Monday, August 03, 2009
As a result of a comment on my SP Page from my Bahama Mama Sister BUSIBODI, I was inspired to write this blog. She noticed the new background and asked me what I was "SEARCHING" for? Good Question Anna!!!
Effective two months from today, I plan to attend my 20 year High School Reunion. The picture that is in my background and posted in this blog is the cover from our Senior Yearbook. I am so looking forward to seeing old friends and playing catch up. I consider myself blessed in that the majority of my memories from high school were positive. Although I was really full-figured (300+ pounds), I did not experience most of the heartaches, teasing and cruelty that people of size typically experience from the insensitive bullies. As a matter of fact I was generally well liked and I was very active in most of the clubs and organizations. My senior year I was class President and my classmates even voted me as "Most Likely to Succeed" for the yearbook superlatives.
I believe that the #1 reason why I enjoy Facebook so much, is because I have had the awesome opportunity to reconnect with my old pals from good old Southern High School.
Anyway, I know that my friends from high school truly accept me as I am whether I'm a size 36, 16 or 6; however, I'm using our upcoming class reunion as another motivator to re-energize my Back to Basics plan.
In the past few weeks, I've been inundated and super busy with life and I have gotten bored with my routine. Tired of my same old meal plans, tired of my same old recipes, tired of my same old workout clothes, tired of the same old songs on my iPOD, tired of my workouts and just plain old tired...and as a result last week I officially became tired of the direction that my ticker had gone in.
With that being said I started "SEARCHING..."
*...Searching for some new recipes and meal plans (thanks for the tips NEWBEIN)
*...Searching for some new workout clothes...that actually fit!!!
*...Searching for some ways to intensify my workouts and actually break a sweat AGAIN!
*...Searching for some new fresh workout music!
*...Searching for ways to get that ticker moving to the RIGHT to the RIGHT!
I'm pleased that so far, I have found what I was SEARCHING for and was thankful to report a loss on yesterday's Back to Basics weigh in...YAY ME!!!
I know that it is unrealistic to expect to be at 217 lbs. by 10/3/09 (the date of my class reunion) but I will keep SEARCHING.
As a matter of fact, I will keep SEARCHING for ways to keep this "lifestyle-change-thing" fresh and exciting. I will continue to ASK and SEEK GOD's help and I know deep down that one day I will FIND myself at my goal... I WILL GET THERE!!!
Amen and AMEN!
"Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks." Matthew 7: 7-8 NLT
Saturday, July 11, 2009
I am super thankful for my Pastor, Rev. Dr. Kevin W. Cosby and the timely messages that God ALWAYS gives him.
A few Sundays ago (6/28 to be exact) I did my weekly weigh-in and was frustrated to see that I had gained a few pounds. On my way to church I was thinking about just how tired I was all across the board and I even began to wonder if reaching 217 was a realistic goal. Maybe I should be content in the 230's and just live with it. The previous week I had not been able to work out or batch cook like I usually do because of the long hours that I spent at work. I was behind on updating my SPARK trackers, I hadn't talked to Mama or any of my loved ones for days and I was just tired.
Well, as I walked into church, Pastor was in the middle of his 9:40am Sermon and this is what he said, "I know you may feel like giving up, you eat right, exercise and yet you gain weight but you have to choose not to give up..." Now what struck me is that the way our church is built, when you enter the building you're in the foyer. There are windows around the sanctuary but the lighting is set so that people in the sanctuary can't see what's going on in the foyer to help minimize distractions during worship--so there's no way he could've saw me! Wow, God always knows what we need when we need it.
Anyway, fast forward to the next few weeks. Life has been super duper hectic.
My new customer is thrilled with my team's performance and I even got an email this morning from one of their directors complimenting the "commitment and execution of me and my team," which is great. BUT in the past two weeks I have maybe worked out 4 or 5 days total, I'm up 6.5 lbs. , I think I've seen Mama maybe three times, I can't remember when I've seen either of my nieces, I'm behind on Sparking, laundry, I'm almost out of fresh freggies and so on and so on. GEESH!
Well, today as I was cleaning up I ran across the sermon notes from 6/28. The sermon title is the subject line of this blog. The scripture was Acts 18: 1-11 (GNV), but the focal verses were 9 and 10:
"One night Paul had a vision in which the Lord said to him, "Do not be afraid, but keep on speaking and do not give up, for I am with you..."
So if Paul kept going, I know I can. Things are not going to slow down for me anytime soon as a matter of fact they're slated to get more hectic, so I have to make the choice that I will do what I need to do to get to 217....and here's the plan:
1. Follow the first point of the message, "Resign as the Master of the Universe." Thankfully that position is filled. God is in control, not me...PERIOD!
2. I have to schedule some ME time...PERIOD!
3. I have to make time to SPARK....PERIOD! Sparking is beyond using the nutrition and fitness trackers, to me the support is sooooo valuable. I have not been able to properly respond to all of my SPARK friends for their page/blog/photo/recipe comments, SP Mails, SP goodies but I have read every single one of them and there were days that I was able to STAY ON THE WALL, simply because of the support from my SP Friends....THANK YOU!
4. Continue to rely on the skills and competence of my team and DELEGATE! DELEGATE! DELEGATE!
5. Take advantage of my little workout corner that I have set up in my office and the standing workout appointment that I have scheduled Mon-Fri at 2pm. I have a CR DVD, tension bands, weights, a yoga mat and fitness ball in the corner of my office--so that completely eliminates the excuse to not get my cardio on...even when I have to work late!
6. Last but not least, I'm following the third point from Rev. Cosby's sermon, "Soak your mind with the promises of God." And the number one promise that I will be clinging to is from Galatians 6:9, "and let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." AMEN!
I've come too far to get side-tracked now. So I have made the choice and I CHOOSE NOT TO GIVE UP....217 here I come and I mean that!!!
This is my Pastor pictured in these photos. He is a constant source of encouragement and is the one who advised me to take pictures as I lost weight so that I could help encourage someone else on this lifestyle change journey.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
WEEK ONE: Establishing Goals and Strength Training
A. Establish One goal you would like to accomplish by the end of the challenge. This goal should be lifestyle and fitness related, NOT a certain amount of weight you would like to lose. After identifying a goal, think of two things you can start NOW to make your goal an achievement. Share your thoughts with your team, and post them in your sp blog.
B. We're pumping iron right away! You will need to lift TWO TIMES THIS WEEK to receive full points for our first challenge.
C. Be sure to track your measurements this week! You won't be penalized if you don't, but I'm sure you will want to see your progress through this challenge.
Now that I'm less than 20 lbs. away from my final goal, I have to be more creative with my workouts and closely monitor my nutrition in order to get results. As a part of the Challenge that I'm doing with the CARDIO CONNOISSEURS I had already set the goal to start lifting 3 times a week and I've been consistent with meeting that goal.
For whatever reasons, in the past I've dreaded lifting weights in the gym. It's not that I'm intimidated by the guys who do the heavy lifting. I will get in there right along beside them with my little 20 lb. dumb bells and lift with the best of them! But I believe the dread centers around either having to wait to use a machine or setting them up. When I workout, I just like to hop on something and go. Anyway, being that I don't like excuses only results thanks to SPARK I believe I've found a solution and I now look forward to ST. One night, because I was crunched for time and needed to ST for the sake of the CC challenge I used the Workout Generator on SP. From that brief workout using my own weight as resistance I had one of the best ST sessions ever!
So I said all that to say that my goal for this challenge is to increase my strength, tighten, tone and lose more inches through resistance ST with the SPARK workouts.
Here are my starting measurements...all I have to say is BAT WINGS and BOOTY THIGHS!!!
Right Arm: 16.5"
Left Arm: 16.5"
Left Thigh: 29"
Right Thigh: 29.5"
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