Thursday, February 18, 2010
I started a new program for myself called 'create my day'..every night before bed I have to 'create my day' for the next day . . . checking off what I did do on my list helps me work towards completing them the next day, and so on...plus it shows me what I didnt do and I can take a few mins to journal the reasons 'why' I didnt...
I cant allow myself to make up excuses..sure there will be days I am tired, overworked, stressed, etc but as that list stares at me every day it might be the motivational tool I have been looking for... -- from BLUSTAR's page
Every moment of my day, my priority will be this mission. It is what I am focused on. This must continue every day. BigLittleWoman blog 2/16
It's been a week of my sugar detox and I will continue it into this week. It's actually turning out to be not that hard to say no to dessert. Everyone else that I've been with has taken my lead. from MoreRed blog 2/16
I guess part of this process is being able to smile (sometimes laugh) at myself and be more patient. from SlimmerJesse blog 2/16
I'm still getting over the flu, and it's been no fun. BUT, I'm thrilled to say that I've made it through so far without trying to comfort myself with huge quantities of food that hurts me . . . . even though I'm very tired of feeling crappy, and very ready to get back to real life, I'm also proud of myself for handling an illness in a different way. from UptownZoo blog 2/16
I do not want to go on not fully engaged with my life. My challenge to me is to stop avoiding the reminders of my weight gain and face them head on. I cannot change what I won't acknowledge. Therefore, I acknowledge that I am overweight, I accept that I allowed this to happen and I believe I have the power to change starting today. from 1HKNRN blog 2/16
. . . It's time to stop climbing the wall and just walk around it and get on with this journey. from ID_Vandal blog 2/16
. . . I look at the size tag in my pants. STILL not believing it! When I first started this journey, my wildest dreams were losing 35 lbs (I've lost 50), and dropping 2-3 sizes (I've dropped 6-7). Now my wildest dreams involve running half marathons (1st one scheduled for February 28th). What will my NEXT wildest dream be? from NinjaLinda 2/16
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
"Hunger comes and goes.
Thin people know this,
and they don't worry about
-- Dr. Judith Beck
Last summer I read those statements in a magazine article. It sounded radical to me. But I was intrigued enough to write it in my planner.
Later I made a calligraphy card with the quote and stuck it on the wall in my kitchen. It did not match my own experience, of course, but I was captivated by it nonetheless.
As the days passed I kept reading those sentences and thinking about whether they could be true. First of all, I had long recognized that our adult sons did not worry about hunger (and yes, amazingly-- by the mercy of God-- they are thin). I myself have always been careful to make arrangements for keeping hunger far away . . . and I honestly thought this was normal.
As the months have passed, I have sheepishly realized that Dr. Beck is right. I have watched many people who are simply not concerned about getting hungry. In fact I have been astonished that so many people spend a lot of time not thinking about food at all!
With tiny steps I am inching towards joining them.
I did the skipping-lunch experiment conscientiously for the Beck Diet Solution assignment, and I was astonished that it went okay.
I have continued to practice waiting to eat until scheduled food. It is pretty tough, but it is usually possible.
The clock is my friend. When I'm getting concerned that I'll be too hungry to stick to my plan, I note what time it is and resolve to wait half an hour. So I won't be agitating during that 30 minutes, I start doing something interesting (like reading you guys' blogs--but no recipes!) .
What usually happens is that I get involved in a distraction and I forget to look at the clock. I still feel so surprised when the hunger goes away (usually). By the time I check, it's time to eat (or nearly so---and I can make it).
I definitely still have my weak times. I haven't completely stopped worrying about hunger. But this time next year, I will know. I will know. Hunger comes and goes.
Monday, February 15, 2010
“Discipline is remembering what you want.”
--John Campbell, from Flutterby)L( 2/10
Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.
--Abraham Joshua Heschel, from WarmSpringDay's page
Reminder.....Wanting to eat is not a crisis, just a bad habit. I must train myself to acknowledge what I am really feeling and act appropriately to satisfy the real need. --from Morered blog 2/10
I was so hungry last night that I finally put a halt to the eating by going to bed at 9:00 PM. I was actually able to go to sleep. from Goddess_of_Go blog 2/13
I enjoyed the [Valentine's Day] meal without guilt and am not concerned, because I really didn't have that big a surplus for the day, and I made a plan for what to do at Five Guys Burgers & Fries next time that will cut my calorie consumption in half. --Goddess_of_Go blog 2/14
I am not where I need to be, but thank God I am not where I used to be.
-- Joyce Myers from WARMSPRINGDAY's page
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.
-- Beverly Sills, operatic coloratura soprano, General Manager of the New York City Opera, Chairman of Lincoln Center from WARMSPRINGDAY's page
I have been doing AWESOME on my changes. I have NOT been seeing the results that I wanted, but I will not give up, and I HAVE been losing, so that is great. --from BestLife79 2/13
what i did right: planned a crab fest for [my birthday] dinner. fresh crab is yummy and low cal and you can't gobble it up fast. ditto for artichokes. the polenta dish i made was cheesy and yummy, but i waited until i had had crab and choke and salad to just have a small serving. --from Wendall125 2/12
Hello, who is this girl? She can't wait to get home and workout! She pre-thinks her schedule for the week to ensure she can fit it in at least 5 days a week. She looks forward to the challenge and the high afterwards! --from GlamourGirl-9
You guys are awesome! These are just a very few of the DOZENS of inspiring and practical words I find among my Spark colleagues every day.
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