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  • Improvement happens when you get comfortable with being uncomfortable

    1/22/2017 3:37:21 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • More about building self esteem

    1/22/2017 2:53:19 PM, by CTUPTON

    "We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty." ~~Maya Angelou... Read more

  • Back on the wagon

    1/22/2017 12:40:02 PM, by ANNMHAN

    2016 was not a great year for me! I fell off my healthy lifestyle wagon. I gained weight and lost my motivation. My depression got the best of me. Now that I have another fitness tracker (my other one broke!), I am finding my motivation once again. I cried pity tears last week when I saw the sc... Read more

  • Finally under 170 lbs!

    1/21/2017 9:52:21 PM, by ZUMBANERD

    What feels like for so long to be more than 170 lbs and now I'm just under it makes it a huge accomplishment. I've been floating on air today because of it. Because I did get under 170 lbs. today I decided to reward myself with a mandoline. I've been wanting one of these for a long time but I ... Read more

  • my thoughts on building my own self esteem

    1/21/2017 11:41:52 AM, by CTUPTON

    Numbers 2,3,5,7,8,and 10 speak to me! 40 24 2. Say exactly what you mean. Well I tend to always spare the other person bad feelings often to the detriment of my own feelings. 3. I am definitely a people pleaser and it has not gotten me anywhere--well many people like ... Read more

  • Freeze ahead breakfast smoothies

    1/21/2017 9:18:12 AM, by CTUPTON
    make-your-li In zip-lock bags freeze fruits and veggies. Stack in freezer. Use each morning with "milk" or yogurt. Whiz. Walla! A quick, delicious smoothie!... Read more

  • This week was rough!

    1/20/2017 9:41:26 AM, by ZUMBANERD

    I started being a little higher in weight this week because I didn't do all the things I should have last weekend. But I'm almost back down to my lowest weight so far in this new path I'm taking. This week was very long because I had to deal with the rush hour traffic both going to the office ... Read more

  • Self care and self esteem building

    1/20/2017 8:22:46 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • So many of you came to comfort me that...

    1/20/2017 6:14:14 AM, by CTUPTON

    So many of you came to comfort me that...I can't answer you personally, as I want to. I had not thought of many things my sparkfriends said. Thank you so much. I am definitely on overload. Once the condo gets sold, my anxiety and tasks will decrease. I need to get through these next few mo... Read more

  • Speak your truth

    1/19/2017 8:10:11 PM, by JEZEBEL99

    What would your life be like if you were able to consistently manage your porous boundaries? What does "cheating" on a "diet" do for you? What thoughts have you had about your body? ... Read more

  • Oh no--crying jags have started.

    1/19/2017 10:55:46 AM, by CTUPTON

    Two days in a row. I need to do something about this. The frustrations of the past months are catching up to me I got frustrated because the drug store did not have hubby's Rx ready --I had ordered it from the doctor in the morning. I went to get it at 2:30 pm. No luck. After trying to solve th... Read more

  • Hydrotherapy massage table-near Buffalo, NY? Can't find it here yet.

    1/19/2017 10:46:29 AM, by CTUPTON

    I have been looking for this kind of massage using water near Buffalo, NY. So far no luck. I found a place that has floating for relaxation, but not this special table with moving water underneath. chris... Read more

  • Today is the day to cultivate joy

    1/18/2017 10:05:52 AM, by JEZEBEL99

    What brings joy to your life? What makes you happy?... Read more

  • a little more from the research article

    1/17/2017 8:29:41 AM, by CTUPTON

    Even more recently, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee reported that a diet “that is higher in plant-based foods, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds, and lower in animal-based foods, is more health promoting.” And just this week, US News and World Report r... Read more

  • You have heard it before but here is more research--diabetes 2 prevention

    1/17/2017 8:22:52 AM, by CTUPTON

    First, let’s review the study. Researchers publishing in PLoS Medicine describe a study of more than 200,000 people in the U.S. who participated in health surveys over a 20-year period. They found that: •People who chose diets that were predominately of plant-based foods developed type 2 diabetes ... Read more

  • Floating to relax

    1/16/2017 8:11:20 PM, by CTUPTON

    om/ Please give me some opinions. this seems too good to be true. chris... Read more

  • Thank God for friends!

    1/16/2017 7:30:15 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Time for change

    1/16/2017 12:27:24 PM, by DEPOTMODE

    Starting over from a different place. I re-injured my back in November, and have had another round of oral steroids. Also more muscle relaxers, all to tide me over until I can see my March. (Not happy about that, let me just say.) Anyway, I have gained weight due to this back injur... Read more

  • Time for change

    1/16/2017 12:27:23 PM, by DEPOTMODE

    Starting over from a different place. I re-injured my back in November, and have had another round of oral steroids. Also more muscle relaxers, all to tide me over until I can see my March. (Not happy about that, let me just say.) Anyway, I have gained weight due to this back injur... Read more

  • I'm learning what kinds of foods that I gravitate to

    1/16/2017 8:28:57 AM, by ZUMBANERD

    This weekend I gave myself a break from restricting my food selections somewhat. And I noticed something right away. When I'm not consciously selecting foods that are low in calorie density I do eat more what in Volumentrics says are calorie density categories 3 and 4 and mostly it's category 3 not ... Read more

  • Birthday cake for a Crazy Cat Lady

    1/15/2017 8:38:41 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • What 52 pounds looks like!

    1/15/2017 8:25:58 PM, by ANUNGRAINEDLIFE

    So after realizing i have lost a total of 52 pounds over the last 4 years with my lifestyle (mostly eating style/ habits) changes...i did a google search for just the words "52 pounds" looking for a represetative of that much weight. I have lost an entire world record breaking largest pike fish... Read more

  • Stuff is going wrong. I hate it.

    1/14/2017 1:51:30 PM, by CTUPTON

    The big one is, of course, flooding at our condo which I am trying to sell. But 2 more-- Hubby's watch is too far gone to keep. 198 A new battery did not work in it. And the cat 240 pooped and threw up in 4 different places in the new apartment--after just having the place cleaned.... Read more

  • STATurday

    1/14/2017 1:19:50 PM, by ANUNGRAINEDLIFE

    I weight myself on Saturday weekly for official stat record keeping Down 5 pounds this week :) burning that fat as fuel baby! Yes!... Read more

  • 13 days into 2017

    1/13/2017 12:47:04 PM, by ANUNGRAINEDLIFE

    Did you know that of the people who make new years resolutions to be healthier through better nutrition and exercise ...25% of them already quit!? So....look at us still here 13 days in. Still taking it one day, one meal, one hour at a time if necessary. Be proud of these 13 days. Ive been livi... Read more

  • Hormone Imbalance sucks.

    1/12/2017 3:54:46 PM, by ANUNGRAINEDLIFE

    Did a lot of reading from as reputable of sources i can find online (more naturopath than conventional) i am pretty convinced hormone imbalance is my issue with slow vat burning progress and massive stalls over the mast 2 years. Spoke with a natruopath friend from my babyraising days on FB and sh... Read more

  • Ask yourself

    1/12/2017 12:20:20 PM, by JEZEBEL99

    what is my intention? what do I want to experience today? ... Read more

  • In a week I would normally gain weight I'm still losing! (mind blown)

    1/12/2017 7:26:37 AM, by ZUMBANERD

    This week, I've been prepping myself every morning to assume that I have gained weight because hormones are running amok and with my new mindset and journaling it's not happening. Yesterday, I was super exhausted so I only got half way for my step goal and when I'm super tired I head for sweets and ... Read more

  • I am trying to think positively....

    1/11/2017 8:41:08 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Yesterday was a big win for me

    1/11/2017 7:30:30 AM, by ZUMBANERD

    I tried my best to walk every hour for 5 min. But then I realized that I wasn't going to be able to do that with back to back meetings yesterday so I figured out that I could take a walk for 15 min to keep up with my walking min goal for yesterday. I beat my step goal I made for myself by over 1500 ... Read more

  • New thing to try to get moving

    1/10/2017 9:12:41 AM, by ZUMBANERD

    I don't know why I haven't thought about this before as an option. But today I'm seeing about moving more by having a timer go off every hour so that I have to move for 5 min. By the end of the day I will have moved for 45 min. That should help with my sedentary job. I'm working from home today so t... Read more

  • Water damage at the condo I am trying to sell! Oh no!

    1/10/2017 7:02:22 AM, by CTUPTON

    I have been dealing with a bad situation. I am trying to stay positive but it is very difficult. Our condo is up for sale but there has been a great deal of water damage! At first we thought it was a frozen, burst water pipe. It took me many days of frustrating phone calls to get an accurate pictur... Read more

  • Intermittent Fasting

    1/9/2017 7:21:47 PM, by ANUNGRAINEDLIFE

    I fasted today purely out of lack of hungry until 6 pm. A spoonful of peanut butter while cooking chicken breast in cheddar and heavy cream... So far today 5 g carb Half my fat grams And 20 grams to go on protein Feeling pretty satisfied but before midnight ill get in at least my 20g of protein.... Read more

  • Well, that was just water weight ... sigh

    1/9/2017 8:16:54 AM, by ZUMBANERD

    Today I'm up two pounds and I'm very certain all that I've lost is water weight and it came back. There's no way I could gain that much body fat based on what I ate yesterday. I had the following foods: Coffee Tea with a little sugar scallion pancake kimchi ramen (still not feeling ... Read more

  • Welcome to Buffalo. But I did not have to drive!

    1/8/2017 10:11:20 AM, by CTUPTON
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  • I asked my new doctor about fatty liver

    1/8/2017 8:40:51 AM, by CTUPTON

    His answer was, "Lose weight. That is the remedy." I asked if there was any additional medical help. He said no--just lose weight. chris... Read more

  • Peace. Pleasure Experienced by Accepting all Creation as it Exists

    1/8/2017 8:13:11 AM, by CTUPTON

    I receive emails Notes from the Universe. This article is about the founder, Mike Dooley. It is a follow-up on my blog about talking to my unconscious mind before sleeping. chris
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  • Totally satisfied today

    1/8/2017 12:51:22 AM, by ANUNGRAINEDLIFE

    My food and macros were great today. So much yummm. I can't even!... Read more

  • Staying the course on lowcarb

    1/7/2017 6:42:18 PM, by ANUNGRAINEDLIFE

    In 2013 I was too embarrassed to take photos of my body or stats at 225 pounds. So i lost 25 pounds first...then I started to record when I hit 200 pounds. NOW..I wish I had. Even if I never showed them to anyone. Track your progress. You can't beat hard evidence! I dug back into my old tumblr a... Read more

  • Down 2 lbs so far this week!

    1/7/2017 10:55:08 AM, by ZUMBANERD

    I have a cold so that isn't allowing me to exercise like I want to this week (of course this would happen ... this is my luck with every single challenge I start ... at least this time it's at the beginning and it's a cold and not strep). But I'm still doing my hypnosis every day and for some reason... Read more

  • 9:19 AM and I just got major organizing done!

    1/7/2017 9:28:46 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • My thoughts on portion size vs seerving size

    1/7/2017 6:57:02 AM, by CTUPTON

    Thank you--I think you helped me understand portion size and serving size. Is this right? Portion is the size I serve myself but a serving is what is printed on the package so the nutritional values can be determined The serving size is "artificial, " just so we can have a ... Read more

  • Big Changes!

    1/6/2017 5:21:13 PM, by RABBITART

    The last few months have been a whirlwind of changes. I was accepted by Veteran's Affairs to go back to school and finish my degree. I have quit my job in retail. I am now able to focus on getting better from my OSI I received while serving in the military. I am now able to concentrate on my w... Read more

  • I just made a grocery list using the SP Nutrition Tracker : )

    1/6/2017 11:50:25 AM, by CTUPTON

    I only need to make our lunches so this was really easy. chris... Read more

  • I can't seem to understand portion vs serving

    1/6/2017 10:15:43 AM, by CTUPTON

    Clearing up the confusion. Here are a couple of important definitions from the National Institutes of Health: •Portion is how much food you choose to eat at one time, whether in a restaurant, from a package or in your own kitchen. A portion is 100 percent under our control. See if you can pas... Read more

  • I gave a strong message to my unconscious mind before sleep last night.

    1/6/2017 10:12:31 AM, by CTUPTON

    I told her to find a way to curb my eating huge portions of food. We'll see what happens as time goes on. chris... Read more

  • I need to try this-let my unconscious mind work on a problem while I sleep!

    1/6/2017 1:50:34 AM, by CTUPTON

    I read this comment on FB after a blurb about unconscious thoughts actually changing our genes. It sounds like science fiction! Chris "I find this to be quite timely. I recall a book I read back in the 80's on the subconscious mind (wish I still had it) and one technique that I still use tod... Read more

  • The perfect set of shelves for our new apartment

    1/6/2017 1:37:53 AM, by CTUPTON

    Maybe I can find a moss covered credenza to go with this. chris... Read more

  • Clalrk Howard tips

    1/5/2017 1:19:19 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • You by Dr. Seuss

    1/5/2017 11:51:34 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • How to keep my weekends for myself....

    1/5/2017 11:38:15 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • How I reduce my blood pressure

    1/5/2017 6:38:43 AM, by CTUPTON watching and playing with our cat, Cujo. chris... Read more

  • A wonderful sparkfriend sent me this.... I love it.

    1/5/2017 5:41:03 AM, by CTUPTON

    One song can spark a moment, One flower can wake the dream. One tree can start a forest, One bird can herald spring. One smile begins a friendship, One handclasp lifts a soul. One star can guide a ship at sea, One word can frame the goal. One vote can change a... Read more

  • spaces seem to cause html errors! Last info fatty liver

    1/4/2017 1:05:54 PM, by CTUPTON

    In addition to releasing hormones and proteins, the fat cells also begin to release some of the fat that is being stored in them in the form of fatty acids. As a result, there is an increase in the blood levels of fatty acids. This is important because large amounts of certain types of fatty acids a... Read more

  • more...fatty liver info

    1/4/2017 1:03:40 PM, by CTUPTON

    Insulin is important because it is a major promoter of glucose (sugar) uptake from the blood by cells. At first, the pancreas compensates for the insensitivity to insulin by making and releasing more insulin, but eventually it can no longer produce sufficient quantities of insulin and, in fact, may ... Read more

  • more about fatty liver

    1/4/2017 1:02:03 PM, by CTUPTON

    When large amounts of fat are present as they are in obesity, the fat becomes metabolically active (actually inflamed) 40 and gives rise to the production of many hormones and proteins that are released into the blood and have effects on cells throughout the body. One of the many effects of these h... Read more

  • Blog in parts because of "no HTML" errors!

    1/4/2017 1:00:44 PM, by CTUPTON

    It used to be thought that obesity was nothing more than the simple accumulation of fat in the body. Fat tissues were thought to be inert, that is, they served as simply storage sites for fat and had little activity or interactions with other tissues.We now know that fat tissue is very active metabo... Read more

  • Oh

    1/4/2017 12:58:27 PM, by CTUPTON

    What causes nonalcoholic fatty liver disease? Well, he cause of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is complex and not completely understood, but the most important factors appear to be the presence of obesity and diabetes.... Read more

  • Fatty liver--I have not even considered this as a cause of my own body inflammation and pain

    1/4/2017 12:49:17 PM, by CTUPTON

    This just might motivate me to lose weight. I know I have lots of areas of noticeable inflammation in body tissues. I kept looking for a cure from supplements, drinking water, etc. It is hard to admit just my accumulation of fat is causing my body soreness! I had a liver ultrasound years ago an... Read more

  • New Year - Ready to go for the gold :)

    1/3/2017 9:52:31 AM, by ZUMBANERD

    I had a minor setback in not completing a challenge last month, but I went on vacation and walked an average of 20k steps each day. Even with the eating through the holidays and being sick, I have good news in that I still managed to lose almost 3 lbs. last month. So, not all was lost and now I... Read more

  • Diabetic Food Pyramid and link

    1/3/2017 9:18:30 AM, by CTUPTON
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  • This is very hard for me right now, but I am trying.

    1/2/2017 10:09:02 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Why men lose weight faster than women. SP article

    1/2/2017 8:15:41 AM, by CTUPTON
    itness_articles.asp?id=2118 Life just is not fair! 46... Read more

  • Calculate how to lose 1 or 2 pounds a week. (from a SP article)

    1/2/2017 6:58:59 AM, by CTUPTON

    Tyler Spraul, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist for, recommends a simple formula to calculate how many calories are required to maintain your current weight: 14 to 16 times your bodyweight in pounds. "Once you've determined your maintenance number, you can start decreasing ... Read more

  • Heart attack warning signs

    12/31/2016 6:27:33 AM, by CTUPTON

    Thank you, LINDA!, for posting this on your sparkpage. Heart Attack Warning Signs Some heart attacks are sudden and intense the "movie heart attack," where no one doubts what's happening. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren't s... Read more

  • Getting new apartment organized... definitely a work in progress

    12/31/2016 5:27:05 AM, by CTUPTON

    Well, yes. But I have plans how to fix this! And sometimes this is actually better than this. Note the "bookcase." It should sit on top of a desk, which I don't have yet. OK. Just received the new DESK. 334 Now, at least I have a chance of putting everything away! I loved my Mom's secr... Read more

  • Who to trust

    12/30/2016 2:46:32 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Life Lessons from Einstein

    12/30/2016 12:50:09 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Clutter--this must be my unconscious philosophy of life

    12/30/2016 12:42:17 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Which of these helps you be happy? Or which do you still need to learn?

    12/30/2016 12:17:03 PM, by CTUPTON

    For me: 4.The secret to getting ahead is to focus your energy not on fixing and fighting yesterday, but on building and growing something new right now. chris 1.When life does not go as planned, breathe and remember that life’s richness often comes from its unpredictability. 2.Sometimes you ... Read more

  • funny meanings

    12/30/2016 11:01:56 AM, by CTUPTON

    Thank you Cathy. chris... Read more

  • Hoping your New Year is supercalifragilisticexpia
    lidocious !

    12/30/2016 7:58:49 AM, by CTUPTON

    ious PRONUNCIATION: (soo-puhr-ka-li-fra-juh-lis-
    tik-eks-pi-uh-li-DO-shuhs) MEANING: adjective: Extraordinarily wonderful. ETYMOLOGY: A fanciful formation. Earliest documented use is from 1949, though this word was po... Read more

  • Treadmill use

    12/29/2016 3:16:41 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Organization hints I recently learned--and remember

    12/29/2016 12:55:07 PM, by CTUPTON

    To you and to others who want to help me: "Don't mess with the mess," please. 211 This is a work in progress and I have to improve little by little at my own pace. So please don't give me advice about this here. 211 If I want some specific advice, I will , eventually ask about it. OK? 41 ... Read more

  • Best 100 calorie snacks to keep you full

    12/29/2016 11:23:21 AM, by CTUPTON

    p?id=1938 1. Two tablespoons of whipped light cream cheese rolled into two slices of extra-lean ham. 2. Two celery stalks, sliced into strips and dipped in 2 tablespoons of light guacamole. 3. Three ounc... Read more

  • Hatchimals

    12/29/2016 5:18:54 AM, by CTUPTON

    I guess I am cynical in my old age. Maybe kids learned that all chicken eggs do not hatch. chris... Read more

  • Oh no! A burst pipe at the CT condo and I am in NY state!

    12/26/2016 10:27:44 AM, by CTUPTON

    2 plus days of panic 40 and some 46 but I am feeling better today. Brother in law drove from near NY city. He is there now evaluating the damage. Mostly soaked sheetrock. I thought I had no insurance 198 --but I have it!!! Thank the Lord!! 224 I did have to get insurance for the... Read more

  • fat free lemon pie

    12/25/2016 6:55:44 AM, by CTUPTON

    Only this would post. Error message about html! I was very frustrated!
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  • If you are not having a great Christmas (or any other holiday)...

    12/25/2016 6:24:08 AM, by CTUPTON

    I too am there this year, and last year, and the year before. I survived. And I even thrived in certain ways. It is easy to get discouraged, especially when on FB, etc. everyone is putting up their perfect photos of smiling children and adults, perfect table settings, perfect Christmas trees, ... Read more

  • Dec. 25 th -- we made it to another Christmas!

    12/25/2016 3:59:36 AM, by CTUPTON

    The year certainly had its ups and downs. but I am grateful for all of my sparkfriends! You pulled me through another year! Merry Christmas! 446 459... Read more