CAT-IN-CJ's SparkPeople Blog CAT-IN-CJ's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Absolute Genius <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. ~Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> <BR> The same goes for each of us . . . if we try to live our life according to the rules, opinions or values of anyone else, we will most assuredly fail, and rarely achieve our potential. <BR> <BR> Remember just how special YOU are! <BR> <BR> <img... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:51:22 EST Going Strong! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wow! What a busy few weeks it's been! DH is finally settling into his new job and I'm catching up on stuff I have been neglecting during his time off. <BR> <BR> I do miss him being at home but I will really enjoy getting back to my very own little rut. <BR> <BR> You can be sure of one thing that's on my TO DO list for today . . . . <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:57:21 EST Change <img src=""> Thu, 9 Oct 2014 22:01:32 EST Dreams <img src=""> Wed, 8 Oct 2014 19:37:46 EST Friends and Frangipani I had a great time at the reunion lunch yesterday. It was great to catch up with former co-workers and see what's gone on in their lives these past 25-30 years. Most of us are grandparents now, and we're all moving a bit slower. A couple of the ladies I used to work with I did not recognize at all because their dark hair 30 years ago has given way to silky white . . . only after hearing their voice did I have a clue who they were. How funny. <BR> <BR> I made a good choice for lunch a... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 10:54:40 EST Fast and Furious Another fast and furious weekend. Most of it was spent taking care of business. <BR> <BR> This week will be another busy one. Today I'm driving back to the city to have lunch with a group of former co-workers from a job I had from 1986 - 1991. Then I might as well take care of some errands while I'm in town. Maybe see mom and sister too. <BR> <BR> Anyway, keep on Sparking!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 6 Oct 2014 11:13:37 EST Sparking for 2 years now! Last week I celebrated - and I do mean celebrated - my two year Spark-anniversary! <BR> <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <em>504</em> <BR> <BR> What a difference SparkPeople has made in my life. <BR> I absolutely love that SparkPeople does not offer a quick weight loss diet plan . . . but a whole new outlook on life, a new way of thinking . . . one that will ensure progress through the rest of my life!!! <BR> <BR> And as always, a heart-felt thank YOU for being part of this wonderful ... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 15:21:44 EST I'm baaaacccckkkkk! I watched hubby ride off to work this morning bringing a rude end to a great vacation. Well, maybe not so much a vacation as a much-needed time off, break from work. <BR> <BR> For the past 9 years, DH has been commuting 2 hours a day to work. Sun, rain, wind, hail, sleet, snow . . . it doesn't matter. <BR> <BR> About 6 weeks ago, he applied for a new job located about 5 miles from home. He's had 3 interviews and been offered his choice of 3 positions within the same company . . . the ... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:56:58 EST Inadvertent Passenger <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday, a squirrel decided to hitch a ride with me - the hard way. <BR> <BR> I was on my CanAm Spyder RS way out in the boonies and DH was on his BMW about 3 seconds in front of me. <BR> <BR> I saw a squirrel scamper across the road just missing DH's rear wheel, but making it all the way across the road and safely into the ditch. But then that squirrel decided to play his odds and cross the road again,... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:23:00 EST Joyful in the Journey <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's been two weeks since I began an 'official' Spark break. And I'm proud of myself for hitting the pause button. I really needed it. Sometimes I just need to step off the merry-go-round. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> October will be my 2nd anniversary with SparkPeople and I have to admit, I was a bit concerned as to how my head would react without ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:18:13 EST Taking a Spark break <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So much going on right now and I'm feeling guilty about not keeping up with my SparkFriends and Teams, etc. <BR> <BR> I'm taking a break and I'll be back in a week or two. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:04:51 EST I'll have what the skinny gal's having Today was the monthly lunch with the girls. <BR> <BR> I wasn't sure what to order. I've been doing so well and didn't want to blow it. I was hungry but I really didn't want to end up with a super-sized meal. <BR> <BR> When it came my turn to order, I told the waitress "I'll have what she's having" and motioned towards the skinny gal sitting across from me. <BR> <BR> When the other orders began to arrive, there were all these huge plates of food . . . and I was afraid I was in trouble. ... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:21:11 EST Did someone say Pizza? If you read my blog yesterday, you'll remember that I said I thought I'd talked DH out if bringing home pizza last night. <BR> <BR> So, guess who showed up with a family size Cowboy pizza?! <BR> <BR> Well, after all, it was his birthday. <BR> <BR> I told him I would eat one piece . . . so he cut it into 4 pieces! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It reminded me of a joke about a lady who was asked how many pieces she wanted her pi... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:47:51 EST Monday, Monday Had a great weekend . . . still on plan. Today's DH's birthday and I think I just talked him out of pizza and into a fresh avo/tomato wrap for dinner. (Was that bad of me?) <BR> <BR> I needed some chuckles for the day. Thought you might enjoy some too. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> QUESTIONS THAT HAUNT ME! <BR> Interesting things about the English language ... <BR> <BR> How important does a person have to be before they... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:57:44 EST Romantic texting by seniors <img src=""> <BR> <BR> An elderly couple had just learned how to send text messages on their cell phones. <BR> <BR> The wife was a romantic type and the husband was more of a no-nonsense guy. <BR> <BR> One afternoon the wife went out to meet a friend for coffee. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She decided to send her husband a romantic text message and she wrote: <BR> ... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:06:35 EST Punography Hope these will help to bring you a smile . . . <BR> <BR> <BR> Punography <BR> <BR> · I tried to catch some fog. I mist. <BR> <BR> · When chemists die, they barium. <BR> <BR> · Jokes about German sausage are the wurst. <BR> <BR> · A soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is <BR> now a seasoned veteran. <BR> <BR> · I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop any time. <BR> <BR> · How does Moses make his tea? Hebrews it. <BR> <BR> · I ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:27:58 EST Physical or Emotional Hunger <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Eating mindfully is so important. Learning to identify true hunger from emotional hunger (or boredom) is key. <BR> <BR> If you're not hungry enough to eat something that's good for you (or at least not bad), chances are you're just bored. Drink some water or take a walk instead. Chew some gum. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:11:57 EST Smiles for Monday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:56:55 EST Doing it <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I find that when my heart is not in something <BR> I'll usually not commit to it . . . . I say, I will try. <BR> <BR> But when I REALLY want something, <BR> I will put my heart into it . . . and I say, I will DO it. <BR> <BR> This occurred to me the other day when I heard myself say "I'll try . . ." and I knew it would be a half-hearted attempt, if that. <BR> <BR> The thought came to me that if it was somet... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:08:17 EST The Scale - The Ultimate NSV I don't hate that fickle old scale anymore . . . I've learned that it's all about location. <BR> I can lose 2 pounds just by moving it from one spot to another. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:59:21 EST Busyness Had a great weekend, worked around the property on Saturday then went for a long ride on Sunday. It felt good to be back in the saddle again . . . thankful that it took only a new battery to get Lil Red back on the road. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I changed up my exercise program a bit. I had more than an hour of fitness minutes - elliptical, wogging (walk/run/jog), qi gong and stretching, but I guess just by getting out of sync I somehow missed doing yoga . . . and broke my streak. But I'm bac... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:50:46 EST Stinkin' Thinkin' <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Did you know that Stinkin Thinkin - that negative self-criticism - has the same negative impact on our system as does worry, stress, fear, etc. This includes beating ourselves up and stressing out when we mess up on our fitness program. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Replace that STINKIN' THINKIN' with positive affirmations, scriptures, whatever li... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 11:38:21 EST Gratitude This morning I found a short on-line meditation that I incorporated with my morning routine. I really liked it, and thought my SparkFriends might enjoy it as well. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s </link> <BR> There are a number of meditations on that link but the one I did this morning was the Gratitude Meditation. It's less than 15 minutes long. <BR> <BR> Towards the end it asks 5 questions for further contemplation. <BR> <BR> If you happen to listen to i... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 14:01:40 EST Gravity <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sun, 3 Aug 2014 21:00:53 EST We can do this! <img src=""> Fri, 1 Aug 2014 13:30:59 EST Rejoicing <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have so many things to be thankful for today, but there is one major blessings that I am rejoicing about today . . . and that is because I found a tooth on the living room rug this morning. <BR> <BR> What's so special about finding a tooth? especially on the rug??? <BR> <BR> Well, my little Yorkie, Bad Leroy Brown is almost 9 years old and has been having some dental issues. This past year he has had to have ... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:30:03 EST Success <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Our habits - especially bad ones - are not easy to change. <BR> Sometimes they seem to be set in cement . . . hard and unmovable. <BR> <BR> But, over time with diligence and a bucket of Stick-To-It (super glue), they can be replaced by good habits. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <B... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:57:06 EST Balance <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's going to be another busy week and I have placed taking care of myself at the top of my TO DO each day. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>521</em> <em>104</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:38:13 EST Looking back, looking forward Just curious . . . . <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (My note would say LIVE TODAY!) <BR> <BR> <BR> Well we all know life doesn't allow do-overs. We can't go back and change anything . . . but we can decide today to make a difference, for today and tomorrow . . . <BR> <BR> So looking forward, what if you were to write a note today to your future self, what would it say? Would it be a word of encouragement? perhaps a goal you... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 18:31:29 EST Make Today Count! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After all, before ya know it, it'll be Halloween. <BR> <BR> What would YOU be able to accomplish in 100 days if you really set your mind to it? <BR> <BR> Instead of wishin' & hoping - - - let's make it happen! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:57:47 EST Perspective <img src=""> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:17:03 EST Reviewing My Plan <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today could be one of those days. It's Monday, the first day after vacation. 5AM rolled around much too early this morning. YAWN.... But it will not diminish my enthusiasm for the journey I'm on. <BR> <BR> Though having DH at home for 10 days totally upset my daily routine, we were at home most of the time. Often, that can be where the biggest battles (against health) are fought . . . right in our own kitc... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:42:00 EST Giggle for the Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If only it were that easy. <BR> <BR> Busy day around the property today . . . we're heading into town for some supplies for a project DH's in the middle of doing. <BR> <BR> Well, it IS Summer. Our temps are setting new records . . . tomorrow is supposed to be 107. <BR> We're thinking about heading over to the coast where it's a bit cooler. <BR> <BR> Hope you have a great Monday. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:36:04 EST Vacation Day #3 = Sunday Check-in Well so far, so good. <BR> <BR> One thing I need to explain . . . the suggestions for planning ahead are great, and when I am at home, I do just that. But when we're on a road trip, most of the time we have no idea where we'll be for lunch. And even if we did, it's usually at a hometown diner or greasy spoon . . . not a nation-wide restaurant chain that has their menu and nutritional info posted on the web. We don't have room on the bike to pack our meals but we do take along plenty w... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:38:24 EST Making Plans for Vacation Although we are planning some day trips rather than a 'pack it up and get outta Dodge' vacation, having DH at home for 10 days will be a big change to my normal routine. My brain is already going into vacation mode. And apparently so is his because he brought home pizza last night and is planning on picking up Chinese take-out on his way home tonight. <BR> <BR> I don't need a crystal ball to tell me that the scales are going to be tipped in the wrong direction if I don't mentally prepare ... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:35:04 EST Making Today Count! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hope you made the most of the three-day weekend. We sure did. <BR> <BR> On Friday, we drove the back roads through the mountains all the way to the coast. Surprisingly azaleas are still in bloom on the cool coast side of the mountains. The coast was mostly clear - just a bit of lingering fog - and perfect temps in the 60's. We walked around a couple outdoor markets ---- there are so many interesting, clever, ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 15:30:56 EST Perspective <img src=""> Sat, 5 Jul 2014 17:06:18 EST Keeping it Real A quick catch up for another busy week . . . <BR> <BR> First of all, we had an awesome ride last weekend. Found a new-to-us restaurant in a tiny little town. Great food and atmosphere. Gonna do that one again! <BR> <BR> I don't have a step tracker gizmo but I know I'm getting plenty steps in every day! I usually put in 25 minutes every time I move/set up the lawn sprinklers . . . and that's usually 3 times a day. I'm getting a lot of fresh air, sunshine and exercise . . . plus our la... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 11:49:45 EST VW's Brilliant Ad - dangers of using cell phones while driving A brilliant way to get the point across <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 3 Jul 2014 11:30:11 EST July - revisiting resolutions <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Half a year has past since the big push to set resolution for this new year. <BR> <BR> So, how are you doing? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 19:23:11 EST Woohoo! Off to a great start for the new week. Had a great weekend . . . went for a long ride and had a great day with DH yesterday. Got back home, spent 90 minutes in the hot/cool tub til I looked like a prune! But it felt wonderful. <BR> <BR> Then the electricity went out . . . . and we were without until 5 this morning, which is when we usually get up during the week, so DH didn't have to get ready for work in the dark. <BR> <BR> But I didn't log in to SP yesterday so my streak starts all over again today. But I was a good girl a... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:45:08 EST Look to your dream, she said In my (June 17) "I'm not a Cookie" blog I mentioned <BR> that I was having a hard time trying to figure out <BR> how to display the jewelry I'm making. <BR> <BR> Karen replied "Look to your dream" <BR> <BR> Well, I dreamed about a beautiful forest, <BR> and there were vines entwined among the trees. <BR> <BR> So, here's my forest <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thank you Karen!!! <BR> <BR> One of the ladies in class will... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:44:39 EST Back among the living It's been a long time since I spent the day in bed. But I did yesterday . . . Actually I had to go to bed about 7 the night before. <BR> <BR> This has been one of the most miserable flu/virus/cootie/sickie experiences I've had. No sore throat or tummy problems, it just felt like I had inflammation throbbing through my body... absolutely miserable. I'm really thankful to be done with it! <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> for all the get-well wishes and goodies yesterday. That was really sw... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:09:50 EST By golly, I think she's got it! As long as you believe you can, YOU CAN DO IT!!! <BR> <BR> This 80-something granny can still kick some serious booty . . . <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 14:31:10 EST Hello Flo Ad I really hope this is not offensive . . . but I'm taking a risk anyway because I thought it was hilarious!!! <BR> <BR> It's actually an ad from a women's hygiene product company, about a prank played by a girl . . . .and her mother's response. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Tell me what you think. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 13:55:37 EST Almost the weekend!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Looking forward to the weekend (nothing unusual about that!) <BR> DH is absolutely fried . . . so I'm thinking about packing a light supper and taking him for a relaxing drive up in the hills where we can watch the sunset, listen to the wind in the trees and ... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 12:37:01 EST Happy Thursday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And SparkFriends are the greatest! <BR> <BR> <BR> By the way, Leroy's smelling a whole lot better today. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:55:35 EST Junk food junky <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In case you haven't been formally introduced, this is Bad Leroy Brown, our 6 pound Yorkie. Doesn't he look like such a sweet little guy? Well, he usually is . . . but not today. <BR> <BR> After I got home from running errands, I opened the door to let him out to take care of "business". I usually walk laps around the circle drive until he's finished and then he falls in behind me and follows me back inside w... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:05:50 EST I'm not a cookie <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And I don't like being trapped into the same cookie-cutter mold as everyone else. <BR> <BR> I'm referring to the art of designing jewelry, creating a painting, or anything creative. <BR> <BR> So, I'm exploring the possibilities . . . . Right now I'm looking for new, fresh ideas for displaying the earrings and necklaces I've been making. <BR> <BR> These are some of the displays in the shop right now . . . and... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:33:37 EST Tired of the Merry-Go-Round I've been making such good progress . . . and then came the weekend. <BR> It's taken me all week to get back to where I was LAST Friday - before the weekend. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I didn't really think I'd sabotaged my plan by what I ate cos I didn't over-do-it. Yes, I did eat differently but no junk. But I guess just getting out of my routine was all it takes. <BR> <BR> So, we have a 3-day-weekend coming up with a long r... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 10:14:42 EST