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Eating because...

Thursday, January 02, 2014

I have a bevvy of excuses for eating, and these include :

- I am bored
- I am stressed
- I have finished one task so I eat before starting the next one
- I am walking through the kitchen so I eat
- I am lonely
- it needs using up
- it looks yummy
- I am leaving home and might starve to death before I get back so I take food with me
- it is a meal time so I eat
- it is a leftover so I better not waste it
- eating is something I do well, unlike other challenges I might fail at
- I am awake so I eat
- it would offend if I didn't eat something offered to me
- it's a drink so it doesn't count
- I have no important deadline so can start a healthy life later
- I have no partner so my weight is not important.

So, I have rewritten these in positive terms :

- I have a list of things I want to do which are so much more fun and more rewarding than eating
- I have a wonderful garden that beckons me if I need to de-stress (pruning works wonders for stress-release!)
- When I finish one task I eagerly look on my list for the next fun or important thing to do
- My kitchen bench is full of flowers and craft distractions
- Our new puppy will be here soon (21 January) and will need my attention, so enjoy the solitude while it lasts!
- My cupboards are cleared of snack foods and my fridge is full of yummy fruit and vegetables
- I carry my water bottle with me when I leave the house
- I eat when I am TRULY hungry
- I only cook what I need for a meal. It is OK if leftovers are not used up
- there are lots of things for me to try to do and life is too short to wait - the success is in the trying
- I wake up in the night and enjoy a glass of water
- I have told those around me that I want to improve my health by reaching my ideal weight and they support me in this
- my body needs nutrition not pollution and so I eat the right things in the right quantity
- it's a drink - of water - and my body loves it!
- I have a sensible date of 14 March to reach my ideal weight and will check in with my doctor about my blood pressure and cholesterol medications at that point
- an ideal weight is for ME and it is very important for me to have a healthy and long life.

So you have an inner saboteur? I look forward to hearing your positive statements - and adding to my list with your help!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BOPPY_ 3/10/2014 6:03PM


Now, post the second list, only, reformatted (so you have to go through it again) in your next blog.


The first posting shows you that you have dealt with your issue and came to a very useful and successful action.

The second posting shows YOU your commitment, and "practices" it.

Congratulations, very strong!


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    I love the way you turned them into positive thoughts!

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WATERBABY4 1/2/2014 7:52PM

    With a list like that, you can't possibly fail! emoticon

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NILLAPEPSI 1/2/2014 7:44PM

    What a great blog!! Makes me stop & think. emoticon emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/2/2014 6:49PM

    What a fun, happy, healthy list! And a new puppy! That's very cool.

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UMBILICAL 1/2/2014 6:47PM

  Keep the list

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If the world were 100 people...

Monday, December 30, 2013

My life coach Lucy Baker sent me her Monday newsletter and this thought-provoking article was one of many that caught my eye...

If the World were 100 PEOPLE:

50 would be female
50 would be male

20 would be children
There would be 80 adults,
14 of whom would be 65 and older

There would be:
61 Asians
12 Europeans
13 Africans
14 people from the Western Hemisphere

There would be:
31 Christians
21 Muslims
14 Hindus
6 Buddhists
12 people who practice other religions
16 people who would not be aligned with a religion

17 would speak a Chinese dialect
8 would speak Hindustani
8 would speak English
7 would speak Spanish
4 would speak Arabic
4 would speak Russian
52 would speak other languages

82 would be able to read and write; 18 would not

1 would have a college education
1 would own a computer

75 people would have some supply of food and a place to
shelter them from the wind and the rain, but 25 would not

1 would be dying of starvation
17 would be undernourished
15 would be overweight

83 would have access to safe drinking water
17 people would have no clean, safe water to drink

That puts our lives into a little bit more perspective doesn't it?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BOPPY_ 3/7/2014 2:36AM

    Very useful.


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JAZZID 1/10/2014 1:24AM

    Wow... we are definitely blessed.

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WATERBABY4 1/2/2014 7:49PM

    I am blessed.

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FEARLESSNOW 1/1/2014 2:50PM

    Another reminder to be grateful in our current circumstances! Happy new year!

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MOM2ACAT 12/30/2013 5:24PM

    That is a good reminder.

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/30/2013 10:33AM

    Every time I see this, it's a great reminder. Thanks!

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NILLAPEPSI 12/30/2013 8:19AM

    Wow! A lot more perspective!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/30/2013 3:14AM

    That really does put things in perspective. Thanks

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Time to write my goals for 2014

Friday, December 27, 2013

My goals for 2013 were very specific and measurable. Some of my goals were not met because I hadn't factored in life's adventures.

Over the next few days I will post here on SP my goals for 2014, and review them each month.

I look forward to the challenge of my goals and to the good feelings when they are reached.

(I'm still feeling very "delicate" after a challenging Christmas, so sorry if I'm sounding a bit vacant.)

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FEARLESSNOW 12/29/2013 12:19PM

    I think a lot of us are also thinking about possible goals. Good luck!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/28/2013 12:53PM

    I hope 2014 is a good year for you!

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An amazing insight

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, said: “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

Makes us think, doesn't it... And then act, I hope!


Conversation with my inner sabotuer

Friday, August 23, 2013

This week I reprogrammed my "inner sabouteur". He was alive and well, but day by day I made him weak with my positive words, and now he has accepted his retirement from my life.

He told me I was a failure, but I told him I was successful in so many things, and even tried new things despite them being difficult.

He told me I was not beautiful, but I told him that I am who I am and that I am neat and clean and look after myself well.

He told me that I was too old to find love. I told him that I was wise, not old; that I was mellow, not urgent; that there are many people out there who are my age looking for a life partner, and that I would be patient and open and a special person will find me.

He told me that I am too picky. I told him that I have very strong and fair beliefs and values that I hold true. I told him that it is these values and beliefs that attract, not repel, people and that they are wise. I told him that I constantly challenge my beliefs and values to make sure they are up-to-date and healthy for me, for others and for the planet.

He told me that I don't have the social skills to mix with people after being alone for ten years. I told him that I am like the wise man living silently in the desert, learning about the universe and about life, and that, when the time comes, I will be not only wise and skilled, but also amazingly insightful and interesting to those around me.

He told me that I shouldn't try anything because I will fail. I told him that refusing to try is the absolute failure. I told him that trying, and not getting things quite right, gives us lessons that allow our next attempt to be more successful and that all of life is a learning process.

Then he reached out the big guns....

He told me that I was grotesque and unlovable after my botched breast cancer/reconstruction surgery. That one hurt. I told him that I am a survivor. That my scars are a poignant reminder of my unstoppable will to live and be the best mother to my four children that I can be. I told him that I see other people's scars as proof of their struggles and am so proud of them for succeeding. They make people MORE attractive, not LESS. I told my inner saboteur that anyone who did not accept my scars was in breach of my beliefs and values and was not the kind of person I want beside me. Exposing the scars of life makes you vulnerable and yet strong at the same time. It shows you have lived. And learned. And are more accepting of others. And are still on your journey.

So I thanked my inner saboteur for all of his challenges, told him that he had done an awesome job making me strong and resilient, and left him in a lovely retirement home overlooking the peaceful nature of a lake at sunset.

This was a most powerful week of discovery, and a most powerful beginning to the rest of my amazing life.


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