I came across some helpful questions at the Tiny Buddha website, and the one that struck me in particular ~ the most current "Ah-HA!" was this one:
Am I afraid of succeeding?I never thought I was until I read this post...
"One of my biggest problems is that I don’t like responsibility. There are many things I’d like to do, but I resist because I don’t want the power to impact, hurt, or disappoint other people. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have dreams—it’s just that I’m just scared of what achieving them will entail.Can we say Light Bulb!? I've always said I don't want jobs with responsibility. I might mess up. I know I won't be perfect. I'll have people disappointed in me, I'll have other people expect more and I'll fall short. I might be 'written up' for failure to deliver. I want people to think I'm perfect - and it is such a load of crap. I know better, but that feeling lingers on...
If you can relate to this feeling, perhaps you’ll respond well to the mantra I’ve been repeating: great power comes with great responsibility, but it also brings great rewards. If you play it safe you won’t hurt or disappoint anyone, but you also won’t help or inspire anyone. And equally important, you won’t help or inspire yourself."
On the flip side ~ in most of my jobs (with a couple notable exceptions), I haven't wanted more responsibility because I didn't care enough about what I was doing to put that much effort (time & energy) into what that would take.
So, I have, indeed, taken the path of least resistance.
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I started juicing on Tuesday July 30th - juicing for breakfast and lunch with fruit and an avocado with salt until getting home. Himself was "using his powers for good" cooking up delicious mushroom fajitas and lentil-mushroom curries for dinner, which I would have over a bed of spinach. I lost 11 lbs the first week. As of yesterday - August 18th, I'm down 14 pounds.
I intend to do a 30-day juicing/eating fruit fast, broken up into 10-day increments... Jay "The Juice Man" Kordich, says he's a "vegetarian when juicing, a fruitarian when eating" -- gets his fiber from the fruit. I think this is a great way to approach it.
Last Saturday morning I finished the 1/2-jar of juice (really really strong juice that I had to dilute because of the 6 cloves of garlic I put in there to ward off a potential cold) in the morning, had a banana, some nuts & dried fruit, two cups of non-coffee (Teacinno, I think) with coconut milk and liquid stevia and cinnamon, water with lemon all day long, an avocado with salt (one of my new favorite things that keeps me satisfied for a long time), corn flakes with more dried fruit and a combo of almond milk and coconut milk, rice and the last of lentil-mushroom curry, and a few more handfuls of nuts... and I was down 3 lbs from Friday after a good sleep (8.5 hours) this morning.
I made a video on the morning I started eating differently, and will do another video at each 10-day point.
I'll start on Wednesday, the 21st of August.
I'm to the point of craving the green juice... my usual is Kale or Spinach, (like 4 big handfuls), 4 - 6 carrots, 2 apples, 1 cucumber, some parsley, sometimes some lemon, and a thumb-sized bit of ginger. As I do it more, I'll experiment with other veggies. In the meantime, I'm posting lots of stuff related to juicing on Facebook.
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And I really intend to blog more often.