Tuesday, June 21, 2011
"A rock pile ceases being a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral."
~ Unknown Author
This quote means so much to me, and has so many different facets to it. I can read this quote and apply it to any one area of my life. My view of myself - we all have the power to be whatever we choose to be. My writing, the ability to create something out of nothing, to look at the blank page and create brush strokes of words. My family, creating the family I want and the people in my life.
This quote is power. We all have strength and desire deep within to be who we were meant to be. All we have to do is change our thinking. The men who built cathedrals hundreds of years ago saw possibility in those rocks and stone...they had the foresight to see something amazing, and probably they didn't even know just how amazing their final creation would be. But God has bigger plans for us all than even we realize. Some men wouldn't see the final cathedral - generations worked on cathedrals...but they had faith that what the were building was solid...a firm foundation...and beautiful.
This quote challenges me to see the beauty in everything, even the mundane, and to choose to see the world with new eyes, and see the possibility that lies within us all. To honor who I am and to be the best "me" that I can be.
Winchester Cathedral - North Wall (I was here!)
Gloucester Cathedral (I was here too :))
We CAN reverse years of damage to our bodies by deciding to raise our standards for ourselves, then living differently. Old wounds heal, injuries repair, and the whole system improves with just a few changes in what we put into our bodies and how we move them.
Monday, June 20, 2011
"If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results." ~ Jack Dixon
My quote today is something that I need to remember, because I'm once again in that dreaded P word funk...the bulk of my weight loss has been full of pot holes I like to call plateaus. Especially since I hit 80 lbs. lost these have consumed my journey. They are so frustrating...and seem so unfair. I reached 80 lbs. down before the holidays, and gained a lot during the holidays, so now I've reached 90 lbs. down and I'm once again at a halt. It's actually quite maddening at times. So when I get depressed about it I turn to quotes to help keep my eyes on the prize.
If I keep focusing on the fact that I am not seeing results, that won't bring about change. If I change up things, try something new, try calorie cycling, trying to change on the inside (eat less on weekends for instance), then I will see results and I will have changed, so that once I reach goal I will maintain it easier because this is a lifestyle change and not a quick "fix".
Also all of you inspire me, too. Some of you say the nicest things to me and sometimes I write them down and look back on them. One of these recent quotes is from Holly, a fellow Chicago sparker that I got to meet briefly after the Shamrock Shuffle 8k. She said:
"...You are are so full of life! You are a beautiful strong woman and leave inspiration in your trail." - Hope (CHICAGOHEALTHY)
Now this really inspires me because it shows how much I've changed already. Two years ago I wasn't a person that reflected health, or life....I didn't inspire anyone. So for people to say such things when I'm feeling discouraged and like I can't win this fight...well it reminds me of why I am doing this and how far I've come.
I want to end with another quote that is very similar to me....I saw this on a card somewhere and had to scribble it down. I just love it.
Go down to the end of the path toward the horizon.
Sit down and have a rest every now and again.
But keep on going. Just keep on with it.
Keep on going as far as you can.
BECAUSE THAT'S HOW YOU GET THERE.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
My quote for the day is the chorus from the song "More Beautiful You" by Jonny Diaz and Kate York.
There could never be a more beautiful you
Don't buy the lies, disguises and hoops, they make you jump through
You were made to fill a purpose that only you could do
So there could never be a more beautiful you, more beautiful you
So turn around you're not too far
To back away be who you are
To change your path go another way
It's not too late, you can be saved
If you feel depressed with past regrets
The shameful nights hope to forget
Can disappear, they can all be washed away
I think that I've always had a hard time believing that I was "normal", let alone beautiful. In my past I've been called many things, but beautiful wasn't one of them. I was always overweight, since switching schools in the third grade and using food as a means of comfort, as a friend. When I entered High School I decided I didn't want to be fat anymore. So I starved myself and the food I did eat I threw up. I was sick. But you know what? I became popular. People liked me. People called me beautiful.
So my idea of beauty is pretty warped, and I am still discovering who I am, both on the inside and out. Losing over 90 lbs. is a little scary for me. I'm seeing myself again in the mirror, without the added comforting layers of fat...and I want to remain who I am, be true to myself.
This song reminds me that God has a purpose for my life, and that in God's eyes we are all beautiful.
The entire song is very powerful, but the chorus especially hits me hard.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Our bonus challenge this week was to share a recipe swap out that we've done and one of mine that I love to do every month, during that time when I crave peanut butter and chocolate, is these Frozen Peanut Butter Cups (Spark recipe submitted by: JGAUSTIN)
They are amazing. The link to the recipe is at the bottom if you want to make them and add them to your tracker.
1/3 c peanut butter
1 1/2 c fat free whipped topping
3 tbsp chocolate syrup
Mix 1c whipped topping and peanut butter
Fold in additional whipped topping
Divide into 12 lined muffin cups
top with drop of chocolate syrup
Number of Servings: 10
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