Cycle of Life (style)

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Man, it's been awhile since I've blogged, so I'm thinkin time for some thoughts.
What I've found as I've continued this (sometime tough) journey is the cycles that I have experienced in my almost 9 months with SP so far.

1) That " I'm sick and tired and need to do something moment"...it's that point in life when I said, "do something or die"... I'm excited, I set some goals and make a plan, and thanks to SP and it's tools, I can start on what has been a learning and rewarding experience (little bitty steps at a time).
2) Then I met people in the same situation as I'm in and realize I don't have to do this alone. I'll call it "The Life Boat". This life boat has experienced people that help steer the boat and some "newbies" that are anxious to help row the boat to safety. We all work our bums off and a team of people together are focused on getting us home.
3) "Sweet Sailing" this is a time when we learn things like tracking our food and realizing what we were doing that got us in the predicament in the first place. So we are crusing and learning and moving more and more and can see that this thing can work. We are singing.
4) "Choppy Waters" yes, no matter what, we will encounter choppy waters, but with the help of the team, we overcome them by remembering what we have learned... and our jouney continues on course. Sometimes it seems we are rowing in circles and progress slows, but by hanging in there we realize once again that by working together we find the right course once again.
5) Then "The Storm from Hell" hits. It can be very violent. It tosses the boat with hugh waves of of self dought, and worries that somehow makes some of us lose there grip and no matter how much we try to hold on to the boat and each other, alas we tend to lose some of our now good friends. This is a sorrowful and frustating time, all we can do is take solice in the fact that they have life preservers and we will never give up on them and are hopeful they will one day find us again.

This cycle of life (style) is never ending to be sure. It's a struggle to get were we want to be, but one thing is for sure we ALL want to get there and the GREAT thing about this boat is it will always be big enough for everyone and anyone who reaches out your hand will be pulled in and together one day we will see land...I AM SURE OF IT.

I'd like to take this time to welcome back all that were lost and thank all of you that hung in there through the storms, so you could help everyone back in this boat called Life.

Mike O.
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    mike, this was a good one...and though it is almost 2 years after you initially wrote it, still excellent... seems like it is time for another, don't you think?...karen3
    4402 days ago
  • ROSEHIP:-)
    Enjoyed your blog. I was stuck in a rut there for 3 weeks, one that I made myself due to my food choices. But now I'm moving on down the road again.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    God bless,
    emoticon Char
    4409 days ago
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    Wow! What a great blog...one of the best I've read so far! Thanks for sharing your wonderful words of inspiration! Have a great weekend!
    God Bless You,

    4929 days ago
  • KAREN_01
    Thank you Mike for a beautiful blog entry. It is really true. I love the support we can give and get here!!
    4939 days ago
    great post Mike - and oh so true!!!!
    4946 days ago
    I can't believe I just received a notification about your blog! I wish I had seen it a couple of months ago. But, all things happen when they are intended to happen. I guess I was supposed to read it now and not then.
    You've put some very meaningful ideas into beautiful words! Thanks for sharing your insights with those of us trying to clear our vision....
    4985 days ago
    Well its about friggin time you blogged again- hahahaha. Sorry I never got a notification of it. I would have commented long before now! I'm so inspired by your thoughts and the wonderful analogy. I can't tell you how many times you've tossed me a life preserver and hauled my sorry a$$ back in the boat:) You're right, sometimes we go around in circles but when we all work together we get right back on course. NOW KEEP BLOGGING:) I miss reading your blogs. LOVE YA BABY!!!!!!
    5027 days ago
    Whoa is this ever thought provoking.. great reading and I can really relate to what you are saying here.
    Thanks for the wonderful post.
    5040 days ago
    I can't believe I missed this!

    LOVE tha analogy! You are TRULY a special person, and I don't mean in a short bus kind of way either. *grin*

    Thanks for always being a reliable life preserver!!!

    5045 days ago
    OH WOW!!!! I love this blog! I am ccp this to my mom!!!

    I'm also printing it out for me...this is so what we were talking about!!!! Thank you so much for saying exactly what I believe most of us feel, for hanging on the life boat and bringing us back in after we've fallen out. Mike you are such an inspiration and I'm so glad I can call you friend!!! -Tonya
    5047 days ago
    mike, you sweet sweet man, I love your blog, and you stated it so beautifly, I just hope you always know that no matter what I will always be here for you and will throw you a line and lend you a hand anytime. you are the best.
    5051 days ago
    Wow- I am in awe of how beautifully put that was.
    I absolutely loved it!
    Jen told me to come check it out- and I am sure glad I did.
    As you have probably noticed- I have had a hard time getting back in the swing of things.
    I know I have to. And I am- slowly but surely. And with looking at it the way you just put it here- I feel hopeful!
    I just want to thank you for being such a rock- and inspiration
    to all of us here!

    Big Hugs!
    5051 days ago
    Mike you surely hit the nail on the head. This is how I want to be when I come back full force losing the weight in april. I am glad I have so many spark friends behind me. I always learn so much from your blogs. Thanks for posting hope you are having a wondeful day.

    5051 days ago
    Wow Mike...first off, I'll say....about dang time you blog again....I always get encouraged from them and I missed them! And I personally think you should do it more! Hmmmm....maybe do that as a challenge to you in the near future! That said.....what you wrote was AWESOME!!! You wrote what alot of us think and feel but can't always put into words. You have a gift of words that's for sure! Yes, it is great to see old ones come back, and knowing that if we ever were to stray from here, we are welcomed with open arms without being judged. There aren't alot of places like that for sure!! It is a great feeling for sure!!! Thank you for a wonderful, pleasureable read! Hugs~~Di~~
    5051 days ago
    Wow Mike, that is some great thinking! I love your analogies. I know I sure am thankful for all of you guys... after being away for a while, it sure is great to see familiar faces and to see how well you guys have been doing. Your thoughts are inspirational and the experience of reinitiating Spark back into daily life is almost like a "coming home" of sorts. I'm grateful you guys are such great people and friends and that you have all stuck in there for all of us who were in the "choppy waters" of life for a while so we could feel comfortable coming back. It means so much. I hope there is a way I can make that much of a difference for people on here in the future as well.

    One last thing... During the time I was on Spark, I was successful... not always enthused about the process, but I was successful. When my computer went on the fritz, I just seemed to stop everything... exercise, healthier eating, watching my calories and I began to lose sight of the "boat" and my goals. I'm sure it has to do with the daily interactions with you guys that I, and so many people are successful. I underestimated the power of this site and am ever more grateful for you guys and Spark. And this team is just downright awesome! We have some really great people on here. I'm looking forward to continuing on our journeys ON THE BOAT! Thanks Mike.... I really mean that.
    5051 days ago
    Mike..this was nothing short of profound! There simply could never be another boat ever...anywhere...that is filled with better life preservers than the S.S. Spark. I think what you wrote will be helpful to so many who are just coming on board....or who have been sailing a while...either way it was just so meaningful!! Well done..and it is so good to "see" your thoughts in blog form again : D
    5051 days ago
    It sure does feel like our boat is sinking sometimes, huh? But that's why I'm so glad we have all of us to help! That was very well written - great reflections!!
    5052 days ago
  • *MADHU*
    Beautifully written !
    5052 days ago
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