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  • 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

  • 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

  • Yep, it's February in Santa Barbara

    2/20/2020 4:52:21 PM, by PEGGY-BEE

    It is a warm 70 F and Wiley and I are enjoying our quiet backyard, except for song birds. Shorts over swimsuit weather. This lemon tree is recovering nicely after the last drought and the potted tree has new growth so I look forward to learning what it is. Wiley is content to spend the whole ... 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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  • 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

  • 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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  • 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

  • A Day of Love

    2/14/2020 11:12:40 AM, by KATHLEEN624

    Happy Valentine's Day! 129 Today is a day to remember loved ones. A lot of people find themselves alone on this holiday but remember to LOVE yourself first. You are a beautiful person inside and out- Heart & Soul. Love comes to us in many ways everyday. You just need to look for the sign... Read more

  • 2/12/20 Hang in there!

    2/12/2020 12:18:08 PM, by MUSTLOVEROCK

    My weekends are still a disaster but I'm not going to beat myself up for it anymore, I have decided that I'm going to keep doing my best Monday - Friday and eventually my stubborn brain will catch up and I will gain control of my weekends too. I'm still making progress so I know that losing co... 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 2/5/20 Braking up with old habits

    2/5/2020 5:05:22 PM, by MUSTLOVEROCK

    I was feeling a bit discouraged because I thought I was doing good and it turns out I gained 2 pounds and of course I felt like giving up just like I have done so many times before. So instead of giving up I decided to look for ways to re-spark my motivation and keep going because I know how the st... Read more

  • Moving is Done

    2/5/2020 12:30:35 AM, by PEGGY-BEE

    Now we need to unpack and even after getting rid of So Much Stuff, there's still heaps to go. I am hoping a 2nd look thru I will have a more critical eye and unload as much or more than the 1st go round. Wiley really digressed with his behavior during the move, running out open doors or gates, ... 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

  • 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

  • More winter or early spring?

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

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  • February

    2/1/2020 5:59:34 PM, by KATHLEEN624

    FEBRUARY brings really cold frigid weather to the mountains of Pennsylvania where I live. I love the cold winter days and all the snowy days too. Getting all bundled up with a knitted scarf around my neck is sheer happiness when I take an afternoon walk outside. Love walking. Exhilarating! ... 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

  • 1/30/20 Finally!!!!!

    1/30/2020 5:44:14 PM, by MUSTLOVEROCK

    This is huge I’ve been waiting for this for about 6 years now and finally it’s happening! I’m so happy that Kaiser is finally educating and encouraging Doctors & staff to use a plant based diet to cure diseases Instead of always recurring to medication. The prof that was presented by Dr.Lawenda was ... Read more

  • 1/30/20 I really needed this today

    1/30/2020 12:57:38 PM, by MUSTLOVEROCK

    Don’t live with regrets. Approach life with perseverance and dedication to the things that matter most to you. Success is never easy. It remains up to you whether you will give up, or fight through the tough battles to earn whatever it is you want. A fragment of a poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson is... Read more

  • We are in the midst of moving!!!

    1/30/2020 1:39:35 AM, by PEGGY-BEE

    Warning this could be boring but... I am just beyond excited. We are moving small things that fit in our SUV and make about 5 trips per day. I can't carry stuff but Jeff likes for Wiley and me to ride along. The new house is a block from the high school that Jeff and Tacy attended. We liv... 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

  • 1/29/20 Take charge

    1/29/2020 2:22:33 PM, by MUSTLOVEROCK

    Conquer your mind and you will create confidence, love, fulfillment and freedom to live the life you want. 52 Note to self: Always be stronger than my excuses.... Read more

  • Four qualities of a Helpful Mindset

    1/27/2020 1:57:17 PM, by DIETER27

    1. Develop Awareness- When you're more conscious of your thoughts (without judging them- that's the most important part),. You can begin to understand how those thought d will affect your feelings and your behaviors. Then you can explore the ways that shifting your thoughts may impact your actions. ... 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

  • 1/27/20 Weekends are my down fall

    1/27/2020 1:38:02 PM, by MUSTLOVEROCK

    Does any one else struggle staying on track on the weekends? it's like I do awesome Monday-Friday and then the weekends come around and it's like my brain gets reprogramed with nothing but bad decisions and I always end up beating myself up for it but I just keep doing it weekend after weekend it's ... 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