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Staying healthy despite stress

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I'm doing a few things to relieve stress...taking long walks, checking in with friends, "observing" my moods, meditating.

I'll keep trying and keep adding activities that I know are helpful, such as yoga, going to the gym, whatever I can think of.

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VALYNN26 2/27/2013 8:26AM

    Great ideas. It's sometimes hard to stay focused when stressed, but exercise is a great way to relieve stress. emoticon

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TORTISE110 2/27/2013 6:54AM

    These sound like terrific ideas and a healthy focus. Wishing you peace and less stress. emoticon

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Keeping the Spark Alive

Thursday, January 24, 2013

After receiving some kind of icky health news last week, I've been in high gear taking care of this business and as a result have been less present on Spark People. Haven't been tracking either. Yet I haven't gone "off the wagon" with either food or exercise. I feel as if the good lessons I've learned here have helped me stay focused even when I'm focusing on other things.

Either coincidentally or perhaps by mutual strengthening, the lessons I've learned here have blended with a change of attitude from counseling, so that I don't absolutely blame and despise myself regarding the health issue. Instead, I am nurturing myself, even complimenting myself for stepping up to the plate. I haven't reverted to compulsive eating or night bingeing, I've been sleeping well, not smoking, and making sure to get some exercise every day no matter what happens.

Even more important, perhaps, I've shared the news about my health challenge with close friends and family, in a non-dramatic way, allowing them to be supportive -- rather than withdraw and suffer silently all alone. In other words, I'm keeping life normal. Carrying on. It feels so right.

Soon I hope to do even better -- get back to tracking (today!) and better workouts. But I credit SparkPeople with helping me cope in a challenging time.

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SURVIVOR61 1/24/2013 3:35PM

    What matters is that your back and now you need to focus on you...juggling a career and home can be hard!! I know I did that for way too long...always putting my job first, before myself... Please don't be like that....I almost killed myself..I am serious. I and my primary care doctor ignored all my symptoms of a massive brain tumor that was killing me and a large tumor in my uterous that weighed 14 pounds and the fact my body had quit producing blood...and the brain tumor had given me glaucoma, I was running people off the road while driving home and I was only 42 yrs old.... My point is at some time in life you need to make yourself a deserve to be number 1.....Life is way to short... You are beautiful and deserve to do this for YOU!!! emoticon emoticon

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TORTISE110 1/24/2013 7:16AM

    What wise steps you seem to be taking to take care of yourself and get the support you need. I'm sorry you had any hard news of course, and wish you the very best in healing. emoticon

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Change hurt -- and then it feels good

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Just finished a board meeting for an organization I belong to... A great, small, feisty and funky organization. So, at the end of the meeting it turns out that half the board is moving out of town...some of the strongest leadership is leaving.

While it isn't unexpected, it's hard to imagine replacing these wonderful individuals and moving ahead.

But that's life. Change is the only constant, and it's always challenging for me to keep moving and keep changing. Accepting and incorporating the notion of change is vital.

That said, I can't seem to lose a single pound! But at least I'm not gaining. Grrr...


10 minute bike bites

Saturday, December 29, 2012

I've got a bicycle "on blocks" in my living room... it's attached to a stand that converts it into a stationary bike. It's been there for more than a year, but only recently did I start to use it while watching TV. Ten minute bites on the stationary bike are about all I want to do at this point, but it's enough to get my heart rate up -- and my cheeks rosy -- and it certainly beats stationary TV watching on the couch.

During the winter, when it's too cold to bike outside and when I sometimes don't feel like going to the gym, this seems like a good way to get some cardio going.

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HEARTS116 12/29/2012 1:06PM

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SURVIVOR61 12/29/2012 12:56PM

    I like that idea for a stationary Bike..It's emoticon

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Holiday cheers

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

I so appreciate the helpful hints I've learned from Spark People. Very helpful in getting through the holidays with minimal problems.
I don't have to feast when I don't want to. I can avoid situations where there's a lot of food.
I can do the short, 10-minute bursts of exercise when I don't have time for a longer workut.
My motivation can survive the holidays, and I don't need to start from scratch.
Tracking continues, even when I'm not perfect.

Thank you SparkPeople!!!

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TORTISE110 12/27/2012 7:02AM

    This is so true. Spend some time on Spark and pretty soon the new normal is one healthy choice after the other. Love it!

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SURVIVOR61 12/26/2012 10:16PM

    congratulations on surviving the Holidays...

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