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How Little Changes Can Make Important Impacts

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Last week was a good week for me to practice mindfulness. My spiritual belief includes the practice of Lent. Joan and I sat down and talked about things we should and shouldnít do to make our lives fuller, richer and more in balance. We decided that during this time we would not eat away from the home, unless it was necessary. I, more than her, am often required to lunch with clients so we wrote in that exception. We believe that when Jesus went off into the desert for forty days it wasnít to punish or deny him. It was for him to crystallize his mission and ministry and to do that he removed all the distractions. It would be really nice if I could hop a plane, find a desert and evaluate my life for forty days. Unfortunately I donít have the luxury. What I can and am doing is evaluating my life its practices and where I need to be less wasteful and honor myself more. My health is one of those arenas.

Eating inside my home means I have complete control over what I serve and eat. I shop for it, prepare it and consume it. I control my portions. The first few days were tough. Itís much easier to ďgrab a mealĒ rather than go home. It caused us to plan ahead a bit. (Not a bad idea.) I spent an afternoon exploring the deep freeze and found all sorts of cool and healthy stuff i.e. chicken, turkey, boneless pork chops. We set a loose menu, which means we had alternatives for dinner should we get tied up and not be able to cook for an hour when we returned home. A turkey breast sandwich on whole wheat with a slice of tomato can fill you up. Iím discovering I am big because I eat big, lol.

This small change in my life cost me 2.4 pounds. Thatís a good thing. It wasnít a large or grandiose change. It did take a bit of planning but it also brought to light some sloppy eating and drinking habits I re-developed. This week Iíll concentrate on those habits and let you know how everything goes. Itís not about denial. Joanís birthday was on Valentineís Day and yes I had a slice of her cake and yes it was a moderately healthy slice. I knew it was coming, planned accordingly and enjoyed the cake.

Maybe eating at home isnít what you need to do, maybe itís something else. Look around; see what small thing might make a difference. Just between us, I feel great this morning!!! Thereís less of me to love.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SILLYHP1953 3/19/2013 3:05PM

    That was very nice of Joan to be born on Valentine's Day...I'm sure you've thanked her for that. What a wonderful day to be born on.

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FITBODME 2/26/2013 7:08PM

    Great reflection of Lent, but even though Jesus was in the dessert, the devil still tried to tempt him. This is a constant struggle for me and like you, I use the Lenten Season to remind me that I can always improve my body and especially soul. And WOW! You picked a tough one! emoticon

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CARTOONB 2/21/2013 9:50PM

    I like it that you're focusing on the positive.

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NEWLEAF2013 2/21/2013 11:41AM

    emoticon So positive & practical!

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SHERIO5 2/21/2013 7:44AM


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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 2/21/2013 5:14AM


Be sure to check out the article called: Calorie Counts: Fatally Flawed, Or Our Best Defense Against Pudge?

It's shocking how many extra calories we might be consuming if we rely on the calorie counts given by companies or restaurants that serve us pre-prepared foods. Not to mention the salt content!!

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NASFKAB 2/21/2013 2:47AM

  what a great idea very helpful

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LYNMEINDERS 2/21/2013 12:13AM

    well done John...
Thankyou so much for writing this...something i have been thinking about
I am starting a 21 day fast with the prayers group at our little church so am looking forward to that...
We are doing a Daniel Fast and it is gouing to really challenge me but it is doable....
Enjoy Lent and what God talks to you about...woohoo...exciting

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SLIMLEAF 2/20/2013 5:39PM

    Well done, John. This sounds an good way of observing Lent.

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CC3833 2/20/2013 3:12PM

    This is great. I'm glad you lost 2.4 lbs! I have kind of slipped up on my end. But you're right. Eating at home not only saves you money but you feel better too! Even if you do make some "bad" home cooked food it is probably still better than the food you would have gotten from somewhere else. I am going to adopt this. I am going to go grab some groceries and am buying a medicine ball too (the sports store is right across the street) I look forward to your follow up blog!

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MARITIMER3 2/20/2013 3:07PM

    I always really enjoy your blogs, John. You are comfortable enough with your faith that you talk about it matter-of-factly, in the same way you would talk about your height or your hair colour.

Like you, we honour Lent, and I learned today that the Ministerial Assn. in our town is putting on a special week of services the week before Holy Week. The churches participating include the Baptist, Presbyterian, Anglican (my church), United and Pentacostal, and the services will focus on issues such as healing and family that affect people from all faiths. I'm really looking forward to these services.

Please keep writing your blogs, I'm sure that many people enjoy them and learn from them.


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DEBRITA01 2/20/2013 3:06PM

    Sometimes small changes yield big results. WTG on the loss and for eating at home. I do better when I eat home and have control over food prep, etc. emoticon

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TEDDIEJAN62 2/20/2013 2:16PM

    Awesome blog emoticon emoticon

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VICKI-BISHOP56 2/20/2013 1:16PM

  You're doing great John, and please tell Joan, a belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY to her. emoticon emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 2/20/2013 1:12PM

    When we pay attention (are mindful) we almost always cannot justify what we've been doing. I am there myself, and am working hard to have the small, sustainable success you had last week. Keep it up!

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TRISTAROSE 2/20/2013 1:11PM


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HDHAWK 2/20/2013 11:27AM

    I love to eat out, but it's almost stressful in a way. It's hard to battle "what I should have" with "what I'd really like to have" (something with lots of cheese and calories)! Having only healthy options at home is so much easier these days. If I know I'm going out I try to look up calories on line or choose healthy and bring half home. Did I mention I could live a long time off the appetizer menu?

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NEELIXNKES 2/20/2013 11:13AM

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ANATASHIKI 2/20/2013 11:01AM

    I don't eat out , just on special occasions . usually I eat things that I cook fast or that don't need to keep on eye on them while cooking. this way I can control better the calories and the sodium intake(even if lately my blood pressure is too low lol).

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/20/2013 10:18AM

    I try to limit my eating out as well on a continuing basis. I stay in my calorie and carb range a lot better that way and avoid a lot of grease as well.

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