Monday, April 14, 2014
Concentrate on the Positives -- and let the negatives go!
Just that one little sentence could turn your whole life around. If all you thought about were the positives in your life there would be no stress eating! After all, you are concentrating on all the good things, it's when the negatives occupy your thoughts that the bad feelings come and you eat to overcome it.
Not only that, but when you are concentrating on the positives you have a much happier outlook on life. That means you will have more energy, you'll sleep better, be more productive, your choices will be better and there will be no depression!
So come on, there are lots of positives to concentrate on! Here are a few of mine:
I slept soundly last night, woke up full of energy!
Got up at 6:45, sure I wanted to snuggle in bed awhile longer, but I didn't!
Got in a 45 minute walk and accomplished it all by 7:30 a.m., normally I would have still been in bed sleeping, but now I've already got half my steps in!
I had a very healthy protein smoothie for my breakfast! I love them!
No coyotes following us on our walk this morning!
Now tell me some of YOUR positives in the comment section below! Come on, I know you've got them!
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Blowing my own horn, or giving myself a pat on the back -- whatever it is, I'm super happy about it. Today I crossed over 10,000 steps; 10,331 to be exact.
What caused me to change my normal 2,000 to 6,000 steps? I am just tired of losing or gaining the same one to four pounds; over and over and over! Last summer I was doing so well, and my eating habits have been right on, so that leaves the exercise. I usually only do walking mostly for my exercise, and because of an eye problem, I wait for sunset before I go for my walk, so the bright sunlight doesn't bother me as much.
So I knew if I was going to change my exercise mode, then I had to get more time in for my walks. That meant getting up earlier. So this morning I jumped out of bed at 6:30 a.m. and immediately headed out for a brisk walk. It was a cool 66F so it felt just wonderful, and before we knew it we had walked 1.6 miles. Well, actually Amber knew it and was really dragging when we got home.
I, on the other hand, was elated. I had walked 4500 steps and it was only a little after 7:00 a.m. I normally am sound asleep, dreaming and feeling cozy.
The day passed by and I added little bits of movement above and beyond what I normally do. One of the things was vacuuming the inside of our SUV, not an easy task but for some reason I did not feel tired. I did take a nap around 4:00 because I did not sleep well the night before. Before I knew it the sun was going down and it was time for another walk. Thinking about how healthy Amber and I were getting, off we went. Had a healthy protein smoothie for my dinner and now I'm almost ready for bed.
With my new schedule I'll be up and have plenty of time to get in our walk and still have plenty of time to go to church. WooHoo! I hope this streak lasts forever!
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Baby ducks and daffodils -- a surer sign of spring not to be found!
It seems like mostly what I did last week was lament (a fancy word for worry) over the things that were not getting done on my home in Yarnell. With the temperatures rising quicker than anticipated it is even more important for them to finish up so we can move up there for the summer. I had errands to do on Wednesday and saw by the indicator in our car it was 95F outside; and listening to the radio they forecast 98F for today. I was out again today but it was earlier in the day so it hadn't reached that burn-to-the-touch temp yet.
It really makes you want to think of some hobbies or activities to do inside the house where the A/C brings the temp down to whatever your body needs. However on Wed. I did get a call from the supervisor on our building. He wanted to tell me they are at work on stucco/drywall. Of course there are a couple of steps to be done before they actually apply the stucco or drywall, and that's what they are doing right now.
Can't remember the date this photo was taken, but I believe it was mid-March. Not too much has been accomplished since then. I told the supervisor I would be happy when he phoned me to say we could start painting in two days. He laughed and said he would be happy too, because then he could be bugging ME about when we would be done. Strange case of builder/owner participation, but they assured me it was a money-saver for us. I have my doubts, but at least during that week we will be in charge, and I know for sure our painter will be over there, on the job, every day!
Stopped by the furniture store today and saw my beautiful King-sized bed, night-stands and TV stand for the Master Bedroom. Can't wait until it is time to order my mattress. Think I will try one of those big thick foam things. You never have to flip them, most likely because they are so heavy you wouldn't be able to. Wonder how you go about getting sheets on them? lol
Weight shot up when I celebrated my "art finds" -- see another blog, and now after a week it's pretty much back to normal, so no worry there.
Things are blossoming, apple trees and grape vines all leafing out -- and I'm missing it all, stuck here in this oven they call Phoenix.
I'm trying to take it one day at a time though, so calm down, this too will pass!
Sunday, April 06, 2014
This bright and friendly poppy painting is not large, but it won my heart as #1
#2 choice of the items still available. I really wanted an oak stool, but it went just before it was my turn to go up again. The quail are all over in Yarnell, so it fits the area.
Getting a third piece of art was a real surprise, I was amazed to even get two free pieces of art, it never even entered my mind there would be three! This is a beautiful pastel of crocus and is quite a bit bigger than the other two.
Autumn colors are abundant in my home, so this will fit in perfect!
I'm not sure where this will go, but I'm crazy about bunny rabbits, and it has green in the frame, etc. so perhaps even in my bathroom.
I used to have this hanging in my bathroom here in Glendale, but I may take it to the new house. Decisions, decisions.
This is one I'll hang without a frame, probably in my hobby/guest room
This one will go in there too.
This is one my daughter gave me when she moved out of her house. Actually I had given her a gift once of redecorating one room in her house. She chose the bdrm and this is the art that was above the fireplace.
My neighbor, and best friend, gave this to me -- her home was not burned, and it was only about half a block from mine. They did lose all their food (frozen) of course.
I thought these matching pieces would look neat in the office.
An original from an artist in Sedona. I framed it in green, so it will probably go in our master bedroom which will be a very, very light green sage sort of color.
Another original from Sedona. And I know you're probably getting bored by now, but this little tour is almost over.
Love winter woodland scenes -- better to look at than to live in! lol And these are so skinny you can put them almost anywhere.
This is a portrait of me, done when I was about 35 or so. I like to put it over a little entry table by the front door. It was painted by a friend who was an artist - acrylic.
And last but not least, this is a flower arrangement, materials for it were furnished by my daughter when she moved. Surprised all of us that it looked so perfect there.
Thank you for sharing my little tour. You, who know me, know that decorating is my passion, so I will have heaps of fun deciding where all of these will go. Thank you also for stopping by, you are all such good, special friends!
Sunday, April 06, 2014
2013 was a harsh year for me. We all have them, and sometimes we can snap back and stay focused. Other times, it's just one too many things and we don't snap back; we lay down and feel defeated.
When you feel like that instead of giving up completely; try to continue doing some small thing, anything! In other words SLOW DOWN. It's like binging. If you are able to stop yourself from eating the whole bag of cookies or chips, maybe stopping after 4 or 5, it's still something that you have accomplished. Although you caused some bits of damage with however many you did eat, you can pat yourself on the back. You just took your first Baby Step!
Treat each day as though it is because we are always on our best behavior on Day 1. As we get into a routine and things don't seem as exciting, or we don't see the results like we did in the beginning, it is much easier to talk ourselves into slacking off. So pretend each Day is DAY 1. Eliminate the words START OVER from your vocabulary because when you say that it's like saying you failed before, but now you are ready to try again. Instead think of it as having a short time when you needed to slow down a bit, and gradually increase your activity until you are back to your original pace. Slow down any time you feel overwhelmed. I believe that the simple act of slowing down will prevent "falling off the wagon" because without any pressure, you will not be tempted to do something rash. I'm not encouraging you to procrastinate by this statement. I am not saying don't do it. I am not saying it's OK to just wait and do it later, or tomorrow. By slowing down, instead of walking the 2 miles you usually do, just slow it down, do a mile, or at least go around the block. But DO NOT QUIT. Quitting and slowing down are two different things.
Keep this up and you will suddenly find yourself in maintenance instead of losing!
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