CAT-IN-CJ's SparkPeople Blog CAT-IN-CJ's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community In bondage to habits? Here, have a chocolate Harry Houdini might have been able to make it work for him . . . but I don't always have such good luck with the chains binding me to my old habits. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Why do we remain chained to our bad habits when we so desperately want to break free of them? <BR> <BR> Here's a 3 minute fresh look at the reasons we've develop habits in the first place, <BR> why it's so hard to change them, and h... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 12:54:26 EST Now I remember . . . Took Bad Leroy Brown outside first thing this morning to let him take care of 'business' . . . It was about 20 degrees, so it didn't take him long. <BR> <BR> But while waiting, I walked around, inhabited the moment, and there it was . . . <BR> <BR> the crunch of frozen ground underfoot . . . <BR> <BR> the chill of the breeze . . . <BR> <BR> ice crystals falling from the trees in the breeze . . . <BR> <BR> the crystal blue sky . . . <BR> <BR> <BR> Now I remember . . . <BR> <BR> <i... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 16:09:14 EST Joy <img src=""> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 23:14:26 EST Thanksgiving prayer <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough. - Meister Eckhart <BR> <BR> Happy Thanksgiving from my heart to yours! <BR> <BR> <BR> oh, and . . . <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 15:05:49 EST Get ready to Gobble! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Getting a head start on Thanksgiving by going to lunch (but not eating) with the girls tomorrow, then driving over to DD's house for turkey dinner later. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 16:39:22 EST Giving Myself Permission To Succeed I have always allowed so many things to hold me back from my full potential. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I first came across SparkPeople, I didn't want to commit to a plan . . . . I found myself dangling precariously in a dark chasm somewhere between the fear of failure . . . . and the fear of success. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 23 Nov 2015 12:50:20 EST My idea of a cozy day at home <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is my goal for today . . . . might not happen as soon as I'd like <BR> but it is most definitely on the radar! <BR> <BR> What are you doing today??? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (thank you Karen for the inspiration!!) Sat, 21 Nov 2015 14:54:14 EST Gotta keep focused <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I just tossed a whole load of dirty clothes into the dryer <BR> <BR> rather than the washing machine. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just sayin . . . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:27:27 EST My Firm Commitment to My Health Okay, the last 2 1/2 weeks are something I hope I never have to go through again in my life time. (And I hope you never have to either.) <BR> <BR> However, there are a lot of good things to come out of it so far as my health. <BR> <BR> 1. I did keep my portion/serving sizes in check; I didn't loose control, binge, etc. <BR> <BR> 2. I kept up with my daily water in take. <BR> <BR> 3. I didn't always get my daily fitness minutes in, but I did do something each day. <BR> <BR> 4. I did... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 12:59:47 EST Making the most <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's Saturday! Hope you can get out and have some fun today! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 14 Nov 2015 12:48:45 EST It's Friday!!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've totally lost track of the days this week . . . but I'm back on track now. <BR> <BR> Today's the first day of the holiday bazaar of the season. I've had to cancel all my shows for this season due to the busy-ness preparing the paperwork for the up-coming court proceedings (step-daughter's Probate and Conservatorship for Grandson). But I'll drop in today to say hi to my friends who ... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 12:55:08 EST Permission to rest <img src=""> <BR> <BR> DH sent this to me today. He is absolutely awesome. <BR> <BR> On these days when we're at home (not on the road), even with the rain, I'm back on the treadmill and doing my stretching exercises. And lots of sleep. <BR> <BR> My birthday was awesome. Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes, and the caring cards you've sent. Spark Friends rock! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 23:03:17 EST Celebrating the 34th Anniversary of my 29th Birthday! Taking a couple days off from the chaos to catch my breath. <BR> <BR> Woke up this morning to a soft rain. There's a fire in the wood stove and Bad Leroy Brown is reminding me that there's a nap in my near future. Today, I'm a lover, not a fighter. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thank you for the birthday wishes, and all the support during these past couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 8 Nov 2015 15:26:06 EST Vultures Doesn't the day after the tragic death of a daughter seem just a bit too soon to start turning in your requests for the departeds belongings? <BR> <BR> Anyway, we'll be on the road for about 8 hours today . . . between the trip up and the trip back, we've got a mountain of legal stuff to contend with. Including the vultures. Wed, 4 Nov 2015 09:53:19 EST Making a commitment for ME In my last blog, I wrote a promise that I would take care of myself during this ordeal. <BR> <BR> So far I"m not off to a very good start. For whatever reasons, I've been forgetting to eat (no appetite), not getting enough water or exercise (spending hours in the car), staying up until all hours sorting papers, looking for bills, connecting loose ends. . . . <BR> <BR> All that may be valid and necessary, but I do not want to jeopardize my health. When and if all this is settled, I will s... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 16:39:29 EST LIVE TODAY! . . . . because you just never know . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have tried to live by the philosophy to live today as if it were my last. Not with a devil-may-care attitude, but an appreciation of it, as I don't want miss a moment of it... <BR> <BR> Yesterday morning we were awakened by a phone call with dreadful news. <BR> <BR> Monday night, my 43-year old step-daughter was murdered as she slept in her bed. A former boyfriend had slipped into ... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 12:41:12 EST Happy Birthday #10 Bad Leroy Brown -- My little blessing from a puppy mill <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ten years ago, in a puppy mill with a breeding stock of 1800 females that were kept in filthy wire cages stacked against a wall with hundreds of other cages just like it. Urine and feces dripped down from the cages on top into and through the cages below. Occasionally, someone with a water hose would come by and spray them all down. <BR> <BR> One particular little fur ball caught the ey... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 22:37:53 EST First Fire in the Wood Stove for Winter of 2015 I guess it's official. It was 40 this morning..... quite chilly. I couldn't get warm so DH started a fire in the wood stove -- the first of the season. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I wake up with a list of things I want to accomplish, but I just don't know what's going on . . . I can't seem to get anything done. I keep going around in circles . . . guess I"m practicing to be a big wheel when I grow up. <... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 00:17:24 EST Happy Friday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 14:09:44 EST Curious Cat <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We got home a little bit ago. Had to pick up our other car after having some work done on it. The bad news was that it was worse than we thought (not one, but TWO wheel bearings had to be replaced). . . . but the good news was that they misquoted us the price and it was less than half of what we'd feared it would be. So yahoo!!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday after class, DH and I took our motorcy... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 20:49:01 EST Motivation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Whatever it takes . . . Tue, 20 Oct 2015 00:15:36 EST I was going to clean house . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A couple days ago, I started trying to squeeze a new project area into my already cramped work area. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Everything was completely up-side-down when I get an email from one of the shops in town that they just sold a whole bunch of my stuff, and can I bring in some more??? (YEAH!... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 00:08:32 EST Friday Catch up It's been a tough couple of weeks, and I'm so ready to get over this recuperation from the sinus infection and flu shot from last week. <BR> <BR> Plus, I find out that my sister was scheduled for brain surgery to remove a tumor. I wasn't allowed to call or visit. But I just got word that everything went okay. <BR> <BR> Anyway, DH's taking me to an art show.... that'll be fun. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 16 Oct 2015 18:14:03 EST Monday Catch-up Last year about this time, after putting up with severe toothaches for several weeks, I had an appointment with the Dentist From Hell, followed by referrals to 4 more dentists and 6 months of horrific trauma resulting in 2 root canals, etc. etc. etc. <BR> <BR> Well what do you know?! Two weeks ago, I noticed that the same pain was back, in the same teeth. Checking in with the Dentist, he assures me that the root canals are good. . . . but the culprit is my sinus which lie right at the ba... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 14:54:59 EST Woodland Wedding Cake <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This beautiful, non-edible Woodland Wedding Cake by Lusher Life came through on my Facebook feed, and I just had to share it. <BR> <BR> This lady does some amazing work. Here's a link to her page, if you're interested to see more. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR>... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 23:44:03 EST Happy Spark Anniversary #3 to ME!!! I was in such a rush this morning I didn't even notice the date! <BR> <BR> It was 3 years ago today that I joined SparkPeople . . . and what a difference it has made in my life!!!!! <BR> <BR> Thank you SparkPeople!!!! <BR> <BR> And thank you SparkFriends for the encouragement you continue to be!!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 2 Oct 2015 22:07:56 EST Tragedy on Campus - Courage in action Such unnecessary heartbreak. Yesterday's shooting on the UCC campus in Roseburg will have life-changing impacts on so many people. <BR> <BR> Roseburg is over the hill from us, as the crow flies, but a couple hours away by road miles. <BR> <BR> Most of the schools around us went into lock down yesterday, and today many of the schools have had copy-cat threats by social media, etc. and remain in lock down today. <BR> <BR> I cannot imagine the suffering that the survivors in that room wil... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 13:42:54 EST Monday update <img src=""> <BR> <BR> At least for today, the heart palpitations have subsided. <BR> <BR> Haven't a clue if it's the Beta Blocker Dr O prescribed, or the chiropractic appointment, or getting away from caffeine (only 1 cup of coffee a day, tho), or if it would have happened without any of the above . . . . but for now I'm thankful. . . . and feeling great. <BR> <BR> I did 30 minutes walk/run (what I call woggin... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 20:50:56 EST Money can't buy me love ? ? ? ? Whoever said that, must have never seen the smiling faces of a bunch of Winter Pansies. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 27 Sep 2015 13:37:26 EST It all started with a thump . . . Well, yes. It all started with a thump, and then another, and another. My heart thumping woke me up with weird, irregular beats. <BR> <BR> Of course, I took notice! No pain whatsoever. It continued for a couple of days and nights. <BR> <BR> Monday afternoon I went in for an EKG. And there it was! a big THUMP. The tech ran it upstairs to the Dr, and I was told to have a seat and wait. <BR> <BR> Dr asked me a gazillion questions, then said my heart is great.... the thumps are mis-f... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 13:42:08 EST Mirror, Mirror on the Wall . . . who is THAT?! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There's no wake-up call like getting a good look at your reflection in the mirror of a dressing room while trying on clothes. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 22 Sep 2015 00:28:38 EST Saturday catch up It's been a busy week. . . I lost some points this week because DH made a cheesecake.... well, actually two cheesecakes. I limited myself to half-sized servings. <BR> <BR> This morning we attended a Creative Copper class and learned how to tool copper sheet (foil), under the supervision of the instructor, and left the class with a finished project. It was really fun. <BR> <BR> After class we were both exhausted.... so we came home for a nap, <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 19 Sep 2015 23:12:14 EST Two week report -- it really adds up! Remember when I blogged about developing a habit of getting on the treadmill while talking on the phone??? <BR> <BR> When I looked at my numbers, I could NOT believe that since getting the treadmill 2 weeks ago, ... well, here are my numbers: <BR> <BR> drum roll please . . . <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Calories burned === 1010.40 <BR> <BR> Time on treadmill === 170 minutes <BR> <BR> Distance ... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 15:41:13 EST I did it!!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That's been my story for the past 10 or 15 years . . . <BR> <BR> I used to run, and I loved it. But with the addition of a few pounds and even more years, I thought my running days were over. <BR> <BR> Since I've been using the treadmill these past 2 or 3 weeks, plus doing the recommended stretches for walkers and runners (see the Walk This Way Challenge), I haven't had the set backs t... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 23:41:01 EST Take care "I believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. <BR> Caring for myself is an act of survival." <BR> - Audre Londe <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 10 Sep 2015 17:19:01 EST This tickled my funny bone <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know this has been around a long time, but my Aunt sent this to me and it just tickled my funny bone.... so I thought I'd share. <BR> <BR> We had a crazy day today. You know how it is when you're waiting for something to happen -- or maybe three things to happen -- and they all come together at the same time? Well, that was what happened at our house today. <BR> <BR> We've been waitin... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 00:05:40 EST 4 pounds less of me! The scale does not define me . . . but it does make me feel better about what I'm doing when I can see it moving closing towards my goal! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 12:38:49 EST Good old habits Sometimes habits are good to get away from . . . but sometimes not. <BR> <BR> When I read SparkPeople's article about the Power of 10 -- how 10 minutes of movement makes a difference -- it discussed ways of turning 'down time' into MOVE it time. <BR> <BR> I found that I spent a lot of time sitting on my bottom while talking on the phone. So, I finally got myself into the habit of grabbing the phone and stepping on the elliptical. (Altho there were times I had to explain the reason for ... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 14:57:53 EST On my way <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lovin' the treadmill.... it's been a long time, and it's good to have a (new) 'ol friend' again. <BR> <BR> For so many years (while in a very stressful marriage), I would retreat to my 'ol friend' for some ME time. <BR> <BR> Now that my life has changed so wonderfully, I no longer have to 'escape' . . . but I still need and want the ME time. With feet in gear, my mind is left to w... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 12:51:11 EST Motivation From one of my Spark Team challenges, this morning's reading: <BR> <BR> Your motivation will be as strong as the amount of effort you put into making your own decisions (regardless of what they might be) with conscious awareness. <BR> <BR> Your motivation will be weak when you consider yourself to be helpless against your own urges, feelings and desires, or a victim of circumstances beyond your control. <BR> <BR> A great article: Mastering the Mysteries of Motivation <BR> <BR> <img src... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 12:11:58 EST Great Expectations <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Years ago, I used to run . . . and I loved it. Didn't matter -- out in the fresh air, weather permitting, or indoors on a treadmill. <BR> <BR> But as life happens and things change, time passes, more stuff happens, and well, on it goes. Somewhere in the midst of it all, the treadmill got sold. <BR> <BR> Fast forward about 20 years. Now that I'm older and wiser (well, older for sur... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 15:13:28 EST 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