Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Well it seems that I¡¦ve gotten really backlogged here. I thought I was getting on the ball, but it seems that life jumped up and bit me on the butt. Also, my hubby and I bought a Nintendo Wii, so we¡¦ve been playing lots of WiiSports. WiiSports is an awesome fitness experience. I love my WiiBoxing. I'm going to try to start doing at least 1 hour of WiiBoxing per week to add to my cardio.
Also, last weekend was my first real experience playing at a LARP (Live Action Role Play) event. It was an awesome experience. The fact that I was running around and walking all over the site sort of made up for the constant amount of food and junk I was eating.
And now on to the reflections¡K.
Thought from May 8:
Worry is the darkroom in which negatives are developed.
- Church billboard in Colorado
When you worry, you filter your life with a negative light. You will change how you see things. I¡¦ve always been a worrier, but I¡¦m getting better at prioritizing my worrying. I¡¦ve started to worry less¡K or worry only about things that I know will affect me or that I can change. My husband is always so supportive and helps me to see things in a different light and to not worry as much as I used to.
Thought from May 9:
We're always getting ready to live, but never living.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer
When you focus on getting ready to live, you forget about how to live, or living in general. I¡¦ve finally started to take time for myself, time to do the things that I want to do; read, watch TV, play Wii, nap, etc. I used to be the type who didn¡¦t do anything until I reached certain objectives: lost weight, got a new job, got new clothes, etc. etc. I¡¦ve finally realised that NOW is the time to live my life.
Thought from May 10:
If you spend too much time working on your weaknesses, all you end up with is a lot of strong weaknesses.
- Dan Sullivan, business coach
If you think you¡¦re fat and ugly, or no good at anything, then you will be. We all think ourselves into existence every day. We create our own realities to a degree with the way we think about and react to things. If we only react to the negatives and don¡¦t focus on the positives, then we are lost. I¡¦m working on focusing on my positives more than my negatives. It¡¦s hard work, but I think I¡¦m getting better at it.
Thought from May 11:
Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its shortness.
- Jean de la Bruyere, 17th century French essayist
I¡¦ve started not complaining about things and time being wasted as much as I used to. I¡¦ve started prioritizing my time and organizing things more, which has helped me to eliminate all the time that I squandered on useless behaviours/activities. I make lists of things I need to do in a week and then organize which things are priorities and try to achieve them all before I do anything ¡§wasteful¡¨. It¡¦s working so far.
Thought from May 12:
I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.
- John Locke, philosopher
You think yourself into reality every day. What you think has an effect on what you do and how you do it. Your thoughts show through in your actions. If you think negative thoughts about yourself, then your behaviour is quite likely to be negative to yourself, in things like overeating, not exercising, drinking to excess, etc. If my actions show my thoughts, I hope that my actions are positive, because my thoughts are becoming more and more positive every day.
Thought from May 13:
To swear off mistakes is very easy. All you have to do is swear off having ideas.
- Leo Burnett, advertising pioneer
Being afraid to fail really means being afraid to try. If you don¡¦t try anything, then you¡¦ll never succeed at anything either. ¡§You always miss 100% of the shots that you never take¡¨ is a common sports adage about trying. Lately, I think I¡¦ve been getting less and less timid; more and more brave, willing to try new things, be it foods, exercises, social gatherings, whatever. I think I¡¦ve finally started to come out of my shell. º
Thought from May 14:
A light supper, a good night's sleep and a fine morning have often made a hero of the same man, who, by indigestion, a restless night and a rainy morning would have proved a coward.
- Lord Chesterfield, diplomat
Every day, I have the choice to be a hero or a zero. Making the choice, though, requires adequate rest so that you can properly make decisions on how you can affect the world. A sleep deficit is something that I¡¦ve had a problem with for a long time¡K getting enough rest is something that I should be able control, but I¡¦m still working on mastering the proper way to get the sleep that I need¡K There don¡¦t seem to be enough hours in a day, even with my planning and lists. I need to work on making sleep in to a higher priority in my life¡K
Thought from May 15:
The present is what slips by us while we're pondering the past and worrying about the future.
- Ziggy, cartoon foible
¡§Yesterday¡¦s history, tomorrow¡¦s a mystery, and today¡¦s a gift. That¡¦s why it¡¦s called the present.¡¨ Live each day for itself. Live each day to the fullest. Make the most out of every day you walk this planet so that you can do your best no matter how thing may turn out else where. Focusing on the present is tough, but it has some definite benefits.
Thought from May 16:
Fall seven times. Stand up eight.
- Japanese Proverb
Every time one fails, one must get up to try again. I¡¦ve hit a couple of setbacks in my weight loss journey, but after every slow down, I¡¦ve picked myself back off and tried again: wisdom teeth, lack of inspiration, sprained ankle¡K I¡¦m still recovering from the last, but I¡¦m working up to more and more exercise.
Thought from May 17:
I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experiences behind him.
- Eleanor Roosevelt, human rights advocate
Facing the fears in my life is a hard chore¡K as it is in anyone¡¦s life. But I like this idea of trying to face them over and over until one gets a record of successful experiences. Trying to face fears in little, manageable doses makes living easier.
Thought from May 18:
Stop living life for what's around the corner and start enjoying the walk down the street.
- Grant L. Miller, motivational guru
It¡¦s not the destination, but the journey that matters. Every step you take has merit. It¡¦s just finding the merit that can be the hard thing. The road to a healthy lifestyle is a long journey, but it¡¦s one that I feel that I have to take. It makes me feel better to see the little things that happen every day along the way of my journey.
Thought from May 19:
You can't escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
- Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President
Procrastination. Putting off until tomorrow what you could do today. Is there a more counterproductive habit around? It causes more stress and anxiety than the Grinch in December. Procrastinating is one of my worst habits¡K I put off everything all the time. As I type this, there is a pile of laundry waiting to be folded and put away, dishes to be washed, various other things to be put away¡K housework to be done, heck, I¡¦ve even procrastinated writing this reflection by checking my facebook account, checking my hotmail, etc. etc. Though, I must say that I have started to improve my procrastination (that is, by not procrastinating as much)¡K I¡¦ve improved my prioritization and organization that allows me a chance to focus and organize myself and my work. In my weight loss journey, there has been some procrastination, but for the most part, I think I¡¦ve stayed on track¡K
Thought from May 20:
When you stand still, you reject the struggle, and you refuse to change and grow. Ultimately, you reject fulfillment, happiness, the dance for joy and everything else that is eternally good.
- Matthew Kelly, classical actor and game show host
Nothing ever changes when you stand still. You don¡¦t learn, you don¡¦t grow, and you don¡¦t find happiness or anything fun like that. You must concentrate on trying and moving forward. Without motion things stagnate and rot. If we stagnate and rot we have wasted a wonderful chance for an adventure, or a change in life. I¡¦ve started to really understand the motto ¡§Do one thing every day that scares you a little.¡¨ Without that motto, I¡¦m sure that there are many things that would not have been achieved all throughout the world.
Thought from May 21:
"We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.
- Calvin Coolidge, American president
Trying to do everything at once is another one of those faults that I¡¦ve become infamous for¡K I take on way too much, or start too many projects at once, and then when they all come to a climax at the same time I freak out and am then unable to complete anything. My husband has helped me to break all of the things that I need to do into small, manageable groups of tasks so that I can deal with things and not get overwhelmed and stressed by them.
Thought from May 22:
The mighty oak was once a little nut that stood its ground.
Even the mighty oak starts as a tiny nut. Every great thing has to start somewhere. Starting small can be difficult and daunting, but it works. I think that starting small is one of the best things I can do for myself¡K If I break things into small manageable portions then I can achieve my goals.
Thought from May 23 (today):
Listen to all, plucking a feather from every passing goose, but follow no one absolutely.
- Chinese proverb
This proverb is really confusing me tonight¡K maybe it¡¦s the fact that I¡¦ve been working on these reflections and other web things for the last 3 hours ¡K What I get from it is that I should take information and learning from any source I can get, but not randomly follow any one leader¡K This is something I think I already do. I follow advice from all sorts of sources, but not following any one specific thing or diet blindly.