Friday, July 24, 2009
You must be careful how you walk and where you go, for there are those following you who will set their feet where yours are set.
- Robert E. Lee, Civil War General
They say imitation is the greatest compliment, but are your actions worthy of imitation? We are all in some setting of leadership. We should constantly examine the example we are setting for those around us. Are you being a positive role model?Be mindful of your word and deed, you never know who might be watching and silently learning what you are demonstrating.
I never thought I could be the example for anyone else, let alone myself. When I began this journey, I never really knew where it would take me and success wasn't something I felt was assured. After all, my past track record really gave no indication that this would be any different than any of my previous attempts to lose weight. Yet, here I am 3 years and 7 months removed living the life I always wanted to live. But why this time? What was different? For starters, I made this a lifelong commitment that had no ending point. No, "when I get to my healthy weight, I'll go back to", because I knew from the start that I could never go back to my old ways. Eliminating the word "diet" from this process was key, and when I reached that point where people began to notice my weight loss, you know the place where you start reverting because you feel as if you've done it, that is when I found SP. Of course the internet was never an element I had used in the past, and thankfully when I Googled tracking calories, I found Spark People. That has been my insurance policy and my Bible of information, it's the place I turn to when I lose focus and it never fails me.
But, I've learned much during this journey, about myself, and my capabilities, about what is needed to ensure health and fitness. I've found a passion in exercise and know that these lessons will be here for a lifetime. So, if I've become a leader, or inspiration, or just set an example that others feel they can follow, that's just one more life changing event from this process. I encourage people to look at me and how far I've come and realize that there is nothing different, special, or unique about me, and that my mountain was exceptionally high at the start, so high, in fact, that I couldn't even envision the top let alone believe I could reach it, but I'm there and you can be too. Just take it one small step at a time, and focus your attention to that step and making it the right step, and before you know it all those steps add up to successful weight loss.
I've had an excellent workout week, and feel as if I've accomplished a lot. 11 games to umpire this weekend as long as the rain doesn't ruin things...be back Monday
Monday, July 20, 2009
This morning was one of those, "I'm not going to the gym" kind of mornings. After an exhausting umpiring schedule over the weekend, I really felt like sleeping in when the alarm sounded at 7 am. But after a couple of "snooze" hits I got up and got going. I figured it would be tough to get my whole workout in since I was behind schedule, but I improvised and made it a circuit workout by combining 2 exercises with no rest and was able to finish in plenty of time before spin class started. Then I had an awesome spin class working at a very high intensity. I have to say the feeling of accomplishment was overwhelming. Knowing that I could have just blown the gym off with a fairly reasonable excuse, but instead getting a great workout in, made my whole day.
The amazing thing here is that we still will be faced with those inner battles and those negative thoughts from the past, that try to talk us out of doing what we know we must. But if we just take the first step, in my case, turning off the alarm and getting out of bed, all the rest falls into place. That "I can't possibly" attitude can be replaced so very easily with "I will" and the result is a bright and positive outlook for the entire day. Had I stayed in bed, I would have reverted to my old self-loathing days and beat myself up all day long. Instead, I moved and consequently accomplished what I had planned and knew I needed and was left with self-pride instead.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Self-love is the only weight-loss aid that really works in the long run.
- Jenny Craig, diet guru
Battle scars from the Diet War
Like Martha Graham, who said that "The body is a sacred garment. It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with, and it should be treated with honor," Jenny Craig seems to know a thing or two about caring for your body and your self. In the Garden of Eden, eating was modeled as one of life's most pleasurable experiences. But then Eve took a bite out of that apple (so much for the low calorie, low fat, high fiber theory), and women (and men) have been at war with food ever since. Both of these quotes reflect this fact. Are your weight issues really a symptom of something else--boredom, depression, regret, or rejection? At the root of many issues is our self-loathing at worst, our self-indifference at best. Food is not the enemy. We are. Break the cycle of dieting and replace it with loving yourself enough to make good choices about your diet. Examine your eating habits this week. Are you honoring your body with your food choices? How can you love yourself back to a healthy relationship with eating? Take steps towards defeating the natural compulsion or craving that might take you down a path of regretful eating. Remember the sacredness of your own skin.
Today's Healthy Reflection is something that we all need to recognize and strive to achieve. I didn't really see how much I hated what I had become and that the self-hatred was the driving force of the continuing downward cycle. The problem is that we hate what we see in the mirror, and so we eat, which makes our mirror image even more disgusting to us. The self-loathing over our appearance and our inability to take the control to end the cycle just continues to immobilize and victimize us. Understanding that we are powerful and able to make the changes that will lead us toward our goal of fitness and health can be accomplished by such small steps and little victories. With each victory we find our strength and that strength makes us feel good and proud of ourselves, so we must focus on those small victories in order to realize we are worth liking.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
well I had the oddest experience last night...I had what I guess I could describe as vertigo...as if I had drank too much (alcohol) but of course, I'd had nothing to drink. I think it may have been from over-medicating with pain relievers all day long and not drinking enough water to compensate for that. This morning I was fine, but I slept a bit longer in the event it was from my umpiring over the weekend. I have a very faint head ache, but other than that I feel fine...not sure what happened, but not looking for any repeat performances.
Also, I'm trying to reassure my daughter-in-law that everything with her baby will be fine, as she's lost another pound in her 7th month of pregnancy. She's a 6 foot tall girl and we've seen the baby's ultrasound in 3D and she/he was developing fine, but she's a wreck and doesn't go for another scan until Friday. I've scoured the internet looking for information to reassure her that the baby is fine and that she should concentrate on increasing her calorie intake at this time, but not to worry....Friday can't get here soon enough!
Monday, July 13, 2009
On this day of your life, you should know that happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meandering, but leads none of us by the same route.
Charles Caleb Colton said that, and he was right. Therefore, since there is no One Way to find happiness, why not find it the way that appeals most to you? Why not follow your passion --- even if others tell you that you are crazy for trying it?
Is someone telling you that now?
Don't listen. Don't listen to that!
The voice of caution knows nothing of real joy. What joy is there is doing what there was no doubt you could do? Where's the excitement in that? Hey, try something that you might fail at.
Now that's living.
Whatever we fear we must not give into it, failure is just another opportunity to learn something. It may be hard to realize at the moment you are experiencing that failure, finding a positive in every situation is what we must always try to do.
I've been working on a new workout for the past 2 weeks (started week 3 today) and it's a program that works the large muscle groups and takes only about 35 minutes. It's funny how I often think if I'm not spending hours at the gym, then I'm not working hard enough. Then along comes a workout like this and I realize I can get a kick-a_ _ workout in just 30 minutes. As usual, I finish the workout with spinning class...always a good day. This weekend we did another softball tournament and it was relatively easy compared to the last one as we did 8 games in two days.
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