Friday, January 13, 2012

Power Color -- I'm not sure

http://blogthings.com/whatsyourpowercolorquiz/


Red-Orange

At Your Highest:

You are warm, sensitive, and focused on your personal growth.

At Your Lowest:

You become defensive and critical if you feel attacked.

In Love:

You are loyal - but you demand the respect you deserve.

How You're Attractive:

You are very affectionate and inspire trust.

Your Eternal Question:

"Am I Respected?"

Historical Figures Admired

A couple of these historical figures are past presidents.  One of my favorite presidents was Theodore Roosevelt (he hated being called "Teddy").  He was more than just a man's man, you know?  He was the first president to travel OUTSIDE of the United States to get something done.  He was a nature conservationalist.

I also liked Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson.  I didn't realize how much I liked how these past presidents until a recent history class.  They've helped me realize how strongly I feel on certain subjects and I've found comfort with a political party.  That party will never be elected to the presidency, but I can still have my goals.  My current favorite is running in the Republican party; he's originally Libertarian.  I don't agree with a lot of what he's done since he switched, but he still has some Libertarian ideals.  We'll see what happens.

I love the literary heroes, too.  Dante, Shakespeare, Shaharazad, Angelou and so many others.  Their stories filled us with the recipes for good imagination.  What little girls dream of with knights in shining armor.  The little boys who want to be the badass.  All of these aspirations come from stories inspired by these writers.

I never thought that I would put politicians and writers in the same entry about admirable figures, but things tend to change as we age.

Things I'd like to change about myself

I'll try to at least list five things I'd like to change about myself or my life.

The first thing I'd like to change about my life is being a better saver and saving every penny I made.  If I was smart and I didn't constantly buy stupid shit (that I don't even HAVE anymore), I'd be better off.  We wouldn't be where we are financially.  We'd be better.

Myself?  I need to drop 10-15 pounds and get toned in my abdominal area.  I really wish my old RDC lived close-by; we used to go the gym together after we had our babies.  I miss going to the gym with her.  I always felt great and I was able to increase reps and weights in the two months that we were going.  I was feeling stronger and better about myself.

I'd like to read books that aren't just about the paranormal or romance books.  I tried one sci-fi book a few years ago and it was okay, but I haven't gone back to the genre.

I need to finish what I set out to do.  Today, for example, I started laundry; only two loads.  I have the basket sitting on the bed while I'm doing this blog as well as playing Forsaken World on my hubby's laptop and PC (my character is on his laptop and his character [or "toon" as they call them] is on his PC).

Definitely need to eat before doing any kind of shopping at Walmart, too.  I really need to work on that, too.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Our wedding day

Though I was very happy to marry my best friend, the entire day was nothing short of a lot of angry tears.  It's a sore spot, to say the least.  The pictures say that we're happy (and we were) the there was a lot of animosity toward my mother from me, my husband, his mom, and grandmother (sadly, the only members of his family able to attend our wedding).  I still hold some of that anger toward her, especially now as my younger sister is planning her wedding.  My mother wasn't really involved with things once we got there (we were living in California but got married in Colorado).  I mean, she did a lot of the legwork for me, but I saw more of my mother-in-law in the bridal room than my own mother.  She was hanging out in the chapel chatting it up with people instead of being with her oldest daughter as she got ready for her wedding.  I'm willing to BET that she'll be there with my sister, whom she's always favored over me.My wedding seemed more like my mother's wedding.

I walked away eternally bound with my husband, in the presence of my close friends and family.   Our ceremony was wonderful and was probably the only that turned out exactly how I wanted.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Goals

This year, I'd like to accomplish:

1.  Getting to my goal weight of 145 pounds.
2.  Graduating from the local community college with two Associate's degrees.
3.  Add another 60 pages to my novel (I've only been working on it since 2004).
That's really it.  I figure, keep it small, keep it manageable, keep it ATTAINABLE.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

GPS

If you had a GPS that gave you life directions, where do you think it would take you?

From this point in my life, I think my GPS would direct me to finish my degree (two Associate's) and find a better job.  If my GPS worked in 2003, it would have told me to not spend my money on stupid shit and have as much as possible put into my Thrift Savings Plan.  If I made those two decisions, I think I (we) would be much better off.


5 Qualities

I always have difficulty with posts like these, so here goes.
1.  I'm compassionate.
2.  I have conviction.
3.  I'm willing to give anyone a chance.
4.  I have passion.
5.  I'm a total sap.

Does that work?  =/  I hope so.  Like I said, I have trouble with posts like this.

Monday, January 02, 2012

Not resolutions, just goals

Resolutions is just another word for goals.  To me, goals are much more tangible and attainable than resolutions.  Many people make resolutions for the new year and rarely achieve them (be honest-- when was the last time you achieved and stuck with just one of your new year's resolutions?).  Making goals for yourself are more often than not easier to accomplish. 

Resolution:  I'm going to drop at least 50 pounds this year!
Goal:  I'm going to lost 50 pounds this year through diet and exercise.

Yeah, they don't always sound like that, but a LOT of resolutions have to do with weight loss.  Let's face it-- we're a fat country.  Unfortunately, not many of those who make this resolution will make it.  They'll have a strong start, but it will peter out and then they'll get discouraged when they don't see the weight indicator on the scale move down.  They'll see it move up instead.  What a lot of them don't realize is that muscle weighs MORE than fat.

Don't jump all over me for calling us a fat country.  I'm over-weight and I've been struggling with it for a long time.  I finally figured out that I need to drink less soda and more water.  I don't exercise as much as I should.

Something else that will help in achieving your goal for the new year is to pace yourself.  Making a chart on poster board works really well for this.  Working with the weight loss goal, figure out how much weight you can loss healthily.  This is normally about a pound a week.  Then, figure out what you're eating and drinking.  Keep a journal for about two weeks as this will give you a good idea about what you're putting into your body.  Also write in that journal whatever kind of physical activity you do (from walking to vacuuming to cleaning, etc.) and for how long.  Research online to find out how many calories one can burn from each activity and how long one has to do that activity to burn however many calories you want to burn.

Back to the chart.  Each day, find out which unhealthy thing you're eating or drinking and try to substitute it with something healthy.  If you don't like vegetables, here's one tidbit that may help you swallow them.  Your body burns more calories digesting the vegetable you just ate than there are calories in the vegetable.  Get lost?  Say that a raw carrot is 42 calories.  Your body will burn more than 42 calories to digest that rw carrot.

Making small changes to your diet and daily routine will help you lose the weight you want to lose.  Going by the one pound per week, you can easily lose 50 this year.  I think you'll find that within six months, you're feeling better.

Good luck with your goals this year!