Monday, September 19, 2011
Went to the local wildlife refuge yesterday. I usually go there during the wetter months when there are more birds and lots of water, but it was pretty out there now too.
I also went to the best bible study I have ever been to last night. My husband found a new church that we have been to about three times now. And although I would rather be going to a local church where we can meet people from our own city, I am really enjoying this new place. I have never been around more humble and knowledgable people. Last night the worship leader and the pastor and their wives met at the pastors house with four others besides us. It was a very educational, intimate, comfortable setting. I didn't feel condemned or put on the spot or out of place like I have often felt in similar settings. I am feeling like I might have finally found my community I've been searching for for years now. As I have said before, I am more on the fringe of spiritual practices, I usually don't fit into traditional settings very well. But for some reason this church just feels different. I am hoping it is the humble, Christ honoring, community changing, loving entity that I have been dreaming of for awhile now. If it is, then being a part of it is the answer to years of prayer.
Today is my Sunday, since I have Sunday/Monday off, and I am spending it with Grandpa. We are going to Sacramento for a doctors appointment and then meeting two of my siblings for lunch. I am not looking forward to eating out again, since I ate out twice this weekend already. But I haven't gone over my calories in quite a few weeks now and am slowly learning how to order according to my needs, so I'm sure it will all go well. It's always nice to spend time with the fam. Hope you all have a beautiful, sparky start to your week.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Had to post this today, 11 pounds and 11 inches lost. Pretty cool, wonder how many other times these numbers will match???? Gotta get sparkin this morning, hittin the streets before church.
Cheers to you all!!
Saturday, September 17, 2011
OK, strange topic, but it is quite interesting to see what this last month has done for my skin. I had pretty bad acne as a teenager and young adult. It has been clear for the last few years, but I do have damage from picking at my skin when I was younger. Well, the last few days I haven't even been wearing any face powder, that is how good my skin looks. My under eye bags aren't dark and gloomy and my overall skin tone and texture has improved noticably in the last month. Very great, I look in the mirror and think wow, this is a visible difference. I am accrediting the water for this. But really it is probably a little bit of everything. Also I hit my one month goal, it was one day late, but it did happen, 10 pound loss in one month and one day. I am very happy. So, new haircut, new skin, 10 pounds lighter, this weekend in looking very good indeed. 20 more minutes at work and then I can go play with my hubby in the gorgeous weather.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Yay, today is my !!!
Lost 8.2 pounds and 9 inches.
Drink atleast 8 cups of water everyday
Log all food everday
Have made new recipes and updated old ones
Have exercised atleast 10 minutes everyday for a month
Have made new, wonderful, interesting, loving and movtiational friends
Go to bed before 11:00 pm every night and get up before 7 am every morning, and sleep like a baby all night
Educate myself on my past emotional eating habits and attempt to remedy them
Have goals posted where I can see them everyday
Eat fruit or veggies or both at every meal
Switched to all whole grains
Switched to low fat or non fat on all dairy
Embrace the roller coaster of life headon without turning to food to cover up the high and low emotions
Told everyone I could that I was on a new health journey
Got my bike fixed
Learned that one cup of dry rice=three cups cooked
Learned to ask the waiter how something is cooked before assuming it is what I want to put in my body
Made my first awesome batch of kombucha
Made my first green breakfast smoothie
Ate breakfast and lunch everyday
Have not eaten fast food in one month
Have only eaten out three times in one month
Have walked/jogged my first 5K ( mapped the distance and tried on my own.)
Rode 5-6 mile bike rides consistently for the last week or so
Did more than 5 push ups
Ran nearly a mile
Swam a half mile a day for a whole week
Talked about SparkPeople to anyone who would listen ( and some who weren't!)
Realized that I am worth it
Realized that I will reach my goal
Realized exactly what my goals are
Am excited by my goals
Got my first exercise battle scar, and am a proud warrior
Know just how friendly my city is in the morning, during peak exercise hours
Know how to shop healthy
Was told I glow!
Planned a whole days worth of meals and stuck to it
Have only binged once in a month
Have big plans for my future and am not going to ever turn my back on my needs, hopes, dreams or health again
Love life in a way I never really knew was possible
See people around me in a new light and want to spark everyone into a healthier life
Am not bored on a diet and ready to quit
Everday am inspired to do more, experience more, and share those experiences whith anyone who will listen
Have a family who is proud of me
Have the spark to get involved in outreach in the local homeless shelter in my city
Know what to do with my "bored" time now
Like beating my own personal records
Like talking about my weight, because I am on the path to change it
Got a fresh, new haircut for the first time in over a year
Learned how to gauge my health progress by more than just a number on the scale
OK I could probably go on and on, but I will stop here. It has been a blessed month, for all of you that were a part of it, thanks and I love you.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Well tomorrow is my first month sparkversary, and I feel like I have turned a new leaf. I am seeing, with the glorious help from beautiful souls on here, that health is a many faceted jewel. It is not just exercise and eat right and you will be healthy. Your body might be, but what about your heart, your mind? These are the areas I am seeing need attention, because without health and balance there, all the exercise and eating right could go down the tubes in a couple of bad months trapped in a hopeless/helpless mind/heart. So, how do I traverse the wilderness of these mysterious landscapes. I do not claim to understand my heart or my mind. They reveal deep and curious, wild and scary things to me. I am not sure that I am qualified to understand, or heal these areas, I am not a psychiatrist, or a life counselor. But, I do have friends, I do have family, and a husband, and a redeemer in Christ. So with this knowledge that I need to heal my heart, heal my mind, heal my soul, what is the first step towards that? Am I already on that path, I feel like I am. Is it more church? That is a loaded question, since I am more of a mystic Christian than anything else, and modern Christian church does not quite address the deepest curiosities of my soul. Do I turn to others? That helps, a lot, but in the end I have to do the work myself. I guess I turn to myself. It is within me that the questions lie, and within those questions, hope for an answer. I feel changed today, as if the somber realizations of yesterday sent a torrential rain that has washed away a hidden layer I've not seen before. I spent so many years running from the rain, only now to find that it is the rain that brings the crops of my soul to harvest. I hope you are healthy today, in all areas of your life. Let your hearts song be heard, and follow that beat with reverence and joy for you know your path is authentic and divine.
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