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I got Ma'am-ed

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I've been so self focused the last few days that I have not been sparking - at least not in my usual way of writing notes, huddling, blogging and sending goodies.
I have not veered off track, I've just been trying to recoup from a cold or possibly allergies so I have not been my prolific self.

I've also seen a tendency as of late to take myself WAY TOO SERIOUSLY. Little things have been setting me off at work. Even this morning as I was just about to cross the street (in the rain), some guy comes flying down the hill. I crossed anyway but not without barking at him about it. He was also in attack mode, and opened his window to yell at me. He said something to tick me off. Nope, he didn't call me fat or anything like that.

He called me "ma'am".....

Talk about feeling violated. ha ha ha. Ma'am? That made me want to race back there and punch him. Funny how he nearly ran into me (with his car) and I am suddenly more concerned about being ma'am-ed.

That's the Mick I know and love. :)

I am back to sparking and joining in and as soon as I can work up a sweat without going into a full blown coughing fit, I will be back on the exercise wagon.

My current goal is to lose 15 lbs by Christmas.

I am confident I can do it.

What are you going to do by Christmas?

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PODGIES 11/2/2010 11:24AM

    Hilarious! You sound like me! :) Love the attitude! I, too haven't been sparking like I used to be! Thanks for the impetus to return. And I KNOW you can do it!!

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SARAWALKS 10/31/2010 9:22PM

    Go for that goal! And don't sweat the "ma'am!" "Ma'am"s can be HOT STUFF! emoticon

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PARKERB2 10/28/2010 3:02PM

    My goal is to lose 16 lbs by 1/11/11. I have 12 more to go and 2 and 1/2 months to lose it in. So that's 5+ lbs per month. I will really have to work hard and get serious about it. I believe you can do it Mickey Max. So hang in there, think positive and Keep Sparking. emoticon

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RIGBY31 10/27/2010 1:35PM

    I'm in the age group where I prefer Ma'am to "Miss". Do I look like a dubutant? Ingénue? Perhaps it was your near miss guy's tone of voice (using it as if a slur of some sort!). Anyway, goody that your smaller self played an excellent game of "dodge the car" this morning. Have a good rest of the day!
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CHERKYLE 10/27/2010 1:33PM

    I love Ma'am lets me know that at least some kids were raised properly! LOL

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 10/27/2010 1:05PM

    "Ma'am" SUCKS! I got ma'amed at like 23 and I said "are you serious!? Do I look like your GRANDMOTHER!?" The guy said "sorry...uh...Miss?" I said, "that's better. Take note, if you want big tips, never ma'am a lady!" and laughed. Hope he listened. Good luck with the 15 lbs by Christmas!

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ADIPOSEROSE 10/27/2010 12:04PM

    Hey, Mick! There are worse things than being ma'am-ed. And it's a term of respect--has nothing to do with implying that you run a brothel. (Comes from the French "madame," which is the title used by a married woman.) Come to think of it, those who object to "ma'am" ought to be really put out by being addressed as "Mrs." (which means "Mistress"). A "madam," at least, is an entrepreneur!

It's very hard to keep up with social networks when you have an actual *life*. I think e-mails and twitters and the rest of the electronic communications have taken over, when what we need way more than Facebook is face-time, complete with hugs.

I don't do specific, date-or-event-focused "goals" any more. My goal is to do the best I can do, every day, and let nature take its course. (It's working better than the other way ever did, so far.) But there is no "one size fits all": do what brings you success.

I remember my reaction to being called "ma'am" for the first time. "Where? My mother's not behind me."

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TERRIJ_1 10/27/2010 11:58AM

    emoticon i hate it when that happens.

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CHANGE_4_ME 10/27/2010 10:54AM

    My present goal is to lose 15-20 pounds before Dec 17. My niece is getting married on the 18th and I want to look really good in the dress I bought. It also falls in with my original goal that I had been lagging on so a new incentive hopefully is all I needed.

Sorry you got ma'am'd but to me it's just a word. I see it as a term of respect no matter where it originated. My grey hair makes me feel older than someone calling me old. LOL Good thing I can cover that up. Have a good day!

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SUSANS111 10/27/2010 10:46AM

    Happy healing! I hope that cold goes away quickly.
My Christmas goal is to maintain and then lose some more after the new year. This is the time of year that gets difficult for me to say no to the numerous goodies. I'm going to practice saying no this year.

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BRIGHT551 10/27/2010 10:10AM

    I don't like being ma'ma either........lol. Glad you weren't hurt and you could joke about it. Hope you can get on the exercise regime again soon and glad you are back to blogging.........:). I have a goal of 10lbs by Christmas and WE WILL DO IT!!!!!!!! Hugs!!!!!

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GAYLE-G-63 10/27/2010 10:01AM

    The first time I felt, ah, old! was when a young man ma'amed me! I Am NOT that old I thought! lol

I'm trying to lose 19 pounds by the end of the year. That will make my weight loss a total of 100 pounds. I wanted to accomplish it before my birthday (December 14) but I decided to give myself some time.

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MRE1956 10/27/2010 9:54AM

    I hate being called "ma'am" as well - especially when I think of just what that term REALLY means.....

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A pox on that bozo and all others who feel that term is acceptable to use for ANY woman!



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DONNAEDA 10/27/2010 9:41AM

    sorry you were mam'ed. It was a joy to read your posting. It made me smile

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MUGGLE_MOM 10/27/2010 9:39AM

    I just love reading your blogs!
I am glad that you're on the mend and hoping you'll be back on that exercise bandwagon soon. Take care of you!!!!

I love your 15 by Christmas idea. Can I jump on that wave with you? It will be awesome!!!!!

Sorry you had to deal with 'stuff' today but so pleased that you could see the humor in it. That's the MickeyMax we know and love!!!!

Sending HUGE emoticon your way!!!!

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KIYOSHI04 10/27/2010 9:07AM

    this made me laugh.
15lbs by christmas is an awesome goal!! okay, ill try too.. not try. will do it!
you've inspired me to do it.
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there is a wings episode--not sure if you've ever seen that show--where the two girl main characters are upset about being called ma'am. this made me think of that.
by the way, so glad you werent hurt!

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Staying on Track

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Not the best of weeks; not the worst.

Got sick, still fighting the edge of this cold, but making better choices. NOt stellar choices, but better choices. PROGRESS!

My cardio has gone to hell in a handbasket. I walk, but barely at all this week. A bit of activity causes coughing. So I am giving my body a chance to recoup and then I will return to the whee.

I've got to get my booty back to the strength training. I should pick up resistance bands so I can do this at home.

My goal for the next hour is to create meals and a shopping list.

I'll do some cleaning today and get myself together. :)

All in all, things are fine. I just know my body appreciates being at a lower weight to make everything run more smoothly together. I am tired off chub rub, cast off clothing, and being the fat girl.

I am ready for my inner glory to shine. I'm loopy, lots of laughs, and compassionate. Many times it is hiding under all of the fat. Blech! I am tired of it. It's my life and I am not going to settle for the bottom rung anymore.

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LOOKN_UP 10/26/2010 1:55PM

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I'm sorry, I missed this blog but I hope you're feeling better by now. Your attitude is remarkable and encouraging. I like your honesty. emoticon

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POOKAQUEEN 10/23/2010 7:59PM

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I'm glad you took the time to care for yourself, and that you're getting better! You're rocking it! You'll get there before you know it!

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    You're right sista! You're worth every moment of healthiness! Your whole being appreciates your efforts. Get well soon and keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon

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RIGBY31 10/23/2010 11:56AM

    Glad you're getting back to your spunky self! Your blog had plenty of positive muster(d) at the end... loved it!
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SUSANS111 10/23/2010 11:30AM

    Being sick is frustrating when you are doing so well with exercise. Maybe it's a good time to focus on relaxation, and good quality sleep. Way to go with menu planning! You are taking care of yourself and making the best of the situation. Get well soon.

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BAYBELIEVER 10/23/2010 10:30AM

    You already aren't on the bottom rung sweetie! Wit that attitude you are climbing quickly up the ladder! But do let your body rest and get over the sickness!

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KIYOSHI04 10/23/2010 10:05AM

    wow for being sick, you sure have a great attitude! so many times when we get sick, it takes us awhile to get our mojo back. but not you. awesome.

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BRIGHT551 10/23/2010 9:55AM

    Sorry to hear you have been sick, but you still have a wonderful attitude! We will muster what it takes to win this battle and in the end win the war one battle at a time!!!! Feel better and take care of yourself!!! Enjoy your weekend!!!!

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DIFROMWYOMING 10/23/2010 9:55AM

    emoticon You've got the attitude...now get your booty in gear (once you're recovered...you need to let your body heal, too). emoticon

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Between Here and There

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I mentally lost 10 lbs of weight this morning for every step I took up the hill. I stopped at 199. I thought back to times in my life when I hit some of those lower milestones and reflected on what it took from me to get there.

1. Patience. I did the work and was willing to wait because I knew the payoff would be coming.

2. Strength training. I lifted weights/used machines and I was not afraid to do them.

3. Meal planning - not down to the letter of the law because that is not my forte, but knowing a general plan. I drank water nearly exclusively. (water is 80% of my normal beverages).

4. I exercised in the morning. I wasn't a couch potato at night, but I got the bulk of my workout done in the morning.

5. I was a happy camper. I had pride and I carried myself like I cared. (and I did.)

6. I had tons of support. I could not turn around without running into a cheerleader.

7. Believed in a power greater than myself. Sometimes this was God, and sometimes it was my coach. The latter may have been ill-fated when that relationship fell apart, but I knew I was not in it alone.

8. I believed I could do it. I had confidence in myself.

9. I was not "trying" to lose weight. I was "trying" to become more healthy.

10. If I did the work, my success was eventually ensured. I had no fear.

This great mindset is what I am working back towards. The latter numbers are already working out for me (no pun intended). The first four need some work and more effort, but I am making good progress.

I lost 3 lbs this week. My ticker reflects much less of a loss because I have not updated in a couple of weeks. I didn't want to add gain and re-losses. I put forth some decent effort this week. I feel I am going in the right direction with the scale following suit. It's more about my effort and what I can do to improve myself and my body than it is about the numbers on the scale. The numbers definitely matter though. They are a reflection of what is happening inside.

Have a happy spark day, sparkies!

What can you do to ensure your success?




  
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SUSANS111 10/17/2010 2:21PM

    WooHoo! You have a great attitude!

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BAYBELIEVER 10/15/2010 9:19PM

    Isn't it amazing? Some of those things on your list we don't always think are important and then we discover they really are! Water, thinking about being healthy, not just a number on the scale, etc. Great thoughts! And congratulations on the loss, however, much it is!

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BIGBOOTYBETTY 10/14/2010 3:21PM

    After being in a certain state of mind for awhile, it'll fade. But just like a love life, you've got to spice it up! Figure out what will get you back to that mentality? What were the things that you used to do and enjoy? Try something new! Try to see the world with "kid eyes". These are the things that work for me to ensure my success. I'll never let myself get bored!

YOU CAN DO IT! YOU ARE IN CONTROL OF YOU! Hugs!

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ANGELCITYGAL 10/13/2010 11:00PM

    I LOVE number 10. I wish all of us could hold onto that one 100% of the time.

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THEONEBLUEGECKO 10/13/2010 4:08PM

    Congratulations on all counts! I am doing the same thing as you to ensure success - recognizing every accomplishment (mental and physical) because they are all so important. Keep at it because you are doing great.

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CHANGE_4_ME 10/13/2010 1:03PM

    Great Blog!

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GAYLE-G-63 10/13/2010 10:46AM

    You can do it Mickey!!!

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MKT-PLAN 10/13/2010 9:24AM

    Good for you! You are awesome and you have a great attitude. Just keep going!
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BRIGHT551 10/13/2010 7:58AM

    A great mindset can make all the difference in the world!!! You have some awesome goals to work toward and you are making progress, even when the scale doesn't always reflect what you are doing. You are working toward a healthy life not so much a number on the scale. I know how hard it is to not let that number rule how we feel, but there is so much more to it. I want to feel good about me, not just what I weigh. You have a good attitude and it is going to take you far........Best wishes for your success!!!!!! You can and will do it!!!!

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The Three Bears

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

If I were to make things "just right" for me ( a la The Three Bears), what would they be?

I would wake up happy and refreshed.

I would wake up with enough time to get things done without rushing around like a madman.

I'd have my bills paid on time.

I'd have enough money in the account so I would not hold my breath before payday.

My clothes would be clean, pressed and organized in the closet.

The entryway to my house would be clean and tidy so that I would not have a panic attack when the front door was opened.

The lanai would be organized and available for sitting and relaxing with friends.

I would have planned and made meals according to plan.

I would not be living haphazardly. I would not be leaving life so much to chance. Yes, I would be flexible, but I would have a better back-up plan and know that if things were in place, then I would not have to worry so much or have needless anxiety.

I would know that these things can be achieved a little bit at a time, and I need not re-work my life from top to bottom in 15 minutes. :)

Here's my plan for the day:

1. Come up with 3 lunch ideas for the rest of the week
2. Do one load of laundry tonight
3. Cut out of work early so I can go buy hubby a bday gift without him knowing about it.

I also have 2 scheduled walks in my calendar for when the rain subsides.

Wishing you a happy "just right" kind of day, Sparkies!



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TERRIJ_1 10/12/2010 3:01PM

    Hope your day is a GREAT one !!!!

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PARKERB2 10/12/2010 2:46PM

    I am bad on time. I think something should take 2 hours when in reality it only takes 20 minutes of so. So as a result I put off doing things. Duh. You have some good goals going on. Hang in there.

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LOOKN_UP 10/12/2010 12:20PM

    Sounds like you might appreciate Flylady.com. If you haven't already checked out...?
Great job doing "a little bit at a time."
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BIGBOOTYBETTY 10/12/2010 11:48AM

    Hope your happy wishes come true! Enjoy your day.

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    That's my plan too, pick up the pieces and take steps to make things better than they are. emoticon

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BRIGHT551 10/12/2010 8:44AM

    Things can always get in our way of trying to accomplish a better life for ourselves. Making a positive effort to change what we can is one way of taking control of our lives. You have made 3 good goals to work toward this. You can do it!!!! Good luck and hope you have a great day!!!! Happy Birthday to hubby too..........:)

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MUGGLE_MOM 10/12/2010 7:50AM

    Wow. What a great blog. You could have written it for me. My list of 'just right' is very close to yours. I love your goals. They are exactly what you need. Someone once told me that you can do more in 15 minutes a day then spending a whole day on a project. It doesn't cut into your day too badly and you get lots done. I've been trying it. Sometimes its good, sometimes I get distracted...lol...

Have a great spark week! Keep shooting for those goals!
Hugs, Muggle Mom

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Happy Columbus Day

Monday, October 11, 2010

Woot Phillies are moving on. That is good. The sleep deprivation not so good. ha.
This morning, I have a staff meeting to attend which will resemble more of a retreat atmosphere. I hope to get something out of it. It is a "generational" class. I thought it was about dealing with older vs. younger workers, and then one of my co-workers pointed out to me it is to help us relate to our students. DUH! ha!
I thought I was one of the younger minded ones. ha. It is NOT about me. :)

Had a productive weekend. Got up early on Saturday and stopped at Walmart for a couple of things. Guy behind us flagged us over and pointed out we had a really low tire. We tried it with fix a flat at first, but then we stopped at car place and had 2 tires replaced. Hubby and I both put about 50-60 miles on our cars a day. Eventually we made it up to my folks to help them with the basement area. Work on it begins today and there was a lot of junk still left around down there.

Major progress for me for I was able to do a lot more work then in the past. I got up and down those steps several times. I lost track of how many after the 3rd trip but glad that I was able to do it. Hubby was also a GIGANTIC help. My mom was a happy little camper.

Yesterday, I did a bunch of cleaning, laundry, and refrained from taking a nap. The latter was the shocker. I still have loads to do in the cleaning dept, but it feels good when you chip away at what has to be done.

That's the same story for my work pile today. Lots of stuff to be done, but the best that can happen is a chipping away at the pile. It's all good. :) It will all be waiting for me tomorrow.

Hope everyone has a Happy Columbus Day today and a super Sparky day! WOO HOO!


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BRIGHT551 10/11/2010 8:33PM

    Your joy of life shows so well in your blogs and always brings a smile to my face. Thank you. Keep chipping away and soon you will be done!!! Hope your day was a glorious one!!!

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LOOKN_UP 10/11/2010 5:18PM

    Believe it or not C. Columbus was a really mean guy. Quite a whack job. Saw a biography about him on the history channel not too long ago. It's funny how we remember things from grade school compared to the way it really was. Anyway, hope you're having a good Monday!

As for cleaning, etc. I like to set my timer for 15min and see what I can do in a room in that amount of time then do the same in the next... It's crazy how much can be done in 15min!
Take care!
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PARKERB2 10/11/2010 3:31PM

    A friend of my mine tells me "the housework will be there later" so I try to go enjoy myself first. Have a good day. emoticon

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BIGBOOTYBETTY 10/11/2010 10:58AM

    Happy Day to you too!

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BAYBELIEVER 10/11/2010 9:45AM

    Love when you say: "I still have loads to do in the cleaning dept, but it feels good when you chip away at what has to be done." Isn't that so true of everything? I still have loads to lose, but it feels good when I chip away at those pounds and inches! You too!

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POOKAQUEEN 10/11/2010 8:10AM

    Keep chipping, before you know it you'll be done! I love how I can hear your cheerfulness in your blogs! Good job on your hard work, you're doing great!

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SJSLIM2B 10/11/2010 7:57AM

  Hapy Columbus Day to you too!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/11/2010 7:43AM

    Have a great day... chipping away at that pile! I know what you mean. I had planned yard work today because I'm off work... and woke to gentle rain. Love the smell of rain, but will have to accept that the yard work will all be waiting for my next opportunity to work on it... which could be in two weeks or longer!

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