Archive for June, 2012
Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
Went to the doctors for my annual review of bloodwork, etc.
Weight down 13 pounds since last year. A wonderful surprise, since I don’t go near scales.
Blood sugar in healthy range.
Blood pressure great!
Mental and emotional state, great!
Prior to going to my appointment, I put on a relaxation CD and reviewed/chose positive thinking. I practiced laughter wellness exercises in the car, on the way to the appointment. When I got to the doctor’s office, I laughed, and played with a toddler girl who was with her mom and grandfather.
Why is this so wonderful? Back in 2008, I was inspired, while sitting in my office cubicle; to start eating a handfull-size of a fruit, vegetable or nut every hour. That later, moved to having a healthy salad for breakfast (romaine lettuce, chopped apple half, slivered almonds and cran raisins topped with no-fat tangy Italian dressing).
Whis is this so amazing? I had heart palpatations due to low potassium and had reached 254 pounds at the height of 5′ 2″. I started to listen to relaxation music, stretch and eat in my personally, inspired way. Every two weeks a pound came off. I was inspired with forgiveness towards past-viewed wrongs. I saw my life as a gift, with an open path to move forward. I had started to walk, again. At the end of 2008, I had to step in as Power of Attorney for a 62 year old sister who was brain damaged as the result of being hit by a drunk driver. She is a highly intelligent woman, who lost her independence at age 20 when she flew head-first out her car door. I had been afraid of her, growing up (age 8 when she was hit); but I had to step up and learn how to interact with her in a healthy manner to help her out.
Long story short, she is now in a nursing home, and her husband is in Assisted Living at the same home. It took a few years of fighting for her rights, dealing with hospital staff, nursing home staff, etc. to get it all worked out. All this took a toll on me, and I tail-spinned back into ‘quick and easy’ – ‘not prepared’ nor healthy foods and drinks. It’s now 2012, another sister stepped in to help with the medical power of attorney, and I help with the financial end. My mom is in hospice, a younger sister representing her – and I’ve helped out – again, sending me into a tailspin of bad childhood memories.
I share all the above to show that life has had its interesting experiences in our family.
I also share it to show that it’s possible to LIVE LIFE in a HEALTHY way, nonetheless.
I made use of one on one counseling, support groups, 12 step programs, etc. I joined a local church, learned to talk to others, journal, express my feelings etc.
This all led me to LETTING GO of a high-paying State Govt tech support job to set up my LAFOLOT.com business in order to help others with Healthy Socialization and Peace through Laughter therapy/wellness. In addition, it has grown into my sharing Healthy Trigger Tools to use on a moment to moment basis; for others to deal with life with positive outlook shifts.
Again, I share all this to show IT WORKS. I encourage others to JUST BE. BE YOU! BE and SEE what works for YOU! What healthy habits and patterns work for you? Stop, pause, think about it. I found that eating raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, walking, relaxation/meditation, positive thinking, feeling-healing; facing and replacing old, worn out thoughts – worked for me.
So, today – after hitting a pit in my life-change plans from 2009 through 2012, I am coming out of the dark! A condo I had wished to sell, is finally being purchased after 2 years. I had incurred a 13,000 – plus – IRS debt due to a retirement withdrawal on top of the family medical/emotional challenges. I continued eating healthy salads for breakfast, through it all, and switched to a SUBWAY healthy flat-bread sandwhich each day. This got me out of the house, networking, socializing and still eating healthy.
I let go of my television, which wasn’t healthy for me. I grew up in front of a television, and tend towards ‘couch-potato syndrome’. I switched over to sitting out on the porch, looking at the sky and appreciating the activity of the birds, saying Hello to neighbors, etc.
I share all this, because I feel I am a LIVING, BREATHING, HEALTHY (mentally/emotionally/physically) testament to BEing and LIVING Healthily according to what works for ME – not what society states or what someone else tells me I should be doing.
I ask: WHAT WORKS FOR YOU? I made a LIST of Healthy Foods (I don’t like to cook); and I went out and bought those foods – using them in moderation. I no longer showed pre-diabetic! My bladder is healthy! My blood pressure remains healthy!
Without trying, after my tail-spin due to family challenges – my morning salad as well as healthy SUBWAY lunch routine – without my realizing it – took me back down 13 pounds!
I got the good news, this morning, that I can take up riding a bike again, and walking in moderation – due to concerns with past abuse of knees and hip joints, due to over exercise.
I studied interior design, out of highschool. My key point to people is: How do YOU want to USE or LIVE in your HOME? At one point, I had a ‘music and movement’ room where I practiced my clarinet and did my exercises. Do you NEED a Dining Room? How else might you use it?
The same with your personal, healthy living and eating lifestyles. Research, take notes, what works for YOU? I think you’ll find that once you ask yourself those questions – there will be less stress, less depression, less binging, less ‘quick fixes’ with sugars and white flowers – because your body, mind, heart and soul will be LIVING HAPPILY AND HEALTHILY!
Ah! HA! HA! HEALTHY Helen of LAFOLOT.COM
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Saturday, June 2nd, 2012
I had to laugh while driving down the road, just a bit ago!
I saw 3 to 4 Blackbirds near phone or electrical wires along the road.
I had slowed down to stop at a traffic light.
First, I saw one blackbird slowly LEVITATE slightly off the wire, and navigate itself to the left of a sitting blackbird.
Then, I saw the sitting blackbird, slowly LEVITATE and navigate itself to the right of ANOTHER sitting blackbird!
Big LAUGH OUT LOUD! I had to chuckle while I saw these blackbirds do a FEATHERY FUN VERSION of THE SHELL GAME!
DRIVING MYSELF HAPPY! There’s so much to notice and experience while DRIVING down the ROAD; or DRIVING along in the ROAD OF LIFE!
When I had been driving UP the road EARLIER … I noticed a young man walking and TEXTING –
looking down – not noticing the beautiful blue sky above with the white, puffy clouds.
He was walking exactly next to a grassy embankment where I had previous noticed two groundhogs PLAYING PADDY CAKE, PADDY CAKE … (OK, they were probably fighting, but it looked like PADDY CAKE!)
There are so many MAGICAL experiences occurring around us and in LIFE – it we KEEP OUR FOCUS DOWN
(I am often guilty of this …) we MISS THE MAGIC, THE GIFTS!
As I NAVIGATE through a time in my life that I would RATHER NOT be experiencing – some days feeling down – I miss the gifts! I said to myself, while turning into my manufactured home development – “REMEMBER YOUR EXPERIENCES AT THIS TIME, HELEN, THEY’LL COME IN HANDY, LATER!” Mental note!
I’m working parttime jobs, working with people from all areas of life, in all life challenges and experiences. I recall a prayer from support programs, that ends: THANK GOD I’M NOT WHERE I USED TO BE!
When I recall that statement, I realize how blessed I am. I may be in a temporary downhill, or currently COASTING pattern – but I SEE THE LIGHT at the END OF THE TUNNEL; as I COME AROUND THE BEND … ending WHAT APPEARS to be a DARK TUNNEL – but it’s been a TRANSITION space, a LEARNING space, a SHIFT IN LIFE AWARENESS …
“Coming out of the dark” as the Gloria Estefan song notes.
The OLD SHELL GAME … FOR THE BIRDS! HA! But how BEAUTIFULLY they PLAYED IT – on a WIRE!
Never know where you’re going to FIND THE PRIZE, even when things in life seem mixed up!
Ha Ha Helen Szollosy of LAFOLOT.COM
DRIVING HERSELF HAPPY down the ROAD OF LIFE
See the Manure being tossed as FERTILIZER … a GROWTH OPPORTUNITY!