CATHYGETSFIT's SparkPeople Blog CATHYGETSFIT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Memorial Day meaning and celebrations. Our May challenge ends on Memorial Day so blog about Memorial Day. Does it carry any particular special meaning for you? How will you celebrate Memorial Day? <BR> <BR> <BR> Memorial Day does mean something to me. It certainly means more to me than barbecue’s and picnics, although those are nice too. However, I think about all of the men and women serving our country in the military. I think about them putting their lives on the line so that we can all live in this great country in relat... Sat, 28 May 2016 17:39:56 EST Summer plans Aspire & Inspire Week 3 blog. Summer is almost here, so blog about your plans for this summer. Do you have any plans for vacationing or traveling this summer? If so, how do you plan to stay on track with your eating and exercising or do you plan to even try? <BR> <BR> <BR> My mom has asked me to consider letting her pay for me to fly back home to Colorado sometime this summer for a week or two. I’m strongly considering it because it’s been 3 years or more since I’ve seen my family in Color... Sun, 22 May 2016 23:20:10 EST Spending time outdoors this month How will you be spending some time outdoors this month? What are some activities you like to do in May? Do you look forward to spending time outdoors? Why or why not? <BR> <BR> <BR> I will be spending a lot more time outdoors this month walking in the park. No, not a stroll but a brisk fast paced walk. I might have to walk ahead of hubby a little though since he’s not typically a fast walker although he is getting better. :) <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 15 May 2016 17:54:16 EST Review of April Goals and Goals for May April Goals Review <BR> <BR> Eating - Continue eating according to the FMD eating plan. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Water - Continue to drink 7- 8 glasses of water each day. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Exercise - Exercise 30 - 60 minutes 5 X per week and 10 - 20 minutes 2 X per week. I will do Jessica Smith videos and if I need to do 2 or more PopSugar Fitness videos in a day to get at least 30 minutes of exercise in. I want to do at least 1 day of yoga each week. My goal also is to average ... Sun, 8 May 2016 01:30:55 EST Healthy Habits Aspire & Inspire Week 3 blog. Healthy Habits - what are some of the healthy habits you have begun since starting your journey to a healthier life? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Water - Before coming to SP I’d drink one or two glasses of water a day if I were lucky. I usually drank tea and cappuccino. I realize now that water helps to flush out the fat, it keeps you hydrated and it flushes out your kidneys too. <BR> <BR> Fruits and Veggies - I’d eat fruits and veggies before starting the Fast Meta... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 00:35:34 EST Positvely Positive Aspire & Inspire Week 2 blog. Have you made positivity part of your Spark journey? If so, how? How do you overcome negative thoughts and turn them into positive ones? <BR> <BR> <BR> Being positive can be hard at times especially when it seems like obstacles keep popping up on your journey towards getting healthier or if you get stuck on a plateau. However, I like to remind myself of how far I’ve come. I remind myself how I used to eat before coming to SP. I also look at pictures of myself ... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 00:15:25 EST Review of March and Goals for April March Goals Review <BR> <BR> Eating - Continue eating according to the FMD eating plan. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Water - Continue to drink 7- 8 glasses of water each day. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Exercise - I had plan on doing mostly Jessica Smith exercise videos for this month and maybe some other free ones on YouTube. I didn’t do any PopSugar Fitness videos on YouTube this month because there aren’t very many of them.I’ve been wearing my wrist brace at night and for the most part that seems ... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 23:42:00 EST 3 Healthy Meal Recipes Aspire & Inspire Week 4 blog. March is National Nutrition Month and we're supposed to share 3 healthy meal recipes or 3 healthy snack recipes. <BR> <BR> Classic Chicken and Wild Rice Soup <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Try a pinch of cayenne pepper or hot paprika for a kick. <BR> <BR> Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 4-7 hours <BR> <BR> Serves 6 <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 2 cups chopped onions ... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 01:10:09 EST Incorporating strength training into your exercise routine A&I week 3 blog: If someone is just starting out with exercising do you have any recommendations for incorporating Strength Training into your exercise routine? <BR> <BR> <BR> I think the best way to incorporate Strength Training into your exercise routine is to 1) find a video on YouTube from a reputable trainer such as JessicaSmithTV, Fitness Blenders or PopSugar Fitness or even SparkPeople 2) buy an exercise video again from a reputable company/trainer like Beach Body, Jessica Smith has... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 01:22:28 EST Arrival of spring and what it does for my exercising Our assignment for this week on the A&I team was all about Spring. Spring begins this month.Does spring change up your workout routine? Spring is about rebirth. Does spring give new life to your exercise routine? What are the top 3 things you love about the arrival of spring? <BR> <BR> <BR> Spring definitely changes my workout routine. I get outside to go for walks a lot more even just short walks down to the mailbox (1/3mile) and then back (another 1/3 mile). Hubby and I like to go int... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 00:05:16 EST Celebrating St. Patrick's Day This week for the A&I team we were asked to blog about whether we celebrate St. Patrick's Day or not and if we do, how. <BR> <BR> I wrote a similar blog last year so this is pretty much a copy of it... <BR> <BR> We don’t usually do anything for St. Patrick’s Day. If we still lived in the city we might have gone downtown for the parade and then got something to eat afterwards. <em>137</em> <em>439</em> Some friends of ours might invite us over. I would probably eat a little something b... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 00:21:03 EST February Goals/March Goals February Goals <BR> <BR> <BR> Eating - Continue eating according to the FMD eating plan. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Water - Continue to drink 7- 8 glasses of water each day. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Exercise - I plan on doing mostly Jessica Smith exercise videos for this month and maybe some other free ones on YouTube. I want to try some more PopSugar Fitness videos on YouTube. I need to make sure that I continue to do the exercises at least once a day for carpal tunnel. <em>248</em>... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 00:41:26 EST 10 extra minutes of exercise This week for the Aspire & Inspire Happy Heart's BSG team for February our focus was on heart health and incorporating at least 10 minutes in our exercise goals for the month. Blog about how your incorporated more cardio into your exercise goals this month. Were you successful in getting in more cardio during this month? If so, will you continue that in the following months? If not, will you try to incorporate more during the following months? If not, why? <BR> <BR> I have definitely tried ... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 00:09:04 EST Cardio I like and dislike This week for the A&I Happy Hearts BSG Team we are to blog about our favorite type of cardio and our least favorite type. <BR> <BR> My favorite type of cardio is walking. I can do it anywhere, anytime. Even if I have little energy I can still walk. Of course I need to make sure I get my heart rate up in order for it to be effective. I love going for walks with my hubby at one of the little parks in town that has a figure 8 walking path in it. Once around the figure 8 path is 1/4 mile. It... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 00:32:17 EST How I would like to celebrate Valentine's Day This week for the A&I Happy Hearts BSG Team we were asked how we'd like to celebrate Valentine's Day. If you could do anything you wanted for Valentine's Day, what would you like to do? Where would you celebrate it? What would you do? Would there be a special meal? Would you want a gift? If so, what would you get? <BR> <BR> If I could go anywhere or do anything for Valentine's Day I would love to go to the Thornbury Castle in South Gloucestershire, England. I would love to marry the love o... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:11:36 EST Analysis of January's Goals & Goals for February Analysis of January’s Goals <BR> <BR> <BR> Eating - I planned to eat according to the Fast Metabolism Diet eating plan the entire month. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Water - Continue to drink 7- 8 glasses of water each day. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Exercise - I planned on doing mostly Jessica Smith exercise videos for this month and maybe some other free ones on YouTube. I found some exercise videos I like on PopSugar Fitness on YouTube. I like that you can pick a workout according to th... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 16:04:19 EST Exercising outside in the winter This week for the A&I Vibrant Visionaries BSG eam we were asked to blog about the types of exercising we like to do in the winter. <BR> <BR> Types of exercises I like to do outside in the winter are at this moment in time is walking. If it’s warm enough outside I like to go for a walk on our property with my hubby because we don’t have to worry about spraying bug repellent on us. We don’t have to worry about ticks or chiggers biting you in the winter. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosa... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 23:39:09 EST What I like About WInter I am not a huge fan of winter but I don't hate it either. There are many things I do like about winter. <BR> <BR> <BR> I love how quiet and serene everything is after freshly fallen snow. Before any critters or anything disturbs the look and feel of it. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I like big snuggly sweaters. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 23:42:54 EST 99 Years!!! This handsome young man below is my beloved grandpa. He turned 99 years old yesterday!!! He is one of the sweetest people I will ever know. He was always there for Grandma and all of the family. He took care of Grandma as her health was not good, and he can bake some mean cherry pie, cookies and Angel food cake with Walnut frosting. He has been know to get a black eye from taking the pie out to the back porch to cool, tripping, thus the black eye, "but I still held onto the pie!" even tho he... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 15:12:25 EST How will 2016 be different? Now that I've talked about my goals for this year and how I did last year I want to talk about how 2016 will be different if at all. <BR> <BR> 1. I plan on being much stricter with my eating this year. Eat closer to the guidelines for the FMD eating plan. <BR> <BR> 2. I plan to keep a tab on my alcohol consumption much closer than most of last year. <BR> <BR> 3. I plan to get more exercise in each day this year. Striving for 30 - 60 minutes of exercise 6 days per week and as close to 10... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 00:09:27 EST Assessment of 2015 and goals for 2016 Review of 2015 <BR> <BR> 2015 started out well for me and by the end of March I had reached one of my biggest long term goals and was only around 10 lbs above my biggest long term goal. However, I was unable to maintain it for long. My weight ended up going up 2 - 5 lbs but I was mostly okay with it because I was still eating mostly right and I wasn’t too far above the lowest weight I’ve ever been at as an adult. I tried many different things with my eating and exercising to get the rest ... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 23:45:59 EST December's Goals Review / January Goals December’s Goals Review <BR> <BR> Eating - My plan was to continue eating the FMD way. I made our Christmas meal 99% compliant to the FMD eating plan. I did make some Tahini cookies and I also made a banana/pumpkin bread. Neither of these were made with sugar. I did buy a pie for our dinner though that had a lot of sugar in it. :( <BR> <BR> Water - I planned to continue to drink 7- 8 glasses of water each day. <BR> <BR> Exercise - My plan was to fInish up the last 2 weeks of PiYo and th... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 23:18:47 EST Never Quit Pledge I reblogged this from CERIUSLY and OHANAMAMA who copied this from JAZZEJR's blog from today. She re-blogged it from June 30 2012, when she got it from BBONET who got it from Musolf6, who got it from...... <BR> <BR> <BR> Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so cr... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 15:09:20 EST Eating mindfully and with moderation Why do we have so much trouble with food? <BR> <BR> <BR> Most of us have problems with food in one way or another. We eat too much, reward ourselves with food, binge, etc… A friend of mine recently wrote a blog about tracking everything you eat. Sometimes you’ll forget to track something or you don’t think this one little thing that you don’t track is going to matter or whatever else. That got me to thinking about eating in moderation. I can remember when I was growing up I heard from ... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 18:01:31 EST Favorite Christmas Present This week for the Aspire & Inspire Shimmering Lights BSG team we were asked to blog about our favorite Christmas Present as a kid and as an adult. <BR> <BR> Well, I already shared in my last blog about my favorite Christmas as a kid. It just happened to also be the Christmas I received my favorite gift as a kid. As for my most memorable Christmas present as an adult though it was hard to decide which one was most memorable. I finally decided on the year my hubby bought me a bicycle for Chr... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 23:51:55 EST Interview with Santa This week for the A&I Shimmering Lights BSG team we were asked to write a bonus blog about interviewing Santa Claus. If you could interview Santa Claus what would you ask him? <BR> <BR> Q. How did you get the job of being Santa Claus? <BR> Q. What’s the best part about being Santa? <BR> Q. What’s the best part about being Santa? <BR> Q. Is there a least favorite part? <BR> Q.Do any kids ask for intangible things like peace on Earth or something in their home situation? <BR> Q. You see a lot... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 22:06:33 EST A&I Favorite Christmas This week for the Aspire & Inspire Shimmering Lights Buddy Support Group Team we were asked to blog about a Favorite Christmas we can remember. <BR> <BR> One of my favorite Christmas memories was from when I was in grade school still. After my parents divorced my mom found a job at one of the chain grocery stores in the city about 35 miles north of me. Mom usually had to work on the weekends and we'd spend the weekends at my paternal grandparents' place. Grandma insisted we go to church wi... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 23:42:21 EST You hold the power <img src=""> Thu, 10 Dec 2015 11:38:46 EST If you are unhappy... <img src=""> <BR> Wed, 9 Dec 2015 14:08:15 EST Tuesday's Tickle <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday! Tue, 8 Dec 2015 14:05:15 EST Monday's Funny <img src=""> <BR> <BR> LOL! Mon, 7 Dec 2015 14:41:58 EST Gratitude <img src=""> <BR> I'm grateful for all of my Spark Friends Sun, 6 Dec 2015 14:55:57 EST Live every moment <img src=""> <BR> <BR> With all of the tragedies that have been going on lately it's important that we live each day to it's fullest. We never know what the next day or even moment will bring. <BR> <BR> I'm trying my best to live each day to it's fullest and hope all of you are too. <em>247</em> <em>223</em> 's! Sat, 5 Dec 2015 13:49:22 EST Sparkling Day <img src=""> <BR> Have a great day everyone! Fri, 4 Dec 2015 16:07:05 EST November Review & December Goals December’s Goals Review <BR> <BR> Eating - My plan was to continue eating the FMD way and I did. I even made our Thanksgiving meal 99% compliant to the FMD eating plan. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Water - I continued to drink half of my body weight in ounces of water every day. This is pretty easy for me because I know exactly how to spread it out throughout the day. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Exercise - Continue to do PiYo for the month. I just finished my 6th week of PiYo. I’m definitely ... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 00:31:16 EST Thursday funny <img src=""> <BR> Sounds good to me <em>30</em> Thu, 3 Dec 2015 12:35:49 EST Happy Hump Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes, please! Wed, 2 Dec 2015 10:56:25 EST Happy People <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Tue, 1 Dec 2015 14:46:54 EST Fun This week for the Aspire & Inspire Trotting Turkeys Buddy Support Group Team we were asked to write a blog about anything we find fun. There are so many things I find fun so I thought I'd share images of some things I find fun. <em>334</em> These aren't in any particular order either. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 21:50:21 EST Violence and hatred There is so much violence in the world these days. Perhaps there has always been but I don't remember so much hatred and violence even 20 years ago. The most recent event was in my hometown of Colorado Springs at the Planned Parenthood. I'm not going to go into blaming one side or the other because I think there is plenty of blame to go around. I do think that the media fans the flames, so to speak though. I just can't wrap my mind around that much violence and hatred. There's also the ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 01:26:55 EST Funny Thanksgiving memory This week for the A&I team we were to come up with a funny Thanksgiving story. I've shared this before but it's the only story I know of that fits the criteria. <BR> <BR> The funniest and most memorable Thanksgiving for me was the first Thanksgiving my hubby and I were together; we were just dating at the time. It was Thanksgiving and we were having dinner with my hubby's family, at Terry's house, hubby's 2nd oldest brother. We had already eaten the dinner and desserts had been put out on ... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 22:38:35 EST Finding Hope... We all go through our good times, not so good times and bad times. I've been in this depression for at least a month now. There are times when I've felt like I don't care about anything. I mean, I literally could care less what happens to us one way or another. I'm starting to kind of climb out of this depression hole that I feel like I've been in. If you've ever seen "What Dreams May Come" with Robin Williams...the part where he's trying everything he can to get his wife out of hell aft... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 22:56:41 EST October’s Goals Review - November's Goals October’s Goals Review <BR> <BR> Eating - Take 1 week and do strict FMD (Fast Metabolism Diet) eating. Eat on maintenance the rest of the month. I think it’s good to mix things up to help keep my body guessing. I didn’t do this for the whole month, instead I just decided to eat according to the FMD phases way for at least half of the month. I just felt like I needed to be stricter about my eating so that I could lose the additional weight I’d put on recently. <BR> <BR> Exercise - I’m ta... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:31:36 EST Something fun After my MIL (mother-in-law) passed away and after my FIL (father-in-law) decided he was ready to have people he knew take things that belonged to her that he wouldn't use or wanted, I looked through her craft stuff and took almost all of the projects she had started but never completed. The only thing I didn't take was a quilt that she had started but never finished before she passed. She had embroidered several pieces of material that had a rose on them. She never felt well enough after ... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 22:05:35 EST Accomplishments this year This week for the Aspire & Inspire Ghastly Ghost Buddy Support Group team we were asked to blog about our accomplishments this year and the rest of the year. We will soon be in the fourth quarter of the year. What have you accomplished so far this year? What do you hope to accomplish before the end of this year? <BR> <BR> <BR> I managed to get down to my 1st long term goal. Unfortunately, I was only able to maintain it for a week or two. No matter how much I try I can't seem to get back ... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 16:59:49 EST Celebrating Halloween This week for the Aspire & Inspire Buddy Support Group Challenges we were asked to blog about celebrating Halloween. Do you celebrate Halloween? If so, how and what sort of goodies do you give your trick or treaters? <BR> <BR> No, I don't celebrate Halloween unless you count doing a Halloween Horror movie marathon. We live 4 miles outside of a little town in the forest. So, we don't have trick-or-treaters that come to the house. Therefore I don't buy nor give out goodies. Since I've be... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 23:12:53 EST Hoarding I don't watch nor have watched more than 10 minutes of one of those hoarding shows. I just can't watch them. It would drive me crazy to have all of that stuff around me. The less "stuff" I have the better I feel. I have a handful of knickknacks that were given to me over the years but I got rid of 99% of them. I also don't keep books around because where we live mold can be a big problem. I have some craft stuff that I do need to get rid of though. Things that don't really interest me ... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 00:52:06 EST How to avoid eating tons of Halloween Candy This week for the Aspire & Inspire Spooky Spiders BSG team we were asked to write a bonus blog about how we avoid eating Halloween treats. Specifically...Are you tempted with Halloween treats? How do you overcome? <BR> <BR> This is going to be an easy blog because we live out in the woods and we don't get trick or treaters coming to our door. So, it's easy to avoid being tempted by Halloween treats. Since there aren't any trick-or-treaters coming to the door I don't buy any and am not tempt... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 16:32:04 EST Short Days and Long Nights or Warmer Long Days and Short Nights For the A&I Ghastly Ghosts team we were asked to blog about this topic. The time will be changing soon. Do you prefer the shorter days and longer nights, or do you long for warmer, longer days again? <BR> <BR> Well, this was a simple question to answer for me I definitely prefer the longer, warmer days of spring and summer compared to the short, cold days of fall and winter. I like being outside during the long, hot and sunny days of spring and summer. It's not until the temps get into the ... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 20:14:48 EST Review of September and planning for October Review of September <BR> <BR> <BR> In September my husband and I drove out to Colorado to see our friends and to go to their daughter’s wedding. We’ve known their children since they were in grade school. I knew it would be too hard to keep on eating the way I had been eating while we were out there and since I haven’t taken anymore weight off in the last 6 months I decided to go into maintenance for now. We also have other things going on like my husband looking for a job in anothe... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 23:32:07 EST