Saturday, January 07, 2012
Imagine me writing that!! I know for sure last year I wouldn't have thought it let alone believed it.
Now today I do believe it and I know I will. I will do more than just lose wt, and get healthy. I will do more of the things I think and wonder about. I will make a longer list and do these things. I can only imagine what all I can accomplish!!
WOW what has to me!!! am I finally learning and really taking things in that I have read, and have been told for years. Maybe at 55 my time has come to actually BELIEVE in me, - maybe that is why for the past 5-8 years when I wanted a bracelet with believe I never bought myself one!! I am so happy and pleased with myself.
I have done well since Jan 1. Yes it is only a week but I have done a lot. A huge lot for a chicken like myself. I don't even feel chicken anymore. Sure there are lots of doubts, and worries about my knees and back but hey am checking things out and going for some.
I have started drinking/eating green smoothies, sure they aren't all "green" yet but for me to add veggies other than spinach ( which you don't taste and I was told that forever before I tried it and hey you don't!)to a fruit smoothie is wow. I now can say I am adding fruit to my veggie smoothie. At least once a day I have one either for breakfast, or lunch. For supper I made a stew just beef but I added sweet potato!!! lol, parsnips ( first time ever tried that!!) and turnip ( which I thought I didn't like!) and cabbage, carrots and only 3 med potatoes. I said supper is ready. and hubby says whats in it.... told him and he said hope I like it, I said why wouldn't you he said sweet potatoes in stew parsnips you didnt use those before ( used to throw them out of the stew pack). and we both liked it. I actually really enjoyed it.
I also made apple crisp for dessert cos it is just a dessert day, but am taking a large portion to dd cos it is her hubbys very fav. so not bad for a total non diff. veggie eater.
Also, my yoga studio is going to start a hoola hoop class with yoga incoporated in it. I am not sure if I can do it cos of my back and knees, so before buying a hoop, I will ask the back care yoga teacher what she thinks and if she thinks yes then I will get a hoop and see what that is like.
Even a few months ago, I would have said well I can't do that, or I don't like that without really questioning my old beliefs. Now I am learning to ask myself questions. One of the major one is from my spark friend BEMORESTUBBORN
"What can I do today, to make my tomorrow better?" I will think that often during the day when I am at a decision that has a good and not so good choice.
I do know that a few discrepencies are okay ( ie the one pop and cheesecake) but I also know that it is okay not to drink the pop as I am the designated drivers when I take dad and hubby to the legion. I am fine with that, before I would have said well there is nothing to drink... water girl water!!!
So this year I plan to learn enough about myself and how to help myself to reach goals, aspirations and break barriers that I have set up in front of me. I am not sure where this will lead if anywhere particular other than learning to love myself more. And hey that is a pretty important aspiration in my books, one that so many of us don't learn early enough in life.
And if along the way my hubby and dd, learn to love themselves more too hey huge bonus,( my son too but he doesn't seem to have as many "issues" as dd and hubby).
My hope for you my spark friends is that you learn to love yourself enough this year, to attempt new and different things and reach some of your goals that you have set for yourself.
HUGS to each and every one of you.
Friday, January 06, 2012
First fall off the wagon and got right back on. Had a coke at the legion while they drank and then a half slice of a very small slice of cheesecake. But thats okay now it is gone - came with the meal for this friday eve at legion. DD was able to come with us, and one of her friends that really likes dad and dad likes her was able to come so was sort of fun. I brought my charm bracelet book and we were wishing which ones we want lol
So I got the bracelet, the butterfly, turtle and dd bought half of a heart engraved lock. they just click so the others dont slide as much. I ordered the believe as it was special order and hubby said he would get it for me for valentine and it will come around then.
Not a lot more, hubby stayed home as he isn't feeling well, and dd and I went to mall, dropped her off home, and then was home for bit then picked dad, and dd went to legion and now home again.
going to go sort some stuff out in spare room again. Oh going to go joyinky walk first. lol
Thursday, January 05, 2012
Man I lost my blog with all my copy and pastes too... oh well that's okay. lol
I have finally decided to treat myself and use dads money he gave me for Christmas and my bday on a bracelet as he wanted me to. I had mentioned it and he picked up on it and said do it for you.
So as I said earlier I wasn't sure on a bracelet with the word beleive engraved on it, which I wasn't able to find other than in a mens style, or those new charm bracelets that are the rage... I went to one store and they didnlt sell letters so went to pandora who sells letters and all. Saw a nice bracelet there along with the letters and some others. but it is not as nice when I have 7 letters and don't really want to break the word up. So... wasn't sure.
then went to another store and saw some others and went home and on line they have a neat believe one. So I have decided to get that and some others. To get the bracelet and believe as it is more as a diff. design, and 2 others is a bit more than what dad gave me but hubby said he will buy me the believe for valentines. I said if I use the xmas money I have enough.
so will go get the charm links again...
and then the inside
the blue is from the give back collection where they give a portion of sales to support bone marrow tranplants for diff diseases
and the turtlehttp://ca.chamilia.com/is-bin/INTERS
saw another one like the believe and when you open it says I love you. told hubby he can surprise me with it for our anniversary or hey really surprise me and just give it to me on any old day. he just laughed.
But figure this can also be my rewards thing as some give something on diff amt of lbs. I more am just pleased that I am learning about me, making me healthier and such adn that is my reward. I usually think i will do something and forget but hey been a long time since I have done for me, and since 2004 life has been really hard in a few diff ways so maybe I will save my pennies and who knows.
So today walked, dog, ate a huge salad, had no smoothies today but will have one for breakfast. am goign to make a stew, with yes beef, but also sweet potatoes, turnip, butternut squash and then reg veggies peas, carrots etc. I am really excited to make it and am really pleased with myself even for wanting it.
now to get myself to bed before midnight, no wonder not waking till 9!! but have found since not working that my body likes at least 7.5 -8 hrs sleep for sure, hubby seems okay on 6.5 -7
night all. hope you enjoyed my pics of my ideas.
Sunday, January 01, 2012
Well nearly 8 pm here but had a super "first" day!!! Dec 31, was my 55th birthday and I had a great time. I had all my family around and we had a good time, good food and laughs. I had 1 alcoholic drink while the others had 3 or so... noone was "plastered" noone was sick just a fun time.
Dad, ds and his family and hubby and I went to dd and her hubbys. We had chinese food and watched Thomas ( who btw got a haircut - his first!) run around and amuse us. Baby Eva cried, smiled, slept a bit, nursed lol Thomas then got so tired that he crawled into the baby carrier for Eva and put a blanket on. So they left, ds came back after he got him to bed, left Anna nd baby at home.
Drove dad back to his place then we all went downstairs, and played rock band for ps3 or whatever. Ds, dd, and son law, played instruments and hubby and I sang, lol didnt' know many of the words but had fun. We left just before 2. Great time....
I got a ninja blender from hubby, we had one but wanted a better one to make smoothies green and fruit and combo. It works great!! I also got money from dad, as he overheard me say that I wanted for a few years to buy a bracelet and have the word believe engraved on it. So he said that is for you to buy a bracelet!
dd gave me 2 candle sconces sort of... they have leaves and are so pretty, changing my mind on where to put them every time I look at another wall. lol
ds forgot my card and gift in the mix to get 2 babies and their stuff to dds and we all stayed home for today, other than dd who came down for a bit.
Today I didn't wake till nearly 9. Slept well and woke to a back rub and neck rub too! We didnt' go walk the dog on the beach as I had hoped cos it was just tooo cold and wet, rained a lot the day and night before. That's okay cos today I did great on other things I wanted to achieve and do. I ate very very healthy, although dd did bring the cheesecake bday cake that we didnt eat last eve down, so we all had a wee slice.. other than that I ate very well lots of veggies, a veggie and small fruit smoothie and nothing processed _ well that small bit of cheesecake but thats okay.
I am also going to do some more joyinky walking, have to go slow for bit as had some extreme pain in the bursa of my bad knee but right now is okay, so when done here going to walk.
I am wishing that everyone on spark not just my friends would watch this video I am putting on... it is so worth every ,minute and gives you hope if you are ill and to learn to take care of your body. I sent it to some of my reg. email friends and hope that you that read it here, will fwd to friends and family.
I do have another blog that I want to write but felt it was all personal so will do it later.
Take care and hugs to you all!!!
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Hi Sparkers, I am getting ready to take me and my book to bed. Hubby has borrowed bil tablet to see if he likes this one so is busy in his own corner. lol but I started thinking and planning etc. so here I go again.
As so many of you know, I have struggled with negativity all my life having learned it from my parents at a young age then having dh suffer from depression/anxiety for years without medication. He is doing much better now but still can be a worry to know if he is going to continue being okay. But I don't worry about it on an ongoing day to day basis, just if I see him getting overwhelmed etc. as in dd bathroom reno, and our house decisions. But so far he has done very well with both. He is nearly done the bathroom, and house stuff well still a bit undecisive but we are closing in on probably staying here a few more years unless the woods one comes back with a great price which is doubtful.
This past few months I have been working on being more positive, more sure of myself and learning to take care of me, not everyone else with no regard for me and my time. I have started yoga for my back and love it. I also made a spot for me in my craft room with a small short table and candles a mat and pillow so I can sit or lay my yoga mat down. One of the candle holders was mums and when I light that one ( a crystal one with a hummingbird on it) I think of her. Know she is my angel helping me along. and yes I am stubborn with her just like always lol
I also have been trying to learn and try out diff. diets or health ways. Not diets in lose wt actually but healthy ways. I tried Paleo which works for my son and in some ways I do agree... but the more I read of vegetarian, vegan, green juicing etc. that too sounds right. I still am not sure I will ever be a vegetarian let alone a vegan but at least I can see me being more adventurous and not saying I won't be able to do it, no way. but now can say I will try it some at least. I have added more than just spinach to my smoothies and less fruit so far it is good but have a way to go. I also have finally liked sweet potatoes ( yes it has brown sugar but hey for now that is a start and it only had a sprinkle.), and in my cupboard and ready to be made tomorrow for supper is sweet potato, turnip,( yuk) but trying it again, and butternut squash. I am going to sprinkle with olive oil and some brown sugar and roast them. We will also have chicken breast but I am debating on having mine and maybe making some chicken soup with it. that way adding a ton of veggies to it. Had turkey soup at sister in laws today was great.
I am going to start this year with a few goals... I have some ways to help me keep at them too. so that even though some are the same some are new.
- drink my water ( yea I know but am learning how imp it is, I knew but guess I am a slow learner or remember-er!)
- walk the dog when it isn't icy or pouring rain
- to do the above - keep taking my pills till I can figure a good ratio to take them as don't want to take them daily... supposed to and will for now to get better
-meditation which is easier as I love my little area and have time now ( no trying to start earlier or do it after work)
- keep my back care yoga weekly
so those are regular and similar if not the same
these are newer
- strength training and STICK with it
-sauna 3 x week I have an infared sauna and feel good after using it so USE IT
-journal in the book I got for myself as a bday present but as a gratitude journal of my day I have a new notebook for my observations and food, health, exercise notes.
-use the ideas and notes I made to eliminate the boredom eating I do, and when I start wandering around the house to eat either drink some water, joyinky walk, or choose an idea from my pretty flower pot.
Yes some of this may seem like a lot and yea it is, but with my new attitude, my new ideas, learning and tryings I am sure I can do it. Yes I will sputter, fail, start my engine again. but my goal is to remember that without healthy fuel, movement daily my body will sieze up like an old car.... I want to be the great new fuel efficent model and feel and look great. I want my arthritis to lessen if able or be able to manage it better. So far my back and knees and thumbs are the worse. I don't have high bp, dont have diabetes, high cholesterol just so far my arthritis and my neuropathy. Hopefully I can help them all.
biggest challenge I think is going to be the strength training, not even that I don't like it I just dont stick with it.... so may need some hey have you done any st .... from you guys.
I have to say I wouldn't be able to do this or wouldn't be in the place I am without a few special sparkers who have helped, listened and hugged, prodded and just been there for me. Thanks for helping me find my way, watch when I try and listen when I rant. I have needed each and every one of you........ you are all special in diff ways and all make me learn and think which is what I need.
Going into my new year, ( my bday is new years eve ) and a new year,with new insight more willingness to try and also to incorperate new and diff. things, I have a new plan, some the same, some new. but as dr phils says hows that working for you... well for 31 years I thought I knew what was working and obviously it hasn't worked. so on to a new attitude, and ability to try.
And sparkers don't think I have forgotten I am an athelete in training for the Walk for Arthritis June 10 2012!!! I am going to do that one for sure!
HUGS and many many thanks to so many of you.
My mantra is What can I do today to make my tomorrow a better day ?
Now I will go to bed and read for a bit. Night!
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