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Visualizing something you want to do rather than what it looks like

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.

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SASSIECAS 3/12/2010 7:09PM

    Great thought!

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MOOOOW 3/12/2010 6:59PM

    Good thought! emoticon

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SPUNKYDUCKY 3/12/2010 6:05PM

    I agree - using all of our senses and imaging what it feels like, sounds like etc is very important when we are changing who we are!

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Taking a Look at Myself - Not Just My Weight

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.

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DHALYIA 3/11/2010 10:27PM

    Exactly!!! Thank you. There is a movie I watched about quantum physics...don't remember the exact details. Knowing the effects we have on the processes of our body if we hate ourselves, our bodies, or parts...

I still remember the woman writing love notes all over her body with blue/silvery, at first I thought it was crazy, but now I get it.

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MIGHTYMUSSO 3/11/2010 9:28PM

  Thank you for the words.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 3/11/2010 8:54PM

    Beautifully written

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MOMNINJA 3/11/2010 7:45PM

    Absolutely right - and how weird is it that we wrote about it on the same day!!! emoticon

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 3/11/2010 5:36PM

Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and experience. I have been fighting the battle of the scale lately, and I have found it not to be good for my health.
You are right on. I appreciate your timely reminder, remembering that we are always given what we need as we need it.
You have learned the lesson that so many of us fail to do.
Your positive attitude will keep you in good health for the years to come.
Best wishes as you continue your journey to health.

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Tasty Coconut Oil Recipe Ideas and Coconut Oil Use Progress Report

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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MOOKBALL 3/10/2010 5:57PM

    Coconut oil is highly caloric. Coconut water (not coconut milk or cream) as the water ingredient is much healthier than coconut oil, especially if you are trying to lose weight.

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MEGANC1988 3/10/2010 11:33AM

    That looks so yummy!

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Pride Comes Before a Fall

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I am reminded of the old Proverb about pride coming before a fall when I recognize the tendency in myself and others who reach mini goals and become so proud of what they have accomplished that they lose sight of their ultimate goals.

This is something we have to be very careful about. Even if we have met our ultimate goals, we must remember the statistics about how few that lose the pounds actually keep them off in the long run. If we don't want to become one of those statistics we have to work just as hard once we have reached our goal to remain there. This also holds true of mini goals reached. It is so easy to backtrack if we let the pride take over what we do.

There has to be a balance between the delight or satisfaction we feel in what we have achieved and the determination we need to reach the ultimate goal. We can't rest in our accomplishments alone, but instead must continue on the journey.

I think the most dangerous time in the life of a "Sparker" is when they feel that sense of accomplishment. It is so easy to get lost in that wonderful feeling, but this is not a time to take a break, but instead a time to regroup toward reaching the next goal or maintaining what you have achieved.

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KITKATSGRACE 3/10/2010 8:16PM

    This is so true!

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MOOKBALL 3/10/2010 5:59PM

    Weel put.

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Oodles of delicious recipes under 200 calories at this site

Monday, March 08, 2010

This morning I've been on a search for recipes with healthy ingredients and found a recipe site blog that looks very promising. The blog states that "This blog’s purpose is to gather as many tasty recipes under 200 calories as possible. Dieting doesn’t have to be boring!" A quick glance at the recipes shows that to be true.

The site is very easy to use with recipe categories listed on the right hand side of the page. There are monthly archives on the left hand side of the page. All of the recipes appear to have inviting pictures.

The monthly archives seem to end in December 2009, but the recipes that are there are exceptional. An example is the Crock Pot Vegetable Soup recipe - 79 calories shown above that I plan to make later this week.

Check out this site. I think you will be glad you did. I believe it will become a primary source of healthy recipes for me.

Does anyone else have favorite diet recipe sites besides Spark People that they would like to share?

The link to Diet Recipes Under 200 Calories is below.

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DHALYIA 3/11/2010 10:30PM

    Thanks...I'll look for new ideas.

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    Thanks will take a look

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CUTIEDOOTS 3/8/2010 4:48PM

    Thanks for the website. I'll have to check it out in more depth later. Saw some interesting recipes to try.

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IPATRICIA 3/8/2010 2:49PM

    Thank you very much Jenny, very, very interesting, I went into the site and have saved it out my 'favourites' for further consultation when I have a little time to spare.
Keep up the good work, your blogs are fantastic. I enjoy reading them. I went in to look at the coconut offerings in the 'Health Store' this evening there were a few interesting products on offer. I'll look more closely on Wednesday which is my day for town. emoticon

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RAJASHREE108 3/8/2010 2:41PM

    Thanks, looks delicious. emoticon

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 3/8/2010 1:25PM

Thank you for sharing. I am always looking for healthy recipes to add to my collection. I will try and find the site.

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BIANCAGRACE 3/8/2010 1:09PM

    Thanks. I'll check it out.

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CAROLWARD99 3/8/2010 12:24PM

    Thanks, looks good.

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