Monday, August 19, 2013
In recognition of World Humanitarian Day, today in my Spark groups I'm asking members to reflect on what it is that embodies humanitarianism.
Traits that often come to mind include: selflessness, a sense of justice and equanimity for all persons, willingness to sacrifice for a particular cause, a desire to help others achieve success.
Sometimes when I think about it, its easy to become a little cynical and question whether anyone who seems selfless is truly not out for some sort of personal gain too. In the media, we often hear about celebrities such as Bono, Oprah, Princess Diana, and Angelina Jolie who stand (or have stood) behind various causes and use their celebrity status as a forum to promote awareness and such for their cause. Yet in a way, I also feel that if a person is going to live a life of fame and fortune, it means *something* if they dedicate a part of their lives to a purpose that goes beyond languishing in luxury.
There's also those who have become famous (or perhaps even infamous) *because* of their efforts. People like Martin Luther King Jr, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, or Oskar Schindler come to mind. I feel that those in this category are the ones who in essence, became their cause...they lived their lives in an effort to better the world, or their corner of it at least. They did not seek fame or riches or reward. They saw, or many times witnessed firsthand, an injustice and decided to do something about it.
I have my own causes and social issues I feel are important as I'm sure many of us do. I support them as I am able and do my little part to raise awareness. It may not be much, but it is a start. The point is, I am a big believer that at least part of our purpose on this earth is to leave it a little better than we found it. We've all seen ways injustice and/or ignorance is able to permeate society and draw a dividing line between groups of people.
On the journey toward embracing better health, I think its important to consider the ways we can make our little corner of the world a better place. Taking good care of ourselves is simply the first step. When we feel good about ourselves, its typically natural to want to spread positivity and help others where we can.
What are some causes/issues that are meaningful do you? How might you use what you learn on your path toward healthful living to become a humanitarian in your own part of the world?
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Well, I've been back on the exercise track for just about six weeks now. I've lost 8-ish pounds and am starting to feel and notice little, welcome changes from the way my clothes fit more loosely, to the decreased "creaking" sound my knees make when climbing stairs, the increase in flexibility and the overall desire to eat less crappy foods.
Success is inevitable if I remain persistent and consistent this time. I know what I have to do. I also know I'm more than capable of doing what I need to.
The thing about hitting rock bottom is it forces you to think, "if not now, then when, if ever?" I've had more than enough set-backs, and while I'm sure there will always be set-backs, the one thing that makes THIS time feel profoundly different for me is I've never truly had the chance to start my life over before.
I'm living on my own for the first time ever. The wheels were barely in motion a year ago at this time. These last l2 months had plenty of life-altering moments with the initial separation, leaving a job I felt trapped in, reconciliation, moving my dad into assisted living and realizing that a close family member is no longer trustworthy and able to be a part of my life.
Then the reconciliation attempt failed, I moved out of the house I lived in for 10 years. I was was lucky enough to return to a job I never really wanted to leave and that has been an absolute blessing. I get to work with amazing people again and in the sea of uncertainty, that has become my life; this has proven to be the beacon of security and pride that helps me keep it together in those moments when I doubt myself.
I knew with all of these big changes coming at me from every direction, now was the time to return to taking care of myself. Its a bit of a shame that I let things slide after a promising start of re-embracing fitness and health last year, but, I also feel I was in no position to maintain momentum when so many things were falling apart around me. Its very difficult to stay focused on self-care when you feel as though you have so little control of your life.
Having said all that, I can now say I am getting that sense of control back. Maybe control isn't the right word...maybe its more of having a sense of direction and undergoing a kind of rebirth. And knowing when its time to let go of what doesn't work anymore--this has been a huge awakening.
Whatever it is, I'm so glad I am here.
And so begins this next chapter.
Thursday, August 02, 2012
Just wanted to drop by and say I'm still around. The last two weeks have been complete havoc. My dad was in the hospital after having a fall at home (he's ok though) but from the hospital, he was discharged to assisted living. I actually work at the facility he moved to and he's doing quite well. Due to his dementia progressing, we decided going back home was no longer the safest, best option for him. And he's been amazingly accepting of this whole process, thankfully! Its a good place for him and finally I have some peace of mind.
It was a stressful time while he was hospitalized and the whole moving process apparently took its toll on me. By the end of last week, as my dad was settling into the assisted living community, I got hit with a terrible sinus infection. I'm still on the mend, but unfortunately, with all that going on, I haven't had much chance to participate on Spark as I would like. Of course, I haven't worked out much in these last two weeks and its driving me NUTS!! I finally went back to work today after being out sick since Monday. I'm hoping to make it back to the gym by the weekend. Amazingly, I lost another two pounds. Probably because with this stupid sinus infection, I can't taste or smell anything and have had no appetite!
Hope things are well for my Spark friends and I look forward to reconnecting very soon.
Sunday, July 01, 2012
Things between my husband and I have become even more confusing over the past couple weeks. We had a super-intense counseling session yesterday and although it was very emotional, I feel good that I was able to get some things off of my chest. Anyway, the relationship is still in the land of limbo, but I'm not letting it deter me from my goals or distract me from doing what I can to become a better, fitter, happier and healthier person.
I've lost just about 20 lbs since starting back on my exercise and fitness regimen! I'm two pounds away from my first reward. I have put together a "reward system" to motivate myself and mark milestone moments. Each time I make a goal weight, I get to treat myself. So, in another two pounds, I am going to buy myself new make-up and perfume.
I'm feeling stronger and more energetic overall lately. My range of motion even seems to be improving. On average, I'm working out 5 days a week, and emphasizing strength training on at least two of those days. I'm reallllllllllllllly pushing myself to get enough water in me each day too...its easier on the days I've exercised, but sometimes on my rest days, I notice I don't take in as much H2O. I'm also making an effort to eat every few hours at work...trying to increase my fruit intake and just generally working to keep my metabolism running by having something healthy to eat every few hours or so. Its difficult sometimes at work as I can get so busy and end up skipping the healthy snack time. But I'm doing it more often than not, and that's an improvement from where I was a couple months ago, when I hardly ate anything at all after my AM coffee and roll! I'd go the whole day until after work without eating again.
I'm making sure I have at least some sort of carb and protein rich snack before I work out. I notice that it makes such a difference if I don't eat anything before exercising. I perform so much better if I ate something an hour or so before heading to the gym.
Anyhow, I hope to be more active on Spark now that things are settling a bit in my personal life. I still have a long way to go in figuring out what the future holds for my husband and I, but I do feel a bit more grounded these days.
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