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  • A slow few days

    12/18/2014 10:06:31 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Sorry that I haven't posted in a while but there hasn't been much to post. Dad having his therapy yesterday and me fighting my TOM right now. My TOM is almost over but it feels like its been around forever. Tuesday I realized that I didn't post anything when I was asleep. I didn't feel like get... Read more

  • Toys for Puppies and Kitties

    12/17/2014 10:27:26 PM, by FANCYQTR

    Saturday I went to a class at the library where we made beds and toys for the cats at the Dumb Friends League shelter in Denver and Castle Rock. I got a bed made and one toy. I was going to make more toys, but couldn't find one of the parts, so I took some of the materials home. I also brought ho... Read more

  • So Far, So Good (pic)

    12/17/2014 7:09:13 PM, by PATTYR81

    Yesterday I managed to follow most of my success strategies. It's been raining (YAY bye bye drought!), so my activity has been limited to grocery shopping and extra trips up and down stairs doing laundry. Better than nothing as my couch keeps calling to me to come sit by the fire.... Read more

  • yet again

    12/17/2014 5:09:29 PM, by COO_KIE

    My best friend was buried yesterday. I had cataract surgery a week ago. I mention earlier about this being a hard year since 5 people have died this year, including my Mother, sister, and mother in law, as well as my friend of 61 years and an aunt. With funeral arrangements for my sister and Mother,... Read more

  • You'll never do it younger

    12/17/2014 9:48:46 AM, by MREE777

    this is what my mother used to say whenever I'd say I was too old to do something new. Funny how I get older every year...and how I now seem to have been young then... I was just thinking about all the things I'd like to learn...if I could. I've always wanted to fly a plane. (Just a smal... Read more

  • Note To Self: Remember Your Daily Success Strategies!

    12/16/2014 9:50:41 AM, by PATTYR81

    I've been struggling since Halloween. On the Gastric Bypass Team page I found a thread about "Holiday Strategies". Made me realize just how far I've gotten from my DAILY success strategies. So to remind myself: +Constantly sip HOT, low/no calorie drinks +Make (and eat) weekly staple p... Read more

  • Feeling tired

    12/15/2014 9:54:40 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I'm feeling tired all day like I was on my birthday. My TOM has started and I'm not usually this tired. We had a somewhat of a long day with dad having his physical therapy and we had a gloomy day with the weather. I'm hoping that we don't go anywhere tomorrow because I know that my TOM will get hea... Read more

  • Today was better

    12/15/2014 7:32:54 PM, by LADYJANE30

    Today was better to a point. I had my follow up appt. with my Doctor after having an upper and lower oscopy done and I'm doing great with the Prilosec too. I mentioned that the stomach aches are far and few with the Prilosec. Also, if I do have a problem I write down what I ate and to stay aw... Read more

  • Thanks for the birthday wishes

    12/14/2014 10:08:31 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Thanks for the birthday wishes. I'm just glad that we didn't do anything yesterday because I wasn't in the mood to do anything. I got a birthday gift of cranberry nut mix from my first grade teacher who I go to church with. I ate the whole container but I'm not sure how to put it in. I ate 6 serving... Read more

  • you never know

    12/14/2014 6:27:24 PM, by MREE777

    last week was really awful...everything that went wrong at work was my fault, even when I wasn't's rare that more than one manager at a time will be so stressed out that they feel they need to take it out on me, but that's what happened. At one point I was in the stock room with the sto... Read more

  • 30 Day Plank Challenge - JOIN ME!!

    12/14/2014 9:29:49 AM, by ODAT1117

    Doing a 30 day plank challenge that my sister-in-law shared on Facebook. The originator said it was okay to share so here goes: Here you go!! (All credit goes to Alicia Beamer and Getting The Skinny on With Alicia.) I'm on Day 8 today. Jump on board!!! ... Read more

  • Did what I wanted to do today

    12/13/2014 9:22:15 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I got to do what I wanted to do today for my birthday. Absolutely nothing. Just went uptown to get the mail, got some lunch, and came home where we stayed for the rest of the day. I really didn't want to do anything at all. I did crochet and get on the computer. It felt great in doing nothing. We mi... Read more

  • I've screwed up

    12/13/2014 8:05:38 PM, by LADYJANE30

    I've screwed up.....again. I get so upset and then depressed because my clothes don't fit right and then I turn around and eat what is causing the problem. Every day I say, this is a new day and we will stay focused and it will last for part of the day and then it's gone. Today I had my Christ... Read more

  • anticipating the new year

    12/13/2014 12:26:41 PM, by MREE777

    this has been a very strange year indeed...(for all of the strange and negative things that happened, God has given me a blessing as well!) car totaled; new car requiring payments vacation; rather boring, but a relief from the monotony beginning to learn about the true nutritive values of f... Read more

  • Plans for my birthday

    12/12/2014 10:13:51 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I'm not going to go anywhere. Don't want to do anything. Not in the mood for some of the local places to eat. Some of the places that I could go to take over an hour to get too and the prices are too high. I'm just wanting to stay home and veg out. I'm hoping that dad doesn't try to convince me to g... Read more

  • Quiet day

    12/11/2014 9:58:23 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Today was somewhat quiet day. We didn't do a whole lot. Tomorrow we will with dad's physical therapy in the afternoon. I will have this with me tomorrow while he's doing that. I won't be able to work on a crocheted leftover yarn afghan that I'm working on because its getting pretty good size and if... Read more

  • Getting My Spark Back

    12/11/2014 9:03:52 PM, by FITMAMA_

    Life. For the last few years it always seems to get in the way of my fitness goals. But I have come to the realization that my life is a little more demanding these days than even 3 years ago... For those who know me well would be surprised to hear me say that because my life was pretty darn deman... Read more

  • Need some sleep

    12/10/2014 9:40:57 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Today has been a long day. Didn't get much of a nap this afternoon. Wish that I did though. But its almost time to go to bed. Dad may have to have surgery on his right wrist for carpel tunnel again. He hasn't had it done in a long time. In 1989 was the last time. It might help with that side si... Read more

  • Slow week so far

    12/9/2014 9:41:31 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    This week is going by slow. Tomorrow is going to be long. Dad has a chiropractor appointment in the morning and physical therapy in the afternoon. I hope that I'm near a power outlet tomorrow when he's having therapy so just in case I need to use it. I had a headache when I got up this morning ... Read more

  • It's a new day

    12/9/2014 7:06:48 PM, by LADYJANE30

    It has been a long time since I have blogged and been on the SP site but I am back to logging my food and what a surprise. I didn't think I ate that much but when you put it down and add up the calories it's eye opening. I had lost 26 pounds two years ago on the TSFL plan which is Medifast but... Read more

  • positive mantras

    12/9/2014 10:09:25 AM, by BRAINYBLONDE5

    I am so thankful to finally have an answer to my health issues. But now, I am just tired. Its going to be a long journey to battle this disease and I need some positive mantras. What are your favorites?... Read more

  • Not looking forward to Saturday

    12/8/2014 9:36:26 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I know that it is only Monday but I'm not looking forward to Saturday. My birthday is this Saturday. I will be 37 years old. I have no idea what I'm going to do yet. I wouldn't mind not doing anything that day. I know that I should but I'm not sure. After last year with all the snow we got, we went... Read more

  • changes

    12/8/2014 9:58:15 AM, by BRAINYBLONDE5

    Well, I have a nice long list of medications to take now. I am praying they give me the relief I need. I have Lyme disease, Bartonella, Hypothyroidism and LOW Progesterone. I'm scared but going to stay hopeful. The best course of action is to have a "clean" diet and I am going to do my best to... Read more

  • OMG! Hide the Cheetos

    12/7/2014 9:45:35 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    I was sitting here reading my school book (yes I started school last week) and got the munchies so as I turned the pages with 1 hand, the other hand was digging into a 9 ounce bag of cheetos without even looking at the bag. When I finally did look at the bag it was 1/2 empty. There is supposed ... Read more

  • Headaches are gone

    12/7/2014 9:36:34 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I woke up with a headache this morning. I took something for it when I was taking my medicines. I drank some hot tea this morning and it was gone. I didn't have to take anything for it again until noon and again around 6pm. But no hot tea. I haven't crocheted yet. If I can't sleep tonight I may croc... Read more

  • Writer's block or ? new goals

    12/7/2014 4:42:17 PM, by IGNITEME101

    I don't think I've ever gone so long without writing a spark blog. Doing the best I can. I feel like these are my choices in life: OR: ... Read more

  • Feeling better but fighting headache

    12/6/2014 9:54:35 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Feeling a lot better with no sinus pressure. The zpack has really helped. But now I'm fighting a headache but not sinus. I took something it almost 6 hours now and its still clinging. Might take something for it before I go to bed. I may take some sinus medicine just in case it is a sinus headache. ... Read more

  • I don't want to want to lose weight

    12/6/2014 6:50:51 PM, by ODAT1117

    Here's the problem: I need to change my wants. Wanting to lose weight is not going to help me make it in the long run. I need to want more. Wanting to lose weight is temporary and has an end point. "I want to lose 17 more pounds" implies that I'll be done at some point. That is so very fa... Read more

  • Tweaking the December OMAT

    12/6/2014 6:33:07 PM, by ODAT1117

    Yup, time to tweak. I knew this was going to be a tough one and I knew I didn't feel 100% prepared. I just didn't anticipate the family stress that was going to rear its head in addition to my tough OMAT. I want to be successful and I do NOT want to give up on this OMAT. If I keep it as strict... Read more

  • Finally feeling better

    12/5/2014 9:38:35 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I'm feeling better now. I called the doctor's office and asked if the doctor could prescribe something for my sinuses and ringing in my right ear that I've been fighting for about 14 months. Well, still got the ringing of ear but sinuses feel better. The doctor prescribed a z pack. My teeth still hu... Read more

  • Sinuses are killing me tonight

    12/4/2014 9:44:11 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    My sinuses are killing me right now. But did take something for them a while ago and it hasn't gotten the chance to kick in yet. I was going to call the doctor but by the time that I was going to do it was, the doctor's office was closed. I'm just hoping that they start to feel better before I go to... Read more

  • the results are in!

    12/4/2014 2:17:39 PM, by BRAINYBLONDE5

    I tested positive for Lyme disease and I have a hormonal imbalance. I meet with my doctor tomorrow to discuss the results and create a course of action for treatment. I am overwhelmed, scared but prepared to make the changes I need to in order to feel better.... Read more

  • starting again

    12/4/2014 8:04:57 AM, by LYNNKIR3

    So I stop doing sp for a while and now I am trying to get started again! I have had a very sick child and for over a year now we have been in and out of the hospital. Every month it seems like we were in there, and we was there for about 15-20 days at a time. However God has brought us through the h... Read more

  • Somewhat okay with sinuses

    12/3/2014 9:47:53 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Thanks for all of the suggestions on what I could do. I can't wear Breath Rights because they won't fit on my nose no matter if they're adult or kids size. Plus my oldest brother said that it made his sinus drain and made him sicker (he just turned 46 years old today). I know that I will be taking s... Read more

  • Spoke too soon on sinuses

    12/2/2014 10:01:42 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Around 11pm last night I had to take some sinus medicine and Tylenol to help with the pain. I didn't get back to sleep about midnight. Talk about being sore. I got better sleep after that. I'm so close in calling the doctor to see what he thinks. I can breath okay but its either nasal swelling or si... Read more

  • Sinuses are better

    12/1/2014 10:00:36 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I'm feeling somewhat better. I don't think that I will be taking anything for them tonight. It will be the first time in a week that I won't need anything. It feels good. My aunt is back home. I was waiting for dad and my uncle (the only brother he has left) called to tell us that she's home. ... Read more

  • The best CHRISTmas present ever!

    12/1/2014 1:10:51 PM, by IMAVISION

    Just want to make it clear that the best CHRISTmas gift EVER was/is God's plan of salvation through His beloved Son, Christ Jesus, my Lord Savior. ... Read more

  • Current Goal - Size 28 by Valentine's Day

    12/1/2014 9:21:54 AM, by LUNAKM

    Just leaving this here so I don't have to keep looking it up. Lane Bryant says size 28 measurements are: Bust 58 Waist 48 Hips 56 Avenue says size 28 measurements are: Bust 56 Waist 49 Hips 58.5... Read more

  • What a day

    11/30/2014 9:56:36 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Over an hour before I walked to church this morning, I get a phone call from another step cousin. His mom had a heart attack last night and was in Peoria in on of the hospitals but wasn't sure what they were going to do. So when I got home from church, dad was up and he said that he talked to his br... Read more

  • SP recipe Robust Turkey Vegetable Soup-for Left Over Turkey

    11/30/2014 12:37:05 PM, by CTUPTON

    I boiled the turkey bones for stock and then made this soup! I saved the recipe to my SP recipe collection. I will make this a tradition! chris ... Read more

  • quotes

    11/30/2014 12:31:23 PM, by MREE777

    My Aunt sent me these quotes from Maya Angelou--thought you would enjoy them. In April, a few years back, Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah on her 70+ birthday Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older. And, there on television, she said it was 'exciting...' Regarding body ch... Read more

  • Determined December: My OMAT Goals

    11/30/2014 9:15:08 AM, by ODAT1117

    OMAT updates: October: Dropped the Pop - AGAIN! Diet Pepsi had snuck back into my diet again so I kicked it back out! It was a great success and I went the whole month without ANY diet pop. I'm back on track with that healthy habit again, thanks to my OMAT. November: No lighting up the ... Read more

  • Saying Goodbye For The Last Time

    11/30/2014 1:51:01 AM, by IHCSURVIVOR80

    As many of you may have noticed, I haven't been on Spark much this week. As some of you noticed, my father passed away this week. He was a very quiet man. Since my mother's death a few years ago, he became even more set in his own ... Read more

  • Full day of fun

    11/29/2014 9:30:21 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Dad and I went up to Le Claire, IA, today to visit the home of the American Pickers. Mike and Frank wasn't there and neither was Danielle. It was a bit more crowded with people and they had more stuff in the original building and new building. And their first van that they used to go around doing t... Read more

  • Fought sinus headaches all day

    11/28/2014 9:28:08 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I fought the stupid sinus headaches today. I'm sitting here in my room and they're bugging me right now. I'm hoping for relief before going to bed I about an hour. Got a new camera today at Target. I got a Nikon Coolpix L330 with 20.2MP, 26x zoom, and a 3" screen. It is originally $229.99 but w... Read more

  • Happy Thanksgiving

    11/27/2014 9:53:11 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Hope that everyone had great Thanksgiving. We did. We went up to my step cousin's house and it was just me and my dad, step cousin, his wife and daughter. Pretty much all day we watched football and GSN. Sold a set of pot holders. My step cousin's wife forgot to put out the cranberry sauce but I put... Read more

  • Spark People Activity Tracker seems to be half price now!

    11/27/2014 7:34:25 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Feeling somewhat better but still fighting the sinuses

    11/26/2014 9:54:18 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I'm feeling better tonight but my sinuses are still bugging me. I had a headache off and on all day long. There were a few times that I almost got dark chocolate but couldn't find what I wanted. Got a pair of new boots. They're black with a gold like chain across the front. They have about a 2"... Read more

  • Cool colored bands in icebergs

    11/26/2014 4:36:49 PM, by CTUPTON

    The following link has a few more:
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  • Searching online for a sparkpage background....oops!

    11/26/2014 4:27:58 PM, by CTUPTON

    I did a few searches for images for my holiday sparkpage . I tried these searches: wreathes, Christmas flower arrangements, snow jewels, snow flakes, and finally purple snow flakes. That one got me a surprise! Apparently "Purple... Read more

  • Laugh at the snow!

    11/26/2014 3:47:59 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • crockpot lovin'

    11/26/2014 2:56:35 PM, by BRAINYBLONDE5

    I have an obsession with my crockpot. Seriously, I think I may have a problem. I use it EVERY SINGLE DAY. Breakfasts, dinners, desserts, drinks! The leftovers make lunches easy and sometimes what I start at 7am is ready by lunch! I am thinking of getting a second crockpot so one can make chicken and... Read more

  • The Thanksgiving Poem I Generated

    11/26/2014 2:55:28 PM, by CTUPTON

    If I were a Thanksgiving Turkey... I would look as thin as I could. I would listen for kitchen sounds. I would watch out for hungry people. I would want camoflage. If I were a Thanksgiving Turkey... I would smell like an old shoe. I would taste like leather. I would be stu... Read more

  • Poem Generator online

    11/26/2014 2:49:02 PM, by CTUPTON
    nerator.php Even I can create a nice poem with this. There are set ups for many occasions! Enjoy! chris... Read more

  • A reminder to myself to eat more cruciferous vegetables.

    11/26/2014 8:16:30 AM, by CTUPTON
    /cancernutrition.html Concentrate on anticancer cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage, as well as high-antioxidant berries. Cauliflower, for example, is loaded with nu... Read more

  • Can you divorce your sinuses?

    11/25/2014 9:45:03 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I'm wishing that I could divorce my sinuses. They are killing me today. This morning around 4am they made me take the last of my sinus medicine and wouldn't let me go back to sleep. I wanted to sleep until around 5 or 6 am but not my sinuses. So I've been up since then. I didn't get any sinus medici... Read more

  • My heart goes out to sparkers near Buffalo-I will be moving there summer 2015..

    11/25/2014 7:13:32 AM, by CTUPTON

    God-willing, of course! You poor people! All that snow was bad enough but now flooding and dealing with water in the basement. chris (now in Connecticut)... Read more

  • Still fighting sinuses

    11/24/2014 9:45:47 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I'm still fighting my sinuses but I'm not tired like I was yesterday. I was hoping that my headache would be gone by today but it comes and goes. I'm hoping that I can get rid of it tonight when I'm asleep. I just wish that I could pop my neck so I can get rid of the headache. Its the only way that ... Read more

  • Fighting sinuses

    11/23/2014 9:27:17 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    My sinuses are being a pain today. I've been fighting them off and on all day long. 3 doses of Excedrin and 2 doses of sinuses medicine and I'm hoping that I don't have to put up with them tomorrow. But I am tired. I walked to church today. But I didn't walk home because my dad picked me up. It... Read more

  • Fibro-fog

    11/23/2014 4:57:41 PM, by CTUPTON

    I just cleaned of the piles of stuff from my desk. It took "no time"at all. But the stuff has been sitting there for weeks. That is what fibro-fog does. chris... Read more

  • Book: The Sixth Extinction

    11/23/2014 9:39:55 AM, by CTUPTON

    by Elizabeth Kolbert Wow-the premise is that humans are a "weedy creature." And that humans have contributed greatly to the extinctions of living species in the past and will continue to do so. Elizabeth Kolbert does have a "wa... Read more

  • No freezing rain

    11/22/2014 9:38:54 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    We didn't get any freezing rain last night. Got some rain but it must of been before I got up this morning. That's about it. My sinuses are killing me. I hope that they clear up before I have to go to sleep tonight. I'm half way done with one of the scarves. I'm doing a school colors scarf... Read more

  • Free Cell Solitaire on the AARP web site

    11/22/2014 7:30:30 PM, by CTUPTON
    ecell/freecell.aspx An easy way to pass an hour or so..... chris... Read more

  • Paneras low fat chicken tortilla soup

    11/22/2014 3:11:43 PM, by CTUPTON

    I got a container at the supermarket. I enjoyed it. I did not have the tortilla chips with it so it was low cal. Yeah, sodium but not awful. chris... Read more

  • to get to sleep imagine warm honey from head to toe...

    11/22/2014 9:38:36 AM, by CTUPTON

    This is how a friend of mine gets to sleep. It is her nightly meditation. She says she imagines feeling this on her skin starting on her head and face, down her arms, down her chest and get the idea! chris... Read more

  • A smaller homemade Christmas gits list

    11/21/2014 9:53:18 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I just have more gifts to go. 2 scarves & 2 no sew fleece throws. I am not sure how many more I'll add to it. The people who receive these gifts better treasure these gifts, We're suppose to get freezing rain tonight but I'm hoping that it blows over. We're suppose to get in the 50s this weeke... Read more

  • Make an online dinner and share it to give food to people needing food.

    11/21/2014 5:28:07 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • Thanksgiving

    11/21/2014 5:26:43 PM, by MREE777

    My favorite holiday of the year. Growing up the "tradition" we started was to turn on the Thanksgiving Day Parade on tv and my mom and I would cook while the family watched the parade and snitched "tastes" of whatever we were making. When most of the food was cooked/cooking, we'd put in Mira... Read more

  • I had on my cranky pants yesterday

    11/21/2014 10:19:38 AM, by BRAINYBLONDE5

    I was so cranky and grumpy and moody yesterday. I hated shopping and hated how I looked in everything. I felt like a stuffed sausage in coats and shirts just didnt flatter in any way. I went home crying and cried for about an hour straight before I exhausted myself. I woke up this morning and Aunt F... Read more

  • Got a good night sleep

    11/20/2014 9:45:44 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I got a good night sleep last night. I don't think that I got up at all last night. I was a little groggy this morning after feeding the pets. I tried to fall asleep on the way home from supper tonight but it didn't last long. I didn't want to fall asleep because it was dark and the deer run at nigh... Read more