Sunday, March 16, 2014
This is what my vision is as of right now, today. What it might morph into in coming days, weeks, time... who knows. One of my teams had as a challenge to write "My Vision Statement" and this is what I ended up with. Right, Wrong or Indifferent Here goes.
Why I want to lose weight.
1. I do not want to die FAT.
For years I have told people, “I have this really great body. But I keep it well hidden so others will not be green with envy.” Well, now I want to prove to them that I really do have that great body which I have kept hidden within all these stored calories. My great body does NOT have to appear sexy to anyone but my great body will be thin, not skinny, and continue to get me where I want to go and back again whenever I want my body to do so.
2. I want to maintain my independence for the WHOLE rest of my life.
To maintain my independence I need to be able to take care of my physical needs without any assistance from anyone else. I hate to think that I might require a chauffeur during my end times. But I do recognize that as a real possibility. (If I live too long.) I pray that I will know when I am no longer a safe driver, that my eye-sight, reflexes, etc are just not good enough to render me a safe driver.
3. I know that losing weight will not change my life as I now know it.
I will not suddenly have people falling all over themselves to be my friend.
I will not suddenly be happy and carefree all the live long day.
I will still ache with the loss of my BFF(aka DH).
I will still march to a different drummer which puts me out of step with most, if not all, the rest of the world.
I will still be a good listener, the world needs more of us that is for sure.
I will still express my opinions, whether they are judged right or wrong by others.
I will still be able to adjust my opinions when I am presented with evidence that I really do not have the right of it. Hopefully people will listen to what I have to say and maybe even adjust their positions to some degree.
I doubt very much that I will suddenly become “Susie Homemaker” with the immaculate home. I will always have too much stuff that is important to me that is just junk to others. Oh, I would love to live in a home that was large enough that everything had an appropriate place and was kept in that place. But alas I am more apt to have to down-size rather than have the luxury of up-sizing.
Summary: I don’t think this is what the “What’s Your Vision” challenge was looking for as a response. But unlike so many others that are members of Spark People, I am well over the point of being middle-aged unless I am going to live to be 150. (Which I believe is rather doubtful, but it would fulfill my greatest fear which is “Living too long”.) If I were an actuary I would be saying another 10, maybe even 15-20, years. Compared to you youngsters, I am well down the far side of the mountain.
BUT, when I avoid looking in reflective surfaces… well let’s just say, “My soul thinks we are still in our thirties with tons of time still to live.” And, just in case my soul is right about the tons of time; I want to be able to live that time to its fullest.
Friday, March 14, 2014
When a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let him keep her.
After marriage, husband and wife become two sides of a coin; they just can't face each other, but still they stay together.
By all means marry.
If you get a good wife, you'll be happy.
If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.
Woman inspires us to great things, and prevents us from achieving them.
The great question, which I have not been able to answer... is, "What does a woman want?"
I had some words with my wife, and she had some paragraphs with me.
'Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant
two times a week.
A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing.
She goes Tuesdays,
I go Fridays.'
'There's a way of transferring funds that is even faster than electronic banking.
It's called marriage.'
'I've had bad luck with both my wives.
The first one left me,
and the second one didn't.'
James Holt McGavra
Two secrets to keep your marriage brimming.
1. Whenever you're wrong, admit it,
2. Whenever you're right, shut up.
The most effective way to remember your wife's birthday is to forget it... once
You know what I did before I married?
Anything I wanted to.
My wife and I were happy for twenty years.
Then we met.
A good wife always forgives her husband when she's wrong.
A man inserted an 'ad' in the classifieds:
Next day he received a hundred letters.
They all said the same thing:
'You can have mine.'
First Guy (proudly): 'My wife's an angel!'
Second Guy: 'You're lucky, mine's still alive.'
SEND THIS TO ALL THE GUYS TO GIVE THEM A GOOD LAUGH.
AND TO THOSE LADIES WITH A SENSE OF HUMOR
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Yes, I have taken up the gauntlet of a few challenges… and YES, I would like to make a good showing. I don’t expect to win first prizes or even rank in the top places. I also don’t want to end up in the cellar, either. I just want to finish somewhere in the middle of the pack or even a little higher. YES, I hope to make at least one friend among those who are in the same challenges as I am in.
As I posted on one team chat thread….
I would like to make lots of points with the challenges and possibly make new friends... but my biggest goal is to 'Train myself to make Healthier choices...EVERY TIME there is a choice to make'. Well, maybe not "Healthier" every time but when I make one of the LESS healthy choices... I want it to be INTENTIONAL... not just going with the path of least resistance. AND, then claiming, Oops, I forgot to choose..and... I just did it or NOT, as the case may be.
Note: I hope I didn’t offend any of the new to me team. I think most if not all the others have been a part of the team for awhile. I hate being the new kid on the block.. You would think at my age I would have learned how to handle being new to the group. But alas I am still a work in progress. Meanwhile I decided it might make a good blog topic. So here is the continued aka expanded post.
You all know what I mean about non-intentional choices...
it smells good, let's eat it..
I’m bored, a snack would be nice right about now
But if I don’t eat any, I might offend somebody. (This is an over-used excuse. In My Humble Unbiased Opinion)
I bet you can come up with at least a dozen more of the “It’s easier to eat than make the healthier choice” reasons.
Then there is exercise, boy if we thought we were good at eating excuses. Well, I bet we can do even better at coming up with reasons why we cannot do any exercising today.
We’ve got the weather, time, an ache or a pain, mostly poor planning and not making ourselves a priority in our own lives.
its so cold or hot or wet or ?we're running late? so we will park the car as close to the destination as possible.. no need to walk those extra steps.
I was on my feet all day at work… well then sit down on the cycle and peddle you’re a$$ for a while.
I over-slept !! Guess you didn’t plan ahead last night, to get your sleep.. YES there are circumstances beyond your control. Someone is sick or needs your help and that causes you to get shorted on your sleep.. that is a valid reason for not getting in your morning exercise (maybe) but then maybe you should have an alternate ‘Just In Case’ plan for those days.. And plan for the days you MUST get your exercise later in the day. Maybe your plan is to have a couple of days each week that can be used as ‘make-up days’ a.k.a ‘alternate plan days’.
We are a very creative species. If we want something bad enough we will figure out a way to make it happen. Maybe not today or tomorrow or even this month… But we will make it happen , IF we want “IT” enough to do the work.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
A Country Founded by Geniuses but Run by Idiots
by Jeff Foxworthy
If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for entering and remaining in the country illegally — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or to take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If you MUST show your identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor, or check out a library book and rent a video, but not to vote for who runs the government — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If the government wants to prevent stable, law-abiding citizens from owning gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds, but gives twenty F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If, in the nation’s largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not one 24-ounce soda, because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If an 80-year-old woman or a three-year-old girl who is confined to a wheelchair can be strip-searched by the TSA at the airport, but a woman in a burka or a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If a seven-year-old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher is “cute,” but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government regulation and intrusion, while not working is rewarded with Food Stamps, WIC checks, Medicaid benefits, subsidized housing, and free cell phones — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If the government’s plan for getting people back to work is to provide incentives for not working, by granting 99 weeks of unemployment checks, without any requirement to prove that gainful employment was diligently sought, but couldn’t be found — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If you pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest big-screen TV, while your neighbor buys iPhones, time shares, a wall-sized do-it-all plasma screen TV and new cars, and the government forgives his debt when he defaults on his mortgage — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
If being stripped of your Constitutional right to defend yourself makes you more “safe” according to the government — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.
What a country!
How about we give God a reason to continue blessing America!
Monday, March 10, 2014
My big excitement... I had to make an emergency run to town.. to the farm and garden store.. I had completely run out of suet cakes for my feathered friends. When I got there what I usually buy was not on the shelf.. so I made a comment about it.. one of the very nice fellows who work there lead me back to the appropriate shelving area.. when I explained what I was looking for, which was not on the shelf. He said he would look out in the warehouse... he came back with two packages and I snapped them both up.. Of COURSE. When I got home the first thing I did was fill the two feeders. By the time I had gotten into the house to look out the window, what, maybe all of 2 minutes later.... I had a Hairy woodpecker and two Downy woodpeckers bellying up to the bar for their FAT feed. I was so excited that I ended up calling the store to tell them how happy I was and how happy the birds were that I had shopped for them today.
I know it is rather silly, but being a single old lady I do rather enjoy my bird friends that enjoy coming to my little bird restaurant for sunflower seeds and suet cakes. And since I have no one else to share this with... I called the store,,, and now I am sharing it with you.
I usually find it hard to share myself with others. Partly from lack of practice, but mostly because I really don't think anyone would want to listen to anything that I have to say. They would rather that I listen to what they have to say... and I am quite, actually VERY, good at listening.. probably should have been a professional listener... I suppose I could go back to school to earn whatever degree would be necessary... but I won't. Most of the people I know who need to be listened to, well they couldn't afford to hire a listener, and, they are not troubled, just alone. It is very hard when you outlive your spouse, and your friends, and your family. The older you get the harder it is to make new friends. And sometimes you are not sure you want to make that much of an investment, the investment it takes to make new friends.
Sorry, I got to rambling on. Have a good evening, a better week, and a great life.. and may your life be a long life.
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