CATLOVER110's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CATLOVER110 CATLOVER110'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/ Volunteer Recognition Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6483148 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2bbd55cc-dad7-4809-a4ee-2fdea3c2e7bc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: April 20th is Volunteer Recognition Day. Volunteer Recognition Day honors the legions of volunteers who dedicate themselves to causes and helping others, making big and small differences in people’s lives. In what ways have you volunteered your time and effort over the years? Are there ways you look forward to volunteering in t... Mon, 16 Apr 2018 21:39:18 EST National Sibling Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6481116 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e370b656-c35c-473c-8d16-6101853863c4.png"> <BR> <BR> April 10th is National Sibling Day - a day to appreciate and cherish your brothers and sisters. <BR> Do you have any siblings? Are you close to them? What are some favorite family memories you have with your brother(s) and/or sister(s)? <BR> <BR> I have a sister who is three years younger than I am. We are not particularly close, but we do have lunch together most every Sunday, along wit... Tue, 10 Apr 2018 16:44:09 EST March update and April goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6479036 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e31acc99-0fbc-41e1-a634-48b64f492e76.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here’s an update on my March and April goals. <BR> <BR> My first goal for March was to exercise at least ten minutes a day. I ended up exercising 24 days. That’s not bad, but I can do better. My goal for April will again be to exercise every day. <BR> <BR> My second goal for March was to do cardio at least 5 days a week, and to do yoga and strength training at least 3 days a week each. ... Wed, 4 Apr 2018 11:44:44 EST Easter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6477762 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b2693589-6e2a-435b-bca9-39239633a512.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: This Sunday is Easter! Write about what this holiday means to you. What Easter memories do you have? What are some Easter traditions in your family? What are your plans this year? <BR> <BR> My Easter memories from my childhood include buying a new Easter dress, going to church, dying Easter eggs, and getting an Easter basket ... Sat, 31 Mar 2018 21:58:07 EST I Am in Control Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6477339 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fdae31a3-e38b-4d05-a13a-2c173ae365a9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: March 30 is “I Am in Control Day.” Today is the day to get your life in control. It’s your day to get things in order and under control. Is there something in your life you need to take control of? Describe plans you will make to get any aspects of your life under more control. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeop... Fri, 30 Mar 2018 11:24:36 EST Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6474990 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ca5ddbd1-68c8-4838-ab56-9c95b6f8e977.png"> <BR> <BR> This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: March 20th is the official first day of spring. What are your three favorite things about this time of year? What are you looking forward to doing differently with your fitness and/or nutrition choices in the spring? <BR> <BR> My three favorite things about Spring are warmer weather, blooming flowers, and more daylight. This S... Fri, 23 Mar 2018 01:28:58 EST International Earth Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6473869 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/110f87db-8471-472f-ab7d-48eeb6b17dd0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: March 20th is International Earth Day. International Earth Day was initiated to make earth inhabitants aware of their responsibility to care for the planet. This care includes environmental and natural resources. Do you plan to celebrate International Earth Day? What are five things you can do to celebrate and help save the Ea... Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:30:40 EST Strength training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6473292 This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: This month’s theme is strength training. How important is strength training to you in your fitness routine? How often do you do strength training exercises? Share some of your favorites. <BR> <BR> I think strength training is very important. There are so many great benefits. Here are some benefits I got from an article on Everyday Health: <BR> 1. Strength training makes you stronger and fitter. <BR> 2. Strength training prote... Sun, 18 Mar 2018 00:24:03 EST March favorites http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6469988 This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: What are some things you look forward to doing this month? What are some of your favorite things about March? <BR> <BR> One of my favorite things about March is the return of Daylight Savings Time. I love having the extra hour of daylight each evening. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8790e1a5-6eff-4d44-9add-71e7d15a25fe.png"> <BR> <BR> Another thing I like about March is that Spring begins. The firs... Wed, 7 Mar 2018 15:05:35 EST February Review and March Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6468937 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/be635554-d6ed-40f6-b0f0-c58fa3b683de.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had three goals for February. My first goal was to exercise at least ten minutes a day. I did fairly well on this goal. There were six days that I didn’t exercise. My second goal was to do cardio at least 5 days a week, and to do yoga and strength training at least 3 days a week each. I didn’t do very well on that goal. My third goal was to complete the Planks and Thanks Challenge. Th... Sun, 4 Mar 2018 18:47:53 EST Love Your Pet Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6465162 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fe2abb66-2fc7-4680-9712-dd2b02477886.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: February 20th is Love Your Pet Day. Love Your Pet Day is a day to pamper your pet. People just love their pet, and today is an easy excuse to spend time with them, and to give them special treats. Whether it’s a dog, a cat, a fish, a pet snake, or your pet rock…give them lots of love and attention today. If you have a pet, do ... Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:50:23 EST Susan B. Anthony Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6463373 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9702d768-67f9-4aa8-b5ab-9aa995bb9451.jpg"> <BR> <BR> February 15 is Susan B Anthony Day - Susan B. Anthony Day is a commemorative holiday to celebrate the birth of Susan B. Anthony and women's suffrage in the United States. Do you think women take for granted the right to vote? Do you think other women should also be celebrated for giving women the right to vote? <BR> <BR> I think some people, both women and men, do take for granted the righ... Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:43:11 EST National Organ Donor Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6462785 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/43e8d8f1-5cbe-455a-bd8e-f2a0c624f054.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: February 14th is National Organ Donor Day. This day is a day to increase awareness about organ donation and the lives that can be saved. In the United States, there are more than 120,000 people waiting for a life-saving organ donation. Are you on the Organ Donor Registry list in your home state? Have you thought about being an... Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:31:31 EST National Inventor's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6462024 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3449e023-aa45-4637-81f2-0bd3b6fc1301.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: February 11th is National Inventor’s Day. What inventions are you grateful for, or what do you wish someone would invent? <BR> <BR> I’m grateful for lots of inventions, too many to name. Some of them are TV, movies, computers, cellphones, cars, various appliances, glasses & contacts, DVDs, radio, air conditioning, and musical i... Sun, 11 Feb 2018 14:22:00 EST Read in the Bathtub Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6461210 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9a5ecd64-8745-4249-bbe2-b8ce630c024e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: February 9th is Read in the Bathtub Day. Have you ever read a book in the bathtub? Why or why not? <BR> <BR> I have read many books in the bathtub! It is very relaxing. It combines two of my favorite relaxing activities. If you haven’t tried it, you should. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/... Fri, 9 Feb 2018 02:20:07 EST International Friendship Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6459666 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fe8d868f-7c5e-4d92-b6bf-0637ac8db14b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: February is International Friendship Month. What are some of the ways you can/will celebrate your friends? What are seven characteristics of a good friend? <BR> <BR> Well, for my friends here on Spark I can give support on my sparkteams, I can write on my friends’ sparkpages, I can comment on blogs, and I can send sparkgoodies.... Sun, 4 Feb 2018 22:30:33 EST January review and February goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6458607 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b6df632b-5c3c-4bb1-bde2-a6bf4e4ad805.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My goal for the past several months has been to exercise at least ten minutes a day. In January I finally did a good job with that goal. I exercised 29 out of the 31 days. My first goal for February is the same thing. I want to exercise at least ten minutes a day. <BR> <BR> My second goal has to do with the type of exercise I do. I would like to do cardio at least 5 days a week, and I ... Thu, 1 Feb 2018 23:41:30 EST International Creativity Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6456162 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/816a57f4-2ff9-42b8-b219-4ac2c98f3133.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: January is International Creativity Month. How do you like to be creative? What creativity do you admire in others? <BR> <BR> One way I like to be creative is through music. I sing in my church choir and play handbells. Another way I am creative is through journaling. I like to write, and decorate what I write. I also do ad... Fri, 26 Jan 2018 12:24:23 EST National Soup Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6455599 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/88cc866f-5f27-48f0-932a-4d28d2df763d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: January is National Soup Month. What are your favorite soups? Share a few soup recipes. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/44723e87-a549-47f9-9da4-2d809ccc1f50.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My favorite soups are chicken noodle soup, tomato soup, and potato soup. I like soup with crackers, and I especially like tomat... Wed, 24 Jan 2018 23:08:44 EST Focusing on one goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6452751 This week’s assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam is: What is one goal that you really want to focus on and why? <BR> <BR> I wrote about this in my blog about my goals for the year, but the one goal I want to focus on is to exercise at least 10 minutes a day. There are so many benefits of exercising, and I want to get into the habit of regular exercise. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b97537b6-9d18-430a-9857-27c6d0d4a2c1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So far I have a 22-... Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:56:02 EST National Get Organized Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6449955 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5fa48f50-53e7-4451-b9d1-2083aa26a77d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: January is National Get Organized Month. Are you naturally organized? If you are, what organizational tips do you have? If you aren’t, would you like to get better organized in any areas? <BR> <BR> I am becoming more and more organized the older I get. For organizing my time, I love lists and calendars. For organizing papers... Wed, 10 Jan 2018 16:48:12 EST December Review and January Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6446693 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1f6fce28-a5f6-4555-9d2f-13dfa8c0f206.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My goal for December was to exercise at least 10 minutes a day. I didn’t meet my goal, but I had a 9-day streak from the 14th to the 22nd. I also started a streak on December 27th that still continues today. <BR> <BR> My goal for January is, once again, to exercise at least 10 minutes a day. I have also joined two challenges that started on January 1st. I have been successful with cha... Wed, 3 Jan 2018 12:14:31 EST 2017 Review, 2018 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6446670 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/668a63f7-4ead-4368-b088-1af72fa54b87.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I wasn’t active on SparkPeople during the first part of 2017. I became active again during the spring. I joined some good new sparkteams, and I started working on my health and fitness. The best part of the year (fitness-wise) was the summer. I completed two challenges: Yoga with Adriene’s 31-Day Revolution, and Leslie Sansone’s Great Walk Challenge (100 days of walking). Unfortunately... Wed, 3 Jan 2018 11:30:24 EST Struggling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6444494 This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: 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> The struggle I was working on this month was regular exercise. I have been trying to exercise at least ten minutes a day, but I haven’t been consistent. The best I did thi... Fri, 29 Dec 2017 20:52:22 EST My Christmas holiday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6443789 This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: How did you spend your Christmas holiday? Tell about your day. Did it turn out the way you expected? <BR> <BR> My Christmas holiday was wonderful. It did turn out the way I expected, which was good. I spent the holiday with my parents, my aunt, my sister, and my nephew. Even though we all live in the same town, everyone stayed over at our house Christmas Eve and Christmas nights, so we spent the whole time together. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 27 Dec 2017 15:41:50 EST Christmas gatherings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6442998 This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: Do you have any holiday parties or gatherings to attend? How will you achieve success, what are your goals? What are some of the ways you can incorporate fitness/exercise into the busy holiday season? <BR> <BR> I have/had a few Christmas gatherings to attend. My goal is to treat myself, but in moderation. Just a few treats. I am trying to incorporate exercise into the holiday season by just aiming for ten minutes a day. <BR> <BR... Sun, 24 Dec 2017 17:03:48 EST Go Caroling Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6441996 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/24e1f7ce-8775-40b5-a549-c834bdfb175d.jpg"> <BR> This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: December 20 is Go Caroling Day. Have you ever gone caroling or sung in a Christmas concert? Did you enjoy it? What are some of your favorite Christmas carols? <BR> <BR> I went caroling a lot in high school and college, but I don’t think I have done it since then. I do sing in my church choir, though, and we have a Christmas concert e... Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:25:31 EST Christmas decorations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6441181 <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>447</em> <em>460</em> <BR> For the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam we are supposed to write about our Christmas decorations. I love Christmas decorations. We decorate the whole house. We have two trees, one small and one large. They are both decorated with a wide variety of ornaments. We have our stockings hung on the fireplace, and the mantle is decorated with Santa Clauses. Several tables have Christmas displays, with a nativity scene, angels, etc... Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:32:42 EST Read a New Book Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6440343 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a51cafec-8aac-43dc-8d88-70480c687537.jpg"> <BR> This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: December is Read A New Book Month. Do you like to read? What book are you reading now? What types of books do you enjoy reading? Do you have any favorites you would recommend? <BR> <BR> I love to read, always have. My favorite kind of book to read is mystery. My favorite mystery author is Sue Grafton. She has written a series of bo... Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:45:18 EST December goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6437319 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a2468980-b3f4-42af-b2eb-b2a2684f78a6.png"> <BR> <BR> My goal for November was to exercise at least ten minutes a day. I did not meet that goal. For December I would still like to exercise at least ten minutes a day. Yesterday I found this cute tracker online, and I'm going to use it to track my days of exercise from now until Christmas. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/489d6d6c-e2e6-4975-a243-eeb033ebbf73.jpg"> <BR> <B... Mon, 4 Dec 2017 09:33:15 EST "Me" time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6436189 For the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam we are supposed to blog about our ideal “me” time. I have many ways I like to relax. <BR> <BR> I like to read. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5ef612e7-2a9f-4189-9324-1a3eae94df2f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I like to soak in a hot bath. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eef27bc0-083b-4abd-8708-80391f342bc1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I like to watch TV. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/05297245-ba0a-4157-... Thu, 30 Nov 2017 17:07:33 EST Mashed Potato Puffs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6433489 For the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam we are supposed to share a Thanksgiving recipe. Here's a recipe for mashed potato puffs that I got from The Cooking Jar. <BR> <BR> INGREDIENTS <BR> • 2 cups mashed potatoes <BR> • 3 large eggs, beaten <BR> • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded <BR> • ¼ cup bacon bits <BR> • ¼ cup chives, chopped <BR> • Pepper to taste <BR> • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded <BR> <BR> INSTRUCTIONS <BR> 1. Combine mashed potatoes, eggs, cheddar cheese, bacon bits and chives <BR... Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:36:01 EST Use Less Stuff Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432903 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a2cb8253-9ddd-410f-86eb-8cfdf17b605f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was Use Less Stuff Day. For the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam, we are supposed blog about how we use less stuff. For one thing, my family had a garage sale a few weeks ago. We went through our whole house looking for things we don’t use any more. We sold a lot, and we gave all the things we didn’t sell to our church, which is having a huge garage sale as a fundraiser. In the pa... Sun, 19 Nov 2017 18:01:29 EST Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431596 This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: November 15th is Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. What are some of your favorite staples that you have in your refrigerator? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c06d26f5-fec8-4a65-abc5-9d1e65bf4066.jpg"> <BR> Even though it is not good for me, I love Diet Coke. I have been drinking it for years. I have made one positive step by switching to caffeine-free Diet Coke most of the time. Now I need to work on ... Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:56:25 EST World Kindness Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431175 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0691306a-3bd4-480f-94d2-7d202060f85c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is World Kindness Day. The world can definitely use more kindness. I don't know anything that is more important. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/73d2267e-896e-4deb-81eb-74a9aefb0d0d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have met so many kind people here on SparkPeople. I have received notes on my sparkpage, comments on my blogs, sparkgoodies, and support in my sparkteams.... Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:17:43 EST October review and November goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427969 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5bc2f738-fc98-4dd1-a5be-64ab3cb236ee.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My October goal was to exercise at least 10 minutes a day. I started off the month well, but I didn't finish the month well. My goal for November is the same, to exercise at least 10 minutes a day. I hope to get back in the habit of regular exercise. <em>311</em> <em>362</em> <em>135</em> Fri, 3 Nov 2017 23:49:48 EST Fall Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6423365 Our blog assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam is to share some fall recipes. I decided to look for some new ones, so I haven't tried any of these yet. I associate apples with fall, so I looked on Pinterest for apple recipes, and these looked interesting. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/53406dd4-2dee-4b7c-896f-ac597ccb35b3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Cinnamon Apple Chips <BR> Prep Time - 15 mins <BR> Cook Time - 2 hr 30 mins <BR> Total Time - 2 hr 45 mins <BR> Ser... Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:47:59 EST Halloween Candy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422777 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2d99ac01-a8f4-4f6f-af89-612ed6695a72.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These are our blog questions for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: Do you indulge in any Halloween treats? If so, what are your favorites? If not, what do you do to avoid them? <BR> <BR> I like candy. My favorite Halloween treat is candy corn. It has to be Brach's, though, or it's not good. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/647d2be9-b92b-49f7-92c6-ea083def5a57... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:59:32 EST Breast cancer walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421611 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/12d599b7-1a8e-446a-babc-7dba5906f54d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I did a breast cancer walk. My mother and I and our neighbor and her daughter all walked it together. Our neighbor is a breast cancer survivor. The walk was a fundraiser put on by our local hospital to help breast cancer patients who can’t afford treatment. It was a nice day, and a lot of people came out and walked. Here is a picture of the fountain they dyed pink in h... Sun, 15 Oct 2017 07:05:19 EST Pet Peeves http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420366 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c8705f2e-905e-4db2-96bb-b1cdb0bfdbda.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: <BR> The second week in October is Pet Peeve Week. A pet peeve is a minor irritation or stressor that an individual identifies as particularly annoying to him or her. A key aspect of a pet peeve is that it seems to be acceptable to others. This is your time to unleash! What are your top 5 pet peeves and why do they bother you? ... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:32:26 EST September review and October goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6417593 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7ea448c5-efc3-4eba-8ece-a03564cf4d74.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In August I had stopped exercising altogether, so my September goal was to exercise at least four days a week. I was halfway successful -- I met my goal two out of four weeks. I think maybe I was making it too much of an option whether or not to exercise. So I'm changing my tactic this month and aiming to exercise every day for at least ten minutes. Hopefully I'll start a good exercise s... Tue, 3 Oct 2017 08:29:18 EST Positivity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412743 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/36e15087-6b9b-44c4-b2cf-0400da33757e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our blog assignment for the Aspire and Inspire team this week is to answer this question: With all the negative things going on in the world today, how are you keeping positivity in your life? Here are my ideas. <BR> <BR> -Don’t worry about or anticipate negative things. I just heard a quote from Emily P. Freeman that says, “I can’t prevent storms from coming, but I can decide not to inv... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:05:57 EST Healthy Aging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410401 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d899837b-26c6-4f48-aa00-f1a9d714cd45.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For the Aspire and Inspire team we are supposed to write a blog this week about tips you would give someone to stay healthy as you age. Here are mine: <BR> <BR> 1. Eat healthy foods. <BR> 2. Drink lots of water. <BR> 3. Exercise. Do cardio, strength training, and stretching. Work on your balance, too. <BR> 4. Get enough sleep every night. <BR> 5. Listen to your body. <BR> 6. Get re... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:36:47 EST August review and September goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408115 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/28be3451-3858-4884-92f7-ccddf1a7916f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I started off August with a bang, finishing my 100 day walking challenge. After that, though, I fell into a slump and quit exercising altogether. I’m not sure what my problem has been, but I have not been feeling at all motivated. For September I want to start exercising again. My goal is to exercise at least four days a week. I hope I can do it! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.s... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 23:37:26 EST Finished The Great Walk Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6396408 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/18d5dac9-ab50-4f99-9041-1c1dbda61fe4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I finished The Great Walk Challenge from Leslie Sansone. The goal was to walk at least a mile a day for 100 days. I did that, and ended up walking 177.7 miles all total. It was a great challenge to get me into the habit of walking, and I'm proud of myself for doing it! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d0583f54-ca15-4f68-9f75-796890fbc060.jpg"> Sat, 5 Aug 2017 18:25:24 EST Yoga Revolution with Adrienne http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387040 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/28da7910-2251-409e-b681-dfcc249c6e3d.png"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/df6db7af-7695-4d73-9e51-d854f7ba05c6.png"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I finished the 31 days of Yoga Revolution with Adrienne on YouTube. If you're looking for a yoga series, I would definitely recommend this. Adrienne is really personable, and her directions are clear and easy to follow. I'm definitely a beginner, and I was able to understand ev... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 18:26:09 EST 30 Day Gratitude Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377458 A month ago I joined the 30 Day Gratitude Challenge sparkteam. The first day you write 3 things you are grateful for, then every day after that you add one thing to the list. I finished the 30 days today. It was a nice experience expressing my gratitude each morning, and I also enjoyed seeing what other people are grateful for. Here is my final list (in no particular order): <BR> <BR> I am grateful for: <BR> 1. My parents <BR> 2. My sister <BR> 3. My nephew <BR> 4. My aunt <BR> 5. M... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:15:42 EST Great Walk Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6372114 I have been doing Leslie Sansone's Great Walk Challenge. The goal is to walk at least a mile a day for 100 days. Yesterday I finished the first page of the tracking sheets. I have walked 60.4 miles in the first six weeks of the challenge. Forty-two days completed! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4a8de20c-d337-4d32-9315-9e673aac88de.jpg"> Wed, 7 Jun 2017 11:58:58 EST Summer Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6368144 This week’s assignment for the Aspire and Inspire team is to write about our summer goals. I am focusing on fitness right now. This month I got a 1,000 fitness minutes award from SparkPeople, and I would like to continue to do that during the summer months. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ab055f78-fb65-4467-8dbb-f3f7fe229d64.png"> <BR> <BR> Another goal that I have is to finish Leslie Sansone’s Great Walk Challenge. The challenge is to walk at least a mile every day ... Mon, 29 May 2017 14:53:44 EST Outdoor activities, plus my exercise progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363827 This week's assignment for the Aspire and Inspire team is to blog about what outdoor activities we like to do in May. <em>67</em> I like to walk outside. <em>311</em> I usually walk around my neighborhood or nearby neighborhoods. I like seeing the houses and yards. <em>436</em> I like hearing the birds sing and seeing the flowers bloom. <em>586</em> <em>87</em> I like seeing the dogs and cats. <em>338</em> <em>240</em> I've even made friends with a few of the neighbo... Fri, 19 May 2017 06:25:56 EST