Archive | January 2013

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The right re-blog post

I tried to do a reblog, but some reason or another it reblogged the wrong post. So i deleted it ( but it still shows up in your reader). This is the link to the correct post I wanted to share. A compilation of 10 inspiring youtube videos, fitness related. Via GlennFolkes’ blog.

http://glennfolkes.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/motivation-inspiration-top-10-viral-motivation-and-inspiration-videos-on-youtube/

Anybody out there?

Anybody out there still following my now inactive diet blog?

I apologize for the lack of blogging and dieting. Please bare with me, as I am not giving up. It is winter in my part of the world, so outside working out isn’t really appealing. I have to figure something out on the work out front.

I have a lot I have to work out, in my head and in my schedule. Like I’ve always said getting healthy isn’t just about what you eat ( though that’s a big part).

Monday, I’m going to try to atleast get back on track food wise.
I do stay active on my days off , and working retail on the weekends I am always on my feet and running about. So, that’s a good thing right? I’m not laying around on my butt all day long.

In the mean time though, feel free to pop over to my personal blog :

http://cornerofconfessions.wordpress.com/

Thank you all for your continue support, you all are great motivation to keep moving forward and force myself to hold myself accountable. Thank you!

What’s your fitness goal?

Saw this on facebook and thought I would share it was so funny. What’s your fitness goal eh? LOL

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Second Chance Award?

I’ve have conflicting feelings with awards. The first nomination i received was from the wonderful Tilda. But, I was new to blogging and didn’t understand or see the value of being nominated from something when I didn’t particularly do anything to earn it.  Then on her blog Swift Expression she started a blogging challenge series and gifted awards to the winners and I was granted onw which i displayed on my blog moments after the announcement without a second thought or hesitation. It was merit based and not chain-mail like.

I was nominated twice for other awards by some of my other followers. I thanked them ( sincerely , i really do appreciate the thought of me and it warms my heart) but i never went ahead and committed to the award and blogged about and displayed it on my blog.

I’ve have been blogging regularly for  a few months now and I keep seeing all types of awards. I’m starting to feel different about them  because I’ve grown as  blogger. I’ve grown connected to my follower and those that i follow. Any thought or input or consideration from my cyber word press family personally touches my heart and i appreciate it greatly.

So, with a new heart trying to over power my skeptical mind I decided to give these awards a chance. New year, new things right?

Cheri over on Cheri Speaks has nominated me for an award, Very Inspiring Blogger Award. SO thank you Cheri, for thinking of me and causing me to open my mind and try new things.  I accept of course 🙂 I would nominate you again if i could!

Here are the rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post.
  • Share 7 interesting things about yourself.
  • Nominate 7 bloggers you admire.
  • Leave a comment somewhere on the seven blogs to make them aware of their nomination

SO Cheri, Thank you again ❤

Now, 7 interesting facts about myself?

1) I have a bad/rude and crude side. I know impossible to fathom of happy go lucky little ol me right? But, i do. I work hard to BE happy and be kind and keep that side in check. But, it’s not easy to be a good person. It’s much easier to be nasty. But, i put the extra effort, take a deep breath and act the part even if i don’t particularly feel very happy or nice that day. And each day that i do , it’s less of a chore and less of an act to the point where  I have reached now where it’s automatic and natural. Some days i still struggle. I also conduct myself different say at work and at home. People are often surprised when i drop that barrier to my two personalities. I just don’t feel comfortable mixing those sides.  Like one of my co-workers heard me curse for the first time yesterday. They nearly dropped the items they were putting back on the shelves they where so shocked. But in real life, i curse a lot actually.

2)It’s not a secret  I like to read. But, i don’ often disclose WHAT i read. I read YA paranormal romance or action or even sci/fi  fiction. I love my supernatural stories. I do read literature and novels occasionally but 90% of my reading is YA series.  Just yesterday I was at work reading my book before my shift and the store manager saw me reading and stopped and said ” Kiddo, so smart! Reading a book! We don’t see alot of that around here! Good job, keeping reading!” I smiled and said thank you i will. Little did she know I was reading about vampires and alchemists. Let her think I was reading Simone De Beauvoir. I have read alot of her works though lol, just making a point.

3)I’m embrassed of my feet. You all know I don’t care what people think of me, how i look, how much i weigh. I can go outside in my pjs, hair a mess and not care. But i rarely show my toes. I have yet to over come this.

4) I wasn’t always comfortable with other people and their judgement. Presently,  true I don’t care. But in my early teens and younger years? I wouldn’t even like to buy fast food or eat in public. I just felt judgment shooting at me like ray beams.

5) I love cheese and i hate it at the same time. I don’t like to handle cheese. I cannot cut the block cheese into little squares to eat with crackers. The smell hits me and i just want to puke. Making mac and cheese? Ugh. I only eat certain kinds of Mac and Cheese because it’s less of a smell.  And straight yellow cheese  please. Don’t bring the white cheddar anywhere near me!

6)I’m a very anxious person. I hate the administrative side of things. I don’t like to be the one to speak and go up to a person for assistance in offices. I don’t like making the phone calls. But i do it anyways. All. the. time

7)I’m very ashamed of my place in life. I thought I would be in a better place and accomplished more by this point. I know I have alot on my plate and good reason to only be where I am now. I do not regret or hold animosity to anyone. But i look at my peers who have their degrees and good jobs and I do feel shame I have not yet reached that. I wish them best luck and am very happy for them, no envy. I just feel ashamed I’m not in the same place. I know i will get there but its depressing to think of the time it will take to get there.

And drum roll please! My nominations are ( in no particular order, and also alot of you have already gotten a award or been awarded so i had to decide on different bloggers)

1) Lost Companion
This blogger i started to follow very recently and I am in awe of her. She is so brave. She shared her history of abuse and struggle and even through her very difficult life trails past and present she is working hard to cope and progress onwards. She has a cheerleader out of me, in her corner wishing her happiness and peace and success.

2) The Dance Theorem
This blogger has reminded what it is like to have passion. She blogs about her passion for dance and lack of outlet to progress with her passion, yet still tries. When i read her blog I am thrilled when she announces she accomplished or pursued something new for her dance. I hope one day to read her blog when she announced she is a full fledged Ballerina.

3)The Invisible Girl Vs. The World
This lovely blogging blogs EVERYDAY about coming of age and struggling with family, college , and her feelings. It’s something special to read everyday and I feel like I’m watching her grow up each day.

4)I Have To Be Skinny
This blogger is up there on my list with her openess and honesty of experiencing life as a plus sized woman and shares her fears and goals to be healthy.  She writes very real life account of her treatment by others and what’s it like in living in a judgmental world.

5)Rest Haven Court
I love this blog. This is a joint blog of sisters that share their Do It Yourself experiences in a very fun and easy to understand way.  They inspire me to get creative.

6) The Cage Of Hunger
Though she doesn’t blog often when she does its a very open and honest account of struggling with eating disorders.

7) Cancer Crutches Babies
I just found this blogger this week and I spent hours sitting there reading every single entry from beginning to end and was left with my heart in little ol’ pieces. She is so brave and strong. My heart breaks for her and this is one of those situations where you wish you knew them in real life to be there for them and help them through life’s impossible choices.

 

After I post this, I will go around to their blogs and left a little comment notifying them I have nominated them. Having completed this award now, I kind of like it. It’s a way of acknowledging each other and helping each other out. I heart you all! Thank you for being part of my blogging life. Many of you I carry with you in my heart in my very real life. Thank you for enriching my life everyone!

Will you walk?

I know it has been quite a while since I last posted. For that, I am sorry. I just didn’t have anything health related to report. While, I have been doing better with actually eating and stuff, it’s still normal and not that healthy. With work, I’m in motion non-stop but I haven’t resumed working out daily either. So, I didn’t want to post mundane things or keep posting the same “I’m not back on track updates”. But, I read something this morning that was amazing and I think we all can benefit from it. I’m said many times, I’m working for my health, not the scale. I don’t care about the numbers, I just want to reach a level of fitness and be in overall good health. I want to live and I want to live for awhile and not be restricted in what I can and cannot do. I don’t want to be one of those people that can’t go on a hike or go on an adventure. I never want to count stairs or research if something has a weight capacity. But, i also don’t want to become a gym rat with obsessive eating tendencies. Conformity is on both sides of the scale. I want a balance. I want to have the liberty to live life and eat a piece of cake if i so desire. No stress. No fuse. Just giving myself those options.

SO i read this facebook status from Michael Moore and I thought it was really amazing.  The power of going for a walk. Really inspirational and motivating. Please give it a read.

I am now in Week 42 of my walks. Each day, 30 minutes, that’s it. Thousands of you have joined me since that Sunday night on March 18 when, as a joke, I said I was going for a walk. I had read that morning in the paper that there were now more people in the U.S. on anti-depressants than those who go to the movies. I tweeted out that maybe that’s the problem — perhaps if people got out and went to the movies more they might feel better. This unleashed a lively conversation about mood-aletering drugs, the lousy movies these days in theaters, the rip-off prices for 3D films, etc. Finally, someone wrote: “Sometimes I think what I need is just a brisk walk.” I tweeted, “Hey, there’s an idea! I’m putting my shoes on right now.” I went out and came back home after 30 minutes — and a few hundred of you had amazingly joined me where you live. So I went walking the next night, probably out of some sort of obligation because so many had written to say “please let’s do it again tonight!” So I did. And the night after that. By the end of the week it was hard to determine how many thousands were now going out with me on these “virtual walks” in hundreds of cities and towns, but it had taken off like a rocket and so we all went walking every night from that point on.

Now it’s 250 days later. What a simple, great idea that person had! Some have asked, “Why are we walking?” “What’s the cause?” There is no cause other than to go for a walk. We do it just because it feels good. We do it because we can. We do it because it’s free and it takes no time. All you need to know is how to put one foot in front of the other (or, for the disabled who’ve joined in, by any means necessary). It’s the perfect slacker/schlub activity.

I am often asked “How much weight have you lost from all this walking?” For a while I didn’t understand the question. I mean, why would I want to lose anything? I have enough trouble finding my keys! Then I got it — skinny people (1/3 of the country) want us, the majority, to be like them. That’s so nice of them.

But the truth is, exercise does not work, diets do not work, feeling crummy does not work. Nothing works. My advice: Quit trying to be something you’re not, be happy with the life you’ve been given, and just go for a pleasant walk outside. With me. Wherever you are. Get off the treadmill, stop drinking diet Coke, throw out all the rules. It’s all a scam and it conspires to keep you miserable. If it says “low-fat” or “sugar-free” or “just 100 calories!” throw it out. Remember, one of the main tenets of capitalism is to have the consumer filled with fear, insecurity, envy and unhappiness so that we can spend, spend, spend our way out of it and, dammit, just feel better for a little while. But we don’t, do we? The path to happiness – and deep down, we all know this — is created by love, and being kind to oneself, sharing a sense of community with others, becoming a participant instead of a spectator, and being in motion. Moving. Moving around all day. Lifting things, even if it’s yourself. Going for a walk every day will change your thinking and have a ripple effect. You’ll find yourself only eating when you’re truly hungry. And if you’re not hungry, go clean your room, or have sex, or call a friend on the phone. Without knowing it, you’ll starting eating like the French (there is no French word for “fast-food”) — and you will feel better. You do not feel better admonishing yourself or beating yourself up or setting up a bunch of unrealistic rules and goals with all the do’s and dont’s that are just begging to be broken. You wanna know something? I eat ice cream every friggin’ day. I drink a regular Coke every single day. I put butter on things. But I also walk every day. Some days now, I walk twice. And now I’ve started to do some push-ups and lifting stuff. It’s building muscle, and in doing so, has created an extra furnace to burn stuff and create energy. Weird! That, in turn, makes me sleep 7-8 hours a night which is another game-changer. And all the walking and lifting makes me thirsty, so that makes me drink more water — another huge plus!

So, you can see from the photo of me up in the box that something has changed. I have no idea how much weight I’ve lost and I don’t care. I don’t care about that or diets or home gym equipment or rules about what I can or cannot eat or anything other than making sure I go on my walk today. That’s it. That’s the big secret. It costs nothing. I feel great. I can see my feet! There they are! Hello, feet! Wanna go for a walk? The feet say YES! Ask yours right now. And if you want, join me. But do NOT go on that walk with me if you are doing so to “get fit”, “be healthy”, or “lose weight”. You are fine just the way you are. Only walk outside with me right now because you know it might just feel good, because it’s a beautiful day, or someone is joining in with you, the fresh air is invigorating, you have to drive down to the drug store but you realize you can walk there, or simply because it’s just nice to be alive for one more day. Walk to walk and nothing else — and the other stuff will take care of itself.

I’m heading outside in an hour. Join me. And let me know how it went

 

 

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