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Random 5 Saturday ~ rooms, fasting and fools

It’s nearly May and *gasp* I’ve hardly been here.  As in, on the blog.  I’ve driven to and been in meetings all over this state – an excess of 2,500 miles logged in the past 5 weeks. I’ve woken up and thought Monday was Saturday. I’ve wondered where I was – hotel or home?  Too much, too much.  I’m ready for some down time and soon.  So, with that, I do believe it’s time for 5 Randoms from my world. You ready?  Let’s go.

1 )   This room:  I can feel myself, coffee in hand, meandering my way to that white patio chair ~ birds signing and me humming, you?

2 )  I accepted a last-minute speaking request Monday for an event on Wednesday.  150+ in the audience in a City I’ve never been with people I’d never before met.  One had been in the audience for a presentation I’d given at a neighboring conference so that happenstance created the opportunity for this one ~ Motoring there, tunes up, I remembered this quote:

“Great things never came from comfort zones.” …

And I smiled at how much I welcomed the “break” in my ‘routine.’

3 )  Miss Kitty Kitters (neighborhood cat) visited us earlier in the week ~ Spring’s arrival means she moseys by and stops in for a pet or five.  I don’t know where winter holds her, but she sure is happy to be out walking the her beat again.

She looks like this and is even cuter!

4 ) Something I’ve noticed working 5 days a week – office or home – I tend to eat on schedule.  And sometimes, I think I eat because it’s time to, not b/c I’m hungry.  ( It’s that old fear of low blood sugar shakes returning that causes me to do this, I know.)  On weekends, I’m up early – between 6 and 7am – but I don’t eat until ~1pm… I mosey through the house, straightening this, cleaning that, and sipping coffee all the while.  I eat around 1 and again at 6 or 7pm & then I am done for the night.  And I’m just fine, not starving.  Not one bit.

An epiphany — I’ve been “Intermittent Fasting” without even realizing it – this. is. how. my. body. prefers. things. to. be.    A light bulb went on – I’m gonna give IF a go during the work week, too — for more info on the benefits of Intermittent Fasting (eating in a window only), read Gin Stephens’ “Delay Don’t Deny” – reading now .. and yeah, wow!

Most of a fast happens when you are asleep … hence break-fast

5 ) At a meeting several weeks ago a seemingly mild-mannered individual suddenly turned.   Red-faced and angry, he snarled, looking for a fight.   I didn’t take the bait.  In that moment,  I remembered these words, and I might have even said them out loud, I’m not sure.  See I get angry, too, and I refuse to be bullied or talked over.  The meeting soon ended, he’s likely still angry and Jimmy Cracked Corn!

And how was your week? Any AHAs recently?

 

 

 

 

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12 thoughts on “Random 5 Saturday ~ rooms, fasting and fools

  1. I am trying the IF thing and so far liking it. Miss Kitty is a charmer. And I love your sweet room with the birds singing right outside the door.

    • awesome, Dor. I think I will like it, too — I can see that this is what I do on the weekends naturally so why not extend it? We shall see. The only concern is that I often have early morning meetings, so I need to have stable energy/blood sugar and not have it drop and me be stammering/fuzzy headed. Love our Miss Kitty – and that room ~ sigh … Cheers! MJ

  2. First off, I love your entry! The colors… Everything, so inviting. Please pet little kitty for me the next time you see her. Jimmy crack corn, ha ha Ha ha ha and that’s a great quote! Way to go girlfriend and thank you! I’ve been feeling a little like hiding in my comfort zone lately and I’m tired of it. Great inspiration!

    Lissa

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    • hi Lissa, thanks for visiting and commenting ~ I think we all like our comfort zones but I know I need a little push sometimes to change things up! I love that room and I could live there. I will pet Kitty Kitters for you next time I see her 🙂 Enjoy your day, MJ

  3. Your last one reminds me of a guy I worked with. Pleasant enough on a one-to-one basis but put him in a meeting and he was an agitator. I worked in HR so I had to deliver news about benefits that wasn’t always pleasant. I decided to use a small focus group so I could gauge reaction and I put him in it. It turned out to be helpful because his questions were good when they weren’t delivered with vile. In the end it helped me adjust my message and also took him out of my larger audience. Welcome back!

  4. You have been busy! I like your quote “Great things never came from Comfort Zones.” I need to remember that when I want my anxiety to disappear so I’ll feel perfectly at ease. Being a bit on edge gives us the energy to move forward– I think.
    Enjoy your time at home!
    Connie Rosser Riddle

    • It’s been one pie eating contest after another with first place being … more pie. ~ Sigh. I’m tired & need some time off … soon!

      Yes it’s good to be comfortable but it’s equally good to push ourselves, too. Cheers! MJ

  5. I really like the room photo. Reminds me of older homes back in New England when I was growing up. Very homey and inviting. Yes, going out, sitting in the chair with a cuppa. Sorry to hear about the guy getting flipped out at your meeting. I wonder what happened to him years ago that triggered him. Nevertheless, kudos to you for not reacting in kind. Not easy. And what a pretty cat!

    • I love that room, too – so dreamy, peaceful and cozy looking.

      You do have to wonder what happened to people to make them the way they are OR are they just that way, period? Don’t know. Some are worth putting in the effort to find out and others, nope, let him ramble on without me in the audience!
      PS I’m hoping to see Kitty Kitters today 🙂 MJ

  6. Glad you were able to not “take the bait.” That is huge! Sometimes I can make that happen, and once in a while I get sucked in. we’ve been doing some of that intermittent fasting ourselves the past couple of months. It is easier when both of us are doing it together. Have a good week! DM

    • Oh I think we’ve all been sucked in from time to time ~ I try not to let that happen but sometimes we just instinctively react, you know?

      I am amazed by the energy I have via IF ~ and blowing through the lunch hour with no shakes or stammering. I typically do an IF from 8pm to Noon and then eat 2 small meals in that window between noon and 8pm. I always start with something light, like fruit, and find I’m not truly hungry till around 2pm. I haven’t lost any lbs but I have lost inches – Love it!!

      Have a great week DM!
      MJ

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