Wednesday, January 18, 2012
I got home last night around 6:00. It was so nice to sleep in my own bed, and super-nice to see the Little Dog! He was being so sweet last night, sleeping while we held him, like he hadn't been able to sleep so well the last couple nights.
In addition to being proactive, I also need to work on focus. I need to focus on what's important. I'm getting this from The Spark. It's weird, because I'm reading that and Seven Habits at the same time, and a lot of it is the same. I keep reading and thinking, "I was just thinking of that yesterday," and it's because I was reading it in the other book.
This makes sense for weight loss because it's the same thing as "standing in my truth." If I want to lose weight, so I need to do things that help with that, and not do things that hurt with my goal. I need to keep a sort of tunnel vision towards my goals so I'm not distracted by the excuses and things that keep me from achieving them.
What it really said to me, though, had more to do with my grandmother. I need to be a better granddaughter. I don't email her back every week, even though she emails me. She kept saying how few pictures she had of me, because I don't send any. But it's not just me. The phone rang twice in a short span of time, and she said, "Sometimes it doesn't ring at all."
I don't want to project my reactions to her feelings as her feelings themselves, and she seems happy. Her mind is sharp, she plays bridge, she has friends at her dorm, but I know that she's not going to be here forever. When the inevitable happens, I'm going to feel guilty no matter what; it's just a matter of degree. So I need to do the best I can now while I can.
And really, it is so much more important than a lot of what I spend my time on daily. And I need to focus on what's important.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
So I'm blogging from my phone, and this is very interesting...
I'm sitting in a living room of a model apartment at my Grandma's complex. It is a really nice place. I haven't seen my Grandma yet, cuz we got in kind of late, but we've seen Amy and her husband and stepson.
In spite of not going to bed till midnight, I woke up at 5:30 and couldn't fall back asleep! Time difference, man. I gave up trying around six and came out here to sit with my planner, my Kindle and my phone and knock out some thoughts.
I'm rereading Seven Habits. After I got the planner, I realized that I could use a refresher to better use it. I read the first habit on the plane and wanted to write some things down about it.
The first habit is"be proactive." Proactive people don't blame externalities. They focus on what they can change, and they change it. Covey suggests a thirty day challenge of being proactive, so that's what I'm going to do.
I can see its application generally, but also specifically with regard to weight loss. No excuses. He says (I'm paraphrasing) that proactive people don't blame the weather; they make their own weather. You create your environment with what you put in it. If it isn't working for you, it is your responsibility to change it. He says responsibility is response-ability--you are able to choose your response.
So none of this especially new, but reading it in his wordsa is so inspiring and such a good reminder. And the 30 days will be good, I think.
P.S. I wasn't planning to doi my habit blog till Wednesday, but I managed it without even realizing!
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Has anyone seen this show? It's on Logo, and it's about teenagers who are overweight, as far as I can see. I'm watching a marathon of it right now as I clean up and pack. I have a friend coming over to watch Sammy tonight, because my housemate is out of town till tomorrow night. It's a really nice show and very motivating. I may try to watch it more when I get my bike...
WHICH SHIPPED YESTERDAY!
Hooray! I'm very happy and excited, and a little annoyed that I could have had it weeks ago if I'd just ordered from Overstock in the first place.
I lost a pound this week. How I'm not too sure, but we've gone through two massive containers of spring mix this week, so that may have had something to do with it.
I'm packing to head out to California this weekend. Amy, Anna and I are all going to San Francisco this weekend. Amy and I are bringing our families (minus Sammy) to visit my grandmother. Anna went for a conference, and she'll come see us when she's not busy with that.
I don't really know how it's going to be. I haven't gone to see my grandmother in almost 10 years. The last time I went out there, she was living in a home in a seniors' community, but now she's living in an assisted living residence. It sounds really cool, like a dorm for the elderly. But still, I'm a little nervous.
And there's no wireless there. The computers with the Internet access apparently are only for residents. I'm not too sure how I will subsist without Internet, but I will use my phone to log in. I don't know how easy it will be to blog or track while I'm there, and I'm not sure how much activity I'm going to be able to get...and forget exercise!
As far as eating, I hope that it will be okay. I do want to go to Round Table Pizza, since I haven't been in waaaaay over a decade--probably closer to 15 years, but other than one Round Table Pizza meal, I know I can make good choices throughout.
I will do my best Starfishies to visit your blogs and blog myself, but if you don't see much of me, wait till Tuesday! I'll be back!
Thursday, January 12, 2012
I ordered from this website for the first time December 12, 2011. They sent the order to my old apartment. I left that apartment in March 2010. WHY would you pull an address from PayPal and not confirm the address during the checkout process?
So I schlepped to the old apartment and found the package, thank goodness. The CSR I spoke with gave me a $10 credit for my trouble. I decided to use that credit to order the exercise bike I wanted to replace my gym membership. I ordered it December 22.
On December 28, I called them, because there had been no change to my order status. I was told by a very nice lady that it would be shipped in a couple days. An hour later, a woman called me and said no, it would not be shipped in a couple days. It was out-of-stock and on back order, so the vendor couldn't ship it until January 16. Did I want to cancel?
I decided no. I did not want to cancel. Since they were batting zero with me insofar as I'd never gotten an order from them with no hiccups, I wanted to use my $10 credit and be done with them.
So, imagine my OUTRAGE when I received an email from them yesterday CANCELLING my order. I waited 2.5 weeks, and they CANCELLED my order just like that. THAT'S how they reward me for my PATIENCE? I called and spoke to an idiot woman, and she said that they were out-of-stock and the vendor can only keep an order on back order for so long, and after that, they have to cancel it. Which begs the question: WHY did they tell me they would ship it after January 16 if they couldn't keep the order that long?
The woman said, well, it's not even on the website anymore, because it's out-of-stock, and when it's back in stock, it will be back on the website.
"So then I can reorder it?" I asked sweetly.
"Well, that's not gonna happen!" Seriously? THAT'S her solution???
I then ordered my bike from Overstock.com for $3 less than at the other website, even WITH the stupid credit. And they gave me a time frame for shipment. 5-10 business days.
This is ridiculous.
Can I tell which website it was? I don't want to get in trouble with SP or have SP get in trouble with anyone, but I really want to say, so you're on notice if you ever order from them that your stuff may not arrive to your address or at all!
Friday, December 30, 2011
That's the beginning of my Bottom Line underneath a checklist of "small bites" I'm planning to take this year.
I'm sitting here, armed with my brand new FranklinCovey planner, plotting my road map to the five resolutions to which I'm committing for this year.
I didn't just focus on this year, though. I have an ultimate career goal that I have been dreaming about for years. Every now and then, I get a hankerin' for getting some work done on it, but then I wind up doing tedious research that may or may not help me and may or may not be relevant in ten years...which is probably a decent timeline for getting this accomplished.
So I wrote down the small bites for my easy ones first. Losing weight. Cleaning my house. Reading more. Stopping the smoking. Well, I guess they aren't easy, but they have much fewer "bites" than the big 10-year elephant. I'm considering another blog about these goals, because I don't want you all to think I've been on Spark so long and still haven't figured out that writing "Lose weight" isn't a sufficent plan for doing so. This isn't my first rodeo.
And I started writing down what I need to do with my old elephant. It's an enormous project, so part of the reason I get so bogged down is there is so much to do, and I don't know where to start and in what order to go. But I figured, start writing, then put them into the Covey planner, and I mean, there is so much, does the order of doing things in this year REALLY matter? Probably not.
Then, I noticed a theme in my list. A few snippets:
Order x from y.
Sub point: Suck it up and do it yo!
Talk to my contacts about my plans and straight up ask if they fit.
You get the idea.
Then, I saw the theme, and I wrote my bottom line:
Bottom Line: STOP worrying about people stealing your idea or putting you down! Make it happen!
I'm obviously still a little worried, since I'm not putting my idea out there in SparkLand to be searched out on the Interwebs and gestohlen. But I'm going to stop worrying about looking like a fool with a crazy plan, and I'm just going to suck it up and do these things that will make my plan make sense.
And it goes for the others as well. Stop worrying about looking like a fool. You can get so much more done if you don't.
And as a gesture to that end, if you want to know the idea, you can SparkMail me.
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