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Prep and Planning

Friday, August 26, 2011

Most of all the local chatter has been about preparation and planning for Irene's arrival. I had to do a little heavy lifting at work to get computers (and ticket stock) off the floor just in case water made its way into my office. Hopefully, it is all much ado about nothing. I'm a little closer to the storm at home than at work, but I have plans to stay inside during the brunt of it, which will probably fall during late night hours anyway.

The Prep and planning that I have got to work out is my eating habits. I did well today, but there is still tons of room for improvement. I have been eating more freggies as of late and that is a big bonus all around. I need to work on lunch and dinner menus. I work at a university and my days are about to get long and intense again. A little prep and planning by me is definitely going to help!

I fell off the bandwagon for a while. My BLC challenge starts soon and it will help me get back on track for as much as I am willing to put into it. I know I have the tools to do it. It is just a matter of following through and doing it on my part. Woo hoo!

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DIFROMWYOMING 8/28/2011 9:22AM

    I agree, too. I tend to eat the same thing for breakfast and morning snack time. Lately I have had to change up lunch because of my celiac, but I make casseroles from home and freeze them, then just pull them out of the freezer. I used to eat Lean Cuisine's for lunch and while they're higher in sodium they were better than the ff options I used to have. Can you put a small fridge in your office? You could stock it with freggies and yogurt, whatever, so you always had options available? That is what I do.
I KNOW You can do this, Mar!

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SARAWALKS 8/27/2011 8:24PM

    I agree with Cannie, simplicity works for me. If I get too complicated, I end up falling back on the Wrong Stuff. emoticon

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PEPPERLEAH 8/27/2011 4:39PM

    Planning is so important, and yet it can be such a challenge. But you are doing a FANTASTIC job, my friend!

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MUGGLE_MOM 8/27/2011 8:55AM

    I am with you MickeyMax. I need help planning. Its so overwhelming. I'm thinking of putting my fave meals on notecards to I can 'play' out a hand of lunch and dinner, but who knows if I'll really get to that stage.

We can do this. Falling off the wagon doesn't matter. I had a tough week too but the key is to keep moving forward. We can do this!!!


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GODDESS181 8/27/2011 12:23AM

    I agree with CANNIE50 about variety not being our friend. I try and pick a few meals and prep for the week as much as possible. We will get there! Hope Irene leaves us all alone!
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CANNIE50 8/27/2011 12:14AM

    Be safe! I read a good suggestion by a Sparkler today. She has the exact same thing for breakfast and lunch every day. I eat very similar items for breakfast and lunch many days. I think variety is not our friend when we are changing our eating habits. I think the simpler, the better. emoticon

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    emoticonI know you can! You don't give up! emoticon

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Dear Couch Potato

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Do you remember when you pulled your hamstring and you had to crawl up the stairs to your bedroom because it was on the same level as the bathroom? Do you remember being in the hospital with the doctor telling you to your face that there was nothing he could do for you and he wasn't even going to bother writing a script for crutches because he didn't think you could handle them? Do you remember when you had pneumonia and you swore that you would never be this sick again where you could not stand up and breathe?

Well, I do darn it!

It is not pretty. That is the same freaking road you are headed on AGAIN if you do not get off your rump roast and do SOMETHING. Seriously, you are fat enough. You wasted enough time. The time to do is now. There is no try. There is no more time for excuses, loneliness, or sadness. Just get up and freaking to do something, I am done with excuses. Please do not tell me to be nice to myself. Compassion does not work. I need to save myself and the only way I can do it is to use a cattle prod if necessary.

I DESERVE the absolute best life. However, I have to MAKE IT. The best life does not come delivered by a van to couch potatoes. It is something you have to chase HARD.

I am ready.

I am chasing.

If you get in my way (couch potato), look out, I just may run you down.

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PEPPERLEAH 8/25/2011 9:00PM

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KIKI0531 8/25/2011 10:25AM

    You got the right attitude. Kick that couch potato mentality to the curb and go for a walk. You are not alone - we all have the "but I dont wanna" syndrome. Happens to all of us. But you have to get past it and continue to make healthy choices and most of all MOVE. MOVE more than you usually would and work up a sweat.


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CIVIAV 8/25/2011 9:00AM

    Right, never be nice to the couch potato and on the other hand don't assume you are she!
I always say, I will be fierce with my fitness and gentle with my soul. And you can too. I love your 'can do' attitude! emoticon

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    You GO, Sister! You said it and you're going to DO it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TAYGETSSTRONG 8/25/2011 8:16AM

    Great Attitude! You're gonna kick that couch potato's butt! emoticon

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SHAWFAN 8/25/2011 6:47AM

    You CAN do it!!!

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DIFROMWYOMING 8/24/2011 11:54PM

    Love it, mar. You're right...kick your butt into gear!

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MAMADWARF 8/24/2011 11:42PM

    Kick your own a$$ if needed, just do IT...(cause you know you can!)

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CANNIE50 8/24/2011 11:20PM

    I agree. Tough trumps sweet. Kick arse, honey. emoticon

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GODDESS181 8/24/2011 10:56PM

    Making way and cheering you on! You are moving in the right direction.
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DOODIE59 8/24/2011 10:38PM

    Yikes! I'm getting out of your way:)

That's the spirit!

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Movement in the Right Direction

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I was a bit stressed going to a meeting today. I was pleasantly surprised on my walk over there (about 10-15 mins from my building) that the walk seemed less strenuous today. I am pretty sure it also took me less time to walk over even though I had shoes on today. (Yesterday: sneakers).

I had to represent my group and give advice on how to handle their event, and I was so pleased with the way I came across and provided the info. I left feeling like I hit a "homerun." Quickly patting self on back. The work won't be easy, and it is ongoing, but first step out of the gate, I prepared to the point of being able to provide illustrations, seating charts and sales figures. I knew what I was talking about and I communicated it well. I left doing the Snoopy Dance. Woot! It is doubly nice when it works out, you don't look like a dope, and you are dealing with high level "connected" folk. (not connected like Tony Soprano...just people who know people.)

I had one more piece of business to accomplish near that physical location. I decided not to do it today, but to wait until tomorrow so I would have a reason to specifically go for another walk over there. I am starting to think that the key to my success is just to keep building on what I am doing. Just keep going. Just keep doing. It is working. Ever so slowly, but I am putting my head in the right frame of mind. I am putting my feet in the right direction to walk and I am putting my attitude in a positive direction.

With all of these things working together, how can I go wrong?

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DIFROMWYOMING 8/24/2011 2:57PM

    Good for you, Mar! Thanks for stopping by my blog today.
Hugs, Di

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CHANGE_4_ME 8/24/2011 10:26AM

    Wow! Congrats on the good day and the right frame of mind! You Go GIrl!

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SHAWFAN 8/23/2011 8:26PM

    Congrats on a great day and new insight as to what you can do! You can do anything you put your mind to!! Good for you!!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/23/2011 7:34PM

    Congrats on the great presentation. I love it when I feel good after giving a talk. I'm so proud of you and doubly proud that you're saving your second errand for a second walk. That's what success looks like!


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BESTSUSIEYET 8/23/2011 6:24PM

    Hooray for MickeyMax! Stepping forward on so many levels!

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MICHELLESMILES_ 8/23/2011 6:21PM

    Woohoo! Sounds like a great day!!

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PEPPERLEAH 8/23/2011 6:11PM

    Sounds like things are going GREAT!

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    Aww, dang it! I missed seeing the Snoopy dance! Next time, can you do a video?

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CANNIE50 8/23/2011 5:28PM

    congratulations! I love your attitude. I think you definitely have the key to continued success with improving your health.

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CIVIAV 8/23/2011 5:16PM

    Ah sounds like one foot in front of the other is working for you like it does for me. I hope so!

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This or That

Friday, August 19, 2011

I am driven by anxiety. I have tons of it and more, especially when I am not exercising. I am finally getting over some pulled back muscles and hoping to boot the DH out of the living room tonight so I can do my new Zumba Wii disc that just arrived. Zumba Virgin.

I've been recognizing the root of my issues as I work through some emotional turmoil I have been having as of late. I am learning the difference between accepting vs. settling.

Settling is second best. Settling is I couldn't have what I really wanted, so I am having this instead. Settling is not satisfying, nor soulful. Settling does not leave you with a peace of mind that you have done all that you can do. Settling is shrugging your shoulders and saying, "It's good enough" without the belief that it is truly "good enough."

Accepting is believing you gave it your all, and it still did not work out the way you planned. Acceptance is having a Plan B and still being ok if you have to turn to it. Acceptance is not the same as giving up. Acceptance eases you off the hook, when you want to do more, or want things to work out differently, there are just sometimes you have absolutely no control over the outcome. Acceptance lets you say, hey it's not me. It is just the way it worked out. But, ...
acceptance does not mean you have no responsibility in the results.

For today, I accept that I am less than perfect and I also accept that I can do a lot more than I have been doing. I accept that today is another day to try better. I accept that happiness is not found in chocolate.

Most of all, I accept that it is my right (and responsibility) to take charge of my own life.

Like Julia Roberts (in Pretty Woman), (throwback alert) - I get to say 'Who, I get to say When and How Much"

Today, I am going to do more, just because I can. :)

Happy Friday, sparkies!

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KIKI0531 8/23/2011 11:30AM

    What a great blog. I could relate so well. All your hard work and determination is paying off. I often think that with all the small everyday GOOD choices we make it turns into a BIG change - and that is where you are headed !!

Keep up all your hard work !! emoticon

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SHAWFAN 8/19/2011 9:11PM

    Great blog and great attitude! You go Girl!! emoticon emoticon

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    Love it! :)

- Michelle

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CANNIE50 8/19/2011 2:10PM

    This is a great blog - I enjoy your writing. I relate. I struggle with anxiety. I have found there is no better cure for anxiety than taking action - whether it be making a phone call I have been putting off, or going to the gym to strength train, or preparing a nutritious meal....ALso, deep belly breathing helps me a lot. SOmeone once told me the definition of acceptance is "acknowledging the reality of the situation - not liking it necessarily, but seeing it with clear eyes and an open mind". You are a true Sparkler and I am glad you are here.

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MCJULIEO 8/19/2011 1:12PM

    Intriguing observations! Thanks!

(and I want to know how your new Zumba Wii works out, too! I haven't taken the plunge yet, but am interested...)

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KSERRANO67 8/19/2011 11:36AM

    I LOVE your blog! I was so happy and excited reading it. It resonated very much with me. I too struggle with anxiety and worry, mostly from my own issue about control or lack there of. Your tone of self-esteem is changing noticeably! What a gift to yourself. You inspire me! Keep sparking Mickey!! PS: Pretty Woman is one of my FAVS! We say who, when and how much! I LOVE IT~ emoticon

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DOODIE59 8/19/2011 10:14AM

    Very, very good blog ... and applicable to everything, not just weight and lifestyle changes.

Thank you, Mickey!

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    I love this attitude! Great blog! I really do! Thank you for the difference between settling and accepting! emoticon

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/19/2011 8:57AM

    That's a great attitude. Too often, I settle. I need to work on that. Let me know how you like the Zumba. I took a class and found it quite difficult. (I basically hated the class.) LOL In case you need a giggle:


Keep up the great work. Let us know how things go!


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MUGGLE_MOM 8/19/2011 8:28AM

    Every word is ABSOLUTELY true! You get to choose! You get to say Who, you get to say When, and you get to say How Much!
I am so happy that you're choosing to make today a great day!

The time for settling is over! Its time to CHOOSE!

You Go Girl!!!!! I know you have it in you!

Make it a great weekend!

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No Magic Elixir

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The more I do to benefit myself and live mindfully, the easier it is to see that there is no magic elixir.

It is simply living as if everything I do matters. There are consequences. The trick is to make the most of your choices, so that the good outweighs the bad, and it helps me to live a happier, more complete existence.

I am working on getting more organized. The trickle down effect is that I am not as rushed in the morning. When I am not as rushed, I leave the house in a calmer state of mind. When I am at ease when I leave the house, I am less likely to freak out in traffic. (i.e. honking or swearing).

When I drive peacefully to work (30 miles one way), I feel more energized to handle my workload in a positive manner.

When I handle my workload in a positive manner, I can get done what I need to, and know that I need not complete everything on my list at this very minute.

When I approach my work in a sensible way, I can employ my work life balance and get out of there at a reasonable hour.

When I am not frazzled with my schedule, I can leave work relieved and resume the commute with a carefree attitude.

When I am not leaning on the horn or screaming (I am after all, a Jersey Girl at heart), I arrive home in a controlled manner, and I am able to tackle my evening duties, and be nicer to my DH.

When I realize that all of these things work together, and I consciously fit them together to work for the greater good, I have a system in place that helps me accomplish my goals, and helps me move closer to my long term success. It's a win-win-win-win situation.

So far today, I am right on track.

How do you stay organized, sparkies?

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    1. Weekly meal planning, grocery shopping, and prep cooking.
2. Do e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g proactively the night before.
3. Go to bed on time, at a decent hour.

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CANNIE50 8/19/2011 2:17PM

    Oh, I adore this blog. Thank you. I SO relate. I am constantly working on being more patient in traffic and leaving earlier, in an unfrazzled state of mind, makes the biggest difference. I have certain things I do every day to keep the chaos at bay, a bit. I always empty all the trashcans, I often do dishes so there is rarely an overwhelming amount of them, I do a load or two of laundry most days, and I make my bed every day because it sets the tone and sends the message that I want my life to be more manageable. I use timers a lot (an idea I got from Flylady.net, as someone else mentioned). I tell myself "do not leave this kitchen until the timer goes off", and then my kitchen is 10 or 15 minutes cleaner than it was before I started. I am off to read more of your wonderful blogs so, sorry, but you are going to be hearing more from me..... emoticon

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CHANGE_4_ME 8/17/2011 10:29AM

    Great blog! I agree. I drive 20 miles one way to work every day but my drive is usually pretty relaxed. I just have to watch my speed. I take the parkway most of the journey.

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PEPPERLEAH 8/16/2011 10:36PM

    You said it all very well! GREAT reminders; thanks!

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SHAWFAN 8/16/2011 6:36PM

    Thank you for the great blog reminding us of being mindful and organized. I'm always working on this.

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PARKERB2 8/16/2011 1:51PM

    Oh, I can relate. When the day is winding down and I look back and see what I have done and what I accomplished on my list of things to do, I have a satisfied frame of mind. I make lists and check things off as I do them here at the office. One of my goals is to look around close to the end of the day and when I don't see post-its with things to do, I feel I had a good day. I'm kinda orderly and sounds like you are too. Have a great day. Keep things in order.

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DOODIE59 8/16/2011 9:11AM

    Mindfulness ... a good way to live your life:) Better health will be both a symptom and the result. You're doing some very important thinking, Mickey.

Have a great, peaceful day!

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SARAWALKS 8/16/2011 9:05AM

    AMEN. Working on that too...all that... emoticon emoticon

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    EXCELLENT blog! Yes, I agree! I usually get to work at the university library about a half an hour early. It's my time to BREATHE, to wake up and really think about what the day could bring. When I have to "blast off" and get where I'm going by the seat of my pants, I am much more uncontrolled in other areas, all day, as well!
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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/16/2011 8:20AM

    I use flylady.org ideas to help but I'm still working on it. I have a great deal of trouble with the drive to work. It's an hour each way and it seems to never fail that someone who has all day to get where they are going pulls out in front of me which demands a slamming of my brakes. I must be a Jersey girl at hear too because I'm definitely not afraid to blow my horn and I'm always talking to someone about their poor driving habits. Wow, I think I need to take a break. LOL

I loved your blog!


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KLHKLH 8/16/2011 8:18AM

  Good Morning to you as well!

I really appreciate your reference to living mindfully and work to ensure that good choices outweight the bad.

I, myself am at the tipping point, my "tool box" is full and now is the time to use it.

Hope you have a great day! Thanks for reminding me to live mindfully :)

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IMIN2GENES 8/16/2011 8:11AM

    Thanks! I needed this reminder. I let things get a little out of "control" at home - piles of mail, paper to file - and wound up nearly having a meltdown yesterday! You are so right; it's so much better when you start out in a good way. I need to get my organization back!

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MUGGLE_MOM 8/16/2011 8:11AM

    Very well said!
I fully agree! I always joke that when the stars are aligned and my house is clean, then everything goes much smoother.

Here's to a nice calm day!

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