101MONTANA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=101MONTANA 101MONTANA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Stress reduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442626 I got a shock at the doctor's office. For the first time my BP was sky high. <BR> <BR> It is time to make a decision, take care of myself and put my needs - relaxation, sleep, exercise, healthy foods - first or suffer the consequences. That could be hypertension, diabetes, and unhealthy life Fri, 2 Aug 2013 19:44:05 EST Stress reduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442625 I got a shock at the doctor's office. For the first time my BP was sky high. <BR> <BR> It is time to make a decision, take care of myself and put my needs - relaxation, sleep, exercise, healthy foods - first or suffer the consequences. That could be hypertension, diabetes, and unhealthy life Fri, 2 Aug 2013 19:44:05 EST Work Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275163 Deadlines. Un-ending. But I have made an agreement to break up my day with minimum 10 minute walk breaks. They must be outside. The fresh air and movement improve my mood and the time away helps me write all those reports. Tue, 5 Mar 2013 23:23:26 EST Self care http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271881 Why is it so hard to take care of myself? <BR> <BR> I am taking baby steps toward self care. So far, so good. <BR> <BR> Drop the guilt, already! <BR> <BR> Sun, 3 Mar 2013 22:44:04 EST eating at home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264034 I like cooking at home. it helps me unwind from my day. The best part is knowing what is going into my meals. There are no mystery meats, unpronounceable chemicals, and strange sugars. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 22:21:00 EST What is your Antarctica? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=881572 Earlier this month I read the most amazing blog entry by Kristin Armstrong - http://milemarkers.runnersworld.com/2007/1<BR>2/your-antarctica.html about the book Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long Distance Swimmer by Lynne Cox. <BR> <BR> The blog inspired me to check out the book from the library. Because I was so awed by the book I just bought it. <BR> <BR> I'm not a swimmer. But I easily relate to endurance events. When Lynne Smith told Kristin's book club how she deals with the cold... Tue, 1 Jan 2008 10:56:57 EST Never giving up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=765351 Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still. <BR> <BR> - Chinese Proverb <BR> <BR> I have to remind myself of this daily, actually several times a day to keep me on the path to healthy living and eating. <BR> <BR> Eating wholesome foods, more fruits and veggies, and being mindful is a journey not a destination. <BR> <BR> I don't take this proverb literally, however. I think there are times when it is helpful to "stand still," take a deep breath, look around, show gr... Sat, 29 Sep 2007 11:31:36 EST Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=728744 Today's reflection asks: Are you grateful for the luxuries in your life? <BR> <BR> This really comes down to gratitude. Every day I wake up and next to me are my beautiful boxers. While I would much rather snuggle back into the pillow, they wiggle and kiss. The ruckus rouses me up and out of bed. <BR> <BR> More than that, I lace up my shoes and put on my visor for our daily, early morning walk in the park. iPod-less. Instead I enjoy the sounds of the birds, the river, the sounds of the gir... Mon, 3 Sep 2007 10:29:20 EST Challenges or the "trouble goal" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=651765 The action step was an assignment - write about a single "trouble goal." <BR> <BR> For me it's to staying on the Core plan (WW). I've been able to do a meal, say breakfast. Then lunch might kinda be core and dinner? As a result I'm not really following Core and my losses have stalled. I'm frustrated because I'm paying money for the At Work program. Grrrrrr. <BR> <BR> What am I going to do about it? I like the image of building a path made of bricks. Each brick represents 1 meal/snack. So t... Fri, 13 Jul 2007 15:05:32 EST miracles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=609908 There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is. <BR> <BR> - Albert Einstein, physicist <BR> <BR> I often look at wonder at my puppy. She's so tiny. It's a miracle how perfect she is, yet Arariel is also "growing" toward her perfection. Everyday I marvel how her tiny body knows how to take care of itself, with help. I need to return to that knowledge. <BR> <BR> Yes, instintively I know what to do. I know I should eat when... Sun, 17 Jun 2007 09:02:24 EST Sleep and rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=609033 For the past week and a half I've had to be in the office and ready to work at 4 am. A few years ago I did this for 14 years. Now I realize the toll such hours had on my body, particularly my health. It's no wonder I gained 40 lbs. <BR> <BR> I've learned a lot since then. The most important is the effect of lack of sleep on weight gain, stress and what it does to cause weight gain. But perhaps the most important lesson was how the lack of sleep combined with stress causes terrible cravings f... Sat, 16 Jun 2007 11:01:57 EST Action... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=567577 Taking the path to personal growth <BR> <BR> Action is the only way anything ever gets done. Sitting around and waiting for life to happen to you will only guarantee one thing: that you're not going to end up with a life you love. By waiting, you can react to what's tossed your way and nothing more. It's easy to take a passive approach to life without taking chances. It's easy to fall into a rut and do the same things the same way all the time. Change is sometimes hard, but it's change that ... Sun, 20 May 2007 08:44:47 EST