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  • Beautiful

    6/25/2017 6:02:18 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Wow, the sun is shining really bright. Just enjoying my Sunday. Hows your day going? ... Read more

  • Going After my Stress Eating Habit This Week

    6/25/2017 12:48:18 PM, by LIZANDRASHAW

    I paid for the premium version of SparkPeople yesterday, and one of the benefits is being able to ask a question every week to one of the coaches. I sent in a question about stress eating. I didn't want to get the standard advice, because I've tried the standard advice without success. sent very det... Read more

  • Am good

    6/24/2017 11:11:38 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    What a day. Walked like my feet are on fire.... Read more

  • Doing a little better on new diet, get new blood test in 3 months

    6/24/2017 4:01:36 PM, by LIN1263

    My stomach pains less on my new diet, I have had pain constantly for 4 months & it gets worse when I eat anything. I found out through blood tests by a homeopathic Dr. through a microscope shown on computer, that I am intolerant to many foods including, gluten, sugar, potatoes,corn, all acid foods,a... Read more

  • Why I Love Exercise

    6/24/2017 1:33:06 PM, by LIZANDRASHAW

    Some days it's hard to get myself out from behind the computer and out into the pool. I tell myself all the reasons I can't exercise right now. I'm too tired, I'm in too much pain, the eczema will flare up, it's too late in the evening, I'm too busy, blah, blah, blah. The truth is that I always... Read more

  • Change

    6/23/2017 4:15:45 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Change is truly great, to be able to try something new.... Read more

  • I am on The Teddy Bears 5% Weight Loss Summer Chalenge

    6/23/2017 1:46:14 AM, by LIN1263

    July 1, I start the 5% Summer Challenge on July 1. I am looking forward to it.... Read more

  • Life

    6/21/2017 8:06:09 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Live your life no matter what others may tell you. You have the power so use it.... Read more

  • Weak

    6/20/2017 8:49:57 AM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Days like today can bring a person down. I feel so defeated. Hoping your day is a great one.... Read more

  • Myocardial Perfusion nuclear medicine tests today

    6/19/2017 7:04:09 PM, by LIN1263

    I get results in 10 days on Myocardial perfusion & C.T. scans, both tests done 2 times & also did stress treadmill test and got heart rate to 90%, they were surprised & got 2 I.V. shots of a type of metal in my veins as I now have radiation that will pick up at store sensors or travel sensors as met... Read more

  • Prayers please

    6/19/2017 7:14:19 AM, by CTUPTON

    Prayers please for a beloved close relative. You wonderful people said prayers when she was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She did much better than the medical people predicted. But now things have gotten critical. I am afraid I am requesting prayers for lessening her pain and a peace... Read more

  • Awwwwwwww..... thank you for the birthday wishes. You made my day!

    6/18/2017 7:24:46 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Happy

    6/18/2017 4:37:49 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    It is a great day to show your happy. A smile brings life into your face. A smile melts the pain away. A smile can change the way you feel. So your happy today.... Read more

  • Higher protein diet changes starting soon

    6/18/2017 1:04:47 AM, by LIN1263

    Sunday Father's Day & Monday 6 hour hospital heart testing. Tuesday I will perfect my higher protein diet as I done some research online & checked what would be a healthy diet & not one with 50% protein,30% carbs. & 20% fat, that is not good. I decided I need 50% carbs, mostly fruits & vegetables, 3... Read more

  • My birthday!

    6/17/2017 1:38:13 PM, by CTUPTON

    I know you all are just dying to know that! chris 211... Read more

  • Wondrous

    6/16/2017 3:35:56 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Life is such a great thing to experience. Good or bad it has some much to show us. May we all have the power to move our mountains.... Read more

  • Just wait one itty bitty little moment

    6/16/2017 10:28:04 AM, by LUNADRAGON

    Oh dear. Over a month. How did that happen? I guess injuries will do that. They creep up on you, then WHAM! Down and out, and out for the count. Then when You come to, it is "wah, wa, what happened?" My ankle is doing better, about 90% of the time, except if I try to walk to fast, too long, ... Read more

  • I guess I was just ready for the lessons in "Anatomy of Food Addiction"

    6/16/2017 8:47:52 AM, by CTUPTON

    When you are ready the teacher appears. Long ago, a good friend told me this. chris... Read more

  • Size also down in 2 years

    6/16/2017 1:30:36 AM, by LIN1263

    2 years a go I was size 16-18, now size 8-10, I was size 10 in high school 35 years a go! After high school size 12 for 30 years, I gained weight 2 years a go, only when I could not cook without extreme pain from walking to the kitchen to cook, so did not eat well, & I could not go outside to walk m... Read more

  • Why?

    6/15/2017 1:17:52 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    I am not happy with these changes, I am unable to write down my meals for the day. It is bad enough that I had to remove my app from the phone because it would say that someone already had my name! ... Read more

  • 12 weeks of physical therapy to heal leg inflammation

    6/15/2017 12:07:19 PM, by CTUPTON

    12 weeks of physical therapy to heal leg inflammation After 2 weeks the leg pain is much better. I lay on the bed. Heat under the leg and ice on top of the knees . Belt loop around toes to pull the toes toward me. Also pool walking in every way you can think of. Lasts about a half h... Read more

  • Lost 13 inches from waist in 2 years

    6/15/2017 1:33:01 AM, by LIN1263

    Yesterday I measured my waist for the first time in 3 months ,it is now 33" it was 46" 2 years a go. Of course other measurements have gone down some, but I find the waist to be the easiest to measure accurately. I measure at my belly button when I notice my pants getting bigger. I have lost 45 poun... Read more

  • Rain

    6/14/2017 2:22:50 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Wow the rain is so wonderful. I love when it rains. I wish for a full day of rain. I enjoy playing in the rain. How is the weather in your neck of the woods?... Read more

  • Hoping

    6/13/2017 11:19:39 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Hoping that all goes well for all of us.... Read more

  • Fit

    6/12/2017 4:10:24 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Working hard but, feeling weak. Just a little off.... Read more

  • Last Friday had my check up

    6/12/2017 9:45:19 AM, by ZUMBANERD

    My doctor is so great! She is on top of making sure that I'm as healthy as I can be. But it's funny how she as well as a friend that I haven't seen in awhile both thought I lost weight but the scale on Friday didn't show anything close to any sort of weight loss. And I thought about it on the ... Read more

  • Loneliness is what I feel most as an adult.

    6/11/2017 4:42:28 PM, by CTUPTON

    I feel lonely and often bored. I have had periods of depression most of my life. And, of course, the overeating is a constant, daily battle since childhood. As a child my Mom showed her love by feeding us--lots of delicious food. Obviously I needed less food. But I needed more....of what??? I... Read more

  • Deprived? Me???

    6/11/2017 3:17:13 PM, by CTUPTON

    To my 3 brothers it seems I had a charmed life. And actually till very recently I thought so too. I m starting to realize why I had such a tough time "doing life." I began teaching and the many years of teaching taught ME tons!!! wish I had known these things before starting to teach! Her... Read more

  • Childhood deprivation-me?

    6/11/2017 3:06:36 PM, by CTUPTON

    Me? Deprived in childhood? Huh? The Anatomy of food Addiction is saying this. If someone is addicted as an adult, it started with deprivation in childhood. But I was certainly well fed and kept safe and loved! I have to did a bit deeper to look for any deprivation. I always felt very inde... Read more

  • Neurotransmitters, endorphine, enkephalins, epinephrine, seratonin, dopeamine, aceytylcholine--OH MY

    6/11/2017 8:41:43 AM, by CTUPTON

    Brain chemicals are why we feel euphoric or depressed or "normal" or anxious or serene or sleepy or energetic or.......... And you thought it was "your feelings" only! chris... Read more

  • food addiction --just images

    6/11/2017 8:16:15 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • book: Anatomy of a Food Addiction

    6/11/2017 7:40:21 AM, by CTUPTON

    book: Anatomy of a Food Addiction: The Brain Chemistry of Overeating Very, very readable--well all except one quite technical chapter. But I loved that chapter, too. by Anne Katherine, M.A. stay tuned........ Read more

  • Plan for exercise on 5% summer challenge for July 1

    6/11/2017 1:06:38 AM, by LIN1263

    walk 5 times a week, 30 minutes each time. I already do this. Gym 3 times a week, unsure amount of time as do not know if classes or on my own. I will know in a week when I see the trainer. I applied for the Teddy Bears team, I find out soon what team as it starts July 1.... Read more

  • Diet for summer challenge

    6/11/2017 1:04:58 AM, by LIN1263

    I will go on a special diet to help with my blood clotting & food allergies. I saw my blood under a microscope when I saw a homeopath & was advised my body has got worse in one year. With a strict diet & vitamins I need it will improve in 3 months. I know it takes 3 months to replace blood in a pers... Read more

  • More

    6/8/2017 1:11:03 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    The weather is great for me. It is raining and I love it. I hope it rains all day.... Read more

  • Friends

    6/7/2017 2:01:23 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Many of us may not have a large amount of friends, but, the ones we do have are so great to us. This is for all my friends Thank you so much, I am proud to be your friend.... Read more

  • followup blog

    6/7/2017 9:51:44 AM, by CTUPTON

    Now it’s my turn. Take out a piece of paper or open a new document on your computer. Then select an area you’d like to change and make a list of every possible action, no matter how small, that would help you make progress. I want (need) to restart my healthy habits so I can lose some wei... Read more

  • Life is Hard, Food is Easy by Linda Spangle

    6/7/2017 9:42:56 AM, by CTUPTON

    How to actually get started. Because inertia must be overcome. Write down as many ideas as possible to just DO SOMETHING toward my goal. Even brainstorming will help to motivate. (Next blog will be my own list.) Here is the example in the book: Things that will help me(person... Read more

  • Music

    6/6/2017 7:54:18 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Love me some tunes they get me moving.... Read more

  • we were served colored cauliflower today-- interesting

    6/5/2017 8:31:30 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Super

    6/5/2017 12:54:27 PM, by JEZEBEL99

    Making turkey Burgers and sweet potato fries for supper tonight. My two turkey burgers with sweet potato fries all done helping the grand total of 295 cal. I love using my air cooker for doing sweet potato fries. And I love my indoor grill for doing my turkey burgers.... Read more

  • Sore

    6/5/2017 12:44:10 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Well, today I am sore but, still feel good about yesterday.... Read more

  • Coach Jen's suggestions about the teams I asked her about.

    6/5/2017 7:48:21 AM, by CTUPTON

    Please cut and paste the links. I did not bother to put them in as actual links. 24 chris FROM COACH JEN: Here's one about food addiction: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/
    groups_individ ual.asp?gid=3287 And one about (compulsive) overeating: www.sparkpeople.com/myspa... Read more

  • My knees are feeling better! After 2 PT sessions and doing the home straightening legs tactics.

    6/5/2017 7:44:56 AM, by CTUPTON

    Sit on the bed against the wall. Put heat under the legs and ice on top of the knees. After waiting for that to work, use a looped belt to pull toes toward me, stretching the back of the leg and using the front thigh muscles. I hate doing this, especially the 3X a day prescribed. But I t... Read more

  • My first research into fo food addiction. Thank you all for your suggestions.

    6/5/2017 7:29:27 AM, by CTUPTON

    I also just ordered the book written by this same author/doctor/researcher. Chris I will try to put up her name........ give me a little time. 2) Reclaim your brain. For all addictions, it's imperative to do what it takes to heal both the reward and executive centers in the brain. In orde... Read more

  • Is there a SP team focusing on food addiction, obsessive-compulsive overeating?

    6/4/2017 6:37:04 PM, by CTUPTON

    I don't think I am talking about "binging" or "emotional eating." thanks, chris... Read more

  • Yes, I did!

    6/4/2017 4:07:54 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Almost 20,000 steps I could not believe I did that must work. How was your workout? I know you kicked it in the butt. Have a great Sunday.... Read more

  • Freedom

    6/3/2017 3:45:32 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    The blessing that this day is giving me. I feel the freedom. To change what I control not what I do not. Freedom, to walk on this journey with love in my heart.... Read more

  • SP articleL: Change negative thoughts about yourself tp positive, motivating thoughts!

    6/3/2017 11:54:19 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blo
    g.asp?post=12_things_you_s
    hould_never_to_say_to_yourself Here are examples, but the whole article is well worth reading! Chris 1. Negative: "I need to burn fat." Positive: "I need to build muscle." 243 . 2. Negative: "I hate lifting ... Read more

  • Knees--oh my!

    6/2/2017 9:01:56 PM, by CTUPTON

    After 2 PT sessions, one in the pool, knees still hurt. PT person says major inflammation. X -rays show cartilage is thinning but still OK. Tissues all around the knee and below and above are lumpy and sore when pushed on--or just stay sore. Sometimes that pain pretty much totally goes aw... Read more

  • Tracking my foods. The place I live gives us a menu (for dinner) for the week.

    6/2/2017 8:43:50 PM, by CTUPTON

    That has helped me a great deal--having a weekly dinner menu already set. I can skip whatever is scheduled as a "special" if I want to. Then I can choose from a different menu. 41 Tonight I got the "special" which is fish on Fridays. 492 I did not get the breaded or beer battered fish. 41 I got... Read more

  • Tracking foods--the best place for me to start.

    6/2/2017 8:20:55 PM, by CTUPTON

    I knew this! But when I was considering re-starting my healthy habits I just felt confused. Thanks everyone! chris... Read more

  • Weekends

    6/2/2017 3:42:48 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Weekends come and go. I hope you all have a wonderful time with your love one's.... Read more

  • Jacuzzi to Aquaponics Water Garden Part 4

    6/2/2017 9:58:23 AM, by LIZANDRASHAW

    I found a place within 5 miles of my workplace that sells pond plants. So excited to go there, only to find that they didn't get their shipment and their selection was really limited. I got a water lily and a water iris. Disappointed. Went home and put them in. Then I went to PetSmart for the ... Read more

  • Forgive

    6/1/2017 5:20:58 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    I must forgive myself when my body is hurting. I must understand that today I must take better care of myself. Self-love first is the only way to grow.... Read more

  • Epicure

    6/1/2017 3:17:17 PM, by JEZEBEL99

    I just started buying seasonings from a company called epicure and I'm products they are very low in sodium they are gluten-free, they are not free they are non gmo. And some of their seasonings have zero sodium in them which is what I love I especially enjoy using their lemon pepper, lemon daily, ... Read more

  • Jacuzzi to Aquaponics Water Garden Part 3

    5/31/2017 10:31:35 PM, by LIZANDRASHAW

    Last night I filled the jacuzzi with water so that all the chlorine can get out of the water for tomorrow. I found a place nearby that has pond plants and I'm going after work tomorrow. So excited!... Read more

  • Kicking

    5/31/2017 2:53:54 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Kicking some serious butt, TRX training, yoga and running with weights. Now I call that some real work. Hoping all are feeling good and working hard. Best wishes to all.... Read more

  • starting to track my foods

    5/31/2017 10:42:36 AM, by CTUPTON

    This is the place to start. Right? chris... Read more

  • Supper

    5/30/2017 6:15:56 PM, by CTUPTON

    OK I have to try harder to limit my foods! I should have divided it in half and taken half for lunch tomorrow. A person at my table did that. She did it after I had already finished my meal. 24 I know how but totally forgot! I did order a salad and a cup of soup for an appetizer and I did get fres... Read more

  • Peaceful

    5/30/2017 4:58:41 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    I am feeling sick but, I am grateful for the many gifts everyone gives.... Read more

  • Thanks for all your great advice about re-starting my weight loss efforts!

    5/30/2017 1:19:45 PM, by CTUPTON

    I will re-read all your great comments and then pick and choose a plan for right now. I had a great physical therapy session and will go to the pool for the next PT session. I am thrilled! That gives me hope that I can reduce knee pain. It is a continual frustration about our desserts her... Read more

  • First Physical Therapy session for both knees. GREAT!

    5/30/2017 1:10:22 PM, by CTUPTON

    Mainly he put heat under my knees and ice on top of my knees. Then, one leg at a time, use a strap to bend the toes and foot up toward the knees. hold 5 sec. Repeat 20 times each leg. I am supposed to do this 3 times a day. Then Thursday a session in the swimming pool! 244 He... Read more

  • Jacuzzi to Aquaponics Water Garden Part 2

    5/29/2017 11:17:15 PM, by LIZANDRASHAW

    Today I blocked off all the jets and other openings in the jacuzzi that might allow fish to get into the pipes. First I had to deal with the flappy door that lets water into the old filter system. For this I used Amazing Goop that I found in the plumbing department at Walmart for about $3.25. I... Read more

  • Melting

    5/29/2017 2:09:24 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    It is really hot here. But, the sun is shining, the birds are just singing their little hearts away. Me, dancing to some cool tunes a great way to get moving. Have a great day.... Read more

  • How do I re-start weight loss?

    5/29/2017 1:36:37 PM, by CTUPTON

    I was doing well here in the new place for a few weeks. Weight went down a little. Now I am definitely off the wagon. Birthday cake is gone! 20 When I was losing, I was ordering a large entre dinner salad maybe 3 times a week. I was campaigning for healthier dessert choices. Sadly they are... Read more

  • A wonderful blessing-Happy 70th birthday to hubby!

    5/28/2017 9:06:10 PM, by CTUPTON

    Here , I can say my true feelings about this event. Hubby is still with us after his stroke in 2006. A miracle. DD is with us and going strong after nearly dying several times from driving intoxicated and overuse of meds. Hubby's youngest brother and wife drove many hours to be with us. We are... Read more

  • Best choc cake and frosting from Rockland County Bakery, NY

    5/28/2017 8:48:05 PM, by CTUPTON

    The frosting was so dark and creamy and not overly sweet. I wish I knew their secret. I usually don't even eat cake but this was very special. chris... Read more

  • Today

    5/28/2017 8:44:43 AM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Wow, it is just beautiful outside. Going for a swim. Just enjoy the wonderful day.... Read more

  • Sunny

    5/27/2017 9:00:31 AM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Good Morning all! Welcoming this beautiful day. Life is so wonderful if you stop to enjoy it. May this day bring you all lots of peace and joy.... Read more