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Remembering John F. Kennedy

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Today is November 22nd. When I was 11 years old and in the 6th grade in Southern California in 1963, an historical event occurred that caused me to forever remember this date. John F. Kennedy was assassinated while traveling through Dallas in an open motorcade. I was in class when the neighboring 6th grade teacher broke into our room crying and screaming incoherently. It was several minutes before our teacher informed us of the events of the morning, that will forever be etched in my memory. Regardless of political preference, this was an event that triggered others, and changed the face of our "happy little post war" nation. Harvey Lee Oswald was arrested but subsequently murdered by Jack Ruby, again shaking our false sense of security. Within the decade, Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy were also senselessly killed by crazed shooters. All of these events changed who we were as a nation and changed my outlook on the world. I was not hardened or darkened, just much less naive.

In contrast, in 1969 when I was 16 and living in Portugal on a student exchange program, we landed a shuttle full of brave Americans on the moon. The world was definitely changing.

I couldn't help taking a moment tonight to reflect on this important date in history. I don't know what my blog has to do with health, nutrition, or fitness, but it felt appropriate to share my thoughts.

Peace and Blessing to you all,
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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 11/28/2011 12:10PM

    If you were living, you remember where you were on that day when Kennedy was needlessly shot. I was 12 years old, and my friend and I had spent the lunch hour selling some doodads as part of our Student Council duty at school. I remember the long weekend and having Monday off from school for the funeral. In 1992, we traveled to Dallas and toured the area where Kennedy was shot, including the Book Depository which has been turned into a museum, it was very very interesting. It is a defining moment of our generation I believe, just as the bombing of Pearl Harbor was for our parent's generation and 9/11 is for our children (as well as us!).

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MEADSBAY 11/23/2011 5:51PM

    I was in 6th grade, too, in Catholic school. All the nuns were crying. I think we prayed the rosary all afternoon.
It changed the way I looked at the world, too.
Thank you for articulating it so well.
Happy Thanksgiving!


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KMIRANDA2000 11/23/2011 10:30AM

    I wasn't born yet...I'm a 1965 baby...but I heard about JFK's death for many, many years. What I get from the stories is that he was a much loved president...very respected. I wish Americans still respected those serving in this role.

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BETHGILLIGAN 11/23/2011 7:17AM

    I remember that day, too. Very confusing and shocking to me as a 7th grader in a small midwest town. I spent days at my best friend's house watching all of the coverage. Very sad times for our country. Thanks for reminding me of the date.

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 11/23/2011 12:03AM

    I remember it too and I was in the fourth grade.

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_CYNDY55_ 11/23/2011 12:03AM

    I do remember that day in 1963. I was in the 2nd grade. And watched it on A Black and White T.V. set...... emoticon emoticon emoticon
I did not go to school that day.

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SUNSHINE99999 11/22/2011 11:48PM

  Yes, I too remember that day as I was in the 3rd grade, The solemness of the school assembly was gripping to say the lease.

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H.A.L.T.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

I have learned the hard way that when I over commit and over do, I get crabby, negative, pessimistic, discontented, and reactive. So among many other strategies, I apply the principle of H.A.L.T. I ask myself, "Are you Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired?" If I answer yes to more than one of these conditions, it is time to H.A.L.T. and redirect myself. There are solutions and actions that I can employ.

This morning I was definitely crabby and short tempered toward my husband. I realized that I needed to remove myself from the room, take stock, and take action. I was definitely "A-angry or resentful" about work issues that I could not shake, and I was undoubtedly "T-tired". I made the choice to pray and meditate, make a quick mental gratitude list, and take a long nap. When I awoke, I immediately apologized to my husband and assured him that my behavior and attitude would change.

Tonight I feel like a new person. I can take deep breaths again, smile, laugh at myself, and reach out to others. I fixed my husband a loving dinner, talked to two of my kids, chatted with my sister, and committed to a relaxing evening.

So H.A.L.T. is a quick and easy tool for self evaluation. Hope it helps someone else find peace.

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CAMOGIE3 11/21/2011 8:59PM

    Thanks for the reminder!!!

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RC2CATTLE 11/21/2011 11:35AM

    Les,
I am immediately adding this to my arsenal of newly acquired combat tools. Another awesome blog that will no doubt help so many people who struggle with this same problem.

Thanks so much for sharing your wisdom. I always feel smarter after I read something you have shared from your heart.

Love you,
Sunny

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CTUPTON 11/21/2011 8:08AM

    HALT has become my mantra before eating! Food only stops one feeling, hunger. Duh!

Thanks for cluing me in about A for anxious. And anger turned inward is depression. I rarely feel anger but often feel some depression.

A great blog! Chris emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 11/21/2011 8:00AM

    I love this idea!!! Have a great Monday!

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AJDOVER1 11/21/2011 7:57AM

    I know A is traditionally "Angry" but I've heard many change it to "Anxious" which seems to resonate more with some of us. Either way, it's a great reminder. After a weekend awash in emotions, I definitely need to step back and take stock of myself. Deep breath!

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PASTORMIKE7 11/20/2011 11:10PM

    Thank you for sharing such a blessing of a blog!!!

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Never say Never!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

After I ran (and walked) the San Francisco 1/2 Marathon in July 2010 I told myself that I was too old and had too many replacement parts (including a titanium hip) to run another 1/2 or any other long distant run. I decided with my doctor that 5 and 10k's would be more reasonable. My doc didn't restrict me........she loves that I exercise and run, but she is always cautionary. I appreciate that.

However.............................. I guess "reasonable" went out the window this week!!! I got a message on my page from SanDiegoJohn that he wanted to run the Palm Springs 1/2 marathon in February with me. The temptation and the fun got to me. I proceeded to get several more friends at school to join me in the challenge. We all agreed that we needed the motivation to stay healthy for the remainder of the school year. So we pinky swore to sign up and make it official.

Thank you John for Sparking me to challenge myself during the holiday eat-a-thon season. I will be less likely to gorge myself if I know I have to train. And I will feel and be more fit mentally, emotionally, and physically. My wonderful aunt calls this the "Happy-Hallow-Thanks-Mas" season of eat, drink, and be remorsefully merry. I'll just be saying, "hand me a small dessert plate, please. I have to watch my portions. I'm in training." Ha Ha Ha!!

We Sparkers are so fortunate to have a support system to keep us kicking field goals when everyone else is committing fumbles. This is my first holiday season with Spark. So Woo Hoo to all of us. Never say never!!!!

Peace,
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RUNNER12COM 11/27/2011 10:13PM

    I am SO thrilled that you have decided to run with me, and that you are bringing along your own running posse!

And SparkPeople? Oh, yeah. I'm a crazy fan myself.

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RC2CATTLE 11/21/2011 11:47AM

    Oh my gosh!!!! I am soooo excited about this. I am using this to get me thinking about in what way I can challenge myself for the some time period, since, of course, a marathon of any kind at this point in my journey is not possible. But I am thinking.....

Thanks!!!
Love
Sunny

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MY1FAN 11/20/2011 8:42PM

    This is just what I needed to keep my focus this week. We can do this!

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BETHGILLIGAN 11/20/2011 11:37AM

    YAY!!! That's great!!!

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SUNRIZING 11/20/2011 2:39AM

    That is so awesome Leslie! I wish I would get myself to do something like that, lol, but I don't know anything about walking/running marathons. I'm glad you are being causious at the same time. I tell my mom all the time to be proud of all the progress shes making but to take care to take care of herself at the same time, you know? When I work out I'm always thinking about my knees and joints. I try to be extra careful not to injure myself so I can continue doing these active things that make me so happy!
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I too am glad to be here at sparkpeople. I cant believe that this website doesn't get more publicity, you know? I've never heard of a better website for fitness than this one. The fact that its free really blows me away too! And here we are all together encouraging each other and having so many resources at our finger tips. Isn't it great?!

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KITTYKITTEMMING 11/19/2011 10:18PM

    What great motivation to stay on track this season. I also love "Happy-Hallow-Thanks-Mas"!

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Breathing in Happiness

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Today I kept taking deep breaths and inhaling the euphoria of my family around me. We have had some bumps in the past few years. All families do. With prayer, faith, and patience we have hurdled the cross bars in our path and come out the other end all the better for it.
We celebrated my husband's 61st birthday by gathering together, eating some great food, talking, laughing, and playing with my granddaughter.

I am attaching one of the pictures that they "allowed" me to take. I usually hear the complaining that I have the camera out again, but later they all want to see the pictures displayed around the house. It's a pretty cute "dance" we do.

I'm still breathing deeply and smiling as the night comes to an end.

Thank you, Spark friends, for sharing, caring, and supporting.



Peace,
Leslie emoticon

  
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SHARIBEAR2 11/15/2011 1:35PM

    Love all the expressions on your faces. What a beautiful family! And best wishes to your husband for a terrific year ahead. emoticon

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CAMOGIE3 11/13/2011 10:22PM

    I love your pic! I can feel the warmth emoticon I can very much relate to folks complaining as the camera comes out. (Have camera, will shoot!)

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NOLAZYBUTT110 11/13/2011 10:09PM

    Nice family picture. Its hard to always get (my) kids in one picture unless its a Holiday and were all together, but we find it hard to get everyone all together; not since 2005, so I know how hard that can be. Enjoy them while you can! (I have oen you cant even get her ina picture withotu ehr hands coming up to her face and block the shot!) Count your blessings when your kids still let you take a shot. lol susana

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AJDOVER1 11/13/2011 9:44PM

    A beautiful, happy family! Pictures like that are priceless, aren't they?

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MEADSBAY 11/13/2011 12:05PM

    What a great picture!
It's like corralling cats sometimes, isn't it?
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SHEILA-45 11/13/2011 10:49AM

    Smiles all around! What a great pic.

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BETHGILLIGAN 11/13/2011 7:54AM

    What a great looking family!!! Leslie, you are beautiful!! You look so happy!! Glad you had a great time! Have a wonderful Sunday!

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Making Progress

Monday, November 07, 2011

Tonight I met my husband at the gym after work. I left earlier than usual because I'm trying to continue on my quest to find balance. Work-a-holism......BAD..........Exercise..
......GOOD. I haven't been to the gym in several years, but my husband gifted me with a new membership to join him during the winter and standard time (early dark). I used the treadmill and, to my surprise, all my road running (jogging) has made a difference in my fitness. (Well, I wasn't terribly surprised.) I have never been able to RUN on the treadmill, but tonight I RAN 2 miles at 5.0-5.5 miles an hour. I walked a few intervals to do my usual "body check", but then picked it up and continued running.
All these small bits of progress are adding up to a new found confidence in my ability to keep getting more fit and healthy.
If I can do it, trust me, anyone can.
Peace,
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NOCALORIES 11/14/2011 5:28PM

    You are really achieving much. Enjoy your gym membership and keeep letting your husband know how wonderful he is.

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_CYNDY55_ 11/13/2011 12:34AM

    .*..✫..*..✫..*.. emoticonRun emoticonon the emoticon
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Lookin' emoticon emoticonGreat emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonwith Your Fitness!!!

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BRITTERS23 11/12/2011 12:21PM

    Woo-Hoo! 5.0-5.5 is not easy to keep up on a Tredie. 5.5-6.0 is my sprinting speed and I don't keep it at that for long.

Great job!

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RC2CATTLE 11/8/2011 3:13PM

    What a cool gift! Girl, you just ROCK! That's all there is to it!

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AJDOVER1 11/8/2011 2:41PM

    Visible progress is a wonderful thing, isn't it!

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MEADSBAY 11/8/2011 9:41AM

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You are doing so grrrrrrrreat!
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BETHGILLIGAN 11/8/2011 7:20AM

    YAY for you!!!! YAY for hubby--he is definitely a keeper!! (Mine is too! I'm blessed!!)

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