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5 Miles in One Day!

Saturday, July 08, 2006

I put in another 2.5 miles before a late dinner. The neighboorhood has never looked better. All the lawns were cut, the annuals were in full bloom and the perennials (snap dragons, day lillies, hostas, flowering ground cover, even daisies!) were all in color. The temp was 75 with the slightest of breezes carrying all the rich fragrances in the air. WOW! Lots of walkers - all very friendly. I love where I live.

Well, 5 miles in one day is the most I have ever done. Not bad for getting a new hip only 6.5 months ago. And about two months ago I had to stop walking altogether - due to too much pain in my leg and had to start all over... going a block at a time. Tonight I felt like I could keep going for miles and miles, even on my second walk... and even after diner my leg was still strong with no pain at all. I am sooooo happy I could scream!


What is a miracle?

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

The only way to live is to accept each minute as an unrepeatable miracle,

which is exactly what it is - a miracle and unrepeatable."


Top 10 Strategies

Monday, June 19, 2006

1. Start Small
Quite possibly the biggest mistake dieters make is pushing the accelerator too soon. You canít lose 20 pounds in a week. But you can lose 2. Taking small bites and chewing slowly have as much to do with goal achievement as they do with your momís dinner table scolding.

2. Get It On Paper
Whether setting your first goals, tracking daily progress, or sharing your deepest thoughts with a journal, writing things down crystallizes your ideas, exposes underlying fears, and paints an accurate picture of real life.

3. Focus On Everyday Habits
The building blocks of a healthy lifestyle are forged in the smallest of actions you take every day and every week. Healthy choices can become as natural as brushing your teeth or locking the front door. Build one habit, one action at a time.

4. Always See Your Goal
Goals need attention. They need to be seen and heard and thought of often if they ever hope to come true. So surround yourself with as many reminders as possible.

5. Be Consistent
Imagine a plane taking off. In the beginning, a lot of energy is spent to simply get moving down the runway. But as speed and momentum take over, the plane is pulled forward and up into the sky, faster and further by the second. Consistent action, no matter how small, has more power than you ever imagined.

6. Never Stop Learning
A healthy lifestyle is a processóa journey more than a destination. You can always learn more about nutrition, fitness, and even yourself that can help you be just a little bit better tomorrow.

7. Come Out of Seclusion
Has anyone ever achieved anything of real value all alone? Probably not many. Most receive some form of help from other people. Support, information, a sense of shared experience, encouragement, advice, and a well-timed pep talk are all invaluable as you set off on your adventure.

8. Allow For Setbacks
Accept the fact right now that you will make mistakes, and that it can be a positive thing. We are usually harder on ourselves that we are on anyone else we know. Be your own #1 fan. That means being supportive (instead of critical) when you stumble, and enjoying your wins (rather than ignoring your accomplishments) when you succeed.

9. Trust Your Plan
Youíll have up weeks and down weeks, and frustrating weeks that make no sense at all. The tools and strategies youíre learning will help you build a plan that makes weight loss almost inevitable. If you consistently make the right choices and build healthy habits, weight loss is literally just a matter of time.

10. Have Fun!!!
Who says dieting has to be a chore, a burden to be endured or suffered through? Probably a very unhappy person, thatís who. This is an exciting adventure of self-discovery and building a meaningful life. Enjoy the ride!


Buying and caring for a camera

Thursday, June 15, 2006

We all know that the photographer makes the shot, not the camera, but it does not hurt to have a nice, easy to use, high quality camera to assist you in your shooting.

Here are some basic tips that I am sure many of you already practice when looking for and caring for your camera:

1. Buy the best. Shop till you drop to find the best deal, but do not settle for second best. A great camera will last you a very long time - thousands and thousands of shots - and you want the shots to be "the best".
2. Buy durability - your equipment is going to take a few knocks from time to time - make sure it can take a licking and still keep ticking!
3. Buy equipment with the longest battery life - that means either a big, strong battery, or very little operational power consumption (using the big digital viewer on the back of the camera really eats up power!) If you can shoot thru the eyepiece, it saves on the battery. That being said, always have a back-up battery(ies) with you!
4.Buy memory. Your camera will come with a typical memory card. What ever it is, it is not enough memory! Buy a 1 gig memory card - yep, they cost a lot, but you do not want to run out of memory when that critical shot comes up. And the card will last forever!
5. Buy speed and flexibility - in your lens. Buy a fast telephoto lens to attach to your body - or buy a camera with a built in fast, telephoto lens. The lower the aperature, the faster the lens. This will help you in hand held, low light conditions and give you more depth of field in your shots. I would suggest you cover 28mm to 200mm if possible. That may be hard to find in one lens.
6.Take care of your equipment. Your lens is the most important part of your camera - and the part that is most exposed to danger. Keep your lens cover on AT ALL TIMES when not shooting! If possible, install a lense protector element over the lense - like a daylight filter. If you need to touch the surface of the lens, do so with a lens cloth, with only the moisture from your breath as an aid. If a lens is scratched, you might as well throw it away.



Monday, June 12, 2006

Attitude is the foundation of determination and committment. Attitude provides the strenght for us to get up after a fall. Attitude sets our perspective towards positive results. "So you think, so you are"

I have completed my 14 day wine fast and now have a new attitude about wine consumption. I intend to have no more than 5 glasses a week and no more then 3 at any one time/event/evening.

I am back to dropping weight and only 1.5 lbs away from my oringinal weight goal of 220 that I set back in January, 2006.

I have a great attitude and fee positive about my healthy life style journey. I know I have much further to go and am willing to adjust my nutrition choices to accomplish a permanent, positive result.


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