Sunday, December 02, 2012
It's been several months since my last blog, and while I'm hoping to catch up soon, today I'm just here to share a good laugh. A dear friend posted this on Facebook. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did! It is called "Really Bad Analogies by High School Students"
Friday, August 31, 2012
I read this article and wanted to share as I feel he has some really helpful insights...
Chris Powell, a trainer on the television series Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, encouraged students to live with a purpose and believe in themselves when he visited Weber State University Thursday.
Powell, who was featured as part of the Convocations Lecture Series, works closely with obese individuals and helps them overcome obstacles preventing them from living a healthy lifestyle. He said the first step in reclaiming one’s life is accepting the fact that disappointment is inevitable.
“You’re going to fall flat on your face,” Powell said. “You’re going to binge, and you’re going to slack on your cardio and you’re going to do these things hundreds of times over the next year. And if you don’t think you are, you are setting yourself up for great disappointment.”
In order to avoid discouragement, Powell said, people need to expect to fall without failing. Disappointing oneself becomes an important learning experience for people seeking to change their lives.
“If you expect to transform for good,” Powell said, “you expect to fall flat on your face. And when you do, that is a beautiful thing because that is the ultimate opportunity to get back on your feet. If you don’t learn how to get back on your feet, you’re never going to get where you want to go.”
Additionally, Powell told those in attendance that a lifestyle transformation depends on integrity.
“Integrity is valuing your word to yourself,” Powell said.
Powell also said that one of the most important steps a person takes is deciding what kind of life he or she wants to live and simply working to develop habits that will accommodate the desired change.
“You can be whoever you want to be,” Powell said. “Whoever you want to be right now . . . all you have to do is whenever you find yourself in a situation, just live into that identity. Figure out who you want to be and be that person.”
Powell explained that when a person makes those decisions, it brings a renewed purpose to that person’s life.
“Live with a purpose,” Powell said. “There is a saying that the antidote for despair is purpose. If we don’t have a direction in life, as humans we’ll find ourselves in limbo, and that’s when we get destructive to ourselves. We have to take all of this passion and point it in a certain direction.”
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
I started off the Summer challenge pretty strong, then dropped the ball (yet again) as I let illness and other distractions take center stage. Here I am, four days into another new beginning. Will this finally be the one, the time when everything clicks and I finally realize success? I don't think so. I'm beginning to think the fact that I'm still here, beginning again for the umpteenth time...I think that may be my success story. I will keep striving to do better and to be better, but I'm done worrying. I'm done judging myself. I have been at this for what feels like a very long time. When I first found SP years ago, I was right on the edge of crossing the 300lb mark. The threat of that number motivated me to try to make a change, but after a short while, I slid back into my old habits and patterns. This is a scene I have repeated time and time again. It has been more years and more attempts than I care to admit to. Years I spent allowing my weight to define me and to define what I could or couldn't do, what I would or wouldn't attempt. I'm just so tired of this cycle. Tired of carrying the excess weight and tired of carrying the baggage of expectation always followed by feelings of utter failure and defeat. I'm tired of feeling bad.
For better or worse, I am where I am. I feel good that I never hit that 300 lbs and have actually lost 10% of my body weight. I really don't want to care anymore about how long it took to do so or how far I still have to go. I feel good that I keep renewing my efforts, even if I have what feels like a lifetime of failures behind me. I feel good about the choices I'm making right now, today. My focus for this challenge is to be consistent & feel good about the choices I'm making for myself.
Monday, June 25, 2012
I do not remember exactly when I stopping truly living and began to just exist, but throughout the past decade or so, I feel as though I've been sleepwalking through the majority of my life. There have been moments here and there where I've snapped out of it temporarily, short stints of living in the moment such as the birth of my grandson, a vacation or a new move here or there. But for the most part, I feel I've forgotten how to truly live and be alive.
Our recent move to Colorado is changing me. Being in a place so different from my home that it feels like a foreign land, well, it has a way of demanding your attention. As we work to get settled into this new life, I've made a conscious choice to battle my extreme homesickness with a sense of adventure & a determination to explore and enjoy the new opportunities such a life change presents. Colorado is truly a beautiful place, and over the past several months, I have fallen in love with prairie dogs, the coolness of the early morning air,the joy of stumbling unexpectedly upon elk grazing in random places, cottonwood drifting on the breeze, and always, the snow-capped mountains looming over us, peeking through the trees wherever we go. But it wasn't until a few days ago that I took my first trip to Rocky Mountain National Park.
I've been desperately wanting to visit the Park since our arrival here but afraid to do so, scared that my current size and the elevation would make it hard to breathe and possibly trigger an asthma attack. Well, Thursday, I felt more tired of being limited by my fear than actually afraid of going, so off we went. In a nutshell, I was completely unprepared for the indescribably wild beauty of the place... Being IN the Rockies was a vastly different experience from just seeing them!
I sat on the edge of the world as chipmunks scurried across my lap looking for food, felt ice cold snowmelt running out of an alpine meadow and watched marmots feeding on an alpine tundra as the sun set.
And we hiked almost two miles throughout the day (including along part of an ancient Ute Indian trail almost 12k ft above sea level)!
It felt amazing to be there and to do something I did not believe I was physically capable of doing. The call of those mountains, the sheer awe and exhilaration rushing through my spirit kept driving me forward throughout the day, barely aware of the fears I'd held or even of the physical demands I was placing on my body! To witness a perceived limitation crumble and fall like that brings with it an incredible sense of excitement.. Four days later, I'm still completely stoked by the experience. I feel stronger and more capable, as if I've reclaimed a lost piece of myself. I find myself challenging beliefs I've held for a long time, wanting to expose more self-imposed limitations so I reclaim even more of my life. I don't know what's next, but for now, I'm grateful to have left one fear behind and for the motivation that brings. Knowing I can do this now fuels my imagination as I think of other new things I can try right now, weight be damned!
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
It is so encouraging to see so many of my fellow Sapphires posting a loss on Week 1! This morning, I felt excited as I pulled out the scale. I'm back on track, I worked out every day (nearly), I watched what I ate and most of all, I remained present and focused. Truthfully, having only begun on Saturday, I wasn't expecting to see much progress from the scale's perspective, but I did expect to see SOMETHING positive. Results: 1.2 lb gain. Tried again. 269.2. Stepped off, blew all of that heavy air out of my lungs and stepped back on. Still 269.2. Really? I mean my knee is throbbing 24/7, my favorite double chocolate Klondike bars are sitting untouched in the freezer, and I GAIN? As my dh would say...
I am motivated, I am doing it, and when I finish venting here, I will sit down and tweak my game plan, but I do need that @*$ scale to get on board with me. I like my little gold stars, pat-on-the-back, doing a great job moments. Those are what keep me going as I wait for that magical moment when I really do believe I'll get there, meet my goals, and be living a healthy active life. It's too early in the game to kill the scale yet, but it IS officially on probation, and I'm putting dh's hammer next to it under the sink (just so it knows).
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