Wednesday, July 03, 2013
OK, so it didn't go as planned. That's alright. Even the best intentions don't work out the way we had hoped. All is not lost. Today's a new day and you've been given another chance to try. "Trying" is the most important thing. Don't ever give up. Stop demanding perfection from yourself. I know you learned that early on, but consider the source. Was your Mom perfect? Of course not and you didn't expect her to be. Is Tito perfect? No, and you wouldn't want him to be. Why do ask more from yourself? Stop already. You don't like it when others expect and demand perfection. Quit doing that to yourself.
Look at all you've accomplished in the short 14 months you've been on Spark. You've accomplished quite a bit. First off, you're still here! What an accomplishment! You never doubted yourself. When you put your mind to something, you get it done. I'm so proud of you! Your determination is untouchable! You're 54 pound lighter. Now that is nothing to shake you're finger at! You went from obese to normal in 6 months. Sure, your weight loss has slowed down quite a bit but there are extenuating circumstances. You started out focusing only on your physical health, but then extended that focus to your mental health. It's not your fault that the psyche meds cause weight gain. I'm proud of you for sticking to it despite the weight gain once so far already. You stuck to it and lost that and more. You continued to go through medication adjustments to take care of yourself and gained some. With your untouchable determination, I know you aren't going to let that stand in your way of reaching your goals. You haven't yet and you're not going to either. I know you. I know you better than you know yourself! Nothing can stop you. You're unstoppable!
Look at you! You're sober! WOW! Not everyone can say that. You know who I'm talking about. What's more is you have a genuine desire to be. You started off not drinking because of the empty calorie content of alcohol. Now you're doing it for your physical and mental health. Good for you! Every one is so proud of you! I'm your biggest fan, next to you of course. I know how proud you are of yourself, and that's a great thing. You're even, already, bringing others along for the ride. They are sober too. You are affecting those around you in a positive way. I know that's got to feel good. Kuddos to you! Just as your healthy journey on Spark has influenced those around you, so has your sobriety. God says, "Well done, my good and faithful servant"! Who can ask for more than that? God loves you so much and so do I!!! You are some awesome woman and I mean that from the bottom of my heart! Don't you forget it!
Sunday, May 26, 2013
I'm so excited! I've been trying to do this training program since January 2013 . I did week 1, day 1 with no problem, but since I didn't have proper running shoes , dropped out until I could afford to buy some. Wise decision no matter how badly I wanted to start jogging.
Since then, working out has been pretty much hit or miss. I have become bored with walking and lacked motivation to get out there. Been doing SparkVideos.
I was finally able to get a pair of running shoes at the beginning of May. Not being in the habit of exercise and not committing to a race, left too much wiggle room and I found myself skipping workouts.
I reset my program, signed up for a virtual 5K for the week of June 23 - 29 , set an appointment for myself for June 28 to do the race and joined the SparkTeam . I've committed to begin Monday, May 27 at 6:30 am. (tomorrow)I've made appointments with myself for MWF's for the next 5 weeks. T,Th,Sat's will be 30 minute strength training days and Sundays will be my rest days (that is until BLC22 starts up). I'm going to tell my husband of my plans as soon as he wakes up to hold myself accountable. Believe me, he WILL bug me about this ! LOL. I've even bought some new workout clothes to help motivate myself - anything to see myself through this time. I'm tired of sitting on the sidelines.
So, there are my plans. I'm holding myself accountable to you and will continue to post my progress! Please feel free to check up on me if you like. I'd really like a virtual workout buddy! Anyone interested?
Friday, May 24, 2013
The year is 2023. I'm 60 years old. I'm happy, healthy, sober and content. I weigh 125 lbs and wear a size 6. I'm living in our newly renovated little house with my beloved husband Tito who's healthy and active at 74. I have 2 chihuahuas who I love dearly, Chico and Sarah. I go to church on Sundays and Wednesdays, do bible studies, read my bible daily and I am spiritually fit. God has continued to bless all my days. I have lots of real, close friends from my church. I'm singing in the choir. I'm a prayer warrior. I'm a many-times-over sponsor in Alcoholics Anonymous; I've been sober 10 years. I eat healthy and exercise and feel great. I'm running 10K 5 days a week, strength training 6 days a week, and doing yoga daily. I still Spark daily, helping, supporting, encouraging and praying for others. I am a Sparkpeople motivator. I am a fine example of happy, healthy living. I vacation, travel, and hike in Europe that year for my birthday, taking Tito to all the places I went to when I was in my 20's. Life is good. I think I'll stick around another 10!
Friday, May 10, 2013
My biggest exercise excuse is "I don't FEEL like it." That's just the enemy who comes to kill, steal, and destroy. Exercise will help me to live a longer life which the enemy doesn't want. He'd love to kill me early to prevent me from spreading a message of hope to those still suffering. I want to be a good example of taking care of God's temple and exercise matters. I want to spread the AA message to those still suffering and reach as many alcoholics as I can. The longer I live, the more suffering alcoholics I can reach. And don't forget fellow sparkers. They need to hear that SparkPeople works.
The enemy wants to steal my joy and self-esteem and energy; all things that exercise gives me. I may not feel like exercising at the moment, but I'm always glad I did. After exercise, I'm left with a feeling of satisfaction and contentment. I feel like a success. I'm full of energy. I'm happy I got my sweat on.
The enemy wants to destroy my success. He wants to take away my muscle tone and my cardiovascular health. He wants to destroy my lung capacity. He walks about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. He can only devour me if I let him.. I need to stay alert and vigilant.
My feelings are deceiving. They don't take into account the whole picture. When it comes to exercise, I tend to forget the feel good endorphins it produces for hours afterward. When it comes to drinking, I tend to forget the misery. It's really messed up. The lie is that exercise makes me feel bad and drinking makes me feel good. Satan is a liar and the father of lies.
It helps if I just "act as if". Act as if I WANT to exercise. I'm doing that this morning. I ate my pre-workout snack and am putting on my new workout gear. I'm suiting up and showing up. I'm recalling yesterday's feelings during and after exercise. I'm feeling how good it hurts.
So...why don't I want to exercise? Because I listen to the lie. This morning, I choose to listen to the truth as I've written here and concentrate on Jesus. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and provides freedom to the prisoners. I choose to live in freedom.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
He's Alive - David Phelps & the Gaither Vocal Band
"He's alive! He's alive! He's alive and I'm forgiven! Heaven's gates are open wide."
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