My Year To Thrive

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." ~Maya Angelou

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Another Disappointing Loss, More Whining, & A List Of Positives To Balance It Out

“Time and time again I’m half stalled
One giant leap of faith is easy
When everyone you ask is so sure.”
~Snow Patrol “Grazed Knee” (Lyrics007)

Listening to Snow Patrol tonight to perk myself up & those lyrics to “Grazed Knee” just really spoke to me. Actually they always do, but tonight I decided they would be my post quote. Prior to looking the lyrics up, I always thought he said “half starved”, but half stalled works ever better for me right now!

Today was very up & down. It started off on the wrong foot since my alarm didn’t go off, so I didn’t wake up enough to get in an early run. Then I was having a relaxing day & actually getting a few things done around the house when something so ridiculously meaningless & stupid happened I can’t even believe it upset me so much, but all my good feelings just drained out of me. I went right to the feeling of being alone & unsupported. Continue reading



Still Waiting On That Magic Energy I Was Promised…

“If you focus on results, you will never change.  If you focus on change, you will get results.”
~Jack Dixon (Motivating Quotes)

Snevel the Snail - feeling sluggish

Found this cute snail cartoon & wanted to share. It’s from a small cartoon site,, for “Snevel & Co. Featuring the world’s most extreme snail”. The image links to the site.

(6/19/2012 – I’m sorry Snevel has disappeared.  It isn’t on the site anymore & I can’t find where it has moved to.  I’ll leave it here in case it comes back though.)

So I’m going on week 5 of daily exercise, & still feel sluggish.  Everything & everyone tells me “exercise will give you energy!”  Nope, I just feel tired all the time still.

I’ve been fighting an ear & sinus infection though, & just finished up the rx sinus pills yesterday & will finish the antibiotic tomorrow.  Not really feeling much better, but maybe in a few days it will come together. Continue reading


“Slim Down Challenge” Gets Real

“…I realized that I actually like my body, even if it’s not perfect according to the book.  I just feel sexy.  For the first time, I don’t want to get rid of the curves.  I just want to tone it up.  My body is comfortable, and it’s not unhealthy, so I’m going to rock with it.”
~Rihanna (Brainy Quotes)

Hefty garbage bags

I am not garbage, so why would you put me in one of these? (image used from Hefty’s website, click image for link.)

Today was day 2 of the first week of my slim down challenge at the gym.  So far we have done the treadmill, the eliptical, & the weights, mostly machines but some free weights.  It is certainly a challenge, & our trainer pushes us out of the comfort zone, which is what I wanted, but I started having concerns about her today. Continue reading


Success, Success, & Not So Much Today

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
~Maria Robinson (ThinkExist)

Winged Potato

I made this tonight for a friend after a random comment of “give your potato wings”. My mind comes up with the craziest stuff. Even I don’t know what it means. She calls herself a potato body-wise, so I think it’s about being free & hopeful. Everytime I look at this potato it makes me happy. It truly evokes a sense of freedom & hopefulness for me. Doesn’t the potato look blissful?

SUCCESS #1:  Today was W1D2 of the Run a 5K in 100 Days program for me.  Hurray!  It went very well & I even added some extra walking before & after to get my exercise time up to 1&1/2hrs.  I run nearly as slow as I walk, so it was about 3.5miles in total.  I averaged about 2.5mph, usual for me. Continue reading


Ready To Break The Sugar Cycle… Again

“Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.”
~Carl Jung (BrainyQuotes)

Sugar Addicts Cartoon

A very apt cartoon & accompanying article (click the image for the link) showing the power sugar has over us as a society, & how that might be viewed by outsiders. We are like well trained lab rats. Thanks to Mark Adams & for this.

I went over my points again today.  That makes me seven for seven days this week going over my daily points allowance.  Today was not so bad though, thankfully.  Today I only went over by exactly the number of points in the raspberry cheesecake cookie I ate at Subway.  Oops.  Damn, that’s a good cookie!  But it’s not entirely the cookie’s fault I went over.  I could have not eaten other things, but it was the one I could have, & should have, most done without.  But my body was craving something sweet & I caved.  I had a doctor’s appointment today, so skipped eating before it.  By the time I got out of there I was starving & weak:( Continue reading

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Good News, Meh News

“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.”
~John Pierpont Morgan (QuotationsBook)

Running Man by Travis Lampe

This image perfectly captures how I feel about running at the moment 🙂 It links to an article on running & being fat at Utne, which credits the image to Travis Lampe @ Could not find the image on his site, so default linked to the article.

You may have gleaned from the image & its caption, I have started running again.  Hurray!  I got my paperwork in last night for Brad Gansberg’s 5K in 100 Days running program & got my acceptance email this morning.  Decided no time like the present, so I did my first workout today. Continue reading


Woo hoo! Four pounds :D

“If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” ~Frank A. Clark (ThinkExist)

In my sexy new walking hat.

I bought a sexy new hat after getting a bit too much sun on my face & scalp during a long walk on Tuesday. I have always loved hats, but shy away from them because I have a huge head & don’t normally care for how they look on me. This was a fast $2 clearance purchase at the dollar store & I ❤ it!

Know what else I love this week?  Losing four pounds at Weight Watchers!  Oh yeah, FOUR pounds this week:D  Felt great, especially after all the work I put in the last three days just to work off the points overage for the week.  It makes 32.2lbs lost, so I got my 6th 5lb star:) & I finally got my 10% key chain (they were out when I actually hit my 10%) & my 25lb weight.  Go me! Continue reading