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Update on Kitty - typing around her as she's sitting on my lap

Sunday, January 09, 2011

So the new addition has become firmly established in my house. We named her "Rani", Punjabi for "Queen". She had some health problems - pyometra, an upper respiratory infection and on top of everything an ear infection, but she's getting over those problems and through it all she's been an amazingly loving and affectionate cat. It's hard to imagine how anybody could have abandoned her. She even gets along with the dog!

On the lifestyle front I've been sticking pretty close to my goals. Fortunately all the Christmas goodies have been eaten, and mostly not by me although I had my share. Now it's onward and upward, down the home stretch to my black belt grading. In our style there is no testing on grading day. Anybody who gets graded has proven time and again that they're at the level they need to be for whatever belt it is they're getting. But I have to put together a program to show off my strong points, so there's a lot of planning and special practice!


The Bestest Christmas Present!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

I wasn't looking forward to my first Christmas in twenty years without cats. Two days ago somebody posted at work that there's a cat in a shelter who desperately needs a home as she was really depressed and in danger of getting sick. Bad news: she's black and apparently lots of people don't like black cats.

Long story short; I went to the shelter, fell in love, and now she's busy exploring my office. She hasn't met the dog yet but she can hear him through the door and she appears interested rather than scared.

After Grumpy died I didn't want to run out and actively look for a new cat but I was always open to helping a cat in need. Cats have a way of showing up when it's time. Seems it's time.

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CHATTIEGIRL 1/9/2011 4:29PM


I have had cats but don't now. I had a beautiful silver and she took off well, you know what happen next she had a black cat with white paws. We had 2 stairways in our house and at night they would run up and down those stairs. I have a picture of them on the steps 1 on different steps and turning there head around to see me, it is beautiful. 2 dogs now and that is better because they don't get around my legs.

You are doing well with your healthy living and I hope your 2011 year will bring you a lot of success.
God bless you. Love the Spark people and learn.


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MIZLIZ8 12/22/2010 9:14AM

    So happy for you and your new companion. My lady cat was abandoned, and now she is so amazingly affectionate and fun to be with. I wish I could have more, but the landlord would not approve.
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REMEMBER2BME 12/18/2010 7:15PM

    good 4 u!

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GIANTMICROBE 12/18/2010 6:47PM

    Awwwwwwwwww, that's wonderful emoticon

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Re-booting my program

Sunday, December 12, 2010

I've been sitting on a plateau the size of the Canadian Shield for the last three months. Yesterday I decided to reset my goals. Hmm - no wonder; my calorie allotment is quite a bit smaller than what I had been eating. It's actually not bad because it shows my progress. There is one good thing about being heavy: you burn more calories when exercising and you get to eat more.

I was worried that I wouldn't be able to stick to the new limits, especially since yesterday was our staff Christmas party, but I thought I'd try it. I stuck to healthy foods as much as possible, but hey, it's a party so who am I kidding? I did go "over" by a bit but not much, and while I was a little hungry it wasn't anything I couldn't handle. And I burned a lot of calories with swimming and rock climbing.

We'll see how this new plan is going to work. Today the kids are coming over for a cookie baking session - another challenge of my willpower! Just in case, I've also signed up for weekly boot camp starting Jan. 11.

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ALEXANDRA64 12/12/2010 7:24AM

    The fact that you are writing about it and aware of it (cookie challenge that is) is a positive. I learned a long time ago that I never actually need to try anything that I bake. I also found that when I fill up on healthy fats, my cravings go away: celery and almond butter for example.

Also, have you checked your body fat % or measurements? The reason I ask is that I thought I was also on a "plateau" until I did a BF% check and discovered it was definitely going in the right direction. Weight fluctuates and does what it wants but it is what is inside that counts. emoticon

Um, just thought I would mention this... I looked at your picture and you look fantastic so I am not sure what you mean when you say you are "heavy". Well, anyway, I admire your goals as well as your attitude. I'm sure you'll do great today and good luck on the boot camp!! emoticon

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Do I look like a mountain goat?

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Well, I went and tried indoor rock climbing today. For the first time it wasn't too bad I think, although I only got about 20 minutes of actual climbing in. For one thing I had to learn how to use the equipment, and then I had to get up my nerve. I got about halfway up the beginner wall when I realized how high up I was. That's when I remembered I'm scared of heights.
I let myself back down and did some deep breathing before I tackled the wall again. And again. I'm sorry to say I didn't get all the way up - no rational reason, just didn't have the nerve to do it. Stupid - I knew I couldn't fall, but I just couldn't overcome the fear of being so high up. Next time I'll have to go with somebody so I'll be too embarrassed to chicken out. Because there definitely will be a next time!

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YOGAGIRLNH 12/4/2010 7:18PM

    Don't be so hard on yourself. I've been thinking about indoor rock climbing for years, but I still haven't gotten up the nerve to go. emoticon emoticon

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3IN4YO 12/4/2010 6:48PM

    you go!! emoticon

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LADYSHEL 12/4/2010 6:05PM

    It's a process...Take it easy and just try again

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Slowly feeling human again...

Friday, December 03, 2010

Oh man, the jet lag really got me this time. I'm so glad I took another week off work. Normally it doesn't bother me so much, but I think because it's so dark anyway it makes it harder for me to adjust. When I go to Germany in the summertime, I get back to much more daylight which helps.

Monday: trying to remember what day it is and what I'm doing here
Tuesday: went to my karate class - first horse stance in three weeks - ouch!
Wednesday: walked the dog and cleaned up the yard; wanted to go to the gym in the evening but went to bed instead (at 7pm :( )
Thursday: went swimming and walked the dog
Friday: a long walk with the dog and karate class again - horse stance a lot better today but kicking practice was painful

Tomorrow: I want to try rock climbing; it's supposed to be lots of fun.


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