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12/17/11 10:56 A

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Although the food tracking worked well, I did not keep with it, but I did replace it with a budget and interest in living the next year on the amount of money I'll receive from Social Security starting the end of 2012, getting use to living on that amount so when I start getting the money it will become "extra" income for our household and I won't be tempted to spend more. What I will be receiving is approximately what I spend each month now and I am enjoying working to buy things for the household that I want; last night I stopped by the window/blinds store to see about replacing my broken bedroom window treatment in January.

I have not been eating particularly well the last couple weeks and that and the weather are doing a number on me and the message is loud and clear; I can feel well in this rough time of year or I can have all sorts of aggravating difficulties, caused by poor nutrition and indulging in food items to which I am negatively sensitive, my choice.

I'm thinking about the Pareto principle, the "80/20 rule" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareto_princip
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11/28/11 11:16 A

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I am trying a new way of working with food for me for this coming month; I am making up a menu in my food tracker in the morning and using that as a guide (rather than as what I will/will not eat). That way I do not have to think about food, can just choose from the things on the list and use the existence of the list as a reminder, kind of a white picket fence around my eating and to help me not forget, conveniently :-) that I have eaten x, y, or z. I won't fool with the tracker the rest of the day, won't take things out that I don't eat and put in things I do that are not on the list, I just want something there, an idea what to fix for dinner, etc.




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I did finally get around to weighing myself and lost 2-3 pounds on this trip. I think all the walking (in the heat) and stress and not eating but at "regular" hours helped a lot. I'm going to try and figure out ways to occupy my time here back home so I'm not just sitting in front of the TV or computer, snacking so much.

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10/8/11 9:56 A

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I'm home and learned much. Am having an interesting time just unpacking :-)


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Hoping you have a wonderful trip.

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I'm getting ready to pack my computer and declare myself ready for my trip this evening. DH let us upgrade so we have a bigger seat in a "private" area both going and coming back and I'm hoping that will help us some with the 5 hour time difference and flying in the middle of the night, etc.

I went to the thrift store last night and bought about $200 worth of tops for $23, did much better than I did in the actual store last week! Now I have to pick and choose what to take but I'm feeling more comfortable about the whole thing. DH says his suitcase is too large (how can a suitcase be too large for a 2 week trip abroad??? :-) so I think I'll give him my black clunker shoes I was going to wear all the time and wear my tennies on the plane.

I'm really hoping this trip will jumpstart my return to healthier living; funny, since I intend to eat too much "bangers and mash" emoticon and, finally, my fill of lamb (love it but we don't have it much here in the U.S.). I'm hoping I'll get some good walking done, sight-seeing and pick up some City energy; I haven't lived in a city for over 25 years now.

I like how I've been working on this "project" for nearly two years and how it is coming out. I hope I can use its success to encourage me when I come back too.


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8/28/11 9:36 A

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I'm sleeping better too.

Happy planning for your trip.

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8/22/11 8:19 A

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I'm sleeping well. I have started taking my vitamin pill again, in the middle of the day after I've at least had breakfast/a bit to eat. I had liver for dinner last night and so I'm feeling virtuous and full of vitamin B/energy.

I have to do something about my status quo though, get away from this computer which I love and the work I'm doing here in front of it. It's so hard to change ones routines, they both help and hinder us I think. I have to find the magic that will let me work on my work and yet help me get healthier.


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8/14/11 9:09 A

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How did your test go for you?

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8/8/11 12:22 P

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This week I'm testing my commitment. I had a problem with sleeping last night I have a theory about and am testing it today; going "without" to see if my sleep is different tonight.


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7/22/11 9:00 A

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I'm sleeping much better. I've been experimenting a little with not taking, then taking the Vitamin D supplements and think there may be something to that (not taking is better). I think I'm going to work on more dairy and sunlight, see if next time the doctor does blood work, I can have an okay result without supplements.

I've been more involved in my "regular" life though this week; working on getting projects done before my trip the end of September. I was out in this heat both yesterday morning and the one before.


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7/18/11 10:19 A

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Well, I'm sleeping but "hard" so think I have to work on the Vitamin D again, and less sugar. I've been hitting the candy dish a bit hard this past week. My problems now are mostly my legs aching and feeling week and the staircase to get up to my yoga class is steep and has no railing! Getting up is one thing but coming down is so scary I ain't doing it until my legs are feeling more secure.


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7/16/11 7:50 A

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I'm sleeping a bit better. I think my insomnia has been a combination of several things. I was going off a depression medication and I think it took awhile for that to work its way out of my system. I was drinking water too late in the day which caused me to wake up after about 3 - 4 hours to go the bathroom. I've pretty well quit drinking by about 6:00 p.m. even if it means only getting 6 cups of water instead of 8. Plus I had such incredible shoulder pain the last month that kept me awake. It is not well, but improved. So all told, I am getting a bit better night of sleep.

My doctor encouraged me to take more vitamin D as well, but when I told her I walk outside and drink 3 cups of milk per day, she consented to let me slide on it.

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7/11/11 8:42 A

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I'm beginning to suspect that it is my vitamin D pills. Too much can have a side effect of both/either insomnia on its own or too much blood calcium which can have that side effect/tiredness (I was feeling really run down too) and now, that I haven't taken any for 4 days or so, I feel much better.

Don't know if I should take less again (was taking 2 pills and the doctor said my D levels were barely adequate so I upped to 3 and think that has been the problem. When he prescribed a pill it was 20,000 iu and I was to take it once a week and that definitely made my stomach unhappy.

I hate this multiple pills influencing each other, or the inactive ingredients doing their own thing and my being unaware (had a problem with my thyroid pill and had to get the doctor to change the prescription to a different "kind").

I went to yoga class yesterday and told the instructor I'd be there today but the air quality is really bad here today and I don't know if I want to go out later/in the middle of the day. Yes, I'll be in my air conditioned car and then in a building, etc. but. . .

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7/9/11 10:31 A

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I had a period of several weeks that I wasn't sleeping well, could only sleep 3 or 4 hours per night. It was starting to take its toll, but I've slept better the last few nights.

I am a finisher!

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I am not where I need to be, but thank God I am not where I used to be. - Joyce Myers

I have a choice!

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7/9/11 9:45 A

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I slept well last night, and pretty well the night before and I can't figure it out! I had a couple bad nights where I had to get up and then these two good ones? I have been trying a couple different things, what I do/do not eat and it just occurred to me that doing "better" can often take a few days to start and get established so the bad days could have not been related to doing bad that particular day but to the startup taking a day or so to start :-) Hmmmm. Don't know where that leaves me except to have to do good every day? LOL

My husband received an offer yesterday of $6,000 for our RV and I told him to take it. That will get it out of our hair, cut our insurance $50+ a month and pay for a lot of the trip to England (or, if we go to Florida for the month of February again, next year).


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7/8/11 4:09 P

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How wonderful to look forward to.

I am a finisher!

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I am not where I need to be, but thank God I am not where I used to be. - Joyce Myers

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7/8/11 8:40 A

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My DH said we could go to England in September with the New England Historic Genealogical Society tour and, since then, I've been busy planning and spending lots and lots of money :-) My credit card got a glitch yesterday and the bank couldn't figure it out (whether it was them or who I was buying from or something else) and when I went to a "different" site to purchase something, there was a problem there too so I'm just going to wait a couple days until the dust clears to see if the internal problems the bank noted they had get caught up and fixed and then I'll try again and complain again if I have to.

I'm going to have to work hard on making a schedule and making sure I get enough exercise and time away from sitting here at the computer. I have a lot of research and work to do, both planning the trip and getting my own files ready and my ducks in a row so I know what I'll be working on when I get to London.


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7/6/11 11:58 A

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I've been very fortunate with the yoga; I have known my teacher for a couple years and was aware and interested when he was taking teacher classes so have seen his "development". He's just starting out with his own studio so there is sometimes only me in class and sometimes just one other guy who isn't that far ahead or "better" than I am. I turned out to be surprisingly more flexible and stronger than I thought I was and don't feel out of place or embarrassed.

One thing that really surprised me is how much the class is mostly just stretching exercises and guided meditation. I can do that! :-) True, about 1/3rd the time one ends up in a formal yoga "pose" with a name but they're not the fancy stuff I imagined before I took the classes. I went to my 3rd class last night and that turned out well and afterwards the teacher and I had a talk about how I'm doing and what I find hard, etc. But what really amazes me is the relationship with the teacher and having a good one and feeling content and energized, etc. and I didn't think to expect that, even though I knew I wanted to take these classes because I knew the teacher. That he is so kind and good makes a big difference to me. I have a good subconscious watching out for me, picking good things for me to try :-)

Today I'm going to think a little harder about starting my own at-home practice for the days I don't have lessons, working with my stairs for aerobic exercise, and continuing with my logging in my food and eating really well (like yesterday).

Edited by: MARGOMCP at: 7/6/2011 (12:00)

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7/5/11 6:49 P

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Hooray for yoga. They are starting yoga classes at my work place, but I don't think I'm quite ready for that right now.

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7/5/11 4:05 P

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I look at Proverbs 31 as a template rather than as a real thing; I suspect it was written by a man and his ideal rather than about very many real women. It energizes me.

Yes, I have to take Vitamin D pills and they were just barely adequate the last time the Doctor checked so I have taken to trying to sit in the sun a little each day and I also discovered it lowers my blood pressure.

In about an hour I'm going to yoga. I sent the teacher an email note on Sunday explaining why I missed it (when I'd told him I was coming and the only other Sunday I was there I was the only student so he may have gone out of his way to meet me) and pledging to go tonight. I was concerned as it is in the evening and not one of your better parts of town but I looked up the time again and I'll be home well before dark. The only down side is that I have to drive there during the height of rush hour.


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7/4/11 8:27 P

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Love Proverbs 31, makes me feel so inadequate, but so challenged.

Sitting in the sun to do your studying is giving your body some Vitamin D, too.

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I am a finisher!

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I am not where I need to be, but thank God I am not where I used to be. - Joyce Myers

I have a choice!

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7/3/11 11:14 A

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We did some of the grocery shop for the 4th yesterday and I think I'll do more today.

My knee was bothering me a great deal last night and I think I will research some new ideas I have about what could have caused that (vitamins, minerals, hormones). I'm not going to my yoga class this morning but emailed the teacher my apologies for missing (earlier this week I told him I'd be there) and said I'd show up Tuesday night.


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7/2/11 10:51 A

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I got a lot of good, miscellaneous chores done yesterday; trash taken out throughout whole house, cat litter changed, furnace/AC filter changed, bed changed; and a wonderful shower for myself and hair :-) Everything is fresh and clean. This morning I'm doing laundry and will go to the grocery store later.

Today I'm looking up recipes for barbecue sauces, I'm going to make my "own" for ribs on Monday (I'll used ready-made ones for the chicken). Maybe too I'll take a look at coming up with a menu now and making more of the dishes instead of buying commercial.

Edited by: MARGOMCP at: 7/2/2011 (10:52)

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7/1/11 10:46 A

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First of the month! Good day to start.

My Me time today will be spent reading and studying (in the sun :-)

Today's idea to make my life easier; simplify by working with Proverbs 31 (see my blog). No need to re-invent the wheel!

Edited by: MARGOMCP at: 7/1/2011 (10:46)

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6/29/11 1:08 P

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I received an email back from the kayaking people suggesting I take private lessons, that people of "weight" :-) do better in their opinion that way. I can certainly afford it and it's definitely a way to go but the whole, must-be-ready-by-July-30-class motivation is now gone; I could/could not choose any time I want pretty much and/or since they don't have classes after July 30, I'm wondering if I can do August private lessons or if they don't do stuff at all then. I'll let it sit and percolate for a bit, see what is going on and keep working on the weight loss and yoga balance and strength, etc. Could be I'll just let that go until next Spring/early summer when, hopefully, weight and fitness won't be as much of an issue. I still have the fencing lessons I want to think about for fall/winter and that would work okay and help all the other issues too.


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6/28/11 5:52 P

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Woo Hoo! WAY TO GO! emoticon emoticon

my poor kyak is collecting dust . . . . there is always hope!

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I just joined the two team goals; (1) to make Me a priority at least once a day, and (2) to think of an idea to make my life better, one a day.

Today on another team I was challenged to try something new and "different" physically for July and I have decided I'll continue my yoga lessons I started Sunday, through July, and I also sent an email to see about kayaking lessons on July 30. I don't have a kayak so I would have to rent one from the outfit giving the lessons anyway so we're talking about just taking the beginning "how to" lesson in a rented kayak to see how I might like it (for next year, perhaps).

I'm taking yoga to help with balance, my ultimate goal was the kayaking lessons, perhaps early next summer or fencing lessons this Fall/winter. However, I decided I'll just go for the kayaking, work hard in yoga to get my big butt down and seated concisely (instead of "falling" down to get to the floor, LOL) and have faith I will be able to get up at the end of the lesson in a couple hours. The yoga is an hour and a half and I have not had any trouble like I use to with my legs falling asleep or getting up from the ground, etc. so I think I can build on that substantially to get rid of any lingering fears. It would be fun, at my August 2 doctor's appointment to tell him I'm now doing both yoga and kayaking and to have lost some weight and be in better shape.

The team (my local/location team) also has a gratitude journal challenge for July, starting/keeping one and I am thinking about doing that also. That would dovetail nicely with these two daily goals here.

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