Saturday, May 02, 2009
"Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home."
I'm not sure of who originally said that, but it's something that Mama always says whenever she's away from home and returns.
This week's business trip was so successful and I've learned a few more things about myself, both professionally and personally.
Professionally, I'm brighter than I give myself credit for--at work I am my own worst critique. I tend to focus on the things that I'm not strong on, but this week my strengths (organization, task management, communication and being able to connect with the customer) were most important. Wednesday I had a huge management review/presentation with all of the Big Wigs for our new account as well as some Big Shots from my own company. Thanks be to God the information was well received and it further helped to establish not only my credibility with the customer but my company's credibility as well. Even the main Big Wig came up to me afterwards, shook my hand and said, "not only was the presentation highly informative it was entertaining and kept everyone's interest...thank you." That so made my day and made the four hours sleep that I got the night before worth it (LOL!).
Then the Implementation team that I hand-picked and who traveled with me were ALL OF THAT! Daily they impressed me with how well prepared they were and their thorough observations and research. They did such a phenomenal job on gathering needed info that I extended their trips until Friday. I returned on Wednesday so that I could go on my goddaughter's field trip. I was able to leave without having an ounce of concern because I knew they could handle it. Which made me thankful for having such a competent team.
Personally, my willpower is stronger than I thought. I didn't even feel tempted by all of the KRYPTONITE that constantly surrounded me. Yep, not even the ladies who were dressed in their fancy Derby attire who greeted all of the passengers on my final flight with Bourbon Balls got to me. I made conscious decisions about everything that I ate (even though I exceeded my sodium limits on a few days). When I weighed Friday I was at 240 lbs., but I didn't trip--I knew it was fluid and "other" types of retention as well as a lack of sleep. I weighed in this morning and am at 236 lbs. so that's the evidence that I was right about the "retentions".
I also gained a better appreciation for SP while I was away. I firmly believe that the relationships that I have forged with my SP friends helped to keep me focused on my goals. What's odd is that with each bite that I ate and every late night workout I forced myself to do, I was reminded of the challenges from my teams, the postings from the threads, the SP page/Blog comments as well as the SP goodies...all of those kind expressions from my friends really helped to keep my feet planted on the WALL.
Anyway, I enjoyed the trip but like Mama always says, "be it ever so humble, there's no place like home." Not only my physical home in the heart of the Derby City but my Spark home as well!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Tomorrow I'll be flying out first thing in the morning for a business trip and will not be returning until late Wednesday night. I'm excited about the trip because my Implementation team and I will be meeting our new customer...THANK GOD for allowing us to win some new business.
Well not only am I prepared to have a successful professional trip, I'm planning to maintain my personal success that I have experienced since starting my Back to Basics Plan on 2/22. In other words...I AM ON THE WALL AND I REFUSE TO COME DOWN!!!
With that being said, listed below are the preparations that I've made to help me STAY focused while I'm away from my home gyms and batch cooked food:
1. I had my IT manager update my laptop with the needed software so that I can play my Core Rhythms DVDs. I'm in the middle of a challenge with one of my teams...can't let the team or my abs down!
2. I've checked out the amenities where I'll be staying...they have a fitness center, so I've packed workout clothes, my manual cardio tracker (CC's this is what started our "Put it on Paper Thread") and of course my iPod along with the charger.
3. Thankfully, I'll have a little kitchen in my suite...so once I check in and get settled, I'm heading straight to the grocery to get some fresh fruit (my secret weapon against KRYPTONITE).
4. I've checked out all of the restaurants in the area...most of which do not have nutrition guides online--but I'm not worried. Thanks to the daily FOOD SHOWDOWN! email that I get from SPARK along with my streak of tracking my food for almost nine weeks, I've almost become an expert at eyeballing food and evaluating both the nutrition and sodium content. Plus, as always I'll have my manual nutrition tracker with me so that I can keep my SP nutrition tracker updated.
5. I have several packs of my favorite sugar-free gum to give me strength to fight off the endless KRYPTONITE shops in the airport...especially that "one place" that reeks of cinnamon!!!
So in other words, I know that I will stay focused...because I'm taking my WALL with me!
"...I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down..." Nehemiah 6:3 NKJV
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
So, I'm sitting at my desk, working away, in one of my cute blouses from last Spring that I'm able to fit back into, drinking my 8th cup of water, minding my own business and eating lunch--My Ham Wraps and a Fruit Salad w/ Watermelon, Cantaloupe and Grapes--YUM! ...when the receptionist delivers a blue box and an envelope to me.
She said, "This is from a vendor, I know that you're busy so I thought I'd just better deliver it to you."
I looked at my assistant/back-up/friend and said..."Uh oh, I bet it's some KRYPTONITE in here". She reached for it -- I handed it to her and then I opened the card.
We both exclaimed "Uh Oh!" at the same time. As she dug around to see what was in the box I read the last line of the card "I hope you enjoy the coffee and donuts."
DONUTS?!!! My number one weakness and what I consider to be the King of KRYPTONITE--not to mention they were glazed!
She immediately found a good home for them and I continued to enjoy my fruit. All is well once again in the land of BACK TO BASICS!!!
"...Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. " James 4:7 KJV
Friday, April 17, 2009
I am just too pumped to type. So many wonderful things have happened today that I'll just have to list them:
1. Work went well--it's a blessing to be able to work, have a place to work and to be considered as a value to the workplace.
2. Went to the grocery--as I was approaching the check out line I looked in my basket and smiled. It was so colorful with all of the fresh fruits, veggies and lean meat...no kryptonite in site...and for a little over $50 I was blessed to get some really good stuff that I can enjoy for the week (including some steak...YUM!)
3. Had the most awesome workout and was thrilled that my large t-shirt was noticeably too big.
4. I worked up a huge sweat while lifting weights.
5. I was able to do 2 sets of 10 reps on the Assisted Dip Machine...or the flying machine as Mama calls it!
6. I endured my new reduced fat, low sodium, high fiber mac n' cheese recipe it was okay...it still needs some work before I can share it as a SP Recipe, but it satisfied my mac n' cheese craving.
7. I was totally within my nutrition goals for the day...well except for the calories...I was under, but I was so satiated I couldn't eat another bite if I tried...and I tried!
8. I now have a collage of all of the Bahama Mamas on my SP Page...I truly love this team of awesome women!
9. Thanks to 2008LYNN, I truly have scale peace and am thrilled about my 4.3 lb. loss this week (I won't update my ticker until my next Back to Basics weigh-in on 4/26)
10. Last but not least, I was blessed with the opportunity to finally "meet" a dear and close SP friend that I've been talking to, praying with, praying for, laughing, crying and confiding in for over a year.
and I LOVE BEING BACK TO BASICS!!!
Truly God is good all the time and all the time God is good!!!
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