Wednesday, December 24, 2008
During Sunday School on 12/21, I was reminded about some really good news that we sometimes may gloss over during the Holiday Season.
The holidays can be such a lonely and depressing time for people; ESPECIALLY when they overlook the true meaning and begin to focus on the commercial aspect of Christmas or dwell on what they DO NOT have instead of what they've been blessed with.
For people who are single, this can be a particularly sad time or where the meaning of joy and love can be manipulated. I once had an acquaintance who defined love as "A spirit that has a soul which fulfills the heart to tell the mind to give of itself to another (by IBME)." I don't know about all that, but this is what I do KNOW. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." (John 3:16-17 KJV)
In Luke 2 vs. 11 (NIV) it says, "Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord." This one verse carries such a powerful message, because it shows that God did not forget ANY of His promises to David as it relates to the establishment of an eternal throne. This verse also reminds of Jesus' mission.
Jesus was sent by God to deliver the oppressed and Save the world...to save us from sin and restore our relationship with God. Which is also referred to as "the good news" and indeed it is truly good news with great joy; for God gave the most precious gift of all...His Son.
So to all of my friends on SPARK, and especially to my single friends, it is my hope and prayer that you embrace and enjoy the true Reason for the Season and know that God NEVER forgets a promise.
He loves you...He always has AND He always will!!!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU AND YOURS!!!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
So no news is good news.
I've been fighting a bad sinus infection and have just not felt like myself. Believe it or not I haven't worked out since last Tuesday (12/16/08). HOWEVER, I am very thankful to report that although I haven't lost anything, I haven't gained any pounds or inches.
I'm planning to take some much needed time off from work during the Holidays. During this time I will allow my body to rest and get prepared to kick things up a notch before the New Year afterall, I still have a date with a RED DRESS!!!
Monday, December 15, 2008
What an interesting week this has been. I've added another component to my formula...a personal trainer/good friend, and what a difference it's made.
I worked out with my trainer two of my four strength training days last week and according to him he went light on me...Yeah Right!!! The morning after our second session I was convinced that one of two things would happen if I continue to work out with him. Either I will be fine and tight in a few months or I'll be applying for disability...can we say SORE boys and girls?!
For the week I gained 3.4 lbs. but I lost 1.25 inches (win some lose some). I'm not too stressed about the weight gain, but I still need to keep a close eye on my intake. One thing that I've noticed (and my trainer forewarned me about this) is that my cravings are changing. One night I dreamed that I was eating peanut butter, cottage cheese, steak and eggs (not in the same setting...but over the course of the my dreams for the night...PROTEIN PLEASE)--my body is clearly letting me know what it needs--but I've got to be careful about how those needs are satisfied.
I also noticed that I did quite a bit of emotional eating on Saturday and Sunday which was understandable. Saturday was my Goddaughter's 5th Birthday party, everything turned out well but I couldn't help but to think about Lisa and wished that she was physically there to celebrate with us. Then my neighbor was in a very very very serious car accident as she was on her way to the gym last week. She had surgery last Thursday and has yet to regain consciousness. I went to visit her in the hospital and was surprised to see this once vibrant senior citizen in the current condition that she is in... BUT, I do believe that God is a healer. So when you say your prayers, please keep my Godchildren and my neighbor, Ms. Evelyn in your prayers.
Anyway, I kinda jumped all over the place in this blog...but hey that's what blogs are for.
Monday, December 08, 2008
It's week three, I'm not as ecstatic as I was last week. Nevertheless, I'm still grateful. I didn't lose any weight; however, I lost 0.75 inches...I'LL TAKE IT!
So, is my anti-failure formula failing? Not at all, I consciously made decisions when it came to my nutrition and fitness selections (like DECIDING to really enjoy myself at the Manager Holiday Party this past Saturday night and taking three rest days for the week)...so it is what it is.
Oh well, no need to whine over spilled fat-free milk. So, I've tightened up on my plans for this week and am looking forward to a good report for Week 4.
Monday, December 01, 2008
Well, it's week two and I am ecstatic to report that I am seeing progress.
Although I ONLY lost 1.8 lbs. this past week...a loss is a loss...and I'm thankful for that loss! In all, I have lost 4.3 lbs and 6.5 inches, not to mention that in my waist ALONE I have lost three inches!!!
So things are slowly progressing along, just like the little turtle on my ticker. This upcoming week I will be applying the following formula to ensure that I continue to maintain focus:
PATIENCE + PLANNING + PERSISTENCE=PROGRESS
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