This round runs from May 10 through June 20. It’s not too late to join us. Just add your board name, first name and your goal for this round to this thread. All are welcome!
Challengers: Bmazzo / Beverly — Weigh regularly and try to move more Cathygeha / Cathy — Stay positive/track/move cherryt38 / Cherry — Continue exercising and eat mindfully hollygail / Holly — Maintain lifetime at goal status jalibmu / Jan — adding more fruits and veggies into my meals jasimons / Judy — Stretching, at least 10 min. per day
Hosts: May 10 – May 16 Cherry May 17 – May 23 Cathy May 24 – June 30 Judy May 31 – June 6 Jan June 7 – June 13 Holly June 14 – June 20 Beverly
It's DH's birthday. His kids sent a gift on Friday. It's one of those meal boxes where there's a bag of each item and paperwork telling you how to make it. It's for pastrami tacos (really? pastrami tacos?) Anyway, I followed the directions and he ate two tacos for dinner. He said they were good. (I don't eat red meat, but I'm willing to make a meal for someone else using it.) And Sunday morning (it's still Saturday night here) he's going to DU's for the day (I'm booked all day with students and other meetings).
And I forgot to ask about weekend plans. Please fill us in.
The title is "What Is Mindfulness? And Why It Might Make You Happier" and the sub-title is "Focusing on the present moment can help you quiet anxiety and find perspective." Most of the article is general information, and near the end are paragraphs titled Practice the simple art of pausing Breathe in and out Try five-finger breathing Here's how to do it Just say, ‘hmmm.' Widen your eyes - and - Just say, ‘yes.'
Please take a look. Comments? How much have you practiced mindfulness? Was it easy to get started? Do you do it regularly? What else can you tell us?
Holly - Happy Birthday to your husband! My brother-in-law makes a pizza with pastrami on it...can't remember what else he puts on it. I am not sure about it in tacos? What other ingredients...maybe a reuben taco? Hmm...
As for mindfulness...my husband has been BIG on this topic for years. I kind of got tired of him talking about it and tuned him out BUT...he says it has helped him in "moments" to calm down and relax and not get (as) anxious and upset. He is a worrier so it is probably good for him.
I know that being in the moment (or stepping out of it into your mind to "breathe") can help. Still remember the breathing exercise I heard about in the pre-delivery class I took...only took one and that breathing idea stuck with me over 40 years...just breathe...in and out and deeply through the pain (or whatever) and time passes
My weekend plans are mowing my yard. I did part of it yesterday and will finish today. There is quite a bit more to mow this year than before. Since it has been so dry my son and I decided to mow farther out into the prairie to serve as sort of a fire break in case of a grass fire. So I suppose my mowing area has increased by about a fourth.
Good article on meditation. I do some meditation, mostly when I'm trying to go to sleep. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. I bookmarked that article so I can try some of the different methods.
Cherry Exercise and eating right creates a healthy, active life
Joined WW Online Jan. 2008 (204.5 lbs) Made goal March 2009 (150 lbs) Core all the way
Many years ago, when I stopped a 25 year cigarette smoking habit, the dr told me that every time I felt like I needed a smoke, to take a deep breath, clear my mind & count backwards from 5, then take another deep breath. It worked! I have since used this technique many times for other things, public speaking, kids acting out, loud music going on around me, all the commotion going on around me when I was working a very busy postal window. It has helped me with many things. I still do it now, if I get really flustered or agitated, it calms me down. I haven't tried it with food, but it might just work.
Holly - hope your husband had an enjoyable birthday!
There are some local baseball games this weekend and also have been taking care of gardens. It's dry here and hot, so have been doing more watering than most years.
Mindfulness - I bookmarked the article. Some of the points are new. I have used - very simple - breathing type things, but realizing there are a few more things that don't have to be a big deal or take a lot of time that would be probably help. Even though there's so much less stress than when I was working, there are still times that I can start to think about the things that could go wrong (about just about anything!) and getting my thoughts on a better or even neutral track would be good. I am starting to learn that I don't need to deal with everything immediately, which so often seemed to be the case at work.
Judy ~ 5' 10", at goal 145 ~ Lifetime January 25, 2007 Lost 30 pounds, 2003/2004, at-home program. rejoined, 2006/2007, at work-meetings.