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  • Homesick and missing Thanksgiving :(

    11/25/2015 2:36:16 PM, by CANES4EVER63

    So I've been in the UK for about 2.5 months, no biggie, I've been able to skype with everyone I care about and have made friends. Will they be lifelong friends, probably not, but they're still great. But tomorrow is Thanksgiving and all of my fb friends back in the States are talking about brea... Read more

  • Day 3 of N in the Hospital

    11/25/2015 2:20:35 PM, by NYXWOLFWALKER

    Well got to the hospital at 1030am to find N sitting up in the chair looking a world of a LOT better then he had when I went home. The nurse said that N needed to get up and walk at lease three times today, so that's what we did. We slowly walked to the elevators and back to the room. He was tired ... Read more

  • Day 2 of N in the Hospital

    11/25/2015 2:01:40 PM, by NYXWOLFWALKER

    Tuesday morning I get back to the hospital to find out that he's not having the surgery in the morning as they are still waiting for a consult from medicine and anesthesia. Most of the day N spends dozing until 330 when the doc from medical comes and starts talking to him. Around 4pm in walks the a... Read more

  • Day 1 of N in the Hospital

    11/25/2015 11:15:40 AM, by NYXWOLFWALKER

    Well it's been a bumpy road the past three days, early Monday morning N woke me up and off to the ER we went hours later he gets a ultrasound and by late afternoon we learn he has to have his gullbladder out, but because he had a seizure while in the hospital care they will not operate unless it's... Read more

  • Cleaning a fatty liver so it functions better to lose weight more efficiently. 6 foods to eat:

    11/24/2015 5:56:59 PM, by CTUPTON
    shed-fat-a-doctor-explains by Lori Shemek, Ph.D. is a leading fat cell researche... Read more

  • I have so much determination this week!

    11/24/2015 3:27:28 PM, by ZUMBANERD

    Yesterday, I plowed through my circuit training and today I did an hour of cardio kickboxing. Both workouts left me soaked. After losing 4 lbs. last week, I want to do everything in my power to lose more. I really am in a good spot in my life and I now have a goal that I'm pursuing. I really w... Read more

  • I don't want to be a frog!

    11/24/2015 10:50:51 AM, by CTUPTON

    Frog wants to be anything but a slimy, wet frog. A cat, perhaps. Or a rabbit. An owl? But when a hungry wolf arrives—a wolf who HATES eating frogs—our hero decides that maybe "being himself isn’t so bad after all." A story of self acceptance. chris... Read more

  • Post Small Group Personal Trainer - really working out now!

    11/23/2015 11:21:05 AM, by ZUMBANERD

    So, I stopped doing the personal trainer small group exercise. It went on for 4 weeks and it really did help me get fit enough to be able to do much more than what I was doing before. However, I wasn't losing any weight by doing it either. I actually went up in size and weight rather than down. So, ... Read more

  • John Lennon quote

    11/23/2015 10:12:14 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Chart for thawing a frozen turkey. Several methods...And, a link to more info!

    11/22/2015 4:25:02 PM, by CTUPTON

    Turkey Thawing Time in the Refrigerator (40 degrees F): Approximately 24 hours per 5 pounds Whole Turkey Weight Thawing Time 8 to 12 lbs 1 to 2 days 12 to 16 lbs 2 to 3 days 16 to 20 lbs 3 to 4 days 20 to 24 lbs 4 to 5 days Turkey Thawing Time in Cold Water: Approximately 3... Read more

  • I am not a bully. Well....

    11/22/2015 10:50:54 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • So true!

    11/22/2015 10:15:33 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Chew on this for awhile.......

    11/22/2015 10:10:03 AM, by CTUPTON

    chris... Read more

  • Atkins... oh drat--carbs are creeping into my day! Horrors!

    11/21/2015 7:07:27 AM, by CTUPTON

    We are going in to our 4th week of attempting Atkins. I am finding I sneak some carby things. a pear a GNU fiber Bar Oh no--where will it stop.... Read more

  • I wrote to the wheelchair repair company. We'll see if I get an answer.

    11/21/2015 6:59:58 AM, by CTUPTON

    I can't blame the original company. But I sure do blame the company that bought them out: National Mobility I think it is called. I am thinking of notifying one of those media people who might publicize this. chris... Read more

  • Resetting

    11/21/2015 4:04:56 AM, by CANES4EVER63

    The past two days haven't been pleasant, but the entire week was, so does it even out? Maybe. Thursday was just over eating all day and then having some gummies. Friday was not eating enough, but then eating gummies and brownies. But man, those brownies. I knew I shouldn't, but the chocolate went ri... Read more

  • Fixing a wheelchair should not be this much of a hassle!

    11/19/2015 3:35:41 PM, by CTUPTON

    We used to have great service but the last 6 months have been just frustrating. I just found out the original company has been bought out by a national company. I was told they have 200 people waiting for repairs! This means all those poor (handicapped) people are frustrated. Some of them have to be... Read more

  • Hanging in there

    11/19/2015 6:43:37 AM, by CANES4EVER63

    Cue my random thoughts: I'm taking a stress free day today. This week has been really long and having classes right in the middle on Tuesday and Wednesday is draining. I don't get to go to the gym on those days and I think that makes it worse. But I've been productive this week and it's time to... Read more

  • 20 questions to ask your parents..... I'd better get prepared if DD starts asking me

    11/18/2015 6:35:59 PM, by CTUPTON

    As adults, so many of us don't ask enough about our parents. Yet there's no better way to become closer to a person, even if you've known her all your life. has gathered the questions that our elder care experts and editors would most like to ask their own parents. Try them out for you... Read more

  • Long, long ago I had a tremendous weight loss by going to WW

    11/18/2015 5:56:28 PM, by CTUPTON

    I lost 89 lbs in less than a year. 9 Now I am lucky if I lose 10 lb in a year. 24 WW had just started (around 1960 I think). It was new having people e there to share weight loss stories with. The meeting leaders were excited. My Mom and I did it together and she did most of the cooking. We w... Read more

  • an SP link to find shoes that end foot pain

    11/18/2015 1:07:24 PM, by CTUPTON
    +Comfortable+Shoes+That+Actually+Relieve+F I have ... Read more

  • When I need a chuckle, I will check out this cute bird video! Hm..I think I will now!

    11/18/2015 5:04:11 AM, by CTUPTON
    per-towels/?shr=true... Read more

  • I quit my job

    11/16/2015 2:12:36 PM, by BUBBLEJ1

    After over a week of stress, anxiety, and insomnia, I finally handed in my resignation. I have been unhappy in my job all year and it has just gotten worse and worse. I'm burn out, I'm exhausted, and I need a break for a while. I am on anti anxiety medication now, and I'm feeling a lot better, but I... Read more

  • How much calcium is in the human body? SP trivia question.

    11/15/2015 12:45:18 PM, by CTUPTON

    Calcium is present in the body in greater amounts that any other mineral. Calcium builds strong bones in both length and density and is vital to the formation of teeth. There is about 2 - 3 pounds of calcium in the body, mostly concentrated in the bones and teeth. That is a lot of calciu... Read more

  • Possible jobs for my Myers Briggs Personality type.. food for thoyght (but I am 68 now!)

    11/15/2015 9:42:04 AM, by CTUPTON

    Well-- I was a teacher for over 40 years. Hmmm.... maybe Social Worker would have been a better fit. Or a forest ranger!!! 40 Possible Careers Paths for ISFJ: Interior Decorator Designer Firefighter Nurse Business Manager Office Manager Administ... Read more

  • Me--Meyers Briggs... food for thought!

    11/15/2015 9:37:43 AM, by CTUPTON

    ISFJs generally have the following traits: • Large, rich inner store of information that they have gathered • Highly observant and aware of people's feelings and reactions • Excellent memory for details that are important to them • Very in-tune with their surroundings - excellent sense of... Read more

  • More Meyers Briggs info--more scientific--not just the funny categories.

    11/15/2015 9:27:22 AM, by CTUPTON

    I seem to be a "Sidekick!" ISFJ 24 according to the last blog showing funny interpretations of this! "Doesn't need much meaning in life, just a person (or baby or pet or car) to spend all their time ministering to. " Remember--I am a caregiver for almost 10 years now. I was a teacher for over 40 ... Read more

  • Myers Briggs for fun

    11/15/2015 1:25:08 AM, by CTUPTON

    MBTI Type Descriptions (Funny) ENFJ: "Busybody" Life's backseat drivers. They seem to know just what's wrong with everybody else's life and have a plan to fix it. INFJ: "Messiah" Characterized by the burning desire to change the world, which desperately needs everyone to be NF. ENFP: "Muck... Read more

  • One Pot Atkins meals--with the link fixed! : )

    11/14/2015 7:39:56 PM, by CTUPTON
    e+pot+meals... Read more

  • The Peace Crane Project

    11/14/2015 5:25:40 PM, by CTUPTON
    / No, it won't solve all the world's problems but it does make people conscious of other cultures and hopefully brings people together .chris... Read more

  • What I've learned this week/SP motivator!?!?!

    11/14/2015 3:19:05 AM, by CANES4EVER63

    To help with my gummy addiction and kick my sugar craving in the butt, I've done some soul searching - aka, have turned to honey. It's been amazing. I don't have the urges like I did the week before and having a sweet breakfast (my banana pancake - 2 eggs, 1 banana, cinnamon) drizzled with honey has... Read more

  • Do you know of a group on facebook related to creating peace in our broken world?

    11/13/2015 6:14:43 PM, by CTUPTON

    I found a few but some have mixed messages. I'd like something to regularly show up on my facebook page to encourage us to be kind to each other and have the ripple effect of promoting world peace. Not another Christmas holiday season totally spoiled by our people going off to war! chris... Read more

  • a little background about the 3 youths in fire --Bible story

    11/13/2015 5:15:04 PM, by CTUPTON
    dnego I am sorry but I was not at all familiar with this story. chris so I had to look it up... Read more

  • games to help you increase happiness

    11/13/2015 4:59:27 PM, by CTUPTON
    p_microsegment_F_35plus&c2=fbnf I am checking this out. I guess Katey Curic spoke about it. chris... Read more

  • book: The Shack.... led me to .....

    11/13/2015 4:49:45 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have been reading this. It obviously can be "preachy." But it is OK. It made me start thinking about what I learned as a kid from my family relationships . I was the first girl after 3 boys. Yes, I was Daddy's favorite. I had no idea till a couple of years ago that my brother's did not h... Read more


    11/13/2015 10:31:47 AM, by CTUPTON

    Top 10 Sayings Of Biblical Mothers 10. Samson! Get your hand out of that lion. You don’t know where it’s been! (Judges 14:5-8) 9. David! I told you not to play in the house with that sling! Go practice your harp. We pay good money for those lessons! 8. Abraham! Stop wandering aroun... Read more

  • If you like Bible jokes--the link actually has some better ones.

    11/13/2015 10:26:58 AM, by CTUPTON

    Bible Jokes Q. What kind of man was Boaz before he married Ruth? A. Ruthless. _____ 198 Q. What do they call pastors in Germany? A. German Shepherds. _____ Q. Who was the greatest financier in the Bible? A. Noah. He was floating his stock while everyone else was in liquidation. _____... Read more

  • The Bible says....

    11/12/2015 9:52:08 AM, by CTUPTON

    Answers Given in a Bible Knowledge TestBible Jokes. Funny biblical jokes 1.The first book of the Bible is Guinness's. In the book of Guinness Adam and Eve were created from an apple 2.Adam and Eve were created from an apple tree. Noah's wife was Joan of the Ark. Noah built the ark and the an... Read more

  • Getting a hair dryer through customs...

    11/12/2015 9:41:29 AM, by CTUPTON

    A distinguished young woman on a flight from Switzerland asked the Priest beside her, "Father, may I ask a favor?" "Of course. What may I do for you?" "Well, I bought an expensive woman's electronic hair dryer for my mother's birthday. The dryer is unopened and well over the Customs limits; and... Read more

  • Insomnia sucks

    11/12/2015 7:33:17 AM, by BUBBLEJ1

    So, I had 3 days off following my diagnosis of exhaustion. I took my 3 days worth of sleeping pills, as instructed, and tonight is my first night without them... And it's 1:30am and I'm still awake. I tried taking a couple of melatonin, but that only made me sleepy. It didn't put me to sleep. My min... Read more

  • So incredibly stressed right now.

    11/12/2015 5:00:34 AM, by CANES4EVER63

    Classes are definitely stressing me out right now. I feel like I don't understand anything and I don't like that. It's the theory I don't get and I feel like it's not something I need to know for real world applications (and talking to my friend who did a somewhat similar program). I am really quest... Read more

  • Holiday Poem Generator

    11/11/2015 6:22:17 PM, by CTUPTON
    rd/holiday-poem-generator.php Please let us know what poems you make. chris My poem: thanksgiving abundant foods pie grunts happiness stuffed togetherness love Thanksgiving Day 2015 ... Read more

  • Done with pre-op exam for cataract surgery, Nov. 30.

    11/11/2015 6:16:33 PM, by CTUPTON

    I passed this hurdle... chris 43... Read more

  • from Sandra2Bfit--I love this!!!

    11/11/2015 5:47:44 PM, by CTUPTON

    don't know WHY I didn't figure this out sooner!!!! ...It's the shampoo I use in the shower! When I wash my hair, the shampoo runs down my whole body, and (duh!) printed very clearly on the shampoo label is this warning , "FOR EXTRA VOLUME AND BODY." ..... Read more

  • 2BDYNAMIC Blogs! Wow! Need a push--read these blogs! Oh my!

    11/11/2015 5:06:43 PM, by CTUPTON

    These blogs are very inspiring! I should be reading them daily! chris... Read more

  • Personally motivated?

    11/11/2015 4:46:28 PM, by LOS_ANJELOS

    Having trouble finding and keeping healthy motivation. Being "sexy" is too freaking simple and I really could care less. Being healthy - that's of value - but I still feel like ... I feel like this is on my list of To Do's but not really like...getting up there. Or, staying up there. My theory... Read more

  • followup to asserting yourself-- about saying no to food offers

    11/10/2015 4:33:01 PM, by CTUPTON
    ?blog_id=6028586 304 304 for this wonderful blog! chris... Read more

  • Lessen holiday stress by stating my own needs. Others sure do tell me their needs!

    11/10/2015 3:03:32 PM, by CTUPTON

    30 not 39 429 and 446 and 198 family disagreements... Read more

  • I should not have looked at the Panara "muffie" page!

    11/10/2015 2:43:50 PM, by CTUPTON

    Such beautiful, colorful photos of delicious-looking baked goods! I did find out what a "muffie" is. Seems to be like the top of a huge muffin. the top is everyone's favorite part anyway. I advise you not to look. chris... Read more

  • SP article most fattening holiday foods

    11/10/2015 9:56:13 AM, by CTUPTON
    utrition_articles.asp?id=1400 first pumpkin Pie --see the article for photos and more foods to avoid or get substitutes! 4 TRICK: You can bake your own pumpkin treats using less sugar and fat, plus whole-grain goodness. Use a mini muffin tin to help with... Read more

  • Officially dianosed with exhaustion

    11/9/2015 10:06:15 PM, by BUBBLEJ1

    I went to the doctor on Monday. I hadn't slept properly in weeks. I was stressed, my mind was constantly racing, I was over thinking every single second of my job, I was having nightmares when I was sleeping... So I took myself to the doctors yesterday and told her all of the above, while sobbing. N... Read more

  • Reminders that We Need to be Assertive with Others....

    11/9/2015 5:37:26 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • I have stepped up my exercise and now a pinched nerve

    11/9/2015 4:25:58 PM, by ZUMBANERD

    Positive note, I've been really stepping up my working out this past month. I have had 4 small group sessions with a personal trainer for 1 hour each week and I manage to do cardio for at least two more days during the week. Last Sunday, I managed to take a walk with my daughter for over 2 mi in the... Read more

  • It's Monday

    11/9/2015 5:47:57 AM, by CANES4EVER63

    I like Mondays. It's a fresh start to the week, a day to start over, etc. I need to get out of that mind set though because EVERY day should be a day to start fresh. After all, you can only do this journey one day at a time. I had a banana pancake for breakfast. It was amazing. But then I just... Read more

  • Catching up on an Autumn night

    11/8/2015 5:22:20 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    I have been busy. Working 40 hours feels like more. I come home pretty spent. I am still trying to walk 5000 steps per day, and when I last went on the scale, I had lost the few pounds extra I had put on, so am back to what I have posted. My focus has been better sleep. Sounds ridiculous... Read more

  • Revitalizing my diet

    11/7/2015 6:52:32 AM, by CANES4EVER63

    So I need a way to get naturally sweet foods into my diet, I have to, but I can't overdo it at the same time. I've got to stop binging on gummies. So this is it. I'm open for suggestions, but this is what I've come up with: banana pancakes with a drizzle of honey sweet potato pancakes pros... Read more

  • The last hurrah

    11/6/2015 12:18:54 PM, by CANES4EVER63

    So the last day has been a whirlwind and I'm not happy with some of the choices or the news I've gotten. I went to the GP yesterday to talk about getting off my mood stabilizing meds for my possible bipolar diagnosis. They've contributed to the weight gain, but are definitely preventing any cur... Read more

  • Do you have memories of you or others stressing out from holiday preparations?

    11/4/2015 1:25:48 PM, by CTUPTON

    And I sure have done my share of over working and getting stressed out at holiday time. I once made a gingerbread Santa Sleigh that made me spend hours shopping for exactly the right decorating ingredients , like silver balls. But... our daughter (young at the time) ate the cookie cut outs... Read more

  • Making Atkins daily foods to eat.... wish I had more help with this

    11/4/2015 10:14:15 AM, by CTUPTON

    DD started us on this eating plan. We are into the 6th day of 14. I joined her thinking she'd be doing the food prep. I am finding she is a "grab and go" eater. And she is very willing to tell me this. Nothing is made ahead . She does buy lots of things to be eaten "grab and go." So she b... Read more

  • Tuesday food log plus thoughts

    11/3/2015 3:46:22 PM, by CANES4EVER63

    Ok, no longer comparing to what was planned because that just seems pointless to begin with. I think to help me food shop, I might plan 7 meals, 7 lunches, 7 breakfasts, 7 snacks (if needed) and just eat them whenever I feel like during the week. This will just minimize food shopping trips, because ... Read more

  • Ways to help the caregiver.... follow up blog.

    11/3/2015 12:45:40 PM, by CTUPTON

    See my Sat. Oct. 31st blog. My sparkfriends have come through again! I knew they would! If you have not read it, the Nov. AARP magazine has a great long list of ways to help the caregiver! help the caregiver!!! Did I say, "to help the caregiver?" I hope all you caregivers out the... Read more

  • Monday food log

    11/2/2015 2:35:24 PM, by CANES4EVER63

    I have to say, I don't know how I feel about doing this on a daily basis, but I do want to see if it helps. So planned: B: 2 eggs, 1 bacon , tomato L: 2 rice cakes, PB, banana (before workout!) S: prosciutto wrapped asparagus D: sweet potato "lasagna" Actual: B: 2 eggs, 1 bac... Read more

  • Sunday food journal

    11/1/2015 2:43:58 PM, by CANES4EVER63

    Planned: B: 2 eggs, 1 bacon, tomato L: 2 rice cakes, PB, banana (after workout) S: baked eggplant "fries" D: tomato soup with sausage Actual: B: 2 eggs, 1 bacon, tomato L: baked eggplant "fries" D: eggplant "lasagna" S: 2 rice cakes, PB, banana D: some dark chocolate ... Read more

  • Time for reflection

    11/1/2015 6:28:00 AM, by CANES4EVER63

    So I failed, again. I ended up going to the store yesterday to buy chicken wings. They were a success, I think I'll cook the rest today. I even made a delicious tahini lemon sauce to dip them in. But as you can guess, brownies and gummies ended up in my basket, again. I didn't binge, they lasted all... Read more

  • Low Carb Chocolate Torte (but yes high calorie--for Atkins)

    10/31/2015 11:15:30 AM, by CTUPTON

    Chocolate Truffle Torte (Very Low Sugar/ Low Carb) Nutrition Info Calories: 271.8 Fat: 26.3g Carbohydrates: 5.0g Protein: 4.2g Ingredients CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE TORTE 1 bar 85% Dark Chocolate (I use Lindt 85% - 100g) 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut up Pinch s... Read more

  • Control

    10/31/2015 6:48:43 AM, by CANES4EVER63

    I didn't binge yesterday. Definitely not a binge, it wasn't, I promise. I overate though, big time. I had gummies and brownies, but not all at one sitting, so that was good. I made it last for hours upon hours, all afternoon and evening. I was getting anxious when I was walking to the store -to buy ... Read more

  • Random Acts of Kindness to a Caregiveer (see Oct/Nov AARP magazine)

    10/31/2015 12:34:01 AM, by CTUPTON

    There is a very long list of ideas 526 to do a kind act for a caregiver. The article called us "gentle heroes." 41 I will again subscribe to that AARP magazine in the future but I can't right now. It is full of good tips! If you saw the article , could you pleas write an idea or 2 i... Read more

  • ideas for Induction Phase of Atkins Menus online

    10/30/2015 8:26:14 PM, by CTUPTON
    n_menus/induction_menus.html I am saving the link for myself. I will try later to write which ones I found good for me. chris... Read more

  • Day 2 Atkins induction

    10/30/2015 1:24:58 PM, by CTUPTON

    Since DD is doing this and wanting the specific foods in the house, I am trying it, too. Breakfast was only a mozzarella stick because we were on the road. But lunch was about 4 oz of cooked chicken, scrambled egg whites, heavy cream, pepper, zucchini "fried" in olive oil--not really browned. T... Read more

  • Frozen veggies stir fry that I am liking.

    10/29/2015 1:53:16 PM, by CTUPTON

    Do you have any favorites? This is 90 cal. for 1 and 1/2 cup. I just cooked it in the MV with some turkey broth I had left over from a turkey breast roast. (Fat removed!) chris... Read more

  • Toujeo insulin

    10/28/2015 2:46:17 PM, by NYXWOLFWALKER

    Well my endocrinologist enrolled me in the trial program for this new insulin that's just been approved by health Canada. I don't start taking it until Friday night so I'll have the weekend to deal with any side effects before needing to be at work. Semi nervous about the new insulin as its a c... Read more