Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Yes! I have either cast a spell or it's just Lady Luck smiling down on me...... whatever the reason, I feel blessed. For four (4) days in a row I have gotten "20" on the spin! Is that unbelievable, or what?
It kind of makes you stop and think that all of us have many things we could be thankful for that we just seem to take for granted. As an example, I was reading a motivational message this morning about a man that passed by a man sitting near a building asking for handouts. As he passed by the beggar said, "Do you have any spare money?" and the man thought to himself "spare money?" -- who in today's age has any spare money? But then he reflected more fully on all the goodness that he had in his life. A nice home, a family, plenty to eat, and a nice car to drive. While he did not have "spare money" he did have money he could spare and with that thought he slipped a few dollars into the man's hand. As he did so he thanked him for the opportunity to count his blessings!
So while many of us do not have spare money, we probably do have some that we could spare. It's like lending a helping hand to friends, or smiling at the stranger, or holding the door open for the person coming up behind you. If we all did one or two kindnesses a day we'd have a happier world, and we would reap the benefits ourselves ten-fold. It has been scientifically proven to give you medical benefits when you do small kindnesses toward another person!
So hugs to you all, and smiles galore! Eve
Saturday, January 30, 2010
It's funny how the simple act of writing down your goals and the actions needed to achieve them can make a difference. But it truly does! Let's say, like me, one of your goals is to walk 15 to 20 minutes each day. As the day wears on, if you haven't as yet completed that goal, it starts to bug you in the back of your mind. You won't be able to write it down in your journal if you haven't done it -- and you can't very well complain if your weight goes up instead of down cause you didn't stick to your end of the bargain.
Making a promise to yourself is an important step. You can cheat on some things, but do you really want to cheat yourself! Do you want to gamble with your health, when something as simple as a 15 minute walk will get you off the hook, and keep you on the straight and narrow.
If it works for walking it can work for other things as well. When faced with the decision of ordering French fries as a side, versus sliced tomatoes; which did you choose? I'd rather have my conscience free to worry about other, more important things, wouldn't you? And when you see the results you'll be pleased you were responsible and stuck to your goals and the steps necessary to make them happen!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
I live in an average neighborhood where everyone has enclosed rear yards with 6-foot high block walls. Some of the homes have lawns in the front, some have them in the back -- some do not have lawns at all.
One of the features I loved about the house when I bought it was that there was a nice lawn in the back and beautiful flowering shrubs. There was also a doggie door so my Scottie could go out whenever she wanted, making my time away from home very convenient. There was a yard maintenance when I arrived at my home and until I got unpacked, bought a lawnmower and settled in, I decided to keep them. I soon found out it would cost me $80 per month. That may not seem like much to some of you, but I'm a retired lady, living alone, and to me I had better places to spend that much money. Besides I love doing yard work and it's good healthy exercise.
So now I spend a good part of my time each week mowing, pruning, blowing leaves and twigs, pulling weeds (or spraying them) and all the other little jobs that go along with having a home that looks well maintained. Some of my close friends think I'm silly for doing it myself. I sometimes I think they are silly for paying $80 to have their hair colored or get their nails done. We each have our own little indulgences. Hey! I even wash my own car, so what can I say? lol
Monday, January 25, 2010
When I first heard about "The Spark" I didn't think I needed to buy it; after all 'I am a member of SparkPeople' so didn't I already know it all? It would be a repeat of all that I've been reading here on the site. I didn't give in and buy my own copy until the coupon came out for Barnes & Noble, but all females like a bargain, and as a member of B&N I got an 'extra' 10% off. I could not pass up a bargain like that, could I?
I've just finished reading Chapter 4 and I have revamped my goals, again breaking them up between long term, mid-term and short term. I was surprised to find they have changed over the two years I've been a member. I see things in a different light, something that may have seemed important back then is no longer a goal, or has already been attained. At first I concentrated only on the number on the scale. BMI didn't matter, menu's didn't matter and an exercise plan didn't matter. I thought if I could achieve the number on the scale it would all fall into place, but how wrong I was. The reason for the exercise plan and the menu plan is to keep motivated, exercising all parts of your body and not letting yourself become so set in one routine that your body can do it while asleep. As you reach that point you are not at your full potential. The same goes for the food you eat. If you're not writing it down it's hard telling what you're eating. I was surprised how a bite here and there can add up (they all count, you know).
The biggest surprise after being a member for two years is the change in attitude and how one feels about oneself. I no longer beat myself up when I indulge in a temptation and gain half a pound. I know that to stay on a plan you sometimes have to have those special moments when you allow yourself to eat or do something that is 'not in the plan.' So you take a step back, you'll double your efforts tomorrow, and you know that the important thing is that you are moving ahead -- always! Even in your setbacks you are moving ahead because they are not taking the toll they did a month ago, a year ago, whenever!
I am aware more fully of the problems facing other people. I am no more filled with apprehension or doubts than they are. My problems are no easier nor harder to overcome. I realize we are all in this together, and the best way to move ahead is to offer support. One little gesture comes back tenfold.
I can't wait to see what 2010 will bring to me! What astounding improvements will be reflected in my mirror by the end of the year? I'm not a young woman, but I didn't let that fact bother me, and whatever you think the drawbacks or hurdles are for you, just know YOU CAN DO IT!
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