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March 2018 Goals Wrap

March was an extremely busy month and I was grateful that it contained 31 days.  Some of the green items below are not completed, but I did what I was able to do with them (such as my dad’s estate).  Quicken is still in red, but I am ever so close to being caught up – and I have kept current for 2018 as I’ve been working on 2017.  I had 9 blog entries for March, so an improvement there also.  And exercising often was big yard workouts like hauling cement blocks or raking leaves, rather than walking or biking.  But hey, it all counts!

Green are considered successes, Red not so successful.

  • Catch up Quicken enough to be able complete 2017 taxes
  • Work towards finishing the auction/probate legal stuff on my dad’s estate
  • Complete DCMGA Newsletter for April 2 publication date
  • Continue regular blogging here on Musings, Mischief, and Mayhem
  • Start crocheting wedding blanket for a cousin
  • Continue walking / exercising
  • 100% ETL and continued weight loss
  • Clean up the yard & gardens as weather permits
  • Come up with an outline of gardening projects and timelines for 2018
  • Decide on paint color for new bonus room wall – inside and outside –and what mural/photo will be hung on the hallway side

The March 31 Day Challenge following the 6 Week Plan for Aggressive Weight Loss – Chapter 8 in Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman was not successful.  I fell off on about Day 6.  <sigh>   I did drop a couple of more pounds and even dipped down briefly into long-unseen territory for weight numbers, so the month was not a fail.  I consider this a life-long dietary change, though, and each attempt at 100% brings me just a little closer to optimum health.  So I will try again in April, but allow myself the homemade mocha.   I seem to do better if I know I can have that for my comfort food, as long as I have the homemade stuff with the whole date for sweetener rather than some processed sugar or a Starbucks drink.  I have a weight goal to reach for my birthday and it is attainable, if I focus and not fall prey to the mid-afternoon snack attack!

How was your March?

Book Review of Spark by John J Ratey

Last fall I moved a bookcase out of (and back into) the bonus room (putting up a wall makes a mess!) and I realized I have way too many non-fiction books that I’ve never read.  I decided to pluck one from the shelves and just start reading!  These are bathroom reading book, which means it can take me a while to get through them, but I finally finished the first one earlier this month and it was an eye-opener.

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and The Brain* by  John J. Ratey, MD with Eric Hagerman. Copyright 2008.  ISBN: 978-0-316-11350-2

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Supercharge Your Mental Circuits to Beat Stress, Sharpen Your Thinking, Lift Your Mood, Boost Your Memory, and Much More. 

The book blurb says it all!  Exercise really does all those things, and much of those effects occur quickly.  If you have a difficult task that is going to require a lot of brain power, it’s proven that 30 minutes of aerobic exercise just before you begin your task will sharpen your brain, expand its computing power, and help you more readily focus and retain information for the next couple of hours.

I’m sure the current knowledge on the effects of exercise on the brain has expanded exponentially since this book was written a decade ago, but I learned a lot from reading Spark.  And I’ve put that knowledge to work.  Since I started reading this book, I’ve been making a concerted effort to include more movement and exercise in my daily life.  When I need to go up the stairs for something, I go up and down several times – it only takes a couple more minutes to do so.  We set up our Gazelle (elliptical) exercise machine in the living room and both of us are using it daily, hopping on when we have a free five or ten minutes or just when we feel that we need to move a bit.  We also have been riding bike on the weekend.  And both Bill and I are noticing that we are feeling more energized throughout the day by doing so.

If you are suffering from depression, anxiety, stress, addiction of any type, attention deficit, or hormonal changes of any sort, or if you want to potentially extend your lifespan and/or your mental abilities, you NEED to read this book.  It even comes with a chapter of exercise recommendations and suggestions – very helpful.

Weekly Overview 03.12.18

Outside My Window…  the sun is shining, but it’s oh, so cold!  Wait!  That’s what I wrote on my last “weekly overview” post in early February!  Luckily, we have had warmer weather and spring is definitely in the air.  Our Bradford pear is in full bloom and looks gorgeous!

I am thinking…  about all the things I should be doing instead of a blog post.

I am thankful for… sunshine and spring and the Master Gardener program.  Even though I’ve likely bit off more than I can chew, I’m grateful for purpose and directions and activity all in an area that I love.  It’s a welcome change after the ennui I felt most of my years in Arizona.

I am hoping… to pick up some plants later in the week.  I need a Carolina jasmine plant to grow up over the lattice work that “hides” the compost bin corner.  Of course, I still need to build the small bed for that spot and also coat the lattice with linseed oil before I can plant.  Planting is the fun part – prep work is the time consuming part.

 I am reading…

  • A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule The Future by Daniel H. Pink
  • Building The American Empire, Volume I: A Narrative History to 1877 by Harry L. Watson
  • Jeff Gordon: His Dream, Drive & Destiny by Joe Garner
  • Fast Food Genocide: How Processed Food is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It by Joel Fuhrman

I am busy creating… an wedding gift afghan for a cousin.  I finally settled on a color combination I’m happy with, which took way longer than it should have.

 

I am hearing… the morning news show on the television.

Around the house…  I have new plant stands that I picked up at a neighbor’s yard sale Friday morning.  I’ve been looking for a way to maximize the space in my kitchen window and found the perfect wooden stand, in addition to a corner stand.  I’m very happy with the way it looks.

Around the garden…  I have daffodils beginning to bloom and other plants greening up.  I’ve moved several plants that had wintered over in plants into the new flower bed.  The plan is to empty all plastic pots and only have plants in the bigger ceramic planters that I acquired last year – they require a lot less water and attention than the plastic potted plants.

In other news…  Bill got our bicycles operational a couple of weekends ago and we’ve gone on a couple of rides.  We’ve decided we both want different seats and possibly handlebars that allow us to sit more upright.  But we’re both enjoying the riding and hope to get out more now that Daylight Savings Time is giving us more evening hours.

One of my favorite things…  morning smoothies with lots of veggies & fruit.

Our Weekly Overview… 

 Karen:  Monday chiropractor visit and a quick run to Aldi’s in the afternoon.  Wednesday morning I speak about the newsletter at the DCMGA monthly board meeting.  The rest of the week is devoted to Quicken and the newsletter (and maybe a run for plants in there somewhere).

Bill:  Bill is working from home all week.  He acquired some silk and glue and paint to repair his airplane, but hasn’t been motivated to work on it.  Maybe he’ll work on it this next weekend, unless he decides to finish the knock-down coat on the bonus room wall.

David:  College class homework has been keeping David occupied, along with continuing work on his game.

Here’s a (silly-looking) picture thought I am sharing …  

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