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Gratitude, being present, being honest with myself

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Hi everyone,

I am so full of gratitude to the Spark community and the IOWL community. I reached out the other day for support and got such a wonderful and varied outpouring. It touched me deeply and I'm so happy to say that it also motivated me greatly. I feel very back on track, knowing that caring for myself is also a collective action, with these communities. Further, when I care for myself, I'm only helping to heal from this autoimmune condition.

One recurring piece of wisdom I received was to be present and stay positive. This is such great advice. If we are in the present moment and look for the good, life feels so much more manageable and wonderful. I'm really trying to cultivate that "being present" quality so that I can take in and savor all the good in my life!

Finally, I see that this little time of set back has been a real gift. Not only did I learn just how helpful these communities are, but it helped me take a deep look at areas where I wasn't being fully honest with myself about self care. For example, I have the power to sleep more and stress less. I can create space in my life for sleep and calm, and why not? They are certainly better than not sleeping and being tense.

Further, I've decided to really take a stab at my portion size at dinner. This is my new challenge for myself. I've been able to release weight even with my big portions, because the big portions are of mainly vegetables. But too much food is too much food. And I'm eating until I'm a little bit too full each night. I'm ready to really embrace Renee Stephen's pleasure eating philosophy and eat just enough to feel sated and good at dinner. I bet this will also help me with sleep and stress!

Thank you again everyone!
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LE7_1234 10/20/2012 12:39PM

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 10/18/2012 8:42PM

    Staying positive is truly important... Sounds like you have a good plan laid out.

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HDHAWK 10/18/2012 7:50PM

    You've gotten a lot of insight. You can do this!

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