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Treats Not Tricks This Halloween!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

I took my monthly measurements today. I only lost a few pounds all month and have been cycling the same few pounds for a while now. But the good news? I'm down 9 inches! People have been saying I look better, but I thought they were just being encouraging. Maybe it's true? Dare I hope?

Happy Halloween, everyone! emoticon

  
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RAVEN1025 11/7/2010 10:41PM

    That is fantastic!! I am so proud of you for being so determined. You are very inspirational!

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FUNFROG79 11/5/2010 12:12PM

    WOW!!!! emoticon

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KARBRUCE 11/5/2010 10:26AM

    Fabulosity!!!!

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BRAVAH 11/1/2010 7:19AM

    Woohoo!

Cat, that is fabulous! Congratulations! Keep up the great work!

Cheers,
Heidi

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BEAUTIFLDZSTR 10/31/2010 6:59PM

    INCHES ARE GREAT and you know it lol.... emoticon

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PROF.MCGONAGALL 10/31/2010 12:14PM

    Now that's what I call Transfiguration. Nicely done! Five points to Slytherin!

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ANGELICASASSY 10/31/2010 12:09PM

  OMG- 9 inches and a few pounds is awesome! What a great month! I am sure people are noticing how fab you are looking! Congrats~

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DISPATCH91 10/31/2010 10:06AM

    emoticon 9" that is outstanding!!!!! So Happy For YOU

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ENDUROVET 10/31/2010 9:46AM

    Congratulations! It's like everyone keeps telling me, that I LOOK thinner even though the scales are EXACTLY the same...
(in my case it seems to be a case of everything settling south ;-)

Keep goin'!

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AMUNET_RA 10/31/2010 9:30AM

    Yay!!! emoticoncongrats, sexy!!!

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1MIN17SECB412PM 10/31/2010 8:29AM

    DANG, Cat!! 9 inches is... OUTSTANDING, girl!! Do you measure the hips, waist, bust, and thighs, calves, upper arms too?!! I use that SP weigh-in, and it's got all that, except the bust/chest, but there's a place you can add extra measures + they've even got the neck measure... anyWHO... *\o/* YOU GO GIRL *\o/* and don't worry about that creepy scale cuz' it's probably been *bewitched* this entire month anyway!!
::hugs n' kisses::

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HOPEFULANGE 10/31/2010 6:40AM

    9 inches!?!?! WOO HOO!!! Good for you!
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ELINTY 10/31/2010 2:55AM

  congratulations

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SAFETYSUE 10/31/2010 2:17AM

    Happy Halloween, Love your site..very festive!!!!
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CEGRUBE 10/31/2010 1:48AM

    Wierd! I'm losing quite a bit of weight, but not many inches. What's up with that? Wanta trade? emoticon

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MACKANDME 10/31/2010 1:40AM

    emoticonGreat Job! emoticon

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Hershey Weekend

Sunday, October 10, 2010



One needn't be insane to travel 30+ hours for a weekend just to turn around and travel 30+ hours back, but is sure helps! I signed up for the inaugural Hershey Half in gorgeous PA when the knee seemed to be doing better. I hoped to see FLORIDAFAN and DANI1855, and FOODGIRL even thought she might come. (You know that combining racing with seeing Sparkfriends has become a bit of a passion of mine - hee hee!) Sadly, the knee is becoming a much longer-term project than originally expected and seems unable to fully heal. As people got busy and plans changed, it looked like Hershey was going to fall by the wayside.

Then Dani said she was definitely going to run the race - her first. We don't get to see each other all that often, and I wanted to be there to cheer her on. I arrived in Philly late Friday and started the two-hour drive to Hershey. I passed the exit leading to my mother's house and almost surprised her but knew I was too tired to be companionable.

Those of you who read my last blog know the news that awaited me in Hershey. My grandmother had died. Instead of going to Hershey Park for the day while waiting for Dani to arrive, I called my parents. I thought they might be caught up in making arrangements, but they were really sweet and drove out to Hershey so we could be together. We ate lunch in a diner, served by a cheeky waiter and then decided to go to Chocolate World.

We took the tour and then made out own custom chocolate bars. It was quite the experience. We selected the innards and toppings and even designed the packaging!


Dad mugs for the camera


The parental units show off their creations

Next, we wandered over to the café, where we selected toppings for our ice cream. The portions were enormous!!! It's honestly no wonder Americans are fat - sheesh! While we waited for our confectionery masterpieces to arrive, we were invited to paint the paper tablecloth. Apparently a treat for children, the waitress recognized that we were children at heart. emoticon


My little Picasso


M&D living their second childhood

Dani and her entourage arrived. DH and the kiddies stayed in another hotel, while Dani stayed with me so we could catch up on girl talk. emoticon The more we talked about the race, the more excited I got. You all know what a raging bling ho' I am, and we speculated that the medal would be a chunky silver hershey kiss. Cool, right?

The forecast was for gray skies and rain, but Sunday dawned blue and bright, and the clear, crisp, autumn weather was a delight after months of 90+ weather in Beirut. A fun fact about the Hershey race: instead of planting the walkers in the back and letting us make do, this race allowed walkers to begin in the front with a head start. Dani was feeling strong and felt she would be able to run, but the head start got me to thinking. So I decided to start with the walkers and see how things went.

The course was fast, flat, and gorgeous. We walked through the park, under the enormous rollercoasters, and the little zoo. Part of the course was on the main street, and I saw a minister standing in front of his church, his arms clasped behind his back.

"Pray for me, Father", I called.

"I will", he answered solemnly.


Aren't the streetlamps darling?

Dani passed me in mile 7, looking fantastic. She jetted off, finishing in a mere 2:14. I felt great until mile 12, when my knee decided it had enough and pooped out. I was so close to the finish line, I couldn't bring myself to bow out and soldiered on.

Dani and her family were waiting for me at the finish line, which I finally crossed at 4:09.





Afterwards, Dani and I luxuriated at the Hershey Hotel Spa.


hee hee - with our bling


sipping hot cocoa before our cocoa massages

We headed home after that, and I enjoyed a quick visit with the 'rents before starting the long trip back. Lufthansa refused to change my ticket, so staying for the funeral wasn't an option, but I'd like to think that Nana knew I was near.

Congratulations, Dani! emoticon

  
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TWINTS 10/29/2010 12:36PM

    Awesome job!! Loved how you packed so much in a little bit of time. Though, I am sorry you couldn't make it to the funeral. BTW, you're parents look like nice ones! emoticon

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ENDUROVET 10/27/2010 1:10PM

    Congratulations! This makes me want to pick out a "destination half"; haven't done one in a LONG time...

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ANGELICASASSY 10/23/2010 11:08PM

  Hey, this sounds like a fabulous time! I am soo happy that you did this and had a great time!

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 10/15/2010 5:06PM

    I totally want to climb that pole and eat that kiss!

emoticon on crossing the finish line! You look GREAT in the hot tub! emoticon

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DANI1855 10/14/2010 11:22PM

    I want to thank you again for an awesome weekend! You know I wouldn't have done that without you giving me a little nudge. I still feel great about myself for finishing the race and I look at the medal often for inspiration. I am even keeping it in the kitchen so it's handy to look at. Although I keep thinking I should take it upstairs, it's nicer to have it nearby. Am I at risk for becoming addicted to bling like you?

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MAPLELEAFMOM 10/13/2010 1:53PM

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It sounds like it soo much fun!! How cool that your parents were there too :) I hope your trip back was as good as it can possibly get !! Take care of that knee as I can't wait to hear how the Disney race weekend is !!!

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WINDSONG~ 10/11/2010 3:52AM

    What wonderful memories.

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FLORIDAFAN 10/10/2010 11:30PM

    So glad to see that you parents were able to spend the day with you! Thanks for another race recap and one day we shall meet again!

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WILDRICE99 10/10/2010 10:06PM

    emoticon Way to push through the pain! Congratulations on completing the race. That's what this journey is all about...Perseverance.

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DISPATCH91 10/10/2010 9:51PM

    Thanks for sharing Cat.

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1MIN17SECB412PM 10/10/2010 7:19PM

    *C*O*N*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S* to both of you, Cat!! To you, and Dani. My condolences to you for your loss. I am certain your Nana & *Stuffy* were peeking from just beyond that curtain of time when you got your next CHUNK A' BLING too, Cat!! emoticon

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RAVEN1025 10/10/2010 5:53PM

    Congrats! I love the photos of your trip, your parents are pretty cute.
Do you have a close-up of that bling?

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SLCOLMAN 10/10/2010 10:55AM

    You are amazing!! I love that you just did it and finished even with everything going on!! You rock!

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DOTSLADY 10/10/2010 10:37AM

    emoticonness GF! I don't know how you do it, but it must be in the genes. ;0) I'm so proud of your commitment to (fun) finishing races and such. I hope to be like you when I grow up, graduating from 5Ks to more. ;0)

Cocoa rubs - never heard of it, where've I been? I've never had one, but if it's anything like smelling hubby's empty mug of raspberry flavored coffee right now, it's divine. (I don't drink coffee any more, but I sure love the smell. DH couldn't find any non-flavored coffee so he had to make due with a holiday gift from SIL who is friends with coffee makers in SoCal ... flavored coffee could have gluten, so it has been sitting there.) Anyway, tmi on the coffee. lol

I'm so sorry about your grandmother. It's sad to lose someone you love. How nice you have memories with her and had a relationship. I barely knew mine as we were always moving. She sounds special and someone I would have liked. Like you.
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JHADZHIA 10/10/2010 8:52AM

    Way to go finishing the race in spite of the knee. What a lovely time with your Spark friend and your parents! Americans sure know how to create a fun atmosphere. Enjoyed seeing your photos! What wonderful memories. Something positive to remember in a time of sorrow..
Sorry you weren't able to attend your Nana's funeral :(
Hope you wern't too sore with your knee on that frightfully long trip back :(
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ESBELL 10/10/2010 8:43AM

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What a wonderful weekend you had! The time with the parents sounds like so much fun! And the race sounds absolutely gorgeous! Add another one to my "to-do" list!

I'm glad you had a safe trip back. Sending lots of healing vibes for that knee!

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FUNFROG79 10/10/2010 8:15AM

    Congrats! What a fun race! A coco massage....lovely! How's the knee now? Thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon

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50FITNFUN 10/10/2010 7:57AM

    emoticon emoticonCongrats to both of you on the finish of the Hershey Half!! What an awesome weekend it turned out to be. I'm very sorry to learn of your Nana's passing and the timing of it all. But still, I think she was with you every step of the way to the finish line. It was great that the "parental units" were able to visit you in Hershey and enjoy a day during such a trying time.

I thought you had written that race off and weren't even making the trip. I would have come up for the day to cheer you both on to victory. It looks as hough you and Dani had great fun in the lap of luxury. Do share what it was like to have a cocoa massage...PLEEEZE!! I've fantasized about having a weekend retreat to Hershey with all the spa treatments. That must have been a great treat to indulge in post race.

So, how is the knee treating you since doing the race. Did you aggrevate it further or did it hold up to the rigor? Are you still planning on anoher surgery?

I'm so glad you shared the events of the weekend and the photos. It ws great fun to read it all and the look on your face as you crossed the finish line is priceless. emoticon

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Death ... and Life

Saturday, October 02, 2010


My Nana with her dog Willie
1914 - 2010

I left Beirut Thursday evening to begin the 30+ hour trip to Hershey, PA -- "the sweetest place on earth". Right before I left, I called my mother to catch up. She told me Nana was really slipping. I have mixed feelings because I know she's ready to die and wants to be with my grandfather, but she has always been my biggest cheerleader, and I know I will miss the constancy of having her in my life.

I arrived in Philly, exhausted, having no slept in over 40 hours, rented a car and began the 2 hour drive to Hershey in rush hour traffic. I drove by the exit that would take me to my mother's house and almost went to see her, but I was too tired to be companionable and didn't want to impose on her just for respite before I dashed off again.

I got lost in charming rural Pennsylvania and imagined all the good food in the homey diners I passed, and, eventually, I arrived at my hotel. I had an email awaiting me. Nana died while I was enroute. I was planning to see her next month and suspected it would be our lst time together. Now I'm glad I saw her in June.

She was ahead of her time in many ways. She wore bikinis before they were fashionable and always advocated for women's equal participation in society. She hoped I'd run for president so she could vote for me. I still remember telling my grandparents that I'd been accepted at university. I invited them out to dinner, and when I told them, Nana's eyes filled with tears, and she looked up at Granddad and said, "Stuffy (her pet name for him), can you believe it? Our granddaughter is going to Oxford!" I'll never forget how good it made me feel to make her so proud of me.

So ... anyway, I am now in Hershey. My BFF is running her first ever 1/2 marathon tomorrow. Her DH and kids are coming to cheer her on. They're staying in one hotel, and Dani and I are staying in another. LOL Girl power! After the race, we're going to the Hershey Spa and getting cocoa massages. I wonder how much weight I'll gain from licking myself.

And I fly out on Monday to get back to Beirut by Tuesday night. It's crazy but it's life.


Nana and GD - I take comfort in believing that they are together again.

  
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MAPLELEAFMOM 10/13/2010 1:50PM

    I am very late with this but I am so sorry for your loss Cat... HUGE hugs going your way !! My grandmother passed away in September so I can relate a little to how you might be feeling. emoticon



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BEEHAPPY2 10/8/2010 12:29PM

    I liked reading the blog about your trip but was so sorry to hear your grandma passed away. I have a lot of fond memories of my own grandma was has been gone over 5 years now. Hope you had a good visit with your mom while you were in the States. I used to live near Hershey and remember the sweet chocolate smell in the air! Hugs, Bee

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VEGANLINDS 10/6/2010 11:12PM

    She sounds like an amazing person, Cat. Thanks for sharing about her - now we know where you get some of your awesomeness from.
I'm glad you have a reason to take comfort in your loss of her. May she live on in your heart forever emoticon

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DANI1855 10/4/2010 10:24AM

    I want you to know how much this weekend meant to me. You KNOW I would not have done this race if you hadn't encouraged me. I am VERY sore, but also very proud of us! That was not easy. As I am telling everyone, we are awesome!

If you change your flight, give me a call and I'll be there with you! Your Nana was quite the lady and she will be missed. Give your Mom our love, she will be in our thoughts and prayers but remember you lost someone important to you too! Give yourself some time to grieve.

Love,
Dani

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SHORTTOOTH1 10/4/2010 10:17AM

    I'm sorry that you lost your grandmother. I'm sure that she's happy now and watching over you.

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INDIE_V 10/3/2010 6:31AM

    I'm very sorry for your loss, Cat. Your Nana sounds like she was an amazing woman who led a very full and exciting life. May she rest in peace and I'm sure she's happy being reunited with your granddad and watching you make her proud from above. emoticon

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SUETINGE 10/2/2010 10:46PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. I'm sure Nana and "Stuffy" are together again. I get the feeling that she was the source of a lot of your spunk. emoticon

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MSEMBERSTORM 10/2/2010 10:18PM

    Oh hun. I am so sorry about your Nana. Hugs.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/2/2010 6:29PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. They were an amazing looking couple and she sounds like the kind of woman I would have loved to have known. emoticon

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TRACY180 10/2/2010 6:26PM

    Sorry for your loss. I know that you must miss her very much. The memories that you have will always be in your heart.

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AMUNET_RA 10/2/2010 6:09PM

    ((HUGS)) Sorry for your loss, Cat! "Stuffy" and Nana look great! I'm sure they're so happy to be together again and are cheering you on as a team, once more!

Enjoy your time in the land of the sweet... emoticon

Love ya!!
~~B

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MRE1956 10/2/2010 5:02PM

    My deepest condolences on the loss of your Nana.....

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NIMAWEYGH 10/2/2010 4:54PM

    I am so glad you are taking comfort in the fact that your GD and GM are together now and Cat you will never forget how proud she was of you and all the things you did together.

My heart goes out to you and I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Your stories remind me of my Great Aunt Bess she was so ahead of her time and so supportive of me.



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HOPEFULANGE 10/2/2010 4:39PM

    Your grandmother sounds spunky with those bikinis! I'm glad you got to see her in June and that she was so proud of you. That's exactly what a grandmother should be!

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FUNFROG79 10/2/2010 3:15PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss, it's always tough to lose those you love. emoticon emoticon

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FLORIDAFAN 10/2/2010 1:50PM

    Hugs to you! If I can get my hiney moving I will be in Hershey tomorrow morning. MY mom sis and her family are on there way there now. Good luck and enjoy that chocolate! Cant wait to her about your adventure

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BELLALUCIA 10/2/2010 1:29PM

    Your grandparents are gorgeous!

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SLCOLMAN 10/2/2010 1:25PM

    I am so sorry for your loss.
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BEAUTIFLDZSTR 10/2/2010 12:37PM

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and you licking yourself that made me laugh and with the day I am having I needed it

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MDMNINA 10/2/2010 11:27AM

    She will always be there for you in your heart! I look forward to hearing more about her when we meet in January!

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CJBAGGINS 10/2/2010 11:13AM

    i am sorry to hear that you have lost your greatest cheerleader. But you can still make her proud, you know that! They are still cheering you on.

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CASSIEMARY28 10/2/2010 10:48AM

    Oh, Cat. So sorry. But I am glad you're finding peace in knowing they're together again. That's a wonderful perspective and oh so true!

Love you lots, and know I'm here (just like all these ladies are) if you need anything. Sending prayers and love for you and your family.

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SIXFULLERS 10/2/2010 10:28AM

    I'm so glad they're together again. It is hard for those of us left behind to deal with the loss of loved ones. And especially hard when such special bonds are broken.

Nana will be with you at the race and she will always be your biggest cheerleader. Listen for her.

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COLEISMYSOUL 10/2/2010 10:24AM

    I am so sorry for your loss. Grandparents are important people in our lives.

Hope you have a great run!

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L*I*T*A* 10/2/2010 10:16AM

    am so sorry to hear of your loss.....
my thoughts and prayers are with you and yours .........
what wonderful memories you have..........
cherish them forever
blessings and hugs..............lita

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DANIMITE2 10/2/2010 9:58AM

    Hugs, my sweet friend. So thankful today for the hope we have in eternity!

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BRAVAH 10/2/2010 9:32AM

    Dear Cat,

Sorry for your loss. I still miss my grandmother. Grandmas are so special. Glad yours was such a great friend for you!

Cheers,
Heidi

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DISPATCH91 10/2/2010 9:23AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I am so sorry.

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JHADZHIA 10/2/2010 9:22AM

    So very sorry about your loss :(( Your Nana sound like a very special woman. Hold that thought she is with her precious Stuffy. Sounds like she led a long and happy life. May she rest in peace..
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DEBULACLARK 10/2/2010 9:15AM

    Oh Cat. I'm so, so, sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. It sounds like she lived a long, wonderful life. I know it's hard but, you're right, she's with your Granddad now. It doesn't take the pain away but it does console a bit. If there's anything I can do...please let me know.
xoxo

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 10/2/2010 9:09AM

    Oh my dear dear Cat...I am so very sorry. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you...your Nana was so blessed to have YOU for a granddaughter.
I'm so glad you are thinking the positive, that she is with Stuffy--I truly believe that. They look like Royalty sitting there together. And so happy!! I bet it was because they were smiling at the thought of you, their dear granddaughter. What a lovely Christmas picture that is.
I love you, Cat. I'm here for you. I will be out for a couple of hours at 11:30 till about 3 i would think...other than that i'm here if you want or need to talk. Let me know what i can do.
Again..my prayers are with you and your family. Lots of love and caring to you all
Holly


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Coming Down the Homestretch

Saturday, August 28, 2010

I'm in my last day of Dr. Hyman's one-week detox plan. I won't lie - it was tough in the beginning, and it's not especially easy now, but the scale is loving it! I'm down 6 lbs. with one day left. This is my lowest weight since April, 2009. Yay!

  
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BRAVAH 9/22/2010 6:25AM

    Hi Cat,

Sorry I missed a few of your blogs. I hope that live is good and that this autumn is treating you well!

Cheers,
Heidi

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FLORIDAFAN 9/3/2010 1:20PM

    YOu Go Girl!

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L*I*T*A* 9/1/2010 1:01PM

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FUNFROG79 9/1/2010 11:53AM

    FAN FREAKING TASTIC! emoticon emoticon

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SUETINGE 8/30/2010 4:27PM

    Great job, Cat!

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SIXFULLERS 8/29/2010 8:40PM

    OUTSTANDING!!!!!! What a great jump start! WAY TO GO!!!

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MSEMBERSTORM 8/29/2010 7:37PM

    Whoo hoooo! You go gal!!!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/29/2010 12:18PM

    Great job on the weight loss!!!

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SLCOLMAN 8/29/2010 12:45AM

    Woo hoo!! Glad to hear from you and that you are doing well :)

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LUCY_SHADOW 8/28/2010 1:17PM

    Way to go!! That's fantastic progress, my dear!!

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 8/28/2010 12:12PM

    Hmmm...I've been thinking of doing something like that lately. emoticon

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ESBELL 8/28/2010 12:07PM

    Yeah!

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AMUNET_RA 8/28/2010 10:24AM

    emoticon Yay!! Well done! What is the next step?

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COLEISMYSOUL 8/28/2010 9:29AM

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FUNFROG79 8/28/2010 9:29AM

    Congrats! How exciting!! emoticon

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DEBULACLARK 8/28/2010 9:19AM

    Good for you Cat!! Great job!!

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INDIE_V 8/28/2010 8:48AM

    Well done, Cat!!!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 8/28/2010 8:42AM

    Thats WONDERFUL!!! YAY!! i know how tough it has been for you...
Jhadzhia, I believe when it is a qualified doctor or dietitian prescribed plan you are more than fine to do it!!
Cat..hang in..one more day and i know you will make it!! good for you!!!
Hugs
Holly

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JHADZHIA 8/28/2010 8:23AM

    Congratulations! Way to go!
Sparks doesn't advocate those detox diets, but if it works for you and you don't regain anything, more power to you!
Enjoy your weekend!

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August

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

After the high of my June trip, July wasn't such a great month for me. Between work stress, family drama, Spark drama, friend problems, and health problems, I lost focus. When I realised that my three year Sparkiversary is just a couple of days away, I was ashamed of how little I have to show for it

This month, I'm returning to basics. To return to a positive focus, I'm making a series of small changes to build my confidence and self-esteem and get myself back on track. Girls Night In has been rocking it, and I'm counting on them to make this month a fantastic springboard to a brilliantly successful fourth year. I'm excited about my new teams like Charleys, Living Low Carb and Macrobiotic that will help me develop a healthy eating plan and looking forward to addressing money issues with my friends at Debt Haven and Debt Free Living. The 2010 team reminds me that this is a series of baby steps, and my amazing running family at Disney Distance and friends on WDW Marathon 2011 and Injured Runners are my inspiration and sounding boards as I train for the toughest physical challenge I've ever attempted. I love thinking of exercise in new ways with my Zumba team, and Head to Toe Beauty reminds me that health is more than weight and fitness. My True Blood teams feed my *sick* obsession with vampires, and, last but not least, Hogwarts will always be my heart and the main reason I Spark. You witches are brilliant!!

I have many wonderful friends who are not currently on any of the same teams as I am, but they are still a special part of my life and very important to me. I hope I can inspire others, but know that you all are the reason I don't just pack it in, sit on the sofa, and give up. Thank you!!

  
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FROLIC838 8/13/2010 11:01AM

    It's always good to go back and review the basics. Even when in the midst of a successful streak, it is easy to lose sight of what makes it so. Keep up the great work!

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NMUDDIE 8/9/2010 6:15AM

    You are awesome! Loys of people love, admire, and really look to you for inspiration. Be proud!


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MSEMBERSTORM 8/4/2010 9:59PM

    You are an amazing person! I am awed by all that you have done and look forward to all that you do! You better stick around here a long long long time!!!! Hugs my friend.

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VEGANLINDS 8/4/2010 1:09PM

    Can't wait to see what awesome things you'll do with August! emoticon

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AMUNET_RA 8/4/2010 10:05AM

    After meeting, Ems, CJ, Derek and me I'm sure the rest of the summer was bound to be a let-down! ;-) ((HUGS)) Sorry that July sucked!

Here's to getting back to basics and to a great fourth year here at Spark!

~~B

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CJBAGGINS 8/3/2010 11:20PM

    This was me clicking the subscribe box and then it asking me for another comment.

Oops.

cj

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CJBAGGINS 8/3/2010 11:19PM

    Okay, I'm annoyed. I did not get a notification that you had a new blog. Have to check that the little box thingee is checked again.

Anyway, all the best with August, my friend. I bet it will be way better than July - for both of us!

I'm so glad you have such a varied and supportive group of teams and team members to help you as you enter your third year with sparks.

cj

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L*I*T*A* 8/3/2010 7:31PM

    all the best with your new goals.....
the rest of the year will be better!!!
take care...........blessings and hugs............lita

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BELLALUCIA 8/3/2010 6:23PM

    I'm sorry July sucked! Hopefully things will turn around! Thanks for remembering me regarding my upcoming trip!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/3/2010 4:24PM

    Good luck with your goals!! You can do this!!

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SLCOLMAN 8/3/2010 3:00PM

    I am getting back to basics and trying to do this again. I lost so much weight one upon a time then I gained it almost all back... I feel like a failure because I gained it back but I know that I can do it again.
We will get to our goals :)

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LIMELITESHINES 8/3/2010 1:33PM

    You inspire me daily my lovely!

and you have PLENTY to show for your amazing 3 years here at Spark! You have amazing friends, have run amazing races, have conquered all sorts of different obstacles and hurdles!!!!!!

You are amazing!!!!!!!!!!

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SUETINGE 8/3/2010 1:17PM

    As we say over on the Late in Life Mommies team - baby steps. It's a great way to go. It sounds like you've got a bunch of great support from all of your teams.

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LUCY_SHADOW 8/3/2010 12:55PM

    Back to basics is always a good idea. Here's to your fantastic fourth year!!

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ZIRCADIA 8/3/2010 12:30PM

    *HUGS* It's so easy to get drawn into a downward spiral when life is throwing challenges at is - it's a great reminder that we can regain our spark and create an upward spiral with small positive changes every day. :)

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COLEISMYSOUL 8/3/2010 10:58AM

    GLad to hear you are back in the grove. You rock!

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MDMNINA 8/3/2010 10:05AM

    OH, dear. You would have to tell me there is a True Blood team. The last thing I need to do is join another team. Feeling the pull....must resist!!

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FIENDISHSARAH 8/3/2010 9:19AM

    Muhahaha, us witches.... is it bad I take that multiple ways? emoticon
This is a great blog Cat. I know a lot of us have felt the same way lately, and I'm so happy you and I can be jumping back on board together. Here's to a healthy second-half-of-the-year!

I'm here whenever you need me too, ya know!
xoxo

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 8/3/2010 8:50AM

    High fives..we WILL have a fantastic month!! The Girls Night In challenge is GREAT and i think we are all dedicated and working it...I cant keep track of all your teams but am glad you can--you are getting support and inspiration from them and thats FANTASTIC!!!
I'm right here to support and help you and cherish your friendship!!
Hugs
Holly

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DEBULACLARK 8/3/2010 8:21AM

    I think you, me, Holly, Sarah and CJ are all on the same page right now....moving forward and not giving up! I'm thankful for my sparkfriends too Cat...especially you!

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FUNFROG79 8/3/2010 8:17AM

    Great blog, I think going back to the basics it a great idea! I'll be training along with you soon, we are signing up for the Disney Princess 1/2 in Feb. I think Vampires are an okay obssession! emoticon

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ESBELL 8/3/2010 7:46AM

    You have set up such a great support system with all your teams. I'm glad to have gotten to know you through the Disney Distance and I look forward to sparking together for years to come emoticon

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BRAVAH 8/3/2010 5:46AM

    Woohoo!

Go Cat! I love the small steps approach! You can do it! I'll be cheering you on. And by the way, having a sick obsession with vampires is nothing new to me! I used to work the graveyard shift at a hospital years ago, and sometimes had time for a lot of reading. One night, as I was driving home at the end of a shift, with thoughts of Lestat swimming in my head, I noticed a brightening in the sky. I nearly panicked, realizing that the sun was about to rise, and that I wasn't yet home, safety ensconced in my dark basement! Then, I realized (somewhat chagrined), that I wasn't yet actually a vampire myself. So, I've been known to obsess entirely too much! :)

Cheers,
Heidi

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LUV_VICKIE 8/3/2010 3:57AM

    Dearest Cat
Good luck with your renewed efforts. You are such a positive motivating force here on Spark. Now, you need to turn that energy on yourself. You have accomplished a lot. Even with your health and physical problems, you keep right going, training, starting and finishing them marathons. You are my inspiration the way you keep on going.
You can do it
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