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A REVELATION ON STRESS RELIEF

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Today I went to a presentation on stress relief and pain management. I volunteered to be a
"guinea pig" to demonstrate one technique. I was hooked up to a computer which measured my heartbeat and relaxation. I was then shown how to breathe deeply and slowly for three minutes.
It was amazing how good I felt at the end of the three minutes. What a beautiful picture came up on the screen, with lovely colors of plants and birds and a rainbow.The screen was a solid grey when I started and the more relaxed I became, the more color came into the picture. It was a vivid illustration of how this one simple technique can change the way we think and feel. The speaker advised us to practice that slow, deep breathing every time we get in a stressful situation. It calms us down and helps us to think clearly rather than reacting with fear or anger.
I resolved to practice this several times a day, even if I don't feel stressed. Try it, you'll like it! emoticon

  
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GLORYB2014 4/15/2010 6:47PM

    I already have tried the deep breathing technique Peggy and do it often ~ it really does relax you!

Thanks for sharing this information. What you describe about the colors is lovely!

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A Roadblock In My Plans

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I had enjoyed a real "streak" of getting up early to do 1/2 hour of yoga each morning before breakfast until this week. A bad case of bronchitis has laid me low. I can't exert myself at all without starting a coughing fit, so I'm doing what the doctor ordered. He prescribed plenty of rest, plenty of liquid, an antibiotic and cough medicine. I've been going to bed earlier and getting up later, taking several naps during the day and drinking lots of water, orange juice and hot tea.
I'm already seeing results. I'm not coughing as much and am slowly regaining my strength. I surely hope to be back to my usual exercise routine, including yoga, Jazzercise and walking by the end of this week. Logging on to Sparkpeople each day keeps me aware of the things I can do (8 glasses of water, 8 hrs. of sleep, healthy diet) instead of the things I can't do (exercise).

  
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GLORYB2014 3/31/2010 3:47PM

    Taking care of yourself is top priority right now Peggy. Don't rush into exercising, make sure you are well.
All the best wishes for a quick recovery!

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DEE_LITED 3/31/2010 12:27PM

    Thanks, Peggy, for letting us know your situation. Yes, please do take good care of yourself like the doctor ordered! Sounds like you have a very good program set up for yourself. Good for you! Just do take care right now, and get plenty of rest. Dee emoticon

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NOTSPEEDY 3/31/2010 11:17AM

    Glad to see that you have such a positive attitude. The end of the week isn't very far away. Don't overdo when you start again. You don't want to have a relapse which is so easy to do.

God bless,
Yvonne

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MY GREATEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

MY GREATEST BIRTHDAY GIFT

Today's my birthday! I came into the world on St. Patrick's Day , a tiny, 3 lb .premature twin. I was so small my father could hold me in the palm of his hand.

Thanks to my Heavenly Father, my parents, my husband and my four daughters, I'm still here at the ripe old age of 79.

Thanks to Sparkpeople, Jazzercise, and yoga, and my family, I don't feel old at all. Since my oldest daughter told me about Sparkpeople three years ago, I've lost for good the ten pounds I never thought I'd be rid of and I've learned a whole new attitude toward food, exercise and setting goals and reaching them. My second daughter introduced me to yoga, my third daughter sends me low-calorie recipes on e-mail and my fourth daughter introduced me to Jazzercise. My husband encourages me and teams up with me to read labels, shop wisely and cook delicious meals low in fat, salt, sugar and calories.

Through the years, I've tried many diet plans. Back in the 60s I even lived on 900 calories a day and lost 40 pounds However, the pounds kept creeping back on because I couldn't live on that restricted diet the rest of my life. I have a whole shelf of diet books which I'm replacing with just one book, The Spark.

Sparkpeople has motivated me to form a new set of habits I can stick to from now on. They are:
*Drinking 8 glasses of water a day
*Logging on to Sparkpeople and recording my food and exercise
*Getting up early to do yoga before breakfast each morning
*Eating 3 nutritious meals + 2 snacks, staying within my 1200-1550 calories
*Jazzercising 3 days a week
*Walking outdoors 3 days a week
*Limiting salt to bring my blood pressure down from 145/81 to 118/70
*Sharing with my friends and family the excitement of setting new goals and learning new things.

I'm entering my photo in the Sparkpeople Official After Contest to show my greatest birthday present -- a healthy, fit body, mind and spirit -- thanks to the support and encouragement of many people.

  
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MRSJERRYBUSH 3/19/2010 11:44AM

    WONDERFUL BLOG, FRIEND! You deserve the healthy body you've obtained from great support, healthy cooking and active lifestyle! God bless you!

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NOTSPEEDY 3/19/2010 11:23AM

    You are so encouraging. Hope you had a great birthday.
Your habits are what all of us need to subscribe to.
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NELLIEBLUE 3/19/2010 12:18AM

    Great job Peggy!! Such a good endorsement for SPARKS.


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GLORYB2014 3/18/2010 3:47PM

    Absolutely wonderful Peggy! You are an inspiration and are to be admired.
You certainly have an awesome husband and family and that is a tremendous help.
I'm glad you had a great birthday and you'll celebrate many, many more of them too!

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GRAMMAP1 3/18/2010 12:29AM

    You have done well, Peggy. I hope you had a wonderful day and I am so glad that Spark People has been a great help to you. I like it that your whole Family has shared in support. You are blessed indeed. emoticon emoticon emoticon Jane

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Walking Adventure

Saturday, March 13, 2010

When I started my usual 2 mi. walk today, it was 50 degrees with a misty rain. By the time I had walked 1 mi, the temperature had dropped, a stiff wind came up and the rain was hitting my face like hail. I walked as quickly as I could to get home, tripped, fell, jumped up and got home to strip off my sopping clothes, soak in a warm bath and put on my cozy chenille robe and fuzzy slippers. I think I've earned a hot cup of tea and curling up with a good book. I

  
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NOTSPEEDY 3/15/2010 11:26AM

    What determination to take a walk in the rain. You have a good reward planned for yourself. A good book and a hot cup of tea sounds wonderful.

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GLORYB2014 3/14/2010 1:02PM

    Wow, I need to follow your regimen! You go girl, you don't even let the weather stop you.
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JEANSHEP2 3/14/2010 12:36AM

    Wow, Peggy, what determination, but do be careful about those falls on wet ground. You deserve whatever you want!

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GRAMMAP1 3/13/2010 11:05PM

    Hot tea and a quiet evening with a good book or TV. The walk was a bummer, but you sure were determined. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ABSOLUTE8 3/13/2010 6:22PM

  This same whether change has happened to me and it not fun at all!

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BARB827 3/13/2010 6:18PM

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My Favorite Things about Sparkpeople

Monday, March 08, 2010

1. The program makes it easy to record my daily food and exercise.
2. I enjoy seeing the "pie chart" that records the percentage of fat, carbohydrate & protein
3. It's fun to play Spark Trivia and learn new nutrition facts.
4. I like Communicating with others who are working toward a healthier lifestyle
5. It's satisfying to set goals and watch my progress toward reaching them
6. Reading is a pleasure of mine, so I love to read the blogs and articles about successes.
7.Passing on the good news about Sparkpeople to my friends is very rewarding. emoticon

  
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NELLIEBLUE 3/8/2010 10:45PM

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GRAMMAP1 3/8/2010 9:25PM

    There is a lot of satisfaction and reward to following your plan. Keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BAILEYSMOM7 3/8/2010 7:03PM

    All true!!

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PSYCHABOO 3/8/2010 7:01PM

    8. PSYCHABOO is so handsome.

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