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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Any movement is good movement

Tom said something last night that got me thinking. He thinks that for exercise to do any good, it has to get your heart rate up. I suppose that's true to a certain extent. But my theory is, any movement is good movement. I can't do anything to get my heart rate up if I don't get up and get moving in the first place. I think this is what burns alot of people out on exercise or scares them away from starting in the first place, the fear that it has to be done a "certain" way. Do I want to lose weight? Well, hello, look at me. Of course I do. But you know, more than that, i want to FEEL GOOD!

What benefits have I seen from my morning walks?

1. My blood sugar has been lower.
2. I feel better.
3. My energy is better throughout the whole day just from that 10 minute walk. That leads to burning more calories (cause I move more throughout the day).
4. It gives me time to think. I get alot of ideas for my writing while I"m out walking.

Yesterday, I walked a little further. I plan to continue adding a little more distance each week or so. But for now, I'm happy to just be up and moving!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Do or Do Not: There is no Try

I have been re-reading one of my favorite books: Finding Your Smile Again by Jeff Johnson, about helping child care providers get through burnout. I took an online class from Jeff a few weeks ago and it inspired me to re-read the book. In the book, Jeff tells a story involving Kermit the Frog and Yoda. The quote from Yoda is: "Do or do not. There is no try".

So, for six of the last seven days, I have got up and taken a walk in the morning. The other day (last Saturday), I got up and mowed the lawn, so I figured that counted. LOL. Hopefully this is just another step in changing my life and turning things around. Seven days may not seem like a big deal to some people, but it is huge for me.

I had been saying for a while that I was going to "try" to start walking. I realized that saying I was going to try wasn't working. I decided I wasn't going to try, I was going to do it! Last Thursday night, I laid out my clothes and shoes and Friday morning, I just did it. I'm starting out with about 10 minutes and plan to up it a little bit each week. The best thing is: no wheezing! Sure, I get a little out of breath but I'm not gasping for air. Woohoo!!!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

It's about making memories

With Halloween just around the corner, I've been thinking alot about Halloween's from when my kids were little. I think my favorite year and the best costumes was from the year that we didn't have the money to go buy costumes. So I told the kids that we had to come up with ideas using stuff we already had. Their costumes that year were great, Serenity was a ghost, Josh was a vampire, and Natasha was a witch.

Aren't these holidays more about making memories than about what great costume you can buy or how much candy you can give? If you want some fun and cheap Halloween ideas, check out the Living on a Dime site. She has some wonderful and frugal Halloween ideas posted.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sacred Interactions

In his book Finding Your Smile Again, Jeff A. Johnson shares this from a keynote speech at a child care conference given by Mimi Brodsky Chenfeld. She describes the time that providers spend with children as "sacred interactions. Sacred interactions: blessed, holy, spiritual, divine, deep, meaningful, profound, important, celestial, significant interactions.

This is so true of working with children or raising children. We need to be there in the moment with them. Each moment we have with them is sacred.I can remember my kids taking my face in their hands to look at them when they wanted my attention, because my attention was elsewhere even though I thought it was with them. Kids KNOW the difference! And as true as this is about kids, isn't it true of life, too? Each moment we have is sacred. That may sound sappy and silly, but it's true. So whether you're working with children, raising children, spending time with grandchildren, or anything else. Take the time to be there for each moment, not 100 miles away thinking about something else.