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Assignment: What is your true motivation?

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.

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MATTEROFHEART 3/2/2013 10:07PM

    Great motivators! I am so proud of you! You are a survivor!!!!

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NELLIEC 3/2/2013 7:57PM

    I know that when I joined SparkPeople, I was very impressed at the information feedback I was getting from the Trackers. It is especially helpful to keep my diabetes controlled.

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CHRISTINASP 3/2/2013 4:55PM

    emoticon You are such a trooper and an inspiration.

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BUDDHA33 3/2/2013 11:43AM

    Didn't know you had cancer twice, Bravelute. I will send you healing (and staying healthy) thoughts when I mediate.

My own motivation is similar to your own. I would add that I'm trying to stay strong for my 2nd gen foodie mom, since I want it to be possible for me to be around for as long as she needs me to be. Think she may make it past 100....

Did you write a blog on how you get in a ton of veggies every day? If so, so you help me find it. Didn't get a chance to read it yet. Thanks!

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SAGELADY2 3/2/2013 10:29AM

    Good things to have there. I have noticed as long as I have healthy stuff here to eat/snack on I'm good for the week. Even though I know roughly the calories and stuff, I still use the nutrition tracker to keep me focused.

Sounds like you have a great game plan. emoticon

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Cutting My Self Some Slack

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?

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JOYOUS1917 3/4/2013 8:36PM

    I know I am "Johnny come lately" but I am really jazzed by your blogs.

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BUDDHA33 3/1/2013 8:38PM

    You are many wonderful things done for yourself and for others, Brave-one. Thanks for being a great example for us!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 3/1/2013 6:24PM

    I have had some success in getting rid of some habits that I did not enjoy. Going out to drink with colleagues when I hate to socialize? It's over! Spending time schmoozing with people? No more.
I do like to read, write, and work out. And as long as I have enough time to do those things everything else can just fall away and I will be content enough. At least for the time being.

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LESLIELENORE 3/1/2013 4:44PM

    I give myself permission to let a few things slide occasionally. They will still get done... just not today.

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POPSY190 3/1/2013 3:04PM

    This could be me!! When it all gets piled up I ask myself: Which will matter tomorrow, in 10 days, next month, in a year? It sorts out the urgent for me and I deal with that. Works wonders for housework!! My answer to that is usually that it's better to do it once, at some vague future date, than several times immediately! But I have a newsletter to compose and send out and you are ahead of me there! Once done, I'll be pleasing myself for the rest of the day!! emoticon

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CHRISTINASP 3/1/2013 12:27PM

    I don't understand what 'the saturation point' means. Saturation of what by what?

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BRERRABBIT1 3/1/2013 11:56AM

:) I write myself a "Priorities" list. Then I go through a step system of 1. Sit (or flop), 2. Routine (or maintenance) work, 3. Exercise, 4. Priority (or project advancement) work. This helps me when I'm feeling lazy or unwell. I give each step 5 to 10 minutes max.


**You! Out of the gene pool.**

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IAM_HIS 3/1/2013 10:20AM

    You blog was a big help to me. I am overwhelmed right now with my family members and their unreasonable demands on me. Your blog helped me, thank you.

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LAURAAT 3/1/2013 9:44AM

    For me, I'm a big list maker. So when I start to get overwhelmed, I make a list. Then I sit back, and look at it, and decide what must be done, and what can wait. Then, I take a deep breathe. I try to organize things so that things get done in an order that makes sense, and don't allow myself to get overwhelmed by my cut-down list.

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CBRINKLEY401 3/1/2013 8:51AM

    Like a computer that slows down to a crawl when you have too many windows open and too many programs running at the same time, I tend to shut down when I think of all the different things I NEED to get done, and I end up getting nothing done. When that happens, what works best is to put my blinders on and just focus on ONE thing. Closing those other tabs that are open on the "computer" in my brain and dealing with one thing at a time helps me to actually accomplish something. And getting ONE thing finished motivates me to tackle something else afterwards.

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CYND59 3/1/2013 8:29AM

    Not too sure...Let me know when you find out. LOL!

I just say - Life is too short to worry about the small stuff. I try to take time to enjoy me!

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Winter/Spring/Summer in a Day

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,

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LESLIELENORE 3/1/2013 4:40PM

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CHRISTINASP 3/1/2013 12:24PM

    Ah! I finally found out where you live!!!

(In the garden of Eden!)

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BRAVELUTE 3/1/2013 8:08AM

    Buddha33, no, I wish I had all of these beautiful things in my yard. The chickasaw plum with the cold bird is my yard. The rest I see every morning on my walk. I Do have spirea blooming besides the chickasaw plum. I had periwinkles until the frost last week. I'm working right now to get my vegetable beds started. No hummingbirds yet. When they are here, they patrol from the top of the chickasaw plum, above where the little bird was keeping warm.

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BUDDHA33 3/1/2013 5:52AM

    Love the bird picture. I always wonder where they go to sleep and if it's out of the cold this time of year. Let me know when you see the hummers down your way so I can be on alert for the first ones up here in NC!

If these are pictures of your yard, it is very lovely and very neatly tended to. Do you do it all yourself?

Comment edited on: 3/1/2013 5:54:50 AM

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 2/28/2013 11:34PM

    Lovely pictures and great fun to read. Your comments at the end are profound.

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NSTARSMITH 2/28/2013 6:53PM

    What a clever comparison! Of course, living in Wisconsin, I tend to be grumbly about the weather, but, hey, your analogy works! Thanks for sharing!

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DLDMIL 2/28/2013 6:07PM

    Same weather here in Southern Californa. Winter/Spring/Summer, it can't make up its mind. Lovely pictures, thanks for sharing.

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GINNABOOTS 2/28/2013 2:57PM

    Love the pictures, can't wait for spring here in Michigan. We have had a total snow fall of 97 inches in the town where I live. Ugh!

Ready for some sunshine and warm weather. Thank you for sharing! Enjoy the sunshine there in Florida.

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MATTEROFHEART 2/28/2013 2:56PM

    Oh, I really like this blog! It is so true. That is one of things that I love about SparkPeople. There are people who have gone before me who are leading the way, some who are going through what I am right now, and some who are already looking to me to lead them!

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VEGIBIKER 2/28/2013 2:33PM

    thank you for sharing your lovely photos - very encouraging to me as I live way up north - and have to go on-line to see anything green! (it's all white outside my window)
(actually - it's kind of dingy grey since it hasn't snowed again in a couple of days.)

peace and blessings to you in your wonderfully weird Florida winter!

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Pools are Wonderful Inventions

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!!

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CHRISTINASP 3/1/2013 12:20PM

    You make swimming sound enticing!

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SIMONEKP 2/28/2013 10:49AM

    Love to emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 2/28/2013 10:22AM

    Sounds great. I wish they heated our local pool to 84 degrees!

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MLH148 2/28/2013 7:17AM

    Our Aqua Zumba is on the one night a week I have to work emoticon
It looks like a great time.
Sounds like you are doing great! emoticon

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POPSY190 2/27/2013 11:36PM

    It all sounds a fun way to get exercise. emoticon

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ANGEL1066 2/27/2013 11:34PM

    That sounds like such fun, and very good for you. Except - don't over stress those arms to save your legs. I do hope they are feeling better now. I'm wondering if the bubble top would work here - that could solve the winter pool problem if so.

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GZELLEFRO 2/27/2013 9:43PM

    I love swimming as well. I would love to take Zumba in the water! I would have to join the Y though and I live 30 min away and it's also too expensive. Oh well.

We did buy our own pool last year, but I can only swim in the summer. I stretch it out as long as I can, though. I open it in March/April and start swimming as soon as I can. Maybe I can get a bubble for my pool! I'll have to look into it.

Sounds like you're doing a great job and having fun at the same time. That's a surefire way to stick with it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Salt-Sugar-Fat Addiction

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?

potato chips

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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LESLIELENORE 2/27/2013 5:50PM

    potato chips are a trigger food for me, so I tend to avoid them.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 2/27/2013 4:41PM

    Yes, the problem is real. Now that we know it for certain, we can start to defend against it as best as we can. Who wants to be a patsy for the military-industrial-toxic food complex? Nobody!

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CHRISTINASP 2/27/2013 11:48AM

    I looked up 'vindicated' but don't get what it means in this context. I never liked potato chips!

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HIKER-SQUIRREL 2/27/2013 6:42AM

    I'm not familiar with Michael Moss, but I have read The End of Overeating by Dr. David Kessler, former commissioner of the FDA. He also examined the food industry's use of fat-sugar-salt to make food hyper-palatable, and the lengths they would go to make more money. Very eye-opening stuff.

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POPSY190 2/27/2013 2:07AM

    I just don't buy potato crisps any more - once started can't stop!!

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BUDDHA33 2/26/2013 5:41PM

    I caught some of that. Potato chips are my ultimate addiction.

The author's name is Michael Moss if anyone wants to obtain a copy of the book from their friendly library!

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