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2/25/13 11:47 A

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I did the eye thing for six days.

St. Leo's 5k: 3/17/12 51:07
FCLEMF 5K: 4/28/12 50:45 (CORRECTING TYPO- HAD IT AS 40 INSTEAD OF 50!)
Race for the Cure 5k: 5/5/12 61:51
St. Leo's 10k: 3/16/13 1:34:44 PR for mile pace!

Goal: Run 1 mile straight! 4/24/12
Goal: Run 1 mile in 15 minutes! 8/22/12

Consistently drink 8 cups of water per day.

120 minutes of exercise per week.


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2/25/13 1:19 A

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day seven - have done at least one thing every day this week and thorougfhly enjoyed them.
great challenge!


There is no failure except in no longer trying.
–Elbert Hubbard

"A year from now you may wish you had started today."
-- Karen Lamb

"Every day do something that will inch you closer to a
better tomorrow."
-- Doug Firebaugh


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2/24/13 11:43 P

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Yoga and tea with friends today! Nice and relaxing!

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2/24/13 7:04 P

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spent time outside with neighbors. nice.

keep your EYE ON THE BALL. what is the goal?will this action get you closer?

zip ya' lip (please see pic)

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right." – Henry Ford

slowly but surely.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me.

face your stuff. don't stuff your face.

be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to find fault with o


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2/23/13 9:08 P

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thanks for link, queendarklady.

i read and saw friends today. gonna do a crossword now.relaxing day.

Edited by: MINNIE at: 2/23/2013 (21:17)
keep your EYE ON THE BALL. what is the goal?will this action get you closer?

zip ya' lip (please see pic)

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right." – Henry Ford

slowly but surely.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me.

face your stuff. don't stuff your face.

be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to find fault with o


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2/23/13 2:19 P

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I find it really hard to manage if my life is too manic, although I do thrive on business and never ever sit still. I have a good routine going now, although it is so busy that I don't often get time for myself. But that will change when my son gets a little older.
I do recognize that I tend to fall off the healthy eating wagon if I have time off from my schedule though- weekends, vacations. Those are the hard times for me, as I tend to just treat myself to everything. And if I am stressed or upset, I definitely do not eat healthy. So I guess for me, choosing stress management and taking care of myself emotionally leads directly to a healthy lifestyle.
I started yoga in January and it has been life changing. I think I need to add less time watching TV and more time reading and quiet time when my son is asleep for balance.

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2/23/13 3:59 A

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meditated and did controlled breathing.


There is no failure except in no longer trying.
–Elbert Hubbard

"A year from now you may wish you had started today."
-- Karen Lamb

"Every day do something that will inch you closer to a
better tomorrow."
-- Doug Firebaugh


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2/22/13 11:46 A

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Sitting tall and breathing deep today!

I read a great article this morning about reducing stress in your life as a whole. If you need more than a mini-stress reducer, it may be a worthwhile read!

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
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2/22/13 12:41 A

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did puzzles yesterdasy and today.

keep your EYE ON THE BALL. what is the goal?will this action get you closer?

zip ya' lip (please see pic)

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right." – Henry Ford

slowly but surely.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me.

face your stuff. don't stuff your face.

be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to find fault with o


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2/21/13 12:51 P

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Just combined aromatherapy with a mini-massage by taking 5 minutes to rub lotion into my hands. Relaxing and rejuvinating!

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2/21/13 10:15 A

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Yep, the eye thing actually works! Love it; I've been doing it each day this week. This challenge was perfectly timed, since things have gotten crazy this week at work!

St. Leo's 5k: 3/17/12 51:07
FCLEMF 5K: 4/28/12 50:45 (CORRECTING TYPO- HAD IT AS 40 INSTEAD OF 50!)
Race for the Cure 5k: 5/5/12 61:51
St. Leo's 10k: 3/16/13 1:34:44 PR for mile pace!

Goal: Run 1 mile straight! 4/24/12
Goal: Run 1 mile in 15 minutes! 8/22/12

Consistently drink 8 cups of water per day.

120 minutes of exercise per week.


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2/20/13 8:36 A

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I tried the eye thing last night, and again this morning, using a cup of hot tea to warm my hands first. As weird as I'm sure it looks, it feels so nice and is really relaxing!

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PAOLINA's Photo PAOLINA Posts: 9,902
2/20/13 4:50 A

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one i use to relieve aching shoulders and back, and did today, is to lie flat on my back with no pillow on a hard mattress. lying on the floor would probably be even better. 10-15 minutes make a real difference.


There is no failure except in no longer trying.
–Elbert Hubbard

"A year from now you may wish you had started today."
-- Karen Lamb

"Every day do something that will inch you closer to a
better tomorrow."
-- Doug Firebaugh


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MINNIE's Photo MINNIE Posts: 15,015
2/20/13 1:19 A

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did the eye thing, too. haven't in a long time.

keep your EYE ON THE BALL. what is the goal?will this action get you closer?

zip ya' lip (please see pic)

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right." – Henry Ford

slowly but surely.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me.

face your stuff. don't stuff your face.

be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to find fault with o


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ALICIALYNNE's Photo ALICIALYNNE Posts: 1,553
2/19/13 1:13 P

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Thanks! Found the article that way!

I'm going to do the warm up tip on the rd article, where you rub your hands until they are warm, and put them over your eyes. It sounds so delightfully kooky!

St. Leo's 5k: 3/17/12 51:07
FCLEMF 5K: 4/28/12 50:45 (CORRECTING TYPO- HAD IT AS 40 INSTEAD OF 50!)
Race for the Cure 5k: 5/5/12 61:51
St. Leo's 10k: 3/16/13 1:34:44 PR for mile pace!

Goal: Run 1 mile straight! 4/24/12
Goal: Run 1 mile in 15 minutes! 8/22/12

Consistently drink 8 cups of water per day.

120 minutes of exercise per week.


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2/19/13 12:47 P

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Also, sitting up straight again today. It's really helping me focus and be alert!

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2/19/13 12:44 P

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The medicinenet article wouldn't work for me, either, and I had to do a search for the "37 Stress management tips" article, but was eventually able to find it.

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ALICIALYNNE's Photo ALICIALYNNE Posts: 1,553
2/19/13 11:38 A

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The medicinenet article wouldn't come up for me, and when I clicked on the RD link, it just showed up a menu of articles, none of which were about stress. emoticon

St. Leo's 5k: 3/17/12 51:07
FCLEMF 5K: 4/28/12 50:45 (CORRECTING TYPO- HAD IT AS 40 INSTEAD OF 50!)
Race for the Cure 5k: 5/5/12 61:51
St. Leo's 10k: 3/16/13 1:34:44 PR for mile pace!

Goal: Run 1 mile straight! 4/24/12
Goal: Run 1 mile in 15 minutes! 8/22/12

Consistently drink 8 cups of water per day.

120 minutes of exercise per week.


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2/19/13 1:22 A

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good challenge - it not only gets us to look at our stressors but to tackle them.

have been drowning in magazines to read some time. have cancelled two subscriptions, sorted out those to give to a friend and those to throw out when the garbage collectors come tomorrow.


There is no failure except in no longer trying.
–Elbert Hubbard

"A year from now you may wish you had started today."
-- Karen Lamb

"Every day do something that will inch you closer to a
better tomorrow."
-- Doug Firebaugh


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2/18/13 6:32 P

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My Mom sent me a few magazines from Germany with cross word puzzles and riddles to be solved. I love them so much, but don't usually sit down to do them. There is always something else to do (like watch TV or internet... ) Over the weekend I started doing those puzzles, and I found myself happy, relaxed and alert, because I had to really think about the answers. I will continue to de-stress like that. Plus it makes me think of my Mom and how much fun we had doing those together, makes my heart smile.

Ute - Upstate NY
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2013 Winter into Spring 5% Challenge *Casual Traveler Team*

Psalm 91 is all I need when things get tough. :)


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2/18/13 4:48 P

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The RD article was a good one...bookmarked it for further reference.

I got rid of our newspaper awhile ago. I don't miss it! We get a free newspaper that is delivered each week and ads and coupons in the mail, along with online news sources.
There is no real reason for a newspaper to be delivered and paid for.

I liked a couple of the suggestions in the RD article which I will try and put into my daily routine this week...
Deep breathing, taking a walk and working in the garden.
I may not be able to do all of them every day, but will try to do the breathing exercises at least with the others added.

Have a great stress free week!

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2/18/13 12:16 P

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always a good MC.

we stopped a weekly newspaper subscription, too. we have a new one in the neighborhood and i really wasn't managing to read both.
i like sit up straight mentioned below. am doing it, too.
i want to use my resperate (deep breathing monitor to lower blood pressure for which i paid $300 years ago). maybe this week is a good time to start again. ok, i took it off the shelf. trouble is, it's yet another thing to do.

keep your EYE ON THE BALL. what is the goal?will this action get you closer?

zip ya' lip (please see pic)

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right." – Henry Ford

slowly but surely.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me.

face your stuff. don't stuff your face.

be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to find fault with o


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2/18/13 10:56 A

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I took a few from the Spark article. I'm choosing to take a hot bath, take a walk, and play a board game. I'm going to try and do these at least 4 times this week (for the walk and the hot bath), and at least twice for the board game. Hope everyone has fun with this challenge this week.

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2/18/13 10:44 A

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I picked "Sit up straight" from the rd.com page. I started today feeling a complete lack of energy and motivation. I am not sitting up in my chair, and while I'm still lacking some motivation, I feel more awake and attentive. It's amazing how little things can make such a big difference!

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2/18/13 9:02 A

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This week, we're on Week 4 in the rotation which means we are on our Self Esteem Mini-Challenge! ;) Some of you might need to rest your behinds a bit, so this one will come in handy!

SO, let's get on with it, shall we?

How many of us fill our lives with so many things that sometimes we feel utterly overwhelmed? I am guilty of that, certainly...sometimes worse than others!

I'm sure many of you have read this one before but it's such a good example in my life, I'm afraid I'm going to repeat it again for the new folks: I used to take on SO much without realizing it or I offer for new tasks all the while wondering, then worrying, about how I was going to fit anything more into my already bulging schedule and life.

I'm an artist. Several years ago I thought I would make a little extra money doing pet portraiture. Fortunately, it seemed, I immediately began getting commission after commission that I kept saying "yes" to. I was thrilled! Until I realized that they had started to pile up. It got to the point where the act of painting for me was no longer the stress-relieving fun time I had come to look forward to. Instead, it had quickly become a 'chore' to complete the commissions fast fast fast and it actually began to cause more stress than it alleviated.

Unable to manage the commissions left me harried and depressed. I eventually returned several of the commissions with apologies that I simply could not get them done. What a relief! I was able to breathe again. The pressure was off. But, I felt somewhat of a failure.

I learned from that experience that I can NOT agree to do things I cannot fit into my schedule or projects that will provide more stress than they relieve. It took a while to figure out how to spot those stress inducing tasks though and to learn that saying "No" from the start is SO MUCH better for me than saying "No" after the fact and feeling like a big failure. Of course, that part takes practice!

The point was driven home sometime later when I saw an ad in the local newsletter asking for a typist for a short project that required someone to type with speed, and ironically, it turned out to be for a friend. Hey, I thought, *I* can type 80 wpm! I could do that AND help out my friend!! I almost picked up the phone and offered for the project. Almost. And then, like a thunderbolt it hit me:
Just because I CAN do something, doesn't mean I HAVE to do it!

Wow! What a revelation!

I let it go. In my mind I said, "No thank you" and I never made that call to accept yet another candle burning project that was surely fraught with stress. Since then I've made similar changes in my life in order to simplify and let go of stress. For instance, I stopped the daily newspaper & stopped all my subscription magazines. I never had time to read the newspaper or the magazines and they would pile up in the corner waiting for me; each time I walked by I could feel them calling to me, asking for my time. Then, to top it off, I felt guilty that I was paying for subscriptions that I wasn't reading. All that has stopped. I said, "No thank you" to all the requests for renewals and simplified. Update: I started my newspaper subscription again for the SOLE purpose of getting the coupons. In order to relieve the stress associated with not reading the paper, I open it, immediately throw away everything that isn't a coupon and I feel just fine about it. I am sticking to my purpose of getting the paper.

I stopped volunteering for the national crochet raffle that is part of the dog rescue group I volunteered for. In fact, 3 years ago, I stopped heading up the area coordinator position altogether. I said, "No thank you" and guess what? The world did not fall apart because I wasn't a part of it or running it, or controlling it. Someone else stepped up and filled my shoes. Yeah, I simplified!

I crochet...I've been playing with putting up some of my cutier than cute crocheted hats for sale but I'm not sure I'm ready for that kind of stress yet. Still thinking....I have gotten so far as to open an Etsy store but I haven't put anything in it yet. I have a few things I've made and I'm almooooooost ready!

Those are some examples in my life that have really helped me simplify. Now, it's time for next weeks MC:

It's for you to say "YES!" to some stress management tips. From the articles below, pick at least ONE stress management tip per day for 4 of the 7 days the MC is in effect (more than that might be stressful!! :) And, of course, report the ones you choose (and their affects) here.

www.rd.com/living-healthy/37-stress-
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nagement-tips/article14565.html


www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.
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p?sucmhc.utexas.edu/


tinyurl.com/2nenkm
(SP article - don't forget to get your 3 points for reading it!)

Let's hear how you do, how you feel, how you manage your time and if you learn anything new! I'm still open to simplifying in every aspect of my life & I have no better teachers than this team!

emoticon Golden Crown Award for picking a tip to simplify your life and make it more stress free for 6 out of 7 days the MC is in effect!

Hugs ya'll,

L.


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"Do or do not. There is not try." - Yoda, Jedi Master

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has a genius in it!" - Goethe


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