Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Once a week, I Skype with a friend from Japan. She had heard me mention Costco, so when a friend from her rural community visited one while in the city, she was curious to see what he brought home. She said, "He served a tasty muffin!"
Me: "~A~ muffin? As in one?"
Her reply: "Well, there were only 8 of us."
I am not kidding. And I am not exagerating.
Time to rethink portion sizes!
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
I remember when we met: it was love at first sweet bite.
With you I felt I could go on, that things would be alright.
And so it went, down thru the years, you were my secret friend.
Iíd turn to you when troubled; my broken heart youíd mend.
So here we are, dear friend of mine; nigh 30 years have passed.
But I am not too sad to say this moment is our last.
Iíve learned youíll never leave me Ė I have the hips to prove it.
But Iíve made up my mind to say goodbye; please donít confuse it.
This is not another whim Ė itís time I must move on.
Iím ready to let go now; Iím learning I am strong.
Youíve been there through the hard times, but I have come to see
I no longer need you Ė and you never cared for me.
Some parting words for you, my friend, as I pen this final line:
Iím tired of using you for comfort, and without you Iíll be fine!
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Have you ever said to yourself, ďIíll start over tomorrow?Ē We all have. Tomorrow... Iíll start my new diet, Iíll get back to the gym, Iíll get it together. Well, Sparkers, you already know what I am about to say: Tomorrow is here.
I am a proficient procrastinator. And Iíve attempted so many do-overs that I feel over and done. So what makes this time any different? Itís not a new year, a new month, a new week; heck, itís not even a new day. Iíve been up for 3 hours, and already Iíve missed my breakfast and skipped going for a morning walk. Thereís nothing special about this moment, right? Wrong.
I am tired. Tired of waiting for the ideal time, for that opportunity to come knocking at my door. Itís time to take a long, hard and honest look at myself, and see WHY Iím waiting in the first place. What is keeping me from moving forward? What is stopping me from making that commitment to take care of myself?
No, today is not perfect. I have made mistakes, and will make more. But itís time to accept that waiting for the ideal moment will lead to just that Ė waiting. Itís time to wake up! The right time is here; it always has been. Iím awake now, and Iím not waiting any longer.
Get up! Get going! And keep getting better.
Monday, December 31, 2012
During a particularly difficult trial, a wise friend recently encouraged me: "For better or worse, it's all progress." Her admonition was not geared towards adopting a healthy lifestyle, but thinking today of my goals - and mistakes - I realized how profound her counsel was.
Since joining Spark, I've risen to (and crumbled before) many challenges. Like so many of us, today I find myself starting over - again. But am I really? When I made the decision to eat that fast food, to skip my workout, to leave off trying until tomorrow - did I somehow magically gain an extra day in this passing life of mine? No. I gave up yesterday, and gained nothing. (Nothing but an upset stomach and a troubled conscience.)
You see, she was right: for better or worse, it IS all progress. The key is, in what direction are we progressing? Each time we put off making healthy choices until tomorrow, we are taking one more step in the wrong direction. Life doesn't pause while we make bad decisions, and it doesn't wait for us to catch up once we're 'ready' to try again. We don't have unlimited opportunities to do the things that are needed to build a healthy body, mind and spirit. Each day is truly a gift - will we use it, or let it pass us by?
So, this is the decision I've made this moment: I will choose to progress in the right direction. I will take stock of where I'm at, create a plan that will get me where I want to go, and calmly, confidently, head in that direction. There will be no more starting over. The choices I make won't always be the best ones, but I will learn as I go, focussing on my destination. The road may not be straight, but the point is to keep moving forward.
My choice, my path, my progress... my success.
Best wishes to you!
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Ok, maybe not tomorrow, but it WILL happen. Since I've been Sparking for a little over a month now, you could say it's in the process of happening right now! Someday I'll be filling out stats like when I started SP, how many fitness minutes I've logged, and (gasp!) how much I weigh (only once I'm happy with myself will I let the scale put it's two bits in). And some beaten down woman like me will see my experience on the main SP page and think, "If she can do it, I can, too!"
And really, who wouldn't want to read an underdog story? Roughly 100 pounds to lose, a serious illness that I am battling while trying to totally overhaul my health, overcoming my dysfunctional relationship with food, and finding the me buried beneath years of pain and loss.
I am NOT alone in this. We all have a story to tell, hurdles we're climbing, the pain and hopelessness we've all felt before finding the amazing SparkPeople Community. I know you will be a SP Success Story, too! We will all look back on this journey with self-respect and the pride of accomplisment. We will post our before and after photos, and shout to the world `We did it!'
I am a SparkPeople Success Story in the making. Won't you join me?
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