Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Apparently, this 'being Mindful' attitude is not a bunch of hooey. I just came across this article about mind-wandering and found the results very interesting. It sort of sums up what I've been reading and hearing about lately.
There really is something to this being 'mindful'. Being focused (but not obsessing), having a sense of awareness, living in the moment. It is important for our brains to have something to do.
From what I've read, it appears that when left to wander, our minds can go in any direction, and usually it gravitates back to our 'troubles'. And that begins a downward spiral. (With the employment rate so high and economy in the ditch, no wonder there's so much depression, etc.)
On the other hand, when we choose to focus on positive things, our thoughts are lifted . . . . as are our spirits. While it may not 'fix' all our problems, our attitude can be 'less dark'.
An added benefit is that it sets us up for better health as well.
So, as we are making changes in our lives, it's important to look at where we are going, not where we've been . . . and what we are moving away from (like bad eating habits, etc.)
Monday, July 22, 2013
Wow, what a good weekend! Had a good night's sleep (except for a couple weird dreams . . . what's up with that?)
Sure coulda slept longer this morning but I love having coffee & chatting with DH before he leaves for work, so was up at 6. But there could be a nap in my future . . .
I realized something yesterday . . . . although I have been keeping very active (working in the yard, in the wood, etc.), I have been held hostage by one of my fears.
I've been putting off starting a 'real' fitness program because I am afraid of hurting my back/shoulder/neck again. On the three times that I have 'declared war' on this next 10 pounds, I've jumped in with both feet only to get knocked back on my backside.
I hate hurting and I don't want to EVER do that again.
So, I am breaking free!
I've given it a lot of thought and have come up with a plan.
Smaller steps will cover the same distance. By going slower, I just might get there faster, and without another setback.
So, today I began walking laps inside our fenced area (about one acre).
I put together a list of basic core exercises that I will concentrate on.
I'm starting slowly.
In time, I'll add some light weights and the eliptical whenever I feel it's safe to do so.
Reminders to self:
I am on my own program.
I am not in competition with anyone else.
I am not setting a time goal to accomplish any of my goals.
I am listening to my body and will do what I think is best/safest.
I am taking care of me.
I am determined to go forward, even if it means holding steady or taking a step back from time to time. But I am going forward.
Friday, July 19, 2013
No, not that kind of streaker . . .
however, I do have something to shout about
I first began streaking when I signed up with SparkPeople 290 days ago and I have been streaking ever since, in some form or fashion.
Not only has it been motivating while competing in a challenge, but I've also used streaking to help me develop new habits and attain goals.
Streaking the big stuff and small stuff is really important because it's stuff that I REALLY want to do but would otherwise not remember. (Maybe I"m the only one.) Seeing my good intentions listed as a goal on my "Other Goals" page helps to jog my memory.
Right now my longest streak is 151 days. It would have been longer except that I took a break for a few days and inadvertently reset everything . . . but what matters is that I kept the good habits that my earlier streak had helped me develop.
I'm on a 151 day streak of getting 8 cups of water each day, and a 146 day streak of getting 10 minutes (minimum, usually 30) of exercise a day, and a 21 week streak of consistently logging in to SparkPeople.
If you're having a hard time remembering all those good things you want to do every day, or every week, why not set it as a goal?
Meanwhile, while you're thinking about all those good things you would like to achieve and about setting some new goals, here's something that I hope will bring you a smile.
Ray Stevens "The Streak"
You too can be a streaker!
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