KALLIOPE_CATES's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KALLIOPE%5FCATES KALLIOPE_CATES'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/ mid way hoop journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281071 i am half way through my lenten hoop journey. I am hooping for 40 days to 40 different music artists to try and expand my flow. <BR> <BR> I have also vowed not to try to learn any new tricks because its easy to get overwhelmed and frustrated. i am just practicing things i already know, working in reverse currents, and generally just enjoying getting comfortable with the hoop that i once thought was too fast for me. <BR> <BR> From all this, I hope to have found my own unique style. I did ... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 11:28:03 EST a more awesome me (possible?) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186608 this year i just want to be more awesome. i am going to stop looking in the mirror so much. i am going to ignore what other people say and form my own opinions. i am going to appreciate the people that i meet through work, no matter how odd they may be. i am going to spend less by getting outside more. i am going to speak my mind. i am going to drink less and hoop more. and if not, its ok, because i'm already pretty rad <BR> (and also modest). Wed, 2 Jan 2013 16:51:54 EST Hoop Dance Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4829081 Here I am in my messy room with my terrible quality webcam, looking a little out of my element dancing to "Glad You Came" by The Wanted. You really cant feel sad when that song is on though! Special "thumbs up" appearance by my boyfriend, who was very curious and amused... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 17:26:38 EST february review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4762894 Well, I dont think I lost any weight, but I am feeling better. I didnt get Wil to lose any weight, but I think he wants to for March. My hooping improved greatly, and hopefully will continue to do so. One or two more monthly challenges and I will be where I want to be! Wed, 29 Feb 2012 08:15:51 EST mid february http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4747581 Halfway through the February boot camp. I havent lost any weight but I am feeling pretty good. I have walked or played disc every day this week and have been hooping every day. Now that I will be out of a job, I am hoping to be in great shape. Hopefully I will have trimmed down a little by the end of the month, but I havent really changed my diet much Mon, 20 Feb 2012 11:32:31 EST february start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4714425 Attempting to do another bootcamp after giving up on the January one after about...2 days. My baggiest pants are not so baggy right now, and I had to lie down to get my favorite pants on the other day...yikes! Then all that stuff that hangs over on my sides...that HAS to go! I hope that this February boot camp will allow me to put those baggy pants back in the bottom corner of my closet! <BR> I havent had a break through in a while with my hula hoop either. I am hoping i just need to get it ... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 13:33:00 EST double review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4639836 Well, I may not have done as great as i intended with this December boot camp, but I definitely did more than I would have without it. I forced myself to take enough walks around the dam, that eventually I got to the point where I was disappointed when i COULDNT do it, and thats a different feeling! I havent lost any pounds but i havent GAINED any either. <BR> <BR> With almost a year under my belt with spark people, I feel a lot wiser about healthy choices. I dont count calries often anymore... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 09:59:37 EST halfway there http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4627116 halfway through the December challenge! i worked really hard yesterday, but today all i want to do is hide. i am not going to though. being sad will not change what has come to pass, and i think he would appreciate if i did the things i like to do and stopped with the tears. a good workout tonight should make me feel better, because while i would love to see those that have already departed, i hope it is a long long time from now. Thu, 15 Dec 2011 17:05:15 EST fleeting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4626353 A friend is dead this morning by his own hand. I felt ill when I saw emergency vehicles around his building yesterday, and our worst fears were confirmed just hours later. Only lived a block away. My other half is greatly torn up by this and I have no words of comfort. So young, it is just so, so sad that some people just cannot get away from those inner demons when there ARE friends all around. <BR> Thu, 15 Dec 2011 06:24:49 EST Kalliope Cates VS the pomme http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4618502 On an attempt to try something new, the something new won. There may be an odd splatter on my nose. a rude stream of juice dripping from my cutting board, dying my white counter pink. a cloud of dust in the wake of this weird fruit experience taking far longer then planned. but my nails were stained for glory! for sparta! so there! Thu, 8 Dec 2011 23:59:51 EST December challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4616735 The hardest part of these weeks challenge is eating all my fruits and veggies! I bought a bunch at the grocery store, but even with all these avocados and peppers, I still just want pizza! While my actual meal choices may not be much better, I have been getting my servings in as snacks. I usually buy produce from the discount bin, so I feel more pressured to eat them so I dont throw them out! <BR> Getting more exersize minutes in hasnt really been a challenge until today, when the weather sti... Wed, 7 Dec 2011 17:32:59 EST passed it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4462801 this has nothing to do with food or health but i passed the field test portion of being a state certified residentail energy auditor. YES! Fri, 2 Sep 2011 14:37:47 EST kitten mittons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4426059 new kitten is making me happy every day, just like hearing Super bass! <BR> Sun, 14 Aug 2011 11:27:35 EST bad funk good funk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4413824 After saturdays wedding I was so sad and I dint know why! Everyone was partying and I just wanted to cry. So I left alone and I did cry and fumed that my partner stayed behind. <BR> THE OLD me would have laid in bed fuming over every passing minute that said partner was not home, and would have cried herself to sleep over wondering why she was so different from everyone else, and would haev woken up with the dreaded PUFFY EYES!!! <BR> BUT THE NEW ME put on my new celtics jersey and went for a... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 08:59:27 EST rain and more rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4317773 too much rain! i wanted to walk to the store yesterday but it is windy and rainy! i love summer becasue i love the nice weather, but we have not been seeing much of it :( my kayak and my hula hoops are looking lonely. <BR> wil and i are hosting a party this weekend, hopefully the weather will be nice. i tried to make healthy sides like pasta salad with whole grain pasta and light maynaise and milk, and the mexican dip has skim milk cheese and vegetarian chilli. i try to sneak mild sala in th... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 12:11:54 EST sam i am fruits and veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4298168 Should I eat them in the day? <BR> And to the bacon say, "no way!" <BR> Should I eat them around noon? <BR> Oh, with my yogurt and a spoon! <BR> Should I eat them late at night? <BR> Then no more would my pants be tight! <BR> I do not like them, no I dont! <BR> I want to try, but I just wont! <BR> Will I eat them from a can? <BR> Will I eat them while I stand? <BR> Will I eat them if I see? <BR> Yes mom, I know they're good for me! <BR> Will I eat the frozen kind? <BR> Will I keep them in my ... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 12:48:19 EST work out to pig out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4281609 is it acceptable to work out on the off day just so you can have some ice cream? <em>29</em> Mon, 6 Jun 2011 20:32:28 EST helpin' out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4280554 Not having enough money to spare to help those in need after the tornado saddens me. I love Springfield, despite its many setbacks and negative reputation. Yes it is a rough town, but it made me a smart girl! <BR> Due to all the destruction, my job has been put on hold. I cannot help people insulate their homes when there are no homes to be had! Our company has been collecting food and toiletries to donate to those who have been displaced. It seems that the areas of Springfield MA that were h... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 12:07:18 EST good morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4278203 this morning i took a walk around my new town and found a nice cemetery. i think they are very relaxing to walk in. on my way out, i found a map with a bunch of trails that run through town! i had no idea! i cant wait to explore more now that the weather is nice. This morning I walked for a half hour, did toning with nicole nichols (poor girl), and read a great book, all while the man is still asleep! Sun, 5 Jun 2011 10:11:19 EST humble pie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4274582 seeing damage so close to home makes superficial things seem even more shallow. how lucky is our family to be narrowly passed by on multiple occasions. in the long run, those last few pounds dont really matter as long as you are healthy. the long ride home from western mass was very tiring and emotional. hopefully i can get myslef out of this funk by playing with friends this weekend. Fri, 3 Jun 2011 11:01:57 EST festival festivities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4269474 i am proud that four days of camping and i did not eat a SINGLE hot dog or crappy burger. i ate awesome fruit smoothies, veggie pitas and a vegetarian burrito. mmmmmm very proud of myself!! i brought hot dogs with me but i traded them from bloody marys with really thick vegetable juice. i wanted to be in great shape to be hula hooping at the festival, and i felt so good inside :) Wed, 1 Jun 2011 09:40:33 EST rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4245608 more rain. there is no motivation to do anything but watch netflix in this weather. wil and i always play dic on the weekends, which is great excersize but it doesnt look like that will happen! its hard to get your heartrate up when you only have two rooms abd they both have slanted ceilings! Fri, 20 May 2011 14:15:05 EST good eatin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4236181 healthy day today. hummus on whole grain crackers for breakfast and a huge fruit and veggie salad for lunch :) Mon, 16 May 2011 12:14:28 EST what the butt?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4234315 holy crap! that "quick butt toning" in boot camp almost left me in tears! who can really even do that?! i am gonna be sorry in the morning! Sun, 15 May 2011 16:23:34 EST i won i won i won http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4209441 i won a video!! i never win anything! wahhooo <BR> Wed, 4 May 2011 10:40:36 EST its akward when... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4197012 You first meet your neighbors when your washing machine is apparently not hooked up and the water all over your floor leaks down into their bedroom....ummm... OOOOOOPS Thu, 28 Apr 2011 17:07:38 EST its the booze that gets me :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4178822 i am always way under my calories, and then i have a drink or two...i cant give that up! grrr Wed, 20 Apr 2011 09:53:06 EST rigged! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4176140 getting 25 points on that wheel is impossible! i am convinced it is rigged! Tue, 19 Apr 2011 08:13:57 EST disc golf http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4175092 two days of disc golf has left me verrry tired Mon, 18 Apr 2011 19:11:00 EST hooises http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4167334 Bruises you get from hooping too much Fri, 15 Apr 2011 09:46:13 EST yay beer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4163123 I made a special trip to get the light twisted teas for date night tuesday and it was worth it because i had a hamburger AND a hotdog and still stayed within my daily allowance Wed, 13 Apr 2011 12:51:54 EST Is it summer yet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4160484 there is nothing to do at work today! I am sad that its raining because I bought charcoal for the first grilling session of the year. I guess its still a little too soon :( Tue, 12 Apr 2011 11:30:38 EST