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Lazy day

Friday, November 06, 2009

Well, I am finally getting adjusted to Daylight Savings Time. Both my husband & I actually slept until 5:00 am this morning, which is our usual time to wake up. Hooray!!

My day will be rather lazy today because I am getting a cold and just don't feel like doing too much. It pays to listen to my body. I know when I need to coddle myself and when I am just looking for an excuse not to do anything.

I will probably find myself eating too much, though. When my resistance is down, that's what happens. It's okay, though, because I will be extra aware of what I eat for the rest of the week!

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PJSTIME 11/6/2009 10:37AM

    Have some chicken soup and maybe do some reading as you try to fend off this cold.

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Thursday, November 05, 2009

Have you ever thought about how many things can affect the number you see on the scale? Things like: the clothing you are wearing (which can add up to 6 lbs.), a sweat-inducing workout (which can subtract up to 5 lbs.), the amount & time you drink water (which can add more than 2 lbs.), having a "light" lunch (which can add up to 3 lbs.), being sick (which can subtract up to 5 lbs.), constipation (which can add between 2 & 6 lbs.), or drinking coffee (which can subtract up to 2 lbs.).

All this leads me to realize that the number on the scale is just exactly that - a number.

Instead of worrying about how much I weigh, I am beginning to realize that it's more important to be concerned about how I feel. For example, when I go up and down the stairs with all my groceries - am I winded? Or can I breath easily? Do I find myself walking faster with no difficulty when I do my exercise walks? Am I feeling more alert in general? Do I sleep better at night? Do I get up in the morning feeling refreshed and ready to face another day? Do my clothes fit better?

Those are the things that really matter in the long run. emoticon emoticon

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BUCKLEN81 11/5/2009 7:43AM

    I think I too may jump on the band wagon of not worrying so much about what the scale says. I have been having a really good week and I keep telling myself I'm not going to get on the scale till my weigh in day but I always do and then I'm disappointed because I don't like what it is saying. I'm soon ready to do my first measurements after my initial ones so maybe that will look better! I definitely feel better about myself and I'm glad I joined spark people! emoticon

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TOBEANNOUNCED 11/5/2009 7:37AM

    I am considering banning the scale altogether. It's killed my emotional joy too many times. The number on the scale should not dictate my mood for the day.

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LIFENPROGRESS 11/5/2009 7:33AM

    The NSVs (Non-Scale Victories) are fantastic, aren't they?

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MSFROGGIE 11/5/2009 7:32AM

    You are so correct! Too many times we worry what the scales say. How are your clothes fitting? Are you less winded now!

Good attitude!!

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    Good reminder!!

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Daylight Savings Time

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Today, I woke up at 4:00 am again. I just cannot get used to Daylight Savings Time. I hate changing the clocks - it just seems like such a stupid thing to adjust the time. I know this is supposed to be better for kids coming home from school, but with all the changes in times that kids come home now...why do we still have to go through this time change thing?

I wonder if the time changing affects my eating habits, too. It seems like since we "fell back", I have been struggling more to watch what I eat.

My husband says the time change is really to benefit the stores - more shopping time or something like that. That does sound plausible. Who knows?

I just wish we didn't have to do it at all!!

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TRABOLD8567 11/4/2009 12:26PM

  There is a positive side if we can accomplish some of our health and fitness goals in those early am hours. Less possibility for the rest of the days events to usurp our priorities?? emoticon

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YOYO-NOMO 11/4/2009 7:24AM

    I actually prefer having the light in the morning, makes it easier to wake up. But that also leaves me feeling like the days are sooo much longer.

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10285115CS 11/4/2009 7:06AM

  i agree changing the time is crazy. it's light at 6 am and dark at 5 pm. i use more lights at night then in the morning.

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MORGNSGRL 11/4/2009 7:06AM

    I hate daylight savings time! My body clock really, really doesn't like to be messed with that way, and it always takes me weeks to adjust.

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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Want to live to be 100? A 2002 study published in the journal Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences about people living in Japan reveals important secrets about living longer.


This study reveals that Okinawan elders suffer very few sleep problems compared with Japanese living in urban areas. Okinawans tended to go to bed earlier, leading researchers to conclude that staying up late and then waking too early could be hazardous to physical and mental health.


Okinawan elders often refer to themselves as being gujah, or having a strong-willed character. “Centenarians tend to be very dominant, to want to have their way,” explains Leonard W. Poon, director of the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Georgia in Athens. Having a strong will means doing everything in your power to achieve what you want. To do that, you must hold yourself accountable for your own success and failure. In other words, whatever your goal, whether it’s to lose weight or love you job or raise productive, accomplished, sensitive children, go after that goal with the full knowledge that you (and no one else) are responsible for reaching it. Such determination will help you succeed.


Healthy centenarians the world over are usually very socially involved, say Poon. “They go to church and senior centers more often. Although they sometimes live independently, it’s within a strong community.”


Despite being gujah, older Okinawans are also highly adaptable, which gives them resilience when things don’t happen to go their way. “Challenges and setbacks can keep you cognitively aware and mentally strong.” says Poon. “They exercise your mind. But when you encounter a setback, resilience is your most important friend.” If you do suffer a defeat, focus less on what caused you to stumble and ask yourself what you can learn from the experience. Then use that knowledge to try again.


Spirituality also plays a major role in Okinawa, and may explain why centenarians are better than most at letting go of daily problems. Religion and faith in general are often what keeps many centenarians feeling balanced and protected from life’s troubles. If you don’t subscribe to a particular faith, seek out other group activities with like-minded people – a membership in a local theater club or lecture series, for instance.

I saw this article in Fitness Magazine.

I definitely agree with #1 - the need to get to sleep earlier. I tend to be in bed by 9:30 pm and up at 5:00 am. Works for me!

I love #2 about control - I do have a strong-willed character.

#3 is not something I am too good about, but I try to participate in community activities at the library.

#4 is a biggie for me - I am a total worrywart and need to learn to control that.

$5 is also one I need to work on - I do feel like SparkPeople is a step in the right direction for me.

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55WALKER 11/4/2009 6:18AM

    Love this blog!

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Thoughts while walking

Monday, November 02, 2009

I find that when I am walking for exercise, I am also exercising my brain. By that I mean, I do some real heavy duty thinking when I walk. I never use headphones because I like to hear the sounds around me, especially birds. I also find that by not using headphones, I am more likely to smile at people coming towards me.

My thoughts when I am walking can get pretty deep. Often, I think about problems that I may have and how to resolve them. By the time I am done with my 1 hour daily walk, usually I feel much more optimistic about any problems I may be having.

Other times, I think about the fun activities I have to look forward to, or a family event that may be coming up.

You'd be surprised how fast an hour can go by when you get involved in thinking.

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MYFEETHURT 11/2/2009 8:36AM

  I totally agree. I love my morning walk. It's a great...GREET THE DAY...sort of walk. I often can go over problems and thankfully work them out in my mind before I get home. Like you...I love hearing all the sounds around me. Also love at least giving a smile to all those I pass along the way. Most days I am walking our dog. You can check out a blog I wrote about Molly.."Lessons from an old dog" .She's often my morning motivator to get going. Better get going. It's that time right now. Have a sparktacular day. mary

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