Climb the Tree Toward Healthy Victory!

I’ve been battling hunger these days. I’ve been facing a growing desire of wanting to eat carelessly.

I remember what it was like during the first few weeks of Weight Watchers. I had a ferocious appetite and I was on the hunt for junk food. It was my desperation in wanting a better life that kept me from cornering and devouring a lonely bag of chips. I wanted to drag every unhealthy bag of junk food into the valley of temporary fulfillment and feast away until there was nothing but a shinny, silver skeleton, reflecting the rays of an aching belly.
So what’s the point in Weight Watching if we always have to combat hunger pains? That’s one of the lies our body uses to lead us back into old living and thinking. Although there are tougher days, nothing is as bad as it once was.
Everyday I’m resistant and persistent in living better is something to be excited about. Every pound I’ve lost is a reason to celebrate. I remember what it took to climb into the tree of Weight Watchers Victory – I’m still climbing and hope you are too.

Have You Been Playing It Safe?

Last time I went shopping it was at a different grocery store. I was walking around the store wondering what to buy. I was starting to realize that my widow of options has significantly shrunk. I didn’t want to buy that over there because I didn’t have time to check the points and I couldn’t buy something different because I knew it would throw off my Smart Points routine.

I began to realize that I’m playing it safe, real safe.

For the past few months, all has been good, actually great. I know what works and I’m sticking to it. I’m getting scared to break out of my established habits and start adding different foods because it takes some effort and consideration and I don’t want to gain weight.

In the store I shop at every week, I know exactly what foods I need to buy to make it another week as a Weight Watcher.

I’ve been considering going back to the basics this week, getting in touch with some basic questions that gave me the confidence to get started as a Weight Watchers.

Have a great day.

Fraught with knots she fought to spot then caught the thought that brought her back to naught

I WAS FRAUGHT WITH KNOTS.

Last night I was awaken by a sudden panic attack. It was as if my body was leaping out of an unresponsive state to fight for another round of oxygen. The essence of me twitched and jerked before the Supreme Court of Life with a Judge pointing one hand toward fatality and the other hand towards vitality.

I FOUGHT TO SPOT

My hand was quenched and I pounded down on my chest to bring back another beat to my lifeless heart. I felt my face falling into the grip of eternity while I pleaded with God to give me just one more breath. I presented my case before the Judge and brought to his attention that a lot has changed since I’ve known him.  I used to be in a mess because of my thinking and being over weight caused major sleep challenges. I wasn’t sure if change could occur and overcoming paralyzing anxieties seemed impossible. I had no strength to confront the panic attacks of the night. They were like a gang of bullies surrounding me with insults and stabbing me with little kicks until my frightened figure gushed forth tears of abandonment.

THEN I CAUGHT THE THOUGHT

Every day I monitor my thinking with your help. I’m eating better, getting lots of exercise and I’m deepening my understanding of you through awakenings and soul searching prayer. I’m on the lookout and being watchful and mindful at your request. That’s why I can smile when I’m in physical pain and every day I’m hunting down the thoughts the contribute to unrestrained living. I’m getting out what’s in my head. I’m embracing a fresh encounter with reason and discovering new ways to be grateful for what I do have.

THAT BROUGHT ME BACK TO NAUGHT

You know, during the moments when the panic attack was subsiding, I wasn’t bothered by having to enter either fatality or vitality. In the past, my life was stuck on a Ferris wheel going nowhere and the path I’m currently walking on is filled with delicious cotton candy and the sweetness of life.

When you think it’s time to send your white stallions with angelic riders to catch me when I pass into eternity, I’m ready.

I have dipped my toes into sparkling beauty. I have tasted songs worthy of singing. I have felt peace flow into the rivers of my nervousness. I have listened to and felt the sound of tranquility.   If I am given one more day, one more hour, one more breath: then, I will catch those thoughts that take me back to naught.

 

 

Great Achievers Find Time To Take a Breather!

When I’m too busy and overworked, I often find myself becoming grouchy, stressed and irritated. I fall helplessly into the arms of thoughtlessness. The flag of achievement that I’ve been carrying around to plant firmly at the top of the mountain is now dragging behind me. I find myself digging into the cupboards of relief to disappear into something sugary sweet.

I’ve watched from a distance other people who can work endlessly and tirelessly,  year after year, with little need of slowing down and taking a break.  Decades later, many of these people find themselves burnt out with many health problems coming to the surface. It has taken me years to appreciate what I can bring to the table of life and that I’m not the career-warrior I had once envisioned for myself. I’m making the most out what I do have.

Recognizing the body’s need to take a break is one way great achievers of personal goals find renewed energy to carry the flag to the top of the mountain. I’m definitely going to enjoy reaching my goals but I’m also enjoying the journey toward my goals. Getting proper rest and taking it easy once in a while makes life more satisfying.

I hope you too can find some time to catch up on some rest, to relax and to take it easy.

Introduce Your Day to The Body Boost Way!

Yesterday at Weight Watchers, the weekly pamphlet that fell into our laps is all about boosting your body confidence. Our leader walked us through writing down things we like about our body. I found it a difficult exercise: because, in the past,  I’ve always been the type of person driven by insecurities and paralyzed by my image as a result of excessive weight gain.

Whether I’m dropping weight or gaining weight, the benefits of body acceptance will bring more functionality to my life.

One lady in yesterday’s meeting brought forth her passion for her personal lady humps. Because I’m usually the only good fellow in the meeting, I was surrounded by apologies for the conversations becoming more woman focused – I broke out in a shy and somewhat embarrassed laughter which was followed by the entire room laughing?

HELP! I’m laughing right now!

Today I’m introducing to my day the body boost way and coming up with a few things I can appreciate about my body so that I can move into more confidence.

What do you love about your body?

What’s the Method to Your Gladness

“Kill the Cliche before it leads me astray!” is what rolls around in my thoughts just about everyday. I don’t know about you but I’m the type of person who can’t stand hearing and doing the same thing over and over. Predictable and typical responses are like drops of acid falling down upon me until my excitement and zest for healthy pursuits takes a giant step into a different direction.
I know with absolute certainty that if my heart isn’t into something then I find myself chasing down other pursuits. If I’m not glad, excited, delighted, happy, pleased, content, thankful and appreciative of whatever I do: then, I’m pretty sure you can find me where I don’t want to be.
So how do we do it? How do we stay excited and motivated by doing the same things again and again? How do we open up a can of get-these-happy-bubbles-moving-again? What’s the method to strengthen our gladness?
Breathe New Excitement Into Tasteless Routines
I’ve heard of people in Weight Watchers who change up their routines because they know their routines will change them. Some have awakened new interest by challenging themselves to move from online tracking to handheld tracking. Other’s stay motivated through journal writing and experimenting with new recipes.
At our weekly meeting, our leader has a journal book that people borrow for a week so that they can write down their weekly eating practices. Many other people have used the same journal and through participation, it causes you to break out of yourself by knowing that other people are watching you. It’s the hall of fame where previous, ambitious Weight Watchers went the extra mile and now watch from a distance, cheering you on.
Graciously Address the Complacency
When people become complacent they become unaware of potential dangers because they no longer have a desire to push forward and to keep the passion alive. The potential danger for us in Weight Watchers is that we might : unknowingly, slip into old habits that got us nowhere. A gradual build up of not caring anymore can cause us to move on to something else. Being aware of this and dealing with thoughts that may contribute to complacency will help keep the garden unspotted so that lively thoughts can sprout.
Get Ambitious for the Nutritious
Neuroscientists say it’s impossible to be happy and sad at the same time. Could it also be true that you can’t wear ambitiousness and a suit lacking in zeal on the same day?
Some people are able to snap on happiness and other people have to work at it. What I love about our leader is that she gets excited over exercise. When I first heard this foreign remark, I sank into my chair wondering if she only said it to get us motivated. Over the months I kept a close eye on the prosperous members and discovered that the more you say or hear something, you start to like it. The more you like it, the more you love it. The more you love it, the more ambitious you’ll be toward something like nutritiousness.
Although I haven’t mastered the art of stick-to-it-day-by-day-or-else-you-will-decay, I’m working on it and I’m constantly developing practices that will help me continue turning what I need to do into something I love to do.
Happy March!

A Casual Stroll Turns Into a Catwalk

A Casual Stroll Turns Into a Catwalk When You’re a Weight Watcher

The other day I ran into my cousin and she was like “Oh man, you’re looking slim.”  My cousin is the type of person who never makes a comment about anything unless it really stirs up a worthy response. That really got me excited about my progress in Weight Watchers.

Expect these kind of comments to fall before you when you’re a Weight Watcher. If you hangout with the program and try your best to mix in some movement: eventually, you too will throw down those unwanted pounds and enter through the doors of better health and living.

My casual strolls are turning into a catwalk. I looked into the mirror and saw myself looking better than a cup cake. I no longer have to suck in my belly when I’m in the background of someone snapping a selfie. I’m planning a vacation to the mall and I plan to bring back a few suitcases full of freshly-pleasing-body-roaring-clothing.

Dim the Lights, Mr. Slim is Now on the Runway!