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  1. Inspired by the poetry appreciation thread I thought I would start one for quotations. Post quotations here that you like, find inspiring, uplifting, or what-have-you. They can come from literature or public figures. Here are a bunch that I like, and I think they go a long way towards describing me: "One who was born by the ocean or has associated with it cannot ever be quite content away from it for very long." ― John Steinbeck “The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.” ― Neil deGrasse Tyson "We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be." ― Kurt Vonnegut "When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion." — Abraham Lincoln "Only after the last tree has been cut down, only after the last river has been poisoned, only after the last fish has been caught, only then will you find that money cannot be eaten." — Cree Prophecy "Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." — Anatole France "Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." — Albert Einstein "A happy ecosystem is the basis for a happy human being. If it goes wrong, everything goes wrong." — Sir David Attenborough "Morality is doing right, no matter what you are told. Religion is doing what you are told, no matter what is right." — H.L. Mencken
  2. Alright, here's the thing. It's just kind of dawned on me that the Rush concert I'm going to go to is about seven weeks away now. Now, months ago, one of my little personal goals was to be in 'great shape' for the show. You see, it's become increasingly apparent that I've become a little 'fluffier', to use a friend's term, over the past while, and am getting tired of my pants feeling a little, well, snugger. I need to haul my butt and commit myself to making positive changes, so that I can feel a little more comfortable in my own skin (not to mention my clothes) at the upcoming concert. And, having a goal to look good for Geddy, should he just so happen to glance at me in the massive sea of concert-goers, is a pretty darn good motivator! So, this is going to be a rather selfish thread - it's going to keep me motivated by making me keep track of my progress here. What I'd like to do is check in every couple of days or so, type in how I'm doing (and what I'm doing) to de-fluff myself. I'm not going to pretend that many of you will be enthralled with this thread (I'm sure it won't be terribly exciting!), but if anyone wants to join in, please feel free! For the record: I'm not really overweight - over the past while I've been quite lax in my reasonably-regular exercising, and though I keep active through walking (I don't have a car, and it's a good half-hour walk to and from work), it hasn't been enough to off-set the increased amount of crap I've been eating (I do work very long hours in a restaurant, after all...). I've lost muscle tone, and though I'm on the thin side, I've developed a bit of a thicker belly that is really annoying me! So, my plan: I will keep active watch over my eating habits, making sure I'm eating mostly healthy foods rather than just whatever is yummiest / easiest. I will make better plans around taking my own food to work with me, which has been a challenge due to my load constraints because of walking. I will actually start exercising again, with lifting free weights and using my cross-trainer (and using a favourite exercise method involving playing video games whilst on the cross-trainer!). I don't expect to suddenly become all perfect-bodied in seven short weeks, but I think I have enough time to reverse some of this fluffiness at least a little bit, which would be fine. And to solidify my goal, and kind of put it out there to anyone reading this, this is what I'd like to get back to, taken three years ago (three years already?!): http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g454/GoddessMika/Img_7773-2_zpsea35961b.jpg Alrighty, I'm embarrassed now - this is really putting myself out there! :S Well, I'll likely add more tomorrow night, and mention what good things I'll have done for myself tomorrow day! Alright, let the benevolent narcissism begin! :madra:
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