Friday, November 01, 2013
I think I had a wake-up call a week ago. When I weighed that morning for a challenge I'm in (weighing's been a daily thing to help me gauge how I do and feel during the day/week) I was shocked to see the number staring back at me. It was higher than I remember it being for a very long month -- maybe years. My heart started pounding and I probably got red in the face like I was caught doing something I shouldn't.
Just to check that number, I reweighed myself after getting completely dressed, including shoes, and that number showed that the first big one was no fluke. It was real.
Not only that, but two days later when I weighed again (didn't want to be near the scale the next day) I saw a number that was bigger than the one which had just given me so much stress two days before.
Okay, I silently told myself, two things are changing. One, I'm not stepping on the scale until my next weigh day for the challenge in five days, and two, I'm going to be conscious of every single thing that goes in my mouth.
I did the first thing with little problem (how easy it was to break that habit). The second one really weighed on me because I had a full day and a half of professional development along with a retirement dinner to attend during those five no-weigh days.
It was a kind of mental agony to look at every single thing that I ate or drank and think about how it would reflect on my scale. But I think it was the right thing to do. With boxed doughnuts and rolls looking mighty good during two mornings, I ate one banana and two handfuls of green grapes. I've had hot tea most days and just two cups of coffee. I've mostly eaten at regular meal and snack times and I haven't bought anything from a vending machine all week.
This morning was my regular challenge weigh day and I was surprised again, but in a good way. The numbers were 2.6 pounds down from a week ago and down 3.8 from this past Sunday. And while I know some of that is water weight because of salt in processed foods a week ago, I'd rather focus on what I'm doing right and enjoy the feeling of watching the scale go down. Hey, scale, it's good-bye for another week. I think I like this.
Friday, October 04, 2013
Does anyone else ever wonder about the seemingly coincidental occurrences in life, or is it me? Times when I'm most down and disappointed and frustrated are turned exactly opposite simply by talking to a colleague or reading a paragraph or watching a short video. I can't plan these, but continue to be amazed at their regular appearances.
Here's my latest example:
Today was a regular early morning after a really late night. Up around 6 a.m. after going to bed close to midnight. Yesterday was wonderful -- sunny, breezy, warm. Today is rainy, humid and kind of ugly. A work commitment at 8 a.m. means I'm here early to get some breakfast first. Not feeling very competent or confident, almost like being ignored, during the meeting.
Then a supervisor wants to talk with me afterward. Oh, dread.
But not really -- he wants to tell me about a new student worker and ask my opinion on some things. Wow, didn't see that coming, but I'll take it
Then, I head to my office for what's sure to be some tedious work. But the office is bright with light -- so much different from the meeting room that I almost feel a headache coming on.
I do social media for my job and happened to see an intriguing link on Facebook, so I click it and watch a short video that makes my day -- and my whole outlook -- as bright as noon day sun (and it's only 9:30 a.m.)
For a lift and some encouragement in your day, spend two and a half minutes here. I dare you to not be affected in a most positive way.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
This blog entry is due to a thought-provoking blog I read this morning. Done by a fellow SP-er JOHNTJ1, it reminded me of one of THE most important parts of SP -- our fellow weight and well-being warriors. (Lots of alliteration there, I know, but hey, I'm a writer.) You can read his words here www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
We come to this site most often as individuals, seeking a place where we can see ourselves and be ourselves, where we can see our past and our potential for what they really are. We seek a place with guidance and support and people who are like us, in whatever manner we choose to view our world.
What really, truly amazes me about this site is the ever present, never ending display of eloquent writers. In my world as a communication specialist, I often describe myself as a words person. I use words, often more than I need, to express ideas and to share information with others. My job involves being factual, accurate, timely and unbiased, and I love it.
But there's another side of me that's brought to the surface here on SP like no other place. People like me and people unlike me who use their own power of words and expression to help themselves, and in that process, help me in ways I can't do for myself.
I appreciate the long blog posts and the short to-the-point ones, the inspirational and the questioning ones, the detailed bare-your-soul and the general ones, the happy and the sad ones. I am amazed at the quality of writing and the thoughtfulness and perspective of each individual who chooses to offer their work to the SP world. And I am humbled to be among you.
Friday, July 26, 2013
"Together we can change the world one person and one healthy decision at a time!"
The quote from SparkGuy in today's "Best of Spark People Daily" really struck home today, for a number of reasons.
1. "Together we can"
I won't speak for others, but I know I've tried to do the "me, I" thing and it doesn't work.
2. "change the world"
This seems like a dramatic statement, but we do need to think big and bold about changes we want to see. Otherwise our victories can seem small and insignificant.
3. "one person"
I see myself as that one person, but I also see myself as a person who might be able to help others with their journeys, side by side or sight unseen.
4. "and one healthy decision"
I need to quit trying to rationalize bad decisions, and stop attempting to equalize a bad decision with another good or not quite as bad decision.
5. "at a time."
This is me I'm working on, one step in the right direction and one good-for-me decision at a time.
Apparently, SparkGuy, you ARE talking to me.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Just saw this story through a Facebook link and had to share it here. This guy sounds like someone I'd like to know. But even though that's not likely, he still is inspiring to me. Read the article and you'll see why.
Go Big John!
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