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  • Ignore the naysayers!

    7/2/2015 7:31:34 AM, by CTUPTON

    "So she wants to fly. And she thinks she has a butterfly inside. And that business about focusing and goals! Ha! Ha! Ha!"... Read more

  • I need to slow down while exercising

    7/1/2015 10:19:54 AM, by WANNABSKINYM

    I'm so used to doing HIIT workouts so when I was supposed to give myself 7 minutes to do one circuit, I did two circuits in 6 min. And then I couldn't do anymore. I did it completely wrong. I know what to do now. I need to just take my time and get everything done. I'm going to do a low impact cardi... Read more

  • Leg pain is much reduced! What a relief!

    6/30/2015 5:30:38 PM, by CTUPTON

    I think it was the wrapping done for lymphatic drainage and the light massage that went with it. I cannot remember when my legs felt this good. Only one leg was wrapped, but the other one was not so puffy. But it had the knee that won't bend. I am making improvements with that by stretch... Read more

  • Getting back into the groove

    6/30/2015 3:57:15 PM, by WANNABSKINYM

    Now that a major wave of changes and a heavy workload are behind me, I'm going to start taking better care of myself. That means that I'm working really hard on getting enough rest, exercising and finally getting back to eating right. This week, I'm mostly working on sleep and exercise as... Read more

  • No video blog

    6/29/2015 10:36:41 PM, by TEMSLOVE

    There are no video blogs allowed via phone and it makes me grumpy. I could get around it, but that is more work then it's worth. The update was I did my first day of strength training via the DVD and felt like it was really good. The sleep study will hopefully be enough the nurse said. And I got ... Read more

  • About the book: The Moonstone

    6/29/2015 2:17:11 PM, by CTUPTON

    Boy, wouldn't it be cool to get a letter from Charles Dickens about a novel you wrote! chris from Goodreads website: The following is a recently found letter written by the English author Charles Dickens to his friend Wilkie Collins concerning the latter’s newly released 1868 novel The Moon... Read more

  • Your suggestions about my "chopping vegetables" problem. You are the finest people I know!

    6/28/2015 5:29:28 PM, by CTUPTON

    Ad you can see, the answers are all different! I just love the variety of ways we look at the world. Whowouldathunkit! I love everyone's suggestion. 250 It gave me lots to think about! But my personal favorite (for creativity) is this one: I never would have thought to make c... Read more

  • A home spa-foot massage --kids' birthday party! Isn't this cool!

    6/28/2015 4:57:32 PM, by CTUPTON

    I did not do this. It was done by a friend who has two sets of growing up twins! I really don't know how this Mom gets it all done--and she works full time, too! She put these photos on FB and , of course, I did not show the kids at the party. chris... Read more

  • First Video Blog

    6/28/2015 4:55:31 PM, by TEMSLOVE

    My new hair cut!... Read more

  • The problem underlying my hatred of chopping vegetables---deeply held personal beliefs....

    6/28/2015 7:25:02 AM, by CTUPTON

    That sounds very serious, doesn't it. I have always had low energy, even as a kid. Long ago, I made it a priority to do the "things that mattered." And I believed first of all I needed a good education and I was naturally good at the "school skills" like reading and writing--"bookwork." ... Read more

  • A stupid chore that I have never wanted to do but now have to I guess...chopping vegetables!

    6/28/2015 7:04:16 AM, by CTUPTON

    I have not ever cooked much and chopping vegetables has always been a thing I hate. I never actually faced it before. Now that John needs soft foods and dietetic meals I have to prepare suitable meals for him. I was often just giving him a steak or hamburger. He never wanted vegetables--in fac... Read more

  • Do you use a food processer?

    6/26/2015 1:04:57 PM, by CTUPTON

    I just made coleslaw. I used the nutribullet to chop the cabbage. Later I tride my blender which has a "chop" setting. Both of these chopped some very fine (too fine) and left lots in big chunks. I don't have a food processer. chris... Read more

  • Tomorrow--no morning appointments! So I can get to the pool!

    6/24/2015 8:48:23 PM, by CTUPTON

    Between hubby's diabetes,rehab,weak swallowing muscles and my painful legs I have been missing lots of water aerobics classes. I need those times in the pool. Tomorrow I can get there! Yeah! The world will have to wait. chris... Read more

  • Chia crisp Breads

    6/24/2015 8:04:48 PM, by CTUPTON

    Chia Crispbreads 1/2 cup mixed seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, etc) 1/4 cup chia seeds 2 tablespoons flax seeds 1/4 cup rolled oats 1/4 cup wholegrain flour 3/4 teaspoon sea salt 1 cup water 2 tablespoons olive oil Serves 6-8 ----------------------------
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  • Last night's meltdown and feeling better today...

    6/24/2015 1:36:22 PM, by CTUPTON

    Last night was hubby's first day home from rehab. It seemed totally overwhelming. 46 I had a good cry and talked somewhat to the wonderful aide I pay to put him in bed each night. Why am I suddenly overwhelmed? It has been 9 yrs. since his stroke and most things related to his care are in pl... Read more

  • Thank you! Spark administrators, what a great website!

    6/23/2015 7:44:01 AM, by CTUPTON

    I have so much fun here. And I meet such helpful and generous sparkers! 104 380 250 304 252 244 chris... Read more

  • Why do smart people think eating 500 cal. a day is good???

    6/22/2015 4:41:27 PM, by CTUPTON

    A good friend just told me that . She was already thin but last time we saw here she was thinner. Now she found an eating plan that will diagnose her health problems and the plan is 500 cal. per day. She said she just had a huge salad for lunch and was not hungry at all. She said some people lose 20... Read more

  • SP article: cutting arthritis risk with foods--foods I don't eat often!

    6/20/2015 7:09:25 PM, by CTUPTON

    If you are looking for a way to protect your body against arthritis, it may already be a part of your normal breakfast routine—orange juice. To receive the protective, anti-inflammatory benefits of beta-cryptoxanthin and zeaxanthin include 7-9 fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. ... Read more

  • crazy week!

    6/20/2015 8:28:20 AM, by ANNMHAN

    I have been helping a friend with her home this week. So my lunches have not been the healthiest, just quick sandwiches like turkey bologna. So weight loss was not that exciting this week, but a half a pound is a half a pound 20 . This friend and I have been friends for a few years and have ... Read more

  • Rates of allergy symptoms in the US--each state compared...

    6/19/2015 7:26:47 PM, by CTUPTON
    lergy-map-tool/default.htm Yup, my state, Connecticut has high allergy rating today!... Read more

  • Seasonal allergies are making me miserable!

    6/19/2015 6:53:09 PM, by CTUPTON

    The following chart says pollen is mostly low here in Hartford. Huh? But Sunday grass pollen will be very high!
    len/l/ sorry this did not work--got any ideas? I also use Zyrtec daily and sometimes Mucinex as needed. Yesterday I felt pretty good. ... Read more

  • DHA research--

    6/18/2015 9:25:59 PM, by CTUPTON

    On my kitchen windowsill was a bottle of DHA and...something else. A small dropper bottle. I must have bought it for some reason. 24 Can't remember why. I was looking it up and found this: These research efforts, done with laboratory animals, used a level of DHA supplementation that would equat... Read more

  • A prayer posted by a good sparkfriend of mine. I am grateful for this prayer.

    6/18/2015 6:59:47 AM, by CTUPTON


  • Mindless Eating.

    6/18/2015 6:37:30 AM, by LIBTECH3

    I have read this book Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink several times now. It reminds me to be mindful of what I am doing and that food is not the enemy. Through the use of multiple studies Brian explains how everything from the shape of our glasses to how we set the table to how just thinking of ... Read more

  • Thank you all for the birthday wishes! You made my day!

    6/17/2015 8:49:39 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • We have heard these tips before, but not bad to see them again. Plus Luminosity games! I do those g

    6/17/2015 8:42:33 PM, by CTUPTON

    Declining memory and dementia are not a normal part of aging. There are many things you can do now to prevent or reverse inflammation of the brain!  1.Add coconut oil to your diet. There is growing evidence that regular consumption of coconut oil may offer profound benefits in the fight ... Read more

  • shortened thigh muscles causing leg not to bend--news to me!

    6/17/2015 12:20:21 PM, by CTUPTON

    This is what my chiropractor told me I have. I never heard of this. I could not go to my water aerobics classes for about 2 months after my shoulder replacement surgery. The chiropractor said that is what caused my problem. It is the leg I had a knee meniscus tear worked on maybe 8 years ago. ... Read more

  • is my birthday....chris

    6/17/2015 12:14:49 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • I finally did it

    6/16/2015 8:32:33 PM, by NFSISTER

    I finally went to the doctor to discuss fertility. She was wonderful and is wasting no time. All I can do now is wait to hear from them about blood work and maybe a few more tests to see where we are. My husband has had 4 baby dreams in the past week and is even discussing baby names with his mom... Read more

  • lymphedema and lymphatic drainage

    6/15/2015 9:28:43 PM, by CTUPTON

    I had my 1 hour eval today. I know I have fluid buildup in my leg tissues. (doppler ultrasound proved it) And I have major pain. It has been a many year quest to work on fluid in my legs. Maybe I will now get help with this. I had no idea it would be so much work. The physical therapist spec... Read more

  • clark howard--save big money-- I need to try these!

    6/15/2015 2:39:21 PM, by CTUPTON

    Save big money using these apps • Amazon Price Check - Scan a barcode or snap a picture of an item and then compare against Amazon prices. • BuyVia - Scan a barcode and compare against online prices. • Milo - Lets you search the shelves of local stores at home and on-the-go. • Pri... Read more

  • Doctor's Orders

    6/15/2015 12:42:00 AM, by BRAINBENT

    Okay so it's been about a year since my last entry. My doctor asked that I try another app to journal. You see I'm back, what does that tell you. Don't get me wrong the app was thorough but you have no community. It's hard to fight without support. Somewhere along the lines I fell back into old pat... Read more

  • I did it--took hazardous waste stuff to collection day for our town!

    6/14/2015 11:12:47 AM, by CTUPTON

    I just pushed myself to collect the hazardous chemicals to discard. Today was the collection day. I have been waiting for this day for almost a year. Really, I was not sure I could get this job done. When all the things were still here, this job seemed not worth doing. I know it... Read more

  • I wet my pants reading this about the paleo eating plan!

    6/14/2015 10:50:02 AM, by CTUPTON
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  • Making progress toward selling the condo....STUFF!

    6/14/2015 10:04:16 AM, by CTUPTON

    How on earth can people amass so much stuff! I wish I could show you a nice living room with a couch and decorative tables, and perfect bedrooms , a lovely organized office, sparkling bathrooms..... I will get there. Thankfully, moving in date has been postponed a ffew times. Now it is moved to ... Read more

  • I am seeing real progress toward moving! more to come

    6/14/2015 9:57:44 AM, by CTUPTON

    you all have been hearing my woes about putting our condo on the market. Maybe 2 years daily I think of the huge task and often got overwhelmed. I am pretty much doing it alone and caregiving and worrying about a grown daughter's problems. Not to mention my own sluggish metabolism, shoulder su... Read more

  • Freezing mashed avocado--yes add lemon juice to it before freezing!

    6/13/2015 8:55:15 PM, by CTUPTON

    I should have explained that. Sorry. chris... Read more

  • I keep putting off a task related to selling this condo...

    6/13/2015 8:53:43 PM, by CTUPTON

    There is a hazardous waste drive going on. I really, really need to collect our stuff and take it there tomorrow! I am very lucky it is happening now. It is actually the perfect time for me to get rid of this stuff! Our site is a Jewish synagogue! Weird, isn't it? And because of that they are ... Read more

  • My Friends

    6/13/2015 8:48:46 PM, by MIAMILAW96

    My friends are great supporters of my dietary restrictions!... Read more

  • Biggest Supporter

    6/12/2015 6:54:18 PM, by MIAMILAW96

    My biggest weight loss supporter is my sister. I moved away about 2 years ago and really miss her being around daily... Read more

  • Peel avocados the right way to get the most benefit--who knew!

    6/12/2015 11:38:55 AM, by CTUPTON

    To Maximize Benefits, Peel Your Avocado the Right Way the following is from Dr. Fuhrman but I have read the same thing (reducing cholesterol with avocadoes) in other places. There is actual research! chris "Interestingly, the manner in which you de-skin your avocado can affect how... Read more

  • Stop Eating CRAP...a wonderful blog by a sparkfriend!

    6/12/2015 8:39:47 AM, by CTUPTON

    Thank you, TREKPURRSON!
    sp?blog_id=5933734 carbs (I changed this from carbonated drinks) I love breads, crackers, downfall! R? oops--I need to look this up---refined sugars artificial "foods" preservative... Read more

  • Water

    6/11/2015 6:14:42 PM, by MIAMILAW96

    In order to get 8 cups of water per day, I put 3 24 ounce bottles of water in the freezer so that I always have cold measured water available. I drink the water as it defrosts.... Read more

  • Water

    6/11/2015 6:14:40 PM, by MIAMILAW96

    In order to get 8 cups of water per day, I put 3 24 ounce bottles of water in the freezer so that I always have cold measured water available. I drink the water as it defrosts.... Read more

  • Wishing you......

    6/11/2015 9:01:32 AM, by CTUPTON Read more

  • Rearrange the letters...results are hard to believe!

    6/11/2015 8:45:24 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Cancer program week 3

    6/11/2015 1:15:44 AM, by CUPKAKE137

    Haven't updated in a while I apologize for that. I have been on the mobile site but not on the computer site for a bit. I am supposed to be on nutrisystem. But because of food allergies I am limited on what I can eat. So I was told to stay in a different calorie range than what spark people had ... Read more

  • What a Morning!

    6/8/2015 9:43:45 AM, by ANNMHAN

    Wow today is weigh in day for me. It's been 10 days since I stepped on the scale. I cried when I saw a 10 pound jump!!! My hubby tried to comfort me and convinced me to step back on. When I saw a loss then a gain, hubby noticed the 2 cats pressing on the scale. So I lost 2.5 lbs not a gain. Exc... Read more

  • Zucchini Corn Bread--this is the first time I have heard of this-sounds good.

    6/7/2015 8:12:39 PM, by CTUPTON

    This is a box of Jiffy corn muffin mix, 1 medium zucchini grated and 1 egg. Mix (add a little water if Mix is dry) bake according to box directions. No milk as zucchini is the substitute. chris... Read more

  • Humor for lexophiles--enjoy! More on the link page...

    6/5/2015 11:39:55 AM, by CTUPTON

    HUMOR FOR LEXOPHILES I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me. Police were called to a day care where a three-year-old was resisting a rest. Did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was cut off? He's all right now. The roundest knight at King A... Read more

  • Eat beans to stop craving pizza? Whaduya think?

    6/4/2015 8:35:47 PM, by CTUPTON

    480 You are craving: Cheese, pizza, pasta Your body needs: Carbs, proteins Try: Lean chicken, whole grain cereals or bread, bean salad, bean chili, baked potatoes, brazil nuts, oily fish, avocados, broccoli You are craving: Chocolate Your body needs: Magnesium Try: High energy ... Read more

  • I need ideas for meals my newly diagnosed husband will eat.

    6/4/2015 8:06:04 PM, by CTUPTON

    In rehab, he is confined and only gets the meals they serve him. His blood sugar levels have become stable. But I know at home he will be doing his normal thing of refusing to eat any vegetables. He is so hungry into the 3rd week of rehab that he even ate some zucchini tonight! The meal was sh... Read more

  • Why is everything so difficult! Dr. error with my meds....

    6/4/2015 2:19:32 PM, by CTUPTON

    The doctor wanted to see me. I went. He said my blood test showed too high thyroid. So he ordered new pills. I went to CVS, got them. They were the same dosage as I got before. I called the doctor--could not get through! I tried every choice on the phone. One said they don't subscribe to this servic... Read more

  • Kitchen changes to help me lose weight! note: lose, not loose.....

    6/4/2015 2:14:43 PM, by CTUPTON

    Very beautiful visuals!
    ose-weight.html I need to freeze things in smaller portions! I need to make my already prepped veggies and fruits more visible in the refrigerator. I definitely need to eat at the table--but boy am I resis... Read more

  • floccinaucinihilipilifica
    tion Oh yeah! I had to share this for all you word lovers!

    6/4/2015 12:33:55 PM, by CTUPTON

    n "Oh boy! Say this one 10 times! chris) \flok-suh-naw-suh-nahy-hil-u
    h-pil-uh-fi-KEY-shuh n\ noun 1. Rare. the estimation of something as valueless (encountered mainly as an example of one of the longest words in the English language). Q... Read more