CAT-IN-CJ's SparkPeople Blog CAT-IN-CJ's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community December of promise <img src=""> Each day is another opportunity to commit to do our best Fri, 1 Dec 2017 11:29:48 EST Thankful for memories November through March holds some painful memories for me. I know I'm not alone as many others really suffer through the holidays. <BR> <BR> But I chose to keep looking on the bright side of today . . . I have so much to be thankful for, and so many wonderful memories. <BR> <BR> One of them came to mind as I was waking up this morning. It was probably 20 years. I was in Vanuatu, attempting to fly from Port Vila to Santo island. Upon checking in at the airport, my Passport, Visa and t... Thu, 23 Nov 2017 14:58:52 EST About last weeks Dr's appointment . . . . (Countdown report) Well, my scales were wrong after all! <BR> <BR> My lowest-weight-yet recorded & maintained for about 3 weeks, held strong on the Dr's scales!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The "Welcome to Medicare" appointment went well . . . and Dr encourages me to keep on doing what I've been doing. And sent me on my way until next year. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:58:00 EST Buster Brown’s workout <img src=""> Buster Brown loves to run, chase squirrels, flush birds out of bushes, and dig for moles. Since it’s been raining for the past few days, he hasn’t had what he considers “fun time” outdoors. So this morning, during a break in the storm, he went out in the back yard and made up for lost time. We looked around and all we could see was his rear end sticking out of the mole hole. He kinda loo... Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:04:41 EST Countdown: Tomorrow is the big day I have been SOOOO happy to have been holding the line on my forward progress weight loss for 2 weeks!!! <BR> <BR> This morning I stepped on the scale and apparently I gained 6 pounds yesterday because it says I am 2 pounds ABOVE where I started!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I don't believe it for a second. <BR> <BR> <img src=""... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:47:09 EST Countdown: 4 days to go!!!! Scale hasn't moved . . . and, after a stressful, busy, fun weekend . . . that's a good thing! <BR> <BR> I had a fun time at the Holiday Bazaar and sold a lot of jewelry . . . especially the Bigfoot keychains and earrings.. . . but the bats were a hit as well. Not much of my handcrafted jewelry sold tho. . . and that's just as well because I really didn't want to part with it!! (crazy, I know, but they're like my 'kids'!!!) <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:34:12 EST Long time no see <img src=""> That’s the first thing I thought of when I stepped on the scale this morning. The number that looked. back at me is one I have not seen in a very very long time!! Granted it’s only 1 pound less than the plateau I have been on for the last two weeks, but the scale is going in the right direction. Finally!!! Fri, 3 Nov 2017 23:55:30 EST Countdown Day 21: update Three weeks to go, and the scale is standing still . . . however, I am thankful I haven't regained the 3 pounds I have lost. <BR> <BR> I know my problem is not enough exercise.... although I am doing my daily routine and usually exceeding my step goal, I need to kick it up a notch. <BR> <BR> Thank you for checking in on me! I really appreciate the encouragement and accountability. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Fri, 27 Oct 2017 18:24:23 EST SparkPeople app failure <img src=""> Well I can't guess you can't believe everything you see on SparkPeople. Ha!! My daily nutritional Report consistently shows that my caloric intake is 100% fat despite what the actual numbers reflect. The report is accurate on my desktop however. I have updated the app twice so I don't know what's the problem, but I am in pursuit of an answer/fix. Scale still holding at last weeks weight. I need... Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:45:38 EST Countdown Day 38: Official weigh in this morning . . . . I am down 2.7 pounds. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been at this number many many times. . . . but rarely pushed on to get below it. <BR> <BR> With a measure of success (2.7 pounds is a great start!) comes a measure of complacency. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've made it thi... Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:16:01 EST Countdown Day 39: 2 pounds in 2 weeks <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Being more aware of my food/calorie intake by tracking my food is helping me make better choices. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Setting a step goal for each day is helping me push forward to make sure I exceed that daily goal. <BR> <BR> On my way!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 9 Oct 2017 15:04:56 EST Countdown Day 47: Weighing in 1.3 pounds less than last week It's been a good week. I've been feeling great and that's always a good thing. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have tried a few new recipes; tofu based. (Really brings back a lot of memories from my veg-head days, way before it was 'cool' to be vegan. ha!) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And I am not celebrating about the 1.3 ... Sun, 1 Oct 2017 15:57:21 EST It's all YOUR fault! Okay. I am trying not to think about the times I've tried and quit/failed. <BR> <BR> Enough of this "gonna do it" it's time to dance or change shoes. (Did I clean that up well enough?) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So. After last Dr's visit 3 months ago, I told myself I'd lose 10 pounds before I saw him again. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:00:24 EST Moving forward at my own pace After weeks and weeks of Physical Therapy for my shoulder issues, on Friday I go back to see my Doctor. <BR> <BR> I am thankful for the improvement in my range of motion and I am able to move better than I did, with less pain, but the problem still isn't solved. <BR> <BR> In November when I turn 65, my new medicare supplement plan will cover the MRI that I need. Between now and then, I'll keep moving forward as best I can. <BR> <BR> My step count has increased significantly and this morn... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:15:23 EST Warning to animal lovers <img src=""> Here's an article demonstrating the dangers of online pet prescriptions. A rural clinic in Reading Pa. on Friday September, 8th 2017 encountered a patient who became extremely sick from taking counterfeit Nexgard. The counterfeit Nexgard was purchased from an online "pharmacy". The same "pharmacy" is selling a full line of counterfeit products; all at really cheap prices. Unfortunately, these product... Sun, 17 Sep 2017 10:45:18 EST Update on fires Here in Southwestern Oregon, we are still surrounded by fires. (12 miles is the closest, but that could change quickly; we've been on Evacuation Level 1 - Be ready - alert for over two weeks) <BR> <BR> By this time of the year, with the extreme, triple-digit temps, our forests are crispy and our trees are stressed, forcing them into a premature shut down which gives the appearance of Fall colors-in-a-rush. <BR> <BR> We're thankful for the rainstorms that came through yesterday (thankfu... Fri, 8 Sep 2017 14:00:35 EST Smack in the middle of The ring of fire <img src=""> We are right in the middle of a number of wild fires. Making plans......17 miles from 2 major fires in opposite directions. And our woods are crispy. Triple digit temps for the next week and no rain in sight. We are reviewing & updating. our evacuation list. Pups are #1 on our list! My family members in Houston are safe though their house is underwater. Wed, 30 Aug 2017 12:01:03 EST Can you believe it? <img src=""> Sorry. The devil made me do it Thu, 24 Aug 2017 23:44:02 EST Fixin' my Misfit <img src=""> This is the third time The Flimsy plastic clasp that holds my Misfit has broken. I've been running around here without it for the past week or so and feel naked. So today I took some 12 gauge round copper wire and 22 gauge half round copper and bronze and did a quick fix with a bit of wire weaving to make a pendant that I can hang on a chain around my neck. This will work until the battery has t... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:02:35 EST Its Huckleberry time again <img src=""> Each year we make the 2.5 hour drive to Becky's Diner in Union Creek Near Crater Lake national Park. DH & I split a club sandwich (I remembered to order without the third slice of bread in the middle) And it was still so filling because of the yummmy meat!! We choose this time of year because the huckleberries are ripe in crater Lake national Park and Becky's serves the best huckleberry pie. Thi... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:08:07 EST Commitment: Physical Therapy, Phase 2 For the past month or so, I've been doing PT for my shoulder. They're still not sure what it is. . . But if the next few weeks don't fix it, they'll schedule me for an MRI. <BR> <BR> So, today I've updated my SP Daily Goals to include my PT routine and icing my shoulder 3 times a day. <BR> <BR> I gave my therapist my word that I would be faithful . . . so he scheduled me for only one appt a week, rather than 2 or 3 . . . at $35 co-pay each visit. I'm really glad he's sensitive to my poc... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 23:12:26 EST Follow up .... I am finished <img src=""> Here is the finished anklet chain that I made for Harmony last night. She provided the beads (several of which you cannot see because they are dark against the display) and I did the rest With her input via pictures and messages. Will be delivering it tomorrow. She is happy and so I'm I. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:27:25 EST I am honored Yesterday I received a call from one of the shop owners who carries some of my jewelry, asking if I could meet with a lady (named Harmony) who drove about 70 miles to find her shop in hopes of locating me. <BR> <BR> Of course I will !!!! We made arrangements to meet today. <BR> <BR> Harmony told her story to me. She had several stone beads given to her by friends after she'd lost her baby boy three months ago. The beads are very special to her and, hearing that I work with copper, s... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 23:58:39 EST The Tale of Two Nephews (Warning, this is depressing) This is a true story, about my two and only nephews who I love with all my heart. The closest thing I will ever have to my own children. <BR> <BR> It's sad. It's depressing. But I have to write it down . . . a quick overview. <BR> <BR> My only sister has 2 boys; the oldest, 35 years old and has never worked a day in his life, well, never worked at anything worth while anyways . . . but he has worked hard at making his life a shambles and bringing stress upon the family. He is a certifi... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:43:32 EST Update - a reminder Summertime and the living is easy . . . well, maybe not so much. I'm spending most of my time these days busy doing fun stuff rather than sitting down behind a computer. <BR> <BR> However, I have several streaks going . . . <BR> <BR> Today is Day 756 of my log in streak. <BR> Exercise 90 minutes per week for 82 weeks. <BR> 91 Days exceeding my daily step goal. <BR> <BR> I am struggling due to the 'stuff' going on but the pups are my joy and k... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:39:28 EST Take care of the tootsies <img src=""> Remember if it's too hot for your tootsies, it's too hot for theirs too!! Sun, 18 Jun 2017 11:13:06 EST And she stepped on the scales, again . . . I don't know where yesterday went . . . . or the weekend for that matter. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This morning, I got on the scales, and I was up 2 pounds..... <BR> <BR> stepped off, reset the scales, and I was up 6 pounds. . . . <BR> <BR> got off, reset again, stepped back on and I lost 4 . . . . <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 12:50:57 EST And then, she stepped on the scale . . . It's been a very, very busy week/month, and I have not been tracking all my food. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> But I've been holding the line when it comes to smaller portions and eating when I am hungry (instead of grazing)! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So, this morning I stepped on the scale . . . . <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 12:46:30 EST Is this you??? <img src=""> Could this be you? What is your weakness, and how do you prevent it from ruining your goals? Sat, 3 Jun 2017 11:05:41 EST Tuesday's funny .... a nun walks into a bar...... A nun, badly needing to use the restroom, walked into a local Hooters. . The place was hopping with music and loud conversation and every once in a while 'the lights would turn off.'Each time the lights would go out, the place would erupt into cheers. However, when the revelers saw the nun, the room went dead silent. . She walked up to the bartender, and asked, 'May I please use the restroom? The bartender replied, 'OK, but I should warn you that there is a statue of a naked man in there... Tue, 23 May 2017 23:58:29 EST Buster Browns first burr season Seems that it is one burr season or another..... rather than the brrrrrrr from the cold it's now burrs from weeds. So it's time to have Buster Brown and Leroy Brown clipped in their summer "Country boy" cut which means most of their beautiful hair has to come off. <img src=""> Buster is 6 1/2 months old now and has fully recuperated from his big boy surgery. Today he is going in for his first summer clip so... Fri, 19 May 2017 11:14:04 EST Tuesday's chuckle <img src=""> Ready to hit the trail. Got to go back to the city .... time to pick out a new mattress And today is the eighth anniversary of our wedding day. Wow Tue, 9 May 2017 10:08:57 EST Roots, stems or leaves Roots stay and give suport and nourishment. .. Stems/ branches are there as long as they get something from you, ... Leaves leave when the wind blows. If we figure our "friends" it becomes easier to know who is meant to stay and who will leave. ... We should live life with no expectations and then we wont get hurt. (ha easier said than done) .... The more we pratice what is important to us, the easier that particular road becomes. ..... Until another challenge raises it head .... let's... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 11:04:16 EST Are you awake yet? <img src=""> Tried to take a nap yesterday after our trip to the big city. Buster Brown was so happy to have us home. He will soon be six months old. And goes in for his "big boy" surgery on Tuesday. Buster and Leroy Brown are getting along so much better. And they are very thankful for the better weather that allows them to get out and run run run. The boys just want to have fun. Sun, 23 Apr 2017 10:41:34 EST How 'bout this guy A man walks out to the street and catches a taxi just going by. He gets into the taxi, and the cabbie says, "Perfect timing. You’re just like Frank." <BR> <BR> Passenger: “Who?" <BR> <BR> Cabbie: "Frank Feldman. He’s a guy who did everything right all the time. Like my coming along when you needed a cab, things happened like that to Frank Feldman every single time." <BR> <BR> Passenger: "There are always a few clouds over everybody." <BR> <BR> Cabbie: "Not Frank Feldman. He was a terrific... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:40:09 EST Dieting dues and don'ts for April Fools' Day <img src=""> Sat, 1 Apr 2017 21:41:49 EST 40 Things About Me I've had several of my Spark friends do this so I decided it was time for me to do it too! Feel free to do it yourself and leave it in the comments (or blog it) so I can read about you! <BR> <BR> 1. Do you like blue cheese? <BR> Not so much. <BR> <BR> 2. Have you ever smoked cigarettes? <BR> No <BR> <BR> 3. Do you own a gun? <BR> Several <BR> <BR> 4. What is your favorite sweet drink? <BR> Iced tea (decaf) with Splenda <BR> <BR> 5. Do you hold any diploma(s), degree(s) or certifica... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:35:54 EST Puppy update on a Wednesday rainy afternoon <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For those of you asking about Buster Brown and Bad Leroy Brown, they are doing well together. <BR> <BR> Buster is five months old now, and LeRoy is 11 1/2, so there is a wide range in their energy levels, But they are doing well together. <BR> <BR> Buster is scheduled to have his big boy surgery next month as soon as he turns six months old. It's almost a shame because he is such a beautif... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:05:19 EST 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