Friday, August 24, 2012
B+ or Be Positive! B-Positive is my blood type, and my attitude is Be Positive! It makes for a good life, and a good attitude!
They say the most important thing about problems (or stress) is the way people handle them. I can see this would be true. For example, some people get very upset over little things, but the really BIG problems leave them calm and collected. Others, like my DH don't seem to let much of anything ruffle their feathers. Makes you wonder what secret people like that have discovered -- they don't get upset, they just handle whatever it is.
I've also heard that God never gives you anything you aren't strong enough to handle. And, as I'm still here and consider myself pretty healthy -- perhaps that is true. I've certainly had my share of stressful jobs, and I have had enough things happen in my personal life that I would say my life has not been a piece of cake.
My favorite motto is "Look for the silver lining." And just in case you don't understand what that means, it's that you should always look for the best of every situation. As an example, right now I am tired of all the rain we've been having, especially with the high humidity that goes along with it. But the "silver lining" on this is that my plants are thriving and it is needed for all the plants and animals in the wilderness as well. Small sacrifice on my part, I'd say!
May you all find your "silver lining" in the things that befall you over the week-end. =
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
I'm just naturally curious and I guess you could say "nosy." I do not mind admitting it. But when I see one of the members on here saying they lost 115 pounds or maybe just 3 or 4 -- I always glance at their tracker. I'm always disappointed when it merely tells me the "pounds lost" -- Duh! If you started out at 400 pounds and you've lost 20, that's nice but it's really no big deal (yet)! But if you started out at just 10 pounds over your goal weight, and you lost 4 pounds -- hey you're really, really close!
Now I know I have a lot of opposition to this because I see many of you who do exactly what I'm talking about. You post how many pounds you've lost -- or how many spark points you've got -- or your fitness minutes. And I'd like to hear why you do that. Is it to remind yourself of how much you've lost? Or is it because you started this fight many years after you should have -- and you're ashamed to see your own weight in black & white? It could even be that by not putting down your weight you feel you don't have to deal with the "actual number." But isn't the reason you joined SparkPeople was so you could get down to a "healthy" weight, and live a Healthy Lifestyle?
I like looking at actual pounds on a person's tracker. Some I can relate to because they were in a similar weight range as me when they started and their goal may be close to mine. Others, who are in a heavier range, I cheer on in my heart because I see they have conquered so much more than I ever had to. Their problems were so much worse than mine, and yet they have battled and pushed and agonized to get where they are. And they should be so proud of themselves, because the further you sink, the harder it is to pull yourself out of that hole.
Come tell me why you track what you track -- I'd love to know.
Friday, August 17, 2012
I had been in the Phoenix area all morning, but early afternoon we drove to the mountains, to our home in Yarnell. After getting a few things done I decided to take Amber for a walk as it was only 79F -- a little humid, but we hadn't walked yet, so we'd be tough.
Got outside, walked down to close the gates at the end of our drive, and even as we were walking, I could feel the sprinkles on my arms. Closed the gate -- went back in.
Looked outside at 6:10 and although the ground was wet, the sky was mostly blue and the clouds seemed to be moving on past us. Now it was down to 72F but about 37% humid. Again, we decided to try it out. Walked the first loop, which is 0.6 miles. Felt good, and just kept walking -- did the long loop which is 1.1 miles. WooHoo, total of 1.7 miles! Amber was puffing, my head was wet, but it was great exercise.
The Silver Lining in the Cloud: "The rain lowered the temperture and made our walk fun!"
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
In an evening class at Stanford University the last lecture
was on the mind-body connection - the
relationship between stress and disease. The speaker (head of
psychiatry at Stanford) said, among other things, that one of the best
things that a man could do for his health is to be married to a woman
whereas for a woman, one of the best things she could do for her
health was to nurture her relationships with her girlfriends. At first
everyone laughed, but he was serious.
Women connect with each other differently and provide support
systems that help each other to deal with stress and difficult life
experiences. Physically this quality “girlfriend time" helps is to
create more serotonin - a neurotransmitter that helps combat depression
and can create a general feeling of well-being.
Women share feelings whereas men often form relationships around activities.
We share from our souls with our sisters/mothers, and evidently that is very GOOD for
our health. He said that spending time with a friend is just as
important to our general health as jogging or working out at a gym.
There's a tendency to think that when we are "exercising" we are
doing something good for our bodies, but when we are hanging out with
friends, we are wasting our time and should be more productively
engaged—not true. In fact, he said that failure to create and maintain
quality personal relationships with other humans is as dangerous to our
physical health as smoking!
So every time you hang out to schmooze with a gal pal, just pat
yourself on the back and congratulate yourself for doing something good
for your health! We are indeed very, very lucky. Sooooo let's toast to
our friendship with our girlfriends. Evidently it's very good for our
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
I wanted to just change positions and go back to sleep! But inside my "little "Get It Done" voice started to nag at me. First it reminded me that I did not do EVEN ONE STEP yesterday -- Just Lazy! Then it reminded me that Amber would get sore hips if I did not walk her regularly. By then I just said OK, OK -- and I slid out of bed, and left my DH to get the extra sleep!
But you know, I actually felt good as I got dressed in my new sports wear. New cross-trainer shoes, new top, new shorts, new sports bra -- even new socks! Yep! I'm ready to go and it's just past 5:30 a.m. Out the door Amber and I went. Me trying to gage just where the sun would be as it came over the mountain -- my right eye is permanently dilalated so I think all the time about how much sunlight there is. That's another reason I love to walk at 5:30 -- it's light out, but no sun! Can't get any better than that! So we head out to do the middle loop at 0.6 mi.
The first loop around felt great, but I wasn't sure I wanted to tackle the long one too, which is another 1.1; so instead I went around the same one again. I figured 1.2 miles would keep Amber in good shape -- and it would be a good start for me for the day! I finished up the second round and Amber and I headed back to the house -- it had taken us about 30 minutes with the necessary stops that she needs to make. Smells plus a few other things!
Back to bed for at least 2 hours, I slept like a baby -- until some weird kind of dream snuck up on me. I dreamed a wolf saw me sitting on this ledge and he jumped up to get me. I timed it just right, and kicked with my legs as hard as I could. He fell back to the ground -- and I woke up! Heart was running a race! And I was definitely awake! Time to get up again -- and the second thing I always do is weigh myself. I didn't expect good news due to the lazy day I had yesterday -- but WooHoo! 137.6 which was down 0.8 from yesterday!
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