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What You See

Saturday, July 05, 2014



We absolutely create our reality through the filter of perception. Notice how our inner conversation (some of which is not even verbal, but merely an emotional tone or habit of attitude) influences experience. I had this driven home to me last night. Throughout my neighborhood, folks were setting off illegal backyard fireworks, shooting them up in the sky so that the entire area was showered in pyrotechnic displays. I'd just finished working out and went out on my balcony to take a look, when I was delighted by the colors, lights and sounds of merriment. Five minutes later, my phone rang. It was a neighbor calling to express upset at the same display. She had her reasons, and certainly the activity is against the law in my city. So who was "right?" Me -- the fireworks are beautiful? Or she -- the fireworks are a serious problem? As I spoke to her, I noticed my mental confusion and a little emotional shame. Was I bad/wrong for loving the fireworks?

As I'm working my way back to some physical measurements I feel comfortable inhabiting (not so much weight as body fat percentage and waist/hip circumferences), I'm going to remember that moment of confusion -- what's true about the fireworks is true about this weight management journey. If I look in the mirror or at the measuring tape and see a setback or a problem, I'm going to feel like a failure. My thought and emotions go to an all-or-nothing mentality that fosters all kinds of bad behaviors, leading to the spiral of helpless/hopeless quitting. And that really starts before I look at the measuring tape or the little window on the scale. It starts with my moment-to-moment attitude about why I am doing this in the first place.

What I bring to my weight-management journey will color how I feel along the way, and that will be true no matter what the scale or measuring tape reveal. The concrete results are nothing but a metric for comparison. My goal is to bring joy, acceptance and enthusiasm right now. That's the truest measure of health, however ineffable.

  
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BUTTONPOPPER1 7/21/2014 4:05AM

    I'm a little late to be adding a comment, as you wrote this a couple of weeks ago, but I just found it today and really like it. You are so right--attitude is everything! I realized lately how judgmental I am. I don't say anything out loud, but if strangers get on my nerves (selfish behavior on the road or in the supermarket, for example), in my mind I judge them harshly. I've realized what a waste of life and energy this is. I'm trying to see the world more the way you saw the fireworks. Very good story!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 7/6/2014 4:41PM

    i couldnīt agree more love it is all about our perceptive of life that makes us and our life what it is.it is not so much what life throws at you but more what you do with what life has thrown at you

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BONNIEMARGAY 7/6/2014 1:56PM

    Gorgeous!

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TENNISJIM 7/6/2014 7:34AM

    Thank you for sharing

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_BABE_ 7/6/2014 1:37AM

    Life is what we perceive it to be.....good one! emoticon

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LINDAK25 7/5/2014 10:10PM

    Bringing that forward we should realize that a by restarting exercise programs and weight management, that it's a positive step. Getting back into a healthy lifestyle. So why is it so hard to change that all-or-nothing mentality and that tail spin spiral? Shouldn't doing something positive make us feel good about ourselves? Now you've got me thinking about this. I think I need to change my attitude!

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MIAMOJO 7/5/2014 4:22PM

    Excellent post! We each have our lens through which we see ourselves, each other, our experiences, and the world. We're not stuck with it, though. When we become *aware that the lens is there* and then learn how it affects what we see, we can be our own optometrists and write a new prescription. It sounds like you've written yourself a good one!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/5/2014 4:12PM

    You nailed it! The success of this voyage depends on our being able to accept ourselves, love ourselves, treat ourselves kindly every step of the way!

You are seeing that for sure and kudos! I think the older I get the more I realize I am the best ME there is. I might not be the same as anyone else but that's all right. THEY would make a good me and I won't make a good THEM either!

Hugs

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I'm Hooked

Friday, July 04, 2014



After a few weeks of yoga practice, I'm hooked. I've found a studio I like, and have begun taking classes once a week, while practicing at home with online classes between. I love the feeling of calm and strength I get from my practice, as well as the improvement I'm feeling in my injured right shoulder/arm (from overdoing it with weight training).

Some of my favorite online resources for free yoga classes are Yoga with Adriene on YouTube and doyogawithme.com.

I hope you all are having a beautiful weekend, friends.

Here's a link to an article on Huffington Post that includes the image above (so you can see it better), with information about how yoga transforms the body starting from the first sessions.
www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/28/bo
dy-on-yoga_n_4109595.html

  
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BONNIEMARGAY 7/5/2014 3:26PM

    Yoga has improved every part of my life and my body.

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LINDAK25 7/5/2014 3:12PM

    That's great! I've been wanting to try yoga, but I'm not sure if it would bother my back or not.

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KANOE10 7/5/2014 9:24AM

    I went to my first yoga class. I liked it also and am going to continue. Thanks for sharing those online sites and the article with the benefits. I also injured myself with overdoing it on the weight training. Hope your injury is healing.




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HEALTHY4ME 7/5/2014 7:32AM

    Great thanks. that is a neat site! all types so I can get back to it I was doing back care yoga till my knee got so bad I wasn't able to get down and also can't even do childs pose which I loved, my knee wont bend enough. I will find something on here. Thanks

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TENNISJIM 7/5/2014 6:45AM

    Awesome. Thank you for sharing.

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THINFITFEMINIST 7/5/2014 5:47AM

    I also love yoga. There isn't anything I don't like about it. LOL

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ERIECANALGAL 7/5/2014 12:11AM

    emoticon I want to try it too! Good Luck.

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BELLENGLISH 7/5/2014 12:01AM

    I am going to try yoga soon. That is wonderful that you have found something you like to do and have seen good results. Keep up the great work.

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1200 Calories

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Check out this blog from Huffington Post:

www.huffingtonpost.com/sophia-herbst
/1200-calories_b_4816597.html


This is the best piece on weight management I've read in a very long time.

What do you say?

  
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PIGGYWAY 3/18/2014 2:42PM

  GOOD

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TREV1964 3/15/2014 8:42PM

    Some really good information here - Thanks for the link.

Cheers

trev

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MANDYLOVE_76 3/7/2014 4:09PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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1CRAZYDOG 3/6/2014 9:16PM

    It is all about building muscle, listening to your body, eating HEALTHY.

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PIGGYWAY 3/6/2014 4:41PM

  THANK YOU

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LINDAK25 3/6/2014 2:58PM

    Oh, I love this! We all know what she's talking about--where did that 1200 calories come from?

Talk about empowerment--wow! When are women going to stop measuring themselves against Hollywood's anorexic mindset? I love Sophia's comment about Special K. Don't you think a Special K bar is akin to eating a snickers?

Thanks!

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CHESSARIA 3/6/2014 2:04PM

    I really liked that article! It is spot on, and something that I have been thinking about lately.

I even sent it to my co-worker and my sister. I might post it to my facebook page as well.

Thank you so much for sharing!!!!!!

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NICKYCRANE 3/6/2014 1:54PM

    SP tells us not to go below 1200 cals! I count most of my cals. But I notice when I clock up cals from e.g. fruit, my weight doesn't seem to go up.
I enjoy feeling the fat decrease and the muscle, yes, MUSCLE!, increase. Having reached my goal weight, actually 2 kilos below my original goal, because I kept shedding weight, and decided to stop where it felt comfortable, I now have other goals, e,g reduce the spare tyre, so I can wear the summer shorts that were too tight last summer, DONE!: exercise more,for the moment at least 30 mins, burning at least 150 cals, DONE!: walk and jog faster, aiming for 4 mph walking, 5 mph jogging, progressing slowly but still progressing.
When I tried to eat intuitively without counting cals, my weight started going up. Now I eat intuitively, but also keep track of the cals. I ump on the scales every day, but only weigh myself exactly, no clothes, and record it once a week.

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TENNISJIM 3/6/2014 6:00AM

    I checked it out -- an article for women.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 3/6/2014 5:52AM

    There's a lot in there. Probably too much for many people to digest in one reading. But I'd say most of it is spot-on in regard to my experience.

You haven't yet told us what YOU think about it...

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PHEBESS 3/6/2014 4:41AM

    Wow, excellent article! Should be required reading by every women, maybe once a year!

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TIGER_LILY_613 3/5/2014 11:14PM

   
It's so true : the media needs to lay more emphasis on eating HEALTHY and getting strong instead of harping on empty calories all the time.

LOVED this article. Thanks for sharing it !

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SERENE-BEAN 3/5/2014 11:12PM

    Calories are my friend. I cannot get the energy to go about my life if I do not get enough calories. I cannot get enough nutrition if I am near starvation.

Or, as I like to say, Calories are the POINT of food!

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ANGELCITYGAL 3/5/2014 10:59PM

    What do you think about the author's points?

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THINFITFEMINIST 3/5/2014 10:55PM

    1200 calories from what source? Burritos? Mc Donalds? What percentage is fat from animals? What part of what you are eating is chemically derived? How about nutrients?

Calorie based thinking is focusing on just one little bit of the entire picture of natural weight management - which we are looking for.

For me I am a raw organic vegan. My caloric intake starts at 2000 and can go up to 3100 if I'm working and training. BUT that is all from raw nutritionally dense food that the body either utilizes or disposes of. What is unused is NOT stored. Totally different Universe.

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I'm Getting Married!

Sunday, March 02, 2014

My sweetheart and I have set a date: May 24th. It's official!

We've been through a lot together. We've been friends for over 15 years, and even had a breakup three years ago. But some things just feel right, and this is one of them. After getting back together last year, we know we were right all along. We belong together.

We're planning a garden ceremony at a friend's house, followed by a dinner reception at our favorite authentic Mexican restaurant in Northeast LA. I'm going to wear a dress my mom made for me when I was much younger -- it fits! Woohoo!

As I've been working on managing my weight since getting to goal last year (with some setbacks) this gives me a new goal -- to look my best on my wedding day. It's all about self-talk, and this is such a positive focus for that.

“To find someone who will love you for no reason, and to shower that person with reasons, that is the ultimate happiness." -- Robert Brault

Here's a picture of us together taken about 3 years ago:

  
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EVER-HOPEFUL 4/3/2014 8:43AM

    sorry i am just getting to this now love.that is great news i am so pleased for you.i hope you will post some photos of the ceromony as i will still be in rehab then and could do with cheering up by then i am sure.i love looking at wedding photos lol.this is definatelyx something to help keep you motivated to stay on the straight and narrow.goodluck emoticon emoticon

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    Congratulations

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PIGGYWAY 3/2/2014 10:53PM

  CONGRATE

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PHEBESS 3/2/2014 9:59PM

    Big congrats!!!!!!!

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MANDYLOVE_76 3/2/2014 9:57PM

    Congrats. My wife and I got married on Jan. 3.

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EDDYMEESE 3/2/2014 9:32PM

    Woo hoo, congrats!

You're a beautiful couple!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/2/2014 9:18PM

    Blessings and best wishes to you, my dear. HUGS!!!!

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LYNDA522 3/2/2014 9:06PM

    God bless you both, sweet gal.

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    emoticon I wish you both the best!

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    Congrat's & Best Wishes

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    emoticon Best Wishes to you both!

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    Fantastic! Best wishes.

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    Congratulations - here's to a good life shared together.

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SERENE-BEAN 3/2/2014 6:23PM

    I'm so happy for you! What a gorgeous couple. Mazel tov!

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THINFITFEMINIST 3/2/2014 6:19PM

    Congratulations! What a beautiful picture of a very happy couple.

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Coach Nicole's 28 Day Bootcamp DVD: My Review

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

First, the details I must include:
I received this DVD for free from SparkPeople and did not receive any form of payment for my review.

SparkPeople is in partnership with Walmart to sell this DVD. It is available at Walmart. Members will get 250 SparkPoints for buying the DVD at Walmart and will be entered to win a $500 Walmart gift card for purchasing before January 31, 2014.

Here is the URL to purchase the DVD: www.sparkpeople.com/28daybootcamp

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My review in three words: I like it!

I'm surprised and pleased by how much I like this DVD. I don't know why, but I expected it to be geared mostly to beginning exercisers. SparkPeople does such a good job of providing resources to empower anyone and everyone to get active, no matter our age, physical condition, or emotional response to the concept of exercise, I find that much of the material on the website is geared to beginners. Mind you, I'm not complaining -- just observing.

But this DVD does a great job of balancing the needs of beginnners, intermediate exercisers, and what I'd call advanced-intermediates. I'd say that only the most advanced exercisers, the very fit, might not find a lot of value in this DVD.

I consider myself to be somewhere in the intermediate to advanced-intermediate range and this DVD was properly challenging. I especially love the Tone & Burn and Total Body Challenge workouts. They are well-paced with many moves that challenge balance, coordination, and strength. The routines are not repetitive and the time seems to pass pretty quickly.

The routines are easy to follow, but not boring. They seem to be just challenging enough to keep my attention and focus (they don't let my mind wander, because I am concentrating on the moves), without being difficultly choreographed. Coach Nicole is encouraging but not annoying, and her even-keeled presentation allows me to concentrate on her (thorough) instructions. I appreciate the two other trainers who demonstrate modifications for more simple and more advanced moves. The three instructors work together well. The DVD is filmed and edited in such a way that the viewer can easily see the moves and modifications, without excessive cuts and strange angles.

My only complaints, and these are really mild, is that I wish the two "background" trainers (Jewell and Lindsay) were wearing different colors from each other. They happen to have similar hairstyles and because they were wearing the same outfits, it was a little difficult at times to keep my eye on the trainer I wanted to follow. Also, I found the music to be rather uninspiring. It's pretty quiet and pretty bland. Some will like that, though. I just prefer a peppier workout mix.

I've enjoyed using this DVD very much -- I've been working with it for about 5 weeks. I find it motivating, pleasant, and it definitely challenges my muscles when I'm doing the Tone & Burn and Total Body Challenge routines. I'd recommend this DVD to any Sparker (beginning to advanced-intermediate level) looking for a fun, challenging and sound fitness routine.

  
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    Nice

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    Thanks for the info. :-)

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    Thanks for the review!

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    Great Review.

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    I love this DVD! I reviewed it too, and I'm planning to do the whole workout again in February.
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  Thanks for sharing

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    Nice

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    great review

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  Great review!

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TREV1964 1/30/2014 6:31PM

    Is this available in the UK - we do not have wall mart over here. Most wall mart stuff is in Asda if it comes over here at all.

Cheers

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COACH_NICOLE 1/30/2014 10:52AM

    Thank you so much for your thoughtful and thorough review. I'm so glad you are enjoying the DVD!

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  THANKS

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  Good review. Thanks!

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    Thanks for the review. I've been debating whether to get this or not.

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