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A Happier Human Being!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

I'm not making any resolutions this year. I'm just going to try to stay focused on the things that make me a happier human being; such as:
*Making time for family and friends. When I die, no one will remember what I did at work or the things I had. They'll only remember the good times we spent together.
*Letting worries go. So much time and energy wasted on worrying about the what ifs. Let go of the things that you are not in control of anyways.
* Trying to eat healthy. My body feels so much better when I feed it right, but there's still a little wiggle room for a taste or two of an indulgence. When I bite into a treat, if it's not worth the calories, I just spit it out, but if it's worth it I savor every bite.
*Taking Lucy for long walks. My pup is pure joy on a walk, although she's not always perfect. Her ears fly, her tongue lolls out, and her dog smile says it all. Even on cold days, her enthusiasm is catching. :-)
*Being active. I have realized that I am so much more fulfilled when I turn the T.V. off and live my own life. Quit living through the people on T.V. Reality is so much better! Go hiking, ice skating, sledding, do some gardening, have a snowball fight, play some lazer tag, jump on a trampoline, or etc. I've quit caring about how other people view me and it's so liberating! I no longer feel 47! I'm also no longer wasting the gift of time. If you don't use it, you'll lose it...
*Make sure to spend time everyday for a conversation or laugh with the ones you love, but make sure you listen with 100% of your attention. I never realized that really listening takes effort, but it's worth it! It makes people want to talk and stay in touch with you.
I hope everyone has a healthy, happy new year spent on the things that make them a happier human being!

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CARLANNIE 1/4/2012 8:13AM

    New Year's resolutions always last about two days for me, so I gave them up long ago and just try to think a bit about the best course to make this life worthwhile. Love your blog! Great sentiments.

BTW, would you be an English teacher? I love your photos of the beach and Yellowstone, with a touch of tropical (Hawaii?) thrown in there. We were at Yellowstone this past August, but it's only a four-hour drive away for us.

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/2/2012 10:49PM

    What lovely thoughts.Your description of Lucy is enough to make her joy contagious !

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KLAD_COCKERS 1/1/2012 10:04PM

    I love your idea for simply trying to live better, without having resolutions hanging over your head. I wish you the best of luck! And I think I'll follow in your footsteps, if you're okay with that.

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    Sounds wonderful!!!! Love your ideas! (though they do look like great resolutions to me!) emoticon

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HOPE2011 1/1/2012 3:50PM

    Great goals!

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HAWAIIANMAMMA 1/1/2012 11:11AM

    That's great! Being a happier person *is* a sort of resolution, but it's not the kind that you can easily drop. You know here at SparkPeople we'll keep you motivated to do the things you love. Thanks for sharing!

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WENDYWITKOSKI 1/1/2012 10:37AM

    Great blog!

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Sunday, December 04, 2011

Since school started, I've hit a weight loss plateau. My job as a teacher is fulfilling, but sucks away all of my time. I work all day, and grade, do paperwork, and do data entry all evening. I have only been exercising on Saturdays and Sundays. This, I feel, is the reason for my plateau. Since my diet has been good and I'm still not losing weight, I've decided to try Medifast. Both my brother and sister-in-law have lost at least 40 pounds each in the last 2 1/2 months by following Medifast. We'll see how it works for me. So far, so good. I have been doing this new plan since Friday and I haven't been hungry at all. Wish me luck...

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EGRAMMY 12/7/2011 12:51AM

    emoticonGood luck

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TEACHERSUZY 12/6/2011 6:19AM

    Week one - down 5 pounds! Woo hoo!!

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KLAD_COCKERS 12/5/2011 10:13AM

    Good luck with the Medifast program - I hope it kick starts your weight loss!

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WENDYWITKOSKI 12/4/2011 9:23PM

    Good luck! Please let us know how it goes!

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Happy Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 27, 2011

It was so great to get together with family this weekend! I wonder why we don't get together more often? Having a day on the calendar marked Thanksgiving makes people all over our country set aside time to spend with their family. Imagine what we could do if we used our calendars better!
As I type, I am writing down a half hour walk for tomorrow.
Tuesday can be a ZUMBA tape with my husband. That will be a hoot!
Wednesday will be a tromp through the woods with my pup.
Thursday is already set aside for jury duty and then the Andrea Bocelli concert since my daughter's choir is singing backup.
While I'm at it, why not put down a Saturday breakfast with my college age daughter and son. What a treat it will be to pick them up, her from her sorority and him from his apartment. Perhaps when we're done we can do the trail down by the river. When I get home I will pen in to finish putting my gardens to rest for the winter.
Sunday can be another walk, perhaps by the dam with my husband and pup. Then I will tackle grading my papers and preparing for a new week. Oh, and I will make sure to take some time to plan out my next week on the calendar. Thanksgiving has made me realize that I need to use my calendar better. I hope that you too will make better use of yours!

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HOPE2011 11/27/2011 8:44PM

    Go you! emoticon

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

I think I'm part bear . . . all I want to do is eat carb rich food and sleep. I do great all spring and summer, then really struggle to make good choices this time of year. I wish I could live someplace warm so I would have more reason to get my butt out from under a blanket, off the couch, and moving. Help!

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THINBYFIFTY 11/11/2011 12:18AM

    I love hot drinks and just got new under armour for winter work outs. I'm actually kind of excited to take my run outside this weekend:0

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KLAD_COCKERS 11/10/2011 7:35PM

    I really think that humans were originally built to hibernate . . . because I feel the same way, come late fall and all of winter.

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JOABEHR 11/10/2011 6:32PM

    I am with you!!! Same problem, but what really has helped me is having my two German shepherds. They demand their walk and they don't care if it's cold or raining. They keep me motivated. MAybe I can suggest a dog??? emoticon

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Fall bounty of goodies

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Candy, apple pies, sugar cookies, pumpkin rolls...oh, how do I resist you!!! First, there's Halloween and all the mini chocolate treats calling my name. Next comes Thanksgiving with its bounty, and then Christmas with all its baking. This time of year is SOOO hard! I am trying to be good, although I am making more bad choices than ever. It's time to muster up every bit of willpower I have. I do not want to quickly gain back all those hard lost pounds!

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MOM_TO_AKI 11/5/2011 3:49PM

    I agree that it ís difficult time with lots of temtation. Weekend will do it one step at time, i know you can do it.

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HOPE2011 11/5/2011 3:15PM

    I think we all struggle with this time of year. Just do the best you can and be mindful of what you're doing!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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