Monday, June 03, 2013
A young lady confidently walked around the room with a raised glass of water while leading a seminar and explaining stress management to her audience. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, 'Half empty or half full?' She fooled them all. "How heavy is this glass of water?" she inquired with a smile.Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. To 20 oz.
She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm.
If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance. In each case it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."
She continued, "and that's the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on."
"As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden - holding stress longer and better each time practiced.
So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don't carry them through the evening and into the night. Pick them up again tomorrow if you must.
1 * Accept the fact that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue!
2 * Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
3 * Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
4 * Drive carefully... It's not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.
5 * If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
6 * If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
7 * It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
8 * Never buy a car you can't push.
9 * Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.
10 * Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
11 * Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
12 * The second mouse gets the cheese.
13 * When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
14 * Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
16 * Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.
17 * We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.
18 * A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
19 * Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today.
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY
20 *Save the earth..... It's the only planet with chocolate!*
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
I never really did like winter. Sure it is nice to get a break from all the watering, weeding, raking, weeding, and watering (didn't get much rain last year, so I did a LOT of watering, which resulted in lots of weeding too!).
But I don't like the cold, the shorter daylight hours, and the lack of color. I really think I must be solar powered, as I have little energy and motivation come January and February.
But Spring is finally coming back. I've been ordering seeds and anticipating digging in the garden. I can see it in the flowers bulbs that are starting to emerge from the soil
the buds on the trees swelling, and the tons of robins in the yard, accompanied by the tons of starlings as well that I could do without as they tend to be pigs at the bird feeders. I've also heard the red-winged blackbirds, though I haven't spotted one yet!
The bunnies which have been scarce this winter are starting to come out.
And there are the animals waking up from their long winter sleep - the chipmunks and of course the skunks! Yeah, I kind of forgot about them.
Didn't realize that it was time for them to wake up until last Friday. Let dear doggie out for one last time before bed. Safe to let her out in the backyard at night because of course the skunks are still asleep - but they weren't. Molly is more than happy to chase a raccoon up a tree - she ignores all the other animals in the yard - bunnies, squirrels, chipmunks, birds, but for some reason has a real dislike for raccoons. She's never shown any interest in skunks though...... until Friday. One was out by the neighbor's shed. Usually they will duck back under the shed if they see movement. But Friday night had to be different! Molly spotted the skunk and was after it like a shot. And the skunk decided to run around the shed instead of under it. Easy enough to guess what happened next!
So this year, instead of blossoming trees, SKUNK became the first scent of spring! Fortunately most of the spray missed Molly, or she would have spent the night in the garage to contemplate the error of her ways, followed by a few baths which she also hates.
But the days are getting longer, the snow is almost melted away, and even though the first day of Spring is tomorrow and it's supposed to only reach 25F - 7 degrees BELOW freezing - it won't be long until the grass is green once again, the trees are filled with fragrant blossoms, the butterflies and hummingbirds are flying about the backyard, and we can once again go for long walks outside. You can bet though that I will check twice from now on to make sure the coast is clear of skunks!
Saturday, February 02, 2013
I would like to lose this weight quickly ( as in by yesterday?), but I know that won't happen at this stage. So I am making gradual changes slowly to develop healthy habits which hopefully will stick.
I'm starting my 2nd year here on Spark People. For February my goals will be to exercise daily - 10 minutes minimum. I usually exercise more than that at a time, but haven't made exercise a DAILY habit, so that is this month's goal. I've also added strength training 1X a week. Again, more is better, but that is the minimum. To accomplish this, I'm planning on trying the exercise DVDs I have, plus doing some of the ones on SP (now that I have my new computer speakers so I can once again hear the instructions). Long walks are out due to the weather and icy sidewalks, but short, slow, careful walks are still possible and Dear Doggie needs her exercise too.
For food, number one on my list is NO CHOCOLATE! I love it, but it doesn't agree with me, and it's time for me to accept that fact and move on. Eat a minimum of 3 fruits and/or veggies a day and healthy snacks only means I have to make sure to buy or prepare these so they are on hand.
February will be a time of stocking my pantry with healthy and nutritious ingredients and experimenting with new recipes, trying many on the SP recipes as well as tweaking my own even more.
And of course, continuing to track my food and exercise.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Don Aslett, author of several cleaning and decluttering books, said there are 3 basic areas of clutter we deal with - the clutter in, on, and around us! In refers to mental clutter - hurts, regrets, etc. On refers to the excess weight, and around - well that's all the STUFF we haven't dealt with. And he also said that often when we deal with the clutter around us, we find that we also get rid of some of the clutter in and on us as well. The clutter around us adds to our stress, which makes it harder to resist temptations, give in to mindless eating as a way of numbing the feelings we don't want to deal with, and makes it harder overall to stick with your plan.
For emotional eaters like me, that is certainly true. Clutter around me isn't to blame for the excess weight - unhealthy habits and eating for reasons other than fueling my body did all that. But it is true that the more clutter I have around me (and I have a LOT right now), the more stressful I am and the more I find myself giving in to mindless eating. And let's face it, it isn't easy to prepare healthy meals when you have so much STUFF covering the counters that you have no place to cook. Wasting lots of time searching for things you know you have but don't remember where they are just creates frustration.
So one of my goals for this year is to keep getting rid of the things I don't need ON A DAILY BASIS. The less clutter I have, the less stressful it will be, the less time I will be spending dealing with all of it, and the more time I will have to exercise and plan my meals.
Time to get back to sorting and purging my junk!
Friday, January 18, 2013
I don't blog much, because I want my blogs to be positive, not negative. No one wants to be a guest at a pity party, not even the person throwing the party! And let's face it, sometimes along this journey, you do get discouraged and can't see the sun shining through all the dark clouds.
I have been a member of spark people for 11 months this time around. I haven't made as much progress as I would have liked (far from it), but I HAVE made progress, so I am going to focus on that. My system has changed as I've gotten older. No sense complaining, it is what it is. I just have to figure out what works and what doesn't with my body as it is NOW, instead of getting aggravated because things that worked in the past for me don't seem to make a difference today.
I've decided to spend the next month trying to figure out what HAS worked, what changes I need to make, and then to implement that new plan, so that I can once again move forward towards reaching my goals. What I've realized so far is....
1) If I don't exercise, I won't lose weight, no matter how much I watch what I eat. HOW MUCH exercise I need to do is still something I haven't figured out, so I will be tracking that more carefully and keep increasing it until I find out that answer.
2) I can NOT have chocolate in the house! If it is there, I will eat it! Chocolate is a trigger food for me, always has been. Funny thing is that even though I like the way it tastes, I do NOT like how it affects me. I've always been sensitive to caffeine and don't like what happens if I get too much. And the main source of caffeine for me is chocolate - don't like coffee, drink herbal tea instead of regular, and don't like sodas. But it progressed from monthly PMS being horrible, to indigestion, to itching all over when I've had too much. When that happens, any little bit will cause those symptoms, so I have to keep away from it completely for a few weeks until it is out of my system. Now it is causing headaches every morning, and sometimes within an hour after eating it. Not sure if it is the caffeine or the chocolate itself, but for me it means it is something I need to do my best to avoid totally.
3) I need to increase my veggies and fruit, meaning I need to have them prepared and ready to eat, or else I won't eat them. Checking my food tracker, I find I rarely manage to get even 5 servings a day. That has GOT to change. No excuses. After all, I grow so many veggies in my garden that I am always giving them away to everyone, so it isn't as if I don't have them around.
4) I need to PLAN my menus. I haven't been, so when it comes time to make dinner, I haven't prepared and everything is frozen. Leads to meals that are higher in fat and lower in protein than I should be eating.
5) Back to exercise. It was fine when the weather was nice and I could go for long walks, but I still was neglecting strength training and need to add more strenuous cardio (doggy can't go as fast anymore, but I hated to leave her stuck at home, so we only went at a 3MPH pace for 3 or 4 miles. Didn't really raise my heart rate too much). Still need to do the walks, rain, snow, or shine, for doggy's sake as well, but definitely need to find SOMETHING else. I've got plenty of exercise tapes (still unopened unfortunately - but that is going to change right away), weights, and replaced my broken computer speakers so I can also do the SP workout videos online. I loved the step and kickboxing classes at the gym, so maybe part of the solution is to rejoin? I used to walk the 1.5 miles to the gym, work out, then walk back home again. And it worked before.
Anyway, I have a lot of work to do in the next month. I want to make my 2nd year on SP as productive as I can. I'm not getting any younger and don't want to waste any more time regaining my health and fitness. I don't have any grandchildren (yet), but when I do, I want to be an active grandma and have the energy to keep up with them and to play with them.
Wish me luck!
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