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Me Time

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

My sister has challenged me to 10 minutes of "me time" each day this week. Self-care really is so important...especially at this time of year when STRESS is everywhere.

So...on Monday I spent some time (more than 10 minutes because I am not tech-savvy, at all!) putting an audio book on my ipod.

Tuesday I walked for 50 minutes in a mall, enjoying the Christmas lights and decorations and listening to the audio book.

Wednesday, I realized at 1:15 that it was 1:15...I hadn't eaten lunch...I didn't bring anything for lunch...and I had a meeting at 2:30. So I dashed out and had a great lunch of salad and veggie slice of pizza. I would have been easy to just work through 'til the end of the day and then eaten like a crazy person when I got home. But I'm trying to eat something (healthy) every 3-4 hours.

Thursday I walked a new route...down to Kaufmann Gardens, along Brush Creek. I got extra "steps" in hopping and skipping over the goose poop. The time ALONE in the middle of a busy day is good for me.

Friday "me time" is just these few minutes to go on sparkpeople. I have worked a long, demanding day. I'm tired. It's good to read some POSTIVE messages. We'll see what tomorrow's weigh in is.

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HIKING-4-ME 12/11/2014 7:32AM

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SUNSET09 12/10/2014 11:29PM

  Good for you to accept the challenge and follow thought. Great for your sister to offer the challenge to you as she recognized that you needed a break emoticon and emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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A Christmas Story

Monday, December 08, 2014

I went to my first holiday party this evening -- our neighborhood association. The gathering was 5-8 and I knew there would be food, but I ate a wholewheat pita and 2 tablespoons of red pepper hummus (I MEASURED!) and a clementine "cutie" before I went. I scoped out all the goodies and made careful selections and put a small turkey sandwich on my SMALL plate and two pieces of homemade fudge. And I thought ENOUGH. But know...we're talking...and everyone is standing in the kitchen...and the food is all there. And I thought, "what the hey -- maybe another piece of fudge...or two." And just then, a woman pulled out her new I-Phone6+ and started taking pictures and started showing them around. And I saw myself and I thought, ENOUGH. I don't want to be any bigger than I am. I ate several cucumber slices off the veggie tray. And it was ENOUGH. I'm going to bed tonight feeling better about myself than I have the past few weeks. Now, if only I would have gotten a walk in today... Maybe tomorrow I can both eat right AND exercise.

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MLH148 12/10/2014 8:05AM

    Great and inspiring!

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TERI-RIFIC 12/9/2014 8:25AM

    Serendipity. You go! It was a good idea to eat before. That always helps me.

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GINGKO711 12/9/2014 12:25AM

    You turned that situation right around.

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2DAWN4 12/9/2014 12:05AM

    Way to go! You've got this!

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1HOTFUDGEMAMA 12/9/2014 12:05AM

  Those party situations are so hard to survive! All that food! Be proud of yourself!

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ZRIE014 12/9/2014 12:04AM

  have a nice day

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December Sister Challenge

Monday, December 01, 2014

My sister MLH148 has challenged me to 1500 fitness minutes for the month of December (and a weekly LTGL challenge).

God knows I need the motivation and accountability. In the past two years I lost almost 60 pounds, only to gain 20 back. ACKKK!!!

I remember reading somewhere that obesity is a chronic health problem and that the only successful treatment is LIFESTYLE. So...I need to recommit to the spark lifestyle.

Here's to December!

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NHES220 12/2/2014 1:54PM

    Well, here's to the sister challenge! Good luck to you both in hitting the challenge goal! Or maybe exceeding it??

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 12/2/2014 9:51AM

    Definitely a lifestyle change. Changing your eating habits, changing your exercise habits, changing how you view your life after you make all those changes. Good luck to you. emoticon

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The Walk I DidNOT Take

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I took a walk today up to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. It was a beautiful fall day, cold enough that I needed my coat, gloves and scarf, but not too cold and no snow or ice underfoot. And the sky was blue. I walked up to the museum to walk the labyrinth, a fairly new installation on the grounds. A labyrinth is a "unicursal maze" -- which means there is only one path. One path into the center and the same path out. They are found all over the world, in every culture and faith, since ancient times. They hold this powerful spiritual message that one needs to just keep putting one foot in front of the other. Just keep going forward. One can NOT get lost. There is no wrong way to turn. Some labyrinths are marble mosaics on cathedral floors. Other's are created by hedges or stones on church properities. But the Nelson's labyrinth is all transparent glass. And walking through it is VERY disorienting. I entered the labyrinth...took a turn...took another turn and bumped into a glass wall...turned the other way...and felt completely overwhelmed. And dizzy. I'd only gone about ten feet! I slowly made my way out of the labyrinth. It's a cool idea. I applaud the artist. But it's not for me. I'll just keep walking in the real world.

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MLH148 11/27/2014 9:07AM

    Sorry about the disorientation- but enjoy this:
Chartres houses the only medieval labyrinth (installed in 1200 AD) with a center represented by a six-petal rose (please view the brief video accompanying this article which shows the details of the Chartres labyrinth). Sources indicate that this particular labyrinth was used as a metaphorical pilgrimage to the Holy Land during the years of the Crusades and as a tool during prayer while walking the path of its eleven circuits. McGowan views this labyrinth as a perfect correlate to the seven lessons contained in The Lord’s Prayer. She further suggests that the rose, which comprises the center of Chartres’ labyrinth, serves as a symbol for the perfect spiritual practice of prayer left to us by Jesus.

What are the seven lessons in The Lord’s Prayer and how does the six-petal rose of Chartres’ labyrinth correlate with them? Each petal (starting left and moving clockwise) represents a different basic teaching found in the prayer. According to McGowan, these lessons must be taken in order as they build on each other. The center of the rose represents the core lesson of love. Love, in contrast to the other six lessons, must be present throughout both the learning and practice of all the lessons. McGowan offers meditations and activities for each petal.

Petal one represents the lesson of faith (“Our father in heaven, may your name be hallowed”). It is necessary to first contemplate your image of who and what God is in your life, as well as establishing a strong connection to the Creator. The remainder of this lesson involves understanding and accepting your part in the Creator’s master plan. Why are you here? What is the meaning of your life? Evaluating what you are good at and what you love to do are clues to navigating this lesson.

Petal two represents the lesson of surrender (“May your kingdom come, May your will be done”). Praying these words involves making a commitment to make the world a better place. There are two steps to this lesson: (1) surrendering to the divine will (which is the most difficult aspect), and (2) turning one’s worries and fears over to God.

Petal three represents the lesson of service (“As in heaven, so upon earth”). McGowan claims that since human beings created the evils of the world, it is our responsibility to correct them with God’s help. It is through service, which includes prayer, that global transformation (or creating heaven on earth) is achieved. Service, however, must be motivated by love. Saint Teresa of Avila expresses this most beautifully: “Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth, but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks with compassion on this world” (The Source of Miracles: 7 Steps to Transforming Your Life Through The Lord’s Prayer, p. 102).

Petal four represents the lesson of abundance (“Give us today our sufficient bread”). This lesson involves understanding that what you need and ask for will always be provided when you fulfill your spiritual promises and keep your service commitments. McGowan suggests that the cycle of abundance has five stages: (1) gratitude – giving thanks for all one has been given before; (2) clarity – being clear on what you want and why you want it, and being careful not to be too specific as it can limit the potential for God’s response; (3) commitment – sharing your abundance and fulfilling your service commitments; (4) trust – trusting that God has the best things ready for you if you surrender to the divine plan; and (5) gratitude – giving thanks for God’s answers to your requests while they are in process.

Petal five represents the lesson of forgiveness (“Forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors”). Being unwilling to forgive others constricts you and pulls you inward, while being willing to forgive others provides the opportunity to expand and open the channels of abundance in your life.

Petal six represents the lesson of overcoming obstacles (“And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from evil”). McGowan defines “evil” as the failing of our own nature which keeps us from accomplishing our divine mission. Sin is defined as a self-imposed limitation that causes us to stray from our path of service and from remembering that we are one with God through love and forgiveness. In fact, the seven deadly sins are identified as patterns of thought that stand in opposition to love.

Finally, the center of the rose represents love. McGowan identifies six expressions of love that should be expressed in all aspects of our daily lives. They include: (1) agape (spiritual love); (2) phila (brotherly love); (3) charis (the grace and kindness most evident in forgiveness); (4) eunioa (compassion and commitment to service in the community); (5) storge (the tender, caring, empathic love of children); and (6) eros (romantic love and sexual love when it is considered sacred).

McGowan’s conceptualization of the labyrinth’s central six-petal rose certainly makes it easy to remember the lessons associated with The Lord’s Prayer. She has also created a concrete visual aid leading to greater focus and understanding of the words we utter generally with little thought behind them. For those who read her inspiring book, McGowan has made it impossible to repeat The Lord’s Prayer as a mindless experience ever again.

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DJ4HEALTH 11/26/2014 10:52PM

    Just looking at it makes me dizzy!! emoticon

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 11/26/2014 6:30PM

    That's a pity. Walking a labyrinth is a calming time. Very soul searching because it is just you and the walk thru the labyrinth. Maybe next time.

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NHES220 11/26/2014 12:18PM

    I hear ya! I don't know that I would do well with that either. I'll stick to the real world too!

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

I ended the Fall 5% Challenge right where I started it -- at 209 pounds. This is where I have been (with all sorts of ups and downs) since Fall 2013. Down 45 pounds from my start on sparkpeople, but still a longgg way from where I want to be.

I KNOW there are things I need to do (and not do!) to get the scale moving.

So -- it begins (again) today.

I took a long walk in the snow today. That felt good.

I ate some roasted vegetables for a snack. That tasted good.

I'm going to bed at a decent hour.

And I'll be back sparking tomorrow.

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 11/16/2014 2:15PM

    You and me both. I've been stalled for months now. Not sure what else to change up but I'm with you, I know I need to. Good luck.

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HIKING-4-ME 11/16/2014 12:00PM

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VEG954 11/15/2014 11:13PM

  Love your attitude!
Keep up the good work.

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