Tuesday, October 21, 2014
My sister MLH148 wrote an AWESOME blog about her weekend visit to Kansas City for the Waddell and Reed Marathon: "The Injustice of 'Just.'" If you haven't read it -- go read it now. I'll wait for you to get back.
And now here's something MLH148 didn't tell you about her weekend. The night before the race she participated in a crazy fun "Murder Mystery" dinner theatre. It was a wild and silly take on The Beatles visit to Kansas City in 1964. MLH148 was chosen to be one of the "suspects" and spent the next two and a half hours doing very clever improv with the professional actors. My husband and I were blown away by her quick wit. But we weren't really surprised.
She is a woman of many talents -- and a strong, fast walker, too!
Friday, September 26, 2014
I keep reading about how important exercise is for stress management.
Monday night I was at a support group and the leader said "moving muscles changes mood." I like that.
Twice this week something UPSETTING has happened at work...something crazy-making, incompetent, not-my-fault, and out of my control. Both times I took a break, left the building and just walked. It really helped me calm down. It helped me not make a bad situation worse. In the past I would have said or done something I would have regretted or just gone back to my office and fumed (or maybe eaten some junk!). This was a better choice. The situation is still the same (far from ideal!), but I'm different. I'm happier.
I'm really trying to learn to "let go." And part of that is to "get moving."
Monday, September 22, 2014
Well... Yesterday was a lonnggg day at work -- almost all of it on my feet, standing, walking or climbing up and down stairs. This is all good, right? BUT when I got home I DIDN'T take a walk -- so no exercise minutes yesterday. Sorry Tiger Monarchs! I want the exercise minutes, but I also NEED the stress relief a walk gives. Today will be different.
I just heard a story on NPR about stress and health and the report said that the stress of "everyday hassles" is just as detrimental to health as major life stresses (like losing a job or the death of a loved one). The reporter asked the doctor, "What's the magic bullet? Is there a 'pill' one can take to lower stress?" And the doctor replied: EXERCISE!
How many times do I need to hear this before I JUST DO IT!
Monday, September 08, 2014
SUMMER 5% CHALLENGE.
I am glad to be part of the Summer 5% Challenge. I know that these challenges keep me "on track" toward building a happier, healthier life.
I am reading a book right now called, "The Diet Fix: Why Diets Don't Work" by Dr. Yoni Freedhoff. The book reinforces what I am learning from sparkpeople.
One line I like: "The more weight you want to permanently lose, the more of your life you're going to have to permanently change." THIS IS A LIFESTYLE!!!
Another idea from the book I really like is about "what to do when things aren't going to plan?" Dr. Freedhoff suggests asking yourself two questions, "What can I do RIGHT NOW that I can be proud of?" and "What can I do RIGHT NOW that can help a little bit?"
There's a lot in my life right now not-going-according-to-my-plan. It's "Serenity Prayer" time. But with the help of sparkpeople I can make good choices that will build a healthy, happy life.
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