Monday, July 24, 2017

Where Do you Get Your Inspiration?

Sometimes an event in your life can trigger a life changing transformation.  It could be something as simple as a conversation with a stranger or the success of someone else.  Whatever that inspiration may be, it touches our life in such a way that it makes us want to be a better person.

When I see someone succeeding in something that I would like to succeed at, I don't become jealous or envious.  Instead, I try to study their patterns.  I look at what they are doing to succeed.  I ask questions and try to find out what motivates or motivated them.  One thing that I do see many times is that they always set small or short term goals.  They don't concentrate on the end result.  

I have gotten taken off of the path to success on many occasions.  In my heart I want to succeed at something and find myself doing well for a while, but then get thrown off course.  In the back of my mind I often will tell myself to get back on track.  However, I don't always listen.

Last September, I started a journey to better health and was doing everything right.  Then I took a vacation a few months ago and started picking up bad habits.  I realize that I was starting to get back into those old bad habits that I didn't like.  I want to be more disciplined.

The funny thing is, when I was really strict with my diet, I wasn't getting enough exercise.  When I was slacking on my diet, I was strict with my exercise.  I even recently logged my one millionth step this year.

The other day, my husband and I were taking a long ride into the Pennsylvania mountains and I did a lot of thinking while riding in the car.  I decided that I don't want to keep on failing.  I want to succeed.  So, I decided to rejoin Weight Watchers and start tracking my diet again.  I seem to get the most success by tracking what I eat.  It keeps me from overeating.   You would be surprised at how many points are in some foods that you think are healthy.  Trust me, not every salad is a good food choice.  The next time you eat out, trying searching how many points are in the meal for the heck of it.  The number may surprise you.

I will begin my weekly journal again each week and I hope I can inspire you and motivate myself to be successful.

I will also be keeping track of my exercise as well.  I want to get the best possible results that I can.  I will succeed.

I believe in me.

Words of Wisdom Are Worth a Listen

When I was growing up, my elders always seemed to have a cliche' for certain situations.  Some of them made perfect sense to me because they were simple to understand, while others seemed long winded and confusing.  As I matured, I began to understand why my elders were telling me their stories or words of wisdom.  They didn't want me to make the same mistakes as they did.

Sometimes we learn from our mistakes, and unfortunately, sometimes we don't.  Making mistakes don't make us failures, not admitting we made them does.  It is human nature to be defensive, even when we know that we are wrong.  It takes a strong person to admit defeat.

The next time you are surrounded by your elders and hear a cliche', listen to what they are saying.  If you don't understand what it means, ask.

Here are a few popular cliches that you have probably heard before:

Actions speak louder than words

This one is self explanatory.  After all, you can talk all you want, and say you are going to do something all you want.  However, until you actually show or do what you say you are going to do, the words mean nothing.  They are merely words.

The grass is always greener on the other side

Is it though?  Or, is your perception of it that way.  Things aren't always what they appear to be.  
If you waste your time focusing on how things could be better and forget to appreciate what you have, you will surely never be happy.   Learn to appreciate what you have, because to someone else, it is greener.  Your grass is as green as you need it to be.

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree

Of course this has nothing to do with trees or fruit.  What it means is that we learn from example.  We are products of our upbringing. This includes some bad habits we acquire. Whether we like it or not,  many of our good or bad traits are instilled in us when we are young.  This makes us resemble our guardians when we are adults in some ways.

You can't judge a book by it's cover

This is true both literally and figuratively.  This cliche is based on the fact that people aren't always who they appear to be.  You can't just look at a person and know who or how they will be.   A person should be given the chance to present who they are over time and not be judged immediately.  The world would be a better place if we took the time to know a person before judging them.

Ignorance is bliss

Basically this means that sometimes it is better if you do not know all of the facts.  When we are young the world looks like such an exciting place and we want to be adults and have all of the great things that adults have.  As adults, we realize that many of the things we have cause heartache and aggravation and we see how the world around us really is.  Then, we want to be children again and have that naive point of view we had when we were young.

Better safe than sorry

Perhaps this is true.  But, some risks are worth taking.  I think that this cliche' is for those who are afraid to take chances in life.  Have you ever regretted not doing or saying something because you feared the outcome?  This cliche sums that all up.  I would rather have a life filled with failure than a life filled with regret.

What are some of your favorite cliches that you have heard or live by? 

Photo credit: pixabay

Sunday, July 23, 2017

July Swago US #sponsored

Swagbucks is holding their Swago promotion starting Monday, July 24th at 9am PDT! It's just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it.    

The best part is that the points you get can be used to get free gift cards to places like Amazon, or PayPal cash! 

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points - if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 500 SB bonus! That's enough for a $5 gift card in our Rewards Store. 

Click here to sign up and get started! If you sign up through my link and earn 300 SB before the first of next month, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

My First Week Back at Weight Watchers #roadtosuccess #weightwatchers

Starting from scratch....

I found it pretty ironic that the focus of the meeting this week had to do with starting a blank canvas and embracing change.  After all,  I was heading off course, back down the road to failure and caught myself before I got to where I was before.

The meeting went well.  In the back of my mind I kept waiting for the leader to say, let's all welcome Patty back!  She was slacking for 4 months, but caught herself.  Of course, she would never do that.  But, my mind demons seem to think the worse at times.  

I saw a lot of the people who have been on the program and stuck with it, since  I left.  Many looked so much leaner. I wanted to kick myself for not sticking to it, but I am not going to beat myself up.  Instead I use them as an inspiration to succeed, even more.

I am making sure to track my food every day.  I decided to go the online app route this time, so that it is easier for me to search my foods and track the points. Looking them up was OK, but the app is so much more convenient.  I don't have to carry around the booklet or waste time figuring out what to eat.  I can just search foods and track them immediately or even track ahead of time so that I know my points for other meals.  I just have to really force myself to drink more water.  I am not a big water person.   Everyone says that drinking water makes a big difference.

I have to admit, I am happy to be back in the program again.  It keeps me accountable for my actions and gives me structure.  I need that in my life, especially when it comes to my diet.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel.  I just have to get there.

I will be sure to keep you up to date on my progress and use my posts to motivate myself and some of you, I hope.

Welcome to my journey.  Enjoy the ride.

Photo credit:  Pixabay

How Do You Handle Allergy Season #centralohio #ohio #allergies #sponsored

It always seems that as soon as the warm weather comes around my allergies start to go haywire.  I can't be outside for long periods of time because my allergies bother me so much.  I love being outdoors, but have to limit my time out during peak allergy season.

I didn't start to develop my allergies until I was an adult.  Seasons never bothered me when I was a child.  I spoke to my doctor about my condition and luckily it is mild enough to be treated with over the counter medications.  I was also told that air conditioning and frequent showers would help.  Pollen can stick to your hair and skin.  By showering more frequently, it helps to reduce the pollen contact with my skin.

I never thought to talk to my doctor about my allergies until I learned about my son's allergies.

From the time my son was an infant, until he was preteen, he often had stuffy noses, earaches and colds.  We thought that he was just prone to illness.  I gave him decongestants, per his doctor, but he never seemed to get over his nasal congestion.  Finally, I said enough is enough and decided to have him tested for allergies.  I had him tested a few years back and he was allergic to every kind of tree, dust, mold spores and cats.   It seemed like he was allergic to everything!  I felt horrible that I hadn't had him tested at a younger age.

The doctor told us to remove all carpets from our home and to keep our cat in a room, away from him.  This has helped a lot.  He also limits his time outdoors during peak allergy season.  Luckily we lived close to the shore, so he spends a lot of time there during those times of year.  The fresh ocean air seems to ease his symptoms.

If you feel like you are always suffering from colds, headaches, and congestion, perhaps you should get checked by an allergist.

If you would like more information about allergies and their symptoms, check out Dr. Summit Shah.  Dr. Shah practices in the Central Ohio area and is board certified.

His website will help you learn more about allergies, their symptoms, and how to ease them.

Did you know that some pollen allergies can lead to food allergies?  That is a fact.  Also, skin testing for allergies are more effective than blood testing, when it comes to allergies. The process is very simple.  Read this article from Dr. Summit Shah to learn more!

By the way,  not only humans can suffer from allergies.  Some of your pets can suffer from them as well.  Dr. Shah can also help your pet and help you to spot whether they are show symptoms of allergies.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Get 25% Back when you spend $50 at Kohl's #sponsored

Swagbucks has a deal where you can get 25% back when you spend $50 at Kohl’s, and that's before any deals you'll get through Kohl's Cash. 

Here's how you take advantage of this deal: 

1. Click here and sign up for Swagbucks if you haven't already. Make sure you create your "Swag Name" after you sign up. 

2. Send an image of your product(s) along with the qualifying receipt to and include your Swag Name in the subject line. 

That's all you need to do to secure your 1250 SB credit, which is equal to $12.50 - that's 25% back on your purchase. If you already have a Swagbucks account, you can get a $50 Kohl’s gift card for 4650 SB, a 7% discount of the usual price.  

Haven't tried Swagbucks yet? They're a site where you earn points (called SB) for doing things like shopping, watching videos, taking surveys, and discovering deals and services you might like to try. You then take those points and turn them into free gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, or PayPal cash.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

FabFitFun - Earn 1500 SB for subscribing #sponsored

FabFitFun is a subscription service where you receive gift boxes filled with the most fab new items, hand-picked each month by the stylish and hip FabFitFun team! Thanks to a special offer through Swagbucks, you'll get 1500 SB for trying it out for a month!  I love when my FabFitFun box comes in the mail.  It is exciting to try high end name brands!

Plus, if you're also signing up for Swagbucks through this offer, you'll earn an additional 300 SB bonus paid out at the beginning of next month. 1800 SB is the equivalent of $18 in gift cards - Just click here to take advantage of this offer!  

Haven't tried Swagbucks yet? They're a site where you earn points (called SB) for doing things like online shopping, watching videos, taking surveys, and discovering deals and services you might like to try (like Blue Apron!). You then take those points and turn them into free gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, or PayPal cash.

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Candy Code Extravaganza (US) #sponsored

Do you have a Sweet Tooth? Swagbucks is having a Candy Code Extravaganza to mark the occasion, which is one of the easiest ways to earn SB! What are SB you ask? SB are points you earn on Swagbucks, a website where you can get gift cards for the things you do online - I've gotten Paypal Cash and Amazon Gift cards  with Swagbucks! These are the best days to start! 

It takes place Wednesday, July 19th starting at 7am PDT and goes until 5pm PDT! All you have to do is look out for the Swag Code notifications, enter the code, and you earn SB (which can be redeemed for gift cards)! There will be 6 Swag Codes throughout the day worth a total of 40 SB! 

Look out for the Swag Codes all over Swagbucks!

Sign up here to grab as many Swag Codes as you can and get your first gift card even faster!

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Friday, July 14, 2017

Sweet Treat Team Challenge - US #sponsored

On your marks, get set, EARN! Swagbucks is holding a fun team challenge called the "Swagathlon" to help you earn free gift cards! For those of you who don't know what Swagbucks is, it's a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online like shopping, answering surveys, discovering deals, and watching videos. You can even earn for searching the web! 
If you've never tried Swagbucks before because you didn't know where to begin, their Team Challenges are a great way to learn the ropes! The challenge, begins Monday, July 17th at 8am PT, but you can pre-register starting on Friday, July 14th!
Here's how you can join the challenge and the site:  

1. Click here to join the challenge and be assigned to a team.

2. Starting July 17th at 8am PDT, in addition to earning SB you'll contribute points to your teams total as you complete different activities on Swagbucks.

3. Check back on the page often to see the scores and what you've contribute so far.   

All members who participate and contribute at least 600 points to their team’s total will receive a SB bonus in the form of a SB Swag Up Rebate on their next gift card! 

Not only that, but if you sign up under me this month and earn 300 SB before August 1st, you'll get a 300 SB bonus!

Members of the 1st place team will receive a 100 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 2nd place team will receive a 50 SB Swag Up Rebate, and members of the 3rd place team will receive a 30 SB Swag Up Rebate. Your SB Swag Up Rebate will be made available on Friday, July 21st at 2pm PT and will expire on Friday, August 4th at 11:59pm PT.

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