Friday, January 29, 2010
I purchased "The Spark" as soon as it was available, but hadn't really begun my journey with it until last week! I don't like to dash through books like this, because there is so much great stuff in it, that I like to take my time to scrutinize and digest it.
And so it was that last night I still was only on page 18, but the part I want to mention is that Chris is talking about goals here. I had set up my short term goals when I first joined SparkPeople, but they were only like the 10 lb. ones, such as: When I've lost my 1st 10 lbs. I'll go get my nails done, when I've lost my 2nd 10 lbs. I'm going to completely change the color of my hair, and so on for the nearly 150 lbs. I need to lose. The more lbs. I lose, the larger the rewards get.
But when I made those, I wasn't thinking of my long term goals as he suggests that we make, too!! Of course, I've made my long term goals in the past, but it's been quite sometime and since SparkPeople is the miracle program I've prayed for, to achieve a lifelong Healthy Lifestyle - Today, I'd like to 'put it out there' that my long-term goal is: "In 730 days (2 years) I want to weigh 123 lbs., be firm, fit & healthy, and be on a mission for my Church - either alone or with my future hubby." There's no way I'd be strong enough for the rigors of missionary life if I didn't get myself in the best condition p0ossible! That's it! That's my Dream of a Lifetime!
Hey, I know most of you have bought the Spark - now, are you actually reading it and reaping all the wonderful wisdom Chris has filled it with??? Take some time every day and feast on the marvelous banquet of healthful knowledge & commitment contained in it. Don't miss out, it's right there for the taking!
Love you all,
Contessangel - Ellen
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
I've been anxiety-prone for so many years now (abusive marriage, ensuing divorce), that it's pretty hard for me to make the turnaround and start thinking in a healthy manner these days. Since I started logging onto SparkPeople, making my SparkPage, getting on the teams, etc., it has been fun, of course, but it is so much more. So uplifting, and ennobling, really. I'm learning so much more of being patient with my shortcomings, more of life itself, health, what I'm capable of, who I am, and that is -truly a daughter of God. This is happening as a result of the support and encouragement that is in such rich abundance here. So now, I've finally decided what my program will be.
stay away from sugar as much as possible
aerobic exercise 30 min/day
8 cups of water/day
more fruits & vegetables
eat nothing after 7:00 p.m.
I'm not quite ready to track my food yet, but using my new-found cognitive thinking skills I've gained from reading the Beck Diet Solution, reading "The Spark"and getting the support - mental as well as emotional, I can't lose. I have literally had my nature changed, in a real sense, I've been re-born.
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