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Stress decreasing

Sunday, September 19, 2010

I just joined the stress busters challenge team. Today is my first journal entry. My level of stress is low today. I went to church this morning and spent most of the day with my family. It was nice. I also got some household cleaning and prep done for the week. I feel pretty good today.


Prednisone has taken its toll on my body!

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

I am so frustrated that I cannot get off the prednisone yet! I am still tapering down but time will tell whether my new medication will manage my crohns disease enough to come off of it. I have gained all of my weight back despite all of the effort I have put into exercising. I also just got diagnosed with osteoporosis. Now I am going to have to deal with 3 diseases. I am still dealing with the news of the new diagnosis. I am coming to terms with it and gathering as much info on exercises that build bones and muscle along with fat burning.

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UMUCGRAD 9/1/2010 10:28PM

    Oh, my. That is a lot to deal with. Good for you to stay focused.

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LALMEIDA 9/1/2010 7:59PM

  Thank you for the inspiring quote. You are right.

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VARGOK 9/1/2010 6:03PM


I like to focus on inspirational quotes and pictures not only to keep me motivated in my personal life but also in my career. Here is one I love:

Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.
-- Groucho Marx

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2010 the Year of Change

Saturday, January 09, 2010

The new year is upon us. I did some reflecting the past week and discovered that 2009 was about clearing up a lot of stuff in my life. Well, I have realized that with a lot of those changes I had made last year it brought me a lot of new opportunities and promises for 2010. I really did not think that I had accomplished that much in 2009, but reflection proved me wrong! I have now come to realize that a lot of those difficult decisions and changes I made in the past year or so were necessary and were not that small! I cleared a lot of old stuff out of my apartment and in the process discovered that I also cleared up a lot of emotional, mental, and spiritual clutter. I also shed about 30 pounds (getting off the prednisone helped). I also cut a few unnecessary things out of my life that simply were not working for me. I had so much going on that I never realized how much this stuff bugged me! Getting rid of the physical clutter helped me see this and allowed me to make the more difficult decisions.
My husband and I also moved to a smaller apartment to save a good chuck of money. I am glad I cleared a lot of stuff out because if I didn't we might not have been able to fit all are stuff in the new place. The funny thing is that we have plenty of space and we have learned to live with a lot less stuff!
Well, here is to a whole new year of opportunity! I can't wait to see what discoveries I make about myself this year.

Happy New Year Everyone!

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TEDDYTEDDY 7/30/2010 10:05PM

    Talk about clutter. I have lived in this house 27 years and I was a shopaholic (just give me some money and we will see if I am cured .. or not). Last year my daughter helped me clean out the basement. We filled two large dumpsters and donated 650 boxes of various things I had bought to "sell on Ebay." It turned out that most of it was not worth what I thought it was, though for a few years I did make some nice money on Ebay.. and then the economy went south and sales bottomed out on Ebay and in the end I was selling things for less than I bought them for just to get something back. I finally reached a point where I just had to give it up. My daugher moved 1000 miles away and I still have to declutter the rest of the house, but I had a knee replacement last June and the second one the 21st of May, so cleaning is not on my list of priorities or possibilities at this time. I have to admit it was nice to get the basement done but I still have a ways to go.

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    It sounds like you're off to a great start this year! emoticon

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ETHEL_MERMAID 1/24/2010 10:07AM

    Wow, Linda! You really lost weight on both fronts there - fantastic!! There is something so liberating about decluttering our homes - our bodies, too. I hope this is a "good decluttering year" for me as well! Oh, do I wish we could move to a smaller place. We're in a large townhouse, and several of the rooms are just clutter storage places.

You've inspired me! :) Keep on keepin' on - Susan emoticon

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FISHING88 1/10/2010 1:50PM

    Isn't getting rid of clutter one of the greatest feelings? I am glad you were able to take time to slow down and reflect on the past year. It sounds like you are in much better shape in many ways than a year ago.

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KAYOTIC 1/9/2010 2:31PM

    My focus this month is getting rid of the clutter. So far so good, but it's nice to see someone who's done it already, and to see what good it did! thanks for adding to my motivation to keep this going!

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During the summer you will find me outside

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

I love to spend the summer outside especially in the early evening. I love to go to a park near the beach. My husband and I will take the dog for a walk and let him sniff the grass and the trees while we observe the beautiful sunset or reflection of the sun on the water. We go there and we all get exercise and relaxation.


Forcing yourself to eat healthy foods

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

I do not force myself to eat foods I dislike period. It would make me sick to do so. I was often forced to eat foods I did not like and I ended up literally hating those foods. I refuse to buy, prepare, or eat these foods. I look back and I also see that eating some meals (especially a large plate of food) caused me to have anxiety during meals.
I am aware that I grew up during a period of time when you ate what was on your plate or you did not get dessert. My mom was only doing what she thought was right at the time...heck it was probably harder when she was growing up.
Today I eat foods I love and enjoy healthy and some not so healthy. I believe in everything in moderation. It is important for me not to make eating so stressful and anxiety ridden especially since I have Crohns Disease. I eat what I am able to digest and some of the healthy foods are not on my list.


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