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Awww Izzy you are TOO CUTE !!! She's my 6 yr old tiger kitty.


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The above pic is where I live.

Ahhhh OH THERE"s HOPE (LOL we do this EVERY YEAR !!) that it will SOON turn to Spring here? I live in southern Maine right on the harbor (pronounced Haaa Baaaa).

It's the 3rd week of March and a few cold flowers are TRYING to peak out. In another 2 or 3 weeks there will be more. About the middle of April we MIGHT see some trees trying to bud. By the end of April they SHOULD be !

Member Since: 7/7/2011

Fitness Minutes: 99,180

My Goals:
We will be starting the Spring 5% Challenge starting on April 8th.


**** Stay in calorie range of 1300 to 1450
**** Exercise of 60 to 90 mins daily and at times 120.
**** 30 to 60 mins a day of walking. Broken up to 2 or 3 times UNLESS I hurt my foot AGAIN.
**** 30 to 60 mins a day of yoga. I am at that "in between spot" of where the beginners is now very easy
for me so am progressing to harder moves.
**** During the Spring 5% Challenge it's my goal to lose during the 8 weeks, 8 to 9.5 lbs. IF I hit the 9 to 9.3
I WILL make my 5% Challenge ! WOOHOOO !!

My Program:
Is listed above except:
*As we lose weight it can be EASIER To REGAIN IT !! So I need to prevent this by:
**** Continue to work through current stressors (others who will NOT take of themselves in real life.
**** By recognizing and even more so "Coming to terms with it's NOT my choice, Its NOT up to me
to control ANYONE Except myself and to be as kind to myself as I am others (not usually an issue
**** Continue to work on more alternate things to do to help instead of emotional eating.
**** Walk and while walking either pray for help !!Or while walking read something on the importance of
NOT being angry (at times though anger IS justified.
**** Journal,,,,, this is such a HUGE HELP !!
**** DO NOT call/talk etc to anyone with a NEGATIVE attitude INCLUDING my NOT doing this to
**** Add in the following:
**** Draw/paint what the emotion is in which it'd be an OLD coping "skill" (no it's NOT A SKILL though

Personal Information:
Life is to be enjoyed, ,shared (doesn't mean one HAS to have a mate,,, at this point I don't and it's strill FUN and at Peace) with those around you. At one point I didn't have a ton of friends or in any contact with family. That can make one feel so unloved, unwanted. I FELT that way !!

I went for help,,,, I BADLY NEEDED it. Now years later,,,, ,when I look back at it, I was ALWAYS angry, negative, judgemental. I had not been, but 3 situations happened within a year and a half. Sent me into QUITE the SPIRAL DOWN !! Indeed I am so grateful for the friends /family who stick around during that dark period.
If one is going through this,, it's ALWAYS a personal choice, but for myself getting the help was the BEST thing I could for myself at that time.

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I am clearly OWNED by Izzy. She may here with her pic right to the left but I am going to switch around pics as I fix up my page. Izzy is 6 yrs old. Such a little LOVE BUG !! At night there are times she graces me with her presense at night,,, I fall asleep right off.

I am so happy that my GD is so special to me as she is. Family/friends help us along.

At this point I have now LOST 101 lbs !!! I am not sure what my goal will be. At this moment I am 187 and my curves are coming back, my face is coming back. I am able to walk after years of barely ,, if able ,, to.

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  • v ISABELLE84
    Well. It's difficult, in any case, to stop worrying about people and to try to put in them some of our common sens! We both need to learn to let go, I think.
    Hope you had a good weekend otherwise =)
    Keep sparking. Diane!
    1 day ago
    Thankyou for your wonderful comment on my blog. I'm pretty sure that Aimee's anger comes from our separation when she was 8 yrs old, at her father immediately getting a new girlfriend who is a bit of a monster as are her family, and at a sense of injustice at stuff that is happening at school. Mix in to that a lot of her father's not very pleasent genes. I hoped nuture would win over nature, but unfortunately no. She is only another 3 months at this school , and then she will go to a new high school with new friends to make, and I am clinging on to that being a big part to the answer to her rage. emoticon
    1 day ago
  • v TURTLE69
    Welcome to Crazy About Cats Team! emoticon Feel free to add me as a friend. If you need any support or just someone to talk with, give me a holler.


    3 days ago
    An old man came into the Library one day - he had a wrap on his wrist and when I asked him why, he said he was running into the bank and slipped and fell.

    As he was a Preacher, I "innocently" asked him, wasn't there a passage in the Bible against 'rushing' and he laughed! He was already in his 80's but no one knew how old, not even his daughter - but he said yes, there is a passage against rushing.

    He was such a sweet old man - I cried at his funeral service. I used to tease him that he would remarry Ray & I on our 25th Anniversary - he said it was a date!
    3 days ago
    I'm still here - but my program is officially on hold now.

    Poor Ray - he keeps asking me to fix him meals, then can't eat more than a couple of bites. But he keeps trying, Bless his 'lil' cotton-picking-heart!

    So, my meals have pretty much turned into whatever he can't eat. It's ok, he's still with me - body and mind. Now my only food focus is to be sure I stay healthy.

    He sits outside a lot now and I just can't/won't leave him alone - so I do a lot of sitting outside now too. He gets too upset when I do much yard-work; I think he feels guilty that he can't do it and also he misses doing the work himself. So I am tapering off on what I do, there's no reason to add to his distress. I alerted the neighbor across the road that I am not needing help, this is a conscious decision made by Ray and me. We decided together that there is no reason for an acre lawn/yard. We're letting it go back to nature. In 2 years it will be full of pine tree saplings. They offered to 'bushog' it for me and I declined the offer. When I see them alone, I will tell them that it bothers Ray to see me working like that. It will still look great when it's full of trees.

    If nothing else, Spark has taught me ONE day at a time. In all things.

    love you,
    4 days ago
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