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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2012 9:48:31 AM PST
Lyn says:
You might want to check out
If you are even semi serious. It has a community where you can go for moral support so to speak.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2012 9:17:32 AM PST
WYRenegade says:
Just general, I would read Fitness mags and I would see this gal with awesome arms and I said "I want that". I thought if I did a mural with these pics, it would get me off my bum and exercise.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012 11:09:58 PM PST
Lyn says:
What kind of fitness? Running? Walking? General?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012 8:27:53 PM PST
WYRenegade says:
I have always wanted to do a board for motivation/inspiration to help me with fitness. Would be great to do an uplifting one as well.

Also, I need to work on the grateful reminders too.
I am grateful I can tie my shoes as well; I almost flunked kindergarten because I couldn't tie my own shoes. :)

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 6:22:33 AM PST
From my wishlist....
South Beach Shakedown (The Mick Sever Music & Mystery Series)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012 2:01:54 AM PST
How about foam blocks from the craft store cut to size and wrapped in fabric?
It could work as a bulletin board.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 9:51:34 PM PST
Lyn says:
And you can add favorite quotes.

Like the hardest part is lacing up your shoes and getting out the door.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 9:46:06 PM PST
I think a dream/inspiration/motivation board is a brilliant idea for those of us who are more visual. I'm going to be putting my own board together too. Thanks Robb!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 9:42:28 PM PST
Lyn says:
Love to.
Pictures when you get it done?
Let me (us) know how it goes.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 9:35:14 PM PST
Dream board??? Hmmmm... right up my alley. Looking around... now where am I to hang a dream board???

I am going to have hubby make a free standing frame to fit around the outside of my laptop. It sits on a table in front of my recliner and never gets moved. I can attach all kinds of things and change them out at will. I better get a patent in the works... wanna share credit Ribbon? <s>


In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 9:01:27 PM PST
Lyn says:
It helps.
Also, people tend to be visual. Instead of or in addition to, make a gratitude collage. It can be a large frame with taped pictures on it. Or I am not sure what they are called so I will do my best explaining it. It's a piece of cardboard covered with cloth with ribbon going around it so that you can tuck notes or pictures on. A dream board? Or a thin metal sheet 12x24 that you can affix important or fun pix to with small magnets. Or spray paint an old cookie pan and have hubby put a couple of bolts in and affix picture wire to the back and hang it like a picture.

Or use an old 3 ring binder. It doesn't have to be spiffy. A constant visual reminder. A mixture of the written word and pictures.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 8:51:55 PM PST
I think it is a great idea too Ribbon Robb. Thanks from me as well. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 8:48:00 PM PST
What a good idea Ribbon... thanks. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 8:41:33 PM PST
Lyn says:
When you are really really on the cliff remember that a gratitude journal can help too.
I am grateful for my DH
I am grateful that I can still tie my shoes
I am grateful that the internet is up today.

Try for 3 things a day. As far as I am concerned they can be the same 3 things. When you are low, read the journal. We have do with real rain or a cd for the sounds of water. Can do the porch thing though. :)

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 8:09:34 PM PST
Thanks for all the great ideas everyone.
I have my bike set up to watch videos on the laptop or listen to music. I am such a "nature freak" that I listen to a mountain stream all night ... every night and have water music in my living room from the outside pond next to the patio. Of course that is louder when the windows are open. lol When I need a sniff of rain or the feel of the wind, I just take my walker out on the porch until the cold runs me back in. So you see, I do still have a lot of things to be thankful for. I just stepped off the deep end for a little while and how I am able to grasp the side.

Thanks again... :)


Posted on Dec 14, 2012 4:57:06 PM PST
Lyn says:
This part of the thread is taking on a life of its own. :)

It is good to see so many sharing.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 4:30:06 PM PST
When I ride my recumbent bike I put my iPad on the front and play my music. You could do the same with an iPod or any MP3 player. I play fast upbeat music that helps me to ride faster and longer. Music is also very healing and can help if you are feeling down. Put on something upbeat and it does help.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 4:16:51 PM PST
Just Peachy says:
(((Pruney Toes)))

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 4:15:46 PM PST
JudyD says:
Glad you are all sharing such wonderful ideas. I have a close friend who battles with depression all year around, and has it in her family, having had a sister who committed suicide when very young. She finds walking, swimming, or dancing each day for at least a half hour helps. She injured her knee and was unable to do those things, until she finally gave in and had the knee fixed. Now she is working back up to walking and swimming at the Y, and is doing better. She must stay on meds all year 'round, and is a pleasure to be with. I see where Oregon Dreaming.... is using a recumbent bike but that does not give the outside experience that is so uplifting. Was wondering if getting some of the free Kindle + free Whispersync offerings and listening to a good book while peddling would be a helpful way of working through the boredom? The reason I ask this (not only because I like audiobooks), but because I know some of the new gyms have TVs attached to their equipment where you visualize and the bike changes programming as if you were outside going up and down hills, traveling through different countries, by the sea, etc. Obviously we could not afford that type of setup in our home, but perhaps another experience of some type added to the cycling might help.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 2:05:34 PM PST
I so know what you mean, Marilyn.


In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 2:03:54 PM PST
Pruney Toes says:
Glad to hear you are doing some better. Hang in there!

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 1:45:06 PM PST
@Elf Keeper, Cluny, Ribbon, 8 nights of light in ME, and pruney toes.

Thank you all for your support and words of encouragement. It all helps and is very much appreciated. I'm putting all the suggestions into a special file in my head and am mulling them all over. Many can be incorporated into my life easily... taking a walk (which I would love to do) is an activity that contributes to the problem. I can only walk very short distances and since dragging the walker everywhere I go is such a pain in the **tt, I try to stick to stores that have scooter available. Riding my recumbent bike helps some for the exercise portion of "walking" but I really miss the sights, sounds, and smells of walking outside. Even miss the feeling of rain. I have not given up... maybe someday my back will allow me to take short strolls.

Thanks again... and I am doing a bit better today. :)


In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 1:36:44 PM PST
((Pruney toes))

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 12:44:43 PM PST
Pruney Toes says:
My first episode of clinical depression and OCD happened when I was about 7 yrs. old. I am still fighting it at the age of 69. It gets better and worse, but this is always my worst time of year. Being a Christian, I also deal with a lot of guilt about being so down at Christmas. I enjoy the real reason for the season, but have real problems with the commercialism. I have always struggled with money which makes the holidays even harder.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 11:18:24 AM PST
I know that there have been days when the only thing I get out of bed for is the cat. Once I'm up to feed him, I figure I might as well go to work.
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