Thursday, July 17, 2014
I finally feel like I can do this and lose the remaining 30-or-so pounds to reach a healthy BMI. I've been slacking for an entire YEAR and now that's OVER! Yesterday, I promised myself I would do a turbo jam workout - and I did it, even though I didn't feel like it at all. I must keep reminding myself to "just keep swimming" and schedule my workouts and do them regardless of whether I feel like it or not. Also, my eating is slowly but steadily improving.
It will be tough to stick to this, especially since there will be a lot of changes in my life in the next few months. But I know that I can do this if I have enough determination and willpower.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Since I found the SparkPeople community, I've started to feel quite good about myself. I've been doing everything I can to make progress in all areas of my life. I'm getting healthy and I feel like I've grown a lot as a person.
This is why I was so shocked today when I heard that someone made rude comments about me, which basically said I am lazy because I don't have a job, and that my husband has to "sort me out". I've been through a lot in my life, and there was a time when I was very sick with a stress-related illness. This is why I don't want to take on a job that would mean more stress than I can handle, and why I want to start my own business instead. Not everyone knows that and not everyone who knows, also understands. My husband has been through a lot with me and he is my pillar of support and strength. But this does not mean that I need to be "sorted out". I don't feel sorry for myself and I feel that what I went through has made me a stronger and more compassionate person. And I think that, like everybody else, I deserve to be treated with kindness and respect.
I'm so grateful to be in such a great community of support here on SparkPeople. Nobody judges, everyone cheers me on and makes me feel better about myself. Thank you, Spark friends for giving me so many encouragements to live healthy - not just in body, but also in mind.
This quote is so true:
"Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle." - J.M. Barrie
I hope to live by this quote and to be a positive force in this world.
Saturday, November 02, 2013
I thought (silly me) that once you start this new lifestyle, eat healthily and work out on a regular basis, it's a permanent change - that you just don't have huge set-backs like the one I've been having for a while. I lost 16kg, I was doing really well... Now I just don't know what's happened. I keep eating too much, and lots of sweets. I've also been slacking on exercise.
I have realized that this takes effort. I have to do my best every day, and just do it - work out and eat healthily - even when I don't feel like it at all. There will be days like this, and months too. Small victories is what really matters, because a series of small victories brings big results.
So, it's time for me to re-commit to my new lifestyle. No more slacking. I need to do this for me and lose 10kg more. I know I can do it! I am challenging myself to try and see what progress I can make in the last two months of 2013. I want to reconnect with my Spark friends too, another area where I've been slacking.
Will report on my progress in two months' time No more excuses!
Sunday, June 30, 2013
I have been on Sparkpeople for more than 6 months, and during this time, I have learned some important "lessons" in my life that I would like to share with you, my Spark friends. So, here it goes:
- Sometimes, bad things happen for a good reason. If I hadn't gained 60 pounds due to health issues, I would later never have discovered the joy of living an active life and being physically active! Yes, it is true: workout is a natural mood-lifter. I feel better and more energetic, and can't imagine a life without workout anymore.
- Yes, one cake does make a difference! So does every step in the right direction, and every single healthy decision.
- There will always be set-backs. Don't look at the trees and forget the forest!
- Always be thankful to other people for support. I have only just recently realized how much this means to me! I couldn't have changed my lifestyle without all the support from my husband, family and friends - Spark friends included, who live hundreds of miles away! I am so grateful for every encouragement, and I am beginning - and will do my best to continue - to give back what I have received, and to spread the Spark.
- I am a work in progress, and so is everyone else. My job is to do my best every day. And yes, people can change.
For instance from this point in my life:
to this point in my life:
and further. I continue learning, and loving my life!
Friday, May 10, 2013
The Spring challenge is coming to end, so it's time to recap. I have to say that I'm having conflicting feelings when it comes to what I've accomplished. To be honest I haven't completely done my best. I started this challenge with lots of enthusiasm (part of it was that I was new to Sparkpeople), but then somewhere in-between I just started "skipping" things. However, I did lose 9lbs - my goal was 10, but I think that is quite an achievement!
It's hard to follow a plan completely with all the other 'life' challenges as well, although that is not an excuse. What the Spring challenge gave me was the motivation to continue with my new healthy lifestyle, and I am very grateful for that. What about the future? There is a happy event in my family in October - my sister is getting married. I want to really 'shine' at that wedding and look my best - not skinny but not fat either. I know it will take a while longer to meet my ultimate goal (140lbs), and then there will be the maintaining. I'm looking forward to all these challenges! And most of all, I want to remain being "on track" with my workout and healthy eating. There are other goals in my life as well which aren't that weight-loss oriented, but let's leave that for maybe another blog!
I wish everyone in the Bouncing Apple Blossoms group to keep going! There will always be set-backs but we can do this!
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