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  • DAY 99 - MAY 28 2016 (162.5 lb)(-15) DAY 31-P90 (SWEAT & ABS A)

    5/28/2016 11:13:44 PM, by GOODLIL991

    Unbelievable! Woke up with my alarm & started my day with lemon water. Starting to really like it. I pretty much have detoxed from sugar & don't crave it at all. Especially when there is cake in the house. It used to be my cryptonite! But no more I am laser focused. I took my lemon water & said my ... Read more

  • DAY 98 - DAY 30 P90 (SATURDAY SPECIAL)

    5/27/2016 11:25:07 PM, by GOODLIL991

    The weekend has officially begun! Slept through my alarm. Spent the whole day in the kitchen prepping food for the grill. Made a batch of brown rice & baked a healthy cake. Is that an oxymoron? No temptations for me. Let the kids lick the extra batter. It reminded me when I was a kid that was the... Read more

  • DD and Chris Walking in Pennwood State Forest, CT

    5/27/2016 5:05:50 PM, by CTUPTON

    Darn, I had sunglasses on. I forgot. It is one of my pet peeves when people get photos taken with sunglasses on. I broke my own rule! chris... Read more

  • DAY 97 - DAY 29 P90 (SWEAT & ABS A)

    5/26/2016 10:56:31 PM, by GOODLIL991

    HAPPY RED NOSE DAY! Woke up at 8. (The reason why I tell the time is because before SP I used to sleep in alot!) No energy even when I slept 8+hours. After adjusting my meds I try to get between 7-8 hours. Drank my lemon water. It tastes really good. Being a former sugar addict, who would of thou... Read more

  • What is faith?

    5/26/2016 9:25:33 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Finlandia Light Swis only 57 calories a slice

    5/26/2016 6:16:38 PM, by CTUPTON

    I always love this cheese. But when I ate it I thought I was "cheating" and eating way too much. It could start off a binge from the idea, "Oh I blew it, I will eat other things, too." Now that I know it within my calorie range, I can stop at 3 slices! Maybe with a piece of fruit. chris... Read more

  • Lady Gaga's "meat dress" in comparison to the veggie dress in my other blog

    5/26/2016 11:05:14 AM, by CTUPTON

    it is real meat! OMG! chris Thank you, CHERRIET. I had not seen this before. I will take the veggie dress over this any day! chris... Read more

  • Charting my fatigue & huge thank yous to my sparkfriends who have motivated me for the past 8 yea

    5/26/2016 10:55:43 AM, by CTUPTON

    A few years ago, GRAMMACATHY taught me a system for monitoring my fatigue. 304 She also taught me about pacing. 58 If I am very fatigued I could just do something for 10 min. , rest, repeat. Hopefully by good healthy habits about clean eating and daily exercise and using certain supplements ... Read more

  • DAY 96

    5/25/2016 11:33:50 PM, by GOODLIL991

    Today was a good day. I woke up early. Started drinking lemon water. Cleaned my house for exercise. Tackled the laundry. Watched My Diet Is Better Than Your Diet on ABC on demand. I like it better than The Biggest Loser because it shows people at home doing the diets. Lots of good tips as well. W... Read more

  • DAY 95

    5/24/2016 10:46:32 PM, by GOODLIL991

    Well it's just been one of those days! I woke up early & I went to open the blinds in my bedroom & I knocked over a small box that ended up pushing my mirror over onto my lamp. The mirror cracked (I know not good, if you believe in that sort of thing) & my lampshade which was glass broke into 3 p... Read more

  • Still unhappy that you lost only one pound? See this.

    5/24/2016 6:50:36 PM, by CTUPTON

    a pound of fat And I just thought this picture was a bit different! chris... Read more

  • Using mints and cucumbers to lessen overeating.

    5/24/2016 6:18:50 PM, by CTUPTON

    3. Use a mint to master portion control One of my biggest challenges is eating just enough to the point that I get full. I have the tendency to overeat so one way I fight this is by having a mint or chewing gum once I feel full after a meal. Because of mint’s strong scent, it naturall... Read more

  • Dates for trip to Wisconsin

    5/24/2016 4:23:38 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I sent a text message to my uncle to see how long we are going to be in Green Bay and Door County. We are leaving July 20th and coming back on July 23rd. So we're not going to be up there for that long. Him and my aunt are up there right now for a week. They're in Door County. So hopefully it will b... Read more

  • A prank on the ark

    5/24/2016 1:45:41 PM, by CTUPTON

    Here he comes. Give me half a dozen (feathers).... Read more

  • Cleanliness is next to --I forgot!

    5/24/2016 11:36:51 AM, by CTUPTON

    I don't really hate cleaning, my fatigue just gets in the way and then things pile up and I get "down." chris ... Read more

  • DAY 94

    5/23/2016 11:42:41 PM, by GOODLIL991

    Got out of bed @ 9. Got a late start to my day, but I worked pretty much all day. Was on my feet alot. Time flew by. Went shopping @ Costco. Bought food for the week & weekend. Bought lots of protein & veggies & more coconut oil. Start the Keto diet in 2 days. I'm willing to give up fruit for 8 w... Read more

  • Toxins making skin break out.

    5/23/2016 6:17:51 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am having lots of rosacea on my face. And just under each eyebrow there is a dry patch--small but it won't go away. I have seen a dermatologist. He gave me an antibiotic cream for the rosacea. It works fairly well. He says they don't even know why it works. He keeps checking the 2 littl... Read more

  • It's done!

    5/23/2016 5:59:32 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Now What?

    5/23/2016 4:37:04 PM, by ANDEEWI

    WOW! 198 It's Monday. I totally expected to hear from SPARKGUY by now! Maybe he really is gone - at least as far as this site goes. 39 How disappointing! If SPARKGUY really was an active part of things here I'd have thought he'd be checking now and then to see if his name was being m... Read more

  • harness for my cat, Cujo?

    5/23/2016 11:49:01 AM, by CTUPTON

    I used one before. I left it on him and it cut his skin, needing stitches! I had no idea it was cutting him Poor kitty! Kitty Holster is one. Is that a good one? Thanks, chris... Read more

  • wish I could figure out the new cropper!

    5/22/2016 8:52:51 PM, by CTUPTON

    I changed the banner a little on my sparkpage. Now it is really fuzzy. I guess I blew it up too big. But I had it smaller and there was black on each side. When it first appeared, it had multiple images of the daffoddils. That was OK but I thught I could make it fit better. I see other p... Read more

  • Confession

    5/22/2016 10:58:50 AM, by MREE777

    Okay, with Easter, my birthday, my brother's birthday, my other brother's birthday, a surprise party, and two weeks of intense physical labor at work, I got derailed from Atkins fast. However, I jumped back in to Atkins on May 9th. 14 days and I'm down 12.8lbs. I haven't been on SP much, but ... Read more

  • SPARKGUY Where Are You?

    5/21/2016 9:40:07 PM, by ANDEEWI

    252 What have you done?! What happened to "We consider our members to be part of this team. We know that for our mission to succeed, we need our members to get great results and help spread the Spark." (from the First State of the Spark Address)??? There seems to be great numbers of member... Read more

  • Budgeting progress

    5/21/2016 12:51:12 PM, by CTUPTON

    This past year has had some huge , unpredicted expenses. 198 Several thousand dollars actually. It could not be avoided. But as the year went on, I knew I was heading for trouble. I was beginning to panic actually. My priority was getting this condo in shape for a big move. Always in the back of ... Read more

  • 3 days after endoscope and no meds

    5/19/2016 10:42:18 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Its been 3 days after my endoscope and I haven't had to take any of my medicine. That's good. If I had an upset stomach, I would have to take it. So far I haven't. My stomach has been sore but I think that its not another ulcer coming back. Its not that deep of a sore. Its like working on your core ... Read more

  • Actually, I like the beach best toward the end of the day.

    5/17/2016 11:45:57 PM, by CTUPTON

    So many people go to the beach in the hot sun. I hate that part of the day. I love being near the water in late afternoon and early evening. Mostly on Cap Cod. chris... Read more

  • summer....

    5/17/2016 1:13:37 PM, by CTUPTON

    chris... Read more

  • Results of 2nd endoscope

    5/16/2016 10:15:54 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Today I had a recheck of my ulcer with a endoscope and I have good news. No ulcer and no more meds for the ulcer. That feels so good that I not have to worry about the ulcer again and no more taking the med for it in the mornings. That is one less thing that I have to worry about it. Dad and I are b... Read more

  • A May pole before the dance--first time I ever saw this

    5/15/2016 2:43:06 PM, by CTUPTON

    Have you ever seen a May pole dance --or participated ? ... Read more

  • In the merry month of May...

    5/15/2016 2:29:31 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Have you set up personal goals on your start page? With personally chosen graphics...

    5/15/2016 7:31:04 AM, by CTUPTON

    I see the list of goals I personally set up and I see photos I chose to remind me of my goals. Have you done that? I am way better at setting this up than I am of actually accomplishing the goals.... but at least the goals hit me in the face each morning! If I did not do this I am afrai... Read more

  • more....goal photos that pop up on my start page

    5/15/2016 7:22:14 AM, by CTUPTON

    See previous blog -tells exactly where(and how) these photos pop up on my start page ... Read more

  • Some of My "Goal Board Check In" photos.

    5/15/2016 7:18:28 AM, by CTUPTON

    On my start page these photos pop up to remind me daily of my goals. If you don't know where I have these photos: See the START PAGE. On the left is a huge NUMBER 2. For yours, click on the blue words about goals. Two areas pop up, on the left is a list of the goals you set up f... Read more

  • I got out on a nature trail!

    5/14/2016 12:43:26 PM, by CTUPTON

    It has been too long since I did this. I had such a great time. Went with our DD. chris 295... Read more

  • Weight getting back to almost normal

    5/14/2016 10:20:10 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, in a little over 2 weeks, I went from 183 pounds to 191 pounds. I was at the 191 pounds yesterday and I went to weigh myself this morning and I'm down to 186 pounds. So that's a 5 pound weight loss. I am happy that I am getting back down to where I was at before the gain. I think that my TOM h... Read more

  • Am I now a genuine political activist?

    5/14/2016 10:15:33 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am in the Friends of the Library group. The library floods, is built on a flood plane (!) on a tiny lot. The workers there have tons of ideas and work hard to bring people of all ages into the library. There is just not enough space. So we are trying to get a new library or update this one. ... Read more

  • Love this dressing as a marinade for chicken

    5/14/2016 9:54:17 AM, by CTUPTON

    Kraft Italian Vinaigrette made with Olive Oil 41 4 Now I have a second favorite--and easy! 30 --way to cook my chicken breasts. Prudohmmes (spelling?) chicken spices was my favorite up to now. And I still love that. I buy a huge package of boneless chicken breasts, marinade them, a... Read more

  • A national organization to promote fat acceptance!

    5/11/2016 12:34:06 PM, by CTUPTON

    I know some people will say this won't encourage getting slimmer . But I disagree. There is so much prejudice against looking overweight that I think this is an important organization! I spent many, many years hating myself for being overweight--and some of those years I was not even overwei... Read more

  • Does anyone remember the old commenting list to the right of all the team pages?

    5/11/2016 12:00:33 PM, by CTUPTON

    We all complained when sparkpeople changed that way of doing things. 24 I honestly cannot remember it anymore! 40 "Shows to go ya." As my hubby would say.... Read more

  • I've been failing

    5/11/2016 10:31:24 AM, by PRINCESSKIANE

    I need to focus on me thing .. Exercise or nutrition... I think once I get nutrition part down I'll have more energy for exercise .... I don't know ... Read more

  • Co-op in Bozeman, MT

    5/11/2016 1:53:30 AM, by CANYON_GAL

    I flew up to Bozeman last Thursday and bought a used car on Friday. I leave tomorrow to head down for my new Summer job in Yellowstone National Park. (Hopefully the snow clears up for my drive) Anyways, I am staying in a hostel on Main Street. Across the street at the corner is a co-op rest... Read more

  • Ways to make getting enough water more fun and easier!

    5/10/2016 2:00:12 PM, by CTUPTON

    Healthy Lifestyle Tip: 6 Ideas to Make Water Less Boring Name any body part and you will find water is essential to keep it functioning properly. Make a conscious effort to keep yourself hydrated. Mild dehydration can trigger headaches, fatigue and poor concentration. The great news is that th... Read more

  • The reality of weight loss. So--never-give-up even if you gain.

    5/10/2016 12:11:41 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Rough night of sleep

    5/9/2016 9:57:16 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I had a rough night of sleep last night and it wasn't because of my sleep apnea. Its my TOM and it decided to be REALLY heavy last night making me get up at least an hour before I wanted to. I usually get up at 6am but I was up at 5am. I thought that it was bad yesterday before and after church but ... Read more

  • Fixing wall gouges to be able to show the condo for selling...

    5/8/2016 10:14:26 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am so grateful to our daughter for spending 3 full days spackling and re-painting the hallway to our bedroom. Hubby had a stroke in 2010. He uses a big, powerful motorized wheelchair. It is not all that easy to control. And he is using his non-dominant hand to boot. I had the condo pain... Read more

  • An unexpectedly perfect Mothers Day Gift!

    5/8/2016 9:37:37 AM, by CTUPTON

    I really expected nothing--and was quite satisfied with that. But... when I awoke, I went to my computer as usual and lo and behold a gift--the perfect gift of music. The Montauk Sessions cd was loaded on my computer with a sign that said "hit play" with an arrow to the "play" button whic... Read more

  • Results of sleep study with CPAP

    5/7/2016 8:44:54 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    A little over an hour after I posted yesterday's blog, I got a call back from the doctor's office. They said that I do need a CPAP machine. I told the nurse that I didn't feel like I really needed one and I told her why and I told her how I felt after I had the test. I told her that I sleep a lot be... Read more

  • Waiting to hear from the doctor about the results of sleep study with CPAP

    5/6/2016 10:45:06 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I called the doctor's office about an hour ago to see if they had the results of sleep study that I had 2 weeks ago last night with the CPAP. I am not going to wait for them to take forever like I did after the first one that I had without the CPAP. I waited over a month to hear the results of that... Read more

  • Tentative date for trip to Wisconsin

    5/3/2016 10:22:46 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I got an email from my uncle who will be taking me to Green Bay and Door County. I have no idea on when we will leave to go up there but I do know when the shareholders meeting is going to be. July 21st. So it looks like we might leave somewhere between July 16th and July 18th. I am not sure w... Read more

  • AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA CAT AND A TRASH CAN?

    5/3/2016 1:11:19 PM, by STESSOUTCHICK

    I am not going to ask why. But how do I keep the cat from dumping the trash can?... Read more

  • Yoga day 9

    5/3/2016 9:04:51 AM, by PRINCESSKIANE

    I skipped yoga for 2 days but did it today... I though it would be hard but it wasn't .. I still hate down ward dog but it's not as hard now yay! Had a big breakfast but I'm not fretting cause it was all healthy and I feel energetic and could keep going for hours .. Also the smoothies and bootie ch... Read more

  • Accomplishments

    5/2/2016 6:28:43 PM, by PRINCESSKIANE

    I was in the news paper today! I just finsihed a 13 week program that encourages women to work in male dominated trades and I'm feeling happy today and motivated all because of this article abut me talking about over coming obstacles and fears πŸ’–... Read more

  • Lost 3 of the 7 pounds gained

    5/2/2016 11:24:49 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well I lost 3 of the 7 pounds gained. I was at 190 pounds yesterday and today I'm at 187 pounds. I feel a little bit better. I'm back on the swing of things with my fitness and eating habits. I went off grid and had more than I needed on my sweets last week. I had them 3 extra times last week. Twice... Read more

  • Ugh! A 7 pound weght gain

    5/1/2016 10:34:38 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I gained 7 pounds since a week ago today. A week ago I weighed 183 pounds. Today I'm at 190 pounds. I had a somewhat of a stressful week. I tried not to have one but I did. Plus I had days that I didn't do much exercising because we were busy like with running errands where I was in a vehicle ... Read more

  • Spring is sprung......you know the rest!

    5/1/2016 2:14:10 PM, by CTUPTON

    and maybe some people are not quite ready for spring: ... Read more

  • Not parking on the grass--rules.

    5/1/2016 1:53:35 PM, by CTUPTON

    I had no idea some towns have an ordinance against this. I can't believe it applies to your own home. You gave me some good ideas like using plywood to save the lawn. When I first moved in, they reprimanded me for putting up a plain green Christmas wreathe with tiny white lights! That stil... Read more

  • New month new start

    5/1/2016 1:15:46 PM, by PRINCESSKIANE

    So much is happening this month that's gonna change me for the good , I can't wait to start πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’– doing a 5 day smoothie booty challenge starting tmmr! ... Read more

  • 5-01-2016

    5/1/2016 12:28:57 AM, by BOXERMOM19

    Yuck. R.A. sucks... Read more

  • Yuky condo rules!

    4/30/2016 4:05:23 PM, by CTUPTON

    I got a reprimand phone call from "the management." not supposed to have my van on the grass. Well- I am moving things out of my basement to declutter this condo for selling. I drove the van to the basement door, 'round back. A truck was coming to take the boxes. They had to park in... Read more

  • The nerve of some people

    4/29/2016 10:42:32 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Wednesday night just before my dad and I got supper at a taco place, dad was talking to someone he knew from when he was truck driving. This person's wife comes over to chat. Then she asks the one question that you DO NOT ask an overweight person and the #1 question of my questions that I hate being... Read more

  • Chunks and chubs and all

    4/29/2016 3:06:28 PM, by PRINCESSKIANE

    I had to make another post ... I ducking love how I look today ... To others I may not look good but I think I do and that's awesome for me .. So here's my self love for myself! Go me!... Read more

  • Yoga day 7!

    4/29/2016 12:50:22 PM, by PRINCESSKIANE

    Still hanging there !! Lost a cpl pounds this week! Yay me and I even still pigged out on chips and chocolate .. And today I don't even have crazing for that! Anyways here's how k feel after yoga today! - happy - capable - stretched - hopefull - awake - motivated ... Read more