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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

My free 14 days of Spark coach is almost over, it has been good. I think the short videos has been great, easy to understand (even for me, a foreigner) and I have also loved the visualisations. Still - I will not sign up to continue, not this time. Partly because I am (as always) short of money and have to prioritize (?) and I have signed up for a year membership at the gym - that includes help from the instructors. Speaking of which, I forgot to go there yesterday... I was so enthusiastic and caught up in trying to construct a "applaud-o-meter" for the show we are having saturday so I drove home completely forgetting that I had planned to go to the gym on my way home... and I can´t spend that gas going back to town after coming home so it will have to be today instead.

Today I am stressed about work, I am relapsing into my old passive manners and postpone work and starting to panic about it.

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SJKENT1 8/21/2012 11:17AM

    That is not who you are striving to be anymore - the past is gone. Today is new and full of possibilities.

Postponing work... ah... yes when I am stressed I certainly turn to procrastination and not dealing with what I know I need to do. Then the stress gets multiplied for me. And I hate that... so when I sense it happening I say stop it! Get it done.

Eating a rhinocerous? Just take it one bite at a time.

Sending hugs Meddy!! emoticon

you CAN do it!

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DAWNFIRE72 8/21/2012 9:46AM

    I think the others have given you some great ideas. I think I am going to take a few of the suggestions to get me through this crazy working while going to school thing.

You can do it, I know you can emoticon

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AZIMAT 8/21/2012 8:37AM

    One class on work efficiency that I went to said to make a list of what needs to be done, prioritize it and doing the top 20% will increase your efficiency by 80% . The idea of breaking the task into small pieces is good too, having success breeds success. I too procrastinate, but sometimes we procrastinators really don't get bogged down in the non-essential busy work like some of those frantic people. It used to make me crazy that my team was the most efficient and productive, but because we seemed so calm the other teams were the ones that were praised. Oh well. God knows, and we had more fun.

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JOYINKY 8/21/2012 8:10AM

    I appreciate your input on Sparkcoach. You will get into a rhythm with the gym; it could be you do your best work when stressed and have fallen into the habit of "late starts". I know I am guilty of that; but when it's down to the wire to focus on what's at hand I do; and it's good. Old habits are hard to break. More importantly, do you really want to break them? A certain amount of stress energizes us; finding the balance is the challenge. You have done it and can do it!

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PUDLECRAZY 8/21/2012 8:01AM

    I agree with Bonita; break it down into small pieces and tackle each one. The big things can be overwhelming, but the smaller parts feel manageable.

Wishing you the best!

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GUITARWOMAN 8/21/2012 7:25AM

    Ah, work....

I am involved in a project right now that involves daily creativity. Who can be creative on demand? Very stressful..About work, chunk it off into small, tiny pieces, and do them one by one. I often take care of the little peripherals first and then work you way into the big piece.

Whatever is stressing you will not last forever. At least that is what I keep telling myself! emoticon

Comment edited on: 8/21/2012 7:26:18 AM

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23KAIYA 8/21/2012 2:01AM

    Good for you, giving it a try and posting about it!
For the stress, can you give your self a break now and then, 2 or 3 minutes to just relax and think to yourself? What are your loves, dreams, goals? How will you get there?
Just a thought.

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Another truth bites the grass!

Monday, August 20, 2012

"So-called "yo-yo" dieting -- where people repeatedly lose weight by dieting, only to regain the weight -- may be frustrating, but it will not hurt a person's ability to lose weight over the long term, a new study finds.

This type of "weight cycling" does not have a negative effect on metabolism, the study found. The findings may be significant, the experts added, because yo-yo dieting affects up to 40 percent of the population in the Western world, and estimates indicate that nearly half of American women are currently dieting to lose weight."

I love it when established "truths" bites the grass... the sad part is that I am going to run into official health people who will warn about yoyo-dieting and who has not read up on this and they are going to think I am a nuicances... I can live with that.

I also love that seven years after cancer my body seems to be back where it was before chemo, that react as it has "always" been. I am fortunate enough to have a body that reacts fast and thoroughly to changes of food plan. Regardless of type of plan - from kamikzae like fasting to sensible choices like weight watchers - it starts to drop weight as soon as I give it the chance and continues as long as I stay on track - no plateus here! I am also very grateful that my body puts up with everything I have done to it without reacting too strongly - thinking of it maybe I haven´t done that much wrong to it... part from weird menu choices, bingeing and kamikaze dieting I have also deprived it of sleep - Many years ago now, when I started my company and worked endless hours, slept on the sofa in my office and worked worked, worked... I don´t do that anymore, I am particular with my sleep but I am also grateful that those bad choices in my younger days did not destroy my ability to sleep long and sound...

But I have not operated it, I have not eaten weird miracle pills and I haven´t used laxatives or tried to get rid of food through vomiting...

It´s monday and deadline for first edition of business section for this autumn is coming up... I can feel my aniety stirring and will ry very hard to meditate and keep balanced. And be very efficient at work!

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JOYINKY 8/20/2012 10:30PM

    It is what it is. I, like you, am grateful I didn't harm my body with all the dumb weight loss things I tried when I was younger. Life is good.

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BARBARASDIET 8/20/2012 2:11PM

    They need to talk to my metabolism and explain this to it....

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 8/20/2012 1:31PM

    I just have to disagree with this. Each time you lose weight your weight loss is about 1/4 muscle loss. Each time you regain, you regain only FAT. That dynamic lowers metabolism.

I have a bio-impedance scale, which measures fat vs. bone and water weight. I have had this scale for many years already, and have cycled my weight countless times (regrettably). And, the scale has shown repeatedly, and over time, that each time I have lost that my lean weight - for the same weights as previous measurements - has consistently gone down as my body fat percentage has consistently gone up for those same weights. Also, as the years have gone by, every time I reach a certain weight, I have to go up a size in clothes for the exact same weight (I know this for a fact because for years and years and years I have kept the same basic jeans and tops so I could accurately judge these things.). The scale and the clothing Do NOT LIE. So, plainly my bio-impedance scale and my clothes are telling me that I am getting less muscle and more fat for the same weights as time goes by, so yo-yoking your weight DOES effect my metabolism, cause when you lose muscle there is NO question that your metabolism is LOWERED.

This isn’t to discourage someone from attempting weight loss. Because we all know that losing weight is really good for your health. But, what it tells me is that I need to find a way to lose weight by making whatever diet I choose part of my ‘lifestyle’, and living it in a non-radical way, so that I gradually lose weight and keep it off. So that I lose the mentality of ‘ON vs. OFF’ a diet, and live a consistently healthy way that gets me lower weight without the yo-yo way of life. For me that means NOT DIETING, but living a way of life.

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AZIMAT 8/20/2012 11:54AM

    Good info, thanks. Good luck on your work challenges. Congratulations on your health.

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PUDLECRAZY 8/20/2012 8:26AM

    First of all, how wonderful that you are cancer free after 7 years!!! emoticon

Isn't it interesting how 'truths' come and go? I have learned to take them with a grain of salt. I especially loved the new 'truth' that a cup of coffee every day provides healthy antioxidants and can help prevent diseases. Yes!

Working efficiently will help with meeting that deadline, and meditating will help with the anxiety. Are you like me - put things off until the deadline is dauntingly near, then put your nose to the grindstone to get it done? Best wishes getting it done without too much anxiety.

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GUITARWOMAN 8/20/2012 7:35AM

    Interesting finding...

You ae lucky to have such a resposive system to weight loss......

Good luck with your work deadline!


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AKELAZ 8/20/2012 5:04AM

    Thanks for drawing my attention to this, MP. I might or might not have found it here for myself but I am very glad to have these facts. Endless yo-yo dieting has been yet another way for me to heap blame on myself for my weight problems - such a long list that makes me feel even more guilty about myself, if I'm honest.

Hope you meet your deadline at your paper without too much stress and thanks again for sharing.

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OOLALA53 8/20/2012 1:14AM

    I had read years ago that the yo-yo dieting doesn't affect metabolism any more than consistent weight loss. But losing weight does lower metabolism, so that those who were overweight and lost will need fewer calories than someone who weighs the same but was never overweight. Those are the breaks..

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Again and again...

Sunday, August 19, 2012

When I look at people I can see that they tend to end p in the same thing over and over again... and I wonder of course how we choose this.

And unfortunately this is me also - I tend to step from one economic catastrophe to another. I had finally paid of the big accountant bill I had from last year AND the lawyer for the court fight over daugter - and druing this I have also paid reapirs on car... finally thought that I could start building a new reserve - I had one of 20 000 skr last year who disappeared very quickly when accountant bill came...

And now my coputer is starting to give me troulble - the mouse pad does not work. As I am an apple fan this means 10 000 skr - that I don´t hae. Maybe I can get a new bluetooth mouse to use for a while, just as I have a bluetooth keyboard... found a site that sells reconditioned computers and those who might have dents in the shells - one year gurarantee and half the price... but I´ll go with a bluetoot mouse first. I can get the money in two months if nothing catastrophical happens...

But I wonder why this is happening all the time - I probably waste too much money but I do think that I am really living cheap, I do have a good salary, car and gas are heavy consts but otherwise I don´t spend much. Binge food of course... but hardly no clothes, nothing on hairdresser, make-up - one kajal pen four times a year... shoes, expensive, house costs...electrical bill is heavy otherwise not that much. Doggier - not that exensive since I took away his daycare, child care - alimony(?) for daughter, not that heavy... it ends up but I managed to save 1 500 skr each month last year, this year I have been behind all the time.

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KRZYKAT3 8/19/2012 10:40PM

    my life seems to go in circles also. each time I feel like I am oging to get out from under BOOM! another darn broken car, dryer, whatever. Now I jsut keep thinking I am in so much debt I;; never get ahead, woring so far LOL

keep plugging aywa it is just KARMA

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SHANSHE 8/19/2012 9:33PM

    Seems I have had money issues all my life and i wonder if it will EVER get better...

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GUITARWOMAN 8/19/2012 3:34PM

    Sometimes it is like that....

About your computer; maybe try uninstalling and reloading the track pad software; that can work. I have an expensive bluetooth mouse for my computer, the scroll wheel stopped working, and I thought rats, that is $100 Canadian dollars!

But, I first uninstalled and reinstalled the mouse, and that did it--at least for now, it is working.

Good luck!

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 8/19/2012 12:46PM

    It seems that when it rains it pours; when something breaks down or a large expense comes, it seems a few things (like dominoes) breaks down or a bunch of expenses come one after the other. Like when my fridge went out, soon the tv went, and then pretty expensive house repairs, as well as sudden car repairs. Like I said, it seems when it rains it pours. That's why I try not to spend anything much, so I can save for when I will be having to spend a bunch. Nothings free...


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DAWNFIRE72 8/19/2012 12:25PM

    I know what you mean Meddy. It seems this year that we can't get ahead either. Part of that is my fault for going back to school but that will become extra income sometime next year after I graduate (supposed to happen around mid-May 2013 but I am hoping to speed that up a little).

I am sure at some point things will turn around for you and you will be able to rebuild your savings. Hoping it is sooner rather than later for you.

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OOLALA53 8/19/2012 12:24PM

    I've had a lot of costs over the last few months that have kept me from saving as I am often used to. But they were all necessities, such as car repairs. Modern life is expensive! Capital intensive, I think E. F. Schumaker would call it.

Yet, we go on.

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JOYINKY 8/19/2012 6:37AM

    Sometimes things just hit that way! You will make it through this; in the meantime don't give up on building that reserve! emoticon

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TATTER3 8/19/2012 5:22AM

    Seems we all have scrambles in our lives. BUT...we keep at it and things usually tend to come back eventually. Just keep Sparkin'!!

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Willing to go any lenghts...

Saturday, August 18, 2012

I got inspiration form a blog from onekidsmom about willingness but first - yesterday:

Instead of walking the dog and then maybe go mushroomhunting in the evening I took the car out in the woods and did he 45 minute morning walk there - hunting for mushrooms at the same time. I can´t say that the loot was big but it was enough for lunch and I am really starting to see the new possibility with the gps in my phone - it makes it possible to explore new territories and leave the common paths...only wish I had good waterproof boots, but I have problem feet and not money so it will have to wait and I will try to stay on higher grounds...

Doggy hates to go in the car - when I turn back I have to remember to leash him long before we reach the car, otherwise he will not come and I will spend a lot of time trying to persuade him to come to me...

Then I went to an interview - doggy was with me as we were on our way to performance. He managed to sneak out of the car at the interview so I spend some embarrasing minutes trying to catch him...he was very happy and I had to work hard not to strangle him ;-( when I finally got him I did not want to put him back in the car - then he will never come to me in the future - so he was with me at the interview (that was outdoor) very confusing with everybody wanting to pet him and me saying "dont, he bites" (Which he does if people comes to sudden upon him, he has to come first..) and at the same time as I was watching him not biting people I was trying to give some intelligent was sort of chaotic and I don´t think my brand as a serious journalist is safe... I just hope that I get things right in the article - it is not a pulitzerwinner and it is all positive, I think I am safe.

Then to theatre, very small audience but that does not mean less work, just different.

Ok - so the willingness then. If I want to become healthy I have to live a healthy persons life. In some aspects I do already - I go to bed early and sleep the hours I need, I try to paln my day so there is not too much going on, no stress. I also cook healthy food. What in my daily life is not healthy? Too much time in the sofa at evenings. I blame my fatigue, I have no energy left ... but maybe I should try doing nothing instead of watching teve for a while.

I´ll be back on this subject, it feels like "the life of a healthy person" as I think it is is out of reach for the moment because I can´t master the energy... but I also have to admit that I am not really clear on what the life of a healthy person looks like. I might start with elaborating that.

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 8/18/2012 10:27AM

    I can certainly relate to the doggie issues. Both my dogs want to run the other way when I call them, and make a game of ‘catch me if you can’. I had to laugh when you mentioned strangling him, cause I certainly know how frustrating it is.
My little Shatzi decided he wanted to eat the mushrooms in the lawn, and I was constantly telling him, “leave it” cause I don’t know if they are in fact safe. So one day when I opened the door - before I could stop him - he charged out the door, grabbed a mushroom and gulped it down. So, I guess they aren’t poisonous as he is still alive and well. Also last night when I was cleaning up the garden, Mocha kept eating the day lily seed pods, and I was concerned they may be toxic too. Apparently they are safe too, but still I don’t feel safe letting him eat them.


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JOYINKY 8/18/2012 10:17AM

    You pack an awful lot into each day! I think the quest for a healthy life is like trying to live like a naturally thin person. It has to be different for everyone; we're all wired differently. I think it's got to be a balance that fits each of us; physically, socially, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. I struggle with the social part of that.

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JUKEBOX2 8/18/2012 9:26AM

    Sounded like a fulfilling day!

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AZIMAT 8/18/2012 7:36AM

    I believe that each of us has to define a healthy lifestyle personally. It is not an ideal somewhere up in the sky or in someone else's mind.

I commiserate with you about the doggie. we have one who comes joyfully and one who is so impossible that she is always leashed. :(

Mushroom hunting! I've always been afraid. I see mushrooms all the time but never eat them because of the danger of poisoning. I'm happy that you know how to do it and have that wonderful new freedom with your GPS.

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SWEDE_SU 8/18/2012 7:13AM

    sounds like you have a mischievous doggie there! i think your them of what makes a healthy lifestyle is a good one to ponder - and it may even be possible to combine it with your professional side. it seems to me there is an increased focus on healthy lifestyle here in sweden than in the past, more people are out walking, people of all ages and sizes. the interest seems to be there!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/18/2012 6:59AM

    Envisioning the life of a healthy person... sounds like a great theme to start a series with. I think the answers will be a little different for each of us, but I often look back to a concept in a book: The Solution by Laurel Mellin.

The concept is called Mastery Living. The subtitle is "An active and fulfilling lifestyle". Its focus is on each day (fits right in with one day at a time). Each day is to have three elements: exercise, meaningful activities, and time to restore.

Hmmmm... time to go through that chapter again! Thanks for the nudge.

May your dog get HIS act together. He's got a good gig, being with you! emoticon

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CHRISTINASP 8/18/2012 3:51AM

    I'm smiling about your dog (sorry, I realize it is not funny for you, but it's recognition, mine can be just as self-wise!).
Maybe if you make a few more healthy changes you'll have more energy? I hope so!

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KASEYCOFF 8/18/2012 3:04AM

    Dunno about you, Meddy, but when I try doing nothing - even something as simple as watching television - I fall asleep, lol...

A thought: I don't know what your work assignments cover, but as a journalist, have you considered researching and writing on health topics? Whether it had to do with diet, or fitness, or a psychological angle (such as motivation, persistence, overcoming obstacles), there might be a goldmine there.

Re the dog: I wanted to send a photo to you I saw the other day. I can't send it thru SP, so I posted it over on my blog. Bet that's just how your dog looked when he got out of the car--!

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A little worn out...

Friday, August 17, 2012

Fell asleep on the sofa after work yesterday, woke up at eleven and went to bed, slept until six this morning, woke up with a hint of a migraine that is fortunately gone now - AND the coming day that I felt stressed about has turned around for something better.

I have a press conference to attend and we also have a show at the theatre tonight, we are playing both saturday and sunday also and then there is work again monday... I feel that this really is a little bit too much for me, especially since we have to rehearse a lot next week for the special show for next saturday AND it is getting close to deadline for the septemberissue of the business edition. Yes, I am stressed but good planning and a healthy attitude will make it right. Going back to those mottos "easy does it" "one day at the time" "Most important first" and "live and let live"

I can do this... for today I have planned a 45 minutes walk in the woods with doggie, a session at the gym - ST - for thirty minutes, three healthy meals and a loving, positive attitude....

Here goes! emoticon

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SWEDE_SU 8/17/2012 11:14PM

    it's a good thing there is doggie to make sure you get out in the woods! that's the time to restore, refresh, reset, so you can handle the stress of the rest of the day. you're doing great with a good plan and a good attitude! emoticon emoticon

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RUTHIEBEAR 8/17/2012 7:00PM

    Glad you are taking care of you too. Take some time to just breathe in all of your business. emoticon

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ORCHIDLADY56 8/17/2012 3:58PM

    Sounds like a very busy day for you. Take care of yourself!

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SHANSHE 8/17/2012 3:09PM

    Great goals meddy! Hang in there and keep up the good work!

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MUSICNERD1993 8/17/2012 11:51AM

    Great that you are still making plans for exercise! emoticon

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KRZYKAT3 8/17/2012 11:46AM

    My challengs this week is to get in fitness every day.

My goals are 260 cardio and 80 ST. I feel ST is more imporatnat and body shaoing or me so wokring on getting more in!!

Have a great weekend

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 8/17/2012 10:35AM

    It's really nice you still make time for 45 minutes in the woods with doggie. But, then if you didn't you'd probably be using that time for mischief he'd get into due to the excess energy, huh?


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GUITARWOMAN 8/17/2012 9:42AM

    Love it! and your bulldog picture is adorable!

Seriously, it sounds like you have a lot on your plate and every right to be worn out.

I am sure that you will get it all done...and benefit yourself and others in the process! emoticon

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AJDOVER1 8/17/2012 9:37AM

    We're here for you!

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JOYINKY 8/17/2012 8:08AM

    emoticonYou have a plan! Good start to having a great day!

Be well.

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INGMARIE 8/17/2012 7:58AM

    Great emoticon
Amazing , organized and ready to take on the day ,it seems the heavier the load the better you get.

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PUDLECRAZY 8/17/2012 6:28AM

    Great plans for the day! I am glad you are still walking in the woods. Any more mushrooms?

Have a lovely day, Meddy!

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CHRISTINASP 8/17/2012 4:50AM

    Great plans.. and yes 'easy does it'!
At a time like the one you described I sometimes say to myself that it's enough if I just do the basics or just show up. I try to let go of the idea that I must also 'perform' or 'acheive' something. Just showing up can be an achievement.

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