Wednesday, July 20, 2011
I stepped on the scales for my weigh in and got a pleasant (though not unexpected) surprise:
As my goal approaches the transition to maintenance mode, I am sure there will be minor fluctuations in what the scale reads. 165 may or may appear on the dial next week, but it will appear. In Zen there is a concept of "right mindfullness". My 95 year old Dad says to accomplish something difficult "you've got to hold your mouth right". In reaching my weight goals that translates into right mindfully having a lightning bolt path to and focus on the goal. The path may zig and zag but strikes the goal of electrical balance. By combining awareness of my whole life balance in diet, nutrition, exercise, rest, relaxation, recreation, socialization -- overall balance in my life -- I am holding my mouth right to reach this and (simultaneously) other goals.
Thanks to my Spark Friends for encouragement, support, and comments during this ongoing journey together. Thanks as well to the Spark Community and Spark Teams as well. Especial thanks to my wife, family, healthcare team and others for daily support which I endeavor to return.
Another Zen aphorism (or Koan) is that to reach enlightenment "Give up giving up". How is that logically possible? A verbal explanation of a non-verbal possible resolution is that dieting gives up certain foods, a temporary deprivation.
One of the Spark People techniques is to define and refine a goal, considering and evolving the life style changes or habits needed to realize that goal.
More later, not feeling well at this moment.