Wednesday, June 26, 2013
While working with my coaching program this morning my motivational picture caused me to stop and ponder.
I don't have a spouse anymore who depends upon me, son and family are across the nation living their own lives and are not dependent upon me. Who is counting on me? That's a good question.
I do have people that have stated they look up to me. Yeh, I'm still pondering their statement. I have those who say I have to stick around and can't leave this world with out them, and since I've started targeting those areas of my life which weigh me down, my friends also have started taking charge of their bodies to take off the excess and unwanted weight and living healthier; some even drastically so with Bariatric surgery.
We do make impacts on other people's lives with how we live our life. I want to make an impact on others that will spur them towards healthy improvements towards the benefits of joy, better endurance and physical strength that enhances their lives, but not solely physical; I'm interested in them as whole people which includes their mind, emotions and spirit.
Who's counting on me? I've discovered there are quite a few people who look to me as a guide in their lives. Maybe when I figure out the why to that, I can be a better me, but for now I not only have a responsibility to them, I have a responsibility to myself to continue working towards a healthier me.
Who's counting on you to be your healthiest?
Here's Sparkin' with you
Have a great day!
Monday, June 10, 2013
I learned today that “all things in moderation" does not always work for some people like me. In an article I read today listed in my Spark Coach Program, “How a 'Bad Food' Attitude Can Backfire- Make Peace with Your Cravings to Drop More Pounds”, Megan Coatley, Behavior Expert, wrote: “…Sweets, salts and alcohol all cause biological reactions in the body that are hard to ignore. And, if you’re someone who responds strongly to these reactions, even one small bite can trigger you to continue sampling similar goodies. … Noting which tempting foods are your triggers can help you arrange your environment so that you don’t overindulge.” That certainly is me! A little potato chip; a bite of rich decadent dark chocolate like a truffle or dove bar sets me in a tail spin.
I did learn that I can still have that but to do it in a way that I’m in an environment that is void of more such tempting treasures. While taking my time and enjoying the small serving I have given myself I can be satisfied and not over indulge. I wouldn't trust myself to do this too often yet. It is my trigger food, but even so, I do not have to deprive myself forever of it.
One of my tricks, when I’m still wanting more of a favorite food, is to brush my teeth and gargle with Listerine or some such mouth wash…. Not the sweet tasting kind, but the apothecary tasting stuff. It helps me break that cycle. If the flavor of this favorite food is still in my mouth, I want more. It seems more is never enough. Remember that old song, “I’m gonna wash that man right out of my hair…”? I don’t know if that ever worked for the writer of those lyrics, though washing that taste out of my mouth does help to stop the triggering of the food. We have to do what works for us in the moment and hopefully it will be something that helps us keep our focus on our new healthy lifestyle and the reason we chose it for ourselves.
Each and every day in every way I am getting better, better and my better becomes my best.
Here’s to Sparkin’ with you!
Monday, June 03, 2013
Today on my coaching program it was discussed about the stress that the scale can bring while straining toward weight loss. There was a time in life where weight loss for me was a high priority and, yes, it created strain and stress in my life. There are many people who have been challenged with greater scale goals than I, yet for my small frame 194+ lbs on top of the serious problems with my back and neck seemed impossible to overcome.
Remember in another Blog I stated that attitude is 90% of the problem? My attitude had a lot to do with it back then too. I hated myself, the mirror was my worst enemy and I loathed looking at myself. I discovered that I can't be kind to me unless I would love myself as I loved my friends. I had friends that had far greater challenges than I did in life, yet I thought they were beautiful. Why couldn't I look at myself that way? In some way I felt my body betrayed me. I had to put on my Big Girl Panties and get over it.
Life throws us a lot of challenges and a lot of losses. I don't know where I adopted the saying from, but it's been a part of my "mantra" (if you will), for several decades; "When various pains and losses come, we can become b"I" tter or b"E"tter." Bitter or Better, it is our choice. No one makes us that way. I've joined a good company of people. Like many, I have been trusted with a challenge in life. I can laugh with it and accept the challenge and move forward or I can choose to be bitter. Tongue-in-cheek; "This is your mission, should you accept it. The tape will self destruct in 10 seconds." Remember the Mission Impossible Series, or have I really dated myself now? LOL I've joined the mission with the other agents in life that know all things are possible. Believe it and move forward.
When I say weight loss is not a priority, I am not saying it isn't part of my goal. I am saying that my priority is health. I press toward the goal of improving that which I can improve in my body, strengthening what I can, accomplishing a stronger gait with surer balance, more flexibility and endurance. While I am working on extending those times of cardiovascular exercise to strengthen my heart, the weight loss will happen, the smaller waist line will take place and I won't have to focus on it forgetting my original purpose of becoming the healthiest me that is possible.
What is my focus? How's my lung capacity today; was I able to follow through with my cardio? What was my endurance; is it improving? Was I able to keep up with the instructor? From my beginning date, have I noticed improvement? When I first began, my lungs were puny. I wasn't able to keep up with any of the routines I've chosen for myself; and believe me, they were the most simple of routines. They are still the most simple ones, but, I am keeping up with some of them now; even though if that means I'm a little tired before I finish, I am keeping up. That's improvement! That IS my focus. I am better than I was when I started in April this year. My hope is that in time I will be able to let go at least one blood pressure medicine, but my desire is to get off of all of it. All things are possible; keep that Spark alive.
So this morning I kept up with Leslie as we quickly walked through 500 steps in 5 minutes and I kept up with Nicole as we did our seated arm and shoulder weights for 9 minutes. I also did the senior stretches and did my warm up with Jill. Guess what, I surpassed my 10 minutes this morning!!! WooHoo!
Here's to Sparkin' with you all!!
Have a FANTASTIC day!
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