Five Minute Friday – Rhythm

5minutefridayToday’s word for Five Minute Friday is Rhythm.

Here are the rules:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community…

Now GO …

“I’ve got rhythm, I’ve got music.”  “Listen to the rhythm of the pouring rain.”

These song lyrics are the first two things that came to mind for rhythm.

I do love music and especially those songs with great rhythm.

For example, I really like Stayin Alive by the Bee Gees.  It is easy to dance to since it is in 4-4 time.  You can dance the Electric Slide to this rhythm.  This is one of my favorite dances!

I have the CD and now really want to listen to it.  Time to dance!!

As far as the rhythm of the rain, there is something very calming and relaxing to listening to a calm and steady rain.  As long as I am inside I enjoy it and sometimes feel like all my problems and cares are washing away.

There also is the rhythm of life.  I have seen it and felt it by having a child grow inside me for 9 months, then be born, and see him grow to be 5 1/2 years old.  What an amazing journey that has been.  I have truly enjoyed and been awed by each and every step.

When I was pregnant, Ian loved to move around a lot and especially liked it when I walked.  He has his own rhythm then and still does today.

“I’ve got rhythm”  Yes I do.

Now STOP!!

To read other thoughts on Rhythm from the Five Minute Community, please check out http://lisajobaker.com/2013/06/five-minute-friday-rhythm/

Time To Lose Week 1

Hi and hope you have had a great week. My week has been pretty good and I managed to lose 2 pounds!!!  I am have been working to re-establish better habits.

I went grocery shopping this week and bought fresh fruits, veggies, whole grain and organic foods, and healthier treats. The food cost more than I have been spending recently. And, that will take some adjustment to the mindset and the pocketbook. But, the food also is more tasty and more colorful. Who would have thought?

For example, I made salmon, rice, and broccoli and it tasted really good. I will be doing that again! And, I also bought a cheese pizza and then added fresh veggies (mushrooms, and red, yellow, and green peppers) as well as pepperoni and baked it and it was great. Two slices with a salad made a satisfying dinner.

I have talked to several people who you pay now or later so I guess I am ready to pay now. I’d rather do that than have to pay in extra doctor bills or medication because of bad health.

One day I ate a little too much fiber and my stomach objected but other than that, the changes have been fine. I ate prunes which are labeled as dried plums. Is that supposed to make you think it’s not a prune?

When I was growing up, I remember each morning my grandfather used to eat a soft-boiled egg over whole wheat toast and a bowl of prunes. He understood healthy eating and lived into his mid-80s. I wasn’t crazy about prunes back then, but this week they tasted pretty good and I ate them with cheese for a snack. Just have to be careful not to overdo it right now.

As far as exercise, I have done that every other day. Still working on this but have made some really good progress. I went on a very long walk around our neighborhood on Friday and that was fun. The weather was warm and it was sunny and not a cloud in the sky. An amazing treat for January, that’s for sure. The other times I did exercise inside on a stationary bike.

I also bought a CD of music that I thought would inspire me to do some dancing. I love to dance and need to build up my stamina again.  The CD is “The Ultimate Bee Gees.” They are one of my favorite groups and make wonderful music. When I hear it, I do want to get up in dance, so why not?

Did you know that you can do the Electric Slide dance to at least four of their songs? Stayin’ Alive, Night Fever, Jive Talkin’, and You Should Be Dancing have the same beat so it works well. I really like the Electric Side song and hope to find a recording of it one of these days. I’d love to dance to that each day as well.

As I mentioned in the first paragraph, I weighed myself this morning and was pleasantly surprised that I’ve lost 2 pounds this week. That is a nice start and if I can do that or stay the same each week, I will be happy — just a pound or two a week will get me to my goal.

I know that these changes take time and need to be a new way of life. There is no such thing as a I quick fix with true and successful weight loss. It takes time and effort and I am ready for this journey.

I wonder if I can reach my goals again in the upcoming week. I will certainly try. However, as I learned in Weight Watchers, I can’t beat myself up if I mess up. I just have to get back to it. And, if you are trying to lose weight, I hope that you can hang in there and take it one day at a time like I am doing!