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Evaluating Why I Moved

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Earlier in the month we were in Alberta, the province we moved from last year. When we visit with old friends it makes me think, what if we hadn't moved? Are we becoming different from them? When we made the decision to move to Vancouver, it was to have an active lifestyle in this moderate oceanic climate. I now see it's not just the climate that influences our lifestyle, it's the people. Our new friends and neighbors are physically active, garden, volunteer their talents and time, like to travel, and have active lifestyles. That could describe our former friends too.

However the new friends are even more active. I see my neighbors outside more, walking with others, with dogs, or alone; rain or shine. We see friends out more at the gym, at church, or lending a hand to help others. Also the older people are good role models as they continue active lifestyles. Where we lived before there were few older people and they did not maintain as much activity.

Daily Visualization

For today's visualization, imagine that you have to make a choice between your favorite junk food and an apple. Confidently reach out, grab the apple, and take a big bite. Notice the feeling of relief that washes over you. You made the right decision that will help you get one step closer to your weight-loss goal! Think about this scenario if you feel tempted by unhealthy choices today.

I would not feel relief by eating the apple, but I would feel I had appeased my appetite for something else and the craving has passed. That would be a relief that I didn't reach for a high calorie something else.
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    1921 days ago
    emoticon Good for you. Sounds like the move was a positive one for you. And, good fr you that you are also maintaining previous connections too.

    I love the apple visualization. Delicious.

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    1921 days ago
    I think you made the right move!!!
    1922 days ago
    The climate affects the activity level of people. With warm weather outside activities are more inviting than staying indoors. Vancouver is a great place. great move!!!
    1923 days ago
    Love the apple visual...great support for the holiday season with all the treats out there. Need to make sure that fruit and veggies are available everywhere we go. Smiles Barb
    1924 days ago
    Sounds like a good move to me emoticon
    1924 days ago
    Sounds like you are settled in your mind about the move you made...good you seem happy...like your visualization...may try this when snack attach occurs.
    1924 days ago
    It sounds like your move was a move in the right direction! It's good to surround ourselves with friends who will motivate and you share common interests. After all birds of a feather flock together.
    1924 days ago
    I'm glad that your finding happiness in the move. I agree with you, places you live can affect your overall life. I live outside of Philadelphia, PA right now and I find it to be one of the rudest places I've ever lived/visited. My husband and I hope to move within the next year. While we won't be moving far, the area we want to move to is completely different in the attitudes of the people. Not only in how people treat one another, but also their activity levels. We've lived near Philly for 10 years and in our home for 8. We know only 1 neighbor, even though we're in a large residential area. We rarely see any of the other neighbors, even in the summer. and even the ones with young kids. Guess they play video games all day. And we hardly have any close friends despite both of us working and being active in a church. But the area we want to move to, which is close to where my husband grew up, we'd be closer to his family and his friends from high school, plus I know we'd meet many more people who are like us and have similar morals and values. I think that is very important, not only for our own lives, but for raising our 2 boys.
    1924 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/12/2012 7:11:01 AM
  • LYNCHD05
    Vancouver is an awesome place to live and definitely enables you to,have a more active lifestyle. We could not imagine living in the extreme cold again.
    1924 days ago
    It sounds like your new neighborhood is a good one. I have wanted to visit Vancouver for a while now. It looks so pretty in the pics.
    1924 days ago
    It sounds like you made a good decision to move.
    1924 days ago
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    1924 days ago
    I was blessed with 3 trips to Vancouver for business and could not believe how great a place it was. My boss even let me stay a few extra days to unwind and I took a quick trip to the Whistler Ski Resort. All I can say is ... WOW.
    Consider yourself a very lucky person.
    1924 days ago
    where in Alberta did you move from, we also went from Alberta to B.C now to Nova Scotia
    have a great day
    1924 days ago
    I think that often people are more active because of the climate. Where I live a lot of people are out in the spring and fall but in the winter hubby and I are usually the only ones out if it's below 50 degrees. The same in summer. People here can't handle the extreme heat. But when I would visit my mom's winter home in Florida everyone was outside there too.
    1924 days ago
    The people around us definitely influence our activity levels!
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    1924 days ago
    I wish Spark People would compile your visualizations into one file for us to access!!
    1924 days ago
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