CATHOLICCORGI's SparkPeople Blog CATHOLICCORGI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Random ramblings about being organized... <em>211</em> I was born organized... and I love office supply stores! <em>252</em> <BR> You cannot organize clutter!!! Simplify! Less stuff = Less stress! <BR> I received my new day-planner refill for 2015 this morning... it's called BLOOMS. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is my usual day-planner set up... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I thought I would go with something pretty, as ... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:24:24 EST Rambling self-talk about adjusting to my circumstances... I have been rolling along, Sparking each day pretty well. Taking each day as it comes. Then another setback with the heel and knee. No riding recumbent bike for three days... Last night I really felt like throwing in the towel. Letting "whatever happens" happen and not making the effort anymore. I cannot control how my body heals, if it ever does get back to what I consider normal. With RA, there IS no normal. I got up this morning thinking I would not bother with SP today... I went on FB to ... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 09:08:50 EST Don't "feel" like it, but I WILL make today a great day!!! Sometimes you just wake up and feel "BLAH"...There has to be more to this life than "making it through another day". There is no passion behind "coasting", mindlessly following a routine. That's not living, it's existing. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The real battle is in my head... in showing dogs I learned that if you control the head of the dog, the body will follow. Same with people. There has to be a mental change in order for... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:20:27 EST Yes, there IS strength within ME! Oh, yes there is! <BR> I awoke to a beautiful, cool Tuesday morning. NO PAIN! (Other than the usual RAD aches) The heel is good. The knee moves like a normal knee... God IS good! <BR> I ate well yesterday, and allowed myself to enjoy what I chose to eat. <BR> I've changed my "ticker" to reflect what the scale showed for yesterday. My commitment is to weigh on August 1, then the first of every month thereafter. That will be it. I am not defined by the numbers on the scale. They are there as a ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:20:55 EST I'm not just "working through"... I'm going OVER! <img src=""> <BR> My knee went south Friday, a week ago, and the heel pain flared again at the same time. I literally could not stand last Saturday. The knee was swollen, and although the pain wasn't inside the knee joint, the tension/inflammation of the outer ligament was very painful. DH bought a cheap knee brace(one of those "sleeve" types) to see if it would help. I wore it one day at work, and it fell to pieces by the end of the day.... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:31:30 EST I'm Working Through... When I opened up the Daily Motivator for this morning, the message hit me like a ton of bricks... <BR> <BR> Work Through <BR> <BR> When your efforts bring disappointment, the worst thing you can do is abandon those efforts. Keep making the efforts, and eventually you’ll work your way to the results you desire. <BR> <BR> Quitting won’t end your frustration or despair. On the contrary, quitting will just lock the frustration and despair permanently in place. <BR> <BR> Instead of giving up, ... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 07:49:29 EST Finally FLYing... a newly arranged and beautiful sunroom for me! It took a few hours, but the room turned out so nice! <BR> We don't heat or cool this room because of the high ceilings(costs a fortune when we do!)... but when it is nice outside, I can open all of the windows and enjoy the fresh air. Spring and Fall is the time to use this wonderful space! My Corgi grooming area is a real gift... <BR> We can now do a jigsaw puzzle on the table and leave it to work on as we please. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 6 Jul 2014 20:53:29 EST The Snow Here are a few photos of the snow we've had. These were before we got the last 5 inches... <BR> <BR> The pasture across from my house... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Outside my MamaCave window... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Front of house <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Bird feeders at dogwood tree... <BR> <img src="http://phot... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:59:41 EST Embracing the truth... It's taken me two years, but I have finally embraced the truth that my body does not process carbohydrates very well, and I can manage my RA and other autoimmune issues better if I eat wisely. It's not just about the "weight"... it's about the healing and wellness of my whole person! <BR> The New Year has been interesting for me. I began a new eating plan on the 10th of January. After much prayer and research, I decided I HAD to do something to counteract the weight gain from the wrong ... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 10:11:02 EST My SPARK Lanyard Idea <img src=""> <BR> I found the little clippie in my desk, threaded the hair elastic through it, then slipped the SPARK clip on the loop that was opposite the clippie. <BR> This is what it looks like on the house slipper. <BR> I think it will work well on a waistband or tennis shoe, too. <BR> Anyway, I believe it will help me not lose my SPARK! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Here's another ide... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 08:39:15 EST Trying to believe... There's "Always A Way"... Always A Way <BR> <BR> Changing conditions may change the path to fulfillment of your dreams, or even the nature of that fulfillment. Yet the essence of your underlying purpose remains the same. <BR> <BR> What could have been, can still be. At its deepest level, no dream is ever rendered impossible. <BR> <BR> There is always a way to live the life you choose. There is always a way to express your own beautiful, most authentic vision. <BR> <BR> Dare to dream, and dare to live with the ... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 13:30:31 EST Reflections on "Okay With What Is" Sometimes it doesn't matter how hard we try, we go backwards instead of forward... <BR> That's the way I feel as of late... I've had a lot of stiffness, a lot of pain. And a LOT of weight gain. Cymbalta was NOT a good choice for me. The doctor tried, and at first we thought it would work. SO, off of it I came... now to deal with the damage. <BR> <BR> Okay With What Is <BR> <BR> When you find it difficult to move forward, that’s okay. Allow it to be what it is, and allow yourself to do what... Tue, 14 May 2013 08:29:36 EST I am genuinely happy! I am sharing this "thought" from Ralph Marston... SparkPeople gives me lots of opportunities to be happy... the healthier and fitter I am, the more happiness I will feel... Happiness IS a feeling... one we can share! <BR> So, be happy where you are NOW, and share that happiness with others... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Genuinely Happy <BR> <BR> Be happy where you are. Be eager to make it even better. <BR> <BR> Nothing can mak... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 07:45:23 EST Taking the Official 10 minute Daily Exercise Challenge... One of the greatest direction changes I have to make is to get back into the habit of daily exercise. I wear my pedometer everyday faithfully, and am pretty consistent in getting at least 3500 steps each day. My body is used to this now. <BR> <BR> SHAKE IT UP! <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> My body is now used to bowling twice a week, too. <BR> <BR> SHAKE IT UP! <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> I'm choosing to use my Wii Fit Advanced Step for 10 minutes each morning. I'm thinking it will be good fo... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 07:11:57 EST Heading in a new direction... If you do not like the direction you are going in...TURN AROUND! <BR> I admit I have been coasting again. Weariness can cause me to just do what I have to, in order to survive. Coming off the Cymbalta was harder than I thought. Not in the physical sense, but in readjusting my mindset. <BR> The pain has not returned with the intensity I had before the med. Good! I accept the small bits of pain. They are manageable. <BR> I have regained my sense of empty/full, and my stomach growls once again ... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 10:44:54 EST Making it happen... Make It Happen <BR> <BR> You can do more than just think about what you would like to achieve. You can take the focused, persistent actions that will make those achievements happen. <BR> <BR> You can do more than just wish for a better life. You can decide precisely what would define a better life for you and then work your way steadily toward it. <BR> <BR> You can do more than just wait for your problems to go away. You can have the courage to look straight into those problems, and fin... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 10:20:21 EST SPARKING..."To do your best at the effort, love the effort"... it takes to Spark your day! As always, Ralph Marston has wisdom to share that fits the "Sparkin' Attitude" so well! <BR> To change your life takes real effort. If you embrace that effort, you will be successful. Success is not defined by what the scale says. Success is when you are changing for the better... inside and out! It is not something you "see" immediately! But change WILL come, one tiny step at a time! Keep up the effort... no matter small it may be! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> Love The Effort <BR>... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 06:05:48 EST Actually Do It!... Ralph Marston IS Right!! Wise words that I must follow to be successful... at anything I'd like to accomplish... <BR> <BR> Actually Do It <BR> <BR> It’s great to know precisely what you want, and why you want it, and how to make it happen, but that’s not enough. You have to actually do it. <BR> <BR> It’s helpful to learn all the skills, techniques, clever tricks and strategies, yet just knowing all those things won’t make anything happen. You have to make it happen. <BR> <BR> You can read books, watch videos, ... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 06:56:12 EST I have Faith that 2013 WILL be a great year!! Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen(paraphrased from the Bible), at least not yet!!! <BR> <BR> I am very grateful for a new beginning! Onward towards better health! <BR> <BR> New, Improved Year <BR> <BR> There’s one key factor that will make this New Year the best one ever. That important factor is your attitude. <BR> <BR> The way you most consistently decide to see life will play a major role in the way your life actually unfolds. Right now, as t... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 12:41:22 EST Thank goodness this is a journey! I have gained 23 pounds in 6 weeks. Forget what the doctors say... it is heartbreaking! But it is "life" happening. My job now is to control what I can, and leave the rest to God. <BR> It doesn't matter what the reason, it has happened. Because it is "valid" and perhaps justified does not mean it isn't hard to face. Yes, facts are facts, but it hurts anyway. "Keep it simple" is going to be my new mantra until I get a handle on this emotionally and physically. One doctor says I have to play th... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 09:21:47 EST Wisdom from Ralph Marston... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Let The Past Go <BR> <BR> It’s okay that you’ve wasted some time. It’s not okay to continue doing so. <BR> <BR> There’s nothing wrong with the fact that you’ve made some mistakes. Now, take what you’ve learned from those mistakes and use it to make some progress. <BR> <BR> Quickly and fully forgive yourself for any shortcomings in the past. Then diligently get to work creating a bright and valuable future, s... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 07:35:53 EST It's Saturday! Make the most of it! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The Best Of Now <BR> <BR> Now is the time to make a difference. Now is the moment to do what you know you must do. <BR> <BR> Now is when you can transform possibility into reality. Now is when you can bring your dreams to life. <BR> <BR> Is there a problem that’s been frustrating you? Now is when you can take real, focused action to work your way through it. <BR> <BR> Sure, there are plenty of ways to wast... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 09:19:25 EST When I woke up this morning, I got this confirmation... I always start my mornings with prayer, then my morning "routines". First thing when I boot up the PC, I go to the Daily Motivator. What Mr. Marston shared today has given me the boost to KNOW I AM headed on the right pathway. I'm printing this and placing it where I will see it each day... <BR> <BR> Exceed Yourself! <BR> <BR> You’ve figured out how to get it done. Now figure out how to do it even better. <BR> <BR> Expect the best of yourself. Then find a way to exceed those expectations... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 07:32:52 EST Simplicity. What has worked before... WILL work again! Simplicity. <BR> <BR> When I first began to SPARK my life, there were three things I did every day, no matter what. <BR> 1. Used the Wii daily, at least 15 minutes. 2. Drank ONLY water(perhaps with a bit of lemon or lime in it) 3. Tracked EVERYTHING, eating sensibly and knowing the truth that moderation is best. <BR> Over the year, as Iife happened, I used it as an excuse to become slack when it came to my SP goals. A little more here, a little less there. <BR> I believe there is no failu... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 20:15:04 EST Numerous Problems, But there is ALWAYS an option! Have had to really have a good talk with myself. <BR> I discovered that laziness/don't care is a major attitude lately. I've felt so pushed down, pressured, and "expected to be perfect" that I have said the heck with it all... I reached a real wall. The good thing about "talking the talk" and acting "as if" is that it truly will sink in eventually, and there will be a wake up call you cannot ignore, or an epiphany that will not be put aside. <BR> My Epiphany happened last Monday night. No n... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 18:19:05 EST Self Talk.... begin to live from your heart! The past 20 days have been tough for me! I KNOW what works for me. I allowed myself to get off track, and it is twice as hard for me to get back into my routines and good habits. Fortunately, I laid a good foundation when I joined SP a year ago, and I have kept to the basics. The biggest thing for me is to take it only one day at time. I cannot go back to where I was, I can only begin where I am NOW. So, just for today, I am tracking. I am making sure I drink my water. I am trying to be patie... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 10:06:11 EST Choose to make it!!! I need to just keep reading these positive re-enforcements everyday. Even though my mind and body are not in the place they should be, I will get there if I keep filling my mind with "healthy stuff" and my body with "healthy stuff". So the mind goes the body follows... <BR> Tracking, doing a few more steps, stretching. being mindful of whagt I am doing to and with my body. These are small steps that keep me going in the right direction. It's the small things that lead to ultimate success. <BR... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 07:45:59 EST One day at a time, moment by moment.... Keep Building! <BR> <BR> Small efforts that are repeated are far more powerful than big efforts that are made just once and then abandoned. Instead of hoping for a chance to make a big impact, take advantage of each opportunity you have to make a small impact. <BR> <BR> Time works in your favor when you work in your favor with every little bit of time you get. You can achieve great things with modest efforts by persistently repeating those efforts. <BR> <BR> Every moment is an opportuni... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 08:08:00 EST It has been a struggle... The past week has been a struggle. A real mind game. I do well all day, then the evening comes, and I eat. There is something going on that either I do not want to face, or am anticipating. I will figure it out. Being honest with myself will show where the problem lies. Writing it all out has teh ability to allow me to see where I am "coming from" with these issues. <BR> The key is to take action. Positive actions, such as writing out possible solutions that can be done reasonably. Get feedb... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 10:54:01 EST Sometimes you just have to admit you are human... I decided I would watch the debate last night. I gathered my planned goodies to have and settled in. No comment on debate. <BR> But I learned something interesting about myself... I never thought of my self as an emotional eater. Until now. I was like I was on automatic pilot after I finished my planned snack. I went into kitchen and fixed myself some chips and salsa. I then had 2 small bags of pistachios. And 3 DD Munchkins. Then I said "What are you doing?" More importantly I asked WHY. I ... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 09:25:26 EST Week One of New SparkYear This first week of really getting back into my SparkRoutines has had moments of victory, and frustration. Thought Ralph Marston has a great point here: <BR> <BR> Work Through The Frustration <BR> <BR> When you feel frustrated, what you’re feeling is your intense desire to make things better. Instead of fighting against your frustration, channel it in a positive, productive direction. <BR> Frustration happens when things are not the way you want them to be. And because of that, frustration i... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 18:59:53 EST Well, it's here... The last day of my first year of SPARKing! I'm finally to the day that ends my 1st year of Sparking, and while I do not lose weight every week, and I gain and lose, I am making steady progress with the scale going downward. Life happens, and every day is a new challenge. <BR> The great thing about SparkPeople is that we have tools available to help us achieve any goals we set for ourselves. We have support from other members who are like us, we have solid nutritional and fitness information, and we are able to seek out what works fo... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 15:25:06 EST Life is all about change... Conditions Change <BR> <BR> Conditions change all the time. What you could depend on yesterday, might very well be gone today. <BR> <BR> What once worked so well for you, will eventually fail to bring the results you seek. So when conditions change, you have the valuable opportunity to change along with them. <BR> <BR> Life by its very definition is always changing. People who make the most of life are those who expect the changes, welcome them, and find the positive possibilities in ea... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 09:20:32 EST Wise Words... Slow Down! Slow Down <BR> <BR> Life is not a race. It is a journey. <BR> <BR> Getting someplace first, before anyone else, has very little real and lasting meaning. Seek instead to encourage others to come along, and you’ll find the journey much more fulfilling. <BR> <BR> When you hurry through each moment, you miss out on the richness that could be yours. Take the time to live, to experience where you are, rather than being so obsessed with getting to the next checkpoint. <BR> <BR> When you sto... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 10:36:52 EST You always have a choice... Your Time To Choose <BR> <BR> You can always live the life you choose. Because you can always choose, in each and every moment, how to be. <BR> <BR> Sure, life in this world sends all sorts of seemingly random and often disturbing occurrences your way. Yet the choice of how to think and feel about them, and what to do with them, is yours. <BR> <BR> It is through the use of that choice that your life is fashioned. From the perspective you select comes the world you experience, in this ho... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 06:41:17 EST Pushing Past My Difficulties I've learned a few lessons the last few weeks. <BR> 1. I may be strong on the outside, but eventually the inside/body crumbles from the stress "adding" up over time. <BR> The combo of illness(RAD and a bug), DH's health issues, and dealing with two elderly loved ones has caught up with me. <BR> Crying has never been a problem for me. If I need to, I'll cry. But for a couple of weeks now I cry for no apparent reason. I wake in the night with an anxious "feeling" that doesn't happen at all in... Mon, 28 May 2012 20:26:06 EST Progress, not perfection! More wisdom from Mr. Marston.... Start making progress <BR> <BR> The opportunities you have are too beautiful and too valuable for you to let them pass you by. Stop making excuses and start making progress. <BR> <BR> What you imagine, you can begin. What you begin, you can finish. <BR> <BR> It’s all a matter of choosing to get it done. That’s a choice you can make in any and every moment. <BR> <BR> Sure, there are challenges and yes, you’ll have to step outside your comfort zone to make the necessary efforts. The gre... Mon, 21 May 2012 08:05:24 EST Not too good a week... I've been knocked for a loop for the past few days. No exercise due to dizziness and unpredictable stomach issues. I have done my Wii Body Test each day anyway. I've made sure I have had enough fluids. I've not eaten a lot so as to not make stomach matters worse... And the scale is UP 4 pounds... Sigh! I am glad I know that it isn't really up due to weight gain. It will be back to narmal after ths crud is finished with wreaking havoc on my body. <BR> I feel as if I am in a fog. Will be at doc... Sun, 20 May 2012 15:58:56 EST "You deserve more than mere instant gratification..." More great wisdom from Ralph Marston... <BR> <BR> The Long Haul <BR> <BR> Instant results are not always the best results. Have a little patience, and you can greatly expand your possibilities. <BR> <BR> If your desires were always fulfilled immediately, you would have nothing to look forward to. You would miss out on the joy of anticipation. <BR> <BR> There are some good things you can have instantly. There are many, many more good and valuable things that will take time. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 11 May 2012 08:24:54 EST A noneventful Sunday! WOOHOO! <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>224</em> <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> Who needs to write when you have Emoticons? LOL! <BR> Today has been just a flatout nice day... no tension. No stress. Mundane. Simple. AHHHH! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>88</em> <em>459</em> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 6 May 2012 19:53:42 EST Random thoughts and musings... <em>306</em> <BR> The biggest battle we will ever face is not our weight... it is the battle within ourselves to KNOW we are OK as we are. <BR> We ARE worthy of love... even if the only love we "feel" right now is from "us" and God. Unless we get to the point that we are comfortable being alone with ourselves, we will struggle. Think of a caterpillar... it spins the cocoon around itself. It has only itself to live with for however long it takes to grow and change. I've used my excess weigh... Sat, 5 May 2012 10:19:23 EST This has been one bad week... but I AM motivated! I WILL read and re-read.... It seems like when you get one foot moving forward, something happens. Life happens. My attitude is my greatest asset right now. I refuse to give in to "emotions". I refuse to listen to the old tapes in my brain. I am a new creature every day... what happened yesterday may affect today, but it WILL not determine the outcome of today! <BR> God IS good. I will trust. Life isn't about material things... it is about the relationships and love in your life. THAT is what matters. What others think ... Fri, 4 May 2012 09:48:18 EST WOOHOO! Now this IS motivation at it's best... I started out yesterday morning in a funk... I didn't even get out of my jammies or go outside the whole day. Poor DH had pizza for lunch... ordered online and delivered! He was on his own the whole day. <BR> I finally decided I needed to immerse myself in changing my mood... the best way to do that was pray, AND read all of the wonderful Sparkin' posts and articles I could cram in my brain. <BR> Did it make a difference? You betcha! <BR> I woke up ready to SPARK this day... when you fill you... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 11:06:41 EST In an attempt to change my own lousy attitude that I awakened with this morning... I offer this "motivational" thought... <BR> <BR> The Positive Side <BR> <BR> The negative things in life don’t need your help. They can do just fine on their own. Give your energy to the positive side of life. For that is where you can truly make a difference. <BR> <BR> That is where you can create value, for yourself, for those you know, and even for those you will never meet. Stop for a moment and let the thought sink in of how truly fulfilling that could be. <BR> <BR> Whining, compl... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 11:28:16 EST This was too good not to share... KEEP MOVING! Keep Moving! <BR> <BR> When your efforts bring the results you seek and also when they don’t, keep moving. Welcome the achievements with humility, welcome the setbacks with confidence, and keep moving. <BR> <BR> Don’t use success as an excuse to rest on your accomplishments. Don’t use failure as an excuse to give up. <BR> <BR> Whatever has happened before, your best choice now is to keep moving, keep learning, keep making the effort, and keep improving. Build new value with what does wo... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 07:53:40 EST Choose to have a Positive Perspective! You can do it! Positive Perspective <BR> <BR> Your situation is what it is. Yet your perspective on that situation is whatever you choose for it to be. <BR> <BR> You will see what you decide to see. You will experience what you expect to experience. <BR> <BR> No one is really a victim of circumstance. But many are victims of the way they interpret and relate to their circumstances. <BR> <BR> Choose to dwell on the positive possibilities. And you’ll see abundant opportunities for bringing those possi... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 07:31:22 EST When emotions are not to be trusted... I SPARK anyway. <BR> Yesterday evening and today have been emotionally draining days. There have been tears. There has been a sense of being overwhelmed. There is a small voice saying... "It's ok to eat whatever you want, it will make you "feel" better." <BR> One thing I am learning on this Spark Journey, is that one does not give in to "little voices" that are not speaking the Truth. The Fact is, if I eat more food than I've planned on, I WILL NOT feel better! Too much food makes my body fee... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 20:47:55 EST On the days I do not want to SPARK the day... I'll read this and... <BR> <BR> Get it finished <BR> <BR> When you have to choose between getting it perfect and getting it finished, get it finished. Even when it’s inconvenient and uncomfortable, get it finished. <BR> <BR> Are there other things you’d rather be doing? Go ahead, finish what you’ve started, and then you can more fully enjoy moving on to those other things. <BR> <BR> Don’t waste your time wishing for it to be easier, or resenting that you must get it done. Stop fighting... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 06:47:56 EST I like Peter Pan... and Tinkerbell! I do not ever want to grow up... I don't mean "be childish"... I want to retain my child-like enthusiasm! I want to go bowling, to march in a parade, walk in a charity walk, go to a county fair (and ride the rides!)... I want to live life to it's fullest and be joyful! <BR> Sparking has helped me to learn to be joyful in whatever circumstance I find myself in. Not some "bubbly" cheeriness... no, just a "content with who I am NOW" interior peace that cannot be taken from me. <BR> I CAN do the... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 16:40:58 EST Me and the Wii... Me and the Wii are coming to terms... we are beginning to like each other! <BR> 100 days I have cranked it up and did a Body Test. I do not remember when I have done something intentionally for 100 days! <BR> It is a learning experience. I have enough games now to keep me moving for a good while. <BR> Wii tells me "Balance is not your forte, is it? Do you trip a lot?" My favorite barb is "!!!THAT"S OBESE!!!" And when I get on the balance board there is this loud "OH!", like I am killing it..... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 21:52:24 EST