Saturday, May 01, 2010
After reading the Healthy Reflections about how we used to have fun as a kid, and if you haven't danced today, then the day could be considered as a lost day; I found myself thinking of when the last time I had fun. My dog is always game for FUN, so I began a game of chasing her around the house. She loves it and it's good for her. She runs up the stairs, around furniture, once in awhile barking in sheer joy and excitement. I, in turn, do the same with my laughter and shouts which I know will spur her on!
Exhausted, we fall into a heap and that signals the end of the game to her. Then I ask her if she wants to go for a walk. Magic words that work every time! She is sooooo excited as I get her leash she can barely contain herself. In fact, she never does! She runs in a circle, biting at her leash and barking until I catch hold of her collar! Then she knows the game is over, we fasten on her leash and we'll off -- her favorite time of the day!
Have you had your fun yet today?
Friday, April 30, 2010
My BF wanted a night out on the town, after all, we are in Las Vegas! After much thought on my part I agreed that we would eat at Mimi's. I knew they had a section of their menu that was Fit & Trim or words to that effect. Only a small selection of items, but it even included some little 'mini' desserts which was a nice touch.
We sat down and ordered a glass of white wine, and I knew from studying various charts that would set me back about 140 calories, not too bad. But then they bring out this basket of bread, one of which happens to be a BIG TEMPTATION TO ME! It is the dark one that is loaded with walnuts, more like a dessert than bread. Of course I took one of the little slices and put some butter on it. When you splurge you may as well make it worthwhile! But the sweet bread didn't mix well with the now-rather-bitter-tasting wine. So; after the first bite I put it aside on my bread plate and chose the French roll, which I cut in half and shared with my BF. It was crusty and good -- delicious with the wine.
Now it was time to order! The petite salmon served with field greens, strawberries and a balsamic dressing sounded wonderful, and only 323 calories. Made me feel lots better about the bread (tee hee). Everything was delicious and we were having a good time observing all the people and making up stories to each other about where they were from, what they did, guessing games, but fun. My BF said the young man who seated us was 7 feet tall, I disagreed and said I thought he was 6'6 (yes, extremely tall and thin). We asked and found I had guessed exactly right. Then we speculated about the little family seated behnd us. I said the woman/girl was too young to be his wife, probably was his daughter or granddaughter. I could not see the other lady well, and there was a young boy, perhaps only 6 or 7 years old. My BF thought the man was much younger than I did. Again, I was right in that the young lady was his daughter, the child was his grandson. The woman I could not see was indeed his wife. It was a fun, idle way to pass the evening, and made us laugh.
This morning was the moment of truth -- weigh in time. Not so bad to see I had picked up an extra 6 ounces with all my splurging! By the way, I had a second glass of wine too!
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Not too many of us have met those lucky people who seem to be super good at simply "everything" because most of us have our strengths and our weaknesses. In my case, although I had a very good voice in my younger days, somehow it seems to have gone south on me, so I don't attempt singing any longer. But I can whistle, which is a talent not that many people can do well. And I enjoy making use of that talent.
Our daily Healthy Motivator can give most of us a moment of thought. Are we making use of our talents, or do we keep knocking our heads against the wall in our attempts to excel at one of the areas where we just aren't good? While it is true that if you keep trying and trying you will eventually improve, sometimes it is best to put your energy where it serves the best purpose. Perhaps you are unable to run due to a foot problem such as flat feet or some other ailment that limits you; but you may be excellent at various machines at the gym or some other type of excercise that keeps you in good shape. I read about people who are so positive they could never run (I'm one of them) but just for fun as I walk my dog I decided to test myself. There is this one park that is on the route my dog and I follow routinely. The first try at running across it didn't get me very far; perhaps 50 to 100 feet and I was puffing. Then I kept trying and now can easily run from one side to the other. Running is by no means my forte` but at least if it should begin to rain when I'm out for my walk I could probably sprint on home without falling down with a heart attack.
Some of us are really good cooks, others are best suited at the 'clean-up' detail, or decorating your home. How about the person who grows perfect flowers? But perhaps you have skills they don't possess. Some of us are talkers, while others listen. The important thing is to recognize your strengths and use them to the best of your ability. Now let's get out there and WOW someone with OUR strength (whatever it may be).
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
In todays Healthy Reflection it states: "Life is not a 'brief candle.' It is a splendid torch that must be made to burn as brightly as possible. " and upon reading that I wondered at my age if I had made MY torch burn as brightly as possible -- and if I hadn't, was it too late to do something about it.
Have you ever found yourself in a position where you could pass on some of your experience or knowledge? And if you have -- did you do it? Or did you just shrug your shoulders and figure "they'll find out soon enough what a mistake THAT is." It is much too easy to take the safe/easy way out, isn't it? If you don't offer any advice, then no one can come back and tell you it didn't work, no one can blame you for what they decided to do! On the other hand, wouldn't it be great to have someone say they owe you a LOT -- they are where they are because of things they have learned from YOU! That YOU helped in molding their lives!
Each and every day you hear tributes being offered up to various people. Or when a successful person is being interviewed and that question pops up about "who do you owe your success to?" and the answer is invariably a parent, a wife/husband, teacher, close friend. Consider yourself having burned your torch brightly if your name ever ends up in that short list.
For many of us it is NOT TOO LATE! Burn your torch a little brighter. Make a difference in someone's life, maybe it will be your own life that is enriched.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I was reading an article about the importance of having a buddy to exercise with; someone to keep you on the straight and narrow so you do your exercises, eat right, and do all the other healthy stuff. I don't happen to have a lot of friends in the area where I live. Acquaintances yes, friends -- NO! There is a big difference. But as Iwas dwelling on that thought it occurred to me that I have the best exercise buddy (mentor) I could possibly ask for, and she is available to me 24/7! You got it! My trusty four-legged pal who is always eager to go for a walk, no matter what time of the day or night, regardless of the weather, doesn't matter if a ball game is on, doesn't even matter if it is meal time! She's ready to go at the drop of a hat. If you want to walk -- fine! You want to run? Fine! Whatever your speed is, she matches it without question.
Did you ever stop to think of just how valuable your dog really is? They are there for you 24/7; they eat what you give me even though it is the very same thing you'vefed them the last umpteen days; they never question how far or how long; whether you are gone one hour or several days you still get greeted with the same enthusiasm when you come through the door!
Do you realize that most of us could never hope to attain the personality traits of our dogs? I know I couldn't. #1 she is not impatient -- we won't touch that one with a 10-foot pole as far as how patient I am! #2 she is loyal. #3 she never loses her temper. #4 she expects very little, but gives her all. #5 she never asks for money or designer anything!
Three cheers for my best friend - Amber!
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