Saturday, October 09, 2010
I quit caffeine and chocolate awhile back and I want you to know that it has made a diff for me. How? I am sleeping longer and deeper. It´s amazing. Like I said back when, this may not be a forever change but I am loving the change in me! In the past 5 years as a SparkPerson I have made a lot of changes, gradual changes, that have benefited my health and overall well-being. I admit that it hasn´t been easy and some of the changes were very hard to maintain. Each one has been worth it and I am so glad that I made the decision to stick it out.
I´ve been working on another big change. Trying to incorporate exercise into my day rather than just setting aside specific times for it. I cannot figure out why I am not losing weight and have thought maybe it´s because I sit too much for too long throughout the day. I don´t plan to change my work, but I do have the liberty to put in the time in broken up segments.
So for the past two weeks, I have been planning cardio and strength exercises in advance. Then on the day, I break them up into 4 or 5 strength exercises every hour or so. Then I do the cardio in segments of 10-20 minutes several times. What I´m hoping will happen is that my body will understand that I am more active and let go of some weight/fat. So far nothing seems to have changed in that regard, but I have noticed that my strength is increasing - a very good thing!
I have begun planning the work of completing that project I started at the beginning of the year. I don´t see the possibility of finishing it completely this year - very time consuming. I do think that I can get a lot of it done though. Now that I have figured out all the back-up plans and they are in place, I will be making it priority before the month is over. That does mean less time on SparkPeople. I am sorry about that, SparkBuds. I know you understand - life takes priority over extemporaneous most of the time and we get on with it.
This is MY Life, after all.
I read an ebook recently that was thought-provoking. I will not be buying into the system. Just want to share the main points with you.
7 Secrets of Permanent Fat Loss and Fitness by Rob Poulos
1. Create a lifestyle change with systems (support systems)
2. Exercise less, but with more intensity
3. Focus on the right foods, nutrient rich
4. Know the numbers (calories, weight, BMI, etc)
5. Surround yourself with positive people
6. Get a coach or mentor
7. Be a doer, not a talker (or know-it-all)
8. Invest in your health now, don´t pay for it later
Here´s a song I hadn´t heard till recently. For me, it represents my life - I keep challenging myself to keep trying, holding my head up high. Losing will not make me stop! I get over and get through whatever and keep right on going in the direction of my dreams, my hopes, my faith! Gonna keep trying!
Miley Cyrus – The Climb from Ahmir: The Covers Collection, Vol. 1
Miley Cyrus- The Climb (with lyrics on screen)
Friday, September 24, 2010
This blog is in memory of a dear SparkFriend – UGOGIRL51. I think our first contact was through our dorm team on GonnaBFit University. What an encourager Annette was to all of us. She had many challenges in her short earthly life and shared about it in her SPblogs. I want to share some excerpts from her blogs here to remember and to encourage you as you face challenges in your own life. And for me, in mine.
** She was upfront and honest, telling us she would be “talking about my life of dealing with and handling Asthma, COPD, CHF, and Pulmonary Fibrosis. The good, the bad and the ugly. And how it affects my daily life.” She also revealed that she was Bi-Polar, on Paxil and seeing her doctor about it.
** As time passed, Annette revealed that she was struggling in her battle. She shared, “I am scared, sad, angry and a little depressed right now for various reasons. But this I am not. DEFEATED!!!!! AS LONG AS I HAVE BREATH AND STRENGTH.....I SHALL GO ONWARD!!!!!!” “There is no cure for what I have. Pulmonary Fibrosis. There are only things that try to make you comfortable.
“…all my toys are a concentrator that sits on the floor and pumps out so much heat, my big and little O2 tanks, my nebulizer, my sleep apnea that runs my O2 through also, my wheel chair, hospital bed and also a home health aide that comes 85 hours a month. And let's not forget my 18 pills I take every day.” “Pulmonary hypertension classifications…* Class IV. You have symptoms even at rest …I have class IV”
“But am I going to give up? NEVER!!!!!!!!! MY WORK HAS JUST BEGUN AND IS NOT OVER AND MY HUSBAND AND FRIENDS NEED ME!!!!”
AND, always, she would encourage – “NO MATTER WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH TODAY. NO MATTER HOW BIG OR SMALL. DON'T GIVE UP!!!!! DON'T YOU EVER GIVE UP!!!!!
** “I woke up this morning thinking these 2 things. Is silence really golden? And To Dream The Impossible Dream. Well silence is not golden. It is pure [misery] and I want everyone to know that. If you are discouraged, depressed, hurting, angry, sad, whatever. TELL SOMEONE!!! GO TO YOUR DR!!! PRAY!!! And 2nd, I do dare to dream the impossible dream. The one that man bestows upon us. To fight for a pain free body. The work to build my muscle back up so that I can have the strength and energy I need. To eat and eat and eat some more. Yes I dare to dream the impossible dream. I won't quit! I won't give up!!! I will fight for my right no matter how long it takes. Because I dare to dream the impossible dream..... “
** “It's been a while since I last posted and a lot has transpired since then. So I thought it only right I share this little story with you since it has been a while since it happen also.
“I saw something that really touched my heart to tears. As my husband mel and I had taken a drive to a local park we stopped and parked the car where there is a small river that flows under a small over pass. All the edge of the bank of the river there are trees and thick bushes. Some which were going into the water.
“Because of the unusual amount of rainfall during the pass 2 weeks, the small river was swollen much larger. The calm water which usually flowed under the bridge was rushing swiftly where in some parts of the water it was churning from the strong under currents.
“May I add, this is not what caught my attention but merely a scenic and moving back drop of a picture of strength and unity. There in the midst of this scene is a family...a family of swans. Papa, mama and six little babies. they are swimming up stream against the current and the swirling waters. Even the waters being strong, they were no match for the baby swans who were swimming with much ease.
“In my desire to see them up close, I hurried my pace but when I got there, instead of looking like an admirer I must have looked like a threat to their family and safety for they scurried off with Papa first in line then Mama and their babies following behind her.
“Papa immediately took a round about turn to take in everything. Seeing me, he gathered up the family and looked for a place to hide till the danger was past. They headed for a thick brush of bushes where they found shelter. the one thing that really struck me was that after mama had told papa of the intruder, she left everything up to him and did everything that he did. She followed him into the bush without any questions. it was beautiful to watch the order and the confidence of this little family of swans. from papa right on down to the little babies. i watched in wonderment as they gathered into a group as if to have a short family prayer to God for an answer to this problem.
“A little while later, papa went up the side of the bank to see if it was safe. But he spotted me and hid again. Not wanting to scare them again, I hid. While hiding, a man walked over the bridge and kept right on walking right past where they were hiding.. However, something didn't feel right to papa and he led his little family back into their protective covering. A few minutes later, Papa started moving around in the bushes and i thought to myself that he must be trying to find another way out. Sur enough, he picked his way through the other side of the bushes in the water to freedom where he returned for mama and the babies to follow him. which they wasted no time in doing so.
“Once out of danger and into safety again, they got right back into formation which they had been in the beginning. This incident showed me how much God really does care for me and us.
“When danger comes to us, like the deep dark depths of depression, loniness, stress, physical pain, breathlessness that makes you want to die, that I have gone through the last month, i was reminded of this.
“When a family reunion comes up again and you long to go but your dr says if you fly you die. And you...I'm dieing anyway!!! You find another way to get there. You don't pull away from people who love you out of fear. You reach out to them out of love.
“I have been to a party. A very long party. Were there were no guests. it was a pity party all for my self. My entertainment was self doubt, hopelessness, anger, sickness, emotional instability, bitterness and the last was suicidal. But i can honestly say, Thank God, that was the first to go!!!!
“Thanks to a lot of loving, praying friends, who like those swans, would not give up and found a way to get me to safety and freedom again.
“And to think...they didn't even have a clue...They just knew that there was something wrong....
“I hope someone has been helped or blessed today. I love you all!!!
“I care so much for each and everyone of you. I was thinking hard of a way to tell you how I felt or what your friendship means to me. Or better yet...what friends mean to me.”
** Often she shared songs that were helpful to her, hoping they would be to all of us. Here are a few of them:
I Believe in Miracles by Whitney Houston
Dance With My Father Again by Luther Vandross
Mary Did You Know by Mark Lowry
Through It All by Andrae Crouch
** Repeatedly, Annette shared the things and the One that carried her through the pain. “That night I was very sick. High fever and even with my O2, could not breathe. I was depressed. Depressed of being sick. The next morning hardly able to walk I heard someone say: Be still and know that I am God. I looked around to see who was talking and no one was there. Then I heard the voice again saying: Look around you, look beside. Look around you. God is there. God is there. But am I defeated? NO! NO! NO!!! Because GOD is there. So my friends, through all my trials and tribulations. I shall look around me and look beside and know that GOD is there. And I shall be still and know that God is GOD. Thank you Lord!”
In her final blogs, she made clear her beliefs to the point of quoting scripture from her beloved Bible, stressing that “I HAVE BEEN GOING THROUGH A LOT LATELY. BOTH PHYSICALLY, EMOTIONALLY AND FINANCIALLY.” “I am a christian. I do not walk around shouting it to the world but as I am led. I pray for those who ask it of me and whom I am led to pray for. I do not go around quoting scripture all day either. I prefer that people see my faith in christ not only by my words but by my actions. I try to help those in need. In a world full of so much hurt, sorrow, pain and despair, you need something to help balance you out. And mine is laughter love to laugh.
“EVEN THOUGH I HAVE BEEN SICK, STRESSED, DEPRESSED AND THINGS SEEMED TO HAVE TURNED UPSIDE DOWN FOR ME....I STILL HAVE FAITH IN GOD THAT HE KNOWS WHAT HE'S DOING AND THANK GOD HE DOES......I HAVE SO MANY THINGS TO BE THANKFUL FOR.
Romans 8:35-39 "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, "For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Ephesians 6:10-13 "... Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole Armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."
** And I close with the story that in her struggles, she shared often – the reason for her profile picture that I share here, as well.
Footprints in the Sand
One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one belonged to him and the other to the LORD.
When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.
This really bothered him and he questioned the LORD about it. "LORD, you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why when I needed you most you would leave me."
The LORD replied, "My precious, precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you".
“I am still pressing onward and forward no matter what may come my way and I encourage you…that whatever you may be facing in your life today, to do the same. Miracles still do happen today and let's all be thankful for all the littlest of blessings that come into our life.
"I AM THANKFUL FOR ALL THE LITTLEST OF THINGS IN MY LIFE AND ALL MY SPARK Get out there and take care of that body while you can....
** Thank you, Annette, for your love, compassion, faith, example of strength in weakness and determination to give life your best effort! Rest in Peace, sweet girlfriend. I imagine you are dancing with your Father - pain free, smiling and beautiful!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Have bunches of stuff to do in the next couple of hours so thought I´d just make this quick blog. Have revamped exercises, eating plan, sched., so this week hope to get that routine going and get more done. Still have some breathing congestion that I wish would go away! Can´t tell if it´s a cold or allergies. Not bad ´nuff to see a dr though. Have a couple of projects to get going this week and back to a BIG one by the end of the week; that´s why I haven´t even visited my SP teams yet. Having some trouble getting myself off to bed at night for ´nuff sleep and feeling sad about some things that are rolling around in my head and life. Nothing is out of control and it is all life stuff, so I´m gonna keep right on going, going, going!
Still enjoying thoughts about DD´s wedding and time with son and DIL. It was a wonderful memory-making celebration. Missing loved ones who are in heaven, a LOT!!! And, of course, the kids who live SO far away. No, it´s me that lives far from them!! Have a pile accumulating on my desk and the desk itself needs dusting! Hah! Shared my thoughts with DH about redoing my office. Want to remove pics, putty, sand the walls, and paint a color instead of white. Don´t have any idea what color - something "happy"! Would like to make the big area more like a gym, I think, with a ballet bar and a couple of incentive-like posters maybe, oh, and a rubber mat to remove some of the risk of breaking the tile floor IF anyone drops a dumbbell or kettlebell! Need to get to DD´s vinyl bag that I thought was finished but the eyelets did not work - hafto change the upper band to a bigger one - fun, fun!! Have a huge backload of emails,too.
So, that´s how it is right now! After all, THIS is MY Life!
Saturday, July 31, 2010
"I am beautiful. I am loved. I am safe in the universe. I am healthy. I am wealthy. I am wise. I am healing inside and out. AND I am happy."
Yes, I am on a SparkBreak, so to speak. That is, I am spending less time on SparkPeople.com. I am sticking with the new healthy lifestyle, choosing to move more, reading about health and nutrition when I can, taking my vites, doing cardio at least 3X/week, Strength Exercises at least 2X/week, drinking 8 or more glasses of water/day, counting my fruits & vegies to get in more than 5/day, doing some deep breathing every day, taking a few minutes to play every day, and flashing my lovely smile at meself in the mirror and at others I see throughout the day. Hoping you are sticking with it too.
I will be back mid September to spend more time here. And then I will share all about my latest BIG project. After all, this is MY Life!
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