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Peeling Away the Layers

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Just find something small to change and THEN DO IT.

Here is my spark. I stopped eating scones. Every morning, I would get a cup of tea or coffee with a baked good, most often a scone or a crumb cake. Do I still want them? Sometimes yes, but what I am finding is exerting that little bit of willpower is leading down a path of acceptance, that I can make adjustments, and in doing so, I am PHYSICALLY feeling better. Oddly, I am emotionally feeling better too.

I am starting to become more mindful of what I am doing it when I am doing it. I am reading a book about Every Day Zen and it is about participating in the moment you are in. I am a frequent spinner - no, not the kind on the bike, the kind whose mind is going in 40,000 different directions at once. The result of taking time while I am performing a task is that I am getting more done because I am focusing.

I am not eating in the car mindlessly, because I am driving. That mind time is reserved for driving not eating. I am making little bits of progress with little pockets of success. I am cutting back on wheat (notice cutting back, not cutting out) and it is helping me. I am eating higher quality products. I am peeling more of my food, instead of shaking it out of a box.

Higher quality choices is leading to a higher quality life. Little choices over time are adding up. Beneath all of the processed foods and mindless eating, I am finding something I really like: ME!

What will you find when you start peeling the layers away?

  
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SARAWALKS 6/8/2013 10:04AM

    Excellent! Change is in your present and your future, change for the good!
"I can feel it, I can hear it..." a song from West Side Story

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DOODIE59 5/2/2013 6:12PM

    This is very good news -- for YOU:) I find trying to look at food in terms of its "value" for me very helpful. A fruit? Lots of fibre, nutrients, etc. Bread? Not so much. French Fries? Are you kidding me?! You get the pattern:) What are you worth? I think you are worth the best fuel for the body -- go get it!
Take care
Deirdre

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DIFROMWYOMING 5/1/2013 8:45PM

    You are so right on here, Mar. And I loved the peeling your food instead of shaking it out of a box! That made me smile.
Good for you!

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CARRAND 5/1/2013 7:40PM

    Great blog!

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DOVESEYES 5/1/2013 7:29PM

    What a great blog good work you are doing well!!! emoticon

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1STARVINGARTIST 5/1/2013 12:38PM

    Great approach! I am going to use this. Thanks!
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NORWOODGIRL 5/1/2013 10:25AM

    Well done, Miss Onion!

I really appreciate your statement that "higher quality choices = higher quality life". That really resonates with me.

Thank you!

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MAVERICK59 5/1/2013 10:22AM

    I like this. It is exactly the way to make long term changes.

I recently read that if we feel sad we are living in the past,
if we feel anxious we are living in the future.
To find peace we need to live in the moment.


Hugs,
Belinda

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_KATHY 5/1/2013 9:35AM

    You are making many many small changes and you know they add up to big changes. But it's easier to concentrate on the little ones. Love your blog message today. It really is how we make progress.
Hugs
Kathy

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FELINEBETTER 5/1/2013 9:19AM

    Atta Girl, Mick! One step at a time! emoticon emoticon

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FIRECOM 5/1/2013 8:17AM

    Great way to start a new month. Thank you very much.

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Lay of the Land

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

I was dying to get that promotion, I deserved it. I did. And I got it.

But now with it, comes a whole host of things I didn't really want: MORE work, and some underlings who are awesome, and some who suck. Mostly suck. It is my job to turn them around. Hard to do with folks who have no incentive to do that.
They think they are working just fine.

So I am chipping away at the things I can control, and I am handling those well. I will spread my wings when I am ready. I took stairs today. Slowly, and one step at a time. So what. I did them anyway. I need to start moving around more. Maybe I can come into work early (or leave a bit later) or just do it at lunch - but I can exercise in my office (chairs) or strength train (yes, Jo, I just said that!) behind my closed door.

Hubby is on a big organic kick, so we are shopping for higher quality food at places like Whole Food and Trader Joes. This is good! Turkey from the deli is REAL turkey. I was shocked the first time out.

So all in all, I am not doing badly, just at a standstill because I hurt when I walk much and that much seems so much less these days. I have a gym membership I am not using, but if I could get in there 1 day a week that would be a good start.

Maybe buying some gym clothes will help. ;)

Hope everyone is doing well. Let's spring forward and get a little momentum going! I'll go first!

  
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LINDAINALABAMA 5/2/2013 10:59AM

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FIRECOM 5/1/2013 8:21AM

    Tough to change anyone who is in denial of their shortcomings. I guess they don't realize that there are 10 candidates for work should they not there anymore. I just know that you cant run a popularity contest. Many are called but few are chosen.

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MAVERICK59 4/27/2013 4:20PM

    Progress is progress no matter how it is measured.
You are doing great.

Belinda

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LISAREINHART1 4/26/2013 9:46PM

    emoticon Congrats wow what a blessing being promoted . Great work on creaating workouts at work. You will see great results from all your hard work that you are doing. Best of Luck. emoticon

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BE-THE-CHANGE 4/25/2013 10:29AM

    Congrats on your promotion!

Good advice here already - nothing to add.

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NORWOODGIRL 4/24/2013 9:57PM

    Keep finding ways to incorporate movement in your day. Stairs are great!

Hope you find a way to motivate the unmotivated. To me it is a disturbing trend in people these days.

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NICOLERZ 4/24/2013 8:26PM

    Way to go on taking the stairs! I am proud of you!

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SARAWALKS 4/24/2013 8:20PM

    emoticon I am so happy about your promotion!
Yes, there are no unmixed blessings...but you will find a way to break through to these complacent folks...
Take it one day at a time and remember small steps are progress, just keep stepping. emoticon and emoticon and prayers to you!

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MICKEYH 4/24/2013 7:26PM

    emoticon on your promotion. For the work out, I know you can do it. Step by step. Little by little . Good luck on your Heath journey. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DOODIE59 4/24/2013 6:02PM

    Congratulations on the promotion!!! You'll convince them of the right way in no time, and every one will be happier. Good luck!
Deirdre

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OLIVIANIGHT 4/24/2013 3:16PM

    Well done on getting that promotion!


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CARRAND 4/24/2013 1:44PM

    Go for it! I like your ideas of moving more at work, and going to the gym one day a week. I shop at Whole Foods all the time. Keep it up!

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_KATHY 4/24/2013 12:26PM

    Great to hear from you and about your new promotion. You are very motivated and excited about taking care of yourself. I know you will do well with the job and your weight. You have already made great progress..(on both)
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1STARVINGARTIST 4/24/2013 12:26PM

    Congratulations on your promotion! Small steps mean you're not standing still--you can do it!
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DOVESEYES 4/24/2013 10:08AM

    emoticon on the job lots to get on with and new things coming ...

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 4/24/2013 10:08AM

    emoticon on the promotion!! I'm sure you'll take care of the suckage and whip those lil weenies into shape.

Find ways to do 5 minute blocks of exercise in your office, like set a mail reminder for the top of the hour. Chair push ups/tricep dips, pulsing lunges, squats, speedbags, punches, etc. All are quiet and no one needs to know you're burning calories behind closed doors. ;-)

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COWGRLKT 4/24/2013 10:00AM

    emoticon I hurt when I walk too. Does your gym have a pool? Can you join one that does. YOu can get a lot of excercise in the pool without the joint pain! I go in the mornings before work so I don't have the excuse and don't get derailed. good luck!


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MRNOTABOUTFACE 4/24/2013 9:37AM

    Congrats on your promotion! You deserve it indeed!

Back when I first started losing weight it all started with walking and eating right. I didn't have much choice but to park really far away from my building because it is such a large company, but they have a shuttle bus I could have taken, yet chose not to. So it really is the small steps you take that make the big difference in the long run. Glad to see you're getting in good healthy food too. Trader Joe takes good care of us! Keep up the great work!

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FELINEBETTER 4/24/2013 9:28AM

    Nice to see you back! Congratulations on your promotion! One step at a time -- it all happens, just the same! Good for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EVIE4NOW 4/24/2013 9:24AM

  emoticon on the job promotion. Now, just like the promotion that you deserved and got, go for a healthier you. emoticon emoticon

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No More Mrs. Nice Guy

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Take that, powderpuff!

Yeah, I am talking to you! I am sick of being sidelined with weakness, sickness, or just plain ol' laziness. There, I said, laziness! Not when it comes to work. Not when it comes to figuring out the oh so serious issue my client is facing that only I can figure out. Not a smidge of laziness. No siree Bob. But ask myself to do one push-up, one crunch, one stinkin' walk around the block, and I am just too tuckered to do it.

What is that about?

Since when did I give up on myself and throw myself to the wolves. I know exactly what to do, AND I know what it takes to get it done.

It takes

Heart
Fortitude
Belief in oneself

It Takes
Courage
Perseverance
Determination
Chutzpah!

and sometimes, it takes a village - but that is what Sparkpeople is --- a village of we get it, we got it, and by golly you can have it too, just freaking do it already.

Whew, it is exhausting waking up, isn't it? : )

  
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SUNSHINE65 4/4/2013 10:17PM

    Amazing that we take better care of others than we do of ourselves!

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GEORGIA_KAY 3/12/2013 12:45AM

    I am SO glad I'm in that village with you! I'm tired of being lazy too. No wolves for us!!
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RAINBOWFALLS 3/8/2013 9:58AM

    I talked myself out of a walk yesterday and I'm not happy that I did. Now we have snow everywhere again! I will have to go to the mall today and I just wish I didn't have to work so I could do it now. I am much better off if I can get teh exercise in during morning hours.

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MAVERICK59 3/7/2013 10:16PM

    Mar,
I love your blogs.
They always ring true to me.
You speak for so many.

Hugs,
Belinda

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1STARVINGARTIST 3/7/2013 2:21PM

    You have done amazing things, and with your determination you can get over this hurdle too! You can do it!
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DIFROMWYOMING 3/7/2013 10:55AM

    I agree- I had to get 'angry' too, that I always put myself last. That I will go to the end of the possibilities to help everyone- except me. And for me it comes down to worth- and not acting as if I'm worth it. It is hard to 'wake up' sometimes...but WE can do this, together.

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_KATHY 3/7/2013 10:33AM

    I kinda love the "anger" in your tone. A few months ago, that is what it took for me to get back on track. Just plain anger at the way things were going and my efforts. It would be great to get to the "determination" part easier but for me, I just had to get angry. "That's enough! Now, go do what you have to do and what you know you want to do." She said to herself. A person just has to get angry from time to time. :) I know you are on your way and I am there with you as well.

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NORWOODGIRL 3/7/2013 9:32AM

    You are funny, lady! You also have all those qualifications. Let's take that step. Together we can do anything!

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MGAL76 3/7/2013 8:33AM

    emoticon I feel like I can relate to what you are going through! So lets do this! Come on! I am here for you and you are hear for me! The Spark Community is here for all of us! Let's Go!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 3/6/2013 10:30PM

    You can do this girl. The fact that you keep coming back is a sign you want this. If you didn't, you'd give up and be a ghost page. That had better NEVER happen, you got it?

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MRNOTABOUTFACE 3/6/2013 10:27PM

    Good morning!

Yes it takes a lot of energy to wake up but once you do, it gets easier. It's like the snowball effect. Once you get rolling, nothing will stop you!

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TWIDDLYDE 3/6/2013 9:48PM

    Yes! it takes all that and more. It takes the strength that God supplies.

Be blessed as you move forward!!

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Dream a Little Dream

Saturday, February 23, 2013

I sat down on a two-seater on a train and there was room to spare between me and the gent next to me. Noticeable room. No longer the squish yourself in, try not to get noticed, please don't sigh and be obvious to show that I am probably crushing you and you want to move your seat, or you get up and do.

No, there was room, and I could feel it and not just experience if with a look. It was a feeling. Air space. And then a surprise happened. I woke up. It was a dream, but it was one of those it felt so vivid and real to me that I was not quite tethered to earth. It felt like I was sitting there, and I had room to spare.

So what that it was a dream. Well, maybe not so much of a dream, but a premonition. It is a sign of things to come. It is an indelible memory etched in my brain. Now that I believe it, I am going to make it happen.

  
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RNVICKI 2/27/2013 11:11AM

    I am sure it is a dream that you can make happen. You felt it in your heart.

emoticon and let your dreams come true

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DOODIE59 2/24/2013 4:38PM

    Sometimes dreams are there to let you see the way. To believe it's possible -- to feel it. High level athletes use visualization all the time. You have to "picture" it happening, to be able to put the process in gear. Great dream!
Deirdre

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_KATHY 2/24/2013 12:16PM

    It's going to happen! ! And it will be fabulous!

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1STARVINGARTIST 2/24/2013 11:44AM

    Keep dreaming and you will do it!! It can be done!
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NOTABOUTHEFACE 2/24/2013 10:11AM

    Turn that dream into reality girl!

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MRNOTABOUTFACE 2/24/2013 10:03AM

    Great dream! I know it will come true. You're ready!

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DIFROMWYOMING 2/23/2013 11:31PM

    I like what norwoodgirl said- a vision, not a dream.
Go for it!

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FELINEBETTER 2/23/2013 11:13PM

    I can relate! A true target to aim for! You'll get there. Keep your eye on the prize!

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CARRAND 2/23/2013 7:49PM

    You can do it!

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DOVESEYES 2/23/2013 6:41PM

    I agree, a taste of things to come. You will get there and beyond.
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BRADIA 2/23/2013 6:07PM

    believe and you shall see

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SUNNYHOUSEWIFE 2/23/2013 4:41PM

    Excellent! A dream like that can only mean you're on you way to making it a reality!

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NORWOODGIRL 2/23/2013 4:31PM

    Not a dream, but a vision of the future. I'll be waiting to hear it come true!

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SARAWALKS 2/23/2013 4:05PM

    That's super, Mickey! Dreams DO come true and I am betting this one is in your future! emoticon emoticon

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HANDYV 2/23/2013 3:50PM

    emoticon soon it will be a reality. We all dream.

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DAWN14163 2/23/2013 3:21PM

    Follow your dreams xx

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PAMLICO-DAZE 2/23/2013 3:16PM

    May all your dreams come true!

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The Most Exhilarating 5 Seconds Ever!

Friday, February 22, 2013

There is only one way to describe my morning: exhilarating, especially this one tiny little piece.

If you have read my last blog, you know I sprained my knee and I have been struggling a bit while walking around. In the short term, I have a cane which is helping, along with some meds, and a knee brace (which will be part of tomorrow's experiment and no doubt, the subject of another blog.) emoticon

YESTERDAY, I didn't think I was going to have enough time during the allotted traffic signal when it was my legal time to walk. I felt like I was pushing it to make it across the street in the time before the "walk" went to "don't walk" and even then it was a barely-made-it moment. whew.

TODAY, I still felt the need to push but when I crossed to the other side, I had a full 5 seconds to spare on the clock. Happy dance! Those 5 seconds felt like an eternity, no flashing signal, admonishing me on, just 5 free seconds. It was a moment of glory.

The remainder of the day has not being without its pain and strain on the leg, and the realization that I am not ready for strenuous walking just yet, but it does give me a fair amount of hope that it will be coming, and I will be ready. After all, I had 5 seconds to spare!

  
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BRADIA 2/25/2013 10:57AM

    Have a beautiful week and stay controlling your movements.

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CARRAND 2/23/2013 8:06PM

    Good for you! I remember how I felt when I was recovering from surgery and was trying to walk to my favorite coffee shop. Somebody actually honked at me one time for crossing the road slowly.

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_KATHY 2/23/2013 12:40PM

    I love hearing about your journey in self discovery and taking care of yourself!
Hugs

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NICOLERZ 2/23/2013 10:05AM

    That's awesome!

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MICKEYH 2/22/2013 11:52PM

    Hope your knee will heal soon. You are always in my prayer. Take care.
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SPSPSP1 2/22/2013 11:33PM

    Slow and steady wins the race! :-D

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