Monday, January 17, 2011
Taken from: http://allswagga.com/blog/2010/09/01/20-qu
1. Tough times never last, but tough people do. - Robert H Schuller
2. The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them. - Unknown
3. Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines. - Leroy Satchel Paige
4. A problem is a chance for you to do your best. - Duke Ellington
5. I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders. - Jewish Proverb
6. If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it. - Mary Engelbreit
7. When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always get worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better. - Malcolm S Forbes
8. Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater. Possession pampers the mind; privation trains and strengthens it. - William Hazlitt
9. Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I'll show you someone who has overcome adversity. - Lou Holtz
10. I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death. - Thomas Paine
11. If you aren't in over your head, how do you know how tall you are? - Unknown
12. The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity. - Ulysses S. Grant
13. The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity. - Seneca
14. Adversity is a fact of life. It can't be controlled. What we can control is how we react to it. - Unknown
15. The true test of a person character is how they stand during test of adversity - Unknown
16. The hardest struggle of all is to be something different from what the average man is. - Charles M Schwab
17. He knows not his own strength who hath not met adversity. - William Samuel Johnson
18. In times of great stress or adversity, it's always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive. - Lee Iacocca
19. Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them. - Publilius Syrus
20. One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity. - Albert Schweitzer
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Well, it has been a week since Cata release, so I figured I would write what I thought about it so far.
First off, questing and leveling was a great experience, especially in Vashj'ir and Uldum. The storylines were great, and there were a lot of cut scenes. Same with the worgen starting area. It was a lot of fun.
Instancing (normals. haven't done heroics yet) was a little bit of a disappointment because of the changes to healing. There is starting to be a healer shortage (we are now getting instant queues). Current mana and spell costs mean that we aren't the best at keeping DPS up if they do something they shouldn't -- like standing in the fire, etc (And I suppose it makes sense that we shouldn't have to take responsibility for their mistakes). Emergency heals drain your mana fast. Priests are having the worst trouble and seem to be going out of mana even when not emergency healing. In heroics, some people are kicking them before the pulls even start.
I am lucky that I play a holy paladin. We seemed to have fared far better than the other healers and after a few initial hiccups, I'm doing quite well now. I still have to choose to let the DPS die sometimes (or hover at low health), though... It sucks. Most groups don't realize yet that CC is now important in instances, so it can be intense as well, if there are large pulls. Situational awareness is also key, more than it was in the past. An example of that is Halls of Origination. The first few pulls can spell a wipe if people aren't careful about interrupting spells (and if they don't CC). That much damage simply can't be healed through.
PVP, on the other hand, is still great for me. The boyfriend and I are fighting up the arena ladder. He plays a frost DK and we're still owning the socks off people. We still need better gear though. Due to horrible luck in instances, we're pretty much in quest blues and greens... and we don't have time to do battlegrounds since we're trying to get prepared for raids. (Though I'd much rather say "Pfft" to raids and kill people, honestly).
I am disappointed that the new battlegrounds just seem to be WSG and AB on different terrain, though.
Overall the experience has been enjoyable. A bit stressful in parts, but enjoyable. More difficult than Wrath, which some people are happy about (and some people aren't). DPS can't just cruise along anymore though. They have to take an active part in keeping themselves alive.
I'd give Cata a 7/10 so far... 9.5/10 for questing, though.
Saturday, December 04, 2010
I'm not sure about anyone else, but I have a lot of trouble snapping back after I've made a mistake. I strive to do almost everything perfectly... and sometimes when I screw up, I get frustrated and decide, "I can't do this!"
This is not, by the way, a healthy attitude! lol :)
What I need to realize more often, is that making a mistake does not mean I am less of a person. It means that I AM a person. Human beings are imperfect and we are destined to screw things up every once in a while. I am expecting too much of myself if I plan to go through this journey without a screw up or a backtrack. I am sure that there is not a person on earth who has succeeded in weight loss doing everything perfectly, to the letter.
That is why when I make a mistake, I need to forgive myself and keep going. Mistakes are tools. They teach us how to improve. They give us experience to learn from. They shouldn't be used as excuses to quit (even for a day!) or to beat ourselves up. Instead, they should help us build ourselves up stronger and give us the motivation to not repeat the behavior that got us in that rut.
If you are like me and have made a mistake lately (I went slightly over my calorie goals recently), let yourself off the hook. That mistake is now in the past. You have the present and the future ahead of you. One screw up (or even more) doesn't mean that your goals are impossible for you to achieve. Forgive yourself and keep moving! :) We can do this.
My Goal Report for the last few days:
WEIGHT LOSS: I've tracked my food and stayed within my calorie range (except for the one day I went over). I've exercised at least 10 minutes every day, most days 30 minutes or more. From November 25th through December 3rd, I lost 4 lbs! :) I started reading The Spark. Chris Downie's story made an impact on me because I also suffer from anxiety.
LEARNING GOALS: Thanks to someone on spark people, I know know what a "firm peak" is in baking! Thanks! *smile* I've gotten all the ingredients together to attempt making "mall pretzels" ( http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Mall-Pretzels
/Detail.aspx ). I'm looking forward to having fun totally ruining them. lol! I will make sure that someone else tastes the first one, to make sure they are safe and edible! *grin*
OTHER GOALS: Panic attacks are getting a lot more frequent, but I've been trying my best to allow them to happen and not stress out too much about them. It's hard. I also made a huge vision collage on a poster board illustrating what I want to do or be in the future. I've been clipping pictures from magazines for about a year. It was fun to finally find a use for some of them. I hung it above my bed.
Thursday, December 02, 2010
Weight loss isn't easy. Sometimes it is very frustrating as you see the scale slide up instead of down, and you feel cheated because you reap no rewards for your hard work. Sometimes you lose nothing. And sometimes you just want to lay in bed after a long day instead of pushing yourself to exercise.
But the thing is, everyone who has lost weight (especially a large amount), has had to deal with these problems at one time or another. No one starts a weight loss program one day and posts an "After" picture the next. It will never be instantaneous, no matter how much we wish it to be so. Losing weight is a one day at a time journey.
Roadblocks pop up and challenge us. Temptations abound. But the harder it becomes, the sweeter success will be. When you really work for something -- when you persevere and put a lot of time and effort into achieving it -- once you finally DO attain it, you feel so much more accomplished and proud than if you had been handed it.
If we had a fairy godmother who was able to wave a wand and make us fit, thin, and healthy, would we appreciate our new bodies quite as much as we would if we had struggled to sculpt them?
I don't believe I would. And I know that once I reach goal weight (and I will), I will be so proud of myself for sticking to it. Because it is an amazing accomplishment and requires so much dedication and motivation.
All of you who are working on your goals should already be proud of yourselves, no matter what the scale tells you this week or next week. Look back at all the work you've put in, all the self control you've exercised, and all the motivation you've kept thus far. See how amazing that is. And keep it up. You can do it!! And I can't wait to congratulate you once you get there!
Monday, November 29, 2010
Things I did today to contribute to achieving my goals:
WEIGHT LOSS GOALS:
I kept in my calorie range all day but have not exercised yet (but I will, once I finish posting this update). I checked out The Spark at my local library. I'm keeping myself wonderfully hydrated and will probably end the day at 9 cups of water drank.
This morning I went to my mother's and we made waffles from scratch with her new waffle iron. She is an extreme cooking beginner as well. I learned what "Folding in" meant in baking. I'm still rather confused about "Peaking" when whipping things. What the heck is a firm peak? ;)
While at the library, I picked up a few books on both massage and nutrition.
All I did for cleaning was to tidy up a little and recycle the plastic bottles.
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