CAT-IN-CJ's SparkPeople Blog CAT-IN-CJ's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Eyes on the prize! Yesterday was one of those day . . . it was a good one... in fact a GREAT one. <BR> I had so much going on (Probate stuff..... finally getting the real estate contract <BR> signed, reviewing carpet, landscape and cleanup bids; making sure all the <BR> tax papers are in order for todays appointments with financial & tax consultants). <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I looked at the clock, it was 8:30 and ... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:36:24 EST Taco Tuesday We had an awesome weekend. Saturday, I worked on the shop all day. Got it torn apart and moved around. Then Sunday, we took off for a ride . . . we didn't make it all the way over the hill due to snow (yeah for snow in the mountains!) but the sun was shining and the bright blue sky . . . it was awesome. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Monday, we had to go into the city. I had to do blood work first thing, ... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 17:52:57 EST Sunday evening <img src=""> <BR> <BR> hope you had a great weekend. . . . I sure did! <BR> <BR> So happy to have a sunny day today . . . temp hit 53 degrees and we took off for a ride. We tried to make it over the mountain but ran into snow on the road . . . . but that's okay, the rivers and creeks were gushing with more water than they've had in the past 5 years. <BR> <BR> The high temp was 62 on top of the mountain, and t... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:50:41 EST What are your plans for the weekend?? If the weather forecast is accurate, I'm planning on going for a ride on Sunday . . . it's supposed to be "66 and plenty of Sunshine" . . . . fingers crossed..... it's been a long, cold Winter! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Keep your eyes on the prize! Fri, 5 Feb 2016 19:33:54 EST Beautiful You! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> No matter what shape your body is in . . . <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Thu, 4 Feb 2016 17:52:56 EST Goals <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Based on most of the responses <em>244</em> to my last blog, it appears that I'm not the only one traveling this path. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Each day when I log into SparkPeople and review my list of "why's" and goals. . . it helps me committed, even when I don't "FEEL' like it. <BR> <BR> <img s... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 17:16:50 EST 10 pounds gone: back to where I started over last time..... Like so many others here at SparkPeople, when I first joined in 2012, I started out with a blast, and before I realized it, I had achieved my goal! Within 3 months, I was where I wanted to be.... <BR> <BR> I maintained it for a few months . . . but before I knew it, one pound at a time, the old habits were right there to take me back into that vicious circle where I had been all my life . . . <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 31 Jan 2016 20:04:19 EST How's it going? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, I'm feeling better every day!!! <BR> <BR> I can see that my weight loss journey follows closely my activity for the week . . . this past week, with a couple of days out for dentist woes, headache, etc. my steps and fitness minutes were not what they were last week . . . . but the scale is still heading in the right direction, and that's cause to celebrate. <BR> <BR> The sun is sh... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 14:11:10 EST Why settle for less <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 15:51:15 EST For the moment . . . Not sure if it was the 2 cups of strong coffee, <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> the Excedrin with extra caffeine, <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> the acupuncturist sticking 11 needles in my head, <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> the Chinese herbs (w... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 18:19:05 EST Tuesday - Surviving the dentist <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, I'm still hung over from the dentist yesterday. Having someone drilling and poking and grinding around inside my head is not my idea of a good time. It's been going on for over a year now . . . but at least I got it done. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I got home yesterday, i took an ibuprofen a... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 14:11:38 EST For Dog Lovers only <img src=""> <BR> 10 Surprising And Secret Ways Your Dogs Says “I Love You” <BR> An article By Elyse Wanshel <BR> <BR> I have always fantasized about having the same powers as Doctor Dolittle — mostly because knowing exactly what animals are thinking and feeling would be some really valuable information to have. <BR> For instance, why does my dog bark at the vacuum cleaner or hide in a corner whenever the lightes... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 15:18:21 EST Good night! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Had a great day! DH is home safe and I'm getting ready to shut off the computer . . . just wanted to say good night. <BR> <BR> Hope y'all had a great Saturday!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sun, 24 Jan 2016 00:47:56 EST Friday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Friday!!! and Happy Weekend!!!! <BR> <BR> This weekend is going to be weird . . . DH will be gone tomorrow <BR> so I'll have all day to myself. Well, Bad Leroy Brown will demand <BR> his fair share of attention . . . . walks, treats, nap, treats, walk, etc. <BR> <BR> I think I've got all the housework done so I can play tomorrow. <BR> <BR> <BR> The stress has been making both... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 21:45:43 EST Thursday smiles <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So far, I've vacuumed everything, moved/rearranged all the furniture in the living room, to make room for the dining table and chairs that's been stored in the garage for the past couple of months. <BR> <BR> I'm already 3000 over my step goal for today . . . and it's not even 3 o'clock! Woohoo <BR> <BR> I'm keeping myself busy and focused. I'm right on track for the day. . . dinner is... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 17:48:45 EST I feel great For the past few days, I've had such a toothache, well, two of them, that I could not do as much as I wanted to do . . . I still met my step and fitness goals each day, but beyond that, not so much. <BR> <BR> Well last night, DH suggested I try some of that toothache gel . . . and wow! that did the trick! Numbed that side of my mouth so much I didn't feel it . . . and I slept like a baby. <BR> <BR> Woke up this morning rarin' to go . . . . and caught up on all the stuff I couldn't/didn'... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 20:57:01 EST Today This bag of pictures that mom gave me yesterday are essentially a visual record of my life. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm having a blast reminiscing, going back in time (in my minds eye, at least) and remembering the experiences I'd had up to that point in my life . . . . what was going on at that time . . . and what my dreams and aspirations were for my future. <BR> <BR> I know that one day, I'll look b... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 00:35:41 EST Walk down memory lane Today while I was in the city, I dropped DH off for his dentist appointment, and I went over to visit with my mom. She's 85 years young and still lives on her own. <BR> <BR> Mom brought out a bag of old pictures from when I was a kid. Did I say OLD?!! <BR> <BR> Anyway, this one is from 1972 or 1973, and it's of me (was I REALLY that young???) and my very first Siberian Husky named Kickatat when he was less than a year old. Though I don't remember the name of the white cat that's drape... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 22:50:22 EST Lazy, Rainy Sunday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, I was up early, like 4AM early . . . tossed and turned, finally got up. So, it's been a bit of a lazy day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We had rain, lots and lots of rain . . . the poor little hummingbirds were dodging raindrops that must have seemed like bowling balls to them. <BR> <BR> I got ... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 00:02:15 EST Dietary adjustments <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So, I'm doing this 30 day Fit & Fiber - Full Wellness Challenge <BR> <BR> about a week into it, they tell me not to increase your fiber too quickly. <BR> <BR> Well, now ya tell me. Thanks anyway. <BR> <BR> So, my lesson for today is "Making dietary changes slowly". <BR> <BR> I've gotta go now..... <BR> <BR> Class dismissed. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 15 Jan 2016 23:14:22 EST Not sure <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So, I've been trying to post a blog for about half an hour . . <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> SparkPeople's message keeps telling me "NO html" <BR> <BR> Well, there is none. . . . <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So, ... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 21:27:54 EST Wet and Wild Wednesday We had some kinda storm blow through . . . wind and lots and lots of rain. <BR> <BR> Well, I'm feeling great today. Yeah!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had a follow up appointment with the acupuncturist. And today is her birthday, so I gave her a big bundle of gratitude. She's a very special person. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 13 Jan 2016 20:18:48 EST Did it! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hope you're having a great day! I sure am. <BR> <BR> Even if I have to have another root canal, that's 3 weeks away. Today, I'm making the most of it. <BR> <BR> Today was the first beading class following a 3 week holiday break and it was good to catch up with the girls again. <BR> <BR> When I got home, I noticed I was half way to my step goal for the day. Plenty of time . . . the day ... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 20:41:54 EST Monday Just back from a trip to town and another visit with the dentist, prepping for a crown . . . or another root canal. The next couple of weeks will tell. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Before leaving this morning, I stepped on the scale and I'm down another 2 pounds. I know that's not real, probably water . . . but at least it's not UP! <BR> <BR> I'm feeling so much better with just the 5 pounds that's already ... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 19:30:48 EST Hope <img src=""> <BR> <BR> While walking around the yard this morning, I noticed buds on the Lilac bushes. In the flower beds, the hyacinths, crocus, tulips, daffodils and narcissus are already poking their first blades above ground. <BR> <BR> That gives me hope and inspires me on my journey. I've lost 5 pounds so far and am almost half way to Goal #1. That's as far as ahead I need to see at the present time. <... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 17:59:55 EST Happy Weekend! <img src=""> <BR> Sun, 10 Jan 2016 01:19:56 EST Do you have a happy heart? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Recently I read an article about aging in America <BR> and how increased stress and busy-ness <BR> together with the lack of exercise was shortening productivity <BR> and diminishing vitality at an earlier age than ever before. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was further stated that a simple exercise plan, ... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 14:44:48 EST Goal Met! Raising the Bar I've always wondered how my 'actual' step count would measure up with my 'perceived' count. <BR> <BR> Needless to say I was thrilled when Erin (SparkFriend and Leader of Spark Aces & Southern Oregon teams) offered to send me an extra SparkPeople Activity Tracker she bought last year. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 7 Jan 2016 14:56:12 EST Wacky Wednesday - time for a good laugh Time for a good laugh, so here's a Funny For Ya!! <BR> <BR> On their wedding night, the young bride <BR> Approached her new husband and asked <BR> For $20.00 for their first lovemaking encounter. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In his highly aroused state, <BR> Her husband readily agreed. <BR> This scenario was repeated each time they made love, <BR> for more than 40 years, with him thinking that it was <BR... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 15:21:27 EST Tuesday's check in We left early this morning to do errands before my dentist appointment. Then did some shopping afterwards . . . got in a lot of walking too. I came in way under on calories for the day and that's okay, I didn't go hungry, and the calories I did get were balanced. <BR> <BR> I stopped by to see my mom today (as planned) and she had a man friend there, playing cards and dominoes. She told me she was upset that he had just stopped by, but I told her I was glad to meet him. We had a... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 00:55:05 EST Got 'er done! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Okay, so I still have a bunch of stuff to do . . . <BR> <BR> but I didn't put off getting on the treadmill <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Mon, 4 Jan 2016 16:33:37 EST Help!!!! Why do I delay? Here I'm doing it again . . . just let me do this blog, then I will . . . <BR> <BR> I've got a bad habit of trying to get everything done BEFORE doing my exercise. <BR> <BR> Yes, I know I am THAT important and need to make it the priority, but I just want to get one more thing done before . . . . <BR> <BR> Am I just procrastinating? am I avoiding it? <BR> <BR> (I haven't figured out a way to do it first thing in the morning like I used to before I started taking diuretics and 3 glasse... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 18:01:12 EST Saturday's in the bag! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> no, actually <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Woke up to very chilly 18 degrees and lots of sun. <BR> <BR> Having coffee, we watched as the sun melted the frost on the trees and as the droplets fell to the earth they were freezing again into ice crystals. Very cool . . . well, cold. <BR> <BR> <img src="htt... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 23:07:32 EST Day 1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Not really . . . I'm doing really well. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Excited that I'm already feeling the benefits of moving more and eating less <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 1 Jan 2016 20:03:02 EST My wish for you in 2016 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My wish for you in 2016 <BR> <BR> 1 year that's beyond your wildest dreams! <BR> <BR> 12 months of great Spark Friends to encourage you on your journey <BR> 52 weeks of reaching your goals, <BR> 366 healthy snacks, <BR> 1098 healthy meals, <BR> 2928 hours of peaceful sleep, <BR> 7800 fitness minutes, <BR> 8784 hours of peace, <BR> 23424 ounces of pure delightful water <BR> 36600 Sp... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 00:24:07 EST Do you make New Years Resolutions? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That's why I don't make them. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have a plan (see my Spark Page) <BR> <BR> It's my old one, and in the past it's a proven to be a good one. <BR> <BR> So I will stick with it. . . . <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 30 Dec 2015 22:28:55 EST I lost 25 pounds last year . . . unfortunately, I gained 35 I stepped on the scale the day after Christmas, and couldn't believe I'm back at my all time high weight..... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I stepped on the scale this morning, and I am already 1.3 pounds down from the Day after Christmas. I'll take it! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I went to record my weight, I also had... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 14:52:05 EST Thanks for a great year! Yes, it has been a very good year. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Given my first 60-some years of questionable choices, <BR> <BR> I really don't think I could have done it without you all. <BR> <BR> Oh, and . . . <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Dec 2015 21:59:50 EST Commitment - Step One <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 27 Dec 2015 20:29:07 EST Full Cold Moon 2015 Here are some pics of the Full Cold Moon December 25, 2015 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Pretty cool, huh?! <BR> <BR> From PBS: <BR> In December 1977, Jimmy Carter was president and George Lucas’ Star Wa... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 20:47:49 EST Dec 26 - the day after <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm going to write down how I'm feeling today . . . and read it next December 24 . . . . surely, that will help me to remember that I never want to repeat this experience. <BR> <BR> Sat, 26 Dec 2015 13:34:19 EST My Christmas, and Yours <img src=""> <BR> <BR> DH's daughter invited us over for Christmas dinner today. It was snowing when we left the house but the roads were clear and we had a safe trip there and back. <BR> <BR> She really put out a spread! I did good in my portion sizes (NO desserts!) so I shouldn't go over my calorie range today. (It's hard with home cooked meals at someones house because you're never really sure on the ca... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 00:47:05 EST Winter Wonderland <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sorry, I couldn't help myself. <BR> <BR> Snow was falling when I looked outside at 10:30 last night . . . and it kept up, either rain or snow, all night. <BR> <BR> We have maybe an inch on the ground and the roads were pretty much clear when we went out earlier to deliver the cookies we'd made yesterday. <BR> <BR> The Oregon Caves (a lot higher and about 20 miles from us) reported they ... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 17:59:10 EST Fun filled Wednesday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So, today I baked some cookies . . . Russian Tea Cakes, I'd never made them before but they're one of my favs. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Then, by popular demand (by DH) I made some chocolate, chocolate chip and peppermint Biscottis. (1/4 C cocoa powder; 1/2 C semi-sweet chocolate morsels; 3 candy canes... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 00:15:52 EST Why wait to be happy? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. <BR> <BR> "At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life." Alfred D. Souza <BR> <BR> This perspective has helped me t... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 21:09:30 EST I wish . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sometimes I wonder why things got so complicated. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It seems the joy and magic of the season <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> has been replaced by stress, anxiety, debt and exhaustion <BR> <BR> <img ... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 17:35:16 EST Making the minutes count <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There's definitely some truth to that chuckle. <BR> <BR> Talking on the phone is one of those things where I can make it count in my favor. <BR> <BR> A couple of years ago, during one of the wonderful SparkPeople challenges, I was introduced to the magic of multi-tasking while talking on the phone. <BR> <BR> Since that time, rather than sitting on my backside while talking on the phon... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 16:47:02 EST The week before Christmas <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I seemed to have lost track of the days this week . . . it IS only Thursday.... right? <BR> <BR> After several years of no real Winter, guess what? It's making up for lost time. <BR> It's been raining like crazy. No complaints here.... we really need it. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And better than that,... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 22:58:19 EST Jingle Bells <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wed, 16 Dec 2015 18:57:24 EST I'm Ready for a Real Life Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I think I've already completed most of the 'official' SparkPeople challenges that I can honestly tackle. I mean, I've already given away the skinny jeans and halter tops I wore 30 years ago. <BR> <BR> While the challenges have indeed helped me to establish much better habits, I need something more suited for a 63 year old retired woman with certain physical limitations. <BR> <BR> I'll ne... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 20:01:41 EST