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Taking a happy break

Friday, July 23, 2010

I love music! For the last two hours, though, I have been tormented by someone who plays like Liberace (lots of banging and crescendos) on the piano that happens to be on my floor in the building. Dude, you're killing me. I started to come up with a mental list of all the things I could do to make the music stop. These included knocking the legs off the piano bench while he was playing, shooting him with my flingshot monkey, and jumping down on the bench next to him and join in with chopsticks. :)

A less threatening use of my time, seemed to go outside. So I did. I sat on the bench for a couple of minutes. In that time, I was accosted by three groups of people looking for directions to other buildings and I actually knew where they were which was a bonus. For one guy, I offered to show him. It was about 1500 steps from where I was. He actually wasn't that nice, but I chalked it up to his anxiety about where he'd left his daughter in a information session.

On my way back, I decided to stick my head into the museum. I am surrounded by a host of wonderful opportunities, many of which I bypass regularly. Instead of just picking up a couple of artsy postcards, I decided to go into the museum. Whoa! There's a lot of cool stuff in there! I walked around for a bit and then came back to work. Unfortunately, Liberace was still here, but I cranked up my own tunes on Pandora.com to drown out the sound of the beaten ivories.

It's good to take time for a happy break! I really needed that time out of here. I have to work later tonight (in a different building) and it's a choral festival. At least it is not a piano concert. :) ha ha ha

Looking forward to the weekend, even though it includes a family function. These are not my strong suit, but I am going to bring my new found acceptance of myself with me on this trip, and hope I get out there alive! ha!

Wishing you all a wonderful "sparkling" weekend!

Cheers!

  
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HICALGAL 7/25/2010 7:52AM

    good for you in making a not so good situation into a good one. sometimes all it takes is a shift in perspectives either physically and/or mentally. enjoy the rest of your weekend!! emoticon emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 7/24/2010 7:25AM

    Love your blog! I hope the family function goes well.

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DONNAEDA 7/23/2010 6:33PM

    you handled your stress in a healthy way. Congraatulations

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LOOZINITNOW 7/23/2010 5:23PM

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DATARN 7/23/2010 3:38PM

    Thanks for being so upbeat. Have a great weekend - your blogs make me smile!!
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Falling into Place

Thursday, July 22, 2010

"Falling" into place does not quite give the right impression for me right now, but I definitely see a synergy running through my life that I have not seen nor felt in a long time.

I'm in a happy place. I love the person I am. I love the person I am becoming. There is no harsh criticism for myself for taking the scenic route in this rich and happy life. It is just as if things are happening in the way they are meant to.

When I lost confidence in myself, I'd forgotten that I am a great encourager and a pretty good mentor. I brushed off my skills this week to help a guy in my building apply for a supervisor position. Well, I helped him with some interview questions, and a pre-interview before the real interview. He's very capable, and I think I just gave him a needed push in the right direction.

To the untrained eye, the feelings of gratitude, acceptance, and excitement might be lost. I'm 46 yrs old and now my life is falling into place? I know words like these sent to sparkmates hit home and are understood well.

Here's to finding that happy place for all of us. Keep on sparkin' sparkies!

Cheers
Mickeymax

  
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RIPPEDPAUL1 7/23/2010 7:02AM

    That's great news emoticon

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MUGGLE_MOM 7/22/2010 10:23PM

    I love this blog. Finally, you are letting the person you really are shine through. I love watching you peel each and every layer off to find the heart of gold that I know is shining. You are one wonderful woman. You just keep proving it over and over.

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MRNOTABOUTFACE 7/22/2010 8:26PM

    Great blog. Isn't it amazing when you walk around with that positive energy and everything does just seem to fall into place?

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Turned the Corner

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Control. That's what has been eluding me.

I turned the corner tonight. I came home from work, and set a pot of water to boil. I called my Mom and chatted with her. (Put another check on the to-do list!) I made Ronzoni Smart Taste pasta and some low-sugar Francesco Rinaldi pasta sauce. I shredded some chicken from the grilled chicken we'd vacuumed-sealed previously. I shaved a small amount of real deal parmesan cheese on top. It got all melty. It was delicious.



This is absolutely 100% what I need to do for myself. COOK! I have been relying on everyone else but myself to take care of me. The buck stops here! I have finally turned the corner and recognize how I take hold of my own situation. This is so doable. It was so satisfying, and having a hand in it myself made me a bit giddy! Woo hoo!

  
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PROMISE2DESIGN 7/22/2010 1:39PM

    That looks delicious! Cooking for yourself is the best way to know exactly what you are putting in your body. Good job with your new found talent :)

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PLAYBLUES22 7/22/2010 9:21AM

    Sweetie your dish looks delicious, may have to steal this one emoticon

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MERAINA 7/22/2010 7:53AM

    Way to take it in your own hands! Bet it was great!
Right now I am having to cook me something and cook some thing different for my hub & son. But it makes it easy for me to put "My" leftovers up for my lunch @ work. Hubs & I go to the doc for some blood work Friday... so after that it all may change. I know that the hubs has high cholesterol. So his eating may have to change.
I have more pics to post on a blog but I keep forgetting to transfer them from my camera to the computer. LOL Maybe this weekend I will get some time.
Have a good one!

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HICALGAL 7/22/2010 7:44AM

    congrats girlfriend...only we can do for ourselves what needs doing. spark on!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 7/22/2010 12:51AM

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That's right - take control of your life!!
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Go get 'em!!

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BAYBELIEVER 7/21/2010 11:59PM

    Yay for you! How awesome that you turned a corner to realize that you need to be in control! That is great! Your dinner looks pretty darn good too!

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DIFROMWYOMING 7/21/2010 11:56PM

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DIFROMWYOMING 7/21/2010 11:56PM

    YAY you! What a positive step AND it looks yummy.
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TEACHEROF4TH 7/21/2010 11:47PM

    Nothing like a great, healthy meal when you're hungry to make you feel successful. You enjoyed the cooking AND the eating, and best of all, you stayed on program. You SHOULD be proud of yourself! Woohoo

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MUGGLE_MOM 7/21/2010 11:11PM

    How totally lovely to hear you say this! No one is going to take care of you but you. You get to drive that bus Girlfriend! Where you take it, that's entirely your choice. I believe that you have set your GPS with your final destination and you are on your way. Whooo Hooooo!!!!

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POOKAQUEEN 7/21/2010 10:43PM

    Looks delish! Good job!

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GROOVYCHICK9 7/21/2010 10:40PM

    Great job. It is much easier to control what you cook. I love to cook and miss it when I can't. If that happens, I pull out the slow cooker. Nothing like coming home to dinner already made. What a way to care for yourself. I too need to get back to cooking more at home and eating out less. Keep it up!

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TRIGFROST 7/21/2010 9:44PM

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It is very nice - when you take control .... emoticon

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SOOTHINGGLOW 7/21/2010 9:22PM

    wow! Thanks for sharing this! I need to re-assess my eating and part of that for me is to start cooking at home again! I use to cook everything at home and then as I began getting healthier, life started happening more, which translated into eating out more. My weight loss progress has slowed some and I know I can do better. I realize that I need to get back to the kitchen again and get moving in the right direction. Reading your blog has just made that VERY clear that for me this definitely needs to be my next step in the right direction. Back to basics!!! I need to slow down on the eating out and get back to more natural whole foods...
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LBEEKMA 7/21/2010 8:43PM

    Yeah for you for taking care of yourself! The pasta dish looks delicious! It's moments of realization and inner strength that will make us successful in becoming healthy. emoticon

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New Goals

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I've been reading lots of stuff from Prevention, Spark and other healthy finds. An offshoot of this is my new plan is to set a goal for the day and a weekly goal. I have a tendency to make a lofty big goal, but not focus on what I need to get there. It gets forgotten, it gets ignored. It gets missed. It doesn't get done. It does help to have a big picture pot of gold at the end of the road, but I now realize that for me, what I need to do is focus on right now.

I am adding my goals into my spark page. Today I am going to walk up the stairs 3 times.
For my weekly goal, I am eating 1 fruit/1 veggie per day at least. Small steps add up to big changes. I really need the thought of what to do AND the action to do it. Thought without action is wasted.

Off to roam the halls, ....and the stairs. Happy Sparking, sparkies!

  
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RHONDAHONDA2 7/22/2010 10:52PM

    good way to set your goals..keep up the awesome work you can do it

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MUGGLE_MOM 7/21/2010 5:21PM

    I love the idea of daily and weekly goals. I think that is absolutely the way to do it. You totally rock!!!! You are so well on your way! Keep that awesome attitude, learning what you need to do to succeed. I love it!!!!

Sending huge Hugs your way!!!!

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PROMISE2DESIGN 7/21/2010 1:21PM

    Way to stay progressive and keep positive!!

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PEGGO45 7/21/2010 12:45PM

    Small steps add up to big changes
Indeed... Prevention it tied with Spark for me.... I love both for a wealth of info and inspiration!! :0)

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BAYBELIEVER 7/21/2010 11:05AM

    Way to evaluate and plan a course of action! Great goals to build on!

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POOKAQUEEN 7/21/2010 10:43AM

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Small steps added up fast into something big! You can do it!

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CHERKYLE 7/21/2010 10:33AM

    I too make big long term goals but have a hard time doing shorter ones! If you don't mind I might tag along with you! I just cant do the stairs right now (arthritis) but think I could def. do 1 fruit/1veggie!!

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NOMORE_MRFATGUY 7/21/2010 9:41AM

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Bagel Bypass

Monday, July 19, 2010

I planned on stopping for a bagel and cream cheese today but when I got to the counter to pay, I found myself holding a small box of Special K red berries and skim milk. How did that happen? emoticon

I will be doing a lot of walking today since I have a show to run --- forced walking. :) In the meantime, I am trying to get up at least every hour to move around a bit. I have a terrible habit of coming to work and then sitting down for the rest of the day. I need to break this habit!!!

Happy Monday, Sparkies!

  
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TRAINER_T 7/19/2010 3:30PM

    Set your computer to tell you its been an hour.....it works!
Time just gets away I know I work at a desk all day too.

Or you can try one of my desk workouts here is the direct link for you:
http://www.youtube.com/trai
nertfitness#p/a/u/2/Wj60nM60PYs




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DATARN 7/19/2010 11:53AM

    Sitting and work seem to be the norm!! I have to make myself get up and move around too!! emoticon emoticon

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POOKAQUEEN 7/19/2010 10:48AM

    Yay and great choice for breakfast!
I have to make myself get up when I'm at work too. I get focused and lose track of how long I've been sitting until I try to get up and my knees are too stiff!
Have a great day and have fun with your -forced- walking!

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