Monday, January 31, 2011

f|break: monday nooner

SNL + mister wizard + science ... ELECTRONS! science is fun! enjoy a monday nooner (a little pg-13) fiber break with mister wizard (over here ) for a little less than 3:30 min with balloons and a van der graaf generator.

"rub that balloon on yourself ...
... you can even rub your partner"

"get worked up, it's science"
"... the more the electrons will transfer over"

#love2011: thoughts on week 5

the love project ... i posted my week 5 assignment yesterday about ONE WORD to describe myself. and i am waiting for friends to help out on the extra credit - ONE WORD for them to describe me - which i will post what i have received by tuesday evening.

(WANNA LEAVE A WORD? feel free to leave ONE WORD (or a few one words, as some friends have decided to do so) anonymously as a comment or not-so-anonymously.)


meanwhile, this has made me think about my december reverb10 activities, some cubeopolis activities, and the journaling that i do. so this post includes some reverb10 flashbacks, along with encouragement to strive for self-awareness, which definitely involves feedback - like the ONE WORD sharing for week 5's love project!

reverb10 memories ...
i was reminded about much of the self-reflection during december reverb10. below are a a couple reverb10 moments that came to mind -
  • day 1, one word ... "Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you?" - i chose reconnect for 2010 and enthusiasm for 2011.
cubeopolis discovery question ... week 5 also reminded me of a cubeopolis activity. i was given a set of 8 questions to answer that were part of discovery questions - intended for "... pondering ... stimulate your thinking" - and pretty much part of self-awareness and creativity rolled into one. (separately, i came across this interesting website with the same name - discovery questions.) when asked the following question, i answered -

"think of someone or something that inspires you.
what are the qualities you find inspiring?"

authenticity,
curiosity,
empathy,
humility,
optimism,
self-awareness
.
capturing thoughts for self-awareness ... i LOVE my friends, MANY who are self-aware about their imperfections, gifts, talents, and asshole moments (by choice). i also know many of my friends are in a discovery phase or (re)discovery phase in their life. although i may sound like a broken record, three things that i have found that remind me of discovery -
  • giving a "thank you" ... AND MEAN IT when you say it. it's THAT SIMPLE. let someone know you are thankful for something they have done. and if you'd like, share WHY YOU ARE THANKFUL - "i really appreciate that you ..." is always welcomed. people can't read minds (as far as i'm aware).
    • "you are welcome" ... remember to punctuate a thank you that you receive.
    • it's a gift ... my little story that has taught me to accept thanks and gratitude. when someone says "thank you" to you, it is A GIFT. please ACCEPT the gift; do not take-away from it. i did this in 1994 when a friend commented on how lovely i looked in a dress i was wearing. i said, "oh, this is just a dress i got, ...". she cut me off reminding me, "please don't take away the gift i gave you. you brightened my day. this is when you simply say - thank you." (thanks, trena, for the kick in the ass more than a decade ago!)

  • journal ... a place to store thoughts and ideas - writing or electronic, either way.
    • a small journal (e.g., action method, moleskine) that is the size of a man's wallet will do. i carry two with me in my purse.
    • a substantial journal that can sit on one's desk as a "shrine" of thoughts and activities - a nice big, weighty, elaborate journal. i keep one for my scanner activities. (i am starting one for 2011; my B3 gals are reading refuse to choose!)
    • springpad is my electronic tool via an app and on-line access, a kind of complement to my hand-written journal activities.

  • gratitude journal (or app) ... a subset of keeping a journal - for the specific act of identifying for what you are thankful. there are MANY references to this on-line, so here are a few, along with perspectives about gratitude - create your own at i am thankful, here is what oprah has to say, create an on-line journal where you jot down 5 thoughts of gratitude each day, here is a WSJ article on gratitude, and for the iphone, there is happy tapper.
okay ... tick-tock on the
ONE WORD.

(patience)


Sunday, January 30, 2011

h|month-terview: with hiccups ...

get to know #healthmonth team CDWL@edi. based on the h|month-terview questions over here ...

(SIDE NOTE: this our our team's add-on-fun, inspired by healthmonth and is NOT formally part of the on-line healthmonth experience. but hey! spurring on creativity is a good thing, too!)

previous h|month-terview: shirlnutkin, specgirl (part 1), pho queen, smiles

meet:
hiccups



in ~5 words
(alpha order): pending
role(s) (on the team): pending
goal (for self): pending
goal
(for team): pending
my achilles's heel:
pending

let's begin with your responses to some of part uno and part dos ...
  • What is your favorite drug? noodles.
  • What turns you on (creatively, spiritually or emotionally)? cooking.
  • What turns you off? lately - rude & condescending professors.
  • What sound or noise do you love? the sound of garlic sizzling in the pan (ok, love the smell, also)
  • What sound or noise do you hate? lots of things! i hate thumping music, screaming teenagers, etc.
  • What is your favorite curse word? frak.
  • Who would you like to see on a new banknote? Eleanor Roosevelt.
  • What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? catering/event planning.
  • What profession other than your own would you not like to attempt? astronaut (i'm afraid of outer space and i get motion sickness really easily.)
  • If you were reincarnated as some other plant or animal, what would it be? orchid (beautiful yet temperamental) ;-)
  • If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? noodle soup is served at every meal!
and on to the BONUS questions ...
  • What is your favorite healthmonth rule (whether or not you follow it), and why? meditate 4 times per week - feel much better when i do it consistently, but this is the first month that i've been able to do it regularly, and i think having it as a rule has made the difference.
  • What is your least favorite healthmonth rule (whether or not you follow it), and why? exercise 7 days/week - some days it just feels impossible to squeeze in.
  • What is your healthy natural high? smoothies!
  • What do the voices in your head yell when you meet 100% of your daily goals? why don't you do this every day?
  • What do the voices in your head yell when you do not meet 100% of your daily goals? this is why you're never going to be super-fit.
  • What sound or noise do you love when you exercise? anything that I would enjoy dancing and/or singing along to.
  • What sound or noise do you hate when you exercise? other people talking on their cell phone, tvs turned up full volume.
stay-tuned for responses to the following ...
  • What is your favorite word?
  • What is your least favorite word?
  • What is your favorite curse word when you lose a life?
  • Who/What would you like to see as a new healthmonth spirit animal?
  • What athlete, exercise-guru, health-lifestyle-guru and/or health-philosophy(ies) do you like, have a crush on, love, or want to marry?
  • What athlete, exercise-guru, healthy-lifestyle-guru, or woo-woo-guru (i.e., a REAL person) would you like to kick in the shins, e.g., could live without, don't like, think s/he sucks, etc.? (don't worry, we'll get karma points back.)
  • If after you lost a few karma points for kicking someone in the shins (see above question), what would be the plant or animal you would you like to be reincarnated as?
  • If/When you get to meet Buster (healthmonth-creator), what would you like to hear Buster say, and what "no-more-than-five-words" would you say to Buster?
    • Buster says:
    • Me says:
until the next
team CDWL@edi h|month-terview ...


f|break: sunday morning

pee-wee herman ... he's back (and over here at a previous fiber break). pee-wee's broadway show to be aired on hbo, march 19 (sad face ... i don't have hbo.) pee-wee elsewhere - on unofficial tumblr, on twitter, and on the official website.

enjoy your fiber break with pee-wee's secret words (over here)
(SCREAM REAL LOUD!)
for less than 2 minutes of playhouse fun ...

BONUS SING-A-LONG:

enjoy your fiber break with
pee-wee's playhouse theme song
(over here)
for ~2:30 min with pee-wee and his playhouse friends

come on in and pull yourself up a chair (like chairry!)
let the fun begin, it's time to let down your hair
pee-wee's so excited
'cause all his friends have been invited (that's you!)
to go wacky, at pee-wee's playhouse!

there's a crazy rhythm, comin' from puppetland (what's that?)
dirty dog, cool cat, and chicky baby are the puppet band (yeah!)
he's got a couple of talkin' fish,
and a genie who'll grant a wish -
golly, it's cuckoo at pee-wee's playhouse!

globey's spinnin', mr. window's grinnin',
'cause pterri's flyin' by (hello!)
the flowers are singin', the picture phone is ringin',
and the dinosaur family goes, "hi!"
mr. kite's soarin', conky's still a snorin',
there's the flashing magic screen.
the cowntess is so classy, randy's kinda sassy -
a nuttier establishment you've never seen
spend the day with pee-wee
and you'll see what we mean (come on!)

get outta bed, there'll be no more nappin' (wake up!)
'cause you've landed in a place where anything can happen -
now we've given you fair warnin'
it's gonna be that kind of mornin' -
for bein' wacky
for getting nutty
golly, it's cuckoo
at pee-wee's playhouse!

#love2011: week 5 on know yourself ...

the love project ... this week's assignment - describe yourself in one word.
(image from artist:
kelly paige standard)


yvette, the project's creator, has made this week's assignment simple, with a dash of reader participation. week 5's assignment is a two-for-one - a main assignment AND extra credit. please help out in the extra credit part.

main assignment ... i have completed part one, and this blog post is part two for the extra credit.
Assignment 5: To know yourself is to love yourself. The theme for Week 5 of The Love Project is Know Yourself. To encourage participation, I am giving you, my loyal readers a very easy assignment:

Describe yourself in one word. Write that word in the comment field. That's it people, one word!
my one word
part two ... for extra credit, yvette shares -
* Ask other people for input either via Facebook or email. Here's an email that's floating around that you can cut & paste into email and send to a bunch of your friends:
"Describe me in ONE WORD...just one word! Send it to me only, then send this message to your friends and see how many strange things people say about you! This could be fun (or scary)! Just hit reply and send me my word back. Then forward this message on to your friends (including me) and see what they say about you!"
so i am looking forward to receiving ONE WORD descriptions from several people. if you prefer to remain anonymous, throw the word in the comment field to this blog post. meanwhile, i'll send this out via email and facebook to folks i hope will help out with this assignment. during or afterwards, i can share it with the love project.

thanks to the love project
for this friend-feedback assignment of
ONE WORD!

(last week's assignment:
week 4 on self-portrait)

Saturday, January 29, 2011

h|month: on gluten ...

and #healthmonth plea for fruit ... i have been doing well, along with help from friends and other health month players throwing fruit at me (for which i am mindful to reciprocate).

plea for fruit ...
meanwhile, this is the month i started looking to limit gluten. and for those playing health month, you know what this fruit thing means. UNTIL YESTERDAY, just 4 days shy of the end of the month (aka for 27 days), i WAS on a streak. operative word is WAS. (FRACK, FRACK, FRACK, FRACK!!!) as such, i broke out the plea for fruit.
sometimes i'll beg, confess, whine plea, and other times i won't. and when i emote, bitch, whimper plea, i do so to share some of the voices in my head, aka conscience, with other health month players. i really want to be guilt-free as i continue with a more health-minded lifestyle.

virtual fruit-feeding frenzy ... as health month players know, the goal is to end the month with at least one life. for indulgences, you lose lives. to regain lives, fruit is needed - 2 from other players or 4 for self-healing. (do the math. it helps to have supporters and kind strangers at times.) and you MUST make a plea for healing - even if it's for yourself. i think in the real life, fruit-giving is akin to your friend giving you a big hug and saying it's okay. and some people are big huggers!

end of the month goal? one life ... at the beginning of each month, we all start off with zero fruit and ten lives; fruit does NOT roll-over. 10 indulgences will get you back down to zero lives; 13 indulgences will get you minus 3 lives. meeting your daily rules 100% gets you fruit, others may gift you fruit, and/or additional fruit ALSO may be gained by the spin of the game wheel (however, maybe not - it's luck of the spin). regardless, the objective is to meet your rules - ideally you have set them with the intent of meeting them, maybe there are some simple rules, maybe there are some extremely difficult rules. but they are your rules.

gluten-me-less ... i chose to limit gluten to 6 days a week, because i wasn't really sure what that would mean. meanwhile, team CDWL@edi member smiles is limiting gluten to - ONE DAY a WEEK! (go smiles!) here's why i chose that rule for january and why i am keeping it for february ...
  • colleague's allergy - a cubester (aka work colleague) just became allergic to gluten - MAJOR allergic reaction. at that point, i figured it would be good to learn more about what it means to have a gluten-free lifestyle. and although i do not know if my cubester has this, i have learned about celiac disease, an autoimmune condition.

  • cooking - i have been doing more home-cooked meals (esp. with cooking dinner as one of my health month rules), and learning new recipes is fun. so i figure this also is a great way to learn to cook gluten-free. quinoa, eh? didn't know, and at least i have learned how to pronounce it.

  • fad or not? ... i am not a fan of diets (although when i was much younger, i dabbled in a few), but i do understand the importance of a health diet. little article in every day health about going gluten-free: the new fad diet.

  • chronicles of a fierce fathlete and then some - my friend, joanne, has mentioned to me about the + and - of gluten. on her blog, in addition to sharing her crossfit WOD, she often shares helpful links. so i'll throw in a few she had and add a few more that i came across when i started the month learning about transitioning into less gluten ...
    • article in huffpo on "gluten: what you don't know might kill you"
    • mayo clinic on a gluten-freet diet, including quick notes about food to always avoid, products (non-food) that may contain gluten, caution about cross-contamination in food processing, allowed foods, and cautions on not getting enough vitamins and nutrients
    • recipes from elana's pantry for organic gluten-free recipes, for which she shared - "When my son and I were diagnosed with celiac disease, this three-year study came in handy. Celiac disease is an inherited autoimmune disorder triggered by eating gluten. Out of necessity my cooking took on an entirely new dimension as we both went on a gluten-free diet."

damn you my failing memory and hot dog bun ... regardless of why i am looking to limit gluten, this is a picture of what contributed to my losing at least one life point yesterday - tasty onions + jalapeno chicken apple sausage in a freakin' gluten-laden hot dog bun.

yes, gluten. it was neither the soda nor the chips that lost me a life point. although, the soda may have contributed because i was shy 3 glasses of water for my weekly goal of 56 glasses a week. three. i know, just three!
gluten.

GUH-LOO-TEN.

(even though i know it is pronounced GLOO-ten, it had 3 syllables in my head when i pressed the button to say YES, i had gluten.)
gluten.

lessons learned? ...
from this little indulgence along with other rules, a few lessons learned have come to mind -
  • habit: look at and remember my rules ... i have my rules posted in my home office, my kitchen, and cubeopolis. would help to look at them, eh?
  • habit: look at the STATUS of my rules ... before i start my new day's turn, review my last turn's report to see where i am at, e.g., on a streak, just right, etc. or OOPS!
  • accountability: let someone know ... let some team CDWL@edi members know what i'm working on for support from them - especially those indulgences that i am working on curbing. post to the game wall or email our godfather, carlito (a friend who is randomly checking-in on us), for support.
  • learn: read about what i'm looking to achieve with my rule ... just revisiting the websites i shared in this post helps me remember the benefits of why i chose my rule.
got a health month rule to share?
got lessons learned?
pony-up!


h|month-terview: with shirlnutkin ...

get to know #healthmonth team CDWL@edi. based on the h|month-terview questions over here ...

(SIDE NOTE: this our our team's add-on-fun, inspired by healthmonth and is NOT formally part of the on-line healthmonth experience. but hey! spurring on creativity is a good thing, too!)
previous h|month-terview: specgirl (part 1), pho queen, smiles
meet: shirlnutkin

in ~5 words
(alpha order): authentic, enthusiastic, forthright, quirky, dagny taggart-ish.

role(s)
(on the team): cheerleader + blogger.

goal
(for self): healthier lifestyle where i stop paying pharmaceutical companies for my bad eating and inactivity habits, while challenging genetics. (see reverb10, day 18: try)

goal
(for team): to meet new people, while having fun knowing we are adding more years to our lives.

my achilles's heel:
garlic fries.

let's begin ...
  • What is your favorite word? assuage.
  • What is your least favorite word? irregardless (because it is not a freakin' word).
  • What is your favorite drug? guaifenesin (my fave when i REALLY need it).
  • What turns you on (creatively, spiritually or emotionally)? water bodies.
  • What turns you off? purposeful ignorance.
  • What sound or noise do you love? bodies of water moving (trickling, lapping, rushing, crashing, etc.).
  • What sound or noise do you hate? nails on chalkboard.
  • What is your favorite curse word? shit.
  • Who would you like to see on a new banknote? harold (of harold and the purple crayon).
  • What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? promoter/connector.
  • What profession other than your own would you not like to attempt? cave researcher.
  • If you were reincarnated as some other plant or animal, what would it be? otter.
  • If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? your father is right here, enjoy.
BONUS - healthmonth-themed questions ...
  • What is your favorite healthmonth rule (whether or not you follow it), and why? do meaningful work ... because i like how there is a rule that encompasses a state of mind coupled with purpose.
  • What is your least favorite healthmonth rule (whether or not you follow it), and why? eat brightly colored vegetables … because who does?!
  • What is your healthy natural high? the smell of ocean.
  • What do the voices in your head yell when you meet 100% of your daily goals? yippee!
  • What do the voices in your head yell when you do not meet 100% of your daily goals? really?! okay, shake it off and deal. you're alive.
  • What sound or noise do you love when you exercise? breathing.
  • What sound or noise do you hate when you exercise? creaking bones.
  • What is your favorite curse word when you lose a life? frack!
  • Who/What would you like to see as a new healthmonth spirit animal? penguin.
  • What athlete, exercise-guru, health-lifestyle-guru and/or health-philosophy(ies) do you like, have a crush on, love, or want to marry? pepper von - like, crush, love, and marry!
    (more than 20 years ago when i took his exercise/dance classes, ADDICTED! i STILL crush on pepper.)
  • What athlete, exercise-guru, healthy-lifestyle-guru, or woo-woo-guru (i.e., a REAL person) would you like to kick in the shins, e.g., could live without, don't like, think s/he sucks, etc.? (don't worry, we'll get karma points back.) james arthur ray.
    (to pho queen ... see, i DID NOT say the OTHER ray - rachel ray.)

  • If after you lost a few karma points for kicking someone in the shins (see above question), what would be the plant or animal you would you like to be reincarnated as? otter.
  • If/When you get to meet Buster (healthmonth-creator), what would you like to hear Buster say, and what "no-more-than-five-words" would you say to Buster?
    • Buster says: please sit with me for some coffee or tea?
    • Me says: green tea, please.
until the next
team CDWL@edi h|month-terview ...


Friday, January 28, 2011

f|break: friday fiber break

comedy ... edwin san juan - a filipino-american comedian (at his web site and on myspace) - is going to be at the san jose improv in late february. am considering seeing his show because my buddy, reggie, says edwin is REALLY funny. and unlike the little clip shared here, he currently wears is hair not - in other words, he has a shaved head.

enjoy your fiber break (a little rated r) with edwin (over here)
for ~ 9:18 min as he entertains a primarily latino audience.


" ... 'cuz little pee-pee and big bootie ..."
"i do not own a lowered acura."
"and filipinos, when we get old, we all look the same."


Thursday, January 27, 2011

thanks for the comedy fun ...

... to @rexnavarrete ... we enjoyed your great show at the san jose improv this evening. you made our thursday night that much more fun.

enjoy your weekend in the bay area. AND we shall indeed utot our way in to the english vernacular. ... oops, i mean we shall use the word utot as part of our english vernacular. (something like that)

cheering and stomping for you!
@eco_banshee


hipmtfn (ttAR): on the explorer and the farmer ...

from tyler's recent post on the explorer and the farmer ... he posed the question - "how are you exploring and farming in your own life?"

context? ... during the first advanced riskology meeting held last month, tyler shared the following -
"One conversation that stuck with me was about the sharp divide there seems to be in our community between praising the risk takers of the world and demonizing the risk avoiders. ... but I think we all agreed on a really important point – the world takes both types to function. Somebody ... made the analogy to the explorer and the farmer."

- for which i realized as i signed up -

"... thanks so much for acknowledging the benefits of both! (believe me, people think i’m crazy to be back in cubeopolis. maybe i’m just a bit of a crazy explorer – exploring cubeopolis!) ..."

cubeopolis ... my affectionate term for the work arena -

def: (the manner of naming greek city-states, that is, “-polis” -meaning city, citizenship or of the people) cubicle city, may also be referred to as cube farm.

i shall continue to enjoy and
to explore the farmer-occupied cubeopolis,
aka cube farm!


h|month-terview: with specgirl ...

get to know #healthmonth team CDWL@edi. based on the h|month-terview questions over here ...

(SIDE NOTE: this our our team's add-on-fun, inspired by healthmonth and is NOT formally part of the on-line healthmonth experience. but hey! spurring on creativity is a good thing, too!)

previous h|month-terview: pho queen, smiles
meet: specgirl

in ~5 words
(alpha order): deliberate, focused, inquisitive, silly, tactful.

role(s) (on the team): TBD (a good part of my day is spent being a diplomatic disciplinarian ... uh, do we need that for health month ... yikes ...)

goal
(for self): to conscientiously maintain healthy habits and to encourage others to be/do their best.

goal
(for team): enjoy the life you choose to live.

my achilles's heel:
frankly, i am loath to admit i love potato chips and fancy cocktails (not necessarily consumed at the same time.) :)

let's begin with your responses to "part uno" ...
  • What is your favorite word? grace.
  • What is your least favorite word? any word that is intended to denigrate.
  • What is your favorite drug? oh, inquiring minds would like to know ... to be very honest, it's all really innocent and legal.
  • What turns you on (creatively, spiritually or emotionally)? music.
  • What turns you off? proselytizing.
  • What sound or noise do you love? a whisper in my ear.
  • What sound or noise do you hate? a jackhammer.
  • What is your favorite curse word? hm ... how about we chat about this over a drink.
  • Who would you like to see on a new banknote? Aung San Suu Kyi.
  • What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? physician.
  • What profession other than your own would you not like to attempt? politician. although who knows where my thoughts will be ten years from now.
part two of specgirl ... will include the remaining two part uno questions below, along with the BONUS interview questions -
  • If you were reincarnated as some other plant or animal, what would it be?
  • If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
stay tuned for "part dos" ...
until the next
team CDWL@edi h|month-terview ...



Wednesday, January 26, 2011

gotta ask ...

comedian rex navarrete ... give a shout out! i mentioned him in previous fiber breaks with maritess v. superfriends over here and about pinoy greetings over here. along with my fluevog-wearing gal pals, i am seeing rex tomorrow night! i decided to tweet him ...
maybe he will ...
maybe he won't.
we shall see!


UPDATE: reply from rex ('cuz we're on a first name basis now, kinda sorta but not really)



hipmtfn: and to end my commute each monday ...

improv ... i have signed up for an improv class over in the east bay. i know - surprise! (i'm surprised.)

made up theatre has an 8-week beginning improv class starting on jan 31.

traffic chat ...
thanks to an SD friend for this morning's commute conversation. as i was sharing my megalomaniac-double-secret-handshake idea, he envisioned some sort of spoken word, stand-up kind of approach - and not necessarily just my writing and blogging. given i have never done any kind of spoken word (except for conference presentations - and those don't quite count), acting, or role-playing (except for ... well, never mind), this class should be lots of fun.

megalomaniac-double-secret-handshake idea ... meanwhile, i am still brewing, stewing, and chewing on an idea. and i will see how this improv class may be my SD friend's concept to life.

suggestions anyone?


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

#love2011: week 4 on self-portrait

the love project ... this week's assignment - take a picture of someone you love - you!
Assignment #4: This week you're going to take a picture of someone you love: yourself! If you've been doing your assignments, you know you're absolutely gorgeous! Get out the camera, learn how to use that self-timer and show your beautiful smile to the world! Know that your smile makes the world a better place. Blog about it or post your picture to Flickr or some other photo site. Send me a link and I'll add it to Website Wednesday.
and as part of this assignment, yvette has shared on her site ...
my week 4 contribution ... i believe i am fortunate that my dad (and mom!) taught me the value of self-love. and for this week 4 assignment, i have chosen this self-portrait to share.

visiting dad ... if someone tapped me on the shoulder while i sat nearby my dad's grave site, this may be what that person sees. when i visit my dad and journal, i find myself writing about the day's activities, a little something since i last visited, and a few self-esteem boosts for pats on the back - the nice little "self-love" moments. and for me, i really love visiting my dad - sitting, meditating, occasional breezes, coffee or tea drinking, listening to birds, ... - it is such a nice, peaceful setting (even on rainy days). and he was a wonderful man.

side note - reverb10 intersection ... during reverb10, there was prompt of: "This year, when did you feel the most integrated with your body? Did you have a moment where there wasn’t mind and body, but simply a cohesive YOU, alive and present?" the moment that came to mind was an event last year at my dad's grave site, for which i responded with this post.

thanks to
the love project
for a great month of self-love!

h|month-terview: with pho queen ...

get to know #healthmonth team CDWL@edi. based on the h|month-terview questions over here ...

(SIDE NOTE: this our our team's add-on-fun, inspired by healthmonth and is NOT formally part of the on-line healthmonth experience. but hey! spurring on creativity is a good thing, too!)

previous h|month-terview: smiles
meet: pho queen

in ~5 words
(alpha order): calm, curious, foodie, traveler, warm.

role(s) (on the team): virtual fruit giver.

goal
(for self): total body and mind makeover - especially make exercise a habit!

goal
(for team): have team cdwl@edi be #1 and share goals/tips with others.

my achilles's heel:
chocolate and red meat

let's begin ...
  • What is your favorite word? steak.
  • What is your least favorite word? b*tch.
  • What is your favorite drug? champagne.
  • What turns you on (creatively, spiritually or emotionally)? art, any kind.
  • What turns you off? arrogance.
  • What sound or noise do you love? waves crashing.
  • What sound or noise do you hate? metal scraping against metal.
  • What is your favorite curse word? motherfucking shit.
  • Who would you like to see on a new banknote? my mama.
  • What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? a national geographic photographer.
  • What profession other than your own would you not like to attempt? astronaut.
  • If you were reincarnated as some other plant or animal, what would it be? koala, all they do is sleep and eat.
  • If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? How would you like your steak: medium, medium well, or medium rare?
BONUS - healthmonth-themed questions ...
  • What is your favorite healthmonth rule (whether or not you follow it), and why? eating fruit 7 days a week ... because i love my fujis and bananas
  • What is your least favorite healthmonth rule (whether or not you follow it), and why? exercising for 30 min at least 5 days a week ... because i hate going to the gym, but it's the only way to get my fat ass to exercise during the day. ugh. i'm doing poorly though.
  • What is your healthy natural high? eating homemade meals for breakfast, lunch, AND dinner.
  • What do the voices in your head yell when you meet 100% of your daily goals? hurrah you go girl!
  • What do the voices in your head yell when you do not meet 100% of your daily goals? that's why you're fat!
  • What sound or noise do you love when you exercise? listening to house music on my iphone.
  • What sound or noise do you hate when you exercise? the sound of other people panting or grunting, yuck!
  • What is your favorite curse word when you lose a life? motherfucking shit.
  • Who/What would you like to see as a new healthmonth spirit animal? cheetah.
  • What athlete, exercise-guru, health-lifestyle-guru and/or health-philosophy(ies) do you like, have a crush on, love, or want to marry? rachel ray, but a close second would be any soccer player from the Brazilian World Cup team.
  • What athlete, exercise-guru, healthy-lifestyle-guru, or woo-woo-guru (i.e., a REAL person) would you like to kick in the shins, e.g., could live without, don't like, think s/he sucks, etc.? (don't worry, we'll get karma points back.) Oprah.
  • If after you lost a few karma points for kicking someone in the shins (see above question), what would be the plant or animal you would you like to be reincarnated as? koala.
  • If/When you get to meet Buster (healthmonth-creator), what would you like to hear Buster say, and what "no-more-than-five-words" would you say to Buster?
    • Buster says: You can exercise and have your steak too!
    • Me says: I want a sponsor chip!
until the next
team CDWL@edi h|month-terview ...


Monday, January 24, 2011

health-minded goal setting ...

hello monthly habit #healthmonth ... in december, team CDWL@edi - 3 team members from cubeopolis - started healthmonth. literally within 2 days, all of us were hooked (and still hooked). here we are in january with 5 team members, and all of us are continuing into february. we also intend to lure others to join.

on creating monthly goals and habits ... go figure - as i was catching up on my other favorite past-times on saturday, i came across my fave yvette and her article - goodbye new year's resolution, hello monthly habits. as stated in her article -
"And the thing is, experts agree that if you can stick to a habit for 28 days, the habit becomes permanent. You no longer think of it as a difficult task. It just becomes part of your daily routine. ... So, how do you come up with 12 habits rather than 1 impossible-to-keep resolution? Well, how about breaking up that big impossible-to-keep resolution into 12 mini-very-possible-habits? ... Instead, this year, we try easy goals. All we have to do is this one thing each month. ... Besides making the habits realistic, try to make them fun! How, you ask? Make keeping the goals into a game. ... "
yvette's article completely made me realize the obvious - healthmonth has been my place for my health goals and my monthly fun, all packaged up in a nice little framework. (note to self: tell yvette about healthmonth)

habit goal-setting ... i am fascinated at how i have changed my mindset about a healthier lifestyle. and i strongly believe the healthmonth format is the main reason - support from friends (and healthmonth'rs), the simplicity of the goal-setting format, rules that i choose, and simply being self-aware. it's not just about diet and exercise - it also has been the spiritual, mental, and emotional health aspects - and most of all, about an accountability system.

healthmonth - an accountability system ... by the first day of the month, i lock-in my monthly goals for what i intend to achieve each week. here is a preview of what my february rules may look like. then the social, gaming, goal-setting, goal-achieving fun begins ... i do a daily check-in, weekly true-up, and end of the month tally.
  • daily check-ins (or you can slide but just need to remember what you did) - seeing how i am coming along each day with each of my rules that include activities i allow and do not allow (or minimize) on my terms, e.g., frequency, amount, etc.
  • weekly true-up - a tracking-restart of sorts of the weekl allowances and indulgences i have chosen that i have tracked each day. this "restart" provides that chunkier framework where i can see how close i am coming to achieving or not achieving the weekly goals i've set ... in a week's timeframe. and yes! when i'm edging closer to the end of the week, i'm certainly looking to meet each rule - OR indulging a bit.
  • monthly result - all the math stuff is done behind the scenes. with the goal of having at least 1 (one) life at the end of the month (after starting out with 10), it's all about looking to meet the incremental goals i have set. AND depending on the outcome of lives
  • next month start-up - then the cycle starts again, however, you can pick new rules, get rid of rules, change your frequency of activities, the amount you consume, etc. ... AND you have a nice "contract" with yourself of your choice of a reward (when you have at least one life point) or punishment (when you have zero or negative life points).
no-guilt system with self-awareness ... for me, healthmonth has become more of a guilt-free system, and i had no idea that would be the case. sure, i'll indulge and have that extra diet coke beyond the 3 days/week of the rule i set. BUT after having nearly 14-20 diet sodas a week (on average) back in december, i'm doing great at ~ 3 days/week! and balanced with more water, exercise, meditation, and many other activities i did not do regularly, it's a major shift.

monthly habits + self-awareness = healthy habits
(or something like that)




Sunday, January 23, 2011

ssp|potb: a visit to altared spaces to connect ...

altared spaces ... this is a website, altared spaces, created by rebecca mullen, who is part of B3 - blogger bosom buddies - one of four women who have come together to support each other - connecting with each other and those around us.

i visit altared spaces each week (and so do others), and i have come to enjoy rebecca's thought-provoking questions for each post. and for each post, i have found my little gems to ponder. (i am thinking altared spaces may be my reverb10 fix. heehee. a good thing.)

rebecca shares this about altared spaces -
" ... Whether the altars in our life come from a coffee cup, a bracelet made with intention, yarn swirlies on an old orange juice can, or a tunnel of trees that catches us off guard, they become the reminders of who we are and who we are becoming. Sometimes these altars are presented to us, and for that I am always grateful. We can create a spot of reservation; an altared space; a place dedicated to cultivate high voltage and subtle insight.

If we surround ourselves with killing frenzies and battle scenes, video games aimed at destruction and social divisions like black and white, democrat and republican, gay and straight, we become embattled, divided people.

If we, instead, surround ourselves with tokens that remind us to connect, giving ourselves tunnel vision for the particulars that make the world beautiful, we will find beauty abounding each day."
upon my first visit to rebecca's site after yvette (the love project 2011 creator) had introduced us, i have enjoyed the growing connection, and i view the world a little differently every day - altars ... altared spaces - i have better come to see, observe, appreciate, and find (or realize) meaning in those simpler things and events around us. i have been altered. (learn more at altared spaces.)

clogged vacuum clogged life ... this was the past monday's altared space post, which for which i totally smiled, grinned, chuckled, and pondered. then i shared with rebecca the gem for me in the post - "i kept forgetting to check the hose between the two."

and reading this altared space reminded me of some of my reverb10 reflections about silver lining friendship and about everything's o.k. connectedness.

on being clogged and unclogging ... my comment along with rebecca's response. (click image on the right) as part of what i shared -
"for me, i realized after my december reverb10 daily writing marathon-ish (mostly relying on stream-of-consciousness writing) that i somewhere got sucked-in (or let myself get sucked-in) to being clogged with others in my life who lead a bit of a clogged life – dream zappers of my dreams, dream zappers of their own, or those that are actually indifferent to dreaming."
- for which rebecca then shared -
"Connections. Yes. Open pipelines vs the ewww where our dreams get zapped. ... I find that the more I can clear the gunk away the more connection are opening in my life. I see more birds. I have more time for art. That elusive 10 minutes to practice a few yogic sun salutations appears. The right people seem to show up at my doorstep. I find this fascinating. Maybe the birds were there all the while. Of course they were. I was simply too clogged to view them."
DITTO! ... "i was simply too clogged to view them" ... for which this reminds me of a quote ...

"in the fields of observation,
change favors only the prepared mind.
"
- louis pasteur


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