Thursday, November 03, 2011
If someone from the outside were to take a first glance at me. I'm sure they'd be thinking "look at that fat woman" "I bet she doesn't take care of herself". Truth is, I don't in everything in my life, but I'm learning to.
I take care of my personal hygiene. Bathe everyday. I get as much sleep as my body allows 5 - 7 hrs normally. I work full time and do things that I enjoy every day (writing and singing). And no matter what I laugh daily. It's what has kept me so positive about life.
I have always been heavy. That's a fact. Well maybe not when I was a baby, but I remember being the 'heavy' girl in my classrooms. I started my journey back to a healthy life style on Sept 21, 2010. The day I was watching the biggest loser with tears streaming down my face, because that was me! Those folks are in my body. They are in my soul, my heart, and mind. I guess that was my wake up call. Health wise, I am in fairly great shape. No BP problems, no diabetes, only major surgery was having cancer and having that removed when I was 29 and having a knee replacement almost 3 years ago. So to be this heavy (Over 300) I am very thankful to the Lord for keeping those other things at bay, but who knows for how long, so better I take control of the situation now.
There is more to health then having a fever just as the title states.
I'm moving my health in a better direction. How are you going to continue to be healthy?
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Article by Jenna Briand, Editor-in-Chief, TakePart | Tammy Savage, Executive Producer, MSN
Seventeen seconds. It's two breaths. It's barely enough time for the first verse of your favorite song to kick in. Still, every 17 seconds in the United States, someone is diagnosed with diabetes.
Every 17 seconds someone learns they have a disease that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says is the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower limb amputation and blindness in adults.
Every 17 seconds, someone learns they have a condition that is a major cause of heart disease and stroke.
And every 17 seconds someone learns they are now fighting the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.
In fact, the CDC says that the number of diabetic adults age 18 years and older in the U.S. has more than tripled between 1980 and 2008. Today, diabetes affects 25.8 million people in this country ó and 7 million of them don't even know it.
The epidemic threatens to transform our communities and rob our children, friends and families of their good health ó and their lives.
That's why we're launching a collaborative effort that brings together leading diabetes and health experts, celebrities and organizations like the American Diabetes Association's Stop Diabetes campaign. We hope to prompt you, our readers, to take action. We want you to share this information and mobilize your loved ones to learn more about diabetes. Our feature stories, photo galleries and tips will make it easier to take meaningful action in your life and through your social networks.
Check back every week as we keep you up to date on preventing and living with diabetes.
Because in the time it's taken you to read this, another three people have been diagnosed with diabetes. And as far as we're concerned, that's three too many.
Have a great informative day ~ Donna
Monday, October 31, 2011
I did not write this blog, (but did insert the pictures) but it is so worth sharing. Credits given at the bottom of the page.
A few years ago, I was playing golf in Phoenix, Arizona. As I stood, ready to tee off at the first hole, a little prairie dog stuck his head up from a nearby hole, looked at me, and began to chatter madly. I was amused by this little creature and how seemingly unafraid he was of me.
As I stood taking a couple of warm up swings with my golf club, he continued his chattering. At that point I began to wonder what he was communicating to me. Was he criticizing my stance or swing? Was he telling me to leave his domain? Or was he doing what came naturally to him; making noises.
I realized that the little prairie dog is a lot like my chattering mind. There are times when my mind seems to go off in many directions, thinking about many things and worrying about others. Sometimes it is like that little animal that seemed insistent upon chattering mindlessly.
I recently played golf again and as I teed off at each hole, I would mentally talk myself through the proper stance and swing. As I withdrew my attention from everything around me and focused only on my mental routine, I found that my golf shots were longer, straighter, and higher than they had ever been. I can contribute part of this improvement to a new golf club, but only a small part of the enhancement. The greater improvement came from focusing and limiting my self-talk to instructions about what I wanted, and not what I didn't want. I was effectively in "the zone."
Being in "the zone" is a term that is used in sports to identify the experience described above. As I thought about this, it occurred to me that I am in the zone during other activities, such as writing. It is here that I must tune out all distractions quieting my chattering prairie dog, which is not as cute or entertaining as the real one. I realize that I can consciously choose to be in the zone during the times that I feel so mentally scattered and disorganized.
When I play golf, I make the decision to focus because I want good results from my efforts. I can choose to tune out the noisy chatter of inner and outer voices, and go to a place where I can program for a successful outcome.
There is an adage that I recall often, "where the focus goes, the energy flows." It seems to me that a lot of that powerful mental energy is lost when my focus is scattered. Each and every moment it is my choice which master I will serve; that of focus and control, or the one that is scattered to the winds. I think that I will focus on the first master. I get more distance and accuracy with it.
Affirmation for the Week:
"I am focused and in control of my inner chattering prairie dog."
Have a focused week!
Mary Rau-Foster, E-mail Mary
I echo Mary's sentiments. Have a great week everyone ~ Donna
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