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Another Green Car Event

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Yesterday's featured blog,

might as well have been a green car driving past me while honking its horn. It was about things to do to elevate your mood. The one item that beeped was switching from a ToDo List to an It's Done! List.

Well, I have always hated ToDo Lists. Probably because mine were always too long. Impossible to finish in the time available. But lists still do have a pull. And in this case, success means a long list. I'm good at long lists.

So and old habit--making long ToDo lists that never celebrate "DONE" is being replaced by "It's Done" I bet I won't have any problem getting rid of the old habit!! We'll see.

"It's Done" list for today:
Went to the Wellness Center
15 minutes treadmill,
1 hour cardio class,
25 minutes in the pool.
Watched January Jumpstart Challenge video
Washed and dried gym clothes
Packed gym bag
Pared and roasted 2.5 pounds of carrots, and acorn squash, and a pumpkin.
Fixed Dinner,
cleaned kitchen
shined the sink.
planned 2 days meals in tracker

And I didn't waste my time making the ToDo List.

Edit: AND I'm on vacation!!

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NORASPAT 1/16/2013 8:05PM

    Great idea, a done list.
That is the way I use my trackers. I love to go and put them in as soon as I can or I write them on the white board so I remember to put them in the tracker as DONE.

HUGS never thought about it for decluttering etc, But I bet it works.

I think I will buy a note book and write all of my done stuff down.

Thanks Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NSTARSMITH 1/15/2013 6:37PM

    Ta DONE list! Much better than to do!

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PKBOO3 1/15/2013 11:48AM

    You're "It's Done" List is a GREAT idea! Also, talking about teaching our kids good eating habits, I just recently commented to my husband how I think his daughter does good with her kids in feeding them healthy snacks.

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CHRISTINASP 1/15/2013 6:40AM

    I call them 'was done' lists. Started making them recently.

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CINIBINI 1/15/2013 2:24AM

    I like this. We hardly give ourselves credit for everything we do on a daily basis, and if there is a to-do list out there with "only" 12 things checked off out of an impossible list of 50, then pffft! The whole day feels like a failure.

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ZRIE014 1/15/2013 12:46AM

  keeping busy i see emoticon emoticon

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The 2nd Green Car, OR Habits, Habits

Monday, January 14, 2013

When I was little, my grandparents bought a green Studebaker. Kind of an aqua color. I keep trying to buy a car that color. Once in a while, I see one. Then I'll go for months without any green cars on the road. I'll make a comment, "I haven't seen a green car in months," and then there's a parade of green cars, one at every turn.

The same kind of thing has happened with thinking about habits.
(see blog of 1/7-10/2013

I was feeling a little depressed about the state of at least my part of the world in the US, about the poor effort we are making to instill good eating and fitness habits in the next generation.

And then I received a message that 3girls4me had added me as a friend. I went to meet her at her spark page (one of my habits). I read her intro, and then started on the sidebar on the right. Guess what I saw there?

"I am cutting up fruits and veggies and putting them on the bottom shelf where it is more accessible to my dd"

Can you imagine all the good habits she is fostering in her girls with that one habit? We DO have parents doing those little habit things early so that this generation has hope for growing up and liking all things healthy or (whispered) good for them.

AND it's nice to see that they don't mind sharing those little tricks right here with other sparksters!! There's probably many more online right now! Come on. Make that spark spread. Share what you're doing to build early habits on your blogs, in social media. Challenge other parents to do the same.

I'll just go back to trying to fix my bad habits.



Saturday, January 12, 2013

I did go to the cardio circuit class yesterday. Moving like that for an hour is not an experience in my memory bank. The activities weren't difficult--on our feet for an hour moving, light weights, ball, resistance bands and good sixties music. It was a matter of coordinating what I was hearing and seeing with all my body parts at the same time. If I only had to march, I was fine. Expect the arms to do something specific, too? At the same time? Forget it. They had other plans.

I didn't get discouraged even when I thought I was dying (MPE-My Perceived Effort level). I kept on going. But twice I was totally uncoordinated, confused, etc. I figured out I wasn't breathing. So I stopped for water, breathed and got back into the routine.

I recovered enough, back to baseline clumsiness with arms usually doing the opposite of what they were supposed to do. I tried to say "breathe" to myself each time the trainer wanted us to count down from 8. I wondered if I counted backwards enough if I'd put myself to sleep. As I yawned, I shouted to myself, "Breathe."

The pool was next, and after the third graders cleared the locker room, I changed and went in the pool. Two other people were doing laps. They left after about 2 minutes and I had that huge pool to myself.

I stopped treading water and laid back to float, relax. Breathe. Looking up at the surrounding weather bubble, it was easy to imagine I was a very small part of the universe. (see yesterday's blog.)

Breathe. You are a part of the Universe.

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KIWIANN 1/13/2013 9:22AM

    You have a great way with words - I can completely picture those experiences.
I, too, have first-hand experience with the lack of coordination - if I catch a glimpse pf my self in the mirror when I am trying to follow an exercise video, it usually brings on some laughter emoticon

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SHARJOPAUL 1/13/2013 7:18AM

    Gee that coordination thing sounds like me!
Sounds like you had a great workout wih a wonderful relaxing ending.

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CHRISTINASP 1/13/2013 3:50AM

    Beautiful. Thank you.

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KIMCOLLINGS 1/13/2013 12:14AM

    Sounds like a good exercise day. Love the swimming at the end. That can be so relaxing!

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NORASPAT 1/12/2013 10:12PM

    I Taught myself deep breathing because I was fed up of inhalers. I do really well with it But I do listen well to my body.

HUGS Glad you have had so much exercise. All of mine consisted of more cleaning but it shows so i am very happy/ Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Friday, January 11, 2013

And then something like this moon shot puts everything into perspective. As humans, we get so full of ourselves and our monumental day to day problems. I'm really not trying to make light of those problems. I've had a few myself. But I am just a speck in the scheme of things.

So, I'll just quit complaining about needing to get cardio in on this rainy day, and go to the wellness center. There's a circuit cardio class for seniors at 1:00, and then there's that heavenly pool. I can imagine I'm part of that big picture when I'm in the water.

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NORASPAT 1/11/2013 4:20PM

    WooHoo, just go with the flow. I hope you can get outside to look for inspiration. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NSTARSMITH 1/11/2013 1:32PM

    I think pespective shifts are one of the most valuable tools in a kit-bag for successful living, not to mention a healthy lifestyle! Way to GO!

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CHRISTINASP 1/11/2013 1:03PM

    Isn't that great that you enjoy the pool so much?!

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Have you seen a green car lately?

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Have you noticed that every so often, something that you are focusing on starts popping up all over the place? Like you say, "I haven't seen any green cars in a long tine." And green cars will appear at every turn through town?

I've been thinking about my bad habits and how difficult it seems to just go ahead and change them. I wrote about it Monday in my blog.

Tuesday morning I was greeted by a newsletter from Simple Truths. I was blown away when I read that Aristotle** had something to say about forming habits. ""We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an's a habit."

Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and polymath, a student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great. He lived from 384 BC – 322 BC. A polymath is a person who is knowledgeable about many things. So Aristotle was a Renaissance Man of his time. Isn't it amazing that people were thinking about habits that long ago? Do you think he ever had a "green car" experience?

They go on to talk about a new book, Habits Die Hard. I loved the excerpt from the book which they share. I'll call it a poem, written from the point of view of a habit.

I'd love for you to read it, but the only place I can find it other than the newsletter is this ad for the book, Habits Die Hard. I promise I have nothing to do with the book, author, or company
The poem is called "Food for Thought." Go read it!!

If you are what you repeatedly do (Aristotle),
then what would your habits be saying to you?

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BRAVELUTE 1/11/2013 10:27AM

    First, click the link again. The poem I'm talking about is right on that page, And it seems to me, all of the lines were written as if HABITS were talking.

Here are the title and 1st 2 lines:
"Food for Thought…

I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest asset or heaviest burden."

See if the poem gives you any ideas??

Comment edited on: 1/11/2013 10:41:02 AM

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CHRISTINASP 1/11/2013 7:02AM

    I used the link and found the book but when I tried to find the excerpt it said 'file not found'.
What are my habits saying to me...? That's hard to come up with an example.
Can you give an example?

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