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Are You in the Circle of Life?

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Right now I'm struggling with my weight. But I'm not giving up -- I'm changing my strategy. I know the reason my weight is staying on the high end -- it's not because of the food choices I'm making; it's solely because of lack of exercise. The temperatures have dropped and it's just not very appealing to get out there and take a one-mile or more walk.

Sure, I could go to a mall and take a walk. I could dig out an exercise CD and use that instead of the "cold" walk. There are a few options I "could" be doing, but I have chosen to gripe about the cold weather and do nothing. Curl up with a book, spend more time on the computer, go to lunch with a friend. Did you notice I do not use my extra time to thoroughly clean the house? And worse yet, I don't really consider some of my alternatives. I have my reason -- it's the weather, and I'm sticking with it! After all, the weather is not my fault!

I recently read a blog by my friend VITCHY-VICKI asking some profound questions. 1. Why do we want to lose weight? 2. How did we get to this weight? (the overweight one) 3. What benefits do we think we will gain by losing weight?

I had never really thought about #3 before. How will weight loss benefit me? Do you think it will bring instant happiness? People will like you better? All your problems will be solved? Be honest with yourselves -- do you really think being overweight is the secret behind your problems? People usually like or dislike you because of your personality! Do you think losing weight is going to turn you into Ms. Sunshine or Mr. Smooth? Will being at a healthy weight take care of your financial problems? NO! Although it "could" enhance your chances of being promoted. Perhaps your biggest benefit gain could be your health. Only YOU can truthfully answer these questions. Only YOU can make the right choice!

  
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LIS193 1/17/2013 11:27AM

    Great blog! Losing weight doesn't necessarily guarantee happiness - you are still YOU :) You have to take charge..
Stay warm - it should warm up by the weekend. We have some unusual cold weather too 300 miles south of you.

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FISHINGLADY66 1/16/2013 10:04PM

    I love this blog. You have given us a lot to think about. What is the reason for our sedentary life style in the winter? We know that moving our bodies gives us energy and energy gives us warmth. SOOO! we must get back on track and keep moving. Then... come Spring we will be ready to go. emoticon

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PSMITH3841 1/16/2013 2:44PM

    I still take Zoey for our early AM and after dinner walks, but, much to her dismay, they are considerably shorter! I am so not a fan of cold weather. Thank goodness for the gym, 30 minutes on the treadmill and 15/20 in strength training and I'm golden! Not to mention, WARM! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 1/16/2013 8:30AM

    You need to live here where it is even colder out but I am like you would like to just stay in and curl up in a blanket and read - but instead I get out my DVD's and treadmill and exercise so now get up and do something - emoticon emoticon
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ARTJAC 1/15/2013 11:34PM

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LYNETTEMOM 1/15/2013 6:50PM

    I can totally relate. Walking is my exercise of choice but when it is -20, I don't do it!
Today we are having a chinook, so it's nice and warm and I shovelled snow, so I feel good about that. I am on a very tight budget so I seldom drive to the mall tho that it is a good place to walk when outdoors is unappealing. Yup, I have all kinds of excuses.......

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CATLADY52 1/15/2013 4:59PM

    I'm thinking that we are like many other mammals. When it gets really cold we go into a semi-sleep until Spring. emoticon

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DALID414 1/15/2013 2:12PM

    It happens Eve. It's how our ancestors survived the winter. You'll bounce back in no time.

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1MANKNEY 1/15/2013 1:25PM

    This time I have a really good reason for not exercising besides the cold weather which I think is a good enough reason. We have the flu bug at our house. He is not a nice house guest and we want him to leave! Husband and i both had flu shots, but we have the flu anyway. I don't think this is the excuse you want so you don't have to exercise, but it sure is a good excuse!
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BERRY4 1/15/2013 1:14PM

    I'm on the page of "it's the cold weather"! My cardio is half of typical because I can't just head out the door & walk a couple of miles. (I'm very much a fair-weather exerciser!) I've been calling it the "winter doldrums". The days WILL get longer. The weather will get warmer.

See I still get to the gym 3x's a week for ST. (I'm usually there 1.5-2 hrs) But I can't see driving there for a 30 min walk when normally I can just walk outside my door & go. We live rural & I try to consolidate my trips. It feels wasteful to do a one-direction excursion.

For me, I'm working on tracking my foods to the level I track my exercise. THAT is where I need to be putting in my efforts!
Good luck getting through this time of year... emoticon

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Could YOU be in a RUT?

Saturday, January 05, 2013

As I look over blogs written by friends, and as I examine my own feelings -- I start to wonder if I could be in a rut and just not realize it. It seems you could almost guess what I'd be doing at any certain time of the day. Yes, there is time in there for exercise, but still -- shouldn't I be shaking things up once in awhile.

I get up in the morning and weigh myself. That's a good habit!
I make sure the cat and dog are fed. They actually "insist" on this one! emoticon emoticon I make myself a bagel and coffee. Not bad, but not good either.
I do all my emails and Spark People stuff. Good -- but routine, nevertheless.
Tidy up in the kitchen, make sure both sinks are cleared and stuff put away.
By then it's close to lunch and I fix a bowl of soup or something.
Early afternoon finds me reading, then going to sleep for my nap.
And it's "walk time" when I get up.

You see what I mean? So ROUTINE!! So today I shook it up a little -- I did have the bagel, but instead of coffee I made a smoothie -- so much more protein, and healthier too!

I'll allow myself an hour for computer stuff -- then I'm vacuuming all the carpeting in the house and dust furniture. I noticed the dust yesterday -- just about the time company arrived. lol I will strive to rid the home of some of the clutter that seems to build up a bit each year. Too many "collections" so it's time to "clean up and move out" some of the memories.

I'm going to skip my nap and go for the walk with Amber at an earlier hour, when it's a bit warmer outside. And when I get back I'm going to try out a new exercise video I haven't even looked at yet. Then I'm going to reorganize my refrigerator. It's just too full -- so it needs to be organized and sorted through.

I will take an hour or so to read, but instead of curling up in bed, I will sit in a favorite chair in the living room -- less chance to just slide into that "sleepy state." I read somewhere that many times we are not sad or depressed -- merely "bored." So I'm goig to shake up my schedule and see if it helps me to not be bored. Perhaps groom the dog too, she needs it!

Have you thought about how you can shake up "your" day?

  
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FISHINGLADY66 1/7/2013 10:24PM

    Sounds just like my days. Up, weigh, breakfast of a grapefruit, then Spark for about an hr. Today I worked in the kitchen cutting mangoes and bananas and freezing them for smoothies, while doing my laundry. I am trying to break my nap habit too. Looks like we need to change things up together. emoticon Best wishes to you on your goals.

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HEYITSJUDED 1/7/2013 8:39PM

    Way to shake it up! It is always good to change things around. Your body gets used to routines and needs a shock to the system at times! I try to change things up every 6 weeks or so! Good luck and keep on shaking!!

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LYNETTEMOM 1/7/2013 2:10PM

    I have to get into a groove without it being a rut. Consistency is an issue that causes problems in my life and I seem to look back at days and think what did I accomplish?

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JACK714 1/6/2013 10:07AM

    I don't call it a rut, I call it a groove. I like it when things go as planned. However, I do like a little variety as well.

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VITCHY-VICKI 1/6/2013 8:32AM

    glad your going to spice up your routine
the mornings here about the same get up get my chi tea and do sparks then clean up the house and do my exercise NOW then depends what day it is for what I have to get done
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ARTJAC 1/6/2013 12:38AM

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DALID414 1/5/2013 1:46PM

    I can see how routine and be confused with a rut. Variety is the spice of life!

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1MANKNEY 1/5/2013 1:19PM

    I love my rut! I call it a habit. In fact I am trying to make a habit of my schedule. That makes it easier for me to get in that exercise. I don't eat the same exact things every day, but I do have a bunch of things that are healthy and stay in my calorie range to choose from. I reward myself with small spots of something I enjoy like reading and working/playing on the computer. I find reading in bed is a great way for me to get in a short nap and reading before going to sleep at night puts me into sleep mode and I sleep better. As for shaking up my day, we have 12 kids, a niece who is like one of our kids, 35 1/3 grandkids and 8 great grand kids. With all that goes on in our lives and in theirs, there is no need to shake things up. Life does it for us!
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GALINAZ 1/5/2013 12:12PM

    Great observation! I too have a routine some of it good. I get up and have coffee and something else (oatmeal, cereal with fruit, toast w PB) and then I get on the treadmill and walk while reading my blogs, news, etc. I have an old PC mounted where the book rack is, greatest thing ever!

The bad is reading or TV at night after dinner. Once I plop into the easy chair, I too often grab a snach too and end up sitting there for a couple hours. I need to unwind but something else to keep my hands busy other than eats!

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MILLEDGE2 1/5/2013 12:08PM

    I hope your day is a productive one!

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Goodbye 2012 -- Hello 2013!

Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 has some fond memories, and a few things I'd like to forget (the election being one of those) -- but blocking out the bad isn't always a good thing. For if you face what you consider bad, perhaps there are ways of overcoming it. For example, when you finally admitted to your self that you were overweight -- you had to face it and take action before you could begin to combat it.

I have had lots of fun lunches with girlfriends during 2012. It's so much fun to get together with 1 or 2 friends, or sometimes a group, and catch up on what's going on in everyone's life!

Mid-July I finally made it into the 130's and except for a small slip during vacation have even managed to stay in that range.

November we went on our yearly vacation with 2 weeks in Mexico, this time a tour of some specific archaeological sites. It was fun and the group we shared our experiences with was so warm and friendly!

One peek at Mexico City when we first arrived.
After vacation we spent Thanksgiving with my daughter & family (no photo) and on the Monday after Thanksgiving we adopted our little Luci, 3 year old female cat.

And just before Christmas my daughter announced her engagement to Dino

She now shakes hands using her "left" hand. lol

And during 2012 I've made many new friends, and strengthened those friendships I already had, and with friends you are never truly alone!
Have a terrific 2013! And if you're not happy with your scale, consider this:

  
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JACK714 1/11/2013 8:06AM

    Have a great new adventurous happy healthy new year.

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LYNETTEMOM 1/7/2013 2:06PM

    each year brings changes and every year brings challenges. I hope to catch you in our weight-loss journey!
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ONUTHIN125 1/2/2013 2:28PM

    Hope you have a wonderful New Year! emoticon

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HEYITSJUDED 1/1/2013 6:45PM

    Congratulations to you and your daughter on her engagement! We all have had good and bad in 2012. Out with the old and in with the new! may 2013 be way better, brighter and skinnier than 2012 !

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LIS193 1/1/2013 11:44AM

    We fondly remember the good thing of the past year and hopefully learned from the bad.
You had lots of nice highlights last year - lets make 2013 a great year!
Happy New Year!
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ARTJAC 12/31/2012 11:51PM

    emoticon happy new year eve

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4_MY_LIFE 12/31/2012 3:26PM

    Have a Happy New Year! May 2013 be a wonderful year! emoticon

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CATLADY52 12/31/2012 2:54PM

    Have a Happy New Year to you. May 2013 be great. emoticon

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DALID414 12/31/2012 2:51PM

    I'd shake hands with my left hand too, lol

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VITCHY-VICKI 12/31/2012 12:49PM

    Happy New Year my friend
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God's Blessings
Vicki

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GRACEISENUF 12/31/2012 12:31PM

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Happy New Year!


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-VIXEN- 12/31/2012 12:30PM

    What a year, eh?! Sounds like you were blessed in many ways. Here's hoping 2013 brings much joy and success your way. Happy New Year to you! :)

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MEEZERMOM2 12/31/2012 12:24PM

    Love your blogs! You are so talented...wish we lived closer, I know that you would be a great "in person" friend too! From one Eve to another wishing you all things good in 2013!

Hugs,
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FISHINGLADY66 12/31/2012 11:43AM

    I am so happy to be one of your friend. Yes 2012 is almost over and 2013 will be here in a few hours. I truly hope you have a happy and memorable year.

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Being a Senior Feels Mighty Good!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

There are lots of jokes about seniors and how they look and act. I've seen a few of the funny ones myself, so I know many of them are a source of entertainment.

There comes a time when certain items of clothing are better left to the younger women, we had our day, now it's time to take the background and be a "bit" more conservative.

A few of us don't get enough exercise and tend to be "just 10 pounds or so overweight."

You start out slim and trim, you have the world in the palm of your hand. You can eat all you want -- it really is a "see-food diet" (you see food, you eat it)! Never put on an ounce! (My GD)

Before you know it you've hit 50! But even at that you're not considered a "senior."

You're a SENIOR now, Babe! At 74 there is no doubt at all; but you've begun to realize the importance of eating right and exercising every day -- life as a senior isn't so bad after all.

Now that you've got all the time in the world -- take advantage of it. Get out there and hike, the journey isn't over until the fat lady sings -- and if you keep hiking, you'll never be the fat lady.

  
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WARRIORGIRL121 1/20/2013 12:18AM

    No way that you are a "senior!" You're way too young for that! emoticon

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ANDY_54 12/29/2012 7:08AM

    This is a wonderful reminder! I'm in my fifties, my mom just turned 90 and my grandmother lived to 102. I have maternal genes that *could* see me to a ripe old age. So I'd better take care of what I got, lol. Keep on hiking, my husband and I love to do that, too! Have a great new year!

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DIANER2014 12/28/2012 8:10PM

    Great blog and pictures! You look fabulous! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 12/28/2012 7:15AM

    I never started out thin was always heavy from birth till now
You look great at any age
Keep up the good work
V

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JENAE954 12/27/2012 10:06PM

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Wonderful blog and pictures.

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FISHINGLADY66 12/27/2012 5:22PM

    The best part is when we can see those pictures of funny looking seniors and laugh at them, cause we don't look like that. LOL As STEELKICKIN said, "your as young as the light in your eyes", and as you feel. If we keep our bodies healthy, and keep moving, and eat healthy, we will always be young at heart till the Fat Lady sings. You look Great. Thanks for the inspirational blog. emoticon

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CATLADY52 12/27/2012 4:55PM

    I'm not ready to hear the Lady clear her throat. emoticon

If we keep our optimism, we can do just about anything we set our minds to. Within reason. emoticon emoticon

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DALID414 12/27/2012 3:50PM

    emoticon Cheers to never being the fat lady!!

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YOYONOMORE1 12/27/2012 2:24PM

    Great blog, especially like the last paragraph. I am right behind you at 69 and want to be able to enjoy the years ahead of me. Have a great day.

Hugs,
Shirl

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STEELKICKIN 12/27/2012 2:17PM

    A very eye-opening blog with some wonderful pictures...

I see that you are still as gorgeous as always.
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You are as young as the light in your eyes. And, you, my friend, are in your early 20s.
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PARKERB2 12/27/2012 2:04PM

    I agreed. We hike a lot and it sure helps all aspects of your life.

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CHRISTMAS!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

While the word Christmas evokes different memories in everyone, I'd like to share a few of the memories that come into 'my' mind when I hear the word.

Christmas Trees all decorated with love and care -- looking at them with their lights on in the evening gives me a feeling of contentment and joy.

Thinking of C H R I S T M A S, the second letter is an H reminding me of the Heavens, in all their glory, created by our Savior. There is nothing so beautiful. Blue with puffy clouds by day, and a glorious sunset in the evening. Then night comes with the shimmering of stars, the moon, and the fun of picking out the constellations. God was an artist as he created all of those.

Still having sunsets on my mind, now I've come to the "R" such as this winding river with the magic of the sunset overhead.

I am a child of God. He loves me. He loves you too; something for you to keep in mind. It's not about the presents you give and get, it's about our Savior:

And as you attend church on Christmas morn, whether it be in a quaint, old-time church this as this one that we found in Tao, New Mexico -- let the Spirit fill you mind and your heart. Today is the birthday of Jesus Christ, our Savior!
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Make the most of the happy times spent with friends. Make time for yourself, you are most important to your loved ones, stay healthy and be there for them.
emoticon As (sneaky, huh? I combined the last two letters!) And as the New Year is just around the corner, look back on the year that is rapidly coming to an end. Were the decisions you made good or bad, wise or unwise? You have a new chance to make choices as we begin our new year. Make each day count in your memory album -- and whatever memories come to mind for YOU as you read this, I hope they are happy, and may your 2013 be wonderful!

  
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WARRIORGIRL121 1/20/2013 12:15AM

    Eve, somehow I missed this blog! This was wonderful and I love your photos! Beautiful, honey! Hugs, Karen

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ILOVETOCRUISE 12/25/2012 8:32AM

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Merry Christmas. A great blog.

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TRISTAROSE 12/25/2012 6:41AM

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CATLADY52 12/24/2012 6:50PM

    May you and your family have a grand and glorius Christmas.

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HEYITSJUDED 12/24/2012 2:52PM

    Memories are a wonderful thing! I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family! Always remember there is no CHRISTmas without CHRIST!

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Merry Christmas & Jesus it the Reason for the Season
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ASILLA 12/24/2012 5:03AM

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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4_MY_LIFE 12/23/2012 9:19PM

    Wonderful blog!

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FISHINGLADY66 12/23/2012 9:15PM

    Beautiful blog Eve. God is my leader and HE always takes care of us. I love the festivities of Christmas, but in my heart I know "Jesus is the Reason for the Season" Let us always Praise Him for saving our soul. I love the way you used CHRISTMAS in your blog. God Bless you. Have a Merry Christmas.
Irene

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LYNETTEMOM 12/23/2012 8:12PM

    memories of years past and anticipation for the future......

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-VIXEN- 12/23/2012 7:52PM

    Lovely blog! It made me think about my own feelings and memories in regards to Christmas. Today I went to church and sang holiday songs. I felt the love in the room and the love of the Lord. A perfect way to usher in the holiday. Merry Christmas to you. :)

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PDSLIM 12/23/2012 5:08PM

    nice thoughts

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DALID414 12/23/2012 5:03PM

    I love lighted Christmas trees emoticon . I enjoy seeing homes decorated with Christmas lights, too. It's hard not to smile at Christmas lights emoticon

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