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Little Things Mean A Lot!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

You've heard the remark often enough that "little things mean a lot." But what does that really mean? In thinking of our healthy lifestyle it could relate to the tiny steps you take in the right direction like drinking those 8 glasses of water per day, or taking a daily 30 minute walk. (hey! that's not "tiny" it's very hard to work in sometimes!)

emoticon But there are other aspects of "small things." For example when is the last time you held the door open so someone with difficulties, or their arms full of packages, could enter or exit a building? When is the last time you were surprised by the good will of a stranger in holding the door open that extra second or two for you?

emoticon Christmas is not the only time of year we should share the peace and generosity we have in our hearts. People are hungry all year long. They deserve our attention all year the same way we should be generous with our time and efforts all year. It doesn't take much to help some people out, many times just a courtesy will do.

emoticon Today my scale said I had gotten rid of another 0.2 pounds. Again, that's just a little bit of weight; but it meant a lot to me! I'm on the right track.

Keep Sparkin' -- it shows you're still motivated! emoticon

  
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ARTJAC 12/17/2011 9:54PM

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VITCHY-VICKI 12/16/2011 9:30AM

    I try to be nice and open doors for others all the time and sometimes someone holds it open for me - it feels good to be nice and I smile at people even if I don't like that person - Thanks for the blog
Blessings
V

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MEME102 12/16/2011 8:38AM

    Hi - enjoyed your blog and of course very timely at this time of year! And yes it is nice to think that every little change I make - makes a difference!! Have a great day!!

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CATLADY52 12/15/2011 5:25PM

    emoticon Just dropped in to read your blog and say Hi! Keep those good thoughts coming.

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Impressions of Mexico!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

One of the buildings that impressed me the most was the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City. First of all, it will accommodate 25,000 people whereas churches that I was used to attending in my part of Arizona usually held around 1250 to 1500. No wonder I was awe-struck upon seeing this Cathedral. It is a majestic structure!


Standing at the highest point on this Circular Pyramid you may well feel as though you could be King (or Queen) of all you survey!


Clay mool at Chichen Itzu is representative of statues and images you will find in many of the more prestigious museums in Mexico.

Below is a figure of the "Water Goddess" taken at one the the many museums we stopped at during our recent travels.


Last photo is of Teotihuacan Museum and while I have hundreds more on our site, I do not want to bore anyone, and these were just a few chosen out of many to give you an idea of what to expect.

  
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LIS193 12/15/2011 12:20PM

    Thanks for sharing! So different from our small coastal town

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VITCHY-VICKI 12/14/2011 7:47AM

    emoticonpictures and look the Water Goddess is not thin so maybe we are Water Goddesses LOL
Thanks for the pictures maybe one day I will get to Mexico
V

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KIMBERTA99 12/14/2011 12:57AM

    Hi..my husband is from Mexico City and we currently live in Cancun..but that cathedral is beautiful...just stunning!! Thanks for sharing..I havent been there in a few years!!

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4_MY_LIFE 12/14/2011 12:50AM

    Great pictures, thank you for posting them!

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ROMEOSMOM27 12/13/2011 4:55PM

    Beautiful pictures I've been to Mexico and it's great.

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Scheduling a Healthy Day!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Decided to take a hint from a friend on mine, post my plans for the day, then this evening go in and mark down how I did.

Breakfast: 300 calories
actually ended up drinking a smoothie with 183 calories

Lunch: 300 calories
lunch surprised me by totalling only 215 calories

Dinner: 550 calories

Snack: 100 calories
snack 118 calories

This will give me my 1250 caloric goal for the day!
Can't remember the exact count on dinner and snacks but my total was 1275 - OK by me!

Exercise: walk at least one mile (ended up walking 1.8 miles)
Spend 10 minutes doing indoor leg-lifts, stretching exercises
Spend 10 minutes doing crunches and squats
Yes! I did get my indoor exercises! Today was an all-around healthy day!
No candy!

  
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PSMITH3841 12/12/2011 3:48PM

    Ahh, candy, my downfall...but, emoticon for you....taking the time to plan what you are going to do could really work! Thanks for the hint! Love the picture, the scene is just beautiful.

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CATLADY52 12/12/2011 12:08PM

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LIS193 12/12/2011 8:04AM

    You did great!
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VITCHY-VICKI 12/12/2011 7:23AM

    emoticonidea glad you did what you said you was going to do now keep up the good work
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WENDYSPARKS 12/12/2011 6:27AM

    Good idea!!

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4_MY_LIFE 12/12/2011 4:35AM

    Great idea! Planning my day helps me a lot.

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OLDERDANDRT 12/11/2011 6:05PM

    emoticon A great day !!!!!!

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LUVPOETESS 12/11/2011 3:22PM

    i'm going to use this tip from you. It's an excellent idea, and it will keep me on track. emoticon

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QUEEN_REINA 12/11/2011 3:14PM

    It's a good idea, I do it a loto times too.

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I Love the Feeling of the Scale Going Down!

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

emoticon emoticon emoticon Well, who wouldn't enjoy the sight of lower numbers on the scale. As you climb out of bed so warm and cozy on these cool days -- if like me, it is one of the very first things you do. Step on the scale! No, I didn't say it was the 1st -- we all know what "that" is.

It seems that I have been on a yo-yo journey for the past 2 years, I'd start the month at 143 or 144 go up, go down, stay even -- but never seeming to get to those coveted numbers in the 130 range. And I'm not there yet.

As a faithful fan of "Biggest Loser" I watch these people go through their killer work-outs and know in my own heart that if "I" worked out like that the pounds would be rolling off me too. But how many of us have the strong constitution to perform miracles like that without being pushed and prodded? Not me. Not unless you go through some life-changing situation, and Thank the Lord, that has not been the case with me either. I guess my desire to get somewhat close to the weight I carried around up until I turned 50 has not been strong enough to really motivate me into doing what was necessary. Or perhaps I lie to myself, not seeing the real me when I glance into the mirror. Whatever the reason, the weight is mostly still with me, one day good, two days bad, then good for 3 or 4 days. Like I said, I'm a yo-yo!

But suddenly, and in December to top it off -- my weight has finally started being consistent -- probably because I am. It didn't happen by accident, and those are the things you have to remember as you mindlessly nibble on yet another cookie!

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ARTJAC 12/8/2011 11:13PM

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VITCHY-VICKI 12/8/2011 6:31AM

    I too do the same thing each morning and have been the same now for 3 years and decide too in Dec to be good so time will tell if I can get more off or just be the same forever - Keep up the good work and one day we will see the goal line
V

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FISHINGLADY66 12/7/2011 10:25PM

    I always step on the scale first thing (well almost the first thing) in the morning. Than number let's me know if I need to watch my portions more, or do more fitness during the day. lol I am a WW lifetime member, with a 141 goal wt, and I have tried to get to 139 for...... ever. lol. I finally made it. WW tells me maybe I don't eat enough, but I know it is what I eat, not how much I eat. Stay true to yourself, Only you put that food in your mouth. emoticon emoticon I'm cheering for you.
Irene

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CATLADY52 12/7/2011 3:26PM

    I find it somewhat comforting to be in the same range over a week. Unfortunately the 'range' is about ten pounds more than I would like it to be. emoticon

I'm slowly trying to get back into exercising. emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 12/7/2011 1:07PM

    I have those same bouncy weights. That is one reason I keep a chart of my weight and don't rely on a single reading. If the overall trend on the chart is down, I'm good.

Consistency of good habits is the secret. Good for you!


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Which Calorie Caused The GAIN?

Monday, December 05, 2011

emoticon As I've gone through the day popping a cookie in my mouth, having a cup of tea as I relaxed, or eating a sensible turkey/swiss sandwich, I got to wondering which and where were the calories that caused the scale to remain at the exact weight it was yesterday!

Yes! You read that right. Somewhere along the line as I was eating food and using up calories -- there certainly must have been a time when my body made the change from losing weight -- to maintaining my weight -- to gaining weight! It would be wonderful if there was some little bell that would ring, or a light would light up -- to warn us that if we put another morsel of food in our mouths we are in jeopardy of gaining weight!
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Or..... we could go to the gym and work our butts off, then we could get by with stuffing in a few more calories! It's all a matter of give and take.

  
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VITCHY-VICKI 12/7/2011 7:59AM

    emoticonI like that idea of the Bell sure wish it would work this week before Christmas and New Years
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PSMITH3841 12/6/2011 9:57AM

    I so like the way you think! emoticon

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4_MY_LIFE 12/6/2011 4:33AM

    I think the bell was turned off when we hit adulthood. Most kids know when to quit eating, but us adults just keep on going and going. emoticon

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ARTJAC 12/6/2011 12:09AM

    THEY MUST BE LOW CALORIE COOKIES SO ENJOY THEM emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 12/5/2011 8:06PM

    If it were only that easy. All the diet industries wouldn't exist and almost everyone would be as thin as they wanted. You could write an interesting science fiction story with that premise.

Still, for now we live with what we have been dealt and do the best we can.
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