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  • Starting Fri. I won't be online much. I will miss you all!

    7/27/2016 2:31:26 PM, by CTUPTON

    I will be looking for a new home near Buffalo. I plan to stay there 7 days. Prayers welcome! chris... Read more

  • Stain remover - homemade Spray N Wash

    7/27/2016 11:41:48 AM, by DRS510

    Stain remover 1 part Dawn 1 part Ammonia 1 part Water put in spray bottle and use on clothes stains, then throw clothes in the washer. ... Read more

  • 36 days left. Countdown. To put our condo on the market. And find a new home to go to!

    7/27/2016 11:36:11 AM, by CTUPTON

    SMART GOAL:Get ready for my trip to Buffalo to look at housing. Leaving Friday. Only 2 days left to get ready for that trip. 1. I need to take passwords for my computer ! In prior trips I was stuck sometimes! 2. Pack! My clothes are washed already. 104 3. Be ready to meet the Buffalo rea... Read more

  • A "manufactured home"in a park over 55+ Worth considering.

    7/27/2016 11:21:00 AM, by CTUPTON
    &s=NYS&t=NYS It is way cheaper than the over $200,000 places I have looked at (online). Our big need is enough space for John's motorized wheelchair. I have to find out the width of the hallway. There is a stairway to the... Read more

  • Blog 7/25

    7/25/2016 11:46:31 PM, by MBETTIS3

    Today was a "search for motivation"... I went to work less than motivated and I ate like "meh". I didn't workout in the pool, but I did do dance class tonight. There are plenty of mirrors in the room and they served as a constant and continual reminder of why I am making these changes. P.S. I... Read more

  • Re-beginnings

    7/25/2016 8:12:26 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    Today, I have walked nearly 6000 steps already. I went to the dentist, had a filling, and survived. I am a total dental wimp. I spent most of the day pulling important family financial papers together, and nearly completed the task. Then, I went to my doctor for semi-annual check up. I am no... Read more

  • Countdown 38 Days left. Photos of my tasks.

    7/25/2016 11:45:24 AM, by CTUPTON

    Help me set reasonable time limits of each task. My lack of energy is a big factor. I think most people would be able to clean each area fairly quickly. Not me. Paper work is my nemesis ! And this is what is left after a couple of years of decluttering. 24 234 photos to fo... Read more

  • Remember my knee problem?-not able to bend better!

    7/25/2016 10:01:50 AM, by CTUPTON

    It has taken over a year of daily work , but the knee bends just past 90 degrees now! 104 The best exercise is pushing the foot forward --pushing the foot on a stationary object like a wall---to tire the muscle--then bending the knee. Repeat maybe 2-3 times. A chiropractor taught me that. ... Read more

  • Blog 7/24/16

    7/24/2016 10:25:45 PM, by MBETTIS3

    Had a wonderful time in the Lord at church this morning. Sunday school began with a reminder that we are Not Without Hope. That is encouraging especially for my salvation but also on this (weight loss) journey! If I didn't have hope of losing weight and being healthier I would be "most miserable"... Read more

  • 39 days countdown. SMART GOAL: attack my own desk top. Oh no!

    7/24/2016 9:08:01 PM, by CTUPTON

    I did make progress! It is not done yet. The shelves above the desk collect tons of stuff. I found a whole roll 40 of stamps that I had misplaced! 198 I found the keys 528 to the bank safety deposit box so I can close it out before the move. 30 273 527 I still don't have... Read more

  • #lose100 July 23

    7/24/2016 12:20:40 AM, by MBETTIS3

    Today was a strange day. You know when you WANT to do something but you have no idea what that something is.... well that was today. I didn't end up doing much. I skipped breakfast and went to prayer and choir and Praise team rehearsal (had a good time there) and then afterward the kids and I went... Read more

  • #Lose 100 - Blog 7/22

    7/22/2016 10:01:42 PM, by MBETTIS3

    I have been back for a while now, but I figured I better start blogging again because I want to remember this journey. Speak those things that be not as though they were... Romans 4:17 The other day it just hit me..... I am going to lose 100 pounds. There was a time when I only wanted to lose 60... Read more

  • Which candidate do you side with?

    7/22/2016 7:51:00 PM, by CTUPTON

    I enjoyed doing this questionnaire online. Many questions have hidden choices. You might overlook these. They give many more options than the questions first appearing. I did this before but I am trying it again since the elections are so close. chris ... Read more

  • Asian Salad

    7/22/2016 6:51:59 PM, by DRS510

    Top with seasoned rice vinegar and a touch of sesame oil. I also like my Asian salad dressing. If you want I will share it as well. A little more work, but so worth it! You could use store bought as well, look for a "Lite" variety. Then combine your salad: Lettuce or spring greens Mandarin or... Read more

  • 41 days countdown, Today's smart goal: buy something pretty!

    7/22/2016 12:08:18 PM, by CTUPTON

    This is NOT the candle I bought but it looks a little like it. It is LED and goes on automatically for 4 hours. 244 I will set it for the evenings. Hopefully, people looking to buy the condo will be here then. A fun goal for today! 104... Read more

  • The Fibro Manual copyright 2016

    7/22/2016 6:56:36 AM, by CTUPTON

    The Fibro Manual by Gineva Liptan, M.D. I found this book to be very up to date and very organized -easy to find info I needed chris 220... Read more

  • 43 days left. Today's SMART Goal

    7/20/2016 12:40:45 PM, by CTUPTON

    43 days left before I put this condo on the market. But I am not feeling up to par. I am feeling like I have a virus and a rash on chest, back, and itchy in various places. Darn. I need to accomplish something daily toward being able to "show" this condo. 24 Today's SMART Goal: ... Read more

  • Huh? I have a rash! And I feel like I have a virus. What on earth is this?

    7/20/2016 12:31:03 PM, by CTUPTON

    My throat and ear canal area is tender and stuffy. My chest definitely has a rash. Itchy, too. Other areas of my body feel a bit itchy , too. I have not been outside much so I don't think it is from insect bites. Got any ideas. It is now the 3rd full day. I am using cortisone cream ... Read more

  • My grade school reunion is July 30th near Buffalo, Ny.

    7/20/2016 12:27:14 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am going! Yeah! I just filled out a questionnaire they sent me. I am hoping meeting these old friends might give me information about where to live in that area! Wouldn't that be nice! chris... Read more

  • 44 days left. Today's SMART Goal

    7/19/2016 11:39:30 AM, by CTUPTON

    Countdown to putting our condo on the market: 44 days left. Today's SMART Goals: Take the van to be serviced before the 400 mile Buffalo trip. 248 (I still have not really cleaned the interior. 24 ) Sort stuff from my purse: many notes , etc. from doc appts. etc. I will overlo... Read more

  • Healthy Iced Vanilla Latte

    7/19/2016 11:05:11 AM, by CTUPTON

    INGREDIENTS For coffee ice cubes- 1 pot brewed coffee For latte- 2-3 coffee ice cubes 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk 2-3 drops liquid stevia Dash cinnamon DIRECTIONS 1. To make coffee ice cubes, pour brewed coffee into an ice cube tray. Freeze for 1 hour or ... Read more

  • A way to calculate expenses at a certain retirement community

    7/19/2016 10:56:59 AM, by CTUPTON
    t-101/cost-of-living... Read more

  • Sauteed Cabbage and Zucchini

    7/19/2016 10:26:26 AM, by CTUPTON

    Sauteed Cabbage and Zucchini (from DS9KIE--thanks) Ingredients: 1 small head cabbage, chopped 1 small zucchini and yellow squash Some onion Some red and yellow pepper Some collard greens 4 mushrooms 3 broccoli stems 1 tbsp onion powder 1 tbsp garlic po... Read more

  • Bangladesh sparkfriends-- earthquake possibility?

    7/18/2016 11:33:51 AM, by CTUPTON
    -may-lurk-under-bangladesh I am hoping this is over blown. chris... Read more

  • Instead of the evil M&Ms try dark chocolate. Advice from a beloved sparkfriend!

    7/18/2016 10:58:02 AM, by CTUPTON

    "Hershey's Dark Chocolate Kisses, Brookside Dark Chocolate with Blueberry and Acai, and Lindt Extra Dark Chocolate truffles the best. I can have 1 truffle and I'm good for days. You can have 5 kisses, and you have to unwrap each one! Brookside is harder for me to control because it comes loose in... Read more

  • John as Cookie Monster!

    7/18/2016 10:45:30 AM, by CTUPTON

    ( John often covers himself in his motorized wheelchair to be warm and take a nap. DD put the paper cutouts on him.)... Read more

  • 50 things to do when you're bored.

    7/18/2016 9:24:30 AM, by CTUPTON
    .jpg Or, go clean the garage. I bet you think of something better to do fast! chris... Read more

  • Countdown to putting our condo on the market: 45 days left. Today's SMART Goal

    7/18/2016 7:52:15 AM, by CTUPTON

    The 3 of us have 3 appointments today! And I am the driver for us all. DH's is for the GI doctor. He will stay in the hospital before his colonoscopy. I can't handle his prep alone. I asked if he could be in the hospital for that. But the Dr said then he has to see him first for Medicare approval. ... Read more

  • pop

    7/17/2016 4:45:55 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    Quite a few years ago I gave up soda, pop, cola, carbonated drinks. It is rare that I will imbibe. I drink water mostly, with some milk and coffee or tea. But there are those sometimes when it becomes necessary to pop the no pop rule. Last night was one of those times. My stomach was upset, and... Read more

  • Blessed Be

    7/17/2016 4:18:10 PM, by JEZEBEL99

    Bless you day with activity... Read more

  • Countdown to putting our condo on the market: 46 days left. Today's SMART Goals

    7/17/2016 9:32:39 AM, by CTUPTON

    1.To email the floor repair guy, take at least 4 photos of the old bathroom floor. 2. Before getting the van tuned up for my trip to "Buffalo", clean the inside. It really needs cleaning before the car repair guy sees it. (I believe workers do a better job when they see I care for the van. ) 3. ... Read more

  • Balsamic Dressing

    7/16/2016 4:30:50 PM, by DRS510

    I make a bottle at a time, so I always have on hand. My son makes 3 bottles and keeps one at work for his salads. Balsamic Dressing 2 T olive oil 6 T balsamic vinegar 1 t garlic powder (easier but you can use fresh instead) 1/2 tsp. Cavenders Greek seasoning 1/4 t dry mustard 1 ... Read more

  • Informative graphic showing options and costs of senior housing.

    7/16/2016 9:10:46 AM, by CTUPTON
    sus-cost/... Read more

  • Countdown to putting our condo on the market: 47 days left. Today's SMART Goal

    7/16/2016 6:57:58 AM, by CTUPTON

    Make SMART Goals: Specific Measurable Achievable Realistic Timely Today: Finish organizing the larger of 2 bathrooms. (A nephew will eventually install the new flooring.) And do the daily chores like dishes, etc. chris... Read more

  • How do you handle it when you gain and then start losing again?

    7/16/2016 6:47:09 AM, by CTUPTON

    I gained 8 lbs. OK now can I say I lost 2 lbs--if I did? I can gain and re-lose the same fat many times! chris 24... Read more

  • I just contacted the Chamber of Commerce in the Greater Buffalo area! Thanks .

    7/15/2016 7:49:28 PM, by CTUPTON

    I never thought of contacting them about a place to live! Thanks for the idea! And I will contact some senior centers in certain towns. I never thought of that either! chris 247 220... Read more

  • Our condo will soon be for sale. I do love it here. Bloomfield, CT

    7/15/2016 7:30:43 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Lunch Dilemma Solved

    7/15/2016 4:53:16 PM, by DRS510

    I make 3 salads on Sunday afternoon and 2 on Wednesday after work and take those each day. This morning I posted this response to the question - help! I need some quick lunch ideas. So I thought I would post it here too. If you want my balsamic dressing recipe, let me know and I will post it: W... Read more

  • mini reward day

    7/14/2016 8:24:51 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    I have been logging in for over two weeks. I have been working at logging my food, not perfect, but been doing it. I have been walking over 5000 steps since May 19 (only missed one day, and that by about 500 steps) so out 57 days, only missed one. Today, I had the opportunity to get a chair... Read more

  • I got lots of good advice about handicap housing near Buffalo. THANK YOU! Still looking!

    7/14/2016 1:06:20 PM, by CTUPTON

    Since we are relatively young (69) I am hesitant to look at assisted living. I asked about average age there. 80 or over. 24 Hubby needs more personal help than in assisted living anyway. So that really does not solve our problem. I'd pay a lot for it and then still have to hire personal health aide... Read more

  • Hard to find housing near Buffalo for handicapped DH and me.

    7/13/2016 10:04:50 AM, by CTUPTON

    I need a place easy to maintain and open design for DH's motorized wheelchair. And a little under $200,000. Not too far from a pool for my water aerobics. Depew, West Seneca, Orchard Park, Hamburg, Clarence, East Aurora, Patio homes have no outside maintenance. But the prices are ov... Read more

  • Blueberry Cobler SP recipe 3 ingredients!

    7/12/2016 2:30:50 PM, by CTUPTON

    It is in the oven now. I used a no sugar cake mix. Nutrition info is in the SP recipe area. This lightened up version of berry cobbler has just three ingredients. This lightened up version of berry cobbler has just three ingredients. Minutes to Prepare: 70 Minutes to Cook: 60 Nu... Read more

  • 100 companies "made in the USA"

    7/12/2016 9:16:06 AM, by CTUPTON
    -the-usa I would like to patronize some of these. But I am not quite sure how to do that. And, I just looked at my "Crocs" sandals. Definitely NOT USA made. Oh! We do have a Braun handicap van! USA made! chris Clothing ĽAll American Clothing ĽAll... Read more

  • Yellow Rug I had and forgot about. Put in the "office" for showing the condo.

    7/10/2016 3:28:45 PM, by CTUPTON

    I need to say that the desk looks much better than in this photo! DD was the one who thought of using this rug. It was stored in the basement for 8 years! I had no rugs in the condo because DH's motorized wheelchair would gather the rug under it's wheels. I came home one day and 3... Read more

  • I contacted a mover! It is getting more and more scary to think of actually moving.

    7/10/2016 12:35:17 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have been decluttering and packing for maybe 5 years. people are probably sick of me saying I will move closer to my family. I was going to rely on family and friends to load a truck and have a friend drive it the 400 miles to Buffalo. I don't feel enough people are willing to help us out. Th... Read more

  • If you want some extra special, hand-picked laugh....try this blog!

    7/9/2016 9:11:52 PM, by CTUPTON
    sp?blog_id=6197108... Read more

  • Same SP menu article but why is it so great?

    7/9/2016 12:49:42 PM, by CTUPTON
    utrition_articles.asp?id=1620 I love the bright , colored photos for one thing! 30 And there are shopping lists 30 for each week! Or you can print a master shopping list--all done for you! I printed the month's shopping list. 41 Now I can make note... Read more

  • SP article: A month's worth of healthy and easy meals!

    7/8/2016 12:55:23 PM, by CTUPTON
    utrition_articles.asp?id=1620... Read more

  • Feeling Blessed.

    7/7/2016 11:46:03 PM, by RABBITART

    This past year and half has been extremely trying and emotionally draining on our family. We've had endured my husband being out of work for a year and half. We've had numerous expected death and illnesses. I personally had to give up university and go back to work. When things were looking ex... Read more

  • Choosing your Battles

    7/5/2016 7:46:52 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    Good evening, friends. Have you ever had to make a decision about things you want to do? Not just about what you have to do, but those things that might bring some sunlight and joy into your day. I do. I have to do that all the time. Living on this side of back and neck surgeries (2011 - 5 y... Read more

  • My note from the Universe

    7/5/2016 7:38:54 PM, by CTUPTON

    Suffice it to say, CHRISTINE, I mean "Your Highness," you've always been crazy, sexy, cool.... Read more

  • walking and painting

    7/2/2016 8:10:58 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    I JUST finished my 5000 plus step daily goal, after I finished the upcycled window I painted as a commission. It is of sunflowers. I used modgepodge to seal the cracks in the window glass, and also to seal the frame after my husband brushed all the loose paint off the frame with a wire brush last... Read more

  • Alliopathic ("regular") doctors vs Osteopathic doctors. Huh? I just learned the difference!

    7/2/2016 3:25:52 PM, by CTUPTON
    ult.aspx Instead of MD they have OD after their names. DD just made an appointment with an "OD." chris... Read more

  • Tell myself: "You are just bored, not hungry so don't eat."

    7/2/2016 12:46:05 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • SP article and link: Snacks under 100 calories ( more recipes

    7/2/2016 11:59:14 AM, by CTUPTON
    utm_campaign=zergnet_1033501 Dehydrated red, sweet pepper strips with maple syrup. Just like candy! chris ... Read more

  • Low carb recipe with black beans needed

    7/1/2016 6:27:51 PM, by CTUPTON seems to be a great source for recipes. You can first determine the nutrients you want in the resulting recipe. I have a few cans of black beans. but I want to eat low carb. I need a simple recipe. One recipe was a salad made with black beans. chris... Read more

  • Teacher summer

    7/1/2016 11:44:23 AM, by DRS510

    Summer is a time for teachers to recharge and spend time with friends and family. One of my favorite things to do is prep for the school year and get some things in the freezer for dinners, clean closets, organize clothes and donate things I don't use anymore. Here is a photo of some Asian ribs we m... Read more

  • Gov Malloy of CT fired the 35 or so state sign language interpreters!

    7/1/2016 11:03:19 AM, by CTUPTON

    This is such a needed service. It has takedn years and years to get this service in place. Now it is wrecked! The Gov says interpreters from another agency will be hired at a cheaper rate and the state will save lots of money. He exaggerated the cost of the current state sign language inte... Read more

  • BBQ Chicken Pizza

    7/1/2016 9:38:02 AM, by JEZEBEL99

    Tonight I am gong to be making BBQ Chicken Pizza one 5-ounce Boneless, skinless chicken breast or cutlet 1/4 c BBBQ sauce (any brand with no more than 40 calories per 2 Tbsp) 1/4 bell bell pepper, thinly sliced 1/4 onoin, thinly sliced 2 Tbsp shredded part=skim mozzarella cheese Po... Read more

  • Find out what others think of a med on this website

    6/30/2016 1:56:40 PM, by CTUPTON I have been very tired. Someone said they were told to take zyrtec at night because it can cause drowsiness. I thought it was a non-drowsy allergy med. Oops! I am now taking my zyrtec at night. I seem to be more awake in the daytime now. I sure hope this fatigue... Read more

  • Magic Cooling Cloth -a gift from DD--I love it!

    6/29/2016 2:09:21 PM, by CTUPTON

    Wet it, snap it, put around the neck to stay cool. chris... Read more

  • Thank you all --about Lyrica...

    6/29/2016 12:11:18 PM, by CTUPTON

    252 247 220 you are so wonderful to me! My daughter takes gabapentin. She has FM, too. Lately I have been getting some extremely sharp pains -short lasting -but ouch! They pop up in any part of my body. this is fairly new for me. thank you again! chris... Read more

  • Our cat, Cujo--on my head--error fixed

    6/29/2016 9:47:55 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Just checking my goal about having fun in my life...

    6/29/2016 9:38:09 AM, by CTUPTON

    Working on: GET MY FOCUS ON FUN ACTIVITIES: -photography 24 -DVDs from the library to limit evening eating 24 -fantastic 20 Not this website--using goodreads instead - daily fun music 24 - exercise dvds or wii fit 24 -geocaching 24 -interacting with fr... Read more

  • Just checking my healthy habits PLANNING AHEAD!

    6/29/2016 9:30:17 AM, by CTUPTON

    FAILING TO PLAN IS PLANNING TO FAIL! So... -Do I have fresh and frozen produce in the house? 41 -Do I have meals frozen for when I just can't get it together? 24 -Am I drinking my water? 41 -Am I getting to the pool often? No problem here!!!! 198 This week no due to appointments... Read more

  • Something new to me--hydromassage bed--huh?

    6/29/2016 8:30:55 AM, by CTUPTON

    I love water and I love getting a massage. A bed that does both! Wow! 198 chris... Read more

  • Lyraca? (sp?)

    6/29/2016 8:06:14 AM, by CTUPTON

    I went to an endocrinologist and she gave me no answers for my fatigue. She suggested Lyraca for my fibromyalgia. She thought it might help my energy, too. There was one other med instead of Lyraca, but I can't remember the name right now. Has anyone had experience with this kind of medicine? ... Read more

  • What coffee can do for you!

    6/28/2016 5:49:59 PM, by CTUPTON
    ffee chris... Read more

  • Disappointed after doc appt

    6/28/2016 3:51:44 PM, by CTUPTON

    I went to an endocrinologist, hoping advancements in medicine would help me be less tired. Nope. She said everything tested fine thyroid, vitamin D, B levels in blood, no gluten sensitivity, iron OK, etc. etc. Darn. I was hoping she'd find something I could fix. Her advice mainly wa... Read more