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Saturday, July 31, 2004

Response so far... (to maxing out on the treadmill)

Well, Renee says to "Run, Forest, Run!" so I think I'll take her advice, and attempt running on the treadmill. It's a little scary... but I'll post how it goes when I try it. (Next Thursday?)Fitness Links

"The Most Important Meeting You'll Ever Attend Are The Meetings You Have With Yourself" by Denis Waitley

I got this article from an ezine called "Your Achievement Ezine"

You are your most important critic. There is no opinion so vitally important to your well being as the opinion you have of yourself. As you read this you're talking to yourself right now. "Let's see if I understand what he means by that... How does that compare with my experiences? - I'll make note of that - try that tomorrow - I already knew that...I already do that." I believe this self-talk, this psycholinguistics or language of the mind can be controlled to work for us, especially in the building of self-confidence and creativity. We're all talking to ourselves every moment of our lives, except during certain portions of our sleeping cycle. We're seldom even aware that we're doing it. We all have a running commentary in our heads on events and our reactions to them.

Be aware of the silent conversation you have with yourself. Are you a nurturing coach or a critic? Do you reinforce your own success or negate it? Are you comfortable saying to yourself, "That's more like it"? "Now we're in the groove." "Things are working out well." "I am reaching my financial goals." "I'll do it better next time."

When winners fail, they view it as a temporary inconvenience, a learning experience, an isolated event, and a stepping-stone instead of a stumbling block.

When winners succeed, they reinforce that success, by feeling rewarded rather than guilty about the achievement and the applause.

When winners are paid a compliment, they simply respond: "Thank you." They accept value graciously when it is paid. They pay value in their conversations with themselves and with other people.

A mark of an individual with healthy self-esteem is the ability to spend time alone, without constantly needing other people around. Being comfortable and enjoying solitary time reveals inner peace and centering. People who constantly need stimulation or conversation with others are often a bit insecure and thus need to be propped up by the company of others.

Always greet the people you meet with a smile. When introducing yourself in any new association, take the initiative to volunteer your own name first, clearly; and always extend your hand first, looking the person in the eyes when you speak.

In your telephone communications at the office or at home, answer the telephone pleasantly, immediately giving your own name to the caller, before you ask who's calling. Whenever you initiate a call, always give your own name up front, before you ask for the party you want and before you state your business. Leading with your own name underscores that a person of value is making the call.

Don't brag. People who trumpet their exploits and shout for service are actually calling for help. The showoffs, braggarts and blowhards are desperate for attention.

Don't tell your problems to people, unless they're directly involved with the solutions. And don't make excuses. Successful people seek those who look and sound like success. Always talk affirmatively about the progress you are trying to make.

As we said earlier, find successful role models after whom you can pattern yourself. When you meet a mastermind, become a master mime, and learn all you can about how he or she succeeded. This is especially true with things you fear. Find someone who has conquered what you fear and learn from him or her.

When you make a mistake in life, or get ridiculed or rejected, look at mistakes as detours on the road to success, and view ridicule as ignorance.

After a rejection, take a look at your BAG. B is for Blessings. Things you are endowed with that you often take for granted like life itself, health, living in an abundant country, family, friends, career. A is for accomplishments. Think of the many things you are proud of that you have done so far. And G is for Goals. Think of your big dreams and plans for the future that motivate you. If you took your BAG - blessings, accomplishments and goals - to a party, and spread them on the floor, in comparison to all your friends and the people you admire, you'd take your own bag home, realizing that you have as much going for yourself as anyone else. Always view rejection as part of one performance, not as a turndown of the performer.

And, enjoy those special meetings with yourself. Spend this Saturday doing something you really want to do. I don't mean next month or someday. This Saturday enjoy being alive and being able to do it. You deserve it. There will never be another you. This Saturday will be spent. Why not spend at least one day a week on You!

Action Idea: Go for one entire day and night without saying anything negative to yourself or to others. Make a game of it. If a friend or colleague catches you saying something negative, you must put 1/2 dollar in a drawer or container toward a dinner or evening out with that person. Do this for one month and see who has had to pay the most money toward the evening.

Maxed out

Well... I went as high as I can go on the treadmill's incline. Who knew that 15 was the highest? I guess if it got any steeper, people would fall off, LOL

I'm gonna query the ladies in the groups and ask 'em what they think I should do. I can either switch to another piece of equipment, or go back down to zero incline and start increasing the speed. I'm a little afraid of running on the treadmill... we'll see what sage advice they all have. I'll post my decision here after I've made up my mind.

BTW... I never did get around to scanning my skinny pics. I really MUST do that soon. If not today, maybe tomorrow...

I had to drive Frank's Jeep (which has no A/C or radio : () to the gym today because Bob needed the car to take the kids shoe shopping. He is running out of money... and I'm starting to get worried. I really need to get a job, but I'm trying to wait until after the graduation ceremony next Friday to begin looking in earnest. I hope it won't be too little, too late!

Frank is out of town on a business trip... should be back late tomorrow. I guess he'll have Monday off. Bob is on vacation this week... so maybe on Monday they can do something together for once. The DID manage to go see Catwoman the other day.

It's so peaceful here right now... with no one else home. I've run a bath, and I'll be getting into it shortly. Gotta reboot the computer anyway... Windows Update.

Friday, July 30, 2004

Quiz: Does Your Weblog Own You?

12.5 %

My weblog owns 12.5 % of me.
Does your weblog own you?

Edgy today...

I don't know why, but I feel like I'm gonna jump outta my skin. Today's w/o was brutal, and I attribute that primarily to my lack of hunger and subsequent lack of feeding myself yesterday.

I was going to go to the beach today, and hand out flyers for my open mic. nights that are going to be starting in two weeks... but I'm just too tired. What does that say about my chances of being wiped out on Fridays when I start performing? Scary. I'd better start making SURE I eat enough!

This is what I owe $13k for

Here's the degree I finally got. Sorry the pic isn't as clear as I would've liked! Posted by Hello

Thursday, July 29, 2004

Just another day in the life...

The Wonderful World of Sister Sunshine
I was on the go all day today, so it feels good to sit here at the computer and be a bit lazy... even though I know I need to do the dread housework!

At the gym, I started a new cardio routine, which I'll be doing every other cardio day from now on. I used the stairmaster: not the one that looks like an elliptical trainer, but the one that looks like a short escalator. BOY! Did I ever feel THAT! I put it on level one... but was already sweating THE FIRST MINUTE! By the 20th minute, I felt like I was gonna die. The only thing that kept me going was thinking of all my fellow BFLers in the Body for Life Women's Club and Women on Body for Life. I know it's one of the best cardio workouts I'm gonna get!

After that, I went to the bank to get some cash out... (boring) and to my school to pick up my degree. They had spelled my name wrong, so they had to reprint it!

While I was there, the kids (Selena & Timmy) and I had a bite to eat (I've been naughty today, and not sticking to my BFL authorized foods...) and I spoke to the Executive Director about putting a flyer up there for private tutoring. He gave me the go-ahead, so I'll be working on that over the weekend, to be ready next week.

I had forgotten to bring a diaper bag with me, so next stop was home to change the baby... and back out to do "school supply" shopping. We were able to get ALMOST everything at Target... but they didn't have the "Agenda/Planner" that Timmy needed, so we went to K-Mart too before we came home... at which time I had to go right back out with Timmy to order his shirts for the new Charter School he's going to be attending this fall. Since they didn't accept cash... I then had to drop by MY bank (the one I hit earlier was my hubby's) and deposit $$$ to cover the check I wrote them!

Since I was already in downtown Hollywood at the bank, I stopped off at the Post Office to check my P.O. Box... and Timmy wanted to walk over and check out the progress they're making on building his school (hard to believe it will be ready in 2 weeks!)

Finally I got to come home and take a much-needed BATH. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh if only I had some Calgon! But it was still refreshing. What a busy day! I can only imagine what it will be like when I get a job... but the income sure will be nice to have!

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Just call me the brilliant Retard

Okay. I use a tv tray for the keyboard on my computer, because the little keyboard tray that slides out fell off years ago and was never fixed. (Typical around here)

Soooooooooooo... I sat down here with my post-workout meal, to catch up on email etc. and eat... and set my plate with a hamburger, mushrooms, and green beans between the keyboard and myself. Something I do all the time. What I DON'T do all the time is reach for a pen and knock the whole blasted thing over, dumping all of my food into the keyboard and behind the armoire whose back is loose...

I picked up the part on my keyboard, but the part that fell back behind will have to wait. (I actually ate the part I rescued... but the stuff back behind will go in the garbage.)

I thought of Renee (skwigg) when I did this... and I'm going to copy and paste this blog post into a post to the BFL Women's group which she moderates. I hope she gets a good laugh out of it!
: )

Had a great workout this morning... although it took me almost two hours to complete! Then we stopped at the Supplement Warehouse and got me some more Myoplex Lite. Unless I get a job soon, I don't know how much longer we're going to be able to afford the supplements I take, though. : (

This afternoon I get to (oh joy!) take my daughter Sarah shopping for some school clothes, etc. I will be GLAD when THAT is over!!!

Well, I don't seem to have anything else to say, so I guess it's time to get moving. Ta!

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Learning to post pics on Blogspot

This is an old picture, but it's me! Posted by Hello
I still haven't figured out how to put a pic on my profile... but sooner or later I will (hopefully!)
I've been reading Renee's blog Skwigg Blog lately, and it's made me feel guilty about neglecting my own. Unfortunately, my life isn't nearly as interesting as hers at the moment... and when it DOES get more interesting, I may not have enough time to log in and blog it... but I'll try.

Today I was going to change up my routine a bit, and try a stair climber for my cardio, but there was no clock handy, and the watch I use on weight-training days has a broken band, so I couldn't figure out how to measure my time, and went back to the "treadmill room" where there's a clock on the wall. I'll get it figured out eventually. I want to start using the stair climber every other cardio workout, because I'm improving... but I don't want to hit a plateau. It's time to do something a bit different.

Now, to backtrack a bit... I finished school as scheduled, and have been focusing on my weight-training and cardio workouts. I also wanted to get my house cleaned up, but so far I only did the living room. (Baby steps) In time, I'm sure it will all come together.

I took Selena (my two-year old) to the gym with me today, and she had a fun half hour in the nursery. Afterward, we went to the discount vitamin store, where I purchased some more of the liquid Glucosamine/Chondroitin supplement I got last time... I love the stuff. It really works well for me. I also got some multivitamins for Bob (my husband) per his request... and then we went to Wal-Mart and picked up his birthday present: a pair of weightlifting gloves. I had wanted to get him a belt... but they didn't have them. I tried not to spend too much, since I had to use my credit card... and he'll end up having to pay for it himself! But I wanted to get him SOMETHING!

Well, I guess I'll wrap up this entry. I'm sure no one wants to hear about the mundane tasks I need to log off and attend to (housework, etc.) but they must be done... oh, and today I want to make my "skinny pictures" a priority. That means I'm going to go through all the photo albums for pictures of me the way I used to look... and want to look again. However, when I looked that way before, it was not a healthy slimness... it was a half-starved, low-energy, flabby thinness. I don't want to be like THAT again... just that SIZE! When I was thin before, I thought I had to starve myself down to 100 lbs to fit into a size 3. Now I know that 130 lbs of muscular leanness will ALSO fit into a size 3... and still have energy for all of life's challenges!

One last note: on a hunch, I got up today and tried on some shorts I haven't fit into for a while... the size 10's fit! Yay! Now to get into the 9's... and then 7's!

Monday, July 26, 2004

Okay. I haven't been here for a while... but I've been reading Renee's blog, and I realized I really ought to start writing in mine again.

I'm going to make this a short entry, though... because I want to look at my blog and see when the last time I wrote was. (Prolly at least four months!)
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