Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Some of you will notice I am no longer posting on your SparkTeam and that it no longer appears on my list of SparkTeams. It is not that I am unhappy with you or your team. It is not that I had an issue or a problem. I have been blessed, encouraged, and supported while on each and every team. However, I just need to downsize. I felt I was being pulled in 20 different directions and couldn't keep up with the chats, goals, challenges, etc. and sometimes, overwhelming amount of wonderful information.
As my journey changes, so will my SparkTeams. I pray no one takes offense and we can continue to be SparkFriends.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Jan 22 Prayer and Meditation
Faithful thought - When my mind is focused on prayer, I get that daily dose of spirit that keeps me strong.
Action - Pray as you walk today
Affirmation - Today I will make the effort to set the world aside for a few minutes and let my mind meditate upon God.
Exercise - Day of rest
Jan 23 The Power of Music
Faithful thought - I don't eat junk food and I don't listen to junk sound.
Action - Kick noise pollution out of your life!
Affirmation - Today I will fill my soul with powerful, energetic, uplifting music.
Exercise - FFFU, day 2 with Coach Nicole, 1 mile walk OUTDOORS!, and yoga
Jan 24 Cleaning your house of bad beliefs
Faithful thought - I control my thoughts and actions. I will be who I want to be.
Action - pretend you have to describe yourself to someone who doesn't know you. List as many things as you can think of to describe what you are like. Read over the list. Do you sound like the kind of person you'd like to be? change what you don't like.
Affirmation - Today I will act with integrity toward myself and others.
Exercise - 1 mile walk, yoga
Jan 25 Outfoxing Stress
Faithful thought - Stress comes and goes, but if I keep exercising and trusting in God, I'll stay on an even keel and everything will take care of itself.
Action - Cut your caffeine intake since they raise your stress hormones.
Affirmation - Today I will give it my all, do what I can, and not worry about what I can't do.
Exercise - FFFU, Day 6 and yoga energizing routine
Jan 26 Getting Whole Again
Faithful thought - I know that living a life of purpose requires me to take care of myself, outside and in, and to keep making sure I'm doing what I really believe in.
Action - What makes you unique? What makes you different from everyone else on the planet? List the things that you know in your heart that make you a unique creation.
Affirmation - I am a whole, sacred person. There is no one like me on earth, and I'm going to have a blast while I'm here!
Exercise - I was supposed to walk today, but my fibro says "NO, not today"...so, to take care of myself, I did a gentle yoga routine instead.
Jan 27 Forgiveness
Faithful thought - Everyone has their imperfections, including me, and I bear nobody any malice. My love extends to all humankind--including myself!
Action - Write a letter of forgiveness to anyone or institution you are holding a grudge against. DON'T MAIL THE LETTERS. (they will interpret it as lording over them), just throw them away or burn them as you pray for that person/institution.
Affirmation - I begin today with a clean slate, for me and everyone. I hold nothing but love for me and everyone I meet, and I will act in love in both our best interests.
Exercise - walking
Jan 28 Doing it for them
I Peter 3:15-16
Faithful thought - Just as I am a part of God's plan, so is everyone else. I've been so blessed and I know one of the greatest blessings is passing that on.
Action - Invite your spouse or children to begin walking with you
Affirmation - Every day that I walk, not only am I contributing to my own quality of life, but to everyone's with whom I come in contact.
Exercise - It's Saturday.....housework cardio and strength training. LOL
Jan 29 Your Call to Service
Faithful thought - The changes I've made in my life by walking have improved my life so much and hardly cost me a cent. I wonder what other easy way I can think of to improve the world around me?
Action - Somebody out there needs a hug so go hug somebody!
Affirmation - Today I will make someone else's day!
Exercise - none.
Jan 30 Walking in love
I John 4:16-18
Faithful thought - Love is God's essence, and I won't let others' fears keep me from feeling that love and sharing it.
Action - Next time you meet a stranger, treat him/her as you would a loved family member.
Affirmation - I love my life!
Exercise - walking
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Eight months. The longest I've ever worked at weightloss and better health - ever!
I now weigh less than I have in 16 years- just before I got pregnant with our son who will be 15 in a few weeks. The funny thing is, I don't yet FEEL that thin. I am always shocked when I pull on a size 14 jean or can squeeze into (but can't sit down in) a size 12. 16 years is a long time to be and feel fat and wear baggy clothes to hide the roundness and rolls and bulges. I'm still coming to grips with snug fitting clothes--not "skin tight, show 'em what you got" kind of clothes, just my new modest clothing that now shows an hourglass figure.
So, I guess I'm still fighting with same distorted self-image issues-just in the opposite direction now. Before I couldn't believe how fat I was and now I'm struggling to see myself as a size 12/14 instead of an 18/20.
I never know what to say to people who call me 'skinny' or say things like, 'hang on so you don't blow away', etc. I just don't call 167lbs with 23 lb to go THIN yet. I am still in the overweight BMI for 5'4" and I haven't lived in the this size long enough yet for it to feel like ME. KWIM? I see the progress, so it isn't that I still see myself as fat when I look in the mirror. I just don't see myself as thin yet. Thin enough to squeeze into a size 12.
So, I went to my measurement trackers to do a bit of assessing how far I've come.
60 lbs gone
9 inches off my waist
7.5 inches off my hips
3 inches off my thigh
2 inches off my calf
2 inches off my upper arm
a few personalized measurements
11 inches off my ribcage
went from a size 12 ring to 6.5 and getting my wedding ring back on.
from size 22 to 14 jean
from size 20 shirt (XXL) to 12/14 (L)
I see the progress on paper and in the mirror and in my clothes. So, why don't I FEEL as thin as all the evidence shows yet?
Maybe it's time to get rid of all the baggy clothes. I've been putting it off with only 23 lbs to go, but maybe the XL baggy pants and jammies and sweatshirts, altho wonderfully comfy, are not helping. Maybe it's time to step out in clothes that actually fit my new size, even some being a bit snug for motivation.
Goodwill, here I come!
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