Monday, August 27, 2012
I had a brush with wild kingdom yesterday.....
My children and myself are having dinner with at my parents' house with my mom's sister and brother-in-law and of course, my brother. We are having a good time, eating good food and telling funny stories when my youngest asks me for more to drink. I notice she needs ice, so I turn to go into the kitchen from the dining room and there is a SNAKE in front of the fridge!!!! I back away slowly into the dining room and in a high pitched panicked tone announce "THERE IS A SNAKE IN THE KITCHEN!!!!!!!!" My father calmly asks what kind, black, rat snake I tell him. My mother is about to climb the table and my girls look at me like what is going on. I get the the girls in the living room while my dad and brother combat the snake. They pull the fridge out from the wall and Dad grabs it behind the head. It wraps itself around his arm. He brings it in for all to see, like we really wanted to, and takes him outside to let go. It was about 4 feet long, not huge, but big enough.
I live in the country, so I see a snake from time to time, but I am not crazy about them. My deal with wildlife is you stay out of my face and I will stay out of yours. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE animals, but I have no love for snakes, I know they are very useful in keeping varmits down, but they belong outside. Dad is the only one in the ENTIRE family that has the guts to just grab the snake and let it go. The rest of us I am sad to admit would probably have pounded the thing to death and then threw it in the woods somewhere. I am NOT grabbing a live snake, NO WAY!
Friday, August 17, 2012
UGH! One of my goals is bite it and write it. I always start off pretty good and then fall off the wagon. I even got a little notebook that I can stick in my pocketbook or even in a pocket to keep up with it. Do I remember......NO!
Anyone got some tips to help me stick with bite it and write it?
Thursday, July 26, 2012
I know all of us have these. The key is to do something about it.
Mine was the beginning of July. I knew I had gained some weight since the last summer, I can read a scale, but it didn't really hit me until I took the kids to the amusement park. There is a particular ride that if your child is under a certain height, the parent must ride too. Well, I have ridden on this thing first with my younger cousins, then my oldest child, and with my second and I fit in it ok last year. Well, this year was a little different. I got on with my 3 year old and at first couldn't get the belt to snap around me. I went into panic mode. My first thought was how embarrassing is it going to be for my daughter and how am I going to tell her that her mother is too fat to ride this ride and we would have to get off, not to mention the embarrasement I would feel for myself. I sucked in for all I was worth and got that belt to snap in, barely but I did it. As we rode, I got to thinking, what in the world and why have I let things go to this point. Then, I thought well, what am I going to do about it?
I didn't beat myself into a depression. I find pointing the finger at me and telling myself all these negative things will only make things worse. I decided that taking action is the best thing to do. First I vowed that I would check in with Spark every day, log in my fitness, set a fitness minute goal, and check in with my teams. Then I took a long look at my exercise pattern. I am one of these people that don't like to get up any earlier than I have to, so I knew I could never stick with early morning exercise. Well, I like to exercise in privacy, but my living room is taken up with family all evening. So, I went to my basement, got the old TV, an old table, and bought a cheap DVD player and set up an area just for me, my exercise area. I am not bothering a soul and I can sweat up a storm all I want. I also decided that it is ok for the kids to stay in the kid-care section of the Y for 40 minutes every Saturday, while I use the treadmill. It is also ok to change my Southern cooking ways that suit my husband, to cut the butter and fat, so the whole family benefits.
So far, it is working out for me. I have lost 5 pounds this month and I like having my own area. The family knows when I head down there that I am going to exercise and they are welcome to join me.
I encourage all of you that have an OMG moment like I did to get active about it. Think of postive changes that will suit your style, your schedule, your life. Don't get in a depressive mode. We can't change what we have done in the past, but we can surely do something about the present and future.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Is it just me, or has it been the longest week ever?!?!?! I know I have to work a lot of extra hours this week. The problem is that I didn't do my exercises those days I was working late. Man, can I tell a difference. Exercise seems to give me more energy and why I never stick with it when I know how good it makes me feel....well...I don't know.
To all my buddies out there that had a long week or even if they had just a normal week.....TGIF!
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