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Commit to Commitment

Friday, June 15, 2012

Just to coin a phrase from a Frasier episode. I don't remember which season it was but that phrase has stuck in my brain ever since I heard it because that is my problem concerning my healthy eating. I do not commit to commitment that I should have in order to eat health-supporting foods.

I'll often tell myself that I am going to start fresh each day and often find myself not lasting very long with the commitment to choose foods that I know will be beneficial for me.

Commit to Commitment - to me that means make a choice then do everything in your power to commit to that commitment. Way too often I just forget about my plans to eat foods that will fuel and nourish my body and give in to the temptation to eat junk. Why do I do this? Because I am not really committed to the plan I devise for myself.

Commit to Commitment means:
1. Resist that candy bar when standing in line at the check out.
2. Eat health supporting foods first and foremost
3. Have an OCCASIONAL treat, but make sure it is in a sensible portion
4. Exercise
5. Be an example for other family members.
6. Educate myself as to why I should eat certain foods and avoid some foods altogether.

In other words, Commit to Commitment means to have a plan and then stick with it.

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ELIZRN 6/15/2012 6:21PM

  Yes...this is the way. Now the question is "why you would walk away from your commitment?" I suggest you work with some imagery to help you along. I'm not much for written eating plans, but I remember having to do that "early in my game." I wrote them out week by week. I always had foods that I liked. I came to understand the part of me that wasn't committed & realized it is the "child part of me." I started working with that part very early in the game. She was especially bothersome when seeing those candy bars at the checkout. Finally, I remember making a rule. I didn't allow myself to look at them. It was quite interesting to observe this part of me....the child part....who tried to look, but I wouldn't let her. I said, of course to myself LOL...."You may not look at those." No discussion. No reason why. Just the simple rule.

To this day I don't look at them. That was several decades ago. Around that same time I made up some other rules. Let me think of some of them....I wasn't allowed into the bakery department, nor to even look at the bakery department. I wasn't allowed down the cereal aisle, nor the soft drink aisle. There was one aisle...can't remember it now....but I did purchase things on the right hand side, but on the left were things I wasn't allowed to look at. Things needed permission or a pass to get into my cart. If anything got into the cart that was not on the shopping list, then it was removed before checking out.....even if it was healthy. Now, this may sound a bit strange, but I was disciplining myself to follow my list. I was allowed to put it on the list for the next week, but if it wasn't on the didn't go through the check-out.

There were a whole bunch of other things....but I'm sure you get the idea. I think/know it helps to make the commitment very tight in the beginning. Most commitments are too general & if there isn't a control image in place, like the image of the child-self, then it is more difficult to enforce. In order to commit you have to enforce. So, it helps to have that child to discipline. More than a few times I had to remove her from the market. I remember leaving the cart in the aisle & going to sit in my car & meditating while chatting with the child-self.

I'm thinking to build this subject into my blog for today, so you might be reading some of these words again.

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I need a visual to remind myself that things aren't all that bad

Monday, June 04, 2012

These are not even my fattest jeans and the picture was taken while I am stuck in this 7 pound weight gain. So, I am reminding myself that even though I am feeling bloated, things are all that bad and with a bit of tweaking my diet and exercise I should start to feel good about myself again.

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HOPEFILL 6/22/2012 11:48AM

    This is fantastic! Sometimes we need perspective to keep ourselves motivated and to see our lifestyle changes in a long-term perspective, rather than sprints of special effort. Thanks for sharing!

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VGNHRT 6/5/2012 9:35AM

    Look at that tiny waist, you should feel great about how far you've come! emoticon emoticon

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LOPEYP 6/5/2012 6:11AM

    Great attitude!! Don't lose sight of the big picture!!

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LIV2RIDE 6/4/2012 9:02PM

    That's awesome!! You should post that picture on your fridge and where you work out. Great job!

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One week til my trail run

Saturday, June 02, 2012

... and I am so not ready. I finally got around to runningon some trails and the first time it was difficult and I could really feel a difference in my legs. The second time was not as bad. The distance is going to be half of a half - my first trail run so I am not going to have a firm expectation as to what time to cross the finish line. This race is going to have photos at the finish line so my goal is to have a better photo than the half marathon I did. I want to look like I am enjoying my run and finish strong!!

But just for a hope - I hope to finish in about 90 minutes.

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LIV2RIDE 6/4/2012 6:46AM

    Good luck and have fun!

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  Good luck! I hope that you get a nice photo. emoticon

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Falling down is not a failure...

Monday, May 28, 2012

My grandson is learning to walk. I am amazed at his determination and persistence. He is still unsteady on his feet and can only take a couple of steps at a time before he falls down. Sometimes he will pull himself back up and try again immediately and other times he will crawl to wherever and whatever grabbed his interest at the time.

He pulls himself up, turns away from whatever he was hanging on to, steadies himself for a few seconds and then takes one step forward. Sometimes he will fall immediately and other times he is able to take a few steps before he falls. But never once have I ever sensed that he has a sense of failure when he falls. That is so awesome and there is a lesson that I need to learn.

The best thing to see is the sense of accomplishment he has whenever he actually makes to his goal of the moment. Falling down is not a failure, but part of the learning process.

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PANNSTRICK 5/28/2012 5:15PM

    So true!! We can learn life lessons from the youngest ones!!

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SUECHRIS50 5/28/2012 12:24PM

    AMEN sister!!!Love your blog!

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RAINBOWCHOC 5/28/2012 11:18AM

    pick yourself up and start anew, great advice for life

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I learned how to do something new yesterday

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Wild flower photography:

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