Monday, February 09, 2009
For those in a couple of my teams, i do a Monday meditation...and i won't post it all here, but i will post the beginning quote and the questions-along with my answers.
You cannot build a better world without improving the
individuals. To that end each of us must work for
his or her own improvement, and at the same time show
a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty
being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.
1. In what ways could you improve yourself without
turning your world upside-down with the effort?
For me, as i have been, 1 baby step at a time. For finances, i watched what i was spending and found ways to spend less. For my home, i takle one project at a time, do a little each day. For my weight, i added a healthy something a little at a time-fitting exercise in a little at a time, adding water, and then fruits and veggies.
2. How could your improvement help others?
In all ways i think it helps others...by saving money, i have some to give, with my home, it's open for the ones i love to come spend time with friends and family, and with my health...i'm there for them...more so now, cause i have the energy, thus more time...
3. What are some of the easier ways that you could improve
different aspects of who you are and what you're able to do?
by doing what i am doing...one step at a time.
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Do you think it's easier to stick to a healthy lifestyle when you're single or in a relationship?
For me...i've tried it both ways...and both present it's unique obstacles. One one hand, in a relationship, they eat the way they eat, which may not be healthy... and if they are not willing to eat healthy, then you have to make your own certain foods and take time away from your partner to exercise... but no in a relationship, cooking for 1 is often hard, for me at least... and unless you have a friend to exercise with...exercising alone can be hard...so my answer...is neither one is really easier... you just have to learn to overcome the obstacles that life puts in your road.
Saturday, February 07, 2009
I got up this morning, like i do every morning, and got on my computer. Nothing extraordinary, nothing special. On the weekends, i usually forget to eat breakfast... but as i was sitting with my coffee, i saw one of the kids ice cream sandwich wrappers (really have to remember to yell at that child...lol) and i went in to get some breakfast...a breakfast sandwich and a piece of fruit sounded good today...so i pop the sandwich into the microwave and look in the refrigerator... hard to believe that i had bought ice cream sandwiches and fudge pops last week... and there are still some left i see soda that i bought a case of 2 weeks ago..and again...still some left before SP...these kind of things would of never lasted the week...2 days tops.... yet here are just a few examples of things that have changed... i can now buy this stuff...and not only i, but my kids, have learned it's ok to eat it...ONCE IN A WHILE... moderation.... wow...what a concept...lol.... my kids don't need to lose an ounce... they are the correct weight and very healthy...but i'm not...and if they had continued down the road of unhealthy eating, they were not going to stay that way... but they are just kids...and all the other kids are allowed snacks and pop... and i do believe...teaching them the correct way to use this unhealthy food is important...i at first had taken it all out of the house... they were not allowed it....and just get over it... to say this didn't work was an under statement... they have had it before, they do know they love it and they, like most teenagers, found a way to get it... their drug of choice...food... this is not what i wanted to teach my children... so i came up with plan B... allow it in the house, just enough...not too much... and put a limit on it... they can have 1 pop a day...but have they drank their water? of course they can have an ice cream treat...but have they ate other healthy stuff?? and only one treat allowed per day.... this was not only the rule for them...but for me.... and you know the funniest part of it all...they, and i, are actually eating less of it now than we did when it wasn't allowed in the house... yea...you read that right... less... that, i feel, is because we are not using it as a crutch...a drug....or anything else... we face that it is there in our lives...we do want it...and... it's ok to drink or eat just a little...there will still be some there tomorrow if we want it...
this hadn't been an easy journey for me to get to...i had to get my kids on board also... we all have to be on the same page...but i also had to realize that i was the main one responsible here... this came with rules and talking to the kids... first of all...i had to map out what they had to leave me, this helped so i wasn't feeling deprived, thus totally blowing it by eating all the ice cream snacks in one sitting...and yes...in the past, i had...i also let them know that if they couldn't control it, i would...by once again, removing it from the house... i also encourage healthy foods and lots of water.... and activity.... this i feel is the most important...we are doing things instead of thinking about all the non healthy food in the house... and i know for me...i've gone all week without the ice cream treats...and i don't feel deprived...cause i know they are there if i want one... the kids have actually gone a couple days without drinking their daily allowed pop... because they know...it's there... they don't have to fight for it...they don't even have to sneak it...
This may not work for everyone...but it is working for us
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