Wednesday, February 19, 2014
I borrowed this from my SparkFriend, Tired49, who borrowed it from Triangle-Woman.
She posted it as a blog because she wanted to keep it in front of her. I feel the same, and I wanted ALL my SparkFriends to see it!!
The idea is simple: You exist on one of these emotional rungs. Identify it and then you can move up this emotional scale and feel better.
According to Abraham, you CAN go from #22 to #1 in an instant, but most of us don't believe that, so for the most part it's just not going to happen that way. You CAN recognize when you are stuck on a section of the ladder and this realization can help you reach for the next rung.
I’m gonna list one sentence that relates to each emotion from my personal experience. The thought will also relates to my desire to lose weight. Many of the thoughts on the lower end of the spectrum I have hung on to for YEARS and YEARS going into decades. I’ve finally realized I can let go of them and reach for a different rung as I create a different path this time around….
Disclaimer - The order given below is how the list appears on the internet, but it probably makes more sense to read it from the bottom of the list up.
1. Joy/Knowledge/Empowerment/ Freedom/Love/ Appreciation -
This is the top of the heap. And I’m finding ways to make the leap from “there” to “here” quicker and quicker. Thanks Abraham!!
2. Passion - “There is more to life than obsessing about food and the scale. Wow. There is a world out there that I can fill with caring for myself, for my family AND finding new passions like Zentangle and quilting and writing and strength training and hooping and hiking and more writing. I can even (gasp) enjoy things like the dreaded laundry and even doing taxes. Sheesh. Who knew?"
3 Enthusiasm/Eagerness/Happiness - “I am finding new ways to bring joy AND health and fitness into my everyday life...and I'm losing weight too.
4. Positive Expectation/Belief - “Hey, this is kind of working for me. Maybe I can do it too.”
5. Optimism - “I am going to try some of what my Spark friends are doing and see if it works for me.”
6. Hopefulness - “Hey, look at all these success stories at Spark. Maybe I can be one of them.”
7. Contentment - “I’m just gonna live in my skin (fat and all) for a while and see what’s right about me.”
8. Boredom - “OMG - not more meat!” (can you tell I’ve tried Adkins and Paleo?) or "I am dying a slow death jogging around this track." (I need variety.)
9. Pessimism - “I don’t think I’ll be any happier skinny, so why bother.”
10. Frustration/Irritation/ Impatience: _________diet (fill in the blank)
11. "Overwhelment" - (is that even a word?) _________diet (fill in the blank)
12. Disappointment - _________diet (fill in the blank)
13. Doubt - “I will never be able to lose the weight and keep it off.”
14. Worry - “I’m going to die early if I don’t get this weight off” or “I’m going to blow my knees” or “I’m not going to live my best life with all this baggage - emotional or other wise.”
15. Blame - “What is WRONG with me” and See #17 Anger. Pretty much the same thing!
16. Discouragement - “I have tried the ________diet and it did not work for me.”
17. Anger - (at myself) “I am SUCH a lazy failure.” (anger at my husband) “Why does he bring potato chips into the house?!” (anger at the food industry) “Why the hell does pizza taste so GD good!” (anger at my Italian ancestors) “Thanks for the frumpy fat legs Grandma.” Can you see I had a lot of anger?
18. Revenge - (me to my friend who just lost weight) “Oh honey, you look great, why don’t you have another piece of pizza.”
19. Hatred/Rage - the yin and yang of “I hate myself” AND “I hate that skinny b!tch over there.” (see the endless loop there? why would I want to be something I hated (skinny) when I could just hang out and easily hate myself. Kind of like having my pizza and eating it too. :)
20. Jealousy - “OMG - I wish I had that body.”
21. Insecurity/Guilt/Unworthiness - “I should not have eaten that. Or that. Or especially THAT.”
22. Fear/Grief/Depression/Despair/ Powerlessness - “I will NEVER be able to lose all this weight. Pass the pizza."
Monday, February 17, 2014
Wow, you've come a long way, Baby!! I'm thinking back to that day in April 2008 when you started this journey. Remember that day? It was a Saturday; you'd just returned from vacation in Texas, and you stepped on the scales to see the highest number you'd ever seen there - 192! YIKES!! Back then you usually began 'diets' on Monday (yeah, you've been on a LOT of those over the years, haven't you?), but seeing that number on the scale prompted you to decide THAT was the day.
The first 30+ pounds came off without a lot of work - you ate fairly low carb and increased your walking miles and the pounds came off. You made it to 155 by December of that year. You maintained fairly well until late in 2009 when you took two more vacations - by the time the second one was over you were up to 160.
And that's where you stayed for over two years, in the 155 to 160 range. Staying there wasn't that hard but losing more? You just couldn't seem to do it! It was like the scale was determined not to go under 155.
Then came the happy day when someone told you about SparkPeople and you joined - and you learned there was a whole different way of living! This was a lifestyle change - no more dieting. Slowly but surly you added new habits - drinking lots of water, eating freggies, doing strength training.... and slowly the pounds began to come off. You reached your goal weight in November 2011 - and you have stayed in that range ever since then!
That is not to say you aren't still working on improving those healthy habits - God isn't finished with you yet!! But you HAVE come a long way - and I love you for it! I love that you CARE about your body; that you are doing everything in your power to stay healthy and get healthier!! So keep up the good work, Marilyn! Remember your favorite two quotes: from Winston Churchill: "Never, never, NEVER give up!" and from Babe Ruth: "Its hard to beat a person who never gives up!"
In the running world they have another way to say it - a volunteer who was encouraging you in the last few miles of your very first marathon in 1987 told you this and you STILL remember it: "Finishers win and Winners finish!" That's you, my dear - you are a winner!!
ETA: for those of you not in BLC, this was a part of our weekend challenge. I love myself, but not enough to blog it to everyone LOL!
Friday, January 31, 2014
I'm creating this blog strictly to share (and more importantly save for myself!) the link to a cookbook I found on SparkPeople. It was created by FIT_ARTIST and has some REALLY yummy sounding recipes! I'm not doing either of these plans but am always on the lookout for healthier recipes - particularly those with lower carb ingredients.
If you are looking to improve your nutrition you might want to check out her cookbook too!
Paleo & Primal Recipes (75 Recipes) Created by FIT_ARTIST
And here is one more interesting recipe link:
Monday, January 20, 2014
SMART goal for BLC24 - make strength training a habit
Specific: I will do ST 6 days a week – rotating body parts (upper, lower, core)
Measureable: I will set a timer for 10 minutes and continue until it rings.
Attainable: I know I can do this because I’ve done it before.
Relevant: This will help me increase my lean muscle mass.
Timely: A healthy body is ALWAYS timely!
Monday, January 06, 2014
I saw this on KATRINAKAT23's blog. SHE got it from Septemberspirit's blog. She got it from MindBodyGreen. Its so good I want to be able to find it again and I want to share it with all my SparkFriends! When you read it you will see why!!
Here are 20 things to let go of in order to reach unlimited happiness.
1. Let go of all thoughts that don't make you feel empowered and strong.
2. Let go of feeling guilty for doing what you truly want to do.
3. Let go of the fear of the unknown; take one small step and watch the path reveal itself.
4. Let go of regrets; at one point in your life, that “whatever” was exactly what you wanted.
5. Let go of worrying; worrying is like praying for what you don’t want.
6. Let go of blaming anyone for anything; be accountable for your own life. If you don’t like something, you have two choices, accept it or change it.
7. Let go of thinking you are damaged; you matter, and the world needs you just as you are.
8. Let go of thinking your dreams are not important; always follow your heart.
9. Let go of being the “go-to person” for everyone, all the time; stop blowing yourself off and take care of yourself first … because you matter.
10. Let go of thinking everyone else is happier, more successful or better off than you. You are right where you need to be. Your journey is unfolding perfectly for you.
11. Let go of thinking there's a right and wrong way to do things or to see the world. Enjoy the contrast and celebrate the diversity and richness of life.
12. Let go of cheating on your future with your past. It’s time to move on and tell a new story.
13. Let go of thinking you are not where you should be. You are right where you need to be to get to where you want to go, so start asking yourself where you want to go.
14. Let go of anger toward ex lovers and family. We all deserve happiness and love; just because it is over doesn’t mean the love was wrong.
15. Let go of the need to do more and be more; for today, you've done the best you can, and that's enough.
16. Let go of thinking you have to know how to make it happen; we learn the way on the way.
17. Let go of your money woes — make a plan to pay off debt and focus on your abundance.
18. Let go of trying to save or change people. Everyone has her own path, and the best thing you can do is work on yourself and stop focusing on others.
19. Let go of trying to fit in and be accepted by everyone. Your uniqueness is what makes you outstanding.
20. Let go of self-hate. You are not the shape of your body or the number on the scale. Who you are matters, and the world needs you as you are. Celebrate you!
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