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Shared Joy is a Double Joy; Shared Sorrow is Half Sorrow

Monday, June 22, 2009

This Swedish proverb reminds me that we shouldn't bottle up our happiness or our disappointments.

Wouldn't it be nice if our friends phoned us to share their good news and we were there to give them an "Way to go!" or a "Well done."?
We may initially react by feeling envious, but a true friend should be able to be a cheerleader and feel genuine joy for the other person. Can you make their news into "double joy"?

It can be an honour that a buddy reaches out to share their sorrow with you. (We don't want to hear from them ONLY when their life turns upside down... that would be drag.) But if we receive a call from a sorrowful friend, try very hard to listen. A sympathetic ear can be more help than words of advice!
If your friend asks for advice, your perspective can be a big help, so be thoughtful and kind.

Are you ready to share the joy or half the sorrow?

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    I'm ready to do both!

Thanks for the good reminder!

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CANNOTFATHOM 6/22/2009 4:32PM

    Very thought provoking!


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Friday Wasn't EXACTLY a Failure

Saturday, June 20, 2009

I am spending more hours a week back at a desk instead of being out and looking for a more physical job. (Let's call it volunteering at my partner's office.)

We got home and I was right on my calorie goal at the end of suppertime. (So there was a time when I was on target...)

It would have been a very different evening to go out for a walk because the wind outside was blowing the tree branches rather wildly. The aroma of the ocean was evident too.
There was even the neighbour's dog hanging about the door for either a snack or a walk...

... and I had a movie that I had rented 'burning a hole' in my motivation balloon and I chose to stay indoors and, well, you know how this story is going to end.

I made up some popcorn and watched the entire 108 minutes of Shirley Valentine (1989).

This is after I added up my Sparks Points and saw the box that should have been checked for 10 minutes of daily cardio (minimum) and not going to our ballroom dance remedial class.
I figure Friday night could have been a an easy hour and a half low impact workout with music and learning where my left and right feet are! (Nope, I let him nap for way too long and we missed the dance class completely.)

I did manage to do my strength exercises in front of the TV but I score ZERO for the 'get up an boogie' points.

Today's weigh in shows I'm down .6 of a pound in a week and my blood pressure is a completly human 124/81 this morning. I'm usually in the 140/90 area which is Level 1 hypertensive.

I missed 2 good opportunities because of a movie that I could see anytime in the next week.
And I really didn't 'need' the homemade popcorn.
I added salt too.

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You can't skip the salt all the time. I have blood pressure issues too (though mine are hereditary ones, apparently, since I'm in my 30s) but I still have to watch the salt, too. I know there are times you just can't resist. it's a nice treat once in awhile, so don't feel badly about it!

That's a good blood pressure score, after all--focus on that! :0)

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LITTLE_QUEEN 6/20/2009 11:51AM

    Well we all do that sometimes, we are only human, You know what you need to do, and you'll get back on track.

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Monday-- Missed My Mugs O' Water!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

I've heard it said that it takes about 40 days of repetitive action to train the body into a new habit. I thought that I had made great inroads with the goal of drinking 8 eight oz. cups of water since I began the Spark People website. (Great inroads!)

And yesterday was my first dry, arid, unfocused day without the water. It happened all too quickly... It was like freefalling slowly and then faster and faster until it was too late.

I spent the previous evening at a downtown hotel without my water bottle. At the breakfast nook, I opted for orange juice and ignored the jug of ice water. (My bad!)
The package of oatmeal had some hot water in it... but I didn't even count that.

Next, at the office, I drank a coffee instead of the H2O. WHY?

On the road doing service calls I was out of my element yet again and lunch didn't happen until 3pm at a coffee shop. More caffeine and zero water. (sigh)

Off to the race car track to set up for go karts... was there water in sight??? Did we stop for some dinner? (Big fat nope.)

I was able to sip from a drinking fountain at the local Costco, but I was turned off because some slob had spit their blue chewing gum out in the drain. (GROSS!) At Costco, we purchased a bottle of water from a vending machine.

During the Go Kart event, I sipped away until it was gone. (10 oz. maybe?) And then it was off to dancing lessons.

I refilled the water bottle before the class started but by that time, my brain was not sharp and I don't think I learned anything about new steps or twirls.

Back at home, I had a mint tea and called it a night.
But as exhausted as I was, my sore feet and cramped legs did not allow me to fall into a peaceful sleep. (Did I associate that with lack of water at that time of night? DUH!)

The quality of my life without water is so poor, that I will renew my determination and treat myself to health and hydration each and every day!

Working on a new healthy habit,

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CANNOTFATHOM 6/16/2009 7:24PM

    Hydration is really good for us :) It shows that you missed it :)


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LITTLE_QUEEN 6/16/2009 2:55PM

    You can do this! At one time I NEVER drank water, now I not only drink it quite a bit I actually prefer it! You'll get there!


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Refocusing My Efforts

Saturday, June 13, 2009

I have enjoyed hobbies such as sewing on a machine, sitting at a computer, sitting with an embroidery needle, sitting and reading and watching HGTV. That's a lot of sitting activities.

As I figure out a new career direction, I am analysing opportunities to be active and be paid for my efforts and energy. Being a receptionist is sedate but there are new things for me to explore.

I am happy with my dance lessons that get me off the couch and interacting with other people. I like that I am learning- - some muscle memory cobwebs are being swept away.

When it comes to 'doing excercise' I am refocusing my efforts into doing repetitions of little bursts instead of trying to put aside a large period of time to do one planned activity. I compare it to nibbling calories that add up to pounds of weight-- many little actions add up to calorie loss or strength building in this same way.

My attitude is better and I have some 'stick-with-itness' at last. This week I have firmly said "No" to snacks offered me and I have dug my heels in to being active on the ballroom dance floor. It has been a fairly good week for this Spark Person!

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  Glad you are having a good week! :D

I love your exercise nibbling idea!

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Always A Tea Granny

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Today I was in a downtown shop that sold tea mixtures, teapots, cups & saucers, decorator trays and infusers. It was a delight to the senses! What is it about tea that stirs my imagination? I'm going to guess that I have shared many happy cups of tea with my grandmother at her cottage, wonderful pots of tea at our family vacation spot (the water was purer) and I've been spoiled with afternoon High Tea- all these events were positive, calming, delicious and made me feel like I was part of a special ceremony. Treasured memories!

I'm aware that we often feed and over-feed the people around us that we love the most. Don't we do that to ourselves when we are blue? I'm developing a thought that sharing a tea party is just as loving and it may be more healthy.

If we can enjoy a "cuppa" and not focus on the treats (cake, biscuits, scones, pastries etc.), we may love ourselves by slowing down, enjoying the taste of fresh tea, rehydrating our body, warming up on a cool evening, and seek out others who value the sharing of a tea party. Why else is tea enjoyed in so many countries around the world throughout history?

There are herbal teas, fruit flavoured, black, green, oolong and ground leaves, as found in maccha. There is a variety for all.

Isn't a Tea Party just the grown up version of the kiddies' favourite: milk and cookies?

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LITTLE_QUEEN 6/10/2009 7:45PM

    Oh I love this blog! How true, It sounds like it would be so enjoying, and a fun time too.

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