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The secret word is consistency!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

It is almost Christmas and I have so much to be grateful for. I take my good health for granted and do not make enough effort to get back into shape. Alright, so I am 71 and in bad shape. Do I want to stay in this miserable condition or do I want to do something about it? Doing something to correct the problem takes effort and you can't be good one day and then take a trip to lala land for a week and expect to have lost weight and have a stunning figure. At 71, my exoectations have been lowered as I have gotten more realistic, but that gives me no excuse to abuse my body I was given at birth, in perfect shape and balance of course. I actually know what I want, I feel better when I am doing the right thing, I even sleep better, so why do I keep falling into this pit and giving up? I am actually a real possitive person, but I am not living in a fantasy and the facts are plain. Do something, anything, move, dance, walk, do something for others, journal, make cards, write letters. Wow, all that sounds stuff I like to do and it all makes me feel so happy and gives me more energy. There is not one thing standing in my way of having good health along with a really fantastic life. I have the knowledge, equipment, can afford the right food, have a wonderful area to walk in. It is so simple, so where is the big problem standing in my way? AhHah, if I do all those things and eat healthy, I will expect more out of myself and have to be accountable. Am I afraid of success, that I may actually be able to do this, and then what all will I expect of myself? Do I like failure because it has no requirements, no attachments or am I just afraid of emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon the success I may have with all the expectations that would come with it. O.K., I admit it, there is the stumbling block., and all I have to do is kick it out of my way. I kicked it and it landed in the trash can, right where it belongs!!!!! Go for it Diane, you can do it, and you really want to do it right this time.!!!!!!!!

  
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Another wake up call!!!!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Don and I have such a great life and we are grateful for all we have. But we both take our health for granted and at our ages, that is not a wise thing to do. Don just had a stint in the hospital and has CAD and had a rough time especially with the meds. He had to go into the hospital a second time to regulate and change his meds. He is home now and feeling good for the first time in awhile and it is wonderful to have him home. He now knows what he has to do to keep healthy. I also know what to do, have just been neglecting this part of my life. I can't do that at 71, so I am back on spark people and believe in it whole heartedly, I owe it to myself to take care of myself and this is a wonderful tool to do just that.
I know if I log onto SP every day, it raises my chances for success, so that is my number one goal at this time. I am going to start out slow and hopefully do good. I have lots of things on my bucket list and I am the only one in charge of that task. emoticon m emoticon m

  
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KOFFEENUT 11/17/2013 12:53PM

    I'm glad Don is out of the hospital and doing better! Good for you for stepping back and taking stock of what you CAN do to take better care of yourselves. You're right - we're the only ones in charge of our bucket lists, and you want to make sure you're as healthy as possible to fit in everything you want to do!

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THINFITFEMINIST 11/16/2013 7:38PM

    Welcome back and I'm so glad that you and dh had that wake up call.

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JOANBRESLIN 11/16/2013 5:54PM

  Thanks for reminding me that r health is extremely important n never should be taken for granted. Another reason to treat our body like it is a temple

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KNEWMETODAY 11/16/2013 5:49PM

    Good health is never a "given." Taking care can help prevent complications down the road. I'm 68 and a month ago got a knee replacement. I've bounced back and am doing great; that doesn't always happen though.

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It is never too late!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

emoticon At the golden age of 71, I strongly feel the need to get myself in order. I feel fortunate to be here at this age, Mom died at 60 y.o., Dad at 60 y.o. and Mom's Mom in her 30's, so I am way ahead of the game. But unfortunately I have taken it all for granted, and I need to change my ways. I have all the tools I need to get myself in better mental and physical shape, I have spark people, I have the 2 books written so far and I have a laptop and Ipad. I don't take my laptop when I travel unless we are going for a long time, but I do take the Ipad. I have Nicoles's exercises and the chair exercise team exercises, I can do anywhere. There is no excuse for my laziness, I have the time, I don't use that time wisely, but I am going to do something about that.
We moved to Arizona 3 years ago and it became my quest to meet people I had something in common with. I found card friends, still finding them, found knitting buddies and a friend who is encouraging me to quilt, I have always wanted to learn for some reason. So I got these wonderful friends, these wonderful hobbies and it all got out of control. I began doing what others wanted me to do and forgot about what I wanted, a bad thing to do, especially at 71. My date book got filled up, I was never home, the house got to be a mess, I had a hard time finding time to fix a good dinner each night, but I was getting my hobbies under control. The reverse is what happened, my hobbies got me under control and I feel dis organized and scattered, I hate that feeling.
It sounds so simple, I know I need to cut back, but saying no is really hard for me. I say yes before I even think if I want to do something, or if I have time to do that thing. This causes stress and what do I do when I am stressed, I eat, and get lazy and feel like I am just getting by. No more, I am taking my life into my hands and molding it the way I want it to be. This includes exercise and healthy eating habits, but also making myself a priority, so I can actually be productive and not just spin my wheels. Today is the day I change for the better!!!!

  
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JIBBIE49 7/21/2013 12:09AM

    You're right that it isn't to late. Many people live YEARS after 71. My GF lived to be 92 and was healthy up until the week he got pneumonia and died.

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KOFFEENUT 7/20/2013 11:14PM

    It's so easy to lose the balance in life, isn't it? Your blog really spoke to me. I made a goal this year to only read 52 books. I've been reading over 100 books each year, and (like you!) found my house was a mess, I didn't have time to fix a good dinner, etc. Even though I was really enjoying reading those books, I lost the balance and it started to stress me out. As you begin to change those priorities know there are lots of us right alongside you, cheering you on!

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It is never too late!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

emoticon At the golden age of 71, I strongly feel the need to get myself in order. I feel fortunate to be here at this age, Mom died at 60 y.o., Dad at 60 y.o. and Mom's Mom in her 30's, so I am way ahead of the game. But unfortunately I have taken it all for granted, and I need to change my ways. I have all the tools I need to get myself in better mental and physical shape, I have spark people, I have the 2 books written so far and I have a laptop and Ipad. I don't take my laptop when I travel unless we are going for a long time, but I do take the Ipad. I have Nicoles's exercises and the chair exercise team exercises, I can do anywhere. There is no excuse for my laziness, I have the time, I don't use that time wisely, but I am going to do something about that.
We moved to Arizona 3 years ago and it became my quest to meet people I had something in common with. I found card friends, still finding them, found knitting buddies and a friend who is encouraging me to quilt, I have always wanted to learn for some reason. So I got these wonderful friends, these wonderful hobbies and it all got out of control. I began doing what others wanted me to do and forgot about what I wanted, a bad thing to do, especially at 71. My date book got filled up, I was never home, the house got to be a mess, I had a hard time finding time to fix a good dinner each night, but I was getting my hobbies under control. The reverse is what happened, my hobbies got me under control and I feel dis organized and scattered, I hate that feeling.
It sounds so simple, I know I need to cut back, but saying no is really hard for me. I say yes before I even think if I want to do something, or if I have time to do that thing. This causes stress and what do I do when I am stressed, I eat, and get lazy and feel like I am just getting by. No more, I am taking my life into my hands and molding it the way I want it to be. This includes exercise and healthy eating habits, but also making myself a priority, so I can actually be productive and not just spin my wheels. Today is the day I change for the better!!!!

  


There is a sensible way to approach health!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

I tend to be an all or nothing person and when I start something I jump in with both feet. I have found this works for the short duration I can maintain it until burnout occurs. So, I am committing on Jan 1, 2013 to approach this thing in a logical way, not a frantic pace that does not last. Reading SP blogs and articles are so good for my motivation, if I check in with SP every day, I do better. Chris believes in streaks, and I have read it works well by several people who have done well, so I will see how long I can have a healthy streak, good competition against myself. I also find writing in my journal whether it be by hand or on the computer really puts me in touch with where I really am, not where I want to be. It is lkie a reality check for me, so this is my second goal. I need to consistently work on these goals and I feel the rest will fall in place. At a frantic pace, there can't be consistency, you get too tired to continue. The slow and steady way is my new motto. SP is the best thing I have ran across, and it is free. My body is a gift and I need to respect it. This is my year, 2013 here I come with determination and a good attitude.

  
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DIANN111 1/5/2013 11:27AM

    I totally agree with you on the all or nothing vs slow and steady! I am trying to make SP a daily habit. Reading and refocusing each day seems to be helping me so far. I truly think you are on the right path!
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ANNEBURNELL 1/2/2013 9:36AM

    Good luck, Dinie!

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DIBANANA 1/1/2013 3:10PM

  You are so right. I also find re-reading my old blogs helps me know where I am compared to where I was. Keep Sparking

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