Saturday, January 01, 2011
I originally intended to blog tonight about my goals for 2011. However, something happened today in my area that called on my heart so much that I want to write about it. A Deputy Sheriff was shot and killed in the line of duty this morning. She was taking an evidence photograph, and was executed with a shotgun. She never had a chance to defend herself or call for help.
Heaven gained an angel, but earth lost a hero.
How often each day do we take the gift of our lives for granted? How many mornings do we awaken and set the tone of our day based upon what number the scale reads? How often do we look at the mirror and hate our bodies, condemn our strech marks, chastize our thighs, curse our cellulite? How often do we judge the merit of a day based upon what we chose to eat?
If you want to change the world, change yourself. The first choice you need to make, though, it to love yourself and be kind to yourself. The Bible says to love your neighor as you do yourself...well...if you're hating yourself for any reason, how can you love anyone else?
Every single moment of life is far too precious for us to judge ourselves for even one second. Be thankful that your heart beats, your lungs fill with air, your brain thinks, and your spirit lives. Be thankful that each and every day you have the glorious opportunity to be an asset to this world that needs love and kindness from all of us so very much.
All the lies, crime, violence, hate, neglect, apathy...it just has to go. It has to start at home though. It has to start with not treating yourself in such a way.
Look in the mirror in the morning, and tell God how thankful you are to be here, and how thankful you are to have what you have, because your life is absolutely the most precious gift you have and will ever be given. Regardless of whether you are fat or thin, it doesn't matter. What really matters is that you are a precious and perfect creation of God.
Hug and kiss your children as often as you can. Tell your husband/wife that you love them at every opportunity. Spend time with those you love. Send flowers just because. Go out of your way to do nice things for strangers. Love and kindness grows where it is spread.
RIP Deputy Suzanne Waughtel Hopper. Thank you for your service.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Well, after having to carry Jacob home on our last two hikes, I have officially exacerbated my back injury. It hurts to do everything. It also hurts to do nothing. I did my Yoga for Back Pain DVD, and it actually made it worse
Obviously, my body is telling me I need to go in a new direction. I just need to figure out which direction that may be.
I find it so much more motivating to eat healthy when I'm working out. However, I know that each pound I lose is going to take pressure off my back and reduce my risk of having this pain flare up again in the future.
This week I started an eating plan of my own design which I like to call "Cook it Your Da*n Self" eating...I realized how many calories (and how much of my hard earned $$$) I was wasting on restaurant food, and decided I could eat what I wanted so long as I cooked it myself. I found that I could cook almost everything I like to eat from a restaurant for at least 50% less calories and cost, and I'm going to continue with that.
I am fighting the urge to self medicate this back pain with food. I gave in and ate yesterday and today through the pain, but I'm putting a stop to it right now. OREOS WILL NOT MAKE MY BACK FEEL ANY BETTER. They surely don't make my jeans fit better, either.
Sparkfriends, I need all the support on this that I can get!
Saturday, September 11, 2010
I have been hearing so much lately about how everyone hates themselves, hates their bodies, hates their lives, and I think it's time for all of us, myself included, to end the body bashing, self depreciating, I feel fat comments, jump off the negativity train, and blow up the tracks so we never get back on it again.
We bond as women with our fat comments! Why why why why why???
I recently came across this blog: www.operationbeautiful.com
Basically, this woman started a crusade to change the negative self image of women across the world one post it note at a time. She began leaving post its with statements like "You are beautiful" or "You are perfect exactly as you are" or "You are loved" on public bathroom mirrors or stall doors. Other people have left them on the covers of or inside fashion magazines promoting that unrealistic body image. One left a post it on a Barbie doll box in the store.
I'm asking anyone who reads this blog to put a positive post it note up for herself in her bathroom, and also to leave one in a public place for someone else.
Remember that YOU, YES YOU, are beautiful, important, valued, and loved, exactly as you are RIGHT NOW.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Today I've got a shiner, thanks to my 18 month old dinosaur. He head butted me in the face this morning while I was tickling him. I have to say that for about 15 minutes I was certain that I had facial fractures, the pain was so bad! Ice and makeup have gone a long way to making me feel/look better, as I work 5 of the next six days. At least my friends at the ER got a laugh out of it.
In better news, my 10 minute workout streak is on day 4. Did a mile with Leslie again tonight. I also downloaded the couch to 5k app onto my droid this afternoon, and plan on starting that next week :)
Goal achievement, here I come.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
I decided to return to basics (again) after posting my blog about goals. I think a big part of what was holding me back from working out was an intense fear of reinjury, and as much as I love Chalene Johnson, I'm just not ready yet to return to CLX or begin Turbo Fire. I know that some real fat burning magic happens with strength training, because adding lean muscle mass makes my metabolism burn more, not to mention makes the booty look way better in jeans, but I am not there yet. May even have to have some sessions of personal training when I do get back to ST just so that I have someone watching me and making sure I have perfect form. Anyway, I chose instead to start the same way I started in January: set a goal of just 10 minutes of SOMETHING a day.
I first learned of the 10 minute exercise streak when I read "The Spark" at the beginning of the year. If your motivation is lacking, I highly recommend you get a copy and read it. This week I joined the "10 minute exercise challenge" team here on SP to further commit to achieving this goal. In January when I did this, I usually did more than 10 minutes each time, and this is what made workouts not only habitual but also a time in my day that was for me that I truly enjoyed.
Anyway, had to work yesterday, so I went to Exercise TV on demand and had planned to do 1 mile of Leslie Sansone when I noticed that they had a short workout from World Fitness Day featuring Richard Simmons. I thought, what the heck, let's go retro and sweat to the oldies...
Imagine my shock and surprise when Richard Simmons led a workout to music by Lady Gaga!!! O....M....G....!!!! Richard actually dropped his shorts during this...on purpose...I guess he was doing his own interpretation of Lady Gaga's taking off her clothes in public. Didn't really need to see that, but I laughed my a$$ off! That was a fun workout. If he made a DVD entirely to Lady Gaga, I would buy it.
Continuing in my "back to basics" efforts, today I took Jacob hiking. If you have known me for a while, you know about the 30 park challenge from last summer. I think I may have to do a minichallenge with hikes for the fall. The weather was just the right temperature, and we hiked a 1.5 mile trail loop at Possum Creek metropark through the "Argonne Forest", which was the site of an amusement park from 1921-1941. They have marked the ruins of some of the park features, and it was a fascinating trek through the woods.
Started wearing my Bodybugg again today, too. I think the real beauty of this little tool for me is that it shows how much I'm sitting around. Some people underestimate what they eat, and I underestimate my couch surfing time. Bodybugg motivates me to get up and get moving...which is why I did a mile with Leslie Sansone tonight just for fun. :)
I can feel it; I'm finally on my way back!
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