SHARON10002 is a SparkPeople Motivator!
Just when things seem to be cruising along in our daily life, we encounter a challenge or obstacle that we hadn't bargained for. It can be something temporary or permanent, and how we respond to it can make all the difference in the quality of our life as we try to move forward out of this place.
"We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations." ~ Charles Swindoll
These are our lemons. We all have our own bunch of lemons. When you find yourself with a lemon or a bunch of them, it's your chance, and CHOICE, to find a way to add sweetness to the sourness that you're feeling, and make some lemonade.
If you've ever made lemonade, you know that it doesn't taste good if it's too sweet. Too much sugar makes a sickeningly sweet syrup that lacks that "refreshing zing of flavor" that you hoped for.
Good lemonade makes our taste buds POP! It's that very sourness that makes us not only pucker up, but utter "Aahhhh" when we reach the bottom of the glass, and sends us back for more.
We don't have a choice about how many lemons appear on our tree of life, but we do have the choice in the recipe for our lemonade.
Life is like sweet lemonade
You savor every taste
Live it to its fullest
Never a day should you waste.
Drink in all your surroundings
Fill yourself from within
Close your eyes and relish it all
Enjoy everything once again.
This is nourishment for your soul
It will quench your appetite
The hunger that grips your very core
Can also give you sheer delight.
Feed upon the bounty before you
Don't ever be afraid
Just venture out and take a sip
Because life is like sweet lemonade.
Author: Jodi Seidler
Spring 5% Challenge Goals
* I will track my food and water every day.
* I will track my exercise every day.
* I will concentrate my efforts on a combination of strength training and cardio to achieve my weight loss goal.
* I will strive to exercise every day, but will exercise no less than 5 days a week for a minimum of 30 minutes each day.
* I will aim to accumulate at least 800 Spark Fitness Points every month.
* I will follow the nutritional guidelines set forth by Spark People for me during this challenge.
* I will strive to stay within my Spark nutritional guidelines during this challenge.
* I will stay focused on my efforts to help me move forward to achieve my goals.
* I will strive to lose 12 pounds by the end of this challenge.
* I will eat between 1200-1600 calories/day
* I will try to burn 650 or more calories each week
I am doing 30 minutes of exercise at least 5 times per week.
I am focusing on the foods that I eat and how they fit into my nutritional guidelines for the day.
I am also drinking my water, and logging it every day.
I will resume strength training at least 2 times per week.
I am a certified Ai Chi Trainer, and love the water. It is a very giving, healing thing.
Ai Chi, like life, is all about balance - mind, body, and spirit.
Secrets of Success
Take time to feel your emotions, don't use food to feed them! Find non-edible ways of coping with stress, negative thinking, powerful feelings and overwhelming issues without relying on food.
22 hours ago
Thanks for taking time from your busy day to share some support and encouragement with a message on my page! I appreciate it so much!
23 hours ago
Most of us try to avoid hills, but what's so good about flat?
Think about it..flat tires, flat hair, flat returns, and -the ultimate-flat-lining.
Life happens on the hills. They're opportunities to prove yourself that
you're stronger than you ever imagined. If you never attempt the climb,
you will never know the the thrill of swooshing down the other side.
Have a Fabulous, Fantastic, Friday!
1 day ago
Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. ~ Newt Gingrich
1 day ago
Count Your Blessings
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
1 day ago