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I know I had a good work out when.....

Thursday, February 13, 2014

I know when my work out is good when there is sweat on my brow, I talked myself out of quitting 3 times already and the is a giggly feeling in my legs. My mood would be elevated and I feel on top of the world. This has only happened a few times however I have seen my time exercising increase gradually. Almost I invisible if not looking for it. My exercise partner (my neice) pointed it out to me just this week. I was feeling discouraged. While trying to boost me up she mentioned that since January I had increased my time from 30 min to a full hour as well as increasing my total miles from 1 mile to 2.5 miles. I hadn't even noticed.
It proves to me that I can do this and it doesn't have to kill me! I only need to take the time to look at many different measures not just my weight, which by the way is up 3 lbs but that's ok. I feel better and that is what matters!

  
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DDOORN 3/18/2014 12:53PM

    Kudos to pushing yourself the extra mile! :-)

Don

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TINADEE86 2/15/2014 2:26PM

    Keep it up!!!! You are so going to do this!

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FEMISLIM 2/14/2014 9:43PM

    Cool

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BEEJAY49 2/14/2014 4:54AM

    Gradual is the best! I never measure my success by the scale it's how you feel about yourself and how the clothes fit. You are doing great! HUGS!

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MADAMES 2/13/2014 11:03PM

    Woohoo for you!

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KELLIEBEAN 2/13/2014 9:14PM

    Good for you! Changes can be slow but SO worth it! Congratulations on your accomplishments!

Keep it up!

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God's Good Gift

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

My devotions today took me to
James 1:17 Every good action and every perfect gift is from God.

Ever feel like you have nothing? I know I sure have, do and will again? It is so easy to fall into doldrums of negative thinking. Especially when trying to lose weight. Often our negative thoughts were the basis for our weight gain. We find ourselves in a vicious circle that widens wider and wider as we see our thighs do the same. Feeling sorry for ourselves, feeling hopeless and helpless may very well have been our mantra for years.

But for me? No more!

Max Lucado said it well in his book of inspirations " GRACE for the MOMENT" :

Anytime you speak, he listens; make a request and he responds.

He will never let you be tempted too much or stumble too far.

Let a tear appear on your cheek, and he is there to wipe it.

It is true! God is there during our lowest moments. He is there to lift us up to the place he has made for us. Where he wants us to be, soaring with the eagles!

Did he ever say it wouldn't be tough? No.
Did he ever say we wouldn't hurt? Feel alone? Feel defeated? No.

But that doesn't mean we need to wallow in self pity. We need to stand up and remember that the little things we have been given, the steps we are now taking to better ourselves just may be gifts from God.

I am grateful for the friends given to me within the sparkpeople world. I am grateful for the support from the leaders and members of the teams I belong. The lessons given, the awesome data base to draw from, the tools given for my use, and of course the forums to vents and explore my thoughts and feelings. I thank God for them all.

God has truly given me a wonderful gift. It came to me the day I began the journey of becoming a better me and signed on to SparkPeople for the first time, just 1 year ago.

  
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TINADEE86 1/20/2014 8:42AM

    Awesome love this post! Thanks for sharing!!

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BEEJAY49 1/16/2014 4:25AM

    Thank you!

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POSITIVEHOPE 1/15/2014 9:11PM

    I thank God for His many gifts.
Remembering the little things we have been given.
The desire to be healthier.
The willingness to admit I have been powerless.
The courage to reach out to others.
The gratitude that others are willing to share this journey.
The information and tools that are available for free on SP.
People who will listen without judging.
People who will offer a hand in the rocky parts of this journey.
People who remind me to be grateful.


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Jan 11, 2014 LITTLE CHANGES

Saturday, January 11, 2014

I am feeling wonderful today. I just had a wonderful workout with my daughter and my niece. Oh, I know it is not where I should be at, but I pushed myself more than I normally would. I tried interval walking before but usually stayed away from changing my incline and only change the speed. Today I made myself a little routine of varying incline then vary the speed, vary incline, then speed. I did this for a little over 30 minutes. I know I will feel it tomorrow, but I feel awesome right now.

I have set myself up for 1:1 assistance with the equipment at the gym. I know that I will need more strength training to get to where I want to be. I hope that with all of my back and feet issues that the trainer can assist me in setting up a strength training routine tailored to me.

After the gym, my daughter and I began to talk about little things to make our dietary habits more healthy. We came up with some great ideas for flat bread, tortillas and salad. My daughter suggested one of her favorite quick bites: she takes a multigrain tortilla, places mashed beans (pinto, northern, black, etc.) on tortilla, adds a little salsa and low fat cheese on top, and places it in oven until nicely crisp. she sometimes tops it off with a little sour cream. I think it sounds awesome. I might have to step out side of the box and find fun, interesting quick healthy meals.

Then I was working on my spark coach program and was blessed with todays program on how to quickly plan and prepare healthy meals. I think I might have missed this last go around. But it was a perfect answer to my meal planning.

I can't tell you how excited I feel about the changes so far this go around. It isn't big steps or gigantic changes but I feel the little things will eventually add up to one great big thing!

I guess I am better understanding the "work in progress" concept. I am looking for small positive changes to focus on and not focusing on only the final goal. I guess you could say "just one step at a time." I can see where this mind set would keep the failure focus at bay and emphasize the positive things.

So I am editing this already....went to spark coach to finish up the program, you know the WhooHoo page...well the caption at the top talked about little changes and big results....So cool to reinforce the train of thought was already having. Ain't God grand to put this in my path today!

Today, little changes...tomorrow big results! Whoo Hoo! Praise God!


  
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BEEJAY49 1/12/2014 4:40AM

    You are doing wonderful! Hugs!

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MPETERSON2311 1/11/2014 10:19PM

    Yay!

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MADAMES 1/11/2014 4:29PM

    So much truth in your blog! This is a gradual process...it is great that you have your daughter and your niece on your healthy team! It is always more fun with others!



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KELLIEBEAN 1/11/2014 11:50AM

    That is fantastic. I am a big believer in baby steps. Even now that I have reached my goal weight, I believe it's going to take baby steps every day to maintain my new healthy lifestyle.

You keep that mindset and you will reach and exceed your goals!!

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January 9th 2014

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Today I was reading from "Grace for the Moment" By Max Lucado. It really hit home when I read the portion of scripture at the top of the page for today.

Hebrews 4:15 Our high priest is able to understand our weaknesses. He was tempted in every way that we are, but He did not sin.

He understands! He has been there! Done that!

When I want that chocolate bar, or that bowl of ice cream. When I hit the snooze button and go back to sleep instead of going to the gym. When I reach for a second buttered biscuit. When I refused to get online to complete my tracking for the day because the computer game is more fun. Well....You get the idea).
Everything I think, feel , encounter...He understands. There is no reason to feel alone in this struggle to loose weight. He has already experienced everything I may encounter. That makes Him the ideal source of strength. I only need to lean on Him. Listen to His word. Find my strength in Him. And rest assured, He understands my weaknesses, my fears and my doubts..

I can rely on Him to be there, support me, even in my weakness. Because He understands.

  
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2HAMSDIET 1/10/2014 12:53PM

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JAMBABY0 1/9/2014 8:30PM

    thanks for sharing

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Goal for Succcess

Saturday, January 04, 2014

I am sitting here trying to focus on my ultimate goal. Is it a low body weight that I want to achieve? Is it healthy eating habits? Is it a healthy mind set? No matter what I think it could be, I find my answer being the same. My ultimate goal will be all the above and many, many more things. There will be so many positive outcomes from this adventure that no one thing will be able to capture the whole picture. With that being the case, I know that no one solution is the answer for my success. The many things I have already tried and the many new things I will endeavor together makes me a better person in the end. That I believe is the secret to the SparkPeople success. Only when you focus on all aspects of this program can you see the intricate weaving for success. It is the mental, emotional and physical changes that will make the program work on an individual level. and eventually the result will be a whole-being transformation. I am waiting for signs of the transformation to surface. It may be a while yet, but the little changes will slowly emerge, little bit by little bit. I will claim victory for each little bit and remember that only when I include them all into the picture will I be able to focus on a single goal. Success.

  
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FEMISLIM 1/5/2014 10:26AM

    You can do it if you can conceive it!!!

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DDOORN 1/4/2014 11:04PM

    One foot ahead of the other...sometimes it can be helpful to focus on smaller goals first...the weave will come! :-)

Don

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MADAMES 1/4/2014 7:39PM

   
Stick with the Spark Coach...I found that very helpful! Keep your eye on the goal and don't get discouraged!

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CATLADY52 1/4/2014 6:38PM

    emoticon It will be fun trying though.

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