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.
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
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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