Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Well as some of you know who read my blogs
I am waiting for a job before I see a thyroid doc, but based on research of symptoms, and based on the armpit temp test which I royally flunked, I'm certain I have hypothyroid condition and possibly low ferritin.
Since supplements containing iodine help me, I believe I do not have Hashimoto's, but seriously need to have everything checked out.
I do not recommend self-diagnosis, for myself or anyone else.
But I am learning as much as I can until I can get a job. I will also have adrenals checked, yes I've been under alot of stress for years, am learning Tai Chi, do deep breathing, want to try Pilates, yoga is not for me at this time, and I am reading all the SparkArticles about stress, and joined the Thyroid SparkTeam.
So I ran across a post that said to subscribe to About.com's free newsletters for Thyroid, and am already learning alot. Although I don't believe in diets, fads, and gimmicks, I do believe there is always something to learn; and I know thyroid patients do have a harder time with weightloss than others do. This thyroid issue is new to me so I'm still learning everything. So when I signed up for the free newsletters thyroid.about.com/ they sent me the "4 Weeks to Weight Loss for Thyroid Patients", and I'm signing up for it, too. I have a weightloss goal for the 9 weeks of May 1st through the 4th of July (actually the 2nd because it's my birthday). It's too soon to know yet if the "4 Wks to Weightloss" is any good, but the reason I signed up is because the rest of the site has impressed me so far. All of this complements SparkPeople, and I would have never found it without SparkPeople.
So the timing is good too, as I wanted a plan for May 1st. And the timing is good as I'm still on the learning curve about thyroid. I know there are different kinds of thyroid disease, so a note of caution: one size does NOT fit all.
For May 1st and forward I plan to track daily in my SparkBlog, key components, I learned how important this was during the Cornerstones Challenge in April. It was eye-opening. I found out I wasn't doing as much as I thought I was doing; and I found out I was doing pieces of the puzzle hit-and-miss, and rarely doing ALL the daily tasks necessary for weightloss and healthy living. In short, I gave myself a Lifestyle Changes Test in April, and flunked.
So for May 1st and forward I'm going to start tracking in my blog:
Daily tracking of adherence to No S Diet (it's not really a diet) (see the SparkTeam for info)
Daily tracking of 3 fruit
Daily tracking of 6 veggie
Daily tracking of 12 water
Daily tracking of mins walking, unless I can get a pedometer that works & if so my goal is to build up to 10K
Daily tracking of ST - I will use SP's Fitness Tracker for this as I'm new to ST
Daily tracking of sleep 8-9 hours
My goal is to make 7 out of 7 goals daily; yes I know I won't make it especially in the beginning, but just tracking 4 in April was eye-opening!!! Oh, how we LIE to ourselves!! I am soooooo glad I did the Cornerstones challenge!!!!!
I will add in the "4 Weeks to Weight Loss for Thyroid Patients" into daily blog tracking, if it turns out to be any good, which remains to be seen. I already know you have to steam cruciferous before eating and they should not be eaten raw (tho I love them raw); I don't know anything else so am curious to learn. If any of you have input, good or bad, about "4 Weeks to Weight Loss for Thyroid Patients", THIS MEANS YOU HAVE TRIED IT ALREADY, PERSONALLY, let me know.
My main crockpot that I use all the time, 6qt Rival, died yesterday. I have a 4qt Corningware and 2.5qt WestBend, both of which I don't care for but will use in the interim. Will be making a stop at Goodwill to see if they have any, during errands this week.
Today is Grocery Prep Day for me; I have to clean out the fridge, eat leftovers tonight, use up old veggies in crockpot soup (or stockpot soup if it doesn't fit in my smaller crockpots now) for dinner tomorrow night, look at online grocery store flier weekly circulars, match coups to sales, etc. Thursday is Produce Run night, and Friday is Grocery Night. On Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays I don't cook, I eat out of the crockpot, fridge, and freezer from planned-ahead the night before.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I had some low-brow humor yesterday, so today I thought I'd post quotes from my page. If anyone knows the authors of the unknown / unattributed ones, please let me know.
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name. John 20:30-31
"It's never too late to become diligent, consistent, and persistent." --FEARLESSLIFE
"You can complain because roses have thorns. Or you can rejoice that thorns have roses." -- Ziggy
“A person with a testimony is never at the mercy of a person with an argument.” --Mike Young quoting unnamed pastor
"One thing I like about stones in my path is when I cross them they become my milestones." --Anonymous
"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going." --Jim Ryun, American Athlete
"Your presence is a present to the world. You're unique and one of a kind. Your life can be what you want it to be. Take the days just one at a time." --Collin McCarty
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:57-58
“You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you had to overcome to reach your goals." Booker T. Washington
"Do or do not. There is no try." --Yoda in Star Wars
"When in doubt, make a decision." --IUHRYTR
"Failure is better than procrastination." --JOYATLAST
"You don't have to know everything, just walk with grace and show some mercy." --HMOONLIGHT
“It ain't about how hard ya hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done! Now if you know what you're worth then go out and get what you're worth.”--Rocky Balboa
"Living a healthy lifestyle will only deprive you of poor health, lethargy, and fat." --Jill Johnson
"Procrastination is attitude's natural assassin. There's nothing so fatiguing as an uncompleted task." --William James
"I have all of the tools and all of the success is within me. I just need to absolutely remember that I want this ... more than anything -- and then just go grab it. A new life is mine for the taking." --MICKEYMAX
"It seems that in all areas of my life that I have been working on, the key is to be aware and make each decision consciously - staying aware of where money is being spent, staying aware of what needs to be done in my home environment and being aware of what I am putting in my mouth. Planning ahead makes that much more easily attained - having a budget, having daily routines and having menus. I guess there is a part of me that resists that kind of structure but I am finding that the structure actually allows more freedom -'freedom within the framework' as a friend was trying to explain to me. It seems that the more I put this kind of structure into my life, the more success and less stress I have." --ILLINITEACHER52
"Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." ~Christopher Robin to Pooh
"You think eating healthy and getting exercise is hard now? Try doing it when you are bed ridden! Make the changes now, or you will be at the mercy of a stranger later." --TRAINERJAMES
"Notice the sad and hurting people around you and surprise them with goodness. Remember, everyone on the pathway needs a dose of goodness. Share generously and see what goodness God does. You might just surprise yourself too!" --Bo Prosser
"How does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar." --Trina Paulus
“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” --Nelson Mandela
"Just GET STARTED!! You DO NOT have to finish it, just do 15 minutes." -- a FlyBaby
"Life gives us not what we would choose, but rather, the opportunity to learn, grow, and choose anew. We have the power to change our lives for the better." --FEARLESSLIFE
"1)Establish 1 habit at a time. 2)Be nice to myself." --FlyLady
"Our routines give us wings. Something as simple as a little habit can change your world if you will allow it. I have heard of three dollar parts shutting down pumping operations that would bring in thousands of dollars a day. So is any part insignificant? I think every thought, word and deed plays a big part in our development." -- FlyLady aka Marla Cilley
"That which you cannot give away", CLUTTER!, "you do not possess. It possesses you." --Ivern Ball
Triumph is just "Umph" added to "Try"
Scarlett O'Hara Syndrome: "As God is my witness, CLUTTER is not going to lick me. I'm going to live through this and when it's all over, I'll never be hungry for stuff again."
Take small steps to reach larger goals. --SparkPeople
Look! He is coming with the clouds; every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail. So it is to be. Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty. Revelation 1:7-8
"The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities." --Dr. Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
"My daughter said that when you pray, God wraps his hands around you like a chrysalis and there your heart can change. I thought that was a beautiful mental picture... May your sister feel his hands around her!" --WINDINGROAD
"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today? Today is a gift. That's why we call it the present"
"No regrets and no looking back! You are FLYing!" --FlyLady
"Strength training is the key to fighting the aging process. Nothing can droop or sag if you're firm." --Denise Austin
"More than 90% of those who exercise consistently have a morning fitness routine. If you want to exercise on a regular basis, the odds are in your favor if you squeeze your workout into the a.m." --SparkPeople
"Put a stationary bike in front of the television. You’ll be burning 380 calories an hour while you catch up on the latest news." --SparkPeople
"Happy are those who dream dreams and are willing to pay the price to make them come true." Anonymous
"To take the first step in faith, you don't have to see the whole staircase: just take the first step." --Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
~If you want things to be different, perhaps the answer is to become different yourself.
~Identify jobs that compliment your passions and talents.
~Pearls do not lie on the seashore; if you desire one you must dive for it. - Oriental Proverb
~It is never too late to be what you might have been. --George Elliot
~Life is too short to waste time hating anyone (including yourself).
~Make peace with your past so you won't screw up the present.
A man who wants something will find a way. A man who doesn't will find an excuse. --Stephan Dolley Jr.
~Even though I may not be who I want to be, I am not who I used to be!
~Surrender is NOT the answer.
~Should you find yourself at a loss, wondering what life is all about & what your purpose is, be thankful. There are those who didn't live long enough to get the opportunity to wonder.
~Failure is success if you learn from it. --on radio
~As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. --Proverbs 23:7.
~The ancestor of every action is a thought. - RWEmerson
~Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. --Charles Dickens
~Eat like you give a damn.
~The force of character is cumulative. All the foregone days of virtue work their health into this. - attributed to RWEmerson
~God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
~The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is today.
~I was taught that the way of progress is neither swift nor easy. --Marie Curie, physicist
~Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in. Forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. --RWEmerson
~You will never find time for anything. You must make it. --Charles Brown
~On the other side of the Red Sea, after the miracle of crossing over on dry land, after their enemies were dead, they praised and sang "horse and rider thrown into the sea". In life, it's EASY to praise God for deliverance ON THE OTHER SIDE, after you get the miracle. Praise Him now, sing thanks now, on THIS SIDE of life, on this side of the miracle, while you're still stranded between the army and the sea. --FEARLESSLIFE
~We either make ourselves miserable or make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same. --Charles Castenada
~There are only two options regarding commitment. You're either IN or you’re OUT. There’s no such thing as a life in-between. --Pat Riley
~Things don’t go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be. --Charles ‘Tremendous’ Jones
~The true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good. --Ann Landers
~Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling. --Margrart Lee Runbeck
~What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say. --RWEmerson
~Choice, not chance, determines one's destiny. Choose Life. --FEARLESSLIFE
~If hunger is not the problem, then eating is not the solution.
~Bigger snacks mean bigger slacks.
~The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
~It's not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.
~Exercise isn't just good for your body - it's good for your soul. If you feel a bit down, get up and get moving.
~You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. --Margaret Thatcher
~Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm. --Winston Churchill
~Success is not a race, be patient.
~Success is always a work in progress. Success is a journey, not a destination. Focus on the process.
~Some people dream about success... while others wake up and work hard at it.
~What are stumbling blocks and defeat before you, can be stepping stones to victory if you remain determined.
~Make the decision, then do something - no matter how small - toward accomplishing what you want.
~We fail because we don't strike the iron while it's hot. We don't take immediate action toward achieving what we want. We decide to wait until tomorrow, or next week, or even next month.
~Be specific in what you want, and use specific words. Empower yourself, and become the person you dream about.
~Listen closely: the only time it's too late to change yourself is when you're dead. Until then, you're simply making excuses or lying to yourself.
~Rather than aiming for being perfect, just aim to be little bit better today than you were yesterday.
~Anything is possible, it's your CHOICE whether or not you CHOOSE to make it happen.
~Quitting is NOT an option.
~I can do this...I know I can. It's just going to take time & patience.
~Start doing what's necessary, then do what's possible, and suddenly you'll be doing the impossible!
~My life tomorrow will be the result of my attitudes and the choices I make today.
~My world is expanding as my body is shrinking.
~Don't sacrifice your future for a momentary pleasure.
~Never give up on a dream just because of the length of time it will take to accomplish it. A year from now, you may wish you had started today. --Robert Schuller
~To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. --Anatole France
~Great changes may not happen right away, but with effort even the difficult may become easy. --Bill Blackma
"You don't drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there." -Unknown
"Rule your mind or it will rule you. You may delay, but time will not." --Horace
"You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it." --Margaret Thatcher
"We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough." --Helen Keller
"You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be." --David Viscott
"Living a healthy lifestyle will only deprive you of poor health, lethargy, and fat." --Jill Johnson
"The essence of voluntary simplicity is living in a way that is outwardly simple and inwardly rich." --Duane Elgin, 1977
I will never be that young again but I can be that size!!!
Monday, April 26, 2010
Ohhhh, my. I had tears running down my face, watching the others laughing.
How the original guy could keep a straight face while doing this, I don't know.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Please write Michael in Leavenworth, he is afraid he will be forgotten, conveniently swept under the rug (rotting in prison), and the details of his case not known by the average everyday person. If you read the details of his case via the above link, and then write him about some of it so he knows you know, that would really encourage him.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE APPEAL, see the above link.
There are also other letters you can write, see the above link.
Listen to an interview on Michael Savage Show Part 1
Interview on Michael Savage Show Part 2
I just heard some good news, the 2nd US Navy Seal was just found not guilty in their trial on those trumped-up charges of dereliction of duty.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
How to Deal with Setbacks
Become a "Bounce Back" Believer
-- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer
We’ve all hit that bump in the road, the setback, the problem. What sets people apart is how they react to that bump. Are you one to spin out of control, in despair? Or do you grab a hold of that wheel and steer yourself straight? Whether it’s a school assignment, a work project, or a volunteer mission, we all encounter things that slow us down. You just have to keep in mind that a setback is only temporary and greater things lay ahead.
It is easy just to quit, give up and ignore the hard work you have put into something. But at SparkPeople, we believe in the "two steps forward, one step back" philosophy. So what if something bad happens? Keep moving forward, developing what you have. You’ve already built a solid foundation on which you can rely. Hard work can’t be overlooked.
So how can you react when something doesn’t turn out as you’ve expected? First, be objective. Step back and look at the situation. Take responsibility where it is due, but don’t place blame on others. Is your setback really that significant, or will it just require a little extra exertion on your part? Come to terms with it and then start planning your next move. Ask for help. Don’t be afraid or ashamed to do this. Oftentimes, people are more than willing to give you support and advice, maybe even after being in a similar situation. You don’t have to be perfect; after all, nobody else is.
Bounce back. Reevaluate the goals you should have set for yourself at the beginning and retool them as necessary. Goals should be realistic and specific, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be flexible and are allowed for minor impediments. Instead of looking at your project as a disaster or failure, view it with success. Concentrate on how great it will feel after it is finally done, after you have put your all into it. Instead of focusing on a possible unsatisfactory performance one single time, take a moment to sit back and reward yourself for all that you have accomplished.
Above all, don’t live with regrets. Approach life with perseverance and dedication to the things that matter most to you. Success is never easy. It remains up to you whether you will give up, or fight through the tough battles to earn whatever it is you want.
A fragment of a poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson is telling:
"Finish each day
And be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and
Absurdities have crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can."
Move on with your life. Keep reaching for your goals and you will achieve them. One minor setback is nothing if you really want something and are willing to work for it.
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