Monday, July 22, 2013
It's that time of year when we get over run with visitors driving 5 to 15 miles below the posted speed limit, while stopping to look at every deer, blue jay, racoon, or any other wildlife which makes itself avialble. I took 45 mintues to get to Ok harbor behind
some weekeknd visiotors wanting t see whales,.... while driving????
Monday, June 10, 2013
Wow, I've reached level 20 and I'm a bit surprised as I feel like I've got so much more to do. Kinda' shows me that this isn't a quick fix (I don't believe there are any) and it's a life-style, on-going process. I may sound a bit dumb, but after reaching the top level, it's just hit me that there is more and it doesn't end.
I've always noticed a few of the top level achievers also being at the top, month after month, on the points board? Anybody ever ask themselves how they do that? I really tried and I can't get close to the 1,000's of points they accumulate monthly! Really, it baffles me. I like the point process as it gives me incentive, as I hope it does for all of you. I also like it as it's a bit competitive and I think that's healthy. But I also feel like a select few have found a way to "play" the system and are continuously, month after month, getting a bunch of points they really didn't earn. Just my thoughts, just my feelings.
I feel good in that my journey with the deep help of Spark and Spark Coaches (I love Coach Nicole, she keeps me on track and focused). Has been steady and, I feel successful. I'm 36 pounds down from my start, my health is improved, and I feel great. Plus, I love the interaction w/ Sparkers. Too bad about a few bad apples, but, in truth, that's really part of life, too, isn't it?
Have a great Spark day!!
Monday, June 03, 2013
June gives us the first official day of summer (the 21st, I believe?) and it's kind of a welcome sight as I'm excited to start riding my real bike (versus spinning every day!). Anyone else looking forward to enjoying the outdoors?
Exercise, of any form, is healthy, but I really believe getting out and enjoying the open air provides an added boast that can't be measured or quantified. It's just plain good to get out in nature, especially when you live the beautiful, Pacific Northwest!
Thursday, May 30, 2013
It finally happened, I had a younger me walk into my shop and he was just as arrogant and iritating as I imagine myself to have been 30 years ago. I so wanted to take him by the shoulders and shake some sense into him, but he, like I once was, is too full of himself to see the error of his ways. I waited, choose my attack carefully, then I gave him my sage advice.
"Don't get too full of yourself, son. I was once in your shoes, maybe even a bit better off, but it doesn't last forever." He smiled, nodded modestly, then replied. "My father died of liver failure two years ago and it woke me up. I quit drinking completely and haven't regretted a minute of that decision. Now you tell me I'm full of myself? I suppose I could be offended, or get mad, but you said it with a sincerity that makes me stop and think. Thank you, sir. I hope I don't disrespect your advise." With that, he and his lovely wife paid for their goods and left the store.
I can only hope, yet I feel confident, that he is a better man than I.
Monday, May 27, 2013
It's a sad day today after we lost a section of our beloved island to a landslide, then we lost our I-5 bridge to an accident, many of us look at our two modes of exit from this beautiful island paradise with a crooked eye. Deception Pass bridge, though awesome to behold would definitely not deliver any survivors if it were to collapse. Our other means of departure is via the ferry which now runs at a 90 minutes wait, following the I-5 collapse. Looks like I'll be staying on the island for awhile to come.
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