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  • I'm hungry

    4/24/2017 9:49:21 PM, by KATZABELLAMAMA

    So today I started tracking again and I'm hungry. I'm at my end. I'm sick of feeling crappy all the time. Our eating habits have gone to the fast food industry so many times of the week. I have started to have extreme stomach pain every time I eat. I get bloated in my stomach and get a terribl... Read more

  • Boy do I need to follow this rhyme for organizing!

    4/24/2017 7:21:49 PM, by CTUPTON

    9. One Place for Your Lists Straight into a binder, all TO DOs and lists go Wondering what to do next? You'll always know. chris 195 ... Read more

  • Rhymes to help me get more organized

    4/24/2017 7:16:01 PM, by CTUPTON

    Copied from USMAWIFE--Thank you! I have never seen these rhymes before. Very clever! chris10 Organizing rhymes Tuesday, October 04, 2016 10 Organizing Rhymes Let's have a little fun getting organized. I've found that when you approach making changes with a grin, they tend ... Read more

  • I moved!

    4/24/2017 6:33:18 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    The move is over! Now I'm unpacking everything. I have 3 weeks until the bootcamp starts, so I'm planning to focus on eating healthy, going to the gym, fewer fast food and more homemade meals. I love my new apartment! I feel like I have a fresh start. There's a ton more light in this place, and the... Read more

  • No change in weight but did plenty of exercises

    4/24/2017 10:54:06 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Yesterday I weighed myself and I weighed 198 pounds and today I still weigh that much. I did plenty of exercising even though I didn't eat that well. I had an upset stomach after eating lunch and I had some fried foods. So I do know that I need to cut that out from now on. That and greasy and sweets... Read more

  • Lost 2 pounds and back into the 190s

    4/23/2017 1:31:00 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Yesterday I was at 200 pounds and today I'm down to 198 pounds. I lost 2 pounds. I am glad that I am out of the 200s now. After all the exercises that I have done and the mowing the yard later on, I should be able to lose some more weight. I already took the dog for 2 walks for 15 minutes each, walk... Read more

  • one week in

    4/23/2017 9:38:24 AM, by MREE777

    and I have dropped 11.6lbs! Praise God! It's working. It's not as hard as I thought to cut the calories because the appetite suppressant keeps me from being hungry. I haven't gotten in specific "walks" as yet. Both of my jobs are extremely physical. But, yesterday my roommate and I went to th... Read more

  • Day 13 Countdown to Overcome Cravings

    4/22/2017 8:20:21 AM, by OLDEROWL

    A trick of mine to overcome cravings is to think of a countdown to a successful rocket launch to weight loss. Count 5-4-3-2-1 Blast Off as follows: 5. This is just a craving 4. It will pass 3. I have strengthened my will to resist it 2. I can relax because I’m now in control 1. This c... Read more

  • Lost hearing aid! I am frantic!

    4/21/2017 9:35:09 PM, by CTUPTON

    Yesterday I lost one hearing aid!!! 46 I went out shopping for an exercise top yesterday. I think I had both hearing aids in at that time. But.. this week a couple of days I actually forgot to wear them! So I am not positive about having them in the store. Our apartment was cleaned today... Read more

  • Gained 6 pounds

    4/21/2017 10:51:29 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    In the past couple of days I have gained 6 pounds. Very little exercise (none yesterday due to a sore foot) and poor choices in food, I would gain that much weight. I went from 194 pounds to 200 pounds. I am hoping to get some more exercising in soon so I can get my weight down. Especially when we a... Read more

  • I did not get my hyacinths this year! that is a bad sign for me.

    4/19/2017 7:28:19 AM, by CTUPTON

    I have been way too tired too many days. I ALWAYS get hyacinths for Easter. It does not feel like Easter to me till that fragrance is in the house. It is very hard to rouse myself to go driving. Many days I have not had a shower. A couple of health issues have been bothering me, itchy skin, it... Read more

  • Is alcohol or another addiction making life troublesome? A great SP team to get support!

    4/18/2017 1:36:04 PM, by CTUPTON

    Friends In Recovery 173 Members "WELCOME! You are among friends. We offer support for anyone in recovery. When someone reaches out for help, this group will always be there. Together we celebrate health, growth, joy and sobriety! " This team is greatly needed source of support but .... Read more

  • To recap where we are now living.

    4/17/2017 10:06:37 PM, by CTUPTON

    It is a senior independent living apartment complex. About 100 apartments. Over 65 and at least one spouse has to be independent and able to care for the other spouse. (with or without paid aides) It is on the grounds of Brothers of Mercy and the brothers live in a huge house here. On the grou... Read more

  • Monet's Pond Video--relax!

    4/17/2017 7:34:22 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkVgwm
    8h4rs... Read more

  • I am proud of myself!

    4/17/2017 7:08:43 PM, by CTUPTON

    I ordered a little end table and I assembled it! Yeah! Of course this is not a hard job, but most times I don't have the energy to do it and/or other chores have piled up and make me crazy. Also my computer mouse is not working right. I found a video online to fix it. The wheel does not scrol... Read more

  • Notes from the universe, Mike Dooley, and channeling with Frank for over a year

    4/17/2017 12:14:36 PM, by CTUPTON

    Mike Dooley says: "For over a year, I've been corresponding with Frank, through channel Tracy Farquhar, whose civilization was once facing many of the same challenges we face, yet for changes made, they were catapulted to a place of incredible success and prosperity. " "... if you had the chanc... Read more

  • Doctor's visit

    4/17/2017 11:34:36 AM, by MREE777

    So, I went to the weight loss clinic. A medical doctor who specializes in weight loss without surgery started it and his son joined him in the practice. Today I had blood drawn (they do a deep level thyroid test as well as basics), an ekg (which came out perfect), checked the blood pressure ... Read more

  • Someone I just met. Oh wow!

    4/16/2017 10:08:23 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.drursulaanderson.com/ www.drursulaanderson.com/per
    sonal.php I am very lucky to have this doctor to chat with! I have asked her for one of her books to read. I can't wait to start it. After this morning's brunch with her, I went poking around the internet. I could... Read more

  • Art that floored me at Whitney Museum. I only read about this.

    4/16/2017 2:02:29 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.artnews.com/2017/03/17/pop
    e-ls-bologna-filled-whitne
    y-biennial-installation-st
    inks-and-then-some/ From the above article. Now read the artists reason for the piece: "The piece focuses on how entire groups of people with a collective identity can turn abstract through ... Read more

  • I am happy with...

    4/15/2017 11:59:24 AM, by CTUPTON

    chris... Read more

  • The only thing that has worked (a bit) for me is setting a timer.

    4/15/2017 11:49:18 AM, by CTUPTON

    I have tried every trick in the book(for 0ver 60 years!0 . Nothing stops me from snacking between meals. But... a friend taught me about setting a timer before I can enter the kitchen again. This has worked a couple of times now. I have forgotten about the food I craved. the timer goes off and... Read more

  • Some pix from this year

    4/15/2017 10:24:41 AM, by MREE777

    This is a picture of one of the stained glass windows at the church I clean. My friend, Janet in the tulip fields. Passover Experience at Capernaum Village in Weatherford, TX. ... Read more

  • A Lesson Learned

    4/15/2017 10:10:02 AM, by MREE777

    so, I did really well on the low carb plan. Then I got tired of it. And the holidays were coming up. I figured I'd go off for the holidays and jump back in in Jan. Then I decided to moderate the diet and do healthy carbs in moderation. Then I got a second job and all time and energy was gon... Read more

  • Doing Easter in a fulfilling way. Thank you all for your comments. Very helpful to me.

    4/15/2017 2:52:25 AM, by CTUPTON

    I know to make a holiday special I need to figure out what that means to me. Growing up, Mom made the holidays--by cooking and cooking and cooking. This was how she showed us love. And she was a d@mn good Polish style cook and baker! I have never been able to do that. And I moved 400 miles fr... Read more

  • Easter is not my favorite holiday. Maybe I don't do it right?

    4/14/2017 11:41:34 AM, by CTUPTON

    Growing up Mom cooked a great deal--hence my continued weight problem. Church was big all Holy Week -that was Ok, but I have a hard time keeping that up. Now that hubby is in a motorized wheelchair, it is even harder. The family stuff never worked out and now I don't know how to do that yet aga... Read more

  • I got to exercise class and I got myself to the great music last evening, too!

    4/14/2017 11:11:06 AM, by CTUPTON

    The music was a guy on a big keyboard. Very upbeat and lively. Polkas, other ethnic fast dances, tarantella, Umpapa songs, Irish dances, and plenty of jokes interspersed. He asked for Polish foods--I sure knew those. (Spellings??)Kapoosta, golumpki, ruscheeki, charneina (duck blood soup), etc.... Read more

  • April at a glance

    4/13/2017 1:17:43 PM, by SOULFISH80

    So all is well. Losing weight, fitting into clothes I've never worn and nightly walks along with sticking to my lowered calorie limits all make April great. I was so happy to be able to button these jeans that were too small when I bought them, woo hoo!!! Things to focus on, even more water....I'm ... Read more

  • Daily exercise classes are just downstairs daily M-F.

    4/13/2017 10:53:55 AM, by CTUPTON

    30 min. of stretching and meditation and deep breathing. I am so glad I went. I have no excuse. It is just downstairs. 10:00 am daily M-F is some sort of an exercise class. chair exercises usually. Or standing if you want to. And the fitness machine room is there, too. Ok. Ok. I wi... Read more

  • Give Yourself Credit Even at "Failure"

    4/12/2017 1:46:04 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Adopted from Day 4 of The Beck Diet Solution book: Many people struggle unnecessarily at dieting because they rarely give themselves credit for doing that which they figure they should have done, but are quick to judge themselves unworthy for simply being a human that is capable of making errors.... Read more

  • Just what I was looking for. NOT!

    4/12/2017 1:36:19 PM, by CTUPTON

    Industrial style holder for rolls of toilet paper. Holds 4 rolls! chris... Read more

  • two QUINOA RECIPES from SP--Do you have a favorite quinoa recipe?

    4/12/2017 10:29:57 AM, by CTUPTON

    I will put up some MORE favorites HERE soon, chris 1. QUINOA VEGGIE FRIED RICE --see SP RECIPE FOR DETAILS PLEASE 4 https://recipes.sparkpeople.co
    m/recipe-detail.asp?recipe
    =2395841 Olive Oil, 1 tbsp Garlic, 2 cloves minced Onions, raw, 1 large chopped Mushrooms, fresh... Read more

  • QUINOA RECIPES from SP

    4/12/2017 10:29:51 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.
    asp?post=you_asked_what_is
    _quinoa_and_how_do_i_eat_it I will put up some favorites soon, chris... Read more

  • No change in weight but still in the 190s

    4/12/2017 9:08:12 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, working off those tacos helped. I did the 3 mile Walk Away the Pounds DVD twice yesterday and took the dog for 4 walks for 15 minutes each burned off the calories of the tacos plus some more just to be safe. I am still at 192 pounds. I was hoping that it would of been less but at least I didn'... Read more

  • Low Carb and updated Fast Food Plan

    4/11/2017 8:18:45 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    I took a diabetes education class with my friend, Cat! The dietitian there recommended that I try to get 10 servings of 15g carb, or about 150g per day as part of my plan to lower my blood sugar. I can do this! I will do this! I've updated my list of fast food so that it's a bit lower car... Read more

  • No more tacos for us

    4/11/2017 2:25:09 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I thought that the pizza that I had was horrible on sodium. WRONG!!!!!! Dad and I had tacos today for lunch and I about died when I saw the calorie intake and the sodium. I had 4 pork tacos and the calorie intake was 940 calories and 1600mg of sodium. I thought that with the 3 tacos that dad had was... Read more

  • Lost 2 pounds and hopefully the rest soon

    4/11/2017 9:06:05 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I got the 2 of the 4 pounds I gained off. I ate a little bit better yesterday but I didn't exercise as much as I would of liked. I had only 2 walks with the dog for 15 minutes each. I would of had more in the morning if we didn't have any rain and threat of thunderstorms. Plus we had someone c... Read more

  • TAXES ARE DONE! AND I GET MONEY BACK!

    4/10/2017 3:38:45 PM, by CTUPTON

    It took 2 appointments and a trip today just to pay them and to sign papers with hubby . It took several days in the weeks before that to get papers together. The move did not make this any easier than other years, of course. chris 104 334 104 334 104 334... Read more

  • Gained the 4 pounds but determined to get them back off

    4/10/2017 10:25:26 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I gained the 4 pounds that I lost back on. I had a few bad choices in foods yesterday, my sodium intake was higher than I wanted (even though it was under the amount that you need in a day but still it was high for me), and I didn't burn enough calories to accommodate the amount that I ate. Bu... Read more

  • Water exercise pictures are now a slide show screensaver.

    4/9/2017 9:50:33 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Thoughts make things. So, another hack to encourage my brighter future.

    4/9/2017 1:39:19 PM, by CTUPTON

    2. Screensavers, Backgrounds and Wallpapers If you’re like most manifestors, your vision board is either nonexistent, outdated, or buried in the back of a closet. But you can let your eyes feast on your desired results by putting your digital screens to work. Whether it’s a phone, a tablet, a ... Read more

  • Lost 4 pounds and need to make another monthly goal

    4/9/2017 8:44:22 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Lost 4 pounds since yesterday. I was at 194 pounds yesterday and today I'm at 190 pounds. I had a goal to be at 190 pounds by the end of the month. Looks like I hit it before the end of the month. I thought that it would take me to at least the end of the month to get the 4 pounds off but I was wron... Read more

  • Got in plenty of exercising in today

    4/8/2017 7:16:28 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I got in plenty of exercising in today. 4 walks with the dog for 15 minutes each, cleaned up the yard of sticks for 11 minutes (most of them I raked because there was too many of them to pick up), and an hour worth of push mowing the yard. So that equals 131 minutes and I went over my fitness points... Read more

  • Had to change days of walk with friend

    4/8/2017 12:01:34 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I sent a message on Facebook to my friend that I was going to walk with today to see if we can do our walk the weekend after Easter. I am a little sore from yesterday ( 5 walks with the dog for 15 minutes each, a 10 minute walk while waiting for our vehicle to get checked out and getting parts, and ... Read more

  • Packing

    4/7/2017 7:07:13 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    My brother is coming out to help me pack for the move this weekend! For the past 2 days, I've been eating breakfast and sticking to my eating goals. I do feel so much better when I spread the calories out through the day instead of eating 1-2 big meals... I know it's better for my blood sugar ... Read more

  • Lost another pound and glad to be there

    4/7/2017 9:45:12 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I have lost another pound and glad to be there after gaining those 5 pounds. I am back to 194 pounds. I have another 12 pounds to go to get back to where I was before the 25 pound weight gain last year. Hopefully I will get there before my July 24th appointment with my lung doctor. This weight loss ... Read more

  • More: To attract good vibes from the universe. Another idea.

    4/7/2017 9:28:50 AM, by CTUPTON

    I need to change my bank password. I will try this technique today. chris Passwords Change your password; change your life. Yes, a password really is that powerful. Or it can be, when you use the right ones. Turn one of life’s hassles into an alignment boost by making your password a pow... Read more

  • Lost another 2 pounds

    4/6/2017 9:36:16 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I have lost 2 pounds and now down to 195 pounds. I feel great. I have 1 more pound to go until I get back to the weight that I was at before the 5 pounds that I gained. I should be able to get that off before the weekend. I have another 13 pounds to go until I am back to where I was before the 25 p... Read more

  • #6 hack to tune in to the wonderfulness of the universe. I like this one, too.

    4/5/2017 6:31:39 PM, by CTUPTON

    6. Greetings We habitually ask each other, “How are you?” and “How’s it going?” but a more powerful question steers the conversation to higher vibrational territory. Instead of asking how they are, inquire “What’s going right?” or “What’s the good news?” With friends and family who kn... Read more

  • Daily hacks to connect with the universe. by Mike Dooley

    4/5/2017 1:40:00 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.tut.com/article/details/44
    5-6-daily-hacks-to-help-yo
    u-manifest/?articleId=445 I just might try one or 2! chris... Read more

  • Weigh-in

    4/5/2017 12:16:52 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    I gained 1.2 lb this week :( I know why. My cravings and portions have been out of control -- from pizza last Wednesday to fast food mega-meals, I haven't been pre-tracking and I have been eating pretty much whatever I wanted, including sugary lemonade and a soda. What the heck am I... Read more

  • No weight change and hating it

    4/5/2017 11:38:14 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I am still at 197 pounds and I hoping that it was going to be lower than that today. I ate healthy yesterday and burned plenty of calories and you would think that I would be lower today. Wrong!!!! I am stuck at a plateau again. I even had a clue from my body that I lost weight. My entire back was s... Read more

  • cont Botanical Gardens South Buffalo, NY

    4/5/2017 1:47:28 AM, by CTUPTON

    Corpse plant which was not blooming when I visited. I am sort of glad it was not blooming. It stinks! And 10,000 visitors went to see it last time it bloomed. Well, it is Buffalo. And the freak 2 storm in a row 2014 almost wrecked the Botanical Gardens! The ... Read more

  • Botanical Gardens South Buffalo,NY

    4/5/2017 1:38:16 AM, by CTUPTON

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?
    v=sUS-GQ8CvSk This was a bus trip from Montabaur Heights, our new home. More photos in the next blog. All photos from the Internet.... Read more

  • Spark People

    4/4/2017 10:56:54 AM, by WILBRAGURL

    First, please stop changing your format! Just as I get used to it, it changes! Second, why is it so difficult to access the main page? Very confusing and time-consuming. What the Powers That Be see as 'streamlining' merely causes Spark People to be less of a tool to those who need it!... Read more

  • Gained the 5 pounds back but 2 is off

    4/4/2017 10:32:21 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well I was at 194 pounds last week but I did go back up to 199 pounds yesterday but not all at once. Right now I am at 197 pounds. I have been trying to adjust my eating habits to get my weight down. I haven't eaten much on each meal. I have taken out fried and greasy foods (rarely slip up and have ... Read more

  • :D

    4/3/2017 12:18:09 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    Today I was feeling good so I went a little bit faster at the gym. I managed to beat my personal best on my mile of jogging intervals by more than 2 minutes :) I've been to the gym 5 times now in 2 weeks... Wed will be my 6th! ... Read more

  • CTUPTON is asking for prayers for a friend having spinal surgery April 4th.

    4/3/2017 8:52:56 AM, by CTUPTON

    It will be taking off many bone spurs from her neck and shoulder area vertebrae. The surgeon would give no guarantees this would cure her awful pain or give her full use of her arm which is now numb. And he said danger of paralysis is ever present. I know my many spark friends will respond... Read more

  • A belated National Procrastination Week photo

    4/1/2017 7:50:09 PM, by CTUPTON

    I was going to make a library display for National Procrastination Week (Mar. 1-7) but...... Read more

  • Why sparkguy supported the changes in the start page and Community feed..

    4/1/2017 1:09:54 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pub
    lic_journal_individual.asp
    ?blog_id=6328900 and www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pub
    lic_journal_individual.asp
    ?blog_id=6330426... Read more

  • Meaning of female

    4/1/2017 12:46:16 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • MOVIE: Manchester by the Sea

    4/1/2017 12:16:01 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.rogerebert.com/reviews/m
    anchester-by-the-sea-2016 I watched the middle of this movie with a friend. Huh? I didn't get it at all... Roger Ebert had written it is a comedy. Huh??? He suggests to see it and then see it again with someone seeing it for the first tim... Read more

  • Results of the condo inspection by the buyers.

    3/30/2017 10:57:02 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am so frustrated! Picky, picky, picky! I can't believe all the things they want done! When will this end? And it is causing anxiety for DD because she is living there alone-having to make appointments with various workers to fix "piddly" things! A stain over the washer/dryer ar... Read more

  • Dropped another 5 pounds

    3/30/2017 9:42:41 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I am down even further with my weight. I weighed myself this morning and I weighed 194 pounds. Yesterday I was at 199 pounds. At least I got the weight that I gained off plus more. I did gain 5 pounds when I was at 198 pounds. I am glad that my weight is going the right direction. I knew that ... Read more

  • Using the wisdom of a gardener for getting better Health

    3/29/2017 11:22:28 PM, by OLDEROWL

    If you are one that said you would eat better and exercise more as part of your New Year’s resolutions but can’t seem to follow through with your promises. Well read this blog. WHY WE TEND TO FAIL: Getting the habits of eating better and exercising more are harder to maintain because our old h... Read more

  • Weekly weigh in

    3/29/2017 1:41:19 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    I'm down 2.2 lb this week :D!!! I wasn't perfect (far from it), but I made a lot of good, small decisions. Hopefully this trend continues next week! Today I did my strength training at the gym, then bought some boxes; I'm working on packing... I have a feeling I'll be doing this f... Read more

  • Back down under 200 pounds

    3/29/2017 9:17:47 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I finally got back under 200 pounds. Well, I am at 199 pounds but at least I am under 200 pounds. Its a small step right now but its something. I have another pound to go until I get back to where I was before the 5 pound weight gain. I posted in an entry about quitting coffee due to it giving ... Read more

  • At a standstill

    3/28/2017 1:46:59 PM, by SOULFISH80

    I'm sitting at a standstill weight wise, which is always OK with me. I spent 7 years gaining, last year lost 35 and am managing to keep it off. So a standstill is really not a bad place to be. Exercise has been amped up to nearly every day walks, which is great. I'm tracking all foods pretty religi... Read more

  • Gym day 2 and packing

    3/27/2017 1:39:33 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    A good start to the week! I made it to the gym this morning despite not wanting to go (I guess that's why it helps to have a gym buddy, right? She helped motivate me!) Once I got there, I was fine. I did 6 jogging intervals on the treadmill with walking in between, and worked up quite a sweat, then ... Read more

  • Weight gain and another photo in the newspaper

    3/27/2017 10:33:19 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I am not at 198 pounds anymore. I did get up to 203 pounds, down to 200 pounds, back up to 201 pounds. Now I am back at 200 pounds. But I am still trying to get some exercising in. Especially if I can get some walking done outside. Its been raining and cool to do it. I did walk to and from church ye... Read more

  • Note to me --from the UNIVERSE

    3/27/2017 8:06:33 AM, by CTUPTON

    Sometimes, the only thing you know for certain is what you don't want. Yet often, CHRISTINE, that's enough to go on. 10-4 good buddy, The Universe 149 And I just finished the book : Infinite Possibilities by Mike (?) Dooley chris ... Read more