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Hockey game - started Thinking again.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Late blog, but I was swamped at work this am.

Driving last night was not as bad as predicted. Hubby only slid twice going to the UC . By the time we were heading home, the major snow was done and it was easy going.

So the game last night was AMAZING!!! Our seats were second row off the glass directly behind the Hawks goal. I laughed to my hubby that I could smell Shaw’s acne cream (when did hockey players get so young?). I took a few pictures with my cell, but they are not very good.

They were also celebrating Marion Hossa’s 1000 game. It was a nice tribute. Even better that he got a goal in the game.

The game started as a route, but became a nail biter. They started playing “not to lose” instead of “playing to win”. They almost blew it. We still won and the crowd was insane. I had a blast.
Got home after 11, couldn’t sleep until after 11:30 and had to get up at 5 for work. I’m a bit tired today.

Uh-oh, Kitty is thinking again – hide! I’m not certain where this is going.

So back up – “playing not to lose” and “playing to win”. I think we all start off playing to win in everything we do. From weight loss, to our jobs, to our homes, and relationships – we play to win. We give all we’ve got and squeeze out a little bit more. We fight, we fall, and we get up. We become tenacious and focused. Then something amazing happens, we start winning. We lose weight, we get a promotion, our home is the way we like it, and we have our relationships in order. It even starts to get normal, if not easy.

And that is when the fatal flaw happens. We start playing not to lose. We stop putting our effort and our focus into whatever it might be. We blow off exercise and deserve a piece of cake. We do personal stuff at work. We take our homes and families for granted. We stop focusing on what we wanted and just shelter what we have.

That is when we start to slip. Life is never stationary, it is always moving. The moment we start to try and make it stationary we lose our forward momentum and start moving backwards. We gain weight. Our co-worker gets the promotion/raise. There is tension in our homes and families.
This is where we start over or give up. A choice that isn’t even always intentionally made but oh so important. Each choice is forever, a moment lost to the decision.

What to do? No one can exist at full intensity all the time. We would burn ourselves out to little husks. Does that mean we always lose?

Nope, look back up at what I said earlier “it even starts to get normal, if not easy.” That’s the key, playing to win can become a normal intensity but we can’t lose focus and drive. We have to play to win, always looking for the next goal, the next “scoring opportunity” as it were. If we want our lives to be full we can’t sit on our laurels eating Cadbury eggs and hoping things work out. We need to make the choice to play to win and move towards our goals whenever the opportunity presents itself. We always have to be looking for that next opportunity. Until moving, grooving, and forward progress are as normal as breathing. Sometimes it is hard to breath, but we don’t just give up on oxygen. We can’t on the other important things either. I think it’s doable.

I’ve given myself a bunch to think on. Don’t mind the smoke, Chicago is not on fire. Kitty is just thinking.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MARTY728 3/8/2013 12:52PM

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CASEYSAUER 3/7/2013 7:18AM

    Purrrr! Keep thinking Kitty!

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CELESTE_B 3/7/2013 6:29AM

    Fantastic post! Now you got me thinking.... emoticon

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    Yepper...pushing, pushing, pushing, but what happens when you get to your goal? What happens when you are the super-motivated one? Who do you look to?

Game looks like so much fun:)

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PRETTYPITHY 3/7/2013 12:46AM

    Very thoughtful! Gives me something to reflect on. emoticon

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JUMPINJULIE 3/6/2013 10:40PM

    Great blog i love it.

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JUSTME29 3/6/2013 8:54PM

    You are so right. We definitely need to play to win not play to not lose. There is such a difference. You've given me plenty to think about too.

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TWEETYKC00 3/6/2013 7:59PM

    Sounds like a blast!

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NILLAPEPSI 3/6/2013 7:32PM

    So glad you enjoyed the game. Yes, let's play to win!! emoticon

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TAMELA_B 3/6/2013 5:43PM

    SO TRUE. Thank you for posting this.

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LIVINGFREE19 3/6/2013 5:08PM

    You had awesome seats for the game! I haven't been to a hockey game in years!!

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CATHYGETSFIT 3/6/2013 4:38PM

    emoticon blog my friend! You are right, we tend to get comfortable and start to slack off sometimes. We start to slip a little here and there. Before long you find yourself gaining weight back. Yep, I've done and I'm sure countless others here on SP have done it. I think that's why it's important to constantly change things. Try new recipes, try new exercises, etc. It seems to me that when you constantly change things up you tend to not slack off as easily. I don't know if what I'm saying makes any sense or not but it makes sense to me. emoticon emoticon

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ANDY_54 3/6/2013 3:57PM

    Glad you got to the game okay! Sounds like it was fun and mentally stimulating all at the same time. Okay, I'll call off the fire engines, if it's just you thinkin'! Hee.

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RIDMYCOCOON 3/6/2013 3:56PM

    Good food for thought emoticon

Glad you had such great seats for hockey!

I like it when Kitty thinks!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/6/2013 3:39PM

    Too funny Kitty! Where there's smoke, there's fire and where there's fire, there's a spark. You're sparking!!!!

Glad you had a good time @ the game. Mom and Dad life in Willowbrook (don't know if you're familiar), but they were fine . .. said they had about 10 inches or a foot, not sure, but the roads were clear. PHEW.

HUGS and keep on thinking! Great blog.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 3/6/2013 3:07PM

    Love the blog today hon :) You've given me lots to think about :) Thanks.

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LESLIELENORE 3/6/2013 3:03PM

    Wow! You really made me think... I'm not sure what 'normal" is, but I know that pushing myself has become habit. So, maybe that is my new "normal?"

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KJELLYBEAN15 3/6/2013 2:59PM

    The game sounded wonderful and those seats - nice! I think we all have to keep evaluating and rethinking what we have done, what we want to do, what we have to do, and what we are willing to do along with where we intend to be at "x" time. Now that the smoke is settled, I hope you are seeing things much better.

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ANATASHIKI 3/6/2013 2:33PM

    girl , if your life is or seems to be normal , ENJOY! in the place where I live no one knows anymore what normal is , they just know they will never see it . and what we called normal in the past was abnormal too. I 'm not playing to lose or playing to win , just playing to play . losing or winning or making the difference between thse two is out of my control.oops , it's your fault , you made me think too emoticon

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TROOPER1961 3/6/2013 2:33PM

    Chicago fire is not bad either,,,, the show I mean lol that 1 is such a hottie!! Great blog and glad you had a great time!!

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