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A Sunday Morning Walk

Sunday, August 26, 2012

emoticon 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!

  
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PSMITH3841 8/28/2012 10:05AM

    What is it about sisters and girlfriends....you can talk to them eye to eye, all day long, until you're horse and all talked-out., but the next day , talk to them on the phone for another hour????? I think the older we get, the normal, mundane situations and stories we shared become more valued and sometimes more embelished! Great tales to tell the Grandkids....uh, some ot them! emoticon I'm glad you were able to spend some time with your Sister. emoticon

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4_MY_LIFE 8/27/2012 11:40AM

    Sounds like a wonderful walk. We saw a bunny last week on one of our walks. While driving we saw a fox. That was kind of cool. Glad you talked to your sister, life is too short not to talk to loved ones once in a while.

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/27/2012 8:10AM

    Loved the morning walks with Gerti I do miss those but still walk with my neighbor and her dog sometimes but I do love to walk and think best time to do that - glad your sister called and you guys got things worked out and laughed - Keep on walking emoticon
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MICHELELYNN777 8/26/2012 7:16PM

    Glad Amber got to go on the walk with you! I've noticed the same thing about barking dogs~they are much more quiet when I don't have my dog with me. Glad you had a nice long visit with your sister. What a sweet reminder to make time to talk to special people in our lives.
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YOYONOMORE1 8/26/2012 6:11PM

    Your walks sound lovely, I love being out in nature. Glad you had a nice talk with your sis. Hope you have a good week.

Hugs,
Shirl

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CATLADY52 8/26/2012 5:31PM

    A morning walk while the weather may be cooler than in the afteernoon, can still seem almost as hot during the summer. Glad you were able to talk with your sister. emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 8/26/2012 4:55PM

    Oh, my! Don't you just love those quiet, cool morning walks! I sure do! Not getting them right now and miss them terribly! We see bunnies around, too! It's so funny b/c they will freeze in place like as if they don't move, you won't see them! Or will hide behind a single blade of grass and if they can't see them, they think you can't see them! hehe Funny bunnies!
Glad you got to have a nice talk with your sis! I don't get to talk to mine enough either. She's 5 hours away and 19 years my senior. I need to go see her. Her health is still good, mostly. I need to go enjoy a slice of life with her!
Be well and healthy and happy, my friend!!
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MEME102 8/26/2012 1:21PM

    I so enjoyed reading your blog! Almost felt I was on the walk with you. I've not been able to go outside much this summer with the heat and my asthma but when I can -- and I finally convince myself it's ok -- I always enjoy it - so why NOT do it as much as possible but it's like a thing on my 'to do' list.. So that makes me NOT want to do it but if I would just enjoy 'what is' rather than what I don't want to do I think I'd rather enjoy it. Thanks for sharing.....Glad you got to talk to your sister as well. Both of my sisters are gone now - at the ages of 30 and 58 many years ago.....way too soon and I do miss just what you were talking about - that closeness that only sisters know.

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Be Positive!

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. emoticon = emoticon

  
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OLDERDANDRT 8/26/2012 4:47PM

    Great going! Keep up with the Be Positive! Nice blog! emoticon

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JACK714 8/26/2012 7:54AM

    Some good thoughts. Always better to be positive.

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CATLADY52 8/25/2012 4:49PM

    Always look for the positives in life and accept that all things are not perfect, just 98% good with 5% so-so. emoticon



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GRACEISENUF 8/25/2012 2:25PM

    Great advice...I also love how God tells us to "think on good things, whatever is pure, lovely....". What we concentrate and dwell on does make a HUGE difference. An attitude of gratitude can change even the darkest day into light.

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/25/2012 6:38AM

    So glad you found your silver lining guess that is one way to look at things have to give it a try
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What's More Important -- Pounds Lost or Actual Weight?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

emoticon emoticon 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!

emoticon 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.

  
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PSMITH3841 8/28/2012 10:23AM

    Actually, I track how I'm progressing by how my clothes fit. Although I weigh myself every AM, the weight on the scale isn't too important (unless it's going up!)....I do cardio and strength training and track the activities and time, adjusting the workout when needed... I am not so good (as a matter of fact, I STINK!) at tracking my food.....Workouts seem to be my key. If I hit the gym at least 3 x's a week, I feel comfy in my clothes. If I add a 4th or 5th day I find I lose more weight and the clothing tends to become more loose fitting. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 8/24/2012 8:49PM

    I don't know. My ticker shows my start weight, which at 186 ( I think) may not sound like much but I am 5'and 1/2" high with a very small frame! My goal is 110 which is a bit more than when I was a happy 20something, but I'm 56 now, so I may be looking to lose too much, not sure about that, but my numbers are there for the Spark world to see and in my mind, keep me more accountable. When I see I keep sitting in the same place to the point of humiliation, I work harder and make it move down!!! I'm embarrassed enough, though, that if I gain a pound or 2, I don't change the ticker. That may be cheating, but when then weight goes down, by 2 or 3 or more and stays there a week, then I change the ticker. Pounds lost just isn't for me b/c I've lost and gained the same pounds over and over and over and over, ad infinitum!!!!!! I'd probably show hundreds of pounds lost!!! For some would be great, but not for me!
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STILLFLYIN 8/24/2012 1:05PM

    To be blunt, I track pounds lost because my tracker is for me - not others. I know what my weight was when I started and what I want it to be at target so I don't need to post it. The tracker reminds me to keep working on being healthier or I wouldn't even have a tracker.
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VITCHY-VICKI 8/24/2012 6:59AM

    I track how much I started from till today makes me want to work harder and when I look at other trackers and see some of them are in the same boat I am I go and ask them how they are taking it off give me more ideas how to get mine off - but like someone said to each there own - just keep tracking
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MISHAMW 8/22/2012 3:33PM

    I prefer reading the starting weight and goal weight as well. But when you start really getting down to it, the ticker should also include weight, body type, and any issues that cause losing weight hard if you want something accurate.

For me, my ticker says I started at 170 (or 168, I don't remember), and that my goal weight is around 123 or so. That's nearly a 50 pound loss I am aiming for. But just with this information, you might think that I started off really big, or that I am aiming really low. What you don't know is that I am barely 5 ft 2 in, have PCOS which makes losing weight very hard and I am aiming for a BMI of 22.

But if you see someone that's goal weight is 180 and starting weight 230, you might think...gosh they need to lose more weight. What you don't realize is they are 5 ft 10, and that is an healthy weight for them.

People probably do it so they won't be judged too harshly, or maybe they prefer seeing how much weight they have lost, and how much to go, instead of how close or far they are from their goal.

I really don't think it means anything other than preference.

You also have to realize not everyone has joined SP to lose weight. Some want to gain muscle mass, help overcome eating disorders, or have joined because of a work thing for SparkAmerica.

Everyone has there own reasons....

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MICHELELYNN777 8/22/2012 3:30PM

    I track my weight because I have a specific goal I want to meet. Maybe some people aren't sure about the final number, so just track pounds lost. Or if they are at their goal weight, they are tracking fitness minutes or some other goal to stay on track and accountable. What makes me more crazy than the tickers is when somebody posts a blog or on huddle and their page is set to private! Have a great day!
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LYNETTEMOM 8/22/2012 2:53PM

    very interesting to read the various comments. The bottom line is what is right for the individual. I am trying to be healthier and a part of that is to lose weight. I have my high(starting) weight and my first major goal on the tracker.

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 8/22/2012 2:24PM

    1) 20 lbs is 20 lbs, whether you weigh 400 or you weigh 150. It's hard to lose and takes time, and is a wonderful amount to lose regardless of your starting weight.

2) People share what they are comfortable sharing. If they feel good about sharing lbs lost, thats all they need to share. If they also include their starting weight, its their business.

3) They are on here for THEMSELVES, not you or me or anyone else who happens to be nosy and curious about their weight. If their tracker motivates them more by showing lbs lost then who are you to discourage them?


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BETHIEBOOPS 8/22/2012 1:57PM

    It's not a matter of denial for me. I am 5'11" tall. I weigh a lot. I know what I weigh, and often I talk about it on my blog. I got overweight because I was sick- not because of poor eating habits. Most of my sparkfriends are at their goal weight because we have similar perspectives on food. When I weighed 282 pounds *I* was no different than I will be when I weigh 150lbs. I will be smaller - I will be stronger- but I will still be me. To me it's not what I weigh, but how much of my extra bits I've lost.

See, that's the nice part of Spark. We don't have to all look at weightloss the same way and can adjust our tickers accordingly.

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NAKIOMA 8/22/2012 1:41PM

    I figure the number of pounds is a very personal thing. The fact that I choose not to share that number is just a personal quirk.................to each his own...........Naki

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JUDYAMK 8/22/2012 1:32PM

    I go by inches lost,when I had lost before the scale hardly went down, but I took inches off, so the scale I do not pay attention to
Judy

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NIKKICOLE83 8/22/2012 1:30PM

    I don't think people are always in denial. I think some people choose to not put "weight" into the number on the scale because they don't want to be defined that number. Others may feel that people will judge them or see their struggles as illegitimate simply because they are not morbidly obese. You have to remember that SparkPeople is not a weight loss site, it is a site for healthy living. There are thin people out there that joined the community because they want to be more active or push themselves to another level of fitness. I personally put my weight on my tracker because weight loss is a major goal for me but I can appreciate the decisions of others to avoid that.

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BEN09262009 8/22/2012 1:30PM

    I put my weight on my tracker. I like to see other people's weight sometimes so that if I find someone near my weight with the same goal- we can encourage each other to stay on track.

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IWILLLOSETOO 8/22/2012 1:28PM

    I track my weight! I feel the same way you do! I'm always just a little disappointed when I look at someone's tracker and it only says pounds lost. It doesn't say much!

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My Walk Between Showers!

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.
emoticon 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.
emoticon 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!"

  
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    emoticon I love those kinds of walks! Glad you had a couple of great ones! emoticon

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TAZINITE 8/18/2012 8:16PM

    And a rainbow too. Glad you got the walk in.

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CATLADY52 8/18/2012 4:32PM

    Glad you were able to get your walks in with the cooler temps. We have temps in the high eighties for the last week but this morning we were met with thunder and lightning and rain. A welcome relief. emoticon

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YOYONOMORE1 8/18/2012 9:54AM

    We are experiencing lower temps, felt like fall this morning and I love it. Glad you got your walk in.

Hugs,
Shirl

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FITANDFIFTY2 8/18/2012 2:13AM

    Awesome! The lower temp was very welcomed I am sure! Hope your weekend is a great one!

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STEELKICKIN 8/17/2012 11:01PM

    Indeed!! I absolutely love Arizona. We used to spend a few weeks out of the summer with our oldest son who lived in the Tucson area (Air Force fella) and I just reveled in the weather. I loooove the heat. The amazing thing about your state versus Ohio weather IS the humidity. For the most part it is DRY. Here, we get humidity that soaks us from head-to-toe the moment you step out onto the porch!

Arizona is heaven to me. Beautiful, gorgeous...we plan to retire there in ten years. :)

I'm so glad you enjoyed your walk. Makes for a spendiferous day!
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Girlfriends Are Good For Your Health!

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
health.
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PSMITH3841 8/21/2012 10:24AM

    This is so true. Just spending an hour or so doing lunch with some girlfriends, shopping with my daughter, or spending time at the nursing home with my Mother does wonders for my attitude and seems to lower my stress level. A few hours of dancing with my friends make me absolutely euphoric and burns calories too! emoticon

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LYNETTEMOM 8/16/2012 9:50PM

    one of the reasons I like SP is the chance to "talk" to women.

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MELLY3183 8/16/2012 3:08PM

    love it, thanks for sharing!

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/16/2012 8:06AM

    emoticonblog that is why I belong to three Red Hat groups we have so much fun just being Girls again
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STEELKICKIN 8/15/2012 11:05PM

    GREAT BLOG!!! Amen, girlfriend!!
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GRACEISENUF 8/15/2012 8:51PM

    YAY! But I don't need a psychiatrist to tell me that loving my neighbors..(gal pals) is good for my spirit/health....don't think he was actually the first to say that one. :)

Your blog is a good reminder that cultivating friendship is a really good thing.



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BUBBLICIOUS6 8/15/2012 8:42PM

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And I also believe that to be true. Women have a very different relationship with women - it's true. My girlfriends have always been my 'pick-me-up' when I need it the most. Thank you for sharing this! It's true, it's true, it's true!!
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