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  • woke up this morning and decided to make it positive.

    1/20/2020 9:38:19 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good Morning- I work up with aches and pains in my neck and shoulders. I have not been sleeping well. Last night, I slept too deep like I woke up with a hang over. Not from too much food or lack of exercise- I just think my body took on too much stress this month and my body is reacting. It take... Read more

  • Busy Saturday

    1/18/2020 12:02:59 PM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good morning- we got our son's car back. The auto body guy did many things to save us money. Since the car was 2011 - he used good used parts. The car looks like new except the inside. DH has volunteered to do the detailing. He is good at it but I was surprised he wanted to do it. The inside ... Read more

  • learning to forgive

    1/16/2020 2:05:27 PM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good afternoon- Monday - my DH told me that he bought baseball tickets for 6 members of our family without talking to me first. He also told my SIL about the tickets and the event. SIL thought it was great. I am about to go to the gym and he lays the bomb on me. I say to him why did you decide ... Read more

  • Hospitalization - cancer spread, liver cirrhosis (or maybe fatty liver..)

    1/16/2020 11:13:02 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    A week ago last week, I went to emergency room on the recommendation of my naturopathic oncologist. I was transported to the main hospital later Thursday night and checked out late Saturday afternoon. I also have low blood platelets and some of this could be the result of not enough protein (go... Read more

  • Sad

    1/15/2020 9:41:50 AM, by LOVETOLAUGH56

    I am saddened because our cat’s veterinarian gave us bad news. Our 14 1/2 year old cat has lymphoma in his chest with lymph nodes swollen in his legs. He’s lethargic some days, maybe 2-3 days a week. We did feel a lump in his leg and that’s why we took him to the vet clinic. So he may have weeks ... Read more

  • Here I Sit Waiting

    1/13/2020 3:09:52 PM, by PORTIA70

    Exterminator's suppose to be here today to give my room a really good spray. A little info about that is I live in a hotel in Los Angeles; which is why I say room. Still sitting here waiting on them to arrive. *yawns* LOL Otherwise, it is a typical Monday and so much to get done. I found ... Read more

  • To do list

    1/12/2020 2:42:44 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Happy Sunday Sparkers

    1/12/2020 12:20:28 PM, by PORTIA70

    I hope that all of you are enjoying your Sunday. Not a whole lot to report today. I plan to catch up on posting on my SparkTeams and explore other content that I may have overlooked. Picking up around the room also. I have to figure out a way to let the people in my building know th... Read more

  • Trying to get new hearing aides.

    1/11/2020 10:35:42 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am frustrated my insurance company promises free hearing aides but getting the information from them has been very frustrating. The left hand does not know what the right hand is doing! chris... Read more

  • finally got some good sleep

    1/11/2020 8:25:46 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good Morning- life has been a challenge in many more ways than I would have believed at this stage of my life. Talked to DS yesterday - he is upbeat about his car being fixed. He is going to drive it down slowly b/c it is drivable but needs the front end fixed. We talked to our autobody guy who i... Read more

  • TG I am a strong person

    1/10/2020 2:20:02 PM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good afternoon- yesterday could have turned into a nightmare. DS & DIL had such a vile fight. DS called me up so very upset. He told me what she said and it was vile. I got upset that someone could talk to another person that way. DIL takes off with the baby again. He is left alone with no tr... Read more

  • off to the gym

    1/9/2020 6:38:53 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good Morning- I did not sleep well last night. Cedar Fever is bad here - (allergies). My eyes water - I take over the counter medicine- then it dries out my eyes and sinuses too much. But I hate the watering eyes, so on the days it is bad I take medication. I was out raking leaves yesterday for ... Read more

  • Have The Winter Blues

    1/8/2020 11:10:10 PM, by PORTIA70

    I seriously think that is my issue for the last few days. I am currently in the cycle of not wanting to do anything. I have good intentions the night before when I make plans to take on a task, but by the next day I have lost all energy to even get started. I would rather just lay here and do absol... Read more

  • My concern did not happen

    1/8/2020 9:31:46 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good morning- I have had much stress lately. I get worried that this stress can impact my weight and I gain weight - water retention or whatever. It is something that my body used to do - gain weight from chronic stress without eating junk food. But I weighed in today to see, I have not gained w... Read more

  • Needing Exercise Support

    1/7/2020 12:52:19 AM, by PORTIA70

    The one thing I have found is not so much my eating habits as a problem. It is starting to exercise that is the single biggest obstacle. Trying to find out how much is safe enough for me to do, and to add to the fact that I have more energy one day then the next due to health issues. One da... Read more

  • Bought a bag of air...

    1/6/2020 6:57:42 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • good call this morning

    1/6/2020 10:38:36 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good morning- talked to son for nearly an hour. He says he finally made the decision to divorce his wife. He says my PTSD is happening more and more due to the yelling and scream in my home. It is not good for my daughter. It is not good for me. DIL does not want to go to counseling. I am going ... Read more

  • Imperfect Food

    1/5/2020 4:28:00 PM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    Yesterday I suddenly started seeing Internet Ads for a company called "Imperfect Foods". Supposedly been around since 2015 and in 43 states so far. I'm guessing our area of Kansas just got online with them and thus the sudden internet advertising. Imperfect Foods http://www.imperfectfoods.c... Read more

  • Beating my biggest fear

    1/5/2020 9:59:55 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good morning- I have struggled with my program due to stress from family over the years. DH's former career, his adjustment to retirement, my adjustment to his retirement, my children - mostly my son with his PTSD issues, his marriage issues. My main concern has always been my grand children. I h... Read more

  • flu preventative Have you used black elderberry ?

    1/4/2020 11:12:06 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Walking resolution

    1/4/2020 10:40:06 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • as the world turns!

    1/4/2020 10:33:09 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good Morning- I am trying to stay out of my DS's marriage problems. He calls me this morning. He had a terrible PTSD night mare and kicked his wife in her sleep. She went ballistic. She shames him and calls him names. He is so shamed himself already. she gets up - packs a bag and leaves him w... Read more

  • still learning

    1/4/2020 9:45:23 AM, by ROSE9231

    i know this was not gonna be easy and that is ok i like challenges..Tracking my food on here is a learning progress and will take time. Time to learn how the food tracker works so i can input the items correctly..Time to get over the fear of being judged by what i do enter and to be totally honest ... Read more

  • frustration this morning

    1/3/2020 7:42:46 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good Morning- TG Dh is talking down lights today. He has been doing his chores really fast and then he lays on couch watching college football and just eats popcorn all day. It is air popcorn, but the smell and the constant eating is getting to me. We have talked about it. I go to another room but... Read more

  • got back from gym - great work out

    1/2/2020 10:28:17 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good Morning- I feel great. I always feel more positive, confident and in control when I exercise. DH actually came to gym when he said that he was not. He has lots of errands to run today. That will keep him busy and then he is going to start taking down Christmas lights. Today I am focused on m... Read more

  • Happy 2020 Sparkers

    1/1/2020 3:27:07 PM, by PORTIA70

    I hope all of you had a safe celebration bringing in the New Year and decade. I had a pretty good time with the neighbors in my building. A few of us watched Rockin New Year's Eve and had a little wine to bring it in. It was not without events happening though. A few months ago, my friend a... Read more

  • New Year 2020

    1/1/2020 12:28:17 PM, by ON_A_DIET

    I hope all of you had a wonderful New Year’s Eve. Mine was all exciting. Well, atleast, at first. The roommate’s were going to be out for the afternoon. Which left me in appetizer mode. I told them I’d have appetizers waiting for them and to be hungry. I thought a little healthy and a ... Read more

  • Happy New Year!!

    1/1/2020 11:40:35 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good Morning- Today things are going so much better. Dh realized that he was too needy but it did not happen until around 6 pm when I announced that I need some alone time. I went to read and just chill for the rest of the evening. DH watched college football. I slept all night through and slep... Read more

  • Osage Orange - Hedge Apple - Maclura pomifera General interesting information

    1/1/2020 1:23:01 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    For Informational purposes... move along if this isn't of interest to you. Osage orange for cancer, inflammation, pain, dementia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v
    =c6NXr-f0j1I Facts and Myths of Hedge Apples by Dr. Barbara Ogg, Extension Educator http://lancaster.unl.edu/envir
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  • I was hoping for time alone- but DH just got up

    12/31/2019 7:49:19 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    Good Morning- I am learning to be flexible. I have a plan for my day. DH wants to start taking down Christmas ornaments. I do not mind at this point. My Christmas tree does not look as fresh as it did. I have lots of ornaments under the tree due to grand kids and presents. So I agreed to work... Read more

  • Well the cat has taken over...

    12/30/2019 11:41:42 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Wonderful day!!

    12/30/2019 10:31:28 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good morning! Went to the Y early this morning - had a fabulous workout. Came home just as DH was getting up. I am so glad that I do not wait for him any more. He just left for the Y so I have a couple hours to myself. I cherish this time. I am working on managing my own schedule b/c DH's does... Read more

  • CO2 LASER Breast Cancer Surgery

    12/30/2019 12:06:45 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    Has anyone heard of or experienced CO2 Laser Breast Cancer treatments ? Apparently it’s been FDA approved and done for 20 years in USA. http://youtu.be/ouHE74oobs0 Laser Breast Cancer Surgery http://laserbreastcancersurger
    y.com/ I first heard of it last month or so, when I w... Read more

  • Getting Back Into Sparking

    12/29/2019 12:55:05 PM, by PORTIA70

    I posted in last night's blog that I would be back, and here I am. Did you miss me??? :) Today is a whole new day with new challenges, but we will get through them one way or another. Sometimes we have to go around the storm, and others we have to go through the storms, but no matter what... Read more

  • New Year right around the corner

    12/29/2019 7:23:03 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good Morning- I got up early and just relaxing - having my coffee - looking at my Christmas lights which will be here a little longer. DH woke up in a great mood -TG. I was trying to work out a schedule that worked for both of us. I have come to the conclusion it was too stressful for me and DH h... Read more

  • Was Gone For A Few Days

    12/29/2019 1:47:38 AM, by PORTIA70

    The last few days since Christmas has kept me busy, which is why I have not done my usual posting and getting my points. But I am doing well. I hope that all of you Sparkers had a good Christmas. I know that it is hard during the holidays when the stress of running around shopping, cooking, and spen... Read more

  • cont. SP article about controlling cravings

    12/28/2019 11:41:36 AM, by CTUPTON

    1.Take the apple test. "Check in with yourself, and ask yourself if you're really hungry or if the craving stems from something else, like boredom, stress or anxiety," Rumsey says. To differentiate between true hunger and a craving, ask yourself "Would I eat an apple right now?" (Feel free to substi... Read more

  • Craving for cheese? SP article says this is the reason

    12/28/2019 11:29:36 AM, by CTUPTON

    29 24 198 Cheese: There's a place for cheese in every (tolerant) diet, but if you're finding ways to slip it into every meal and most snacks, it may be time to reassess your relationship with the creamy dairy food. Serious cheese cravings can sometimes be triggered by a calcium deficie... Read more

  • today - for me the new year has started

    12/28/2019 8:04:33 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good morning- I do not get on the scale often, but I got on today. I maintained through all the food in the house and potential stress and drama. Today is the day to pay attention to me. I have lost weight during my trip which ended a month ago. I have lost weight two weeks ago. So I am happy a... Read more

  • Happy New Year 2020

    12/27/2019 10:09:00 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • video make ginger tea for colds and flu relief

    12/27/2019 10:00:21 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • this morning is so peaceful

    12/27/2019 6:34:32 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good Morning- I love Christmas, but I also love the peace after. I love just having quiet times. I went to the Y yesterday - felt so good. Had a good work out. My lower back pain started hurting mid afternoon. I thought maybe I did too much. I did my routine to calm down my back and it feels fi... Read more

  • TG i had a good Christmas Eve

    12/26/2019 12:05:30 PM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good afternoon- I do not know what happened but DH is like Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde. His mood changed the next day. I think he is bored. He went and bought used videos and puzzles with his GC from Christmas gifts. I told him do you want me to take down my Christmas decorations already. I will have t... Read more

  • Merry christmas to everyone!

    12/25/2019 9:24:15 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good Morning; I had our Christmas last night. Every one came and it went off wonderfully. I was worried for nothing. What I wanted was interaction with the family members and I got it. That was my gift from the family. DD did amazing with her brother's family. She has matured, too. She doe... Read more

  • Wishing All Of You Sparkers A Merry Christmas

    12/24/2019 10:28:26 PM, by PORTIA70

    Probably not going to be a very long blog tonight. I wanted to stop in and wish all of you Sparkers a very Merry Christmas. Hard to believe Christmas is upon us again. And we are getting ready to head into a whole new decade. I have a feeling we will go through many changes in 2020, but will come ou... Read more

  • 10 types of depression

    12/24/2019 5:03:18 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have not even read this yet--I will when I get a chance. But I did not want to lose it. chris https://www.webmd.com/depres
    m8vXdsfPKOt6Bhy-FP4C1IEBVZLB7HmcDUl-RNReg... Read more

  • Merry Christmas all

    12/24/2019 11:18:21 AM, by LOVETOLAUGH56

    This is our cat Stormy. He loves to lay under the tree... Read more

  • Tummy issues from supplements

    12/24/2019 10:00:32 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    Do you use supplements or medications that have “Veggie capsules” or hypromellose? Veggie capsules - for those of us who don’t do well with gelatin capsules made fromshellfish or pork (porcine) I was noticing more and more of a tummy ache with each new supplements or medications I get. ... Read more

  • Happy Christmas Eve!

    12/24/2019 8:42:49 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good Morning- the entire family is coming. DD is very excited. Grand kids are excited. Nana anxious and so is Grandpa. I am doing most of the cooking. I am very organized. Lots of food in the house. We are making the most of this holiday. I just wish I could be less anxious. At some point-... Read more

  • Monday Made For Housework

    12/23/2019 6:01:25 PM, by PORTIA70

    Today is my housework day, and this is how Monday makes me feel I usually reserve weekends for my relaxation days, but with a cat it becomes such a chore. She wants to be under my feet wanting to know what I am doing. A restaurant a block and a half from when I live was giving o... Read more

  • Busy day but taking right now to relax in peace

    12/23/2019 7:11:24 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good Morning- DH and I are making our last run for supplies for tomorrow dinner - Pies, bread and vegetables. I made a date for Starbucks to chat with my DH - he seems to need the attention. He is like a lost puppy needing a friend. I just have so much to do and I feel as an adult he can keep ... Read more