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  • I am blessed

    7/14/2020 8:44:09 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • yup

    7/14/2020 8:42:47 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • senior moments

    7/14/2020 8:41:48 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Points to ponder. Thank you, Sparkfriend!

    7/12/2020 6:22:17 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • Salmon pasta salad

    7/11/2020 1:13:38 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I didn't have any tuna, bacon and onions so I made different pasta salad. I made a salmon pasta salad. I had 2 cans of Alaskan Pink salmon so I used those with 4 different cans of vegetables (black beans, carrots, corn, and peas), shredded cheese elbow macaroni and light mayonnaise. I added some... Read more

  • Summer! Fruit smoothies are perfect.

    7/7/2020 5:18:22 PM, by CTUPTON

    I just happened to buy frozen fruit today. then I saw this blog.
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  • Found the location, huge butterfly flower sculpture: from Disney Fla.

    7/7/2020 11:24:06 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Ahhhh Nature at its best poem

    7/4/2020 10:46:23 PM, by CTUPTON

    Whenever I need to leave it all behind Or feel the need to get away I find a quiet place, far from the human race Out in the country Before the breathin' air is gone Before the sun is just a bright spot in the night-time Out where the rivers like to run I stand alone and take back some... Read more

  • 10,000 steps in by noon

    7/2/2020 1:37:40 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I already got my 10,000 steps in today before noon. I don't usually get them in this early but I had to go uptown for the second time because I was needing to get something from the bank about half an hour after I got home the first time. Plus I did a load of laundry and a sink load of dishes. Now I... Read more

  • 25 books from brother-in-law!

    7/2/2020 1:34:40 PM, by CTUPTON

    Well these will keep me busy for awhile. I get my books now from the library. I don't want to be adding to my clutter. books multiply so fast! Mostly detective and crime. David Baldacci 2 Janet Evanovich all fiction he gets them from a used book store. most are fa... Read more

  • Monkfruit sugar? Does anyone use this?

    7/2/2020 1:18:51 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have been using powdered Stevia. Is monkfruit sugar substitute better? ... Read more

  • good advice in song

    7/1/2020 4:45:49 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Mini lasagna cups

    6/30/2020 7:45:13 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Made mini lasagna cups today for lunch. The only thing different is instead of using lasagna noodles, I used 4 cheese ravioli. I made a meat sauce that has ground beef, onion and garlic in with the tomato sauce. I boiled the ravioli first (took about 5 minutes to cook) and did the layering like y... Read more

  • If you like flowers and butterflies

    6/29/2020 9:30:43 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • The Art of Autism

    6/29/2020 2:38:02 PM, by CTUPTON

    Here is a twist on a confounding topic. Hope this inspires us to cope a little easier.
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  • The Plan vs REALITY

    6/29/2020 2:07:05 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Time flies

    6/28/2020 5:01:52 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Its going to be a busy day

    6/28/2020 9:10:01 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Its going to be a busy day today. I already walked uptown to get a few things. Came back to my apartment to do a load of laundry and dishes. I am going to do some grocery shopping with a couple of friends in another town. This is the first time in 3 weeks since I have been out of town getting groce... Read more

  • Inspirational story

    6/27/2020 5:53:12 PM, by CTUPTON

    This is the story of two frogs. One of them was fat and the other one was skinny. One fine day, when they were looking for food, they jumped into a bucket of milk inadvertently . Now, as the sides were too slippery they were unable to get out. The fat frog spoke to the skinny frog, “Brother, swimmin... Read more

  • avg weight loss over 8 months

    6/27/2020 5:40:31 PM, by CTUPTON

    1.87 lbs per month Not fast but way faster than all the 20 or so years before this. And, I have been on SP for over 10 years. Other online support groups before this. My cravings are way more controlled now. I think eating lots of veggies was the key for me to lessen cravings. ... Read more

  • Getting back on track

    6/27/2020 11:51:04 AM, by AMYFOL

    Today is day 7 of my latest attempt at weight loss. What is different this time? I think I finally get it! Having started and restarted multiple times, I have racked up a lot of Spark points but haven't lost more than 10 pounds. I am a diabetic and tried following a diabetic diet, but there are ... Read more

  • Has anyone stopped cholesterol meds due to losing weight?

    6/26/2020 6:47:42 PM, by CTUPTON

    If losing weight works, I would love to stop taking the statin meds my doctor wants me to take. Two kinds cause body pain. chris... Read more

  • SP article Quick Way How to Assess My Health

    6/26/2020 12:07:30 PM, by CTUPTON
    sp?id=1358&page=2 247 Please read the full article. It has way more info than I put here. I know my biggest problem is energy. I have known that since I was a kid actually. Thyroid was the first thing diagnosed way back wh... Read more

  • uh? Read carefully

    6/25/2020 12:40:44 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Rest is...

    6/24/2020 8:47:38 PM, by CTUPTON

    Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the blue sky, is by no means waste of time. ~John Lubbock... Read more

  • STREAM. 6 strategies for mental health during this stressful period:

    6/23/2020 10:15:52 AM, by CTUPTON

    What is STREAM? S is for Social networking. Kyrios maintains that whilst the physical distancing involved in isolation is critical for our health, social networking should still be kept up, using social media, skype or phone calls. T is for Time out. Whilst some families may initially relish ... Read more

  • A great tip I learned from a dear spark friend:

    6/23/2020 9:21:07 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Working up a sweat

    6/22/2020 1:47:13 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I have been getting in my exercising in today. This morning I walked uptown and back to my apartment for 45 minutes. I spent 80 minutes between cleaning out the litter box (empty and put fresh litter into the box) and sweeping and mopping the floor in the apartment. I am sweating from head to toe fr... Read more

  • Hubby in nursing home so...

    6/21/2020 12:28:51 PM, by CTUPTON

    This is all so frustrating. I was fine for a number of weeks but now it is just way too long! I miss visiting John most of all. I called him last night at his nursing home. There was noise in the background. He could not hear me well. I heard him get mad with the nurse. Darn. I can... Read more

  • I love sour cream. I love potatoes. I love cucumbers. So...

    6/21/2020 12:17:43 PM, by CTUPTON

    I mixed them all together for a healthier lunch! I usually put sour cream on potatoes. And I know I love cucumbers with sour cream. Either of those, I eat too much. But if I combine measured amounts of all 3, it becomes a healthy lunch! 4 ... Read more

  • the first step

    6/20/2020 7:36:50 PM, by SHINEFROMWITHIN

    I thought my first step was counting my calories. When that didn’t work, I thought my first step would be buying a treadmill. That didn’t work. I tried a bullet journal, bought a TRX suspension trainer, and got rid of all the snacks in my house. Turns out, my first step was therapy. It’s been amaz... Read more

  • Sweet and cold craving

    6/19/2020 6:58:56 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Even though I have some sweets in the apartment, it wasn't the thing that I was craving at the moment. Besides something sweet, I was wanting something cold. The first thing that popped into my mind was one of my smoothies. So I made a mixed berry smoothie. I took some of my chocolate protein powder... Read more

  • More tips for hip pain

    6/19/2020 2:07:28 PM, by CTUPTON

    "A recent study from Florida Atlantic University found that doing 45 minutes of chair yoga twice per week reduced pain and improved overall quality of life in older adults with osteoarthritis. Chair yoga is practiced sitting in a chair or standing while holding the chair for support, so it’s a great... Read more

  • A mistake. Bought HOT Italian turkey sausage.

    6/19/2020 2:03:43 PM, by CTUPTON

    I bought hot Italian turkey sausage 40 instead of the regular kind. Yes, HOT HOT. Today I divided it into small chunks and will freeze these to be used a few at a time in soups. I actually have a soup cooking now. Yesterday I cooked up some vegetables: carrots 291 291 and 580 kale. Way too much ... Read more

  • sSilver Sneakers best and worse exercises for bad hips

    6/18/2020 12:12:11 PM, by CTUPTON I will be testing this link. OK, the link worked for me.... Read more

  • OK guys I cut raisins to 1/8 instead of 1/4 cup

    6/18/2020 9:27:12 AM, by CTUPTON

    Thanks. The serving size of raisins was 1/4 cup so I just used that. Half of that is plenty in my morning oatmeal. 43 ... Read more

  • Mondays, well, Tuesdays

    6/16/2020 1:20:42 PM, by CTUPTON

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