Saturday, November 6, 2010

DAY 450 Waiting for What the Tide Might Bring

Hi Journal & Friends,

So last night I stayed up way too late... got hungry again, and ate another meal. Sigh...

After reflection this morning, here is what I decided:

Sometimes this journey is all about smiles, fun and happy times.

But then there are the sad times. Like trying on my wedding ring, remembering how many years it's been since I could wear it, and how far I still have to go.

There are those impatient times... as when I realize how many years I've been waiting to wear this fun watch... still need to shrink my wrist about another 1/2 inch.

And of course, painful times, when things happen you hadn't planned on...

Thankfully, there are also times of healing... stitches out and progress is made.

Times when the only thing that makes any sense is God, and grace.

And time marches on...

What keeps us going, then, is choice. We do our best to make good choices.

We choose to be determined instead of yielding to discouragement.
We choose to make the effort instead of thinking what's the use.
We choose to DO instead of procrastinating.
We choose healthy decisions instead of instant gratification.
We choose to continue no matter what.

Did you see anywhere here that I wrote we "felt" like choosing those things??

I don't always make the "good" choice, like last night. But I am determined to do better. And that can't depend upon "feeling it."

Eventually, though, we WILL feel it again. That'll be cool! It will come in like the tide, bringing good stuff with it.

Trust that.
Believe that.
It's true. :-)

Today's Peek at the Past (Consistency and attitude... yep, still working on both.)

From Day 89, November 6, 2009 :
"Consistency is the KEY. No matter how close (or far) you are from your goal--or even if you're there already--the habits you learn along the way have to continue if you're to be successful in the long term.

In my mind's eye, I visualize the benefits of doing those things I need to do in order to reach my goal. I try to connect it to positive, happy and healthy feelings. I am not there yet, but am determined to keep at it, making progress.

I like the saying "It's all mental." Because our attitude can make or break us. I want mine to HELP me on this journey. "

(For complete post "Consistency & Flying Cats" click HERE

From Dr Phil's book: "What is true about you in your mind, you will live."

My verse for today: "But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior..."

My quote for today: "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go.."  --Dr Seuss (Oh, the Places You'll Go!)

Enjoy the Journey,



Anne H said...

Hunny Bunny aka Loretta
I wonder if the hand is still a wee bit swollen from the recent surgery!?
Give it time.... you are right .... it all takes..... time!
And choice? If I waited to do something til I FELT like it,
Nothing would ever get done, eh?
ps: LOVE the backgrounds on the pics!

Sharon said...

Obviously, the message for me today is that "consistency is the key" because this is two posts in a row that popped up in the reader containing that EXACT phrase. The other was Dawne's (It's My Time)post! You also used my word "determined." I am determined to be consistent and any encouragement along the way is appreciated!

Amelia said...

I love all the 'we choose' comments, so true. The third one is how i get my workouts in everyday..just do, don't think.

I also had a pure indulgence meal late yesterday. Im not happy about it, but like you said...I am determined to do better. Today is another fresh new start.

Have a great weekend =)

Genie @ Diet of 51 said...

Hi Loretta,

Your spunky and resilliant spirit will move you forward. The amazing stories you can tell with your hands!

That ring will fit and the watch, too. I predict that with no doubt.

Dig in with your strong fingers and go.

The Brown Recluse said...

You always make the absolute best posts. You have reminded me of something that, oddly enough, I had forgotten. I DO have a choice.

I just really, really like this post.

Anonymous said...

Ha! Well, Loretta, inspiration for forward movement comes in the oddest places and in the oddest ways sometimes. chuckle.

Not that it's at all odd that I found both in your post, that happens often. But this time, it's WHERE in your post that I found it!

It's the Dr. Suess quote. LOL!

Really. I was reading your post and thinking to myself that I really was choosing to just take a break. Just to nevermind, for now. I'm tired of this, and maybe at my age I've expected too much.

(I hear that I'm so old that I shouldn't be bothered by flabbyness and hanging, wrinkly skin and muscle loss, that accepting my damaged condition is not settling for less,it's wisdom.)

Uh-hmm. You get the idea of where MY emotions were leading me, right? Not in a good place at all.

Then I read that Dr. Suess quote. And read it again. And laughed and thoguht, "No, sir! I am not going to settle. Tell me I'm vain if you want, but this old girl gets to choose where she goes!"

Thanks, WLW, we're gonna do this thing!


Mom to the Fourth Power said...

So true Loretta. It's hard to do something when we don't FEEL that way. It's like we do it and later we feel it. Like showing love even. Sometimes we need to do the loving thing even when we don't feel loving... then later, we FEEL it. Doing is the key (not necessarily feeling). Kind of like "Faith precedes the miracle"...
Okay, those were just random thoughts after reading your post.

Take care!! God bless!!


MargieAnne said...

Thanks again for being inspiring. I woke up cranky. So many encouragers in Blogland this morning. You have helped me get things back in perspective.

Sometimes this journey is all about smiles, fun and happy times.

Coffeed up and fed I need to get ready for church.


Dawn said...

I remember when I could not wear my ring because my fingers were too I will have to resize my ring because I am afraid it will fall off my finger...a lot has changed in the last 2 years for me and you will get there too.

Julie said...

Well I know in my heart that your ring and watch will fit soon. You are doing so well you can't not lose.
It's hard to always make the right decisions. But that's what life is about, those challenges.
Keep up the great work. Keep posting life.
Take care Loretta, God Bless!!

oh_mg said...

I love your nails in the first picture! ♥ Having days when you feel "off" and don't make the best choices happens whether you are trying to lose weight or not.

"Every breath is a choice. Every minute is a choice. To be or not to be." (Chuck Palahniuk)

Anonymous said...

yeah, agreed. Every day I resolve to do better!!! I just wish i had a more recent good day to draw on!
(I love your finger nails in picture 1!)

Baby Stepping said...

It really, really is all about choices - the good, the not so good, and the downright bad. The only solution is to keep connected to God and deal with each choice as it comes - praying all the while that we make the right one!


Fat Grump said...

Great post. Inspiring. Love the tale told through the hand.

Just wanted to echo what Deb said, above. I sometimes allow myself to give up on myself. It's easier. But then I see sense and realise I do have choices and sometimes I have to stop thinking about weight loss and just get right on and do what it takes.

One day at a time. Hope the hand feels better now.

Lyn said...

Your attitude is GREAT. And time is our friend. We can lose this weight at whatever weight we NEED to to keep it off :)

You'll be wearing that ring and watch soon enough!

Joy said...

Great post Loretta!!!

Looks like your hand is healing well. I bet it feels so much better!!

Keep up the great work. And don't get down on yourself for mistakes or poor choices. Remember...this is a lifestyle, not a race. You will get to your goal. Just keep focued!!

You can totally do this!!

Patrick said...

Having items we want to fit into can be great motivation. I have been able to fit into some shirts I have not been able to wear in severalyears. I have some others that I cannot yet fit into. But I will, I definitely will 'feel' them fit as soon as I can.

Have a great week.

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