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  • Challenge Day 82

    12/14/2019 4:41:25 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey and I did the extra 10 minutes of walk to meet our challenge, but I went extra slowly. I am afraid I have broken my middle toe on left foot; probably jogged the 5k this morning with a broken toe. Hope that isn't indicative of more bone weakness. My back doesn't seem any worse than yesterday w... Read more

  • Holiday Check In, New Buffet Rule & Beautiful Dress

    12/14/2019 12:52:33 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Last night I attended the annual Women's Christmas Celebration at church. I looked in the 'other' closet to choose something to wear, and saw this beautiful dress I bought 5 years ago and have never wore. But today is the day to wear this size 14 dress. Yes!!! As I cut the tags off the dress, I was ... Read more

  • Holly Jolly Jingle Bell Jog 2019

    12/14/2019 12:40:20 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    It's in the books now! I ran the Holly Jolly Jingle Bell Jog. Wasn't too fast, but fast enough to place 1 out of 4 in my age group. Here I am standing by the female costume winner, but I think I gave her a "run" for her money: It downpoured as I drove to the event. It was raining whe... Read more

  • Oops I forgot to put the picture of a Christmas moose!

    12/14/2019 10:19:59 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Turkey Soup

    12/14/2019 10:07:13 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    After the Christmas meal, I plan to make turkey soup. I've never made it before, but it's easy enough to just add water, veggies, and cook. I have to find out how long it'll keep in the fridge. Yesterday, while walking in my santa hat (and of course, clothing as well - smiling), a driver stop... Read more

  • When Holiday Meals Go Sideways: 5 Strategies

    12/14/2019 10:06:47 AM, by WATERMELLEN
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  • Daily Highlight 286 - Unraveled

    12/14/2019 10:05:22 AM, by NANCY-

    Highlight - Why unraveled? Received an update about a delayed order, new delivery date is after Christmas. Well that won't work for a four year old. On to Plan B ... a brick and mortar say they have it in stock. Thankfully it is on the way to the grands. Hopefully it will still be in the store w... Read more

  • Sweet sweet Saturday

    12/14/2019 8:50:25 AM, by ALICIA363

    Time for home and family. Relaxed time, allowing me to wake up, get up, eat breakfast, exercise in my own way, without a time deadline to be at a desk. Okay, maybe the dog gives me a bit of a deadline to get out of bed... 338 Sweet, sweet Saturday! 436... Read more

  • Success Story

    12/13/2019 11:07:31 PM, by POSITIVEHOPE

    My DH is the baker in the family. With my help, he bakes cookies to give to all our neighbors and special friends. Today he made 9 dozen cookies in 3 flavors. I do help make the cookie dough and do the boxing up when they are cooled. I am over the moon happy to report that I ate one small bit o... Read more

  • SOEL Chapter 2: Why Diets Don't Work...

    12/13/2019 9:46:43 PM, by WINACHST

    Chapter 2: Why Diets Don’t Work: Biology, Stress, and Forbidden Fruit Circumstances determine how people behave, that is following a set of unspoken rules. Example, in a classroom, students will raise their hand and wait to be called upon before they speak. To keep weight off, circumstance... Read more

  • Daily Highlight 285 - It's A Wrap!

    12/13/2019 3:44:18 PM, by NANCY-

    Highlight - Since shopping is done, just a few deliveries left that are on the way. I can now focus on developing my 2020 plan. The coffee shop has muffins and other pastries on offer. "Just a coffee, please." 106 I didn't even look at anything else. My body didn't need those so called... Read more

  • Holiday Check In & Spark Ups My Calories

    12/13/2019 1:29:18 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Today in Spark I set my January 1st target weight, and I have to lose 1.4 pounds to hit it. Spark upped my daily calories from 1200 - 1550 calories to 1570 - 1920! Wow that's a nice Christmas present! Yesterday we 'canasta girls' had our first annual Christmas party. We had a lovely buffet at t... Read more

  • December Isn't So Bad

    12/13/2019 12:31:11 PM, by VUKELK

    I am enjoying this holiday season more than any other and I'm trying to figure out why. Perhaps, because I decorated my home before Thanksgiving (first time ever) since I didn't host Thanksgiving this year. Or maybe it's because I'm taking the time to spend time with friends during this crazy month.... Read more

  • Challenge Days 80 and 81

    12/13/2019 10:07:25 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Documentation of my last 2 challenge walks are above. Casey dog accompanied me on these walks. Last eve my back was hurting and I went slowly. This morning I started stiff and sore and slowly but it loosened up and I about got us to our usual speed. The documentation also shows I ha... Read more

  • Grandson's School Christmas Concert

    12/13/2019 9:23:34 AM, by WINACHST

    It was a last minute decision to attend only because our daughter did not mention it to us. We had supper before we left, but man, oh, man, talk about temptation - it was a Christmas Bake-off theme and all the songs were about cookies, gingerbread house and sugar. There was a song about sugar and th... Read more

  • Dr. Christopher's Herbal Remedies

    12/13/2019 9:16:50 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    A few years ago, a SP friend who is no longer on the site recommended the Dr. Christopher's Herbal Eye product as I was having a minor issue. I tried it and was amazed at how it made my eyes feel brand new. Still using it to this day. Now I am using his Tissue and Bone herbal product to addre... Read more

  • Guinea Pig??

    12/13/2019 8:02:06 AM, by WATERMELLEN

    OK then -- I'll be the guinea pig!! I've always wanted one of those furry cowlick-style Peruvian guinea pigs . . . Nobody here at Spark seems familiar with the Sugru mouldable glue product and my research indicates that only black/white MIGHT be available locally . . . But I did find a ... Read more

  • Friday - Finally!

    12/13/2019 7:28:46 AM, by ALICIA363

    Easy does it - busy day ahead, gotta pace myself. Looking forward to an evening at home with normal exhaustion, not the I-feel-off tiredness of last week. Have a fantastic, fabulous day, Sparkfriends - make it your very best! 247 529... Read more

  • Just WOW!!!

    12/12/2019 4:09:24 PM, by BCHARIE

    Today, I totally switched things up a bit. Usually I am on here by 7 a.m. sipping my go juice but today I sat in the kitchen, ate a hearty breakfast while talking to Hossa...yes, I talk to my dog, he listens and doesn't judge. After that I tore into the personal trainer studies. I think I got this ... Read more

  • Holiday Check In & Daily Weigh Ins

    12/12/2019 12:18:46 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Daily weigh ins are good for me. I know some do not agree, but facing that scale every morning helps me focus. When my weight goes up, I do a quick review, can it be true? If I have been weighing in daily I can't go up 2 pounds over night, so it is likely water retention. I also look over the last w... Read more

  • Daily Highlight 284 - Thinking Ahead

    12/12/2019 11:50:11 AM, by NANCY-

    Highlight - There are definite advantages to using the computer. Discover a gift for hubby in a store flyer mailed to me. Great we had just left that store! Checked online for more details. Nice it also listed availability, the store I was going to go to didn't have it, but another did. It is l... Read more

  • Senior Dance

    12/12/2019 10:27:44 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I am dancing without much back discomfort. Having fun today! Will walk dog for challenge when I get home. Hope you are having fun, too!... Read more

  • "Time is the coin of your life...

    12/12/2019 8:32:32 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you." Carl Sandburg Wishing all a happy, healthy day.... Read more

  • Sugru?

    12/12/2019 6:58:27 AM, by WATERMELLEN

    I really enjoyed the responses to yesterday's three questions: what job, what charity, what activity ignites your passion? And what I concluded was -- so many Sparkies are less concerned about getting what they want than wanting what they've got!! Yeah, there IS a song about that . . . and it... Read more

  • Drowing in binge eating

    12/12/2019 6:21:24 AM, by KIUROC

    I feel like I am at the end of my wit.... Read more

  • Thursday thankfuls

    12/12/2019 6:02:21 AM, by ALICIA363

    Today I am thankful that the car alarm was not mine, and that it didn’t wake me up since I was already awake. I am grateful for the slightly milder temperatures to walk the dog. When it’s cold, even a few degrees can make a difference. I am thankful for the bike in the basement, giving me ready ... Read more

  • My visit from the Junk guys

    12/11/2019 2:10:50 PM, by ONEKIDSMOM

    My first experience with 1-800-GOT-JUNK in 2018 involved a good deal of "sticker shock". Fair warning, if anyone is considering hiring them, they will not tell you until their truck is on site what it's going to cost you. This is because they charge based on how much of their truck your junk will ... Read more

  • Daily Highlight 283 - Freshly Fallen Snow

    12/11/2019 1:41:33 PM, by NANCY-

    Highlight - Awaking to sparkling snow. Love how snow dampens sounds, making the world quieter. It seems a softer, gentler place. (except when the plows come through) The sun shining and the bright blue sky chases the doldrums away and renews my spirit. 444 A bit of self-care is in to toda... Read more

  • The Elliptical Machine!!

    12/11/2019 12:18:53 PM, by AMUSICALLIFE

    I discovered this machine last week. I really like it. I heard about it first 8 years ago. Some lady told me that she gained a lot of weight and she started using the machine and said she just melted 50 pounds of fat away after a few months on it. Because I was not that heavy at the time, I didn't... Read more

  • Holiday Check In & Computer Dead

    12/11/2019 11:50:34 AM, by KALISWALKER

    Making it through the holidays is harder than I thought it would be. Everywhere I go there is food! A time or two eating too much or eating the wrong foods is okay, I can compensate by having a strict diet the other meals. But a number of these ‘special holiday meals’ and I am not bouncing back. My ... Read more

  • 711 message

    12/11/2019 10:16:47 AM, by BCHARIE

    "Looks like it's time to give yourself a motivational pep talk! Take time today to think about all the reasons why you're on this journey. Go for a walk. Take some deep breaths. Contemplate. Do whatever works for YOU--and then get back in the game!" This message, Day 711, of my Sparking, was in... Read more

  • Challenge Day 79

    12/11/2019 9:32:45 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Got Natalie to school on time despite the fog. Walked Casey when I got back. Looked for a spot that the fog was thick enough it would show up in the photo, but couldn't find any that dense up close. It felt like walking in mist; not bad. We both are a bit damp, but glad we walked. My back... Read more

  • "We are all visitors to this time, this place...

    12/11/2019 8:30:04 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love... and then we return home." Australian Aboriginal proverb I'll be posting a yard pic of xmas decorations. Can't post indoor shots until I figure out why I'm unable to send pics to my address. App isn't ... Read more

  • Wednesday Weigh-In

    12/11/2019 7:19:16 AM, by ALICIA363

    159.9 I blame/credit being sick, and possibly dehydrated. We'll see what next week brings. A day at a time, getting better. I noticed yesterday when I got back "on my feed", my body responded with healing actions. Apparently it liked the clementines, greens, yogurt, and salmon! Have ... Read more

  • Three Questions!!

    12/11/2019 5:56:50 AM, by WATERMELLEN
    2556 OK, I'm a pencil -- or as PHEBESS exuberantly commented, a whole SET of coloured pencils -- although not, as another Sparkie wishes (sob sob sob) "pencil thin"!! Remember "pencil thin"? No, neither do I, just the desire to b... Read more

  • Mental Tune-Up

    12/10/2019 9:35:55 PM, by SPICY23

    As LOSEDAPOUNDS put it: "Falalala-LIES!" 526 ain't that the truth? When I remember to take the time to do it, I try to take a moment to tune up my mental health. It's my CHOICE to make the holiday preparations I do, including cooking, cleaning, shopping, wrapping, shipping, crafting, etc. I ... Read more

  • Just a Short One Today

    12/10/2019 6:27:15 PM, by GABY1948

    I have but one question today....WHEN does it stop???? I have written about sister-in-law dying very recently and the funeral there and can't thank you all enough for your prayers for Bill (her huby and our Pastor). Well, last night I received a text from a very close friend at church (it is a ve... Read more

  • I love moose around the holidays!

    12/10/2019 5:48:46 PM, by CTUPTON

    oops gotta find a moose picture, not a reindeer!... Read more

  • Lucky Day

    12/10/2019 3:41:56 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Why? Because the car that nearly hit me missed. I was putting bags of groceries in my car when this guy speeds into the space next to me. I was stepping back just as he came speeding in. Missed me by inches. Fortunately, there were several spaces, so he over-corrected his steering into one not ... Read more

  • Daily Highlight 282 - Have Faith

    12/10/2019 3:25:52 PM, by NANCY-

    Highlight - All the snow has been washed away. I already miss that blanket of white. Follow up Dr, appointment got cancelled, poor Doctor is sick. Next appointment available is in 2020, so a higher copay. Other than that, things are falling into place for Christmas. Hubby is hard to buy for, but... Read more

  • Ask Google

    12/10/2019 2:16:56 PM, by BCHARIE

    I am not so techie however I acquired a Google mini and I'm on fire. 😂🤯😂 This morning I needed to be awake at 6:30 to get ready and into Chicago proper for an eye appointment. I asked Google to wake me! Sadly I was awake at 4am so Google wasn't needed BUT she did her best. I'm stoked cause ... Read more

  • Challenge Day 78

    12/10/2019 10:26:42 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Almost back to normal. My back feels much, much better. I was able to bend enough to load the dishwasher and bend over to wash a sink full of dishes that didn't fit. My kitchen no longer smells like salmon! Not going to run yet, but I think walking is good. And Casey and I got our walk in. Yest... Read more

  • Music has charms

    12/10/2019 9:25:12 AM, by ONEKIDSMOM

    That photo is of Carl, curled up in a corner of my couch and listening to Karen Carpenter's Christmas album. He really mellows out to mellow music. My son and I talked about Carl's taste in music yesterday when he came to collect his pup. My son plays the music at his house in the livin... Read more

  • Two Day Off December!

    12/10/2019 7:19:27 AM, by ALICIA363

    We can do this! I started back to my routine today & think I can get a work day out of myself. So off I go! ... Read more

  • Something else from Michael Neill . . .

    12/10/2019 7:08:45 AM, by WATERMELLEN
    / Yes, I really do appreciate so much of the multiple offerings -- blog, podcast, video -- which come each week in the Caffeine for the Soul email from Michael Neill. And I could blog about them all week every week. But . . . this also particularly stru... Read more

  • Somethings changed. Something that changed everything

    12/9/2019 11:15:14 PM, by POSITIVEHOPE

    Somethings changed. Something that changed everything Intellectually, I accepted a slip as normal behavior but on a feeling level it wasn’t acceptable. Angry at normal behavior? This doesn’t make sense. The feeling doesn’t fit. Listen again. You sound angry but you’re afraid. Afraid? Yup. Afra... Read more

  • Screamed Right Past the Change of the Calendar into December

    12/9/2019 9:21:18 PM, by SPICY23

    Whooo. The holidays are frenzied days even when one is committed to modest preparations. Housekeeping still needs to be maintained. Exercise is more vital than ever, particularly when the weather makes it more of a challenge. Fresh fruits and veggies are essential not luxuries. Splurge on those rasp... Read more

  • Daily Highlight 281 - Longing for Simpler Times

    12/9/2019 4:45:34 PM, by NANCY-

    Highlight - I'm so confused. Went to get medical insurance sorted out. It is selection time! What was a $200 increase is now a $200 decrease. 40 Needless to say I'm still a bit muddled and in disbelief. The proof will be when the bill arrives. 27 The day matches my mood. Dark, dreary... Read more

  • Winter is COMING!

    12/9/2019 1:00:54 PM, by GABY1948

    I should say winter is here but it just got here about a week ago' It is cold an slippery for sure. I just walked down to get the mail in and there is ice all over the top of the lawn. UGH. But I am so thankful to be back to normal again and I can navigate really well....just like the OLD me. I... Read more

  • It's COLD out there!

    12/9/2019 12:55:11 PM, by ONEKIDSMOM

    After a few days of mild (for the season) weather, today has all the elements of winter. Cold temperatures, high winds, and blowing snow. Brrrr! Carl is here, trying hard to be a "good dog" but surrounded by temptations that are a bit confusing to him. For example: Grandma lets me play with... Read more

  • Dear Santa...

    12/9/2019 11:20:20 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Challenge Day 78 - A Little Different

    12/9/2019 10:33:34 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Sorry to say I have injured my back again. I could hardly move when I woke up, but I am stretching out and getting easier. I can't bend over and even walking stairs hurt. Just slow walking isn't bad. I still thought walking the dog might not be good, especially if he saw a squirrel or pulled for any... Read more

  • Adding More Strength Training

    12/9/2019 9:52:46 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I just ordered a Leslie Sansone DVD that includes working out with dumbbells for more strength training. I've been doing this on my own, but figured it might be more effective as part of a stricter routine with her guidance. Wishing all a happy, healthy day. "Happiness often sneaks in t... Read more

  • Awake

    12/9/2019 8:03:02 AM, by BCHARIE

    I spent most of Sunday cleaning the house top to bottom. Saturday I gave my German Shepherd a bath, that loosened his hair and....LET THE SHEDDING BEGIN. It always amazes me how he can shed. I cleaned the bedroom, dusting, washing linens and just really a whole overhaul. I vacuumed the entire h... Read more

  • As Best You Can

    12/9/2019 7:04:05 AM, by WATERMELLEN It's Monday and my Caffeine for the Soul email has been delivered by Michael Neill. What a great start to my week. When all the things I've gotta do are looming over my head and how'm I gonna do them and will I get 'em done and . . . ????? Will I b... Read more

  • 47th wedding anniversary -oh my--Dec. 9th

    12/8/2019 4:35:22 PM, by CTUPTON

    Lots of past memories are going through my head--47 years of memories--wow! We were married 9 years before our daughter was born. My family had given up on me. They were kind of surprised. And it is hard for me to believe her age! Oh my. Where did those years go? Hubby is in a nearby nurs... Read more

  • Daily Highlight 280 - A Morning of Leisure

    12/8/2019 2:16:15 PM, by NANCY-

    Highlight - Enjoying a leisurely morning. Interrupted by a rude robo call reminder for an appointment on Tuesday. Really they had to call on a beautiful Sunday morning? Not going to let it ruin my rare gift of a quiet morning. Getting ready to welcome middle son home. Grateful - For a d... Read more

  • Enjoy!

    12/8/2019 11:55:59 AM, by CTUPTON

    I just found this on FB. NO--I did not make this! "So when we bought our house a few years ago, I always thought the trees that framed the front of the house would make perfect gnomes at Christmas. This year, I finally decided to take it on and figure out how to make something that was big enou... Read more

  • "Mistakes Are Almost Always of a Sacred Nature...

    12/8/2019 11:47:28 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Never try to correct them. On the contrary: rationalize them, understand them thoroughly. After that, it will be possible for you to sublimate them." Salvador Dali Another drippy day, but after such a long drought period, I'm not complaining. Just waiting for dry days to put the xmas inf... Read more

  • 708

    12/8/2019 11:33:32 AM, by BCHARIE

    I have used this picture before but I do love this old gal. I feel like someone beat the stuffing out of me today. I already hit up some cold/sinus meds cause my forehead has those kinds of wonkiness going on. The back hurts so I took a long hot shower...I do yoga in the shower. I guess it's... Read more

  • More winter night walks . . .

    12/8/2019 10:49:35 AM, by WATERMELLEN

    Yesterday we invested in a new winter jacked for DH -- it's a kind of deep golden retriever colour! His old one just wasn't working for him -- the duffle coat style buttons kept slipping out of their loops undone and the Velcros no longer held properly either. The new one has a both zipper and snap... Read more

  • Challenge Day 77

    12/8/2019 9:14:29 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Don't worry. I just rescued Santa. I traded the plush for a squeeky toy and he is happy. Casey and I had a very good walk this morning. He walked like a well behaved dog. Our only stop was 30 seconds for one neighbor to give him a pat on the head. He didn't even try to jump up. He's definitely im... Read more

  • Challenge Day 76

    12/7/2019 4:14:45 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey and I got in our challenge walk. He was good except for picking up a little feather and swallowing it before I could wrestle it away from him. I think he'll be fine. The early morning walk-run was good. The slowest group today was walk only and I wanted to go slowly, but not that sl... Read more

  • Daily Highlight 279 - Checking Eyelids For Holes.

    12/7/2019 3:14:45 PM, by NANCY-

    Highlight - With all the beauty sleep I got, I should be gorgeous by now. Who knew that I needed that much sleep. I do feel well rested. I am NOT a perky morning person. Although there are benefits to waking early, it is difficult to shift. It is nice to get things done first thing, the sense ... Read more

  • Saturday Sick

    12/7/2019 2:26:13 PM, by ALICIA363

    Illness teaches me to slow down and practice patience. I didn't feel "quite right" last night, and skipped the first part of a community celebration, fully intending to go today. I woke up achy. I took my temperature - 101.8 before ibuprofen. I worry I'll be seen as shirking my responsibilit... Read more

  • Mon chien c'est l'hiver . . .

    12/7/2019 2:23:12 PM, by WATERMELLEN

    (With apologies to Gilles Vigneault -- ) No kidding, it's not just my country that's winter. My dog Henry is all about winter too! And how lucky we are to live so close to a wonderful forest where Henry gets to go for walks every day . . .I'm lucky too, of course. Having Henry make... Read more

  • Wow! Snowflake photos. Miraculous.

    12/7/2019 2:00:05 PM, by CTUPTON
    QkF_jV5wfrKImVw_ddI36qjg7sBm0Yk I will try to add some photos here more are on the link ENJOY! chris 46... Read more

  • Atrial Fibrillation graphic explanation

    12/7/2019 1:24:43 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • "For Small Creatures such as We...

    12/7/2019 9:46:38 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    ...the vastness is bearable only through love." Carl Sagan Feeling like I'm nearing the end of the yucky tunnel I mentioned in yesterday's blog. Feeling better each day. Have a wonderful day, friends.... Read more

  • Daily Highlight 278 - Weigh-in Result

    12/6/2019 7:12:03 PM, by NANCY-

    Highlight - It was the final group meeting for the study. Was I afraid what the scale might say? No. It was just going to show a fact. The fact was I am still down 20 pounds. Yes, I dropped all but 3 of the pounds. I impressed myself. 48 The final weigh-in for the study is on the 18th. I ... Read more

  • Photo frames--have you tried this?

    12/6/2019 11:14:52 AM, by CTUPTON

    I just now noticed this "new" thing. It probably isn't new at all!
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  • Day 75 Challenge

    12/6/2019 11:12:56 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Day 75 was our best so far! We "wogged" (walk-jogged) .78 miles in a little over 10 minutes for a 12:54 pace. That's almost a run. It was 60 degrees, a little breezy and invigorating. Casey's behavior was excellent even when we met a neighbor dog, that is until we stopped, and then he wanted to go i... Read more

  • MORE snow!

    12/6/2019 11:00:28 AM, by WATERMELLEN

    Nope, not a lot of DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) today after yesterday's marathon shoveling. Yay me!! And: DH was able to dispatch last night's snowfall and plough ridge with the snow blower this morning. Do I want to learn how to use the snow blower?? Uh, no. Why would I want... Read more


    12/6/2019 10:53:26 AM, by HAPPYSOUL91

    This brings me back - love it
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  • Is it A Full Moon? I've Been Feeling Nuts.

    12/6/2019 8:22:00 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I had to check to see if the moon is full these past few days as I've always been affected by it and feeling kinda nuts. Nope. Then I realized the cause - sugar blues. Whenever I get off sugar, I go through a huge downer of sorts. Detoxing is the pits. Looking forward to coming out of this tunn... Read more

  • How to help a caregiver

    12/5/2019 9:43:33 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Day 74 Documentation

    12/5/2019 7:44:35 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Thursday, December 05, 2019 We did it. It was late, but we did it. The mess from this morning is cleaned up, but I think he is trying to make another. Oh, well. BTW Casey is 6 months old TODAY!!... Read more

  • Daily Highlight 277 - Breathe Deeply

    12/5/2019 4:39:03 PM, by NANCY-

    Highlight - The strangest conversations are the ones I have with myself. Last night: "I want to chew on something." "Take a breath, inhale slowly feel your ribs expand and stomach rise, pause, exhale fully." "Okay that worked." Sometime later... "I need to gnaw." "Breathe!" "Fine, t... Read more

  • The cure for everything

    12/5/2019 10:06:43 AM, by BCHARIE

    I came across an article in AARP called "The Cure for EVERYTHING" so naturally I read it cause who doesn't want to know that secret. The article was about the notorious INFLAMMATION. I have heard about inflammation for a really long time and hear buzz words like leaky gut and sort of wrote it all... Read more

  • SFEL, Part 1 Why Diets Fail You chapter 1

    12/5/2019 9:51:16 AM, by WINACHST

    Chapter 1 – Diets Don’t Work How does one define “work”? • For me, a diet works if I lose weight and keep it off • For a diet company CEO, a diet works if people lose any weight at all for any length of time. • For obesity researchers – diets work if the test subjects lose slightly more w... Read more

  • Secrets From the Eating Lab, Traci Mann PH.D.

    12/5/2019 9:42:54 AM, by WINACHST

    I just started reading this book: Secrets From the Eating Lab, by Traci Mann, Ph.D, who is a professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota and an expert in the psychology of eating, dieting, and self-control. This book is to explain "the science of weight loss, the myth of willpower and why... Read more

  • Challenge Day 74 - Not Yet, but For Sure

    12/5/2019 8:53:35 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I am at Senior Dance. Got up before daybreak. The sky was beautiful and majestic as I drove Natalie to school. Hubby had to be here early, so we left almost as soon as I got back home. He is running for vice president of the club. So hope it works out for him, even though if he gets elected I pro... Read more

  • Nutrition plans for the Holidays and beyond, 2020 Vision

    12/5/2019 8:12:38 AM, by ONEKIDSMOM

    I promised that I'd blog about how I was intending to approach the Christmas / Hannukah / and others Holiday season with my semi-intuitive eating era. Aside: I don't get exposed to the "other" Winter Holidays much, except for my son's quips about putting up straw animals in the yard to burn ... Read more

  • The PayBack for PushUps!!

    12/5/2019 8:04:21 AM, by WATERMELLEN

    It snowed last night. A lot!! Heavy wet snow. The plough had been by. Walling in the end of my driveway. With the really heavy hard-as-cement stuff. And my driveway is a looooooong driveway . For various reasons, DH was not available today to take care of all that wi... Read more

  • Daily Highlight 276 -

    12/4/2019 8:46:21 PM, by NANCY-

    Highlight - 252 because you all are so great. Your suggestions on my previous blog meant the world to me. Things are turning around, I have already dropped 1.5 pounds, most of it probably from the salt. Nighttime Gnawing is a behavior that needs to be stopped in order to be kind to myself.... Read more

  • Hello December - You Snuck up on Me

    12/4/2019 12:31:37 PM, by DESKJOCKEY925

    It's already December 4th and no new goals posted yet! 324 Exercise Plan 362 206 15 Floors per day. 311 60 Minutes Cardio and 357 15 Minutes Strength Training 550 Meal Plan 271 551 5 Servings of Veggies per day 195 Tracking all my meals ... esp Sugar 106 6... Read more

  • Happy Scale! Featured Blog & TOPS

    12/4/2019 12:24:11 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Yesterday at TOPS I was thrilled with my weigh-in. Despite my overindulgence at the party Saturday, my weight stayed the same. My simple recovery plan worked very well - less food, more exercise, more sleep, daily weigh-ins, and nutrition tracking. TOPS I was 'star of the month' for November w... Read more

  • I hear...

    12/4/2019 12:11:43 PM, by BCHARIE

    I hear these stories from my "old" Scot/Irish family that there are these little critters, beings, or whatever you want to call them, who sneak into your house at night and clean. Apparently I am doing something wrong because I hear these noises throughout the night only to find my kitchen full of ... Read more

  • December 4, 2019 - Music, music, music

    12/4/2019 10:47:08 AM, by DSHONEYC

    If you are in the San Diego area, come on out! I know it is a long shot...but maybe a Dreamliner could bring you in for the night!... Read more

  • Night owl, early bird, and asynchronous communication

    12/4/2019 10:42:46 AM, by ONEKIDSMOM

    My non-Sparking sister has a daughter in a family emergency situation, which caused her (sis) a few days ago to make an unexpected and of undetermined length trip to help out said daughter, son in law, and grandchildren. Which means *I* get the duty to watch over sis's home and kitties. Anyway... Read more

  • Challenge Day 73

    12/4/2019 10:24:46 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey and I walked this morning and he returned to grab his squeaky toys. This morning when I was looking for something else, I moved the couch and found 3 squeaky toys I hadn't realized were missing. Casey is happy! I'm getting more good sleep in this cool weather, but have to remind myself to... Read more

  • National Cookie Day

    12/4/2019 8:26:24 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    None for me. I am hearing Cookie Monster singing "C is for cookie, is good enough for me." How many young viewers of Sesame Street are now cookie-addicted adults thanks to that song? (smiling) Rainy day. That means I'll meet with Leslie Sansone a couple of times between my work projects toda... Read more

  • So Grown Up!

    12/4/2019 6:17:28 AM, by WATERMELLEN

    No, I'm not claiming Henry has learned to key board! And he grasps only the simplest concepts of justice. (Bities? No treats!!) But at six months he certainly thinks he's ready to occupy the office chair!! And quite possibly to dispense advice!!... Read more

  • Wednesday weigh-in

    12/4/2019 6:05:16 AM, by ALICIA363

    162.8 Not up. Not down. That’s something. Not elated, not despondent. That’s better. Weighing every day was dragging me down. And frustrating me because I was collecting data I never used. I knew I made the right choice when I stopped weighing daily, the right choice for me, because of the... Read more

  • My to do list today

    12/3/2019 3:58:02 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Daily Highlight 275 - Dashing Through the Snow - 2

    12/3/2019 2:20:55 PM, by NANCY-

    Highlight - Actually it wasn't snow. I purged 5 inches of papers. Shred, recycle. I feel lighter having gotten rid of all that, but there is more to go. Dealing with paper was better than going out on the roads. I do not know why I am so anxious. Maybe it is because of hubby's scan in two w... Read more

  • Thanksgiving in Phoenix, New Adventure

    12/3/2019 1:43:47 PM, by ALIHIKES

    I spent Thanksgiving in Phoenix with my brother Geoff and family. It was delightful to spend time with them. Mindy and me It was delightful to see my nephew Stephen and his girlfriend Chloe again. We got very close when they were living here in Oregon. They both have new jobs in Alb... Read more

  • A bad case of the grumpies

    12/3/2019 1:22:51 PM, by LWADE01311

    Time to write. I am feeling not so happy lately. I don’t know why. I am bored with life, annoyed with my job, tired of being 50 lbs overweight, and so annoyed at hubby. Not sure why I am so annoyed at hubby. He walks around singing and happy and I just want to smack him. We been married 34 year... Read more

  • Henry at Six Months

    12/3/2019 12:52:13 PM, by WATERMELLEN

    Yes, it's Henry's half birthday -- and I sang to him this morning. He sat with his head on one side listening intently . . . he likes songs with lots of "Henrys" and "good doggies" in them!! What a wonderful dog he is . . . despite some residual bities still going on. But his pers... Read more

  • December 2, 2019 - Is there any easier time to lose that 10 pounds?

    12/3/2019 11:00:27 AM, by DSHONEYC

    People are already opining, this is such a hard time to resist food and lose weight because of the 'holidays'. But I ask you, 'when is there an easy time'? Some say make that new years resolution to 'lose weight'. Make it a dry January and can the liquor. Then there is always ... Read more