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Spartan Spirit!!! *Day 1*

Tuesday, February 05, 2013


Back from another hiatus. In 8 months a person really can CHANGE....
I was walking home from work and thinking.. {"Geez, my life sucks. I am 26yrs/o, I just sold my car that I had for only a year, I still live at home, I lost so many people, I'm swimming in college loan debt, I just missed out on a great job opportunity that my friend now has, my current job sucks, I'm single, I'm a whopping 315lbs now ..and Its taking forever to accomplish my goals and dreams. Everything is a struggle to get or keep. What NOW?!"}

Feeling hopeless, I drew near to my spirituality and faith in God and it truly help bring some insight to my life. Maybe we lose ppl to remind us to enjoy life, maybe we miss opportunities to allow better ones, maybe we struggle to appreciate our blessings when they finally do come. AND THAT OUTLOOK gave me a new thought walking from work the following week: {"Hey, at least I'm saving on gas. lol. I can save for a better car. I am burning calories, maybe I can tweak my eating now. I should jump on SP again. hmm.. maybe I can take this time to reflect on my career goals. I should pray more too.. I can pray on my walks home"} ... And the rest is.. PRESENT!

I decided that I am finally READY to rekindle my love/hate for SOUTH BEACH LIFESTYLE (not a diet, but lifestyle change). I need to retrain my habits. I'm now doing Phase 1.. and TRUST ME, it is DIFFICULT. But I keep reminding myself that this is a CHOICE not a PUNISHMENT. It will benefit me in the end as well. And I have to live this forever. Not just till I can't stand it. I know I will fall off the wagon. But that doesn't mean I can't get right back on. I have also accepted this will be yet ANOTHER STRUGGLE.

I also purchase a HRM.. I was going back and fourth between that and a FITBIT. It took me forever but I just decided its better to know the calories burned from my heart rate vs the steps I walked. Especially if I'm doing cardio. I am happy with my purchase and I'm going to start using it on my walks. I want to focus on getting my eating right and incorporate my fitness after. Where I failed before was going gong ho all at once and overwhelming myself.

I did soooo much research and planning to make sure this isn't a temporary journey. I knew that wanting it isn't enough. You have to be READY for it (mentally). And in that I discovered many things to accompany me. I figured if I was going to work out on a low carb nutritional plan I would have to make sure I had alternate fuel, I searched PROTEIN POWDERS. Its tough finding a low carb, no sugar, high protein powder. But I found one... Its JAY ROBB's WHEY ISOLATE. I heard GREAT reviews. Despite having to stand in line at GNC with some juice heads staring at me like I was lost... I'm excited to add it in when I am ready to start my fitness routine. I grabbed a blender bottle too.

2013 has already proven to be my year. Despite all the things that aren't so perfect about my life.. I know that I have been redirected in the right direction. I want to continue to grow deeper in my faith and to break down my obstacles. Time will only tell. But right now I feel like I'm ready to conquer the world. And you can't go wrong with a positive outlook on life!

Lesson for TODAY: "Even when you feel like the battle has been lost, regroup and come back with more defenses!!!" emoticon


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LILSHINE 2/6/2013 2:06PM

    Great reflection blog post. I'm so happy that you were able to reach out and grab hold of your faith when you needed it. When I read the first paragraph I was like tell her spiritual healing is a must. One thing I've learned and continue learning is that when our MINDS are not in alignment with the path we desire to go in we self-sabotage. We talk/blog negative thoughts, negative, negative negative. Write your vision, make it plain and present it before God and believe that HE will direct you into right thinking, right pathway and right open doors. Everything that happened was for a reason and as you walked you reflected on a few of them. You began a plan with a purpose and you're doing your homework to get to where you want to go. So lay that plan out for everything you're trying to accomplish, job, car, life. Set the goals, do the homework and put the plan into action. It's not going to be easy but you can and will accomplish each one, one at a time.

With the whey protein the taste on most aren't great but when you add it to a smoothie mix and adjust it to fit your taste it works a lot better. I put a scoop in my fruit/veggie smoothies. Just an FYI - I know a lot of folks get turned off by the taste. Wishing you well and I look forward to seeing you around town. Blessings

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JCHRELLE_04 2/6/2013 1:23AM

    Thanks!! Yeah, we can def be each others motivation.

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EDDYMEESE 2/5/2013 11:36PM

    You remind me so much of myself!

I often feel hopeless and it can really interfere with life. I tend to go full out on exercise and burn out, or I don't do anything, lol! I have a HRM, too...haven't used it I. Too long. Maybe we can motivate each other to find reasons to use our HRMs :)

Have you thought of getting a fitbit? It is RALLY helping me!

I have been meaning to get back on SBD...I, too, have a love/hate relationship. Another reason to motivate each other?

We can do this!

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