CALIFSHEWOLF's SparkPeople Blog CALIFSHEWOLF's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I Confess - I Gained Weight OK, so I've been in denial for the past six months. Going through the motions (some of them) on SP and acting as if everything is just peachy. Well, it isn't. I have regained most of the weight that I took off while on SP. I am disgusted with myself (for the 10,000th time), I didn't want to admit to anyone that I had gained back the weight (for the 10,000th time), and I started to think that I'll never be able to get this whole weight loss thing right (for the 100,000th time). <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 17:17:31 EST My Hummingbird Video..FINALLY! I have been telling people about my hummingbirds for a long time and, being technologically challenged, I didn't know how to get the video I took with my camera anywhere that anyone else could see it. I am stubborn enough to keep trying, and VOILA.... I actually figured it out...I think. <BR> <BR> For your edification and enjoyment, I present just a small number of the hummers who inhabit my property. The video is of the two feeders on my back deck. <BR> <BR> <link> Mon, 16 May 2011 17:35:51 EST Politically Correct Joke In my never-ending (and frequently failed) attempts at being PC, I present to you my new favorite joke. <BR> <BR> An Englishman, a Scotsman, an Irishman, a Welshman, a Latvian, a Turk, a German, an Indian, several Americans (including a southerner [but certainly not a redneck!], a New Englander, and a Californian), an Argentinean, a Dane, an Australian, a Slovakian, an Egyptian, a Japanese, a Moroccan, a Frenchman, a New Zealander, a Spaniard, a Russian, a Guatemalan, a Colombian, a Pakistan... Thu, 5 May 2011 22:19:31 EST Excerpts From Pets Diaries Excerpt from a Dog's Diary........ <BR> <BR> 8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing! <BR> 9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing! <BR> 9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing! <BR> 10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing! <BR> 12:00 PM - Lunch! My favorite thing! <BR> 1:00 PM - Played in the yard! My favorite thing! <BR> 3:00 PM - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing! <BR> 5:00 PM - Milk Bones! My favorite thing! <BR> 7:00 PM - Got to play ball! My favorite thing! <BR> 8:00 ... Thu, 28 Apr 2011 11:15:10 EST Why Can't We All Just Get Along? <BR> I truly believe that we should take some lessons from the animals on how to get along with those who we traditionally perceive as our enemies. This short video just made my day and I hope it does the same for you. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 10 Mar 2011 16:40:14 EST If I Didn't Have a Dog or Cat IF I DIDN'T HAVE A DOG OR CAT <BR> <BR> I could walk around the yard barefoot in safety. <BR> <BR> My house could be carpeted instead of tiled and laminated. <BR> <BR> All flat surfaces, clothing, furniture, and cars would be free of hair. <BR> <BR> When the doorbell rings, it wouldn't sound like a kennel. <BR> <BR> When the doorbell rings, I could get to the door without wading through fuzzy bodies who beat me there. <BR> <BR> I could sit on the couch and my bed the way I wanted,... Sat, 5 Mar 2011 11:34:41 EST More Snow in Them Thar Hills Well, just when we thought we had enough snow after last week's 18 inches, we got a doozie of a storm that dropped almost three feet of the white stuff on us. As promised to a few SparkFriends, here are some more pics. I wanted you to see that the day after a huge storm, we always have blue skies and sunshine, which is one of the reasons we love living in a forest on a mountain. (Truthfully, I am getting real tired of the snow and I could use a trip to a tropical resort somewhere. That da... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 19:26:20 EST Mountain Pictorial - Part 2 I have tried this a few times today, but either my computer or SP isn't cooperating, so I'll try it one more time. We got 18 inches of snow which made for some nice pictures on our trip to the airport yesterday. Hopefully, I can share them with you. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Our mountain from WalMart...have to go down there to get groceries. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The trees are all cove... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 16:09:18 EST Yesterday - a Pictorial Yesterday was a stressful day...too much on my mind. Doc's appointment in the desert, sick dog, storm coming in, company for dinner..etc, etc. I have learned from my SP buddy Cheri that when faced with adversity, stay busy, so instead of worrying on the 3 1/2 hour round trip down and up the mountain, I took pictures and thought I would share them with you. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> That snow topped mountain is where I live...this view is ... Sat, 19 Feb 2011 19:33:40 EST Adult Realizations Adult Realizations <BR> <BR> 1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die. <BR> <BR> 2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong. <BR> <BR> 3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger. <BR> <BR> 4. There is great need for a sarcasm font. <BR> <BR> 5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet? <BR> <BR> 6. Was learning cursive really ne... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 20:34:01 EST Once a Steeler Fan, Always a Steeler Fan! I moved to the mountains of California 15 years ago after having been born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I lived there for 47 years and was an avid Steeler fan from the time I was old enough to watch the games on our black and white TV. <BR> <BR> After 15 years in California, I am still, and always will be a Steeler fan. Did you ever wonder why Pittsburgh Steeler fans are so hardcore and faithful? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 29 Jan 2011 19:27:40 EST UNIVERSAL LAWS...TOTALLY TRUE! <BR> <BR> Every one is ABSOLUTELY true. <BR> <BR> 1. Law of Mechanical Repair - After your hands become coated with <BR> grease, your nose will begin to itch and you'll have to pee. <BR> <BR> 2. Law of Gravity - Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will <BR> roll to the least accessible corner. <BR> <BR> 3. Law of Probability -The probability of being watched is directly <BR> proportional to the stupidity of your act <BR> <BR> 4. Law of Random Numbers - If you dial a wrong number, ... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 23:05:23 EST Pictures, as promised. Hi...I was telling some of my SP friends how I finally got the energy to clean my kitchen plant window yesterday. I have been feeling so crumby lately, but after three good days, I got a "nesting impulse" which caused me to clean out cabinets, closets, and to finally clean my plant window, which is full of plants, glass vases, rocks, and crystals, all of which were dusty, sticky, and generally yucky. I am no Susie Housekeeper and certainly not a domestic goddess, but I've been wanting to get... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 16:40:28 EST My Favorite Biker Bar <BR> I was feeling bored the other day, so I thought I'd go on down to my favorite biker bar with some friends. <BR> <BR> I called my friends Sally and Pam and asked them to join me and I told them that they wouldn't have much trouble finding it <BR> <BR> Sure enough, they followed my directions and there it was... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> There is nothing like the feel of the sun on your fac... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 11:12:03 EST Holiday Party Advice (Not!!!) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Even though Christmas is over, there is still New Year's Eve coming up and all the partying that may come between now and then. Yesterday, I gave you the rules concerning Christmas cookies. Today, I'm giving you some advice on how to deal with all the food at holiday parties. Once again, given that this is SP, I'm adding a disclaimer...."Read at your own risk...following the advice given in this blog... Sun, 26 Dec 2010 12:05:54 EST Christmas Cookie Rules <img src=""> <BR> This is Tahquitz is the view that I see everytime I leave my house. <BR> <BR> <BR> Season's Greetings from my cabin in the mountains. I found this article that I think is very timely, considering it is Christmas Eve and some of you may have already baked or will bake cookies. (I am adding a disclaimer since this IS SparkPeople...."these rules may not apply to everyone and SP and I are not responsible for t... Fri, 24 Dec 2010 18:58:38 EST I Got a Medal! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is the medal, shirt, and hat I won for completing the 5K Arthritis Walk last Saturday. My other half, Richie, and I both walked it and helped to raise over $150,000 for arthritis research. This is really important to me since I have had osteoarthritis since I was a teenager, resulting in 4 knee surgeries, including a total replacement in October, 2008. Before that time, I was a couch potato, had to go every... Thu, 11 Nov 2010 15:40:26 EST Green Toes and SPAM <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Why SPAM? Because like SPAM emails, you don't have to read this if you don't know why I did This is totally for my wonderful SparkFriend Joyryder, who upon finding out that I was getting green nails, suggested that I paint my toes two-tone green with every other toe being the opposite color. I love a challenge and an interesting id... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 18:26:41 EST Elephant Stew Ok, for the past few weeks, I have been stressed and sad, so I need to shake it off and concentrate on things that I enjoy, like the following recipe. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> ELEPHANT STEW <BR> <BR> 1 medium elephant <BR> brown gravy (lots of it) <BR> 2 rabbits (optional) <BR> <BR> Cut elephant into bite-sized pieces (this will take about 2 months). Add enough brown gravy to cover. Cook over kerosene fire for about 4 weeks at 465 degrees. This will serve about 1,973 people. If more are expec... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 09:51:45 EST Yep, I'm Proud of Me! I really needed to burn off some calories after my close encounter of the ice cream kind yesterday. I have a big goal that I've been working toward and I decided that today was the day to take it to the next level. There is a fairly rugged hiking trail at 6000 feet that goes uphill for 2.2 miles and back down and is called the Ernie Maxwell Trail. My goal was to be able to walk it uphill all the way by the end of July 2010. <BR> <BR> Today, I started at the bottom intending to walk 1/2 m... Mon, 5 Jul 2010 23:16:00 EST Patriotism and Prime Rib <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is the reward I gave myself for the great doctor visit I had yesterday. The doctor was really happy with my weight loss, my blood test results, and my attitude in general. I accomplished one of my really important goals....getting off Lipitor, although he does want me to stay on the blood pressure pill, which I'm OK with since he says there is evidence that it may be beneficial to heart health. He even sa... Fri, 2 Jul 2010 18:17:32 EST Ogden Nash I Ain' day in rhyme I have some news to share with you, I think I'll try a rhyme <BR> I used to be quite good at verse and wrote them all the time <BR> I haven't written lately, and I'm started to grow old <BR> And writing keeps my synapses from getting dark and cold. <BR> <BR> Today I went out for a walk, three miles was my new goal <BR> I walked with my dear neighbor, a tad older, bless her soul <BR> She always motivates me to try just a little more <BR> So, instead of walking 3 miles, we kept going, trying f... Fri, 18 Jun 2010 17:42:49 EST I Gained 2 Pounds...and I'm Happy! HUH? My weekly weigh-in shows a gain and I'm not freaking out. Wow...what an epiphany! I have actually changed an old behavioral habit. I don't feel like binging, I'm not headed for the fridge, I'm not crying, I'm not threatening to quit. It may be that all the articles, forums, blogs, emails, and profiles have been sinking in without my realizing it. Maybe it's because I am finally starting to understand my body and not judging my success or failure by the scale. <BR> <BR> Since seriousl... Fri, 28 May 2010 12:38:47 EST 200 Sticks of Butter and Counting I just got back from hiking 3 1/4 miles through the forest. I'm sweaty and tired, but jubilant. The trail we took today had some very tough uphill climbs, and except for stopping a few times to catch my breath, I walked right up them. This is the hardest walk that I have done in the past five years since my knee blew out. It is also the hardest walk I've done with my new titanium and plastic knee. I have had some complications, like a fragmented kneecap, and the surgeon wants to do anoth... Tue, 25 May 2010 16:50:37 EST Crocheting Burns Calories! See how many! I was sitting here crocheting this morning when I started to feel guilty about not doing any exercise yet today and wasting time crocheting. Just for the heck of it, I looked for a website that would tell me how many calories I burn doing various activities around the house. What I found was very interesting. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rned.asp </link> Click on 'Calculators and Tools', then on 'Calories Burned' <BR> <BR> This site gives you lots of ... Fri, 30 Apr 2010 13:07:31 EST Told ya we got snow! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A few of you have asked to see pictures of yesterday's snow, so here you go. This is the view from my office (guest room). <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tikaani and Angel playing in the snow. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My front deck...we won't be BBQ'ing tonight! <BR> <BR> Well, now you have ... Fri, 23 Apr 2010 13:50:02 EST Mermaid or Whale? The following is an email that I got today and I want to share it because it expresses my feelings on what the media considers beautiful. I am 6 feet tall, and have always been a big girl...sometimes chubby, sometimes grossly obese, but always big. I was told as a child by 'helpful' relatives that "you could be so pretty if you would just lose weight". I was teased and tormented by many of the kids in school and overlooked by most young men when I reached dating age. My whole life, I have... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 23:44:27 EST OMG! I MUST BE GROWING UP! I have always had a Peter Pan complex...I know that I have to grow older, but I don't have to grow up. I think I may just be growing up in spite of myself. That is the only way I can explain my reaction to my fall off the "no binge" wagon this past weekend. <BR> <BR> I went on our annual "Jews in the Woods" Passover camping trip with lots of my relatives and a few friends. We camp for three days, eat, go hiking, eat, play cards, eat, play dominoes, eat, play backgammon, eat, shmooze, ea... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 17:21:36 EST Small Plateau, No Big Deal! OK, I've landed on my first plateau, where in spite of sticking to my eating plan and exercising more, I didn't lose weight. In my 50+ years of dieting, this has always been a real big problem for me. In the past, this would have triggered a depression and ultimately a binge, but I'm surprisingly fine with it. I have read plenty of articles, blogs, and forums that have made me think differently about my reaction to a disappointing weigh-in, and I do understand that my body is going through... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 12:59:02 EST 133,000 Calories I learned something today that I'm going to share with you. One of my SP Trivia questions this morning was "How many calories in a pound of fat?" The answer is 3500 and I wanted to know more, so I did some research. In order to lose 1 pound per week, you need a daily calorie deficit of 500. In other words, if you burn 500 more calories than you eat, you will lose one pound a week....7 days x 500 calories = 3500 calories or 1 pound of fat. Get it? So, if you have a 1000 calorie daily def... Sat, 6 Mar 2010 16:57:50 EST 152 Sticks of Butter Burnt My husband brought out the scale this morning for my regular Friday morning weigh-in. I had him hide it since I got real obsessive about getting on the scale and he is not to let me on it until Friday morning. I actually spent 20 minutes frantically searching for it on Tuesday after he left for work until I realized I was obsessing, so I stopped, tooked a deep breath, and had a good laugh about it. This morning the scale showed a three pound loss, which I know is due to my doing more walki... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 21:50:08 EST 120 Sticks of Butter Lost! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is 26 pounds of butter, otherwise known as fat. I have lost a little more than that now, and I sometimes need to put things in perspective since I have so much more to lose. I do much better with visual aids when I am trying to learn something, remember things, or make a point, and this is a dramatic mental picture that works for me. Recently, I have posted on several blogs and forums where someone is disco... Mon, 22 Feb 2010 14:46:45 EST Betcha didn't wire your jaws shut! I DID!!!! It was just one of the desperate attempts I have made during my life to lose weight. I have done just about everything except surgery, since I have had 22 surgeries already and I don't want any that I really don't need. I have probably lost 1000 pounds in my 61 years, having started my 'dieting' at about 12 years old. <BR> <BR> When I was in my teens, my mother took me to a doctor who prescribed diet pills, commonly called Black Beauties back in those days. I lost weight....a... Fri, 19 Feb 2010 13:30:59 EST Crash and Burn - The Binge Demon Won I have been putting off writing a blog for a long time but I think I need to do this for me. I've been hanging around SparkPeople since last summer, but I only got serious and started working my program on January 4th, 2010. I follow a program prescribed by my doctor and is basically no sugar, low carbs, and all "real" processed, packaged,artificial, canned, or bleached foods. I started this same plan 10 years ago, lost 163 pounds, and kept it off for 8 years. I was also hiking... Tue, 16 Feb 2010 11:38:24 EST