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Sleepless Night, Headache -- Hiking Helped

Sunday, February 05, 2012

You know the routine. . . . 11:05 you look at the clock, and maybe get up to go to the bathroom then 11:56, and you're still not asleep, 1:05, 2:15, you toss and turn, worrying about how tired you will be the next day. But still no sleep! Sometimes this routine can go on all night long, as you lay there and think about things that you shouldn't think about.

Finally it's time to get up. So you drag yourself out of bed and try to make the best of it. The funny thing is that once I was up, I still didn't feel particularly tired. And then my DH said he would like to drive up to the Sedona area and look at some petriglifs -- only a short hike of about 1 mile. I looked at the temperture and saw a frigid 31F. Are you kidding? I ask.

But in about an hour we did drive there -- probably took us at least an hour or more as it is quite a distance. But I had put on a heavy sweat shirt and it was perfect. And while my head was reeling with a headache while I was trying to sleep, I found the fresh air knocked it right out of my head! That was the silver lining in that cloud. Hurrah! for Hiking!
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4_MY_LIFE 2/6/2012 11:59AM

    Glad the hike helped! Nothing like fresh air to make things better.

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SCOTMAMA 2/6/2012 11:01AM

    I did sleep like a LOG Sunday night! So here it is Monday morning and I'm rarin' to go! Wallpaper is scheduled to be delivered today, so guess what I'll be doing? It's what I love to do!

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PSMITH3841 2/6/2012 10:32AM

    I've had a few of those nights myself.....usually, I fall asleep 20 minutes before the alarm is due to go off....I'm glad the hike and fresh air took care of the headache. I bet you slept well Sunday night! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 2/6/2012 10:18AM

    Glad you went and felt better - I too always feel better after exercising keep up the good work
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ARTJAC 2/5/2012 11:14PM

    it is good what a walk will do it blows all the cobwebs away and you forget about being tired and the headache disapears emoticon

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These are a few of my favorite things. . . . .

Friday, February 03, 2012

Thinking of the song that Julie Andrews sang reminded me that "favorite things" are so different in each person. And it was brought to mind again this morning as I read a fellow blogger write of her favorite things. But it would be a dreary world if we all had the very same taste, would it not?
Sunrise and sunset are favorite times of the day, when God shows us, in all his Glory -- just what the word Magnificent means. If you think red and orange don't go together, look at a sunset some time -- even purple looks good mixed in there.

Styles in houses would be those sedate looking English homes with the mullioned windows and many times with ivy climbing over the stone or brick. And of course with a home like that you must also have the green rolling lawns and lush flowers, bowing their heads with the heaviness of the blooms, wet with dew; spreading their heady scent to all who pass by.

emoticon emoticon Music! Who doesn't love it? Mine fluctuates between the classics, preferable Chopin, but the old fashioned "elevator" music is what I am normally listening to during the day. Neil Diamond, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra. Ah!

Other breathtaking favorites would be that first snowfall, looking out the window the next morning and seeing the world at peace, softly covered with a pristine layer of snow, with the evergreen trees glistening as though handfuls of diamonds had been scattered across them.

Babies giving us their little "gas" smiles which the parents swear is a "real" smile! Puppies doing almost anything! Watching the quail in AZ as the babies are young as they go traipsing across the streets in the outlaying suburbs of Phoenix. Actually all animals when they are babies have a spot in my heart.

There are many more things that are favorites, some bring a smile to my face, some bring tears to my eyes. . . . . it's what life is all about.

  
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ROEANDGO 2/8/2012 9:02AM

    Love this!! I'm going to think about my favorite things today too!


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PSMITH3841 2/6/2012 10:19AM

    Hmmm....some of my favorite things....I'm going to start making a list! Thanks for the idea. emoticon

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LYNETTEMOM 2/6/2012 12:22AM

    "life savors" are those little pces of joy that inspire us to feel grateful for being alive!

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OLDERDANDRT 2/5/2012 6:50PM

    Oh yeah! I like the look of the world through your eyes! emoticon

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CATLADY52 2/4/2012 2:36PM

    emoticon We don't take enough time to appreciate the small things in life.

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STILLFLYIN 2/4/2012 12:33PM

    Thank you for helping me take a moment to appreciate the things I like instead of always focusing on the downers.
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VITCHY-VICKI 2/4/2012 9:10AM

    Nice blog so glad we are all different and like different things that is a good thing I like some of the same things you do thanks for posting
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DEBBIER9 2/4/2012 8:32AM

    emoticonI make a point most evenings to enjoy the sunset!!!

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ARTJAC 2/3/2012 11:34PM

    well said

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Behind on my Goal, but still feeling good!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Once in awhile your social life gets in the way of your goals. That's happened to me more than once. But in the long run I think I have come out the winner! While it's true I'm behind a pound on my current goal, I am making good friends that will be around for years and years!

Having friends keep your spirits and motivation up, therefore it is a good thing!

Sometimes even though the scale tells you progress is not being made, you put on a pair of pants that used to be tight, and now they are looking great! That's progress!

If a goal is so inflexible that you cannot enjoy your life and it starts getting in the way of "real living" then it is not a good goal. Be realistic in your expectations!

I have been doing more WORK than WORK-OUTS! But..... while the scale is not applauding me, my house is looking pretty spiffy! Painting is done in my Kitchen/Family Room and as soon as that wallpaper arrives, that will get done too! And I have managed to fit in three work-outs over the past week, not quite what I'd like, but not too bad.

One of the things I have learned after all the time I've spent on SP is that you have to learn to be flexible. Flexible in your expectations, flexible in your exercise, once in awhile even flexible in your food choices at times. Besides all that, if you are never flexible, you will find that your motivation will start to lag. Why? Because you're not really living your life any longer, you are chained to an unrealistic "schedule" to get to your goal. Ease up! Life is short and living a healthy lifestyle should include living a Happy Healthy Lifestyle!
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It takes a variety of weather types to make a good "climate" it's the same with life!

  
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PSMITH3841 2/2/2012 11:39AM

    Absolutely correct, variety is considered the "Spice of Life", well said!

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ARTJAC 2/1/2012 10:45PM

    i agree you have to be flexible otherwise it would be boring emoticon

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LYNETTEMOM 2/1/2012 4:19PM

    Absolutely. I've said it before and I'll say it again :
"Everything in moderation, including moderation"!
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OLDERDANDRT 2/1/2012 12:16PM

    If you are painting walls and going to be papering some, too.......I think you are getting some great workouts!! Incorporate squats and stretches! In fact, you probably are! You are doing great! Want to come paint my livingroom when you're done at your place? hehe The walls are textured and a real bear!! hehe

Have a great day. Observe proper body mechanics so you don't hurt yourself and the sky's the limit!!! emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 2/1/2012 11:36AM

    GREAT BLOG!!!

We are in this for the long haul and flexible is the only way to succeed.
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TRISTAROSE 2/1/2012 10:29AM

    So True! Thanks for the reminder.

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VITCHY-VICKI 2/1/2012 7:27AM

    So True we need to be Flexible wish my body was again but will keep moving as much as I can
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WORK versus WORK-OUTS!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Is this kind of how you feel after a day at work? Or housework? Or, like for me right now, a full day of painting?

Whew! I feel like I must have burned off 1000 calories at the very least! But, for most of us -- every though we are tired out to the core, as far as burning calories go, working hard isn't the same as working-out hard!

I don't know why that is, probably because it's not actually cardio -- your heart isn't racing, although your brain certainly needs a rest! Sorry to tell you, but even after a hard day of WORKING, your body could still use a good WORK OUT so yes, go hit the gym. It's just what your body needs to get in shape, and to stay in shape!
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SCOTMAMA 1/30/2012 11:54AM

    I went to the gym yesterday and did the WORK OUT thing -- squeezing it in between the WORK thing. Sadly, my scale did not move! But I'll have to admit I feel better about myself.

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PSMITH3841 1/30/2012 10:24AM

    A good work out(even when I'm tired to the core) makes me feel better and clears my tired brain too! One positive to working hard though, you still burn calories and move your muscles, and I was reading an article on how you utilize your housework routine as a work out (if you are unable to fit in your regular work out), but it's not really as satisfying...

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OLDERDANDRT 1/29/2012 12:07PM

    Yeah....this falls into the category of "sad but true"! emoticon Herein lies the wisdom of doing the workout before the work! (I know, it sounds great, but I haven't seemed to be able to get that done as yet!) hehe
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VITCHY-VICKI 1/29/2012 7:30AM

    I know what you mean after cleaning homes all day think I am done but I know that workout is not the same so have to walk the treadmill or do my Wii
Great Blog
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STILLFLYIN 1/28/2012 9:05PM

    The body needs variety in motion.


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ARTJAC 1/28/2012 8:16PM

    i agree

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JAZZ20 1/28/2012 6:50PM

  I know how you feel. I have been helping my brother renovate a house. Although you are active, it is not the same as a workout. But the body does not want a workout after the work.

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Short-Term Weekly Goals

Sunday, January 22, 2012

emoticon I used to tear my hair out looking at that far off goal of 10, 15 or 20 pounds off by my birthday (October) or the end of the year! As a gal with a small amount of patience, it's hard to be told "slow is best" because I like instant gratification

emoticon Then I was reading this article about "short term goals" and how they could help. And as you reached each goal, you could give yourself a little reward -- or at the very least, check them off as DONE!

I am now into my 3rd week (always on Sunday) of doing that. My goal was just half a pound each week. Very reasonable and attainable! The first Sunday I was elated as I was ahead of my goal by 1.4 pounds. emoticon

The second week I didn't do as well -- it was a stressful week, and tiring. I found that I tend to stuff my face when I'm overly tired ! So when Sunday rolled around, I was still ahead of my goal, but by only .2 of a pound! But still, ahead is ahead! emoticon

This is the 3rd Sunday for my weigh-in and I'm really happy to report that I'm back to the 1.4 pounds ahead of goal weight. Woo Hoo! Truly love short goals!
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OLDERDANDRT 1/23/2012 4:28PM

    emoticon I need to actually set this up for myself, too! Isn't it funny how you KNOW the stuff you could and should do, but you still sit with your head in your hands like you haven't got a clue? (This is me, I'm talking about here.) Guess I'll get that set up now! emoticon Great blog!

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PSMITH3841 1/23/2012 10:12AM

    Oh Wise One.... I've been using your "short term" goals and it's working for me too! Thanks for sharing the idea! emoticon emoticon n your successes... emoticon

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STARLIGHT615 1/23/2012 8:33AM

    Short terms goals do work! Congrats on the loss!! Keep it up!

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VITCHY-VICKI 1/23/2012 8:27AM

    emoticonon the short term goals I need to do more of them
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4_MY_LIFE 1/23/2012 1:35AM

    emoticonI love short term goals!

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ARTJAC 1/22/2012 10:53PM

    well done

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RASHEDAPOE 1/22/2012 10:21PM

    A 100 little victories will help you celebrate the BIG WIN... WTG on setting Short Term Goals.

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CATLADY52 1/22/2012 6:50PM

    emoticon and food for thought.

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PEPPYPATTI 1/22/2012 5:07PM

    Way to go! Short term goals work the best! emoticon

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KAYWEB555 1/22/2012 12:04PM

    Yes, you have so much fun checking off those short team goals or rewarding yourself. Keep up the great job your doing for yourself !

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STILLFLYIN 1/22/2012 11:42AM

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LIS193 1/22/2012 11:41AM

    Way to go! Love those short term goals :)

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MEME102 1/22/2012 11:35AM

    Good job!!! You said something interesting about when you're tired you know that you tend to eat more -- I need to watch the reasons for the times I do that - might give me more insight - thanks for sharing!

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