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Guaranteed Success

Thursday, February 09, 2012

There are a few things which I am not doing that will bring me instant success if I can push my butt in gear.

1) Interval training (cardio)

2) Strength training

3) Making myself numero uno on the priority list

4) Meal planning...SIMPLY

5) Executing # 4 in advance and stop leaving meals to chance

6) track, track, track, track

and the big enchilada - believe in myself beyond a shadow of a doubt

I am working towards all of these things. From past experience, I know these things are key for me.

Let's roll!

  
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DIFROMWYOMING 2/11/2012 10:30PM

    We can both do better at this Mar. Let's do that, shall we?
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MAVERICK59 2/10/2012 3:10PM

    With are all here with you Mary!!!
Let's do this together as friends and team mates.

Hugs,
Belinda

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_KATHY 2/10/2012 2:13PM

    Yep on all accounts.... I believe in you !

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CIVIAV 2/10/2012 12:40PM

    You know we all know these things and yet sometimes it is a surprise what kicks me into action. I've been talking about strength trg for a few months. Last week I signed up for a class. I LOVE IT! Hard to believe. Woulda said for sure I hate strength trg. Working out in a community is such a boon.

Good Luck with making your list happen. They are the key to rolling movement!



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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 2/10/2012 11:48AM

    emoticonI hope your weekend is great! You can do these things, too! I know you can! emoticon

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BESTCK 2/10/2012 9:17AM

    I love this post. It's so true. We know what needs to be done, we just need to do it. You're awesome.

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MUGGLE_MOM 2/10/2012 6:44AM

    All of this is so true!!!
You Can Do It!!!!
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DIFROMWYOMING 2/9/2012 11:55PM

    G0!G0!G0!
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DOODIE59 2/9/2012 10:53PM

    You can do this, Mickey:)
Deirdre

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THE-MORE-GIRL 2/9/2012 10:41PM

    And all really doable! emoticon

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The Reality Is

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

I had a great old high school journalism teacher who would grab a shock of his own hair, and say, "The reality is...." and that thought has been running through my head overnight.

In a sad, but not unexpected, turn of events last night, my father has been moved into the comfort care stage. This is not exactly hospice care, where death may be more imminent, but the expectation is now dawning on everyone that the man is extremely unlikely to get better.

In some ways, I am relieved. When I would see my Dad, it seemed like he had already left us. Everyone around me though, (perhaps in denial) would act as this were a temporary phase and in no time, he would be walking and talking again. I just wasn't seeing it, and I was starting to wonder if it was just me. I guess not. Maybe it took time for others to accept it. Maybe it took the doctor saying that he is not improving. It's sad. it's very, very sad.

I am emotionally exhausted.

But, I am plugging along. I am in yet another busy period at work which includes interviewing folks, training newbies, and dealing with high maintenance clients. While difficult, these things are welcomed as it lets me focus on the mundane and keeps my mind occupied. I have not been sparking much the last couple of days, but I am still here. Just sending a little love to my sparkies. I'm detaching for a couple of days or so, but I'll be back.

The directive I am giving myself is just keep going. Wishing the same for you.

  
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MAVERICK59 2/8/2012 6:52PM

    This is the part of the life cycle that is so hard to deal with. Please know you and your family are in my heart and prayers.

Belinda

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 2/8/2012 1:50PM

    Praying for you during this stressful time.

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TERRIJ_1 2/8/2012 12:16PM

    I'm so sorry, My thoughts are with you. Stay strong and know you have a lot of support right here.

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DOODIE59 2/8/2012 10:37AM

    I'm so sorry to hear this. You are right to be grateful for busy times at work, but do be sure to take time for yourself. Big hugs coming your way:)
Deirdre

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BESTCK 2/8/2012 10:21AM

    Oh, Mickey! I am so sorry. That is such a hard thing. I'm glad your work helps you keep your mind off of it and doesn't make the situation worse by stressing you out.

I'll keep you in my thoughts.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 2/8/2012 9:39AM

    Oh, my dear, dear friend, I am so sorry. My folks were at our house for Christmas, and although they are well at this time, the reality of their age is very evident by the way they are slowing down, sleeping a lot more, etc., especially my dear step-dad. That man came into my life when I was 9 years old, and he has been there for me every step of my journey! How I am going to grieve the loss of him when he passes on! Ah, now I begin to get the tears, so I'll quit... Just know that you are loved and prayed for, my friend! emoticon

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THE-MORE-GIRL 2/8/2012 9:36AM

    Love right back at you. Yep, just gotta keep going, because the only way out is through. I'm glad your dad has such a loving family around him.

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_KATHY 2/8/2012 9:30AM

    Having recently gone through this with my Father, I totally understand. You are doing the right things. It's difficult to think of your own needs at times when dealing with such strong emotions but I know you are a strong woman. You will be OK
Hugs
Kathy

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CIVIAV 2/8/2012 9:14AM

    As rough as it is, reality tends to bring the relief you speak of. I have heard it said I can deal with almost anything as long as I acknowledge it as real.
Hang in honey!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 2/8/2012 8:26AM

    I'm so sorry to hear this. Spend as much time with him as you can and know that we are here for you.

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DIFROMWYOMING 2/8/2012 8:10AM

    So sad to hear this, Mar, this is always so hard to walk through as an adult. I admire your approach, letting yourself step back and feel your emotions while still caring for yourself is a healthy response. We love you, take care. Di

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JGMK55 2/8/2012 7:23AM

    emoticon This is NEVER an easy stage of life to travel through. You are in my thoughts and prayers - please take care of yourself while you care for your father and family. Come when you can; stay as long as you are able, but know that you are thought of constantly. emoticon

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CABBAGEROSES 2/8/2012 6:25AM

    MickeyMax, so sorry you're at such a sad point. Praying for you and your family as you adjust to this. And a huge "way to go" for still plugging away with everything else going on.

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MYTHBUSTER

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I'm always going to be fat.

Truth: Maybe, but I can make changes to make me more fit and more healthy.


I'm never going to be as thin as "her."

Truth: Maybe not, but I can make big strides in my health and in my appearance. Stop try to look like and act like someone else, just be your best self.


I don't have the willpower.

Truth: I don't need willpower. I need to take baby steps on my own behalf, and little by little, I will create a wave of momentum that will make a difference.


I'm not good enough.

Truth: Liar, liar, pants on fire. You are absolutely good enough. You most certainly have the power, the skill, the ability and the belief to do this.


It's going to take so long.

Truth: Yeah, so? Your point is? It's going to take longer if you keep denying that you don't have it in you to get started.


I can't.
Truth: You can. Now stop whining and get to it.

  
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MUSICLVR98 2/17/2012 10:06AM

    Love this!! Thanks for busting MY excuses, too!
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PEPPYPATTI 2/1/2012 8:57PM

    You are so right! emoticon

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MELLOWPETE 2/1/2012 8:48PM

  You can do it! One step at a time!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 2/1/2012 3:17PM

    YOU, my friend, are AMAZING! NEVER give up your DREAMS! Baby steps WILL get you there! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CIVIAV 2/1/2012 1:37PM

    Oh how right you are!

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FLPALM 2/1/2012 12:37PM

    Love this!!!! Great Way of Pointing it out!

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AUBERRY2 2/1/2012 9:52AM

    Great post emoticon

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VIBRANTVAL 2/1/2012 8:33AM

    emoticon Love it! Thanks!

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AKCHELLE 2/1/2012 7:54AM

    Keep the momentum going in the right direction!

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MUGGLE_MOM 2/1/2012 7:19AM

    You always have the most thought provoking outstanding blogs. I love getting the notifications that there is a new one up. Its like a birthday present when it isn't even my birthday.

I was just having some of these very conversations with myself yesterday. My answers weren't nearly as positive as you. Awesome blog! You are such a ROCK STAR!!!!
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BESTCK 2/1/2012 7:05AM

    YOU are so AWESOME! Thanks for the pep talk.

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CAROL- 2/1/2012 6:00AM

    Couldn't have said it better myself and wondering what your doing in my mind emoticon.

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SUE_2U 2/1/2012 3:43AM

    What DEEGIRL said! Truth and thank you! emoticon

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DEEGIRL50 2/1/2012 2:46AM

    Your blog talks right to the voices in my head.
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Believe it ~ Live it! emoticon

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MAVERICK59 2/1/2012 12:00AM

    This was a great and very much needed read for me today. My 'truths' have gotten a bit mixed up. I need to start with the baby steps again. Thanks for an insightful post.

Belinda

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JOANOFSPARK 1/31/2012 11:45PM

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loved your blog....yeah, we know all those myths we keep feeding ourselves....but we also know that the truths are more important especially since they are truths and the other are lies and misconceptions and just plain not true.....especially the one about not being good enough.....you are good enough and we are all good enough and we deserve the very best!! yes, we dooo!!

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THE-MORE-GIRL 1/31/2012 11:42PM

    Love love love this!

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_KATHY 1/31/2012 11:19PM

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TIME4CARRI 1/31/2012 10:39PM

    Wonderful!!!

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CANNIE50 1/31/2012 10:36PM

    Well, I certainly can't argue with any of your truths. You have remarkable traits and I am glad you don't let the difficulty and discouragement obscure this truth. Life is tough, losing weight is tough, you are tougher.

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DOODIE59 1/31/2012 10:12PM

    I was feeling pretty discouraged today, and your words remind me that I just have to keep going, keep my eye on the prize, work toward my own best self, etc, etc. Just don't quit.

You will get to your better self ... it doesn't matter when; just that you get there:)
Deirdre

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TAMPATINK67 1/31/2012 9:53PM

    Quite those Demons!

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DIFROMWYOMING 1/31/2012 9:34PM

    Honestly, Mar, have you been in my head?
Sounds just like me, without the truth part.
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COMPLETELY CAPABLE

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I am completely capable of making positive changes in my life that add up to real actions.

I am getting up a little bit earlier and not just using that time to catch up on the news, or squat on the couch, or roll obsessively through my to-do list in my head. I still do those things, especially the mental roll call, but I am also making the time, and doing the effort, and this morning, drumroll, please, I COMPLETED THE SCHEDULED DAY OF MY BOOTCAMP VIDEO!

WAHOO!

That's Twenty Two minutes of OH YES, I CAN!

I am capable of change. I am capable to act on my own behalf. I am capable of eating vegetables. I am capable of making food for myself that it tasty and not thrown together haphazardly. I am capable of seeing myself as a person worth treating well.

I am capable of so much more than I have given myself credit for! I can do it, and I will do it.
I am doing it.

What are you more capable of than you gave yourself credit for sparkies?

  
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CANNIE50 1/30/2012 11:23PM

    I love the word "capable" - thank you for writing this blog. Good for you for doing the Boot Camp DVD, and not taking the "easier, softer" route. It is hard, when the couch is calling our name, to choose to move instead. I am capable of more self-discipline than I sometimes choose - thank you for the reminder.

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THE-MORE-GIRL 1/26/2012 11:19AM

    You totally can! Yay!

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CIVIAV 1/26/2012 7:50AM

    All of it! Just not all at once...

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 1/25/2012 4:49PM

    Oh I sooooo needed your blog today. I think I should print it out and put it where i can read it every day. I'm capable too but not acting as tho I am.

I'm so proud of you!!!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/25/2012 2:53PM

    Yes you ARE, and yes you CAN! emoticon emoticon

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MAVERICK59 1/25/2012 1:06PM

    It is great to read you feeling so positive!
You really are capable. Each of us is. It is just difficult for us to see it in ourselves sometimes.
Good luck!

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BESTCK 1/25/2012 11:31AM

    Yay, Mickey! So happy for you. (And I'm glad I'm not the only one with issues of obsessing about my to-do list when I should be actually doing it.) emoticon

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TAMPATINK67 1/25/2012 10:32AM

    Yes. Yes, I can.

I put the above quote in my calendar for 60 days in a row when trying to start a new healthy habit - tp ensure I get the positive affirmation and have some extra brain time to THINK about my intention before faced with diet or exercise challenges...

I was surprised at how much it helped.....

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DOODIE59 1/25/2012 9:12AM

    We just need to "get out of our own way" sometimes to let loose the power we've got within us. We can do this!
Deirdre

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ADIPOSEROSE 1/25/2012 9:09AM

    AND DON'T YOU FORGIT IT, WOMAN!!! (*I* am capable of coming over there and kicking your butt if you do--y'hear???) Congratulations on your NEW ATTITUDE, and especially your appreciation of the best friend you'll ever have--yourself--as a lady worthy of appreciation and kindness. The rest of us can see it, Mick--you don't need that "suit of armor" to shield you from the world anymore, and neither do I. The love of my life was a very jealous man, and I (truly) think I started to gain weight--after a grueling, dramatic loss of 45 pounds that left me thinner than it was healthy for me to be--because "guys don't make passes at girls with fat --" (you know). I will say that when you're young and in business, being a bit zaftig actually seems to help(men tend to take you more seriously, because they're not as interested in staring at your cleavage). But I don't need to hide my light under a rock anymore, and neither do you. When YOU shine, you make me want to shine, too! You GO, girlfriend!! emoticon --YOU ROCK!!!

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ADIPOSEROSE 1/25/2012 9:08AM

    UNINTENTIONAL DUPLICATE DELETED emoticon SPARK locked up when I hit send, and I guess multiple entries of the same message were the result. Sorry about that!

But hey, Mick--you must have ESP. I just bought my first box of green tea last night . . . !! Thanks for the "cuppa," and yes, I'm fine, thanks. Busy as hell (so what else is new?) but doing okay. I haven't slain the monster yet, but I think I have him on the run . . . Thanks for caring!

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DIFROMWYOMING 1/25/2012 8:17AM

    Love this, Mar, and I know you are capable of reaching for your dreams! Go get 'em!

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CABBAGEROSES 1/25/2012 7:17AM

    Way to go!

For years I thought I just couldn't lose the weight, it just seemed like no matter what I tried I couldn't figure it out, but I'm here and I'm exercising and doing strength and eating the right amounts of healthy food and I *am* succeeding!

We *can* do this!

What an awesome post!

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PARKERB2 1/25/2012 7:08AM

    I know you are determined and very capable of doing anything you set your mind too. I am learning to be capable of saying no when I simply don't want to do something, be is selfish or self centered. Thanks for another good blog. emoticon

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MUGGLE_MOM 1/25/2012 6:26AM

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Yes You Are Completely Capable!!!!!
Whooo Hoooo for getting the job done!!!!!
You Go Girl!!!!!!
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Seeking Crock Pot Recipes

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I am brand spanking new to the land of crockpots. I have my training wheels and a 2 quart crockpot to give some test runs before I bump up to the next level. The idea is to create some meals I can reheat at my desk at work. (I have a mini portable crockpot for that.)

Today I am taking butternut squash ravioli and carrots. (It's called finish up what you have in the fridge week). It is fantastic for my budget!

This week, I plan on making a couple of concoctions, but not a clue what. Any thoughts? I am all ears! Thank you!

  
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FUSIONGRAFX 1/28/2012 9:59PM

    Good luck with it! I am just learning on it as well.. Let me know if you find anything you love!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 1/25/2012 9:03AM

    You know, I'm so not creative on this front. I put slabs of meat in water and let them go all day. (Though now that I think about it, I did make chili yesterday, DER!) Use a low sodium tomato soup for the base, add tomato paste, 10 oz of beans, 1 lb of 96/4 cooked beef, spice to your liking and let it go on low all day. Still got the burnt tastebuds!

If you throw a pork shoulder in and some liquid smoke (hickory) you'll have Hawaiian Kalua Pork. You can use that as a base for a BBQ sandwich, just add a tbsp of your favorite sauce on top of a bun so you can control the amount of sodium from the sauce. You can add low sodium queso to make pork enchiladas.

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DIFROMWYOMING 1/25/2012 8:25AM

    We use one quite a bit and the chicken/rotel one is pretty good though the taco seasoning would spice it up a bit. I've also done chicken with curry. Since we're pork people a very lean pork loin with sage and a touch of water will cook down to nothing so you can use it in a soup/taco/chile very easily. Beans and legumes also do well in the crock pot all day. Good luck!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 1/24/2012 1:47PM

    1lb boneless, skinless chicken thighes and 1 can crushed pineapple. Cook on High for 4 hours or Low for 8 hours and you have hawaiian chicken

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MAVERICK59 1/24/2012 1:04PM

    I bet our Sapphire Team resident chef, The-More-Girl, will have some great ideas for you.

Otherwise, I would search on line, there must be a cornucopia of ideas out there.

Good luck and let us know what you try.
Hugs,
Belinda

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TAMPATINK67 1/24/2012 9:59AM

    Hunk of beef, packet of dried Italian dressing mix, and a jar of banana peppers w juice. Cook on low for what ever the crock says for amount of beef. Should pull apart as fabulous pepper beef side or Sammie's!

Skinless, boneless chicken breast and a jar of salsa, shred when done.

Skinless/boneless chicken breast w a jar of salsa verde, shred when done... If you do dairy, add a 3 oz block of low fat cream cheese after shredded and stir to melt. If you do bread, warm tortilla and fill the best chicken and green chili enchiladas ever...


Try those and let me know!

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SLFRISBEY 1/24/2012 9:23AM

    I am making chicken for Chicken Tacos today. It's so simple, I had frozen chicken breast, ro-tel tomatoes and taco seasoning on high all day. The meat shreds when you stir it or get two forks and shred it up. I could go on anything from salad to tacos. If you don't like spicy, use regular tomatoes in place of the ro-tel. Enjoy!

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DINGESSD 1/24/2012 6:07AM

  YOU CAN MAKE VEGETABLE SOUP OR ANYTHING IN THEM THEY ARE A LIFE SAVER WHEN YOU HAVE TO WORK DIFFERENT SHIFTS WHEN YOU GO HOME FROM A LONG DAY AT WORK YOUR MEAL IS PRETTY WELL DONE

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SARASMILING 1/24/2012 5:56AM

    I LOVE this one! http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/reci
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MARKSTIPANOVSKY 1/24/2012 5:54AM

    Good luck with finding some recipes +mark (don't use one sorry).

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