MSPATOOTY's SparkPeople Blog MSPATOOTY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Legend in her own mind ... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> That's not me. <BR> <BR> At least I hope not. <BR> <BR> This week the Azure team is visiting the C.A.M.O. Crew and one of our weekend challenges is to write a blog post with the topic "What will be your legacy? What type of story do you want others that come after you to tell about you?" <BR> <BR> Of course, my first reaction was to be silly about the topic. Because THAT is how I ... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 11:35:35 EST That's what she said ... AGAIN! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I totally forgot that my SparkFriend PARASELENIC's page is private! So I have taken the liberty of quoting sections of her blog post below: <BR> <BR> --------------------------- <BR> <BR> Okay, so for the last half a year or so, I've been involved with a program here on sparks: BLC. It's a 12 week gig, which reapeats 3 times a year (with a 5-6 week break in between each session, generally) where you get assigne... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 15:03:12 EST What she said ... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My BLC teammate, friend and fellow Sparker, PARASELENIC, posted a great blog about why you should think about signing up for the BLC (Biggest Loser Challenge) when the next round starts. <BR> <BR> She's WAY more articulate about these things than me, so I'm just going to post a link to her blog! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426306 </link> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 13:41:58 EST Meal Planning <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In short ... I hate it! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Well, not really. But when done the traditional way ... with every meal, every snack, every morsel planned a week in advance? Put on a calendar with every day's menu predetermined? Yes. I hate that. It triggers my Inner Rebel. I end up wasting food, which in turn alarms my Inner Pennypincher. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 28 Jun 2013 12:42:01 EST Eating the Rainbow <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ratatouille - it's the easy way to "eat the rainbow." <BR> <BR> The first time I ever tried ratatouille, I made it using Daniel Pinkwater's directions. Daniel is an author who has gained recognition as a frequent commenter on many National Public Radio programs, including All Things Considered and Car Talk. During one of those appearances, he mentioned something about his "Ratatouille Diet." He claimed that mak... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 12:27:58 EST My BLC22 Goals <img src=""> <BR> <BR> BLC22 Goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Weight Loss - By the last weigh-in of the challenge, I will lose 10 pounds. <BR> <BR> I will accomplish this by: <BR> <BR> * logging all of my food daily <BR> * sticking to a LCHF (Low Carb-High Fat-Moderate Protein) eating plan <BR> * enjoy one "Sanity Day" per week <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness - By the last day of the challenge, my minimum weekly fitness routine will be 45 minutes per day, ... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 13:46:46 EST The Illustrated ABCs <img src=""> <BR> Shamelessly ganked from STONECOT and PARASELENIC! Both of whom are fantabulous. <BR> <BR> A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition give you an extra push? <BR> As much as I hate to admit it, yes, it does. I'm scared of competition, but I seem to thrive on it. <em>285</em> <BR> <BR> B is for BLC rounds... Newbie?(first BLC round) Oldie?(1-3 rounds) Goldie?(long time BLCer)? Former BLC team(s)? <BR> Oldie, A... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 14:04:44 EST Back on track! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> With the start of the BLC22, I'm back on track! <BR> <BR> Well, I haven't really been very far off track since the end of BLC21 - as of today, I'm five pounds down from the last BLC21 weigh in on April 10! Yaaay me! <BR> <BR> Getting back on track with a true low carb-high fat (LCHF) diet has been the reason. Every time I stray very far from that way of eating for very long, I pay for it with weight gain, br... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 12:47:43 EST Home again, home again, jiggity-jig! It's just about 1:30 p.m. and I'm back home to the heat and humidity. With two kitties loudly scolding me for having left them here for over four days. They don't care that most of those days they were visited by the same pet sitter who has tended them since they were kittens. Oh no. I had left and that simply isn't acceptable! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Now it's time to do laundry and run to the grocery store and read the mail and catch up on my e-mail. <BR> <BR> Sigh. <BR> <BR> It's... Mon, 20 May 2013 14:29:29 EST NYC Day 4 -- The Last Day What a way to end our long weekend in New York! <BR> <BR> It drizzled and sprinkled all day, but we didn't let it slow us down. Being Sunday, the MTA decided it was a good day to do maintenance on all of the subway lines we needed to use. It took over an hour of subway riding and walking to get from Brooklyn to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. <BR> <BR> Last summer, I had read about a particular exhibition that the Met was planning, long before I had any plans to visit NYC. I remember thi... Sun, 19 May 2013 21:46:20 EST NYC Day 3 Yet another full, and fun, day in the Big Apple! <BR> <BR> After our late return to the hotel yesterday, we slept in a bit and just hung out in our hotel room until about 11:00. My nephew walked over and joined us and we were off for the day. <BR> <BR> First up was a Full Circle cruise which took us from Pier 83 on the west side of Manhattan all the way around the island! We saw all of the sites, but from the water. The boat had a very good guide/narrator who provided a lot of history ... Sat, 18 May 2013 22:16:11 EST NYC Day 2 It's 10:30 p.m. and I'm totally exhausted. But we had a great day in NYC today!! <BR> <BR> Started by taking the hotel's shuttle in to Times Square. From there, we wandered around, looking at the sights and doing a bit of shopping. We ended up in Central Park at noon where we had a hot dog while sitting on a bench and people watching. Then we decided to have a carriage ride through the park! <BR> <BR> Next on the agenda was a visit to the Museum of American Folk Art where i really enjoy... Fri, 17 May 2013 22:50:17 EST NYC Day 1 Got up at 3:30 a.m. yesterday to get to airport for early morning flight with my sister. <BR> <BR> It turned out to be Brooklyn Day yesterday! Our hotel is in Brooklyn, about a mile from my nephew's teeny-tiny rented room. We visited the Brooklyn Botanic Garden where everything was blooming! The Bluebell grove was GORGEOUS! <BR> <BR> Then we hopped on the Q train and went out to Coney Island! None of the rides were in operation yet, but we enjoyed strolling on the boardwalk. <BR> <... Fri, 17 May 2013 07:04:05 EST I'm B-a-a-a-a-ack!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The picture I really should have led this post with is this one: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> ... Thu, 9 May 2013 09:40:49 EST Thank you, Patton Oswalt <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For those who might not know, Patton Oswalt is one of the funniest comedians/actors around today. <BR> <BR> In response to yesterday's horrific violence in Boston, he posted the following on his Facebook page: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>t </link> <BR> <BR> Boston. F**king horrible. <BR> <BR> I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, "Well, I've had it with humanity." <... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 12:39:51 EST Me, today. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Back to work today after being out all day yesterday for a workshop. <BR> <BR> * My printer/fax/scanner decided to die, leaving me unable to print, send or receive faxes, or scan. Replacement has been requisitioned, but who knows how long it will take to arrive and get installed. <BR> * Find out the custom polo shirts I ordered two weeks ago (to be delivered early next week) will NOT be delivered in time for t... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 18:17:22 EST Good for whatever ails you. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Work has been insanely busy yesterday and today. Our receptionist is out sick and our usual backups have had schedule conflicts on and off throughout the day. So members of my staff (including ME!) have had to add "answering a multi-line phone" to our job descriptions all of a sudden. <BR> <BR> If I had found this picture earlier, I would have just printed it out and carried it around with me. <BR> <BR> You s... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 15:45:20 EST Half-Full Glass <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I got about 7 1/2 hours of pretty-much-uninterrupted sleep last night, so the world looks at lot better to me today. Amazing what a few good hours of shut-eye can do to one's perspective. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was feeling as though nothing was going right. My weight loss had pretty much stalled out. I didn't have any enthusiasm for exercise. I felt as though I was just doing the bare minimum to get by. <BR> ... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 17:11:09 EST Sleepwalking <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I should be wearing a shirt that says that. <BR> <BR> It's been another couple of nights of bad sleep. When I look at the Body Media sleep tracker it very clearly shows that I wake up somewhere between 1:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. and toss and turn for about an hour or so. Some nights (especially Friday & Saturday night) I am able to drift back off and sleep a few more hours. But on nights when I know my alarm... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 10:18:44 EST I love it when that happens. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You know when you enter all of your food in the Nutrition Tracker and your Calories, Fat grams, Carb grams, and Protein grams all come out to be just the perfect numbers? <BR> <BR> Yeah. That. <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> <BR> <BR> Now if I could just figure out how I ended up with 46 grams of fiber today. <em>40</em> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 16:02:54 EST Making changes <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thank you all for your sympathy and giggles over my last post. The good news is that I've been making some changes to my daily routine to help me get my sleep mojo back. <BR> <BR> Over the weekend I read The Hormone Cure and found a lot of interesting information about cortisol, the major stress hormone. It turns out that high cortisol levels wreak havoc with sleep patterns. In fact, in the quiz at the front of... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 13:42:56 EST Me. This weekend. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've been suffering from accumulated lack of sleep. And that makes me tired and grumpy. Kind of like this: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 12:35:27 EST North Zulch I.S.D. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I passed a pickup truck on the highway this morning with that logo on its side. <BR> <BR> I've lived in Texas for 50 out of my 54 years and I was wracking my brain trying to picture where in the state North Zulch was. And I couldn't do it. The first thing I did after turning on my computer here at work was Google "North Zulch Texas!" <BR> <BR> It turns out that North Zulch is a small unincorporated community ... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 09:42:58 EST I've got it bad ... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I pulled out of the driveway this morning and was immediately struck by the fact that there was virtually no traffic on my street. There's an elementary school about a block away, and normally I have to wait a while, look both ways, give a little "thank you wave" to the kind soul who lets me into the traffic. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>the-thank-you-wave-when-you-let-somebo<BR>dy-me... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 11:22:40 EST Goin' old school <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am a gadget fiend, and the Apple App Store is one of my favorite places to shop. If I hear about some new app that promises to make keeping track of things easier, I'm on it like white on rice. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (Although here on SparkPeople it probably should be like brown on rice.) <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Anyway ... I pretty much trac... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 13:39:17 EST I blame menopause <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The truth is ... I've not had many of those "dwarves" bothering me. No itchy, bitchy, sweaty or psycho! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> But where's the Menopause Dwarf of High Cholesterol?!?!? <BR> <BR> My doctor, who had praised me yesterday for being such a healthy specimen, called me today to discuss the results of my blood work. <BR> <BR> Turns out I've got normal blood glucose, normal liver function, good HDL l... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 16:51:41 EST Work, work, work ... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The day started out with me having to fast until after my 9:15 a.m. annual physical. So I had my coffee with no cream and endured a growling stomach until 10:30. <BR> <BR> The good news is that I had remembered to pack a couple of pieces of string cheese in my lunch bag! So the growling stomach was cured. <BR> <BR> The other good news was that my doctor told me he wished he had more patients like me - exercis... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 18:05:18 EST Mixed Message <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I got on the scale this morning for my weekly SparkPeople weigh-in and it showed a loss of 1.8 pounds. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Great, right? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>arlotte-no-no-no-o.gif </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The reason I'm saying that my weight loss is not such a great thing is that it comes at th... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 18:19:15 EST Clean Eating vs. WTF?!? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Of all days for me to start a month of cleaning up my diet. I've been eating in a less-than-stellar way for a couple of weeks and, in spite of the scale showing some weight loss, I know it won't last if I continue down that path. So I have set the intention of eating "clean" for the month of March - fewer starchy carbs, less eating out, more veggies, fruit and unprocessed foods. Sounds great, doesn't it? <BR> <... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 17:50:18 EST Altocumulus Mackerel Sky <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Isn't that the coolest looking sky? <BR> <BR> It's what I saw on this morning's commute. According to our local newspaper science blogger, that kind of cloud formation is called "altocumulus mackerel sky." <BR> <BR> Roll that around in your mouth for a moment. "Altocumulus Mackerel Sky." <BR> <BR> Doesn't it sound as though you'... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 15:24:17 EST The picture says it all <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today was the Black History Month potluck lunch, and my killer macaroni & cheese was a big hit. I doubled the recipe and it was devoured. I barely even needed to scrub the remnants out of the corners of the dish. Last night it smelled SO good while it was baking. <BR> <BR> Of course, I enjoyed a nice spoonful of it today. I had to make sure it tasted right. <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> Along with the mac & chee... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 14:30:40 EST So much for my streak! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As an indication of how busy I was yesterday ... <BR> <BR> I didn't even realize until this morning that I had totally forgotten to make a blog post yesterday. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was never a formally announced streak. It's just that at some point I realized that I had posted a blog every day. So I figured I'd continue. <B... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 13:21:26 EST To make up for yesterday ... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> To make up for yesterday's blog with no pictures, here is a Sunday blog of visual inspiration! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 24 Feb 2013 11:19:14 EST Schizophrenic Grocery Cart No picture for this blog post! I'm on my iPad and it doesn't know how to upload pictures. Note that I said that IT doesn't know how. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Anyone looking at the contents of my grocery cart today would have wondered about the woman pushing it. <BR> <BR> My cart contained: <BR> <BR> Blackberries <BR> Strawberries <BR> Baby spinach <BR> Lettuce <BR> Grape tomatoes <BR> Cucumber <BR> A bunch of stargazer lilies <BR> Skim milk <BR> Cat food <BR> <BR> Pretty normal, right?... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 18:08:08 EST Be Prepared <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Inspired by the recent blog posts of a couple of SparkFriends, both of whom either quoted or linked to songs that I listened to in the 1970s, I was reminded of the hilarious songs of Tom Lehrer. It was in the 1970s, when I was a teenager, that my parents judged me mature enough to listen to an album they had stashed away in a closet. <BR> <BR> I laughed myself silly the first time I heard it. <BR> <BR> Tom L... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 10:56:48 EST Red Sky at Night ... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Red sky at night, sailor's delight. Red sky at morning, sailors take warning. <BR> <BR> I'm finally catching up with SparkPeople and the BLC21. This week has been a busy one at work and I've been feeling overwhelmed by everything. There have been several "red sky at morning" type days in a row. So I've done the bare minimum for SP and the BLC. I let slide the things I could catch up on later. <BR> <BR> Toda... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 10:42:56 EST Macaroni & Cheese <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm not mean and cruel. I know better than to put a sexy picture of macaroni & cheese on my blog! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I just saw the sign-up sheet for next week's Black History Month pot-luck lunch. It's an annual thing at my office. It's a lunch FULL of amazing soul food - oxtails, greens, fried chicken, and homemade peach cobbler, just to mention a few of the usual dishes. <BR> <BR> Anywa... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:45:55 EST Gratitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thank you for letting me have my rant yesterday. <BR> <BR> I normally try to keep a positive attitude, no matter what life throws me. But yesterday, that in-my-face demonstration of how poorly public servants are treated these days just got to me. Yes, I work for a local government entity, so I work for the taxpayer. And I know how hard my co-workers work and how little respect they get. <BR> <BR> My gran... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 10:21:40 EST Cheapskates <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Rant beginning ... <BR> <BR> My sister told me that she is celebrating 10 years of working for her employer. She was given a catalog and allowed to pick the award she wanted. She decided on a top-of-the-line KitchenAid stand mixer. She had a hard time deciding between that and the Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner. She had other equally-priced choices, but what it boils down to is that her employer valued her 10 y... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 16:55:29 EST My Saturday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had a lot of things on my To Do list yesterday. <BR> <BR> And only accomplished two: I went to the grocery store and I filled up my car with gas. <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> <em>345</em> <em>250</em> <em>380</em> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I did a lot of THIS yesterday: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 12:39:50 EST This post has a theme. <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 16 Feb 2013 17:16:55 EST Holidays <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I was growing up, we didn't celebrate Father's Day or Mother's Day. National Grandparents Day and National Kids & Pets Day hadn't even been invented yet. Yes, there is a National Kids & Pets Day. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> And that's the point ... my father was vehemently opposed to what he called "Madison Avenue Holidays" -- those holidays "invented" by advertisers so that you would buy more stuff. I reali... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 16:54:24 EST A love letter to myself <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 17:21:38 EST I don't like myself ... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm crazy about myself. -- Mae West <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I read that fantastic quote this morning in a post written by the very excellent Sparkster and Azurita FitNHealthyKal. <BR> <BR> And it got me thinking. Thinking about how hard it is to move from the body-hatred that is pounded into women's heads by the mass media. Just about every television commercial and magazine ad subtly (and sometim... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 12:27:44 EST Warning! May contain nuts! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Those of you who thought I was joking about the Squirrel Underpants yesterday ... I wasn't. They are a REAL product. Here's the website: <link> </link> I was also informed by a SparkFriend that she saw some Girl Squirrel Underpants for sale in Austin last weekend. They were pink! <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I bet the viewers of a British program called The Great British Bake Off... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 11:22:44 EST YIKES! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's 4:30 and I haven't posted a blog today! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> My blogging streak was in danger! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Of course, THIS is a rather useless blog. <BR> <BR> Almost as useless as this: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> But definitely NOT as useless as this: <BR> <BR>... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 17:35:49 EST Willpower <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My SparkCoach lesson today was about willpower. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For a long time I thought I didn't have any. But I now know that I DO have willpower. I have a LOT of willpower. The question is when and how I choose to use it. <BR> <BR> Because exercising willpower is really nothing but exercising the power of choice. And, unless some... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 09:54:14 EST Crazy Kitten <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thank goodness for Cute Overload. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> On a crazy busy Monday, they provided a video of the craziest kitten. If you're as swamped as I am right now, take 5 minutes and get your giggle on. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I may just need to get one of those robotic toys for my cats. ... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:24:14 EST TTFN <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know what you're saying. <BR> <BR> You're saying, "What is it with MsPatooty and her acronyms?!?!" <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Acronyms are fun I tell you. FUN! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Anyhoo. I said Ta Ta For Now to my sister this morning. She's headed back up to the Austin area where she lives. <BR> <BR> It was fun having her hanging out at my house this weekend. We cooked and drank wine and yakke... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 14:08:35 EST My toenails are now this color <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And my fingernails now look like this: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My sister is visiting this weekend and we're having a great time. Chattering away like magpies, going to the nail salon, and just hanging out. <BR> <BR> Wine might have been involved. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> But my lips are sealed about that. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> (I'll blog a... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 16:26:11 EST