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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I grew up in a family that valued mental activity over physical activity and was a firm believer in "mind over matter." My favorite activity was reading and I resisted my parents' suggestions to "go outdoors and play." I was taught to eat everything on my plate whether I was hungry or not and never experienced real hunger. Since I've joined Sparkpeople and learned how important exercise and eating only what you need are, I've learned to listen to my body. What does my body tell me?
(1) It tells me when I've been sitting too long and need to get up and stretch or walk around the block.
(2) It tells me when I'm really hungry by giving me hints like a growling stomach or an empty feeling or even fatigue even though I've had enough rest.
(3) It tells me when to stop eating by a full, satisfied feeling, even if I didn't "clean my plate."
(4) It tells me when I need to stop whatever I'm doing and take a break,( sometimes even a nap) by making me yawn and have a hard time keeping my eyes open.
(5) It tells me when I've overdone the exercise by giving me leg cramps or sore muscles.
(6) It tells me when I've been driving too long on a long trip by making me stiff.
I've learned that mind and body work together to keep me healthy and happy and I can't ignore what my body has to say to me.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GRAMMAP1 6/17/2010 12:25AM

    Maybe my body will talk to me also if I quit ignoring its hints.
I have been getting the shakes in the afternoon...and then I listen. I am hypoglycemic Good post. Jane

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NOTSPEEDY 6/16/2010 11:13PM

    It's amazing how smart our body is. We need to listen to it more.

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CAROLYNVIL 6/16/2010 7:36PM

    very good advice.

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PALCANTARA 6/16/2010 4:40PM

    good post! :)

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IMREADY77 6/16/2010 4:24PM

    Very great advise.....thank you!

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A Delicate Balance

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

You should see me when I weigh in each week. I weigh early in the morning so I'll be at my lightest. I very gingerly step on my scale, spreading my toes yoga-style, holding my breath until I see the marker stop at 110, my goal weight. Then I breathe a sigh of relief and step off the scale, thanking Sparkpeople for another week of maintaining that delicate balance between calories in and calories out. I've developed many new habits that have kept me healthy, fit and happy for the last three and a half years. Among them are yoga each morning for 30 min., Jazzercise 3 times a week, an hour each time, a brisk 30 min. walk three times a week and
choosing wisely when grocery-shopping and also when eating out. I weigh and measure my portions when I prepare meals at home and ask for small portions at restaurants or often ask for a "carry-out container" and take half the entree home for another day. It's been fun finding ways to keep that delicate balance that keeps that number on the scale each week right where I want it. I think it has finally become a way of life for me and I love it. emoticon

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GRAMMAP1 6/8/2010 11:41PM

    Congratulations Peggy. I understand that maintenance is very difficult too and you are doing it! emoticon emoticon

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Finishing a project

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Today I finished knitting my sweater. What pleases me most about it is the last time I knitted a sweater by this pattern I had to choose "medium" size. This time I chose "small" size and it
fits me to a T. I'm so proud of it, I got my husband to take a picture of me in it. You can go to my photo gallery and see it. I wonder what my next project will be, but I'm sure it will be either sewing or knitting. I like to have a pretty product from whatever I do.

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GRAMMAP1 5/30/2010 9:07PM

    Peggy, that is really lovely and you wear it very well. I would be very proud if I could do something like that. emoticon
for being able to wear a smaller size. emoticon emoticon

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A Tribute to Sparkpeople

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Hi! All you Sparkpeople
You're a great crowd
You and your leaders can be very proud
You're purposely striving to meet worthy goals:
To have healthy bodies, minds and souls.


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GLORYB2014 5/27/2010 7:44PM

    Great poem Peggy!

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CAROLYNVIL 5/27/2010 6:17PM

    a very good poem.

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GRAMMAP1 5/27/2010 5:32PM

    I like your poem, Peggy. I believe it is original, so..... emoticon emoticon

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Using Your Mind

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

While I walk, I have several ways to exercise my mind as well as my body. I sing hymns to myself and try to remember all the words. I pray as I walk. I sometimes write poetry in my mind and write it down when I get home. It makes walking a pleasure and keeps my mind active.

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DEE_LITED 5/26/2010 9:55PM

    Oooh, you have my interest! Do you share your poetry? I'd love to read some. Good for you for doing so well. You look great!


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GRAMMAP1 5/26/2010 6:16PM

    Those are wonderful activities you are doing. I am sure the Lord is pleased. Too many concentrate on their care instead of those positive thoughts. emoticon emoticon emoticon
for sharing!

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DIDMIS 5/26/2010 2:51AM

    That is good. Using your mind while walking.

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CAROLYNVIL 5/25/2010 11:17PM

    walking is a pleasure one I enjoyed for many years.carolyn

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