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2015: Can It Be?

I feel that this is a new chapter in my life. I'm eager to be a good partner to my new husband, including doing what's necessary to insure my continued good health. My current goal is to reach my goal weight of 185 by the end of the year. I want 2015 to be the year that I achieve my final weight loss goal and the beginning of a lifetime of maintenance.

Food for Thought: Q. Is it possible to over hydrate? When I was growing up, no one carried a bottle of water around. Now it ...
I feel that this is a new chapter in my life. I'm eager to be a good partner to my new husband, including doing what's necessary to insure my continued good health. My current goal is to reach my goal weight of 185 by the end of the year. I want 2015 to be the year that I achieve my final weight loss goal and the beginning of a lifetime of maintenance.

Food for Thought: Q. Is it possible to over hydrate? When I was growing up, no one carried a bottle of water around. Now it seems as if everyone is constantly sipping bottled water throughout the day.

One friend believes that if she doesn't drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water daily she is jeopardizing her health. Couldn't consuming too much water lead to dangerously low sodium levels by dilution?

A. People used to drink when they were thirsty, but these days there is a widespread belief that the more water we drink the healthier we will be. Unless someone has had a kidney stone, there is no evidence that extra fluid consumption throughout the day is beneficial. If the kidneys are working properly, medical guidelines suggest that thirst is a good indicator for when you need to drink. The elderly, whose kidneys and thirst mechanisms may not be in sync, might need to pay attention to getting adequate fluids.

People who are sweating heavily, such as marathon runners in hot weather, may be thirsty enough to drink a lot of water. They need to be careful to replace electrolytes as well, since over hydration with plain water can lead to sodium depletion (hyponatremia). This can be life threatening.

Sometimes people are told that beverages such as coffee, tea or juice "don't count" and that they need to drink water above and beyond their intake of other beverages. We are assured that all the liquids you drink and even those included in foods get used by the body to satisfy its fluid requirements.


The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison. Ann Wigmore

The present is what slips by us while we're pondering the past and worrying about the future.

- Ziggy, cartoon foible

How do you keep everything in perspective?

Is there anything that Ziggy doesn't know? In the cartooning universe, he's often placed in hopeless situations, pitted against a world that doesn't make sense. He's an agreeable punch line for the quirks of human nature. Yet he's able to brush off his mishaps and focus on the opportunities that today brings. He can also look to the future with hope, knowing full well that more struggles may lie ahead. Most of all, he can look at himself and have a good chuckle. Do you make yourself anxious about things that might happen or stew over mistakes you've made? Don't let a preoccupation with tomorrow or yesterday rob your ability to face that crazy world with a smile. For Ziggy, today is today. It's not a good day; it's not a bad day. It's a day. And he knows that it's important to give that day the value it deserves.

The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.

- William James, philosopher and psychologist

Living a Meaningful Life

Looking for meaning? Having trouble figuring out how to make a difference? The answer may be closer and simpler than you think. Ask yourself: If I were gone tomorrow, what will I be most proud of having left behind? The answer will be different for each of us, but it may tell you something about why you're here. Your answer can be as involved as a foundation you helped start, or as simple as a favorite picture that you took. Something will be here when you're gone. What would you like it to be? What one thing would tell the world what you were all about? Maybe it's your child. Maybe you're already working on something that could turn into one of your greatest accomplishments. If so, give it your all. The more of yourself that goes into it now, the more people will be able to see you later on.


Dear Aging Body,

We have been together now for 64 years with no major illnesses. Last year, you cried out for help with arthritis, acid reflux, and high blood pressure. I'm sorry that it has come to this and I know you are suffering because of my bad choices and decisions. I promise to honor & respect you from this day forward by eating healthy and exercising regularly. WE CAN DO THIS TOGETHER!!












Real power is usually unspectacular, a simple setting aside of fear that allows the free flow of love. But it changes everything.
~ Martha Beck


Self-love is the only weight-loss aid that really works in the long run.

Jenny Craig, diet guru

Battle scars from the Diet War

Like Martha Graham, who said that "The body is a sacred garment. It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with, and it should be treated with honor," Jenny Craig seems to know a thing or two about caring for your body and your self. In the Garden of Eden, eating was modeled as one of life's most pleasurable experiences. But then Eve took a bite out of that apple (so much for the low calorie, low fat, high fiber theory), and women (and men) have been at war with food ever since. Both of these quotes reflect this fact. Are your weight issues really a symptom of something else--boredom, depression, regret, or rejection? At the root of many issues is our self-loathing at worst, our self-indifference at best. Food is not the enemy. We are. Break the cycle of dieting and replace it with loving yourself enough to make good choices about your diet. Examine your eating habits this week. Are you honoring your body with your food choices? How can you love yourself back to a healthy relationship with eating? Take steps towards defeating the natural compulsion or craving that might take you down a path of regretful eating. Remember the sacredness of your own skin.


In the spirit of developing New Year's Goals, rather than resolutions, here are some goals that can make a real difference in the level of stress you experience, and the quality of life you enjoy:

Maintain An Organized Living Space:
A cluttered environment can literally drain your energy and cause additional stress! Conversely, a beautifully decorated, soothing environment can be a haven where you can escape from the stressors in your life. Working on de-cluttering your home, getting organized about cleaning, or even practicing Feng Shui are all ways you can work toward the goal of having a beautiful and organized living space.

Learn to Organize Your Time:
By keeping a schedule, learning to say no to excessive demands on your time, and utilizing shortcuts in your life, you�ll be less frantic, and have more time to do the things that energize and de-stress you. You�ll also have more time to do things that you enjoy in life.

Cultivate A Supportive Social Circle:
Those with a supportive social circle, or even just one close friend or partner to talk to and lean on in times of crisis, enjoy healthier, less stressful lives. (And they have more fun!) If you make the commitment to meet more people, and better develop the relationships you have, you�ll find that the payoff is more than worth the effort.

Take Care of Your Body:
If your body is healthy and in good repair, you�re better able to handle stressors in your life. However, an unhealthy body can cause great amounts of additional stress. Eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, getting massages and pampering yourself are all good ways to take care of your body and make stress management easier.

Renew Your Spirit:
We carry stress in our bodies, and hold it in our minds, so a stressful experience can stay with and keep affecting us after the actual experience has ended. Managing stress in your daily life can be much easier on your mental, physical and emotional state if you take regular breaks from it. There are many great stress-relieving exercises that can help you release both the tension from your body, and the stressful thoughts from your mind, making you more at peace and able to handle the stress that comes in each new day.
As you develop these stress-relieving practices in your daily life, you should experience less stress, and be better able to handle the stress you do experience, leading to a happier, more healthy life.


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My goals include working to lower my blood pressure and cholesterol levels through diet and weight loss. Also, I want to increase my physical activity. Specifically, work towards a 30 min. walk daily, be consistent with stretching throughout the day.

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My 2014 5% Fall Challenge goals include: Gradually increase walk time to 20 minutes 5x/weekly and add 10-15 minutes daily on the stationary bike. Focus on stretching throughout the day. I will weigh weekly on Saturdays and record my progress. I've been following the Mediterranean diet plan and will mostly stick to that during this challenge. I will also work on increasing my water intake. I will use the Spark tracker to record calories, staying within my calorie range

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I was born in central California; living in Boise, Idaho. I am Mom to 3 sons ranging in age from 36 to 26. I married the love of my life on July 1st, 2007. Never give up on LOVE! Learn from your mistakes and move on to a better life! We have 4 Grandchildren: ages 10, 8, 5, and 3 years.


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I lost 30 lbs. in 2003 with Weight Watchers but have gained back 15. My current goal is to achieve a maintenance weight of 185 by Dec. 31, 2014.

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12/11/2014 2:45:56 PM

Hello there Rose. Just popping in to offer you sympathy on the passing on your mother in law and happy you are part of our team of survivors.

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