Sunday, May 30, 2010

Thurday 3: If Only I Had Known

If only I could go back and change the decisions I made in the past.... how many times have I said that? Alot. But if we could it would only change who we are today, and the choices we've made and the struggles we have had to overcome have made us that strong person we are at this very moment.  If I had to pick a few that probably impacted my life the most it would be these:

* I would tell that 15 year old girl that growing up and being independent isn't always easy. To be happy that you have limited responsibilites and enjoy yourself more as a kid/teenager instead of wishing your life away wanting to be older. To not get a job at 15 and enjoy the things that your are supposed to be enjoying at this stage in your life.

* I would've told the 19 year old girl to stay away from that guy that everyone warned you about. The one you argued with your dad about and didn't speak to for weeks because of it. To open your eyes and see that he wasn't the type of guy you can marry or count on to be responsible. The one that caused you to begin the path of being unhealthy and overweight because of him telling you all the time how you were too skinny. To realize later he just wanted to you to be overweight so you would put up with his BS and stay with him.

* I would've told the young woman, the guy that she thought hung the moon, didn't. I would've been happy with wondering "what if" the rest of my life instead of allowing this fool (ok I'm the fool) to rip out my heart, not once, but many years later a second time before I FINALLY realized just what a dog he is. Yes, there have been many mutts in my 

I could go on and on, but really none of that is important any more. I learned from each expericence, and today I could teach those guys a a thing or two if given the chance. I am stronger and wiser because of each of those situations I had to overcome.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Shrinking Days of Summer

Since returning from vacation about a month ago, I have had issues with getting back on the right track. I had a few obstacles of having food poisoning a few days after I returned to work from vacation. How many people get food poisoning from the cafeteria at work??!!  Then once I battled that I have had sinus/upper respiratory issues. Which had left me extremley sleep deprived for a few weeks. I am now almost back to 100% but was still having a problem with really focusing again and doing what I needed.

Well the fine people over at the Sisterhood, must of known, I woke up this morning to find an email telling about the new challenge. That was all it took. I am totally psyched and ready to go once again.

Being Wednesday, I knew I had to step on the dreaded scale. I had ended the last challenge a few weeks early because of my vacation, and came back six pounds a little heavier than I was went I left. The scale has been teetering up and down since then. So, I step on the scale, and was very pleasantly suprised to see that I am back down to where I was before the vacation. I lost the six pounds I gained. I am once again a pound from my first "mini" goal.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Seize the Moment

Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule, didn't know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.

I got to thinking one day about all those people on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible.

How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn't suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word 'refrigeration' mean nothing to you?
How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched 'Jeopardy' on television?

I cannot count the times I called my sister and said , 'How about going to lunch in a half hour?' She would gas up and stammer, 'I can't. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain' And my personal favorite: 'It's Monday.' She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.

Because People cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches.. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect! We'll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve toilet-trained. We'll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet. We'll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.

Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of 'I'm going to,' 'I plan on,' and 'Someday, when things are settled down a bit.'

When anyone calls my 'seize the moment' friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you're ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Rollerblades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.

My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It's just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process. The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.

Now...go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to...not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? ;And why are you waiting?

Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask 'How are you?' Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, 'We'll do it tomorrow.' And in your haste, not see her sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say 'Hi'?

When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift....Thrown away.... Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over.

Author Unknown

Monday, May 10, 2010

"I Wish I'd Said......"

What do you say to people who always seem to be negative about your weight loss and what you are or are not eating? Although 99% of the time they don't mean it to be negative, but it still does something to us that almost undermines all of our efforts. We know our Points values, or how many calories we are supposed to eat (or whatever the basis of your weight loss program), we know we are living better and making better choices for ourselves. I've heard, "how can you be on a diet?" "Healthy food is nasty" My answer, I'm not on a diet I am changing my lifestyle and what/how I eat. Healthy food can be just as good as unhealthy food. You just have to find the right substitutes. So why let these people get us?  After all only we know how we feel and how we want to look. No one else can make those decisions for us. Don't let anyone steal your joy, your power or willingness to continue acheiving all that you can and all that you want.

"A few sneaky snacks will give you tight slacks"

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Can we please add more hours to the day?

If only there were more hours in a day, I just might be able to get everything accomplished. To whomever is in charge of adding the extra hours, please add them to the end of the day, after the work day is over, m'kay, thanks. As hard as I try I can't seem to stay on a workout routine. There is always something that comes up, or something I feel like I need to get done instead of going to the gym or popping in a workout dvd. What is more important than being healthy, fit and feeling great (physical and mentally)? Absolutely nothing, so then why do I continue to put all that on the back burner at the drop of a hat? What happened to the "me" that HAD to work out, every. single. day. OR I was  totally  a bitch with out my adrenaline fix. I need to figure out how to get back to that, and stop letting people and "things" get my way. I just can't seem to find that person these days.

Happy Mothers Day!

Hoping all mothers everywhere had a fabulous day! I was able to spend most of the weekend with my mom. Told her the great news, that I would not be permanently moving closer to work. I have mixed emotions about it, but it made her extremely happy!