DAY 22, 2018

Day 22 – “Goal setting is thinking about your ideal future and making a plan to turn your vision into reality.  When you set goals, you naturally focus on the result, but you gain so much more.  By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you know where to concentrate your efforts..” from Body, Mind, and Soul by Karen Ficarelli. I always set goals for myself, but I usually know what my end aim is, and try to get there by setting smaller goals along the way.  If my goal is 20 pound weight loss for the year, and I only focus on the end game, I loose the joy and ability to appreciate each pound on the way to the end result. As 20 pounds is this years goal, I realize I need to average almost 2 pounds each month with a bit of leeway.  So I am working on portion control and tracking my daily input, along with exercise/movement, as well as mental challenges of brain training, reading, reflection, and meditation. So these things should help me reach my goal average of 2 pounds a month, and are part of my daily goals.

 

 Quote – “Just as our eyes need light in order to see, our minds need ideas in order to conceive.” Nicolas Malebranche. Everyone needs daily stimulation to keep from getting bored, stagnant, etc. When we are stimulated we are energized and new ideas “feed” our brain.  Just as we nourish our bodies ,we need to nourish our mind, by taking a break from the norm of our life, and trying something new each day.  Have you ever noticed when you can not solve a problem if you take a break for a bit, when you return to the problem  you are most often able to solve it with a new  viewpoint.

So supper was chicken breast cut into tender style pieces, rolled in a little corn starch and flour and flash fried in a pan, along with leftover angel hair pasta warmed in half and half Alfredo and Garden tomato,  Yummy!  Little one had french fries as he eats no sauce of any flavor, and the oldest worked so he ate fast food on the way home.  The rest of the daily goals were met.

FINALLY, finished a book I started after New Year’s.  I am having issues keeping up with my old self, when read 1-3 books a week, and I believe it has a lot to do with the Bi-Pap machine I have to use at night.  I used to have difficulty sleeping through the night so when I woke up, I would turn on my light and read for awhile.  As I now don’t wake up through the night as much, there is not as much reading getting done.  The book I finished was “Me and You Plus Two” by Susan Coventry, which was a very  good read about lovers from high school meeting back up in adulthood after the birth of one child each  and a divorce for each.

DAILY GOALS:

1 meet step goal

2. reflection at least 15 minutes

3. Eat as healthy as I can at the place I am

4. Move more

5. Read every day

6. Stop being an Enabler

7. “JUST FOR TODAY” and that is my approach for this year.  In a nut shell it is: live in the moment of the day, be happy, accept reality of what is, improve my mind, be agreeable, do something positive for my health, have the courage to do the right thing.  Courtesy of a Dear Abby Column.

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DAY 21, 2018

DAY 21 – “Be a giver of love today.  The best gift you can give comes from the heart.  Encouraging words, a handwritten letter, a hug, and a smile have tremendous value.  Keep in mind that a sincere compliment is uplifting and can easily alter the attitude of the recipient.  Give out into the world what you want to receive.” from Body, Mind, and Soul by Karen Ficarelli

I always try to give more then I expect to get and today was an excellent day, but I got love back more then I gave.  I went through a drive-thru to pick up breakfast for my ex, and as I drove up to pay the cashier said “You don’t owe anything the gentleman ahead of you paid for your order.”  How sweet is that?  Then a little while later I went to Aldi’s to shop and as I went to give a gentleman a quarter for use of the cart he had, he refused my money and said what I always say, “Just pass it on and have a great day.”  So as my youngest grandson and I left we passed our cart unto a young couple with a child and refused their quarter.  We asked them to just pass it on.  My youngest grandson and I always do this and so often it really makes a huge smile appear on the person’s face.  It always amazes me how often the smallest thing can improve a day for someone.

QUOTE – “The most wasted day of all is that on which we have not laughed.” Nicholas Chamfort .  This is such an easy and healthy habit to do each day.  There are so many ways to laugh, we need to look for new ways to do this each day.  Watch a comedy show on tv, read the newspaper comics, but my favorite one is to listen to my youngest grandson as he laughs hysterically when he sees or hears something funny, and then I get to laugh too!

Supper was not from the pantry, but was a planned meal of sorts.  We had pork chops, mini potatoes baked, and a salad. I had planned to supplement the chicken which is what is mostly in the freezer.  And I did all my daily goals, without being able to count my steps yet.

 

DAILY GOALS:

1 meet step goal

2. reflection at least 15 minutes

3. Eat as healthy as I can at the place I am

4. Move more

5. Read every day

6. Stop being an Enabler

7. “JUST FOR TODAY” and that is my approach for this year.  In a nut shell it is: live in the moment of the day, be happy, accept reality of what is, improve my mind, be agreeable, do something positive for my health, have the courage to do the right thing.  Courtesy of a Dear Abby Column.

 

DAY 20, 2018

DAY 20 – “You are the only one stopping yourself or allowing yourself to go further than you’ve ever imagined.  Your success depends on a healthy mind-set.  Success and failure depend upon your state of mind.  Think it and believe it for a healthy body, mind, and soul.”  from Body, Mind, and Soul by Karen Ficarelli

If I don’t think I can, like the “little Engine” that could story, I will never reach my goals.  I don’t mind being slow as long as I am on a steady path to healthier,  happier living I am okay with 1 step forward and 1 step back. Each good day shows me I can do this!  Everyone needs to believe in themselves that eventually they can reach the goal they are working for.

 

 Quote – ” We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.” Marcel Proust  We can gain knowledge through learning,  either from others or books, BUT to gain WISDOM you have to experience something.  Experience teach us things  we could never learn from books, and add joy to our life, as the experiences are a gift.  Life  should be a journey of experiences.  Live each moment to the fullest  and gain not only knowledge but the wisdom of living .

Still a bit sick feeling but trucked through the day and even had one of the suppers planned for the month, Shrimp scampi with angel hair pasta and a Greek style salad with no dressing.  And I managed most of the goals without tracking steps.

DAILY GOALS:

1 meet step goal

2. reflection at least 15 minutes

3. Eat as healthy as I can at the place I am

4. Move more

5. Read every day

6. Stop being an Enabler

7. “JUST FOR TODAY” and that is my approach for this year.  In a nut shell it is: live in the moment of the day, be happy, accept reality of what is, improve my mind, be agreeable, do something positive for my health, have the courage to do the right thing.  Courtesy of a Dear Abby Column.

DAY 19, 2018

Day 19 – “Look at your workout like a mental game.  Challenge yourself and win. Cheer yourself on to be a champion.  It would be a shame to grow old without seeing the strength and beauty that the body is capable of achieving.” from Body, Mind, and Soul by Karen Ficarelli.

At my age everything is a challenge, had I followed this advice at a younger age it would have been very helpful.  Today is an example of my exercise challenge as everyone in the house woke up sick, they all had fevers, I was just achy and headache and it was very difficult to move.  So I did not exercise but tried to get up and move as much as I could.

Meals were scattered, chicken soup in the Instant pot for lunch, then tacos for supper.  The boys had burger style while my daughter and I had Italian sausage with peppers and onions in a tortilla shell.  Calorie and other measures for the day’s food was on track.

Quote – ” Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” Rumi

The things I love the most are the people in my life, so it is very easy to do what I love for them and with them.  It is important each day to do what you love so,  if you HATE your job, you will be frustrated and unhappy everyday.  If there is no way you can get another job, then you must find things to fill the day that you love or maybe find one part of your job that you do love. Be grateful that you have a job and look for the moments to be happy and thus increase your energy level.

Due to being sick most of the goals were not met but I am okay with a down day.

DAILY GOALS:

1 meet step goal

2. reflection at least 15 minutes

3. Eat as healthy as I can at the place I am

4. Move more

5. Read every day

6. Stop being an Enabler

7. “JUST FOR TODAY” and that is my approach for this year.  In a nut shell it is: live in the moment of the day, be happy, accept reality of what is, improve my mind, be agreeable, do something positive for my health, have the courage to do the right thing.  Courtesy of a Dear Abby Column.

DAY 18, 2018

DAY 18- “Exercise your body, mind, and soul.  Train your mind like a muscle to push yourself to the next level.  Willpower waivers, but healthy  habits will take you to your desired destination.” from Body, Mind, and Soul  by Karen Ficarelli.

I believe that it takes a month of continuously doing a habit to make it a part of your life, so I plan to make the end of February be my mark to see if I can incorporate my new habits into my life.  So this month I will be doing at least one of the videos several days a week I found for Senior exercise.  I found the videos presented by “http://hasfit.com” where they cater to all generations and the best part, they are FREE!  I am also continuing to measure and record food each day.

QUOTE 10 – “No man’s knowledge here  can go beyond his experience.” John Locke. 

So to me this means you can read or learn about something, BUT until you do it or in other words experience it, you do not “KNOW” it. So each day that I push through each of my new habits, I will end up “knowing” healthy habits of food and movement.  I also intend to continue online learning classes, in subjects I find an interest in.  Right now I am working through a series called “Broken Brain” which is full of information, some of which I had already heard and yet more new ideas to explore.  I have taken Essential oil classes, health classes some related to Diabetes, dementia, etc.

I did good on daily goals, and walked 10 minutes quickly through a store to get more steps in, which I can still not track, so I am trying to go above and beyond the normal movement I have had this year.  My eating was the best in a long while.  Everyone was not feeling well so supper was light, rice with  diced tomatoes for daughter and I and boys ate McDonald’s and Burger King when oldest finished work. Tomorrow a full day of just school for the youngest and no work for the rest.  I am sure it will be busy anyways.

DAILY GOALS:

1 meet step goal

2. reflection at least 15 minutes

3. Eat as healthy as I can at the place I am

4. Move more

5. Read every day

6. Stop being an Enabler

7. “JUST FOR TODAY” and that is my approach for this year.  In a nut shell it is: live in the moment of the day, be happy, accept reality of what is, improve my mind, be agreeable, do something positive for my health, have the courage to do the right thing.  Courtesy of a Dear Abby Column.

DAY 17, 2018

Day 17 – “Stretch into the next level with a positive mind-set.  Fitness is not only exercise; it encompasses many different things.  A complete fit lifestyle includes daily exercise, a nutritious diet, consistent healthy habits, healthy relationships, and most importantly, a strong faith in yourself.” From Body, Mind, and Soul by Karen Ficarelli.

This is what I am trying to focus on, all the parts of my life not just exercise. My plan is Senior exercise program at least 3 days a week, recording what I eat to try to stay within my goal at least 5 days a week, take care of the habits to keep my body healthy, practice healthy mental habits of reflection and relaxation, try to control my relationships towards healthy ones, and once I get my steps tracking again aim for my daily goal every day.

Quote 9 – Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.  There is so much beauty in the world around us, that we need to be aware of it each day.  When I focus on the beauty around me, instead of all the negative I have a much better day. So that is an aim I will try to remember every day.

I am feeling ill today but nothing specific, so I muddled through the day.  Instead of the meal plan I bought Taco Bell tacos for the boys and I had the KFC chicken pot pie half for lunch and half for supper. The good news in this is I stayed in calorie and dietary recommendations for the day.    I did daily goals as best as I could, but again no step measurements.

DAILY GOALS:
1 meet step goal

2. reflection at least 15 minutes

3. Eat as healthy as I can at the place I am

4. Move more

5. Read every day

6. Stop being an Enabler

7. “JUST FOR TODAY” and that is my approach for this year.  In a nut shell it is: live in the moment of the day, be happy, accept reality of what is, improve my mind, be agreeable, do something positive for my health, have the courage to do the right thing.  Courtesy of a Dear Abby Column.

DAY 16, 2018

DAY 16 – “The difference between where you are and where you want to be is how you think.  Today make a conscious effort to meditate on thoughts that will serve your highest and best.  Let go of limiting beliefs and people and unhealthy habits.” from Body, Mind, and Soul by Karen Ficarelli.

If I want to be somewhere besides where I am I have to think of a way to get to my new desired state, healthier eating and more quality exercise.  I need to get more exercise without hurting myself. I am truly happy with my life except my health so that has to be my entire focus from this day forward.  I need to figure out a better way to eat healthy and get on a steady exercise routine.  I think I need to do more individual meal prep for myself and look for a Senior exercise routine.

Quote – “Gratitude should be directed at everything in this life.”  Brendan Nathan

I am grateful for so many things and each day I try to start the  day thinking of all that I am grateful for, family and friends mostly, but at my age waking up is a big thing to be grateful for.

My youngest grandchild is a very picky eater so we are trying to get him to plan meals the day before so he will eat.  Today he choose honey chicken, instant mashed potatoes, and green beans.  So that is what we had and he ate it!  A very good eating day!

Unfortunately I will be unable to track my steps for a bit as the FitBit is not working.  I will call customer service tomorrow and see if there is a fix or
I may have to purchase a new one. Dang it!  But did ok on the rest even though I had very little sleep last night.

DAILY GOALS:

1 meet step goal

2. reflection at least 15 minutes

3. Eat as healthy as I can at the place I am

4. Move more

5. Read every day

6. Stop being an Enabler

7. “JUST FOR TODAY” and that is my approach for this year.  In a nut shell it is: live in the moment of the day, be happy, accept reality of what is, improve my mind, be agreeable, do something positive for my health, have the courage to do the right thing.  Courtesy of a Dear Abby Column.