CTUPTON's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CTUPTON CTUPTON's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Halotop ice cream--have you tried it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172718 <link>www.halotop.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> My sister just told me about this. I have not tried it yet. <BR> <BR> chris Sun, 29 May 2016 22:39:59 EST DD and Chris Walking in Pennwood State Forest, CT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171501 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bcb5326b-97cf-4af5-be5e-b15ca2952836.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Darn, I had sunglasses on. I forgot. It is one of my pet peeves when people get photos taken with sunglasses on. I broke my own rule! <BR> <BR> <BR> chris Fri, 27 May 2016 17:05:50 EST What is faith? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171009 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e1566772-52b5-4513-8d2c-581647d260e9.jpg"> Thu, 26 May 2016 21:25:33 EST Finlandia Light Swis only 57 calories a slice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170907 I always love this cheese. But when I ate it I thought I was "cheating" and eating way too much. It could start off a binge from the idea, "Oh I blew it, I will eat other things, too." <BR> <BR> Now that I know it within my calorie range, I can stop at 3 slices! Maybe with a piece of fruit. <BR> <BR> <BR> chris Thu, 26 May 2016 18:16:38 EST Lady Gaga's "meat dress" in comparison to the veggie dress in my other blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170726 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/55ea18c3-86f0-4a5c-9604-ca29034e8444.png"> <BR> it is real meat! OMG! chris <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thank you, CHERRIET. I had not seen this before. I will take the veggie dress over this any day! chris Thu, 26 May 2016 11:05:14 EST Charting my fatigue & huge thank yous to my sparkfriends who have motivated me for the past 8 yea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170720 A few years ago, GRAMMACATHY taught me a system for monitoring my fatigue. <em>304</em> She also taught me about pacing. <em>58</em> If I am very fatigued I could just do something for 10 min. , rest, repeat. <BR> <BR> Hopefully by good healthy habits about clean eating and daily exercise and using certain supplements and maybe doctor's prescriptions-and all the tips from sparkfriends <em>220</em> , I would increase the time I could be functional , but continue the pacing. <BR> <B... Thu, 26 May 2016 10:55:42 EST Still unhappy that you lost only one pound? See this. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169649 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0824569f-8b5d-42ec-bd64-968092fa2e2f.jpg"> <BR> a pound of fat <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> And I just thought this picture was a bit different! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9a568c2d-8269-473a-bf2b-36a0bb241c15.jpg"> <BR> <BR> chris Tue, 24 May 2016 18:50:36 EST Using mints and cucumbers to lessen overeating. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169632 3. Use a mint to master portion control <BR> <BR> One of my biggest challenges is eating just enough to the point that I get full. <BR> <BR> I have the tendency to overeat so one way I fight this is by having a mint or chewing gum once I feel full after a meal. <BR> <BR> Because of mint’s strong scent, it naturally suppresses your appetite. <BR> <BR> That’s exactly what psychologists at the University of West Virginia found when they gave people mints to sniff throughout the day. <BR> <B... Tue, 24 May 2016 18:18:50 EST A prank on the ark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169524 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9c39e167-bace-4816-bd35-014641a8bbf6.jpg"> <BR> Here he comes. Give me half a dozen (feathers). Tue, 24 May 2016 13:45:41 EST Cleanliness is next to --I forgot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169459 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/491f6ea4-d35c-4aad-8951-1d3dbcee07e1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bf5fc05a-22c8-42bb-bf58-6fbd8b9ea1de.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e4cbffb8-22a8-4264-af37-5775af1f17ea.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a69fc4df-173e-4c6d-8b1f-634815961c72.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/be583094-aded-4f25-9f91-aa559fe80173... Tue, 24 May 2016 11:36:51 EST Toxins making skin break out. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168986 I am having lots of rosacea on my face. And just under each eyebrow there is a dry patch--small but it won't go away. I have seen a dermatologist. <BR> <BR> He gave me an antibiotic cream for the rosacea. It works fairly well. He says they don't even know why it works. <BR> <BR> He keeps checking the 2 little dry patches. <BR> <BR> <BR> I read that psoriasis can be caused by toxins affecting the skin. Lessen the toxins and the skin clears up. <BR> <BR> I don't know how to get rid of th... Mon, 23 May 2016 18:17:51 EST It's done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168980 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/01d3baef-1a1e-4482-89bd-cce8ebde1682.jpg"> Mon, 23 May 2016 17:59:32 EST harness for my cat, Cujo? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168763 I used one before. I left it on him and it cut his skin, needing stitches! I had no idea it was cutting him Poor kitty! <BR> <BR> Kitty Holster is one. Is that a good one? <BR> <BR> Thanks, chris Mon, 23 May 2016 11:49:01 EST wish I could figure out the new cropper! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168358 I changed the banner a little on my sparkpage. Now it is really fuzzy. I guess I blew it up too big. But I had it smaller and there was black on each side. <BR> <BR> When it first appeared, it had multiple images of the daffoddils. That was OK but I thught I could make it fit better. <BR> <BR> I see other people have one picture fill the banner area and it is not fuzzy. <BR> <BR> I guess I need to practice with the cropper! <BR> <BR> chris Sun, 22 May 2016 20:52:51 EST Budgeting progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167545 This past year has had some huge , unpredicted expenses. <em>198</em> Several thousand dollars actually. It could not be avoided. But as the year went on, I knew I was heading for trouble. I was beginning to panic actually. My priority was getting this condo in shape for a big move. Always in the back of my mind was my financial pressures. <BR> <BR> I started asking friends about who would be a good financial person to help me. Several years ago I tried one person, but that was not exa... Sat, 21 May 2016 12:51:12 EST Actually, I like the beach best toward the end of the day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165214 So many people go to the beach in the hot sun. I hate that part of the day. <BR> <BR> I love being near the water in late afternoon and early evening. Mostly on Cap Cod. <BR> <BR> chris Tue, 17 May 2016 23:45:57 EST summer.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164877 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/603c2601-ca09-4b75-8434-033bb9e6e3fa.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> chris Tue, 17 May 2016 13:13:37 EST A May pole before the dance--first time I ever saw this http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163483 Have you ever seen a May pole dance --or participated ? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b52ff03f-3ebd-458d-b7dc-6ccc3b7ec671.png"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/65143ecd-01b0-4230-9e41-924b743fcb6e.jpg"> Sun, 15 May 2016 14:43:06 EST In the merry month of May... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163477 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1a076e03-b98d-4b6d-847e-0c2ac6a84ca5.png"> Sun, 15 May 2016 14:29:31 EST Have you set up personal goals on your start page? With personally chosen graphics... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163243 I see the list of goals I personally set up and I see photos I chose to remind me of my goals. <BR> <BR> Have you done that? I am way better at setting this up than I am of actually accomplishing the goals.... but at least the goals hit me in the face each morning! <BR> <BR> If I did not do this I am afraid the goals would leave me pretty fast! <BR> <BR> chris Sun, 15 May 2016 07:31:04 EST more....goal photos that pop up on my start page http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163239 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5049c2a1-4d28-4b8c-87f4-8f0b3579bb87.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> See previous blog -tells exactly where(and how) these photos pop up on my start page <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bb289f96-7dfc-48ef-92f0-df3efe75adf0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/25074eba-8e2b-49ba-83ff-58dcdef6eb98.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/edaabfff-9ec5-43ef-ac0e-f6141f107b6d... Sun, 15 May 2016 07:22:14 EST Some of My "Goal Board Check In" photos. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163235 On my start page these photos pop up to remind me daily of my goals. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b076db7a-6b2b-4fad-9dd9-8777c9920eb6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you don't know where I have these photos: See the START PAGE. On the left is a huge NUMBER 2. For yours, click on the blue words about goals. <BR> Two areas pop up, on the left is a list of the goals you set up for yourself. On the right are photos you set up to remind you of your goals. Obviousl... Sun, 15 May 2016 07:18:27 EST I got out on a nature trail! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162806 It has been too long since I did this. I had such a great time. Went with our DD. <BR> <BR> chris <em>295</em> Sat, 14 May 2016 12:43:26 EST Am I now a genuine political activist? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162713 I am in the Friends of the Library group. The library floods, is built on a flood plane (!) on a tiny lot. The workers there have tons of ideas and work hard to bring people of all ages into the library. There is just not enough space. So we are trying to get a new library or update this one. <BR> <BR> I went to several meetings, including a town council meeting. All agree our library is inadequate. But the council members are putting other projects before this. As usual things like librari... Sat, 14 May 2016 10:15:33 EST Love this dressing as a marinade for chicken http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162704 Kraft Italian Vinaigrette made with Olive Oil <em>41</em> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Now I have a second favorite--and easy! <em>30</em> --way to cook my chicken breasts. <BR> <BR> Prudohmmes (spelling?) chicken spices was my favorite up to now. And I still love that. <BR> <BR> I buy a huge package of boneless chicken breasts, marinade them, and bake or broil. Then ,make portions to freeze and use as needed. <BR> <BR> Even I can do this! And I hate cooking. <BR> <BR> chris Sat, 14 May 2016 09:54:17 EST A national organization to promote fat acceptance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160824 I know some people will say this won't encourage getting slimmer . But I disagree. There is so much prejudice against looking overweight that I think this is an important organization! <BR> <BR> <BR> I spent many, many years hating myself for being overweight--and some of those years I was not even overweight! <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> (About age 25) At weight 142 I hated my hips! I was mad that I had worked hard to lose 89 lbs and still I hated my body! <BR> <BR> So I am happy to see this... Wed, 11 May 2016 12:34:06 EST Does anyone remember the old commenting list to the right of all the team pages? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160808 We all complained when sparkpeople changed that way of doing things. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I honestly cannot remember it anymore! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> "Shows to go ya." As my hubby would say. Wed, 11 May 2016 12:00:33 EST Ways to make getting enough water more fun and easier! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160177 Healthy Lifestyle Tip: 6 Ideas to Make Water Less Boring <BR> <BR> Name any body part and you will find water is essential to keep it functioning properly. Make a conscious effort to keep yourself hydrated. Mild dehydration can trigger headaches, fatigue and poor concentration. The great news is that the water in fresh vegetables and fruit contributes toward hydrating your body. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ideas to Make Water Less Boring <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Water may not be ... Tue, 10 May 2016 14:00:12 EST The reality of weight loss. So--never-give-up even if you gain. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160084 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/39ea21f3-0a0a-4041-b1d3-550fc0c7b351.png"> Tue, 10 May 2016 12:11:41 EST Fixing wall gouges to be able to show the condo for selling... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158708 I am so grateful to our daughter for spending 3 full days spackling and re-painting the hallway to our bedroom. <BR> <BR> Hubby had a stroke in 2010. He uses a big, powerful motorized wheelchair. It is not all that easy to control. And he is using his non-dominant hand to boot. <BR> <BR> I had the condo painted over a year ago to sell this condo. Our move got delayed for over a year. I am now again getting close to selling and moving nearer my family (near Buffalo, NY). (We now live in ... Sun, 8 May 2016 10:14:26 EST An unexpectedly perfect Mothers Day Gift! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158688 I really expected nothing--and was quite satisfied with that. <BR> <BR> But... when I awoke, I went to my computer as usual and lo and behold a gift--the perfect gift of music. <BR> <BR> The Montauk Sessions cd was loaded on my computer with a sign that said "hit play" with an arrow to the "play" button which I honestly would have had to search for. <BR> <BR> What beautiful music of a string band. <BR> <BR> Oh how wonderful! <BR> <BR> I have been decluttering and dieting --FOREVER--so ... Sun, 8 May 2016 09:37:37 EST Spring is sprung......you know the rest! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154090 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/852b820b-d6ef-4917-899a-7976b8b64318.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f63b0cb4-04ec-4dd6-a789-85a8e9806fe7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7e96fc72-ce88-43fa-aba6-bd9af1e55eb0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e92e0d53-cd03-4e8e-b405-f8916c01aab8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3ed6aa74-044f-4848-9368-101475a91ecf... Sun, 1 May 2016 14:14:10 EST Not parking on the grass--rules. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154079 I had no idea some towns have an ordinance against this. I can't believe it applies to your own home. <BR> <BR> You gave me some good ideas like using plywood to save the lawn. <BR> <BR> When I first moved in, they reprimanded me for putting up a plain green Christmas wreathe with tiny white lights! That still sticks in my craw! <BR> <BR> <BR> I have not ever been fined , just get a phone call or have a management person stop by. It is annoying, however. I wonder if they brought it up at... Sun, 1 May 2016 13:53:35 EST Yuky condo rules! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153505 I got a reprimand phone call from "the management." <BR> <BR> not supposed to have my van on the grass. <BR> <BR> Well- I am moving things out of my basement to declutter this condo for selling. <BR> <BR> I drove the van to the basement door, 'round back. A truck was coming to take the boxes. They had to park in the driveway. So I parked the van temporarily on the grass. <BR> <BR> If they tell me I can't on occasion drive my van back to the basement door I will get angry. <BR> <BR> <... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 16:05:23 EST I know it is not monday but I will forget to post this later.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151740 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e95cecc6-6fea-45dc-809d-161deb77c3d9.jpg"> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:40:09 EST 5 yrs,5 yrs,5 yrs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151384 I thought Someone would have told me it took way too long for me to learn to speak up! <BR> <BR> Not one person did that! <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> And through each 5 years I was reading self help books, going to alanon (8 yrs!) , and doing lots of crying. No, I would not give up. <BR> <BR> It was a very hard journey! <BR> <BR> (My role models growing up were a Mom who just burst into tears and a Dad who just blew up and "progressed" to at least not throwing dishes, "just" yelling . <BR> ... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:34:56 EST Is this how the doctor checks drug interactions--(well not webMD but yes computer data sheet)? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151382 <link>www.webmd.com/my-medicine/default.ht<BR>m# </link> <BR> <BR> chris Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:29:24 EST Thankfully, I have learned lots over the years. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150308 Today hubby barked at me about something. It did not affect me at all. In fact later I told him I was glad he got mad. It showed his spunk-which isn't often there not after the stroke in 2006. <BR> <BR> When we were first married I divided my time into 5 years, 5 years, and 5 years. It seems incredible now, but I had lots of learning to do. <BR> <BR> I say it took me 5 years of stuffing all my negative thoughts . Then 5 years of trying to speak up. But hubby was a yeller and that shut me d... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 21:42:23 EST really ugly rugs, too --a link http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149448 <link>www.chicagonow.com/chicagonow-life-s<BR>tyle/2010/05/14-ridiculously-ugly-rugs<BR>-owned-by-people-with-extremely-poor-taste/ </link> Sun, 24 Apr 2016 19:09:53 EST Really ugly living rooms! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149444 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2d29aa9e-47e0-41f9-a5fb-6bb2e6086419.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was poking around looking for décor ideas. Then I found ugly stuff and got silly! <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9a4ce8ae-b47a-4b6e-90ac-10f8d962da98.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/71109f65-687a-42cd-896f-ed527c07ada9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1666ddd4-ee78-4e9e-8a0... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 19:03:58 EST Crunch fitness test SP article http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148518 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/39775f40-2f31-447f-875d-3fd7947f35c7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=1114&page=2 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> The article has a nice graph which does not copy well to this blog. <BR> <BR> I have been feeling my stomach muscles are improving after years of water aerobics. I am a bit curious if I can do these crunches on the floor. Hm maybe getting up off the floor will be the real test. ... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 09:26:23 EST Low carb lettuce wrap (with beef or chicken)----why didn't I think of this! (SP recipe) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148488 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/036d9791-acf2-42d9-8b68-d6654c6e3a96.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Delicious and bursting with flavor, these wraps are juicy and low in carbs. Can also work with chicken! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 10 <BR> <BR> Minutes to Cook: 10 <BR> <BR> Number of Servings: 1 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 100 grams (3.5 ounces) lean ground beef or steak (or cubed chicken, if preferred) <BR> 1 tablespoon finely minced onion <BR> 1 clove... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 08:36:28 EST Knitting is way more complicated than I thought.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148131 DD has been knitting up a storm. She wants to make a sweater now. <BR> <BR> <BR> Her mentor says to knit a square to count the stitches so the sweater comes out the right size. If you don't do this you could make a sweater 6 sizes too big <BR> <BR> Wouldn't that be awful after all that work! <BR> <BR> <BR> I am giving DD credit with sticking with this new hobby. She has made probably 5 hats and 3 or 4 scarves so far! <BR> <BR> <BR> chris Fri, 22 Apr 2016 16:35:59 EST A new sleep apnea mask (No I don't have sleep apnea but I know people who do have it) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145897 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ff46d418-e2a0-42af-9b60-148d0af7d89e.gif"> <BR> <BR> This looks more comfortable than the bigger masks I have seen. <BR> <BR> chris Tue, 19 Apr 2016 18:10:48 EST 2 chuckles... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145768 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/39ca461d-df87-484d-b403-cda267aa3818.gif"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5638a476-e0ab-4bd0-9b4a-32a4e232308d.gif"> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 13:49:29 EST The short, intense workput craze.... (Wall St Journal article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145133 Apparently there is a craze going on about short, intense workouts done at odd times to stop the excuses of not having enough time to go to the gym or do long workouts. <BR> <BR> In the WSJ article: <BR> <BR> There is a photo of a woman "and her daughter Clare do squats while another daughter, Maureen, makes cookies in their Oklahoma City home. Ms. Kierl often does app-guided workouts that are a few minutes long. " <BR> <BR> The article has photos of others doing very, very intense exer... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 18:02:28 EST Where are my measuring things for cooking? A sparkfriend said a utility belt is needed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142961 A utility belt was suggested. Great idea! In fact there is a company that will make custom too belts! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.custommade.com/gallery/custom-le<BR>ather-belts/?page=3 </link> <BR> <BR> Just for funsies: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4f3f5e0b-b8d2-4515-a2f3-9c908500daaa.png"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/334a6f4d-b8f4-4b20-83a9-62f341a08d35.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e628cbf6-0b2c-427... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:59:04 EST Progress decluttering. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142948 I actually feel like things are getting done. I don't have any more energy but I can see some results when I tackle a job. <BR> <BR> I can only work for about an hour--this is actually longer than I was doing a few years ago (overwhelmed caregiver!) So I guess I have made progress with energy. <BR> <BR> I don't have to take naps daily--only 2 or 3 or at worse 4 times a week. I am charting this. <BR> <BR> <BR> Today so far I have been working on the smallest (of 2) bathrooms. I think I can... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:37:15 EST Easily refurbish old "gold" jewelry! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142943 DD found a pen with gold in it. I have no idea if it has any metal or not! <BR> <BR> She had cleaned some jewelry from a thrift shop. It ended up looking dingy. <BR> She just used the pen on the chain-- wow! I think the pen was close to $10. <BR> <BR> I never thought this would work. <BR> <BR> I don't know how long it will last either. <BR> <BR> Who wooda thunk it! <BR> <BR> chris <em>41</em> Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:30:53 EST More good news! About lost diabetic shoes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142940 Got a check for $378 to pay for hubby's diabetic shoes! <BR> <BR> Since last summer (!) I have been calling and calling the hospital--that lost hubby's diabetic shoes --and leg brace! <BR> <BR> Medicare paid for the brace because he needed a new one anyway. But I had no success getting the money for the shoes. <BR> <BR> The shoes were brand new! I did not even ask Medicare because obviously they would not pay again! I hope whoever got them loves them! Maybe a homeless person...I hope they... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:24:36 EST