Amazing Inspiration!

Inspirational…

DDP Yoga

Today, my husband and I started our day with our first DDP Yoga workout! It was great! I can tell that is going to take practice to get comfortable doing it. I was falling all over the place and had to do the modified moves several times, but I did enjoy it. I was feeling the burn and was sweating quite a bit by the end. I want to continue and build my strength, flexibility, and endurance. I was very inspired by the testimonial videos and I have decided that when I find something that encourages me or inspires me, I will be passing it on to my readers.

One of the biggest reasons I believe that I get off track so easily is that I do not plan ahead very well. Today, I went to the store and planned my menu for the week including snacks and lunches. This is a huge step in preparing for success!

Last night, while out having dinner with my husband, I ordered a coke. This wasn’t just any coke…LOL…it was ice cold… in a bottle… from Mexico. YUM! It was good, but when I finished it, I vowed that it would be my last. I went for about a year 1/2 without drinking sodas but got off track recently and started drinking them again. I know that there is no nutritional value and the sugar really adds up. No more cokes, just tea for now. Eventually, I want to give up my sweet tea and have decaffeinated tea with stevia.

One last thing, I did 100 crunches tonight at bedtime. I’m not going to proclaim a big commitment, but I would like to see how consistent I can be with my crunches. Lord knows, these abs need it!

Many Blessings!

Clever quote

Recently, I read a quote that made me really stop and think. I began to think about my weight loss journey ….my mountains and valleys along the way….and my blog that details these event.

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“I just did” feels so much better than “I’m going to.”

Wow… To me, that is profound. As we approach a new year, I can reflect on so many “new beginnings” over this past year. I think about how many times I have had small victories… And how many times I have fallen off the wagon.

That quote has caused me to change my thinking and reconsider the direction of my blog. I don’t want one more single day to be about what “I’m gonna” do…. How cool would it be to be able to report what I’ve done… Rather than what I plan to do? No doubt, it is a process. I have shared my journey and will continue to do so. But in this moment, when everyone is talking about resolutions and goals….quite frankly, I’m sick of hearing it. Even from myself. My goal is still the same. I have made a mess of my health and I have prayed and asked God to help me return to His health plan. This is my prayer for both me and you! Many Blessings, my friend!

Balcony or Basement?

If I were to ask you about the people in your life who encourage you and build you up, you could probably name a few right away. If I were to ask you about the people who judge you and are critical, there would probably be a few faces pop into your mind instantly as well. One of my favorite books of all time is called Balcony People by Joyce Landorf Heatherley. Balcony people are those who are affirming and encouraging. They cheer you on and lift you up. You know the people in your balcony “have your back.”  They are the kind of people you want to be around.

Then there are the Basement people. You know them well. They are the ones that pull you down. They are critical and find fault in everything you do. They are quick to judge and can deflate your spirit with their words and unkind gestures.

We all need encouragement. Whether it’s a weight loss endeavor or any other goals you may be setting for yourself, having balcony people in your life is priceless. Basement people are everywhere, but you can respectfully choose to not allow them to be a part of your journey.

I don’t think Balconies can ever be full, but when I look up into my Balcony, it looks crowded and that is an amazing feeling! There are countless faces that I recognize. I have been incredibly blessed with a wonderful family and amazing friends. I have never had anyone encourage me continually the way my fiancé and his family does. There are friends that I have had since childhood that are some of my greatest cheerleaders. My Balcony is overflowing. Some of the faces in my Balcony are no longer here on earth, but I know they are cheering for me. The most remarkable thought to me is that according to the endless promises in the Bible, Jesus Himself stands in my Balcony. He wants me to have an “abundant life” and I feel His encouragement daily. And because of His example, I want to stand in the Balcony of others as well. I want to be an encourager and one who builds people up.

So look up, my friend! Look at the faces in your Balcony and be grateful for their love and support. Then decide whose Balcony you can stand in today!

“Runnin Runnin and Runnin”

“One of the most unique running events in Texas, the World’s Longest Causeway Run and Wellness Walk takes runners and walkers from Port Isabel to South Padre Island across the Queen Isabella Causeway. As participants top the causeway, they are treated to a breathtaking view of South Padre Island and the blue Gulf waters that lie on the other side.”

Now that I know I am really capable of running, I have set a new goal. I have lived in the South Padre Island area for over 7 years. I participate in the annual Causeway Run/Fitness Walk when possible… as a walker. I have walked the bridge 4 times. Each and every time I walk it, I think to myself… “Next year…next year… next year, I’m going to run it.”

Well friends, this is the year! I am going to run the bridge on January 8, 2011 for the first time ever and I am so excited!

The Fitness Walk is 3 miles and the Causeway Run is a 10K.  (See why I always walk it! LOL) I have exactly 5 months to get ready and I know I can do this. It will mean so much to me to be able to actually run it instead of walk …..while wishing I was running.

“Next year” has come! Five months from today! Whether walking or running, I assure you, it is an absolutely amazing experience to top the bridge and see our beautiful island! Care to join me? =)

http://www.portisabel.org/causeway_run/

One Small step in my morning, one Giant leap in my journey!

I did it! Uh-Huh! Oh-yeah! I did it!

Knowing that I had a 12 hour day of observations and classes ahead of me, I decided that I better run before it all started (that way I couldn’t talk myself out of it). So by 6:45 this morning, I was hitting the road! It was absolutely beautiful! Quiet mornings just seem to exude the calming peace of new beginnings. Perhaps that peacefulness is what allowed me to truly listen to my body this morning. I have to say…I was shocked! Apparently my body has been ready long before my mind.

With both of my faithful four-legged companions, I set out for a quick two mile walk/run. Since I have marked my route, I know exactly where each ½ mile point is located. After a few minutes of walking to warm up, I thought I would try to go at least my half mile that I did earlier this week. So I began to run…and I ran…and I ran…and I ran even more. I listened to my body, not my doubting thoughts and excuses and I ran past the ½ mile mark. Out of nowhere, the thought came over me that…here, in this moment, I feel like a real runner. A person who starts their day inviting good health and fresh choices into their life. I was no longer listening to my predetermined running plan. I was listening to my heart rate, my muscles, my burst of energy and positivity. It was then that I looked to my right and saw the most breathtaking sunrise in the crimson sky. With a huge smile on my face, peace in my heart and drive in my steps, I continued to run until I completed my mile. I ran a mile…without stopping… and it felt great!

Oh, how I love this new life!

Listening

It has been said that God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason… He wants us to listen twice as much as we speak. I believe that!

Who knew that listening would be such a skill!! There are some of us who feel that we have something to say that’s worth hearing, so we talk…. and we talk… and we talk…. LOL There is so much wisdom in listening. God speaks to us all the time… but so often we are too busy talking instead of listening to hear Him.

In my journey to better health, I have learned that when I listen to my body and the Voice of Truth, I am in a much better place than when I am the one talking. Most of us were born with a God given ability to listen…  to each other, to our bodies, and to Him. But somehow, we learn to tune out the things that we don’t want to hear. We can reprogram ourselves. If I truly listen to what my body needs, I can stop at “just enough.” If I am in tune with my natural design, I know when I need to eat… drink… move. My body would never tell me to overindulge. My mind would..and it does… but not my body. By its very natural design, it knows what I need.

Today, I am going to listen to my body, not a clock or a stopwatch. If I need hydration, I will drink. If I need nutrition, I will eat. If I need to move, I will move according to my capabilities.

Also today, I will love my body. Not for how it looks, but for what it can do!

Thank you God for being such an incredible engineer!

My New Trainer!

This week I have had a new trainer step in to help me along! My 8 year old daughter has decided that she wants to be a part of this process, so she is offering advice and being my cheerleader…LOL It has been so fun watching her participate. She loves Zumba, and now she is taking up running with me. We set out to do a mile and I explained to her that I walk two minutes and run one minute. So she decides to “manage” the stopwatch and the whistle. It was so cute. She would give me updates on the seconds as we ran together and when we hit the one minute mark, she blew that whistle like she was coaching an NFL team. Too cute!

(Since we only went one mile…hey, she’s 8…. I came home and did an additional 20 minutes on the elliptical =) Trainer’s orders!

What I really loved about our run was the fact that we were spending time together, having great conversations, and she was seeing an entirely different example than she has in years… maybe even her entire life. I was always the mom that celebrated with food at every opportunity. When I thought we needed a snack…. we hit a drive-thru and got whatever we wanted..with extra salt and grease… and always a large soda. At the checkout…we got candy… cause you know, Snickers satisfies, right?  On Fridays, we always got ice-cream. Plus I was also the mom that made a dessert with almost every meals. Sugar…sugar…sugar! To top it all off, my kids have watched me sit on the couch and mindlessly eat chips and any other junk I could find for years. All habits that I do not want to pass down.

So in spite of how they have seen me live for years, I am grateful that for the past three months, they have seen a new mom… with new ways!   Gotta Run…I hear my trainer’s whistle blowing!!

Pomp and Circumstance

Good evening honored guests, ladies and gentlemen and fellow past and future graduates.

It has been said that Change is inevitable. As we stand on the brink of moving into life beyond obesity, change will be inevitable. It is indeed gratifying to experience a statistical transition such as this. It is inevitable that becoming more proficient in our skills will enable us to tackle this life-long learning process with vigor. It is inevitable that structures, processes and relationships will change in our day-to-day lives. It is inevitable that we will face new challenges and it is inevitable that things may be different in the years ahead. Yes, I would agree, change is inevitable.

To those of you who have supported me with your prayers and encouragement, I thank you. Many of you have been by my side every step of this journey and I am forever grateful. Thank you for being a part of such a monumental milestone in my life!

Ok, in all seriousness, I am ecstatic! Today I have turned a major corner! According to the charts, at my height, over 175 is considered obese. Once I hit 174, I am simply overweight! LOL Since I was 20 years old, I have only been under 175 one time (and it lasted for about three days). Considering that I have been as high as 229, seeing 174 is quite exciting! I have graduated from OBESE to OVERWEIGHT! I have been working toward this goal for a long time and I am excited to see that number, but I’m not stopping there!!

My speech continues…

Furthermore, I would like to thank my Heavenly Father for continued love, support, acceptance and strength. I never dreamed this journey would become what it has…all because I gave up on worldly short term solutions and asked God to be my Guide.

The future is ours to have! It is our choice what kind of future it will be! May God Bless You Extantly!

(Oh, and by the way, I actually do graduate with my BA in 10 months =) LOL


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