Thursday, September 03, 2009
I've been trying to catch up w/my Spark friends & teams and realized there are quite a few folks out there that blog every day (something I've never done); and that many blogs are down right funny; and the jokes, laughter and poking fun at dieting is good for the soul.
With this in mind I posted a Sept-Oct daily blog challenge for the Sacramento Sparkles Team, in part to see what kind of impact regular daily blogging may have on my Spark goals -as well as the goals of others on the team.
With laughter in mind I submit the following for a few chuckles:
Ciao for now,
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I've been in a bit of an overall funk for several days now. Having a hard time trying to balance a variety of things (family, friends, self, trying to deal with a laptop computer I have that's been infected by a virus, gardening, mourning, exercising -or not, doing chores, etc.). I've been very disappointed in my self and the choices that I've been making lately. You know that negative voice that creeps in your head telling you that you've been failing, that you should just chuck it.
To avoid the negative head chatter I've resorted to playing Tetris online (what a fun waste of time); mindless munching mixed w/calling my sisters, nephew, cousins to "catch up on things"& then while working on the lap top virus infection (& feeling dumb for not being able to fix it); so then more Tetris; but then I looked up quotes about failing and found this little Emerson gem:
"Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
It reminded me of another quote:
A winner is just a loser who got up one more time.
Anyway, the black-dog that has been hanging around these past days has been driven into the woods, and hopefully won't be back for a while -because I'm rising up again. I don't want to give up or given in; or as Winston Churchill says:
"Never, never, never give up!"
PS Thanks for all your support.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
It's late Monday night, I've taken my shower, washed my hair and sitting in front of the computer wondering where did my week go?! It's like 7 days just flew by.
The good: I had a lot of fun this past week w/family & friends, picking figs & vegies, working in my gardens, making 'pico-de-gallo' w/fresh tomatoes & jalapenos; cooking zucchini-fig bread, fussing w/my pop; having a cookout on Sunday. I made a new friend w/the Ca. Native Plant Society. I got the back patio section of house painted. My beater truck is back from the mechanic (this time for good -for a while I hope.)
The bad: I consumed way more calories than I should have. I was over on Friday, Saturday, Sunday & now today. Bread, burgers, chips-n-salsa (fresh -from my vegie garden!), gin & tonics, margaritas, Sierra Nevada beer & apple pie & ice cream were part of many of the things I consumed.
The ugly: I don't even want to post what the scale said tonight (it was not pretty). My uncle was kiiled in auto accident this past Tuesday & this has brought up a variety of very sad memories and problems involving a cousin of mine that I love a lot, but who is deeply troubled and is continuing to trouble family & me in the most sad bizarre ways. I am at a loss of what to do about this situation; and have obviously been preoccupied w/worrying about this more than I realized.
In fact kind of bummed just thinking about it again as I write.
Monday, August 17, 2009
The fig tree in my neighbor-girlfriends back yard is on its 2nd round of fig production, so she & my pop & I picked figs until we ran out of buckets. We came home with 5 1-gallon ice cream buckets full of figs.
I love to wash them and stick them in the frig for cool sweet snack, treat or desert on hot summer days. They are delicious! I actually ate 17 figs for breakfast this morning, and when another friend came by I sent him home with a bag of figs. I didn't track any of the figs I've been eating until this morning; and found out 1 medium size fig is about 35 calories; so my figgy breakfast of 17 figs cumulated to 629 calories worth of figs. So I have decided it's official - I am a fig pig.
I've decided now that I need to find some fig recipes so I can bake up some fig goodies and possibly freeze for future treats. Anyway, I need fig recipes now!
Friday, August 14, 2009
We had a great walk in Land Park this morning. EVASOMA, and friends Christin & Allison joined us at the zoo.
When we headed north we saw that there were about 15 people up on the amphitheater stage doing tai-chi. As we chatted we realized that we were all interested in tai-chi, so we made a detour over to the amphitheater & met up with the instructor Janny Wu. She is now out here every Monday, Thursday & Friday morning. Her web site is: www.Yang24Taichi.com. I don't have time right now, but I will be investigating her site and am wondering if any SparkPeeps are currently involved in TaiChi in Sacramento area?
EVASOMA & Christine also told me that they get out and walk Land Park around 8:30 am on Monday & Thursday mornings too. So I've updated the SacramentoSparkles general discussion topic "Walking in Sacramento" to note this, so if Mon/Thurs mornings might fit into your schedule better - please think about contacting them.
EVASOMA & Christine also are thinking about possibly getting together for a Spark Horror Movie fest in October, so if that's something you might be interested in helping them with please Spark Mail them ASAP.
Back to Land Park: we also noted an increased number of people walking in the park. It was so lovely, to see other smiling faces at the park; exchange 'good mornings'; it was just refreshing to just rub shoulders with so many super people: older, younger, mom's w/strollers, joggers, runners, and dog walkers too!
All I can say is get out and walk in a park near you!
Ta-Ta for now.
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