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  • Quickly and safely remove a tick with tweezers not oils or vaseline, etc.

    5/26/2017 10:55:10 AM, by CTUPTON If you find a tick attached to your skin, there's no need to panic. There are several tick removal devices on the market, but a plain set of fine-tipped tweezers will remove a tick quite effectively. How to remove a tick 1. Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to t... Read more

  • Oh wow! Videos about knee arthritis, etc.

    5/25/2017 2:25:16 PM, by CTUPTON

    Not just one but many you tube videos! I wish I had seen these before my knee doctor appointment!
    h?v=OqXgq7C_CYk copy and paste I hope this leads you to the you tube videos. If not, do a search of you tube knee arthritis. chris ... Read more

  • Knee doctor surprised me.

    5/25/2017 11:00:07 AM, by CTUPTON

    He says my knees are not damaged enough for surgery now. I am very surprised!that's good, I guess. He was very rude to me and I wrote a complaint letter to his office. they had patient satisfaction forms in several places there. He acted like I was a sedentary person who just sat aroun... Read more

  • Edgar Allen Poe

    5/25/2017 10:54:47 AM, by CTUPTON

    Our daughter gave her Dad a collected works of Edgar Allen Poe. It is not easy reading, but I must be in the mood to tackle it. I still remember some works that I read way back in high school. I just read a novel based on Mrs. Poe. Weird that I just got this second book about the Poe's. ... Read more

  • Gesamtkunstwerk???? word for today. Another word I won't be using.

    5/25/2017 10:50:02 AM, by CTUPTON

    gesamtkunstwerk 24 PRONUNCIATION: (guh-ZAHMT-koonst-vuhrk) MEANING: noun: A work of art that makes use of many different art forms. ETYMOLOGY: From German Gesamtkunstwerk (total artwork), from gesamt (total, whole) + Kunst (art) + Werk (work). Earliest ... Read more

  • Sitting more than 4 hrs per day is harmful-even if you exercise ! Who knew?

    5/24/2017 9:58:55 AM, by CTUPTON

    And sitting makes it easy to eat. 4 "It's much more difficult to eat if you're playing tennis," Tremblay said. 260 A sedentary lifestyle can also have less visible effects. Sitting takes a load off your skeleton and muscles and over time, this may weaken them, Tremblay said. In addi... Read more

  • FOUND! Hearing aid! Thanks be to St. Anthony!

    5/23/2017 2:59:53 PM, by CTUPTON

    It was on the floor of a closet under some dropped clothes. Daughter visited and found it. I told her she would get the monetary reward if she found it! So she looked diligently. Well worth giving her a reward! chris... Read more

  • Lost 2 pounds and feeling beautiful

    5/23/2017 9:23:45 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I lost 2 pounds. I am back down to 201 pounds. I've been stuck at 203 pounds for 3 days. Hopefully I can get back in the 190s before a week from tomorrow. I have to see a neurologist to get a test done on my hands for carpel tunnel. I have been fighting off and on for month now with my hands. The la... Read more

  • food triggers info-researched by a sparkfriend of mine.

    5/23/2017 8:20:51 AM, by CTUPTON

    Info from a sparkfriend! 304 Thank you so much for this! chris Hi everyone: Just wanted to share some information I have been researching and implementing in my diet over the past many months. This is really important for you out there who experience mystery symptoms that even a Dr. cannot... Read more

  • Today's TUT Note to me from the UNIVERSE!

    5/22/2017 9:49:55 AM, by CTUPTON

    CHRISTINE, your balance of wit, charm, and intelligence... The measures of your endurance, strength, and stamina... The depths of your sensitivity, passion, and leanings... It's never, not ever, been done before. Now, do you think these things ... Read more

  • Caregiver woes

    5/21/2017 6:31:41 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have been told I now have to eat meals with my husband when he goes to the dining room. To me this is a hardship and takes away more of my own "free" time. 39 He has been going to breakfast alone and sometimes I have him bring back breakfast for me. It gives me free time in the mornings t... Read more

  • Days 26-27 How to respond to sabotaging thoughts

    5/21/2017 10:01:53 AM, by OLDEROWL

    On day 25 we were asked to identify sabotaging thoughts that tempt us to stray from healthy eating. It has been over a week since I discussed day 25. I had some sabotaging thoughts, first that my efforts to share Dr. Becks 42 lessons on Cognitive Weight loss were not being well received and that I ... Read more

  • Jacuzzi to Aquaponics Water Garden Part 1

    5/20/2017 7:27:39 PM, by LIZANDRASHAW

    One of my friends here wanted to see the process of the jacuzzi to aquaponics water garden, so here we go. The first step is not pretty. Step 1: Open the cover to see what I'm dealing with. Step 2: After recovering from fainting, throw some mosquito bits into the water and haul the cove... Read more

  • Gained 4 pounds of the 5 that was lost

    5/18/2017 9:07:48 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I gained 4 of the 5 pounds lost. I think that its mostly water plus had a lot of sodium in what I had for supper. I had bacon on a sandwich and the broth in the soup that I had. So that might of explain the water gain. Plus I didn't have my typical "clean outs" like I wanted to during the day. I am ... Read more

  • Close ups of seeds--and I mean CLOSE-UPS!

    5/17/2017 5:56:27 PM, by CTUPTON
    of-seeds-116214861/ The color is put in by the scientist/artist to mimic some characteristics of the plant the plant. chris... Read more

  • Food trapezoid-instead of food pyramid

    5/17/2017 2:00:45 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Mini meals

    5/17/2017 1:55:59 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • Hangry?

    5/17/2017 1:51:24 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Down another 5 pounds

    5/17/2017 8:52:23 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I lost another 5 pounds. Between yesterday and today I've lost 6 of the 10 pounds that I gained while my dad and I were in Minnesota. I have another 4 pounds to go before I can get back to where I was before the trip. Yesterday I was at 206 pounds. Today I'm at 201 pounds. Adjust what I ate ye... Read more

  • Gained 10 pounds on the trip but got a pound off

    5/16/2017 8:50:37 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I gained 10 pounds while we were in Minnesota. I know that we ate a couple of meals that could of made me gain that much weight. I was at 197 pounds when we left to go up to Minnesota. When I weighed myself yesterday, I was at 207 pounds. Yup, I am back in the 200s. I checked my weight this morning... Read more

  • Follow Up Visit--one month

    5/15/2017 6:14:09 PM, by MREE777

    Okay, so today I had my one month follow up visit with the Doctor. My thyroid is "perfect"--didn't expect that! Blood sugar is "very, very good" Bad cholesterol is a little bit high, but good cholesterol is also high, canceling it out. Blood pressure went from 165/95 last month (I was totall... Read more

  • Fresh Lettuce

    5/15/2017 5:37:13 PM, by LIZANDRASHAW

    There's nothing like fresh lettuce out of your own garden. Unfortunately, it's a cool weather crop and I live in the Arizona desert. This is how I got the crazy idea to start with aquaponics. I bought my first set up for about $50 at Home Depot. It sits on the counter in my bathroom. I've been eati... Read more

  • Made it home

    5/14/2017 7:53:58 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    We are at home. We've been home for a few hours but we are home. I'm glad. I got everything done and all I have to do is fold laundry. I will do that later. Might do that after I take a shower tonight. We had a good time. I did go to the graduation. We were in an overflow room because they had ... Read more

  • Quick Update

    5/12/2017 2:56:14 PM, by VALKYRIA-

    Boot camp starts Monday! I'm trying a new medicine, lamictal, for my bipolar. So far so good! Sorry I haven't been blogging much. I've been unpacking, and seeing a slew of doctors for various things. Getting ready for this computer programming boot camp that begins Monday and will hopefu... Read more

  • Seniors texting code

    5/12/2017 12:18:40 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • What would I do if I had unlimited money?

    5/12/2017 10:17:54 AM, by CTUPTON

    534 535 340 Travel, travel, travel till I had my fill. 224 Of course I'd now be able to take family and friends with me! I could have health aides travel with us and care for hubby, The aides would be the people who have been helping us out for the past 11 years. They deserve much more t... Read more

  • "Word of the day" drove me crazy trying to pronounce it!

    5/12/2017 10:04:36 AM, by CTUPTON

    from Merriam Webster word of the day. But there is a button to listen to the pronunciation. I sure needed that today! If I try using it a few times today, people will look at me kinda funny I think. 198 chris supposititious Audio pronunciation adjective | suh-pah-zuh-TISH-us ... Read more

  • Made it to Minnesota

    5/12/2017 9:00:16 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    We made it to Minnesota safe and sound. We got to the hotel around 3pm and waited around until my sister-in-law to get off of work (she works for the hotel we are staying at). We went out to eat. I had a salad but had to bring the rest back to put into the fridge. Might go down to the fitness center... Read more

  • What would you do if you had unlimited money?

    5/11/2017 1:58:37 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Points to ponder....

    5/11/2017 1:56:48 PM, by CTUPTON

    And what might that be? For me, I want more energy so I can actually keep up with my to do list and even go have some fun! chris... Read more

  • 30 signs that kept us going through the whole race. For YOU who do walk/run. Not me.

    5/10/2017 7:58:39 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • Got a dose of reality

    5/9/2017 9:00:48 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    While I was fixing myself a mug of Earl Grey this morning (first of the day), I had a dose of reality. Between my 6th grade year (1990/1991 school year) and my senior year (1996/1997 school year) I gained 93 pounds. I weighed 182 pounds when I was in the 6th grade and I weighed 275 pounds my senior ... Read more

  • Lost another pound out of the gain

    5/8/2017 10:23:31 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, lost another pound of the 3 pound weight gain. I have lost 2 out of 3 pounds that I gained. I was at 198 pounds yesterday and now I'm at 197 pounds. I am kind of hoping to get some more weight off before Thursday when my dad and I go to Minnesota for my oldest nephew's college graduation on Fr... Read more

  • weekend didn't go as planned

    5/8/2017 9:21:46 AM, by POLLY-WHO

    I had all intentions of eating right and exercising. Didn't do either and the scale reflected it this morning. I had been down almost 4lbs. Back to 218.5 this morning. But on the bright side- I logged it!... Read more

  • MAY 7 SGCC Act#1 Why I Want to be Healthy & Fit

    5/7/2017 3:19:33 PM, by ANDEEWI

    SparkGuy started this Small Goals Commitment Challenge thing (
    ?blog_id=6345185 ) a MONTH AGO! (and I'm just now seeing it - LOL) But I feel this is something I really need to DO! I NEED TO FIND MY FOCUS AGAIN! Back in January... Read more

  • Retreat

    5/7/2017 9:29:25 AM, by MREE777

    For a while now, I've been trying to think of someplace I could go to get away by myself and pray. Working 2 jobs and sharing a small apartment with a friend makes my alone time non existent. I mentioned this to a new friend and she suggested that I go to the Nazareth Retreat Center in Grand Prair... Read more

  • Gained 3 pounds but lost a pound

    5/6/2017 9:07:28 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, between Tuesday and Thursday, I gained 3 pounds no thanks to my stinking TOM. Mostly water is the problem. Its slowing down now but still sticking around. I did lose a pound of what I gained. I was at 199 pounds but now I am at 198 pounds. I am hoping to lose some more weight before this comin... Read more

  • The struggle..

    5/4/2017 10:44:09 PM, by POLLY-WHO

    Was real today. Last night I had to call the paramedics for my husband again. 7th time since January. Type 1 diabetes is a beast and hypoglycemia is something we struggle with regardless of how much effort we/he seems to put into it. Even after the paramedics left he struggled for over two hours to ... Read more

  • Day 20 Getting Back on Track

    5/4/2017 10:00:58 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Adapted from Judith Beck's book 'The Beck Diet Solution' Yesterday, we learned about thoughts that tend to justify giving into cravings and how to deal with them. Today we are going to learn how to respond to an even more damaging thought that encourages you to abandon your diet after you gave... Read more

  • Turn negative self-talk to positive self-talk

    5/4/2017 9:13:23 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • Day 19 Stop fooling yourself

    5/4/2017 8:39:16 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Adapted from Judith Beck's Book The Beck Diet Solution Healthy eating is a choice, but many overweight people might make very rational and reasonable choices when it comes to financial decisions but find it easy to excuse eating something that is not on their diet plan by fooling themselves that ... Read more

  • 1680 days since last blog

    5/3/2017 9:45:27 PM, by POLLY-WHO

    And man has life been nuts. Both my parents have passed, I've lost someone who was a combination of cousin/son/best friend to suicide (not to be dramatic but also found him which was seriously traumatic) less then a year ago, I've switched not just jobs but careers several times, husband lost job an... Read more

  • Tips about using candles

    5/3/2017 1:57:36 PM, by CTUPTON
    these-tips/ I actually hate candles. I am afraid of fire. But these tips might help me use them occasionally. -clip wick s to 1/8 inch above wax WHO KNEW! so less soot gets on the glass -if there is tunneling (m... Read more

  • I'm at a plateau again

    5/2/2017 10:52:17 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I am still at 196 pounds and I hate it. I wish that I was lower than I am now. I ate well yesterday. But my TOM arrived overnight and it might be the reason why I haven't lost any weight. I am hoping to get some exercising in today if I can. Plus it'll depend on how I feel later. The weather i... Read more

  • Finally broke the plateau that I've had since Tuesday

    4/30/2017 12:57:22 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I finally broke the plateau that I've had since Tuesday. It's not much but at least I broke the plateau. I've been at 197 pounds since Tuesday. I checked my weight this morning and it showed that I am at 196 pounds. I've lost 44 pounds since starting with on August 31, 2008 and I've ... Read more

  • one more day

    4/30/2017 9:13:51 AM, by MREE777

    of birthday parties and then I can get back to normal....or rather discover what the new normal is. My birthday was Thursday, party Friday night, my brother's birthday yesterday, today a friend's party. Despite overeating on calories and carbs, though I really didn't eat that much, I did not gai... Read more

  • Still no weight change

    4/29/2017 6:13:18 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Since this past Tuesday, I've been at 197 pounds. One of the longest plateaus that I have had in a while. I thought that for sure that I was going to break by now. I haven't. I should be able to break by tomorrow hopefully. Ate pretty healthy and did a little bit of exercising. 15 minutes of walking... Read more

  • book: The Aviator's Wife

    4/29/2017 10:10:26 AM, by CTUPTON

    I found so much in this novel to like! Right till the end. It is not my usual crime novel but it was great. I learned lots about the Lindbergh marriage, even though this is a novel. It seems well researched and from that a fascinating story arose. Of course, now in my head this is what it... Read more

  • I met my twin! A fellow declutter procrastinator!

    4/29/2017 9:21:14 AM, by CTUPTON

    We understand each other so well!!! She runs a weekly morning prayer 458 group and always has handouts of quotes or hymns , etc. All the used ones are on her floor scattered about. It must be an interesting floor! 40 I suggested just putting them all in a box so the room looks more tidy... Read more

  • One of the wonderful people I have met in our new home

    4/28/2017 12:41:32 PM, by CTUPTON

    Geraldine Wierzbicki-Roach Or Jerry She wrote a book called Thus Bound about a Polish family surviving the Depression. She has CP and it is progressing. But she is so kind, gentle and loving--as well as interesting. ... Read more

  • Learn as I go

    4/28/2017 7:52:53 AM, by MREE777

    so, yesterday I cut back on the phentermine to one pill in the morning and one in the afternoon. I was still nauseated in the morning, but not as badly. Felt ok in the afternoon and actually hungry in the evening. Since it was my birthday we went to the macaroni grill and split their penne rustic... Read more

  • Despair inc

    4/28/2017 6:22:20 AM, by CTUPTON

    Many people hate these quotes and pictures but I find them hilarious. What do you think? The calendars are not the best this year, but I like other tings, like T-shirt quotes. I suggest you Poke around the whole website, you might find something you like. Obviously they are opposite the "o... Read more