Saturday, December 12, 2009
Living Life Fully
The secret of success is this: there's no secret of success.-Elbert Hubbard
The most important message of all concerning success is that since each one of us will define success and determine success based on our individual wants, needs, and callings, there simply can be no secret that encompasses everyone. There are certain principles that one can follow to achieve great numbers of sales or high grades in school or even healthy relationships, but the idea of success is such a unique idea for each of us that there's no way that there can be a secret of success that will work for everyone.
And that's not a negative thing to say. Our uniqueness is one of our greatest assets; our individuality is one of the things that's most worthy of celebrating in this life of ours. So why should we imagine that there can be one path to success, one secret that applies to everyone?
If I want to be successful, then I must follow my heart. But following my heart may keep me earning much less money than following my logic would--but are my accomplishments any less valuable because of that? I can be successful on my own terms, following my own muses, but not following any secret that's been passed on from someone else.
Perhaps the point that Elbert may be trying to make, in different words, is that "there's no set of rules that will guarantee success." Or perhaps he's saying that everything that we need to succeed in the world is already before us and within us, and that it isn't any secret at all.
No matter how we read his words, though, it's important to keep in mind that the only true success is the success that comes from us following our hearts, our consciences, and our passions. Such success will be the most gratifying of all, and the most long-lasting.
Questions to consider:
How many people try to sell us their secrets to success? What kinds of success do they usually promise?
Why do so many people feel that there has to be a "secret" that can make us successful?
How do you define success in your life?
For further thought:
People succeed because they believe,
not only that they can and will succeed,
but also that success is worth the price they pay for it.-Tom Hopkins
Friday, December 11, 2009
I've been struggling the past few days with emotional eating. It feels like I'm losing my spark. I'm NOT going out without a fight though. I'm also struggling with gaining and losing the same few pounds. Last week, I was 32 pounds lighter and now I'm 3 pounds heavier. This has been going on for a while now and I'm tired of it. It's time for this to stop. I don't want to fail. Thanks for listening!
Have a great day!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
I'm going to focus on ALL the good I'm doing because if I allow this one thing to define my success, it'll do ME more harm than good. This week I'd burned over 2900 calories by the end of Wednesday night. On Tuesday, I burned 1374 calories that day alone so yeah, I'm doing really well. SELF! Don't get me wrong, I will NOT let this become an excuse to eat just because I can. I will let my body be the judge and NOT my mind. Some might even think I'm making excuses but that's NOT the case. I'm learning that it's NOT one thing in particular that will "fix" me, (so to speak)it is everything working together as a whole. I will win this battle with Obesity, ONE day, ONE step, and ONE pound at a time! I CAN and WILL do it!!!
I'm going to keep making good choices because I know in the end, it ALL, will come together.
Have a Sparkling Day All!
Monday, December 07, 2009
Someone shared this on one of my teams and I wanted to share it with you ALL.
When you've eaten too much and you can't write it down,
And you feel like the biggest failure in town.
When you want to give up just because you gave in,
and forget all about being healthy and thin.
So What! You went over your points a bit,
It's your next move that counts...So don't you quit!
It's a moment of truth, it's an attitude change.
It's learning the skills to get back in your range.
It's telling yourself, "You've done great up till now.
You can take on this challenge and beat it somehow."
It's part of your journey toward reaching your goal.
You're still gonna make it, just stay in control.
To stumble and fall is not a disgrace,
If you summon the will to get back in the race.
But, often the strugglers, when losing their grip,
Just throw in the towel and continue to slip.
And learn too late when the damage is done,
that the race wasn't over...they still could have won.
Lifestyle change can be awkward and slow,
but facing each challenge will help you grow.
Success is failure turned inside out,
the silver tint in a cloud of doubt.
When you're pushing to the brink, refuse to submit,
If you bite it, you write it....But don't you quit!
- Author Unknown
Have a great night everyone!
Sunday, December 06, 2009
When I first started using any mood altering substance, it was to numb the pain. Later, euphoria, because I liked the way it felt. Then it became necessary out of habit because my body became dependent on it. There was the never ending roller coaster ride. I was so caught up that I couldn't see nothing else but the drugs. I thank God for a prayerful mother. Even after her death God was still answering her prayers. He allowed me to go through some things in order to get my attention. Then came the despair. I started to feel again. The drugs wasn't having their numbing effect anymore. So I started to pray. I would be walking the streets in the middle of the night crying, praying, asking the Lord to please help me. I would say, Lord I can't do this without you, so please have mercy on me. Lead me, guide me, in your ways. And He heard my cry. It was like he was saying, be patient with me. I will respond as soon as I can.
When I finally got clean, I realized that I had traded one addiction for another because I turned to food. After being clean for 2 and half years and realizing I had allowed myself to get to 305 pounds brought on severe depression. It wasn't long after that that I relapsed and I was in such despair. I didn't have to focus on the weight any longer because I was dropping several pounds a week. The drugs took over. That's the way drugs did me, it took my appetite. But God being the awesome God He is, allowed me to feel every hump and bump of my disease. When you ask God to remove something or take away the desire, He does. So when I started using again, I was forcing something that wasn't there anymore. His mercy and grace saved me again from SELF.
After getting clean again I realized immediately(2/3 months)that I was beginning to gain the weight all over again. Because in my addiction I had loss 77 pounds. So when I got clean in April/2009 I was 227 pounds and in July/2009 I was 260. That's over 30 pounds in 3 months. That's crazy right?
I had a light bulb moment. I realized if I continue on the way I was going, I would surely use again because of depression. I didn't want to live like that any more. I wanted a life free from the use of drugs but most of all I wanted to glorify God in my body. How could I do that when there was no discipline? So I prayed. I said, "God if you can deliver an addict like me from the use of drugs, surely you can take away the desire to over eat. I trust and believe and know that you can and will. Thank you, In Jesus Name".
I've been clean and sober for 8 months now and I've been on this journey to better health and weight close to 5 months. I've had a loss of 32 pounds but I gained 3 back. I'm NOT giving up on me though. When I fall the ONLY option is to get back up and TRY again. I CAN DO IT!!!
If someone asked me how do I get back on the wagon, I would have to say, HONESTY because it keeps me accountable and shines a light on my FAULTS.
If you fall, why lie? The only person you lie to is yourself.
SparkPeople and being a part of a couple of great teams, has played a key role in helping me to reach some of my goals. I still have a ways to go but I AM grateful for the changes I'm starting to see, in ME! What a pretty sight it is!
Some of you already know parts of my story so this is for the ones that don't. I hope it encourages you. Have a wonderful night!
and more ~Sabrina
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