Sunday, September 28, 2014
I hope that when you receive these brief lines, you are all doing well! I wanted to post a quick update on what's been going on in my neck of the woods. The last time that I had posted a blog, it was regarding my father's loss. It has been five months since he passed away and I would be lying if I didn't admit how much of an effect it still has on me. However, the best way to honor someone is to do the things that they'd want for you to do. He would want me to be healthy. I've been trying to really do better, but man, life really can get in the way. I'm a newlywed and boy, married life is the life for me. My husband is an amazing human being and I really feel that I lucked out! I recently started graduate school and it has been a wonderful adventure. I'm very blessed to have been able to find so many things that bring me joy. I'm excited to be making a full return to this journey, which seems to be put on the backburner more times than I can count. Wish me luck!
Until next time,
Friday, May 23, 2014
Hi there SparkFriends!
I hope that you have all been doing well. As you read these brief lines, I hope that you are all doing well and that each of your journies is taking you to unparalleled heights. It's been a while since I've logged on to SparkPeople and I wanted to address that. My father died about a month ago and it has really taken its toll on me. I've come to recognize that as a result of his death, I have put everything else aside: my wedding, my work, and my weight loss. Although I can't really say that I condone my process, I also understand that it is a valid process. I've decided, however, that it's not exactly how I want to live my life. My father was a wonderful man who could make friends at the drop of the hat. However, he wasn't concerned with his health, which was his ultimate downfall. I've promised myself that I can't end up the way that he was because he wouldn't want that for me and I really can't lead the type of life that I want without taking some crucial precautions. I want to thank all of the people who read my blog entries. Your input is always incredibly encouraging.
Until next time,
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
I was looking through my SparkPeople page today and I actually was honest and tracked all of the calories that I ate. For me, this was a big accomplishment. Sure, I have logged in pretty regularly and I have huddled with the teams that I'm in and I've read the articles. However, I haven't been honest with myself. Why am I not posting the foods that I eat and the things that I do? I was looking over some articles on SparkPeople when I realized that the reason that I have not been fully present is because I am not fully committed. I knew that the moment I truly sat down and posted everything that I ate, I would see how truly absent I am from my journey. I could attempt to justify it by saying things like, "Well, I have been busy at work," or "I did just move across the country." I could and I have. I've used the aforementioned to excuse myself from not pursuing my weight loss goals. Just this last week, I boasted to my future-in-laws that starting January 1, 2014, I am going to start a diet. I am going to exercise and diet so that when I get married, I'll look my very best. However, I thought about it long and hard and realized that for me to truly get the most out of it, not only do I have to be honest, I have to be willing to let it change my life entirely. I can't just do it temporarily. I've done it before and I've had decent results. Much like an addict, I've relapsed back into bad eating habits and lack of exercise. I realize now that that's just simply not going to cut it anymore. I have to fully commit and not look at it as a diet, but as a way of improving my way of life. I live in Phoenix, Arizona and I see everyone be so active and what's crazy is that I long to be a part of that community. What's stopping me now? I type before you today with an increased resolve to really take matters into my own hands. Part of that includes being a more present member and really connecting with other members. I've seen the amazing results that a lot of you have experienced and how it has truly changed your lives. Look out SparkUniverse, because soon enough, I'll be joining you!
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
So it has been a little under a year since I have updated my blog, which in a sense, is a reflection of the job that I've done taking care of myself. I recently went to the doctor and found out that I'm currently at my heaviest. It's one thing to notice that your clothes is getting tighter and your breathing becomes more labored. It's even worse to be told by your doctor that you are at your heaviest and that you have to add yet another medication to your regimen. After finding out the above news, I came to the conclusion that there's two different ways to go about the whole scenario. I can, A. Throw myself a "woe-is-me" get-together with me and ice cream, chocolate, and other sweets or B. I can heed my doctor's advice and focus on my health. I know that I have extolled the values of getting on the right path and I've had my fair share, but I think that this is it. The proverbial time to "put up or shut up." I think that I'm at a point where although youth is still on my side, it's not necessarily to the same degree that was there when I say, 18 or 19 years old. I've also come to understand that there also has to be accountability on my part. After all, it's not my brother's fault that I had some chocolate. It's not my mother's fault if I go through the drive-thru and binge on the dollar items. It's mine. After doing some soul-searching, I've come to the conclusion that I need to go through a metamorphosis. I have the right tools. I have sparkpeople.com and the amazing teams within it. I also have a really great support system in terms of family and friends. So, as the title of my blog states, I'm going to pick up the pieces. Like a butterfly, I'm also going through a change. This time, it's going to be for a healthier me. Stay tuned, folks. :-)
Sunday, February 27, 2011
I hope that everyone has had a spark-tastic week! This week, I wanted to write about the idea of motivation. As a school teacher, I have learned that there are different forms of motivation. There is positive motivation, which is in a nutshell, compliments and rewards. For example, being complimented on a job well done. There is also negative motivation, which is basically a consequence. Have you ever done something so that you won't get in trouble? That's a perfect example of negative motivation.
This week I got a perfect example of positive motivation. I was named the DONE Girl of the Day. All of the support and the love that I received from my fellow DONE Girls was daunting and humbling at the same time. To be a part of a sisterhood that is willing to offer a support at the drop of the hat. It's great to know that no matter how difficult your path is, you'll have someone who's there to motivate you.
So as we go through this journey, find something that motivates you in a positive way. Along with the DONE Girls, my best friend is my accountability partner. We update each other frequently on our progress and if we fall into a rut, we're able to motivate each other and get back on track. I have also set small goals along the way that I can meet. That way, as I meet these small goals, I can have small victories on the way towards meeting my ultimate goal.
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