Thursday, July 14, 2011
A few weeks back I finally set the stake in the ground and signed up for this study. Today a whole sheaf of questionnaires showed up in my mailbox. I spent most of this evening filling them out. In order to do so, I had to drag out all the calendars on which I had recorded weights... and for that matter, back into my Weight Commander software. I suppose it might be a bit of a statement about my obsession with the scale that I have nearly 20 years of records!
However, I found out how faulty my memory is, in the process. I had thought that I was back up to my highest weight in 2005. I discovered when I really looked it up, that it was in 2001. Mostly I hung out between ten and twenty pounds under that, even in my heavy phases. That "top" number didn't stay long, either of the two times I reached it... because it was really, really unhealthy and my survival instincts would NOT allow me to stay there!
When you are out of breath from walking five steps to answer the telephone, it's time to *do something*! When you hurt all the time, it's time to *do something*! I never want to go back there again. And that is part of my putting the stake in the ground of joining this study of those who are maintaining weight loss, long-term.
And tomorrow I will fill out the final study questionnaire and send it back.
Life's good... Spark on!
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
There is an old church joke about favorite Bible verses, which is the source of today's title. Those of you who grew up or have been exposed to the old King James (Revised Standard) edition might remember it. When asked what his favorite verse was, the old man replied "It came to pass". This is a phrase used often in that version, and for those of you who aren't Shakespearean fans or never had it preached, the phrase simply indicates something on the order of "once upon a time", or, "here's what happened".
In any case, the whole idea behind this phrase being the favorite is that whatever is going on in life, "it came to pass"... or rather, life will go on, and this episode of discouragement, or sorrow, or difficulty will pass, just as time does.
What took me down this path this week is work. I went in Monday morning, found several things going not so great, and left Monday night to keep my dinner date with brother and son... knowing that it hadn't passed yet and feeling somewhat stressed, as it was still ongoing. By noon yesterday, there was a plan in place and steps being taken to deal with the interim until that plan can be completed.
It came. It is passing. It will pass. This was a relatively small thing by comparison to major life disruptions, yet even those are something that arise, get emoted over, and life goes on. It came to pass, whatever it is.
When feeling a little discouraged or a little like a back-slider... this too shall pass. When that plateau in fitness, weight management, or motivation hits... this too shall pass. Knowing this makes it easier to come back to center, and live life in balance.
Life's good. Spark on.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing -- that's why we recommend it daily." - Zig Ziglar
The first time I read this, I laughed out loud. It is so true. I blog because of the need in me for that daily motivation. I may miss a day here and there, but for the most part, I'm here writing my daily pep talk to myself. Those who follow regularly know I'm all over the map in what I say, too... from the alphabet blogs to the silly stories to life events and philosophy. But the bottom line is that I'm here on Spark for a few minutes (OK, maybe for more than a few) remembering WHY I DO THIS!
Because I like being fit. Because I love that my knees, my back, my feet don't hurt any more. That I can trot up the stairs at work without being out of breath at the top. Because I can even *consider* walking home from work or to the grocery store. Because my body handles the summer heat so much better. Because I like me better when I'm not exhausted all the time. I like having the freedom to make other choices!
That freedom comes from having made it a priority. Whatever it takes to keep you going and making choices to live the life you envision for yourself... may it be yours in abundance today. The motivation to live well can come from many sources. Grab a portion for today.
Monday, July 11, 2011
Now I've done it. Unleashed my brother on the SparkVerse. I've warned him to pace himself... like me, he can be sucked into online things and get burnt to a crisp. Spark is such a rich environment, one has to carefully manage the time we spend here. Each of us finds what works for us as individuals, because the point isn't JUST to be an online community, it is to think through what we want and go get it!
So... that said, my own two bits when starting out is "start with the basics": the food tracker and the fitness tracker. Add other things judiciously as time goes on and you find them helpful. Avoid getting caught up in the video-game-like aspect of Spark Points accumulation! This is NOT a competition where she/he who has the most points wins. It's just another little mind game that helps some of us stay motivated. They will happen quite naturally as you find articles you WANT to read, and as you use the trackers.
For me the key is not knowledge, it is motivation. Day after day, week after week, month after month... for me, the community support is what helps me remember that this is a priority for me. That I want to live healthy and why. I still find useful and new information. But staying motivated helps keep me looking for it!
Happy Sparking, dear brother... and look out Spark friends... whatever self-deprecating thing he might post, MOBYCARP is a force to be reckoned with!
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Chatting with my brother over breakfast... I cooked us a nice, healthy veggie omelet, and the topic of how good it is to see one another is never far away. He gets out here (1100 mile distance) only every couple of years. His comment was that each time he comes and stays with a sister (often the other sister in the photo on the front, this is a first staying with me)... he observes us living and incorporating healthy habits into our lifestyles. Then he goes home and does a little bit better.
How like Sparking! We learn from one another and incorporate changes into our own lives as we can, a little at a time. From him I learned some financial management things. From sister #1 (front page), I learned the "one thing" principle a couple years ago, but have only started really using it recently. On those occasions when we *do* get together, it is usually a sharing of the things that are working in our lives at the moment. Then anyone who has a need can pick up the positive and run with it in their own life.
One of our younger sisters got a new job recently, and we shared stories of strategies that worked in landing it (sage advice for anyone who is in a similar position). We shared our confidence and encouragement in her ability to get up that steep learning curve she's now facing.
Last night we all drove up to the Mellerdramas together, and we got, ta-da, a five sibling photo op. Our youngest sister's hubby kindly took the shot for us:
And we talked a nice stranger into taking a shot with some added offspring and spouses:
We've got him for today and tomorrow, then he's headed back. Tomorrow is a work day for me. So much of this is attitude, but I like to think that Mom and Dad are in heaven smiling. This is what makes me feel slightly sad that I have only one child.
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