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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

One thing I've learned since I've been living the Sparkpeople way is to listen to what my body is telling me. I used to pay little attention to what it was saying about how much I needed to eat or when it really wanted to move. I would eat something when what my body really needed was more rest. I would spend all day sitting, when what my body was trying to tell me was it needed to move.

Now I make sure I get 8 hrs of sleep a night and sometimes take a nap in the afternoon, so I know my body is getting plenty of rest. After I've been working at the computer a while, my body wants to go for a walk, so I listen and walk at least 30 min. each day. When I get back from my walk, my body tells me I need to drink at least l6 oz. of water, so I get my large 2 cup glass and sip on water till it's all gone. When I leave Jazzercise after dancing for an hour, my body tells me I need a snack, so I have low sodium crackers and low fat cheese or some other healthy snack.

It's amazing how smart my body has turned out to be when I really listen to it. What is your body trying to tell you?

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MONTY68 4/19/2011 11:35PM

What a great blog about listening to our body. You gave some great examples of how by listening to your body, that you made better decisions on what you were doing. Thank you for sharing this.

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NOW2DAY 4/19/2011 7:50PM

    It's good to be intune with your body. emoticon

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LYDIASPURPLE 4/19/2011 7:13PM

    To listen...

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Today my husband and I were packing dishes in preparation for moving and I began to think of how much exercise we were getting. We were lifting stacks of dishes and bending over to put them in boxes. We were then carrying the boxes down the stairs to the basement to be loaded into the truck. We were walking from room to room, collecting dishes to pack and from the house to the garbage cans to throw away excess paper and trash. I wore my pedometer all day and at the end of the day had walked over two miles. I wouldn't characterize packing to move as fun by any stretch of the imagination, but it gives me a better outlook to think of it as exercise instead of just a chore. What chore have you done today that you can think of as exercise? emoticon

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GRAMMAP1 4/16/2011 9:42PM

    Peggy, you should have piled up some exercise miles today. Moving is such a major job! When we left for Africa in 68, we had four little boys and we would be gone from the States for three yrs. My Friends and I packed 19- fifty five gallon steel drums with our needs. I was slender then so it didn't make that much difference. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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80 Years Young and Celebrating Life

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Having just celebrated my 80th birthday (Mar. l7, 2011), I feel compelled to distill the vast wisdom I've accumulated into a few terse sentences:
(1) You're never too old to spend the time and effort it takes to look your best.
(2) Enjoy the gift of each day, whatever the weather or your circumstances.
(3) Never hesitate to ask for help when you really need it, but do what you can for yourself.
(4) Express appreciation for the kindness of strangers and offer some of it to others.
(5) Value people over material possessions.

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ELECTRALYTE 4/16/2011 4:49PM

    I am blown away by this spark page! I am so inspired I am going to get off this stupid computer and take a hike! You rock.

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2BEATIT1 3/25/2011 10:22AM

    Great blog.
Thanks for sharing and congratulations on 80 years YOUNG.

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VIVIANJ5 3/24/2011 2:22PM

    Happy belated birthday! I hope to look like you in 30 years, what an inspiration you are!

Take care.

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LIZABETT 3/23/2011 10:37AM

    Happy Birthday! Love your picture and love your blog. Both beautiful. I have almost 2 years on you and share your views. So there's lots of us out here and life is too wonderful now to go back to yesterday. emoticon

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MOTHER-NATURE 3/23/2011 10:08AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonHappy belated Birthday .. you look amazing



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DIDMIS 3/23/2011 12:34AM

    Peggy your picture sure doesn't look like you are 80.
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MONTY68 3/22/2011 11:33PM

Well Happy birthday. Love your blog and your great attitude. One of the advantages of where I live is to be around people in their late 80's and early 90's working out at the gym. The attitude of these people is inspiring.
Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

For several years, my husband and I have been using Wednesday as a fast day. We drink only liquids, such as hot cocoa, tomato soup, milk, water, etc. and it has taught us that we don't need as much food as most of us Americans are eating every day. We take the money we would have spent on food and donate it to programs that feed really hungry people in this country and around the world. Our bodies have adjusted to this schedule so well that we don't even get hungry on Wednesday. It's amazing to me how much more time I have on Wednesday to do things like walking, meditating, yoga, Jazzercise, etc. because I don't have to spend time preparing food and eating it. Both my husband and I are in the best of health and wouldn't advocate this idea for anyone who isn't already in good health.

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LIZABETT 3/23/2011 10:55AM

    Peggy, you are to be commended for your commitment in giving up food to share your means with others. Your body, mind and spirit are richer for it. There is a scripture in Psalm 91:16 that I try to read every day:
"With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation."
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MYRNACARRIER 2/19/2011 3:56PM

    I think that a lot of us could do this for one day.
We often are compelled to do it when going for a colonoscopy.
That requires only apple juice, clear soup and jello.
I have found that the next day I have felt so much cleaner intestinally.
I think I will try this once a month to start.
Thanks for the blog.

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2BEATIT1 2/19/2011 10:29AM

    Great Blog,
I believe in fasting but due to hiatis hernia, I have always found it hard to fast so haven't tried. However, I would like to try the Daniel Fast which is just water and veggies.
Of course I will check with the doctor before doing it.

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MONTY68 2/17/2011 12:31PM

Great blog. What you are doing is a very interesting idea. You are to be congratulated on it.
I am also glad that you suggest the idea of being in good health to fast like you are doing.
Thank you for sharing and again congratulations.

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DREAMERKNITS 2/16/2011 3:17PM


This is an interesting idea, and one I'd never considered before now! Thanks for writing about it!

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REEDSKI 2/16/2011 3:08PM

    It's nice that you donate the money that you would have spent to a worthy cause. We Americans do eat too much. There is a sinful amount and variety of food available to us. I don't think we realize that we overconsume food to the extent that we do. It's an eye opener once one becomes aware of it. I don't eat out much at all anymore. Right now I'm fasting because I have a stomach/intestinal bug and I'm eating saltines and water. I hope it goes away soon.

Do you take extra vitamins and minerals on Wed.?

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Friday, January 28, 2011

My Husband got me a pedometer last year and I started wearing it when I took my 30 min. walk each day. I was surprised at how many steps I took in just 30 min. and decided to make 10,000 steps a day my goal. Even when I wore the pedometer all day around the house, I could only get to 10,000 steps on days when I Jazzercised, walked, went shopping, vacuumed and hung laundry outside. Wearing my pedometer has changed my whole attitude about walking. Now I park farther away from the store so I can get in more steps between the car and the store. As the weather warms up, I'll increase my walk to 40 min. and put more hills in my walk. As I walk, I sing songs to myself to keep the rhythm going and even made up one today. Here it is : (to the tune of Marching to Pretoria)
I am wearing my pedometer, pedometer, pedometer
Oh, I am wearing my pedometer, each step I take will count.
I like walking. You like walking. So we will count our steps, so we will count our steps.
I like walking. You like walking. So we will count our steps as we walk
along. (Chorus)
Step by step we reach our goals. So we will celebrate, So we will celebrate as we walk along
Step by step we reach our goals. So we will celebrate as we walk along (chorus)
Up the hills and down the hills, we're building our muscles, building our muscles, building our muscles.
Up the hills and down the hills, we're building our muscles as we walk along. ( Chorus)

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MONTY68 1/29/2011 6:08PM

    Hi Peggy
I love your blog. I don't know the tune but I love the words that you wrote. I think that anyone who gets a pedometer is surprised on how few steps we take on a average day. I was. I had purchased a pedometer as I had committed to walking 10,000 steps. The only way to reach it was to walk and I made a commitment to walking more. It seems one thing leads to another on this journey to healthy living. Tomorrow , I will reach another goal and that is walking across America. It is 4063 miles and I will be at the finish tomorrow.
You have a great attitude and are motivated, keep walking those steps and congratulations.

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