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A&I 2012 year long goals bonus blog

Sunday, January 01, 2012



If you've read my Jan blog you already know I did my goals in Cozi and can't copy/paste them so I pic'd them here... hope you can read them okay! :)

Explanation for the bedroom: My brother was living in my house and I had a bedroom in the basement as I was living in Detroit and moved back a few weeks before kicking him out (drug issues - we put him on a plane to Phoenix so his daughter could take care of him and he's doing a LOT! better now PTL!) and I never moved my bed upstairs and my room was a mess and I was sinking into a depression (actually writing this I've realized my depression wasn't a year long as I was thinking but was growing for the last 4 or 5 years and I guess maybe it peaked this year) so anyway I got a cat and didn't want her in the bedroom mess (she was a kitten at the time) so I was sleeping on the couch with her and over time and lack of doing anything I'm still here... sleeping on the couch. I'd love to have a bedroom again and need to get my brothers stuff out of the one room in my little house that's a real bedroom and take it over. I couldn't just move in as the closet is packed with his stuff and reeks of cigaretes (I'm asmatic and HATE cigaretes) so I have to pack up his stuff and store it in the basement (which means getting bricks for the floor as it sometimes leaks a bit down there) and then washing and/or painting the walls to seal the stench in.

Oh, and my life gets put on hold in mid-August which is why I stop and start maintenance there. I do a renessance faire from mid-August until the first weekend of October, then there's the holidays and life is way to hectic to start anything new! I tend to get a bit stressed out this time of year (it's also my work's "year end" and I have to get everything ready for the next fiscal year) and I also tend to get sick this time of year so I have to take it as low key as possible.

OOPS! I forgot to add to my goals to meditate 10 minutes a day as a stress reliever/metime/balancing act :)

  
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BARBIE176 1/6/2012 11:02PM

    emoticon Great goals and they are totally achievable! I can definitely relate to the cigarette smell problem. I don't have asthma, but I do have extreme allergies esp. to smells, not only cigarettes, but also cleansers and perfume. Good luck on achieving your goals and PTL that your brother is doing better! Sit back and have an amazing journey this year!

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RFJSJ50 1/2/2012 4:41PM

    Making changes, whether they be mental or deal with our physical surroundings, is always difficult. I had an entire basement full of teaching materials when I retired a four years ago. It took me a year before I had the physical and mental stamina to deal with it. Now, my basement is a great place to walk laps while doing laundry!
Just take each day as it comes and do the very best you can on that day. That's all any of us can do.
I'm intrigued by the idea of the renessance faire. How are you involved in it?
Stay focused, determined, and strong!
Sheila

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AMYBELLES 1/2/2012 3:51PM

    I wish you good luck moving all your brother's things out and getting your bedroom back! I have a similar task with my office...I have so much in there that it is overwhelming and hard to know where to start..I guess we just have to start doing it in small steps. I made a goal to work on it for one hour a week. We can do it! emoticon

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DSBRIDE 1/1/2012 6:53PM

    Your whole year is too overwhelming for me. I need to simplify my life and take one thing at a time. I wish you well with your plans and hope to see next year at this time what you ended up accomplishing. Good luck to you!

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MISSRUTH 1/1/2012 5:58PM

    Whew!! I feel like such a sloth because my resolutions don't include doing so much! GO YOU!! Makes me want to get up and start cleaning!

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A&I Jan 2012 Goal Blog

Sunday, January 01, 2012



I typed my goals into Cozi and can't copy/paste them so I pic'd them ... hopefully the picture will come out here.

One explanation I think is in order... I have on my list to brush my teeth every day that's an "even" number... yes this means every other day. I read an article once that said that modern tooth brushing was detremental to teeth, (after researching and finding substanciating articles) and because I HAVE REALLY GOOD TEETH GENES I decided to experiment. Lo and behold, my dental visits have been even BETTER not brushing my teeth daily! This is NOT likely to be okay for everyone because like I said I have really good dental genes. It obviously is also not recommended by dentists! But, since it is working for me, that's what I'm doing! I do floss regularly and rinse my mouth out and note I do not drink a lot of soda or eat sugary or acidic stuff so that undoubtedly has something to do with it as well.

Also, some folks might look at my list and go... uh, yeah, not exactly pushing yourself there! That is because I'm coming out of a nearly year long depression that I keep having little slide backs (like over the holidays) in to and am dealing with fibromyalgia and back issues as well as a low immune system, hypothyroidism and other issues that make long lasting or heavy handed action impracticle for me. Baby steps are the best way for me to advance both physically and mentally/psychologically.

OOPS!! I forgot to put my stress reliever/me time/balancing goal on here! I am also planning to spend at least 10 minutes every day meditating in some manner :)

  
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CJWORDPLAY 1/7/2012 11:44PM

    You've done a reasonable list of goals. And may I add, I especially appreciate your "stress reliever - me time" goal. What a difference it makes when I remember to take time for myself. Looks like you are off to a great start. emoticon

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HUNNNYBEE 1/7/2012 11:22AM

    Wow! These are fantastic goals! I am also starting to explore meditation...great way to relieve stress!

I find that when I walk outside, I meditate without even thinking about it. I need to do that more! Good for the body AND the soul!
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BARBIE176 1/6/2012 10:57PM

    emoticon blog Lou. The goals are for you so you shouldn't have to explain them to anyone else. I think baby steps is a emoticon way for you to achieve your goals. I pray you are able to stay focused and achieve each of your goals. Depression is a nasty critter so I will add you to my prayer list. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SURENDERISNOTME 1/2/2012 5:47PM

    Don't worry about what others think. They are your goals and important to you. Good luck with reaching them this month.

HUGS
Debbie

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RFJSJ50 1/2/2012 4:50PM

    I like your goals list and think you can certainly accomplish them all.
I dealt with depression the last year I worked so I know how debilitating it can be. There were some days that I would sit in my car in the parking lot and cry because I didn't want to be there. It soon affected all areas of my life. I did talk to my doctor and she prescribed a mild medication that helped. I took my last one the day I retired and have been relatively "okay" since. It's important that we are in tune with ourselves, both mentally and physically, and can recognize when the "darkness" is looming in our future. There have been a few rough times for me but I've been able to pull myself out through my friends and exercise.
Let's stay strong and determined to make 2012 our best year ever!
Sheila

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AMYBELLES 1/2/2012 3:41PM

    I think these are great goals! You are making them fit your life and that's very important in order for you to be successful! I think I will add mediation to my goals for next month, once I get my 10 minute fitness streak going!

I am sure you will have a great January and will reach the goals you set for yourself! emoticon

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A&I challenge blog: how has SP changed me?

Monday, December 19, 2011

I joined Spark People several years ago. During the time since then I have lost and gain, been diagnosed with several medical issues, gone on, and off, several meds and basically been riding a roller coaster.

I think if I didn't work in the healthcare field and didn't know a lot about nutrition and was a free thinker then more of the things would be beneficial to me.

SP is very helpful in its articles and as a resource. I can't say it's the end all be all of creation for me like it has been to some people because I am a natually inquisative person and research in many different places, SP being one of them.

I do not tend to track my food because when I'm eating badly I know I am and when I'm eating "good" I follow a low carb regimine which SP is not set up to support. SP does not agree with the concept of eating low carb and is not geared towards supporting low carbers. When I was eating to the food pyramid I ate "options" rather than just picking food/calories and so there wasn't much sense in tracking them.

What I do find most helpful in SP are the groups. The information, support and connection with other people is very helpful. I have found out a lot of things that you can't really research in conventional places because they are experienced by the patient, not quantified by a study or lab. There's a name for this but I can't think of it off hand. I also greatly appreciate the support and care expressed by other group users and the "friends" I have made here. That in itself is a huge benefit of SP.

  
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CJWORDPLAY 12/21/2011 11:23PM

    You have found the things that are helpful to you at Spark. That's wonderful. I think there are lots of ways to get healthy and I agree with you that being in the groups makes a huge difference. After all, that's how we met. Bless you, CJ

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KELCARD1 12/21/2011 9:33PM

    I'm very thankful you joined SparkPeople. You are a wonderful person and you led me to A&I.

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HUNNNYBEE 12/21/2011 6:29AM

    PS...everytime I visit your page, I just love the colors and background! (I'd like to use them in a quilt...they are brilliant!)

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HUNNNYBEE 12/21/2011 6:28AM

    Hi! I'm with you on the carb issue! I don't know if this would help, but I came across this in my nutrition tracker. I went in and adjusted the "daily ranges" for proteins and carbs. That way, my tracker was 'fitted' to my own ranges...higher on the protein....lower on the carbs.

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KARALIANNE 12/20/2011 4:02PM

    I agree about the way SP is set up for food. I try to eat "good" carbs rather than "low" carbs (whole wheat pasta, real potatoes, whole grain bread - often home made - and so on), but I also try to eat higher protein. Since I'm lactose intolerant, I try to limit my milk intake (lactase pills are expensive), and J doesn't like seafood so tuna (high protein, low fat) isn't something I buy often. On top of that, I don't like peanut butter, and vegetarian protein (i.e., that formed out of beans and such) doesn't work for me since I need high protein to help with my brain function (this is just one of the many ways I try to mange my ADHD). This means that most of my protein has to be animal protein. I try to choose leaner cuts and lean ground beef, but even so - you're looking at more fat than you'd have otherwise. The only thing I do feel I need to change about my diet is how much vegetables I eat: definitely not enough!

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BARBIE176 12/20/2011 12:09AM

    Great blog. I agree that the groups and people on the site are awesome and make this site worthwhile. I too agree about low carb being helpful, but I do believe tracking is helpful for me. I just want to know where I am on calories, protein, fat and carbs whether or not I agree with the percentages SP says I should have. Keep up the good work and you will achieve your goals!

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CATHYGETSFIT 12/19/2011 8:11PM

    I have started doing the low carb thing myself but I don't use the food tracker because I pretty much know how many calories I'm eating. I agree with you though on the groups. I'm glad we are team members this month and glad to have you as a Spark friend!

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AMYBELLES 12/19/2011 7:29PM

    I have found most of my success when eating low carb, and I would still do the tracker. There are several great low carb teams you can check out. I need to get back on low carb again, because I always feel better when I'm off sugar and grains. I can get all my carbs from fruits and veggies.

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DEC2DEC 12/19/2011 6:32PM

    I'm a low carber too -- and I have just learned to ignore a lot of what SP offers. I've found groups whose members share my mindset. I've made many of them SparkFriends, and I follow their blogs and their journeys. I find that aspect to be super helpful, even if I don't think the articles are... my cup of tea.

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SURENDERISNOTME 12/19/2011 2:29PM

    I also follow a low carb regime. I still use the food tracker to help me keep track of the calories and carbs.

HUGS
Debbie

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WOUBBIE 12/19/2011 11:58AM

    I was surprised at how helpful it's been to be involved with a Sparkpeople team. It's fiendishly hard to stay with any program when you're doing it all by yourself. Having a sympathetic and knowledgable group of people to communicate with makes SUCH a difference!

Hope you've been feeling better lately!

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SHOYER 12/19/2011 11:29AM

    I agree with you on the groups, specifically the people one "meets" on SP. Suggestions from others, and ideas for me to research are available pretty much whenever I want to look for them.
Thanks for being a great team member and helping me on my journey!

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A&I Blog "Letter to Santa" and unexpected baggage arrival!!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Dear Santa,

It's been a long time! I can't actually remember the last time I wrote you a letter. I guess it was when I found out my parents were willfully and knowingly lying about you to me... that didn't go over to well. Unfortunately, instead of instilling in me a sense of wonderment and joy of the season, it instilled in me a deep distrust and unrest at wondering about all the other things they were lying to me about. I always was a bit too cerebreal for my own good.

Anyway, I digress.

This is about asking for all the things I would like this year.

I would like to get in touch with my inner child. You see, she had a lot of things deprived to her and I would like to make them up for her now that I'm an adult. She was never taught how to clean, never taught that uncertain situations were not cause for distress, never taught how to eat properly, never taught to find comfort, joy and peace from things and situation and not food. Basically she was highly neglected by parents who had no time, energy or interest in taking care of her needs. I have the time, interest and energy to care for her now and would like to meet her and show her the love and care she didn't have growing up so that she and her adult can have a happier life now.

Thanks Santa!

WOW! This is not how I intended this letter to go! I was planning on asking for self discipline and yadda so I could stick to my diet better. I guess I had more baggage about this whole "Santa/lying" thing that I thought and it brought up a whole kettle of worms! Luggage, meet suitcase! Baggage baggage baggage. Ick.

  
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SHOYER 12/14/2011 9:54PM

    Lou, I'm thinking that since writing this, you've been wondering what made you do this and what you should do now. (Well, that's what I'd be wondering..) Here's my answer: own up to those feelings 'cause they're not necessarily bad, and figure out how to leave them behind. Santa will help you move forward, just like he'll help all of us get what we really want.

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JEWELRYLOVER 12/13/2011 11:52PM

    Take care of that inner child! I refuse to grow up, so it's still sort of outer child. Parents can really mess their kids up. Sorry yours were too busy for you. Hope you get your wish!

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KARALIANNE 12/13/2011 3:09PM

    It sounds like you definitely have some baggage about your childhood - I think a lot of us do. Look after yourself and try to find some ways to be good to your inner child - she definitely needs that! emoticon

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TREA241 12/13/2011 9:55AM

    I think you need to love your inner child like your parents never did. You need to be gentle with her and realize that she still is a part of you. I have done a lot of "inner child" work and the number one thing is it is not her fault.

Hoping Santa can help you! xoxo -Andrea

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CJWORDPLAY 12/13/2011 12:20AM

    I'm glad that you and Santa are working out such a good relationship. You are worth getting to know and I'm sure he'll be happy to have you for a friend.

Hugs and lots of good feelings for Christmas to you,
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KELCARD1 12/12/2011 9:00PM

    I agree with Cathy. Being grown up is overrated. I refuse to, lol. I'm glad you feel comfortable enough to get those words out there. I, for one would be honored to meet your inner child.

Kelly

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48MYYEAR2014 12/12/2011 12:52PM

    emoticon my friend you deserve all you ask for

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SURENDERISNOTME 12/12/2011 11:36AM

    Sometimes to get rid of that baggage you need to air it! Your inner child needs to find a way to release that baggage. I have been there it took me many years. That was because i struggled with it alone. You don't have to struggle with it alone. You have friends who care and will support you.

HUGS
Debbie

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IZZYBEBOP 12/12/2011 9:08AM

    Here's a big emoticon for you and I hope that Santa brings you everything on your list. I'm so sorry that you didn't have the best of childhood and hope that you find your inner child. You are a beautiful and caring person.

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HUNNNYBEE 12/12/2011 3:47AM

    Lou...I am so sorry. How wonderful that you realize this and can change things! I am praying for you and for the little girl inside. I am certain that in your loving care, she will come to see the real magic in Christmas.
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CATHYGETSFIT 12/11/2011 11:32PM

    Aw, big emoticon Lou!! I am sorry that your parents didn't have the time or energy for you when you were growing up and that the whole Santa thing brought out a lot of mistrust as well as baggage. I honestly think that "growing up" is overrated and being childlike is the best way to be, within reason of course. emoticon It's always good to bring out baggage so that you can try to get rid of it. I hope that Santa grants your wish(es) and that you'll connect with that inner child so that both of you can heal. I sincerely hope you have a very Merry Christmas!!

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AMYBELLES 12/11/2011 8:59PM

    emoticon Lou!!! You deserve all those things you were deprived of as a child. I hope Santa will bring them for you this Christmas!!! BTW, I think it is good to get the baggage out, and then you can release it and take care of your needs.

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WOUBBIE 12/11/2011 8:52PM

    Are you familiar with FlyLady? Her original mentor, Pam Young, has a lot of fascinating things to say about getting in touch with your inner child and even went so far as to name hers Nelly, after the spoiled little girl from Little House on the Prairie.

I think your letter to Santa is brilliant! I hope you and your little one get to know each other and help each other out!

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MZDOOR 12/11/2011 8:09PM

    Good blog, let it all out.

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BARBIE176 12/11/2011 8:07PM

    What a nice blog. I am sorry that you resulted in baggage as a result of the whole Santa thing, and I pray that your requests come about this year and that you connect with your inner self and kick the excess weight and baggage to the ground once and for all! Have a Merry Christmas! emoticon emoticon

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A&I December Goals blog

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

My Goals for December are:

Have 10 minutes or more of quiet/meditation time
Take my meds every day
Drink 80+ oz of water daily
Stick to my diet 80/20
Reduce stress when it happens by practicing stress relief
Cut down on my coffee to 2 8oz cups a day
Have all shopping done before week of Christmas
Have all packages wrapped before week of Christmas
Do my PT exercises every day

Added: get physical (scheduled for 27th)
go to dentist for 6mo check up (scheduled for 15th)
get new glasses (on order)
do spreadsheet of all my outstanding bills! (I have a lot of medical bills from this past year :P )

  
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HUNNNYBEE 12/9/2011 5:57AM

    These are great goals! I especially like the 'quiet meditation time'. I am working on that one myself. I sometimes try to pack too much into a day...trying to break that habit, and relax more.

Wishing you success on your December Goals!
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IZZYBEBOP 12/8/2011 8:37AM

    Great goals! I hope you get all your Christmas shopping and wrapping done!

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AMYBELLES 12/8/2011 4:03AM

    emoticon goals! I can relate to most every one of them, especially about taking time to destress. I'm actually trying to get off coffee altogether and drink tea instead. All the best to you this month... emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 12/8/2011 1:16AM

    Great goals Lou! Your goals sound practical and doable! Good luck with your goals for the rest of the month!

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JEWELRYLOVER 12/7/2011 11:18PM

    I really love your goals-short and to the point. They sound pretty doable as well.

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CJWORDPLAY 12/7/2011 10:14PM

    Your goals are so comprehensive. I didn't even think of Christmas goals. Thanks for the reminders about meditation, too. My days always go better when I have quiet time.

Blessings, CJ emoticon

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SURENDERISNOTME 12/7/2011 8:30PM

    I love your goals for the month of December especially the Christmas goals. This year I set priority goals getting my Christmas shopping and wrapping done early. I was surprised that I suceeded. I could take a page out of your book about the 10 minutes of meditation time out. You Go Girl!

HUGS
Debbie

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BARBIE176 12/7/2011 4:51PM

    Awesome goals. I need to work on the 10 minute meditation/quiet time. Maybe that will be one of my January goals. emoticon if you stay focused and remember what you are aiming for! emoticon emoticon

Oh, and I love those Christmas balls on your page. They are very pretty. emoticon job decorating your page!

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SHOYER 12/7/2011 4:25PM

    Let me know how the 10 min of quiet goes. I never thought of that before, but it definitely sounds worth trying. Now the coffee thing -- hmmm. I'll get back to you on that. emoticon

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SIOBHANKNITS 12/7/2011 4:06PM

    Great goals! I was right there with you until the cutting back on coffee, lol! Good luck on the holiday shopping & wrapping! That's my weak point (but I have to have mine all done by the 14th to ship across the country at a reasonable price). You can do it!
~Ann

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KARALIANNE 12/7/2011 4:01PM

    Looking good! I am sure you can do it!

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