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Friday, February 01, 2013

2013 had an interesting start for me and it has been full of ups and downs, going forward and backwards, etc. However, I feel I ended the month on a positive note because I feel like I refocused and am working on setting my priorities in the proper order.

The two biggest issues are my diet and exercise. I have not been eating the way I should have over the holidays and it took me awhile to get back in focus.

My mantra has become "Strive for progress not perfection". I listened to the lecture "The Continuum of Evil" by Douglas J. Lisle, Ph.D and what I learned from that is that in the beginning of making changes there will be a lot of momentum and enthusiasm, eventually all that will stop and there will be a series of what seems like failures, the "down" part of the journey where all progress made seems to be lost. It is important to understand that failures are part of the journey.

It is when I am in what appears to be a downward spiral and out of control that I need to stay focused and always remember how far I have come. But most of all, never give up! Stay focused on what I want to achieve and continue to work toward that goal.

Understanding that there will be times of failure and not get discouraged is important because I will fail. My experience is that I am pretty good at the failing. However, in order to get to my goal I need to strive for progress not perfection. It is also important to learn from the mistakes so that I can avoid making the same mistake again in the future.

Just knowing I won't be perfect on my journey and that I will fail at times makes this journey more pleasant.

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 2/1/2013 11:13AM


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LIV2RIDE 2/1/2013 10:27AM

    AWESOME blog! I love "progress not perfection". We could all use that as our mantra for the year.

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LADYJ6942 2/1/2013 10:08AM

    Very true, keeping focus but forgiving slip-ups or allowing for cheats help. Good luck.

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MJRVIC2000 2/1/2013 9:59AM

    Keep your focus on what is ahead and not what is behind because you cannot change what is behind, but YOU can do something about what is ahead. God Bless YOU! Vic.

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Public Health Warning: Do not swallow Bubble Gum

Monday, January 28, 2013

especially while exercising. emoticon

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PINKNFITCARLA 2/1/2013 11:14AM

    Cute :-)

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Dvorak Keyboard update

Sunday, January 27, 2013

A couple months ago I changed my "language" to the Dvorak keyboard and I am finally getting comfortable with the keyboard so that I can actually type without having to use so much effort thinking about where the letters are on the keyboard.

I cannot believe how much easier it is on my fingers. the keys that are used more frequently are placed in the home row. My fingers do not need to travel up and down and the reaching is less.

I am still working on the lessons in the textbook "College Keyboarding and Document Processing" I am only on Lesson 7 and typing 21 wpm. Not bad considering I was doing less than 30 wpm on the qwerty.

It is a good brain exercise and since most of the vowels are on the left side, there is a lot of switching right brain, left brain. It is a mental workout when I do the lessons.

The thing I do not like about it is the key board I bought from Wal-mart (I bought a cheap one and rearranged the keys). The backspace is too far away and I have a hard time reaching it. But when I get better at typing. I won't be using that key as much.

If you want to check it out:

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RHEYNKLAW 1/28/2013 11:30AM

    I love my Dvorak keyboard. I use it on my phone, and will never go back. Glad to hear you're adjusting!

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MNNICE 1/27/2013 6:18PM

    Didn't even know there was such a thing! Never too old to learn something new, right?

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Recovery 2 minutes

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Ahh, those words were sweet to my ears as I was doing the Worth the Weight workout in the Nike Training Center App. 280 calories. I am really liking that app. It is my plan to do the same workout for about a month and then I am going to switch it up and try a different routine.

I already noticed an increase in my strength on some of the exercises. I do have to modify some of the exercises because I have an injured wrist and if it is ever going to heal I have to stop aggravating it.

After that workout, I got on the recumbent bike and did the interval routine. I log in a bit more mileage this time. I am feeling better because I have been paying attention to what I am eating and am making a huge effort to limit some of the junk I have been eating. I wish DH would get on board because then it would be so much easier in two ways: support and less junk food being accessible.

I feel good after the workout and now I am going to repeat in my head : Relax and go to sleep emoticon

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Are We Downplaying Obesity or Accepting it as the Norm?

Friday, January 25, 2013

I just read Becky Hand's blog about Down Playing Obesity Harms Public Health

She is referring to the recent articles that seem to indicate being overweight is a better choice, especially the one that suggested that being overweight would give you a longer life. Well, you might live longer but what will be the quality of life?

I am currently watching an older season of the Biggest Loser Australia and as I watched the week 8 episode, I realized that the contestants now look "normal" and yet they are still obese.

Perhaps, it is not so much that we are downplaying obesity but rather we are now accepting it as the norm. During the make over week, the female contestants commented on how they were able to go into the store and buy something off the rack. Ahhh, vanity sizing is such a marvelous thing to our egos.

When I first started gaining weight, my jean size grew with me. I gained 25 pounds and kept buying the same size jeans. However, it was when I started to outgrow the next two sizes that I realized I needed to take control of my destiny.

Are we becoming too complacent with our size and health that we love to hear good news about our bad habits? I have a problem with eating too much junk food and while I know the consequences of eating too much of it, I still do it. The only way that will change is for me to take the steps I need to overcome the desire to eat that junk.

Candy, chips, donuts are everywhere we go. I went to an auto parts store and the first display that I had to walk around was a candy display. Who would expect to see candy in that type of store? Now, it appears to be a common display and no longer seems odd.

As I started to lose weight, I started to feel so much better. I had less aches and pains and my step became lighter. I am currently working on losing those last ten pounds, again! I signed up for a half marathon to be run in April. The change begins with what is going on inside my head.

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LINDSEYJ 1/25/2013 5:11PM

    I definitely think we are just used to it. When I read Dr. Fuhrman's book last week, it said my ideal body weight is about 111. I couldn't believe it! If you had asked I would have said between 125-130. So, instead of needing to lose 35 pounds, I'm actually needing to lose 50-55!! Just the shock of thinking I"m 50 pounds overweight was quite a wake-up call.

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JIBBIE49 1/25/2013 1:45PM

    You should watch the BBC Documentary on YouTube "THE MEN WHO MADE US FAT". That candy in the autoparts store is in that as they SELL US ANYTHING TO MAKE MONEY.

And the CLOTHES, you are SO right. What use to be a size 10 for a woman in 1984 is now a size 2, because a 10 now really fits what was an 18. You have it down.

These articles downplay obesity so we keep buying JUNK FOOD and all that things that go with it.

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