Thursday, November 13, 2014
(Cue the Star Wars music please)
A Long Time Ago in A Galaxy Far, Far Away.....
There was a great Jedi Knight named SKINNYPOWELL1. She was once strong with the ways of the SPARK (Force), a Jedi Master even. It's been a long time since she's been active on SPARK even after having enjoyed much success over the past several years. So why did this once great Jedi go into hiding?????
Simply put.....she "let herself go" and is/was ashamed of who she had become, thinking she no longer needed the Force (SPARK) to keep track of meals, fitness minutes, spark buddies, etc. All previous success cast down into the Pit of Carcoon (gained back 30+ pounds and became preoccupied with many other things). She thought she could handle it all...until a long, powerful glance in the mirror, and then the "ah ha" moment struck like an asteroid.... the Jedi Master was still there, just hidden deep inside.
The once great Jedi Master is back on track - living the true ways of the SPARK. Struggling to let go of the "dark side"...like over eating, under estimating calories, no exercising, etc. This month has been the awakening. I'm back to tracking on SPARK, eating healthy, and I'm back to running, biking and all the great workouts that I enjoyed in the past.
My new mission is clear.... "Do or Do Not....There is No Try". I have set my course.... and will enjoy my journey thru the galaxy once more, in search of my former self.....the true Jedi Master.
(pic from google)
Thursday, February 20, 2014
I have been sick with some sort of nasty 10-day virus that turned into an ear/sinus infection - the headaches and ear aches have been horrible and debilitating - never in my life have I experienced ear pain as bad as this, felt like someone was using my head for batting practice. I've been sick going on three weeks now, still not quite up to par but hoping I will be over it in a few days thanks to good old fashion Amoxicilin. I know, quit complaining, it could be so much worse, but this has been a really rough 3 weeks, not to mention a really rough winter. The temps have been unseasonal here and I'm not accustomed to such, I know...another good excuse to whine. I've been in hibernation for the past 2 months. Quick....someone call the Wham-bulance.
I have reached a new level of disgust with myself over these past few weeks. I’ve let myself go, it’s time to take control and get on the ball. I thought about how thoroughly disgusted and disappointed with myself I am while eating a bowl of ice cream..... in bed, watching TV last night and looking at myself in the mirror, that will tell you I was having a pity party and giving myself a serious WAKE-UP call. Oh and add to that...wearing a size bigger pj pants too, that's the cherry on top of the sundae.
The other wake-up call came when I got on the scale at the doctor’s on Tuesday….TILT, TILT, TILT – it said….one foot at a time please – holy bajeebies. Time to take action, no more excuses – the old SKINNY needs to resurface.
I've been in hiding, living in Egypt – on “de Nile” that is.
Denial... I can eat whatever, whenever I want, with no consequences. Like choosing a McDonald's burger and fries over what I used to eat...healthy, loaded salads. Seriously, fallen off the deep end there. I can't believe I reached that level, uggghhh.
Denial... that counting calories is not necessary, I can guestimate how many calories I'm consuming - oh well, guess I don't need to keep track at all.
Denial...I can still keep my running game going (in my mind of course), all the while having my butt sit on the couch and wishing I were out running but finding every excuse not to. It's too windy, it's too cold, I have a headache, I'm too busy, yada, yada and the list goes on. I have a half marathon I am supposed to run in less than 2 months, it's my running partner's first one, I can't let her down.
SMACK !!!!!! - pull yourself up by the boot straps SKINNY, get with it, get back in the game, be proud of yourself, you know you can do it.
I am packing my bags and moving from Egypt...... So let it be written, so let it be done.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
I saw this online today and thought I would share, neat time lapse and great use of photo editing.
Society does not define me - be happy in the skin you're in.
Monday, August 19, 2013
I have lived near the beach all my life and have never, ever run on the sand for a workout. Friday morning, my running buddy Paulette and I ran four miles on the boardwalk then decided to run the last few blocks on the sand.
I always thought it would be TOO HARD to run in the sand, so I avoided it, until Friday. I overcame my thoughts about it, and glad I tried it....ahhhhhh NEW LOVE, we both loved it. WOW, I can't believe I have never done this....BEST workout EVER. This new love will be adding to my running schedule once a week.
The best thing happened during our morning run.....Paulette tells me she's ready for a half marathon, WOO HOO, time to get into half-marathon shape. YEAH, a goal to work towards. Sis, Paulette and myself....Flying Pirate Half-Marathon....here we come.
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
This weekend I had the pleasure of meeting one of my SPARK sisters. We met on Spark a while back, not sure how long but I know it's been over a year maybe even two, time just flies these days. We have been sparking together, inspiring each other, exchanging emails, texting and then to talking on the phone. I invited her to come to visit me here in Virginia Beach.
Sami arrived on Thursday evening. Both of us were nervous (just a little nervous) about meeting each other for the first time....what if she didn't like me? what if I didn't like her? Well all that went out the window as soon as I saw her. We just "clicked", just like I knew we would. There was never an "awkward" moment the entire weekend, it's like we had known each other all our lives - WOW, we truly are sisters, from another mother of course, lol.
Our husbands thought we were out of our minds with "meeting our internet friends", what if we were serial killers, lol (husbands tend to be a little on the drastic side) - but after this weekend I think they are both convinced we aren't totally crazy (well maybe a little) - but my husband enjoyed having her stay and told me he really liked her - so now I get to venture to visit her neck of the woods next time.
We enjoyed dining out, we shopped til we dropped (literally), talked, laughed, went sightseeing, I had my family over for a cookout on Sunday so she could meet my crazy bunch, I wanted everyone to meet her and for her to meet everyone and we made a special trip to see my BFF Teresa, I wanted Sami to meet her too.
I enjoyed Sami's visit very much (only it was too short).....
Early morning chats over coffee, as in 5 a.m. - Both of us like to chat (imagine that, hee hee)
Kitchen time - I couldn't get out of my kitchen duties the entire time, darn (I did have to feed the menfolk, lol) - she helped with the meals, dishes, etc. She even taught me how to make some fantastic hashbrowns (Sami style as they are now known) and to flavor a baked potato with a bay leaf (who knew). To further demonstrate how super, dooper Sami is....she offered to make the hamburger patties for our cookout, she knows I can't stand to touch raw meat, eewhhhhhh....now what a woman and a friend, thanks lady.
Shopping - we both love to shop and better yet...we love a good bargain and we ran into a bunch of super deals and got some serious retail therapy - and we even made a stop in to the salon for a hair cut too.
I was so sad to see her go, but so glad I got to finally meet her. It is so hard to find truly genuine, sweet people in this world and of all the millions of people that are members of SPARKPEOPLE, we found each other. So not only is Sami a super Spark friend...she is now a part of my family. Looking forward to many happy sister years.
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