CAT-IN-CJ's SparkPeople Blog CAT-IN-CJ's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Doing it better! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 15:54:30 EST Less of Me - Super Saturday I wasn't able to get on-line yesterday -- it took all day (and most of the night) to download and install Windows 10 . . . but it's done . . . and so far, so good. Now, back to real life. <BR> <BR> We had some wonderful rain last night. Not as much as we need, but at least it washed the smoke and ashes away. These past few weeks, when we've seen the sun, it's been a big red orb trying to burn thru the smoke that's been blowing in from the forest fires all over the Pacific Northwest. <B... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 14:36:31 EST Unintentional belly dance <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well that's exactly what I did this morning. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> But I'm over that. Determined and motivated to go forward.... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:32:54 EST Top 10 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:50:26 EST Do it now <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 11:28:01 EST Something to remember <img src=""> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 18:31:19 EST Road trip I think we must have cabin fever . . . after the ride to the coast, we've both been going around in circles.. . . . can't get anything done. <BR> <BR> This morning we decided to take a ride back up to the Oregon Caves to drop off the bat jewelry I put together yesterday. The road up to the caves is one of our favorite twisty roads. The weather was so crisp and cool and the air was so fresh . . . it was wonderful! <BR> <BR> There's a beautiful pool of clear water that runs out of the... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 23:02:36 EST Going batty Having a much better day today . . . . well, it started yesterday afternoon when DH asked if I wanted to go for a ride to the coast. <BR> <BR> Well, no, I didn't feel like it, but I wasn't getting anything accomplished anyway, so I said sure why not. <BR> <BR> I didn't feel like taking my bike, so I rode on the back of his. About half the way to the coast, I guess enough fresh air must have penetrated my brain that it kicked me out of my slump. <BR> <BR> I looked around at the beautiful R... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 19:12:54 EST Tired, need a recharge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 14 Aug 2015 14:52:50 EST Positive Changes replaces worn-out rules We were out for an early walk this morning, and found this beautiful creature along side the road..... brought him home and put him out by our pond. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And then, I found this on my SparkPage start up this morning..... <BR> <BR> Positive change is in the air, so stop trying to manage your life with worn-out rules. <BR> Revise your playbook . . . . <BR> <BR> I like that!!! <BR> <... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 16:20:21 EST Today My little Yorkie does some of the cutest things and is my constant source of entertainment. <BR> <BR> The funniest thing that Bad Leroy Brown has done is to try to romance the horse next door. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Even though she's been moved to greener pastures, he'll still stand at the fence and gaze longingly to the field where she used to graze. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. <BR> <B... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 12:19:32 EST Makin' Plans <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, so far my week has been filled with changes, cancellations, reschedules . . . <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The biggest one thing I've been looking forward to is attending a Leon Russell concert tomorrow night . . . <BR> <BR> (back in the 70's) <BR> <img src=" Tue, 11 Aug 2015 21:37:10 EST One Word Answers Not as easy as you might think! Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers. <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? <BR> purse <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> outside <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> short <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> aging <BR> <BR> Your father? <BR> heaven <BR> <BR> Your favorite thing? <BR> hubby <BR> <BR> Your dream last night? <BR> none <BR> <BR> Favorite drink? <BR> tea <BR> <BR> What room are you in?... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 14:20:00 EST Forest Fire near our house yesterday This is a video taken by our local volunteer fire department of the air support that was called in to fight the forest fire that started just a few miles from our home yesterday. <BR> <BR> The fire was aggressive and the winds were pushing it towards us. <BR> <BR> Some homes were evacuated in the process, but thankfully no homes were lost and there were no injuries. <BR> <BR> It was quite an impressive show . . . <BR> <BR> Once again, our local volunteer fire department, the forest s... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 19:19:31 EST Video of Forest Fire near our home This is a video taken by our local volunteer fire department of the air support that was called in to fight the forest fire that started just a few miles from our home yesterday. <BR> <BR> The fire was aggressive and the winds were pushing it towards us. <BR> <BR> Some homes were evacuated in the process, but thankfully no homes were lost and there were no injuries. <BR> <BR> It's quite an impressive show . . . <BR> <BR> (Sorry, I can't get the link to post . . . I'll keep trying) ... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 19:01:56 EST It could have been worse I had a happy stay-at-home Wednesday today! And it was a good day . . . I was able to take two walks as the weather was reasonably mild and the smoke from the forest fires North and South of us was blowing somewhere else. <BR> <BR> And that sure beats the sucky Tuesday we had yesterday . . . it went something like this.... <BR> <BR> It started off with DH getting a 3 hour root canal. Afterwards, he decided we may as well make a trip to Costco, since were were more than half way there.... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 00:52:27 EST Some of my latest jewelry creations As many of you know, I love working with copper. <BR> <BR> For those who wanted to see what I've been doing lately, <BR> here are some picture of the copper jewelry I've been working on. <BR> (Remember, I'm not a professional photographer!) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Green Serpentine <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Lapis Lazuli <BR> <B... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 18:11:33 EST One Good Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Okay, so, today I did good. <BR> <BR> I did my laps and stretching. <BR> <BR> I actually tracked my food today and stayed within range. <BR> <BR> Time to slip into chill-out mode with some frozen mango and a book. <BR> <BR> Gonna do it even better tomorrow. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Sat, 25 Jul 2015 00:42:41 EST Early morning walk around the yard The morning was so fresh, nice breeze.... sun just peeking through the trees. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy to see the water lilies we separated and relocated to the new pond seem to be thriving!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And, as always, the koi are eager for bites! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeopl... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:02:57 EST Health food <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm so thankful to have found SparkPeople. Life is no longer a DIET! I found a better way to being healthy. <BR> <BR> Especially thankful there are so many healthful alternatives . . . this one is not an option.... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 14:08:54 EST Sing <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You gotta sing your own special song <BR> even if nobody else sings along. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 18 Jul 2015 15:19:29 EST Wow! Featured Motivator of the Day award!!! Wow! Here's what the email says: <BR> <BR> Congratulations! You are today's Featured Motivator! <BR> <BR> SparkPeople members selected your SparkPage as being motivational, and therefore you have the "SparkPeople Motivator" icon on your Page. <BR> <BR> Wow!!!! Thank you. I am humbled and honored. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I can't say enough about SparkPeople, SparkFriends and SparkTeams!!! <BR> <BR> You... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 13:07:28 EST I was a baaaaad girl . . . . . . and I think I upset some people on one of my teams today. <BR> <BR> I try to choose carefully the battlefields I am willing to die on. <BR> <BR> But if I can't be myself, and ask an honest question and hope to get an honest answer, <BR> then what's this 'friendship' stuff all about, anyway? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been set free . . . <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 15 Jul 2015 23:36:57 EST Bad Leroy Brown & his sweetheart (pic) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Finally, got the picture to load . . . and now 2 pictures popped up at the same time.... go figure. <BR> <BR> Anyway, here's Leroy and his girlfriend . . . we don't know her name, but we call her Lady. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lady is living on the 5 acres next to us which our living room windows face... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 13:35:39 EST Bad Leroy Brown is in love! I have been trying all day to post the picture of our 5 pound Yorkie, Bad Leroy Brown, demonstrating his affections towards his new girlfriend next door. She's beautiful, with a good pedigree . . . . . and she's 1400 pound horse! <BR> <BR> I'm having a hard time getting him to take care of his outside "business" because he'd much rather spend his time courting. <BR> <BR> When we go outside, when she sees us (if she's not already standing there waiting for us), she'll whinny and come ru... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 22:55:05 EST Lookin' out my back door We just never know what we'll see out our back door. <BR> <BR> We've been watching a set of twin fawns since they were first born. Bouncing around with their spring-loaded rear ends, chasing mom around the property. Playing with the sunbeams filtering through the woods. <BR> <BR> Today, one of the babies must have decided that 104 was just too hot and it needed to cool off in the bathtub we have filled with water for the critters. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 27 Jun 2015 23:41:12 EST Pet Owners: Check closely for ticks This year seems to be an especially bad year for ticks. I've already removed more from Bad Leroy Brown this year than all the previous 8 years combined. One was inside his ear. <BR> <BR> My vet posted a couple pics on their FB page showing the unusual places where ticks have been found and removed. <BR> <BR> In one pic, the tick was shown between a dog's tooth and gum, and the other was inside/under the eyelid of a cat. <BR> <BR> DH saw a lizard with a tick attached between his scales... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 14:03:11 EST Sunday - REALLY!?! I feel like I lost this entire week! <BR> <BR> I bled most of the week and am still pretty weak. Finally yesterday afternoon, it seems to have stopped . . . and I am most thankful. <BR> <BR> The good part of this is that I'm getting some quality lap time with Bad Leroy Brown. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ...and it's giving me plenty of time to reflect on the important things of life. <BR> <BR> I really... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:43:31 EST Follow up appointment with my Dr Saw my Dr for a follow-up appointment after the trip to the ER last Monday night. <BR> <BR> He is concerned that the nose bleed is being caused by a major blood vessel up inside my nose (rather than inside the nostrils). He says it was good that I went to the ER (after 3 nosebleeds on Monday, about 5 hours worth of blood loss). <BR> <BR> First of all, Dr says to stop everything that the ER Dr told me to do. <BR> <BR> Since I'm still bleeding a bit, he wants to put me on a couple of Rx fo... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 21:24:25 EST Gross. Nosebleeds - My first trip to the ER This is gross, not for public consumption . . . . but I'm writing it down for the record . . . . <BR> <BR> For the first time in my life, DH took my into the ER last Monday night. <BR> <BR> Last week, I had a nosebleed. Lasted a few minutes, didn't think much about it. (I've only had a couple in my life, back in 2004.) <BR> <BR> Last Monday (6/15/15) after we got home after a trip into the city, I had another one. It lasted about 30 minutes. Then a couple hours later, it started agai... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 13:37:02 EST Joy in the Journey I lost 5 pounds, according to the scale on Tuesday (my official weigh-in day). <BR> <BR> This morning, I was up 2 pounds. I know I have been doing everything right, and the scale will fluctuate. <BR> <BR> I am already experiencing improvements in the way I'm feeling, and I know it's working. So, I will keep on doing what I know is right. Eventually, I'll get to where I want to be. <BR> <BR> Until then, I will continue to take care of myself and now allow the number on the scale to ste... Thu, 21 May 2015 15:19:44 EST Funnies for Seniors. . . Thought we could use a good laugh today.... maybe you'll find one here: <BR> <BR> <BR> Q: Where can single men over the age of 60 find younger women who are interested in them? <BR> <BR> A: Try a bookstore, under Fiction <BR> <BR> Q: What can a man do while his wife is going through menopause? <BR> <BR> A: Keep busy. If you're handy with tools, you can finish the basement. <BR> When you're done, you will have a place to live. <BR> <BR> Q: Someone has told me that menopause is mentioned... Mon, 18 May 2015 15:47:00 EST Our 100% Natural Health Club Membership It's all organic, GMO free, and totally recyclable. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> All we have to do is provide the chainsaw, maul, axe, wheelbarrow and a lot of elbow grease . . . looks like we'll have a total fitness center for years to come. <BR> <BR> Sun, 17 May 2015 20:06:54 EST Here I go. Again. Last Sunday I was back to my original weight when I started SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> There I said it. I can't believe I did it. <BR> <BR> I've read so many blogs where people come back to SparkPeople after regaining all they lost. <BR> <BR> When I read those blogs, I envisioned people leaving SparkPeopleLand and plummeting into JunkFoodLand <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I envisioned massive food orgies <... Thu, 14 May 2015 15:08:39 EST Something For You Just wanted to remind you <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now go do something wonderful for yourself! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 8 May 2015 18:55:06 EST Dancing with the Enemy So, I had a chat with DH after my last blog about my man-sized servings, and we've come to an agreement. <BR> <BR> So far, so good. <BR> <BR> Starting the day with some fruit, then around 10 having a light brunch. <BR> <BR> Mid-afternoon, a "controlled" snack, if necessary. <BR> <BR> Dinner falls between 5 and 7. First, filling half the plate with fresh green salad and veggies. <BR> <BR> The first two nights, dinner was taco salad with 1/2 serving of chips, along with pulled pork... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 16:03:41 EST My Bionic Right Arm I'm still coming back from a break and am hoping to be more active on SparkPeople because this is where I have been most successful in the past. <BR> <BR> DH retired last Fall and since then I have gained about 1 pound each month. He's the cook in the family because he loves to, and he does it well. I am developing a bionic right arm from pushing away the man-sized portions he always serves. <BR> <BR> Be that as it may, as the weight increases, so does the risk of diabetes, osteoporosis and... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:58:42 EST Still Sparkin' <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I haven't been checking in on SparkPeople for a month or so .... just so much going on. <BR> <BR> I have learned that the road to good health is not paved by good intentions. <BR> <BR> It's not so much that I've gained a few (more) pounds. <BR> <BR> It is all about that I'm not feeling 'healthy'. <BR> <BR> So, without further delay . . . . <BR> IIIIIIIIIIIIIII'MMMMMMMMMMMMMM BBBBBAAAAAACCCCCCKKKKKKK!!! ... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:32:03 EST March happy gratitudes <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And I'm starting out the season with happy toes: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lots of stuff going on, but I wanted to share some of my list of gratitudes <BR> <BR> 1. My mother will be 85 years old this month and we will be celebrating! I am so thankful to have a good relationship with her and my sister. We lost dad 7 years ago, and I am so proud of... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 15:31:55 EST Shift Happens! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Change happens when you become more aware of where you are on your path and you take responsibility for your life. Taking one step at a time toward change, you transform your world .... that’s when shift happens! ~ Sherri Bishop <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:40:25 EST Emergen-C & Yogurt Guilt-free Healthy Treat I don't know if there's anything "unhealthy" with the Emergen-C (1000mg C) packets but I've been using them for years and really like 'em. <BR> <BR> Lately, rather than dissolving a packet in a whole glass of water and drinking it, <BR> I've been stirring a packet in about 1/4 cup of water <BR> then mixing in 3/4 to 1 cup of good unsweetened yogurt. <BR> Vanilla yogurt and Super Orange is my fav, but they're all good. <BR> Can also add more water (coconut water is great) and toss into a bl... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 19:21:10 EST Calories burned link for DIY workouts at home <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sometimes we just don't feel like going to the gym to workout. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sometimes we just don't have time cos we're too busy doing 'life' stuff. <BR> <BR> Well, here's a link to help calculate how many calories we're burning going about our routine s... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 14:28:04 EST Day 7 - My new plan I don't depend upon the scale for my daily inspiration . . . however, it is great to see the scale reading 3.9 pounds less than one week ago!!! But I know that it could be up tomorrow . . . depending on salt intake/water retention, and a host of other things. <BR> <BR> The one thing that really makes me feel good about my new plan is that I feel good! <BR> <BR> Smaller portions is probably the toughest change I'm making. <BR> <BR> Getting motivated to MOVE is probably the next toughest.... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 14:51:54 EST Day 3 - Diamonds are a girl's best friend Had a great day yesterday. Planned ahead for lunch (every other month I meet for an alumni lunch at a pizza parlor). Visited with mom and sister for a couple hours afterwards. Got on the elliptical as soon as I got home. <BR> <BR> I am feeling really good about the potential for the Online Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 8 week course I've just started. <BR> <link><BR>R.html </link> <BR> <BR> My specific goal is to reduce my s... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 13:04:07 EST My New Plan <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This morning my scales landed on the number that is at the very top of my 'tolerance range' for maintenance. It stops now! <BR> <BR> Here are the new daily goals I've set: <BR> ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 23:14:28 EST 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