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My challenge for today....

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Beehive dorm challenge for this week:
1) what motivates you?

My mother is my main motivator. I became my mother's legal guardian when my father passed away. Although my mother has since crossed over, she is still a huge motivator for me. I don't remember a time in my entire life where she was not on medication of one sort or another. My mother was not healthy in mind, body or in spirit. I made a vow to myself that I would not continue down that same path. Our choices in life affect not only ourselves but those around us.
My children and my husband are my motivators. I want to enjoy my time with them and have them enjoy their time with me. I do not want them to have the responsibility of caring for me because I made poor choices about my health.
I am my motivation. I have the responsibility to care for this body and this mind.

2) Why are you doing this?

I'm doing this because it is my responsibility to care for this body that houses my spirit. No one else can do it for me. In essence...I've grown up. I am no longer willing to blame others, circumstances what ever for my choices. I have no desire to remain a victim with a negative attitude. Instead I choose to be healthy in mind, body and spirit. I want to be the best that I can be. I want to make choices that serve me.

3) What do you keep in mind when you stumble?

I keep in mind my progress and how far I have come. I keep in mind that I am not perfect, I do have days that I'm not at my best and that is okay. Life is a learning process and as long as I focus on the path ahead of me then I am moving forward. I keep in mind the "Law of Attraction". Positive attracts positive and negative attracts negative. If I want to have positive results then I need to ensure that I am doing all that I can to create those positive results.

4) What keeps you going when you are struggling?

What keeps me going is the knowledge that I am in control. It's all about choices. If I am going to make poor choices, then the consequences will reflect that. If I make good choices then again the consequences reflect that. The knowledge that I make the choices about my life has honestly made this lifestyle journey pretty much free of struggling for me. I have accepted my responsibility for my choices and that reflects in how well I am doing.

My life is no longer controlling me, I am controlling my life.

  
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KSNICKER 3/2/2008 7:42PM

    Wanda - Awesome job on this blog... You really know how to spell it out. I too like #2 ...I'm working so hard on this one... being positive is so powerful and makes you feel so good... Now if I could just figure out how to get rid of the negeitive when it creeps in on the day from outside sources...
Thanks for this blog... And good luck on your challenge...
((HUGS))
Kathy

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FOSKED 3/2/2008 10:17AM

    Wanda, What a great blog. I really need to focus on that positive attracts positive. You're doing so well and such an inspiration!

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MARLA7 3/1/2008 7:29PM

    Wanda - I absolutely love reading your blogs. #2 especially hit home for me. I read it & reread it.... I'm going to post it on my fridge. You are so upbeat & honest with your words. You truly have your head on straight & are focused on the goals you want to achieve & you are making them happen! Daily! I truly admire you for this & need to 'hang around' your blogs more often...after all...positive attracts positive! Luv ya, Marla

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NJMATTICE 3/1/2008 6:51PM

    "spoken" with true conviction and real intention. Way to go.
-Nancy

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MEYCHEY 3/1/2008 6:32PM

    Powerful, Wanda. Acceptance of and responsibility for oneself are hard won lessons, I'm sure.

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Does this work?

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Checking in with your own thoughts: Do you really believe with hard work and perseverance you will lose the weight, or do you have moments of self doubt?

I had great moments of self-doubt when I first came across SP site. I had been down the road of dieting so many times only to face self-discrimination and lack of self-respect and then once again failure. In fact I joined SP a week before I actually took the step to give it a try...one last attempt to get healthy. It wasn't until I was finally satisfied in my mind that this wasn't "another" diet, that I finally jumped on board. When you have been a yoyo dieter most of your life, you really do lose faith that anything will work. My first attempts were very cautious, but by this time I knew within my spirit that God had lead me here for the purpose of learning to love myself and to teach me that I needed to reach out to others in the same boat and that together we would be successful.
I had never blogged before and never posted before so this was a major thing for me. I knew that by nature I was a prioritizer and very good at it, also I took responsibility and commitment seriously. I had just never thought of myself as being deserving of the same priority, commitment and responsible attitude that I knew I gave others. Through spiritual growth and lessons, I was now at the place that I could give myself these. This was the changing point for me. Finding SP and knowing that this was a lifestyle change NOT a diet has made all the difference to my success.
Yes it's hard work, yes there are times that I would like to just throw in the towel because it would be so much easier. That is when I remind myself that this is all about choices and that by choosing to have a negative attitude, by choosing to whine, by choosing to make bad food choices, by choosing to blame others for my choices, then I am choosing to be an unhealthy person stuck in a body that does not serve me.
Yes this lifestyle change will work and does work. I am proof that it is working. I am eliminating weight successfully and honestly for the most part it has not been hard to stay on track as long as I keep myself aware of the pitfalls of a negative attitude, poor choices and not placing my health as a priority.
I will be successfully in eliminating the weight and maintaining that weight lose because I have changed my lifestyle to a more active and healthy one and I am taking responsibility for my choices. I am claiming back my life and health.

  
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DIVEGODDESS 2/25/2008 6:35AM

    I totally agree with Marla! I think somany of us could have said that, so many of us have that self doubt and so many of us want to whine and give up! Can I quote you and post that on my wall to remind myself not to whine every time I am down on myself?
Thanks for such a wonderful blog, I think you spoke to many of us.

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MEYCHEY 2/24/2008 7:57PM

    You put in writing the thoughts of so many of us! While I smiled when I read Marla's comment about your being a mindreader, I know your blog resonates with so many of us because we recognize the truth of ourselves when we see it. Thanks again, Wanda.

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NJMATTICE 2/24/2008 3:48PM

    choosing not to give into doubt. Good girl! I'm proud of you and your commitment!
-nj

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MARLA7 2/24/2008 5:44AM

    Wanda - Oh my gosh! Can I ever relate to this blog of yours. Quote: "That is when I remind myself that this is all about choices and that by choosing to have a negative attitude, by choosing to whine, by choosing to make bad food choices, by choosing to blame others for my choices, then I am choosing to be an unhealthy person stuck in a body that does not serve me." I could've written THIS! Now you've taken up mind reading! LOL What an excellent blog. This was like looking in the mirror. Plus you blogged this on my birthday which made it all the more sweeter! Thanks for sharing "our" blog! LOL Luv ya, Marla

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TONICROCHET 2/23/2008 6:30PM

    What an inspiration your succes has been!
And you are always there with hope and help.
I too have been the way of the yoyo as you know and LOA and the deliberate creation of what I want is the only way to make the changes needed.
Here's to all of us allowing the joy of a new life.

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SNIKWAD 2/23/2008 6:14PM

    Excellent BLOG!!!

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Reflections

Sunday, February 17, 2008

This past week has been more of a struggle to stay on track. A surprise for me, as up until now I have not had much difficulty. Time to reflect and see what may have caused this shift.
I set some great goals for February and as far as those goals go, they are not unrealistic. I aim to increase my exercise minutes by 200 for the month of February....perhaps a more difficult goal as I forgot to take into account the fact that February is a shorter month than other months. And being oblivious to that fact, never realized even that this is leap year until last week! So do I readjust my goals or just go for it? My decision...I will make a very concentrated effort to reach my goal without overdoing it and causing myself bodily harm. I committed to something, so I will give it my very best effort.
I found it a bit harder to stay within my calorie range, hmmmm, not sure why. Was it perhaps because of the extra exercising I have been doing, was it food choices that left me unsatisfied or was it the fact that the weather has been miserably cold and overcast which caused me to struggle more with seasonal disorder. Perhaps a combination of all three. Regardless, I am aware of the trend and have taken measures to correct it.
I will continue to exercise, because it does make me feel better and more energized, I will make food choices that leave me feeling more full (throw in more fruits and fiber, get rid of the Tim Horton's coffee!) and thank you Lord, the sun is finely shining. So yesterday I took myself outdoors for a great walk in the sunshine +3 celcius, what a gorgeous day after the -45celcius we have been having. It was very hazardous walking on the city sidewalks though as the city has not been very diligent about cleaning the walks this winter. Lots of icy walkways. But oh the sunshine was great to be out in! Today, I will walk indoors, as a couple of slips on the icy walks yesterday was enough until the sidewalks are clear again. It's amazing how much the sunshine lifts a person spirits and makes you feel that all is right in the world.
Now I feel like I am once more on track in all areas and looking forward to obtaining my February goals.

  
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CALENSARIEL 2/18/2008 11:05AM

    Oh geez! I so get that slippery sidewalks thing. On Friday I went walking for the first time this winter and practically had to walk in the street. I ended up walking in the deeper snow because it was actually safer than where the snow was melting! I figured I probably burned more calories that way, too! Grin. Sorta like snowshoeing! Keep up the good work! Hugs, Calen~

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NJMATTICE 2/18/2008 9:02AM

    You are doing a great job. I am learning that setting the bar high is not a bad thing, if you realize that it is a tool to help you in the process not the be all and end all. If you change your focus and look back at where you came from and how far you've come, you will see how having lofty goals has brought you so far. To me it's kinda like the "to do" list. It might not get done on the day you wanted it done, so it goes back on the list for the next day. Remember your ultimate goal. A Heatlhy Lifestyle. And you are living that goal already. You just keep moving forward and you will keep leaving the weight behind. I'm not sure that you can eliminate weight. I think you have to outrun it. (smile) You doing a great job. And keep thinking positive.
-Nancy

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TONICROCHET 2/18/2008 9:01AM

    I too suffer from SAD but even with the snow and cold, I still love winter.
You are soooooo good at facing the problem and readjusting when necessary, staying on track is hard but we are human afterall. Hang in there as the extra life and quality of life, even it is cold, is worth it.

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MEYCHEY 2/17/2008 6:48PM

    It's not complacency I know, but somehow, our goals tend to get a little fuzzy and blurred and we need some time to reassert their importance. I'm guessing this was your week of blurred and fuzzy goals. {smile}

I'm glad you had some warmer weather to enjoy. I honestly don't want to imagine the winter temperatures you live in. I moved away from Chicago 35 years ago becasue of the winters there!

Have a great week. Meychey

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KATHJSMITH 2/17/2008 5:51PM

    We all have those days or weeks. Just keep plugging away. Hopefully the weather will warm for you. It's hard for me to imagine exercising in ice or snow since I grew up and still live in Florida. You are doing wonderfully!!

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Stresses

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Part of my challenge this week was to write about stresses in my life and how I deal with them.
I have been working so hard on eliminating the stress in my life and living my life in the moment, that this assignment almost caused me to have stress because I couldn't think of anything that was stressing me!!! WOW...what an awesome place to be!
As I sat and contemplated this, I realized how far I have come in eliminating the stress from my life. So no stress, what do I write about...well the only thing I can come up with is letting you know what works for me.
1) nothing is so great that God can't take care of it. If it's too big for you to handle, then give it to God. Let go and let God.
2) asking myself, will this really matter in 24 hours, next week, next month.
3) meditation.
4) exercising....love my aqua sizes.
5) talking to a friend, getting it out before it becomes an issue. Someone else's perspective on things really helps to put things in focus.
6) finding the positive in what ever is happening.
7) having the knowledge that life is about choices, I choose how I react/respond to things. I choose to be negative or positive.

Getting to this point in my life did not come easy. There were many difficult times, stressful times that brought me to this point. But when I made the decision to take back control of my life, life no longer happened to me, I am making life happen for me. Stresses will always be out there and they will float into your life and out again. How you respond to these challenges determines how long they stay in your life. I choose to be in control and live each day as though it were my last. To find and acknowledge all the blesses that fill my day. In a way, it's become a game for me, seeing how many good things I can find in each day.

  
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NUTMEG25 2/16/2008 7:07PM

    Very helpful and sounds like a process. I went out 4 wheeling with my walk today....LOL ..at least it's a start. Hope the sun stays with me for awhile.

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NJMATTICE 2/13/2008 11:31PM

    Wasn't dealing with the stress of having to write about stress an interesting learning opportunity? Pretty darn funny. Yet another object lesson. Thanks for setting out some great strategies and keeping it positive. Go Wanda! Here's your big WOO HOO! Keep up the good work.
Love, Nancy

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MEYCHEY 2/13/2008 10:27PM

    Yay for you! I have worked hard also to eliminate stress at home and at work. Work was actually easier than home - family members just don't seem as cooperative as workmates for some reason! Ha.
I need to do as you and start looking for positives on a daily and frequent basis - I still seek out the negative first which is one of those old bad habits.
You continue to inspire, Wanda. Thanks.
Meychey

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CALENSARIEL 2/13/2008 7:47PM

    Lots of stuff to ponder in what you've said, Wanda. So where are you getting your ideas for your assignments? They are all so poignant. Hugs, Calen~

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TONICROCHET 2/13/2008 7:12PM

    Definitely words to live by, seeing how many good things fill our lives each day. You really have a handle on appreciating. Thanks so much for being here and giving us all some tips to help along the way.
Toni

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Heart Healthy Valentine's

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Part of our challenge this week was to write a blog about making this Valentine's Day a Heart healthy one...hmmmm! Seeing as chocolate is not a part of our Valentine's Day giving anyway, I thought well it's a given...we don't give chocolate. Then I really started thinking about it and decided to put some serious thought into how I could make this Valentine's Day represent Health. Here's what I have come up with.

1. Instead of going out for supper (our usual celebration), I am making a healthy supper at home and we are going to donate the money we would have spent on supper to the Heart and Stroke fundraising campaign.

2. Seeing as Valentine's Day falls on a Thursday - aquasize night, I have talked my husband into attending aquasizes with me.

3. Well, let's just say. don't be so nosey...the rest is between my Valentine and I! (who knows, we both just might be able to stay awake long enough to watch the news! )

Wishing you all a very Happy Valentine's Day. Fill your day with fun, happiness and love.



  
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MEYCHEY 2/6/2008 1:52PM

    Wanda,
What a lovely way to celebrate Valentine's with others and with your Sweetie!

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TONICROCHET 2/6/2008 11:55AM

    Totally appreciating my omelet and mango juice. Always the problem, another one would taste great too, but no more for me.
I am on my way to get exercise up and down the stairs doing laundry, my sister gave me a good tip to go switch the load to the dryer, walk back upstairs and then go back down to load the washer. Cheaper than a step machine.
Keep up the good work.
Toni

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TONICROCHET 2/6/2008 11:37AM

    Hi,
I have added you to my friends and enjoyed your chocolate free Valentines ideas. Thanks for the tips. I too am hardly ever home during the day and today was a wonderful day off as we are having a snow storm.
Since I just started your success is inspiring and obviously from the picture at work you are my kind of gal.
Keep up the struggle!!!!!!!!!!! Let's make it fun.

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