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In Ten Years

Sunday, March 10, 2013

SparkCoach instructed us to look at ourselves 10 years from now and have that person talk to our present selves. Interesting exercise.
Me in 10 years: I will be 70 and retired. I think I will still be living where I am. I believe that I will be active and involved in my community and church. I might be giving private art lessons and doing volunteer work. I would also be going to classes for various interests. I want to be a life-long learner.
I would tell my current self "thank you." Thank you for finally getting hold of yourself and doing something about your health. If you had not done that my 70-self might not be able to do much at all...or not even be here. I would tell my current self to keep at it and don't give up...to extend the energy to organizing and disciplining yourself in other parts of your life so your last years in this world can be more full and enjoyable.

March 13, 2013 - If I didn't have a scale, how would I determine I was at a good weight? It would have to be how I felt. Energy level would be one thing, as well as mobility and stamina. I would also be able to shop for clothes in the Misses section instead of the Women's section. I am really going to be excited when that happens.

June 17, 2013 - Spark Coach asked us to set long term goals for 1, 5, and 10 years. I thought I would add them here.
One year: I will have my house and classroom organized and de-cluttered. I will be at my goal weight and maintaining it.
Five years: I will be looking at retirement. I might possibly be retiring at this point. I will be maintaining my fitness level. I will be building my skills as an artist and musician. I think I might like to learn to play Tennis and take dance classes.
Ten Years: I will be 70. I would like to have my own art studio and offer lessons. I particularly am interested pottery. I want my own kiln and wheel. I would like to set up at crafts fairs and do some traveling.

  
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SARAHST0T 3/10/2013 1:05PM

    Great reflections!

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BEWELL48 3/10/2013 7:39AM

    Like your reflection on the exercise.
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12-steps

Friday, February 22, 2013

Someone posted this on Facebook - taking the twelve steps of overcoming alcohol or drug addiction and putting them in the framework of overcoming food addiction.

1 - Admit you are powerless over food - that your life has become unmanageable.
2 - Believe that a power greater than yourself can restore you to sanity.
3 - Decide to turn your will and life over to the care of God as you understand Him.
4 - Make a searching and fearless moral inventory of yourself.
5 - Admit to God, to yourself, and to another human being the exact nature of your wrongs.
6 - Be entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7 - Humbly ask Him to remove your shortcomings.
8 - Make a list of persons you have harmed, and become willing to make amends to them all.
9 - Make direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10 - Continue to take personal inventory, and when you are wrong, promptly admit it.
11 - Seek, through prayer and meditation, to improve your conscious contact with God as you understand Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for you and the power to carry that out.
12 - Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, try to carry the message to food addicts, and to practice these principles in all your affairs.

  
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Favorite Quotes

Friday, February 15, 2013

A SETBACK is when you slip up, get busy, or become distracted from your goals. A FAILURE is when you decide your health isn't worth the effort.

ACTION is worry's worst enemy.

Direction, not intention, determines the destination.

Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the FEARFUL it is threatening because it means that things may get worse; To the HOPEFUL it is encouraging because things may get better; To the CONFIDENT it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better. - King Whitney, Jr.

Borrowed from 111Butterfly111's sparkpage:
"Better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backwards." - Chinese proverb

Thanks, Kathryn1955 for this one:
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesnít serve the world. Thereís nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people wonít feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. Itís not just in some of us; itís in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As weíre liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
By Marianne Williamson

ABILITY is what you're capable of doing.
MOTIVATION determines what you do.
ATTITUDE determines how well you do it.
- Lou Holtz

  
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BEWELL48 2/16/2013 4:52AM

    Action is worries worst enemy....funny that I wrote that one and carried it in my pocket yesterday! Need to learn to practice it more often. When I do it works!

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 2/15/2013 2:14PM

    Good quotes !

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CAT609 2/15/2013 7:26AM

    Awesome!

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AZMOMXTWO 2/15/2013 6:45AM

  great ones thank you

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My Challenges

Sunday, February 10, 2013

I had my first week of not losing any weight, even when sticking to the program. I am hovering. It amazes me that it is just now that the SparkCoach message is "expect this." How timely. I am not giving up and I am moving forward.

With that said, I had my first "I blew it day" yesterday. Could it be my last? lolol (probably not). I was in charge of Youth Day at church. It started at 9 a.m. with breakfast with the kids. The morning was filled with activites ...and food, of course. In the afternoon, we decorated for the youth sponsored valentine's banquet. The kids practiced their skits. Then, we hosted the banquet. Then, there was clean up. I crawled into bed around 11 p.m.
On the good side, I was on my feet and moving all day. My poor feet still attests to that. I am sure I burned a lot of calories, but didn't even have a clue how to track it...and didn't.
Food? I had intentions of sticking to my diet plan, but didn't. I didn't totally blow it out of the water, but I didn't track and I know I ate too much.

I almost dreaded stepping on the scale this morning. There was a few ounce increase. I am still within that same first three numbers I have been with all week, with little wobbles in the ounces.

Well, on to the next week. I have not lost motivation and determination.

March 18, 2013 - Today's coaching session wanted us to blog about our "all or nothing" moments. I used to have a lot of them. When I would "fall off the wagon" in past weight-loss attempts, I would just give up. I must say that since I started on Sparkpeople, I have had a few days when I went over budget with my calories (reference the entry above), but they have been very few. My attitude has changed. I don't feel like quiting. I just get myself back on track. Tracking my food really helps a lot. Yesterday, I went about 150 calories over my max range. I didn't beat myself up. I did an extra 35 minutes of exercise. Today I am ready to stay with the plan and stay in my calorie range.
Little steps...one at a time...day by day. It isn't all or nothing. It is doing something...anything.

April 26, 2013: Today's coaching session wanted us to blog about how we overcome the times we feel defeated. I have gone through a few mini plateaus. I have had a few times that I overeaten (not to a huge extent). I hate those times, but I don't give up. I do not, under any circumstances, want to go back to where I was. If 32 pounds was all I ever lost, I would feel success at maintaining that. But I know if I stay on course, I will reach my final goal.

  
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BOPPY_ 2/10/2013 11:25PM

    Don't worry about the non-loss weeks; keep after the program and eventually it will all even out. I wrote about this in my blog, today.

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SLACHETKA103145 2/10/2013 7:57AM

    The most critical thing that I found over the years is never give up...whether you are a frog in a pelican's mouth or a tiny engine plodding up a hill!

I think I can
I think I can
Think I can!!!!!

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