Group Picture

Blogs     Join this team to post to the wall

  • Green Mac n' cheese

    3/26/2015 2:00:38 PM, by CTUPTON

    The recipe is on the following web page: heatherchristo.com/cooks/2012/
    11/04/green-macaroni-and-c
    heese/ Spinach makes it green. Sorry I am just getting around to St. Patrick's day!... Read more

  • Meditation--I don't do this regularly but I have done it from time to time.

    3/26/2015 1:43:01 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.huffingtonpost.com/rachael
    -yahne/mantras_b_6919316.h
    tml?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000030 Some of the studies indicated that meditating even 20 minutes per day for a few weeks was already enough to start experiencing the benefits. http://liveanddare.com/benef
    its-o... Read more

  • Mindset

    3/26/2015 8:18:40 AM, by -RESAMARIE

    It's important to clear your head of distractions. I'm not going to let any negativity in my life affect my happiness. when I'm feeling good I can make accomplishments that continue to help me be who I want to be. In addition, I find it exciting to start new adventures, meet new people and completel... Read more

  • Making myself a priority

    3/26/2015 5:44:01 AM, by BUBBLEJ1

    I'm making smoothies at school to get my fruit and veggies in. I'm adding protein powder to make it last longer in my tummy. The only problem is the kids thinking that I'm making them a smoothie... And I've been hanging out with my favourite guys! Ice cream on the beach is al... Read more

  • Who will be running for Pres. in 2016???????

    3/23/2015 4:56:09 PM, by CTUPTON

    I hate politics with a passion. I still believe we live in the best country ever. It always had controversy. Now is nothing new. Everyone thinks their period of time is worst. Somehow we have a pretty good life here in the US despite all the grumbling. Many countries have no sane way of getting new... Read more

  • Water got into my SPAT!

    3/23/2015 3:23:56 PM, by CTUPTON

    I replaced the battery. A little rubber ring fell out. I thought I put it back right. But after today's water class, the SP would not work. I opened it and now am drying it out. 46 chris... Read more

  • I did not realize moving our things near Buffalo would cost so much! But a friend ....had an idea fo

    3/23/2015 3:12:42 PM, by CTUPTON

    A friend volunteered her husband to drive a truck with our stuff from our condo to our new home near buffalo. 400 miles. His wife said he would find some fun to do there to make it a vacation for himself. he once did that and drove his friend's stuff to Alaska! I told her to ask him first. ... Read more

  • One step forward, one step back.

    3/23/2015 9:06:36 AM, by DEPOTMODE

    I sometimes feel like I'm in some sort of loop I can't get out of. We got back from Disney, and bam! I'm sick again. I struggled with an upper respiratory something-or-other for a week, then went to the doctor last Monday. It's a sinus infection. This has been a rotten six months in terms of being i... Read more

  • Your start page--there are at least 2 different formats you can see...

    3/22/2015 10:40:52 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have it so my tracker info shows up. Tracker Details is very motivating for me. I love the various graphs for the week or month, etc. And the fitness leader board and the minutes leader board give me something to challenge myself. I used to be around number 80 but lately I am around num... Read more

  • Has it really been 5 months?!

    3/22/2015 9:49:19 PM, by NFSISTER

    I knew I hadn't been keeping up with making blog entries, but wow! Anyway, a lot has happened since October. I have a new computer so I feel connected to the world again 30 I had a good holiday season with my parents visiting from Michigan. My Mother in law is acting like she likes me - so... Read more

  • One more -- I could not resist showing this bunny bread food art!

    3/22/2015 7:58:40 PM, by CTUPTON

    ... Read more

  • Food art. Fun to look at. too complicated to make. Enjoy!

    3/22/2015 7:50:36 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.kixcereal.com/kix-cereal-f
    ood-art-bumblebee-spring-s
    nack/ This has lovely art made from foods. Enjoy! www.wellinla.com/florent-tanet
    -food-art/2013/ this link has tons of images. Very complicated but unbelievable! www.google.com/sear... Read more

  • Do you notice what others eat?

    3/22/2015 7:30:13 PM, by CTUPTON

    We had family here last Saturday. I noticed the mother of the 6 month old baby fed the baby first before she took a plate of food. She put lasagna and salad on the plate and fed the baby the lasagna. OK. Then she asked her husband to watch the baby while she ate. She got herself lasagna but a much s... Read more

  • Label maker fun!

    3/22/2015 6:59:24 PM, by CTUPTON

    This was between $30 and $40 dollars. It is more than I wanted to spend. But I am thoroughly enjoying the machine. It comes with some white tape. I ordered clear tape with black lettering, too. There are colored tapes, too. I think the tapes are all 1/2 in. wide but you can print smaller an... Read more

  • Back in the saddle (Again)

    3/22/2015 2:02:20 PM, by THEJHARP

    I can't believe I am starting this journey again! The past year has been filled with a bad relationship, moving to a different state, getting back into college and a whole lot of family drama. On top of that I broke both hands and feet in the course of 6 months. I can see where I let life stop me. B... Read more

  • Tulips made from plum tomatoes!

    3/21/2015 12:45:30 PM, by CTUPTON

    hearthungryblog.com/tag/food-a
    s-art/... Read more

  • Clever treats for spring

    3/21/2015 12:35:22 PM, by CTUPTON

    http://www.hungryhappenings.
    com/2011/04/fun-idea-for-e
    aster-brunch-carrot.html Pillsbury dough and food coloring makes the carrot for filling. Potato salad is the filling with I think it is dill sprigs. Note: this is way , way too complicated for me! It is a cute idea though. ... Read more

  • My commitment to myself

    3/21/2015 3:56:43 AM, by BUBBLEJ1

    First of all, WOW. My last blog must have struck a chord because it was voted a featured blog post and I got 75 comments! I have recommitted this week. I made it to the gym 3 times! That is a very big deal for me, since I haven't been able to make it more than twice a week for ages. I went in o... Read more

  • Peeps in a vacuum chamber. Some things I do miss about teaching science!

    3/20/2015 9:09:07 PM, by CTUPTON

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?
    v=fxLY1SGXV_E If you want some fun, search peeps images online. You will be amazed at all the different kinds there are now! Eating them? Well-- NOT. But they are fun. Peeps are also made in bunny shapes. There is a "Peeps Show" --I g... Read more

  • 100 Reasons to Exercise-NOW!

    3/20/2015 2:16:10 PM, by CTUPTON

    "stolen " from a good sparkfriend. Thanks, IAMAGEMLOVER! And, it is an SP article by Nicole. 100 Reasons to Exercise Now 1. Because it makes you feel confident 2. Because it helps you get stronger 3. Because exercise helps combat depression 4. Because you'll feel proud of your... Read more

  • Rollercoaster Type Of Week

    3/18/2015 5:14:40 PM, by RABBITART

    It was so nice having my husband home on days off. I was very busy going places with him and eating out. I was happy to say I was able to keep up on my steps and ate moderately healthy. The big problem of this past week was my stress levels, my husband's full time job has been put on hold to ... Read more

  • Putting myself first again

    3/16/2015 3:37:45 AM, by BUBBLEJ1

    I have gotten SO bad at putting myself first lately. My job is way more demanding this year and I find myself working more evenings and weekends than I care to admit. The husband and I are slowly doing up our house which takes up weekends. My stepson spends 5 weekend days a month with us and I don't... Read more

  • Bronze fitness award--first since shoulder replacement surgery Dec. 2, 2014.

    3/15/2015 4:22:10 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am happy about the bronze medal this past week. I love the water aerobics, water zumba, and water kick boxing classes. Doing anything on land is discouraging for me. Too many aches and pains. chris... Read more

  • Handwriting... wow I hit a nerve!

    3/15/2015 12:42:11 PM, by CTUPTON

    We had to choose a "mini course " to teach one year. I wanted to do handwriting. It was turned down. It was for high school students. They really needed it. The powers that be thought it was irrelevant. I can remember how proud I was to learn cursive. Thank you all for commenting and even teac... Read more

  • The movie "LUCY." Have you seen this movie? What do you think?

    3/15/2015 10:39:00 AM, by CTUPTON

    272 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucy_(20
    14_film) I have not seen this but it was recommended to me. chris... Read more

  • Reserch about the importance of handwriting !

    3/15/2015 10:05:28 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.nytimes.com/2014/06/03/sci
    ence/whats-lost-as-handwri
    ting-fades.html?_r=1 So why is it only taught in the very early grades in the Common Core? chris ... Read more

  • Melting Snow and streaking

    3/13/2015 8:42:17 PM, by LUNADRAGON

    So, the weather has been warming up this week and melting the snow. The flower bed by the house, is now devoid of snow, although there is still a couple of feet of it in front on the lawn. Happy Happy Happy! I started tracking my food yesterday, and did it again today. Here I go starting a mini... Read more

  • What Fitness Means to Me

    3/12/2015 3:47:41 PM, by -RESAMARIE

    Fitness is important to me because my health needs attention. As I age, I find it harder and harder to try to stay on a healthy diet but now that I'm alone the choices are easier. I don't have someone nagging me what he wants to eat and when he wants to eat it. I can walk the dogs whenever I want. I... Read more

  • Truvia is not stevia! I just found this out. So use stevia and not Truvia.

    3/11/2015 12:30:03 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.livestrong.com/article/366
    165-truvia-vs-stevia/ So truvia is almost all a sugar alcohol. It advertises itself as stevia! I just looked it up because a book on inflammation said to use stevia and specifically said not Truvia. I feel hoodwinked --yet again by food manufactu... Read more

  • A note to myself

    3/11/2015 10:09:20 AM, by DAKOTAMIDNIGHT

    Just a note to myself, mostly. I started Nutrisystem 7 weeks ago, on January 19th 2015. So far I've lost 21.8 pounds - which is the most I've ever lost on a diet. And it's been so easy - just easy what I'm supposed to! I'm rarely hungry on it either which is also great. The only thing that is NOT gr... Read more

  • SP article: Nine Ways to get More Out of Your Day-boy do I need this!

    3/9/2015 7:57:55 PM, by CTUPTON

    12 www.sparkpeople.com/resource
    /motivation_articles.asp?i
    d=149 I will read it again and pick something I can actually do.... I will add to this blog.... 224 Here is the very best one for me! On my spark page I have a goal to just have more fun. I am either work... Read more

  • I am back, after a very, very long break.

    3/9/2015 8:22:12 AM, by GREASE31

    I am back, after a very, very long break, which seeems to, have lasted forever, & @ times, has felt like, it!!!! !!!! !!!!. Recently i have, bin admitted to, Grantham Hospital i, initially went in, there with 2, badly swollen legs, caused by cellulitis, & i also, had an ongoing, chest infectio... Read more

  • This year so far has been a blur.

    3/8/2015 8:22:58 AM, by DEPOTMODE

    Started the new year off with a bang--came down with the flu. Yes, I'd had the flu shot--was around a newborn at Christmas, and wanted to help with his immunity. I also had gotten the adult pertussis vaccine for the same reason. However, both my husband and I came down with the flu (strain A) right ... Read more

  • NSV and Inches Going

    3/7/2015 10:04:08 PM, by RABBITART

    I am having a much better day than the other day. I measured myself and I have lost 1/2 inch off my calves and thighs! 104 All my walking and leg work is paying off. I noticed the difference in my calves when I went to put on my rain boots for the first time this year. The boots slid off and... Read more

  • Argh

    3/7/2015 9:44:12 PM, by BUBBLEJ1

    Ya know when you're busy? Like, really busy? Work, friends, husband, renovation work that went from being a simple days work to a 2 week ordeal? Yep, I've had that kind of week. Only made it to the gym once (OMG) but I did skim coat 3 whole walls which is a workout in itself. I've had meetings on to... Read more

  • Graphs you might actually enjoy. Very clever from Mental Floss.

    3/7/2015 10:20:52 AM, by CTUPTON

    mentalfloss.com/article/56939/
    13-graphs-laughs... Read more

  • I really will clean the house today!

    3/7/2015 9:56:49 AM, by CTUPTON

    Great idea--but I need to clean first so I can "freshen." I do want one of these! Someone else took this photo--but it could be my house, too. I already changed both litter boxes and loaded the dishwasher! I am so pr... Read more

  • Readers' Digest

    3/7/2015 9:52:07 AM, by CTUPTON

    Hubby and I joke about me waking him up to quote Readers' Digest. Now I can tell him I found it online, too! www.rd.com/jokes/cartoons... Read more

  • Bad Day, Skipped Meals And Stress Ball

    3/6/2015 12:07:13 PM, by RABBITART

    Okay....Yesterday, was just one of those days, the night before my middle son received an eye injury at work. I told him I would go and fill the prescription for the antibiotic eye drops he needed. When I went to drop off the prescription I was told there were a couple of problems, number one ... Read more

  • What does your appetite monster look like?

    3/6/2015 9:41:38 AM, by CTUPTON

    38 38 38 38 38 38 38 38 38... Read more

  • A very cute but deadly appetite monster

    3/6/2015 9:38:46 AM, by CTUPTON

    thebookwormbaby.blogspot.com/2
    015/02/the-tragic-tale-of-
    dwayne-eating-monster.html... Read more

  • Tame the appetite monster!

    3/6/2015 9:37:52 AM, by CTUPTON

    By planning ahead and following a few simple tips, you are setting yourself up for success. Healthy Lifestyle Tip: 10 Ways to Outwit Your Appetite Follow these ingenious tips to keep your appetite under wraps: 1.Feed it protein for breakfast. You'll be less hungry later ... Read more

  • Day In The Life Of My Fuzzy Alarm Clock

    3/5/2015 4:25:09 PM, by RABBITART

    After Scarlett wakes me at 5am she usually goes back to sleep for the rest of the day. One particular morning I found she had crawled under the blankets put herself to bed in "my bed". She is just too darn cute to move so I left her and took a picture and the cat slept there most of the day. ... Read more

  • A good workout when

    3/5/2015 7:27:28 AM, by MOMMY_LOVES_J

    I know I've had a good workout when I'm sweaty.... Read more

  • My Fuzzy Alarm Clock

    3/4/2015 2:43:26 PM, by RABBITART

    This is Scarlett, my Siamese Ragdoll cat who insists on waking me most mornings at 5am to bring me her favorite toy a ribbon or she brings socks or bras up from the laundry room. She leaves quite the trail of clothes in the morning. She comes and has a little snuggle in my neck and she's off f... Read more

  • On my start page. STEP TWO. My other goals.

    3/3/2015 8:47:20 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am trying to develop habits that later I won't even think about. Track More Goals I love using this to reinforce my healthy behaviors. If I change to actually do these things, I know I can keep off any weight I lose. Most are YES/NO goals . Only the first one uses a scale of 1... Read more

  • Successful Day

    3/3/2015 1:57:12 AM, by RABBITART

    My day started off very early almost too early for me.... oh like at 5am my cat woke me up to come into my bedroom to say hello. Why can't cats wait until 10am lol. I tired to go back to sleep but we were having terrible winds all day today. I honestly thought the roof was going to blow off the hous... Read more

  • Worst of my flu fever is past but still not well

    3/2/2015 9:04:34 AM, by CTUPTON

    I have had enough! 225 I want fresh air and get rid of these germs. Someone told me to get meds at the doctor. They always say it is a virus and we have nothing for you, just stuff to reduce symptoms. But I guess there are several antiviral drugs now. I am not used to asking for t... Read more

  • half price now--SPAT-Spark Activity Tracker

    3/2/2015 8:53:56 AM, by CTUPTON

    543 I have mine on my shoes always and on my water shoes in the pool. It records automatically onto the computer when I walk by. Nice to know it is half price right now. 528 20 Chris... Read more

  • Recharged My Batteries

    3/2/2015 1:22:38 AM, by RABBITART

    Today was a great day, I finally had the opportunity to sleep in 224 . I was just relaxing in bed and my dad called me just to talk. I must have talked to him for over an hour then I talked to my mom for over an hour as well. I needed that. My oldest son, came over and we were talking about f... Read more

  • Thankful For Setbacks, Weightgains and Failure

    2/28/2015 9:43:17 PM, by RABBITART

    I know the title of blog sounds funny but I am truly thankful for all of my sets backs, weight gain and failure I have have endured this past two years because I have learned so much about myself and my weight loss journey. I said to my hubby and my oldest son if loosing weight was easy ... Read more

  • Oh no! How did the flu get me?

    2/28/2015 1:40:49 PM, by CTUPTON

    SP has many articles about the flu--prevention ans treatment--oh and why it is different from a cold. And if it a "stomach, intestine" thing it is a different virus. I did not know the flu was primarily respiratory. So if you want to know more, do a search on SP for flu. Please do ... Read more

  • Useless wasteland --answer!

    2/28/2015 1:15:23 PM, by CTUPTON

    The Grand Canyon Well Ives sure missed that boat! chris... Read more

  • SP recipes---healthy swaps for things we love but should not eat often

    2/28/2015 1:13:31 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.sparkpeople.com/resource/n
    utrition_articles.asp?id=1984... Read more

  • Keep coming and going...

    2/27/2015 11:40:38 PM, by CUPKAKE137

    Well I keep coming and going from this site. Getting distracted by things like my wedding and a new job and so on. Anyway I am hoping to get it together now that I have another new job that starts on Monday. Way better hours so hoping that the job works out and that I can make a schedule and get ... Read more

  • Useless wasteland...where is this?

    2/25/2015 8:35:36 PM, by CTUPTON

    Joseph Ives was given the job of looking at a certain area of the US. Here is his summation: "A few years later, Ives wrote an extensive report on his mission in which he pronounced the ? a beautiful but essentially useless wasteland. “After entering it there is nothing to do but leave,” h... Read more

  • Can't find my flylady motivational music ~!

    2/25/2015 5:18:56 PM, by CTUPTON

    It was so upbeat and motivating. Does anyone know what I am talking about? Thanks, chris 335 542... Read more

  • Fuhrman's food plate

    2/25/2015 4:03:24 PM, by CTUPTON

    Use the link below for a bigger picture. www.drfuhrman.com/library/food
    pyramid.aspx www.drfuhrman.com/library/food
    pyramid.aspx... Read more