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It's all about me (I'm number one)

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

I've come to realize that I have to change my attitude about my own importance, if I'm going to succeed at my goals.

So from now on, I'm number one.

For years, I've found it easier to be self-sacrificing than to stand up for myself. It's easier to be "nice" and do far more than my share of the work than it is to make space for myself, insist that what I want is important, and risk being perceived as "the b*tch."

But the thing is, my family is more than willing to give me the space I need. They aren't the ones who were holding me to that standard; I was.

It's okay for me to prioritize my own needs, to make sure there is room for my workouts, to have goals that are my own. I don't need my family to be 100% behind everything I do--hubby is completely perplexed by my need to have long-term goals like an Iron Man, but I don't have to justify why I feel like that. It's okay for me just to feel like that, because different people are motivated by different things.

If I don't make my goals a top priority, they easy fall through the cracks of a busy life. So I'm keeping them on top.

Because in the long run, it's like the oxygen mask in an airplane. The instructions always say to put on your own mask first before assisting others. If you don't, you could lose consciousness and be useless to anyone. If I don't take care of myself first, I could easily become incapable of helping others. I don't want that.

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K1TT3N 1/5/2013 12:15PM

    Awesome ..... We all need to be 1st cause we can not help others if we don't help ourselves

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    This is a great frame of mind to climb into. Have a good day!

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DATMAMA4 1/2/2013 11:45PM

    Great thoughts! If we don't stay healthy, we are not capable of being there for those we love.

You are worth it!

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DOGLADY13 1/2/2013 7:59PM

    Terrific! Here's to you!


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OVERHAULING-ME 1/2/2013 5:57PM

    So true! We have SO MUCH more to give when our needs are being met. My husband thinks its strange that I have a plan for training for my half marathon. He thinks I should just walk/run a little more everyday. I feel a plan is essential for any successes

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SOKKERNUT 1/2/2013 2:00PM

    Very well said!

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LANAHAUTH21 1/2/2013 1:02PM

  I like how you think. Happy New Year.

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New Year's Day

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

We had a great party last night, just visiting with friends, talking and laughing. We turned on the TV just in time to watch the ball drop, then turned it off and went back to socializing. People were really engaged, not texting or taking calls. It was great, and we went to bed at about 2:30. Three friends stayed over, and we had breakfast this morning. I had made a strata the night before so that I could just put it in the oven this morning, and I made homemade bagels, which came out great. Folks left at about noon, and I spent the next couple hours kind of in a glaze of tired contentment, reading a little. The house was pretty much a disaster, but I just couldn't manage to care.

Then I decided it was time to get in a workout, to start the New Year right. I went downstairs and put in 50 minutes on the ski machine. When I was done, I had about 400 times as much energy. I came upstairs and cleaned the kitchen and vacuumed the living room. Now I have a quilt project I'm going to start working on as soon as I finish a little computer time.

So how have I done for Resolutions, Day One:

Work out: check
Read: check
Craft work: check-to-be
Spend more time with friends/family: check
Spend less time on the computer: check

I'm not ready for tomorrow to be a work day, but at least it's a short week.

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NATPLUMMER 1/2/2013 10:36AM

    Sounds like great fun!! Ooooohhhhhh.....bagels....I wish I had been there.

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    Sounds like a great start to the New Year! No, I wasn't ready to come back to work either today, but I like that I'm being eased into it with a faux 3-day week!

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    What a fun way to start the new year!

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MSANITAL 1/1/2013 5:50PM

    Sounds like you had a great start to the New Year.. way to go..
keep reaching high..

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Happy New Year--and the big resolution

Monday, December 31, 2012

Wishing you all a happy and prosperous new year. May 2013 be filled with joy and success.

Now, I am going to "nail my colors to the mast" and proclaim a long-term resolution. I am turning 55 this year, which feels pretty significant. I've decided that my big promise to myself is that in the year I turn 60 I am going to participate in an Iron Man length triathlon. That's a lot to accomplish, but a 5-year plan to do it seems about right to me.

Watch this space. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 1/1/2013 11:41AM


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APPLESBANANAS 1/1/2013 10:29AM

    I just realize that writing "but in all seriousness" made it sound like the first sentence was a joke. It wasn't! Great goal : ) You are my grammar and vocabulary sparkfriend so I didn't want you to misread the message.

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APPLESBANANAS 1/1/2013 10:27AM

    Great goal!! I love that it extends into the future. I'm not running again until the snow melts this year, but in all seriousness when you start running if you ever want someone to come along, I would be happy to meet up. Happy new year : )

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4DOGNIGHT 1/1/2013 8:04AM

    That is a goal for sure. I turn 65 but won't be doing that for my 70th.

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MOXIE26 12/31/2012 9:22PM

    Wow! And I do mean wow! Go for it!
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XMAC33 12/31/2012 8:59PM

    emoticon goal.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 12/31/2012 8:14PM

    You've already got the biking part down! You can realize your goal! May this coming year be your best one yet!

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JEWELLE217 12/31/2012 7:33PM

    What an awesome goal! I'm willing to bet you will do what you set out to do!

Happy New Year!

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The ABCs of me

Sunday, December 30, 2012

A - Available or married: Married
B - Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
C - Cake or pie: Cake
D - Drink of choice: Milk
E - Essential item: Computer
F - Favorite color: Purple
G - Game to play or watch: Apples to Apples
H - Hometown: Cleveland, OH now
I - Indulgence: A good wine
J - Job: Attorney
K - Kids and names: Erin and Amy
L - Life is incomplete without: My hubby
M - Music group or singer: If I must pick only one, Neil Diamond
N - Number of siblings: 2 sisters, 1 brother
O - Oranges or apples: Apples
P - Phobias/fears: Claustrophobia
Q - Favorite quote: "Do, or do not. There is no try." Yoda
R - Reason to smile: My daughters and hubby
S - Season: Fall
T - Tattoos: None, but I do like to get henna now and then
U - Unknown fact about me: I can juggle
V - Vegetable you love: Asparagus
W - Worst habit: Too much computer time
X - X-rays: Teeth, ankle, lungs for pheumonia, back, shoulder
Y - Your favorite food: Thai red curry
Z - Zodiac sign: Taurus

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K1TT3N 1/5/2013 12:17PM

    awesome .... reposting

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NATPLUMMER 12/31/2012 9:52AM


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SIMPLYABUNDANT 12/31/2012 9:46AM

    It's always so interesting to learn new things about people. I like Jane Austen, too!

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DOGLADY13 12/30/2012 10:24PM


I like Jane Austen, too.

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Why, yes, you CAN search my bag

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Top tip: when your carryon luggage includes a novelty clock that features a long metal wire and, you know, a CLOCK, expect that TSA will want to take a closer look at it.

In other words, D'oh!

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EBURGITE 12/30/2012 11:04AM

    adding a little excitement to your journey? emoticon

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LMCBUD 12/30/2012 10:58AM

    Better safe than sorry... But funny!!!! :)

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TATTER3 12/29/2012 7:21PM

    I took powdered sugar to my Bro's wife one year...luggage came out on the ramp opened and 'gone through'. LOL

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TXMEMAW6 12/29/2012 5:38PM

    emoticon emoticon

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CAKEMAKERMOM 12/29/2012 11:53AM

    I forgot where I put my nail scissors once. Fortunately I had a spare at home, so when they took that one, I was not put out when I got back.

I still chuckle at the time I got wanded and the woman was looking really hard for the bra clasp that should have been there in the middle of my back when I was obviously not wearing one!

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MRSOLIVER455 12/29/2012 11:44AM

    haha they are just the brightest people in the world you know?

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TEDDYTEDDY 12/29/2012 11:23AM

    I bet that was fun!!! emoticon

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