PLAYFULLKITTY's SparkPeople Blog PLAYFULLKITTY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community This Weeks Fitness Friday Well the past week was uhg...not so good. I did go to the gym for a short work out on Friday the 4th...but had skipped then Saturday & Sunday. But I was back to it come Monday morning. I have been trying to do 30 minutes moderate cardio...the treadmill. And then 30 minutes intense cardio...gazzelle and bike. Yesterday I fell short on the intense cardio..but only by 10 minutes... I have also been keeping up with my 45 minutes strength training each week... 15 minutes 3x a week...and my flexibi... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:29:15 EST This Weeks Thankful Thursday-With Pics Last Thursday was the last day I would need to cover for the other girls least for now ;) Boss bought the office people lunch for record pick ups the last of the month. Also dd1 & g/f and mom and i went to get mani/pedi's...which led to dinner and shoe shopping :) <BR> <BR> Friday was the 4th and spent with family. My mom, both girls and their partners and my grandkids met at the park for a picnic. Always fun when the grandbabies get together. We then later went to my grandma's... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:14:34 EST This Weeks Wednesday Weigh In Well, I have not lost anything in 2 weeks. I have no one to blame but myself. Last week was a hormonal mess and I expected it anyways. This week I was just hoping I had enough control of some of the good habits that I didn't gain..which I did not :) The scale is such a dreaded part of my week, yet because of it, I think I am more aware of my daily habits. No, it doesn't mean I automatically stop over eating...this weekend proved that...uhg...and it doesn't mean i keep going at sonic speed for... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 11:28:08 EST This Weeks Try It Tuesday I am including things I have tried the last couple weeks since I did not get a chance to post last week. <BR> <BR> I tried Arnold's Sandwich Thins 100% Whole Wheat Flax & Fiber Rolls. It made a yummy sandwich and toasts up nice for a quick morning breakfast. <BR> <BR> We also tried Bertolli Carbonara Sauce w/chicken and angel hair pasta. We were not a fan. <BR> <BR> Also tried Arugula for the first time. Raw it was pretty good, but wasn't a fan of it being saute'd. <BR> <BR> Couple of... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 12:23:30 EST This Weeks Menu Monday Wow it was a busy busy week last week. Other full time girl was off and it being a holiday got a little crazy. This week should be a little better at getting in here and checking in :) <BR> <BR> As for my menu for this week: <BR> <BR> Monday-Date w/mom <BR> Breakfast-pancakes, grapes, boiled egg <BR> Lunch-BBQ Chicken & Potatoes from last nights dinner <BR> Dinner-date night with mom <BR> <BR> Tuesday <BR> Breakfast-Raisin Bran Cereal & boiled egg <BR> Lunch-half of last nights o... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 11:42:32 EST This Weeks Fitness Friday Well this week I have kinda been lazy on the fitness end of things. I am keeping up with 45 minutes cardio 5 days a week, and 30 minutes the other 2 days. I have also keeping up with my strength training for 15 minutes 3 days a week. I am also continuing to do my 5 minute stretching daily. So no, I have not been completely lazy <BR> <BR> The last 2 weeks I have had the same play list. But since I didn't blog last goes: <BR> <BR> Let Me Go by AAvril Lavigne <BR> Pop... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 11:34:44 EST This Weeks Thankful Thursday This week has been busy on the Thankfulness front :) So let's get straight to it. <BR> <BR> Friday-Dinner with dd2 and grandbabies. Also she was babysitting and the kids grandma who just happens to be my best friend came to get them...wohoo...bonus :) <BR> <BR> Saturday-Got to spend the evening with most of my family. dd1 told her grandma that she was gay...went better than expected actually. <BR> <BR> Sunday-Another guy at the gym's last day was Sunday. Took him a cake and said my good by... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:40:32 EST This Weeks Wednesday Weigh In Well needless to say I was a very excited girl this morning. First of all, I didn't really want to get up. It's rainy and dreary and all I wanted to do was cuddle my But up I got. I started my morning ritual of arguing why I need to get to the gym..and then I hopped on the scale...then got off and got right back on...did my eyes deceive me? NO no it didn't...I had lost 3 lbs this week!!! Wohoo!!!! Needless to say, I got to the gym and got a pretty good work out in :) One of the... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:04:30 EST This Weeks Try It Tuesday Ok, I will admit to being lazy in the try it fields lately. Just meeting everyday challenges has been about all I've been trying Though I did buy myself a 0X shirt...not sure what size that is really but I know it wasn't a 3X 2X or even a 1X...and guess fit...perfectly...wohoo!!! Now if I could just get my bottom half to shrink like my first half is doing...i will be totally I know I will never have thin thighs...i was blessed with an over abundance of ... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:50:10 EST This Weeks Menu Monday It's been a crazy busy weekend, and looks like it's going to be that kind of week also. <BR> <BR> Monday-Date w/mom <BR> Breakfast-Cherries and cream oatmeal, boiled egg <BR> Lunch-Hamburger stroganoff from last nights dinner <BR> Dinner-date night with mom <BR> <BR> Tuesday <BR> Breakfast-My McMuffin and strawberries <BR> Lunch-half of last nights order <BR> Dinner-Dirty Rice and corn <BR> <BR> Wednesday <BR> Breakfast-Cheerio's, banana, egg <BR> Lunch-Leftovers from last night <BR> Dinne... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:39:53 EST This Weeks Thankful Thursday It's been crazy busy lately, but someway somehow we all keep getting up and striving to make it a better day :) This weeks thankful list :) <BR> <BR> Friday-dinner with dd2 and time with my grandbabies <BR> Saturday-for dd1's g/f who not only brought over my freezer stuff that i had stored over there the previous week but gave me $20 for gas...which i was in much need of :) <BR> Sunday-me time and my gym time, also got to see the gym manager who I hadn't been able to see for a couple weeks d... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:10:42 EST This Weeks Wednesday Weigh In Well not quite sure how i did it...but another 2 lbs is gone gone gone :) i'll take that and am happy about it :) but i still have to wonder My eating has been off the walls for last 5 days...getting home late and eating not so healthy foods, though i will say it's been in moderation that is a plus...then less exercise...been trying to keep up with round 1 at the gym, which is my cardio...but haven't been able to do round 2 for 3 weeks...which is my strength Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:01:40 EST This Weeks Menu Monday Well here we are again, start of the week. I was blessed to have some alone time this weekend, which means I could get back to a more normal week....this however does not mean it will be!!! lol. Life as we know it is always just on the edge chaotic...and the start of this week has proved just that. I normally get up at 3am...this morning I got a call from dd2 asking me to listen to my lil man...he sounded awful! I could not go with her to the hospital, but I was up just the same. Thankfully i... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:06:49 EST This Weeks Wednesday Weigh In Plus Forgiveness Well, since posting my Friday Fitness blog, things have gotten a little crazy. One week ago today I posted my normal blog plus about needing to schedule a nervous Well that is still in the making. Hoping for Saturday to be the day to do it ;) Friday evening, had planned on spending the night with dd2...actually, the lil All was going good, then my son electric....wha???!!! Uhg. I guess they kinda like to be paid. Yes, my idiot self forgot to pay the alr... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:04:22 EST This Weeks Fitness Friday Well fitness has been off this week due to a very painful Sciatic nerve :( I did exercise through it most mornings, but that wasn't working for me by the time i was off work, i was in too much pain to walk across the parking lot to get to the gym! Much less work out. This morning I am hoping that I have made the break was especially painful through the night and this i started the morning with a stretch, then the first thing at the gym I hit was th... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 09:32:11 EST This Weeks Thankful Thursday Well it's been a stressful week, but yet, so much to be thankful for. So let's get it rolling... <BR> <BR> Friday-my dd1 bought me a huge blizzard and I had the blessing of sharing it with my 3 wonderful grandkids :) <BR> Saturday-got the chance to go out of town with dd2 to meet her sister in law for lunch and then some shopping. Had a wonderful time. <BR> Sunday-mom and i had to take dd2 to hospital. hospital trips with the 3 of us is actually fun no matter how sick the one going might be.... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 13:15:12 EST This Weeks Wendsday Weigh In + A Nervous Breakdown Please Well let's start with the good news...lost 4 lbs!!! This would normally be the week I don't lose any due to my wonderful hormones...but i did...and 4 at that :) <BR> <BR> Now for the rest of my craziness. On Saturday, ds texted me and said he thinks his car is getting ready to breakdown...he use to have a job where in case of emergency like that, he could use my car...not so much anymore. Though he was able to take it Sunday to help out. Then on Sunday dd2 needed to be taken to the emergenc... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 12:49:03 EST This Weeks Tuesdays Try It Well not much on the try it spectrum...though i have done a few things... like try Tai Chi... interesting exercises...and good for balance. Then tried a couple new recipes that I love... <BR> <BR> Bacon Buffalo Ranch Chicken <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2743609 </link> <BR> <BR> And then my Inside Out Baked Omelet <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2746927 </link> <BR> <BR> So that is it for the past few weeks :) Tue, 3 Jun 2014 18:39:48 EST This Weeks Menu Monday Ok, so this week should be interesting. I've decided for 1 week...just 7 days...that I will will not eat bread, noodles, etc...i'm not going low carb or anything, just not eating over-processed carbs such as above listed. I never really thought about how much bread played in my eating...and yet...try to live without it, even if only for a short time!!! Like, I'm still allowing myself oatmeal and rice...but meal planning was a bit challenging for the upcoming week still...I decided to do this ... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 12:31:27 EST This Weeks Fitness Friday Well, nothing really to report this week. My playlist is the same from the past 2 weeks as my weekends have been too crazy to change it up, thankfully I liked the music I had put And same work out schedule as last week...i'm liking it and think i will stick to it for a couple weeks and see how it goes :) I would like to add some non scale victories...though, yes, i did have a scale victory this week...still like to look at the other the clothes being looser...or my he... Fri, 30 May 2014 08:16:30 EST This Weeks Thankful Thursday As always, I have so much to be thankful for, that I decided to break it down into days... this may be the new format for Thursdays blog :) <BR> <BR> Friday-Dinner with my dd2 and all 3 grandbabies. Love the extra time I got :) <BR> Saturday-Was date day with my mom and 2 grandsons (2 1/2 and 1 1/2), also thankful that they found out what was wrong with the lil lady and then dinner over at dd1's <BR> Sunday-dd2 and family came over for dinner <BR> Monday-dd1, dd2 and all grandbabies got to g... Thu, 29 May 2014 11:43:34 EST This Weeks Wendsday Weigh In And Some Catching Up Wow...even for me, it's been crazy this holiday weekend...the plan was to do some major cleaning and organizing and try to get back on track with my that didn't happen!!! Friday night was over to dd2's for dinner, as is every Friday night...the lil lady was very lethargic...but not really running a fever...and no other symptoms...on Saturday I got some dishes done and then to the, both grandsons and me all had a date planned... carousal at the mall, then lunch... Wed, 28 May 2014 07:44:52 EST This Weeks Fitness Friday+Catching Up Well, it's been a crazy week. As you may have read in Monday's blog, I was sick over the weekend plus had 2 of my grandbabies...well that set me up for a crazy week as my weekend is usually when i prepare for the week...then work has been crazy busy...not sure why...but uhg!!! Tuesday I didn't have any new "try its" then Wednesday...well...i gained 2 lbs...yes, i had the flu...and chased babies around...and i gained!!! lol. only i could do that... thursday i had and have a lot to be thankful ... Fri, 23 May 2014 08:21:53 EST This Weeks Menu Monday+The Flu and Grandbabies Well to say this week was interesting is an understatement. I don't normally feel "old" but this weekend I felt my age. I am no longer in my 20's...that was quite obvious this So I get up on Saturday morning, did my sparking and headed out the door for the gym. All packed up to get ready there for a mother daughter banquet at my mom's church. I just couldn't seem to get my motivation to get all that great of workout in... but i did do my stretching and 30 minutes cardio...then ... Mon, 19 May 2014 13:33:10 EST This Weeks Fitness Friday Well this week had been kinda sucky for my exercise routine...too much talking and not enough action!!! I am still doing more though per day than i was a couple of months ago, and at least maintaining my 30 minute a day goal of cardio, most days going am happy about that at least :) and I know my efforts are paying off...i bought a new shirt the size i was in before starting to have my babies over 20 yrs ago...i put it on today...and wohoo!!!! It fits perfectly...wtg me :) I also k... Fri, 16 May 2014 11:29:37 EST This Weeks Thankful Thursday This week I am thankful for the 2 lb loss, the time i spent with the family this past weekend, seeing a red bird outside my kitchen window while doing dishes today and for the guy at the gym's baby girl was born and doing good :) I am also very thankful for my friends at the gym...each one mean so much to me. Thu, 15 May 2014 18:07:47 EST This Weeks Wendsday Weigh In Well, needless to say I am doing a happy dance...2 more lbs gone. For those that have been with me a while, you know me losing is rough enough...and 1 lb almost torture...but when i can hit that 2 lb loss...and then to do it 2 weeks in a row...wohoo!!! So I took a look at my past numbers...I started SP in 2008 at 305 lbs. I weighed in on 2/1/13 at 270. That is only 35 lbs in 5 years...but I was at least moving forward. During those 5 yrs I had a hernia surgery w/bowel reconstruction, had mrsa... Wed, 14 May 2014 09:20:32 EST This Weeks Try It Tuesday Last week I had tried some Special K cracker chips in the Sour Cream and Onion flavor. I wasn't sure of them at first, but a couple bites into the bag, i started to enjoy them. At 110 calories per bag, it was worth it when i needed a quick bite to get me through. <BR> <BR> This past week I tried Hydrive Energy Water. Was feeling kind of sluggish but wasn't willing to spend the money or the calories on an energy drink either...then at Walmart I ran across the Hydrive for $1...and only 30 cal... Tue, 13 May 2014 12:15:22 EST This Weeks Menu Monday Wow, it's been a crazy busy weekend. It started Thursday night with baking a cake for one of the guys at the gym. He is leaving to pursue another career and I wanted to do something for him. I took that into him on Friday morning. Friday after work i went home to make 4 lbs of pasta salad and 4 layers of cake. Then went out out with dd1 and her friend to dinner and a movie. Had a good time but didn't get home until late. Saturday it was up and get the car packed with all the party things, inc... Mon, 12 May 2014 11:55:15 EST The Princess' 1st Birthday Well, it's been a busy and crazy couple of days...for those that have just started reading my blog, I am the family cake baker and decorator...It's something I started when my kids were small to save money...then it turned into a it's just turned into I do love doing it...but I'll be's kinda rough to stick to a healthy eating plan and my exercise routine...especially when it's 1st birthday cakes...because they are usually more detailed...more special...mor... Sun, 11 May 2014 06:56:36 EST This Weeks Wendsday Weigh In Well I'm gonna start by saying..i am seriously losing track of Yesterday was a normal day...get up, read bible, go to gym, go to work, at lunch ran to store, after work hit the gym again, then home, cook dinner, do dishes, check emails and record food and exercise... this is where i then would post to my is where i kinda got lost... decided to eat before doing this and then...just I wondered how i had time to watch 2 tv shows in fast forward instead... Wed, 7 May 2014 11:25:03 EST This Weeks Menu Monday And Getting Back To Normal Well, last week I started out this days blog entry with this is going to be a crazy....and that ended up being quite the understatement!!! Today is an attempt to getting back to "normal" I have come to work, and left my ds alone for the first time since the incident happened... I am not scared that he will try anything...quite confident that he is going to be just fine... but the mother in me really didn't want to leave for work either...Lots to do here at work...keeping me busy catching up..... Mon, 5 May 2014 12:05:20 EST Today Is One More Positive Step Again...graphic and emotional blog ahead. Just need to get this one thing out. On Tuesday, I walked into my home to the son had tried to commit suicide. One of his best friends kneeling beside him, already on the phone with 911...what I, nor he, knew... was that same day, that friend would have a cousin that also decided to take his own life... except he succeeded in his quest to end i stood at that funeral home today for that man... a man that left behind a wife and... Sun, 4 May 2014 12:44:16 EST Update On DS and Myself I was just going through and catching up with my SP...and noticed my status..."PLAYFULLKITTY is almost ready to take on the" That was written on Tuesday morning... the day my son attempted to take his own life....a day that would forever change a lot of lives. As any parent can agree...I never could be ready for what i faced that day...don't get me wrong, i am so very thankful that my son did not complete the job he had set out to do...but still the same, you can't be prepa... Sat, 3 May 2014 15:39:37 EST To my teams and SP friends... Warning...emotionally charged and graphic blog ahead!! That's the first thing I want to say... second is, I'm sorry to my SP friends and teams for not being there last couple days... at 2pm yesterday...uhg it's already been over 24 son called me to say come home... he needs me there...and the voice i heard was not "my" son...i ran back into the office to tell the boss that i think he did something stupid i was leaving and would call later... all the way i prayed... i knew in my hea... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:18:38 EST This Weeks Menu Monday Well to say I have been slacking would be an understatement. I haven't been blogging and though I have been working out and watching what i eat...i haven't been as faithful in tracking it...I no doubt will see that reflected in this weeks weigh in :( But instead of waiting for the disappointment to get my butt in time is NOW!!!! So starting the week with my usual blog...the Menu for the week :) It's going to be a crazy busy week, so putting the plan in motion will help me to stick w... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:02:35 EST This Weeks Tuesdays Try It Nothing much to report this week. I did try the V8 Energy drinks. One was peach mango, that one was not too bad but didn't give me the energy I was looking for and to me, not worth the calories. I also tried to pomegranate one...and that one was just pure yuk!! lol. <BR> <BR> That's it for me this week :) Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:20:52 EST This Weeks Menu Monday This has been a food packed weekend and one that started a day early at that...uhg!! So it's back on the bandwagon. Had a very nice weekend though. Started it Friday morning with the doctors, which for once actually went well. Then off to some relaxation time with my mom... pedicure, hot tub at the hotel and then shopping next day. Then Saturday evening dd2 and family came over for egg decorating and dinner. Then put 9 easter baskets together, then bed. Got up early to get to the gym and drop... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:21:44 EST This Weeks Thankful Thursday & Fitness Friday Lots to be thankful for this week. DS's car was impounded. He wrecked it into a creek and left the scene to go get his phone, then had decided it could wait until morning...well... not so much...police and tow truck were there when he showed back up...he can't afford to get it out of impound so it's now theirs...thankfully he wasn't hurt, there was no other damage so they didn't charge him with anything and he does have another vehicle for work. Then found out dd2 is expecting baby #3...i wil... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:10:24 EST This Weeks Wendsday Weigh In Well after a weekend of eating more carbs and bad ones at that, then i should of, and then the 2 nights of adult beverages...i really did not anticipate losing more than 1 fact it was a week that i would of been very happy to only lose 1 imagine my surprise when i got on the scale and lost 2 <em>40</em> I had to get on a couple more times, walk away then get on again just to be The happy dance i was doing hopefully burned off another for next <BR> ... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:14:08 EST This Weeks Try It Tuesday-And Some News Well this week was slow on the try its. I did get the munchies and bought some Buffalo Gold Fish Puffs. 41 pieces for 120 calories. They were pretty yummy :) <BR> <BR> I do have some news I'm busting a gut to Found out this morning I will be getting a new grandbaby at the end of the year :) :) :) dd2 is pregnant again. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:17:47 EST This Weeks Menu Monday This weekend has been horrible calorie wise. Eating I did pretty well, but then I indulged in a couple of adult beverages...and though I kept them to a minimum...the extra calories were still there...uhg!! But back to watching it today :) <BR> <BR> This weeks menu: <BR> Monday <BR> Breakfast-Peanut butter cup oatmeal, cantaloupe <BR> Lunch-Veggie soup <BR> Dinner-Skillet Ravioli, broccoli <BR> <BR> Tuesday <BR> Breakfast-Bagel thins, boiled egg, clemintine <BR> Lunch-Tuna in tomatoe cups <... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:21:59 EST This Weeks Fitness Friday Well, nothing has changed as far as workout wise...continuing with my schedule from last week, which seems to be working for me...the one change i have done is by not sparking first thing in the's up, read bible, get ready and GO!!! lol. I still have some tweaking to do with this new schedule but i think in the end it will be worth it :) <BR> <BR> My playlist this week: <BR> Kryptonite by 3 Doors Down <BR> Beggin' on your knees by Victoria Justice <BR> Believe by Cher <BR> All I... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:26:31 EST This Weeks Thankful Thursday It's been an interesting week to say the least. My dd1 came out that she was gay. For a mom, this can be hard news to handle. But I think I handled it well and in the end continue to show her my unconditional love and maybe be even closer than we were. For that I am thankful. I don't have to "agree" with the lifestyle, but I can still love my daughter and her friend through it. I was suppose to meet a friend for coffee but she backed out last minute...pretty normal for her anyways, still disa... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:59:19 EST This Weeks Wendsday Weigh In Well another week and 1 more lb gone. It's been a rough 24 hrs with lots of heartbreaks and stress...but i'm gonna get through this without shoving food in my mouth!!! In fact, I'm making a bucket list of things I wanted to do when I lost weight...and I'm looking to start them asap :) Not going to wait until i lose <BR> <BR> Start of bucket list: <BR> Learn how to shoot a gun <BR> Take a self defense class <BR> Learn a dance (dance class maybe) <BR> Make new friends <BR> Start ... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 12:07:42 EST This Weeks Try It Tuesday Well this week I tried another new recipe. Stromboli Squares, and yum, this is a definite keeper for this family. It was easy to put together, not all that expensive and fed 5 adults and 1 hungry toddler and I still had some for lunch on Monday :) I had taken some to the manager and he loved it as much as my ds, dd2 and son in law did :) Here is the recipe: <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2718592 </link> <BR> <BR> With it, I had found Vlassic reduced sodium pi... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 11:26:04 EST This Weeks Menu Monday Well, I ventured off last weeks menu on Saturday & Sunday. Instead of subs for Saturday night, I made a new recipe...stramboli squares...more about that tomorrow ;) and then Sunday I just got lazy and didn't feel like But all in all it had been a good week. The purpose of a weekly menu isn't to be too rigid or hard on myself but to outline a plan, so that the once in a while i might venture won't kill my weight loss efforts. That said, here is the menu, or plan :) for ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 09:12:55 EST This Weeks Fitness Friday Well, not much has changed in my work out from last week. I am still doing cardio 45-60 minutes 5 days a week, and 30 minutes the other 2 days. I have also been doing at least 3-30 second high intensity per elliptical session. I do my stretching/flexibility at least 5 minutes a day. This for me has been the most beneficial...i'm not having the soreness like before. And then 5 days a week I do strength training, alternating between upper and lower body. It has been kicking my butt but in the e... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 10:12:36 EST This Weeks Thankful Thursday Well last month i had almost met my birthday goal...just 1 lb away...but then the next week i lost 2 after much consideration...i decided to still treat myself to a much needed haircut...for getting that close to goal and for working out. For that I am thankful :) I'm also thankful for the many people at the gym who has stopped me to say they can tell i'm losing and telling me how good i'm looking...we don't often see these changes in least...i don' getting the c... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 12:15:12 EST Bonus Blog Entry For Wednesday Recently I have started thinking about dating again. It's been about 10 years since I went out on an actual date that was not related to family or work. I was asked recently what's different, why answer this we need to go back 15 years. I came out of an abusive hostile marriage. On his most loving of days I was called fat ugly and lazy!!! That's when he wasn't drinking and having affairs. At that time, I was so eager to move on with my life i got into another relationship not many mo... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 12:52:11 EST