Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Or the drink you had in your hand two minutes ago? Or your glasses? Or if you unplugged the iron, lowered the garage door, shut the windows? Or ? ? ? Whatever??
Chances are it's not your memory.
It's your ATTENTION!
Few of us live in the NOW, the PRESENT. We are always in the PAST - what just happened, what someone said yesterday, what someone did last week. OR, we're in the FUTURE - what I must do this afternoon, what I'll do this weekend.
We zoom right through the here and now, the Present, always focused on the Past and Future. Every now and then, stop and ask yourself, "What am I thinking about?" It is seldom what you're doing at the present moment. No wonder you don't remember it two minutes later.
Here's the cure: Start talking to yourself. Say - "I'm putting the keys by the lamp. I'm locking the door. I'm leaving my drink here by the books." You can say it to yourself, or you can say it out loud. But SAY IT. Make a complete sentence. A declaratory statement every time you do something. You WILL remember it later. Saying it locks you into the PRESENT, just for a moment, and it sticks in your mind.
Try it. After a while it becomes a habit. You may become known as the "One Who Talks To Herself", lol, but you'll also become known for your remarkable memory!
Worked for me!
Saturday, March 10, 2012
If you read my previous blog entry, "Try This Simple Plan", you'll see what my goal has been concerning the food I eat.
I had my cholesterol checked in early December, and while it was within the "good" range", for ME it was higher than usual. So I began to do two things: AVOID SWEETS and cut down on starches.
Avoiding sweets was the most difficult and I worked at it the hardest. And succeeded. I haven't had anything that could be called "sweet" in so long that I never even think about it anymore.
I did manage to cut down on starches a little, maybe, by adding lots of raw veggies to my diet, but I still had bread and rice and pasta often.
What I did NOT do is worry about red meat or fat. I ate steak and roast and bar-b-qued pork ribs. I use real butter and sour cream. No margarine, nothing "lite" or low-fat.
I just had another cholesterol test and my TOTAL cholesterol has DROPPED FORTY-SEVEN POINTS! Yes, 47 points. In THREE month's time - Dec 9 to March 9.
My HDL went UP 14 points - HDL UP is good.
My LDL went DOWN 62 points - LDL DOWN is good.
My Triglycerides went DOWN 6 points. My trigs were so low anyway (56 then; 50 now) it really didn't matter.
My conclusion: Yes, it's true. Sugar is Evil, lol. Tastes soooo good, but doesn't do anything good for your body.
If you read some of my blogs from late last year to now, you'll see I've been doing a lot of reading about some cutting edge research and I'm convinced we've been fed some harmful information about fat and starch and sugar. But I'm not trying to push anyone to believe me, I'm just reporting the cold, clinical numbers.
AND, I'm smiling. A lot!
I'll bet no one has ever told you that you need a little more sugar in your diet, hmmm?
Monday, February 27, 2012
Replace starch and sugar with non-starchy veggies as often as possible. Put them on your “MUST EAT” list and you won’t have much room left for the starchy, sugary stuff.
Your body will thank you; your blood work will be better; you’ll feel better; you’ll lose some weight. When you slip up, just try again next meal. Eventually, you won’t miss the starch and sugar and you’ll have a strong, healthy habit that will stick with you.
Now that I eat this way, I don’t worry about counting calories or fat or carbs. I just focus on all the varieties and combinations of non-starchy veggies I can come up with. Raw, roasted, in the crockpot, whatever. I eat whatever protein that appeals to me as well as nuts and fruit. I have a little of the starchy food on weekends. I almost never think of sweets anymore. I feel great!
You don't have to be perfect with this, but the more you head that direction, the better off you'll be.
Remember: You've probably never been told you need to eat more sugar!
You've probably never been told you are eating too many veggies!
There's a reason for that, lol.
Thursday, February 02, 2012
Returning to work after being retired for 5 years draws a lot of comments. Everyone seems to think you really need money OR you are bored out of your skull.
In my case, neither is true. I have never been bored. Never. I don’t remember ever sitting around thinking “I don’t have anything to do”. I enjoyed all my friends and family and interests and the freedom to wake up each morning and choose what I’d do today. I was fortunate to have more than one stream of income when I retired and had no problem living within my means with some left over.
I’ve always been a very hard worker. I ENJOY working. I miss working with the public – the sometimes grouchy, unhappy public (especially when you work in the criminal justice system) and the often fearful public, confused about what to do next.
I also missed the satisfaction of a job well done – a sense of accomplishment in completing a task. You may not realize it when you have been working all your life, but you do face a challenge of sorts at work every day, and you tackle it, resolve it and go home with the right to feel you have done well.
A few jobs have been offered me over the past five years, but I was still de-stressing. Most of the pain issues I had with my back and hip went away and I know the rest and swimming and other good exercise helped heal me. So when this job was offered to me, I thought about it overnight, consulted with a few people close to me, and accepted it.
I knew I’d be really tired at first, maybe for 2 or 3 weeks. I am. The first few days were really tiring, but exciting as well. I’m 5 days into it now and beginning to feel normal again and my body is not complaining much at all. I look forward to going in every morning, and yes, I’ll be looking forward to my first paycheck. It goes in my “house fund” for various projects this year, starting with a new privacy fence.
So, while I wasn’t bored or destitute, I was missing some “satisfaction” and knew that if I didn’t take my chance this one last time, I might miss it all together. I’m 63 and will probably enjoy working for another couple of years, so why not?
Besides, I believe the Universe keeps offering me these opportunities for a reason. Who am I to resist?
Monday, January 23, 2012
"THERE IS A TIDE in the affairs of men which taken at the flood leads on to fortune; omitted, all the voyage of their lives is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea, are we now afloat, and we must take the current when it serves, or lose our fortunes." - - - William Shakespeare
I had a little bird in a cage. A cardinal that someone had trapped and kept locked up all his life. They hadn't taken very good care of him, and I was his rescuer.
I fed him and took care of him as best I could and one day I took his cage out into the yard and opened the door. Nothing happened. I left him there all day with the cage door open. Nothing.
Finally, I took him out of the cage and put him in a tree. He flew to the top branch. Hours later, I went around the back of the house, where I had dumped the cage. It was lying on its side in some weeds. The door was open and the little bird was inside.
He had been in his cage so long, he couldn't leave it. He died in it.
Is there something in your life you're waiting to do? Remember, "There is a tide..."
Don't let Opportunity pass you by too often. Face your fear and take your chance. It is said that people regret most the things they never did.
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