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My List Of Why's

Sunday, June 01, 2008

I present a daily challenge to 3 of the teams i am co-lead. The challenge for today was to make a list... a list of why you are doing this...why you wanted to lose weight and fit...why you are here.

Many know the short story version of my life... i am a divorced mom of 3 wonderful teenagers, i lost my dad 3 years ago and i am overweight. Will tell more next week, when i come upon my first year anniversary with SP...for now....let's get to the why i am here and why i want to lose weight. First and foremost...i am overweight...obese in fact... it's right on the brink of not just wanting to, but having to. I want to look good again, i want to have energy again, i want me back..or more accurately, a better me. i want to look HOT!!! when i go to the store and find the cutest skirt, shirt or dress..i want to be able to find one that fits me...in a normal size... and not just wish they had it also in XXX...that is for ME...for my children, i want to be there for them when they give me grandbabies...i want to be out there doing with them what i do with my own children... and even more...that is for THEM. i want to be able to keep up with my mom...that is for HER...For everyone else...i want them to know they can do it also...they can live life fully, not only after they lose weight, but during... i want us all to learn to love ourselves fully and without condition...cause it's only then we can accept the need to lose the weight and get fit...get healthy... it is then that it will all click into place. I want others to see, that yes, it may be tough at times...and oh boy, is it..but that WE can and we WILL do it. and along the way...share a little bit of tears...some frustrations...and a whole lot of laughter...

  
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WILDCARD1 6/4/2008 4:16PM

    Kitty, great challenge! I think I missed it though with everything going on. So here is my list.

I am doing this for me. I was tired of the way I looked, and I wanted to be able to do things a lot easier, like tie my shoes and shave.

I am doing this for my family. I want to be able to keep up with them!

I am doing this for me!!!!

thanks!



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STARTSPARKING 6/2/2008 4:23AM

    It's important to reflect and remember what our goals are and the steps we're taking to help us reach them. I wish you luck in reaching all your goals, and I will continue to root for you, my friend! emoticon

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KYLIEMC8 6/1/2008 11:20PM

    All awesome reasons for being here! Thank YOU for the laughter! emoticon

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FROGSTYR 6/1/2008 10:07PM

    Great blog, sis! You and I have similar goals (except I don't have my own kids...only my niece and nephew.)

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NITAINMN 6/1/2008 9:20PM

    WhoooHooo ! Kitty great blog and fantastic challenge question to remind us why we came to Spark in the first place....although, its very easy to forget while having fun and being involved in creating an active, successful team with members meeting their goals. Thanks for the reminder. Let's go Pardner - we can do it , we will do it and I know we will do it together again. You looking a sexy kitten and me, plain ole sexy Nita!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDA! 6/1/2008 7:37PM

    I definitely went up up and down for years with my weight. Without watching what I was eating, having too much fat in my diet, etc. I developed health problems including heart disease and aggravating my IBS. I knew that I had to come to a crossroads in my life where I would finally learn to take care of myself or I would no doubt die early. So that is why I am here. My weight loss has been slow. But nonetheless, I am losing.

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EMMASMART 6/1/2008 7:12PM

    I'm looking forward to sexy Kitty too. I think that's a great idea! I wonder what my Hottie name would be.

Emma

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MARTINIGAL413 6/1/2008 4:41PM

    Yes, it's a great idea to take a step back and refocus - what are we doing here? You've made me remember why I'm here. Thank you!!

Oh, and I'll be looking for the "sexy kitty" debut!!
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KALISWALKER 6/1/2008 11:27AM

    I think each of us came to a point where we knew this time it would be different. This time we will succeed, this time we will lose, this time we will do what it takes to make it happen.

We can do it and have fun along the way!

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Todays Healthy Reflection

Friday, May 30, 2008

It is better to live one day as a lion, than a thousand days as a lamb.
- Roman proverb

Are you a lion or a lamb?

How will your life be remembered? Will your story be lost among the millions who were afraid to take a chance? Or will you leave something noble behind? There's nothing to gain by following the crowd or doing what you've always done. You may as well put yourself out to pasture. But there's everything to gain by believing that you're king or queen of the jungle, even if just for a day. (Go ahead and roar if you want to.) Each of us has an amazing opportunity to live large if we allow it. It takes leaving the comfort of our familiar meadows and walking into the unknown. Once you take that chance, you've made your days worthwhile. Even if you have few resources, adventure is around every corner, and life is waiting to be devoured. If you were to write the book of your life, would you want to read it?

*This one hit home for me today...see..i grew up in a family of lions... but they taught me to be the lamb... as a fragile child... i was encouraged to never be too active...never take risks... although...i will say...we have had some of our best times when i was the lion...i don't even have to raise my voice like my family to get my point across...lol... anyways..back on track here... the fact is.. i was often sheltered...or at least...they tried their best...i was also a rebel... and heck bent on doing things my way.... when i became a mother, and especially having a fragile child of my own....i totally understood why i was so protected and sheltered... i wanted to do the same for my little one...but...she may of looked like her fathers family...but boy oh boy...does she have her mothers side of the personality trait...lol...and i saw early on that if i didn't allow her some breathing room to live, to make mistakes, to be all she could be..she was going to react pretty much the same way i had... so this lion in sheeps clothing had to not only learn to go for it in a healthy way...but teach it to my child... these past 16 years have been very interesting...to say the least...lol...as i look at all my children..it's funny to see what i have passed on to them...my son has definately got my humor.. though DD2, the fragile one..also has some of it... but she is more the lion...though never to be mistaken...she was never and probably will never be dressed in sheeps clothing..lol... and my oldest...looks like me..acts like me..and though i should be able to relate to her more..i don't...maybe cause she tries so hard to cover the fact she is so much like me...it eventually comes out... but she still tries to hide it...lol... this isn't to say everything has always been rosey and perfect...nor have i been a perfect mother... but the fact is...i did step out of the proverbial meadow.... and i think i have done well to teach my children to roar in their own unique ways... they have learned when given the opportunity, to pick something they haven't seen, done or heard of before... in teaching them this, they have taught me also how to take the lions way...the healthy and the safe way...

would i want to read a book about myself?? oh yea... and i would watch the movie version also...lol... even during our dull moments...it's anything but dull...

  
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MARTINIGAL413 5/31/2008 10:49AM

    I had to blog on this email, too. I think in the past, I'd always been a lion in sheep's clothing. Of late, I just stopped wearing the lamb... it's totally blowing people's mind. Ah, well. Whatever. It's just adding entertainment to the pages of my life...
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STARTSPARKING 5/31/2008 5:33AM

    You're doing a fine job with your children. I'm sure they will be ready when they grow up and venture out into the jungle!

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FROGSTYR 5/30/2008 11:12PM

    Kitty, we've often said that our little kitty is really a lion. You are a lion at heart!

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EMMASMART 5/30/2008 8:55PM

    I'm glad you commented on this one. I couldn't relate to this at all and you've given me a path to understand it. Thanks

Emma

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WILDCARD1 5/30/2008 10:32AM

    I love learning about your children through your blogs Kitty! My kids are both definitely lions, LOL. They know what they want, and they do everything in their power to get it!

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KYLIEMC8 5/30/2008 9:37AM

    I have always been a lamb..but once in a while the lion comes out..with the claws!! ha!

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Those Great Moments

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave. Our lives are measured by these. --Susan B. Anthony

As i was doing my daily postings, i came across this quote... and i had to laugh...and think... birthdays, graduations and weddings are great and wonderful things... but that is not what makes up life... life is the everyday stuff... if you read through my blogs, you will see what my life is made up of.. but there is sooo much more that i haven't had time to share.... the quote above brought a memory to mind about stray puppies... when i was younger, we had just lost a dog.... and my dad swore...NO MORE DOGS... of course he always said that...lol... my brother seen a poor stray on his way home from school... and in true brother fashion, he carried it home...though he always said the dogs followed him...lol... we snuck it up to his room..and took care of it for days without dad knowing... mom turned a blind eye... finally dad found out... we're not sure what happened within the next couple days..but this dog went from being a stray with no home to all of a sudden being the king... he would go to his bowl, look cute and wait for his food to be made....not just given to him..it had to be cooked... yes..cooked...my dad had this dog soooo spoiled rotten that we couldn't just give him a hot dog out of the refrigerator, it had to be cooked and cut up... if you have him a hamburger patty... it had to be cut up.... and fresh from the stove... that is what life is about... in an earlier blog you will remember a family lunch i had taken my kids to... my daughter left her purse in the restraurnt...my son went in to get it for her and came out running w/purse under his arm like a thief.... had us all cracking up...that is what life is about... one day we went out for chinese, one of the younger siblings said something funny, oldest was across from me and had just put a full mouth of rice in her mouth... and proceeded in spraying it all over ME!!! lol... that is what life is all about... by the way...i don't sit across from her anymore...and each sibling is aware they are responsible for what they get if they make her laugh while eating....lol.... my DD2 and i very rarely go though any lengths together without laughing...and not just a giggle laugh...full out laughing... and it only takes the simplest things to set us off... before long, we are into a full out belly hurting tears streaming down the face laughing... this is what makes life... yea... birthdays, weddings and graduations are great... and should be celebrated for the milestones they are...but...it's not what life is all about...

  
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SEATTLESPARK 5/29/2008 12:08AM

    Awesome posting - thanks for sharing the reality of what it's all about! Sounds like you and your kids have so much fun! Way to go on building memories with them of times, not material things, that will last forever.

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FROGSTYR 5/28/2008 10:06PM

    Kitty, those are the cutest memories. Thanks for sharing with us.

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NITAINMN 5/28/2008 2:41PM

    Thanks Kitty! I too have forgotten a lot of our happy days from when kids were growing up and its a lot of fun reading your share of good times to bring my memory bank forward. Thank You for sharing!! emoticon

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WILDCARD1 5/28/2008 1:40PM

    Yes, it is the everday memories that stand out so much more then the big events! The big events are great, and we will never forget them, but they are special occasions, not what lif e is all about!

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KYLIEMC8 5/28/2008 10:28AM

    I live vicariously through you! I love all your 'happenings' because they remind me of the fun I had with the boys growing up..sometimes I forget! Thanks thanks thanks..for the memories..

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Do I Ever Get Burned Out?

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

A friend from sparks emailed me last night...and asked me if i ever got burned out....giving so much time on SP...i thought about it...an honestly...i won't lie...yes...yes i have... for those that know me best, i tend to give 200% of myself...not just here, but to everything and everybody.... and yes...that leads to burn out...in everything i do... but i also love everything i do.... let's face it....if we don't love it...we don't give all we can... right?? i get burned out from work...i get burned out from family obligations...i get burned out in life in general..to include my new lifestyle change to get thinner and healthier... and yes gang, even on SP....BUT...i love it... i love helping others... i love knowing that each of you are going that extra step.... i am leader and co-leader of 5 teams...oh wait..i added a private one to the clan..so 6...lol... 3 of which are what i call hyper active teams.... and i love it... i can't wait to get here each morning to say hello.... to read the replies to my many questions and posts, including and especially the kitty wants to know... why? cause i do really want to know.... ask my kids, i do the same to them...lol.... in there case, it's a mommy wants to know... i love hearing what others think...how they feel...and how they are doing.... this is what motivates me...keeps me going...and helps me to take that one more step... i've also learned..i need that one mental health day...from SP...from work...and yes...from my family... though, none is very far from me at any given time... i love you guys...uh...and girls...lol... and YOU are what motivates me to be the best i can be...to practice what i preach...to take that extra step...and when i give advice.... you can guarantee...i have a time or two had to follow it myself...

  
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WILDCARD1 5/27/2008 10:29PM

    Kitty, thank you for all that you do! I think that the 3 days that I had away from this site helped, but at the same time, I missed it alot! Even today, I had so much to do, and got it all done, I wasn't going to log on, but the pull is there! Again, thank you!!!

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VELRENO 5/27/2008 8:46PM

    JoDee, I know burnout happens, but you are so special to each of us. Especially to me. I so look forward to your posts every day and even tho I dont always get to reply because of my job, I still go thru them and read them. It is just as important to me to know everyone on our teams.

I have learned that burnout usually happens when you have too many stressors in your life, then even the things you love become hard to bear. Once those stressors are gone, though, you can return to your loves and enjoy them again.

Please know you are important to us.

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MARTINIGAL413 5/27/2008 8:01PM

    Thank you for all that you do.
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NITAINMN 5/27/2008 3:38PM

    You rock Lady JoDee!!!! Love you much! emoticon

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TREPPILS 5/27/2008 10:13AM

    Burn out happens. I totally love, love, love the horses, riding them, spending time with them, but some days I just don't want too. Taking that time away just makes me appreciate them more. Burn out can be a good thing if you pay attention.

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KYLIEMC8 5/27/2008 7:15AM

    I'm PROUD to call you my friend! You're a rock! And you DO give 200% and we're all happy to give right back! emoticon

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Definately A Happily Disfunction Family

Sunday, May 25, 2008

I've always known our family was...different...for a lack of a better term... and we have always leaned on the side of disfunctional...but....happily... and yesterday proved that point yet one more time.... DD2 and i decided to go out for lunch and an ice cream cone and then go grocery shopping... mind you, she is 16...so when the waitress asks if she would like a kids menu, mind you, the kids menu is for those 10 and under....lmao.... that set the tone for the day... now to really get the full effect, DD2 is bi-polar...and...a teenager... so at this point, i hold on and just wait for anything that might happen... with her i have learned to just wait it out and expect the unexpected and deal with it as it comes... lucky for me...she was having a good day... phew.... and she was able to laugh about it...of course, after watching her head bob while she said "excuse me, i am 16, thank you very much" handled in a typical teenage fashion...wohoo!!!! after spending hours at walmart, and getting all the groceries into the house, we then decide to go over to mom's...she wants to go to the cemetary...not something i was really up to...but something she wanted to do...so we are headed to mom's... and DD2 decides to set up my voice mail on my cell phone... i thought she was setting up hers... so she asks me for the password...i told her i didn't know, to call her fiance and ask him...she was like, oh...oooooooookkkkkk.... it was then i noticed she had my cell phone. i asked her if she was setting up mine, she says yea, i laugh, and tell her then i don't think her fiance is going to know my password...we get to giggling so bad, i had to almost pull off to the side of the road...but that was just the beginning... she then records it as if it was hers... uh..hello...i'm a single woman... if some hot guy wants to call me, is he really going to leave a message with a childs voice saying "hi, i can't answer the phone right now" so she tries again, saying "hey, this is my moms phone, she can't answer right now, but will call you back" except when she played it back for us to listen to, the call part cut out and it sounded like she was cursing....ok...it was at this point, i really did pull off to the side of the road to laugh... tears were running down both our cheeks.... so we get control and make it to moms.... she has stuff ready to go to the cemetary... one of them being a small raccoon figurine kinda thing... she hates that raccoon thing...and we all agree that it looks deranged... so i'm begging her not to put this on dads grave... why would she punish him like this... her reply...cause i can...uhg... i let it go at that point.... but as we are at the cemetary, she couldn't get it to stay upright...and i'm begging her...not to leave it... please... the raccoon obviosly did not want to be there...and poor dad.... it stayed.... so we walk around the cemetary, looking at the additions since we were last there.... dad is buried around some of the best...a mayor.... and a couple of our fallen hero's. we take a little time to not only remember dad...but those that have, even very recently, gave their lives for our country. it was an emotional packed visit...when dad first passed away, mom and i, and my kids, spent alot of time at the cemetary... since that time, we have healed somewhat...but nothing else has changed... we cry...we talk..and...the inevitable laugh comes out of no where.... and yes...last night was no different.... we noticed that a new gazibo had been built..so we venture in and take a seat... we talk....and then it happens..we start talking about weddings... my dear mother, who i am really starting to worry about now...lol.... says it would be a beautiful place for a wedding.. uh.. hello....we are in the middle of a cemetary...i mean... it was beautiful and all...but...a cemetary... my DD1 wants a redneck wedding...and mom thought this could be part of it... uh... not thinking this is exactly what she would want... and i'm trying to explain this to my dear mother... sweetly...nicely...and without showing too much of the worry that is creeping in about my dear mothers sanity....lol.... it was at this point she said it would be perfect to play the song "all my rowty friends are coming over tonight" i'm just looking at her, when my niece yawns...except i don't see her do this, and in the gazebo, it kinda echoed...spookily... and i about jump out of my skin... ok... maybe we should worry about my sanity....lol...at this point, all 5 of us about roll out of our seats laughing at me.... so we gather our bearings and walk back toward the van... my niece thought it would be funny to scare her mother...so as she was standing looking at someones grave, niece sneaks up, behind her, drops to her knees and grabs my sister in laws ankles...the point was to make it feel like someone was reaching out and grabbing her... what it did do was look extremely hilarious.... even to her mother...she just looks at her daughter and asked what the he!! she was doing.....at which point...we all break out into a fit of laughter again.... at this point, i could really hear my dad telling us in his most royal voice "can't you girls be a little more quiet, people are trying to rest here" we tell dad we love and miss him and gather back into the van... needless to say...we are all exhausted... we have walked...cleaned up the grave... cried...laughed.... all in the span of 30 minutes....it was emotional...but true to our happily disfunctional family... we made the best of it...

Happy Memorial Day to all those that have fought, and lived to tell about it, and to those that fought the good fight and left this earth way to early. This weekend, I remember what you fought for us to have. The freedom to mourn and to laugh.

  
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NITAINMN 5/27/2008 12:39AM

    emoticon What dysfunction??? You are as normal as one can be!!!!!

You are simply way too funny, besides being an amazing person and an amazing spark team leader, darling JoDee!!! emoticon

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SASSISPRING 5/26/2008 3:39PM

    I died laughing over the wedding in the cemetary and the chosen song, that's my type of sense of humour. I love how you all put positive spins on everything, that is so terrific. I love laughter and laughter shared is truly the best.

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KYLIEMC8 5/26/2008 3:09PM

    Ahhh..sounds like my family..ALL of it sounds like MY family.. You are just too too funny! Thanks again for sharing!

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VELRENO 5/26/2008 1:45PM

    What a delightful day on such a somber occassion. I am glad it turned out well for all. Now the only thing worse than having a wedding in a cemetary gazebo would be to do it on Halloween!!! Oh, yeah! Although, I might question the sanity of the guests that show up.

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WEEPINGWILLOW2 5/26/2008 5:37AM

    Oh so funny emoticon

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STARTSPARKING 5/25/2008 11:06PM

    I LOVE reading your blog entries! You always manage to make me laugh, even when it was about a visit to the cemetery. I'm so glad that you are surrounded by your loving family with whom you can laugh and cry. That's what life is all about, isn't it? emoticon

By the way, I wish servers would ask ME if I'd like to order from the kids' menu... cheaper and more sensible portions! emoticon

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FROGSTYR 5/25/2008 10:34PM

    You are able to paint quite a picture...I can picture it all! Too hilarious. And your family does sound just like ours, which is why you fit in so well with this adopted family!!!

Glad you had a good time with your family.


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EMMASMART 5/25/2008 3:53PM

    I was expecting tragic. The only tragic thing was the racoon! Can you sneak back and give that thing a proper burial? Other than that it was a good visit with your Dad. He's not there you know. He's with you all the time. What's in the grave is just the clothes that he wore during life. I don't believe the dead hang out there at all.

Emma

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100LBLIGHTER 5/25/2008 10:08AM

    I think it was Dolly Parton in Steel Magnolias that said,"Tears through Laughter is the best kind. We will remember! 100lblighter emoticon

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MARTINIGAL413 5/25/2008 9:43AM

    You kill me... emoticon

But thank you for helping us remember why we really have that extra day off... you rock, as usual.

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W8WATCHER4LIFE 5/25/2008 9:01AM

  You sure have a way of telling stories! I love you, Man! Your family sounds just fine... normal... just like mine, and probably everyone else's on the face of this earth... the stuffy people are the ones who are dysfunctional! Blessings! Thanks for sharing your reflections in true Kitty style!

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