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Monday, April 02, 2012


Daugther started last summer and can do this today! Amazing -hope to post a vlog with me doing the same some day...

  
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JOYINKY 4/8/2012 8:13PM

    Perfect song! She is AMAZING!! I couldn't move like that without a hoop; she's really good. Beautiful girl too; she looks like a dancer. Thanks for sharing. I missed it when I was gone. Still smiling. I love watching others hoop. Smiles.

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 4/6/2012 10:46AM

    Wow that was good! You could tell how hard she was working out by her breathing.

I was quite surprized to see how much she's grown up. We have been on this board for a long time...

Amber

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SILLYHP1953 4/4/2012 4:10PM

    Good grief...I wonder how many calories that burned? I need to start hooping!!

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SWEDE_SU 4/2/2012 8:56AM

    she makes it look so easy!

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QUEENMOXIE 4/2/2012 8:53AM

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PUDLECRAZY 4/2/2012 5:04AM

    Wow! Impressive! And your daughter is darling.
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BUSYMOM911 4/2/2012 3:23AM

    Thanks so much for sharing. She is terrific.

She keeps to the beat of the song, and boy, does she keep moving. What a workout for almost 3 minutes! I like that she can reverse her direction while the hoop is still going. She actually puts the 'dance' in hoop dancing.

With an example like that, you will be hooping like that in no time, too! You have every right to be one proud mama!!!!

I've bookmarked this blog to watch over again. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ARTJAC 4/2/2012 1:02AM

    VERY GOOD

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KNITTINGNAN 4/2/2012 12:43AM

  What amazes me is that she hardly moves her hips. This is not such a pretty sight when I try it!!!! She is really great! Thanks for sharing.

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Aprils fool

Sunday, April 01, 2012

As I was doing my morning sparking I got a link that lead to a link - about motivation. I tested and my desk is now clean and I feel energetic...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=PppCBDHeytg

About april goals - I am not really clear of it yet. I want to continue with the hooping and I want to keep on shining my sink and I want to get dressed to lace p shoes... AND I woulld really want to lose some weight this month - it is about time!

I´ll be back!

  
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SILLYHP1953 4/4/2012 4:08PM

    I'm almost afraid to open this link in case it's an April Fools joke!!!

I opened the link when I got home, could not do it on my work computer, and it was quite interesting. My desk is messy again, but I do get it cleared off pretty regularly.

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BAMBI31311 4/1/2012 5:56AM

  Sit quietly and rethink what you've been doing, and how you can tweak it to make it a little better, without overwhelming yourself with too much. It's a new day, new week and a new month, and spring is in the air.

Good luck !

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ALBAUGHMO 4/1/2012 5:51AM

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Last day of march

Saturday, March 31, 2012

I haven´t been to successful. I did not shine my sink the whole month and I did not plan my food as intended.

I have been hooping ten minuts a day since... I am not even sure but it is more than half of this month.

I probably ate ok half of the time.

Hmm, now I have to come up with motivating goals for april. Don´t really feel like it. Been to the movie with daugter today, saw !pirates! and had a mediumsized popcorn – ridiculously expensive! Daugther had a large and also got three scopes of icecream at the food store... I had none and that is good. I had some cookies instead - 400 cal in cookies, not smart!

It´s a cold northern wind, I have been out walking and I´ve done my hooping and I should have biked maybe, but it feels to cold!

  
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SILLYHP1953 4/4/2012 4:05PM

    Remember...progress not perfection. I must keep reminding myself, too.

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LITTLEBO 3/31/2012 10:39PM

    Take a day or two to regroup...we all hit a slump and just have to keep going.... progress not progression....
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KASEYCOFF 3/31/2012 2:39PM

    Got cold over here again too; this happened last year, so we had one week of summer in early spring, then - cold weather and rain for three months! I stopped doing the movie-theatre popcorn, between the salt and the expense. Motivating goals... when you find some, be sure to post them, so I can mebbe crib a page from your book, lol!
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Oh, and how was 'Pirates'? That's the new Aardman movie, right?

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DSJB9999 3/31/2012 12:50PM

    emoticon good idea to plan for April.

Don't be hard on yourself you did shine most of March and we all enjoyed seeing the shiny sink.

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What´s wrong with me?

Friday, March 30, 2012

I do not think it is fun to exercise or practice. I have to admit that I find it more or less boring.

If I look back I think that riding has mostly been more fun than boring – but to train a new horse is work and as soon something "Has to be" I sort of find it boring.

After finally being able to hoop a little I really enjoy the fact that I have - through hard work - conquered the skill of keeping the hoop around my waist. Now I practice to get better and hope to be able to do tricks eventually. But I can´t say that I find that practice "fun".

Same with ukulele playing – I love to be able to play, I love to play with friends, but practice is not that fun. It has to be done because I enjoy to get better.

I remember that once I played badminton with a friend every saturday for an hour - that was really fun too and hard exercise.

Choir practice is mostly fun.

Thinking about work is not fun, going to work is not fun - actually working is mostly fun when I do it, interesting and engaging and a privilege.

Walking or biking is nice – but thinking about it as a necessary exercise is hard...

Jumping on the trampoline is sort of fun – but as soon as I put it as an exercise it gets kind of "am I not finished soon..."

Love attending at twelve step meetings but thinking about getting there is sort of boring....

Love being with my theatre friends and produce a play but not so fond of all the rehearsals...

I am obviously tired to day – hard to find the enthusiasm.... so I better get my ten minutes of hooping in before I start to procrastinate!.

  
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SILLYHP1953 4/4/2012 4:02PM

    Reminds me of how I love working in the garden, digging, pulling weeds, shoveling mulch...but if somebody TOLD me to do it then all the fun would be gone. Strange.

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GUITARWOMAN 3/30/2012 5:27PM

    I have thought a lot about how to reply!

First, I think there is absolutely nothing wrong with you.

But, you might benefit from some redefining of activities....

I am a pretty optimistic person, but I do not think of a lot of the activities I do as "fun."

The treadmill, which believe me is not always fun, is valuable for so many reasons, all of which make me feel good.

And music...while playing learned pieces can be fun, practice is hardly that. Learning a new piece is hard. And it sounds pretty awful at first. But the feeling of self mastery and achieved goals usually puts me in the flow and the time kind of loses meaning...at least some of the time. I have never met a musician, professional or otherwise, who thought of practicing as fun. But meaningful, you betcha'!

I am embracing an aspect of psychology called "Positive Psychology" that talks about the best lived life being a life of meaning. The life of pleasure (fun?) is typically not associated with health benefits, but the life of meaning sure is.

Some references if you are interested:

The founder of this psychology specialty is Dr. Martin Seligman, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Website: called Authentic Happiness (sounds silly, but the content sure is not) is run by the University, is free, and if you create a profile you can take all kinds of questionnaires and read lots of helpful material.

So, what do you play on the ukelele?


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HEARTSTOPPER 3/30/2012 3:51PM

   
Hugs girlie pie

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GREENMAN71 3/30/2012 11:32AM

    I've come to terms with being a "dabbler". I get really excited about new ideas and envisioning the possibilities, but I soon get bored and side-tracked by something newer and shinier... :) I still allow myself to try lots of new things, but have started setting more goals to follow-through with some of the things I like to stick with it for X amount of time, no matter HOW bored I get. This way I am giving them a fair chance, and as with hooping - I often find that when I am able to find the challenges within the activity to keep it "new" I am able to stick with it better. Good luck!

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JOYINKY 3/30/2012 10:35AM

    Oh, this would take far more mental energy than I'm up for this morning other than to share that I think you sound pretty normal.

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 3/30/2012 10:28AM

    Definitely not anything wrong with you! Seems like there is too much thinking involved! LOL...more doing, less thinking!

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I try something new...Succeed (or win at it) and then I am done with it!
I like the challenge of conquering something but then instantly lose interest.
Never thought there was anything wrong with me.
I just know I get bored super easy.
If I had a job as data entry or something, I would probably lose my mind!
I am a flight attendant...Can't get much more action than that (without requiring me to get dirty)!
You fit in with my version of normal! LOL... (Take that as you will!)
I hoop when I watch Chopped. I LOVE that show!! I have to be doing something besides hooping or else it is like watching paint dry. And honestly...I like doing it!
If I am dysfunctional then I am very functional within my dysfunction and refuse to change!
LOL...
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Keep on being you!!

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NETOPIASGAL 3/30/2012 10:24AM

    I don't think everything has to be "fun", but can be pleasant, enjoyable or something of that sort of nature.

A little story for you...

My son is very literal. When he was about 5 or 6 my Dad took him on an outing to a toy train museum. My son loved trains. A few days later when we were all together my Mom asked him if he had fun. He said, "No." My Dad looked shocked. He had been sure Joey had a good time. He had been engrossed in each exhibit taking it all in. Knowing my son I then asked a more general question, "Did you like it?" "Oh yes!" His eyes lit up. "It was really interesting." See. for my five year old fun was playing at the park with his friends or fun was going to the beach and playing and swimming. Fun = play and laughter... the museum was not FUN, but he did enjoy it. :-)

Our workouts don't have to be fun, but we can find satisfaction in them or enjoy them or... ___________ (fill in the blank), whatever positive adjective works for you.

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KAYTEETOO 3/30/2012 8:32AM

    I have a problem with the word 'fun'. If people say to me, 'Come along, it will be fun!', I always think I won't like it. Fun is scary to me!
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You don't necessarily have to find things 'fun'. I would not say I find exercise fun, even something like dancing, but I get something out of it, it makes me feel better physically and emotionally, and that is enough.

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BD3269PM 3/30/2012 7:12AM

    Try not to think of these things as "musts" but instead as "wants". Maybe that could help. You are doing great--keep it up emoticon emoticon

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PUDLECRAZY 3/30/2012 7:02AM

    LOL! I love KaseyKoff's response. Rebelliousness. Maybe, my friend, maybe.

I think the trick may be to not think of these things as exercise, or as practice. Take the labels off. I know it would ruin my walks if I thought of them as exercise, and my music time if I thought of it as practice. I like the pure joy of being wrapped up in what I am doing. Walking is pure joy because I do my walking outside with my dog, and enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, and feel of being outside. My music time is when I am completely interior, it is like a meditation for me. Is it attitude or something else?

I know I do not enjoy thinking about weight lifting. I make myself go. I do not enjoy the thought of weight lifting, or the loud music they play in the class. Yet once I start, I love both the weight lifting and the loud music (well, I wish it wasn't so loud) - I think the endorphins kick in.

Sometimes, when I am really resistant, I just go through the motions of whatever the task at hand is, and make do with a sense of at least accomplishing my goals.

NOTHING is wrong with you. You work hard and sometimes it is just hard getting those other goals in. We all come at them from different viewpoints and motivation.

Happy hooping!

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KASEYCOFF 3/30/2012 3:14AM

    Do you think it's a rebellious streak? That is, as soon as something becomes 'you have to--' then somehow it becomes 'I don't WANT to'? I wonder about that myself: even after all this time, I don't like exercise. I plain don't like it. Don't like to sweat, move quick, try to remember how to do this or that. I do something active now, every day, but only because - I have to.

In my case, maybe it's also a subconscious recognition that there will not be any real improvement. That's not a case of negative thinking; that's a case of reality. Flat feet / knock-knees... poor eyesight... lack of coordination and balance... I was one of those last-kid-picked-for-the-team people. Individual sports? Gotta laff, as bowling, skating, golf, skiing, all seem to required a basic level of skill or fitness or strength or something that I just don't have.

I know - with certainty - that if I practice algebra I will improve. I know - with complete confidence - that if I work at developing skill on the computer, I can master it. So has my dislike of exercise got more to do with the satisfaction I get from believing, KNOWING, 'I can'?

Eh. Mindfulless ramblings on a Friday morning. Have a good weekend, Meddy. Gloria Gaynor's singing my theme song, lol...
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To serve

Thursday, March 29, 2012

I am in Oslo and last night I had this crazy idea to drink wine at the reception and threecourse dinner – after almost seven years of sobriety it is really weird to get such a strong impulse. Anyway, I followed program - texted an AA-friend and shared in my "recovering alcoholic" spark team. Which meant I had to connect my computer to get online – and there was a mail from this friend who has breastcancer. Her report from pathology had not been good, she is to get chemo and will be doing a skeleton scint and she is of course really frightened. She is 45 and in the middle of life.

And my experience can be used – I am grateful! I know where she is, I remember the feelings and I have a lot to share... and it seems to work, she always writes back and tells me that whatever I am doing helps and she can laugh, feel better and get to sleep.

And I am thinking about what I am doing that is good. The best thing I am doing is to have survived - I remember that during my treatment I loved to read about people who had breastcancer – and was living as usual five or ten years later.

I can also tell her that my tumours were big, that I had to do several scints and that my tumours were aggresionlevel three - and here I am very alive and without any signs of cancer as far as I know...

The most important thing I do for her is to tell her that my cancer was not "Light" and to be the living example. Not much competence required to do that.

But what I do that requires some human skill is that I do not assure her that she will live, or that treatment is nothing or that she should not panic over losing her hair.

What I do is tell her that she is alive now and better live while she is doing it. There are many people killed in stupid car accident while they worry over what to give their mother in la for christmas. Here and now is all we got – cancer or not.

I can also tell her how I tried to manage my panic - from brain research people I have learned that it can be handled by giving the brain something unemotional to do – write nouns, try to read the alphabet backwards, write down any horsename one could think of beginning with "P"...whatever that is occupying but with no feelings. Not plan ahead, not try to think "positive" just do something here and now to live here and now.

And when she panics over losing her hair I say that she might wait until she does it and panic then, for now it is still there (and btw I never lost mine although I "should" had gotten a good whig in vain there...)

I tell her that it is scary and nothing you wish for, but it can be handled and you can survive. One day at a time. One step at the time. Live while you are living...

I never thought that those dreadful experiences I had could be of use, but I am really grateful to be able to help my friend.

And if those crazy thoughts about drinking had not entered my mind yesterday I had probably not connected my computer - and my friends cry for help would have been unnoticed until this morning.

I really should trust life!

  
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SILLYHP1953 4/4/2012 3:59PM

    It really is funny how those things work, gives you a bit more belief in trusting.

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DAWNFIRE72 4/3/2012 9:26AM

    I'm glad you were able to help your friend. As they said in the Blues Brothers "The Lord works in mysterious ways" (an old quote for sure).

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KMIRANDA2000 3/29/2012 3:07PM

    Every once in a while I have those thoughts too about drinking like a normal person...good thing we can think it all the way through.

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GUITARWOMAN 3/29/2012 10:55AM

    All meant to be....

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KASEYCOFF 3/29/2012 9:29AM

    Ah, Meddy, really underscores cosmic connections - one way or another, we are all linked, even if it's miles down the road before we see how...
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JOYINKY 3/29/2012 7:58AM

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PICKIE98 3/29/2012 4:36AM

    no such thing as an accident!





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