I want to wish you all a very happy new year! I hope that 2015 is full of fun, health, family, and prosperity!
I plan to make this new year a very productive year and I hope you do too!
Love to you all!
See you next year!!
I just wanted to take this time to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!
I hope you enjoy your holiday with loved ones! Remember to show them how much you love and appreciate them!
For a long time I have thought of being fat as being a certain weight or looking a certain way. Now I think of the term fat on a more case by case basis. I have more fat on my body than I used to have, than I think I should have so I consider myself fat.
I think it is important to call a spade a spade or in this case a fatty a fatty. I am not being self deprecating. I'm not throwing myself a pity party. I just think it is important to be realistic about where you currently are so that you can accurately assess and determine the changes that need to be made. I'm not saying that you need to shout from the rooftops all of the things that you want to change about yourself either. It is necessary to be completely honest with yourself.
So, while it may be true that I am fat now... I do not intend to stay this way. I have already started making changes to my diet and exercise routine in order to ensure that I do not stay fat! I honestly would not have made the changes that I made if I kept telling myself that I wasn't fat and I just needed to lose a little bit here and a little bit there. I finally looked at my body as a whole and was brutally honest with myself about how I saw myself.
One of the things I have learned about myself is how much I appreciate being appreciated!
I love being loved, I think most of us do. But I really love and appreciate being appreciated. Unfortunately, over the past several months I've been dealing with some health issues. One of the most difficult things for me to do is to sit by and watch my loved ones do the things that I normally take care of.
I mentioned my feelings about feeling utterly useless to my husband. He was so sweet, he gave me a kiss and he said I always appreciate you.
So often we take the people in our lives for granted. It can go a really long way to just take a moment to show your gratitude and appreciation for the ones you love and what they do for you.
So it has been two months since I began this journey! I'm so excited! I've learned so much already.
I really can't tell you how much I appreciate you going through this journey with me!
So, it has been almost 2 months since I began this journey with you. I have learned so much!
I think that I have learned more about life than I have about myself. Maybe that is the way it should be. Maybe I needed to change my perspective before I could really find myself.
I know that changing my perspective has allowed me to see the world in a new and different way. Perhaps I will begin to see myself in a new and different way as well.
I began reading a book called The Compound Effect. I guess you could say that it is a "self-help" book. I usually try to stay away from those because I feel like they are just a way for people to make money by preying on people's desires to make money or find love or happiness. This book however has caught my attention. It is not promising that you will lose 20 pounds over the course of a week or that you will find and marry your soul mate in 6 months. Instead it talks about changing your life and your results by changing your actions and your habits. The recurring theme is that it will take time and that you will not see results in the short term.
In this book after the first chapter, there are tasks for you to complete. One of the tasks is to list some of your past successes. I really struggled with this. I did really well in school so I listed that. Beyond that I couldn't think of another area of my life in which I have been successful. I am hoping that gaining a new perspective will help me to also reevaluate my past and maybe I will be able to see areas where I have been successful but failed to recognize it or give myself credit for it.
I had an epiphany today. Today I realized that as a parent I am really patient. As a wife I am really patient. As a driver, as a customer and as a person who has to be around people who are not considerate of other people's personal space I am somewhat patient.
However, when it comes to myself. I am the most demanding and impatient. I expect immediate changes and even faster results from myself. How unfair!!
Not only do I put unfair expectations on myself but I also place unrealistic demands on myself. No wonder I am sad and or frustrated when I fail to meet these expectations I have set for myself.
I realize that part of the reason my children have been so successful in school and the other endeavors they have taken on is because we have been patient with them. We didn't expect them to be great at everything overnight. I need to exercise the same patience with myself. When I set a goal for myself I need to be realistic and patient.
Happy Wednesday Everyone!
So unfortunately, I have been going about a few things the wrong way.
Thinking that I'm doing something good by just cutting back on calories and working out. Thinking that because the numbers on the scale change after one day that I can afford to indulge in the chocolate chip cookie that I really want.
Now I know that where the calories come from is just as important as how many calories I take in.
I was really frustrating myself by sabotaging myself. They say that a failure is not a failure of you learn something from it. So all of those "failed" attempts at weight loss were not really failures. I learned from my own experience what does not work.
The best thing about frustration is that it pushes you. It pushes you to be better, to make changes.
So I heard some bad news today. Without getting into any details, I learned that two very different and very separate things came to an end. At first I was upset and saddened to receive this news. Now that I've had some time to reflect, my perspective has changed a bit.
I have heard since I was a child that life isn't fair. It has been my experience that life isn't always fair, but that the good times certainly outweigh the bad times. It has been said that you have to experience the downs in order to appreciate the ups. While I don't necessarily agree with that, I will say that the downs are a necessary part of life.
It has been the downs that have helped me to build the character and strength that has not only helped me to make lemonade when I've been given lemons but I've also been able to help others to make their own lemon-based treats out of the lemons they have been given.
I've also heard that the end is not really the end it is merely the start of something new. What you do with the lemons you get is up to you.
I guess you could say that I've decided to get a jump on my New Year's resolutions.
Instead of waiting until January to make changes to my diet and exercise routine, I've decided to make changes today so that I can see results by January 1st. My resolution for 2015 will be to maintain what I've been doing for the past month.
I've come to believe that there is no point in waiting to make positive changes in your life. None.