Thursday, February 17, 2011
Alas I gazed into a mirror, my complexion for to see.
But what my eyes beheld, was an old woman instead of me!
I asked her to, "excuse me please", but she wouldn't let me be.
In fact she stood and copied my every movement to a tee!
"Madam", said I, in sweet refrain, "oh please, won't you step aside?
I'd like to view my countenance, but behind you it does hide."
But she still remained in front, my patience twas being most tried!
This poor old pitiful creature twas more than I could abide!
Finally I did turn around, and did slowly walk away
I had given up myself to see for still another day.
For every time I looked thereon, she was always in my way;
and everything that I said, is all she ever had to say!
By Dusty Teters Copyrighted 1998
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Sparkpeople has some really great information and this is one of the topics I particularly appreciated:
Memory can be used for good or for evil. If you use your past as a source of learning, it's worth remembering. If, however, all you do is mull over your mistakes and punish yourself for your failures, it's a waste of time. Rehashing failure can paralyze you in mortal fear of making another mistake, which, of course, just makes the feeling worse and practically guarantees future letdowns. The key to making meaningful changes is to pay more attention to the future than to the past. Have you ever noticed that the best athletes also have the shortest and most selective memories? Instead of dwelling on a missed shot or a flawed dive, they concentrate on making corrections and getting the next one right. It's as if the failed attempt never happened. It's forgotten and they don't fear trying again. If you mess up, even in an epic, life-altering way, work hard to leave it behind and concentrate on the possibilities yet to come. Tomorrow is much brighter when it's not smeared with a fixation on yesterday.
Monday, February 14, 2011
You know youíre supposed to be motivated. Youíre told it is the only way to lose weight. So if itís that important, where do you find motivation for yourself? Itís not for sale at the corner store and it seems in short supply at most gatherings of friends or family, so where do you get yours?
Goals generally make it easier to get motivated, because they offer their own reward. They are your goals and reflect where you have a strong desire to achieve for your own well being. Most goal setting exercises concentrate on this aspect because it is one the individual can control.
Motivation here can range from the challenge of the assignment, (lose weight for health purposes) to the fear of not wanting to be healthier bad enough. Much of this can be traced to your attitude and how you view weight loss at this given moment. If you like the challenge of the competition then this is enough to get you motivated, but if you hate self discipline, it is more difficult, because self discipline is key.
This is, for me, the hardest motivation to find. Something that has to be done, and you canít argue, because you know it has to be done. My health is in jeopardy and I'm not getting any younger.
The way that keeps coming to mind is to do it from a sense of duty. You know it has to be done, and you are the only person to make it happen, so "just do it", as the commercial says. It's like the household duties (see, even the word is a form of duty), there is no option, you must do your house work or your house will soon not be habitable.
One thing that really has helped me to get motivated is to set really small manageable goals for myself that with very little effort on my part, I can achieve.
I set a weekly goal of one pound. You might think, 'one pound, why bother?'
One pound works for me even though I "know" it takes very little effort on my part to achieve because I can then reward myself with a sense (albeit small) of accomplishment.
So in my opinion (which is just "my" opinion) I need to actually 'see' results to become motivated.
1st I truly 'want' to succeed
2nd I know I am the only person that can 'make' it happen
3rd I need that sense of "I CAN do it" if I sincerely want to make the effort it takes to work at it, so I can reward myself and continue my efforts.
So for now at least, I personally WANT to achieve my weekly goal. That is my motivation; that is my goal. One week at a time. Any weight loss over 1 pound is pure bonus which adds fuel to the fire!
Monday, February 14, 2011
On Valentine's Day we think of those
Who make our lives worthwhile,
Those gracious, friendly people who
We think of with a smile.
I am fortunate to know you,
That's why I want to say,
To a rare and special person:
Happy Valentine's Day!
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Self hypnosis is just another way of saying Positive thinking.
Dr. Gurgevich explaines all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. Youíre aware of where you are and what youíre doing at all times," he said.
Try it: Follow the guidelines below, practicing for at least a few minutes once or more each day...
Promote a trance state. ... Deliberately focus attention on your own thoughts, with a narrowing of awareness of other stimuli, which enhances your acceptance of suggestions. What to do: Sit or lie in a safe and relaxing place where you wonít be distracted. Focus on your breath for a few moments, then silently repeat to yourself, I am going into a trance... I am shifting my attention inward. When you feel yourself become absorbed in your imagination, as occurs when you are caught up in a daydream, you are in a trance state (really -- thatís all it is!) in which you can deliver messages to your subconscious mind
While in your trance, offer yourself suggestions. Silently or aloud, repeat to yourself, "I am losing weight... I am lighter and thinner... my palate and food preferences are changing... I crave the healthy foods and portions that support my ideal body." During your trance (and whenever else you think about weight or food during the day), let yourself believe what you want to happen actually is happening now.
Why it works: "The subconscious mind canít tell the difference between what is real and what is imagined, so it uses the combination of what you want (to lose weight) and what you believe (that you are losing weight) to create a blueprint for action,"
Dr. Gurgevich said. Eliminate the word try -- it is more powerful to say I am than to say Iím trying. Keep your words and images positive. Don't use the word 'not' or 'no'; avoid terms like "I will not eat..."
Create healthful cravings. Rather than struggling to suppress cravings for candy, fries or other unhealthful fare, use the power of a craving by transferring it to a healthful food.
For more information on self hypnosis, you can go to
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