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  • Looking forward to summer!

    5/24/2015 12:52:56 PM, by PITTER6

    It has been almost a year, since my shoulder replacement. I can't wait until I can get in the swimming pool this summer. I was not able to be in all last year. I love doing exercises in the pool. I have my pool shoes and swim equipment to do some work. I alway feel so much better in the pool. ... Read more

  • Letter of encouragement to myself

    5/24/2015 12:50:32 PM, by GRATEFUL_DAWN

    Dawn, Be kind to yourself. Celebrate your successes. Forgive yourself when you make mistakes. When you fall get down back up. People who love you are counting on you to succeed. You can do it!... Read more

  • Short Quiz #5 (for fun)!

    5/23/2015 8:52:30 PM, by IMAVISION

    38 58 38 58 38 58 38 58 38 58 Well, 524 & 304 for checking this for fun quiz out. God bless you in all areas of life! 38 58 38 58 38 58 38 58 38 58 There are 102 of these in Sea Isle City, New Jersey. What is it? 1) Churches 2) Homes with children ... Read more

  • The purpose for my health and fitness goals

    5/23/2015 6:19:23 PM, by GRATEFUL_DAWN

    Today on SparkCoach Spark Guy, Chris Downie, suggested that I dig down to the real reason why I want to start this health and fitness journey. In the beginning, I just wanted to feel better. I was tired of being in pain all of the time. I wanted walking to be easier. Yes, I wanted to fit ... Read more

  • DH is now on pureed foods plus the diabetic food restrictions! Oh boy! He is not happy at all.

    5/23/2015 2:27:44 PM, by CTUPTON

    Good thing he is in rehab. He can't get any other food, Yesterday the kitchen made a mistake and sent up a piece of pizza. The aide immediately gave that to me and ordered his pureed dinner! Boy was he mad! It was suggested I take photos of his meals so I know what to cook for his diabetic meal... Read more

  • In prep for moving I am using up contents of my kitchen cupboards and freezer!

    5/23/2015 2:24:34 PM, by CTUPTON

    I had chocolate pudding made with silken tofu. It was OK. I bought the 2 packages quite awhile ago. The cookies were gone months ago. I am resisting buying more. And hubby is in rehab so I do not have the excuse that the cookies are for him . (Besides he is now on insulin.) I have many str... Read more

  • out for the day

    5/23/2015 2:03:57 PM, by REDHAWK17

    I am dog sitting overnight, it is so nice to be away from home... Read more

  • just wondering

    5/23/2015 12:55:21 PM, by MREE777

    why it is that no one wants to work? True, I work in retail and it's not glamorous. It doesn't pay well. It's hard work. But, it's steady work with full benefits. We've hired so many people in the last year or so who last a few days, maybe a week and then they disappear. I some... Read more

  • Moving Again

    5/22/2015 8:53:49 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    I got a Summer job at Mt Rushmore. Yup, I will be flying out to South Dakota on June 5th. It's about 2 weeks away and I need to figure out what to pack in my 1 carry-on luggage. I have never been to the Dakota's before, so this will be a nice switch from the dry hot desert of the Southwest. I... Read more

  • Have a Safe and Blessed Holiday

    5/22/2015 2:44:49 PM, by REDHAWK17

    just want everyone to be safe this weekend... Read more

  • A young engaged couple sees themselves after 70 years. Wow!

    5/22/2015 12:16:40 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.sparkpeople.com/resource/d
    ailyspark-videos-detail.as
    p?video=147... Read more

  • DH is in rehab...

    5/21/2015 8:46:52 PM, by CTUPTON

    I chatted with the person who coordinates his stay with Medicare. She was more encouraging today. The first phone call I got from someone there sounded like he would stay only one week. That really does nothing to get him stronger. And he is now on insulin shots! I am so unprepared for this responsi... Read more

  • 2 Weeks Post W17

    5/21/2015 6:52:29 PM, by MAYA_ANGEL

    It's about 2 weeks now post giving up on the W30 on day 17. I am happy to announce that it really did change my sugar-eating and nightly glass of a wine habit. The new rule is No Chocolate or Wine in the house, but I am allowed to eat/drink it socially. Instead of nightly wine, I have a nightly ... Read more

  • Join My Team - Chronic Illnesses and Losing Weight

    5/21/2015 2:35:47 PM, by REDHAWK17

    www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/gr
    oups_individual.asp?gid=60727... Read more

  • Pituitary Tumor hasn't grown anymore

    5/21/2015 1:32:39 PM, by REDHAWK17

    I had an MRI and they matched it against the one from two years ago and the tumor hasn't grown. I guess the chasteberry really does help.... Read more

  • Raspberry Ketones and Losing Weight

    5/21/2015 1:31:15 PM, by REDHAWK17

    Since I started taking the raspberry ketones I have lost a total of 24 pounds. I also have more energy, it is amazing. So I am proving the doctors wrong once again.... Read more

  • Medicare --getting enough physical therapy--for hubby, 9 yrs after his serious stroke.

    5/21/2015 8:42:22 AM, by CTUPTON

    They think we can do the physical therapy ourseklves at home. Well that means I hav eto get hubby to do it. And he won't do it even with me asking him too. At rehab in that setting he loves to do it--of course with a therapist giving him her total attention. And with lots of machines around. At... Read more

  • DH in rehab after a short hospital stay.... I really need this time to myself!

    5/19/2015 7:42:13 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am so grateful for this time --not having to be a caregiver for a short time. first--it saves me a ton of money for health aides here at home. second -he is getting intensive physical therapy which at home he can never get enough third -he just started diabetes bad symptoms and I ... Read more

  • SP featured this recipe but I made it 10 min. before seeing it on my computer!

    5/19/2015 7:38:42 PM, by CTUPTON

    Angel food cake with pineapple--but I used canned peaches. recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe
    -detail.asp?recipe=40716... Read more

  • Day #6 gluten free challenge!

    5/19/2015 5:56:28 AM, by TIMELORDLADY85

    I have come to the realization that I crave carbs no matter if they are gluten free or not, So for the best interest of getting my eating under control I will not be purchasing anymore corn chips or snacks that are like crisps and such. I will eat more fruits and fresh vegetables. drink more water a... Read more

  • unwind from stress in a healthy way

    5/18/2015 9:45:36 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Don't stress yourself out by trying to change others. Learn that two people seldom respond to the same situation in the same manner, and the right approach is never confined to your own way. Don't fret over things that you can't change, learn to live with them. Life always includes some things th... Read more

  • Day #5 gluten free challenge!

    5/18/2015 5:26:09 AM, by TIMELORDLADY85

    Need to get back into a routine of an earlier bedtime or something. I slept awful last night , well not awful but I am still feeling tired this morning. my breakfast later on will be 1 jumbo egglands best egg, spinach, grits and coffee, mmm that sounds like a decent breakfast. then lunch will be tu... Read more

  • today

    5/17/2015 8:19:32 PM, by MREE777

    has been a very long day... I got up at 5:15am to clean my apartment. I didn't finish until after 11am. Of course, I kept taking breaks because I would get overheated. They are going to start remodeling our apartment this week. I wish I had the money for my roommate and I to stay in a hotel w... Read more

  • Words to Inspire #5

    5/17/2015 8:01:41 PM, by IMAVISION

    195 184 195 184 195 184 195 184 195 184 “You've got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It's called perseverance. ~ Lee Iacocca 195 184 195 184 195 184 195 184 195 184... Read more

  • My new daily mantra for success!

    5/17/2015 7:09:47 PM, by TIMELORDLADY85

    Today, I will try to feed myself when I am hungry. Today, I will try to be attentive to how foods taste and make me feel. Today, I will try to choose foods that I like and that make me feel good. Today, I will try to honor my body’s signals of fullness. Today, I will try to... Read more

  • I was hungry! I never feel this. I always eat first.

    5/17/2015 11:51:20 AM, by CTUPTON

    Hubby is now in rehab and I visited him yesterday --and ordered dinner from the kitchen there. 4 One sign said dinner was 5:00 to 6:00. So I was sitting in his room with him . 5:00 went by and it was close to 6:00. No dinners. A nurse came in to give him an insulin shot. I asked about dinner. ... Read more

  • day #4 gluten free challenge!

    5/17/2015 7:57:57 AM, by TIMELORDLADY85

    This morning and all this week so far has been a learning experience. I am learning that gluten is in pretty much all processed foods, I am learning that I will enjoy making my foods from scratch more and knowing exactly and how much of each ingredient I am putting into these foods. I am learning th... Read more

  • wrapping up week one

    5/17/2015 7:19:09 AM, by MREE777

    In the first 4 days of phase one in Atkins I dropped 7lbs. In the last 3 days of the week I did not lose anything. However, I woke up yesterday feeling like my body had changed. I've been weighing every day and planning to measure once a week. This morning I did my measurements: I'm down an... Read more

  • Day #3 gluten free challenge

    5/16/2015 7:48:28 AM, by TIMELORDLADY85

    Down to 188.6, so about another pound and half down already. Really enjoying how much more vegetables I'm trying in replacement of breads and bread products. for example, spinach for salads, in my egg scrambles in the morning, sliced veggies instead of what used to be chips and junk food like bread ... Read more

  • On vacation to Ohio

    5/15/2015 10:31:06 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    My dad and I got in about 5 hours go to my brother's house in Ohio. Got to meet the two male cats that him and his wife have. Loki and Bailey. Sweet cats. Sofie (their other cat) is still not coming up to us yet. She came up to me a couple of hours ago and sniffed my leg but that's it. Probably by t... Read more

  • Finished book 3 'Love Makes a House a Home'

    5/15/2015 6:44:09 PM, by KARENGROSS

    Onto book 4... Read more

  • Focus on what you can add to your life

    5/15/2015 2:17:30 PM, by MAYA_ANGEL

    From Mind Body Green today..... wise words: Focus on what you can add to your life — not what you "should" subtract. This advice is often given for changing dietary habits: instead of cutting out certain foods (and thus feeling deprived), it's easier to start adding healthy foods. The id... Read more

  • Day #2 gluten free challenge!

    5/15/2015 6:49:36 AM, by TIMELORDLADY85

    Already down a pound since joining sparkpeople.com. love how easy it is track my calories on here and add them to my favorites for foods I eat on a regular basis and then just add them quickly from the app. I had 2 eggs, spinach, spicy guacamole, espresso and a cup of 2% milk, tried the rice milk, u... Read more

  • Completely off the rails

    5/14/2015 2:22:32 PM, by CRM282

    Any semblance of a diet or exercise routine is long gone. Little baby steps is all it takes. Now, I am bloated and my clothes are pretty tight. I see that big saggy chin and my face becoming ROUND, again. My body is becoming more round. I just want to sit on the couch as soon as I get home. I sleep ... Read more

  • The journey continues

    5/14/2015 8:28:27 AM, by MREE777

    Today starts day 4 of the Atkins induction phase. Down 7lbs! Praising God! However, I'm terribly fatigued. Just moving feels like I'm trying to walk through thick mud. Everyone at work has colds, allergies, etc. I'm wondering if my body is attempting to fight something off. Too tired to ... Read more

  • Words to Inspire #4

    5/14/2015 1:53:21 AM, by IMAVISION

    195 184 195 184 195 184 195 184 195 184 "Never think that God's delays are God's denials. Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius." ~ Georges-Louis Leclerc (later Comte de Buffon) 195 184 195 184 195 184 195 184 195 184... Read more

  • When will my "bad luck" end.

    5/12/2015 9:46:07 PM, by CTUPTON

    Since early Dec. our family has had major problems. One after the other. The current one is hubby having major diabetes issues resulting in change of meds. Now a bad reaction to the new diabetes meds so he is in the hospital. He has a rash all over and is very, very sleepy. He had a stroke in... Read more

  • Tracking

    5/12/2015 11:00:00 AM, by MREE777

    It's hard to track the Atkins diet in the SP food tracker. For one thing, I don't know all the numbers of the measurements in the recipes and I'm not going to take the time to figure it out at this point. Maybe later. But, another key factor is that Atkins counts "net carbs" rather than full carb... Read more

  • 'Home away from home' book 2

    5/11/2015 4:07:32 PM, by KARENGROSS

    Moving to book 3. Awesome series... Read more

  • Mr. Mrs. Ms. and Mx Oh my!

    5/10/2015 4:56:45 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.ibtimes.com/mr-mrs-or-mx-o
    xford-english-dictionary-a
    dopts-gender-neutral-honor
    ific-1907977 Remember when Ms. was unfamiliar and now we use it easily. Well, the newest is Mx. chris... Read more

  • Back to Atkins

    5/10/2015 11:07:25 AM, by MREE777

    My roommate has a doctor's appt. on Thursday. She wants to drop 2lbs by then. The only way to do this safely is to go back to the Atkins diet. So, I got on the scale this morning. And felt like crying. I'm heavier than I've been in ages. But, on the positive side, at least I'm now motivated to... Read more

  • O MY GOODNESS

    5/9/2015 11:59:13 PM, by STESSOUTCHICK

    my tiger is a nut. he acts as if the litter box' is out to get him or something. . I am not that concerned. actually its well funny. but really? The litter people is suppose to be inside the boxes. and every time I wind down for the night and want a nice out bath. to tell myself that ... Read more

  • Short Quiz #4 (for fun)!

    5/9/2015 8:41:57 PM, by IMAVISION

    38 58 38 58 38 58 38 58 38 58 213 So pleased you have taken time to stop by! Enjoy this fourth short quiz. This truly is the fourth one. I accidentally deleted the second one! 198 Proving once again just how gifted this gal can be! 20 144 To all the Mom’s reading this:... Read more

  • Grilled mustard, lemon,coriander chicken breasts with Lemon Basil vinaigrette

    5/9/2015 7:17:10 PM, by CTUPTON

    The link at the end has great photo instructions--which always helps me actually make the recipe! chris Mustard, Lemon, and Coriander Grilled Chicken Breasts with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette (Makes 2 servings, but can easily be doubled or tripled, recipe adapted from F... Read more

  • I know you all want to know how to make the perfect cookie so....

    5/9/2015 2:07:43 PM, by CTUPTON

    The following link has a much larger picture and more info. www.ozy.com/good-sht/the-scien
    ce-behind-baking-the-most-
    delicious-cookie-ever/6613
    ?utm_source=HF1&utm_medium
    =pp&utm_campaign=pp The Best Tips for the Best Cookies 1.Ooey-gooey: Add 2 cups more flour. 2.C... Read more

  • Fitness event

    5/9/2015 12:55:38 PM, by MREE777

    It was interesting. They had the head nurse from the cardiac center give a talk, followed by two different personal trainers. The cardiac nurse said there are 4 main elements to physical fitness: 1) aerobic--ing exercises (walking, swimming, dancing, etc.) 2) muscular fitness--resistance t... Read more

  • Rest of My Life, Day 1!

    5/9/2015 12:04:53 PM, by MAYA_ANGEL

    It's over, Baby! Woke up well rested after a 24 hr bout with real fatigue and decided the whole thing is over for me. Couldn't make it to Day 30. Wasn't feeling it anymore. You know the call to stop came from my inner voice, my intuition. I just knew I wasn't feeling right anymore. I fel... Read more

  • finished 'A Fatal Affair' and 'Home is Where the Heart is'

    5/9/2015 11:41:21 AM, by KARENGROSS

    great books.... Read more

  • fitness lecture

    5/9/2015 9:59:01 AM, by MREE777

    I am sitting at the mall waiting the fitness lecture. The healthy breakfast consisted of plain yogurt, dry granola, and fruit. Since yogurt doesn't agree with me and i was afraid the granola might break another tooth, that left me with fruit. I had a teaspoon of dried cranberries and raisins. I th... Read more

  • W30, Day17

    5/8/2015 7:57:31 PM, by MAYA_ANGEL

    Well I think I DID have quite a reaction to the wine I had last night. I had to take two naps today...feels like I slept most of the day...I was just so tired today. Now that could have been from my 12 hr visit to another city yesterday...it was a very active day and I'm not used to that much acti... Read more

  • CNET research on trends in music

    5/8/2015 3:10:53 PM, by CTUPTON

    Remember these? Sgt. Peppers, Hendrix, Cream, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Simon and Garfunkel, The Byrds, The Association, The Mammas and the Pappas, Vanilla Fudge, The Moody Blues, of course Scott McKenzie, and many many more A group of biologists and engineers from several London ... Read more

  • today

    5/8/2015 1:35:07 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    One day at a time. One choice at a time. Today I faced physical fatigue and mental ickiness and got my butt to the gym despite not feeling it -- and by the end of the workout I was most definitely feeling it. I had unlocked hidden reserves of energy which got me through work. I struggled a bit wi... Read more

  • Shame

    5/8/2015 1:06:20 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    Just a quick blog for now. I have been meaning to catch up on here for a while but work work work and stuff. Honestly, I am still getting used to it, but it is going well. I have been hitting the gym although not as often as I'd like -- working on increasing the frequency. I think going in the morn... Read more

  • OK NOW WHAT?

    5/8/2015 11:43:54 AM, by STESSOUTCHICK

    So I have been watching my 3 furry friends. aspecaly mr. Tiger. and writing things down, playing Nancy Drew of sorts. Now my little girl she is justlike me. LOL says she is done eating, then takes a bowl from the boys and chows down. So I am wondering is the T man as I like to ca... Read more

  • May is Star Wars month...

    5/8/2015 8:24:33 AM, by CTUPTON

    bigger picture: tulakrystal.thoughts.com/posts
    /yoda-may-the-force-be-wit
    h-you Warning: Only for true Star Wars aficionados ----who enjoy twists on this theme. \You definitely need a warped sense of humor for this. www... Read more

  • Changes in urine samples after switching to organic foods.

    5/8/2015 7:47:57 AM, by CTUPTON

    This is really scary to me. The colored graphs at the end of the pdf report is very clear. Compare Day one with Day 7 for each of the family members. chris www.coop.se/PageFiles/430210
    /Coop%20Ekoeffekten_Rappor
    t_eng.pdf and www.coop.se/Vart--ansvar/Eko... Read more

  • need help!

    5/8/2015 3:26:22 AM, by STESSOUTCHICK

    My cat has a bladder infection. I went to the vet. and now Tiger is and wants to sit in his food. WHY is this. WHY WHY WHY?... Read more

  • W30, Day16

    5/8/2015 2:49:53 AM, by MAYA_ANGEL

    Traveled to another town to visit with friends. Managed to stay on plan EXCEPT two glasses of wine at an al fresco dinner. I DON'T regret it, and to hell with starting over because I went off plan one time; I don't buy that theory. It was a beautiful evening at a fine restaurant with friends and... Read more

  • Words to Inspire #3

    5/7/2015 8:00:31 PM, by IMAVISION

    195 184 195 184 195 184 195 184 195 184 “Don't give up because things are hard, but work harder, when you think of giving up.” ~ Anthony Liccione 195 184 195 184 195 184 195 184 195 184... Read more

  • Kudos to sparkpeople! Wow Jan. 2012 50(oops--10 correction!) million people visited SP!

    5/7/2015 4:45:34 PM, by CTUPTON

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SparkPeo
    ple In January 2013, Consumer Reports assessed 9 DIY diet plans and rated SparkPeople with an overall score of 76, behind top scorer MyFitnessPal (83), The Paleo diet (80), and the Mediterranean diet (77).[1] SparkPeople.com announced on February 15, 20... Read more

  • Have You Noticed? ;-)

    5/7/2015 10:54:29 AM, by ANDEEWI

    I've changed my SP username - again! 252 Simple - short - sweet... just AndeeWI (my name and state I'm in) sort of to say, Andee from Wisconsin :) I have also dropped a number of sparkfriends - most either were no longer on SP or they had their pages set to private, must be a friend to... Read more

  • Excited

    5/7/2015 8:27:54 AM, by MREE777

    I went walking in the mall the other day and saw that the local hospital was sponsoring a "health day". It's a free healthy breakfast, health screenings, and a lecture about physical fitness followed by a series of different classes like mall walking, yoga, tai chi, boxing, etc. I'm excited about ... Read more

  • W30, Day15

    5/6/2015 7:07:35 PM, by MAYA_ANGEL

    Like I said, I never last on any diet, but here I am: Day15. All right! Carb flu is gone again and I felt the best today that I've felt in awhile, so my body must be getting used to this. B: 1/2 grapefruit, sausage, sauteed yam slices, nuts L: salad of artichoke hearts, sliced cucumbe... Read more

  • Hi, My name is Cassandra, and I am still on step on

    5/6/2015 2:59:57 PM, by CRM282

    What is my deal? You know, last year, I just decided one day that I was done. I would NOT buy a larger size pants. I wasn't going to gain one more pound. Period. And, that was it. I started eating better. And, I mean serious stuff. I am talking over-zealous. A tuna pouch and 10 crackers for lunch, s... Read more

  • ESP??? I chose the star wars like picture BEFORE I knew about May 4th!

    5/6/2015 10:31:55 AM, by CTUPTON

    Those were the pictures I was considering for the "EVENING EATING SABOTAGE MYSELF_HELP!" team picture this month, May 2015. Remember I looked at many search results, each with of pictures with hundreds of pictures for each of my various searches.. I searched images for thing... Read more

  • A slightly early "Happy Mother's day!"

    5/5/2015 10:12:42 PM, by CTUPTON

    Even if you are not a mother , please celebrate yourself! ... Read more

  • W30, Day14

    5/5/2015 4:37:27 PM, by MAYA_ANGEL

    Can it really be day 14? I have almost never "lasted" on any "diet" I attempted. I always got cravings or hungry. Not a problem on this one! The problem with this plan has been the low carb flu. Had another 1.5 day "attack" of it. When you're in it, you feel so miserable you think you'... Read more

  • Body Over Mind

    5/5/2015 2:07:17 PM, by ODAT1117

    I'm sitting here at work and my mind is saying "gimme gimme gimme!!" and "I want SUGAR and JUNK and SUGAR and JUNK!!". Ugh, my meandering mind......gimme gimme gimme. But what does my BODY want?? Anything BUT that junk! The problem is that my neurons have been trained - wait, **I** have trained... Read more

  • Another Short Quiz (for fun)!

    5/5/2015 1:07:09 PM, by IMAVISION

    38 58 38 58 38 58 38 58 38 58 304 for stopping by to take this "for fun" quiz! 381 as we remember the words of Charles H. Spurgeon: "By perseverance the snail reached the ark." God bless you this day & each day to come! 38 58 38 58 38 58 38 58 38 58 Ac... Read more

  • Setting Up A ReStart

    5/4/2015 9:55:50 PM, by ANDEEWI

    Or something like it! :) Some of you may have noticed I haven't been around too much - even for the teams I lead or co-lead - lately. Life, or life's problems, has been getting to me, and not in a good way. :( I am making some significant changes now! Not just here, but in many aspects... Read more

  • W30, Day13 Evaluation so Far

    5/4/2015 2:29:50 PM, by MAYA_ANGEL

    Freggie asked if I was losing anymore weight? The answer is No, so far. I lost 5 lb right away the first week and since then it has stayed stable at 203. I'm not concerned though. I researched it and temporary plateaus and weight gains are typical and not a big deal, besides, 5 lbs in 12 days is... Read more

  • W30, Day12

    5/4/2015 12:35:35 AM, by MAYA_ANGEL

    I was very busy today and perhaps had a touch of "tiger blood" (energy the result of W30) which I used to complete the project of repotting 15 houseplants. I was too busy (determined to finish this project which was turning my kitchen into a potting shed) to do any cooking, to speak of. Luckily, I... Read more

  • Words to Inspire #2

    5/3/2015 6:32:26 PM, by IMAVISION

    195 184 195 184 195 184 195 184 195 184 "Throw back the shoulders, let the heart sing, let the eyes flash, let the mind be lifted up, look upward and say to yourself...Nothing is impossible!" ~ Norman Vincent Peale 195 184 195 184 195 184 195 184 195 184... Read more

  • From How to Win Friends, Influence People, and Succeed in a Changing World!

    5/3/2015 9:12:07 AM, by CTUPTON

    Life sure throws out tough situations like strokes, cancer, death of loved ones, serious car accidents, job loss,hurricanes. So there are plenty of things that can cause us worry. But worrying mostly hurts us. So.....lessening worry whenever possible is essential! How to Stop Worrying and Sta... Read more

  • Mother Goose's Serenity Prayer

    5/3/2015 8:18:10 AM, by CTUPTON

    For every ailment under the sun There is a remedy or there is none. If there is one, try to find it. If there is none, never mind it. From The Leader in You: How to Win Friends, Influence People, and Succeed in a Changing World. by The Dale Carnegie Association. Stuart Levine.CEO an... Read more

  • W30, Day11

    5/2/2015 11:37:01 PM, by MAYA_ANGEL

    Still going strong! Breakfast: An "EggMcmuffin" type of affair: yam buns, hamburger, bacon. Sounds weird, especially for breakfast, and yet it was delicious. I think that might be come a regular. The buns are just slices from the middle of a yam (the biggest diameter), sautéed in a pan. ... Read more

  • our poor cat--I spilled his food on the kitchen floor.

    5/2/2015 10:21:45 PM, by CTUPTON

    240 I actually left the food there to see if he'd eat it. At first he ate it from the floor not in the dish. As the day went on he kept coming to me and bugging me, even picking at me with his claws. I am really, really tired today. I was out last night to a retirement party and today I worke... Read more

  • I just learned about Kentucky Derby hats! I did not know about this before. Where was I?

    5/2/2015 4:10:03 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.nbcsports.com/horse-racing
    /countdown-triple-crown/20
    15-kentucky-derby-hats-and
    -fashion?cid=eref%3Anbcnews%3Atext... Read more

  • Premiere of "Words to Inspire"!

    5/1/2015 9:15:22 PM, by IMAVISION

    195 184 195 184 195 184 195 184 195 184 “Although time seems to fly, it never travels faster than one day at a time. Each day is a new opportunity to live your life to the fullest. In each waking day, you will find scores of blessings & opportunities for positive change. Do not let yo... Read more

  • W30, Day10

    5/1/2015 6:38:27 PM, by MAYA_ANGEL

    Ok, this program rocks! I am really enthusiastic about the Whole30! I can't think of an easier eating lifestyle/diet that I've ever tried. This is so easy and so beneficial! (Of course I do realize I have the benefit of not working 40hrs/week, being retired, to throw myself 100% into making li... Read more

  • Still on step one

    4/30/2015 10:44:29 PM, by CRM282

    Today I was off. Way off. I didn't eat breakfast. That translates to being STARVING by lunchtime, so I made sure to over-eat at a lunch with coworkers. At least it wasn't TOOOO bad considering it was family style chinese. That means lots of veggies, grilled meats, tofu....but there was rice. Anywa... Read more

  • W30, Day9

    4/30/2015 8:25:36 PM, by MAYA_ANGEL

    Felt pretty good today. B: 3 bacon, 2 c spinach sauteed in bacon grease, chomp meat stick, 1/2 cantalope L (out at a restaurant): Grilled salmon, mashed potatoes with butter, green beans D: Hamburger with portabella mushroom "bun", sugar snap peas, potato fries So tomorrow's Day 10... Read more

  • W30, Day8

    4/29/2015 7:34:13 PM, by MAYA_ANGEL

    Well! I made quick work of that low carb flu! Despite feeling so awful yesterday that I just laid around and did nothing, I woke up this morning feeling great! Not only that, but it had been 4 days since I'd been to the gym (Missed Monday) and I couldn't wait to get down there. After a while of ... Read more

  • Step One

    4/29/2015 3:46:26 PM, by CRM282

    Here we are again! I won't bore you with the details of the last 3 years that I missed out on SparkPeople. However, more recently (last year), I really went gung-ho. I started exercising 5 times a week. Eating right. Eating less. It was great. I lost 25 pounds in about 4-6 months. I was FINALLY to ... Read more

  • great summer chopped salads

    4/29/2015 3:43:55 PM, by CTUPTON

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    ed-salad-goat-cheese/... Read more

  • Control Freak!

    4/29/2015 11:59:02 AM, by MANDYLOVE_76

    Damn you food. I can't seem to control you. You have been controlling me. I want it to stop. You are the hinderance to my success. I workout everyday but you are everywhere tempting me with you chocolate and your breads. Just a fry here and a bite sized snickers here before I realize it you have tak... Read more

  • W30, Day7

    4/29/2015 1:51:25 AM, by MAYA_ANGEL

    Pleased to make it 25% of the way through. Do I have doubts? Not really, but who knows what lies ahead. Well, today kind of sucked because I hit the low carb flu wall....lots of aches and pains (like my back hurt so much it was all I could think about until about 3pm when it stopped hurting).... Read more

  • Low Carb flu hits, apparently

    4/28/2015 2:29:22 PM, by MAYA_ANGEL

    According to W30 instructions, it is normal to be tired and carb-fluish and detoxy on Days 6-7. Yes, I'm feeling icky this morning. Lots of aches and pains. A brand new and intense pain in my left hip for unknown reasons and my back has hurt all morning. Other joints hurt too and I just don't fe... Read more

  • Me with our cat, Cujo

    4/28/2015 8:20:23 AM, by CTUPTON

    Me with our cat, Cujo... Read more

  • W30 Day6

    4/27/2015 11:07:14 PM, by MAYA_ANGEL

    Day 6: I can't believe it's already Day6! All delicious food today. Side effects: a little fatigue off and on. Some leg pain because I ate eggs which I am sort of allergic to. B: Beef Plantain casserole (Recipe: http://stupideasypaleo.com/201
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    f-p... Read more

  • Plants that keep mosquitos away

    4/27/2015 11:11:03 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • off the charts

    4/26/2015 10:32:34 PM, by MREE777

    and not really caring... today was my first ever attempt to bake a layer cake. Chocolate cake, custard filling, chocolate whipped cream icing. It doesn't look pretty, but it sure tastes good! I know, it's horrid for you (although i did bake it from scratch), but hey it's my birthday ... Read more

  • W30 Day5

    4/26/2015 5:43:49 PM, by MAYA_ANGEL

    This is exciting! I am having a ball with this program. I think it's helping that I'm retired and can devote to it 100%. Pretty sure I couldn't have done the program so well back when I was working, but then I was pretty generally tired back then. I know many people do do this program when wor... Read more

  • A high school student over the PA said the Pledge of Allegance in Arabic...

    4/26/2015 5:35:42 PM, by CTUPTON

    Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic said over the public address system a high school. In a different newspaper article it said, "It said the pledge had been recited in other languages throughout the week." I challenge you to make an opinion about that. Maybe write it down. Then... read the fol... Read more

  • 75 SP recipes for spring time eating! : )

    4/26/2015 12:22:12 PM, by CTUPTON

    ◦The best time to harvest the greens is in early spring, when they’re young, before they begin to flower. As they get older, they become bitter, but can still be used if you boil or sauté them ◦The tenderest, sweetest part of the plant is the “crown”, the cluster of new buds th... Read more

  • W30 Day 4

    4/26/2015 12:51:26 AM, by MAYA_ANGEL

    Decided to do a W30 Journal, Day by Day, right here. It's not so much for others as for myself (although anyone is welcome to read or comment, or not!) I just don't want to lose track of what I ate, what side effects/withdrawal I got, what insights I had etc. Since today is D4, I'll have to do ... Read more

  • Which Golden Girl Are You?

    4/25/2015 5:42:43 PM, by IMAVISION

    184 38 184 38184 38 184 38184 38 As always, 304 for stopping in to check this out. May you know the blessing of loving & receiving love in return! 184 38 184 38184 38 184 38184 38 Take the Golden Girls personality quiz & find out if you are a Blanche, Dorothy, Rose or S... Read more

  • Always an Adventure

    4/25/2015 8:35:07 AM, by MREE777

    For a laid back California girl, just living in Texas is an adventure. I've been here for 11 years now and I still remember the first two comments I heard about Texas: "Don't like the weather? Wait five minutes." "There's no weather today." The first comment of course was referring to... Read more