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Little Things are Great Motivators - Tales From 100# Down

Friday, September 12, 2014

Yesterday COULD have been a loss. I woke with intense hip pain and I'm itching from my knees down due to turkey mites. If you don't know of this larval stage that produces intense itching just trust me. It's worse than chiggers!

With two issues making me miserable I knew it wasn't going to be a high exercise day. Rather than withdraw into a cave of comfort eating I chose to focus on my nutrition since I was going to be fairly sedentary for the day.

I discovered that taking a little bit of time can be the difference between a healthy 300 calorie meal and a quick, mouth-stuffing 1000 calorie meal. At breakfast I could have gone with a quick carb-loaded meal but instead I took a little time to scramble some eggbeaters and have 4 ounces of juice. At lunch I could have plowed through a bag of cheese puffs but instead I chose to fix a green salad with a "slim slice" of cheddar cut up on top. At dinner I was tempted by the frozen taquitos but chose instead to eat some green beans and roast pork.

Taking a "little" time to make a healthier choice and do a bit of light cooking made the difference in a good day stepping forward rather than a bad day stepping back. The best part about the little choices I made is how I felt at day's end. Granted, my itching was no better and my hip was begging for ibuprofen but I felt accomplished and that MOTIVATED me to get up today and do the same thing!

Success breeds success. When we can string a few days of success together we begin to see progress. After weeks and months we may see HUGE progress BUT it all boils down to those "little things" we do day in and day out that move us along on this journey.

Mind the "little things" today and draw strength from your accomplishments. We CAN do this!

Press On!

  
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BEAUTY_WITHIN 9/19/2014 3:16PM

    Congrats!

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    "Success breeds success." Love that! Keep up the good work.
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LUVSBULLDOGS 9/13/2014 6:43PM

    I like your choices for b, l, and d. I'm going to copy you. Good ideas.

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SUSIEMT 9/13/2014 2:43PM

    I so agree! Those streaks mean a great deal! Glad you took the time to realize what was happening with your body and mind! Keep up the good work!

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KANOE10 9/13/2014 7:04AM

    Success breeds success. Excellent. I loved the little things that you did to be successful. I am sorry for your pain and hope you feel better.

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KIM22211 9/13/2014 6:01AM

    little things do motivate! I got my new coat and I want it to fit a bit better so that little thing is so so so motivating to me!

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LYNMEINDERS 9/13/2014 2:54AM

    Well done...go you
Trust your itching is subsiding....

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TRAVELGRRL 9/12/2014 3:20PM

    OMG, can't believe there is something worse than CHIGGERS! I never knew what the heck was biting me when we first moved to Arkansas, but I knew they were 1,000 times worse than mosquitoes!

"Taking a little time to make a healthier choice makes the difference in a good day stepping forward rather than a bad day stepping back."

What a great quote, something I'm definitely going to remember. Thanks for blogging, and PRESS ON!

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LIVINTODAY 9/12/2014 12:08PM

    YAY, Suzanne!! Two problems that could have sidelined you but...You didn't eat them!!!

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Looking forward to BTS restart!

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2BDYNAMIC 9/12/2014 11:36AM

    Absolutely practical advice that works ............ Hope something is being done for those awful bites/ itches. I do feel your pain ........... and I once again so admire your winning attitude ........... which is contagious here in Sparks! emoticon

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    emoticon And great job yesterday! I hope that you are feeling better today!!

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 9/12/2014 10:39AM

    Hope your itchies get better soon! I'm proud of your progress!!!

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Just when you get started a SPEED BUMP - Tales from 100# Down

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I am still living with boxes and "stuff" piled up around me in the temporary dwelling we call home while the house is under construction. In our move last week we used all the towels, bedding, mattress covers, rugs etc. as padding for pictures, small pieces of furniture etc. I began doing laundry last night. On the 2nd load I moved a heap of wet towels to the dryer and "crickets". It won't start. It has power (the light is on in the drum) but it just won't start.

Another speed bump but this one, though challenging, will not stall my forward motion. Yes, I have wet laundry and the nearest laundromat is 30 minutes each way. I think I'll go to town and buy some rope and rig up an old fashioned clothes line. Then I will stop and ask my friends at the Farm Supply where to find a repair man in this rural setting.

Is it an unexpected obstacle? Yes. Does it have to derail my progress? NO!

Life is full of speed bumps. We can use them as excuses or face them square on and do something about them.

While I am inconvenienced I am not undone. I've got a job to do and I'll do it even IF I have to step back to my childhood and use a clothesline and clothespins!

Press On!

  
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NANHBH 9/18/2014 11:05PM

    Ahh, the smell of laundry dried on a clothesline! Brings back memories. Hope you get the dryer fixed soon!
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FITNHEALTHYKAL 9/11/2014 8:38AM

    Just a speed bump on your way to your next, best adventure!

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    emoticon Great thinking. Nothing like the fresh smell from the outdoors.

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CAROLJ35 9/10/2014 9:58PM

    Can't hang our clothes on lines in NC because of ticks, but all winter in FL we fluff them in dryer, then hang them outside. Can't beat the smell of fresh air on sheets and clothes.

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NASFKAB 9/10/2014 9:52PM

  you can do it great attitude

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DIANNEMT 9/10/2014 8:13PM

    Worst case--drape the wet towels over bushes! They'll dry!!

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KALEWINE 9/10/2014 6:47PM

    Oh no! Dryer problems are no fun. I love your positive attitude though!

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BECCA315 9/10/2014 4:50PM

    Know all about those speed bumps ~ keep on truckin'!

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SUSIEMT 9/10/2014 3:58PM

    I have been visiting my sister in Montana! She uses a clothesline during nice weather! The clothes smell so fresh! It took me back to my childhood for sure! Good job on not letting life get in your way!

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LUVSBULLDOGS 9/10/2014 3:23PM

    I'm glad you're settled and ready to be with us more, I missed you and I certain everyone else has missed you also. emoticon

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TRICIALICI 9/10/2014 12:16PM

    That is inconvenient, and I hope you'll be able to get it fixed soon. On the bright side, your laundry will smell so fresh and wonderful when you bring it in from the clothesline!

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 9/10/2014 11:06AM

    YOU CAN DO THIS!

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 9/10/2014 10:48AM

    I don't have a clothes line but I probably would use it if I did. I also grew up with one. I can remember hanging those clothes out and how fresh they smelled when brought in. Lots of cardio exercise available, walking, bending , twisting and lifting arms. Hum, maybe it would be good for us? Would be time consuming, and not too great when it is raining or 40 degrees outside. Oh well I had better go in and do a load of laundry. Have a great day.

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MYTHMYTH 9/10/2014 9:44AM

    Seems like it's just one thing after another! Just think of all the extra steps that you are going to get in today as you do everything to get that clothes line set up and then all of the additional steps that will come from hanging and taking in the laundry!

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TRAVELGRRL 9/10/2014 9:42AM

    You have such a great attitude! It's a speed bump, NOT a catastrophe, right?

We have a 93-year-old neighbor who hangs her wash out to dry on a clothesline year round. She moved into her house over 70 years ago and has never had a clothes dryer!

Your are channeling your pioneer ancestors!

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The Big Move - Tales From 100# Down

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Life passages often make us reflect. We just closed on our home in the Chicago suburbs, packed and moved this past week to Central Kentucky. We have been living here since April but our home and most of our belongings were still up north.

We lived in that Wadsworth house for nearly 16 years. It saw many life changes, our son's graduation from high school and college, the passing of both of my husband's parents, the birth of three great nieces, travels across the continent and overseas, times of great illness and times of healing. It also saw me reach my highest weight and work my way down over 100 pounds.

Behind our house I planted a 16" spruce seedling when we moved to Illinois in early 1999. That tree now stands over 15 FEET high and has a HUGE girth. It made me think. I saw "potential" in that $10 seedling from Home Depot years ago. Now it was not going to grow into a massive conifer in a few weeks. It took years and years. I had to water it with a hose one year during a drought. When straight-line winds lifted it's rootball a few years ago we had to dig and move it back in place and support it with guy wires until it re-rooted. All that work over all those years had a pay off. It's a beautiful tree that now stands on the property as a witness to our sixteen years there.

All of us have potential too. True, we can't make drastic changes in a few weeks. Often it takes months or even years but with the same nurturing and care through the "rough patches" we too can see success.

I certainly have not had a "great" year. While I have maintained the bulk of my weight loss the distraction of relocating to another state has made it "easy" for me to put my journey on a back burner. Potential is never "lost". I just pick up my journey and press on.

Now that I'm fully in Kentucky I can continue my progress. It's just a matter of taking another step in the right direction.

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WRITERWANNAB 9/13/2014 1:15AM

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2DAWN4 9/12/2014 1:31AM

    Kentucky is beautiful and what a great place to continue your weight loss journey! Good luck!

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JIBBIE49 9/11/2014 12:22AM

    I lived in Chicago for a year and at Great Lakes for 3 years and loved it even the cold winters. Grew up in Southern Illinois so I know enough about Kentucky, so that would be a huge change to live there. emoticon

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CAROLJ35 9/10/2014 9:52PM

    Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your new home and call on us if we can help you on the road to the rest of your journey!



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JSEATTLE 9/10/2014 9:00PM

  Good for You! Take a lesson from your little seedling and keep growing. My feeling is that this is what you've done. Fall is a great time for new beginnings!

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    emoticon for sharing your memories.

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MARYJEANSL 9/10/2014 8:06PM

  I like that tree as an analogy for your own move and the putting down of new roots. Best wishes in your new home and in putting down lots of roots!

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NONNAOF2 9/10/2014 7:20PM

  it is never easy to make a full move, but you did it and now you are somewhere that you can plant new roots! :-) It's nice to have old memories of good times in the past! :-)

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SHERYLP461 9/10/2014 5:20PM

    Beautiful story, I hope you are planting another tree.

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  So Very emoticon And..........I wish you the emoticon in your new home. Are you going to plant another Spruce there too?

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LIVELYGIRL2 9/10/2014 1:12PM

  The tree is a great reminder of this principle.

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CHARTHESTAR 9/10/2014 6:41AM

    I lost track of you- glad to find you again.
Great story about your tree- I can understand how you feel with your move

You should have much better winters now.

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BESSHAILE 9/10/2014 6:27AM

    Yes. we just press on. But I'm really imPRESSed by your maintenance in a year of such a major change. Congratulations. I bet it's good to get your stuff back, too.

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PENOWOK 9/10/2014 6:25AM

    Terrific analogy! Great story...happy new home in Kentucky!

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    Great story! Thanks for sharing.

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    good luck in kentucky. emoticon

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LUVSBULLDOGS 9/10/2014 2:00AM

    I've missed your blogs, hope you'll be blogging often again.

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LUVSBULLDOGS 9/10/2014 2:00AM

    I've missed your blogs, hope you'll be blogging often again.

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    Great analogy!

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COLOR-BLUE 9/9/2014 9:59PM

    emoticon and you're going to make waves in your new home, too. Those waves will reach out to others, and as the waves return to you, so will your new friends to pass your wisdom, that God has given you, on to them.

Blessings!

- Nancy Jean -
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4RASCALS 9/9/2014 7:15PM

    Love this blog. Like everything if we nurture it, it will blossom, just like us if we
care enough to take care of ourselves, we will reach our goals. It all takes time, just like your tree. Look at what we can become if we work it.

Wishing you much happiness in your new home.

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TRAVELGRRL 9/9/2014 5:48PM

    Great analogy! With love and care your tree flourished. With the same love and self-care we too can flourish!

Glad you have "both feet" in your new location now. I know you still have a lot going on building the new house but one day at a time, you are getting closer to your dream.

Pressing on!!

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SUSIEMT 9/9/2014 2:39PM

    Well I know you and you can and will do this! emoticon

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BEWELL48 9/9/2014 2:37PM

    So very touching and thoughtful. May you settle into your new surroundings and continue on your journey.
Thank you,
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This or That - Tales from 100# Down

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

When life gets hectic, and mine is certainly that, we often have to make choices quickly. When it comes to the house we are building I have to give my selections careful consideration. Do I want a charcoal grey roof or burnished slate? Do I want porcelain tile or hardwood in the foyer? Those decisions are given due consideration but what about my "health" decisions? Most are made quickly and the difference between THIS and THAT can have HUGE consequences. Here are some of the choices I have made and some that YOU might be facing. Take a minute to think about how a simple "pick" can alter your journey.

Water or Soda Pop
Elevator or Stairs
Grilled Chicken or Fried Chicken
Late Show or Bedtime
Computer Game or Fitness DVD
Ketchup or Sliced tomato
Farmville or Sparkpeople Articles
Sitting on the porch or Walking up the lane
Potato Chips or Air Popped Popcorn
Weighing in or Pushing the scale under the bed
Drive-Thru or Drive HOME
Eating at the Table or Munching in front of the TV
Apple or Apple Pie
Vending Machine or Snacks from Home
Sitting or Standing
Can't or Try

I could think of many more but I hope you see the point. We often CHOOSE based on convenience or plain "want". Those choices made over and over can lead us into detours. I know... I've BEEN there.

Take a moment to think of the choices YOU will make today and try to make healthy ones!

PRESS ON!

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NHES220 9/5/2014 12:11PM

    It does come down to choices and being in the right mind-set to make the right ones. I'm there now and typically make he right ones. We cook at home so much more now and when I do go out, I order healthier foods. I seldom have a day where I don't get my 10,000 steps in. It is amazing how much better I feel and I don't want to go back!

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MRSRIGS1 9/2/2014 4:39PM

    Well said!

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SAPHRAEL 8/28/2014 8:16AM

    I'm right there with you, PRESSING ON!!
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GRACED777 8/26/2014 1:37AM

    Very good points, friend. It's always a lie to think I have no choices.The choices may seem insignificant, but over time they add up!

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LUVTOBOWL 8/25/2014 9:30PM

    Choices, choices, choices......but we must have them.

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MARYJEANSL 8/23/2014 4:23PM

  That's a great list.

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PENOWOK 8/23/2014 7:55AM

    Great examples! Thanks for the thoughtful blog!

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MAYBER 8/23/2014 12:29AM

    The choice is truly ours right or wrong
One day at a time
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    Thank you! I needed this. You got right down to the nitty gritty. emoticon

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JERICHO1991 8/22/2014 6:13PM

    Thanks for the choices to ponder. Great reminders.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 8/22/2014 1:55AM

    You're so right! We can do this! Sorry I dissapeared, I got unsubscribed.

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LIVELYGIRL2 8/21/2014 11:58PM

  I(f we thought of it more often, we'd make wise choices, hugh?

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JSEATTLE 8/21/2014 7:04PM

  This is a great list! Thank you so much, it's a real eye-opener! I'm going to print and post it for myself.

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NONNAOF2 8/21/2014 1:56PM

  I loved your blog today, it really is what our journey is all about isn't it? We will always need to make those choices and hopefully, most of the time they will be the right ones! :-)

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GGJUNEBUG 8/21/2014 1:21PM

    Nice blog!

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SUSIEMT 8/21/2014 10:52AM

    It is so hard at times for me to always make the right choice. Often I fail but I always fess up on my food tracker and many times I have to make adjustments. I think that may be the hardest choices I have to make...when I am out and about. Today I will do my darndest to make the "Healthy Choice" .
Thank you for another thought provoking blog!

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DRTOVAH 8/21/2014 10:11AM

  Great post, I enjoyed reading this!

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CHERYLHURT 8/21/2014 7:29AM

  Yeah, that darn tv! Every time I sit down to watch a favorite show my mind says,,,what's good out there to eat?"

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SEAWAVE 8/21/2014 7:07AM

    You know how you happen upon a blog at EXACTLY the right time. That was your blog for me this morning. I've been Sparking sporadically, and am trying to catch up on news from my SparkFriends. Your blog this morning is reminding me that no matter the challenges, I do have choices to make that will make a difference, I do have at least some power to affect the outcome of everything going on.

You Rock!

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TRYINGHARD54 8/21/2014 5:50AM

    good choices ! i need to make some, thank you for the blog.

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ALEXSGIRL1 8/21/2014 5:25AM

    I love this choices spot on

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    Hugs

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LYNMEINDERS 8/20/2014 11:25PM

    Brillaint....love the way you wrote this....
Very thought provoking

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LUVSBULLDOGS 8/20/2014 5:18PM

    You are so right. My neighbor lady while I was growing up is a firm believer in the same thing. She's in her 90s, 92 I believe. When I am having problems, I call her. She has maintained her weight loss for 50 years. The main thing I hear from her is: weight loss and maintenance is about choices. Make good choices and you will be successful.

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COLOR-BLUE 8/20/2014 3:48PM

    Yes ma'am! We do have to make that choice and it's either the easy way, which usually leads to destruction, which I know about personally, or what others consider the hard way, which turns out to be the best for God's Temple.

My Christian walk isn't always an ease on down the road experience and neither is keeping God's Temple in Divine Order. I'll choose what others perceive to be the hard way, as I know what's waiting for me down the road!!!

Blessings!

- Nancy Jean -
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4RASCALS 8/20/2014 3:14PM

    It's good to see your blog. Always have excellent ideas. Choices we make either push us forward or hold us back. Glad your doing well

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TRAVELGRRL 8/20/2014 12:40PM

    Great to hear from you!

Yes, you are so right -- the little choices lead to BIG changes. Hope your house building is going well! (Aren't you glad you are close enough to be on site whenever you need to?)

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NASFKAB 8/20/2014 10:37AM

  great points so very true for me too

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Summer Stresses Can Turn Into Autumn Advances!

Monday, August 04, 2014

The local children return to the classroom Wednesday. How can summer pass so FAST?

My summer has been one of EXTREMES. We've begun construction on our new home on the farm, got our home back in Illinois on the market, got a contract on it and are making the 400+ mile trip every two weeks to get a vanload full of belongings so we have as little as possible for the moving truck come the first of Sept. In addition our elderly Aunt (she has no children) has been in the hospital for emergency surgery and is on home health care now.

Now I know my "personal news" is not interesting to anyone but me but I SHARE this with you as background for what might be helpful because I know that EVERYONE deals with stress!

STRESS can be a major deterrent to our journey to "Health & Fitness". Why? First is raises our cortisol levels which increases the glucose levels in our blood. Not good. Second, we often resort to comfort eating to squash stress. Third, it can reduce the quality of our sleep.

All three of these have been true of me this summer but I'm fighting back! HOW?

1. I am no longer buying those "quick to grab, highly processed" foods. Meals require some preparation which gives me time to stop and think about the quality of what I'm about to eat and sometimes to do something OTHER than eat.

2. I am doing more exercise. It relieves stress. I had pushed cardio to the back burner with all I had going on.

3. I am taking 5 minute breathers. The way I do this is when I'm stressed to the max I head out the door and just walk around in nature. It's VERY helpful.

4. I have sought the help of others. I have admitted my stress levels to a group of dear friends and asked for their support and ideas.

5. I am setting myself up for better sleep by taking a warm bath, listening to music and making sure to get to bed on the early side.

6. I'm taking action. Often we spend time stressing over things that aren't worth it and by just doing something to work towards relieving it we DO!

7. BREATHING - Sometimes we just need to stop and do some deep breathing. Do you know that people that practice deep breathing on a regular basis live longer?

So are you stressed? Has your summer been a blur? Do you need to get back to the journey? Try some of these techniques and see if you can' start making progress toward a successful autumn. Get started now and by Sept. 1st you will be well on your way!

PRESS ON!

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GRACED777 8/26/2014 1:43AM

    Your choices in the face of stress are going to reap healthy rewards. You are rewriting your responses to life! emoticon

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LINDAM.1 8/17/2014 6:16PM

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BEWELL48 8/5/2014 8:51AM

    Yes, stress is a killer. Truly a component to many diseases I believe. Finding ways to minimize stress is SO important. You have offered some good ones. Thank you!
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CAKAROO 8/5/2014 5:34AM

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LYNMEINDERS 8/5/2014 4:40AM

    Woohoo...you are doing so so well...go you

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4RASCALS 8/4/2014 8:17PM

    Great reminders. Especially like the deep breathing. Not only do people live longer, they don't carry the stress with them. Glad that things are working out for you.
Summer has just flew by to fast.

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COLOR-BLUE 8/4/2014 6:08PM

    Thank you for reminding me how stress can affect my body. I had forgotten all of that. The only thing I remembered is STRESS KILLS!!! Thanks for the solutions to this deadly varmint!

Blessings,

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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L*I*T*A* 8/4/2014 4:10PM

    great blog................
awesome reminders.........

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JENNY888 8/4/2014 3:55PM

    Like you, I can't believe how fast summer passed.

Great blog with some excellent ideas on how to deal with stress. My stress level is not too high right now but probably will start to become more active in the fall. I plan to implement your great activities to help with stress. Good luck on the new residence. Have a great day!

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BECCA315 8/4/2014 3:49PM

    Congrats on finding some way to combat stress. Like you said, we all have to deal with it...

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 8/4/2014 3:29PM

    Soon it'll be school time again and summer will be gone! I hope to stay on track fitness-wise as the end of the year closes in!

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THOMS1 8/4/2014 3:19PM

    I too like your blogs Suzanne and the tips you give. I think your blogs are interesting and I like to hear about your life's ups and downs and how you deal with them. emoticon

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JEANNETTE59 8/4/2014 1:38PM

  Good to hear from you and glad your property issues seem to be coming together.

I fine walking meditation to be a wonderful stress reliever emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 8/4/2014 1:25PM

    I am so happy to hear from you! Now I understand why your blogs have become few and far between. Congratulations on making your dreams come true!

But you are right about stress! Even "good stress" (like building your dream house on a dream piece of property) is STILL STRESS!

But you are not letting it get the best of you, so keep up the good work!!

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FRANNIEDID 8/4/2014 12:33PM

    Thanks for a great blog, we all need reminders about what stress can do in our lives. I also have learned that I cannot worry about the things over which I have no control, it is enough to worry about the things I do control

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NASFKAB 8/4/2014 11:33AM

  loved your blog little things count as well all the best

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HOPESINGH 8/4/2014 11:07AM

    I loved the 5-minutes breathers and the taking action idea. emoticon

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LUVSBULLDOGS 8/4/2014 10:37AM

    It's good to read your blog again, Suze. I've missed your down-to-Earth, sensible thoughts. Thanks for sharing.

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 8/4/2014 10:23AM

    Great blog, you are right on about simple activities helping us in stressful situations. I have a tendency to forget the healthy things that help me relax when I am stressed to the max. I know that going for a short walk outside listening to the birds and trees blowing in a light breeze is very good for me. I wonder why it seems that we always reach for food when we are under stress. It certainly is not healthy. Continue on your journey you will reach your goals. emoticon emoticon

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KANOE10 8/4/2014 10:03AM

    Those are great tools for stress. I use exercise a lot . I like your mini 5 minute breathers and the emphasis on breathing. You are doing a great job of handling your stressful summer.

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SUSIEMT 8/4/2014 10:01AM

    Hey Suzanne! I enjoy hearing about what is going on in your life all the ups and downs! You give great tips! Thank you!

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