How difficult is it for you to make decisions?
For me, some days I will talk myself into and out of taking action in one way or another for hours.
I need to go for a run. I need to mop the floor. I need to write that blog post. I need to take the car in for tire rotation.I can get bogged down trying to decide which activity takes priority.
Making a list is helpful. That way I can see what’s been done and what still needs doing; however, that doesn’t mean I will be able to jump right into the job.
According to a recent article in AARP Magazine, EXERCISE can increase ones ability to make decisions, even when it’s in short 10 to 20 minute bursts of moderate exercise (around 60% of your maximum ability). Why is this?
Exercise increases blood flow to the brain. When I begin my day with a workout, the rest of the day seems to be more manageable.
Just another reason to stay active as you age!
I love having the time to read posts from the blogathon and other sources throughout the web, something I don’t have when I’m teaching, or as in yesterday, watching the grandchildren.
Their ages are 3 and 7, so I don’t expect them to be satisfied watching TV and playing video games for very long. I did manage to get about an hour and a half after lunch to work on a project.
This week I found three posts that were especially refreshing to read:
* The first comes from Barb Freda at Babette Feasts. I’m the first to admit, I am not the most domestic when it comes to cooking. Recently though, I’ve become much more aware of the amount of money I’ve spent on fast food, and how unhealthy my eating habits have become. Now, I have a great starting point for getting the rest of my nutritional needs in balance. Check it out:
* My second find this week comes a new favorite, Just a Backpack and a Rollie. I have a burning desire to visit Portland, Oregon after reading all the posts during this Blogathon, Here’s a fun reason:
* And finally, rounding out this week’s interesting posts, lesson from Ray Bradbury on writing. I aspire to be a published author, so I try to read as much about writing as I do about everything else I’m passionate about. This article gave me some insight on being a better writer:
Thankfulness is more than appreciating the things you have. It’s knowing that your life would not be as fulfilling without those things. Not that you couldn’t live without certain comforts, but you certainly don’t realize how much you have if you are always wishing for more.
“It’s not having what you want, it’s wanting what you’ve got.” Soak Up The Sun, Cheryl Crow.
I am thankful for my 7AM walk this morning. That’s about an hour earlier than I usually get out. There were a few others out today as well. I’m also thankful that my legs are no longer hurting – those leg exercises really work!
I’m thankful for my new blender. I killed my last one when I tried to mix too many frozen fruits and ice for my daily Vi-Shape nutrition shake. Have I mentioned I am a promoter for the Body-by-Vi Challenge? You can get more information at http://dianabusby.myvi.net/
I’m thankful for my lesson in photography with Bonnie Gehling. We spent about two hours going over the ins and outs of my new camera. She helped to refresh my knowledge about basic skills, and gave me some great tips to work on until my next lesson. The classes are affordable and personal. I encourage anyone in the Middle Georgia area who is interested in improving your photography skills, check out Bonnie’s site.
And as always, I am thankful for all those who are following the progress of our sweet Maddie Martin. She experienced bleeding from a brain AVM (arteriovenous malformation) on Monday, June 3rd. The bleeding has stopped, and she is alert and responsive to questions and commands. However, there continues to be issues. They were unsuccessful at removing the ventilator tube yesterday, so that will have to be done in stages. Then, later in the day it was revealed that she has 5 blood clots throughout her body, which can’t be treated due to the clot to stop the bleeding from the AVM. So, we continue to pray for healing, understanding, and strength for Maddie and her family.
What are you thankful for this Thursday? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
What keeps you motivated?
There are days when I have to push myself to do the things I need to do to reach my goals.
Those days, I just slow down, take a deep breath, and get one thing accomplished.
It might be the laundry.
It might be a walk to the corner and back (the corner just happens to be a mile and a half from my house… way to trick my brain.)
Whatever it takes to stay active, do it! You will be glad you did.