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SP tools: do your reflections show balance?

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Your reflection in the mirror shows only the person as he/she appears from an outside perspective. But here at SP what goes IN and the activity that we put OUT are what are reflected back to us.

Do you take the time to truly look at those reflections?
Do you click the little icon/button to see the reports?
If not, and if you are still working on dietary or exercise changes or striving toward a goal: it is time to take advantage of this site's tools!

No one knows you as you can learn to know yourself.
Ha! You thought I'd end that sentence with "..as you know yourself", right? Wrong!
We are always growing. Therefore, we change. And the things we least understand about ourselves are the ingrained habits which we don't know exist and therefore do not change unless we first know enough to discover they exist. Ah yes, that is a huge component in the SP Diet Stages! Habits! In fact, uncovering them is a huge compass in any journey: getting to know oneself isn't always easy because sometimes we have to pull off the blinders to see what is right there all along. That's what assessment of your tracking does. When you are doing all that weighing, etc etc etc, you come to know yourself so much better than you did before you paid such close attention.

Merely logging into this site is not what sheds the pounds. Using the trackers, posting in treams or message boards, and reading the articles are NOT what yields results.

Doing these things strengthens our knowledge, supports our efforts and helps us get to truly know how what we do (eating, activities) affects our health, our weight... even our emotional outlook. The information we input generates easily-accesible (one click away!) reports that reveal the quality -good or failing- of lifestyle. To ignore the reports when you seek change is a disservice to the effort.

If weight or health issues have been a burden for a long time, don't set yourself up for failure by expecting your changes in habits to yield results immediately. Don't expect that diligence in point accumulation equates progress toward results.
DO consider that points can represent the degree of effort you apply in working toward change.

Following sound recommendations is important to do when creating a lifestyle change to improve health and/or lose or gain (!) weight. Becoming healthy doesn't always follow the same course as that which works for most people, but one should always try the proven methods for a substantial amount of time before claiming, "this doesn't work for me, so I'm going to... (etc)".

Giving ourselves the time to understand whether we are in balance and not merely losing weight by cutting back on calories is what creates a foundation for a healthy lifestyle.

If SP tools' reports are mirrors that reflect to us the shape of our lifestyle,
do your reflections show balance? Do you take the time to understand how they can help you? If not, I hope you'll give yourself the advantage of learning how to see yourself in reflections that are less focussed on what shows, more internal in direction!
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    I love your philosophy. I am taking another good look at myself. emoticon
    3210 days ago
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