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Finding a Better Way

Friday, November 28, 2014

" There is a way to do it better---find it. " Thomas A. Edison

Lately I've been really tired . Work stress , home stress , financial stress all converged to a mega storm. I was doing some hard core workouts and my body was rebelling big time. Not sleeping well , perimenopause , and not eating healthy because lack of proper food and money to buy any didn't help.

No wonder I was wasn't losing , and craved bad foods , and couldn't sleep. So one fix at a time I had to find a better way.
I found out that when I don't exercise I get more moody more hot flashes and I get less restful sleep . So today a 40 minute walk in the bracing cold with my dog. I wanted to quit after 5 minutes because my shoulder was aching but I told myself that it would ache anyway .

Luckily I got to go to the grocery store after a whole month . We were out of everything . Everyone else was out buying gifts at the mall for Black Friday . I was happily taking my time trying to buy the best nutritious foods , for the best prices . I happily succeeded and saved 75$ in the process .

Found out an interesting fact your thyroid , needs iodine to work well . I have sea salt at home iodine free. I don't buy a lot of packaged , premade foods and such . So I bought some salt which I will use sparingly so hopefully I won't feel like I am freezing and ultra hot and my hair will stop falling out.

I will still do the hardcore exercises I love but only a couple times a week , and will skip anything that gives me pain.

I also plan on eating correctly this week , I will eat more vegetables , and watch my portions . I bought , brussel sprouts, mixed greens, parsnips, carrots, avocados blueberries, bananas, apples , a pomegranate , to name a few .

I will walk away from any stressful situation I can like my whole family being eagles fans and wanting us over for thanksgiving dessert because we are Cowboy fans. All week on the internet they were saying they were wearing their jerseys and how much they hate the cowboys and their fans . The minute I walked in the door they were you came to see the cowboys lose to the eagles, and cowboy fan suck . . I left my food and walked out, and came home. Believe me I won't be back until they learn how to treat people correctly.

So just remember if you get stuck or in a bad situation just find a better way . Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living

  
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NEW-CAZ 11/29/2014 3:00AM

    If you need to keep your iodine levels in check eat some fish, salmon, tuna, scallops and cod are all excellent...as is yoghurt.....yes yoghurt, and eggs!


Have a great weekend Joanne, emoticon

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MYAKAYAH 11/28/2014 11:19PM

    I'm a pretty big football fan but I don't pull such rudeness with fans who don't root for my teams. I wanted the Eagles to win but I felt bad for the Cowboys. I'm still a Cowboys fan but Jerry Jones really ticks me off since he has owned the team. Hopefully they will finish strong. I'm basically a Broncos and Seahawks fan though. I grew up where both teams defected from LA so I picked the Broncos & Cowboys to root for back in the 80's~

Glad you didn't let your families antics stress you out. I think that is taking it too far when you are like that. I get teased for being a Cowboys fan myself because of Jerry Jones owning the team. I can't stomach the guy and he is a poor football manager in my view but I know he wants to win badly. Until Romo goes (Cutler for the Bears as well) its lean times. Yesterday's games proved that, they both crumble under the pressure too much I think.

Hopefully you can find ways to continue eating well and reducing stress so your health improves! I'm eating more fruit and vegetables this season as well~

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MSLZZY 11/28/2014 10:38PM

    It is hard to keep going when life gets you down. Living with constant pain makes everything that much harder to do. I am glad you finally could restock your shelves. I have no idea what that must be like to have to wait that long to shop for groceries. I am so blessed. Do what works best for you! HUGS!

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MARAGRAM 11/28/2014 9:02PM

    Wishing you well! emoticon , get the best food you can, cook it yourself, and get out and exercise!

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/28/2014 7:39PM

    Wishing you better days.

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HOLLYM48 11/28/2014 7:33PM

    emoticon Sounds like you are having kind of a tough day and you are in need of a hug! Here is a virtual one. I am glad you were able to get to the grocery store and buy some good food. Hang in there.

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Thankful on Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27, 2014

I am thankful for so many things on this day.

My legs that take me where ever I need to go.
My arms that spread wide for hugs .
My core that helped carry the 11 pound turkey up and down to the cellar where my oven is.
My heart that is ever expanding .
My soul ,that is good thanks to God .
My mind ever sharp and learning .
Friends, family and the people I will meet along the way.


Heart of my Heart

While striding on life's pathway
fill up your day with cheer
just laugh at rainbows small or great,
to banish every fear.

Hold tight to what life offers
content with all you do
for all adventures help create
the treasure that is you.

Kris Ediger

Happy Thanksgiving everyone I am so happy for the great gift of you . Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living

  
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CALGIRL80 11/28/2014 5:31PM

  love the focus on the positive rather than negative

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    Happy Thanksgiving!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/28/2014 9:26AM

    So nice1

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MYAKAYAH 11/28/2014 2:46AM

    wait your oven is in the cellar? okay, Happy Thanksgiving~

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KOHINOOR2 11/27/2014 8:33PM

    emoticon emoticon HAPPY THANKSGIVING

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    emoticon Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving emoticon emoticon

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GABY1948 11/27/2014 7:16PM

    emoticon blog! Thank you and right back at you!

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    emoticon Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family emoticon

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JANTHEBLONDE 11/27/2014 2:55PM

    Happy Thanksgiving! I hope your day is full of lots of love, peace, and happiness!
Hugs and love,
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MARTYLYNN1 11/27/2014 1:00PM

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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HOLLYM48 11/27/2014 12:52PM

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Have a fabulous day Joanne! Happy Thanksgiving day!

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HEALTHIER-VICKI 11/27/2014 12:41PM

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING, MY FRIEND ! emoticon

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Happy Thanksgiving Eve

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

On the eve of Thanksgiving I leave you with this great quote I found .

"Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh ,laugh like hell. And when you get angry get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough. William Saroyn

I found that quite lovely except for the end part. I don't really want to think of that. Have a marvelous Thanksgiving , or a really great day. Enjoy your life , be happy. Love yourself .Spend time with those that love you . Be kind to those that have less . Hugs, happiness and Healthy Living

  
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KOHINOOR2 11/26/2014 7:58PM

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    emoticon Have a great Thanksgiving.

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IRONBESS 11/26/2014 5:45PM

    Thank you. I wish you and your loved ones a good day too.
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    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family as well emoticon

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LOVINGKATE 11/26/2014 12:42PM

  Live today as if it WERE your last. Thanks so much for sharing.
HAPPY THANSGIVING!!

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GRACED777 11/26/2014 11:00AM

    Have a joyful Thanksgiving!

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FORZACHANDMATT 11/26/2014 10:43AM

    This is beautiful and thanks!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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HOLLYM48 11/26/2014 10:18AM

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! I hope you are able to spend a lovely day with your loved ones! Hugs to you!

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SMILES4383 11/26/2014 10:06AM

    LIVE EVERY SECOND until the end.

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JANTHEBLONDE 11/26/2014 10:00AM

    Thank you for your fabulous Thanksgiving blog! I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!
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GABY1948 11/26/2014 8:32AM

    emoticon and Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/26/2014 8:29AM

    Have a wonderful day, Jo.

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SECTION1RON 11/26/2014 7:52AM

    This makes me reflect on having a lot to be thankful for. emoticon and have a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday!

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    Happy Thanksgiving Joanne emoticon

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JULIA_211 11/26/2014 6:24AM

    I agree about the end part, lol! Thank you for such a beautiful blog! Have a Happy Thanksgiving with your love ones! emoticon

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Armor Yourself

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

" God will protect us, but to make sure, carry a heavy club," Gypsy Rose Lee

When I first read this quote I had quite the chuckle. On re-reading it I did discover I do carry a heavy club, not the kind you are thinking of. I arm myself every morning with a positive attitude.

Every morning right after my shower I come to sparkpeople . I always click on the my mood on the start page and I always click a ten. I am not really up yet or sure of my mood, but by clicking on a 10 I am hoping my mood will follow.
Then I visit my teams, Heart Healthy, Simplifying, and Spark Friends. There I click on the team forums and click on things like if you happy and you know it post it. emoticon . What is your stress level today 0 Shine like a star emoticon Name one good thing you did for your heart today , and others and I always respond positively. emoticon

By being as positive as I can I am reinforcing myself to be positive more often. To look for the good in the world and people . I try to solve my problems and not let them take me down.

I also think of the many things I am thankful for . Little things like the sun emoticon , my animals emoticon emoticon Now I am on my way to a positive day .

I feel happier , and when you are it is easy to look for more positive. It just keeps snowballing. So Armor yourself with the Positive. Yes God is by your side , but you do have to help him out now and then. Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living

  
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JANTHEBLONDE 11/25/2014 9:12PM

    Another awesome blog! I love your positive attitude! I think you rock girlfriend! I hope you have a terrific Tuesday!
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    emoticon blog! emoticon emoticon at the opening quote, emoticon for sharing.

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    Great blog. Thanks for sharing your positivity!
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LOVINGKATE 11/25/2014 2:35PM

  emoticon emoticon I to put the positive in my day right off the bat.
Happy face, positive attitude, great day. That's how I see it. Not everyday is a sunny one so we have to make our own. emoticon

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MSLZZY 11/25/2014 10:02AM

    emoticon Very positive and a great way to start each day! HUGS!

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    Great blog, Jo.

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NEW-CAZ 11/25/2014 6:28AM

    emoticon Sparks is my morning wake up routine swiftly followed by walk and workout!

I also have a morning mantra to put me in the right frame of mind for the morning
"Something beautiful will come my way today" emoticon and 9/10 it usually does!!!

Keep positive my inspirational friend, luv ya emoticon

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Simple Answers

Monday, November 24, 2014

" Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple. " Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel)

When your trying to lose weight or just maintain as I am you have a million complicated questions. I won't get into them because you all have them, but they all involve the how. How much, how long, how many to name a few . That is followed by the What. What am I supposed to do with all this info. Followed by how will I ever find the time?

The answers quite frankly are really easy if you really think about them. Move more throughout the day . Don't sit still . Bring more laughter and fun into your day. Find some quiet time to reflect and concur the effects of stress. Drink mostly water all day. Don't eat anything repackaged or out of a box. Eat whole healthy foods as much as possible. Then sleep to revive and replenish your body as long as you can so your ready for the next day.

Time there is plenty throughout the day. Just shut off the television, computer and smart phone and give yourself one hour to work out and a half hour all day to plan and prepare meals . Simple and easy and so doable . Then you will have time for the rest .

Make it simple and it will be. You wont overeat plain carrots and if you did no harm or foul . If you eat a whole bowl of carrots with cinnamon and sugar , well then you are in trouble. Did the carrots come out of the garden that way ? Why did you feel the need to mess them up , The cinnamon was okay or maybe a very light drizzle of honey .I can't stress this enough . Go easy on the SUGAR and SALT it is killing us.

Sorry a little tough love there . Remember to love yourself enough to care to put the very best into our bodies . To do the best we can . Be happy and content. Hugs , Happiness and Healthy Living

  
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    Great blog! Well said! I hope you have a wonderful Monday!
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IRONBESS 11/24/2014 11:13AM

    It really is simple and you've said it simply!

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FORZACHANDMATT 11/24/2014 10:30AM

    Love this blog

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HOLLYM48 11/24/2014 10:13AM

    Never easy, always worth it! We can do this! Have a great week!

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    Nice reminder blog. Thanks!

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APROMISE4ME 11/24/2014 6:00AM

    Thank you ! We should be careful of the foods we put into our mouth. I appreciate your words of wisdom. Have a great day !


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TSAR14 11/24/2014 5:40AM

    There is a lot of good common knowledge here. I really like the move towards "whole foods".

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