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Act As If....

Monday, January 11, 2010

How many times have you said—or thought— "When I lose weight I can/will ...." You can fill in the rest of the sentence. For example, "When I lose weight I will feel more confident." or "... I will eat less." or "... I will be friendlier" or "... I will take better care of my hair." or—well, you get the idea. I would venture to guess it is a theme for most of us who need to lose weight.

But I suggest a new approach, which I have incorporated into many areas of my life, including weight loss. Just ACT AS IF....

ACT AS IF you have reached your goal. If you would take better care of your hair if you were thin, then start now—ACT AS IF you have lost the weight and take better care of your hair NOW. If you would volunteer to help out in an organization of your choice when you lose weight, ACT AS IF you have lost the weight and volunteer NOW. If you would step out more confidently and smile more if you lost weight, ACT AS IF you have lost the weight and step out more confidently and smile more NOW.

You see, we can establish self-fulfilling prophecy. We can make our "when I..." become a reality right now. You may be pretending when you ACT AS IF...., but the time will come when you take off the mask of pretense and discover it is real. You have become that trait.

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CHERYLA281 4/10/2010 3:22PM

    I just love your blogs ! They inspire me so much to keep going on my journey ! Your blog Reflections from the Mirror really hit rock bottom with me because thats the way I really feel & you put a whole new concept to my way of thinking & feeling ! Thank You So Much & PLEASE keep up the inspiration, encouragement & motivation for yourself, other sparkies & myself !

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LESSA123 4/6/2010 11:22PM

    Wonderful! I love your blogs, so inspiring!!

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AUDACIOUSEMMA 3/4/2010 11:25AM

    Very encouraging! Thanks

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MICKEY341 1/11/2010 11:24AM

    Very Good. Some very interesting points...I have desided to Act As If!!! Thanks.
Hope things are well with you today, and that you have a very good day.

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Thoughts of a Caregiver

Sunday, April 05, 2009

I've been very fortunate. My husband had a stroke last week and lost quite a bit of brain function (speech, reading, writing, etc.) but he didn't suffer physically. He is still capable of caring for himself, and those things are so ingrained that he can do them without thinking. He is mobile and doesn't need physical care.

I think of those whose spouses have alzheimers or some other debilitating disease, and my heart goes out to them. How much more difficult they have it! They are truly ministering angels on earth and I know the Lord sees them and is pleased. It doesn't matter what religious persuasion you are -- we all know and worship God who knows and sees and rewards all good in us.

Some take care of disabled children, some of elderly parents. My mother kept wonderful care of my developmentally disabled brother until she turned 80 years old. What an angel she was! Then my sister took care of her until she passed away. What an angel my sister is! And so it goes.

I'm just so grateful that my load is easy and the Lord makes it light to bear. I don't know how people without any faith can live this difficult life.

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MICKEY341 1/4/2010 11:11PM

    As a former care giver, I can relate to what you are going through. Except mine were my Mom and my MIL. I know that it is different when it is your husband. You both will be in my prayers. And it is wonderful that you have a positive attitude, that will help you lots. So stay strong...

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MOUNTAINDEWS 4/15/2009 5:14AM

    My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. I know the difficulties, I cared for my father for 8 years before he passed on. He had suffered a major stroke which left him with no speech, no writing abilities, and without use of his right side. I cared for him the way he cared for me all the years while I was growing up. I treasured each and everyday that I had my parents!!! I hope that in some way your husbands losses will be reversed. I know that happened with my dad, not right away, but within time he was able to write a little. Best wishes, and I send all my paryers and love to you! Stay strong, God wills it.

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JEANSHEP2 4/6/2009 9:11PM

    Dear Nina,

As a former caregiver, I know well what is involved. Unfortunately, my task ended with both my DH and mother passing away 6 months apart. You are very blessed and you would do well even if it were otherwise. Caregiving is something that we learn as we are given the task. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you travel this new path, and may the Lord equip you for each new day. I am praying for your DH to recover completely so you can both continue to enjoy one another.


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JENEAL1 4/6/2009 10:12AM

    Nina, you are so right, caregivers are angel! My mom is one of those. She took care such good care of my dad who had alzheimers. I am so glad that your husband was not injured physically. It is a blessing for both of you.

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BRUANNE 4/5/2009 9:26PM

    Nina, my prayers are with you and your husband. It's wonderful that you can see the flowers among the weeds and I admire you for your positive attitude and putting a "spin" on what God has given you. And I agree, the caregivers of the world are truly angels sent from heaven.

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MOM1014 4/5/2009 9:19PM

    Well said Nina. I teach a course called "Caring for the Caregiver". I know what stress is involved and do hope you will take the time to care for yourself. Give yourself permission to rest and have some "me" time and you will be so much more effective in caring for your sweet DH. You have my love and respect! Caregiver's are treasures in this world.
Big Hugs,

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46A39P 4/5/2009 5:43PM

    I am relieved your husband does not require physical care. I hope the functioning in those other areas returns...My mil and mother were and are both caregivers. It takes/took all of their wherewithal to make it through some days, but they leaned heavily on their faith. Without it I don't know what would have happened/would happen. God Bless. Love, Jean

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REDHKIRK 4/5/2009 5:05PM

    Sorry your husband had a stroke. What a blessing he is able to function to accomplish routine physical tasks. Praying he regains his other functions. It must be frustrating for him. Sorry the task of putting the taxes together has fallen on your shoulders this year. Hope things aren't too difficult for you to gather together and get done.

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Are You Ready?

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

After reading a post on a Team I'm on, it triggered a thought I'd like to share more publicly.

A person would be SO SMART to be stocking up on the necessities of life. I fear we are in for some rough times, and when the world wakes up, shelves will be emptied in a big hurry. I have really stocked up on things like rice, dried beans, oatmeal, wheat, dried corn, garden seeds, and things like that, that can go a long, long ways if need be. And another thing to think about is water -- LOTS of water. A jar or bottle full of water takes no more room than an empty one, and the time might come for whatever a reason (weather, power outage, who knows???) when you can't just turn on a faucet and get water. You could live quite a while without food, but NOT WITHOUT WATER. I am really, really proud of each of you who have had the foresight to take action NOW while you can! I hope others read this and do the same. It might be your life -- or the life of a grandchild or someone else that you love -- whose life you might save. We're told the Lord helps those who help themselves, and this is just one example. He also says "those who are prepared need not fear."

You might also think about meds that you can't get along without, first aid supplies, and things like that. On our quest for improved health, reduced weight, and a better way of life, planning and preparation become a way of life. Let's extend that planning and preparation to take care of tomorrow and tomorrow, too.

I feel like I'm on a soapbox. It's just that I have taught community classes on this subject and I KNOW how important it is. I KNOW several people that have already been greatly relieved to have some things stashed for hard times. I live in a mining community (nearly the only industry) and the mines just all shut down and laid of hundreds and hundreds of people. And there is no other employment opportunities here. Hard times are here, my friends. Let's take care of our own!!!

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NURSNANA 3/5/2009 9:46PM

    Hi Nina, I agree with you and I have encouraged my grown children to start stocking up in case of an emergency. They listened politely and I got the feeling they thought I was over reacting. Another possible scenario would be a Pandemic of Avian (Bird) Flu. With no immunization available, it is scary.
Many years ago my dear aunt started stocking up an underground room they had with powdered milk, bulgar wheat, rice, beans and water. She was serious about being prepared. I have wondered what happened to this hidden room all stocked up, she and my uncle died many years ago. Thanks for sharing food for thought for all of us. My brother has a summer home in Ruidoso, New Mexico and loves that area. Do you know where in the Bible is the verse about God helping those who help themselves? I have heard that all of my life, but have never stumbled onto it in the Bible. God Bless You and Yours, Nancy

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    Good thoughts, Nina. I live in Albuquerque, near lots of 24 Walgreens and Walmarts - but in a power failure, they'd be out of action, too. Every year in the fall, I buy a case of canned beef stew, those wonderful Chunky soups that need no water, and a couple of cases of water. I just have to remember to rotate them out in the spring. I figure if push comes to shove, my dogs and cats can eat those foods, too. I've never needed them (except when I just wanted comfort food) but I have a picture of myself, huddled in my chair, wearing all my layers of clothes I can get on and under layers of blankets, critters piled onto me, and we're eating Chunky soup cold out of a can by candle-light!

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MOONLITSTAR 3/3/2009 10:24AM

    Hi Nina,

Even though I live in one room, I will make effort towards this. I can buy a couple of gallons of water or so. I can stock up or think how to, on a few things. I being in my situation will also be in hopes that I had also better have a back up plan; as to who to turn to, or where to go if there is some sort of larger concern. Does bottled water ever go bad, LOL?

Internet, and the answer is: LOL

According to the International Bottled Water Association, the FDA has not established a shelf life for water, so you can store those bottles indefinitely. As long as the packaging is intact and unopened, you shouldn't need to worry about any type of bacteria or micro organisms growing in the water. If the bottle has been opened, however, it can grow bacteria and algae if it is not consumed within 2 weeks.

So while it doesn't appear that unopened bottles of water actually go "bad" in the sense that they would make you sick, they might not taste the greatest after several years of sitting on the shelf collecting dust.

Ok back to me; Ahem,

Have to like the internet or luv luv it, LOL. I looked up my own answer and from it I gather that
for the most part water that is bottled and sealed is ok to store indefinitely; but might be good to replace if kept for ages. Years. Hmm. Well maybe keep them a year or so and then drink or use them in cooking, and get new ones, maybe might be a good thing to replace yearly along with your smoke detectors and such.

I am with you on being aware Nina. Thanks so much for the wake up call on that.


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46A39P 3/3/2009 6:00AM

    We have a bakers rack with one shelf devoted to stock and we keep at least 3 cases of water on hand. It's smart to be prepared. That is a scary thought, that shelves would be emptied.

The one thing I wanted to try at one time was jarring or canning. But was concerned about botulism, so never tried it. My great grandmother did it, but I'm not that confidant.

Thank you for your post Nina.



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If You Bite It, Write It

Saturday, February 07, 2009

I have wondered why I don't lose more weight. Well, I joined TOPS this past Tuesday, and among other things, we agreed to record everything we put in our mouths. I did, and I did great on Wednesday -- 1346 calorires; Thursday -- 1885 calories (Oops!!!) and on Friday emoticon emoticon 3493 calories, which included 327 carbos, exclusive of fiber carbos. (How's THAT for a diabetic???) NOW I think I'm beginning to get the idea."If you bite it, write it!"

I've been half-heartedly posting my food on SparkPeople, but so often I'm away from home, or grab a bite when I don't have the computer on, or eat after I've posted my food for the day. Then I don't get back on-line to post it. So I thought I was doing great, but I couldn't see why I didn't make more progress in my pursuit of weight loss.

I can see I must take seriously the title of this Blog. If I bite it, I must hold myself accountable and write it. I hope I can remember the lesson I learned this week!

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CISSYNICHOLS 3/3/2009 8:18PM

    I love your blog. Do you mind if I challenge my Verigo Team ...if you bite it, write it? PLEAASE?!?


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MOONLITSTAR 2/21/2009 10:26AM

    Great thoughts and title for your blog! emoticon!!

I wish I could have used it in the new goals this week! LOL, but you might see it, if memory holds at some point, when I mention tracking again. I did mention it, LOL.

I truly feel that my tracking was almost a help to my guardian angels in terms of getting close to my goal now. It kept me realizing things along the way that might even be intrinsic a bit to me now.

Until I slip, which I do, but I am learning ways to combat any of those times. I also log and track WHEN I make boo boos in biting LOL, keep writing Nina!! Way cool.

Diana emoticon

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MOUNTAINDEWS 2/8/2009 5:08AM

    I know exactly what you mean. The first week I started Sparks all I did was log my food. I didn't change the way I ate or exercise I just logged my food and learned about the site and what it had to offer.

I learned about calories and I started becoming aware of the labels of foods I was eating. At the end of the first week I realized I was eating 3500 calories a day. I didn't realize until then what it really meant to count calories and what kind of calories I should be eating.

I fell off the wagon for two months and I just started back up. I have been back for a week and have lost two pounds. I really didn't change anything once again except for logging in my food. BUT by making myself log my food...I didn't eat as much as I had been. It really makes a difference for me. I don't want to have to log that I ate 2 ding dongs and 1/2 a gallon of ice cream. Ha Ha! So I am slowly changing the way I eat so I can once again lose this weight for good.

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Will You Dance With Me?

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

My daughter sent this to me and it made me think SO MUCH of my life that I want to share it with you.

Will You Dance With Me?

Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule, didn't know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.
I got to thinking one day about all those women on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible.
How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn't suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word 'refrigeration' mean nothing to you?
How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched 'Jeopardy ' on television?
I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, 'How about going to lunch in a half hour?' She would gas up and stammer, 'I can't. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain.' And my personal favorite: 'It's Monday.' She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.
Because Americans cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect! We'll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve toilet-trained. We'll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet. We'll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.
Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of 'I'm going to,' 'I plan on,' and 'Someday, when things are settled down a bit.'
When anyone calls my 'seize the moment' friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you're ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Roller blades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord..
My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It's just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process. The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.
Now—go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT TO—not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?
Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask ' How are you?' Do you hear the reply?
When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, 'We'll do it tomorrow.' And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say 'Hi’?
When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift thrown away. Life is not a race Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over.
Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance!

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DUBINJL 1/27/2009 3:40PM

    Thanks for sharing....we sure need to be reminded how important it is to savor our world.

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122964FINISH 1/23/2009 2:05PM

  Thank's and God bless is that ever so true. L.O.V.E. Raymond Clark let's dance.

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