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Retirement Plan

Friday, March 23, 2012

Sure, I got a few bucks in the bank (thanks to my 401K), and I know I have a few good work years left in me (unless Powerball comes through I'd say about 20), but my new focus is on HOW I AM GOING TO BE IN RETIREMENT.

Just watched an episode of the Doctors. Had some great advice about imagining yourself in a time machine moving forwarding 20-40 yrs. Given my current habits, what will my state be then? Hmmm. Very interesting. It is time to start saving (MYSELF) for retirement.

Here's some of the advice for improvement:

Be N.E.A.T. (Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis)
Means get up and move around, stand when you are on the phone, walk around, add bits of activity into your day. Don't sit at your desk all day (I know he was talking to me!!!)

Choose lean belly foods: walnuts, dried beans, eggs, berries, milk/yogurt, stone ground whole wheat

Eat smaller meals

Do Deep Breathing to Help De-Stress
Build your core - do Planks, and side planks. Also, balance on one foot (if you can) put your arms out and one leg up)

For snacks eat dark chocolate (with 70% cocoa or more), popcorn and nuts.

Torch belly fat by doing 3 thirty minutes of high intensity cardio a week.

I admit he made it sound pretty easy, especially if you baby step along the way. That's my approach. I am willing to save myself for retirement and follow some of these tips and tricks to make a difference in my life.

What baby steps do you make sparkies to help yourself along?

  
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LBEEKMA 4/1/2012 9:43PM

    Great advice. I got a pedometer (a reliable one) and it's really helping me realize what a slug I've been.

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BESTCK 4/1/2012 9:40AM

    This is the second blog in a row I've read about how we want to be in our retirement years. I have to admit that it's one of the things that started me on my journey. Am I going to be the person I want to be when I retire? For my part, I'm working on sneaking in those fruits and vegetables. And balance. I'm terrified of falling and breaking something. Yeeks.

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RR1_RR1 3/31/2012 8:28PM

    Man, I can't even think about retirement in terms of being taken care of financially since I am a freelancer with no savings, and the economy sucks. But the most important thing indeed- is to be ALIVE and in good health during retirement! Thats for sure:) emoticon

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CANNIE50 3/24/2012 7:31PM

    SUCH a great blog. How on earth did I get unsubscribed to your wonderful blogs? I have (hopefully) fixed that little lapse. Okay, I was happy to know that I am eating some of the foods I should be (I am so used to feeling "food guilt" that it is nice to feel the opposite). I eat eggs & greek yogurt, popcorn & nuts nearly daily, along with some of the other foods you mention. There are a couple I need to add, though. I am quite good about exercise, thankfully, so I don't have exercise guilt. As soon as I heard that side planks can strengthen hips, thus preventing future hip fractures, they were added to the regimin. I exercise for strength more than vanity (which is good since my exercise seems to show up mostly on the inside, with good cholesterol, good blood pressure, heart rate, etc.) Maybe you can do updates of this blog from time to time, to let us know about your "body retirement account"? What steps are you finding easier to incorporate, and which ones are more difficult? Take care and invest in your greatest asset - Y O U!

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MAVERICK59 3/24/2012 3:17PM

    Very interesting to think about.
I like this.

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LINDAINALABAMA 3/24/2012 1:02PM

    hey mickey,

you are soooooo right to think of what condition you want your body to be in when you retire.

i have been retired since '06 and thanks to spark, i am active physically and mentally. the cardio and strength goals make me want to move a little every day, some days i move A LOT!

congrats on thinking ahead to the future and posting this blog toget others to think ahead also. emoticon

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PEARL-LADY 3/24/2012 12:54PM

    too true we all think of the monetary side of things not thinking how well we will be to enjoy that retirement! agree with Teddybeargirl too to treat every day as day one that way we don't get hooked on how many days done or still to do!

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DIFROMWYOMING 3/24/2012 11:23AM

    I loved this Mar, because I spend time thinking about how I am going to live financially in retirement, but I never think about preparing ME for it....so I'll even be here! Good things to think about. Have a great weekend my friend.

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DOODIE59 3/24/2012 10:30AM

    Boy, that is a very scary image -- me in 20 to 4o years. That is an absolute reminder that the time to start "repairing" things is NOW. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

And I hope you have a great weekend;)
Deirdre

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SARAWALKS 3/24/2012 9:46AM

    Great blog, Mickey, and thanks for reminder about the planks and side planks! I've been trying to up my cardio and pretty much succeeding, but I'm also going to try intervals. It's terrific that you have 20 years left to work - I am nearly at retirement and seeing the down side of having all those choices! It can be a bit scary. emoticon emoticon

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 3/24/2012 1:05AM

    I take it one day at a time and I look at each day as emoticon that way i never get into the rut of........Wow I have been doing this for ______ days already and I still have _______months to go to reach my goal.........if i get up every day and treat it as emoticon than I know I just have to get through this day as this is the only day that even exists.....yesterday is gone forever and we are never promised a tomorrow so tomorrow does not even exist so all I have is today and so today is emoticon

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 3/23/2012 10:56PM

    You got this.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/23/2012 10:54PM

    Great blog! I'm really proud of you! emoticon emoticon

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TAMPATINK67 3/23/2012 10:40PM

    Nice reminders!

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RAPUNZEL53 3/23/2012 10:32PM

  Good Luck!

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The Domino Effect

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

For me, once I get that kickstart, I am just rolling. Once I can muster something good into place, it is easier to meet the next challenge, and the next, until the tide is turned, and I get some really good momentum going.

I have been counting down the blood pressure pills I have left. It is not something you are supposed to stop abruptly. I knew I had to make a doc's appt to get evaluated (and/or get more pills.) I started playing the "how many days do I have left?" game a while ago. That was probably about 3 weeks ago. Now I have just enough pills in the jar to count them when they rattle. ... and I finally set an appt for the docs.

It took that one act of doing yesterday to get moving and since then, I have been doing fine. Not perfect, no, but this is not about perfection. For me, the difference between success and failure is my attitude. One good action begets another.

I called the pharmacy to find out why my prescription didn't come. CHECK.
I called the doc's office to ask why the pharmacy said the doc's cancelled it. CHECK.
I made an appt to see the doc. CHECK.
I blogged. CHECK.
I ate fruit. CHECK.
CHECK
CHECK
CHECK

Like little dominos all in a row. One good action begets another until this thing of good health and wellness is rolling on its own again. That's just how I roll.

Have a happy day, sparkies. It's good to have the site back!


  
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LINDAINALABAMA 3/24/2012 1:18PM

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i love all of those CHECKS.

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 3/22/2012 5:43PM

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_KATHY 3/22/2012 11:31AM

    Yep... progress is truly in that one word Action. I'm glad you did all that "checking" you are on your way!
Hugs
Kathy

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TAMPATINK67 3/21/2012 11:04PM

    I love and hate the domino effect... It goes the other way too sometimes!

Glad u had a productive day!!!

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DIFROMWYOMING 3/21/2012 7:14PM

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I love how positive you sound today mar. Good job!

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MUGGLE_MOM 3/21/2012 4:00PM

    That is the way to do it!!!!
Success breeds success and you are well on your way!!!!!

Someone once told me the hardest part is getting started. You seem to echo that. Once you're moving in the right direction, momentum keeps you going. Keep up the good work taking care of yourself. you are soooooo. worth it!!!!

Sending Kudos your way!!!!

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MAVERICK59 3/21/2012 3:59PM

    Right on. I hope the doc says you no longer need the meds.
But if you do, make sure you take them!

Hugs,

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/21/2012 3:59PM

    Hurray! You're on a roll! emoticon emoticonSince SP was down all morning, and I'm so behind, I hope you'll allow me to say thank you in here for my beautiful goodie of flowers! emoticon emoticon

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KKINNEA 3/21/2012 3:58PM

    It's better when the dominos start rolling!

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X Marks the Spot

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Here it is. My re-entry into success. Right here. Today. Now. I just did it.

My last BIG success came when I committed to walking just 20 minutes a day. That was it. That was all it took to put my rear in gear, challenge myself TO DO SOMETHING, anything other than giving up, which I have done thousands of times before.

All my success is bred in my head, and if my head can believe it, than my heart can believe it. If my heart can believe it, than I start to trust myself. If I start to trust myself, I can do little things that keep me on the path to success. When I do the little things that keep me on the path to success, I build momentum. When I build momentum, I am unstoppable.

So here I am again on my starting point. Well no, not quite my starting point, my leaping off point. I have done the 20 minutes I needed to do. That's it - that is at the heart of it - just go. And then keep going.

Have a happy day, sparkies!



  
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MUGGLE_MOM 3/21/2012 3:23PM

    You Go Girl!!!!!!

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DIFROMWYOMING 3/20/2012 11:08PM

    Good going Mar. Just go. And keep going! :)

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_KATHY 3/20/2012 8:25PM

    Always good to read your blogs. Your thoughts are often my thoughts.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/20/2012 4:32PM

    Absolutely! Baby steps are the steps that WORK! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SARAWALKS 3/20/2012 3:12PM

    YES, emoticon emoticon

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MAVERICK59 3/20/2012 2:30PM

    You got it! It all starts in the mind.
Hugs.

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KKINNEA 3/20/2012 12:49PM

    Exactly - you've got this!

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MAMADWARF 3/20/2012 12:29PM

    Good for you! I'm proud of you for jumping!

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DOODIE59 3/20/2012 12:27PM

    Just ... keep .... trying:)

I love your wallpaper, too.
Deirdre

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TAMPATINK67 3/20/2012 12:25PM

    Great start!

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TREASURINGLIFE 3/20/2012 12:19PM

    Your blog made me smile. :)

Have a GREAT day!!!!

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PEARL-LADY 3/20/2012 12:19PM

    That is so well put! and well done, just keep doing what you are doing......all adds up and makes us feel good x

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 3/20/2012 12:02PM

    They say being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent. So glad to know you haven't given up and are reclaiming your success!

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REBECCA180 3/20/2012 12:02PM

    I love it. I think I may memorize that. It's exactly how I started! and it's so true!

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Even When You See it Coming

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

You can be prepared for it, see it coming from a distance, and still be bowled over by it. It's not just the death; it's the wave of emotion that comes with it, There's no point in trying to stop that part of it. It's coming, whether you are ready or not.

One of the things that has surprised me, is not that I saw it coming, but I saw it coming first. When those all around me were saying how good he looked or the things that he was doing, I was in amazement, because I did not see any of those things. I saw a cold, blank stare that showed no signs of recognition, and little else, to the point of I thought it was "me" who just did not see the signs that he was coming back, albeit slowly.

I am pretty convinced now that those signs weren't there, and they were just manufactured make you feel better signs. I was ready for a little realism, no matter how harsh. I've seen as much as I care to - it's no picnic watching someone slip away from life.

I said my peace, long and true, and another time in part, in front of my husband and mother, as I decided while it was kind of private, if not now, when....When would I be able to speak my truest words of thanks, than to a man on his deathbed. So I did.

My Dad was a good man, who worked hard, and helped others.

I blogged about him in June in case you want to read it:

http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public
_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3352051

Rest well, pappa.

  
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DOODIE59 3/20/2012 12:24PM

    I am so sorry to hear your father passed on. It sounds like he was a lovely soul. You will meet again:)
Hugs
Deirdre

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SARAWALKS 3/18/2012 7:27AM

    Hi Mickey, I missed a big event here in your life. I'm sorry for your loss...having lost both my parents, one suddenly, one where I knew it was coming, I hear you about that wave of emotion...
Thanks for stopping by my page! I'm still enjoying your earrings and think of you when I wear them. Gotta get my blog subs in order one of these days... emoticon

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PEARL-LADY 3/14/2012 7:36AM

    Only just catching up with everyone as I have been away for a while.....so sorry for your loss, it is a hard time. my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family...take care, hope to see you back here soon.

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 2/23/2012 6:37PM

    Condolences on your loss. I lost my dad too, a few years ago. And it was a year on Dec 2 for my sister, who was only 51. You're right. It doesn't matter if you see it coming, it's still the same devastation.
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CIVIAV 2/16/2012 7:22PM

    Here's to that good man who worked hard and helped others. He made a difference!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 2/16/2012 4:49PM

    So sorry for your loss!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 2/16/2012 9:50AM

    Mickey, I am so sorry for the loss of your dear Dad! I may not "see it coming" as in, he's got something wrong with him and his days are numbered, but I do see the inevitable that my dear, sweet Dad is indeed nearing the end of his life. I hope you are surrounded by love and affection during this time. I'm so sorry for your loss and pray you are ready to see your Dad again in Heaven! emoticon

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BJWESTON70 2/15/2012 2:01PM

    My deepest sympathies to you and your family. May God Bless you and keep you at this difficult time.

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Billie

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TREASURINGLIFE 2/15/2012 12:09PM

    I am so very sorry for your loss! (((((HUGS))))) You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers...

- Michelle

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KKINNEA 2/15/2012 11:10AM

    My condolences, he sounded like a great man and father.

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LISA0517 2/15/2012 11:06AM

    emoticon I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

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DIFROMWYOMING 2/15/2012 9:36AM

    Oh Mar I am sorry for your loss and pain. I do agree with you, it does not matter how well prepared you think you are, or that you see it coming. It is never enough when the loss comes. Sending hugs and I know you are going to be okay, I am so glad you made sure everything you needed to say was said-you will find that a great comfort in the years to come. emoticon

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SHAWFAN 2/15/2012 8:02AM

    emoticonYou and your family are in my prayers.

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TAMPATINK67 2/15/2012 5:01AM

    emoticon Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

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MAVERICK59 2/15/2012 1:17AM

    Mary,
I feel your pain and I feel your peace.
We can never be prepared for how very final death is,
even when we see it coming.
You are in my prayers.
I know the Angels were there to escort your father to his final home.

May God hold you and your family as you move through this difficult time in your lives.
Hugs,
Belinda

I read your blog about your father. I think I would have really enjoyed knowing him, because it is obvious the apple did not fall far from the tree.
I would say to him-Job well done.

From my heart,
Belinda

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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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