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


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

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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

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Uselessness & Feelings of Rejection

I really wish I was less of a thinking man and more of a fool not afraid of rejection.
~Billy Joel (Brainy Quotes)


This image pretty much sums me up today. I found this pic in an article on IQ taking a hit following rejection. I couldn’t find any source credit for the art, & when I tried to get a link for the site, my antivirus blocked it as a malicious site. So… I’m opting not to pass it on.

Today I was pretty much useless.  I didn’t go to sleep till after 6AM & then slept into the afternoon.  I think my brain stayed in the bed though.  I did not do, or hardly even consider doing, anything purposeful today.  I put away some groceries I bought in the wee hours this morning when I went out for a new toothbrush & the strongest sinus medicine I could find.  The sinus pills & some ibuprofen have helped a little, but I still feel like crap.  I am so achy & tired.  I think the weather is part of it, as the worse the weather has been the worse my head feels, especially my ears.  If this doesn’t clear up, I’m going to have to break down & go to the doctor.  Blah.

Tomorrow will be better.  Until my weigh-in anyways>_<  I has occurred to me to skip my WW meeting tomorrow, but I am committed to going.  That’s one of my focuses for this year, to go to my meetings even if, especially when, I’ve gotten off track.  Great way to motivate myself back on track.

It has also been a bit of an emotional day.  But that’s pretty normal when I don’t feel well.  I lack the wherewithal to keep fighting off my anxieties giving them a great foothold. Continue reading

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Random Juice Flowing

“I’ve decided that perhaps I’m bulimic and just keep forgetting to purge.”
~Paula Poundstone
(Quote Garden)

ittybitty cupcake, GREAT BIG ICING!

Different colors & design, but this is pretty much what the cupcakes we had this weekend were like. I ate seven of them in three days. I ate the icing like it was an icecream cone. (Image used from Cupcakes Take The Cake)

Got home tonight, & decided to make a brief post before I die, just to get my blogging juices flowing since I didn’t post all weekend – & I’m trying to be more posty.

  • I have returned home ill.  Went running, jacketless, in 30something degree weather.  Came back with purple fingers.  Now have a sore throat, headache, body aches, & an ever so slight fever.  I probably won’t die, but I always like to be prepared just in case.
  • I did exercise over the weekend, hurray!
  • I also ate my way through the weekend>_<  Continue reading