THINNYMINNY's SparkPeople Blog THINNYMINNY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community ThinnyMinny Gets a PepTalk! Get shakin' or turn into bacon! <BR> <BR> Get off your butt to get out of a rut! <BR> <BR> When the going gets tough, strut your stuff! <BR> <BR> Crummy mood? Put down the food! <BR> <BR> Less talk, more walk! <BR> <BR> Forget the funk-- move your junk! <BR> <BR> Feel like a lump? Grab a rope and jump! <BR> <BR> Acting lame, get in the game! <BR> <BR> Just whining? AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Sat, 12 Jan 2013 09:15:25 EST Embracing Challenge Have you ever watched a little one get all caught up in the excitement of learning and mastering a task--taking that first step, putting the puzzle piece in the right place, realizing that letters make a familiar word? <BR> <BR> When the world is new, challenge is just part of the landscape, and working at mastering everyday challenges provides enormous satisfaction. <BR> <BR> How sad that we sometimes grow to resent our challenges, the very sparks that used to add excitement and passion t... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 05:13:30 EST Roll of the Dice? Have you ever heard of a tragic scenario and thought, "There, but by the grace of God, go I?" Maybe it was of a head-on collision that killed numerous people because a driver was using a cell phone. Or maybe you heard about a child who drowned because the parent got involved with something a looked away for mere minutes. Once I was outside talking to a neighbor in the yard when my seven-year-old decided to "fire" some clay in the microwave. When I walked in the door, the kitchen was fille... Mon, 9 Mar 2009 19:43:53 EST Don't Know Much About History "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it." <BR> George Santayana <BR> <BR> <BR> When I first started listening to the 24-volume audio set of the book, JOHN ADAMS, I thought to myself, I'll never finish this. It's just too historical. <BR> <BR> But since it was a Christmas gift and my favorite NPR station was in the midst of an interminable fund-raiser, I recently decided to give old John a... Mon, 23 Feb 2009 11:56:17 EST NO MORE TEACHERS' DIRTY LOOKS NO MORE PENCILS, <BR> NO MORE BOOKS. <BR> NO MORE TEACHERS' <BR> DIRTY LOOKS!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> When most of us finished school, we grabbed that diploma and mentally or physcially dumped at least one textbook in the garbage, intending never again to look at that heinous subject. You can go 50 years--or a lifetime--without thinking about a geometry theorem, an object of a preposition, or electrons and protons. <BR> <BR> Many people approach weight loss the same way: Reach the goal, "grad... Mon, 16 Feb 2009 10:18:50 EST The Evil Eye Many years ago when I was traveling in Turkey, I encountered a good luck charm I had never seen before: It was a blue and white sphere shaped to look like an eyeball, and everybody had one. A Turkish friend told me that it was the "evil eye." I came to understand that it was not actually the evil eye, but rather a form of protection from the Evil Eye. The Evil Eye is a bad intent that can do you harm, especially if someone sees your goodness or your good fortune and, out of envy, wishes y... Mon, 9 Feb 2009 14:48:00 EST The Best Makeup "Joy is the best make-up." <BR> <BR> Anne Lamott <BR> <BR> When I was younger, I rarely wore makeup. It wasn't because I didn't need it; it was because I thought, "What's the use?" I was so overweight that it seemed to me like an exercise in futility to try to look better by drawing, sprinking, spreading, patting all kinds of lotions, potions, creams, and chemicals on my face. <BR> <BR> When I lost a bunch of weight, I realized with delight that a tad of color here ... Mon, 2 Feb 2009 08:12:40 EST EXCUSES, EXCUSES If my mind were as creative with problem solving as it is with coming up with excuses, I'd be set. <BR> <BR> I remember some of the excuses I used to use for not exercising: people would make fun of how I looked, my feet hurt, it's too hot/too cold, I don't have anyone to work out with, etc., etc., etc. <BR> <BR> I'm pretty good now about exercise, and I can recognize when I'm just making an excuse, rather than making a valid point. <BR> <BR> But lately I realize I still have some remnant... Thu, 22 Jan 2009 07:15:25 EST I'm LATE, I'm LATE for a Very Important Date "Relaxation is the best strategy when you don't have time for it." <BR> <BR> --Sydney Harris <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you remember in "The Little Engine that Could" there is big old steam engine that just can't get up the hill? The tired old steamer cries, "I need to rest my weary wheels." I, too, wish I could rest my weary wheels. <BR> <BR> But it's a new day, full of the busy-ness, pressures, and commitments of life. I am just this side of being overwhelmed. I am going to suck it u... Wed, 14 Jan 2009 05:52:23 EST Oprah, You've Got Balls! I know Oprah is a smart cookie and that she carefully considered the consequences of baring her soul on national television. But I couldn't help feeling protective of her because she was opening herself up to a host of criticism. <BR> <BR> And I was right. <BR> <BR> I've read posts in the SP message boards putting her down because she is "still complaining about her weight when she has the advantage of personal chefs, trainers, etc." It's true. She does have access to resources that are ... Wed, 7 Jan 2009 15:45:41 EST Don't Ask for a Light Load... Today I read a quotation that resonated with me: <BR> <BR> "Don't ask for a light load, but rather ask for a strong back." <BR> <BR> Sometimes we look around and see how other people seem to have it so much easier than we do. It stands to reason to wish or pray for a lighter load or an easier path. For instance, some people just don't like hard can it be to give them up? Some people can't eat when they are feeling stressed...they don't deal with the angst of over... Sat, 27 Sep 2008 06:46:39 EST Woo-hoo!!!!!! Today was my last day of summer school, and now I have a month off! <BR> <BR> I am very excited about having the time to regroup. <BR> <BR> Top on my list of priorities is getting focused on my exercise and diet. I am thicker around the middle than I was last year at this time, and by the end of August, I want things to be different. I want to be in the shape I was in last year when school started. I CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> After work today , I am leaving for four days at the beach--I w... Thu, 17 Jul 2008 16:38:35 EST Red-Letter Day The hardest part of school is not necessarily the part that you learn from books. Sometimes it's what you learn about yourself. <BR> <BR> When I was obese, I never told anyone my weight. I missed a lot of days of school by pretending to be sick so I could stay home and avoid the inevitable yearly weigh-ins in front of my skinny classmates. For decades, I refused to get on the scale in my doctor's office. What was I thinking? That people would not SEE how fat I was if I didn't tell them ... Tue, 8 Jul 2008 19:06:48 EST Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones I have always been fascinated with the fact that when a broken bone heals, it is even stronger than it was before the break. <BR> <BR> Isn't that incredible?! <BR> <BR> I think that all kinds of "breaks" can heal like bones. At least I am choosing to believe that. <BR> <BR> Last week I had a kind of break that I have been avoiding my whole life: I actually FAILED a test. <BR> <BR> Most of the people who know me can attest to the fact that I am one who overprepares just to avoid the hu... Mon, 23 Jun 2008 17:59:44 EST Dust Off the Pity Party "Dust off the pity party, throw away the party favors, and let's get shaking!" I saw this message posted on a friend's spark page, and it might as well have been written to me in flashing in neon lights. <BR> <BR> I am kind of sick of making excuses for myself. I can come up with some pretty valid reasons for being anxious, irritable, underachieving, or just plain neurotic. But I'm not really enjoying myself or living my life to the fullest at this party. <BR> <BR> I'm ready to move on. ... Thu, 3 Apr 2008 16:22:46 EST