Wednesday, September 27, 2006
It has been said that when the Buddha comes again, he will arrive not as a person but as a community. We wil lknow that God is here on earth when we can see Him in one another.
Marianne Williamson... from the book, "Everyday Grace"
Sunday, September 24, 2006
...TELL ME SOMETHING. DO YOU GET TIRED OF TRACKING YOUR MEALS? IT'S LIKE YOU'RE CONSTANTLY THINKING OF FOOD ALL DAY THAT'S THE PROBLEM I HAD WITH WEIGHT WATCHERS. IS THERE ANY WAY OF CHAN"GING THAT TYPE OF MINDSET
MY Reply: Well, I guess it depends on what type of person you are. Me, I was/am a food-a-holic. I never thought much about food becasue EVERYTHNING was fair game, EVREYTHNING went into my mouth ....I had more eating disorders then Carters has pills. I never was accountable for my actions. I was unhealthy because, well, that was just the way I was born - an eating machine. It was not me, it was my genes.
Well, a good spark plan will hold YOU accountable for your actions. All spark plans are based upon behavior modification - Baby Steps in the beginning, leading to major life style changes all along one's path to better health. To be accountable, we need to realize that food can be our enemy or our friend. We need to plan, monitor and evaluate our consumption. In the beginning EVERYTING should be tracked. After you develop some decent nutritional habits, then you should not have to track as much, or as often, but you still need to check yourself periodically - like you do to check you weight. ME? I have been tracking my food consumption daily for almost 10 months - I will continue to do so until I have reached my maintenance weight. That is just me. I have trouble with food, so I need to stay on top of it. And yes, I think about food A LOT. But that is the cross I will bear - cause I am a food-a-holic. I can not afford to slip-up and fall back into that deep abyss of unhealthiness. I am happy and proud of my progress over the past 10 months and want to be as healhty as I am capable of being. My health is my number one priority - more important then my family, my job or my friends.... because I can be so much more to my family, my job and my friends being healthy!
The best to you in your journey to better health!
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Indian proverb: "It is not difficult walking at night thru a desert infested with rattle snakes as long as you know where they are."
Know where your rattle snakes are:
Snake: Restaurant food (portions, fat, sodium)
Fix: Put half in doggie bag before you start eating
Fix: Inquire about how the dish was prepared - stay away from butter, cream, salt, etc.
Fix: Choose a salad as your main course - with a chicken, shrimp or fish adder (Ceasar or Spinach)
Snake: Wine / Social Drinking
Fix: Drink two glasses (16 oz.) of water for every 1/2 glass of wine. Soon you will be too busy going to the pot to drink too much wine.
Snake: Eating after 8:00 PM
Fix: Baby steps: Stop eating after 10:00 pm for a week, then 9:30 pm for the next, 9:00 pm for the next ,etc.
Fix: Give the pain in you stomach about 10 min. to go away, then if it does not go away by then, drink water, a couple of glasses worth.
Snake: Becomming upset when the scale does not move:
Fix: Give the scale two to three weeks - check other measurements (clothes, waist, hips, etc)
Fix: Re-evaluate your progarm, re-evaluate your performance, validate and analyze; if possible, step your program up a notch to get thru the plateau you are on.
I have other snakes, but those are my poisonous ones.
Finally, NEVER, EVER, GIVE UP. That is the one thing that all successful sparkies have in common. They never, ever, give up!!!!
Friday, September 22, 2006
From my first Fast Break to daily food tracking to quick and easy exercise ideas, I have relied heavily on the power of consistency. More than anything else, I must emphasize the idea of creating (or breaking) new habits through small actions over time
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Attitude is supported by your belief in yourself and in your abilities. Attitude and the beilief that supoort it are wonderful, powerful tools, but it takes more than that. You've got to fight to stay on your program, take good care of yourself, and dig down deep for courage in order to overcome the obstacles in your journey. Visualizing your goal, believing in your abilities, and utilizing your strenghts to get your there will result in SUCCESS every time.
Get An Email Alert Each Time DENNISBISHOP Posts