Thursday, September 10, 2009
Are you a Carrot, an Egg or Coffee Bean?
By Author Unknown
A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life, and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it, and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved a new one arose.
Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water. In the first pot, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs and the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word. In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.
Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me what do you see?" "Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied. She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they got soft. She then asked her to take the egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, she asked her to smell and sip the coffee. The daughter smiled, as she smelled and tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, "What's the point, mother?"
Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity- boiling water-but each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water they had changed the water.
"Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When trials and adversity knock on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?"
Think of this: Which am I?
Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?
Am I the egg that starts with a passive heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside, am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart?
Or, am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you become better and change the situation around you.
When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate to another level?
How do you handle adversity?
Like the CARROT, the EGG, OR the COFFEE BEAN?
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
One of my goals is to read a motivational quote everyday. In doing so, I have come across quite a few that seems to talk to me directly! One such quote is the one I share below -
Fight one more round. When your arms are so tired that you can hardly lift your hands to come on guard, fight one more round. When your nose is bleeding and your eyes are black and you are so tired that you wish your opponent would crack you one on the jaw and put you to sleep, fight one more round - remembering that the man who always fights one more round is never whipped.
James Corbet is obviously referring to boxing but this advise works great for our weight loss goals .... I can “hear” his voice saying …… when you feel like you can't go on, do one more minute of that cardio exercise or one more rep of that strength training move. Feel like quitting? Don't ... do one more day! You can do it! Just do it! Each day, make a pledge to do one more day!
So, heeding his inspirational words of wisdom, I am yet again in for one more round. I will not go down and stay down for the count - I will get up and fight another round until I am victorious in this weight loss battle!
So, here are my goals and battle plan for September:
~ Move down at least 1 point on the BMI chart
~ Lose at least 1% body fat
~ Move down 1 dress size
~ Lose 8 - 10 pounds
1. make every workout a fat blasting session by keeping my heart rate between 70% - 85% of my max heart rate … 116 - 142 bpm.
2. use mostly circuit style strength training workouts
3. make most of my cardio sessions high-intensity interval training (HIIT)
4. incorporate 30 - 60 seconds of intense cardio between each set/circuit during weight training sessions
5. make small changes to my routine each week - such as timing, reps or sets
~ Adjusting calorie intake:
* Make sure to keep daily caloric intake between 1200 - 1500 daily
* Cycle calories and carbs - Lowest cal/ carb on non workout days, medium on cardio only days and high cal/carb on heavy workout days
~ Be vigilant in …
* Macronutrients: Manage the intake amount and combination of protein, carbs, and fats
* Micronutrients - get adequate amount of vitamins and minerals
* Adding supplements: daily dose of a multi vitamin/mineral tablet and Fish oil capsule
* Adding metabolism increasing foods - spices such as cinnamon, garlic, cayenne pepper and ginger, and green tea
~ Nutrient Timing:
* Eat every 3 hours - first meal within 1 hr of waking up, and last meal being 2 - 3 hours prior to bedtime.
* Avoid complex carbs for the last couple of hours before bed time
* Pre and post exercise meals - pay careful attention to when and what I eat before and after cardio and strength training exercise.
This is the general plan. Subsequent blogs will contain details of how this plan will be implemented on a weekly/daily basis.
Monday, September 07, 2009
I have tried this "not belonging to a team" thing and its not working! I just can't do it ... I am a people person and do better in the motivation department when I receive/give motivation from/to others. Needless to say, I have regrouped - pun intended - and have joined some new groups which will help to keep the motivation going. As noted in my previous blog, I tend to get carried away in the amount of time I spent on the computer so thats something I will have to work on but in the meantime I am back ... participating with my teams again yeah!
Friday, July 31, 2009
This is another attempt to try to get my weight under control. I have been struggling with my weight loss issue for over 15 years and can't seem to get a handle on it! I am making this page private this time around ... not because I have something to hide but for the fact that I am only going to use it to track my food and exercise. I like the Spark community and interacting with team members but I have a big problem being a part of a team. The problem is that I always get so engrossed with being a part of the team that I end up spending too much time on the computer and too little time doing other things that needs to get done. This results in a stressful environment for me and my family and leads to me at some point giving up because of frustration! Its not in me to give up on myself and that is the reason why I am always starting over and over again. They say if you do what you have always done you are going to get the same result you have always got! I am changing up stuff by not being a part of a team - I hate to do this because I am a team player - but if this is what I have to do to get the result I want then so be it.
Saturday, January 05, 2008
If the world seems cold to you, kindle fire to warm it.
- Lucy Larcom, hymnist
When things are not going right with us it is so easy to blame it on someone/thing else rather than point the finger at ourselves or we indulge in self pity. Neither of these action does any good; as a matter of fact, it makes the situation worse. We would be better off trying to generate a positive outcopme by trying to fix what went wrong. Sometimes it doesn't take much - a simple smile, an acknowledging nod or a kind word or two! Positivity tends to have a rippling effect so if each of us displays one positive attitude then that positivity will radiate to reach beyond our boundaries and in effect will help to make this world a better place!
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