CAT-IN-CJ's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CAT%2DIN%2DCJ CAT-IN-CJ's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Experimenting with new workout routines http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838851 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l277291351.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l25574883.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l274143063.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2008128646.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l905190585.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1032962995.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 14:33:33 EST Wishing you Joy & Good Cheer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838110 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l436574031.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2024841477.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l28278499.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l324078677.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l413332177.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1547441947.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 20:56:45 EST WARNING SHOPPERS! BEWARE!!!! (Sorry, I couldn't help it!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836077 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l52010210.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831599 Beware. This is a rant. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1354669220.jpg"> <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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825272 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l899521722.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823887 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l849253820.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l356616787.jpg"> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:35:06 EST It doesn't have to be bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822985 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l589473096.jpg"> <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817502 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1345428645.jpg"> <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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1963234696.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 23:24:37 EST Do it NOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811978 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l526009291.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is the day to achieve your goals. . . . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1795656208.jpg"> Thu, 6 Nov 2014 12:19:03 EST Bazaar countdown http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810153 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808130 I'm not much into Halloween . . . but I'm always up for a good laugh.... <BR> Hope you enjoy these <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l887854906.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1642400279.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1731305747.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l650876741.jpg"> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:50:31 EST Seasons change, and so can I http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806991 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1758249873.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803989 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1313898150.jpg"> <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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1655718806.jpg"> <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802850 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799830 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1268237224.jpg"> <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799337 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l533206475.jpg"> <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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1052387379.jpg... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:57:21 EST Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795504 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1281824552.jpg"> Thu, 9 Oct 2014 22:01:32 EST Dreams http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794846 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l979485622.jpg"> Wed, 8 Oct 2014 19:37:46 EST Friends and Frangipani http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793997 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793359 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1443927456.jpg"> Mon, 6 Oct 2014 11:13:37 EST Sparking for 2 years now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792322 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789726 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783541 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1553249435.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781629 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1152038062.jpg"> <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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l367019091.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770214 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l135306462.jpg"> <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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1252701353.jpg"> <BR> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:04:51 EST I'll have what the skinny gal's having http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768275 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767566 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1032565939.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766851 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l297845846.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764285 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l850834620.jpg"> <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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l356107219.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763505 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762835 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1691038868.jpg"> <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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1770992785.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:11:57 EST Smiles for Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762151 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l240268505.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1840657549.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1006777525.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1829267854.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l687912132.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1454060704.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:56:55 EST Doing it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760231 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l519582924.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759558 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l44909666.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1473066143.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1230608170.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l922072249.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:59:21 EST Busyness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758276 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' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754338 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2115966720.jpg"> <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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l155595997.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Replace that STINKIN' THINKIN' with positive affirmations, scriptures, whatever li... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 11:38:21 EST Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753676 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>www.chopra.com/ccl/guided-meditation<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752484 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l167265244.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l95798367.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1692082452.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sun, 3 Aug 2014 21:00:53 EST We can do this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751107 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1890403339.jpg"> Fri, 1 Aug 2014 13:30:59 EST Rejoicing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750409 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l858010812.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749639 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l148255965.jpg"> <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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1769813137.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l608810183.jpg"> <B... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:57:06 EST Balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748209 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1413133474.jpg"> <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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1303491751.jpg"> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:38:13 EST Looking back, looking forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747083 Just curious . . . . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2065605891.jpg"> <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745578 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1962882184.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744844 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2132817024.jpg"> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:17:03 EST Reviewing My Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743436 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1231959210.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738712 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l219821274.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737931 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736144 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733927 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1677959445.jpg"> <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