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Doing Wednesday with flair

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Madie it to my third work day this week with no big sanfus! I am slow about gearing up by purging some junk and packing, right now I am keeping hydrated because the heat index in over 105 degree. i am watching my complex carbs and getting more servings of fruits in (yeah peaches). Summer fruits are the best. I keep the apartment cool with a ceiling fan, shades pulled and I really don't run the air conditioner constantly. Luckily I am located on the bottom floor so that helps a bit. I thank God that I have a job that I can pay my electric bill so I can have air conditioning. I know some people do not have this luxury emoticon We take this so much for granted, but some folks do not have jobs or a home that is wired for cooling. Crazy with the heat, literally I would be. I drive to work with running my air in my truck just to get myself use to the heat and humidity before I walk into the plant. I bring my own ice and water even though we have ice machines and vending machines in the plant, I do better having my own stuff. I have to make sure I keep myself hydrated in these dog days of summer. I won't complain, because I just look at that picture I snapped in front of my apartment complex on that first Tuesday of February during my first blizzard and I just keep on truckin' emoticon emoticon

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ASOBFALLS 7/21/2011 1:29AM

    emoticon Ice and water for you...

Where is that fan? I know there is one somewhere. I have only done SP for 3 weeks


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Forward Focus

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I am forward focusing this Tuesday. First day back to work wasn't as bad as usual start ups are. I still waiting for the last step in my team lead certification. I took the bull by the horns and got back on my portion control. I even started doing some mental reinforcement about my eating choices. I know very well that I am an emotional eater and I am really not that hungry. I am watching my breads and flour intake and moving is a good time to not only purge the junk out of my apartment, but the stuff lurking in my cabinets and refrigerator-they both definitely need a makeover. emoticon I am so proud of myself, that I caught myself out of habit and boredom of not getting a "late night snack" at the drive thru. I have fruit and veggies at home and they served me well yesterday emoticon

I am getting some things prepared for my impending move. I wanted to walk this morning, but I foolishly made the mistake of wearing new work shoes last night without breaking them in and my feet are reminding me this morning. I bought a pair of Nike and I am not a Nike girl, they do not fit well. That is why if it isn't broken and doesn't need to be fixed that I will stick to my true blue styles of Asics. I was fitted for that shoe, they serve me well at work and on the treadmill. emoticon I always have a brand new pair in the closet ready to go!

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WATERDIAMONDS 7/20/2011 7:34AM

    "I always have a brand new pair in the closet ready to go!"

Good for you. Now THAT'S inspiring!

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    Smart thinking ... stick with what works. I can't wear Nike's either ... and that's OK!

Have an awesome day!

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Maximizing my Life Ahead

Monday, July 18, 2011

Well the past sixteen days have been educational, rested, reflective and very much needed time off emoticon I was able to get some things done, have quite a bit to do, get some rest, play with my hair and see a bit of KC. I did a little life planning and was able to get my license for Life insurance. I began my education on the power of money and my relationship with it. I am looking forward to planning my work and putting my plan into action. I spent a little bit of time with friends, but I learned not to let them monopolize my time. I am on a trip of self discovery of what I like, what appeals to me and the heck what anyone else has to think. emoticon

I am back at portion control, getting more fruits and veggies in and cutting the sugar and flour out of my diet. Vacation is over, no more ice cream and late night treats, especially with my work schedule. I had a good time tasting what I want and it shows on the scale and now its time to tighten it up a notch and get back to the basics. It can be done, I have no excuses-that includes the hot and humid temperatures, I have to make it work to my advantage. Time to travel down the scale emoticon

I have seventeen days until movers show up and I move into new digs. I am looking forward to a fresh change, to purge a lot of crap and maximize my life ahead and live fully as God wants me too! emoticon

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MKPRINCESS007 7/18/2011 6:53PM

    Fantastic! It sounds like you are embarking on some big changes, and that is thrilling and exhilarating!

Keep your forward focus and you will be great!:)


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PRINCESS1959 7/18/2011 2:18PM

    Really exciting

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Taking Stock Sunday

Sunday, July 17, 2011

On the day before I go back to work, I awoke early and was taking stock of the things I accomplished so far in 2011. I lost a little weight, not as much as i wanted to by July, but I did make slow progress by re-joining WW, by educating myself of carbs and sugar, by portion control and by getting some exercise in. I am no where near perfect and being off work for the past sixteen days got me off my routine a bit, but I am still on this journey and I will never give up. I completed and won an eight week weight loss challenge that started in January. I was excited and pleased with my winning, I won a beautiful prize package that included items from Vega, a year long membership to Jazzercise and a exerciser reformer. emoticon

I was named Ruby Lite of the week and Spark motivator of the day so far this year. Very inspiring and motivating-I guess people like what I have to say. I write from the heart, that is all, no more, no less. I paid of goo-gobs of bills that were just hanging around unnecessarily by me not being motivated to put the peddle to the metal. I went further on that following Financial Peace principles and recently completed my Kansas Life Exam for insurance. I decided I wanted to be more educated on my relationship with money and what i need to do to prepare for retirement.

I took a mini vacation to celebrate my 49th birthday in April. I used my Easter weekend holiday and my sister friend and I went to Vegas to see two shows and check out the sights. I had to query my family when was the last time I went on a "vacation"? I discovered that I haven't taken one, a real one since 1999. I always put traveling on the back burner. I gave 22000+ frequent flier miles to my sister last year for her journey to the Philippines last year. How did I rack up all those points-it was from me flying back and forth from STL to Michigan when I relocated in 2002. Wow, that is a lot of miles for someone who doesn't like to travel. I had to redefine that as to why I do not like to travel and settle my anxiety. I keep telling myself to get busy living or get busy dying. emoticon

As I take a small look back on 2011 so far, I see that I have a lot of things to continue working on. I am moving in a couple of weeks, establishing a part time client list for insurance services, training for a Team Lead position at work and getting back at a desk for school. I remember how I felt two years ago this time. My Mom's health was declining, I was laid off and facing permanent layoff, I owed a gagillion $$$ on credit/debt accounts. My world was rocked and it served as a wake up call to get my act together. I told myself that I didn't want to get caught behind the eight ball of life and I had to cement my future. Thankfully me changing my thought process (a slow process) and my Mom in heaven help push me in the right direction. I took Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace course for the second time last summer, met with weight loss team last fall and just buckled down and started chipping away at what was wrong.

Yes, I am a work in progress and God is not finished with me yet. emoticon

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ASOBFALLS 7/17/2011 2:20PM

    emoticon Good time for a check on yourself. Feel good so that you can tackle the next few things....back to work, moving....etc.

emoticon Have a good week,


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HARRINGTON5 7/17/2011 11:03AM

    I really liked this blog and you did a wonderful job taking stock. With that great attitude, you are sure to accomplish much more this year. Good Job!

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MAUITN 7/17/2011 10:57AM

    What a turn around you have made. Your last year has been filed with accomplishments and plans. emoticon

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MMRB7111 7/17/2011 9:24AM

    Congrats on everything you have accomplished this year.

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NUTRON3 7/17/2011 7:14AM

    You Go!!!!

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Winding down Saturday

Saturday, July 16, 2011

I am putting into practice balance and not jam pack my Saturdays ripping and running, especially since I am going back to work Monday. That is one of the reason I do not enjoy the weekends, because I gangbust on Saturday and I am exhausted on Sunday. I have to spread housework out over the week so that I am not overwhelmed when the weekend arrives.

Time to ramp up my fitness routine. i watch some martial art movie and saw how fit those chicks are that practice the ancient art of martial arts, herbal medicines and a different style of eating. It amazed me what the body can do, how it can be trained and what it can accomplish. I have no excuses. No I do not want to pay for a trainer or can I afford martial art training. But I can get out and walk up the hills in my new apartment complex. I can use my resistance bands and I can do lunges and squats. For the things I am unable to afford, there is something I can and I am working my plan and planning my work.

The next big push at work begins on Monday. I expect a few changes as my company prepares for the new model launch. My next big push in my financial education will begin with my own financial need analysis. I plan on scheduling some training time this week-I have to make it happen and not get out of balance.

emoticonThere are times when life surprises one, and anything may happen, even what one had hoped for. emoticon(Ellen Glasglow)

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UMBILICAL 7/16/2011 9:36PM

  I like the sound of your plans. That is the 1st step to success.

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MKPRINCESS007 7/16/2011 9:32PM

    Sounds like a good plan! I, too, feel like I fun all week, and then push and run some more on the weekend and wonder why I am drained when I return to work on Monday!

Wishing you a peaceful and paced Sunday! :)

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STARMIZER2000 7/16/2011 9:28PM

  good reading

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