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Does anger or other stress motivate you to do something productive?

Monday, May 27, 2013

I have known many people whose anger motivated them to exercise, clean house, and other things that were productive, and I noticed last week when my stress levels were extremely high, that I walked further than I normally would have.

It's sort of like when I was young (in my 20s, after some bad experiences with some bullies) and someone told me I couldn't do something (especially my husband), I would dig in my heels and say in my mind, "Oh yeah? You just watch me"

There is something about being told I can't do something. You could ask me, but never tell me when I was young.

It reminds me of a poster I saw:

I don't want to be rebellious, but I do want to harness the energy from the negative emotions and stress and turn into something positive.

So...if your anger or stress motivates you to be more productive, how does it do so, or rather, what do you do with yours?

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BELLES74 5/28/2013 5:56PM

    I loved your picture so much I've now put it on my work computer lol

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KAB7801 5/27/2013 4:01PM

    Yes I do channel my anger with something productive, I'll show them I can get it done better and faster!!!
Very true emoticon

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EMMACORY 5/27/2013 12:31PM

    I think you are on to something. How do we use life situations to move us in the right direction. I guess when we can live in the present moment and "name" what is going on that we will be able to make better choices (one at a time). I will be paying attention in the weeks ahead to how my emotions push me or not to exercise at a different intensity level. emoticon

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HAPPYDOES 5/27/2013 11:36AM

    Yep...that sounds like me for the most part.
But last week, when I was so stressed out and tried for my 5K, I noticed a surge of energy that I hadn't had before. It took me further than I had planned to walk and run. And it really caught my attention.

That's when I began to think about harnessing the energy from my negative emotions and turning them into something positive.

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DEBORAH2180 5/27/2013 10:56AM

    Unfortunately with me when I got angry or upset, I went to foods. Then while eating, I would scheme on how I can change the situation.

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my virtual treasure chest

Monday, May 27, 2013

I sometimes get discouraged, as I'm sure you have seen, so I'm creating a virtual treasure chest where I collect blogs, tips, articles, uplifting quotes, and things that people have said to me to encourage me along the way.

This is my treasure that I will sit and browse when I get discouraged by the things that come against me.

Today, I read a blog by Coach Nicole. In it I found a nugget to add to my treasure chest along with the entire blog that she wrote. Here it is, along with the link to her blog so you can read it yourself:

"Break it down:

One step.
One minute.
One mile.
One workout.
One choice.
One bite.
One meal.
One hour.
One day.
One week.
One pound.

As long as you're moving forward, you will eventually reach the top."

I'm going to make this part of her blog into a colorful, motivational poster to hang on my wall, and I'm also going to pop this nugget into my computer to design a beautiful card to hang on the cabinet in my kitchen where the tempting foods are.

And speaking of tempting foods, I don't want to completely remove them from my home. I want to learn to eat them in moderation so that I can live a "normal" life like everyone else, and not like the anorexic/bulimic extreme woman I used to be.

It's shaping up to be a beautiful day outside. I better hit the road before it gets too hot to do my walk/run toward the "monks". emoticon

Party on! emoticon


Sorry! I forgot to add the link to her blog. Here it is:


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EMMACORY 5/27/2013 12:16PM

    Thank you for sharing that quote from Coach Nicole. It is so true. It is all those little choices we make each and every moment that leads us to our promised land. I am going to copy and paste it too onto my computer. It is a sunny day here so I hope to get a walk in this afternoon. Blessings to all Veterans. Thank you for your service to our country. emoticon

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DEBORAH2180 5/27/2013 10:59AM

    Oh I LOVE that idea and I may even steal that quote! Thanks for sharing!

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NANADERRICK 5/27/2013 8:23AM

    What a wonderful idea, a virtual treasure chest. Thank you so much for sharing and I hope you have a beautiful, wonderful day!

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goal for this week: an experiment

Sunday, May 26, 2013

I want to lose 1.4 pounds this week and I'm not exactly sure how to do that.

So I'm going to set this up as an experiment and see what happens.

Hypothesis: If I eat 1200- 1250 calories, drink, 8 glasses of water, and walk for 2 miles, every day, I will lose 1.4 pounds

Now, I just have to put together a menu that will equal that amount of calories and stick to the walking program.

edit: I had to change my Hypothesis because I forgot to add the water!

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EMMACORY 5/26/2013 7:06PM

    Sounds like an interesting experiment. I hope you are going to "power walk"? I am learning the intensity does make a difference Good luck and let us know how you do!.
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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 5/26/2013 5:53PM

    I hope it works! It really should but the world of weight loss is a mysterious and unpredictable one. emoticon

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DEBORAH2180 5/26/2013 5:17PM

    Ooh! I am anxious to see if your hypothesis holds true!

Now, the day or two before you weigh in, don't eat a lot of salty foods...just sayin'!

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KAB7801 5/26/2013 4:41PM

    Good for you
Let us know how it turns out

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MAGGIEVAN 5/26/2013 4:27PM

    It is good to experiment to find out what is working for you. Good on you for having the courage.

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PINKEUROGIRL 5/26/2013 4:26PM

    Good luck!!

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I am a "famous girlfriend"

Sunday, May 26, 2013

I called my daughter yesterday to check on her because of the flooding in her area.
In the background, I could hear my 5-yearold grandson jumping up and down and begging to talk to me. The he said, "She's..." (something I couldn't understand over the phone)

My daughter started laughing and replied, "Oh, she is? Well, ok, then, hold on a second and I'll let you talk to her."

Then my daughter, still laughing, said to me, "He said that you are his famous girlfriend."


That boy stole my heart years ago and soon, his brother will be here to make sure they keep it.
And I'm the blessed one for it. emoticon

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JOANOFSPARK 5/27/2013 2:43AM

    how lovely.....I bet he is so adorable....:) emoticon

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EMMACORY 5/26/2013 7:08PM

    How sweet. Do treasure those moments. You might want to keep a notebook of those sayings and when they get engaged 20+ years from now you can give to his future wife..... emoticon

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SAINTBERNARD6 5/26/2013 4:16PM

    how fortunate you are to be a "famous girlfriend"........

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 5/26/2013 11:56AM

    How lovely to be a "famous girlfriend!"


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what i like about tracking my nutrition

Saturday, May 25, 2013

I was introduced to tracking my nutrition several years ago by a nutritionist.
I hated it.
Reintroduced to food tracking again about a year and a half ago when I entered the free wellness program through my family physician, I was resistant to it. Even so, I gave it a go, learned a few things about it, and saw that it might be beneficial.

Here I am again...tracking my food.
This time, I really like doing it!

Here's why:

1) Tracking my food causes me to pay attention to what I am eating

Since "the wake up call" last Saturday, this is really important to me.

2) Because of food tracking, I read labels, and am becoming more aware of the nutrition make-up of the foods available to me

3) Tracking my food is helping to make better choices in the foods I eat.

4) The anxiety I have felt surrounding food is falling away because I am tracking what I eat.

I know that I am not living a lie any more. I am being truthful, accountable, and good to myself. There is a calming effect taking place from this consistent behavior of tracking my food and walking three days per week (discipline).

5) I am learning to be consistent by tracking my food.

6) Tracking my food is helping me to not restrict my calories too much, nor to overeat.

7) I found out by tracking my food that I can eat a little bit of a "treat" without totally destroying my eating plan.

I have learned that the saying "all things in moderation" is definitely true, and I can actually eat anything I want to eat as long as I measure everything and don't overdo any one thing.

8) By tracking my nutrition, I am learning whether or not I need to adjust the amounts of sodium, various fats, fiber, carbs, protein, etc., in order to eat a heart-healthy, diabetic-preventative diet.

9) Because of tracking my foods, I'm learning what a REAL serving size looks like.

When I was anorexic, I would restrict my portions so much it was ridiculous. When I was bulimic, I just ate out of the box. And forget going into restaurants try to find out what a serving size is because they give you choices or serve you what they want you to have, and every restaurant is different, except in Texas, where "everything is BIGGER."

10) I'm learning, through tracking my food, to love myself in a practical way.


Party on! emoticon

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DIANAOR1 5/27/2013 9:19PM

    Good for you! You have great motivation. I, too, find it hard to track. For some reason I am always so busy to put the foods that I eat. I know that is just an excuse and it is because I am always on Spark so I don't really know what my problem. Anyway, kudos to you for making a change!


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SWEETNEEY 5/26/2013 10:05AM

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EMMACORY 5/25/2013 9:10PM

    Josie, those are great insights. It is amazing how information can lead to motivation and change. emoticon

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LJBKENT 5/25/2013 6:40PM

    Tracking really does work. Great reasons to stick with it. Thanks for sharing.

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