Friday, November 11, 2011
My husband and I awoke this morning and, once awake, thanked each other for our hard work to the freedom of this country. My husband served in Viet Nam and I served our country by staying in the US and shipping everything from soup to helicopter blades and submarine periscopes to Viet Nam in support of our troups. They needed the supplies and it was my job, and others that worked with me, to offload trucks and load aircraft. Some of the stuff, I can't talk about, but I can say it was strange stuff. Some of it seemed so strange and other stuff scared our socks off. But we figured out how to get it on an airplane and tied it down tight, then saluted the pilot and waved them off.
Our vets go there and fight for our freedom and we take it for granted. We grow up knowing only freedom and we have no concept of living anywhere without it. We can only thank God and the Vets for that. We should do it proudly, happily, and honorably because they deserve all the honor and gratefulness they get.
VETS, PAST AND PRESENT, THANKS FOR KEEPING US FREE!
Monday, October 31, 2011
Today, I'm stopping long enough to wish all my friends a Happy Halloween! I hope all of you gets lots a Sparkling Points in you Trick-Or-Treat bags and I wish all of you Sparkling success in reaching all your dreams and goals, health, wealth, and happiness!
Sweet day, my friends!
Friday, October 14, 2011
Did you know that you can get a max of 3 points everyday for liking SparkPeople content on Facebook and/or Twitter? So how come when I click "like" many times everyday (and can find my likes on my Facebook page) I only get one point every day? What is the trick to getting the 3 points? Is anyone else having this difficulty and what are you doing about it, if anything?
Have a great one.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
I've already made the statement that "large body, small brain, extinction" doesn't really add up in my mind. I have known people that were skinny bean poles all their lives and were even well educated, but in the end they died with no minds. They didn't know their children or their spouces, so how does this add up. Dr. Amen says that as your body enlarges, due to overeating and lack of exercise, your brain gets smaller and you end up an extinct species.
He points to brain scans and shows that healthy brains are utilized well, but overweight, sedentary people have under utilized brains. Maybe it was just the people he tested, but I can't believe whole-heartedly that all people that are overweight and sedentary will have dead brains in old age. I can agree that it may add o the growing numbers of people that will get Alzheimer's (dementia) and I am happy to know that by losing weight and exercising (at lest 45 mintues four times a week, according to Dr. Amen) the risk is lowered and maybe it's a preventative to Alzheimers. That 45 minutes was "Walk like you are late for 45 minutes 4 times a week!)
I'm one that believes if you start exercising for 10 minutes a day, you will find yourself doing more than 10 minutes and it will be on a 7 day basis before you know it. I also believe strongly that the earlier you start your exercise plan in the day, the easier it is. If I wait for later, later keeps getting shoved back until the end of the day has arrived and I never did see later. I can come up with millions of excuses or reasons to wait. But if I get out of bed at 0600 (6am), get dressed and hit the street, I'm out there doing a 26 minute mile. Wow! Who would have thought!
Here's Dr. Amen's #1 Solution:
Avoid: Brain injuries, drugs and alcohol, chronic stress, smoking, and obesity.
Brain Healthy Habits: Great nutrition, sleep, exercise, new learning, fish oil (suppliments)
Hmm! Sounds all so familiar. So I figure avoid brain injuries should be fairly simple. I've avoided most contact sports my entire life and unless I get t-boned by some nut driving into me, I should be fairly safe in that department so I'm not real concerned with that one. I don't do drugs and alcohol. My personal hatred for the pharmacutical fat cats keeps me to a very dull roar on the taking any meds that are not proven to absolutely the only alternative for my life sustainability - besides I don't have the money to feed those fat cats. I don't smoke, so another one I can not concern myself with. However, we have run into the last two, Chronic Stress and Obesity. Oops!
Those two items are going to kill me. I may be thin when I die, but the chronic stress is definately going to do me in. I started exercising after doing PT for two weeks and vowing not to get back to that spot again (I got there for two reasons - one was a sedentary life and the second was because I have a birth defect which causes a great deal of pain in the sacrum and hips. It hurt less to park my sacrum and hips than to move around. This idea causes more pain than moving so once I learned that (through PT) the vow was easy to make, the promise became easier to keep as time went on.
The stress is another subject altogether. I realize exercise helps eliminate stress, maybe to joints and muscles, but what about brains? My DH says, "don't let the problem bug you." How do you do that? If something bugs you, it bugs you! Turning away doesn't make it not bug you. At least it hasn't for me. Okay, I've learn to not dwell on something that bugs me, at least not as long as I used to, but how does one let it go completely? Until I find out that answer I am going to die of Chronic Stress!
I refuse to kill myself. It isn't an option. I've learned a lot of things at SP and I'm learning things every day, so I hope that I find something on how to rid myself of stress. How did I get here is probably the first step. Once I figure out why things bug me, it will be easier to find a way to circumvent the problem and change the habit from having things that bug me to not being bugged by things and then a lot less stress.
Monday, October 10, 2011
A while back, I joined a new team, well it isn't new any more, but it is fairly small and a happy group. We are the goofiest group of Sparkies. It seemed to start when I got really nutsie on the daily huddle and said something about making coffee and help yourself. The team leader came in after and said the coffee was good, and then other members started referring to the clubhouse coffee.
I have a vivid imagination - it's almost required when you're an author - and I started making huddles based on what was going in the garden that I was building right outside the door to our fantasy clubhouse, then we needed to paint the inside and put up curtains. A kitchen took shape in the corner and one particular Sparkie that beats everyone else to the clubhouseon a consistant basis is teased (by me) about living in the clubhouse or fixing her computer to send messages while she is sleeping.
Once when I asked what they all wanted for our fantasy clubhouse, I got a swimming pool (inside lap pool), mountains and rivers for hiking, and an orchard. So I planted an orchard with apples and oranges, some rows of corn, wheat, flax, pineapples, tomatoes, carrots, cabbage, lettuce, radishes, a few rows of grapes, and plenty of herbs in the kitchen garden. In our garden, it's never too cold or hot, never to wet or dry. It is a fantasy afterall.
Now I'm adding onto the clubhouse so we could plant the inside lap pool and do our exercises while planning meals or reading the news, or even Sparking. After that, we'll make trails for hiking and rivers for whatever. And bring in a herd of cows for milk and more cows, steers for eating, pigs, ducks, frogs, fish, and a few bees to polinate the place over a few times.
Then my life got real busy and I missed a couple of days and remembered that I had never carried the fantasy farther. So now, I'm into cooking, like some TV Chef. I'm making all kinds of things with stuff from the fantasy garden. The huddles will be filled with dinner menus and building projects.
But I love our fantasy clubhouse because there I can be with my friends that are the most encouraging bunch of fruitcakes - er...correction - Sparkies that ever ventured into a clubhouse without knowing anyone there in the first place.
What is this place, you may ask. It's a fun place to visit or stay. It's called QOTD. What's that stand for? Question Of The Day. Our fearless leader swoops into the clubhouse on a daily basis with her mug and, like me, grabs a cupa coffee and whatever else is coming off the stove, like flax cakes, or flax muffins out of the oven, or yogurt and toast then she sits down and asks a question and we all jump in with an answer. We're actually learning things about each other.
We'll make our own food, including milling the flour, etc. We'll milk cows, make our own cheese - look, when it's fantasy, you get to do it all and have oranges and apples growing side by side.
What isn't fantasy, is the friends and the honest-to-goodness encouragement that everyone has for everyone else.
What else could you ask for? Mmmm! Morning coffee and toast with my best friends.
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