Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Today, as I was attempting to follow the instructions on a workout video I realized that what I once was able to complete was now way beyond my current capabilities. Has it really been that long? To be honest yes it has. Injury and health issues provided the perfect excuse to take a break from a regular exercise routine. What was intended to be a short break, however, turned in to an extended period of time. It wasn't long before what I once enjoyed became something to be avoided/
Were there activities I could do, yes. Was I motivated to do them, obviously not. The result-I have definitely regressed. Even a short DVD has become too challenging. However, as I regain some motivation, I realize that all is not lost. By starting with the basics I can regain what has been lost. The process will be beneficial, but it is up to me to stick with the program.
Today, I have taken the first step. I know that it will be necessary to continue to take it one step at a time. If I fail to do this I will become overwhelmed and unwilling to stay the course.
For now, I know that for me it is definitely true that if you "don't use it you lose it".
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Time passes quickly. Things change. These are the truths with which we must all come to terms. To live is to die. Understanding and acceptance come easily for some. Others struggle, fight, or deny.There comes a moment in everyone's life when it occurs to them that nothing is what it was. Sometimes it is a sudden aha moment and at others the awareness is gradual. It is this awareness which precipitates what is commonly referred to as a mid-life crisis.
Every individual has a unique way of coming to terms with their mortality. Unusual behaviors and moods are common. This being said, it is now time to unravel the thoughts and emotions which have been upon me for quite some time.
Today was a difficult day. The Pastor of our church has been re-appointed. He and his wife have been a great blessing to the church as a whole, and I feel blessed to have known. They both provided for me what I needed at the right season. Although I will miss them dreadfully,
I remind myself that I can not be selfish. There may be another in need, as I was at their new location.
Depression has a hold on two of my friends. They are both struggling-going through the motions simply to get through another day. I have been in that dark place and it is painful to see. A close family friend is having a major surgery, and has a long rehabilitation ahead. A life time acquaintance had a stroke and is receiving hospice care.
I grew up in that church. the members of the congregation have been my teachers, scout leaders, and mentors. As I looked around this morning I realized how fragile they had become. My mother, who has always been my rock, admitted that she was getting tired. It is time for her to slow down. It is now time to step up and put into practice the many lessons learned from these very special individuals.
It is my hope that I can fulfill the expectations they hold. They have instilled within me some very valuable lessons. They serve as examples of what it means to be Disciples of Christ.
Friday, March 21, 2014
This morning when I logged in to Spark, I was surprised to find that I had failed to log in yesterday. I was actually disappointed that I had broken the streak I had begun when I returned after an extended absence. Well, I told myself, it was your birthday, and other activities replaced
the usual time spent at the computer. Once this was brought to my attention, I began to look a bit deeper. After all, what difference does missing a day really make? After some reflection the only honest answer I could find was that it depends. It depends entirely on me, and the next choice I make.
To my credit, I will say that I did fairly well (not perfect) following my plan. However, I do know that without some type of accountability I will continue to stray further away until the components of my plan are completely ignored. I have chosen Spark as a means of achieving that accountability. Yes, even if that means just logging in. I also know that I am a creature of habit. I have the freedom to choose which habits I will adopt. I am opting for better health, Improved well being and a good quality of life. This means that maintaining accountability will remain an important part of each day.
Excuses abound for not sticking to a routine. Will missing a day make a difference? In the long run it is certainly not something to beat myself up over. Damage control is possible, and all I need to do is to make the next choice in accordance with my plan. Even if it is something as simple as logging in to Spark, and keeping the Streak going.
Monday, March 17, 2014
Ideal what? Is there such a thing as an "ideal" weight? These are a few of the thoughts which occurred to me recently when I was asked what I would consider an ideal weight for me. Now, I do know that weight is relative, it differs from individual to individual, and that it is only one of the many components which contribute to our health. Images of my teenage years immediately passed before my eyes. Yes, I will admit, that in an ideal world the scale would once again read the same, (and effortlessly stay there) I would wear a size five, and tuck in all of my shirts. Reality, however, is that I am now older, my metabolism is slower, and I no longer wear a size five. Oddly enough, when I did, something told me I was still too heavy.
I begin to ponder the duality inherent within the concept of an "ideal" weight. It has both a subjective and an objective component. I react to the subjective component first with what may be an unrealistic expectation and distorted image of myself. This is, of course on an emotional level. Secondly, there is the bottom line. Reality. This is the reality. This is what is-and what it takes to remain in optimum health. Much has been written on the scientific and physiological details.
Time has altered my perspective. For me, my "ideal" weight is the weight which results in and maintains my health and quality of life.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
It is always easy to look at the negative side of things. Research has proven that those who look at life and its challenges with a positive attitude are more likely to have good outcomes-in all areas of their lives.
The Spark Coach challenge of the day was to find three positive things accomplished today. My immediate response was What? Three things-impossible! Then, as I continued to listen to the encouragement to find more, and then perhaps to make this a daily practice my own negative voices began to grow louder and louder. I decided, after a tiring day that I had had enough. I was going to try something different. Surely I could come up with three positive things I have accomplished. Nothing was said about them being monumental,
Here are a few things which came to me as I began to allow my focus to shift.
(1) I cleaned the bathroom, (2) unloaded and put away the dishes, (3) Disinfected the counter-tops, and (swept the floor in preparation for running the steam mop). Nothing grand, simple every day tasks.
However, the exercise made me realize that I had accomplished something. Perhaps I will work on making this a habit. Somehow the day looks a bit brighter as I recognize that fact that good things have occurred, and it is all too often that the small things are overlooked.
I see this so often in my attempts at weight loss. Often, there is no outward sign of progress.
However, a closer look often reveals forward movement. Looking at the positive steps I have taken, and the changes made will help provide me with the motivation I need to continue.
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