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Connecting to my Healthy Me

Monday, January 30, 2012

Instead of making New Year's Resolutions this year, I chose a word to work with, live with, explore and discover during 2012. The word I chose, or maybe that chose me, is connect.

Definition of connect:
1. to join, link, or fasten together; unite or bind
2. to establish communication between
3. to cause to be associated, as in a personal or business relationship
4. to associate mentally or emotionally

I suffer from disconnection in many parts of my life. I see the disconnection and compartmentalizing right there in the phrase "many parts of my life." Shouldn't it just be "my life?" There are so many things I would like to do, projects that I start but then allow to fall away because they take time, effort, and energy. And for whatever reason, that scares me. Writing... painting... dancing... designing... my passions that would require me to put myself out there. Fear disconnects me from these passions. Perhaps because it feels safer to sit on the sidelines and watch, I have disconnected myself from my own desires.

Losing weight and becoming healthier also takes a lot of personal commitment and energy. My unhealthy self keeps me disconnected from my health. In order to control my eating I have to connect to why I overeat or why I choose the foods I do. In order to exercise, I have to connect to my body, to feel the physical sensations and signals it sends me. Those things feel overwhelming to me.

So this year I am on a journey to connect. I want to connect with my emotions and my body. I want to get off the sidelines and connect with my passions. I want to unite my spiritual and physical selves into one whole, uncompartmentalized, healthy Me.

To do that, I joyously embark on this journey, knowing that this is but one path to explore and enjoy in my life. I know that in the journeying, I will connect.

My stepping stones this week will be:

Physically - drink 64 ounces each day
Spiritually - internalize the connection with water

Physically - exercise 10 minutes a day
Spiritually - internalize the connection with my muscles

Mentally - write down one thing to be grateful and joyful for every day
Spiritually - internalize the connection with the feeling of joy that comes from acknowledging the good things in my life

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    This is a beautiful blog. emoticon
    2979 days ago
    A really great blog, Lisa! A lot of it hit home with me--especially the fears you spoke of...definitely something to explore. Blessings to you on your journey! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2990 days ago
    emoticon Yay You, Lisa!! I love the whole tone of your blog--the introspection, the whole "maybe there's a different or better way to approach this" attitude, and the depth of your searching. From all the comments, I can see you have really struck a chord with other Sparkers.

    I wish you all the emoticon as your journey unfolds. Please keep us apprised of the lessons and joys you uncover along the way!

    Blessed Be, Amanda emoticon
    2991 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    Great goals and word to work on. Loved the blog. Connect... something I need to work on too.
    2991 days ago
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    In her book A Course In Weight Loss, Marianne Williamson says that we are made up of many facets and personalities. The challenge is to discover, reconcile and balance all those personalities and their nuances.

    Looks like you are well on your way. Best of luck.

    Be blessed today.
    2991 days ago
    Here's to connecting! emoticon
    2991 days ago
    I never set a resolution in Jan. because I have never followed through on one. I don't know why, unless it's the feeling of "have to" instead of "want to". So I understand where you are coming from and I think it is a healthy choice you have made.

    Have a beautiful journey Lisa.

    2991 days ago
    Great blog! I love the idea of choosing a word to explore during the year. I'll have to keep this in mind. Good luck!
    2992 days ago
    Love the blog and idea of a word for the year! I'm so into themes rather than list and goals. Excellent and love the 10 minute exercise ;) Have you ever seen the book "The Hidden Messages of Water" - it's amazing pictures of water crystals after they have been treated with various messages - LOVE and GRATITUDE being the most beautiful crystals even if the water was toxic to begin with. Love the idea of connecting with the water. All the best...
    2992 days ago
    This is so well written.
    Personal insight is growth.
    Good luck with this great plan you have outlined for yourself.
    One day at a time will get you where you want to go.

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  • _KATHY
    I Think this might be very important for me to do as well. Great blog
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  • SPEEDY143
    Oh, I totally get that. Haven't heard it expressed that way so thanks for connecting the dots for me. Makes total sense... I use to numb myself with food to block out any connection with the past that I didn't want to deal with. I did it for so long that I wasn't sure what I was afraid of finding out about myself. Come to realize it had become a habit and there wasn't really any thing I couldn't come to terms with so I stopped stuffing my face and started facing my stuff. emoticon Joining SP was the best gift I have ever given myself. The very best of every thing to you Lisa as you connect with yourself in 2012 emoticon I think you'll find that YOU are well worth loving unconditionally emoticon

    emoticon Linda
    2992 days ago
    Reconnect with me! Oh, wait, all the texting today was sort of reconnecting. LOL Love you!
    2992 days ago
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    emoticon you have really made me think about things in a different life such as what I want to accomplish for myself this year.
    2992 days ago
  • TERRIJ_1
    Wow that's a really interesting take on connecting with yourself.
    Thanks for sharing it with us.
    2992 days ago
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