Friday, December 06, 2013
Imagine that you had won the following *PRIZE* in a contest:
Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400.00 in your private account for your use.
However, this prize has rules.
The set of rules:
1. Everything that you didn't spend during each day would be taken away from you.
2. You may not simply transfer money into some other account.
3. You may only spend it.
4. Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400.00 for that day.
5. The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say,“ Game Over ! It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.
What would you personally do?
You would buy anything and everything you wanted right?
Not only for yourself, but for all people you love. Even for people you don't know, because you couldn't possibly spend it all on yourself, right?
You would try to spend every cent, and use it all, right?
ACTUALLY This GAME is REAL!
Shocked ?? YES!!
Each of us is already a winner of this PRIZE.
We just can't seem to see it.
This PRIZE is *TIME* !!
1. Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life,
2. And when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is NOT credited to us.
3. What we haven't lived up that day is forever lost.
4. Yesterday is forever gone.
5. Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time WITHOUT WARNING....
SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds?
Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars.
Think about that, and always think of this:
Enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think.
So take care of yourself, be happy, love deeply and enjoy life!
Here's wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day.
Start spending now....
Addendum: I should have noted that these words of wisdom are not my own but I was quite taken aback when I received this in my email. I thought it very appropriate for Spark because so many people put things off until they get thin or thinner. The time is NOW. - Katy-
Thursday, December 05, 2013
November 21/2013 marked my first year anniversary with Spark. This news comes in late for a few reasons that I may or may not get to yet. You see I was also going to write a blog about procrastination, but then thought –“Well maybe another time!”
When I look back, I am amazed that I decided to try Spark People a month before the Christmas season. Not only was it the Christmas season, but we had planned to spend Christmas in Las Vegas with friends. We went and had a great time. I was 3 lb heavier when I returned but knocked that off the following week. Little did I know that Spark had already begun to weave its magic into me right away.
At that time, I was reluctant to open a Spark Page and was convinced that if I just did my homework and followed the plan, I could do this on my own. But soon I realized that if I was going to visit other peoples' Spark Pages - that maybe I should also have one of my own. I was not prepared for the incredible support and inspiration that flowed from this! Also I began to realize the give & take concept had an incredible pay off! The more I reached out with love & support for others, the more & more inspired I became! Honestly, at times it was overwhelming!
You see, my initial plan when I joined Spark was to get healthier and lose some weight. I’m pleased to report that I achieved both.
What I wasn't even remotely aware of though -- was all the changes that would occur:
I now see food in terms of nutritional value as opposed to “What can I eat?”
I have learned a lot about the importance of patience and persistence.
Despite many other attempts in my life to lose weight, I have finally discovered that it’s really an inside job – much more mental than a physical challenge.
I now exercise every day.
I have taken up yoga.
I eat new & healthier foods. (Quinoa with Greek yogurt & nuts for breakfast!)
I have met so many wonderful people who support me sight unseen.
I have learned a tremendous amount from my Spark friends – about food and life in general.
I have learned so much about nutrition.
I have learned a lot about my health.
I will never diet again.
I view my body in much kinder, healthier terms.
I have been inspired to try many new things.
I even signed up for college courses.
I replaced some bad habits with healthy habits.
Despite chronic illness, I feel so much better!
My overall health has improved physically, emotionally and spiritually.
I have dropped my BMI by more than 10 points!
I have released several inches off my body.
I am 65 lb lighter than I was last year.
I have surprised myself with my success!
I feel more gratitude than I have ever felt in my life.
Thank you Spark People! Thank you Spark Friends! Together life is better!
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Hello Fellow Sparkers!
I receive a number of newsletters that I find helpful and sometimes I feel I just GOT TO share them! Hope someone else finds this helpful too!
Experts Share 11 Tips To Stop Fat Talk
By MARGARITA TARTAKOVSKY, MS
Fat talk has many faces. It’s anything from “I hate my body,” to “I can’t believe I had cake,” to “You think you have big thighs? Umm, hello, look at mine.”
On Monday, to celebrate Fat Talk Free Week, I shared my 10 tips to stop bashing your body.
Today, I’m honored to share the wise suggestions of several experts from the Eating Recovery Center.
These tips are important for building a positive body image and leading a healthy, joyful life. Because the last thing fat talk brings anyone is health or joy.
1. Adjust your perspective. “If your mom, spouse or best friend gained five or 10 pounds, would it change the way you feel about them? Why would it be different for you?” said Jamie Manwaring, PhD, primary therapist at Eating Recovery Center’s Behavioral Hospital for Children and Adolescents.
The reason our loved ones are in our lives is because of who we are, not what we look like, she said. And here’s the thing: If people are only in our lives for our looks, do we really want them in our worlds in the first place?
2. Evaluate your surroundings. There are just some shows and some people who make us feel terrible about ourselves. The ones who boost our body-bashing and perk up our inner critic.
Ask yourself, “Do I feel better or worse about myself and my body after watching that show or hanging out with that friend?” Manwaring said. Surround yourself with positive media and supportive people.
3. Focus on your body’s abilities. “Our bodies help us run fast, climb mountains and swing in the park,” according to Julie Holland, MHS, CEDS, a chief marketing officer at Eating Recovery Center. “Don’t forget how important those things are over how your body looks,” she said.
4. Get rid of clothes that don’t fit — and buy what makes you feel beautiful right now as you are. “Keeping reminders of what we used to – or want to – wear only reinforces the negative voices in our heads that say we should look a certain way or be a certain size,” Manwaring said.
5. Be aware of what you say about others. “When you comment on a celebrity or close friend’s weight gain – or loss – others around you might take that comment more to heart than you think,” Holland said. You never know where people are coming from and how they feel about their bodies. Anyone can internalize these kinds of comments.
6. Accept compliments, and dish them out. When someone compliments you, how often do you say, “yes, but…”? According to Jane Miceli, MD, a psychiatrist at Eating Recovery Center, our minds go to this place fairly often.
Instead, “Learn to truly hear a compliment and say thank you to whomever gave it to you,” she said. She also suggested expressing genuine compliments to others three times a day for a week. “…And watch your world change.”
7. Compliment yourself. It’s hard enough accepting a compliment. Saying something nice about yourself may seem utterly impossible. But as Holland said, “Instilling a positive body image starts with you.” She suggested making this into a game. For instance, compliment yourself at every red light, she said.
8. Go beyond food and “fat.” Fat talk is usually a facade. It usually means that something else is going on, said Bonnie Brennan, MA, LPC, clinical director of Eating Recovery Center’s Partial Hospitalization Program. If you notice that you’re engaging in “fat talk,” focus on what’s really bothering you, she said, “without using any words having to do with food or body.”
She gave the following examples: “I feel out of control”; “I’m going to be rejected”; or “My life is changing.” Often, fat talk has less to do with calories, food, fat and stretch marks and more to do with fears “of not being loved or accepted in some way,” she said.
9. Go beyond “Do I look fat in this?” If you find yourself asking this question, instead ask yourself, “What am I seeking?” Brennan said.
If someone else asks you this question, consider these responses, which Brennan received from groups of patients with eating disorders: ”I love you just the way you are”; “You are a beautiful person inside and out”; “There is no answer that is the right answer.”
10. Embrace acceptance. The more we embrace acceptance, the more we can relinquish “unhelpful struggles,” according to Dr. Miceli. Often, she said, we wage a war against ourselves and our biology.
The next time you’re engaging in a certain activity, ask yourself: “Is this a joyful activity or a control strategy based on fear?” she said.
11. Cultivate compassion — both for yourself and others. “As humans our minds see the flaws first, in ourselves and in others,” Miceli said. She suggested working to “love more and judge less” and “to see the other 95 percent of yourself and those around you.”
What’s your favorite tip from above? What helps you stop bashing your body?
To read more on this and other interesting weight-related topics:
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Once again -- I received one of my favorite newsletters and thought I'd like to share this particular article with my fellow Sparkers! Note the link I've left at the bottom for the original site. I have found this tremendously helpful and inspiring. I hope you do too!
Gratitude is a powerful practice for building a more positive body image.
But if you’re just starting to dig yourself out of the rubble of body hatred, the idea of thanking your body for anything can seem overwhelming, maybe even impossible.
Start slow. Real slow. Start with just a part of your body.
Thank your right or left hand for helping you journal your thoughts or cut up fresh vegetables for the meal that’ll nourish your family.
Thank your legs for running up the stairs or walking around the block.
Thank your arms for hugging your little one at night and conveying warmth and safety. Thank your lips for kissing your spouse and conveying love.
Thank your ears for listening to your favorite classical music, which always puts a smile on your face.
Thank your nose for helping you smell the calming scent of lavender or your taste buds for helping you savor a sweet bite of homemade carrot cake.
Thank your vocal chords for communicating the great ideas to your boss. Thank your heart for beating.
I know this will probably feel strange or silly at first. But keep at it. Experiment with it. Maybe try it for a week straight or even a month.
Write your gratitude in a journal. Or say it to yourself — or aloud — as you’re falling asleep.
Keep thanking the same or a different part every day. Then, over time, you’ll start to feel some true appreciation, maybe even compassion, for your body, maybe even your entire body.
Building a positive body image is all about taking small steps. Take a small step forward, and you just might be surprised how far you go.
Which body part would you like to thank today?
I think this article resonated for me because of my recent accident. When I saw my dr yesterday, he looked astonished as he looked at my arm & said, "Do you know what this tells us?" I said... "uhhhh no?" He said, "Your immune system is working extremely well for your body to heal itself like this!" It was then that I thought -- "give the body some credit!" It's interesting too because I take a medication for my arthritis that compromises my immune system. The fact that I healed well & quickly in spite of it -- tells me I'm doing something right! I do believe that just looking after myself better now with exercise, nutrition and rest, I am finally helping my body and not hindering it!
Thanks to my Spark friends for helping me to improve spiritually, emotionally and physically!
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