Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I have dieted my way through life with the best of them. I remember being on WW as a young teen and several times since. On LA something, OA, Stop the Insanity, Richard Simmons, cabbage soup, fenfen, and I am trying the Belly Fat Cure right now, and it's way harder than I thought it would be, even though I lost 8 lbs in the first week, I can't seem to stay away from the carbs.
I think I just realized that I need to stop dieting. I can't believe I am even saying it. There has to be a happy medium between no accountability and some little boxed off version of what I am supposed to eat.
It's weird that when I am heading in the right direction with my exercise, my food seems to fall apart. What do you all do?
Goals for today:
1) Get to class on time
2) Drink extra fluids
3) Find an eating plan I can live with!!!!
Have a great day! Spark on, sparkies!
Monday, June 21, 2010
The client told me that if I could not find parking out in front of their building, that there was also some spots in the back. I told her not to worry, that I would be walking. It is hot out there. The sun is shining. It's the first day of summer. It's more than a mile walk from my office to there. It's kind of downhill on the way there, so you know what that means (kind of uphill on the way back.)
This morning I discovered a Starbucks gift card in my desk. I checked the balance and much to my surprise there was $7 on it. I told myself that when I walked back I could divert past Starbucks and get a nice frosty coffee frap.
Funny, on the way back, I started thinking about what a great walk I had. By the time I will walk back to my car at the end of the day, I am going to be over my daily goal. Sweet! Then I started thinking did I just walk off the equivalent of a coffee frap? Did I try to shorten the time between shadows to hide from the sunlight in the name of a coffee frap? My hair is wet with sweat (ewww) and is it wet because of a coffee frap?
I did not want to undo all of good my steps with a frap. I still went to Starbucks, had a venti iced black tea and did not feel like my walk was for naught. The frap would not have killed me or my plan --- but having the tea instead was like an extra boost. It helped me to meet a challenge I set for myself. I turned down something I wanted for a substitute and it didn't bother me. Woot!
I am very satisfied with my walk today. I'm happy with the steps (pun intended) I am taking on many fronts. I have had great success before and this is one of the ways I did it. I walked a lot. I'm going to keep on walking. :)
Three Goals for Today:
) name 3 things I am good at: editing, making omelettes, writing resumes
2) Put recyclables and trash out
3) cook fish for dinner for tomorrow
Spark on, Sparkies!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Most things I know about my Dad aren't because he told me. I saw them. I learned. My dad is not demonstrative, but he is a do-er. I have always said that.
Nothing is more important that your integrity and character. Your word is all you have. (ok, that he did tell me.) I was prone to lie when I was a kid, and he used to be terrified that I could look him in the eye and lie. It's ironic, I guess, how I have turned out to be a very honest, very trustworthy person.
Do not be afraid to not know the answers. Ask questions. Someone else is probably afraid to ask. Everyone needs extra help with something.
If someone needs help, help them. Dad spent hours under my and my siblings' car over the years. I was frequently out there as a helper (and a fetcher) and it suited me fine.
It's ok to let your emotion show. This was a rare occurrence for my Dad, but I have seen him cry with abandon twice. Once he had a fight with his mother, and the other time was at my wedding just before I was about to give a tribute for a friend who passed away weeks before. That time actually shocked me but it proved he cared deeply, even though he did not always reveal how he felt.
Simple things make my dad laugh - and me, too. I got his mind for trouble shooting and problem solving. We're both nimble thinkers. We both have deep, deep, DEEP stubborn streaks! I sometimes blame both my parents for this --- my mom is Irish; my Dad German. ha ha ha. I get it from both sides.
So, Dad, thanks for everything. Happy Father's Day for all you other Dad's too!
Friday, June 18, 2010
There are few things I love more in the world than Fridays. Woo hoo! TGIF!
It puts me into an automatic good mood. (even when I have to work on Saturdays - like next week...I still feel pumped and alive.
I stopped at a local coffee place before work today. There were a few people in line ahead of me. They weren't very orderly and I was mentally trying to figure out who was with whom. My personal observations make the time go faster for me. There was a son (about 10 yrs old) and his dad in front of me. They were quiet, then chatty and then huggy. It was actually very heartwarming. I did not expect to see them like that. It was not just a little hug. It was more like "I love you more than anything else in the world" hug.
After I got my coffee cup, I noticed the dad was filling his up too. The son was already seated. I leaned in towards the dad and wished him a happy father's day and told him it was so nice to see how close he and his son were. He lit up like a sunbeam. :) We just chatted for a minute or two, but I could see how my comment made him feel by the way he was beaming and the things he said to me. It was really a lovely exchange. Moments like these really make my day. Pile that on top of the Friday excitement, and you have one amped up puppy!
Yesterday, I had meetings all over the place and had to walk several places over the course of the day, including a mile walk (I think) back to my car at the end of the day. It was great!!! I felt good. My muscles felt engaged and I did not dread the walk. I was happy to be walking and able to motor on where I wanted to go without any issues.
Goals for today:
1) Three nice things: I'm a good writer, I'm whimsical and witty.
2) Encourage everyone I encounter
3) No "going Jersey" on other drivers. :)
Happy Friday! Have a wonderful, whimsical day!
Spark on, Sparkies!
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Silly, super, strong --- the three positive things are coming easier these days.
I DID step out of my comfort zone last night and went to a local event by myself. The person who invited me practically did cartwheels when she saw me. It was for a group that I am marginally involved with as a volunteer. I had to look at a map to find my bearings, but it all went well. Wow. That was a GIANT leap for me.
I am recognizing the good in myself so much more these days and realizing that I am a person who matters. It sounds funny when I say it out loud, like I should add, "DUH!" but I have not always been accepting of myself.
1) three kind words (see above)
2) Get rid of old newspapers (done)
3) Do fun things solo (done!) - I went to a couple of yard sales and tonight, I will make jewelry.
My life is good! Happy Saturday, sparkies!!!
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