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  • Living life to the fullest

    12/10/2017 6:42:40 AM, by 3_VEGGIES

    Well I’m back on plan this morning. Sort of. Breakfast is oatmeal, an apple, and celery. I need to go shopping. Not many veggies or meats are in the house right now. Exercise today will be getting Christmas decorations up, grocery shopping, and maybe clearing out some items from my closet. I will tr... Read more

  • I hope this link to healthy snacks works

    12/8/2017 12:08:35 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • It has taken a year, but I slowly got things done....

    12/8/2017 11:25:00 AM, by CTUPTON

    In Oct. 2016 my to do list (of big, 39 ugly jobs) had 25 items. Now 2017 only 8 are left to do. 334 To do as of October 2016! 198 I had just finished emptying our CT condo(took 3 or more years!) and arranging a mover and selling the condo and had arrived with our stuff in NY state ... Read more

  • Don't ya just feel like this sometimes...

    12/7/2017 3:02:48 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Missed water aerobics to do more organizing. I hate to miss but I did get many papers ..

    12/7/2017 2:29:49 PM, by CTUPTON

    I hate to miss 569 24 but I did get many papers put away. I even found an important paper I needed! 334 195... Read more

  • Alexa/Echo voice controlled music, etc. for hubby's Christmas gift

    12/6/2017 8:04:12 PM, by CTUPTON

    Let's hope we can get this to work! A friend uses hers many times a day. She says just tell it what to play and she hears any music she wants as well as jokes by Milton Berl and other comedians and can ask it various questions. it sounds magical. stuff can be amazing... Read more

  • Closet cleaning--oh my!

    12/6/2017 7:59:35 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am delighted. No, there is not enough room here in this 900 sq ft apartment with a very small storage bin way down the hall and around the corner. But... we are managing. No choice. I can't use underbed storage. I actually bought a bed for myself with 6 drawers underneath. So I guess I d... Read more

  • Trying to find our winter outer wear! UGH! (snow storm on the way here!)

    12/6/2017 10:41:02 AM, by CTUPTON

    Yeah, I know it is all in the one tiny "hall" closet. There is a small closet just inside the apartment door. For ALL outer wear, I guess. But it is off the kitchen area(not separate kitchen). In there now are -all spring-fall-winter coats, summer-fall-winter hats, all gloves, all boots,... Read more

  • Across the Pond

    12/5/2017 3:57:04 PM, by 3_VEGGIES

    This week is one of exceptions.. It’s not diet or doctor approved, but I’m having a terrific time. My friend said be sure to bring your hiking boots. ... Read more

  • 14 teaspoons of sugar

    12/1/2017 5:40:06 AM, by 3_VEGGIES

    Would you ever have 14 teaspoons of sugar for breakfast morning after morning? Well I did. The problem here is I chose not to know what was in my drink. I just knew the calories and I drank it everyday. Have a little sugar with your coffee right? My drink of choice was A Starbucks grande caram... Read more

  • Why I lost weight this week -no exercise

    11/30/2017 7:35:08 AM, by 3_VEGGIES

    Mostly good choices this week for a reversal of damage done over the last 2 weeks. Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners like this make both me and my body happy. The Nutribullet smoothie has another cup of the mixed greens in it, celery, carrot, cucumber, mixed berries-blue, straw, and black. I added f... Read more

  • Have you seen any "munchkin cats?"

    11/30/2017 3:40:04 AM, by CTUPTON

    Yes, I did hear they have health problems. chris... Read more

  • Made a little more progress organizing because

    11/29/2017 1:33:14 PM, by CTUPTON

    ...because on Wednesdays I pay someone to help me for an hour. With her here it motivates me for one thing. 41 This week the place was pretty bad. 24 I just had no energy 102 for maybe 6 days in a row. On my pool 569 days, I'd come home and rest. I feel much better now . While she d... Read more

  • Pure evil!

    11/29/2017 5:39:34 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Back from water aerobics!

    11/28/2017 2:45:23 PM, by CTUPTON

    Still low energy. The class seemed hard today. 24 Hopefully I can get a little organizing done today. 521 If not it will be there tomorrow! Sigh. 24 Tomorrow......Wednesdays I have hired someone 20 to come help me for an hour. I love it when she walks in! 20 chris... Read more

  • Day 5 and I'm making early progress

    11/28/2017 12:57:57 PM, by ZUMBANERD

    I'm not cutting out completely everything that has sugar, but I have drastically reduced the amount of sugar I consume. I have one small portion of rice (1/2 cup) per day and I have an apple or orange for my night time dessert (because I would feel very deprived if I didn't have something sweet to e... Read more

  • What does success look like?

    11/27/2017 6:01:37 PM, by 3_VEGGIES

    If you’ve lost 20, 40, 50, 100+ pounds, kept it off or continue to make progress, then please share: What is the secret to your success?... Read more

  • Progress organizing this apartment....

    11/27/2017 12:06:38 PM, by CTUPTON

    Cook the boneless chicken with Herbs de Provence. Had to do this before the chicken spoiled! DONE Empty the dryer DONE --not yet put away. 24 Feed the cat 240 DONE so he won't bug me --and won't destroy the furniture. OK. About organizing. Since I still have low energy toda... Read more

  • Too much sitting is detrimental even if you exercise at other times. (SP article) : o

    11/27/2017 9:49:47 AM, by CTUPTON

    "professional journals stating that excessive periods of sedentary behavior can be detrimental to one’s health, independent of achieving the recommended amounts of daily physical activity." 24 Huh!!!!
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  • Unconventional Breakfasts

    11/27/2017 6:52:28 AM, by 3_VEGGIES

    3 meals a day like this guarantees weight loss. I strayed from it and it doesn’t work. Sometimes you just can’t pull it off. But, when you can success is practically guaranteed. I cooked the pork tenderloin yesterday and have chicken pre-cooked too. Neither took long and both are delicious. I ... Read more

  • "Before" photos of my current clutter. Oh my!

    11/26/2017 12:56:47 PM, by CTUPTON

    All is in our living room. 24 We are in a very small apartment. chris 198... Read more

  • Derail and restart

    11/25/2017 6:01:58 PM, by 3_VEGGIES

    Healthy eating takes effort. It’s much easier to go thru a drive thru or order a pizza and have leftovers etc. etc. Add to this list eating whatever is served at relatives houses. As DH puts it, we had 3 days of food and relatives and I did not bring alternative food choices on the plane so we ate w... Read more

  • Day 1 No sugar and more alert ...amazing!

    11/24/2017 8:45:47 PM, by ZUMBANERD

    Today I started my day off with a GNC protein shake and some veggie powder. I then had a salad with two tbsp of salad dressing (homemade) and a 4 oz portion of roasted chicken. Then for dinner I had mapo ragu (1/2 cup) and 1/2 cup of white rice and for dessert I had an apple. I've been drinking a lo... Read more

  • Frustrated and starting anew

    11/23/2017 9:38:18 PM, by ZUMBANERD

    I haven't been trying to lose weight since I last was here and of course I'm no where near where I want to be. I recently signed up for Noom and I'm utterly not impressed. I was hoping that they were going to be similar to my experience on WW and that's really not the case. I paid extra for nothing ... Read more

  • Caregiving stress-worse at holiday time

    11/23/2017 4:12:31 PM, by CTUPTON

    429 When all else fails--go online and do a search for images caregiver stress. I did that. It helped me. Wishing you the best! chris 213... Read more

  • Thanksgiving Day and holiday coping skills-especially for caregivers

    11/23/2017 3:39:57 PM, by CTUPTON

    The whole article has more than this. Especially ---Don't be alone in suffering. Reach out -- Remember there are always sparkfriends ready to chat with. And they are just wonderful ! chris
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  • Aiming for “One”derland

    11/21/2017 4:37:33 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    My name should be Alice as I chase the white rabbit around Oz looking for the golden snitch in a place I’ve been before. It is getting within reach, and I hope that desire is enough to keep me motivated and hep me stay the course as I am down 12 lbs since August. Yesterday I canned apples for jam a... Read more

  • made in america link

    11/21/2017 1:25:51 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • Shattered with gratitude

    11/21/2017 7:19:17 AM, by 3_VEGGIES

    Yesterday a murder in a nearby subdivision shattered the sense of security of my neighbors and the surrounding community. Was the crime targeted or random? We live in a desirable upscale area, but it gets sketchy within miles. 11 years and there have been 4 incidents that have unnerved me. I try not... Read more

  • crispy green beans for a snack

    11/20/2017 12:53:33 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • Thanksgiving Sunday before Thanksgiving

    11/19/2017 2:46:13 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    Just thinking about the day, and saying Sunday before Thanksgiving seemed out of sorts, because we need to give thanks everyday. Not just Thanksgiving. Sunday before Thanksgiving was one of those things that sounded off. Always give thanks. God bless you, and have a prosperous week. Leave the g... Read more

  • Does anyone know about "systems thinking?" I never heard of it but it sounds powerful.

    11/19/2017 12:55:45 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • Extracts from Twain's diary of Eve

    11/19/2017 11:21:38 AM, by CTUPTON
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  • Extracts from Twain's Diary of Adam

    11/19/2017 11:18:05 AM, by CTUPTON
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  • Happy Birthday

    11/19/2017 8:56:29 AM, by DRAGKULENIA

    Happy birthday to all the November babies. We will be celebrating my hubby's today. Good food, family, friends and enjoying this moment. ... Read more

  • Popped Chickpeas

    11/17/2017 6:40:37 PM, by 3_VEGGIES

    Some of us just don't belong in the kitchen. It's a dangerous place if you're not born with a chef's hat on your head and when the application to the cooking school says "need not apply" across the top. I get all this, but thought I'd give it a go anyhow. It started our well. Soak the chickpe... Read more

  • The gain:It’s about 5 factors

    11/17/2017 12:56:13 PM, by 3_VEGGIES

    When honest about analyzing what I need to do to lose weight and/or avoid a gain it comes down to 5 factors, This week fell apart. I know what to do, but never got organized, or had food ready to go, did no planning etc. Add stress at work, a tight schedule etc and it all fell apart. Sleep also... Read more

  • Woosh! MAJOR health goal met!!!

    11/17/2017 11:56:13 AM, by LUNADRAGON

    That is time. The last three weeks I have been working on the largest project ever on freelance, although when I actually worked for the company (not virtually), I did work on one much larger. Whew! Glad that is done. Then yesterday I spent 3 hours in the car driving back and forth to the Rich... Read more

  • 2nd writing assignment result for the month of November

    11/16/2017 2:19:35 PM, by CTUPTON

    Why there is (Still) such Horrible Evil in the World? Even though for thousands of years we keep trying to fix things, hurtful and unexplainable acts by humans keep happening and way too often. Why on earth can’t we get this right? Are we bound to carry our evil out even to the other faraway p... Read more

  • Who knew?

    11/15/2017 7:31:11 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    That even with weight gain, I still can do my yoga. I love teaching and my students are so great.... Read more

  • Why?

    11/12/2017 2:05:55 PM, by DRAGKULENIA

    You work the best you can. You try to do the impossible. Yet, you see all your efforts slap you in the face, and it all falls apart. ... Read more

  • New (to us) handicap van. Much improved over the old one!

    11/12/2017 1:12:41 PM, by CTUPTON

    Rear entry not side entry is better. Hubby does not have to turn to be the passenger in the front. His foot plate continually gauged something. Not fun for him-or me. Good rust proofing. The frame had rusted out on the old van. I did not know you can get a repeat ... Read more

  • Travel Success

    11/12/2017 6:31:36 AM, by ALLESBETSY

    A week ago I returned from a fabulous 2 wk trip to S Africa and Dubai. Also returning with me were an added 2.5 lbs. I actually expected to gain about 5 so that was a relief. I certainly did not hold back in tasting the amazing foods, wines...even desserts! It must have been the 10k plus steps that ... Read more

  • 13 lb loss Fall 5% challenge

    11/11/2017 8:20:25 AM, by 3_VEGGIES

    Thanks Sparkpoints and especially to my Cloverleafs team and other SP friends who have offered much encouragement since I joined SP and the team. Dee, in a huge way this means you. Had I not joined the 5% challenge and bumped into you right after joining SP I doubt i’d Even be using this tool. ... Read more