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Lesson 1542 -The power of a wave #WaveNH

So you know how I did a “5K -a-day” for a month as challenged by my son Griffin?

I decided that as long as I’m walking I might as well wave to people who drive by. Everyday, there I was in my sunglasses and wide-brim hat waving away. (You may recall that on our New Hampshire Border-to-Border walk, Griffin and I waved to people the entire length of New Hampshire. 

During my 5K challenge, one day I waved to a driver and a few minutes later he turned his car around, pulled up alongside me, and rolled down the passenger window so he could talk to me.

“Hey,” he said leaning over so I could hear him. “I just wanted you to know that I was in a bad mood and then I saw you wave at me and that made my day. Thanks.”

Incredible. It’s absolutely incredible that a small action like a wave can make such a big difference in someone’s attitude.

We must never, ever forget how powerful and uplifting it is to simply be nice to one another.

#WaveNH

 

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Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

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Lesson 1540 – Results from the best motivation out there (I’m not kidding)

Final results of my 5K-a-day for 30 days challenge.

ACLU – $30
Trump Re-election Campaign – $0
(fin.)

(Want to know what this is about? Click here.)

 

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Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

Also, join me on Facebook to find out more about the flock (children and chickens) and see some pretty funny chicken jokes, photos of tiny houses, and even a recipe or two.

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Lesson 1539 – The best motivation out there (I’m not kidding)

My son heard a story on NPR about how using a negative “reward” is more effective at motivating behavior than a positive one.

“What do you mean?” I asked.

He proceeded to tell me that while a positive reward (I get an ice cream cone every time I do …) helps to motivate people, it’s having a negative consequence that really makes a difference and which actually  makes people do the task. This is how it works.

Step 1:

Choose a task that you want to do every day for the next 30 days, i.e., stop snacking, stop drinking alcohol, or even getting out and exercising every day. In my case it’s going for a 3+ mile loop around our neighborhood.

Step 2:

Choose an organization that you would *NEVER* give money to. (I looked for a “New Hampshire adorable puppy, kitten, and baby raccoon kill center” but apparently we don’t have any of those up here, so I chose the next best thing.)

Step 3:

For the next 30 days, every time you complete the task, reward yourself with a dollar.

If you don’t do the task on one day (it’s hot, it’s raining, I’m too tired) then all of the money collected to that date gets donated to the organization you chose.

The next day you start over at $1.

Step 4:

At the end of 30 days you either have $30 to spend on anything you’d like or (as it is in my case) you will have contributed to Trump’s re-election campaign.

We’re having a wet summer. I’ve walked in pouring rain, I’ve walked under stormy clouds. I’ve walked when my legs are sore from a weekend hiking. I’ve walked late at night.

But I’ve walked Every.Single. Day. since we started this challenge.

Because there’s just no way in hell, that man’s campaign is going to get a cent of my money.

I guess this method really is motivational.

 

Wendy – $15

Trump’s re-election campaign – $0

 

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Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

Also, join me on Facebook to find out more about the flock (children and chickens) and see some pretty funny chicken jokes, photos of tiny houses, and even a recipe or two.

Like what you read here? Consider subscribing to this blog so that you’ll never miss a post. And feel free to share with those who may need a little chicken love.

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A bit of advice for anyone considering a tattoo

A bit of advice for all cool people out there considering tattoos.

I have a total of 4 tattoos. It’s not a big deal after you break down and get your first, I mean where’s the objection? I’m morally opposed to them? I think not.

This past winter after struggling with a surgery that had gone bad and spending too much time doing far too little, I decided to get a small tattoo on my back of my wrist to remind me of three character attributes I should always be aware of, Gratitude, Faith, and Grace.

My plan was when the pain returned (as it seems to a lot even today) when the walking got tough, I could look at my tattoo and remember that things could always be worse, I must be grateful for what I have. The tattoo would be in a spot where I could see it when I type, reminding me that (worst case scenario) even without legs, I would be able to have a job and write. Every day I don’t reach the bottom is nothing but gravy.

I got the initials “ GFG” inked into my skin forever. Continue reading

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One hour or die – exercising 1 hour a day as recommended by the AMA – final update

It’s been almost two months now since I started moderately exercising every day. My son Griffin (who joined me halfway through) and I have learned a few things along the way:

  • It’s never the boyfriend who commits the murder – that’s too obvious
  • Those water bottle flavor packs that clearly dissolve keeping people from knowing you are cheating by drinking something sweetened are the bomb
  • While Griffin can work up a sweat that can bleed down to his belly button, my sweat stays as a sopping yoke around my chest stopped by my bra line. Yet one more difference between the boys and girls.

This past week I also read the book Younger Next Year for Women – Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge M.D. It was recommended to me by one of my Facebook friends. Finally, there is a document that gave me true and reasonable reasons to exercise (Basically exercise sets up “good” inflammation with then triggers repair of tissue which turns back the clock on your body.) It’s a fascinating and entertaining read that will get you up out of your seat by the end of the first few chapters.

I started exercising an hour a day because I was challenging the American Medical Association, I’ll continue because of that book. Continue reading

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Little Chicken Book – update – the structure is there

Along with the one hour of exercise a day or die challenge for the month of May, I’m also getting off my butt and finalizing my chicken stories manuscript. (And no, just for your information I’m not going anywhere near a title that involves any combination of Chicken and Soup.)

Thanks to the years of being a technical writer at Digital Equipment Corp, if there’s one thing I know how to do, it’s to organize a chapter book. (I also know how to document System Error messages until my brain falls out but that’s a different story).

For those of you who may be trying to write your own books and hoping to get some guideline (or at the very least motivation), these are the steps I have taken so far. Continue reading

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Portion Plates Experiment – the first day

Oh there was excitement in our household last night!

The girls, in anticipation of eating off the Portion Plates set the table with placemats and the plates well before the dinner was ready. They made a salad, got the carrots ready and then steamed the broccoli.

On deck for the main course was Griffin’s Great sandwich (sausage, red and orange peppers, and some melted cheddar cheese). Continue reading

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