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I Amaze Myself

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I've turned the corner in my diabetes care. While I ma still on my medication for high sugar and high blood pressure, my blood tests came back stellar. So not only does it mean that my blood sugar has dropped dramatically, but it shows that the lipids in my blood profile are looking pretty decent too.

Today, I cleared snow from the driveway, and cleaned the snow off my car for 40 mins. It felt good to be active. I see myself making good changes again.

I am working on meal plans and eating according to plan. I am expecting to be off the diabetes meds in a few months. I'm stoked about this.

I've been gearing up for a summer trip to Gettysburg and this time I want to do a little hiking. I am working on getting a little less winded and more walking under my belt again. I am moving my focus away from weight loss, which tends to trip me up and instead focus on what healthy steps I can make - physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually - and see where that leads. Inevitably, positive steps in all of these directions lead to weight loss anyway. Go Figure.

Hope everyone in sparky land is doing well!

  
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BAYBELIEVER 2/28/2011 12:33AM

    Congratulations on the great news on the health front! That is awesome, and I knew you WOULD do it! You are amazing!

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THEONEBLUEGECKO 2/23/2011 12:57PM

    Congratulations, that is great news. You are doing such a stellar job!

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AFTERMYKIDS 2/23/2011 12:39PM

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TJCADDO 2/23/2011 11:41AM

    That's wonderful!!!! Getting healthy and being able to do 40 minutes of manual snow removal is amazing!!! Keep going, keep going. emoticon emoticon

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DIFROMWYOMING 2/23/2011 9:10AM

    emoticon Good job, Mary!

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RIGBY31 2/23/2011 12:47AM

    Absolutely... positive steps in the right direction will get you there! Glad your numbers are good.

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PROMISE2DESIGN 2/23/2011 12:19AM

    You are doing it!!!!

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COUNTRYNINJA 2/22/2011 10:50PM

    Doesn't it feel good to feel good about yourself?!?!
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SARAWALKS 2/22/2011 10:00PM

    What wonderful progress you're making!
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Hiking those battlefields will be great exercise and I know you'll be ready to enjoy it!
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DEBBIE_J 2/22/2011 9:20PM

    Wow, that is certainly something to be amazed and proud of! It's almost unbelievable how diet & exercise can impact our health. Keep up the good work!

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MEL_UNRAU 2/22/2011 8:30PM

    WooHoo!

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MUGGLE_MOM 2/22/2011 8:29PM

    You totally ROCK!!!!!
Congrats on taking such good care of yourself!

I fully agree, when you take care of the rest of the 'stuff' the weight comes off. You Go Girl!!!!!

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Dear Self

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Dear Self,

I know it's funny how I act that you are the last to know, but obviously you are the first to get the news. I'm coming clean that I have not been as committed to you as I desire, and I've let others get in the way of me taking care of you as I've promised in the past.

Here's what I did for you today. I drank a bucket of water, or something that felt close to it. I had a ginormous salad when I came home. I ate blueberries and a banana today. I ignored the pastries that were calling my name. I'm going to bed 2 hours earlier than I have been.

I stopped hating you for things that were out of your control. I decided to let you ask for some help and the biggie - I accepted it when it came along.

Here's what I am doing for you tomorrow: I'm going to get up early enough to make a breakfast smoothie. I'm going to have some time to feel organized in the a.m. and not rush around like a chicken. I am going to fit in more salad and opt for fruit instead of junk. I am going to make time for walking, even if I am so busy with the system crash clean-up, I will march in place....and under no circumstances will I ever, ever give up on you.

We're bonded for life. Thanks for always being by my side.

Cheers, sparkies!

  
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TJCADDO 2/17/2011 6:18PM

    I love it!!! Considering how we crash burn our bodies they are usually pretty forgiving. What you are going to do for your body is wonderful and imagine it will be thanking you for your improved ways soon. emoticon

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RIGBY31 2/17/2011 12:06PM

    Reassuring SELF is loving, comforting.
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CHANGE_4_ME 2/17/2011 11:18AM

    great blog. I often try to get up earlier but I'm just not a morning person. *Sighs* I've even tried telling myself I am a morning person, but my body told my brain to stop lying. LOL

((HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY))) Vibes your way!

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LOOKN_UP 2/17/2011 8:34AM

    Awesome! emoticon

You have great writing skills by the way. emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 2/17/2011 8:24AM

    Hurray! That is a great outlook!!! emoticon

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MUGGLE_MOM 2/17/2011 7:22AM

    Beautiful. Just beautiful!!!!

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PROMISE2DESIGN 2/17/2011 3:25AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I love this blog!!! Good planning!

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DEBBIE_J 2/17/2011 12:14AM

    Very well said. I love your positive attitude!

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AFTERMYKIDS 2/16/2011 10:27PM

    emoticon and just kindof funny as well. I was looking back through some old blogs & found a letter I wrote to myself. Now how cool is that. YOU will really enjoy going back & rereading this later. Good for you for taking care of YOU!! emoticon

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 2/16/2011 10:00PM

    Your body thanks you. emoticon

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BRIDEJEN 2/16/2011 9:46PM

    WOW I think I should write my self a letter.

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Before You Drink It

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Um, before you try out the new concoction in the blender, maybe you should bite the bullet and taste the soymilk first. I made a lovely smoothie this morning, with blueberries, frozen banana and flaxseeds with soymilk, and then when I tasted it, I thought it seemed a little "off" - now it could be the flaxseeds because I have not put them in anything before, so i don't know what they taste like. I thought perhaps that the soymilk was a bit past its prime and now was not the time to be playing "chicken" with rancid soymilk. I had a vision of myself doubled over in the bathroom later, and well, that was enough to convince me to pour that sucker down the drain.

Instead I made myself a quintessential Pennsylvania treat - a pb and butter sandwich. For my butter, I used smart balance. It's light and easy, and a bit of an acquired taste, I guess. When I see my hubby making it, I turned up my nose, and thought what is that? But fast forward 10 years and I am making it, too. ha ha ha.

Reported fog and slippery road conditions made me get up a bit earlier today and get moving so I had time to re-do my breakfast. Lunch is a little lame-o today, so I may get soup or salad to complement what I brought.

Later today, I have the second candidate up to interview for the job. This guy is worthy of the role and I hope he interviews well so it makes it easier. I am still worked up about that other guy and the "system" that allows it to happen, but I need to work on letting it go. I have my own crap to be concerned about, I know. Luckily, I have a great and amazing boss, and I couldn't ask for a better manager. His office is also about a quarter of mile away from me - and truth be told, I wish he was closer. I guess that is part of the charm of being on a college campus of 500 acres. Lots of room.

Well, I need to get cracking on my work load today. I hope everyone has a super and Sparky day!

  
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TERRIJ_1 2/9/2011 12:48PM

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Have an awesome day

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PARKERB2 2/8/2011 3:53PM

    I love chocolate soy milk (silk). I used to eat PB and Mayo sandwiches but haven't had one in a long time. I guess they just not in my healthy eating plan. Need to try one tho to see if I still like them. Have a good day, Mickey Max.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 2/8/2011 10:31AM

    Have a great week, and watch out for spoiled soy milk! emoticon

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MTNCLIMBER88 2/8/2011 10:05AM

    PB and butter sounds like an interesting combo! My mom used to work with a group of women who ate PB and mayo sandwiches every day for lunch...I think I'd choose butter!!!

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BESTSUSIEYET 2/8/2011 9:52AM

    Happy Tuesday to you, too!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 2/8/2011 9:44AM

    Here's a good smoothie recipe. 4 oz of unsweetened vanilla Almond Milk, 1 frozen banana, 1 to 1 1/2 tbsp of almond butter. I call it the 1956 Elvis Special. (Back when he was skinny) Hope the other guy interviews well too so it makes it easier to see the right person get the job!

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Victory

Monday, February 07, 2011

I did it.

I ate breakfast. I had a healthy lunch. I did not snack on candy. I drank my water. I went for a walk (in the sunshine).

When I was tempted, I prayed.

I am bouyed up by all of the inspirational tales I read on SP this morning.

It's a GREAT DAY so far! I am filled with encouragement!

  
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LINDAINALABAMA 2/14/2011 3:56PM

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RACINGSLUG 2/7/2011 9:59PM

    It's so wonderful when everything goes right. Make sure to give yourself plenty of credit for every healthy thing you did!

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SLIGHTLYBRAINY 2/7/2011 9:46PM

    Sounds like you had a good day. Once good choice almost always turns into two. Try and stay focused, some times it take conscious effort to change the lifestyle at the very beginning, but it can be done.

You can do it!!! Lets make tomorrow Victory 2!

Terri =)

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MUGGLE_MOM 2/7/2011 9:38PM

    You Go Girl!!!!!

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TINARENA2 2/7/2011 5:52PM

    Good job! The Lord can give us strength when we need it all we have to do is ask like you did.
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 2/7/2011 5:18PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonI am so proud of you!

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SLFRISBEY 2/7/2011 5:02PM

    Woohoo! Sounds like a wonderful day! :)

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The Reluctant Health Nut

Friday, February 04, 2011

I am doing it, but I am doing it kicking and screaming.

I have been struggling so much lately, and that is because I am surrounded by things out of control and I am powerless to stop life from spinning. This is nothing new. My reaction is a bit off kilter, and this is what I am working to change.

I can't fix my parents' health issues. I can only control my reaction to it.

I can't stop traffic irritations. I can only control when I leave to go somewhere and deal with conditions as they are.

I can't stop people from doing things I wish they wouldn't - I can only control whether I ignore it or obsess over it. I am working from changing these responses from these to just acknowledging them if need be and then trying to let them go.

I am getting in my own way lately. I have a lot on my plate (no pun intended) and most of it is there because I put it there (again, no pun intended - but it is very apropos.)

Just for today, I am not going to stew that a colleague is up for a significant promotion and I have to interview him for said position. Truth be told I am mad as hell about it - but I need to get over my bad attitude pronto so I don't say something stupid. Where is the girl that used to have such an open mind? I cannot remember what I did with her!

Just for today, I am going to find a way to walk for 30 minutes.

Just for today, I am going to cut myself some slack, and stop pretending that I can somehow be perfect.

Just for today, I am going to set up a plan and track my carbs.

Just for today, I will spark and remember how much I enjoy doing that.

Happy Friday, Sparkies!



  
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JANICE611 2/4/2011 10:09PM

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LOOKN_UP 2/4/2011 8:24PM

    Aww, you do have a lot on your plate right now. I'll keep you in my prayers... When is the interview?
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MUGGLE_MOM 2/4/2011 4:42PM

    Breathe in. Breathe Out. Good advice any day.

Just for today, you are being the absolutely best MickyMax that you can.
I would never pretend to understand how hard things are for you, but I can completely relate to having to deal with issues, like parents' health or job idiots that are beyond our control and yet have major affects on us. I hope that you got your walk in. Maybe play with your weights when you get home for a few minutes. I find that working out in any form makes me so much better able to handle the issues at hand.

I'm wishing you only the best my friend.
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SARAWALKS 2/4/2011 4:33PM

    Yep, time for deep breathing and maybe a little journaling. Sometimes that helps me stop obsessing over whatever...
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DJS-DEBBIE 2/4/2011 1:02PM

    I have to remember that...just for today I am/will...

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PARKERB2 2/4/2011 12:46PM

    I've heard a little stress is good and it sounds like your trying to get a handle on it. Remember to take care of Number 1 first and the rest will follow. Solve one problem at a time, those that you can solve and leave the rest to God. Have a good day and keep Sparking as that helps, especially the bogging. We're here for you. emoticon

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MADKAPKID 2/4/2011 12:10PM

    first, you are not alone. Just do step by step and it will all work out. Have a joy filled day, Karen

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LARIJOY 2/4/2011 11:55AM

    Everyday is a new day, with new chances to behave in a way that is healthy and positive.
I don't know about you, but I have yet to build a functioning time machine, which means that we can't go back to fix the random times we don't live up to our own standards.
All we can do is note those times and use that info to do better in the future.

i love that you are rebooting yourself for the day.
Beginning again is not against the rules, buddy.

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PROMISE2DESIGN 2/4/2011 11:47AM

    You're not alone and you are doing a terrific job! You're an inspiration to us!!! You are ****TRYING**** that's all any of us can do. emoticon

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SLIGHTLYBRAINY 2/4/2011 11:17AM

    Some times it is just taking it moment by moment and remember this is about our health too.

Take a deep breath. The most profound thing I read on someones home page once( and I wish I could remember who it was to give credit to) but if "hungry is not the problem, food is not the answer". So stick to your food plan for your health, and for the rest of it, take a deep breath and try and let it go.

Terri =)

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 2/4/2011 10:26AM

    Oh, can I ever relate! Hang in there and keep this attitude and you're going to make it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BAYBELIEVER 2/4/2011 10:15AM

    That's right! Get it down on "paper" and it will help you be that much closer to the reality! Hang in there. You are right, you really need to let go of those things you can't control. Have a great weekend!

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LORIAPO 2/4/2011 10:01AM

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You attitude is already better by writing this blog!
Have a Fantastic Friday & a Wonderful Weekend!
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KIYOSHI04 2/4/2011 9:41AM

    you can do it... just for today. today is all that matters.

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FRAN_CVLRN 2/4/2011 9:33AM

    Happy Friday to you, too!

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Today is the first day of the rest of your life-you've set some good goals for yourself for today. It's so hard to let the bad stuff slide away-that interview will be hard for you, I'm sure.
Thinking of you.

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 2/4/2011 9:23AM

    Sorry there's some poopie stuff going on but you're right, let go of the stuff you can't control as much as you can. (Though it is dang frustrating, eh?) I've heard listening to classical music while driving can reduce your stress response by 56%. Give it a try! :)

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