Saturday, November 15, 2008
As the old addage goes, "If you fail to plan, then plan to fail!" And that is what exactly happened to me for the past two weeks while I've been unable to SPARK. Life in general has been chaotic and I have allowed all of the STUFF that's been popping up affect both my eating habits and fitness routine.
I am a planner by nature. I make lists, I use at least four different planners/time-management tools and have trackers for my trackers. So, I asked myself what happened? I allowed the stuff to pull me under, zap my energy and I maintained my plans of everything except the two most crucial plans....my intake and output. Well no more...and I mean it!!!
This weekend I created an Excel workbook with formulas that calculates every calorie consumed and burned. Don't get me wrong, I love the trackers on SP, but when I'm cramped for time doing advanced tracking is sometimes a challenge for me. And with the Holidays and other STUFF that's coming up, I simply CANNOT AFFORD TO FAIL!
In my WONDERFUL WORKBOOK, I have all types of forumulated worksheets and I am able to forecast my meal plans and workout routines all the way until the end of the year. Now I realize that there may be a need to tweak some entries as things go along to avoid things becoming redundant/mundane...but I believe this is what will work for me.
So I will rely more on my workbook for tracking and will use my SP time to be more active on the threads, because without a doubt SUPPORT is an important part of my anti-failure formula.
I've come to far to turn back now and FAILURE is NOT an option!!!
"No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead..." Philipians 3:14 NLT
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
"This was the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes..." Mark 12:11 (KJV)
"Rejoice evermore. PRAY WITHOUT CEASING" I Thessalonians 5:16-17 (KJV)
Friday, October 31, 2008
A close friend, talented writer and member of my church regularly publishes motivational emails entitled "Thought for the Day". Today's thought talks about the best exercise ever and that's exercising the right to vote. This Tuesday, along with your regular exercise...don't forget to exercise your right to vote!!!!
"I once heard of a church where members thought it was against God's will to vote. Concerned that a corrupt politician would win a local election, church members gathered for an all-night prayer vigil. In the morning, however, they refused to vote and the good candidate lost—by fewer than the number of votes represented by those at the prayer meeting."
Author: Jeffrey L. Myers, Ph.D. / from his book Vital Truth: Christian Citizenship
"Bad officials are the ones elected by good citizens who do not vote."
George Jean Nathan – 1882-1958, American Critic
"When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan."
Proverbs 29:2 (NKJV)
Exercise your voting right as a citizen, to ensure that the righteous are in power.
Get out and vote on Tuesday, November 4th!
"For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12)
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
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So this past Sunday was the American Cancer Society, 5K Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. My team, which consisted of my Co-workers, Sorority Sisters, Church Members and Lisa's Co-workers...well in summary, a bunch of friends--proudly walked in her honor.
In some way, shape, form or fashion cancer has touched all of our lives...of course through the Lisa experience, but unfortunately through other personal encounters.
For example, one of the captains has lost both of her parents within the past year and a half to cancer PLUS she has a sister who's a breast cancer survivor. The other captain lost her mother to breast cancer when she was an infant and the vendor who sponsored our shirts lost his teenage sister to brain cancer. One of my church members who walked with us is a breast cancer survivor and a sorority sister who walked with us is a 13-year cancer survivor.
Yes, I would love to knock cancer completely down. And I know that the 13,000+ people who participated in the walk on Sunday would like to do the same. In the meanwhile, the $2,000+ that our team raised delivered a sucker punch to that disease. Or at least a right HOOK (thanks to Jay, Brandy and the wonderfully awesome people at AIT Worldwide Logistics for their support and sponsorship)!!!
...KNOCKOUT CALORIES (or at least cut 'em down)...
Last October at one of my favorite hangouts (the Estee Lauder counter in the mall), they were passing out little bookmarks with seven easy tips to follow for good breast health. My hope, prayer and focus is to place even more emphasis on Tip #4:
#1: DON'T SMOKE. Don't start. Or quit if you do, to reduce your risk.
#2: EXERCISE. Find a sport or activity you like and do it regularly.
#3: EAT MORE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. The fiber, antioxidants and other nutrients may help reduce the risk of breast and some other cancers.
#4: MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT. Excess weight has been linked to a higher risk of breast cancer.
#5: REDUCE STRESS IN YOUR LIFE. It may be beneficial to the immune system and help reduce the risk of some diseases.
#6: GIVE YOURSELF REGULAR BREAST SELF EXAMS. Report any changes to your doctor right away.
#7: GET SCREENED. Ask your doctor when and how often you should get screened.
RELATIONSHIPS, and our
HEALTH are sooooo important.
So TODAY, not Monday or next month or at New Year's what will YOU KNOCKOUT (_________)?! Fill in the blank.
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