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Choose Life

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

I was chatting with a friend this morning...she is struggling with her efforts to improve her health. I told her to stop expecting miracles (despite her great hopes and plans) and to focus on taking one step at a time, one choice at a time. Each day we face many choices..what to wear, what to eat, where we go, what we do. Those choices add up. Our results in reaching our goals are not so much a result of ambitions goals as making good choices...all those little choices we make each day.

There is a Bible verse found a Deuteronomy 30: 19 which I took out of context a bit and applied in a non-spiritual sense. I believe that God did give life to humans. I also believe that HE expects us to take care of the gift he has given each of us. In the scripture, God says: I have put life and death before you...and you must choose life in order that you may keep alive, you and your offspring."

No matter what our religious beliefs, we all can apply the thinking here...that each of the choices we make each day reflect whether we are choosing LIFE or not. Good health, a reasonable weight, balanced activity and a healthy diet all are requirements for keeping alive. Thus, I want to Choose LIFE...and encourage you to do the same.

CHOOSE LIFE that you may keep alive.

  
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MOMOSG 1/2/2013 10:59AM

    I CHOOSE LIFE! Thank you for sharing. I get what you mean about taking it a bit out of context in the sense that this scripture isn't directly speaking to taking care of our physical bodies. If we truly respect the life Jehovah has given us, then it's appropriate we take care of our bodies. It's so easy to see that smoking, drugs and abuse of alcohol dishonors God. So why is it so easy to ignore the fact that abusing our bodies with a consistently bad diet and a utter lack of exercise is really the same thing? I have been guiltly of this to varying degrees throughout my life and trying to be conscious of it every day. Not to make me feel some huge amount of guilt over each morsel I put in my mouth but rather to get me to the point where making better choices becomes a natural habit out of respect for the wonderful life I have been given.

Thank you so much for reminding me of this. I think I've overdone it a bit while visiting with my parents!

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ALMYEARTHLYBEST 1/2/2013 9:01AM

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emoticon (SP needs an emoticon that says LIFE!) LOL
Wonderful application Asta! Definitely a keeper for me!
I'M CHOOSING LIFE!!!
Every day we make that choice - Every day is Day 1!

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CELEST 1/2/2013 6:32AM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this. Im going with choosing life also. Wish we could still wear bands around our heads with the message dangling before our eyes. LOL

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TATTER3 1/2/2013 5:42AM

    I love this! I really do want to choose life!

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CADDYBROWN 1/2/2013 5:31AM

    YES. This is what I should be thinking in my head when I am making those decisions about food and activities. Thank you for putting that into words for me.

Caddy

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ANGELCOWBOY1 1/1/2013 9:03PM

    Great blog -I'm choosing life!

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SLIMINDOWN31 1/1/2013 7:15PM

    Love it! Choosing life!

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Fitbit - more stair climbing

Wednesday, December 26, 2012



Excellent! You've earned the Hot Air Balloon badge!
You've climbed as high as a hot air balloon travels, and that's 2,000 floors! You'll have to double it for your next badge.

"lifetime" is since early June 2012.

  
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MOMOSG 12/28/2012 11:33AM

    Thanks for the feedback on the FitBit. It sounds like a worthwhile investment. I wondered about the sleep tracking and other features. I'm sure it will tell an interesting story for me too. I'll save to get one sometime in January or February.

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MOMOSG 12/28/2012 10:27AM

    Excellent! So how do you like the FitBit? Do you find any advantages over this compared to say a pedometer?

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YVONNED4 12/28/2012 10:10AM

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FATDADDY531 12/27/2012 9:45AM

    I'll have to admit Asta, that is pretty cool! I'm inclined to think your floating on air about now! emoticon emoticon

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AGRLNKY 12/27/2012 9:17AM

    That's awesome!

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CELEST 12/27/2012 8:12AM

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TATTER3 12/27/2012 7:40AM

    Yea !!!!

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MA_DIDDLES 12/27/2012 7:05AM

    absolutely remarkable. A big emoticon for U GF. MA

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LOWCARBLINDA 12/27/2012 12:26AM

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CADDYBROWN 12/26/2012 11:07PM

    Good job! You will be ready for those stairs at convention in no time.

Caddy

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ONLYTEMPORARY 12/26/2012 9:14PM

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STEADFASTNSEE 12/26/2012 8:48PM

  WOW Asta 2,000 floors?? Great job!

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New glasses...you asked to see them.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012



  
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SMILE2HAPPINESS 12/22/2012 1:58PM

    very cute!

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GAMOMMY3 12/19/2012 1:18PM

    Nice choice! They look good.

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CELEST 12/19/2012 6:21AM

    They suit you. I battle with the new look sunglasses, with mascara on, my eyelashes sweep the glass. I also stick to the older frames which are convex and not flat.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 12/19/2012 1:04AM

    I like them too emoticon

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CADDYBROWN 12/18/2012 9:15PM

    I do like them. They are pretty cool looking.

Caddy

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CINA-MINI 12/18/2012 6:49PM

    I really like them!

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COOLCALLALILY 12/18/2012 6:28PM

    Cute, Mom!

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TATTER3 12/18/2012 6:15PM

    Good choice!

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 12/18/2012 5:44PM

    They look nice

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DETERMINED_ME 12/18/2012 5:41PM

    Cute!


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ARNETTELEE 12/18/2012 5:39PM

  Very nice and stylish!

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KATRINAKRAUT 12/18/2012 5:33PM

    Cute!

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The Tortoise and the Stairs

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

I was wrong. The next Fitbit stair challenge was 75 flights in one day. emoticon I did it today. emoticon




I calculated how many flights I'd have to climb per hour over 10 hrs, 12 hrs, 14 hrs. I started just before seven a.m. and ended just before seven p.m. I just plodded along much like the tortoise in the fable. I can do one more...I can do five more. By the time I got to where I only needed 20 more, it didn't seem like so many!!! I am surprised that I am not finding the stairs more difficult at the end of the day. A few times, my heart rate seemed way up..but it also went down fast. I didn't push hard..or rush. BUT I DID IT! emoticon

The NEXT stair challenge is 100 flights in one day. Some day before too long, I will give it a try.

BTW...Fitbit says I have climbed the equivalent of the Golden Gate Bridge!

  
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SMILE2HAPPINESS 12/17/2012 9:38PM

    Wow! That's a lot! congrats! emoticon

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DETERMINED_ME 12/14/2012 11:52PM

    emoticon Look forward to hearing about your 100 flight day!

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Tami

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CINA-MINI 12/13/2012 12:04PM

    It's nice they give you something you can relate to. Way to go!!!

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LOWCARBLINDA 12/13/2012 10:30AM

    Amazing job! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CELEST 12/12/2012 9:41AM

    I had to google the golden gate bridge to see HOW MUCH delight I had to feel for you. I am WAY delighted. Wow.

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STEADFASTNSEE 12/11/2012 10:28PM

  Truly a "Golden" moment for you! Way to go on your goal! HUGS

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FitBit and Stair climbing

Friday, November 23, 2012

I got my Fitbit in June and have enjoyed using it to monitor my steps and flights of stairs. It HAS challenged me to make the extra effort to get in a few more steps or a few more flights...and sometimes made me realize I hadn't moved enough that day.

With each accomplishment, Fitbit awards you a "badge". I was pleased when I first got the ten flights of stairs badge. Next was 15...whew. But I did it. I figured next would be 20, but it was more! 25! I did that by paying attention and working at it. Then came the NEXT challenge 50 flights of stairs in one day. I figured I could NEVER do that.

BUT...it is a mental challenge also. I kept thinking about it...and realized that I could do with that as I do with so many other things...break it down into manageable bites.

50 flights spread over 10 hours would be only five flights an hour. I can do that. That works out to one flight every 12 minutes...but I didn't see the need for that...just watching the hours.

Day before yesterday, I started during the 6 a.m. hour...and it was so much easier than I expected! I was out of the house for several hours, but had no trouble getting the flights in before and after that jaunt.

I got my 50 flights of stairs DONE right on schedule and before we went out for the evening. I got one more that night when I got home and came up to go to bed.

In 2004 when I returned to this house after two + yrs living elsewhere...I could barely climb the stairs...knees complained, I struggled up the stairs and avoided them if possible. Gradually, HAVING to climb the stairs at least once a day, but more usually more often, it got easier. Then FitBit came along. Now look what I can do...and amazingly, my knees no longer creak and complain, my hips have stopped hurting. I do still occasionally get a cramp in my foot during the night...but that mostly has subsided lately, too. No more restless leg stuff that I had a few yrs ago.

Most of all, though, I am just so pleased that I rose to the challenge and DID it! 50 flights of stairs!!!

BUT...now the next challenge is 100 in a day...one flight every six minutes for ten hours. Not today...but maybe some time in the near future!

  
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CEEJAY0630 6/19/2014 1:29PM

    Not sure if you are still seeing this, but this was a nice inspirational story, I hate stairs, but I love the badges, so I have to shoot for the 15.....I will work on that 50 one, but that will take a little time. Thanks again

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SMILE2HAPPINESS 11/25/2012 11:52AM

    emoticon You're doing great!

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TATTER3 11/24/2012 12:49AM

    Congrats!

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PS - I got my fitbit today!

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CHANGINGEMMY 11/23/2012 11:19AM

    That's wonderful Asta!!! I'm sooo proud of you and you're optimism is contagious!!! Way to go. You will succeed the 100 flights of stairs I know you can do it!!

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CELEST 11/23/2012 9:10AM

    What an exciting challenge to have completed. I love stairs, always feel breathless and like a real winner when I do them. Cant wait to see if you manage the 100.
Tonight Im off to the beach so no doubt Ill get my fair share of exercise.

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MAMALISA1975 11/23/2012 8:34AM

    That's Awesome!!!! I'm so happy for you. emoticon

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