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Really it's March?

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Today someone came in my office and jokingly said, hey it's March you need to change your calendar. I looked at the photograph of the snowy scene above the month of February and thought to myself yes, its time to change the calendar. I was pleased to be greeted by a photo of some bright and colorful sculpted flowers from a gallery nearby above the month of March. No more snowy scenes!

Holy crap. It's March!!! Which invoked thoughts of two months gone.... what have I done? am I where I want to be? am I headed in the right direction? what do I need to work harder on? Where exactly am I on this path to a healthier lifestyle? And then I saw "Ash Wednesday" on the calendar. What? Yes, I know it always follows Fat Tuesday but really I am not ready for Ash Wednesday. What am I going to give up for Lent?

I sat in the lunchroom as one person professed they were giving up snacks at work, another said I am not adding additional salt to my food, another gave up soda, another gave up coffee. I thought about it. I could give up soda. No, I really don't want to give up soda. I could give up eating out. No, I really don't want to do that either and I am going to be out of town this weekend - I can't not eat for the weekend. Hmmmm. I felt lost. Everyone looked to me. I blurted out "I'm not giving up anything". Phew. There. I said it. Guilt started to creep in as they looked at me.

Why do I have to give up anything? Really? Does God really want me to deprive myself? Other than honing my self control skills, I am not sure what the purpose of giving up candy or any of that stuff serves. Is the world a better place because of it?

Instead of giving up something, I am going to give something daily. Not like write a check give, but like doing something for someone give. Yep 40 acts of random kindness and grace. I felt better. It suited me.

Which brings me back to two months gone.... am I where I want to be? No. Am I on my way there? To be honest, right now I am questioning that. It seems I have had many excuses lately. I know I can do better. Perhaps it is time to tweak things a bit. What have I done? I'm sparking again, I'm being honest, I'm trying my best to eat better and exercise more.

The Lent thing and this healthy lifestyle thing are going hand in hand for me. I have to find what works for ME. It might not be your Whole 30 plan, or someone else's vegetarian plan.... it has to be MY plan that works for me that I can live with!

If practicing the self control and deprivation don't lead to something good, they seem futile. I struggle. I want to see results! It isn't about the giving things up, it is about the good that comes from that self denial. That is what fulfills me. I think it is time for me to adjust my glasses and quit looking at what I am giving up, but at the good things I am gaining!

So what are those things? Well in two months I can't say that I really notice much. Yikes, that makes it harder! The scale is down a few pounds. My clothes still are tight. I haven't changed sizes. I don't look any different. I still get out of breath taking the stairs at work.

However, my doctor says my numbers are better. My cholesterol is down. My blood pressure is good. So that is what I am going to look at today. Good things are happening! I just can't see them yet.

Wait, yes I can! I have those lab results. Yep, I am posting them where I can see them daily - so when I think all is lost, when I want to quit, eat poorly, or not exercise - I can see

GOOD THINGS ARE HAPPENING!

I love it when good things happen, don't you? What good things are happening on your journey?
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  • FUNNYFACE101002
    Very good. You could give yourself credit for being honest. I think blogging and being honest are two good things. Sometime the giving up thing is for others to see. That's not the purpose. Doing good for others is always right. Take care of you.
    1564 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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  • LUCYROMES
    Thanks for sharingโ€ผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ I have decided to work towards a healthy lifestyle, which includes FUN. So, my food no longer tastes like cardboard; I eat healthy fats instead of "low fat",and I enjoy cooking,again. ( searching for that unique recipe that all will enjoy, shopping for the food, trying new vegetables, and striving for that " just right" presentation โ€ผ๏ธ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿฅ— A healthy lifestyle is not grudge and tasteless food.Nor is it constant planned exercise. It is activity with a social connectionโ€ผ๏ธBravoโ€ผ๏ธFor not being politically correct ----regarding Lent rituals--- These are meant to be private concerns, between you and your God, not public proclamations. Do good towards others on a daily basis is something I can connect with.Thank you for sharing such an intimate part of yourself. Keep Sparking ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™ƒ
    1571 days ago
  • ERIN_POSCH
    thanks for the share. glad to hear your numbers are better. WOO HOO YOU!
    1572 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    Great blog! You're so right, good things are happening, even if that scale doesn't move, good things do happen. I'm so glad you got good news from your doctor regarding your blood pressure and cholesterol is down. I know weight loss is very important, but you know what those numbers are just as important if not even more. So again, you're right good things are happening.

    You are on your way to a healthier life, so here's to your continued success with your journey, and keep your determination to keep on your path to a healthier life.

    You take care, be safe, and stay healthy.
    1572 days ago
  • LSIG14
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  • BLUEJAY1969
    I too am with you on the giving and not taking something away. I don't observe Lent and I was beginning to feel like you...with all the mentions of what people are giving up on Spark so I borrowed an idea from a SP member blog and decided to pray for the random people I come across on my errands out of my house! As far as deprivation goes for your food plan..... I don't think you can give up things you like for LIFE. I believe in all things in moderation. That's what I can do for the rest of my life so that's the plan I'm going with! I'm not actually losing much nor am I losing it very fast but I just started tracking my food and I eat around the same things each day and I found I am doing better than I thought. Anyway I've been working on other habits like getting enough water each day and setting myself mentally for my lifestyle change...... again.....since I gained all the weight back I had lost during the 16 months I was off plan. I still am not able to exercise - yet but I'll get there! I'll see what the doctor has to say on the 28th I suppose if I'm not feeling up to it by then! I hope you find the plan that will work for you!
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  • no profile photo CD13423552
    I know. I really don't want to give anything up, I want to focus on something. Maybe getting rid of one thing a day. Declutter one item? I'll see what I do. Donating, throwing out, just get it done!
    1572 days ago
  • HDUNCAN78
    Thank you...your words really make me think and help!!๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ‘—
    1572 days ago
  • no profile photo CD17462428
    Committing to a healthier lifestyle and making the time sacrifice to work in exercise takes discipline. The same discipline it takes to give something up.
    1572 days ago
  • SPARTANJAI
    We had the snow here.
    1572 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    I'm with you. Time to give -- not deprive. Doing major clean up. Donating, donating, donating!
    1572 days ago
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