Something has happened here on Spark People that I thought could never happen and that is being self disciplined enough to be intentional.
But it has and I am beginning to see and recognize some of my weaknesses. We all have them, but we always tend to work on keeping our strength strong as to not show our weaknesses if we have a choice.
However, the beginning of this year was a new year all around for me, health wise. I had, had my last dr.'s appointments and diabetes appointment. Surgery healed well, although I'm still having some problems with the scarring. Health wise I have made it this far and have learned and got educated with all the different variables involve with chronic illness and pain. But, also during this time I had to learn my body, myself.
Being here on Spark People and actually participating (whether a little or a lot) in a challenge and to begin another has helped me understand what it really means to be intentional about what I do to help myself. I've never been very discipline in this respect when I was young and even when things begin to change for me physically I did not do what I needed to, (even though we could never afford it.)
I have become more aware and conscience of what I do, what I eat and even what I'm thinking. Spark People provides a place for me to interact with others and get me away from my own self talk. Because of this my self talk is beginning to change. Now I'm intentional about what I eat, what I do, etc. And the biggest take away from what I've just written here is that it is helping me to reorder my physical world as well as my mental.
I have had much success even in the little changes I've made just by being intentional. Some look to will power but mine have come in the form of being intentional. Being a mission, completing a project as soon as possible, but yet being aware that no matter how much time it takes to get it done, staying focused and being intentional, against myself, until it all becomes a natural part of me.
This lesson of "being intentional" has overflowed into many other areas of my life. It begin with finding exercises I can actually do to get the most benefit, Changing my diet and understanding why, to get the most benefit from food, to participating and joining a few conversations around here at Spark People.
The different challenges and spark streaks gave me just the right amount of motivation to be intentional about completing a particular goal. I am a procrastinator and now I understand what it means for a procrastinator to be intentional. It's doing for the sake of doing. Not that you want to or desire to it; it's just what needs to be done. Not good; not bad. Being intentional about the "to do" in life takes away the dread of doing. It also takes away the excuses because now I am focused. No longer trying to put out so many fires.
I could go on and on, but I think you got the picture I've tried to paint here!
And this is where "Self Discipline" succeeds!