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My Healthy Reflection

Sunday, January 25, 2009

I love the smell of a burning vanilla scented candle.

It brings a calm in my soul. It smells sooooo good to me. It makes me think of friends old and new. A Healthy Reflection email talked about true friends and how dear friends are a treasure. One true friend is more than some can claim and oh, so precious.

I appreciate all who consider me a friend here on Spark. I have met so many members and quite a few who I admire very much. Their journeys are all different and some have not made it to their goal yet. It's their attitude and their perseverance that is so motivating. If all you do is come to SparkPeople and read a few threads and not interact, you are missing out in what it feels like to be able to share a downfall and receive genuine compassion and understanding from other members. That is so special.

Those that I have met here on Spark, I may never see in person, but I cherish each and everyone of them. They have words that are spoken to me when I may be down. They may leave me a goodie when I need a push. A word spoken to say hi. It is all so very humbling. You never know who is watching you. You never know who you are influencing. That is why it is so important to be all you can be and always put your best foot forward. This is a daily thing. And of course, Jesus smiles when that happens.

That burning vanilla scented candle is the fragrance of friendship. Old and New. Some are growing and some old ones are fading. I wonder about those and then I remember that I gave all of my life to God to do with it as He pleases. Some friends are only in your life for a season. Then others are there for other reasons.

I love all my friends old and new. You can be my friend too.
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LEYETTE 1/28/2009 8:47PM

    Hello! SparkPeople knew what they were doing when they name you as a Motivator. You are so inspiring as indicated by this blog. Thank you so much for the special message you wrote on my page. The key reason I'm here on SP is to get in shape so that I can be the best I can be to so that my husband and I can start our family. That reason alone is my motivation to not give up. Thank you so much for your prayers...it really means a lot to me.

Leyette

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BABY_GIRL69 1/26/2009 6:02PM

    Girl, you know I love you!! You are very inspiring & calming, just like that scented vanilla candle burning brightly beside you. I prefer, melon or pear myself, the candle that is! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MIEKA91 1/25/2009 11:36PM

    You have such a passionate and positive attitude, that's beautiful. Any goal you have will be reached if you keep the promise to YOURSELF and GOD! Though it can be a battle sometimes, live it out girl! LIVE IT OUT!!

I wish you much success and blessings,

Chamieka

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I AM CONSISTENT!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Exercising can be one of the hardest tool for some of us to use regularly. We make excuses about this or that and procrastinate. This tool is the most beneficial too we have and it is free. You can use your own body as resistance if you don't have the hand weights. You can walk on the floor or around the park if you don't have a treadmill. You can create your own work out routine if you don't have a DVD or Video to go by. The only excuse anyone has to not exercise is that they are dead. Even disabled people exercise and put some of us who have full use of every part of our bodies to shame. emoticon

To burn calories, we have to exercise. There is no way around it. We have to be consistent. One day at a time and one walk at a time. That is what has happened to me. I am CONSISTENT!!! I have become driven to exercise no matter what. No prodding is necessary for me. I love to get up and move it, move it and move it some more. I want to be fit and healthy. I will not lag behind because I will see my goals met this year. I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens. I asked God for His help and He has given it to me. In all areas of my life. To exercise everyday in some way is a blessing to me. I make sure to rest muscles that need it. I do what I know I can do and I do not over do it.

These extra pounds came little by little. So they will come off little by little. But I ask God for His Supernatural Power to make my little a become much.
He can do it for me. Miracles happen every day.

Here's to health and fitness and happiness. Exercise is fun. Exercise is necessary. Exercise is a must in our lives. Remain strong. Exercise CONSISTENTLY. I do.

Luv to all!
Deb
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CARYNRICKY525 1/21/2009 4:05PM

    Deborah,
Thats why you are a SparkPeople Motivator. You are talking from your heart and I love it. You are so true. It is only hard because we are convincing ourselves that "I" CAN'T DO IT! I have made exercise a part of my daily routine and realize that it gets easier as time goes on. I am a workhorse. I workout 7 days a week. On a lazy night I will only workout for 60 minutes but I make sure my butt is up and moving.


KEEP DOING WHAT YOU'RE DOING....WE ARE LISTENING TO YOU!!!!
Love ya
Caryn



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I AM A MOTIVATOR!!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I feel like Barak Obama. I have been nominated by Spark members as a Motivator and I officially am! I feel like someone is going to come by and snatch my icon off my page at any time . Where is the Secret Service? LOL I was wondering the other day if I was a motivator and if I would ever get that special icon on my page like others. Then...I read my email just before Biggest Loser came on and I went screaming crazy. It was like I had a plane ticket to the Inauguration and I was invited to sleep in the White House for the night.
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You know the Lord gives out gifts to us and one of them is the encourager. I have always loved to say a word of encouragement to others so that their day would go better. The Word says to give and it will be given unto you and this sista always could use some encouragement. emoticon

I want to thank everyone of you who voted for me. Lots of Love from God and me to you all. I appreciate the fact that you were encouraged by something I said. We are all put on this earth to edify others. We are to build up people and not pull them down. That's another thing I plan to do this year. I want to help others grow with words of wisdom given to my heart by the Lord so that their journey would remain focused and peaceful. emoticon

I know that part of who I am is to always think the best of others. I desire to see others succeed in whatever their quest in life could be. No hating here. We have to help others move up so that we can move up too. That's the truth. I appreciate this site and all the Founders and Leaders among us. This is the place to get to all of your goals. No matter what they are. I want to help you get to the finish emoticon line.

Everyone who is on this site with a weight loss goal can do it. You are here because this is your opportunity for health and fitness success. Too many people here are willing and able to give you support as you travel along that road to great success. I will not stop heading in the direction of my goals until they are met and then I will hang around as I maintain. emoticon

I want to thank God for the favor He has given me. I am so thankful for His Protection that surrounds me. Only by my attention to His purpose in my life have I been successful thus far. I love you Lord!

Once again, I thank all who voted for me. Being a motivator is like when a wife receives a call from her husband telling her that he is on his way home with the boss who is coming for dinner. Then she starts running around the house to make sure everything is picked up and put away and the house is presentable. That's how I felt. I thought...I need to change pictures. Is my profile ok? Should I go look for some witty quotes for my page? Then I thought. I can't and will not be anyone else but me. I can be witty. Yea, I'm a MOTIVATOR!!! emoticon

Luv to all!
Deb
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MS.LISSA 1/28/2009 3:51PM

    I was reading your blog and yes you are a motivator and I a proud of you. You deserve this.

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JANDELL 1/24/2009 8:01AM

    I am thirlled for you!!! You deserve this!
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Congratulations on becoming a Motivator!!!

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D710DANCE 1/19/2009 9:51PM

    Congrats!!! You have been one of my motivators all along, not only that you are such an encourager! Love you Sis and again congratulations!!!!

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DEBORAHKT 1/16/2009 9:09AM

    Congratulations!!!!

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MAYBABY18 1/16/2009 1:03AM

    Congratulations!!! But I've been blessed to have you as a motivator for awhile!!!

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BABY_GIRL69 1/15/2009 6:17PM

    Did we really need to wait for them to tell us we were motivators? We already knew!!

Happy New "YOU" & blessings,

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CARYNRICKY525 1/15/2009 10:10AM

    YES!!! CONGRATULATIONS MY DEAR FRIEND.

See with God on your side anything is possible. You are a true motivator! I can imagine how you feel, like I stated before, I come on your page everyday to pay you a visit and when I saw that you were a motivator I was so screaming. AAAAHHHH MY GIRL IS A MOTIVATOR!!!!! I've known since 2007 that you motivate me and are doing a darn good job at it. You inspire me and I TAKE MY HAT OFF TO YOU!

Job Well Done Deborah!
Your friend
Caryn

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2009 IS MINE

Sunday, January 04, 2009

2009 is here. I can't look back and wine about what did not happen as I would like. It's time to go forward. It's time to set my face like flint and focus on the now. What am I going to do now to make 2009 mine? First I confer with God and follow His lead. I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens. I am a winner already and I stand on this statement. No matter what happens, I am determined to make my weight loss goal come to fruition this year. I am serious. I do not enjoy being overweight. I grew up most of my days being overweight. Years ago I used to think of it as being cursed. That was ignorance talking. I have since accepted myself and instead of feeling sorry for myself I became proactive and joined Spark in July of 2007. A choice that has changed my life for the good. emoticon

I have not lost all the weight I want but I will this year. What is my plan for the year? I have joined the January New You Boot Camp. I feel confident that this will kick start my weight loss success again. I also will kick up the cardio again and use a variety of DVDs and other activities so that I will not be bored with the journey. Sometimes that happens and we slip back into old habits, but we must remember the Prize and keep on moving towards it. We must keep moving up! We can't tread water too long. It's a choice to move towards the healthy side. I am not taking any excuses from myself. No more self pity. I put this weight on all of my life, I can take it off no matter how long it takes. No more excuses! 2009 is mine. Blogging more and staying connected to my teams and the different boards help me stay motivated also. I love the interaction on the boards. I like meeting new friends and helping others to stay encouraged. No one is perfect. We all fall off the wagon, but we must pull our boot straps up and get back on the wagon of successful weight loss again. It is so amazing when that weight comes off, then there is a plateau. But I will not allow that to stop me. I will get past any and all plateaus, distractions, and anything else that may try to get in my way of a great success.
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God is on my side and He is on this ride with me till the end and even further. I have faith in His Help. I know that His strength will get me through the hard times. I also will continue to journal on and off of Spark. It helps a lot I believe. To go back and read what happened on a certain day will help you stay on track, or get back on track if you fell left again. My ambition is to be a motivator for others to look up to and gain courage to continue on the journey to fitness and health. We all want to be healthy and sometimes weight is what stands in the way of that health that so many of us desire to manifest. Great things will happen this year. Nothing shall be impossible to them that believe. Lord, I believe!
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Blessings and Prayers for all successes.
Deb
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CARYNRICKY525 1/5/2009 11:03AM

    Hello Deborah,
Yes 2009 is the year that we WILL SUCCEED! I've seen it before and know there is no stopping you.

WATCH OUT WORLD HERE COMES DEBORAH.
SHE'S FIERCE! SHE'S DETERMINED! SHE'S DOING HER THANG!

Your friend.
Caryn

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It's A Wonderful Life!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

M y favorite Christmas movie just happens to be "It's A Wonderful Life". For those of you who have never seen nor heard of this movie I urge you to find it and rent it from a movie rental place or check it out from your public library or buy it. It's a movie worth watching. It makes you think about what this world would be like if you were never born. This guy, "George" (Jimmy Stewart) had fallen on some terrible financial catastrophe and confessed to a wingless "angel" that he wished he had never been born. There are great scenes before and after he made this statement, but that statement made me think about my life and how I would wish I was not "cursed" to be the "fat" girl/lady the rest of my life. Maybe the world would be better without me. But who else can be me?

I longed to be thin all of my life. As a child I grew up dreaming about being in a different family and being sexy, thin and fine. emoticon I thought it was bad enough being po', but to be po and the only "fat" one in the house was terrible for me. That was my mindset. People were not that accepting of the thicker females back then as they are now so I kept to myself because I was ashamed of how I looked. Now, my family was not bad where I wanted to disown them, but I yearned to have a two parent home and we did not because my parents divorced when I was still a toddler. I'm sure lifetime obesity swept a lot of us away to our own dream worlds where we were accepted as we were on the outside. Sometimes this led me to feelings of doubt and insecurity about who I really was.

God has gifted me with the talent to write. Mainly poetry but also short stories, articles and I have always wanted to be a published writer since I was in the fifth grade. What if I had those dream families or the skinny me back when? Would I write a poem as easy as I breath? Could I have had a relationship with God like I do now if I was the Deborah I dreamed about? I don't think my path would be the same at all if those dreams were true. The poet in me would be lost forever. Where would my children be? What about my mother? She was the best single mother I know. She was a strong mother. No, she was not perfect but she did the best she could do with what she had to do it with. Life was hard, but it was not so bad. I have a great family. They are all beautiful to me. They all look up to me because of who I am...inside and the gifts God has given me that I was able to share with them and some of the world because I was born. Because I was not "thin". Where would this world be without the real me?

I no longer will dream about a fictional thin me. I will become a thinner Deborah because that is what I want to do. I am losing this weight because I want to lose the weight. I am beautiful regardless of what others think, rather thick or thin. God gave me to my family as a blessing. I love myself and I want to give the world the best me that I can give. I desire to be thinner and I will. This is definitely a lifestyle change for anyone who wants the weight to stay off. I am determined to keep this weight off. I feel so blessed to have the "real" me come into contact with so many wonderful people on SparkPeople. It helps so much to have a place to come and be who you are and to be accepted and receive the encouragement and push needed to just do it.

Wow, It's a Wonderful Life! Already!

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JULESGL 12/20/2008 1:59PM

    YES!

Thank you for your beautiful writing. We are beautiful no matter what the scale says. We are worth the hard work, not because of who we are but because of WHOSE we are.

Keep on runnin your race to win.

You're gonna do it in a big way!! Jules

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BABY_GIRL69 12/17/2008 2:37PM

    Well, let me tell you are not the only one who wanted a different everything in life. I was the baby so I couldn't do what everyone else did or I was the "high yellow with long hair," or my all time favorite, I was adopted. I used to cry but then I said to myself maybe there is a family that loved me so much but they just couldn't keep me & the tears stopped. I think even I wanted a 2 parent home but being married I see what some children had to endure, will they resent us once they're grown or remember the good times mostly. Its a talent when you can put your story down on paper & have others be transported through time while reading your story & get lost there. You are the world, the sun, moon & stars & the world would definitely be a very different place without you!

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CARYNRICKY525 12/17/2008 1:54PM

    You want the stars...I'll give the star. Deborah.... you don't need a star because you are already a Shining Star! You are a nice person inside and out and getting to know you from SparkPeople is one of the BEST things that has happened to me. You inspire me sooooo much words can't describe. I have become close to mainly (2) young ladies from SparkPeople and you Deborah are on the top of the list.

Love Ya,
Caryn

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GRANDMA_STATUS 12/16/2008 11:37PM

    you want the moon? i'll give you the moon.

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