Day 71 -- 80 Growing Stronger
(TODAY I AM ALMOST 75% THROUGH THE BOOK! )
The name of this book is "100 Days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle!
Time to put lessons in action and actually work on weight loss!
In the first lessons I faced what I was doing, then why, and now time to use the lessons daily.
Day #71 It's too Hard!
No it's not....I have accomplished many hard things in my life.
My "magic notebook" has a very long list of accomplishments that were hard. Living a healthy lifestyle is easy compared to that list.
This is only a very small part of my very long list!
Quitting cigarettes was hard and took several attempts but was so worth it.
Learning to swim at age 40 something was hard but so worth it.
Giving birth was hard but so worth it.
Living through tragedies is hard and the effects are always with me.
Passing up a cookie should be a piece of cake compared to that list!
Day #72 Sneak Eating
Oh how I wish this didn't pertain to me but since I've been honest with myself while going through this book, I will admit that sometimes it does apply.
Just because I tell myself I am in charge (I am) and can do as I please (I can) there are times that only I know what went into my mouth.
I am happy to say that those times are not often.
Day #73 All-or-Nothing
This is a lesson about being a perfectionist but having a problem with rejection, I think, causes the same reaction as trying to be perfect.
I used to be an all-or-nothing person. When I was "on a diet" I did lose weight but when I went "off the diet" I gained it all back.
With Sparkpeople I started looking at this journey as getting to a healthy lifestyle which changed how I think about food, shop for food and cook food. I want my plan now to be something I can live with.
With the nutrition tracker I faced what I was doing and with this "100 Days" I am facing what needs to change for a truly healthy life.
Every "diet" works but I don't think we should never eat birthday cake again unless there is a medical reason not to have it!
Day #74 Watch for Rainbows
I hope that every time I see this title I remember the real rainbow at our house yesterday. It was spectacular!
For several years I kept a gratitude journal and this lesson is basically that concept. During the day I watched for things that I was grateful for to write down each evening. Even now I sometimes flip through those old journals and am reminded that most of the time it was simple things in nature, a bluebird, a butterfly, a flower or a smile or kind word from hubby that brought joy.
Even on the most trying days, if I looked for it, there was something good.
Today I will look for things to write in my "magic notebook"!
Day#75 Small Wins
The small wins that come to mind are the things I am grateful for:
1. Spending time with wonderful ladies who make me laugh
2. Finding a vehicle for hubby so I get mine back
3. Three good meals today, no snacking
4. Seeing the sky full of stars, beautiful!
5. A great cup of hot chocolate
Day #76 Emotional Safety
Lucky me, I have several "ahh" places around our big country home.
Several years ago I redid a room the kids call "the parlor" that is a very welcoming place.
The swing on the front porch, the glider on the back deck where the bird feeders are and the room with my sewing/painting/knitting projects are also special emotional "ahh" places for me.
Day #77 The Healing Power of Rituals
In thinking about my life, I realize that I do have healing rituals.
In the morning, I get my coffee and head back to my bed where I spend time "Sparking" and planning my day.
If I need a nap I close the doors to the "parlor" and put on my favorite Celtic music.
When I work on items for "Hospice" I light a candle and say a prayer for the person who will get what I'm working on.
Most days no matter how busy I am, I stop for a cup of coffee about 4 o'clock.
I really really do have a very blessed life!
Now it's time to make it a more healthy blessed life.
Day #78 Ditch the Critic
This lesson is like some others that when I read it I automatically thought this doesn't pertain to me. I just wrote yesterday about how blessed I am!
I read the lesson the second time and then went to the day #78 and after watching the YouTube video I wrote a "Love Letter to Myself"!
It was harder than I thought it would be. I forgave myself, I praised myself and I promised myself some good adventures as promised on Day #1.
P.S. I love Soul Pancake!
Day #79 Live as a Healthy Person
The life of healthy Phyllis:
1. Nutrition--keep using the Spark tracker to know how I'm doing on my balanced, low-sodium food plan.
2. Exercise--wear my pedometer and make sure to get active steps daily.
3. Family--always be open to "family fun" plans even when it seems too much
(white water rafting comes to mind)!
4. Friends--continue my weekly get-together with "the girls" who always keep laughter and joy in my life.
5. Personal--make sure to have my "numbers" checked regularly so I can continue to stay off medications.
Always keep my "ahh" spaces for mind and spirit!
Day#80 Get a New Title
My new title will be "healthy, happy and active" adventurer!
My daily life will be:
pay attention to the nutritional values in my food
make time for exercise
look for "ahh" moments and be grateful for them
realize that an adventure can be found in lots of places sometimes close to home
Thanks to all the Spark friends who encourage me on this journey!