Weight loss support with a spiritual element. I will keep you posted on my journey in the hopes that you will join me in becoming the person God wants you to be. Don't worry about being religious. Come as you are.




Tuesday, May 31, 2011

An Award For Me!

Adorable Blog Award - thank you so much Need To Get Me Back. I guess I am more adorable than I thought. Anyway - I guess I need to tell 10 things about myself and nominate some other blogs.

1. I have a son in the Army who has been in Iraq twice. He is in Wisconsin now training soldiers.
2. The other son lives in Northern Indiana and does Computer Aided Drafting.
3. Neither son is married.
4. I love reading, quilting, flowers, gardening.
5.  I am conservative. Hopefully Obama will be a one-term president.
6.  My husband is a veteran of Viet Nam.
7.  My favorite colors are the earth tones.
8. I hate housework (I may have mentioned this before).
9. It pains me to see the state of the American family. It is going to be the downfall of the nation. Less than 5% of the population is homosexual and for this segment the liberals want to redefine marriage, parents, normal - I say No.
10. I believe life begins at conception. The same people who are all about the environment and animal rights would make abortion a form of birth control, as if it already isn't. Babies can't choose their parents. The parents are the irresponsible ones and the baby has to die for it? How sad for us.

I will nominate the blogs in a different post. My husband is hollering for me to go outside and pick strawberries.

What's Wrong?

I apologize for the appearance of my text earlier. I think I got it fixed.

Are We Impulsive?

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. -- Vincent Van Gogh

Won't it be great when we reach our goal weight? What series of small things are you bringing together for your own great-ness? These are things to be done for the rest of our lives because we want to keep the weight off, don't we? DON'T WE????

Here are some things that I can think of off the top of my head -

Drinking 8 glasses of water a day - I think some people get a little carried away with the water thing - let's stay realistic - if we want to drink more - great but let's not set the bar too high on a daily basis.

Exercise 3 times a week - if you are like me, if I start missing or overeating - I quit ALL the good stuff - I overeat completely; I don't exercise at all - if we want to exercise more - great - but let's get the minimum in on a weekly basis - and let's define exercise - it is movement - a long walk, a bicycle ride, some hiking. Find a friend; this really helps. I have a friend that goes to step aerobics with me-there have been mornings I wouldn't have gone had she not been waiting on me to pick her up - start a walking group at the high school track -
it's hard to keep up the count of laps correctly - pick up four rocks at the outset and throw one down each time around - all of you will have walked a mile and the talking is bound to work off some extra calories.

A good start to lasting weight loss is the 8 glasses of water a day and exercising 3 - 5 times a week. Wear a pedometer and make the goal 10,000 steps per day. My mom has always kept a healthy weight - she doesn't eat after 6 p.m. This is a behavioral change as is only eating at the table that will work for us all. Notice
we haven't talked about an eating plan? Will one be necessary if we do these other things? Changing what we eat will work. Don't have potatoes for supper, have two vegetables rather than one. There are great sugar free products for desserts.

Janice Taylor says when you want to binge - go ahead - on vegetables, she said she turned herself orange once eating so many carrots. I am reading this book now. I recommend it. Did you read the post from a couple of days ago on Emotional Eating? It has to be read a few times to really get what it means.

The night eating - please read The Night Lie from March if you haven't already - OK - my night time snack is almonds - raw, whole - that's all. I often have my cup of senna blend tea at that time. If you have trouble with constipation, this is great. Senna tea is quite the laxative so be careful. I have a coffee press that holds about 4 cups - I put one senna tea bag (the digestion blends have it in them- one is called smooth move :-) - I also add a green tea bag, and a spiced chai or some other flavor I like - I brew this and will get about 3 mugs so I have three days of tea - I add stevia and a little creamer and it is really good. One mug a day and no worries!
 
REMEMBER - prayer changes things. It will change you. 
 
I just had a call from a Charity asking me to donate some of my clothes to the starving people throughout the world.
 
I told them to kiss my %##.
  Anybody who fits into my clothes ain't starving. 

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

My sister has some good thoughts at her blog today - Memorial Day.

***"If we become a people who are willing to give up our money and our freedom in exchange for rhetoric and promises, then nothing can save us." -- Thomas Sowell

There have been two people willing to die for us - the American Soldier and our Savior Jesus Christ.

Ignor-amus

"Facts do not cease to exist because
they are ignored.."

Aldous Huxley

http://www.newsmaxhealth.com/headline_health/Surprising_Weight_Gain/2011/05/24/390335.html

 What facts have you ignored? Why and for how long?

Changing the way we approach weight loss can help us be more successful at losing it. Most people who try to lose weight focus on one thing:  weight loss. However if we set goals, begin to eat healthy foods, become more physically active, and learn how to change behaviors, then we may be more successful at losing weight. Over time, these changes will become routine and part of our everyday life.

These areas must be permanently changed:

1.) what we eat
2.) how we eat
3.) our behavior and
4.) our activity level

We all know this; we have heard it many times. We are good at finding excuses for not doing any and all of them. Ignoring them does not make them go away (darn!)

I have bought a pedometer.  10,000 steps per day is the goal. Join me?

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Understanding Emotional Eating

Understanding Emotional Eating

By Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D.

Emotional eating is misunderstood and often unnecessarily demonized. However, emotional eating — that is, eating to feel good, often termed “compulsive eating” — isn’t the problem. It’s emotional overeating and mindless emotional eating that can be both psychologically and physically unhealthy. Emotional eating works as a coping strategy and stress reliever if approached with mindfulness and moderation.
Emotional Eating Is Inevitable
Whether you eat or overeat, whether you eat mindfully or mindlessly, one thing is clear: people only eat what they like to eat.  How a particular food tastes is a fundamentally emotional consideration. Let’s face it: your body doesn’t give a hoot whether you eat something that tastes good or not so good, as long as the food isn’t rotten. Taste  is the business of the mind — a matter of pleasure. Bottom line: Everyone eats for pleasure, so emotional eating is inevitable.
Emotional Eating Is Coping
Aside from emotional eating to feel good, some of us also eat to cope — that is, to reduce emotional distress.  Eating for pleasure or eating to reduce daily stresses are two sides of the same coin but our all-or-nothing minds divide this indivisible coin in half.  On one hand, we are encouraged to slow down and enjoy the food we eat.  On the other hand, we are told by popular culture to never eat for emotional reasons.  If this sounds like hypocrisy, it is. Any pursuit of well-being is simultaneously a reduction of distress.
Why Emotional Eating Works
There are several good reasons why emotional eating is so appealing as a coping strategy.
  • Eating is oral coping:  From day one, feeding has been a default parenting intervention and the pacifier has been our first coping tool. Eating to relieve oral tensions — for example, after quitting smoking — is an intuitive soothing choice.
  • Feeding is caring:Many cultures explicitly equate feeding with caring.  Remember grandma’s home-baked chocolate cookies after a hard day at school?  
  • Meal time is support time. Family meals are a family ritual, and at their best are a time of togetherness, an opportunity for social relating and belonging and as a means to emotional well-being.
  • Eating is grounding. Eating is a ritual, and as such, it’s comforting in its predictability.  Eating is a sensation-rich, unambiguously physical activity.  As such, eating is an effective reality check at a time of uncertainty or confusion, a behavior that grounds and centers a busy or overworked mind.
  • Eating is relaxing. From the physiological perspective, a choice to eat can be seen as an attempt to directly manipulate the nervous system, by switching on the part of our wiring that is associated with relaxation and rest. 
Leveraging More Coping Per Calorie
Given the fact that we all eat emotionally on some level or another, here are a few suggestions for making your meals more mindful, effective, grounding, relaxing and nutritionally beneficial:
  1. Accept emotional eating as a legitimate coping choice, not a coping failure.
  2. When eating to cope, have an appetizer of relaxation first. Take a few moments to notice your breath and smell your food. Preload on the fullness of the moment.  
  3. Follow a predictable eating ritual, with clear starting and ending points. Begin with breathing, focus on your food throughout your meal and end with a healthy dose of self-acceptance. 
  4. Use pattern-interruption techniques (such as eating with a non-dominant hand or using the wrong utensils) to keep your mind aware, guessing, present and focused during the mindful emotional eating episode. 
  5. If you want to binge or “veg out,” to regress into a bit of mindless “hand-to-mouth” trance then consider a harm-reduction strategy: mindfully choose what you will mindlessly eat. Instead of “inhaling” a bag of M&Ms, fill up on carrot sticks. The objection that carrot sticks don’t taste as good as M&Ms is irrelevant here. Remember, this “hand-to-mouth” trance isn’t about taste after all, but about the soothing activity of self-feeding.  
  6. Know your comfort foods. Mindful emotional eating is an attempt at self-care. So, if you are going to try to self-medicate with food, you might as well use the right “medicine.” Allow yourself to have exactly the experience of pleasure that you seek. Or risk filling up on what you don’t want to eat and then feeling doubly disappointed.  
  7. Indulge on quality, not quantity. Mindful emotional eating is not about meeting your caloric quota or about how much you eat but about how much you enjoy this moment of eating. So, as you purchase your comfort foods, pay the premium price, get the top-shelf foodstuffs. This additional financial investment will likely intrigue your tongue and help you slow down to mindfully notice this moment of self-care.
  8. When you eat to cope, just eat. The suggestion of  “eating when you eat” is the backbone of all mindful eating know how. It is particularly important when it comes to mindful emotional eating. When you sit down to eat to cope, turn off the TV, put the reading aside. Or risk missing out on the very self-care moment you have so courageously allowed yourself to have. So, when you eat to cope, then just cope. If food is your therapist at this moment, then you have to show up for this session with yourself.
Building a new habit is a process. Give mindful emotional eating a try. Fine tune this self-care strategy until you find the sweet spot of moderation. As with most life-modification plans, self-acceptance is a healthy place to start. Remember: emotional eating doesn’t have to lead to emotional overeating.
* * * * *
Pavel Somov, Ph.D. writes about how to use mindfulness to overcome overeating, perfectionism and self-esteem problems. He is the author of “Eating the Moment: 141 Mindful Practices to Overcome Overeating One Meal at a Time” and “Present Perfect: A Mindfulness Approach to Letting Go of Perfectionism and the Need to Control.” Find out more about Dr. Somov at www.eatingthemoment.com

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Finish Strong Part 2

What you get by reaching your destination
is not nearly as important
as what you will become
by reaching your destination.

Zig Ziglar
American Author, Salesman and Inspirational Speaker

It's hard to imagine this. I am trying to remember the two times I reached my goal weight with Weight Watchers. I hadn't become anything but smaller. That's probably why I regained the weight. A diet can be just another form of food obsession/compulsion. We talked about recipes. We planned food. We planned meals. We shopped for the Weight Watcher's products. I remember one woman in class who said she went to a bakery and ordered a brownie. She had them cut it down to a square that was whatever she could have on maintenance. She told them she didn't care what they did with the rest. She was proud of herself. I thought it sounded pretty stupid. There was always a topic to discuss in class and it was a social event. Most of us were just becoming smaller versions of the same person.

Reaching our destination will make us become what? It truly is the journey that changes us. It is the changes we make that become habits for the rest of our days. I have heard people say they will never gain back their weight and they do; they hadn't become anything different. I said it. "Pride goeth before the fall". The proud person loses sight of what it took to get to the destination. 


Have any of you lost your weight, vowed to never gain it back, and then did? I have - twice. How can we change so that the destination will be reached as a different person from the one that began the trip?

Friday, May 27, 2011

Sitting Is Killing You

http://blogs.plos.org/obesitypanacea/2011/05/16/sitting-is-killing-you/

How much of our day do we spend sitting?

Did you know that you burn more calories just standing up rather than sitting down? Your muscles have to work harder to keep your body in a standing position. Same principle for burning more calories sitting than lying down. So - walking - you get the picture. Heavier people burn more calories just walking than a slim person does because they are carrying more weight with them. Neat, huh?

Have you ever known a "fidgety" person? Something has to be moving - bouncing a foot, tapping, swinging a leg, fiddling with something in their hands (they can get on your nerves really :-) They are burning calories though. I can sit in the middle of the biggest mess you ever saw and read a book. You may have to prod me for signs of life. I have to work at being active; it is not a natural state for me.

Dawn over at "I Will Lay Down My Idols" also blogged about this article:
http://laydownmyidols.blogspot.com/2011/05/sitting-is-killing-you.html?showComment=1305729778854#c3172032194824473031

  EXERCISE FOR PEOPLE OVER 50

Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side.


With a 5-lb
potato BAG in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute, and then relax.

Each day you'll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer.
After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-lb potato bags.


Then try 50-lb potato bags and then eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-lb potato bag in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute.
(I'm at this level.)


After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each bag.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Save Your Life

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice–
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do–
determined to save
the only life you could save.
Poem :: Mary Oliver, Dream Work (1986)

I know some of you are losing your weight and getting healthier IN SPITE OF the life you have been given. IN SPITE OF feeling weak and without support, IN SPITE OF other health issues, and sometimes IN SPITE OF yourself. We are all stronger than we think. We can save our lives; we can help others save theirs. We must get up each time we fall down and stop falling down so much. Each day's success is a building block. Add another day of success and we have started a trend. The third successful day makes a habit begin.  Here's a poem for you to read about habits - Habits.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Seven Rules

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/therapy-soup/2011/05/seven-rules-of-mindful-eating-for-health-weight-loss/

This link will take you to "Seven Rules of Mindful Eating For Health and Weight Loss" - here are the 7 rules you will be reading about:

1.  Choose
2.  Sit
3.  Commit
4.  Acknowledge
5.  Pace
6.  Chew (Breathe)
7.  Complete

My blogging has been a little "light" lately. The weather is nice and I have so much yard work to do plus I have been covering my route and another route each day while someone is on vacation so time is at a minimum. I'll try to have some little tidbit up though each day as usual. I really think some of these behavioral changes will go a long way to getting us to our goals. Back in the day  when I took swimming one day we were to dive into the pool from the side. The instructor said the body would follow the head. She wanted us to keep our heads pointed top down toward the water when we jumped for a successful dive.

That so relates to weight loss in my opinion. If we can get our heads on straight the body will follow. I work so much more on those emotional and behavioral things because I truly feel that that is where success will be found. I am thinking of taking my weight loss ticker down because I haven't even been weighing myself like I was on Mondays and Thursdays. I can tell you low carb has made me feel so much better and the heat doesn't bother me so much. My clothes are loose and that's what makes me happy. Just  be careful with the low carb - I had the attitude at first that I could eat and eat and eat if it was lean meat or something like peanuts or cheese. We still should not eat when we aren't hungry or when we just feel like it because we can eat a honkin' amount of food and stay under 50 grams of carbs. Busted again.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Relationships

http://www.100-0principle.com/?cm_mmc=CheetahMail-_-MO-_-05.09.11-_-MUZOmovie&utm_source=CheetahMail&utm_campaign=HUZOmovie

Have you ever studied about that "bubble" each of us has around us? It is that distance at which others are kept depending on several things.

Personal space is the region surrounding a person which they regard as psychologically theirs. Most people value their personal space and feel discomfort, anger, or anxiety when their personal space is encroached. Permitting a person to enter personal space and entering somebody else's personal space are indicators of perception of the relationship between the people. There is an intimate zone reserved for lovers, children and close family members. There is another zone used for conversations with friends, to chat with associates, and in group discussions; a further zone is reserved for strangers, newly formed groups, and new acquaintances; and a fourth zone is used for speeches, lectures, and theater; essentially, public distance is that range reserved for larger audiences. (I got this from Wikipedia).

Have you ever felt uncomfortable when someone you didn't know very well stood too close? We would allow a child we didn't know sit on our lap but another adult that we did not know needs to be about 3 or 4 feet away.

I have also read that one of the reasons people put on weight is to place a distance between them and others. As we lose weight is part of what we fear is that people can now get close or that someone of the opposite sex might want to get close? Is this why some get so uncomfortable being slim that they gain back weight because they get uncomfortable without their "bubble".  If the fat was our protection, how do we now protect ourselves if the protection is gone? Will expectations be higher now? Is this why we sabotage ourselves?

Do you self-sabotage? Do you have any ideas as to what brings it on and/or why you do this? I am not as bad as I used to be but still have times when I just eat because I feel like I have been in a straight jacket too long. It's kind of an "I'll show you" attitude that I need to get my brain around.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Thanks So Much!!

I received many kind comments yesterday relating to the new award. I love to get comments and try to comment as I travel around. If my readers enjoy reading comments like I do, then I feel like we all should make the effort because it validates our words as we read comments and when we feel like others benefit from our posts it makes it worth it. I am sometimes very busy or am reading distractedly and I am sure others are the same. I am lucky to get the blogs I follow read some days much less leave a comment. I always read my comments and check on the traffic several times a day so I imagine all of you do the same. Comments bring us closer to each other.

Who Me?



Your future depends on many things,
but mostly on you.

Frank Tyger
American Editorial Cartoonist

Isn't it wonderful that our future depends mostly on us? We don't have to wait on a best friend, our parents, or our boss to get our future on the right track. Isn't that a relief? No?

Have you ever had a deadline to meet and had to wait on someone else to do his/her part so that you could do your part? How frustrating is that? When I would assign group projects while still teaching I noticed the best students were not thrilled. It was because they knew they would end up doing most of the work because they wanted a good grade -  AND the ones who didn't care knew it. The better students didn't wait on the leeches; they got at it and did a good job. They didn't know it at the time, but they are the successful ones today.

Aren't we glad we don't have to depend on anyone else for weight loss or exercise? Are we dependable people? If someone asks us to help out, can that person depend on us to do what we said we were going to do? 


You probably see where this is going. What will my last line read in your opinion?





Sunday, May 22, 2011

New Award

I am starting a new award for all of us. It's called the Home Run award. You award this to a person whose post in your opinion merits an award for hitting one out of the park. It would be a post that you feel is exceptionally beneficial--you were touched; you were convicted; you had one of those "aha" moments. You will have to comment to that person telling him/her of the award and why you feel the post is deserving of the award. You will also have to have an extra post for that day at your place telling all your followers about it and why this award is being given by you. The recipient can come here and copy/paste it to his/her site.

Now - I hope I have done the image correctly so that it can be copy/pasted. I will have to work on it otherwise. Those of you who have done things of this sort, I would appreciate your advice. I have seen awards on the blogs of others so I hope I have done this correctly. Let's agree to have the award on our blogs for one week and then take it off so it can be awarded again to the same person for a different post and then that person can put it back up for a week. What do you think? I will keep the award on my blog all of the time so that everyone will have access to it.

I will give the first award to Chris at A Deliberate Life for her post about Habits. I thought it was great - a true winner.

http://chrislivessimple.blogspot.com/2011/05/in-honor-of-imminent-destruction-of.html

To Do or not To Do



"The past does not equal the future.
Because you may have failed a moment ago,
all day today,
or for the last six months,
or for the last sixteen years,
or for the last fifty years of your life
doesn't mean anything.
All that matters is
what are you going to do now?"

  - Anthony Robbins


I love Condoleezza Rice. I have watched a couple of interviews where the liberal, left wing person interviewing her kept trying to nail her on questions about what could or should have been done differently concerning the war in Iraq. With her unmistakable class she answered "What we know today cannot affect what we did yesterday; it can only affect what we do tomorrow."  You go Condi.

Here it is on video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsWAPSRWCZg&feature=related

Now - what we know today concerning our health/activity level/eating cannot affect how we ate/exercised yesterday but it can affect what we do beginning now. Are we going to continue regretting/wishing/mourning over the past and what we should or should not have done or are we ready to use that information to affect what we do beginning now? Are we going to wait until in the morning so we can finish off the cookies and ice cream in peace today or are we going to realize that a day can begin at any point? Tomorrow at exactly this time will be exactly one day away. How's that for blowing a perfectly good excuse out of the water? I saw this statement framed on the wall of one of the banks where I deliver deposits - didn't see an author's name. "If we really want to do something, we will find a way; if we don't want to do something; we will find an excuse." NO MORE EXCUSES.

"Winning is not a some time thing; it's an all the time thing. You don't win once in a while; you don't do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit, so is losing..." – Excerpt from Vince Lombardi's speech, "What it takes to be #1"

http://www.lombardimovie.com/store



Saturday, May 21, 2011

A Deliberate Life: In honor of the imminent destruction of space and time...

A Deliberate Life: In honor of the imminent destruction of space and time...

Stress is a Choice

From the book "Stress is a Choice" by David Zerfoss

A magnet serves its purpose very well. It doesn't care exactly what it attracts. It's on auto pilot and simply does its job. When we recognize that we too are magnets who attract people and things into our lives, we unleash the power to choose who and what we truly want to draw into our lives.

Look around you. Who and what is in your life? Whoever and whatever you find, you've attracted. That's right. You brought them all to you. You're a magnet and quite a powerful one at that.

Your thoughts, conversations and actions have drawn everything and everyone to you just like a magnet attracts metal. Do you like what you see around you in your business, your job or personal life? Well, it's all because of you.

You didn't realize you had such a strong gravitational force, did you? Like it or not, you've pulled all these people and things into your pathway to the future. Do you want to keep them along for the ride?

If you're like me, while growing up you may have often heard your parents telling you something like, "You are who you have around you. Choose your friends and associates carefully." As a child growing up, those words did not have as much meaning and significance as they do to me today. Looking back on my life, I have been fortunate to have a number of people who positively influenced my life.

Discover your magnetism and choose carefully what you say, what you think and what you do. Attract those people and things that will carry you forward to a desired state, one you truly deserve and choose to achieve - no matter what.

Some questions to ask yourself:

Who or what are you attracting in your life?

As new people enter your life, how are they the same or different than others?

Are your thoughts and conversations drawing powerful, positive influencers to you?

I have a friend who seems to fall in to more good luck. She is a happy, positive person. If something good comes my way she is just as happy for me as you can imagine. When we were getting ready for a garden tour she and her husband came over to help get it ready. They wanted it to be nice for us. She and her husband both had tough childhoods. This is the second marriage for both of them. This friend's father beat up her mother regularly. She said her mother often wore sunglasses because of her black eyes. My point is she has dealt with it and hasn't let it keep her in a stressed state - I would also add that she and her husband are Christians. They both know they can leave their burdens at the cross. They are also both very productive people. They work hard and paid cash for a recent home remodeling job that included a new kitchen and family room plus an expanded basement. Sometimes I think she is just a lucky person but then I think she has caused her luck. The reason she is not heavy is because she is so productive and is always getting things done not because she thinks about what she eats or worries about her weight. She is a role model for me.

***If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you. ~~ Oscar Wilde
(from my sister's blog again - jensgyrations.blogspot.com)

Friday, May 20, 2011

Are We Part Indian?

Wakan Tanka, Great Mystery,
teach me how to trust my heart,
my mind,
my intuition,
my inner knowing,
the senses of my body,
the blessings of my spirit.
Teach me to trust these things
so that I may enter my sacred space
and love beyond my fear,
and thus walk in balance
with the passing of each glorious sun.

Native American Prayer
From the Lakota Indian People


The Great Mystery
'Wakan Tanka' is the name given by the Lakota Indians of North America to the 'Great Spirit' and Creator of the Universe.  This spiritual being is also referred to as 'The Great Mystery'.

I have always thought that Indians were very spiritual people. They respected nature and the earth and only took what was necessary to live. They weren't wasteful. They understood "spirit".

enter my sacred space
love beyond my fear
walk in balance

I was going to think these three phrases through but we got company all evening and I didn't get to it. What do you think they mean?



Thursday, May 19, 2011

What Belongs to You Really?

"My actions are my only true belongings."

 - Thich Nhat Hanh


This is pretty deep don't you think? Every action of ours originates in our heads. These actions were first thoughts. What we do fits our self-image. I do not steal because stealing is not "me". I have a part-time job with ATM Solutions. I have a route and I get the deposits out of the ATM and take them to the bank. I have access every day to thousands of dollars. It is not a temptation for me. I have no thoughts of taking any of it.


Between thinking and action there can be some problem-solving. There can be some self-talk. Have you ever known an impulsive child that had to be watched because that child would run out into the street or jump into deep water without thinking? Aren't we like that when it comes to eating at times? How many times have we been run over by the buffet truck? by the ice cream truck? by the holiday truck? We think "food" and then the action of "eat" occurs with nothing in between. What if food was like the money in the safe of the ATM? Wouldn't that be nice? The actions belong to me whether I considered them first or not. How do we judge people? Is it by what they do? Do actions speak louder than words? Yes they do.


What will our actions today say about us? Remember they belong to us. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Putting on an Act



If you want a quality, act as if you already have it. If you want to be courageous, act as if you were - and as you act and persevere in acting, so you tend to become.

Norman Vincent Peale, 1898-1993
American Author of 'The Power Of Positive Thinking'

As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he - Proverbs 23

Are we acting like a fat person? Are we acting like a thin person? 


We are what we think about all day. Do you agree with that statement?

The following is from -
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THE LIFE WE LEAD IS CREATED BY OUR THOUGHTS. IF WE WOULD LIKE TO IMPROVE OUR LIFE WE WILL HAVE TO IMPROVE OUR THOUGHTS.


Right thinking begins with the words we say to ourselves. We are the architects of our own lives and unwittingly create pain and suffering for ourselves due to the unconscious thoughts we focus on within.

Every thought you think creates that very reality for you. If you see yourself as lacking and poor then you will be lacking and poor. If your thinking is going after and gaining wealth then wealth is what you will obtain. It's simple to manifest in your life whatever you desire.

Visualize yourself as if you already ARE where you want to be or the state of well being you desire to be in. I mean get in your head and see it, feel it, hear it and taste it. What emotions does it bring up? Feel them!
What you think and do draws more of the same to you. Change your attitude and behavior to what you want drawn into your life.
Taking care of yourself and eating properly is the lifestyle of a healthy active person. Healthy active people think of themselves as healthy and active. Begin a healthier lifestyle. Remember, you are what you eat. So eat healthy foods.
Be that - Wealthy people think of themselves as wealthy and having it all. They are motivated to go after the big bucks and have a leisurely lifestyle. You will have it too if you keep focused on what you desire.

Do you think Donald Trump would be where he is without doing his mental homework? He has $ on his mind and that draws more $ into his life.

Take every negative thought and immediately change it into a positive one. There is good and beauty in all things. Just look for it, it's there I promise you.

What you see and what you think draws more of the same to you. If you're saying to yourself "that I'm never going to", then you never will. So see beauty in all things and watch what happens!
Act that - Pretend if you have to. Become the actor and act the part. Put on your best so you will feel the best. The world is your stage and you are the writer and director. What play have you produced? What play will you produce now? Will it be an Emmy winner?
Do that - For the healthy lifestyle start eating and exercising as you are able (no slacking or what you manifest is a whole lot of nothing). Do what you can and do a little extra when you are able in a day or two. Once you get the pendulum moving (you) it will continue to swing and so will you. See the 2 u's in the word pendulum? Yes, U have 2 do this 2 become that!
Want money? See yourself having it, spending it and falling out of your pockets. Don't expect to have it though if you're not willing to work for it. You can't become wealthy sitting on your butt! That is unless Grandma left you a fortune when she passed.

Be Grateful for what you do have. See yourself prosper and you will have it. Be open to receiving it and having it because if you don't really think you should have it or feel you're not worthy to receive it, what you do have shall also vanish.
Become - Surround yourself with beautiful things. You don't have to be rich to pick up a bouquet of flowers at the store to brighten up your surroundings. Hang a beautiful mirror or painting in your living space. Put candles on the table at dinner time. Dress for dinner!

Keep thinking and seeing yourself as obtaining whatever it is you wish and you will become and obtain that which you wish.