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Law of the harvest and ditzing around

Saturday, February 01, 2014

1. Law of the harvest - we reap what we sow.

2. Ditzing around... procrastinating about exercise, eating great in the day and then losing it at night... equaled a 1 lb net loss in the month of January. See #1. emoticon

OK, so it's a new month. I'm signed up for a 5k on March 1, 2014 in Provo, UT for the International FOP Association and I'm walking in honor of my granddaughter, so time to put my trainers on and go for a walk. No more procrastinating.


This Beautiful World

Sunday, November 24, 2013

It has been raining since Thursday in Southern Nevada, non-stop. This morning I woke up early, and while it is overcast out, no rain! I laced up my shoes, put on my "Sparkie" (activity tracker) and headed outside. I headed towards the park; you would never know that I lived in the middle of a desert. The emerald lawns were lush and verdant; the air smelled so fresh - it reminded me of Herbal Essence shampoo, it smelled so good! The rain knocked most of the deciduous tree leaves off, and the sidewalks were carpeted with ambers, goldens, crimsons and browns. It was very quiet too; just a few other walkers, and some folks doing tai chi in the children's playground.

I normally put my earbuds in when I walk, but being Sunday I just thought I would like to converse with my Heavenly Father and marvel at the beauty all around me. So many colors this time of year! The rains made the red rocks even redder, and juxtaposed against the sagey olive trees and bright green Palo Verde trees, made a picture worthy of painting. The bright red pyracantha berries reminded me that Christmas is just around the corner. Pinecones that had been knocked out of the trees dotted the lawn all along my walking path. I walked through the rose garden; I make a point of always stopping to smell the roses when I walk here - funny thing was, they had no smell today! All I can figure is the rain washed away the scent or something. They were still beautiful today however. I love this little park - it is an oasis in the middle of our desert. It is where we took formal and informal pictures of my youngest son before he left on his mission to Mexico... every circle of the park I make, I can't help thinking to myself, "that's where Matt stood for my favorite picture of him..." Then I thought that in another month I will be able to Skype with him at Christmas time...

I know that walking is doing wonders for my mood and I've finally gotten to the point where I look forward to exercising. It's taken a couple of months, but it feels so good to get out and move. Especially out in such a beautiful place that I am blessed to have in my own backyard.

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KMVBBAM 11/26/2013 9:20AM

    Love your descriptive words, it puts me right there with you. It sounds beautiful.
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Revisiting Perfectionism

Monday, April 29, 2013

A long time ago a therapist told me I was a perfectionist. This really shocked me -- because I had never thought of myself as a type A, driven kind of person. I procrastinate a lot, I often don't complete things that I start -- again, this really shocked me. When we delved into it a little deeper, I came to realize that I have a tendency towards "all or nothing" thinking -- if I can't do an A+++ job on something, then I just won't do it at all. I call doing nothing my F job.

As I get older and a wee bit wiser, I realize sometimes doing a C+ job is a much better scenario than doing an F job.

For example, I have had a REALLY REALLY stressful couple of weeks. Family heartbreak, new job, final projects in my 2 college courses, and the reality is, this is going to last for at least 2-3 more weeks. Truth is, I have engaged in some emotional eating. My typical thing now to do would be to tell myself - "Failure! You have blown it! Forget about losing weight!" and not visit SparkPeople again for many, many moons. I've done that before. So I have stalled out for the past 2 weeks - not lost any weight.

However, I have not completely jumped off the deep end. I have stayed the same weight for 2 weeks. While I have indulged in some comfort food and not minded my food tracking like I should, I have been mindful about getting enough protein and not going completely bonkers on the sweets (well, a couple of times I've gone overboard on the sweets). And somehow I've managed to maintain. I'm going to take this, for what it's worth, as progress. I'm not in the best pattern I could be, and I am not getting an A+, but I am performing at a C+ which at the end of the day is a heck of a lot better than an F.

The negative me says "Rationalizer! Failure!" The positive me is winning this argument and reminding myself, when I'm ready, I'm never more than one meal away from making the choice to eat healthy. 19 lbs are gone. For that I am grateful. I am happy to see them go. I would like more of their friends to join them. I am not going to rake myself over the coals right now, like I used to do. It is unproductive. It hurts.

I'm allowing myself to be average for a little while.

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CINDYCHARLENE 11/24/2013 6:17PM

    Hi sweetie, I used to be a perfectionist myself and it is a heavy burden to carry. The more fervently I pray for the gift of Charity: the pure love of Christ, the more I am able to let go of expecting perfection from myself, just do the best I can and then rely wholly upon the Lord to make up the difference until He can carry me over the threshold of success as I listen and obey a step at a time, His will for me.
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TERRIH8118 4/29/2013 2:44PM

    emoticon It's so easy to say if you mess up a little, that that's it, no point in trying. But nobodies perfect. C+ is doing pretty good at least it means it's getting set in your mind what you need to do. and 19 #s is a great loss. Keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon

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PEGGYO 4/29/2013 11:27AM


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A new treat...

Friday, April 05, 2013

I found a new treat when I was shopping at Home Goods last week -- Dark Chocolate Covered Goji Berries. They're kind of expensive - $7.99 for a 6-oz bag. Goji berries are supposed to be really good for you -- this from WebMD -

"The goji berry is also called the wolfberry. It is a bright orange-red berry that comes from a shrub that's native to China. In Asia, goji berries have been eaten for generations in the hopes of living longer.

Over time, people have used goji berries to treat many common health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, fever, and age-related eye problems. Goji berries are eaten raw, cooked, or dried (like raisins) and are used in herbal teas, juices, wines, and medicines."

These little guys help with my Raisinets craving. 1 serving of 25 dark chocolate Goji Berries have 140 calories, 8 grams of fat, 19 grams of carbohydrates and 2 grams of protein. They are yummy!

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RFJSJ50 4/9/2013 7:09PM

    I am definitely going to look for these the next time I go shopping!

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HOOSIERNATIVE46 4/8/2013 3:32PM

    Wow, all the ailments that I have! I will have to try these. Thanks for sharing. What I love about chocolate covered anything (except chocolate cake), is that you can pop one in your mouth and have a sense of having had chocolate. emoticon

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My April Goals

Monday, April 01, 2013

1. Lose 7 lbs by May 1st (I seem to fall a little short each month, but that's ok -- better to have something to shoot for than not)
2. Keep up with my BSG group goals/points.
3. Water - ugh. Hard. Shoot for 3 days a week of 8 glasses per day.
4. 75 minutes of exercise per week.

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DBELLE39 4/5/2013 7:48AM

    Those are great & attainable goals. emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 4/3/2013 5:54PM

    You have set some great yet realistic and attainable goals. I think water is hard for a lot of us. emoticon emoticon

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BLUEFISH1881 4/3/2013 12:17AM

    Great goals. I have trouble with water too. I wonder if I drink water on a regular basis, will it ever become second mature?


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HEALTHY-SPARK 4/1/2013 11:32PM

    I love putting together my "mini-goals" like this too -- great job!

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RFJSJ50 4/1/2013 11:27PM

    You are wise to make your goals realistic and reachable while still challenging yourself.

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AMYBELLES 4/1/2013 11:15PM

    emoticon goals! emoticon

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ERCELLAJS 4/1/2013 10:51PM

    emoticon Good goals. emoticon

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    Very good goals. Keep up the great work.

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