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  • How I feel today in 5 words or less

    2/23/2017 11:16:04 PM, by MELODYO1

    I feel strong and committed!... Read more

  • 3 Positive Things I've Done This Week

    2/22/2017 9:56:24 PM, by MELODYO1

    Spark Coach recommends blogging, this is today's topic. I have gone to two bootcamp classes, including going to a later one last night because I had to work late and booked two more classes for Friday evening and Saturday. We also walked the dogs Sunday and Monday. Food wise, I have been... Read more

  • Exercise Motivation

    2/21/2017 10:51:13 PM, by MELODYO1

    When it comes to exercise I'm really good at working out once I get to the gym or get started. I really need to work at keeping motivated and get to the gym. Doing a 50 day challenge at a boot camp facility has been helping me stay motivated and see some success!... 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. montabaurheights.com/ 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

    www.diabeticlivingonline.com/d
    iabetic-recipes/dessert/ea
    sy-no-bake-diabetic-desser
    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

    www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.
    asp?post=28_onepot_dishes_
    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

  • Facebook Links to Connect with Me

    2/20/2017 12:28:24 PM, by JANIS-IRENE

    Here I am on a beautiful Monday. It's great to see sunshine and the snow is melting. I have a few facebook links to share with you so you can connect with me where you want. I suffer from both fibromyalgia and PTSD. I'm here to chat if you need to. We're in this together. Profile page: www.fac... Read more

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

    2/19/2017 3:32:59 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.mindbodygreen.com/0-28772/
    heres-exactly-what-to-do-a
    bout-brain-fog-a-functiona
    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

  • Nice day today

    2/18/2017 8:17:56 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Took the dog for a couple of walks today. One this morning after I fed her and one tonight when we got home from looking at bald eagles (saw 2 but took 2 pictures of 1 of them). It was a nice day to take them. It was in the mid to upper 60s today here in west central Illinois. Its going to be that w... 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

    drhyman.com/blog/2016/02/26/ho
    w-our-government-made-us-f
    at-and-sick/#lightbox/1/ The link has much better graphics than I can put here.... Read more

  • Stomach acting up

    2/17/2017 10:39:33 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I had to call my gastro doctor Wednesday because I ran out of the medicine that he prescribed last year for the ulcers that I had in my stomach. Well they were acting up off and on for a month and Wednesday was the day that I took the last of the medicine. I didn't get a call back from his nurse unt... 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

  • Bootcamp

    2/15/2017 10:05:05 PM, by MELODYO1

    This is my 4th week of a 7 week boot camp challenge. I feel I'm getting a bit stronger and that my tight pants may be getting a little less tight. Enjoying the encouragement and training instructions from the trainers!... Read more

  • Suggestions?

    2/15/2017 3:15:41 PM, by MBBRUNK

    Double mastectomy with phase 1 of reconstruction in September. Started exercising (walking) again in December. Scheduled for 2nd phase of reconstruction on Feb 6, 2017. I was up to 3-3.5 miles almost daily, until January 25, when i was asked by a friend to do a step class with her instead of walki... Read more

  • Suggestions?

    2/15/2017 3:15:19 PM, by MBBRUNK

    Double mastectomy with phase 1 of reconstruction in September. Started exercising (walking) again in December. Scheduled for 2nd phase of reconstruction on Feb 6, 2017. I was up to 3-3.5 miles almost daily, until January 25, when i was asked by a friend to do a step class with her instead of walki... Read more

  • Energy is getting better

    2/15/2017 11:54:37 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I'm glad that I am on the CPAP machine. My energy is so much better. It took me less time going to and from church on Sunday. It took me 16 minutes and 59 seconds to go to church and it took me about 15 minutes and 50 seconds coming home. I went the same route and at the same speed going to and from... Read more

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

    2/14/2017 8:09:27 PM, by CTUPTON

    http://www.wikihow.com/Practic
    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

  • So Frustrated!

    2/13/2017 6:10:09 PM, by JANIS-IRENE

    I am so frustrated with myself! I need to lose this weight and I do good for a bit but then I sink back and find myself eating chocolate chips and I"ll eat almost a full bag. Ugh! I am so disgusted! I don't know why I do this. I keep thinking, "I want it. I'm going to eat it. I don't want to be told... 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

  • No more coughs

    2/11/2017 6:45:16 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I am no longer sick. I am glad of that. I am still going to take the amount of Vitamin C since it has helped. Will have to get some more in 11 days to keep up with the amount that I have been taking. Dad is taking the same amount. It seems to help him with his nose. He has been having a runny nose ... Read more

  • Triathlon

    2/10/2017 11:01:42 PM, by MELODYO1

    At the age of 40 I completed my 1st sprint Triathlon. It was pouring rain and very cold. As I was running I realized I was doing it. The feeling was fantastic!... Read more

  • 4 down!!!

    2/7/2017 12:58:41 PM, by SOULFISH80

    I'm back in the losing game, woo hoo!!! Sunday was my 37th birthday, I had a blast. Tim took me out for prime rib....diet friendly mmmmhhmmmm!!!! Then yesterday my Mom and siblings took me to two museums in Sacramento and out to my favorite cafe. They had a blast too. Even got my brother to take a d... Read more

  • Surprised that I lost 1 1/2 lbs the third week

    2/6/2017 6:47:20 PM, by OLDEROWL

    As a member of the Winter 5% weight loss Challenge team the first two weeks were rather ordinary for me except I more than tripled the amount of exercise I usually do, averaging 391 minutes a week. However, I only lost 1.4 pounds the first two weeks. On the third week, I found myself concentrating ... 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

  • Update

    2/5/2017 4:01:30 PM, by JANIS-IRENE

    Hi, everyone! It has been so long since I have been on SparkPeople. But I have received some bad news. My liver and pancreas have fatty deposits, which comes from being overweight. I weigh 258lbs, not my highest (283), but obviously too much for my short body. The doctor recommends that I lose a lot... Read more

  • A Wholesome, Inspirational, Healthy & Joyous Life Pledge

    2/4/2017 1:12:27 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Please (now is a fine time) add your name and spread this pledge to as many Sparkpeople members you think may be encouraged by it, such as by including it in a blog. A WHOLESOME, INSPIRATIONAL, HEALTHY, AND JOYOUS PLEDGE We, the undersigned, pledge to strive to live each day, a Wholesome... Read more

  • Feeling better

    2/4/2017 12:35:58 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I am feeling a lot better. Still have the occasional cough but not as bad as I was. I took a dose of cough syrup last night before going to bed and that is the first time all week that I had to take anything. And last night I sucked on 3 cough drops. So I must be doing a lot better. I had my fo... 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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. www.sparkpeople.com/resource/f
    unnies-cartoon.asp?id=278 593 244 chris... Read more

  • Homemade bisquick but gluten free

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

    Gluten-Free Bisquick Mix blessherheartyall.com/one-mi
    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

  • A Wholesome, Inspirational, Healthy and Joyous Pledge

    1/28/2017 4:07:12 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Important 303 Prior to February 6, the contents of this message may be shared with others only by giving a link to this blog www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pub
    lic_journal_individual.asp
    ?blog_id=6306814 or this link www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/te
    am_messageboard_thread.asp
    ?board=0x64349x6... Read more

  • Thoughts about Occam's Razor

    1/27/2017 10:55:30 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • It's that time again

    1/25/2017 11:15:20 PM, by PEGGYGEE

    Do you ever notice you can be sailing along making healthy choices and then all of a sudden, its as if you have been possessed by some demon pushing you to go over the edge. Since December, I have been in an unusual place. I generally can resist most anything in the evening. I was never one to have ... Read more

  • A lounger for your cat(s) and they can use it as a place to scratch, too!

    1/25/2017 10:35:10 AM, by CTUPTON

    scratchlounge.com/pages/happy... Read more