LIFEISPURRFECT's SparkPeople Blog LIFEISPURRFECT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community September Goals Here's my goals for the month of September: <BR> <BR> 1) Attend Mass 3 out of the 4 weekends <BR> 2) Turn off all electronics (even the TV) 1 hour before bed <BR> 3) Do at least 30 minutes of movement a day; yoga, walking, elliptical, biking <BR> 4) Try one new recipe a week <BR> 5) Try and blog at least once a week. <BR> 6) Donate plasma at least 6x this month. <BR> 7) Send hand written cards to at least 6 different friends this month. Nothing says I'm thinking of you than a hand written l... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:40:04 EST Time to re-boot and re-focus! Today is a new beginning for me. A new beginning that will encompass my spiritual side, my emotional well-being and my physical side. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm ready for the journey to begin <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 7 Jul 2014 08:17:11 EST Cabin Fever I've been trying to keep up on my daily devotions from a wonderful book called "365 Spirit-Lifting Devotions for Women". Today's devotion has struck a chord deep within my soul. <BR> <BR> Wisconsin, along with a great majority of the midwest and eastern states has been experiencing a stretch of below average temperatures this winter along with the usual snow, ice, wind and other niceties that come along with ol' man winter. Last night produced another record low of -26 degrees below zero a... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 07:53:10 EST Ba-Zinga!! This is how running is accomplished during a Wisconsin winter! Finally, mustered the courage and braved below zero weather and got an awesome run in! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I'm in there somewhere <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Thank goodness for my YakTraks! Sun, 2 Feb 2014 17:50:53 EST First for Me :( This is such a hard post to write but, I need to take ownership. <BR> <BR> For reasons, I don't want to get into here, I've giving my two week notice with my employer. My last date of employment will be January 3rd. I have no other job in the future and I'm scared. I'm upset with myself that I allowed myself to be in this situation. I made a human mistake and I'm paying for that mistake. As of right now, I'm on administrative leave until my last day. There are allegations of violating ... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 09:47:25 EST A New Flavor! This post was taken from a Facebook page that I follow called The Girlfriend Life: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndlife </link> <BR> She has lots of positive/motivating ideas, recipes, etc. I'm always inspired by what Dawn posts <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If you have prepared coffee this morning, you've experienced the dripping of the water, through the coffee beans held by a filter into a pot. <BR>... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 08:08:16 EST Always Remember As we embark on another Monday, let us always remember that we are children of God and as such are Holy. Everything is a miracle. I'm going to focus on that and have myself a wonderful Monday. <BR> <BR> This video really sums up how I'm feeling today. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Namaste! Mon, 18 Nov 2013 08:07:20 EST Good Morning!! Have a Spark-tacular Day! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 08:23:19 EST Finding Joy and a Christmas Card Invite <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Invite: <BR> <BR> My sparkfriend is doing this and I asked, & she approved, if I could use the idea so here goes: <BR> <BR> I'm inviting you to my Christmas Card Craziness! For this I will send you a Christmas card if you would like one, no questions asked, you just have to give an address to send it to! Please send the addresses in form of a sparkmail so no one else sees it and it can be your work, home, friend... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 07:35:07 EST Sunday's Chuckle I've just discovered the show "The Big Bang Theory". Sorry, I'm late in this discovery but, I'm hooked. I think, so far, this is my favorite episode... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 10 Nov 2013 16:43:35 EST Make a miracle happen today Never let your fears overpower any dream that you have. You can do it! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 9 Nov 2013 10:23:09 EST A new start Every day is a chance to make a change in your life. Never pass up the opportunity to walk through that door! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 5 Nov 2013 08:21:49 EST Always Believe <img src=""> Mon, 4 Nov 2013 07:21:10 EST How I came to run the Fox Cities Marathon! It's been a couple of weeks since I ran my first marathon. Yes, that's right; I ran 26.2 miles. When I started my weight loss journey 5 years ago, I weighed 215#, never exercised, didn't care what I ate, was depressed and even though I was smiling on the outside, I was not happy on the inside. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I'm not sure of the exact day but, I realized that at 44, I couldn't continue down the path that I was going. <BR> <BR> S... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 11:28:48 EST This Little Light of Mine - I'm going to Let it Shine <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 10:04:26 EST Overwhelmed So, the marathon training is coming along. I’ve completed week 5 of 18 weeks of training, half way through week 6 and I’m starting to feel overwhelmed. Last Tuesday, I came back from a simple, short, 3 mile run – and I just jumped right in and started doing chores. And this is the time of the year, when there is just an overabundance of things to do; weed the garden, use the push mower to trim around the small items in lawn, mow lawn, weed flower beds, water hanging baskets/flower pots/gar... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 08:02:20 EST Father's Day, Long Run and other Ramblings So last night, we (DH and I)celebrated Father's Day with my Dad. We took the parents out to Culver's for supper and than we treated them to a local baseball game. It's like Triple A b-ball but, none the less, its baseball. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Needless to say, the game lasted until the third inning when the skies opened and it poured! <img src=""> <BR> While the time we were tog... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 10:34:44 EST A Very Happy Day! I asked a leprechaun to bring a pot of gold to you, I asked a fiddler if he’d play your favorite ditty too, I asked the saints to walk with you each step along the way, and now I’m asking you to have a very happy day! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 31 May 2013 09:09:16 EST Girls Weekend! I'm back, unpacked, laundry started and lunch packed for tomorrow's workday. I was able to spend some much appreciated girl time this extended weekend. Had a lot of laughs, some great conversations and made a lot of wonderful memories. <BR> <BR> As I mentioned in my activity feed, I signed up for a marathon. On September 22nd of this year, God willing, I hope to be able to call myself a marathoner. I'm going to be doing the Fox Cities Marathon. The course looks relatively flat and from ... Mon, 27 May 2013 20:03:35 EST CellCom Green Bay Half Marathon I did it! I completed the first half marathon of the season. I've never felt so unprepared for this half than any other one that I've run. Wisconsin has had a challenging spring for outdoor training. My long runs on the weekend have ranged from 80 degrees to 20 degrees with windchills below zero. This was my first time doing this particular half-marathon and I have to say I was very impressed with the organization and the flow of the whole event. There were close to 13,000 people that p... Mon, 20 May 2013 07:40:40 EST Weekend Recap I'm starting to back off on my running in anticipation for my scheduled half-marathon on May 19th; the Green Bay CellCom Marathon/Half-Marathon. I have never run a half-marathon this early in the running season and for good reason. With the unpredictable spring weather that Wisconsin can experience, it's a challenge to get the training mileage completed. This spring has been has been particularly challenging; I've dealt with snow, windchills of below 10 degrees, rain and high winds. Yeste... Sun, 12 May 2013 10:47:39 EST Live above the Clouds - This post is directly from my favorite Facebook page The Girlfriend Book. You can find the original post here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>c_location=stream </link> <BR> <BR> Live above the Clouds! <BR> <BR> On my flight back from San Diego the pilot came over the intercom before we took off and told us we were headed for some strong headwinds. He said it would be really bumpy as we climbed to our cruising altitude. He also told us we would need to keep our s... Fri, 10 May 2013 07:39:42 EST Crazylegs and vacation time It was a fabo weekend in Wisconsin. Went down to Madison to spend some time with friends and re-unite for the Crazylegs 8k run. It's a fundraiser for the UW Athletic Dept. Here's a few pictures from the day. I'm so proud of my girlfriend as the longest distance she had run was 3.5 miles and she completed the whole 5 miles and didn't stop once. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was another glorious day; I did a quick 8.3 mi... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 09:30:10 EST Pity Party Time! :( I'm trying really hard to remain positive during this depressing spring that Wisconsin is currently experiencing. As of today, we just received another 3" of snow bringing the total snowfall for April to around 6" of snow! The average snowfall is 0.5". There's a record that I didn't want to see broken. So this is what my outside world looks like today <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The 10 day weather forecast calls for more snow, ... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 15:29:52 EST How I feel today! With a 5" snowfall yesterday on top of the already 60" total snowfall that we've had so far this winter, winds today that bring the windchill down to below zero this chart pretty much sums up my feelings about winter in Wisconsin. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 07:40:16 EST Tech Free Weekend and 0ther Ramblings Well, this weekend, I attempted to go computer free. Did I have to count my smartphone? I actually did really well. I did not turn the computer on at all and I think I spent a total of 5 minutes on my smartphone for the whole weekend. I considered that a great success. <BR> <BR> I'm a card maker. And it's been a long time since I spent any amount of time making cards. Making cards for me is very therapeutic and I forgot how much I enjoy doing it. So this weekend, since I wasn't going ... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 07:30:08 EST Day 2: Love It's day 2 of the 40 days of love that I've started from the 40acts blog. If you'd like to join here's the link: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Today assignment is to focus on "clothing" ourselves in love. Too often I'm more concerned with how I look and not how I act. I look in the mirror making sure that I pass the material worlds approval, not realizing that my heart and spirit are the ones that need to feel and look good. <BR> <BR> There is a sente... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 07:42:42 EST 40acts: Do Lent Generously Fellow sparker - 25weeks posted this link <BR> <link> </link> on the Motivation and Positive Attitude Team. I've been looking for some inspiration for Lent this year and I believe that this is the ticket for me. This fits perfectly for my goal of looking for the positive in life. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 07:57:09 EST Love Letter The February challenge for the Love Yourself/Love Your Body team is to send a love letter to yourself. Here's my letter: <BR> <BR> Dear Sue, <BR> <BR> I’m writing this letter to you as a dear friend. I think these are words you need to hear as you don’t realize how amazing you really are. <BR> <BR> You’ve accomplished so many things in your life. You had the strength to leave a mentally abusive relationship when you didn’t know what the future would hold for you. That took such amazing... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 07:33:52 EST Today's To-Do-List I'm working on making this happen today! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 3 Feb 2013 09:28:22 EST Being Me! <img src=""> <BR> I have a poor self-image of myself. The above statement is something that I've struggled with my whole life. Growing up, I was often subjected to verbal abuse by my mother. I've carried that self-doubt my whole life and is something that I am working on addressing in my life. I'm working on feeling the joy of being me! There is a website that I have discovered called Daily Motivator. It can be found here <link>gr... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 09:08:29 EST Letter to my 16-year old self Dear Susan, <BR> I can't believe your 16 years old today. How wonderful is that? You have your whole life ahead of you. Before you know, you'll be graduating from high school and going on to college. The next couple of years are going to be important to you. The decisions you make now will have an impact on the choices you make later in life. <BR> <BR> First off, I want you to know, deep in your soul, that you are a perfectly made human being. Remember that little saying - I'm O.K. bec... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 07:24:40 EST Monday Funny! Here's how I feel about today <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 06:11:33 EST BLC Goal - Reconciliation For someone who has lost weight, a challenge that I'm facing is making the connection of what my mind perceives and what is reality. My mind perceives my body at 215#. The reality is I'm 78# less than that. I'm really struggling with that body image. Someone came up to me yesterday and said how awesome it must be to be so thin and that I'm doing a good job of keeping it off. I said thank you but, afterwards I struggled. I struggle with getting compliments like that because in my mind, I... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 10:52:59 EST BLC21 - Challenge #2 <em>234</em> This is me peeking out. I'm taking a deep breath and putting everything out on the line. <BR> <BR> For BLC21 I would really like to lose 10 pounds and do some toning up. <BR> <BR> Measurements - <BR> Chest: 37" <BR> Arm: 12" <BR> Waist: 29" <BR> Hips: 36" <BR> Thigh: 21.5" <BR> <BR> Here are my before pictures: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 20:40:43 EST A New Year's Prayer This is a prayer that I found on the internet. It seemed to sum up what I'm feeling today and contains most of my resolutions for 2013. <BR> <BR> Holy Father, <BR> God of our yesterdays, our today, and our tomorrows. <BR> We praise You for Your unequaled greatness. <BR> Thank You for the year behind us and for the year ahead. <BR> Help us in Your new year, Father, to fret less and laugh more. <BR> To teach others to love by loving them. <BR> Knowing, when Love came to the stable in ... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 07:44:23 EST Views of a snowstorm I took a vacation day and stayed off the roads today. Meteorologists are predicting anywhere from 6" to 12" of snow for my area of Wisconsin. Later this afternoon the winds are supposed to pick up creating blizzard like conditions. I have the vacation hours so I don't mind staying home. My poor husband had to venture out as he works for a nearby municipality in the Streets dept, so he'll be busy plowing all day and more than likely into the night. <BR> <BR> On a brighter note, it's actua... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 10:36:50 EST Matthew 11:28 Matthew 11:28-30 <BR> <BR> 28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” <BR> <BR> May the comfort and the love of the Lord help our nation through this difficult time. Sat, 15 Dec 2012 09:11:02 EST November Recap and December Goals As the month of November comes to an end, I'm taking a moment to assess my goals for this month and how well I did: <BR> <BR> 1) Mr. Scale being put a way for the month...I'm giving myself a 'C' for this goal. I ended up weighing myself daily at the beginning of this week. I could feel my pants getting just a little bit tighter than normal, so I had to see what the damage was. I gained 5# this month! I know some people can go with out weighing themselves. At this point, I can't. I need... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 08:57:10 EST Update I'm not quite sure where the month of November has gone but, we are over half-way through! Next week is Thanksgiving, already. Yikes!! Somewhere between today and Thursday, I have 4 pies to make for our family get together. <BR> <BR> My goals that I had set at the beginning of the month are going great. I've gotten in my water, 360 exercise minutes/week, sit-ups and push-ups. <BR> <BR> For my devotional time, I spend just 10 minutes in the morning reading my daily devotional before head... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 07:23:36 EST November Goals Thirty days. 30 days. Thir-Tee days. No matter how you write it, it's 30 days to make a change. Thirty days to challenge myself and head in a positive direction. Thirty days of looking forward to the future. Here are my goals for the month of November - <BR> <BR> 1) No more scale. I've taken Mr. Scale and put him underneath some old blankets in the back of my linen closet. I'm not sure if he'll ever see daylight again. <BR> 2) 15 sit-ups on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday <BR> 3) 10 p... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 08:02:57 EST Excuse me while I have a talk....with myself Dear Sue, <BR> <BR> You're such a wonderful person. You've achieved such success with your weight loss. But, you need to ease up just a bit. Please remember that you are so much more than that number on the scale. It's not going in the direction that you want it to and I can see the frustration that is causing you. You're analyzing everything you eat from how many calories it contains and whether or not it's a 'good' food or a 'bad' food. I bet you don't even realize the amount of time... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 20:28:33 EST Everything is Holy Now! As I mentioned last entry I was going to a retreat center this weekend. I'm back from the center and I can't begin to tell you how refreshed and re-energized I feel. <BR> <BR> The theme of this retreat was Holy Now! It started Friday evening and concluded with Sunday noon meal. The opening session they played the following video. The song is by Peter Mayer - "Holy Now". <BR> <BR> <link><BR>Vmhs&feature=endscreen </link> <BR> <BR> The retreat was... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 18:55:34 EST I am here, I am here I truly can't believe that it is Thursday evening. Where did the week go? It doesn't help that I have been battling a cold and I'm afraid that the cold is going to come out smelling like a rose on this round. I'm eating lots of fruits, veggies and exercising mildly trying to keep my immune system healthy. I'm envisioning my t-cells with little boxing gloves fighting and keeping my immune system stronger. No wonder I've been so tired; I'm exercising and don't even realize it. <BR> <BR> T... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 21:07:48 EST Rain, Rain, Rain.... It's been raining pretty steady for the past couple of days and it sure is bringing my mood down. It's hard to get motivated when all I want to do is curl up on the sofa with a good book. I'm fighting those urges but, it is so tempting. <BR> <BR> So, this morning I headed to the gym for some cardio. Today is a cross-training day for me so I like to mix it up with either elliptical, stationary bike or the stepper. The elliptical won today and I was able to belt out 55 minutes of a workout... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 15:36:09 EST Pushing Through So for the last couple of days, I'm been feeling a little under the weather. Nothing major but, I can tell that a cold is lurking near by. I'm been diligent about taking my vitamins and have boosted my vitamin C intake but, I'm afraid the cold virus is going to be winning this round. <BR> <BR> With rain in the forecast for the whole weekend and temperatures hovering around the low 40's, I had planned on running my 8 miles on the treadmill. I figured by breaking it up into two 4 mile segme... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 12:30:25 EST I'm not ready for this! So for those of you who live in a northern state, what I'm about to write about you will totally understand. For those of you, who are able to bask in 50+ degree weather year round, will not have the faintest idea about what I'm complaining about. <BR> <BR> In Wisconsin about this time of year, the weather is transitioning from summer to winter. What that means in terms for a runner is that you will be soon developing a love/hate relationship with your treadmill. Especially if you work du... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 08:02:36 EST For the Love of the Kids I'm so excited. I was talking to a fellow runner at work and she told me about this wonderful concept - virtual running! You register, just like a real race. I'll get a bib number and tech t-shirt sent to me and on the schedule day(s) of the race, I'll run the distance that I signed up for. This is such a bonus for me as than I don't have to travel anywhere. I can run my favorite routes right where I live. I'll keep track of the number of hours, minutes and seconds that it will take me ... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 07:56:36 EST Mistakes? Last night, I was asked by my supervisor if I would be able to stay over at work and help out with a meeting. Needless to say, the meeting didn't go the smoothest. I don't do enough of these meetings and I missed an important part of setting up. It all worked out in the end. Now normally, I would have re-played the whole meeting in my head for the rest of the night and gotten down on myself for being 'stupid', a 'failure', not 'good enough'. I also would have taken my frustration and emb... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 08:13:31 EST Blessings I'm trying to focus on the many blessings in my life. I found this image and it really made me take a step back and really focus on how truly blessed I am. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 9 Oct 2012 08:05:22 EST