Saturday, March 02, 2013
I want to be healthy.
I don't want the cancer to come back a third time.
I don't want to be in pain daily.
I want to be able to be independent, taking care of myself.
I want to feel like I have contributed, paid it forward.
I use the tracker to be sure I'm eating nutrient dense foods that support healthy body functions.
I stay away from foods and beverages that have no health nutrients or that present them in unhealthy combinations like hydrogenated fats + salt + sugar in all its glory.
I find ways to move that keep the peripheral neurapathy away, and then actually do them.
I force myself to do the mundane daily household tasks when all I want to do is sit.
I give myself time for creative activities.
I try to spread the word about anti-angiogenic food choices to others.
I plan healthy meals, buy tons of produce, and prep it when I get home so It's ready to go for meals through the week. (also saves time on clean up, since I'm only chopping and cleaning up once, except for bananas and apples)
I am grateful for the SP Nutrition tracker, Fitness tracker and Route Mapper, and my teams.
Friday, March 01, 2013
Sometimes it seems someone flipped a switch and I am productive, pushing, working hard to get things done.
But most of the time, I don't want to do anything. I'm happy as a clam doing nothing, letting the everyday things which should be done pile up. Sometimes I can overcome the "I don't want to"s. Like last night I didn't want to get ready and go to the classes at the gym.
But the other side of me didn't want to miss the last night the pool would be open, so I forced myself to get it together and only missed 5 minutes of class.
The "Get it done, NOW" voice doesn't come around very often, thank goodness. So I don't get too frustrated because I have a feeling I wouldn't get much accomplished if it didn't put its foot down once in a while.
Like right now, I need to get the newsletter typed, uploaded to the web site, the notice e-mail sent, then to the printer and post office with those that don't have modern tech recipients. I DON'T WANT TO. But that pushy side is going to take over and make me get this job done.
I cut myself some slack on these kind of days by "clearing my calendar," by putting nothing else on my to do list.
Sometimes I get involved in a big project which I WANT to do. Thankfully I have learned some skills which help me keep other areas of my life going so I have time to work on THE PROJECT. I know how to be super organized. I know the habits I need to be sure are still in place if I am going to
1. read a novel without stopping
2. paint a few pictures
3. become more fit
4. plan meals and shopping list for the trip to the farmer's market tomorrow
5. take a class that runs all day, every day for a week
You get the picture. And PUSHY ME really gets riled up or excited when I start more than one project at a time because that means that different areas of the house will be in the middle of a different project, all at the same time. PushMePullYou is probably having a fit right now because I AM in the middle of the newsletter, trying on and packing up the clothes that are way too big (on the 5th large garbage bag today), starting seeds, getting income tax filed.) But just for today, she will have to disappear because I am ONLY going to get the newsletter finished after my walk.
How do you handle letting yourself say no when you KNOW you've reached the saturation point?
Thursday, February 28, 2013
I'm a native Floridian, so I can say this and get away with it. Florida is so weird. In February we have had winter, spring, AND summer.
Oranges on the tree
Camelias and Pointsettias are blooming
Birds work hard to keep warm
in trees just starting to bud out.
Spring azaleas and summer periwinkles are blooming.
And SOME are ready for the bubble to come off the pool.
And as quickly as going to bed and waking up to the sunrise, we slide into summer.
Makes me think of how all of us are in different stages.
Baby sparkers figuring out the water thing, and tracking, and teams, and deciding what they want from sparkdom and starting their journey.
And others of us going cross country with a few getting lost along the way, but most keeping on moving toward that elusive goal weight through the long hot summer, eating salads, stir fries, fighting sugar beasties, going to boot camps, taking on challenges, supporting each other.
And those others who certainly have a spring in their step, but are bundling up for the long winter of maintenance.
All at the same time,
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The community pool is well into jack hammer Renovations.
Yesterday the Y pool deflated its bubble because of a tornado warning.
I called today, and it was back in business.
When I arrived early, a teenager was leaving the bubble. I asked her how the water was. She said it was nice but it would be better when the bubble came off. I thought it was lovely. Perfect temperature. So I got in 40 minutes of my own brand of workout I do for my legs, then 45 minutes of Aqua Silver class, and ended with 15 minutes of laps since that part of the pool had cleared out.
Right now my shoulders feel like my arms are going to fall off, but my legs feel fantastic and that was the goal.
Aqua Zumba followed by Water Exercise tomorrow night. Zumba in the water is a real trip!! Sends me into gales of laughter. Since I'm dripping wet, you can't see I'm laughing so hard that tears are streaming down my face. The tears actually compete with the sweat. I know, you can't see the sweat either.
Don't know how my legs will survive over the weekend when both pools are closed. You're probably yelling for me to go to the beach. Hey the Gulf is 69 degrees today. I need it quite a bit warmer for my toes to even consider wading at the beach. Both pools are heated to 84 degrees.
The Y will be available again on Monday, but no more bubble keeping the air warm. Not sure if they will continue to heat the water then.
Bubbles are wonderful inventions, too!!
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
If you are reading this, you've probably missed the opportunity to see Feb. 26 episode of the Dr. Oz show. He had the author of "Salt, Sugar, and Fat: Could You Be Addicted?"
I feel vindicated.
I wish I knew the solution, but it's nice to know that the problem is real, and the manufacturers are working to keep it going.
Know what he says is the biggest culprit with sugar, salt and fat all wrapped up in one wonderful thing that takes us to our bliss point?
All I can think to do is to STAY AWAY from processed food. And then to be sure when I cook that I don't make my own salt-sugar-fat combo that sets me off.
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