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17th Wedding Anniversary

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Today is hubby and my 17th wedding anniversary and the 19th anniversary of us being together! The time has gone by really fast too! We've had ups and some downs but we've weathered the storms together all the way. Here's to another 33+ years of happiness together! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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SLENDERELLA61 1/17/2010 9:14AM

    Congratulations to both of you! Hope your celebrations is a glorious one.

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PEGGYANNSCH 1/17/2010 8:45AM

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ANNMARIE49 1/16/2010 4:01PM

    Awesome!

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Well Wouldn't You Know....

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Well wouldn't you know that after writing a blog about taking my body for granted, I'd get sick. I've been lax with my water aerobics due to the cold weather and haven't tracked my food as much as I should. Add to that mountains of stress and voila - a weakened body that picks up illness. It just goes to show that you really have to watch what you do and listen to your body carefully.

If you don't think you know how or are out of tune with your body, just start with baby steps. Do one new thing per week. First drinking water and keeping track of it. (Yes, I'm counting that as one thing because if you don't keep track, you won't know the amount of water you've consumed.) Second, exercise at least 10 minutes per day and track it. Third, work on your sleeping habits. Try for 7 hours per night at first and increase it when you can. (Again, try to keep track.) You may have noticed that I didn't start with food. If you don't get the water, exercise and rest in line, the food won't be in line either. As you pay closer attention to what you eat, try to track it on the food tracker. Pay attention to food content. It is key to health.

You may also want to do a personal daily feedback for a month. This is something that I did years ago when I found that I was getting sick all the time. It was suggested by my doctor. Every day for a month, I wrote several times a day on an inexpensive calendar. (You can run one off at SP or online) I included how much I slept, the weather, stress factors, eating habits, exercise, where I was in my menstrual cycle, allergy factors, how I felt physically/mentally etc. After a while a pattern started to emerge. It was like a solar eclipse. When certain factors lined up/happened at the same time, boom! - I got sick. I was delighted when I first joined Spark People and noticed that I can track all of these things, right here! The information really helps me to know what is going on with my body.

So, as I continue to recuperate, let this be a reminder that I shouldn't take my body and my health for granted! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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SLENDERELLA61 1/14/2010 7:13PM

    So sorry you've been sick. Hope you are bouncing back fast! Finding patterns related to illness is a new concept for me. Could be helpful. Time will tell!

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WOLFSPIRITS 1/14/2010 2:21PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon FEEL BETTER ASAP emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 1/13/2010 4:45PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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L*I*T*A* 1/13/2010 4:08PM

    great advice fpr all......................hope you will be feeling better soon....................blessings and hugs............lita

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RUTHIEBEAR 1/13/2010 3:51PM

    Good advice, my friend. Hope you are feeling better really soon! emoticon

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CONNEALS 1/13/2010 3:11PM

    It always takes an illness for me not to take my body for advantage too. I hope you feel better soon.

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Taking Our Bodies For Granted

Saturday, January 09, 2010

How many times have I been so involved in activities that I've ignored my body? In this season of hustle, bustle, colds and flu, I often find myself taking my body and my health for granted. I can remember once saying to my doctor, in a joking fashion, just give me an antibiotic so I can carry on at my usual breakneck pace. Hello? Is that what I really want to do? Well, at the time I'm embarrassed to say, the answer was yes! I just wanted my body to work efficiently with very little input from me.

I only get to go through this life once, so why am I taking my body and my health for granted? The body is an incredible thing. It's workings are nothing short of miraculous. If you don't believe me, try watching a film about birth - from the time of conception to the actual birth. It's amazing. Sometimes we forget everything that is involved in keeping our bodies in good running condition. The body requires fuel, water, exercise and rest. Whenever one of these is out of balance, it throws everything off. Too much or too little can affect the whole way the body functions. But on a daily basis, how many of us stop to think about that? I know that I don't.

We expect our bodies to function on command with very little thought about how what we chose to do affects the efficiency of the way our bodies naturally operate. How many of us think about cells growing/repairing, hearts beating, lungs breathing in and out, muscles working and brains functioning? There are probably not many of us who do this on a regular basis. So tomorrow morning when you get up, take a moment to be grateful for the body that you have. Take a moment to plan your day, taking into consideration the things that your body needs to function at top performance and then do it. Remember that your body is a precious gift and treat it accordingly.


  
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WOLFSPIRITS 1/10/2010 2:03PM

    WRITING ABOUT ME AGAIN??? GREAT BLOG AND SO TRUE!! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 1/10/2010 7:30AM

    Good point, Cyndi! Mea culpa. I will be more aware and more grateful for all the things my body does every day. And I will try to give my body what it needs to continue to do all these everyday miracles.

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L*I*T*A* 1/9/2010 12:03PM

    so true,wonderful blog.......thanks for sharing..............blessings and hugs..................lita

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ROCKINFOX 1/9/2010 11:33AM

    This is a great reminder for us all! We only have one body and it is our job (not someone else's) to take care of it for life. I know there have been times that I would push my body to the point of coming down sick, then wonder why I can't get better. We need to recognize when our body needs rest, fuel, water, ect. I think sparkpeople is a great place to start educating ourselves on how to balance all of these factors. Great blog!!

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Getting Ready

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Someone asked me this week if I had finished all of my Christmas shopping. I replied that yes, but I shop for Christmas all year now that our children are grown. Yet I still find myself involved in the hustle and bustle of getting ready for Christmas. This may be due in part to the fact that I love Christmas and getting ready for it simply brings me pleasure. I'm talking about weeks of preparation here. Christmas has always represented a magical, very special, spiritual time of year to me. So I'm getting ready in many ways. Upon thinking about all of my hours of "getting ready" I wonder if I spend as much time getting ready for things in other areas of my life. I've always been a planner - I can't help myself - it's an occupational hazard for a teacher. emoticon I'm wondering if I'd be more successful with my healthy lifestyle journey if I'd spend even half the amount of time planning that as I do with planning Christmas. This question makes me very uncomfortable because I know in my heart of hearts, that I don't. Somehow, I'm still managing to put that planning further down my to do list. I'm really going to give this topic some thought this week because it deserves it. My journey to health should be worthy of the time it takes to make it a successful journey and while I don't totally neglect it, I should be spending more time getting ready for every upcoming week.

  
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IMREITE 12/26/2009 1:36AM

    Healthy lifestyles can take planning too. i have found i need to plan healthy snacks for traveling during the holidays.

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WOLFSPIRITS 12/20/2009 11:07AM

    VERY GOOD BLOG, I NEED TO PLAN IT BETTER TOO.

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VICIOUS421 12/20/2009 3:49AM

    I too am working on getting my priorities in the proper order, I often put my Spark Journey too far down on my list of things to do! Sounds like a good new years resolution to me!

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L*I*T*A* 12/20/2009 12:47AM

    great concept and thoughtful insight.........thanks for sharing..........blessings and hugs.............lita

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SLENDERELLA61 12/19/2009 5:12PM

    Very profound - you wonder if you spent even half the time planning for your healthy lifestyle as you do to plan for Christams. Interesting insight. I'm thinking that soon your actions will reflect your values. You are an expert planner. Use that skill for your own health. What a valuable idea!

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/19/2009 11:42AM

    I find myself in a similar situation. Today I decided to turn the "shoulds" into small steps toward the "can-do's." Wishing you a wonderful day.

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Spiritual Nourishment Part Of My Personal Growth Plan

Sunday, December 13, 2009

As those who have read my blogs and Spark page in the past year may know, I'm on a journey for the health of my whole self. This includes mind, body and spirit. My first year on Spark People was devoted to gaining a healthy body and to my emotional well being. I'm making some great progress with both but something was still missing. This past August, hubby and I decided to make the commitment to go to church on a weekly basis. So far, we've only missed two Sundays. More importantly, we have an added dimension to our relationship with each other as well as with some friends and people in our community. I can't speak for him, but for me this spiritual nourishment has filled a void in me that I didn't even realize was there. It's funny how that happens.

I've always been connected to my God throughout my life and I've considered myself a spiritual person. What was missing then? Lots! For one thing, the fellowship of my church community. In this day and age of technology I was becoming isolated. How can I get the human contact, love and support that I so desperately need if I sit on my butt by myself? I took the step to join Spark People and to go to a gym to work out. This really helped me to branch out. With Spark People I can pretty much get support 24/7 by just going online. There are nights when they have been a real lifeline for me. The water aerobics classes and gym workouts became a social event as well as a workout; which was great. I've made many new friends with both. I've also started a specialized therapy for people with PTSD to help me overcome my fears. This was a huge step for me! Now with the additional dimension of a spiritual community, I'm finally starting to address the rest of my needs.

I remember the wonderful churches that I attended as a young person on up to my late thirties. Then somehow I got a little lost. I became a workaholic, obsessed with my career and the balance between mind, body and spirit took a big hit. I stopped exercising, doing mindful eating and slept only 5-6 hours a night. The weight piled on and I hated myself. I had very little life outside of my career and my family. I became so isolated and lonely, that work, family and food were IT for me. I still had an open line of communication with God and I found myself constantly asking for his intervention. Somehow, I just wasn't hearing him or I was missing the messages he was sending me. In retrospect, this was really sad. I ended up retiring on a disability. Outside of my family and food, I had very little to show for a lifetime of hard work. Somewhere along the line I had lost the inner me and I had managed to put myself at the bottom of the list.

As I said previously, my journey to health involves the health of the total self. I can't just concentrate on one area and neglect the rest. That's like trying to fix the engine in your car with a bandaid. I've had to do soul searching and decide where I want to go with my life and growth. Believe me, it was no small undertaking! I found so many things that I want to work on but doing so all at once would be overwhelming. So, I've done it slowly over time. I've finally reached the point where I'm open to gaining more spiritual nourishment outside of myself and my home. It is starting to feel really, really good.

  
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L*I*T*A* 12/14/2009 11:48AM

    sounds like you have found what you need for you..............way to go!!!
blessings and hugs.................lita


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WOLFSPIRITS 12/14/2009 10:50AM

    YOU'RE DOING ALOT OF THINKING AND SOUL SEARCHING. THAT'S GREAT!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PEGGYANNSCH 12/14/2009 8:18AM

    Yes I am happy for you that you found the path that is right for you.

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VICIOUS421 12/14/2009 12:35AM

    I am happy for you! We all have to find the paths to take to enrich our lives and make them more fulfilling. I am glad you are finding the paths that are right for you!

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