Saturday, May 04, 2013
In elementary schools the phrase sit criss-cross applesauce is used as a direction for kids to sit in a special way to prepare for instruction while on the carpet. Today the sparkguy message was about the cross over from positive effects of learning to eat right and exercise on a regular basis to positive effects on other areas of life. I think I am experiencing some of this in my life as well. With a focus on taking care of my nutritional and fitness needs, I am feeling less stress from my busy days and find myself getting more completed at work. Now is all of this some kind of utopian experience for me? By no means! I struggle with this process in different ways each day it seems. Last night, I attended and helped with the relay for life event here in Harrisonburg. While the experience over all was very powerful (listening to the stories of survivors or Cancer and observing the luminary events) there was also a festive atmosphere loaded with all kinds of delicious foods. There were donuts, brownies, sandwiches, hotdogs, hamburgers, potato salad, potato chips, and so much more...... I ate more than I needed, but made better choices then I would have before sparkpeople. However, it reminded me of how easy it would be to gain back all the weight I lost if I fell back into my old ways of eating. My brother, my wife, and my spark friends are all on this journey together and I know that left alone in this walk, I would be quickly back in my old ways of doing things. So, thank you to everyone who is on this journey here at sparkpeople and others I have met who are working on the same goals in there own ways. Each one is an encouragement to me because I see there hard work and it gives me hope that my efforts do make a difference. It reminds me to get up and dust off my pants each time I fall and go again because one fall does not mean the race is over. Instead, it is an experience to reflect on a bit and take away a nugget of wisdom for the next time I may be in a similar situation. Coach Nicole in a recent video also reminded me that seeking perfection in this journey maybe a problem for long term success anyway because of the risk of burn out. So is the journey worth it? Yes!! Remember -- Criss-Cross applesauce and keep sparking!!