Saturday, November 20, 2010
You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might also pray in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance. Kahil Gibran
What words of wisdom! How often I find myself mired in the prayers generated by the "Oh woe is me" attitude. How wonderful it is to take the time to consider our blessings and give thanks for them.
I am sooo very thankful for Spark People I feel like the this program, this lifestyle has opened up a whole new world for me. A GOOD one.
I am grateful for my family. Having parents who are older I feel that every day I am able to talk with them, every visit I have with them, is a blessing.
I am grateful that my husband is a good man, a good provider, a good husband and good Dad.
THESE are the things in life that are important. in my life. THESE are the things I am consciously including in my prayers.
So, is your glass 1/2 full or 1/2 empty? Mine is 1/2 full!
Friday, November 19, 2010
a sign of strength! How often have we been "stuck" and feel like you've got to solve the problem yourself! I am a very perfectionistic, "gotta do it on my own" type of person, but have learned my lesson that it is ALWAYS better to ask for help to solve a problem I'm having problems with.
This time of the year with the days being shorter, hrs. of daylight are obviously shorter, too. Many people, including myself, can be affected by this and find themselves in a "funk". Now, I struggled with this for a long time till I got help. NOW as the days are getting shorter and shorter I am not feeling that "funk"! Woohoo. I have gotten good advice and follow it and am much better for it.
So, if you have a problem that is confounding you ASK FOR HELP! It's the smart thing to do.
Have a sparking day and sparking weekend everyone. Stay hooked to Spark People!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can and
the wisdom to know the difference.
Oh yes, my mantra for today.
Change is such a difficult thing in life to handle but there are times when the changes we make help us live a healthier life and enhances our quality of life. These are the kind of changes that we need to focus on. It certainly takes courage to admit a change needs to be made and actually make that journey of change.
There are things we cannot change . . . like how tall we are, for example. I distinctly remember when I was much younger wishing I was taller (I am 4 ft. 10-1/2 " and come from a family where my parents are tall and my brother . . . I felt like I didn't "fit in". Finally, my Mom said to me, "You know, good things come in small packages. And wouldn't it be a boring existence if everyone were exactly the same." So, that stuck with me. I have learned to appreciate my stature and work with it! Can't change it! Acceptance makes life so much more fulfilling.
As for the wisdom to know the difference . . . well, I guess that happens as we live our life, mature, grow and experience life. As I get older I realize there are those things in life that just are not going to change, so I chose to focus on those I can and be happy!!
Hope you all have a terrific Tuesday.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
last night is the first "big" social event DH and I have attended since my weight loss. Some of the people I met haven't seen me since last year. OK, LOTS of changes in my appearance since then to be sure . . . you know, weight loss does that. LOL One person said, "Did you grow your hair out?" (Well, no . . . actually my hair right now is really thin due to my thyroid problem . . . fortunately it is getting better, but my hair DEFINITELY isn't longer!). Another said, "Don't lose any more weight." Well, good gravy, I was in the OBESE category and am firmly now planted in the HEALTHY category, so I'm happy right where I'm at! That was what my thoughts were, but I just said, "No, I am not going to lose any more."
I just started thinking about body image and how our perception can be so different than what others see us as. And it reminded me to just be in the mind set of gratitude for having this healthy lifestyle vs. the "fatitude" I had before . . . you know . . . feeling embarassed about how you look, pinning your "self esteem" on the thoughts others have of you . . . all that kind of thing.
I am very happy with me. I LOVE me! That's part and parcel of why I have been able to get healthier.
So, that's my story of yesterday's social event. Oh, and I tried that trick of eating some soup before we went out. Worked like a charm! Basically the food served was pretty unhealthy (tacos, pizza, potatoes) but I figured for teens birthday party that's what it was going to be. So, with the soup that fueled me, I was able to resist eating unhealthy. They DID have fuit so I had a few pieces of that and was good to go. The other thing I did was drink club soda with a twist of lime. GOOD! There was no alcohol served (YEAH!) but lots of sodas (again, figured that would be with teens) so the club soda worked well.
That's my tale. Now I know I can make the right choices in social situations. Yeah!
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