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Stress relief....

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I'm recognizing my stress load is increasing to a danger zone again. Work, financial issues, holidays, and dealing with this being the first Christmas since my dad died are adding to my usual stressers and I'm feeling the tension riding me.

Things I can do:
1) Continue to eat healthy - binging will not make the stress go away.
2) Get some exercise every day to release some of the stress.
3) Reach out to others.
4) Do something I enjoy every day.
5) Make sure I get alone time - I get really crabby if I don't have a little time to myself.

Other suggestions to stay sane? I'm all ears...

  
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FITKAT2010 12/16/2009 7:14PM

    Write your dad a letter.

Write out your feelings and let them be. Don't act them out-write them out.

Feelings need to be recognized, not judged. Judging is what the problem is. Then we feel guilty, etc. Then we punish through self-sabotage.

Don't overdo-even at work. Tell people no!

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FLUENTFROG 12/16/2009 6:08PM

    Your list seems to cover the balance of bases, hang in there, keep up the positive, pro-active attitude!

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A_BELLE 12/16/2009 5:23PM

    Hang in there, girl!

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782298 12/16/2009 5:18PM

    I know you already said get some exercise everyday but I find yoga to be an excellent stress reliever for me. Just remember to relax when you can and good luck. emoticon

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JULIEIRENE 12/16/2009 5:17PM

    I think that's a great list! Very manageable and all very healthy and positive. Maybe you can pick a particular feel-good song to listen to when you need a pick me up! Good luck! I'll be cheering you on!

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Disgruntled

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

That's my best adjective for myself today. But it isn't all bad. These feelings make me change things around, reprioritize etc. It's not comfortable...but it's not a bad thing either.

Thinking about social injustice. We live in the greatest country on earth - and we still have social injustice. Perhaps, where there are people together, you simply have problems. Poverty, discrimination, etc. Can one person make a difference? I have to say yes and keep trying, or I am no better than those who irritate me.

Very rainy here and my arthritis HURTS. I'm not old, dammit! I never think of myself as old. I'm only 45! of course, to my 15yo, that IS old, LOL. But I have many many hopefully productive fun years ahead of me, and I must gain control of my health in order to be the wild and crazy old lady I wanna be when I really am old.

So today is another day to work on getting it right.

  
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FITKAT2010 12/15/2009 4:34PM

   
And the 2 are connected. You can't take the mind/emotions out of the experience of health/body.

On discrimination: When I moved here to Boise,Idaho 21 years ago I went to breakfast by myself-no makeup, no fancy clothes, no biggie. I wasn't waited on! Let's just say that the male server had me up his buttinski!!! Many similar situations have happened here. I have become stronger and changed the atmosphere here in this male-dominated hierarchy. Thank goodness!!

So, yes, one person CAN make a difference. The first and most important thing for that person to do is to understand that they are part of what they are experiencing. Meaning that I had to give up my attachment of being treated this way. I had a payoff of a sort. I had to give that up before things changed. And, believe me, they have changed!

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LOLEMA 12/15/2009 1:13PM

  I hit 50 this year and I have had arthritis since my 20's and I can relate to you. I can't wait till we retire and move back to Arizona where the heat soothes the bones!

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NOREGRET2010 12/15/2009 1:05PM

    No offense meant Rena1965...I don't actually equate arthritis for only old people, LOL. Simply that I FEEL very old when it hurts.

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RENA1965 12/15/2009 1:04PM

    arthritis HURTS for all people of "all" ages in rain and cold weather..

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A surprising Monday

Monday, December 14, 2009

I just took Jodie home from the hospital - they are doing cultures but suspect a nasty case of salmonella played havoc with her diabetes. Whatever it was, she was a sick puppy and is home pretty weak and exhausted.

I surprised myself by reaching a small goal I had set, 3 pound loss in 2 weeks. I wanted to see what I could do with the Wii and sort of surprised myself with it. I know for a person who is in better shape it wouldn't be the same workout it is for me, but 4 x a week for two weeks at only 15-20 minutes a time along with changing to a low fat high fiber breakfast is pretty much the only consistent changes I made...so I was pleasantly surprised to see this a.m. that I had med the goal. Sometimes I set myself up that it has to be really hard, and REALLY a sacrifice etc...so this was a good example of small changes making a difference and it was the boost in motivation I really needed right now.

So now I want to know: what small change has lead to a good result for you?

  
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A_BELLE 12/16/2009 5:26PM

    Wow! That's pretty awesome. Small changes = big results. 1.5 lb per week over the course of a year....that would be incredible! GOod for you! I just got some new dance pads for my Dance Dance Revolution on the old XBOX. I'm going to start that up again and see how I do since it is way too cold here to take my 3-4 mile walks and since I stopped 7 weeks ago I've GAINED a few pounds.

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JENNNVA 12/14/2009 8:10PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon on meeting your goal!! Hope Jodie starts feeling better soon!

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FITKAT2010 12/14/2009 7:30PM

    I agree that when someone has diabetes and isn't watching their diet, anything that happens in their health is a major blow. I hope that you can do an intervention with her and get her on a healthy eating program. Since her life is in jeopardy here, it is THAT important.

What great results! Little steps count up to big results.

Me: I no longer eat meat! It happened this past week naturally.

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KRDRAPES 12/14/2009 5:24PM

    Good for you with your goal-hope Jodie is feeling better, give her a nice petting for me!

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Best laid plans...

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Went totally awry this weekend. My partner, who is diabetic, got severely ill and is hospitalized - hopefully come home tomorrow. Possible salmonella. whatever it was, her blood sugars were almost 500 and she took 6 bags of fluid and still was dehydrated.

it was an opportunity to talk about health, in a not so funny way. She plays ostrich in the sand with her diabetes/health and usually talking about it just does not happen. so this was an opportunity.

Wow, I'm tired. not the weekend I'd planned! i did manage a couple of healthy choices and managed to NOT binge, so I feel pretty darn successful food wise.

here's to a better coming week!

  
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A_BELLE 12/16/2009 5:27PM

    Hey, I hope she is doing much better!

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LINDA25427 12/13/2009 9:56PM

    Congratulations on making good choices. Keep up the good work .God bless.

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MYFEETHURT 12/13/2009 9:46PM

  I know you must be worn out. I sure hope this will be a wake up call to her. Hopefully they will give her instructions about how to take better care of herself. Diabetes is nothing to mess around with. I sure hope your week gets better. emoticon

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FITKAT2010 12/13/2009 9:43PM

    Do you see how YOU doing what is healthy and wise, and exercising daily can influence her? It is so important for both of you. You need to spearhead this movement in your household. You must be the leader.

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Motivation

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Today's reflective email, what do you do with motivation - about how it doesn't happen on it's own - you have to make it happen, struck a note with me this a.m.

How am I staying motivated right now? By logging in to spark daily (I think I'm at 9 or 10 days in a row, a miracle), interacting with people on the site who are walking their talk and doing their best. By reaching out to others and allowing them to support me back (by the way, what an outpouring of support I got yesterday - THANK YOU to all!). By joining challenges and being active on the boards.

That said, I've bitten off more than I can chew with the Making Me Important challenge on the Just Do It team. It's not happening. But it was a good look at what I'm doing (and not doing) - so nothing is wasted. I am going to be content with sticking to my spark streaks and my Wii fit Challenges for the rest of the month.

Another beautiful, below zero day. Another day to try to get it right. So what do YOU do to keep your motivation for this journey strong? Enquiring minds want to know....

  
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FITKAT2010 12/10/2009 6:21PM

    It took me months to get through the first full week of this teams challenge. It was a little different and not so focused.

Why not do another go of it this coming Monday. No guilt for not finishing it.

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CYCLEMEL 12/10/2009 3:16PM

    Nice post - thank you! SP is a huge part of my motivation right now! I love seeing people that I have come to know over the past few months being successful. I also know that when I am not successful they are here for me, as I am there for them. Keep going strong!

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JULIEIRENE 12/10/2009 12:58PM

    Thanks so much for the encouragement and support. I think being engaged here helps us stay more honestly self-evaluative, and make decisions like this one in terms of what is right for our bodies and circumstances, and how to set challenging but realistic goals. For me, staying active here is definitely a motivator. I am glad I have my emails set so that I have a reminder every day, and I too find the daily reflective email a generally good source of inspiration. Finding ways to keep my workout fresh and experimenting with new foods helps me too - so I never feel like I'm in a rut! :)

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