It Was a Very Good Year
It’s hard for me to believe it, but today marks my one-year anniversary with
Spark People. One would think it would be easy for me to write a thoughtful reflection on the occasion, but it’s not.
I didn’t come here looking for a magic w... Read more
Wilt Thou Be Made Whole?
I recently heard a powerful message on the story of the man healed at the pool at Bethesda from the 5th chapter of the book of John. The story is set near the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem, where there was a pool of healing. A large number of people... Read more
Sweeping Out the Cobwebs
As the promise of spring weather begins to tease me, I find myself noticing the cobwebs that have accumulated as the result of a forced air heating system and windows that have been closed for several months. Now, I’m not really keen on the who... Read more
Some Steps Are More Challenging Than Others
My mini fast breaks have proved to be more challenging than I thought they would be. I've managed to fix my own lunches and to eat at least 6 servings of fruits and veggies a day since the first of the year. But it certainly has been more diff... Read more
A few days ago some other teachers and I were discussing the quality of the food now being served in the school cafeteria. There have been a number of changes made over the past few years, and we've been told this has been an effort to serve mo... Read more
A Journey of a Thousand Miles
It’s been 28 weeks since I renewed my commitment to exercise regularly, so this morning I took a look at my journal to see just what I’ve accomplished in a little more than half a year.
Since I started walking again for fitness (in contrast... Read more
Reframing, Not Complaining
I’ve been thinking a lot the past few weeks about what has, until very recently, been my natural way of looking at things as problems and how self-defeating that has often been.
I am reminded of something I heard my mother say years ago w... Read more
I heard this gem this morning on a Christian TV program: “If you’re going to throw yourself a pity party, save yourself a stamp sending an invitation to God--He won’t come!”
Wouldn’t we all be better off if we also refused to attend such t... Read more
Live and Learn and…
“Live and learn” is a common enough phrase. People say it when they have gone through a difficult experience, particularly one in which they believe they have made some mistake. One might assume that it simply means that we grow wiser as we gro... Read more
Benefits of a Happy Attitude
I found this in my reading this morning:
A Happy Attitude May Extend Life
Being happy may add several years to your life, suggests a Dutch researcher who reviewed 30 studies conducted around the world.
Ruut Veenhoven of Erasmus... Read more
If time is money, I must learn to live within my budget.
If body fat is stored energy, I will view myself as a person with extra energy.
If attitude is everything, I choose to make mine positive.
If God is Love and I am a child of God, I t... Read more
So What Does All This Have to Do With Fitness?
Just this: I've come to the conclusion that my body, mind, and spirit are all interconnected. A struggle in one area is simply a reflection of an overall struggle.
Years ago I began to acknowledge that my weight issues were connected to m... Read more
The Saga Continues
At the age of 48, I was really rockin'--feeling good about myself, a size 10 rather than a 22, enjoying my friends, my job, my life. And it was about to get even better.
An old friend contacted me via e-mail, a romantic relationship follo... Read more
By the time I hit my 40's, I had regained all the weight I thought I'd lost for good at 30 and then some. I had, by that time, recognized some long denied issues that needed to be addressed and began to do the introspective work required to rel... Read more
In the beginning...
Well maybe not exactly the beginning. That would involve resurrecting memories that go back more than 50 years! Frankly, I don't have the time for that, and you probably don't have the least bit of interest in my childhood.
So I'll start ... Read more