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  • I did not quite understand this before.... oh....

    9/19/2014 8:43:22 AM, by CTUPTON ... Read more

  • Well I didn't pass/Stressed out

    9/18/2014 10:11:09 PM, by CUPKAKE137

    So I didn't pass the exam today. Which makes no sense because they said I had to get an 85 on the simulated exam to pass. Today my 4 simulated exam scores were... 84, 82, 86, and 88. So how in the world do I get a 70 on the test and fail? I have no idea!!! I am beyond frustrated. The ins... Read more

  • Fun at the Big E New England Exposition 2014--here is just a little of the circus

    9/18/2014 9:23:57 PM, by CTUPTON

    Not all of these were exactly what we saw. This is only the circus part of the Big E. There is lots more. ... Read more

  • DAY 62 We were barely back from Cher's pukey melee when some slimey muscle bound but sweet potters

    9/18/2014 4:51:56 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am supposed to be getting better at following my ALCAT elimination/rotation eating plan. To remember the foods I am not supposed to eat --due to food sensitivities ( not allergies), these are the 2 mnemonics I am using. STOP VICE We were barely back from Cher's pukey melee when some ... Read more

  • Body Attack

    9/18/2014 5:03:16 AM, by BUBBLEJ1

    Tonight I tried "the hardest class at this gym". Eh. I know I sound like a show off and people hate that... but... it wasn't that hard. Some of the moves required more coordination than I posess but other than that I wasn't overly challenged. I broke a sweat, but it took 30 minutes. The pl... Read more

  • So I don't know if I am going to pass this test tomorrow

    9/17/2014 10:05:15 PM, by CUPKAKE137

    So I don't know if I am going to pass this test tomorrow. I have studied and I have had good quiz scores and bad. I am going to the class again tomorrow but mostly to take the exam. I have tried the practice test multiple times now and I keep failing. Awesome. My honey says do the best that I c... Read more

  • Week 4: 1.4lb down - 7.8lbs to get back to GOAL

    9/17/2014 10:38:17 AM, by SINGER73

    Well at least the scale is going in the right direction but once again I'm only down 0.2lbs again. I believe my problem is snacking. I've been planning my 3 main meals a day but I haven't been planning my snacks. When I look at the end of the day, my snacks have been adding up to like 300-500 calori... Read more

  • This mornings workout

    9/17/2014 3:50:21 AM, by BUBBLEJ1

    For the past year I have been that crazy person who gets up at 5 am 3 days a week to go to the gym. I stopped briefly when the temperatures started to drop waaaay below zero in the morning but I'm back into the swing of things again and I'm loving it. 5 am always comes waaaaay too soon, but once I'm... Read more

  • Busy Busy

    9/16/2014 10:09:18 PM, by CUPKAKE137

    Well first off I changed my ticker to a football and football field because its football season! Go EAGLES! 2-0 baby! Ok I have a lot of studying to do tomorrow to hopefully pass this exam on Thursday. Its not my dream job but its a job. And I need a new one before November. I am also goi... Read more

  • Plyo class and a funny kid story

    9/16/2014 2:10:47 AM, by BUBBLEJ1

    I decided to try my first class at my new gym today. It was at 5pm so it was a little tight getting there after work but I made it. It was a 30 minute plyo class, so basically a lot of jumping around. After over 10 months of no cardio at all (I hate doing it by myself and the classes at my last gym ... Read more

  • My Mnemonic attempts

    9/15/2014 9:45:46 PM, by CTUPTON

    Bart blackened Cherry's cumbersome grandmother's melon peeler because some lame muscled retard pared the sweaty pots. or We were barely back from Cher's pukey groupy melee when some slimey muscle bound but sweet potters arrived. 12 foods I'd like to remember to eat only very rar... Read more

  • The book WILD by Cheryl Strayed

    9/15/2014 9:12:40 PM, by CTUPTON

    Thank you to a fellow sparker! You suggested this book. I am in the middle of reading it.It is a very good read. But I am such a wimp. I never would have put up with the pain this woman endured. I did a 26 mile walk once (long ago) and I did everything I could to keep from getting blisters. I even ... Read more

  • A nice surprise at the chiropractor's!

    9/15/2014 5:40:29 PM, by CTUPTON

    At the end of the session today, Dr." I" asked me to raise my arm. Low and behold, I was able to raise it pretty high! This is the arm needing a shoulder replacement in November. He has been treating me with several different electric machines and with hands on stretching and breaking of ad... Read more

  • Calling all Mnemonic lovers

    9/15/2014 4:37:24 PM, by CTUPTON

    STOP VICE helps me remember the foods I am severely sensitive to. string beans, tapioca, onions, peanuts, vanilla, and carob I have no way to remember the following foods. I am moderately sensitive to these. (not allergic just they are food sensitivities) I feel fatigued and have brain ... Read more

  • 0.6 this week (5% baby!)

    9/15/2014 10:40:19 AM, by CUPKAKE137

    Normally this would bother me but it doesn't this week. But a loss is a loss even if it is only 0.6 pounds! I mean yes I worked out hard. I was even more active over the weekend then I have been the last few weeks. But I was over in calories a lot this past week. With a wedding and a birthday an... Read more

  • Our house

    9/15/2014 1:55:40 AM, by BUBBLEJ1

    We bought our first home 3 months ago, and moved in 6 weeks ago. We love our house. It is big, light, warm, and close to the beach (2 minute walk) and the local shopping centre (5 minute drive). We are so happy with our decision to move. My commute has dropped from 30 minutes to 10, and Luke's has h... Read more

  • Up 3 kilos this winter

    9/15/2014 1:35:38 AM, by BUBBLEJ1

    I haven't been blogging much lately. Maintaining is boring, so I kinda stopped. But now I have a really good reason to come back. I put on a winter coat this year. I blame the colder climate. This Aucklander is NOT used to below zero (celcius, that is). I am a cold weather wimp. Give me summer days,... Read more

  • I'm DONE Girl of the Week? (and this weekend)

    9/14/2014 8:05:25 PM, by CUPKAKE137

    First off ME? I am shocked! Thank you so much. I am amazed by the support everyone has shown me via goodies and messages. I am really extra motivated to keep going with this journey because of all of you. If you haven't checked out this group you should. Everyone is awesome! So I have b... Read more

  • sciatica from bulging disc vs piriformis syndrome--oh!

    9/14/2014 9:54:24 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am learning! There is a difference between pain from a bulging disc in the lower back and the piriformis syndrome. Apparently, my chiropractor is treating me for the bulging disc. He wants me to bend backward while resting my hands on the kitchen counter. I poked around the internet an... Read more

  • sciatica pictures

    9/13/2014 7:05:10 PM, by CTUPTON

    exercise to help ... Read more

  • Habits of the rich vs habits of the poor

    9/13/2014 2:55:02 PM, by CTUPTON

    DividerV2 1. 70% of wealthy eat less than 300 junk food calories per day. 97% of poor people eat more than 300 junk food calories per day. 23% of wealthy gamble. 52% of poor people gamble. 2. 80% of wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal. Only 12% of the poor d... Read more

  • Use charcoal as a house deodorizer!

    9/13/2014 2:49:04 PM, by CTUPTON

    Note: not the self starter charcoal ! SEE LINK BELOW FOR EXACT INFO. •Simply lay a few out in a metal tray. •Sew pouches for them or use an old sock, then hang them in inconspicuous areas. •Line a basket with foil or plastic and lay the briquettes inside. •Set them out on a tray on a shelf ... Read more

  • Sciatica

    9/13/2014 11:57:16 AM, by CTUPTON

    A chiropractor is helping me. He did some tailbone/spine adjustments and gave me an exercise. I am supposed to back up to the kitchen counter with my arms on the counter. Then lean back to get the pressure off the nerves near the vertebrae. I do lots of stretching in a warm water therapy pool too. I... Read more

  • kind of coasting

    9/12/2014 6:33:10 PM, by EDELWEISS33

    This week, doing 5 sets of 25 situps, 5 sets of 15 pushups. 2 20 minute bike rides up and down the hilly neighborhood, 2 zumba classes, volunteering at the library. walking up and down the 4 flights of stairs in the parking garage and at the docs office about once every other week. focusing on bei... Read more

  • I wish I could develop this habit!

    9/12/2014 12:13:25 AM, by CTUPTON

    3. Do an end-of-day and end-of-week cleanup. When you’re nearing the end of each workday, take a few minutes to put everything back and think about what you’ll need first thing tomorrow. Arriving to find a clean desk makes it easy to get started on tasks without feeling overwhelmed. Similarly, ... Read more

  • Doing my best.

    9/12/2014 12:02:14 AM, by CUPKAKE137

    Well we did a last minute dinner out for my fiances uncle tonight. I had done pretty well with my calories for the day but I only had 800 at the max for the rest of the night. Which I would have been fine had I made the dinner I was planning. SO I went way over in calories. Well like 300 over bu... Read more

  • SP The 60 second Daily Check in---OH!

    9/10/2014 11:12:48 PM, by CTUPTON
    the_launch_of_sparkamerica Here is the reasoning behind the streamlined START page for SPARK AMERICA. 2. The 60-Second Daily Check-In A new program we are launc... Read more

  • One hour a month to be prepared for emergencies. I just got this in an email

    9/10/2014 7:38:37 PM, by CTUPTON
    klet.pdf ... Read more

  • Day 70 (from 90) learnig to save "Makeover" recipes

    9/10/2014 7:35:50 PM, by CTUPTON

    In the Nutrition Tracker, I just saved a recipe: Makeover: Day 1 Vegetable Soup with Beef It was an original SP recipe, but I had to eliminate 2 things and change them to veggies I was supposed to eat on Day 1. Now I can easily put that in my Nutrition tracker. T... Read more

  • Low carb recipe for soup

    9/10/2014 6:25:01 PM, by CTUPTON
    62673 I went looking for Italian Wedding Soup. I found a couple of good recipes in SP for that soup. Also I ran across the recipe I linked to. It has sausage. chris... Read more

  • Week 3: 1.2lb down - 8lbs to get back to GOAL

    9/10/2014 3:03:11 PM, by SINGER73

    So I only lost 0.2lbs this week. Yes you read that right. I was totally hoping for 1lb but I guess that's all I was doing was hoping. I got sloppy with tracking every BLT but I think Monday I started doing a better job at tracking. I know that I need to be perfect to get the weight off and now... Read more

  • Blah

    9/9/2014 9:35:23 PM, by CUPKAKE137

    So feeling a little crummy because I have been over in my calories yesterday and today. Yes I exercised both days but I was doing so well. And I am starting a challenge on Thursday and I want to do well with it and be good for my team and this is not the way to do it. Grr. I also have an i... Read more

  • Day 72,71 from 90 Countdown

    9/9/2014 4:53:27 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have 3 months to comply with a new eating plan. It is hard changing eating habits. Mostly it is having the right stuff in the house. Yesterday was "Day 3" -- I can't remember! Probable I was "winging it." Today is "Day 4" of a 4 day rotation/elimination eating plan. Breakfast and lun... Read more

  • Down 1.4 this week.

    9/8/2014 10:20:04 PM, by CUPKAKE137

    So I am down 1.4 this week. I am happy that I am down but I worked out and did things better this week than any other week and I lost the least amount so far. Weird. Oh well a loss is a loss. Thank goodness it wasn't a gain. I was pretty sure that was what was going to happen when I snuck a pee... Read more

  • Today's. "Note from the UNIVERSE" to me.

    9/8/2014 11:08:18 AM, by CTUPTON

    Hey, CHRISTINE, what if, instead of waiting for everything to be perfect, we start living your dreams this week, to any degree we can? Ooh-ooh-ooh! The Universe ... Read more

  • Eggless Lemon Pie with a whipped topping

    9/7/2014 6:28:40 PM, by CTUPTON

    I love lemon meringue pie but the eggs bother me. One more reason was my new eating plan. I went looking for this because my eating plan does not have eggs and lemons listed for the same day. Obsessive, I know. Sometimes I get this way. sometimes not at all! chris See the link at the botto... Read more

  • Pancakes made according to my ALCAT eating plan. Success

    9/7/2014 2:30:47 PM, by CTUPTON

    Last week I got the buckwheat flour and the amaranth flour. I already had brown rice flour. So I followed a SP recipe. I think my baking soda was old. So the pancakes did not rise at all. But with Brown and Brummel yogurt spread and real maple syrup, it was a real treat. I used coconut oi... Read more

  • If you miss daily health tips try this site.

    9/7/2014 2:02:11 PM, by CTUPTON

    Health News Updates link:
    lth-news/new s (sorry, will have to cut and paste) I "stole" this from 1CRAZYDOG ... Read more

  • Day 73 from 90 Countdown

    9/7/2014 11:28:20 AM, by CTUPTON

    I have 3 months to comply with a new eating plan. It is hard changing eating habits. Mostly it is having the right stuff in the house. I have been eating stuff on my plan but also eating things listed there for me not to eat. I tried going cold turkey and totally going on that pl... Read more


    9/7/2014 11:19:37 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am pretty sure this is what has been making my whole leg hurt. After a zillion knee pain treatments(of various kinds) at the chiropractor's office, the leg pain keeps coming back. Last visit he declared it sciatica. The whole leg hurt even bottom of my foot. He asked if... Read more

  • Hoping for a good outcome on Monday

    9/6/2014 6:33:35 PM, by CUPKAKE137

    So I worked my ass off this past week. Literally! I did more minutes this week then I have since I rejoined spark people. I have also stayed within my calorie range everyday. Today I am taking it easy and really trying not to feel bad about it. Which is very hard for me. For some reason ... Read more

  • Day 75,74 Countdown to 100% compliancy with suggested eating plan.

    9/6/2014 11:28:52 AM, by CTUPTON

    The trip to the fair was great fun! My cravings for junk foods did not take over as they have in the past. I had 2 curly fries from DH's dish. I had a dish of coffee ice cream with chocolate flakes . I had a hard time walking. But that might have reduced my search of st... Read more

  • Cravings can be caused by gut microbes wanting foods not healthy for the host (me and you)!

    9/6/2014 10:59:45 AM, by CTUPTON
    icle/831069 People ,may no longer have to blame their food cravings — and giving in to them — on poor self-control. Now scientists are arguing that microbes living in the gut are responsible for manipulating eating behavior by causing cravings fo... Read more


    9/5/2014 11:27:35 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am looking forward to a nice stir fry for lunch. Then take a ride to a county fair. Last time I got a huge cooked turkey leg at the fair. It is hard to resist all those country fair foods! Everything is deep ... Read more

  • Countdown day 90..89.....77 --aiming at eventual 100% compliance with suggested eating plan

    9/4/2014 8:14:08 PM, by CTUPTON

    Thur. September 4 Day 77 counting down to 0 for 90 days (3 months). In 3 months time I am supposed to be eating according to the eating plan suggested to me by ALCAT blood sensitivity testing. It is a good thing I have 76 more days to get this right. I have put the mea... Read more

  • About 2000 steps equals a mile and other facts

    9/4/2014 6:58:48 PM, by CTUPTON

    sions.html ... Read more

  • Bed and Breakfast

    9/3/2014 5:18:28 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Week 2: 1lb down - 8.2lbs to get back to GOAL

    9/3/2014 10:43:23 AM, by SINGER73

    It was a very bumpy week. I had a great first day but then life got in the way and I started snacking too much. Then I got back on track on day 3 and then the Labor Day weekend came. I figured no problem since we weren't traveling anywhere. Just apply picking and corn maze with the kids. Perfect si... Read more

  • SP article(s) about dressing to look trimmer!

    9/2/2014 6:46:08 PM, by CTUPTON
    dress_thinner ... Read more

  • Well now I know why I have gained so much weight.

    9/2/2014 3:38:24 PM, by CUPKAKE137

    These past few days I have done what I used to do, sit around and hangout with my guy watching movies and we ordered out pizza for lunch one day. I didn't realize just how inactive I have been. I have been wearing my fit bit and the amount of activity I had the last two days was just pathetic. Be... Read more

  • September Goals!

    9/1/2014 5:39:23 PM, by CUPKAKE137

    Main goals this month 1. Hit 1500 fitness minutes 2. Lose 10 lbs this month 3. Get my fruit and veggie numbers at least 4 days a week. 4. Be active in my spark teams and their challenges Plan to be outdoors as much as I can and hopefully have a new job. I only have until Novembe... Read more

  • It was a Good Month of August

    8/31/2014 7:43:48 PM, by RICKHANN

    Considering that my entire month was made up of a 2-week vacation and 2 weeks of working 12-hour days August was a much better month than I had planned. I ended up with over 1500 exercise minutes when my original goal was to reach 800 minutes. I have to say it was due a lot to joining Sparkpeop... Read more

  • I am learning a big lesson about how foods make me feel.

    8/31/2014 9:14:30 AM, by CTUPTON

    Two days of having no energy and feeling like a stuffed pig. Clothes are snug. Ankles are swollen. Knees hurt more. I was enjoying days not needing an afternoon nap. I loved getting more decluttering done. But then I went back to my old eating habits. And bad went to worse! It will tak... Read more

  • Have a great day! I hope you are feeling flexible today!

    8/30/2014 5:56:49 AM, by CTUPTON
    r-yoga-studios-in-the-bronx/ ... Read more

  • Mini Milestones

    8/29/2014 10:48:04 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    Today marked 90 days logging in, logging water, steps (from fitbit). I also made my 5000 plus steps today. It also marked completion of two full weeks of full time work. I also did 5 minutes of back strengthening stretching this morning. So, I got a much needed reward - shoes. Comforta... Read more

  • Well that didn't go according to plan.

    8/29/2014 9:54:37 PM, by CUPKAKE137

    So worked my ass off for this class and got one of the best scores on the pre-exam but I still failed the next exam. So frustrating. Now I have to take a boot-camp class for one day next week and if I don't end up passing the exam this next time I am done. You only have two chances. And the inst... Read more

  • Pictures! How to replace eggs in recipes. Who knew! Thanks sparkfriends!!!

    8/27/2014 11:48:22 AM, by CTUPTON
    Eggs-in-Your-Cooking or a more detailed list:
    tutes-cooking/ ... Read more

  • 9.2lbs in 8 Weeks - My push to be back at goal by my 41st Birthday

    8/27/2014 11:39:40 AM, by SINGER73

    I’ve done these declaration before and it really only seems to work for a few weeks. I’m hoping this time it will work for the whole 8 weeks. I’m turning 41 on October 27 and since today is August 27 I’ve figured how cool it would be to get back to my goal weight by my birthday. I know what I need t... Read more

  • Day 84 countdown to 100% compliance on a special eating plan.

    8/27/2014 9:41:53 AM, by CTUPTON

    Probably I will not stick much to today's eating plan. I am going to lunch with a friend. It is a seafood restaurant. On the rustic side. Lobster and butter--here I come!... Read more

  • Day 85 count down -aiming at 100% compliance with a suggested eating plan for me

    8/27/2014 9:39:43 AM, by CTUPTON

    Well-- I made the corn bread I could have yesterday. Too much temptation for me! I made one fairly small pan of this. 6" by 8" approximately. Yup--ate it all. So most of yesterdays eating plan foods did not get eaten. This is the first bready, muffin kind of food I have had. I really miss that kind ... Read more

  • Frustrated with this stupid class!

    8/26/2014 8:54:27 PM, by CUPKAKE137

    Ok so I am taking this licencing class for a possible job. It is so frustrating! I am getting a headache from all the material. A freaking 6 hour class in which they want another 3 hours of homework done before the next day? When I was told about this they said it would be 1 hour of homework whi... Read more

  • Variety!

    8/26/2014 12:58:30 PM, by CTUPTON

    Oh yes, this eating plan has veriety. A little too much variety. That is the problem. Each day has a different list of foods. I used to have a sandwich often. Well--there is no bread unless I can make it from that day's food list. And that is nearly impossible! Corn bread works but I still have to ... Read more

  • Day 86--countdown to getting more perfect on the suggested eating plan.

    8/26/2014 12:48:27 PM, by CTUPTON

    It is nice having a limited list of foods to eat in a day. It is forcing me to be creative mixing them. A month ago when I tried this I ended up with meals like fish and lima beans! I have gotten much better. I like that I can plan ahead, too. I can put a few days in the food tracker a head. I guess... Read more

  • How to use tahini?

    8/26/2014 6:42:56 AM, by CTUPTON

    I found these ideas. I had a can of tahini for a long time. But I never knew how to use it! It is on my Day 4 of the rotation eating plan. OK now I know! chris (see the link at the end) 1. Dip raw veggies in it. For a simple snack, reach for tahini instead of ranch dressing next time you... Read more

  • Just another manic Monday!

    8/25/2014 10:09:55 PM, by CUPKAKE137

    So I did a lot of running around today. I have a possible job coming up I have to take some classes Tues- Friday this week. For like 6 hours a day. Job better be worth the pay and the 40 minute drive at the end of this. Either way I will get a certificate out of it. So I got things to pack for ... Read more

  • Day 87 countdown...listing elimination of foods I am moderatey to

    8/25/2014 8:19:32 PM, by CTUPTON

    I already listed the foods I am severely sensitive to. I remember them by "STOP ViCe" Now, here are the 12 foods I am moderately sensitive to. I should not eat these for at least 3 months. Then take back only one at a time to see if I react at all. I guess I can eliminate these foods for ... Read more

  • Bike Ride Disaster

    8/24/2014 8:03:36 PM, by CUPKAKE137

    So went for a bike ride today. Was 8.5 miles total. Would have been longer but I started getting sick. I don't know if it was that I hadn't had much to eat or was dehydrated or the heat but I had to call my dad to come pick me up and my guy wanted to ride his bike home. So he waited until my dad... Read more

  • To help myself remember foods on each of the 4 day rotation plan.

    8/24/2014 12:29:29 PM, by CTUPTON

    Each day has lots more foods, including various beans and various freggies--- but I am trying to remember the basics. Day 1 is a beef, lamb, flounder, swordfish day. Not all of them! Day 2 is a chicken, tuna, egg day. Not all of them! Day 3 is a pork, halibut day. Not all of th... Read more

  • Count down 90, 89, 88,,, to 100% (or so) sticking to my eating plan.

    8/24/2014 12:12:20 PM, by CTUPTON

    The eating plan is based on a blood test for food sensitivities. The lab mixes my white blood cells with food samples and sees how the WBCs react. If the change dramatically, it means I have a food sensitivity to that food. I had a strong reaction to these foods: STOP ViCe is my mn... Read more

  • "You can do better." instead of "I can do better." Oh!

    8/24/2014 7:16:57 AM, by CTUPTON

    I found this about "self-talk." Who knew! In one study, University of Michigan researchers induced stress in participants by telling them they had to prepare a speech to give to a panel of judges about their qualifications for a dream job. They were given five minutes to prepare and told ... Read more

  • "You can do better." instead of "I can do better." Oh!

    8/24/2014 7:16:57 AM, by CTUPTON

    I found this about "self-talk." Who knew! In one study, University of Michigan researchers induced stress in participants by telling them they had to prepare a speech to give to a panel of judges about their qualifications for a dream job. They were given five minutes to prepare and told ... Read more

  • GRRR!

    8/23/2014 8:55:25 PM, by CUPKAKE137

    So today is my mom's birthday and well we don't get along. So we took my dad and my mom to the movies. Saw a movie that my mom wanted to see but didn't end up being a very good movie at all. But every single time I am around my mother she cannot stop herself from saying that I need to lose weight... Read more

  • Some info on removing toxins from your body. I am still looking for more info on this.

    8/23/2014 5:02:56 PM, by CTUPTON

    Pectin Fruit pectin is probably the most gentle method of detoxing contaminants. Pectin comes from the fibrous portion of the fruit and is most commonly found in the pith of limes, lemons and other citrus fruit as well as in apples. Other sources of pectin are bananas, grapes, carrots, and c... Read more

  • Don't believe me!

    8/23/2014 10:48:36 AM, by ALMYEARTHLYBEST

    365 ~ 08/23/14 ~ 308 Almost 200 days since my last SP blog! Yes, I'm bummed about that! My struggle with being consistent at doing anything good for me is really getting to me! I AM SO STUCK!!! How committed can I be if I can't manage something simple like writing a few wo... Read more

  • Countdown day 90..89 --aiming at eventual 100% compliance with suggested eating plan

    8/23/2014 4:41:25 AM, by CTUPTON

    I will try having a "chunky" rather than a smoothie today! I LOVEIT, Justyna. Thanks for that chuckle. I certainly am not being 100% compliant. I am following that advice very well. And I don't feel sick at all. It is only the second day restarting. I did not get sick till the 10th... Read more

  • I am not a gym person

    8/22/2014 2:32:22 PM, by CUPKAKE137

    So because it was raining and I had no water I had to go to the gym today. And because my friend is coming to visit I had to do a shortened exercise. So I was struggling to do my workout the whole time. I guess for me it felt more like exercise. Verse going to the park and walking around. I eve... Read more

  • Countdown day 90 --aiming at eventual 100% compliance with suggested eating plan

    8/22/2014 12:42:40 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have been advised to more slowly follow the ALCAT eating plan based on my food sensitivities. So I don't have to be "perfect" yet. In 3 months hopefully I will have adjusted so I can eliminate foods seriously, moderately, and mildly sensitive to. Eventually I should be able to tak... Read more

  • Sign for my computer to improve

    8/22/2014 6:51:51 AM, by CTUPTON

    At doctor visits I always regret not having done the things to make my "numbers" better. To remind myself , I made a sign to tape on my computer: GOAL: Next doctor visit-lower A1C, lower BP, lower triglycerides, lower weight. I know the habits that help these numbers, but I need a pus... Read more

  • Burn more fat by 1 min. high intensity exercise alternated with 20 min. of moderate exercising.

    8/22/2014 6:35:29 AM, by CTUPTON

    A Cardio Obsession Ramp up cardio, burn calories and fat. Sounds simple enough, but the latest science on exercising for weight loss says otherwise. Classic cardio — walking on the treadmill, running, stepping, spinning, etc. — doesn’t help you lose as much weight as you might think, says Jim K... Read more

  • The park today

    8/21/2014 5:44:34 PM, by CUPKAKE137

    Went to the park again today. Did 2 loops on one trail, and 1 on the other trail. When I was on my first lap I actually passed someone for the first time so far. I never pass anyone I am constantly having people pass me. Which is something I am used to because I have short legs, I always have I... Read more

  • One step at a time

    8/20/2014 10:42:15 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    On Sunday August 10, I developed a "floater" in my left eye, so I went to the ophthalmologist. He says no retinal detachment, so that is positive, but the darn floater is driving me nuts. It looks like a fruit fly following me everywhere. Augh! So, I ordered prescription sunglasses to help cu... Read more

  • Goals

    8/20/2014 8:11:35 PM, by CUPKAKE137

    So my fit bit has set goals. Which is great since spark people also has goals and they are different. I am trying to hit all of the goals on both resources. But I also have my own goals. August. I want to do as many fitness minutes as I possibly can. Cook at least 5 days a week for meals... Read more