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Odds and Ends (Or A Glimpse Inside My Mind!!!)

Saturday, February 06, 2010      8 comments

My wifes birthday is Valentines Day. Two of my daughters stopped over the other evening and we all were sitting in the living room talking about next weekends plans. We have six children and only three live here in town. Most of the discussion c... Read more

Never Underestimate The Value Of Humor

Friday, February 05, 2010      8 comments

I have a client who over the years has become a close friend. We met under less than "friendly" circumstances. His company hired me to help him create strategies to improve his job performance. He was extremely close to losing his job, after twe... Read more

Creating Real Change In My Life

Thursday, February 04, 2010      8 comments

I sat at my desk late yesterday afternoon very frustrated. I felt like I had accomplished absolutely nothing the entire day. It started with my daughter calling at seven AM asking me a really big favor. She left her work shoes at home and needed... Read more

Goals and Objectives

Wednesday, February 03, 2010      5 comments

One of my team leaders did an exceptional job of inspiring me to set some goals and objectives for myself over the next sixty days or so. I have some long term goals and I believe I have shared them in past postings. I am going to run in a 5k on... Read more

Sometimes You Learn The Hard Way

Tuesday, February 02, 2010      11 comments

One of the benefits of being self employed is that you can set your own schedule. If you want to take a long weekend you can. It also means that after you have spent all day in the car you come home, change your clothes and go to a very late aft... Read more

The Past Is Past

Monday, February 01, 2010      7 comments

I drove over five hundred miles one way to see a band perform this weekend. They are not a band whose name you would recognize. I did it on a whim. Well okay, I planned it out for three weeks ahead of time but trust me ďI donít do things like t... Read more

Changing Slowly

Sunday, January 31, 2010      4 comments

I have gained so many wonderful Spark friends in the past seven week. I am so grateful for their encouragement and positive support. One of them gave me some advice last week that has stuck in my head and will not go away. That's a good thing!!!... Read more

Fate Smiles On Me......... Once Again

Saturday, January 30, 2010      8 comments

By the time we got ready to go yell surprise to my sister-in-law at the local pizza parlor, I was acting like I was about 12. I was hungry. I was tired and I was mad at the world because, well I was just mad at the world. Things didnt get b... Read more

A Good Motivator

Friday, January 29, 2010      5 comments

First a very sincere thanks to those who responded to yesterdays posting. I really felt the support and the encouragement. I "felt the love." Last night while I was drifting off to sleep I set two very long term goals for myself. I want to ... Read more

The Challenge Ahead

Thursday, January 28, 2010      6 comments

Tomorrow morning I venture into the world of the unhealthy. My wife and I begin a short winter vacation . Most people head south for such a venture but not us. We head north, where it's even colder. One of my wifes dear sisters is celebrati... Read more

A Most Valuable Lesson

Wednesday, January 27, 2010      4 comments

First a thousand apologies for feeling sorry for myself all over this blog posting yesterday. i walked around half of yesterday feeling not good and not bad but odd. I did my cardio, but never quite got the rush I normally get from it. I felt li... Read more

You Can Feel Bad If It Makes You Feel Better

Tuesday, January 26, 2010      3 comments

I am really proud of what I've accomplished in the past month or so. I am so proud that I feel guilty. While the exterior of me is gradually changing and I am becoming comfortable with changing the way I look at food and exercise I realized this... Read more

A Milestone of Sorts

Monday, January 25, 2010      5 comments

Most people are familiar with the story of Moses wandering in the desert for forty years looking for the Promised Land. What most people donít know is that the journey, on foot, from Point A to Point B takes approximately ten days. Moses never ... Read more

When It's Worth IT

Sunday, January 24, 2010      2 comments

I had one of "those" weeks. A lotta really good moments, a few shaky ones and a couple, "Oh my what do I do now." (I dont really say "oh my" but you get the point.) I fought off just chucking this all together: way to much to do and rememb... Read more

Enjoying The Journey

Saturday, January 23, 2010      5 comments

I woke up at three am this morning because I had a cramp in my left big toe. It hurt bad enough that I was fully awake. In five minutes the cramp was gone but I was still wide awake. I laid there for a bit letting all kinds of stuff float throug... Read more


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