Wednesday, October 22, 2014
I stumbled upon this site, or was led here. The concept seems to have really grabbed me because I see a simple technique to visualize goal, progress, and to decide what might need more attention or better planning, etc.
I also think the Circles of Progress could take the place of resolution making. Now, I don't subscribe to making resolutions on New Year's Eve. I do keep a jar where I put little strips of paper that give a date and short description of milestones. Then I traditionally read those slips on New Year's Eve. The older I get, the more I realize I have forgotten that those milestones even happen.
So I see those little milestone slips as post-it notes on the inner circle. For me, the forgetter, that would become a visual reminder of progress, if I hung it on the back of my door.
And the SP goal board has become my daily reminder of where I'm heading.
So that has been my outer circle, the goals I'm working on to move into the TA DA inner circle. Actually physically moving the slip to the inner circle will be a bit of positive reinforcement that I have come to realize I need.
Hmm. Over 65 with a lifetime of doling out the positive reinforcement to my students, and I find I need a little "gold star" or pat on the back treatment.
Check out the link if any of this seems to fit you.
I'm off to make my Circles of Progress Board. I plan to hang it up, maybe on the back of the bathroom door?? We'll see.
PS If you made a Circles of Progress Board with a coach or significant other, you might like to check out the interview questions to ask each other here:
Monday, September 22, 2014
Yes, I'll admit I'm a child of the sixties, but I think the attitude of speaking up for what is right is in my genes. My great great grandfather's statue helping a runaway slave cross the Niagara river comes to mind. And my great aunt sat down and fired off old-fashioned stamped letters everytime she found something remarkable about a food product, whether on the positive side or negative. She received lots of coupons for doing that. I still marvel at that happening during the depression.
So the family traditions seem to continue with me.
You know, we have convenience stores connected to gas stations here. Probably all over the US. Inside you can pick up the basics of things you might need to save you a trip to the big grocery store, if you are willing to pay a little more. The cost of gasoline currently makes these convenient shopping trips even more desirable.
So if you are hungry, some of those stores ONLY have soda, chips, candy, ice cream, cake, or cookies, greasy pizza or hot dogs. To my mind this makes the real cost extreme.
But I am finding more and more convenience stores have wraps, yogurt, fresh fruit like bananas, apples and more.
I even found juice with no sugar added, hard boiled eggs and raw nuts at one Seven/Eleven 35 miles from home. I had gone down there for a PET Scan and it was after lunch when I got out of the cancer center. I made a big deal about finding the fresh banana, raw cashews, and hard boiled eggs that I put down on the 7/11 counter. And I let them know how important those healthy choices were for my continued health.
AND I make it a point to stop back in there everytime I pass that way now. I never know when my comments make it to a manager's ears, or even how much control they have over what they sell, but I DO believe that we can become instruments of change. All of Sparkdom can make it happen!! Social media is very powerful these days.
I make it a point to speak to grocery personnel about the things that are important to me. There's a cashier at Publix who spotted me as a healthy eater not long ago. I think the almond butter and sprouted grain English muffins gave me away. He shared his favorite ways to eat those items, as did I, while he rang up my purchases. Now, I look for him each trip. And we always compare notes on my purchases. It's become a game for me to see if I can surprise him with something he doesn't know about. That's getting to be next to impossible. I guess I have nothing left to teach him!! I expect to see him in a managerial position as Publix moves to take over Whole Foods.
Last night on the internet, I discovered that my Walmart had Goat Milk, NOT POWDERED, but in the fresh milk case. And when I went there, I saw the cartons but couldn't reach them on the top shelf in the back. A manager saw my predicament. He got them down for me. I asked if they usually had the goat milk. When he said yes, I thanked him and shook his hand. I should have hugged him. I have been trying to get Goat milk for 3 months. My mother gave me goat milk when I was young with allergies to all things dairy. I wanted to make my own goat cheese and see if inflammation would go away. So I think that manager will remember that at least one customer found goat milk to be important.
On my next visit, I'm going to find another staff member to thank for the goat milk, but also to request normal pasteurization as opposed to that dead unltra pasteurized product.
So, what are your current healthy food passions? Don't underestimate your power as consumer. After all, your purchases told "them" that you wanted highly processed, nutrient poor food (food is questionnable), with lots of salt, sugar and fats, whether you're buying groceries or a meal at a restaurant.
If that's NOT what you want for you and your family, be sure to make it known that you don't. Make it known what you DO want, why, and THANK THEM WHEN THEY DO HAVE IT!! We'll all be healthier for it.
Seem to be an impossible task?
I'm reminded of the story of the man walking along the beach, picking up starfish that had washed up in a storm, and throwing them back in. When he was ridiculed for undertaking a futile, thankless job, he replied, "Well, I saved that one."
Sooo, let me be the one to thank you for your efforts!! NOW!!
If you have any ideas about how we might bring about change in our healthy food supply, share below!!
Well, I'm off to make my own goat cheese. I know I can find goat cheese ready made. I guess I like the idea that I am keeping alive a tradition. I wonder how many people in the US know how to make cheese?
By the way . . . Are you aware of Kale Krunch? A chip like product made by dehydrating kale after soaking it in a vegetable sauce. 100% food, no additives.
Whole Foods has them on sale for less than half of what I pay for them at my local health food store.
And the last time I went to the store in N. Tampa, I attended a free workshop that taught me about all the healthy food in the store. I left with 20 THAT'S IT fruit bars. Each bar had one apple and one serving of another fruit like cherries, apricots, pear, etc. and THAT's IT!!! NO flour, chemicals, sugar, sweetener. Just fruit. THAT's IT!! And they are absolutely delicious.
I froze one yesterday. Yumm!!
Here's to your adventure into healthy eating.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
1. We're not doing my 6 mo. PET scan, partly because my counts are so good, but also because Medicare only allows 3 during your lifetime. Since I just joined the Medicare ranks in November, we're reserving future PET scans for when we somehow think the cancer might have returned a 3rd time.
2. I'm switching from monthly to bimonthly appointments (every 2 months??) to check for blood markers and flush my port.
3. Mom is going to administer the B12 shot monthly so I can skip every other month to the oncologist. WooHoo!!
I have gained 29 pounds since Thanksgiving. Not exactly a plateau, but it felt like an express elevator to the mountaintop, and I couldn't find the right button to push to make it go back down to ground floor.
It was every discouraging. But when I went for my 6 month check up in March, I had my SP weight, fitness, and nutrition tracker reports with me. Luckily my doctor had my bloodwork report. In 6 months, T4 (thyroid marker) had zoomed up from 1.4 to 10.75. Normal range is 1 - 4.
I had switched pharmacies in November when I started Medicare. My doctor thought I had received generic medication from an iffy batch of meds. Evidently it's common enough, but I certainly wish it hadn't happened to me.
The great news is that I've been on actual Sinthroid (NOT generic) for 6 weeks. After a month my T4 was down to 2.9. And now, after 6 weeks, I'm finally seeing my weight start to go back down. 192 on Friday, 188 on Sunday, and 186 today. And again, I've not done anything differently with my diet, sleep, or fitness. Well, maybe a little since it IS warmer and I can stay in the pool a little longer. Made it for 45 minutes tonight with water temp of 84.
Since last November, I felt I was climbing up a vertical wall, scared I'd never get down to that lovely valley again. When this weird weight gain began I weighed 163, and my doctor said at my Sept. appointment that he thought 155 was a reasonable goal. (I'll be happy to get back down to 163.)
I don't know how many things are out there that can sabotage all of our best efforts to eat in a healthy way, and also to get up and move, but I'm very glad my doctor discovered what was going on with me!! Don't give up. Keep records of that you eat and how much you move, and chart your weight. Discuss your plan with your physician if you don't think things are going like you expected. Ask questions. Expect help.
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Sunday, 217 minutes of walking, 21, 136 steps, 9.6
Tuesday, 45 minutes of walking, 2, 124 steps, .9 miles
You might be ready to WOO the HOO for my Sunday workout. Personally, I say Tuesday's workout was priceless.
Why? It was done in 3 sessions in the hospital. All pushing an IV pole. The nurses were impressed with the tracker and the way all the lights lit up when I reached my 2000 step goal. They all wanted one. If I could afford it, I'd get them all one. The nurses were wonderful but not so wonderful that they would have wanted to watch me pace the 6000 steps that had been my goal pre-hospital. All of us were happy I had scaled back my step goal for the time in the hospital.
I'm not sure how much fitness I'll be able to do now that I'm back home, but I plan to keep moving and if I can increase it, woohoo. If not, then I know I'm managing to do what I can. I'm not setting my sights on Sunday's record performance, but 3000 steps tomorrow is doable, and a healthy goal.
So workouts are relative, relatively speaking.
PS: My yellow hospital socks were filthy after the walking workouts on Tuesday and Wednesday! They should have put me on the payroll for mopping the floor.
PPS: Yes, I'm much better now. I'll be very glad to juice my own clear liquids and have a more scenic walk at HOME!!
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Well, not really. I'm drinking my 8 glasses and more every day. So you'd think there wouldn't be any extra lying around my house, BUT THERE IS!. My porch leaks, leaks, leaks. Seeps in under the walls and creates a stinky pond. Tore up the carpet and that left a mess of old glue. Stinky. Unsightly. Decided to do something about it. Contractors for 2 weeks. Everything torn up and moved and discombobulated for 2 weeks. Then yesterday the FIXING OF THE LEAK was done, at least until 7:00 p.m. when it rained. Actually there was no leak until the next morning when there was a small pond. No big pond.
But my contractor wouldn't come look at it. He had been paid, and had to go do some estimates on new jobs. And I have a leak. Can't paint the floor because it is wet. Everything is still discombobulated.
Mom was to see a bone/muscle doc Friday, but he was going to play golf because his arms work right. We've rescheduled that for Tuesday. I have had a chance to try to repay a small bit of her caregiving when I was so sick.
But I have neglected my time on Spark People. I guess I could say circumstances have weaned me from spending so much time here, but they have not taken me away from my plan, my program. In fact I'm surprised at the choices I'm making.
It's getting cooler in the evening, and while the thyroid meds appear to be at a good level in the bloodwork, the pool seems to cool me down to the bone in the evening. I need to have them turn on the sauna so I can get warm after my workout.
One good thing came of the discombobulation--I had to move my freezer twice, emptying it and refilling it both times. So I am very aware of the available frozen bags of fruit and containers of frozen soups. Think I'll start having a cup of hot soup after the evening pool session. Get in the cooked veggies and Anti-angiogenic foods, AND warm up at the same time!!
I guess I'm glad I can't go to NC right now since I have to chauffeur Mom.
I've heard the pool near my house there is down to 72 degrees. The FL pool is still running at 88, even though the air is cooler.
Perhaps if we find out Tuesday that she doesn't need surgery, we'll both drive up there for a short while and see the leaves.
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