Saturday, July 13, 2013
There are many reasons that I don't blog, mainly it is about TIME, or my lack thereof. If I would be honest, that is my excuse for everything. That being my 'lack of TIME.'
5 weeks ago, I made a life-changing decision and that was to make myself a priority in my crazy world. I committed to focus on what I needed to do and to use the ultimate weapon in this battle for good health.....my TIME.
I am honoring my commitment and it is paying off bigTIME. I have lost weight, inches, that yucky feeling of being overstuffed, the out-of-control behavior, and my guilt. All good things to leave behind.
I have gained: stamina, self-esteem, new friends standing arm-in-arm with me, the secret formula for success in weight loss......shhhh, don't tell if you know, and true self back.
Turns out my giving of my TIME to make goals, to take the actions to achieve those goals, to post and interact with teamies, to give support, to have a good time, to prepare and make healthy food, and major TIME investment to exercise have given me so much more than I would have imagined.
Possibly TIME is the real key to this magic formula. One has to be very creative in finding this elusive element, but it is there. Often, it is a personal choice of how one uses it. Sometimes, it means finding more of it by getting up earlier. Mainly, it is a true commitment from my heart that I will look at each day and make my goals a priority.
I am thrilled that I have come this far. I am excited about what the next few weeks will bring. I am honored that there are others with me and are giving me the greatest gift possible.....THEIR TIME.
Love you, Golden Phoenix, Lemons, and Spark People. This is my gift of appreciation to you. IT'S ABOUT TIME!
Sunday, June 09, 2013
Life certainly doesn't cooperate with getting healthy. We live in an age of unending possibilities of things to do with our time. This is both a good thing and a bad thing. I feel sometimes that I am 'reacting' to events that happen in my life and the schedule I have set up for myself.
All this busyness of life, plus some events out of my control, such as becoming responsible for my stepmom, have led to great stress. The stress has seriously influenced my health and my stamina and it is affecting my world.
A year and a half ago, I underwent mitral valve repair in open heart surgery. I have recovered well from that. My plan of walking and eating healthy worked and I got stronger. I've thrown it all out the window with my own actions, or should I say, 'reactions' to the stress of my stepmom, by turning to food as a coping tool. It has not worked. It led to not wanting to walk and loss of my stamina.
Finally, I saw my situation, my body, my stamina, my quality of life changing, my world being limited by my physical health. I am not a slow learner, usually, so ENOUGH! I have been throwing away God's gifts. Stuffing my feelings with food has NOT worked.
I have decided to take control of my time. I am making my health, my well-being and my stamina at the top of the "to do" list. No more excuses that everything else gets in the way.
I turned to an old friend 2 weeks ago......Spark People. I just knew the answer would be here, if I just looked. I found some great teams, filled with caring people. I stumbled up the BLC and quickly added my name to the waiting list. God led me here, and the timing was perfect. I am back where I belong renewing friendships and making more wonderful friendships, all in a common bond of being dedicated to taking care of ourselves.
Now, I am part of a couple of Biggest Loser Challenges. Improving my health, my eating, and my exercise just went to the very TOP of my list. It has only been a few days, but I can already feel that this is right. My body loves it.
To confirm my dedication to the new focus of ME in my life, I am making the following goals:
~ Take time for myself. I am no good for all the people I care about in my life, if I make unhealthy choices and get weaker and bigger by the day.
~ Listen to my hunger. Eat ONLY when hungry. Rate my hunger and STOP when satiated.
~ Drink more water and stay hydrated.
~ Participate daily in a positive, challenging group that has the highest of standards.
~ Exercise, at least 30 mins 6 days a week.
~ Wear my ped and strive for 10,000 PLUS steps.
~ Add yoga and weight exercises to my floor routine, to be done 2 times per week. Learn more yoga poses, so that I can do them upon waking and going to bed.
~ Make the healthiest choices I can make in every situation.
~ Daily, give God the glory for allowing me TIME to get it right!
~ Before going to sleep, think about my gratitudes/blessings for the day.
I have learned in just the last few days that finding the time comes from having the right focus in life. With good health, stamina, caring as best I can for this God-given body, and living with passion is my focus, then I will be victorious.
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
No, it's not my birthday.
Wish it were and I was counting birthdays, but no, I'm counting the real challenge of life -- marriage. Yes, indeedy, DH and I are truly celebrating 42 years of bliss. Well, maybe 2 years of bliss and 40 years of love, devotion, comfort, security, being best friends, each other's support system, taking turns being the wise parent, and each other confidant.
I am very thankful to God for giving me the commonsense to choose the man I did, the wisdom to grow and learn from our mistakes and experiences through the years, the flexibility to not always have to get my way, the patience....oh yes, lots of patience.
I'm feelng very pleased with myself for where I am in life and who I am with in this journey. The God-given gift of our children and grandbabes cannot be surpassed. I can't imagine life without them.
I love anniversary celebrations. It is wonderful to try to look at your world through the eyes of youth. On our wedding day, I doubt if we actually imagined being married for 42 years. It seemed so far off, and yet, here we are. I feel like the same person, the same voice within is me. Okay, yes, the body may be a bit different.
Once again, this week, I am realizing it is all about choices. Some good, some bad. The good ones, like living each day of your life with the person you chose and making it work, give you great benefits and satisfaction. We live with the consequences of the bad ones, too. I am at choice every day. It is more important than ever that I take real care of myself and make good choices. What I eat, what I do, what I say, who I choose as friends, how I spend my time, how I show love for my family, what I create, how I love God and mankind, these are what are important and what make me the woman I have been and have become.
I did good! I pray that God allows me time to make more choices and live each day to His honor.
If I had it to do all over again, I would, bumps and all.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Do you ever feel this way? A voice deep inside crying out "Rescue me. Please, will someone rescue me?"
If only someone would take me by the hand and lead me through each day. Oh yes, while I'm at it, how about preparing my food and setting down in front of me what I am to eat at each meal. Then, dress me in the cutest workout clothes, take me to a fancy spa to workout with Bob and Jillian and end it all with a massage and mud bath. Also, I want to be guaranteed the perfect body and all my troubles will go away.
Well, guess what. Life doesn't work that way, Carol. There is no one. Not a magic pill, a self-help book, a support group, a tv show, .......nothing, no one person outside yourself that will give you the perfect body, that will give you instant results.
This isn't a game anymore. Through the years, you could mess around with the ups and downs of overeating and manage to bounce back. The body just doesn't 'bounce back' like it used to. The scale highs keep getting higher. The lows of guilt and now medical consequences are lower. This is serious. This is for real.
That tiny voice you hear whispering 'Rescue me' is your own voice and YOU are the only one who can quiet it. YOU are the only one who can do the rescuing.
It is time to ask yourself some soul-searching questions. What do you want for yourself? You are truly 'at choice.' You can choose to continue to stuff your face and ignore hunger, eating for every reason, but hunger.
You are the one making decisions each day that influence the quality of the rest of your life. You have all the power. That is good news, not something to fear. YOU can rescue yourself. This moment, this day. You must show love, compassion, understanding, and patience to yourself for the process is not instant, but the end results are worthwhile.
Will someone rescue me? Yes. I am here. I am commited to be the best I can be. I am in control of my own destiny. I can handle it. God has given me the tools, the support, even the knowledge. It is time to listen to that voice inside and show the self-love that is needed to go forward.
I am stepping into a new month, a new opportunity, with a new attitude. I am no longer the victim looking for a magic pill. I am in control. I love myself enough to truly take care of this beautiful body that God gave me.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
I haven't been blogging, but thinking that getting some of these feeling out that are holding me back would be a good thing.
In coming back to SP after being seriously ill, I felt it would be a positive, interactive, and action-oriented environment to 'find myself in.' Since then I have been experimenting with teams trying to find caring, interactive people with common interests. I feel we have a wealth of talent and information here, but have to settle in to the teams that will serve us best.
Iam at a crossroads. Serious illness, as most of you know, leaves you with the reality of life. The knowledge that what we put in our mouth and what we do to our bodies has consequences. If we really do want to make changes, we need a plan. It is either, make a plan and take action, or do nothing and fade into bad health and accepting much less out of life. What i frightening is the hard work it takes. It is every day. The good thing, is it is flexible and forgiving. If we just try, each day is a new opportunity to get it right.
I choose to participate. I choose to continue to learn, to try new things. I will not give up. First things first, what are my objectives: to make healthy food choices, to move my body in exercise and give expression to my creative side.
I'm thinking of commiting to a June challenge of exercising, interval walking and some strength training,plus eating healthy food choices. This is needed and I can do it.
I'm excited about the friends I will meet along the way and what can be accomplished, particularly if we work together. I know that choosing good health is not the easy way, but I know that any other choice brings negativity and illness later on that is far worse.
I chooe to accept the challenge. I know that there are others who are serious about their commitment. I will find them and we will combine forces and win.
Life is too precious to do otherwise.
Everyone who comes to SP meets the point of the crossroads, which way will you go? Toward Hope or give up and age miserably?
What a gift.....we are at choice.
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