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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Life has been very busy.

My Dad had cataract surgery, so making sure all was covered there with caregiving, Doctor appointments, eye drops, etc. was a very busy and stressful time for me. But all seems to have fallen into place and all going well. Caregiving on weekends and planning for caregiving during the week, continue there, occupying a great deal of not only time, but mental energy.

My garden has been keeping me busy. Green beans: I have canned 27 pint, given some away and have several quart in the fridge to freeze. I will use them in my home canned vegetable soup later this fall. The green beans are about done. Cucumbers, yellow summer squash: more than we can eat - plenty to share. Tomatoes: have blighted, but have a nice little supply of cherry tomatoes and am getting some for fresh eating - will have none for canning. French horticultural beans: ready to pick. I'll blanch and freeze them; we love them in soups, or a pot of ham and cabbage. Cabbage (speaking of): took off a lovely sweet head and cooked a pot of smoked sausage, cabbage, carrots, onion and horticultural beans last weekend- delish! Red Beets: took some out today and plan to do something new - oven roast the beets instead of boil, and cook the greens. I've not tried either before - any hints? Sugar Snap Peas: got 4 or 5 lovely meals. Swiss Chard: we have plenty but I was disappointed with it this year. We didn't like it as well for some reason, so I stopped taking it off. Turnips: everything went into the tops and the roots look more like . . . horseradish? Butternut Squash: have some nice squash developing. Lima Beans: don't look too promising - our growing season is almost too short, but somehow I keep trying. Corn: in about a week. I want to plant some fall crops if I can get to it, things that yield quickly and like cooler weather: lettuce, more red beets, maybe turnips again, radishes, spinach.

I am on track still with 10 fitness minutes per day 6 days a week. Losing Zumba and Fitness Class under a coach at my work place - something that has been an anchor for me for more than 2 1/2 years - threatened to throw me for a loop. But there are enough people interested that we are seeking to push through and keep something going. The room and the equipment is still there, just not the scheduled time or the instructor. We've fumbled a bit, but we'll get it, and I haven't lost a day of my fitness goal - I've just had to be flexible. A few days, I had to use my gardening as my fitness minutes, and some days I really only have gotten 10 minutes and not the greatest workout, but the 10 minute goal keeps me moving. It's been tough forming the habit, but not regrettable.

Batch cooking on the weekend continues to be a mainstay for my sanity and providing me with healthful, balanced meals throughout the week when my time is limited. Even so, my eating has not been stellar the past week. I have allowed some extra snacks and unnecessary food to creep in. Making zucchini bread last weekend didn't help. I'm thinking it's time for another 3 day sugar/refined flour fast. That helped to re-set me physically and emotionally in the past - likely coming up soon.

I continue with my 180 mile per day commute 4 days per week, with one day working from home; and some major stressors continue in my life, that I struggle to deal with that also steal a great deal of mental and emotional energy. Trying to take one day at a time and keep my head above water. I have many things to be thankful for, and I need to focus on them.

That's my life in a nutshell right now. Still checking in to SP daily - it's one of my anchors. We can do this - one day - one step - at a time. I'm not where I want to be, but I'm not where I was!

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RAINBOWFALLS 8/20/2014 8:16PM

    wow that is quite a garden - many if mine got eaten and I used a raised garden so I'm not sure what some of the things I was growing. Take care emoticon

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HORSEHABIT 8/17/2014 1:18PM

    Spark had a recipe for roasted veggies. I used beets and it was good. I think it was a special oil ( walnut? sesame?). Great winter comfort food. Hope this helps you find it!

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KITT52 8/17/2014 4:36AM

    garden is about the same here except our tomatoes are doing fine, just slow to ripen....we have had a rather cool summer so far....our turnips did great but not the beets, we have enough for eating but none for canning...

You have so much on your plate....do your best....we are rooting for you...

Have a healthy week

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NELLIEC 8/16/2014 7:47PM

    Just your 180 mile per day commute sounds like a major stressor to me!

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July Progress

Friday, August 01, 2014

I met my fitness goals for July of at least 10 minutes per day exercise 6 days per week.

This garnered me 699 fitness minutes for the month of July.

Chris Downing, founder of SP, says the exercise magic kicks in at about 3 - 6 months. I can't say the magic has kicked in yet, but I'm still forming habit, still operating out of willpower over what I want to do. I'm waiting for the magic to kick in.

I had determined that I didn't need to fill out a schedule for August, I could continue the same schedule that I used for July with 2 days strength training under a certified trainer at fitness class at my work place, 1 day of Zumba, 1 rest day, and either an outdoor walk, Walk at Home w/ Leslie, or the elliptical on all other days.

Now I've had a wrench thrown in my gears. My work place has announced that they are discontinuing fitness class. This has been an anchor for me the past 1 1/2 years. I'm going to need to re-think and re-plan. Which takes time. Which I don't have in great commodity. I have so many things going on at so many different fronts that it was a relief to me to have a schedule that works and I don't really have to plan or think about a great deal. Really in a bad place emotionally right now as well.

Out of kilter, but glad I've had this period of self-discipline at work for me - hopefully will be enough to keep me going. Had this happened in April, I would have sunk like a stone.

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MT-MOONCHASER 8/3/2014 2:38PM

    Did they give any reasons for discontinuing the classes?

If it is lack of participation, maybe some world-class arm twisting of co-workers could save the program.

Check with your health insurance company, they sometimes sponsor wellness activities. Do you have a local Y that offers classes?

There must be dvd's or youtube videos out there that have strength training routines, although it is much better to have someone that will watch your form. Maybe a wall mirror at home?

Just a few suggestions to give you food for thought...


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KITT52 8/1/2014 8:33PM

    wow that is such a disappointment...so sorry, wonder why they decided to do that.

Well take it one day at a time and get a new plan...

Have a healthy week end

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    I am out of kilter and in a bad place too, but am super sorry to hear you are. That surprised and saddened me.

I know how much you liked the class. When something works for you, you get dependent on it, in a good way, and yes I can see how it'd definitely be a big loss. And not something you need right now.

Like Chris with visiting his mother and trying desperately to get back on track, and walking as fast as he could from the hospital parking lot to her room, it helps me right now to just focus on one, tiny, thing. (Him sharing that really helped me.) So for me right now out of sorts and not making it, I'm just going to put blinders on and focus only on TEN MINUTES. Anything else I do outside of 10 mins, is just bonus.

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MTULLY 8/1/2014 6:54PM

    So sorry about your fitness class being canceled. I am hoping the old adage about "when one door closes, another opens" holds true for you. The 1 1/2 year commitment you had to the class is going to help you figure out something else, I have faith in you and your determination!
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NELLIEC 8/1/2014 5:47PM

    Now to keep up your self-discipline.

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1600 Miles on My Virtual Walk Across America

Monday, July 28, 2014

> Baby steps >

> Choices I can live with for a lifetime >

> I have a choice >

> I have never regretted a healthy choice >

**1600 miles since April 1, 2010 ~ in Walnut, KS

**I am the tortoise, but moving forward is better than not moving at all.

Photos from exercise.lbl.gov/index.html

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    You're doing great! 10 mins can change your life!

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KITT52 7/28/2014 7:16PM

    looks like a great plan to help keep you moving..

have a healthy week and emoticon

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KATIBUG49 7/28/2014 6:48PM

    This is a really good visual, never thought about something like this. Lots of walking!

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Small Incentives as Rewards

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Have I said I struggle with rewards? Yeah. That. Still.

Well, SP offers some rewards, and I do find it a pleasure to find this in my inbox

That is

And I'm also happy to be getting back on this streak

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JMARIES51 7/27/2014 1:43PM

    Hi Warm, Thanks for stopping by and saying hi. I haven't been very active on Spark lately. Just seems like life is keeping me hopping. I am sure that when the fall rolls around I will be here more often.

Hope all is well in your life and that all your relatives are on the mend. Take care and have a wonderful rest of the summer. Joann

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MTULLY 7/23/2014 11:27PM

    Always a good feeling to be back in the game! emoticon

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On Track

Monday, July 21, 2014

I have not been able to realistically continue to post a blog daily on a long term basis. I needed to do that during my 15 day streaks to keep myself accountable and motivated. But I'm working on some other things, too, and my time is limited. So I am just reporting in to say that I am 100% on track with my exercise plan for July of at minimum 10 minutes per day. It was tough to form the habit, but it's getting there.

As I've been determinedly pressing on to re-form this habit for my physical and mental health and well-being, I was delighted to read Sparkguy's blog about his journey. I could identify with it in many aspects. Here is a link if you want to read it for yourself.

A quote from his blog: "In my past attempts at longer streaks, I have found that the true magic starts to kick in somewhere between Day 90 to Day 180 (so, from 3-6 months)."

I found this somewhat comforting. I thought I shouldn't still have to be arguing with myself some days to get in that exercise. But I am not alone in the struggle.

I'm still pondering rewards.

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    3 - 6 months. Sigh.

When I was walking 10K a day, that was true for me as well.

So glad for you that you are on track!

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KITT52 7/22/2014 8:27AM


we are all different, we all need to find what works for us...
after 8 years with spark people I have just begun to feel like it is now my way of life...yet I can still fall back to some of my old habits....I still remind my self daily that I am worth all the hard work it takes to stay healthy....but it can be done

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    I loved his blog, also! emoticon

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