Saturday, March 12, 2011
I am in Stage 3 of the Spark Plan and one of my week 1 assignments was to find a motivational quote. So like a good soldier I dutifully went to Goodsearch.com, typed in "motivational quotes" and started clicking on links.
One of the 1st quotes to come up was this: "I am wealthy. Wealth is not the physical cash. Money is just a by-product of wealth. Wealth is intangible. My purpose, my potentials, my mentality, and my knowledge are my wealth. It's just that they are not yet transformed into their monetary equivalent."
Written in 2011 by Sheye Hassan --- Nigeria
The same day I read the Editor's note in a magazine I subscribe to which started off with the saying "My health is my wealth". The gist of the editorial was that taking care of ourselves is more important, and ultimately more rewarding, than the pursuit of money.
As March was also approaching, leading up to St. Patrick's Day and the pursuit of the leprechaun's pot of gold, both of these items really resonated with me and I have spent the last 2 weeks thinking about them.
I have always equated wealth with money..."If only I was rich I would be happy"..."The people who say money can't buy happiness don't know where to shop". Believe me, as a partially recovered shopaholic I know where to shop.
But I started thinking what good is being wealthy if one is too unhealthy to enjoy life? Money can only buy health to a certain extent...it can't cure heart disease, or diabetes, or cancer or any of the myriad minor and major health issues that affect the quality of our lives. It can't give one the energy or stamina to engage in activities or change one's self-image.
So I have to redefine what wealthy is in my mind. Wealth is not about the money. Wealth is about being healthy, about enjoying what makes me happy, about the things I CAN do and the things I WILL do. It is about having family and friends and mutual support. Wealth is being able to share my knowledge, lend a helping hand, admit and learn from my weaknesses and mistakes.
Above all, wealth is a choice. I choose to be happy with who I am now and the person I am becoming.
I choose to have the kind of wealth that matters.
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Last Monday while taking my daughter to her tumbling class I passed the local yoga studio and thought to myself "Maybe I'll stop one of these days and check it out."
So I get to work the next day and waiting in my e-mail is a Groupon deal...for my local yoga studio, 5 classes for $25 total. I'm a little slow on the uptake sometimes but even I figured out I was being given a message, so I bought the offer & printed out my coupon.
On Wednesday the local paper arrives and in it is a coupon for 7 days free at the local gym. General Treadmill, the hero of the Battle of the Cookies, is probably past his retirement age & keeps telling me it takes 30 minutes to walk a mile (I'm out of shape but I'm not THAT out of shape!), so I clip the coupon & figure why not. I'll get 7 days free and I can see if the also offer Zumba or some other fitness class since my Friday night Zumba class has been cancelled.
I procrastinated the rest of the week (my son has a t-shirt that says Procrastinators Unite Tomorrow! I love that shirt) but Monday, while my daughter is tumbling I stop in to the yoga place first. It turns out that not only do I have my 5 half price classes but the first week is free anyway and I can go to as many classes that free week as I want. I tell them I'll be back on Wednesday, the first day I can make one of the scheduled classes.
Next stop is the gym. It's your normal gym set-up, $34 per month, no contract, and I get the first 7 days free. Plus they have zumba, boxing, and other classes. I fill out my guest pass and tell them I'll be back later that night.
I do the gym thing Monday & Tuesday nights. Today I leave work early to make sure I get to yoga on time. Tonight's class is Basic I for beginners. I have no idea what that means. My only knowledge of yoga is Wii Fit Plus and I always fall down so I don't do it.
And of course there is more traffic than usual and an accident on the freeway so my 30 minute drive takes an hour. But I make it there with 5 minutes to spare, go into the room - which is pretty dark - and try to unroll my yoga mat. Never used one before, the stupid thing kept rolling back up, I'm fighting with it making slapping noises against the floor trying to get it unrolled & keep it that way while everyone else is meditating or sleeping or whatever while being really really quiet.
Class starts and I discover it's just basic stretching like we do in karate to warm up. So I can keep up and do all the poses more or less. Towards the end we just lay there relaxing for several minutes. Someone fell asleep and we could hear snoring. The instructor had us turn onto our side for the final pose and then "flow into the sitting position".
At that point...let's just say that having chili with beans for lunch was probably not the smartest thing I've ever done.
So I survived my first yoga class and head of to the gym.
After 2 days on the treadmill I need to do something else so I do 30 minutes on a bike. There are 6 or 7 bikes all in a row, all empty except for me. I'm on the 2nd bike from the end pedaling my heart out. In walks a gentleman wearing what looks like the bottom half of one of those silver sauna suits, the ones that are supposed to make you sweat more or something. He's very shiny in any case. And which bike does he decide to use? You got it, right next to me. Fortunately I have very large headphones and didn't make eye contact so after a few minutes he got up and went onto exercise next to someone else.
After the bike I went to the elliptical. I swear I was going backwards on the thing. About halfway through I look down and discover there is a 4 inch hole in my pants along my inner thigh where the seam has separated. Who knows how long it's been like that. 2 inches higher & I would have been in trouble for indecent exposure.
Afterwards back in the locker room I realize I can't remember which locker I hung my coat in. There is, of course, another lady in there changing, & I feel weird opening each locker to find my coat. So I hang out in the bathroom part until she's done & leaves. She probably thought I was some sort of weirdo stalker or something. I finally found my coat, in the last locker I looked in.
So ends my adventure for today. Next week...salsa class (maybe).
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
pigs have flown, the world is ending & the devil bought a zamboni to groom all the ice in hell.
I realized after doing my time on the treadmill last night that I did not hate and resent every single step I took. I won't go so far as to say I enjoyed it (I'm still in denial) but I didn't dislike it & I liked the way I felt afterward.
Who'd a thunk that I would grow to like exercise for it's own sake? Scary thought.
But I still hate pushups.
Monday, March 07, 2011
Can you cry under water?
How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?
Why do you have to 'put your two cents in'... but it's only a 'penny for your thoughts'? Where's that extra penny going?
Once you're in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity?
Why does a round pizza come in a square box?
What disease did cured ham actually have?
How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?
Why is it that people say they 'slept like a baby' when babies wake up like every two hours?
If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?
Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV?
Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?
Why do doctors leave the room while you change? They're going to see you naked anyway...
Why is 'bra' singular and 'panties' plural?
Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?
If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a stupid song about him?
If the professor on Gilligan's Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can't he fix a hole in a boat?
Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both dogs!
If Wile E. Coyote had enough money to buy all that ACME crap, why didn't he just buy dinner?
If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?
If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?
Do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?
Why did you just try singing the two songs above?
Why do they call it an asteroid when it's outside the hemisphere, but call it a hemorrhoid when it's in your butt?
Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?
Why, Why, Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are getting dead?
Why do banks charge a fee on 'insufficient funds' when they know there is not enough money?
Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?
Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection?
Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?
Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?
Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?
Whose idea was it to put an 'S' in the word 'lisp'?
If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?
Why is it that no matter what colour bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?
Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?
Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?
Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the
vacuum one more chance?
Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the end on your first try?
How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light fixtures?
Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?
In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?
How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?
The statistics on sanity is that one out of every four persons is suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends -- if they're okay, then it's you.
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