Wednesday, May 02, 2012
The last several days, I have been experiencing an enthusiasm like never before. I am bubbling over with joy & positive feelings. My whole inner self feels lighter as I find myself letting go of "baggage". Until last night, I didn't know for sure why I am feeling this way. I knew it had to do with Spark People but I couldn't put it into words.
A couple of weeks ago, I bought Chris Downie's book "The Spark" and I have been reading it. In chapter 2 he talks about "focus" and setting goals. I really related to that chapter. Over the years I had lost sight of my focus & goals. I was just getting through my days. Until I lost my job in the fall. Then, for the first time in years, I made a goal for myself. I would finally pursue my Master's Degree, something I had been avoiding, fearing it would be overwhelming while working full time. In Nov. I started working towards that goal. Then, this past Winter, I decided to add a new goal. Lose weight and become healthier. In March I joined Spark People and began working towards that goal. By reading "The Spark" I was able to see that I am on the right track by setting these goals and working towards "self improvement". As I said earlier, I am finding myself full of energy and bursting with joy. Last night, I realized that I am on fire!!
Last night, I read Chapter 4 of "The Spark", "Cornerstone:Fire". By focussing on my goals and making fitness a daily activity I have produced fire. I am taking control of my life. I have changed my attitude, striving to be positive & optimistic. I have been learning to love myself and have stopped putting myself down. I am actively working on positive self talk. I am focussed on living a healthy lifestyle. Recently, my husband & I were running errands and hubby asked if I wanted to stop for fast food. I said "No, thank you. I have a yummy, healthy lunch at home I am looking forward to". He said, "Oh yeah, you're on a diet." I replied, "No, I just choose not to eat that way anymore". I am consistently avoiding that "diet mentality".
In chapter 4, Chris also talks about "spark streaks" helping to build consistency & momentum. He really encourages people to create their own spark streaks as "consistent acts of self improvement". He says that keeping these streaks alive is an "instant power boost". How right he is. I started my own spark streak 17 days ago and didn't even realize all the benefits that would occur, by doing so. It sort of happened by accident. My fitness streak. As I said in my last blog, I found myself wanting to continue working out each day, so I went with it. Lately, I find myself wanting to continue this streak, just to see how long it would last. I didn't realize that by keeping this streak alive, I would be keeping my "fire burning" but that is exactly what is happening.
So, as I said, I'm on Fire and I am not letting anyone put my fire out. I am striving to keep it burning and alive.