Saturday, July 19, 2014
Hey Spark Friends,
I’m taking a writing class at WVU.com and we are studying THE WRITER’S WAY by Julia Cameron. She also wrote the Artist Way.
We are on Chapter 9 about U-Turns. Now the lesson is not about weight loss but it is about using your creative powers.
Here are some of my favorite highlights from the chapter:
*when a creative artist is threatened, she makes U-Turns to sabotage herself. Does that sound at all familiar?
*fear of success AND fear of failure can send the artist back into the cave of self-defeat. For me, I lose a few pounds then run back to my old habits and gain it right back. Talk about self-defeat.
*we are more comfortable feeling blocked than having to consistently be productive. Yep! That’s me!
*to cure U-Turns - GIVE YOURSELF SOME SYMPATHY AND SOME LOVE.
She says to view U-Turns as a young, inexperienced, nervous colt afraid of the jump. It runs around the field scared. You are the creative jockey that keeps the colt moving forward, coaxing it to the finish line. You will have more success by placing your green colt in the pasture with seasoned horses - like we have here at Spark.
The last thing I liked was to ASK FOR WHAT YOU NEED. We can ask a ton of questions on Spark every single day just by clicking on a topic, joining a group, checking out new recipes, and exercising with Coach Nicole.
I’m hoping to become a better jockey. Not over night, but little by little.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
This article talks about the importance of HABITS.
Unlocking The Weight Loss Puzzle: The Importance of Habit
Posted by Rich Brugger
Habit #1: Exercise The Power of Habit: “When people start habitually exercising, even as infrequently as once a week, they start changing other, unrelated patterns in their lives, often unknowingly. Typically, people who exercise start eating better and becoming more productive at work. They smoke less and show more patience with colleagues and family. They use their credit cards less frequently and say they feel less stressed. It’s not completely clear why. But for many people, exercise is a keystone habit that triggers widespread change.” (p. 109)
Habit #2: Food Journaling The Power of Habit: “It was hard at first. The subjects forgot to carry their food journals, or would snack and not note it…Eventually, it became a habit. Then something unexpected happened. The participant started looking at their entries and finding patterns they didn’t know existed. Some noticed they always seemed to snack at about 10 a.m., so they began keeping an apple or banana on their desks for mid-morning munchies. Others started using their journals to plan future menus, and when dinner rolled around, they ate the healthy meal they had written down, rather than junk food from the fridge...Six months into the study, people who kept daily food records had lost twice as much weight as everyone one else.” (p. 120-121)
1+1 = 3
If you truly want to get fit and maintain a healthy body weight start exercising just once per week and start carrying a food journal right away. Starting both keystone habits at once will provide a powerful synergistic effect that you will pay almost immediate dividends. Plus, you will be light years ahead of anyone who is “spinning their wheels” on a crash diet or exercise program.
Friday, June 13, 2014
Do it Anyway an Inspirational Poem
by Mother Teresa
People are often unreasonable,
illogical and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind,
people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful,
you will win some false friends and true enemies;
If you are honest and frank,
people may cheat you;
Be honest anyway.
What you spend years building,
someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness,
they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today,
people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have,
and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis,
it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
I 'borrowed' this from Positivehope. Thanks!
Saw this and knew I needed to post it for my Spark Friends.
Yes, you. The one trying not look in the mirror after a shower.
The one breathing heavy from the exertion of bending over to dry your feet. You move slowly, you breathe hard and your lack of balance makes you cringe. You're sure taking a shower should be listed as exercise. You towel dry your hair and head for the door.
Why won't you look at me?
You dress shyly hoping your clothes fit remembering the time you were flopping on the bed because could zip your pants. You pull on your blouse and suck in you tummy as you button the buttons. You slip into your sensible shoes and dream of the ones you saw in the store. You didn't buy them because you know your feet hurt at the end of the day. You promised yourself, someday I'll be able to wear those.
Pretty shoes would look awesome on you.
You head for the kitchen, your favorite room in the house. You plan your meals, weigh your portions, count your calories and pack your lunch for work. You always include fruit and veggies. You include 2 bottles of water. You are embarrassed because your lunch bad is as big as an overnight case. It's so big that you hope no one in the lunch room sees you with it.
That healthy lunch looks tasty.
You head off to work. On the way, you become aware of other people but don't give them eye contact. You try to make yourself small as you sit on the transit. Your sure everyone is annoyed by the fatty taking up too much space.
You forget, you are smaller than you were last month.
You are frustrated by the effort of your journey. Your inner voice is beginning to whine. "This is too hard. Why do I have to do all this stuff?" Your answer is always the same. "I'm on a journey." I know you want fast comforting food but only healthy food will get me there. You try to never talk to anyone about your problems but you listen to other peoples.
You are awesome to face these challenges.
If you’d look me in the eye only for an instant, you would notice the reverence and respect I have for you. The adventurous journey you have started is tremendous. It will give you better health, to renewed confidence and to a brand new kind of freedom. Those gifts will far exceed the gigantic effort it takes. You show up, face your fears and bravely set out in front of others with that lunch bag. You try to move more each day.
You are powerful and strong.
You no longer accept living a life of numbness and passivity. You have made a difficult decision, but one that holds so much promise. Every hard breath you take is actually a tad easier than the one before, and every step is ever so slightly lighter. Each push forward leaves the former person you were in your wake, creating room for an improved version, one that is stronger, healthier and forward-looking, one who knows that anything is possible.
You’re a hero to me. And, if you’d put your head up for more than a second or two, you would notice that others on this journey, probably the ones that make you feel so inadequate, are in awe at your determination. They, of all people, know best where you are coming from. They've heard the resolutions of so many others, who vowed to eat healthy and improve their health, “starting next week”. Yet, it is YOU who makes the effort each day, who digs from deep inside to find the strength to face the day and to come back again tomorrow.
You are powerful.
You are relentlessly moving forward. You are stronger than even you think, and you are about to be amazed by what you can do. One day, very soon, maybe tomorrow, you’ll step outside and marvel at your capabilities. You will not believe your own body, you will realize that you can do this. And a new horizon will open up for you.
You are a true inspiration.
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