Current Happenings

Plains & Pastures Bike Tour (2013)

I'm so proud to live here! Fredericton folks are just AMAZING!!!  Thank you one and all!!  My team raised over $2000.  The support was humbling.  What a great place to be!!!

Mind you, the journey isn't about me - it's about people who fight this horrible disease on a daily basis.  If you're reading this now, I hope you'll come back and sponsor me in the ride next time. 


Bike for Breath

Many thanks to everyone and their generosity.  The amazing people in my life supported me to the tune of $377.  Some days it is just great to be here!   (Fall 2012)


The Hard Way Every Time

One of my favourite songs ever is by Jim Croce called “The Hard Way Every Time”.  Great melody and simple lyrics - mindblowing combination. 

It royally sucks when some flash of brilliance strikes me, only to discover that somebody else had the same thought, and usually before me.  Piffle.  I’ve been doing a lot of reading/listening lately about the psychology around/under/over and behind weight loss, and the resulting healthy body status.  Funny, or more like unfunny, how I have to work through the whole thought process for myself and couldn’t just learn it by listening to other people.  I gotta do it the hard way!

I’ve mentioned Jade Teta & company at Metabolic Effects before.  Another gem was delivered yesterday.

Someone who will make the change says:  "I am figuring out what works for me" OR "I was not getting results so I altered the process...." OR "I have found that I really like the process of learning my body......" OR "It is a little slower this way, but I am slowly learning" OR "I know I can't ever go back to the way I lived and I don't want to......"

The differences in these statements illustrates whether the person has gotten the insight that real body change requires a permanent lifestyle switch. The idea that you are going to do something for a short period of time, go back to your old way and somehow maintain your result is a complete fallacy. NOTHING IN LIFE WORKS THAT WAY!

If you want real change then you need to understand what that means. Change is a complete alteration in the current way you live your life that is practiced forever. Change is a process you practice over and over. It occurs overtime as a result of you messing-up, falling down, figuring out and putting in the work. Change is messy and change is worth it. You will never be perfect at it and you will never be a master. Success comes in the pursuit of mastery.

Wow.  Too bad I didn’t say that first.   That is indeed the path I’m following.  I see my cane in the storage closet several times a week: I ain’t going back to it again.  Figuring it out for myself.  I won’t follow any diet with a name or a marketing budget.  Learning about nutrition all over again.  Which brings up another  tangent......  I’ve been kicking myself for not figuring this out before, considering all the fancy certiffikats I can legally hang on the wall.  It didn’t occur to me to question.  I accepted on faith that the mainstream health information would be grounded in scientific fact and not politics.  Now I know better.  Wisdom.  It comes from experience, which is a fancy word for doing it wrong in the first place!  LOL

My story is becoming less and less private all the time.  It’s a bizarre state of affairs talking about something so personal and discovering just how much other people want to know.  When I tell them what I’ve done/am doing, a common reaction now is something like “That’s so hard.  How do you motivate yourself to keep it up?”

I didn’t actually have a good answer for that.  I was thinking along the lines of Saint Exupery and a takeoff on courage not being the absence of fear but recognition of something else as being more important.  But I don’t need to anymore.....  Joel Runyon sent along a gem in his blog of Impossible Things this week: "Motivation is overrated. Get disciplined instead." 

BINGO.  Decide what you want.  Do it.  Get over yourself.  I couldn’t have said it better myself.  Sigh.

I tripped over a blog with good potential called “Make Shift Happen” by a guy from Toronto using the handle @deanfromcanada.  LOL - Really?  Thanks to the whiteout conditions across the Maritimes today, I’ve got time to cruise his stuff.  Podcast 2 (iTunes) has piqued my interest:  “The Paradox of Success: how and why we undermine our own success”.  The only question is -- do I follow the meekly accepting & normal path to listen to episode 1 first?  Would that come under “discipline” or “experience”? 

Discipline got me from hobbling with that cane to participating in the Resolution Walk on Jan. 1st.  The bright blue jacket is a mighty nice trophy too!

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Reader Comments (2)

I love what you've emphasized about change; my favorite and least favorite word in the language.

8 years low carbing, 2 years gluten free, and now on my 7th day of 1 meal a day, serious ketosis. So far, so great.

Since we are continually accumulating age and wisdom, isn't it foolish to think nothing will change?

April 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWereBear

Too true! " Accumulation of Wisdom" --- let's just stick to that story eh? LOL

Your story is seriously impressive. Eight years of food management is a huge accomplishment. Congratulations!

April 13, 2013 | Registered CommenterMeghann Douglas

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