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Stories for Inspiration - the last 10 pounds
The SparkPeople highlight on the Daily Login wheel that I saw on Tuesday March 15 was "Inspirational stories of weight loss." As important as those accounts, there are other stories that may be just as relevant and helpful when the fruit juice i... Read more
Less stress - More joy
It takes a firm foundation to adapt with grace.
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When your basic habits of wellness and self-care are in place, you don't really notice how you adapt to the tough times. So the "less stress" is more about how you respond to the thi... Read more
Let it pour
Recently I was told about the death of an avocational colleague. We had known of each other, and we shared mutual respect. At the last extended talk we shared, I recall going in detail about what I respected in that person, and asking this indiv... Read more
Recognize the cycle
Recognize the cycle. They say that "forewarned" is "forearmed". And stress at work is one of those elements of the cycle. It doesn't seem fair that multiple projects are due around the same time. But it does happen. And once you have seen it occ... Read more
Signs of the Times
How do you know that you are making progress?
One way that I can tell is the freedom and joy that I feel in practicing yoga. When practice is calm, steady, and continuous, I am in a zone that celebrates the balance of effort / ease, challenge ... Read more
What's your tune?
There's music in the air... what's your tune?
Whether you live alone or in a family unit, you can choose, as an individual, how you will interact with those with whom you have contact. The power of choice is a privilege that humankind has, eve... Read more
Kick Start to Goals
What does it take to get the motivational juices flowing? Sometimes all it takes is seeing someone and realizing: "That's what will happen to me unless I am pro-active about lifestyle choices." I saw someone, with the accompanying: "Do you mind ... Read more
H.A.L.T. - not just for 12 step programs
H.A.L.T. an acronym for too hungry, too angry, too lonely, too tired, signs that you are at risk of slipping into lack of self-control. I don't why that came so strongly in mind recently. But I recognized that the larger significance was to look... Read more
Activity Tracking - More than a device
Spark Activity Tracker
No one likes to hear that they are doing less than what they believed. But so far, that is my experience with the Spark Activity Tracker in comparison to using FitBit.
Having your expectations challenged is a shock;... Read more
Not over yet
Don't I wish that habits could change, overnight. But I guess that's why they are habits. Each link in the chain is forged through repetition. Choose (or observe) what gets repeated in your experience -- and that is the habit you get.
In my... Read more
Facing the day - moments of reflection
There are so many ways to get side-tracked from the lifestyle and wellness goals I make. And the variety of the distractions seems endless. What I find most surprising is the way that I have to go into my day with specific ideas in my head to me... Read more
Moving in stillness
Morning glow of sunrise. Walking into the practice space. A smiling face greets you. We stand. We breathe. We move. Primary series practice has begun. For the next 75 minutes we breathe, move and ponder without words, but in understood shared ex... Read more
Pick me up before yoga
Water and 8-15 whole almonds... Read more
The cost of privilege
So much that we take for granted: lucidity, mobility, overall health, family, friends, shelter. For those who happen to read this post, you may be facing challenges in one of these areas. I recognize in myself that I have a large dose of "pay it... Read more
There's a Little Green
I once heard a song called: There's a Little Green in everything | Winter is over, welcome the Spring. (Music K-8) Everything in my Atlantic Canada area was beginning to look spring-like: most of the front and back lawns were free of snow; you c... Read more