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  • The initial fee cost of an Independent Living Community scares me!

    1/25/2015 11:10:46 AM, by CTUPTON

    I have actually put a little money down to save our spot in the waiting list. I am worried about the initial fee. Some people have told me I am getting robbed with this initial fee and then pay rent too. $120,000 ! If we stay 8 years, they keep all that money. If we leave before 8 years, we ... Read more

  • My sister is following Jorge Cruz-- very low sugar eating plan.

    1/25/2015 9:27:05 AM, by CTUPTON

    I have been using Fuhrman's Eat to Live and Eat for Health. I whittled it down to eat mostly veggies and use meat as a condiment. I have not been thinking much about sugar. But I guess if I don't buy the stuff in a box, I won't be getting sugar unless I add it myself. Oops! I have been using honey. ... Read more

  • More sleep more rest = improvement

    1/24/2015 9:19:40 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    This morning I woke after another 8 hours of sleeping. I rested, snuggled with my cat, drinking water, doctoring my lips most of the day. Crocheting a spiral stitch scarf (of sorts), then around supper time, I realized my sore throat was gone, my headache was gone, and I felt a lot better. So I got... Read more

  • I need to help my daughter handle anxiety

    1/23/2015 8:50:17 PM, by CTUPTON

    I right now can only communicate with my daughter by pone. She is extremely anxious and I want to support her. She often dissolves into tears. She is 32 and having major life problems. During the last phone call I explained how our expectations fuel our anxiety. When our expectations are high and we... Read more

  • It sure is easy to get out of the habit of...

    1/23/2015 4:30:05 PM, by CTUPTON

    It sure is easy to get out of the habit of...doing things on our team. I hate to say it but I am having difficulty fully getting back to sparkpeople . I had many things I did and I loved all of them. It was not a chore at all! But being away due to surgery, I am realizing I need to get bac... Read more

  • A quote for January 8--even though it is now Jan 23.

    1/23/2015 9:56:42 AM, by CTUPTON

    I was born on January 8, 1942, exactly three hundred years after the death of Galileo. I estimate, however, that about two hundred thousand other babies were also born that day. I don't know whether any of them was later interested in astronomy. Stephen Hawking ... Read more

  • Sleeping towards better health

    1/22/2015 5:21:03 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    I got a lot of sleep last night, and when I got up at 9 am (wow!) I still felt like I could sleep more. Alas, I did not fall back to sleep until this afternoon. Lots of down time, resting, sleeping, with one very cozy cat. I can feel storminess coming in, my wrist was killing me for a while, so used... Read more

  • Amazing mimic octopus--discovered only 15 years ago-Indonesia

    1/21/2015 8:52:15 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.treehugger.com/natur
    al-sciences/behold-amazing
    -shapeshifting-mimic-octop
    us-video.html OK-octopi can mimic colors to camouflage themselves--but this can mimic the creature feared by other ocean creatures! It is a shape-shifter not only a color changer! chri... Read more

  • Astonishing photos of living things

    1/21/2015 8:36:51 PM, by CTUPTON

    pinterest.com/sciencestu
    ff/amazing-biology-picture
    s-and-photos/ Which is your favorite or favorites? I kindof was interested in the sperm fertilizing an egg. chris... Read more

  • Sick Day itty bitty blogh ah ah ah Choo!

    1/21/2015 2:25:34 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    Well, I was sick a few days last week, then went back to work, but started in with the chills and other symptoms again. Really really bad chapped lips, no matter how much water I was drinking, and keeping humidifiers going. So I have an upper respiratory infection (again) and a virus, and Doctor sen... Read more

  • ENJOY!

    1/21/2015 1:27:40 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Six Months into Medical Trial

    1/20/2015 8:55:37 PM, by ASHTREENZ

    Last Monday was 6 months done of this trial I'm in. My blood glucose levels are normal, and overall my weight and body fat is less than it was at the start. I've had trouble getting into the high-intensity exercise. I'm just not making time to do it. I'll have plenty of free time soon - my... Read more

  • The Power of Veggies

    1/20/2015 11:00:26 AM, by BEWELLMOM3

    I went to bed last night and I was hungry. That hasn't happened in over 2 weeks, since I started back on Spark. I even got back out of bed for a cup of herbal tea to quell the hunger pangs. Yet, I was just under my top calorie count for the day. What was different? No big salad for lunch or dinner. ... Read more

  • last 4 lol

    1/18/2015 11:13:53 AM, by CTUPTON

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    1/18/2015 11:12:25 AM, by CTUPTON

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    1/18/2015 11:10:44 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • laugh out loud

    1/18/2015 11:09:16 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Personal Revie of the Day

    1/17/2015 5:23:45 PM, by LOS_ANJELOS

    I had a personal revie. Something I needed, and something I don't plan on going back on. I will NOT be a slave to make-up, hair care, or any other "thing" that is the "thing" of the day. I dress, or not dress, for me. Oprah, Wendy, and whoever the *bleep* else be damned.... Read more

  • Have a grreat day!

    1/17/2015 4:56:59 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • dog lessons for people

    1/17/2015 4:56:11 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • great advice

    1/17/2015 4:55:34 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • virtue

    1/17/2015 4:32:42 PM, by CTUPTON

    What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy. Voltaire quotes... Read more

  • Go you. Go me. Go We.

    1/16/2015 8:05:59 PM, by LOS_ANJELOS

    So I'm kinda bummed that I didn't get into my calorie range today, but not so bummed because I still have the desire to keep going. In all this time I really haven't had that, and I hope it sticks around. However, since I was here a while back I have achieved one of my goals consistently, and... Read more

  • SP Late Night Snacks under 150 calories--with pictures

    1/16/2015 9:10:52 AM, by CTUPTON

    Thanks MILP3! www.sparkpeople.com/blog
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    _or_less ... Read more

  • 7 Super Soups from SP-- soup is great in the winter season!

    1/16/2015 9:07:44 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Healthy snacks-if the picture loaded correctly..

    1/15/2015 8:26:29 PM, by CTUPTON

    Please see the article for beter pictures to motivate you. From a recent spark article: www.sparkpeople.com/blog
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  • January 11

    1/11/2015 8:27:08 PM, by ROOTIHAUSMAN

    I am doing well. Walked 4 and one half miles today with my husband. It was great to spend time together and also exercise. I have been watching what I eat and continue to workout. This is my lifestyle not a diet. I am happy to be part of Spark people. I have many wonder friends who have truly suppor... Read more

  • Woooow...

    1/11/2015 11:16:03 AM, by LOS_ANJELOS

    ...I actually fell within my program calorie range for a day. WOAAAH. Watch your heads. I think the sky is falling.... Read more

  • A-Ok Woo Hoo

    1/8/2015 6:52:48 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    Today was a Shirley Temple "Oh my goodness" kind of day - colder than 0 here. My sweet husband climbed up in that big ol' SUV this morning and started it for me so it wouldn't be so cold. Then I went to work. Changes going on at work. Ok, but just makes ya feel funny. I left early for my dr. ... Read more

  • Don't you get tired?

    1/8/2015 1:17:40 PM, by MRSRHAWKINS

    Sometimes I just get tired...tired of tracking food & exercise, tired of wondering why my body changes from day to day (menopause), tired of trying to get the right amount of sleep/rest so my body can recover, tired of trying to resist all those wonderful foods that are calling my name. Cue Pearl B... Read more

  • How are those New Year's Resolutions going? No I made none this year!

    1/7/2015 10:39:40 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.itssimplyplaced.com/
    limiting-new-years-resolut
    ions/ To make them stick, pick a behavior to work on. My same ones from last year are: -eat meals at the table to limit my "picking" -start a meal with veggies and add meat only as a condiment -have ... Read more

  • So cold

    1/7/2015 7:54:25 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    Well, I thought I would have our car back from the repair shop, but instead I turned in the rental (a cadillac) and got the loaner from the repair shop, a humongous Dodge Durango. Oh my. I think I really need a ladder to climb in. When I go to slide out, it feels as if the ground will never reach my... Read more

  • SMART GOALS 2015

    1/7/2015 11:56:45 AM, by SINGER73

    SPECIFIC Who: Me What: Is to maintain below 149.8lbs and have a bodyfat between 17-19% Where: Not sure how to answer this one but Ill say in my life When: By May 1, 2015 How: By eliminating processed food and eating food as close to their natural state as possible. ... Read more

  • A detox soup

    1/7/2015 9:02:05 AM, by CTUPTON

    Mexican Chicken Soup Recipe reprinted from Snack Girl to the Rescue! with permission Serves 5, 2 cups per serving 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 medium green pepper, chopped 1 quart low-sodium chicken broth 1 (14-ounce... Read more

  • How the plant-based diets compare-US News and World Report

    1/7/2015 8:28:25 AM, by CTUPTON

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    iet/best-plant-based-diets
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  • Exercise for me

    1/7/2015 6:10:16 AM, by LIBILOU

    Everyone is different, I get that. For me, I need to be in the water 3 times a week. Not only is this good exercise, but it does something to my knees and ankles that allows me to do other things 3 days a week. If I miss the water, I get joint pain. I'm not sure what it is, but there it is. My ... Read more

  • Recently, DH's foot pressure sores have surfaced. Yet another problem here.

    1/4/2015 2:42:57 PM, by CTUPTON

    The way my husband's bent foot rests on the wheel chair foot piece is making pressure sores. His aide has been rearranging his feet and treating the sores. I his doctor could send a nurse to the house--but his doctor needs to see him first! I am not supposed to drive after a shoulder ... Read more

  • A scare at almost 6 weeks post op total shoulder replacement surgery

    1/4/2015 2:31:47 PM, by CTUPTON

    Yesterday, I thought I had a blood clot in my right leg . It was swollen on Friday. Red dots were appearing on the ankle. Then Sat. morning the whole leg hurt badly. I got dressed and went to my doctor. It is run like a walk in clinic with a few doctors that I am familiar with. Lu... Read more

  • google: set a timer for 1 hour

    1/4/2015 2:18:02 PM, by CTUPTON

    easiest way to limit online time or set time for a task--whatever! enjoy! Why didn't I think of that before! HAPPY NEW YEAR! chris... Read more

  • At the start of My New Year

    1/2/2015 6:08:49 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    Here we go folks. Forget the resolutions. We know what we need to do, so let's just do it. Mini steps. I did good avoiding gluten, until New Year's eve, when I inadvertently had a few crackers with my shrimp. I didn't think about it until later. I am watching it. Now to cut out the cho... Read more

  • Happy New Year January 1

    1/1/2015 9:57:50 AM, by ROOTIHAUSMAN

    I have finally gotten on the scale and am back where I started in weight however my measurements are consistent and only have a few that have went up so I am thinking that working out is building more muscle which my husband tells me weighs more. My clothing still fits and I just feel a little round... Read more

  • Happy New Year!

    12/31/2014 11:05:14 PM, by ROOTIHAUSMAN

    Happy New Year Everyone! Have a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year! Setting my goals for 2015 tomorrow! Looking for better progress on being more consistent in taking care of myself since my Mom passed away a month ago. I need to take that time for me again. Hoping 2015 brings more ups than... Read more

  • After The Wrappings Gone

    12/29/2014 6:46:29 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    You are left with torn paper, tangled ribbons, empty boxes. You are given gifts that make you smile, make you jump, make you cry. Reuse the bows, and boxes, recycle the cards, and resolve to step away from the chocolate. Or whatever was your downfall (or mine) this holiday season. I cheated by ... Read more