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  • I found...

    2/27/2017 1:24:08 PM, by CTUPTON

    no, not the 2 things I was looking for. 24 But I found my old fishing license and I found 2 directions to padlocks--and I found one of the padlocks, too!!! And found hubby's SS card, but not mine!... Read more

  • Condo for sale in north central connecticut. Ranch style. Lovely location.

    2/27/2017 10:13:57 AM, by CTUPTON

    It was the perfect place for us to live. We needed a one-floor place with an open floor plan. Hubby could maneuver his motorized wheelchair around to every room. Basement is as large as the condo itself. Lots of "nature" around. Very, very quiet since no highways can be heard. Newly r... Read more

  • Keep going

    2/27/2017 3:05:41 AM, by ANUNGRAINEDLIFE

    Stick with it. Your health is better for it. The weightloss is just a side benefit #keto #lchf... Read more

  • Day 29 - Scale In Time Out

    2/26/2017 11:53:03 PM, by RABBITART

    This morning, I finally pulled out my scale and stepped on it. It was what I expected no changes. But I am continuing to loose inches. I think I have done lots of processing since my last blog and why I am so attached to the scale. I realized my mood could be made worse if the number is not wh... Read more

  • Mini-goals ... should I rethink what I have coming?

    2/26/2017 8:08:53 PM, by ZUMBANERD

    My rice cooker goal was extremely motivating. I think it's the first one that I felt so strongly about getting to accomplish. And I made rice for the first time with it tonight and it was amazing how easy and perfect it was. And it's super cute :) My other mini-goals that I set up for myself a ... Read more

  • Can't find title to the van and can't find original SS cards. Darn!

    2/26/2017 4:11:44 PM, by CTUPTON

    So, to do: 1) Go downtown Buffalo to the SS office . Get a new (free ) card. 2) Pay $25 to the state of Connecticut to get a new Title to the van. so I can get a NYS driver's license and register the van in NY state. Yuk. chris... Read more

  • I can't believe I got so much done today!

    2/26/2017 4:08:40 PM, by CTUPTON

    Something's wrong. I had many boxes of assorted papers. Tons of papers!! I sorted maybe 5 boxes of assorted papers and at least got things grouped and grouped and labeled groups put in the general area where they should go. chris... Read more

  • (Non)candy bar comparison

    2/25/2017 6:11:13 PM, by CTUPTON

    198 something like a cookie that won't trigger my sweet tooth. Here is a comparison chart .
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    g/weighing-in-on-energy-bars... Read more

  • Make Nutty Raspberry Cookie Treats

    2/25/2017 2:23:00 PM, by CTUPTON

    Ingredients Nonstick cooking spray 3 cups whole grain brown rice crisp cereal, such as Gluten Free Rice Krispies brand 1 cup regular rolled oats 1 cup freeze-dried raspberries, such as Just Berries brand 1/2 cup sliced almonds or chopped peanuts 3 tablespo... Read more

  • Have you used freeze dried fruits?

    2/25/2017 1:06:30 PM, by CTUPTON
    +raspberries&tbm=shop&* One of the recipes to satisfy a sweet tooth had freeze dried raspberries. I never bought these. Yes, very expensive. chris... Read more

  • Thank you-my great sparkfriends

    2/25/2017 1:04:56 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am feeling much better. Not perfect. But I can face the world again. I read all your messages. 213 I took a drive to the library to pick up the Roosevelt book I had ordered: Not Ordinary Times. I ate an avocado I had frozen. 247 chris... Read more

  • This should not devistate me, but...

    2/25/2017 8:05:13 AM, by CTUPTON

    All that happened is that the DMV wants my original SS card . I have had it forever, but now, after moving, I can't find it. 24 Yes, I can get a new one free. I tried logging in to the SS site. My PW would not work! 24 I will try phoning them, but today is Saturday so they probably are n... Read more

  • Instead of ice cream

    2/25/2017 7:30:38 AM, by CTUPTON

    From a sparkfriend: Pulverize bananas in the blender with some different additives, sometimes fruit, or nut butter, sometimes a little unsweetened coconut powder, and usually a little unsweetened almond or soy milk which I make in another milk machine. I put the mixture in the fridge for about a ha... Read more

  • I have been craving sweets! So here are some tips...

    2/24/2017 2:57:24 PM, by CTUPTON

    1. Use cinnamon. Cinnamon is one of those spices that lends a sweet flavor and sprinkling it on different foods is just enough to give the illusion of a sweet treat. Cinnamon mixed with unsweetened apple sauce can taste like dessert. 2. Turn to nut butters. Nut butters, even the natural kin... Read more

  • I got to my 2nd mini-goal!!!!! Rice cooker YAY!!!

    2/23/2017 7:33:03 AM, by ZUMBANERD

    This morning I only got on the scale because a friend saw me yesterday and said that I looked like I lost weight. I didn't really believe that I could have possibly lost weight this week because I haven't eaten the healthiest this week. Granted I'm not eating tons either but not tracking and knowing... Read more

  • Montabaur Heights , Clarence, NY near Buffalo. Our new home.

    2/21/2017 10:50:05 AM, by CTUPTON

    All websites for senior living emphasize the VERY BEST about themselves. So view with a grain of salt. Living here brings things down to a human level. But we have liked this place. Tricky to find something with enough help for John that I will like also. This ... Read more

  • I need diabetic dessert recipes to give to our kitchen head

    2/21/2017 7:21:10 AM, by CTUPTON
    t-recipes?page=5 Included in our rent is breakfast and dinner. They don't provide much in the way of desserts for diabetics. Plenty of high calorie, high sugar, high fat desserts daily! But very... Read more

  • SP article: 40 one pot meals

    2/21/2017 7:12:26 AM, by CTUPTON
    with_less_than_500_calories I am not much of a cook. I hope this article will inspire me! chris... Read more

  • Lecture downstairs on stained glass windows of Buffalo, NY

    2/20/2017 1:15:58 PM, by CTUPTON

    Holmes Chapel - Nave Stained Glass Windows Westminster Presbyterian Church 724 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo. I am assuming some of Frank Lloyd Wright's windows will be shown too. It is at our new home --an independent senior living complex near Buffalo, NY. chris 268... Read more

  • Instapot--brown rice was perfect after 22 min (manually set) and cool down

    2/20/2017 1:07:01 PM, by CTUPTON

    104 4 I did add a little more water than the recommended 2.5 cups. Now, what should I cook next? 38 4 Thanks about the info about comparison to a stove pressure cooker. This Instapot--set it up and forget it. Just turn it off or it will stay on "warm" for a very long time. ... Read more

  • What to do about brain fog. Hmm... food for thought

    2/19/2017 3:32:59 PM, by CTUPTON
    l-medicine-expert-explains.html... Read more

  • Learning to use the Instapot (pressure cooker)

    2/19/2017 10:38:59 AM, by CTUPTON

    This is kind of scary. I first actually read the manual! It is recommended you do a test run with 3 liters of water in it. 248 Now, I want to cook brown rice. It takes so long when boiling it on the stove. Even in the Instapot pressure cooker it takes 22 min. pressure cooking... Read more

  • Day 21 - Scale In Time Out

    2/19/2017 1:12:12 AM, by RABBITART

    I am still staying the course and refusing to get on the scale. I had great intentions of getting in a yoga workout and other self-care types of activities instead I was on the computer most of the day trying to get a virus off my computer. I am thrilled to say my computer is fine. I am not go... Read more

  • Mark Hyman's food pyramid explained

    2/17/2017 6:54:34 PM, by CTUPTON

    The Pegan Diet Rules 1. Focus on the glycemic load of your diet. This can be done on a vegan or paleo diet, but is harder to do on a purely vegan diet. Focus on more protein and fats, such as nuts (but not peanuts), seeds (flax, chia, hemp, sesame, pumpkin), coconut, avocados, sardines, olive ... Read more

  • Food Pyramid per Mark Hyman

    2/17/2017 6:48:43 PM, by CTUPTON
    at-and-sick/#lightbox/1/ The link has much better graphics than I can put here.... Read more

  • Lowest weight in the last 2 years!

    2/17/2017 9:09:50 AM, by ZUMBANERD

    I weighed myself this morning and saw that I'm 167.8 lbs! I haven't been around this weight since the beginning of 2015. I'm so happy to see my weight finally start to go down. I think the biggest contributor of me losing weight this year is that I have a job that isn't extremely stressful. I ... Read more

  • To motivate myself to use the "Instant Pot" I just bought

    2/16/2017 3:54:56 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Frustrations-continuing saga

    2/16/2017 3:39:21 PM, by CTUPTON

    I FINALLY actually started filling out the forms for the NYS DMV! We moved here Oct. 8, 2016. The DMV stuff has been a source od anxiety for months. I was told to get NYS auto insurance if I did nothing else. Just in case police pulled me over for something. I did that much. Got the insurance c... Read more

  • A course in our new senior apartment complex: History of the Catholic Church

    2/16/2017 3:19:04 PM, by CTUPTON

    The teacher is a priest who is quite an interesting person! He tends to be abrasive, but people who get to know his experience with agent orange have great tolerance for his present personality. He is brilliant and taught church history in a boys school. Once he asked a question. I ans... Read more

  • Day 18 - Scale in Time Out

    2/15/2017 1:36:25 PM, by RABBITART

    I am very proud to say the scale has been in time out and I am past the halfway mark of the month-long experiment. Somedays, it has been tough to resist the urge to step on the scale. It is strange how we can have one tiny little number can control so many aspects of our lives. Monday, was tou... Read more

  • Some tips on connecting with the unconscious mind....

    2/14/2017 8:09:27 PM, by CTUPTON
    e-Subconscious-Mind-Power 2 Break out of your old habits. The unconscious mind works largely through recognized patterns and habits in your everyday life. It's what allows your brain to go into "autopilot" while you drive to work or walk to the subway. Sometimes... Read more

  • Time spent with cats is never wasted...

    2/14/2017 7:46:58 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Decor idea I had not thought of before

    2/13/2017 9:58:54 PM, by CTUPTON

    It is a mural. Online there is actually a number of these to choose from. chris... Read more

  • In such a funk this morning

    2/13/2017 9:35:56 AM, by ZUMBANERD

    I woke up just feeling very stalled on my weight loss journey. I always am up in weight on Mondays. I have no idea why Mondays are such heavy days for me. I just hate that I keep trying and then something happens to put me on pause to lose weight. I'm trying hard to stay motivated but man I really h... Read more

  • from Mark Hyman--about good fats

    2/12/2017 9:25:33 AM, by CTUPTON

    10. Your body gives you signs whether or not you are getting enough quality fat. The higher-quality the fat, the better your body will function. That’s because the body uses the fat you eat to build cell walls. You have more than 10 trillion cells in your body, and every single one of them needs hig... Read more

  • Day13 - Scale In Time Out

    2/10/2017 8:29:54 PM, by RABBITART

    I am happy to say I have still not stepped on the scale. The mornings I find most difficult. I did take my measurements, and I am thrilled to say I have lost an inch around my waist, 1/2 inch off my hips. Things are starting to go in the right direction. I feel, my thoughts are very ... Read more

  • Faced my scale today in over a week ... (was very nervous!)

    2/9/2017 8:42:43 AM, by ZUMBANERD

    It's probably not the best time to get on the scale, but I felt like I should see what damage, if any, I've been doing since I haven't been sticking with my plan with journaling and exercising due to the fall. I really haven't wanted to get on the scale because I just envision myself going back to s... Read more

  • Day 11 - Scale In Time Out

    2/8/2017 11:55:11 AM, by RABBITART

    The painting night with my co-workers so much fun. We had a great time! These last few days, I have been so busy with appointments at Veteran's Affairs and other family issues I did not get an opportunity to blog. Some days are better than others with my problems with the scale. Th... Read more

  • Still hurting ... need to get back on track

    2/7/2017 8:58:31 AM, by ZUMBANERD

    I haven't been doing my journaling nor anything with my diet for the most part. I'm always tired and in pain. I have to take pain killers in the morning so that I can manage to do work without too much discomfort and that means I have to eat breakfast first thing in the morning. I'm at least keeping... Read more

  • Notes from the UNIVERSE

    2/6/2017 3:25:36 PM, by CTUPTON

    CHRISTINE, you have a track record here, have you forgotten? Little... teensy... tiny... That's how all of your present issues, challenges, and so-called problems will one day soon appear. And then you'll wonder - one hot summer's eve as you're floating lazily across your swimming pool... Read more

  • Day 7 - Scale In Time Out

    2/4/2017 2:56:56 PM, by RABBITART

    I want to thank everyone for their kind and encouraging comments on my blog. I appreciate the support. This morning started out very hectic; my cell phone started going off at 730am. I need to take care of some urgent matters. I spent most of the morning on my phone and the computer. I w... Read more

  • Last birthday cake picture

    2/4/2017 7:36:43 AM, by STEFANIE979

    Rosebud cupcakes... Read more

  • Birthday party continued

    2/4/2017 7:35:43 AM, by STEFANIE979

    Just wanted to share the photos... Read more

  • My daughter's birthday party today

    2/4/2017 7:34:42 AM, by STEFANIE979

    I baked, frosted and decorated a 3 layer neopolitan style cake and complimentary cupcakes for my daughter last night. Today is baking a pan of brownies. Did I mention I won't be eating these? I can't. Allergies are too severe to even attempt it. Yesterday my will was good. Not a lick. Today... Read more

  • I am drowning --again

    2/4/2017 3:56:48 AM, by CTUPTON

    Things are happening way faster than I can handle: -2 new pharmacies for our meds-this has been nerve wracking to set up! One pharmacy says they can't do it because I am giving them the wrong insurance number-so why can 2 other pharmacies do this? Hubbies pharmacy had no problem and "my" pharm... Read more

  • Cake decorating

    2/3/2017 7:36:46 PM, by STEFANIE979

    In the past this would be a world of challenge and pain. Now due to my allergies as well as sheer determination I've baked a 3 layer cake with complimenting cupcakes and am currently making the frosting to go with it. Haven't had a lick of frosting or crumb of cake. It's just not worth the calo... Read more

  • Day 6 - Scale In Time Out

    2/3/2017 2:34:13 PM, by RABBITART

    Yesterday I missed blogging it was a very busy day. This morning I woke up feeling in an off mood. My mind instantly thought about the scales and the need to weigh myself. I noticed the scales sticking out from the under the dresser. I honestly thought about stepping on and having a peek. But ... Read more

  • Depression...

    2/3/2017 6:19:38 AM, by MAISIA

    So I have really been struggling with depression for the last 2 years. I have done so much reading and research on depression to find ways of helping myself pull out of it and I will do really good for a few weeks and then relapse really bad. and its just a never ending cycle... So I decided ... Read more

  • Balancing healthy living with migraine disorder

    2/2/2017 4:28:28 PM, by STEFANIE979

    I'm currently in the throws of a migraine cycle that almost lead to an accident today. Scared the life out of me! Thank the gods my fiancé was with me! He grabbed the wheel and led me to a safe place for us to change seating and then got me home where I could get some medication in my system. Th... Read more

  • Peter Pan story and modern brain function theories!

    2/2/2017 9:30:44 AM, by CTUPTON

    On my FB came up a fascinating idea! That the writer of Peter Pan incorporated scientific ideas about brain theory into his stories! Here is one example from the Peter Pan story: Mapping the mind Consider the following episode at the very start of Peter and Wendy’s adventures: ... Read more

  • Fasted 46 hours

    2/1/2017 8:54:46 PM, by ANUNGRAINEDLIFE

    After a 46 hour fast i tested a food on my potential cross reaction allergy food list. It was apples. No imediate breathing issues. So that is good. But im still limiting fruits a lot for inflammation flare ups from any form of sugar. I had hip pain the next im still unsure. But my fi... Read more

  • Day 4 - Scale In Time Out

    2/1/2017 3:15:21 PM, by RABBITART

    We all know that person you can't function in the morning without their cup of coffee. I have to admit I am one those people. I finding with my scale in the timeout I am like that person needing coffee. Weighing myself had become such a habit and mood at times did reflect the number on the sca... Read more

  • Woo!

    2/1/2017 9:36:57 AM, by STEFANIE979

    I just completed an 8 minute cardio exercise from the Sparkpeople TV option. 8 minutes but I burned 176 calories! I'm thinking if I can work another one into today or maybe an ab workout or yoga or pilates I'd be thrilled. I think I've got options until I can financially commit to a gym membership.... Read more

  • Prioritizing my life

    2/1/2017 9:07:47 AM, by STEFANIE979

    I need to reassess and adjust my priorities. I'm not a priority currently and my health had suffered long enough because of it. So with that being said today I take time to see what I can change and how.... Read more

  • Day 3 - Time out

    2/1/2017 1:25:00 AM, by RABBITART

    I am happy to say my scales are still in time out. It funny how weighing my self everyday on two different scales became such a habbit. Today, I didn't think about the scales as often because I so busy at the Veterans Affairs Office for appointments all day. Didn't get in my yoga work but definit... Read more

  • Self-care

    1/31/2017 12:54:38 PM, by CTUPTON

    I found this on FB --a team for people with TBIs. But it is appropriate for anyone, I thought. chris... Read more

  • A cartoon link on sparkpeople! I am just found this!

    1/31/2017 8:28:41 AM, by CTUPTON

    I looked up the personal sparkpage of a sparkpeople expert. It was under "sheenadee." That led me to funnies.
    unnies-cartoon.asp?id=278 593 244 chris... Read more

  • Day Two - Time Out

    1/31/2017 12:08:22 AM, by RABBITART

    Today was the second day without weighing myself. I am happy I made it with stepping on it once. At breakfast, I told my husband why the scales were missing. He said he wondered but did not want to ask. He said he was very glad to see the scales in time out. I found it harder resistin... Read more

  • 40 hours fasting so far

    1/30/2017 8:01:49 PM, by ANUNGRAINEDLIFE

    Homemade turkey bone broth with added potassium, sodium and tumeric. I'm now 40 hours into a 3 day fast. So this bone broth is 4 cups for me to drink when hunger becomes strong. Also drinking herbal teas, water, 1 coffee a day with .5 tsp of coconut oil and cinnamon. Following a fast along the ... Read more

  • Eating in a fast paced world.

    1/30/2017 1:36:18 PM, by STEFANIE979

    How does one do that with so many allergies? I'm working toward creating a personalized plan for this crazy life. I'll get it and when I do..... look out world!... Read more

  • Fell down the stairs late last week ... ow!

    1/30/2017 10:30:06 AM, by ZUMBANERD

    So, I haven't been blogging or doing much of anything since last Thursday morning when I took a spill down my stairs at home. Well, that's not true ... been to the doctor's office, taking pain medication, icing and such. Good news is that I didn't break my tailbone, but the bad news is that I did br... Read more

  • 2 weeks coke zero free!

    1/29/2017 11:15:34 PM, by ANUNGRAINEDLIFE

    It was something that i had to work myself up to, but 2 weeks ago i drank my last coke zero. As a result it is much easier to get in my water and with being 100% processed sugar free....herbal teas taste much sweeter to me. I've been drinking a glass of club soda about every second day because ... Read more

  • Homemade bisquick but gluten free

    1/29/2017 6:28:49 PM, by CTUPTON

    Gluten-Free Bisquick Mix
    nute-gluten-free-bisquick-mix Course Baked Goods Cook Time 1 minute Total Time 1 minute Author J Trogstad Ingredients • 2 cups GF white rice flour • 1 1/4 cup GF coconut flour •... Read more

  • My Scale Is In Time Out

    1/29/2017 2:46:17 PM, by RABBITART

    I've experienced some good and some very stressful changes in my life these last couple of years. I am struggling right now with an increase in the number on my bathroom scale. I am sure I have gained a few pounds, but for the most part, my clothes still fit the same. I honestly believe str... Read more