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May 3, 2020, beginning yet again!

We're in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which began in earnest around March 1. Since my last SP weigh-in I'm up 17.6 lbs. and feeling very uncomfortable and bloated.

My eating has been purdy much non-stop. My first action in the current weight loss strategy was to eliminate buying all trigger foods, a biggie for me. Next is moving toward potion control as I begin logging my food intake.

Exercise-wise, it's bike riding, qigong, and yoga. I'm ready for some positive change.

And the beat goes on.

"The trouble is, you think you have time," said the Buddha. And although I know the importance of daily meditation,
pranayama (breathing practices), exercise/movement, and moderate daily food intake, sadly I haven't been consistent. I am, though, committed to optimal body-mind-spirit health,and will start over as many times as it takes.

I intend to "have patience with everything unresolved in my heart, and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language, not searching for the answers, which could not be given to me now because I would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now." (Rainer Maria Rilke)

The shape my life will morph into in the foreseeable future is a mystery -- I'm trying to "live the questions now" with grace, letting go of anxiety about the future. Oh, and anyway T. S. Eliot tells us,
"We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time."

Bottom line in all of this is, "Don't take life too serious -- it's all just so mysterious!" (George Gershwin)

And a bit more kitchen table wisdom:

In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few. ----Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

Everything that happens to me is my teacher. The trick is to sit at the feet of my own life and let myself be taught by it. --Unknown

An always useful tool for me -- The Seven Habits of Mindful Eating: http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=302
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Member Since: 6/2/2006

Fitness Minutes: 52,878

My Goals:

~ know joy

~ no judgment

Reshape yourself by the power of your will; never let yourself be degraded by self-will. The will is the only friend of the Self, and the will is the only enemy of the Self.

To those who have conquered themselves, the will is a friend. But it is the enemy of those who have not found the Self within them.
--Bhagavad Gita 6:5-6


My Program:

GOAL

~ Daily meditation
and pranayama practice

~ Daily gratitudes journaling

~ Exercise at least 10 min./day

~ 20 min. strength training every-other day



Personal Information:

I'm a California native, and I have lived primarily in northern CA/San Francisco Bay Area when not traveling or living out-of-state or internationally.

I currently live near Little Rock, AR. I returned to school to pick up another undergrad degree, in Spanish, and finished it in Dec, 2013.

I've been a volunteer in a services project for women prisoners. I also volunteer and have worked for El Zocalo Immigrant Resources Center.

I am a Yogic-Buddhist-Sufi-Christian mystic -- heh heh. Swami Satchidananda is my root teacher (Diksha Guru)..

As a lacto-ovo vegetarian I have eaten a whole, mostly organic, plant-based diet since 1980. I enjoy cooking delicious food with *attitude.*


Other Information:

I love a good movie (e.g., The Visitor; Iris; The Man Who Sued God; Bella) or read (authors Mary Catherine Bateson and Jill Ker Conway are current favorites). I also read sacred texts and other spiritual books, and Swami Satchidananda, Pema Chodron, and Thich Nhat Hanh are among favorite wisdom writers.

As a wimpy Pisces swimming around in the cosmic ocean with lots of air influence, I don't like books or movies too negative, or intense or horrific. My delicate sensibility is easily thrown off-balance. Really.

Mary Oliver, Naomi Shihab Nye, David Whyte, John O'Donohue, Pablo Neruda and Rumi are favorite poets. And music! From Angelique Kidjo and Amadeus Mozart to Diana Krall and Krishna Das...and a world in-between!




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  • v KIMJ01
    I wrote to Kathy and asked if she wanted help. I didnt realize she wasn't on facebook at all, and four days later, I became coadminustrator. If she comes back and wants me to leave, i2will be happy to do that. Meanwhile, I can do some basic housekeep
    2 days ago
  • v MORTICIAADDAMS
    I love my home and feel safe here.
    3 days ago
  • v WATERMELLEN
    Thank you for the music suggestions!! You'll keep me listening happily all week!!!

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    10 days ago
  • v PHOENIX1949
    emoticon Very familiar with "Don't Worry, Be Happy" but didn't know artist.

    I had the privilege of seeing Chick Corea perform in person in a small venue at the Univ. of Texas in the 1973-1974 time-frame.

    Enjoyed all three of these links. Thank you.
    10 days ago
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    Ready for a challenge this Summer? The BL Challenge is there for you! We have ten teams that compete with each other in Fitness and Nutrition Challenges designed your promote positive lifestyle changes, and of course weight loss. There are different challenges each week for the duration of the challenge. Support and encouragement are a important aspect of the smaller individual teams. The larger team also gives you a chance to congratulate and get to know members from other teams. After all we are all in this together and together we are stronger. emoticon To join the challenge you can click on my username and then either click on the Blue Biggest Loser Icon, or leave me a message, or use this URL https://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups
    _individual.asp?gid=25339 or use the search and search for “Biggest Loser Spring Challenge ALL Teams”. Once there join and add your name to the waitlist that is one the thread below the Spring into Fitness ~ Chit Chat thread.

    Teresa,
    BL Challenge Admin

    18 days ago
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