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Accepting Responsibility for My Life

Sunday, August 20, 2006

The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.

- Albert Ellis

A Personal Pledge:
I will accept responsibly for my choices in life.
No matter how negative events or actions may become, I am the only force that is able to determine the reaction. I will not fail, I will not blame the world for my feelings of sadness, rejection, and hopelessness. The reality is that my actions are a choice, and I must claim those feelings and choices. I can be my best cheerleader or worst enemy when it comes to determining the health of my emotions. I will do some pep talks with myself each morning. This will help me develop positive, self-affirming thoughts that will enhance my personal development and growth.
DennyB

  


The Number on the Scale

Friday, August 18, 2006

Body composition. We hear a lot about it... but what exactly is it? Well, to be considered "fit," you have to meet minimum standards in 5 different areas, known as the Components of Fitness. Body Composition is one of them (in addition to flexibility, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and aerobic fitness). Body composition itself deals with four areas: weight, fat mass, lean mass, and fat distribution.

Weight measures total body mass. We're all too familiar with this one, in most cases. But weight alone doesn't tell you the whole truth about your progress or fitness level. For example, it doesn't tell you how much fat you carry. People want to lose "weight." You could start lifting weights and actually gain weight...but that doesn't necessarily mean you are tipping the scales towards obesity.

How to use it: Forget your preconceptions about the number on the scale. Knowing your weight is good, but not crucial—you want to lose fat, not necessarily weight. If you must weigh yourself, don't make it a daily habit. Weight tends to fluctuate throughout the day, and from day-to-day, by as much as 5 pounds or so. Most of these regular changes are due to food and water. If weight is an important record to you, then do it under the same circumstances (no clothes or shoes, first thing in the morning before eating, etc) and no more than every 1-2 weeks.

  


Temptation

Thursday, August 17, 2006

When confronted with a temptation I always say to my self "How will this food help me achieve my goals? Will this food provide needed nourishment? Can I put off my decision to consume this till later?

  


Living & Learning

Wednesday, August 16, 2006


There is no difference between living and learning...it is impossible and misleading and harmful to think of them as being separate.

- John Holt, author



Insight into learning

Every season in life is full of learning experiences. One step leads to the next and we can draw on the past and walk confidently through trials as our wisdom grows. Our thoughts eventually turn into our habits, which determine where our lives go. Put your dreams in capable hands—your own. Don't let the "wisdom of the world" become the internal voice that guides you. What has your own life taught you? What experiences have brought you to where you are now? Think about what it takes to overcome the roadblocks in your life. What skills do you need in order to achieve you goals? Take a writing class to jumpstart the book you've always wanted to write. Shadow a friend who knows how to sew, or research a trip to the country you have longed to visit. The common denominator for all successful people is having the right tools to realize their goals

  


Mistakes and the Creator

Sunday, August 13, 2006

"The Creator designed us to learn by trial and error. The path of life we walk is very wide. Everything on the path is sacred - what we do right is sacred - but our mistakes are also sacred. This is the Creator's way of teaching spiritual people. To criticize ourselves when we make mistakes is not part of the spiritual path. To criticize mistakes is not the Indian way. To learn from our mistakes is the Indian way. The definition of a spiritual person is someone who makes 30-50 mistakes each day and talks to the Creator after each one to see what to do next time. This is the way of the Warrior."

  


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