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Virus Attacks!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Well, it is the eleventh day of this virus, and I am getting pretty sick of it. Then I think of the people in Japan, and well, my little problem is so petty.

I have not been able to do all the things I normally do for my 93 year old mother. And sadly, it is such a relief!!! Being sick has been a reprieve. What does that mean? Whatever it means, it is not good.

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 3/27/2011 4:38PM

    I hope your virus is gone by now! I know exactly how you feel about caregiving your 93 year old Mother. When we spend our 6 months in CT every year, it seems like my life completely revolves around my mentally handicapped 73 year old brother. He doesn't live with us but he spends every weekend and holiday with us and I take him to all his appointments. When I leave for FL for 6 months, I actually feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. And, of course, I always feel guilty for feeling relieved! We can't win, can we?!

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VINGRAM 3/16/2011 6:20PM

    One thing it means is that probably as a care giver you are worn out! Do not be ashamed of friend, Kay, spent the last 2-3 years with her mom who died at 93......and she was worn out for the entire time. It is NORMAL. You should be proud of what you have been doing and please take the time to get well before you resume your duties with your mom.

Thinking of you and hope you feel better soon! emoticon vista

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ROSES4UN4ME 3/16/2011 4:52PM

    THE FLU THIS year is really bad i was sick for 2 months i mean pneumonia,bronchitis,flu and cold

hope you feelbetter

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CINDY1TWO3 3/16/2011 4:42PM

    Well taking care of her probably lowered your resistance so you could get the virus in the first place. It means you need a break and need to recover. I am sure whoever is taking your place (hopefully someone stepped up) will really appreciate it when you recover. Don't push yourself.

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What is a waste of time?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Being sick combined with daylight savings time has upset my biological clock. I woke up at 9am this morning. Now it is 10 a.m. already, after fiddling with the computer. I hear people say,"oh I wasted so much time on the computer" I do not feel like this is a waste of time because I enjoy it so much. Whether I am surfing the internet about a topic that interests me, or playing these point games on Spark, which influence me to eat less, which is a good thing, well, why would this be a waste of time anymore than playing golf or canasta???

What is a waste of time is when you do something mindless when you have important other things to do.

I feel that I have spent most of my time my entire life in a way that was not "wasted". But then, I do not watch television!!!

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ZEEDRA 3/15/2011 10:39PM

    Yes. I don't often buy into what others think is a waste of time. It depends on your philosophy and your upbringing. If you were taught that reading, for instance, is "doing nothing", i.e., "Since you aren't doing anything, will you go to the store for me." (said to you while you are reading).
Also, many cultures are far less driven to prove that they must account for every minute of their time and if not, they must have "wasted" it.

I love a card I once saw that had a picture of a bear that said: "Sometimes I sits and thinks and sometimes I just sits."

I've threatened to write a book to teach people how to relax and chill out: "How To Do Nothing With Rests In Between".
I'm only half joking.

What's the happy medium? Or is it: Who's the happy medium? :)

Enjoy what you enjoy!

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VINGRAM 3/15/2011 8:47PM

    Ditto - I have been gone all day and didn't do anything productive. I had fun.....but now I am back to what I consider to be important.....checking in on my friends on SP and reading my articles for the day. emoticon vista

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CHLOESUE 3/15/2011 2:31PM

    I agree with you.I do not consider my time spent on the computer no matter if it is on SP or surfing the web or even e-mail is not a waste of my time.It is something that I really enjoy and keeps my mind busy.I had my days of raising my family and being busy with all of that.I feel that this time of my life is my time and I can use it how I please without feeling guilty that I should be doing something else more "productive" whatever that means..LOl. emoticon

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Well, I lost 2 lbs. How? by eating whatever really appealed to me!!! Because I was sick with a bad virus, I could not eat very much. So, it is all about portion control. ha ha

If I craved a brownie, I ate a brownie. (but only one) If I craved whole milk, I drank whole milk (but it ran out and I could not get more) If I was bored and made chocolate chip cookies, I made them (but eating the dough did not have the appeal it usually does, and I was too tired to cook the entire batch, so froze the dough)

Also, I had no alcohol, did not eat out, did not exercise, have just been home all week. Yet I lost 2 lbs.

Also I was alone all week. No one wanted to catch what I got. When you eat with other people, you always eat more!!!

This is not the best way to lose weight. Now, the trick will be to keep it off when I go back to my regular lifestyle.

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JEANNE229 3/14/2011 1:25PM

    Not a fun way to lose pounds, but even the nasty bugs have an up side, hum?

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LASIE1 3/14/2011 12:40PM

  I hope that you are feeling better and ready for the normal life. Take care and God bless

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Friday 3/11/11 Stop When You Have Had Enough

Friday, March 11, 2011

Where did the week go? I see I blogged on Monday, and now it is Friday already. I got a really bad virus, and I am just eating comfort foods, sort of like snacking all day long. Today I am going to do Spark once more.

I have this sinus pain and feel overwhelmingly tired, not even well enough to go to the mailbox!!

I know the source of this. I overdid things on Sunday. I got totally over-tired. Those viruses are all around us, and if we pace ourselves, we are less likely to get them. But my resistance was down and it got me.

Lesson Learned: stop when you know you have had enough. Applies to eating as well as activities.


Monday Morning Again

Monday, March 07, 2011

Another Monday morning; another new start. I love starting over!!!

Wore the wrong shoes yesterday for a shopping trip, and now not sure if I will be able to go for my walk. I feel wiped out and it is only 6:30 am. Slept all night, though.

Feel like I have got a good breakfast habit nailed down. (except for today, just ate a brownie) One habit at a time!!! That could be a mantra. We are changing habits here.

I still cannot seem to go under eating 2000 to 2200 calories a day. At least I am recording all my foods. According to the nutrition tracker many days I am "under" for things like protein, fiber, vitamin C, D, B12. I should review my trackers one of these days.

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KAYYVAUGHN 3/10/2011 2:47PM

    It's difficult to cut some of those calories, but it sounds like you are off to a great start. My tracker always says I'm low on protein, fiber, etc. I'm trying to improve also.

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