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  • First day at new gym

    3/23/2017 8:52:22 AM, by VALKYRIA-

    Went well!! I took the advice of other Sparkers and I didn't push myself too hard. I did a brief warm up on the elliptical (phew that thing is hard), and then I used 3 weight machines -- leg press, chest press, and lat pull down for two sets of 10-12... and then I did the treadmill with short ... Read more

  • Condo (for sale) is getting the final walk through and inspection today. Wish me luck!

    3/22/2017 1:35:22 PM, by CTUPTON

    If all goes well, closing will be about April 27th. Then I can stop paying that mortgage, utilities, big condo fee, etc. I am crossing my fingers and toes that all goes well! chris... Read more

  • tax appointment--phew!

    3/22/2017 1:29:55 PM, by CTUPTON

    Well, after 2 hours, we were not done, co I have another chance to hand in things! I needed the second chance. Good thing I did not cancel or postpone this morning's appointment! They handled the move from CT to NY state. that was tricky and took awhile. I had most of the forms that... Read more

  • Weekly Weigh-In

    3/22/2017 12:08:46 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    Omgosh! I weighed in much lower than I thought I would and well below the threshold for my scale to measure me. 390.4 I was expecting 405 or higher :) So, I'm down about 6 lb from when I was in the hospital earlier this year, and down about 15 lb from my highest weight last year.I guess t... Read more

  • Doin' the best I can...

    3/22/2017 7:40:18 AM, by CTUPTON

    This morning I have an appointment to get my taxes done. I wish I was more ready, but I am doin' the best I can. chris... Read more

  • Feeling Better

    3/21/2017 5:59:10 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    Thanks for the support on my last blog. It means a lot to me that so many wonderful Sparkfriends are supporting me. I had my appointment with the sleep doc today and it went well; I'm going to have a sleep study on Apr 1st. She said I should be taking the antipsychotic med Vaylar instead of my... Read more

  • Brooms stand up on the day of the spring equinox???

    3/21/2017 3:15:04 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Broke another plateau

    3/21/2017 11:46:29 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I broke a 2 day plateau. It isn't much but to me its something. I was at 199 pounds since Sunday and now I'm at 198 pounds. Its a pound but it is something more. I am 16 pounds away from being where I was back in July when I went to Wisconsin with my aunt and uncle. I am hoping to get down below tha... Read more

  • First day back

    3/20/2017 9:58:25 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    It feels really weird to be back in my apartment, but here I am! I have these memories of feeling bad in this apartment, so it's very strange to be feeling good in it right now, but I guess I will get used to it. I almost feel afraid that something bad is going to happen, but I know that's not... Read more

  • Dry mouth and throat with CPAP at night

    3/20/2017 4:26:32 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Got a question for people who are a CPAP machine. Does anyone have a dry mouth and throat when on their CPAP at night no matter which mask you're on? If so, what do you do to keep it at bay? I have been so dry in my mouth and throat here lately to where it would wake me up in the middle of the night... Read more

  • Broke the plateau

    3/20/2017 10:02:34 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I broke my plateau yesterday. I was at 200 pounds starting a week ago tomorrow. And when I checked my weight yesterday, I was at 199 pounds. I am still at that weight. I thought with the way that I ate last night that I was going to gain some weight but I didn't. After all the exercises that I did y... Read more

  • I guess I am feeling philosophical...

    3/19/2017 6:14:18 PM, by CTUPTON

    Pierre de Chardin You are not a human being in search of a spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being immersed in a human experience. We are one, after all, you and I. Together we suffer, together exist, and forever will recreate each other. The world i... Read more

  • Back to Columbus

    3/19/2017 11:29:01 AM, by VALKYRIA-

    Last night we saw Beauty and the Beast. It was good! I also managed to only have a handful of my brother's popcorn, and I had a very sensible portion for dinner and didn't binge or snack afterwards. This is my last day visiting my family. Tomorrow I'll be packing up my cats and heading back to ... Read more

  • March 20 First Day of Spring 2017 : )

    3/19/2017 11:07:50 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • yesterday, a little more progress toward getting taxes done...

    3/19/2017 8:47:50 AM, by CTUPTON

    I was able to go online and print a few papers needed for taxes. interest paid on our mortgage, for example I need to make sure I have those ind of the year forms from a few "retirement" investments. I still hate this stuff! Isn't there an age when you can stop doing this???... Read more

  • Fast Food Plan!

    3/17/2017 8:45:53 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    Thanks to the helpful suggestions on my previous blog, I've decided not to demonize fast food, but to simply make a list of *allowed* meals that I can get from fast food places near me and not have it be a cheat meal. Now obviously most of these foods are not my *First Choice*, and they have a ... Read more

  • 2 Months

    3/17/2017 12:05:58 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    OK, I found out I have a seat reserved in the boot camp that starts May 15th (if you'll remember from my previous blogs, I had to take a leave of absence from this boot camp because of my mental health, but they are letting me complete a later one and I will not lose the money I've already invested)... Read more

  • Simplify your life, less is better

    3/17/2017 10:52:20 AM, by OLDEROWL

    OlderOwl, yours truly, says "Simplify your life, focus first on what is important and necessary, in that order." I say this because too many times, we delude ourselves into believing that something is necessary when it is even not really important to a wholesome, inspirational, healthy and joyous l... Read more

  • Believe it and commit to it

    3/17/2017 9:15:28 AM, by OLDEROWL

    All humans, no matter their handicaps, have the potential to do Good Works if they have faith and are committed. This includes obtaining a healthy weight. I say healthy for it is most important to live a wholesome, inspirational, healthy and joyous life, not to please the world, but to honor our g... Read more

  • lost socks

    3/17/2017 4:03:02 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Filter the Community Help Feed. Yeah --filter so people I have befriended appear!

    3/16/2017 12:15:38 PM, by CTUPTON

    224 The little icon of a filter funnel does this! Right near the title of the Community Goals feed. 244 I am not anti-social. It is just that I have over 100 friends already. I do contact other people, too, as I get the urge. But I was way overwhelmed by all the new (to me)... Read more

  • progress --doing my taxes for 2016. Oh boy do I hate this!

    3/16/2017 12:05:12 PM, by CTUPTON

    Several more goals were met. 244 First find a flat place to work. 248 I used to use a folding table. But since we moved the only one I moved with is in use for hubby's meals, etc. I think I can clear off a section of the kitchen counter facing the living room. 15 minutes 248 Get out ... Read more

  • I worked out today

    3/16/2017 11:17:20 AM, by VALKYRIA-

    This might not seem like much of an achievement but for me, at this time in my life, it is. I went to the mall and walked for 30 minutes because it was too cold to walk outside. It feels really good. I took the time to do intentional exercise and to focus on my health, and I'm going to keep this pat... Read more

  • Community Goal Feed?

    3/16/2017 8:49:46 AM, by CTUPTON

    Are you using this? I have trouble keeping up with the people I have befriended . I am not really wanting to contact even more people . I try to keep contact with as many of my sparkfriends as possible using my friend feed, my blogs, writing to people who comment on my blogs and spartk pa... Read more

  • Joining a Gym with my friend!

    3/15/2017 12:03:10 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    It's amazing to me that this has transpired the way it has... because just yesterday I was thinking about how much I missed my (expensive) old fitness center and I was considering trying to find a cheaper place to work out... well, today my friend Katie told me that she joined Planet Fitness and was... Read more

  • No change in weight

    3/15/2017 12:02:05 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    My weight hasn't changed. I am still at 200 pounds. I couldn't do any exercising yesterday due to the cold weather and I was wearing a dress. Plus I was still a little sick yesterday and I didn't want to get worse. I am hoping that it is a little warmer today when I get home from dad's appointment w... Read more

  • On-going check off list of tasks to get taxes done. Will update as I make progress.

    3/15/2017 11:18:55 AM, by CTUPTON

    First find a flat place to work. 248 I used to use a folding table. But since we moved the only one I moved with is in use for hubby's meals, etc. I think I can clear off a section of the kitchen counter facing the living room. 15 minutes 248 Get out the stacking trays that organize the yea... Read more

  • Day 15 of Fit & Fiber Challenge - so long so little results

    3/15/2017 1:35:44 AM, by LINDYPOWER

    I weighed in on the 13th and was happy to see this number - down from 209.1 when I started March 1rst. I've been eating under the recommended amount of calories and eating bland, nutritious foods But after the scale read 204.2 I weighed myself an hour later BEFORE I ate and the scale ... Read more

  • Day 14 - part 2 - scale 205.2 and by evening 206.4. :-(

    3/14/2017 6:27:12 PM, by LINDYPOWER

    Instead of having another serving of corned beef and cabbage (lunch was 387 calories for a plate of measured food) I realize how I'm not going to ever lose weight.......and all this obsessing and measuring and deprivation has taken up a LOT of my precious time, and if I have one regular meal... Read more

  • Day 14 - Fit & Fiber Challenge - 205.2

    3/14/2017 4:53:33 PM, by LINDYPOWER

    1 dollop Greek yogurt strawberries 1 rice pancake - using yesterday's batter. This cooked better. But it still was dry and strange. Then I decided to cook the small brisket I only bought cause it's St. Patty's Day on Friday. It was $3.79 a lb. at ALDIS. (2.24 lbs) It rea... Read more

  • Day 13 - Fit & Fiber Challenge 204.4 lb.

    3/14/2017 4:37:06 PM, by LINDYPOWER

    I made a rice flour pancake for brunch as I woke up late. It was terrible. lol but Gluten-free!!!! Maybe if I'd cooked it right it would have sufficed. I made a thin flounder fillet for dinner and topped it with freshly picked young garlic leaves sticking out of the snow... Read more

  • Finally getting more weight off

    3/14/2017 10:17:40 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I have been struggling with my weight and getting back under 200 pounds. I was up to 207 pounds towards the beginning of the month. Then I would be losing a pound a day (I check it everyday to see what I need to adjust in my food intake and exercise for that day) and there were times I would gain i... Read more

  • Cutting Refined Sugar

    3/13/2017 4:58:52 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    The first thing I'm going to do to try to get my numbers down is cutting refined sugar from my diet. I don't drink soda, but I have been eating sugary breakfast cereals and I have been known to snack on sugar-laden granola bars and sometimes sugary coffee drinks from Starbucks or juices. I've d... Read more

  • Black bean brownies--no flour

    3/13/2017 3:24:27 PM, by CTUPTON

    These tasty brownies are made without any flour – so you can eat them even if you are avoiding wheat and/or gluten. The black bean is a surprising ingredient that gives this dessert texture but which doesn’t interfere with the chocolate taste. Ingredients 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed a... Read more

  • Last week, 3 days of no energy! Why? This week is better.

    3/13/2017 1:40:20 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have been trying to not have sugar, coffee, gluten and even dairy. Why the 3 days of moping around and sleeping to much? I can't figure it out. Yes I ate some things I shouldn't have had so I blamed food allergies. But this week I am back to "normal." Normal for me anyway. And I have not eaten any... Read more

  • Again, I made brown rice in my new instapot. Very easy!

    3/13/2017 12:54:40 PM, by CTUPTON

    Pour in 1 1/4 cup water to each cup of brown rice. Put the top on--closed to let pressure build up. Push "manual" 22 minutes --which was already set up because I cooked the same thing before. I walked away and even left the apartment for awhile. I came back and the rice was perfect! ... Read more

  • Reached Goal after 46 Months at Spark

    3/13/2017 10:23:21 AM, by OLDEROWL

    Yesterday (3/12/17) after less than 4 years in Spark People (starting weight 190 lbs), I achieve my goal weight, 158 lbs, for the first time with the help of a private 5% challenge “weight loss” team and my wife’s cooking. I aim to maintain that weight (between 155 and 162 lbs). I reviewed my goa... Read more

  • Sunday walks 3-12-17

    3/12/2017 6:17:52 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Took a little longer on the same route to and from church today. Took 16 minutes to and another 16 minutes to get home today from church. Still breaking in new tennis shoes. I am not sure why I took so long to get the walk in both ways. Walked the same speed. Plus it was a little cold today. The CPA... Read more

  • Day 12 - Losing my hunger for food

    3/12/2017 4:50:27 PM, by LINDYPOWER

    Brunch and Sunday dinner totaled: calories 617 carbs 77 fat 23 protein 29 fiber 13 I didn't awaken until 10:30 AM (really 9:30 AM) after being wide awake with the full moon energy. I didn't eat brunch until 1 PM I made a very small potato (2 OZ) 1/2 small onion, 1 garl... Read more

  • Blood sugar too high

    3/12/2017 1:16:02 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    I am upset to see that my blood work came back and my blood sugar and HA1C are both way too high... in the diabetic range. I'll need to make an appointment with an endocrinologist to get onto some medication. I want to reverse this. I don't want my body to suffer and deteriorate. I ... Read more

  • New drug for Alzheimers. It seems very promising.

    3/12/2017 11:22:39 AM, by CTUPTON
    ne-is-best-news-for-d/ This article has animated videos, graphics and tons of information. chris... Read more

  • Day 12 Fit & Fiber Challenge. Gluten is my enemy

    3/12/2017 1:32:25 AM, by LINDYPOWER

    I started getting weird rashes on my lower back, and my doctor looked at it and said nothing. I decided to give up gluten for Lent and within 11 days there's dried up scabs falling off my back, and I've had no more hives, no more violent burning itches on my upper back. I figured this out all on my ... Read more

  • Day 11 - part 2

    3/11/2017 8:57:48 PM, by LINDYPOWER

    It's Saturday night and I'm all alone, as usual. Snow still on the ground. 15 degrees outside. I finally moved night table and dusted it, dusted under this area of bed, and vacuumed then using scrub brush hand scrubbed carpet with rug cleaner then used steam machine to suck up the dirt. Was... Read more

  • Day 2

    3/11/2017 5:48:23 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    I cooked dinner for my family today (as well as I could in my mom's crowded kitchen)! I made lemon asparagus chicken with mushrooms... we had it with baked potatoes (I ate half of it and saved the other half for tomorrow). I started my entire dose of medication today, so hopefully it continues... Read more

  • 50 day bootcamp challenge results

    3/11/2017 5:17:33 PM, by MELODYO1

    Today was my final workout at the bootcamp facility as well as the fitness test, weigh in and measurements. I did well. Lost 3 inches off my chest, 3 off my hips and 4 off my bust. I was also down 13 lbs! For the fitness test I was able to do 19 push-ups from my knees in a minute, 41 burpees using ... Read more

  • Pressed by Kind Bar-- I liked it

    3/11/2017 2:06:33 PM, by CTUPTON

    Pineapple Banana Kale Spinach Some people couldn't stand it. I enjoyed the sweet pineapple flavor.chris Ingredients Pineapple, banana, apple, kale, spinach. Allergen Information Made in a facility that processes peanuts, tree nuts, sesame seeds and soy. Serving Si... Read more


    3/11/2017 11:31:26 AM, by LINDYPOWER

    Accuracy ~ The Gift within Accuracy is not just about doing things perfectly or to a set standard. In spiritual terms, being accurate first of all requires that I be aware of the attitude I need to create harmony in my relationships. If I inspire enthusiasm, trust and confidence in those a... Read more

  • Day 11 of Fit & Fiber Challenge - gluten-free only

    3/11/2017 10:46:10 AM, by LINDYPOWER

    small banana and 8 dry roasted almonds for breakfast. 224 calories. I slept very well. But up later than I need to have on my schedule. I'm trying to form a schedule that will allow me to return to a job without stressing me out. If I can arise at 6 AM for yoga on television, and b... Read more

  • Oh! I just found a huge group of "STEP 2" things on the New Start Page!

    3/11/2017 10:13:07 AM, by CTUPTON

    That is where I did most of my spark activities before. It was just hidden! Right side, middle of the page. 24 40 40 24 In tiny print. Yes in tiny print! : Show Past Step 2 Features - More Goals & Goal Board › 24 24 What is showing up on the start page does not interest me a... Read more

  • A week without coffee and I feel great

    3/11/2017 10:04:03 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I haven't had any coffee for a week now and I feel great. My dad thought that I would be drinking coffee whenever we went to Target but I would tell him no. I think that he has finally got it into his head that I am not going to drink it anymore. I am surprised that my aunt and uncle hasn't called t... Read more

  • quizes and info about school subjects--I looked up biographies

    3/10/2017 3:56:10 PM, by CTUPTON I just went to a discussion group--TOPIC: FRIENDSHIP 220 Aristotle was quoted. I had no idea he said so much about friendship. About 10 people came to the discussion. They shared very willingly so it was a meaningful discussion. I am glad I went. Most ... Read more

  • Day 1 - Measurement Time

    3/10/2017 1:39:54 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    I'm trying hard not to be ashamed of these measurements, and I'm sure they will be decreasing soon :) This is just the way it is for me right now. I need to learn to accept and love myself at this size if I want to make a lasting change for the better. I will be remeasuring on the first of every mon... Read more

  • New start page... change is hard!

    3/10/2017 12:35:52 PM, by CTUPTON

    If I knew they were planning to change it, I'd have made one copy of the old page. I guess most people did not give team bonus points. I liked that feature. Community goal feed--- I never tried that . Now it takes up most of the page. I did my own personal goals--but I had to really look... Read more

  • I need support and Sparkfriends - I'm recommitting to my health

    3/10/2017 11:37:56 AM, by VALKYRIA-

    Hi guys I'm back here on Sparkpeople again after some crazy life circumstances and I feel like I am ready to commit to a healthier lifestyle and to create some good patterns in my life that will help me be and feel healthier. I'm afraid I'm over 400 lb again (not sure how much, because my scale... Read more

  • Quit drinking coffee

    3/10/2017 11:30:58 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I believe that I figured out what was causing my stomach problems and the headaches. Coffee. It doesn't matter if I was drinking regular or decaf, it made my stomach upset and the headaches. I've been drinking hot tea and water and it seems to be helping a lot. Plus it helps when I feel a little plu... Read more

  • Soup's On!

    3/9/2017 6:41:59 PM, by DRS510

    Sauté 5 minutes: 1 T olive oil 1 medium onion add and turn down and cook until tender: 1 carrot 4 garlic cloves 1 red bell pepper add and simmer 20 minutes: 2 qts chicken broth 1 qt tomatoes 2 c water 1 small head cabbage ½ tsp red hot sauce salt and pepper Ga... Read more

  • Trying a new counselor today...

    3/9/2017 10:38:53 AM, by CTUPTON

    Top of my notes page to her is about the great support I get daily from sparkfriends. 252 220 My problem: fatigue and brain fog all my life keeps me from getting things done 102 40 and due to hubby and daughter and keeping this ship afloat -my responsibilities ar... Read more

  • Staying Positive

    3/8/2017 9:56:37 PM, by MELODYO1

    Today's Spark Coach topic was on positive self talk. One point that jumped out for me was to talk to yourself as you would to your best friend. I wouldn't tell my friend that since she missed a workout or ate poorly yesterday that she is a I shouldn't speak that way to myself. Remember... Read more

  • Need to Make a Change

    3/8/2017 3:40:40 PM, by JANIS-IRENE

    There comes a time when the weight that has piled on has become too much. And that is where I am at. I'm not at the heaviest I've ever been but I'm not far off. It's getting hard for me to move around and I'm in pain. It's getting harder to shower myself. I am distraught but know that staying that w... Read more

  • Embarrassing

    3/8/2017 1:16:27 PM, by SOULFISH80

    Now that I'm tracking everything that crosses my lips, I'm fully aware why I'm not steadily losing weight. My current diet has been embarrassing. I'm eating like a teenager! There's been chips, sugary drinks and even doughnuts. What happened to my low carb, no wheat, no sugar diet???? I think these ... Read more

  • Chronic fatigue and decluttering

    3/8/2017 12:54:39 PM, by CTUPTON
    some-as-it-is-for-others/ Boy do I need this advice! chris... Read more

  • 3 months in

    3/8/2017 7:44:18 AM, by MREE777

    I just need to write out what I'm doing to help me gain some perspective. I tend to get up at about 5am to get ready for work. (For me this includes preparing and eating breakfast and preparing and packing lunch.) I usually work 8-4:30 On Monday nights at 7pm I have a class at church cal... Read more

  • I'm back!

    3/8/2017 7:32:57 AM, by MREE777

    So, my brother surprised me with a new 39" smart tv for Christmas. This is the first new tv I've had since 1989. I haven't watched television in about 7 years. Making this gift a major one in my mind. Imagine being able to watch Andy Griffith on a big screen! (I watched netflix on my computer a... Read more

  • When it comes to exercise...

    3/7/2017 10:43:43 PM, by MELODYO1

    I'm really good at doing exercise once I'm at the gym. I enjoy being able to move my body, focusing on my form and seeing improvements in my strength. I need help getting to the gym. I'm able to talk myself out of my workouts. For the last 6 weeks I have been going to a bootcamp facility where you h... Read more

  • Thyroid? Cold brewed coffee? Med reaction? Food allergies?

    3/7/2017 7:33:24 AM, by CTUPTON

    Thank you all for your suggestions. I am hoping I have more energy today. I am amazed that some days I actually get things done and many days I drag myself around. I hope today is one of the better days. You are wonderful for sticking with me and my saga. 247 220 304 chris... Read more

  • Compliment

    3/6/2017 10:45:53 PM, by MELODYO1

    Today after bootcamp class, another 50-day challenger came over to me and told me she could see changes in my body and that I was looking good. Felt good to hear this; we are heading into the final week and I'm close to losing 10 lbs. This challenge has been what I needed to start my weight loss jou... Read more

  • Oh no-- extreme fatigue for 2 whole days now.

    3/6/2017 2:21:24 PM, by CTUPTON

    People will say my body needs the rest, but I don't think so. I tried rousing myself by going outside. I cleaned up the floor of the van and junk on the back seat. I wanted to get to the very back part, but I could not handle it. Darn! I keep blaming a change in meds, increase in sertral... Read more

  • To do list to ease myself into prep for taxes.

    3/6/2017 11:37:08 AM, by CTUPTON

    First find a flat place to work. I used to use a folding table. But since we moved the only one I moved with is in use for hubby's meals, etc. I think I can clear off a section of the kitchen counter facing the living room. 15 minutes Get out the stacking trays that organize the yea... Read more

  • Losing a bit more

    3/3/2017 12:40:49 PM, by SOULFISH80

    Seem to only be blogging occasionally, but that's what's working for me now. I updated my weight, which was a 3 lb loss from current stats, but a 6 lb gain because I haven't updated my weight tracker in quite some time. So, I still take it as a loss, it's probably been about a year.....and my last w... Read more

  • COMMITMENT (by its letters)

    3/3/2017 8:02:10 AM, by OLDEROWL

    Commitment to me means C-choosing to follow a plan to lose weight permanently because of x,y and z. O-one that is easy to follow and not too restrictive but represents a healthy lifestyle M-making changes surely but gradually M-modifying the plan as I learn for myself, via Spark, which... Read more

  • "Whatever you are, be a good one"

    3/2/2017 10:01:56 PM, by MELODYO1

    Abraham Lincoln said "Whatever you are, be a good one." This is Spark Coach's suggested topic to reflect on. I'm good at being positive and willing to pitch in and help. I'm also good at being patient and staying calm. I'm good at getting involved and cheering on others. I'm not grea... Read more

  • Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

    3/2/2017 5:29:54 AM, by CTUPTON

    I need to make this my "on the hour" mantra. We have a clock that chimes on the hour. Maybe that will remind me of this "mantra." chris... Read more

  • Starting today...

    3/1/2017 10:38:19 PM, by MELODYO1

    Today I'll start focusing on the positive side of life. Whether it is focusing on things I am grateful for, positive ways I have moved and/or feed my body, looking at the what someone has done or said in a positive way instead of a negative way or any other possible negative situations with a positi... Read more

  • Another day of making visible progress!

    3/1/2017 7:57:26 PM, by CTUPTON

    Several months ago I was working and organizing just as much but the progress could not be seen! The 900 sq. ft. apartment just had way too many boxes of stuff moved in from the old house. But now I am actually seeing floor! 244 I have been sorting boxes of assorted papers--mostly to find... Read more

  • I'm back!

    3/1/2017 8:57:03 AM, by PRINCESSKIANE

    Ok I've started a new thing that I hope becomes more than a thing and into a life style change.. I suck at my relationship with food !!! I binge every single time and this thing I've been doing is helping me with that and breaking my cycle of bad food relationships... Intermittent fasting !! It's... Read more

  • Fitness Goal

    2/28/2017 7:14:05 PM, by MELODYO1

    I'm coming to the end of a 50 day bootcamp challenge. I feel I have been successful... I've lost close to 10 lbs and have made it to class 4 times a week. My next fitness goal will be to continue getting to the gym on my own. I've kept track of some of the workouts so I can try and do them at t... Read more

  • I actually had a full day of activities. : )

    2/28/2017 6:09:50 PM, by CTUPTON

    A bus trip to a resident's funeral. It sounds awful but he was a dear man I met here at the new place. He was a Monsignor so the Bishop said the Mass and many priests and other Monsignors were there--all dressed in white robes. As a group they even sand 2 hymns acapello! Very impressive. ... Read more

  • Clothes shopping - YUCK

    2/27/2017 11:08:22 PM, by MELODYO1

    Going clothes shopping makes me feel depressed. It has never been something I enjoy. I often feel dumpy, I'm unhappy how clothes fit and it is not my favorite thing to do. I never know what to wear or how to match/put outfits together or how to dress professionally and still be comfortable. ... Read more

  • I found...

    2/27/2017 1:24:08 PM, by CTUPTON

    no, not the 2 things I was looking for. 24 But I found my old fishing license and I found 2 directions to padlocks--and I found one of the padlocks, too!!! And found hubby's SS card, but not mine!... Read more

  • Condo for sale in north central connecticut. Ranch style. Lovely location.

    2/27/2017 10:13:57 AM, by CTUPTON

    It was the perfect place for us to live. We needed a one-floor place with an open floor plan. Hubby could maneuver his motorized wheelchair around to every room. Basement is as large as the condo itself. Lots of "nature" around. Very, very quiet since no highways can be heard. Newly r... Read more

  • Sunday walks

    2/26/2017 7:41:15 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    My walking to and from church has improved again. I was at 16 minutes getting to church and 15 minutes getting home from church a week ago today. Today it was 15 minutes getting to church and 14 minutes getting home from church. So my CPAP is helping BIG TIME!!!!! I am getting more energy and I'm br... Read more

  • Can't find title to the van and can't find original SS cards. Darn!

    2/26/2017 4:11:44 PM, by CTUPTON

    So, to do: 1) Go downtown Buffalo to the SS office . Get a new (free ) card. 2) Pay $25 to the state of Connecticut to get a new Title to the van. so I can get a NYS driver's license and register the van in NY state. Yuk. chris... Read more

  • I can't believe I got so much done today!

    2/26/2017 4:08:40 PM, by CTUPTON

    Something's wrong. I had many boxes of assorted papers. Tons of papers!! I sorted maybe 5 boxes of assorted papers and at least got things grouped and grouped and labeled groups put in the general area where they should go. chris... Read more

  • 3 good things that have happened this week

    2/26/2017 2:47:14 PM, by MELODYO1

    Looking at the positive side of life, we are going to Eric Church next month, my mom has been fairly settled in her home (she has dementia and can get very agitated) and I made it to 4 bootcamp classes! I'm sure I could list more but that's all for today. Thanks for reading!... Read more

  • 3 good things that have happened this week

    2/26/2017 2:47:06 PM, by MELODYO1

    Looking at the positive side of life, we are going to Eric Church next month, my mom has been fairly settled in her home (she has dementia and can get very agitated) and I made it to 4 bootcamp classes! I'm sure I could list more but that's all for today. Thanks for reading!... Read more

  • (Non)candy bar comparison

    2/25/2017 6:11:13 PM, by CTUPTON

    198 something like a cookie that won't trigger my sweet tooth. Here is a comparison chart .
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    g/weighing-in-on-energy-bars... Read more

  • Make Nutty Raspberry Cookie Treats

    2/25/2017 2:23:00 PM, by CTUPTON

    Ingredients Nonstick cooking spray 3 cups whole grain brown rice crisp cereal, such as Gluten Free Rice Krispies brand 1 cup regular rolled oats 1 cup freeze-dried raspberries, such as Just Berries brand 1/2 cup sliced almonds or chopped peanuts 3 tablespo... Read more

  • Have you used freeze dried fruits?

    2/25/2017 1:06:30 PM, by CTUPTON
    +raspberries&tbm=shop&* One of the recipes to satisfy a sweet tooth had freeze dried raspberries. I never bought these. Yes, very expensive. chris... Read more

  • Thank you-my great sparkfriends

    2/25/2017 1:04:56 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am feeling much better. Not perfect. But I can face the world again. I read all your messages. 213 I took a drive to the library to pick up the Roosevelt book I had ordered: Not Ordinary Times. I ate an avocado I had frozen. 247 chris... Read more

  • This should not devistate me, but...

    2/25/2017 8:05:13 AM, by CTUPTON

    All that happened is that the DMV wants my original SS card . I have had it forever, but now, after moving, I can't find it. 24 Yes, I can get a new one free. I tried logging in to the SS site. My PW would not work! 24 I will try phoning them, but today is Saturday so they probably are n... Read more

  • Instead of ice cream

    2/25/2017 7:30:38 AM, by CTUPTON

    From a sparkfriend: Pulverize bananas in the blender with some different additives, sometimes fruit, or nut butter, sometimes a little unsweetened coconut powder, and usually a little unsweetened almond or soy milk which I make in another milk machine. I put the mixture in the fridge for about a ha... Read more

  • I have been craving sweets! So here are some tips...

    2/24/2017 2:57:24 PM, by CTUPTON

    1. Use cinnamon. Cinnamon is one of those spices that lends a sweet flavor and sprinkling it on different foods is just enough to give the illusion of a sweet treat. Cinnamon mixed with unsweetened apple sauce can taste like dessert. 2. Turn to nut butters. Nut butters, even the natural kin... Read more

  • Postpartum smack down

    2/24/2017 10:39:00 AM, by REAGANGILBERT

    I have had it with excuses for now loosing the weight. Most people don't understand that I did loose all but 20 pounds after Jan was born, but I gained another 30 pounds after she was born thanks to our dear friend postpartum depression. I am making this statement- she is 6 months old, and it's time... Read more

  • 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