KYLIECAT1's SparkPeople Blog KYLIECAT1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Still adding good habits a day ! For three days I was without heat because the furnace broke . Not easy when its 9 degrees outside but I managed . I still am adding a tiny good habit for each day . I hope to see results both physically and mentally because I must admit I am tiny teeny bit depressed ! lol. I think the key to being successful in any endeavor is of course motivation but what is the key to motivation? <BR> For some it might be a reward of some sort but for me it is more about seeing small progress that I can... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:14:32 EST Phase 1 Just a short blog. Basically I hurt my knees. might have to have surgery . I will be evaluated in 4 and half weeks ! I want to get a good review of no surgery for me ! <BR> If anyone is familiar with the FLYLADY . Then you know she has a plan for 30 day baby steps to good habits. She does home organizing. I thought I would turn it around and make it work for me with 30 day baby steps to a good review from the doctor . <BR> I gave it a twist and wrote in my journal somethings to do everyday ... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 08:14:01 EST Being gentle with myself . Before I got hurt , I had blinders on . All I wanted was peace in my life I said . <BR> My life revolved around my work , I had no social time with anyone .I fixated on small flaws . Like my freckles on my nose , a wrinkle that wasn't there yesterday . I figured I had all the time in the world to get skinny .My weight never caused me problems . I could out work 20 year olds and did ! I lifted heavier weight the most of the men at my work , I have a relationship with a very nice man who li... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:40:33 EST It is either laugh or cry ! I choose to laugh ! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My picture for Sammies accountability thread ! <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 18:47:21 EST Think Spring ! <img src=""> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 17:52:35 EST Happy Valentine's Day Everyone ! We are all here with the same purpose ! To get healthy ! Happy Valentine's day ! I hope everyone here creates a new love affair with their life ! <img src=""> Sat, 14 Feb 2015 11:50:13 EST Whats the worst that can happen ? So many times I just sit in fear of the "worst that can happen". It can be paralyzing ! I have finally accepted the "worst that could happen." Now it hasn't happened Probably won't happen . Worry can affect our health in so many ways . The fact that I am obsessing over the worst that could happen is making me weak before anything even happens! Does that make sense ? <BR> I am going to condense my story because really I am sick of hearing it myself ! I got injured , might have to have knee s... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 18:49:28 EST Road to Recovery <img src=""> Fri, 6 Feb 2015 15:22:42 EST Had to share this ! lol <img src=""> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:31:01 EST Living in Day Tight Compartments. When worry overwhelms us , it is hard not to think of the worst possible scenario .When we are worried its like starving our soul and weakening our bodies and mind. it seems impossible to think and act normally and to make healthy decision's. <BR> That is why sometimes we need to give our brains a break and live in day tight compartments . <BR> Here's a quote by Dale Carnegie." Touch a button and hear at every level the iron door shutting out the past . The dead yesterdays , Touch another... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:46:36 EST Reevaluating Goals Today I went through all my Spark Streak Goals and other Goals and edited them . <BR> The hardest thing to do was to lower my exercise minutes and calorie burn for the week , <BR> Lets face it though with an injury I can"t do my normal activities , <BR> For me getting well and becoming not only back to my 100 percent but reaching my goals 100 percent requires consistency ,realism , motivation and enthusiasm . <BR> I split it up in to 4 areas that I need to work on, at least for now , <BR>... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 12:04:14 EST If I can do it so can you ! But Can I do it???? How often we hear the phrase If I can do it so can you .I recently read a comment on one of my friends face book page . She posted an article on the high cost of education and how student loans are breaking some Americans budget . This woman commented something like this . <BR> " I dont feel sorry for anyone. No one needs to take out student loans , I worked 3 jobs , Got many scholarships. Belonged to over 20 different clubs , Got the top ten percent of my class and graduated from Wellesley... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 10:54:28 EST My home town ! <img src=""> <BR> I was trying to post more then one picture and this is summer not winter , But with my bum leg hard to get out and get some pictures ! Hope you like ! Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:42:34 EST Are we choosing to be our own celebrities? I was watching a T.V gossip show the other day . On the show they were talking about people having plastic surgery to look like celebrities. One woman on the show a popular model with a reality show said' I was lucky, I hit the genetic gene pool, I don't need any surgery to make me beautiful , Now days everyone wants to be a celebrity, but I know what the people want and how to give it to them . So go ahead ! Make your Youtube's . Get your 32 views , if that's what you think will give you... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 11:47:37 EST How much food do they eat during one 30 minute tv show ??? I just watched a 30 minute tv show , There were 12 times people ate during the half hour ! No wonder we munch out while watching tv ! To give credit there was one part of the show that showed people jogging ! lol. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:46:46 EST Help ! I keep channeling Rodney Dangerfield and I can't stop ! I have been watching a show on the Hallmark Channel called Ceder Cove not really my type of show I normally watch but somehow I am hooked ! As I am watching I realized that I don't know how to act mature ! like EVER ! <BR> Many people have told me I am the funniest person they know and I should be a professional comedian but I am on like 24/7 ! Behavior that would seem funny at 20 doesnt seem so funny now at my age ! lol. <BR> I am even beginning to LOOK like Rodney ! I need some Respect... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:03:47 EST Whats your plan for the 4th ? Are you going to forget tracking for the 4th or try to work it in ? What about fitness? Whatever your choice maybe don't let a slip up effect your whole week ! I plan to not track but try to be reasonable and I will be doing lots of walking that day so will track that I am bringing a fruit platter to our picnic and some other healthy things along with some not so healthy things ! lol. Just remember to HAVE FUN and be safe ! Happy forth everyone ! Thu, 3 Jul 2014 09:19:33 EST Pamper Mission time again ! I am one of the admins of THE BUDDY SYSTEM GROUP and each month we post little missions for us to accomplish , This month we repeated a mission called THE PAMPER MISSION . What that basically is , is doing something for yourself each day to make you feel better and like the Queen or King that you are ! This time around I want to make sure that everyone does it everyday ! Its so important to realize what July represents . 6 more months until the end of the year ! If we have been slogging arou... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 08:45:27 EST Bohemian Vs Hippie ! A girl came in to apply for a job the other day , who described her self as a *Flower Child*.During the interview , We talked about job duties and also I like to get the feel of the person to see how well they will fit in , Working in a hotel is not for everyone ! You have to have the right kind of attitude ! You have to have pride in your job even if others view it as menial ! Because baby if you don't do your job correct all of a sudden it becomes a HUGE DEAL ! <BR> So I thought you might... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:47:23 EST A Bohemian Revolution. I have been thinking about what I could share with my Spark Friends that really reflects me and also might help them and well also myself ! I have a lot of wonderful ladies on Youtube that make channels about themselves and also how to help others ! I think I might have found it By George ! <BR> My parents were real Bohemians , They taught me many valuable lessons on how to live life each day enjoying the good life . I was surfing the internet trying to find out more about The Bohemian li... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 11:46:28 EST Feeling better and More motivated ! I won the Biggest Loser Pot at work which put me in a good mood ! I am learning to trust myself about dieting and working out . I just joined the Eat up and Slim down Spark Challenge and tomorrow I will join the Spring in to shape Challenge . I am really motivated because the Biggest Loser group at work now has a MALE MEMBER ! and a Young MALE MEMBER ! Which means basically we women could be toast if he puts his effort in to this ! How great it would be to beat a 2o something year old guy ! ... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 22:46:16 EST Sad tonight . My Ex Sister in Law died last week, She was only 43 , She was young , and beautiful and so happily married , Her husband was crushed beyond words , He was so thin and worn out. I told him he was lucky to have such a great marriage even though the time was short .Her children were so devastated, My Ex husband and his siblings , all so sad , and I remembered when I was happy and young , all of us going out to clubs and dancing ,She met her husband when I was dating her brother at a dance club, ... Thu, 15 May 2014 20:33:13 EST Five things I Bet you didnt know about good posture ! I am posting this for the Buddy System team but feel free to read if you find the topic interesting ! <BR> Five THINGS I BET YOU DIDNT KNOW ABOUT GOOD POSTURE ! <BR> <BR> 1 . Taking a " Power Posture " two minutes in a power pose—arms and legs stretched out—spikes a person’s testosterone and drops their cortisol. It works for both genders. It’s the ratio that’s important. I dont know if I want to increase my testosterone but I would like to decrease the cortisol ! lol. <BR> 2. We all know... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:49:07 EST Goals from April 27 to May 3 May Is posture Month at the Buddy System so I will definitely be working on that ! <BR> I will be writing more about that for our team members to read if they wish later on ! <BR> My Goals. <BR> 1 To pre-plan my meals as much as possible , even if its in my head ! <BR> 2. To budget my time better .A problem that has been a thorn in my side forever ! <BR> 3. DRINK MORE WATER ! When I dont get enough water I get dehydrated ! I have been hospitalized in the past for that very reason so its VE... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 00:36:55 EST Goals for April 20 to April 26th The Easter Sermon today was titled Seeing is believing . It was all about Doubting Thomas , and how Jesus said to him "“Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." Can we apply this to ourselves as well. I believe God who gave his only Son for us wants good things for us but sometimes we cant see it . Take being healthy for instance , Maybe we cant picture ourselves at our healthy weight , eating healthy food , and being strong but... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:39:40 EST My Goals for April 13th to April 19th Stressful time ! The tax man cometh ! but I will be glad when its over ! I am in the lead of my biggest loser group at work but its a small lead ! lol it could turn the around very easily ! This is only my first week and I am only ahead by the second person by 1/2 pound . So here is my goals for next week ! <BR> 1.To cut my carbs just a bit less , I don't really do well long term on low carb diets but I think the carb limit set for me is a little high 242 ! Plan to cut it down to 200.That is ... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 22:02:42 EST Goals for the week of April 6 to April 12th Alert ! This is more for my own records ! Sorry if its boring ! lol <BR> Last weeks summary , I lost a pound on my scale .I followed my Goals . <BR> For Next week . <BR> 1. Lower my calorie range a bit , * started off with normal maintenance' <BR> 2 Up my calorie burn , although not my minutes just want to be more intense . <BR> 3 Enter my food more often in my tracker per day , I sometimes forget something that I ate and remember it later ! <em>2</em> Sat, 5 Apr 2014 17:10:52 EST March 30th - April 5th . Goals for myself . Top 3 1 This week I will stay within my weekly calorie range . <BR> 2. This week I will meet my calorie burn for the week . <BR> 3 This week I will complete my exercise minutes per week <BR> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 17:50:57 EST Starting over again. Yay ! Its been a really long winter this year and more yet to come ! At least 2 more ice/snow storms ahead ! I have gained this winter , there's many excuses I will use if you ask me lol . I was thinking "Oh gosh I have to start all over again ! " <em>46</em> <BR> Then I thought " Hey I get to start over again ! " <em>224</em> <BR> How many times in our life do we wish we could scrap it all and start over again. <BR> I wish I would have taken that scholarship in Highschool. <BR> I wish I wo... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:10:04 EST Can anger be used as motivation? I have been having a difficult time at work lately with the group I am supposed to be supervising ,I won't go in to detail because , guess what? They don't deserve any more thought or time then I have already given them. Although I want to talk about anger as a motivation. <BR> There are many kinds of anger , most of it bad but there is such a thing as righteous anger. A justifiable anger .Today I had the day off and I thought about what this situation has been doing to me mentally ... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 20:51:09 EST Shout out to The Buddy System Gals ! I would just like to say that you guys really have motivated me to do better and I am so proud of US ! Each one of us has had stress and some crazy things going on this month but we are troopers !!!! Each and everyone of you ladies have been so important to me and for the first time in a long time I am sure I will make it to my goal THIS YEAR ! We have proved to ourselves that small changes work and can up our motivation level by 200 percent but most of all we have each other ! GO BUDDY GIRLS... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:36:22 EST I bought my Spark dream house ! <img src=""> <BR> I am trying to use everything Spark People has to motivate me to reach my goals both in weight and fitness and other areas too. So I have been saving up to get my Spiritual Dream house and today I got it ! This picture represents to me what I want in my life , warmth , uncluttered , rather simple yet elegant , the out doors ,Plenty of chairs for friends and family to fill. It is just a representation of how I want to f... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 20:53:19 EST Help there is a ghost in my house ! I have been listening to the song 'My Immortal' by Evanescence. this song for most people reminds people of a lost love or a person close to them that died . <BR> When I hear it, it reminds me of someone who changed me , who made me afraid . A person who still lingers in my head . <BR> I have heard that forgiveness is the key , but how does one get from point A to point B .The other night when talking with my friend who's daughter is going through a very hard time , I said to her witho... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 00:38:08 EST What's your favorite theme and exercise song ? I have been thinking about making a play list just for exercise but I thought why not add a little twist to it ! Instead of just downloading songs that inspire me , why not add some of my Spark friends favorite songs ! Not only will I get some great music to exercise too but think of my Spark friends while I am doing it ! <BR> So come on dish ! Whats your favorite theme song and whats your favorite exercise song ? Are they one and the same or different ? <BR> My theme song is Stronger by Ke... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 15:12:41 EST Dont freak out its Telly Savalas ! Who loves you Baby ? Thats right Telly does ! I never watched the show before now I am addicted and well in love with him but alas ! he is dead !!!! Anyways hes going to be my inspiration for a while , I just wanted to explain its not some random guy in a speedo its TELLY !!!!! Wed, 1 Jan 2014 22:31:27 EST January Spark Streak Challenge and Putting the Puzzle together. I belong to a wonderful tiny team owned by the Beautiful Mona, The Buddy System ! This year we are working on Spark Streaks and building 36 Streak Steps a Year , Three per month ! Since this is the first month of the year its important start out easy , I was thinking of Spark Streaks like a Jigsaw puzzle. Every Streak is a puzzle piece . So imagine that the puzzle is a picture of you at your goal weight ! Now how do you start a puzzle? Usually you find the four corners first , then work aroun... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 21:17:43 EST Working on my Streaks and finding out my problem areas. <img src="">Last time I wrote about how I was going to work on three Streaks per month in order to establish once and for all healthy habits. My Streaks this month were , <BR> 1. Give my self a Pamper Mission each day . Some small time and some small thing to make myself feel important and loved . <BR> 2. Eating within range 4 out of 3 days , I know this sounds too lax but I thought with the Holiday season here , I should pick a super ea... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 04:08:43 EST The 39 Steps. December 2014 <img src="">I am Going to perform my own weight loss experiment for one year ! I will blog about it in case it works ! Okay here goes my plan. In a nut shell I am thinking , If i can perfect 3 Spark Streaks a month because they say it takes 28 days to make something a habit , Then the following months ahead I can add three more , The trick is to make the Streaks realistic ones that I can follow. I am choosing one for the mind , One for t... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 22:32:42 EST The Screwtape letters. The other night I was reading a copy of the Screwtape letters written by C.S.Lewis .Its a satire written by C.S.Lewis of Narnia Fame. Basically its written by a Senior demon to his nephew Wormwood on how to tempt a young man to turn from God to "The father down below <BR> " I think it was published in 1942 or thereabouts. Great book for the theist and atheist alike ! Anyways to may a long story short I read a quote that made my mouth hang open ! <em>40</em> <BR> “By this method thousands ... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 17:34:24 EST Funny thing my son said ! My son and I were munching on egg matzo bread when I was reading the back of the package and noticed it said "Egg matzo is to be only consumed by the young , infirm and aged " We are not Jewish btw but I said to him "Oh No ! " and he said " Don't worry Mom , I am young and firm and you are aged so that's okay ! " <em>40</em> Sat, 30 Nov 2013 09:49:43 EST Animal qualities I hope I can mimic with my fitness and diet ! I wish to be like a cat with my approach to the speed of my progress, stalk it slinkily, testing every step . <BR> I wish to be like a turtle when it comes to knowing that things that are worth it takes time. <BR> I wish to be like a homing pigeon , and always remember where I came from. <BR> I wish to be like a dog wiggling and bursting with energy and love ! <BR> What animal qualities do you wish for ? <BR> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 21:15:11 EST The healthy new goal I will be working on this year and next. My biggest problem is water.. the actual kind you drink and the water that makes up most of our bodies. The other day I was talking to a friend and we were discussing how giving and receiving is like watering one another . Everyone needs water and if people drink from you too much and you are not getting the water you need back you get dehydrated spiritually and mentally. If you are not drinking enough water but depending on others to fill you then you are going to be mentally and spiritually... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 16:51:13 EST The last time I fell victim to the all or nothing idea. Today's Spark Coach task was to blog about the last time I went off my diet or exercise program because of perfectionism .It happens so often I cant even remember probably yesterday as I was so good today ! <BR> I've been reading a lot about positive thinking and how detrimental abusive self talk is and today listening to Spark Radio they had a segment on that very thing ! <BR> I would say the normal scenario for me when I get off track and blow it totally are days when I am over tired , ... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 19:22:11 EST If the scale or measurements didn't exist , how would I know I am getting healthier? Spark Coach community task today was to blog about how I would know if I am getting healthier and fitter if I didn't have any measurements.No clothing size , scale BMI or the dreaded hip to waist ratio . <BR> 1 Breathing easier . <BR> 2 Taking the stairs at work and at my apartment faster . <BR> 3.Believe it or not better looking teeth ! <BR> 4.Having more control over my life . <BR> 5, Longer looking legs <BR> Anyone have anything else they can add that they noticed ? <BR> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 16:20:43 EST update on EV ! Last night my Ex husband came over ... wanted me to type a menu for work. Screamed at me I wasnt typing fast enough and asked him how to spell "sacchetti" Proceeded to tell me I wasn't adding enough spices to my dinner , "Which I stopped making in order to type the slowly typed menu ! Because he was yelling the dog started to cry and he yelled at me for TREATING HER LIKE A HUMAN! I told him she has a right to her opinion and her opinion is she doesnt like him !!!!! <BR> Enter MR BIG my other... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 09:48:06 EST Emotional Vampires I've been in a bit of a quandary lately ,feeling very confused ,like somehow I was born in the wrong time , have the wrong expectations of people .I don't know seriously.I have a lot of emotional vampires in my life . My definition of an Emotional Vampire is someone who . <BR> 1 Never has time for you but expects you to have time for them . <BR> 2.Never gives out praise for good deeds you do. <BR> 3. Gives praise such as I appreciate how you listen to me, love me . forgive me . inspire me bu... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 16:05:59 EST Funny Things that are said on the Tuesday night Learning English room. Long ago I used to help out in an English Practice Chat room . There I became friends with a young man from Brazil who since has turned out to be my adopted little bother , He was 2o then and now 33 ! He has since become an English Teacher in Brazil ! Amazing how time flies ! Anyways to make a long story short , He is now the head of his own school and wants to use internet chat to help his students practice English! <BR> Now I am not an English teacher and don't pretend to be, I let the... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 21:59:47 EST A is for Acceptance. Acceptance for myself is a hard thing. I do not seem to have any problem accepting my friends , co-workers or family as they are . Someone really has to be extreme for me to pass judgement.I always remind myself that I am not God and have no right to judge people. although I am always judging myself . Does that mean that I think I can control everything in my life or should be able to? Why do I think that what someone else does or what someone else looks like is totally acceptable but not for... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 17:06:30 EST Timely suggestion for a blog by Spark Coach ! Today Spark Coach suggested I write a blog about a mistake or upsetting event well today I was tested ! I dont even want to get in to it ! Normally I would have been upset all night at the actions of some STRANGER who obviously had mental issues ! I decided to think you know what yes this person might have stress but don't we all? I have enough problems of my own without taking on this woman's issues. I didn't over eat , I had a small moment of shock that is natural . But I moved on watch... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 18:32:56 EST A mouse that brought down the house ! I have been doing so well lately and so proud of myself and yet last night something happened that brought down my emotional house and my Spark Streaks! :( The cat caught a baby mouse and then the dog grabbed it away from her and they had tug of war with it . Meanwhile its crying and screaming , I saved it but it died anyways.I cant stand suffering and I love all animals . Hate to kill even a bug . So I went to bed wept and ate and didnt exercise or anything :( Today though I will do better i... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 15:43:04 EST