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Choices not changes

Friday, July 30, 2010

People hear about upcoming changes, and frequently go into panic mode. Inherently, I don't fear change even if I don't always like it. I realize though that I am much more apt to embrace "it" --- if I think of it as a choice instead of a change.

I choose to eat in a way that honors my body.

I choose to be happy and grateful with my many blessings.

I choose to SPARK so that my light shines - both inside and out.

I choose to move, because it just makes everything feel better.

I choose to accept and love myself for who I am.

I choose to live my life with laughter and good friends.

What do you choose to do?

Spark on, sparkies!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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GROOVYCHICK9 7/31/2010 9:11PM

    Good for you. You are right.

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 7/31/2010 8:34PM

    Bravo! I choose to be brave. emoticon

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 7/30/2010 7:58PM

    Great post!!

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1STARVINGARTIST 7/30/2010 6:29PM

    Your blogs are always so great! It helps to realize that it's all about choices! Thank you for helping me realize that, and thanks for the motivation. I admire you for how you have prioritized the important things to make a healthier and happier you. I choose all the things you do!


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POOKAQUEEN 7/30/2010 4:13PM

    Love you list! I choose to do all of the above, right along with you!

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PARKERB2 7/30/2010 3:23PM

    emoticon for the insight.

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GAYLE-G-63 7/30/2010 2:15PM

    What a wonderful post! Thanks for the reminder. :-)

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LOOZINITNOW 7/30/2010 1:25PM

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BAYBELIEVER 7/30/2010 12:39PM

    Love this! I choose to find alternative ways to get in my cardio when something in my body prevents me from one way!

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SLFRISBEY 7/30/2010 11:56AM

    Love the perspective! You've inspired a new way of thinking for me today. I choose to not be defeated! Thank you!!!

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DONNAEDA 7/30/2010 9:51AM

    You have made wonderful choices. People who don't change eventually cease to exist. ie: dinosores?

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Mindfulness

Thursday, July 29, 2010

OK! I am back. I snuck off the corner for a couple of days to feel sorry for myself, and drop into comparison mode. The trigger? I think it was going to my parents' house and seeing many very successful people and thinking I was less than. I know better! I have a lot going for me, including a great family, hubby and a very good job. every once in a while, I just forget that I am on the same list of greatness! Ugh! Pity party OVER!

I'm switching up my plan a little bit. I am becoming more clear about my motivators and what I need to do for myself to KEEP GOING! I am focusing more on clean eating and moving away from processed to plants. Thank goodness for friends with gardens! ha! We have one too (ok, hubby does) but it is mostly peppers. The guy has a pepper problem. ha ha ha

Life is good. I have another family gathering this weekend, but I think this one will be just fine. I have not seen some of these cousins in several years --- possibly last at my wedding or before. (9 years ago!)

Hoping everyone has a great spark week!

Happy (almost) Friday! emoticon

  
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HICALGAL 7/30/2010 2:27AM

    i'm glad you realize you're a beautiful person with so much going for you. had to giggle at hubby having a pepper problem...maybe you can make a suggestion for other edibles?...never say never. enjoy nature's bounty especially what's in season. you're so lucky to have friends who have gardens. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LBEEKMA 7/29/2010 11:11PM

    Isn't it human nature to compare ourselves with those around us...I'm so bad about this too. Yes, we all have much to be thankful for (and others are probably thinking the same thing about us, right?!). Have a great weekend and enjoy those peppers (at least as a flavorful additive!). emoticon

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MUGGLE_MOM 7/29/2010 9:08PM

    Glad to have you back!
Good job finding what's important to you and what keeps your motivated.
Keep moving forward!


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RAINBOWFALLS 7/29/2010 2:54PM

    Enjoy the gathering and be proud of the success you have made.

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CHERKYLE 7/29/2010 2:11PM

    Hold your head high! And know that you are loved by many sparkies!!

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SLFRISBEY 7/29/2010 2:04PM

    I do the comparison thing too and it can be brutal! Glad the pity party is over, now to reach those goals! Keep it up! :)

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 7/29/2010 1:42PM

    Enjoy your family gathering!! And you're right - you have as much going for you as all those other great people, so hold your head high!

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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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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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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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