KTRIBE808's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KTRIBE808 KTRIBE808'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/ My LONGEST Binge-free Streak to Date! Woo hoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619443 Twenty one days without a single binge. Truly a victory for me! To some, that doesn't sound like very long. According to SP, I have been binge-free 46% of the time. Again, that would discourage some people, but not me! Why? Because I have been a life-long binger who binged EVERY DAY since I was a teenager. Oh for many years I counteracted that with oodles of exercise but when my daughter and only child died - I lost the ambition to work out and the pounds piled on quickly. SP to the rescue! I... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 12:55:28 EST Every effort is a small victory! CELEBRATE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5491069 It is so easy to get discouraged when we falter on our pathway to fitness. But I look at it as EVERY effort is a small victory. <BR> <BR> Perhaps I am not where I wanted to be by now in terms of what I weigh. But guess what? I have significantly improved my diet overall. I have dramatically decreased my binging - which has been a problem for me my entire life. MOST of the time I make wise food choices and manage to find time to exercise. I have learned techniques from SP to stop binges i... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 11:33:40 EST The Thrill of Victory Followed by the Agony of Defeat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252705 What a day! I was so proud of myself just an hour ago. I fancied a fastnacht on "Fat Tuesday" but alas, did not get one. So when I went to our local grocery store a bit ago and saw fastnachts being sold, I grab a package. Then I got to thinking - hey I only wanted ONE and there are a dozen here! Knowing me and my lack of portion control, I put them back and did not buy them. Hooray! <BR> <BR> While I was gone, my bundt pound cake was baking in the oven for tomorrow's dinner for company. I ha... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 14:17:31 EST So far, so good! Holiday Strategy is WORKING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168289 In my previous blog I wrote about how, thank to a recent SP article, I developed a strategy to deal with the holidays. I really tend to lose control during the holidays and usually gain several pounds from massive over indulgence. This year I have been "calorie banking" and really pushing my workouts. I have been completely skipping "fillers" and eating only what I really really want. So far I have been to SIX holiday parties and several dinners out with friends or the hubs. And guess what? I... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 17:38:39 EST Getting through the Holiday Season WITHOUT gaining weight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160203 Thanks to a recent SP article, I have a strategy this year. First of all, my goal is NOT to regain the pounds I lost, NOT to lose weight! There are WAY too many holiday celebrations for me to realistically think I can lose weight this time of year. Next - I am "banking" calories to use at these celebrations. On days when there are no parties or family events, I eat lightly and "bank" the saved calories. I am focusing on doing more kettlebell training and step-aerobics to burn maximum calories... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 12:50:07 EST Preparing for Sandy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5115605 Apparently our area is dead center of the projected path of Sandy. We have been preparing for 2 days now. Not only must we prepare for ourselves, but also for the safety and care of the cats of the Shawnee Om Shanti Cat Sanctuary. We have weathered floods but never before have we gone through hurricane force storms. But we have prepared the best we could and now all that is left is to pray. Prayers for all humans and animals alike to stay safe! Sun, 28 Oct 2012 13:06:32 EST I haven't lost much weight lately BUT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5051486 Like my blog title says, I haven't lost much weight lately. It is taking me far longer to recover from my near-fatal accident than I thought it would. Apparently middle-aged bodies take longer to heal than young ones. BUMMER! <BR> But I am happy as I AM exercising and I AM trying my best to monitor my food-intake. And instead of being upset because I am not losing weight quickly, I am using a different perspective. What if I wasn't trying? I would be in even worse shape than I am now and no d... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 19:46:30 EST SP helped me celebrate my birthday when I was feeling forgottened!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5007470 I was feeling a little sad because not only did I have to work on my birthday, but it seemed like a lot of the "usual" friends and family had forgotten it was my birthday this year! Usually I get at least a half-dozen cards or so and some phone calls. This year I seem to be forgotten by most. I know some folks are busy but I started wondering if I was offensive in some way. Luckily my fellow Sparkers helped me to feel remembered with all their sweet comments and "goodies". <BR> THANK YOU! Wed, 8 Aug 2012 22:54:47 EST Every small step is a victory. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5000190 Today I was a little over my calorie range, yet I saw it as a small victory. Today I did not binge - yes I overate a little, but I did it at a place where I could easy have consumed triple the calories I did for today. THAT is a small victory. Every moment spent exercising, every second helping refused, every wise food choice is another step towards a healthy and happier life. Every time when I DO overeat and I immediately get on track again, is a victory. <BR> <BR> Be proud of every positi... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 23:17:43 EST I'm back! I am alive and it's a MIRACLE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4940384 Hello All! <BR> <BR> It's been so long since I have been here, but at least I have a good excuse! I was in a horrific accident back in early March. A teenager who had her driving license just two days rammed my car while I was on the interstate. My car crossed 4 lanes of highway, crossed the median, went down an embankment and crashed into a tree! The angels must have been with me as I survived! Even the police said it was a miracle! <BR> <BR> Rescue workers had to cut me out of my car, wh... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 16:47:54 EST Why I chose to DELIBRATRLY regain 10 lbs. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4687312 Hey there, <BR> <BR> Long time no see! I've been busy, busy, busy - with work, setting up the new house and working on insulating and paneling the "Cat House" for the cat sanctuary. Oh and regaining 10 lbs. <BR> <BR> When I joined SP, I was 160 lbs. I set a goal of 140 lbs. and thought it would be a miracle if I reached that weight. SP set a goal of 133 lbs. Well when I reached 130 lbs., it was grand. And I kept losing until I reached 120lbs. - a weight I had not seen since my high school... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 16:43:04 EST Long time no see! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4447685 I have not been at SP in quite some time, all is well, but I have been busy busy busy! Between water-proofing the basement, unpacking, buying necessities for the house and continuing to work on the cat sanctuary - I have had very little time to play on the computer. My tailbone is mostly healed and I have resumed exercise. I am happy to report that I have not regained any weight. I am including a pic of student took of me in my classroom today. Missed ya! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 11:32:20 EST Welcome to Camp Kitten! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4384388 I have not been at SP at lot lately. Between teaching summer classes, many projects at the new place, unpacking boxes (very slowly I am afraid) and raising 5 orphaned kittens - I have been BUSY! The kits are doing well, learning new skills every day. The litter training is a slow go, hopefully they eventually will get the idea! <BR> <BR> The other day it was 104 degrees F. I was overjoyed when the Kitty tent arrived. We set it up in the dining room as we had just gotten done dry-locking the ... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 09:08:47 EST Introducing the Miracle Kittens! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4359022 So far so good! The kittens are drinking formula and eating moistened kitten food. All have passed urine which is a good sign since they were so dehydrated. They're not out of the woods yet and they are still looking for Mama, but we are hopeful! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l960266178.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l317240188.jpg"> Tue, 12 Jul 2011 22:31:08 EST Update - My Wonderful Husband! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4355904 My wonderful husband took it upon himself to go back to the old place and look for Shegwa's kittens and he found all 5 -- ALIVE! One looks weaker than the others but they are eating food and mewing! Mon, 11 Jul 2011 16:10:39 EST The Worst Has Happened, Totally Heart-broken http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4354648 I managed to catch or trap 34 of the cats and relocate them to our new location. Despite my best efforts, 7 still eluded me. <BR> Even after we moved, I went back several times with traps and carriers to try and catch them. I even had a former student help me, with infra-red cameras, special traps, etc. However I was determined not to give up. I had obtained permission from the property owners next door to continue trapping and I stopped by to put food out for them. <BR> <BR> Saturday was my... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 08:04:22 EST I'm Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4353046 Well the move is over. I am sorry to say we were unable to catch 6 of the cats, despite repeated attempts. Unfortunately, the kitties and I are even more unhappy than anticipated. The kitties have come to realize that they are stuck here and can no longer roam freely and they are hot, miserable, and BORED. <BR> Because I stayed at the old homestead until the last possible second getting everything packed I have no idea where everything is at - boxes were thrown just anywhere with no rhyme or... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 12:46:38 EST Will be MIA for a while http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4309258 We're getting ready for the big move! I am no where near ready and I am worried sick about getting all the cats. SO much to do so I probably will not be sparking very much. Wish me luck! Sun, 19 Jun 2011 21:46:12 EST Two Weeks to Do the Impossible! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4302477 We asked the landlord for an additional two weeks in July as we are behind schedule with our preparations to get the cat sanctuary ready. Today I got a voice mail saying NO! - that he already has the place leased for July. Hmmmm, you would think he would want to paint the walls and shampoo the carpets before someone else moved in - after all, we have lived here for over 14 years! <BR> <BR> So much left to do! Hopefully the fence will be fully installed by Sunday and a friend has volunteered ... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 11:02:58 EST Our Cat Sanctuary has been BLOGGED! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4280769 I was surprised and pleased to find a brief "snippet" about our cat sanctuary at <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>365catladies.blogspot.com/2011/06/fo<BR>r-love-of-cats.html </link> <BR> <BR> Wowsers! Mon, 6 Jun 2011 13:31:00 EST Truly Baffled! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4274198 Since breaking my tailbone a week ago (and I also have a hairline fracture of my sacrum) I have been unable to exercise. Now prior to this, I was unable to exercise because of a popped rib and bronchitis and had only resumed exercising a week prior to breaking my tailbone. I also had several episodes of over-indulgence and a binge, so I was truly frightened of getting on the scale. So much so, that I skipped last Sunday's weigh-in. Today I am planning to try a short jaunt to Friday's market w... Fri, 3 Jun 2011 08:05:56 EST So sad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4265825 Between Mickey and my broken tailbone, I just can't seem to work out of this sad mood I am in. For the first time since Sept. 2010, I stopped tracking my food and of course with a broken tailbone, I can't exercise. We have to be out of here in one month and the cat fencing isn't up, things are not packed, the basement needs more work and the friggin dryer broke. So much needs done and I am in no shape to do it. Mon, 30 May 2011 20:42:49 EST Truly Horrible Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4260472 Mickey is the last of my husband's three cats - the other two died shortly after we married. Mickey suffers from hyperthyroidism and after fighting it for years, he was getting increasingly frail. Still he enjoyed his meals and snuggling with us. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, the past week or so - he took to hanging out under our cars and NOT moving when we start the car. So we got in the habit of checking under the cars before starting them. <BR> <BR> Today I had off work and went to feed my ne... Fri, 27 May 2011 19:33:37 EST Yesterday I totally lost it; today is a new day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4259323 Yes I am stressed out again. The weather truly seems to be against us and we are seriously behind schedule with the cat house and fencing projects. I bought some more fencing material and every time I turn around there is something else that must be bought. Thank goodness for a former student of mine who is working hard to not only make the cat sanctuary a reality but also to address some water issues in the basement. <BR> <BR> Anyway, we stopped at an all-you-can-eat buffet and oh yes I did... Fri, 27 May 2011 09:01:29 EST Rain rain GO AWAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4248737 It has been raining almost daily for the past 2 months! Normally I would not care, but I have a cat sanctuary to get ready and the rain is holding things up. We MUST be out of here no later than June 30th and that includes all of the cats! I shudder to think of what might happen to any that get left behind! <BR> <BR> Although the exterior of the "Cat House" is up - we must still install the chain link fence and then the special "toppers" that will prevent escape. We can not install the fenci... Sun, 22 May 2011 12:08:51 EST Progress on the cat house! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4237205 We have taken to calling the new kitty accommodations "the cat house" as we have been cautioned NOT to call it a barn as doing so could be hazardous in terms of property taxes. "Shed" did not seem an adequate description so "the cat house" it is. <BR> <BR> Due to almost constant rain, we are a full two weeks behind schedule, but the site was finally prepped and the new barn, er cat house installed. There is still a ton of work to do - fencing and modification of the new house itself to make... Mon, 16 May 2011 20:03:34 EST Hooray! It's NOT Pneumonia! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4232706 First of all, I would like to thank those SP friends who have been praying for me and sending me get well wishes! I appreciate that all so much! <BR> <BR> Well the x-rays came back and it's not pneumonia, but a case of bronchitis instead. I also have a really nasty ear infection - actually in both ears, but more so in the left. I am still having problems with coughing whenever I attempt to lie down. My sinuses may be infected or just affected by the inner ear infection. Unfortunately I toler... Sat, 14 May 2011 18:47:29 EST May Not Be Able To Exercise for a While Longer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4226423 I have lost my sense of taste and smell, and discharge is coming from my left ear. Can't stop coughing when I lay down. SO I went to my DO for the first time in 6 years. He thinks I may have pneumonia so I must go for a chest X-ray tomorrow! So I STILL can't exercise! Wed, 11 May 2011 19:51:36 EST NEVER say things couldn't get any worse! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4223757 OK, first I popped a rib and got that taken care of - even though the area is still inflamed and painful. I have also been battling an URI that I got from my DH. Now THAT is not bothering to much EXCEPT I have COMPLETELY lost my sense of smell and taste. Then when I got home from work I realized that my ears are almost completely stopped up and I can hardly hear anything! I have NEVER experienced anything like this during my almost 50 years on the planet. Oy vey X infinity! Tue, 10 May 2011 18:45:39 EST Popped a rib! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4221304 Apparently while helping to move some of the "big stuff" to the new place, I somehow "popped a rib". To be more accurate, I have a subluxated rib that moved off the spinal transverse process. All I knew is that it hurt like hell to breathe and pain would shoot right up my neck and into my ear! Every inhalation was more painful than the previous one and I ALMOST had DH take me to the emergency room! Now that is saying a lot. Normally I must be in horrific pain or spurting blood to go to the do... Mon, 9 May 2011 18:57:31 EST Apparently I need some new clothes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4210570 Most of my work clothes are size 8 and some of the pants look like they could fall right off of me! I haven't lost any weight in 2 months and I am OK with that as I am trying to learn how to maintain my weight loss. <BR> <BR> However, today at work I had THREE people tell me that I am too skinny! At 5'4", 125 lbs. is not too skinny! It's just that my work clothes are too big now! Eventually I will go to the Salvation Army Thrift shop (we have some awesome ones!) to get some "new" clothes bu... Wed, 4 May 2011 19:02:12 EST Baking in Overdrive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4187119 I adore baking but have largely given it up because NO ONE loves my baked goodies more than I do! I now limit my baking for special occasions and holidays when I can share the baked goodies and either leave some with my hosts or send home with my guests. <BR> <BR> Last night I made an orange pound cake using a recipe I found at Spark Recipes. It stuck to the bundt pan - despite spraying with cooking oli and flouring. It was a blessing in disguise as I tasted the cake and it tasted AWFUL. Not... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 10:58:22 EST It's a done deal. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4184407 Well it's a done deal now - for better or worse - the papers are signed and we are homeowners! Well DH has been a homeowner before - this is my first time. I cried the whole way home. <BR> <BR> So much to do! The next items on the agenda is to get the barn site prepped, the barn installed, and the fencing put up. Modifications must be made to the barn to make it cat-friendly. We must also waterproof the basement - apparently the sellers didn't mind having a wet basement - well I do! And of c... Fri, 22 Apr 2011 18:52:45 EST Almost time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4182038 We did the pre-settlement walk-through today and I got to meet the people. Seemed like nice enough people. Then DH and I walked around the back yard so I could see what area could be fenced in for the cats. We are marking the areas for the barn and measuring for fencing supplies on Saturday. <BR> <BR> DH got the cashier's check for the settlement.If all goes as plan, I will be a homeowner in less than 24 hrs.! I was asked if I am happy, and since I do not lie I had to say no. I am resigned. Thu, 21 Apr 2011 15:48:17 EST Holy Cats! Buying a home is expensive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4179422 Finally got the amount of the cashier's check needed for closing and holy cats! It's about 5K more than the original estimate. No wonder I have always rented! Can someone PLEASE tell me the advantages of owning versus renting because I sure do not see any right now! Wed, 20 Apr 2011 13:56:18 EST Settlement this Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4174974 Welll it's official - the house has passed FHA inspection and settlement is this coming Friday afternoon. This will be the first time in my life that I will be a homeowner! I am less than thrilled. I DON'T want to leave my present location and the enormous debt that we are committing to scares the bejeesus out of me. To a lifelong renter, this is scarey stuff. <BR> <BR> One thing a good friend told me is helping me deal a little bit better. She told me there is a reason why our offer for whe... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 18:10:22 EST 83% http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4172718 I have been a member of SP for a little over 7 months and I am happy to say I have reached my goal weight. In fact I am 5 lbs. under my original goal weight but I am still in the healthy range. <BR> <BR> Has my binging stopped completely? I am sorry to say no. Has it improved greatly? YES! According to my SP tracking, I have managed to be binge-free 83% of the time. Thanks to SP I now have strategies that help me avoid binging most of the time. I KNOW what my triggers are and can avoid them ... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 21:21:22 EST Totally Fell Off the Wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4169733 As we get closer to closer to settlement, I get more and more anxious. I so do not want to leave where I live now. I will never enjoy this kind of freedom again and neither will the kitties. It breaks my heart. My present location is my joy and my refuge and I will never feel that way about the new place. <BR> <BR> Yesterday my BF and I went shopping for kitty doors for the Amish to incorporate into the barn doors to allow them access into what will be their fenced-in play yard. Oh howsad I ... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 11:45:57 EST Something I have never heard before. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4166573 Today I heard an adjective applied to me that I think I have never heard before and that was the word SKINNY! <BR> <BR> Now I am NOT skinny! At 5'4", 125 lbs. is not skinny! But today my DH called me skinny and while talking to my Mother-in-law she said I was too skinny! I was shocked! Too funny! <BR> <BR> I think it was because I was wearing size 8 pants and I was literally drowning in them. When I first joined SP in September 2010, my goal was to fit back into my clothes and now some thi... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 22:23:03 EST Feeling Guilty about only doing a 25 minute workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4164174 It is a rare day indeed that I miss working out. Even before I lost the weight, I worked out almost daily. I need to. If I skip a few days I start to get aches and pains in my knees, shoulders and back. Plus exercise for me is mentally relaxing - when I work out I worry about - NOTHING! I totally concentrate on what I am doing and for a little while, all my problems slip away. <BR> <BR> Today was a long and trying day. My DH and I had our very first major disagreement since we met over 4 yea... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 21:35:26 EST Did a bit of work on the new place http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4156343 I think I am very slowly starting to become resigned to the fact that I will have to adjust to living some place else. As well as the kitties. I honestly can not picture myself being happy there - I will so miss the freedom of doing what I please whenever I want and I will miss all our wildlife terribly. <BR> <BR> But today I helped sand the porch and paint the garage door that the FHA inspector wants done, and I realized that it is a nice house and things could be worse. <BR> Sun, 10 Apr 2011 19:49:20 EST Bad News but a Blessing in Disquise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4150718 Today I went to my BF's house where her sig other (my mechanic for the past 25 years!) checked out my car and did an oil change. Now my car started "squealing" in the front a few days ago and I figured he would tell me I needed new brakes. <BR> <BR> Oh there was much more wrong than that - the brake hoses need replaced and apparently the brake is gripping the front tire on the driver's side even when the car is in motion! Not only is this chewing up the brake pad and rotor, but it is a safet... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 23:47:47 EST Tired of being worried all the time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4146711 I am so tired of being worried all the time. I am worried about the work that must be done to appease the FHA inspector so the monies can be released. I am worried about the home settlement. I am worried about preparing the site for the barn and the fencing. I am worried about the modification of the barn to make it suitable for the cats. I am worried about having the basement waterproofed so we can put stuff down there and I want to remove the water softener system (VERY bad for the environm... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 12:05:36 EST We are the SOS Cats! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4138738 We are in the process of relocating our cat sanctuary because of impending development. We are the Shawnee Om Shanti Cat Sanctuary (SOS Cats for short!) and the sanctuary is a living memorial to my daughter and only child, Shawnee, who died unexpectedly several years ago. We are a private sanctuary and I usually keep quiet about it as there is an unfortunate tendency for people to dump off unwanted pets when they know such a place exists. It costs over $400 a month to feed our gang and we can... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 13:03:23 EST Mortgage application has been APPROVED! Mixed feelings. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4130011 We got the word today that the mortgage application is approved. I definitely have mixed feelings. First of all, I really do not want to move! But the reality is that we have to. There are also a ton of hoops to jump through before settlement and closing (or are they the same thing?) which is darn frustrating to say the least. <BR> <BR> Moving from a place where I have been accumulating stuff for the past 15 years is daunting. All the work that needs to be done is mind-blowing. We will need ... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 19:19:35 EST Spark Summary Calendar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4127122 At the end of the month I like to look at my Spark Summary calendar to see my progress. For March, I went over my allotted calories only three times. Woo hoo! Now that is what I call progress! Tue, 29 Mar 2011 16:44:24 EST Love Shamrock Shakes but Hate the Calories? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4121891 Try adding a few drops of peppermint extract to an Alba Chocolate Snake Shake (made with cold water and ice) while blending. Very refreshing and tastes very similar to a Shamrock shake - for 70 calories! Sun, 27 Mar 2011 16:44:42 EST First Binge in a LONG time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4119187 Well I had what I call a "modest" binge last night. Modest in the fact that at one time, I could have easily consumed the total amount of calories I had yesterday in one binge episode. <BR> <BR> But the fact remains that I binged. Thanks to SP, it is easy to see why. I am beyond stressed. Between one of my favorite cats dying (which again shows me as to who I can count on as true friends), the stress of moving, the even greater stress of the mortgage process (grrrrrrr!) and too many carbohyd... Sat, 26 Mar 2011 08:58:55 EST Sweet Tea's Final Resting Place http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4118100 We buried Sweet Tea in the herb garden where she loved to lounge. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l81583473.jpg"> Fri, 25 Mar 2011 16:28:58 EST R.I.P. Sweet Tea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4116038 Today while feeding the outdoor kitties their dinner I saw Sweet Tealaying by the main feeding station. I called her name and when she did not respond, I got that sinking feeling. Yes, my dear Sweet Tea was indeed dead. <BR> <BR> Only ten years old, I knew Sweet Tea from the day she was born. She was not a feral or a rescue, she was truly a beloved family member. The friendliest of all the kitties, she often groomed the other cats. I considered her my helper. She was not sick in the least; I... Thu, 24 Mar 2011 19:36:25 EST