Wednesday, June 02, 2010
How can you not stay the course with those eyes and folded arms just daring you to stray?
D - Discipline weighs ounces Regrets weighs tons.
I - Is the foundation of which success is built.
S - Strike when the idea is strong, don’t put it off.
C - Conduct we must follow to fulfill our hopes, dreams, and desires.
I - Is not a dirty word.
P - Potential for creating new miracles.
L - Lack of it erodes our self-esteem.
I - Is not punishment, it leads us to rewards.
N - Needed to reach our goals.
E - Essential to reach our accomplishments in life.
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
It may seem silly to you but I feel like I won a 5K and if you don't know me by now, Yvonne does not run. I hate it and have even as a child in school. Lately I have felt like I was in a race, a race for my life. I actually left work on time tonight. Since I started my new job I have been working anywheres between 1 to 3 hours overtime. My quitting time is 6 PM so that means I have been getting home rather late.
Leaving at 6 PM is a biggie for me. I told the Loan Officers good night and they could stay as long as they wanted but I am out the door. Boy that felt good! I know it is all a matter of baby steps to get my stress under control but I will do what it takes.
Ok Dawn, now sit down for this one but I joined a new team today but don't blame me. It is all Debbie's fault. I am the innocent party here. I emailed her back when I got her invite and told her that she was killing me. I really did, really, really, really.
It is called "The Official Stress Busting Challenge." As Debbie pointed out I needed this one. You don't need to stay in the Team forever, you have the option of dropping out after you complete the 4 week Challenge- successfully. (if I am understanding what I read in the thread explaining the Team's concept)
Four weeks will do me just fine because I go back to the doctor to see if she will take me off the steroids at the end of June. I have been on and off them since January and most recently I have been on them since the end of March not to get off till she says so. As most of you know I came down with the shingles, all due to STRESS.
So I will be making baby steps on my own and tomorrow I will print off the parameters of the 4 week challenge to see what the Team has in store for me. Let's hope this works so I can stop whining about how stressed out I am.
Pass the brie please.
Monday, May 31, 2010
The Cooking Channel debuts today on Cable TV. I have Direct TV so the channel for me is right after the Food Network channel. They are promoting this channel as a new TV show for Foodies. It is a new channel they say is for food people, which means those who make the food or love the food.
I looked at the line up and was quite disappointed. We are a Nation where Obesity is growing at alarming rates everyday. I was really hoping for some new cooking shows that showed us how to cook healthy, less fat, less calories but still taste amazing. We should not have to have the mindset that we have to eat bland or horrible tasting food to be eating healthy.
Unfortunately I only found 2 in the lineup. They are Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger and Indian Food Made Easy, which is authentic but healthy Indian Cooking. If you have read my blogs in the past you know I love Indian Food and have shared many Indian recipes. I taped the show because it aired while I was at Water Aerobics this morning. It was pretty good and it did show how if you cooked it in healthy manner it still tasted just as good. The one I watched show some street food that is normally deep fried was baked and made with pyhllo dough. It had my mouth watering.
There is a show called Everyday Exotic that may pan out to be a healthy show. I am hoping it will showcase different foods that most people have not eaten. You all know how I am on getting everyone to try new foods they normally do not have in their diet or have even heard of.
Jamie at Home is also in the lineup. I am assuming that it is Jamie Oliver but I will have to wait and see. If it is I truly hope it is healthy cooking especially after his recent TV mini series here in the US.
I am just so disappointed that they did not do a breakout cooking channel for a healthy lifestyle. As mainstream as Vegetarianism is there is not one Vegetarian Cooking show in the lineup. This new channel seems to be more or the Food Network’s castoffs. They have the Melting Pot, which occasionally focused on eating healthy. The Cooking Channel has Two Fat Ladies, The Galloping Gourmet, Julia Child, Ask Aida, and Simply Delicioso all from the Food Network.
Why not breakout with something new, fresh, and healthy? I think they dropped the ball.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Attitude Is Everything, it can make or break you. We all need to be willing to work hard and to pay the price that success and happiness demand. I definitely am willing to do that I just need to work out a balance between my Spark life and personal life.
“Attitude determines how much of the future we are allowed to see. It decides the size of our dreams and influences our determination when we are faced with new challenges. No other person on earth has dominion over our attitude. People can affect our attitude by teaching us poor thinking habits or unintentionally misinforming us or providing us with negative sources of influence, but no one can control our attitude unless we voluntarily surrender that control.
No one else “makes us angry.” We make ourselves angry when we surrender control of our attitude. What someone else may have done is irrelevant. We choose, not they. They merely put our attitude to a test. If we select a volatile attitude by becoming hostile, angry, jealous or suspicious, then we have failed the test. If we condemn ourselves by believing that we are unworthy, then again, we have failed the test.” Jim Rohn
We all need to accept full responsibility for our feelings and actions. I forgot that I don’t need to be all things to all the people in my life whether it is to my family, my boyfriend, or my job. It is time to retire the Superwoman mentality. Thanks to all of you that made that point clear in my blog from 5/28/10.
I almost gave up on myself due to trying to acclimate in a new job. I found myself Sparking less and less. I made sure that I still did and logged in my fitness minutes. I got up at 5 PM so I could go to the gym before work and then come home and get dressed to go to work. I made the decision not to shower and get dressed at the gym because I use the pool every day. They put so much chlorine in the pool I was afraid that even if I rinsed out my bathing suit at the gym it would “marinate” all day in my car, as it is I go through a minimum of 4 bathing suits a year because of the chlorine. I pre-planned and logged in my water and food in my Nutrition Tracker. Tried to do my minimum 100 points a day in the tasks Spark People plans out for all of us in our readings, polls, trivia, etc. for the day. I actually fell asleep some nights at the computer trying to complete this – not good. I know my success in the past has been due to the community of Spark People. Just logging in my “stuff” is not good enough. I need to do everything else. I need to Spark as much as I can and not as little as I can.
This holiday weekend is going to be a real test in attitude. Thank God I came to my senses and realized that Yvonne has to be a priority and her journey to a new me.
There will be so many temptations thrown in my face this weekend. The foods and the drinks alone will be calling my name. If I had given into my exhaustion form the new job I probably would have said, what the heck I am going to have that Margarita and I am sure I would not have stopped at one or two. I am quite sure I would have eaten a cheeseburger or two, ribs, etc. I am not following a vegetarian lifestyle because of how the animals are raised before they are slaughtered but am doing it for health purposes. I do not believe in animal cruelty but how they raise the chickens, cows, etc. is not the reason I am trying to eliminate meat from my diet. I am perfectly happy without it but I will be honest and say that when I smell the barbecue – I do want it.
I am going prepared with some healthy grain dishes and some Raw Food dishes as well. I am going armed with lemons and limes to make some big pictures of ice water to show the others there water can taste good. I happen to love water without the lemon or lime but I so tired of hearing I can not get the plain water down. Nothing beats an ice cold glass of water on a hot day. I need to do this pre-planning so I do not go down the wrong path for just an instant gratification. I need to remember I am a work in progress and need to be mindful of the end goal. It is my choice of whether I want to give into the temptations of the present or work towards my goals for the future. Having the right attitude is one of the basics that success requires. I am choosing success.
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