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Its always time for Extreme Self Care

Friday, May 03, 2013

Oh, I am getting stronger, I realize. I am more stable in my intentions and activities -- this was not always the case! Its evident, I know, that I have not taken good care of myself -- being more then 100 pounds overweight is the signal here. But I am really trying now and this is a full time job. I often am aware of the resistance I have here, now that I am paying attention. Drinking water, taking care to look well, scheduling that mammogram....and fully engaging in Sparkpeople -- all self care. My resistance is now in exercise. I don't seem to be able to make friends with myself about it.

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    NELLJONES - thanks for your comment on my page - these are good thoughts and I appreciate your encouragement. I went shopping today and parked farther away and walked. I carried groceries and considered that I am doing that with a lighter spirit. I notice that the more then I feel like I am doing good for myself, the more I want to do (of course). So. I will continue to move and then, soon, I hope, I will want to move myself into the gym. Thank you, again - for your support here. I so very much appreciate all that SP provides.

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NELLJONES 5/4/2013 8:06AM

    You know how people say "It's the little things that count" when you are with someone you love? You have a lot of opportunities over the course of a day to do something little for yourself. I am not a formal exerciser. Exercise wasn't even mentioned as a part of weight loss back when I lost my weight, yet I lost the weight through diet. Formal exercise seems pointless to me, so I turn every move I make into exercise. I clean my own house (heavy work). I carry groceries and 35 pound containers of kitty litter. I walk large parking lots and huge stores many times a week. I carry everything up and down stairs. With a little thought you can make it count, and be able to see a job done at the same time.THAT is doing a lot for yourself!

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A Prayer of Self Dedication

Thursday, May 02, 2013

From the Book of Common Prayer (1979), one of my favorites, often said at Evening Prayer. Keeping this in my heart and mind places me where I need to be in order to work towards health and well-being.

A Prayer of Self-Dedication
Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated unto you; and then use us, we pray you, as you will, and always to your glory and the welfare of your people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

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MOTTAMAMALOU 5/2/2013 5:20PM

    So Be It!!

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St. Teresa d'Avila

Monday, April 29, 2013

Nada te Turbe

Let nothing disturb you,
nothing afright you.
Whom God possesses
in nothing is wanting.
Alone God suffices.
All things are passing.
God never ceases.
Patient endurance attains all things.

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NANA2PRINCESSES 4/30/2013 7:01AM


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PDSLIM 4/29/2013 6:20PM

    She always appears when I need her.
I had to let my cat go today. Your post is her message to me.
Thank you.

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Morning Prayer

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

I just thought I would write an entry about a major point of stability in my life -- the Daily Office. Or, daily prayer. the first "office" is Morning Prayer, which is a set of prayers, canticles, psalms, and appointed readings for the day. Always, this turns me around and provides me with direction for the day. This places me in a position of thanksgiving and provides me with strength. I've been doing this for about 10 years now. Sometimes alone, but for the last few years this is said daily at my (Episcopal) church and so I start the day as part of a very small group with Morning Prayer. Over time this soaks into my bones!

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WOMANWITHGRIT 4/29/2013 5:20PM

    Oh, to let judgement of myself and of others go....always easier to follow a a healthy food plan when I am remembering this. But, in reference to what you said, I am able to be consistent in the mornings at prayer but less so at night.

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    Gratitude needs to be practiced everyday. I do meditation in the mornings but find that I have more difficulty focusing in the evening. I find that not having to "judge" others has made me far kinder of myself.
Thanks for sharing.

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SUGARSMOM2 4/25/2013 11:13AM

  a daily thought of goodness is a good way to go . when we are grateful for life and all that it brings us is a very good thing.we need to show, emoticon a gratitude toward all blessing .

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WOMANWITHGRIT 4/24/2013 9:14PM

    Thanks Ida and Sunflowergirl79. I wasn't raised with this "attitude of gratitude"! In fact, it was quite foreign to my family. But it makes all the difference and I have been learning to love myself and "own" my body.

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SUNFLOWERGIRL79 4/24/2013 9:03PM


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OUTDOORGIRL69 4/24/2013 8:57PM

    This is how everyone should start the morning is with prayer & also end the day with prayer

I do this also every morning as I have so many health problems that I thank God for letting me get up in the morning and then at night thank him for letting me get through one more day in my life.

God Bless

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Out of Routine

Saturday, April 20, 2013

I'm really trying to be flexible, but I recognize that being out of my routine leaves me feeling very anxious. I was able to work at home all last week and therefore have control of my schedule and my food. So, today, I'm hosting an all day meeting and I left home before I could say Morning Prayer and then go to SparkCoach. I said some Morning Prayer in the car -- not the lections for the day, though. And I am tracking food and I am doing lunch alone so I could go back and run through the spark coach set for the day. That feels better. The visualiztions really really help -- I so want to be clean in my food... I *almost* want to be active!

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AEGISHOT 4/20/2013 1:22PM


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GCHUNG 4/20/2013 1:21PM

    Great job. You have to be flexible as life is never neat. You can do this.

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