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Is Willingness the whole ball game?

Friday, March 15, 2013

We pray first for the willingness. The ability follows.

What willingness is that? Steve Siebold talks about it in his Mental Toughness training. I've heard it in "the rooms" (OA folks know which ones I'm talking about). The willingness to do "whatever it takes" to get healthy.

And I might add, to stay healthy. Healthy being a relative term, always, as healthy as healthy behavior can get each of us to.

The past four days have been somewhat effortless in terms of staying the course. Why? Because the willingness has been with me. And it has me pondering, then... "Is willingness the whole ball game?"

Well, no, not really. Willingness has to be combined with action. Road blocks that paralyze us, mental or physical, must be removed. There are steps to take. But the willingness to take those steps is the beginning... the Spark?

So, for today: drink the water, eat what's in the bag you packed, it's full of healthy... take the break walks. Breathe, think for yourself, and do what you can! And reward yourself with kindly thoughts. For you are worth it!

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WATERMELLEN 3/17/2013 11:19AM

    Interesting blog! Willingness matters . . . I think of my wonderdog Charlie who is (almost) always willing to be obedient and companionable if I just communicate to him what I'd like him to do. Sharp contrast to my basset hounds who were always much more distracted by their noses!!

But will power -- something else. Overrated, prone to exhaustion if driven by compulsion. Better for me to try and "sidestep" some of the confrontations between temptation and will power by managing my environment, preplanning etc. etc.

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NEW-CAZ 3/16/2013 5:54AM

    emoticon blog!
Have a great weekend

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PATRICIAAK 3/15/2013 10:34PM

    I see 'willingness' as a powerful tool, but not the whole picture.

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MOBYCARP 3/15/2013 8:43PM

    Willingness is not the whole ball game. There are a trio of attributes needed, "ready, willing, and able." Of the three, "willing" can be the hard part; but I've been tripping over "able" lately, which puts "ready" in doubt for a half marathon at the end of April.

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DLDMIL 3/15/2013 8:27PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon you have written another great and thought provoking blog. thank you so much for your insights. Have a great weekend.

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ANDI571 3/15/2013 8:26PM

    I feel like my willness is there, but the work to do it is lacking. It will get there in time, I just know it.

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SLENDERELLA61 3/15/2013 7:54PM

    "Reward yourself with kindly thoughts." WOW!! How profound! What better reward could there be? I'm truly going to make an effort to reward healthy behavior with kindly thoughts about me. Love it!

Willlingness. YES. I hadn't thought about its importance. There are times when it comes fairly easily. And time it feels impossible. Perhaps willlingness is the difference. I will pay more attention.

Thanks for another profound and brilliant blog!

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LINDAKAY228 3/15/2013 5:39PM

    Awesome!! So glad it's gotten easier for you the past few days. I go through those times too when everything takes so much effort but if I push through it becomes easier. Willingness and action are tied together. Sometimes when the willingness is hard to come by, taking the action helps get it back. And if the willingness is there but the action isn't happening then you get nowhere. It takes both.

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DALID414 3/15/2013 1:21PM

    I'm stealing your last paragraph and repeating it to myself as if they were my own words. (I need them too)

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WARDMIC78 3/15/2013 11:57AM

    Love the positive energy!
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MEXGAL1 3/15/2013 10:42AM

    Willingness is just so important. Along with that goes the self talk you have in your head. I like the word willingness and all that it means.
Have a terrific day.
Sallie

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1CRAZYDOG 3/15/2013 9:18AM

    What a fantastic blog! You know, with ANY bad habit we have to just hit "that bottom" that "pushes us over the cliff" so to speak to realize that you're not in control @ this point, and need to get moving!

It's not easy! BUT in this situation, building a healthy lifestyle, the key for me to GET motivated was health deterioriating rapidly! The motivation for sure!

Support is soooooo necessary to get and maintian motivation and that's where SP and all the friends come in for me!

But the ultimate spark, THAT comes from deep within.

HUGS for a wonderful blog, Barb. continued wishes for a great weekend.

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DEBRITA01 3/15/2013 8:50AM

    I believe willingness is the spark, as you said. When I'm starting over for the 100th time, I find myself praying for the willingness b/c for me that is the key to the process.Without it, we never take action or stop & start. For me, willingness + action=results/success. Glad your week is going well for you...hang in there! emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 3/15/2013 8:43AM

    Willingness is good--glad yers is back----Too bad some days ""willingness"" is more difficult than others-------Tis cold here-----STILL! We leave Monday on our adventure to see our daughter--fly to Toronto--then Cleveland--flying on a ""wing and a Prayer""--which is what I call son #2' the Pilot's Air Canada---considerably cheaper $100 there and back--vs $1800--but--there has to be open seats-----Lordy , I hope it all goes well Barb! I'm not great at boarding the Germans--driving to the Airport (a 3 hr drive)---The "'Willingness"" is there--but--------the ""drathers"" kinda get in the way--LOL--Lynda----We have till M onday--then the big adventure begins--will return Friday--we hope! --I'll take the Laptop---

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KALIGIRL 3/15/2013 8:40AM

    Love your reward - here's to kind thoughts!

You are not only following Chopra's centering thought for today:" I flow in rhythm with my mind and body", you are flowing with the here and now; with - as opposed to against - the universe.

Namaste my friend, here's to willingness!
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MIRAGE727 3/15/2013 7:34AM

    You know I love positive waves, Barb! Great sharing! Have the best of weekends!
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HEALTHY4ME 3/15/2013 7:31AM

    I so understand and am re learning that again. I have started 3 wks ago to go to naturopath who is helping to clean my gut then will work on these health issues and "carb" issues ( I say the carb issues she didnt lol). I had no problem with eliminating wheat, sugar and dairy for the first 2 weeks, went cold turkey on a week where I had been over indulging in sweet bread type carbs.... now in my 3rd week, feeling better in a few ways, one being major - most days my pain is down a lot. This past week has been a challenge, in I am hungry and what can I eat. I am not craving anything in particular just don't know what to eat.
We met up with friends for lunch yesterday, and he is gf cos of belly issues. So we got talking, and I said I have to make this not an elimination diet ( she will add certain things and amts back as we go) but realize that this CAN be a way of life, eat cleaner, healthier and make the recipes you find on line, learn to INCORPERATE it into our lives. Hubby will also benefit as he has IBS but only takes meds and stays away from dairy.
So I have the willingness and the ability - I just have to knock them both up a notch and get myself more organized. I go see her today and will discuss it in this light. and will also say I am proud to say I have not cheated, nor deviated from what you said I could and could not eat, but have found corn chips and salasa that are clean... and yes I did have what she would not calll a serving size more than once, that is when I realized I don't have this figured out I could eat this entire bag, cos I am hungry and cos I don't know what else to do.
Thanks lol just wrote my blog to myself on your reply!
Have a super day !!!!!!!!!!!!!! HUGS emoticon

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KLMEIRING 3/15/2013 7:08AM

    Thanks for this reminder!

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EBEAMS 3/15/2013 6:53AM

    You ARE worth it ... and then some! Wishing you a wonderful day!

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ROXYZMOM 3/15/2013 6:51AM

    I hope my son becomes "willing". It's a powerful word.

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MSLZZY 3/15/2013 6:44AM

    I love the way you put it all together. HUGS!

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A good night's sleep

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Despite my peaceful meditation yesterday morning, and my making good decisions at work and also getting some things done that needed doing, by the end of the work day the sinus head was in full swing. So I bailed early, and hit the sack before 8 p.m.

Good choice! When the alarm went off this morning, I felt a good deal better than when I went to bed. The allergy season seems to have begun at my place. So... I'm popping what pills I can (headache, antihistamine), and making one decision at a time.

True to my recovery week pep talk, I have been sticking to the plan, not giving myself a hard time, and staying within the limits of what's reasonable! In short, I've successfully gagged Polly Perfectionist for three days! This is my reminder to myself to keep her roped off in that chair over there in the corner.

Gentle, successful recovery, one day at a time! emoticon Spark on.

  
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_LINDA 3/15/2013 12:28AM

    So glad you were able to get a good night's sleep in spite of a sinus infection! Here is to a speedy recovery!!
As I see even more snow swirling around I realize I will be stuck in my smoke filled apartment even longer with no hope of getting out to my long awaited fitness classes. They already have the spring brochure put out!!! Continuously stuffy, mouth breathing nuisance, my allergy meds and inhaler is no match for the constant smoke. I hope to get rid of my entertainment center in the living room, and consequensly, the thick cables that wrap around my bedroom door frame, preventing me from shutting that door and escaping the smoke. I don't watch TV, so really don't need one and my surround sound stereo cannot connect to the newer TV, has the wrong hookups, so it sits there unused. I get no radio reception in the cement dungeon, so no point having a stereo radio cassette player. I plan to use the living room just for work outs and club work. My bedroom will be my resting sanctuary, with a recliner and bed only. Getting rid of all the dusty club files , binders and paperwork and putting them into the living room will help keep my sleeping area much cleaner. I have tried selling my entertainment center online without so much as a single enquiry. People just rather have it new. My TV cost $3000 on sale and I will likely be giving it away.
Hope you get even more rest and sleep and you have a good Friday and a great weekend!

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DOGLADY13 3/14/2013 10:42PM

    Polly is such a beast. I'm sorry she was at your house. I hope she doesn't show up at mine anytime soon. It's hard for me to say no to her and she manipulates her way into places she has no business being in.

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LESLIELENORE 3/14/2013 10:30PM

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SLENDERELLA61 3/14/2013 9:53PM

    Great pep talk! Great decision to get the sleep you need. Good to recognize that the allergies are getting you. Stick with that work plan, reasonable work effort, and taking care of yourself. You are doing a great job on so many levels!! Joyful recovery to you!!

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PATRICIAAK 3/14/2013 8:10PM

    Good for you on both counts - sleep and recognizing limits. No one can be perfect - except God.

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LINDAKAY228 3/14/2013 8:10PM

    Great job! Glad you felt better after a good's night's sleep but so sorry about the allergies.

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MNTWINSGAL 3/14/2013 7:18PM

    Good for you, listening to your body and heeding what it was telling you! Keep up the good work!

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ALOHAEV1 3/14/2013 4:41PM

    I've got some colorful duct tape just in case the ropes don't work.



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DLDMIL 3/14/2013 2:55PM

    emoticon for a great nights sleep and hope you feel better soon. I love that Polly is tied up in the corner, I will have to try that one also. Have a great day. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MIZCATHI 3/14/2013 10:15AM

    Good news that Polly Perfectionist is in time out. Practice makes Perfect. Ooops, I didn't say that.

Have a good day!

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LJCANNON 3/14/2013 9:27AM

    emoticon Way To Go keeping Old Polly in her Place. Antihistamines & Sleep are GREAT Companions! And I bet they help with keeping Polly Restrained!

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MSLZZY 3/14/2013 9:13AM

    I'd find another corner to put her in. How about the garage? LOL!
Have a great day.

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KALIGIRL 3/14/2013 8:15AM

    Here's to Polly in the corner! Glad to hear your 'one day @ a time' is working. As you've told me life is GOOD! here's to living it!

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MAGGIE101857 3/14/2013 8:04AM

    Glad you were able to "corral" it all and get a good night's sleep! Have a great Thursday!

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LEANJEAN6 3/14/2013 8:01AM

    Laughing here how yu roped her off way over there in the corner--Good for yu!-- emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 3/14/2013 8:01AM

    Awesome! I have been having to use an antihistamine spray for months now - winter was too mild to kill anything. It's gonna get real bad this spring for us allergy sufferers.

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GABY1948 3/14/2013 8:00AM

    GOOD news! And so hoping you feel better and STAY better!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/14/2013 8:00AM

    Tis the season for allergy/sinus stuff. GACK! Glad you got a good sleep and are feeling ready to tackle the new day. HUGS

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MIDWESTLORRAINE 3/14/2013 7:30AM

    Great attitude, 8hrs of sleep is the magic number. emoticon

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EVIE4NOW 3/14/2013 7:30AM

  nothing beats a good night's sleep! it not only rests and gets you ready for the day but is a great healer. have a great day!

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Meditation and whimsey

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The cat is much more mature than the first time I did a 21 day challenge with feline in the house. Now, as I sit quietly, he joins me on the lap, and may paw at me curiously for a bit before settling down to purr while I close my eyes and give attention to my breathing. Yesterday after work, when he got up and left the lap on cue was amusing, and my thoughts wandered / wondered to the thoughts of animals, and how in tune they are with their furry bodies (or scaly ones for that matter).

Pets in particular, seem to nap when napping is called for, and make demands for attention when they need to be fed or the litter box changed. As adults we are so often "in control" that we suppress our natural needs... this taking time to meditate and listen is just what it needs to be... enlightening, re-focusing. Glad it came along just now.

I had a touch of insomnia middle of the night, but I kept the eyes closed and rested, eventually dropping off again. And I have a strategy for work today, for the next steps. Divide and conquer: different bits for different circumstances.

And I shall continue to recover. Lunch is packed. Oats are simmering. Life is good, and I shall take care of ME today... because I'm worth it... mind, body, and spirit.

Spark on, and namaste... the whimsey? Do those go together?

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DALID414 3/13/2013 11:45PM

    My day may have gone differently if I would have read your blog this am.
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LESLIELENORE 3/13/2013 10:56PM

    Yes, they go together!

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DOGLADY13 3/13/2013 10:30PM

    I am so glad you are blogging again. This blog is also a blessing for me.

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KARIDIAN1 3/13/2013 9:27PM

    Taking care of you comes first.

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PATRICIAAK 3/13/2013 8:36PM

    Glad you are taking care of you.
If you don't, who will?

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WATERMELLEN 3/13/2013 8:00PM

    I love whimsey: and I'm thinking (along those lines) that cats share a mantra which sounds like prrrrrrrrrr!!

So glad you are recovering and dividing and conquering!!

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DLDMIL 3/13/2013 5:55PM

    emoticon Barb. namaste

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MIRAGE727 3/13/2013 12:33PM

    So profound, Barb! All that positive force...and glowing in Nebraska!
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KALIGIRL 3/13/2013 12:11PM

    Here's to taking care of #1 - glad to hear the meditation is shared...
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SLENDERELLA61 3/13/2013 10:44AM

    Pets add so much to our lives and teach us often. Your comment about being so in control it blocks our natural wisdom is right on. That meditation is a beautiful practice. So glad you've reconnected with it.

Curious about the divide and conquer strategy; sounds good. Don't need to know all the details, but would like to know if you did it -- and generally how you felt about the process and results.

We'll take care of ourselves today because we are worth it!! Life IS decidedly good. Spark On!!!

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LJCANNON 3/13/2013 10:42AM

    emoticon The Animals really DO have a Lot to teach us if we will just take the time to LISTEN.
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SUNNYSIDEUPMARY 3/13/2013 10:39AM

    Of course they do!

I agree that we can learn from our animals. When I think about having six cats (all various forms of rescue cats) , I think chaos and noise. But that's not reality. Reality is that we still get startled a bit when we re-realize we have SIX cats. One thing we've learned is that each cat has a distinct personality and needs - and they can grow and change over time.

Thank you for sharing yourself!

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DSSECRETS 3/13/2013 9:58AM

    You rock, Barb!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/13/2013 9:51AM

    Namaste!

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DEBRITA01 3/13/2013 9:00AM

    I agree that we can learn a lot from our pets. It's nice that your cat enjoys meditation with you. When I do yoga, my Lexie runs around the mat, dropping toys at my head...hard to relax and focus emoticon

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GABY1948 3/13/2013 8:41AM

    I certainly agree with you about the animals! Have a great day, Barb!

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MIZCATHI 3/13/2013 8:36AM

    I love how in touch you are with your feelings. No, it's true. When you begin to feel down, frustrated or overwhelmed, I watch your blogs unfold. You let the feelings wash over you and slowly a realization turns over in your mind. Yes you struggle, but you come up shaking it all off and finding solutions, somewhat like a cat or a dog.

Good work!
Cat

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LEANJEAN6 3/13/2013 8:00AM

    WooWoo Barb!!--Divide and conquer at work?----Good for yu!--Make "'them"" do it all----It sounds like you are doing better-----I love yer story about the Metre Man and the naked woman----LOL----Funny!!!!------Lynd
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ROXYZMOM 3/13/2013 7:35AM

    I love watching Roxy - she has the whole relaxing thing down to a science. Her only stress is when shebus writing for her ball!!

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MSLZZY 3/13/2013 7:26AM

    Animals instinctively know how to manage their day. I think we could learn a lot from them.

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Recovery week pep talk

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Although I have made the appointment to go have that conversation with my doctor, it is a couple of weeks out. Yesterday, between shoveling snow, and forcing myself to walk on the treadmill to get my 10,000 steps in... my body reminded me I'm still not the athlete I was a few short months ago. Or even a couple of weeks ago.

Whatever is going on here... physical, psychological... I am in a process of recovery. And that means taking it easy, not comparing to what was but doing what I can TODAY.

So... this particular day that means: drink your water, eat what's in the bag, not what's in the vending machine or on the food table. That's why you packed it. It's yours.

Change your project mantra: you made a vital error when you scheduled those meetings over your normal walk break times - you put the project ahead of your personal health. You told yourself you would adapt... make sure you do! Cancel what you need to cancel. Remember to say "no" in appropriate circumstances... and pray for the wisdom to know when that is!

Barb, you have little control over so much about this project... but you DO have control over how you choose to respond to unreasonable demands. Your body has spoken... it needs you to pay attention. Right now, your health HAS to come first. And if that means moving a little slower or stopping the mental wheels at times, that's what it means.

To our health, ladies and gents... because LIFE is good. Healthy life even better. And we are worth it! emoticon

  
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DOGLADY13 3/13/2013 10:27PM

    Excellent reflection. I need to learn the same lessons about prioritizing.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 3/13/2013 5:39AM

    Sometimes we forget we are not invincible. Life creeps in.

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_LINDA 3/13/2013 1:16AM

    Now please LISTEN to yourself! It may be that all the stress you are feeling about this project has knocked the stuffing clean out of you :(( Stress CAN make you sick and do nasty things to your body :( Here is hoping you can put the me back into your work periods and take your breaks when needed and put work in the work hours not your personal hours. I hope this daily meditation helps you release some of the stress.
Listening to your body (and mind) is critical!
Be selfish. You only have one life to live.

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MSLZZY 3/12/2013 11:36PM

    Take care and recover. HUGS!

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ALOHAEV1 3/12/2013 10:18PM

    What everyone else said...

Me thinks your bod is is just wanting some down time with you. Great to have you back!

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DLDMIL 3/12/2013 9:26PM

    Another great pep talk, Barb. Keep your health first and everything else will fall in line. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 3/12/2013 9:14PM

    Your pep talks for you are great pep talks for me too, thanks! The toll on the body/mind from excess stress is so dramatically immediate, it's hard to understand how we can ignore it. But like you I've got a horrible tendency to permit work to assume excessive importance. Nooooooo! Health first!! Without it, I can't do anything else well anyhow . . . .

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PATRICIAAK 3/12/2013 7:54PM

    Balance

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ANDI571 3/12/2013 6:32PM

    Keep those pep talks coming Barb! You have the tools and you know how to use them. No turning back! Um, now do I hear what I just wrote. emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 3/12/2013 4:29PM

    Hang in there. Keep taking the steps you are taking. It will get better. Hopefully very very soon!

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ROXYZMOM 3/12/2013 3:53PM

    You are getting there. Great attitude and perspective! Good for you!

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GABY1948 3/12/2013 1:34PM

    You are progressing nicely now...KEEP at it...I agree with all you said here!

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EBEAMS 3/12/2013 11:14AM

    I find it absolutely amazing at how we, as intelligent beings, continually disregard how much of a connection there is between our physical body and our mental state. When stress moves into the brain, it transmits out to the physical body as surely as if there is an illness traveling through the blood. Stress is perfectly normal and yet when the amount and type of stress increases, I believe that we rarely pay attention to how MUCH it truly affects us. The brain activity is almost constant (which is wearying), the quality of our sleep and our sleep patterns is disrupted (which is exhausting), and on top of that, the tendency to cut a corner here and there comes into play with just a little bite of this for energy, just a little sit down time instead of walk for a rest starts to come into play.

If I understood correctly, this is a year long project. That in itself sounds a little overwhelming to me. I think you are doing splendid, my friend, at working out what your new "normal" is going to be during this flurry of stress in your life. You can't change the project ... but you are right on target when you say you can make good choices for yourself. So ... Here's a BIG hugs from me to you! Even if today isn't perfect ... or tomorrow either ... you'll already a winner and THAT'S a fact!

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MEXGAL1 3/12/2013 11:13AM

    For sure I agree with you that healthy life is better!
I love days when I am on top of my game and feel healthy. I cherish those days!
Here's to figuring out how to have more of those days!
Have a terrific day.

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SUNNY332 3/12/2013 11:05AM

    Bless your heart. I will be thinking of you. Keep us posted.

Sunny

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DALID414 3/12/2013 10:13AM

    To our health. (My boss had the beginnings of a cold yesterday, I need to find a kind way to get him to go home!)

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SIMONEKP 3/12/2013 9:55AM

    great attitude

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SLENDERELLA61 3/12/2013 9:47AM

    Your pep talk seems to be right on target! You know precisely what your body and mind need this day, this week. Making sure you get your walk breaks seems to me to be a very high priority. Packing your healthy foods is a great way to take care of yourself. Realizing that you are dealing with unreasonable demands and coming up with healthy ways to handle it is a big, big order. You can do this!! You are doing it!

So glad to see you back blogging. Take care, friend.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 3/12/2013 9:05AM

    As you said - "my body reminded me I'm still not the athlete I was a few short months ago. Or even a couple of weeks ago"
Same here!
Thanks for sharing your great attitude. I hope you get a good report from the doc.




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DEBRITA01 3/12/2013 8:42AM

    When life gets crazy we forget to factor in our needs...good reminder for us all, Barb. Sometimes is all comes down to one small choice at a time but, we can do it...b/c we're worth it! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 3/12/2013 8:26AM

    YES! You said it all when you wrote "Barb, you have little control over so much about this project... but you DO have control over how you choose to respond to unreasonable demands. "

That is a summation of life . . . a mix of situations we can or cannot control. But the constant variable in that equation is having control of our REACTIONS to these situations. You are sooooooo right to listen to your body. It won't steer you wrong!

HUGS and here's to a good Tuesday.

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LEANJEAN6 3/12/2013 8:25AM

    Oh BaRB! That project that you have at work is taking its toll on yu---Why?-----I feel bad ------because I know you are one strong woman----Look what you have accomplished in yer life?------I hope you go to see that Dr-----but remember--Drs (as in my husband)----aren't always knowlegeable about fitness----Hope all works out for yu---- Yu deserve it!-Lynda

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KANOE10 3/12/2013 8:10AM

    You sound focused and ready to stay on track. It is all too easy to put your health on hold when your life gets busy. I skipped a walk yesterday for the same reason.

You are doing a great job of listening to your body and doing what you need to do to be healthy. Have a great day.

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HAPPYMENOW58 3/12/2013 8:10AM

    Right on!!! YOU are worth it!!! Keep on keeping on!!!! you are on your way to good health. Have a great Tuesday.

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Snow Day - Meditation Day 1 - and miscellaneous

Monday, March 11, 2013

Remember storm Q? The storm that wasn't (here, much, that is)?

Well, yesterday, we got hit with the storm that wasn't predicted, just kinda showed up at the last minute. It started out with that little dusting when I got up on Spring Forward morning, but kept on coming down. It looked as though it was quitting about 3 p.m. so I went out and shoveled a path down the driveway to the street. Then it started snowing some more, and the wind kept blowing it around, so I gave up attempting to clear yesterday. It was still white out conditions when I toddled off to bed.

This morning, it didn't look that deep, but being the time of year it is, and being heavy and wet, it was nasty slick, and I weather wimped out of work. I finished clearing my half of the drive and the sidewalks about half an hour ago.

Then I checked my e-mail and found the first of the 21 day meditation challenge links in my inbox. Yes! Just what I needed: with a centering thought of "I commit to living perfect health". So I made myself comfy and started the audio guided meditation. I closed my eyes and focused on my breathing... and within seconds I had a lap full of furry purry... but he behaved and let me continue the meditation. Before I knew it, the soft bell calling an end to the meditation rang... ahhhh.

This is the third 21 day meditation challenge I have participated in, and all have been very much worth the few minutes a day devoted to them. In case anyone else is interested and hasn't signed up yet, here's the link (and it's a freebie): https://www.chopracentermeditation.c
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I also made that appointment I mentioned in yesterday's blog... it's a couple of weeks away yet, so I have some living to do between now and then.

Hope you're all adjusting to the time change. Honestly? I would rather be crocus hunting than snow shoveling... but regardless, life is good. Spark on!

emoticon Namaste.

  
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KRISKECK 3/15/2013 9:36PM

    You really made a difference in my day today and I wanted to thank you. I mentioned you in my blog, and the meditation challenge too. Thanks for being there!

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DOGLADY13 3/12/2013 7:12AM

    I have't come close to seeing crocus yet. I need to get out there! The snow should melt in the rain today. emoticon

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_LINDA 3/12/2013 1:50AM

    We had some blowing snow today too, off and on, only good for hiding the icy parts on the sidewalks and streets, wish I could stay home sometimes too. But the bridge club is always open no matter what the weather, closes only on X-Mas day :P. They have had games in white out conditions when people were stranded all over the city (fortunately, my partner was smart enough to cancel and I got to stay home and watch the white curtain of snow swirling around my window).
That was great you stayed home and got some relaxation and meditation in.
Glad to hear you have made the Dr. appointment.
Hope the driving conditions are safer tomorrow for you, surely they will have gotten around to cleaning it up/and or sanding it by then.

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MSLZZY 3/11/2013 11:04PM

    Soon the crocuses will bloom and the snow will be gone. Spring is almost here. So glad the meditaion soothed your soul. HUGS!

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PATRICIAAK 3/11/2013 8:49PM

    I find meditation rejuvinating.

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WATERMELLEN 3/11/2013 8:11PM

    Saw my first snowdrop today, from the 60 I planted at the back door . . . it's raining hard here, yesterday may have been the last xc ski day.

Glad you've made that doctor's appt . . . and the mediation project sounds great too.

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EBEAMS 3/11/2013 8:05PM

    I always say in my next career, I'm gonna be a weather girl. I don't have to be right, I don't have to be perfect .... Glad you found some time to center and relax today as well as won your fight with the snow! Be safe, my friend!

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MOBYCARP 3/11/2013 7:53PM

    It's a good year to be in Rochester, NY. The nasty major March snowstorm missed us to the south, and most of the piled up snow finished melting yesterday and today. We're supposed to get snow showers later this week, but if the temps come through as predicted it won't accumulate.

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LJCANNON 3/11/2013 5:57PM

    emoticon It is so funny how our Animals react when we try to Focus or Meditate on ANYTHING!
emoticon Hopefully the Meditation and Dr will add up to a Much Better Spring & Summer.
emoticon Stupid Time Change!! I really can not see any Useful Purpose for the mess it causes! But, No One Asked Me before they Did It!!

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DALID414 3/11/2013 3:48PM

    emoticon namaste.

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DLDMIL 3/11/2013 2:36PM

    Ah, spring snow storms, hate them. I am glad that you are starting to feel better and glad that you made the appt. Spark on, have a good day.

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1CRAZYDOG 3/11/2013 2:20PM

    Meditation. Love it. Dr. appt. -- glad you did it!!! Snow . . . right now, hate it! Check back with me in the heat of August! LOL

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LESLIELENORE 3/11/2013 2:15PM

    My dog doesn't like it when I meditate. He starts barking. I went crocus hunting yesterday and found a lot of them.

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ANDI571 3/11/2013 2:12PM

    We had one of those surprise snow storms last week. Luckily with this time of year, it melted pretty quickly. Hope yours does the same.

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GABY1948 3/11/2013 1:44PM

    I also dislike the time change transition. It seems like my day is gone already but I do like the light in the evening better. Glad you are improving daily.

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CONCHA77 3/11/2013 12:58PM

    I just might have to check into that meditation link you provided. Thanks. Just got called into work so maybe in the morning.
Stay safe.

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