Monday, January 31, 2011

Weekly Words To inspire

I can't believe that tomorrow starts February! BUUUTT that means that the Superbowl is just days away! Woot woot!! Stairway to Seven!!!! Have a great week!

"Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be."

Shel Silverstein

“"There Is A Voice Inside Of You
That Whispers All Day Long,
"I Feel That This Is Right For Me,
I Know That This Is Wrong."
No Teacher, Preacher, Parent, Friend
Or Wise Man Can Decide
What's Right For You- Just Listen To
The Voice That Speaks Inside."”
Shel Silverstein

‘Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.’
Francesca Reigler

‘We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.’
Charles Swindoll

A great quote about the city I love...
“Pittsburgh isn't fancy, but it is real. It's a working town and money doesn't come easy. I feel as much a part of this city as the cobblestone streets and the steel mills, people in this town expect an honest day's work, and I've it to them for a long, long time.”

- Unknown

Here we go Steelers... Here we Go! *Stomp Stomp*

Take it easy.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

From the City of Steel

"To say football is the local religion isn't quite right, because I've met a lot of à la carte Catholics and drifting Episcopalians. But I've never known a lapsed Steelers fan. "
- Quote from and ESPN.Com article

I am not sure that you could make anymore true statements about the City of Steel. I can vividly remember going to my Catholic Church back in the 90's and if we had a particular father, you KNEW Mass was going to be no longer than 30 minutes on a Steeler Sunday. In fact, the entire service would be to 'pray for the Stillers.' For all you Catholics out there, you can appreciate a 30 minute mass (include Communion!)

Yes - Steeler Nation can be harsh on our team. Some of them have been making it very easy for us to get angry with them... however, we do it, because we feel that we are in a relationship with them. And when they lose, they disappoint us. They disappoint us in a way that is not a sports team, but that your spouse or significant other disappoints you. When they win, it's that sweet surprise you get form your partner. So unkind words can be said, frustration can be had, but never, ever would a true fan turn their back on the Stillers. I can assure you that. We are unlike any fans you've ever met. Just like our team.

Recently, the city has been just a buzz with pride, excitement, and generally great moods. Not only are the Stillers going to the SuperBowl.... which it just happens to be the 77th year... potentially our 7th Superbowl victory... led by our QB who is Number 7.  I mean - come on. But back to it. Not only is our football team dominating, but our hockey team. Unbelievable. This team just has greatness written all of it.  Yes, we do have a baseball team, however, they just get the occasional whiff of mediocrity.

I realize how lucky I am to live in a city in which we have two teams that are play-off caliber every year. I love it.

So the reason for the post? No it wasn't to boast about how awesome my sports teams are.. (psst. We do have more Superbowl wins than any other football franchise. Just sayin'.)
But to show you a table I made a few years ago, while I was watching a Pens playoff game. I bought the table for 12.50 at an auction. I had to do minimal work to prepare it for the wood burning. A play-off game later, this is what I had. This is one of my favorite tables. It's a crowd pleaser!

Take it easy.
Go Steelers.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Everybody.. Wants to Love...

Okay. So I love Jazzecise. I think we've covered that one!

Well the last month or so we've been doing a routine to this song... and I love it..
Everybody By Ingrid Michaelson

Favorite verse..

" Everybody knows the love
Everybody holds the love,
Everybody folds for love,
Everybody feels the love
Everybody steals the love,
Everybody heals with love.

Oh oh oh
Just let the love, love love begin!'

Try not getting that song stuck in your head!

Take it easy!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Weekly Words To Inspire

I'VE GOT A FEELING.. Pittsburgh's going to the SUPER BOWL!!

Woot woot!!!!
How exciting.. the Stairway to Seven!!!
I hope everyone enjoyed the game! At least our week started off great! I can't believe this is the last full week in January.

“Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.” -Wilma Rudolph

"Courage is saying, ‘Maybe what I’m doing isn’t working; maybe I should try something else.’"-Anne Lappe

“The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.” Maureen Dowd

“Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.” -Brian Tracy

Favorite of the week! I wish we could all do this... all the time!

“Living with integrity means: Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships. Asking for what you want and need from others. Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe.” - Barbara De Angelis

Take it easy,

Monday, January 17, 2011

Weekly Words To Inspire - Martin Luther King Jr.

Since it's MLK day, I figured I'd include quotes by Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes that aren't in the 'I have a dream' speech.


"We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now."

"If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.'"

"Let no man pull you low enough to hate him."

"If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would have little time for anything other than such correspondence in the course of the day, and I would have no time for constructive work."

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: "If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?" But... the good Samaritan reversed the question: "If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"”

My favorite for the week...

'A man can't ride your back unless it's bent.'

Video of the week...

Here we go!
Next up Jets!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Worse Than Wal-Mart?

Worse than Wal-mart? 

/begin rant 

How about the gym during January… I actually asked the trainers at the gym yesterday if it was February yet. Listen, I’m all about people getting in shape, I am. However, I’m not about people only keeping it up for a month and during that month, making an inconvenience for the rest of us. Let me set the stage… I belong to a “Y” (Note: For those who are unaware, it’s not longer the YMCA, it’s just the ‘Y’) in the bottom of my building. It’s a small gym, but it’s good for people who want to work out right before work, during lunch, and right after work. It has a spin room, and then two studios, one for pilates/yoga, the other is for everything else. Since it’s been open it has slowly grown in membership, which is a great thing, some of the equipment has already been upgraded due to the increase use. Now, mind you, this is a pretty basic gym. It has Treadmills, Elliptical Machines, Exercise Bikes, and EFX machines. Then a pretty tiny area for free weights. Well, what do all these ‘resolution-ers’ want to do? Cardio. So that’s fine, but here are some tips: 

1. The girl with the ipad, please stop watching movies, walking at a 2.0 pace when you are a twenty-something, isn’t going to do anything, but make everyone else angry for utilizing a treadmill. At least walk on an incline. Also, how can you work out to watching romantic movies? 
2. The machines don’t wash themselves, they are not self services, so please, PLEASE wipe down your equipment. I’ve watched most of you work out, you don’t work out hard enough to not be able to put spray on a paper towel and wipe down your germs. 
3. To the people that have been on the EFX machine beside me – I’ve been working out for over 3 years consistently, please don’t try to keep up with me. It’s not going to happen. If you think by starring at me, you will catch my attention, you are wrong, you just push me that much harder (faster). 
4. Ladies – don’t force your boyfriend/husband to work out with you on a cardio machine. He obviously doesn’t want to be on a ‘girly’ machine. Let him go lift weights & not take up use of such limited equipment. Conversations about your evening & your in-laws & your life dreams are better kept out of the gym. 
5. If you walk at a pace of 2.0 mph for 30 minutes, don’t act like you just ran a marathon, when a regular (people who have been at the gym longer then a month) just ran 5 miles in less than 45 minutes and doesn’t even seem outta breath. The loud sigh to indicate you just worked really hard is also not necessary. 
6. I am all about workout partners, but leave the girly girliness out of it. The gym is not the place to giggle. It’s a place of work. Giggling just makes you look out of place. 
7. I wear the Vibram 5-fingers to work out in, please don’t’ ask me if they were comfortable. If they weren’t comfortable I wouldn't wear them to run/lift in everyday? Think about it. I would be more than happy to talk to you about them, but not while I’m in the midst of my cardio… or while I’m lifting. 
8. Starring at people, new or old, is creepy. Stop that. 
9. I know it’s tempting to copy the lifts of some of us, however, we know the correct way of performing the motion. Don’t copy us. It’s for your own safety and refer to number 8. 

10. If you take a class, make sure that it fits your level, when the class says 'Advance' it doesn't mean you've taken the beginner class twice.11. Please stop walking around like you own the place and you’ve been there for years. Most people identify you as a newbie and you look ridiculous and embarrass yourself. 
12. Locker room. The people that work out there, all know it’s small… However, just because it’s small does not mean that I want to talk to you while you are a. naked, b. drying off, or c. dressing. So please don’t make smart remarks because I don’t want to talk to you while in these situations. 
13. Just because you were under armor does not automatically mean you are ‘fit’ or losing weight… it also doesn’t make you look tough. 
14. Wear flip-flops to shower. I can't even imagine the amount of nastiness on the floor.

15. If you sweat enough to soak your clothes, please take a shower. For the sake of your co-workers. Please. 

I heard the best thing from a co-worker last week. Wouldn't it be great if they had gyms like they have Halloween costumes stores for the month of January? Think about it. 

I’m really not mean, I really am helpful to those who are truly are on a getting fit journey. I’ve been there, I get it. I just don’t enjoy having the people who are coming to the gym just to say they are coming to the gym. I’ll be nicer in February… When you are in doubt of the culture within the gym… Just follow what the regulars are doing and you’ll be fine. It’ll be easy to spot them out. They will be the ones who are using the gym for its purpose & are getting something out of it. 

/end rant

Monday, January 10, 2011

Weekly Words To Inspire - Eleanor Roosevelt

All of these quotes are from Eleanor Roosevelt. I might have repeated a few from the past (for the original members), which I apologize. I hope you enjoy the new ones.

"I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life. "
"Friendship with oneself is all important because without it one cannot be friends with anybody else in the world."

"The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences."

"It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan."

"It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself."

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

" You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience by which you really stop and look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself 'I lived through this horror, I can take the next thing that comes along."
I hope all of you are having an incredible January!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Weekly Words to Inspire

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone was able to enjoy the holiday's. Sorry - I took some time off. but I'm back!
Here's the first edition of the new year!

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.
 - Oprah Winfrey

My Mama always said you've got to put the past behind you before you can move on.

-Forrest Gump

Failure does note exist. Failure is simply someone else's opinion of how a certain act should have been completed. Once you believe that no act must be performed in any specific other directed way, then failing becomes impossible.

- Wayne Dyer
This is perfect. Absolutely perfect...


    We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another. Then we are frustrated that the kids aren't old enough and we'll be more content when they are. After that, we're frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage.

    We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, are able to go on a nice vacation, when we retire.

    The truth is, there's no better time to be happy than right now.  If not now, when? Your life will always be filled with challenges.  It's best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway. One of my favorite quotes comes from Alfred D Souza. He said, "For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, Something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my "life".

    This perspective has helped me to see that there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So, treasure every moment that you have and treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time...and remember that time waits for no one.

    So, stop waiting until you finish school, until you go back to school, until you lose ten pounds, until you gain ten pounds, until you have kids, until your kids leave the house, until you start work, until you retire, until you get married, until you get divorced, until Friday night, until Sunday morning, until you get a new car or home, until your car or home is paid off, until spring, until summer, until fall, until winter, until you are off welfare, until the first or fifteenth, until your song comes on, until you've had a drink, until you've sobered up, until you die, until you are born again to decide that there is no better time than right now to be happy.

    Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

Author Unknown