ALLEYCAT_'s SparkPeople Blog ALLEYCAT_'s Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Precious life... I just discovered that my dear friend, monty68, passed away on July 16 from lung cancer. I met Monty last year on spark after he commented on a blog I wrote. He was in his 70's and so full of love and life. He encouraged me to make my goals and forge ahead and always told me he was raising a glass of water to me. <BR> <BR> He told us of his cancer on June 29...17 days later he was gone. Life is precious...fat or skinny...don't let it pass you by. Don't define your life by what you see w... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 17:41:04 EST I took action... Instead of talking about doing it...I did it. <BR> <BR> I have a baby sitter lined up for the kids. I have a workout partner I found on a local garage sale site. I dusted off my workout clothes and.... <BR> <BR> Went to the gym today. <BR> <BR> I will NOT regain the weight I lost. I will NOT take anymore backward steps. <BR> <BR> I deserve this! Sun, 29 Jul 2012 11:19:30 EST Finding the c-section balance... I'm now 3 weeks post c-section. I healed quickly after my first baby and seem to have done the same with my second...this weekend I was moving /exercising a lot...well, a lot compared to my last 4 months of pregnancy. <BR> <BR> I walked a lot, played the Kinect, just danced and went I'm pretty darn sore...I may have overdone it. I'm struggling with finding the balance between getting in exercise and letting my body fully heal. <BR> <BR> I really want to keep up the exercise,... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 03:56:57 EST Relationship sabotage... Why is it that when a relationship is not going so great it sabotages your efforts to lose weight? <BR> <BR> Oh wait. Its because I'm an emotional eater so feeling of depression or sadness or anger make me want to rip open a carton of icecream and indulge. <BR> <BR> I need to find another outlet for my stress other than food. Exercise is my number one choice, but the reality is that I'm just not feeling the motivation. <BR> <BR> What do you do to release tension??? Fri, 29 Jun 2012 16:40:49 EST I don't wanna... There are a lot of things I don't wanna do... <BR> <BR> Pass up the icecream is one that comes to mind.... <BR> <BR> Same with not eating doritos. <BR> <BR> How about exercising every day? <BR> <BR> Yeah...I don't wanna... <BR> <BR> But today I was perusing a bunch of sparkpages of people who I either "used to know" from previous years or people that I didn't know at all...and maybe it was just one of those days, but every single page seemed to feature a sparker who had lost a bunch of w... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 17:46:59 EST Baby weight I have found myself to be one of those fortunate women who loses weight while pregnant. At least until the last trimester where I gain it all back plus some, but the misery is short lived and after baby is born the weight comes back off... <BR> <BR> So, with this last birth 16 days ago I am now own 21 pounds down from my pre pregnancy weight and it hasn't stopped yet. <BR> <BR> How do I keep the momentum going?! I'm walking daily as much as my postpartum self can's eating h... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 02:19:46 EST Diabetes yah yah yah Remember in Rio when Blu says he hates Samba and makes fun of it by saying, "Tico Taco yah yah yah" No? <BR> <BR> Oh, well maybe you don't watch it about 4 times per week like we do in our house since its my 3 year old's favorite movie. <BR> <BR> ANYWHO...the whole point is that I've had gestational diabetes twice now...once with each of my children and docs were telling me that they think I have type 2 Diabetes. So, its been 12 days since delivery of the baby and I've been tracking my ... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 03:45:42 EST Baby Jax is here and I'm back to sparking! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tell me they aren't the cutest little duo of kids EVER?! <BR> <BR> Baby arrived 12 days ago and in the process of post birth I'm down 15 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight. So...I want to keep the momentum... <BR> <BR> Being realistic...I had a csection so I can't just jump feet first into hardcore exercise, but I CAN do the things I know will jumpstart healthy lifestyle habits...eating well, lots of water an... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 11:26:45 EST Bun in the oven Holy macaroni! (100% whole wheat, of course...) <BR> <BR> I'm having a baby! Yesterday was my 15 week appt and I couldn't keep that ear to ear grin off my face watching the little bean on ultrasound waving arms around and being totally uncooperative in the finding out if it's a tomcat or a alley kitten. Either way I'm hoping for healthy, 10 fingers and toes and no complications. <BR> <BR> Which brings me to my next topic which is stinky diabetes. I had gestational diabetes with my first ... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 04:18:05 EST Christmas challenge - Day 1 TODAY'S CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE!!! <BR> <BR> Brainstorm 5 fun things you can do instead of the usual Christmas baking. <BR> <BR> GO!!! <BR> <BR> Love, Rebecca926 <BR> <BR> 1. Make salt dough or felt ornaments. <BR> 2. Go caroling (plus its exercise!) <BR> 3. Build a snowman and or have a snowball fight (more exercise) <BR> 4. Go wandering and look at Christmas lights (my favorite December activity) <BR> 5. Read The Stupidest Angel (favorite Christmas adult selection) or any other chil... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 14:56:49 EST Taking my lumps... I just spent the last 5 days traveling to Prague for sightseeing and Munich for Oktoberfest. <BR> <BR> NOT recommended for those attempting to lose weight. <BR> <BR> I thought that maybe walking around the cities would counteract the actual affects of eating and drinking outside my "allotted caloric zone." <BR> <BR> I was wrong. <BR> <BR> I did walk. In Prague I walked for about 8 hours straight. Seriously. All over the entire city. In Munich I walked to Oktoberfest...sat at a t... Mon, 26 Sep 2011 06:33:13 EST 125 reasons...and a reminder... I wrote this out awhile ago, but after the weekend of indulging that I had...which included the bare minimum of even MOVING...I decided I needed to reread my reasons for wanting to drop each of these stinky pounds...and remind myself that I need to do better than I have been doing. <BR> <BR> it goes... <BR> <BR> My 125 reasons to lose 125 pounds. <BR> <BR> 1. to like what I see when I look in the mirror <BR> 2. not worry about a double chin <BR> 3. to like to be in photographs <B... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 05:52:40 EST The starting line... So...this week I meant to blog at least 4 days about the following topics: <BR> <BR> 1. C25K - running while sick and congested <BR> 2. Worrying about other people staring at you all the time <BR> 3. Tracking my food and why my lazy arse just doesn't do it. <BR> 4. Traveling and eating out. <BR> <BR> Instead I didn't blog at all. I have been doing the bare minimum again. Maybe.? I mean I'm exercising, but not tracking it or my food. I'm eating healthier, but have no ideas what calor... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 03:37:27 EST Blogging fresh... I hemmed and hawed trying to come up with an appropriate title for this blog. Essentially the past few days I've been trying to blog fresh. <BR> <BR> Not fresh as in ooh-laa-laa type of thing. Although a few catcalls are very motivating. <BR> <BR> What I mean is that REBECCA926 and I have been scouring the internet and Sparkpeople reading motivationg blogs, success stories, tips for weight loss and anything else we think would help us on our journey and the one thing we always found lacki... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 04:15:18 EST Couch potato be gone! Holy crap. I got it in my peabrain head that to lose weight I should start running again. There is a little back story here that I have to fill you in on... <BR> <BR> In 2001-2002 I decided to run a marathon. I started training and got up to 13 miles every Saturday. Yes. Me. Running a half marathon every Saturday. <BR> <BR> And then my knee started to hurt. So, I went to see the doc who gave me two choices: <BR> <BR> 1. Run a marathon and have a knee replaced. <BR> 2. Not run a m... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 03:24:52 EST It's all about me. I've been on Sparkpeople since July 9, 2007. That means I first joined this site 4 years 1 month and 26 days ago. <BR> <BR> Why am I still fat? <BR> <BR> I should be a thin svelt 130 pounds right now having maintained for the past 2 years!! <BR> <BR> I should be running marathons and writing all about how incredible it feels to be fit and able to do things like this for the first time in 10 years! <BR> <BR> I should be motivating hundreds of other spark users to lose weight the same ... Sun, 4 Sep 2011 05:33:57 EST shakin' my head... I just took my "before" photos...and no way am I brave enough to post them here. <BR> <BR> I had just finished exercising and the camera just happened to be sitting there so I had my husband snap a photo of my front, side and back profiles. <BR> <BR> I was wearing my sports bra and workout pants. <BR> <BR> Nothing like a photo to give you a SERIOUS reality check. <BR> <BR> I've got a lot of work to do! <BR> <BR> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 03:10:11 EST 3.5 pound freakout Well, my weigh in today nearly made me cry. I was up 3.5 pounds. <BR> <BR> GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! <BR> <BR> It had steadily been creeping up all week long, but to have it jump that high was just horrific for me. <BR> <BR> And so while on my 2 mile walk today with my friend we went into the wellness center and I weighed in on their scale thinking maybe it was my SCALES fault. <BR> <BR> Nope. :( <BR> <BR> Then they gave me the fat/muscle ratio test thingy and I feel a li... Wed, 11 May 2011 15:42:53 EST Walking my first 5k I can't believe I'm 37 years old and just did my first official 5K. I can't believe it took me this long... <BR> <BR> Today I walked the 5K to Remember. It was in honor of the fallen 2SCR Dragoon soldiers from Vilseck Germany. I walked it to remember their service to their country and to me and my family. <BR> <BR> I walked it with my 9 year old and my 2 year old and 600 other people including many of my neighbors. It was an awesome turnout and I was proud to be part of it. <BR> <BR... Sat, 7 May 2011 05:32:00 EST I am awesome. <em>345</em> <em>220</em> <em>223</em> <em>345</em> <em>220</em> <em>223</em> <em>345</em> <em>220</em> <em>223</em> <BR> <BR> I've been attempting to curb the nightly snacking by jumping on Spark and reading blogs, articles, etc. <BR> <BR> I came across one of the motivational blogs today that I really really enjoyed <BR> <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4205206 <BR> <BR> "knock it off Sparkbuddies, I mean it!" is the title an... Wed, 4 May 2011 14:34:21 EST Fitness Test Day! I'm a lucky participant of the Army Wellness Center which does Metabolic Rate Testing and Fitness Testing. <BR> <BR> About 45 days ago I did the metabolic testing and a nutrition class which gave me some good information and today I did the fitness test. <BR> <BR> Here is what I learned about myself. <BR> <BR> 1. I'm not in great shape. (ha I didn't know that already!) <BR> 2. I need to increase my cardio to allow more air supply into my lungs (and oxygen, etc.) Current VO2 is... Mon, 2 May 2011 13:49:22 EST I should have knocked on wood... My last blog was all about how I managed to surprise myself by exercising on vacation...and then it "rained" (figuratively) and then it POURED...and all that good motivation dissolved. <BR> <BR> I'll spare you the details, but it involved a sick baby, trips to the emergency room, a sick 9 year old and little if any sleep for nearly a week while on "vacation." <BR> <BR> I have never been so glad to have a "vacation" end! <BR> <BR> I just arrived back home in Germany and now its 1:24AM, but ... Tue, 26 Apr 2011 19:28:21 EST Exercise on vacation... This month I agreed to fly my stepdaughter to Washington DC for a week of visitation with her mother. I was bummed about the timing because it coincided with the start of my Biggest Loser Challenge that I joined here on Sparkpeople and I know myself well enough to know that its DOUBLE the difficulty to eat well and exercise and track it all when I'm away from home. <BR> <BR> I sit almost 1/2 way through the first week and believe it or not...I've exercised every day and I've been ... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 13:07:44 EST Wellness class A friend of mine gave me a heads up about a service they offer military and family members here on post at the Wellness Center. <BR> <BR> First, they do a Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) test. <BR> Next, you take a wellness class and get all your answers to any questions <BR> Third, you take a fitness test to find your optimum fat burning level of exercise. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I completed part two of the wellness class and learned some interesting facts... <BR> <BR> 1. My RMR is 1900 calor... Thu, 17 Mar 2011 14:16:44 EST In like a lion... Today starts the third month of my weight loss journey. I jumped on spark after a long absence on January 1st and made a promise to myself and I'm keeping it. <BR> <BR> I've lost a total of 14.2 pounds as of today since January 1st and I'm pretty darn proud of myself for it. <BR> <BR> I've made some life-altering and weight-altering changes that I plan on adopting for life. The ones in particular that I know have made a huge difference in my ability to make my goals are: <BR> <BR> 1. Ex... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 03:03:44 EST 25% of 100 pounds I'm no math whiz...but 25% of 100 pounds is 25 pounds. I can at least tell you that much. <BR> <BR> Today I reached 25 pounds gone! <BR> <BR> Now...the reality is that I had lost a bunch of weight, gained it all back, lost 10 pounds and kept it off for a year and now I've just relost the next 15, I suppose I can only truly*claim* 15 pounds for my most recent efforts, but I've decided that this journey is one that just had to take me much longer than I wanted...and so I'm grab... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 06:06:35 EST Meeting my mini-goal When I came back to Spark for about the 4th time over the past year and 1/2 - I decided that this time was IT. And I am sticking with it. <BR> <BR> I put a big loss goal in for January to force myself to really work hard and make drastic changes in my lifestyle immediately. <BR> <BR> And its worked! <BR> <BR> I made so much progress this month in so many areas! <BR> <BR> Aside from the obvious weight loss (Goal was to drop 10 pounds from Jan 1-Jan31 and I dropped 10.6 pounds total.) - ... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 04:26:43 EST Yo-Yo this... Last night I was on such a high...I cleaned out my closet of clothes that were actually too big for me. I loved the feeling of putting on a pair of jeans and being able to say - HA! get thee to the thrift store jeans that are too big! <BR> <BR> And then I woke up this morning and stepped on the scale (and yes, I know that I shouldn't weigh every day, but I do and I probably won't ever stop doing that...) and the scale read two pounds HIGHER than my weigh in last Saturday. <BR> <BR> :( G... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 03:32:59 EST Chug it... This blog can be found in its entirety at: <BR><BR>/water.html <BR> <BR> ********************** <BR> <BR> I'm sending kudos out to my mom tonight. Why? She made me drink water. Thats right. Water. <BR> <BR> I love the stuff. I hear people say, "I hate water." or "Water is boring." These, I fear are those that perhaps are searching for eternal excitement even in their beverage selection? Maybe? Perhaps I'm being unfair? <BR> <BR> All I ... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 14:53:37 EST The first of many... This blog can be found in its entirety here: <BR><BR>/first-of-many.html <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>******** <BR> The first of many blogs about my fatness. Oh yeah. I said it. <BR> <BR> In case you didn't already know, I'm a sparker. What that means is that I identify myself in part by a website I like to frequent and a website that has done great things for me in the past. It... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 16:16:14 EST One of my resolutions. As promised, I want to update this blog via my "real" blog...but as my friend pointed out...its important to get feedback on my progress and I am still going to post in my other blog, but the pertinent parts I'll go ahead and copy and paste here. Just know that there is more to what you are reading, but it doesn't all apply to my Spark journey. <BR> <BR> So, if you want to read more about this topic go here: <BR><BR>/accountabilit... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 15:42:18 EST My real blog... I love to blog, but I can't keep up with all the blogging I like to do. SO....from here on out - if I post a blog on Sparkpeople it will be to direct you to my real blog that I've had for more years than you can count on ONE HAND...and that, my friends, even impresses me. And just goes to show that if I can blog for 6 years...I can stay on track with spark and weight loss for ONE. (**note that I didn't finish that sentence with a timeline...I could be saying DAY or WEEK or MONTH...I know y... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 17:25:26 EST Slowly, but surely... I dropped another two pounds. Granted it took me two weeks to do it, but if you've read any of my past blogs I have really struggled with getting my calories/nutrition under control. <BR> <BR> I'm finally doing a reasonably good job and so I weighed in this morning and found another 2 pounds gone. <BR> <BR> Hooray! <BR> <BR> The scales is going down....slowly....but its going down and thats what counts for me! Sat, 25 Sep 2010 07:25:21 EST My love affair. I have a love affair going on right now with carbohydrates. Its been going on for a long time. And, for a long time I've tried to say no and push them away, but they don't listen very well and continue to show up in the form of potato chips, crackers, and bread... <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, this love affair has become unhealthy. In fact, if I don't end it soon, I'm afraid it will eventually lead to an early demise. <BR> <BR> So, today I put my foot down and ordered them out of my life. I t... Mon, 20 Sep 2010 07:19:34 EST Eating right So...I'm on my way! I've been tracking my food intake. That always seems to keep me on track better than just "winging it." <BR> <BR> No more baaaaad days. No more baaaaad weekend. Maybe a baaad moment or two, but hopefully they'll still be contained within my calorie range! Thu, 16 Sep 2010 10:18:17 EST Another bad night. Urgh...Its like I'm sabotaging myself on purpose because I KNOW what I'm doing wrong and I KNOW its wrong and bad for me when I'm doing it and I STILL do it! <BR> <BR> What is up with that?! At my age you'd think I'd have more self control in the caloric intake department. <BR> <BR> The good news is that I woke up feeling SICK to my stomach because of my choices. <BR> <BR> I got up anyway...(actually, you don't really have a choice when a nearly 2 year old is hollering at you and an 8ye... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 02:50:15 EST Baaaaaaaaad weekend Well, I totally blew the calories this weekend. But, I did exercise. I picked it back up today and will push on. Normally this would sidetrack me for a bit....but I promised myself no more sabbaticals and I meant it. <BR> <BR> I watched biggest loser last night and I felt a bit like know...hangin' out in the corner while everyone else works out hard. <BR> <BR> Me...I'm ready to push myself more. Dedication to the eating part is what I need now. I know with the combination... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 03:54:03 EST No detox... Ok... so I decided to not do the detox diet after research and the comments I received from others. So....instead I'm going to try adding salad as my main dinner food as well as my lunch and see how that helps. Lots of salad... <BR> <BR> I like salad....i like salad...i like salad... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 02:53:26 EST Detox diet? Wooooooooohooooo! <BR> <BR> I'm so proud of myself for having completed 10 full days of The Shred and especially for really having worked my buns off for all 10 of those days. I'm definitely noticing a difference in my stamina. I'm noticing a difference in my ability for different exercises...I've upped my weights from 3lbs to 5lbs... Just 10 days. <BR> <BR> I'm still excited and ready to shed these pounds...the biggest issue now is my eating. I need to cut the carbs...move to more ve... Wed, 8 Sep 2010 14:22:41 EST salad salad salad I just ate my first big salad with chicken on top and it was DELISH. <BR> <BR> Thats all I've got to report...especially since my munchkin won't take her nap! Tue, 7 Sep 2010 07:14:11 EST Happy Labor Day! I really had never thought about the REAL meaning of labor day...why we celebrate it. I knew it had something to do with the labor movement/a strike. <BR> <BR> So I checked on Wikipedia and found this... <BR> <BR> The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City. It became a federal holiday in 1894, when, following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cl... Mon, 6 Sep 2010 03:50:56 EST busy day and weigh in! It was such a busy day today that I haven't had time to update my status or my blog until now...when I'm just getting ready to head to beddy bye. <BR> <BR> So...yesterday I forgot - yes, forgot to post my weigh in. I lost 1.8 pounds. I feel good about that. I have a weekly goal of 2 pounds. So, I was a little under my goal, but I know that I can add that .2 onto this week. <BR> <BR> I did my day 7 of the shred and I realized that 1. I can do jumping jacks now with NO PROBLEM. and 2... Sun, 5 Sep 2010 14:31:08 EST Nearly botched my streak! Why does a weekend always seem to signify laziness in my life? I got up this morning and nearly talked myself out of doing The Shred. Sheesh. Its 30 minutes of my life and I had decided other things were more important after only SIX days? <BR> <BR> I'm glad I put on my workout clothes and did it anyway. <BR> <BR> My nearly 2 year old LOVES doing it with me. She's got quite a jumping jack going on. <BR> <BR> And now on this rainy afternoon I have time to make those chicken tenderlo... Sat, 4 Sep 2010 09:26:04 EST Time for an eating overhaul. Its day 5 and I'm good with exercise. I've got a plan, motivation and I'm dedicated. Next up...the eating portion. I'm not eating terribly, but I'm not eating as well as I can be. Sometimes I take too large of a portion. Sometimes I just CRAVE something thats all carbs = all sugars. <BR> <BR> So, step one is that one meal per day is going to be a salad. Probably my lunch meal. It can be a big salad...but its a salad. Tomorrow I'm going to pre-cook a bunch of chicken tenderloin and ... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 07:43:12 EST The feeling is still there.... The know that one that says...Time to actually DO IT this time around....its still here and that makes me happy. <BR> <BR> I did day 4 of The Shred and I'm feeling good. Thu, 2 Sep 2010 03:20:28 EST harder then easier...right? Day three of The Shred seriously kicked my buns. I was exhausted about 5 minutes into ribs hurt, my arms feel like spaghetti and my calf muscles ache....thats how I know its working, right? <BR> <BR> And I finished it. And...I can do 5 more pushups than I did three days ago... <BR> <BR> I seem to remember way back when I did this spark thing the first time that it got really hard for a few days...maybe a week... and then all of a sudden it was like my body had a breakthrough. <BR>... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 02:52:20 EST harder than easier...right? Day three of The Shred seriously kicked my buns. I was exhausted about 5 minutes into ribs hurt, my arms feel like spaghetti and my calfs ache....thats how I know its working, right? <BR> <BR> And I finished it. And...I can do 5 more pushups than I did three days ago... <BR> <BR> I seem to remember way back when I did this spark thing the first time that it got really hard for a few days...maybe a week... and then all of a sudden it was like my body had a breakthrough. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 02:52:06 EST Motivations Day 2 of The shred and I was soooo good. and it was sooooo hard. But, I am dedicated. My friend Monty asked me about motivators...what makes it different this time around. <BR> <BR> Here they are... <BR> <BR> 1. I don't want Diabetes 2. I have a sister with Diabetes 1 - she was diagnosed at age 4....I hate that disease. I don't want anything to do with it and the fact that my weight may force me to deal with it makes me MAD. <BR> <BR> 2. I want a second baby...boy or girl....I don't... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 06:57:38 EST Harsh realities... Day 1 of The Shred...and I did ALL the jumping jacks. <BR> <BR> Thats how I know I'm serious this time. Before, I kind of fizzled and half did them. Today, I did all the jumping jacks. <BR> <BR> I'm so done with this crazy up and down weight loss/gain stuff. <BR> <BR> I need to lose weight or my health will suffer. Plain and simple. I'm going to have diabetes and I don't want it. Thats the word on the street. <BR> <BR> So, I'm D.O.N.E. I have to be. <BR> <BR> I have a 2 year old an... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 08:33:28 EST Life gets in the way... Why is it that when I am ready to do something big for me...suddenly life gets in the way? Life as in back to school preparation, volunteer committments, baby girl's many needs, the dishes, that giant spider that took an hour to trap, paperwork, bills, cleaning.... <BR> <BR> Its really all just an excuse...isn't it? I can't blame lack of progress on life getting in the way because I'm not prioritizing my weight loss at the top of the list. <BR> <BR> Although...a giant spider in my house a... Sun, 22 Aug 2010 03:41:26 EST