Ask DJ Lyons: Align yourself with your end goal

Portion Control Inner Kid

Portion Control Inner Kid
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Spiritual Guidance Diet #8- Align yourself with your end goal

Introduction: One method to more easily reach your weight loss goal is to fully align yourself with the part of you who already weighs that magic number. The more you align yourself with that being, the more you can activate the fruition of your dream.

To read the introductory stories, please read:

Ask DJ Lyons: Introducing Portion Control Kid

Ask DJ Lyons: See myself as Jesus would see me

Ask DJ Lyons: Getting down to brass tacks

Ask DJ Lyons: A Healthy way to start your day with Healthful Breakfast Muffins

Ask DJ Lyons: Celebrate each sign of success along your path

Ask DJ Lyons: Can you turn healthy food into comfort food?

Ask DJ Lyons: The Rapunzel Diet Adventure

Spiritual Guidance for Today

Spiritual Guidance for Today
Spiritual Guidance for Today | Source

Words of wisdom for today from the Guardians of your Body Temple

Good day to you. And this is truly a good and blessed day.

We have observed that for the last few weeks, you have invested a lot of time and energy in intellectualizing this whole process to release up to sixty pounds from your body. We, as the team members, yes – there is more than one of us, called the Guardians of your Body Temple, have stood back, so to speak, and allowed your free will to do this.

Now that you have done your homework and have gained an understanding about nutrition and calorie-counting and exercise, we now urge you to be easy about this whole process. In other words, stop making this such an overwhelming and formidable challenge.

Focus instead on your end goal. You wish your body to be fit and healthy and whole. You, and the earthly powers that be, have identified that a person who is five foot three should weigh approximately 130 pounds. As of your last weigh-in, you have 50.5 pounds to release, in order to meet up with your goal.

We submit to you a picture of how that can happen. Imagine that there is an alternate you out there who already maintains a weight of 130 pounds. Her weight may fluctuate a bit from week to week; however, on average, she weighs 130 pounds. Let us call this other you: Parallel Universe You 130. This alternate you is happy in her weight, her nutrition habits, and her exercise habits; however, she is longing to activate her ability to write, perform stories, and to participate in other activities that are already fully activated in you.

Then, there is the current you. You are a published author of two books with a third manuscript due in a little over a month. You are a professional storyteller of over 20 years. You are a freelance writer. You have a loving and supportive husband, parents, brothers, in-laws, relatives, and friends. You have fully recovered from breast cancer. The only thing you lack is reaching this weight-loss goal.

This is what we urge each of you two to do.

Current You: Thank God that you currently weigh 130 pounds – ignoring the number you last saw on the scale of 180.5. Every Wednesday morning when you weigh yourself, take note of the number; however, view it like a data point that has temporarily gotten off track. Affirm instead that you weigh 130 pounds. Be thankful that the off-track data point is getting increasingly closer to being on track.

One way to meet your goal is to walk like you weigh your desired weight number: 130 pounds. Move and sit and hold your posture like a person who weighs that desired weight as well.

For example, lately, as you seek to get off the couch, you grimace as you anticipate that some of your joints will ache and give you pain as you get up. Some of this pain is an after-effect of the August 11, 21010 double mastectomy operation where both breasts were removed plus ten lymph nodes from under your left arm. We submit to you instead that immediately prior to your intention to stand after sitting for some time, you segment-intend that this time when you get up, it will be pain-free and easy. Give thanks for your agility and dexterity. If it still proves to be painful, give thanks that you still have limbs that move and obey your desire to stand and sit and move around. Focus on the part of you that was free of pain or discomfort when you made this move rather than focusing on the part of the maneuver that felt uncomfortable. The more you focus on the good part, the less you will activate the feelings of discomfort.

To further clarify this point, many people who are over 50 give in to the thought that this increased age will yield you days of pain and discomfort and decreased agility and dexterity. You look at people living in a nursing home such as your beloved mother-in law and her lovely roommate who are both wheelchair-bound due to Parkinson’s and other ailments. Just because this appears true for some people over 50 does not mean that this has to be your truth. Please recall that there are several people over 50, 60, and even 70 that you are aware of who definitely have not accepted this vision as being their truth. They are able to run marathons and dance and move around just as easily as someone in their twenties and thirties. Which reality do you wish to claim for yourself?

Since we know that you wish to claim a reality where you always can move around easily and smoothly and without pain, we suggest that you always picture yourself as being able to move like someone who is young, healthy, and fit.

To continue, as someone who weighs 130 pounds and who is healthy and fit, intuit what food you should eat to maintain that lovely weight. Immerse yourself in the mentality of knowing that you have already reached this weight-loss goal so that you can reach for the next big challenge to improve your life and the life of others.

Parallel Universe You 130: As you seek to narrow the gap between you and the other Debbie, focus on writing each day and practicing performance stories. As you seek to align yourself with that other Debbie, know that she is seeking to align herself with you. Picture this happy day when the two of you become one. Each will bring special gifts and attributes to the other. Once joined, let no man, woman, child, or life challenge tear you two asunder.

On the sidelines, Portion Control Kid cheers you both on.

My Final Thoughts

My Final Thoughts
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My final thoughts

I invite Parallel Universe You 130 to take up residence in my body. Together, we will be more than the sum of our parts. Together, we can accomplish great things to be of service to ourselves and others.

A Challenge and an Invitation

A Challenge and an Invitation
A Challenge and an Invitation | Source

A challenge and an invitation

I challenge you, my readers, to focus on your end goal. Imagine that there is a part of you already living that life who longs to have some of the talents and gifts you currently possess. Invite that part of you to take residence in your body so that the two of you can also become greater than the sum of your parts. Then intuit day by day what steps you should take to make that vision become a reality.

If you feel so inclined, share your end goal in the comment section below. Let us support each other in achieving our most-loved dreams for the year 2011 and beyond.

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The guided imagery process couldn't be simpler or more powerful: you develop a rich picture in your mind of whatever it is that you want to happen. Research suggests that visualization stimulates the brain in many of the same ways as actual experience. When you visualize, you prepare yourself to experience your goal, developing self-confidence and conviction as you go. You'll gain renewed optimism, learn anti-worry strategies, and use your imagination to foster the calm and poise you need to feel confident, competent, and assured. The mind-body techniques in the book include guided imagery, meditation, creative visualization, and personal rituals and exercises.

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Def Leppard - Visualize / Video Archive
Def Leppard - Visualize / Video Archive

Visualize (1993)- Contains all of the videos made between 1989 and 1993, including for the triple platinum album Adrenalize, with additional interview footage. Songs: Rocket, Switch 625 (Steve Clark Tribute), Solo Projects/Making Videos, Let's Get Rocked, Vivian Campbell Joins Def Leppard, Make Love Like A Man, I Wanna Touch U, Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad, Tonight, Heaven Us, Fans/Off Stage Life, Stand Up (Kick Love Into Motion), Return to Sheffield, Two Steps Behind (Live), Love Bites (Live), Photograph (Live). Video Archive (1995), a compendium of eight live tracks from a hometown Sheffield, England 1993 concert; five videos from 1993 through 1995 (including the epic eight-minute version of "When Love & Hate Collide"), and six live tracks from a 1995 Sheffield concert during which Def Leppard offered an acoustic performance. Let's Get Rocked, Foolin', Rocket, Two Steps Behind, Armageddon It, Pour Some Sugar On Me, Rock Of Ages, Love Bites, When Love & Hate Collide, Two Steps Behind, Action, Miss You In A Hearbeat, When Love & Hate Collide (Epic 8 Minute Version), Sheffield, England (October 1995), Armaggedon It, When Love & Hate Collide, Animal, Pour Some Sugar On Me, Ziggy Stardust. Includes: Photo Gallery; Discography; Interview with the Band.

Visualize [VHS]
Visualize [VHS]

Completed and Released in 1993, this video's format is more a documentary released with the band's perspective on their development as a successful writing/performing band. J.Elliot gives us a look at personal performances away from Leppard, as well as showcasing the band's talents on international programming. This video gives the fan a look at what has made the band successful through the last 20 years, and promises that through change there is growth and development. Not a rigid "music video" this documentary format gives us a truer appreciation for the individuals and their contributions to the band's success.


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