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  • Hope on the Horizon

    10/4/2015 11:12:18 AM, by CHANGINGDEDA

    I have been doing a little better with my eating, my cooking and working what little time i have with 12 hours shifts. I have actually managed to lose 2 lbs. not much but it is a plus and the spark I need to keep going. I am certain I can do this. I am so ready now. I will not give up and I wil... Read more

  • balls to the wall

    10/4/2015 8:41:35 AM, by CTUPTON

    balls to the wall  term used by pilots. when accelerating quickly, the throttle is pushed all the way to the panel and the throttle lever (ball) actually touches the panel (wall). Hence, balls to the wall. I bet you all looked, didn't you!... Read more

  • Beck Day 4 done--sort of

    10/4/2015 8:14:35 AM, by CTUPTON

    +___I read my ARC cards at least once today. -___I read other Response cards as needed. +___I created a reminder system for giving myself credit. -___I sat down to eat. __Every time __Most of the time. __Some of the time. -___I gave myself credit __E... Read more

  • New Month New Challenge

    10/3/2015 6:33:40 PM, by ZUMBANERD

    I have it all set up for me to really stick to this challenge. I'm only looking at this month of October and see how it goes. On Mondays and Wednesdays I have to get to the gym so that I can do the circuit training routines. These have to get scheduled into my workday. I also have to schedule my wal... Read more

  • Beck Day 9: Select an Exercise Program. Note, this is an UNFINISHED blog

    10/3/2015 9:43:53 AM, by CTUPTON

    ___I read my ARC cards at least once today. ___I read other Response cards as needed. ___I ate slowly, sitting down and noticing every bite. __Every time __Most of the time. __Some of the time. ___I gave myself credit when I engaged in helpful eating behaviors ... Read more

  • Beck Day 8: Make time and energy for dieting. Unfinished blog . To be completed in a few days.

    10/3/2015 9:41:17 AM, by CTUPTON

    ___I read my ARC cards at least once today. ___I read other Response cards as needed. ___I ate slowly, sitting down and noticing every bite. __Every time __Most of the time. __Some of the time. ___I gave myself credit when I engaged in helpful eating behaviors ... Read more

  • Beck Day 7: Arrange your Environment. Unfinished blog. To be completed in a few days.

    10/3/2015 9:35:51 AM, by CTUPTON

    ___I read my ARC cards at least once today. ___I read other Response cards as needed. ___I ate slowly, sitting down and noticing every bite. __Every time __Most of the time. __Some of the time. ___I gave myself credit when I engaged in helpful dieting behaviors ... Read more

  • Beck Day 6: Find a diet coach. Unfinished blog. To be completed in a couple of days from now.

    10/3/2015 9:32:51 AM, by CTUPTON

    ___I read my ARC cards at least once today. ___I read other Response cards as needed. ___I ate slowly, sitting down and noticing every bite. __Every time __Most of the time. __Some of the time. ___I gave myself credit when I engaged in helpful dieting behaviors ... Read more

  • Beck Day 5: Unfinished to do list. To be continued tomorrow.

    10/3/2015 9:29:41 AM, by CTUPTON

    ___I read my ARC cards at least once today. ___I read other Response cards as needed. ___I ate slowly, sitting down and noticing every bite. __Every time __Most of the time. __Some of the time. ___I gave myself credit when I engaged in helpful dieting behaviors ... Read more

  • Beck Day 4-Unfinished to-do list-to be continued later in the day....

    10/3/2015 9:26:07 AM, by CTUPTON

    ___I read my ARC cards at least once today. ___I read other Response cards as needed. ___I created a reminder system for giving myself credit. ___I sat down to eat. __Every time __Most of the time. __Some of the time. ___I gave myself credit __Every tim... Read more

  • Beck Day 4--Give Yourself Credit

    10/3/2015 9:19:19 AM, by CTUPTON

    Yesterday I ate at the table 4 times--breakfast , mid-morning , lunch, afternoon snack... Tootin' my own horn for those successes! 243 244 380 224 I will try again to eat at the table--even when I am tired...... NOT while using the computer! NOT while reading in bed! N... Read more

  • Beck-my 3 sabotaging thoughts-not the way I always feel--just my thoughts sometimes

    10/3/2015 9:10:09 AM, by CTUPTON

    I might have mislead the Beck Trekkers. 198 I did not mean I feel that way all the time. I just mean those are my thoughts --sometimes 24 ! Those are the hardest times for me. Sorry 245 if I made you think I am totally tired all the time! Oops! 198 I did get plenty of sympathy. 2... Read more

  • Beck: sabotaging thoughts

    10/2/2015 10:10:12 AM, by CTUPTON

    -I am so tired! I am drained and I just want to lie in bed and read and eat and shut out the world. -I need to 'veg' at the computer, playing Trivia Crack or Solitaire---and snack on something tasty. In fact, I like to eat my meals at the computer , too. -I am very, very uncomfortable, anxious, ... Read more

  • Beck: Day 3 Sit Down to Eat

    10/2/2015 10:03:14 AM, by CTUPTON

    Mine should say "Sit up to eat." and "Sit at the table." I tend to read in bed and eat. Or, I eat while at the computer. Or, I eat in the car while driving. Maybe if I kept my cell phone attached to my ear, like many people I see, I'd not gain weight. Even this "cell phone thing" is a sign... Read more

  • Beck Day 2-- anyone want to be my Beck coach?

    10/2/2015 9:38:39 AM, by CTUPTON

    I believe I am a challenge to help. 24 I am way, way resistant to actually eating fewer times a day. 4 I have only been able to lose 40 lbs (6 years) by changing(drastically) the foods I eat, 550 through the day drinking tonic water 91 instead of eating something, and doing water aerobics fait... Read more

  • New game plan

    10/2/2015 4:02:00 AM, by CANES4EVER63

    So recovering from the binge and this is what I'm thinking. 1. Eat more carbs. I think if I were to do so then the strong cravings wouldn't be there. I will allow myself to have potatoes with my breakfast. And getting them in the morning means I can burn them throughout the day. 2. I need ... Read more

  • Binging

    10/1/2015 6:38:32 AM, by CANES4EVER63

    This binge is over, thank goodness. It has not been nice to me. Rephrase, I shouldn't have done it to myself? Now I feel like crap. The positive? I didn't eat food I'm allergic to like I normally would? I ate potato chips and these chocolate brownies I found that I can actually eat. Rephrase, that I... Read more

  • Yet Another Low Calorie High Burn Day

    9/29/2015 7:31:07 PM, by NYXWOLFWALKER

    Grrrrrr Well SP says I can eat upwards of 5k in calories because I've burned 2k today. Umm ya that's so not happening it's already 730 pm n I'm just over 1k as it is, trying to figure out what more to eat to get me over the 1200 mark that isn't junk based (though really I could eat the pint of soy... Read more

  • What is healthy at Wendy's? SP article

    9/28/2015 10:34:06 AM, by CTUPTON
    parkdining-eatery.asp?id=4 My husband almost daily asks for food from one of the fast food restaurants. He is on a diabetic diet by the way. He also recently developed some choking while eating--a speech therapist has been working with him and advising us... Read more

  • SP article: What does 5 fruits and veggies look like? Great visuals!

    9/27/2015 10:35:02 AM, by CTUPTON
    utrition_articles.asp?id=2044... Read more

  • Planting my feet this time.

    9/26/2015 11:58:54 AM, by CHANGINGDEDA

    I have to do this. I need to do this. but most of all i WANT to do this. I am so overweight with many health issues. I am determined to start knocking as many ills out of the way for good. The only way is to stick to it. Keep my feet planted. Keep my thoughts focused and my heart ready. I... Read more

  • Running, I hate thee

    9/26/2015 5:12:34 AM, by CANES4EVER63

    So I use to be an avid runner. This was at the peak of my weight loss about 2.5 years ago. I started from not being able to run a mile to running a half marathon. I know how it happens, I know the struggles, I know the frustrations and the pain. But I don't know this. I'm trying to get bac... Read more

  • Brussels Sprouts, Bacon & Pepperjack Macaroni & Cheese

    9/25/2015 9:30:58 PM, by CTUPTON

    Brussels Sprouts, Bacon & Pepperjack Macaroni & Cheese 2-4 servings-- sorry nutritional info was not available but at least there are veggies in this dish!--chris Kick up your mac 'n' cheese with some roasted brussels, bacon and lots of Pepperjack cheese. Delish! Prep: 10 mins ... Read more

  • Weekend healthy eating!

    9/25/2015 7:28:38 PM, by CTUPTON

    Keep calm and continue the healthy habits over the weekend. We don't think this way anymore: Have a great , healthy, happy weekend! chris ... Read more

  • Beck: food pushers

    9/25/2015 7:03:23 PM, by CTUPTON

    It is hard to say "no" to someone who is offering their hard-effort, home made foods to us. The food is usually the very delicious kind and made to look as tempting as possible. My Mom even cried once when I said no thanks to her . Yeah--she actually cried. But saying I will have some later... Read more

  • Hypo, high burn day n low calories

    9/24/2015 4:47:39 PM, by NYXWOLFWALKER

    Well it's been one of those days, woke up at 445 am after finally getting to sleep around 1pm, despite going to bed at 10pm. Got everything ready for work n was out the door by 6am only to have the van not being a happy camper, finally get going n text the corrdinator that I'm going to be late... Read more

  • Had my school induction today

    9/24/2015 1:23:25 PM, by CANES4EVER63

    Which for those who aren't familiar with the term, it's pretty much my orientation. I'm excited, I'm nervous, I'm overwhelmed, I'm scared. There seems to be a lot more statistics than what I bargained for, but we aren't expected to have a strong math/statistical background, so it must be ok, I would... Read more

  • where to find trivia crack

    9/24/2015 12:11:37 PM, by CTUPTON

    I play it on the desktop and on our kindle. I did n online search. It seemed best for me to use it from my facebook but that is not necessary. My daughter uses it on her cell phone. that is probably an app. I hope you can find it. chris... Read more

  • Getting back on track and starting my own challenge

    9/23/2015 10:18:07 AM, by ZUMBANERD

    So, the end of summer brought a summer flu and a low grade pressure headache. That is now past me. Now it is on to bigger and better things. Yesterday, I did a 20 min interval workout on the elliptical and I got a new Fitbit as my other one died on me because it lost the button. I'm going to s... Read more

  • Unexpected Grief

    9/22/2015 10:05:39 AM, by MRSRHAWKINS

    We were down to one child left at home. We had gone through the grief of the oldest leaving when she turned 18 (8 years ago). We grieved/worried when our middle daughter dropped out of college and married a guy to help him get his greencard. Then there was one...with 5 years left with our younges... Read more

  • I'm not sure what to think or how to feel

    9/22/2015 4:34:19 AM, by CANES4EVER63

    So my mind is sending me mixed messages and I'm torn between the two signals that I'm getting. One side is going "you shouldn't have eaten that snack after dinner last night" and the other is going "but you were hungry and needed the food, so it's ok" And back and forth and back and forth. My spin c... Read more

  • Nine days (after today) left in Sept.

    9/21/2015 12:06:46 PM, by CTUPTON

    40 How can that be?... Read more

  • Trivia Crack

    9/21/2015 12:04:04 PM, by CTUPTON

    This is a fun game on the smart phone, Kindle, or desktop. Is anyone else hooked yet?... Read more

  • Lest we forget.....

    9/21/2015 5:40:27 AM, by CTUPTON

    Buffalo, NY last winter! My niece's house.---winter of course, not right now! I am living in Connecticut. But my plans are to move "back home" near my family . Maybe I should rethink this move... chris... Read more

  • I want to change my sparkpage but I am loving the little owls too much!

    9/21/2015 5:33:25 AM, by CTUPTON

    Which is your favorite owl? Right now the sleepy one with the zzzz's is drawing my attention. chris... Read more

  • H.A.L.T. and R.I.D. and how to use your

    9/20/2015 12:48:49 PM, by CTUPTON

    I hope I can remember this when I get my next bout of anxiety--and I want to EAT! 198 Anxiety is from a fight or flight response, triggered when the amygdala in the brain perceives threat. It doesn’t matter whether the threat is real or not – the brain thinks it is and acts as though its... Read more

  • Day 24, Deal with Discouragement

    9/20/2015 12:05:16 PM, by CTUPTON

    Day 24, Deal with Discouragement Oh yeah! this is my day! I am dealing with allergies. No energy. Itchy eyes. Slight headache. The no energy is my downfall! I have fought that all my life. I am doing everything I know how to lessen these allergies! This morning it seems to be h... Read more

  • names game

    9/20/2015 11:52:16 AM, by CTUPTON

    Maybe make your screen zoom to 200% I do that in my lower right corner of my screen I chose Elderly Hermione Granger chris... Read more

  • A commitment to monitor myself

    9/20/2015 7:36:07 AM, by CANES4EVER63

    I can feel myself slipping back into my old over restrictive eating habits and I will not let myself get to the point where I was a few years ago. I'm in a new country, do not know the healthcare system very well and I cannot start fainting again. Although last time, I only started fainting about 6 ... Read more

  • BECK trying some things to lessen allergies

    9/19/2015 8:44:09 PM, by CTUPTON

    -put the air purifier on high in our bedroom -used the nose irrigation bottle of saline-yuk I hate it but it works -took one mucinex -used a mask to filter the air I was breathing when I was reading my book in the bedroom--mask like for sanding or painting projects--it couldn't hurt, right? ... Read more

  • Church harvest festival tonight

    9/19/2015 2:51:05 PM, by NYXWOLFWALKER

    Well going to our churches harvest festival tonight, and am a little worried about it. Mostly because of the food that will be on offer. It's being hosted by another ward RS group of ladies and is all Asian (which isn't a issue /problem) food that will be on offer. Which is great my husband and I l... Read more

  • BECK problems

    9/19/2015 2:34:41 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have not been feeling good in general. How does a person keep doing the "to do " list when they don't feel well? Again this morning I again (like a week ago) had a slight headache, very tired , body somewhat sore. None of these symptoms are pronounced. It is more than a blah feeling. Possibl... Read more

  • HALT

    9/17/2015 5:35:17 PM, by CTUPTON

    I traditionally have used "HALT" to analyze how I am feeling when I have a craving. Well--I try to use it anyway. Why do I want food? Am I hungry for real? Am I angry at someone? Am I lonely (bored usually)? Am I tired? The idea is : if it is not hunger, then food won't fix it! 40 Right now I ... Read more

  • coconut rice

    9/17/2015 4:32:52 PM, by CTUPTON

    This is pretty good. I cooked brown rice in half light coconut milk and half water. chris... Read more

  • Fluke--I Know WHy the Winged Whale Sings --a book I think I want to read...

    9/17/2015 4:18:10 PM, by CTUPTON

    Fluke, or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings is the seventh novel by Christopher Moore. Published in 2003, it combines elements of absurdist and fantasy fiction, as well as the author's own brand of social commentary and humor. A serious theme in the novel involves environmentalism, particularly tha... Read more

  • Things are starting to look up, I hope!

    9/17/2015 11:46:53 AM, by CANES4EVER63

    I'm started to get settled in my new country and it looks like things are going to go pretty smoothly. I'm registered for classes (except for my theme modules), I have my student ID, I have my bank account, with no money, albeit, I've figured out the awesome gym, and I'm starting to learn my way aro... Read more

  • "Your worth should never depend on another persons opinion"

    9/17/2015 11:46:17 AM, by CTUPTON

    "Your worth should never depend on another persons opinion." Duh...but a hard lesson to learn! chris I found this on a 12 stem program page of quotes. ... Read more

  • A freeing feeling: I am enough.

    9/17/2015 10:33:38 AM, by CTUPTON

    “Say it, and feel it, carry it with you and be it:
‘I am ready to let go of the chase, of the escape, and simply be myself. I am enough. What I am is enough. There is no failure. There is no lack. There is nothing going wrong. I release all expectations that I put upon myself, either dir... Read more

  • I am (already) enough.... so spread my wings and fly! More thoughts on "I am enough."

    9/17/2015 10:06:26 AM, by CTUPTON

    “I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are... Read more

  • More about "I am enough."

    9/17/2015 9:46:01 AM, by CTUPTON

    This seems to be a complex idea. It seems like women especially are always striving to be better and better and do more and more. I am a bit confused. I am thinking women are programed to try to make others happy. If it doesn't work , we feel like failures. -am I on the right track? -d... Read more

  • long day n tired

    9/16/2015 3:40:14 PM, by NYXWOLFWALKER

    Sighs been up since 5am because of work only got just over 2 hours of non solid sleep. Get to the location for the day to learn it's a half day. Do the shift, repack my 500 pounds of gear n haul it back to the van. Glucose levels all day are close to hypo or at the hypo mark - woke up at mmol 2.6 ... Read more

  • Struggling to get my right knee to bend..saga--finally 5 whole minutes on the recumbent bike! Yeah!

    9/16/2015 1:09:19 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have been working in many ways to improve my right knee. I have been working with at least 3 198 professionals about this problem. It was the result of being "out of commission" for several months after a total shoulder replacement last Dec. 24 My daughter has suggested using my recumbent b... Read more

  • Who you are is enough!

    9/16/2015 12:50:15 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • All moved in and completely stressed!

    9/14/2015 5:15:10 PM, by CANES4EVER63

    So after almost a year of getting my offer letter, I am finally here in my new city, new country, be it! It's been quite stressful, there is SO much to learn about a UK education system that is very different than the US. I'm use to going to one place and taking care of everything, but here in the U... Read more

  • 14 SP easy slow cooker recipes-- I just found this article!

    9/14/2015 11:55:39 AM, by CTUPTON
    oker_recipes I can make sort of plain meats and plain veggies. But making them more palatable is tough for me. these slow cooker meals might help me! Now that it is fall in New England, USA, I will be needing these even... Read more

  • BECK Day 18 "to DO" list from SLENDERELLA61

    9/14/2015 11:42:54 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am not organized (yet) enough to actually do all these things. But I am getting more conscious of my eating. Thank you SLENDERELLA 61 for typing out the to do lists. It helps me greatly! chris Check off when you read your Advantages Response Cards, read cards addressing your sabotagi... Read more

  • BECK: Food tastes so much better when you are hungry!

    9/13/2015 4:59:59 PM, by CTUPTON

    I was extra busy today and had no time for a real lunch. By the time I got back from grocery shopping I was actually hungry! I ate one apple on the way home. Wow! My taste buds were alive! And now I am having a half sandwich with swiss cheese, tomato, and mustard. Super tasty! chris ... Read more

  • Maple Cinnamon Spread

    9/13/2015 2:12:48 PM, by CTUPTON

    Maple Cinnamon ABU Lightly adapted from Heather’s ABU, which was adapted from Emily’s PBU. (Ok, I just laughed when typing that out) Yield: Approx. 28 tablespoons or 1 and 3/4 cup Ingredients: •3/4 cup natural almond butter •3/4 cup vanilla almond milk •1 tbsp pure map... Read more

  • Lower fat peanut butter recipes

    9/13/2015 2:02:47 PM, by CTUPTON
    pes/ example from this web site: Ingredients 1/2 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Soy Milk, divided (or "milk" of choice) 30g (1/4 cup) Vanilla Brown Rice Protein Powder (I used SunWarrior) 6 packets Truvia (or sweetene... Read more

  • Not feeling up to par--for several weeks now. Darn!

    9/13/2015 1:55:46 PM, by CTUPTON

    I seem to be having low energy for many days now. 39 Looking back, it started just before the dentist diagnosed a virus near my front tooth. I went to her after finishing a tooth implant (not fun). The surgeon had just checked me because of my continued pain. He thought the neighboring tooth needed... Read more

  • 10 surprisingly healthy Packeaged foods -suggested by SP --that I actually have come to depend on!

    9/12/2015 1:55:11 PM, by CTUPTON
    utrition_articles.asp?id=1668 OK-- fresh with your own spices are the best and healthiest. But my life style needs these "convienience" foods. CHRIS I can't believe it! 20 I actually buy and use these things. 20 It works! 1. canned beans--rin... Read more

  • Bloomfield,CT? Anyone live near here?

    9/12/2015 12:46:35 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am just seeing if any sparkers live near me? I have in the recent past found several people in CT. And I just posted on the Spark Connecticut team. chris... Read more

  • BECK--gee I had a label that is supported by Beck--and I didn't know it!

    9/12/2015 12:33:29 PM, by CTUPTON

    "OMAT" "one meal at a time. meaning plan ahead! but it is OK to just plan one meal ahead...planning further ahead is great, but I sure can't always do that. This supports Beck's idea of not eating "unplanned foods." Like, don't give in to "desires" and to "cravings. Try to eat on... Read more

  • ZETOX-- a friend tells her story--I have this but have not used it--yet

    9/12/2015 12:20:51 PM, by CTUPTON Read more

  • BECK --photo of reminder labels on my shelf above computer

    9/12/2015 10:15:27 AM, by CTUPTON

    Stop eating CRAP! If you aren't hungry, food won't fix it! HALT? WWATPD? It matters everytime! NO CHOICE! Eat at the table! Plan meal ahead of time. (meaning ....One Meal at a Time! OMAT! instead of ODAT!) Walk every 15 minutes! I don't eat like that anymore I will h... Read more

  • BECK DAY 16's theme and my reminder shelf labels--today's is

    9/12/2015 9:34:47 AM, by CTUPTON

    A snippet from SLENDERELLA61's email for today: For those of you who are on a One Beck Day per day this is Day 16, Prevent Unplanned Eating complete with the powerful mantra of "NO CHOICE." It works!! I frequently add, "no choice means no struggles." Near my computer I use my label maker ... Read more

  • Hebron Harvest Fair and Dock Dogs

    9/12/2015 8:49:14 AM, by CTUPTON http://www.hebronharvestfair
    .org/ I had such a great time with a group of my friends! I have not been out to do anything fun in months. Too busy with caregiving 2 family members. But I snuck away yesterday for a few hours and had a ball! 244 chris ... Read more

  • BECK-- if......

    9/12/2015 8:37:18 AM, by CTUPTON

    If I can learn to not eat when I get a little discomfort, that will be huge in my life. I will keep working at that. Mostly what I do now is take a "snack" that won't be horrendous for my weight. 40 lost lbs in 6 years is something, but if I could conquer --or at least sometimes do tha... Read more

  • 50,000 steps

    9/10/2015 4:30:23 PM, by NYXWOLFWALKER

    Well it's been a strong week I've been over 10,000 of steps almost everyday. It's great to see the numbers up there n makes me understand just how active n physical my job really is (I do seasonal school photography). Plus I'm now officially down 10 pounds for the year!... Read more

  • BECK-still around Day 11-12 for me.

    9/10/2015 3:47:22 PM, by CTUPTON

    SLENDERELLA61 has said this: She made a nice summary of what we are learning. We are now working on "motivating yourself, sitting down 100% of the time to eat, giving yourself credit, using anti-craving techniques, tolerating hunger, don't worry. Practice them along the way. Do your best, but... Read more

  • 30 day challenge

    9/10/2015 5:55:49 AM, by LIBTECH3

    It is going well. I broke the 160 mark but am back up again 160.2. I think it is just normal fluctuations and won't worry about the less than 1/2 pound. I am back to work and here comes my biggest challenge, snacks in the staff room. I would eat at my desk but as I move school to school and work... Read more

  • BECK DAY 12--Don't fear Day 12-- well....

    9/9/2015 3:14:35 PM, by CTUPTON

    Eat breakfast and skip lunch! It is so much easier to skip breakfast. Why is that? What does hunger feel like? But I might die! I hate to admit it, but feeling "hunger" is just awful for me. I don't know why that is. Probably just because I always had food available to me and I never had t... Read more

  • Beck- I made a big salad for lunch and....something weird about a tooth.

    9/9/2015 12:50:06 PM, by CTUPTON

    The past few days I felt like I had a virus--very tired and did not even want to get out of bed. I did get up and dressed and did a few easy chores but mostly I read my book. Today I feel much better. Yesterday I bought ingredients for a spark recipe: salad with beets and blueberries and tuna a... Read more

  • BECK--Hunger is not an emergency? Huh?

    9/9/2015 12:40:06 PM, by CTUPTON

    Gee I sure react like it is a life or death situation! chris... Read more

  • High price of store bought jellos and puddings....

    9/9/2015 12:34:54 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am thinking of making my own.... jello---I looked up spark recipes. One is made with hot teea... One is made just with gelatin and grape juice. puddings-- I looked up vanilla pudding--looks easy And I make tapioca pudding fairly often. Got any good ideas--cheap? ... Read more

  • Not to weigh

    9/8/2015 5:22:02 PM, by CANES4EVER63

    That's my decision. It can wait a few months. I'm fine if someone else weighs me and gives me progress reports, just telling me I'm down is all I need to know because knowing how much will affect my mood. See, it's all about the numbers, I can't handle them. I was cleaning out my closet and dec... Read more

  • To weigh, or not to weigh, that is the question

    9/8/2015 7:01:18 AM, by CANES4EVER63

    I'm really debating if I should weigh myself right now. I can't do numbers, I know that, they lead to an unhealthy obsession, but I finally feel like I'm getting on track again and I feel like I'm getting more stable. But hey, I thought that at the beginning of the summer and I didn't lose much weig... Read more

  • BECK Day 11: Learning the difference between hunger, desire, and cravings.

    9/7/2015 2:43:33 PM, by CTUPTON

    I photocopied several charts from the book. I made little booklets with maybe 6 pages for the hunger monitoring chart. I am trying to fill in a chart for a few days. I am learning lots from this ! 58 I am prone to eating without focusing on the food at all. the food is gone and I want more--an... Read more

  • High Cal Day

    9/7/2015 2:07:39 AM, by NYXWOLFWALKER

    Well its been a while since I actually got in more then 1800 calories in a single day - so the fact that I managed to do that today was nice to see to various degrees - thought the fact it took going out for sushi is another matter ::grumbles:: but it was a nice treat that was tasty even if it did s... Read more

  • BECK Day 10, Set a Realistic Goal

    9/6/2015 10:23:58 AM, by CTUPTON

    This is NOT me.. I wish! It is a model of 5 lb. of FAT! One thing on the Beck "To do" list for today has Set a goal to lose 5 lb. In the past few years (good years that is) --I have been losing about 10 lb. a year. Yes, that is very slow. But I am maintaining that with no problem... Read more

  • Yeah! Finally maybe get better equipment for hubby.

    9/5/2015 5:00:01 PM, by CTUPTON

    The physical therapist is the person to order needed medical equipment , etc. In the past 4 years I have tried-through professional physical therapists-- several times to get 2 things to care for my husband better : -a fully electric patient lift for hubby -a fully electric hospital bed f... Read more

  • To do list from the social worker. Wise woman!

    9/5/2015 4:33:40 PM, by CTUPTON

    We had a social worker visit. "Visiting nurses" are coming since hubby got out of rehab. Medicare will pay for all this much needed help. Since our daughter's problems were added to the problems from hubby's stroke (9 yrs ago), I am now pretty worried about finances. So... here is what sh... Read more

  • Beck-- what would a thin person do?

    9/5/2015 4:14:48 PM, by CTUPTON

    WWATPD That is too long a "mantra, " I know. But it just means "What would a thin person do? Better? WWBD "What would Beck do?" or WWJD "What would Judith do?" In the past if I had a dilemma, I'd think of a friend who would not be puzzled like I ... Read more

  • Beck --special challenges for caregivers--"Caregivers are people, too"

    9/5/2015 3:07:12 PM, by CTUPTON

    I would love to hear from other caregivers on how you fit in exercise and healthy eating. there is plenty of advice and very good advice here on SP, ofcourse. But as a caregiver now of 2 people, not one as before, I am facing more challenges than before. I had a schedule pretty well establishe... Read more

  • Uh... I slept till noon!

    9/5/2015 1:58:45 PM, by CTUPTON

    I got up early, had coffee, and got in bed to read--then fell asleep-woke up--read and fell asleep again--till 11:30 am! 128 40 198 149 102 102 102... Read more

  • Podcasts????

    9/5/2015 1:54:41 PM, by CTUPTON

    A friend says she listens to these all the time. What are they? Actually, I am looking for things my husband can listen to. He had a stroke in 2006 and can't seem to read books anymore. chris... Read more

  • Beck-chart to prioritize my activities

    9/4/2015 5:59:43 PM, by CTUPTON

    Well- mostly I have "Essential Activities" There is not much time left for Highly Desirable and even less time for Desirable. 24 Daily Essential Activities of a Caregiver for 2 family members-(used to be one, but just became 2) AM Feed the cat Wed garbage day Fill Chris’ med bo... Read more