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The Sun Brings Many Possibilities

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)

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KITKAT717 1/7/2013 6:28AM

    This is a great blog!

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LVSHOPE 1/5/2013 8:43PM

    I was refreshed by your post. Today

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CHRISTINASP 1/5/2013 6:15PM

    Enjoy yourself! And the sun.

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SAGELADY2 1/5/2013 2:28PM

    We've got dodgy snow now, lots of clouds. Yesterday the sun was shining. I love sunlight and during the winter I tend to hibernate and get anti-social. Guess I should invest in one of those lightbulbs that makes you feel good.

Enjoy your painting adventure!!!

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NORASPAT 1/5/2013 1:20PM

    I hope you layer when you go out in the sun. We often walk on the rail trail when I do not have this annoying flu. e layer, we take hats and gloves and sunglasses and if you get warm open just the coat the body loses heat rapidly. I sometimes took off jacket and in just a few minutes I had regretted it.

Winter sun and bright blue skies trick you in to under dressing, that is not good.
Maybe you can take a photo and go home with it as a reminder. Maybe use it as a landscape the camera and the eye see very similar images. The motion is not there so one sense gets lost but it gives you some incentive. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon

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KIWIANN 1/5/2013 12:46PM

    Enjoy your fun in the sun!! emoticon

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BOSS61 1/5/2013 12:27PM

    You must live someplace nice. The sun is seldom seen here this time of year, and never too far from the horizon.

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CSAGIRL 1/5/2013 12:17PM

    Absolutely! Out came the sun, and our temps went from the teens to the 30s. Life seems so much more possible now.

Enjoy your lovely day!


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NSTARSMITH 1/5/2013 12:00PM

    Sounds like a peaceful, meditative day out in the fresh air, admiring nature! Good for the soul and the body.

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EWL978 1/5/2013 11:07AM

    A lovely plan for the day.... keep on keeping on!!


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I don't find cold weather very fun.

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.

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SHARJOPAUL 1/5/2013 10:20AM

    The best thing about going out for walks in the winter is getting back inside. I do tend to wak faster this time of year.

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CHRISTINASP 1/5/2013 6:07AM

    That's great that you are simply looking for other ways to get your exercise - AND your fun!

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DJ4HEALTH 1/5/2013 12:04AM

    I just saw them in the stores today and that is expected since we get allot of the snow birds around this time of the year.

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NORASPAT 1/4/2013 11:22PM

    That is where all the swimsuits end up you must be able to buy them for a song down there. Why are you in NC right now HUGS Pat in Maine. I love 85 degree water I swam for years at the Y 6 am and the pool just for me. THEN we got a new Y and the swim team swim faster in cooler water so now I do not bother to look for a pool HUGS again Pat

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KIWIANN 1/4/2013 11:00PM

    Hope you are able to get some great time in the pool to help you meet that "fun" promise you mentioned emoticon

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Is it Healthy Food?

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

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?

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NORASPAT 1/4/2013 10:40PM

    Very interesting. My brother in England hunts mushrooms and other fungi in the fields of Southern England he is a writer and he loves to cook. He just has no free time to be in touch with me. I do love him a lot.
The growing season here is too short for many foods. I must admit I am English and was raised on meat and vegetables. Only Apples and pears when we could pick them in Friends orchards. I am so happy to meet you, I am type 2 diabetic so I avoid sugar I prefer it to artificial sweetener. I do not drink soda and the only vegetable I like but it is always too tough to eat is KALE. I love it in soups I know it is great for eye health but cooking it just never works for our taste buds. Pat in Maine.

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CHRISTINASP 1/2/2013 2:21PM

    I would think that a mushroom is a plant... isn't a fungus a plant? Joel Fuhrman who wrote Eat to Live considers it important to eat mushrooms frequently...
It's great that you simply decide to stay away from certain foods. Good for you!

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HHLTD1 1/2/2013 2:09PM

    I would consider mushrooms to be healthy too, they may not be a plant but they are not considered an animal either. I eat very little in the way of canned vegetables after not eating them for years I now find I don't like them and think they taste funny. We have so many options today to me it doesn't make sense to eat anything but fresh. Good luck with the the change in eating habits. I can't seem to stay away from sugars and starches they are my big down fall.

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Evaluation Questions and Creative Solutions For Resolutions

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 people
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?

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PKBOO3 1/3/2013 4:01PM

    Very good motivating plans in action for you and encouraging for me also.

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CHRISTINASP 1/2/2013 5:33AM

    I am not sure I can follow this... But I like that you worked this out for yourself!

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FCARMICH 1/1/2013 3:42PM

  sounds like you have plans! Good for you!

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Walkin' in the Rain

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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SAGELADY2 12/23/2012 10:01AM

    You're good! When it came through here we all thought we were going to be blown into Kentucky. Hope you get a nice snow for Christmas!

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CHRISTINASP 12/21/2012 7:22AM

You did it!

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DLDMIL 12/20/2012 9:30PM

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MA_KING69 12/20/2012 5:45PM

    way to hang in there and commit to working out

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