Tuesday, January 05, 2010
I was reading some Healthy Living Quotations and happened to stumble over this:
To want to be, that is not enough.
To know how to be, that is too little.
To want, to know how, to determine to be, that is the way of all successful men.
Primary to all of these is self-honesty.
You can cheat others, now and then.
You can rarely cheat yourself.
You can never cheat nature.
-- John B. Lust
The author has seven books on Herbs, Natural Remedies, Raw Juice and generally the lust for living. I like how this quote incorporates our desire for something, the knowledge we acquire, then we must add the determination/ drive and then the layer of being true to ourselves.
When I sign up for a Boot Camp, how honest am I with myself that I WANT to work out. Am I honestly educated on the way to do the moves correctly and often enough to make a difference? Am I determined, stubborn, focused and willing to sweat and sacrifice?
So far, I am enjoying the videos and then I have done low impact aerobics for 25 minutes after. Last night I used an old CD, The Eurythmics and one track was "Sister's Are Doing It For Themselves" with Aretha Franklin singing alongside! I marched all over the place with my hand weights over my head.
Let's go, girls!!
Sunday, January 03, 2010
I decided to apply myself this week and start AND complete a knitting project. I wanted to make a Strawberry Hat for a co-worker's daughter. The little gal has a first birthday coming up in February.
Just before Christmas, the mom and wee one popped into the office for a visit and I heard about the Strawberry Hat as being a popular item out there in the Toddler World.
So, I gave it go:
I have located a cute "take out" box for the berry beanie and it is ready to go to the office next month!
I have just proven to myself that I CAN complete a project if I put my mind to it. Do you have some outstanding projects that could use a few hours' focus to finally get completed?
Saturday, January 02, 2010
This afternoon, a balance ball and yoga mat came home.
I now workout with these few tools & computer -- but alone.
With Coach Nicole to show me the ropes...
I'll soon look less like the Queen of Dopes.
I tried The Plank, some push ups too.
Then tried "obique" sit ups (just a few.)
It's Boot Camp Kick Off with a Sparking team-
I'm starting right now to becoming more lean!
I'm off of the couch & the knitting's away...
Here's to cardio, strengthening and a brand new Day~
Friday, January 01, 2010
I moved into a house this August having come from a fully furnished suite. It meant no more renting but it also meant that I needed to furnish a two bedroom home.
My partner is slowly designing and crafting some tables. He has completed a coffee table and the two matching end tables for the living room. There are many sketches all over the house but it will take time and money to get all the pieces made that are needed around here.
Tonight I wanted to hostess a fine dining experience in our empty dining room for the beginning of the new year. I dragged a folding table from another room, added two chairs, found a homemade tablecloth, and lit 3 candles. I used Don's maternal granny's ancient china (Laurentian Snowdrop) and added my sterling silver cutlery. The stage was set!
The ham was tasty without being salty, the potatoes had some sour cream and chives. I boiled some Brussel sprouts and some sweet corn for some colour interest too. The Keen's mustard was a ka-pow of flavour. Instead of wine, I used some low calorie cranberry juice.
I've never used an elevated cake plate until this evening. My homemade carrot cake made with Slenda, was fine without any icing.
I located a CD with instrument love songs and played it gently in the background. The lights were dimmed and everything was ready at the same time.
It's funny how a little extra effort done with love and caring can develop into an "event".
We had stayed home for New Year's Eve, ( when we were exhausted) and instead, enjoyed a dinner at home -- a celebration 18 hours later. This was much more enjoyable in our opinion.
Haven't we been told over and over to use the china, wear the purfume, burn the rose-shaped candle... because life is too short to save up for "someday".
Can you transform a simple activity and elevate it into an "event" too?
Monday, December 28, 2009
My family is well aware that I have tried my hand at many artsy-crafty hobbies, also, I've given karate a try for 3 years and bellydance for another three.
Since my move out west, I haven't been sewing, knitting or embroidering like in my 'former life'.... and I have felt the void.
Yesterday, I picked up a paint brush, some acrylic paint in a tube and began smearing colour on a canvas.
Let's just say that Leonard da Vinci's work will not be threatened in any way by my contribution to the arts. I seem to have all the finesse of a mud fight.
I have taken some books out of the library to try to gain insight into the how, what, when and who in the painting world, but it is a lot like learning brain surgery from a video, if you know what I mean.
Stay tuned. I may have a jazzy little picture next week to hang in my kitchen or I may use it to line a bird cage. I haven't decided yet.
Karen Learns To Paint... The Continuing Saga!!!
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