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Getting UnStuck

Thursday, May 19, 2011

One small action --- doesn't matter what it is --- just literally, a step in the right direction, and you will be on your way again.

I have been stuck in a pile of misery.

You name it. It was on my nerves, and I was on my own nerves.

I just could not put a smile on my face and I was slipping down (but not down the scale).

Finally, finally, finally, I put on my Wily Coyote brakes - the ones where you not only hear the big squeal, but see the smoke and dust coming up from the road.

Here's what I did to reverse direction.

I put together a decent dinner - chicken breast, sweet potato fries and asparagus. While all that was heating up, I called my mother.

I felt so accomplished!

This morning, I woke up a bit early (unintentionally) but I used that time to get up, and drumroll, please....GO FOR A WALK.

Nothing earth shattering - just a walk around the block. Literally. One block. The idea is to get up and move and build slowly until getting out the door is second nature.

Came home, checked my pedometer, and it is just under a 1,000 steps.

Had a bit of time to spark, take a shower and make my lunch.

This is how a good day is built for me. Literally one step at a time.

If I can do this, so can you. Don't let a thing like being stuck stop you. You can get unstuck, just one step at a time.

  
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LOOZINITNOW 5/20/2011 1:01PM

    One foot, one step, one block, one mile at a time. You are doing great!

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RIGBY31 5/20/2011 12:51PM

    Thank you... I feel a little more unstuck.

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GEORGIA_KAY 5/19/2011 4:13PM

    Marsha, Life really is all about the small things. Thanks for sharing this really excellent, practical advise!

And from one Loony Tune to another--I'm glad you applied the Wile E. Coyote brakes in time! BEEP BEEP!!!
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JESSBOND 5/19/2011 1:43PM

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That's how you do it!!!
Keep it up! One step at a time!

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CHANGE_4_ME 5/19/2011 11:35AM

    One good decision at a time works wonders!

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IMIN2GENES 5/19/2011 10:46AM

    Woo hoo! That's awesome! Keep the momentum going!
Chris
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BAREFOOTN 5/19/2011 9:29AM

    emoticon great stuff!!!

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KEKEIKO 5/19/2011 9:15AM

    OMG I sooooo needed this today! I've been turning around in circles ... That's it! I'm setting that alarm clock for 4 a.m. tomorrow! It may be raining outside but I have a Bowflex Treadclimber two feet from my bed.

Thank you, thank you, thank you! emoticon emoticon
emoticon & emoticon on completing that first step!


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NEHITA 5/19/2011 8:59AM

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SHAVALLAMA 5/19/2011 8:55AM

    I know that sound extremely well. I've heard it a time or 100. :) Excellent work!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 5/19/2011 8:54AM

    EXCELLENT blog! I have been thinking, lately, of the one step at a time solution, and it really does work! emoticon

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DIFROMWYOMING 5/19/2011 8:49AM

    I need to put on my wiley coyote breaks too...so if you hear them again today, they're mine!
love this Mar, good for you!

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DOODIE59 5/19/2011 8:38AM

    It's great that you know what you need to do ... and even better, that you did one step at a time this morning. Awesome work!
Deirdre

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MUGGLE_MOM 5/19/2011 8:09AM

    emoticon You Go Girlfriend!!!
What a fabulous way to get unstuck!!!!!
You totally Rock! One day, one decision, one step at a time! You're doing it!!!
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NOTABOUTHEFACE 5/19/2011 7:37AM

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CIVIAV 5/19/2011 7:03AM

    so real, we can all see what you are talking about!

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TINARENA2 5/19/2011 6:19AM

    That's exactly how success starts, one step at a time.
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EXENEC 5/19/2011 5:59AM

  Wise words, thanks!

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Quick Poll - BLC

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Irene or Jay?

  
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GEORGIA_KAY 5/19/2011 4:19PM

    I haven't watched either, but just now read up on them a little so I could answer your poll. I'll go with Irene.

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DIFROMWYOMING 5/19/2011 8:28AM

    Don't watch, not my thing....but I like the name Jay so I'll say Jay! :)

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 5/18/2011 10:25PM

    Who is Irene and Jay and what is BLC? emoticon

pssst! I knew... was just kidding! I don't watch it cuz I hate it when they send people home! emoticon

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 5/18/2011 9:14PM

    Jay. Somethin' about Irene I don't care for

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New Goals

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Keep It Simple, Sweetie ---

Here's what I am focused on for my new short term goals

1) Walk 10 miles per week
2) Track mileage on pedometer
3) Eat 3 fruits and veggies a day (I have been suffering in this area)
4) Spark once a day (again, need improvement - I seem to hit it in waves)
5) Log everything (started over yesterday....helping!)

This is a good start for me!!!!

Woo hoo! and Happy Easter all!

  
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TERRIJ_1 5/1/2011 12:14PM

    Great Goals all are so important to being successful

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    emoticonAwesome way to spark things up again!
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PARKERB2 4/30/2011 12:50PM

    I'm just now catching up with my Spark Friends. I like your goals. I had a class last week and couldn't stick to my eating plan so I'm starting over on the healthy eating part of my journey. I hope you have a good first week of May. Take care.

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GEORGIA_KAY 4/28/2011 3:42PM

    I love all of your goals :)

I'm rooting for you!!

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JOYMEDSALE 4/27/2011 12:35PM

    Good goals. I was slipping. I think I will join you!!

We keep working on getting BETTER habits.

If we keep trying, they eventually STICK!



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NEHITA 4/26/2011 10:15AM

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MUSICALBABE85 4/26/2011 10:11AM

    Sounds like a great way to get back into the swing of things. Good luck!

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BAYBELIEVER 4/26/2011 8:27AM

    Way to go! Keep it simple, keep it going!

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DOODIE59 4/25/2011 2:18PM

    It doesn't matter how many times you start over. You might even think of each day as the start of new opportunities (less pressure, you know?) Just keep coming back until it feels good:)

Have a great week!
Deirdre

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THEONEBLUEGECKO 4/25/2011 12:51PM

    Those are great goals. I think I might steal them myself as they completely capture what I am currently trying to work towards.

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RIGBY31 4/25/2011 12:08PM

    I need to "KISS" mysef! Five simple things that make all the difference. Thanks!

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CIVIAV 4/24/2011 1:48PM

    WT Plan Sweetie. Glad you are back on the ball. The keep it simple sweetie idea is a great one since I seem to get thrown a bit when I try to do too much.

I added in running and my eating patterns went crazy. I will follow your lead and get back on the ball too!

THanks!

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JESSBOND 4/24/2011 11:32AM

    Great goals! Stick to them and you'll be on your way!!!

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DIFROMWYOMING 4/24/2011 11:22AM

    You are very right...keeping it simple is the right way to go...and I need to get back there, too.

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DJS-DEBBIE 4/24/2011 8:59AM

    Good for you ~ I need to do the same! First I need to get a new battery for my pedometer.

Have a wonderful day!

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There are Consequences

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

No matter what you do, there are consequences to those actions. That's just life. You can look at it as a game of numbers, you eat...the scale goes up. You move, the scale goes down. You don't do either,...you have a little bit of both.

This is where I am right now. I am entirely aware that everything I do - good, bad or otherwise, has a consequence and a ripple effect. No man is an island.

Yesterday, was my bday - a perfect time for introspection and seeing where you've been and what's next. I had a great brainstorm yesterday - and sent my parents flowers yesterday with a note that said, "I would not be here if it was not for you. Thanks for having me."

Stunned recipients, to say the least. I knew it was a big hit with my mother when she said that she wished she sent flowers to her mother. It is nice to hit it out of the park once in a while.

I have not been eating according to plan lately, and not moving with a purpose. Ok, so I see how different things are when you stop caring about doing what you should be doing to take care of yourself.

I definitely feel more in tune with my health when I am eating like I am fueling and feeling energized enough to bounce around just for the sheer fun of it.

Here's to a year ahead with good health and happiness, and consequences from giving a hoot about how it all turns out. After all, it is not the years that you live, but the quality of them - and I intend to be top notch!

Cheers, sparkies!

  
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CHANGE4THEBEST 4/15/2011 8:01PM

    Many Happy Belated Wishes emoticon

A lovely thoughtful act of kindness to send flowers to your parents. It made their day emoticon

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PARKERB2 4/15/2011 12:13PM

    Happy Birthday. What a super idea to send flowers to your Mom and Dad. I'm sure you will get back on track soon as you realize how good it is for you.

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1STARVINGARTIST 4/15/2011 12:33AM

    Happy Birthday! What a wonderful thing to do for your parents on your own birthday. Very thoughtful. They are lucky to have such a considerate and giving daughter.

You are so insightful. Thank you for the wise words.

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GEORGIA_KAY 4/14/2011 10:22AM

    It doesn't surprise me at all that your parents have such a thoughtful daughter. You're pretty darn nice all around.

I'm really glad we're on the same team and are working on our journey together!

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JESSBOND 4/14/2011 10:19AM

    Happy Birthday! emoticon

I'm inspired by your birthday reevaluation... I did some this week too!
It is all you need to recommit and do the best for yourself!
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DIFROMWYOMING 4/14/2011 9:03AM

    Loved this and could relate to it...and what a nice thing to do for your parents!

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JOYMEDSALE 4/13/2011 9:30PM

    Happy Birthday, Mickey. You are a truly lovely person. Have a wonderful healthy year!

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TINARENA2 4/13/2011 7:45PM

    Happy Birthday! You gift yourself with good health everytime you make a healthy choice. I did that this year when I took myself back to Weight Watchers right after my birthday in March. It was the best gift I could give myself.

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EARTHMOTHR 4/13/2011 6:22PM

    My daughter sent me flowers on my birthday and I don't think anything anyone ever did touched me as much. Good for you!!! emoticon

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DOODIE59 4/13/2011 5:05PM

    My husband always calls his mother on his birthday:) And, yes, she gets a real kick out of it. It's very nice that your mother was so tickled:)

Sounds like you've got your head around why you want to "stick with the program":) Good luck and stay focused!

Deirdre



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MRSCRITTERS 4/13/2011 2:42PM

    So many words of wisdom
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KEKEIKO 4/13/2011 2:23PM

    What a beautiful thing to do - give flowers on your birthday. Not only did you give someone happiness you received happiness by giving. You are an inspiration.

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RIGBY31 4/13/2011 1:23PM

    Happy Birthday! I just had one last week and sooo true... take stock, eat right, move with purpose = a wonderful life.

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MKT-PLAN 4/13/2011 1:19PM

    Awesome blog and Happy Birthday!!!!

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IMIN2GENES 4/13/2011 11:25AM

    Happy Birthday! Thanks for sharing your insights!
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JEN_BACK2BASICS 4/13/2011 11:10AM

    Love this! And how sweet are you, sending your parents flowers on your birthday. You go!!

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CIVIAV 4/13/2011 10:49AM

    Happy Birthday to You!

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    Happy Belated Birthday! emoticon emoticon

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ANGELAWILLIAMS3 4/13/2011 10:41AM

    Wow, I sure needed to hear this at this point in my life. I have to remember to take the time to be introspective ...the go, go, go lifestyle doesn't work and your words are a great reminder to stop and listen to what my mind and body are telling me.

Thanks for sharing your insight

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EOWYN2424 4/13/2011 10:41AM

    amen!

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Food is My Life

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

That's what it took to wake me up. Food has been ruling my life.

I've been thinking back over the few successes I've had in my life and what was different between then and now. I embraced things differently and got past the food. I focused on small changes done well every day, and I exercised regularly.

I've gotten to the place where I am afraid to move my body. I am easily winded and it's basically from not moving my body. Duh! I put myself on a course, and now there is no turning back. I see where I am going - either I am killing myself one day at a time through my bad habits of sitting around without making efforts, or I am pushing through the I can'ts, I don't wannas, and I should not have to's.

It is easy think that only fat people have to worry about their weight. That thin people don't think about food, or don't go walk an extra mile. I'm getting my yearly review at work this week, and my boss told me that my theme is, "I go the extra mile." When it comes to work, it is true in every way. When it comes to myself, I am not doing it. I am letting myself fly the path of least resistance and I am seeing that it is coming with a cost to me.

I had plans for breakfast which I handled fine yesterday, but went out the window today in a panic because I was trying to beat some severe storms to work, which I did, by the way. Breakfast was not awful, and I can make it fit, but I can do better, and every little better I do, is a big step in the right direction for me.

The rest of my meal plans for the day went awry as well. I felt pretty sick and bloated yesterday. I decided to cut down much of my "normal" foods to see if it was one particular thing that was causing my belly so much angst yesterday. I am currently blaming the Fiber 1 Bar I ate, but I am really not sure if that is what did it. Today, I just have an apple, banana and orange with me, and I will have to get other food later.

I am not in dire straits by any means. My blood sugar is hitting some decent marks. I just know I am not where I want to be. Having the life I want is not just going to fall into my lap. I know I have to go get it. That means closing the fridge and getting up off my duff.

My goal for this month is getting my eating in order. Some hits, some misses, but it is all part of the learning curve. When I get home tonight, I am going to focus on making dinners for the rest of the week. I have some boca crumbles that I can put to good use.

Hope everyone is doing great!






  
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LINDAINALABAMA 4/11/2011 10:53PM

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JOYMEDSALE 4/6/2011 3:25PM

    Yep, kiddo. We are all in this because of our relationship with our food. I, personally, am a foodaholic. It is my go to drug of choice when I am sad, or happy or bored or busy. It is the "fix" for everything.

We are not stupid people, but this "food devil" is a harsh task master and pushes us all the time to make the poor choice. We must keep trying - each day. Support each other and keep picking ourselves up, dusting ourselves off and moving forward.

It is a tough journey, but we can do it.......together!!

You can do it (and so can I !)


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DIFROMWYOMING 4/6/2011 8:55AM

    I think we're all struggling with this, Mar, and it is something we just have to keep working on. I have 'treats' I like to have on occasion but I have discovered that if I eat them, even counting them in my allotted limits, I don't do as well. They're like trigger foods or something...I'm not even sure. I used to LOVE the fiber bars, had one as a treat at night, but they bothered me too much. I am just one of those people who cannot handle a lot of fiber. Dr. even told me to go easy on it. Maybe it was years of not getting healthy food...don't know.
Hang in there Mar, you're doing GREAT!

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MRSCRITTERS 4/5/2011 9:16PM

    Great blog, and your head is definitely in the right place, and slowly it will all come together.
Good luck
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GEORGIA_KAY 4/5/2011 6:59PM

    These are my goals as well, and I want to do them right along with you!

Eat better, Move more. Do-able changes we really can implement in our lives. I say, let's go for it!!!

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PARKERB2 4/5/2011 3:57PM

    Thanks for a great written blog. I can relate. Have a good day. emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 4/5/2011 1:22PM

    You can do it!

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MAMASHAWN 4/5/2011 11:04AM

    Your blog has given a voice to where I am right now. I no longer have the luxury of deciding "to" or "not to" do this. Every day that I just practice my old habits instead of doing the hard work toward good habits is a day that I'm headed toward disaster. I tend to get a bit pouty about leaving behind what has been "comfortable". Then I remember that those "comfortable" habits are exactly what have brought me here.

Thanks for your blog. It's reminded me that I'm not alone in this and that if you're working so hard to end the rule of food in your life, I can keep fighting, as well.

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DOODIE59 4/5/2011 10:52AM

    Knowledge is power:)

re: bloating. Wheat and/or dairy are often culprits, so if you remove one from your diet for three days and feel significantly better, you will know to avoid that food and replace it with something that provides the same nutrients but without the unfortunate side effects.

You can do this -- and the beauty of eating more healthily and exercising more is that you benefit right away -- you will feel a lot better throughout your journey, not just at goal weight. You can do this, my friend!

Have a great week --
Deirdre

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RIGBY31 4/5/2011 10:24AM

    Great blog, touches on many issues I'm working on. Planning and focus with a little or a lot of determination gets the job done!

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SLIGHTLYBRAINY 4/5/2011 10:09AM

    I can only give advice of what works for me. When I first started getting control over my food was key as well.

I knew if I could just get past the first three days and get all the "crap" out of my system it would be easier to continue. In my head it was only three days. I can do anything for three days right?

It has taken me a while, but my A1C was once over 12 and is now down to 5.9 with no meds for over a year. Just remember that one good choice is all it takes. Just think of it as one choice at a time. The rest will fall into place if you give just make one good choice.

Good luck Micky, you can do it!!!

Terri =)

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TONYAWC1976 4/5/2011 9:56AM

  I had issues with the fiber one bar too. I eat the fiber one plain cereal dry as a snack to get the fiber. It doesn't make me bloated. Also sun sweet ones are good and you het a coupon for your next purchase in the bottom of the bag. You can do this. I am in the same boat you are, working on the eating.

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