Wednesday, December 01, 2010
With all the wonderful resources we have available, we can get pretty wrapped up in ourselves. Weíre learning great ways to make self improvements that lead toward being a much healthier person. WooHoo! Please make the choice to stay involved. Be patient: There will always be hurdles to overcome. Be persistent: Make life-long learning a virtue that helps you meet your goals. Be philanthropic: Find ways to give back.
Would you like your report card to read any of the following phrases?
ďPlays well with othersĒ
ďGood team playerĒ
ďWell done, good and faithful servant!Ē
If so, then your revelation today (or not) may very well be this: Itís not all about me, me, me, or you, you, you! If Iím being too bold, please forgive me. Iím probably ďpreaching to the choir.Ē I doubt if I have many blogs left in me, so Iím probably not saying anything new . . . Most of my friends are already very generous people.
One surefire way to keep your friends, meet new people, and build great character is to see and act on the gift of goodness in your friends and family and by giving back to others and your communities. As much as we might like to shoot from the hip a little too quickly, we must be carefully not to be too judgmental or murmur, grumble, and complain. Many fine people give back as leaders and active participants within the SparkPeople community. Many also give back within their neighborhoods and find ways to reach out to beyond their immediate borders to help make this world a better place to live in. Wow . . . what a gift! You become the blessing to others! By giving, you put your focus on reaching out to others, leaving your mind off of those bad (unhealthy) habits you learned. Ultimately, you find great personal blessing in this new focus.
For me, I strive to find improved ways to live under the unconditional love God has for me . . . such great grace, mercy, and forgiveness is ours. Regardless of your faith, you are loved! I appreciate your presence within this wonderfully diverse SparkPeople community.
Are you leaving your legacy of giving in good hands!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
When I wrote my mission statement, I made sure diversity was a key factor in my mission. My friends are quite diverse, I wear what most people would consider diverse clothes, and I give back to my community in some very diverse ways. Why, then, do we often find such great comfort in doing the same olí same olí routine of both eating and moving?
For me, itís safe. I feel a sense of guarantee in the outcome.
As soon as we reach a plateau in life, the first piece of advice we often get is to spice up our diet (literally with the spices we use or remember to vary the colors of our foods to reflect the entire rainbow) or try a new exercise regime. There is something to all this talk! When I walk now, I often try to ask my walking partner to speed it up a smidge before returning back to our regular pace. Apparently, our bodies need the challenge in order to improve our level of fitness!
This week was big for me . . . I added strength training and walking to my health plan. While Iím not doing them all that well, I somehow know Iím doing something kind for this carbon-based life form that has both been wonderfully created and richly blessed. Just as my faith life requires a life-long study in the Word to make progress, the many resources of SparkPeople encourage me on to make personal improvements, which ultimately helps me better serve God. How cool it that?
Do you find creative ways to spice up activities in your life?
Monday, November 29, 2010
Now that Iíve tried my best to rationalize why Iíve already taken this weight loss journey at a snailís pace, Iíve decided to ďkick it up a notch:Ē Thanks, SP Buds! I say this with love, appreciation, and yes . . . just a wee bit of sarcasm and lots of laughter.
I've accepted the challenge to try to speed up my weight loss program by joining a SparkTeam Challenge: 2010 Winter 5% Challenge Community. The Challenge begins Dec 4, so you (and a Spark Friend) still have time to join one of the many teams if youíd like to join us. You're welcome to follow the link from my SparkPage. I look forward to meeting and learning from my new Teddy Bear Teammates. Nothing like a good challenge to help us mind our p's and q's (I used to work with newspaper plates of type for those of you who know what this expression means) while entering, what I consider, to be one of the toughest and longest seasons of temptations.
While sometimes I ask myself, ďWhat was I thinking!?!Ē . . . This may be just what I need to make sure I average a quarter pound stick of butter each week, and not the eighth of a pound stick in the newest Land of Lakes packaging. Both sticks represent progress, but I fear the motivation in losing too slowly may actually serve to be a detriment to reaching my goals. Itís time to get back with the program of living right!
Do you accept the gentle nudging of people through relationships or challenges to go that extra mile in the journey to a new and healthier you?
Sunday, November 28, 2010
I am losing weight slowly, and for me thatís primarily been an average of a quarter pound weekly (a stick of butter). Many might think that my Weight Watcher membership ($39 a month) is a waste of money. I can understand that thinking. Then I think about all the crap I used to buy in the supermarket, at the food kiosk or in the restaurant. Itís a wash that literally keeps me in the black!
Funding a weight loss plan gives me 1) in-person interaction with people who are experiencing many of the same challenges Iím experiencing, 2) a caring Weight Watcher instructor who has had me and some of my international friends aboard her sail boat; 3) a future investment in a lifetime membership that makes my future participation free; 4) access to life-long learning (a personal mission of mine); and 5) an overall an insurance policy or investment that will continue to reap rewards.
I am blessed with a wealth of resources: The resources, support, and people at SparkPeople are tremendous! Thank you! I am also supported through books (Ultra-Metabolism, You on a Diet, Your Whole Life) and through a variety of small groups: 1) weekly Weight Watchers, 2) Three-month weekly segments of a 3D group (Diet, Discipline, and Discipleship via www.3dyourwholelife.com ) at one church, and 3) A sporadically run Faithfully Fit exercise class at another church. I've given thought to checking out a Jazzercize or Zumba class, but havenít taken the leap yet.
Do you have a community of friends, family, loved ones and/or professionals that help you succeed with your goal to be healthy?
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