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MRSG942011 Posts: 464
1/8/13 3:42 P

my husband is on board to adopt healthier lifestyle. He went to store and bought a bunch of stuff to juice after watching Dr. Oz special on it. Best part is we both loved and had so much energy:-) He also cooks 80% of the time and we have been using foreman to grill meat and make salads. He finally beleives me that a salad is a meal if you make it right:-)

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1/7/13 5:33 A

My daughter made cinnamon rolls last night to share with the family. I skipped it. Not because I was being good, but because I had absolutely no interest what so ever. Not usually how my brain responds to treats. When I realized that it happened, I did some silent Wahoooing in my head.

GBOOMER Posts: 6,910
1/7/13 5:28 A

I used to loath shopping for clothing when I was heavier. It was hard to find clothes that fit well and each pair of pants that I tried on was a reminder of my fatness.

Yesterday I went clothes shopping for the first time in a long while and was reminded again of how I now have a healthy BMI. Still, not every pair of pants fit well. But it wasn't because of my waist but of the natural shape of my legs and butt. And, I did find two pair, before long, that fit well and looked good, not to mention quite inexpensive. Also, I don't even have to try on medium size shirts anymore because they always fit just fine. Bought two of them.

It was a good shopping trip because we found everything on our shopping list. It was also good to do it together with L, having her companionship, joking around along the way.

Edited by: GBOOMER at: 1/7/2013 (05:29)
1/3/13 12:03 P

I ate mindfully every meal yesterday

GBOOMER Posts: 6,910
1/3/13 5:29 A

Yesterday and the day before, I was listening to Jimi Hendrix's first album in the car. I do my best music listening in the car. This is one of those albums that was so well-played all around me growing up that, for decades, I couldn't really enjoy it that much anymore. However, to my delight, I discovered that enough time had passed that I was listening with fresh ears. I was hearing qualities to the songs and to Hendrix's singing that I hadn't noticed as a young person. I was also hearing the album in relationship to all the newer music I have heard since I was a young person, and, that perspective gave me a new and different listening experience. I actually like the album better now, or maybe just in a different way, than I did then.

Makes me want to revisit some other previously over-played albums from my past now.

GBOOMER Posts: 6,910
1/2/13 7:44 A

This morning I am going back to work after a wonderful Winter break. We didn't travel. I enjoyed exercising without any struggle to fit it in. I meditated twice almost every day. Did a lot of reading. Went out and ran errands and went for walks with L. Also got to do a lot of thinking about goals, new and old. Oh yeah, I wrote a decent essay for a fellowship application, and it was nice being able to concentrate on it in a vacation environment. I am well rested and ready for work this morning!

1/1/13 5:09 P

I ate a balanced lunch while everyone around me finished off pies and cakes from the holidays

GBOOMER Posts: 6,910
1/1/13 7:16 A

My wife and I passed our 29th wedding anniversary in December. Yesterday we discussed next year which will be our 30th. L said she would like us to go to Taiwan. She is from Taiwan, but we have never been there together. In fact, neither of us have been there since our relationship started some 31 years ago. I visited Taiwan once, and had a wonderful time in 1980. One difficulty has been that Taiwan is incredibly hot in the Summer, but as teachers, that has often been the only time we are free. But I can take off a week before the Winter break begins in 2013 and we can have two weeks for a trip. If I set it up with my supervisors really early, how can they say "no"? L's Winter break is longer because she teaches at a university, so that isn't a problem.

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12/31/12 2:27 P

One of my gratitudes this morning on another board where I post regularly (see recommendation below) was that the snow was holding off for my drive to work. About 15 minutes later, the snow started. I had a choice on how I wanted to react, given my very recent gratitude for no snow yet. First, I looked out in my beautiful back yard. The snow flakes were the really big, fluffy, beautiful ones and they were coming down steadily. It was beautiful. Before I even left the house, the flakes were dusting all of our trees and bushes. It was beginning to look like a winter wonderland back there, which is one of the things I love about winter in my home. Then I drove to work and saw the same scenery all down the beautiful boulevard that I take to get to work. Another big positive is that temps were around 40 yesterday and finally melted last week's ice that was buried under the snow we got last week. So this beautiful snow, that is still coming down, will fall on un-iced roads and shouldn't be difficult to drive in with basic caution.

I loved realizing that I had a choice in how to react and I made a very positive choice! This is a life lesson that can be applied to many situations in my life.

GBoomer - Thanks for this thread. Not sure I'm such a positive role model on caregiving as I'm still very much a work in progress, but then I guess we all are at all times anyway!!

Happy New Year to everybody!!


GBOOMER Posts: 6,910
12/30/12 12:14 P

I appreciate each and every person who has posted on this thread so far.

When I created this thread, the purpose was to have a thread in which people journaled one highlight in some detail. There are already several excellent threads for short gratitudes, highlights, etc. I would very much recommend Rebecca's monthly gratitude thread:"
I too post there almost every day.

Please keep this thread for post of about a paragraph, more or less, in length. Thanks for your understanding!

12/30/12 9:23 A

I cut back on my dinner last evening because I'd eaten lunch out yesterday. I wasn't very hungry to begin with and it felt great to moderate my food for the day.

NANCYPAT1 Posts: 57,698
12/30/12 9:01 A

I spent time reflecting and thinking and recharging my batteries.

GBOOMER Posts: 6,910
12/30/12 8:12 A

I was shopping at BJ's warehouse yesterday with L when my cellphone rang. It was my old friend, R, calling me from Seattle. We haven't talked for several months so it was great to catch up. He told me about his adventures using an online dating service. I told him about getting accepted to graduate school. R and I have been friends since about 1984 or thereabouts. We met as classmates at a music conservatory. Despite now living a continent apart, we keep in touch and visit each other every so often. I feel blessed to have friends like him.

12/29/12 5:33 A

using this way-too-early-in-the-morning-really-middle
-of-the-night time wisely.

NANCYPAT1 Posts: 57,698
12/29/12 12:39 A

Rest and relaxation starting to sink in

12/28/12 8:57 P

my DH's support in the face of a family disagreement

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12/28/12 12:37 P

NICK3RD emoticon 'done' emoticon

Acknowledging the rarity of having disagreements with R when we actually did have a little tiff.
He resolved to "Stop telling me when I was not doing things right". I can LIVE with that!! emoticon He is a good guy, the same man who never drinks coffee but burr grinds fair trade beans to brew mine every morning. I can live with that too!

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12/28/12 11:28 A

DH and I had a wonderful day yesterday... stayed in our pjs, read, napped and watched old movies on tv. Ate some of the Christmas/Boxing Day left-overs, tidied the house a bit, phoned friends. Lovely break after three very busy days.

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12/28/12 11:16 A


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12/28/12 10:39 A

I weighed myself this morning and found that I've lost 3 pounds. I am a little nervous because today is my husband's birthday and we are celebrating with pizza and cake, but I feel like if I can lose weight during Christmas, I can handle this!

NANCYPAT1 Posts: 57,698
12/28/12 9:50 A

Today I woke up energetic and ready to face the world. I got up, checked my blood sugar (really good) ate a healthy breakfast and then snug in my Christmas nighty came to play on SP and catch up on all the wonderful uplifting posts. Thanks to that, I am getting ready to sign off and go for my walk.

GBOOMER Posts: 6,910
12/28/12 9:29 A

Yesterday I had a great run. Recently I decided to work on increasing my speed. Yesterday's run was the first in which I put this into effect. First I measured the distance of 5k on my running route using Then I looked up online how to operate the my watch's built in chronograph. I've decided to time my 5k run once a month. The goal will to be to gradually increase my speed. So, yesterday I timed my 5k run. I think I set off a little too fast at first, but I settled into it gradually. Then I somewhat randomly did intervals of longer easy segments followed by short bursts of speed. I used "perceived effort" as my guiding post. For the easy segment I ran at a perceived effort of "3" or thereabouts. For the speed bursts, I maintained a perceived effort of between "6" and "8". I need to remember to make my next run later this week an easy one. I really feel the effects of yesterday's effort, but in a good way.

NANCYPAT, ,thanks for your post yesterday! Sounds like a very relaxing day.

Stephanie, nice to read your post here! I'm paying attention because I know I will be care giving for some family members in the future. I need positive role models like you!

Edited by: GBOOMER at: 12/28/2012 (09:32)
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12/28/12 9:23 A

I have a partner with MS, so although I still work a full-time (and then some) job, I am an "off and on" caregiver (the MS is relapsing/remitting). So at times when the MS is causing problems, it's easy to get overwhelmed. The holiday season has done it this year, despite my cutting out many commitments that I normally do during the holidays, namely because my partner has been struggling for several weeks now. We were supposed to have a friend over Saturday night for a birthday dinner. I've known her for years and her own health is not good, so she gets it. I called her last night and explained the situation. We're moving dinner to another weekend. That will give me an entire weekend to just chill out and relax as much as possible, something that is much-needed.

So my positive experience from last night is two-fold: (1) I did what I needed to do to take care of ME during a stressful time; and (2) I was able to be honest with a dear friend who totally understood.

NANCYPAT1 Posts: 57,698
12/27/12 8:58 A

I feel relaxed and rested although I was up late. I was reading a book on my Kindle (a special gift from my stepbrother). I was watching Christmas movies on TV. And, I was using SP - all at slightly different moments. I did not feel pressured or rushed. The snow laying all around gave me permission to ignore all of the other potential demands on my time because I really don't drive in the snow if at all possible to avoid it. I felt totally comfortable and at ease with myself just BEING instead of DOING. What a blessing and what a treasure days like that are for me.

GBOOMER Posts: 6,910
12/27/12 5:06 A

Here's my first positive experience post:

Yesterday I completed writing an essay for a fellowship application. I received some support and feedback from two people: a friend and a family member. It was daunting starting out, but the process made me take a fresh look at my history from a new perspective. I feel more self-appreciation as a result. And it was nice sharing the process together with my helpers. And, now my application is complete and ready for the post office this morning! Yay!

GBOOMER Posts: 6,910
12/27/12 5:01 A

Instructions: Write in some detail about one positive experience from the last 24 hours.

This idea comes from "The Happiness Advantage" by Shawn Achor.

I already enjoy posting gratitudes in another wonderful thread here on the message boards. This is similar, except that it allows for a little more detailed savoring of one special experience.

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