Sunday, March 04, 2007
I ran into an article about smiling in the paper today:
1. A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.
2. It lingers for a moment with effects that often last a lifetime.
3. It travels quickly.
4. A smile has no value until it is given away.
5. It is the closest distance between two people.
6. A smile brings joy to the home, creates good will in business, makes friendships flourish and brightens the day of passing strangers.
So, if ever you should meet someone who is too tired to give you smile, please give them one of yours; for no one needs a smile more than the person who has none to give.
There is lots more to read and see about smiles at www.smilestogo.com
Thursday, March 01, 2007
Today I joined WORLD GYM in Shelby Township - a one year membership. This is my first fitness center membership in my life and I am very serious about using the facility on a regular basis. I just competed a one week trial for free and although it is not a large gym, it does have everything that I need - lots of aerobic machines and enough strength machines to keep me happy - and it is not overly crowded. It is active, but their is always a machine available no matter when I show up. This could be the start of a "big time" change in me!
I no longer have to rely upon good weather to get my aerobics in! Whooopeeee
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Positive people tend to have many similar characteristics, such as respecting everyone's contribution to a project and knowing during hard times that things will get better. They have the power to make that change happen, an understanding that their attitudes can directly affect outcomes, and a commitment to increasing positive thoughts and diminishing negative ones. Are you putting effort towards becoming a more positive person?
Avoid complaining when things are turning sour, realize that the negatives and the positives in life will level out, and take responsibility for your life and actions. You are the only person responsible for your attitude--and your life
Monday, February 26, 2007
My ticker has not moved - at least for the past two weeks it has not. It is very frustrating, esp. with all the work I have done to get this far, only to die on the threshold of 200 lbs! I have been close, within 6 or 7 lbs of 200 since November, 2006 and here it is almost March, 2007 -four months!
I have done some more soul searching and decided that I was taking in too many calories. Oh, I can stay on track with eating smart and doing the fruits and veggies and substituting poor snacks with healthy snacks...... about 90% of the time. It is that 10% that is the killer. So... I said, hey, learn to live with the 10% because that is just who you are, a 90%'er! Actually, the 10% is a huge improvement from where I was two years ago - I was probably a 40% to 50% pure junk food addict back then. OK, so I am going to mess up - guaranteed, about 10% of the time - which equates to about 1,400 bad calories a week. Those 1,400 are empty calories of pure junk - like wine, candy, nuts, salty-fat snacks, ice cream. So, what do I do? I decided to cut my regular intake down by 200 calories a day, so I can have my 1,400 bad calories a week (out of 14,000 total). So now, my plan is a maximum of 1,800 calories a day, not 2,000. Because the 2,000 leaves no room for error - and I error about 10%, or, 1,400 calories a week. The 1,800 calorie plan will not be easy, but it is achievable, by eliminating one of my three daily snacks and about 40 calories at each of my three regular meals, (1/2 oz. of my protein, cutting my starch or grain in half, it can be done! So, from now on I am not going to go crazy every time I have a piece of candy, or a couple extra glasses of wine, or cake WITH ice cream at my grand daughters birthday party - it is now OK, it is part of my plan!!! This is not an excuse to go junk crazy, just not junk guilty! I will still track everything and stay focused!
So there it is, now lets put it in motion!!!!!!
Saturday, February 24, 2007
In the depths of winter, I finally found there was in me an invincible summer.
- Albert Camus, author
Hard times are inevitable--death, financial struggle, family problems, the loss of a job, depression--all of these tough times are just seasons. Abraham Lincoln once said, "This too shall pass," and you can apply it to both the good times and the bad. The thrill of a new relationship won't endure forever, just as the grief of losing a loved one won't either. So endure the hardships of life, knowing that time will eventually heal your wounds and you will make it through. Think about what struggles have occurred in your life and what they taught you. No matter how dim the light at the end of the tunnel seems, it is still a light. Each day is an opportunity for that light of hope to get closer and closer, until eventually the clouds above your head part and you feel the forgotten sunshine on you again. Overcoming pain makes you stronger and better equipped to handle the next valley.
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