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Daily Movement Was April's Biggest Change

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

April was a turning point month for me. Two things made it so. Wanderingaround Facebook, I found some friends had started a 90 Day Belly Dance Challenge. That caught my attention. Most people don't know that I took my first belly dance class at age 18. I have always loved to dance, but belly dance was the first dance form that embraced my curves. My mother had signed us up hoping to help me lose weight.( a life long struggle on her part) She was quite disappointed when her size 16 daughter wasn't told "You dance so well, if only you could lose some weight," as I had been told in every other dance class I had ever taken. (It was the last belly dance class she ever paid for.) Instead it started a life long love affair with Middle Easten dance forms. I have classes in many styles over the years. After a back injury, I stopped dancing. It was a mistake.. Dancing kept me limber. Slowly, I am dancing again-even if it is from a chair. The challenge only requires a minimum of 5 minutes a day. I haven't missed a day-although sometimes I forget to track it.
My other form of movement has been chair marching/dancing. I have done 5000 steps at least 5 days a week this month and most weeks it has been 6 days. After Easter, I started being a little more consistent with my food water and meds, but that was due mainly to my physical success. Some weeks have been hard and I ached every day-but I pushed through and I feel a lot better now than I did at the beginning of the month.

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What motivates me this week?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Write a blog about something that motivates you to stay on track this week.

My biggest motivator this week is that I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. Most of all it is the pain that I am tired of- I take over the counter pain meds during the day, prescription pain meds at night and use pain patches on my joints as needed to keep going.

On Saturday, I got to visit with one of my best friends for a few hours. It was the first time I have seen her in 2014. She has been ill and once she was healthy I was ill and neither of us has an immune system that can be exposed to communicable diseases. Her illness was much worse than mine, over a week in the hospital in ICU and then another week being monitored and 6 weeks at home before she could go back to work. During that time, she did a lot of thinking. She decided to retire at the end of May. She checked their finances and talked to her husband and they agreed that it was the best thing for them. She is still week from illness. Hopefully, she will be able to fully recover this summer.They have a trip to Europe planned for the fall and she wants to be able to enjoy it.
As we were talking, i mentioned that one of my dreams for retirement was to travel.
She looked me in the eye and told me that I need to vbe able to walk without pain to enjoy traveling. Currently I walk, painfully, with a cane. I have arthritis in my knees, hips and left ankle. I have done the research. I need to move my painful joints and lose weight to improve my mobility. The thing that pisses me off more is that i have been heavier and able to move better. Hell, I have danced at a heavier weight.
I am reclaiming my mobility a little at a time. I am still working on the 90 Day Belly Dance Challenge and dancing 5 minutes or more per day. I have told others what I am doing and gotten a mini-lesson from a Master Dancer. Her lesson has improved my posture. emoticon
I am up to 39,000 steps per week working towards 50,000 plus. It is still chair marching, but better than I have done in more than a year.
I am finally taking all of my meds and vitamins regularly again and even went to get my blood work done on Friday. I am through with my pity party and taking responsibility for myself again.

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DEEGIRL50 4/25/2014 8:20AM

Very positive steps you are taking! Meds, Movement, Mood... check, check, check! Take care of yourself now so you can have the future you're dreaming about.
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Two goals that I am working on for the 10 day period

Monday, April 14, 2014

I have to drink more water. I am barely getting 6 -8 cups a day. I need at least 10-12 cups per day to function properly and lose weight. My first water goal is to drink 8 cups per day consistently. After that I will work on adding more water.
My Second goal is to add more exercise. I want to consistently-as in daily- do at least 10 minutes of belly dance for my 90 belly dance challenge

I read this blog today

This words struck me:
"I was chatting with a friend, a well-known film actress who’d formerly been a professional ballet dancer. When I asked how she balanced her extremely busy life- being a mom, a wife, a busy working performer and doing extensive charity work, she said,

“I make it a point to do just one thing that is good for myself and one thing that is good for my career every single day.”

At first I was stumped. It didn’t seem like a formula that would lead to success…especially not the kind she was having!

It was so obvious and simple.

But then I couldn’t stop thinking about what she’d said.

That evening, as I mulled it over, I realized that she wasn’t referring to simple daily tasks like sending out acting resumes, going to meetings, taking her toddler for a play date or outing in the park.

It was about making conscious decisions to enrich life and career every day.

It was about being thoughtful and taking deliberate action.

It was about taking baby steps to achieve goals and make dreams come true!"
That is exactly what we are doing...taking baby steps.
So my real goal is to do these two things every day for myself-to take deliberate action toward better health each and every day.

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    Go Valerie!!

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DEEGIRL50 4/15/2014 4:12AM

    Deliberate action... Love it!
Belly dancing... what a wonderful way to exercise. Fun!!

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  Thought provoking blog
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    A single step, no matter how small, toward a worthwhile goal is progress.

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

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April Foolishness blog

Friday, April 04, 2014

"Blog Bonus Challenge! Post a blog within the next 3 days about your next mini-goal and at least two things you will do to accomplish that mini-goal. Complete this challenge and earn 25 bonus points."

My mini goal is tracking my food so that I can meet my daily nutritional goals. To do this, I am planning out my dinner meals. Breakfast and lunch are pretty set and healthy-but I have been totally random with my evening eating prior to this month. The first step was to buy a big box of salad greens. When I don't pay attention to my evening meal-I don't eat any vegetables.
Thursday was our date night. we went out for coffee at our favorite coffee shop.

Knowing what I wanted for dinner, I just had coffee and did not eat a bite of my husband's chocolate cake.
Today dinner is fried catfish. I ave already entered it and will swap a large salad of spring greens for my usual fries and coleslaw. I can have two fillets with out going over my calorie budget for the day.
It will take at least 21 days before this starts to feel like a habit again. I like the updated Sparkpeople app. It makes it easier to log in to the website and participate when you can't get to a computer. I am working on perfect attendance for the month of April-even when we are out of town by doing my daily check in spin and tracking my food on my phone. My chair masrching music is on my MP3 player along with Turkish music for bellydancing.
I am looking forward to the event. It has been a long time since we planned to stay until the evening at an outdoor event. I am hoping to have a chance to drum.

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DEEGIRL50 4/4/2014 10:03PM

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LINOVER 4/4/2014 6:08PM

    Good for you for not being tempted by your husband's chocolate cake! Your catfish dinner and salad sounds good!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 4/4/2014 4:25PM

    that is a great mini goal love and a very doable one as well emoticon

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May Your Year Be Filled With Magic

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.” Neil Gaiman (2001)

I don't do New Year's Resolutions. Instead, I look for philosophies to follow for the year. I found this quote by a favorite author from many years ago. My favorite graphic novel is Stardust written by Neil Gaiman.

I thought about the quote and how to fill my year with magic, dreams and good madness.

I started with planning meals, taking all my supplements, moving every day. Water is harder this year than usual-I am not sure why.
Dreams-plenty of sleep-I am getting 7-9 hours per night.
My "good madness" goes along with my creativity. I got a new doll for Christmas-actually she was late, but she is here now. She is only 2 inches tall and she has been blogging. I have crocheted hair and clothes for her and love taking pictures of her.
I have multiple projects started: knitting a scarf, crocheting a beret, designing kimonos for dolls 2 inches to 6 inches tall.
I have 3 novels to work on this year. I would like to edit them, but none of the stories are complete though each has 50,000 or more words.
The ladies choir at church will be singing an arrangement I have wanted to sing since 2010-and I hope to sing the solo.
I have a wonderful pile of physical and digital books to read this year writeen by authors i love.
The kissing part is easy: Kisses from my lovely husband and precious granddaughter-both of whom think I am wonderful.
I want my surprise to be be the ability to do something i couldn't do when 2014 started.

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    you missed the and love in your title, can do this emoticon

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