Feline Freedom League July 2015 Report

From: Agent Probie To: Mr. Whiskers Date: 5 July 2015
Subject: July 2015 Report

We have been suffering incursions. These are not mice. I am not sure what they are, They do not have fur and they are not Warm. Oddly, when I bite their tails off, the tails still move. how I don’t mean to bite off their tails, it’s just that the tails come off so easily. It’s an interest trick. I’m not sure how they do it. I’m not even sure how the tails keep moving after I bite them off, The younger female did not seem pleased to find the tail, I guess she likes the intruders, they do not hold up to interrogation well. However, they die rather well.

I am doing my best to find out who they are, what they are, and what they want. They Keep Coming in despite the fact that few of them ever go back. I can only conclude that it is really bad out there. Either that, or they are determined to find and retrieve their missing ones.

As I said, they don’t handle interrogation well. They do not appear to be very robust. This is the main reason I have killed so many of them. Most of them die during apprehension. I try to catch them as gently as possible. It’s just impossible. They are just to fragile to interrogate and learn things from.I will continue to try to take one alive, but I do not expect much success with that.

I will say that the humans don’t like finding their bodies any better than finding the bodies of mice. Perhaps the humans are in alliance with these strange creatures in addition to being allied with mice. This alliance is something We need to investigate. We should determine just where the humans’ sympathies lie. Please send instructions as to how we should proceed.

 

 

From: Agent Smudge To: Mr. Whiskers Date: 5 July 2015
Subject: July 2015 Report

I am not certain that Agent Probie is correct in his assessment. I don’t believe the humans are in league with the mice and these strange creatures that are attempting to invade our space. I think the humans are only squeamish about corpses. I have noticed that the food they eat in no way resembles the original animal. They do their best to obliterate all signs that their food was once alive. This includes burning it in a chamber that makes the food hot and crispy.

I think we should look into the human mind. This will likely take specialists and I acknowledge that the budget may not allow for this type of analysis. However, I think it may help us in the long term if we tried to understand why humans do what they do. I further agree that I am not the cat to make this decision but I do believe that this would allow us to better counteract the human activity that affects felinekind. Please provide processes and procedures so that we may add data to the Human Mind Assessment database. I think we field agents may have the ability to provide valuable data to that project if we only knew what to look for.

 

Michigan Humane Society: Somebody here needs you.

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The Weight Loss Stairway

Losing weight is not like jumping down an elevator shaft. you don’t just decide to do it and instantly lose weight. It takes more time and effort than that. It’s more like a long flight of stairs with escalators in them. Sometimes those escalators go up and other times they go down. You have to take the ups with the downs because that is just how it is. There is a simple trick to a accepting this, make sure that the ups don’t completely cancel the downs.

Going down the manual stairs is easy. The portions of your weight loss journey that are like down escalators are easier still. It’s the portions of the journey that are like escalators that go up are the hard parts. Just keep in mind that everyone encounters the up escalators on their weight loss journeys. You are not unique in that.

There will be times when, no matter what you do, you gain weight. Accept it and save yourself some angst. The trick is not to give up. Continue walking down that up escalator. You might have to move a little faster, but you will reach the manual stairs again, or even a down escalator.

If you pick up the pace on the parts of the stairway that are up escalators, you will come to the end of the escalator. That’s a given. If you really work at it, you will lose the weight. A little gain now and then just goes with the weight loss territory. If you give up and just stop, your weight loss stairway will become an up escalator and you will find yourself not only back where you started, but often, past where you started.

Weight loss is a journey with no real destination. Even when you reach your target weight, you will still need to work to keep the weight from creeping back on. If you don’t, it will. You might find yourself at the top of an even longer stairway. All you can do is to keep going.

Your best chance for success is to find a group of people who are trying to lose weight too and get together with them. It does help to know that you are not alone in your battle. While your weight loss stairs may not be the same, they will be similar enough to for your group to help you and for you to help them.

Once you forget about reaching the bottom of the stairs, you will find that the journey isn’t so bad. You will find things about it that you like and make them a habit. Your body will love you for it. When you are fighting your way down the up escalator, remember how good it will feel to get off it and back on the manual portion or even a down escalator. Feel good about yourself, and your journey. You will be miles ahead of anyone who doesn’t even try and that will be something to be proud of.

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Finding Activity

My life is crammed with activity. Ok, not all of it is physical. Forty hours a week is devoted to my job. I sit at a desk and answer phones for a technology help desk. I also have a daily hour-long workout that I do. I write these blogs. I write novels. I have to eat and sleep. I have to pay bills and grocery shop. I also mow the lawn in the summer and shovel snow in the winter. I go to weekly Weight Watchers meetings.

I need to increase my activity level because I’m still pretty much a couch potato. I’m basically lazy. I admit it. I enjoy the walking, but I know that there is more that I could, make that should, be doing. There are ways to make each activity that I do right now into something that counts. I could turn vacuuming the living room rug into a dance routine. Yes, I’m talking about dancing with a vacuum cleaner. I could do the same with a broom in the kitchen.

I could do a little dancing while doing the dishes, or the laundry. I can pace while writing. I do that sometimes anyway. I would need to use the tablet to write while I did things like that. These are just the little movements that count towards my overall activity. I’ve learned a lot about how to increase my activity level from the activity monitor that I wear. I have learned how to move in a chair while waiting for a phone call. I work in a call center. It’s not much, but it is the best that I can do while working. Just moving in the chair, rocking or swiveling counts. I may look restless, but I know that any movement helps. What I should do at lunch is get up and walk around. I do that sometimes as well.

All I really need to do is figure out the most active way to do something. between calls at work, instead of just sitting in a chair, I can swivel, as I have said. Dancing with the vacuum cleaner is another way to do something a bit more actively than you would consider. Jog to the mailbox to get the mail. Setting aside time to do other things, such as yoga, tai chi, or weight training, are other ways to increase your activity level. Sometimes, when I am on a break from my job, I pick up hand weights and just stand swinging them. if I combine that with dance steps, I can get both cardio and strength training in one workout. I just need a good song to dance to. well, I also need the space to swing the weights. I’ve been thinking of clearing off my deck and using that as a dance floor or yoga studio. it’s a good place to workout in the summer. Winter is another story. I’ll figure something out there as well.

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Writing Retreat

I recently went on a writing retreat. I didn’t have the money to go anywhere so I just planned to stay home and write, revise really. My process is to write without revising to get the rough draft, and then read it through making comments only, no revision. Then I will act on the comments. It’s my process and it works for me. So I had a rough draft that I had read through and made some comments on. I originally planned two days for the ‘retreat’, but the weather made me change my plans. I had a doctor’s appointment on the Thursday, which is why I took it off work. I figured why go to work for one day and took the Friday as well. It turned out that the forecast for that Saturday was rain, which meant that I wouldn’t be able to mow the lawn that day. Since Thursday was supposed to be sunny, I decided to mow that day instead and cut my retreat to Friday. Try to work in flexibility into any plan that you make. You will be happier for it.

Friday I had open. I made an appointment with myself to spend that day revising my novel. I planned the day carefully. I set myself a schedule. I would get up at six am, feed the cat, and do my morning routine, including walking for two miles. Then I was going to sit down with my net book and open my novel file and revise for three or four hours. I would take breaks, as I needed to, including an hour for lunch. Then I would do the same in the afternoon. I think it went well.

Did I actually go anywhere? No, I stayed home and didn’t answer the phone or the door. I was on my back deck, working on my writing. I didn’t have any distractions. I wore headphones and listened to music while I worked, but that is all that I did. The music was stuff that I have stored on my computer. I just played it through the media player. I got a lot done on that draft. I am well pleased with the result of my retreat.

I know what you are thinking. I didn’t go anywhere. I stayed home. That’s because the retreat that I went on was a mental one. I just retreated from life for a day. It didn’t cost me anything to sit on my deck and revise my work. It isn’t hard to plan this kind of retreat. All you have to do is plan it. Make sure that you have a clear writing goal to accomplish and go for it. Don’t tell anyone that you are going to do this. Just find a place in your home where you can be comfortable. Don’t answer the phone or the doorbell. I didn’t tell anyone I had that day off, I just took it and ‘retreated’. I think it did me good. I may do it again sometime.

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Feline Freedom League June 2015 Report

From: Agent Luna To: Mr. Whiskers Date: 7 June 2015
Subject: Mission Report

I have received your instructions to contact Agent Smoke. I don’t know where he is, but I have been trying to get outside to establish contact. He is rather shy about coming up to this place to make contact. Are you sure he is still in this area? Outdoor agents move around a lot.

I have not been successful in getting outside; the humans work hard at preventing that. I am not confident that I will be able to establish contact. I am not even sure that he is around, even if I were successful in getting outside. If I can, I will do so at the next opportunity that presents itself. I will endeavor to find Agent Smoke and give him his instructions. I wonder if he’s been taken by the humans. They tend to do that to outdoor agents, imprison them, I mean. While I have never been imprisoned in a cage, Agent Trouble once mentioned that she’d been caged as a kitten. She was relieved to be posted to her last location.

Speaking of Agent Trouble, how is Agent Pica getting along alone? or have you posted a new agent to her location. It was rather large for one feline to monitor properly. I know that I did not get along with Agent Trouble, but I do feel bad that she has gone over the Rainbow Bridge. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for Agent Pica, even though I am nowhere near her, she is in my thoughts.

From: Agent To: Mr. Whiskers Date: 7 June 2015
Subject: Mission Report

I go with the others when they clamor for ice. It’s not just Agent Cuddlebug anymore. Everyone is clamoring for ice. It’s cold, stiff water. I like cold water and you can’t get water much colder than the stiff stuff humans call ice. I’m not addicted to it. I can walk away any time that I like, but I don’t see the need to walk away.

Agent Cuddlebug says he is retired, but he is always trying to leave. Perhaps he has received orders I am not privy to. I suppose it is none of my business. I know Agent Luna has orders to find and contact an outdoor agent. She has been unsuccessful in getting out and completing that mission. I am not certain that she will be able to do so. The humans are vigilant about keeping us in. I’m not sure if Agent Cuddlebug is trying to help Agent Luna make contact or not. He may just be senile. I think I can help Agent Luna if the others will assist me. we could create a diversion the next time a canine demands to go outside. The humans take them out regularly and I think if we stage a diversion, Agent Luna could get outside to complete her mission. I therefore request that you send orders to the other agents to that effect. If we work together, we should be able to get the job done.

 

Michigan Humane Society: Somebody here needs you.

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Life Change pt. 2: What I’m Doing

The biggest change that I am trying to make in my life is to lose some sixty pounds. That will get me down to within the normal range. I actually started that last year with an exercise regimen and added Weight Watchers. I’ve talked about it before. It really is a life-changing event to try to lose that much weight. After a lifetime of lazy habits and poor eating habits, I have to do a one-eighty in my attitude.

Dieting is not about losing weight. It’s about changing your eating habits. Ice cream is delicious, but it isn’t a meal. I’m not saying that you can’t ever have ice cream or the foods that you love; you just can’t eat the entire container of ice cream at one sitting. I’ve said it before moderation is the key. Pay attention the portion size that you are eating. A serving of cold cereal is usually one cup with a half-cup of milk. If you look at the label on the box of cereal, it tells you that. Weight Watchers® teaches you how to make more healthy choices. They aren’t just about food either. They know that activity works with diet to help you lose weight and keep it off. I’m sure that the Jenny Craig® and Nutrisystem® programs also include exercise. Diet and exercise are the two halves of weight management. Of course, they advertise that they work fast. The problem is that the faster you lose the weight, the easier it is to put back on. Slower is better, but everyone is different. On me, the faster I lose it, the easier it is to get it back.

I walk two miles a day six days a week. On Saturdays, when the weather permits, I walk a mile and a half to my Weight Watchers meetings. Then I walk that same mile and a half back home again. I’m in the yo-yo stage of my weight loss. I gain a little and I lose a little. Some weeks I do neither and stay the same. I have to get aggressive with my diet. Once I start eating the actual portion size of the foods that I eat, I will begin losing again, however slowly. I think I am at the highest activity level that I can make. Weight Watchers has a points system that they use. I’m trying for at least ten to twelve points per week. That’s about average for people in my age group. You may have a different view.

The point that I’m making is that this change isn’t going to happen overnight. It isn’t easy. In fact, I’m finding that it is hard. Is it worth it? I sure hope so. I can’t get anyone else to do it for me. That’s not how it works. This is my battle and I’m fighting it as best I can. Have I slipped in the past. Of course, I’m human. Will I slip again in the future? Probably, I’m human, but I am also tenacious. I’m not about to give up.

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Life Changes, Pt. 1: Deciding on Change

Sometimes it is a good idea to sit down and decide what you want to change about your life. We all have something that we want to change. We just need to identify the things that we can change and work out a plan to do just that. the first step is to sit down and list the things that you wish were different. Then figure out if you can change them or not. Then take that shorter list, because I know that I will never be taller, so I’m sure that there will be things on your list that you won’t be able to change either. Here’s part of my list:

I realized last year that I was too heavy for my health. I went to the doctor’s and confirmed that. Now, I’m in the process of doing that. I’ll go into detail on that in my next blog. Right now, I’m looking at my life and deciding what else I want to change.

I would like to reconnect with my family, I seem to be splintering off from them. That’s not good. Your family is your best support group.

Like a lot of other people, I’m experiencing a money problem. I would like to change that.

I’m also going through the change in life, not something I can change. All I can do there is wait it out. That’ll change on its own.

There are things in my house that need repairing – I don’t know how to fix them. That’s something I can change.

The list is getting longer, but there are things on it that I have control over and things that I can’t. The problem is telling the difference. I’m not in complete control over every aspect of my life and that’s something else I would like to change. I’m not a control freak or anything, I would welcome control over my finances – I can do that. for example, I would like to control my relationship with my family – never going to happen. Controlling relationships is not something you can do completely. Not total control anyway.

However there are aspects in reconnecting with my family that I can control, namely I can open lines of communication. This is what I’m talking about when I talk of finding what you can and can’t change. My nieces and nephews all have their own lives and reconnecting with them can be hard, but not impossible. We just have to find times when we will all be in the same general location and get together. That’s what I mean when I say to find the changes that you can make.

Don’t expect to control everything. life doesn’t work that way. Find the little things that you can control – how much money you spend, how much you eat, things like that. you’ll find change easier to accomplish if you do. good luck with your changes, if you decide to make any. Next week, I’ll be letting you know how I’m doing on making the major change of adopting a healthy diet and exercise regimen.

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