Speaking of Change

Last week I blogged about Change, and low and behold, this week was filled with changes at work. I am really excited about this change and the work I am going to be doing. The simple version is that I have a new boss and will be working with a new group of people.

I did have some decisions to make during this transition that made me a bit nervous. The kind of funny feeling in the pit of your stomach that means I am anxious about the results. I am one of those people who hates to do the wrong thing and likes to worry.

But I am pleased to report a decision was made. Only time will tell if I made the correct decision.

Does anyone else have a physical reaction when faced with important decisions?

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Change and Progress

”Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

~George Bernard Shaw~

I am still amazed at how resistant some people are to change. It is true, no one really likes change, but it is a part of life, right?  I am a Weight Watcher member and recently WW changed their program due to new research; specifically they changed their “points.”  This was a month ago.  Yes, there are some things I wasn’t happy with: protein is the lowest points and I am really not much of a meat eater (no red meat at all).  And no, I didn’t like the fact I had to learn a new program at Christmas time.  But there were things that I was thrilled about – hello free fruit! More points per day! And actually learning a new program at Christmas time helped me stay focused on healthy choices (okay, somewhat).  I didn’t realize that I was being a positive person when I focused on those things.  I didn’t really think about it at all – the program changed, fact of life.  I just kept moving. 

WW has community boards that I like to read from time to time because I learn new tips and it helps to know that others are battling with weight loss also.  But I am so sick and tired of the naysayers, the whiners and the complainers who after a month are still complaining about the new program!  It is to the point that I don’t even want to visit the boards anymore.  I didn’t realize that adults behaved this way for this long when it comes to change!  If you don’t like the program, go join Jenny Craig, go do something else. Find something that you do enjoy, change what you don’t like!  But why keep moaning about how you like the old program better and you want to keep doing the old program?  What do these people do when their job duties change? Their kids join a new sport?  Do they live their entire life like this?  Do they even have any friends left?  I just don’t understand how such a simple change could cause this much angst in adults. I wonder what they do when the big stuff changes.  I think that people who get stuck on what was, or could have been, are just stuck. 

 I say just roll with the punches, grumble a bit, and move on.  For my part, I have decided that I will not read any more posts that might be complaints about the change.

“Instead of crying over spilt milk, go milk another cow. ”

~Erna Asp~

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Post a Week 2011

Yesterday I announced that one of my “resolutions” is to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now. I will be posting on this blog once a week for all of 2011. I am joining the challenge at The DailyPost. I plan to use The Daily Post for inspiration and tips on better blogging. I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome, and wonderful. If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments, likes, and good will along the way.  And if you have any tips or suggestions to make it more interesting, please let me know!



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New Years Resolutions

“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” ~ Sir Edmund Hillary

I am not a big fan of New Years resolutions. I think that every day is a new day, and that if you want to change something, start today. Waiting for a special day puts unnecessary pressure and hype on that future date, making it harder to stick to what it is your are trying to change. I have especially come to embrace this belief since joining Weight Watchers. How many times do we start our diets on Monday? Woops… fell apart on Wednesday, well next Monday I will start again. So you go hog wild the rest of the week. No more of that my friends. Each meal is an opportunity to jump back in the saddle. Blew breakfast at IHOP? Then eat a healthy lunch and dinner. It takes a lot of the pressure off and alleviates the guilt. Plus, I think it is just healthier for you physically and mentally.

So, I will admit that I started my resolutions last week. In December 2010. Gasp. I know, I should be horse whipped. But I am ahead of the game!

So here are somethings that I am working on. Unfortunately, I don’t really have measurable goals, so I am likely to fail. I see that. But truth be told, since I don’t believe in resolutions, I didn’t sit down and figure out what I wanted to measure exactly, but I did think about how to accomplish them.

1. Save more money/buy less stuff.
I plan to do this by staying out of stores! I have always been good at lists, but I need to stick to them while at the store. I just don’t need anymore stuff!

2. Clean out my cabinets.
We have food. Tons of it. I could open a soup kitchen out of my pantry. It is so bad I am finding food I forgot I bought, expired. So my goal is to start making meals with what I have in the pantry. This will also help with goal number one.

3. Finish a half marathon!
This is the one I really started working on last week. So far I have completed week one of my training program. It involves walking 5 times a week. So far so good, I know I can keep up the good work!

4. Regularly do the dishes.
In other words, no dirty dishes in the sink. And unload that dishwasher timely!

5. Track.
I need to go back to writing down everything I eat. It is the only way I realize exactly how much I am eating.

6. Blog more.
Okay, I should set a goal. How about once a week? Even if it just a quote or a picture of the dogs? Does that sound good? Boy I am a broken record with this one!!

So there you have it! That is all I have so far. As of today, January 3rd, I have not been in a store, we are eating leftovers for dinner, today is my ‘rest day’ but I am going to play Wii fit when I get home, my dishes are done, and I have tracked all my food. And here is your first blog post for 2011!
Happy New Year!


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A little Bernie

As you know, I have a hard time getting quality pictures of the squirmy Bernie.  But today I got not one, but two! Enjoy!

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Bernie vs Red Chili Powder

You are in for a real treat today.  I haven’t mentioned this newest event in the adventures of owning Bernie the rescue dog on any public forum.  The three of you who read my blog know that I am lazy and post most things on Facebook.  But this story is different.  It needs a blog post – and even that might not do it justice.  So let me try to start at the beginning…

My mother-in-law is awesome.  Even more awesome is she sends us Christmas presents from the Land of Enchantment, otherwise known as New Mexico.  Said mother-in-law is also an awesome present wrapper.  Each package is well wrapped, often its contents are disguised in different shaped or sized boxes, so their contents remain a mystery.  Especially to a present snoop like me.  And each box is like Ft. Knox.  You will not be able to peek into her packages.  You must wait until Christmas!

We received a box of her awesomeness last Monday and promptly placed the packages under the tree.  How could we not, they looked so pretty.  One tin from Sister-in-Law was labeled “Keep away from dogs.” So you know we opened that one right away! Yep, cookies and fudge.  Yum!

Wendesday – yes, nothing happened on Tuesday – I came home from work.  I knew right away something was amiss.  Kosar was slinking.  Those of you who own dogs know what I am talking about.  Ears down, half crouch position. Hmmm… something is going on.  What has Bernie done now?  I turn from turning off the security alarm and just look into my living room.  I just stand there trying to process what I am seeing.  Kosar hits the floor now. 

Here is what I saw. Sorry for the poor quality, best buy still had my camera and I was using my phone.


What is that red stuff?  I go closer to investigate….


Slowly I realized what was in the package.  It is Chili!  The red stuff is dried NM red chili powder and it is covering my family room.  Even Bernie is slinking now.  And that red stain goes well beyond the picture.  I really wish I had a good picture to show the extent of the damage.  Let me tell you what else you are seeing in that second picture.  The green foil packages? Dried green chili. Each one has been bitten into, only one all the way through.  There was dried green chili on the floor, but Bernie must not have liked that one so she didn’t mess with it.  When she opened the second one, she left it mostly intact.  The red foil packages?  Coffee.  Again, she punctured each one, but luckily she doesn’t have her mom’s addiction to coffee. 

So I tossed the dogs outside so I could deal with this mess.  And then I started laughing.  See if you can tell what this pictures is:


This package was addressed to Bernie and Kosar from Grandma and Grandpa.  It seems that Bernie could not wait for Christmas!  Inside, a gift card and a treat for each dog.  Not that I saw the treats, I just found bits of wrapper in the mess. 

Now why do I blame Bernie for all this?  How do I know that Kosar was not a willing participant? 

The fur on her toes was red.

Things I have learned from this experience:

1. Always, always, always, ask if there is any consumable item in the Christmas presents.  No one thought Bernie would go after Chili powder and coffee. 

2. Bernie missed her calling as a bomb sniffing dog.  She has a real talent with that nose. If she could only use it for good, instead of evil.

3.  Bernie prefers red chili to green!  She didn’t just spill it on the carpet.  She licked it into the carpet.  There was nothing to vacuum up.  Just this big red stain.


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Things I am Thankful for: Number 4

I am thankful for real oatmeal.  The kind that comes out of the cardboard tube and you have to boil with water.  Put a little milk, cinnamon and sugar on top.  YUMMO!  Of course the instant kind is good to, but there is just something special about the kind you have to cook.

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