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  • Missing You?

    10/19/2017 12:25:40 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    The girl that could not breathe. The girl who hated to buy clothes. The girl who cried every time she looked into the mirror. Are you missing the girl who is having a giant piece of pie?... Read more

  • Happy

    10/16/2017 2:31:52 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Feeling like a new me. All I want to do is be active and share with others. That is so cool.... Read more

  • What, it's Monday already?

    10/16/2017 2:50:54 AM, by LUNADRAGON

    That is what I was thinking a few minutes ago, as I had to stop and think about how long my pause has been. I've had trouble sleeping the last couple nights as my laryngitis turned into a hacking cough. Somehow I got a good amount of sleep in between lots of tossing around, and getting up with the c... Read more

  • Jewelry

    10/15/2017 10:37:38 AM, by DRAGKULENIA

    What a wonderful experience, everyone was kind and smiling. And many people bought some my creations. I am very blessed.... Read more

  • I choose to believe...

    10/13/2017 8:18:56 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Why am I dreaming night after night?

    10/13/2017 1:00:00 PM, by CTUPTON

    At least I mean I am remembering the dreams and waking up while dreaming. This is unusual for me. It has been happening for maybe 5 nights now. What is going on? I wake up as if I have slept very deeply. But a psychiatrist once told me dreams happen when we are sleeping lighter, not when ... Read more

  • 100 DAYS to do list progress: Some signs are printed and posted-I sure hope these work!

    10/13/2017 11:51:45 AM, by CTUPTON

    SOME-- 41 PRINTED AND POSTED --to remind myself to actually DO the behaviors I need to do! Summary DAY 100 This is how I live List the Behaviors 195 that "speak to me" and add how I will remember 104 to do each one: Even setting up to actually DO 40 this list will ta... Read more

  • Gotta go shopping first --before tackling homemade granola!

    10/13/2017 10:29:25 AM, by CTUPTON

    Note: the whole recipe is in a previous blog of mine! SO I NEED TO GO SHOPPING FIRST! 341 198 I don't seem to have these ingredients: 1 cup mixture --the main sweetner--maple syrup or brown sugar or honey or a mixture of these unsalted butter 4 cups nuts and seeds... Read more

  • The need to heal.

    10/12/2017 4:22:36 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Yes, life is hard and at times just too damn difficult. But, please find a little time to heal what rocks you. So the bigger, better you can shine on though.... Read more

  • I tried this on boneless chicken--excellent!

    10/12/2017 2:00:56 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Pause button

    10/12/2017 11:28:40 AM, by LUNADRAGON

    Don’t forget to take your rests and listen to your body cues. Even great music benefits from the pauses and rests, the rhythm not static but staccato with life and body of its own. I walked 5000 steps plus for 40 day’s without a break. Then I got my cold, sore throat , cough , laryngitis. Hmm. I kno... Read more

  • Homemade granola--adapt as you need to, of course

    10/12/2017 11:01:06 AM, by CTUPTON

    Yield: 10 cups granola 40 Well, I won't make that much! chris How to Make Granola Prep: 5 minutes 20 Cook: 40 minutes 198 Total: 45 minutes Homemade granola is so easy to make (seriously, it takes all of five minutes from pantry to oven 4 ), and it’s ... Read more

  • In the creases of the day

    10/11/2017 3:12:49 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    When you unfold your newspaper, or unfold yourself out of bed, there are creases. Wrinkles, lines, bent over itself. There are creases on me, I noticed even with my lousy sleep, that my mid back has been more quiet, even if my low back is not. I notice that though my upper thighs hurt, it is n... Read more

  • Back to normal... but what's normal?

    10/10/2017 9:30:42 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    Ok. Yesterday around suppertime my hubby was released to come home. Meanwhile I feel like I am fighting something, with a sore throat. Oh bother. I barely remember yesterday. I made my 5000 plus steps, no idea on much else, but I sat too long at the hospital, I know that. I fell asleep on the ... Read more

  • A doctor's recipe for Breakfast: Thawed frozen fruit, chasews, no sugar yogurt

    10/10/2017 8:33:24 PM, by CTUPTON

    A doctor's 273 recipe for a healthy breakfast. OK I like this. Chris In fact I have been buying bags of frozen berries. I have not thought of making it my breakfast. But I could. The doctor said this: This is literally my breakfast sitting on my desk. Why is this a heal... Read more

  • Healing

    10/10/2017 5:48:36 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    What a great nice. Being in service to help others makes life worth the up and downs. I hope for another healing circle soon.... Read more

  • A month without red wine

    10/10/2017 6:33:47 AM, by ALLESBETSY

    Over the past two weeks as a teetotaler I have noticed how much pressure there is to drink in our culture...and I don't mean from friends and family. In my world they just don't do that. It's all over Facebook and it's deeply ingrained in Wisconsin culture. Perhaps it's my age but I've become weary ... Read more

  • Yeah! Last day ........of 100 Days of Weight Loss book

    10/9/2017 11:40:34 AM, by CTUPTON

    Summary DAY 100 This is how I live List the Behaviors 195 that "speak to me" and add how I will remember 104 to do each one: Even setting up to actually DO 40 this list will take days to type signs 17 and set reminders around and set up the measurement devices, etc. So I have wor... Read more

  • Out of the blue

    10/8/2017 9:50:39 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    Today my husband got sick while teaching Bible class, and had to go to the ER. He is being kept overnight for observation, and will have stress test in the morning. Long day. I am beat. Was going to work, but no energy. I cherish your prayers right now. Getting healthy is my job. One step at ... Read more

  • Change

    10/8/2017 5:48:59 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Time changes everything or is it just that you change?... Read more

  • When you feel strong

    10/7/2017 12:05:18 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    Yesterday was quite the day at PT, and by last night I felt the effects of the extra demanding work I did. I felt it some in the night, but got up, and used my TENS unit (ok, I ate some pb gf crackers and a glass of milk) Then I went back to sleep. Got up sore. Did 28 minutes of yoga, stretches, and... Read more

  • Slight change in schedule tilts my world sideways

    10/6/2017 4:52:44 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    This morning, we took Peachy cat back to the vet. It seems we have to bring him every six weeks or so for shots - he get mouth infections. He is 17, but he is my super sweetheart. People who know me, will remember him as my therapy cat, who spreads his warmth and purrs on me when my back and body... Read more

  • Very, very gross zombie eatables for parties.

    10/6/2017 4:26:21 PM, by CTUPTON

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    pe-zombie-apocalypse-party chris... Read more

  • Birthday Greetings

    10/5/2017 7:29:54 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    Hello fellow sparklers, It's that day that comes around once a year, and can sabotage all your good efforts - all for the sake of cake. I am 6 2. No, not 6'2". I am 62. I think I just might fall over. No, I'm not unsteady on my feet, it is just hard to believe just how fast time flies. Now... f... Read more

  • A book worth reading if you don't mind lots of detail and some grotesque stuff.

    10/3/2017 2:11:30 PM, by CTUPTON

    The devil in the White City by Erik Larson 2003 A detailed description of how the 1893 "world's fair" came into being. But added to this is the history of the serial murderer Henry Holmes. I knew nothing of this world fair and really nothing about the serial killer, H. Holmes. There is lo... Read more

  • Sober reckoning on Spark People today

    10/1/2017 4:13:03 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    This was me in 2009 when I realized I was fat. This is me last month when I realized I forgot I was fat, and got fatter, then began to lost weight again. Today, on this rare day that I can come and go what may, and wander here and there on the Internet in wanderlust, I decided to check out ... Read more

  • Taking a moment

    10/1/2017 3:08:00 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    It is a beautiful day in Virginia. It feels like fall, for here. The temperatures this morning dipped into the 60's and even when we left church it was chilly. I took a short sleeve sweater, but it wasn't quite enough. I am wearing leggings and a 3/4 length sleeve tunic around the house. Whe... Read more

  • This is 75

    9/30/2017 4:53:43 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    Happy birthday to my biggest supporter, my best friend, my love, my husband. He is feeling better than the last few weeks, Shingles are rough. Get the vaccine. It will make a difference. The cake - this is a gluten free eggless chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting. I used ... Read more

  • What to do with my old (handicap) van thaey won't take in trade?

    9/30/2017 10:51:23 AM, by CTUPTON

    He'd give me $400 for it and then junk it and get his $400 back. 39 He said the frame is rotted and that is very common. His fixing that before reselling would be $3000 and then he'd sell the car for almost the same price. So he did not want to bother with it. He would take it as I sai... Read more

  • Weekend

    9/29/2017 2:10:31 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Am looking forward to a productive weekend. Have a great weekend all.... Read more

  • Yesterday's appointments did not go so well. Darn

    9/29/2017 7:31:12 AM, by CTUPTON

    The appts. did not go so well. The hygienist cleaned only half my teeth-the uppers. I have to go back to get the bottom teeth done. But now it is hard to find another day to go. Things are in good shape, thank God. But we have not seen a dentist in a year because of the move. Then, we wen... Read more

  • Little things

    9/27/2017 1:37:32 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Life at times seems to be about the little things. But, the little things make such a difference... Read more

  • Mind mapping for my writing group...

    9/27/2017 12:45:16 PM, by CTUPTON

    I added images to the last blog. go check them out. I did not make those mind maps. This is one mind map I made to brainstorm to help me pick a topic for my writing sample. chris ... Read more

  • Webbing or mind mapping to brainstorm befor writing my homework for the writing group.

    9/27/2017 12:30:19 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.mindmapping.com/ This shows how colorful a mind map can be. And, "The great thing about mind mapping is that you can put your ideas down in any order, as soon as they pop into your head. You are not constrained by thinking in order. Simply, throw out any and all ideas, then worry ... Read more

  • New members

    9/26/2017 3:24:35 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    It is a great day. Went to the gym. Got to invite a few to my yoga class. Everything is just great.... Read more

  • In the House

    9/26/2017 2:09:00 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    My son came, and left, but will be back. We had a chance to have a jam session last night. I used to play with my brother in a band years ago, but I seem to play guitar so much smoother and without hassle with my son. It was fun. His guitar is the one I bought for myself when I was 14. I... Read more

  • Happy day

    9/25/2017 11:50:38 AM, by LUNADRAGON

    My son is visiting from back north, and it is so good to see him and hug his neck. I am currently finishing up the day's PT with TENS unit and heat after 11 minutes on nustep machine and 25 minutes stretches/ yoga style. I also took the week off work! Go me! Getting healthier one day at a time one ... Read more

  • Hey

    9/24/2017 3:00:26 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    This is madding some many ads!... Read more

  • Overcoming little battles

    9/23/2017 3:56:20 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    One baby step at a time. Morning physical therapy home exercise - check. Ten minutes on Wii fit plus weigh in - check. Plan meals and healthy goodies to make for my son's visit - check. Got balance of groceries and balanced check book - check and check. Working on my step goal for the day - check. ... Read more

  • Just

    9/22/2017 7:22:28 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    I am grateful for this day and blessed by all that is given.... Read more

  • That dangerous day

    9/22/2017 11:01:06 AM, by LUNADRAGON

    It happens to all of us: that day when everything seems to go wrong and Murphy rules. But it is what you do with it that matters. It is a fighting day. Fighting with yourself to make things happen in a positive way. Hubby has been ill with shingles so I've been sleeping in the guest be... Read more

  • Calculate your target heart rate using SP calculator

    9/21/2017 7:54:52 AM, by CTUPTON

    GO TO THIS LINK TO CALCULATE YOUR OWN TARGET HEART RATE www.sparkpeople.com/resource/f
    itness_articles.asp?id=1596 How It Works To accurately measure your resting heart rate: Count your pulse on your wrist (radial pulse) or on the side of your neck (carotid pulse)—prior to getting ou... Read more