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  • High Desert Hikes

    2/17/2020 12:26:18 AM, by ALIHIKES

    I enjoyed a couple of beautiful hikes here in Central Oregon high desert country. Today, I hiked at Smith rock State Park. And on Friday, my friend Hanne and I hiked at Chimney Rock. We both really enjoy the high desert landscape,... Read more

  • Sunday Brilliant Thoughts

    2/16/2020 9:13:13 AM, by THISTIME18

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  • Week 3 & 4 Overall 5% Challenge Badges

    2/15/2020 11:47:06 PM, by _WARRIOR4LIFE

    And the winners are... Week 3 Overall Badges: 242 250 594 Week 4 Overall Badges ... Read more

  • Saturday Humor

    2/15/2020 7:04:38 AM, by THISTIME18

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  • Tired But Preparing for Our the Trip

    2/15/2020 3:11:28 AM, by KALISWALKER

    As I prepare for 5 weeks in South America, I am doing my best to ready the house, plan for the dogs, get through a zillion to do lists, and start packing. Update about our cruise. 7 of us were planning on traveling together, but the couple from Malaysia decided not to go. Even though their fli... 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

  • Happy Valentine's

    2/14/2020 5:43:13 AM, by THISTIME18

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  • Tumalo Canal Hike, One Year Reboot

    2/12/2020 7:41:37 PM, by ALIHIKES

    I hiked the Tumalo Canal trail with my friends yesterday. It was a beautiful clear day. There was no snow or ice on the trail. Here are a few photos. Barbara, Hanne and Linda Lava formation Three Sisters (mountains) After the hike, we went out for a bevera... Read more

  • Packing for South America & Back on Track

    2/12/2020 1:13:43 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I am preparing for my South American trip, leaving here Feb. 23. There are 7 of us traveling together, starting with 9 days in Peru; then a 14 days cruise from Chile to Buenos Aires. Our last days will be in Brazil and Argentina. We are doing walking tours in various cities along the way. I los... Read more

  • Patience

    2/12/2020 10:20:17 AM, by THISTIME18

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  • 12 February 2020

    2/12/2020 4:04:43 AM, by DSJB9999

    Wanted to share with you what happened at my Aqua class last week I was doing a stretch backwards and almost horizontal and the lady next to me said 'That's very high, do you do ballet?' - it amused me, I have never been a dancer 216 but am determined and quite flexible so do my best and try reall... 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:
    /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

  • Be Mine - Valentine?

    2/10/2020 12:53:58 PM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    It'll be here in just four days............. it's a Friday, and I'll be at work. One of the things I'll be doing that day is supporting someone to attend the local Slimming World group for a weigh-in and meeting. I like doing this shift, because I know that some of the other support workers ... 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
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  • Taking time for creative thinking

    2/9/2020 12:10:56 PM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    Sunday - and with strong gale-force winds, and rain etc, the advice was to stay at home unless you absolutely had to go out. So, after some hesitation, I took the advice, cancelled visiting my friend, and stayed home. I don't usually look at The Sun, but it has some really good photos of how... Read more

  • Sunday Brilliant Thoughts

    2/9/2020 9:16:53 AM, by THISTIME18

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  • Re-framing

    2/8/2020 5:01:34 PM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    I just wrote a blog - then lost it. I wish Spark would automatically safe a draft when that happens. doh! I wanted to tell you about how I re-framed a negative belief - and had a good result! One of the things I'm currently working on (on the Fabulous app) is self-esteem - and identi... Read more

  • Vacation in Methow Valley

    2/8/2020 2:35:28 PM, by ALIHIKES

    I have been away for a week, skiing and snowshoeing in Methow Valley,Washington. It was a very fun trip, and I got a lot of exercise and activity in beautiful surroundings with friends. I traveled with my friend Linda. We stopped in Wenatchee, and took a walk along the river before checking int... 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

  • Saturday Humor

    2/8/2020 7:25:28 AM, by THISTIME18

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  • 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

  • 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

  • Little Miss Perfect!

    2/6/2020 3:39:19 AM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    Or is it Little Miss I'm-Afraid-I'm-Not-Good-Enough
    ? This is another self-searching therapy blog - so don't read on if it's not your cup of tea. It might also be about weight loss, diet and exercise.................... Little Miss Perfect is a phrase that easily comes to mind, b... Read more

  • Toilet training!

    2/5/2020 2:24:48 AM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    This month, February, I've been working on self-love issues; it's a life-long thing (not just for me, I'm sure!). I've been finding my mind turning a lot to memories from childhood - those cameo moments that create an emotional mark in our personalities. Of course, the memory is probably not... Read more

  • 4 February 2020

    2/4/2020 3:07:57 PM, by DSJB9999

    Really happy that all my hard work this work with my eating carefully and exercising lots I was able to go to my Slimming World club tonight and was at my target weight, okay so I was 1lb over my weight last time I weighed 8 weeks ago I was still delighted! My Sis in Law took me to Garstang and... Read more

  • I had a binge

    2/4/2020 2:44:12 PM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    But not an eating binge! No - I bought TWO pairs of new trainers (one for the gym, one for wearing to work); some new sports undies; workout leggings, two sport t-shirts (quick dry etc); special shampoo for swimmers and the conditioner to go with it. It felt like a big pile of shopping! ... Read more

  • My invented Chile Recipe --about 20 servings

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

    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

  • Ground Hog Day & After the Party & Targets

    2/2/2020 2:14:38 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Some think Canada has a lot of national holidays but Ground Hog Day is not one of them, it's classified as a celebration. I am challenged to think of it's importance as something to celebrate today. These are the paid holidays (statutory) where I live. New Year's Day Wednesday, January 1 ... Read more

  • More winter or early spring?

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

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  • Sunday Brilliant Thoughts

    2/2/2020 8:01:39 AM, by THISTIME18

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  • 4.20 am

    2/2/2020 3:55:41 AM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    Last night, finally tired of the word-wars on Twitter, I de-activated my account. I woke early this morning - wide awake at 4.20 am. I've been reading this book (I'm mentioning it again, as I think it's really important - and anyone who needs it can check it out) So, at 4.20 ... Read more

  • National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day – February 1, 2020

    2/1/2020 1:56:58 PM, by KALISWALKER

    LOL I am glad I didn't see this earlier or I may have been tempted to have breakfast at Dairy Queen. Tonight we are going to a Robbie Burns supper/party. A Burns supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, the author of many Scots poems. Our hosts knock themselves ... Read more

  • Feburary - self-love, and Imbolc

    2/1/2020 12:02:26 PM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    February is that month................. 129 214 129 214 129 214 129 214 129 When everything is oriented towards Valentine's Day! All the restaurants have their special Valentine's Day menus up 'BOOK NOW!' All the shops have special Valentine's Day gifts - chocolate, jewellery, ... Read more

  • Saturday Humor

    2/1/2020 7:54:35 AM, by THISTIME18

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  • Check point #1: Goals met and exceeded

    1/31/2020 8:29:18 PM, by _WARRIOR4LIFE

    On the last day of every month this year, I plan to complete a checkpoint. My goals for January were simple: Intermittent fast for 18 hours / 24 hours, track food, and get back to the gym. I am happy to say, I have met these goals. On the fitness front, I am back to walking my miles, and... 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

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

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

    1/29/2020 3:39:02 AM, by DSJB9999

    On Monday I decided to try to 'limit my food intake' to get some 'control back' which I haven't been able to do since Christmas and I so want to go back to my club and Weigh In. We are only allowed 8 weeks maximum off without weighing in and then we have to 're-enrol and start again' but I don't wa... Read more

  • 10 Ways to Lose 10 Pounds

    1/28/2020 11:54:47 PM, by KALISWALKER

    1. Nutrition tracking 2. Drink 8 glasses of water 3. Menu plan each evening for the next day 4. Intermittent fasting - breakfast 8 AM, lunch anytime, 5 or 6 PM dinner 5. More sleep - in bed by 9 PM 6. Free one hour in the morning 7. Water aerobics M - F 8. 2 daily dog walks 9... Read more

  • 5% Winter Challenge, Overall Challenge Badges Week 2

    1/28/2020 5:54:29 PM, by _WARRIOR4LIFE

    Week 2, Overall Challenge Badges I want to take a minute to recognize ALL the teams. They are all doing such a WONDERFUL job! Thank you to the leaders! Thank you to the members! You are what makes this challenge great!!! 592 593 591 242 345... Read more

  • 5% Winter Challenge, Overall Challenge Badges Week 1

    1/27/2020 7:15:58 PM, by _WARRIOR4LIFE

    Each week, we will give out overall challenge badges to the top teams in each category. Here are the results for Week 1, Tahiti. First Place Landing Badge: Top Mileage Team Badge: Top LTGL #1 Badge: Biggest Loser Badge: Congrats to all the winners, an... Read more

  • Thank you! Your CBD sharing was top notch. Such a controversial topic!

    1/27/2020 1:45:30 PM, by CTUPTON

    My right shoulder has begun hurting badly. My daughter has this in a stick, like deodorant comes in. I tend to use pain patches from the drug store. I used her CBD stick on an arm area and one time on my shoulder pain. It did help. She says not all brands work! ANd it is expensive. So trying one t... Read more

  • Sheet pan baked veggies (for 1 week of lunches)

    1/27/2020 1:23:14 PM, by CTUPTON

    I got this from a friend: She makes enough for 1 week of lunches. At lunch time she adds meat or tuna or whatever to make a quick, filling meal. I have not done this yet. I need to buy veggies first. 267 773 69 369 198 I make one sheet pan meal on Sunday or Monday, pop it ... Read more

  • Sunday Brilliant Thoughts

    1/26/2020 8:20:36 AM, by THISTIME18

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  • Hikes, Deer, Painting

    1/26/2020 1:52:13 AM, by ALIHIKES

    It’s been a while since I blogged so I thought I would write an update. I have not gone skiing or snowshoeing yet this winter, but I have enjoyed continued hiking, and exercise classes at the gym. At Eagle crest with Moon Lin. In the Badlands wilderness area with Hanne ... Read more

  • Party time!

    1/25/2020 2:48:37 PM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    When I finished work today, I had to go shopping. It had been quite a stressful day at work, and I was looking at the snacks and thinking about biscuits and cakes. But I also didn't want to eat those things really, as the scale has been up lately and I'm really trying to get it down again! S... Read more

  • Teddy Bear 5% Winter Challenge Week 1 Recap: Tahiti

    1/25/2020 11:54:43 AM, by _WARRIOR4LIFE

    174 174 174 174 174 174 TEDDY BEARS TAKE TAHITI! During week 1, which lasted from 1/11/2020-1/19/2020, the Teddy Bear team flew to Tahiti on human power (exercise minutes) while tracking our LTGL (living the good life ) task of drinking water. We worked together to "bear attack" o... Read more

  • Saturday Humor

    1/25/2020 9:38:20 AM, by THISTIME18

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  • New Year's Resolution or New Habit?

    1/25/2020 2:34:33 AM, by KALISWALKER

    Today I wrote a piece for our Winter 5% Challenge and thought I would like to find it next year in my blog and reflect on how my new 2020 habits worked out. It seems Jan. 17 is D-Day for New Year's resolutions – the day most people give up on their good intentions and fall back into old habits.... Read more

  • Roadworks and pickles!

    1/24/2020 3:02:27 PM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    This monster appeared outside my window this morning - an underground vaccuum excavator?! Boy it was big! And noisy! They are digging a trench in the road outside, and this big machine was hoovering up the dust and rubble. What with that and the pneumatic drills and the digger - it was Very Nois... Read more

  • Passionate Strangers

    1/23/2020 9:27:25 AM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    I don't often duplicate posts on Spark, but recently on the 100 Days of Weight Loss team we covered a lesson on 'passion'. And this morning I posted this:- "I realised that it's important for me to find ways to hang out with people who are passionate about their fitness too. For me, that means... Read more

  • Nutrition Tracking, Guest & Dog Park

    1/22/2020 5:58:28 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I've had a guest for a week. She has always been quite slim and fit and she likes desserts. During this time we ate out several times, had goodies with tea in the afternoons and desserts in the evenings. Aside from my usual duties, I made time to do things with her and have been less focused on my e... Read more

  • CBD oil or lotion Has anyone used it?

    1/22/2020 12:32:37 PM, by CTUPTON

    My daughter had me use hers. It looked like a deodorant. I had a "knot" near my wrist. I have many of these. If I press on it , it hurts. So I rubbed her stuff on it. The pain did go away.Even this morning when I press on it, the pain was practically gone. But I am afraid of it. Here is some i... Read more

  • 21 January 2020

    1/21/2020 3:33:08 AM, by DSJB9999

    Over the weekend and at end of last week was finding it challenging staying on Plan but yesterday decided that it had to change (again!), Loved my Aqua aerobics class again yesterday but was proud that I didn't overeat that day (recognise this can be something I do sometimes without thinking ... Read more

  • Digging for Diamonds

    1/20/2020 2:03:05 PM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    Today's lesson from Simple Abundance (by Sarah Ban Breathnach) is about finding the treasure within. That the 'diamonds' are buried right beneath our feet - as many an old proverb teaches. In Buddhism there is a story about a man who has a diamond sewn into the hem of his cloak, but doesn't know it... Read more

  • January 2020...this week

    1/20/2020 10:10:45 AM, by OHMEMEME

    Hello self and Hello Sparkers, Reviewing my past record keeping from several places (some on my Spark page, some handwritten journals) over the last few months and 8.5 years I’ve lost up to 79 lbs, sometimes more quickly and others more slowly with a few regains of as much as 18 pounds in betwe... Read more

  • Sunday Brilliant Thoughts

    1/19/2020 8:18:30 AM, by THISTIME18

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  • Gut Feelings?

    1/19/2020 5:01:00 AM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    252 Gosh, I love Spark People! I've been doing Spark Trivia most mornings - mainly to get the points! 246 But today, one that I got wrong caught my eye - and took me off down the www rabbit-hole! 334 I thought serotonin was only to do with the brain - important in treating depre... Read more

  • Exercise Prescription

    1/18/2020 1:13:03 PM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    I had a great 'weekly message' from Linda Spangle. She's doing an on-line one-year programme based on her books - 100 Days of Weight Loss and 100 MORE Days of Weight Loss - which I am following. It's called Elevate Your Success. Here's the link if you're curious:- https://www.weightlossjoy.c... Read more

  • Saturday Humor

    1/18/2020 8:50:25 AM, by THISTIME18

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