Thursday, September 30, 2010
I found myself just rushing through the daily Spark emails, just to get the "point." Then I realized the REAL "Point" was in the contents of the emails. As I read them, I get new ideas, new encouragement, new information, well, you get the point. (Pun intended!)
Well, I've been dieting for the past 25 years. Yo-yo-ing I should say. I start a diet and then can hardly wait to get off it so I can have -- well, you can fill in the blank. I wasn't ever committed.
Now as I read the daily emails, other people's blogs, and all the other good information on SparkPeople, I think I'm finally getting it! The encouragement is phenomenal, the success stories a real inspiration, the wisdom endless.
I wrote this poem several years ago. I should have read it after I wrote it.
Slow Me Down
Slow me down, Lord.
I get in too big a rush
To even think,
Slow me down today
That I might hear
Or a baby
Or the breeze
Sing Thy praise.
Slow me down that I
Might touch a flower
Or pet a kitten
Or hug a child
And think about
And thus might I
If I can just
Monday, September 27, 2010
This morning I reviewed my SparkPage and noticed I joined on September 22, 2008 -- two years ago last week. Then I looked at my weight then and now -- and in two years I've gained 10 pounds. That's not where I needed to go! Now I'm 69 pounds too heavy for my height, I have diabetes with a lot of neuropathy and NEED to lose weight. I am a product of bad choices. But when I looked back and discovered what I've been doing to myself, it really was a wake-up call. I'll start this morning with a more structured healthy living plan. Nobody can do it for me, but I appreciate all the support from friends that I can get. So -- with the help of SparkPeople, I'm GOING TO DO IT!!!
Saturday, July 17, 2010
I've made every excuse in the book -- most of them in the past three months. "I'm too busy." "I'm taking care of my ill husband." "I'm too stressed out." "I've just moved." "I just had knee surgery." "I have diabetes and I'm on insulin." Well, you get the picture.
I haven't said "Nobody has forced you to put a single bite in your mouth, or to stuff it full when you're out and about so no-one will see you eat." I forgot I'm totally responsible for my condition -- good, bad, or indifferent.
I tell my daughter I want to lose weight so that it will only take six pallbearers to carry me someday and she's horrified. Well, we all have our reasons....
In all seriousness, though, I want to live a long life and I want that to be a healthy life. So starting today -- Ta! Da! Drumroll please -- I'm going to get serious about getting healthy, and that starts with sensible eating. (I've always hated being "sensible" about anything. It's not in my nature!" I'll just say that I'm going to get dedicated to becoming the best that I can be! (I can't be serious about anything, can I? S'pose that's my trouble???
Saturday, April 10, 2010
I have so many reasons for losing weight -- I have a daughter who is overweight and I would like to be a good example. I have children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and each one of them gives me incentive to be as healthy as I can for as long as I can.
Oh, I've got other reasons. I'm 75 years old, have had diabetes for 19 years, and am limping around (figuratively speaking) on arthritic knees and hips.
But those aren't the reasons I'm losing weight. Oh, they count, but I'm DOING IT FOR ME!!!
I want to feel good and run and play. No, I'm not senile. I just don't feel old inside! I want to be able to stride out, not hobble, for the rest of my life. I want the feeling of Yes! I did it! I want to be able, someday, to skid into the grave broadside thoroughly used up, totally worn out, saying "Wow! What a ride!" as an unknown source once described it.
Life is fun! I want to keep it this way. I'm DOING IT FOR ME!!!
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