Saturday, July 17, 2010
Our temperatures have been running way, way above 100! So is it any wonder that I'm trying to think of something COOL? As it happens, I have always yearned to go to the East Coast of the good old USA and see the fall color as the trees turn from green to beautiful hues of gold/red/rust/orange! And this year my dream will finally come true.
Browsing through various cruises and tours that offer spectacular displays of the fall color, I (and my fiancee) finally decided on one that will touch on Canada Nova Scotia and the New England States. I can hardly wait to experience the fun of another cruise, take pictures of the wonderful memories I'm creating and also the luxury of travel on a cruise. You know, little things like the bed turned down each night with a melt-in-your-mouth chocolate laying on the pillow, plus the exquisite gourmet dishes the chef will offer at each and every meal -- all without me having to even enter the kitchen! And of course, there will be the walks around the deck and hitting the gym each and every day -- otherwise I'll return home round as a pumpkin.
So now when I see the temperatures soaring, I get out my itinerary and scan the cool places I'll soon be visiting -- makes me cooler just to be thinking of October.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
How do you react when you learn that someone you loved very much has deceived you, or found he/she didn't trust you, or did something they knew would upset you -- but did it anyway? Do you face them and have it out right then and there? Do you sulk and pout for a bit and perhaps say nothing, just kind of hold it in and put yourself in a bad mood? Do you think of a way to get even? Or do you try to analyze just what this is all about and try to get to the bottom of it?
Regardless which of the ways you decide to handle it; and perhaps you do not react in the same way each time -- did you ever once stop to think how your reaction was going to affect your day or perhaps your week? If you sulk and pout you may end up feeling in a lousy mood, slightly depressed, for a week for at least several days. Do you know what that will do to your motivation and to your energy level? If you go to the person upsetting you and face it, have it out right then and there, you may feel messed up for a day -- but then you'll bounce back and be more or less back to normal. Analyzing something of this nature usually does you very little good, because analyze all you want to, it's not going to tell you WHY the person did what they did. A one on one is the only way to learn something like that.
I recently went through a situation like this, and as it happened in the evening I pouted and brooded over it for the evening, and even the next day was hard for me; it seemed to hang over my head like a black cloud. I did not have the chance to speak to the person who actually activated this feeling, but I was able to talk to another of the people who were affected. It didn't make me feel a lot better initially, but the more time I have, the feelings have begun to clear up and I find I am able to kind of shrug it off as something that happens once in awhile. It does not matter if you deserve it, or if you were innocently attacked -- it happens. Live with it, put it in it's place in the back of your mind, but don't dwell on it and let it rule your life. That's giving the other person way too much power!
Friday, July 02, 2010
I live in the Phoenix area. Summer means hot, HOT, and more HOT! Even if you get up at 5:00 a.m. the temperature is going to be very uncomfortable to exercise in. And if you don't have exercise equipment in your home and do not have access to a gym, what are you to do?
1. Turn on the TV or radio to some snappy dance music and have yourself a ball. In other words, "dance as though no one is watching."
2. Get down on the floor and do a few of the old fashioned gymnastics! These are easy to do, you're moving, and it's doing some good. Try leg lifts, sit-ups, crunches, anything and everything you can think of. You can even keep an eye on the TV as you're doing it. And did you know if you watch an hour show on TV and exercise during the commercials, you will have 20 minutes of exercise.
3. Put on the pedometer and even walking around in your home you can get a lot of steps done.
4. If you live in a 2-story home there is always the stairs -- this can use up a LOT of energy!
5. If none of the above appeals to you, go to the mall or a large store like Walmart and walk your heart out!
MOVE IT to LOSE IT!
Monday, June 28, 2010
Although I'm not claiming to be qualified to advise or instruct anyone on attaining a healthy lifestyle; over my 2+ years of being on Spark, I have picked up numerous hints and tips on what to do and what not to do. Hence, when a dear friend recently joined SparkPeople I found myself in the role of Mentor to them. When I get to spend time with him and supervise the foods he is eating he does really well -- off on his own he doesn't do so good. It's going to be a slow, but steady, progress. The good thing, which will be encouraging to him, is that in the beginning he will lose weight more rapidly. It is lovely that it just works out that way, after all, the more you have to lose the more rapidly (in the beginning) it comes off. Once you get closer and closer to your goal, things slow down, you have to work harder.
My friend, and I won't divulge his identity at this time, started his journey at 230 pounds. He lost 2 or 3 pounds, then we didn't see each other for a couple of days and his weight shot back up to 232.6 (rather discouraging to him), but last week we were both on the straight and narrow and he was very proud to step on the scale this morning and see a reading of 225.8 (and he should have been proud because it is a significant improvement).
For the sake of identity, I'll call my friend "Georgie Porgie" and I'll give you an update on a weekly basis! As for me, I'm trying to set a good example, so my own weight, while still being a regular yo-yo is in lower numbers, so I'm feeling quite good about myself also!
to all...Eat Right -- Exercise = GOAL MET!
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