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What Can You Do to Make Your Journey Easier?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Puppies4ME, a spark-friend posted a blog a couple of days ago:

It was a motivational poster:

(The Harder the Struggle, the More Glorious the Triumph)

I was vane enough to think she had posted that just for me, because this journey has started to feel like a hard struggle. So I replied to the post:

The harder you struggle, the more you need to relax and look for an easier way to do it that brings you joy.

Does anyone remember those chinese finger traps or handcuffs? It was a kind of braided tube that you put over the tips of your fingers. If you pulled or struggled, you couldn't get out of them. But if you relaxed and worked slowly, pushed your fingers together (which seemed counter-intuitive,) off they came.

Want to see what they looked like?
Here's a link. The man showing the Finger Puzzle relates it to life struggles. I thought it might be appropriate for the discussion here, especially for anyone struggling.

First from Star Trek:

And now from Simplified Health: youtu.be/PSnw-PHL

When I was a kid the philosophy behind the finger trap puzzle escaped me, but the triumph WAS glorious when I figured out how to escape.

I've grown up in Florida where we are always mindful of the rip currents at the beach. If you get caught in one, the natural inclination is to swim hard, against the current, toward the beach and shallow water. But you will never make it. You need to swim cross current to calmer water, then go in to the beach. Check out this video. I love the line, "It's not going to take you to England. It's just going to take you out past the sand bar." youtu.be/rnz3Z39n

Martha Beck wrote Easy Does It marthabeck.com/2013/06/e

This blog is what has made me sit down and wonder if there was an easier way to do whatever was so hard at the moment. And I am so happy to report that there always was an easier way.

Today, I was stressed over everything that needed to be done to prepare for a dinner party tonight. My helper was called away. Instead of focusing on how hard the day was going to be. I sat down with some Christmas music playing (Alamabama's Christmas album). I read My Darling Vegan's blog. She was listing 5 things she was thankful for while I was listening to "Thanks for the Blessings."


So after I surprised myself with a long list of things I was thankful for, my brain did a jump over to this hard way/easy way quandary. I said, "What do YOU want me to know today?"

And as I listened, I knew 2 things:

1. Eat more fruits & vegetables. Dr. Fuhrman's plan has been a blessing for me for 2 years. Lost a lot of weight and it was easy for me. But now something else is going on. My doctor is not sure what it is. But I have gained weight, 25 pounds in the last year. And I find myself stressing over it, and I know cortisol creeps in with stress. One line in his book says, "You will lose weight if you eat more vegetables." He also says you will be healthier, and that is my real goal.

So what is the easy way here, for me? Quit stressing. Eat more vegetables.

2. Make your physical activity fun.
I have learned that I am more active when I plan activities I find fun. My workouts in the pool were fun right up until the weather turned cold. The water was warm, but I felt like an ice cube. So I could check out the gym in town with the indoor pool for the winter. Or I could put on the Zumba DVD indoors.

A new Spark Friend has the icon for a team, Dance to Get Skinny and Healthy Again-Zumba. I noticed that on her page this morning and remembered how much fun I had doing water zumba class. That was so much fun I bought the DVDs for home but haven't done much with them.

So my plan is fruit & veggies first, and zumba if it's too cold for the pool.
And I hate to be negative, but I'm not getting on the scale for a while.

What are you struggling with today? Chances are the problem won't take you to England.
What can you do to make your journey easier?

OK! The main course is in the crock pot. A mess of veggies are in the refrigerator: kale, beets, squash, cauliflower. Nothing else is important.
And right now, it's 80 degrees. Guess where I'm going!!

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    You've given us so much to think about in this blog. I followed all the links that are still active which led to more interesting ideas.
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  • FRIDA11
    Thank you for sharing..
    Yes exercise can be fun - It can also be a natural part of everyday life..
    I had gone out of the habit bicycling to the stores. So I put 1 dollar in a box every time I bicycled as this is what I save in gasoline by bicycling. Now it is my habit again to bicycle and I enjoy the ride. The money I saved I used a day on a market a day my humour was bad. I did some good bargains and talked with some nice people.
    I believe I have to overcome some hurdls before things became easy and in a flow. Especially when I am alone which I often am.
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  • DS9KIE
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    you got me with star trek...lol
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  • no profile photo CD13961612
    What a great blog. Thank you. I needed to hear this I think.
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    2398 days ago
    So true... the harder we struggle the tighter the restraints. I like to just let go and be. Simply be.
    2398 days ago
    Great blog!

    I had someone at an AA meeting tell me once that sometimes we had to quit "trying hard" and "try easy." It was good advice then, and it sounds an awful lot like what you're saying in your blog.

    Thank you for reminding me of this - perfect day for it.

    :) Gail
    2398 days ago
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