Wednesday, December 28, 2011
FITNESS!!! EEK! Ugly word! LOL!
Until I read ch.3 last night, I had never really thought about what the word "fitness" really meant, or what it actually implied. To me, it has meant exercising my body to extremes and being obsessive about working out. WRONG!
Perhaps being "fit" means being my best... fit-ness in my mind, body, spirit. All working together to make a healthy, balanced whole being.
The building blocks in this chapter are exercise, nutrition, stress management, and sleep. These four components can blend and compliment each other. When in alignment, they help one be balanced and truly "fit".
How can I achieve "fitness" in mind, body, and spirit, using these building blocks?
Exercise the body....move it, sister! Start with 10 minutes of planned exercise every day.
Exercise the mind... do puzzles, learn something new every day... USE your brain in new ways!
Exercise the spirit... pray, laugh, love...every day. Give of yourself to others.
Nutrition... body... choose foods that fuel my body. Choose more natural, less chemically processed foods. Drink more water! Eat in moderation. Eat to live, not live to eat!
Nutrition... mind... learn about foods that enhance your brain! Pay attention to how food affects your physical well-being... does certain foods cause inflammation in your system? How will you know unless you stay informed and educated?
Nutrition... spirit... feed your spirit with good books, friendships, love(for yourself and others!), and music.
Stress management... body... eat well, rest well, play well. Choose your battles!
Stress management... mind... meditate, pray, choose to fill your mind with good things(positive affirmations, good memories) be still... be silent.
Stress management... spirit. Choose to avoid people, places or things that are toxic to your well-being.
Sleep... body... get 8 hours of it, if possible.
Sleep... mind... learn to turn your brain off when you close your eyes.
Sleep... spirit... find something that will relax you, calm you to help you sleep. Aromatherapy. Count sheep. Count your blessings.
When I can overlap these elements and allow them to become part of my new LIFESTYLE, I can achieve the success and FITNESS I desire...
I am taking control of MY environment and implementing these four building blocks into my life. I am setting myself up for success... I am working towards specific goals that will assure my "fitness" all along the life journey I am on.
Maybe FITNESS isn't such an ugly word after all!
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
I went to bed last night with the Spark, my journal and a warm Corgi. Propped the pillow up and began to look back through the journal. I have always had a section for goals. A page per goal. I'm went back and revisited each one to see what I'll keep, then leave the rest.
I have the BabyStep Pledge Body Clutter Release Contract from FLYlady(www.flylady.net). It is signed October23, 2005. I weighed 241. The week before that, I was 245 at the doctor's for my physical. Sort of disappointing at this moment, but I wrote my weight every year on 10/23, and I AM down from the beginning. So I guess it wasn't for naught after all. What the contract has to say is truth. I'll keep it in my journal for encouragement, to show I CAN reach my goal weight AND keep it off! Time IS my friend, not always an enemy.
My Goals for Work page is very specific, and I have completed all but 2 of my goals for the past year. I'll write a new 2012 page. Time to tweak the things I've mastered. Always room to improve. It was very good to see how I accomplished the goals and the notes I wrote about doing it.
The House Dream has been realized in the past 6 years... we moved June 26, 2010 to the house I envisioned a long, long time ago. This page stays to help me remember what it took to get where we are today. I still have things I'd like to do to the house, so they are listed here under 2012 heading. One step builds on another... like building a house.
There are 3 pages of financial goals... from 2005. All but 2 met. I added 4 more to those, and 2012 is ready to be implemented.
It took 5 years to find my Church home. God often has us go around mountains again and again until we are willing to go THROUGH them... I have goals for what I want in my spiritual life, too, for 2012. Much has been given, much is required... Open heart, open mind. Obedience because of love... "We can do no great things, only small things with great love." Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
SPARKing is going to help me meet my physical goals.
I read and answered the questions from The Spark CH. 1 and 2 that are necessary to understand just where my real motivation is coming from, what my purpose is in this part of my journey. It was insightful. I saw I had gotten away from my initial goals, and was wandering about aimlessly... yes, I was functioning. I have been so FLYwaSHEd (there is a FLYLADY TEAM and a SHE's Doing It TEAM) that the the habits(especially Finally Love Yourself) I have developed over the years have served me well, even if I don't always realize it.
But I AM back on track now, PTL! I have my FOCUS back. Cornerstone 1 is laid.
Chapter 3 is the Cornerstone of Fitness. That is my goal for today. Read and learn.
Monday, December 26, 2011
I edited my Spark teams. Going to keep it simple for awhile...
I am going to take The Spark chapter by chapter... and journal about it.
Tonight I used the Book guide, and wrote down the questions I want to explore in the first chapter. I want to really focus on what my REAL goals are, and what my motivation is. I need to re-think the goals I have set so far... they were sort of "getting my feet wet" goals. Now that I have seen what Sparking is about, I can be more confident and truly delve into making goals that have some substance to them, and are attainable.
I realize I do not need to be in a rush to learn everything NOW and to achieve it all today.
Honesty is the best policy.
It will all come together one choice at a time, and I will accomplish more than I ever imagined I could.
I can be impatient with myself. I can also drag my feet.
Somewhere and somehow I WILL achieve balance. Again, it will be one choice at a time.
All of the corny cliches, all of the positive self talk, the "slogans" used to keep one on the straight and narrow... THEY ARE ALL VALID!
God has a great plan for me. With discernment, faith, obedience, and trust I will become the best version I can be!
I cannot do this alone.
SO, on to the next step.
Monday, December 26, 2011
I've decided to take this whole week to re-evaluate where I have been, and where I would like to go in the new year.
My copy of The Spark came last week. I just finished reading chapter 2 last night. A good read! Focus is an appropriate topic for me to ponder this week.
I have been "feeling" rather overwhelmed the past month. To cope, I've been floating along, doing just the bare minimum to get by. This is not wise. I know I have to have specific goals for each day. If I float through the day, I lose the day... all of it's beauty, it's wisdom, it's message!
I'm babystepping with The Spark. I am going to pare down to the best basics for where I am right now, and make sure I am building a really solid foundation. One step/streak built upon another will allow me to cover the distance I need to reach my goals in a timely and lasting fashion.
I'm reducing my Spark Teams, for the time being, to those which will touch my core being. The Spark(book) Team will be my guide to developing the best route for me to take on my journey to HEALTHY.
My Spark Class will keep me acountable and help me stay current with those who started their Spark Journey when I did. My Living with Rheumatoid team helps me to know others are Sparking with their RA issues. Catholic Critters will help me stay grounded in my spirit. Walk Away The Pounds will help me get a strong physical foundation to build on. Four cornerstones. I'll add the other wonderful teams back... as I would add another brick to my foundation to make it stronger.
ALL of the teams encourage me to reach my goals. I want to be a worthy contributer to each one, and not spread myself too thin in the beginning. Something very easy to do, at first! So many wonderful things to be involved in!
I am going to redefine my goals, cutting them back to basics, too. So that I can establish strong streaks that will last.
It is going to be a SPARKling New Year! Let the reformation begin!
Sunday, December 18, 2011
When you are a kid, you learn to ride a bicycle(hopefully!) and find a whole new world opens up to you. You find freedom on two wheels... to get you where you want to go, as fast as you can peddle and have a direction to go in. How pretty the bike is isn’t as important as that it IS a bike!
The skill of riding doesn't just occur overnight. Often you start out with "Training Wheels" to help you learn balance. You will sort of get the feel for how riding a bike is supposed to be. Gain some confidence... You build a good foundation so that you will be able to ride well when the TW's come off. It can take hours, days, or weeks to prepare yourself for your solo journey. Riding a bike requires energy. Some real effort on your part. You have to WANT to ride the bike no matter what!
The day finally comes to take off the TW's. You wobble. You may even fall. But when you fall, you do not give up! You get right back on the bike, find your balance and peddle off again. There are days when you ride better than others. It ebbs and flows, as life does. But you never lose the actual ability to ride, if you developed your skills well to begin with.
At some point you may put away the bike, get your driver's license, and only ride the bike occasionally. Maybe even get rid of the bike entirely. But you know in you heart you can always ride again if you need to.
I have peddled a DIET bike off and on the last 20 years of my life. Until I found SP, the only program that worked for me was Weight Watchers. WW was a shiny, expensive bike that I enjoyed. I had TW’s of tracking, accountability, support from others, and knowledge. WW taught me it isn't about DIET, it is about lifestyle changes and good nutrition. I also came to understand becoming healthy is a life long commitment. A journey that doesn't end until your life on this earth is done. I learned that when I choose to go solo and not eat wisely or exercise, the pounds come back. Pretty simple formula.
I put away my WW “bike” because of economic reasons. That didn’t mean I couldn’t ride anymore… I just had to adapt to a new type of bike(SP) and start peddling again. SP is showing me I still have the skills I need to reach my goal weight. The balance is coming back. I fall a bit, but I get right back into the Spark of things. It’s ok to back-peddle , as long as I begin to go forward again after regaining my strength. I have physical challenges now that may mean I need to permanently use the “training wheels” for support. But I am still riding! I still have a direction to go in. The ride to the destination is more important for me now than the end point… although the destination is in sight.
SP gives me the same solid frame as WW to ride on, but I can work on it myself… tailor my bike to MY needs. I may not be peddling in as high a style, but I’m getting to where I want to be none the less!
In fact, I LIKE having training wheels! It means I am on solid ground even when I may not “feel” like it! WOOHOO!
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