Tuesday, February 25, 2014
I found this picture on Twitter today and am inspired by it's power. This is not a political post. Disregard the politics. Imagine two nations torn apart by civil unrest. Both pushing back against their governments. After many months of fighting, one has reached it's first major goal - to oust their totalitarian government. Amongst these heady and uncertain times, Ukranians reach out to a nation half way around the world, facing very similar circumstances. It would be so easy for this man to focus on his own struggles, the plight of his nation - Ukraine has much work ahead, many more mountains to climb. Rather, he reached out to Venezuelans and offered them hope. How encouraging is support!. How powerful is hope!
A spark friend - a friend really - reached out to me this week. She sent me a Sparkgoodie "pedicure". This is especially touching to me because I have not been faithfully "sparking" since before Christmas, yet she was thinking of me, encouraging me - offering up hope. I needed that ~ needed to remember this wonderful community where I have found nothing but welcome and encouragement.
And so it is: we have the power to change lives through simple gestures of support. Whether its a message on social media "Ukraine is with you: don't give up!" or a sparkgoodie; hope is powerful. Best wishes for a great week spark friends - may you kick butt this week!!! And too our human families all over the world, may peace be with you, may you walk in hope, may freedom reign!
Monday, December 30, 2013
So my daughter got spinning plates for Christmas. Yes, the kind you see at the circus or street performers use. She attended a circus camp offered at a local theatre and mastered the art of spinning, more or less, in a day :) Which, has been interesting - a goose egg on her forehead where the plate landed - FOUR TIMES - yesterday!!!! You have to know her though, she iced it each time for a minute and persevered. In fact, she is fiercely proud of her perserverence (which, sometimes is really just stubbornness, lol) Anyway, the school has a talent show each spring and she has big plans. She's downstairs practicing right now. Not practising until she gets it right, in her own words she is practising until she can't get it wrong!
I'm thinking about my own journey and the lesson I can take from this. Spark People isn't a destination, it isn't a skill to be mastered and left. It's a practice - to be mastered until we can't get it wrong. Oh sure, we'll all "slip up" but if we get back on track we haven't really failed, we've only strengthened our skills. She's a smart kid that girl of mine ;)
Friday, September 13, 2013
Every day I read one of your success stories or blogs, or I watch a video. Always I am amazed at the journey you have all taken. You've met up with challenges and conquered them, you've had successes, you've had to back track. As much as your successes inspire me, I pay particular attention to the hurdles you've overcome.
All of us will have mishaps: we'll relapse into old(bad) habits and regain some of our weight. Before I joined Spark People I used to be really hard on myself for that, I mean crazy hard. It's not that I'm a perfectionist or think that everything should come easy to me. Trust me, I have almost no natural talent at anything - I have to work!!!!!!! It's just that I used to figure that once I have the knowledge and established the behaviours I ought to be done. I mean either you know it or you don't! Spark People's success stories and blogs have normalized that behaviour for me. I accept that any learned behaviour can be unlearned: it's a cycle of ongoing checks and balances. Now I'm okay with that but it used to not sit well.
Of course i don't throw in the towel bc it's "all part of the process". Not at all. You have all taught me perserverence and tenacity. I tell my kids that courage isn't not being afraid, courage is being afraid but overcoming that fear. You can't be brave without fear. Now I see that perserverence and tenacity are the same. You can't learn perserverence or tenacity without setbacks. Both are sticking to it in the face of adversity, learning to overcome those hurdles. Look, hurdles are hurdles and I'll never say thank god I ate that pizza bc now I have perserverance. However, I now accept that I will occasionally blunder and that I have the perserverance and tenacity to get back to my program. The SP process teaches inner strength and that isn't about never messing up: it's about reigning things in when you do stray and staying the course for the long haul.
Soooo... congratulations to all of you have shared your success stories and your struggles with all of us. Thank you for being the light that guides me in the journey to reach my goals. Your journey has become part of my journey.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
First, none of you will know this, but I recently had surgery for pheochromacytoma. Today I learned that it was a benign tumor! There was only a feint chance it would be malignant, but anyone whose stared down that barrel will tell you it's real enough. There is a chance of recurrence but I will be monitored ongoing to ensure we catch it.
Second great news, not as eye-catching but made my heart soar. I had an epiphany yesterday after blowing it at Taco Bell. My resolve reduced by sleep deprivation and a much needed shower, I downed two meximelts as "snacks". After looking at the sodium content and other nutritional information after "coming to", i almost cried. I spent part of the day doubting myself. Did I have what it takes to stick with this plan? Am I really just going to quit like that? How could I be such a loser?
Yeah, it was pretty awful.
Then I had the epiphany: this was emotional eating.... hey! a learning opportunity!!!!! Sooooooo........ I planned a healthy supper and reigned things in before it went crazy. Sure I was over my calories, fat, and salt and under on a lot of healthier nutrients but I was back in control and have been today as well. I also got in a half hour walk and was in bed before 10:30 (woke up at 7). So, AHHHHH!!!!! (insert "in your face" gesture) take that Taco Bell!!!!!!!
I've said it before and I'll say it again: the tools here on SP are wonderful, use them to your full advantage!
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