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Peeling Away the Layers

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Just find something small to change and THEN DO IT.

Here is my spark. I stopped eating scones. Every morning, I would get a cup of tea or coffee with a baked good, most often a scone or a crumb cake. Do I still want them? Sometimes yes, but what I am finding is exerting that little bit of willpower is leading down a path of acceptance, that I can make adjustments, and in doing so, I am PHYSICALLY feeling better. Oddly, I am emotionally feeling better too.

I am starting to become more mindful of what I am doing it when I am doing it. I am reading a book about Every Day Zen and it is about participating in the moment you are in. I am a frequent spinner - no, not the kind on the bike, the kind whose mind is going in 40,000 different directions at once. The result of taking time while I am performing a task is that I am getting more done because I am focusing.

I am not eating in the car mindlessly, because I am driving. That mind time is reserved for driving not eating. I am making little bits of progress with little pockets of success. I am cutting back on wheat (notice cutting back, not cutting out) and it is helping me. I am eating higher quality products. I am peeling more of my food, instead of shaking it out of a box.

Higher quality choices is leading to a higher quality life. Little choices over time are adding up. Beneath all of the processed foods and mindless eating, I am finding something I really like: ME!

What will you find when you start peeling the layers away?

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SARAWALKS 6/8/2013 10:04AM

    Excellent! Change is in your present and your future, change for the good!
"I can feel it, I can hear it..." a song from West Side Story

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DOODIE59 5/2/2013 6:12PM

    This is very good news -- for YOU:) I find trying to look at food in terms of its "value" for me very helpful. A fruit? Lots of fibre, nutrients, etc. Bread? Not so much. French Fries? Are you kidding me?! You get the pattern:) What are you worth? I think you are worth the best fuel for the body -- go get it!
Take care

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    You are so right on here, Mar. And I loved the peeling your food instead of shaking it out of a box! That made me smile.
Good for you!

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CARRAND 5/1/2013 7:40PM

    Great blog!

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DOVESEYES 5/1/2013 7:29PM

    What a great blog good work you are doing well!!! emoticon

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MICKEYH 5/1/2013 2:44PM

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1STARVINGARTIST 5/1/2013 12:38PM

    Great approach! I am going to use this. Thanks!
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HEYITSLISA 5/1/2013 10:30AM

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NORWOODGIRL 5/1/2013 10:25AM

    Well done, Miss Onion!

I really appreciate your statement that "higher quality choices = higher quality life". That really resonates with me.

Thank you!

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MAVERICK59 5/1/2013 10:22AM

    I like this. It is exactly the way to make long term changes.

I recently read that if we feel sad we are living in the past,
if we feel anxious we are living in the future.
To find peace we need to live in the moment.


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_KATHY 5/1/2013 9:35AM

    You are making many many small changes and you know they add up to big changes. But it's easier to concentrate on the little ones. Love your blog message today. It really is how we make progress.

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FELINEBETTER 5/1/2013 9:19AM

    Atta Girl, Mick! One step at a time! emoticon emoticon

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FIRECOM 5/1/2013 8:17AM

    Great way to start a new month. Thank you very much.

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