I have noticed,that the biggest transformations in my Life have been unfolding and blooming over a period of seven years, and noticed that these began with the decision based on the realization, and more importantly, the ACCEPTANCE through many continuing acknowledgements, that I did NOT need to 'lose weight, exercise and eat right': I needed to closely examine my Foundation, not my body, not my mind, not my heart, not my spirit not my diet not my exercise; these are the offshoots of the Foundation, and how well they fluorish is a function of the solidarity of the Foundation.
So what is my Foundation? it is the springboard that has been laid and launched from through Life, and it may have had changes made, that took into consideration the quality of the foundation, or it may not have; the Foundation itself may have had basic flaws unexamined or hidden or dismissed for whatever reasons. But until I closely looked at that Foundation, MY foundation, and prodded it, poked it, OWNED it, I was not going to have any healthy flourishing growth or it would be very very uneven.
Life is a balancing act, and balancing requires attention to all parts of the whole; any time one is out of whack, it affects the inherent quality of function of all the other parts of that system; and it needs adjustment.
So HOW do you adjust a foundation? Believe me, it has been and continues to be, one of the most demanding challenges because, I have discovered, that is what LIFE is really all about....Life is a Balancing Act, and that means all things must be attended to and on FIRM and KNOWN ground; the Foundation of who I am, was, has to be KNOWN and embraced and fully owned, just as it has to be when you find out you have a limitation, a disability; until then, not only the disability, but one's denial of it, additionally, will prevent one from STARTING where you are truly AT; and if you are NOT starting where you are TRULY AT, you will NOT get where you TRULY want.
So no matter how much the interface, structure and emphasis in SparkPeople has changed over the years, the initial foundation and intent, is the one I hold close to my Heart, Soul, Mind and Body; LIFESTYLE CHANGES require an examination of our foundation, before any lasting work can be done; it doesn't matter what you focus on first, weight, diet, exercise, motivation; because focusing on one will, if one is ACTIVELY Honest, Open and Willing, lead to other realizations of what attitude changes must be made after examining that Foundation; then the hard work begins and then the next realization comes along, and seeking the correct interface for that with previous realizations starts; soon, you are Playing Ball on Running Water. And that is when the Grief and the Joy become obvious as one Entity, the dying to Live becomes understood, and the Journey continues.
Thank you, Spark People, for a solid Launch