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So...what have you done today?

Friday, June 08, 2012

So…what have you done today?



Everyone knows that things go better when you have a plan. You eat the right things, you get your exercise in, and you feel that rush of accomplishment.

What happens if you fail to plan? Does that mean the whole day is a failure and everything gets thrown out the window? It happens…be honest.

It doesn’t have to be that way. When you find yourself with a lack of plan there are some steps you can take to put yourself on track.

1. Make a mental plan. Chart a plan in your head to keep you on track. If I’m headed for fast food, I envision where the closest sub shop is to keep me on target, if there isn’t a viable option….what is on the menu that I can make work for me today?

2. Order the smallest portions on the menu. No need to super size.

3. Find exercise where you can get it. Sometimes I know I won’t get any exercise in. So to improvise I park as far away from my destination as I can. The other day, DH wanted to go wash his truck. I asked him to drop me off at Hobby Lobby. I used that time to make laps around the store to get some walking in. I wasn’t shopping but it is fun to have interesting things to look at.

4. Choose water when you can. Pop/soda is tempting but you don’t need it. You can be just as refreshed with water and a slice of lemon/lime.

5. At work, practice the 30/5 rule. If you sit at a desk all day, get up after 30 minutes and walk around for 5 min. It adds up and actually refreshes your mind and body for better concentration.

These are just a few of the things I do to make up for my lack of planning…what are your tips? Please share!

Hugs,

Keri

  
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DEEGIRL50 6/12/2012 4:39PM

    I like to swiggle to music. (Sway, kick my feet, hip circles, jump from tile to tile, twirl). It can be done anywhere and is fun.
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Great blog about not letting yourself get too far off track. Every small step in the right direction gets you closer to your goal.
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MSLZZY 6/9/2012 7:05AM

    Good tips. When I hang laundry outside, I set the
basket down at the closest pole and then walk the
first piece down to the other end, pin it on the line,
walk back to the basket, grab the next item to hang
and take it to the end. Each time the distance gets
smaller but I find I get extra steps in that way.
I make a point to do stretches inbetween. It takes
much longer but it is worth it.

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MOMFAN 6/9/2012 5:53AM

    Chew gum

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POSITIVELY_EB 6/8/2012 8:34PM

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SUNNY1432 6/8/2012 1:29PM

    emoticon blog!! Having a plan is best but being able adjust to minor roadblocks is good too. Thanks for the steps. emoticon

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CHARMEL01 6/8/2012 11:58AM

  ID_VANDAL, great blog!

Well, I do the same as you but, only with yard work or house cleaning. I try to do something in my back or front yard every day as well as some cleaning of the house every day.

Yes, for the most part I could do most of it in two days but, I feel like I get more excercise in when I do something on a daily basis. To me it is all about moving your body. SO get out there and move that body emoticon

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ID_VANDAL 6/8/2012 11:52AM

    Good blog and some good ideas and reminders. Exercise is where we find it. One thing I do (and it's been suggested a lot) is park (safely please) away from the store you are going to.

Also don't try to be efficient in everything you do. When I'm putting washed clothes away I make two, three, or four trips when in reality I could get the whole load in one big armful.

I'll be curious to see what others have.

Have a great week-end.

Vandal

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Meds and railroad cars!

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

So I had something interesting happen to me the other day. I was getting ready to go to a funeral and I had the TV on....noise....all of a sudden I hear one of those commercials by lawyers looking for people who have suffered from a problem caused by a medication.

I did a double take because I realized it was a medication that I'm on. It has supposedly caused strokes and kidney failure. SCARY! But it has only caused that in people who have diabetes and I don't have diabetes. Still...it bothered me.

So I sent my doctor an email and asked her what she thought of this. She indicated that I didn't have diabetes but that she didn't really want me to stay on this medicine long term. She asked me to make an appointment in a couple of months.

I made an appointment the NEXT day! emoticon I just couldn't stand the though of taking it any longer that necessary. The problem with it is that I am allergic to most blood pressure medicines.

After a long talk with my doc we stopped taking that drug and the water pill I was taking and starting a pill that is combined with a water pill.

So far so good. And the best part about it is that my original meds cost $60 a month and the new option is $4 a month....Sweet! We will see what the doc says when she sees my readings for the week.

On a side note, my old employer...who didn't need me anymore....had a huge derailment in my town tonight. It's going to cost them over 4x what my wage would have been for the last two years....Karma is my b****h tonight!! It's terrible how that brings a smile to my face!!

Starting another wellness challenge at work this week...I'm ready for our wellness center "Survivor!" Having a great year...hope you are too!

Hugs,

Keri

  
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ID_VANDAL 6/7/2012 7:45PM

    Hey Keri - you blogged and I'm two days late in getting to it!!

Great news on the meds. We can always use a little more cash!

I'm with TG on your old employer. I do love it when something comes up and bites them costing them much more than if they just did it right in the first place. I don't know how many surveys I've read about outsourcing ultimately costs more but they keep on doing it for their short term bonus.

Now that you are getting new meds - let's all of us get healthy we still can do great things this year.

Vandal

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POSITIVELY_EB 6/6/2012 7:00PM

    Good for you, on all counts!!!

HUGS!

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MSLZZY 6/6/2012 7:26AM

    So glad you didn't wait to change that medication.
Not only will you have peace of mind but you are
saving money as well. Good luck!
Your old employer is feeling the pinch now.
Have a wonderful Wednesday! HUGS!

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TRAVELGRRL 6/6/2012 7:15AM

    Great news about the meds! I hope the new option works for you. It really pays off to be proactive with your own health. Doctors are great, but when they see 50-100 patients a day they can't possibly do for us what we can do for ourselves.

I'm sorry to hear about your former employer...NOT! Sounds like they made a knee-jerk short-term decision based on economics that was not the best decisions in the long term!

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TOTHEFUTURE1 6/5/2012 10:32PM

    Best wishes with your new Meds, hope it is a good result

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Ponderings redux...

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Funny thing happened after I posted the last blog. I was listening to the radio on my way home from work. Dr. Laura was on and I get a kick out of her. She can be so abrasive sometimes that as a people person, it just causes me to cringe. emoticon
A lady was talking to her about the exact issue I was talking about earlier. And Dr. Laura in her no nonsense, no sugar coating it way, told the lady that she was making a choice. (paraphrasing somewhat)“You don’t WANT to be healthy, you don’t WANT fix this, you WANT to die young. I don’t get up early to work out because I enjoy it. I am happy and proud of myself when I’m done. At least I know I’m healthy and if I do die young, it won’t be because of something I did or didn’t do. You just don’t want to….”
Wow! You know what…..I think she’s right. No matter how I want to, as MSLZZY says “Make sure your reasons aren’t excuses”, find another reason for fighting myself. I’m responsible for that……shame on me.
PONDER THAT…… emoticon

Hugs,

Keri

  
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DEEGIRL50 5/20/2012 3:32AM

    I like the comment about "willpower" and "wantpower". Important things to think about.
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MSLZZY 5/4/2012 8:06AM

    No shame in admitting you are human and
suffer from the same issues that we all do.
Dig deep and do what is best for you AND
learn to love yourself in the process.
HUGS!

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LUCKYDUCK2 5/4/2012 3:30AM

    Oh wow Keri....awesome "food for thought" and I like the comments shared also. Your blogs are so helpful

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POSITIVELY_EB 5/2/2012 5:06PM

    AMEN!!!

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ID_VANDAL 5/2/2012 1:40PM

    Great blogs - but then you always to great blogs!

I have a couple of things to add - the Fatloser tapes I listened to (well some of them anyway) said (and this is not a direct quote but close)

"Fat people eat for pleasure - fit people eat for health
Fit people ask "How is this meal going to affect my health?

That really got me thinking and I do eat for pleasure so I'm working on changing that thought process because I believe nothing else will change until that does.

Also I remember a story from years ago about a violinist completing a great concert and a lady run up to him and said "Oh I wish I could play like that" and he said "No you don't or you would" I guess my message is instead of saying I wish I could be thin - I don't or I would be.

Something to think about.

Later,

Vandal<
BR>


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FLEURGARDEN 5/2/2012 11:20AM

    Sometimes we just need to hear the raw truth, because a sugar-coated message doesn't always give us the wake-up call we need to make needed changes. I read somewhere that too many people think they lack "willpower" when they are unable to make positive changes, but actually, what they are lacking is "wantpower". If we want something bad enough, we will find a way to achieve it.

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TRAVELGRRL 5/2/2012 10:26AM

    I just read another blog that said "An hour is only 4% of your day...so what's your excuse?"

Really, can't we make a 4% change in our life?

Thanks for your comment to my blog about the Grand Old Opry!

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AUNTB63 5/2/2012 10:17AM

    Thanks for sharing this. Makes all the sense in the world. We need to fight for ourselves not with ourselves. emoticon

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Ponderings...

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

My DH loves to look at Craigslist. He is always looking for a bargain. I find the whole thing a little dull. I would rather look at Amazon or something like that. I have been considering getting an exercise bike for awhile now. The problems with my legs are stopping me from walking too much and I can’t accomplish my goals like this.
So I asked the expert (DH) to hunt for on one on Craigslist. I didn’t want to pay new price for sure and I didn’t want to spend more than $100. No, it doesn’t have to be the best bike on the planet. He didn’t have much luck. I think he found one for $400 and I’m just not willing to pay that.
I checked my email yesterday and Amazon sent me an email about bikes that they had. I saw one on sale for 99.99. Works for me! So I ordered it and it is on its way. I can hardly wait.


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I have taken the time to read some good blogs lately. One in particular really struck a chord with me. ID_Vandal asked this question-“….do you ever wonder why people (myself included) are sometimes afraid to succeed?”What a good question? So I thought about it awhile and I remembered another sparker(whom I greatly admire!) VICUNJA, talked about a switch that “flipped” for her that helped her do what she needed to do.
I don’t think I will forget these two statements for some time. What is it that keeps some of us from achieving our goal? What makes the “switch flip” for others?
I’ve spent some time thinking about this…..I was quite skinny growing up. It wasn’t until college ….imagine that….that I started to gain the weight. And then I married and had my son….that’s when it got out of control. Seems like a pretty common story…yet I know a lot of my problem stems from emotional/stress eating. So I start to think about what skill I must have lost or what outlet I’m no longer using.
I’m still pondering this question, but I wanted to throw it out to the universe to see what you think about it. I’m going to do some soul searching and try to answer this. I will share my random brainstorming with you and I will try to come back to this in a couple of days.
• Afraid I will never have this item again…enjoy as much now.
• Missing a more intimate connection with someone-maybe I don’t share enough with DH..we were raised different and I am more touchy feely…if that makes any sense.
• Not making exercise a priority.
• Not knowing what to do with my stress.
• Boredom…hmmm…I am surprising myself with this one.
• Not content with my life?
• Fear of the unknown…
• Too damn lazy?….
Food for thought….I’m not sure there are any answers in here…but I’m going to ponder on it awhile and we will see what comes out! I will check in with you again, real soon.

Hugs,

Keri

  
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LUCKYDUCK2 5/4/2012 3:34AM

    I don't know what happens with me. I have gotten down under 200 pounds now three times and each time it is like a panic attack. I start to feel uncomfortable with ...everything . And then eat my way back up.

This will sound so stupid but I FEEL fat when I am under 200 and don't feel fat at 225. How is that for brain dead? SIGH

I just keep trying and each time as I get close again, try to understand where this fear and stinking thinking is coming from.

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MSLZZY 5/2/2012 6:55AM

    Part of the mental process is identifying your triggers
and knowing what sets you off. The soul-searching is
normal and only you have the answers. We all have
reasons for why we are where we are. Just make
sure your reasons aren't excuses.
Congrats on the new bike. I am sure you will put
it to good use. HUGS!

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POSITIVELY_EB 5/1/2012 11:43PM

    I agree whole-heartedly with you! I have been pondering the same thing lately. Right now, my spirit is willing but my flesh is not working well enough to do much! LOL! Why is it when my flesh is able, my spirit lacks the initiative and drive to do it??? More pondering is needed!

Thanks for the blog!

HUGS! Beverly

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HEYITSLISA 5/1/2012 3:41PM

    Years ago I was taking part in an online symposium on weight loss. The psychologist leading it said "If you really wanted to lose weight, you would. The reason people don't is because they don't want to." I was aghast when I heard that! Why on earth would I NOT want to lose weight??!! But that statement got me thinking, and sure enough there were reasons why it was just easier for me to stay fat.

Good for you for doing some soul searching! It's a deep and dark crevasse, but ton's of knowledge is stored there!

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A stronger Woman in me....

Friday, April 06, 2012

I heard this song by Jewel this morning and it sounded like something I would want as a mantra! Thought I would share. I think a lot of us could use this:


I'm going to love myself
More than anyone else
Believe in me even if someone cannot see
There's a stronger woman in me
I'm going to be my own best friend
Stay with me till the end
Won't lose myself again, never, no
'Cause there's a stronger woman
A stronger woman
There's a stronger woman,
A stronger woman in me,
Yeah...



Hugs,

Keri



  
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ID_VANDAL 4/12/2012 8:41AM

    You're right - there is a stronger person in all of us if we just love and trust ourselves enough to let that person out!

Thanks for sharing those great song lyrics.

Vandal

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JINLYNN 4/7/2012 3:54PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing this song.

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POSITIVELY_EB 4/7/2012 11:13AM

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MSLZZY 4/7/2012 6:59AM

    Thanks for sharing! Happy Easter! HUGS!

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RELISA4HEALTH 4/6/2012 9:06PM

    Thanks for sharing!!!!

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DEEGIRL50 4/6/2012 5:31PM

    emoticon emoticon
Right on Sister! I see the strong woman in you. I'm glad you're finding her too!

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ROCKYCPA 4/6/2012 1:45PM

    Thanks for posting that song - it really has a lot of meaning for all of us.

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LUCKYDUCK2 4/6/2012 12:53PM

    Thank you. I have not heard the song but I like what it has to say. What a great reminder of what I need to do also.

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SLIMMERJESSE 4/6/2012 11:42AM

    A great reminder. Thanks!

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