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Recognize the cycle

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Recognize the cycle. They say that "forewarned" is "forearmed". And stress at work is one of those elements of the cycle. It doesn't seem fair that multiple projects are due around the same time. But it does happen. And once you have seen it occur in your work, and you know that it will happen again, maybe there is a different way to look at the situation, a perspective that will place you more as the tour operator instead of a helpless victim. The tour operator knows the landscape and potential positives and challenges of what newcomers will perceive. And the tour director's expertise allows her / him to anticipate those issues with contingencies. Does the director go without food and sleep? Sometimes, but that isn't the ideal tour.
So it goes with the multiple work demands. Once you can anticipate the worst of the workload, you can find the time to hydrate, eat and sleep, even though there may be interruptions. And that is why I've tried a new technique that gives me more control after the stress. I've built in debriefing time, as though I was the CEO of a crisis management team. I don't take on anything new for a certain period (even if that is just a few hours), and I spill out notes on the multiple projects. Especially if I feel that I've done a good job, I take that time. I used to spend it on chatting with colleagues, or eating out. But neither technique was getting me closer to my goals for well-being. The project debrief does get me closer, and I actually feel better for adding those kind of finishing touches, the closure that some kinds of projects never seem to have.
Recognize the cycle, and choose to be the tour director / CEO / tour operator. You'll be driving out of stress - ville into work on your own terms.

  
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INSH8P 11/16/2014 7:41PM

    My first blog in a while. It had come to my attention that maybe my blogs weren't very long.... but this topic just came to mind when I was doing a post about what motivates me to continue with the successful parts of my program. We all have something that makes us feel good, and a blog post is a great way to let others get the benefit of your experience. emoticon

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Signs of the Times

Friday, December 27, 2013

How do you know that you are making progress?
One way that I can tell is the freedom and joy that I feel in practicing yoga. When practice is calm, steady, and continuous, I am in a zone that celebrates the balance of effort / ease, challenge / reflection, heat / cooling. The practice is not really about the poses -- it is a dedication to the lives and efforts of those who brought yoga practice to individuals beyond their families, far away from their backgrounds. It is a tribute to the sacrifices they made in time, in humility, in reframing in order to communicate the practice and make it accessible.

So I practice the same basic poses. But they feel so different, and they settle into the practice space in a totally different way. When I practice in a class setting, I have both awe and a newfound respect for the variations and unity that yoga practice embraces. I feel less pressure to look like a magazine cover, and I glow in the realization that teacher and participants are there to honor our common humanity, irrespective of physical giftedness.

When I practice away from my usual yoga studio, the capacity to discern the tone of the instruction, the environment created by the class participants, is a special experience -- truly a sign of the times. Have I positively contributed to that atmosphere of discovery, ease, and thoughtfulness? Have I accepted what others have brought as a gift of sharing?

The practice is less about me, and more about how it reminds me to be of service off the mat, to look out, and to respond to "the signs of the times."

  
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ECCOVISION1 12/31/2013 9:05PM

    You have a very deep appreciation for Yoga!

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TREV1964 12/29/2013 1:59PM

    Sounds as if you are really getting in touch with yourself here.

Great Stuff

Cheers

Trev

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What's your tune?

Saturday, December 07, 2013

There's music in the air... what's your tune?
Whether you live alone or in a family unit, you can choose, as an individual, how you will interact with those with whom you have contact. The power of choice is a privilege that humankind has, even in the most troubling circumstances.
In the lifestyle / wellness goals, I shift my focus at this time of year, because I ask myself to do things beyond my comfort level - in time, in the stress of the unknown, in responding to others who are part of a shared unknown. (Yes, this description is cryptic, but just accept that for what it is.) So I don't aim for weight loss - no expectations of improved body composition. Instead I aim to stay true to myself, to focus on sustaining the basics of day-to-day. And with that, that is enough.

The tune I sing is: I accept who / what I am today, without the expectation for drastic change. I will forgive more than I ask to be forgiven, because I will choose to overlook minor (and even, major) oversights and indignities.
The tune I sing brings happiness and light to a greater good. And I spend nine weeks each year, at this time of year, to achieve that better world for those around me.

To those of you who can still re-double your efforts to sustain and maintain your progress to goals, I congratulate you, and wish you the best. I will maintain as best as I know and rejoin you in with more focus on my own goals at a time in the near future.

What's y o u r tune? There's music in the air!

  
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INSH8P 12/8/2013 7:27AM

    Thank you, so much, Spark Community, for your responses and for sharing your music. emoticon emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 12/7/2013 5:14PM

    My tune is to make the most of the good days I have, and to be kind to myself on the bad ones.

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BABYBARNEY 12/7/2013 7:40AM

    emoticon My tune is showcasing my love of music & movement which in turn make me happy & motivate others to do the same!

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BABYSOX 12/7/2013 7:34AM

    MY tune is to keep on track for my weight loss goals. When I make changes to my lifestyle, I try to make permanent ones. These changes make me feel better and when I am healthier, I get less stressed and deal with it better. emoticon

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Kick Start to Goals

Sunday, October 27, 2013

What does it take to get the motivational juices flowing? Sometimes all it takes is seeing someone and realizing: "That's what will happen to me unless I am pro-active about lifestyle choices." I saw someone, with the accompanying: "Do you mind if I sit down while I'm _________? I'm getting too winded to keep standing." That's what an extra 80 pounds will do to you. It was all over that person's body. Face, arms, body core, legs, just everywhere. I knew who was supposed to be in front of me. Even the voice was just not the same. So in that moment, I decided to kick myself - hard. And stop making the excuses. And I did something two days later to show that I meant business. And I did something the next day to gladly help with a task, even though I didn't know I would be doing it. I just said to myself: "More steps gets me closer to my goal."

I don't follow through well when my goals are publicly stated. But that doesn't mean I can't go public about the process and the impetus of the motivation to try again, in a different way.

Thanks, Spark Friends.

  
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INSH8P 10/28/2013 3:54PM

    Many thanks to everyone who commented.
Je remercie toutes les personnes qui a lu ce blog.
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BABYSOX 10/27/2013 6:39AM

    As they say there are those A-ha moments and then there are many moments after that just confirm that you are on the right path. Good luck with your goals.

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H.A.L.T. - not just for 12 step programs

Thursday, October 10, 2013

H.A.L.T. an acronym for too hungry, too angry, too lonely, too tired, signs that you are at risk of slipping into lack of self-control. I don't why that came so strongly in mind recently. But I recognized that the larger significance was to look at the concepts behind those words.
Too hungry
Have you nurtured yourself with nutrition, including water and balanced food choices?
Too angry
Are you paying attention to how you respond to your world, to the things that "just come", beyond personal control? The response is the main part of your next steps.
Too lonely
The right companionship can put a different slant on many situations, including lifestyle change. That's why the SparkPeople community is such a powerful force for good. Share, and you'll feel the difference. Look around, and you'll see others who are on the path -- some coasting, some struggling, all wanting to make a difference -- in the affirmative.
Too tired
Even the most intense and active need a balance, and rest and variation are key.

HALT - not just for 12 step programs.

  
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TREV1964 10/14/2013 6:55AM

    This is brilliantly put in a minimal format - well done.

Cheers

Trev

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INSH8P 10/12/2013 2:01PM

    HALT is referred to in 12-step programs for addiction recovery. Some programs in the public community (not Spark People) include Alcoholics Anonymous; Narcotics Anonymous; AlAnon (for families); Al-a-Teen (for youth).

Part of sustaining a lifestyle change is considering how we think about what triggers us to choose actions / food or ignore moving / relaxing when we know exactly what needs doing. Tricks like "HALT" really help to "keep things together."

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JLDACQ 10/11/2013 9:51AM

    Thank you for putting into words what I innately knew but couldn't say. And I needed to hear that today. :-D

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FEMISLIM 10/10/2013 11:45PM

    Cool...

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SAVVYHORSEGIRL 10/10/2013 9:43PM

    This post is fantastic, thank you for writing it! emoticon

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MYRMEN 10/10/2013 9:35AM

    I like this. Where can I get more information about it? Is it in SP?

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THINFITFEMINIST 10/10/2013 6:12AM

    emoticon emoticon I was just thinking about this myself yesterday. Unfortunately I am too darn tired today but will stay the course.

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