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2012 Goals

Saturday, December 31, 2011

I don't like New Year's resolutions because I tend to set myself up for failure, then feel bad. So in the last few years I have gotten in the habit of making goals instead. I have been very good with my nutrition this year, so I plan to keep doing what I am doing in terms of eating. I still have to make myself drink enough water, so I am keeping it on my goal list for this year. Perhaps, in time, I may even enjoy drinking enough water. Could happen.

Here is my current list of goals for 2012.

emoticonPractice guitar 10.5 hours per week

emoticonWalk 70000 steps per week

emoticonWrite, or read about writing, 4 times per week

emoticonInclude quality ‘Me’ time 4 times per week

emoticonYoga/Meditation 4 times per week

emoticonDrink 8 glasses of water per day

How about you? What are your goals/resolutions for this coming year?

We're all in this together. Bring it on!

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TKADEEPBREATH 1/8/2012 10:49AM

    My goal this year is to learn to be a "best response option" person which means not to just react to situations because of my conditioned responses. If I want better outcomes (in all areas), I have to change my responses to things(my thoughts, words and actions which are really the only things I can control . .)

Sorry for all the "philosophy" but I think if you want better outcomes, you have to look at the core of your responses to any situation, then change them if need be.

I work with some young women that need to learn this as well. It's not what happens to them, it's how they respond to it that will make the difference. My goal is to have an influence in their lives. Help them to be best response option people too.

What a goal huh? Good luck with that one. But I'm so "full of it" and that's what you have to be . . . it's fun.

Toodles, Jan emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BADASSBLONDIE 1/3/2012 12:56PM

    Love this!!!

I too dislike resolutions. But I need somethign to kick me into doing core work, so I've decided that I'm going to do 3 sets of 10 reps of each of the 6 ab exercises I "enjoy" every day this year. So far so good. And the farther I get along in the streak, the less likely I will be to break it.

As for goals, keep swimming/running/doing cardio, up the ST, and start accepting and appreciating my body rather than degrading it all the d@mn time.

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MAWRTIAN 1/2/2012 6:12PM

    I'm so impressed. I have been trying to focus and figure out some goals since perhaps "live for the moment" isn't really a life plan...

Happy New Year!!!! emoticon

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    If you don't like water by itself, Crystal Light is only 5 calories per servings and they have various wonderful flavors to choose from. I personally though, due to having gestational diabeties while I was pregnant, gave up all types of drinks EXCEPT for water. Now, that my daughter is born, I tried to go back to drinking sodas and even tea, and I honestly don't like them anymore. It's amazing how our tastes change after we get use to having something in our system. Plus the more water you drink, the more energy you tend to have and the healthier you feel overall. It also quinches ones thirst quicker than any other type of drink.

Didn't mean to get preachy, but I was trying to give you incentives to drink water since it was on your list of things to do. :) I remember how I first felt about it too.

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CO-CREATOR 1/1/2012 2:50PM

    Happy new years and good luck with your goals.

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    Just getting through the day helping someone smile.

I used to say I just wanted to get through the day without killing someone. All in jest, of course.

Guess I've conquered the anger.

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MARY1313 1/1/2012 9:06AM

    My list is:

Log my food on a more regular basis

exercise more = 30 minutes of cardio and walking more

more veggies

more me time!

Happy New Year!!


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WHENDERFUL 1/1/2012 8:20AM

    I'm with you on the water thing....great goals! I'm committed to 30 minutes of cardio 6 days a week, and adding in regular strength training as well...I have always reverted back to cardio to lose the weight, but being in my 40's...well...I better start thinking about maintaining muscle! Happy New Year!

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KASEYCOFF 1/1/2012 4:42AM

    To me, whether you call them goals, targets, or (dare I say it, lol) resolutions, the thing is to give yourself something to aim for, something to achieve. I love your list, Chris - carpe annum!

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WATERMELLEN 12/31/2011 9:43PM

    Great goals!

Mine is: have more fun!! Yeah!! The thing I need most of, and that will help me keep on keeping on with the other good stuff which I am (mostly) doing . . .

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IUHRYTR 12/31/2011 8:18PM

    Achievable goals. I especially like the one about "me" time. Too often I find it difficult to relax and get away from the computer except for when I go to bed and read. Maybe that should be an example for me to more often enjoy a movie on the dvd player instead of sitting at a keyboard. Hmm. Sounds like a new goal for me -- relax. Be well. -- Lou

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Happy New Year!

Friday, December 30, 2011

I have never bought any of the 'end of the world' scenarios that are presented to us on a regular basis.


What if this was our last year one earth? How would we spend it?

Why think in terms of our lives on cruise control?

With new years resolutions on our minds, why not include ways to really appreciate our present moments and improve the quality of our lives and the lives of others?

Wishing you a very happy and healthy new year, filled with the warmth of real friendships, the love of family, and the joy of knowing what is really important in your life right now.


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THE_HERMIT 1/2/2012 10:46PM

    There is a Buddhist story about living each day as if there is a canary on your shoulder to remind you that it could be your last and that is why each day should be treasured as such.

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MARY1313 1/1/2012 8:59AM

    Happy new year!!!

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OLDERDANDRT 12/31/2011 4:40PM

    You know that comic hit a pleasant chord with me!! I always did think that their calendar had to end sometime and since they didn't make it to the end of it, there was none of them left to make it any longer! hehe Whatever! I believe no mortal will know the day or hour. I pretyy well ignore silly predictions. We simply need to live each day as if it were our last and trying to be the best we can be. It's not over till ........"the fat lady sings"!!!!
Happy New Year's Eve and may 2012 be your best year ever!!!! emoticon

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GOLIGHTLY344 12/31/2011 3:08PM

    Like it!

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SUNRISE14 12/31/2011 5:32AM


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JLITT62 12/31/2011 5:17AM

    That's a great, thought-provoking blog!

May the new year bring everything you want!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/31/2011 12:43AM

    You always seem to bring a smile to me! Thank you! And thanks a TON for what you said on my blog tonight! emoticon emoticon

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SCOOTER4263 12/31/2011 12:06AM

    I managed to ramble on for ages about that topic - and not only are you far more concise, your cartoon is great! (And it wouldn't surprise me in the least if that was how it started, because Life is Like That.) Thanks for the reminder to concentrate on what's important, because we never know how much time we have left in this lovely life. Twelve months, twelve years, twelve minutes - if you spend it right, it doesn't matter.

Best wishes to you and yours, and thanks for being a good friend to me. There's nothing like a hug from someone who's been there.

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NANHBH 12/30/2011 10:31PM

    Great reminder to stay in the present!

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ROCKYCPA 12/30/2011 10:00PM

    thanks for the thoughts - Happy New Year to you!

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JAZZMINE 12/30/2011 9:09PM

    Great thoughts! HAPPY, HEALTHY NEW YEAR TO YOU!


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WATERMELLEN 12/30/2011 8:34PM

    Good thoughts!!

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A Video Blog for Guitar Woman and other Guitar Playing Friends

Friday, December 30, 2011

Sinovial Fluid Exercise emoticon

Since I have some problems with carpal tunnel and RMI's my guitar teacher shared this exercise with me, and I thought I would pass it on to you. He had tendonitis badly enough that he couldn't play for a couple of years. This is an exercise he does to help warm up his hands and stretch the tendons before practice.

Of course, the cat had to get into the action, LOL! emoticon

I hope I don't sound too annoying, I felt a bit nervous.

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GUITARWOMAN 1/3/2012 4:07PM

    Saw the video! You were fine, the cat was cute and you were very professional in moving him (her?) from the scene of the action. Just like a cat.

I am assuming that one keeps wrists in a straight position when doing this, or else there will be a carpal tunnel fallout? Please let me know.

I see how it can stretch out the tendons really nicely.


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THE_HERMIT 1/1/2012 3:24PM

    (Right hand exercise)Hi another exercise is to rest a cup on the back of your hand and bring the fingers into a playing position while keeping the cup in position on your hand. This exercise makes sure that you don't use the wrist and that it is the fingers that do the work when you play the guitar.

carpel tunnel is from repetitive wear and tear of the muscle in the carpel part of the wrist and this is what the exercise helps avoid.
As a teacher I have often seen people who try to use their wrist to move when stretching for positions on the fret-board instead of letting the stretch come from the fingers. The player should always aim to make sure there is no tension held in the joints too. I encourage my students to think of there hand as acting as if it were a hovercraft over the frets.

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MEDDYPEDDY 1/1/2012 3:59AM

    Loved the cat... and loved taht you kept it with the cat and all - I would probably had started over.

I don´t think I have any problems with my hands but that exercise felt like it would give me focus and harmony so I will do it - thanks!

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OLDERDANDRT 12/31/2011 4:46PM

    My guitar playing was very short-lived as a teen and I gave my guitar to my daughter when she moved out 12 or so years ago, but I DO have carpal tunnel, so I enjoyed your vlog! (You have a very pretty cat!)

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GOLIGHTLY344 12/31/2011 3:24PM

    Thank you soooo much. I do have concerns about overdoing my practice and injuring myself, so this is absolutely great.
My piano teacher also told me to stretch my arm out in front of me, then bend my hand downward--using my other hand to gently! stretch my hand downward. He does a similar exercise as in your video. I like the 45 seconds 5 times and the gentle motion.

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SUNRISE14 12/30/2011 5:45PM

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BADASSBLONDIE 12/30/2011 5:08PM

    Cool thanks! And oh man, I love that your cat got in on the action. Those little guys are so tricky!

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GUITARWOMAN 12/30/2011 4:41PM

    Oh dear, the video is not loading, I really wanted to see this.

Aside from the cts, I have a locking tendon in my right ring finger that is getting worse....

I'll check again in a bit or tomorrow.

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Smile! (Or Why I Have a Dog)

Friday, December 23, 2011

Say Cheese!

I just love her crazy smile.

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SHARJOPAUL 12/27/2011 1:49PM

    LOL I'm sure her smiles make you smile.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 12/27/2011 9:21AM

    Love that smile!

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PAPERCLIPSUE 12/27/2011 8:58AM

    LOL We had a German short-haired pointer that grinned. Her name was Co-Co, but her nickname was "Grinner".

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W5VEOTX 12/26/2011 9:00AM

    Dogs are wonderful !

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    That is adorable! We used to have a miniature poodle named Twinkle and she smiled like that, too! emoticon

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PUDLECRAZY 12/25/2011 8:09AM

    LOL Janet, I've seen doxies do that, too. Stella is the first dog I've had who I have been able to train to do a resounding high five and to smile. My poor basset was game to try the high five, but her little legs just couldn't manage it, and my shepherd thought it meant 'bowl me over'. No other dogs but Stella have understood 'Smile!'

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    My first doxie did the same thing. If you said "smile, Cleo" she'd get that cujo look on her face yet be happy as can be!

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MARY1313 12/24/2011 4:21PM

    HAHAHAHAHA!!!!! I love her smile too!!!!


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TRULYVISIBLE 12/23/2011 10:32PM

  She can't look mean if she tries. Only because you give her so much love that she is always happy or they say animals are either content or not content. I wished everyone treated their dog the way you do. Happy Holiday to Stella. Hope 2012 brings her lots of treats and long walks in the park.

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W82GOWHEE 12/23/2011 9:55PM

    Ha! She looks like she's done something NAUGHTY!

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WATERMELLEN 12/23/2011 9:40PM

    What a star!! She shines (and so do those teeth!!)

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IUHRYTR 12/23/2011 9:17PM

    What a ham. Sure isn't camera shy, is she? -- Lou

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CHALLENGER15 12/23/2011 8:46PM


Love it!

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SUNRISE14 12/23/2011 6:57PM

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PUDLECRAZY 12/23/2011 6:00PM


LOL! Poodles have barracuda teeth and long snipey noses. That really is her big, happy, toothy grin, and not a snarl.


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JLITT62 12/23/2011 5:58PM

    Um, that's a smile?


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GEMINISUE 12/23/2011 5:51PM

    That looks frightens me! Sorry. Just me.

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0309COOKIE 12/23/2011 5:16PM

    What a ham! I love it!

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PONYFARMER 12/23/2011 4:29PM

    I must say that is a great smile! emoticon

You and I are blessed to know there are a million other reasons as well. emoticon

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 12/23/2011 4:19PM

    Who loves 'ya baby!

Nothing says love like our furry friends.


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Checking In, And Accountability

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

My Fitbit is really giving me some interesting feedback in terms of my activity levels and sleep. I am still learning the ins and outs of their website, but like recording there. I wish there was a way to sync that info with Spark People, but there isn't. I end up pulling my FitBit page up on Safari and my Spark up on Firefox, so I can transfer data side by side. I am liking my little Fitbit; it appeals to my competitive nature, and my inner geek.

I am happy to be back to my Body Pump classes. After missing about 6 weeks of classes, I was really sore after my first class back on Saturday. I think I will be sore again tomorrow, as we did a different workout today with a really strenuous shoulder sequence. Saturday, the hard sequence was the lunges... I walked like an old woman the next day, LOL!

This December weather has been deliciously mild. I have been taking several hikes a day with Stella and we are both enjoying our workouts. The Fitbit measures 'Floors Climbed' which includes hills. Our meadow and woods walk is quite hilly and we are getting in 12 - 18 floors worth of climbing a day, and averaging about 4 miles over our 3 daily hikes. We are also getting quite muddy, at least the poodle half of us is. While the weather has been warm, it has also been quite wet. This morning I was out in my full rain gear to get our walking time in.

My acupuncturist is very concerned about my sleep. I have only been getting around 6 hours of sleep, even on vacation, and those are very interrupted. She has suggested staying away from electronics after 6:00 pm. I think I will try doing a final logging in of food and exercise around 6:30, then shut everything down for the evening. I'll report back if this has a positive effect on my sleep patterns. Meanwhile, tonight I think I'll take a sleep aid and see if I can break the no-sleep cycle.

It has been great having time to spend with my guitar. Perhaps this doesn't sound interesting, but right now, I am just focusing on technique. Unfortunately, I broke two of my right hand fingernails a couple of weeks ago, so consequently my tremolo practice is suffering.

I am no where near ready for Christmas. At least the presents that had to be mailed were in the mail on time. I still need to finish cleaning and organizing my house, and... put up the tree! I can't believe I haven't gotten it up yet. So, I'd better get off the computer and get to work!

Slow and steady wins the race...

Unless you get stuck in a corner.

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CHALLENGER15 12/23/2011 8:54PM

    Hmmmm...I have enjoyed sparking and facebooking on my lap top in the evenings, but hadn't made a connection between that and sleep....this will be interesting to me.

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OLDERDANDRT 12/23/2011 11:17AM

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MARY1313 12/22/2011 10:39AM

    I have read that the flickering of tv's and computers mess up our sleep rhythm too.

I love the turtles!

I bet stella is have a wonderful time in the mud LOL

Have a great vacation and Christmas!!!


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MAWRTIAN 12/21/2011 11:02PM

    Love the turtles!! I will put some in my next blog for you!
Keep me posted on your sleep progress, maybe I should see an acupuncturist too, I have an electronic alarm clock right next to my bed, do you think that could be a problem?? Glad you are back in body pump too!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NANHBH 12/21/2011 10:55PM

    WOW, electronics might be affecting sleep? I know they affect mine -- I don't get off the computer til after midnight most of the time! But, that's probably not what your acupuncturist meant!

Think I'll hit the hay early tonight. Sweet dreams!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 12/21/2011 10:37PM

    That is some serious hiking! Most excellent Chris!

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W82GOWHEE 12/21/2011 10:09PM

    Kudos to you for doing what's most important--taking care of yourself, your health, your doggy, and your music. If the tree doesn't get up then so be it! Have a wonderful holiday. I hope you get some restful sleep.

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IUHRYTR 12/21/2011 8:42PM

    emoticon on all your hiking exercise. Hope you get your emoticon straightened out. -- Lou

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WATERMELLEN 12/21/2011 8:11PM

    I like the part about the "poodle half of you" being muddy! Charlie has come inside several days looking as if he's trying to turn himself into a chocolate lab . . .

My kids got our tree up today while I was at work . . . and the lights on too! So: we're getting there, slowly!

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KASEYCOFF 12/21/2011 5:49PM

    I like that idea of being 'electronics free' in the evenings - I usually read every night for 20-30 minutes after I get in bed. It has become such a ritual, I wouldn't want to be without it. But I can see where the active-brain might not be lulled to sleep with input from computers, TVs, etc--!

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    Enjoyed your blog today, and especially that last quote! emoticon emoticonTake a picture when you get your tree up! emoticon

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SUNRISE14 12/21/2011 4:39PM

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ARLENE_MOVES 12/21/2011 4:26PM

    I try to turn everything off by 10:30 - sometimes happens, sometimes not! I, however, don't see any change in sleep patterns. Maybe I need to be consistent!

My Penny and I were half way through our walk when it started to rain. I was expecting it so I had an umbrella -- but she was afraid of it so would't walk under it with me. She gets wet, but it doesn't bother her. Now, if I had had Buddy with me, he would have wanted to be carried!!!

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MCGS62 12/21/2011 3:31PM

    acupuncturist!!! the thought of that would cause me to loose sleep!!
if you are not sleeping on saturday night -I'll suggest a hot toddy because if santa see's you still awake ---naughty naughty

more guitatr time might help too I fell asleep holding mine twice this week the pick end up inside it's a miraca/ guitar now

Those are cool looking turtles -are they painted? I work in turtle creek PA
none of the turtles here look like that

were'd ya git em?


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JLITT62 12/21/2011 3:04PM

    I've been begging DH forever to turn off the tv & computer at least an hr befor gphe goes to sleep . . . I hope it helps you!

Luckily I got the digs out this morning before the rain really started coming down. They hate getting wet!

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