Often we fail to notice or comprehend the magnitude of how we may sometimes positively influence someone else. I believe this happens when we do not intentionally set out to influence, but when we just go about our days and our ways and the positive differences in us shine out to others from the inside out and people become inquisitive. They like what is radiating from you and they want some of it.
When others start to draw to you because you have made such positive change in your life and lifestyle, it is a real blessing and you then have a real opportunity to be a witness to them.
So far for me a big highlight of this journey has been witnessing my mother start to make healthy and positive changes in her life, as a direct result of her seeing me transforming before her eyes.
My mum is going on 70 years old and is pretty set in her ways when it comes to everything, particularly food. She has a very bland taste of meat and 3 veg and does not like anything remotely interesting to look at or too flavoursome when it comes to food. She is a diabetic due to her sugar addiction - chocolate, soda, cakes, biscuits, cream buns, donuts, lollies etc etc. She has little stick legs and arms and is large around the middle. When she loses weight a lot of this comes off her and she becomes more proportioned. Throughout the years she has lost and gained weight a lot. Mainly because the only real change she makes is to up the self discipline and stop eating sugar for a while, but just when the weight starts to come off, she falls straight off the wagon again and straight back into the depths of large packet of chocolate M&M's!
Since I joined SP she has become genuinely interested in what I am doing to achieve my own transformation. As a result of our conversations she has decided to commence on green smoothies as a substitute for some of her daily soda's!! I can't quite believe my mum with a green smoothie in her hand - the two things don't quite go together in my mind, but it's happening!!
Not only has she been experimenting with different smoothie ingredients (trying to find a nice taste with mainly vegetable juice!) but she has decided that the blender she has like mine is just not cutting if for her (she doesn't like the fact that it is not pure juice) so out she has gone and purchased the latest wiz bang juicer appliance. It cost a small bombshell and she loves it!
Not only that but the other night she phoned to check if diced cucumber and tomato were ok to eat on a daily basis as snack food because she has been substituting nibbling on those whilst watching TV, rather than nibble on lollies and chocolates! And she is enjoying it!
Then I find out that she has been shopping again LOL! This time she has purchased an ice cream maker that makes fruit icecream!! You cut up fruit and freeze the pieces, then put them through this machine frozen and it comes out as icecream - pure fruit icecream. Amazing! So now this is her substitute for real icecream that her and dad used to eat.
Then during a visit recently she noticed my 1.5litre old empty orange juice bottle that I use to fill up with water each day (to measure that I drink enough water) and she asked me next time I buy juice in that container, can she have one of these as it fits neatly in the side of her fridge and she wants to ensure she is getting enough water each day! This is from a lady that rarely drinks pure water. Of course I tried to give her my water bottle as I would give her the shirt off my back if she needed it, but she wouldn't accept it.
But wait!.... there is one more thing.... she popped in the other day with something in her hand that she was so excited to show me - it was a black and white printout of her 'before' photos in her underwear LOL! She wanted to do what I did and have 'before' and 'after' photo's! She is so funny because she didn't want dad to email me the photo because what if it fell into the wrong hands, so she came over with a photocopy of it to show me!
She is truly starting to inspire me now.
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
~ Benjamin Franklin
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”
~ William Arthur Ward
“The best teacher is not the one who knows most but the one who is most capable of reducing knowledge to that simple compound of the obvious and wonderful.”
~ H.L. Mencken
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”
~ Segoyewatha [Red Jacket] (1750-1830); Native American Seneca Chief, Orator