>Thought of the Day: Law of the Garbage Truck

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Law of the Garbage  Truck

 

One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport.

We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in   front of us.

My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and     missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us.

My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean he was really friendly.

  So I asked, ‘Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined

your car and sent us to the hospital!’

  This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, ‘The Law of the Garbage Truck.’

 

He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they’ll dump it on you. Don’t take it personally.

 

Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don’t take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.

 

The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day.

Life’s too short to wake up in the morning with regrets,

so … Love the people  who treat you right and Pray for the ones who don’t .

 

Life is ten percent what youmake it and ninety percent how you take it!

 

Have a garbage-free day!

 


>Land Rover LR4: Piquing My Interest…Your Thoughts?

>So anyone who truly knows me, knows that I absolutely love Land Rover in general. Specifically I love their Discovery and LR3 models. I have had a toy replica of the Discovery since circa 2000 with the intent on purchasing one- one day. I had the chance to buy one in 2002, but conservatively chose to get a car…a 2003 Nissan Altima. Now don’t get me wrong I love my Altima, recalls, issues, and all; I simply wish I had strongly considered and attempted to get the Discovery when I had the chance. I have not given up hope though.

As the years have progressed so has Land Rover. They discontinued the Discovery and reinvented it by delivering the LR3 (and the LR2 which is a smaller version…I don’t like) which took me a moment or two but then…bam, I became enamored by its beauty, boldness, sleekness, and ability to still go off-roading. It seems that everywhere I turn there is a Discovery and LR3 around me, calling my name!

Now Land Rover decided to respond to the various consumer complaints concerning the plastic bumpers, overtaxed engine, confusing black buttons in the cabin, and the associated cost. The new LR4 has brought chills to my spine as I smile from ear to ear at the evolution that has taken place. Land Rover has turned the LR4 into something more comparable to its larger sibling, the Range Rover, but without the  exorbitantly high sticker price, and some issues that I have noticed over the years. 

The LR4 has a new 5.0-liter, 375-horsepower V8, which helps its weighty body overcome the laws of physics. Much like the Range Rover it has the sport grills on the front and side. They even improved the brakes, on-road handling and off-road Terrain Response system that offers five modes represented by pictographs in the center-console-mounted control knob — General Driving, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Sand, Mud and Ruts, and Rock Crawl — this system allows the driver to select the setting best suited to the driving conditions they face.

In treacherous low-speed downhill passes, Hill Descent Control takes over the braking duties (even in Reverse), making it possible for the LR4 to brake individual wheels as required, something a driver would have extreme difficulty doing. This bad boy even has an all-new touchscreen interface with a satellite radio and iPod interface.  

What is truly amazing on top of all of this is the price. Comparably equipped to the Audi Q7, Toyota Land Cruiser and Mercedes GL450, the LR4 costs $8,000 less than an Audi Q7 4.2, $15,000 less than a Toyota Land Cruiser and $18,000 less than a Mercedes-Benz GL450. Yes, you read that right! It even offers more usable passenger space than all of them. No luxury SUV short of a Cadillac Escalade ESV or Lincoln Navigator L provides more spacious seven-passenger seating. Now performance-wise it doesn’t beat the Benz, and it hasn’t been able to beat the Land Cruiser for off-road handling, etc…but I’m okay with that. I’m not too cool with the idea of purchasing another 91-octane vehicle, especially since the fuel economy is still relatively low (at 13 mpg) but when you see what the LR4 has to offer- it would be worth it in my opinion!

Be sure to check out a picture at Edmonds.com or Landrover.com, or visit a local Land Rover dealership (I’ve included a link to one below in my list of sources) to see and experience the LR4 for yourself. I want to drive it…feel the difference between the LR4 and its older, retired, Discovery model. With money being an object I’d have to settle for the Discovery or an older LR3…but if money weren’t an object…I’d hop in a Black, White, or even a Purple (yes, they have a customized purple version) with no hesitation and drive, drive, drive it right into my garage…of course after a few hours of driving over curbs and stuff!

Here’s all of the specs as found on Edmonds.com website for you to check out:

Model Year: 2010
Make: Land Rover
Model: LR4
Style: V8 4dr SUV 4WD (5.0L 8cyl 6A)
Base Price: $47,250
Price as Tested: $54,760

Options on Test Vehicle: HSE Plus Package With Seven-Seat Comfort Package ($5,910 — includes rearview camera, front parking sensors, automatic headlights, automatic high beams, 50/50-split third-row seats, third-row curtain airbags, rear climate controls, hard-drive navigation system, Bluetooth, ambient interior lighting, HD Radio, satellite radio, heated front windshield, heated steering wheel, heated front and second-row seats, heated windshield washer jets); Heavy Duty Package ($750 — includes active locking rear differential and full-size spare tire with alloy wheel)

Drive Type: Four-wheel drive
Transmission Type: Six-speed automatic
Transmission and Axle Ratio:  (x:1)I=4.17; II=2.34; III=1.52; IV=1.14; V=0.87; VI=0.69; R=3.4; Final=3.54; High=1.00; Low=2.93
Engine Type: V8
Displacement (cc / cu-in)4,999cc (305 cu-in)
Block/Head Material: Aluminum
Valve train: Double overhead camshaft
Compression Ratio: 11.5
Redline (rpm) 6,200
Horsepower (hp @ rpm) 375 @ 6,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) 375 @ 3,500
Brake Type (front) Ventilated disc
Brake Type (rear) Ventilated disc
Steering System: Power steering
Steering Ratio: Variable
Suspension Type (front) Double wishbone
Suspension Type (rear) Double wishbone
Tire Size (front) 255/55R19V M+S
Tire Size (rear) 255/55R19 V M+S
Tire Brand: Continental
Tire Model: 4×4 Contact
Tire Type: All-terrain
Wheel Size: 19-by-8 inches front and rear
Wheel Material (front/rear)Alloy
Manufacturer Curb Weight (lb) 5,833
Curb Weight As Tested (lb) 5,751
Weight Distribution, F/R (%) 49.1/50.9
Recommended Fuel Premium unleaded (required)
Fuel Tank Capacity (gal) 22.8
EPA Fuel Economy (mpg) 12 city/17 highway
Edmunds Observed (mpg) 13.05

Copyright 2010. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved.

Sources:

Edmonds http://www.edmonds.com

Land Rover Buckhead http://www.landroverbuckhead.com/Specials_new.aspx#Special19

>Day 14: This is Something Else

>It is amazing what we can do when we put our mind to it. Never would I have believed it to be possible for me to fast 14 days…let alone be comfortable with continuing the fast a few or even several days longer.

Failure is not an option.

I'm grateful for this experience. It has been such a thrill! This weekend I will share more pictures of me working out, and my progress. Maybe you will share some of yours!

Until then…have a blessed evening!

Copyright 2010. Natasha L. Foreman. All Rights Reserved.

>Day 13: The Googly Eyes Speaks Volumes About My Progress

>Just finished a great workout…second for the day. Earlier was cardio with plyometrics; tonight was arms baby! I definitely feel the burn. Low weights with high reps, and about four sets each exercise; I will make sure to stretch again in the shower. Today was pretty busy as I had plenty of errands to run. I made sure to bring along my fruit smoothie to sip on the first hour or so out, and then I had a banana a couple of hours later. By the time I made it home I was hungry, and a salad was calling my name!

For dinner I had the other serving of my butternut squash soup, and a black bean patty. I had yogurt for dessert, and when I got the munchies I nibbled on a few pieces of fruit (grapes, watermelon, and cantaloupe). The key to all of this is making sure I get plenty of water; staying hydrated and flushing out all the junk we don’t want inside of us is very important. I make sure to keep plenty of water beside my bed to guzzle back throughout the night when I become thirsty, and first thing in the morning when I wake up and feel like I’ve been walking through the desert for several hours. 

It is extremely important that I remain focused and disciplined these next few days, because I know that the more I drive around and am visually seeing fast food restaurants like Popeyes Chicken, McDonalds, and the like, the more my mind triggers images of the great, yet fattening foods these establishments crank out by the minute. I haven’t been tempted to visit any of them, but I also don’t want the trigger to entice me to overeat when I return home. Even though I’m not having issues with overeating since I keep getting full faster on less food. Still there is no denying that I love food, and until I control the association my mind makes with food…I must stay focused on my fast…I have two to three more days on this phase, before I begin a slow transition of other foods back into my daily regime; so I want these days to count in every way.

It is very important that if you are fasting merely for spiritual reflection, connection, and awakening that you spend quality time in a peaceful environment, taking in all of your spiritual readings, music, etc. You should focus on light exercise, and take in yoga, walking, or jogging. If however you are fasting to lose weight, then you must also incorporate moderate exercise. You should consider three to four days per week for 30-45 minutes each workout. If you are fasting in hopes of cleansing your body for one to three days, make sure your focus is on drinking plenty of water, getting ample rest, and realizing that your body does not truly begin “fasting” until day 5…so days one to three are merely eliminating the food and junk you had in your body from the previous one to two days. It is not until day five and thereafter that you begin to get down deep…no pun intended. So don’t expect major changes externally or internally in one to three days. 

I don’t recommend two-a-day workouts, especially 7 days a week (like what I’m doing) unless you are accustomed to that level of intensity, and have been given the ‘green light’ by your doctor or other medical professional. Yes, I have experienced incredible results quickly, but that also has a great deal to do with my body’s muscle memory, and ability to handle the daily workload. That is a big reason why my body is leaning out nicely, and everything is tightening up as it should…my body is remembering how it is supposed to be, feel, respond, and look (okay I’m exaggerating with the ‘look’ statement, but you get my drift). 

I know how I feel and look, and from the response I got in the mall and various stores I went to today…I can gather that other people liked what they saw also…especially a few men who kept coming by the Carol’s Daughter store peeping in….the store clerk said, “girl you have some admirers checking you out hard!” I laughed and as I grabbed my bag and receipt I smiled and casually walked out of the store taking notice of the men. I’m accustomed to getting attention, but it feels especially great when you know how good you really look…head to toe…inside and out. When you feel good you radiate a positive glow that bounces off of everyone who comes into contact with you. That is how I felt today; how I have been feeling these past two weeks. I feel just like my nickname…Sunshine!

If you are a first-time faster, inexperienced with strict fasting, or have spent a great deal of your adult life yo-yo dieting, then I would say that fasting should be complemented at the MOST by moderate exercise four days per week. We’ll have to discuss another time the difference between light, moderate, and heavy workouts. Until then, I hope that all of you have a wonderful evening! Thank you for all of your support and well wishes as I come into the stretch of this awesome fast. I will definitely post pictures soon.

Warmest wishes,

Natasha

Copyright 2010. Natasha L. Foreman. All Rights Reserved.

>Day 12 This Butternut Squash Soup is Delish!

>V8 has a great butternut squash soup in a carton. A serving (1 cup) is 80 calories; and there are roughly two servings per container. Each serving gives you a day’s worth of recommended veggies! I had a serving of that plus a light salad for dinner.  Dessert? Ah some yummy yogurt. Earlier today I had a fruit smoothie before my intense 45 minute workout (a true butt kicker in every sense); then I snacked on grapes, and around 5pm… a banana. 

Yes, this evening I will be sweating, grunting, and grimacing through my second workout. Maybe I will share a picture. Speaking of pictures, maybe I should also share my before, mid, and after pictures so everyone can see how my body and “vibe” has transitioned. Even on my “rough” days, my face isn’t showing signs of stress like it did two weeks ago. I will say that my body is naturally trying to relax by midnight. I have to force myself to stay awake beyond 1am. Oddly enough, I’m also more apt to get a full 8-9 hours of sleep, instead of my usual 3-5 hours. I will have to find a way to make necessary adjustments when my classes resume in a few weeks. 

I can’t believe how much my life has changed in 12 days! What a difference taking time focusing on “self” can mean to your wellbeing…mind, body, and soul! 

Copyright 2010. Natasha L. Foreman. All Rights Reserved.