Tuesday, December 14, 2010
In being wonderfully active within the SparkPeople Community -- the 'rock' that's going to help me keep my goals in front of me -- I was asked what three things are you thankful for today?
I am thankful for 1) a faith walk in Christ that grows stronger each day, 2) friends and loved ones who bless me and God with their positive impact, and 3) the many wonderful people and resources available to me through my journey of life-long learning, weight loss (SparkPeople, Weight Watchers, 3D [diet, devotion, and discipleship], Faithfully Fit, etc), and enjoying the beauty of God's creation through nature. I praise God for the rich blessings and beauty that surround me right now in this temporary land I call home.
What three things are you thankful for today?
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Earlier this morning, having just come from my weekly weight loss group, I was given the opportunity to make the best out of a bad situation. I had actually thought about taking a day of rest from my new exercise regime. With only a few meals left before the refrigerator needed to be totally empty, I stopped by my favorite supermarket for bakery bread. Bread and bananas were the only two items I needed, so when I learned it would be nearly a half hour before the bread would be ready, I stood there a moment, then offered to wait and work in some walking. With a beautiful (albeit chilly and rainy) day outside, I was happy to be inside. This would be the perfect time to put to good use all these bright and relatively empty aisles. About a half an hour later, I learned that the bread had just come out of the oven and had to cool before they could slice it Ė a talent Iím not all that good at for ease in tracking purposes. I was glad the baker offered to put it in the freezer for a bit. Another half hour later, my shopping and exercise were complete.
While Iím far from perfect in making the best of choices, Iím very glad to have been blessed with the peace of mind to choose compassion and patience in this case. The Apostle Paul writes, ďTherefore, as Godís chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Col 3:12) Itís not always that we can be immediately mindful to turn a negative situation into a positive one, but it sure is better for our health when we do.
I'm mindfully trying to be the best Teddy Bear and Peep I can be!
Do you attempt to turn a negative into a blessing? Enjoy your journey to make healthier choices. Your peace of mind will say, ďThank you.Ē
PS I am thrilled to report success at the scales: 2 lbs. That's eight sticks of butter (my crazy visual) off the body this week. This is a lot for me, as I'm over four years into a 100 lb weight loss with only 33 lbs left. Now to go check my new BMI. Woo Hoo!
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
When I review one element of this wonderful vacation thatís 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 Ė in hopes to perhaps elicit a little assistance.
It is a God Moment or is it old age?
While it may be both, Iím 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, ďWatch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.Ē 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: Thatís 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 Iíve 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!
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