Saturday, November 01, 2014
This must be short because I am running late and have lots to do.
I am maintaining the vegan no oil no nuts eating and feeling great. Lost two more lbs in October, making the total since I began this at 12 lbs off. I have energy to do what needs to be done every day. I realized this week that I don't hafto eat salads anymore if I do not want one. This is big because I always thought the only way to lose and maintain my weight was to eat lots of salad to fill me up. By eating complex carbs, I am satisfied and eat what I need. I never really enjoyed salads and now I do not need to push myself to eat something I am not particularly fond of eating. Amazing!
This week, I started practicing some of my new coaching skills with a couple of volunteers. We had a good time and I had so much fun. As I read through the materials, watch videos, and have phone conference classroom time, I discovered that I lose track of time easily. This is a great fit for using my natural love for helping people. I will be focusing on women. Meeting with my leader group this morning, for the first time I was thrilled to explain to them what I am going to be doing before long. We talked about possibilities and I think my eyes must've been sparkling!
For years, I've heard others recommend that we do what we enjoy and find a way to get paid for it. Well, it looks like God has helped me find a more specific purpose in life. I can hardly wait to see what He does with it and me.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Once in awhile, it is good to just think about what is going on in my life and let sleepy dragons lie.
I have been super busy with studies for two years and now, training. Consequently, something had to go and I chose exercise. I do get out once a week and walk around but it is not aerobic. I need to improve in this area and have been challenged by several friends. So, for November, I will do something daily even if it means just ten minutes of strength training and/or physical exercise. And that is the plan! When I have slumped over the years, SparkGuy is the one who has gotten me going with this idea and it has worked every time!
Some time ago, I volunteered to assist with a language study project. It was brought to me a couple of weeks ago and I began to revise and update. I had no idea what kind of time I'd need to devote to this. Last week, I put in several days to get going and find out. I completed the first 6th of the material. Now I figure I should complete this by mid-December. I am pleased with that because I now have a timeline and it will be finished before the end of the year.
I have been presenting a one-year study to our ladies group once a month since February. That takes 8 or more hours prep time each month. I am searching out directions for simple Christmas ornaments to suggest to our congregation in two weeks. I am hoping that each member or family will make one to be displayed and then auctioned off at our church Christmas dinner. This will be the third auction that we have had; we all have such fun doing this! My husband will help me to put up all the decorations of the auditorium that I have made (a few made by others last year) and collected since I was asked to be the auditorium decorator 5 years ago.
In Sept., I began life purpose coaching once-a-week sessions with a great coach and now have added training. I am looking forward to becoming a certified life purpose coach early next year with plans to keep training as feasible to add more useful tools. This seems to be the perfect fit for me. I am not only preparing to help others but I am also learning about myself, my strengths, and my latent (for various reasons) abilities. I expect a metamorphic experience thanks to this and the insight of my coach and others who participate and pray for me, including the director.
My collard greens and tomato seedlings are about 6" tall now and in the next few days, I need to get out there and move them around so they have more space to grow. So far, no army ants have chopped at them and the other ants have not started farming aphids on them!!! The compost pile is doing its thing and I need to get out there to stir it before long. We've had NO rain for a long time so I water the backyard every other day, sometimes more if I think it needs it. The sun is intense. It is summer in Brazil as the northern hemisphere steps into winter.
I continue the vegan, no oil, no nuts eating and feel energized! I have not lost any more weight since last month's 10 lbs off, but I'm okay with that. I have read many life experience stories of others who are following a similar plan on various blogs and websites (esp. the McDougall site and newsletter https://www.drmcdougall.com/health/e
ducation/health-science/stars/ ). I am following this plan for more than weight loss. I hope to live the rest of my life with few, if any, health issues, esp. major ones. We do not have health insurance and will not have social security benefits, so I do not want to deplete what we do have due to medical expenses. Unfortunately, those particular choices were made FOR me, not BY me. At this point there is nothing I can do about THAT but take care of my well-being and move forward. I am doing what I can and leaving the rest with God. I refuse to stress over it any more!
I need to get back to studies so I am ready for Monday. Hope your weekend is fantastic and your choices are healthy ones!
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Sometimes the dragon is much bigger than I am! This morning, I got a better perspective on several of my most difficult and ingrained bad habits. I want to share just a little about these then give a rundown of my activities.
I admit that I am a perfectionist! I won't go into detail right now about how I came to recognize this or who helped me learn how to deal with it. I just want to admit that I think I do this because I fear failure which is rooted in pride. It's not all bad and sometimes people are blessed by my overactive sensitivity. I learn more than I need to, I perfectly set the table and match things for aesthetic appeal, I get riled when others do not do their job or what we agreed they would do (mostly privately), I think "there must be something I am missing or need to do," and so on. I've been working this out and trying to stop myself more often esp. when it comes to researching things to death! I'm not going to completely stop being a perfectionist. I mean, who wants a surgeon who's not?! No, I am not a surgeon. That was just an example. However, I do not want to allow my perfectionism to stress me. And I do not want this perfectionism-rooted-in-pride to affect my well-being any more. I need to give others and myself permission to not be perfect sometimes!
Another thing that I have difficulty controlling is the anger inside of me that gets in the way of seeing things for what they really are. I don't go blind from it, nor do I lash-out at people, but the negative emotional response inside of me gets in the way of my decision-making. I want that to stop! I used to respond to negative emotions by indulging in food, esp. sweets. Thanks to SparkPeople articles, food tracking, and the support I received from my SP teams, I stopped that a few years ago.
A long time ago, I stuffed the emotions down with cookies! More recently, I realized that the habit continues in a different form. To change this, I am (1) naming it for what it is (anger, self-hatred, recognition of injustice, being manipulated, etc.), (2) forgiving myself for overreacting, if I did, and allowing myself to be a normal human being with emotions both negative and positive, (3) confessing to God that I finally see this from His perspective, (4) either deal with it immediately, schedule a time to deal with it, or walk away and leave it behind me, and then, (5) de-stress (breathing exercises, exercise, take a walk, play a game, watch a movie, work on a project, or message a friend).
Last week was very busy and this week looks like it will be even more so. I've begun a project that will take a couple of weeks. I'm pleased to have gotten far enough into it that I can envision its completion. Monday, I begin my training for my next BIG step which involves a lot of study, practice, and memorizing. I am thrilled that the founder and director of the school is going to participate directly in my training once in awhile! I am also grateful that my husband seems to be supportive and willing to participate in proofreading my translations from English into Portuguese, which I will be needing as the training progresses.
8+ years ago, when I joined SP, I did not dream and plan steps-to-goals. I merely hoped to have personal fulfillment in my lifetime. I didn't actually believe that I would find it, although God kept a little spark of hope alive that one day I would actually enjoy my life and maybe see a dream or two come to be. Thanks to SP, I learned how to choose my goals and plan achievable steps, which I continue to work through, to reach my dreams. They've been within reach all these years and I did not know it! SP affects more than weight and exercise goals. It's about total well-being through learning to persistently make healthy choices in every area of your life.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
So last month on my vegan, no oil, no dairy, no nut eating plan, I lost 8 lbs! This month has been slightly different altho I am eating the same. I quit the coffee with no problems - just one afternoon with a headache, but I think it can be attributed to the heat and going downtown that morning. I have been holding the same weight until this morning when I weighed in 2 lbs lighter! I am super-pleased and feel like this is a dream, which it is not - this is real, baby!!!
It still is amazing me that I am not overly hungry! No cravings, no uncontrollable appetite, sometimes feel like I could have eaten a little less. Wow, this makes me happy!!! I still have not begun the strength training, but, however, and it's incredible! the fat that I am losing is abdominal fat and I am not even doing ab exercises!!! This is such a thrill because I have worked so hard for years to try to lose it and it would not budge.
Today we had guests for a waffle breakfast. I did not eat with them because waffles (made of eggs and milk, altho I did use whole wheat flour) are not in my plan. I ate my bowl of oatmeal with cranberries beforehand and had tea with our guests. I then led the meeting and we had a very animated conversation. For lunch, I decided to try a new recipe using the waffle iron because it was out of the cupboard and not cleaned up yet. I made hash browns in my waffle iron! They took a bit longer than I had hoped and were delish! Here's how I did it:
First, I chopped peeled potatoes and onion in blender like Libby Louer mentions on her blog -
Then, I cooked them in my waffle iron for like 45 minutes until they were crispy like Susan Voisin did in her blog -
I was going to smother them with catsup but I liked the flavor so much that I just folded the four sections into one and gobbled down; I didn't even share with my husband! Then I went back to the kitchen and made us both some just-banana ice cream and topped it with a little bit of the fruit compote I made for the guest breakfast this morning. Wonderfully full!
I'm glad last week is behind me and am looking forward to this coming busy week. Hope yours is terrific!
Saturday, October 04, 2014
This needs to be short and quick because it's lunchtime and I have a lot to do today!
* no coffee (got it!)
* eat a potato for lunch (vegan all-the-way)
* experiment a few more vegan recipes
* start strength training exercises again
* new curtain and flower arrangement for church
* prep next two speaking engagements
* clear all wall hangings from my office in prep for painting
* continue training sessions
* continue research on several subjects
* go through a few more storage containers to sort and save for kids or trash
* go through my clothes to see what should go
* keep up the little gardening (right now I have tomato and collard seedlings besides the flowers)
Vintage Original Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head commercial from the 60s - Can you believe it was with real potatoes?!!!
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