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Carpe Diem

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

It's not about yesterday, it's not about tomorrow, it's about TODAY! Carpe Diem, Sparkfriends!!!

I am learning to live in and to thoroughly enjoy each moment that I am blessed to live in. It's a hard paradigm shift for a person like me to make. I'm a planner, perfectionist, controller by nature.

But with age comes wisdom and maturity. Life is gently and lovingly teaching me to not obsess with the future and try to plan for every detail of my life...it's not only exhausting for me but it must be hilarious for God to watch. I am reminded that God knows the plans that he has for me, plans to prosper me, not to harm me, plans to give me hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV). This word has always been planted in my mind but I am now free to live it out in my heart and watch it grow throughout every aspect of my life.

I have also found solace in Matthew 6:34 (MSG): "Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes."

I joined SparkPeople to lose weight and look fabulous on my 40th birthday in a month. I may not be exactly where I wanted to be but I still have time. If I don't hit the bullseye dead on, I'm okay with it. I tried, I made progress and I'm not giving up. I'm enjoying the ride that only a life worth living can give.... with all the speedbumps, curves, twists and turns along the way. Plus, I finally realize that I need not wait to my birthday to be fit and fabulous... I'm there already! Lovin' my new mindset, body, and strength (both inside and out).

It's amazing but I'm finally living for the DAY... this day. And it sure feels good!!!!

  
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FUNLOVEN 5/30/2013 8:34AM

    Your right - it is one day at a time - and the goal is not a race but to live life to the fullest. Each decade of life has it pros and cons but I LOVED my "40s" . So out and have FUN !

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ANGGEL40 5/29/2013 9:07PM

    Alright..great attitude..you are doing great! emoticon

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MICYWALTON 5/29/2013 10:48AM

    Good for you!! emoticon

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I*AM*BLESSED 5/29/2013 10:08AM

    emoticon Thanks for the reminder...

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STEVIEBEE569 5/29/2013 9:02AM

    Amen! I'm in total agreement!

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/29/2013 8:46AM

    How wonderful!

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LOVESLIFE48 5/29/2013 8:44AM

    Sounds like a great plan to me!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Former Foodie has Fallen and Can't Seem to Get Up!!

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

I have been working out great for awhile but I am having trouble controlling my food cravings. By the end of the day, it's like I have absolutely no willpower. Last night, my husband and I saw a BK commercial for 2 Whoopers for 5 bucks. I wasn't hungry but jumped at my husband's offer to go get one for the two of us. I ate a DARN Whooper at 8 oclock at night... WHY???? I didn't even eat a whole Whooper when I was tracking my food intake. Today has been a good thus far and I am intentionally eating less than my allotted calories for each meal but I am secretly afraid of what I might do this evening….

What is going on? Why does it feel like I am personally sabotaging my fitness/health goals? Any insights/advice? If not, I will accept your prayers, too.

  
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GRACIE4ONE 5/14/2013 3:53AM

    Check your email! emoticon

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FUNLOVEN 5/10/2013 9:50AM

    I have been on vacation so I am almost a week off on SP. I have found myself in your situation many times and wonder same thing -- WHY? ! I have found that just getting on SP and venting about it frequently helps set me back on the right track. It sounds like you have already gotten some good advise so all I want to say to you is that you are not alone in this journey of ours to master a healthy life style emoticon

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GODSCHILD2_2011 5/9/2013 10:47PM

    Temptation always come when you're trying to make positive changes or doing positive things. We all have been through it and as long as we live on planet earth, we will be faced with our stumbling block/ temptation again and again. You can't sweat the small stuff but rather look at the big picture.

You're making overall good choices and have committed yourself to a better/ healthy way of living. Keep you eyes on the prize; good health and hopefully a long long long life.

One suggestion is to allow yourself a cheat day or one cheat food a week. I find that when I allow myself a cheat day, I don't feel as though I'm depriving myself and so I tend not to binge or overeat. I also have conditioned myself to not beat myself up when I fall but to dust myself off and try it again. It took some time to not feel guilty when I mess up but I finally got through it.

My prayers are with you and I try wish much success to you on this journey.

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WORKNPROGRESS49 5/8/2013 9:41PM

    Hang in there; "This too shall pass" emoticon emoticon

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MSKIZ69 5/8/2013 8:12PM

    You are human! There will always be days like that but you are made of stronger stuff then to be thrown off completely--keep up your good work!!

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DIVAMAMAOFTWO 5/8/2013 6:39PM

    MKELLY72 and JOYFULGRATITUDE - you two are AWESOME and total moral boosters. Thank you for the great advice and willingness to pray for my continued strength. I was beating myself up but after reading your two posts, I'm dusting myself off and getting back on track!



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JOYFULGRATITUDE 5/8/2013 3:06PM

    You're not sabotaging, you're being human. There's nothing wrong with a Whopper, so long as you don't eat one for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. I don't think there's anything wrong with having fast food every once in a while. Be proud of what you've accomplished so far.
Bits of advice: 1.) Stop beating yourself up, 2.) Stop making yourself feel guilty, 3.) Don't take the all-or-nothing approach (get back on track with your very next meal or snack), 4.) Don't see any foods as off limits; moderation in all things, 5.) Improve the way you're planning out your meals and snacks (sounds to me like you need to have a planned snack prepared for the evening and not to eat it in front of the TV).
The advice I constantly give out: Drink water first! A lot of times our brain mistakes thirst for hunger. Try drinking some water first, wait a few minutes, then see if you're still hungry.
Rate your hunger on a one-to-ten scale. Ask yourself if it's worth it to you to add another thing to your food journal for the day.
Exercise while watching TV in the evening. It will stop you from snacking by keeping you occupied and you'll log more fitness minutes. I love my exercise bike while watching The Voice and American Idol. It's a win-win-win situation: I'm logging fitness minutes, I'm not snacking and I get to drool over Adam, Usher and Keith - just don't tell my bf that last part! LOL My point is to occupy yourself somehow, and just not with food.
If all else fails, get up and leave the room when commercials come on. That way you won't see a big honkin' burger on the screen and be tempted to get one!
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MKELLY72 5/8/2013 1:58PM

    I have found myself in this conundrum before myself, and while I never really am able to pinpoint why--I always seem to find my way back--especially when I make myself accountable for it. It seems to happen to the most diligent of us from time to time--bottom line is not to beat yourself up about it--and I'm sure you will get a variety of good feedback and ideas--in the meantime, you have my prayers to find the strength to regain the control you desire.
Michelle

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Lunch Break Express Workout

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

SpaFinder sent me a copy of this awesome lunch break workout... it really gets alot done in a short period of time... ENJOY!

http://thewell.spafinder.com/gallery/30-
minute-lunch-break-workout/?utm_source
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SWEETMAHA 5/24/2013 2:02PM

    great job loved it and saved for me

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GRACIE4ONE 4/12/2013 1:48AM

    I couldn't click on the link and am too lazy to cut and post anything, but i'm proud that you got er dun! Twin-Wonder powers activated double time!!!! emoticon

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FUNLOVEN 4/11/2013 11:52AM

    Thanks for the info. I checked it out and added it to My Favorites to safe it for when the weather gets nicer here and I feel fit enough to try these exercises. Right now I'm afraid I would fall flat on my face attempting them - LOL !

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BABY_GIRL69 4/9/2013 5:50PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon God bless,

Dee

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Spring is in the Air!!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

It's been a long winter... even though I am a lifelong Michigander, any winter still remains a long winter for me. I have learned to embrace the winter and the snow for my own sanity. I have taken the kids out for several sledding adventures, I have learned how to snow shoe and I have even taken walks outside in the cold.

But for the past few days, I have enjoyed spring in Michigan. There's nothing like it!! Newness of life is springing forth all around me, the fresh air, the blue crystal clear skies and nature crying out for the world to enjoy her and to embrace her wonder. My body has yearned for this time to come again... I can't resist the urge to jump on my bike and go for a spin, to go on a nature hike or to take the kids to the park and try once again to conquer the monkey bar chin up (Lord help me).

Wherever you are, whatever the weather may be, I hope you are taking time to enjoy the beauty of the world around you. Sometimes, it's more difficult to find (especially when it's buried under 3-4 feet of snow, your battling illness or you are busy beyond imagination) but it really does your body good when you learn to train your mind to be content in whatever situation you find yourself in.

In the hurriedness of our lives, we are so focused on the attainment of “happiness” but I have learned that what I truly yearn for is peace and contentment. Being content is probably not seen as a lofty goal by many but for me it means to enjoy the wonder of every day life even while reaching for the next level, to delight in all that I have been blessed with, to rejoice in the small and big victories alike and to find deep down soul satisfaction. A lot of my contentment comes directly from my relationship with the Lord and remembering the price Jesus paid on the cross during this Easter season but I gotta admit this great spring weather doesn’t hurt either!! Enjoy life, embrace contentment and may your soul REJOICE in the wonder of the world around you!


  
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LCERVERA 4/6/2013 8:58PM

    Amen! Hope you had a great Easter! We did and I'm looking forward to worship tomorrow. You're right, it really does lift my spirits to be outside when the weather is warmer. We've had some hints at it here in NY as well-tomorrow should reach 60!
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JOYFULGRATITUDE 3/31/2013 12:38AM

    I couldn't agree more! I take meals outside pretty often just to sit in the sun. I also like taking my telescope out to star search at night. I love how it smells outside after it rains and everything looks so clean and dewy. I grew up in the mid-west, so I am well acquainted with snow. Everything looks so sparkly and pretty before all the shoveling and plowing begins, and I love the crunch of the snow under my boots. I also like taking walks in autumn when the leaves are falling off the trees, everything is so colorful and the air is crisp, but not yet cold.
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God has most certainly blessed you, and may you and your family have a happy Easter Sunday! I hope the day finds you all in God's gracious glory!
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I*AM*BLESSED 3/30/2013 11:31AM

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HPSANDDOLLAR 3/30/2013 11:11AM

  Thank you for the insight

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28 Day Bootcamp Challenge

Sunday, March 24, 2013

I just joined the Official 28 day Bootcamp Challenge team and tomorrow is my emoticon .

I did a test run of Day 1's Workout and it was awesome; I love COACH NICOLE!! I'm looking forward to the challenge and putting the pedal to the metal. I am moving in the right direction and don't want to lose my momentum!!

I'm a little behind on my weight loss goals and hoping that the next month will push me into high gear!!

  
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GRACIE4ONE 3/30/2013 5:16AM

    You got this, girlfriend! Good luck!

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JOYFULGRATITUDE 3/26/2013 11:29PM

    Welcome to the Official 28 Day Boot Camp Challenge girl! I am in week two of it. Week two has me adding a bonus video of my choice (I chose the 7-Minute Arm Tone-Up with Dumbbells) twice a week, in addition to making sure that I use my Nutrition Tracker. I do The FIRM and Zumba, in addition to treadmill and exercise bike, for my cardio. I also use a resistance band. I think Coach Nicole is inspiring. You sound like you are doing great so far! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BROWNSKIN252 3/24/2013 9:05PM

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Today is day one of week four for me......I have really enjoyed this challenge.

Have fun & be sparked!

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