Monday, November 30, 2009
My biggest fear over the past three years was what would happen if things got in the way of my rigid schedule, and I now know that I can still continue my healthy lifestyle even with a blip here and there. My recent fall (thanks to my stupid cat) on the stairs has caused me to miss cardio (aka spin class) for over 3 weeks now. I was able to continue to lift weights and that kept me sane, and I walked after a week combined with a little running as well. I'm finally heading back to spin tomorrow, but now I'm beginning a new schedule as I'm babysitting my new grandson two days a week and I'll need to adjust my schedule. But, I now know, that I'm able to keep up with my healthy habits even when things change. I know I won't be derailed and that gives me a great deal of comfort and confidence as I move forward towards my 4th year anniversary....
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
As I'm sitting here on Thanksgiving eve, I realize how very far I've come in what will soon be 4 years. Life is such an exciting and wonderful thing or me right now and I'm so very grateful for all I have and all I've become. Though I've not been as visible here on SP lately, I have remained true to my SP lessons and continue to live and eat healthy. I've had a few events, good and bad, occur over recent months and realize that no matter what life throws at me, I'm able to handle and grow from all of it and see the strength that I've gained, both physically and mentally during this time.
Though it's not always easy, and I expect it never will be, it continues to be worth every ounce of effort it requires to live a healthy life.
So on this eve of Thanksgiving I thank all at SP who have given all of us in need such a wonderful tool to take us to our goals. I am also unbelievably thankful for all my blessings, the most recent being my 2 month old grandson, Jackson Dylan!
Saturday, September 05, 2009
I've had a very sloppy summer in terms of my calories consumed, my tracking and logging in here at SP and my participation on the forums. I've gained weight and have to begin the process of calorie control again. I know I'm willing and able to do this, I've just been vacationing, though unintentionally, through the summer months. The problem began when softball ended and I wasn't getting the additional workouts from umpiring. I never adjusted my calorie intake and thus have gained weight. It's an example for all to know that I've not eaten anything unhealthy but still find myself in a gaining situation. So to remind myself of how I found success here's a Healthy Reflection that I like.
The best inspiration is not to outdo others, but to outdo ourselves.
Winning victory against yourself
No one likes to lose. The thrill of victory after competition is hard to match. But the wins that leave the most significant, long-term impressions are the ones where you win against yourself. Beating a friend in a game of hoops is much less meaningful than setting a personal best time while running. We live in a highly competitive world, and everything around us screams that we've got to be number one in order to feel successful. Truly though, the best measuring sticks are your past and your potential--not against someone else's standards. Raise the bar for yourself!
Friday, August 21, 2009
Adversity and loss make a man wise.
- Welsh Proverb
One of the most important things I've learned from my journey is that the hardest things, make success over them all the sweeter. From all the many trials I've experienced I've earned that I'm a very strong and capable person. For all too long I allowed myself to believe that I was somehow unable to take control from food, and take control over my lack of activity, and so became a victim of my weight. Al of this is a mind game that we play with ourselves, we feed into the vicious cycle by allowing our difficulties to control us and defeat us, instead of taking the power back for ourselves. With every step I took and every bite of healthy food I ate, I felt myself becoming the one who had power. I found that I was wallowing in self-pity and feeding the cycle of failure. So, I learned how to become the victor, the winner, the one who overcomes and finds ways to win even the toughest battles.
Every day is still a battle of wills, as far as food is concerned. It would be so much easier if we didn't ever need to take a bite. Because for me, if I didn't need food to live, I could live without food. So, I'm not going to lie and sy this ever becomes easy, it doesn't, but I won't allow food to defeat me. I work out too hard to make it will worthless time spent.
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