Saturday, December 29, 2012
Sometimes life throws us what seems to be unfair, unattainable, unimaginable, unexpected and/or unwanted. Seems we drive our lives like an approaching storm. The wind in the storm isn't deterred by obstacles in its path, rather it circumvents these and travels at will to its end. Is that us? Not choosing the path we should follow but rather the path of least resistance. It is much easier for me to just gather supplies and make something to eat, then to gather supplies after some or much thought before constructing a delicious healthy meal. It similar to stopping at a fast food restaurant to grab a bag of food to go instead of investing in the pleasure of tickling our taste buds with a sit down meal.
Developing a meal prep habit may seem out of reach. Have you looked at the thousands of healthy recipe choices available through Spark. They tell you ingredients, amount of time to prepare,size of servings, and the nutritional content. The hardest thing with a recipe is which one to make.
It isn't fair that we can continue to make inappropriate food choices, yet can make substantially wise choices when it comes to helping others make the "right" choice. It seems to us, unimaginable others do not make or know how to make these choices which seem obvious to us. Yet in all honesty we fall into the same crevice as the ones we are making those "wise" choices. After all we just stopped at a fast food drive thru to pick up our meal so we would have enough energy to give our opinion , whether asked for or not! it may even have been unwanted!
I remember when the choices weren't so important. I could eat just about anything and never gain an ounce. Now I look at a roll in the morning and pay for it the rest of the day, especially if it causes me to make other similar choices.
For a long time I could only see what I remembered about my physical dimensions when I looked in the mirror instead of the real image looking back at me. My memory never included the image I was seeing now. Which is why I am trying to change. I want the image to match the memory a little better. The end result is a Healthier ME!
Monday, December 24, 2012
Many of us seem to dwell on the negative in life rather then the many positives effecting our lives. Don't believe me, read almost any post on spark and you see we dwell on what we had done or had imagined was done to us, diverting us from successfully achieving our goal. We need to be happy with the little successes we gain by just trying to do our best daily.
I was in retail management for 30+ years before retiring, I heard and was an accomplice to negativity. As the economy turned sour the past couple years, so did our outlook on life's goals. It was easier to give up then fight through all people who were such a drag on what started as a good day. I was privileged to work with many fine hard working individuals who tried to make our days be successful. It's hard to bring up morale and self esteem when people throw out an anchor as you try to row the boat. We all know individuals who have infested our lives whether at home or work with a sour attitude.
When you are trying to make positive choices concerning your daily life, has someone or thing brought you down so much the choice doesn't seem important and we take the easy route. Instead of carrots for break we have a cream filled longjohn. This soothes our bruised ego for a very short time. Then we beat ourselves up for allowing that decision to be made. What happened? Not enough time nor space to thoroughly answer that. Maybe the boss didn't appreciate you, fellow employees didn't appreciate what you had accomplished at work, or perhaps you were just ignored. Somehow our thought process was bruised and we got the I don't give a darn attitude we didn't have when we crawled out of bed. We start the day fresh but many allow outside sources to alter our feelings.
Negative people, whether neighbors, fellow workers, friends and/or relatives need to be controlled by you. Because someone says they hate working here does not mean you should dislike the same thing. This negativity can make your day and attitude dwindle to the I don't give a darn state. Bad choices are more easily made in this state of mind.
Thus to shorten this up we need to be Thankful for: ( a short list you should add to)
1. Your alive
2. Other are worse off then you
3. Time heals much
4. We get to make choices
5. We can choose our friends
6. You can decide to be happy
7. You have a job (hopefully)
8. you have someone who listens
9. you have a person(s) who support(s) you
10. you can change
11. you can love/be loved
12. you have a right to your opinion
13. you are good
14. you are smart
15. you know right from wrong
16. you believe in you
17. your allowed to fail and start again
We are in charge of our destiny. We choose to be on spark to help change to a healthier lifestyle for us. We can choose to use instruments such as fitbit to help us achieve this more satisfactory life stle even if it takes more time then someone else who was more successful in a shorter period of time. We can be thankful it doesn't take anyone more special then ourselves to get to a place of contentment.
Be thankful your you, someone else may have worse baggage to carry.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Wouldn't that be wonderful, be able to add time to our day. Since I haven't discovered the secret to time travel, the fountain of youth or any other magical solutions, my goal will be to make time. Something we can all do once we set our mind to it. Prioritizing is not something I am good at but must become better at if I am going to find success. I put on loads of weight by not having time in my busy daily life working in retail. I didn't find time to plan out good meals, get proper sleep and (OMG) exercise. I just retired a few months ago and in celebration, I put on more weight! I now have the time but have convinced myself, I am too busy.
Finding the time is essential.
My daughter and son-in-law bought me a fitbit one so I could track my steps daily. I never put much faith in pedometers, seems they just weren't accurate. But then growing up, I thought playing pong was advanced electronics. This apparatus is hooked up to my lap top, Ipad, and Iphone. It downloads when it gets near my laptop without my interference, Even tracks my sleep. By showing me how few steps I am taking versus the goal, it encourages me to get moving.
How do we find the time when we are too busy? How much time do I watch TV, listen to the radio, daydream and get on FB. I definitely can find time by only watching the TV shows I have a connection to. My wife was amazed how quickly I became engrossed in TV. No need to cut out all TV, I wouldn't like exercising if I felt I was using time inappropriately. Punishing myself will not bode well for sustained activity. By timing my exercising around shows I might want to watch gives me at least one hour per day. Planning meals ahead will save me time as well and will aid me in eating healthy. Making my lunch at night or at least planning it, will allow you to sleep in a few more minutes the next morning. It'll make for a more balanced unhurried lunch. When finished with lunch I could take a short walk.
Planning to do my exercise as soon as I get up. It's out of the way and I know I will feel better the remainder of my day. The fitbit one I mentioned earlier has made me more aware of wasted time. If I haven't moved in awhile, it messages me when I check it. "Howdy" lets me know I have been motionless. I was probably daydreaming.
Analyzing my day honestly lets me know I have time available by becoming flexible with it. If you dont like to walk, take a camera along. Record the neat things you see. Just taking the time to look where you walk will show many of natures wonders. Find your time.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
This is the time of year I hear mixed emotions from my friends about the weather. It is or can be, one of the most beautiful times of the year. When I was a kid, we lived across the street from a park. The city flooded an acre sized rink and my brother and sister put on our skates, walked across the road and skated until our ankles couldn't take any more or we were saved by the dinner bell calling us back home. We didn't know about wind chill, so we had no fear of winter weather. We just had fun skating, sledding or just romping through the snow being outside. Do you remember the feeling of your pants being frozen stiff? As we got older, early teens, we began skating in the marshes near where we lived. The bombfires were so warming, the crackling of the timbers and the fireworks of sparks that would erupt periodically from the blaze.
These memories warm me as I process the fun and freedom we celebrated. No longer agile enough to do those same things, winter can be still enjoyed by getting outside. Being a participant rather then a member of the audience. Instead of skates, I now grab my camera. It is thrilling to capture the splendor of the snow glistening in the sunlight. Dead tree limbs take on a majestic appearance when they are clothed in a thin layer of ice. The howling wind no longer holds the appeal it once did, I know about wind chill now.
Winter sights and sounds have always been intriguing, especially if your not responsible for shoveling or physically attacking the snow. As when I was a child, we made it fun and I hope to experience the feeling again through photos or just observing nature.
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