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Preparing the Mind!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Oh, if anybody reads these every day... I got over my mini-wall for the week yesterday. It seems to help to vent a bit. I've never been much of one for venting, but it really is good for me to scream into the universe, silently, via a blog like this one that "I'm having a hard day!" So thanks for bearing with me.

Today *is* better, already!

The topic line I put there was stimulated by reading a fellow community member's blog about an upcoming family reunion. My brother is coming to town next week, and he hasn't been out in two years. Not since the great family "featherweight" triathlon in August 2007.

Many of us who struggle with weight and fitness long-term have family contributors to the issue. In my family, for example, there are two "fat" sisters (I'm one of them), and two "skinny" sisters. No matter what our weights at any given family event, we have those labels left over from childhood. When I managed to lose enough and get fit enough to weigh less than my older sister (the gorgeous one?)... it was commented on.

Now, by rights, and health standards, I should weigh less than she does. She tops me in height by two inches. Did I stay there? No! It was almost as though I could not, because it did not fit my family definition.

Anybody else with family issues that play into your efforts? What do you do about those issues?

*hugs* & have a great day

  
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DTIBBS 6/25/2009 7:57PM

    I have three younger sisters and have experienced the same thing. It doesn't matter what happens in our lives, the minute we get together it is just like being back at home with everyone following their role. I was always the serious, type a workaholic and no matter how hard I work on my diet or exercise they all just kind of laugh it off as a passing fancy. You have to focus on getting healthy for yourself and not let all those stereotypes drag you down and discourage you (certainly easier said than done!!) Good blog (someone is actually reading it!) emoticon

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Mid-week mini-wall... got ... to ... climb ... over it!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Today's whine:

I don't really like blueberries. They were fresh at the store, so I bought them, and I've had them for breakfast (as part of breakfast) two days in a row, and I still don't really like them. Sorry, those of you who are fans of this wonderfully healthy food, but there's no accounting for taste.

I'm not crazy about the mixed greens I bought to substitute for my "spinach salad" this week either. Could barely choke it down on Monday. So, today I'm substituting baby carrots, celery and broccoli florets for the noon time salad.

Warning:

On line things can rob you of real life self-care. I had it happen with the dragons last year, and I've had it happen this week with a LiveJournal community that hit the spotlight and grew like my backyard weed patch.

Not that I wish anyone *not* be successful in their efforts, but there is this obsessive guilt about not responding to everyone. Yesterday I kept writing comments to people and didn't get my lunch ready so felt rushed getting to work.

Responding to everyone WILL kill my own healthy living efforts. You have to be selective. For instance, how many Spark Teams should one join?

Final thought: Today I will take care of my own needs first. This is NOT selfish, this is necessary before I can do anything for anyone else!

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MISSDIANE 6/24/2009 8:54AM

    Last night I decided to do the exact same thing. Since I'm screening the LJ posts, I do read every one, but there's no way I could comment on every one or I'd be in the same boat - missing meals, not getting exercise.

You silly thing - why did you buy blueberries if you don't like them? There are plenty of other nummy fresh fruits you could eat!
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The dog's happy!

Saturday, June 20, 2009



She got a nice walk this morning, saw both an adult bunny (which made her point), and later a baby in the bushes, which excited her no end. And on the way home a young male of her breed jumped the fence in his back yard to come exchange sniffs. You should have seen the grin on her face.

Oh, yeah, I got a nice dose of outdoors, too, and met some neighbors when I rang their bell to ask if they'd like their dog back...

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It's Friday and it's ALL MINE!

Friday, June 19, 2009

One of my biggest challenges in self-care is my obsessive nature about my work. As I started warming up to this current life-style effort, I started doing a few things to prepare. One of those things was to strategically schedule some vacation days in months where there was no holiday.

Combine this with having got my bike tire fixed last weekend, and we have a plan for a nice Friday bike ride. Well, not this morning... rain. Maybe tomorrow.

Still, the day is mine, all mine!

  
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MISSDIANE 6/19/2009 1:18PM

    Hey! You could share that Friday, couldn't you? emoticon

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Working with my inner child

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

There's a little girl inside me. I call her Toddler Barbie. She is wearing a red dress with a white pinafore, white socks, and black patent leather shoes. Her hair (quite red) has been done in hanging ringlets, a la Shirley Temple in her old movies.

Toddler Barbie is the inner child that must be cajoled, spoken to sternly, and sometimes forced to do what's good for her. She also needs at times to be hugged and treated gently, read to, or put to bed on time. She needs to have her proper food delivered to her, and at times told to go put on play clothes and play outside.

We all have an inner child. The trick is in learning when to use what parental strategy. Sometimes that means figuring out what's going on with the inner little one. Is she stamping her foot, shaking her head and saying "I won't"? Is she sad, and hiding from her friends?

I wrote a couple of days ago about the week having a slow start. For once I picked the right strategy, and indulged that little slowness, while still getting the toddler to do the basics.

This morning... zoom! Well rested, eager for the treadmill, good sweat, luxurious shower, bright attitude. Amazing, if we can just get through the tough days, better ones DO follow.

May today bring your inner toddler whatever he or she needs, leading to great tomorrows!

  


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