CAT-IN-CJ's SparkPeople Blog CAT-IN-CJ's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Validation of goals <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sometimes it takes a while, but nasty people eventually show their true colors. . . . and if you give someone enough rope, they usually get themselves all tangled up in it. <BR> <BR> Well, a couple years ago, one of my neighbors (who I affectionately refer to as The Rat) pulled a sneaky, behind the scenes take-over of the neighborhood watch group that I started about 3 years ago. I'm of the opinion that there's... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:07:56 EST And today was even better! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There's a big smile on my face and in my heart today because I finally got to meet my SparkFriend Erin. <BR> <BR> The time we spent was great . . .we've traveled a lot of the same roads and have many similar goals. And what made it even more special was that our DH's were a part of it. <BR> <BR> Thank you SparkPeople, and thank you Erin for sharing your Spark!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <em>381</em> ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 21:57:45 EST Makin' it happen, because . . . <img src=""> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:03:24 EST Keep it moving! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Suffering a bit of a setback . . . I'm bumping at the top end of the 'tolerance' range I set for this phase of maintenance. Time to turn this train around!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:47:32 EST On the up-side <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Where do I begin . . . seems like forever since I've blogged. Here's what I've been up to: <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dentist: I'm all done with the root canals and crowns . . . except for the fight. <BR> First of all, I am SO thankful to have found a great dentist who cleaned up the mess made by the first dentist. (if you missed the story a c... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 21:18:37 EST Newton's Law of Motion - and how it applies to us Newton’s first law of motion - An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. These will continue forever . . . <BR> <BR> Force is a crucial concept in Newton's First Law Of Motion. In order for any object to be set in motion, it must be influenced by an unbalanced force. The same is true in order for an object to cease its motion. Without force, moving objects would continue on ... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 12:11:00 EST Keeping it Real - Disclaimer Developing good habits is really hard when we're replacing old, established habits . . . the stuff that's become second nature to us. The things we do without even thinking about it. <BR> <BR> One of the habits I want to establish is smaller portions. <BR> <BR> The sooner I get started, the sooner it'll become second nature. <BR> <BR> I'm in this to win. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Oh, I think I need to toss in a d... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 13:49:56 EST Dance! No one is watching! <img src=""> Sun, 4 Jan 2015 23:24:01 EST Get your MOVE on! It's a well known fact that any kind of movement beats out no movement at all. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> SparkPeople has something for everyone . . . from boot camp videos that is sure to bust your booty to chair exercises for those among us dealing with chronic conditions, post surgery reconditioning, etc. <BR> <BR> That's where I was 2 years ago. Shoulders and hips . . . I learned to really appreciate those seated core... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 12:31:11 EST Starting the year off with a bang <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We had a peaceful new years eve and got off to a good start for the new year. <BR> <BR> Woke up to 24 degrees with frost everywhere. When the sun came out, so did the birds, squirrels, and forest critters. <BR> <BR> We decided to hike up to the lookout and look over the beautiful valley we live in. <BR> <BR> From that vantage point, I noticed a plume of black smoke very close to the hill near our house. I tri... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 22:20:22 EST 2014 was a good year <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes, it has been. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 30 Dec 2014 23:03:37 EST Experimenting with new workout routines <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://phot... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 14:33:33 EST Wishing you Joy & Good Cheer <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://phot... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 20:56:45 EST WARNING SHOPPERS! BEWARE!!!! (Sorry, I couldn't help it!) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> WARNING! Be on the lookout for these two guys! <BR> They are hanging out around the Wal-Mart parking lots. When you are putting your packages away they ask you for a ride to McDonald's. <BR> <BR> They are very convincing and very hot! Once in your car one takes his clothes off and starts climbing all over you. While he keeps you busy, the other one takes your purse. <BR> <BR> I've had mine taken on the 7th, 8... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 22:58:09 EST Looking for the tooth fairy Beware. This is a rant. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've been complaining about a sore tooth for way too long . . . three years. My former dentist (Dr S, The Compassionate Dentist) always looked at me with puppy-dog eyes and had something 'compassionate' to say about it . . . . Finally I got tired of the pain when it became constant and I couldn't sleep because of the pain. <BR> <BR> And I went looking for another de... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 21:11:34 EST Where are you? Where am I, today, in relationship to where I was last year and where I want to be next year??? <BR> <BR> I refuse to wait another day without putting this in writing. <BR> Some folks will wait until it's time for New Years Resolution . . . but not me. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> First of all, it's time to nudge November out of the way and get ready to dedicate myself to a delightful, determined December. <BR> <BR> I fully realiz... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 16:05:29 EST Be Thankful! today and every day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:35:06 EST It doesn't have to be bad <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Having a great Thanksgiving - or any holiday for that matter - doesn't have to be a bummer just because we're following a healthy plan for our health, weight loss, etc. <BR> <BR> Yes, the holidays do seem to push those 'indulge thyself' and 'poor ol me' buttons. <BR> But it doesn't have to be that way. <BR> <BR> Why not resolve to make yourself proud during the holidays this year. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:44:35 EST We can do this! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If I always do <BR> What I've always done <BR> I will always get <BR> What I always got. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 23:24:37 EST Do it NOW! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is the day to achieve your goals. . . . <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 6 Nov 2014 12:19:03 EST Bazaar countdown Friday and Saturday will be my first (and maybe last) Holiday Bazaar to display and offer the jewelry I've been making. <BR> <BR> I've decided not to offer the same styles that I have on display in the 3 local gift shops . . . it just doesn't seem right to 'compete' with them. <BR> <BR> I've been having such fun coming up with new designs and creations. Sometimes waking up in the middle of the night dreaming about a new design. How fun. <BR> <BR> For so many years my creative nature ... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 16:49:39 EST Some Halloween chuckles I'm not much into Halloween . . . but I'm always up for a good laugh.... <BR> Hope you enjoy these <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:50:31 EST Seasons change, and so can I <img src=""> <BR> Native ferns now line the path to the pond. <BR> <BR> Fall is definitely upon us and we've been getting some much-needed rain. <BR> <BR> Today is lunch with the girls at the Mexican restaurant in town. I already know what I'll order - a tostado (no cheese) with lots of salad -- and I'm really looking forward to it. <BR> <BR> I admit it, I've become a gulper but I'm turning that around. I have been burdening m... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:17:19 EST This really kicked my booty <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I kept telling myself that . . . <BR> <BR> Whatever this bug is that's kicked my booty for the past week, is no fun whatsoever. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There were several times when I thought I was on the mend only to get knocked back again. It's been at least 8 years since I spent so much time in bed (at least alone, sleeping). I slept most ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:15:33 EST Not the preferred way to lose 4 pounds! It's been a long time since I've spent the day sleeping, but that's exactly what I did yesterday. <BR> <BR> Not sure if I have/had a stomach bug or just the change of the seasons (as my neighbor attributes it to), but it kicked my booty. <BR> <BR> Thankful to be feeling better this morning, tho I did nap for an hour or so after DH left for work. I was able to eat a bit of yogurt and a small piece of bread . . . so far, so good. <BR> <BR> The weather has been perfect too, cool and rainy... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:46:46 EST 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