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  • The Diagnosis

    5/29/2015 2:14:42 AM, by BUBBLEJ1

    The first time I met my stepson, Riley, I knew something was different. He was 20 months old and didn't talk or babble at all. The more time I spent, the more sure I was - He had severe delays and possibly autism. It was more than, "boys start talking later", and, "boys are harder to toilet train". ... Read more

  • Chicken Cabbage Stir Fry

    5/28/2015 7:25:34 PM, by CTUPTON

    CHICKEN CABBAGE STIR FRY Ingredients ~ 3 chicken breast halves ~1 teaspoon vegetable oil ~3 cups green cabbage, shredded... ~ 1 tablespoon cornstarch ~1⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger ~1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder ~1⁄2 cup water ~1 tablespoon soy sauce Directions ... Read more

  • The best cheap sunscreen by Clark Howard.

    5/27/2015 6:43:52 PM, by CTUPTON

    Want the best sunscreen for your money? Check out these options Equate Ultra Protection Sunscreen SPF 50, which is a Walmart storebrand lotion, clinched the Best Buy trophy with a score of 94 out of 100. It costs only 56 cents an ounce, the same price as last year. Active ingredients include Av... Read more

  • I got lots done today! Lots of clothes to donate!

    5/27/2015 6:43:16 PM, by CTUPTON

    I kept working away to get rid of stuff from my closet. I put some in "wardrobe" boxes with a pole for hanging clothes. Lots went into boxes for donations. Some went into boxes for moving day. Two closets look awesome. 334 Not done but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.... Read more

  • Thank you for all the goodies and good wishes!

    5/27/2015 4:21:46 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am spending the evening "packing" for the move. First, take care of my own closet. I did other closets before but I knew I'd be overwhelmed by my own closet. Today a truck picked up 15 boxes/bags of stuff we did not need, including plenty of my own unused clothing. I chose to stay home and ... Read more

  • My country, the USA, is in great need of prayers and God's help.

    5/26/2015 2:10:56 PM, by CTUPTON

    Praying that our leaders act wisely to make our country an instrument of peace. Memorial Day 2015 chris... Read more

  • Hubby in rehab on pureed foods that came straight from the refrigerator! #@##%%***@#$

    5/25/2015 9:05:47 AM, by CTUPTON

    Yesterday, the pureed foods were cold! The pureed chicken (yuk!) and the pureed potatoes were just out of the refrigerator! I realized it when I was leaving and I tasted them! This is adding insult to injury! I honestly thought he'd throw the tray last night! He once threw a sub sandwich... Read more

  • My first 5 k

    5/23/2015 11:28:50 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    Last Saturday I walked my first ever 5 k for Wounded Warriors. My son age 22 very kindly was my walking companion and coach along the way. When the hills got tough he chided me to keep my chin up so I could breathe better. I walked it in 99 minutes, and of the 27 people from my team, I was the las... Read more

  • DH is now on pureed foods plus the diabetic food restrictions! Oh boy! He is not happy at all.

    5/23/2015 2:27:44 PM, by CTUPTON

    Good thing he is in rehab. He can't get any other food, Yesterday the kitchen made a mistake and sent up a piece of pizza. The aide immediately gave that to me and ordered his pureed dinner! Boy was he mad! It was suggested I take photos of his meals so I know what to cook for his diabetic meal... Read more

  • In prep for moving I am using up contents of my kitchen cupboards and freezer!

    5/23/2015 2:24:34 PM, by CTUPTON

    I had chocolate pudding made with silken tofu. It was OK. I bought the 2 packages quite awhile ago. The cookies were gone months ago. I am resisting buying more. And hubby is in rehab so I do not have the excuse that the cookies are for him . (Besides he is now on insulin.) I have many str... Read more

  • A young engaged couple sees themselves after 70 years. Wow!

    5/22/2015 12:16:40 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.sparkpeople.com/resource/d
    ailyspark-videos-detail.as
    p?video=147... Read more

  • DH is in rehab...

    5/21/2015 8:46:52 PM, by CTUPTON

    I chatted with the person who coordinates his stay with Medicare. She was more encouraging today. The first phone call I got from someone there sounded like he would stay only one week. That really does nothing to get him stronger. And he is now on insulin shots! I am so unprepared for this responsi... Read more

  • Its a new day

    5/21/2015 8:37:04 PM, by CUPKAKE137

    So I started the cancer weight loss program that lasts for 1 year today. 1200-1500 calories. They want us to weigh ourselves everyday. (This is make me scale crazy I know it) I also get weighed each week at the meeting we have. I know this is a good thing in the long run but I am not real happy ... Read more

  • Medicare --getting enough physical therapy--for hubby, 9 yrs after his serious stroke.

    5/21/2015 8:42:22 AM, by CTUPTON

    They think we can do the physical therapy ourseklves at home. Well that means I hav eto get hubby to do it. And he won't do it even with me asking him too. At rehab in that setting he loves to do it--of course with a therapist giving him her total attention. And with lots of machines around. At... Read more

  • DH in rehab after a short hospital stay.... I really need this time to myself!

    5/19/2015 7:42:13 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am so grateful for this time --not having to be a caregiver for a short time. first--it saves me a ton of money for health aides here at home. second -he is getting intensive physical therapy which at home he can never get enough third -he just started diabetes bad symptoms and I ... Read more

  • SP featured this recipe but I made it 10 min. before seeing it on my computer!

    5/19/2015 7:38:42 PM, by CTUPTON

    Angel food cake with pineapple--but I used canned peaches. recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe
    -detail.asp?recipe=40716... Read more

  • Making Lemonade

    5/19/2015 1:50:31 AM, by JELLYBEAN007

    I had a very disappointing day today. I made plans to connect with a new friend (well, potential new friend - I don't really know her yet) after some family time. But my husband stepped out to run an errand and stayed out all day. I had to cancel my plans to stay home with our son, who was in kind o... Read more

  • fitness and travel

    5/17/2015 10:10:32 PM, by NFSISTER

    Next weekend I am going to be in the car for 5-6 hours on Saturday and Monday. I plan on using my bike Saturday morning before we head out, which really shouldn't be a problem since my husband isn't known for being an early riser. I should be able to get an hour in and then an hour when we get bac... Read more

  • I was hungry! I never feel this. I always eat first.

    5/17/2015 11:51:20 AM, by CTUPTON

    Hubby is now in rehab and I visited him yesterday --and ordered dinner from the kitchen there. 4 One sign said dinner was 5:00 to 6:00. So I was sitting in his room with him . 5:00 went by and it was close to 6:00. No dinners. A nurse came in to give him an insulin shot. I asked about dinner. ... Read more

  • Trade-offs.

    5/14/2015 10:42:43 AM, by SIRIUSLYFIT

    So. This morning I was in no mood to rush (running late) to a yoga/stretch class. What I really needed was a second cup of coffee and to clear the sleepiness from my brain. Enter guilt. But I think I have a solution that will work to alleviate it somewhat. A promise to myself to be even more acti... Read more

  • Flood! Lots of pictures

    5/14/2015 12:32:48 AM, by BUBBLEJ1

    I want to start this by saying that I am FINE! I am safe and my husband is safe. All kitties are accounted for and the bunnies are enjoying the view of their new pool from the second story of their bunny house. This morning I called in sick to work. My voice was croaky, my head hurt, and I did... Read more

  • When will my "bad luck" end.

    5/12/2015 9:46:07 PM, by CTUPTON

    Since early Dec. our family has had major problems. One after the other. The current one is hubby having major diabetes issues resulting in change of meds. Now a bad reaction to the new diabetes meds so he is in the hospital. He has a rash all over and is very, very sleepy. He had a stroke in... Read more

  • Mother's Day Brunch

    5/11/2015 9:51:49 AM, by -RESAMARIE

    I actually was in heaven yesterday when I went to brunch and ordered something delectable.I had a great time with my husband and sister and later had a cannoli. Today I start off no guilt and prepared healthy oatmeal with half a banana, a little dark chocolate and cinnamon. It's time to get back on ... Read more

  • Happy Mother's Day

    5/10/2015 9:35:58 PM, by NFSISTER

    This is the first Mother's Day in a long time I felt happy. Even though I couldn't be with my mom today (I'll see her Memorial Day weekend), I was happy and peaceful. I still feel anxious wondering if I'll ever have a baby of my own and I stress out about seeing my in-laws every time we get togeth... Read more

  • Mr. Mrs. Ms. and Mx Oh my!

    5/10/2015 4:56:45 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.ibtimes.com/mr-mrs-or-mx-o
    xford-english-dictionary-a
    dopts-gender-neutral-honor
    ific-1907977 Remember when Ms. was unfamiliar and now we use it easily. Well, the newest is Mx. chris... Read more

  • Grilled mustard, lemon,coriander chicken breasts with Lemon Basil vinaigrette

    5/9/2015 7:17:10 PM, by CTUPTON

    The link at the end has great photo instructions--which always helps me actually make the recipe! chris Mustard, Lemon, and Coriander Grilled Chicken Breasts with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette (Makes 2 servings, but can easily be doubled or tripled, recipe adapted from F... Read more

  • Tales from the gym (holy heck this is wordy!)

    5/9/2015 5:06:19 PM, by BUBBLEJ1

    First off - 7 weeks and 6 days until we leave for our trip!!!! Secondly, I've been sick again. Strep throat. For those who don't know, Strep throat is a very serious illness that needs to be treated with antibiotics to prevent it from becoming rheumatic fever. Rheumatic fever causes heart damag... Read more

  • I know you all want to know how to make the perfect cookie so....

    5/9/2015 2:07:43 PM, by CTUPTON

    The following link has a much larger picture and more info. www.ozy.com/good-sht/the-scien
    ce-behind-baking-the-most-
    delicious-cookie-ever/6613
    ?utm_source=HF1&utm_medium
    =pp&utm_campaign=pp The Best Tips for the Best Cookies 1.Ooey-gooey: Add 2 cups more flour. 2.C... Read more

  • CNET research on trends in music

    5/8/2015 3:10:53 PM, by CTUPTON

    Remember these? Sgt. Peppers, Hendrix, Cream, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Simon and Garfunkel, The Byrds, The Association, The Mammas and the Pappas, Vanilla Fudge, The Moody Blues, of course Scott McKenzie, and many many more A group of biologists and engineers from several London ... Read more

  • May is Star Wars month...

    5/8/2015 8:24:33 AM, by CTUPTON

    bigger picture: tulakrystal.thoughts.com/posts
    /yoda-may-the-force-be-wit
    h-you Warning: Only for true Star Wars aficionados ----who enjoy twists on this theme. \You definitely need a warped sense of humor for this. www... Read more

  • Changes in urine samples after switching to organic foods.

    5/8/2015 7:47:57 AM, by CTUPTON

    This is really scary to me. The colored graphs at the end of the pdf report is very clear. Compare Day one with Day 7 for each of the family members. chris www.coop.se/PageFiles/430210
    /Coop%20Ekoeffekten_Rappor
    t_eng.pdf and www.coop.se/Vart--ansvar/Eko... Read more

  • Still hopeful (I think)

    5/7/2015 10:00:09 PM, by NFSISTER

    Okay, so I have absolutely no problem getting my fitness minutes in. I almost always get 1000 minutes/month and have done so for the last 3 years. With my fitness tracker I am already at 647 minutes for the month of May - and it's only the 7th! I was hoping to start getting 2000 minutes/month and... Read more

  • Hard Work in the Garden

    5/7/2015 8:34:47 PM, by -RESAMARIE

    We have a landscaping business so my sister and I put down some mulch. It was tough work. We work to over 2 hours. The funny part was when my husband showed up he got everything we did in a matter of 20 minutes.... Read more

  • Kudos to sparkpeople! Wow Jan. 2012 50(oops--10 correction!) million people visited SP!

    5/7/2015 4:45:34 PM, by CTUPTON

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SparkPeo
    ple In January 2013, Consumer Reports assessed 9 DIY diet plans and rated SparkPeople with an overall score of 76, behind top scorer MyFitnessPal (83), The Paleo diet (80), and the Mediterranean diet (77).[1] SparkPeople.com announced on February 15, 20... Read more

  • ESP??? I chose the star wars like picture BEFORE I knew about May 4th!

    5/6/2015 10:31:55 AM, by CTUPTON

    Those were the pictures I was considering for the "EVENING EATING SABOTAGE MYSELF_HELP!" team picture this month, May 2015. Remember I looked at many search results, each with of pictures with hundreds of pictures for each of my various searches.. I searched images for thing... Read more

  • A slightly early "Happy Mother's day!"

    5/5/2015 10:12:42 PM, by CTUPTON

    Even if you are not a mother , please celebrate yourself! ... Read more

  • Lessons

    5/5/2015 9:44:36 PM, by NFSISTER

    I've learned a few things these past few days: -if you don't take time to let your body rest, your body will force you to -make sure you get enough carbohydrates, especially if prone to hypoglycemia -wear appropriate shoes when doing a lot of walking -compete with yourself, not another pe... Read more

  • This should be interesting...

    5/5/2015 9:24:22 PM, by CUPKAKE137

    Hi everyone. So I found a job its a 15 min walk from my house. This would work on a nice day if I had daytime hours but I won't be. I will be working the overnight shift. 11pm-7am. The reason I took this job is because I am supposed to be starting a job in a call center soon the hours for the c... Read more

  • Setting Up A ReStart

    5/4/2015 9:55:50 PM, by ANDEEWI

    Or something like it! :) Some of you may have noticed I haven't been around too much - even for the teams I lead or co-lead - lately. Life, or life's problems, has been getting to me, and not in a good way. :( I am making some significant changes now! Not just here, but in many aspects... Read more

  • From How to Win Friends, Influence People, and Succeed in a Changing World!

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

    Life sure throws out tough situations like strokes, cancer, death of loved ones, serious car accidents, job loss,hurricanes. So there are plenty of things that can cause us worry. But worrying mostly hurts us. So.....lessening worry whenever possible is essential! How to Stop Worrying and Sta... Read more

  • Mother Goose's Serenity Prayer

    5/3/2015 8:18:10 AM, by CTUPTON

    For every ailment under the sun There is a remedy or there is none. If there is one, try to find it. If there is none, never mind it. From The Leader in You: How to Win Friends, Influence People, and Succeed in a Changing World. by The Dale Carnegie Association. Stuart Levine.CEO an... Read more

  • our poor cat--I spilled his food on the kitchen floor.

    5/2/2015 10:21:45 PM, by CTUPTON

    240 I actually left the food there to see if he'd eat it. At first he ate it from the floor not in the dish. As the day went on he kept coming to me and bugging me, even picking at me with his claws. I am really, really tired today. I was out last night to a retirement party and today I worke... Read more

  • The Energizer Bunny

    5/2/2015 9:24:19 PM, by NFSISTER

    Today I outdid myself, but I feel good! I rode my exercise bike for 70 minutes waiting for my husband to get motivated to take his shower this morning. Then I did another 20 while he was in the shower. I can't just sit and relax so I decided to move since we were planning on being out today and I... Read more

  • I just learned about Kentucky Derby hats! I did not know about this before. Where was I?

    5/2/2015 4:10:03 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.nbcsports.com/horse-racing
    /countdown-triple-crown/20
    15-kentucky-derby-hats-and
    -fashion?cid=eref%3Anbcnews%3Atext... Read more

  • On the road...

    5/2/2015 10:44:35 AM, by -RESAMARIE

    On the road today. I hope I don't eat too much at the graduation party.... Read more

  • This past week

    5/2/2015 12:56:29 AM, by CUPKAKE137

    So it was a nice weekend last week. I have been trying to get my rear in gear so I have been walking a lot. That day I decided to walk to my husbands garage. It was about 3.5-4 miles from our place. I was literally less than 5 mins from it went a car side swiped me. My arm is pretty bruised but... Read more

  • Some Good Choices

    5/2/2015 12:52:28 AM, by JELLYBEAN007

    It's been chaotic around here the last few days. We've got a birthday, surprise family visits, performances, intense deadlines, illness, other visitors, meals out... I haven't eaten flawlessly. I haven't stuck to my plan perfectly. But I have made some good choices for myself, and they are wort... Read more

  • The downside to my fitness tracker

    5/1/2015 10:51:20 PM, by NFSISTER

    I have had my Spark Fitness Tracker for a week now and already have a love/hate relationship with it. I'm getting used to the fact that when we take the kids for a walk at work I have to keep my feet moving. We walked for about 1/2 hour and due to stopping to switch kids around it didn't track it ... Read more

  • Sitting all day!

    4/30/2015 8:25:54 PM, by -RESAMARIE

    Going out of town sitting in the car for 3 hours, sitting at a long graduation, sitting at a late lunch, and then sitting for another 3 hours coming home is making me anxious. I need to move!... Read more

  • Patterns Emerge

    4/29/2015 11:12:38 PM, by JELLYBEAN007

    So the novelty is wearing off and we're hitting the point where I remember why this is difficult. Eating healthy food isn't a problem - with all the allergies in my household, eating isn't something we take for granted. So this is just another layer of thinking about food. But the thing about c... Read more

  • great summer chopped salads

    4/29/2015 3:43:55 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.halfbakedharvest.com/easy-
    summer-herb-chickpea-chopp
    ed-salad-goat-cheese/... Read more