BIGPAWSUP's SparkPeople Blog BIGPAWSUP's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Bad Kitty!! I've had 5 days off - and I took them off of EVERYTHING. I'm admitting to it: <BR> <BR> I did not track. <BR> I did not eat well. <BR> I did not exercise. <BR> I sat on my butt for hours. <BR> I just played with my girls around the house. <BR> We shared pizza. <BR> I drank far more than I should have. <BR> I ate out everyday. <BR> <BR> I'm not exactly feeling guilty about this but I'm not going ANYWHERE NEAR a scale this week. <BR> <BR> I have to just start with day one tomorrow. I haven... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 22:59:48 EST 5 mile trail extension (Pictures!) Well I left everyone at our nature center yesterday. If we turn around there and come straight home it is exactly 2.97 miles. That would be our normal week night walk. Weekends and holiday we go further. The five mile extension turns off at the nature center. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The first place you pass on the extension is where we have our bonfires. There was one for fourth of July so there are still embers. <BR> <B... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 20:17:17 EST Our Trail (picture heavy) I realized that I always talk about our local trail but have never shared it with you. So here is our 5 mile dog walk. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This is the entrance to the park/trail. It is about 4.5 blocks from our house. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Water stop before heading out. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This l... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 08:57:00 EST Still unhappy but supposed to be fixed Well I will not be running the dirty dash this year. Glad I had other runs in June. Supposedly I will gay a refund in 7 to 10 days. Believe it when I see it. <BR> <BR> I was told that they sent an email "several weeks" ago announcing the change. They wanted me to do a different dirty dash but next closest is Detroit. Sorry to my Michigan friends but you couldn't PAY me to go back there. <BR> <BR> So, I now have an unexpected free Saturday. What to do? <BR> <BR> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:07:22 EST Dirty Dash has me PO'ed I signed up for the Chicago Dirty Dash back in January. My confirmation says tomorrow 6/28 at 9am. I have an entire day planned as Ottawa is about a 1.5 hr drive and I have friends that live out there. <BR> <BR> I didn’t get any emails this week which is unusual so I went to the website to check things out. <BR> <BR> They have changed the date to 9/6 with no notification to those of us who signed up early. And to make matters worse, I have Warrior’s Dash down by Indy on 9/6. the Indy r... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 08:09:43 EST Day at the Dunes! Had a really fun day today! <BR> <BR> One of my Spark buddies came over this morning so we could go to the Dunes. She brought her dog with, and we introduced him to Tazzy. It took a few trips around the block but eventually they hit it off. We packed them in the car and headed off. <BR> <BR> It was strange not being the driver when I head out to the Dunes. We got there early and headed out. It was really fun to have a person to actually talk to while I was walking. Awesome to see the ... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 16:51:37 EST Color Me Rad - 2014 I know I’ve been a bit MIA the last two days. See I signed up for a Color Run in Fort Wayne, Indiana. When I signed up, I didn’t realize Fort Wayne was almost 3 hours away! After hubby revealed this fact to me, we decided to make a short weekend of it. <BR> <BR> So we headed out yesterday afternoon. Let me tell you 3 hours driving through Indiana cow country is BOREING!! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve driven worse but there is NOTHING to report on the drive. It was what it was. <BR> <BR> Fo... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 23:13:34 EST food and motivation It’s amazing how attached you can get to an animal in just 2 months. Hubby and I are still heartbroken, but this too will pass. Snuggle my girls and move on. <BR> <BR> I’m on day 3 of being in calorie range. I’m pretty happy with that. Food has always been a real issue for me. I love junk food. I’m a total choc-o-holic! I just can’t leave it alone. So I’ve been trying to leave myself a bit of room each night for a small amount of chocolate. I don’t know if it is going to work on the... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 23:50:55 EST Getting some good Well, I’m finally getting some good to go with all the bad. <BR> <BR> Gram is at home. One week after almost dying of a heart attack, she is home and doing well. “Getting back to life” is the only Spark appropriate quote. My gram could make a sailor blush. <BR> <BR> I got a very nice email from Fitbit today. I knew they no longer supported the Ultra. I honestly didn’t expect anything except maybe an idea or two to save it. After exhausting a huge list to no avail, they offered me a ... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:07:37 EST Who Uses a Fitness Tracker? Ok, the Universe has decided to give me another little smack in the face - my FitBit died. I mean, it is beyond dead. So I need a new fitness tracker. I'm trying to decide what route to go. So I'm looking for input. <BR> <BR> What trackers do you, my Spark friends use? Pros and cons? I'm not certain I want a FitBit one, I keep hearing about how they fall out of their holders. I'm not certain about the Spark tracker - I like a read-out display not a series of lights. <BR> <BR> I'm not... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 19:31:31 EST Good and Bad The good is Gram is much better. She will probably come home this week. She is recovering extremely well and already driving the nurses nuts. She was even moved out of ICU already. I got to talk to her the other day. She gets out of breath quickly but otherwise sounds like herself. <BR> <BR> We have basically been informed that the Bilbo front is hopeless. We cannot get him back and he will most likely be released into the wild. Hubby and I are both broken hearted but we are trying to... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 15:36:18 EST Rock Bottom Day Emotionally Yep, that’s what today is shaping up to be. A rock bottom emotional day. <BR> <BR> First – My Gram. From was I was able to gather (as my mom’s family does not talk to me but did get info to my sister), my gram collapsed while cooking breakfast this am. She was rush to the hospital, where she regain consciousness. It was determined that she had a stemi-heart attack. This type of heart attack ALWAYS requires emergency surgery. I’m currently waiting to hear what is going on. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:17:09 EST Disappointed in the scale but NOT in me! Well I'm officially at my highest weight in 2 years. Scale my not tell the whole story but it doesn't lie either. So what's the deal? <BR> <BR> I love, Love, LOVE to exercise. That's great. Problem- I love dogs, good food, "fun" food (I don't like the term bad food), and the richer the better. I had my eating under control for a little over a year. Then things started sneaking back. Lately. I've just been buying (and eating)anything I want. <BR> <BR> Well, no more. I bought no fun f... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 08:43:14 EST Foam Fest 2014 – Race report with pictures. I was really worried about this race. As most of you know I really hurt my ankle on Monday. Nothing overly serious but it’s had a great purple hue and was swollen Tuesday and Wednesday. I have not been running, taking long walks or much of anything all week to rest it. <BR> <BR> My anxiety got the better of me and I woke hubby at 4:30 this am saying we had to get up and get ready. I wasn’t certain if my ankle would hold but I wasn’t missing Foam Fest. This is now the second time I have ... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 19:34:35 EST Quickie! I just wanted to quick update. I have less than 5 minutes. <BR> <BR> My ankle was smashed between the car door and the seat. My ankle took the worst of it because of the shape of the door. Nothing is broken but it is badly bruised. Yes, ice and elevation. Hoping to be ok by Saturday. <BR> <BR> Sunday (day after the anniversary of my mom's passing), I had to go through all her stuff at my dad's. There was also stuff from other deceased family members. It has put me into a bit of a fun... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 06:47:19 EST Needed to share. <img src=""> Fri, 30 May 2014 20:14:15 EST Memorial Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is the day we honor those who gave all so that we may be free. I stood at attention for the first time in years today as our VFW's cannon sounded. I listened to a roll call of family members who never got to place their feet back upon the land of the free. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is about remembering those who gave all. Those who lai... Mon, 26 May 2014 13:52:22 EST Confession: Allowed Emotions to Ruin My Day. So, I was having a good day yesterday. I was high end on my calorie but doing good. I was relaxing watching TV (stupid B horror/monster movies from the 70’s) when the call came. <BR> <BR> Ok, to back up, the girl I carpool with is going out of town. She has a 30ish yr old daughter who hangs with the “wrong crowd”, does not have a DL, and really is just kind of a bad egg. So when her mom (my Friday carpool) asked me last week if she could leave her car and keys at my house I said yes. I ... Sat, 24 May 2014 10:44:43 EST Quick Catch Up I first want to apologize to all my Spark friends. I have been horrible about my friend feed, reading blogs, and writing back. I really love you all and I want to be here to support you as you have supported me. I REFUSE to make excuses. All I can say it I promise to do better. <BR> <BR> Now, I’m trying to survive May without being a whinny brat. I’m determined to stay tough and strong. This next week will be my biggest challenge. To quote my mom “Just gotta get through May”, she didn... Fri, 23 May 2014 14:36:29 EST Saturday was full of fun. Yesterday was a fun day. We went to breakfast at our favorite restaurant. I had my banana crepes, which I love. The waitress reminded me that it was Garage-ma-haul. <BR> <BR> I ended up walking the neighborhood for 3 hours, checking out different sales. I picked up some really neat antique jewelry (costume stuff but 20’s style). I also found a pair of black biker-babe boots. Never worn, the woman ordered them but they ran big and she didn’t know it. No wear on the tread, and one sti... Sun, 18 May 2014 18:25:53 EST Plans derailed but moving on. Didn’t get to the gym today the way I planned. I got all the way there, started getting changed and realized that I forgot by bra. Change back to street clothes, drive home, and it was almost 5. I had to pick boy child up from work at 6 so that left me 30 minutes to change and workout if I wanted to go back. I’ve promised myself I will go tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Speaking of boy child, he is on day two of his new job. He is a bagger at Strack and VanTil (grocery store). I was really worried... Wed, 14 May 2014 22:00:18 EST Good day. Well, I finally got back to the gym today. Been a little over a week since I could go with everything that has been going on. Wow, did a week off make a difference in my arm strength. I was really struggling with my pull ups and dips. I got it done but it was beyond difficult. I wasn’t certain I would be able to finish. <BR> <BR> I got my steps in yesterday and today. So that streak it back up and going! Woo – Hoo!! And I look pretty good on my calories today. So as long as I mainta... Mon, 12 May 2014 21:43:24 EST Happy Mother's Day! Happy Mother’s Day! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a wonderful day. <BR> <BR> I got a good long walk in with the girls this am, something I think I needed more than getting back to the gym. I went over calories but I knew I would. I wanted my favorite Mexican for dinner and I got it. Enjoyed every bite. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone got a chance to really ENJOY something today. <BR> <BR> Have a great week my friends. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 11 May 2014 19:35:41 EST Inspiring Women! I ran today but this 5k was not for me. It was to honor 4 people I know and millions I don’t. I ran for breast cancer awareness and survivors. <BR> <BR> The first person I ran for is my Gram. She is a 20 year survivor. Tough as nails old Croatian Gypsy who didn’t let losing a breast slow her down. She is still going strong even though she is nearly blind. And yet, somehow, she can still bounce that fake boob off the back of your head if you do something stupid. (She never had the re... Sat, 10 May 2014 13:48:23 EST Busy Week So I had a few minutes and wanted to just drop in. <BR> <BR> My week has been turned on its ear. <BR> <BR> Sunday night hubby ended up working late so we had to push off going to the grocery store. So it messed up my menu plan for the week. No fresh fruits and veggies. <BR> <BR> Monday my boss drops Cross-town Classic (baseball game) tickets on my desk for Monday night. Still no grocery shopping and we were at the game until 11:15. Got home after midnight and crawled into bed about 1... Thu, 8 May 2014 20:49:01 EST Bark in the Park and Lessons Learned! Yesterday was one HECK of a day. <BR> <BR> First I had Bark in the Park in the morning. This is the one race every year my hubby doesn’t go to. My bestest and me are such dog people we always go together. So I was up and dress at 5. We did breakfast (I just LOVE going out to breakfast, don’t know why) and then headed to Montrose Harbor. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We got there about an hour early. Had fun playing with all ... Sun, 4 May 2014 11:45:57 EST White Sox Game Yesterday was one of the best train wrecks I’ve ever had. My boss dropped 4 tickets to last night’s Sox game on my last week. So the game ended up being my hubby, my dad, my bestest buddy and me. The seats were fantastic, directly behind the visitors’ dugout. <BR> <BR> We also had tickets to the stadium club. Needless to say we had a few drink in the club. I intended to have one beer but dad took over. I had 2 Guinness. Then ended up with nachos and a pretzel. I basically broke mos... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:54:24 EST I know my problems, can I handle the solutions? I’ve done a TON of walking today. Since my Walkman died, that mean lots of time to think. See there have been several blogs/blog ideas floating around in my head but I think I need to do this first. I need to clear the air on my problems/struggles, make a decision about what to do about it, and open myself to the wonderful suggestions of my brilliant spark buddies. <BR> <BR> 1 - Hi, I’m Kitty and I’m an alcoholic. This isn’t a joke. See, I’m not the type of alcoholic that needs to drin... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 19:52:27 EST Turning 43 was fun. Well, as of today I am no longer the answer to the ultimate question of the universe. Hey, Douglas Adams could only do so much! <BR> <BR> My dad and sister got me a birthday cake yesterday. That was our Easter desert. I had a small piece with no icing. We had a fun time. <BR> <BR> Now, today was my actual birthday. First, I got to sleep in until 7 am. That is almost unheard of for me. Hubby and boy child took care of the girls and left me sleep. It was so nice to really get rest and... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:32:32 EST Rocked Bunny Rock!! Race day always means up bright and early but today was even earlier than normal. I was so uncertain about the weather; I packed extra clothes to take with. Decided to go fully covered but light weight (worked out perfect). We had to take the boy child with as he is staying the weekend with my sister and she was meeting us at the race. Also, hubby didn’t want to leave Bilbo alone. He arranged a “squirrel sitter” (Evil cherub). <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:27:12 EST Weekly Review What a week it has been! <BR> <BR> The baby squirrel is done great and has bonded with hubby. We are calling him Bilbo (hubby is a huge Tolkien fan). He likes the puppy milk and is eating round the clock. Front teeth are just starting to come in and tail is starting to bush up. So he is doing well. He may have bonded a bit too much with hubby, last night he woke us up screaming. We both went running to his cage. Seems Bilbo just wanted hubby. And my hubby puts on a pocket t-shirt a... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:26:45 EST Girls and a Squirrel. I forgot how tiring it is to have a baby in the house. I fell like I haven't slept, wow. I've been so worried about my little guy I'm constantly checking on his breathing. <BR> <BR> So, a few people asked me how the girls are dealing with this. Gypsy has decided she is mama dog. She's all protective, she is sleeping where she can see his cage, and she tries to groom him every chance she gets. He's not found of her grooming, there's a bit too much slobber for him. <BR> <BR> Tazzy just w... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:30:32 EST My Excitement Revealed. I was waiting to say anything until I was certain everything would be ok. <BR> <BR> Yesterday morning when I got to work there was an electrician working in the netpop out back. I didn't think anything of it. About 5 minutes later my co-worker walks in and asks if I saw the squirrels? <BR> <BR> What? <BR> <BR> Out back, the guy is taking baby squirrels out of the thingy (netpop) on the building. <BR> <BR> Well, I raced out back fast a I could. I discovered that "someone" had eaten ele... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:38:09 EST Weekend Recap Yesterday was a terrific day. I started out with a great workout at the gym. My Sat, Mon, Wed workouts are as follows – 13 min walk/jog on treadmill, about 20 min ab workout, 18 min run on treadmill, 30 minutes on the assisted pull up machine (4 types of pull-ups and 3 sets of dips), 13 minute walk on treadmill. I was able to do it all on Saturday. Go Me!! <BR> <BR> I over ate again, both lunch and breakfast out. I really will get this together. It really is what is holding me back. I... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 17:00:32 EST Recovery from yesterday - Without Comfort Foods! I took an unplanned vacation day today. After the day I had yesterday, I just walked into my boss and told him I have vacation days left unscheduled and that I wasn’t coming in today. He didn’t seem particularly happy but didn’t argue either. <BR> <BR> I’m not going to hash over everything that made yesterday so bad, mostly it was just the culmination of weeks, months, and YEARS of crap with one straw that broke this girl. I have to share some of the things that matter as I’m certain they... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 13:17:00 EST Opening Day! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 06:49:09 EST New Sunday Schedule. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I could NOT fall asleep last night to save my life. I was up past midnight and really wasn’t tired. So I did sleep in this am more than I wanted to. We only have one car and hubby works on Sundays so if I wanted to get to the gym I needed to go early. I wanted up at 5 and out the door at 6. Ended up getting up at 6:30 and leaving at 7. Not too bad. <BR> <BR> The girls were not happy about me getting dressed ... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 11:58:17 EST Joined Planet Fitness - I think it's gonna work. I’m not quite certain what possessed me but after running errands this am I dropped hubby at home and went to Planet Fitness. I knew I was going to join as long as it was nice and clean. It was and I did. <BR> <BR> So, I decided to utilize my membership right away. I started with 30 minutes on the treadmill. It wasn’t the best pace but I did ok. I worked up a pretty good sweat. I figured it was a good start. <BR> <BR> Step two of my plan was my ST. I’m on lower body so that’s where I... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 22:58:40 EST It goes down as a good day. I don’t really have time for a full out blog, not that I have much going on. I have successfully completed day 3 of my daily ST videos. Which means I’ve completed one full cycle of videos – Upper, Abs, and Lower ST. I know 30 minutes in 3 days is not much in terms of ST but it’s more than I’ve done in a long time. <BR> <BR> I’ve also got my step in today. Over 12,000 – so pretty good day. The girls and I had a 3 mile walk/run right after work. So it’s goes down as a good day. <BR> <BR... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:14:37 EST Typical Sunday Nothing all that great or fun from yesterday. My Sundays tend to be boring. I run on my mini-tramp. I watch movies. I play with the girls. I also tend to over eat. But I have to admit, my overeating now is on steal cut oats, dates, apples, and other good whole foods. I’m not gorging on cookies and candy or ice cream. So at least I’m over eating “healthy”. <BR> <BR> My 10,000 step streak is alive and well. Had over 15,000 yesterday and I’ve got 10,000 done for today. Yesterday, I did... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 20:43:11 EST Another Week in Review. Well, once again I’m not getting a chance to blog until the weekend. I just don’t know where my time goes. <BR> <BR> It was a MUCH better week this week with life in general. I got my car back 4 days earlier than promised!! That is HUGE to me. I hated the rental we had, just didn’t like anything about it. And I really love my car. I wanted a Focus for about 2 years before I could get one. I’ve got over 100,000 miles on that car and about 80% of them are mine. I want to try for 200,00... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 16:50:50 EST Happy St. Patty Day! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 06:47:35 EST I thought I told Murphy to move out! Ok, I’m going to stay positive today. Nothing horrible, just one of those days that every little thing that can go wrong is!! Slipped down the stairs doing laundry, only to find the sub-pump has stopped working. So I decided to take the girls on a walk, slipped on ice, and twisted my ankle. Cut the walk short and came home. Hubby called on boy child’s phone to say he’d been trying to reach me all day. Come to find my phone has taken a dirt nap; Sim card is deader than the pharaohs. Di... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 21:26:26 EST Update on Kitty's life! Sorry I’ve been so absent my dear Spark friends. I just don’t have the computer time that I used to. I miss blogging daily but right now I’m struggling to do this more than once a week. How sad. <BR> <BR> But on a positive note, I’ve finally got the scale going in the right direction. I don’t really believe the 6 pound loss I’m showing this week but I guess numbers don’t lie. I’m also down inches in both my waist and chest. This makes me VERY happy. I really want a much more “tone” ... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 19:52:54 EST Mr Murphy needs to move out and take his law with him. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Murphy needs to move out and take winter with him. The weather man keeps promising and Mother Nature is making a huge liar out of him. Also, I stretched out really well after my race yesterday and my legs are lead today. I can barely walk. I'm going to try to keep my 10,000 step streak going but it is going to be tough. Just going up to the bathroom is slow and painful. Wish I knew why. <BR> <BR> On a good ... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 12:31:45 EST Oak Forest Fleadh - 2014 addition. Well today was my second time running in the Oak Forest Fleadh. It is the only race that I can get my dad to come to each year (he gets me the registration for Christmas) Last night while we were firming up plans for this morning, my dad kept going on about how it was going to be nice out this am. He was certain that we would be too warm if we dressed how I suggested. I know better than to debate with my dad when he “knows”. I come by my stubborn streak very honestly. <BR> <BR> We can sa... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 00:06:08 EST Really down day. I ended up staying home today and taking some muscle relaxers. I slept away the morning but my back feels better. Neck still hurts but I guess that is to be expected. <BR> <BR> It is a beautiful day outside but I'm worried about being out on my own right now. There are times I'm sore and it makes me nervous to be on my own. I know I can't run but maybe a dog walk once hubby gets home. <BR> <BR> I'm not certain what to do about my race tomorrow. I have never cancelled. I'm hopeful I ca... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 15:03:12 EST Week in Review (some picts) I got to see my newest cousin last Saturday. Kevin came into the world on 2/28 at 12:30, all 9lbs, 10 oz and 21 inches of him. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Then I decided to get the girls new collars (Gypsy's was ripping). Gypsy got her normal red collar. So lovely on her shiny black coat: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I couldn't resist going Ghetto Fabulous with Tazzy... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 13:30:32 EST Bowling, Broken Finger, and Jelly Belly! Well, bowling last night was fun. I ended up with a 107 average. Not too shabby for someone who hasn’t bowled in almost a year! The other couple he bowls with I’ve known since high school, so it was fun to talk with them as adults. <BR> <BR> The wine was flowing quite freely, so by the third game I was really feeling no pain. In the seventh frame the ball game off my hand funny. Felt like the knuckle popped. That happens on occasion, so I just finished out the game. Hung out with dad ... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 16:42:37 EST Good Start to Saturday. I’m still not happy about my weigh in yesterday but I’ll be ok. I have to deal with it. <BR> <BR> I did get a very nice walk in this am with the girls. I was going to head to the dunes but hubby is really sick. I decided it was better to walk around town just in case he needed me. So we leashed up and headed out. We ended up walking about 5 miles. Tazzy is very upset over the melting snow. She made certain she climbed every snow pile she could find. <BR> <BR> So before 11am I’m d... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 12:36:10 EST