Sunday, April 21, 2013

Just a simple poem -

I have had this little rhyme of sorts in my head all weekend - enjoy and laugh if you can, but seriously, I want to one day actually say the last line.....!!!

I woke up this morning, looked in the mirror and what did I see - 
a Fat Person looking back at me.

I know what to do - I can plainly see

I grumble and complain - I wait with anticipation for 
the skinny me to be free!

I want out, want out, want out I say

I didn't like what I saw in the mirror today - 
I know she is not the person I want to be

Keep it up - you will see

Pretty soon I will wake up and say with Glee - 
look at this wonderful new ME!!!!!!!!!!!

Wishing everyone a most spectacular week


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Out of Shape Moment

Today was the first day I have mowed my lawn in over 4 months - yes, it really has been that long. It has been a long winter and I am grateful that I didn't have to go out and mow the lawn all those months. However, Spring has come in like there is no tomorrow. The lawn is growing, but was not too out of hand to mow today. I had my 12 year old mow the front lawn about two weeks ago and I was busy doing the trimming. Today I was on my own.

I was all excited that I got a nice tax return and put some of it to good  use in purchasing a new lawn mower. It is rechargeable and there is no gas required, no wires to pull around the lawn. So today was the day. It was all charged up and I was ready to go.

The front yard was pretty easy, because we did it a few weeks ago with the old mower. But, once I made my way to the backyard I knew I was in for it. If you are a long time reader of this blog then you will know that my backyard is big. It takes me a good hour to mow - even with a good mower - oh, wait, I haven't had a good mower in a long time. I was hoping this first mow was going to go well.

I started with the first run - the second - the third - phew, this was going to be work - I could feel it. I was getting tired. How much longer is this going to take? What do you mean I have to empty the bag? Guess that is a good thing, since my last mower didn't have a bag. The more I mowed the more I realized how out of shape I was.

I got a new mower, this was supposed to be easy.

Well, not only was the lawn on its winter nap, I found out that I too have taken too long of a break. Today was not a good day, to say the least. By the time I was done I had taken a good 45 minute break in between the process just to recharge. That is crazy - I should have been able to do the whole lawn without being so Out of Shape.

I vow to change that Out of Shape moment of today to many more In Shape moments!!!!!!!


Saturday, April 6, 2013

My 2013 Slogans

Today is a computer, "in basket", paperwork kind of clean up day. I am writing Thank You notes, working  on responding to gone too long emails and some other stuff.

In the process of my clean up time I found my little piece of paper that I wrote down my 2013 Slogan. I came up with a few - thought I would share.............and yes, they do rhyme (ha, ha)

Lean in 2013

or how about

Clean and Lean in 2013

or I really like this one

Lean in 2013 to fit into those new Jeans

Wishing you all a most wonderful 2013 (even if we are a few months into the year)


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Comment Leads to Action

The other day I posted the fact that I got a new job and the fact that I was doing a bit more walking from my desk to my supervisors desk, to the end of the hallway into the warehouse and then doing filing that required me to be standing up for a good part of my day. Standing, walking, bending, stretching - it is all a good thing when you are a worker that sits down at a desk for hours on end.

A few days after my posting (which has been a very long time coming) I was thrilled to get a well placed and perfectly timed comment from Michele - one that I was over the moon about, since I have not blogged in a really really long time it is so wonderful to see and hear from people that I have followed for more than two years. The comment was this -

Blogger Michele said...
Congrats on the new job! That must feel great! See if you can build a little more exercise into your day, besides the walking back and forth. Nothing like the present with all the other changes to make some other lifestyle changes. Aim for 15 mi of exercise a day and plan your lunch. Those two changes will reap great benefits.

Not only was I happy to get this comment and to hear the Congrats - which by the way the job became official last Friday and since it was a holiday I got paid for my very first day on the job - woo hoo - then at our orientation meeting we got a bottle of wine, then there is the quarterly bonus this coming Friday (a case of wine) - loving the job and am making sure I am sharing the bonus, and not drinking it all by myself (did I mention that I work for a winery - LOL)

Okay - back on track - today I took that comment about the "building" a little more exercise into my day by doing 30 minutes of walking. I now have a 30 minute lunch and I hate sitting in the break room doing nothing but eating, so after finishing up my packed lunch (more on that later) I made my way out to the parking lot. We have a pretty huge area and there are only about 20 cars to about 100 slots, so there was a lot of walking room. Even if I didn't have the best pair of shoes, I was going to make this work. I did about 6 laps around the parking lot in the last 15 minutes of my lunch.

The rest of the afternoon just flew by. It might have been for the sheer fact that I got in some good exercise, I got to breath in the warmth of the Spring day or that I was actually getting some where with all the paperwork that has been thrown onto my desk.

In addition to Michele's comment, I got to know one of the new ladies at my work during my orientation the other day. She also got  hired on fulltime and we both are in the same building. She talked about not being able to go out for walks or that we don't have windows in our office and that the fresh air would be nice from time to time - we work in a very large industrial warehouse building - there are windows, but that is for the managers that get their own office (and a door - LOL LOL). In our orientation the other day my co-worker was saying how she misses walking almost everyday, that this new job has been a challenge for her in the fact that at the end of the day she is really tired. Sitting at a desk all day, that can do it to you - make you tired and not feeling any energy after a long 8 hour day. During our company introduction they also stressed the fact that we are allowed 2 breaks during the day, each in increments of 15 minutes. I knew I needed to put Michele's motivating comment, my co-workers request to walk and my 15 minute break into action.

The lunchtime break was great and I was feeling energized, so at 3 pm I asked my co-worker to join me - even if we both didn't have the right shoes on, we did 4 laps around the parking lot, got a chance to get to know each other, talk a little bit about our new jobs and we enjoyed the Spring day - overall a great 15 minutes. And yes, I will bring the right shoes starting tomorrow for more walking at break time.

I am truly blessed to have a new job, blessed to have some special people out in the blogging world that give me the advice and comments I need and truly blessed to be working my way back into the weight loss challenge that I have in front of me.

Oh, and about those lunches - I have totally been a good planner in that aspect. I have even added an afternoon snack and most of the time it is yogurt with a little bit of granola - so yummy. With only 30 minutes for a break who has time to travel to a fast food joint and waste gas and money on something that is high in calories.

Wishing everyone great happiness this week - and you never know - your comment can Lead to Action and good Motivation!!!!!!!!!


Monday, April 1, 2013

Contemplation - leads to Inspiration!!!

I have been doing a lot of thinking. Well, don't we all - most of the time my thinking does not lead to action and I really need to be more pro-active about what I am thinking about and actually make the thinking part work out to be a doing part.

Which brings me to my latest thinking moment. More than a month ago I sat down to create my "Inspiration" Boards - I do one every year just about the time that all the weight loss magazines come out. This time I was determined to make my boards (I like to do two) just a little bit bigger then the last ones I did. Well, when I was creating the boards I happened to be at one of my sisters houses visiting - just chilling and taking in a relaxing Sunday night at her place. When my brother-in-law asked what I was doing I told him I was working on my Inspiration Boards - that I do one every year to help with my weight loss. He then said (and not meaning to be hurtful)  - "and how did that last one work for you?" I totally laughed it off. It was pretty funny when I came back with a quick comment of - well, can't you see - and proceeded to twirl around the room. I have not lost much of anything in the last year and my weight loss endeavors have fallen short, to say the least. The fact that he made that comment did get me thinking -

"How has that worked out for me???"  - just because I cut up some pictures and words and then paste them onto some paper, hang them up around the house or on the refrigerator does not make it all work.

It is up to me to make it work. I can read those words every morning as I wake up - one of them is on my closet door - and then I can read those words as I leave for the day - there is one on my door out to the car in the morning - or I can read those words as I open the refrigerator - BUT IT IS UP TO ME TO MAKE THOSE WORDS WORK!!!

Yes - I can be SPECTACULAR
Yes - I can be A BIGGEST LOSER
Yes - I can be SKINNY
Yes - I can be  WOW

BUT - I need to do it!!!!!

I need to make my Inspiration a REALITY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Striving for my own piece of REALITY in the weeks to come!!!!!!!!!!