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Finding Joy in Little Moments

Sunday, October 28, 2012

I am pretty happy camper. Most of my joy though, does not come from huge moments. It comes from little ordinary moments that bring me happiness. I decided to go to work today for a while. I'm salaried so this doesn't net me anything more in my pocket. We're expecting a big storm and I thought it would be wise to be on hand to answer calls that yes, the show was going on, and tickets were available.

As it turns out, it was a great idea. People were calling and I was able to assist. I also gave a ride to a friend I got to work and after the work finished I drove us to Trader Joe's. I had previously not known how to get there, so this was awesome. I bought clementines, chai tea, some mints, cheese, some gluten free rolls, and a choc cake and wine for hubby. I also bought a bunch of gift cards for my students.

Got home before the stormy weather arrived and learned work is closed tomorrow. The storm still has not arrived, but I am sure it will come eventually. We'll no doubt know it when it happens. We don't get many hurricanes in this area, but this should be pretty obvious.

I had a really good weekend, with downtime, work and happy time. Actually, it was all happy. I hope you can find happiness in your little moments, too, sparkies.

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PATRISNA 10/30/2012 3:51PM

    I agree it is the small things in life that often stand out as happy moments. Thanks for sharing this.

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MSHOPPER63 10/30/2012 8:47AM

    Great blog Mickey, I hope you guys don't have too much damage from the storm. I love seeing how happy you are and how appreciative of the small stuff. That's what life is about. Love you girl,

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_KATHY 10/29/2012 1:46PM

    Living life as it happens. I think that is awesome

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RAINBOWFALLS 10/29/2012 10:17AM

    Sounds like a great day - We have teh storm coming here this afternoon. Stay safe

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DOODIE59 10/29/2012 8:48AM

    Celebrating your happy! Way to go, Mar:) Here's hoping the storm is nothing more than lots of rain and a wee bit of wind. Fingers crossed. Enjoy your day off.

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MAVERICK59 10/29/2012 12:15AM

    What a lovely blog today Mar.
I am glad things feel good to you right know.
You deserve peace and happiness.


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TEDDYBEARGIRL 10/28/2012 8:45PM

    Stay safe in that storm!

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CMRAND54 10/28/2012 8:12PM

    I love your attitude. You are so rights to find happiness in small things. We need to enjoy each day as it comes, instead of waiting for some future happening that may never come. We're waiting for the storm here, too. I'll bet we lose power for days. Well, that will give me some time to read.

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GOOSIEMOON 10/28/2012 8:05PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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WILDFLOWERMA 10/28/2012 7:59PM

    So nice to read such an uplifting blog - you have a wonderful attitude :)

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Turning Common Wisdom on its Side

Saturday, October 27, 2012

You know the establishment is always saying never go shopping when you are hungry?

What they should really say, is eat until you are stuffed and then waddle your booty in the store.

We didn't order appetizers as we have sometimes done in the past, and though we split some dessert, I could not finish it. What the hey? I was still stuffed (on good food) but stuffed. We stopped at the supermarket even though we knew it was going to be packed due to storm warnings for Hurricane Sandy hitting the East Coast.

I had done the bulk of my shopping earlier. This was just for supplemental stuff. I was so stuffed, I could barely look at the shelves. I wanted no part of anything dairy, including frozen things that always come ride home in my cart. I got 3 Larabars, some watermelon and some soap.

Walking around the store also helped to clear that stuffed to the gills feeling which was good. I felt way better belly-wise. I know my c=food choices today were completely fine but I definitely overate. Still, it was a GOOD shopping trip as a result.

Hope everyone is doing great, sparkies!!! If Sandy is headed you way also, batten down the hatches!

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CMRAND54 10/28/2012 8:17PM

    We're waiting for the storm in Virginia, too. I tried to buy things that I could fix on a gas stove if the power goes out. I didn't want to fill the refrigerator and then lose it through a power outage.

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DIFROMWYOMING 10/28/2012 4:28PM

    I am just no good at turning down food even when I'm full. I almost always will keep eating. For me to leave food on the plate, especially at a restaurant, is unusual. Hope Sandy will be kind- you're in my thoughts.

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BELDONDOG1 10/28/2012 4:15PM

    I don't know you, but I like your way of thinking!! But what happens if I waddle my booty into the store if I'm stuffed or not? lol Enjoyed you last couple blogs! Noel

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HEYITSLISA 10/28/2012 9:41AM

    Stay safe!

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RAINBOWFALLS 10/28/2012 7:19AM

    Sandy is coming - I live in NY, but inland. I also had to run to the store yesterday and I hate shopping with so many people. Stay safe

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JANTWO 10/28/2012 12:50AM

    I love the " eat until you are stuffed and then waddle your booty in the store." That is such good advise!!!! Eat a bunch of healthy stuff and then go.

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_KATHY 10/28/2012 12:43AM

    Such a benign name for a trouble maker. Sandy... I'm glad you had a good day. I totally understand the overly full feeling even though it fit into the plan. I had that kind of evening. Still happy about the day in general. It's just one more day and tomorrow.. hopefully, there will be another one.

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BJPENNY70 10/27/2012 9:42PM

    Hope you don't have any damage from Sandy. I live in SC so I know how these storms are. God bless you. It is good to eat before shopping. You won't buy things on the fly like when we are hungry. Good job!

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FIT4MEIN2013 10/27/2012 9:34PM

    I see Sandy has been downgraded to a category 1. Big alarms over nothing. Glad you had a good day!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 10/27/2012 9:33PM

    Amzing how many things we leave in the sotr whenwe are not hungry.....stay safe if you have to deal with Sandy!......i am in Oregon so i am no were near it but praying for those who may be

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Where Have I Been?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Truth be told, I am not sparking less, but I am sparking less here. I am sparking more in my own life, doing things day by day that I see are mattering to me more again. Whew! For a long time, I didn't see any change happening, and finally it is, and I am relieved.

For too long I was living with a case of the "what ifs" which is essentially made up crap in my head that keeps me from moving forward. Where I am focusing my efforts on now, is building a better fitness base, and restraining myself from going to the gym and working out like a maniac. Just because I am feeling motivated right now is exactly why I am not. How's that for counter-intuitive?

My go-to behavior has been gear myself up and crank it out. But now, I am trying a different tack. I am SLOWLY building up myself and adding to the past work by increasing or bettering what I am doing by slow increments. Baby steps, darn it. I can't even begin to know how long I have been immersed in that philosophy but now I am finally doing it. WOO HOO! It make take me a long time to finally "get something" but I get it...eventually. HA HA HA.

The result of this has been a more calm, relaxed me. I am performing at my best when I am like this. I stopped myself yesterday literally in mid frenzy and got myself to stop. I told the person, "I would think about it." It's a 1000 % better approach for me. There's no need to frenzy or fret. I even drove like a happy human to work today. No screaming, no Jersey Girl gestures, just calm driving and Gasp - letting people move in front of me without freaking out. I am hoping it is a sign on good things to come today.

I am doing what I can do and letting the rest go. It is a beautiful thing. Try it some time, you might like it too.

Have a happy day, sparkies!

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SARAWALKS 10/27/2012 11:03PM

    Glad you are back and baby-stepping along! Definitely the way to go. emoticon emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 10/26/2012 4:13PM

    I have been changing things with baby steps.
I am so glad you have found a way to make it work!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 10/26/2012 4:13PM

    This sounds lovely! Good for you!

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RAINBOWFALLS 10/25/2012 8:13AM

    Good luck and have fun doing it!

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DOODIE59 10/24/2012 7:02PM

    This new life philosophy is absolutely great news ... who knows the places you'll go, to paraphrase Dr. Seuss, with a mindset like that? You go, girl:)

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_KATHY 10/24/2012 6:15PM

    ***Happy Dance***

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MAVERICK59 10/24/2012 10:09AM

    Baby steps will get you through the journey quicker and more peacefully.
Hugs Mar,


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NOTABOUTHEFACE 10/24/2012 9:56AM

    Baby steps is the way to go baby. It's a lesson we all need to take to heart.

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NORWOODGIRL 10/24/2012 9:51AM

    I'm so happy that you found a path to personal success and serenity!
Keep it up and enjoy. emoticon emoticon

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CARAFAE37 10/24/2012 8:20AM

    I know exactly what you mean because for a while I was going crazy and over working myself. And that is no good! Good luck as you continue your journey! emoticon

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One-Word Answers

Monday, October 22, 2012

I've been a bit of a slacker lately on the blogging, so I am borrowing a fun little jumpstart from my friend, Pixie-Licious. (Thanks, Pix!) (Per Pix, the only rule is to keep your answers to one word) Come, you can do it, too!

Where is your cell phone?


Your hair?

Your mother?

Your father?

Your favourite thing?

Your dream last night?

Favourite drink?

What room are you in?

Your hobby?

Your fear?

Where do you want to be in 6 years?

Where were you last night?

Something that you aren't?


Wish list item?

Last thing you did?

What are you wearing?

Your pets?


Your life?

Your mood?

Missing someone?


Your car?

Something you're not wearing?

Your favourite store?

Your favourite colour?

When is the last time you cried?

Where do you go over and over?

Five people who email me regularly?

Favourite place to eat?

Favorite place I'd like to be right now?

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SARAWALKS 10/27/2012 11:07PM

    emoticon emoticon I think I'll steal it! emoticon

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DIFROMWYOMING 10/24/2012 12:08AM

    Fun...I might need to break down and try this! emoticon

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TX.PATRICIA 10/23/2012 2:10PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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MAVERICK59 10/23/2012 10:47AM

    This was fun to read :)

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MSHOPPER63 10/23/2012 5:33AM

    I like this Mixky, we have several things in common. My husbands name is Rick, hair color, Mother deceased. Hope your doing well.

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_KATHY 10/22/2012 11:01PM

    It really doesn't take many words to get to know a person and how they are feeling. :)

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NORWOODGIRL 10/22/2012 10:54PM

    This made me smile! emoticon

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Feeding the Correlation

Saturday, October 06, 2012

I felt like crap earlier this week. My ankle hurt, I was very tired, and a bit cranky. Man, what could it be? I couldn't help but think.....is it something I am eating?

Today I bought almond butter, almonds, walnuts, a few snacks, and lots of produce. LOTS: jicama, apples, mineolas, mandarins, broccoli, carrots, parsnips and kale.

Kale? what the...kale? I don't know what to do with it, but I am going to try to do something. I am pretty sure my body is craving something better. I am stopping my quest to lose weight, temporarily. I am going to eat to FEEL BETTER. I am going to take care of myself in a different way to feel better. That is all. I am done abusing my body in the name of coping. I am going to treat myself to a wellness break, just so I can feel better.

What do you do to make yourself feel better, sparkies?

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DIFROMWYOMING 10/9/2012 9:16AM

    Glad you are finding ways to care for YOU and not worry about the results right now. A happy healthy Mar is all we want!

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SKY2012 10/7/2012 12:40PM

    My sweet lil angel sis,

First, I am sooooooooo PROUD of you for doing something very special for your body to try to discover what it is craving.

Second, Kale is (to me) an expensive form of lettuce that a lot of people use, especially for juicing veggies and drinking it because it is a high quality lettuce with lots of vitamins and minerals in it.

I am PROUD of you also for doing what is right for YOU!

you are incredible my friend and I am happy for you emoticon

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BEFIT014 10/7/2012 7:58AM

    Eating to feel better-EXCELLENT!

I have never tried jicama before. May have to...

Have a GREAT day!

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_KATHY 10/7/2012 7:54AM

    I've used kale in chili before. Everyone liked it. SP recipe section has some good choices for just about anything. I hope you are feeling better soon Mar. Eating to feel better sounds like a win win situation to me..

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RAINBOWFALLS 10/7/2012 5:36AM

    Great way to react to your body! I use Kale in a soup recipe that I have. It can be crunchy. I have never cooked it like spinach.

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MUGGLE_MOM 10/7/2012 12:12AM

    I believe that you are absolutely on to something! You go girl!!!! Taking care of yourself should absolutely be your number 1 priority!!!!

Please keep us updated on your progress!!!

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TAMPATINK67 10/7/2012 12:09AM

    I like adding kale to soups! or search online for a kale chip recipe - a little oil and salt - yummy!

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MAVERICK59 10/7/2012 12:05AM

    Make garlic kale chips!

I like your idea of eating to feel better. You have to take care of yourself.
We all need our Mickeymax!


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LHLADY517 10/6/2012 10:07PM

    Have fun with all that great sounding food.

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