Thursday, August 19, 2010
If you expected to join Spark People and reach your goal in six months, that's great! But expecting it (wanting it) and doing it are two different things. I have been on here for a little over two years and I'm not quite there yet.
Yes! I've made a lot of progress! I feel so much better, I look so much better and I feel that I am healthier. I'm certainly smarter, the articles and blogs are terrific to teach you things you needed/wanted to know. I know that I eat much healthier foods than I ever did before. And some of the foods (habits) that I indulged in before Sparks are not even in my mind any longer. I don't think about them, I don't crave them, and I never eat them! To me that alone is a big step toward progress!
I have watched some of the newcomers when they first join, and the pounds come rolling off and I'm impressed. But perhaps what I should do is check back on them in six months and see how they're doing. My motto is "Never Give Up!" not if you binge, backslide, not even if you quit completely. Pick yourself up and get back on that horse -- think of it this way; two steps forward and one back. That way you can forgive yourself if you backslide a bit. As long as you are better than you were you are making progress!
Saturday, August 14, 2010
If it wasn't for my dog, I'd be fat. She is the biggest motivator I have in my life. She looks at me with expectation and love in her eyes first thing in the morning. What she wants is to go for a walk. And she's not the type that dilly dallies along, sniffing at anything and everything -- no, sir! She steps right along, so I work up a sweat before we get back home (her legs are short, but so are mine) lol
She keeps a close watch on the clothes I'm wearing, but especially on what shoes I put on. And when I slip on my tennis shoes she begins to get excited; by the time I reach for her leash she is beside herself, barking and running in circles! There are times I wish I had her enthusiasm for a walk, and sometimes, on those rare days, I DO!
She also has the bad habit of begging food from me, but every morsel that slips into her mouth is one less that goes into mine. And you know what? She eats every little snip and morsel of fat that adorns a steak or a chop. Now, I ask you -- what kind of loyalty is that?
When I give thanks for all the good things in my life before going to sleep, believe me, Amber is at the top of my list. You DO have a dog, don't you? Don't miss out on one of life's greatest relationships -- get one! And come and visit me at "I Love Dogs" -- I'll even let you join my Team!
Saturday, August 14, 2010
When you wake up in the morning YOU can decide if it's going to be a good day, or a bad day....... it's really as simple as that! Sure there are things that can make us grit our teeth, or shed a tear, and momentarily even stamp our foot -- but in the long run, YOU control whether you are happy or not.
I'm sure you've all met people who had lots and lots of medical problems that still seem to always have a smile on their faces. You've also met those that seem to have everything a person could want, and yet they are still grousing around about this and that.
So how do you accomplish being happy? How do you work up the energy or attitude that makes you decide "I'm happy with my life, satisfied with what I have or don't have, I'm just glad to be alive." First of all, practice the art of not comparing yourself to your friends, relatives or neighbors. Envy can work itself into your system and make you feel dissatisfied with your life. Unless you walk in another person's shoes you never know how they feel inside. And the outside that is presented to the world can be whatever they decide; it's those feelings that are inside that are all-important. And, by not comparing yourself, it is so much easier to be happy with yourself. Perhaps the second most important item would be being satisfied with what you have. There is an old saying "It's Easier to go from Poor to Rich, than to go from Rich to Poor." That is indeed true, for to look back on what you had and lost is hard. But if your life is nicer, richer, or happier than it was a few years back; isn't that something to be thankful for?
One little way of reminding ourselves of how lucky we are is to give thanks at bedtime of what we have in our lives that is good. Did you have enough to eat today? Do you have a home to live in? Clothing? Love? Then there are those little intangible items we seem to ignore. We can talk, hear, see -- all of these are blessings!
Tomorrow when I wake up, I'm going to choose HAPPINESS!
Monday, August 09, 2010
I love my new summer home; don't get me wrong! But that trip to the Public Library every day to use their computers started to get old in a hurry. And..... they are closed on Sunday, plus even when I was there the time was limited to one hour, especially if anyone was waiting.
Finally, after putting up with it for a little over a month (I can't believe I was that patient) I called up a place to see what they could do for me. I did not have a land line, I didn't want it to use my cell phone, what were my options. Lo and behold, the answer was Wireless Internet. And the cost was exactly the same as I was paying for my cable hook-up back in the big city. Best of all, once I downloaded the disk into my computer I could also use it on my computer at home! I feel like I'm out of the dark ages now -- and back into the swing of things.
I can now check into Spark People as often as I want, write blogs, answer notes, read tips and articles -- all of the wonderful things it was stressing me out to try and get done in the meager one hour allowance of time I had before.
I'm back Spark People -- so you'll see more of me!
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