Monday, June 15, 2009
I just finished reading the entry about the young lady in Texas who was the track team for her high school! After reading the blog entry I started to think about the questions posed at the end of the entry.
1) Do you believe you hold the power to change your life? Yes, I do. If I do not hold the power than no one holds the power. It reminds me of the sernetiy prayer (and I am not a prayerful person, that is for sure). Please allow me accept the things I cannot change, provide me with the courge to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference. I always say, I am the only thing I have real power over!
2) Do you believe this journey is just a tad easier when others believe in you? Absolutley. Having someone (or a group of people) who believe in me does help. I have come to realize that I can find at least one person to believe in me and support me in everything I do...I just have to know where to look!
3) Do you have what it takes to fulfill a dream? Everyone does. The hard part is knowing what it is that you want and then having the courage to actually go after it. Once you overcome those steps, the rest is pretty easy.
All of us on Spark have made changes in our lives (some really big and some sort of small) so far. We have seen success. We have each other to turn to for support. I challenge you all to think of at least 3 things that you have accomplished, three dreams you have reached and what courage you had to get there!
For me it is 1) finishing my Master's degree and making the career change it allowed for, 2) losing and KEEPING off the weight I set out to lose, while making MAJOR lifestyle changes, and 3) recently knowing who I am and accepting me for who I am. Not being afraid to be "alone" and knowing that it does not mean I have to be lonely!
Friday, June 12, 2009
As I get older, I realize how important my weekends become. The problem is that they go by too fast! There is always so much to pack into a Saturday or Sunday, especially now that it is the summer. The other problem is that some of the stuff I do on the weekends I could do during the week but then it would take time away from working out (and then I just get miserable or depressed) so I pack it into the weekend!
This weekend I will be hosting a graduation party for my cousin in law. I want to do some tanning (in the sun, either at the pool or my backyard), I need to get to the gym both days, I want to go out with my friends on their boat (which is two hours away from home), I want to get my nails done, and I need to do laundry and clean the house. Now, exactly how am I going to fit it all in? I am not, but I will do my darndest to get it all done! And I still know that a weekend this packed is still WAY better than ANY day at work!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
...since I have posted a blog here. Yesterday I went through all of my old postings and cannot believe how much I have changed since I started posting almost a year ago! Although it looks like I have come very far in my journey (not just the actual weight loss, but everything that goes with it!), I know I still have a very long way to go!
A couple of weeks ago, I posted that I was ready to give up my trainer and counselor. Well, things have been going on in my life the past few weeks, and I have decided that I am just not ready to give them both up! I know that I am going to stick to my exercise routine (I look better, I feel better and boy oh boy does it help with the stree in my life), but I still need the counselor.
I have grown in so many ways but for the last couple of weeks I realize that I have started to revert back to the unreasonable, screeming shrew that I used to be way back when I was in my 20's (talk about reverting to your childhood). There is just one person here at work that makes me NUTS on a daily basis, and I am just not dealing with this too well! Thus the need for the counselor!
You know, it does not matter how much we change or how much we grow! I have come to realize that that old self is just waiting to reappear! Well, I have worked so hard and come so far that I just WILL NOT let that happen! The way i look at it is that once you let a part of that old self back in, there is no stopping all the other parts you worked so hard to change from creeping back in! I l ike who I am now and I will not go back to that old person who was depressed, unsure of herself, miserable, unhappy with how I looked and who I was inside!
I am new and improved and plan to stay that way forever!!
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
And today just happens to be one of them. I just love it when you wake up in the morning and everything just starts to fall into place. There are not many of these types of days so when they happen, I like to take full advantage of them.
I thought the day was going to be a bust becasue I woke up tired. Then I was 8 minutes late for work (and for me that is REALLY late since I am the type of person who is usually 10 minutes or more early for everything). But once I got here, things were starting to just click. An old friend of mine called, they need some consulting help and asked if I could provide them with a proposal. This means potential extra income. I then had some work to do for my boss and when he called asking how I finished without all the information he thought I needed, I told him that I provided the information for the entire system, not just one facility. I was one step up on him...yeah for me. Then I had to call a co-worker (her and I do NOT see eye to eye on anything). I ended up winning that battle...I killed her with kindness AND made her THINK I was clueless to what she was doing...we will see about who is clueless in the future HAHA!! Finally, one of the partners sent an email to me regarding a spreadsheet that my staff must update weekly. Usually, the comments he makes on these spreadsheets is never favorable...well today he commented that they looked really GOOD!
I just hope that the rest of the day continues on this track! The day is young so we will just have to wait to find out, but I will take what I have gotten so far!!
Hope all of you have a WONDERFUL day as well.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Okay, during your weekly trip to the grocery store (or if you are like me, several times a week trip to the store) you will have to decide what you will be needing for the week. If you are like me you will need to plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Once you get the food home you now have to spend some time planning what you will have to eat the entire week. If you are lucky you have some time on Saturday or Sunday to make several dishes so that all you have to do during the week is heat and eat! Hoepfully there will be leftovers for lunch or you will have the time and motivation to put something together. You will then have to portion it out in containers and find room for it in the refrig. In the morning you will have to make sure you remember to put the food in a bag and cart it off to work. Now, if you have a refrig at work you are lucky and if there is a microwave, toaster oven and/or toaster you are even luckier.
Sounds like a real pain in the neck, right? Well, the way I see it...here is the alternative! You order out for dinner and maybe bring the leftovers the next day for lunch (if there are any leftovers...but who can eat just a half of hamburger or sub or steak sandwich?). So now that means you do not have anything for lunch and you will just have to order out...and the cycle continues. Figuring each meal I would order out would cost me around 600 calories or so and no less than 10 dollars a pop, I have now consumed 1200 calories in just two meals and spent 20 dollars for the day. That is 8400 calories of high fat, high sodium foods per week and 140 dollars a week.
I say "Life is Short! Buy the Shoes" Not the Food!
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