Thursday, February 27, 2014
Wow! This has been quite a week!
I just noticed this morning that I have a streak of 9 days for posting on Spark People!
That is amazing. I definitely have not done that in a while. While I haven't been able to post a blog every day as I planned, I have been able to post other things instead. Looking forward to making this streak even longer!
My exercising has been pretty consistent. I noticed that I am actually beginning to look forward to exercising each day. That is a different feeling for me. I have been so bored and discouraged with my exercising or rather lack of it, that to want to do it is something new. I haven't wanted to exercise in a while.
This week I did a couple of new things...Yesterday I walked to the library and back with my daughter. This was not an easy task as it is nearly 7 miles round trip to the library from our house. So why did we do it? Well, for the challenge, and also my daughter had a movie she wanted to pick up. We couldn't go by car, which is only a 10 minute ride, as the cars were both not working earlier this week. So we walked...a 2 1/2 hour walk total. It was difficult, but we made it and I now know that if I need to do it again, I can.
Today I went out and spent an hour pruning the trees in our yard. It was nice to get outside
in the fresh air for another day this week. It is also a good way to get some work done and exercise too. The trees still have some work to be done, but it is at least started!
One other thing I have noticed this week as a bonus from the exercising is that I am sleeping better again. In the past I have had problems falling asleep due to my mind racing so much when my head hits the pillow. Now I am getting up at about the same time every day and I am quite ready to hit the pillow at night. It is actually quite nice, really. I hope this is a trend that continues in the future. I think that getting enough exercise and getting it at the right time each day is helping me with this.
Looking forward to seeing what another week will bring!
Friday, February 21, 2014
Today was a slower day.
Spent a lot of time today making bread and tortillas to supplement our meals.
Nice to be able to make homemade stuff to eliminate all the additives and preservatives in our food. I make several foods ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze them for later use. Cuts down
on time in the long run.
Today's exercise routine included the stationary bike and stretches for my plantar fasciitis.
I grouped my foot exercises into a grouping to make it easier to track. Will be doing the same for my upper and lower body exercises that I do three times a week on alternating days.
Trying to find easier ways to track my workouts. The groupings may help in this matter.
Two days done...let's make it three!
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Well, I did it!
I completed the first day of the new exercise routine I have set up.
After10 minutes on the stationary bike, I wasn't sure how much I could do, but I kept on going.
Took a little time to find a kickboxing video and completed one of Nicole's 10 minute
videos. That was enough cardio for today.
Then I went on to do the strength exercises, completing four set of three exercises and
2 sets of two others.
I'm done now...ready for a little rest. Glad I get a day of rest from the strength routine.
So its one day down and another tomorrow!
See you then.
PS. This blogging thing keeps me accountable!
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Have you ever wondered how to change things for the better?
Sometimes it is so much easier to let things be, if you know what I mean. In other words,
Well, I started out the year with a new outlook at life, as a new beginning of sorts.
However, I got a little sidetracked and didn't get much done as a result.
The beginning of the year brought some new things like new medical equipment for my
sleep apnea and new toys from Christmas to try out with my cooking. I had a desire to start out looking at things and life in a new way. But like I said, time flew by and not much got done.
I found my motivation to change anything was close to nothing. So the result was nothing.
Last week I had a chance to get out and spend time with a friend. I got a new perspective
on life beyond my four walls and small world. It was what I needed to get up and going again.
Got my mind thinking and started in small steps to move forward.
So I thought I would share a little about what I have done and what I am doing...
First I started small with planting lettuce seeds indoors to help supplement my fresh food supply. Then I started up some sprouts. I went outdoors and spent a rare warm day digging up the veggie garden so I could plant some veggies in the spring. Along with that I worked with my daughter on the fruit trees pruning them for better production. So things are moving forward in the food supply area once again.
Then this week as I started doing my weekly chores, I found I was sleeping better than before.
Figured it was due to being a bit more active. So that sparked an idea in my head. I wondered if there was some way to get a real good exercise program going. I was tired of the same old same old stuff I had done in the past and wanted to ramp things up a bit. So I went looking for
a good article on setting up a strength training workout to go along with cardio. Found one!
It gave me some ideas as to what needed to be done and how. Then once I knew what to do.
I went looking for some exercises I could start out with. I decided to use Spark People's exercises to set up a workout I could work with. I found some upper body and lower body exercises and then put them into a three day a week program that I would try out.
So that is where I am now. I have made up a program and will start doing it tomorrow according to the schedule I have set up. I still need to decide for sure how long and how many
and several other little details. But that will come. I also want to start up some cardio to go along with it. Something different and new.
My plan is to continue to blog as I get going on this newly made journey of sorts. With a
goal in mind to lose some inches and pounds in the next 6 months, I hope these ideas will help me get there. I figure there will be bumps along the way, but I hope I can keep going forward,
blogging, trying new things and making adjustments as needed.
That's it for today. Will post more as I get going on this new journey of mine. We'll see what this will do and where it will take me. Also, we'll see if I can stick to the program long enough to see results!
Here's a link to that website I used to help me put together the program:
Sunday, March 10, 2013
This is the second part of a two part series on depression. My first blog was written the end of January. So sorry for the delay in writing the second blog. Life happens.
In the first one I wrote about depression can affect us especially during the holidays and how I was able to deal with it. I shared how God is able to help us deal with disease and lead us to health. If you haven't read my first blog, be sure to read it first to get the whole picture.
In this second blog, I will share my "formula" for dealing with depression on a daily basis. It is one that I go to each time I see an episode of depression coming on, and the one I shared with my brother. In short, my formula is a simple one--Look Up and Look Out! These word give me a guide as to what I need to do to get back on an even keel.
"Look Up" means to look upward toward God. When we are depressed, we tend to look inward and downwards. Looking up to God gets our eyes and minds off of ourselves and onto Him.
When we focus on God and on Jesus, we can see that we are not alone, that They are with us.
We can look to God for guidance and direction as to what we can do to deal with our depression. Depression is often linked with darkness, and God is Light. With Him we can be moved from darkness unto light.
Through prayer and meditation on God's Word, the Bible, God can show us the ways to deal with our specific situations. All the questions we have will be answered. Questions such as why we are depressed. what we can do to deal with it, where we can turn for help and how to deal with depression... We can find answers for them.
Sometimes we will be led to seek counseling or other medical help to assist us to get through depression , anxiety or other related problems. God can and does help us find the right counselors, doctors and medications that we need.
Whatever direction our journey health takes us, God can help us. In Philippians 4:13, Paul writes "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me". Matthew 19:26 reminds us that "...with God all things are possible."
The second part of the formula is "Look Out". That is not looking out for what, but rather looking outward to who? When we look outward to others around us, we once again take our eyes off of ourselves onto others.
When looking outward, we can see that others have needs and problems too. One of the ways we can help ourselves deal with depression is by helping others. By focusing on others' needs we help ourselves. Seeking places that encourage us to do things with other people, such as community and church activities are also ways we can look to others. Find something you can do and have fun doing it!
Looking outward also involves the things we can do to help ourselves move from a life controlled by depression to one of health and freedom from illness and defeat. Among these
include diet and exercise, and getting 20 minutes of sunshine each day. Diet and exercise help our bodies get healthier and to fight off the effects of depression and anxiety. Add to that being outdoors, and you can have the benefits of the sunshine that helps to lift our moods.
Remember, daylight even when it is behind the clouds, can give some benefits in this way.
So to sum things up on how to deal with depression, remember to "Look Up and Look Out".
1) Look up to God-seek Him for the healing and answers you need.
2) Look outward to others for help and for where you can be of help to others.
3) Eat healthy foods that allow your body to heal.
4) Exercise- Get out, about and moving. Your body and mind will love you for it.
5) Get some sunshine each day. Move from darkness to light. This will lift your moods
and spirit, so you can lead a more productive life.
I hope this formula and the suggestions given will be of help to you. May you be blessed as you seek to live a healthier life.
Remember that with the help of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, we can find health and healing for ourselves and for others as well. It is just not possible to do this alone.
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