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  • Blogging about life

    2/18/2020 10:38:42 PM, by SUSANNAH31

    Over the years of being here on Spark People, I have read blogs written by SP friends who have told of their husbands being given deadly diagnoses. Each woman wrote about her feelings and her experiences throughout her husband's illness and ultimate death. I read those blogs - frightened initia... Read more

  • I have been wanting pancakes so I went looking...

    2/18/2020 8:09:02 PM, by CTUPTON

    ancakes/rcp-20049839 I will try to get graphics...... Read more

  • Guess this is why we raise them, huh?

    2/18/2020 8:48:12 AM, by KVD08844

    Somewhat emotional weekend, seeing my younger son off to Nashville to be with his girlfriend. They're happy together, and let's hope it stays that way. Of course, I'll miss him being around, but it's time for him to move on and start his life. Please forgive the melancholiness(?) of this blog... Read more

  • Somethin' New---Book Nooks

    2/17/2020 11:27:58 PM, by CTUPTON

    yPVSLhqcWPRsVB8P4... Read more

  • Been working with my sciatic problem

    2/17/2020 7:03:25 PM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good evening - I have not been going to the gym. But doing some yoga moves and really working on resting my hip and leg. My son has sciatic problems which he says is unbearable at times. I experienced times where you cannot even think clearly with the pain. I will not take Rx pain killers - docto... Read more

  • Fun in 2020

    2/17/2020 12:49:08 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • First iPhone

    2/16/2020 6:21:51 PM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    I got my first I phone today. I have been using an android for years, but this week I made the IPhone switch.💕💕💕 PS If you play Wizards Unite add me to friends at the code: 2430 8992 7949... 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

  • Taking lessons from my body- Happy Valentine's Day to all

    2/14/2020 9:22:17 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good Morning - last night I had an attack from my sciatic. It was starting just b/4 I went to bed. But I was woken by the sharp pain, I had to think - what now. I used my sports tape, etc. Nothing worked so I finally put my back brace on - this worked. I have known my sciatic problems stemmed f... Read more

  • going for a massage

    2/12/2020 9:49:38 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good morning- sciatic still an issue. It has gotten better - last night was the first night that I got some sleep in about a week. massage has worked in the past. The only anxiety I have my regular masseuse is not available and I have another that I am trying out. I really have to be firm with ... Read more

  • When Life Gets Tough - Look For A Silver Lining

    2/11/2020 9:30:25 PM, by LINDA!

    The past 14 months have been tough. Although I try not to dwell on it, my husband is in bad health. In December 2018 he had a stint inserted into a coronary artery. Heart issues were discovered. Serving in the military, working hard as he rehabbed houses through the years along with his fulltime job... 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

  • Self REflection, know yourself

    2/11/2020 8:02:43 AM, by KVD08844

    Good morning. Today SP has an article on defining your own success. (https://www.sparkpeople.com/r
    s.asp?id=2567) Boy, does it hit home, and make me reflect on myself and people I've come across. In particular, the "comparison trap" where we look at others' su... Read more

  • A further update on Australia

    2/10/2020 10:53:03 PM, by RKOTTEK

    In the State of New South Wales, floods have followed infernos https://www.abc.net.au/news/20
    s/11944182 cheers richard hope you can read it... 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
    ... Read more

  • it is not the scale but the journey

    2/9/2020 12:46:00 PM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good morning - I do not weigh myself often. I got on the scale and I lost weight. I am at a weight I have not seen in some time. I have more to go, but with all the stress that I have had in my life - it is a good sign. I had decided that I will take whatever loss I can manage. I am not weighin... 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

  • Hitting The Snack Foods

    2/7/2020 6:08:58 PM, by SMYLEERED

    Still making low sodium, low fat foods for us as part of my husband's heart diet. He's been doing his exercises at the local gym. Lost some weight - both of us. But lately, some issues with his mom who's 100 years old and in a hospice nursing home, causing stress. That causes my psoriasis to act... Read more

  • Good morning!

    2/7/2020 8:22:36 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good morning- went and babysat for my DD. My GD soon to be 8 told us that they have been donating toys to charities. she was innocent and showed us the box of charity stuff. Many of the objects were presents that we just gave them for Christmas. I have Playmobil western kit for my grand son. M... 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

  • Wednesday Feb ,4th on a downer

    2/5/2020 4:13:00 PM, by 1BLUEMAC

    Yesterday we had an appointment at the hospital , the pain clinic we talked about the botox for my pain after all the expectations it will not work for me, it works on the nerves that would great but only to stop them from spasm so now they are passing me on again this time thi... Read more

  • good afternoon

    2/5/2020 1:52:26 PM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good afternoon - Sciatic doing good but I decided not to exercise today. 35 degrees today. I have been extremely busy doing stuff that needed to get done. DH is in his office - I just popped my head in and he is staring at his display. I said what are you doing? He says nothing right now. I t... Read more

  • New Post

    2/4/2020 10:18:07 PM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    Just re-read this gem. New post up at FH7publishing.com... Read more

  • Need to start doing some Indian dance to get the more favorable spirits - LOL

    2/4/2020 7:44:55 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good morning - maybe it is not so good. Last evening when I was watching TV - I floss my teeth. My canine tooth is an implanted tooth. It flew out of my mouth. It was such a surprise I thought I lost the tooth. My husband and I found it. He says - now call the dentist - they are open for 15 mi... 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 Goals

    2/2/2020 12:39:58 PM, by MRSDILLYDALLY

    Three things: 1. 20 on treadmill 2. Play with the dog outside 3. Prep and eat vegetables. Now, to make these into "SMART goals".... Read more

  • February? Can you believe it

    2/2/2020 10:24:38 AM, by 1BLUEMAC

    February Task number one keep my sugar intake to the lowest I can cannot give it completely it is hidden in so many things My second task is keep up with daily mindfulness mediation it takes me away from my pain for a little while My third task is to be positive ... Read more

  • My sciatic woke me up this morning at 4 am

    2/2/2020 8:46:51 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good morning - I injured my sciatic doing exercise - in 2018. I thought I had it strengthen with certain exercises and stretches, but it is back. I have more trouble when the weather is cold. It is 48 here. Sciatic nerve pain is the worse. As I age it seems it is getting harder to contain some o... 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

  • I am very optimistic most of the time

    1/31/2020 12:28:26 PM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good morning - got over the funeral of DS's BF, got over many curveballs from my DH about adjusting to his retirement. But then I see what is happening in Washington. My G how can an entire body of congress not do their job. How can someone that powerful be above the law? I pray and pray for o... Read more

  • good news

    1/30/2020 5:24:01 PM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good evening; DS went to the funeral of his BF today. There was no one there that was young only people from the parents work. My son went in and his BF's parents were so pleased that he came. They talked and his father hugged my son and told him he loved my son. I wish he told his own son that... 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

    -qnBoeZQ98J8&h=true... Read more

  • got a new strategy

    1/29/2020 9:41:52 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good Morning - I do not have cravings much any more, but I wanted chocolate yesterday. I just wanted a very small amount. I go into the bulk area of the grocery store. I put in a bag 2 malt balls and put a price on it. The cashier made a remark, but that is ok. I tracked it and moved on. That i... Read more

  • another restart

    1/28/2020 1:52:25 PM, by PBUSHBY10

    Yes I am starting all over.So today is the first day of my brand new life.I am planning on being more active here.I am kind of depressed,my dad had passed away suddenly little over a year ago. I had been diagnosed with asthma, and I have two inhaler's.I am still doing a lot of decluttering and my si... Read more

  • sad call from DS

    1/28/2020 8:12:57 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good morning - I got a call from my DS around 9:30 pm last night. He asked me to babysit his daughter so he could go to his best man's funeral. This man was my son's BF but when my son joined the Army, they drifted apart. This man did not want my son to go into the Army. He was only 29 years ol... 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

  • Accidental discovery could lead to universal cancer treatment

    1/27/2020 11:46:58 AM, by SUSANNAH31

    mune-cell-accident-1483155... Read more

  • God Bless Kobe and his family

    1/27/2020 6:28:57 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good morning - What news! So sad - my son was a basketball fan. So I knew about Kobe! Life is so short - I take the message to enjoy each and everyday. It matters! It seems as you age the time goes faster. I pray for his wife and his daughters. 247 I am off to the gym. I am losing inche... Read more

  • Waiting for granddaughter coming today

    1/25/2020 11:39:42 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good morning- babysat my dd's children with DH last night. It was great fun. They are 5 and soon 8. My GS age 5 is reading. He was excited to read a book to us. I was amazed. He is one smart little boy. His sister is getting older and took me aside. Nana - I want you to be with me. So I went ... Read more

  • Skeeball Time

    1/24/2020 10:22:44 PM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    Skeeball Time Awww Yeah!... Read more

  • Had a wonderful sleep -

    1/24/2020 10:44:16 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good Morning- with a good sleep - I see a brightness in the day. DH is busy actually cleaning out his office and throwing away or giving away stuff. This is big b/c he has a tendency to hoard. He got up this morning and said it was time. I thought fabulous. He is trying very hard to adapt to hi... 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

  • I made a decision to take charge of my program again

    1/22/2020 10:21:11 AM, by 417-EXERCISE30

    good morning- I worry about my family and issues they have. I must let go. My DH is still having issues with adjusting to his retirement. My DS now is solving his marriage problems with trying to appease my DIL with anything she wants. DIL needs therapy. I must let go. Those two have proven over ... Read more

  • Happy Ending

    1/20/2020 6:02:48 PM, by SUSANNAH31

    You may remember those picture frames that dominated my life at times during the past year. I had the responsibility for purchasing frames and mats for the photo club I started at the town library. It was a tough task for me, because I knew nothing about frames. Mistakes were made along the way. ... Read more

  • 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