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/ Birthday cake for a Crazy Cat Lady http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298816 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/daa2cbed-9f52-4062-a8b2-79b97c588205.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> chris Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:38:41 EST Stuff is going wrong. I hate it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298030 The big one is, of course, flooding at our condo which I am trying to sell. <BR> <BR> But 2 more-- <BR> <BR> Hubby's watch is too far gone to keep. <em>198</em> A new battery did not work in it. <BR> <BR> And the cat <em>240</em> pooped and threw up in 4 different places in the new apartment--after just having the place cleaned. <BR> <BR> And my clothes are getting tight <em>29</em> from too much good food at this new senior independent living place. Gotta have a salad for dinne... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 13:51:30 EST I am trying to think positively.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295867 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/de342ab9-067a-45cf-854f-c5d1501be90d.jpg"> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:41:08 EST Water damage at the condo I am trying to sell! Oh no! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295116 I have been dealing with a bad situation. I am trying to stay positive but it is very difficult. Our condo is up for sale but there has been a great deal of water damage! At first we thought it was a frozen, burst water pipe. It took me many days of frustrating phone calls to get an accurate picture. I have been on the phone daily with insurance people, a contractor to estimate the damage, DD who is living there alone, etc. Many people and many phone calls and emails. I don't need this ! <B... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:02:22 EST Welcome to Buffalo. But I did not have to drive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293754 <link>www.nbcnews.com/id/40471093/ns/weath<BR>er/t/hundreds-slowly-freed-ny-snow-gri<BR>dlock/#.WHJWRk0zVpQ </link> Sun, 8 Jan 2017 10:11:20 EST I asked my new doctor about fatty liver http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293698 His answer was, "Lose weight. That is the remedy." <BR> <BR> I asked if there was any additional medical help. He said no--just lose weight. <BR> <BR> chris Sun, 8 Jan 2017 08:40:51 EST Peace. Pleasure Experienced by Accepting all Creation as it Exists http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293682 I receive emails Notes from the Universe. <BR> <BR> This article is about the founder, Mike Dooley. <BR> <BR> It is a follow-up on my blog about talking to my unconscious mind before sleeping. <BR> <BR> chris <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-susan-cors<BR>o/mike-dooleys-infinite-pos_b_333033.html </link> Sun, 8 Jan 2017 08:13:11 EST 9:19 AM and I just got major organizing done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293099 : ) Sat, 7 Jan 2017 09:28:46 EST My thoughts on portion size vs seerving size http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293025 Thank you--I think you helped me understand portion size and serving size. <BR> <BR> Is this right? <BR> <BR> Portion is the size I serve myself <BR> <BR> but a serving is what is printed on the package so the nutritional values can be determined <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The serving size is "artificial, " just so we can have a handle on what nutrition we are getting. <BR> <BR> And, food makers manipulate stated serving sizes for various reasons. Like if they designate a small serving size,... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 06:57:02 EST I just made a grocery list using the SP Nutrition Tracker : ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292548 I only need to make our lunches so this was really easy. <BR> <BR> chris Fri, 6 Jan 2017 11:50:25 EST I can't seem to understand portion vs serving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292496 Clearing up the confusion. <BR> <BR> Here are a couple of important definitions from the National Institutes of Health: <BR> •Portion is how much food you choose to eat at one time, whether in a restaurant, from a package or in your own kitchen. A portion is 100 percent under our control. See if you can pass this quiz on adult portion sizes. <BR> <BR> •Serving Size is the amount of food listed on a product’s Nutrition Facts label. So all of the nutritional values you see on the label are ... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 10:15:43 EST I gave a strong message to my unconscious mind before sleep last night. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292493 I told her to find a way to curb my eating huge portions of food. <BR> <BR> We'll see what happens as time goes on. chris Fri, 6 Jan 2017 10:12:31 EST I need to try this-let my unconscious mind work on a problem while I sleep! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292323 I read this comment on FB after a blurb about unconscious thoughts actually changing our genes. It sounds like science fiction! Chris <BR> <BR> <BR> "I find this to be quite timely. I recall a book I read back in the 80's on the subconscious mind (wish I still had it) and one technique that I still use today. I share this because it has been quite helpful over the years. Whenever I have a problem, issue or just a mental block on a project that needs a solution, I have conversation with my s... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 01:50:33 EST The perfect set of shelves for our new apartment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292320 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/37ba4697-9151-48ad-962a-8756da9298a3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Maybe I can find a moss covered credenza to go with this. <BR> <BR> chris Fri, 6 Jan 2017 01:37:53 EST Clalrk Howard tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291942 <link>www.clark.com/how-to-manage-your-mon<BR>ey-if-forgetful-unorganized </link> Thu, 5 Jan 2017 13:19:19 EST You by Dr. Seuss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291885 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6aa49dec-ff93-4ce2-944b-b2d73be4141b.png"> Thu, 5 Jan 2017 11:51:34 EST How to keep my weekends for myself.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291870 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/193c5cdd-1538-4518-a3e2-93a14ca7b66c.jpg"> Thu, 5 Jan 2017 11:38:15 EST How I reduce my blood pressure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291695 ...by watching and playing with our cat, Cujo. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6834d97c-026a-4ac0-8d4f-6fc648b2addd.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> chris Thu, 5 Jan 2017 06:38:43 EST A wonderful sparkfriend sent me this.... I love it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291672 <BR> One song can spark a moment, <BR> One flower can wake the dream. <BR> <BR> One tree can start a forest, <BR> One bird can herald spring. <BR> <BR> One smile begins a friendship, <BR> One handclasp lifts a soul. <BR> <BR> One star can guide a ship at sea, <BR> One word can frame the goal. <BR> <BR> One vote can change a nation, <BR> One sunbeam lights a room. <BR> <BR> One candle wipes out darkness, <BR> One laugh will conquer gloom. <BR> <BR> One step must start each ... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 05:41:03 EST spaces seem to cause html errors! Last info fatty liver http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291196 In addition to releasing hormones and proteins, the fat cells also begin to release some of the fat that is being stored in them in the form of fatty acids. As a result, there is an increase in the blood levels of fatty acids. This is important because large amounts of certain types of fatty acids are toxic to cells. <em>39</em> The release of hormones, proteins, and fatty acids from fat cells affects cells throughout the body in different ways. Liver cells, like many other cells in the body... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 13:05:54 EST more...fatty liver info http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291192 Insulin is important because it is a major promoter of glucose (sugar) uptake from the blood by cells. At first, the pancreas compensates for the insensitivity to insulin by making and releasing more insulin, but eventually it can no longer produce sufficient quantities of insulin and, in fact, may begin to produce decreasing amounts. At this point, not enough sugar enters cells, and it begins to accumulate in the blood, <em>24</em> a state known as diabetes. Although sugar in the blood is... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 13:03:40 EST more about fatty liver http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291190 When large amounts of fat are present as they are in obesity, the fat becomes metabolically active (actually inflamed) <em>40</em> and gives rise to the production of many hormones and proteins that are released into the blood and have effects on cells throughout the body. One of the many effects of these hormones and proteins is to promote insulin resistance <em>24</em> in cells. Insulin resistance is a state in which the cells of the body do not respond <em>24</em> adequately to in... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 13:02:03 EST Blog in parts because of "no HTML" errors! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291188 It used to be thought that obesity was nothing more than the simple accumulation of fat in the body. Fat tissues were thought to be inert, that is, they served as simply storage sites for fat and had little activity or interactions with other tissues.We now know that fat tissue is very active metabolically <em>58</em> and has interactions and effects on tissues throughout the body. <em>39</em> <BR> Wed, 4 Jan 2017 13:00:44 EST Oh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291184 What causes nonalcoholic fatty liver disease? Well, he cause of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is complex and not completely understood, but the most important factors appear to be the presence of obesity and diabetes. Wed, 4 Jan 2017 12:58:27 EST Fatty liver--I have not even considered this as a cause of my own body inflammation and pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291177 This just might motivate me to lose weight. I know I have lots of areas of noticeable inflammation in body tissues. I kept looking for a cure from supplements, drinking water, etc. It is hard to admit just my accumulation of fat is causing my body soreness! <BR> I had a liver ultrasound years ago and I did have a fatty liver then. No doctor addressed that. The ultrasound was for a different reason; maybe about the gall bladder I have forgotten. <BR> <BR> I am talking about nonalcohol... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 12:49:17 EST Diabetic Food Pyramid and link http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290226 <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b337020b-7b8f-416b-8ad7-4ceb4dc3ca72.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.diabetes-warrior.net/a-meal-plan<BR>-you-can-live-with/diabetic-nutritiona<BR>l-chart/ </link> Tue, 3 Jan 2017 09:18:29 EST This is very hard for me right now, but I am trying. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289402 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/02d06ac4-19af-464d-9b43-f93449135356.jpg"> Mon, 2 Jan 2017 10:09:02 EST Why men lose weight faster than women. SP article http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289297 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=2118 </link> <BR> <BR> Life just is not fair! <em>46</em> Mon, 2 Jan 2017 08:15:41 EST Calculate how to lose 1 or 2 pounds a week. (from a SP article) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289254 Tyler Spraul, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist for Exercise.com, recommends a simple formula to calculate how many calories are required to maintain your current weight: 14 to 16 times your bodyweight in pounds. "Once you've determined your maintenance number, you can start decreasing your daily intake by 500 to 1,000 calories, which will set you up to lose one or two pounds per week," he says. <em>134</em> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat<BR>ion_articles.asp?id=2190... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 06:58:59 EST Heart attack warning signs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287804 Thank you, LINDA!, for posting this on your sparkpage. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Heart Attack Warning Signs <BR> Some heart attacks are sudden and intense the "movie heart attack," where no one doubts what's happening. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren't sure what's wrong and wait too long before getting help. Here are signs that can mean a heart attack is happening: <BR> Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 06:27:33 EST Getting new apartment organized... definitely a work in progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287786 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1b355b8e-e8d7-4f1e-897e-94185e7dc448.jpg"> <BR> Well, yes. But I have plans how to fix this! And sometimes this is actually better than this. Note the "bookcase." It should sit on top of a desk, which I don't have yet. <BR> <BR> OK. Just received the new DESK. <em>334</em> Now, at least I have a chance of putting everything away! I loved my Mom's secretary desk. but it just does not work for me. When the top is in use, I can't get to t... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 05:27:05 EST Who to trust http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287536 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/45fd5e32-57fd-48d1-9f2d-14674e65e5be.jpg"> Fri, 30 Dec 2016 14:46:32 EST Life Lessons from Einstein http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287491 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b3d0e26f-2b61-45a2-86d8-12828a965e2d.jpg"> Fri, 30 Dec 2016 12:50:09 EST Clutter--this must be my unconscious philosophy of life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287487 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ec5f1a87-0430-42c6-847b-80f6810a26e8.jpg"> Fri, 30 Dec 2016 12:42:17 EST Which of these helps you be happy? Or which do you still need to learn? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287475 For me: 4.The secret to getting ahead is to focus your energy not on fixing and fighting yesterday, but on building and growing something new right now. chris <BR> <BR> 1.When life does not go as planned, breathe and remember that life’s richness often comes from its unpredictability. <BR> 2.Sometimes you just have to accept the fact that things will never go back to how they used to be, and that this ending is really a new beginning. <BR> 3.One of the most peaceful mindsets ever begins the... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 12:17:03 EST funny meanings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287442 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/53555cef-12ac-4b74-9cc0-0ca5df0f3e36.png"> <BR> <BR> Thank you Cathy. <BR> <BR> chris Fri, 30 Dec 2016 11:01:56 EST Hoping your New Year is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287351 supercalifragilisticexpialidocious <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> PRONUNCIATION: <BR> <BR> (soo-puhr-ka-li-fra-juh-lis-tik-eks-pi-u<BR>h-li-DO-shuhs) <BR> <BR> <BR> MEANING: <BR> <BR> adjective: Extraordinarily wonderful. <BR> <BR> <BR> ETYMOLOGY: <BR> <BR> A fanciful formation. Earliest documented use is from 1949, though this word was popularized by the 1964 film Mary Poppins. <BR> <BR> <BR> USAGE: <BR> <BR> “You might as well say, ‘Let’s give the customer a supercalifragilisticexpia... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 07:58:49 EST Treadmill use http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287062 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2a213e54-42dc-4823-a209-c419e9223643.jpg"> Thu, 29 Dec 2016 15:16:41 EST Organization hints I recently learned--and remember http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287006 To you and to others who want to help me: "Don't mess with the mess," please. <em>211</em> <BR> This is a work in progress and I have to improve little by little at my own pace. So please don't give me advice about this here. <em>211</em> If I want some specific advice, I will , eventually ask about it. OK? <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Before, when I tried to get organized I'd think of file folders, but (obviously) that was not working. <em>24</em> <em>24</em> <em>24</e... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 12:55:07 EST Best 100 calorie snacks to keep you full http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286960 PHOTOS OF THESE SNACKS <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1938 </link> <BR> <BR> 1. Two tablespoons of whipped light cream cheese rolled into two slices of extra-lean ham. <BR> <BR> 2. Two celery stalks, sliced into strips and dipped in 2 tablespoons of light guacamole. <BR> <BR> 3. Three ounces of chilled, pre-cooked shrimp dipped in one tablespoon of cocktail sauce. <BR> <BR> 4. One ounce of goat cheese spread on 1/2 a cup of cucumber slices. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 11:23:21 EST Hatchimals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286800 I guess I am cynical in my old age. Maybe kids learned that all chicken eggs do not hatch. <BR> <BR> chris Thu, 29 Dec 2016 05:18:54 EST Oh no! A burst pipe at the CT condo and I am in NY state! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285498 2 plus days of panic <em>40</em> and some <em>46</em> but I am feeling better today. <BR> <BR> Brother in law drove from near NY city. He is there now evaluating the damage. Mostly soaked sheetrock. <BR> <BR> I thought I had no insurance <em>198</em> --but I have it!!! Thank the Lord!! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I did have to get insurance for the new place here in NY state. I thought that meant I had canceled the CT insurance. <em>198</em> I meant to cancel it <em>198</em> ... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 10:27:44 EST fat free lemon pie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285096 Only this would post. Error message about html! I was very frustrated! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>blog.fatfreevegan.com/2006/12/calamo<BR>ndin-or-lemon-pie-with-oatmeal.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 25 Dec 2016 06:55:44 EST If you are not having a great Christmas (or any other holiday)... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285086 I too am there this year, and last year, and the year before. I survived. And I even thrived in certain ways. <BR> <BR> It is easy to get discouraged, especially when on FB, etc. everyone is putting up their perfect photos of smiling children and adults, perfect table settings, perfect Christmas trees, perfect decorated outsides of their houses, etc. <BR> <BR> Well, we all know behind all that perfection was chaos-- the wrapping paper messes, the waiting in lines at stores, the traffic ja... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 06:24:08 EST Dec. 25 th -- we made it to another Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285073 The year certainly had its ups and downs. but I am grateful for all of my sparkfriends! <BR> <BR> You pulled me through another year! <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas! <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> <em>459</em> Sun, 25 Dec 2016 03:59:36 EST Dec. 23! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284425 I will not panic. I will not panic. I will not panic. <BR> <BR> Just about nothing is done for Christmas! <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I organized the piles of stuff on the kitchen counter. And I mean piles of stuff! <BR> <BR> I actually kicked hubby out of the apartment yesterday. <em>234</em> I made him go downstairs to the public area. I was in tears actually. It is like having children under my feet. I just start to get a task done and he distracts me. the last straw was whe... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 06:39:15 EST SP article: How to Keep Your Resolutions -printable graphic list for 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283610 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=your_new_years_resolution_toolbox </link> <BR> <BR> <em>411</em> <em>593</em> <BR> <BR> And high on my list is to Keep Sparking because without you sparkfriends, I'd be lost! <BR> <BR> Your daily ups and downs and strategies and hopes and life challenges and coping mechanisms and faith and .............. help me keep going! <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <em>220</em> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> <em>247</em> <em>185</em> ... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 05:53:03 EST A friend is saving this book for her future grandchild. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283481 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/10d5443e-507e-4d88-8104-d1cb6a2cb92e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (the authors names are on the cover) Tue, 20 Dec 2016 19:56:54 EST Our odd English language http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283359 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/91e9b4ef-d5a1-4d44-9b05-6e2a49dbb22b.jpg"> Tue, 20 Dec 2016 12:30:02 EST To relieve stress--an acupressure point (between nose and upper lip) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283326 GV26, between the base of your nose and to top of your lip, actually clears your brain and your nose, alleviates pain, cramps, fainting, dizziness, hay fever, eye twitches and spasms. Press firmly so the pressure goes into the center of your upper gum. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you’re ever in a very difficult situation or in an emergency and you loose your ability to cope, press GV26 firmly to bring you into your body. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Children can use it during a test at school to ... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 11:02:01 EST