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Thursday, November 03, 2011

Good morning, sparkies!

I'm continuing my happy dance and celebrations today. Woo hoo! Won't you whoop it up with me?

I got up at 4:30am (not intentionally, but I was awake, so I figured what the heck) and convinced myself I should work out with my wii!

I feel more awake right now than I have felt in weeks. I'm smiling. I am feeling good.

I encouraged myself with words of "amazing, phenomenal, you are doing it" during my work out. I had fun. I topped some previous records. More importantly, I kept going.

When I was done, I had my best blood sugar reading of the week. That's a good reason alone to get back on the wii bandwagon --- even though there are several dozen others....

A couple of weeks ago, a person paid me an unexpected and heartfelt compliment. It has helped me turn around my thinking in that I am celebrating myself at every turn instead of the usual naysaying. It has taken work, but it is becoming easier and second nature with practice.

So far, I like the results. I am celebrating every little step in the right direction and encouraging myself more than ever before. It definitely beats the alternative. That was not working for me a bit. I am unlocking the code to my human nature. I respond best to TLC.

Try a little love, sparkies. See what it brings.

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SUSSA1222 11/9/2011 9:05AM

    Great Job! Keep it up! emoticon

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BESTCK 11/4/2011 9:04AM

    I'm with you, Mickey! Love is the way to go.

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 11/3/2011 10:42PM

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GODDESS181 11/3/2011 9:52PM

    I could feel your positive energy jumping off the page! We have a choice how to view each situation. Positive is always a good choice, dancing does'nt hurt either. emoticon
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DIFROMWYOMING 11/3/2011 9:28PM

    Good for you! I wish I had thought of that this morning...I was dragging around like a slug.

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DOODIE59 11/3/2011 4:01PM

    Way to go, Mickey! Keep dancing:)

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_KATHY 11/3/2011 1:56PM

    You are emoticon I totally believe in positive thinking and positive self talk. You are doing an outstanding job of that! I'm proud of you

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KELLYDRESCHER 11/3/2011 12:00PM

    What a great way to start the day!

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    You just make me SMILE! emoticonThanks for the uplifting, positive blog! emoticon

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YIWEN39 11/3/2011 9:39AM

    That's a great positive blog emoticon
Keep on dancing and "unlocking the codes", that's emoticon emoticon

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I.M.MAGIC 11/3/2011 9:37AM

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MUGGLE_MOM 11/3/2011 8:14AM

    Whoooo Hoooo Sparkie!!!
What a fabulous start to your day!
I love your attitude. Please Please Please keep it up!
You Go Girl!!!!!!!!

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STALEYK 11/3/2011 5:28AM

    Awesome! I am doing a happy dance for you right now! It does work doesn't it...slowly but surely. I am proud of you! You go girl! emoticon

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Celebrating Progress

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

I promised myself I would celebrate my progress, so I am!

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I did not eat any candy today. I wish I could pretend that I've only been eating it on "the" holiday. I've made it a month or two faux celebration, and that type of party is over.

The pity party has also run its course.

There's a new sheriff in town, and this one is only interested in what can I do to save me.

Today, I am not focusing on the bad and the ugly, I am only here to celebrate: and so I shall.

I ate fruit/veggies today at all meals. I kept my blood sugar in check. I had an active day. I did not give into the temptation of eating sugar. WOO HOO!


I am wicked proud of myself.

Here's hoping for another big win tomorrow!

I am on the comeback trail. Hope to see you there!

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BESTCK 11/4/2011 9:02AM

    I am proud of you, too! Way to go.

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DOODIE59 11/3/2011 4:02PM

    Sounds like you had a very good day! That is the way to success, and feeling good along the way.

Good job:)

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_KATHY 11/3/2011 3:10PM

    emoticon I know emoticonbecause you are emoticon.

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MUGGLE_MOM 11/3/2011 8:12AM

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!!!!!!! FABULOUS !!!!!!!!!
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ITSHOWYOULIVE 11/2/2011 11:19PM

    Great! You can do it!!

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SARAWALKS 11/2/2011 10:28PM

    emoticon Mickey! Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MADDY93 11/2/2011 10:01PM

    Congrats! Make everyday a celebration :)

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KKINNEA 11/2/2011 10:00PM

    Great job - looking forward to your next big day too!

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Attitude Adjustment

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The stereotype is that men are bad patients. Well, so am I.

I want to be better immediately yet I catch myself in need of an attitude adjustment if I wish to make that so.

True, I am only human and it helps to remember that I am acting in accordance with my nature. Nonetheless, I could be doing lots more to help myself like....

1) Going to bed at a reasonable hour in order to get more restful sleep

2) Preparing for the morning before it arrives

3) Not overcommitting my energy and resources and then getting stressed out about it when I cannot meet an impossible schedule.

4) Taking time to stop and smell the roses

5) Giving myself some extra TLC during stressful times

6) Redefining my goals, meeting targets and measuring success in multiple ways

7) Asking for help when needed

8) Celebrating progress!!!!!!

Writing this little blog has helped me to shift my Debbie Downer attitude to this week into something more positive. I'm challenging myself to follow through with this every week.

Every day I pass by a quote by F Scott Fitzgerald written on the wall, "It was always the becoming he dreamed of, never the being."

What do you dream of, sparkies? Dream big!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 10/30/2011 11:50PM

    Love your list...such a great idea/plan. I get so frustrated sometimes when things don't go as planned, but like you there is much I can do to assist my plans in happening. Love this post!

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DIFROMWYOMING 10/26/2011 10:52PM

    Wonderful blog! I never prepare for the morning before it arrives...
Good list!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 10/26/2011 1:21PM

    Great list!

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KKINNEA 10/26/2011 12:16PM

    Agree with these thoughts!!

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_KATHY 10/26/2011 12:09PM

    I like your "attitude adjustment" We all need one now and then. For me, NOW would be appropriate. Thank you for the reminder. Hope you feel better soon. Get that sleep.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 10/26/2011 11:16AM

    I admire your desire for a better attitude, and your list is great! emoticon emoticon

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KIKI0531 10/26/2011 10:43AM

    Great attitude. I am know I was in a bit of a funk the last 2 weeks and am slowly starting to come out of it. I am not a morning person AT ALL. However, I have found that when I was working out or walk/jogging in the a.m. - I felt SO much better the rest of the day.

Hope you are feeling better soon !! emoticon

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DOODIE59 10/26/2011 9:24AM

    Mickey! I can't believe you're still under the weather:( I'm so sorry to hear this.

I get a kick out of your "Preparing for the morning before it arrives" as a part of your life open to improvement. That is a hard thing to grapple, especially if you're not a morning person (speaking from painful personal experience:)).

First things first, though. Do whatever it takes to get better --
Feel good soon,

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BESTCK 10/26/2011 9:23AM

    I love the way you put #2! "Preparing for the morning before it arrives." This really speaks to me in a lot of ways.

Great blog.

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GAYLE-G-63 10/26/2011 9:18AM


I know how you're feeling. We're all on your side!!!

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JESSYVIRGINY 10/26/2011 9:14AM

    Great quote :)

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Miles between

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I don't have much to say today except for a thought I have been noodling over the last few days:

There are miles between can't and don't.

There are some many things I could be doing and yet I don't - it's not because I am unable to do them, I just get lazy, or overwhelmed, or both, and unless I am mindful of it, I have slipped back into a routine which is not on the path to wellness.

I am now fighting back a bit of sickness. I think I am overcoming it. I am channeling my infection fighting cells to stand up and fight back.

I have work stress which is compounded by a person who makes me feel as if she is stalking me. I did one nice thing for her, which seemed like a good idea at the time, but has come back to haunt me. I was glad I could reach out and be compassionate to her at the time, but beware of the rent-a-friend syndrome. Yikes.

What good things do I have on tap for myself today?

1> Drink morning tea (check)
2> Spark (check)
3> Clip coupons
4> Take a stroll in the sunshine (it's dark when I come to work and leave work)
5> Leave work by 6:15pm
6> Make 1 pair of earrings tonight
7> Read a few blogs. :)

What are you going to do for yourselves, sparkies

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LINDABENEDICT 10/24/2011 7:13PM

    Feel better soon !!!! emoticon

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CONTENTCHRIS 10/24/2011 9:55AM

    I am about to post a blog on some of the changes I made that have helped me with sickness , may be something you can use in it. Get well soon! emoticon

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SHELLYKOCH1 10/19/2011 4:20PM

    You do not need anyone's permission to be your true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Great plans for the day. Hope you're able to fight off illness.


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CANNIE50 10/19/2011 3:47PM

    I hope you are winning the battle against illness (and mis-guided stalkers!) I am SParkling, and not feeding the constant urge to eat (because I already ate what I actually needed). I went on a long hike with my dog this morning because I had consumed too much sugar and caffiene on a road trip, and was sore from sitting and driving for too many hours. I figured a hike would help me sort myself out, and it did. Feel better.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 10/18/2011 11:11PM

    I hope you have a good week and feel better soon, Mickey! emoticon

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MAMADWARF 10/18/2011 8:38PM

    I got fired up today that's what I did for me....do you need me to handle your friend? Cuz I am feeling pretty feisty!

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DIFROMWYOMING 10/18/2011 8:29PM

    I packed healthy foods for lunch and managed to go to the gym even though I was overwhelmed at work! Big hugs, Di

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WINTERSMAGIC29 10/18/2011 3:07PM

    Sounds like you have a great day planned! So far I've gotten 31 minutes on the Wii today, been starting my day with that so I don't distract myself out of it!

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PARKERB2 10/18/2011 2:58PM

    Sorry you have not been feeling well. The earrings sould great and I'm sure you make beautiful ones. You will have to post some of them for us to see. Have a great day.

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 10/18/2011 1:15PM

    Sorry your good deed is coming back to haunt you.

Today i am not doing much for ME as i have to work this afternoon but I have the next 3 days off and will focus on me on those days.

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SUZWARNR 10/18/2011 1:15PM

    Have a great day! Hope you feel better soon.

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 10/18/2011 11:20AM

    Ain't it the truth. There is a difference and some people never choose to learn it. Sorry about the stalkery person, seems to be going around lately!

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_KATHY 10/18/2011 10:50AM

    You always make me think Mickey. And usually a chuckle or two... Rent a friend! :)
What am I going to do for myself today?
1. exercise.. I'm beginning to enjoy it
2. shop for a new outfit to wear to Las Vegas
3. finish the new pillow I'm quilting (cute cats for Mom)

Hope you are feeling better !

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DOODIE59 10/18/2011 8:57AM

    Hi Mickey
You are doing so many things right ... give yourself a break at those times when you are feeling less than "on", and especially if you're feeling under the weather! The transition to a healthy lifestyle is long term ... there will be good days and bad days (the same as regular-sized people have;)). The key is to not give up on those low days ... do at least one of the things on your check list so you remember what your goal is, why you have chosen this path. It's all good, and all for you:)

Speaking as one who is stumbling, fumbling off path, I can only remind you that better health lies waiting for you, and the effort on your end will enrich your future in many ways. Fast or slow ... keep your health in mind:)

Wishing you blessings and good health,

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SARAWALKS 10/18/2011 8:47AM

    Hang in there, Mickey. I know that Rent-a-Friend stress, been there, done that, never again. I am so careful with my good deeds any more, since if you are in a leadership position people are so apt to fixate...

I like your idea of making a list of things to do for yourself every day. I always have a huge list of things that must be done but I don't dignify the things I want and need to do FOR ME with a list.

Interesting, ain't it? emoticon emoticon emoticon
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REDROSEMARIE 10/18/2011 8:46AM

    Hi, stress is one my strongest issues. I am stressed about certain things that are not even worth stressing over. It is great that you have goals that are not all work, Making earrings seems like a rewarding project.

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GITITDUNN 10/18/2011 8:19AM

  Best wishes on your wellness journey!

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From a Thousand Pieces

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I've been thinking a lot this week, from deep in my funk, and then at moments, not so deep.

However, I have been contemplating myself. Thinking of myself having my heart broken and feeling like it was shattered into a thousand pieces about ten years ago, and then putting myself back together. Feeling scarred, never perfect, but pieced together, nonetheless.

Feeling smacked down again a couple of years ago, and yet not quite as broken that time. It's a start, feeling like it's a bit easier to pick up the pieces, and easier to find yourself again.

Again, not perfect, maybe never perfect, and maybe just now there are like 30 pieces missing, not the whole freaking' puzzle. Hmmm. What do we do now, Rebuild it all over again?

No, not necessary. Just reinvent it. So that is what I am doing...reinventing myself from some of the pieces I found, and sticking the rest in a paper bag and dropping it on the bottom shelf in the kitchen. Who am I now?

I am a person who accepts myself as a perfectly flawed human being and loves myself as is.

I am a person who recognizes that I can be who I want to be, and change the parts of myself that I am ready to change.

I love myself enough to shape myself into a respected, loved/lovable person.

I appreciate myself as a courageous, faithful warrior, who is not afraid to love, just because the outcome is unknowing.

Today when I was leaving work, I spotted several people I knew - some only by face, but not by name. Each one of them made a point to say hi, and/or by my name. It was a great illustration to me that I am loved and appreciated by those around me, even when I am less than caring for myself. Interesting. (Insert thought to ponder.)

Each step I move forward is a step in the right direction. I need not be perfect on any given day. I can step forward in faith and make efforts on my own behalf so that enough consistent steps placed one after the other will equal the journey and destination where I am headed.

I have friends who have managed incredible weight loss. This is how they did it. Setting up a road map, acting on it, adjusting along the way as needed, and perseverance and consistency.

I have just separated my actions from my deep soul person. I may act a certain way because of the person I am, but doing these things or not does not affect the beautiful deserving person I am.

I'm with my friend, Di, no more punishing myself just because I did not live up to my own expectation of myself. If something is not working, change. That is all it takes.

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GOSPELCLOWN 10/15/2011 11:48PM

    Perfect? I hardly ever use that word.

Love yourself and it will shine out to others! Keep moving forward-- you are going in the right direction!

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PATRISNA 10/15/2011 11:17PM

This was a beautiful, thoughtful soul searching blog. You are amazing. Thank you for writing this. I always learn something that touches my heart from reading my Sapphire sister's blogs. We are going to do this. If not this challenge then the next and the next...we are going to get there.

Love you

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CHANGE_4_ME 10/14/2011 1:04PM

    Beautifully written. emoticon You can do it.

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CANNIE50 10/13/2011 11:19PM

    Beautifully stated - my favorite line (of many beautifully phrased thoughts) is: "step forward in faith". Thank you and bless you.

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 10/13/2011 9:40AM

    Word up!

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BESTCK 10/13/2011 9:37AM

    I love your puzzle analogy! That is exactly what it's like. Pick a piece up; see if it fits; if it doesn't, put it down and try another. We don't get up and leave the puzzle if one piece doesn't fit. It would never get finished that way.

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_KATHY 10/13/2011 8:54AM

    Exactly! emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 10/12/2011 10:13PM

    Beautiful blog and you can achieve anything you set your heart and mind to. emoticon

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DOODIE59 10/12/2011 9:54PM

    I like what I'm reading ... sounds like you are coming to peace with yourself. From that beautiful place change for the good is bound to happen. Drop all judgement, and move forward.

Have a wonderful week:)

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DIFROMWYOMING 10/12/2011 9:36PM

    I love this, and I am a visual person so I can relate to feeling like you're putting a puzzle together without all the pices. I used to say I felt like I was trying to move a mountain with a teaspoon...I couldn't even see it all yet! But we are moving there, aren't we? We are making progress without perfection, and if we can learn to love who we are now, imperfections and all, and stop punishing ourselves for not living up to some arbitrary measure...we are going to be able to celebrate every day for what it is. What a great gift to ourselves, and those around us. I just love you! You're awesome!
hugs, Di

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