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Response Daily Visualization

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Today, imagine that you live in a world where scales do not exist. How would you measure your success? How would you know if you were healthy and fit?

It wouldn't matter if I lived in a world with or with out scales at this point. I have weighed myself so much in the past that I know almost exactly how much I weigh at any given time without the scale.

AND... Maybe it's worse that I feel YUCKY even when the scale is being "Nice".

I have always resented or hated my "belly". Since losing 90 pounds I have always had the HANG...

But... this leads me to remembering when I didn't care or think about the Hanging Belly... I thought about getting a tummy tuck, and then I realized it wouldn't matter because some other body part would bug me (thighs, arms, chin)... so I was at peace with NOT wanting a tummy tuck. So WHY am I back to hating my belly and my body? Oh yeah, because I am not happy with me and my spirit right now. Mostly.. just my food, exercise, and maybe even my spiritual balance.

So this is insightful for me and brings me back to the original questions...

Q: How would I measure success? Rather... How SHOULD I measure my success?
SUCCESS IS HOW I FEEL INSIDE and OUTSIDE. YES, HOW I FEEL OUTSIDE... I hate to admit that my feeling OUTSIDE really does reflect my feelings INSIDE. Is it the chicken before the egg or the Egg before the chicken? I guess it really doesn't matter just that YOU HAVE TO HAVE an egg and a chicken.

Success for me is a feeling. A spiritual balance... knowing I am trying to be kind to others and seeking God's guidance. A feeling of FOOD satisfaction. A "just right" healthy body feeling. Not too hungry, not too stuffed. A physical "exercise" feeling of being strong and not too sore and not too tired feeling.

Knowing that I am coping with life WITHOUT binging on FOOD.
Knowing how to fuel my body right and actually fueling my body right.
Knowing that my body needs healthy exercise and DOING it.

Q: How would I know I am Healthy and Fit?

I KNOW I am Nutritionally Healthy when my body has it's "just right" feeling of satisfaction. NOT too hungry, not too full. I DO know what that feels like. It did take me awhile to figure out the "just right" feeling and truly at times, I am still confused. But, I need to focus again on feeling just right nutritionally.

I KNOW I am Fit when my body feels healthy and STRONG. I think being sore once in awhile is okay, but I don't like feeling sore all the time. I liked training for a marathon and accomplishing 1 long run a week. On that day I could feel sore but not on all the others. My other weekly runs were the "just right" FIT feeling.

I KNOW I am fit when I am moderately exercising and strength training.

Summary:

Success = The Just Right Content Feeling Inside and Out
Nutritionally = Not too full / Not too hungry
Fit = Not too lazy / Not too sore

Back to finding my own balance and moderation, my own "Just Right" feelings... Thankfully, I have had success and know where most of them lie. Next, I have to take the difficult action and IMPLEMENT the just right feelings and things I KNOW.

*HUGS* Thanks for reading this and all your words of inspiration and encouragement. LOVE MY SPARK BUDDIES!!!!
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DEB9021 1/2/2013 9:40PM

    Great blog, and a good question for all of us to ponder. I think success is when you set things right inside yourself so that you can then be an open and positive influence on the outside world and people. The person who can respond to , "Do you have a minute?" With a smile and an an open mind. Who can respond to, "Hey, does anybody want to ...?" With an enthusiastic yes! I sometimes run ragged, allowing myself to get over-stressed and over-tired. At times like that I feel closed and resentful. I am not much good to anyone, but it's so hard to break that cycle and realize that it's when I'm most busy that I have to STOP and refuel my body and mind. So I set goals for nutrition and exercise but try not to obsess about keeping them. For me the successful spot is when I feel energized and upbeat--on a really busy day a 10-minute walk in the fresh air at lunch is perfect; other days its a few minutes of down time with a cup of tea; and other times its a sweaty hour-long pump-it-up workout. What I do and what I eat is less important than how it makes me feel, and how it refuels me so that hopefully I can pass that feeling on.

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MPETERSON2311 1/2/2013 4:18PM

    I really like your ideas in this blog. Thanks for posting. It's very inspiring.

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MBSHAZZER 1/2/2013 3:44PM

    I think it's fine to want to feel like you look good on the outside. Honestly, sometimes I look in the mirror and get really depressed. No, I'm not overweight but I hate my short legs, my fat thighs, my big crooked nose and my curly hair. But, at the end of the day, I am me. We can only do so much with what we are given. The challenge is to be kind to OURSELVES as well as others.

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