Whoa!…

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Whoa!.” (What’s the most surreal experience you’ve ever had?)

So, for weeks, I’ve been meaning to write about A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner, one of the books I’ve read to meet my reading goal for the year.  This prompt reminded me that I have been procrastinating this post.  Why?  Because the most surreal experience I’ve ever had was Sept. 11, 2001.  I was working at the upper end of Manhattan at the time, just about 7 miles north of the World Trade Center. I had a perfect view of the towers from my office.  I was always there very early and was so that day enjoying the perfect weather.  As reports started coming in of what was happening, we looked out the window and could see the smoke coming from the buildings.  We went back to our desks to call friends and family who we knew were downtown and then go back to the window to see first one and then two towers missing.  As the day went on and I got myself home to my apartment in another part of Manhattan, the day became less surreal and more real and nightmarish.

How does all of this relate to the book?  Well, it takes place in two distinct time periods: in 1911 and 2011.  It beautifully weaves together two love stories, one of a women deeply affected by 9/11 and one during the height of Ellis Island.  The descriptions of 9/11 transported me right back to that day and the days and weeks after.  The smells in the air that lingered, the articles in newspapers and magazines.

One of my favorite quotes from the book:  “The person who completes your life is not so much the person who shares all the years of your existence, but rather the person who made your life worth living, no matter how long or short a time you were given to spend with them.”

Friday Fitness Roundup #8…

Friday, March 13:  Rest day

Saturday, March 14:  30 mins jogging and 30 mins strength training

Sunday, March 15: 60 mins Zumba

Monday, March 16:  Rest day

Tuesday, March 17:  Rest day

Wednesday, March 18:  Rest day

Thursday, March 19: 60 mins Zumba; 30 mins strength training

I need to do better next week.  Goals are four workouts with at least three strength training days.

Mint chocolate chip…

Really, is there any flavor better than mint chocolate chip?  I do love plain chocolate, vanilla, and anything with peanut butter, but mint is my all time favorite.  It’s cool and refreshing with bits of chocolaty goodness.  My enjoyment runs the gamut of fresh mint ice cream to my childhood favorite of Baskin Robbins – food coloring and all.  It reminds me of getting ice cream with my grandparents and sitting outside in the sun eating.

mint choc chip

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “32 Flavors.”

Friday Fitness Roundup #7…

Friday, March 6:  Rest day

Saturday, March 7:  60 mins Zumba

Sunday, March 8:  90 mins Zumba and 2 hrs dance (Followed by a very large dinner and 10 hrs of sleep!)

Monday, March 9:  Rest day

Tuesday, March 10:  Rest day

Wednesday, March 11:  60 mins pole and 60 mins Zumba

Thursday, March 12:  30 mins jogging and 30 mins strength training

I’ve signed up for a 4 mile race in mid-April, so I need to start training quickly for that.  You will be seeing a lot more running in the coming weeks.  I’m so glad the weather is getting warmer and I can start to get some fresh air!

Quote roundup, February 2015…

This is just a selection of the quotes I had posted in February on myfitnesspal.  So many of them have similar meanings, I picked my favorites to put here.

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” – Lucille Ball

“Live your life as an exclamation ~ Not as an explanation.”

So important to love yourself.  I firmly believe that if you don’t love yourself unconditionally, how can you expect anyone else to.

“If Plan A didn’t work, the alphabet has 25 other letters!”

Hell yeah!  Never give up on your goals.  You might not have picked the best method at first for achieving them, so just keep trying.

“I am stronger than my challenges and my challenges are making me stronger.”

“Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.”

“It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.” – Joseph Campbell

I had posted these these quotes about challenges on separate days.  Obviously, I’ve needed to remind myself that I am able to overcome anything thrown at me.

“Don’t walk in front of me I may not follow don’t walk behind me I may not lead just walk beside me and be my friend”

“Surround yourself with people who make you hungry for life, touch your heart, and nourish your soul.”

These two quotes complement each other.  Find the people in your life who will support and encourage you.  They will be the ones who feed your inner need for love and companionship.  Do the same for them.

“Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.” – Mary Lou Retton

“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” – Roald Dahl

I’ve said this before, but am always the optimist.  I try to see the best in people and in every situation.  If you radiate happiness and optimism, then it will be attracted to you like a magnet.

“When you’re not sure, flip a coin because while the coin is in the air, you realize which one you’re hoping for.”

“If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it.”

“Set a goal that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning.”

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.” – Abraham Lincoln

Set those goals and stick to them.  Some self-introspection will help you figure out what it really is that you want.  Go for it!!