For me the “shutdown” of 2020 caused by the PANdemIC panic began while we had puppies. In a way, I was happy when the Leonberger club (and everything else) canceled the annual meeting and dog show.
We would have had to stay home because we had puppies. They were born on February 17th, 2020.
When the 3-11 shutdown occurred, the puppies were occupying my total attention, so it was a little bit nice to know I wasn’t missing out on going out since everyone was in the same “boat,” so to speak.
(Speaking of boats, we had enjoyed several cruises the past couple of years. I do hope we can enjoy that again some day in the not too distant future.)
Now we’re just past 11-3 (election day) which seems to be what the PANdemIC panic was really all about. Everything has not been revealed to us publicly yet, but I’m so glad the unfolding will soon be happening bit by bit.
God continues to be faithful to us. The sun rises every morning producing daylight, even when it is a rainy day. We have all that we really need and best of all is faith in our creator.
The more quiet time has allowed for inward meditation.
The food is DELICIOUS! I like the taste of these products and unlike all other shakes I’ve tried, they do not require a blender!
A simple shaker cup will do it or just stir into a little water in a glass, add some ice, more water, and stir. The consistency of the shake is more granular and it dissolves easily in water. The taste is a satisfying and good tasting. I look forward to it at breakfast and dinner.
More than that, today is actually my 5th day on this program and this morning the scale showed 5 pounds moving toward my ultimate goal! I don’t know if you can tell, but I AM JUMPING UP AND DOWN ECSTATIC! Some people may think this is trivial, but I have struggled constantly just to not gain more and more!
One day was a little rough in the afternoon.
But when I realized the reason I was so ravenously hungry was simply that I had not followed the program of eating the snacks as prescribed!
The other things I’ve done so far in straying from the letter of the plan are – didn’t drink enough water! (one of my biggest problems — is it yours too? ) Also, bad me, I indulged in 1 glass of red wine with my shrimp cocktail “late afternoon snack” when I socialized by going to a happy hour. So I say not bad, not bad moving this far toward my goal in the first week!
Packing bags, getting ready seems like such a job.
Details, details, details. I’m not a list maker, but I believe I will become one! Going away from home for more than a weekend there are many things that just simply have to be done. Bills paid? Everyone notified? Arrangements for other people to do things every day? A place to stay? Reservations for a car and activities? Documents in order? Laundry? Packing? So for the first part, a great deal of planning and energy goes into getting ready. This builds anticipation of something fun to come and that is exciting. Getting ready is a booster to morale! There is a drop-dead deadline. When it is time to leave for a flight, you’ve got to be ready!
Then the relaxation begins. Even before arriving, there’s some time to read, to think, to relax. Traveling itself is very exciting and fun.
Nice that a vacation in another place is the experience of a time-stops-still kind of pace. Instead of clock time, everything is “in the moment.” Drink it in, savor it. It is a click-click-click in the mind as though a camera were recording every moment!
The third reason for me is returning. It is not with sadness, it is happiness and a new perspective! Energized! Being refreshed and having been pampered there’s a new energy of expectation of how I want my life and surroundings to be! So a part of the “vacation brought home” involves the vision of and what I can do to be better and to do better.
Right after I pay the bills, I’ll write my blog post for today!
Right after the closet is rearranged, I’ll make appointments.
Right after I wash up these dishes, I’ll invite some friends for a get-together.
Right after I take out the trash, I’ll get started on social media posting.
Right after the kids go back to school, I will begin my new home business.
You get the point! I’m the queen of “Right After.” You may be also!
It all comes back to What do I really want?
Do I really want to be a blogger? Do I really want to make appointments that turn into sales? Do I really want to help other people become successful in doing the same thing? Do I really want to run a successful home business?
So two-step tango really: 1. Write down what you really want and 2. Write down what you will do.
Join a company with a valid product you really love or can become passionate about.
Decide and begin quickly to promote.
Get going every day to repeat step 2! Do not over think it, and do not complicate it!
When you check out the company, spend a little time researching how long it has been in business, how many reps are already selling the product, whether they truly have a unique niche product that people will want. Many companies go out of business each year and many new companies launch each year. Getting into one that’s on the startup side of things allows more possibilities to take a larger market share if you are in the earlier stages! Make sure you absolutely love the product and do a little looking around. Maybe nearly the same thing is available somewhere else. Make sure the product does what is claimed, suggested. Health and wellness companies are springing up daily it seems. Once in a long while there’s something really new, but most companies are in the “me too” business. What they offer is also offered elsewhere — ( and sometimes that’s right there in your local health food store, drugstore, or grocery).
Joining a winning person or team can also help you, but ultimately these types of business have as a selling point that you will be in business for yourself, so the adage, “If it’s to be, it’s up to me.” is true. So ultimately this requires self-confidence. I can point you to some great sources for that! 🙂
Look around and join someone who you can feel comfortable will be there to help you, but not manage you. You want someone with leadership but not someone who wants to hold your hand! After all, isn’t what you are looking for something you can hold in your own hands?
This is a favorite picture. It certainly makes a claim without stating anything. Use this product and your appearance will change from reality (or your not so great self-image) to your wanna-be. Of course, what do you have to do to get there?
Lots of products make this claim with a little tiny disclaimer like, “when used as directed,” along with “results are not typical.”
That is much like pharmaceutical claims we hear on television for new drugs that claim to clear up your skin. However their disclaimers may be words like “some improvement is typical in a few weeks,” used within the commercial. The frightening part is the claim made at the end. “In some rare cases, side effects include paralysis, liver damage, or even death.”
For my part, I have been attracted to network marketing companies, their products, and their people for well over 20 years. I have tried many health products especially those that made claims that it would be easier to lose weight while using their product.
Many other people are attracted to these same types of products, are you? We can observe that is simply true, or else there just would not be so many of them, each claiming to have just the discovery that will REALLY work. Look at the television advertising that promotes buying your food delivered in portion size servings. They spend so much on the advertising, what could they possibly put into those boxes? I know people who have tried this, but I never have. We simply have too much food stored in our house. I would be unable to eat ONLY what came in those boxes. I might also be unable to refrain from eating both today’s portion and tomorrow’s. That assumes that it would actually taste delicious, which they say it does.