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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

A conversation that I had with a friend today got me thinking about something that should have been so obvious to me. After all, I'm the one that spouts off about how important words are and how a positive attitude attracts positive results. But this was one of those ahhhhh moments, a light bulb moment, all because of the word "journal".
The lifestyle change journey that we are all on, is not just about eliminating weight from our lives and eating healthier, its also about the whole person being healthier...mentally as well as physically. It means digging deep inside ourselves, pulling out all the junk we've tried to bury there and getting rid of it. The weight issue is then the symptom not the problem. It becomes the creator of problems and an excuse.
The word "journal" made me do some serious contemplation. If you want to change a negative issue into a positive outcome(thus getting rid of it), then you need to look for the positive. Journaling is a great tool.
You state the negative issue, then journal all the positives that have come about as a result of the issue. Examples...perhaps you were the victim of bullying, causing you to be afraid, low-self esteem, but see the positive, you are a person who does not bully others, who has compassion etc. Maybe you have a relationship that is not all you want it to be...then journal...make it a "positive" only journal. Find at least one thing each day that you can say about the other person that is positive. The more you focus on the positive things the smaller the negative things become until you have the healthy happy lifestyle you are working for. The nice thing about journaling, is that in those down times, all you need to do is re-read all the positive things to bring yourself back up. So my challenge to other Sparkers is to think about beginning your own journal to eliminate all the negative underlying problems that created the "symptom" weight gain in your life. This will require your willingness to really be real with yourself and a long term committment to a healthier you.

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NJMATTICE 10/5/2007 7:52PM

    Choosing to find the positive in everything is an "ah ha!" No longer a victim of negative circumstance. Very freeing. You are an imspiration my friend. Glad we landed in the same spot.

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FLUFF-N-STUFF 10/4/2007 11:36PM

    What a wonderful spirit you are! You wretch up the negative to share, then you find the way to make it a learning experience. That is so cool. I have been doing that also. I am who I am today because of "all" the experiences of my life. God must have thought each of us very strong women....because he never gives us more than he knows we can handle......Hope all is well for you today.

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The day of reckoning

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Missed my weigh-in day yesterday morning. Weighed in this morning instead. Yes, the scale didn't move. There was the few seconds of OH NO!, Stepped off the scale and stepped back on, it still didn't change, maybe if I tried it one more time....nope still the same. Maybe the needle wasn't exactly at the zero...checked....darn it was, well let's step on once more and see if maybe I just wasn't reading it right. I must need new glasses...it was still saying the same thing. Okay, think Wanda, did you blow it on the calories this week. No...stayed on track pretty well, even got some extra exercising in. Okay, remember, the scale is not the only way to measure elimination...right, now where did I put that tape measure. Ahhhhh, there it is. Okay, here goes nothing. Standing there, buck naked in front of a big bathroom mirror is not the most enticing sight first thing in the morning, but at least I can see what I am doing. Okay, the waist....hmmmm, better measure that again. ALRIGHT! a whole inch down. Now I'm on a roll (literally as well as figuratively). Let's measure the hips, bum etc. Better do it twice just in case. WOO HOO! another inch down. Now we are talking! Way to go girl, see remembering that the scales are not the only important thing really pays off. Lesson learned...never let a scale judge your progress.
So yeah me! Now I'm off to aquasizes and looking forward to the day I have to buy a new bathingsuit in a much smaller size.

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NJMATTICE 10/5/2007 7:56PM

    Can I borrow that line "Now I'm on a roll. . ."? excellent! Whether the scale moves or not. The journey of healthy choices is so much better than the alternative. You are doing a great job!

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MARLA7 10/3/2007 8:39AM

    LOL Wanda - Wow...your blog sure brought back memories to me. I remember getting off & on the scale too...like that would really change the numbers...checking to see if it was on zero...I'd even ever so gently get on it thinking THAT would make a difference! Thanks for you blog today! It made me smile!

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DDPATTERSON01 10/3/2007 12:19AM

    LOL. I love your blog....It is so easy to get hung up on the scale, isn't it?

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WEIGHT_NINJA 10/2/2007 9:31PM

    Lol,I never trust the scale..even when I lost a heap of weight in one week I was like..now there are variables Penny and started rattling reasons why the scale could be out...but then I measured myself as well and I couldn't argue with my neck being smaller! lol...great job!

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Moving on...

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Wow, what a reaction I had to this mornings email telling me that I was ready to move on to stage 3! Excitement mixed with terror!
I was mentally backpedaling so fast, I must have left skid marks. What?, no way, I 'm not sure I'm ready for this stage.
I kept reading the email and each time I had to press a button to make the change, it was as if I was in a "do or die" situation. I admit the hesitation was there, then I took a moment to reflect on what I have learned so far and how I have already changed ...eating healthier, exercising, drinks lots of water. What was my problem?
The sentence that got me the most was about recording my calories once a week instead of every day....could I do that and still remain on track?
I pressed the appropriate buttons to carry me forward, I was leaving my security blanket behind. Excitement was building...self talk was positive, Yes I can do this! I'm still going to need to check in with my SP buddies and gain support and motivation from them as well as know that I am also contributing to others. But that's friendship right? You lean when you need to, you stand strong when you can.
Okay world...here I go, another new adventure...I will succeed because I chose to succeed.


We have the responsibility

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

I emerged from a family of multiple denominations and dogmas. A very confused and abused individual. We all have past histories and junk that have happened to us, no one is immune from what life brings us as individuals.
We have become a society that offers excuses for our behaviors, rather than accepting responsibility for our actions.
We all have days that we whine and complain, but it's what we do with that whining and complaining that makes the difference. Yes, as a child I did not have control over the adults in my life, but as an adult I do have control over how much I allow past issues to affect my here and now.

I spent six years being taught to confront my issues and coming to the realization that I was the only one responsible for how I acted or reacted to things around me. I was the only person who could change my circumstances and me. And the really big one...I am NOT responsible for others behaviors!
If I don't like something, I need to change it, the responsibility is mine. That was a big concept for me to learn 'cause I was the Queen of excuses. I could have remained a victim, mired in all the muck, excuses and negativity or I could claim victory over all this garbage. I chose to look back on all the things said and done and find the positive teachings.
I took from it all the things that were positive and taught me to grow as a spiritual person. I see how far I have come. Would I have the come as far if these things had not happened to me, I don't know. I do know that if I don't wish to remain unhealthy physically.and mentally..I must change it, no one else puts the food in my mouth, no one else keeps me sitting on the couch, no one else holds negativity in my thoughts, no one else makes excuses for me, only I am responsible.
So if at times I seem to be impatient with people who offer up one excuse after another for life not being the way they want it to be, forgive me. I know that the changes must come from accepting responsibility and making the necessary changes oneself. I have learnt this but others may still be on that path of learning and I have no right to judge.

For myself, I got tired of living in "if only" land in the town of "victim". I decided to change my address to "I can have it all" land in the town of "Thankfulness". What's really great about this new address is the land is all free for the taking, the water is "living" water and washes things whiter than snow. Blessings flow freely, you just have to open your arms to receive them. Each day is filled with miracles and the knowledge that I am a worthy person. I deserve to be healthy. I deserve to be loved.

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KSNICKER 9/29/2007 9:16PM

    I agree that there should be an Amen at the end of this...I can so relate to this. I was so Co-Dependent and Depressed all my life, but had to learn the hard way that it was not a healthy thing for me to do for myself and for others around me. So I too pulled myself out of a very deep black whole to start up that path to taking care of myself for the first time in my life. It's a long hard journey, from where I started and not everyone will be able to understand. Especially those who have never been there and done that... And for those that do understand it and have gone through it...I agree that we should not judge...Hopefully they will get there in their own time...

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BODYBYOREO 9/26/2007 5:44PM

    There should'a been a big AMEN at the end. I too am Co-dependent NO MORE, I won't enable, I won't tolerate. It's my / our life too. You Go Girl! Thanks for the mental pick me up.

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BLESSEDNFL 9/26/2007 3:29PM

    Thanks for sharing this.

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NJMATTICE 9/26/2007 2:39PM

    It is a journey and we must choose to navigate wisely. Steering clear of dangers; perceived or real. Better to err on the side of caution. So when I see negativity I do try to steer clear. I've been sucked into that black hole before and it is hard to escape. The "excuse" is just saying "I give up" and I think that's why it's so scary. "I quit" Not pretty to see. I am finding it much easier to take the Spark Advice of Nourish yourself, Hydrate yourself, Exercise that body, Get your proper motivation and your proper rest and the excuses are falling by the wayside. We are worthy, we are getting healthy and we are loving ourselves well. Taking our responsibility seriously.

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Monday, September 24, 2007

How often do we catch ourselves using negative words as an excuse for why something is the way it is, or why we are the way we are? Can't, Won't, no good, never, seemingly harmless little words right? How quick we are to say I can't do something, I won't be able to, I'm no good at this, I'd never be able to . We find these relatively easy to spout forth, yet we find saying I can, I will, I am able, very difficult. Is it something that we are taught as children, or is it something that we glean from society as we grow? A positive outlook or attitude is looked on as something not quite real. You hear the expression " they are just looking through rose colored glasses" as though it is somehow wrong to be positive or hopefully. Yet if someone is being negative, excuses are offered in an almost concillatory way..."they must not be feeling well, things are hard for them, they have it rough". We have become so conditioned to negativity that we hardly acknowledge our words anymore. Words are one of the most powerful tools that we as humans have. If we want to change the way we see ourselves or others see us or change the way our lives are, we have to take into account the power of the words we are using.
My committment to my lifestyle change is to stop using negative words in relationship to myself. I will look at myself as a worthy person, deserving of being healthy and energetic. I am becoming all that God created me to be, a person who is physically, mentally and emotionally whole. I will live so that my inner glow also becomes my outer glow. I will be a "spark" for others.

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NJMATTICE 9/24/2007 11:34PM

    Using positive words does work, by golly! It continues to be about choice. Empowering oneself to make the positive choices. Not a victim of unhappy circumstance or poor design. All in how you choose to view it. Positive is the healthy way. (I must admit it feels somewhat foreign at times, but I can choose to live with that uncomfortable feeling for a moment or two while it passes through). Keep up the good work Wanda. You are doing great. And I might add that your ticker was looking mighty nice today. Way to eliminate! ;-)-Nancy Jane

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