Wednesday, February 03, 2010
There I stood..looking into the food cupboard like a deer caught in the headlights.
Just standing...just staring.
I had just been hit by..... THE SNACK ATTACK!!! EEEEEEEKKKKKK!!!!!
My eyes...searching...searching...looking for...something crunchy...something munchy...I need chips..I want chips!!! ...and dip!!! and chocolate...GOT TO HAVE CHOCOLATE!!!!!
Ice cream!!! Yes...ice cream. I went over to the freezer and opened the door.... no ice cream ..only healthy frozen fruit....bummer.
I swung open the refrigerator door...I stuck both hands in...moving things...looking..searching for buried treasure and then I spotted it.... there it was..just staring at me...with big brown eyes...
the bean dip....
ohhhh...ok... kind of disappointing but..ok...it is better for me... yeah, I know...darn.
I settled for some healthy black bean dip and healthy whole grain tortilla chips... it was..umm..ok.
(notice how I said, "settled") I "settled" for what I knew was good for me. I could change that to read, I conquered my urge to pig out and chose a healthy snack... and I did...but in my mind... I "settled". (In my mind..I settled for second choice...second best)
Well, that's habit for ya, eh?....In the past, my "first choice" was always something I considered yummy.
That's what happens when you've built a relationship with food. Sad, but true.
Someday, I hope my "snack attacks" will have me ONLY reaching for what I now consider yummy...
food that are nutritious and healthy for me.
It may take a while...but I'll get there....I'll get there.
Keep sparkin', friends... and watch out for that "snack attack"...you never know when it's gonna' sneak up on ya...haaaaaaaaaa
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Consider changing your thinking by using different words that build up rather than tear down.
You'll be amazed at how a simple thing like building a new vocabulary can change the way you view yourself, your loved ones, your situation, ..your world.
Studies have shown that it takes more energy to process negative thoughts and emotions than it does positives. Negative words cause us to slow down but when things are going ok..you don't need alot of processing. Words like guilty, failure, etc., take more effort and more thought to figure out why and what to do about it. Words like, love, joy, happiness take very little effort.
Pinpoint the words that you know you need to change in your vocabulary and go check out an online thesaurus like the one at thesaurus.com to find new words that might help you to change the negatives into positives.
Here's an example: I typed in the word, SPUNKY and here's what the thesaurus came up with:
Main Entry: spunky
Part of Speech: adjective
Synonyms: active, alert, animated, bold, bouncy, brave, chirpy, courageous, eager, energetic, enthusiastic, fearless, fiery, full of life, full of spirit, game, gritty, gutsy, high-spirited, peppy, plucky, snappy, sprightly, tough, vigorous, zesty, zippy
Pretty easy, eh?
For example,instead of calling my little Haley.."hyper"...I could use different words such as...energetic, lively, enthusiastic..lol. Just last week, I decided that instead of always affectionately calling her, "Hurricane Haley"..I would call her "Helpful Haley"...wow..what a difference!
Harriet Meyerson, president of the Confidence Center in Dallas, Texas..has written an article entitled; Change a Negative to a Positive Just by Changing the Words You Use.
Problems become "Situations"
Always and Never become "Often and Seldom"
Should have becomes "Could have"
Bad becomes "Unwise"
Faults become "Differences"
and my personal favorite...
Mistakes become "Valuable lessons" ;)
You can read the article in its entirety here:
Consider changing the way you view yourself and your life by framing your world with new words that'll help inspire and motivate you to climb to higher places in your head and your heart.
Only you can keep you down.
Keep Sparkin' !!!
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Wanna let some light shine in?
You might be a little surprised at what you find...you might even be disgusted at first...but hey, ..you can fix it..if you want to!
If you live your life with the curtains drawn...pretty soon you get used to the darkness and learn to actually prefer it. Then, when someone comes along who's used to living in the light and they automatically walk over to lift the shades...you shield your eyes and scream out, "No!!! Stop!!! Shut those, NOW!!!" "Leave me alone!"
You have a choice to make about those curtains....
You can leave them open and let the light blast in...exposing all the dark corners...
You may decide to crack them open.. a little bit each day...gently getting used to having light in your life.
Or...you might decide to close the drapes and keep them closed, permanently.
Have you become so accustomed to the dark that you think you... rather like it? prefer it?
You see..the problem with letting the light in is that it exposes the gunk and funk in your life and in your heart. If it's exposed, and you have to actually see it for what it is...you're then faced with what you're going to do about it.
I say, let the light shine in and get rid of the gunk, funk and junk.
Roll up your sleeves and start somewhere. Sure, it may be a big job but it's your gunk..
you're the only one who knows where everything should go.
You'll feel so much lighter...you really will.
Just try it for 30 days...if you don't like it..you can go back to the way you were.
for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world:
he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life
What? You thought I was talking about cleaning out your closets?
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