Thursday, January 31, 2013
If you are interested in seeing my goals, here's the link to that blog:
1 Be Healthy: I have stuck to Eat to Live, choosing anti-angiogenic foods first, and maintaining fiber above 35 grams daily. I have avoided processed foods, except for canned legumes when I had no dried beans to prepare. I went through the drive through just once, and that was on the trip back home from NC to FL. I had food with me for the first day, but ran out the second. I stayed within calorie range but it was difficult to get in enough fruits and vegetables and the sodium went sky high.
I lost 9 pounds in January. I bought a pair of very tight jeans size 16 in mid December. They wouldn't do up then. I am wearing them very comfortably today, except I should hem them. They have grown 2 inches longer. Other jeans I was wearing in November now fall off.
I see 2 doctors next week. I'll come back and edit with their reports/comments.
2. Be a playful, responsible Adult
Playful activities: climbing the mountain, buying and using a tabletop ergometer/pedometer, medicine ball, resistance straps, trampoline for NC house, swimming and walking when it was horribly cold outside, zumba DVD, new classes at the gym
Responsible Adult: didn't listen to those whiny voices that said, it's raining, I can't walk today. It's too cold to go swimming. You can't make it up that mountain!!
Instead I took out a gym membership, used the treadmill, walked the riverwalk whenever it wasn't raining or icy, joined new group classes, including water classes, bought exercise equipment for the house for when i couldn't drive to town, and tracked over 2000 fitness minutes in January.
Made it a point to give more than a smile to people I encountered in NC. Some of those impromptu meetings were described in blogs. Tried to be supportive on SP, giving more than an emoticon as a response, but a meaningful response. Back in Fla. a woman made it known she was also going to the Y when I mentioned I had paid since April and only gone once. We're going to water zumba or water aerobics tonight.
Make My Spirit Soar
The month in NC was spent reading--
Reread Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles
Reread Martha Beck's Finding Your Way in a Wild New World
And creatively dealing with the cold weather, figuring out how to get in workouts in an unforgiving, cold, wet and icy foreign world.
I wanted to get some pictures of the icicles on the mountainsides but that never happened. It was dangerous driving once that ice started. But I did get pictures along the river walk of the Hiawasee River in flood.
It was a time to rest, rejuvenate, hibernate, and get ready for the bright light that is Florida. I would like to bring that light into my paintings in February.
All in all, I consider it a very successful month.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
I am your cheerleader.
Look to me when life seems to put you down.
Look to me when you hear that negative voice.
Know that you are not hearing my voice then.
Because I know how wonderful you are.
If you think you have been absolutely worthless, know that I am here, beaming with pride in what you have become and what you will become.
My beaming face brings light to a dreary world.
I am the parent who gives you unconditional love.
I am the one who can show you how to give that unconditional love to YOURSELF, even when you think you are something less than perfect.
I can help you heal those old wounds and move on to become your destiny.
I can help you become a cheerleader to others in your life.
2 - 4 - 6 - 8
Who do we appreciate??
Y O U!!
This soul collage card is dedicated to a dear friend.
Monday, January 28, 2013
It was an uneventful trip. Nothing happened that I can turn into an exaggerated story. As some of you saw, the pool at the motel was indoors, but way too cold to stick your toe into. And I couldn't figure out the treadmill. I had it set on manual, no incline, but it would flip over to 12 incline and 7 MPH with no warning. I wasn't successful making it stop and I also wasn't able to keep up with that intensity, so I switched over to the rowing machine.
The bed was the softest bed I've ever slept in in a motel, and the pillows were like rocks.
Breakfast (free) choices included hard boiled eggs, sausage patties, strawberry yogurt, bagel, cream cheese, cheese danish, fruit loops, milk, and coffee with cream available. They also had apples and oranges available. I wasn't too impressed with anything except the apple, since I had a box of clementines in the car.
When I got to my exit in Florida it was 82 degrees and sunny. I went for a mile walk at 7:10 with Jewels (my Yorkie.) She is pooped now, and I can tell I'd better go to bed soon, because I plan to hit the gym.
Not going to pay for it anymore down here without using it. Tomorrow, I'm going to check out the water aerobics classes.
Friday, January 25, 2013
I received an e-mail from a friend that said she was in Malaysia with her husband, who was ill and needed a hysterectomy, asking me to send money. Her name and his name were in the message.
With other spamming, I can usually click and read the header info to see where it really came from.
So I sent her a message letting her know she might have a virus.
I received a reply saying she didn't have a virus, that she really was in Malaysia.
I don't know what to do about this. There's no point sending anymore e-mails to her, since it appears someone has taken over at least her e-mail.
It was written in very broken English, which wouldn't be her either.
We were warned yesterday on the news how hackers can take over our laptops via an e-mail, turning on our video cameras and then knowing everything said and done in the house. The warning here was to not ope e-mails from anyone we don't know. You have no way of knowing. Solution: cover your camera lens on the laptop, and close the laptop when you're not using it.
In my case, I thought I knew this person.
The more we become reliant on technology and social media, the more we will need to be knowledgeable and vigilant for this kind of attack.
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