Saturday, August 14, 2010
When you wake up in the morning YOU can decide if it's going to be a good day, or a bad day....... it's really as simple as that! Sure there are things that can make us grit our teeth, or shed a tear, and momentarily even stamp our foot -- but in the long run, YOU control whether you are happy or not.
I'm sure you've all met people who had lots and lots of medical problems that still seem to always have a smile on their faces. You've also met those that seem to have everything a person could want, and yet they are still grousing around about this and that.
So how do you accomplish being happy? How do you work up the energy or attitude that makes you decide "I'm happy with my life, satisfied with what I have or don't have, I'm just glad to be alive." First of all, practice the art of not comparing yourself to your friends, relatives or neighbors. Envy can work itself into your system and make you feel dissatisfied with your life. Unless you walk in another person's shoes you never know how they feel inside. And the outside that is presented to the world can be whatever they decide; it's those feelings that are inside that are all-important. And, by not comparing yourself, it is so much easier to be happy with yourself. Perhaps the second most important item would be being satisfied with what you have. There is an old saying "It's Easier to go from Poor to Rich, than to go from Rich to Poor." That is indeed true, for to look back on what you had and lost is hard. But if your life is nicer, richer, or happier than it was a few years back; isn't that something to be thankful for?
One little way of reminding ourselves of how lucky we are is to give thanks at bedtime of what we have in our lives that is good. Did you have enough to eat today? Do you have a home to live in? Clothing? Love? Then there are those little intangible items we seem to ignore. We can talk, hear, see -- all of these are blessings!
Tomorrow when I wake up, I'm going to choose HAPPINESS!
Monday, August 09, 2010
I love my new summer home; don't get me wrong! But that trip to the Public Library every day to use their computers started to get old in a hurry. And..... they are closed on Sunday, plus even when I was there the time was limited to one hour, especially if anyone was waiting.
Finally, after putting up with it for a little over a month (I can't believe I was that patient) I called up a place to see what they could do for me. I did not have a land line, I didn't want it to use my cell phone, what were my options. Lo and behold, the answer was Wireless Internet. And the cost was exactly the same as I was paying for my cable hook-up back in the big city. Best of all, once I downloaded the disk into my computer I could also use it on my computer at home! I feel like I'm out of the dark ages now -- and back into the swing of things.
I can now check into Spark People as often as I want, write blogs, answer notes, read tips and articles -- all of the wonderful things it was stressing me out to try and get done in the meager one hour allowance of time I had before.
I'm back Spark People -- so you'll see more of me!
Friday, August 06, 2010
Have you noticed that some days you climb on the scale and are elated -- other days you climb on and are shocked/ depressed by the number? Naturally there are times when you just know the scale is going is be lower; you ate right, you exercised, everything is cool. Other times you think it 'might' be a little lower and are suprised to see a whole pound (or even more) gone! Whew! How did I do that???
What you have to remember is that lots of things are being factored into what your scale is going to read. Your water intake is one thing. Another thing is how much sodium you consumed. Your choice of food is a very important item, and, lastly -- did you exercise? I know you've heard it all before, but when you get right down to the bottom line, all of these things are important considerations, and most of what you've heard is probably true. So all of these important facts are considered, and bingo = your personal scale reading for the day!
It's great when the scale is on a downward movement, but when it jumps up a few ounces, don't become discouraged. Many times it is impossible to track what did actually cause the slight jump up in weight, the same as it's impossible to know for sure why you lost weight when maybe you had a little slip-up. It's how life works! Try to hang onto that motivation, because over a week or so, or even a month, if you are generally yo-yoing in lower numbers, well, hey! that's the name of the game -- WE ALL WANT LOWER NUMBERS! If we have to yo-yo a bit on our way to them, it's just the way life works!
Hugs to all!
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Last night when I saw I had no plans or work planned for today, I decided to paint my guest bathroom. For some of you it might sound like a bunch of work, but for me such a prospect is cause for excitement -- decorating, even as mundane as painting a bathroom makes me feel exhilarated!
Now keep in mind that I had a color swatch with the color all chosen and all I had to do was go to the store and buy the gallon of paint. Very simple! But when I got there I decided to check out the other color options. Don't even ask why!! It's one of those unexplained mysteries of life. Actually the color I had chosen looks very bad in the light at Lowe's -- so I decided I needed something brighter, perhaps more colorful, less drab. The one I got was something with a lovely name, like Butternut Hazelnut or some such. And, as I was not at my own house last night I put the paint in my car, anticipated getting up early and having the entire job done by noon. That part went smoothly -- I got up at 6:30, eager to go. Breakfast was over and I was on my way.
However, when I opened the paint can I stared at it, aghast! The color was garish and much, much too orange looking. I had in mind more of abrownish- mustard color. Hmmmm! But the store has a 'no return' policy on custom paint and I was not about to just throw it out, so gritting my teeth, I started on the bathroom. I figured if I left the main wall with the mirror on it in the plain white it would counteract the boldness of the color. While applying it, it still looked very rash and I wondered what I might do to "fix" it. Perhaps I will try applying a faux finish on top of it, kind of tone the entire effect down.
Well, finally I was done. I cleaned up the roller and paint brush, rehung the towels and put the light switches back in place. There are still a couple of small plates to be hung that I keep in that room, and admittedly, it looks better now with the towels in place. I'll look at it again tomorrow after I get the shower curtain back up and everything in place. If it looks good, I'll take a photo and show all of you the result.
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