Friday, January 18, 2013
Yes, I'm very sad to say the least. This past week has been nothing but a roller coaster ride. I come close to tears as I write this, once again!
I belong to a team called "Sugar and Food Addiction" Our leader was Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht. I came upon one of her blog by pure coincidence a long time ago, BUT I know that it wasn't coincidence..it was meant to be. It was in the plans for me to learn and grow from this wonderful person. On this team, we also worked with our thoughts & our emotions....we all know that it's very important to have a healthy balance ..not just in body but in mind and spirit as well.
I woke up one morning this past week to a Spark Message from Coach Jen. Spark People had terminated Eliz's membership from this website... The following explanation was given to us. "We don't allow advertising, and it's also very dangerous for anyone to be providing counseling on our site unless they are part of our staff and that she had received repeated warnings on these issues."
I have been with this team since July 4, 2012 and I have never seen Elizabeth promote her work, her books or give professional counseling. She talked about her own life's experiences as we talked about ours. We all commented on each other's posts with the idea that our insights might help someone else in the process. Yes, we looked up to our GREAT Leader..that she was...we asked questions, she shared honestly. As a leader wanting to help her flock, she made many forums for us to participate in... Sometimes she gave us free MP3s to help us along our journey. She did nothing wrong. She could no longer do this (and she stopped)... I've been on other teams that has also gave links to free books or downloads...promoting other websites. I know cause I used them so why was Elizabeth the target to get eliminated from Spark People? Or was it just because she was such a highly professional person????
I understand that SP, like any other websites, need rules and regulations but were any rules really broken here????
This was very devastating for me, loosing such a great team leader. She is no longer a member of Spark People but to the MANY members who followed her blogs and learned from her, you can always find her at the following websites:
Thanks to all my friends who sent me goodies and showed such caring support...I felt like I lost a member of my family..you are all so understanding and thoughtful.
Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Hi my dear Spark Friends:
Yes, I'm finally back home after another long week of over eating and gaining more weight again. But I'm so HAPPY to report that I've just logged-in my breakfast and I'm really EXICTED about getting back to healthy eating, exercising and having a balance in my life in body, mind and spirit.
My problem right now this morning is that I want to do everything NOW...read my books, catch up with you guys, unpack, exercise, grocery shopping..etc.etc..my list is long but I need to take one step at the time and not get too overhelmed...what I get done today is good and what I don't, can wait till tomorrow.
But I did get to read the following from my book "If Life is a Game, These are the Rules" by Cheir Carter-Scott, Ph. D.
Six basic steps to executing any change in your life.
1. Awareness -- becoming conscious of the pattern or issue
2. Acknowledgment -- admiting that you need to release the pattern
3. Choice -- actively selecting to release the pattern
4. Strategy -- creating a realistic plan
5. Commitment -- taking action, aided by external accountability
6. Celebration -- rewarding yourself for succeeding
No lasting change can be made, nor any pattern released permanently, without going through each of these steps. In order to facilitate your process of change, you will need to learn the lessons of Awareness, Willingness, Causality and Patience. Once you master these, you will most likely find the challenge of identifying and relasing your patterns far less intimidating.
WELL....this really hit me this morning and it was just what I needed. Tomorrow morning I will be reading on AWARENESS.
So, gotta go dear friends...more to do on my list :)
Have a fantastic day!
Love & Light
Friday, June 15, 2012
"Your body is your vehicle for life. As long as you are here, live in it. Love, honor, respect and cherish it, treat it well, and it will serve you in kind."
by Suzy Prudden author of "If Life is a Game, These are the Rules"
Wishing everyone a great weekend!
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Dear Spark Friends
I would like to start wishing everyone a great weekend coming up and to let all my friends know that you're always in my thoughts and my heart even-though my time is so limited on Spark People.
This post is more of a journal for myself this morning. Every year, I do so well on our winter holiday, 6 months of healthy eating, exercising and feeling great about myself. Then I come home in the spring and every year I treat my body with disrespect by over feeding it with junk, sugar, fat and all the food that I know will add up 8 lbs or more of fat and jeopardize my health. I work at loosing it during the summer (if I can) only to put it back on in the fall before leaving for our winter holiday again. The reason for this is I have no self control on my eating habits during all my visits to family & friends. I overeat as if I will never see food again, I load up on deserts, chocolates..any food containing sugar (which of course I know that it's an addiction) So bottom line is that, I'm a YoYo which I've been all my life...but WHY? I hate myself for doing this to my body. WHY do I loose all self control when I know that I'm such a determined, intelligent, well informed person health-wise.
My numbers from my physical was excellent, the Dr was very happy with my health and said that I only have 2% chance of ever developing heart disease. But what he doesn't know is that I'm a YoYo which is very bad for my health.
Through a great friend on Spark People, I'm hoping to tackle this issue and understand the problem behind it. If anyone else has any good books or website links, please feel free to send it to me.
On the good side of my well being spiritually, I finished my book "A New Earth" by Eckhart Tolle and it was fantastic. I'm starting a new one called "The Dark Side of the Light Chasers" by Debbie Ford and I'm very excited about learning from this one. I truly believe that books do call me at the proper time when I need to learn for my journey on this earth.
I still love doing my meditation in the morning, my prayers, my grounding and then a little bit of reading and journaling in my book gives me a great sense of peace to start my day.
Ok...this has been long enough, I feel great having journaled on this and posting it to all my friends who never gives up on me. I do feel guilty for not being there for all of you though.
I love you all
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Dear Spark Friends
I want to express my thanks and love to all of you who sent me goodies, visited my page or leave me comments on my feed. You are all so wonderful and I love you. The beautiful complements that I received is starting to swell my head..hee..hee...You guys never give up on me eventhough I hardly have time to posts or keep track of you. You are always in my thoughts and my heart.
As you all know, we arrived from Thailand last month. Spent the month getting settled into our new place that we rented by the lake for the summer. It's an old cottage but we love it and it's new to us :)
We're on the road again...we left to go visit our son and family, grandkids and friends for the next 2 weeks. Tonight our 20 year old grandaughter has invited us for dinner. Tomorrow we're leaving further up North to pick up my Mother-In-Law and take her on a small trip. She's 84 and we don't see her all winter so it's important to spend quality time with her. We will also take her to our cottage to show her where we live now and then drive her back home in a week.
I have not been eating very healthy or exercising. I'm gaining a lot of belly fat and my stomach is suffering due to it. I have not been treating my body the way it should be treated. I'm very disappointed in myself once again. I do this every year and I just don't seem to learn my lesson :( I know that when I get home, I will get back at eating healthier but still...why can't I learn to do it all the time. I don't need to eat all the desert that they feed me...I don't need to eat more than I should. I just can't seem to drill that into my head. I think it's still an addiction to food that I have. Needless to say that I don't exercise either. Ok...I've made all my confessions now, I've been negative enough for the day and I have to pick up my feet and start again. I CAN DO IT!
Many of you are asking me how my foot is. For those who don't know, my husband dropped a 25 lb dumbell on my foot last week. I thought it was broken, didn't go for Xrays but I think it's only badly bruised cause it swells up when I stand too long and after 1/2 hour walk the other day, it was extremely sore and I could hardly walk on it anymore. I guess it will take time, but I have to be grateful that it was not broken. I do not want anymore broken bones at my age.
So, that's about all that's going on with me. I'm always with you in thoughts & spirit as well.
Lots of hugs & love
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