Thursday, May 22, 2008
times 2... for those that have not read the Daily Reflection email from spark people..here is what it said:
The mighty oak was once a little nut that stood its ground.
Believing in yourself no matter what
On July 24, 2004, there was a 0% chance of rain in Cincinnati. No way was it going to rain, according to the people who should know best. You know what? Despite millions of dollars worth of sensors, computers, and forecasting systems, the weather experts were wrong. It rained, against all odds. This is not a criticism of weather people. It's just a reminder of all the people who were given 0% chance of making it by the "experts," but who succeeded anyway. Whenever accomplishments are on the line, there are always voices whispering, preaching--even shouting--that it can't be done. Sometimes, that voice is coming from inside our own heads. If you're having doubts about your abilities, just remember: How many times have the naysayers been proven wrong? No matter what anyone says--no matter what you might believe--it can be done. The nut can become a tree. There's always a chance of rain.
*kittys note: i think back of a very special uncle who, back in the 50's, was riding his motorcycle. I wasn't alive then, but have heard the story many times. The motorcycle was already suppose to be in storage, but it wasn't. And that day, was a very nice day, so before putting it up for the season, he went for one last spring fling. While sitting at a red light, another driver, admittally not liking motorcycles nor people that drove them, ran into him. This was before medicine was as far advanced as is today... he was givin no hope... he showed them..he lived.. they said he would never walk again... no way...no how...no chance at all... he showed them...he not only walked...but ran...and played on a bowling league... he was a nut that stood his ground...
then there is my father... he had a heartattack on my 13th birthday...through tests, they found his artieries were blocked.... too far gone to do anything about it... he was literally on his death bed...my mom talked the doctors into doing the surgury... either saving his life or putting him out of the pain he was in.... they didn't want to do it...but did... with warnings that he would not make it through... he did... lived to see both my brother and i graduate..and get married... he then was on his death bed again... same scenerio... again..they did the surgery with no hopes of him coming through it... he lived to see all his beautiful grandchildren born and in school.... now there were a couple of nuts that stood their ground...
then there was my middle child... a beautiful baby girl... born 10 weeks premature... a whole 3 lbs... they had to do emergency c-section cause her heart stopped... during this time, i also almost died...asthma attack in the middle of surgury... i was given 50/50 chance...daughter even less...much less...of survival... and even after she proved that part wrong...she was suppose to be a vegetable with no hope of a normal life.... again... 2 nuts that stood their ground....obviously i'm still up and around...lol... and as for my little bit as we call her... oh yea...she is up and around alright... even at 16, she is dynomite in a small package... straight a student and into everything....lol...
and then my cousin...3rd or 4th...not sure...just know a distant cousin... he is the grandson of the uncle from the first story, the one in a motorcycle accident... some of you, especially those that live in ohio, might have even heard this story... young man... only about 20-21...was making extra money for college... him and his brother was cleaning an industrial shredder... one that should of been unplugged...obviously... it wasn't.. and he was in it.. he was literally shreaded from waist down... nothing was left... no one can live through that....but he did... how...no body will ever know.... but he did...and is..and active as he can be despite he doesn't have anything below the waist..including a butt to sit on... he, and his family, were nuts that stood their ground....
if you know me, you know i'm a nut... goofy and silly...my whole family is..it runs in the family...lol.... including all that i have spoken about here in my blog..each one came through their trials with a sense of humor intact.... so with that family line running rampet through my veins... i realize... i can lose the weight...i can become healthier...i can do anything i put my mind to doing.... i am a nut that is standing my ground... you don't have to have my blood line... you can do it also... you can reach whatever goal you put your mind to doing.... yes...it's tough... very very tough at times.... as it was in all 4 of my families stories... but each one, went through it, kicking and screaming, and when they had an off day...got back up and did it again... and so can YOU!!!
Todays daily affirmation fit in so perfect with todays daily reflection..and my own reflections of the day... "I realize that my life has no limitations. Anything is possible. I allow my imagination to soar to the highest skies."
Today..make it your day..stand up... and tell yourself-you have no limitations, ANYTHING is POSSIBLE. YOU can do it.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
And i have to wonder if that poor girl i have been training all week will be back?!?! her first day had her seeing a supervisor walking out in the middle of a shift...leaving me to figure out how to get 10 truck drivers out on the road...let's say... panic and humor was in order that night....lol...but she came back...after we assured her things like that never happened.... sooooo what happens last night??? one of our drivers takes an attitude and walks out?!?! what the heck... i really would not blame her if she did not show up next week..disappointed..yes..but not suprised... it's been a wild week... to say the least...but really...this doesn't happen...in fact...this is the first time in 4 years i have ever seen this in the company... we have gone through rough times...but never like this... really!!!! lol... of course...the more i said it... the less believable it was.... even to my own ears...
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
For those that know me...i'm not always a perky kitty.... i don't always see the humor (though i try) i don't always see the beauty of life (though i try) i don't always hear the beautiful life songs (though, again, i do try) sometimes i have to really look... and look hard...it's sometimes turns into my best excercise...lol... well, today, i didn't have to look all that hard... this past weekend we found a nest on our porch, the main entrance mind you, with freshly hatched baby birds... my first though was aw great... this could get fun trying to get in and out of the house... my kids ask what we should do...i tell them, to leave nature alone...it will work out... so we are making it a habit of being a little noisy when we come or go so that the birds won't get startled and come after us...lol... this morning, not too long ago, i was taking a break from my posting to get some coffee and do some stretching before i clean up the kitchen and get ready for work...and outside i saw a beautiful blue bird....running.... not flying...but running...i was happy cause they don't run as fast as they can fly...so i got to enjoy watching the blue bird for a little bit longer than if he had flown to his destination. and then i hear it...baby birds singing... ok..to me it was singing...to mama bird, it was probably hunger cries...lol...but to my ears..it was beautiful. though, i will admit...i couldn't just stand and enjoy... i had to be thinking....thinking what the mama bird was thinking...was she happy her babies were moving around.... twirping...or was she thinking, quiet down in there...you'll get those humans up and moving again...lol....i was also reminded as i looked out my window..that man..i really need to clean that window... so..off i go to clean the kitchen window so i can view the birds better :)
Monday, May 12, 2008
I wanted to share an article i wrote yesterday.
Gathering The Essentials
Lately I have been setting aside a time for me. As many of you know, it's called my mental health day. For this, I have to gather the essentials, to include special bubble bath, candles, all the stuff for a facial, my shaving equipment, a good book, moisturizer and lots of water to drink.
My daughter and I have since added a spa night, to happen the night before my mental health day. This is to now include the facial stuff, and everything needed for a manicure and pedicure. And of course, again, lots of water to drink. While coming up with this, we came up with an idea for a pajama party for the girls in the family, to include my mom (their grandma), my nieces, my daughters, a friend or two of theirs and myself. Again, getting and putting all the stuff together so we are ready for this to happen.
Do you see a theme here? I am gathering the essentials. For a true treat to ourselves, it helps to have everything we need, together and accessible. It dawned on me, the weeks I do best with my lifestyle change of getting healthy and losing weight, is the weeks I have all my essentials together, to include lots of water, meals planned and not only my exercise equipment ready to go, but planned into my day to use.
Think about this, when you are cooking dinner, isn't it not only quicker, but easier, to have all your essentials on hand and ready to go? Isn't it easier to fit in some me time when whatever helps you is on hand and ready to go?
Same goes for anything in life, including what we eat and what we drink. If there is tons of pop in the house, but not alot of water, what are you going to grab when you get thirsty?
What about your foods? You have bags of chips, brownies already cut even, or those unhealthy packaged snack foods just waiting to be grabbed and ate but a few fruits and vegetables that sit in the refrigerator, needing cleaned and cut up; what are you going to grab when you are rushed and hungry?
And then there is that exercise we never seem to have enough time to do. If I have the resistant bands and dumbbells under the bed, out of sight, then they are also out of mind. When I do have a few minutes to get some exercise in, I am less likely to get under the bed to grab them, but if they are out, and ready to go, I can quickly grab them, get in a few sets of exercise. I also have in mind a couple exercises I can sneak in while this equipment is not available, like a quick walk, marching in place, shadow boxing or even squats or wall push ups.
The point is, we need to gather our essentials. There is a commercial that says "Life comes at you fast" and it's right, it does. By being prepared, gathering the essentials, preparing for the day or even the week, prepares you for a healthier lifestyle and helps you not only get to your goal, but maintain it long after you reach it.
Take the time today to gather your essentials. Life of course, can be ever changing, but by being prepared, you are more likely to stick to your plan.
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