Saturday, January 05, 2013
I can imagine why early people were taken with the sun. It brings warmth to a cold land. It brings hope to a dismal gray week. After all, the temperature here has warmed up from 22 to 36 degrees. Early people might have wondered if it was a good time to walk down to the river to get water, or ice to melt.
I'm wondering about packing my lunch and wandering down to the river to walk, take pictures, even paint a picture if my fingers don't fall off first.
Maybe go south and explore Brasstown Bald or find a waterfall for plein aire painting.
I have on clean clothes. Laundry can wait until this evening after the sun goes down.
Yep sounds like a good afternoon!!
(Health, Fun, Responsibility, Creativity Goals)
Friday, January 04, 2013
Lows of 22 and highs of 44, overcast for days and rain (or snow, which was pretty cool while it lasted). It got very gloomy. And I was cold to the bone every time I went for a walk. I decided I wasn't living up to my "fun" promise and joined the Wellness center. I used the treadmill Wednesday and asked my family to ship up my bathing suit. Swimming will be fun. I'm hoping the 80 degree water will seem warm. The pool in my Florida community is heated to 85 degrees but has no cover. So getting out is difficult sometimes.
At least the pool at the Wellness Center is under one of those big bubbles.
The suit arrived today, so the plan is for a swim tomorrow. My only worry is whether it still fits. Some problem, huh?? But there are no swimsuits in the 2 clothes shops in Murphy, NC. They shipped them all to Florida.
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Answer yes to 6 out of 7 questions and it's probably healthy.
Is it a plant part?
Is it colorful with lots of nutrients and phytonutrients?
Does it have 3 grams of fiber per serving (or more)?
Did you start with the raw food directly from a garden or farm, fresh or frozen without additives like sweetners, fats, or sauces? (you cooked it from scratch)?
If it was processed by someone else, are the other ingredients only other plant foods?
Was the plant food grown without pesticides?
Is it on the Anti-Angiogenic food list? (available at www.eattodefeat.org/pages/11/the-ful
I consider mushrooms to be very healthy for you, but they would fall short by these questions, since they are not a plant part.
Food that is excluded by these questions, like soda, sugar, artificial sweeteners, cake, meat, fish, etc. are questionable by many reputable, knowledgeable people.
So I am staying away from them, for now.
The most amazing thing to me is the amount of chemicals put into canned vegetables, fruit, and legumes.
I continue reading labels, and am scared off from most things except fresh or frozen produce. Or dried without additives.
How do you decide if something is healthy for you?
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
January 1, 2013 Evaluation Questions and Creative Solutions For Resolutions
Though I have never been successful with New Year's Resolutions, I have taken time to look and my goal page and do some revising. I'd like to think they will be important goals for the rest of my life, but we'll see next December.
Here are my revised goals for 2013.
According to Peter M. Gollitzer, it's not enough to have good intentions to accomplish one's goals. Good intentions must be backed up by good implementation intentions. I translate this to mean it's not enough to say, "I want to be healthy, or creative, or have fun." I need to have an action plan to meet these goals; a plan that tells what I'll do and when; a plan that helps me keep moving toward my goals.
("Implementation Intentions: Strong Effects of Simple Plans". July 1999 • American Psychologist. Vol. 54. No. 7, 493-503)
So my first linchpin in my action plan is EVALUATION QUESTIONS and CREATIVE SOLUTIONS. I know, sounds like something a teacher would come up with. Guilty. But I think it will work for me.
If I __________________________
will it support my health?
is it nutrient dense food
is it fiber filled
will it support and maintain a healthy active body?
Am I being a playful responsible adult?
am I maintaining linchpins
Will I nurture relationships
with the world around me
Will I make my spirit Soar?
will I nurture creativity?
music, art, literature
Implementation with Solution might go something like this:
#1. So, if I plan to eat supper at Krystal or McDonalds with Mom, that food gets 4 NOs in the food department. It doesn't maintain my linchpin of avoiding processed foods or excess sodium.
I might try to get away with saying I'm nurturing relationships with people because I'm keeping Mom company, or I'm helping to keep a whole industry in jobs, but I know I'm only rationalizing a negative situation.
Solution: Invite her to eat my healthy lunch. If she turns up her nose, I can say no, or take my dressing and go with Mom to Chick-fil-a and have a chicken/fruit salad and extra fruit cup, and supplement with more veggies when I get home. (Healthy, Creative, Nurturing)
#2. So, if I watch TV for 6 hours tonight,
I won't get enough sleep so I'm not supporting a healthy active me.
I won't be having any variety.
I probably won't be having fun, though I might learn something if I'm lucky.
I will be using up time when I could be creatively pursuing music, art or literary endeavors.
SOLUTION: I can check the cable menu guide and see if there is an entertaining or educational program that I will want to see. I can choose to record it or watch it, leaving time for me, to walk, ,be creative, to nurture relationships, to plan a fun activity for tomorrow, to maintain linchpins. If I start arranging, painting, or writing, I'll need to set a timer so I stop in time to go to bed. (Nurturing, Creativity, Health, Linchpin)
Tomorrow I'll look at the question: How do I decide what is healthy food?
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Well, a cold front blew through last night, woke me up, and I was afraid my house would blow away. It didn't. I didn't either. But it rained and blew all day. At 3:30, I decided I'd better figure out the warm, wet-weather gear. So I found myself at 4:00 in a flat, near-by town. So flat you'd think you were in Florida, except for the mountains looming all around. I drove 1.3 miles, went back and parked, and set out. The temperature had gone up from 43 to 50, the wind died down, and the rain stopped until I was a block away from getting back to my car, and then just a sprinkle.
So I made my training 2.5 miles and then some.
2.75 miles to go on Saturday.
Family is due in tomorrow. Think it will snow??!!
Oh, and a WIFI spot in town. Gotta love it!!
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