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Start of Something New

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Hoorah! I first woke up when hubby was getting ready for work. I rolled over and took another 20 mins. Not full on sleep, but just resting and rolling under the covers and doing a little praying.

I got up and left for the gym. Biked 30 mins. Surprised it was still dark when I left the gym.
Didn't have much time to get ready and be out the door for work, but enough so that I could do it without a very hairy commute. I like to leave early as to avoid much other traffic as possible. It does get me into my office much earlier than most, but that little extra time makes for a calmer drive, and for a more organized morning. I can also use my extra time to spark. :)

The BL Sapphire week 2 challenge --- of work out 5 out of 7 times this week -- has really lit a spark in me. I have worked out every day but yesterday, and even then, an argument could be made for my shopping trip. My bouts of movement are helping me to stay more organized. I always do better in planning and in executing when I have more to do. I think I am just wired that way.

My goal this week is to continue to work out by going to the gym most mornings. I'll alternate the bike with the treadmill and do weight training on shorter days. I am really proud of myself for getting it back together. I can see myself continuing on with the regimen as I used to do. It's what helped me the most to succeed. It is like one good decision begins a cascade of healthy decisions. I love where I am at right now.

I am telling myself: For best results, don't rush the process. It's taking time to develop into the cool, together person I am becoming. I'm happy that I recognize all of these things.

I'm just doing what I need to do. :) C'mon sparkies!

  
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PARKERB2 9/8/2010 2:33PM

    emoticonGuess what. I come in to work about 45 minutes early so I can SPARK. I don't have a computer at home so any computer work has to be done here at the office. That way I feel I'm not cheating the company. Thanks for the great blog and you go girl.

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BRIGHT551 9/8/2010 12:53PM

    You are doing an awesome job!!! Keep it up and believe me you are an inspiration to motivate me to keep going too!!!!

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BLUERIDGENATIVE 9/8/2010 11:42AM

    Thanks for sharing! I really love your positive outlook! emoticon

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1STARVINGARTIST 9/8/2010 1:45AM

    Consistency is what will get there! Great job. You will reach your goals with your awesome attitude!
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DIFROMWYOMING 9/7/2010 8:16PM

    emoticon Good job!

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RACINGSLUG 9/7/2010 5:10PM

    ''I always do better in planning and in executing when I have more to do. I think I am just wired that way.''

I am the exact same way, it's the law of intertia I guess... when we're at rest we tend to stay that way, but when we're in motion... look out!

I might have to steal your idea of leaving early for work (in my case, school.) I commute into Philadelphia every day during the week and sometimes the traffic makes me want to scream. If I left just an hour earlier, maybe it wouldn't be so bad (then again, it's Philly... maybe it would! emoticon)

Your can-do attitude is helping to keep me motivated... thanks for adding me!

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TRIP2HAPPINESS 9/7/2010 4:48PM

    Sounds great... emoticon the attitude!




emoticon and keep up the GREAT work! emoticon

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ROBIGG 9/7/2010 4:37PM

    Wow you are doing an emoticon job. Keep up the great work!!

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BRENDA_1975 9/7/2010 4:06PM

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Keep up the good work!!!

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POOKAQUEEN 9/7/2010 2:26PM

    Good job! You are rocking it girl!
Slow and steady, that's how you make it stick.

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BAYBELIEVER 9/7/2010 1:07PM

    Wow! What a great, cheery attitude this morning to start off the week! Way to go! Sounds like you are enjoying the day!

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AFTERMYKIDS 9/7/2010 10:46AM

    emoticonLove the attitude! When you can take your time in the mornings it does seem to help you stay less stressed through out the day. Keep it up! YOU'RE doing GREAT! emoticon

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MUGGLE_MOM 9/7/2010 10:16AM

    You are Rockin' It Girlfriend!
Take your time. Let the process do its thing and the new habits take over. Slow and steady wins the race!

Keep up the awesome attitude!!!

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SLIGHTLYBRAINY 9/7/2010 9:11AM

    Good for you!!! Starting the day with exercise is wonderful and can set the pace for the whole day. Keep up the good work....Terri =)

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WOLVEY1919 9/7/2010 8:55AM

    Great job!

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TEACHEROF4TH 9/7/2010 8:46AM

    You are right to be so proud of yourself! Keep this great motivation and energy going!

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GAYLE-G-63 9/7/2010 8:43AM

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PATRISNA 9/7/2010 8:27AM

    emoticon emoticon you have got the plan!

We all need to just take it one day at a time and do our best. I must remember this. Great Blog!

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MEL_UNRAU 9/7/2010 7:44AM

    OH BABY YA!!!! You are so on the right track!!! You have no need to rush anything. You didn't gain weight over night and you can't lose it overnight. Take all the time you need to lose! Building a routine that you love and can live with is so important in maintaining the process!!! kudos!!!!

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All over creation today

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Hubby and I took a day trip to Gettysburg, PA today. I think I stunned him a couple of times by wanting to walk more than I sat. Late in the afternoon, we did sit for a spell, but most of the day was very active - from outlet shopping for a couple of hours, mostly all walking and just breaks to try on clothes. :) I'll come back to that. We also did a round of mini golf, and stopped to help an elderly woman who took a header on the course just behind us. I did not even hear her walking until I heard the thud and a whimper. I have very good hearing, so it shocked me. After the mini golf, we drove around the battlefield for a bit, and then went and walked around town today. It was a good day!

At the Lane Bryant Outlet, I realized I am gaining a good eye for fashion. It might have something to do with watching the Rachel Zoe project and reading magazines, but I am happy not to look like a frump. The top LB size is 26-28 and i found a few possibilities, and one sweater I liked quite a lot --- but the sweater was not on sale and I was not spending $46.50 on it.

The cooler thing about that is that I actually ENJOYED trying on the clothes. It has been quite some time where I have not left a store without feeling like crawling into the fetal position for a good cry.

The clothes were snug, but they fit, or fit close enough for me to say they fit. It was a very empowering day in the dressing room. Shoes are harder --- I have big wide flat feet and the search continues for something somewhat attractive and comfortable. that is not so easy, but I will find something.

Right now I am enjoying my accomplishment of being very active today> I enjoyed my own Project Runway moments. All in all, it was a great day! I am so proud of myself. Moving and losing!

WOO HOO!

Spark on, sparkies!

  
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GROOVYCHICK9 9/5/2010 10:58PM

    You go girl!!!! I am proud of you. Keep up the good work.

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MUGGLE_MOM 9/5/2010 8:36PM

    You brought tears to my eyes, thinking of you in a dressing room and being happy with you while you're in there. I know how hard those moments can be and I am beyond speechless that your experience was good. That says so much for how far you've come not only on the outside, but on the inside and how many steps you've takes to accepting you for the fabulous woman you are.

Kudos to you my Spark Friend!

Rock On!

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GIBBLES5 9/5/2010 11:46AM

    good job... sounds like a wonderful experience all around!

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DIFROMWYOMING 9/5/2010 10:29AM

    emoticon on a great day!
I buy ALL my shoes online from Womanwithin or Coward shoes or one called Maryland something...they are pricey but they go wide enough for my wide feet. Good shoes are priceless, and you feet with thank you!

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BRIGHT551 9/5/2010 8:46AM

    Glad you enjoyed your day and isn't it great to be able to be more active!!!! Keep on sparking!!!!

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POOKAQUEEN 9/5/2010 7:40AM

    It sounds like a fabulous day! Congrats on the shopping, good job!

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TINARENA2 9/4/2010 11:17PM

    Sounds like a fun day. It's been a long time since I went to Gettysburg, but I remember it being a quaint town.

Way to go on the positive shopping experience, the changes you're making are working. emoticon emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 9/4/2010 11:05PM

    emoticon on such an active day! Keep on moving and losing! emoticon

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Went Somewhere

Thursday, September 02, 2010

I don't know where I went. When I got back, I just knew I went somewhere. I went to the gym yesterday and pedaled my butt off for 45 mins. That is a personal record for me. I have never gone that long on a bike. I had been away for a bit, and I just wanted things to get kickstarted.

Pretty well into the ride, I totally zoned. I floated away to the happy place. My mind went to "clear" and nothing bothered me. I don't know how long I was "gone" - but I felt very free. It was A W E S O M E.

I went back to the gym today and decided to tackle the treadmill. I sweated a lot. In fact, much more than yesterday. I really felt good going this morning as it took a bit of effort to get out the door before work and go to the gym and then back home to basically walk right back out the door for work.

No matter. It is all good. Along with my BL Sapphire team, I've pledged to work out 5 out of 7 days this week. It is a lot more than I have been doing, but I am showing myself that I am up for it.

Last night I cut up strawberries and trimmed string beans between commercial breaks. I tried to limit my tv watching. I even skipped the end of Top Chef to go to bed a few mins early.

Slowly but surely, I am taking the steps to make my life better for me. I am becoming more organized about having breakfast and lunch plans laid out and have veggies ready to include with dinner. I am determined to keep myself active and on top of things to improve myself every day!

  
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DJS-DEBBIE 9/4/2010 7:45PM

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SUNSHINE65 9/2/2010 11:58PM

    Marvelous! You are an inspiration!
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PATRISNA 9/2/2010 3:26PM

    It is great to get into that zone and you don't even realize how long you have been going. I love it when that happens! I do that when I am on the treadmill. It doesn't happen every time, but when it does I feel so much better.

emoticon Blog! Way to Go Sapphire Star Sister!

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POOKAQUEEN 9/2/2010 3:20PM

    Good job! You can do it!

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GAYLE-G-63 9/2/2010 2:34PM

    You can do it!!! We're all rooting for YOU!!!

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BRIGHT551 9/2/2010 9:50AM

    emoticon You are making the choices to establish healthy goals in your life!!! Keep up the great work and you will make those choices every day normal activities!!! You are worth the effort!!!!

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LOOZINITNOW 9/2/2010 9:23AM

    emoticonYou are full of awesomeness!

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GIBBLES5 9/2/2010 9:19AM

    emoticon You are awesome!!!! emoticon

emoticon from one of your sapphire sisters

Kim

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MUGGLE_MOM 9/2/2010 8:47AM

    Wow! What a fabulous blog! I am so thankful that you were able to get to your 'happy place'. You have so much drive and determination in you. This is a long winding journey, but I have no doubt that you are up for the challenge. Why not jot down what a great experience the gym was today, or how great you felt getting it all done before work, or how proud you were for taking care of those veggies and going to sleep before Top Chef was over. These feelings are what you need to look back on when things get tough. The numbers on the scale are nice, but the world doesn't start and end with them. Being proud of yourself, and your accomplishments and feeling good about you is what will help you keep going when the times are tough.

Keep up being the awesome work!

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QUIT_SP 9/2/2010 8:42AM

  Super-Excellent blog! Good for you!
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DIFROMWYOMING 9/2/2010 8:38AM

    You skipped the end of Top Chef? emoticon
It was a good one!
Congrats on your successes! I am seriously missing my treadmill which has been broken down for 4 weeks now at the gym! We live in the boondocks so no one eve can get a repair guy out. I am not tried the bikes as my knees are not great, so I'm feeling a little bored at the moment.
On to a new September!

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Treating Yourself Well

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

When I was a kid, my mother wouldn't let me have an ice cream soda, and I was mad and stomped out of the house. I pushed the door hard in anger, only my hand slipped off the metal and went right through the glass. Forty years later, I still remember the shape of the jagged edge of the glass that gouged out a little piece of my chest. Five stitches is a pretty big deal to a six year old. :)

So many times in the past I have equated treating myself well with allowing myself to do whatever I wanted, no matter what the consequences were. I have done that all of my life.

Here I am today, recognizing that treating yourself well is not about having an attitude that you can do or have anything. It is about having pride in yourself and being willing to do whatever it takes to get there.

I lost a bit on Spark when I arrived and then steadily gained. Now, FINALLY, I am on the losing trail again.

To keep that momentum going, I have to be SMART.

S (Spark)
M (Manage my food and exercise)
A (and)
R (Really)
T (Try)

I am not going to have an obstacle free road. I have been down this road before and remember what I have to do. Ok, I can do those things. I need to stay focused and on track.

I'm doing the BL challenge with Team Sapphire and it's helping me keep it together. Staying focused, staying strong!

  
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MUGGLE_MOM 9/2/2010 8:39AM

    You are one SMART lady!!! This is a incredibly insightful blog and full of the honestly and willingness that are in side of you. You can do it! Congrats!

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DJS-DEBBIE 9/2/2010 7:46AM

    I am doing the challenge with the White Tigers and it has really helped. I am not totally back on with everything, but fitness is going well and no junk food in over a week.
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LOOZINITNOW 9/1/2010 9:42PM

    emoticon You are fired up and ready to do this!!!!

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DIFROMWYOMING 9/1/2010 9:14PM

    Woohoo! I love that you are seeing some positive changes going on in your ATTITUDE, because that will be just as vital to your journey. I'm proud of you!
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BAYBELIEVER 9/1/2010 9:06PM

    What a great, raw blog! You are already doing this, so just keep on keepin' on! We are here with you!

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GIBBLES5 9/1/2010 6:41PM

    Awesome blog!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Go Sapphire Stars!!!!

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Kim

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TRAINER_T 9/1/2010 3:16PM

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GROOVYCHICK9 9/1/2010 3:05PM

    Good job!

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PARKERB2 9/1/2010 2:45PM

    SMART is one word I would use to describe you! Your blogs are great ones and I enjoy reading them. Hang in there. Never give up. emoticon

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POOKAQUEEN 9/1/2010 11:31AM

    Good job! Lesson learned, lesson shared!

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AFTERMYKIDS 9/1/2010 11:19AM

    That is great and you sound Really SMART to me. Lesson Learned! We are going to have bumps but recognizing them is the BEST start. YOU can totally do this! Keep it up! You are doing an amazing job! emoticon

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GAYLE-G-63 9/1/2010 11:15AM

    You're going to do great, my dear! I just know it!!!

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DONNAEDA 9/1/2010 10:15AM

    congratulations on a lesson well learned. Unfortunately sometimes its an unfortunate incident that teachs us.

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SLIGHTLYBRAINY 9/1/2010 10:08AM

    YES, you can do it!!! I liked your blog and the be SMART attitude. Good luck on your challenge, those can be wonderful ways to keep motivated. Congratulations on your two pound weight loss and keep up the great work! ... Terri =)

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MEL_UNRAU 9/1/2010 10:01AM

    You can do this! I am so proud of you, with your loss! And you can keep this going. Best of luck with the BL challenge! You are going to be a stunning sapphire!

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Acceptance vs. Giving Up

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Acceptance is my body is not perfect, and it is up to me to change it.
Giving up is feeling what is the use.

Acceptance is trying harder.
Giving up is an easy way out to think you don't matter.

Acceptance is knowing how things are now, and still being willing to change it.
Giving up is throwing in the towel and forgetting that you matter enough to make a difference.

Acceptance of where I am right now helps propel me forward.
Giving up is not an option.

I went on vacay and had good intentions that were not executed. I went to the land of Pennsylvania Dutch food. Those people love to eat. I could have made many better choices. I spent far too much time in the car. I had many opportunities where I could have used the car trips to get out and walked or did push ups when we stopped, but I didn't. I gave up before we got started.

The power is in my hands today. Simply put, it is up to me to change, and this is the acceptance that I know that counts the most. I will not give up.

  
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BLUERIDGENATIVE 8/31/2010 11:25PM

    Very insightful! With that kind of awareness you are sure to succeed!
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BAYBELIEVER 8/31/2010 10:41PM

    I really liked what you said here:

Giving up is throwing in the towel and forgetting that you matter enough to make a difference.

Remember what you said. Remember what I say: "You DO matter enough" so giving up is not allowed. And I know you won't. You are too important and you know that, or at least have started to see that!

Vacations are vacations, sometimes from everything. But they don't last forever and you are doing great!

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QUILTINGB52 8/31/2010 5:41PM

    Vacays are difficult for anyone....we just try our best & then jump back on that wagon when normality returns.

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PARKERB2 8/31/2010 2:39PM

    You are determined! That's good. Hang in there and keep Sparking. We're here for you. emoticon

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MUGGLE_MOM 8/31/2010 2:16PM

    I hope that your vacation was wonderful and that you aren't letting the 'coulda shoulda-s' get to you. We didn't become who we are in a day, a week or even a month. The deeds of a single week aren't going to ruin your plan. Its just a little blip on the radar. I love that you are accepting who you are right now, this very moment, and looking to move forward from there. That is the acceptance that we need on this journey. Not judgment, just and understanding of who we are and what our strengths and our limitations are. From there, we can go anywhere.

I know you are a fabulous lady. Congrats on your next step in your journey. I am with you every step of the way!

Hugs, Muggle Mom

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BLUEANGELLK 8/31/2010 10:57AM

    Great blog. I love the choices between giving up and acceptance. It is all a choice. It is not pre-determined. Thanks.

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DONNAEDA 8/31/2010 10:51AM

    life sometimes interferes with accomplishing what we set out to do. But isn't that life. So now that you are home, get back to the push ups, walking and watching your food selections. Don't feel guilty about it. Just start again.

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FRANCOPHILE619 8/31/2010 10:51AM

    THis isa timely blog for me. I'm trying to find the balance of acceptance but not letting go of my weight loss goals. I will be thinking about this blog today. thanks for posting.

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GAYLE-G-63 8/31/2010 10:31AM

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PATRISNA 8/31/2010 10:27AM

    Making choices is really tough, but we can this. You are improving your mind set because you are now determined not to give up or give in. You have accepted the fact you are human and stumbled. You are still moving forward. Great blog!!

You have probably read this quote before by Jim Rohn -"We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons."

You are back on track and you made your choice you will not give up. emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 8/31/2010 10:02AM

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BRIGHT551 8/31/2010 9:43AM

    This will happen to the best of us from time to time. It is what we learn from it that will make us stronger. You are stronger for it, because you knew and made the choices and now you are ready to get back on track. Good for you for not giving up and to move forward!!!!!

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ALLIE_1969 8/31/2010 9:38AM

    Acceptance is knowing you are human and mistakes and bad days will happen, giving up would be not jumping back on program. Good for you for not giving up!

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POOKAQUEEN 8/31/2010 9:31AM

    I hope you had fun! It sounds like an awesome vacation!
Good job not giving up! You are worth it, and you can do it!

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GRANDMAAMIE 8/31/2010 9:29AM

    emoticonBLOG!

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 8/31/2010 9:12AM

    Great blog! It's easy to jump right off the proverbial wagon when on vacation. What's important is that you got right back on when you were done. I hope you had a great time!

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DIFROMWYOMING 8/31/2010 9:12AM

    Good for you! I had a rough road trip weekend myself and was/am SO disappointed in the choices I made. I knew better. But I related to you saying you gave up before you began...because that is what I feel I did. I really didn't even try.
It IS a new day. No quitting, no quitting, no quitting.
We WILL get there if we don't quit!

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MEL_UNRAU 8/31/2010 9:11AM

    Great blog!!! Yeah-- I'm Mennonite by heritage and we know how to cook and eat. I can tell ya, it's a challenge!!! Vacay is always hard, but today is a new day and you can do do this!

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KIYOSHI04 8/31/2010 8:45AM

    love this blog. so many of us do that--give up before we get started. me included. i am sorry that it happened to you but i think every time we go through something like this, our resolve gets strengthened a little bit more.

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DPTHEIS 8/31/2010 8:40AM

    Great attitude! Keep up that kind of thinking, and you'll make it to your goals!

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