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D: Diligence

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Thanks to my handy-dandy Webster's dictionary emoticon, here we go again!

diligent: 1 persevering and careful in work; industrious 2 done with careful, steady effort; painstaking

diligence: 1 the quality of being diligent; constant, careful effort; perseverance... 3 (Law) the degree of attention or care expected of a person in a given situation

This word popped into my brain without my looking it up, as it was the name of one of my son's gaming guilds. It has that sense of persistence about it... of the long term... of taking action, not just thought... and of never giving up!

Speaking of gaming: ever notice in the epic tales, the hero can get distracted and still succeed? Because he (or his side-kicks) return with diligence to their quest. Think of the healthy lifestyle as a life-long quest... seeking treasure... fighting monsters. We will prevail, because we pursue our desires with diligence!

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SAMI199 10/15/2010 3:18AM

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ANONALEE 9/15/2010 8:21AM

    Diligence is indeed required to fight off the monsters in my head -- I don't always win every battle, but I'm slowly winning the war.

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DHENDLER 9/15/2010 7:20AM

    Needed to hear this. I lately am the opposite of dilligence and need to become exactly that ... perservering!

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WALKINGANNIE 9/14/2010 3:46PM

    You are a great role model of diligence in practice.

I'm enjoying your alphabet.

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BUGGYS 9/14/2010 10:54AM

    This is a great word...heres to diligence!!! Go Turtles!

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STEPHIEKNITS 9/14/2010 10:52AM

    emoticon A turtle is the perfect example of diligence! He beat the hare by being consistent and diligent! Thanks!

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ANDI571 9/14/2010 10:43AM

    Go Digilent Turtles! emoticon

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KALIGIRL 9/14/2010 8:37AM

    A diligent turtle works!
Here's to constance!
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SUNNY332 9/14/2010 7:40AM

    Great word and one I will reflect on today as I go through my day.

Thanks! Sunny

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REJ7777 9/14/2010 7:30AM

    We all need to be diligent Turtles!
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PATRISNA 9/14/2010 7:29AM

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WISEONE68 9/14/2010 6:43AM

    On my way back from Indiana last week--I saw a little turtle walking along the road...I was going about 60 or so and he/she was just plugging along...I watched in my mirror for as long as I could...he/she just kept going as all these cars were whizzing by.
THAT is diligence...knowing that others are going to get where you are going faster; some slower; but we will all end up there eventually!! And, we are all better for our experiences along the way.
Good word--thanks for sharing!!
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FERRETLOVER1 9/14/2010 6:43AM

    I like this idea - I'll be checking back for more encouraging letters!

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C: Consistency, crazy, compassion, compulsions

Monday, September 13, 2010

Yes, I know that's a LOT of C words! But seriously, if I'm going to practice what I preach they all come into plan. And another one "confession". I won't lie to myself and others on my blog.

The confession is that yesterday I succumbed to mindless (almost) eating. Not that what I ate was so terrible, but the volume certainly was far more than what my body needed. Elements that go into triggers for my binges are varied and subtle, but for those of us who are compulsive eaters, sometimes we don't even know what set us off: the car-shopping? Eating out and tasting, smelling, seeing things I might have at one time enjoyed (even though they didn't appeal at the time)? Fatigue (that one is a firm)! A bit of financial anxiety and making big decisions? All of the above, no matter, I succumbed. I also tracked it.

But on to the first word in the title, and another "spare" C-word - Calm. I was calm, knowing that if I am consistent, I can maintain my healthy habits. Even so-called normal eaters go crazy sometimes. What non-compulsives do about it is just go back to their consistent programs. They don't under-eat as compensation. Nor do they exercise excessively to "make up" for such things... they may be a little more active.

To be successful and balanced, I have to turn my back on compulsion, be compassionate toward myself when I slip, and get back to consistently following my program. Notice I don't have to follow it perfectly. There is a reason for the difference between "consistency" and "perfection". Consistency leads to long-term balance, happiness, and satisfaction. Compulsion and perfectionism lead to defeat, discouragement and giving up.

And as my long-stated motto says, the only thing that is NOT allowed, is giving up. So today is a gentle day of recovery, which simply means, consistency... no need to get crazy.

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REJ7777 9/13/2010 4:32PM

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WALKINGANNIE 9/13/2010 2:41PM

    Aha. 'C's the day!
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I always look forward to your blogs Barb because your approach is so open, honest and intelligent. They always make me think after I've finished reading them.

I like your distinction between"consistency" and "perfection".

Wise words. Keep them coming.

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KALIGIRL 9/13/2010 1:04PM

    Love your 'gentle' day of recovery.
Wonderful how we grow on our journey and have the confidence of taking small setbacks in stride.

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THIAGRAM 9/13/2010 10:53AM

  I am little miss consistant. What a blessing to me that I haven't put on the pounds! I am consistant in not losing weight! I am consistant in not doing all the right stuff to lose that extra 20 pounds. I am also calm, maybe too calm. Maybe I need to get more excited and less consistant!

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ANONALEE 9/13/2010 10:01AM

    I like the fact that creating calm and consistency helps to contain compulsion. I certainly "C."

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ANDI571 9/13/2010 9:18AM

    Consistency is a key for me. Trudging along even though you went over board one or two days. You are right, compulsive eaters just keep on eating once they start. That is what gets me into trouble. I just wish I would quit being consistent in over eating over the weekends.

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BUGGYS 9/13/2010 8:56AM

    Barb, this is the blog I neede to hear today....why is it that the weekends are so hard...maybe it's because I break from my routine! I did not do badly, I just ate too much but today I am right back on track...quitting is not an option!

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SHARON2014 9/13/2010 8:32AM

    No giving up...you have come to my rescue again. And, added a B word - Balance. You are motivating me to start my own alphabet blog - just as soon as I get back from vacation and my visiting family leaves town and my dog is feeling better from her cancer treatments and...oh my, I'm at P already aren't I? Your Procrastinating Friend, Sharon emoticon

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BZYBOYSMOM 9/13/2010 8:25AM

    No giving up.....ever! You rock!

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CONCHA77 9/13/2010 8:24AM

    Sounds like a good plan, Barb.
Being calm is ONE of my greatest challenges, not with just my eating and exercising but in Life! (I am a pretty "high strung" person and I have been working on being "calmer" this past year) Lately I have been slipping -- so thanks for reminding me to slow down, think about things, take a deep breath, and then make my decision with eating and everyday decision making.
Great blog.

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PATRISNA 9/13/2010 8:22AM

    Barb,
Thank you for writing my Monday blog for me. Seriously this is a great blog. I confess I also had one of those weekends. I am going to take your advice and be compassionate with myself and try not to over compensate for slipping.

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PEGGYJEAN13 9/13/2010 8:14AM

    That's right ..... no giving up. Every day is a new start and it is sometimes a "challenge" to keep on track.

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SUNNY332 9/13/2010 8:13AM

    Consistancy is the key, Barbara. One day does not spoil that. Hang in there and keep up the "Colossal" work.

Hugs, Sunny

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B is for Budget

Sunday, September 12, 2010

I contemplated titling this one differently, but the general idea I'm aiming at doesn't fit into a fall off the tongue title. What's ratting through Barb's brain (two more B's) is the similarity between budgeting time, energy, calories and money!

Last month I blogged about my fantasy of living like grandma, giving up my car, among other things: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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I came to the conclusion that I can't really not have a vehicle, not yet. Maybe when I retire. So, yesterday I spent most of the day going around to the local dealers, looking at cars. At the first place, I ended up on a nostalgia trip, and took a little manual transmission car out for a test drive. Knowing myself and my impulsiveness, I drove it over to my son's house and had him accompany me for the rest of the day.

In the end, we drove three vehicles that day, and I ended up exhausted, but informed. I know what kind of vehicle I want: economical but with the ability to cart a bicycle around (see, JUST_TRI_IT, I'm planning ahead)! I want it nice, used low miles within the past couple of model years. And I want it within my price range so I'm not stressing about over-spending, of course. I ended up testing two new and one used only one model year back.

No decision made. Took the kids out for dinner, came home and slept on it. This morning I'm pretty much decided that the right thing for the next couple of weeks is "do nothing". I might make a phone call or two to add to the fact list, but sometimes one has to plan and cogitate before making a big decision.

The factors going into the decision to delay have to do with budgeting time and energy! Decisions of this magnitude are not to be rushed. Knowing I've decided NOT to decide leaves me free to live in today, today! And sometimes, that's the best thing we can hope for.

Here's to a healthy, peaceful, and blessed Sunday for us all!

  
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SAMI199 10/13/2010 12:44AM

    Good Luck with the car-it is so stressful & yet excitng!

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KALIGIRL 9/13/2010 1:51PM

    Good for you!
Let it perk.

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REJ7777 9/12/2010 9:55PM

    Buying a car is a big decision. It's worth taking your time about. When you find the right one, it will "feel" right, and have all the elements you're looking for. It's great that your son is around to give you feedback too! emoticon

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PENNYAN45 9/12/2010 8:51PM

    I was just thinking how very nice it was for you to be able to hop over to get your son involved in the car-shopping exercise with you. GREAT!

I was disappointed to discover that my car model is going to be discontinued. It's a VW Passat wagon with 4-wheel drive and all the safety features I was looking for. I wonder if a late model of that car might sell for less because it's being discontinued. I can recommend the car. I love it - and I will miss it when the time comes to replace it.



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PATRISNA 9/12/2010 4:51PM

    I am sure you are right to wait. You probably already know this stuff but here goes. When you do go to buy do it the last week of the month preferably close to the last day of the month. When the dealers need to make their numbers they are more willing to deal. they also pay taxes every month on the cars they have on the lot. This is a good time of year because they need to get rid of their old stock.

If you can get a pre-approval letter from your loan company with the amount they will loan you for a vehicle. That helps speed the process, but also compare the dealer's loan rate with that of your bank. Does the company you work for have any discount programs? Does your insurance company have a program to help you find a car?



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BESTSUSIEYET 9/12/2010 3:55PM

    Good plan -- and I believe planning is always better than making snap decisions based on feelings! God will open the door for you at just the right time - so rest in that. Have a blessed week!

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SLENDERELLA61 9/12/2010 1:09PM

    Wise move, Barb! I bet you end up with just the car you want because you are being so prudent. And yes, budgeting time, money, and calories are very similar. Choices and decisions have to be made and balanced. Energy, though, is a bit confusing. Often spending it gives me more!!



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ANONALEE 9/12/2010 12:24PM

    Unless you know exactly what you want, car shopping is like house shopping -- it consumes an enormous amount of time and emotional energy. Best to go slow like you are!

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JWADDELL2 9/12/2010 9:47AM

    I have even used your "wait and see" attitude on when I get a catalog in the mail (and gee, do I get plenty) - if I see something that tempts me, I leave the catalog out on the coffee table, open to the item....it is amazing how, after I see it there for a few days, how I usually decide I can live without it!! You will make the right decision when you take your time!! emoticon

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PAM0110 9/12/2010 9:09AM

  I admire your ability to walk away and let the decision wait until you've had an opportunity to really decide what you want and not allow the salesman to influence you. I hate car shopping! I detest the pressure that is applied by the sales force and much like Peggy Jean indicated, the best deal is not the best deal until you threaten to walk away. Geesh!

I know you will make the best decision for you when you're ready!

Have a blessed and restful Sunday!

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PEGGYJEAN13 9/12/2010 8:53AM

    Good idea on taking your time. My husband always says "just be patient." We recently bought a used pickup and it was amazing how much you can pay and how much they come down if you wait a little while so be prepared for the salesman to call you with a better "deal". This is what makes me see red about car buying...the price is not the price. We used the ploy of "give us your best deal" once and they said they did but when we got ready to walk out because it was too high, they came down a few thousand more! I will never buy a new vehicle again but go for slighttly used because insuarnce and taxes are so much less which can affect a budget too. Have a restful Sunday.

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GOHUSKERS2 9/12/2010 8:37AM

    Cogitate away girl! No hurry!

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WALKINGANNIE 9/12/2010 7:08AM

    See - you are a wise and grown up woman when it comes to making big decisions!

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SUNRISE14 9/12/2010 7:02AM

    emoticon smart thing to do not buying the first car you see ! emoticon so many people buy new ones and can't even afford the insurance ! It is high on a new one ! Good luck ! emoticon

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SUNNY332 9/12/2010 7:00AM

    You are so right, Barb, this decision is one that needs to take some time and lots of consideration. We bought a new car in 2009 and I have been very disappointed with it. If I had it to do over, I would definitely take more time.

Hope you have a healthy, Peaceful, and Blessed Sunday too. I am headed to church and then down to my Dad's. He ask me to fix him some homemade "Bierocks" so got all the ingredients ready yesterday. We love them too so will make a double batch and bring some home for us too.

Hugs, Sunny

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Old dogs and exercise

Saturday, September 11, 2010

My old dog can no longer keep up with what I need to do for exercise, but she still needs activity herself. So after I did the Week 4 Workout 1 of the Couch to 5K plan this morning on the treadmill, I took my "baby" out to walk. We took a DVD to mail back to Netflix and the ubiquitous cleanup bags.

It's autumn here, and cool. Cool weather and hunting dogs go well together. She's 14 1/2 years old but when the weather gets like this, she prances like a pup. She wanted to run, and tugged at the leash, so I obliged for at least part of the journey, jogging to keep up... and of course, suddenly interrupted by fire hydrants! emoticon Love my dog. Don't know what I'll do when she leaves me one day.

Here's to all the four-footed friends that encourage us with their eyes and wags to get out and move a bit!

  
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KALIGIRL 9/13/2010 1:52PM

    I know just what you mean - took the girls out Sunday for an hour and I think they could have run all day!

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WINE4GIRL 9/12/2010 5:00PM

    I have an Airedale who is 12, which is uncommon in the larger breeds. His heart is in the game, but the hips are sitting out more and more. It hurts me to see him start to run, then realize it's not going to happen. I love that dog.
And here's to you - Thanks for sharing!


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PATRISNA 9/12/2010 4:39PM

    Louie is 12 and like you I don't know what we are going to do when he passes. He is such a joy to us. We saw some people giving away free puppies and kittens yesterday. I would consider adopting another cat or dog someday. I would go to the shelter and get an adult.

A long time ago I worked in a shelter so I believe the best thing to do is get an adult animal. Louie was born in the shelter where I worked and I am forever grateful I got to adopt him.

I hope you and your sweet girl have many more years together.

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MNTWINSGAL 9/12/2010 12:01PM

    Right now I have a dog that is the opposite....Cassie is a border collie and only 4 years old--full of too much energy for me to keep up! Our Sheppi was 12 when we had to put him down due to hip dysplasia....he couldn't even stand up on his own any more. So, I know how you feel, and wish you the best when the time comes to make that decision. In the meantime, enjoy every minute!

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SHARON2014 9/11/2010 10:45PM

    My sweet Shadey has cancer...she is 12. I am grieving, but loving and hugging on her every chance I get. I dread the time when she gets worse and we have to make "that" decision! She is doing ok, just tired... no more walks right now... enjoy your puppy! emoticon

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SUNNY332 9/11/2010 8:09PM

    I too have that fear as my Miss Macki is getting up there in years. She is my best friend and I hate the thought of her not being here.

Take care and enjoy every moment.

Sunny

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CHRISTURTLE 9/11/2010 7:12PM

    If not for my dogs I don't think I would find the motivation to walk each and every day. Soon as I sit on the chair in my bedroom both dogs get so enthusiastic that its hard not to give in to them, even if only for a short walk with the promise of something longer later on in the day. I have the same trouble with my old dog Sam, who can't walk any faster than a waddle, and Keiodie is just so full of energy and wants to run as fast as possible, for as long as possible. Then its me who can't keep up. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 9/11/2010 3:12PM

    Here's to faithful four-legged friends.

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BUGGYS 9/11/2010 2:13PM

    I have an 8 year old rottie-shepard 140 lb. mix, a 15 lb. Boston terrier mix who is 4 and a brand new puppy, a Miniature Pincher mix who is 5 months and 12 lbs. so I do get my exercise by walking them...however, during the summer months, I have a tendency to let them all just play and run on the beach at out cottage...I need to get back to the routine of walking them because it's better for me!!!

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PEGGYJEAN13 9/11/2010 12:20PM

    I feel like your dog on these cool mornings....ready to get out with maximum energy! Thank you for your comments on my blog. My muscle twinge was gone by the end of the day. The dvd is going to be okay for my speed. It made me sweat which is the whole idea but paced so I can keep up. The "xtreme" title had me a little worried.

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GOHUSKERS2 9/11/2010 11:44AM

    The puppy eyes, the joy they give and unconditional love. Truely a gift from God.

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STEPHIEKNITS 9/11/2010 11:25AM

    I love dogs although at this time we don't have one. But I consider all the dogs on my walk my friends. They make my morning walk so happy and for the most part the owners do to!

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ANONALEE 9/11/2010 10:20AM

    I'm with you on the love of the four-footed variety. My pup is 10-1/2 and still goes like a puppy. When we go out for our walks, he sets quite a pace only interrupted by the occasional irresistible smell (which, fortunately, belongs only to him). I have never lived for long without an animal and would not wish to do so -- they add too much to life to be without one.

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GAILRUU 9/11/2010 10:03AM

    We have always had at least 2 dogs at a time and at present have 5. They are wonderful company and it is hard when they get old and leave us. Still, they are such good companions and love us in spite of our failings so I would not want to be without one.

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Assimilate, Adapt, Accept

Friday, September 10, 2010

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Must be back to school season, because I see alphabets cropping up all over Spark: alphabet games with a word per letter to motivate us. Mary (CookMe123) blogged her way through the alphabet. I threatened to copy that theme, but I'm not sure I'll do it one a day... it might be more spread over time.

This morning I woke up with a word on the brain: "Assimilate". The initial thought that was drifting through my brain was the re-integration of my son, recently home from overseas. The image that came to mind was the Borg, from Star Trek, the next generation: "You will be assimilated".

This led to thoughts of what I do, how I survive, how I respond to the new information that constantly enters the brain! Onward, to pondering the question of who is the assimilator and who or what the assimlatee? (Yes, spell check, I know I just invented words not in your dictionary!)

So, to our buddy Webster, just what is this "assimilate"? Its root is from the Latin, "to make similar". And the first definition has to do with FOOD! .oO(Sheesh, can't get away from it!)

"1. to change (food) into a form that can be taken up by, and made part of, the body tissues; absorb into the body". So the body assimilates our food. Who knew? Probably a lot of folks... which leads to the whole "You are what you eat" thing! But that's a topic for a different blog.

But being a thinker, I take it on to information, not just food. When presented with new information, we tend to do one of the three things in the title. We "assimilate" it to what we already believe, or we adapt our beliefs to the new information. Eventually, we draw and come to accept conclusions about it and how it fits into our world view.

The whole process of learning is based on evaluating information, whether it comes from personal experience or from reading or listening to others. From the moment of birth we're doing these three things: assimilating, adapting, accepting. And we may have to work our way through the first two to get to the acceptance part... which, to my way of thinking, is the most peaceful of the three.

So... in your journey to health, what are you currently assimilating? What are you adapting? And what have your accepted?

  
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SAMI199 10/10/2010 10:23PM

    A is for awesome! I'm so glad I found your blogs.

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WALKINGANNIE 9/10/2010 3:58PM

    And here's me thinking that "analyse" would be your list of top 3 A words!

I love the way that you think around things and explore ideas from different angles.

I'm assimilating new habits - like decluttering the house in very small stages.
I'm adapting my caffeine and sleep habits.
I have accepted that my body is flawed and scarred. It's OK. Its fit for the life that I want to lead.

Those are my 3 As for today. Thanks for Asking.

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PEGGYJEAN13 9/10/2010 2:44PM

    Life is all about adapting to change. I call it "going with the flow".

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KALIGIRL 9/10/2010 1:08PM

    Assimilating? New foods
Adapting? Calories in to calories out.
Accepted? Breakfast and exercise are musts.

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ANG_LA 9/10/2010 11:01AM

    Really makes you think!!
Thanks for the blog!

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GOHUSKERS2 9/10/2010 10:51AM

    I enjoyed this....it reminded me of my Mom. When I was growing up she made me learn 5 new words a week. I could pick them out of the dictionary and she didn't care which ones. But I had to memorize the meaning, make a sentence for each one, and write them each 50 times. The funny thing is I liked it. When I got out of college one year, I got a job as proofreader at the local newspaper, and then in Wyoming at a publishing company. I work crosswords everyday, and we play scrabble, the whole family and always have. So words are wonderful in my book, and you just took me down memory lane, and I want to thank you for that.

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SUNNY332 9/10/2010 10:00AM

    I have been called a "word freak" but that is OK with me. I love words - always have and always will. I used to work with a Nurse Practioner in ER who would put the "word of the day" on the chalk board and it was up to me to use the word before the end of the shift in a sentence. I loved this little game we had going and I learned a lot of new words. One day, I went to do an assessment on a woman who was threatening suicide. When I returned to give Rose a report, I said that the woman was awfulizing and would smile when she talked of her suicide plan which made me wonder. We did, of course, admit the woman, as we had to take her seriously even though her affect did not match her words. Rose ask me where I got that word awfulizing and I told her I made it up. She loved it and used it from that day on.

Rose moved to California and went to work for Linda Loma Hospital, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and I never saw her again. I thank you for my little walk down memory lane this morning.

Hugs, Sunny



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WISEONE68 9/10/2010 7:55AM

    A-MAZ-ING...GREAT Blog, Barb!!
We assimilate, all too often, into the eating patterns of the "world"--i.e.
"You want fries with that"; "An appetizer to start you out"; "Oh, what's one more".

I am just back from vacation and I certainly "assimilated" into my family's eating routine and dessimated the progress I have made. I am disappointed...but, not defeated (the title of my next blog)...

I will think of your blog the next time I visit my family or take a vacation...

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ANONALEE 9/10/2010 7:38AM

    My assimilation this morning is another "A" word -- abstinence. I had to absorb, accept and adapt to the idea that a fairly hefty list of foods is off the menu. It feels pretty good in theory -- I'm sure in practice it will be a variety of things.

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PATRISNA 9/10/2010 7:24AM

    Great Blog! Your blogs always give me something to think about. I am currently assimilating my morning coffee. I am adapting my meal plans to lower my calorie intake. I am accepting my new goal without complaint. So Far.


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SLENDERELLA61 9/10/2010 7:19AM

    Very interesting, Barb! At the moment I am sitting here sipping coffee with nonfat milk powder. I'm starting to assimilate the milk powder. I am the assimilator in this case. I have adapted to the info learned on SP that milk interfers with the antioxidants in tea. I now try to drink tea without milk. I accept that I can have only have 1 cup of nonfat milk powder per day (if I don't have other high calcium foods) without going over the recommended calcium amount, which could put me at risk for more kidney stones and other problems.

Yep. You are right. We are constantly assimilating, adapting, and accepting. Very interesting.

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BMCREED 9/10/2010 7:00AM

    I am currently setting a mind, body, and spirrit goal. I just moved to Texas recently, so I am making a fresh start by assimilating myself in a new community and church. I decided this is the best time for me to take classes to finally become catholic, learn to cook well, and strengthen my body for life. And that is exactly what I am doing.

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