Thursday, August 09, 2012
I finished my undergrad work through a magnificent program at the Vermont College Program of Union Institute and University. The program was structured in such a way as I chose what I would study and how I would go about it. I chose an adviser and worked with that person throughout a six month study. I spent one week twice a year on the Montpelier, VT campus presenting my completed study and planning for the next. I never knew what my next study would be when I went into each residency. I learned that I had to "trust the process". The process included many exploratory meetings with small groups of students and different advisers. During that process, students discussed their ideas, made suggestions to one another, and received feedback from the adviser. The process always worked. I always came out of the residency knowing exactly what I wanted to study and which adviser would be the best choice for that study.
I am now feeling the same way about developing a healthy lifestyle. I have to "trust the process." Through this process, I have tried many avenues: fad diets, points, frozen meals and now SparkPeople. This is the first time that I truly believe that I can be successful! SparkPeople seems to fit my need to have the "process." I'm in control of how I approach this "study." Control is very important to me (more on that another time). But I am also making connections with other members which is also important. I have that "study group" who can give feedback, suggestions, encouragement, and ideas. I think that the articles and message boards will probably serve as the adviser, but I'm not sure about that yet! The most important piece is that I am trusting the process and it is working!