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The witch, the wizard, and the walk

Monday, August 08, 2011

Greetings Sparkiverse!

I'm celebrating four years of sparking today. I know! It's crazy!

So, here it is --

THE WITCH emoticon

I'm doing well, thank you for asking. emoticon After regaining most of the weight I'd lost over the first three years, I got super serious after my knee surgery, and have emoticon emoticon 24 lbs. in the past 5 1/2 weeks. I hit my first 10% goal this weekend and am pushing to make my next one by the end of September. emoticon

The crutches are history, although I'm still stylin' a full leg brace. I'm a sexy beast all right. I went from doing seven half marathons last year to being unable to walk to the post box and back, but I'm slowly working up. I attempted three miles yesterday but paid for it later on. So, it's healing slowly, but I'm still really excited about my progress and anxious to keep losing weight and building my mileage.

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This is long overdue. My friend and I saw the final Harry Potter movie in IMAX 3D.


My friend is taking on He Who Must Not Be Named But Who'd Better Mind His Ps and Qs. There's nothing like a pair of party favour glasses and a plastic wand to make a girl feel invincible! emoticon

Before the movie, the movie folks rolled in a cart filled with various confections and assorted bonbons, playing the HP theme music, and in a passable English accent, "Anything from the trolley?" Brilliant! One chocolate emoticon please!
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Chatting with our friendly trolleyman Robert, he kindly showed us his dual loyalties!


(Special thanks to Robert for allowing me to share this with you.)
Check out the gorgeous scarf - a present from the ever fabulous NIGHTSKYSTAR!

He also has a tattoo, which he displayed along with a little leg



That's what I'm talkin' about, ladies -- and I think he's single!

Even though she gets short shrift in the films, in honour of Tonks, I "did" my hair. This is my first hair colour experience, so I was a bit on the conservative side. I wish now that I'd done even more!





And finally --

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This knee surgery has really set me back. I have been "knee-habbing" six hours a day for six weeks now and I've just started to test it on short walks. Yesterday, I tried to walk three miles at a 20 minute per mile pace. By the second mile, I thought I was on a death march! emoticon I eventually finished with a 20:40 mile pace, but it's a far cry from what I could do a few months ago. I'm going to keep losing weight, exercising, taking care of the knee, and I hope to race for the first time in almost a year when I relay with 50FITNFUN at the VA Beach Rock n Roll 1/2 next month. emoticon

Wish us luck!

Thanks to everyone for four fabulous years! emoticon

  
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DOTSLADY 8/10/2011 12:07PM

    So I needed to go out of town for you to lose weight? WoW - you got game! I'm so happy for you woman! You mean business.
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Happy emoticon! emoticonon your perseverance and not giving up!

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SIXFULLERS 8/10/2011 11:21AM

    YOU GO GIRL! I love the Potter parts! And next time, go full-out pink on the hair!

Keep up the knee-hab. You'll be princess marathoning again in no time!

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AMUNET_RA 8/10/2011 7:26AM

    Love the hair!!

Robert seems to have a split personality! emoticon Love it! LOL!!!

Happy Anniversary and HUGE congrats on the fab loss!! I'm envious!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 8/9/2011 8:57AM

    SQUEALS!!!!! you still have the scarf!!!! I knit it a la molly...the needles were not cooperating every tim i charmed them in the air they fell down so i finally gave up and did it the muggle way!!!
looks like a BLAST.
BIF congrats on your awesome loss!!!!! and happy Sparkaversary!!!


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DISPATCH91 8/9/2011 8:27AM

    What fun it must have been at the movies. You are doing so great! I am so happy for you.

hugs, hugs, hugs

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RUNNINGOMA 8/9/2011 7:56AM

    24 pounds in 5 1/2 weeks???? How'd ya do that?

What kind of knee surgery did you have? Great to see you getting back to things. It is a big undertaking to do after a surgery I am sure.

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_LINDA 8/8/2011 11:26PM

    Happy emoticon Sparkversary!!! Way to go sticking it out for so long!! You do have to be careful with the knee though. It will let you know when you can fully get back into it! Don't want any set backs..
Lucky you to see Harry Potter! LOVE those gorgeous curls of yours, looking fabulous!! Cool dude passing out treats!
Congrats on the weight loss so far, you are going to do it!!
Go, Cat, Go!!
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POLITICALJUNKIE 8/8/2011 10:52PM

    You are mah-velous dahling!! However, I agree with ENDUROVET--really-- a month from now, a race?? You are going to get your doc & pt's blessing for that, right????

My 19 year old autistic son blew his knee up in high school playing kickball. (He got a big kick out of telling people it was a tragic kickball accident.) I remember how hard he worked to rehab, and how scary it was when he first started really working out again. He never did go back to karate, I think he just never could get used to wearing his brace for workouts (his doc told him brace for sports forever.)

Your determination is inspiring, and I have no doubt at all that you will achieve everything you want to achieve. emoticon

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DISPATCHER04 8/8/2011 10:21PM

    Cat, you really do have the most gorgeous curls, girl! :)

What a cool experience you had seeing the movie! Very cool! :)

You'll be back to doing those half marathons in no time! :)

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FIENDISHSARAH 8/8/2011 9:43PM

    Ahhhh your curls! And the pink! it's so gorgeous! Hope you enjoyed the film!

And again, congrats on the amazing loss!

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DORIS39 8/8/2011 8:31PM

   
GREAT BLOG, CAT.

IT SURE IS A CONSTANT STRUGGLE, ISN'T IT?

BUT I LOVE YOUR NEVER GIVE UP ATTITUDE.

YOU WILL GET THERE, FOR SURE.

TAKE CARE THOUGH, DON'T OVERDO IT.

OH YES, HAPPY FOURTH. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BRAVAH 8/8/2011 5:53PM

    Wow!

What an adventure you've been having! Congrats again on the great progress you've been making with your weight. I've regained just over 20 of my stupid pounds and am going to borrow some inspiration from you to re-lose them! Good for you for getting off that first 10%! That's a great achievement!

Keep working the knee - but be careful!

Love,
Heidi
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BR>P.S. Love the hair!!!

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ENDUROVET 8/8/2011 4:55PM

    (Back on work computer - can leave comments!!!)

Fabulous work - but wah-wah-wah-WHAT??? You're competing in a relay race NEXT MONTH?!?!?

& here I am feeling v tentative about a possible half in AZ in Nov? You go, girl!

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SUETINGE 8/8/2011 4:20PM

    You are doing great!

Love your trolley guy, like Bex said in a bookwormy sort of way.

I think I hit my emoticon a couple of months ago.

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L*I*T*A* 8/8/2011 3:59PM

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BEAUTIFLDZSTR 8/8/2011 3:50PM

    GEEZ you are kicking arss girl.... great job.... I am just continually gaining weight, another 40 pounds and I will be where I was when I started this journey 3 years ago. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK

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SLCOLMAN 8/8/2011 3:49PM

    Amazing!! You are a rock star :)

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BEXTRESS27 8/8/2011 3:30PM

    Firstly, CONGRATS on your progress!!! You are such a rock star!

Secondly, I LOVE YOUR PINK TONKS STREAKS!!! Beautiful! (could've done with a little more of your gorgeous face though...)

Your trolleyman seems a little confused, but that tattoo is HOTT (in an only-a-bookworm-would-be-turned-on-
by-this kind of way...*blush*)

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DEBULACLARK 8/8/2011 3:22PM

    Cat - FABULOUS blog! Thanks for the update. You're doing great. I'm sorry about the pain on the walk but you will build back up. I still did not see the movie...I'm actually going to go look up the matinees right now and maybe go this week....


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MSEMBERSTORM 8/8/2011 3:21PM

    You are doing amazing. Looks like your having a great time too. I can't believe you did that much walking yesterday with the knee so fresh from surgery. Totally awesome! Keep it up!

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CJBAGGINS 8/8/2011 2:43PM

    Great blog, Cat! I especially love the inserted emoticons to help tell the story! Entertaining and informative at the same time, as always.

I love Robert's tattoo, Dark Mark, etc. What fun!

And the trolley thing? Brilliant homage to the books and movies! I wish our movie theater had thought of it.

And your hair - what a neat way to honour Tonks!

4 years on sparks? I think I've hit that mark as well, and not realized. Wow. Time flies when we're gaining and losing and gaining and losing, right?

I'm so proud of you for pushing through the cycle though, and getting yourself out of it! You are making great progress this summer.

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You are, as always, an inspiration to me.

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DEBIGENE 8/8/2011 2:42PM

    Sounds like the movie was much fun. Maybe chair-exercises would be good at this point ????

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INDIE_V 8/8/2011 2:25PM

    Wow, emoticon on the progress, Cat!!! You seem to be doing great. We won't be able to recognise you around the hall of Hogwarts in September!! Keep up the great work and have a great (remaining) summer!

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Accountability - August

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

After having knee surgery at the end of June, I took an honest look at myself and didn't like what I saw. I was beyond morbidly obese - with a BMI of 50. I was struggling in almost every area of my life.

I found myself an eye lash's width from 290 lbs. Through July, I started Atkins and began aggressively "knee-habbing". After a month of hard work, I am happy to report that I have made progress.

July 1: 289.6
August 1: 270 emoticon

July BMI: 49.7
August BMI: 46.4

July waist: 54 inches
August waist: 52 inches

Not every area of my life is going well, but I think I am moving in the right direction.

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JIBBIE49 8/8/2011 10:03AM

    I'm 5'4" & when I joined Sparks nearly 4 yrs ago I was 214# and so miserable, so I'm glad you are getting it off with Atkins. I just finished reading "Good calories, bad calories" by Gary Traub and he certainly recommends ATKINS as the way to deal with Insulin Resistance/Metabolic Syndrome. I go the book at the library.

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MSEMBERSTORM 8/5/2011 10:00PM

    Keep up the battle! You are doing it! Hugs!

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DISPATCH91 8/5/2011 11:36AM

    Go Cat Co

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FIENDISHSARAH 8/5/2011 8:38AM

    Keep it up Cat! That's an amazing loss, especially considering you just had surgery! You're so awesome!

And here, I'll do it with ya!

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LEELEE1964 8/4/2011 10:11PM

    You ARE doing it!!! Brava!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

You are most definitely rockin' it!!! Especially so with the recovery from surgery!!

Hayley

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 8/4/2011 7:33PM

    19.6 pounds?!?! AWESOMENESS! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUETINGE 8/4/2011 4:44PM

    Great job, Cat!

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SIXFULLERS 8/4/2011 2:55PM

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JESSIEJUICE 8/4/2011 1:39PM

    What amazing progress!!! You're obviously so determined and I know emoticon

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KAUAI-CAROLANN 8/4/2011 1:33PM

    Excellent July! and added committment to August!
You are doing great and am glad we are on the same team!
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DISPATCHER04 8/4/2011 1:19PM

    You absolutely are moving in the right direction! :) Great job, Cat! :)

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BRAVAH 8/4/2011 6:51AM

    Wow!

Cat, this is some amazing progress! Congratulations on everything, but especially knocking that BMI down several points! That is amazing! Way to go on 20 pounds! Woohoo!

How is the knee-habbing going?

Love,
Heidi

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CJBAGGINS 8/4/2011 1:18AM

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Well done, Cat!

I agree that you are definitely heading in the right direction in this department.

cj

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SLCOLMAN 8/3/2011 6:05PM

    Awesome!!!

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DDUNKIES 8/3/2011 2:04PM

    Cat- YOU ROCK!!! i am so proud of you!!!! love ya donna

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BLKBLTWMN 8/3/2011 1:28PM

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 8/3/2011 11:50AM

    You truly Rock!!! I am SO proud of you!!! way to work it!!!

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NAOMIEVA 8/3/2011 10:22AM

    emoticonThat is fantastic! Keep it up! emoticon

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Way to go Cat!

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50FITNFUN 8/3/2011 9:50AM

    Totally emoticonstats, my friend! You are an inspiration to us all. emoticon emoticon

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ANGELICASASSY 8/3/2011 9:04AM

  Hey,

Congrats!!! That is awesome!! We can do this!!! Are you still on Atkins?

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Why am I committed to losing weight?

Friday, July 08, 2011

In response to CERIUSLY's assignment, I am focusing on why I need to lose weight.

I recently gained back almost all the weight I'd lost over the last three years. I won't explain it, and I'm not going to apologize for it. It happened. Let's move on.

I am dangerously overweight. Last month, my BMI was 50! Even now, it's in the high 40s. My waist is over four feet around and more than double what it should be. I am at a high risk for a stroke or heart attack. My joints are deteriorating, and my arthritis is getting worse. My autoimmune symptoms are flaring because my body is so inflamed.

My belly is so big that I almost cannot measure it with a regular tape measure. When I was in the hospital recently, and they asked me to curl up to insert the needle in my spine ... I couldn't. There was no place for me to go!

Of course, I would like to look prettier, but it's all about health right now. I'm 100 lbs. away from worrying about looks, and from experience, it's going to be a long road. Still, I either lose the weight -- or lose my life.

It's that simple.

  
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KIBAISREADY 8/3/2011 4:54PM

    emoticon I'm rooting for you! emoticon emoticon

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EMSSBEARS 7/24/2011 2:54PM

    Hey Cat I don't know if you have seen one of my blogs or not where I did little mini goals but I am going to do that this time around again. For each 2 pounds I lost I decorated a 2x2" Sqauare and displayed it on a board hanging on my wall so that I could see it each day and it was very motivating. You may want higher numbers(but for me 2 kept me going steady and I decorated it according to what holdiday or event was happening when the loss was acheieved. Kept me going. I have a picture of my chart on my old blog if you want to look- just an idea.


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ANGELICASASSY 7/21/2011 7:24PM

  Hey girl!!!

Hope you are doing better!! You can do this!!!

Much love!!!

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 7/13/2011 1:48PM

    Oh, Cat. My heart goes out to you!!! You've been with me along my journey since the beginning and I owe a lot to SPFriends like you. If there is anything I can do, please let me do it. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSEMBERSTORM 7/9/2011 1:47PM

    You can do this! I am right there with you. It is about health. Keep up the foward movement. Believe it! I do!

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NANALD 7/9/2011 11:33AM

    It is a long road but it is doable if you take it one step at a time. YOU deserve it...do whatever you need to do to take care of yourself! Making the decision to take action is a major step...just keep going! YOU WILL DO IT!!! emoticon

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BRAVAH 7/9/2011 9:54AM

    Hi Cat,

You're right. It is all about health... and I know you can do it. I'm here to encourage you along the road. It won't be fast, but you can shed those pounds and work towards a healthier you. Each day is a new chance to be one step closer to your goals! Great attitude!

Cheers,
Heidi

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SUETINGE 7/8/2011 5:41PM

    You can do it, Cat! I like the advice to just focus on 10 pounds at a time. Otherwise it can be so overwhelming. emoticon emoticon

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DOTSLADY 7/8/2011 3:13PM

    First of all, I'm selfish. I know you need to lose weight for you, but really, do it for ME, US! LOL. We need you. I want to see what the healthy you looks like. I'm curious. LOL. My mom always told me as she looked at herself in the mirror, "I'm petite underneath." And I can see my petite self after losing 80 -- still have 60 to go, and ya know what? I'm jiggy with it! I know you can get jiggy with yourself, so let's roll baby! Onward and upward! Put on some Tony Robbins and do IT!
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JULIE_MAY 7/8/2011 1:50PM

    CJ is right - don't think about those 100 pounds - concentrate on getting 10 pounds off, then the next 10. You need to accept and love yourself for who you are, not what you look like, and then it will become easier to make healthy choices because you're doing it for YOU and because you're worth it. You have lots of support here. Blog daily if you need an outlet for your emotions or need to stop yourself from eating something you shouldn't. We're here for you!
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MDMNINA 7/8/2011 1:33PM

    Those are good reasons! Keep repeating them to yourself when you get discouraged!

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_LINDA 7/8/2011 12:11PM

    The thing you must keep in mind here, is you HAVE lost weight. You know you have it in you to get back from this terrible brink. You have done it before and FOR SURE can do it again! And we will all be right here with you, one screaming little painful step at a time. You are so worth it to save your life. You can do this, with a little help from your friends. We are here for you..
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GBSLIM 7/8/2011 11:29AM

    We have a VERY long journey ahead of us but we are climbing this mountain together. There are going to be times when one or more of us gets tired and feels that we just can't go on and that's when we all reach out to help pull that person/s up.
Don't be afraid to reach out for help. Please.
UGH to think of how far I have to go makes me tired already so I am choosing to live from now on as if I am already healthy.
Healthy people choose to eat healthy foods and b/c I am healthy that's what I will do. Healthy people stay active. I may not be able to see my feet but there are still many ways I can keep moving. WE CAN DO THIS!
LOL there should be a warning on our taste buds. DANGER! Giving in to these little buggers CAN be hazardous to your life! emoticon

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CJBAGGINS 7/8/2011 10:37AM

    FUNFROG is right; you deserve to be healthy. You owe this to yourself. As we were saying in the family room (or was it the great hall?), even after 100 lbs, you'll still have a way to go. But it's crunch time. You do have to work at the first 100 first. Actually, no, that first 10 first. Then the next. And the next.

I'm cheering for you!

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(edited to fix very bad grammar and spelling, lol)

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FUNFROG79 7/8/2011 10:32AM

    It's a tough road ahead, but I know you can do this! You are strong and I know how much you'd like to be healthy. Do it b/c you deserve it, it will be the best gift to yourself! emoticon

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REBELBLITZ 7/8/2011 10:15AM

    You are on the right track to better your healthy. emoticon

Cheryl

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MARZIPAN22 7/8/2011 10:13AM

    I have a long road ahead also, fellow Sparker, and it will not get shorter by putting it off. I know I will develop patience as I consistently adhere to life change, and you obviously have the skill and determination since you had lost excess weight before. In addition to that in all areas of my life I tend toward throwing out or undervaluing progress that doesn't seem significant to me. That's one of my greatest challenges...to never dismiss any progress, no matter my view of it's value. I trust that both of us will hold fast to the good and not let anything deter us from it. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 7/8/2011 10:06AM

    You control your future, your destiny.
What you think about comes about.
By recording your dreams and goals on paper,
you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be.

Put your future in good hands - your own.
blessings and hugs..........lita

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DISPATCH91 7/8/2011 9:26AM

    I love what Six said, take no prisoners and them means fat cells you are out of here.

Go Cat Go, do it because you so deservie it.

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SIXFULLERS 7/8/2011 9:23AM

    Amen sister! I've reached the same conclusions - I've done as much backsliding as I can and now am at risk.

Make no excuses and take no prisoners!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 7/8/2011 8:36AM

    i am with you. you are doing it right..no mollycoddling it is what it is. I faced the same thing about a month ago...no excuses, no apologies, just we NEED to do this for health and life. period. I'm working on it..hard. i know you are too and i'm with you every step of the way.

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Fat, Salt, and Sugar Alter Brain Chemistry

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Ever wonder why you couldn't seem to put down the fork? This is one more reason I really limit processed food in my diet - those sneaky buggers!

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/conten
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MEADSBAY 7/31/2011 1:25PM

    I read this entire (mostly boring) book- some eye opening stuff in there but no huge surprises.
I can certainly see now who people who eat out a lot (not me) cannot control their weight.
The chapters on restaurant and process foods were downright shocking!

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DOTSLADY 7/8/2011 3:16PM

    That's so funny - as I work my way backward in your blog I was thinking the same thing while reading tomorrow's entry - LOL. I'm not even gonna read the article, I just know YOU have control over what neurotransmitters you push/pull. Make sure your hormones are tight, and drink your water. (... and if I could in really small font, I'd say, "go paleo!" emphasis on veg and meat)
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SUETINGE 7/7/2011 5:19PM

    Doesn't completely surprise me. I know once I start on a "little snack" there are times when there's no stopping me.

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WESTIEGAL1 7/7/2011 4:32PM

    That doesn't surprise me. It is eye opening though. I think the tides are turning against the junk food. Like the cigarettes he mentioned it will take awhile to get everyone on board, but it can be done. It can start with us! emoticon

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MSEMBERSTORM 7/7/2011 4:32PM

    Wow! I believe it. Scary!


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DISPATCH91 7/7/2011 1:11PM

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 7/7/2011 12:40PM

    interesting...and maddening!!

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DDUNKIES 7/7/2011 10:21AM

    that was a great article- really makes you think about what's REALLY in the food you're eating

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SIXFULLERS 7/7/2011 10:18AM

    Great read! Now I want to know how he retrained his brain.

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FUNFROG79 7/7/2011 9:36AM

    Wow, thanks for sharing!

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L*I*T*A* 7/7/2011 9:21AM

    great share........thanks...
blessings and hugs............lita

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CJBAGGINS 7/7/2011 9:16AM

    Isn't that terrifyingly amazing? I saw a similar article about that study in a mag in my chiro's office. It sure made sense to me!

cj

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MADDIE10281 7/7/2011 9:14AM

  Thanks for sharing

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My reasons to lose weight - #1

Tuesday, July 05, 2011



Sometimes I feel all fired up about what I'm doing, and other times, I lose the plot a bit. I get distracted by obstacles, life events, or feel that I "deserve" a break and sabotage myself. What I "deserve" is to be healthy and happy, and morbid obesity isn't going to get me there.

I've decided to catalog all the reasonsI need to stay the course and compile them to remind myself when I get down and discouraged.

So --- *drum roll*

Reason Number One:

I investigated life insurance yesterday. Were I at my goal weight, I' d pay $31 a month. At my present weight? $121! That's almost $1100 more a year!

  
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XELAMARIE 7/7/2011 8:38AM

    good for you Cat keep motivated!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 7/6/2011 8:16PM

    thats a big difference. almost seems wrong..isnt there a law against discrimination?
I like your idea. I may borrow it!!

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50FITNFUN 7/6/2011 11:45AM

    Being an Air Force spouse, I've never had to worry about lif or health insurance as the government covers me and my hubby both. We pay $400/year for the added medical coverage that takes us out of the Standard category. We have no co-pays and all our prescriptions are free. For that, I am truly thankful.

What you wrote in the beginning about being all fired up but then losing your way due to obstacles is just the way I, and I'm sure many others, have felt on this weight loss/better health journey. The trick about getting past the obstacles is remembering that you aren't alone in this. We've all faced (or are facing) similar issues and together we can help each other make the hurdles.

Oh...and I agree with an earlier post...just think of all the cute workout clothes and racing outfits you'll be able to get with that money! emoticon

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DISPATCH91 7/6/2011 9:42AM

    that is a big saveings but you need to lose weight for you.

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FLORIDAFAN 7/6/2011 9:35AM

    I agree with Bexy,

I think you found a great way to keep yourself occupied while you recover and then you will be ready to roll. Also I do expect you to be at the princess 5 yr.....just because.

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DISPATCHER04 7/6/2011 6:28AM

    What a great idea, Kitty Cat! :)

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MSEMBERSTORM 7/5/2011 11:05PM

    You deserve to be healthy and happy. Excellent choice.

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DOTSLADY 7/5/2011 10:20PM

    Hey, least you got quoted! They denied ME! lol. I think they wanted like $400/mo... I don't remember exactly, but the end result is I didn't get it (heck, this was BEFORE my heart attack! lol). Actually, I fought TO get it - - they denied me cause I had depression in my past - they even got ahold of my old counselor who'd thrown out my papers cause of the statute of limitations. I told them I'd overcome w/the celiac diagnosis, and they relented: I got a blood test, urine test and a letter w/an obtuse monthly payment. That's fine, I thought to myself. I'll just outlive 'em! Saved myself some money. I'm worth more alive anyway. Jerks. LOL.

Reality check, though, isn't it? More incentive emoticon

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RUNNERCHICK007 7/5/2011 3:30PM

    Wow, that's not what I expected to read hear but now that you say it I think I'm going to check mine out as motivation...thanks!!

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L*I*T*A* 7/5/2011 2:26PM

    who knew!!!
will be checking that out....
thanks...
blessings and hugs....
lita

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FUNFROG79 7/5/2011 1:23PM

    That is fantastic! I gotta check mine out!

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TERJEGOLD 7/5/2011 1:14PM

    That's a really powerful motivator. Think of all the cute workout clothes you could buy with that extra money. Wow!

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ENDUROVET 7/5/2011 1:11PM

    That's incredible - I knew insurance co's were gouging us, but that's a 75% increase!

(be glad you ain't me - as a cancer survivor I get to pay $500/mon for the privilege of health insurance ;-)

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BEXTRESS27 7/5/2011 12:54PM

    Most powerful line in your whole blog:

"What I "deserve" is to be healthy and happy"

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You DO deserve to be healthy and happy!
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And saving money makes everybody happy, so get to saving!! emoticon

Comment edited on: 7/5/2011 12:55:35 PM

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GBSLIM 7/5/2011 12:53PM

    Wow. Wasn't expecting that as a reason but it sure is a good one as is your plan. Good Luck to you.

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CJBAGGINS 7/5/2011 12:53PM

    Great idea for a blog, Cat!
And what a fabulous reason to lose weight. *sheesh* That's highway robbery.

I think I deserve a break too, and then sabotage myself. The ways our minds work, eh?

cj

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SUETINGE 7/5/2011 12:49PM

    Great blog and incentive.

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DDUNKIES 7/5/2011 12:20PM

    i absolutely love your blog!!!do EXACTLY the same type of behaviours- SO ridiculous its like 1 step up and 2 steps back. havings your reasons written down will be easier to focus when you feel that you've lost your way or need a break- i need to find a way to reward myself without going backwards- i got your back Cat- WHENEVER you need me emoticon

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TURTLETALK 7/5/2011 11:47AM

    Wow, that is a great financial incentive!

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