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5 days into my magical, joyful journey!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Progress Report every 5 days
The magic is in me. emoticon

I have completed my plan to follow for the next 95 days. I will just make minor changes as needed.

Start date 4/4/14 - 140 lbs; CW: 139.2 and on track emoticon

Short term goal: weigh 138 lbs. by 4/14. emoticon

Milestone: make eating w/awareness a habit by May 5th. emoticon emoticon
I have had 25 meal/snacks to practice on so far and I see progress each day. Eating with awareness will be a habit by then!

Long term goal: weigh 125 lbs by July 4th! emoticon emoticon

Am I having fun: Yes! It has been fun being creative and seeing quick progress
Each day has a pleasant surprise in store for me. emoticon
It has been all play, not work.

I will celebrate that I have been committed to this endeavor for 5 days by indulging in these 0 calorie virtual goodies. emoticon emoticon hmmm there really weren't many virtual goodies I wanted. I will celebrate by going for a emoticonand then have some emoticon

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    I love the virtual goodies :) emoticon

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Getting Stronger

Monday, February 10, 2014

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I use to think because of heart failure and the aging process, that it was natural to lose my strength. I would wake up feeling tired and do very little. I was in a constant deterioration cycle - feel tired, do little, have even less strength, repeat. I believed that was to be my life.

Although I knew "Change your thoughts and you change your world" was true, I didn't apply it to my strength as I believed the statement that I was tired and this was the best I could do to also be true. Hmm.. an oxymoron. I can't believe both!

I started saying strength affirmations, especially as soon as I woke up. To my pleasant surprise I felt normal and was a bit more active. I am slowly working my way back up. Two weeks ago, I was walking 0 - 20 min a day. This week I am walking 30 min a day and plan to increase it by 2 min on 2 - 3 days/week until I get to 45 min/day. With baby steps, I will get there.

I also believed I had to give up playing in my garden. Not true! This week I start playing in my lovely garden 10 min/day.
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Miracles are shifts in perceptions.

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DOLLYHOLLY 4/11/2014 3:56AM

    Beautiful blog and such truth.

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SUNSET09 2/14/2014 10:34PM

  Change your thoughts and you change your world! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 2/11/2014 5:41AM

    It is never too late to gain or regain strength and health

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AZMOM1 2/10/2014 3:11PM

    Great that you are getting stronger! I have always believed that it's true - things in motion tend to stay in motion and things at rest tend to stay at rest. The less that you do, the less that you feel like doing, etc..

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IAM_HIS 2/10/2014 1:38PM

    Loved reading this and hearing you are getting stronger!! Made my day brighter!! Thank you!!!

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My Teacher is Only 2 Years Old

Thursday, February 06, 2014

We take care of our 2 year old grandson and we have learned so much from him.

1. He smiles for no reason.
2. If it is a dreary day, he still thinks it is a wonderful day.
3. Besides his food and naps, he needs very little.
4. At meal times, when he is satisfied, he stops eating.
5. He finds joy in little things.
6. He lives in the present moment.
7. He never holds a grudge.
8. He is never bored or depressed.

I am sure I have much more to learn from him.

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FIT4MEIN2013 2/7/2014 10:50AM

    emoticon I have learned more from kids than I ever did an adult or teacher!

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MICHELELYNN777 2/7/2014 9:04AM

    What a great reminder of what's important! Thanks for letting your grandson be our teacher as well :)

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NANCYPAT1 2/7/2014 8:17AM

    As a teacher of students who have special needs, I will say that I have learned far more from children both typical kids and those with special needs that I have ever taught anyone.

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ALIHIKES 2/7/2014 3:22AM

    What a great blog post! And so true. emoticon

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SUNSET09 2/7/2014 12:24AM

  He is a teacher of all. If only we can be like that as we can, if we put our minds and hearts in it! emoticon for sharing and being so observant! emoticon emoticon Teach the children! emoticon emoticon

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An "Aha" Moment

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Yesterday's blog was an "aha" moment for me. Everything clicked.

I realized I was upset (angry) because I believed life was so unfair. At times I would think of other things but the belief of unfairness was always there to come back to. As long as I believed life was unfair, I had an excuse to feel sorry for myself, to not do certain things and to stay overweight.

Is it true that life is unfair? No. I am the sum total of all my choices. Then why do I keep the belief that "life is unfair"? I kept it because it was convenient.
It allowed me to keep doing things that kept me from my goals.

I am determined to see things differently. I am determined to do things differently. My playing small does not serve the world.

"Healing does not mean going back to the way things were before, but rather allowing what is now to move us closer to God."
—Ram Dass: American contemporary spiritual teacher and author

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CETANISTAWI 2/2/2014 1:05PM

thanks for sharing!

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IMREITE 1/28/2014 9:13PM

    emoticon it is great when it starts to click. the aha moments can help inspire us to make small long lasting healthy choices.

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STEPH24379 1/28/2014 2:29PM

    that is great you discovered an aha moment! If you can see thinks differently you can change the world!

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A Course in Miracles

Monday, January 27, 2014

Anyone interested in studying A Course in Miracles I invite you to visit: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i

Lesson 22 - "What I see is a form of vengeance."

The logic all rests on the idea that we see the world through angry eyes. As a result, we are convinced that the world must want to get revenge on us for our attack thoughts. The vengeful world we see is our own projection. It exists only in our imagination. It is not a real world.

We are angry at reality for not being what we want it to be, for not supporting our wish for separation and specialness. We cannot face our own anger at ourselves, and we cannot support the guilt of our insane rage at reality, so we project it. The world we see shows us what we are thinking. It is from this savage fantasy that we want to escape. None of what we are seeing exists, and if we are willing to change how we see, we will no longer see it.

All this anger causes us great pain. Our antidote: food! We do not want to take responsibility for the mess we are making so we built an intricate excuse system which keeps us trapped.

But none of what we are seeing exists. If we are willing to change how we see, we will no longer see it. All we have to do is change our thoughts. Change your thoughts and you change your world.

We are divine beings with powerful minds. When we are in harmony with the power of the universe -- miracles happen.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
― Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles"

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DGILBRIDE1949 2/10/2014 11:31AM

    This is a great idea! I love it! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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