Wednesday, March 17, 2010
I am getting ready to go to a Girls Weekend, and, in preparation for the gathering, I put together a file of pictures from the last four years of our previous Girls Weekends. I guess I shouldn't be surprised to see that I was wearing the SAME clothes the last four years in most of the pictures! I've purchased a few things over the years, but, mostly, I shy away from buying new clothes because it has just been too painful. Staring into that dressing room mirror and being unhappy with the reflection because of my weight has brought me to tears on too many occasions. Today, however, was different! Since taking the SP site more seriously and actually doing what is suggested here, I have lost about ten pounds, and even though I was trying on the same size I've been wearing, the clothes fit better and I was happy with what I saw in the mirror! So happy, in fact, that it brought tears to my eyes! Thank you Spark People for such a great site, and thank you Spark Friends for your support and encouragement. I still have a ways to go, but today was affirmation that I'm headed in the right direction. If you can relate to this blog, hang in there! Spark People works!
Sunday, February 28, 2010
I went a little nuts last night. I hosted a dinner party for some of my girlfriends as our husbands are all out of town together. The meal itself wasn't unhealthy. I made a pretty healthy spinach and artichoke lasagna substituting lighter/healthier ingredients, someone brought a spinach salad, and someone else brought some french bread. But, someone else brought a mexican layer dip, and then there was dessert: girl scout cookie ice cream and 3 kinds of girl scout cookies. I pretty much ate in moderation everything, but even eating just a bit of everything added up! I should have just chosen ONE naughty thing (mexican dip, bread or dessert) to indulge in...I'll just have to chalk this up to a learning experience and get back on track today!
Friday, February 26, 2010
Well, I'm 26 days into this journey, and I'm hanging in there. One of the things that I've found to be helpful is becoming vulnerable. What I mean is I've figured out it's okay to admit you have a problem and need help. So, I've been pretty open and vulnerable this time around. I've posted a picture of myself as a healthy, fit and accomplished athlete, and then I've posted a unflattering picture of myself after having lost control... I've logged onto SparkPeople everyday, tracked my nutrition and exercise, joined teams, made friends and been very honest about why I think I "let myself go." I've received support and encouragement here, and I'm making progress. Thanks SparkPeople!
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
I am a firm believer that God talks to me. He's been talking to me for years to give up destructive behaviors, all the while protecting me from my poor choices and undeservedly giving me abundant blessings. Why do I continue to sabotage myself? This self-destructive behavior has taken its toll on my physical health. I cannot fake my way through life anymore...I need to commit to living a healthy lifestyle and make those lifestyle changes.
I woke up in the middle of the night last night and thought about wanting to commit to living a healthy lifestyle. I then tried to meditate myself back to sleep by repeating the word "peace" and focusing my mind on a little acorn. Sometimes I focus on a lighted candle, sometimes a lake, sometimes a leaf...whatever seems to bring peace at the time. I don't know why an acorn came to mind last night, but, eventually, I finally got back to sleep.
When I woke up this morning, I poured my coffee and logged in to Sparkpeople. I was just perusing the site and came across someone who used a quote about the mighty oak tree was once a little acorn. Interesting, I thought. I used that same symbol last night to try to get back to sleep...I spent a few more minutes on Sparkpeople, spinning the wheel for points, answering trivia questions, entering nutritional information, etc. I then exited the site and logged onto facebook. One of the things I like to post on my Wall and read is a daily devotion. The scripture and devotion revolved around freeing yourself from those things that keep you from attaining your true potential through Christ. And, the example it used was the acorn becoming a mighty oak tree.
God does this with me all the time. I am blessed to be at a place in my faith journey to recognize when he is trying to get my attention. Now I need to commit to making these changes for life. for my family. for myself. Because God really does want me to succeed. I am the little acorn, full of potential to become the mighty oak. God has big plans for me. I want to follow where He leads.
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