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Motivation to Persevere... Conversations with My Mind

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Watching the progress over the past (almost) 2 years has proven to be another emoticon
From 167 to 145 has been a serious accomplishment for me.
No, it's not 100, 200, or even 50 pounds like so many of the success stories I've read on this site, but I was stuck for over 6 years at an undesired weight.
That should count for something! Right?

Being unsatisfied with my appearance caused some feelings of insecurity. Some of you can relate.
I used to think, "Why do those who have lost larger amounts of weight get accolades?"

What about the rest of us who had some to lose, but felt just as inadequate or a failure?

Learning so many things about myself has caused me to realize that it's never REALLY about the weight, but HOW I get there in the first place.

I had to emoticonthe self-destruction and learn to love me for me BEFORE losing weight.

So, with all that said, I will persevere into healthy self-body image, manage stress, and see myself the way God sees me...created in His image.
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MRSGOAD 1/16/2012 12:15PM

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You definitely deserve the accolades!

Love that about how God sees us! So true. I hope we are all able to reach that point!

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SPARKLE1908 1/9/2012 9:15AM

    Amen Soror...you found what is really important with this whole journey...any amount of weight loss is to be celebrated and appreciated by everyone!!!

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ROOSTER72 1/9/2012 12:48AM

    I know where you are coming from.
I started at about 71kg (158 lb) and am now down to my goal of 60kg (132 lb).
On SP a loss of 26lbs might not seem like much, but it is.

In fact, the way I look at it - if I did not adopt this new healthy lifestyle, and start treating me as important - then in 10 years I would have another 20lbs to lose, and in 20 years probably 50lbs more.

Being healthy makes me feel better, more energy, more attractive & any number of other benefits. Maintenance does not get you the accolades - people assume its easy - but it is the really challenge for all of us on SP.

Good luck with your journey

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ADVENTURESEEKER 1/8/2012 10:12PM

    If one's goal is a loss of weight, whether 5, 50, or 100 lbs, ANY lose should be celebrated!!

Way to go on your accomplishment!
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Our Future in MY Hands...Whew!

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Well, here I am hoping to post about the beauties of getting fit and healthier...
Ain't gonna happen right now! ( I only have a Texan Southern drawl when writing- HA!)

Need to vent first...

So today was our first day back from Winter holiday vacay.
Those lovely little middle schoolers of mine have really got me wondering...
Is there hope for the society of future adults?
Could there be another method for overcoming the laziness of unwarranted couch potatoes of tomorrow?
How can WE reiterate the urgency of educated adults in the NEAR future?
I don't mean formal education. I mean LIFESKILLS!!!
When a 7th grader shows me they have no idea what most contractions are, I shutter to think that pregnancy pains are the only concept that flickers or merely illuminates the emoticon

So my fellow Sparkers, I forge ahead into the mysteries of ascertaining the solutions to HOW guidance has faultered and now I (of the human caliber) must walk on water and perform the miracles which should've been addressed in yesteryears.

As my students say, "I'm just saying"...

  
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LAURIEWY 1/6/2012 10:36PM

    Well I'm going to start with you should get a purple heart for teaching 7th grade! Thank goodness there are angels like you in this world (lol). But I really agree with the last post. Our society is lacking in parenting, resulting in a generation that is being raised by video games and the latest reality TV show. Many of my parents are too busy being their friends and living their own lives that they have not tuned in to their child's lives and/or education. I'm very lucky teaching first grade that they are still sweet and innocent, but I definitely can name those who are raising themselves and will eventually be a heart ache on society. I wish that I had the funds and ability to adopt all and actually RAISE them. But unfortunately there's just too many and most of them have 4 or more siblings at home. Well I could go on and on.....but I'm going to go be a parent and play a board game with my son.

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LOVECARTIER 1/3/2012 6:39PM

    LOL! I didn't want to laugh, but the contractions part had me on the floor. I personally believe that everything starts at home. Many kids don't have anyone positive in their lives that they can look to for guidence, they have reality tv. With the way our society is now, it doesn't seem like you have to have an education or do too much to be successful. All you need now is a cute face, anger problem, and ability to act crazy or make a freaky movie with your boyfriend to make it. I know that doesn't answer your question, but that's what I think is destroying our youth

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Twisted Family Members... -Part 2

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Yesterday, I dropped off my mother's present.
Yes, I had her come out to the car to get her gift.

Later, I was pleased that no matter how much she decides to sabotage her health, I refuse to be an enabler.

I refuse to allow my children to play a role in her demise.
I refuse to be the absent daughter who distances myself from her (mostly for the sake of my kids).

Sadly, because of her demeanor and indifferent attitude with my siblings and I, my oldest 2 children don't really like dealing with her. My son is too young to notice or care.

Daily, I continue to be the open-minded, loving mother to my children.
It's truly a blessing to have three children who have open communication with my husband and I.

My oldest daughter, who is an 18 year-old senior in high school, talks to me daily.
My 14 year old daughter also says she enjoys spending time with me & we always laugh and talk.
My 8 year-old son discusses school and ideas with me often. He is a very self-sufficient, easy-going sweetheart. Just don't make him angry... Hmmm...similar to his mother!

So, as for my bio"logical" siblings & mother...enough said in the previous blog.

Happily ever after...only in fairytales, but let's just say, "Happier ever after".

  
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GETDONE 12/29/2011 11:06PM

    Your doing it RIGHT mommy!!!!!!! emoticon

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EDUCGRAD 12/28/2011 9:33AM

    hugs to you,you exemplify the verse,be at peace with those around you as much as in is in your power.have a great new year

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TEENY_BIKINI 12/27/2011 9:20PM

    "Yes, I had her come out to the car to get her gift. "

Nicely done! Excellent!

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SPARKLE1908 12/27/2011 3:51PM

    Good for you Soror!! Peace of mind is priceless...you are doing the exact thing that is needed to keep you and your family's sanity!!!

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Twisted Family Members & Religious Holidays

Friday, December 23, 2011

Yes, you've been waiting for it.
So, here it is!
This holiday, like many others, I am forced (somewhat) to be nice.

Those of you who have been keeping up know how awkward my biological (still can't figure out why "logical" is part of the word) immediate family is.

Playback* Mama- diagnosed bipolar schizo; oldest bro- promise-maker, ex-Marine;
Youngest brother- criminal, con artist, liar, thief...to name a few; me- the youngest of the crew, driven, avoids the others as often as possible. Btw: twin half sisters I've never seen before, but closer to finding them. Dad- murdered when I was 19.

Now, I'll bet you think I am the survivor and normal one of the group. Right you are!
So, when holidays come around, I avoid them like the plague.
My dear chain-smoking mother tries to lure me to her apartment by coercing me to do small tasks for her.

She thinks I'm unaware of this. I have allergies, so stay at her house to roll her hair would set me back into a sinusitis coma with red eyes to boot. Ain't gonna happen!

My youngest brother doesn't attempt to make contact accept he called last month for my 40th birthday. Suits me fine, though! At least he's consistently inconsistent!

My oldest brother, "let me treat you to lunch for your b-day!" That was November 8th...hmmmm...never happened!
So, I look forward to the hubby kids and in-law...functional family on this holiday season where we celebrate in peace the birth of Jesus drama-free.

Now I have to figure out a way to give Mama her gift...ideas???
P.S. My youngest brother will visit her with his CRAZY girlfriend who looks manly- scary!

Happy Functional, Family Holidays to you all!

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EDUCGRAD 12/28/2011 9:36AM

    hugs to you,you have gotten some great advice.

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AKAFIT 12/27/2011 2:34PM

    As I get older, I have realized that my sanity is way too important to compromise. I am with Teeny Bikini, send her gift via the mail. You already said for health reasons, you can't be in her apartment, so you can have the gift come to her without jeopardizing your life (literally) and your sanity.

Just remember she made her choices for her life to live that way, but you don't have to participate in that insanity. BTW, since we will be residing on the coast now, we had better get busy on our phone date.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/26/2011 12:04AM

    Thanks for suggesting I read your blog... Isn't it weird how people end up together?

I do have a family who loves each other, but we have come from some pretty crazy circumstances, and although we love to get together, it sure can be trying with everyone's baggage!

Thank you for letting me know that I'm not the lone ranger, and that others understand...

I hope you have a Merry Christmas with your precious family!

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SPARKLE1908 12/24/2011 5:26PM

    Sounds like you found the perfect way to have peace...I agree with Teeny as well...literally drop her gift off while you have plans to take care of!!

Enjoy your holiday!

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SEAJESS 12/23/2011 7:08PM

    Good for you for learning to take care of yourself over the holidays. These winter holidays are tough times for everyone, it seems, let alone those of us with especially challenging family members.

Believe me, I understand! I'm not going to share stories, though ~ don't want to give the past any more energy. This year, preferring to look for the light and connections that can be made.

Be happy and well!

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SYLPHINPROGRESS 12/23/2011 7:03PM

    How about tip-toeing to mother's door, laying the gift on the floor, ringing the bell and running like hell? All rhymes are truly unintentional -- didn't even notice until I proofread the sentence.

You've made a sound family of your own. Not too shabby an achievement.
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HDHAWK 12/23/2011 7:00PM

    Listen to Teeny's advice or just drop it on her doorstep without ringing the doorbell!

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TEENY_BIKINI 12/23/2011 6:47PM

    I am glad you found a peaceful place to spend your holidays. That is awesome.

"Now I have to figure out a way to give Mama her gift...ideas??? " UPS is inexpensive... FedEx, USPS... you can always give it to her after Christmas... "um, you were busy, had plans, were otherwise engaged, booked, fill in the blank etc." I love vague reasons as they all happen to be true in some way ;) Or just don't say anything - that works too. Anyway, all that matters is you spend your holiday/life being and living the way you want - presents come in a very distant second ;)

Have a great holiday. And thanks for sharing your beautiful life. Cheers.

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A Wise Man & a Fool

Saturday, December 17, 2011

A wise man finds a way.
A fool finds an excuse.

I am putting this on my board when I return to work.
It shall be written next to the homework assignment.


Think they'll get the message?

  
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X5X52000 12/20/2011 5:47PM

    emoticon Well I got it!!!

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AKAFIT 12/20/2011 2:55PM

    They will get the message alright. Another one that I used to hang above my desk when I was in the Army is this one:

Lack of Planning on YOUR part, does NOT constitute an emergency on my part! When people came into my office trying to rush the process, I would simply point to exhibit A!

We all must take responsibility for our lack of motivation and stop making excuses. I am so taking this bit of advice myself! Thanks for the gentle (or not so gentle) reminder soror

That's why you're my GIRL!

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SPARKLE1908 12/18/2011 8:32PM

    Well, I got the message Soror, lol...I have no more excuses for not getting my health together...

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STARLIGHT22146 12/18/2011 3:51PM

    LOVE THIS!!!! Just posted to my facebook. :) Also, thank you for the goodies. I am going to try and replace all those cookies with fruits and veggies this week. :)

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MISSLISA1973 12/18/2011 8:37AM

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RICHILA 12/17/2011 11:17PM

    As a fellow teacher, I like it! emoticon

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