Thursday, September 08, 2011
It's funny the big difference a little thing can make. When the little thing is the way you view yourself and the understanding that you are worth the effort, and deserve to be treated well (especially by yourself) that it shifts everything into a new perspective.
I am doing things for myself without guilt (well mostly) and enjoying it. The new mini fridge I have in the office is hugging my food, and keeping it chilled. I don't have to have the compulsion to rush to eat because my yogurt is not going to get warm, or it is not going to taste as good. My mini fridge is a luxury to me like a cashmere mink. (don't call peta!)
This morning's commute was a wild one. I left 25 mins earlier than my already "leave early time" --- there was thunder, lightning and heavy rain all morning. Add to the hurricane (and earthquake) we had last week and folks are on edge everywhere. Throw in driving in the dark, on ponded roadways and you have a heck of a mess. I was shocked to find my on-ramp to Rt 95 (expressway) nearly flooded out. One car was off the road there, and the rest was almost impassable. If it keeps raining for another hour, it will be closed, I am pretty sure.
Most of the trip was fine except for a few tailgaters, which is not abnormal. I don't speed when the roads are slick, so I just slap on my hazards and it becomes the choice du jour for them to move around me. Problem solved. Crankiness (and accidents) averted. When I got up to the last leg of trip, I took a chance and drove down one of the usual roads. Most people were doing exactly what every news station tells you not to do ---- drive through the flooded roadway. I went so far, saw how bad it was, couldn't see how much more there would be ahead. I let others do what they wanted, and backed up, turned around and went a different route.
This is so much like my own way of thinking. I am one to stop and analyze and even if everyone else says let's go do this, I am not a sheep. I just have never been. It is one of those things that makes me, me. It's actually my favorite attribute. The cheese stands alone.
Mentally, I love where I am right now. I have strongly embraced myself and I am making a difference to myself and others, choice by choice.
Moving into day 2 of the BLC challenge, and I am making positive moves. I had a healthy breakfast at home, made lunch (stuck it in the fridge, tee hee) and have the day set out in front of me. I have my resistance band. I'm a happy camper!
What sort of things do you do to value yourself, sparkies?
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Day 1 of the BLC Focused Challenge and I am feeling good from where I am. I brought my resistance band to work AND used it. :) I am going to look for more exercises to do with them, but I can tell already that my arms are getting a work out. I've done several reps twice today.
My new mini fridge arrived and I stashed my lunch inside. It gets super cold. I am super stoked. Usually by the time I get around to eating my yogurt, it's warmed up a bit, and I think I don't really want this and I pitch it. Well, this is a whole different story now. It's working great. Woo hoo!
I am putting my best foot forward with this challenge and I am going to make a concentrated effort to follow through in the next 10 wks. My goal is to get up on the leaderboard within our group.
One of my colleagues complimented me on my work ensemble today. I took the time to pull myself together and chose a look that would make me look professional, not just wear khakis and a knit top as I had done for most of the summer. I am happy with the way I look today, and it was nice to be noticed....for a good reason.
Taking time to appreciate myself and organize all facets of my life has a natural spillover effect for me. I like that I make progress in one area (eating), and it changes the way I think about fitness, and in turn, that creates an environment where I want to look good, and make even more changes.
Today I am reminded that fortune favors the bold, and I am making bold steps upon my own behalf.
Monday, September 05, 2011
A little last minute chilling - Monday night (the holiday) rolling into Tuesday.
Wow. Summer is over and it is time to start anew. Summer hours are now kaput, and it means longer hours for me. This week, I am in until 6pm, at best,
I want to get started on the right foot.
I need to find ways of being more active when I am at work.
I am on a mission to get up and down the stairs with ease. That is not my current state.
I'm hooked into a BLC challenge which is good for me because it will keep me accountable and hopefully on task. I am not feeling daunted. I just know one foot in front of the other will get me there. I think I need to carry around a list of to-do's with me so I stay on point. It is easy for me to forget when I have so many things to remember. It will prob be easier when I those things become second nature.
Have a great night, all. Catch up with you tomorrow!
Thursday, September 01, 2011
There are cupcakes sitting in the trash. Right on top.
They are "barely" past their prime. Even though I had to f-o-r-c-e my DH to toss out boxes of Uncle Ben's Mexican Fiesta rice that we moved with (6 YEARS ago!!!), he tossed a box of cupcakes in the trash, stamped with last week's date.
Did you hear me? CUPCAKES!!!! and wait, what did I do? I looked in the trash, thought about it for a nanosecond, and realized, today has been my perfect day. I made absolutely perfect freaking food choices. I ate freaking vegetables. I drank my water. I had a salad for lunch. ME. I did that. I am also the same girl (ok woman) who did not remove the box from the trash or the sealed .... cupcakes ... inside. I just left them there, and walked away, smiling....
Why, smiling? Because I am not the same person (today) that would have removed that box, sliced into the packaging, eaten 3 packs in a blink, and not really even savored them. It would have been a scarfing.
Today is different. Today, I am a person who cares. Today I am a woman who respects herself. Today, I am a woman brimming with confidence.
TODAY, I am the person who left them in the trash.
Monday, August 29, 2011
I found a couple of recipes I am going to try this week (namely tomorrow) and keep the food on hand for the week. I am thinking that I need to prep my food for thr week on Sat mornings and possibly one weeknight. I've been flying by the seat of my pants and newsflash, that has not been working!
So, here I got with something new. For my BLC challenge, I will also incorporate this into my goals.
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