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Self Check

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Just thought I'd blog:

I had 3 really good eating days that I want to focus on. I stayed busy, exercised very moderately in the evening to keep my mind off food. I am reading a fascinating book called: Talent is Overrated, by Geoff Colvin and I've eaten a lot of veggies that help me to stay feeling satisfied.

Then, yesterday I did not do so well. I have parent conferences and stay at school all day. I thought I was prepared, but obviously I was not. When I started getting a little bored, I went to the faculty lounge and tried to get a little coffee, but all they had was FOOD! I hit the food, and from that point on just continued eating all day long.

I am very proud that I've been exercing all week. That I've been eating healthy mostly, and I am checking in to keep myself accountable and END my 1 day of bad eating this week. It's DONE, GONE, Doesn't matter anymore.

Today is a new day! I LOVE feeling healthy and eating healthy. The candy is NOT even worth it, and I am nicely reminding myself that I really should have NOTHING if it's going to be All or Nothing.

  
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NANCYBFULLER 11/12/2008 8:18AM

    food in the employees lounge is my biggest weakness!!



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Turkey Triathlon

Saturday, November 08, 2008

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So... I paid $45 to make myself go do a triathlon so that I got in some exercise this week. Haven't been doing much. I am trying to do whatever to stay motivated.

So... I got 1st in my age group out of 38 and I think 10th overall female out of over 200. I had a great time and just went at my own pace and that needs to be my attitude toward exercise. Do whatever... JUST DO IT!

I have been getting lazy about my eating habits too and need to stay committed to eating HEALTHY. I am even thinking I really need to completely cut out candy. I have no control. I always eat the entire bag.

I am thankful, thankful... and looking forward to Thanksgiving and the holidays.

  
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HEATHHILL 11/11/2008 8:14AM

    Pretty impressive!

Our motivation can wane sometimes, just try to make good choices each day. That's what I'm trying to do, one day at a time!

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GETTINOLDER 11/9/2008 9:27PM

    Thanks for the blog comment, and congrats on the tri. I could never try a tri because of one word BLUB. My swimming resembles what you could imagine a rock doing...

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ELFITZPA 11/9/2008 8:23PM

    Congratulations!! What an awesome job!! I love how non-chalant you sound about just doing these for fun - yet you end up placing!! It sounds like tri's are perfect for you!

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LAKELIFE 11/9/2008 4:46PM

    Great job, Netty! Hearing about the tri just pumps me up and I know I'm going to do my own one of these days. I am so inspired by those of you who are already just pumping them out! Happy Thanksgiving indeed!!

Sharon

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WBOYACK 11/9/2008 12:57PM

  Thanks for the inspiration!

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ZENRUNNING 11/9/2008 9:34AM

    Congratulations! Good job!

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NANCYBFULLER 11/9/2008 8:50AM

    tenth overal female, 38th overall. Whoo Hoo!

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Pumpkinman Triathlon

Monday, October 20, 2008

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Ok... I really am a crazy girl. I already completely am fully aware of that. I almost didn't even do my Pumpkinman triathlon. I kept going back and forth. We were just going to go down to Mesquite/Vegas and play or NOT even go down at all.

BUT... Last minute literally we decided to do the triathlon. We had even canceled or hotel reservations in Boulder City.

Of course now I am so glad I did this triathlon and NOT because it was my best ever or because I won or even placed well, but because I was able to relax, enjoy it and have a good time. I am so thankful to my Spark~Friend Julie (Aspenjules), because watching her cross the finish line brought back into perspective why I "TRI". It's the feeling of accomplishment, knowing that I was once 227 pounds and could NOT finish. It's knowing that even if I am 10-20 pounds over my "ideal" weight, I CAN still finish and feel good about it. It's knowing that I don't need to be crazy~psycho about my food and what I eat to be able to go out and exercise and have FUN!

The last few months even years have been up and down with food, exercise, and nutrition. I feel like food and journaling and worrying about what I'm going to eat has been one of my latest addictions, which is so STUPID!

So... my Pumpkinman experience has taught me... Remember my first TRI and the feeling of "just finishing".

GO and DO even if I'm not in perfect condition.

Don't over~think and stress about my food / weight.

Set realistic goals and change those goals if necessary. I am really motivated now to "just finish" a Half Ironman Triathlon next year.

I LOVE LIFE, and I am trying to LIVE it and Enjoy it each and every day! HUGS to ALL my spark~Friends!!!

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ASPENJULES 11/21/2008 9:57AM

    Hey, I can't believe I haven't seen this before now! Well, better late than never, right? You know my feelings about you coming and doing the race - I'm SOOO glad you did, and even more glad that it had such a positive impact on your mood. I hope you are having fun, enjoying your life, and not stressing about things too much. Do what you can, do the best you can, and let the rest go. You are an AMAZING, WONDERFUL woman, Netty... never forget that! *hugs*

Have a wonderfully thankful Thanksgiving and give that sweetie of yours a hug for me too!

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SANDY2660 11/8/2008 2:44PM

    WOW that is great. You are so awesome girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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TFISH5065 10/27/2008 8:11PM

    I saw your blog title of Pumpkinman Triathlon and became intrigued to read about your experience. I also completed a Pumpkinman, but in South Berwick Maine. My friend and I were also contemplating not doing the tri, due to really bad weather conditions. As we drove to the location, we said we would go and wait for them to cancel the event. Neither of us wanted to do the race in the windy, rainy conditions; but neither wanted to say so.

We ultimately arrived at the location to find the race was going to happen. We had very little time to set up our gear in the transition area, get our wetsuits on then, literally run to the lake for the start of the race.

This was not my best performance at a race, nor was it my worst. We both had fears of the bike course, more so because of the rainy conditions. We both finished. We got over our fear of the rain/wind and wet wooden bridges to traverse on skinny bike tires. We had a great time in the end.

I am also hoping to "just finish" a half-iron next year. I am also hoping to get out of the "athena" size wetsuit, if not the athena category in the races. I wish you well and safe training for the next season's goal of 70.3!

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CALGALFOX 10/21/2008 7:09PM

    I absolutely agree about not over thinking the whole food/weight thing. Relax and have fun. You DID it and you should feel so good about yourself. Besides...what is "perfect condition"? I have friends that are professional athletes and they all wish to be in perfect condition too.

CONGRATULATIONS


Oh, and thanks for the pumpkin!

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TOURDOCTOR 10/21/2008 12:41AM

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Thank you for sharing your victory . . . I know that for me the little victories are the most worthwhile . . .like just finishing. Here is a little poem about VICTORY . . . I hope you enjoy it.

Victory

A failure makes a move to step forward,
It begins a life with ambitious victory,
A success brings endless happiness,
A failure brings memorized sadness.

Failure after success is unmemorable,
But success after failure is memorable,
Life is a mixture of success and failure,
It comes and moves like clouds in the sky.

A life with good effort fades the failure,
Failure falls like a dried leaves of a tree,
A metal of gold results after one melts it,
Likewise, one achieves success by their effort.

A brave aim closes the doors of failure,
As it opens the golden doors of success,
Failure is step to light a candle in darkness,
To result as the light of evermore success.

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By Dr. M.Swaroopa Rani M.A., PhD




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~NANAK~ 10/20/2008 8:04PM

    emoticonGreat accomplishment and great post! emoticon

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RHALES199 10/20/2008 7:33PM

    Excellent job, girl!!! Way to go!!!

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ELFITZPA 10/20/2008 5:40PM

    Wow if this is what the Pumpkinman Tri did for you, I'M glad you did it too! You sound like a bundle of positivity and I love your outlook - you SHOULD be glad and proud of your accomplishments!

Awesome job!

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SWIMBIKE21 10/20/2008 2:33PM

    Great post! I was feeling guilty about not journaling, not blogging, so I tried to post every day. Well, it didn't last long. I finally decided today that I just need to live and love life. Yes, I still have 12 lbs to my goal weight, but it will come off when it is ready!! emoticon

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Open Minded???

Saturday, October 04, 2008

My questions of the day are:

Are people really open-minded? Do they just think they are? Do they really listen to and VALUE other people's opinions that are different than their own? Or do they just "tune you out" when it's not what they want to hear?

An interesting statistic I found this week: 80% of people that are talked to negatively... it has a negative impact on.

Only 20% of those that are given a "put down" or talked to negatively can really let it "just go".

Fascinating... but I absolutely agree! And... Just my opinion... We almost socially accept the put-down's and rude talk more than the positive talk.

Is being kind really thought of as "WEAK".

Do we all just profess to have certain hopes, but really don't believe change and better days are possible?

Would you watch an Obama speech open~mindedly if you were a Republican. Would you watch a Palin or McCain speech open-mindedly if you were a Democrat? I must say I LOVE this message:

YES! You can!!! You can state your own opinion, you can worship as you like, you can BE what you want to Be, You can LOVE all even those that don't agree. (It's the You~Tube video at the bottom)

I must say the backlash from doing so can be ROUGH at best! (Mention the word God to non~believers.)

Does Lynette ALWAYS think WAY too deeply??? YES!!! Is this what causes conflict in her LIFE??? YES!!!

Love you all! May you have a HAPPY day!


www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_P6wWvF4Ls

  
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BUSBYBOTTOM 10/4/2008 10:58AM

    Yes, you can be what you want, worship as you like, stand for what you believe in. By standing tall in your beliefs you make yourself a target! You can't get shot at if you are cowering in the corner.
Put on your armor!
Stand up!
Let the light shine!
It may reflect on someone else's life until they can create their own light.
Blessings,
Vicky
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ELFITZPA 10/4/2008 10:44AM

    I was reading this and thinking to myself that YES, I am very open minded. But then you mentioned politics and I CANNOT listen without judgment to a candidate I don't like (which is pretty much all of them!). Being judgmental is part of me, even if I keep my thoughts to myself. It's definitely one of those things to work on!!

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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

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TOURDOCTOR 10/3/2008 9:34PM

    Well I see it like this . . . if your friends are not comfortable with who your are and what you believe, then can they really be friends? I would not be upset about it. Now maybe they were people you knew from school, but if they de-friend you for being truthful in what and who you believe, then they just were not really friends.

What is a friend? Someone who...

Accepts you as you are,

Believes in "you",

Calls you just to say "HI",

Doesn't give up on you,

Envisions the whole of you (even the unfinished parts),

Forgives your mistakes,

Gives unconditionally,

Helps you,

Inspires you to be the best you can be,

Just happy to be with you,

Keeps you close at heart,

Loves you for who you are,

Makes a difference in your life,

Never judges,

Offers support,

Picks you up,
Quiets your fears,

Raises your spirits,

Says nice things about you,

Tells you the truth when you need to hear it,

Understands you,

Values you,

Walks beside you,

X-plains things you don't understand,

Yells when you won't listen and

Zaps you back to reality.


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BARLEYGOOGLE 10/3/2008 4:47PM

  I'm not hip to facebook except to know it is a social networking site. So, I am guessing that there is not a yes/no question "do you believe in God?" as part of the general setup?

Maybe you could answer for yourself , "what was my purpose in stating that I believe in God on my facebook page?" When you answer that, you can decide if that statement still serves your intended purpose.

Do you know for sure it was that statement that caused people to delete you as a friend? How do you know you offended half of them with your statement (as opposed to just put them off)?

Some people think of religious and spiritual things as sacred, and are uncomfortable with them being mentioned casually.

From past experience, many of us think when we hear someone talking about God, we are going to get the "big sell" any minute (proselytising), get asked if we have been saved, and other personal questions that don't feel right to us coming from someone we are not very close to.

For others, it's just too much information, meaning too personal for this setting.

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MBSHAZZER 10/2/2008 2:39PM

    I am also not religious. People who are overtly religious (ie: quoting the bible, saying "have a blessed day", offering to pray for me) make me uncomfortable, but just knowing that someone is a particular religion or believes in God is certainly not offensive.

I am sorry that your "friends" have reacted this way.

hugs,
Sharon

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ELFITZPA 10/2/2008 11:56AM

    I'm not really sure what to say. I'm not particularly religious, but I can't imagine how people would be put off by you simply proclaiming your beliefs. I understand how some people feel uncomfortable when the topic comes up, but it doesn't sound like you were bringing up religion as an issue or a topic of conversation, so I don't really understand...? Perhaps they had a bad experience they relate to religion? Either way, you certainly didn't do anything offensive and I don't see any benefit to hiding something that you clearly feel strongly about. I AM sorry that getting dropped by them bothered you though, I'm sure that would get to me too.

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BBTAYLOR 10/2/2008 10:18AM

  I'm like you...I would feel bad to be rejected or "dropped" as a friend. But I totally agree with the other comments. This is who you are and if that's not good enough for the other so-called friends, then it's their loss. You don't need that! It's sort of like being in junior high or high school. If you wore something that wasn't considered "cool" or hung out with someone less "cool", some kids may have thought less of you or rejected you. Well, how old are we now?!!

Hold your head up high for celebrating who you are!


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SYNCHROSWIMR 10/2/2008 8:25AM

    Huh. That doesn't seem friendly at all. Wow. I'm sorry that is happening. Some of my friends on Facebook frequently do similar status comments, and I have no problem with it. That's too bad.

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HEATHHILL 10/2/2008 7:05AM

    It seems to me that if they can't accept you as you are, then they're not really friends.



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SHAREDJOURNEY 10/2/2008 2:45AM

    Your belief in God is important to you. You did not share this to offend anyone. If they were offended, it is not your responsibility to make things right. Their over reaction to your statement is not your responsibility. Not everyone shares our beliefs but we should be able to expect that others will be accepting of our differences. The reasons they deleted you as a friend may be their discomfort with their beliefs. It does seem unreasonable for them to reject you but you can respond to their behavior with Christian love. We never know when the Lord is using a situation for His plan. Let them go but don't let their behavior make you afraid to share your love of God with others.

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SERRAANGEL 10/2/2008 12:36AM

    Hey there:

I'm an athiest, and I'm puzzled why any of your friends would "de-friend" you for stating your beliefs. The only thing that would drive me to that point is if I felt someone I knew wasn't being as respectful toward my beliefs as I was trying to be toward them. For me, the line would be drawn at someone proselytizing to me or continually sending me religion-loaded messages. Or, I guess if someone were posting judgments about me or any category of people I belong to. If that were the case, I'd want to exercise my right not to subject myself to that.

But, geez, deleting you just for posting about your own life and your own feelings and influences?? That seems a bit immature or narrowminded to me.

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GUNGHONIA 10/1/2008 11:40PM

    I can't believe that someone would be so shallow as to be so offended by an individual's statement of faith that they'd 'de-friend' them. We're not in high school anymore - you'd think they'd have grasped the idea of 'live and let live' by now....

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SOUTHERNYANKEE 10/1/2008 11:14PM

    I believe that if that is how you feel and that reflects who you are, then you should be able to display it. I think you are better off without those "friends" if they can't like who you are.

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J2GARCIAS 10/1/2008 11:09PM

    I also use facebook (well till it said it doesn't recognize my web browser, explorer) and I have often posted and sent religious messages. My friends who are Christians appriciate my openness, and my friends who are not christians now that I am and respect my views as I respect theirs. They don't even mind when I tell them that I am going to pray for them during tough times. Let them know that you do not want to offend them but God is a huge part of you life now.

"However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name."
1 Peter 4:16


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SWIMMERYOGINI 10/1/2008 10:16PM

  Are you bummed because you thought they were your friends, or that you may be questioning your faith or commitment to your faith? Being a Christian or Jew or professing a belief in God is a very GOOD thing for you and it should be an integral part of who and what you are as a human being. Most people who shun a relationship with God and/or deny His existence, are generally unhappy and/or self-centered people.

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RHALES199 10/1/2008 9:42PM

    It's an open forum, and we all have the freedom of speech and we all have the right to talk about God if we want to!
If other people don't like that you're now a christian and you're talking about it, that's THEIR problem, not yours! they need to grow up, get out of their bubble, and realize that just because people believe differently than they do doesn't mean you can't get along. I have a number of friends who have different religous beliefs than myself, but we still get along. To me, that's part of existing peacefully in society, which is really what we all want, right?
Be who you are as a Christian, and talk about it. It's not your fault if others can't handle it :)

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BUSBYBOTTOM 10/1/2008 9:26PM

    God is good!
God is awesome!
God is the Alpha and the Omega!
Friends? Offended? Were they friends at all?
State your love and belief in God proudly and loudly!
He is the One who be there in the end!
Blessings,
Vicky

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