Wednesday, December 08, 2010
When I review one element of this wonderful vacation that’s just about come to a close, I realized I have lost several things: For example, my Nepali black pashmina (a treasured cashmere shawl from a Nepali friend), a beautiful white sweater (a wonderful gift, albeit a relatively new hand-me-down, from my cousin), and about six pounds (alleluia!). I had to throw in that last one for a little levity. Once I lost the pashmina for four weeks, having revisited three restaurants where I may have been, when suddenly it appeared neatly folded and tucked away in a corner of my trunk.
It's to the point that when I go somewhere, I need to make a mental checklist before leaving . . . did I remember everything? Why can't I remember to do this? It's an observation I shared with my partner – in hopes to perhaps elicit a little assistance.
It is a God Moment or is it old age?
While it may be both, I’m going to take it as a teaching moment from God to loosen the grip I have on my earthly possessions. In the parable of the rich fool (Luke 12:13-21), Jesus said, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” If I should never see these wraps again, I will have the wonderful memory of having received them from great people and pray they found their way to someone in need.
Are you getting enough little nudges in your life to change your thinking?
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
How often anyone weighs in is uniquely personal. I happen to like my official weekly weigh-ins once a week on a calibrated scale outside the home. I continue to check in most mornings on my personal scale and am now pretty good at determining if I will be up due to all the usual reasons. From a life-time of learning, we must learn to like who we are (as we are) in order to move to the place where we can take steps to be a better, more healthy person. I'm grateful for the many SparkPeople and challenges that are helping me reach a new personal best! However you lose, I hope you enjoy the journey.
Do you weigh often or seldom?
Saturday, December 04, 2010
Today is the start of a new commitment to lose 5% of my weight in the next 8 weeks: That’s 9.8 lbs.
1 I will exercise 30 minutes a day by primarily walking.
2 I will also do at least three days a week of 10-15 minutes of strength training
3 I will learn something new: Either Jazzercize, Latin Dancing, Zumba, or hope to rejuvenate a regime of Tai Chi (Qi Gong) . . . something I’ve been away from for about 5 years (as my VHS tape gave up the ghost) . . . depending of what my level of exercise my body can tolerate.
1 I plan on following the new Weight Watcher plan, while
2 Tracking my food on SparkPeople
1 8 glasses a day
2 4 glasses of hot tea, coffee, or water
Here's to traveling the world! Cheers!
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
With all the wonderful resources we have available, we can get pretty wrapped up in ourselves. We’re 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?
“Plays well with others”
“Good team player”
“Well done, good and faithful servant!”
If so, then your revelation today (or not) may very well be this: It’s not all about me, me, me, or you, you, you! If I’m being too bold, please forgive me. I’m probably “preaching to the choir.” I doubt if I have many blogs left in me, so I’m 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!
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