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!
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.
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!
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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