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Blogging for the Starfish - Question #5

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

What can you improve upon?
I can always improve on my consistency. I do very well with a goal for a while, then slowly start to slack off. So I am watching out for that tendency.

  
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WOWEETOO 3/17/2013 4:59PM

    are we finishing any projects this month???

i have two contract pieces almost ready for delivery and finally cast off the hand from before christmas!!lol


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MONETRUBY 3/7/2013 8:23PM

    I think you spoke for a lot of us who struggle with this difficult issue. But the first step to conquering an issue is recognizing it, and that you have done. Now, just to work on it! Good luck.

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JUSTLLAMA 3/7/2013 8:37AM

    I think consistency is hard for everyone. Keep pushing!

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PAULAAUTUMN 3/7/2013 3:26AM

    That is my problem I start out well and tail off so I join challenges that way I feel more accountable. Knowing you can tail off and seeing the pattern is all part of the learning process emoticon

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JUSTME29 3/6/2013 9:08PM

    I'm a teddy bear and I just wrote almost this exact same blog. Well different, but my thing to improve on is also consistency. Good luck to use both.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 3/6/2013 4:01PM

    Like you I have had problems with long term commitment to anything, except my marriage. So that shows I can commit. I just need to take the rest of my life as seriously. Good luck!

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MONAKIN314 3/6/2013 3:57PM

    As long as you are watching out for it, you can also catch yourself.

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WALLAHALLA 3/6/2013 3:31PM

    awareness is the first step in the battle plan

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TEMPERANCE88 3/6/2013 1:02PM

    Consistency is key! You can do it!

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NEWCHINELO 3/6/2013 12:35PM

    Yes,CONSISTENCY . . . Very true,have to work on that too.

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BADGER92 3/6/2013 11:29AM

    Consistency is a big challenge for me, too!

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ANATASHIKI 3/6/2013 10:35AM

    good luck Lisa! emoticon

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Blogging for the Starfish

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

I'm participating in the 5% Winter into Spring challenge, and our challenge this week is to blog. We are supposed to answer a question each day this week. So I'm catching up. emoticon

1) What new habit do you wish to develop?
I want to add more activity to my day. Not just exercise, but more activity in general. At work my day consists of sitting in front of a computer, and then I go home and I tend to want to sit either in front of the computer or in front of the TV. So I need more physical movement in my life.

2) How will you do that?
One excellent way is that I have started hand drumming with a djembe. That adds not only more movement into my day, but the rhythms are good for my brain. emoticon So I will drum at least a little each day. I will start walking on my break at work with a friend, and I will dig out my step and put it in the living room for some exercising during commercials when I'm watching TV.

3) What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track?
I have added accountability by including my friend on my daily walks. Being a part of the 5% challenge and the BLC challenge motivates me to participate in the exercise challenges because I don't want to have to put zeroes down for the various team challenges.

4) How are you doing day by day?
So far I feel like I am doing good. I have drummed every day, which actually feels like a reward rather than a goal. emoticon I am putting in more effort to get exercise back into my life.

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LE7_1234 3/7/2013 2:00AM

    Oh, can I relate to what you said about activity!

One thing I'm trying--on the days I work at home, at least--is to alternate sitting at the computer with standing. I can prop the laptop on something so it's the perfect height. And just standing instead of sitting is actually better physically....

Don't know how much of an option it is for you, but it might be something to ponder.

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DAYSPRING-STAR 3/6/2013 10:19PM

    I love the blogging challenge, your responses, and your approach! emoticon

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KRYSTALLA 3/6/2013 9:50PM

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JIMDAB 3/6/2013 7:49AM

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MAGGIEVAN 3/5/2013 10:27PM

    All fantastic ideas. Now put it into action and emoticon

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LOSINGLINNDY 3/5/2013 9:59PM

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MONETRUBY 3/5/2013 9:53PM

    Fantastic work! You've made a great start.

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BECKYSFRIEND 3/5/2013 7:56PM

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 3/5/2013 7:46PM

    Sounds like you have a good plan in place. Keep it moving!

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A_WISE_WOMAN 3/5/2013 4:15PM

  emoticon emoticon Sounds like you're having fun! Let's face it, we're in a marathon, not a sprint, so if it's not fun, it won't last!

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LADILADIDA 3/5/2013 1:42PM

    The act of working towards a goal feeling like a reward??? Wouldn't have it any other way! Way to go.

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HHB4181 3/5/2013 1:35PM

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NEWCHINELO 3/5/2013 1:32PM

    On track!

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TEMPERANCE88 3/5/2013 1:08PM

    Awesome job! Keep up the great work!

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BLC 19 Goals

Monday, April 30, 2012


My goals for the next 12 weeks of the BLC 19:

Food:
I am currently reading about sugar addiction and sugar sensitivity, and boy does that fit me to a T! So my food goals are going to center around what I am learning.
1. Track it - write down everything I eat, along with how I am feeling physically and mentally/emotionally.
2. Increase the amount of protein I am getting each day, with a goal of 60 - 80 grams a day.

Exercise:
1. Achieve streakdom - minimum of 20 minutes a day, 6 days a week
2. Yoga class at least once per week
3. Strength training at least 3 times per week

Stay active in my team, the Cougars, all 12 weeks. Post something, even just a quick check in, every day.

  
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KALIGIRL 5/3/2012 8:55AM

    emoticon goals! emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 5/1/2012 7:02PM

    Great specific goals and plans to get there!

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BECCABOO127 5/1/2012 6:23PM

    Great goals! Go for it!

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MONETRUBY 5/1/2012 4:30PM

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DIFROMWYOMING 5/1/2012 9:01AM

    Good goals...this works for the Sapphires, too! :)

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Loving Myself Into Health

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

emoticon I think loving myself is the most important part of reconnecting with my Healthy Me.

Lack of self-love is one of the things (hmmm … perhaps THE thing) that drives my emotional eating. I seek out my comfort foods, sweet, creamy carbilicious goodies, as a substitute for self-love. And we all know how well that strategy works! Oh sure, for a few minutes I am transported to a place of pure bliss as the sugars hit my tongue and fire off all those good-feeling sensations. But then all the sugar, fat and carbs hit my stomach and my system, and I feel physically sick and yucky. Then emotionally I feel empty, and mentally I feel like a failure. Like the addict I have become, craving another hit to make those bad feelings go way, I eat more sweet, creamy carbilicious goodies. I end up packing on the pounds, instead of packing in the joy, bliss, and peace I am really looking for. I end up with self-hate and self-loathing, instead of self-love. So I seek out more comfort through food, because I certainly have no comfort to offer myself. I became entrenched in this never-ending, downward spiraling, vicious cycle.

I have decided to get off this not-so-fun merry-go-round. After flailing around, trying this diet and that diet, reading about this food philosophy and that eating philosophy, taking up the self-flagellation whip and driving myself to exercise harder and faster, I have come to the conclusion that more self discipline and more self control is not the way. It just simply is not working for me. Just like hitting a dog when she poops in the house does not train her to go outside to relieve herself, smacking myself on the head and exerting tighter control over myself does not help me stick with the healthy habits I am trying so hard to acquire. I just yelp and feel confused over the pain.

Several things have been clicking for me this month. I have re-immersed myself into my spiritual practices, including meditation. I started on another journey with “The Artist’s Way,” and my morning pages have included some wonderful insights into my thoughts and feelings. The Healthy Lifestyle Blog post “Is Your Weight Loss Puzzle Missing a Crucial Piece?” set off lovely chimes within my head. I am ignoring my scale, not logging my food, and refusing to feel guilty because I’m not exercising. I am just concentrating on feeling that illusive emotion, self-love.

So right now, in this very moment, in all my moments, I am building up a deep love and heart-felt appreciation for Me. I know, to the depths of my being, that as I love myself into a state of allowing, into a state of thriving, into a state of blissed-out, joy-full, peace-filled, heart-stoppingly ecstatic self-love, everything else will fall into place. I will nourish myself with healthy foods, because I truly love myself. I will choose fun-filled, body-stretching movement, because I truly love myself. I will fill myself with sweet, creamy, delicious, comforting self-love, and that will fire off all the good-feeling sensations I will ever need. And all that love will overflow and reach out to everyone around me.

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In case you missed it, here is a link to the Healthy Lifestyle Blog post, “Is Your Weight Loss Puzzle Missing a Crucial Piece?” that I mentioned. I heartily recommend it!
www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=is_
your_weight_loss_puzzle_missing_a_cruc
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SKY2012 2/18/2012 11:00PM

    beautifully written, hugssssssssssssss

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MARTHASPARKS 2/16/2012 5:13PM

    When you meditate, try smiling at your heart and acknowledging your gratitude for the gifts you have been given. This is a really helpful practice.

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CAFEJOJO 2/16/2012 2:16PM

    Wonderful post... and so true! It is so funny how just in the past few days I have been hearing and reading more and more about self love. I know that loving myself will not only help me with my food issues, but will help me move past my divorce and the issues that lie there for the past 4 years! Thank you for sharing!

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CAFEJOJO 2/16/2012 2:16PM

    Wonderful post... and so true! It is so funny how just in the past few days I have been hearing and reading more and more about self love. I know that loving myself will not only help me with my food issues, but will help me move past my divorce and the issues that lie there for the past 4 years! Thank you for sharing!

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SMILIN_ZEPHIE 2/16/2012 10:33AM

    I heartily concur!! I've heard good things about "The Artist's Way"

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LE7_1234 2/16/2012 1:09AM

    It's funny, but the more I love myself, the more those sweet, creamy carbolicious goodies just don't taste so good anymore.... My path to discovering this started with FlyLady, several years back, when I was looking for a way to keep my house clean. Or clean enough. :-) "FLY" stands for Finally Loving Yourself. I thought that was silly--I mean, it wasn't like I hated myself.

Oh. Not hating is not the same as loving, is it?

Since I started down that path, EVERYTHING has improved. Not always quickly--but the longer I'm on the path, the less I care how long it takes. Welcome to the journey. :-)

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KALIGIRL 2/15/2012 1:59PM

    Love it!

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MRS_EVA_K 2/15/2012 12:57PM

    I'm so glad you've found first a place of self acceptance and are now reaching into the corners of the place of self love. This is beautiful. I find the harder I drive myself I often end in a ditch, as in stuck and I can't work my way loose. You sound like you've discovered something similar. Self love like you are beginning to experience will lead you in a healthy direction. You love yourself you want to give yourself nice things and chief among them are a feeling of lightness and and beautiful healthy food. I'm glad to see you are back with us and in a good place. emoticon

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DIFROMWYOMING 2/15/2012 9:50AM

    I agree that this is where we all need to be to become truly healthy. What a lovely blog and I am happy to see you feeling some peace with yourself. Hugs, Di

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QUEEN_REINA 2/15/2012 4:14AM

    I really enjoyed that blog too. I reached this epiphany about self love sometime recently too, and it has made ALL the difference!

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AMYBELLES 2/15/2012 3:36AM

    Lisa, you have a gift for writing - I loved how you described your feelings and challenges with loving yourself! Your honesty and creativity really shown through. You are definitely not alone in your struggles with emotional eating. I think you are very wise to concentrate on loving yourself first, and the practices you have chosen to do that sound perfect! I wish you all the best on your journey to loving yourself and seeking healthy food, movement and joy of living to fulfill that love! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MICKEYMAX 2/15/2012 12:43AM

    You are amazing and I feel ya! Truly! and I love the Artist's Way! Artist date!

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SURENDERISNOTME 2/14/2012 11:25PM

    Lisa, you are so right you need to love yourself to get the motivation to get healthy.

HUGS
Debbie

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BLESSEDBEING 2/14/2012 10:58PM

    I am *so* very happy to read this blog, Lisa! emoticon emoticon I have been concerned that you kept joining challenges, but they didn't seem to be working for you. I believe you have found what was missing for you, and I'm thrilled! emoticon

It's interesting that the simple step of loving and accepting yourself *exactly as you are* (regardless of any number on the scale or degree of disorganization/amount of clutter) relieves that stress of believing you must reach some certain level before you will be worthy of love.

My songwriter friend Jai Josefs said it beautifully:
"I love myself the way I am and still I want to grow
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can
And I love myself just the way I am."

I eagerly look forward to witnessing your life unfold joyfully as your love for you continues to grow and blossom! emoticon emoticon

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BARBIE176 2/14/2012 8:46PM

    Great blog Lisa and I am so happy to hear that things are starting to work for you in a positive way. Thank you for the link I am going to be reading that very soon.You are so right about the necessity of loving ourselves. We have to love ourselves before we can love anyone else or before we can achieve our weight loss goals. emoticon Way to go! Keep up the progress!

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NICKI109 2/14/2012 7:52PM

    Great blog. So very true. I am on the same Merry Go Round right now. Maybe I need to find some love towards myself to continue! Thank you for sharing

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CATHYGETSFIT 2/14/2012 7:12PM

    emoticonblog Lisa! How can we lose weight if we don't love ourselves first. I think you are wise to focus on loving yourself first. Once you have realized that loving yourself is the important thing you can you can then focus on eating right and moving your body because you truly do love yourself! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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A_WISE_WOMAN 2/14/2012 6:41PM

  There really is nothing more to add....you said it very well!

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LOSINGLINNDY 2/14/2012 6:31PM

    Thanks for the link. We have some threads on Ultimate Self-Care on Inner Journey under General Information forum. They dove tail with the ideas in the article you linked.

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CJWORDPLAY 2/14/2012 4:27PM

    Wow, Lisa - Looks like you and I are on the same page, doesn't it? I also am working with the Artist's Way. And I found the article about the Missing Piece most relevant. No wonder we're friends! Thanks for writing so eloquently. emoticon emoticon

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MAVERICK59 2/14/2012 3:13PM

    Lisa,

I hope you find the 'peace' that is missing for you.

Hugs,
Belinda

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 2/14/2012 2:55PM

    Great blog! I think you may be on to something. Loving ourselves is crucial to treating ourselves well.

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LADILADIDA 2/14/2012 1:23PM

    Way to go! Love to the Power of 10!

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DEBBIEOLMOS57 2/14/2012 1:16PM

    So True So True

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A&I Blog - February Goals

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

I'm participating in the Aspire and Inspire Team's Buddy Support Group for February, and part of our first week's challenge is to blog about our February goals.

I don't like to make specific goals for that amount of time. I prefer to set goals on a weekly basis, so I don't get discouraged or despair of reaching a goal if I have a bad week. I do like to vision where I want to be though. So this morning I took a few minutes to project into the future and see how I would like to be feeling at the end of February. I am visioning for myself that I will have made healthy changes in my eating, that I will be more active than I am right now, that I will be journaling regularly, and that I will be feeling an improved connection with Healthy Me.

Now for the actual steps to get there, I am setting more specific goals for this week, from today to next Tuesday, to fit in with the A&I challenge. I do like the stepping stones I set for myself in the blog post before this one, so I am incorporating them here.

Drink 64 oz of water a day, and internalize my healthy connection with water.

Move intentionally 10 minutes each day, and internalize my healthy connection with my body.

Eat a serving of fruit with breakfast and lunch, and eat a serving of vegetables with lunch and dinner, every day, for a total of 4 freggies a day, and internalize my healthy connection with my good choices.

Explore different ways to journal on my journey to connect with Healthy Me.

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TESENISIS1 2/13/2012 4:32PM

    Sounds like an awesome start...hope you are acheiving and beyond.
Tes

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LOSINGLINNDY 2/12/2012 7:48PM

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AMYBELLES 2/7/2012 9:37PM

    I really enjoyed reading your blog and your phrase of internalizing your healthy connections to different goals. I like the idea of creating a vision of yourself for the end of the month, but making goals for one week at a time! Thank you for sharing your ideas. I wish you much success with your goals-with your positive attitude, I have no doubt you will reach them! emoticon emoticon

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RFJSJ50 2/6/2012 2:00AM

    I like the way you approached your goals. Like you, I hesitate to make goals for more than one week at a time - I become too easily frustrated and tend to give up when I don't reach them!
Stay strong!
Sheila

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ASHAIXIM 2/5/2012 9:55PM

    NICE! I like how you split them up in different facets of your wellbeing!

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CATHYGETSFIT 2/2/2012 7:17PM

    You did a great job on your blog and making it fit for you. I think your goals for this week are doable and I like how you would like to envision yourself at the end of the month. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CJWORDPLAY 2/2/2012 3:19AM

    You have done a terrific job of attending to what is most important to you and planning your goals accordingly. That's a sure way to accomplish the best for a "healthy you".
And thanks for the reminder about journaling. I need to include that in my plan, too.

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SUNNYDAZE9 2/1/2012 11:41PM

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MONETRUBY 2/1/2012 11:20PM

    Great blog!

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DIFROMWYOMING 2/1/2012 10:59PM

    Good job Lisa! I'm looking forward to February too! :)

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BARBIE176 2/1/2012 8:50PM

    Lisa, what an emoticon way to mold the blog assignment to fit something you are comfortable with. I like the goals you have set for the next week as well as how you want to feel at the end of the month. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon Lisa! Great blog... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EMJAYKAY 2/1/2012 5:41PM

    Thank you Lisa for such a beautifully written & inspiring post especially the idea of connecting with " Healthy Me "
I am going to enjoy February too !!
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SHOYER 2/1/2012 4:42PM

    Hi Lisa, and good job on really thinking about what you can do and will do over the next week. I think I could add each of your specific items to my list and be better for it. Some days, the water is my hardest thing to do. Other days, it's a piece of cake. Well, not really, but it's easy.
You will do well, my friend.

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MRS_EVA_K 2/1/2012 2:38PM

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SUNNYAUTUMN812 2/1/2012 2:37PM

    emoticon Great blog and I have no doubt that you will succeed! emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 2/1/2012 2:03PM

    It sounds like you have a great handle on where you want to go and the best way for you to get there. Have fun!

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TEMPERANCE88 2/1/2012 1:57PM

    Sounds great! You'll do awesome :)

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SURENDERISNOTME 2/1/2012 12:56PM

    Fantastic blog! This journey is actualy on a day to day basis. I think you are going to do just great.!

HUGS
Debbie

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MELODYSUE 2/1/2012 12:51PM

    Sounds GREAT! Good luck

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EDITHT 2/1/2012 12:47PM

  My goal is to eat less red meat (oh, how I love bacon), and replace it with fish and chicken. I am also trying to eat more vegetables and I currently have brussels sprouts, carrots, and cabbage waiting to be cooked. Fruit has never been a problem and I eat an apple and orange every day. I also like pineapple and bananas.

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LADILADIDA 2/1/2012 12:44PM

    I am so with you a the setting goals department and I love the way you laid out the month of February in a positive way! emoticon

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MAVERICK59 2/1/2012 12:40PM

    Goals don't have to be big, just something to work towards.
Good luck with yours.

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