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It's a Process

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Along with a few tour groups, I went for a walk this afternoon around a local college campus. While I was walking, an idea just clicked. emoticon Learning is a process. Students don't arrive on campus knowing what they need to get their diploma the next day. emoticon Learning is a process. Every day is built upon the day before. All you have learned and done leads you to the next day.

My life is full of learning. It takes time for these processes to take root and grab hold. I can't just say, "I want to be thin" and then poof! the next day I am all set. I know there is a part of me that wishes that were so. That mindset may explain how I lost so much and gained it back. I lost sight of the process.

The process is what keeps me going. It takes me from point A to B by eating healthfully, walking abundantly and living happily. It is all part of the same process. I've done it before. I know how to do it.

I didn't come here to lose weight. I came here to find myself, and I think I just did.

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1STARVINGARTIST 8/5/2010 2:34AM

    What a great way to look at it. Very inspirational; I should look at it that way too. Thanks for sharing your insight!
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DIFROMWYOMING 8/4/2010 9:35PM

    You are so right, and knowing that will make this journey a lot easier. emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 8/4/2010 7:50PM

    I couldn't agree more! It is definitely a process.

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BRIGHT551 8/4/2010 7:36PM

    Great thought process. We all need to look at this as a process. A good process for a healthy, happy life. Thank you.

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PLAYBLUES22 8/4/2010 7:09PM

    Nice job emoticon

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LAURA9021 8/4/2010 3:09PM

  So true! emoticon

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POOKAQUEEN 8/4/2010 2:59PM

    Yay! Great insight! You're on track for sure now!

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JUSGETTENBY42 8/4/2010 2:48PM

    Good for you. best wishes for your success! emoticon

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Return of the Mojo

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Once upon a time in a land far away (Boston), a young lady (40 something) lost 70 lbs. by eating more healthfully than she ever had, and walking a few miles a week. She loved her time walking even though she had to deal with seeing bats fly around at night and nearly kicking a skunk one time in the early a.m. None of it mattered though; she was a happy camper.

Fast forward 5 years. She's in a new place and the losses have all added to gains and thensome. Changes, stress and excuses were all part of the same pattern that ended the enlightenment.

Not so fast. This is the return of the mojo: the same deep love and acceptance she created for herself. It's back.

How does she keep the mojo rolling forward: baby steps every day. Counting veggies among her biggest ally. Moving more and sitting less. Appreciating and accepting all that she has to offer and be assured that yes, she does have something to offer. Nowhere near perfect. Nowhere near failed misery. Flawed. yes, Unimportant. No!

On with the mojo. Walking, squatting, lunging, DANCING.

Mojo dances. Mojo just keeps on dancing.

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DEARSY 8/5/2010 11:49AM

    You are a great writer! What a happy story!

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1STARVINGARTIST 8/5/2010 2:37AM

    Awesome blog! Good for you!
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BAYBELIEVER 8/4/2010 10:08PM

    I love this blog...I hear music and see it rolling across the screen! You've got your mojo! Make it work for you!

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POOKAQUEEN 8/4/2010 11:51AM

    Love it! Get that mojo dancing!

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LOLAINSC 8/4/2010 10:20AM

    MickeyMax's Mojo--Marvelous!

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GAYLE-G-63 8/4/2010 9:25AM

    Great blog! Keep 'em coming! :-)

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AIMEEM77 8/4/2010 9:07AM

    Love it! Long live the mojo!

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LOOZINITNOW 8/4/2010 8:53AM

    What an upbeat happy blog! Makes me want to move!

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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?

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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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TRAINER_T 7/30/2010 11:37AM

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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!

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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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