CATTUTT's SparkPeople Blog CATTUTT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Building stamina! Today started out kind of slow, as in, I was kind of slow. I wasn't much in the mood to get up and was feeling lazy. I did drag myself out of bed though, get some food in the Crockpot, and make some breakfast. <BR> <BR> After that, I sat. I played online for a little bit, talked to a friend, and did nothing. I decided I wasn't feeling the gym today, and since it was a nice day, I headed out for a walk. I did 39 minutes of walking and only had to stop one time. I've doubled the amount o... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:03:38 EST So relaxed... I got an email today from Women's Health Magazine with a link to an article of 4 restorative yoga poses. For anyone that has no idea what that means... the basic concept of restorative yoga is to get into poses, generally laying poses, to the best of your ability, and be propped up with pillows and blocks and things. Then you stay in the pose for a while to help loosen up things and relax you. So I decided to try the 4 pose series in the article, and I admit, I do feel better now. For any... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:15:44 EST Hoo wee! Okay, gotta be honest... last night/early this morning did not go well. I woke up once from a bad dream, sat up for a minute, then convinced myself to just lay back down and go back to sleep. The dream continued, and got worse. I woke up again. This time I was wildly upset... and soothed myself with food. It was healthy food, mostly cause there isn't really any junk in the house, but it was eating for emotional reasons AND doing it at like 4 am. Both not good things. So I was pretty bu... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 21:45:59 EST Last yoga class of the series... Today was another didn't wanna get up day. I slept til like noon and even then had to drag myself out of bed. I don't know why I'm wanting so much sleep lately, it's odd. But anyway, got up and had some breakfast, then headed out to walk. I only walked one lap around because my belly felt weird, but I did manage to make it all 23 minutes without having to stop. VERY excited about this new found stamina to walk longer without stopping! <BR> <BR> After that I came upstairs and laid down f... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 21:06:10 EST My head is a strange place to live... Woke up this morning about 10 and got up and got on the scale. I was hoping to be at 254 like I was 2 days ago, or at least close to it. Got the pleasant surprise of being at 253.4. I pretty much did a little happy dance about that, I wasn't expecting it at all. <BR> <BR> After that I made some healthy breakfast and ate. Then I settled in to play online for a while, figuring I had a couple hours to kill before I could wake dh up. Surprisingly he woke up after only an hour, though. So t... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:04:51 EST Wishing it was bedtime... I feel like a bottomless pit today. I'm still well within my calorie range, but it is only because I have refused to let myself have extra food. I'm having a crazy hungry day. Just gotta get through the next 3 hours til bedtime. <BR> <BR> Today has been a fairly good day though. Last night, I ate unplanned food before bed AND in the middle of the night. WTH. I had a food hangover this morning and didn't want to get up. I got up once, then went back to bed. When I got up the second ti... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:01:10 EST For anyone that likes hot cocoa... I should preface this by saying -- this recipe has sugar free French Vanilla powdered creamer in it, so for the anti-artificial sweetener people, it's a no go. But for anyone who isn't anti-artificial sweetener, this cocoa mix is delicious. It's only 33 calories per serving, and totally tamed a chocolate craving for me. And only takes 3 ingredients. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=456211 </link> <BR> <BR> Today has been a pretty good day. I got on... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:01:59 EST I think I set a new personal record... Pretty sure today's exercise minutes break my previous record of 87 minutes... more on that later... <BR> <BR> So, since I haven't been eating during the night, I've been waking up earlier in the mornings and wanting to get up earlier. It's nice not having to drag myself out of bed. I got up this morning and sat for a few minutes, then made some breakfast and ate. <BR> <BR> After that it was gym time. I had set the goal of at least 30 mins of cardio and 20 mins of strength training. I g... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:19:23 EST Best Dr visit ever! As usual my endo left me waiting for over half an hour. When she did come in, though, she was saying "CONGRATULATIONS!" as she opened the door. I was quite startled, and she handed me the paper with my A1C results on it. The last time I had one done in June, my A1C was a 9.5. Today it was a 7.1. I almost did a happy dance right there in the office, and I think she did too! {For anyone who doesn't know, 7 or below is considered the goal.} It was pretty obvious she was totally shocked by... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:47:50 EST Mother nature insisted on a rest day... I'm happy to say I managed to drag myself out of bed in time to meet my cousin, her bff and their husbands for breakfast without too much personal angst. I am SO not a morning person and that alarm going off at 8:30 made me uber sad, but I did get up. I even had a few minutes to do the stream of consciousness writing I'm trying to make habit of. Then I got up and got dressed so that I looked decent, and headed out. <BR> <BR> As usual, I was ridiculously early. I really have no concept of... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:13:01 EST Yoga is AWESOME! Today definitely turned out to be a better way than it's start indicated. I had my alarm set for 11 this morning to get up and get ready to go meet The Buddy at the park. Around 10:30 I woke up on my own... with a pounding headache. I got up and sat for a few minutes, and basically found like my head was going to explode right off my neck. So I sadly texted The Buddy and told her I wasn't going to be able to meet her, took a big dose of Advil, and went back to bed. <BR> <BR> I slept fo... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:09:10 EST Mother nature was kind... Once again, today started out really lazy. I don't know what my deal has been, unless it's because of TOM, but 11:30 is the earliest I seem to be getting up. I was getting up around 9 for a while, but not this week! Anyway, I did finally drag myself out of bed, made some breakfast, and caught up on Spark tasks. <BR> <BR> Then I woke dh and we headed to today's park. It was a long drive down there, but it wasn't so bad. A lot of it was through parts of town we had never been in before, s... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 21:00:45 EST My head likes to keep me guessing... So later last night, I started getting anxious. I'm not sure what triggered it or why, but I started feeling crappy. It was getting near to time for dh to go to work, and that was making me more upset. I knew if I was still wide awake and anxious when he left, it would only get worse after he was gone, and it would be a hellaciously long night. My first thought was "Eat something. It will make you feel better." Then my brain tried to argue back and say no. I ignored that half, the sens... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:30:01 EST Getting better at this "moderation" thing... Today hasn't been a stellar day. I had to wake up several times last night to deal with TOM, and was tired and didn't feel great when I got up for the day. I decided to give myself a one day reprieve from working out, since I felt crappy and TOM was kicking my butt. <BR> <BR> I didn't even feel like making a real breakfast, I just nuked a veggie burger and ate it. After that I just sat around and played online and did pretty much nothing until it was time to wake dh and head out. <BR> ... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:59:34 EST Ready for bed! It was a task and a half to drag myself out of bed this morning. I didn't get up until almost 11, and even then I would have rather rolled over and gone back to sleep. Alas, I had promised a friend we would start our virtual challenge to do 2 upper body strength routines every week, and today was the first workout. So, I got up. <BR> <BR> I wasn't ready to be awake and alive yet, so I sat for a while before doing anything else. Eventually I drug myself into the kitchen and made some brea... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 21:06:21 EST Lazy rest day... Today has been the laziest of lazy days. And all I can think is... I used to live my life like this every day. I've had as much movement today as I had any day a few months ago, but compared to what I've been doing, it's really a pittance of activity. While I admit, it has been nice to spend most of the day with my nose in a book... I am looking forward to getting back to life as I know it now tomorrow! <BR> <BR> My lazy day started with waking up late. I was down .2 on the scale, which ... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 21:07:25 EST PMS did NOT win! I woke up not really in the mood for life this morning. I slept later than normal, got on the scale and was up a little bit, and was just generally blah. Then I realized why... PMS. Lovely. I seriously considered declaring today as "Screw It Day", but I told myself to at least start with a healthy breakfast. I ate said breakfast, and still felt blah. I did talk some reason into myself, though, and got up and headed to the gym. <BR> <BR> I actually felt better just arriving at the gym, ... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:58:36 EST Lots of room for improvement... Today has been a pretty excellent day! I managed to wake up before the alarm, which is always preferable. I got up and got some food in the crockpot to cook, and then made myself some breakfast and ate. After that I had a little time to kill and just played online. <BR> <BR> Next up was heading to the park to meet The Buddy. As always, we had a great walk. Lots of fun chatting and some good exercise too. Took us 32 minutes of actual walking time to get around the lake, which is pretty ... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 21:07:03 EST Two parks in one day! Today was an absolutely gorgeous day. I was feeling lazy when I got up this morning, and just sat around playing online and reading for the first couple hours. I made some healthy breakfast and ate, and otherwise didn't do much. Then dh woke up and we decided to head to the park. <BR> <BR> The first park was lovely. It had several lakes, though we only walked around one of them. These are a couple shots of the lake from the trail... <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 11 Oct 2014 21:13:53 EST Stupid rain... I got a happy surprise on the scale this morning. I was down 1.2 lbs for the week! I was shocked I was down at all, with all the low blood sugar eating I've done this week. But very excited! <BR> <BR> Part of the reason it was down was because I didn't get up til 11. Sleeping later = weighing less. But I"ll take it! After I woke up I made breakfast right away, then ate and played online for a while. <BR> <BR> Next up was the gym. I checked the weather online before I went and it ... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 21:14:00 EST Thank you to all you Old Navy people! I FINALLY found some crop leggings that fit properly for yoga. At Old Navy, as several of you wise souls suggested. The XL fit perfectly. Loose enough that I don't look like a sausage, but tight enough that they're not going to fall down around my ankles halfway through my class. I'm so happy to finally have some and be done with that frustrating search! <BR> <BR> Despite starting the day in a mood... and not a good one... it has been a pretty good day. My blood sugar dropped too low ag... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 21:04:31 EST