Sunday, July 14, 2013
Found in my inbox today; I particularly like Lesson #10!
Written by Regina Brett, columnist for the Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio.*
"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written.
My odometer rolled over to 90* in August, so here is the column once more:
1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short – enjoy it.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye, but don't worry, God never blinks.
16.. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19.. It's never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'
27. Always choose life.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative of dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you need
42. The best is yet to come...
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."
*You may get this same email in your inbox or on Facebook, with a picture of a lively-looking old woman and the statement "Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio." Knowing how the internet is, I googled Ms. Brett and learned that, while she is in fact a columnist for the PD and did in fact write this particular column, her wisdom is borne of a mere 57 years of living. Check it: www.reginabrett.com/about.php
Friday, June 07, 2013
Round 22 of the BLC has just begun, and that means it's time to re-assess where I am and where I want to be. Since I just had my annual physical, the first part is easy:
Where I am: HEALTHYVILLE, USA!!! My labs are great and my weight is good; sure, I could stand to lose a few more pounds, but I've been maintaining within a healthy range for almost a year now, which has been enough of a challenge in itself! My doctor tells me that the remaining belly fat is nothing to be concerned about, as long as my A1C (blood sugar) levels continue to look good; she assures me that, short of liposuction, there's not much more I can do about it, anyway -- the fat cells are there to stay, dagnabit! If I was really motivated, I could probably whittle away another inch or so by increasing the intensity of my cardio, but for right now, I'm content.
Where I want to be: About 10 pounds lighter, with about 2 fewer inches around my waist would be nice. But, as I said, for right now I'm content. My husband just accepted a new job in Des Moines, Iowa, so we're going to be moving again in a few months (why yes, we DID just move to NoVA from Houston last year!). I figure that maintaining where I am right now until we're settled again will be a victory!
That being said, here are my S.M.A.R.T. goals for the next 12 weeks:
"S" is for Spiritual: I will focus more on my spiritual life, taking at least 15 minutes each morning to read my bible and pray.
"M" is for Meditate: In conjunction with "S", I will practice meditation for 15 minutes daily. One of my Panther friends gave me a terrific book that I recommend for anyone who is curious about meditation: "Meditation", by Eknath Easwaran. The author is respectful of different religious beliefs, which I really appreciated.
"A" is for Attitude: I will work to maintain a positive attitude regardless of what's going on in my life, posting on my team's chat thread every day and being accountable (another "A"!) to them as I participate in all of the challenges each week.
"R" is for Respiratory: I will maintain or increase my cardio fitness by doing at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise for a minimum of 4 days per week.
"T" is for Tone: I will maintain or increase my muscle tone by doing at least 30 minutes of ST for a minimum of 3 days per week.
So, there you have it. Are my goals Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Bound? Well, the Measurable part isn't really there, but I think I hit all the other points. As long as I continue to eat right and exercise as I have been, I'll be in good shape. Literally.
And that's pretty smart, I think!
Saturday, March 09, 2013
This weekend's BLC challenge includes a blog sharing with you "what's on my mind".
New job opportunities for DH.
The prospect of yet another move.
The prospect of a long-distance relationship with DH for a year or so.
Bills looming and no new job prospects for me.
Menopausal symptoms re-emerging after several months' hiatus.
Here's the good news: my life might be in turmoil right now, and I might dream in chocolate, but I'm not eating much of it (a square of dark chocolate now and then, but that's it -- I'm so virtuous! ).
Instead, I've been surprised to realize that I'm craving exercise even more than I'm craving chocolate! This former couch potato can no longer lie on the couch all day reading a book or watching t.v. -- I have to MOVE!!! Today, I logged 135 fitness minutes. 135!!!! I don't log that much EVERY day, of course, but I get in at least 30 minutes a day, and more often 60-90, simply because I enjoy it!
So, during a time when I could easily be stuffing my anxieties about the future with food (like, CHOCOLATE!), I'm instead continuing to make good food choices, track my eating each day, and exercise daily.
And, as a result, I'm losing weight faster than ever. 1.8 pounds last week --
, SparkPeople and all my wonderful SparkFriends (big shout-out to my BLC team -- the Panthers ROCK!!!), for helping me to arrive at this place. A place where friends and faith, not food, carry me through the turbulent times.
And that's what's on my mind today.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
To my rebellious inner teenager:
Lose the 'tude, Girl! I understand that you're frustrated, tracking every B, L & T and working out every day, without seeing the results you want to see as fast as you want to see them. I understand that you're stressed about your job, DH's health, your boys' futures, etc, etc, etc.. I understand that it's hard when the people around you are stuffing themselves with all sorts of yummy-but-not-at-all-healthy foods and are offering to share them with you (get thee behind me, Satan! ).
But, what exactly do you think you're accomplishing when you say, "To he** with it!" and start stuffing your face and skipping your workout?
Let's be real here.
Maybe you needed a little break from the discipline...I get that. Sometimes, it can be a good idea to relax the standards a bit and enjoy a special treat.
But, to throw caution to the wind and just eat whatever's in front of you, All. Day. Long.?
That's just not smart.
Okay. What's done is done. Movin' on!!
After all, today IS another day... (thank you, Scarlett!)
And you're going to face it with a New Attitude.
"I'm feelin' good from my head to my shoes
Know where I'm goin' and I know what to do
I tidied up my point of view
I got a new attitude
Runnin' hot, runnin' cold
I was runnin' into overload
It was extreme, ex-ex-ex-ex-ex-extreme
I took it so high, so low
So low, there was nowhere to go
Like a dream
Somehow the wires uncrossed, the tables were turned
Never knew I had such a lesson to learn
I'm feelin' good from my head to my shoes
Know where I'm goin' and I know what to do
I tidied up my point of view
I got a new attitude
I'm in control, my worries are few
'Cause I've got love like I never knew
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
I got a new attitude..." *
* Patti LaBelle, "New Attitude"
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