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  • WOOP YOUR WAY TO YOUR WEIGHT GOAL!

    2/28/2020 11:15:46 AM, by ~INDYGIRL

    WOOP is a tool you can use to motivate yourself for just about any goal, but let’s talk weight goals here. Wish Outcome Obstacles Plan Let’s say we want to get to a goal weight by a party on New Year’s Eve, for example. That is our WISH. Positively visualizing ourselves on New Year’... Read more

  • it's thursday

    2/27/2020 12:25:21 PM, by MOMMY445

    a mostly windy day here today. it is cold and it has snowed a fair amount here. my daughter says hi to everyone. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! it is a take it easy day for me today. have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • A New Way To View Troubles

    2/27/2020 6:59:09 AM, by ~INDYGIRL

    It is truly AMAZING what God does in your life when you seek His way and not your own. Opening up to God led me down so many paths that felt good and so many that I did not understand at all. All in all, every single horrible and wonderful thing from my life has turned to a helpful, beau... Read more

  • broken

    2/26/2020 2:48:54 PM, by PATTYMCGRAW

    I broke my right arm in many places. will be 6 weeks.... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    2/26/2020 12:07:11 PM, by MOMMY445

    it is snowing steadily here today and that is okay with me and my daughter. i will get in a jillian michaels and a leslie sansone dvd later on today. both budgies say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    2/25/2020 1:27:14 PM, by MOMMY445

    a mild day here today. in the morning, it rained a bit and snowed a bit. now it is just cloudy outside. my daughter says hi. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! i am heading for a long walk after lunch. have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • STUCK. Lost 19 lbs now stuck.

    2/25/2020 9:47:32 AM, by CTUPTON

    Last fall my cravings magically lessened. 590 (Not so magically 24 because I spark daily --for over 10 try to do what my sparkfriends suggest.) 220 Stuck for 3 months now! 234 I log my foods daily. Calories about 1500. Aiming at 1200 but night time eating is out of hand--can't sleep. ... Read more

  • can you recommend eye drops for dry eyes?

    2/24/2020 6:05:31 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am having a hard time keeping them lubricated. Thanks!... Read more

  • Diet try: # 3,486,923.56

    2/24/2020 1:30:47 AM, by BRIBRI9210

    Since my last blog post on here, life has been so crazy, for lack of a better word. I believe that Fate has had a big hand in it, but I'm not completely happy with everything currently. I need a change, but I'm unsure of where to start. I never got to finish doing the college thing, I found out that... Read more

  • Lost 9 lbs in One Month

    2/23/2020 2:09:08 PM, by PORTIA70

    I am so proud of myself. Even with only a bare amount of walking and climbing stairs I still lost 9 lbs since I was last at my doctor. She asked me how I did it and I told her just basically watching what I eat. And if you have been with me through most of my journal entries you know that I have a n... Read more

  • decluttering for Lent

    2/23/2020 9:02:26 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • scientific research

    2/20/2020 5:59:38 PM, by CTUPTON

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neurobio
    logical_effects_of_physica
    l_exercise In NOOM (a weight loss app) I learned about a brain chemical that helps cognitive function and in general making more brain cells. Whoopee! BDNF brain derived neurotropic factor 58 So how can we get more of ... Read more

  • Oh My! Getting back on track after my binge.

    2/20/2020 4:34:00 PM, by ~INDYGIRL

    Binged. It happens. This morning I woke up totally ravenous and too tired to care. My thoughts were not about my goals, my well being, even you all. I just plain wanted energy and to eat. I had 2 mini bags of chips 160 cal each, a coke 140 cal, 2 payday bars 240 cal each... then I stopped. ... Read more

  • it's thursday

    2/20/2020 1:49:41 PM, by MOMMY445

    another cool and windy day today. i got some much needed grocery shopping done this morning. now i am taking it easy and enjoying the day. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • The bravest thing you have ever done--ask for help.

    2/20/2020 12:36:09 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • catnip

    2/20/2020 11:42:32 AM, by CTUPTON

    Heard noises. Looked for the source. Cujo was in the middle of the dining room table. I could not figure out why. No food there. Oh! The new catnip package was there. 240 ... Read more

  • Foods to help muscle cramps

    2/20/2020 10:59:22 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Foods to help muscle cramps

    2/20/2020 10:59:22 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • 19 Years to the Day

    2/20/2020 8:27:55 AM, by PATTYMCGRAW

    Monday was 19 years to the day that Dale Earnhardt passed. He was on the last lap of the Daytona 500 when he hit the wall going an estimated 25 mph. He was not wearing his safety harnesses correctly. Instead of putting blame where blame lies, the owner of the company who made the harnesses, Bill ... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    2/19/2020 4:39:19 PM, by MOMMY445

    a cool and somewhat windy day here today. my daughter says hi. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! after supper, i will be going for a long walk. have a wonderful day, everyone!... Read more

  • Let the Stress Creep Up

    2/19/2020 10:24:29 AM, by PATTYMCGRAW

    Looking for a house, getting the paperwork together, weeding out and packing up the apartment, trying to get my sleep regulated, etc. has officially brought my stress levels up to where it's affecting my body. My TMJ hasn't acted up in a few years. Saturday, my right side of my jaw just kind of lo... Read more

  • Self Care is so important and is NOT selfish!

    2/19/2020 7:00:09 AM, by ~INDYGIRL

    Can you pour from an empty cup? How will you give to others if you, yourself are empty? Recharge with some self-care! What is self-care? It is so different to every single person! Many recharge with prayer and devotions, spiritual time. Others recharge by getting a spa day or a ... Read more

  • Spring Time Planning

    2/19/2020 12:25:25 AM, by PORTIA70

    I was doing some thinking today and part of my exercise plan is going to include walking up and down the block a few times in the morning after I get my meds in me. We are suppose to be in the 70's for the rest of February here in Los Angeles, so the weather will not be my excuse. I also am thinking... Read more

  • I have been wanting pancakes so I went looking...

    2/18/2020 8:09:02 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lif
    estyle/recipes/buckwheat-p
    ancakes/rcp-20049839 I will try to get graphics...... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    2/18/2020 1:44:18 PM, by MOMMY445

    it is a mild and slightly windy day here today. my daughter says hi to everyone. the weekend was good. i am looking forward to the rest of the week. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Somethin' New---Book Nooks

    2/17/2020 11:27:58 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.buzzfeed.com/christopherhu
    dspeth/book-nooks-bookcase
    s-shelves-creative-art-diy
    ?fbclid=IwAR3HJoQ63mvOzZB9
    U8GqczBTLLBRg1rQXoEF82gSwd
    yPVSLhqcWPRsVB8P4... Read more

  • Fun in 2020

    2/17/2020 12:49:08 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Consistency ~ My 90-Day Challenge

    2/16/2020 8:04:00 PM, by MAMADEE016

    MamaDee's Blog ~ SP Day 5050! Today is Sunday! Today is also February 16, 2020. Exactly three weeks since my last blog. AND.... Three weeks until we return to DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME! (I really dislike changing time back & forth - but of the two, I like 'springing forward' one hour best!... Read more

  • Family Tree

    2/15/2020 11:51:28 AM, by PATTYMCGRAW

    My oldest, Sarah, got me a DNA kit for my birthday. After sending that off to get the results, I figured I'd work on a family tree. I can't believe how much time I have put into it this week. Once I got started, it was easy to keep going. I had no idea that my paternal grandfather had so m... Read more

  • Joke of the day. A broom wedding.

    2/14/2020 7:57:32 PM, by CTUPTON

    A broom wedding... Two brooms were hanging in the closet, and after they got to know each other a bit, decided to get married. The bride broom looked very beautiful in her white dress. The groom broom was handsome and suave in his tuxedo. The wedding was lovely and attended by all the push br... Read more

  • Updated photo, finally, at Valentine Luncheon

    2/14/2020 7:23:38 PM, by CTUPTON

    John's nursing home had a beautiful luncheon for families who signed up. Not that many signed up. They missed a nice time. The room was all decorated in red and our meal was prime rib, potatoes, steamed veggies, shrimp cocktail, cake with strawberry filling. We sat with several very nice ... Read more

  • Scheduling Problem

    2/14/2020 10:00:12 AM, by PATTYMCGRAW

    I know we will start moving in a few weeks. Do you think I have anything packed? Very little. I made the mistake of working on my family tree this week. I've spent way too much time every morning on it. Time just gets away from me. (I let it,) Time to get the timer out again when I get on... Read more

  • it's thursday

    2/13/2020 10:27:41 AM, by MOMMY445

    i'll be heading to the gym after lunch today. i also will be active throughout my day. it is snowing and mild here. tomorrow it is going to be very cold outside. my daughter and i are prepared for today and tomorrow. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Change Your Mindset

    2/13/2020 9:55:07 AM, by ~INDYGIRL

    Say “I don’t eat that” in your mind or out loud when tempted with a tantalizing treat instead of “I can’t have that.” Studied have shown that 80% of women will stick to their healthy meal planning when using that technique verses 10% who say “I can’t.” “I don’t” is empowering and owning the sit... Read more

  • Lagging Again

    2/12/2020 6:40:11 PM, by PORTIA70

    I have let several days go by without checking in. As mentioned I have a neighbor who likes to take us out to eat. He never eats at home and likes to take about 3 or 4 of us out to eat. This means he has someone knock on my door almost every day, and gets me side tracked from what I want to do. So f... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    2/12/2020 4:12:36 PM, by MOMMY445

    a somewhat cool day here today. my daughter says hi. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! tomorrow i am heading off to the gym for the first time this week. i am looking forward to it. have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Preserving memories of our parents and grandparents--thank you all!!!

    2/11/2020 4:32:47 PM, by CTUPTON

    Thank you for commenting on my blog. chris... Read more

  • Instapot--Making Yogurt-no I have not tried it yet.

    2/11/2020 4:29:45 PM, by CTUPTON

    Here is the link for the jars:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d
    /B07QX5H547… Here is the recipe I use: 1 52 ounce jug of fair life whole milk, One can of sweetened condensed milk, one small container of heavy whipping cream, and one serving of yogurt of choice. I use a serving of the previ... Read more

  • Stop 🛑 Starting and Stopping

    2/11/2020 9:22:48 AM, by ~INDYGIRL

    Stopping and starting because it just kills your metabolism. We all make mistakes and have blatant slip ups. We just have to keep going. Don’t give up. I just LOVE 💕 making car analogies. When you’re driving to a vacation spot and make a wrong turn, you don’t keep driving. Y... Read more

  • it's monday

    2/10/2020 2:11:03 PM, by MOMMY445

    a new week is now underway. my daughter says hi to everyone. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! I will be heading out for a long walk later on, after dinner. have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Disney World

    2/10/2020 7:43:47 AM, by PATTYMCGRAW

    The first time I went to Disney World was in 2001. I went to a convention through my FBLA-PBL membership. I had a wonderful time. When Helena was 2 and 3, Sherry, Helena and I went to the Magic Kingdom for 1 day. A bucket list item of mine would be to go back with all my girls for at least 4... Read more

  • When I’ve Had a Rough Time On My Journey

    2/10/2020 5:59:03 AM, by ~INDYGIRL

    One of you requested that I write about a week where I was really off track. Literally, I have had months! I get up in the morning and eat well through the day with all good intentions and lose it by night, only to eat myself into blissful oblivion. I swear to myself that’s the last time, b... Read more

  • I taped my Mom talking about old family photos

    2/9/2020 6:02:00 PM, by CTUPTON

    I taped my Mom talking about old family photos. I am so happy I did that! Of course she is not with us anymore. Here is some info about saving your own information. https://www.familytreemagazi
    ne.com/storytelling/16-thi
    ngs-to-write-down-about-yo
    urself-for-posterity/?fbcl
    ... Read more

  • Why is it SUCH an Emotional Journey?

    2/9/2020 10:22:09 AM, by ~INDYGIRL

    I personally think weight loss is an emotional journey for many many reasons and I will just tell you a few. We all have identities that we have lived with as big people. When we get smaller, we need time to mentally and emotionally adjust. Sometimes our bodies lose weight faster than o... Read more

  • it's saturday

    2/8/2020 1:59:42 PM, by MOMMY445

    a cool and sunny day here today. my daughter says hi to all. both budgies say cheep, cheep! have an amazing day, everyone!... Read more

  • I forgot how much work moving is.

    2/8/2020 11:17:37 AM, by PATTYMCGRAW

    It was only two years ago that I moved into this apartment. It's getting close to the time where we will close on our house. I've been slowly trying to weed things out for a few weeks now. In the past couple days, I've been trying in earnest to start packing. I forgot how much work it really is... Read more

  • 10,000 steps a day is a myth SP article

    2/8/2020 8:48:57 AM, by CTUPTON

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week to reduce disease risk. But regular, daily walking—to and from the door of the grocery store, or out to the mailbox and back—isn’t usually fast enough to raise the heart rate to "... Read more

  • CHART To remind myself about blood pressure

    2/7/2020 9:05:48 PM, by CTUPTON

    I was supposed to go back and get it measured again but I did not go.Just lately it has gone higher. But I lost 19 lbs. HUH??? ... Read more

  • Been Falling Behind

    2/7/2020 2:18:11 AM, by PORTIA70

    I have good intentions everyday on things that I want to tackle and finish. And everyday someone or something comes along and throws a monkey wrench in my plans. For example, I will go to start the housework, and soon as I get started here comes a neighbor wanting me to go out to eat with them. One ... Read more

  • Fatty liver

    2/6/2020 2:43:01 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have known for years that I had fatty liver. My doctor said , of course, lose weight. But the following article gave me much more information. Losing 8% of my weight is supposed to significantly reduce this problem. I lost 19 lbs. So this gives me some hope. I learned more i... Read more

  • it's thursday

    2/6/2020 1:32:06 PM, by MOMMY445

    a snowy day here today. my daughter says hi to everyone. both budgie birds say cheep ,cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    2/5/2020 12:33:19 PM, by MOMMY445

    a sunny and cool day here today. my daughter is now in the school band and she is so happy! she loves to play and learn music. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a wonderful day, everyone!... Read more

  • Why YOU Can Do This!

    2/5/2020 10:02:07 AM, by ~INDYGIRL

    I have been disabled since my 30’s. My back has many herniated disks from degenerative joint disease and my major joints (and some minor) are so bad they are all getting replaced. I’m only 55! I have pinched nerve bundles, fibromyalgia, arthritis, diabetes, low thyroid, pcos, endometriosis... ... Read more

  • Some Progress

    2/5/2020 9:49:30 AM, by PATTYMCGRAW

    I didn't have any ambition before Christmas. The last couple weeks, I've gotten a bit accomplished, some of the things I had put off for awhile. I've gone through a few things in the house. I don't want to wait to the last minute to packed. I gave away some things, threw away others, and o... Read more

  • Diabetes and Weight Loss

    2/5/2020 1:19:32 AM, by ~INDYGIRL

    It literally can seem impossible to lose weight if you’re a diabetic, because your body can make you feel hungry by having high or low blood sugar. Fighting insulin hunger or other medication hunger is another sore spot. Watching others eat sweets In abundance can cause a feeling of depress... Read more

  • 1st Blog...ever!

    2/4/2020 3:49:34 AM, by PBVHCCVH

    I've never done a blog before, but shall give this a try. I just joined Spark Premium and am finding it very informative and helpful. My exercising has to be modified after falling yesterday and cracking 2 ribs and getting a mild concussion! The positive side is that I stayed on my calorie count... Read more

  • Doing well this week...

    2/3/2020 10:52:42 PM, by HEALTHYKIM101

    Okay so I am now working on logging everything that I am eating. I need to drink more water. I am enjoying going to the gym again. I do strength training and the treadmill right now. I did go on the stair stepper today for a few minutes. Worked on Abs and Arms. It's a Journey not a Race. Goodnight! ... Read more

  • Diabetes and Making the Exchanges Easy

    2/3/2020 1:14:27 PM, by ~INDYGIRL

    The crazy thing about diabetes is that people believe it is so complicated that they need pamphlets and guides to count their foods. Let me give you the most simple way to figure out your proteins, carbs, and fats: 1 protein exchange is 7 grams of protein 1 carbohydrate exchan... Read more

  • My invented Chile Recipe --about 20 servings

    2/2/2020 4:23:46 PM, by CTUPTON

    RECIPE CALCULATOR 41 www.verywellfit.com/recipe-n
    utrition-analyzer-4157076 I know I am inventing my own recipe depending what I had on hand. 198 It is very thick right now. Probably I will add some beef broth too. I used this recipe calculator. I found it very useful. ... Read more

  • it's sunday

    2/2/2020 2:05:11 PM, by MOMMY445

    a mild and snowy day here today. my daughter says hi to everyone. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! i picked up a few new salads to try this week when i went grocery shopping a while ago. i will do an exercise dvd later on, after dinner. have an amazing day, everyone!... Read more

  • More winter or early spring?

    2/2/2020 2:02:48 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • One Month of 2020 Gone

    2/2/2020 10:47:59 AM, by PATTYMCGRAW

    January 2020 is in the record books. I did find a house last month, so I guess that's a big accomplishment. For February - usually a long month to me - I know I need to go through my stuff, get rid of things I no longer need and pack up what I can. I usually do this a couple times a year, b... Read more

  • Got A New Tattoo

    2/2/2020 1:02:02 AM, by PORTIA70

    I rewarded myself with a new tattoo yesterday. I will add a photo after bit when I go through my cell phone. It is of mine and my love's zodiac signs. He is a Capricorn and I am a Cancer. Both signs overlap each other and there is stars illuminating the way. I absolutely love it. I picked it put las... Read more

  • it's saturday

    2/1/2020 2:21:55 PM, by MOMMY445

    a day to take it easy here today. my daughter says hi and she likes her new teachers. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! Have a terrific day, everyone and a great weekend!... Read more

  • SAVED! Medicaid re-certification due

    1/31/2020 2:50:39 PM, by CTUPTON

    I WAS TOLD BY SOMEONE THE DEADLINE IS MARCH 31. WRONG! It was Jan. 1st! Almost as bad as doing taxes. I called she said send it in by end of Jan. EEEK! I am still not done. I called again. OK to mail it Monday. Our name starts with U so she won't get to ours till next week. ... Read more

  • replacement phone battery...

    1/31/2020 2:33:15 PM, by CTUPTON

    I just dropped my phone off to get a new battery. I came home to watch a youtube video about that. Yup-it was definitely right to pay someone to do this! Over 20 tiny, tiny screws were removed to open up the back of the phone. Over 20! Yeah and later put them all back! The battery ... Read more

  • it's thursday

    1/30/2020 2:42:12 PM, by MOMMY445

    i got caught up on some housework today. now i am just relaxing. my daughter says hi. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Losing my Mind...

    1/30/2020 9:23:04 AM, by PATTYMCGRAW

    or at least the memory part of it. I used to make a to-do list every day. I think I will have to go back to that,,,,in between trying to remember where I put everything... Read more

  • When I Want To Avoid Eating... And Things To Look Forward To On Your Journey...

    1/29/2020 10:49:50 PM, by ~INDYGIRL

    Tonight I think I’m starving to death. I may just waste away. That’s what my mind is telling me. It isn’t true hunger or I would go into the kitchen and fix a healthy snack with protein, complex carbs, and plant fat. Since I know it is head hunger, emotions etc, I’m avoiding the kitchen. A... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    1/29/2020 4:26:44 PM, by MOMMY445

    I am having a great day so far. my daughter is taking it easy until her next semester at school starts tomorrow. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • To all caregivers-you MUST take care of yourself! Are you doing this?

    1/29/2020 4:11:21 PM, by CTUPTON

    https://www.sparkpeople.com/re
    source/wellness_articles.a
    sp?id=1825 Some quotes from the article, too... but please see the article... 9 Self-Care Tips for Caregivers 1. Put your own self-care at the top of your priority list. Stick to your exercise routine, don't skip meals, fue... Read more

  • Brain humming... no I have not tried this. But I sure am curious

    1/29/2020 4:04:57 PM, by CTUPTON

    https://pro.donovanhealth.com/
    p/OV6SSSO1A/POV6W107/?fbcl
    id=IwAR2kzZyNmVQEpP_DdBFkS
    ASxU17elowkPbw-5DY6mL6b_uX
    -qnBoeZQ98J8&h=true... Read more

  • 6 Teeth Pulled Yesterday

    1/29/2020 1:12:29 PM, by PORTIA70

    So, my dentist started on my bottom teeth yesterday, now that all my tops were already removed. They told me they will not send off for my dentures until they are done with the pulling of all they plan to take out. How fun. I look like grandma gums already LOL One of the stitches came loose ... Read more