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/ Colorful Colorado http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953140 This week for the Aspire & Inspire Buddy Support Group Rapid Runners team we're to blog about anything we want. <BR> <BR> I was born and raised in Colorado. I lived in Colorado for over 30 years. While it's very beautiful where I'm in southern Missouri on the edge of Mark Twain National Forest, my heart belongs to Colorado. There are so many beautiful places to visit; many hiking, biking, walking trails. Of course there's always skiing in the winter time. <em>41</em> I decided for my ... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 04:21:50 EST Celebrating Father's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948784 This week for the Aspire & Inspire Rapid Runners we were asked to blog about how we will spend Father's Day? Do you have any special plans? <BR> <BR> For Father’s Day we called and talk to my FIL. I imagine that my BIL and his girlfriend or hubby’s nephew will probably have him over. However, I’ll probably invite him to come over some day this coming week or maybe we’ll bring some food down to his house. I’ll also be thinking about my dad and wishing he were still alive. It’s... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 19:44:35 EST A day's worth of Healthy Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945026 This week for the A&I Rapid Runners team we're to post a blog containing a complete healthy meal plan for at least one full day, including recipes. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> Buckwheat Flapjacks and Easy Blackberry Sauce <BR> Prep Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes Serves: 2 <BR> <BR> 1 Cup buckwheat flour <BR> 2 teaspoons baking powder <BR> 1 teaspoon cinnamon <BR> ½ teaspoon stevia, plus a pinch for the blackberry sauce <BR> 1 egg white, beaten <BR> 1 Cup unsweetened rice milk <BR... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 14:17:52 EST Making yourself a priority http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942645 This week for the A&I team we were asked to make a blog about 5 ways we make ourselves a priority. I think most, if not all of us, are guilty of not making ourselves a priority. We probably wouldn't be overweight if we did make ourselves a priority. Most of ust think about taking care of others first and then putting ourselves last on the list. <BR> <BR> So, the first thing we have to do is decide that it's essential to our health and overall well-being that we make ourselves a priority.... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 23:39:24 EST May's Review and June's Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940009 Ugh! May wasn’t a great month for me. First, hubby accidentally dislocated several of my ribs. My bones are not very dense so I’m lucky that they didn’t break. We were hugging and hubby had his arms around my torso and went to lift me up like he’s done hundreds of times before when we both heard at least 3 distinct pops. He thought he’d popped my back but it felt like it was my ribs. I didn’t have any pain until about a half hour later though; although I was a bit lightheaded... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 05:30:01 EST How to have fun w/out spending any money http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934922 This week for the Aspire & Inspire Buddy Support Group Radiant Roses team we were asked to do a bonus blog. List ways you have fun without spending any money and/or what helps you when you would rather procrastinate? <BR> <BR> When we were kids we could always find ways to have fun. There are many ways to have fun without spending money. <BR> <BR> • Playing a board game or cards <BR> • Going for a walk <BR> • Throwing a ball or Frisbee back and forth with someone <BR> • Going ... Wed, 27 May 2015 02:23:13 EST Memorial Day Celebrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933662 How will you celebrate Memorial Day? Does it carry any particular special meaning for you? <BR> <BR> We don’t usually do much of anything for Memorial Day. If we lived in Colorado still we might get together with family for a picnic or barbeque. My FIL is in Illinois helping his sister and her husband. They are both blind and need some work done on their house. Otherwise I might have invited my FIL over for dinner with us. <BR> <BR> Memorial Day is a time to remember our military and ... Sun, 24 May 2015 21:38:12 EST Summer Travel Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931755 This week for the A&I Buddy Support Group Challenge we're to blog about our summer travel plans. 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> We have plans to possibly go to San Diego at the beginning of August. My cousin will be turning 50 and he wants all of the family to get together. I haven't seen my cousin since I was in grade school nor his sister. I’m ... Thu, 21 May 2015 03:10:08 EST Memories of mom and things I learned from her http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927842 This week for the Aspire & Inspire Motivated Marigold's Buddy Support Group team we were asked to blog about our mom. Blog about your Mother, Grandmother, or other important female in your life – What is the most memorable memory you have of your mother, what habits/traits have you picked up from your Mother, and/or what you have learned from your Mother. <BR> <BR> I have lots of memorable memories of my mom. I think the one thing that stands out to me is that she is/was a hard worker. ... Thu, 14 May 2015 02:28:19 EST Mother's Day Celebrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924038 This week for the Aspire & Inspire team we were asked to write a bonus blog for our Buddy Support Groups about Mother's Day Celebrations. Do you have anything special planned to celebrate Mother's Day? <BR> <BR> Since my mom lives in another state I don't have anything special planned for Mother's Day. I don't have any children either. I have already sent her a card for Mother's Day and I'll probably call her to wish her a happy Mother's Day. Our relationship is a bit strained so I'm alw... Thu, 7 May 2015 03:41:04 EST So long April; Glad to see you May http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923435 April was not the best month for me but not the worst either. I started out the month with a bad kidney infection and was on antibiotics for 2 weeks for it. Unfortunately I developed a yeast infection in my mouth due to the antibiotics for the kidney infection and had to take an antibiotic for it for a few days as well. Plus, my dad would have been 77 on April 1. While we weren’t very close I still miss him and think about him especially on his birthday. <BR> <BR> I finished making the... Wed, 6 May 2015 02:25:20 EST Body acceptance can be hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921930 My SparkFriend IMIN2GENES posted this blog and I had to share the topic of it with you. If you do nothing else today you really need to watch this video. Not just the news video but also the video the personal trainer put together further down on the page. <BR> <BR> <link>www.aol.com/article/2015/04/22/youtu<BR>be-fitness-star-declares-finally-got-m<BR>y-perfect-body-sho/21175239/?icid=main<BR>g-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl12%7Csec1_lnk2%26p<BR>Lid%3D1231528768 </link> <BR> <BR> Here is a link ... Sun, 3 May 2015 18:12:24 EST Update on Aunt J http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919309 Hubby talked to his Aunt J yesterday after she went to see the oncologist for the results of her biopsies. The news was really good. She is in Stage I the very early stages of lung cancer. It was kind of a fluke that they found it so early. The oncologist said that the tumors were really small and that he advised to just do radiation treatment and nothing else since they are so small. She decided to just do that instead of going to L.A. with my hubby because it is in the early stages. H... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 20:51:41 EST How can some people be so mean?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918276 My hubby's Aunt J, on his dad's side, was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. It's the #1 killer here in the states and the cure rate is pretty low. Aunt J and her husband, Uncle M are both blind. She's been blind from a young age due to a genetic cancerous eye disease called retinoblastoma. Aunt J's husband slowly lost his eye sight over the years and within the past year or two became completely blind due to several eye diseases. Aunt J had two biopsies, one in each lung and each time... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 02:04:20 EST April Showers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914296 This week’s Aspire and Inspire BSG blog challenge is to write about our blessing. Showers of Blessings...what are some things that bless you? How do you overcome indulging in Easter treats? <BR> <BR> I have so many blessings that it’s hard to not go overboard in naming all of them. I suppose I’ll limit them to just ten and in no particular order. <BR> <BR> 1.) First and foremost I’d have to say that I’m blessed to have a husband that I love and care for more than words can say. ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 02:53:12 EST First Quarter of the Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911562 This weeks Aspire and Inspire BSG blog challenge we could do a bonus blog: We're already a quarter of the way through 2015. Blog about your progress in 2015 and changes, if any, you've made this year. Are the changes helping? If not, will you be making further changes for the rest of the year? <BR> <BR> So far this year I've taken off 4 lbs. While that may not seem like a lot to some I am now a little more than 10 lbs away from my goal weight. <em>104</em> This means that taking off ... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 03:39:57 EST Being Positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911559 This weeks Aspire and Inspire BSG blog challenge is to write about being positive. How do you make positivity part of your Spark journey? How do you overcome negative thoughts and turn them into positive ones? <BR> <BR> Being positive can be hard at times especially when it seems like obstacles keep popping up on your journey towards getting healthier. 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 o... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 03:23:40 EST Easter memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907246 This week for the Aspire & Inspire team we're to write a blog about what Easter means to you, how you celebrate it, your favorite memory. <BR> <BR> Easter has many different meanings to me. It means spending time with family. It means having fun and brings back memories of celebrating Easter from my childhood. If my MIL were still alive I’m sure she’d have a big Easter dinner and have as many family members over as could come. She’d probably have a few church members over too that... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 18:39:09 EST Glad to see March go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906064 March wasn’t the best month I’ve ever had but not the worst either. Last month after doing the D-Burn in February I found out that I cannot consume so much liquid. With each of the Burn Plans from Haylie Pomroy’s “The Burn” book, you are supposed to drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day. You are also supposed to have a breakfast smoothie. The smoothies have different ingredients depending on which plan you choose to do. You are also supposed to consume a homem... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 21:56:48 EST St. Patty's Day Celebrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894353 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... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 02:00:25 EST Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891497 Spring is just around the corner. What are 5 things you look forward to in the spring? Does Spring switch up your routine? If so, how? <BR> <BR> 5 Things I look forward to in the spring not in any particular order <BR> <BR> 1) Being outdoors more. We live on the edge of the Mark Twain National Forest and have lots of wildlife around us. I love to just sit on the patio and watch nature all around me. If you pay attention you’ll see that all animals have their own personality. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 02:58:33 EST Goodbye February, Hello March http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887874 February Review <BR> Well February was yet another month of losing only one pound. I’m not exactly happy about this but it’s not like I’m not trying. I tried the D-Burn from Haylie Pomroy’s newest book The Burn. As most of you know I’ve been doing The Fast Metabolism Diet (FMD for short), by Haylie Pomroy, for almost a year now. I’ve taken off 40 lbs now and am very happy about that. I’m still losing but very, very slowly. So here is how February went. <BR> <BR> Eating – I ate accordin... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 02:47:17 EST Adding more cardio into your day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884445 For the A&I team this month 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> This month since I did the D-Burn from Haylie Pomroy’s newest book ... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:21:08 EST The D-Burn results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879708 So, last week I did the D-Burn. I had my doubts/reservations that any of it would help my digestion but I went in with an open mind thinking that it couldn't hurt to give it a try. <BR> <BR> First, the tea I made was for drinking with all 3 meals and for all 5 days. It calls for <BR> <BR> 10 teaspoons of cinnamon <BR> 1 (5-inch) piece of ginger peeled and cut into chunks <BR> 10 tea bags of peppermint tea <BR> 10 tea bags of licorice tea <BR> 6 Tablespoons of flaxseeds <BR> 18 cups of wat... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 01:55:57 EST Cardio, cardio, cardio...there are so many types. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878951 For the A&I BSG Happy Hearts team we were asked to blog about cardio. This month is all about cardio. Blog about five forms of cardio exercise. What is your favorite form of cardio exercise and why? What is your least favorite form of cardio exercise and why? <BR> <BR> My five favorite forms of cardio are: <BR> Walking – You can do it anywhere and at anytime of the day. You can do it outside, inside on a treadmill, inside around your house, inside to a walking video, walk your dog, or even... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:09:39 EST Valentine's Day Memories/Celebrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874744 This week for the A&I BSG Challenges we’re to blog about Valentine’s Day. Do you celebrate Valentine's Day? If so, how and what is your favorite Valentine's Day memory and/or Valentine's Day gift? <BR> <BR> No, I don’t really celebrate it. Hubby isn’t very good at thinking about things I might want or thinking about taking me out to eat. He used to give me stuffed animals for Valentine’s Day but you can only have so many stuffed animals. I finally told him if he can’t think of anything t... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 21:33:35 EST January's Goals Review and February's Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870321 Review of January’s goals <BR> <BR> Eating – My goal was to continue following the phases of the FMD eating plan. Once I receive Haylie Pomroy’s new book that I won last month, I plan on deciding which of the 3 burn eating plans I want to do and then get everything I need to do it. I’d like to do all 3 of them this month but will see how easy/hard to find the things are that I need to follow them and the cost as well. I did continue following the FMD eating plan. I did buy most of what I ne... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 21:48:22 EST The Burns http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865658 This week for the A&I team we were asked to just blog about anything we wanted. <BR> <BR> I decided to blog about Haylie Pomroy’s latest book called The Burn. As most or all of you know, I’ve been doing The Fast Metabolism Diet for almost a year now. I’ve taken off 36 lbs and know how to eat better now. Well, my weight has plateaued and I haven’t really been able to take off anymore weight for the last several months. I had gained a little bit over the holidays but then at the beginning... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:55:45 EST Resolutions or Goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858418 This week for the A&I Penguins BSG team we were asked to blog about Resolutions or goals? Do you make any resolutions? If so, how do you intend to keep them? In your blog, make a commitment to make goals rather than making resolutions. <BR> <BR> I make goals and not resolutions. I think that by making resolutions rather than goals you set yourself up for failure. I have a big goal for the year and then smaller goals for each month. I have committed to eating according to the Fast Metabol... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:42:47 EST Successful 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854752 This week for the A&I Penguins BSG team we were asked to blog about: What successful or non-successful things did you do last year? What, if anything, will you do the same or differently this year to achieve your 2015 goals? <BR> <BR> The most successful thing I did last year was to try The Fast Metabolism Diet. There are a couple of things different that I want to try. One is essential oils and the second is doing each of the 3 burns that are in Haylie Pomroy’s newest book that I won. Ess... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 02:01:29 EST Review of 2014 & Goals for 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848860 Review of 2014: <BR> I did better this year than any other year that I’ve been on SP. <BR> <BR> 1) I finally found a doctor who will listen to me and will sometimes realize I know more about my medical condition(s) than she does. <BR> 2) My new doctor got my thyroid meds and levels where they should be which helped me get the ball rolling with my weight loss. <BR> 3) I found an eating plan, The Fast Metabolism Diet (not really a diet), that works for me. I never feel/felt deprived. I’m so ... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 18:36:10 EST Review of December & January Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847367 Review of December <BR> <BR> Eating – I had planned on eating according to the FMD all month like I usually do and that wasn’t a problem except for a couple of days towards the end of the month I did buy canned soup and crackers. I got sick and just didn’t have the energy to make something. Was it the healthiest thing to do? No, nor was it very filling. I should always make sure I have something in the freezer I guess that I can heat up or something that’s quick/easy to fix in case I get ... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 07:22:27 EST Challenges and plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841489 This week for the A&I Magic Mistletoes BSG team we were asked to write a bonus blog about our challenges this month and plans for the future. Specifically, blog about working on your struggle this month, how did it go? Did you learn anything helpful about you or your struggle to help you in the future? Blog about your plans for the coming year! Do you have a plan B?? How do you plan to handle setbacks? <BR> <BR> December has been a difficult month to stay on track with exercising. I was ... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 19:57:25 EST Christmas day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840192 This week for the Aspire & Inspire Magic Mistletoes BSG team we're to blog about the following questions... What does the Christmas season mean to you? How did you spend your Christmas holiday? <BR> <BR> The Christmas Season means being with family or loved ones if possible. I know when we were kids credit cards were unheard of. They might have existed but very few people had them. My parents certainly didn’t have them and thus they either saved or put on lay away Christmas presents. We... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 22:27:51 EST 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