Saturday, July 17, 2010
I ate beets today! I'm not saying that it is such a remarkable feat that there should be a parade down Main St. for me, but it felt like a significant moment at the salad bar. I also had tomatoes, spinach, grapes and a few chickpeas. There was some interlopers like croutons, and a little pasta salad, but mostly I was happy to have enjoyed some beets --- especially without dropping any onto me while I was eating. ha ha.
I got my car worked on at Firestone and it passed inspection. Sweet! They did recommend that I have the battery replaced, so I did, but when I went to pick up the car, I realized they left the lights on and the (new) battery was dead. Did I blow a gasket? No. I was totally in check. I wasn't "happy" but they re-replaced the battery while I waited and gave me a free oil change on a future visit. They made a mistake, but they were nice about it, and handled it quickly.
Last week my husband took his car into Midas, and they overfilled his oil tank, and while they corrected the problem (after he had it towed back there after white smoke was pouring out of his car), they did not apologize let alone offer a free service. I am a customer service manager too and it is moments like these that help show the difference between the way a situation should be handled and how it shouldn't. Glad my episode worked out a-ok.
I am feeling good. Hubby has gone out for a motorcycle ride. Vroom. It's nice to be able to chill for a bit with nothing too pressing. I do have things to do, and I'll do them later.
For now, spark on, sparkies! Have a beautiful day!
Friday, July 16, 2010
It occurred me while driving home from work that my hubby would probably be a happy little camper if there was beer in the fridge. I abhor the parking lot of the place, but I went. I tucked my car into a far corner from the door and went in and carried it out. I was thinking of a quick and easy dinner for myself. I pass a little line-up of places including Taco Bell. I was thinking about what I would get and I was happily entrenched by those thoughts until suddenly I remembered my dimple (as referred to in today's earlier blog).
It was an about face. I even said it out loud in the car "I don't want to go to Taco Bell!" It's not that I could not find something to fit. I am pretty sure I could. I just thought about all the other choices I could make at home, and actually, right now, I am not even that hungry. I think it was the thought of the place.
As I said before, subtle changes. Taking better care of myself one step (and/or bite) at a time.
Friday, July 16, 2010
I'm smiling at myself in the mirror, enjoying the hint of a dimple returning. On Fridays, I like to stop at Panera Bread for a little end of the week chill time. This morning, I stopped but did not have a monstrous breakfast as I have had in the past. I ate a bagel with light cream cheese and coffee. It fits in perfectly well with my plan for the day. After I chowed down during a previous week, I could not believe how many calories I was taking in during that one sitting. I realized I was trying to quell panic and comfort myself. I have started unravelling myself one bite at a time. Asking myself many things? Why am I feeling angst? What could I do to make myself feel better? If I did feel better and have less angst, what would I eat?
Subtle changes are happening in me. I think of things in a positive way, and while I have always been an optimist, I am also using that same measurement stick on myself.
I was remembering the last time I lost a significant amount of weight and where I was in my life. I was very ease with myself then, after having a very honest and cathartic session with a guy who would become my personal trainer for a while. It was a big turning point for myself. I am back in the place of comfort with myself and it has naturally led me to more conscious efforts on behalf of myself. I am parking farther from the door. Those 300 extra steps add up.
My success is all laid out in front of me. I am fully confident of my success especially as I move forward one step at a time.
Wishing you all a very happy Friday!
Spark on, sparkies!!!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
There! It happened! I did not get up this a.m. --- might be Real Housewives of NJ related where I stayed up past my bedtime. Ridiculous. BUT....I am committed to working out today even though I did not get up this a.m. to go to the gym. I will either do my new bootcamp exercises OR go to the gym tonight. Either way, it is getting done, no ifs, ands, or buts!
I am honoring myself with my commitment to myself. I want to move. I want to breathe and feel good. It is all working together. I feel fantastic!
Have an awesome day, sparkies!! WOO HOO!
Monday, July 12, 2010
Besides sparking, I'm into facebook, and very recently, twitter.
Today I came across a post from Kurt Warner (football player). Here's what he said that spoke to my heart: "I DON'T WANT 2 WORKOUT! Ever been there? Not going to dwell on it, going to get it done & day will b better from there! U do same! later"
I love that here's a professional athlete saying the same thing that so many of us feel from time to time. Truthfully, though, as many times as I have been in THAT state, I did want to work out today. :) and now I have!
It is so great to have that feeling of setting a goal and doing it. I did make a plan to walk today and I was astounded to come back and learn that I was out for 45 mins. So, I got in what I needed and also got a friend's bday pkg dropped off to the post office (so what if her bday was 6/23) - it's still under a month since! I love being able to walk to errands or shops (when I am at work) and kill 2 birds with one stone. It's actually almost time to leave for the day, but I will hang out for a bit.
Tonight, I am looking forward to going to get my hair cut and then hang out to watch Real Housewives of NJ. OH YEAH!!!!
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