Friday, March 12, 2010
Somewhere in Spark I read a statement by TALIMAR that I copied into my notebook that I liked. The statement was "When I use visualization instead of focusing on what I want to look like, I focus on something that I want to do.
For instance, I love to dance. So, I visualize myself dancing on stage: What it feels like. What the music sounds like. How the rhythm of the music feels. The warmth of the stage lights. The color of the stage lights. The colors of the set. A smiling audience. I get really detailed. Like playing make-believe when I was a kid."
The statement must have come from a message board or another post because I could not find it on her blog.
This method of visualization is much better than using sight alone. The more senses we use, the better the visualization is, and the more effective it will be for us. Don't limit your visualizations to sight alone, but think of how it will affect all of your senses.
The things you visualize are very powerful motivation.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
The scale is not the only way to measure progress. It is the most black and white, quickly taken measurement, but there are other alternatives available.
Sometimes the scale is not moving but inches lost are. The scale shows nothing lost, but your health shows something different. There are other more subtle signs than the scale or tape measure that we can use.
Recently I have been looking at myself carefully in a full length mirror in the buff from all sides each morning when I wake up in addition to checking my scale. I find that I see little signs of loss even before the scale shows it.
For example the area of my abdomen right below my bust has started to get concave where it wasn't before. In addition my extra fat in the abdomen area is much softer and not as dense. The signs result in a weight loss soon after when I see them. If I start to gain a few pounds I see these things reverse a day or so before it shows up on the scale.
We can learn the subtle signs our body gives us whether it is a physical sign or just a feeling. When we do, it is much easier to keep track of our progress and react sooner to positive or negative signs.
We must learn to love the body we have. Years ago, in a yoga class I was in, a girl was saying how she hated her thunder thighs. The instructor told her that she would have to change her attitude towards them. She had to become friends with them and work with them to change or otherwise she would always hate them. He added that things that feel the hate do not change.
I often remember my yoga teacher's statement even now years later. We need to respect our bodies and not hate them. Nothing, including our bodies, thrives under negativism. Instead of hating the body, thank it for the changes it is making for us. Marvel at the fact it can do it. Respect the beautiful intricacy of our bodies. If we do our attitude will change and life will be a much more pleasant experience.
Look at your body carefully and marvel at what a work of art it is. Then work with it, as a friend, to change things you would like to change.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Last night I made organic brown rice in my rice cooker and added in a tablespoon of coconut oil. I had heard of coconut rice before so thought why not try. It was extremely tasty. The oil coated the rice kernels much like butter would and the rice was very crunchy. The taste of coconut was not overwhelming, only being a hint. I had it with a piece of Panko Breaded Tilapia with a teaspoon of Paradise Pepper Sauce (spicy red pepper sauce) that I got from Trader Joe's, steamed carrots, and a large romaine lettuce salad with tomatoes and avocado followed by one dark chocolate truffle heart. Very delicious dinner!
This is my third day on the coconut oil. I am adding in a tablespoon of the oil somewhere in my cooking each day. I have tried it on toast with a light sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar, on my morning oatmeal, and once in my coffee. Yesterday I made a smoothie with soy milk, 1/2 a banana, 1/2 tbs of coconut oil, 1/2 an apple, a carrot, 1/4 of cup of pineapple, and 1/4 cup of low fat vanilla yogurt. Both myself and my husband loved the smoothie. Everything I've tried with the coconut oil has been good.
It's too early to determine the effect of the oil on my health or weight, but I do notice that I am not hungry as soon and my weight has dropped. A tablespoon has 125 calories so at first I was fearful of the effect, but I am still under my calorie recommendations and I am also, after all the research I have done, convinced that the high saturated fat content of the oil is not a bad thing and is actually beneficial because of it being a medium chain triglyceride (MCT). If you haven't read about MCT's I suggest you do. I have featured some of the research in my past blogs.
The link below is to a brown rice pilaf recipe from Weight Watchers that is pictured above. I plan to try this recipe the next time I make brown rice substituting the butter for coconut oil.
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