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5 things I am good at, I celebrate me- pass it on...

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Five things I am good at
1. Concieving & Creating art projects
2. Standing up for the little guy
3. Cooking nutritious, delicious meals
4. Teaching
5. Feeling

I am one persistent chick!
I will:
1. Compete in a 10 km race this year AND
2. Lose the unhealthy fat
no matter what life throws my way I will persist in these 2 goals!

Celebrate me:
I run. emoticon
I ran in x3 races since joining spark emoticon
I learn about persistence emoticon
I look at myself in the mirror emoticon
I nurture myself emoticon
I eat home grown food emoticon
I focus emoticon
I take action in the moment rather than thinking too much emoticon
I train to run a 10k emoticon
I set achievable goals emoticon
I love me emoticon

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KAREN_NY 3/5/2011 8:12AM

    Well, this totally helped me make up my mind. I can't take my doggie workout buddy to the gym with me, but I'm going anyway and spending my machine time meditating on such a list, and why it's so hard for me to think of anything for it today! This was a fantastic help to me today after a very rough week.... Thank You.

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ANDREA409 2/25/2011 1:59PM

    Excellent post! You rule hardcore, and you KNOW it. I love when women learn to love themselves. You are doing great, and I have no doubt you'll keep it up.

You're unstoppable, chica!

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IRONGRANNIE 2/22/2011 4:38PM

    Great blog! Great goals! Great attitude!

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    you are pretty freaking amazing!

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MCJULIEO 2/19/2011 10:43AM

    Go, Go, GO!
You CAN DO it!

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ANNALEA_XO 2/19/2011 10:06AM

    emoticon Thank you so much for posting!!

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MOMJULIEC 2/19/2011 10:04AM

    Thanks for sharing. You encouraged me today!

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GIGALENA 2/19/2011 8:57AM

    Very nice! You rock!

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JOYMEDSALE 2/19/2011 8:25AM

    You are wonderful!

Always love yourself - for you are the only person to be with you - from the day you are born to the grave.

Have a wonderful weekend!


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how to love yourself in the real world- an example

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Today I pat myself on the back for practicing assertiveness and not giving up or backing down in the face of an Administrative blunder. My partner handles the bills usually, but...I discovered a bill from the Mega Global Corporation, Telstra. They have been charging us $30 a month for an account we requested to be cancelled in 2009. Unbelievable!
It has taken me from 9 am when I realised until 11.30 am to sort this out. I have spoken w reps from around the world, have been cut off x 3 times, redirected wrongly 5 times, etc, etc.
I was finally offered 6 months reimbursement, I then said, thank you but I want 12 months at least. I was very polite and friendly and I got it.
Yay me!
That is an example of "fall down 7 times, get up 8!"
Thanks Spark, I never would have the self worth to do that before!
Tenacity, committment: finding my way over, around, under, through obstacles to my goals. Whatever those goals are, because I respect myself and love myself.
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ISLANDBETH 2/18/2011 8:30PM

    Good for you! That is awesome. I love that Spark is helping people in some many different ways! I feel it too! Bravo to you :)

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IRONGRANNIE 2/14/2011 5:09PM

    Well done! Next time I need to deal with one of these situations I am calling you first!

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DEUSMACHINA 2/14/2011 3:54PM

    Great work! (you, that is, not Telstra. Boo sucks to them)

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SOUL_LOVE 2/14/2011 10:48AM

    emoticon for standing your ground! Wonderful!


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  emoticon Celebrate your incredible self!!! emoticon

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SM-ARTGIRL 2/14/2011 8:32AM

    Thanks gorgeous sparkfriends, I am learning to act in the moment and today I luckily had the time to just hang in there with this one!
The money reimbursed pays for my family's gym membership for a year at the YMCA!


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GLITTERSPARK 2/14/2011 6:43AM

    Awesome - way to stick up for yourself! emoticon

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    I'm so proud of you! Yay for assertiveness!

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LINDABENEDICT 2/13/2011 10:06PM

    Way to go !

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SISTAOSCA 2/13/2011 9:07PM

    Congrats on looking after you! :)

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Fabulous, Healthy February

Saturday, February 12, 2011

So Sm-artgirl how is February treating you?
Excellently, thank you!

How you going with your break from drinking alcohol?
It has been pretty easy, especially because my partner agreed to stop also. (A first for him!) I am grateful to be with someone who quietly supports my goals by his actions. emoticon
We did have one glass of white wine with the dinner I cooked for his mum on Wed, but that is ok, it was a heat-wave evening here, I thought about it & I enjoyed it! emoticon
How about your 10 k training this time around?
Awesome!! Today I completed day 1 of week 4 - that is when you run 8 minutes, walk 1 minute, repeat 4 times. Not so hard- ran all the way to our local growers market, along the creek with my 8 month old puppy, Scout. emoticon
A gorgeous, not too hot, Saturday, met my 6yo & partner & explored the chickens, the fruit trees, the market stalls.
Returned home played w 6yo & his friend whilst clearing out some clothes drawers!
Wrote out a new art idea, with a little drawing.
Did a little shrubbery sculpting (!) emoticon
Cooked up a spectacular dinner of baked cauliflower with turmeric & olive oil together with more roast veggies mostly from our garden!
Watched The Last Air Bender on DVD, homemade popcorn (just a handful for me!)

Are you getting enough sleep? Enough water? emoticon
Yes to both! Tracking, especially my sleep.
Also learning about portions and tracking every loving mouthful of nutritious, delicious food that I choose to eat.
All in all Feb is Fab! emoticon
How is your February today?

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SEPPIESUSAN 2/13/2011 4:32PM

    I like your mock interview format. Sounds like all is going great! Same here!

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LIBBYFITZ 2/12/2011 2:52PM

    Great going! Would love the roast cauliflower recipe? emoticon

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ANDREA409 2/12/2011 9:53AM

    Right on, girlfriend! emoticon I'm so proud of and happy for you for maintaining this consistency. I bet you feel incredible inside and out. Btw, where do you live? I'm reading about this heat wave, and I'm super jealous! I'm in central PA, and it's been an iceburg here for the last several months. My spring fever is in full force, I tell ya!

Besides this frigid awful-ness outside, my Feb is shaping up REALLY nicely, thanks for asking. I'm getting much, much healthier. Yesterday I even felt "normal" (read: healthy) for the first time since last July. Take that, ailing adrenal glands!! Boo-YAH! In fact, I even ran a few intervals during my daily walk. I'm taking it slow, one day at a time, but I can't tell you how stoked I am.

Take care, and keep kicking butt in February! Also - wherever you live, mail me a little sunshine and heat in an envelope, would you? emoticon emoticon

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There is only Now

Saturday, February 05, 2011

I am inspired to post partially in response to Yoovie's blog "Today Is The Day" & partially for the Positivity Challenge Team.
I have tendency to get stuck in my head or my emotions, not taking concious action.
Choices I make moment by moment create who I am.

This is what I've done since the begining of Feb:
Stopped drinking alcohol (just for feb...).
Created a new vision collage.
Ditched my old gym & joined the local Ymca, did yoga there- all in one day!
Stayed on track with 10 k training.
Measured every possible body part, including neck circumference.
Tracked every lovin' mouthful.

And this is just the first week of da month- watch out world!

ps: reward: buy new running shoes end of month

Yoovies blog:

Positivity Challenge:

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LIGHTHEART09 2/11/2011 2:50PM

    Wow you are a force! Good for you!

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ISLANDBETH 2/9/2011 6:00PM

    You are awesome. Positivity is its own reward, isn't it? It builds on itself. One of my professors recommends doing a vision board, I was thinking of trying it.

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RUNNER12COM 2/9/2011 12:49PM

    You are clearly "sparked" to go! I love it!


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AFRISAM 2/7/2011 8:53AM

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SM-ARTGIRL 2/6/2011 5:50PM

    Thanks spark friends!!!
Your comments & encouragement make my day shine!
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KARBIE18 2/6/2011 9:45AM

    Wow! Go you! Sounds like you are making great choices!

Keep it up,

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EMMABE1 2/5/2011 2:11PM

    You sound to be going well - a lot of weight los/fitness training is really a case of "just keeping on" but it will all show dividends in the end!!

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    You are amazing!!!

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I am an emotional sleeper!!!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Some of us eat when nervous, depressed or anxious.
I sleep.
Well kind of.
I know this blog is NOT inspirational, I am risking telling how it is.
This is third night I crashed out with my little guy and then woke up around 2am 'til 5.
Then I can't get up 'til really really late.
This is unhealthy, compulsive, makes my day start late and I feel emotionally drained.
If I miss breakfast I don't feel nourished I just hang out not exercising or creating.
I feel so bad today.
The voices in my head last night were so mean & relentless. But I didn't listen to them.
My solution is to get up and play computer games 'til my computer crashes.
This is NOT sane or necessary.
I can make & achieve my goals, I am progress not perfection.
My mother is staying for Christmas my house is a riot of past activity, I want her to feel welcome & comfortable, she has entirely different expectations to me.
I see from writing this that I need to drop ALL ideas of perfection, get out of bed (it is past
1 pm!!!!!!) and go for my run.
Yep! Action is called for here!
Seize what is left of this wonderful day. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIGHTHEART09 2/11/2011 2:45PM

    Love the title, and Yes I am an emotional sleeper also...I sleep when I am depressed, bored, frustrated...and I do wake up 2am 3 am...When I do and the tormentors torment my brain, I pray for sweet sleep and the Lord always helps me fall asleep...
Prayer is great...If the tormentors won't quit...I ask the Lord to send fire and burn the tormenting spirits up with His Holy Fire...that always stops the attacks.
Best thing don't sleep in get up and go to bed early that night to work out the sleep cycle.
Sleep is vital to success and nutrition.

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LUNADRAGON 1/24/2011 11:37AM

    Interesting title. Perhaps this is me too. I don't want to go to bed when I should, because my hubby works nights, and the bed is cold, and lonely, so I stay up way too late, and get way too little sleep.

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ANDREA409 1/22/2011 9:54AM

    Girl, I feel like CRAP when I sleep in past breakfast. Perhaps I'm particularly sensitive to my internal and external environments, but it's a feeling I'm fine never experiencing again. I totally get what you're saying. Do it to it; you know what you gotta do, and you know how much better you will feel.

Much luck and success! emoticon

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JAZZYDJ1017 1/5/2011 11:43PM

    Oh my word! I'm not alone, I also an emotional sleeper. I sleep when bummed depressed upset even when I have a problem to resolve I'd rather sleep. Unfortunately the problems still exist when I get up. and thats in the morning and I'm not a morning person. But I'm working on it.

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CITYZOZO 12/16/2010 7:52PM

    best wishes you get some sleep.. omg, i'm an alien without restful sleep

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FRACTALMYTH 12/16/2010 7:43PM

    Lol... I go to bed with my little guys - but they have a late bedtime (9:30 ish) and then I get up at 5 so I can get things done before they get up :D Good luck getting the sleep cycle working for you again!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 12/14/2010 10:15PM

    Awww without sleep things can't get better!! Hang in there sweetie!!! This will pass and things will get a little easier :)

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MZZCHIEF 12/13/2010 4:26PM

    I find it really difficult to get motivated in winter. Its just so freezy out there and in the corners of my house as well. As soon as the light leaves, I pretty much shut down.

Nothing wrong with sleeping... it just getting it in a regular pattern so that you have time open to do things that need doing during the few hours of light.

: )

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LIBBYFITZ 12/13/2010 10:16AM

    I was the same this morning all I wanted to do was curl up and go back to sleep! Forced myself up at 9.30 and have cleaned the kitchen, now need to clean up our bedroom and start packing! We leave on our cruise on Sunday and i get anxious about packing! Scared i will leave sometging important behind, I do have a check list!

Glad you decided to get up and go for a walk! emoticon

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SM-ARTGIRL 12/13/2010 6:20AM

    Thankyou so much for the support! I did get up, had some muesli & home made yogurt, x4 glasses of water, grabbed my 6 month puppy and ran for 40 mins down by the creek. Home just in time for a shower before collecting little guy from his last few days of prep.
I made us a nourishing meal of fresh spinach & beetroot leaves, fresh tomatoes, Vietnamese mint & basil from the garden cooked together w tin of butterbeans,fresh carrot & sweet potato & ricebran oil. Served w rice.
I feel better about myself, and very sleepy!
There is much to do before Christmas but I resolve to take care of me in all of that too!

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SHEILA1505 12/13/2010 1:15AM

I followed my friend Justducky to your blog - and I can so relate to what you've written!!
You are not crazy or neurotic - well, if you are, then I was too when I had little ones - you've just got your sleep routine out of whack and yes perfection is for the birds!! Just do the best that you can - but I'd ditch the computer games - it's enough spending our time on Spark without getting into Mafia Wargames or Solitaire :)) Amazing how much more time and energy we have if we don't sit staring at the screen for hours every day! When I backed off from SP I found I suddenly had enough time to do some gardening - oh duhhhhhhhh - but that also means I had more time for ME! I just had to remember that

Good luck - and try not to feel any pressure - glad to see it's a smoke-free zone :))

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JUSTDUCKY1405 12/13/2010 12:54AM

    You ARE doing it! I know, it's tough sometimes! I can relate to what you say about emotional sleeping... I slip into that mode from time to time too. Try not to beat yourself up... maybe, just maybe... you really needed or still do need, to slow down! I know, sometimes, easier said than done.

You sound a touch overwhelmed, understandably so!

I hope you got out for that run...


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NOT2BAD2WIN 12/12/2010 10:27PM

    hey, sometimes we have to tell it like it is. THIS TOO shall pass. wish you well and better start for tomorrow. Thank you for retelling part of my story. lol
c u around, Regina

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