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.
Monday, June 10, 2013
I found Spark in 2007 as the result of health issues. A sedentary lifestyle, poor eating habits, and self-imposed isolation was destroying me. However, there remained a tiny piece of myself that wanted more. I did not like the future which lay ahead. I had no idea where the road would take me, but as I took that first step I knew it would only get better.
Admittedly, I was not very accountable in the beginning. It was mainly the recipes, and nutrition tracker I would use. A bit later I began to read more of the articles. I do not remember when I made my first post. However, I know it was at least three years before I began to interact on the site. This was a tremendous step for me, and I have been blessed to "meet" so many wonderful
and caring individuals. The courage and strength of each inspired, and continues to inspire me in so many ways. This is why I always try to encourage new members to interact as soon as possible.
With the help of Spark and my friends, my initial faltering steps became steadier. A few years later I was stronger and healthier than I had ever been. My life changed dramatically for the better. There are no words to express the gratitude I feel.
Throughout this time, the majority of my focus was on regaining and maintaining my health, and ultimately the quality of my life. Meal planning, cooking, exercise, and Sparking. It has been a road of twists and turns. Spark was there through it all.
I have learned many things, and have made many changes. One of the things I have learned is that it is necessary to re-evaluate your routines and determine whether or not they are working. Recently, as I was once again admonishing myself that I am not "Sparking" as much as I should, I am neglecting my friends (who are never forgotten and mean so much), I realized it was time once again to take inventory.
I believe that the intent is not to create stress, but to help ease the journey and stress of our challenges through encouragement, support, and education. I began to gradually open my eyes to what was nagging me. I, had, at some point, become overly invested. What a realization! For me, it is time to change the direction as I continue down the road.
Taking the principles I am learning and using them make it necessary to alter the manner in which I use my time. New avenues are opening and exciting things lie ahead. However, this means some things will need to change, and one is not to allow my spark to go out, but to carry it with me as I continue my journey. This may mean loosening my grip, but I will not be letting go.
Monday, March 04, 2013
After reading the coaching session I was once again reminded of the inter-relationship of how our thinking affects our behaviors and emotional state. Writing a letter of encouragement to yourself as if you were a friend was suggested. I was struck by how often the things I tell myself
about myself are extremely negative. Not surprising, but it was an eyeopener. Learning to see the positive in myself is something which needs practice and a great deal of work.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Today[s challenge was one that I re-visit often. It is simple, basic, and should be something that is easy to do. Drinking more water. The benefits are well known. For some reason it has always been a difficult thing for me to do.
Many of the suggestions I have tried. The unfortunate thing is I still lack consistency.
However, there were some new ideas I think will be beneficial. The challenge is to carry a
water bottle with me, or stash supplies of water in visible places where I would see them as I do my regular activities.
By doing this along with the suggestions such as drinking with all meals, including a full glass when taking medications, and re-filling a glass to keep in hand during social occasions, I believe
I can get more water in.
I will take the challenge today knowing that sometimes when it is in sight, it is also on the mind.
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