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!
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.
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.
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!
It takes a variety of weather types to make a good "climate" it's the same with life!
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!
Sunday, January 22, 2012
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
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.
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!
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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