Friday, June 18, 2010
STILL STRUGGLING WITH A PLATEAU WHERE
NOTHING SEEMS TO BE MOVING.
So I looked for some inspirational quotes.
ARE YOU DOING WHAT YOU'RE DOING TODAY
BECAUSE YOU WANT TO DO IT,
OR BECAUSE IT'S WHAT YOU WERE DOING YESTERDAY? -- Dr. Phil
IF YOU ALWAYS PUT LIMITS ON EVERYTHING YOU DO,
PHYSICAL OR ANYTHING ELSE.
IT WILL SPREAD INTO YOUR WORK AND INTO YOUR LIFE.
THERE ARE NO LIMITS. THERE ARE ONLY PLATEAUS,
AND YOU MUST NOT STAY THERE,
YOU MUST GO BEYOND THEM. -- Bruce Lee
LIKE SUCCESS, FAILURE IS MANY THINGS TO MANY PEOPLE.
WITH POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE,
FAILURE IS A LEARNING EXPERIENCE, A RUNG ON THE LADDER,
A PLATEAU AT WHICH TO GET YOUR THOUGHTS IN ORDER
AND PREPARE TO TRY AGAIN. Ė W. Clement Stone
Joke for the Day:
One day, working for an organization that delivers lunches to elderly shut-ins, I took my 4-year-old daughter on my afternoon rounds. She was unfailingly intrigued by t he various appliances of old age, particularly the canes, walkers and wheelchairs. I found her staring at a pair of False Teeth soaking in a glass. As I braced myself for the inevitable barrage of questions, she merely turned and whispered, 'The tooth fairy will never believe this!'
Roasted some chicken breasts for the weekend.
It's going to be too hot to cook. I plan on using the time to exercise.
If I'm going to sweat I want it to count for something.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
TRYING TO LOSE THIS WEIGHT IS LIKE DOING AN OBSTACLE COURSE.
MOVE TOO FAST AND I WILL WRECK MY METABOLISM.
GO TOO SLOWLY AND I FEEL LIKE I AM NEVER GOING TO GET THERE.
Right now I am stuck in a loop, playing with the same 3 pounds. I have a mental block with exercise. I know itís the only answer to my dilemma but I keep fighting myself. And I anticipate things are just going to get tougher as the sultry heat of summer moves in. The only answer is pushing my tush out of bed at dawn and getting it over with. I feel like a broken record. But then again the last time I was whining about the loop, was six pounds ago. At least thatís progress.
Joke for the day:
A little boy opened the big family Bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old Leaf that had been pressed in between the pages.
'Mama, look what I found,' the boy called out.
'What have you got there, dear?'
With astonishment in the young boy's voice, he answered,
'I think it's Adam's underwear!'
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
OBJECTS IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR
MAY APPEAR CLOSER THAN THEY ARE
These days I make every effort to put the past behind me. I canít do anything to change history; I can only use that knowledge to build a better future. But every now and then something happens to bring it all back, and I feel like the beast is standing right outside my door. Thatís usually when I start doing my Igor impression and hobble toward my MasterÖ.The Kitchen.
I need to switch the story line from Hansel and Gretel, eating the house down, to a wizardís magic potion that will soothe the savage beast, counteract the poison, and make me stronger going forward.
I need to make that a pot of tea.
I hope the image sticks.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
photo # 1
"MY BEST FRIEND IS THE ONE WHO BRINGS OUT THE BEST IN ME."
~ Henry Ford
I'm not shy. And when I look at my friends, I recognize that most of us have similar tastes, habits, virtures, and flaws. Birds of a feather. Luckily, I consider my flock a pretty nice group. So I am content. But among them is one who touches my heart in a special way. We have very different personalities but we share similar family 'baggage'. We connect in ways that other people might miss. And there are things we understand that most people can't.
There is something special about hearing a constructive suggestion from someone who has been there, knows how YOU feel, respects you, and cares about you. She's better than MY 'mirror' because she can see my image from most of the angles and she tells me about the parts I miss in my reflection. She knows how to be frank without being cruel. When she tells me her opinion, I take it with a grain of salt, but I'm on a low sodium diet. Because the truth is, she's usually right on target. I trust her. So I use the information to guide me along my journey. And I see myself getting better and stronger every day.
And when she isn't there, I ask myself, what would she say in this situation.
That's a world of difference from where I've been, where people would use 'constructive criticism' to tear you down, or not say anything at all, only to be ambushed later. Maybe it's waiting for the other shoe to drop, but I've been beaten up enough times and almost expect negative intentions. And I try hard not to do it to other people, but every once in a while ... I trip... and I deeply regret it later. So now I distance myself from those people. I call it my 'detox' diet.
Well ... I'm off for a walk. I know she'll be calling this afternoon to check up on my exercise.
photo # 1 info
Monday, June 14, 2010
EVERY TIME I GO SHOPPING WITH MY 'NORMAL' FRIENDS
I FEEL TOTALLY OUT OF PLACE.
IF OBESITY IS SUCH AN OVERWHELMING PROBLEM,
HOW COME SO MANY CLOTHING STORES
DONíT CARRY WOMENíS SIZES?
WHY IS THE WOMENíS SECTION SO TINY?
AND WHY DO THEY ALWAYS USE THE MOST HIDEOUS PRINTS
FOR THE LARGE WOMENS SIZES.
I realize that most of our manufacturing has gone overseas, but we still have the store buyers making the deals. So can someone tell me why, with such a huge target market, we larger size women get such small interest?
Now, don't get me wrong. I consider fitting into Missy Clothing sizes yet another incentive for losing the weight, but I think feeling good about how you look along the way, encourages people to work even harder.
My other issue is BLACK. When I look at my closets, I see a dark cloud of black clothing. Almost everything I own has black on it as a predominant color. Black may be easier to coordinate, and may make me look slimmer, but it doesn't make me invisible. I'm going to make an effort to re-introduce some color into my wardrobe. I'm not going for fushia or neon green, but I think some softer shades will show off the new me and make me look younger.
Hey, what can I say, I'd like to take off some of the years as well as the pounds.
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