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Answering Coaching question

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

In today's coaching session, I was asked what differences SP has made in my life--what I could do now, etc.

My first thought was "not much," mainly because my over-achieving self thought I SHOULD be a fitness guru by now, at goal weight and with all muscle not fat. HA!! At my age, that's probably not achievable. Even if I was as thin as I'd like to be, I'd still wouldn't look like my 22 year old self any more.

But.... a year or so ago, I woke up in the middle of the night with a feeling of a band tightening around my chest. (Yes, I reported it to my doctor). I also would start breathing slightly heavier if I bent to tie my shoestrings. That "symptom" is entirely gone. Yesterday, as I went down the stairs, slightly faster than normal, I noticed it didn't even make me breathe harder. And my body is almost completely free of arthritic pain.

I have a group of online friends that I look forward to our catching up every day. I read motivating blogs and examples of positive attitude that reminds me of the good things in life.

I haven't been as successful with weight loss as I'd like to be, and hold myself completely accountable for that. This past year, I gained no weight, as opposed to the 12 lbs. of the past two years' accumulation. My biggest problem is the hangup of goal setting. I'm still sabotaging myself the minute I set a goal.

Oddly enough, I read a blog in Spark People this morning that gave me insight into THAT!! Maybe my next blog will be the outcome of its wisdom. Till then....


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2BHEALTHY46 3/3/2014 11:31PM

    Yes, I also have a hard time with big or little goals. I also have a nightly challenge of what is for supper? :(


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Day 22 - Fill up without Filling out

Monday, February 17, 2014

I've skipped day 21 for the time being.... it's about exercising an extra 200 calories, and I'm just beginning today back to exercising after three days of coughing. Yesterday was the worst, but was a turning point. I can tell today I'm on the mend, and intend to exercise just a little to get started back into the exercise habit.

This is the link for Day 22, about eating so you feel satiated, but not by being heavy on the calories. I did that for this morning's breakfast, and important meal. I ate almost nothing yesterday; everything going past my throat would start me coughing again, and I was taking so many natural remedies that I didn't want anything to eat. This morning's breakfast was granola with stewed apples and nonfat milk. The granola is calorie-expensive, at 670 calories per cup. It follows the "rules" in the article by being very high in fiber. I only have 1/2 cup, though. The apples were too soft for me to eat raw, but they're fine stewed in a little butter and sprinkled with cinnamon. The combination of apples, cinnamon and granola is a delicious breakfast and the oat fiber makes it long lasting. After eating this, I don't get hungry for quite a while.

Today's lunch will be from Pho 76, a local vietnamese soup place, and is ideal for not only being low in calories, but feeling really good when I have a cold. It also fits the article listed above. It has a delicious broth, no fat on the meat, and includes ming sprouts, Thai basil, fresh cilantro, and a hot pepper. The only negative ingredient is rice noodles. They are amazingly stiff and starchy till they enter the hot broth, where they become immediately soft and pliable. They are NOT a whole grain product, but do help me feel more satiated when I eat them, even half the normal portion.

I plan on having a smoothie for supper, or may look up another soup recipe for the Vitamix blender. I've tried one soup with it, and it was wonderful. It's a one-container meal, as you add things to the blender and blend long enough for the process to heat the mixture. It's piping hot, and a great way to fix a quick, fresh ingredient meal.

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MT-MOONCHASER 2/17/2014 9:11PM

    Looks like you have a good plan for the day.

I usually do pretty well for breakfast and lunch, but dinner is another story...

Your choice for dinner looks like a good one.


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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

You may have noticed there's a gap in my Winter Wellness Challenge. I didn't write it about it but one time while we were in Missouri. I'm picking up the gauntlet today and finishing out the month. I've liked this challenge and like the reminders of all the aspects of losing weight, or should I say.... having a happy, well-balanced life. This wasn't using the challenge the way it was intended, but it'll still work for me.

Day 20 - Smile

I still remember figuring out that if I gave my husband a "full-faced" smile, it made him happy. Sometimes we're so used to our family members we don't really give them our full attention, face turned completely in their direction, totally absorbed in whatever the conversation is. At least, that's the way my task-oriented family is. My husband especially is a totally task oriented person, and doesn't really know how to fully interact with someone, without having some task to accomplish. So... I assumed he didn't care about me showing affection to him, either... just to do my job! However, when I started looking directly at him and shining a big smile his way, he liked it! You could say we'd started taking each other for granted, and I changed the playing field just by acting like we were still dating. That happened a long time ago, when our kids were still home and both of us were very busy with our various "tasks" that go with taking care of a growing family.

The second AHA moment was in relationship to my chorus. I belong to a competitive, hard working a cappella chorus that has 5 gold medals and a stellar director that travels all over the world coaching other choruses. When I joined, I was very intimidated by this chorus and I'm sure my face showed it. Despite success in two other choruses, I was NOT successful in this one and was sure I didn't belong, even though I'd passed their demanding audition. Then I noticed that most other members of the chorus greeted me (and everyone) with a big smile. AHA! I started doing the same... maybe not to the women I was still intimidated by, but the newer members who I knew were feeling much the same as I did. I immediately started feeling more at home and had a lot of positive reactions with my more confident demeanor.

But.... the point of the exercise is that smiling will turn your mood around. Just forcing yourself to smile as genuinely as you can at other people (bad mood or not) will change your own attitude. Walking with a perky step, shoulders back and core engaged, will not only gain you more respect from people observing you, but will actually change your own mood. That old song that went something like this: "Whenever I feel afraid, I whistle a happy tune" .... works!

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MARJIJANE 2/15/2014 4:20PM

    Hugs for your can do attitude! emoticon

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IMAVISION 2/8/2014 12:12AM


I always told our children & the children in my classes, that if they saw someone without a smile, it would be nice if they gave them one of theirs!

I like to both give & receive smiles!

God bless! emoticon

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 2/5/2014 11:22PM

    Thank you for the great advice! I'll try the BIG smile on Don, when he wakes up tomorrow morning! He'll wonder what I'm up to.

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TRUCKERSMRS 2/5/2014 4:12PM

    You are right. Such a simple thing as a smile can make such a big difference. Yet we tend to get engrossed in our day and forget! A timely reminder. Thank you.

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8HABIT 2/5/2014 12:45PM

    Thank you for this blog. I needed to be reminded to treat my husband like we are still dating! Plus SMILE.

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JAOTAO 2/5/2014 11:56AM

    Well said! I'm sure my face looked frozen for several months! It wasn't til I started to relax and smile more that things started going better. The highlight at the Xmas Concert was when another Chorus President came up to me and said I looked just great with my 10,000 WATT smile. And now I'm proud to say I am a member of the Mid-Lakes Chorus! Thanks so much for sharing!

emoticon Jackie

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Woody Woodpecker?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

We've been loving watching the birds in our new house (haven't moved in permanently yet).

Yesterday this gorgeous woodpecker flew in. We have, so far, three species of woodpeckers coming into the feeder. This is by far the biggest. I've done a little research, and I think it's a pileated woodpecker. I first thought this might be the inspiration for Woody Woodpecker, but it turns out that was an acorn woodpecker (lives in California, of course!)

In contrast, here's the smallest woodpecker we've seen. They're all beautiful!! This one is after the suet just like the big guy is.

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8HABIT 2/4/2014 10:34AM

    I loved looking at your birds.

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KICKINGIT@56 2/3/2014 1:12PM

    There was a birdhouse at a previous residence and I spent hours watching the birds come and go.

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TRUCKERSMRS 2/1/2014 10:06AM

    What beautiful photos. Looks like you have some great "neighbours" at your new home.

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STITCHINGNAN 1/31/2014 5:07AM

    My dh loves watching birds on the feeders. No woodpeckers yet but doves, blackbirds a robin and sparrows are regulars , Irene

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LKWQUILTER 1/30/2014 6:39PM

    Beautiful birds.

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MT-MOONCHASER 1/30/2014 6:28PM

    I think that you are right about that being a pileated woodpecker. I think that the other one is probably a female downy woodpecker.

You will probably have many hours of enjoyment watching them.


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THROOPER62 1/30/2014 4:34PM

    Pretty bird

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ALICIA214 1/30/2014 3:05PM


What a beautiful bird.....

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LJOYCE55 1/30/2014 2:39PM

  Glad to see you get along with your new neighbors.

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ANDREA0301 1/30/2014 2:39PM

    Absolutely beautiful!

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Day 19 - Tabata training

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I'm taking a pass on this one. My elliptical is unavailable right now, and that's the only cardio that I do that I can really go "all out" on. I'm still coughing from a bad cold 2 months ago, and physically I'm just not ready for that kind of workout. I'm not going to check off on Day 19 till I get to the end of this challenge and see if I feel more up to it. Four minutes is not very long, but I'm still not back to the level where I can make it at all effective.

I'm sure you sharp readers noticed there was a week from one posting to another. We're in our new house for another four days before we head back home, and we've had a harder time this trip adjusting to the really frigid temperatures. Texas was at 62 when we left; it didn't got above 11 here yesterday, and we had errands to run. I'm sure that's why I'm coughing again today. Feel just fine, but my lungs feel dry and tired.

For those who are more fit than I am, Tabata training is intriguing. Here's the link:



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