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.
Sunday, May 04, 2008
I've learned that taking a day off, a day just for me, once a week helps me not only rewind from the past week, but prepare for the week ahead. As many of you know, my life is often filled with drama. Whether it's work or family...or on very good days...both...lol...So Sundays have become my mental health day...just to keep me from going mental...ok..so more mental than usual...tehe... so what does this day include...well, on saturday i start the preparations...i clean... spend time with the family... come sunday, i take me time..i take extra time showering... messaging my scalp, my shoulders, my arms and my legs... i give myself a facial...spend time actually shaving...moisturizing... i don't cook...it's "their" turn to do it...tehe... i read... working the night shift, i don't get to do it every day anymore... so i make sure to include some reading time... i also take time to go through the events of the past week and learn something from it all... i then forgive myself for any mistakes i have made or perceived to have made... funny how we can beat ourselves up when we are under a lot of stress... i then start the preparation for the week...do some research for the different posts i make... catch up with emails from friends... and basically...make it a lazy day... i've come to look forward to these mental health days... and am glad that i have been making them a priority each week. This Sunday is no different...my day off for me...wohoo!!! let the relaxing begin.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Ok..first let me say..i don't handle change well... i try...but just have not got that part of me mastered yet...lol...so Monday i walk into work, and our Manager has been fired... and we get a new Manager... i've met him before, nice enough guy...before he was our manager...not saying he won't be now..but it's a change i knew was coming but didn't really want...so then on Tuesday they let go of one my favorite drivers...it was best for the company, and i know this, but i still liked him...so needless to say, by Wednsday, we are all on pins and needles... by thursday they are complaining about overtime...to which that includes me...soooo... do they want the job done or not??? the office staff should be 3...we have 2...me and the other girl... so both of us are busting our butts trying to keep all the work at least half way caught up... and then it happens... half our terminals power goes down due to a fiber optic cut in Indiana... and though our terminal was not one, it did mean we had to do things the old fashion way cause of the terminals that it did affect... which means i am now officially going crazy.... scrambling to do not only my job, but then the other stuff...and mind you...all in record time so i don't get that overtime... they understand of course, but after just having the talk of keeping costs down, it did not help the stress level one bit... sooo then comes Friday... i had a perfect hair day... my make up flawless...let me go back to say, i took a mental health day last week..which was a good thing...and this week i have been working on doing my hair and make up everyday...to help me feel better about myself.... to feel hot hot hot.... and though i did feel hot mon thru thur...friday i was really feeling it...the whole hot hot hot thing... lol... so i walk into work...feeling that hot hot hot....i'm ready to face the day.... meet the challenges...and get the heck out of there..not that i really had any plans anyways...but i was ready for the weekend and feeling GOOD... we weren't too awfully busy...and everything was going smoothly.... too smoothly... anyone that knows me and my crazy life knows that this was too good to be true...and it was... as the last driver hit the door, i grabed his paperwork...and that is when it happens... before i could get the paperwork into the computer...they went down...the whole system... ok...not panicing... this is just a glitch...just a glitch...after repeating this to myself and my supervisor who is also now in a panic.... we find out this is system wide... but the back up generators at home office should kick on anytime now and we can all go about our happy lives...we find out an hour later...that ain't happening.... people have been called and it will be at least another hour... so..i start attacking the things i could attack without the aid of computers... by the time the computers came up at 11 (mind you, my 8 hours was up at 10..and at 6pm, my 40 hours was put in) we had to scramble to get everything done... and since everyone system wide was now in the same boat...the computers were moving oh sooooo slow.... finally, at 1am...i gave up...anything i did after that would of been gibberish and useless..and so not right... so i told the boss i am done, finished...the rest will wait for Monday...he agrees... by this time, i have not ate anything for 12 hours.... i am tired... and beyond goofy....now just heading straight into cranky... which is so not me...i'm not the cranky type person.... sarcastic...silly... even goofy...but rarely cranky... i know this is the point of where i need to HALT..cause i am too hungry, angry, lonely and tired... oh yes...diet disaster ahead.. the good news is... i see it... and..everything is closed...lol... so i go home...like a whipped puppy...nothing to do... ho hum... luckily, my DD2 was still up... so that helped with the lonliness... she wanted some perogies... and so did i... i looked at my calorie count for the day..and yes...i could do it...so we make some perogies... the anger is starting to slip away... and now...just to deal with the tiredness... but just the thought of it being the weekend helps lift the mood...alot... so we eat our perogies..she goes to bed... and i try to stay awake at least another hour to leave some digestion time....not the best of circumstances...yet...not the worst... i could of really screwed up...yet, i didn't... wohoo for me.... and now... i've decided that Sunday is going to be a normal mental health day... i need this...for me... and i truly believe with everything that has been going on, that last weeks mental health day is the only thing that got me though this week... phew...
hugs to all...have a wonderful weekend :)
Sunday, April 20, 2008
First of all, i want to say i am sorry to all my teams... but i am really needing a mental health day....before i go mental...lol... so Today, Sunday 4/20 i will be taking a break.... i will stop in and say my good mornings.... and yes team..there will still be a challenge...gong to post that now in fact...tehe... but other than that...i'm going to spend some time with the family, get some cleaning done...and hope i find time for me in there some where... i will see you all again on Monday all bright eyed and bushy tailed... hugs to all.
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