Saturday, March 08, 2014
First & foremost I hope everyone is having an amazing start to their New Year and I thank those who have reached out to me via email or lovely spark goodies/wall posts with love and helloísÖ I appreciate it dearly & thank you sincerely!
Between school and work I havenít had the time to post any blogs or really get into ďthe sparkĒ like I use to. I have also been on and off (more off than on) of my healthy journey since the beginning of this year but all of that will change NOW. I have taken the time to plan ahead by scheduling work out times, meal ideas for the week and buying enough healthy yum-ness for about two weeks or more. All this means NO MORE EXCUSES!
I started the year 347 lbs and I weighed in the first of this month at 344lbs. Iím pretty sure that the three pounds was water weight but itís a lost and Iím taking it with a smile. LOL.
My ultimate goal for the year of 2014 is to lose 50 pounds. My monthly goals will consist of working out every day for at least thirty minutes, eating three healthy meals a day and two snacks, consuming 8 glasses of water, starting and ending my day with positive thoughts and reflection, daily prayer and devotional readings and to simply smile through each negative/tough situation I encounter.
I was reminded in these past months that we truly control our happiness. We have the control to make a bad situation better or worse. Itís natural to go with the current flow of whatís going on, start bad/end bad Ė start good/end good, but if we truly want change in our lives we need to claim that power within us to be able to change us. We cannot always change whatís happening in our lives (job loss, death of a loved one, financial troubles, etc.) but we can change how we deal with it. Tap into that power within and make the best out of every situation.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
It really is the 22nd of January but Ö.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
(Better late than never, lol ::shrugs:: )
So my goal was not met of losing at least the seven pounds for the New Year but I am not stressing it or worrying about it. I walked into this New Year confident and am more determined than ever. Due to LIFE (work, school, volunteering, etc.) I havenít really sat down and devised a new plan for this year (well at least for this month) but since MLK and all the snow days off ::snow dance:: I am taking the time and planning things out now. I learned a lot from my mistakes and failures last year when it comes to this whole journey. I was focused more on the number on the scale than anything else. At the end of the day that is the ultimate goal but we can quickly lose sight on the bigger picture ~ ultimate health! So my vision is more clearer thanks to God placing all the right tools in my path like this site. This year will be different, it will be better!
My advice to any spark love that is just staring, starting over or embarking on another chapter of their journey is to never focus on the setbacks, failures and mistakes of the past. Instead learn from them. Reflect on what happened then and dig deeper into it not to cause pain or to bring negativity on your process but to learn something deeper about self. For example I learned that part of my problem with over eating was that Iíd eat when I was bored, didnít want to start a new task (homework assignment, cleaning, working out, etc.) and when I was angry or sad. It took me going backwards and just reflecting on the "why" to see "how" I could change things. That takes patience and a lot of it. Please know that this is a process, Rome wasnít built in a day and we didnít gain weight within one either. Donít beat yourself up if you have a mishap or slip up. Allow it to happen without stress or frustration and remind yourself of your goal afterwards in a positive manner. Log on to your spark page and read through your profile when you first set it up. Remind yourself of your goals on that first day here and go from there. The biggest and most important thing to do from start to finish is to LOVE YOURSELF. Losing weight isnít going to automatically make self love appear, that has to happen first. Look at yourself in the mirror and stare into the eyes of the person looking back at you. Do this until you crack a smile and as you keep your eyes set on self say out loud ďI love youĒ. Repeat this every day, multiple times a day if needed. Learning to love yourself before will make this process on your journey that much better!
Spark ON loves!
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
I hope and pray that each and every one of you spark loves is having a beautiful day today with family and friends! Remember the true reason for the season and focus not on the material but on love and faith.
If you had an extra plate (or three) today during the OH SO yummy holiday feasting do NOT beat yourself up about it. I promise there is a ďresetĒ button that can be pressed, pushed, stomped on tomorrow!
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving Spark Loves!!!
I hope and pray that each and every one of you is having an amazing day today surrounded by family, friends and loved ones.
I am thankful for Godís grace, my familyís love and my spark familyís support! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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