Monday, April 21, 2008
The Incredibly Busy Week is now over, & everything worked out REALLY well. The best was helping to lead the service yesterday in church, teaching a song in Spanish, & participating in a Colombia focus (brief stories with slides, postcards on Colombia policy for folks to sign to send to their representatives, prayer for the country's special needs).
Fortunately my mongo editing project (which will take up much of my Saturday & evening time for the next 6 months) has not yet arrived, so I was able to catch up on other things on Saturday & take a delicious nap Sunday afternoon. I went running on Saturday! Combined it with running errands: UPS store, post office, pharmacy. So glad our weather is finally warming up a bit.
I'll try to catch up with my Sparkfriends today. I've missed you!
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Whew! I'm back at 149 already this morning--that's a relief. It's funny how one's body settles at a certain weight sometimes for weeks on end; apparently my body has chosen 149 for the time being.
Last night my husband & I reviewed the coming week, & we have a houseguest arriving Sunday night plus evening events Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday, plus special responsibilities at church a week from tomorrow. Most of the events are at 6:00 or 6:30 p.m.--that seems to be the preferred time here in the city, which puzzles me because there's no time to eat supper beforehand. Anyway, I'm going to try earlier-than-usual-to-bed so as to get to work an hour earlier than I normally do, all next week, so that I can also leave earlier to make it to these events.
I'll probably be too busy to blog much, & I won't have time to exercise beyond walking. But it's going to be an exciting week (nearly all the events are Colombia-related), & I will be back soon!
Friday, April 11, 2008
I got on the scale today & was up 3 lbs, into the 150s. I've been allowing myself extra sweets too often, & last night I made whole wheat pasta with tuna & had seconds even though I wasn't actually hungry. My belly is sticking out a bit more than it should too. So it's time to start tracking my eating again. (I like the updated SP nutrition tracker--it seems a bit faster than it used to be.)
I'm also going to try harder to get to bed by 10:45 too, so I can get up & exercise more often.
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
On Sunday I was listening to Radio Lab, a public radio program. The topic was deceit in various forms. My attention was particularly caught by the segment about lying to ourselves. Researchers have developed a test to gauge how much a given individual engages in self-deception, at least in a positive direction (answering no to "have you ever wanted . . ." questions about common negative human impulses such as wanting to kill someone).
A psychologist used this test with a team of swimmers who were all going through the same training, & she found that those who DID lie to themselves according to the test were the most successful in qualifying for an elite swimming competition. Apparently these people were also the happiest & most positive. Isn't that wild?
Here's the link:
I hate lying. If I find out that someone I've considered a friend has lied to me (& especially if I learn that they have a general problem with the truth), I instantly feel distanced from that person, because I can't trust them. There's no basis for relationship at that point. And over the years I have valued avoiding denial & telling the truth to myself, even when it's painful. I would be a lousy, sentimental poet if I were unwilling to face pain & ugliness.
But I also value positive self-talk & practicing happiness. So I've been mulling over the results of the study & trying to make sense of them. Jesus tells us that the truth will set us free, so I will continue to prize it. In fact, when I'm going through hard times I am greatly helped when I focus on things that are true AND positive.
Maybe I'd be MORE successful if I used the self-talk of athletes & salespeople (I am the best! I can do anything I want to do!), but that rings hollow to me. I'm going to stick with self-talk that is both positive & true, such as: I am a daughter of God. God is always reaching out to me in love. I can do anything I am called to do, in God's strength. Oh, & very important: God provides me with a community of hope--others to love me & learn with me. I am not alone.
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