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I want a Featured Blog post too

Friday, January 17, 2014

lol. Guess I'm gonna have to post often to increase my chances.

Well here's to me getting featured blog post! emoticon

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PHEBESS 1/18/2014 5:24AM

    You can do it - just think deep thoughts, LOL!

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APRILRUSSELL3 1/17/2014 10:48PM

    Good Luck!

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SPARKLE1908 1/17/2014 10:05PM


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JUST_TRI_IT 1/17/2014 7:40PM

    lol... it is a great goal!

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ROCKYCPA 1/17/2014 3:35PM

    Good luck!

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SHKIRK 1/17/2014 3:32PM

  Good Luck emoticon emoticon

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ROBBIEY 1/17/2014 2:32PM

  It can happen, Good Luck!!!

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First day in 3 weeks I haven't worked out.

Friday, January 17, 2014

I've been pretty consistent in working out daily for at least 30 minutes since Christmas. Yesterday was the first day I had missed in 3 weeks. EEEK!!!.

Why did I miss it? I had to go to the airport with my boyfriend after work and then wait an hour to pick up my mom as she flew in to Jamaica. Now that I'm thinking about it, I should have paid for parking and walked around the parking lot. Sigh. Then got home and was unpacking my mom's stuff and then it was time to get ready for bed. I'm going to miss today as well as when I leave work I'm taking a 4 hour bus ride to the country and then it's bed again. I'm going to pack my sneakers so that I can walk and do some exercises for the weekend though.

These are the exogenous events that occur that throw me off track. Sigh. I'm disappointed in myself but I will just start again. I have to. My aim isn't perfection but it sure was nice to know that I had worked out daily for 3 weeks. I did work out when my boyfriend was here so at least there is some progress. Usually I wouldn't work out when he or my mother are here (they live in the US). My boyfriend is supportive so I can continue to work on still working out when he visits.

I have saved these pictures over the last few months from other SP members and other websites as positive images as well as for motivation. I post them today as reminders for me to keep pressing on, to keep trying, to keep starting over again.

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POSITIVE41 1/20/2014 7:07AM

    Great blog post - one day won't wreck all of your hard work - move on and you had some good ideas on how to handle that situation if it every comes up again. Keep going - you are doing wonderful!

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APRILRUSSELL3 1/17/2014 10:55PM

    Your taking a positive approach to a little setback--I think that's great! Keep up the good work!

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RYDERB 1/17/2014 9:37PM

    I love all your inspirational messages. Thanks for sharing. You've been doing great, Sounds like you'll be ready for the next time life gets in the way of your goals.

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RBLACKWOOD21 1/17/2014 3:27PM

    Thanks. I got that last pic from one of the SP members' blogs I subscribe to. I save all the positive ones/things I want to be reminded of.

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CERTHIA 1/17/2014 3:07PM

    Good for you for seeing a tiny setback for what it is. I really liked the last picture. There really is something good in every day. (Some days you have to look harder for it.)

Here is to you getting some fitness minutes in over the weekend! You are doing so well.

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I created a new Spark Team: JAMAICA & the wider Caribbean

Friday, January 17, 2014

I started the team recently after listening to Spark Radio and hearing about the Spark America/Earth Challenge and was looking for a team that was geared to the Caribbean so that we in the region can log or points to our team. There was none so I created a team. ^_^

I've never led a team before but maybe this will help me in my journey so that I can actively participate and communicate with members with some commonalities.



Consistency & continuing to love myself ^_^

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Happy New Year!!! emoticon

Boy how time flies. It's a new year already and I didn't realize how long ago I had done a blog entry. Soooo much has happened. I've turned 30, went to Dubai for my birthday, making progress in my journey in working on my mental happiness and being more positive, my friends that live abroad were home for Xmas (all but one), etc.

So it's a new year. I'm not one for making resolutions but rather improvements. I decided to vigilantly track my food and exercise more. I realized my problem was in my mind re my journey to a healthier and better me. I also realized that the key to this journey is consistency. I'm always good for 2 weeks then I fall off for maybe 3 weeks and so the cycle goes- up and down, good then bad. I must give myself credit however for keep starting over.

I needed to love myself for who and how I am now and not think something is wrong with me for being overweight. I am truly blessed and have a lot to be happy and grateful for. It's January 9 and I have been working out almost daily for at least 30 mins. I started a challenge Jessicssmithtv on youtube. I need to always tell myself that I am fabulous and that I am worth it. I must be consistent to achieve this goal of a healthier me. I have challenges (eg. PCOS) but I must press on and I have to TRY. I am loving myself more and more every day. It's hard but I'm trying to not let others pull me down with them in their unhappiness.

My aim is for consistency and not perfection and I have to keep remembering that every little bit counts and it will take time but I have to remain consistent. One of my mantras is emoticon 'CONSISTENCY, CONSISTENCY, CONSISTENCY'!!!. emoticon

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POSITIVE41 1/11/2014 7:02AM

    Sometimes the hardest person to be nice to is yourself. Good insights and I enjoyed reading your blog - especially the "illustrations" that went along with it. emoticon

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I have to keep trying....Success starts in our mindÖ.I have a lot to be grateful for ^_^

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

I had a temporary NSV the other day. My arms started feeling like they were getting more toned. It was encouraging. Checked this morning and theyíre back to jiggly. ^_^ I missed my workouts for 3 days due to travelling and I was like OMG. I have PCOS and I know itís harder for me to lose weight but come on!

Sigh. Iím trying to not let it get me down though. At least I didnít gain weight. I know I have to be consistent. I have to keep trying. Have toÖÖ. Itíll be worse if I give up. Iím not losing weight. I havenít been on the scale in about a month and my clothes fit the same. My fitness level has increased though; guess I do have a NSV after all. ^_^ Iíve been doing Insanity. What was supposed to take me 1 month has taken me 2. O well. I did the fitness test yesterday and at least I have done better than the last fit test. I press on.

With PCOS itís so much harder to lose weight and I refuse to give up. I started doing 20 squats and triceps dips when I go to the bathroom at work. As I get home also I work out. I ordered some supplements to see if they will help me to manage my PCOS. The hormonal adult acne & weight are my biggest issues.

I need to work on dealing with visits from my mother & boyfriend from the US (I live in Jamaica). When theyíre around, my schedule (especially my sleep) gets thrown off. Iím not blaming them of course. Just need to work on it. My sleep is what gets messed up the most and once thatís thrown off, working out after a long day at work is very hard. Getting up to work out before I go to work is also difficult. Nothing worth having is easy right? So I have to work on it.

I know that weight loss/a healthier lifestyle starts in the mind. Itís all about motivation and will power and that starts in the mind. So Iíve started to work on that- to see what my biggest life issues are and to work on being more positive. More importantly, Iíve been working on loving myself the most, as I am. Iíve started journaling as well. I find it helps. I also get daily articles from a site called www.tinybuddha.com and the articles really and truly help.

As Iíve blogged before Iíve dubbed this year as ďmy turning 30 crisisĒ. My birthday is on November 21 and I must say I am happy I had the ďcrisisĒ. It forced me to examine a lot of things and especially relationships in my life. Iíve learnt a few things, some of which I will share: I ended a 5 year relationship that I realized I settled for too many things, to see who really are my friends, who the users are, who add nothing positive to my life, to let go of certain issues and trust that they will play out how they might, to realize that I am a fabulous individual.

I lost the most important person and the one I loved the most in my life, my grandma, and I feel like I canít trust anyone as implicitly as I did her. On a positive note though I have a new boyfriend; well heís an ex from 7 years ago. We broke up because mostly due to the distance, he migrated to the US and none of us could afford or was able to travel (in my case I didnít have a US visa at the time). I never stopped loving him though. I suppressed my feelings but we remained friends and spoke to each other every now and then. Itís the best thing that has happened to me this year. God must have thought we werenít ready for each other and split us up so that when we did get back together that I would appreciate more the man and person that he is. I call him my Extraordinary Gentleman. ^_^.

I started this blog entry on a sad note but now I am feeling happier. In writing about the negatives Iíve realized I have so many more positives. ^_^


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DATALAURA 11/6/2013 9:49AM

    Great to see you battling on. I too, had recently reconnected with my Ex. It's amazing that after all the years, those feelings fo each other never go away! Just keep up the good work and stay positive and many more positive things will happen for you!

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