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/ What coffee can do for you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191313 <link>www.prevention.com/health/infographi<BR>c-health-benefits-coffee </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> chris Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:49:59 EST Disappointed after doc appt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191269 I went to an endocrinologist, hoping advancements in medicine would help me be less tired. <BR> <BR> Nope. She said everything tested fine thyroid, vitamin D, B levels in blood, no gluten sensitivity, iron OK, etc. etc. <BR> <BR> Darn. I was hoping she'd find something I could fix. <BR> <BR> Her advice mainly was eat right, sleep right, exercise. Duh! I said I work hard at all that daily --for many years. <BR> <BR> It is discouraging. <BR> <BR> chris Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:51:44 EST I actually met 2 more sparkfriends! So exciting! Northwest Park, Windsor,CT. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189744 <link>northwestpark.org/wordpress/?page_id<BR>=226 </link> <BR> <BR> I met Deb and Lorna from the Official CT Team! We came with our water bottles, sunglasses, bug repellent, sturdy shoes to do the "Bog Trail" at Northwest Park in Windsor. <BR> It is a huge park with many scheduled activities for concerts, seeing farm animals, people watching, enjoying nature and getting our exercise. <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have lived in this area for 8 year... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 06:28:33 EST Mad cat after his bath! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189018 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cac0f22d-babe-43d0-9287-c6402f485739.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Bob is ignoring DD, his owner, and me, too. Bob went to DH because we just gave him a bath and he is mad at us. <BR> <BR> DH was reading the paper! Now the newspaper is wet, too. <BR> <BR> chris Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:10:16 EST Hubby's wheelchair is driving me crazy! Lots of aggravating noises, etc. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189006 His only movement is riding around the house. Back and forth. Back and forth. There is not much room or variety: at the table then at his computer desk then at the TV to flip channels, then to the bedroom and back. Sometimes outside. <BR> <BR> He continually makes the chair recline and sit up straight --and this is a noisy process. It is a clicking noise when he uses the "joy stick" an dit is creaking springs when he tilts back. Soon a repair person will come. I definitely will ask for it to... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:50:12 EST Food tracker is now working. The "fix" using the iphone tracker for a few days. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188130 Maybe using the iphone tracker for a few days jump started the computer SP Nutrition Tracker. Now I have a new way to enter foods. I am not a constant user of my iphone. Maybe this will push me in that direction. <BR> <BR> thanks for your support. <BR> <BR> <BR> chris Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:14:30 EST Perfect! Home water exercising! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188082 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7c62e6f2-6db8-44e4-8ed9-df8b79058166.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What do you think? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> chris Thu, 23 Jun 2016 07:55:59 EST Darn, my food tracker isn't working! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186119 It might have not worked for months, but I was not using it. <BR> <BR> Now I want to make a new start and I need it. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I sent a message to tech people. We'll see what happens. <BR> <BR> The activity tracker isn't working either. Hmm... <BR> <BR> <BR> chris Mon, 20 Jun 2016 08:03:33 EST Thank you for all the many Birthday goodies and wonderful wishes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185772 I tried to respond to everyone, but I had to give up. There were too many of you. <BR> <BR> Love you all for enriching my life! <BR> <BR> chris Sun, 19 Jun 2016 15:16:11 EST Happy Birthday to me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184634 My pool friends sang to me this morning. What fun! <BR> <BR> <BR> chris Fri, 17 Jun 2016 12:14:32 EST You mean I can make money writing about my struggle to declutter! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183424 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/255e6ccb-a6a1-4a3e-bf05-19ad935f47b8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Encounters with a professional declutterer, a Lacanian shrink, and Clutterers Anonymous—not to mention England’s most excessive hoarder—as well as explorations of the bewildering universe of new therapies and brain science, help Yourgrau navigate uncharted territory: clearing shelves, boxes, and bags; throwing out a nostalgic cracked pasta bowl; and sorting through a lifetime of messy relat... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 12:49:31 EST Ever feel like a hamster on a wheel? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182873 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9b1e51cf-6d0f-46b7-98d0-90078c62a7b3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For a video <link>www.instructables.com/id/Hamster-Whe<BR>el-Standing-Desk/ </link> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 16:17:59 EST Time management http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182775 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8dd93f23-7574-4114-b0d3-3f0e9368f488.png"> vs <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aa42e0e0-be63-450f-9d0b-e749df35d0f0.png"> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 13:08:00 EST Tip: for each day have 24 sheets in your date book... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182768 Each sheet is divided into 1 minute intervals. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The One Minute Maniac book. <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! chris Tue, 14 Jun 2016 12:59:39 EST Books: One Minute Manager vs One Minute Maniac http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182753 The One Minute Maniac is hilarious. <BR> <BR> The purpose is to waste no time at all by delegating everything and other tricks! <BR> <BR> chris Tue, 14 Jun 2016 12:44:43 EST How to dress quickly...and not waste time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182748 Sew the outfit together ahead of time. Slip it on all at once and button and zip up. DONE! <BR> <BR> <BR> from the Minute Maniac book Tue, 14 Jun 2016 12:37:12 EST How do I accept cookies from sparkpeople? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181985 I did something and now have to log in to SP every time I change a page! <BR> <BR> I asked the techs. They said to accept cookies. I did that but SP still is not accepting cookies. <BR> <BR> chris Mon, 13 Jun 2016 10:10:30 EST Time saving tip 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181976 When angry and counting to 10... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> use binary 0, 1, 10 DONE! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> from book "One Minute Maniac" <BR> <BR> <BR> chris Mon, 13 Jun 2016 10:05:27 EST Two days of less fatigue! Hurray! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176414 If this would last, I could actually keep up with most of my work. It is a huge "if" however. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am yesterday and today "digging out" from the unfinished tasks from the last 3 weeks. Each day I was doing a little, but things pile up. <BR> <BR> Like when I come home from any errands, I just don't get those receipts or notes from druggists and doctors put in the right place. By the time I get to them, I can hardly remember why they are important. <BR> <BR> I have cleaned out m... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 14:35:29 EST I asked my 2 supermarkets to stock the ice cream. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175768 <link>www.halotop.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> chocolate Reddi Whip-- hmmm... this sounds good, Too! Thanks! chris Fri, 3 Jun 2016 11:44:27 EST corrected sugestion box link http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175767 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/community/help_s<BR>uggestion_box.asp </link> Fri, 3 Jun 2016 11:41:45 EST Link to SP sugestion box. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175244 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/community/help_s<BR>ugge </link> <BR> <BR> Every once in awhile I do have a suggestion in mind. I just wanted to have this handy. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For one thing I miss the SP map. I could look at the map and see who was near my own location. <BR> <BR> chris Thu, 2 Jun 2016 16:16:39 EST 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