Sunday, February 06, 2011
I decided since Valentineīs Day (in the U.S.) is close, that I would make a list of my present loves:
exercising before anything else
my kettlebell exercises
sharing bits of my childrenīs lives
when the cats get silly
when I see a rainbow in the clouds
bird and unusual bug visits
discoveries (a bargain, produce I have not seen in awhile like asparagus, tender kale, a tasty melon, berries, ripe nectarines, grapefruit)
a heart-to-heart chat that lets me into anotherīs heart and opens mine
time with the girls
staying in calorie range
feeling the presence of my muscles
a returned smile
finding a treasure in the Bible
a quote or someone elseīs victory that gives me renewed determination to reach towards my goals
a job completed well and compliments for having done it
a good plan set in motion
the gratitude I feel deeply when I recognize that I have been given an unmerited gift with no strings attached and loved without conditions to fill
when I discover that my own experience of challenge or pain helps another person face the reality of theirs
when I have slept deeply without interruption for 7+ hours
that I know that taking care of my health - physical, emotional, and spiritual - is not selfishness - it is wise!
learning simplicity in many areas of my life
finding or inventing a great, healthful recipe and posting it on SparkRecipes
rewards for my progress and consistency
being able to go barefoot AND wear heels again (thx to exercise!)
feeling the strength in my lower body when I challenge it and finding I can keep going even when it is getting harder
I look forward to quiet and aloneness because that is when I am the most creative and can tune in to my spiritual self and God
downtime when I am not feeling well and feeling okay with that
limits on work, play, eating, serving others, late hours, and so on
activities that de-stress
This is MY Life, after all!
Foods that Promote Happiness
Who I Am By: Jessica Andrews Lyrics
Friday, January 28, 2011
Will be taking a SparkBreak this next week. Hope to be back Saturday to do my blog. Planning to begin a project the following week which will take me away from much Sparking onsite. You know - life gets in the way of having fun sometimes!
So letīs just sit a spell and chat, shall we?
A few days ago, I read that fitness guru Jack LaLanne had died. I looked up a couple of articles and found these encouraging words:
"The only way you can hurt the body is not use it," LaLanne said. "Inactivity is the killer and, remember, it's never too late."
"I never think of my age, never," LaLanne said in 1990. "I could be 20 or 100. I never think about it, I'm just me. Look at Bob Hope, George Burns. They're more productive than they've ever been in their whole lives right now."
"It's a lifestyle, it's something you do the rest of your life," LaLanne said. "How long are you going to keep breathing? How long do you keep eating? You just do it."
Iīve continued to struggle with negative emotions and do not like it. I will keep on doing what I know is healthier without stressing out! No more of that for this lady!!! If it means taking breaks, I will take them! I have so much for which to be thankful -
~friends and SparkFriends who encourage me along the way
~friends and SparkFriends to encourage as we make this journey
~improving sensibility about food choices and food quantities
~a good internet connection
~funtimes some times
~comfortable things (my new office chair, my pets, a/c when the heat becomes unbearable or my allergies kick in, lots of DVDs to watch over and over with an occasional new one or rented one, comfy bed and pillow, sound conditioner and earplugs, good food choices, potable water and ice, good books to read, good tennies, a few great pieces of home exercise equipment, lovely flowering plants and trees to tend in our yard, a very nice house and beautiful kitchen, and so on)
~a husband who is nice to me most of the time
~adult children who love me
~a shelf of lovely mugs to choose from for my cuppas
~a washer and dryer (few people have them here)
~more than enough to do
This is MY Life, after all!
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How To Find Real Food At The Supermarket [Flowchart]
Mariah Carey - Through the Rain with lyrics
I made it through the rain - BarryManilow with lyrics
Superchick - Stand In The Rain with lyrics
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Watched The new Karate Kid movie last week and loved every minute! Learned some new things and caught a renewed breath of keep-it-up and keep sparkinī. Inspired me to keep on keepinī on this healthier journey!
Have a few quotes (pertinent to MY Life) going īround in me head now -
Mr. Han: You have taught me very important lesson, Xiao Dre. Life will knock us down, but we can choose whether or not to stand back up.
Dre Parker: How'd you do that out there? You, like, didn't even punch them. They beat each other up.
Mr. Han: When fighting angry, blind men, best to just stay out of the way.
Mr. Han: Your focus needs more focus.
That list I wrote last week is working out, except for the eating in front of the TV. Wonīt be watching TV much this coming week so guess I wonīt struggle so with it. Began drinking a cup or less of coffee with cream each afternoon. That is not interfering with my sleep. Something else has been interfering, sadly. Dealing with several issues. One is that a good friend was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. Another is the appearance of several people who have caused misery for me in the past. I am dealing with my emotions on these things and know - better days are ahead. Rough days for my friend. Hopefully, I can stay busy, focus on my focus, and work out my work. Basically, what hapīns during certain stressful times is that the old thoughts return and my energy wanes.
One thing is certain though - I WILL not return to the old ways AND I WILL keep doing what I know is the right thing to do with MY Life.
It is MY Life, after all!
Been reading about Bananas and Green Banana Flour, which is considered prebiotic. They "possess the ability to change the bacteria in the intestines from the harmful type of bacilli to the beneficial acidophilus bacilli."
Vitamins and minerals are abundant in the banana, offering 123 I.U. of vitamin A for the large size. A full range of B vitamins are present with .07 mg of Thiamine, .15 mg of Riboflavin, .82 mg Niacin, .88 mg vitamin B6, and 29 mcg of Folic Acid. There are even 13.8 mg of vitamin C. On the mineral scale Calcium counts in at 9.2 mg, Magnesium 44.1 mg, with trace amounts of iron and zinc.
From the article Know the Benefits of Banana for Health
9 Ingredients to avoid in processed foods
Came across this song in ASL this morning. I would like to have a better perspective on how to love others.
"Give Me Your Eyes" in American Sign Language
You're the Best Around Lyrics (From the first Karate Kid movie)
Justin Bieber ft. Jaden Smith - Never Say Never [ Lyrics ] (From the new Karate Kid)
Sunday, January 16, 2011
This is a spot where I like to look out the window watching the bird visitors while I eat breakfast or have tea.
I like lychee, a fruit I have never tried before today, a gift from a girlfriend. They originated in China and are now being grown in Brazil. High in vitamin C and potassium. Hereīs a link for more info:
Okay, so what am I going to try for a while to see if I can get off this frustrating plateau? Nothing crazy - a few sensible things. Would love your input.
~Breakfast must include 2 whole eggs.
~Supper by 7 (may make exceptions on meeting nights if I do not manage to eat before, usually Sunday and Wed.)
~Do not eat after supper, no matter what. (A cup of tea is okay.)
~Eat just enough; do not stuff food, even when I have not eaten my calorie limit for the day!
~Do not eat when I am not hungry.
~Only 3 oz of meat at a meal, 1 1/2 oz cheese, or 2 eggs.
~Cut back on the fruit - I am NOT a pig!
~Choose recipes or meals with fewer ingredients.
~No more than 3 servings of grains a day.
~Choose good fats: unsweetened coconut, coconut milk, coconut oil, olive oil, real butter, whole eggs, avocados, raw nuts.
~Watch TV without food - only drink.
Do you have any suggestions for me? Started up the exercises once again although still feeling exhausted. Hoping they will help me to energize!
This is MY Life, after all!
"Friendship is unnecessary, it has no survival value; but it's one of those things that gives value to survival." - C. S. Lewis
What Faith Can Do (Lyrics) by Kutless
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Have not been feeling well this week and have not done much exercise, which is unusual for me. Today it got worse and I will be heading for bed once I finish this blog. Missed doing my usual weekend blog and do not want to just skip over it. Will try to do another on the weekend coming up.
The photo is me in my home office sitting in my new chair from hubby. He gave it to me for my birthday and as payment for acting as his Personal Trainer for his marathon in December. I love it! Think it goes well with my desk, donīt you?! And that is one of my Siamese cats - Mars. Queen Venus was asleep in the armoire!
It has been months since I cleaned my desk. I was glad for cleaning it the day before the picture taking. A very good excuse to show it off. I always have little stacks of things to do across my desk which makes it challenging to clean. This office is where I spend most of my time on the computer, exercising, sewing, researching, studying, and making things for our various activities. The other rooms I use most are the kitchen for meal prep and the bedroom for sleep and reading.
I designed the floor plan of this house. Actually, I designed a dozen or so floor plans and hubby picked this one. It is large and airy with lots of windows. We do not need to heat our house and only use room a/c so donīt need to economize on size; in fact, high ceilings are an advantage in the heat! (We are in Northeast Brazil, remember.) Our previous house had shutters that eventually would not open because of numerous coats of varnish that hubby refused to sand off. Consequently, I felt like I lived in a cave - very depressing! I am most grateful for these glass windows - made by my husband. He is quite the Jack-of-all-trades!
I have been thinking about making a few changes in my office. I want it to keep improving in regard to exercise-friendly. Need to get a rubber mat and two more kettlebells in 2011. Want to remove some of the framed pictures, add some others, and paint the walls. Will see. Depends on finances.
I have been working in the yard a lot lately. Hubby had pretty much abandoned the flower boxes (made of red bricks), grass took over some of them, and many of the plants died. A girlfriend had offered me an orchid, and I was trying to figure out where it should go - needs shade. So with my orientation, hubby bought a sack of soil prep, mixed it in where I wanted to plant the orchid, and then a week later, covered that area with grass!!!
Well, I decided not to say a word and began working on those flower boxes. I would put the orchid in one of the fully shaded ones and, on my birthday (Jan. 7), buy a bunch of new plants - enough to fill all the empty places. As I worked on getting the grass out, I came across several BIG ant homes, stirring them up, getting lots of stings! Poisoned and waited. Stirred again, poisoned and waited. Have flowers in all but two boxes now and they are happy! Just planted them on Monday, and because of rain, they have already perked up, a few are blooming or shooting out new leaves!
Even the roses I was able to salvage have new growth already. Found a huge ants nest under a flowering bush in the backyard. Every time I go out and turn the dirt, it caves in more and fire ants come pouring out after me!!! So I have been poisoning them and waiting 24 hrs before stirring it up again. This morning I decided that I will remove the flowers that are there, put them in another prepared box, and then I can get deeper into that box to get rid of those ants.
It seems impossible that I will ever have an ant-free home! They are everywhere! Thankfully, they are not in my bed at night! I hafto be careful not to snack there - would NOT want to be carried off in the night!
This is MY Life, after all!
Coach Nicole mentioned this today and I really enjoyed it-
5 Reasons Why Sparkpeople Sucks!
25 Best Nutrition Secrets
19 Weight Loss Secrets From Around the World
Perfect Time by Moya Brennan with Lyrics
One Moment in Time by Whitney Houston with Lyrics
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