Saturday, October 20, 2012
I have a word of caution for anyone in the prime of their life! (And 'prime' is where you are right this moment.) Enjoy and savor every experience. You never know what the future holds and its a sad thing to miss the opportunity to really get the most from your everyday life.
Take note of what it means to savor, to relish, to enjoy, to experience the whole Magellan! Make this your mantra as you go through life. 'Savor the moment' - a phrase I've heard all my life. Wish I'd paid attention to the true meaning.
As I look back, I have one very real regret... that I didn't actually immerse myself in every molecule of enjoyment and pleasure from all the things I've seen and done, and all the places I've been. Not to say I didn't have a blast! But its a weird feeling to no longer be able to walk (I'm disabled) or to bite firmly into a caramel apple (dentures).
Some of the most common enjoyable experiences are no longer available to me. I want to be able to run and feel the sand between my toes. I want to go wade fishing. I want to feel the crunch of the gooey apple as its caramel cover sticks to everything in sight, or to use my teeth to crack a pecan open to reveal its meaty center (never mind what Mom said).
Now, lest you think I'm in the midst of a true Pity Party, let me tell you there is nothing further from the truth. My reality has included treks through England and Belgium and Mexico and the U.S. and my own teeth did indeed serve me well over the years. I played the guitar and sang and danced my way through a good number of years. I laughed and played and lived with no reservation. Make no mistake! Those things continue; just differently.
The message I'm here to convey is just how terribly important it is to truly concentrate on the joys and experiences of the moment. Years down the road you will be glad you did. You will be able to draw from the sights and sounds and tastes of your years. I often say, "No one ever warned me about the 'senior' years!" You won't be able to say that... this is your warning.
At the risk of sounding like Gone With The Wind, I tell you. Feel the ground beneath your feet, the wind in your hair! No regrets here! Just a word of caution. I never imagined losing sensation in my feet and fingers, and I certainly didn't entertain the thought of losing my teeth. Our tomorrows are out of sight. Don't look back with regret.
I am blessed to have my hearing and my sight in tact (for the most part). But don't take a moment for granted. Your future life depends on it!
Laugh and sing and dance! Give no concern to what others may think. Chances are they won't be there when you reach a ripe 'old' age! 'Old' is a relative term. I'm reminded of my 40 something year old friend who already regrets the times in her youth that she spent just lying in bed watching a clock. You never know if, or when, your health may deteriorate or your life may change forever.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Reviewing goals periodically is critical to achieving the level of success you want. Taking personal situations into account can make a big difference in both how you feel and what you target.
Diabetics need exercise just like everyone else. But that exercise can actually make a difference in blood glucose numbers. The timing of the exercise needs to be determined with your dr or Diabetes Educator. Then, and that's an absolute 'then' you make a date with yourself for exercise each and every day at the same time. Consistency in exercise timing and intensity benefits your control of diabetes.
There is goal number 1 - Exercise at the same time and same intensity daily. Notice this isn't a periodic or episodic goal...gotta do it daily to avoid the complications of diabetes, such as blindness or heart problems.
Counting carbohydrates is the bane of a diabetic's existence. Calories matter for weight control, but carbohydrates also matter for the diabetic. One of the many nice things about the Spark People Nutrition Tracker is its inclusion of carbohydrate counts for foods listed. Taking the time to familiarize yourself with the carb counts of food and drink is valuable to controling your Blood Glucose numbers in an ongoing manner. Knowledge is power...and you can control diabetes by knowing your carbs for each meal and snack.
Goal number 2 - familiarize myself with carb count by foods AND maintain an acceptable number for each meal and snack.
Weight loss provides diabetics, like everyone else, with improved health and longevity. There are benefits that are not surprising, but are beneficial. Achieving a weight loss of reasonable amounts per week is rewarding and takes one toward the long term goal that is set.
Goal number 3 - lose an average of two pounds per week for the next 3 months to achieve a weight loss of no less than 20 pounds.
There are other goals I am setting, but each of the first three are targeting improved diabetic health. If you are diabetic or pre-diabetic, all of the above may apply to you.
Sunday, January 09, 2011
and motivated to really make this year a year of accomplishment and self improvement. This morning I read a blog by my friend, CYNTHIA47, and saw just what could be done in a year if you set your mind to it and 'grow' the process.
Cynthia walked in her house, then her driveway, then to her neighbor's, and then up and down hilly terrain close to home. This from someone who couldn't walk across a room without having to sit down. Now walking is a challenge for me, but there's no reason I can't use my walker and strive for increased distance and intensity. If Cynthia could do it, why should I accept anything less from myself? Cynthia's story goes on, but the real thing is hers is a measurable success story. She belongs in the Spark People archive of Success Stories!
Yesterday I calculated my BMI and found I was in the 'obese' range. Surprised? Of course not! But this is a measurable element of fitness. My goals for 2011 have now been expanded to include taking my BMI down to the 'overweight' category. Its doable and each point down on the chart will take me closer to my ultimate goal of 'normal'.
I will periodically be blogging about my efforts so you can celebrate my success with me, and encourage me when I'm faltering. Thanks for being here for me. You Spark Friends make me enthusiastic and committed.
And thanks Cynthia for the wake-up call to join you where health and ability are improved and measurable.
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