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  • Saying Hello to My Little Friend

    8/18/2017 2:57:02 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    What a difference a day makes, and weighing at the proper time. Aria made me look better today, and brought me back into the 213 range. I also said hello to an old friend, that I left in the corner of my office. 324 My recumbent bike: I went on after supper last night after I changed its... Read more

  • Making friends with my new scale

    8/17/2017 7:45:19 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    Make new friends, but keep the old, One is silver and the other gold. Well, in my case, regarding my scales - one is pink (wii fit balance board cover), and my fitbit Aria is white. The replacement Aria arrived today, this afternoon, after I had lunch, and about 32 oz of water. It did not sho... Read more

  • Well?

    8/17/2017 3:21:03 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    I wish I could be a little light hearted but, my body aches all over. Hoping you all are doing well.... Read more

  • Reflect Regroup Restore

    8/17/2017 3:09:42 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    In between working, waiting for files to arrive, perfect time to Spark and add a thought or two. My replacement scale arrived. I really don't want to weigh mid day after two meals on an off day after eating gluten. Uh uh. But, I need to get it connected with my Fitbit. I walked over 7000 steps ... Read more

  • More about online world puzzle....

    8/17/2017 2:28:09 PM, by CTUPTON

    bramus.github.io/mercator-puzz
    le-redux/ I did better when I enlarged the screen. It also helped me learn the shapes of some tiny countries. You did redux, didn't you? 38 Play again and again. 334 Hit redux at the top then when it says you can't go to that page, well, just go bac... Read more

  • Picture Day

    8/16/2017 9:16:04 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    Today I wore a dress I like. Yes, it is not sleek or form fitting, but loose and cottony for this hot 99 degree day. I wore it to story time. My husband came with me, and he took my picture. It was one of those, oh dear I am fat moments. Quick, banish that picture. Picture a better me in the fu... Read more

  • Change

    8/16/2017 7:43:52 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Life is so full of change, are we really ready?... Read more

  • Looking up and smelling the rain

    8/15/2017 5:26:44 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    Good afternoon everyone. This picture is from a few days ago, before today's rain. It is the view from out my front window across the street. I am in a small town, but here this little place looks like a primordial forest. This afternoon, after a thunderous rain, I walked back ove... Read more

  • Making

    8/15/2017 3:24:44 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Making new designs can become a little difficult but, it all take times.... Read more

  • Sometimes you fall

    8/14/2017 9:28:10 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    Alas, those nights beget those days when you feel like you have fallen flat on your face. On top of my back, the pleurisy kicked in, kicking me in the side, right by the back. And on top of the Epic Scale Fail (See yesterday's blog), my TENS unit, faithful with all its bumps and falls, fell on... Read more

  • At PT and daily exercise I am sweating lots. Huh?

    8/14/2017 12:19:58 PM, by CTUPTON

    I certainly am not exercising hard. I am 70 so I focus on the exercises from my physical therapist and from the recent 8 week balance class. I did the stationary bike yesterday 10 min. and ended up sweating. I did a few more exercises off the bike and continued sweating. I don't unders... Read more

  • Online puzzle of the world's countries. Fun

    8/14/2017 11:14:53 AM, by CTUPTON

    bramus.github.io/mercator-puzz
    le-redux/... Read more

  • Exercise in Futility

    8/13/2017 4:51:58 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    Nothing is hopeless. Almost. 225 Finally, after waiting for years to order one, I ordered a fitbit aria scale. Oooh I was like a little kid with a new toy. I am part techno geek - must be the librarian in me. Or perhaps a little bit of my brother rubbed off on me growing up. Sad, he won't even g... Read more

  • Sun Shine

    8/13/2017 9:11:34 AM, by DRAGKULENIA

    The one thing I love about where I live is the sun is already shining its smile which can may any day better.... Read more

  • The Monster at 3 A.M.

    8/13/2017 4:16:25 AM, by LUNADRAGON

    There is a monster lurking, when sleep eludes me, and I want to nest, and cuddle, and sleep. As sleep resists me, like the sandman lurking somewhere down the street, or on the moon, the monster called sleeplessness takes over bringing his best buddy, Hungry Will Solveit. Hungry Will does NOT solve i... Read more

  • From that thin area called sleep

    8/12/2017 5:39:52 AM, by LUNADRAGON

    Oh yes, I know, we are told that getting a decent night's sleep can help with your weight loss. So as I try desperately to grab that eluded sleep, I see in my mind's eyes those extra pounds just slipping away, between the covers, and sliding down on the floor and evaporating. Every night I lie restl... Read more

  • Looking up no matter what

    8/11/2017 7:22:40 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    I believe I had at least three nights of pretty good sleep, with minimal pain. Then the night before happened, but I still felt, that's ok, I had three nights, I can deal with one. Then last night happened, and my stamina crashed. I had every intention to get on my wii fit this morning, exercise,... Read more

  • Rest

    8/11/2017 2:39:27 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Man, I know that I can get carried away with working out but, then, comes the days I can hardly move. So I have to rest. I think I am angry at myself.... Read more

  • Putting it together

    8/10/2017 4:00:06 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    I have been asked to do a presentation about Mudras. This is such an honor. All I have to make is make a plan now.... Read more

  • I asked hubby what he was going to do today...

    8/10/2017 10:20:56 AM, by CTUPTON

    answer--singing "swingin' on the outhouse door without his nightie" 335... Read more

  • Line dancing class! Only 2 of us showed up but it worked out fine.

    8/10/2017 10:18:56 AM, by CTUPTON

    355 I thought it was going to be country line dancing with someone calling out "so see do" etc. Nope. People dance alone but can be lots of people in the room. Stand in lines so they don't bump each other. Oh! I love this music! But alas I have not learned the steps yet. Cowboy Hustle... Read more

  • Saved! No lock problem at all!

    8/10/2017 9:35:45 AM, by CTUPTON

    The maintenance worker did not cut off the old lock. I guess he forgot! chris 198 PHEW! ... Read more

  • Combination lock problem

    8/10/2017 8:39:33 AM, by CTUPTON

    Of course, I lost the combination. So I had the lock cut off. I have a second lock already bought --in the same package as the first one. Well-- in big letters it says 2 combination locks--with the same combination! 198 Oh well. Not too big a loss. chris ... Read more

  • Work and sleep

    8/9/2017 6:49:37 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    Sleep was bad, but I am grateful I have had a few good nights with minimal pain . Perhaps I am in the right direction with adjusting my food intake and staying away from the bad stuff. Working at my desk was troublesome as my sciatic has been hurting since about 4 in the morning, the TENs unit help... Read more

  • Yoga

    8/9/2017 5:22:46 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    I feel so blessed to be able to teach. That I wish the whole world would join. Yoga has helped me it the best and worst of times. I am grateful.... Read more

  • Designs

    8/8/2017 3:03:36 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Working on some new designs. Hoping for some real special outcomes.... Read more

  • Keeping it real - Keeping things in perspective

    8/8/2017 12:01:22 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    This past Saturday we visited the Farmers' Market, and when we left we drove through some back roads in town. This sight caught my attention, because this building gave such a sense of perspective that it looked forced and rather unreal. So my husband met my curiosity by driving by the buildin... Read more

  • Today's note from the universe

    8/7/2017 7:36:36 PM, by CTUPTON

    It’s time to do “the work,” CHRISTINE. Happily-ever-after awaits, The Universe... Read more

  • Yoga tonight

    8/7/2017 5:23:51 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Well, getting ready time to teach. I so enjoy how hard my "yoga babies" work. You all have a great night c u tomorrow. ... Read more

  • Enjoy

    8/7/2017 1:16:34 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Peaceful Sunday

    8/6/2017 2:43:25 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    This is the view from my front door, and I pass it every time I walk to the mailbox, or to church. I am still dealing with a lot of back pain. I know weight IS a major issue here. I am working at kicking WEIGHT in the butt. This morning looking in the mirror, in my Sunday go to meeting dres... Read more

  • Italy healthiest country! Canada did well, too.

    8/6/2017 2:10:01 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.bloomberg.com/news/article
    s/2017-03-20/italy-s-strug
    gling-economy-has-world-s-
    healthiest-people?cmpid=so
    cialflow-facebook-business
    &utm_content=business&utm_
    campaign=socialflow-organi
    c&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social Easier to understand: There is a chart w... Read more

  • When emotions make me crazy and might wreck my healthy momentum.....10 part series

    8/6/2017 9:55:54 AM, by CTUPTON

    ALL TEN PARTS: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/m
    ind_over_body_fat.asp Part 1: Stop Emotional Eating Before It Starts De-Stress in 3 Minutes or Less www.sparkpeople.com/resource
    /wellness_articles.asp?id=
    596&page=2 I know I am eating out of emotions today. I ha... Read more

  • Anyone from Clarence, NY (or in general near Buffalo)? Deaf?

    8/6/2017 9:29:46 AM, by CTUPTON

    I just thought I'd throw it out there. The Deaf is put there just because I used to teach Deaf students in Hartford, CT. (over 40 years) I have not yet made contact with anyone here near Clarence. But would love to. chris ... Read more

  • Just fun

    8/6/2017 8:19:47 AM, by CTUPTON

    Elegant elf ears earbuds. Just what I was wanting. chris... Read more

  • Trying to get through a few weeks of yuky medical appts.

    8/6/2017 8:00:24 AM, by CTUPTON

    Trying to get through a few weeks of very yuky doctor's appts. My face looks awful from some "freezing" of sun damage. And tomorrow is a biopsy of one spot. Aug. 16 colonoscopy. Oh boy. We are again trying to solve hubby's throat problem. It won't be easy. It is weak throat muscles and ... Read more

  • Nothing on the schedule

    8/5/2017 9:22:14 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    First time in months I had no "work " (freelance". It was a tough night sleeping anyway and I slept in this morning. We went to the Farmer's Market and picked up some zucchini and peppers and used them for supper. I also spent most of the afternoon making some tomato sauce. That was my day - fo... Read more

  • Life

    8/5/2017 3:01:07 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    I wish life could be easy-er but, there are lesson to be learned.... Read more

  • Niagara Falls oopsy

    8/5/2017 2:21:45 PM, by CTUPTON

    "Human error" is what today's newspaper article said. A few workers were doing various tasks and there were some shift changes, too. Workers were told to turn off a certain valve when stuff from that pipe turned dark. But no one was "watching the pot." That would have ended the problem--the... Read more

  • Feeling good

    8/4/2017 8:48:17 PM, by JLGERG

    I went out to lunch with my beautiful daughter and her girlfriend yesterday and she commented on how much easier it was to push my wheelchair. It shows that I have lost weight - thank goodness. Maybe I will be able to slip my purse down the side of me as I once did, when I lose some more. 9... Read more

  • Rest

    8/4/2017 4:53:12 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    I am all ready to get some sleep lol! Have a great weekend everyone.... Read more

  • OOpsy! Someone's gonna "get it" for this huge mistake at Niagara Falls.

    8/4/2017 2:19:57 PM, by CTUPTON

    Not nice! I am thrilled that I did not pick that day to visit the falls. The sewage dump cleared within a few hours but their timing was exquisite. NOT! chris... Read more

  • What goes Up must come Down

    8/4/2017 1:02:12 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    So, I got my official weigh-in with the mini group I have joined - 214.8 on my wii fit balance board, so that means I have officially dropped weight since I went to the doctors a couple days ago. I am determined. I have to make this happen, for my health, for my back's sake. Last night I slept lo... Read more

  • I will look into this challenge. Thank you-my good spark friend!

    8/4/2017 10:15:21 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pub
    lic_journal_individual.asp
    ?blog_id=6345185 Has anyone joined this challenge? How did it work for you? chris... Read more

  • Life

    8/3/2017 4:55:54 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Many times it seems that others make one's life just a little harder. That is why I enjoy my solitude. Do you spend time with yourself? ... Read more

  • Back at you

    8/3/2017 9:57:27 AM, by LUNADRAGON

    No, I am not giving you a greeting. This has been the state of my back: at me. I got my first x-ray of my back "hardware" in several years (it's been 6 years since the fusion). The fusion looks ok, but to my untrained eye, the disc and spine just above look a little, off, to me. Anyway, I have... Read more

  • Hump Day

    8/2/2017 8:34:09 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    So far, so good, working in new workouts not to get bored.... Read more

  • Worried about hubby's doctor appt.

    8/2/2017 8:02:16 AM, by CTUPTON

    He talked about a feeding tube. No way! I just heard of a woman who cut hers off! She could not talk so she used this method to express her displeasure. Hubby has occasional bouts of almost choking. He coughs it out and then sneezes hard for awhile. It is not pretty. They will do a bari... Read more

  • Doing

    8/1/2017 5:37:20 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Every month comes and goes it feel like time is just flying by.... Read more

  • Losing weight is NOT a straight path. Statistics. So I am not alone in a zig zag path.

    8/1/2017 12:58:54 PM, by CTUPTON

    The National Weight Loss Registry is a large, ongoing research study of several thousand individuals who have maintained weight loss. To be part of the study, participants need to have lost a minimum of 30 pounds and kept it off for at least a year. Registry members have lost an average of 66 ... Read more

  • Cookie Monster wisdom.

    8/1/2017 12:17:48 PM, by CTUPTON

    ... Read more

  • Here we go again-still trying to learn the difference phys vs emot hunger!

    8/1/2017 12:04:17 PM, by CTUPTON

    chris 24 taraburner.com/health-wellness
    /physical-hunger-vs-emotio
    nal-hunger.php... Read more

  • Here we go again.....

    8/1/2017 1:07:16 AM, by JLGERG

    Oh my goodness, I have done it again. I joined Sparkpeople a couple of weeks ago and entered all my details, as I knew them. Today was my first weigh in. Wow, I had lost 3 kgs and was so delighted. So imagine my surprise when I entered my weight and found that I had lost 103 kgs ------- ... Read more

  • 2,800 minutes of exercise this month

    7/31/2017 12:43:12 AM, by LIN1263

    This is the amount of exercise done this month. I plan to go to the gym more next month, so it should increase some. I have about 10 pounds to lose to reach my goal weight this year.... Read more

  • Teddy Bear's Weight Loss challenge

    7/31/2017 12:38:49 AM, by LIN1263

    I am on the teddy bears weight loss challenge and in the last 18 months lost 47 pounds and 11 inches off my waist and my body fat scale was 50%, now it is 28%. 24 months a go I set a goal to lose 51 pounds in 24 months, which is February 1, 2018. 4 pounds left for that goal. My final goal after I me... Read more

  • Have a great week

    7/30/2017 9:42:34 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Time seems to just fly by. Wishing all a great week.... Read more

  • Your Guide to Fitness Trackers"

    7/29/2017 4:44:52 PM, by LIN1263

    On Spark People "your guide to fitness trackers" I posted something about them that I will update in 3 days .I have a list of a site I ordered a cheap watch fitness tracker from. It cost $20.00 with postage I have a Smart Phone but have no internet on it, unlimited calls in my area, 100 outgoing te... Read more

  • Sparkle

    7/29/2017 2:15:56 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Am taking this day of rest to make some new designs. If I work this next months I may be able to do a show.... Read more

  • Finally, a real checklist for cleaning!

    7/29/2017 7:19:32 AM, by CTUPTON

    clark.com/family-lifestyle/rea
    l-mom-cleaning-guide/?utm_
    campaign=trueanthem%3A+tre
    nding+content&utm_content=
    597c35f604d3017b300b8724&u
    tm_medium=trueanthem&utm_source=facebook... Read more

  • Enjoy #2

    7/28/2017 7:45:09 PM, by CTUPTON

    Warner Communications paid 28 million for the copyright to the song Happy Birthday, which was written in 1935! Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair. A comet's tail always points away from the sun. The Swine Flu v... Read more

  • Enjoy #1

    7/28/2017 7:44:06 PM, by CTUPTON

    Gold is the only metal that doesn't rust, even if it's buried in the ground for thousands of years. Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end. If you stop getting thirsty , you need to drink more water. When a human bod... Read more

  • Pamper

    7/28/2017 1:09:26 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Now I can get some pampering on hair, skin, and nails. Get way to end the week. What are your plans?... Read more

  • Thoughts on my "cleaning "

    7/28/2017 12:23:25 PM, by CTUPTON

    I think positive(ly) --mostly. click to see enlarged--oops! I will work on this one! ... Read more

  • This is how I feel today!

    7/28/2017 10:19:04 AM, by CTUPTON

    chris... Read more

  • Too Sore

    7/27/2017 9:25:05 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    After all the yoga I also had some yard work to do. That was a few hours. How sore I am.... Read more

  • DONNARADISCH “If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.” –

    7/27/2017 12:46:15 PM, by CTUPTON

    DONNARADISCH “If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.” – Olin Miller Oh boy, is this quote for me! chris... Read more

  • Hard

    7/26/2017 2:22:13 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    This life can be very hard. But, what bites my butt is those that judge. Oh, you too fat! Oh, you too skinny, how dare you! Look at your mess not mind. Because if you are looking at mine then, yours is worst! ... Read more

  • Kayaks and bigger crafts on the Historic Tour of the Buffalo River

    7/26/2017 1:51:28 PM, by CTUPTON

    (pictures from the internet) I did this tour a second time. First time was with 1avery . The place where I now live has many local trips. I was not really sure what I signed up for. 40 It happened to be the same trip I did before. But..this time a bigger boat and a more info... Read more

  • Learning something new.

    7/25/2017 6:15:19 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Got an exercise ball this is some what hard to do. But, I find it fun going to get some great abs.... Read more

  • Pet insurance

    7/24/2017 10:28:56 PM, by CTUPTON

    "Perhaps the insurance company just did you a favor by saving you from paying unnecessary premiums??" Wow I never thought of it that way! OK I will now put money aside and build a "kitty" for the kitty. 20 chris... Read more

  • Part II: How upset should I be?

    7/24/2017 10:18:37 PM, by CTUPTON

    304 Your wise comments gave me some perspective on this. This set of aides I have and the woman that keeps them scheduled have been wonderful. This is the second time in 10 months no one showed up. I think it is a pretty good record. I was told a typed phone message did not go through fr... Read more

  • Class

    7/24/2017 8:23:39 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    The class was great a few new faces and I am hoping that they will come back.... Read more

  • How upset should I be?

    7/24/2017 1:16:49 PM, by CTUPTON

    The health aides got mixed up this morning so DH missed his gastroenterology appointment at noon. I, obviously, called to say we could not get there. It was rescheduled for Aug. 1 but 9:15 am. On a scale of 1-10, how upset should I be? I had a physical therapy appointment schedule... Read more

  • Wondering

    7/23/2017 4:17:56 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    How easy we fall through the cracks of the opinions of others. Wondering why do we care. They are no better than us. So, why care if they like us or hate us. What's so special about them that makes them better than us? Smart people calling others dumb but, they work at Walmart. Thin peop... Read more

  • Heck

    7/20/2017 4:51:29 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Man, no matter how hard I try to work my body it forces me to take my time. I know am getting there but, my illness can get in the way. I try to keep smiling for I hope it will get better.... Read more