CATHYGETSFIT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CATHYGETSFIT CATHYGETSFIT'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/ Holiday parties and fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835987 This week for the A&I BSG Magic Mistletoes team. We were asked to blog about the following questions: Do you have any holiday parties or gatherings to attend? How will you achieve success, what are you goals? What are some of the ways you can incorporate fitness/exercise into the busy holiday season? <BR> <BR> We do not have any parties or gatherings to attend to this year. I’m glad too because I don’t want to be tempted by foods that I don’t need to be eating. Christmas dinner will just... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:51:10 EST Decorating for the holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833681 This week for the A&I Magic Mistletoes team we were asked to blog about how we decorate for the holidays. Do you like to decorate for the holidays? Are you a minimalist with your decorating, if you decorate or do you go all out and try to outdo your neighbors? <BR> <BR> I used to decorate a fair amount when we lived in Colorado and up until a few years ago. I've never put lights up outdoors except the for the icicle lights that were popular in the 90's. I've never really been into trying... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 02:17:43 EST November Recap and December Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829367 November Goals Recap <BR> <BR> Eating – I ate according to the Fast Metabolism Diet this whole month like I had planned. The author of the book gave away an e-booklet on how/what we could fix for Thanksgiving that wouldn’t wreck any progress we’d made. So, I fixed everything in it except for the dessert because my husband doesn’t like pumpkin pie. I went to bed too late the night before and was too exhausted to make the FMD dessert I had planned on making. So, we didn’t even have dessert.... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 23:28:26 EST Thanksgiving Day Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824824 This week for the Turkey Trotters A&I BSG team we were asked to blog about our Thanksgiving? Did I stick with your healthy lifestyle/plan? <BR> <BR> We had a nice quiet small Thanksgiving dinner with my FIL, my husband and me. Oh yeah, my FIL brought his dog, Lily, too. <em>30</em> We had to keep her in one part of the house because my birds got really scared of her. We had to put them in a room by themselves and the iPad so they could watch Invader Zim on YouTube. Lily is a chocolat... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 18:47:16 EST Update on where I'm at with before/after pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822026 Well as most of you know by now I've been doing The Fast Metabolism Diet. It's not really a diet though. It's just a different and healthier way of eating. I've been doing this for 8 months now. I'm getting so close to my goal weight. At first I wanted to get to at least 110 lbs and see where I'm at. Now that I'm just 4.6 lbs away from that goal my new goal weight is 100 lbs. I know that may seem like a really low number but when you're not quite 5 foot tall, 100 lbs is a good weight f... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:02:19 EST Funny Thanksgiving Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819636 This week for our bonus blog for the Aspire & Inspire Turkey Trotters BSG team we are to write about a funny Thanksgiving story that happened to us or make one up. <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 at my husband's 2nd oldest brother, Terry's, house. We had already eaten the dinner. Then it came time for desserts. The whole tab... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:15:44 EST Avoiding holiday weight gain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819093 This week for the Aspire & Inspire Turkey Trotter’s BSG Challenge we are to blog about: 'Is there anything you are planning on doing differently this year to try to mitigate any weight gain from Thanksgiving?" <BR> <BR> I definitely have a plan to mitigate any weight gain. I plan on eating a healthy breakfast and snack. Then we’ll have Thanksgiving dinner so that all of those calories will not be eaten at the end of the day. I have my menu prepared for the day and it all comes from the ho... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:58:52 EST The Holidays are coming! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816344 This week for the A&I Turnkey Trotters BSG team we were asked to blog about the following questions.Are you ready for the holidays? Have you prepared your menus? Have you started shopping yet? <BR> <BR> I am getting ready for the holidays but not quite there yet. I have my menu figured out for Thanksgiving except for the dessert. I just downloaded a free Healthy Holiday Recipes booklet by the author of the FMD. Since it will just be my FIL, hubby and I for Thanksgiving I’m not going to m... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:23:21 EST October Goals Review and November Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811011 October’s Goals Recap <BR> <BR> Eating – Continue following the phases of the FMD (Fast Metabolism Diet) eating plan. I’ve been doing this for 6 months now so it is easy for me now. This was the easiest goal because now it’s become a lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Exercise – I wanted to start the Push phase of CLX over again and finish it. I didn’t do this because I accidentally cut my wrist while cutting up a vegetable over the compost container and then I caught a cold. For most of October I ju... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 23:59:19 EST Spooky Stories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807282 This week for the A&I Spooky Spiders BSG team we were asked to write a spooky bonus blog. Come up with a spooky story and put it into a blog. <BR> <BR> I don’t know about spooky but I do have two stories that are a bit scary. Both of them have to do with big spiders. <BR> <BR> The first one takes place at the college hubby and I was attending. We hadn’t been seeing each other for that long. It was summertime and the college had some metal picnic tables on cement slabs in this grassy are... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:58:12 EST 2014 Accomplishments & Hope to Accomplish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805384 This week for the Aspire & Inspire Spooky Spiders BSG team we were asked to blog about our accomplishments so far this year and what we hope to accomplish still before the end of the year. <BR> <BR> Q: Now that we're in the 4th quarter of the year what have you accomplished? <BR> A: It’s hard to believe we are in the 4th quarter of the year. This year seems to have just flown by! So what have I accomplished this year?? At the beginning of the year I had started losing weight slowly because ... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:58:25 EST Halloween Celebrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803129 This week for the A&I Spooky Spiders BSG team we were asked to answer the following questions… How do you celebrate Halloween? What sort of goodies do you give to the trick-or-treaters? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l980355638.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When we lived in the city in Colorado we used to buy lots of candy for the trick-or-treaters. We’d sometimes watch a horror movie. We used to love to go see how people decorated their houses. <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:42:22 EST Avoiding Halloween treats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799599 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 tem... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 01:17:39 EST Long Sunny Days or Short Cold Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798852 This week for the Aspire and Inspire team we were asked to blog about the question....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 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 mid 90's that I would like ... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:00:49 EST Phone calls with family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797179 As most of you know, last year hubby and I went to Colorado to visit family and friends for 2 weeks. We stayed with my mom the whole time because that's what she wanted and expected. Well, it didn't go very well because my mom is so controlling. She made a big deal because we weren't spending every waking hour with her. She ended up making me cry. It seems like that's her intent if things don't go her way. Anyway, I was over it but when we talked the time before last she brought up how ... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 02:51:35 EST September’s gone, October’s here now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792939 Summer is officially over and fall is definitely in the air. I was not ready for summer to be over but now that it has I’m beginning to get in the mood. Anyway, let’s review how September went for me. <BR> <BR> 1) Eating - My goal was to either continue going through the phases of the FMD or take a couple of weeks and do maintenance. I decided to continue with going through the phases and did well with that. I had one day where we were not at home for lunch and missed eating completely. ... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 18:48:56 EST The Healthy Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791459 I've been meaning to write this blog for a couple of days now. I've got a cold, am not feeling great, don't have energy but I still have obligations of team leadership here on SP. Anyway, my good Spark Friend/Spark Mom FloridaSun wrote the same blog I've been meaning to write. <BR> <BR> I know we are all strapped for time these days. There are NEVER enough hours in the day. Anyway, I get emails from The Food Revolution. I can't remember for sure how/when I got started with their emails ... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 02:30:18 EST Week 4 blog: Staying motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789368 This week for the A&I Autumn Leaves BSG team we were to blog about anything we wanted. Since this weeks theme was about staying motivated I though I would write a blog about it. <BR> <BR> <BR> Continuing motivation can be tough even under the best of circumstances. So how can you stay motivated when you have a to-do list that’s several pages long, you had a flat tire on your way to work, your boss yelled at you for being late to work, your co-worker deliberately tries to sabotage your heal... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:05:43 EST My hometown http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788749 An old high school friend of mine posted this video on Facebook. I wish I could have downloaded the video and then put up on here but I couldn't. Anyway, I thought I'd share it with all of you. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=XozdRY-ipbs </link> <BR> <BR> Most people think of Denver when they think of Colorado but there are many other places in Colorado that are cool too. I really miss my hometown and my family especially now that I'm going to be a great aunt ... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:09:34 EST 5% Challenge has begun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785009 So, this is my 5th or 6th time doing the 5% challenges. I really like them and really like the Teddy Bears team I'm on. I really like how this team really encourages and supports each other. This is my 4th or 5th time as a Teddy Bear. The thing that I like about these challenges is that each week we focus on a different aspect of becoming healthier. Like water, fiber, 5 servings of fruits/veggies, etc... <BR> <BR> I'm still doing the FMD. I'm finishing up my 5th month of this eating pl... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 20:39:35 EST Week 3 Blog: Favorite thing about Fall/Autumn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782705 This week for the Aspire and Inspire Autumn Leaves BSG team we were asked to blog about: What are some of your favorite things about Fall/Autumn? <BR> <BR> Some of my favorite thing about Fall/Autumn are: 1) The colors of the leaves changing different colors. <BR> <BR> 2) I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Halloween!!! <em>419</em> <em>420</em> <em>421</em> <em>422</em> <em>423</em> <em>275</em> <em>333</em> <em>424</em> <em>431</em> It really is one of my absolute favorite ho... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 03:01:04 EST Week 2 Blog: Fall Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779260 This week for the Aspire & Inspire team we were asked to blog about fall weather. 1) Are you looking forward to cooler weather? 2) What is your favorite outdoor fitness activity to do in the fall?? <BR> <BR> I can honestly say NO! No, I am not looking forward to cooler weather. Summer, this year, was so strange that I felt like we barely even had a summer. Usually I am okay with the changing temps and weather in general but this year I am most definitely not ready for fall. I’m beginnin... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:35:24 EST August Review/September Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773714 August Review <BR> <BR> Well, August wasn't a good month for me in general. I dropped a mere 2 pounds. August is usually not one of the better months out of the year for me. Yes, my birthday was last month but I also have lots of anniversaries in the month of August. Know not the happy kind of anniversaries. My grandma that helped raise my sister and I died in August several years ago. She died just 5 days before my birthday. She died from ovarian cancer and her memorial service was on... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 02:45:27 EST Me??? A size Small??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772350 As most of you know that I've banished quite a bit of fat from my body. No, I haven't lost it as in...whoops, I lost that fat/weight somewhere and need to find it. Nope, never want to find that weight/fat again!! I'm around 20ish pounds away from my goal weight. After seeing my doctor last month the dosage on a couple of my meds had to be lowered. More pills to take for one because it only comes in 5 mg or 25 mg and I have to take 20 mg. So, that's not great but the dosage is lower so tha... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 03:43:38 EST Depression and suicide http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760005 I felt like this blog needed to be done since Robin Williams' suicide. I have been terribly depressed in the past. I have been to the point where I can't see any reason for living. I have been there many times in the past. The first time was in high school when i was being bullied by these girls I knew and several other times since then. I KNOW what it's like to just want life to end!! I been through mild, moderate and severe depression many times in my 45 years. Thankfully I got help w... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:51:18 EST I'm just not in a happy place right now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755966 Well, I've been in a bit of a funk lately. I dare say a bit depressed. You see, my weight is still coming off but much slower now. I'm beginning to reassess my long term goal weight. Each week my weight is anywhere from a 0.5 lbs down to 1.5 lbs down. One week I didn't lose weight at all. I know, I know.....you're going to tell me to focus on the NSV's, how much better I'm feeling, yada yada yada yada. I KNOW that but it's just not doing it for me lately. Don't get me wrong, I'm very ... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 21:13:09 EST THIS is how I would like to look http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741179 I'm sure most of you have probably seen this since it's gone viral all over the internet but this girl is amazing!!!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/dailysp<BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=100 </link> <BR> <BR> She's my height and she weighs what I would like to weigh...100 pounds. She's not overly muscular or anything. I think she looks awesome and she's an awesome athlete!! Now I don't expect to ever be able to do what she did nor would I try, especially at 40 something... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 01:48:10 EST Trying to exercise with your pet... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738089 Trying to exercise with a pet in the room can be interesting and a bit difficult at times. My feathered puppies (a.k.a. cockatiels) had to be banned from the room I was exercising in finally because they wanted to "help" a little too much. It became too difficult to exercise while trying to make sure I didn't step on one of them while exercising. Anyway, I thought all of you who have pets might like this video. <em>334</em> <em>413</em> <em>401</em> <em>404</em> <em>239</em> ... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 19:04:22 EST Being Honest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735033 So, it's been a while since I've blogged about how I'm doing. Yes, I'm still doing the FMD and still losing weight. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Now comes the being honest part. When I finished the last 5% challenge I don't believe I lost as much as I said or thought. My scale was giving me fits. One day I'd be at one weight and the next day or two I'd be up or down as much as 10 lbs!! I kept putting off getting a new scale. I just didn't want to spend the money on it. I was finally forc... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 02:53:32 EST What is wrong with people??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728760 I think you can tell what type a person someone is by the way they treat an animal, particularly a stray. Hubby and I are both well educated and used to live someplace where education is important. Along with that most people seem to be empathetic to strays. Now that we live in a community where education is at the bottom of the list of priorities we've noticed that the people here seem to lack empathy. We live out in the woods and people are always coming out here to dump their unwanted p... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 05:01:02 EST A&I Stunning Strawberries: Staying active with hot temps outside http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726056 This week for the Stunning Strawberries A&I BSG team we were asked to blog about how we cope with the hot temperatures & still stay active? <BR> <BR> Well, that’s simple I keep the AC on when it’s hot and avoid going outside or doing outdoor activities during the hottest parts of the day. Hubby and I usually go for a walk in the late evening at the high school track. <em>342</em> I also exercise to a video 4- 5 days a week but again not when it’s really hot even if I do have the AC on.... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 02:49:26 EST A&I Stunning Strawberries: Vacation Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722958 This week for the A&I team we were to blog about our Vacation plans this summer? What type of activities are planned, any sightseeing? <BR> <BR> We hadn’t exactly planned on a vacation other than going to Illinois to visit hubby’s aunt. Those plans have changed though since she fell and broke her hip at the beginning of last month. Was home only a day, tripped over the dog’s toy and broke the leg on the same side she broke her hip. Her son from her first marriage decided to live with her... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 18:29:31 EST A&I Stunning Strawberries: Father's Day Celebrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716915 This week for the Aspire & Inspire BSG teams we were asked to blog about how will we spend Father's Day? Do we have any special plans? Write a blog about your father, special memories, etc. <BR> <BR> Well, we had planned on going down to my FIL’s house for Father’s day and maybe making him a healthy meal. Then I found out that he will not be home on Father’s day. You see, my FIL was going to take this job in Oklahoma. He was going to be running or taking care of an RV park/campground on ... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 02:39:12 EST May's Progress and June's Goals w/ Pics of progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710215 May's Progress <BR> <BR> May was a good month for me for the most part. I did my 2nd month of the Fast Metabolism Diet and ended up losing 15 pounds. I was pretty happy to be able to fit into a size 6 jeans as well! I had some tummy issues with using Stevia as a sweetener though. I read that Xylitol could do the same thing. I stopped using the stevia and started to use honey instead. It tended to upset my tummy as well for some unknow reason even though I was using very little. I did a... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 03:03:41 EST Family Reunion Trip Redux http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705708 I wrote this blog 2 years ago but at the time I hadn’t taken the pictures off of the camera yet. Also, I’ve made new friends since I wrote this blog and thought everyone might like to read it and see the pictures too. The only way to describe this trip is to say that it literally could have been made into a National Lampoon’s Vacation Movie. <BR> <BR> My husband’s 2nd cousin on his dad’s side of the family planned this reunion and had been planning this reunion for several months. They’v... Thu, 29 May 2014 03:04:28 EST A&I Motivated Marigolds Memorial Day Celebrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705431 This week for the Aspire & Inspire Buddy Support Groups Motivated Marigolds team, we were asked to blog about Memorial Day. 1) How do you celebrate Memorial Day & keep on track with healthy eating? Mother May I???? 2) What do you need to "allow" yourself to do? <BR> <BR> Well, we didn’t really celebrate Memorial Day. It was just hubby and I so we didn’t really do anything but go for our daily long walk. Other than that we just sat and talked all day. Eating healthy and staying on track w... Wed, 28 May 2014 18:33:09 EST Feedback about SP and the 5% Challenges Part II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703996 When I started the Spring 5% Challenge I had just started doing the Fast Metabolism Diet. I wasn’t sure how much weight, if any, I would lose. I did lose my 5% and much more. The biggest challenge that I faced throughout the spring 5% challenge is finding time to get on the chat thread and chatting with my fellow teddy bears. I love chatting with them and finding out what’s going on in their lives. <BR> <BR> For the Spring 5% challenge I accomplished a lot more than I expected I would! W... Tue, 27 May 2014 01:10:53 EST Feedback about SP and the 5% Challenge Part I http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703211 So for the 5% challenges last week we were asked to blog giving feedback about SP and 5% Challenge. <BR> <BR> SP has helped me in so many ways that I never even imagined. When I first joined SP I just wanted to use the tools to help me lose the weight. I wasn't interested in joining team and getting to meet people...I just wanted to do what I had to do to lose the weight. Well, SP recommended you join teams so I did. At first I didn't really interact and then I started interacting with a... Mon, 26 May 2014 01:46:57 EST Motivated Marigolds Wk3 Blog: Reflecting on my mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698901 This week for the Aspire & Inspire Motivated Marigold's BSG team we were asked to blog about our mom. 1) Reflect on your Mother, what are some ways you are alike/different. 2)What are some lessons you have learned from her that has helped you on your SP journey? <BR> <BR> Honestly, I don’t think my mom and I are anything alike. The only exception I suppose is that we both hate a dirty house. lol I like to cook and she doesn’t really enjoy cooking even though she does. I guess the only o... Tue, 20 May 2014 04:06:31 EST Fast Metabolism Diet Round 2 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696750 Well, week 3 of my 2nd round of doing the FMD is almost done. Just Saturday and Sunday left for week 3. I've had such a problem with gas and bloating since this time last month. I FINALLY have it under control and nearly gone. My weight kept fluctuating wildly for the past few weeks. One day I'd be at the weight I was when I finished my first round of the FMD and then then next day or two I'd be up 10 pounds sometimes even 20 pounds. I was getting so frustrated but I knew it had to do w... Sat, 17 May 2014 01:23:04 EST A&I Motivated Marigolds: What I want to achieve this summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696611 This week we were also asked for the Aspire & Inspire teams BSG (Buddy Support Groups) to blog about two questions. 1) What do you hope to achieve this summer? Whether it is physical, personal, weight loss etc. 2) What are you looking forward to this summer?? <BR> <BR> My answer to the first question is that I hope to achieve my goal weight or as close to it as possible. I’m still doing the Fast Metabolism Diet and have dropped 2 pants sizes! I recently bought the smallest size of jeans I’... Fri, 16 May 2014 19:58:30 EST Pics of the racoon in our backyard & pic of cousin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695385 He/ she says "Leave me alone I'm eating!" :) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1145762478.jpg"> <BR> <BR> She/he climbs over the fence to come into the yard and eat the seed. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1574537754.jpg"> <BR> He/she probably weighs at least 30 pounds. <BR> <BR> I posted something about a raccoon in our backyard on facebook and one of my friends said something about rabies. Another one said "Yikes". Really? Why is everyone... Thu, 15 May 2014 03:57:44 EST A&I Motivated Marigolds: Summer Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695376 This week for the Aspire & Inspire team we were asked to blog about two questions. 1) Do you have plans to travel anywhere or plans to go visit anyone this summer? 2) How do you plan to keep you fitness and eating right going while you travel? <BR> <BR> As for the first question, yes, my hubby and I plan to go to Illinois the summer. Hubby has an aunt and uncle in Springfield that we plan to visit. If money and time allows we plan to go on up to north-western Illinois. Hubby was born and... Thu, 15 May 2014 02:51:59 EST Fast Metabolism Diet Update April Review & May Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685443 So, as most of you know I've been doing the Fast Metabolism Diet - FMD. I completed my first round a little more than a week ago. I said goodbye to 10 pounds total. I would have loved to have lost more but I'm really happy that I got rid of 10 pounds of baggage. Not to mention all of the NSV's that I noticed too. Some of the really big NSV's were: 1) I had been having heart palpitations on and off for a while before I started the FMD and now I no longer have any! 2) Almost everyone that ... Fri, 2 May 2014 03:38:14 EST Fast Metabolism Diet and Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674725 So, I'm a little more than 3/4th's of the way through this diet. The first week I banished 5 pounds from my body. That doesn't include the 2 1/2 pounds that I gained initially. The second week I didn't lose anything and when I started my 4th day of the 3rd week I still wasn't seeing any loss. I was getting a little frustrated. However, I had lost an inch in my waist. A 1/2 inch in my hips and an inch in my arms. Oh and a 1/2 inch in my neck. So, while I was a little frustrated I knew I... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:34:34 EST Fast Metabolism Diet - Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659743 I know many of us have been on this diet or that diet. I remember back in the 80's I think there was the grapefruit diet that was suppose to be a wonder diet or something like that. Of course there was slim fast and lots of other diets or diet pills. <BR> <BR> So, I have a good spark friend/spark mom that started doing this diet with some of her other spark friends back in January. She said that she read this book called "The Fast Metabolism Diet" by Haylie Pomroy. I thought, yeah, sure... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 03:04:01 EST Women in History/ Women Empowerment Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654105 Since this is Women in History Month and Women Empowerment month. For the Aspire & Inspire Lucky Charms Team we were asked to blog about: Do you have a famous woman in history that you look up to? If so, why? Is there a woman in your life now that you look up to?? <BR> <BR> There are many famous women in history and currently still alive that I look up to. These aren't any in particular order. <BR> <BR> Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a social activist and leading figure in the early women's r... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:21:16 EST St. Patrick's Day Celebration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647257 For the Aspire & Inspire Lucky Charms team for a bonus blog we were asked to blog about whether we celebrated St. Patrick's Day or not. <BR> <BR> When we lived in the city sometimes we would go downtown and watch the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Usually you'd have to wear a jacket but if you're lucky it might be warm enough to wear a short sleeved shirt on top of a long sleeved shirt and no jacket. Colorado Springs is at a pretty high altitude and the son can be pretty intense. <BR> <BR> <... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:03:16 EST Top 5 Favorite Spring things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646618 This week for the A&I Lucky Charms team we were asked to blog about our top 5 favorite things about spring. <BR> <BR> 1) The beautiful flowers that start to bloom and the smell they give off. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l589883592.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l471886030.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2) Seeing the leaves on the trees starting to bud and awaken from their long winter nap. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:45:05 EST Report card for last week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646529 Weight: 0 lbs lost = 0.0 <BR> Water: 60 ounces out of 64 = 0.9 <BR> Eating: 2 meatless meal, 2 snacks/day, 3 freggies/day = 0.7 <BR> Exercise: 3 walks, 3 other type of cardio sessions, 3 ST sessions = 0.9 <BR> <BR> Total = 2.5 (B-) <BR> <BR> I'm doing a little better each week. I wish I would have lost weight this past week but the fact that I'm sore after doing ST means to me that I'm on the right track. My sleeping has been a little better but still not as good as I would like it to be... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 22:20:48 EST