Monday, October 29, 2007
When I decided to join SP I knew that I didn't want another diet, if this was all SP was going to be then "no thanks". I read a bit and realized that this was not a diet but a lifestyle change. I had to get it sorted out in my own mind whether I was ready to make a total commitment to something. There was more going on here than I realized...this definitely wasn't a diet, but could I do this and would this work. I had tried and failed so many times before that it was a real struggle to face the fear of failing. It wasn't so much the food choices that bothered me, it was the exercise! Changing a learned life pattern...wow that was going to be hard!
Well as you can see, I did decide to take the chance. After all, I was lead to SP for a purpose and that was to work on my outer package. To get real about what I needed to do to be a whole healthy person. The inner self was doing better, but I needed to learn to love the outer self too, that was going to involve some serious work. I had been working (and still am) on learning how attitude affects every part of who we are and how we navigate through life.
The word "exercise", boy that was going to be a doosy! How was I ever going to get around that one! I had to think about it real hard, exercise=negative=poor health, okay how was I going to make exercise=positive=great health. I knew that my greatest excuse for not exercising was always "later" and of course "later" has a way of never appearing. Drastic measures were going to have to be taken!
I decided that for every "later" that I exhibt, it was going to cost me 5 extra minutes of exercise. Now that might sound like I was using "exercise" as a punishment...nope it was going to become my motivation. Yes exercise was now going to =positive!
Sure...who's going to hold me accountable...Surprisely enough...I do! That inner voice of righteousness, actually yells at me to stop being lazy and just get it done. I have never been a true procrastinator and I do recall on several occasions saying to my children...just get it done and then you can play! So I put my plan of action into place and voila! 2.5 months down the road, my attitude has changed towards exercise and living healthy. I must confess....I am actually enjoying exercise! My body moves more easily and quickly, I have eliminated to date 24 pounds and 10.5 inches...now there's added motivation for me!
Thank you SP for being here and for all my SP friends that help me to remain positive and motivated.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Each day is a gift that is why it's called the present! It's a day to be what you choose to be. It's a day to celebrate and a day to enjoy all the blessings that are coming your way. Each day we are presented with a "new" canvas to paint however we want to reflect our day. There is no one but ourselves that can paint on that canvas. Do we want it dark and ominous or do we want it filled with bright colors and with an uplifting joy about it? Who's canvas would you rather be looking at? We would most likely all say that no doubt about it...we'd pick the bright canvas.
If that is the case, then make sure your canvas is bright, cause somebody is going to want to pick it! Paint your canvas with all the joy and exhuberance you can, fill it full to the very edges and even spill some over the sides.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
What an incredible, wonderful day today. I had the day off work to do with as I chose.
First thing this morning, I called my wonderful friend who is losing her battle with cancer to see if she was feeling well enough for some company. YEA!, went out and spent the morning with her. This is hard for me because she and her husband both smoke, and I am allergic to smoke. But I know how much she needs to still know that she is still alive. Besides friends should be there for one another, regardless. I figure the bit that I suffer is a small price to pay, compared to what she is suffering. We laughed, we talked about her grandchildren, we shared spiritual things we hugged. I am so blessed to have her in my life.
So when I get home, I strip off all my clothing and throw it into the washing machine, go and have a shower and wash my hair. I am stuffed up and red eyed but I am alive! Husband phones and says lets meet for some lunch..,okay....day is turning out real well.
After lunch I decide to go for a walk...God has blessed us with an incredibly warm sunny day today...22 degrees Celcius, a rarity in October. A beautiful breeze is blowing, but still warm enough to go without a jacket. (good thing as mine is now in the washer). When we take every opportunity to acknowledge and receive the blessings we are given each day, they really mount up. Eyes wide open, breathing in the great outdoor air, and walking along enjoying all the Halloween decorations displayed in preparation for the Big Night. I am alive!
If I had chosen to stay at home (logged on to SP of course!) I would have missed the opportunity to stop and chat for a few minutes with a delivery man that used to deliver to my place of work...I would have missed all the Halloween decorations, the beautiful breeze, the warm sun shining down, the tabby cat perched on top of the fence watching everyone go by, the young man who saw me coming down the sidewalk and smiled and said hello, and yes the blisters on the bottom of my feet because I chose to walk in sandals....but they are a great reminder that I can walk! It's not even 3pm yet and already my day has been marvelous. I wonder what else God has in store for me today.....let me keep my eyes open so that I might see.
Hope your day has been filled with just as many blessings as mine.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Best Prayer I Have Heard In A Long Time...
Heavenly Father, Help us remember that the jerk who cut us off in traffic last night is a single mother who worked nine hours that day and is rushing home to cook dinner, help with homework, do the laundry and spend a few precious moments with her children.
Help us to remember that the pierced, tattooed, disinterested young man who can't make change correctly is a worried 19-year-old college student, balancing his apprehension over final exams with his fear of not getting his student loans for next semester.
Remind us, Lord, that the scary looking bum, begging for money in the same spot every day (who really ought to get a job!) is a slave to addictions that we can only imagine in our worst nightmares.
Help us to remember that the old couple walking annoyingly slow through the store aisles and blocking our shopping progress are savoring this moment, knowing that, based on the biopsy report she got back last week, this will be the last year that they go shopping together .
Heavenly Father, remind us each day that, of all the gifts you give us, the greatest gift is love . It is not enough to share that love with those we hold dear. Open our hearts not to just those who are close to us, but to all humanity. Let us be slow to judge and quick to forgive, show patience, empathy and love.
Working for God on earth doesn't pay much .....but His retirement plan is out of this world!!!
I received this as an email and thought what better place to share it than here!
Take the time to enjoy the blessings of the day and lift up those around you.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Top 7 reasons why you should smile:
1. Smiling is a great way to make yourself stand out while helping your body to function better. Smile to improve your health, your stress level, and your attractiveness.
2. Smiling makes us attractive There is an attraction factor which draws up to people who are smiling. We want to know a smiling person and figure out what is making them so happy. Frowns, scowls and grimaces all push people away, but a smile draws them in!
3. Smiling changes our mood.Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. There's a good chance your mood will change for the better. Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood. When we smile our body is sending the rest of us a message that life is good! Stay away from depression, stress and worry by smiling.
4. Smiling is contagious .When someone is smiling they lighten up the room, change the moods of others, and make things happier. A smiling person brings happiness with them. Smile often and people will be drawn to you.
5. Smiling relieves stress .Stress can really show up in our faces. Smiling helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. When you are stressed, take time to put on a smile. The stress may be reduced and you'll be better able to take action.
6. Smiling lifts the face and makes you look younger .The muscles we use to smile lift the face, making a person appear younger. Just try smiling your way through the day, you'll look younger and feel better.
7. Smiling makes you appear more confident. Smiling people are more likely to be approached and appear more confident, so put on a smile at meetings and appointments and people will react to you differently.
It's like the saying goes ''Smile and the world smiles with you, cry and you cry alone".
So hope your day has been filled with lots of smiling and happiness.
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