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  • I wrote elsewhere that I really liked Mark's post about the need to have a morning routine Why You Should Have a Morning Routine | Mark's Daily Apple It fits very well into the Magic of Tidying, of bringing life down to the things that bring you joy and getting rid of the stress-inducing clutter. My mornings are very cluttered. I need to pare them down to meditation, gratitude journaling, and moving on to my alignment studies for a good part of the morning. And getting to bed earlier so that I get up early well rested and ready to start the day.
    I've had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened. ― Mark Twain

    Writing on the Cave Wall - my Primal Journal

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    • Badgergirl has the best links! Here to save:
      Wearing | Weekend Tidying Up
      The Minimal Closet : Buy what you love?
      I've had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened. ― Mark Twain

      Writing on the Cave Wall - my Primal Journal

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      • I like badgers, books and booze, more or less in that order.

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        • I hope not, alg2435! I have a wonderful lifestyle, indeed, but some terrible habits. Thank so much for being my first visitor to comment!
          Last edited by xcfhxchg; 02-14-2015, 02:19 AM.

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          • A wee bit of tidying today. Cleared the bathroom counter. Thanks so much to The Walrus for keeping the magic of tidying from and center. I still have a way to go.

            It is also time to start sprinting now that the snow is nearly gone from my sprinting hill of choice. Fortunately it is right across the street. OK, Cave Woman, go sprint now. Oh, but I am so afraid of tearing my achilles again. So be careful. Just do it and breathe hard. OK, OK!
            I've had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened. ― Mark Twain

            Writing on the Cave Wall - my Primal Journal

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            • It has been a weird winter here in the west, hasn't it? Hard to believe sprinting outdoors is an option in early March.

              This comment:
              Yesterday was a weird one in tidying. I had tons of pent up anger. My office is a mess, as it has been a catch-all with a tiny clear space for my work area. Taking everything out of the tiny closet fills the rest of the room so I can't work. I wanted to finish quickly, especially before the Cave Man came home and undid all my discarding. So I got frantic and angry. Not good. Fortunately I got together with friends later in the day to work on a fun and funny project so I came home with mood much improved. Today everyone is gone for the day so the tidying is going steady and feels good again.
              really struck home with me and helped me see that I am delaying some of the work I want to do because I am concerned about hubs undoing my discarding as well. Will have to think about how I might change my thoughts and his perceptions that I am getting rid of 'good' stuff.
              M2M

              "Nonspecific strength gains have to be converted into real improvements in athletic performance or they are not useful."
              - Training for the New Alpinism by Steve House and Scott Johnston

              Primal Journal: Hmm, I'll take this path...

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              • Originally posted by Meant2Move View Post
                really struck home with me and helped me see that I am delaying some of the work I want to do because I am concerned about hubs undoing my discarding as well. Will have to think about how I might change my thoughts and his perceptions that I am getting rid of 'good' stuff.
                In the Tidying Magic book she does say that it is important not to tidy other people's stuff, and I would not touch his, or even shared stuff like kitchen things, as he does much of the cooking. But it has helped him let go of a few things to see me discard so much of my own. I think the things I was getting rid of that day were things he would want me to keep even though they were not his and he would never use. On the other hand, he has a hard time getting his mind around why you would ever get rid of anything. He has several bins of Nalgene water bottles (think backpacking) that are at least 20 years old and will never be used. And a closet full of outdated, never used backpacks, worn out skis, broken gear, etc, that will likely be with us forever. On the other hand, I have way more stuff because I run a business at home (I'm a silversmith) and have lots more hobbies than him.

                As to the weather, it definitely is hard to believe that the snow is half gone from my neighborhood hiking trails in early March here in the Northern Rockies. I was cleaning up the yard today (no show left on the lawn) and notice my bulbs are coming up. Craziness! Hard to believe we had 4 feet of snow on the ground early this winter.

                I chickened out on hill sprinting today. Maybe I'll run in place or do jumping jacks instead.
                I've had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened. ― Mark Twain

                Writing on the Cave Wall - my Primal Journal

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                • I signed up for Headspace today and have done the first free meditation. I like it quite a lot. His TED talk is very good as well. It came recommended by Badger Girl and The Walrus so I knew it would be good. I have been meaning to start meditating regularly again and I think this will definitely help.
                  I've had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened. ― Mark Twain

                  Writing on the Cave Wall - my Primal Journal

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                  • I'm up to day 29, I think. It's doing good things for me...and I am a meditation refusnik of many years' standing, thanks to the scarring power of woo. Hmmm... I must get around to writing about my mother's yoga teacher... *head in hands*
                    I like badgers, books and booze, more or less in that order.

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                    • Hi BG! It is a good thing. When I meditate regularly I am a kinder, warmer person. It's nicer to be around me, and it's nicer to be me. There is a lot of good to be found in some of this woo. I'm sorry it was all colored for you (deep purple, perhaps?). I have lived in places in the US that are big hippie woo centers and while I love a fair amount of it, I still rolled my eyes fairly often. I'm so glad you have discovered Headspace and recommended it to us.

                      Here's an article I ran across yesterday about research on Meditation. Headspace is mentioned.
                      I've had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened. ― Mark Twain

                      Writing on the Cave Wall - my Primal Journal

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                      • Finally! I sprinted yesterday! I went to the gym and did it on the Schwinn Airdyne. No danger of achilles problems there, and I can build up my confidence. I think I will try it on the elliptical next time. It feels good to finally work it into my activities again.

                        Today I am going to yoga. I am not a regular gym rat. I prefer to walk outside and am good at doing my bodyweight exercises at home. But the high school senior class sells 2 month memberships to the gym every year about this time. It is a great deal and supports their senior class party. So I go to yoga and use some of the equipment for 2 months. And get out of the house. Working by myself at home can be isolating.

                        I am really enjoying Headspace meditation. I am on day 9 of the free trial, but I already bought a year's access. I googled Headspace coupon and got the year for 25% off - it amounts to $6 per month. Very reasonable.

                        Ketogenic diets help our teleomeres, and it turns out that meditation does, too. Good motivation to keep doing both. Or get back on the diet part. Too many slip ups and 20% turns into 40% all to quickly. It's best if I keep my 80/20 more like 90/10 or 95/5 for now.
                        I've had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened. ― Mark Twain

                        Writing on the Cave Wall - my Primal Journal

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                        • Yoga was wonderful. Lots of slow stretching was just what I needed to work out the kinks in my piriformis from walking on the unstable, rotting snow. I like gentle yoga, spending lots of time in each pose to really work through the stretch. I do strength training on my own at home, so don't really look for that in my yoga. The instructor was very good, a woman in her 50s (with gorgeous silver hair!) who was very clear in her instructions and very clear that you should only go as far as your body will go without pain.

                          It was fun to think that in a couple of years, when I have finished my training with Katy Bowman to become a Restorative Exercise Specialist, I might be teaching classes in the same room. It is a lovely room called the Mind Body studio. It has huge windows on two sides, one side looking north towards the ski mountain, and one looking east out to the mountains of Glacier National Park. I have been sitting or standing or laying in some yoga pose or another and seen bald eagles or great blue herons fly by. Very zen.
                          I've had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened. ― Mark Twain

                          Writing on the Cave Wall - my Primal Journal

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                          • An interesting article on a way of cooking rice that converts the digestible starches into non digestible starches, ones that go to the lower intestine and feed the bacteria there.
                            Scientists discover a simple way to cook rice that could halve the calories - ScienceAlert
                            Scientists discover a simple way to cook rice that could halve the calories - ScienceAlert
                            I've had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened. ― Mark Twain

                            Writing on the Cave Wall - my Primal Journal

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                            • Hey cave woman!! Thanks for stopping by my journal! It is so nice to be catching up with old friends. I have missed everyone & have wondered at different times how everyone was doing!! I read back to when you too came back to the forum. It sounds like you are doing so good!! And doing yoga? Wow. I tried that years ago...was not for me & my poor body! lol. How lucky you get to see those beautiful mountains out of the window!!! I haven't seen them since I was in high school but remember how gorgeous they were.

                              Well just wanted to pop in & say hi!!
                              Goal: Don't worry be happy!

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