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  • Too expensive to cure people of diseases! Now it is official.

    4/22/2018 10:30:26 AM, by CTUPTON

    we knew this!
    be-economically-valid/all/... Read more

  • Are we acting like Humans or reacting like Mice?

    4/21/2018 4:13:12 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Stephen Covey in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, notes that the human brain is distinct in four ways from that of animals. Humans have 4 mental powers that animals do not have: 1) the power of self-awareness -- to look as an observer of yourself in a particular situation, and of your feeli... Read more

  • Hoping to get some more exercising in

    4/21/2018 9:53:41 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I am hoping to get some more exercising in today. If its not too windy or raining later on today, I might go outside and clean the yard up. I know that we have a lot of sticks that came down during the winter and one tree in the front yard has a lot of little stuff like bark and small sticks that fa... Read more

  • Another good report

    4/20/2018 4:57:25 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well I got another good report from the place that I went to in Peoria, IL. They did an ultrasound on my left breast and they didn't find anything that would cause me to have the pain. They think that its normal pain. I got the same doctor who did the last ultrasound and she remembered me. Her nurse... Read more

  • I put on pink eyeshadow

    4/18/2018 8:41:02 PM, by SHINEFROMWITHIN

    When I was more comfortable in my skin, I was bold and daring. I wore polka dot or leopard print dresses. I wore pink, purple and other fashion eyeshadow shades that made my green eyes pop. I wore crazy colorful high heels and fun, wild earrings. I had a big smile and a loud unashamed laugh. As I ... Read more

  • Gained 5 lbs

    4/18/2018 5:32:20 PM, by HOPE4TODAY2

    Isn't the name of this game to loose the weight not put it on? Thought so,,, well I went to the doctor to start the year with check ups and what not and found I gained 5 lbs, the last time I weighed I was at 178. Well after talking to the doc, a doctor which is new because I am looking for a chan... Read more

  • Dr. Hyman: How to Feed Your Gut

    4/18/2018 10:59:22 AM, by CTUPTON
    w-to-feed-your-gut/ I have read parts of this information in hundreds of places. This article put it all together for me! chris... Read more

  • "ACES" list

    4/17/2018 3:04:59 PM, by CTUPTON

    The 10 ACEs the researchers measured: — Physical, sexual and verbal abuse. — Physical and emotional neglect. — A family member who is: •depressed or diagnosed with other mental illness; •addicted to alcohol or another substance; •in prison. — Witnessing a mother being abuse... Read more

  • 1 hr movie worth watching--online more to follow...

    4/17/2018 2:54:18 PM, by CTUPTON
    e/ ACES: ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES 39 A major movement is happening about how "ACES" in early childhood cause bodily and mental changes leading to adult problems. There is now scientific proof changes in the body happen due to stress in chi... Read more

  • I can’t believe she said that

    4/17/2018 12:40:23 PM, by SHINEFROMWITHIN

    “With your body type, you shouldn’t dress like that, it’s not flattering” “You shouldn’t wear bright colors or patterns” “Your fat behind looks awful in that” My heart broke, hearing that. It hurt my self esteem and made me feel so uncomfortable about myself. I just couldn’t believe someone wo... Read more

  • Blood work in the a.m.

    4/16/2018 11:18:10 PM, by COUPONANGELTERI

    Why is it when the doctor says fast for your blood work tomorrow you suddenly are starving? ... Read more

  • more....

    4/16/2018 5:19:30 PM, by CTUPTON

    If a bunch of cats jump on top of each other, is it still called a dog pile? If a baby's leg pops out at 11:59PM but his head doesn't come out until 12:01, which day was he born on? Do Jewish vampires still avoid crosses? If a mime is arrested, do they tell him he has a right to talk? In t... Read more

  • Points to ponder

    4/16/2018 3:04:45 PM, by CTUPTON

    Do vegetarians eat animal crackers? Why are there no 'B' batteries? If a jogger runs at the speed of sound, can he still hear his iPod? If man evolved from monkeys, how come we still have monkeys? How do you handcuff a one-armed man? When does it stop being partly cloudy and start being... Read more

  • Feeling better today

    4/15/2018 8:18:51 PM, by SLROBSON

    I got a root canal this past Wednesday, the pain is improving. I was able to chew food on the right side of my mouth today.... Read more

  • Do good especially on 3rd Sundays

    4/15/2018 2:30:42 PM, by OLDEROWL

    There is too much evil in the news, but that is not the real America or in all peace loving countries. We need to change the focus on bad news to a focus on good news. PS there will always be evil all over the world on any given day but for the third Sunday of every month the citizens in every peace... Read more

  • Cruciferous veggies bad for thyroid but...

    4/15/2018 10:10:02 AM, by CTUPTON

    Fuhrman says if cooked, then no problem. Also he recommends a pinch of kelp daily or iodine in a supplement. So iodine is sufficient for the thyroid to work properly. I am glad I can continue eating cruciferous veggies. Oh boy--I even had Brussels sprouts yesterday! Kelp--I don't t... Read more

  • Observe and Question Your Inner Voice

    4/15/2018 12:53:37 AM, by OLDEROWL

    When one decides to change their eating habits to obtain an optimum weight, their inner voice usually wants to continue in the usual eating pattern to stay in a comfort zone because it deems change to be less safe. To keep one locked in an old eating behavior, ones inner voice will wait until the i... Read more

  • Hypothyroid problem -hoping this book helps me

    4/14/2018 7:21:30 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Another trip to Peoria, IL is going to happen

    4/14/2018 11:13:29 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, another trip to Peoria, IL, again soon. I will be going back to the same place I was at on March 28th to get the upper part of the left breast checked out. Its the area that they didn't check when I was there before. It hurting me like crazy. I called my regular doctor on Monday and the nurse ... Read more

  • keep going, do not quit

    4/14/2018 8:58:11 AM, by SHINEFROMWITHIN

    I spent 15 days hopping on a scale seeing the usual fluctuations, and only a 0.2lb drop. I was getting angry, frustrated and feeling defeated. I’m exercising, I’m hitting my macros, I’m getting my steps in. Ive been sleeping well and having good energy. I’ve been following my plan and staying on tr... Read more

  • Feeling a bit like Scarlet today

    4/13/2018 10:55:20 PM, by COUPONANGELTERI

    This is my mantra today. I had a very bad allergy day. The chest pains were rather intense and I believe I scared my new manager today. He had not seen how I am when the pains hit. He tried to send me home or to the hospital across the street. 40 But I carried on. I wore my surgical mas... Read more

  • when listening to your body gives you an answer you don’t like

    4/13/2018 7:24:05 AM, by SHINEFROMWITHIN

    I try very hard to be in tune with my body. I think that’s why I’m upset and frustrated. When I began this leg of my journey in January, I was told to lay off gluten and cut out dairy. I listened even though I didn’t want to. A few weeks ago I was given the go to re-introduce them into my diet. ... Read more

  • You Can Never Plan Everything

    4/12/2018 8:20:11 PM, by STRIVE2BBOLD

    So we started the 5% Challenge this week... you'd think I'd be motivated, running around every day this week. Well you can plan... and then not everything goes according to plan. This week is state testing for the kiddos. I homeschool, but through a public school. I'm a perfectionist, ... Read more

  • water water and more water

    4/12/2018 6:09:29 AM, by SHINEFROMWITHIN

    I accidentally dehydrated myself. I usually drink a lot of water at work but Tuesday I didn’t chug like I usually do. I went to barre class and it was 90 degrees in the room we worked out in. I ran a few errands feeling shaking from my workout. I drove home feeling off and sat my butt on the couch... Read more

  • Name a specific thing.....

    4/11/2018 12:53:35 PM, by CTUPTON

    mine: In high school, at a girls' Catholic HS, I got in trouble for--- talking in the hall between classes. We had to walk in a single line t get to the next class. Oh--our uniforms were black tailored dresses with white removable collars and cuffs. Honest--true story. There were 2 o... Read more

  • Warning-deep thinking about a book ..Life of Pi

    4/11/2018 6:20:12 AM, by CTUPTON

    I was reading Goodreads reviews of the book: The Life of Pi If you have not read it, this probably won't help you much. I need to go re-read it! OK--two quotes I lifted from Goodreads about The Life of Pi: "And so, when she first heard of Hare Krishnas, she ... Read more

  • Favorite Quote

    4/10/2018 9:28:43 PM, by COUPONANGELTERI

    One of my sparkteams asked us to post our favorite quote today. I have two. Thought I would share here as well. ... Read more

  • How many times can one start over?

    4/10/2018 4:21:09 PM, by HOPE4TODAY2

    I have started and stopped getting healthy so many times I m beginning to wonder if there will ever be a day I will make up my mind and stick to it. I'm (gulp) almost 53, and feel its too late or I will never get to where I want to be. Yes I want it all yesterday... I keep hitting myself over the h... Read more

  • Did not feel like it but went to water exercises anyway.

    4/10/2018 3:39:42 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Wow! exercises for different levels! Right here on SP!

    4/10/2018 2:23:08 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • A reason for being--Japanese style

    4/10/2018 1:57:31 PM, by CTUPTON

    Ikigai (生き甲斐, pronounced [ikiɡai]) is a Japanese concept meaning "a reason for being". Everyone, according to the Japanese, has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. ... Read more

  • It has been a chip eating day!

    4/8/2018 8:54:10 PM, by CHASEANN2018

    I have been eating chips all day. I love too hear the crunching noise of eating chips. This month will work hard on stopping. Will try crunching on differ vegetables the rest of the month. Monday will try a salad too see if its helpful replacement for stopping chips. 551 521... Read more

  • I wouldn’t say I fell off the wagon

    4/8/2018 8:32:38 PM, by SHINEFROMWITHIN

    Some weeks I am on FIRE. And then there are weeks when it’s that dreaded time of month and I’m bloated and cranky, have no energy to think or move and cannot get enough sleep. Last week, it was the can’t sleep, don’t wanna eat, can’t think kind of week. I stayed on track with my macros but didn’t ... Read more

  • This Slow-Footed Dance

    4/8/2018 4:15:12 PM, by STRIVE2BBOLD

    I've been eating healthy for a while now, aided by the many foods my body is intolerant to. I'm not angry about that... but grateful, because it makes having a backbone so much easier. I just don't like the way these foods make me feel after eating them. What do I avoid, you ask? I am ... Read more

  • this got my funny bone today

    4/8/2018 1:58:38 PM, by COUPONANGELTERI

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    4/8/2018 8:44:04 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am getting quite a bit of info from this website. I am first looking up polymyalgia rheumatic-a Last night was pretty awful for me. Thanks everyone! chris... Read more

  • Why???

    4/8/2018 1:11:23 AM, by SOULFISH80

    So, after feeling odd all week, I finally got up and used my machine tonight. Hadn't been able to use it much recently because it was broke and then my back was out for a long while. Anyway, I used it tonight, and got up to 15 minutes on the elliptical, which doesn't sound like much, but it's good f... Read more

  • A virus that is mild for 2 weeks and then bam!

    4/7/2018 9:38:33 PM, by CTUPTON

    This is happening again to me. About the third 24 time this winter. No sore throat or congestion. Traveling aches and pains. Extreme fatigue and even daytime sleeping. When it is the worst, aches and pains all over. More sleeping. Maybe sometimes a very mild headache on one side. ... Read more

  • What is your go to place for plus sized swim suits?

    4/7/2018 10:26:29 AM, by CTUPTON

    In my opinion, Woman Within seems to have the best selection. H2O has suits that last the longest but style is not their strong point. chris ... Read more

  • I told myself I would do it, and I did

    4/5/2018 7:07:45 AM, by SHINEFROMWITHIN

    I have the duty in my role as an operations specialist at the bank to pay the taxes of our escrowed loans. Our largest county provides us a list of taxes for ALL properties and our IT guy parses out the ones we need and puts it on a list for me to compare to my list. The other counties I require the... Read more

  • Looks like another trip to Peoria, IL, again

    4/4/2018 11:25:16 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, called the doctor's office this morning. She (the nurse) thought that a prescription pain med would help and I said no and that my insurance wouldn't pay for it anyway. Plus you may never know if I am allergic to that too (didn't tell her that). The nurse told me to call over to where I was at... Read more

  • Going to call the doctor's office

    4/3/2018 8:06:08 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I am going to call the doctor's office in the morning. I was half right on the appointment that I had Wednesday in Peoria, IL. It is okay on the lump on the left side but its the rest of the testing that they did. You would think that they would do the entire breast instead of doing where you ... Read more

  • where is your mindset

    4/2/2018 7:00:14 AM, by SHINEFROMWITHIN

    Where is your mindset? The other week I read a quote about how as we grow up we have a catalogue of things we won’t try again cause we either failed or we didn’t do as well as our ego told us we had to. I tried a barre class and I struggled. There are days in yoga that I struggle. I definitely w... Read more

  • The power of calm and peace

    4/1/2018 7:19:44 PM, by OLDEROWL

    220 We believe that all mankind (humans) have inner strengths within them by which they can obtain the power with practice to hold at least 15 seconds of a focused calm and peaceful mind in just about any circumstance including emergencies. Our strengths and this power can grown and nurtured so... Read more

  • PIZZA!!

    3/31/2018 10:51:39 PM, by COUPONANGELTERI

    After a year of dealing with allergies and learning to eat and cook again I finally found a local pizza restaurant that has a DELISH gluten free pizza. It has been over a year since I was able to have pizza out. And it was yummy!! Pizza has been very hard for me since I am allergic to nut... Read more

  • Remember Andy crawling through the sewer pipe in Shawshank Redemption movie--. Well...

    3/30/2018 1:49:36 PM, by CTUPTON

    In the legendary scene where Andy Dufresne escapes from the Shawshank State Penitentiary, Andy is seen crawling through a pipe filled with sewage. As Red puts it, “Andy crawled to freedom through 500 yards of s***- smelling foulness I can’t even imagine.” That sewage? It was actually a mixture ... Read more

  • G-BOMBS. Does the "G" stand for gas????? Ha Ha

    3/30/2018 8:23:32 AM, by CTUPTON

    I use Beano. It usually helps a great deal. chris... Read more

  • Good report

    3/29/2018 10:02:29 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I got a good report yesterday. They did an ultrasound and they didn't find the lump in the right breast but did find the one in the left breast but doesn't think that its nothing to worry about. It was just fat. The fat in my lymph nodes are okay. There should be fat. If there wasn't any fat, that's... Read more

  • first goal achieved!

    3/29/2018 7:00:04 AM, by SHINEFROMWITHIN

    I finally lost 10lbs! In the past two weeks, I went to a bar with friends and had a flatbread and glass of wine. I also went to brunch with a friend. I ate pizza and a pint of halo top ice cream. I went to a regional meeting and ate a slice of the most amazing chocolate flourless cake with ganache... Read more

  • March was a hard month

    3/27/2018 10:22:06 PM, by SOULFISH80

    Well, the title of this blog says it all. So many hard things happened this month....all at once. First my elliptical broke in late February....completely throwing me off my routine. It's fixed now, woo hoo!!! Next, in early March, my husband lost his job...he has another one now and it's better, ya... Read more

  • Feels like my faith is being tested

    3/26/2018 10:59:11 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Even though I am not sure what the outcome will be if I find out if I have breast cancer or not, I feel like my faith is being tested in multiple ways. I know that God will be there for me but I have to have faith in my doctors, friends, and family. Also faith in myself. Right now I feel like I'm be... Read more

  • Are your goals too great?

    3/26/2018 4:13:43 AM, by OLDEROWL

    I feel it is fine to set aggressive goals for a very short period of time such as at the start of a particular diet or after a setback where you want to either prove to yourself that you can be successful at losing weight in spite of previous disappointments or get benchmarks for later reference suc... Read more

  • I feel like I may float away...

    3/25/2018 9:16:03 PM, by COUPONANGELTERI

    88 oz of water or herbal tea today. On top of a glass of cranberry juice, milk and coffee. But i got that water in.... Read more

  • On overcoming the feeling of being overwhelmed

    3/25/2018 2:40:42 PM, by OLDEROWL

    The feeling of being overwhelmed is becoming more common in this age of massive information flow and the responsibilities that come with it. Not dealing well with it when it is present can lead to more serious stresses such as depression and anxiety. If there is already depression or anxiety prese... Read more

  • Feeling tired after a long day

    3/24/2018 9:50:58 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Yesterday was a long day. Dad had 2 appointments in 2 different towns. He had a chiropractor appointment in one town and his cardiologist in another town. When we went to his appointment with his cardiologist, we went to see where my testing was going to be at. It was pretty close to where his appoi... Read more

  • Good test results

    3/24/2018 8:29:49 AM, by COLOGRAMMY

    252 Had my A1C and blood work done yesterday and my A1C and the other results were good. My A1C went from 5.7 to 5.6.So thankful. Can see I need to stay away from chips and salsa. Makes my trig. go really high.😜It’s my birthday Thursday and I always eat out a lot during the week if and then Easter.... Read more

  • What are G-BOMBS ?

    3/23/2018 9:16:47 PM, by CTUPTON

    ”G-BOMBS” is an acronym that you can use to remember the best anti-cancer, health-promoting foods on the planet. These are the foods that you should eat every day, making up a significant proportion of your diet. They are extremely effective at preventing chronic disease, including cancer and ... Read more

  • Answers to BEANS QUIZ

    3/23/2018 9:09:22 PM, by CTUPTON

    B – Beans • Beans (and other legumes as well) are a powerhouse of superior nutrition, and the most nutrient-dense carbohydrate source. • Beans act as an anti-diabetes and weight-loss food because they are digested slowly, having a stabilizing effect on blood sugar, which promotes satiety a... Read more

  • QUIZ #2 G-BOMBS about the power of BEANS

    3/23/2018 8:48:52 PM, by CTUPTON

    G-BOMBS QUIZ B – Beans QUIZ Use these words in the blanks below. 58 50% carbohydrate source stomach digested slowly lowers fiber food cravings colon cancer • Beans (and other legumes as well) are a powerhouse of superior nutrition, and the most nutrient-dense ... Read more