CATTUTT's SparkPeople Blog CATTUTT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community ResQwalk For anyone that has a smartphone and carries it with them when they walk, get the ResQwalk app. When you get ready to go on a walk, you start a walk with it, then just stick it in your pocket and walk. When you're done, stop it. Then, based on your walk, it makes a donation to an animal rescue of your choice. {It gives you a list to choose from.} I'm not sure how much it donates per mile or whatever, but hey, some is better than nothing. I tried it for the first time today while walking... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:20:29 EST Sleepy sleepy tonight... Today has been a very sleepy day for me. I'm not too sure why, but I was tired when I got up and have been tired since. <BR> <BR> Despite that, I did get a few things done. I met my friend for lunch today. We had a nice visit and good food. It was nice to get to see her close to Christmas. She's usually pretty busy with other people and things around Christmas, so lunch was the perfect opportunity. <BR> <BR> After that I came home and, quite honestly, didn't do much of anything. I p... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:58:37 EST Finally! My laptop finally got to me today. I was almost afraid to go to the leasing office to pick it up, fearing it would be another pink plastic doll stroller. Happily it was not, it was a laptop. And the laptop works, which is almost surprising, considering the debacle of getting it here. <BR> <BR> And it was otherwise a pretty good day all around. Not exciting, but good. After I woke up I went and got the laptop, then brought it upstairs and started getting it set up. I futzed with it til ... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:04:52 EST Where did this day go?? I'm sitting down to write my blog... and wondering what I did all day! I felt like I kept busy most of the day, but looking back, I'm not sure what I was busy at. <BR> <BR> I woke up at my normal time and got up. I played online for a few minutes, then dh surprised me by waking up extra early. So after he got up, we just hung out for a little while. Then I got an email that the laptop bag {for the laptop I still have not received...} was ready for pick up at the store. So we got dressed... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 20:55:14 EST Feeling more like myself today... Getting myself out of bed this morning was a bear. I had trouble falling asleep again last night, and was up much later than I had hoped. I woke up just a few minutes before my alarm went off and figured I might as well get up, but man I was sad about it. For just a moment I considered cancelling my walk with The Buddy and going back to sleep, but then I realized I hadn't seen her in 2 weeks and didn't want to wait another week before we got to hang out and walk again. So I drug myself ou... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 20:41:37 EST 14 years of marriage to the love of my life... Today was mine & dh's 14 year wedding anniversary. Seems completely insane to me that it has been 14 years! <BR> <BR> So last night I some wine. Possibly a little too much wine, but no harm came of it. I felt less crappy, and I was just at home on the couch chatting with a friend online and visiting with dh. I think the only negative effect was that I ended up staying up until 2 am chatting at dh. I say "at" instead of "with" because I was doing 90% of the talking. But I was glad I was... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 21:39:24 EST Exercise helped... I woke up this morning still feeling pretty yucky. I was up later than normal last night, so I"m sure that was part of it. I sat around for a while before deciding to go to the library. I needed to return some stuff and pick some stuff up, and I figured I'd go do it by myself this morning to help pass the day. <BR> <BR> I got home and sat for a bit, and pretty quickly got bored and restless. Despite being bored and restless, nothing sounded appealing to do. I have projects I could have ... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 21:00:35 EST Apathy stinks... Does anyone else ever have those days where they just don't care? That has been me today. I just plain didn't want to be hungry, or crave things, or any of it. Therefore, it was not a good day, health wise. <BR> <BR> It was a good day in general I guess. Kinda boring, mostly because I didn't really have any interest in doing anything. I talked to friends and read a little bit, then we went grocery shopping. Nothing exciting about the grocery shopping, just in and out quickly. <BR> <B... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 21:02:55 EST I think I know what I was in my last life... I must have been a dog that bit mail delivery people. Considering my immense trouble with receiving packages, it's the only explanation. Although this time the problem is not the fault of the package service, it's the fault of the company. I was supposed to be getting a laptop today. It was out for delivery early this morning and I waited all day for UPS to come. In the end, I chased the guy down in the parking lot. He told me he left the package at the leasing office just a couple minute... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 21:04:27 EST Sleep is a wonderful thing... I managed to make it last night til dh left work work, and I died after that. I remember laying down and pulling the blanket up, and the next thing I remember was waking up at 3 am. That was lovely, I so very rarely fall asleep like that. I was exhausted, though. And despite being asleep by midnight, I still slept til after 10 am. I would have slept even later, but rules of decency indicate that sleeping 10 hours is more than enough. So I got up. <BR> <BR> Shortly after I got up, I figu... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 20:47:07 EST So very, very tired... First of all, I want to say thank you so much to all you guys that left comments for me yesterday, and also I want to apologize for having not been around to respond to any of them. It has been a long day. <BR> <BR> As I suspected, I didn't sleep well last night. It was after 3 am when I finally fell asleep, and I was up again at 6:30. That wasn't a good start to the day. Grudgingly I drug myself out of bed and got dressed, then we headed out. We stopped and got some breakfast, and I ha... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 21:33:59 EST Second time is a charm! Today started later than I had planned. I just couldn't drag myself out of bed, I was so tired and so sleepy. I hate days that get off on that foot. I finally did drag myself out of bed and get moving, but it wasn't easy. <BR> <BR> First up was going to get some gift bags for FIL and dh's Gramma's baked goodies. That couldn't possibly have occurred to me when I was already out, not a chance. I had to realize we didn't have any when I would have otherwise not had to leave the house. But... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 21:15:26 EST A better day... Today has definitely been better than yesterday. I'm still not feeling spectacular, but definitely better. I ran out of 2 of my meds a week before my psych appointment, and that wasn't good. I took them last night though, and I definitely feel much more normal today. <BR> <BR> Still really tired, though. I woke up around my normal time, but then went back to sleep for a while. When I woke up for the second time, we decided to go to the library. On the way to the library we saw signs fo... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 21:47:15 EST Taking a break for the night. Just wanted to make a short entry to say I'm taking the night off. I'm not feeling great and just want to read and then go to bed. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day. <BR> <BR> Have a great night everyone! <BR> <BR> <em>86</em> Fri, 5 Dec 2014 20:54:17 EST Sometimes it's really hard to let it all bounce off... I just had the most frustrating conversation I've had with my grandmother in some time. As my MIL used to say, my grandmother is "a contrary lady". Tonight, everything I said to try to make conversation, she had something negative to say in response. Everything. She's never a glass-half-full kind of person, but she's not generally as bad as she was tonight. And I was already feeling kinda emotionally yucky and not great, and didn't need that on top of it. Most of the time I try to just l... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 21:00:47 EST Sitting vigil again tomorrow... Maintenance still didn't show up today. The girl at the leasing office said they would, but they didn't. Which means I"m going to be sitting here waiting again tomorrow. I'm getting REALLY tired of waiting. I don't wanna get testy and make them mad though, cause we have to sign our next lease this month and I don't want them to raise rent a fortune cause they're angry. So I will sit here and quietly seethe and wait for the 4th day. <BR> <BR> Today wasn't such a great day all around. My... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 21:02:50 EST Another day of waiting... Got woken up from a peaceful, sound sleep this morning. Dh was getting ready to go to bed, so it was my turn to sit and wait for maintenance to show up. So, sadly, I got up. I sat around feeling dazed for a while, but eventually got it together and made some breakfast. Then some coffee because I was still sleepy. The coffee was gross, but that's neither here nor there. <BR> <BR> For the next few hours, I chatted with some friends, did my Spark tasks and played on Pinterest. And waited.... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 21:01:42 EST My one goal for the rest of 2014... I got on the scale this morning to face the music, and it said 252. That's at least 3 lbs better than I was expecting to see, so I'm pretty happy with it. Someone else said this {forgive me for not recalling whom!}... that they fight to get under a number, bouncing up and down around it for a while. But eventually the conquer it, and move on to the next number. That's exactly how things have been working for me. I hung around 270 for a while, hung around 260 for a LONG while, and now I'm ... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 21:11:55 EST Today has been better... I'm feeling a lot better tonight than last night, I'm glad to say. I was none too excited to get up when my alarm went off, but the day got better after that. Once I finally crawled off the futon, I went and got dressed, visited with dh for a few minutes, and then set out. First was a stop to grab some breakfast, then it was off to walk with The Buddy at the park. <BR> <BR> Our walk was really good. It was too muddy to take the path around the lake, so we took the paved walking/biking tr... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 21:06:07 EST Feeling kinda crappy tonight... This is gonna be a short one. I'm feeling pretty lousy tonight. I know a lot of it is because I haven't eaten well the last few days, and I also know nothing is going to fix that but getting back on track. <BR> <BR> It was an okay day early in the day. I went to JoAnn and got some fleece fabric to make catnip toys for the cat shelter. Dh and I got the cleaning done that we needed to do, and a couple of errands run. It looks pretty good in here now. <BR> <BR> Then I tried to cut the fabr... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 20:51:30 EST Okay, well, that didn't go as planned... Today did not end up being the healthy, back on track day I was hoping for. It wasn't the worst day ever, but it wasn't great either. I didn't walk this morning because when I woke up, I didn't feel great and feared I was coming down with a cold. Looks like it was a false alarm, though. Must've been my allergies. I'm still a little stuffy tonight, but much improved. <BR> <BR> I did get most things done that I wanted to do today, though. This morning I emptied the dishwasher and reloaded... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 21:12:57 EST Happy Thanksgiving, my Spark friends... I hope everyone celebrating Thanksgiving today has had a wonderful one! <BR> <BR> My day has been good. I woke up ridiculously early {6 am!} and got the turkey in the slow cooker... then went back to bed. The Buddy wasn't going to have time to walk with me this morning, and I knew I had plenty of time to walk after dh went to bed, so I crashed for another couple hours. I woke up at nearly 9 when dh came home from work. <BR> <BR> By the time I got up and got myself sorted out, it was alre... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 20:50:09 EST Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving... It has been a good day for me. I woke up this morning REALLY early for some reason. {Okay, 8:15 am, but that's really early for me!} and decided to go ahead and get up. Dh got home shortly after that, so we hung out and visited with one another and ate some breakfast. <BR> <BR> After he went to bed, I talked to a friend who had a REALLY bad night last night, and did my best to support her and cheer her up. Eventually I finally got myself motivated to get up and go walk. I only made it o... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:09:00 EST Two days til Thanksgiving! It's crazy to me that it's already the Tuesday night before Thanksgiving. Where has time gone this month? Heck, where has time gone this entire year?? <BR> <BR> Today has been pretty good. I slept a few minutes later than normal this morning, then got up and sat around for a while. Eventually I got around to making some food and eating. I was strangely not very hungry this morning, but I did finally eat. <BR> <BR> After that it was out for a walk. The weather people said the winds wou... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:59:25 EST My mom is the best mom... My mom decided to order a sewing machine for me for Christmas. I'm super excited. I still want to learn to quilt by hand so I can sit out here and do it while I hang out with dh, but I"m excited to learn to work on a machine too. <BR> <BR> So with that news, obviously it had to be a pretty good day. I woke up and visited with dh for a while, then ate some breakfast. After that I went out to walk. I didn't walk as long as I normally do because the wind was crazy and I kept getting hit wi... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:18:13 EST Awesome Sunday! Today has been a pretty fabulous day. I woke up before the alarm, which is always good. Woke up before dh went to bed, also. It's always a good start to the day when I wake up before he goes to bed and get to visit with him for a bit. After he did go lay down, I played online for a bit, then ate some breakfast. <BR> <BR> Then it was time for the first fun activity of the day -- Walking with The Buddy. We hit the park and walked a lap around the lake, getting in 30 minutes of walking. ... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:48:41 EST Can I officially call myself a quilter? I woke up this morning before 9 so I could call the library at 9 to see if I could get one of the tutor rooms for The Buddy and I so she could teach me to quilt by hand. Happily, a room was available and I booked it for 2 pm. <BR> <BR> After that I finished the book I was reading and worked on the letters craft I'm working on. Then I hopped in the shower. Up next was Spark tasks and a little bit of chatting with a friend. Finally the Buckeye game on to entertain me. I was crazy antsy wai... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:15:37 EST Crafty Friday evening... Today has been, for the most part, completely ordinary and unremarkable. Woke up, had breakfast, and headed to the library. I wrote for a couple hours, then decided to pack it up and head home and get some cleaning done. <BR> <BR> Got home and caught up on Spark tasks, then got up and cleaned a bit while dancing to Christmas music. After I was done, the house looked better and my mood felt better. I had been lazy to get up and start, but once I did, I was glad. <BR> <BR> I finished and ... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:51:03 EST Is Thanksgiving really only a week away?? I can't believe it is already the 20th of Nov. This month has flown by. The holidays are flying by. I know in some opinions they don't even really start until Thanksgiving, but by my opinion they've started, and they're going so fast! It doesn't seem possible that it's only a week til Thanksgiving and a little over a month til Christmas! <BR> <BR> Today has been a pretty good day. Woke up, ate, and headed to the library. I got some writing done, although I wasn't making as much progress... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:05:15 EST Not a stellar day, and I'm paying the price for it... Today started out well. I woke up early again and was ready to start the day. I woke up before dh went to bed, so I visited with him for a bit. Then I made some breakfast and ate. <BR> <BR> After that, it was off to the library. To the library via the coffee shop though. It was once again bone chillingly cold and windy outside, and also I was still a little sleepy. It was like my brain really wanted to be awake, but hadn't entirely won the battle with the sleep monster yet. So I got s... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:11:38 EST Under 250 lbs? Say what? I got a SHOCK when I got on the scale this morning. 249.8. I had to rub my eyes to be sure I was reading it clearly. The last time I weighed myself, on Saturday, I was 253. something or another. Today, 249.8. Woo hoo! I've been saying that keeping myself busy is helping, and now there's proof on the scale that it really is. <BR> <BR> Today has been another good day. I woke up before 9 and got up, which was ridiculously early for me, but I was done sleeping. Dh got home shortly afte... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:03:04 EST Wonderful snow day... I woke up around 9:30 this morning, once again very early for me. I just wanted to be awake and doing things. I wish I could keep this holiday energy going all the time. It's nice to feel excited about life! <BR> <BR> The weather people were not wrong about the snow coming. We ended up getting a few inches, which was enough to keep me at home. If there had been a really important reason to go somewhere, I would have tried it. But since there was no really important reason, I stayed hom... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:56:31 EST Appetite of a linebacker! WOW today has been a hungry day! I imagine that's probably because I got up at a little after 8 am. I woke up and just wanted to get up and get the day started. It sure is a nice feeling to wake up and want to get up and get going, instead of trying to force myself back to sleep because I know I'll be bored. I'll take days like today anytime! <BR> <BR> I was originally not planning to meet The Buddy at the park until 12:30, but since I was awake at 8, I thought I'd see if she wanted to m... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 21:20:25 EST Distraction techniques really work! Today was the final weigh in for the Fall 5% Challenge. I ended up losing 6.8 lbs during the 8 weeks of the challenge. I'm pretty happy with that. It wasn't the 13 I needed to reach 5% lost, but I never really expected to lose a full 13 lbs in 8 weeks. I was down another couple lbs before TOM came to visit, but I'm content with a 6.8 lb loss. I was afraid to get on the scale this morning, fearing it would show me being several pounds higher than it did. I almost didn't get on it at all,... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 20:47:20 EST Reining myself in a little... Today has been a healthier day than yesterday, I'll say that much at least. No greasy fast food today, so that's a pretty good start on a healthier day. I'm always so hungry during TOM, but I"m trying to at least stick to healthy foods instead of greasy junk and various other crap. So far I'm doing pretty well at keeping with that plan. <BR> <BR> It has actually been a pretty excellent day. I woke up and sat around here for a while to let the cobwebs get out of my brain {I'm really not o... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 21:10:18 EST A surprise message... I wished my dad's girlfriend a happy birthday today, and I'm guessing she then made him send me a message and talk to me for a little while... since he sent me a message and talked to me for a little while. lol First time I've talked to him since we came home from Virginia in August, where dh and I met him and his girlfriend for lunch. I wasn't expecting to get a message from him after sending her a birthday wish, so it came as a bit of a surprise when his little box popped up on my screen... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 21:12:23 EST Fighting a losing battle today... Today has just not been a great day. TOM is sapping every ounce of energy I have, and also making me hungrier than 3 wild horses. So it hasn't been a healthy day. The only thing I can say for it is that I haven't stuffed myself, just haven't made very good choices. <BR> <BR> It was a good day otherwise though. I woke up this morning and went out and shopped for a Christmas present for my mom, and found one. Then after that I went to Dollar Tree and got some garland for our tree, since l... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 21:28:23 EST Feeling like an elf tonight... I just found the perfect gift for my stepdad, and got a great price on it to boot. Gotta love when that happens. He's very hard to shop for, but this year I got a good one! And I was also smart and picked something small and light, so when it arrives, it will be easy to wrap up and mail to my mom and stepdad's place. <BR> <BR> It has been a pretty good day, overall. I didn't make it to water aerobics, TOM seemed to be arriving and I didn't want to take the chance. To be honest, I didn... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 21:18:13 EST Am I the only one excited for the cold weather to arrive? Today was warm, and tomorrow will be warm... then the high Wed is about 20 degrees colder, and it will get even colder as the week goes on. And I am SO EXCITED about it. Am I the only one? My brain is already in holiday mode, but then it gets confused when I walk out to warm weather. I'm ready for the weather outside to match my spirit inside. Most people are lamenting the impending cold, but I'm ready for it! <BR> <BR> Today has been a rather good day. I woke up at a reasonable time a... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:58:37 EST Starting to find the holiday spirit... It occurred to me this evening that I didn't want to repeat a mistake I made last year. I wanted to read Christmas fiction last year, but by the time it occurred to me to try to get some from the library, I was too late to get it. It was all checked out and not due back til after Christmas. So this year I'm on the ball. I reserved some that are available, got on the wait list for some that are out, and requested a few from other libraries. Dh laughs, shakes his head, and calls me lame...... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 20:16:06 EST Something standing in the way of my Sparking... Someone seems to think his head scratches are more important than my blogging. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> He won, and got a few minutes of scratches, until he was satisfied and jumped down to go back to his tunnel in the dining room. Prince Beto, sheesh. <BR> <BR> This morning's weigh in was ugly, just as I expected. In fact, I think it was uglier than I expected. I was up 7.2 lbs from where I was a week and a half ago or so.... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 21:01:59 EST A good day gone bad... First some really good news... dh's Gramma had the surgery on her hip today and she came through like a champ. They did have to put her under for it, they weren't able to do it with just local. But from what my FIL said, she did fabulous and is recovering well so far. He called a couple times today to update us and let us know what's going on, and sounds like, true to form, she's being a fighter. Thanks again to everyone who offered up prayers and positive thoughts for her! <BR> <BR> Sle... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 20:57:37 EST Feeling pretty crappy... I think I have spent today paying the piper for yesterday's musical parade of crap eating. My belly has hurt since I woke up this morning, and it's still not feeling great. I'd like to think I will learn a lesson from this and not do the same dumb thing again, but I'm pretty sure I'll have to learn the lesson a few more times before it sticks. <BR> <BR> Today has been an okay day, though, despite the belly ache. I didn't go to my water aerobics class. I figured it wasn't a great idea to ... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 21:10:56 EST Been a long, long day... Good evening, Sparkers. Apologies for not being around much the last couple days, but tomorrow should be back to business as usual. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I didn't sleep well last night, as generally happens when I have to wake up early. I woke up about 10 minutes before my alarm was to go off and just went ahead and got up. I was apparently not moving at full speed, though, and we were still a few minutes later than I had hoped getting out the door. We stopped and got some food and ate real ... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 21:18:58 EST Sorry I haven't responded to any blog comments! Apologies for having not left responses for anyone that commented on my blog, it has been kind of a busy day and I just haven't had the time. I have read all the comments, however, and I thank all of you. Especially those of you praying for dh's Gramma. <BR> <BR> So I'm just gonna get this out of the way -- eating has been crap. <BR> <BR> But it has been a good exercise day! I went to water aerobics this morning and had a great workout. I'm very happy to say everyone was nice! I was ne... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 21:19:21 EST A busy, good news/bad news kind of day... Set my alarm to wake me up this morning to call the dr's office as soon as they opened to try to get an appointment. My regular doctor was booked solid, but one of the nurse practitioners had an opening, so I took it. <BR> <BR> Then I went back to sleep. 8 am is WAY too early. I slept another couple hours and felt much better the next time around. I woke up and ate some healthy breakfast and played online a bit, then it was time for the appointment with the NP. <BR> <BR> The appointment... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 21:24:13 EST Stupid, stupid, stupid foot... A couple years ago I developed plantar fasciitis a few weeks after starting to walk regularly. It basically threw a monkey wrench in my walking, since the doctor I saw told me I needed to stay off my foot as much as possible. And... it appears it's coming back. It's flaring up in my right foot. I went ahead and walked with The Buddy today, which may not have been smart, but I did it anyway. The thing about PF is that it only hurts for the first couple minutes after you start walking. The... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 20:44:46 EST Feeling like a bird let out of a cage... Today dh and I went to a park to walk. And I walked 55 minutes without stopping! We climbed hills and went on trails and all of it, and I made it the entire 55 minutes without having to stop. Dh was stunned, and to be honest, I was pretty surprised too. I didn't think I'd make it that long, but the pain in my legs has finally become bearable. After months of it hurting bad enough to bring tears to my eyes, I've finally progressed enough that the pain just isn't that bad. It felt amazing... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 21:05:48 EST 1500 Minutes?!? And Happy Halloween! I got 1500 minutes of exercise for the month of October. I have never done that before, and never thought it possible. I'm SUPER excited about it. I know I won't hit 1500 every month, but it sure was nice to do it for this month! <BR> <BR> So... I ate last night, before bed. Apparently it is not safe to have tortilla shells and sour cream in the house, even if they're supposed to be eaten at a later meal. I ended up eating 2 tortilla shells with chicken, cheese and sour cream. Plus a f... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:02:28 EST 39 Minutes! Woke up at the usual time this morning and actually didn't have to drag myself out of bed kicking and screaming. That was nice. Made breakfast and ate. <BR> <BR> Then it was out to exercise. I was planning to do 2 laps around the complex, figuring I'd stop at the halfway point like I did yesterday. But when I got to the halfway point, I thought... well, maybe I could go a little longer... so I kept walking. And walking. And the next thing I knew I had made it two full laps around wit... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:03:46 EST