SOULOFWELLNESS's SparkPeople Blog SOULOFWELLNESS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Live For Choose to live for, rather than against. Focus on what you love and not on any kind of hate. <BR> <BR> Practice genuine, cleansing forgiveness, and let the burden of resentment fall softly away. Remind yourself that worry accomplishes nothing worthwhile, and give your awareness to more productive pursuits. <BR> <BR> Put your energy into building what is creative, valuable and empowering. And you won’t have to constantly fight against what is destructive and draining. <BR> <BR> Concern your... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 14:24:37 EST Pointing The Way What seems to be standing in your way is not really standing in your way. It's pointing the way. <BR> <BR> What looks like it's holding you back is not really holding you back. It's building your determination to move forward. <BR> <BR> The mountain is steep and treacherous, yet it gives you a pathway to get to the top. The work is challenging and complicated, and yet it gives you a way to create achievement. <BR> <BR> Don't you dare despair when things get tough. Rejoice in knowing that t... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 05:27:09 EST Come As You Are! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Each person on this earth has been put here for a reason; a very special purpose unlike anyone else's. None of us, not even one of us, possess the exact same reason for living. And it is that uniquely special purpose that defines who we are - and what we ultimately become. <BR> <BR> Contrary to what many believe, it is no accident that we are right where we find ourselves right now. It's not chance or circumstance... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 07:15:29 EST It Adds Up Getting ahead often requires only a little bit more effort than falling behind. Yet that small amount of extra effort can make an enormous difference in the results you achieve. <BR> <BR> The way to move ahead with just a little more effort is to apply that effort consistently and reliably. For example, an extra twelve minutes of work each weekday adds up to an additional hour's worth of effectiveness every week. <BR> <BR> The efforts you're already making can be enormously leveraged by add... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 12:25:44 EST Becoming Bullet Proof Are you ready to take your life to higher level? Are you ready to start demanding the very best from yourself? And most importantly, are you ready to make some changes right now? <BR> <BR> You can start your trip to the top by charting your game plan, outlining your life as it could be. You can then fan your desire into a white heat passion by vividly seeing yourself living your life as it should be. Finally, you must commit to doing whatever it takes, whenever it is needed, to make your dre... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 09:16:34 EST Endure Look ahead, and you will endure. The troubles and challenges you face today, will soon seem tiny and insignificant. Keep going forward, keep moving steadily toward your goals. Keep moving, and your dreams will become reality. <BR> <BR> Every hardship you face, makes you stronger and more capable. Every setback gives you that much more determination. Every hurdle you get past, brings you that much closer to your goals. <BR> <BR> If you look down, the ground you cover won’t seem like much. Ra... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 06:52:57 EST Back and in FULL ATTACK MODE! Okay, so 55 days ago was my last log in on SparkPeople. That is because on November 14, 2012 I was at the gym and broke my Volar Plate. Since then, I have undergone a lot of therapy. For seven weeks, I remained in a nicely crafted, well made brace. I finally was allowed out of the brace and then I began my OT. <BR> <BR> Starting my OT I have gained a lot back in my extension. It hurts when I get it done, but I understand why they must do it. However, I deeply enjoy the paraffin wax therapy!... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 08:51:54 EST Broken Okay, so I am trying to type as best as I can right now, but it is a tad bit hard. Two days ago at the gym I was working out with the lead trainer. Everything was going well until he asked me to not rely on him as much while on the stability ball. Soooo, of course I do what was asked of me.... Well, next thing I knew I was crashing into equipment, blocking metal from my head and banging up my body. I was helped up, but in a lot of pain. I continued with guidance to push through my workout as ... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 12:08:28 EST Week 16 Summary Alright, so I am at week 16 and this week I am up slightly. Unfortunately, we all know stress can do that from time to time. So... I went to church tonight and prayed that God would help me make better choices and to help guide me so I would not use it [food] as a crutch for when I am stressed. <BR> <BR> I will plan things out better once I get paid. I will sit down and focus on healthier options that will keep me fuller longer. I think once this week finishes my stress will be a lot less an... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 19:52:56 EST Just Do It! Starting today, you must be willing to give more in order to get more; to be more in order to become more. You must expand your goals, expand your horizon and expand your vision. And get bigger. Act bigger. Be bigger than ever before. No more thinking small or acting small. No more doing little and receiving little in return. No more waiting around hoping for the best. <BR> <BR> From now on, you've got to show some fire. Show some want, some will, some fighting spirit. Show you have what it... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 09:07:12 EST Thank you, MJZHERE! Today I kinda got a slap back into reality thanks to my wonderful friend, MJZHERE. Last week was not a good week for me. I made poor choices and unfortunately with my WI being yesterday, it showed. In one week's time, I gained almost 5 pounds. Putting me back at a 20 pound loss. <BR> <BR> In many ways, I was downing (yes I know I should not do this) myself. I was blaming myself for not being the person I wish to be... I was abusing myself! I felt so ashamed and guilty of what I had gained, ... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 11:03:21 EST Push Yourself Successful people push themselves. Everyone else waits to be pushed. When someone else does the pushing, you don't get where you want to go. <BR> <BR> The way to determine your own destiny is to expect the best of yourself, and then expect a little more. You know what you're capable of, and only you can make it happen. Only you can fully realize your potential. No one can do it for you. <BR> <BR> Inside of you are unlimited possibilities that will take you wherever you want to go. The desir... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 12:05:42 EST Week 13 Summary This week I am down 3 pounds. That brings me to a total of 24 pounds thus far. <BR> <BR> I keep meaning to post some pictures. I did take some today before church, but I am not sure if I like them enough to post. If not I will take more and post them. After all I need to keep up with my visuals so I do not fall back into the old routines. <BR> <BR> Do you use personal visuals to help you focus and to help you not fall back into an old routine? <BR> <BR> In what ways has it helped you? Sun, 21 Oct 2012 23:30:22 EST Don't Quit <BR> When you've eaten too much and you can't write it down, <BR> <BR> And you feel like the biggest failure in town. <BR> <BR> When you want to give up just because you gave in, <BR> <BR> and forget all about being healthy and thin. <BR> <BR> So What! You went over your points a bit, <BR> <BR> It's your next move that counts...So don't you quit! <BR> <BR> It's a moment of truth, it's an attitude change. <BR> <BR> It's learning the skills to get back in your range. <BR> <BR> It's tel... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 23:25:40 EST Perception and Possibilities There may be times when it seems the whole world is working against you. Yet in reality the main thing working against you is your own negative perception. <BR> <BR> When one thing goes wrong, then another and another, it seems to you that you're having a bad day. Keep in mind, however, that it's just your perception. <BR> <BR> Instead of judging the day to be a bad one, take action to make a positive difference. Instead of using your energy to build and maintain a negative perception, put ... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 12:35:05 EST The Obstacle in Our Path In ancient times, a king had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. <BR> <BR> Some of the king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the big stone out of the way. <BR> <BR> Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. On approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden an... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 23:40:13 EST Let The Sun Shine In Like it or not, we're going to encounter some difficult times in our lives. And we're going to endure some disappointing setbacks. There are going to be some dark, dismal days where it feels like the sun has gone completely out. But the sun is still there, still shining, still beaming brightly behind the overcast skies above. It's up to us to push back the clouds and unveil the sunshine. <BR> <BR> The moment darkness begins to set in, we need to move. And move quickly. Away from the darkness... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 23:38:46 EST BE THANKFUL <BR> <BR> Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to? <BR> <BR> Be thankful when you don't know something, for it gives you the opportunity to learn. <BR> <BR> Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow. <BR> <BR> Be thankful for your limitations, because they give you opportunities for improvement. <BR> <BR> Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons. <BR> <BR> Be than... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 12:16:19 EST Allow Your Own Inner Light to Guide You There comes a time when you must stand alone. <BR> <BR> You must feel confident enough within yourself to follow your own dreams. <BR> <BR> You must be willing to make sacrifices. <BR> <BR> You must be capable of changing and rearranging your priorities so that your final goal can be achieved. <BR> <BR> Sometimes, familiarity and comfort need to be challenged. <BR> <BR> There are times when you must take a few extra chances and create your own realities. <BR> <BR> Be strong enough to at... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 23:00:22 EST Week 11 Summary This week, I am up 0.6 pounds and I am okay with that. I know I did not work out that much this past week so that probably played a part. Tomorrow I plan on increasing my workouts and finding that 'personal' time for myself. I really lacked this past week in that and know that everyone needs it. <BR> <BR> I will see how this week goes and keep an eye on things. Sun, 7 Oct 2012 22:21:59 EST Whatever It Takes We all have a winning spirit burning brightly down in our hearts and souls. And it is this shining beacon of hope that can take us anywhere we desire. Its radiant energy can light up our lives and bring our fondest dreams and aspirations to life, if only allowed to do so. Make no mistake about it, you too can quickly light up your life by becoming a finisher, always doing whatever it takes to get where you wish to go. <BR> <BR> As Napoleon Hill once said, &#147;The battle is all over except ... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 23:42:20 EST Your Countdown To Success When you finally take control of your life and accept 100% responsibility for who you are, where you are going, how you are going to get there and when you are going arrive – your Countdown to Success begins. <BR> <BR> In order to get your countdown moving and moving in the right direction, you must first get yourself moving in the right direction. Success is obtained one step at a time, one challenge at a time and one victory at a time. You'’ll discover that these little steps, challenges a... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 23:44:04 EST Connect to your goals Every action you take today will either move you closer to your chosen goal or farther away from it. There's something you intend to achieve, and the way to achieve it is through action. <BR> <BR> There is a very real connection between the things you do and the outcomes you experience. Keep that in mind as you go through the day. Keep that in mind as you decide how to spend your time. Keep that in mind as you control your own thoughts and actions. <BR> <BR> Connect your goals to your actio... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 09:02:14 EST Week 10 Summary This week I am down 7 pounds. Okay, here is how this has gone... <BR> <BR> Last week, I gained 3 pounds. This week, I am down 7 pounds. So technically, I lost those 3 pounds plus 4 extra pounds. I am quite happy with those results. <BR> <BR> My week was not really logged on SparkPeople a whole lot. I have been rather busy, so I have been trying to keep an eye on things mentally. I am learning a few things about myself right now and one things I have noticed is I think I am low ballin' on m... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 08:28:56 EST Week 9 Summary Hmmmm.... Okay, so this week did not go well for me scale wise. BUT, in other ways I add some major NSV under my belt. <BR> <BR> This week I am up 3 lb which puts me back to a 12 lb loss. I am okay with that as I know it will come off. I am however very proud of myself that I hiked up Stone Mountain. I enjoyed every moment and got a chance to spend some quality time with my family. <BR> <BR> So yeah, I might have gained 3 lb, but I gained so much more. Sun, 23 Sep 2012 22:57:57 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 23 23. What are your current fitness goals? <BR> <BR> My current fitness goals are to push myself past 30 minutes. I have steadily held myself at 30 minutes now for a couple of weeks and feel it is time to move forward in some fashion. So I figured timing would be a good start. Sun, 23 Sep 2012 21:16:27 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 21 & 22 21. Did you or do you have any disordered eating habits - binging, purging, excessive calorie restriction or excessive exercise? How did develop (or how are you developing) a healthier relationship with food? <BR> <BR> When I was younger, I forced myself to eat more to gain weight. The following link will explain it more as I do not personally feel like going through all that again. <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5047914 </link> <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 21:14:57 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 19 & 20 19. What 'unhealthy' food(s)/drink(s) do you refuse to give up? Any that you have given up completely? I do not personally have any 'unhealthy' foods or drinks I refuse to give up. I have never been a soda, but if I do want one, I choose a no calorie drink. I have never been a sweet freak, so the same can be said for that as well. I do enjoy popcorn, but I buy the 100 calorie kettle corn bags. <BR> <BR> I believe there are and can always be a substitution for your 'unhealthy' items. <BR> <B... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 21:05:51 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 17 & 18 17. Do you have any meals/snacks that you repeat over and over? What are they? <BR> I tend to repeat grapes daily. I am addicted to those little, delights of juiciness. Frozen in the Summer is my favorite, but I love them unfrozen as well. <BR> <BR> 18. Do you have a go-to meal for days when you have to be on the go, no time to stop to eat and no refrigeration/cooler available? <BR> If it is something quick and easy to take, I love Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Clif Energy Bars with a sliced up ap... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 20:33:33 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 16 16. Do you follow an eating 'plan'? (Vegetarian, paleo, South Beach, Atkins, yada yada yada) How has this helped you live a healthier life? <BR> <BR> I do not follow any particular eating plan, per se. I am still trying to get my footing and figure out what would be best for me. I am very open to suggestions and what has worked for others. I have messaged several people inquiring of 'their plan'. I ask many questions and try to be as precise as possible in my questions. I am a very curious ... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 20:53:53 EST Week 8 Summary I am down 2 lb, but in all honesty I have not been doing what I need to do. I feel like this past week I was pulled in so many different directions. I did not get to post often in my blog, nor did I have a chance to work out. I felt kinda bad about it all, but I guess I must have done something decently to lose 2 lb. <BR> <BR> Hopefully this week will give me a chance to do things better. I am also working on my meal plans today. I am very new to this, so I will focus one week at a time. An... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 20:43:44 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 14 & 15 14. What life style changes have been easier than you expected? Why do you think that was? <BR> <BR> In all honesty, since I am still relatively new, I am still trying to tweak out many things. However, I have thus far found that incorporating more fruits and veggies is quite easier and less costly than how I was eating prior to joining SparkPeople. I am no longer focusing on junk foods (e.g.; greasy potato chips, cakes, cookies, etc.), instead I am focusing on better alternatives/substituti... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 11:33:54 EST Fresh new day Today, life begins anew. Today, you are blessed with fresh, new opportunity. <BR> <BR> You can build on the best of what has been. You can look clearly and objectively at the limitations that have held you back, and find new ways to transcend them. <BR> <BR> Today, you can make amazing progress. Today, you can reach higher than you've ever reached before. <BR> <BR> All your mistakes are behind you, and you've learned much from each one. All your experience is still with you, and you can us... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 11:10:55 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 13 13. What has been the hardest life style change you've made for the sake of losing weight, getting fit, or becoming healthier? Any tips for making that change easier? <BR> <BR> Standing up to those in my household has been by far the most difficult and hardest life style change I have done and still continue to do. My daughter is very understanding and is accommodating in so many nurturing, supportive ways. My fiance on the other hand, well that is a tad bit more difficult. He pouts and at t... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 21:55:54 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 12 12. Post a picture of your inspiration. Thinspiration if that's your thing. Fitspiration if that's what you're after. Healthspiration if that's your primary goal. Why is this person inspiring to you? <BR> <BR> Beth Phoenix and Mickie James are my Fitspiration. Personally, both women have a strong, athletic, beautiful physique. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now when it comes to Healthspiration I like this photo as it says it all - at leas... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 23:56:29 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 10 & 11 10. Why are you working towards the goal you talked about on Day 1? Particular health goal? Size goal? Activity goal? Vanity goal? <BR> Simply put.... I want to live. I want to have a life that is no longer hindered by my weight. I want to be active and enjoy life with those I love. I want to know that if I died tomorrow I gave it my all and treated my body with respect. <BR> <BR> <BR> 11. What do you like most about your body? Has what you like most about your changed as you've progressed... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 23:25:23 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 8 & 9 8. What do you think will be different when you reach your goal weight? If you are in maintenance, what did you think would be different? What actually was different? <BR> <BR> Mainly when I reach goal weight, I hope that my health is different; for the better, of course. I am assuming that this will be true. I am hopeful that my cholesterol and high blood pressure will also be reduced in the process of reaching goal. <BR> <BR> I think that my outlook on shopping will also be different. I ... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 23:24:56 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 7 7. How do you measure progress towards or maintenance? Scale weight? Body fat percentage? How your clothes fit? Other? <BR> <BR> I weigh myself weekly; purely for the purpose of putting it in my SparkPeople weight log. I do enjoy seeing the numbers... but, I personally enjoy the feeling of how loose my clothes begin to fit. I find that motivates me and I can actually "see and feel" the difference. So much better than just another number in my opinion. Fri, 7 Sep 2012 23:30:06 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 5 & 6 5. What is your weight history like? How old where you when you first 'went on a diet'? Have you lost and regained? How is this time different from others? <BR> <BR> My weight history began at an early age. When I was younger (pre-teen & teenage years), I was actually under-weight. Now I know it is kind of opposite of my position now, but in many ways being under-weight led to me being over weight. I began at a early age turning toward food as an emotional crutch. I found food comforting, bu... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 23:59:08 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 4 4. What are (or were) your fears about weight loss? <BR> <BR> Once I lose the weight, I won't be able to keep it off. <BR> <BR> I think this is a fear that many experience/feel. We put forth such a great effort to lose the weight and of course we do not want to go back to where we were. I think personally that this is a "normal", rational fear and can even be healthy. This can have a positive effect once losing the weight in which its usefulness can keep me productive in continuing to rema... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 23:19:50 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 3 3. Who have you shared your weight loss goals with? What has been good about sharing your goals? <BR> <BR> I have shared my weight loss goals with those I love and consider to be friends and/or family. I have also posted on my Facebook (to certain people) and expressed my goals in somewhat of a public fashion. My doctor is fully aware of my goals as well as my new dietician (I got her to help me with my goals). Of course lets not forget SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> Sharing my goals with those a... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 23:55:18 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 1 & 2 Please consider blogging along. It's not to late to join! Questions are here: <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5041814 </link> <BR> <BR> 1: Your stats. Starting stats, current stats, goal stats. Are you currently trying to lose weight, gain weight, or maintain weight or something else? Do you have a goal for the month of September? <BR> <BR> START: I joined SparkPeople on July 23, 2012. My starting BMI was 48.3 and my starting weight was 281... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 23:54:04 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Thanks to my SparkFriend MJZHERE, I found a great way to meet new people and have fun with blogging. <BR> <BR> <BR> With all credit to TANYAP71, here's how she presented the challenge: <BR> <BR> "I posted a list of 30 blog inspiring questions from a 30 Days of Weight Loss Challenge a while back. A few people seemed interested in joining me but were concerned that the list didn't really fit them very well. Many didn't fit me either and I figured I'd just adapt as I went but since others ma... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 23:42:42 EST Five Ways to Improve Your Life Right Now As soon as you change your attitude, you change your life. There's no need to wait for something to take effect. It kicks in right away. Too often we get stuck in negative thought patterns that bring a self-defeating attitude. When that happens, what's needed is an attitude -jump start- to get back on the road. Here are some ideas: <BR> <BR> 1. Do something new or do something in a completely different way. Go somewhere new for lunch or take another route to the office. Buy and read a magazi... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 23:55:34 EST A Great Tomorrow Today is an important day in your life. Because today is your opportunity to create the circumstances in which you will live tomorrow. <BR> <BR> If you could custom design tomorrow, how would it be? Where would you live, what work would you do, what people would be around you? What is the very best tomorrow that you can imagine? Today is when you can visualize any possibility for tomorrow, and then set about to actually make it happen. <BR> <BR> You make your own tomorrow, by the actions yo... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 23:59:18 EST Today You Can Today you can choose to count your blessings <BR> or you can count your troubles. <BR> Today you can live each moment <BR> or you can put in time. <BR> <BR> Today you can take action towards your goals <BR> or you can procrastinate. <BR> Today you can plan for the future <BR> or you can regret the past. <BR> <BR> Today you can learn one new thing <BR> or you can stay the same. <BR> Today you can seek possibilities <BR> or you can overwhelm yourself with the impossible. <BR> <BR> Today you ... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 23:17:40 EST Week 5 Summary This week was a most wonderful week! <BR> <BR> First and foremost, I lost 2 lb this week! YES! That is awesome and I feel really good about my progress. My dietician (I saw her on the 24th of this month - Friday) is very happy with 1-2 lb losses and encourages to lose slowly. <BR> <BR> Secondly, I am very proud to say, I celebrated my 1 Month SparkVersary on 8/23/2012! I am so happy that I finally found a way of eating I can actually work with and that accommodates to me, not the other way ... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 13:11:56 EST Successfully Being You Remind yourself how strong you have been. Consider how strong you can be. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The challenges that face you are real, and not to be taken lightly. Yet you have already worked your way through countless challenges, and you have what it takes to keep moving forward. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Let yourself feel sincere, all-encompassing gratitude for where you are and for w... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 23:48:11 EST You Deserve It You deserve a great life. So demand it from yourself. <BR> <BR> You deserve respect, consideration, inspiration, achievement and fulfillment. So demand those things from your own thoughts and actions. <BR> <BR> You deserve a life that's overflowing with joy and richness. And you deserve to be the person who makes it happen. <BR> <BR> You deserve the best life you can imagine, and you deserve the experience of taking full responsibility for that life. You are worthy of great and wonderful t... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 23:18:54 EST Why Keep Trying The odds are with you if you keep on trying. <BR> You cannot be beaten at anything, <BR> until you quit... in your own mind. <BR> <BR> There is no defeat except from within, <BR> no really insurmountable barrier <BR> save your own inherent weakness of purpose. <BR> There is no failure except in no longer trying. <BR> <BR> Consider yourself on a very long journey, <BR> keep to your vision of success, <BR> In the end you can only fail if you do not try. <BR> <BR> Winning isn't everything, bu... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 23:48:34 EST