Sunday, March 11, 2012
Oh how I love those longer days full of sunshine! Now if they'd just keep it this way, that would be wonderful.
Have a fun day, sparkfriends.
Friday, March 09, 2012
I had a huge wake-up call last week, and it was the first time I ever experienced an adverse effect from a natural product.
Having always known my body very well, I understand my needs and act accordingly. But I was way off the mark when I decided that, having given up coffee/caffeine a month ago, my adrenals were fatigued and needed support.
Researched a good product made by a very reliable company that boosts adrenal health. After taking just two capsules, I had very adverse effects that could've been extremely serious had I not stopped taking more immediately.
This was a great reminder that ALL products, not just pharmaceuticals, need to be used wisely and that we do not always know what's in our best interest.
Wishing all a good day.
Thursday, March 08, 2012
After 74 days of no sugar, and 35 days of no caffeine, I have no cravings for either. So, what's the problem?
I have to clarify that I haven't felt deprived of either one, so that doesn't seem to be the issue. It's at this point of 35 days (yes, I've tried this before several times), I start to think about coffee. I think about all of the reports that talk about the health benefits of caffeine, and how much more energy I'd have it I were on it. (although this isn't really true when you study what caffeine does)
In the past, I've given into decaf. But that has been my gateway drug of sorts. Right into the regular. Which leads me to the question of why, since I didn't drink that much (a very small mug of coffee in the morning), do I ride this roller coaster each time.
It really shows me how much of eating (and drinking) is a mental thing first and foremost. My body doesn't crave it, or even want it, but my mind is swinging from branch to branch like a wild monkey with crazy rationalizations of getting back on the coffee wagon.
I do have to mention that, besides the health benefits, I have saved a fortune as coffee prices have gone through the roof with everything else.
Will keep you posted as to what happens next. Wishing all a good day.
Monday, March 05, 2012
I love to put on the coconut smelling suntan oil and head out to walk. When I did so this morning, I went a different route. This one took me to a path where I could see people shooting hoops.
There was a father and small son there. The dad was good - he shot from all distances and angles and rarely missed. The little boy, about 10 or so, gave good efforts and the basketball hit the rim each time.
I thought about my immediate concept of thinking the dad was good because he reached his goal with each try. But the more I thought about it, I was thinking how successful his son was to keep trying and almost get the ball into the net.
And then I realized that I've been hitting lots of rims in a couple areas of my life, including some eating habits. But what's important is that I keep trying. That's success, and sometime that goal will be realized. As Thomas Edison said of his 1,000 failed tries, that he did not fail, but learned 1,000 ways how NOT to do the experiment. Then, of course, he hit the way to do it and we all have reaped the benefits. So, it's the good old "never give up" thing that I saw in motion today.
Wishing all a good week.
Sunday, March 04, 2012
I love colors and got a great deal on a set of different colored nail polish. Got home and painted my toenails teal. Silly, simple pleasures - everytime I look at my bare feet (it's been in the 80's and sandal time), I smile. Did my nails purple. Same effect - smiles. Not sure about the orange and green. Probably when I don't have to do anything professional for the day in public. (smiling)
This morning I saw two doves in a place they've never been before. An unexpected surprise and I always think of them as signs (in happy ways). I love birds and have always wanted a parrot. But have no clue if my boys would adapt.
Next Sunday is Daylight Savings again. Hooray, hooray, I want a longer day. And wish they'd just keep it that way, for Pete's sake. Or mine.
This morning, I took a big chance. For the past 3 years, since starting this healthier journey, I have eaten breakfast religiously. Prior to that, nope. I definitely saw the benefits when I started my day with a good meal. However, just didn't feel like it and headed out for food shopping. I cautioned myself that I was operating in the danger zone as we know what can happen when our hunger pangs choose food items instead of our brain. Happy to report that I was a very good girl. Hooray for me!
Wishing all a wonderful day.
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