Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Life comes at us fast ~ remember to duck! LOL
Life is unpredictable and for the last nine months my life has not been what I would have planned for. You see my husband has pancreatic cancer, what normal is I no longer know. We have dealt with a lot of challenges, operations, treatments etc… Most days we take it in stride, cry, talk, and laugh and try to live as much a normal life as we can. Today is his last treatment YEAH!!! Tomorrow we hope that he starts to feel better, gain back his strength…
During this process I have tried very hard to stay on track with my calories, exercising, staying positive. The last few weeks I have lost my focus and the stress and sadness has gotten the best of me. Today I’m hitting the restart button! I can’t let all the hard work that I have done exercising and eating well go to waste. I hate feeling the pain in my knees because I have not exercised for a few weeks. I’m starting to feel flabbier then I have in a long time…it’s time to get back to the gym, walk… I have to be health for me, my husband, and my son especially my son he has been through so much and so strong helping deal with his father.
Today I will eat whole, healthy food, veggies, and eliminating sugar. I plan on finding at least half hour to exercise. Today I’m hitting my restart button to a healthy future. Join me!?!
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Happy Valentine’s Day SparkPeople
Today I came across this article about self love and felt it was truly on target for today but more so a major key to successful weight loss. Loving yourself enough to work on good eating habits, working out and most importantly forgiving yourself when you slip. When you’re not perfect is NOT the end of the journey just a small bump on the road. We would never give up on a friend for not being perfect why can’t we show the same compassion for ourselves?
I hope that you find this article helpful as I did and have a wonderful valentine’s day! – Be Fierce! ;)
Michelle King Robson, Founder, Chairperson and CEO of EmpowHER, one of the fastest growing social health companies dedicated exclusively to women’s health and wellness, offers the following tips for increasing your own self-love:
1. Find your inner beauty
Easier said than done? Definitely. But if the old adage “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is true, what message are we sending ourselves when we fill our own heads with criticism? Instead of picking at everything you think is wrong with you, work to actively locate the beauty inside yourself and celebrate it.
2. Write it on the mirror
To help with my internal transformation, my daughter took my lipstick and wrote “I am beautiful” on my bathroom mirror where I had to see it every morning. We cleaned around the words for a year until I finally got it through my head. So take your brightest lipstick and write the words you need to see on your mirror or on a note on the refrigerator door or a sticky note in the middle of your steering wheel. Wherever you put your message, be sure you read it every day – and leave it there until you believe it.
3. Give yourself a break
We all do or say things we wish we could take back. Then we fall into the inner dialogue of thinking, “Why did I say that?” or, “Why didn’t I do better?” These thoughts are so automatic we don’t even realize how much we put ourselves down. Instead of letting mistakes loop in your head, give yourself permission to let them go and move on.
4. Pay attention
As women, we often find it easier to give compliments than to receive them. Don’t brush aside affirming words. Whether it’s a kind act or a thoughtful word, give yourself a moment to really think about what others appreciate or admire in you. Those things are real, and they deserve your personal attention. For me, compliments from other women are more meaningful than those from men. So don’t be stingy in paying compliments to others. I believe whatever you give out will come back to you ten-fold in personal satisfaction.
Even if you still don’t see your inner beauty, lock eyes with someone and give her a big smile. You’ll see her light up as your inner beauty shines through. Better yet, that light will reflect back onto you, and you’ll both feel better about yourselves.
Loving yourself should be the norm, says Ms. Robson. Each of us needs to be happy in our own skin. Take the time this Valentine’s Day to focus on yourself as your primary true love.
The full article is at: http://www.emaxhealth.com/1506/be-your-own
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
This morning as I was about to get into the shower I got a glimpse of my body in the mirror and here was my thought process…
I really hate this fat body, a *sigh* and a deep sadness overcame me…
As the warm water started to rain down on me what I had just thought really hit me hard. How could I feel such hatred for my body? It is the ONLY body that I will ever have. No wonder I miss treat it and abuse it, I hate my BODY! You see this was at a moment that I was not filtering my thoughts, remembering all the stuff I had read in the past to love my body etc…as much as I want to say I believed that in the past, this morning made it clear that I really didn’t believe it deep down, at my core.
Today, going forward I have a new insight into what it means when I don’t love this body. It starts to explain why I have inflected such abuse on it. Why would I treat my body with kindness, good, nutritious food, exercise, plenty of water and rest?
I know her lies the key in my weight loss journey. I need to accept and love this body that I have right now with all its imperfections at the size that it is now. Accept the aches and pains and remember that the more I exercise and get stronger the less pain I have. I know that with more exercise my muscles will respond and start to shape my body into the figure that I will find more acceptable. The belly that I know have, the double chin will start to diminish with time and clothes will start to look better, I’ll start to feel better and look better. Putting good, whole food and eliminating sugar, sugar substitutes and over processed food will also contribute to better health, more energy… This is all possible with the body I have now!
Only loving my body as it is NOW will I start treating it as a valued, priceless body, it’s the only one that I will ever have and I want to be around for a long time… :)
I challenge you to consider how you view your body? Would a new view help you do better on this weight loss journey?
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
I started of yesterday on track, focused and motivated. After lunch I was running an errand and went by my favorite chocolate shop…I have been doing well, life was pretty stressful and it’s the holidays, maybe I can take a break from my focus on eating well etc…well I stopped in and rewarded myself with a couple pieces of chocolate. It wasn’t much of a reward since it didn’t make me feel any better but sluggish…YUCK!
After work I went to get my nails done and all I could do was think about sweets, ice cream, chocolate, pie… by the time I left the salon I couldn’t get over to the market fast enough. I didn’t stop for a second to consider what I was doing; I knew what I was doing. I just didn’t want to deal with the reality of my life, my husband’s illness and I was going to numb myself as fast and as much as I could. When I got home my son was shocked with all the junk he kept asking me what was wrong, why there was all this junk food in the house.
I was having a melt down and didn’t shad a tear or yell. Just dove right into a container of Ben and Jerry’s, then more junk and more junk… I guess you could say I went all out!!! Intellectually I knew that all the junk would not change or help the situation but I did it any ways.
Today is a new day, I have made peace with what happened yesterday and I’m ready to be back on track. I have no desire for sugar or more Ben and Jerry’s; I guess you could say I got it out of my system.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Almond Joy – do they really bring you JOY!
Tomorrow is step 2 in my husbands treatment for pancreatic cancer…there I said those terrible words that haunt me since he has been diagnosed. He has had the Whipple surgery to remove the tumor that was growing in his pancreas and now he needs chemo and radiation. I hate having to be strong and upbeat when all I want to do is curl up in a corner and cry.
Instead since his diagnosis I have gained back 8 of those precious pounds I have lost and so very slow was able to loss 3. It is just not right that to gain them I have no problem but to take them off is such a slow, tedious battle…
I had done well all day today but this evening all bets are off and I’m stuffing down those Almond Joys hoping not to feel the pain, fear …. WHERE IS THE JOY!!! LOL
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