Friday, October 25, 2013
I read a lot of spiritual writings on my weight loss journey. Why? Because I do a lot of the tried and true things that are recommended by the experts and programs that supposedly work for weight loss and I am sporadically stalled. So I have surmised that a lot of my problems are in my head, emotions, mental, subconscious.
Pursuant to that line of thought, the Dalai Lama states that "the worse feelings are anger, hate and fear". I think I have to work on my anger and fears.
Another guide I use is the King James Version of the Holy Bible, specifically the Book of Proverbs, chapter 16, verse 18 (16:18),"Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before the fall". This translates for me to accept my failings and weaknesses in the area of food and exercise, to do something about it daily and to never think I got it beat. I have to be vigiliant, not harsh, but consistent, consistently monitoring my diet and exercise.
I know that I have a higher power who will work with me, will help me and it is only through God's grace and blessings that I will be able to lose this weight and keep it off one day a time.
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
My weight loss efforts have not been working to my satisfaction for the past 3 months.
I have stepped up my efforts by tweaking my food plan, increasing and changing my exercise and for inspiration I read books by Joel Osteen, Evangelist- I Declare, Live Your Best Life, Friday, etc...
Some of the things he says really resonates with me...(I'm paraphrasing)
Do your best and God will do the rest
The rest of your life can be the best of your life
I am the victor, not the victim
A setback is a set-up for a comeback
It takes the same amount of energy to Believe as it does to worry
Strive to become a better person instead of a bitter person
And especially for me, more than a survivor, a success!
Saturday, March 16, 2013
I was taught through membership in a couple of 12 step programs to share my experience, strength and hope with others. The great part of that is I always have at least two out of three of those working in my life daily. It was there that I also heard the following prayer for the first time- (Saint Francis of Assisi was a 13th century saint who lived among the beggars at Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome):
Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen
This for me is a tall order and whenever I find that I get anywhere close to living this prayer my life improves tremendously and expeditiously. It is such a relief to try to live selflessly as this prayer sets forth. It, for me, is so freeing and so true in my life today. Thank You Jesus, thank You Lord for showing me the way and for your mercy and blessing in my life today. Amen
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
I learned this Psalm when I was about 12 years old and have continued to recite it daily and/or nightly when I have problems getting to sleep and/or staying asleep. I feel it is helpful because I have read that 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night is good for weight loss.
The Lord Is My Shepherd, the 23rd Psalm from the Holy Bible,
King James version
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for
his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the
shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me,
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the
presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil;
my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all of the days of my life;
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
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