Thursday, November 13, 2008
As with the mighty Oak above which started from a small seed; your journey started with the seed of belief in the power YOU have to change YOUR lives and enable YOU to “reach for the stars" through hard work and dedication . One man realized the need for information in one organized lifestyle forum to enable others to make informed decisions for themselves regarding their health and lifestyle. The forum that he created is SparkPeople; to help others share their goals, quickly find the information and the tools necessary for a lifetime of success. That passion for sharing knowledge together everyday with an array of people, places and events has not ceased; and it has been embraced and shared by you.
You and I are the living proof of the success of this program. Whether you have been here one week, one month or are celebrating a year or more here on Spark, you are still living the lifestyle YOU are creating or have created; you are still striving to be the best you can be. We are a group of individuals who have come together because of common goals and concerns. Together we have learned, grown closer and many are living the dream. Whether still striving or maintaining, we will all see goals reached through continued dedication to ourselves and our dreams.
Remember to proud of all you accomplish. Yes, we will, or have experienced set backs, had some deep valleys which had or have to be scaled; but each experience has made each of us stronger. The fact that we are still here is a testament to the fortitude and faith that we can get the job done. The thrill of new ideas, new programs, new teams, helping others lead more fulfilling lives, will continue to inspire me.
"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within." ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross~
Continue to let your light shine and sparkle in the darkness. Be proud of ALL you have accomplished; "Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance." ~Bruce Barton~
Sunday, August 24, 2008
As with that amazing picture above, our journey often teeters on the edge of success due to the stresses life throws our way. I have been dealing with some health and other issues lately which would have, in the past, thrown me totally off track. I have been dealing with each issue one day at a time; finding my way while looking forward to a new chapter in my life.
At the start of my journey I often wondered why SP offered some of the articles and advice that they do. I now know. It is because of the information and knowledge that I have attained here that I have dealing with my issues as I have. As each curve came, I gave it the attention required and then I moved on. That is not to say I did not rant an rave, throw a fit or two and proclaim about the unfairness of life. I did all of those - for a minute. The amazing thing is that throughout all of this, my journey has continued uninterrupted. My habits for health have become so ingrained that I incorporate them without thought. I find that I still preplan my intake for the day, get in my exercise and the water bottle is forever at hand. It has been a blessing that throughout this time of stress I have been given the tools to cope and move on.
I hope that as each of you meet your daily challenges, you realize that everything you learn here can, and is, all part of the big picture. SP touts a "Lifestyle" and that is what we get. Every article, all the advice, the teams, support and motivation we receive all congeal into a whole for what we need to lead our lives healthily; both physically and mentally.
I am still working on "me", that is unending saga, as it should be. We are never "done" growing and learning, becoming more than we ever thought we could be. I am just thankful that I have been given the tools i.e. information to make the journey in a fun and healthy way.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I am constantly amazed at how I take all that I have learned on Spark and apply it wherever I go. I went to the market last night to pick up a few very needed items. I also intended to get myself a well earned 'goodie" treat for my recent 7.5 lb. weight loss. My first stop was the fruit and veggie section. With the cost of everything shooting through the roof I was very selective and price conscious; buying only those things on sale, but managing a nice healthy, colorful selection. I then picked up some beans, rice, green tea - checking and reading all labels! I then selected a great sweet, dark whole grain bread and finally, began my search for the perfect "reward" goodie. I walked up and down the aisles; first stop, the ice cream aisle (an old, familiar standby) , then I checked out the donuts and pastries (it has been sooooo long!), finding nothing that floated my boat I headed for the oh so yummy CANDY aisle! I spent 15 minutes searching for that ever so elusive delight. THEN, it hit me and I knew exactly what I wanted! The first thing I saw when started shopping were the HUGE, very EXPENSIVE white cling free peaches! The price had totally put me off, but I could spend a $1.60 on one large, yummy, delectable peach which would not get me off track and I would NEVER regret eating, or I could spend the same amount on totally empty calories, not enjoy them half as much and might feel guilty for eating later - the choice was not hard! I had my peach for breakfast this morning along with my oatmeal. As the juice was running down my chin I actually laughed at how utterly delightful this little treasure of mine was! Every choice we make is ours and ours alone. It gets easier every day to make the right choice; not just for my health, but in every aspect of my life. The tools we utilize here and the lessons we learn do not just apply to eating healthy and losing weight; they can and do apply to all aspects of our lives making life better and happier all around.
"Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures." ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.~
I SO enjoyed my little pleasure!
Sunday, June 22, 2008
I went to town on Wednesday to see my Dr. and do the grocery shopping for the month. I was salivating on my way down the mountain, planning on just which fast food feast I would indulge in first!!! After a year here, one would think I had learned not to give in to those nasty little cravings, lol. I had misgauged my needs the previous month so had very little variety in my diet the last week or so. I was so hungry for something different and decadent - or so I thought! My first stop was Burger King; I love their fries. I placed my order at the drive up and then waited for the other cars to move on through. By the time I got to the window, I just couldn't take the fries. I canceled the order, paid for my water and left. What was I thinking? I have worked so hard; to start in with french fries was a map to disaster. I know me; I want have started with the fries, then would have gone back for a shake and it would have continued all day.
I just can't do it anymore. I can't, in good conscience, put that stuff in my mouth anymore. If I have to have fries, I will make my own. If I need a shake, I will fix a smoothie. It is not that I never indulge; I just indulge on a healthier scale! Given a few minutes to consider my choices, I decided they had not been all that good. I ended up at Subway and had a yummy veggie 6 in. sub with my water. It was the high point of a rather gruesome day.
No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking. ~Voltaire
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
“Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is a mystery.
And today? Today is a gift.
That's why we call it the present.”
If you treat each day as if it were your first, you will never lose your way here on Spark. Don't look back and don't look forward, today is all that matters; remember to live in the here and now. Berating yourself for past mistakes or worrying about what may happen tomorrow takes your focus off what you should be doing. Try to start each day with a smile and tell yourself you will have a successful day. The journey may be long, but by starting each day as if it were your first, the journey is kept fresh and fun. Have fun and be good to you. Give yourself the gift of health each and every day.
“The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.”
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