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The Serenity Prayer and Motivation

Sunday, September 09, 2007

When the winds of chaos are whipping up a storm and nipping at my heels, I find it SOOOOO helpful to keep a laser-like focus on my diet and exercise and even do better than usual in watching what I eat and kicking it up a notch with my workouts.

After all, when it comes to most craziness that overwhelms us in our lives...these are things that are largely BEYOND OUR CONTROL.

The Serenity Prayer offers such wisdom, which I put into practice by saying... "It is beyond me what I can do about all these stressors in my life, BUT I know that I am the only one who controls what I put into my mouth and I am the only one who controls what I do for exercise. So I'm going to put all I can into these things over which I HAVE CONTROL!"

Somehow this hyperfocus on my OWN wellness over ANYTHING else just seems to pull extra reserves into my life and I find I have replenished my OWN well to a point where I have all that much more to offer others in need.

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference. "

--- Reinhold Niebuhr

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DEBSPAD 9/13/2007 1:10PM

    Your encouraging words are so true and I see by your efforts and sucesses you have lived by what you have said. Thank you so much for sharing that thought! I does help and you are right there are some things that I have control of and even though they are smaller than the things that are out of my control; getting out of control of them is the most damaning of all. Thanks

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LOLA926 9/9/2007 7:20PM

  I have the Serenity Prayer up in a couple places in my home...on my computer, by my bed....and one on the fridge....

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Growing Younger!

Friday, September 07, 2007

Many of you are familiar with the web site RealAge.com....? This is a fascinating web site where you can complete a lengthy questionaire about your health and lifestyle and it calculates how "old" you are from a physical / emotional / social perspective...and compares it to your chronological age.

About a year ago or so I completed this and came out with a "real age" around 56-57 or so.

Last week I thought, hey, why not go back and record my progress re: weight, workouts, etc. and see what my "real age" turns out to be...?

Little did I know that I would beat Father Time and "grow younger" by a whole year! My chronological or calendar age is 50.9, but my "real age" now figures to be 49.8! Yippee!

This turned out to be an unexpected additional way to measure progress for myself. For those of you who are slogging out a plateau, you might want to check out www.RealAge.com for another possible boost and motivator.

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    Thanks for the fun,
For me:

49.7 Difference
My RealAge

Gotta love computer things that tell you this stuff :) Especially that I am 2 yrs younger then my real age!

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Great Article Here! Can Diet Help Stop Depression?

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

"New research suggests that certain supplements and foods can help curb prison violence and increase academic performance in troubled students. Yet the effect of nutrition on psychological health and behavior is still controversial.

The best way to curb aggression in prisons? Longer jail terms, maybe, or stricter security measures? How about more sports and exercise? Try fish oil. How can children enhance their learning abilities at school? A well-balanced diet and safe, stimulating classrooms are essential, but fish oil can provide an important extra boost. Is there a simple, natural way to improve mood and ward off depression? Yoga and meditation are great, but -- you guessed it -- fish oil can also help do the trick.

A diet rich in vitamins, minerals and fatty acids like omega-3 is the basis for physical well-being. Everybody knows that. But research increasingly suggests that these same ingredients are crucial to psychological health too. And that's a fact a lot of people seem to find hard to swallow."

Entire article here:



Vote For The Spark!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Re-Posting from SparkGuy:

Hello CT Members!

I'm back to give you a sneak preview of something. Last year SP was the only write-in winner for BusinessWeek's Best of the Web Awards - thanks to our great community!

So, we're trying to do it again. There will be promotion of this to all members, but we wanted to share this with you first.

If you have a chance, would you mind visiting this page and writing in SparkPeople for this health category and saying why you think we should win?

Business Week

Thanks a bunch for your help!

Here is what I posted:


The breadth of knowledge and support available at this health and wellness site is astounding! Their name says it all: there is no better website to inspire and motivate people to improve and optimize their health and well-being.


Upcoming Hernia Surgery

Monday, August 27, 2007

I've recently found out that I have a hernia. It appears to be the result of an old gastroplasty (stomach-stapling) which I had done 15 or so years ago. Although it isn't causing any pain right now, it jumps up out of my belly whenever I do exercises to strengthen my core...so I have stopped those exercises...for now.

I will probably go ahead with the surgery within the next month but am VERY worried over the interruption in my regimen. Even one day off the treadmill causes me to struggle so to push myself onto the treadmill the next day...how am I going to manage TWO WEEKS or so off the 'mill!?!?

Any tips, ideas, commiseration greatly appreciated....!

More thoughts:

There is no question in my mind that I WILL move forward with the surgery. It will most likely be laparoscopic, however I was warned that hernia surgeries beginning laparoscopically can sometimes turn into the old fashioned slice-and-dice variety depending on what they find when they start rooting around in there.

I'm thinking that my anxieties are strong enough that there is no way...especially after making this all so PUBLIC :-) ... that I will allow myself to drop the ball as a result of the surgery.

After dropping all this weight, now wearing 48 pants for the first time in decades...there just is NO turning back for me now.

Failure truly ISN'T an option!

Update (09/06/2007):

Looks like this has been much ado for naught, at least for now.

The doctor feels that surgery will go much more smoothly and more successfully if we wait on surgery until I arrive at my goal weight...especially since my hernia isn't bothering me at this point. Of course all of this could change if my hernia begins to cause problems, in which he would be more than willing to move full steam ahead.

In any case, all my strategizing will be useful when the time arrives for surgery. I appreciate everyone's help and support!

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FALCONETTE 5/31/2009 2:07PM

    Can't wait to read about your jumping back on the treadmill as I am also awaiting the end of my non exercise break because I had a minor leg surgery and couldn't exercise for two weeks.

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