Monday, August 18, 2014
We can and should enjoy life. I have had the philosophy that if you don't have a good time whatever you are doing, it is your own fault.
I also like what Eleanor Roosevelt said about the purpose of life.
You all know that we make choices in life. Here is what Shaw had to say.
Of course, no one likes a giddy-know-it-all, so be aware of others around you and how they might be feeling. If someone is depressed, for example, they don't want to see you all happy, happy, happy. Of course, you can still be happy but be empathetic without being overbearing.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
In July, my team had a challenge of motivation and in June to throw out the negative self talk. These are real challenges especially for women. We are especially critical of ourselves, seeing every flaw on our faces and bodies.
Yesterday before aqua fit, me and a group of women were discussing what we don't like about our bodies. Later on, I realized I still need to work on the negative image. Wow! You can just slip right back into that negative talk easily.
So I plan to post those 10 steps and re-read them every morning until I finally get it.
Here they are for those of you who are not on my team. As you can see, I "borrowed" this from somewhere else, but it is so good!
10 Steps to Loving Your Body (c)
by Pat Ballard
1. Never stand in front of a mirror and think negative thoughts about yourself.
2. Never stand anywhere and think negative thoughts about yourself.
3. Search carefully for your good points and when you have found them, nourish them and build on them and cause them to grow daily.
4. Close your mind to any negative words, thoughts or actions that someone might send your way. Donít allow negative thoughts into your subconscious.
5. Always conduct yourself in an honorable fashion and donít allow your mouth to appear larger than your body.
6. Always do your best to look like you care about yourself, as no one respects a slob, no matter what size that slob might be.
7. Learn what your best colors are, what your best hair style is, and what your best clothes style is, and never leave your house without being dressed accordingly.
8. Always, and without fail, smile and simply say, ďThank you,Ē when you receive a compliment. Never think or say that the compliment isnít true.
9. Stop apologizing about your size. Expect everyone to accept you, respect you, and be
happy with you just the way you are.
10. But most of all, you have to love yourself. When you love yourself, others will love you and respond to you in the exact manner as you feel about yourself.
Thursday, August 07, 2014
I have been talking about starting a graphic design business for a while now. My logo is on my page and I have a website, but I have not joined any networking organizations (the best way to gain business).
When I was looking at the Chamber of Commerce website on Monday, getting ready to join, something held me back. What? I wondered.
I looked at the areas of my life, self, spiritual, finances, nature, family, etc. I realized that it is fear of failure. Why?
I am still working on the why.
There have been many failures in my life.
I do believe I have the ability to do the business. I believe I have the tools to succeed. I also believe that you are never too old to start something new. What have I been afraid of?
I am discovering it is a long held belief coming from my family... my father had his own business but died young. My mother then was fearful of the future and raising the family by herself.
I am afraid my health won't hold up. I am afraid I will lose the money I have invested into getting clients.
This fear has found its way into other areas of my life, two failed marriages, getting fired from one job, getting laid off from two others.
So I am working on it.
The Bible says to not be worried or fearful. I am doing my best to put that into practice and I will, at last, join the Chamber of Commerce... soon.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Nothing is off-limits, those are the main words the nutritionist spoke to me.
Now that is after she found out what I am eating and drinking. It does not mean that I can start drinking sodas or alcohol again or eating fried foods. It means that I have a sweet tooth and if I want dessert, I can cut the starch in my meal and have a dessert instead, just not every day.
She also knows that I have chronic kidney disease and diabetes.
She did tell me that I was not eating enough protein at breakfast and lunch. For breakfast I usually have cereal (hot or cold). I am to add an egg or Morning Star sausage (soy based) for breakfast.
For lunch I usually have Lean Cuisine or Healthy Choice frozen meals with some raw veggies or fruit. Now I am going to add a drumstick or some other form of lean meat.
For snacks, I can have chocolate Teddy Grahams when I crave chocolate or peanut butter and crackers (a few), or string cheese.
For dinner I can have half my plate vegetables, 1/4 lean meat and 1/4 starch (potato, rice, bread, corn or starchy vegetable).
So you see that is a balanced diet with nothing off limits. Potatoes are still there and rice, which a lot of people are eliminating. I don't have celiac disease, so bread is still there too.
Side note: I tried gluten free for a month a while back and noticed NOTHING. Some people are sensitive to gluten, and I feel for you. I am just glad I am not because I cannot live without my bread.
I have to limit my fruit to one serving a day. I was eating too much fruit for my diabetes.
If I want a sandwich for lunch with raw veggies, I can have it!
If I go to a Mexican restaurant, I can have fajitas with corn tortillas and whole beans (not refried) and no fried tortillas and salsa. I love Italian and that can be tricky. She said if I could order a fish or meat dish with pasta on the side and a salad, leaving off the bread, that would be ideal. Those two are really my favorites, Mexican and Italian.
The key to it all is balance. Balancing our carbohydrates and protein is very important, especially for those of us with health issues.
By the way, I can eat all I want of non-starchy vegetables and I intend to!
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