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"Moving the Mountain" (Li Yukou)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The following is a story well-known to almost every Chinese. It was written four or five centuries ago by philosopher Li Yukou in his book Lie Zi.

There was a ninety-year old man called Yu Gong in China, who had two big mountains in front of his family home, which caused his family great inconvenience. One day he gathered his family and said: "The two mountains have given us too much trouble getting outside, how about we move them away!" His children and grandchildren all agreed except his wife. She said: "We've been living with such an inconvenience for generations. Why can't we just let it stay there? And where can we dispose of the stones and dirt from these mountains?" It was decided the stones and dirt would be dumped into the sea.

The work began the next day. Their only digging tools were hoes and baskets and they were a far away from the sea. But none of the hardships and difficulties could daunt the brave family. They worked on the mountains every day.

One day, a wise old man called Zhi Sou, upon seeing them attempting to move the mountains was amused, and said to Yu Gong: "You are old and you can barely climb to the mountain top, how do you expect to move the mountains?" Yu Gong replied: "Yes, I am old and I will soon be dead, but I have children, and when my children are dead, there are still my grandchildren. My family will grow and grow and the mountain will get smaller and smaller. With such determination, surely it is possible to move the mountains!"

So Yu Gong and his family carried on with their work day after day and year after year, through hot Summer to cold Winter until one day, God in heaven was moved by them and sent two immortals to take the two mountains away. The moral of the story is many tasks appear unachievable but with determination anything can be achieved.


Seeing Spots

Monday, August 23, 2010

Hey there. Yes sir & mam. Another sunny day in not-Mayberry.
A lovely day, really.

I've been feeling more IN MY BODY (present in my skin and sinew and muscle; moving differently and better; feeling more lively generally). This is all SO GOOD. So Good indeed. I'm celebrating it, all the way down. And then some.
So when I got on the scale this mornin' and hadn't lost any weight this week.... I was... well... stung a bit. I didn't fall into any pits in reaction. I recovered. But not before really feeling the absence of what it was I'd hoped for today:
you know... the boost; the jolt; the pat on the back from the scale that carries an affirmation more powerful than my own feeling good. (It shouldn't be that way, i know; but today it was). So ... Hooray for me. I didn't let it knock me out or down. I self-talked all the right words and spirits. I ate a good breakfast and went out to the gym.

Up for the count. Not seeing stars. Or spots.

Though, as a replacement boost I took myself out for a pedicure. And after removing old polish and getting very nice foot/calf massage to my dismay I saw that my nails are now white-spotted and oxygen-starved. So I had to forgo a new shiny color. (Give the kid a break!) Another goldilocks-style disappointment. Ha! No weight loss. No polish.
And I'm still fine. If not dandy.

Keeping on Keeping on. Sending out good wishes to all fellow SPs & DONEgals.
Headed toward September!


Tomato Time

Friday, August 20, 2010

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SONGBARDBIRD 8/21/2010 4:19PM


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SCOOTER4263 8/20/2010 7:54PM

    Seriously, is there anything better ? I had some Sweet 100s from my garden in my salad tonight - awesome doesn't even begin to describe that sun-warmed flavour. emoticon

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JAZZMINE 8/20/2010 7:43PM

    Pico de Gallo! Onions, tomatoe, vinegar and cilantro! Yum.... emoticon

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Well, the elliptical machine is again my first choice for regular endurance minutes. Easier on the knees. And the back. But I just realized that the SP calculators really seem to overestimate the calorie burn per 30 minutes. I guess I'll just pretend I don't know or believe that and keep on relying on the SP totals for my stats. Funny, I've never been a stat person -- as I have no predilection for that kind of math-induced scaling. But...hmmmm... the SP goals are SO inspiring ... and distracting in the best possible of ways -- (like the red lights on the treadmill, varying the course, making the time go by differently).

So folks... Me ... I'm listening. Just keep it up, my friend. More minutes means perhaps less days a week. Less minutes means more times a week. Stay on course. Log it all in, and let the SparkPeople lead you to water ;-) emoticon

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JODIANN421 8/15/2010 10:17PM

    I had that SAME problem! I don't know who to believe. I went with a number somewhere in the middle :) I too want to buy a HRM. That will answer many questions I have :)

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 8/15/2010 3:01PM

    I've stopped caring so much about the caloric burn (everything says something different) and started concentrating more on the amount of time working out. It will happen if we are consistant!

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CAROLINAMUSED 8/15/2010 2:49PM

    watch out for the elliptical's calorie count, too. we ended up getting a heart rate monitor and we think the darn thing (the elliptical, I mean) is calibrated for a 150 lb male, seriously. the HRM calories burned are consistently quite a bit less than what the elliptical reads. I had changed my weekly fitness goals to match what I *thought* I was burning but for some reason, my weight loss was slow or stalled. once I got the HRM and readjusted (and got over the disappointment of burning far less calories!) I have begun to really see results.


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New Vision Boards -

Saturday, August 14, 2010

What fun to remember the free flow... letting the collage come. Keeping it simple. I made two (one board, reversible). Side One - Motivation (outsmart temptation, eat sustainably, move...); Side Two- Kitchen Coach. Yay, for me!

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JODIANN421 8/14/2010 9:07PM

    Great job!!

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JENJENSKSF 8/14/2010 7:56PM

    Nice job on the boards - I need to do something like that!

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SCOOTER4263 8/14/2010 7:40PM

    Both sides - that's really clever!

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SONGBARDBIRD 8/14/2010 6:21PM

    It's great! :)

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