Sunday, July 31, 2011

Random-ness on Sunday Morning

A few random thoughts, that end up being related!

1. One of our community met with enormous success last week when she landed a new gig at a very famous huge corporation.  It is not public knowledge yet, so I can't share all the detes.....stay tuned for more....I am over the moon hapy for her!
2.  If you want to lose weight, eat less.  If you want to reduce debt, spend less.  Go figure!  If only our idiot lawmakers in D.C. could embrace the basics of life!
3. I have a new short "do".  I wanted to prove to myself that change is possible, and even fun.  So the new cut is symbolic as much as it is actual.  It is a symbol of having the courage to make a change and it is an actual way to lighten up by cutting off all the old hair!  I am having fun with it and my hubbie loves it, so I am happy!
4.  We celebrate my Father's birthday on Friday.  He will be 83 years young.  He is an awesome example to us all to live with a positive attitude and keep moving through life.  He has overcome prostate cancer and heart disease and still goes to the gym 3-4 times a week!  Go Dad!

It all comes together when we keep our eyes open to the possibility of living life to the fullest, at every age, every day!

Desire to connect the dots.  Dedication to embracing life.  Discipline to keep up good habits all through life.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Fridays Are Fabulous!

I am sitting at home on a Friday evening with the whole weekend ahead of me......such a happy time!  We are going out to dinner tonight with my folks.  Then on Sunday we have 2 parties to go to.  One is for a girlfriend's 50th and one is for another friend's birthday.

So, I am going to have to be very mindful of my eating choices.  My intention is to not go off plan. So I want to conserve some calories so I can have a glass of champagne at each birthday to toast the occassion.  So, I plan to go for a full 2 hours at the gym on Saturday and then adding 30 minutes to my normal hour on Sunday. 

A part of me would like to have the metabolism that would allow me to eat whatever and not to have to be so careful.  But the reality is that I do not have that metabolism. So, instead, I choose to focus on everything I do have......great health, an amazing loving husband and family, a sharp healthy mind, the opportunity to do good work, literally abundance in every aspect of my life.  So, what good would it do to lament my metabolism?????

Desire to focus on gratitude for what IS.  Dedication to growth and commitment.  Discipline to attend parties and stay on plan.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Control, Alt Delete!

So my  plan is working, yay!  By refocusing, it was sort of like hitting control, alt, delete on a computer and allowing my body to reset.  I lost a pound last week, so I am on my way.  Life if Good!

I bought a 2 gallon container of fresh organic spinach and ate it every night.  One night as a salad, one night mixed with shiratake noodles and marinara sauce, another night with lots of other veges and salmon.....super yummy and low glycemic!  That is what my body likes, low glycemic, high lean protein.  Now my challenge is to stay true to what my body needs for fuel and efficiency. 

So, this morning, I am on my way out to swim laps.  I love to swim and it is a good thing to mix up with my cardio.  It feels so good to slice through the water.  It feels sleek and sexy.  I don't do it very often because of the hassle factor.  but today is a perfect day for laps.  Allen is out of town so I can focus on just what is right for me.  Should be fun!  I hope you are doing something today that is good for you and will feed your spirit!

Desire to stay true to my body.  Dedication fun cardio.  Discipline to focus on fuel for efficiency, not emotional feeding.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Hitting It Hard!

I decided to go back to my roots and follow the plan I used to get it all started at the beginning of 2009. I am "hitting it hard" and planning to stay on the straight and narrow to help me recommit to my goals, long and short term. So the day after the 4th of July, I was back to lean proteins, veges, non-fat milk and greek yogurt and one fruit a day.

I don't know about you, but I find it all to easy to slide just a little bit, so refocused discipline works for me. I remind myself that just 100 teeny little calories a day that do not get burned, get stored as fat. That can so easily turn into the slow creep of weight gain. I have picked up a few unwelcome pounds and have asked them to find a new home!!!

So, if you are in the mood, join me and renew your commitment to a lifelong healthy journey. Come on in, the water's fine! Nothing to be afraid of....dive into the deep end and join me! Put down that baguette! Back away from the ice cream and chocolate sauce. Look deep into the eyes of those French fries and walk away clean! Remember the old adage.....nothing tastes as good as slim looks? Well, let's buy the t-shirt and wear it proudly!

Desire to achieve a slimmer me. Dedication to getting back to basics. Discipline to walk away from unhealthy temptation!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Birthday America!

The Fourth of July is a great time to pause and celebrate our freedom that is uniquely American!  I am a vocal proud American and never cease to be amazed at how careful we are supposed to be in public in hopes of not offending anyone else.  I actually had someone say tome that they had to ask CostCo to change the wording on a cake they bought that was decorated with an American flag.  The cake had "God Bless America' written on it and they made CostCo take it off.  I was sad and amazed that there really are people who believe that way.  So, if you are a proud American, enjoy your freedom now, because it seems like things are changing, and not necessarily for the better.

But enough about that, At my workout Saturday morning, I was 55 minutes into a great sweaty workout and my back twinged.  So I paused and immediately and started  stretching.  I have been babying my back all weekend.  I skipped my workout yesterday because the muscles were so tight.  Then this morning I smacked my foot into a stone baseboard and broke the #3 toe on my left foot.  So, right now, I am icing it and skipped my workout today.  Oh well, isn't part of the journey accepting challenges that come our way and taking the time to heal?  I think so.  The comic relief of a broken toe is that my sister broke a toe about 2 weeks ago.  I really didn't mean to be a copy cat!

Desire to celebrate our freedom.  Dedication to honor the past, our present and our future.  Discipline to stop and let the body heal.