Saturday, May 18, 2013
Do we really want to make our choices based on our animal instincts ...?
Sunday, May 12, 2013
In honor of mothers everywhere, I thought I would re-post this blog:
I Owe My Mother ....
1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.
"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside.. I just finished cleaning."
2. My mother taught me RELIGION.
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."
3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"
4. My mother taught me LOGIC.
"Because I said so, that's why."
5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC.
"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me."
6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."
7. My mother taught me IRONY.
"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."
8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."
9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.
"Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"
10. My mother taught me about STAMINA.
"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."
11. My mother taught me about WEATHER.
"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."
12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
"If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!"
13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.."
14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.
"Stop acting like your father!"
15. My mother taught me about ENVY.
"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do."
16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
"Just wait until we get home."
17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING.
"You are going to get it when you get home!"
18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way."
19. My mother taught me ESP.
"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?"
20. My mother taught me HUMOR.
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."
21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."
22. My mother taught me GENETICS.
"You're just like your father."
23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
"Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?"
24. My mother taught me WISDOM.
"When you get to be my age, you'll understand."
25. My mother taught me about CHOICE.
"Do you want me to stop this car?"
And my favorite:
26. My mother taught me about JUSTICE.
"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you !"
Hope y'all had a good laugh and a great day.
Hugs. Purrs. Bye.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
...and all kinds of reasons to stay healthy and motivated.
The 5% Challenge starts today, so I am hoping it will keep me on track and keep me tracking. I don't know how I failed to notice when I decided to take a month off to try to "maintain" only between Challenges, but I was only one pound away from the magical 50# off mark! Sure wished I would have lost that one extra pound before I went into maintenance mode. Oh, well, something to look forward to!
I am also looking forward to my 65th birthday in September for three reasons: (1) If I give it my all, I have been able to lose an average of 5# a month, which means if I don't get lazy, I can be 20# smaller by my birthday! During that time I should pass the magical 163# mark which makes me officially overweight--not "obese" but "overweight!" I will be the happiest girl in the world to have the scale tell me I am "overweight." (2) The cost of a State Park Pass goes to half price for seniors, so if I buy me a pass for my birthday present, I will now have nearby Huntington Park Beach, as well as Brookgreen Gardens and Pawleys Island Beach as my usual walking options--that feels positively decadent! (3) My Medicare Advantage Plan is supposed to pay for gym membership. Since I was planning on joining a gym as my reward when I reached 150#, that will occur at about just the right time, if I'm good, of course--and if the good Lord is willing and the creek don't rise.
There's so much to look forward to--but only if I stay the course.
How can someone have so many motivating factors and still screw up? I don't know, but I will be finding out within four months, won't I?
Hugs. Purrs. Bye.
Monday, May 06, 2013
This is my fourth challenge, and they have all proven to be extremely helpful and motivating to me. I have met my goal in the previous three (although the last time, I just barely squeaked in under the wire, definitely have to up my game this round.) I have come to love my Cats Team generally and all its members specifically. I have no one in my real life to offer support and accountability, but I have my Cats in my virtual SparkLife--and who couldn't use some support and accountability?
I had two big wake-up calls:
(1) I discovered that I could not walk around the block without huffing. That means I had reached what I call "the Point of No Return" when you have gained too much weight to be able to do the exercise that it takes to lose the weight that keeps you from exercising. Fortunately, I exaggerate, since it is actually the Point of Painful, Slow, and Difficult Return" but that takes longer to type.
(2) I was present when a friend about my same size was injured in a slip and fall and I overheard bystanders commiserating over the poor EMT's who had to lift her onto the gurney. Now I'm at an age when it is inevitable that someone is going to have to lift me--either EMT's or pallbearers or both , and I figured I owed it to the sweet things to be a normal size.
Now, "what things will you be able to do with a slimmer, healthier body?"
I find my best motivator for exercise is to start training for the Zombie Apocalypse. You need to be slim, strong, and fit to run to the hills carrying the most ammo and food while the zombies are distracted catching the slower, punier ones.
Now, thanks to Sparkpeople and the 5% Challenges I regularly walk 3-4 miles without huffing, I now wouldn't be any harder to load into an ambulance than your average healthy young man, and I ain't 'fraid of no zombies.
Hugs. Purrs. Bye.
Friday, May 03, 2013
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