CAT-IN-CJ's SparkPeople Blog CAT-IN-CJ's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 3.25.17 Catching up Hi, remember me??? <BR> <BR> Seems like forever since I posted a blog.... 2 weeks.... it's been crazy around here, dealing with stuff. big stuff. And in the midst of all that stuff, SparkPeople changed things up again, then switched it around yet again. . . . and I'm still trying to find my way back to my Teams (don't think I can get there from the phone app). <BR> <BR> Enough complaining.... what little bit of time I can get online, I've been looking into glycemic index load . . . st... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 19:03:28 EST UFO sighting!!!!! The Del Norte County Sheriff's Office has received multiple reports of an unidentified object hovering above the region. Our Investigations Unit immediately coordinated with outside agencies, some as far away as Florida and Arizona, and we have confirmed the identity of the anomaly. It's sunshine. This is not a test. It's actually sunshine. Get your family together and go do something outside. Consider mowing your lawn. ========= Seriously this was on my Facebook feed today. Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:48:23 EST Snowy Sunday Woke up to snow. 2 or 3 inches so far, and it's expected to snow all day. Well it is Winter. It's been a couple crazy weeks. Need to get my focus back on my goals. <img src=""> Sun, 5 Mar 2017 14:44:02 EST Lessons learned from my dog <img src=""> <BR> <BR> No diets for me. 602 Days ago, I started with SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> It took me a while to figure out it out, but . . . . I'm still here! <BR> <BR> I discovered right away that the road to better health was not found in a magic pill <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And it takes dedication, caution and per... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:42:47 EST Happy Valentine's Day <img src=""> Happy Valentine's Day to my spark friends. Hope you have a lot of fun today and keep your eyes on the prize Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:34:34 EST Sunday check-in <img src=""> This little puppy is consuming so much of my time. But it is going to be so worth it. Just like anything else, tenacity and hard work eventually pay off. We named Our new addition Buster Brown, but now were thinking we should call him Harry Houdini, because he is an escape artist. Rarely is he confined to a cage/kennel, but when I'm vacuuming or something where I need to make sure he is OK while... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 17:11:10 EST I just added a couple pounds to my weight lifting program <img src=""> <BR> <BR> First of all, I'd like you to meet our new addition, Buster Brown. <BR> He's 11 weeks old Yorkie and weights a bit over 2 pounds. <BR> Mostly fur at this point. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Buster is the little bitty ball of fur in my lap. Leroy is the one sitting on my shoulder, wanting nothing to do... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:26:45 EST Advise from an Expert <img src=""> Waiting for inspiration??? Here's some ADVICE from an EXPERT: Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you're sitti... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:20:00 EST Eat up with cuteness <img src=""> So we went to see the puppies again today. And we took Bad Leroy Brown with us this time. And we have narrowed it a choice between two. LeRoy is having nothing to do with the "up close and personal, getting to know you" part of the interview. We will make the final decision in two weeks. And life as we know it will never be the same. How cute is this? Sat, 14 Jan 2017 20:40:27 EST Non-Scale Victory! <BR> Today was the first day we've seen the sun in a long time! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After the first couple of days of snow, we walked around the property in the fluffy snow . . . it was awesome. But after 24+ inches of snow and ice followed by heavy rains, we've been unable to get outside for our daily walks. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 12 Jan 2017 23:23:00 EST Toothpaste <img src=""> Had to share this. Not my story, but certainly relevant, regardless of age. My daughter starts middle school tomorrow. We've decorated her locker, bought new uniforms, even surprised her with a new backpack. But tonight just before bed, we did another pre-middle school task that is far more important than the others. I gave her a tube of toothpaste and asked her to squirt it out onto a plate. Wh... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:38:46 EST Monday, Monday <img src=""> Power is out again. Internet tower is down. Time to hook up the generator. Mon, 9 Jan 2017 11:30:28 EST Walking in a winter wonderland <img src=""> Around 2 feet of snow and still coming down. No electricity since yesterday and power company isn't giving so much as a guestimate when it might be restored. But we're doing great. Lots of dry wood for heat and generator to power well pump and give us some light to read by and light appliances for food and morning coffee. Have been taking lots of walks. Well not sure they really qualify for a wal... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 21:05:08 EST Winter Wonderland The snow started yesterday and continued through the night. <BR> <BR> Woke up to about 8 inches..... Bad Leroy Brown couldn't see over it, so we had to make a few adjustments..... by the time he got back inside, he was a snowball! I warmed him up and dried him with the blow dryer . . . which he loves. <BR> <BR> Then we bundled up and took off in the quad for a while, then came home and trudged all around our 5 acres. That was a great workout too! Wow! It is amazing. <BR> <BR> The s... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 20:53:24 EST Tie that sucker up with a bow! I've been around here for a few years . . . . <BR> and it's time to clean out some of my old files, <BR> so here we go. . . . one more time for old times sake <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For the first time in many years, I really had hope. <BR> I had found SparkPeople and -- after 20-some years of being a vegan/vegetarian -- I had found the tools I need to learn about healthy living. <BR> <BR> <img src="... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 15:43:41 EST Fun and games <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The mountains around our valley are white! And I love to see the snow. <BR> <BR> Up there. In the mountains. Not down here in the valley. <BR> <BR> However, forecasters indicate that the weather is turning colder . . . it's been in the mid to lower 30's, but it's dipping down into the 20's tonight . . . then into the teens by the weekend. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spar... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 22:38:45 EST Time for refreshing We made it through another Christmas. Whew. <BR> <BR> Pretty nifty that DH's daughter & son-in-law upgraded their 'old' tv (which was less than 2 years old) and gave it to us. It's about 20 years newer than ours. They also gave us a new gizmo (BluRay) of some sort that allows us to hook it up to our computers and iPhones through our wifi. <BR> <BR> We still don't have tv reception but we can play our music from our computers . . . Fun stuff. <BR> <BR> Thankfully, my scale still... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 22:58:56 EST What brings you joy? <img src=""> Hope you had a good Christmas. Ours was very quiet, peaceful. Full of memories of days gone by. Looking forward to a new year filled with joy. How was your Christmas?? Tue, 27 Dec 2016 12:03:56 EST Wishing you all the Joy of Christmas <img src=""> Sat, 24 Dec 2016 23:23:09 EST Puppy, puppy, puppy During the past few months, I've been chatting with Yorkie breeders all over the country. <BR> <BR> What I've discovered is that there are a whole lot of puppy factories out there . . . people breeding for "tax money" or "vacation money" . . . lots of reasons except for breed standards. <BR> I became acutely aware of puppy mills about 12 years ago while searching for a pup . . . and I saw the pic of Bad Leroy Brown who was rescued from a puppy mill that had 1800 dogs in their breeding stock ... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 15:50:26 EST If you're cold . . . . Twenty-two degrees this morning..... brrrrrr <BR> <BR> So, today's blog is more of a public service reminder <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 17 Dec 2016 15:23:45 EST Does anyone really like fruitcake? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This tickled my fancy. <BR> <BR> I just read an article where it was reported that David Letterman once televised a stunt where they dropped an off-the-shelf fruitcake from the top of a huge skyscraper in New York -- not a prop, something that anyone could buy at the grocery store -- and nothing happened to it. <BR> <BR> Just wondering . . . does anyone REALLY like fruitcake? <BR> <BR... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 14:31:13 EST Email from God One day God was looking down at earth and saw all of the rascally behavior that was going on... <BR> <BR> <BR> So He called His angels and sent one to earth for a time. <BR> <BR> <BR> When the angel returned, he told God, 'Yes, it is bad on earth; 95% are misbehaving and only 5% are not. <BR> <BR> <BR> God thought for a moment and said, 'Maybe I had better send down a second angel to get another opinion.' <BR> <BR> <BR> So God called another angel and sent her to earth for a time. <... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 17:36:46 EST Gaining knowledge, not pounds <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good information is a wonderful thing. Especially when it comes to health. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, there is so much misinformation going around and there's no quick and easy "Fact Check" so that a person trying to gather good information can be sure it's accurate. <BR> <BR> <img src="... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 13:47:57 EST Lily and the Snowman I was going to blog about my woes of weightloss . . . <BR> but this 2 minute video has a much more inspiring message. <BR> <BR> It's about the things that really count. <BR> I hope you will enjoy it..... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> (If the link doesn't work, just go to YouTube and search for Lily and the Snowman <BR> I've tried several links and for some reason they just won't work! ) <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day, and think about the things that rea... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 13:51:51 EST ''Tis the season'' <img src=""> Weatherpersons are calling for snow tonight. We're keeping our fingers crossed. For 15 years, DH commuted an hour one way to the city for work. Ice. Driving rain. Sleet. Snow. Didn't matter, he was never late and didn't miss a day. Since he retired two years ago, we haven't seen so much as a snow flake. Go figure. Hopefully that'll change tonight. Mon, 5 Dec 2016 20:14:15 EST In honor of National cookie day <img src=""> In honor of National Cookie Day we give you the following tips: 1. A cookie eaten fresh off the baking sheet is a test, thus it has no calories. 2. Cookie Crumbs have no calories, after all, they aren't actually cookies. 3. Cookies eaten while under stress have no calories, they are medicine. 4. Cookies stolen from somebody elses plate have no calories. You leave the calories behind with the r... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 17:46:52 EST Sunday check in - Day 521 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Today I give myself a big smile -- <BR> <BR> <em>342</em> <em>314</em> did the elliptical and a long walk <BR> <BR> I've already met my step goal for today <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> and I think I stayed within my lowered calorie range. <BR> (I never really know because when DH cooks, he does not follow the recipe.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 20:17:26 EST Kickin' it up a notch <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So, today I kicked it up a notch. <BR> <BR> I've added weights and treadmill/elliptical back into my regiment. <BR> <BR> And increased my daily step goal. <BR> <BR> And joined the Pre-diabetic Sparkers team and The Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge. <BR> (No, I'm not diabetic. Yet. But I am Pre-D. . . . and i really don't want to go there!) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeo... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 22:07:37 EST How was your thanksgiving?? I'm doing a Happy dance --- Cos I did good today!!!! I Made good choices and serving sizes and didn't feel like a stuffed turkey!!!! Proud of me!!!! How did your day go??? Thu, 24 Nov 2016 22:35:01 EST So much to be thankful for! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am thankful that I still have a few friends left after the election. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am thankful for a sense of humor . . . <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 23 Nov 2016 19:11:21 EST Hey remember me? <img src=""> Seems like forever since I've done a blog. It's been absolutely crazy here, especially after the election which fell on my birthday this year. We just got back from a nice walk in the sunshine on this cool winter afternoon and a break in the rain which is supposed to return this evening. Just settling down for a cuppa nice warm kale soup so I thought I would drop in to say hi, how ya doing???? Mon, 21 Nov 2016 20:09:23 EST 500 Day Log In Streak <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Woohoo! Made it this far . . . can't stop now!!!! Sun, 6 Nov 2016 21:44:05 EST Sunday funny <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thought we could use a bit of humor on this last Sunday of October. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As we say good bye to October tomorrow, I'll sure miss the spectacular colors we've seen this year. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 18:33:23 EST First fire of the season in the woodstove - time to get cozy We had another storm blow in this morning, bringing wind and rain. Hasn't let up at all so no way I'll be going out for a walk in this. <BR> <BR> Decided it was time to make a fire and get cozy. (this pic was just before Bad Leroy Brown's bath and he's not feeling very photogenic.) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hope you're having a great day. . . . I sure am! <BR> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:21:34 EST Sunday . . the end is not in sight By no means is this an "official" rain gauge, but I think you'll get an idea of how much rain we've had since DH put this bucket outside his garage last Friday. . . just 2 days ago. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yep, that's 9 inches. <BR> <BR> We are very thankful the 100 mph winds dissipated as they passed over the mountains between us and the coast. The valley we live in was spared the high winds, and our... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 19:40:44 EST Winter Storm Warning! This might be the streak-breaker Well, I'm at day 477 of my log-in streak . . . . and based on the weather forecasts, I might not be able to log in for a while if the storm is as bad as they predict. <BR> <BR> We live in the woods, surrounded by lots of huge, old-growth Douglas Firs, Madrone, Oak and Pines all around us. <BR> <BR> The power grid to our section of the County is extremely vulnerable on a good day, and to lose power during a 'normal' storm is common. <BR> <BR> However, they're predicting this to be the wo... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 19:20:04 EST Rainy Thursday We were expecting the rain/storm to come in last night, and it did. It's pouring! <BR> <BR> We weren't ready to pack in the riding season just yet, so we decided to go for one more ride over the hill to see the Fall colors. . . . and Bad Leroy Brown wanted to go too. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was the first time he'd been on the Harley, and he wasn't quite sure about it at first. <BR> <BR> <img src=... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 23:04:19 EST Celebrating my Sparkathon! Just celebrating some fun stuff . . . <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 4 year anniversary! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 475 day log in streak! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 1500 minutes! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:29:18 EST Doing it right again today It seems that it takes a lot more to get back on track than just saying the words. But I'm keeping my eyes on the prize and not giving up. These past two days I've begun to feel the changes and see the scale nudging downward again. Ever so slightly. But it is going in the right direction. And I can feel it!! So woohoo!! <img src=""> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 23:17:18 EST Feeling a little Husky <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That's me, at lunch yesterday. We took the day off and drove up to Union Creek to a little diner we found years ago, and try to visit at least once a year . . . during Huckleberry season because they have the best Huckleberry pies. <BR> <BR> What you see in front of me is a Turkey Club sandwich and fries. No, I did not eat it all. In fact, I removed the middle slice of bread (it's kinda... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 13:03:30 EST Making plans To celebrate Halloween this year, I had planned to go to a 200 year old building that is set up with shriveled up old corpses, dangerous bandits, bloodsucking vampires, hellbent soulless demons, and the like. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, it turns out the Capitol Building is closed for tours until the election is over. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know it's 3 1/2 weeks til Halloween, but I couldn't help myself... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 15:12:00 EST Proud of myself First of all, let me say I have been looking forward to seeing my former brother-in-law who I have seen twice in the last 25-30 years. And, today was the day he was passing through my neck of the woods. <BR> <BR> Knowing that we have a difference . . . H U G E difference of opinion on most political issues, I was determined not to get into a debate with him about any of it. <BR> <BR> And I held my ground and did not debate with him despite his repeated provocations. <BR> <BR> <img ... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 21:50:38 EST So, DH says to me . . . He says, I've put on some weight and don't feel good. I need to exercise. <BR> <BR> Would you want to match me, minute for minute on the treadmill and elliptical? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So, here we go! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> ---- please notice, those are beads in the background :) Mon, 3 Oct 2016 14:17:14 EST No more exercise for me <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just kidding. But I am taking it easy today. <BR> <BR> I'll be back on it again tomorrow. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hope you're having a great first day of October!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 1 Oct 2016 19:19:57 EST Saturday check in Hope you're having a wonderful Saturday. <BR> <BR> We are enjoying some awesome fall weather. Temperature in the mid 70s today. Supposed to be closer to 90 tomorrow and hopefully that will give some of the tomatoes chance to ripen. <BR> <BR> Thought I would share a picture of my lunch today. Turkey wraps with fresh tomatoes from the garden. Yum. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Planning to tak... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 19:45:26 EST Falling all over the place <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Seems like it was just a few days ago that we had super hot days . . . oh wait, it was! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, a thunderstorm blew through and gave us some rain. And today we have snow in the higher elevations . . . how fantastic is that?! <BR> <BR> Yesterday we woke up to 43 degrees and enjoyed a brisk walk. Between the bouts of evening showers, we took another walk to wind down from th... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:25:22 EST Time passes so quickly <img src=""> Time passes so quickly. What are you doing today to reach your short term and long term goals??? Let's make today count. Sat, 17 Sep 2016 11:38:49 EST Daily Exercize is important <img src=""> With The return of cooler weather, we've been enjoying our morning walks. Knowing there have been a number of cougar sightings in our area help to keep a spring in our step. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:09:35 EST Happy Tuesday <img src=""> <img src=""> Hey!! It's been a couple busy weeks. Tomorrow we have to go to the big city so that means another full, exhausting day. So I thought I better drop in and say hey tonight because I won't feel like it tomorrow night. Hope you're doing well the pursuit of your goals. It's taking me a little while to get back... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 23:34:57 EST