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To do lists

Monday, March 05, 2012

I'm re-learning the habit of keeping effective running To-do lists and have learned to NOT bite off more than I can chew. emoticon

I have stopped dating my list as I was copying over a few things from day to day and it's easier just to add new items and check off completed tasks.

Sound so organized, don't I? emoticon

On a different topic- my grandkids' other grandmother, who became a young (62) widow a few short months after our children married in 2008, has a new gentleman friend to keep her company and we are all so happy for her (except one of her (apparently selfish) daughters).
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GERMANIRISHGIRL 3/7/2012 6:48PM

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DOOBRIE 3/7/2012 5:35PM

    Glad your DIL's mum has found someone to keep her company. Good for her.
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TRENTDREAMER 3/7/2012 11:41AM

    "I have stopped dating my list as I was copying over a few things from day to day and it's easier just to add new items and check off completed tasks.
Sound so organized, don't I?"
* I know the feeling.

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HIPPICHICK1 3/6/2012 11:34PM

    Lists keep me on track every single day. Good Luck with yours!
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OLDERDANDRT 3/6/2012 3:27PM

    There's always one! (at least)! emoticon emoticon

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MAGGIEVAN 3/6/2012 4:18AM

    Ha-ha I do make lists but I am no slave to it. A lot is dependent on my mood. Life is too short I think to worry too much about it. Enjoy what you are doing!

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NEW-CAZ 3/6/2012 2:56AM

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DARA52 3/6/2012 12:27AM

    I always have a few things at the bottom of the list that just never get done... mostly the things that will take the most emotional energy.

Sounds very childish. But I know older people who are the same. Insecurities are dangerous.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/6/2012 12:10AM

    Oh, that's wonderful! I hope the daughter gets over it! emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/5/2012 10:54PM

    that's really sad that one daughter can't be ahppy for her mother.


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_UMAMI_ 3/5/2012 10:48PM

    I LOVE LISTS.
Apparently, according to my Mom, I started them at age 2.
(Following in her footsteps, er fingertips?, as it were.)

Today I happily crossed off all my to-do items, because I kept it short and sweet (about six items, including a workout and 2 things I'd been procrastinating about for over a month).

I also "cheat" and add things to the list that weren't originally on them if I did them (like laundry).

Whatever WORKS, right??

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LINDABENEDICT 3/5/2012 10:33PM

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CINDYWAGNER1 3/5/2012 9:47PM

    I am so glad that she has found someone to talk with and spend time with. Everyone needs someone. Way to go, girl on keeping a check list or to do list. I should do that. I am such a procrastinator it is unreal!! Hope you have a great week.

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SEPPIESUSAN 3/5/2012 9:18PM

    My mom is driving me crazy with her jealousy of my MIL. She is so worried I'm going to have more motherly feelings for my MIL than her, or something. I'm glad you're happy for your grandchildren's other grandmother!!

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MARITIMER3 3/5/2012 8:14PM

    I'm a list-maker too. Can't get along without them. When my kids were small we used to make a list of jobs to be done when we were expecting company. Each child would choose one job, and the last item on the list was "tear up the list". It was a lot of fun, and the jobs seemed to get finshed quickly.

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BEECHNUT13 3/5/2012 8:00PM

    I wish my to-do list was a one day thing... they usually stretch week to week...

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WATERMELLEN 3/5/2012 7:42PM

    I'm thinking maybe I need some "to don't" lists!! (and: so does that selfish daughter . . . often they're worrying about their future inheritance if Mum remarries!!)

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GRANDMA_SANDY48 3/5/2012 7:17PM

    I am trying to make lists ... and hope to implement them more when I retire on Friday.

Silly daughter ... her mum deserves some happiness.

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/5/2012 7:15PM

    Sometimes I have to cross out the day and post next day atop the list instead of crossing out items! (smiling)

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BETHGILLIGAN 3/5/2012 6:42PM

    Lists--ya gotta love 'em!! Good for grandma!!! Ignore the selfish daughter and have a blast!!!

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Too few calories?

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Now that my hip bursitis seems to be gone (MOST of the time) I am able to hit the gym hard again. emoticon

Since I am currently in a wt loss study using the DASH diet I am eating less protein and LOTTSA fruits and veggies. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Am noticing that almost every day my calories are less than the SP recommendation for my fitness level.
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P.S. It's also less than the DASH diet recommends for me.

  
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TRENTDREAMER 3/5/2012 8:01AM

    Every time I've tried a new diet successfully, that happenned at first. New foods body processing.

Give it some time and let the study people know what's going on. I'm sure that you are not the first person to experience this.

Best of fortune to you on it.

:)

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HIPPICHICK1 3/4/2012 10:07PM

    Have you lost? Gained? Stayed the same?
Go have a snack woman!


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CINDYWAGNER1 3/4/2012 7:55PM

    And what has your results been? I have at least 3 oz of protein with my dinner meal every night and lots of fruits and veggies.

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SAM60SUMTHINK 3/4/2012 3:59PM

    Glad the bursitis is going into the pages of history in your life-story!!
Hmm... undereating has been my main issue all along, so I understand it on my own level. Last month I started something that might help you also: track of caloric intake with care and incorporate an evening smoothie (home-made and nutrient dense) into the low-calorie days.

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OLDERDANDRT 3/4/2012 11:32AM

    So happy you are feeling better and hitting the gym!! I'd ask someone with the study, maybe, about the discrepency in recommended daily calories range. Esp. about the protein. How long is this study? I'm sure you'll see weight loss! You just don't want to lose lean, muscle mass.
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GERMANIRISHGIRL 3/4/2012 10:44AM

    Glad you are feeling better! emoticon

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KANOE10 3/4/2012 8:58AM

    Good luck to you. I ate less calories also! I would say if your energy is high and it is working..then you should be fine.

Way to go on healthy eating. emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/3/2012 10:57PM

    I sure hope you don't lose your hair from too little protein. Good luck Lizzie

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MEXGAL1 3/3/2012 10:38PM

    Hope you are not feeling hungry and the fewer calories are working out for you. fruits and veggies are good.
Be nice if you were able to get a few extra pounds off with the lower calories.


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SEPPIESUSAN 3/3/2012 9:19PM

    Hmm...are you happy with your rate of weight loss? Too hungry? Have enough energy? If you're happy with what you're eating now, why try to fix something that isn't broken? I pretty much had to ignore my SP-generated calorie levels to make things work for me... (in the other direction though...I had to ADD calories).

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PURPLESPEDCOW 3/3/2012 8:58PM

    add more fruit or ask your study director

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DARA52 3/3/2012 8:32PM

    Hooray for hip bursitis being gone! Am sure you will get the hang of the calories. Add a banana milkshake at the end of the day for dessert. Frozen bananas, unsweetened cocoa powder and some avocado. Yummm....

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JOOFARK 3/3/2012 8:04PM

    You and I are having the same problem. I have a goal of 1200 - 1500 calories per day but I think I've only reached it once since I've been back here. There is an article I read on how to add more calories. One of these days I'm going to finally get the hang of this stuff.

Good Luck. Here's the link to the article...

http://www.sparkp
eople.com/resource/nutrition_ar
ticles.asp?id=593

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More wise words from the Universe today

Friday, March 02, 2012

"When you finally get that call, meet that person, walk that walk, and live that dream, elizabeth, do you think you'll even care that there were a few dark and scary moments in a journey that made them all possible?

Trust me, you won't even remember.

The Universe"

LOVE getting these daily messages from the universe.
(Thank you HIPPICHICK!!)
Here's the link (revised):

www.tut.com
(scroll down to 'notes')
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NAMMYOFTHREE 3/3/2012 1:54PM

  Hi Liz.......I look forward to my "Thoughts from the Universe" too. Mike Dooley has inspired me and given the tools for action.........my thoughts are becoming things!

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MEXGAL1 3/3/2012 9:20AM

    Thanks for sharing.
Have a great week end.

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GOING-STRONG 3/2/2012 10:48PM

    Love it! Spark on!
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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/2/2012 7:38PM

    Nice! & thanks for sharing.

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 3/2/2012 3:19PM

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NEW-CAZ 3/2/2012 3:13PM

    emoticon emoticonLiz have a great weekend emoticon

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DARA52 3/2/2012 12:29PM

    You are too funny! Have a great weekend! I'll check it out.

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BETHGILLIGAN 3/2/2012 12:19PM

    OK! Found it but the goal statements baffled me. I "now" have my own ________. I will soon _________. Can you explain?

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BETHGILLIGAN 3/2/2012 12:02PM

    Love the idea of this. Can't get link to work.

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HIPPICHICK1 3/2/2012 11:42AM

    Me toooooo!
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More wise words for the Universe today

Friday, March 02, 2012

"When you finally get that call, meet that person, walk that walk, and live that dream, elizabeth, do you think you'll even care that there were a few dark and scary moments in a journey that made them all possible?

Trust me, you won't even remember.

The Universe"

Isn't that great?
You can sign up to get your daily message fro the universe at

theuniverse@tut.com
(then scroll down to 'notes from the universe')

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MAGGIEVAN 3/2/2012 2:25PM

    So true. Thanks for sharing!

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Back to basics

Thursday, March 01, 2012

My ONLY March goal is to do something I did for many many years but have gotten away from slowly in my retirement years and that is
to make a daily TO DO LIST every single day
and to check off items as I complete them. emoticon

This is how I managed my time when I was a busy teacher and mother
and still found the time to work out most days
and prepare most meals at home. emoticon
I was a HUGE list maker back then.

I found a nice little blank book that was kicking around and I will use that and keep it with me so I will have a record of my daily accomplishments.

Baby steps, my dear sparkpeeps, baby steps will get me there.
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LESLIESENIOR 3/4/2012 11:20PM

    I'm a list maker too. I don't know if I will be less list bound when I retire, but I "lesson plan" my weekends and my vacations. I like the checking off part. Sometimes, when I do a task that is not on my list, I will add it just so I can check it off.

Maybe I should modify this obsessive behavior??? emoticon

Progress not perfection.......... emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 3/2/2012 10:52AM

    I have gotten away from that, too. Maybe it's time to revisit that habit for me, too!!

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MEXGAL1 3/2/2012 10:06AM

    sounds like a great plan to me. I can not live without my lists as I tend to forget everything.

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LYNKIN 3/2/2012 6:07AM

    Hi Elizabeth! The older that I get I realize that it is the "little things" that mean so much. Still teaching, I do have a to-do list in my day timer. I'll keep in mind that I need to continue that when I retire (3 more years! After teaching 33 years, 3 years is not long... laughing here.) HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND! emoticon

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SAM60SUMTHINK 3/1/2012 11:52PM

    I find that those to-do lists seem even more important now that I no longer work.
For me: it's so much easier to put things off when stressors (this schedule, that deadline, etc etc) are no longer pressing me to do the things already running through my mind.
So...
Good thing you're getting back to using the lists; they'll just look different than they used to appear!

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CINDYWAGNER1 3/1/2012 10:11PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonI may need to do that as well.

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NAMMYOFTHREE 3/1/2012 10:07PM

  I agree..lists are a very good thing!

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MARITIMER3 3/1/2012 8:24PM

    I'm a list maker too - I'd be lost without them.

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BEECHNUT13 3/1/2012 7:48PM

    I love my to-do lists... and I love crossing stuff off too! :)

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/1/2012 7:42PM

    Oh, Elizabeth, I lose my lists! emoticonI so admire people who can do that! emoticon

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SEPPIESUSAN 3/1/2012 7:39PM

    I wouldn't be able to function without to-do lists!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/1/2012 6:28PM

    Good idea, Lizzie

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BETHGILLIGAN 3/1/2012 5:10PM

    I am a true list maker. LOVE my lists!! I have lists about my lists and, yes, I also will add something I've done so I can check it off. When I was teaching, I was known for my lists and post its everyplace!! LOL

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TRAVELGRRL 3/1/2012 4:42PM

    Ha ha, I'm just like Watermellen!! If I accidently do something NOT ON MY LIST it has to be added so I can cross it off!

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BETTYAHE 3/1/2012 4:40PM

    I think I need this too! Thanks for sharing!

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WATERMELLEN 3/1/2012 4:34PM

    I love To Do lists: and have even been known to write down something I've already done for the sheer pleasure of immediately crossing it off!!

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NEW-CAZ 3/1/2012 4:25PM

    good plan Liz emoticon emoticon

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 3/1/2012 3:45PM

    emoticon plan!

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DOOBRIE 3/1/2012 3:45PM

    Sound greats, Elizabeth.

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WINFIELD28 3/1/2012 3:28PM

    Great plan!
Checking things of a list, accomplished or done, really makes me feel good!
Baby steps are do-able steps! Good for you!

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MIMICOTO 3/1/2012 3:21PM

    Good going! I would be LOST without lists!!!!

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