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  • Validating Tiny and Related Perception Issues

    9/22/2017 1:38:29 PM, by TRESSWANN

    I have struggled with my weight since I was a teenager. Okay, looking back, I wasn't remotely fat. However, I had morbidly obese aunts on my paternal aide and a maternal great-grandmother I never knew with obesity issues. This caused my parents to be scared at the least hint of weight on my part.... Read more

  • 30 Day Shred

    9/22/2017 9:09:27 AM, by WINACHST

    i decided it was time to add in some strength training to my workouts. So, I decided to pull out my 30 Day Shred dvd. I did day 1 and I feel like I am shredded. Ouch! It has been 2 days and my muscles are screaming with every step I take. I get 48 hour delayed onset muscle soreness. Yesterday ... Read more


    9/21/2017 6:21:39 AM, by SMIDGON

    I had always noticed while taking Lexie to normal vet checks. On the desk at the receptionist area is a battery operated candle. Next to it, is a framed sign which read that if you saw the candle lite, to lower your voice. IT meandt some family was saying goodbye to a beloved pet! Whe... Read more

  • Sushi - I got Sushi!

    9/20/2017 6:55:00 PM, by TIZSLIM

    I went to the supermarket this evening for a few items, plus more 'sticker shopping'. Checked out the reduced bakery items. Didn't buy much as I have sufficient bread and rolls. I did buy a cherry pie and a rhubarb pie at 10 pence each because they'll fit in with another charity fund raising even... Read more


    9/19/2017 6:34:33 AM, by SMIDGON

    I wanted to share with you a keepsake given to us from Lexies vet. This is a clay ornament of her 'handprints' just before she went to the "Rainbow Bridge". Fashioned after Paw prints on your heart... Read more

  • Tracking on the Treadmill

    9/18/2017 6:51:55 PM, by TIZSLIM

    I wrote recently about my intention to get back on the Treadmill and to do 3 10 minute sessions per day. Truth be told, I found it irritating. So I upped the first two sessions as quickly as possible. Every minute I added, I deducted from the third session. Pretty quickly, I was doing two 15 min... Read more


    9/18/2017 4:04:07 PM, by SMIDGON

    Here are two more favorite spots. I like the effects of the shadows and being taken through a screen door. My favorite subjects are animals and scenery. I HOPE YOU enjoy Janet... Read more

  • Moving forward at my own pace

    9/18/2017 2:15:23 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    After weeks and weeks of Physical Therapy for my shoulder issues, on Friday I go back to see my Doctor. I am thankful for the improvement in my range of motion and I am able to move better than I did, with less pain, but the problem still isn't solved. In November when I turn 65, my new m... Read more

  • Countdown - 25 weeks until

    9/17/2017 6:56:28 PM, by TIZSLIM

    THE Wedding of The Century And I'm relieved to tell you that THE Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be], weighed in 3lb lighter on Friday. Hallelujah! A mere 29lbs to go. Nay sweat - dinna fash yersel hen. It's all seeming closer and much more re... Read more

  • Warning to animal lovers

    9/17/2017 10:45:18 AM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Here's an article demonstrating the dangers of online pet prescriptions. A rural clinic in Reading Pa. on Friday September, 8th 2017 encountered a patient who became extremely sick from taking counterfeit Nexgard. The counterfeit Nexgard was purchased from an online "pharmacy". The same "pharmacy... Read more


    9/15/2017 7:16:30 PM, by SMIDGON

    Our eldest grand daughter aND her husband came down from where they live about 45min away. Nikki and Jay met us at Bob Evans here in town. We had a most enjoyable lunch. On their way home they were stopping at the cemetery where Nikki uncle (John ) is resting in peace. Nikki is our oldest G.... Read more

  • 7 a.m

    9/15/2017 6:41:05 PM, by TIZSLIM

    That was me. Still awake. At 7 bloodystupid o'clock yesterday morning. Despite The Routine. Despite the chamomile tea, the pain killers, the herbal sleeping pills, the lavender bath, the pain relief cream, and the frigging rescue drops as a last resort. Still awake. Seven sodding hours later. ... Read more

  • So close

    9/15/2017 8:38:32 AM, by WINACHST

    I started the Engine 2 7-day challenge 2 days ago and made it through the first day. The second day, was not as successful. I ended up eating s'mores and graham crackers. S'more are my downfall. I always keep the graham crackers, marshmallows and candy bars on hand so when the grandkids come over we... Read more

  • "I'd rather not take a chance"

    9/14/2017 9:18:41 AM, by WINACHST

    Well, yesterday I made it through the day without eating any junk food. The best thing is that I realized it was not as hard as i thought it would be. But, I realize how much of a disconnect there is with some about the food I eat and how I feel. I am still fairly healthy and active so I am n... Read more

  • Multi task juice

    9/13/2017 6:14:49 PM, by TIZSLIM

    By which, I do not mean a juice that will enable me to multi task. I am only too capable of that. In fact I'm inclined to multi task too often given I think where possible we should concentrate on the task at hand before moving on to the next one. Seems to me that is a quicker way to get things d... Read more

  • Favorite spot

    9/13/2017 9:15:22 AM, by SMIDGON

    Think I can do it now? Well see! This is from my backyard ENJOY Janet... Read more


    9/13/2017 8:59:52 AM, by SMIDGON

    Here I go again?! My favorite spot in my backyard HOPE YOU enjoy... Read more


    9/13/2017 6:58:22 AM, by SMIDGON

    This is my favorite spot! All in my backyard Help! I can't get the stupid picture to click. How come sometimes it will and other times not?... Read more

  • If at first you don't succeed

    9/12/2017 6:03:23 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Scream? Holler? Sulk? Cry? Hang on message coming in............... "This is Tizslim age six calling. Mummy's just written in my book: If at first you don't succeed, try, try, and try again". "Hmm. Well I guess mum's usually right eh little Tiz"? "Yeaaaaa. Except she wo... Read more

  • Fighting the battle

    9/12/2017 9:52:31 AM, by WINACHST

    I am hovering just a few pounds above my 1st goal weight. My body seems to be fighting to hang on to these pounds. I know that if I stop eating junk food then I will get the upper hand in this fight. It seems so simple, stop eating junk food and I can win this battle and eventually the war. ... Read more

  • Focus for the week

    9/11/2017 6:57:28 PM, by TIZSLIM

    1) Finding methods to deal with insomnia. 2) Finding ways to ease the pain of Arthur. Consequently I've been doing lots of research today! Hopefully my research will lead to satisfactory results. No time to write more now as I've had a cup of chamomile tea, taken two herbal sleeping pills,... Read more

  • Getting things done - wishing more was done

    9/11/2017 7:36:59 AM, by HEALTHYLU1

    I am terribly inconsistent on getting things done. I need to figure out what my plan is to be more consistent. That said, I did well yesterday, as I got 10,000 steps in, I gathered and took out the trash, I folded laundry and cleaned in both the kitchen and in my sewing studio, (still more to b... Read more


    9/11/2017 6:34:40 AM, by SMIDGON

    Let's not forget today. Today is 9-11 I have not heard any reference to it this year. Lets not forget!... Read more


    9/11/2017 6:34:31 AM, by SMIDGON

    Let's not forget today. Today is 9-11 I have not heard any reference to it this year. Lets not forget!... Read more

  • Oh come on 'merica

    9/10/2017 6:13:17 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Like I wouldn't comment on the US open final! So let's be honest. Nadal is one of my all time favourite players. On the face of it, it should be straightforward for him but, I could see Kevin Anderson causing him problems. My feeling was Anderson would have to win the first set to have any chanc... Read more

  • Countdown - 26 weeks until

    9/9/2017 5:54:12 PM, by TIZSLIM

    THE Wedding of The Century Eek! Only six months to go. THE Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be], might just be feeling a tad anxious. The number of weeks to go is getting less [obvs] whilst the lbs to lose are increasing. For the first time, the ... Read more

  • Stop it! Stop it!

    9/9/2017 11:16:38 AM, by WINACHST

    I have been struggling for a couple years now to get with the program, any program. I just cannot seem to get it together, but it is all about what's on my mind. Every time I make a choice as to what to eat or do, it all starts with a thought. I found this video that I am hoping will give me a ... Read more

  • Saved by the Web(Spider) and Other Stories from the 'Hood

    9/9/2017 9:06:00 AM, by TRESSWANN

    Last week, when Tom was in the hospital, J and L drove me home. I have two steps up into my home, covered by a metal canopy awning. When we bought the house, Tom said the awnings would be the first things to go. We actually love them and want to replace the ones the previous owner removed. Howev... Read more

  • Report from the Commander in Chief

    9/8/2017 6:55:48 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Observations: Yellow sticker shopping is a good way to reduce the food bill and is mostly healthy. However, the reduced price deli salads can be much higher in calories/carbs/fat etc than you'd imagine. Other than that, portion control, calorie/carbs/fat in home made meals are still spot on. ... Read more

  • Update on fires

    9/8/2017 2:00:35 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Here in Southwestern Oregon, we are still surrounded by fires. (12 miles is the closest, but that could change quickly; we've been on Evacuation Level 1 - Be ready - alert for over two weeks) By this time of the year, with the extreme, triple-digit temps, our forests are crispy and our trees ... Read more

  • Decisions, decisions, decisions

    9/7/2017 6:39:41 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Quite a long time back, I wrote about a decision I was struggling with. At the time, I decided not to decide [yet] which imo is a valid decision in itself. Now that particular choice has to be made. However, it's no longer a decision I'm struggling with. I know my answer now. Which in itself val... Read more

  • Getting Ready . . .

    9/7/2017 3:46:11 PM, by JOE_ANNE2

    I will soon be doing my weight loss journey, and using Youtube as my accountability. I will also be starting a business of cosmetics by being a promoter of Younique. As for my weight loss journey I will be doing lower carb eating, and adding more exercise. For now I am doing walking but will step... Read more

  • How does your garden grow?

    9/6/2017 6:50:42 PM, by TIZSLIM

    In recent weeks/months, I've blogged about 'free food' and 'yellow sticker shopping'. I was asked by one Spark friend if I could grow some food in my garden and that question inspired this blog - though it has taken me ages to get round to writing it. So GARDENCHRIS, the answer is - kind of! M... Read more

  • Back to Work

    9/5/2017 6:15:33 PM, by HEALTHYLU1

    Today was back to work. I still feel terribly sad about my long-time colleague and friend's sudden retirement, but I managed to get a little done and maintain my composure. The good part of it was that I walked with a couple of the guys and made it to 10,000 steps already. It went well. I ... Read more

  • Back to Basics

    9/5/2017 5:53:02 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Again! As previously acknowledged, I've regained almost all the weight I'd lost. Including a 5lb gain in one week recently. Up with this I will not put! So I've been giving it quite some thought. It seems to me, that really, the only answer is to go back to basics. I haven't been track... Read more

  • A bad night and a full day

    9/4/2017 6:51:05 PM, by HEALTHYLU1

    Last night I had trouble sleeping. It could have been the tea I had at 2 or it more likely was because of my friend who is retiring. Today I went to an art show, and also worked on PC set up and had an acupuncture treatment. I have been lethargic this afternoon - I slept on the couch on t... Read more

  • From one tennis fan...........

    9/4/2017 6:24:50 PM, by TIZSLIM

    ................. to any others. Back in 2012 when Andy Murray won the US open, I couldn't watch it - I had to follow it on a live blog [thank you The Guardian]. These days I can stream it on my computer. Last year was a bit of let down with some players being exhausted after the Olympics. D... Read more

  • Here I go again

    9/4/2017 11:47:14 AM, by LISAMIDALA

    I have a hard time being consistent so I start over often. I've stopped beating myself up for it. I used to feel guilty but now I just accept that I get distracted and over schedule. I've been better at giving myself time to unwind and recharge, which is very difficult when I spent years going no... Read more

  • outta breath after walking across the street and back

    9/3/2017 7:07:26 PM, by BOOKLOVER17

    I signed up for spark people so i could track my food and exercising. But recently I really have yet to make a commitment and I'm not sure why. I had foot surgery almost 2 years ago and had to ask for therapy after released from doctor two- three months later. That was when all pins and stitches w... Read more

  • Shopping by Stickers

    9/3/2017 6:54:41 PM, by TIZSLIM

    I mentioned this recently. It's quite interesting the different approaches people have. Some won't buy yellow sticker food no matter what. Others have their 'menu plan' or shopping list and if something on their 'list' is reduced, they'll buy it but otherwise they don't step outside of the comfort... Read more

  • Ups and Downs

    9/3/2017 11:18:55 AM, by HEALTHYLU1

    Well, I had a binge last night, didn't track all day and ended with a scale loss today. It could be that walking through the farmer's market 3 times in the morning helped, although that was less than 5000 steps. On Friday my BFF at work told me she decided to retire. We've been partners for a d... Read more

  • Countdown - 27 weeks until

    9/2/2017 6:54:28 PM, by TIZSLIM

    The Wedding of The Century And, THE Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be], is not feeling it. On the contrary, THE Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be], seems to be going backwards. Weigh in yesterda... Read more

  • Funeral for a Friend

    9/1/2017 6:26:36 PM, by TIZSLIM

    My worker friend arrived on Tuesday for a brief two day visit. It wasn't a 'working visit'. Nor a 'social visit' as such. The reason for his visit was that we were attending the funeral of a friend on Wednesday. Clive and my 'worker friend' had been friends since college days. Brothers in Arms. ... Read more

  • So far, so good!

    9/1/2017 7:42:51 AM, by HEALTHYLU1

    Good start today. Last night I went to bed at a reasonable time and this morning I am feeling good. Yesterday I tracked all day! Today's challenge is that I am going out to dinner to celebrate my recent anniversary (30 years married!). The menu has a neat calculator, so I figured out some opti... Read more

  • Lucky 13

    8/31/2017 2:36:44 PM, by TRESSWANN

    Yesterday was my 13th wedding anniversary. I was in the hospital with Tom from 7:30 a.m. till 8:30 at night. Our original plan had been to drive out East and either have a nice lunch out there or cash in on a restaurant card the kids gave us for Christmas. Instead, Tom's been in the hospita... Read more


    8/31/2017 2:23:11 PM, by STARSUB99

    I found my dream job not quite 2 years ago - working at a local credit union as the Branch Manager. Love the vibe of the organization, built a great team. And now the organization is going through a major reorganization. All the Branch Manager jobs have been terminated. We now have to reapply fo... Read more

  • Up, Up and Away (I hope!)

    8/31/2017 6:49:59 AM, by HEALTHYLU1

    I recently came back from vacation and had hit a high weight for me. All the time I had been gaining and losing, I knew I had not matched my worst weight. Now I have. The prospect of hitting new record highs is enough to "scare me straight". This is the "Up, Up" part. I know how to be successf... Read more

  • Smack in the middle of The ring of fire

    8/30/2017 12:01:03 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    We are right in the middle of a number of wild fires. Making plans......17 miles from 2 major fires in opposite directions. And our woods are crispy. Triple digit temps for the next week and no rain in sight. We are reviewing & updating. our evacuation list. Pups are #1 on our list! My fa... Read more

  • Third Wheelchair Ride

    8/29/2017 11:13:26 AM, by TRESSWANN

    This is beginning to be so unfunny. My husband gives platelets regularly. He has a high platelet count and is a universal donor. He does it just because and has only used his accrued point one time to get a fleece that advertises the Blood Center. H e went mid July but they couldn't do it as h... Read more

  • The Vagaries of Life

    8/27/2017 5:48:30 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Here in the UK supermarkets use yellow stickers to mark down food items that are close to their 'use by' or 'best before' date. Most supermarkets do the mark downs 3 times a day. In the morning they will knock a few pence off - up to maybe 10% In the afternoon, a bit more is knocked off items tha... Read more

  • Jennifer's Way

    8/25/2017 2:41:58 PM, by TRESSWANN

    Recently, I read Jennifer's Way by Jennifer Esposito. If you don't know, she's an actor who suffered for years with undiagnosed celiac disease. This is a must read even if you do not have a celiac problem. If you have been on a journey to discover what's not right with you, this is informative.... Read more

  • Can you believe it?

    8/24/2017 11:44:02 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Sorry. The devil made me do it ... Read more