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  • Points to ponder. Thank you, Sparkfriend!

    7/12/2020 6:22:17 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Thoughts about my 70th birthday (July 9)

    7/11/2020 6:19:08 PM, by 7STIGGYMT

    I posted the following paragraph on Community Feed last week after the July 4 weekend: "Non-scale Victory: Whole camping with our family this weekend, we all hiked up a mountain that was 1.5 miles, mostly uphill. I made it with 3 rest stops. The main reason I stopped was because others had to catch... 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. https://www.sparkpeople.com/
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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

  • 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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  • 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. https://the-art-of-autism.co
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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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  • 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

  • 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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  • Medical procedure on July 1

    6/24/2020 9:47:26 PM, by 7STIGGYMT

    Several people has asked me about this procedure next week. It's follow up on a nodule that was found on my rectum during a routine colonoscopy. They did a biopsy and it was inconclusive. Now they want to do an ultrasound on it. So what do they think about it? It maybe causing hyper-aldosterone. ... Read more

  • 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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  • 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

  • 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

    https://bit.ly/3e5n4bj 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

  • Empty Nest, fourth time 'round

    6/17/2020 3:49:13 PM, by PEGGY-BEE

    Tacy moved Monday and there were tears, many tears. This is the 4th time she's left home, granted she was only here 3 months this time. But before this I had not been serious about watching my diet. Just one extra person made a ton of difference, suddenly there was all kinds of food I Should Not eve... Read more

  • Mondays, well, Tuesdays

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

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  • I love my soft book/kindle/ipad holder

    6/15/2020 4:20:04 PM, by CTUPTON

    I mostly read in bed. This holds my book perfectly. Several angles are possible. Yes, my cat keeps bothering me, I guess because he wants to read, too. chris... Read more

  • photo quarter cup of raisins

    6/15/2020 12:13:24 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have diagrams of portion sizes, but they are not "computing" in my head. So I took a photo!... Read more

  • Example of a non-supportive friend

    6/15/2020 11:14:48 AM, by CTUPTON

    I posted on FB that I wanted a watermelon pizza for my birthday. In the past "friends" have given me all sorts of sweets . I try so hard to lose weight. Those sweet treats make me feel bad. I don't know what to do with them. This is the "pizza" I posted on FB. A friend answered, "... Read more

  • A summer poem

    6/15/2020 11:05:10 AM, by CTUPTON

    "How do you like to go up in a swing, Up in the air so blue? Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing Ever a child can do! Up in the air and over the wall, Till I can see so wide, River and trees and cattle and all Over the countryside. Till I look down on the garden green, Down on... Read more

  • Duh

    6/14/2020 11:31:34 AM, by CTUPTON

    I seem to think people near me will be supportive. Not so much. But my SP friends are fantastic! Thanks so much. chris... Read more