Monday, January 11, 2010
How many times have you said—or thought— "When I lose weight I can/will ...." You can fill in the rest of the sentence. For example, "When I lose weight I will feel more confident." or "... I will eat less." or "... I will be friendlier" or "... I will take better care of my hair." or—well, you get the idea. I would venture to guess it is a theme for most of us who need to lose weight.
But I suggest a new approach, which I have incorporated into many areas of my life, including weight loss. Just ACT AS IF....
ACT AS IF you have reached your goal. If you would take better care of your hair if you were thin, then start now—ACT AS IF you have lost the weight and take better care of your hair NOW. If you would volunteer to help out in an organization of your choice when you lose weight, ACT AS IF you have lost the weight and volunteer NOW. If you would step out more confidently and smile more if you lost weight, ACT AS IF you have lost the weight and step out more confidently and smile more NOW.
You see, we can establish self-fulfilling prophecy. We can make our "when I..." become a reality right now. You may be pretending when you ACT AS IF...., but the time will come when you take off the mask of pretense and discover it is real. You have become that trait.
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
After reading a post on a Team I'm on, it triggered a thought I'd like to share more publicly.
A person would be SO SMART to be stocking up on the necessities of life. I fear we are in for some rough times, and when the world wakes up, shelves will be emptied in a big hurry. I have really stocked up on things like rice, dried beans, oatmeal, wheat, dried corn, garden seeds, and things like that, that can go a long, long ways if need be. And another thing to think about is water -- LOTS of water. A jar or bottle full of water takes no more room than an empty one, and the time might come for whatever a reason (weather, power outage, who knows???) when you can't just turn on a faucet and get water. You could live quite a while without food, but NOT WITHOUT WATER. I am really, really proud of each of you who have had the foresight to take action NOW while you can! I hope others read this and do the same. It might be your life -- or the life of a grandchild or someone else that you love -- whose life you might save. We're told the Lord helps those who help themselves, and this is just one example. He also says "those who are prepared need not fear."
You might also think about meds that you can't get along without, first aid supplies, and things like that. On our quest for improved health, reduced weight, and a better way of life, planning and preparation become a way of life. Let's extend that planning and preparation to take care of tomorrow and tomorrow, too.
I feel like I'm on a soapbox. It's just that I have taught community classes on this subject and I KNOW how important it is. I KNOW several people that have already been greatly relieved to have some things stashed for hard times. I live in a mining community (nearly the only industry) and the mines just all shut down and laid of hundreds and hundreds of people. And there is no other employment opportunities here. Hard times are here, my friends. Let's take care of our own!!!
Saturday, February 07, 2009
I have wondered why I don't lose more weight. Well, I joined TOPS this past Tuesday, and among other things, we agreed to record everything we put in our mouths. I did, and I did great on Wednesday -- 1346 calorires; Thursday -- 1885 calories (Oops!!!) and on Friday 3493 calories, which included 327 carbos, exclusive of fiber carbos. (How's THAT for a diabetic???) NOW I think I'm beginning to get the idea."If you bite it, write it!"
I've been half-heartedly posting my food on SparkPeople, but so often I'm away from home, or grab a bite when I don't have the computer on, or eat after I've posted my food for the day. Then I don't get back on-line to post it. So I thought I was doing great, but I couldn't see why I didn't make more progress in my pursuit of weight loss.
I can see I must take seriously the title of this Blog. If I bite it, I must hold myself accountable and write it. I hope I can remember the lesson I learned this week!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
My daughter sent this to me and it made me think SO MUCH of my life that I want to share it with you.
Will You Dance With Me?
Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule, didn't know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.
I got to thinking one day about all those women on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible.
How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn't suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word 'refrigeration' mean nothing to you?
How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched 'Jeopardy ' on television?
I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, 'How about going to lunch in a half hour?' She would gas up and stammer, 'I can't. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain.' And my personal favorite: 'It's Monday.' She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.
Because Americans cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect! We'll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve toilet-trained. We'll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet. We'll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.
Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of 'I'm going to,' 'I plan on,' and 'Someday, when things are settled down a bit.'
When anyone calls my 'seize the moment' friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you're ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Roller blades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord..
My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It's just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process. The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.
Now—go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT TO—not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?
Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask ' How are you?' Do you hear the reply?
When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, 'We'll do it tomorrow.' And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say 'Hi’?
When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift thrown away. Life is not a race Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over.
Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance!
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