Thursday, December 16, 2010
It's funny how stuff happens sometimes. Yesterday I woke up in a great mood. I did a 45 minutes workout (I still feel it today - yahoo!), I was ready for the day, and I was feeling good. And then my car started acting up on the highway. I took it in, and it's still there. Hopefully it's not a big deal and I'll have it back today.
But this is not a blog about my car (anymore). This is a blog about the kindness of people and the realization that it's never a bad idea to ask for help. A good friend from work "rescued" me yesterday morning. She hopped back in her car (she was already at work) and came to get me when I called. I had about four people ask if I needed a ride home. I used to get really funny about asking people for help - I think it was a "why would they want to help me?" mentality.
But what's kind of weird is that I teach the kids all the time that it's a good idea to ask for help. It's OK if they can't do everything by themselves. I guess I need to listen to a few of my own lessons. People WANT to help. Goodness, I know I'd help out anyone who needed it.
What's funny is that when I realized how many people were willing to help me, the smaller a deal my car became. No more was I fretting about getting home or to school... one of the girls told me I could call her anytime I needed a ride. I had someone Facebook me that they'd pick me up whenever I needed it. 'Tis the season. But then again, it's *always* the season for helping others.
And what goes best with someone's help? A "thank you," of course. Brad's mom got me into writing cards and notes, sometimes for a reason, sometimes for no reason at all. So I have lots of blank note cards. Last night I spend some time writing some little notes and attaching them to some bags of cookies (I made some super molasses cookies last night).
My personal challenge today is to say "thank you" for help and really mean it. If a first grader picks up a pencil that was just sitting around, I want them to know that it was a big help for them to clean it up for me. If a second grader lets me through the line so I can heat up my tea, I want them to know they did something really nice. When my mechanic calls me and tells me he fixed my car, I want him to know how awesome it is that he could fit it into his schedule (so I think I'll take him a container of cookies).
So who are you going to thank today? For what are you going to thank them? Something big? Something little? If traffic is backed up and someone lets you in, give that person who let you in front of them a wave and a big goofy grin. If you get a hug from a kid today, tell them how much you love the hug. If your doggie greets you, thank them with a pet and a bone.
Have a great day!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
I can tell the holiday season is in full swing - I had my first night of overeating Christmas cookies. I went to a Christmas party last night. Dinner was salad (I had a huge salad!), baked ziti with meatballs (stuck to one serving!), some yummy bread (stuck to 1 slice!), and cookies for dessert (enter the "wah-wah" trombone). However, I am going to focus on the positive...
I only ate the cookies that were homemade. Someone brought a cake from the store, and I remembered my holiday rule of only eating things that were homemade. YAHOO!
Someone brought these peanut butter fudge squares. They were tasty, but when she told us what was in them? Shortening - YUCK. Hershey's chocolate - ugh. I can get that anytime. Give me a good piece of dark chocolate Ghiradelli anytime. So while they tasted good at first, the more I knew about them, the less worth-it the calories were. Only had one. YAHOO!
Had minimal cheese and crackers. I brought some good crackers with a homemade cheese ball (garlicky and a little spicy - delish!) but I only had a bit of it. YAHOO!
So despite the 78437859230 cookies I ate (or at least it seemed like it), they were (relatively) small and I managed to not go crazy with the rest of my food. I will chalk up last night as a win. And if I can be even *more* conscious about what I eat through the rest of the holidays, I'll be buying some smaller pants in no time!
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Ugh. Another cold/sinus infection. This time I woke up with jaw and tooth pain. I didn't even know that one could get that kind of pain from a sinus infection. But after some Facebook investigating, I found out that some of my friends have/had the same thing.
So today was a total couch day. Did a little bit - wrote out some Christmas cards, did a little laundry, but other than that, I slept all day. I have a headache - soon taking some Nyquil and going to bed.
Brad's parents are coming up to visit tomorrow... as much as I like to see them, I would honestly rather spend the day in bed. We'll see what happens.
The worst part about being sick is how is affects my workout routine. It's so difficult for me to get back into it after I've been away from it for a few days. But I guess the only way to do it is to do it... so hopefully Monday morning I'll be good to go. Unless we get snow (I'm keeping my fingers crossed!), and then I'll go later on Monday.
Off to visit the couch...
Thursday, December 09, 2010
I consider myself a good driver, and I'm pretty good in the snow. It helps that I live close to a ski place - the roads are generally taken care of very well so that people can go skiing. The worst part about my drive home is getting into my development. I have to go up two hills to get to my driveway, and then I have to go down a hill to park. Getting out of my driveway when it snows is a big problem - I have been stuck a few times because I can't get up the hill.
So anyway, this morning I was up early to go to the gym, and to my surprise, we had some snow on the ground. I love when it snows! But I don't love the thought of having to get up the driveway. I heated up my car and was all ready to go. I had a heck of a time getting up the hill - my tires were slipping up near the top. There is one side of me that says "just get out of the development - the rest of the roads are fine." But there is another side of me, the one that says "you don't need the stress of trying to get back home after the gym." So I parked my car at the top of my driveway and came back inside.
"Blessed are the flexible, for they shall never be bent out of shape."
This was supposed to be a run day for me. I have to admit, I was a little bummed that I didn't make it to the gym. For a minute, I even told myself "that's a really lame excuse. You know the roads are going to be fine once you get on them." But I know that if I would have gone to the gym, my run would have been filled with thoughts of "are you going to be able to get home? Will you make it to the house?" I don't know how any of you are, but if I have something like that on my mind, I can't concentrate on a really good workout.
So after pouting a little bit ("My workout schedule is RUINED!"), I came home, looked at the forecast, and saw that tomorrow is going to be clear. So instead of tomorrow being my rest day, it's today. There. Done.
And actually, it's a good thing. My legs are still sore from Tuesday night's classes, and I just did upper body ST yesterday. So all my muscles need a rest day before I do any more strength training anyway. And besides, this gave me time to pack my lunch today.
- Drink five Siggs of water
- Enjoy my meal tonight at Brad's Christmas party
- Stay positive
- Roll with the kids' excitement at school (they are getting excited for Christmas - the first snow does that to them. And rather than fighting it, I will adapt to it. My most important job is to keep them safe. So we will do lots of moving, and I will keep them safe.)
I did everything on my list yesterday, so I treated myself to a glass of wine. And Brad was home early, so I treated myself to a second glass. Lucky for me, I drank lots of water yesterday so I woke up feeling great.
Make it a good one!
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