Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Our lives are always changing and evolving in one direction or another. But I believe the prudent individual chooses wisely the direction for his or her life. Do we live life in sort of a default mode or do we intentionally make choices and set goals for a better life? Sometimes we go through a valley where we are sort of coasting along, and that can be okay for the short term because life does throw us some serious issues to deal with. But for the long term I think we really need to intentionally set some goals and be a work in progress. I also believe the journey is as important as arriving at the finish line.
Spark Coach gave an assignment to create a Vision Collage -- which I have been putting off for a while. I knew this would probably come up, but since I retired, I honestly have been in a kind of limbo coasting along. But now it really is time to set some new goals for my life. I began with weight loss and fitness and that is a wonderful and worthwhile goal, but we are not really one dimensional. I have spent some time creating a bucket list which is a list of goals of sort so that can help. But I do need to put together a vision collage not just for weight loss but for my life. If I just do the weight loss collage that would be easy, but the real need for me is to put together the next steps in my life so that, my friend, is what I will be working on -- that work in progress. It's time for me to step out of the default mode and set some goals. My plan is to complete it in one week's time and begin this process.
When I got up this morning and got on the scale I found that I am down another pound. I have been consistent for the past couple of weeks and I am grateful for SP and all of you for your role in that. I could not do this consistently without all of you dear friends. I am basically an introvert, but this site has convinced me that we all need each other. We are stronger working together toward our common goal of living a healthy and fit life than apart. Thank you for being a part of my journey!
Friday, May 31, 2013
It's all connected you know -- the physical and mental aspects of this healthy body and weight loss journey we are on. Spark Coach has been a positive experience for me because it not only gives us the information we need to develop our body, but challenges us mentally to sort out just why we are doing this. I think if we are doing it solely to look good in those skinny jeans or a size 10 we probably will lose some of our motivation to stay on course. The real prize is to be able to accomplish the goals and dreams we have for our life -- our bucket list if you will and have the health and fitness to really enjoy it. Just like when we were kids out playing, riding our bikes, climbing trees, and building forts (I was definitely a tomboy.) We were naturally developing our fitness without realizing it, and enjoying ourselves in the process. One of our Spark Coach assignments was to create a bucket list -- which surprised me. I actually had one I had been working on in the computer so I pulled it out and reviewed it. Some I have checked off and others still remain on the list. I have shared just a few of them on my Spark Page and thought they might be food for thought for others. Right now the top of my list is to lose weight and achieve a decent level of fitness and that is where my focus is for the moment. I am still working on other goals at the same time such as working on my cookbook (which has turned out to be a lot more time & effort that I ever anticipated.) I'd like to travel to the Canadian Northwest and the Grand Canyon one of these days, but when I get there I want to be able to hike and get out there and really enjoy it. That's where these health and fitness goals come in.
I don't mind telling you it is far more difficult to achieve weight loss and fitness when you are in your 60's but it can be done and I will do it. It may take longer and it may take more determination to stick with it, but I can't wait to achieve it. I can almost taste it and that will taste better than any tempting treat.
So once again thank you to Spark People for helping me realize once again why this journey is so worth it. Think about how you will feel when you have the energy and the good health to play with your kids and grandkids, or just go for a hike in the woods and watch the sunset from the top of a mountain! Nothing better, my friend, than having the good health to enjoy the wonderful gift of life that God has given us!
Get An Email Alert Each Time LEANGIRL22 Posts