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Out and About Today

Sunday, January 17, 2010

After being in the house sick for most of the last 10+ days, it was wonderful just to go grocery shopping today. I forced myself to walk up and down all of the isles just to work in some exercise. Altogether, I walked for about an hour at a moderate pace. The downside was that when I got home I was so tired! Hopefully that will mean that I'll sleep good tonight. After this bout with stomach flu, a sinus infection and a bad back, I have much more respect for my body. I need to make sure that I retain this level of respect in the future.

  
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SLIMMERJESSE 1/21/2010 10:53AM

    Thank you for the goodie. Have a wonderful day.

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SLENDERELLA61 1/18/2010 9:06AM

    Hope you have recovered and are getting your energy back, Cyndi. Respect for our bodies and all they do is very healthy. You are right to hold on to that respect! Hope to see you Saturday!

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PEGGYANNSCH 1/18/2010 8:57AM

    Yes I hope you are feeling better soon

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L*I*T*A* 1/17/2010 11:08PM

    wishing you well soon....................hope your week is better...........blessings and hugs...............lita

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_MAOMAO_ 1/17/2010 7:41PM

  I walk up and down those store aisles, too. Someday, I think someone's gonna start following me in a store, wondering why I'm doing so much walking and so little shopping. Like maybe I'm staking the place out. Why, might I want to steal all their Little Debbies?
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CALEXANDER5 1/17/2010 7:11PM

    Wow. I hope you get to feeling better soon! emoticon

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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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