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  • surprising

    10/1/2014 10:56:50 PM, by MREE777

    There are approximately 20 people in my Financial Peace class. Over half are women. What I find surprising is that every one of the women and some of the men said that the area where they spend the most money--sometimes without even thinking about it--is for food. (I thought it was only people lik... Read more

  • Lost another pound

    10/1/2014 9:36:41 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I checked my weight this morning just to be curious. I've lost another pound. So I've lost a total of 2 pounds in the last 2 days. It feels good to have lost that much. I can feel it in my core. Especially in my back. Now I know that I'm on the right track. While I was doing a workout DVD this ... Read more

  • day 1 of journal challenge

    10/1/2014 8:09:06 PM, by KARENGROSS

    prompt:To kick off this month's Digital Journal Challenge, write about why you want to keep a journal: What benefits are you hoping to experience? If you've kept a journal before, how has journaling been helpful to you in the past? How would you like journal writing to help you in your dai... Read more

  • got to the root of my emotions

    10/1/2014 9:44:59 AM, by BRAINYBLONDE5

    Last night I had a major breakdown and finally said outloud what I have been burying deep inside. I am scared. I am scared to live the rest of my life in this pain. I am scared to try to have and rasie a family knowing even picking up and holding a toddler hurts me so badly. I'm scared of havin... Read more

  • Lost a pound

    9/30/2014 10:06:14 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I've lost a pound. I was at 214 pounds and now I'm at 213 pounds. But that isn't the only thing that I'm happy about. We did the free screening that a hospital from Peoria, IL, does every 3 months and it includes a free breakfast. A lot of them went down but need to raise one of them. Blood sug... Read more

  • Exactly what does a dog see?

    9/30/2014 6:41:31 PM, by IMAVISION

    & for checking this out. If you have ever been curious about what dogs see, this will afford excellent insight on that matter. As... Read more

  • I am trying to get into the Halloween mood. It is such a fun holiday!

    9/30/2014 5:27:42 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Which witch are you?

    9/30/2014 4:59:08 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • fibro flare

    9/30/2014 3:08:34 PM, by BRAINYBLONDE5

    I feel like crap. I apologize that the majority of my blogs are of me complaining, but I just feel so awful I need to get it out. I yawned and rolled over last night and my neck had such an intense spasm I felt paralyzed. I couldn't move my neck and the pain was indescribably intense. I had a massag... Read more

  • No wonder women "do it all."

    9/30/2014 8:42:27 AM, by CTUPTON

    This is from MEN'S HEALTH MAGAZINE. YEAH! "Go through Morgenstern's four Ds: delete, delay, diminish, and delegate. Delete: Eliminate the things you really don't need to do. There's little chance your boss will take "I was wrapped up in Sports Center" as an acceptable excuse for being tardy. ... Read more

  • Bogging Myself Down

    9/29/2014 10:46:59 PM, by YAKIRA_AVIGAYIL

    Sometimes, I allow myself to get bogged down in daily occurances in life. Then I don't take care of myself like I should. For example, we brought my mom home from the hospital last week (after 3 1/2 weeks at the hospital). Then we had the home health nurse out a couple of times and the physical ther... Read more

  • Long and tiring day

    9/29/2014 9:31:44 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    What made it feel like that is that we traded in our 2011 Ford Escape for a 2012 Chrysler Town and Country van. Dad fell in love with it. So we have it right now. I need to sort out what we have in it sometime soon. Probably do it sometime tomorrow. There are a few things that I need to get rid of. ... Read more

  • Getting to know each other..please copy and paste and put in your answers!

    9/29/2014 7:44:48 PM, by CTUPTON

    Your go to chewing gum flavor…BUBBLE GUM--I get things flavored like this--toothpaste--those round lollipops---mouthwash at the dentist... Best time of the year... Fall Leaves are lovely and bushes and flowers are the biggest they will be all year. Roses, mums, annuals, ........... Read more

  • Day 51 countdown. New chiropractor asked "What are you eating?"

    9/29/2014 6:54:02 PM, by CTUPTON

    The New chiropractor asked "What are you eating?" I could have given her SP Food Tracker pages for days and days! In fact I will do that. Won't she be surprised! She asked if I eat processed foods. I guess she thinks I eat chips and dips and muffins and McDonald's of... Read more

  • habits

    9/29/2014 9:05:18 AM, by MREE777

    Bad habits are hard to break aren't they? I got up in plenty of time to do my exercises this morning and did not do them. I haven't done them in a long time. (Well, once or twice...) The problem is that I'm out of the habit of doing them. Habits are just habits. A good habit is hard to es... Read more

  • Today, I am just going to laugh!

    9/29/2014 8:54:13 AM, by BRAINYBLONDE5

    I started taking Synthroid almost a full month ago and when I started taking it, I felt GREAT! It gives me an upset stomach about 10 minutes after taking it (anyone else?!) but then I begin to feel okay. My pain was practically non-existent (felt more like soreness from a workout) my headaches were ... Read more

  • Beat my times in walking to and from church

    9/28/2014 9:46:04 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I have beat my times in walking to church and back home. 2 weeks it was 36 minutes round trip. A week a go it was 34 minutes round trip. Today it was 30 minutes round trip. I knew that I was going to beat my time today because it took me 4 minutes to walk the full length of our street. Usually it ta... Read more

  • A light day

    9/27/2014 9:53:27 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Did only 1 workout DVD and walked for 5 minutes at Target. Really didn't want to feel burned out for the rest of the day. Been feeling like that for a few days. If my dad doesn't get up in the morning, I might be walking to church for the 3rd Sunday in a row. Dad got up late today. Sometimes he... Read more

  • Looking back at my history and my SP history

    9/27/2014 10:49:13 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am a really slow learner! I joined SP in 2008. I had been a member of several web sites a little like this before. There a few out there. You can join and chat with friends to help yourself focus on health. But then I found SPARKPEOPLE I couldn't believe how much help there is here. I was very hap... Read more

  • Its starting to look like fall

    9/26/2014 9:41:56 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Our front yard is starting to get covered in leaves from our sycamore tree that is in our front yard. There isn't too many leaves in the back yard from the 2 maple trees. I'm going to wait a while longer to get the push mower out to mow over the leaves. Our high school football team is doing pr... Read more

  • Back after an extended illness

    9/26/2014 8:49:55 PM, by TABBYKAT75

    Glad to be back and feeling better. I got sick in May ended up with vertigo , ulcers and a few other things I have a few side effects. I lose balance some now and then but I could not move my head off the pillow with out getting sick a few months ago. It was like being hungover 24/7 for over 3 mont... Read more

  • Friend feed question about workouts

    9/26/2014 7:25:11 PM, by CTUPTON

    Apparently when we reclassify a workout, that does not register on the friend feed. Am I right. I get lots of unspecified workouts when I had changed them to, for example, water aerobics. Just wondering. No biggie! chris... Read more

  • Mt Lassen pics and recent musings

    9/26/2014 7:03:54 PM, by SOULFISH80

    Tim having an all out glorious moment. The water in the background is Lake Helen, and in person it actually is as blue as it looks. Divine. Lake Helen withou... Read more

  • DAY 54 count down. Some successes with planning meals.

    9/26/2014 5:07:09 PM, by CTUPTON

    I just copied 4 days of meals from this week to next week! It was so easy on the Nutrition Tracker. Of course right now those next 4 days are exactly the same. Still, it gives me something to work with that I can tweak. This is a major breakthrough. chris... Read more

  • call me crazy!

    9/26/2014 1:41:48 PM, by BRAINYBLONDE5

    I love reading articles on and always find helpful and interesting information. I typed in both, fibromyalgia and hypothyroidism yesterday to find some homeopathic and natural "remedies" and several times "Lyme Disease" popped up in the articles. As you all are VERY aware, I... Read more

  • "When We All Fell"...

    9/26/2014 9:00:55 AM, by LIFEFOUNDONARUN

    What was your reason for coming to Spark? This was a question that I came up with this week due to a very odd, incredibly vivid dream I had earlier in the week. I'll never forget this dream. It had a simple statement in it that led me to wake up abruptly, yet it was stamped into my head in a way ... Read more

  • WHY bother with all that's happening in our world today?

    9/26/2014 8:37:56 AM, by IGNITEME101

    New York subways are under terrorist alert this morning~ Christians, children and people all over the world are being martyred or murdered. The world is at war!! Teenagers and young people are committing suicide at a higher rate than ever. So, why bother to take care of ourselves by eating... Read more

  • Feeling great but starting to feel burned out

    9/25/2014 9:49:43 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    When I mean burned out, its the exercises. For about a week now I've been repeating the same exercises. But worth it. I might jazz it up in the morning when I get the pets fed and my medicine taken. I haven't figured it out. I need to do something because I've plateaued. Still stuck at 211 pounds. ... Read more

  • It's a good day

    9/25/2014 1:58:14 PM, by MANDYLOVE_76

    The weight is slowing coming off. The key is I quit stressing about it and just started doing, bam there it is. I still enjoy Sparkpeople and the support I get. It helps that my wife is so supportive about my lifestyle. She's lost 80lbs since we first met four years ago via Spark. I just... Read more

  • DAY 55 countdown Getting the hang of this food plan

    9/25/2014 7:10:42 AM, by CTUPTON

    Things have gotten easier. Rotating foods every 4 days presents challenges for sure! And having substitutions for wheat,rye,oats! And having substitutions for dairy foods! And having substitutions for eggs because eggs are only once every 4 days. Hopefully by Day 1 (from 90!) I will be abl... Read more

  • Beautiful day for a beautiful mood

    9/24/2014 9:39:04 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Today we had sunshine and warm temps. I di the same workout DVD that I did yesterday. Did a lot of walking while we were shopping (actually me) and then unloading the vehicle with what we got and putting away what we got. Now I have to figure out what workout DVD that I'm going to do tomorrow. I hav... Read more

  • Spring Herb Dressing on the cute cuke thingys in my last blog.

    9/24/2014 1:51:14 PM, by CTUPTON

    This was a recipe from my last blog. It is so beautiful! I was curious about the white creamy dollop. It is Spring Herb Dressing. Spring Herb Dressing Ingredients 1 avocado 3 tbsp water 2 tbsp tahini 2 tbsp l... Read more

  • How to sprout your own chia seedlings to eat.

    9/24/2014 1:42:27 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • It was so easy to dry my own mint! Wish I had done this years ago.

    9/24/2014 8:07:58 AM, by CTUPTON

    Here are some internet pictures. I did not do it exactly like all the pictures show. I just dried it on paper towels for a few days. Ideas: ... Read more

  • Quick little blog

    9/23/2014 10:17:39 PM, by SOULFISH80

    So the happenings here are good, interesting and keeping me quite busy, mentally, emotionally and physically. Tim and I had a MUCH needed weekend getaway to Lassen Volcanic National Park this weekend. It was truly spectacular, and we cannot believe we have lived in the Sacramento area nearly ten yea... Read more

  • Feeling the new me coming out

    9/23/2014 10:01:08 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I have had this feeling of the new me coming out but this is a lot more than I have felt in a long time. There were times that I wanted to throw some negative thoughts out but I remembered that I didn't need them. Who needs negative thoughts? Not me. Today I did the Walk Away The Pounds 3 miles... Read more

  • Delicious! Spaghetti squash mixed with marinated artichokes!

    9/23/2014 5:07:27 PM, by CTUPTON

    Spaghetti squash mixed with marinated artichokes! My new eating plan is forcing me to combine foods in different ways, This combination was a great success. I j... Read more

  • You can eat the sprouts on chia pets! Who knew!

    9/23/2014 2:17:32 PM, by CTUPTON

    The article says: And one more note about Chia Pets. Even though Chia seeds are too sticky for conventional sprouting jars, they do sprout very easily when spread out on earthenware. The Mexicans have long made earthenware in the ... Read more

  • Side effects of chia seeds-who knew!

    9/23/2014 2:05:22 PM, by CTUPTON

    chiaseedssideeffects.blo I have not had a problem--so far. But I have a tablespoon once every 4 days at most. chris... Read more

  • DAY 57 countdown--chia banana pudding, learning how to save recipes for DAY 1,2,3,4

    9/23/2014 1:52:20 PM, by CTUPTON

    Breakfast:chia seeds, frozen banana, cinnamon, coconut milk. Saved as a group so I can easily enter this on future day ones (of 4). Slowly I am making it easy to follow the 4 day elimination/rotation eating plan. It is working. I am feeling more alert and have fewer food cravings and the scale ... Read more


    9/23/2014 12:20:04 AM, by IGNITEME101

    HIS WAY: I will BEGIN a new way of eating and a new way of viewing myself ! I will drink 8 glasses of water minimum, and 3 meals plus a snack. I will eat 5 fruits & veggies, and will not eat junk food. I will do all of the physical ... Read more

  • Another great day for boosting mood

    9/22/2014 9:44:33 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I did the same workout DVD that I did Friday and Saturday this morning. This afternoon I did about 20 minutes of the SparkPeople 28 day Boot Camp workout DVD. Then not too long after that I went out and picked up sticks out of the yard for about 10 minutes. I'm glad that I did because I was starting... Read more

  • Found a substitute for tapioca! Chia seeds!

    9/22/2014 4:30:39 PM, by CTUPTON

    Apparently I have a food sensitivity to tapioca. I love it. I don't eat it all that often but I would miss it. Chia seeds should be soaked in water or milk to make a gelatin. Pudding can be made from this goo! SP have quite a few... Read more

  • DAY 58 countdown Buckwheat pancakes, delay shoulder surgery, etc.

    9/22/2014 12:58:13 PM, by CTUPTON

    Buckwheat Pancake makeover fit into my ALCAT eating plan! I have not been having such great meals. So I am now focusing on how to put together more tasty meals within the eating plan. I did a recipe makeover and saved it as DAY 4 Makeover Buckwheat Pancakes. Next time I want to use t... Read more

  • The Biggest Loser Run Walk

    9/22/2014 12:00:03 PM, by FITMAMA_

    I am a little late posting this blog, but it’s better late than never! The Biggest Loser Run Walk Yesterday was The Biggest Loser Run Walk. What an inspirational event. People from all different fitness levels coming together to accomplish a goal. Some were looking to complet... Read more

  • I'm in a good mood today

    9/21/2014 9:49:27 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I walked to and from church this morning. Shaved a minute each way from last week's time. Last week it took me 18 minutes each way to go to church and back home. Today it took me 17 minutes each way to go to church and back home. Same route both times to and from church. It might be because I'm not ... Read more

  • Gluten free and/or Low Carb

    9/21/2014 12:26:48 PM, by YAKIRA_AVIGAYIL

    I really do wish that Sparkpeople would add a gluten free meal plan to their meal plans or even a low carb plan. I really need to eat both and would love to use their meal plans. Does anyone else eat gluten free or low carb and use their meal plans?... Read more

  • It gets easier...or does it?

    9/21/2014 10:30:40 AM, by LIFEFOUNDONARUN

    I've been an avid runner for about 6 years now. I originally began this running journey as a way to lose some weight, to get me outside a bit more often and to try and conquer something that I had attempted many times in the past, but always quit wondering why I started in the first place. Running... Read more

  • Another request--or rather a request being revived

    9/21/2014 8:38:06 AM, by MREE777

    About 2 weeks ago I broke a tooth. It got infected. I took antibiotics and it seemed to get better, but stopped taking the antibiotic when I developed hives. Now the infection is much worse. My jaw line, under my chin, and down my throat are swollen and painful. Not only do I not have any m... Read more

  • Another full day of boosting my mood

    9/20/2014 9:24:33 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well I did the same workout DVD this morning as I did yesterday and went out and trimmed where I didn't get with the push mower yesterday. The trimming took me 17 minutes to do. I trimmed a couple of trees. I had to because I kept on hitting them when I was mowing. My mood has been so great and I ha... Read more

  • Yeah! (A low energy person) I cleaned some clutter from the kitchen counter!

    9/20/2014 10:57:42 AM, by CTUPTON

    Yeah! I cleaned some clutter from the kitchen counter. Usually I find one or 2 things and run to that room to put a couple things away. Needless to say I get tired quickly. Today I used my labeled containers --one for each room. The clutter went into the labeled container. Now it is easy to pu... Read more

  • Made a boring day feel full

    9/19/2014 9:40:12 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I did a workout DVD this morning. The Walk Away The Pounds 5 miles for 68 minutes. Then this afternoon I mowed the yard for 70 minutes. I wasn't going to do anything this morning before the workout DVD but I decided to exercise. Boy did it boost my mood up full blast. I was kind of depressed. I'm g... Read more

  • DAY 61: What to do with a turnip?-- remember I rarely cook ...

    9/19/2014 5:53:38 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have been reading here at SP about roasting vegetables. I peeled the turnip, cut it into cubes, coated it with olive oil--roasted it in my toaster oven. 400 degrees for 30 min. turning once. Delicious. Now I have cubed beets in the oven. chris ... Read more

  • I did not quite understand this before.... oh....

    9/19/2014 8:43:22 AM, by CTUPTON ... Read more

  • Stupid internet

    9/18/2014 10:11:27 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Sorry that I didn't post anything yesterday but our internet was down. I called the phone company but somehow after supper I got it fixed. I pushed the power button on the WiFi and somehow I got it to work. If the phone company calls tomorrow I will tell them that I figured it out. Never thought of ... Read more

  • Fun at the Big E New England Exposition 2014--here is just a little of the circus

    9/18/2014 9:23:57 PM, by CTUPTON

    Not all of these were exactly what we saw. This is only the circus part of the Big E. There is lots more. ... Read more

  • injured & weight is up but I'm NOT giving up!

    9/18/2014 4:54:44 PM, by IGNITEME101

    Yes I FINALLY stood on the scales and I've gained 4 pounds the last 3-4 weeks.. I was afraid to stand on the scales because I knew I was gaining weight. Not able to exercise until the DR. clears me. I pray they won't put me on steroids! The cr accid... Read more

  • DAY 62 We were barely back from Cher's pukey melee when some slimey muscle bound but sweet potters

    9/18/2014 4:51:56 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am supposed to be getting better at following my ALCAT elimination/rotation eating plan. To remember the foods I am not supposed to eat --due to food sensitivities ( not allergies), these are the 2 mnemonics I am using. STOP VICE We were barely back from Cher's pukey melee when some ... Read more

  • Have you ever noticed....

    9/18/2014 3:24:42 PM, by MREE777

    that just when you try something new, something good or healthy, you are immediately inundated with opposition? Last night I was so excited about taking the finance class and about maybe, just maybe being able to crawl out from under the debt. Today in the mail I received huge bills that I... Read more

  • getting my game on

    9/18/2014 11:56:33 AM, by KARENGROSS

    met with a designer for postcards yesterday and went to a networking event. pumped me up! going to PLN today and having my 10 minute presentation. a bit nervous but have some notes. plus I have a goodie bag for everyone. next week is KAR convention and looking forward to it. still ... Read more

  • Financial Peace University

    9/17/2014 11:13:51 PM, by MREE777

    I just got back from my first class. I am thrilled, nervous, excited, etc. by the possibilities presented to me tonight. It's a great deal of work and requires sacrifice to reach the end goal. But, the end goal is to be debt free, have an emergency fund, a savings account, and enough funds in ge... Read more

  • I'm Tweaking Again...

    9/17/2014 10:22:23 PM, by LIFEFOUNDONARUN

    One of my favorite words/actions I've used here on Spark is "tweaking my perception". It wasn't until I began blogging here that I learned how to do this. I'm very grateful to Spark for providing the outlet for me to write and get those thoughts out there. It was during these writings that my per... Read more

  • A boring day

    9/16/2014 9:47:21 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Today was a boring day. We didn't even leave town. Not even for supper. I know that we will be leaving town tomorrow because dad has a chiropractor appointment in the morning. ... Read more

  • My Whole30 Challenge...

    9/16/2014 8:35:09 AM, by LIFEFOUNDONARUN

    For the month of August, I took on my first Whole30 Challenge. What an experience for me. It truly was nothing short of amazing. For anyone who isn't familiar with this challenge, for 30 days you eat only whole foods. You take out dairy, grains, legumes, sugars and alcohol. I've been a "healthy... Read more

  • Inspiration: Think Of The Clothes You'll Be Able To Wear

    9/15/2014 10:57:22 PM, by KTIERNAN09

    I don't have a lot of inspiration for losing weight. My biggest reason is pretty much health, honestly. But man do I love clothes that my current body can't wear. I love vintage clothes and it would seem that humans were rather smaller than I am. So I decided to buy this adorable find at ... Read more

  • Slept well last night but sore this morning

    9/15/2014 10:07:27 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Boy was I ever sore. Took something for pain this morning and then I drank a cup of hot tea. I haven't had to take anything for pain for the rest of the day for pain. Not even for a headache. I had a headache but the headache went away before I could take anything for it. I was in so much pain that ... Read more

  • My Mnemonic attempts

    9/15/2014 9:45:46 PM, by CTUPTON

    Bart blackened Cherry's cumbersome grandmother's melon peeler because some lame muscled retard pared the sweaty pots. or We were barely back from Cher's pukey groupy melee when some slimey muscle bound but sweet potters arrived. 12 foods I'd like to remember to eat only very rar... Read more

  • The book WILD by Cheryl Strayed

    9/15/2014 9:12:40 PM, by CTUPTON

    Thank you to a fellow sparker! You suggested this book. I am in the middle of reading it.It is a very good read. But I am such a wimp. I never would have put up with the pain this woman endured. I did a 26 mile walk once (long ago) and I did everything I could to keep from getting blisters. I even ... Read more

  • A nice surprise at the chiropractor's!

    9/15/2014 5:40:29 PM, by CTUPTON

    At the end of the session today, Dr." I" asked me to raise my arm. Low and behold, I was able to raise it pretty high! This is the arm needing a shoulder replacement in November. He has been treating me with several different electric machines and with hands on stretching and breaking of ad... Read more

  • Calling all Mnemonic lovers

    9/15/2014 4:37:24 PM, by CTUPTON

    STOP VICE helps me remember the foods I am severely sensitive to. string beans, tapioca, onions, peanuts, vanilla, and carob I have no way to remember the following foods. I am moderately sensitive to these. (not allergic just they are food sensitivities) I feel fatigued and have brain ... Read more

  • My best friend

    9/15/2014 2:54:44 PM, by IGNITEME101

    Regardless of the pain, I have made up my mind, there is no wrong way to have a body! The body is what ties me to this earthly plain, and I'm grateful to be here. I think Lucille said it best: ... Read more

  • Just another day

    9/15/2014 10:34:36 AM, by MSFROGGIE

    Signed up for the 5% Challenge. 15 pounds. Very easy goal to reach. I need to make a list of rewards, as I make each goal, how am I going to treat myself. Any ideas?... Read more

  • Going to be sleeping great tonight

    9/14/2014 9:52:18 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I walked to and from church today. Each way was 18 minutes each. Mowed the yard today with the push mower for 67 minutes. Its a good thing that I got it done when I did. It was getting dark and getting hard to see. So you can imagine I'm going to be tired tonight and sore. I better take something fo... Read more

  • sciatica from bulging disc vs piriformis syndrome--oh!

    9/14/2014 9:54:24 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am learning! There is a difference between pain from a bulging disc in the lower back and the piriformis syndrome. Apparently, my chiropractor is treating me for the bulging disc. He wants me to bend backward while resting my hands on the kitchen counter. I poked around the internet an... Read more

  • Body Weight Set-points

    9/14/2014 8:12:05 AM, by ODAT1117

    Well, this is super interesting now that I've Googled it. So, I've been thinking about set-points with my body weight. For the longest time I was stuck at 165 pounds. Prior to that I had gotten all the way up to my highest weight of 179 pounds. It's embarrassing to write that, especially since... Read more

  • Was planning on mowing yard today but didn't

    9/13/2014 10:26:28 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I was going to mow the yard today but didn't. Got a late start on things like leaving the house and all that. I was going to mow it when we got home from supper but it was after 7pm and it was starting to get dark. Might do it tomorrow afternoon after I change clothes. Go from my dress that I'm goin... Read more

  • Nice day

    9/13/2014 9:56:06 PM, by FANCYQTR

    Today was such a beautiful day. Sunny and warm after weeks of rain and yesterday's cold after a night with snow mixed in the rain. I did some shopping and then got Cassie and we went for a walk. They were playing softball at the high school, so we stopped to watch for a while. Those girls were p... Read more

  • sciatica pictures

    9/13/2014 7:05:10 PM, by CTUPTON

    exercise to help ... Read more

  • Habits of the rich vs habits of the poor

    9/13/2014 2:55:02 PM, by CTUPTON

    DividerV2 1. 70% of wealthy eat less than 300 junk food calories per day. 97% of poor people eat more than 300 junk food calories per day. 23% of wealthy gamble. 52% of poor people gamble. 2. 80% of wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal. Only 12% of the poor d... Read more

  • Use charcoal as a house deodorizer!

    9/13/2014 2:49:04 PM, by CTUPTON

    Note: not the self starter charcoal ! SEE LINK BELOW FOR EXACT INFO. •Simply lay a few out in a metal tray. •Sew pouches for them or use an old sock, then hang them in inconspicuous areas. •Line a basket with foil or plastic and lay the briquettes inside. •Set them out on a tray on a shelf ... Read more

  • Sciatica

    9/13/2014 11:57:16 AM, by CTUPTON

    A chiropractor is helping me. He did some tailbone/spine adjustments and gave me an exercise. I am supposed to back up to the kitchen counter with my arms on the counter. Then lean back to get the pressure off the nerves near the vertebrae. I do lots of stretching in a warm water therapy pool too. I... Read more

  • The rain came back

    9/12/2014 9:35:54 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    But it didn't come down as bad as it did earlier in the week when we had standing water in the back yard. If I get lucky and it is nice and sunny I may mow the yard then. I haven't mowed the yard in a week. It looks a like I haven't mowed it longer than that. Our neighbor across the street got his m... Read more

  • kind of coasting

    9/12/2014 6:33:10 PM, by EDELWEISS33

    This week, doing 5 sets of 25 situps, 5 sets of 15 pushups. 2 20 minute bike rides up and down the hilly neighborhood, 2 zumba classes, volunteering at the library. walking up and down the 4 flights of stairs in the parking garage and at the docs office about once every other week. focusing on bei... Read more

  • Celebration

    9/12/2014 9:28:54 AM, by MSFROGGIE

    My Grandangel is 4 today!! I'll be leaving to go to the west coast of FL, it's about a 2 1/2 hour drive. Phone is loaded with podcasts (makes the time go quicker). There will be cake tonight, cake at the birthday party tomorrow. I will take a small bite. I know what gluten and sugar doe... Read more

  • Celebration

    9/12/2014 9:27:29 AM, by MSFROGGIE

    My Grandangel is 4 today!! I'll be leaving to go to the west coast of FL, it's about a 2 1/2 hour drive. Phone is loaded with podcasts (makes the time go quicker). There will be cake tonight, cake at the birthday party tomorrow. I will take a small bite. I know what gluten and sugar doe... Read more

  • I wish I could develop this habit!

    9/12/2014 12:13:25 AM, by CTUPTON

    3. Do an end-of-day and end-of-week cleanup. When you’re nearing the end of each workday, take a few minutes to put everything back and think about what you’ll need first thing tomorrow. Arriving to find a clean desk makes it easy to get started on tasks without feeling overwhelmed. Similarly, ... Read more

  • Dad's bone scan results

    9/11/2014 9:57:00 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, there isn't anything wrong with his knee. Just inflammation from the scar tissue from the surgery that he had 4 years ago next month. They gave him a cortisone shot to the knee. And they did take xrays of his right hip because the chiropractor was working on that when dad saw the chiropractor ... Read more

  • How will the results of the MRI effect my Spark program?

    9/11/2014 3:07:57 PM, by IGNITEME101

    Prayer is not just about claiming what I want: I received the results of my MRI's today, that I had taken as a result of the car accident. I was hit on 8/1/2014. The results could have been worse, but I was praying for much b... Read more

  • Day One, Again!

    9/11/2014 7:53:17 AM, by MSFROGGIE

    Today is day one, again. There will probably be other day ones as well. I'm not being negative, just realistic. Life happens. Saturday is my Grandangel's 4th birthday. I will have a cupcake. Sunday will be Day one again The Holy Spirit brings messages to us, in order for us to... Read more

  • SP The 60 second Daily Check in---OH!

    9/10/2014 11:12:48 PM, by CTUPTON
    the_launch_of_sparkamerica Here is the reasoning behind the streamlined START page for SPARK AMERICA. 2. The 60-Second Daily Check-In A new program we are launc... Read more

  • Too much rain

    9/10/2014 10:02:02 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Looks like it might be next week before I can even mow the yard. Part of the back yard has standing water in it. We're suppose to get more tonight and then more on Friday. The yard looks like I hadn't mowed it over a week. Let's hope that next week it doesn't rain and I can mow it so it looks nice. ... Read more

  • One hour a month to be prepared for emergencies. I just got this in an email

    9/10/2014 7:38:37 PM, by CTUPTON
    klet.pdf ... Read more

  • Day 70 (from 90) learnig to save "Makeover" recipes

    9/10/2014 7:35:50 PM, by CTUPTON

    In the Nutrition Tracker, I just saved a recipe: Makeover: Day 1 Vegetable Soup with Beef It was an original SP recipe, but I had to eliminate 2 things and change them to veggies I was supposed to eat on Day 1. Now I can easily put that in my Nutrition tracker. T... Read more

  • Low carb recipe for soup

    9/10/2014 6:25:01 PM, by CTUPTON
    62673 I went looking for Italian Wedding Soup. I found a couple of good recipes in SP for that soup. Also I ran across the recipe I linked to. It has sausage. chris... Read more

  • Measuring tape

    9/10/2014 6:22:59 AM, by SOULFISH80

    I was reminded at exercise class on Monday about the importance of measuring ourselves. The last time I did this I was shocked at how much my body was changing even when the scale was not moving. Just leaving a quick blog to remind myself to do that today....after I find my measuring tape ;-)... Read more

  • Hallelujah!

    9/10/2014 6:06:02 AM, by MREE777

    My lips are almost back to normal and I only had two itchy spots this morning! The fastest recovery from hives I've ever had!... Read more

  • There Is No Health in Body Without Health In Spirit

    9/9/2014 11:42:21 PM, by KTIERNAN09

    Life loves to throw us challenges doesn't she. Usually at In-opportune times too. I'm sad to report that the latest challenge derailed me all the way back to my starting weight. But I now realize what happened and why and am better prepared now. So here's the deal: I was miserable. I was at a ... Read more

  • A rainy day

    9/9/2014 10:01:45 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Today was a really rainy day. It rained off and on all day at least 4 or 5 times today. And they weren't light either. They were downpours. It started about the time I got up this morning around 5am. We're suppose to get more tomorrow. So that means the grass is REALLY going to grow and I'm going to... Read more


    9/9/2014 5:04:58 PM, by MSFROGGIE

    I've been listening to Women's Gluten Free Health Summit. The Paleo Mom will be speaking about the Autoimmune Protocol some time this week. I know gluten isn't the best thing for us. . . I didn't realize the link to Thyroid Issues AND Gluten AND sugar. I know the skin on my arms... Read more

  • Day 72,71 from 90 Countdown

    9/9/2014 4:53:27 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have 3 months to comply with a new eating plan. It is hard changing eating habits. Mostly it is having the right stuff in the house. Yesterday was "Day 3" -- I can't remember! Probable I was "winging it." Today is "Day 4" of a 4 day rotation/elimination eating plan. Breakfast and lun... Read more