IFEOMA4's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=IFEOMA4 IFEOMA4's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ A GIFT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128502 Life is a gift. It is filled with family, friends, nature, food, smiles and me. <em>43</em> Thu, 8 Nov 2012 13:29:56 EST Traffic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5126253 Today i spent quite sometime in traffic today going to and coming from my appointment. The reason for the traffic jam, i do not know. A Repaired bridge was just fully reopened and one would think this would ease traffic as it serves as an alternative route. The puzzle is that traffic jam has gotten worse not better Tue, 6 Nov 2012 14:08:55 EST LEARN TO LOVE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5121505 It takes a lot of discipline to make the right healthy choices in diet and exercise. Those choices are not always the easiest to make. It takes loving oneself to persevere. You have to love yourself to wish yourself well. Fri, 2 Nov 2012 13:15:58 EST What do you see? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120369 Look around you what do you see? What you see is a reflection of who you are. Do you see the glass half full or half empty? Do you see hope or despair? Even the worst of situation their is always a ray of hope. Someone once told of a piece of white paper that people were asked to examine, it had a black dot on it. A lot of the people who examined the paper only commented on the black dot which was not covering a significant part of the paper. They overlooked the rest of the white sheet. I've ... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 14:08:36 EST Let's celebrate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5119388 I am very thankful for all that survived the hurricane. Not just for you but for all survivors of homelessness, joblessness, health challenges, physical and emotional challenges e.t.c. Well done. You are survivors. I do not think we are better than those who did not but we should celebrate this chance to live <em>246</em> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 17:44:50 EST MOTHERS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5115847 Last night i slept late because my son had a health challenge. I was tired from my activities of the day, yet i had to stay up pray with him, say soothing words, try to get him to sleep. A song writer promised not to forget his mom on account of her love and sacrifice. I would have taken his pain if i could. It reminded me of my mom. I called her today. I think we should not wait for mothers' day, mothering sunday, fathers' day, valentine day or any such day to celebrate the ones who love an... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 17:31:29 EST VOLUNTEERS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5104819 Red cross, Doctors without borders etc this are people who give of themselves to help out whenever the need arises. They put their lives in danger to save lives. Some of them lose their lives in the process. If you do know any take time to appreciate them. <em>380</em> to all such fellows. Fri, 19 Oct 2012 10:59:36 EST EDUCATE THEM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102081 In school our children receive formal education that is not all the education they need in life. They need to relate to people. This is a skill they will need all their life. It is a skill that will help them to make friends or enemies. It will help them advance or remain stagnant (there is a stage you get to in life that hard work stops counting and people skill count more). Who teaches people skills? <em>58</em> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 03:20:33 EST HELPERS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100230 Sometimes i feel that we have helpers placed all along our way in life. Sometimes we have a role to play to activate them, at other times they just fire off. We also play that role for others. I'm usually overjoyed to see the people i've helped succeed in their endeavours. I say to myself i am a part of this success story, just like the SPARK GUY/TEAM in all our stories. I once rendered help to someone, later it turned out we were cousins! IMAGINE THAT!!!! Mon, 15 Oct 2012 17:17:41 EST LEARN TO GIVE BACK. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5098886 Once you are on a pedestal that is higher than that on which the next person is standing in any aspect of life then you have something to give. It must not be money, it could be your time, talent, a hug, a smile, an apt word of comfort. You will always have something to give. please never come to the table believing i have nothing to give. Sun, 14 Oct 2012 17:13:33 EST CANT WRITE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5095524 I read other people's blogs and i go wow. I really must learn to write. Thu, 11 Oct 2012 16:47:37 EST PAINTINGS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5093512 I love paintings especially those of land scape. They usuall have this calming effect on me Wed, 10 Oct 2012 03:46:56 EST SAME RECIPE DIFFERENT TASTE. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5092178 There is this thing i've noticed and that is the fact that the food cooked by different individuals taste differently. For instance if you give a recipe and same ingredients to say four different individuals, you'll get four different tastes of the same recipe. But the taste of any particular meal is consistent to any individual why is that? Tue, 9 Oct 2012 03:18:06 EST CHOOSING FRIENDS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5090146 This issue of friendship is one that intrigues me. Why? People From different works of life come together and so blend that they become inseperable. Through thick and thin they are together. They look out for each other. Everyone cant befriend just every one. So what qualifies one and not another for ourfriendship. It is not something i think of before making friends. Sun, 7 Oct 2012 15:15:18 EST Do GOOD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5088150 Today i went to see someone in his office and an issue i had being trying to create options for, he gave the best solution. A solution i would never have imagined because i never knew that was an option. This man could have refused to bulge and there would have been anything i would have done. L left the office feeling better. The lesson here is if it in your power to do good. Do it. <em>334</em> Fri, 5 Oct 2012 16:51:03 EST ALL IS WELL THAT ENDS WELL. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086068 We all start life as babies but does that put us all on the same pedestal, i do not think so. Some are aid to be born with silver spoons and i believe others with wooden spoons and others still with no spoon at all. Some are born both physically and mentally whole for others that is not the scenario. While some start life with an edge others do not start life too well. Some start off with all the love they can get while others start life in a refuse dump unloved, unfed, uncared for. Left at ... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 03:53:35 EST IT'S FOR ALL. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5079738 Death! That is one word that has a finality to it. While some see it as a welcome relief others dread it. As long as we all live, on this side of the divide, it is an appointment we'll all have to keep. Death for me is not an issue. For me, the issue is what types of prints are we leaving behind on the sands of time. Will people be happy to see us go or sad that we left too soon. Are we making good lasting legacies? <em>246</em> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 16:12:40 EST IT WAS GREAT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072326 Thursday has come and gone but the memory lingers on. The weather was lovely, the event great, we even had buffet kind of luncheon. There is usually a but right? Wellllllllllll there was one we heard the new of the death of a friend of ours (still in his 40's) i could'nt get over it. That is live right? Mon, 24 Sep 2012 01:32:01 EST FEEL RESTED http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5066629 Took out time to rest today. Feel refreshed. Look well rested. So tomorrow is the D-day. Am ready. <em>58</em> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 16:05:16 EST GOOD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5065140 So now i'm finally through and can be at rest as touching thursday. Tomorrow i plan to take the rest i missed these past few days. My diet really went wild, there was no time to cook or be chossy. I ate whatever was available. <em>198</em> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 15:51:03 EST FULL OF ACTIVITIES http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5063512 I really dont know what i've been doing all these days. I made adequate arrangements so as to space out my schedule. So how come now i'm all cramped up trying to meet deadlines. Other people could not be bothered to do their part on time. I have a deadline for thursday sept 30th. I started the process of clearing it on june 1st in fact if i had my way everything would have been sorted out that day. There were 3 other segments and the people involved felt sept was way off. Now they are ready a... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 15:52:20 EST MISSING THEM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5059395 I'm used to travelling out of the country and leaving my family(hubby, children, sibling and parents) behind and not feeling bad about it. yesterday my parents travelled out on a holiday and i felt some malaise. Usually, they travel a lot but within the country and i guess i always feel they are within reach. I now ask myself is this how my family feel each time i go? <em>46</em> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 17:11:53 EST IT'S LIFE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5055433 People say that life is not a bed of roses but i beg to disagree. To me life is a bed of roses because it has the beauty, pleasant aroma and the thorns all in a backage. This says to me that we have a choice to either take the whole package or choose to only see the thorns and be bitter about it, or find a way to harvest the flowers. The thorns are an integral part of the roses and cannot be ignored. THEY are issues that must be dwelt with. Afterall, you cannot make omelets without breaking e... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 03:34:04 EST AM BACK http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5051917 Woke up yesterday morning feeling so refreshed. I quickly did some of my morning routines then exercised. It felt so gooooood. I had been looking forward to the day i'll restart the exercises. Now i'm back on track. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 02:37:09 EST STILL IN RECOVERY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5048764 i am still recovering my strength. I may not undertake my regular exercises for now but i am eating healthy. Now that i'm back am trying to check in daily. Fri, 7 Sep 2012 15:57:04 EST A BIT TOO MUCH http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5046499 I must have over stretched my self on this trip. Usually i find it difficult resting well in a new environment. It's not that i do not sleep. i do sleep undisturbed but i would wake up still needind sleep ( am i alone here?). Been sleep deprived and doing all the walks must have been a bit too much bucause noe i am all aches and pains and tired. <em>198</em> Thu, 6 Sep 2012 01:09:20 EST A TRIP I TOOK http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5043369 I have been away from home for one week, i went to a city where the most convenient means of transport is the subway. Getting out of the train is a network of walk ways. i got my share of exercise. i walked till my feet ached. it was a nice experience and i did not see any fat locals there. I thentold myself that if i spent one month there i would be as thin as a stick, pity i had to come home but the experience challenged me to exercise more. i think i am more physically fit than when i lef... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 02:56:56 EST SCARED????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5031606 As i go about my activities for today, i can feel my heart beating faster and butterflies in my stomach. Tomorrow is a big day for me. I will start a destiny defining journey. Am i scared (because it is a big step) or am i excited because of the boundless opportunities about to open before me? I am not sure but either way tomorrow will come and i'll take the needed steps. <em>249</em> Sun, 26 Aug 2012 11:50:35 EST I AM ME AND NO ONE ELSE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5030818 Everyone is unique. Sibbling, twins! We all differ one fom another. We know this right? No one sees me and calls me by a sister or friends name. So why do i then get treated or reacted to because of what someone else did. Sat, 25 Aug 2012 18:35:07 EST FRIENDS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5028157 There are people in this life that make you wonder why do we live in a community. I encountered one such person a few days ago. At the end of that encounter i regreted being associated with her but then today along comes two people who through some good deeds restored my faith in friendship. I am glad for such friends. <em>198</em> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 16:04:36 EST WHO AM I? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5026623 Got thinking and realised that usually we tend to make excuses for or excesses but are harder on others for the same issues. Why is that? I think it is because of self preservation. SO while looking at our weaknesses we use rose coloured glasses and excuse them but for others we use magnifying glasses and crucify them <em>43</em> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 15:54:54 EST HMMMM 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5024887 A person i choose to call ABC once told me that BCD told that ABC i offended BCD over in the year 2008. This information is coming out in 2012. So i went to meet BCD saying what did i do to you in 2008 to offend you and her response 'you should know'. I thought about it and could not recall the offence. All this while she never said a word. Am wondering you'll bear a grudge for these years. Why? What would it have taken her to tell me back then or in all the time between when i went to visit... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 12:25:23 EST SOME DRIVERS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5022818 Yesterday on our way home after a family outing, i was driving. Suddenly a driver who had been heading in the opposite direction made to do a U turn. He turned sharply, almost hit me and then slgnalled with his hands that something was wrong with me. I dont get it. I am on my lane, he wanted to get into my lane, there was no traffic light on that junction. If i had been driving fast, because of the suddeness of his turn, there would have been an accident. Glancing through my rear mirror, i s... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 07:08:03 EST WELL? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5019764 I know. I know. Well i thought i will continue with the exercise routine of high and low intensity exercise i started yesterday. i changed my life and went with another routine. Now i'm thinking of doing it on alternate days. Fri, 17 Aug 2012 17:25:43 EST I TRIED IT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5018289 I've been hearing of it but never tried it before this morning. It is the high intensity exercise. I got so winded by the time i got to almost 2mins, i had to stop but i've promised myself another go of it tomorrow. <em>345</em> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 15:26:57 EST I AM WORTH IT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5015408 Living healthy is not and easy choice. It is the right one though. The sweat, pain and denials at times all to stay on the right track is worth it because i am worth the effort. <em>386</em> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 16:34:29 EST WAY TO GO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5012408 I was invited to a meal function today. It was a lunch date actually, the venue was well decorated and arranged, it was a buffet and the meals were delicious. the drinks?- wonderful healthy choices. The company engaging and entertaining. It was an event that was well packed. Why were we there? The organisers were celebrating the promotion/elevation of some of it's members to higher offices. It was just not enough that they were promoted. They were asked to invited family/friends to come celeb... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 17:44:22 EST HMMMM 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5010656 The other day, i was driving along when from the opposite site came this refuse disposal truck. it looked like something that should be disposed of. The body of the truck was all rickety, it had no license plate. Though i did not see any refuse spilling from it, it was pouring out lots and lots of thick smoke. Yes it was clearing the refuse from the streets but it was causing another type of pollution. It was like replacing one form of dirt with a deadlier one i think. Is that the price to pa... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 08:59:29 EST ROLE MODELS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5002113 I dont get it. We once had good role model any which way you turned. In science, medicine, music etc. These day there are hardly any and even those who exist on pedestal by virtue of their positions in society can hardly pass for role models. Rather they live lives as it pleases them not caring that their lives are open for others to see. I would think that if you know you are being watched you should conduct yourself well. I just dont get it. Sun, 5 Aug 2012 15:21:39 EST WHAT GIVES ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4995165 This is something that has always baffled me. Two people undergo similar experiences one gets built up by it and the other cannot seem to get past it. What gives? This happens in situations involving twins, other siblings, friend, people in similar or differing backgrounds! What gives? In my opinion the difference was made by their outlook to life before that defining episode. While one has a "CAN DO" attitude i.e. i can take on and surmount any challenge. There must be a way out of this sit... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 18:04:24 EST OUR HERITAGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4993475 I once met a little boy of about 8years, i asked him his name and he told me. Realising we were from the same tribe, i decided to chat him up in our native language. To my surprise, his father who was standing with him cut me off saying "my son does not speak such" i apologised to him and moved on he was afterall his son. Within me i felt sorry for him because he has lost a great oportunity to pass unto his son our rich heritage. If our children keep missing such oportunities a time may come ... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 16:44:22 EST HMMMM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4990124 A lot of times we complain about injustice meted out to us in one area or another. meanwhile when we get to a position of influence we meet out the same injustice. my take on it is that you know the things you do not like experiencing. Spare others that experience. make life a little better foe the next person, Let the next persons experience be better than your. Just because your experience was bitter does not mean you should pass the bitterness along. Sat, 28 Jul 2012 06:50:00 EST IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4989509 I've noticed that a lot of people go through life blaming their failures on others and taking all the credit for the success stories. I need help figuring this out. Any opinions? Fri, 27 Jul 2012 15:38:55 EST AMAZED http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4988078 I was at a function today. Got there some twenty minutes past the start up time. The special guest of honor (a top shot) was already there. from my sitting position, i could observe her very closely. I was amazed she did not carry herself with any airs, she was so open, having fun and making everyone around her relaxed. she could have acted pompously and no one will bait an eyelid. that spoke volumes to me. I fell in love with her. Thu, 26 Jul 2012 15:43:08 EST ROUGH ROADS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4939178 Joining SP has been one of the good ideas i've had. But i find that following through is another pot of soup. There are days when am so motivated i exercise well, watch my meals and sleep well. other days, i'm not just bothered. In the well motivated times people compliment my looks and i feel great. Then why do i fall off? Honestly? I DO NOT KNOW. I only know i have to get to my goals no matter what. Sat, 23 Jun 2012 16:36:14 EST