're following a healthy plan for our health, weight loss, etc. Yes, the holidays do seem to push those 'indulge thyself' ... Read more

  • anxiously waiting

    11/25/2014 10:31:05 AM, by MARGOH12

    Zelda is at the vets, she is still limping a bit and not weight bearing on her back left leg. We had to leave her there this morning, for xrays. We were upset naturally, then Bill asked me is it worse for you leaving Zelda at the vets or when you had to leave me in hospital? A good question, I tol... Read more

  • Upping the exercise

    11/25/2014 2:44:58 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    And have hurt my foot. I don't recall doing it, but for the last nearly week my left foot has been gypping me. I got DH to look at it tonight, and he says it is all bruised along one side. I guess if the bruising is visible, it is close to being gone. And it's a relief to know it is just a bruise... Read more

  • What is plantar faciitis??

    11/24/2014 4:45:29 PM, by DIANESKATZ

    Simply put: heel pain and inflammation of the plantar fascia band. I have been bothered with this foot problem for quite awhile now. I have heard it can take up to a year to heal itself too. I had it a year ago at work from standing all day and walking on pavement. It went away for awhile but due ... Read more

  • What's a treat?

    11/24/2014 11:44:22 AM, by MARGOH12

    We often hear of people who want to treat themselves, or someone they love. Often they want to treat them with something that's very bad for them. So I wondered how we can treat ourselves or someone we love without giving them something that's bad for them. So If I want to treat me what ten things... Read more

  • Sleep, Stress ... And Maxine!

    11/24/2014 11:03:22 AM, by BOHEMIANCAT

    I had a bit of problem getting to sleep last night. I was thinking about the stress test I have on Wednesday, holidays, you name it. Today I figured that Maxine always has the answer, so enjoy! ... Read more

  • Very Important Reminder

    11/24/2014 10:43:35 AM, by WINACHST

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  • About the BMI

    11/24/2014 8:10:28 AM, by WINACHST

    I found this on the McDougall forum about the best BMI for reduced risk of disease: "Impact of Overweight on the Risk of Developing Common Chronic Diseases During a 10-Year Period Arch Intern Med. 2001;161:1581-1586 Conclusions: During 10 years of follow-up, the incidence of diabetes, gal... Read more

  • Saturday Night Live Plus

    11/23/2014 4:59:41 PM, by TRESSWANN

    Last night we took the nieces to dinner and a Scrooge the musical (at the church, semi pro theatre group) This is the high point and social event of my holiday season. I realized that over the last few years my holiday social life has disappeared. I was never one for the "office" party. A reflec... Read more

  • Just wondering

    11/23/2014 4:56:22 PM, by MARGOH12

    I took a bus ride yesterday. A woman got on with a double buggy, no problem on modern buses. However another woman was told you can't get on we are only allowed one pushchair if there is a double on on. I wonder how they would react to a triplet pushchair? Links to images below. https://www.twin... Read more

  • November 2014

    11/23/2014 3:33:32 PM, by NATNOEL

    Hard to believe it is the end of November...this year flew by for me. I am up about 3 pounds since before we went to London last month so I better start making an effort to pay more attention these next few weeks or I am not going to be too happy by the end of the year. I am working all da... Read more

  • Plan B. Report on fasting day

    11/23/2014 11:10:59 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Well, that was different. I have done a lot of 500 calorie days over the last year or so and they have worked very well for me. But this felt really different, and I enjoyed it. My low cal days before were weeks with restricted foods, and I found them easy to do. Until I didn't. But this Fast Diet... Read more

  • 3 pounds gone

    11/23/2014 8:48:28 AM, by WINACHST

    WOW! I must have been holding a lot of water. Had to get up 3 times last night and was down 3 pounds this morning. I am feeling less bloated today.... Read more

  • I have to get back in control

    11/22/2014 6:50:43 PM, by WINACHST

    OMG! I stepped on the scale this morning and had reality slap me in the face. I gained 10 pounds since July. In 4 months, I added 10 pounds. I knew I was out of control with my eating ever since I had a foot injury and quite running. I had been eating lots of junk food and it was like I was on... Read more

  • Home at Last

    11/22/2014 4:46:29 PM, by MARGOH12

    Today at 11.37am GMT Bill called to say they're letting me come home! Mad dash to get home from the park and start dinner (spaghetti bolognaise). Grab Bill's clothes and an hour to the hospital by bus. Bill was finally discharged at 6.15 pm GMT We arrived h... Read more

  • Plan B, the Fast Diet

    11/21/2014 10:50:10 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    In the event yesterday did not make it to the work do, I had to work instead. Not to worry, DH & I went to a favorite place and had some yummy plates. No dessert though. This morning all set to go for a swim but the pool is in use for a swim meet. I suggested the other pool as plan B but DH didn... Read more

  • Not quite a walk in the park

    11/21/2014 5:37:45 PM, by MARGOH12

    Bill is not surprisingly going stir crazy. He was saying yesterday that he is really missing our walks with the dogs, we both love walking and being outside. So this morning I thought it would be a good idea to take our walk to him. So as I went along I picked up leaves. The vibrant autumnal colours... Read more

  • Great minds

    11/20/2014 3:50:25 PM, by MARGOH12

    Yesterday I read an article on sparkpeople about nordic walking. As I am having trouble with cardio due to injury I thought maybe a good idea. Also as Bill is likely to be struggling for some time I thought it may have the bonus of being something we could do together. I suggested it ... Read more

  • This time of year

    11/20/2014 11:00:26 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Our end of work celebration is scheduled today, they took a chance and decided on an outdoor BBQ but I don't think the weather will be kind today. The default is next week. I have been worried about going away, how my chickens will cope, but I have made arrangements for their care so that is a ... Read more

  • Poor Zelda

    11/19/2014 3:26:39 PM, by MARGOH12

    tonight I noticed Zelda wasn't weight bearing on her back left leg. I picked her up to look at it and she actually growled at me (this is not like her she is normally a very placid dog). After looking at her leg I couldn't see a problem but she really couldn't out it down. I phoned the vet who said... Read more

  • The Best We Can Do Is All We Can Do

    11/19/2014 9:46:15 AM, by BOHEMIANCAT

    Have you heard if you cannot run, then walk, if you cannot walk, then crawl, if you cannot crawl, then pray? There is always something we can do to improve. The goal for some is to lose weight, but good health should be the goal for all of us. I keep getting gout. Earlier this year I tore a t... Read more

  • Thank you my dear SparkBuddies

    11/19/2014 2:18:34 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    What kind and sweet messages you have sent me, SparkBuddies, on the death of my dear little cat Edie. And such thoughtful spark gifts. It really makes a difference to know that you understand and care. Feeling much better after a day at work, it was a warm sunny day, at least when I went... Read more

  • An Empty Nest?

    11/18/2014 3:16:51 PM, by MARGOH12

    On the way home from visiting Bill my mobile rang here is the conversation: Me "Hello Bryn what's wrong" Bryn "Don't freak out but there's a Robin in the house" Me "A what?" Bryn "A robbin" Me "you mean a small brown thing two wings red breast?" Bryn "Yeah" Me "How did it get in?" Br... Read more

  • Back on track but still a joy germ

    11/18/2014 11:28:50 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Hey there Sparkers It's been a tough week or so and I took some time to sit with the things that have been going on. Didn't exercise except in the garden, but the last couple of days I have been swimming and that has helped me regroup and get back on track. Charlotte the new old chook is making ... Read more

  • Letting Go

    11/18/2014 5:13:31 AM, by SWEETYOUNGTHING

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  • Clean at last

    11/17/2014 5:29:19 PM, by MARGOH12

    The gas engineer turned up today hooray later than I hoped for but still he came. His late arrival meant that I was walking the dogs but Bryn let him in. it also meant I was late back so a very quick lunch on the go, then out to visit Bill in hospital. The bus has changed it's route so we ended up d... Read more

  • Thanks For Blogging!

    11/17/2014 10:46:30 AM, by CHUBERASER

    It has been quite awhile since I last posted a Blog. I always love reading other people's Blogs because it gives me encouragement and the will to continue on my journey. I just think to myself, "Wow! They are so dedicated!" or "Gee! They have it all together and have it figured out!" It makes m... Read more

  • Stay Strong For Yourself

    11/17/2014 6:20:28 AM, by SWEETYOUNGTHING

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  • We can do this!

    11/15/2014 11:24:37 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    If I always do What I've always done I will always get What I always got. ... Read more

  • Thanksgiving without Martha Stewart!

    11/15/2014 4:41:00 PM, by IMAVISION

    for stopping by to read the following "revisit blog" --- meaning that I have posted it before --- on Friday, November 22, 2013 to be exact. I hope t... Read more

  • Instant Gratification, Or Something Worth Waiting For?

    11/15/2014 11:57:28 AM, by PIXIE-LICIOUS

    Today is day 73 of my streak! I've been having non scale victories (NSV's) left and right lately! I love it when I get in the car and I can slide right into the drivers seat without having the steering wheel pressing against my... Read more


    11/14/2014 7:53:04 AM, by MARGOH12

    It's been a cold wet start to today. Not just because it's Novemeber and it's been raining this morning but because our boiler sprung a leek overnight. Soo Bill and the kids started emptying out the pantry and I took the dogs out. Dogs and me got drenched but we had fun at the park. The others didn'... Read more

  • I bought a new toy

    11/14/2014 7:19:55 AM, by WINACHST

    The Life Trak Core C210 ~ Costco had it for $39.99.
    core-c210/ I was not excited about wearing a plain old pedometer anymore because it kept resetting whenever I picked up my grandson. I like wearing this on my wrist as a watch, I no longer ne... Read more

  • The birth of Aaiden

    11/13/2014 1:55:37 PM, by SUECHRIS50

    November 4th 2014 was a great day in our family.Our youngest daughter went in to see her Dr.on the 3rd and learned her blood pressure was too high.She had to be induced for her and her baby's health.We soon discovered she was already 5 centimeters and in labor!!She went straight to Labor & Delivery ... Read more

  • seal watching

    11/13/2014 12:09:46 PM, by MARGOH12

    Once a year we end our coastal visits to the Donna Nook Nature reserve in Lincolnshire. We sometimes walk at other times but the last visit is just to see the seal colony. It's not the biggest grey seal colony in England but it is stunning. the seals are very close up to us. We've never seen a birth... Read more

  • Photo's I wish I'd taken

    11/12/2014 1:53:47 PM, by MARGOH12

    Some time ago I was at an arts festival and a speaker asked us 'what was the one photo you wish you'd taken?' For the last few weeks It's been too painful for me to carry my camera, obviously I took it to some special events, like visiting donna nook seal colony but in the main it has stayed behind.... Read more

  • Putting it out there. A slip up.

    11/12/2014 7:57:13 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    Last Thursday I "binge ate" one evening. I'm blogging about it so I will remember. After dinner I was still hungry. I told myself - have dessert and then you will be OK. I had my usual dessert and stll felt " not full". It wasn't a starvingly hungry feeling - more like a restless, empty not full f... Read more


    11/11/2014 11:36:48 AM, by IMAVISION

    “This nation shall remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave!” Elmer Davis Actually a more right on the target statement of fact wou... Read more

  • Hijacked

    11/11/2014 9:05:03 AM, by WINACHST

    I recently found a copy of Nutrition Action Health letter in the magazine recycle bin at the library. This particular issue (October 2014) has an article about how the food industry converts diet advice into profits. Diet advice: make half your plate fruits and vegetables, make half your grain... Read more

  • Lovely Day

    11/10/2014 3:04:44 PM, by BOHEMIANCAT

    I turned 64 yesterday. Birthdays have never bothered me. What bothers me is not being healthy. I would love to live a long time, but only if my health is good. At church we had a special service for Veterans Day, it was touching. Our pastor always announces birthdays, so many people wished me ... Read more

  • A Treat? Or A Threat?

    11/10/2014 9:34:34 AM, by PIXIE-LICIOUS

    Today is day 68 of my streak! Sunday is usually my grocery shopping day. I like to go in the morning, before it gets crowded. There once was a time when I could just blaze right through the grocery store in record time. That w... Read more

  • RIP Edie

    11/8/2014 10:05:26 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Our dear little cat Edith is no more. She was a lively happy and opinionated cat who enjoyed bossing us around. She had a lot of fun in her life. She enjoyed playing until the very last, and doing all the things that cats l... Read more


    11/8/2014 6:57:04 PM, by QUEEN-EYDIE

    Breakfast was a serving of black bean pasta with vegetable-tofu scramble and 1/4 chopped Tofurkey sausage. And I had a 2 cups of coffee too! Lunch was a salad with balsamic vinegar and a bowl of Greek bean soup. ... Read more

  • The Strong Survive

    11/7/2014 10:20:22 AM, by BOHEMIANCAT

    I have been through many things in my many years on earth. I have almost died at least three times, but I am still here. After last week's visit to the ER, I feel so much better this week. I even have more energy! Isn't that amazing? I am Blessed by the Lord! My plan is to keep eating health... Read more

  • Don't Quit

    11/6/2014 3:19:08 PM, by MARGOH12

    I found this poem today and thought it would be good to share it. "When you've eaten too much and you can't write it down, And you feel like the biggest failure in town. When you want to give up just because you gave in, and forget all about being healthy and thin. So What! ... Read more

  • Do it NOW!

    11/6/2014 12:19:03 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Today is the day to achieve your goals. . . . ... Read more

  • The eggs

    11/6/2014 2:24:30 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Thought I'd better get a picture before we eat them. Tallulah, who lays the green eggs, is going broody so this might be the last one for a while. The other eggs are laid by Dora, Riga, Henny Penny (the really big one) Artemis, a... Read more

  • Feed me

    11/4/2014 3:56:42 PM, by MARGOH12

    So the to do list roast vegetable soup for 8 - check Leek and potato soup for 8 - check coq au vin blanc for 14 - check Potatoes boulangere for 12 - check Meat loaf for 4 - check jacket potatoes for 4 - check Broccoli for 4 - check I'm shattered The salmon en croute for 8 and salmo... Read more

  • Slept like a log

    11/4/2014 12:24:06 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Got over six hours which is unusual for me. Even though the gardening is persistent, it doesn't feel like effort, so I haven't been tracking it. Or using my fitbit, I find wearing a bracelet tends to give me tingling in my wrist, and we don't want that! But when it is enough to tucker me out, I kno... Read more

  • One last Food Day Event

    11/4/2014 10:38:07 AM, by SHERYLP461

    For the last few years we have held a forum on the Importance of Local Food Production. this year we held two forums back to back. The other was Food Justice. We were lucky enough to have someone videoing the first. U hope you enjoy!
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  • Four garden days

    11/4/2014 2:22:45 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Am I tired! I didn't do a full day in the garden because I had a couple of visitors. But got up early to beat the rain-which hasnt arrived yet-and got more done, planted some plants, filled a fadge up with weeds and twigs. So got four hours in. Then my niece came to visit, then a friend dropped by... Read more

  • Bazaar countdown

    11/3/2014 4:49:39 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Friday and Saturday will be my first (and maybe last) Holiday Bazaar to display and offer the jewelry I've been making. I've decided not to offer the same styles that I have on display in the 3 local gift shops . . . it just doesn't seem right to 'compete' with them. I've been having su... Read more

  • Point of negative return

    11/3/2014 8:58:01 AM, by WINACHST

    Yesterday's weather was almost perfect for running. It was a bit windy to be perfect. But, for a day in November, not needing to wear a jacket was a plus. I did what I call the long loop, which is a circle that is about 5 miles. I had a goal of completing it is 60 minutes. I finishe... Read more

  • Edgartown Ghost Tour

    11/3/2014 8:19:42 AM, by SHERYLP461

    Edgartown was established in 1889 in an area just north of what was to become Ft Pierce. This area was completely uninhabited but for Seminole Indians and lots of mosquitoes. Most of the houses built during this time are still in place today. The area is a highly sought after place to live. Mo... Read more

  • Enjoying the season

    11/3/2014 7:30:55 AM, by MARGOH12

    Bill was working in a near by town this morning. I got him to drop me and the dogs by the river five miles from home. The colours from the dropped leaves are beautiful and great fun for the dogs. We had a good romp and saw lots of birds and other dogs and their owners. It is still warm and the su... Read more

  • Acker Bilk RIP

    11/3/2014 5:41:24 AM, by MARUKI52

    It is a sad day today as I heard this morning that a favourite musician and singer Acker Bilk, famous for "Strange on the Shore" has died aged 85. He was famous for the Traditional Jazz that he played. I saw him when I was in my teens when he played with his Trad Jazz Band at a venue not far ... Read more

  • Bonus blog more chick pix

    11/3/2014 1:35:00 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Am I tired after 3 days in a row in the garden. I am being very lax about other exercise but the gardening is wearing me out. Oooh my back! Maybe a bath for me tonight. With Epsom salts. The clematis is out, it smells wonderful ... Read more

  • Chick Pix

    11/2/2014 6:58:57 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    OK it's a lovely day today so I might get more. But actually I am on a mission in the garden. So in the meantime... The newbies are learning how to use the chookateria. ... Read more

  • The scale has moved....

    11/2/2014 3:58:10 PM, by DAVENPLK

    It just took the "spark" to get my scale moving in the right direction. I needed to practice portion control and accountability for what I eat. I was down .5 today.....It's a small step in the right direction.... Read more

  • Ownership and Responsibility

    11/2/2014 10:21:50 AM, by MARUKI52

    I have read this article about ownership and responsibility by Francesca Dicembre, an NLP Trainer in the UK, which I thought might be of interest to others on SP on their journey to lose weight and also through life. It is about the difference between owning what happens to us in life and the respo... Read more

  • Garden car movies

    11/2/2014 1:54:56 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Despite spending seven hours in the garden I only planted six bedding plants, but I did a lot of weeding and turned the compost. The chickens are very interested in these activities, and I have to fight them for the compost or they would eat all the worms before you could say Boo. We had a shor... Read more

  • Food Day Memory Meal at Varri Green Farm

    10/31/2014 10:10:10 PM, by SHERYLP461

    On Sunday, October 19, in celebration of Food Day Slow Food Chapter Gold & Treasure Coast held a Memory Meal with Farmer Sal Varri as host. ... Read more

  • It's time to get back with the program!!!!

    10/31/2014 5:04:15 PM, by DAVENPLK

    I haven't been here for awhile.....It shows. My progress went backwards. It's time for me to remotivate myself and start tracking............ Read more

  • It's time to get back with the program!!!!

    10/31/2014 5:04:13 PM, by DAVENPLK

    I haven't been here for awhile.....It shows. My progress went backwards. It's time for me to remotivate myself and start tracking............ Read more

  • Some Halloween chuckles

    10/31/2014 11:50:31 AM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    I'm not much into Halloween . . . but I'm always up for a good laugh.... Hope you enjoy these ... Read more

  • Not Giving Up, Not Giving In

    10/31/2014 11:35:09 AM, by BOHEMIANCAT

    Having got off of meds just two years ago, here I am again taking more medications. After weighing the facts, it is better to take them for now. I have realized it is not the end of the world to take more meds. Medical researchers are busy trying and researching to help us, not to make us sick... Read more

  • The Jeans discussion at the Marine Corps Marathon

    10/30/2014 2:44:33 PM, by TERI-RIFIC

    What is it with us women and jeans? Remember "nothing gets between me and my Calvins"? Well , I have saved a pair of size 8 Calvins from when I was in my late 20's. This was not my smallest size ever, but I really loved those jeans. When I went to DC to see my daughter and her friend run the MCM, th... Read more

  • Don't Forget To Be Your Own Hero

    10/30/2014 1:17:03 PM, by PIXIE-LICIOUS

    Today is day 57 of my streak! I don't know when the "holiday season" officially starts....but according to the stores I shop at, it must have started in September! My local grocery store has had Halloween candy right next to C... Read more

  • Busy and tired

    10/30/2014 12:23:59 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Work has been a mad house. We are two people down in our team and the work has been pouring in! Yesterday I was just tired working away, my hands were sore and I could hardly see when I stepped away from the screen. Far too sore to swim the last two days but last night DH and I stopped by the harb... Read more

  • Seasons change, and so can I

    10/29/2014 1:17:19 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Native ferns now line the path to the pond. Fall is definitely upon us and we've been getting some much-needed rain. Today is lunch with the girls at the Mexican restaurant in town. I already know what I'll order - a tost... Read more

  • Food Day. Future Chefs Competition!

    10/29/2014 1:10:44 PM, by SHERYLP461

    Saturday October 18, 2014 Slow Food Gold & Treasure Coast in cooperation with the Downtown Ft. Pierce Farmer’s Market and the St Lucie County Schools Culinary Arts Council held a competition between area schools culinary arts classes. Read more

  • Once Again The Good With The Bad

    10/29/2014 12:47:59 PM, by BOHEMIANCAT

    I had a little set back last night. I had to go to the ER with very fast heart rate and shortness of breath. It was atrial fibrillation, something new for me. The first thing they told me is that I would have to go to the hospital. In the meantime, I was texting my prayer warrior friends. By... Read more

  • 37 years married

    10/28/2014 3:40:18 PM, by SUECHRIS50

    Yes to the same man!!I have been busy trying to carve out time for myself and it's not easy.Our 20 year old daughter is getting ready to become a mommy and due on 11/11.I have attended every single ob appointment.1st to know the's a boy..his name is Aaidan Markiece and I'm ecstatic to be a l... Read more

  • Soul Searcher Question Tuesday, October 28th

    10/28/2014 6:53:10 AM, by SWEETYOUNGTHING

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