PLAYFULLKITTY's SparkPeople Blog PLAYFULLKITTY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community This Weeks Wednesday Weigh In It's been a normal for me crazy couple weeks. And though I haven't been able to blog or get into my teams, I have been keeping up to date with tracking my food and exercise, and i'm still losing weight very well :) We have had some bumps in the road on my whole30, but I managed through them and am on day 21. Just 9 more days :) <BR> <BR> My newest lil one just turned 1 month on Monday...and I am so very proud of him... he has been rolling over for weeks now...yea, i know....crazy...but all ... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:59:42 EST This Weeks Wednesday Weigh In Yesterday I reported Monday's weigh in. Now normally I don't weigh in more than once a week, but I wanted to get back on my weekly schedule...i really didn't expect a weight loss... but there is was...2 more pounds gone :) It's like my body was just waiting to get back on track to release the Time to up the calories and slow this down a bit ;) I visited a new gym yesterday...same franchise different location. A few of my people from my normal gym went to the new location when th... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 08:43:21 EST Almost A Week Into 2015 I started this year, as I do most years, with a blank page. I turned the page of 2014 and thought of all the possibilities of a new year, a new chapter. I was, and am, ready to make this year the best year. I started another round of whole30. If you would like to check it out go to <link> </link> Through the first round I learned that it all really does begin with food. Like it or not!! I learned how to make ghee (clarified butter) and homemade sausage without sugars and other ... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 13:02:02 EST End Of Year Review/New Year Goals Well to say things have been crazy...well...that's my normal every day In November I got broncitis...twice!!! then family problems...then December hit and there was more illness, for family, not me this trips for kids and adults alike...holidays...and a grandson born...and here we are...through all this, i will say though, i only gained 5 lbs...though i really wish i wouldn't of gained, i'm also not going to be too hard on myself... just means it's REALLY time to g... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 14:36:16 EST Hitting December Running-Monday Menu Planning Well, needless to say, November was a bit crazy. Last time I had posted a blog, there was a lot going on...and it didn't stop after that either. The whole month continued in just about the same fashion. Lil guy broke his leg. He was just pitiful trying to learn to rewalk...the cast is now off and he has got to learn to walk yet again. He is spunky and tough though and learning and still giving us all a run for our money. Some family issues and then Thanksgiving, black friday shopping and fami... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 10:28:34 EST A Sorry and This Weeks Menu Monday Well, to say it's been a bad, good, crazy, busy couple of weeks would probably be an understatement. I came down with broncitis #2 since last being here and having just gotten over broncitis...yep...lucky me. We found out my 15 yr niece was dating an older boy.... and my brother going to talk to said boy ended up getting arrested...during this time i was planning 2 Halloween parties...a dear friend lost her 11 day old baby to parent should have to go through this :( he was such a pr... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 14:03:18 EST This Weeks Try It Tuesday I tried Yoplait Strawberry shortcake greek yogurt...not impressed. Tasted chalky <em>20</em> Then I tried the Dannon creamery strawberry shortcake greek yogurt...ok, so i really want some strawberry dannon was actually pretty good. i would eat it again :) Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:53:08 EST This Weeks Menu Monday It's been a crazy busy weekend with kids and family...loved every minute of it :) Got to go to shooting range and shoot 3 different guns. This is a first for me. Went on random road trip with dd1 and her girlfriend and then on Sunday We all took the kids to the Sheriff training center. They were a little too young yet to be interested in the workings of it, but they did like the big swat truck lol. <BR> <BR> So here is the menu for the following week. <BR> <BR> Monday-date night with mom,... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:57:00 EST This Weeks Fitness Friday Well for being a crazy week, I will say I think I have done pretty good on the fitness realm. Been doing 30 minutes treadmill in the morning....been doing a combo of workout 1, 2, 3 and 4...then doing strength training 10 minutes a day, taking turns with upper and lower. I have kicked up the speed most days on the treadmill from 2.0 to 2.3. And even went an extra round on Monday :) Wohoo go me. <BR> <BR> Eating has been kinda all over the place, and though trying to stay within calories, I ... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:27:21 EST Crazy Week Catch Up Ok, not my normal Thursday blog...though don't get me wrong, I do have plenty to be thankful's just been a crazy kinda week. dd2 was having chest pains on Monday night and she went to hospital. They ran all sorts of tests and found nothing. Which is good, yet frustrating at the same time. This though I truly think was heartburn/gas as she had been eating chili last couple of days. Then on Wednesday our lil lady had tubes put in her ears. She did well... we thought she would throw a f... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 14:24:10 EST This Weeks Try It Tuesday Well I was sick all last week, so nothing really to report on the try it line this week. Though a girl in the office did bring me in some overnight oatmeal. The basic recipe is here... <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=1144645 </link> She added peaches... it wasn't sweet enough for me...but maybe with a little honey...will try that next time :) <BR> <BR> Well on to other news...lil lady is having her surgery please keep her in your thoughts. Tue, 7 Oct 2014 13:38:29 EST This Weeks Menu Monday It's been a crazy weekend. Still not feeling 100%, though at some point i did forget I was sick and pushed myself way too far...uhg. You would think at my age I would learn...but This week is kinda goofy and all mixed putting together a menu has been quite interesting. Normally on Monday's mom and i have our little dates...this week it's being pushed to Tuesday. Then Wednesday my princess is having surgery :( just tubes in the ears, but still not liking the fact she has to ... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 13:45:51 EST This Weeks Fitness Friday Well, allergies which then carries into my asthma, have been hitting me hard this week. So just trying to keep the minimum of 30 minutes cardio-walking. Also doing 10 minutes each day of strength training, alternating between upper and lower body. Can't wait for allergy season to just be over with...uhg. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:55:58 EST This Weeks Thankful Thursday Well, it's been a crazy week, but so many things to be thankful for. <BR> <BR> Thursday-Been getting back to the strength training and loving it. <BR> Friday-See the grandkids and dinner with dd2 and 2 of grandkids <BR> Saturday-Wohoo, deep clean kitchen <BR> Sunday-Got errands done and deep clean the bathroom <BR> Monday-Had something scary going on, but it was great to see the love and protection of my family come out. <BR> Tuesday-granddaughter is sick but glad i could stop and get her s... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:47:40 EST This Weeks Wednesday Weigh In Plus Whole30 Let's start with the Whole30 first :) Yesterday was my last official day on the Whole30. The process now is to slowly add in the foods that were banned from the 30 days. This is now the introduction period, much like a baby when you introduce do it 1 at a time, or in this case, 1 group at a time, to see what each food group does to your body. Some can handle say milk, where others have just gotten use to feeling like I've decided that I'm holding off until Friday, when... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 12:22:57 EST This Weeks Try It Tuesday Ok, I didn't really try anything new this past week. Though I did get my family to try something new to them. They wanted to cook me dinner, but most of the stuff they make was off limits to me while I was doing the whole30. Finally they couldn't stand it any more and asked me to tell them how to do it. Um, you put chicken and vegetables in a pan, pour olive oil over it, season it, cook They all did a good job and I was completely satisfied... especially since I got 2 nights off coo... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:43:15 EST This Weeks Menu Monday Well I am officially on day 29 of my whole30...tomorrow is the last which point i am suppose to start the reintroduction of "banned" foods and see how my body does with each. I've decided to still eat whole30 until Friday when I will introduce milk products. We will see how that goes and the following Monday I will introduce non-gluten grains. And so forth. For the most part though, I think I am going to pretty much stick to the Whole30 plan, though give myself a little wiggle room fo... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:20:55 EST This Weeks Fitness Friday Well this week I really started hitting my strength training again. Doing 10 minutes a day, alternating between upper and lower body. I've also mastered the workout 4 on the treadmill, so now i've started to increase the speed. Wohoo...go me :) Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:14:47 EST This Weeks Thankful Thursday Well, here we are again, a whole week of thankfulness just ready to be shared :) <BR> <BR> Thursday-Got everything I could move out of my room and ready for the deep clean this weekend. <BR> Friday-Besides for spending time with dd2 and all my grandbabies, dd1 and her g/f came over and helped me clear out the big stuff from my room. <BR> Saturday-And it's cleaning day. dd2 and mom came over to help with that :) And then dd1 and her g/f came over and i made them a yummy lunch. <BR> Sunday-Sl... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:37:31 EST This Weeks Wednesday Weigh Another happy dance....2 more lbs are gone :) Can't wait til next week when i do my measurements for the month :) Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:07:57 EST This Weeks Try It Tuesday Not much going on this past week. I did try a paleo recipe for banana pancakes. 1 large ripe banana and 2 eggs. Beat until light and airy and cook like regular pancakes. Was pretty tasty :) <BR> <BR> On the workout front I tried level 4 of the treadmill workouts. You mainly just stay at incline 4 & 6 for longer periods. Not really all that much harder...i think workout 3 primed me for <BR> <BR> That's it for me. Have you tried anything new this week? Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:10:04 EST This Weeks Menu Monday Well it's been a busy busy weekend. I am thankful that I have my menu's for the week planned ahead. And here we are again, the day to plan for the week :) <BR> <BR> Monday-Date w/Mom-my night to cook <BR> Breakfast-Banana "pancakes", watermelon <BR> Lunch-Hot Wing Chicken Burgers <BR> Dinner-Cabbage Roll Casserole (whole30 style) <BR> <BR> Tuesday <BR> Breakfast-Inside out omelette, grapes <BR> Lunch-Leftovers from last night <BR> Dinner-Roasted Pork Chops w/potatoes & Carrots <BR> <BR> W... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:40:13 EST This Weeks Fitness Friday Well this week i'm starting to change it up a bit. I am now conquering workout 3 on the treadmill. I've also gotten back to my strength training. Along with lots of extra cleaning at the home front...yea, i'm workin i've taken some of the strength training off the machines and doing them with free weights. that way i'm getting the best of both worlds :) <BR> <BR> That's about it for the week :) Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:57:35 EST This Weeks Thankful Thursday As always, I have so much to be thankful for...but here are a few of the highlights of the week. <BR> <BR> Thursday-for wonderful workouts at the gym <BR> Friday-for time with my grandbabies <BR> Saturday-was my lil man's birthday party. My first born grandson is turning 3. Great time with family. I have the privilege of being the cake baker...this year it was spiderman...and the memory keeper. I am thankful that my aunt gave me her camera to keep up with all the happenings of little ones :)... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:24:03 EST This Weeks Wednesday Weigh In And I think the plateau is broke. 3 more pounds gone gone gone :) I was a little worried... oh the joys of being a woman and hormones...but i also knew i stuck to my whole30 and calories...but i haven't been working out as i was kinda worried...but i must be doing something right :) I think it helped that i'm not eating the sodium i use to...i am putting good food into my body and i am still wohoo!!! Doing another happy dance :) Wed, 10 Sep 2014 07:29:22 EST This Weeks Try It Tuesday Well, it's been an interesting week. I've learned to clarify butter...i've made my own sausage which was very yummy if i say so myself ;) I've also tried hot sauce on lol. And I tried workout 3 on the goes to incline 6 <em>40</em> but I did it :) <BR> <BR> Have you tried anything new this week? Tue, 9 Sep 2014 11:18:09 EST This Weeks Menu Monday I'll be was hard to put the menu together....not because i didn't want to...i really don't mind planning my meals...but i am truly sick of food <em>40</em> I'm eating... that's not the problem...but i find me low on the calories because i just don't want to deal with yet more food. The foods I am eating are filling me up to where i'm not hungry...this is a problem i have never encountered And hoping it will pass soon. I did still do the menu so here it is :) <BR>... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 10:28:39 EST Whole30 2 Weeks In... For 2 weeks now, you have heard me mention Whole30. So today being my 14th day into it (just 1 more day and I'm half way there), I thought I would share a little about my experience. This year started out with me really getting full force into my losing weight. I up'ed my exercise, planned my meals and kept track of everything i ate. For 6 months I was doing good and lost at least something each week...and it was totally up to more than i had lost in the couple years since being on spark. Thi... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 12:01:02 EST This Weeks Fitness Friday Ok, I'll be honest...i have been slacking!!! I haven't done strength training all week and my cardio is getting done... but not as much as i was doing...but i'm still moving forward, haven't stopped completely...even on those days i really want i count it success! I'm still getting more exercise than if i did what i really wanted to...sit on the couch and <BR> <BR> So how is your week going? Fri, 5 Sep 2014 07:14:39 EST This Weeks Thankful Thursday Well it's been a crazy busy week but all full of love and blessings. Here is just a highlight of the week :) <BR> <BR> Thursday-Got to have dinner with dd2 and all 3 of my grandbabies. <BR> Friday-dd1, her g/f and i had a day out. Hit the casino for the first time. Not a big fan and probably won't again, but it was nice to say I done Also seen JoDee Messina in concert :) <BR> Saturday-Started cleaning of the spare room now that every thing is out of there <BR> Sunday-dd2 came ov... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 07:07:36 EST This Weeks Wednesday Weigh In <em>353</em> This is me....doing a happy dance...I really didn't expect a weight loss since I had just weighed myself on Saturday....but I needed to get back on track...and had to get on and off the scale a couple times to believe my eyes...2 lbs..gone...wohoo!!!! so i am officially under the 220 mark...218 now...i can't remember the last time i saw that number...let the happy dance continue <em>185</em> Wed, 3 Sep 2014 07:18:32 EST This Weeks Try It Tuesday So this past week I got to try Rutabana and I can honestly say that is the last time I Both texture wise and taste were just yuck to me. So definitely not a fan. <BR> <BR> Also, this past week, I tried making Stuffed banana peppers whole30 compliant....which means no rice...i made cauliflower "rice" and used that. The mixture didn't stick together, but that is ok, it didn't effect the taste one bit. My mom who is normally a picky pants about her food loved it :) And the cauliflow... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 11:52:59 EST This Weeks Menu Monday Welcome to the first day of September...and for those in the states...Happy Labor Day. If you follow my blog, you know this past month has been one heck of a month....but I made it through and looking forward to the new beginning that the first day of the month provides :) Last week I started on the Whole30. This is something I will continue to finish the actual 30 days and something i will follow pretty close to even after that. I started this because I needed to do something to reset my bod... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 07:55:25 EST This Weeks Sunday Sanity Saver Well the last couple weeks I've learned a lot about keeping my sanity....which isn't always easy when life is coming at you from all directions. When you just have to be the perfect daughter, parent, grandma, aunt, cousin and friend and let's not forget employee....and still have to be the perfect you for YOU!!! Ok, perfect may not be the word...maybe just being all those at some kind of On a normal day all that can be overwhelming...add in family in from out of state and 1 from ... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:55:58 EST This Weeks Savings Saturday Well I've started on the coupon/sales thing again. With son out of the house that means less immediate the long run i will save actually but it will take my insurance, electric and gas bill to catch up with the one less for save save... most recent purchase was tea tree oil. Love tea tree oil for so many things...but a normal bottle is $14.00!!! yea...but i had a coupon and a sale of buy one get one free...$9.95... wohoo, go me :) Then with ds moving out, i g... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:41:15 EST This Weeks Fitness Friday Well I am on day 5 of the Whole30 and so far I feel great. Thus far I'm not craving anything I shouldn't be...the only thing i am really missing is the snacking...i'm a snacker...especially when stressed, so this has been the biggest change for me. Today will be a challenge as dd1, her g/f and i are going to go to a concert. We will be heading out for lunch then hitting the casino. Will be fun, but since for 30 days one of the no no's is grains...i can't drink...which i'm not normally a drink... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:50:18 EST This Weeks Thankful Thursday Well it's been a couple weeks since I've been able to post my thankfulness...not that I haven't been thankful though. Even on my worse days, when all I wanted to do was curl up in a ball and lock the world out, i still had so much to be thankful for. I am so very truly blessed and I do not forget that. This week i'm not going to break it down but give an overview. My son and I have been working on our mother/son relationship. It's was rough right after I kicked him out, but it's getting bette... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:30:02 EST This Weeks Wednesday Weigh In Plus Whole30 Well took the plunge and weighed myself this morning. I haven't for a couple weeks with everything that had been going on. And I was actually shocked that I had not gained weight. Didn't lose, but that's ok, I knew I wouldn't. <BR> <BR> I am on day 3 of my Whole30. It's both easier and harder than I At this point I kinda miss my processed carbs but more of because how convenient they are not because at this point do i really want them. The hardest part was last night when mak... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:33:20 EST This Weeks Try It Tuesday Well, I know I have tried new things the last couple of weeks, but for the life of me can't remember That's what i get for not writing it down. I had been starting to check out the workouts on the treadmill at the gym instead of just jumping on and hitting quick start...i had mastered workout 1 which would move the incline at random times to 2.0. Well last night and this morning I decided it was time to move on to workout 2...which does the same as 1 but goes from zero incline to ... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:24:01 EST This Weeks Menu Monday Plus A Whole Lot More Well it's been a crazy 3 weeks. Son started drinking again...kicked him out. Hardest most heartbreaking thing I ever had to do, but it had to be done. I could not help him nor was I going to enable him. This started a whole new journey and new chapter in my life also. I went through a period of anger...which led to me cleaning his old room out awfully Then came the something i had to work through poor daughters tried to help, but anyone that deals with ... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:21:29 EST This Weeks Fitness Friday Well I have been hitting it pretty good this week. Been right on schedule. Tonight I plan on adding in the yoga part of it, so we will see how that goes. <BR> <BR> This weeks playlist includes: <BR> Take A Chance On Me by ABBA <BR> Ain't No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye <BR> All I Want Is Everything by Victoria Justice <BR> Beggin On Your Knees by Victoria Justice <BR> Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard <BR> Hot Stuff by Donna Summer <BR> Fighter by Christina Aguilera <BR> Genie In ... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 11:26:56 EST This Weeks Thankful Thursday-And End Of Month Review Well it's been a tough month...both good and bad things going on...either way...just I did not lose any pounds this month at all...but i did somehow manage to lose 1 inch...i'll take it ;) i do need to work on my stress and will be adding in yoga to help with that and burn calories at the same time... <BR> <BR> This weeks thankfullness: <BR> <BR> Thursday-Got to bed close to on time...which considering the last couple a true blessing :) <BR> Friday-Found out my n... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:38:48 EST This Weeks Wednesday Weigh In-Plateau Yep...i'm there!!! Plateau city :( Time to shake things up a bit maybe. Starting Sunday, I will be going back to eating whole foods again...none of the i did last month. It was hard, but doable...and I felt so much better...and maybe that is what my body is needing to kickstart it...I've also got to refocus my's been a busy and stressful month... some bad stress, and yea, some good stress...but regardless...the body still sees it as stress... so thinking about a... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:56:04 EST This Weeks Try It Tuesday Well it's been a busy week in general, just not for the trying new things I did manage to try 2 new things. First of all the blue velvet cake for the gender reveal...not too sweet and not too dyed flavored as a red velvet cake. Not something though that I would really eat alot...which is a good I then tried a new recipe...sausage pancake muffins. I loved them...and was glad i only took out the serving size and froze the Not something I could eat everyday... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:43:41 EST It's A... and This Weeks Monday Menu Plan Well it's been an exciting weekend. I found out on Friday the gender of my next grandchild. After work I went home and baked the appropriate color of cake. Son was home and this was a top secret mission, so just going home to bake it was no simple task. But somehow I managed without ds seeing. Had to get up super early to decorate said cake. Here is a picture of this finished cake: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And pic below of said approp... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:25:02 EST This Weeks Fitness Friday Well getting back on track has been rough, but I'm doing it. Started back to the gym Sunday morning for 30 minutes cardio, 15 strength training and 5 flexibility. On Monday I started back with 60 cardio divided between the treadmill, arc trainer and bike each day along with 5 minutes of flexibility each day. On Tuesday & Thursday did strength training. <BR> <BR> My playlist for the past 2 weeks has been: <BR> Don't Stop by 5 Secons of Summer <BR> We Are Tonight by Billy Currington <BR> The ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:03:52 EST This Weeks Thankful Thursday Well last week I didn't post my blog for the previous weeks blessings...though don't get me was a week full of blessings....and trials...and more blessings. Which brings us to the current week...and the blessings and trials and yes, more blessings still abound. Here is a highlight of my blessings for the week. <BR> <BR> Thursday-Son out of hospital, and though I cannot say I agree with the doctors, he is home and seems to be doing better. <BR> Friday-The local festival that kids a... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:39:20 EST This Weeks Wednesday Weigh-Blah!!! Ok, after not getting the chance to weigh in last week...and knowing full well how awful i stuck to plan last week...eating terrible and working out was worse...i have gained a full 5 lbs...uhg!!! it sometimes still amazes me how fast bad habits return so darn quickly....along with the weight. Thankfully I have been getting back on track before even hitting the scale today...for the little picture...OMG...i gained 5 lbs!!! The larger picture...i only gained 5 lbs... 2 weeks of not keeping acc... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:10:19 EST This Weeks Menu Monday & Update On Son Well, I'm not going to repeat everything I said on Friday, but I did want to update those that are praying and thinking of us during this difficult time. Son, family and myself are taking one day at a time, one step at a time. He at this point doesn't want to quit the drinking, thinks he can "control" it. BUT, he is willing to wait for 21 days to "break" the habit AND he won't drink until he has had his first meeting with a professional. He has an evaluation on the 31st, from there they will ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:29:28 EST The Past Repeating Itself Well on an upbeat note, the menu I posted on Monday will be repeated next week since I didn't have the time to cook any of those next Mondays Menu is already made out. Now for the rest of the story...which is not as upbeat. Warning....depressing and possible triggering blog. <BR> <BR> Tuesday had been a busy busy day. Got to bed a bit late but was sleeping actually pretty good for me. My body must of known that would be the last good sleep I would have for a couple days. At about... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:34:58 EST