CATTUTT's SparkPeople Blog CATTUTT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Warm water, lemon and honey... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Has anyone tested the hypothesis that drinking warm water with lemon and raw honey does good things for you? I'm not usually one for trying things like this, but I've decided to give it a try. I've heard about it off and on in different places for years, and came across another article last night. Here's a different article I looked up that has more information about possible benefits... <BR> <BR> <link>www.... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:37:20 EST Feeling pretty relieved! Okay, this is bizarre, and maybe I'm the only person that does this, but... when I'm worried about something, say, not getting good test results for my kidneys... I try my best not to think about it, ignore it as much as possible, and procrastinate it. But then, once the test has been taken... I get nearly ill with worry of what the results are going to be, and more or less forecast my death within the next 6 months. So, yesterday I had a bunch of tests done after the appointment with my en... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:29:43 EST Let's hope today is the kick in the pants I need... So, today was my appointment with my endo. I'm going to say... it did not go very well... and leave it at that. I have a little SP gremlin that likes to hang around and point out the things I do wrong and shame me, and I'd rather not give her any additional ammo beyond "it did not go very well". She didn't come up with any sort of revolutionary plan to fix it, just mostly pointed out to me that if I followed the plan properly that's already in place, things probably would've gone a lot bet... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:52:34 EST Perfect dinner for cold weather! Man, it is COLD here in Columbus. Dh and I had to go out today to run a few errands, and it was just miserable out. Fortunately only one of them required much being outdoors. The parking lot at Meijer was packed and our spot felt like it was a mile away. <BR> <BR> Once our errands were done, we came back home to hide where it's warm. Except then I realized all my jeans were dirty and I needed some clean for tomorrow, so I had to go gather laundry and then dh schlepped it outside, down th... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:46:21 EST Not sure if this is healthy enough for SP... but... So, today is National Margarita Day or Drink Margaritas Day or something like that. I found this out at like 7 pm, and by then was not interested in going out for a margarita, or even going to the store to get stuff to make a margarita. But I did want a drink. I wasn't in the mood for wine, and all we had otherwise was vodka. In the end, I tossed some frozen unsweetened berries into the food processor with some skim milk and processed it. Then I put in some Splenda and a shot of vodka an... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 21:21:30 EST Trying not to be too sad... Dh goes back to work tonight. Le sigh. The week just went by too fast. I get so spoiled by having him here with me that I'm just downright miserable when his vacation is over. I often say I need to learn to like him less, but I never mean that more than at the end of his vacations. I really need to work on a combo of liking him less, and liking solitude more. It would make life a lot easier for me! <BR> <BR> Things aren't all bad, though. I'm starting to feel the desire to work on my ... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 22:16:54 EST Happy Wednesday night, all! Just dropping by for a few tonight. I've enjoyed having dh home this week and we've spent a lot of quality time together. He's napping, so I thought I'd write a blog before I relax with my book. <BR> <BR> No good news on the exercise front. I'm still struggling with my Achilles Tendon. I see my endo one day next week, and I"m going to ask for her opinion. Hopefully she will actually consider the question and not just respond with "Go see a podiatrist." If I can avoid paying extra copay... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 20:50:33 EST Question! Does anyone use Google+ or Twitter? If anyone wants to be Google+ or Twitter friends, lemme know! <BR> <BR> It's been a good day, but honestly, nothing worth blogging about. The only place I went today was the Verizon store for an upgrade. Otherwise dh and I have just been layabouts. We made a semi-quiche for dinner, and watched a couple of shows dvr'd from CookingTv while we ate. <BR> <BR> Since then, we've been layabouts some more. Playing online, talking, reading and generally being... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 23:11:08 EST Thanks for the Valentine's wishes! I just wanted to drop by and thank you guys for the Valentine's wishes. Dh and I have had a lovely day, and I hope all of you have too! <BR> <BR> The day started out with a blizzard outside... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That photo was taken in the middle of the day, but it was snowing so hard it look almost dusk. Fortunately we hadn't planned on going anywhere today anyway, so it was no biggie. We cooked a Valentine's dinner ... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 21:39:57 EST Probably not going to be around much this week... I apologize in advance, I will probably not be around much for the next week. Since my ankle is injured and I haven't been having much luck with exercise, I admit, I'm kind of discouraged with the healthy living aspect of my life. I'm not going to throw in the towel and give up, but for the next week while my dh is on vacation, I'm just going to shift my focus. <BR> <BR> Lately I feel like I'm just beating my head against the wall and really struggling. I think maybe just giving myself ... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 20:38:00 EST Ankle braces, bah... Since my Achilles Tendonitis was still bothering me, I decided to speak with a doctor over the phone to get advice. She told me to take a higher dosage of an anti-inflammatory and to buy one of the OTC braces to put on my ankle. She said to give that another week, and if I was still having problems, it was time to go see a doctor in person. So, I accepted my fate and went and bought a brace. I put it on before we went shopping, and it's not terribly uncomfortable. Horray for that. Now l... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 20:47:54 EST Wow... I have nothing to talk about... I really have nothing to say about today. It hasn't been great, it hasn't been terrible. I didn't really accomplish anything, other than making some food. I poached chicken in the BBQ 3001 seasoning I got from Penzeys and some broth, and that was delicious. <BR> <BR> Other than that, just a quick trip to the library and made our menu and shopping list. <BR> <BR> Now I'm going to lay down with a book and do some reading until time for bed. Hope everyone had a great day! <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 20:45:27 EST Party Dress! I mentioned a few weeks ago that dh and I were invited to a prom-themed party. I usually don't do parties, but the temptation of getting a party dress and wearing it was more than I could resist. A very good friend offered me one of her dresses to have altered to fit me, and that was my original plan. But then out of boredom, I was looking at dresses, and found one I adored that was cheaper than it would have been to alter the other one. I was a little concerned because I was importing it... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 20:23:57 EST Kind of a busy day! Woke up to my alarm again, but again for another good reason. I was meeting my new SP buddy for lunch. {Or in my case, breakfast.} We went to a Middle Eastern place that I had only been to once, several years ago. I remembered the food being good, and indeed it was. She and I both overindulged a little, I hate to admit, but it was worth every calorie and fat gram! <BR> <BR> After that I came home and sat around for a while, until I could wake dh. We were going to Penzeys herb store to... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 21:11:15 EST A mild Sunday... It's really quite a bummer that my Achilles tendon is bothering me because it would have been a perfect day to get out and walk. It was in the mid-50s and cloudy most of the day. Plenty warm enough to be very pleasant to exercise in, and without the sun hurting my eyes. <BR> Alas, 'twas not to be. <BR> <BR> It was a nice day though. Other than when my alarm went off. I really hate waking up to an alarm, but since I can't seem to wake up on my own before noon or later... it was necessar... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 20:26:13 EST I'm sore? Really? As remarkable as it seems, I am actually sore from my Coach Nicole chair workout yesterday. My inner thighs were burning when I was doing it, and they're sore now. I suppose that's what I get for thinking a seated video would be an easy workout! <BR> <BR> Today has been a pretty good day, and decently healthy. Dh ended up going to bed a couple hours before I did last night, and he woke up pretty early. I ended up waking up about an hour and a half earlier than normal myself. I got up ... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 20:29:02 EST Traffic jams and calories... Woke up a little earlier than normal today and was actually ready to get up. It seems like lately, most days I'm dragging myself out of bed kicking and screaming. So it was a nice change to wake up and be content with the idea of being done sleeping. I was kind of nervous when I woke up, fearing to step my foot down on the floor and find the pain from my Achilles Tendon. I finally did, though, and found it was somewhat improved over yesterday. I was quite happy about that! <BR> <BR> I g... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 20:49:47 EST Why am I so fragile? So, I've managed to develop a whole new injury. Apparently I have Achilles Tendonitis. Sigh. There was some pain in the area yesterday, but I didn't think too much of it. It's not unusual for me to get random aches and pains, and they usually go away overnight. {Literally} When I woke up this morning, I was still having some pain. At that point I was a little concerned, since I've never had pain in that spot before. I figured I'd just stay off my feet until it was time to go grocery s... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 20:53:47 EST Tired, but hanging in there... Today has been a more productive day, although I still didn't have boundless energy. I was sleeping like a babe when my alarm went off, and I woke completely disoriented and confused about why my alarm was going off. Fortunately I figured it out, and got up and got moving. <BR> <BR> The first order of business was lunch {except it was my breakfast, since I had only been awake a little while} with two friends. One of them is taking some vacation time, so we went to lunch near the other's o... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 20:32:21 EST Not too sure what my deal is... I'm not sure what's up with me, but man am I tired! Not sleepy, just tired. I missed a few days of my thyroid med, but I've been back on it for 5 days, so I wouldn't think that's the problem. Just have low energy some days, I guess. <BR> <BR> Today has been a pretty nice day, though. I slept in, then woke up and read until time to wake dh. I gave him his birthday gift {a zombie book}, then we went to the PO to pick up a package, and then to the library. <BR> <BR> After those errands,... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 20:52:25 EST Sometimes do-nothing days are the best days... Once again, just no motivation to get up this morning. Sleeping feels so good, waking up feels so bad. So I slept... a lot. <BR> <BR> When I did eventually get up, I sat around for a while before making some toast for breakfast. While my toast was toasting, I did my squats for my squat challenge and marked today off on my calender. 2 days down, 26 to go! Once that was done and my toast was ready, I commenced sitting again. <BR> <BR> Shortly after that, dh woke up. I wasn't expecting... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 20:45:42 EST Super Bowl shorty... Just making a quick one tonight. Even though I'm not terribly invested in who wins the Super Bowl, I'm watching it anyway. Mostly for commercials. <BR> <BR> It has been an okay day. I did get some of the cleaning done I swore I would do, and I did day 1 of the squat challenge with my friend. So all is well! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I need to do some more cleaning. Gonna try to get in some exercise of some sort, indoors. Dh said he wants to stay home tomorrow so we probably won't be going an... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 20:39:59 EST Bonsoir... Good evening, friends! Today has been a marvelous day, despite inauspicious beginnings... <BR> <BR> First, I gotta be honest... I stayed up til almost 5 am reading. I was reading on my Kindle, and for some reason beyond the bounds of my comprehension, the Kindle tells you what percentage of the book you have read, as opposed to page numbers. The Kindle told me I had 30% of the book left to go, and I thought perhaps I could finish it. I made it up to 90% complete with relatively good spee... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 20:40:34 EST Weird interns, book sales and Baroque... This has been another day where doing very little seems to have taken up most of the day. I woke up and sat around for an hour, doing nothing, this morning. I was awake, but not fully functional yet. Despite the fact it was past noon. <BR> <BR> Anyway, eventually it was time to go see the pharmacist in charge of the diabetes program I am in. Instead, I saw her intern. And he was... odd. He just stared at me the entire time, and it seemed to take him extraordinarily long to process anyt... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:01:03 EST No accounting for mood swings! I don't talk about it a lot in my blogs, but I am bipolar. {Type 2, if you want to be specific.} I'm heavily medicated, and it's generally pretty well controlled. I mention my anxiety considerably more, because the anxiety is considerably more of a day to day problem. My being bipolar isn't a secret, I just don't often have cause to mention it. <BR> <BR> And then there are days like today. I woke up this morning in a foul mood. "Woke up on the wrong side of the bed" would've been a goo... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 20:37:04 EST Intriguing title... Sorry guys, just couldn't think of a title tonight... <BR> <BR> Today is a day for skating by on technicalities. Food wise, I mean. <BR> <BR> I woke up this morning when my alarm went off, and got up to get dressed to go out for lunch with my friend. Here we are after we ate... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We had a yummy, healthy lunch, and had a nice time visiting and chatting. <BR> <BR> After that, it was time to go meet ... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:43:56 EST Just gotta keep on... Sometimes I feel like a broken record. This is one of those times. Last night didn't end well... again. Couldn't fall asleep, got too hungry, the same story I've told 100 times, with the very same ending. <BR> <BR> I got up this morning and shook it off and got back on track, though. I was really disappointed with myself and just generally wanted to have a pity party, but pity parties usually involve a lot of calories. So I just flat out ignored the little voice in my head saying "Why d... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:57:24 EST Once again, you wise bunch of Sparkers! I think those of you who suggested my headaches being caused by changes in barometric pressure may have been right. I had a headache for the 3 days leading up to and including this last relatively large bout of weather we had, but no headache today, and the storm is gone. So perhaps that is what it was. <BR> <BR> Well, last night ended really terribly. My blood sugar got low, and I did what I always do when that happens -- stuffed myself. I *KNOW* I only need to eat a little, and then ... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:53:35 EST What is with these headaches?? Today makes the third evening in a row I've had a headache, and I haven't the slightest idea why! The only thing I can think of is that it is also the third day in a row of eating well, and my body is confused about not getting the voluminous amounts of food it prefers. Once again, a dose of Ibuprofen, which will hopefully take care of it. <BR> <BR> But in spite of it, it has been a pretty good day! I woke up earlier today than I have for a couple weeks. As soon as I got up, I checked ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:28:14 EST Happy Saturday Night! Managed to drag myself out of bed 15 minutes earlier today than yesterday. Progress is progress, right? I sat around for a while before having some breakfast and then heading to the park. <BR> <BR> The walk at the park was great! My new SP buddy was able to meet me today and we had a really good walk. We walked for 45 minutes, and I felt awesome afterward. I was really proud of us for getting in 45 minutes, I consider that a pretty good workout. <BR> <BR> After that I came home and r... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:42:45 EST My, but time gets away from me! I really need to wake up earlier. Seriously. I sleep soooo late and then the day just flies by in the blink of an eye. Unfortunately when it's actually time to get up earlier... I don't care about anything but sleeping more. I guess I need to work on that! <BR> <BR> Today has been a pretty good day. I did sleep until pretty much the last minute, but I got up in time to go walking with my new SP buddy. Unfortunately she wasn't able to make it. So I decided to just walk around here at t... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:14:25 EST Good evening, folks... Another day that I haven't really had time to be around SP. I"m starting to feel like a stranger in these parts! <BR> <BR> I woke up with a few minutes to spare before I had to leave for the dentist, so I played online a bit. Then it was off to the dentist. As I knew would be the case, I have to have some work done. One appt on Feb 2 and one on Feb 18th. Ugh. But on the bright side, they didn't do anything painful today. So I consider that a win. <BR> <BR> After my appointment, I cam... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:39:48 EST Thanks for the get well wishes, everyone! I really appreciate all the kind comments left on my blog yesterday. You guys are really wonderful. <BR> <BR> I'm happy to say that today has been better. After moist heat was suggested on my blog yesterday, I threw laying with a hot, wet towel on my back into the rotation of walking, stretching and laying. I guess the combination of all the above worked, and my back is feeling much better. I'm still a little stiff and sore, but it's nothing at all like the pain yesterday. <BR> <BR> Als... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 20:29:30 EST Just a short one tonight... Sorry I haven't been around today, guys. My back is giving me fits. I've made sure to get up and walk around frequently, and do some stretches, but the pain only really goes away when I'm laying. So I'm letting myself lay a bit, in between bouts of walking around the apartment and so forth. <BR> <BR> Hopefully by tomorrow it will be feeling significantly better. Until then, I think some relaxing and book reading is just what the doctor ordered. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a great Tues... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 19:58:59 EST Proven my own hypothesis... You guys will definitely want to take me at my word, and not run your own experiment... but my grandmother is definitely easier to deal with when I've burned off some energy with exercise. Yesterday I theorized it, today I confirmed it. Time to inform some scientific journals, I guess! <BR> <BR> So yeah, once again, REALLY didn't want to get up today. I was so tired this morning. I did get up, though reluctantly. I sat for a few minutes while the devil on my shoulder argued the merits o... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 20:35:48 EST An interesting no-exercise phenomenon... So we all know exercise is good for us, for lots of reasons, right? Right. I just discovered another one... Patience! For those couple weeks I was exercising faithfully and moving my body every day, talking to my grandmother didn't ruffle my feathers. Now that I haven't worked out in 5 days, the last two nights, I've just wanted to slam the phone down and run around the room and scream. The little things that had been bouncing right off have all gotten under my skin, tonight to the point... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 20:35:17 EST Drive By... Just wanted to post a quick blog so that none of you wonderful people worry about me or think I've gone AWOL! <BR> <BR> Honestly I don't have a good explanation for having been away. I just haven't felt great, no motivation at all. I didn't want to be here posting excuses, because that's all they'd be... excuses. There's no GOOD reason to not treat my body well, and I know that. So I thought I'd spare all of you the lame justifications I give myself for doing or not doing things. <BR> <... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 19:58:16 EST Argh! The binge monster got me again last night! Grrr! Back on track, though. Just felt I should be honest about the binge. <BR> <BR> Today was kind of a busy day, but mostly only because I slept so late. I only had a few minutes after I woke up to get dressed. I was meeting my friend at her house at noon to go to the hospital with her so she could have an iron transfusion and I could keep her company. So we did that. Took a few hours to get in, get hooked up, get the drip, and get out of t... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 20:28:02 EST 3 miles! Last night did not end well. I wasn't able to fall asleep, and after hours of laying there trying to sleep, getting hungrier and hungrier... I ended up binging. I should have gotten a snack before I got to that point, instead of getting to the point of starvation and then shoveling everything I could into my mouth. That wasn't one of my better ideas. And unfortunately, I got subconsciously rewarded for doing it because I was able to fall asleep within minutes afterward. Not a good preced... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 20:21:42 EST Kettlebells are no joke! First of all, thanks to you guys that have responded to my Willpower blog, you're all wonderful! <BR> <BR> Today has been a pretty good day! The stupid sale is just STUCK and refuses to go the right way, but I'm not letting it throw me off course. It'll move in it's own good time. I'm eager to get comfortably away from 250, and it's stuck at 248.6, but it is under, so I'm happy! <BR> <BR> Started off the morning right, with some healthy breakfast. Then I checked the weather and saw th... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 21:11:32 EST Blog for Week 2 of the Building Your Willpower program... Week 2 <BR> <BR> 1. When you think about how life will be when you accomplish your goal, what do you imagine feeling, having, or doing? What is the big "why" behind your goal? <BR> <BR> I imagine myself enjoying life more! I want to be able to do things without considering whether or not I"m in good enough shape. If my dh wants to take a 3 mile trail at a park, I wanna say "Let's go!" instead of "Yeah right!" If we go to the zoo, I want to walk around and see ALL the zoo, not have to pic... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 19:02:12 EST Two Spark buddies in one day! Once again... not ready to wake up this morning! When my alarm went off, I did get up, but if it hadn't been for the alarm I sure wouldn't have! Got up and got dressed, then attempted to put lunch in the slow cooker and it wouldn't work. Not a great start to the morning! <BR> <BR> It got better after that though. I had some breakfast, then went to the park to meet The Buddy. We walked, although we only made it 33 minutes this week, instead of 43 minutes like last week. It had warmed up... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 20:26:54 EST Happy, Healthy Saturday... Today has been a really good day! I woke up late, but that's pretty much my normal now. Not sure it even qualifies as being "late" anymore. I woke up and got online for a bit while I tried to wake up, then got surprised by dh waking up about 10 minutes after I did. I made both of us a bite of healthy breakfast and we ate. I enjoyed having breakfast with him, since he's always asleep when I eat. <BR> <BR> After that I waged an internal war with myself about working out. I knew I wanted ... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 20:52:39 EST So glad to be feeling like myself again... Today has been SO much better than yesterday. I was still tired and didn't want to get up this morning, but I did drag myself out of bed eventually. I could tell right away that I was in better shape than I was yesterday. I sat for a few minutes to shake out the cobwebs, then made some breakfast. <BR> <BR> I caught up on a few Spark tasks after breakfast, then headed to the craft room for a workout. I had originally planned to do WATP, but then I decided to try a new dvd I had instead.... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 20:57:08 EST Just not feeling it tonight... Just dropping by to say I'm not feeling up to an actual blog. I've felt lousy all day. Mentally, anyway. Physically I'm fine. I didn't get in any exercise today, but my appetite has been pretty much zilch, so I've stayed on plan with my food. <BR> <BR> I apologize to anyone who's comment I haven't respond to, or if I miss anything in blog posts today. <BR> <BR> I'm just going to curl up with my book and try to get through the night til bedtime, and hope with all my might I wake up fee... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 20:25:40 EST Oh, the weather outside is frightful... Tonight is the kind of night I really wish we had a fireplace. It'd be nice to be sitting by a roaring fire at the moment. Not that it's particularly cold in my apartment, but knowing how cold it is outside... brrr. <BR> <BR> Today has definitely ended better than it started. I had a very vivid dream that was haunting me when I woke up. I hate dreams like that. And to be honest, I really just ended up in a pretty lousy mood this morning. I wasn't motivated to do anything but sit on my ... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 20:46:38 EST Got out of bed on the wrong foot... I woke up feeling pretty crappy this morning. I was a little nauseous, and just didn't feel "right". I couldn't pinpoint exactly what it was, but something was off. After a while, I entertained the notion that it might be anxiety making me feel that way. I've never woke up feeling the physical effects of anxiety as soon as I get out of bed, but nevertheless, I suspected that might be it. So I took a sedative, and a short time later, I felt much better. So it was, in fact, anxiety. I ha... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 21:03:50 EST A blog post with my answers to the first week's questions on the "Boosting Your Willpower" plan... This blog is to post the answers to the questions for week 1. I'm doing this as part of the Camp WannaBeFit Challenge, and sharing my responses. <BR> <BR> 1. If anything were possible, what would you most like to welcome in to your life? What might this require of you? <BR> <BR> First and foremost, I would like to welcome health into my life. I have not taken great care of myself, and am obese with Type 2 Diabetes now. Physical activity is difficult for me, and I often miss out on things... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 13:46:57 EST My bullet proof parka... The weather people were not wrong about the temperature today. It never got out of the mid-teens outside, with windchills below zero most of the day. I like cold weather, but that's just absurd. <BR> <BR> I slept later than I intended this morning, and was still tired when I got up. I sat for a few minutes while I waited for my brain to think clear thoughts. Then it was time to take Ginger out. I put a sweater and her winter coat on her, then bundled myself. I bundled myself in my par... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 21:00:22 EST A mighty fine Sunday! Well, I woke up before my alarms this morning, which I like. Except that I woke up because my bladder was about to burst. Still, I think I'd rather have a painfully full bladder than get woken from peaceful sleep by an obnoxious alarm clock. {I have to use the really loud, really obnoxious ones. Otherwise I sleep right through it.} <BR> <BR> Once I was up... I wasn't happy about it. I was still crazy sleepy. But I also really wanted to go on my walk with The Buddy, so I made myself s... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 20:50:43 EST