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You can be organized now

Friday, October 24, 2014

You can be organized in no time. Decide now what is important in your life and what can be let go of to make room for what is important. As my tickler states: "Being organized is not about living according to other's expectations, rather it is about setting up a system that allows you to do more of what you are passionate about." Start now and set up a regular time to determine what are the 3 most important things to focus your tasks on, and make room by reducing the unnecessary. Allocate resources and time to them, and decide the easiest way to begin starting to work on at least one of them. It could be just setting up a dream board so that your attention is focused daily on what is important to you.
For 68 years until recently, I always lived with a speech defect since I didn't respond well to therapy. I started reading about the law of attraction and how one is what he thinks; I now realized that I have been living with the unnecessary hardship of negative thoughts. I have to turn negative thoughts into positive thoughts and work on improving my diction. I just started speech therapy again and plan to devote both time to my health and as much time (or more) to improving my diction by working under the guidance of a speech therapist. I am going to overcome my speech problems and speak to a big audience in my church by next June. The topic will be something like living for and developing your passions.

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WOUBBIE 10/25/2014 2:25PM

    Great ideas!

I think FlyLady has hit the nail on the head with the idea of making the repetitive drudgery of daily tasks into "routines" that you develop to be as simple and doable as possible for you personally to do, but are totally non-negotiable. Then you find that you just make-the-bed-do-the-dishes-wipe-the
-counters-plan-the-dinner etc. without real thought. It's just some stuff that you do while your mind is busy thinking about more important things. You don't have to remind yourself to tie your lace-up shoes when you put them on. It's part of the putting-them-on process. Same thing with a lot of other tasks we routinely put off.

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2BDYNAMIC 10/25/2014 2:11PM

    How wonderful! ...... I agree about the organization. We are planning to move sometime after the first of the year so we are starting now (two weeks ago) by sorting and getting rids of the excess .......... it is so cathartic but have begun to box stuff up, label and organize neatly in the garage. One room is totally done and it is such a good feeling!
THEN when we move, we plan to keep things organized, and simple, NO clutter! emoticon Time to change and when any of us put our minds to it, we CAN do it!! Best wishes to you!

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NELLJONES 10/25/2014 8:10AM

    Speech therapy really can work. Be sure to do the homework they give you. You'll be amazed!

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 10/25/2014 7:40AM

    What a wonderful plan, attitude, and goal. Love the way you arrived at a passion and are focusing. Cheering you on !!! emoticon

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DJ4HEALTH 10/25/2014 2:02AM

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1CRAZYDOG 10/24/2014 7:57PM

    Wishing you every success!

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Fighting the urge to break a healthy habit

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The main reason we break a habit (especially if its a new habit) is that it can be easy to switch to a different task (or contrary old habit) and then not be able to return to doing the habit. This is because of lack of focusing on the positive aspects of following the habit such as having a wonderful, wholesome life rather than the habit’s negative aspects (the amount of effort required, doubt about whether the habit can succeed or its worth, a feeling of being overwhelmed with too many other things, or any other uncomfortable feeling that can arise when doing the habit).

What we need to do is to mindfully set our intentions for the habit before we even get started on it, so that we can stick with the task of doing it whenever the urge of breaking it occurs. Every time before working on a task associated with the habit, think of the main reason you have for doing the task. Also note that others like you have likely faced the same challenges as you and still succeeded. Believe in the statement "with God's help (or other powers that will come to you if have enough faith) you can eventually succeed in sticking to the healthy habit. Think of the good will come about when you succeed and envision your success. Make space in your life for success in the habit. Discard things not necessary or contrary to the habit. Always repeating to your self and to others "I can overcome any obstacle and succeed in (this habit) because it is right for me" over and over usually works. This is part of what is called "setting intention". This intention will then flavor every moment of doing the task — you’ll be more mindful as you do the task, and therefore be less apt to get distracted from doing the habit. Setting intention for a habit makes it less of a chore more of a bundle of love.

Some good examples of intention you might set before doing a task are: (1) to help others or make the lives of your loved ones better, (2) to be compassionate for others or for your own body or life, (3) to be happy, have fun or enjoy life, (4) to improve your ability to practice mindfulness, patience, listening or learning, or (5) to improve upon following a habit for an extended period to gain confidence and trust in your ability to stick with your decisions until they absolutely become meaningless. I found that the intention of being an aid to (or a good example for) my love ones and others works best .

Sometimes a habit with good intentions set ends by not beginning or continuing the habit on a given day due to procrastination. It’s the lack of starting on a given day that kills most habits even though they are well intentioned. How do you start something that you are tempted to put off until later because doing the habit is hard? By setting a time for it ahead and making it easy to start. Gather and set up things needed for the habit beforehand, then set a time to start by doing at least a minute of the habit. Focus by planning at first simply start a task required to begin the habit and then doing the habit for at least 5-15 minutes or for whatever time you can. If you start the habit but end up being distracted and not spending the time planned for the habit, don't give up. Simply note the distraction or distractions and plan your next time with the idea of not letting those distractions get in the way of doing the habit. Make it even easier to begin and stick with the habit. Just do one minute. If that’s too hard, just do 20 seconds. That’s so easy you can’t say no. If you want to go beyond the 20 seconds, keep going. If not, do another 20 seconds after you’ve finished with the distraction. If you find yourself still delaying, stop what you’re doing. Get up, walk around, take a deep breath. Then think about what you’re doing, and whether this is the person you want to be. Still want to do the habit? Then plan ahead to start again, and see yourself overcoming all distractions by limiting them and starting the habit simply and easily as possible even if it is to be the next day.

How to keep distractions from interrupting a habit? By connecting the habit to a more important purpose and noting that the world will not end if you just record the distractions as something that should be ignored or done at a later time. For example, you could tell others ahead of time that you plan on doing the habit at a certain time and not to interrupt you then unless it was a very pressing matter. Then when interrupted by a distraction, don't act on the distraction immediately unless it is critical. Simply note it and plan to address it later. If its someone asking for attention, you might tell them that you are busy now and to wait a moment. If it is a strong urge to break a good habit, tell yourself that you can ignore it for the next five minutes even if you know that the urge may become stronger, then watch the urge become even stronger but note that that the mere watching of the urge reduces its power or importance over the habit. By shining a light on the urge, one can generally see that it is not as powerful as the intentions manifested by the habit and that the world can wait as you stay with the habit.

Sometimes though, it is important to give a few minutes or more to resolve a distraction; that's life and it is to be expected. Its part of being mindful of what is the most important matter, what will give you the most happiness for the long run. Having love and compassion for yourself and others is of great importance and will give yourself the greatest happiness. Being happy and appreciative of the things in life is the strongest motivation to keep a healthy habit.

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LILSUZY1057 10/22/2014 8:48PM

    Thank you for your advice!


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2BDYNAMIC 10/21/2014 4:52PM

    Very emoticon and I am going to come back and read again ............... thanks for sharing! (I use my timer a lot too) It helps!

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STEPBYSTEP1955 10/21/2014 1:36PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon advice. emoticon for sharing.

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WOUBBIE 10/21/2014 11:48AM


First and foremost I think we need to make our new habits "doable", or, at the least bit of inconvenience we'll balk at doing it.

And you have to periodically check back to make sure it's STILL doable as your circumstances change. I try to make it easier to follow the good habit I want to learn than to slip back into the old one. Willpower is limited, routines are more stable.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/21/2014 9:51AM

    Excellent advice! I use my timer all the time -- it helps make achieving that goal REAL. I have an appointment w/myself and I'm going to keep it!


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Key to developing your talents

Thursday, October 16, 2014

I'm keeping on course by following a caloric 30% protein, 30% carbs, and 40% healthy fats diet and by exercising at the YMCA. I take care of my health and mind.
Every day is a day to succeed at making right choices, and thus making improvements.
I enjoy my victories, no matter how small. The key to doing things right is study, planning, practice, but always with moderation and balance.

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LILSUZY1057 10/17/2014 5:18PM

    I so agree with you. Knowledge, setting goals, rewarding yourself for even small achievements and follow through are all important ingredients of success!

More power to all of us!

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PATTYKLAVER 10/17/2014 5:46AM

    I love that you are doing so well. Now to learn from you...

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BARB4HEALTH 10/16/2014 4:13PM

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1CRAZYDOG 10/16/2014 10:49AM

    Sounds very similar to my regime. I'm feeling good too and have maintained my 100 lb. weight loss this way.

KUDOS to taking care of yourself!

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Zone Diet, An Anti-inflammation Diet

Saturday, October 11, 2014

I am going to use the Zone Diet meal planning web site I just subscribed to plan just my dinners for the first week. I am starting small until I get the hang of it. The web site allows for planning three regular meals as well as several snack meals all to meet your both the Zone specific Carbs, Protein and Fat ratios and your calorie needs for as many days ahead as you pick and prepares a shopping list. You either plan the meals your self or have the site make a plan. If you don't like the sites meal choice you can click a button adjacent that meal to list possible substitutions to stay in the general Zone dietary plan. The site allows you to plan a single meal for more then one then suggests the portions according to individual calorie requirements. Eventually you supposed to be able to train the site to select from among favorite foods or to pick similar meals. I don't know how this will work out but I am game. Visit my new team to follow me as I share the meal plans. Its at www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes

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PATTYKLAVER 10/14/2014 8:02AM

    Thanks for the blog. I will definitely check it out.

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RAINBOWFALLS 10/13/2014 8:28AM

    I hope you find it helpful

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DIDMIS 10/12/2014 3:42PM

    This might be good for those who are not on a restricted diet. I have to watch my salt, my cholesterol, my fat and my protein.

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COOP9002 10/12/2014 2:55PM

    sounds like a workable plan. blessings upon you through this journey.

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PATTI_PAL1 10/12/2014 9:39AM

    Sounds like an interesting site. Does a lot of the work for you.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/12/2014 8:40AM

    Hope it works for you.

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PURPLE0906 10/12/2014 7:54AM

    Good luck!!


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The truth about a heathy obesity

Friday, September 05, 2014

For those who are obese, there is a interesting article on Dr Sears site about unhealthy vs healthy obesity. "One of great paradoxes of our obesity epidemic is that many obese individuals appear to be quite healthy. This makes the true believers in the Holy Grail of BMI as the standard for good health quite livid. They know in their hearts that obesity is a mortal sin. Early this year" (in 2013) " the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published another in a long series of articles demonstrating that being overweight significantly decreases your likelihood of dying compared to being “normal weight” (1). Immediately Harvard Medical School went on a rampage crying foul. So you can imagine the delight of the weight-loss experts when a new meta-analysis demonstrated that “there is no healthy pattern of increased weight” (2). Take that, you silly scientists at the CDC. Unfortunately, this article represents another case of a meta-analysis creating meta-confusion."
For more go to zonediet.com/blog/2013/12/the
For a good guide on your current health, ask for a blood test to get an idea of your level of cellular inflammation. The best measure is the AA/EPA ratio. It should be between 1.5 and 3 for an healthy individual. The average AA/EPA ratio for Americans is about 19. For a healthy level of cellular inflamation (an AA/EPA ratio between 1.5 and 3) the severities of all forms of chronic disease are reduced. It seems that some obese individuals can have a healthy AA/EPA ratio regardless of their weight. For those who are not so lucky which is the majority of us, a zone lifestyle helps one to obtain and maintain a low AA/EPA level for all, both normal and obese individuals, which is why I just started a new team, Zone Lifestyle - Enter the Zone, www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes

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PATTYKLAVER 9/6/2014 10:57AM

    The CDC sure likes to get people all up in arms. How about teaching us to eat better in school?

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STEPBYSTEP1955 9/5/2014 8:25PM

    emoticon info. emoticon for sharing.

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_RAMONA 9/5/2014 3:24PM

    That was a really interesting read, THANK YOU!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/5/2014 3:18PM

    Interesting! Thanks for sharing this.

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