Wednesday, June 09, 2010
I started taking those two things, and I CANNOT BELIEVE how much better I feel! I feel like "I have myself back".
I've taken D3 on an off for awhile - I hate pills tho so sometimes skip.
After the amazing CHANGE IN ME, I eliminated the B12 for 2 days. Because I just found it too hard to believe. I've never been THAT sensitive to things I took. I had planned on a 7day elimination trial and then re-introduction, to prove if it was or was not the B12.
However, on the morning of day 3, I felt so awful and was so bad off, like I had been previously, that I took the B12 again. It was like flipping a switch, it worked so well; before noon I was "back again". It is still hard for me to believe; it's amazing.
Sublingual means "under the tongue"; you put it there and do something else like read email, and let it dissolve on it's own while your mind is distracted.
I take, everyday, a multivitamin/mineral, and a multiB. Since before during and after this test I was already taking B12 in the multivitamin and in the multiB, apparently it is the fact that it is the sublingual kind that made a difference for me.
I can't argue with success. This is the one I'm taking:
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
How Do You React to Setbacks?
When problems come up, how do you react? Do you look for blame, or do shoulder what you can and try to repair it? Do you throw up your hands and look for an easier way, or do you learn, adapt and keep pushing? There's a lot of talk nowadays about 'personal responsibility'. That's great. But it's usually brought up only in finding fault. It's true that to show 'responsibility' is to own up to your role in the problem's cause. We don't often hear about the other side of responsibility--an obligation to be part of the solution. Even when a hardship is not your fault at all, you can--and should--do what you can to fix it. Your skills and abilities create an obligation that only your character can fulfill. - SparkPeople's Healthy Reflections
My Homemade Weights
I found kitty litter and rock salt (from winter) when de-cluttering. I filled 20oz bottles with them, and one with water; even a small bag of rock salt is heavy so you'd think it would be a good idea, but the heaviest were just under and over 1.5lbs. So I ditched all those and am using a 28oz can of vegetables, which, with the weight of the can included is just under 2lbs. The circumference is a little large for holding in my hand; but that will just help develop the strength of my grip, right? I'm going to have to go back to Goodwill and look for more weights, though.
I could have added water into the rock salt bottle but I didn't.
I can also try 1 liter bottles filled with rocksalt.
For those of you with access to a Safeway grocery store, the ones where I live have a coupon in the insert for 1lb organic strawberries, $1.99.
Monday, June 07, 2010
You cannot love your neighbor as you love yourself, unless you love yourself! Love God, love yourself, and out of the overflow of that cup, that foundation, that communion, then love your neighbors. Like the oxygen mask on the airplane, first you put yours on, then you assist children and others with theirs. "Remember Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: human beings must meet their basic needs before they can move on to higher-level goals."
Put Yourself First
Reach Other Goals by Starting With Your Self
-- By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer
You’re a parent, school volunteer, Little League coach, and trusted assistant to your boss. You’ve been up since 6 a.m., made breakfast, packed lunches, cleaned the house, chauffeured the neighborhood kids, helped with homework, read bedtime stories, and finished extra work from the office. It’s 11:30.You’re exhausted. And, in about six-and-a-half hours you’ll begin the whole 24-hour cycle…again.
If you find yourself saying ‘Stop the merry-go-round, I want to get off!’ you’re not alone. Most of us—especially women, but men too (hey, there are reasons that men die younger than women)—have at some time found ourselves at the bottom of the heap when it comes to taking care of our needs.
The problem with that is that if we don’t take care of ourselves, sooner or later we won’t be of much use to anyone else—or to ourselves. Just as the airline attendant tells you to put on your own oxygen mask in an emergency before helping a child with theirs, you must take care of your own basic needs before you can attend to the needs of others. What’s more, being busy is not necessarily the same as being productive with meaningful activity. (Do the workaholics you know really accomplish that much more in proportion to the time they invest?)
If “putting yourself first” (a common admonition) sounds too selfish or too hard, try something simpler: put yourself on an equal footing with those you love and tend to. Do you insist that they get enough sleep? Start making that a priority for yourself too. Do you give them time for fun and socializing with friends? Then you do the same! Remember Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: human beings must meet their basic needs before they can move on to higher-level goals. Since most of us already know that we should take care of ourselves—but often have trouble figuring out how to do it, here are some guidelines for getting there:
- Preserve your physical health with adequate sleep, exercise, and nutrition.
- Value your emotional health as much as the physical, with a support system of friends and a willingness to laugh—especially at yourself.
- Schedule fun activities on a regular basis—it’s just as important to plan pleasure as it is to plan work.
- Identify “busy behaviors” (or people) that drain your time and energy but aren’t really important, then dump ‘em, or at least minimize their hold on you.
- Kill two birds with one stone, combining family time with exercise, for example, which benefits everyone involved.
- Try to look at the problems in your life with new eyes to find solutions. If you’re a new mom, for instance, see if you can trade childcare with another new mom to get some time for yourself.
- Learn to say “No!” Your “yes” is valuable and should not be automatic. Instead, reserve it for the things that are most important to you.
Don’t try to change every problem area in your life all at once. Start with one or two items, then expand as you get things under control.
Your life should be like a checking account, balancing out on a regular basis so that you always have assets to draw upon. By making even small deposits—taking care of yourself with a 10-minute walk or a nutritious meal—you’ll be amazed at the interest you’ll reap.
Sunday, June 06, 2010
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
Today is the 158th day of the year; there are 208 days left in 2010.
There were two outside groups I was not familiar with that were in a link in one of the DailySparkBlogs; Hungry Girl and Fit Bottomed Girls. I'd heard of Hungry Girl through SP but never read or looked at her. I signed up for emails from both just to see what they're like, and whether there'd be any usable info in them that is helpful applicable to me in my life.
I had traumatic oatmeal experiences growing up (forced to eat grey sludge) and fervently hated it, so it was a revelation to see whole cooked flakes as an adult in my 20's (I actually asked the person what it was that she was eating?). Oatmeal was something I learned to re-train myself to cook & eat in my 30's. Some people have do the same with veggies; for me it was oatmeal.
This morning I had a homemade bowl of oatmeal thanks to Hungry Girl. I'd experimented alot with oatmeal but never quite had the hang of it; I always have too much, have to guess about water, frequently add too much water or too much oatmeal, sometimes burn it because I don't know how long it takes and never want to stand and wait for it, etc. But her oatmeal explanation was so quick and easy: 1/2 Cup oats, 2 Cups liquid, cook 10 mins.
She's right, it does make a "ginormous" bowl even tho it is only ONE serving. This is my take on her recipe, as I don't use some of the stuff she does, for example I don't care for milk or dairy in my oatmeal, and I don't use soy almond milk (no soy prods for me due to thyroid, and due to GMO contamination).
This one tip alone, has made signing up for Hungry Girl emails worth it to me, thanks SP!
Carol's Banana Walnut Oatmeal for One
(extrapolate to size up for how many you're serving)
2 cups water in pan, bring to gentle-to-medium boil
1/2 cup old fashioned* rolled oats added to boiling water
(*old fashioned slow cooking oats are lower glycemic than instant or quick)
Set timer after adding oatmeal, to stir every 3 mins for total of 10 mins cooking time.
While waiting, coarsely chop some walnuts, and get out the cinnamon.
Next time you stir, slice 1 banana into pot (I like mine mashed so I stir with a fork, and when the banana is added I mash it against the sides of the pan with the fork.)
Add cinnamon to taste (I didn't measure; it's very healthy for blood sugar issues)
In the last few mins add chopped walnuts last, stir, finish cooking time, and serve. Sweetener if desired.
This was the best and easiest oatmeal I've ever had. Tasted like banana bread; yum!! There was no confusion about timing and amounts, and although I did something else while it cooked, this time it STILL turned out good due to using the timer and knowing about the 10 minute cooking time. There were no leftovers to sit on the stovetop in the pan and congeal (yucko; bad memories for me), or to dish up and refridge for the next meal.
I used an overripe banana that needed to be used up, and because it was ripe it made the oatmeal sweet.
I also do the same with a chopped apple in the oatmeal, cinnamon, and raisins if you like them.
Try an overripe peach plus nutmeg and vanilla; or dried tart cherries plus vanilla; almond blueberry (those are just a few flavor combos suggestions to get you started).
Personally I will try a little less water next time, 1 3/4 Cups, but for posting here most people would like the consistency EXACTLY the way it turned out, medium of the road. I like to see more whole flakes in mine, but was not disappointed, it was VERY good. I also did not have the uncomfortable feeling of heaviness afterwards, even though it made alot and I ate it all.
Sunday is worship day, renew my spirit day, & administration day for me. I alternate periods of sitting for administration, with walks. Very relaxing and joyful and productive all at the same time. After church, I turned on www.pandora.com, then slid a roast in the oven that I had prepped the night before,
put my timer around my neck, and went for a walk while it was in the oven. Lunch was roast, salad I made ahead with homemade vinegar and olive oil Italian dressing, and cooked mixed veggies.
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God all my life long. Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help. When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that very day their plans perish. Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin. The Lord will reign forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the Lord! Psalm 146
Today I will restock vitamin/supplement containers for 7 days' worth, clip coupons, do my weekly overview plan in Franklin Covey planner, read, catch up on SP, plan a menu, and do some more walking and enjoying creation. Which looks like is going to be done in the rain.
I'm going to learn how to make my pedometer function and set the stride, so I can start The Step Diet program. Other than that one thing I've been procrastinating and dreading, "Overcoming the Pedometer", I decided I already had too much on board with job hunting and new exercise commitment to add any other goals to the Franklin Covey Planner this week. Overcoming being pedometer-challenged is a small thing that will make a big difference; and that's enough for this week.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God — what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2
Saturday, June 05, 2010
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
Today is the 157th day of the year; there are 208 days left in 2010.
I'm going to make a new channel or station at www.pandora.com (thank you HUGGERS1 for pandora!) that is just exercise songs, like Lincoln Brewster's Everlasting God. Do you have any Christian song titles you can share with me suitable for working out? If you know of any online resources such as an online list of Christian work out songs, please share that too.
On a positive note I started buying organic produce.
I am still amazed at this change in myself. I hope to find local growers soon, but, I need to know whether or not they're organic, as well. I wish I could buy local organic instead of grocery store organic . . . I will be on the lookout for that.
It has not been a good week for me. In my first week of committed exercise, I had the deepest depression I've had for quite awhile. I guess the forces of evil are fighting back against me improving my life, since it's not nutritional, not exercise, not sunlight, etc. (We wrestle not against flesh and blood . . . )
I'm also resetting my weight tracker higher, adding insult to injury. I weighed and it was high. Then after moving the scale to the precise location between the tile markings, and re-weighing - it was even higher. I knew THAT couldn't be right!, so then I changed the battery in my scale. Now I've accepted it and am moving on. I know it's not going to stay that way; this is just another unwelcome surprise and a temporary bump in the road, the evil one trying to see just how down he can get me.
He knows if we don't quit, we will win; so he tries to get us to quit. Nope. That's NOT happening. I can not be defeated, and I WILL NOT quit. Wow my new commitment has been so tested this week. I could not have done it if I didn't have a firm commitment.
Then in addition I had an ant invasion in my apt this week. This is a very nice and very clean apt, roach free; also good atmosphere, a very airy, good feeling when you walk in. So nice as I've lived in some very old apts that I couldn't say the same about. Then overnight, a million tiny teeny ants from nowhere. This is the first summer I've been here, so I didn't know the place had ants. And I didn't know God made ants that small. As problems in life go, ants may be trivial, but the unexpectedness of it coupled with the fact I am NOT used to ants and have NEVER lived with ants before, was very unsettling. I am not at ALL happy to be living with an infestation of ANYTHING; I grew up in the North and we do NOT have bugs in our houses, and it not accepted as ok and the norm as it is in other parts of the country, and it is NOT okay to look down and see the countertop moving! I thought about what a sissy, pampered, petty person I'm being, and what other people in other countries live with; but that didn't help any, not at all. I fought to not go deeper into depression; and put chalk and 9 volt batteries on my list.
I can't find my dumbbells. They were very small weights, 2lb, 3lb, 5lb. I bought them originally at a thrift store. 2lbs is more than enough for me right now. I can't remember if they didn't make the last move or if they're here and I just can't find them. More incentive to keep decluttering, right?
On a positive note, I improvised and am using canned goods, and empty 20oz bottles I filled with water, which I was very proud of myself for thinking up. When I graduate to heavier weights I can also use a 1qt milk container filled with water. Although I don't care for milk; but a plastic jug like that, the tall skinny ones (small size). I don't have any sand/dirt/rocks/gravel and am not going to buy any while unemployed. Other than canned goods, water bottles, and sand/dirt/rocks/gravel, what else can I improvise for dumbbells?
In case you missed it, here's an announcement from SparkPeople about some new teams, very good; I was tempted but have more than enough on my plate right now.
That's about it for me. Hope everyone has a good weekend, worship at the place of your choice, and keep making wise, life-filled life-giving choices; Choose Life.
I will lift up mine eyes unto the mountains: From whence shall my help come? My help cometh from Jehovah, Who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2
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