Sunday, August 26, 2012
Amber and I were out fairly early this morning, and as we made our way around the 1.1-mile loop the only noise to shatter the quiet solitude of the morning was the occasional bark -- when a dog sensed Amber walking by. I've noticed when I'm walking alone (which is seldom) the dogs don't bark.
Walking is a great time for sorting through your thoughts, solving problems, or if you like, just let your mind clear and enjoy your time outside. Especially if you happen to have a dog like mine who wants to sniff at every piece of grass or rock that she passes by. (smile)
While we saw a bunny this morning, we didn't see the deer. Usually we see the deer more often in the evening. It's always exciting to Amber, even though she knows she can't even "try" to catch them due to her leash. Poor thing!
This morning as I walked along I thought about the hour-long conversation I had on the phone with my sister yesterday -- Yes! She finally phoned me!! And I realized that life is way too short to be out of touch with relatives (or friends) and my sister is both relative and friend. As she is about 2 weeks away from her 84th birthday, she shared her aches and pains with me, and the fact that she now has glaucoma in her right eye. Although a widow since Christmas it cheered me up to see that she is moving on with her life and still has her positive outlook. It's so nice to reminisce with someone you have known all your life -- and laugh. You know, it was almost like sharing the walk with her.
Hope you all have a lovely Sunday -- and give thought to someone dear to you!
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
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