FELINEBETTER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FELINEBETTER FELINEBETTER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ 4 years with Spark - then, now & beyond http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270301 Spark 4th -Then & Now – <BR> <BR> Four years ago, I was getting ready to get on a plane to visit friends in Las Vegas for Christmas. I had done sufficient research and decided to try out the Spark community to help me get healthier. I was suffering with a string of chronic illnesses on top of my morbid obesity. Intellectually, I knew what I had to do: eat less and move more. A lifestyle that was far from what I had been living. From an early age, I had turned to food for comfort, and ir... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:27:32 EST Taking stock: 2 Years with Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821721 Just the fact that I’ve been Sparking continually for that long is an incredible achievement for me! I can hardly believe the changes I’ve made! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> First of all, my initial plan in joining Spark was to get healthier and hopefully, lose some weight. I am very pleased to say that I’ve achieved both. Little did I know that when I joined Spark, my entire life and way of thinking was about to change. I suffer with chronic pain, illness and morbid obesity. It was really q... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:09:39 EST Broken Streak/Broken Heart? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636995 If anyone reading this came to be inspired -- I suggest you run the other way right now! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l355758803.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am not a happy camper right now. <em>39</em> You see I have been so proud of myself since I got the Spark Tracker, I have been a stepping fool! I have been exercising more than I ever thought I was capable of! I got the tracker on December ... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 15:17:22 EST Start Spending NOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558171 Imagine that you had won the following *PRIZE* in a contest: <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <em>40</em> <em>40</em> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400.00 in your private account for your use. <BR> However, this prize has rules. <BR> <BR> The set of rules: <BR> 1. Everything that you didn't spend during each day would be taken away from you. <BR> <BR> 2. You may not simply transfer money into some other account. <BR> <BR> 3. You may only spend ... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 07:40:27 EST My Overdue Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557612 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1404982050.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> November 21/2013 marked my first year anniversary with Spark. This news comes in late for a few reasons that I may or may not get to yet. You see I was also going to write a blog about procrastination, but then thought –“Well maybe another time!” <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> When I look back, I am amazed that I decided to try Spark People a month before the Christmas season. Not only was it the Christmas seas... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 12:45:42 EST Experts Share 11 Tips To Stop Fat Talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485374 Hello Fellow Sparkers! <BR> I receive a number of newsletters that I find helpful and sometimes I feel I just GOT TO share them! Hope someone else finds this helpful too! <BR> <BR> <BR> Experts Share 11 Tips To Stop Fat Talk <BR> By MARGARITA TARTAKOVSKY, MS <BR> <BR> Fat talk has many faces. It’s anything from “I hate my body,” to “I can’t believe I had cake,” to “You think you have big thighs? Umm, hello, look at mine.” <BR> <BR> On Monday, to celebrate Fat Talk Free Week, I shared my ... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 12:38:48 EST Clever definitions in email http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447835 1. ARBITRATOR: A cook that leaves Arby's to work at McDonalds <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l418304848.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2. AVOIDABLE: What a bullfighter tries to do <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1756975889.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 3. BERNADETTE: The act of torching a mortgage <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1790699664.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 4. BURGLARIZE: What a crook sees with <BR> <BR> <img src="http:/... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 15:33:42 EST Weightless: Body Image Booster: Simplifying Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438797 Once again -- I received one of my favorite newsletters and thought I'd like to share this particular article with my fellow Sparkers! Note the link I've left at the bottom for the original site. I have found this tremendously helpful and inspiring. I hope you do too! <BR> <BR> Regards, <BR> Katy <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l581789897.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Gratitude is a powerful practice for building a more positive body image. <... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 16:11:23 EST Dr's Orders Joke http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438788 Bernice was terribly overweight, so her doctor put her on a diet. <BR> <BR> "I want you to eat regularly for 2 days, then skip a day, and repeat this procedure for 2 weeks. The next time I see you, you'll have lost at least 5 pounds." <BR> <BR> When she returned, Bernice shocked the doctor by losing nearly 20 pounds. <BR> <BR> "Why, that's amazing!" the doctor said, "Did you follow my instructions?" <BR> <BR> Bernice nodded. "I'll tell you though, I thought I was going to drop dead that t... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 16:00:56 EST Be careful what you say.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423247 Life is full of surprises. Although I don't blog often, I felt compelled to stop and take stock of my progress yesterday. I don't know particularly why other than it's important to measure your growth (or shrinkage!) every once in a while. <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> I no sooner finished my "nothing's gonna stop me now" blog when a new challenge was before me! I wish it was as simple to explain as "I zigged when I should have zagged!" But no. I don't tend to do anything the simple way! I might h... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 16:30:07 EST Taking Stock http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421963 I joined Spark People on November 21 of 2012. For the first week, I concentrated on logging all my food – but changed nothing about it. I wanted a clear picture of what I was eating and what would have to change. I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised to find that what I was eating wasn’t really that terrible. Eating restaurant food was all too common though. Not so much fast food – but I DO get a Christmas card every year from the local pizza restaurant! <em>213</em> Lol (Well may... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 14:31:09 EST Patriotic Riddles errrr... Groaners! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410003 <em>283</em> <em>652</em> <em>236</em> <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> Just a tip of my hat to my American friends. Happy 4th of July! Have a happy, healthy and safe along weekend! Eh? lol <BR> <BR> <BR> Q: What did one flag say to the other flag? <BR> <BR> <BR> A: Nothing. It just waved! <BR> <BR> <BR> Q:Why did Paul Revere ride his horse from Boston to Lexington? <BR> <BR> <BR> A: It was too heavy to carry. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l6402... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 20:59:05 EST A helpful Website and perhaps a challenge... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405433 I have recently subscribed a very cool newsletter that deals with the body image. There are always some great tips in here that I think other Sparkers could benefit from as well. It's a blog found at PsychCentral.com <BR> <BR> If you visit this site, you will find great hints for all kinds of issues that come up in life. For example, Alcoholism, ADHD, Depression,Sleep & Eating Disorders, etc. <BR> <BR> By all means check it out! <BR> <BR> Here's an excerpt from this week: <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 11:36:54 EST WE can do this.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386855 As part of the June challenge from one of my Peppy Party Team, I am supposed to write a blog about my inner strength. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, but it's not often you're asked to talk about them. That is unless you're in a job interview or on a therapist's couch! Today, I've decided to take a shot at it from home! <BR> <BR> The first thing that came to mind was that I'm a very compassionate person. I really DO feel your pain -- as cliche as that sounds! People have always com... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 11:15:42 EST Who'd have thunk? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384693 I joined SP to help me lose weight but little did I know -- that my life would gain so much more than I could ever lose! <BR> <BR> Yes - I've lost weight & inches too, but that's just one facet of the diamond. I'm very pleased with the fact that I've lost 40 lb and it feels almost effortless! <BR> <BR> What I've gained though SP is much more reaching than excess weight! <BR> <BR> Just using the philosophy of baby steps, planning and concentrating on the positive has completely changed m... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 14:44:33 EST ReCharging Your Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362581 It was exactly what we needed after months of making and taking phone calls, running back & forth to the hospital, and keeping an ear open at all times for the phone to ring. My MIL, who is a very difficult person at the best of times, had been in the hospital for months vacillating from fair to critical condition. She was now home again at last with some extra supports in place. We were exhausted in every way. <BR> <BR> I booked a luxury cabin from Sunday to Friday for my husband & I. Whe... Mon, 20 May 2013 17:47:29 EST P.S. to my Thoughts/Questions blog of 8/5/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351519 I realized I forgot an important and humorous point in my last blog. I was talking about friends and friending people on here. Just as a lark, I clicked on the button to <BR> "add this person as a friend" on my own page and a flag came up and said, "You can't <BR> add yourself as a friend!" <em>246</em> And why not, I thought? lol lol <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1603022745.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then I started to think that that is exactly one of the major t... Thu, 9 May 2013 22:54:56 EST Thoughts/Questions..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349740 As I continue to read the blogs and articles in Spark, my mind has many thoughts whirling inside of it. I guess this is a prelude to my rambling.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1452757792.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Etiquette or "Netiquette" -- I'm not sure of the exact protocol for things. Am I supposed to send a thank you for a thank you? Am I supposed to 'friend' someone automatically if they 'friend' me? Not being a "Facebooker," I'm just not sure about these thing... Wed, 8 May 2013 11:20:47 EST Playing vs watching the game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342023 Aside for the never-ending winter I'm experiencing here in Manitoba, things are going very well for me in Sparkville. My attitude toward food and exercise has changed a great deal. I've been quietly lurking around these boards, even avoiding putting up a webpage until recently. The thought of "putting myself out there" is rather threatening to me. However, since I have ventured in a little further -- I have "met" some fabulous people who share ideas and day to day things which have proven to ... Wed, 1 May 2013 13:21:44 EST a few giggles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339539 It's a dark and dreary day here and I'm feeling "under the weather" so to speak. Along with a few health challenges, I guess I kind of overdid it a bit yesterday. This is a problem for me: knowing when to stop before I drop! Anyway, I was doing some self-talk here, trying not to beat myself up further for giving in and having a nap. I feel better but have accomplished nothing so far today. Upon opening my email, I got a few giggles and soon found myself laughing out loud by myself. I saw this... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:38:55 EST Enough already! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330650 Last Monday I wrote a blog featuring the never-ending weather we have been living. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1652380438.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then I found what I thought was a cute graphic to explain why spring wasn't available here. <BR> <BR> I'm not really laughing today as I look out the window: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l20501347.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1372607267.jpg"> <B... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 13:47:54 EST Oh! So That's The Problem! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5323964 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1341412133.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is what I awoke to this morning! My feet wanted to run -- all the way back to bed! Ackkk! <BR> <BR> I checked the calendar - -and yes -- it is April 15, 2013. Did I miss a memo? <BR> <BR> Then I checked my email -- and yes - in fact I had missed a memo...... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l393570513.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 12:05:54 EST More email wisdom with gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318461 I am continually amazed at the interesting & inspiring things people send to me in email. I wonder where this came from; who thought this up; or why I didn't think of it first, sometimes! <BR> hehehe <BR> <BR> All in all, it still affirms "Thank God for my friends!" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l699716419.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The original link is www.imfunny.net Wed, 10 Apr 2013 13:21:23 EST Some Email Wisdom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317210 The Charles Schultz Philosophy <BR> <BR> The following is the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the 'Peanuts' comic strip. <BR> <BR> You don't have to actually answer the questions. Just ponder on them. <BR> <BR> Just read the e-mail straight through, and you'll get the point. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world. <BR> <BR> 2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners. <BR> <BR> 3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant. <BR> ... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 13:20:27 EST Blogging By Default http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315721 So.... here I am. My first blog on my new Spark Page. Some might think of this as an achievement, but if the truth is told -- it's happening by default! <BR> <BR> You see, I thought I could kind of sneak on to Spark, get as much information as possible as to how make healthy, permanent changes to my life, and maybe meet & encourage a few people along the way. I'm not on FaceBook largely because I don't really want to put myself out there -- and more to the point -- who would care? <BR> <B... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 11:06:04 EST