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Happy Spring!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

The weather here today was perfect... sunny breezy and not too hot or cold. I love it! Spring always cheers me up... it is hard to feel depressed when everything is blooming. I have been walking and it hasn't been hard to get myself out of the house for a change.

I am back after a hiatus, or more honestly, a relapse into old habits. I gained a little weight and I am back once again to get myself on the right track. On the positive side, it wasn't much weight and I am feeling very positive about getting back in the groove. I joined a 5% challenge on the Transformations team, so that will give me a little extra nudge in the accountability department.

I really need to work on MODERATION... I have the "diet mentality" ingrained so deeply in my thoughts, and it really causes me a lot of turmoil. You are probably familiar with the cycle: restricting myself until I feel deprived, then overeating foods I have labeled "bad", and then the resulting toxic guilt. My weight constantly going up and down, and never stable. This has been my life since adolescence. My ultimate goal is to someday be free of this ball and chain, and eat intuitively and without so many rules, while maintaining a healthy weight.

Here is hoping everyone will have a successful spring!

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/10/2014 12:17PM

    I love spring! It's my favortie time of the year.

Moderation is something I need to work on as well. I want to eat intuitively and mindfully.

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GAILANN48 4/9/2014 4:51PM

    There's so much wisdom here - thank you for being willing to share what you've learned. ...I think I need to just listen. :)

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REFFIE1 4/9/2014 11:51AM

   
How well I know the cycle you refer to. The trick is turning good habits into a permanent lifestyle. So glad you are back on track and enjoying lovely Spring. emoticon

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KNYAGENYA 4/9/2014 7:54AM

    Congrats on getting your groove back. Please send spring to Ohio.

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HEALTHY_IN_2014 4/8/2014 11:41PM

    You are telling my life story. The scale goes up and down, food is bad or good.
At least we didn't give up and the scale just keeps going up.
You will be successful! emoticon emoticon

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MICKEYH 4/8/2014 10:32PM

    Happy Spring to you too. I can so relate to you on this blog. So glad that you've joined the 5 % challenge too. emoticon emoticon

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Feeling Positive

Sunday, January 26, 2014

I weighed myself today (first time since Jan 1) and I am up 0.5 pound, but I am totally OK with that. I was off track for about 2 weeks, and I thought I had done more "damage" than that. Once again, I perceived my mistakes to be much worse than reality. emoticon

I have am slowly learning that having an OCCASIONAL junk food indulgence isn't a total disaster, and moderation is really the way to go. But it is a hard lesson to learn. I always feel guilty and I have to work to get past that. But I am working on it!

This past week I was very focused and I did well. I pretty much met all of my goals for the week. Keeping my goals few and simple works! For exercise I have been walking in 15 to 20 minute blocks, totaling about an hour each day, and that works really well for me. It is so much easier to talk myself into a short walk, as opposed to a long hike.

My goals for this week:

Drink 8 glasses of water daily
Stay within my calorie range
Eat more fruits and veggies
Exercise 10 minutes daily
Paint rocks/craft at least twice this week




  
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DISCOVERLLH 1/27/2014 2:34PM

    Love this! It sounds like you struggle with the perfectionist thinking, just like I do. It's not the small indulgence that kills our weight loss...it's the feeling guilty about it and then eating everything in town because we feel guilty and mad at ourselves! Love your goals! You are going to have a great week..I just know it!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/26/2014 10:25PM

    Sounds like a great week. Let's have another!!!

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TREV1964 1/26/2014 8:04PM

    Hi Kirsten,

You're right - this weight loss game is not a diet, it is not an endurance - it is a way of life - it is a permanent change. It is not wrong to have the occasional piece of junk food - but it is wrong to do it day in and day out and to over do the calorie intake on a daily basis. The occasional burger is a way of life - making it a daily occurrence is not a healthy choice.

Hold in there you are doing great.

Cheers

Trev

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MAMATOYA84 1/26/2014 7:38PM

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KNYAGENYA 1/26/2014 7:05PM

    I'm so glad you are doing well. Keep up the good work. I love your goals.

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CRAFTSFAN1 1/26/2014 6:50PM

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The journey is open with many possibilities that you are discovering.

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DELIA38961 1/26/2014 4:56PM

    great goals

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FELINEBETTER 1/26/2014 4:34PM

    emoticon Girl! You're doing very well! I have to say before I forget that I love your page! You doing exactly as you supposed to -- finding what works for YOU! That's most important. Your goals are practical and reasonable. I have no doubt you're going to be successful!

Thanks for stopping by my page too. It's always great to hear from you!

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CHERYL_ANNE 1/26/2014 4:12PM

    Good to hear how upbeat you are on your journey!

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LOWCARBRENEE 1/26/2014 3:48PM

    Good job!

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MICKEYH 1/26/2014 3:41PM

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GAILANN48 1/26/2014 3:31PM

    Wow, you sound great! I love the way you're giving yourself credit for the positive changes you're making, and letting go of the mistakes while you let them teach you. Wonderful! You're an inspiration, my friend.

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Back to Basics

Monday, January 20, 2014

I have really been off track the past two weeks. I won't dwell on it, but I do feel guilty. I am thinking of positive things whenever the guilty feeling hits me. Life is too short to waste time on guilt. I decided to not weigh myself since this would probably be bad news and upset me, which would lead to more eating.

But it is a new day, so.... moving on....

My goals for this week are going to be simple and few. I tend to make too many goals and then I don't do any of them because I am easily overwhelmed.

1. Stay within my calorie range
2. Drink 8 glasses of water
3. Exercise at least 20 minutes
4. Paint rocks 3 times this week
5. Log in to Spark every day

That's enough for this week... I will focus just on these.

  
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CUTENHEALTHY 1/21/2014 5:54PM

    That is a lot. Way to focus and get right back on track. So important to avoid the negative track. Instead you made real and doable action plans for this week. I applaud you!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 1/21/2014 2:35PM

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REFFIE1 1/21/2014 12:35PM

   
These are great goals that can be accomplished. Way to go letting go of useless guilt. You enjoyed your treats so not regrets and press on! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GAILANN48 1/21/2014 10:14AM

    I agree, simple Maybe for me keeping it simple makes it impossible to spend time and energy on the less important things. It keeps my focus on what's critical. And I think you've nailed MY list as well with your #1-#3 and your #4. ...I don't know about painting rocks, but I'm willing to try! :)

Hope you have a beautiful day today, my friend.

:) Gail



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KNYAGENYA 1/21/2014 8:22AM

    I love the goals. You can do it my friend.

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MICKEYH 1/20/2014 10:57PM

    emoticon great goals. We can do this!! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/20/2014 9:23PM

    Love the goals. Especially the rock painting. I had forgotten about that - it was cool.

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TMCK-40 1/20/2014 9:13PM

  Stay strong! You've got this

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LIZZIE138 1/20/2014 8:41PM

    I get off track too when I try to make too many changes at once. Just focus on a few until they become habit, then move onto the next. emoticon emoticon

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DELIA38961 1/20/2014 8:01PM

    I've been off track too but I'm ready to start over ...yuo can do this

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New Year's Goals

Tuesday, December 31, 2013





Happy New Years, everyone! I hope everyone is looking forward to a healthy and productive year! I have renewed my commitment to improve my health this coming year, and have made some new goals, and I would like to share them.

My 2014 Goals:

1. To lose 50 more lbs. This is a reasonable, attainable goal for me, about one pound a week. I will continue to follow my food, water, exercise and mindset plan. I want to focus a little more this year to be even more consistent with my healthy behaviors, and have less "off" days.

2. To work on crafts at least once a week, more, if possible. Crafts are very soothing for me and give me a sense of accomplishment. They also make great gifts. I want to learn to crochet.

3. To meditate 10 minutes a day. This will help my stress, anxiety and depression.

4. To quit playing video games. Candy Crush is a total waste of time. I am deleting them all from my iPad. Meditate, blog, or craft instead. Better yet, go for a walk!

5. To make concrete mini goals the first of each month, and post them in my Spark blog.

I am so excited to start doing these things (and reaping the rewards). I sincerely hope that everyone has the best year ever!
Cheers!
-Kirsten

  
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MISSUSRIVERRAT 1/5/2014 8:36AM

    Great goals! I understand the Candy Crush......except I was playing the free slots on facebook (Double Down casino). No money involved, just a total waste of time and so sedentary. With handcrafts, you get the soothing, but have something to show for your time. I started knitting and made some handy gifts for friends that were appreciated.

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MOONSTREAM 1/1/2014 10:02PM

    You go! (I just quit my candy crush addiction thanks to level 70). Now I can spend more time sparking. Happy New Year!

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REFFIE1 1/1/2014 6:08PM

   
You go girl! You have the plan and I know you will succeed! emoticon

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BUBBLEGUM_FAIRY 1/1/2014 3:18PM

    Meditating and crafts are two things that I enjoy also. I am inspired to start working on doing those more too. Best of luck this year with all of your goals and aspirations!
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GAILANN48 1/1/2014 9:31AM

    I loved being able to read your goals, Kirsten. I love the combination of things to add and things to subtract or reduce. Well done!

We can do this, you know, one day at a time (...and I'm saying that to myself, too!)

Happy 2014!


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KNYAGENYA 1/1/2014 7:45AM

    Happy new year! I love your goals. One of my goals is to knit more items for me. I'm addicted to Candy Crush as well. Let me know about some of the crafts and maybe we can do some together.

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MEDDYPEDDY 1/1/2014 1:26AM

    Sounds doable - best of luck! emoticon

And a Happy New Year!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 1/1/2014 12:23AM

    Great goals!!! emoticon

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BUBBALOOGA123 12/31/2013 11:56PM

    I love to meditate! And I feel you when it comes to Candy Crush. When I reached the 100th level, I knew I had to stop! Thanks for sharing your goals!

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TREV1964 12/31/2013 9:55PM

    A great set of goals Kirsten,

I know you can do these and I will be there walking the walk with you.

You will get there.

Cheers and Love

Trev

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LAURANCE 12/31/2013 8:40PM

  Good for you! You know what to do. I do want to do better this year, but I still haven't figured out a way.

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DELIA38961 12/31/2013 7:25PM

    awesome goals ....I started meditation in December and I cannot believe how much calmer I am emoticon

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MICKEYH 12/31/2013 6:45PM

    Great goals!! And happy new year to you my friend. (^^)
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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/31/2013 5:58PM

    Good luck with your goals!!

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SUPER_CIARA 12/31/2013 4:23PM

    emoticon emoticon Those sound like some fantastic goals! You will do amazing this year!! Best of luck!

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WORKNPROGRESS49 12/31/2013 4:18PM

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Wishing you a wonderful/blessed 2014 emoticon emoticon

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GARDENQE2 12/31/2013 4:17PM

    Good plan!
Let's all have a great 2014! emoticon emoticon

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MONSTERLAURA 12/31/2013 4:16PM

    I love your goals! So well thought out! Have a great New Year's Eve and a happy 2014!

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FELINEBETTER 12/31/2013 4:16PM

    Hey there, my beautiful pink friend! Ever thought of trying out yoga? It works 2-fold: it is exercise and strength building, and oh-so-relaxing! I just started in the fall and am going back in Jan.

Happy New Year!

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My Year in Review

Tuesday, December 31, 2013



Let's look back at 2013:

I had a pretty good year! My main accomplishment is that I lost 30 lbs. Woo Hoo! Yay me! (I do have a niggling little voice that says that I could have lost more, but I've been telling it to shut up.) Thirty pounds is a lot of weight! I am already feeling much better for it. The other day I carried 10 lbs. of rocks (to paint) around for awhile, and to think I have lost 3 times that really made me feel how amazing that is.
Now I can easily bend over and tie my shoes, something I could not do this time last year. How cool is that?
I also came to really FEEL the "I am not on a diet" mindset. I know I can give in to cravings (occasionally!) and I know nothing is off limits completely. Moderation has become my mantra. Portion control is my pal. I know I don't have to feel guilty about "being bad". I just start doing better ASAP. Yes, I got sidetracked by stress and had some bad days that turned into weeks, but I got back on track and carried on.
I didn't have one soda this year! I'm into drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day, so I don't want it.
I've been pretty consistent with exercise, mainly walking and hiking. I have been doing something most days. I also started a very simple strength training routine and have been doing it, albeit sporadically. But I did start!

So I have reasons to be celebrate my progress!



  
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CHICA_BORICUA 1/1/2014 5:04PM

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BUBBALOOGA123 1/1/2014 12:00AM

    Way to go! Thank you so much for sharing your inspiring story.

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TREV1964 12/31/2013 9:53PM

    Great stuff. Isn't it wonderful to be able to put that 10 pounds of weight down - that weight this time last year you would not have been able to put down in the same way. You have come a long way in 2013 and I will be walking along with you in 2014 to help you loose even more.

Cheers and Love

Trev

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FELINEBETTER 12/31/2013 4:14PM

    emoticon You Go Girl!!!

You've had a great year!! Good for you! I look forward to the new year along with you! We can kick some serious butt! lol

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43MELANIE 12/31/2013 4:09PM

    emoticon I agree, 30 pounds is a lot of weight, well done for ignoring that diet mentality. This is the message I need to hear - thank you.

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REFFIE1 12/31/2013 3:46PM

   
Isn't it wonderful that you can reflect on 2013 and know that you are capable and can take great care of your body! Here's to a healthy and happy 2014! emoticon

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