Do you have a sunny disposition, or do you sometimes think like Debbie Downer?
This morning I woke to a sunny Sunday morning and slipped downstairs to make a healthy breakfast and catch some news before getting into my day. It just so happened that I turned on CBS Sunday Morning program and the news vignette playing was the "Science of Survival"; what makes us resilient to disaster or hardship.
In a nutshell, the people interviewed in this vignette found that Optimism and Positive outlook were essential in their long term survival from hardships that life threw at them. Additionally, from other quick Google searches I found that there is a ton of research out there that really supports what we all really understand but at times forget to embrace. Basically, the research says that those that believe their goals are attainable are more likely to attain them and are rewarded with pride, gratitude and simply relief. However, those that exhibit unfavorable expectations can give rise to negativity and negative effects like shame, anger or resentment. The people in the CBS interview indicated that Social support, community and the interaction with others was a significant part of their success in battling their own demons.
I have provided the link below to the CBS Sunday morning interview on the "Science of Survival" if you are interested in the thread.
I really just got started here on SparkPeople and have so much I need to to do to really get underway. I have goals; all kinds of goals to set and meet. I need to find an efficient workflow to access SP and contribute when I'm busy at work and only have a few minutes to stop in and track stuff. I'd also like to get involved in some of the forum posts but for now I'm lurking on a few. Furthermore, I'd like to keep this blog page going with some fun stuff like what I posted above, but also include some of my own personal goals for the day, week, month or year, and maybe write a few words about how that is going for me. I have some ideas for upcoming blog posts that might be of interest to people going down the same path. I also think I need to create some kind of regular format for creating my blog posts that will help in coming up with regular and interesting commentary.
In my first and the previous blog post prior to this one, I gave a short history of my YoYo weight loss and gains over the past ten years. I also said that I was really committed this time and was going to use tools like SP to help me stay engaged and meet my goals. I also said that I'd fill you in a little bit about what my doctor said. So, without getting into too much detail, I will say that this time around I have enlisted the help of a physician that is a general practitioner that specializes in wellness and weight loss. I made my initial appointment with him specifically to get a baseline, and to see him about his "weight loss program". Although not an official program, he has a good following and great reputation in the area for his attention to individual needs and creating success for his patients. Based on my initial visit, EKG and blood work, I'm pretty healthy overall despite my 5'8" height and, 292 lbs that I weighed in at. After my visit I received some news regarding my EKG and lab work. The results indicated total cholesterol around 150, an average blood pressure and heart rate. However... the blood work did show that my triglycerides were at 250 which the doc was a little concerned with. I've done a fair amount of research over the past few days on the topic of triglycerides and feel that this will be a cinch to knock out in a short period of time given my new nutritional and fitness commitments. I don't see the doctor again for another week, so I'm not sure yet what his plan will be, but the good thing is that I found a doc that I like and plan to see him on a regular basis through this lifestyle and weigh loss challenge.