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!!