I have started the Make Friends with your Scale 100 days of Weight Loss . I have been a team member for a while, but have puttered about, and other than buying the books have only dabbled. I really enjoyed Lessons 1 & 2.
I had to let go of some of the teams I am on. Although I find them interesting and uplifting, this journey is about me. I need to focus on what is going to get me from Point A to Point B. Fewer things to focus on will be good for me.
I have been Sparking 210 days. I believe I am OK with my emotional health. Blogging has opened my soul and I feel the warm arms of friendship around me as I continue to improve.
The encouragement here at SP is amazing.
I am able to whine sometimes ( hopefully not too often) and get the encouragement I need to continue my journey. I am not accepting the place I am as where I want to spend the rest of my life. I love reading other's blogs and have found stronger ties with my Sparks friends than with my immediate family. That is a blessing for me.
I am thankful that failures are an opportunity to do it over, learning from the process.
April was my commitment to Consistency. I need to modify that! Consistency has proven that it only is keeping me where I am. I need to do what I do, but add to it! The challenge team I am in for 8 weeks is really stretching me, Who would have thought that I would be able to walk 6,760 steps. I really haven't, but I have found that by converting what I am able to do into steps, I am staying the course and exceeding the daily 5,000 steps. That is motivating me to become stronger. Isn't it nice to be able to change our minds?
One of the goals for my Spirit of the Wolf is 300 miles. That seemed like a lot, so I googled it. One mile is approximately 2,000 steps, so if I spend an hour doing aquatic exercise, I go approximately 3 miles. Now three hundred miles doesn't seem so daunting. It goes back to eating an elephant one bite at a time.
Because I can change my path and my mind, I am changing my "mantra" to Daily Intention and Change. How do you get what you want? You Intend It.
What is intent?
Intentions are the fuel to manifesting your goals and visions. An intention will help create more clarity in your life, especially when the seed is planted right before you start your meditation.
Setting an intention is like drawing a map of where you wish to go — it becomes the driving force of your higher consciousness. Without an intention there is no map, and you're just driving down a road with no destination in mind.
That said, an intention cannot be forced. It's a seed that you have to sow and then let reap on its own. You can't set an intention that you don't believe in. If it's done forcefully, the purpose of the intention is ruined.
Here are 10 clear intentions to consider, as you move toward your goals and dreams:
I intend to manifest happiness naturally.
I intend to respond first, and then react.
I intend to witness Divinity in everyone.
I intend to lead by example.
I intend to be open to success and abundance.
I intend to stop taking things personally.
I intend to forgive others, and myself.
I intend to love unconditionally.
I intend to make meditation a more important part of my lifestyle.
I intend to make someone smile every day.
If you have another intention in mind that isn't listed above, go for it! Just remember to keep these three important points in mind as you set your intention:
1. Keep it positive.
Make sure your intention has a positive tone. If your intention is to de-stress, then say something like, "My intention is to invite peace and calm within myself during today's meditation." Try to avoid saying something like, "My intention is to fight this stupid stress."
Your chosen intention should always be positive, uplifting, and always in the present tense. You want to refrain from using any negative words.
2. Make sure it can evolve.
Our minds are very clever ... when something new comes along, the mind is intrigued. But as time passes, the mind gets bored! Think about when you walk into a fragrant room — you can sense the smell immediately, but after a few minutes it's not as potent.
The same thing can happen with your intentions. If you stick with the same intention week after week, your mind will stop responding to it. The best way to resolve this is to make sure your intention or goal can easily be adjusted.
If your intention on your first day is to invite peace and calm in, after few days you may change that intention to, "My intention is to enjoy the peace I create in myself." Please be advised however, that you shouldn't drastically alter your intentions or goals too frequently. The goal is polish and enhance.
3. Aim for the short term.
It's more practical to set an intention for the short term rather than the long term. You can still think of the big picture — just divide your long-term intention into few shorter ones instead. This will help you achieve a grandiose goal in shorter, more powerful segments.
If your intention is to become more specialized in your profession, then first figure out the steps involved with advancing in your specific field. Your first step may be to get good grades on your prerequisite exams. Then, the next goal may be landing a lucrative internship, and so on. After successfully manifesting your short-term intentions, you will ultimately reach the actual goal that you had been nurturing in the first place.
Then, once your intention is set, be sure to use it in your meditation. Start your meditation with a few deep breaths and observe the stillness within. Afterward, bring your awareness to your heart and set your intention.
Observe the movement of your breath as you inhale and exhale. Continue to let go of all of your grudges and emotions. Watch your thoughts as they come and go, but don't assign any value to them. Before you finish, take a few moments to be grateful for the intention you have set. Stick to the same intention for a few days before moving on to the next one.
My daily intent is to:
I intend to reach my goal of losing 2lbs a week.
Have my blood glucose sugar remain under 140
Spend less than 2 hours on the computer per day
Do the daily workbook exercises for 100 days of Weight Loss
Be a Good Sparkleader for "Lowering Salt Intake" team
Regain my non-smoker status, with an appropriate written plan.
Clear up one thing I have been procrastinating on.
Continue my daily devotions.
First thing in the morning do my stretching exercises
Do my Fab Four every morning after stretching-
1. What is the one thing I need to achieve today?
Get the exercise bike on the front porch
2. What is the one think I want to accomplish/achieve this week?
Pedal at least 5 minutes per day
3. What is the one thing that is important to me today?
Loving myself by forgiving the smoking slip up
4. What can I do to always remain calm?
Focus on the positive
I bought a bike 5 years ago, and have never felt comfortable riding it. So DH put it on a stand to use as an exercise bike. After a couple of weeks of PT I can now step through and mount the bike. I am very weak, but I did 5 minutes. So I want to continue doing this daily, adding a little every day. The long term goal is I will be able to ride my bike 5 miles a day by the end of September.
My prayer for the day!