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Daily Meditation

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Daily meditation became my norm a few years ago after I retired. I took a beginner Tai Chi class and during the session the instructor and other students would talk about various meditation techniques and their perceived benefits. It sounded worthwhile to me and I visited a zen website and some others to read about various techniques. I tried just listening to some soft background music, turned lights off and focused on a burning candle and tried to clear my mind. Initially, I would become so relaxed that I actually fell asleep but after a few more weeks of trying I finally learned how to clear my mind and stay awake and focused and did feel the calming effect and mental cleansing. So for me it became a worthwhile activity and I can devote as little as 10 minutes to be effective as a stress relief or longer s my planned activities permit. I'm gad I learned about it and also about Tai Chi which in itself I find mentally and physically relaxing. Namaste emoticon

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JAZZID 1/22/2010 12:38AM

    ... I am working on this .... emoticon

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GETDONE 1/20/2010 5:41PM

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KELLIEM 1/20/2010 3:27PM

    Wow! I need to give that a try. My mind just won't SHUT UP!!!

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For Me Hunger Pangs Aren't So Bad

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

For years I was afraid to experience the pangs of hunger. I no longer remember the reason why I had developed such an aversion but it was very real to me. The very thought of hunger brought on thoughts of extended deprivation and images of victims of true famines. I have since learned, after many ,many years of denial, that I really won't starve and that feeling hungry was actual a positive signal and not nearly as painful as I imagined. So now as I make my way along my wellness journey, I try to let myself experience those little pangs in the full knowledge that they are easily quailed and that I won't come to my imaged harm before I can satisfy and quell the pangs. I now am learning to make and eat smaller meals and to use snacking when the need arises. I also am still in the process of learning what should constitute my snacks and how to be nutritional aware. I don't consider any food forbidden but I do ask myself if it really is food or is it nutritional junk and what can I substitute that will have similar texture and taste yet be a healthier choice. I don't always make rational choices but at least I'm more aware of what I'm doing and the consequences and therefore I feel I'm making better choices so I can attain my long term goals.
I saw this advise some where while surfing Spark "My advice to overweight people who are never hungry is to actually let yourself experience hunger once in a while. Doing so will help you to deal with it the way naturally thin people do. " I think it is sound advise and I'm giving a try as it confirms my own experiences and personal discovery. emoticon

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DRKELLY63 1/23/2010 9:38PM

    I too am learning the difference between feeling full and feeling hunger. Somehow there is a disconnect between my belly and my brain that I am now aware of. I have added a new goal to my list, "to feel hunger every day"

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Z_IDEA 1/22/2010 11:38PM

    Good stuff-thanks.

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TRON2007 1/19/2010 4:34PM

    I can relate. It always helps me to remember my goals.

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Blistered from Walking

Monday, January 18, 2010

It is a beautiful sunny day here in northwest Florida. I went for my extended walk yesterday afternoon and developed a big blood blister on my lef big toe. I lanced it in hopes that draining it would allow the skin to reattach but this morning it had partially refilled so I guess it still needed protection so I covered it up with a couple of bandaides and went for my walk today and thankfully didn't reinjure it. Since I'm a diabetic, I am concerned about possible infection or slow recovery from even something as minor as a bliste. It seems to be healing despite my continued walking. Shoes seemed okay so it must have been the standard socks I wore instead of my ones designed for diabetics. Now I know that I have to stick with the ones designed for diabetics at least for exercising. This evening I'll go bowl with my league team and I think it should be a problem unless I bowl under my average and then I'll pull it out as a 'reason' for my lower score. Well let's hope it doesn't come to that.

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CKENTFIELD 1/19/2010 10:42AM

    Good luck, you probably know well enough when to go see your doctor, just don't be stubborn about it, okay. I do MRI's for a living and see lots of diabetic feet that have been neglected. JUST be CAREFUL!

Oh and I hope you are a better bowler than I am... emoticon emoticon

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GETDONE 1/18/2010 8:21PM

    emoticonon continuing on you weight loss program!! I wish it was sunny here in Sacramento! I could use a nice warm day to walk in. Keep taking care of yourself! emoticon

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    You are a SOLDIER, my friend - ya went out there and got the job done! Just make sure you totally protect yourself, and keep us updated.

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RENA1965 1/18/2010 12:53PM

    Diabetes- I think you should get to a sport shoe specialist and fast..
1. Your exercise shoes should super comfortable.
2. being diabetic never cut your own toe nails- go to a special whom does toe nails for diabetics, cutting them too close or incorrectly can make the nail grow into the skin and cause constant infections- cure is a operation to correct ingrown nails..
3. If the toe doesn't heal ask your doctor to take a look at it to avoid those infections..
My husband was a type 1 diabetic he lost a leg in "hospital" because of the weight of his blankets making a bedsore on his big toe. The infection made him very ill, it spread like wild fire while in intensive care for it. He was getting treated for as it developed, the doctors couldn't stop it and fought it from day 1. His blood circulation was poor as many diabetes with secondary illnesses experience efter many years with it.....

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Nothing Special

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Nothing special happened today except that I did get 20 points on the login wheel and achieved a new sparks point trophy. Still not sure why doing that motivates me each time but it does. Got the morning walk in and I about to break for lunch and my early afternoon walk. Bowling last night was fun but frustrating in that my team didn't do well so I think we'll drop in our ranking. Its a beautiful day out, already in the mid 40s which is still lower than normal for my area but certainly agreeable for a nice walk. My highlight of the day so far was getting a new battery for my pedometer. Good thing I have a spare pedometer to use when that one went out! emoticon

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STORMWEAVER2623 1/15/2010 5:18PM

    And now it's my turn to think you for reminging me of the fun of bowling. I've never been that good (AVG about 80, high score 128!), but that doesn't stop it from being fun!

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MMICKEYP 1/12/2010 3:05PM

    I always bowl gutter balls...lol. I'm a lefty. That shouldn't really matter, should it. Well, when you only bowl once every 10 years or so..what do you expect? LOL. I'm glad you have a good concept of teamwork already. That is why you're going to be a success on SP. It's about teamwork! Good success in 2010! Spark on!! emoticon

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DENALYNNDRACA 1/12/2010 1:06PM

    I love getting spark points...cant wait for my next trophy. Its funny and silly but even the days I am not feeling like doing anything, I have to log in and get the points. I think it keeps me coming back. Then I will feel motivated again and am glad that I didnt give up.

I hope your bowling team does better next time. Good Luck!

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Sunny Monday

Monday, January 11, 2010

Woke up feeling great this morning. First thing I did was go for a brisk walk around the neighborhood. Its still cold in my part of Florida so that help spur me on. Felt like having soup for breakfast. Not my usual fare but I do occasional have it rather something cold. Checked in with the Spark and read a lot of wonderful articles and e-mails. Reviewed the suggested cardio demos to make sure I was doing it right. Finally did all my sets of the various exercises without having to take a long break inbetween. Guess I'm getting stronger. Weighed myself this morning and was glad to see I'd lost. I know I shouldn't be disappointed or excited by a number but it too soon to see my clothes feel loose or waist reduction. Looking forward to a good evening bowling with my league team. Tonight is position round so we'll either move up or stay the same but we're sufficiently ahead of our nearest competitor that even if we lost all our games and they won theirs, we'd still be ahead of them. Got one more short walk I want to do before dinner. I can only do short walks throughout the day but the steps do add up. I really enjoy seeing the number on my pedometer increase throughout the day. emoticon


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