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Keep your eyes on the prize!

Friday, September 07, 2012



One of the things that SparkPeople had me do when I first started this journey was to come up with a collage of visual motivators. How smart of them to recommend that!!

I actually had 2 pages. One, I named Motivation. That collage contains pictures of me over the past couple of years, along with the information I had listed on my motivation worksheet - my reasons for wanting to lose this weight.

The second collage, I named Inspiration. That collage contains pictures of me when I was in my early 20s & very fit & trim, along with before & after photos of people who have lost lots of weight.

When I am having a bad day & feel like throwing in the healthy eating towel, or if I don't feel like doing my workout for the day, all I need to do is go look at those 2 pages on my fridge. They are my motivation & inspiration. They help me keep my eye on the prize.

Blessings to you!!

  
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KALANTHA 9/7/2012 8:50PM

    SP gives us so many tools to help us reach our goals. All we have to do is use them! Way to go!

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ANDREAG89 9/7/2012 4:12PM

    Such a great idea. I have not done this yet. And I need/want to take pics of me now so I can see the progress. Also, because I need to see the reality. I'm pretty sure I only have skinny mirrors here at home. ;-)

Great work on the collage - and thanks for the reminder!

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Count your blessings

Thursday, September 06, 2012



Sometimes life is just hard!! Unfortunately, that happens to all of us. When I get bogged down in my circumstances & can't see a way out, I have learned (with much, much practice) to stop & count my blessings.

I have so much to be thankful for. I have a job that I really like that pays me a decent salary (even though the commute isn't the greatest & I have to get up before the roosters). My health is good. I have a wonderful husband, a wonderful family & wonderful friends. I have a vehicle to drive, clothes on my back, shoes on my feet & a roof over my head.

So many of those things we take for granted & I don't want to do that anymore. I want to be thankful for everything that I have.

Soooooo, if you're having a rough day, just sit down with a notepad & pen & start to count your blessings. If you can't think of any, just be thankful that the sun came up this morning or that you are breathing.

Have a blessed evening!!

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KIWIANN 9/6/2012 10:20PM

    That is always great advice! Thanks for sharing!!

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MNNICE 9/6/2012 9:30PM

    We all need to be reminded of this occasionally, don't we?!! Thanks!

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KNYAGENYA 9/6/2012 9:09PM

    Thanks for the words of wisdom. I will have to keep that in mind when I am having a bad day. emoticon

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Don't ever give up!!

Wednesday, September 05, 2012



You could be soooooo close to tipping the scales (pun intended) in your favor.

Don't you quit!! You are worth fighting for!


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DRUIDPRINCESS 9/5/2012 10:33PM

    Obstacles only happen when you're moving forward. So next time you hit an obstacle - be excited and enthusiastically curious about how to smash it!
xxxooo

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JAMBABY0 9/5/2012 8:14PM

    Thanks for sharing, I like this

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It's about the journey, not the destination.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Today is my 8-month breast cancer survivor anniversary. I was officially diagnosed in December 2011, had a lumpectomy in early January 2012, radiation treatments every weekday the entire month of February (all while still working) & I have to take medication for 5 years. I got off easy, really. The cancer was very tiny & confined to a milk duct. I am so thankful for mammograms!! There was no lump for me to find because the cancer was microscopic, so if the mammogram hadn’t picked up something wonky, it could have been so much worse!!! As a side note, Folks, please, please, please . . . go get your mammograms, pap smears, prostate tests, colonoscopies, or whatever it is you’ve been putting off!! Early detection is key!! I didn’t have to have chemo because the disease was caught so early. Yeah, the tests are uncomfortable & inconvenient, but having the tests done is much less inconvenient than having cancer, I can assure you!!

Anyway, back to my story. God was so good to me as He always is & though things were a bit unnerving at times, I was at peace. I knew in my heart, as soon as the word “cancer” was spoken from my doctor’s lips, that I would eventually be ok. After all, I come from a family of fighters who put their whole faith in God. I am the 5th person in my family (& third generation) to have some type of cancer, so we’ve walked a similar road a few times before. As you can imagine, I was anxious to get to the end of this detour – to reach my “cancer free” destination.

While I would never want to go back & take the “cancer road” again, I would not trade, for any amount of money, all that I learned while I was on that road. Though the journey was hard at times, I learned some truly valuable & priceless things & even had a few laughs along the way.

First & foremost, my relationship with God was more solidified during that time. I constantly leaned on Him for support & I knew that He was walking with me every step of the way. I also learned that I HAVE to take time to stop & smell some roses – I need some “me” time. Even God rested, why shouldn’t I? Plus, I have learned to laugh more, rest more, cherish my relationships more, exercise more & eat healthier foods, just to name a few.

If I could share with you just one gold nugget, it would be this: Life is too short to not enjoy the journey on the way to your destination. We are not promised a tomorrow. Sometimes the journey is hard, but there are so many blessings along the way, you just might have to search a little to find them, but they are ALWAYS there. Enjoy the journey!!

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BRAVEONE92 9/4/2012 8:34PM

    I am so happy to read of your BC
experience. God blessed you, and
now you are cancer-free! You had
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KIWIANN 9/4/2012 5:11PM

    emoticon Happy Anniversary! And thank you for the reminder to be grateful for our blessings!! emoticon

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You are Beautiful, You are Strong, You are Worth it!!!

Monday, September 03, 2012



Hey you . . . yeah, I'm talking to you. emoticon

Be kind to yourself while you struggle to figure it out.
You are beautiful!! You are strong!!
Don't give up! You are worth the effort!!

Did you hear me? YOU ARE WORTH IT!!

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BEVERLYH8 9/4/2012 10:30PM

  Yes! You ARE beautiful :)

Have you seen these stickers?
http://you-are-beautif
ul.com/

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SAINTBETH 9/3/2012 12:27PM

    Thanks! I needed that.

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CINDYAST 9/3/2012 12:07PM

    Your post made me smile! Thank you!
Blessings!

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KIWIANN 9/3/2012 11:51AM

    Thanks for the uplifting post!! emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 9/3/2012 11:23AM

    love this blog thank you good ideas to remember

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KALANTHA 9/3/2012 10:20AM

    Thank you and so are YOU!

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