CATLOVER110's SparkPeople Blog CATLOVER110's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Positivity <img src=""> <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 <img src=""> <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 <img src=""> <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 <img src=""> <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=""> Sat, 5 Aug 2017 18:25:24 EST Yoga Revolution with Adrienne <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <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 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 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=""> Wed, 7 Jun 2017 11:58:58 EST Summer Goals 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=""> <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 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 Mother's Day, plus fitness progress This week for the Aspire and Inspire team challenge we are supposed to tell what qualities we admire in a mother. Number one would be love. That’s the most important thing. Then next I would choose kindness, patience, and supportiveness (is that a word?). I think those are very important qualities for a mother. I’m not a mother myself, but I would hope to have those qualities if I were a mother. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 9 May 2017 23:54:51 EST April progress, May goals In April I went from not exercising at all to exercising every day starting on the 14th. I'm proud of myself for restarting my exercise habit. <BR> <BR> I started Leslie Sansone's Great Walk Challenge. The challenge is to walk at least a mile every day for 100 days. I'm on day 7 today. So my goal for May is to keep up with this challenge daily. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> My other goals for May are to do strength training at least 3 days a week, and to do yoga at least 3 days a week. <e... Tue, 2 May 2017 13:30:57 EST Week 2 of being back on SparkPeople I've been back on SparkPeople for two weeks now. I have exercised for 10 or more minutes every day (which was my goal). My new goal is to walk at least a mile every day. I just found out about Leslie Sansone's Great Walk Challenge, and I'm late joining it, but I'm going to do it. The challenge is to walk at least a mile every day for 100 days. I printed out the tracking chart, and tracked my first mile today. I've even planned three ways to do it: I can walk outside, walk on the treadmi... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:33:19 EST I've been back for a week I've been back on SparkPeople for a week now. My current goal is to exercise for at least ten minutes a day. I joined the Find 10 Challenge, and I have exercised for ten or more minutes every day. So far, so good! <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:45:14 EST Daily Spark video This Daily Spark video totally made me cry! I hope you watch it. <BR> <link><BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=153#comments </link> Sun, 16 Apr 2017 05:53:22 EST Day 1 of 100 Days of Weight Loss I'm on a SparkTeam that is doing a book study of 100 Days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle. Today is Day 1. We are supposed to write out any negative behaviors that have hurt our weight loss success in the past, then say that those were in the past and tell how we are now instead. Then you keep reading these statements daily as a kind of affirmation of who you are now. These are the sentences I came up with: <BR> <BR> 1. I used to not exercise, but now I exercise on a consistent basis. <... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 08:55:37 EST Habits I've been thinking about habits recently. Several times in the past few days I've heard that it takes 21 days to make a habit. This has made me think about habits both good and bad. I have bad habits I'd like to break, and good habits I'd like to form. I looked on my Fitness board on Pinterest, and found many things related to habits which I thought I would share. I hope you find them as interesting as I do! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 5 Jul 2015 06:46:31 EST My "current" status was set 430 days ago! My goodness, I knew I hadn't been on SparkPeople in a while, but I didn't know it had been 430 days! I would like to get back to healthier living, and SP is a big part of that. It is always good motivation for me. My goals for this week are simple since I'm just getting started again. I want to exercise for at least 10 minutes per day, and spend time on SP every day. Wish me luck! I am glad to be back on SparkPeople! Sun, 14 Jun 2015 23:58:15 EST SMART Goals for BLC24 Our assignment for BLC24 is to come up with some SMART goals. SMART goals are Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. I want to keep working on some of the things I started working on at the beginning of January. My three SMART goals will be: <BR> 1) Exercise at least 10 minutes per day. <BR> 2) Drink 8 glasses of water per day. <BR> 3) Track my food every day. <BR> <BR> We're also supposed to come up with a reward system, but I haven't figured that part out yet. I've n... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:42:34 EST The Writing Diet Chapter 14: Tabloid Thin This chapter of The Writing Diet asks us to look at and think about "ideal" body images. As an assignment, it suggests cutting out magazine pictures of bodies that you like, bodies that "speak to you of feminine beauty". Since I'm doing this online, I decided to look at my Pinterest board for pictures that I like. I often pin quotes, etc. that also have pictures on them. As I looked through things that I pinned because of the words, I realized that many of the pictures were not actually w... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 17:46:20 EST Excited for 2014! I am feeling excited about 2014! I've been working on goals and resolutions, and it has made me really optimistic about the new year. <BR> <BR> Here are my plans for the first two weeks of January: <BR> 1) Exercise at least 10 minutes every day. <BR> 2) Drink my water daily. <BR> 3) Record everything I eat in my food journal. <BR> 4) Continue reading and blogging about The Writing Diet. <BR> 5) Join in with my new book discussion group for 100 Days of Weight Loss, and do the daily tasks. ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 06:03:50 EST Sharing an article from a Sparkfriend My sparkfriend 123BITES4ME shared this article, and I wanted to pass it along, too! <BR> <BR> Great idea: Tell others about your gratitudes <BR> <BR> On Thursday here in America, we are celebrating one of our <BR> national holidays, Thanksgiving Day. For many people, it’s <BR> day to get together with family and share traditional meals <BR> such as turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. <BR> <BR> But the original intention of Thanksgiving was to encourage <BR> us to remember and cel... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 11:47:18 EST The Writing Diet Chapter 9: The Snack Attack This chapter asks us to examine snack attacks and describe a typical one. I don't know that I have a "typical" snack attack. When I do snack, it is on the evenings and weekends, because I'm not allowed to snack at work. I snack for many different reasons, as discussed in my previous blog about chapter 6. I snack on many different kinds of foods. Sometimes I want something salty, like crackers; sometimes I want something smooth, like cheese; and sometimes I want something sweet, like choc... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 22:23:58 EST The Writing Diet Chapter 6: HALT This chapter of the book talks about the acronym HALT. HALT stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired. These are things to watch out for. We tend to overeat when we get too hungry, angry, lonely, or tired. I've actually heard this before, but it's something I need to keep in mind. I think all four of these apply to me at different times. These feelings can definitely lead to overeating. <BR> <BR> I can also think of two more things that can make me overeat: boredom and distraction. Some... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 15:50:40 EST The Writing Diet Chapter 4: The Four Questions In Chapter 4 of The Writing Diet the author presents four questions to use when facing a "snack attack". These are the four questions: <BR> 1) Am I hungry? <BR> 2) Is this what I feel like eating? <BR> 3) Is this what I feel like eating now? <BR> 4) Is there something else that I could eat instead? <BR> <BR> The first question is a biggie for me. I often eat when I'm not hungry. I might be bored or tired or stressed or some other emotion, but not actually hungry. I should ask myself this... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 11:07:48 EST My new book - The Writing Diet A few days ago I got a book called The Writing Diet. The author is Julia Cameron. I am really enjoying the book. It teaches you how to use writing to explore your emotions, and help you to stop emotional eating. I've only read the first three chapters so far, but it has already been helpful to me. One thing it advises you to do is to keep a food journal to record everything that you eat, how you feel when you eat, and how you feel when you are tempted to eat. I am going to go out today ... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 12:18:56 EST Exercise calendar One of my goals for this week was to make some kind of chart or calendar to record my exercise and nutrition on. I was searching the internet looking for ideas and found this calendar: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm going to start using this. It's undated, so I can use it over and over again. I really like the title, too. Right now I'm mostly focusing on exercising and drinking water, so I'm going to use this calendar to record the... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 23:05:53 EST Goals for this week These are my goals for this week: <BR> 1) Exercise at least 3 times. I'm still getting over being sick, so whether I exercise more depends on how I feel. <BR> 2) Drink at least 4 glasses of water each day. (I'm slowly working up to 8 glasses a day.) <BR> 3) Plan my meals and snacks ahead of time, and follow through on my plans. <BR> 4) Go to the gym and sign up for a personal trainer. <BR> 5) Make some kind of chart or calendar or something to record my exercise and nutrition on. <BR>... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 23:15:33 EST Blogging I just went back and read all my blogs starting from the time I joined SP. I enjoyed reading them. I used to blog on a pretty regular basis, but I haven't done it regularly for a long time now. I would like to start doing it again. I think it helped me, and I don't really know why I stopped doing it. It was nice to read where I have been in the past, and I wish I had kept up the blogging all this time. So, anyway, I think I'll try to start doing it again now. <BR> <BR> My current sit... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 23:13:19 EST 5 years from now For our BLC22 challenge we are supposed to imagine what our life will be like five years from now. In five years I will be at my goal weight/size, and I will not be embarrassed about how my body looks. I will be fit and healthy, because of both diet and exercise. I will habitually drink a lot of water and eat healthy food. I will exercise almost daily, and my exercise will include (at least) walking, running, strength training, yoga, hula hooping, and swimming. I will also do 5k races on... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 23:26:04 EST BLC22 - Imagine you've met one goal For this week's BLC challenge we are supposed to imagine that we've met one of our goals that we set for BLC22. One of my goals is to drink 8 glasses of water per day. If I met this goal I would be very proud of myself. It would be a great accomplishment because of all of the benefits of drinking water. It would also mean that I am drinking less Diet Coke, which would be good, too. Meeting this goal would also mean that it had become a habit, which is what I want it to be. I want it to ... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 22:54:29 EST Goals for BLC22 For my BLC22 team, the Fabulous Feisty Foxes, we're supposed to come up with four goals for the 12 weeks of BLC22. These are my four goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Be a "streaker". That means exercising at least 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week. <BR> 2. Drink 8 glasses of water a day. <BR> 3. Post daily on the team chat thread. <BR> 4. Lose 10 pounds. <BR> <BR> I think these goals are challenging, but achievable. Wed, 5 Jun 2013 15:47:47 EST ABC's of Me for BLC21 A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition push you? yes <BR> B is for BLC rounds... Newbie?(first BLC round) Oldie?(1-3 rounds) Goldie?(long time BLCer)? Former BLC team(s)? oldie <BR> C is for have? none (but I have 23 children as students!) <BR> D is for DOWNFALL...what's you're biggest temptation? sweets <BR> E is for EARLY Bird or Night Owl? night owl <BR> F is for FURRY have? one cat <BR> G is for GROCERIES...what do you fill your cart with? easy, convenie... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 00:10:49 EST Halfway through BLC20 We are halfway through BLC20, and I have not been doing very well on reaching my goals for the challenge. <BR> <BR> My exercise goal was to be a streaker, which means exercising at least 20 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week. I started off strong, but it didn't last very long. I haven't come close to exercising five days a week. I definitely need to exercise more. <BR> <BR> My water goal was to work up to drinking 8 glasses a day. I am drinking more water than I used to, but I am not... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 20:54:48 EST Goals for BLC20 I have three main goals for BLC20. I made one goal for each of three categories: <BR> <BR> My exercise goal is to be a streaker, which means you exercise for at least 20 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week. Right now I don't exercise that many days per week. <BR> <BR> My water goal is to work up to drinking 8 glasses a day, which I don't currently do. <BR> <BR> My nutrition goal is to continue to increase the amount of freggies I eat (which is hard for me because I don't like a lot o... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 22:34:35 EST ABC's of Me for BLC20 A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition push you? yes <BR> B is for BLC rounds... Newbie?(first BLC round) Oldie?(1-3 rounds) Goldie?(long time BLCer)? Former BLC team(s)? oldie <BR> C is for have? none of my own, but 23 students every day! <BR> D is for DOWNFALL...what's you're biggest temptation? chocolate <BR> E is for EARLY Bird or Night Owl? night owl <BR> F is for FURRY have? one cat <BR> G is for GROCERIES...what do you fill your cart with? things th... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 20:23:58 EST ABC's of Me for BLC19 A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition push you? Yes <BR> B is for BLC rounds... Newbie?(first BLC round) Oldie?(1-3 rounds) Goldie?(long time BLCer)? Former BLC team(s)? Newbie <BR> C is for have? None of my own, but I'm a teacher, so I have 21 kids daily. <BR> D is for DOWNFALL...what's you're biggest temptation? sweets <BR> E is for EXCUSE...what is your most famous? How can we help you overcome it? "I'm too tired" is my most famous excuse. Overcoming it? Ju... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 04:45:57 EST REVOLUTION 100 Day Challenge--Days 1 & 2 I have joined the REVOLUTION 100 Day Challenge. Along with working on my healthy eating and exercising, these are the goals for the first ten days: <BR> <BR> Readiness: You are starting a new journey of health and self-discovery. Be you, be healthy, be kind, be beautiful, be strong. Gather your weapons and prepare for battle. <BR> <BR> Day 1 Weigh in/Clean out pantry & refrigerator <BR> Day 2 List reasons you have given up before <BR> Day 3 List reasons you will not give up this time <BR> ... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 23:44:00 EST last week's, this week's goals I did fairly well on last week's goals, but not as well as I wanted to. I started off great, but did worse near the end of the week. Somehow it seems easier to meet my goals on weekdays, when I have to spend most of my day at work. I have so much freedom and unstructured time on the weekends that I tend to waste it rather than do what I need to do. I want to work on how I spend my time on the weekends. I also want to make some kind of visual reminder or record or something to look at dai... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 23:53:10 EST I'm setting specific goals for this week I've been kind of slack lately on goal-setting. This past week, though, I've been reading a couple of books about it, and I am feeling inspired to make more specific goals and follow through with them. I'm working on goals for different lengths of time, but one thing I want to focus on here is weekly goals. A week seems like a "doable" length of time, yet it's still long enough to feel like I've really accomplished something. So here are my exercise, nutrition, and sleep goals for this we... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:39:37 EST Remember that exercise boosts your mood, makes you feel better I was feeling kind of tired and dull a little earlier today. All I wanted to do was sit and watch TV and rest. I let my boyfriend talk me into going for a walk. We went outside and walked two miles. We got back a little while ago, and I feel so much better! Why can't I remember that? I know in my head that exercise will usually make me feel better, but in the moment it's so hard to make myself do it. I'm grateful to my boyfriend for getting me to do it today. I need to be able to do ... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 19:06:06 EST Last day of the blog challenge I'm proud of myself for blogging six out of the seven days of the blog challenge! I would have made all seven days, but last night I fell asleep on the sofa while I was watching TV. So instead of blogging, I was snoring away. <em>102</em> That's okay, though, because I needed the sleep. Anyway, I do feel like this was an accomplishment for me. <BR> <BR> Thank you for the double dawg dare daily blog challenge, Rhonda! I've really enjoyed participating in it, and I've also really enjoyed... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 23:58:55 EST Blog challenge day 5, daily blogging I'm learning from this daily blogging challenge that I'm not made for daily blogging! Some days I just don't have anything to say, or I'm not in the mood to write. Overall I am enjoying the challenge, though. I think this will lead me to blog more in the future. I think it's good for me to express myself more. I also have enjoyed getting the feedback from other Sparkers. Thank you to everyone who has commented on my blogs! Thank you, too, to Rhonda for daring us to do this challenge! Fri, 21 Jan 2011 23:54:09 EST Blog challenge day 4, not much to say I don't really have much to say, but I want to keep up with the Walktober Sparks challenge to blog every day this week. I had a long day at work today, with one student who misbehaved all day, and a faculty meeting after school. I did go to the gym after work, so that was good. I'm glad tomorrow is Friday, though! Thu, 20 Jan 2011 22:43:37 EST Blog challenge day 3, bargain shopping at Target I went to Target today and found some great fitness bargains. I wasn't planning to buy this stuff, but it was so cheap, I couldn't resist. I also thought it would help me out with some motivation. I got a kelly green Champion fitness top for only $7.49. It will definitely look cuter than the baggy t-shirts I usually wear when I exercise. Then I found a rack of two-packs of exercise videos on sale. I got a set of two Leslie Sansone videos for only $9.99. I have a few of her videos alrea... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 23:47:51 EST Blog challenge day 2, feeling better Thank you to the people who commented on my blog entry from yesterday. I had a much better day today. It did me good to get back into my regular routine of going to work. After work I had my session with my trainer. I was tired, but I tried my best. He even complimented me on how hard I was working, even though he could tell I was tired. It was a really good way to end the day. Tue, 18 Jan 2011 23:53:39 EST Blog challenge, but I'm feeling blah The members of the Walktober Sparks team have been challenged (dared, actually!) to blog every day this week. I'm going to try to do it, so here's the blog for the first day. I've been feeling really blah lately. I don't have much energy, and I just want to sit around all day instead of doing things. What made this really bad was that last week we got snowed in, and I had a whole week of snow days. I'm a teacher, and we did not have school at all last week. With a whole week off I could... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 23:58:22 EST A kind word from a stranger Last Thursday I was late for my appointment with my trainer (due to bad weather and terrible traffic). When I got to the gym, he worked with me for the remaining time of my training session, then got me started on some exercises to do on my own while he moved on to his next client. After a very long day at work, and a stressful drive from work to the gym, I was really tired. I was struggling through the exercises he gave me to do by myself (three sets of three different exercises). At one... Tue, 21 Dec 2010 23:39:36 EST Baggy jeans For a good while now I haven't been making much progress on the scale when I weigh in (which is usually weekly). In the past few months, though, I have been seeing a definite difference in my clothes and how they fit. I can now fit into some of my clothes that used to be too tight for me to wear. I have bought several tops that are size large, instead of the extra-large that I was buying before. And my jeans now are very baggy--Santa needs to bring me some new jeans that fit! Thu, 9 Dec 2010 23:09:05 EST Failing to plan is planning to fail Several times in the past few weeks I've heard or read that "failing to plan is planning to fail". I really needed to hear that and take it to heart. I'm usually a big planner and list-maker, but lately I haven't been doing that. I've been feeling kind of overwhelmed with everything I need and/or want to do. As a result, I think I've actually been doing less than usual, because I feel so tired and stressed. So I plan to do three things tonight: exercise, grade some papers for work, and m... Sun, 31 Oct 2010 18:49:47 EST haven't spent much time on SP lately I'm a teacher, and with school starting back up again in August, I haven't spent much time on SparkPeople lately. Things are always crazy at the beginning of the school year, and I needed to cut down on my computer time. Now things have kind of settled into a regular routine at work, so I'm looking forward to spending more time back on SparkPeople. I have missed the inspiration I get from SP! <em>252</em> Wed, 15 Sep 2010 21:59:24 EST