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  • Making it Through the Holidays & Doing More of What Makes Me Happy!

    11/22/2019 1:23:07 PM, by KALISWALKER

    2019 - Doing More of What Makes Me Happy! I found a lot of things I like more than eating and I've lost 30 pounds this last year. I am focused on losing more weight this fall, so I have a running start in the new year. I have been nutrition tracking all year - it's the magic in weight loss. Currentl... Read more

  • 22nd November

    11/22/2019 1:06:31 PM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    https://www.actionforhappiness
    .org/media/817311/november
    _2019.jpg "Choose to do something out of your normal comfort zone" Today, I donated blood for the first time in my life. It wasn't an easy thing for me to do. My brother commented "You're braver than me!" I ... Read more

  • 2019 Thanksgiving Buffet Rules & Holiday Eating

    11/21/2019 8:01:29 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Buffets, parties, and holidays we seem to lose our minds and live like there is no tomorrow. Forgo the "last supper" mentality! Remember, like any other day, you will be faced with choices, so it's just another day. Thanksgiving is a single day in November, and Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa, etc. is a ... Read more

  • 21st November

    11/21/2019 12:48:39 PM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    https://www.actionforhappiness
    .org/media/817311/november
    _2019.jpg "Learn to say a word or phrase in three different languages" Fatla genes? = how are you in Cornish Kon'nichiwa = hello in Japanese Tres bien - very good in French I don't have room for rememberi... Read more

  • 20th November

    11/20/2019 2:38:23 AM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    https://www.actionforhappiness
    .org/media/817311/november
    _2019.jpg "Sign up to join a new course, activity or evening class" I was tempted, the other day, to sign up for Zumba. But I don't have time for any more classes. I work 30 hours a week, I have a Cornish language evenin... Read more

  • Goals, Hikes

    11/19/2019 1:56:01 PM, by ALIHIKES

    Our fall has been really unusual this year. A lot less rain in town; less snow in the mountains; and about 10° warmer than usual. So I have been able to enjoy hiking late into the season. Here are a few photos from recent hikes. Hike along the upper river trail with Hanne ... Read more

  • 18th & 19th November

    11/19/2019 4:34:49 AM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    I didn't post yesterday - so this is 18th and 19th November https://www.actionforhappiness
    .org/media/817311/november
    _2019.jpg 18th November "Join a new online community on a topic that interests you" No. I'm already involved with enough things on-line, and off-line! I'... Read more

  • 17 November 2019

    11/17/2019 3:23:10 PM, by DSJB9999

    Still trying to make good choices however I couldn't go to WI last week so am hoping for the best this Tuesday. My hubby did remind me a couple of times today to remember my plan for Tuesday so I thanked him and did the right thing. I have started writing my Christmas cards and one day this we... Read more

  • Saturdays are Payday! Week 3

    11/17/2019 12:12:11 PM, by _WARRIOR4LIFE

    Time to pay myself for my efforts this week!!! My pay: $1 for each day I eat on plan $1 for each day I make step goal $2 for each gym visit $10 for each pound lost. Saturday: made steps Sunday: Monday: made steps Tuesday: made steps Wednesday: Thursday: made steps Fr... Read more

  • 17th November

    11/17/2019 9:35:07 AM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    https://www.actionforhappiness
    .org/media/817311/november
    _2019.jpg "Visit a local place of interest that you've not been to before." Well, I didn't do this one today. I think you need to plan ahead a bit for some of these tasks! However, tomorrow evening I am going to a t... Read more

  • A Sense of Purpose as I Near a Goal

    11/16/2019 4:27:47 PM, by KALISWALKER

    This week each day I wake with a sense of purpose, to make progress towards my interim goal the 180's. I am doing better staying in my calorie range, so my weigh-in this morning 190.6 pounds, thrilling so close! I am optimistic that I can lose .7 pounds in the last 2 weeks of the challenge. I am les... Read more

  • 16th November

    11/16/2019 3:46:12 PM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    https://www.actionforhappiness
    .org/media/817311/november
    _2019.jpg "Learn a new skill from a friend, and teach them one of yours" I didn't do this one today.... Read more

  • Do you have a favorite holiday movie? Here is a list to jog your memory...

    11/15/2019 6:45:55 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.people.com/tv/tv-christmas
    -movies-list/ I like the Grinch movie. chris... Read more

  • 15th November

    11/15/2019 2:38:54 PM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    https://www.actionforhappiness
    .org/media/817311/november
    _2019.jpg "Look at life through someone else's eyes, and see their perspective" Today I took part in an amateur music festival - different 'classes' of music perform and are judged and given points etc. I was with the ad... Read more

  • Decluttering Kitchen and Getting Ready for Sock Hop

    11/15/2019 1:43:27 PM, by KALISWALKER

    One of my Spark teammates let me know she has joined TOPS too. It's nice to get feedback and I wish her all the best. I've been Sparking for years and joining this group has given a little push to try harder. Last week I kept seeing on youtube about people losing their minds over Popeye's Chic... Read more

  • Getting ready for a move

    11/15/2019 9:21:26 AM, by JOYCE2U

    Since Bobby passed away in June, it seems like it has been a roller coaster of feelings. One minute missing him so much, that I cry all day. The next minute, knowing I can get thru all of this and go on. The pain has eased up some. I try getting out to go see patients in the nursing home and tak... Read more

  • Weigh every day???

    11/14/2019 4:54:02 PM, by CTUPTON

    7. Keep track of your progress. Weighing in at least once a day and keeping track of food intake is essential for most NWCR members." NWCR National Weight Control Registry I have heard lately to weigh everyday. Is this new?... Read more

  • 14th November

    11/14/2019 1:02:45 PM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    https://www.actionforhappiness
    .org/media/817311/november
    _2019.jpg "Tell a friend about something helpful you learned recently" I can't really say I've done this today. But, it comes very naturally to me to pass on new information and to share ideas (as most of you Spark... Read more

  • 13th November

    11/14/2019 3:37:19 AM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    https://www.actionforhappiness
    .org/media/817311/november
    _2019.jpg "Be creative today, cook, draw, write, paint, make or inspire" I had the idea of making decorated brown paper wrapping for Xmas gifts - making the potato prints was harder than I remembered, and my 'holly' came ... Read more

  • The Binge Monster

    11/13/2019 11:01:16 AM, by _WARRIOR4LIFE

    Deep inside me, there lives a monster. He's been there for as long as I can remember, definitely since I was a teenager. He is a part of me, and I am part of him. This monster takes over when my emotions start to kick in. Primarily, stress, anger, and frustration. These are my "big three" emot... Read more

  • 12th November

    11/12/2019 1:58:20 PM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    https://www.actionforhappiness
    .org/media/817311/november
    _2019.jpg "Find a new way to help or support a cause you care about" The only thing I can think of today, is my determination to decorate my own Xmas wrapping paper - caring about the environment, and avoiding glitter and... Read more

  • 12 November 2019

    11/12/2019 10:12:02 AM, by DSJB9999

    Have loads of idea what to include here which I have a habit of thinking about in the middle of the night but I am not really good at writing but need to write as I am feeling really grateful! Last week the 100 DWL was all about making good choices, there being no bad people with food or bad fo... Read more

  • 11th November

    11/11/2019 1:22:19 PM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    https://www.actionforhappiness
    .org/media/817311/november
    _2019.jpg "Be curious. Find out about three new topics or ideas." That's a tall order! I had a letter today from the NHS about blood donation; I've signed up to give blood on 22nd November, for the first time. I ha... Read more

  • 10th November

    11/10/2019 3:39:13 PM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    https://www.actionforhappiness
    .org/media/817311/november
    _2019.jpg "Get out into nature and observe the changing season" Today was supposed to be a day off, but I went to work to cover for colleagues who were off sick and ended up working far longer than I'd intended. But... Read more

  • 8 - Compulsive Eating (Overeaters Anonymous)

    11/10/2019 5:10:27 AM, by MAKEITWORKIT

    Well this is a different kind of change - I've been a member of Overeaters Anonymous in the past but find it doesn't sit well with my Christian faith. I like some of the 12 steps - they are helpful for me. For instance Step 1 - We admitted we were powerless over food — that our lives had beco... Read more

  • 9th November

    11/9/2019 3:04:55 PM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    https://www.actionforhappiness
    .org/media/817311/november
    _2019.jpg "Teach yourself a new skill. Origami? First aid? Meditation?" Gosh - well, I'm always learning new things I think. At the moment, I'm having a go at learning to play a tenor recorder, and to play the descant re... Read more

  • Saturdays are Payday! Week 2

    11/9/2019 8:04:25 AM, by _WARRIOR4LIFE

    Time to pay myself for my efforts this week!!! My pay: $1 for each day I eat on plan $1 for each day I make step goal $2 for each gym visit $10 for each pound lost. Saturday: I ate on plan, I made my steps = $2 Sunday: $0 Monday: I made my steps = $1 Tuesday: $0 Wednesday: ... Read more

  • 8th November

    11/8/2019 3:38:03 PM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    https://www.actionforhappiness
    .org/media/817311/november
    _2019.jpg "Today, connect with someone from a different generation" Well, this is pretty much my everyday life at work - where I connect with people from 21-81 yrs old. Most of my colleagues are the next generation down ... Read more

  • Weekend at BMR With Friends

    11/8/2019 1:24:04 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Weekend is almost here YAY! We are going to our place in WA this weekend and invited a couple of friends to join us. Last weekend we got groceries and planned some activities for this weekend. The weather will be in the 50's and rain is forecast for tomorrow. Here are some of the activities we can c... Read more

  • 7th November

    11/8/2019 2:15:13 AM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    https://www.actionforhappiness
    .org/media/817311/november
    _2019.jpg "When you feel you can't do something, add the word YET" I have a half-marathon running race coming up just before Xmas - I can't run 13.5 miles, yet. I can't write the essay I need to do, yet. I can't... Read more

  • Instapot corned beef (brisket) and cabbage!

    11/7/2019 6:38:24 PM, by CTUPTON

    My first time making this in the instapot. First cook the beef. Remove it and then cook the veggies in the liquid--in the instapot, too. It smells great! I removed the liquid from the beef and let the fat rise. I could slim it off before cooking the veggies. I will try to take a photo w... Read more

  • Lo and behold this neck pain yoga just popped on my computer!

    11/7/2019 6:10:58 PM, by CTUPTON

    BIG BROTHER is watching! www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA-hN9
    YaxNc&feature=push-sd&attr
    _tag=ol1DCKyxJkE90dT-%3A6... Read more

  • Neck pain -muscle spasms

    11/7/2019 6:08:39 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have been seeing a chiropractor/physical therapist all summer. He cured mid back pain and upper back pain in 2 sessions. But the neck muscles, especially on one side, are not getting fixed. He says they spasm and have been building this problem for years. My hours on the computer don't help of cou... Read more

  • (Real) Questions about cooking turkies.

    11/6/2019 11:27:50 AM, by CTUPTON

    Real Questions Asked on the Butterball Turkey Cooking Hotline Is it OK to baste my turkey with engine oil? Can I poke holes all over the turkey and pour a can of beer over it to keep it moist? Should I carve my turkey with a 16in Redmax or should I get out my Stihl Electric Chain Saw?... Read more

  • 6th November

    11/6/2019 11:00:02 AM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    https://www.actionforhappiness
    .org/media/817311/november
    _2019.jpg "Make a meal using a recipe or ingredient you've not tried before" This was an apple and raspberry crisp which I had for breakfast. It's from a book called "Go Lean Vegan" by Christine Bailey. The f... Read more

  • Streak Day 2 - Meal Replacement

    11/6/2019 12:40:35 AM, by KALISWALKER

    With the change in season, I need more sleep. For the last 5 nights, I have got 7 hours of sleep and I am feeling so much better (thanks to Benadryl). Today I had a nap before dinner. Last night puppy slept 12 hours after she played outside all afternoon with our other dog Royce, then at night, we w... Read more

  • How many steps in a mile!

    11/5/2019 3:56:30 PM, by CTUPTON

    https://www.sparkpeople.com/bl
    og/blog.asp?post=how_many_
    steps_in_a_mile_solved from a dear spark friend! chris... Read more

  • 5th November

    11/5/2019 2:44:17 PM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    https://www.actionforhappiness
    .org/media/817311/november
    _2019.jpg "Choose a different route and see what you notice on the way" I forgot to do this today - just walked to work and back. I have a few variations to my route that I take, depending on what mood I'm in and how muc... Read more

  • Meal Replacement - A New Streak?

    11/4/2019 2:08:15 PM, by KALISWALKER

    We had a weekend of relaxation at our place in WA. Saturday we went shopping and in the evening watched a couple of movies. Sunday the puppy slept in so we could too. It's amazing how good I feel with enough sleep. Last night the kids stayed over so I made a hot breakfast but didn't eat it. Th... Read more

  • 4th November

    11/4/2019 12:38:59 PM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    https://www.actionforhappiness
    .org/media/817311/november
    _2019.jpg "Today meet someone new and learn something about them" Well, today, I met a new member of staff. I didn't have time to learn much about him before I had to come home at the end of my shift, but I did learn that... Read more

  • 4th November 2019

    11/4/2019 6:01:31 AM, by DSJB9999

    Monday 1. Do tasks - hoover back rooms, some shopping, get book from library, cheq in bank and cash out, flowers from my Mums to go to graves - all done! 3. Get active - walk around Garsang to shop, library, bank and back to car, 30 mins 4. Read - continue Blood Brothers and start ... Read more

  • 2nd and 3rd November

    11/3/2019 4:29:00 AM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    https://www.actionforhappiness
    .org/media/817311/november
    _2019.jpg I missed posting on Saturday because I was at work all day, then went out in the evening, and forgot! "Broaden your perspective, read a different paper, magazine or site" Well, I didn't really do that, bu... Read more

  • Saturdays are now Payday! Week 1

    11/2/2019 12:30:05 PM, by _WARRIOR4LIFE

    Time to pay myself for my efforts this week!!! My pay: $1 for each day I eat on plan $1 for each day I make step goal $2 for each gym visit $10 for each pound lost. Saturday: $2, stayed on plan and made step goal Sunday: $1, made step goal Monday: $2, stayed on plan and made st... Read more

  • book: The Power Broker--Robert Moses

    11/2/2019 5:28:36 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am finishing this book now. Over 1000 pages of dense typing! OMG! I learned tons! He accomplished great things but got a bit off the track of caring for his fellow man. ... Read more

  • The Bridges of New York

    11/2/2019 5:09:39 AM, by CTUPTON

    I spent an hour yesterday with my husband (nursing home) chatting about the photos from this book. I got it from the Library. Je grew up in a suburb of NY city and went to college and worked there . He seemed to enjoy the book. chris ... Read more

  • 1st November

    11/1/2019 4:52:44 PM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    https://www.actionforhappiness
    .org/media/817311/november
    _2019.jpg "Make a list of new things you want to try out this month" Today I bought a recipe book from Slimming World (when I was there, as part of my work, supporting someone to attend the weekly meeting) - it's vegetari... Read more

  • Progress Report, and Eagle Crest Hike

    11/1/2019 1:19:01 PM, by ALIHIKES

    Yay! I met my goal of losing 5 pounds in October. I am down 37 pounds since rebooting my program and starting WW in mid-February. WW is working for me and I am very happy. I still need to lose weight, but I am making progress. I did very well at meeting my 10,000 steps per day goal. I averaged over... Read more

  • What religion is your bra?

    10/31/2019 4:32:28 PM, by CTUPTON

    WHAT RELIGION IS YOUR BRA? A man walked into the ladies department and shyly walked up to the woman behind the counter and said, 'I'd like to buy a bra for my wife. ' ' What type of bra?' asked the clerk. 'Type?' inquires the man, 'There's more than one type?' ' Look around,' said the sa... Read more

  • 31st October

    10/31/2019 4:22:09 PM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    https://www.actionforhappiness
    .org/media/810489/october_
    2019.jpg "Think of 3 things that give you hope for the future" 1) Greta Thunberg and the youth movement for climate change 2) Re-wilding programmes (and a "Forest for Cornwall") 3) A wonderful local company who... Read more

  • I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I CAN

    10/31/2019 5:45:20 AM, by _WARRIOR4LIFE

    I really really really am perplexed right now. When did my attitude change from "look at me go" to "I can't"? Somehow, I have it stuck in my head that "I can't" do this. I can't lose weight. I can't to to the gym. I can't walk. I can't so why bother. When did this "I can't" synd... Read more

  • 31 October 2019 - party photos

    10/31/2019 4:10:25 AM, by DSJB9999

    Thursday 1. Do tasks - start thinking about Christmas gifts etc and start a list, hoover back rooms, some shopping, ring to cancel Aqua class but book for next Wednesday 2. Make music - listen to lots of Rock and motivating music today 3. Get active - walk to local shop and check out... Read more

  • Mt. Ashland and Crater Lake

    10/30/2019 5:41:39 PM, by ALIHIKES

    On her birthday, Moon wanted to hike in the Siskyou mountains. So we drove up to Mount Ashland to hike a short section of the Pacific crest Trail. It was extremely cold and windy on the mountain, so we were both bundled up in our winter gear. Mt. Ashland had no snow. ... Read more

  • ETSY Gifts for caregivers

    10/30/2019 5:24:32 PM, by CTUPTON

    No! I am not hinting I need a gift! But I searched for images about caregiving and the ETSY website came up. Maybe this will help someone out there. www.etsy.com/market/caregiver chris... Read more

  • 30th October

    10/30/2019 4:32:36 PM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    https://www.actionforhappiness
    .org/media/810489/october_
    2019.jpg "Set a goal that links to your sense of purpose in life" I have made a goal to do a Buddhist study exam - I have to submit an essay by the end of January 2020, and then, if that passes muster, I have to attend a ... Read more

  • 30 October 2019

    10/30/2019 10:21:13 AM, by DSJB9999

    30 October 2019 Wednesday 1. Do tasks - hoover back rooms, 1 load washing, wash Dot's hair, my Chronic Club, take flowers to the grave, Party for my Mum tonight - exciting! 2. Make music - listen to lots of Rock and motivating music today 3. Get active - walk with my dd to bus st... Read more

  • Difficulties taking HC hubby to a hospital for tests.

    10/29/2019 9:10:18 PM, by CTUPTON

    Hubby had a 7:30 am hospital test appointment today! I knew it would be a hard thing to do. I had never been to that hospital. I kinda knew I'd have trouble finding the exact place to go in. I started to park in the lot and took a ticket. Realized that was not going to work with him in a motori... Read more

  • OOPS! I wrote a blog on too many ways to see movies and then a blog about my sound bar-for the TV!

    10/29/2019 8:35:34 PM, by CTUPTON

    OOPS! I wrote a blog on too many ways to see movies and then a blog about my sound bar-for the TV! 24 chris... Read more

  • Hot Topic at TOPS & Puppy Socialization

    10/29/2019 7:40:45 PM, by KALISWALKER

    At the TOPS meeting today I got two awards (charms) - July Star of the Month & Holiday Loser. I am still learning about TOPS and didn't know they did this, but it's fun. This weeks weigh-in I am down 4 pounds from last week, so I was the top loser for the week. I gave a talk to the group on a ... Read more

  • Ashland Vacation

    10/29/2019 7:20:36 PM, by ALIHIKES

    My friend Moon and I travel to Ashland Oregon for a long weekend vacation. We stopped at Rogue Gorge on our trip for a short hike. MT. Thielson The fall colors were beautiful in Lithia Park. Lithia park is a large park adjacent to downtown Ashland Oregon. It was d... Read more

  • 29th October

    10/29/2019 4:41:29 PM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    https://www.actionforhappiness
    .org/media/810489/october_
    2019.jpg "Find a new perspective on a problem you face" First - think of a problem I dunno.......... it's starting to get cold here and the heating doesn't really seem to make me feel exactly warm (I have storage ... Read more

  • 28th October

    10/29/2019 3:04:22 AM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    https://www.actionforhappiness
    .org/media/810489/october_
    2019.jpg "Start the week by writing down your top priorities and plans" I do this on a regular basis by using my Bullet Journal - there is a 'Future Log' where things coming up are placed - for example, events and reminde... Read more

  • Sunday - Plant Seeds for New Beginnings & Rock Stars

    10/27/2019 6:23:53 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Sunday was the last church service for Colebrook Church. Sadly our church has closed after 72 years. It's been the heartbeat of the community, but over the years attendance dropped off as people moved, died, lost interest and the community became more diverse. Sadly it got down to about 30-40 regula... Read more

  • 27th October

    10/27/2019 3:34:04 PM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    https://www.actionforhappiness
    .org/media/810489/october_
    2019.jpg "Be kind to yourself today. Remember, progress takes time" 33 I can be very hard on myself......... find it hard to forgive myself when I've made a mistake, or messed up in some way. In Spark terms, I'v... Read more

  • 26th October

    10/26/2019 3:37:14 PM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    https://www.actionforhappiness
    .org/media/810489/october_
    2019.jpg "Ask yourself, will this still matter a year from now?" Um, well, yes and no. In a sense, the past never matters because it's gone. But I am sure that how I am next year is dependent on how I am now........ Read more

  • Is it hard to hook up a sound bar for the TV?

    10/26/2019 6:18:25 AM, by CTUPTON

    I bought one. I have a Panasonic TV. I have not even opened the box. 24 The person who helps me has broken his arm. He looked pretty miserable so I left him alone. chris... Read more

  • Hulu, Netflix, cable TV, etc. etc. etc.

    10/26/2019 5:56:28 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am TOTALLY overwhelmed by so many show to watch! But..books? Well, I could live in the library. chris... Read more

  • Books I wish I hadn't read...

    10/26/2019 5:47:26 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am "cheating" by using someone else's list. 24 But I think I agree with most books on this list. I actually never was interested in the "Twilight" series. I loved "Atlas Shrugged" and I have read it several times. "Davinci code" I liked. "The Alchemist" was pretty boring as I remember. Toward th... Read more

  • HAPPY HALLOWEEN

    10/25/2019 8:18:11 PM, by ICECUB

    ... Read more

  • 25th October

    10/25/2019 3:21:23 PM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    https://www.actionforhappiness
    .org/media/810489/october_
    2019.jpg "Plan a fun or exciting activity to look forward to" Well, on Saturday, I'm going to the Intuitive Painting workshop, which is always exciting and fun - this week we are guiding our art by using a favourite poem,... Read more

  • 24th October

    10/24/2019 2:33:49 PM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    https://www.actionforhappiness
    .org/media/810489/october_
    2019.jpg "Recognise that you have a choice about what to prioritise" I have two main prioritising systems on the go in my life. One is the four-box system I use at work (1) urgent (2) non-urgent (3) important (4) not-i... Read more

  • 24 October 2019

    10/24/2019 3:10:27 AM, by DSJB9999

    Thursday 1. Do tasks - clean downstairs rooms, 1 load washing, my bath/hair removal, dentist appointment 2. Make music - listen to lots of Rock and motivating music today 3. Get active - walk with my dd to bus stop as she has work experience today 4. Read - more of my current Jam... Read more

  • Around the Block, Jello

    10/23/2019 4:41:41 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Rebel is getting stronger, and yesterday did her first walk around the block, which equals 4 blocks. Today she has done it twice. She is very social and wants to greet everyone. Food - still working to automate my decision making and effort for my meals. Last night I made 16 servings of sugar-f... Read more

  • 23rd October

    10/23/2019 3:07:28 PM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    https://www.actionforhappiness
    .org/media/810489/october_
    2019.jpg "Share an inspiring idea with a loved one or colleague" This kind of happened without me thinking about it today. One of my new colleagues showed me the pictures she makes with sea glass and pebbles. And I showe... Read more