Thursday, August 28, 2014
Twice a year I go through my spices and organize, re-alphabetize (no one in my house, including me seems to consistently put spices back where they belong!!) and evaluate my spice rack.
Spices get old and stale and need to be tossed. This project helps me decide I'm never going to use something and toss it out: today it was dried basil. It is so readily available fresh now, and dried basil doesn't work the same way at all. I'm not going to use it anymore. I feel the same way about cilantro. Fresh is a whole different thing.
I'm all ready to cook now! When I open the doors to my spice storage area I feel like an artist, with a full selection of colorful alternatives.
Friday, August 01, 2014
Ever felt backed into a corner by work or a family member to get something accomplished? Or felt the need to do more until you were exhausted?
I sure have. My PTA days come to mind! And in many other circumstances when I am thinking, "how can I possibly..." while saying, "sure, I'll do that."
Then one day a mentor of mine told me to try a bold new approach: "Under promise so you can over deliver." It sure beats the alternative of over promising and under delivering or struggling to meet my own self-inflicted performance goal. Most of the time it works just great.
Just last week my husband called and asked, "Are you cooking tonight?"
"Maybe, I said. Not sure."
As the afternoon progressed I happily put together a fine dinner for us.
He said, "I didn't think you'd cook!"
"I know," I said. "Changed my mind."
Smiles all around and no pressure felt.
I'm not sure this will work for everyone, but it sure works for me.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
My husband and I start and end most day with a little conversation. In the morning we read the newspaper and chat over coffee and at night we collect our 'stories of the day' and catch one another up on what's happened. We've done this for as long as I can remember, even when we had children.
I consider this time as necessary and as essential as food and water to nourish and restore ourselves. I suppose we could say we are 'working on our relationship,' but really we are just having a relationship that blesses us both.
I'm wondering what other Sparkers do to sustain and nourish their lives on a daily basis?
Monday, July 07, 2014
Something fun happened today. My health care provider, Kaiser Permanente sent me a "Health Log." It said that my blood pressure was within the IDEAL range, that my BMI was within the IDEAL range and that my last LDL Cholesterol test was within the IDEAL range.
HOW COOL IS THAT?
I thought you would never ask. It is very cool. It has not always been so. When I started with Spark, now conming up on two and a half years ago, those numbers were anything but ideal. I was in TROUBLE. But no more.
I am also up to date on all th screenings I need for my age: mammo, colon cancer screening, pneumonia shot, bone density. This means I am taking care of myself, as we all need to.
SO AREN'T YOU LUCKY?
I thought you might ask that. Yes, I am fortunate, lucky, blessed. It's not all our doing. Bad things happen to people living a healthy life style and we don't control everything. So I am grateful.
MY TAKE AWAY?
I'm giving it my best shot to live a healthy life and "Spark along" each day. It's so worth it to do what I can to be healthy. So worth it. And my plan is to never take my health for granted. It's not all up to me, but it's what I can do.
And by the way: YAY!!!!!!!
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