Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Wednesday Wow Factor!


Week 95
Start date: 12/28/11
Initial weight: 220
Current weight: 200 (15 pounds lost since 8/26/13, taking a break from the scale)
Total weight loss: 20 pounds

Last week's dream focus: Attend my second 'Party in Pink' Zumbathon on Saturday; be super patient with my progress and enjoy the journey; HUSTLE my buns off to pursue my dreams; seek God in all things I'm doing; ignore the Devil's lies and deceit; keep viewing food as fuel and sharing my story with others; and KEEP INSPIRING MYSELF AND OTHERS!!!

What went well: Thanks to God's presence in my life, I've been able to keep a really upbeat, positive attitude despite a great deal of struggle this week.  In the past, I would have caved in and ran to any and every kind of food to comfort me, only to be left feeling worse than before and stuffed with food I didn't need or truly want in my body.  

I truly believe God placed Plexus in my life not only for every day challenges, but for times like this.  The way it regulates my blood sugar levels really helps my emotional eating to stay under control!  Only once this week did I feel tempted to run to food, but the desire went away quickly and I was able to rationalize what was going on.  I no longer wanted to eat once I saw the situation for what it really was... a heart issue, not a hunger issue.  



Challenges:  I wasn't able to attend the second ‘Party in Pink’ because I was really struggling with pain from what I initially thought was endometriosis.  I soon discovered I was enduring my 5th miscarriage.  I don't understand why some people have to face certain challenges while others face different ones, but I trust God!  

During the first few miscarriages, I felt anger, frustration, jealousy, envy, pity, deep sadness, and confusion.  These are all feelings I still struggle with, but I'm now at a place where I'm accepting that maybe this dream wasn't meant for me, for reasons God understands, reasons I'll one day know... or maybe I'll never know.  I've arrived at a place where I'm open and willing to endure the heartache and pain if it means I can help other women and families deal with similar situations.  

My dream is not to go through fertility treatments.  My dream is not to adopt.  My dream is not to foster.  My dream is not to have a surrogate.  My dream has been to get pregnant naturally and carry a healthy baby that's part of me and my husband.  If my body can't handle this, if my body can't accommodate it, if the outcome would be more than I can take, I'm at peace with that.  I can accept it.  This doesn't mean I won't grieve the loss of the dream if it doesn't come true and it doesn't mean I won't find myself faced with those feelings I described above.  It does mean I'd rather have what God wants for me because really great things are in store!

God has blessed me with an amazing bonus son!  Although he's not from my bloodline, I love him beyond words!  I get to fulfill motherly instincts and desires... and God has blessed my relationship with his real mom.  It works out better than most blended families and I couldn't be happier!  I don't know what's ahead, but I'm trusting.

This week's dream focus: Seek God’s voice in everything; stay focused on my blessings my dreams; fight Satan’s attempts to lead me back to a place of victim mentality and depression; be super patient with my progress and enjoy the journey; HUSTLE my buns off to pursue my dreams; ignore the Devil's lies and deceit; keep sharing my story with others; and continue inspiring myself and others!!!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Open and Willing


I dream big.  I dream with my whole heart.  I see how amazing things could be and I try hard to get there some day.  I try to be patient and wait on God's timing.  And although I know God placed all these dreams in my heart, I know not every one of them can or will come true.  Dreams evolve and change and sometimes we find ourselves laying certain dreams to rest.  In those times there's a grieving and healing process we must go through.

I'm not certain where I fall right now with the dream I've held onto longer than any in my life, but God isn't done and He can work miracles.  He prepares our hearts for things to come.  He molds us to be open and willing to use our stories to inspire and help others.  Although I'm still not sure what's in store, I feel as though I'm in preparation mode.

Infertility is awful.  

If you've ever struggled to fulfill the strongest desire in your heart, yet nothing YOU can do will change the outcome, you'll find it easy to relate.  I don't want to be defined by my infertility struggles.  My life is so much more than that.  I've been through a lot more than I ever expected to go through, but so many people have been through much, much worse than me... and I feel so blessed to have this life!  

I find myself at a place of uncertainty today and I struggle to find my usual fun, uplifting words.  But when I arrive at this place, it's always worked in my best interest to pray, so that what I'll do...


"God, I am open and willing to be a vessel for You, to help anyone who's struggled with infertility, multiple miscarriages, endometriosis, PCOS, surgeries, divorce, financial distress, re-marriage, step-parenting, blended families, loss of job, loss of identity, emotional abuse, a health crisis, weight struggles, depression, anxiety, or the ability to dream.  You've brought me through all these things and more, and I'm blessed beyond measure!  My life is in Your hands. You know what's best for me, for my future, and for the sake of helping others.  I don't know what's next, but You do.  I trust You, God.  

Please heal my hurting, breaking heart, and wrap Your loving arms around me as I struggle to understand the whys.  Help me to be strong for those who need me and send those I need to help me through this.  Please send peace and comfort to those reading this who are hurting, too.  Pour Your love and mercies on them today and help them see that this is not the end, that great things are in store if they just believe in Your plan.  It's in Your name I pray, amen."


Monday, October 28, 2013

Fuel


Dreams take work.
Dreams take passion.
Dreams take patience.
Dreams take commitment.
Dreams burn with a fire inside... and that fire needs fuel.

It's up to me to discover what fuels MY fire.
Some fuel makes my fire burn brighter than other fuel.
It's up to me to figure that out and actually fuel it.
It's up to me not to neglect my fire, but tend to it.
And it's up to me to make sure my fire doesn't burn out.

My fire ignites me.
My fire warms others.
My fire can ignite another's fire.
My fire can spread to the masses.
My fire can burn bright.
My fire can burn dim.
It's up to me.

I can't give up on my dreams.
I WON'T give up on my dreams!
That's exactly what Satan wants.
I refuse to allow it.

God gave these dreams to me.
He placed them in my heart.
They serve a purpose in my life and the lives of others.
How could I miss out on that?
Why would I want others to miss out on that?

Will it be difficult?  Yes, at times.
Will it take focus?  Yes, but it's my dream and I WANT it to become my reality!
Will it be work?  Yes, but if I'm passionate it won't feel like "work"!
Will it be fun?  Yes, the majority of the time it will be a blast!

Will it be worth it?   
Time will see, but I have a good feeling....

Friday, October 25, 2013

Decisions


Decisions, decisions.

We'll always be faced with decisions, from big ones to seemingly insignificant ones.  Each decision we make shapes our future and affects so many more people than we'll ever realize.  Even our thoughts and views are the results of decisions we made.  For instance,

- We decide how we'll respond to a situation.  

- We decide how we'll talk to ourselves (internal thoughts).
- We decide if we'll let obstacles get in our way or if we'll overcome them.

Sometimes decision making presents us with a confirmation or compromise of our values.  Will we stand firm and keep pressing towards our dreams or will we compromise our values and desires and stay further away from them?


When faced with decisions, we'll be more likely to feel better about them later if we:

  • Weigh out the options in front of us
  • Ask if those choices force us to compromise personal values
  • Seek wise counsel
  • Count the cost
  • Decide based on principles
  • Act on our decisions swiftly and firmly

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wednesday Wow Factor!


Week 94
Start date: 12/28/11
Initial weight: 220
Current weight: 200 (15 pounds lost since 8/26/13, taking a break from the scale)
Total weight loss: 20 pounds

Last week's dream focus
Get my fitness on, including the 'ZUMBA IN PINK' Zumbathon on Saturday; HUSTLE my buns off to pursue my dreams; seek God in all things I'm doing; shut that stinkin' Devil down at EVERY turn; keep viewing food as fuel and sharing my story with others; and KEEP INSPIRING MYSELF AND OTHERS!!!

What went well: The Party in Pink campaign to raise money for the new Zumba Global Research Grant for Breast Cancer Prevention, managed by Susan G. Komen, was INCREDIBLE!  The weather was absolutely perfect, a bit chilly at first but we were sweating within minutes!  The music was great, the instructors made it fun, and I felt so blessed to see the turnout and know we were making even a small impact to prevent such an awful disease.  And some great news... I found out there's ANOTHER Party in Pink at a different location this Saturday - you know I'm there!!!
More great stuff - I ate better this week and didn't give into temptation to eat more than I needed to or when I wasn't truly hungry.  It's funny because since starting Plexus, I don't have the cravings I used to struggle with, but I still find myself needing to be aware of my old habits, like randomly walking to the pantry, fridge, or someone's candy bowl at work JUST because it's there.  But now, I see the food and it doesn't even seem appetizing to me!  I stand there and look at it, then naturally make a rational decision to walk away because I'm not truly hungry and I don't even need the food!  There are no tears or anger or feelings of deprivation like in the past.  THANK YOU, PLEXUS!  I still can't believe this product helps me in this way.

Challenges:  I hit a plateau around week five (since starting Plexus) and it lasted between a week and a half to two weeks.  This is week 8 and I can tell things are getting better!  I really noticed the difference in my face yesterday... it looked thinner to me, in addition to appearing healthy and bright!  My acne is almost totally gone with the exception of some random tiny ones that go away super fast.  BONUS!  

It's difficult after 5 straight weeks of dropping pounds to not lose any, to see your clothes fit a little tighter, and to feel bloated and swollen.  Immediately, Satan whispers "give up, this isn't working for you, find something else to try".  

LIES!  

Seriously?  I'm really going to consider stopping this after I've seen such a huge impact?  No sir.  I will not give up that easily!  Instead, I will be patient.  I will realize and accept that plateaus happen for various reasons and it's no excuse to give up.  I've heard of people hitting four month plateaus when taking Plexus, only to come out much healthier and and more successful in maintaining their new, healthy weight!  

Although it's not ideal, it seems so tiny compared to the rest of your life.  If I have another 45 years to live (or more), what's another 4 months if it means I'll finally see my dream come true?  I totally feel it's worth the wait and patience!  After all, we deserve to see our dreams become our reality.  I will not be stressed that the pounds aren't falling off at some incredible, unrealistic rate of speed, but I will have faith that God knows what He's doing and this WILL happen in His timing!

(P.S. - I plan to post on enduring plateaus this week on my Overweight... AND LOSING IT with Plexus! blog.)

This week's dream focus: Attend my second 'Party in Pink' Zumbathon on Saturday; be super patient with my progress and enjoy the journey; HUSTLE my buns off to pursue my dreams; seek God in all things I'm doing; ignore the Devil's lies and deceit; keep viewing food as fuel and sharing my story with others; and KEEP INSPIRING MYSELF AND OTHERS!!!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

THAT Kind of Leader


Towards the end of Zumba tonight, the entire class of women noticed some guy staring in the window watching us dance.  We laughed it of at first, assuming he'd go away.  He didn't.  Then, someone made a comment about how difficult it was becoming to feel comfortable dancing with some "creeper" peering in.  She became pretty upset and actually left the class. Our amazing instructor kept us focused as she continued to lead.  

Another song began and this guy walks into the class and stands in the back.  No one knew why he was there and it was getting pretty awkward, I'm not gonna lie!  He was pacing around the back of the room, looking at his phone.  We finally arrived at the cool down when our instructor asked us if anyone knew there was a class after ours.  One woman said she thought there might be a new class tonight, but wasn't sure.  So our instructor wrapped up the cool down.  The lights came on and she asked the man if there was a new class waiting to begin.  

Hatefully, he snapped at her with a "Yes.  And it was supposed to start at 7:00."  

Our sweet instructor apologized to him, explaining that she's not used to another class at 7:00 on Tuesdays, and no one from the gym had informed her about it.  As she's apologizing and trying to make it right, the new class members were filing in as the sweaty Zumba gals were making their way out.  I was really disheartened by what I saw.

The people who'd been waiting to start the new class were already following their instructor's lead, and started attacking our Zumba instructor saying, "It's on the schedule.  Maybe you should look at it." and other passive-aggressive comments.

A few things went through my mind...

I wanted to lash out.  I wanted to punch the creeper/instructor in the face for staring at us through three songs and then being rude to her.  I wanted to shout to that entire class "OH MY GOSH - GIVE HER A BREAK!!!  IT WAS A SIMPLE MISUNDERSTANDING!!!"  But I didn't.  I didn't feel it was my place.  Our leader handled it with grace and poise, setting a great example for her entire class.

The other instructor... well, I can't say the same for him.  I realize it was a new class.  I realize he felt pressure.  I realize we ran 6 minutes late (for crying out loud).  I realize they were ready to start and were tired of waiting.  But his behavior did not set a good example for his students.  He put his negative vibe out there and they absorbed it.  It spread to his entire class and it was super toxic.  It truly made me sick.

Rather than absorbing it and lashing back at him and his waiting class, I moved on.  I knew our instructor had her part covered.  She's professional.  She's a great leader.  She's confident.  She's accountable.  I'm sure she'll start checking the schedule each week going forward.  And she set an amazing example for her class.

This is how I want to lead!  This is how I want to affect others!  This is the kind of person I want to be around!  This girl is good company and SHE ROCKS!

Bitterness never draws us closer to God, to others, nor sets a good example to follow. Bitterness is a non-productive, toxic emotion, usually resulting from resentment over unmet needs.  

Despite the atmosphere around you, you can enjoy life and live it abundantly when you submit to a soul detox.  Put up your boundaries, know what to say and when to say it, and keep pursuing your dreams.  Rise above the drama and the passive-aggressive thoughts, words, and behaviors!  Inspire others to be more loving, more forgiving, more kind, more generous, more happy, more uplifting, more respectful, more patient, more courageous, and more wise!  

Be THAT kind of leader!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Turning Defeat into Dividends!


During my study time, I came across this uplifting section in my Bible, in reference to Jeremiah 20:1-18.  It was so encouraging to me that I wanted to share it with you!  I can testify that these REALLY DO WORK!  I've focused hard to do them all and this is what has kept me going for so long!


Convictions: Turning Defeat into Dividends

We all experience good and bad days.  Even the best leaders become discouraged.  Jeremiah 20 allows us to see into the heart of a great leader.  Jeremiah complains to God in the first ten verses.  He praises God for his victories in the next four verses.  And in the next five he curses the day he was born.

The key question on your bad day is: Are you going to give up or get up?  And how can you get up?

  1. Rise above self-pity.  Failure is an attitude, not just an outcome.
  2. Think positively.  Success comes by going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
  3. Learn from your experiences.  Failure isn't failure unless you learn nothing from it.
  4. Seek alternatives.  All successful leaders vary their approaches (try new things if something isn't working).
  5. Develop a sense of humor.  Laughter is the shortest distance between two people and the fastest way to get perspective.
  6. Be realistic.  The first job of the leader is to define reality.
  7. Establish new goals.  Failure is an opportunity to begin again, but more intelligently.
  8. Develop a passion.  Your own resolution to succeed counts for more than anything else.
  9. Broaden your base of support.  No single venture should support your entire emotional life.
  10. Separate your self-worth from your performance.  A positive self-image prepares you for success.
I AM SO STOKED!  This totally makes me want to keep going, keep trying, keep picking myself up when I stumble, and keep moving towards my dreams!  I WILL overcome!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Beat Those Exercise Excuses!


Today at Overweight... AND OVER IT! I'm featuring guest blogger Caitlin Hudson!  Caitlin offers some great tips to help us overcome the temptation to talk ourselves out of exercising and staying fit.  It's super easy to convince ourselves that this one time won't matter, but all those little "one times" add up to a LOT of laziness (I'm super guilty)!  Thanks for sharing these and holding us accountable, Caitlin!  YOU ROCK!!!

Follow Caitlin on Twitter: @HealthyHudson




How to Beat the Exercise Excuses
by Caitlin Hudson

Excuses, excuses. We've all said them at one point in time or another. But when it comes to fitness, excuses can be a motivation-killer. Exercise is important and the habit will die if we don’t stick with it. If I remember that what I may think are legitimate reasons are actually just excuses, I can push past the laziness and maintain my fitness routine.


“I’m too busy”

I have realized that I almost always have time to do the things that are most important to me. But I don’t always have a whole hour I can set aside to workout, so I just do what I can. I’ll grab a few minutes of squats or weight-lifting with dumbbells during commercial breaks of a television show. You can get some more ideas from this Prevention postI like to take walks frequently throughout the day. When I’m working and trying to think through a thorny problem, that’s an ideal break time. I can go for a little walk or a run if I have time. If I don’t, just getting up and pacing or doing some exercises in place, such as high knees or jump rope, is just the energy boost I need.



“I can’t exercise with the kids”

Oh, children. What did we ever do with all our free time before we had kids? But they aren't an exercise-killer, as much as they may seem. Children are naturally active and love to get moving. With my kids, I try to take their lead. My daughter likes to get outside and do something fun every day. While the weather’s still nice, I try to accommodate it. We take a lot of trips to the park and I chase them as much as I can. When she’s at soccer practice, I run around the park with my son.

Having kids, especially if they’re little, can make structured exercises a bit harder. It’s not quite as easy to get in a good walk or run with a two-year-old who abruptly changes direction every 15 seconds. When the weather is lousy, I’ll load the kids up in the stroller and head to the mall. I usually buy a very inexpensive surprise early on that will keep them preoccupied. With drinks and snacks, I can walk around for over an hour before they get bored and want to get out of the stroller or go home. I recently purchased these to wear on my ankles, since walking is a fairly low-impact exercise.



“I’m too tired”

I never knew what it meant to desperately want to go to bed at 8 p.m. until I had kids. The evening is so crazy with homework, dinner and bedtime routines. If I didn't do my exercise first-thing, I doubt I’d have the time or the motivation to do it at the end of the day. This ties in with the sense that we are too busy. I try to build in a short workout at the very beginning of the morning. In essence, I roll out of bed and get at least 10-15 minutes of good cardio. It wakes me up and gives me time to think about my day. I found that doing that every day has built a reserve of energy I can rely on that cannot even be replaced by caffeine.

We’re mothers; we've heard every explanation in the book for why our kids can’t or didn't do something they should. I try to avoid using such excuses myself, especially when it comes to exercise. There is no real barrier to my staying in shape, and there shouldn't be.


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Confidence Is Contagious!


Do you recall ever being around someone with a lot of confidence?  I do NOT mean arrogance.  I mean that "I'm secure with who I am and where I'm headed, the world is my oyster and there's no mountain too high for me to climb... so, hey everybody!  Hop on my super-awesome confidence train!" kinda confidence!

I have.  And BOY how I desired to have an ounce of that confidence!  

I've notice that being around confident people makes me want to be more confident in myself.  I may feel a little insecure at first, but eventually, I begin to gravitate towards that feeling because confidence really IS contagious!  

If someone's confidence make me feel better about myself, I certainly want to have that kind of impact on others!  God doesn't want us to feel insecure or inferior.  It's Satan's dirty little secret and it ruins lives and kills dreams.  Since God has revealed this to me, I've worked hard to recognize times I'm battling insecurity and inferiority, and I've asked for His help in overcoming them!


(Let's be honest... these chick's have SO much swagger!)


I love being real!  I love being goofy and silly!  I love that I'm human and mess up! Although sometimes I wish I could undo some of the things I've done in my life, those choices have made me who I am!  So I accept them, I've learned from them, and I'm better because of them! They're the fuel that propels me towards my dreams!  When people tell me I can't, I don't have to listen - it makes me want to prove them wrong!  Each day I'm closer to my dreams!  Each day I find myself shutting Satan down!  Each day I improve myself!  Each day I become better!  Each day I get to look back and see how far I've come!  Each day I get excited about how much closer I am to my dreams!  Each day I thank God for the blessings He pours on my life!  Each day I am blessed to touch the lives of others! 

When I look at those things, I don't see arrogance.  I don't see insecurity.  

I finally see confidence in myself!  

I see a lot of God-anointed confidence and security in Him that I've developed over the past few years... it's a work in progress but I have come so far.  I thank God for what I see and where He will lead me.  I will press on, I will move forward, and I WILL turn dreams in to reality!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Wednesday Wow Factor!


Week 93
Start date: 12/28/11
Initial weight: 220
Current weight: 200 (15 pounds lost since 8/26/13, an average of 2.5 pounds per week!)
Total weight loss: 20 pounds

Last week's dream focus
Continue working out; seek God in which direction to go; shut that Devil down at EVERY turn; HUSTLE in the pursuit of my dreams; keep viewing food as fuel; and KEEP INSPIRING MYSELF AND OTHERS!!!

What went well: I'm still eating smaller portions and that hasn't changed since the day I started taking Plexus!  A few times I've felt like eating something sweet, but not the kinds of sweet cravings I had before.  When I did eat something sweet, the portions were super small and usually it was something healthy, like yogurt.  There were other times I didn't end up eating a thing!  I'm STOKED!

Challenges:  I didn't lose any pounds this week and I even felt a little bigger (bloated) for a few days.  It's been awesome to lose weight each week for 5 weeks, so I'm not gonna sweat the temporary plateau.  There could be many factors involved, but we're only talkin' a few days... and I haven't GAINED weight, so I'm not too worried about it!

This week's dream focus: Get my fitness on, including the 'ZUMBA IN PINK' Zumbathon on Saturday; HUSTLE my buns off to pursue my dreams; seek God in all things I'm doing; shut that stinkin' Devil down at EVERY turn; keep viewing food as fuel and sharing my story with others; and KEEP INSPIRING MYSELF AND OTHERS!!!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Who's Going To Stop Me

I heard a teacher give some amazing advice yesterday.  She said "When I was little, my parents told me 'You're female, you're black, and people are going to tell you that you can't do things in life.  Don't ever listen!  Prove them wrong!  Know who you are, know what you want, and make it happen no matter what anyone says or thinks.'  I've lived my life this way from that day forward.  In my job at a technology company, someone told me I couldn't pass the programming class they offered, so I took it and passed, just to show them I could.  If I want to and I'm capable, I will do it."  

Wow.  That made an impact.

I pray the positive words I say and the inspirational things I do make that kind of impact on someone... to fuel that drive to give their all, to never let what ANYONE says stop them from pursuing their dreams.  I pray I make that kind of an impact on myself.

Reminder: Satan doesn't want your dreams to come true.  He wants you to live your life just getting by, super busy, focused on everyone but you, and depressed by all your dreams that didn't come true.  He wants you to believe you don't have any dreams left and, if you did, you'd never be able to see them come true.  He uses negative, pessimistic, jealous, insecure people as weapons to get to you, telling you it can't be done, that dream's too big, it'll never happen.

When you begin to feel this way, RECOGNIZE who's really talking to you and how much he wants you to fail!  Then, recognize and call on The One who can - and wants - to help you through it and desires to bless you abundantly!  Ask God to reveal the dreams He's placed in your heart!  Ask Him to help you move past the insecurity and doubt.  Ask Him to help you ignore the haters and find the motivators!  Ask Him to give you courage and peace to set aside a little time to focus on you.

Then, take the first step towards your dreams...

Monday, October 14, 2013

How To Dream Again

When you feel as though you have no dreams, it can be really difficult to start dreaming again.  The daily grind of life seems even more exhausting when you feel like you can barely keep your head above water, let alone find time to dream.  

One day I sat down and tried to create a dream list.  Before I could even put pen to paper, I cried hard, grieving my lost dreams... the ones I used to be excited about never came true.  For a few moments I felt confused and defeated, but then I chose to accept those dreams weren't meant to be and I trusted that God must have something better for me. 

Making a Dream List
  • I prayed for God to reveal the dreams He's laid on my heart, to show me what I've neglected for so long.
  • I wrote down these categories: spiritual, family, career, health, financial, travel, lifestyle, fun.  
  • I started with the category that seemed easiest for me, trying to shut out insecurity and obstacles that Satan put in my head.  I decided to have fun with it! 
  • I reminded myself that no dream is too big or insignificant. 
  • I found myself faced with feelings of depression and sadness that all these dreams aren't my reality... again, Satan's voice whispering to try and stop me.  I had to shut that down and keep going!
  • By the time I stopped, I had so many dreams on my list it was almost overwhelming to know where to start!  
  • I picked one and I started working on it...
  • ...until I could work on a second dream...
  • ...and then I repeated!


Today is the best day to start dreaming again! 

It helped me to dive into books, Facebook pages, and websites focused on dreaming and achieving your goals!  Do an internet search on "how to dream again" and you'll find some great resources!  I love the book 'Dare, Dream, Do by Whitney Johnson! At jasoncurlee.me, Jason bring Christ-centered motivation and I ALWAYS find encouragement to keep moving towards my dreams!  And, if you like apps, Mindbloom offers fun, creative ways to get your mind moving in the dreaming direction!

Whatever you do, DON'T GIVE UP!  You really DO have dreams, they're just buried deep beneath your daily responsibilities and duties... and it takes a little time to stop and focus on them.  Then, take a little more time to work on them, even if all you can handle is 20 minutes at first!  Pursuing your dreams becomes a habit and, before you know it, they're coming true!

Believe in yourself and reach out to me if you need support... I LOVE TO HELP!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

I Am Confident!



Satan's workin' overtime.  
He's workin' hard to break people who are trying to rise above.  
He's trying to break our spirit.
He's trying to make us quit.
He's trying to steal our joy.
He's trying to make us doubt.
He's telling us there's no hope.
He sets us up to feel defeated.
He wants us to believe we'll never overcome.
He wants us to believe we don't deserve blessings.
He wants us to feel like we aren't worthy.
He wants us to feel unaccepted.
He wants us to feel unloved and unappreciated.
He throws barriers in our way.
HE WANTS TO BREAK US.

...but HE WILL NOT BREAK US.  

We can shut him down.  We don't have to listen.  We don't have to give up.  We don't have to give in.  We don't have to do what everyone else does.  We don't have to accept those thoughts he puts into our heads.  We don't have to be insecure.  We don't have to feel inferior.

I am CONFIDENT that God has amazing things in store for us!

I will NOT stop walking forward to see what those gifts are! If God closes a door, I won't continue to stand there banging on it, crying and begging for Him to open it when I have no clue what's really behind it.  HE knows why it needs to stay closed for me... and I will trust His knowledge.

I will keep searching for MY DREAM DOOR... the one that’s wide open.  

And when I find it (and I promise you, I will), I WILL RUN THROUGH IT, WIND IN THE HAIR, PRAISING GOD, NEVER LOOKING BACK!!! 


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Wednesday Wow Factor!


Week 92
Start date: 12/28/11
Initial weight: 220
Current weight: 200 (15 pounds lost since 8/26/13, an average of 2.5 pounds per week!)
Total weight loss: 20 pounds

Last week's dream focus
Add more fitness (like seriously this week); seek God in which direction to go; shut that Devil down at EVERY turn; HUSTLE in the pursuit of my dreams; keep viewing food as fuel; and KEEP INSPIRING MYSELF AND OTHERS!!!

What went well: I LOST THREE MORE POUNDS!  I've now lost 15 pounds in my first six weeks of taking Plexus, 20 pounds from where I re-started my weight loss journey on December 28, 2011.  This is a super healthy rate of speed and I feel so great!!  

I celebrated a BUNCH of NSV's (non-scale victories) this week!! 
  • I started wearing my first pair of skinny jeans that I haven't been able to wear since April! HOLLA!
  • I woke up early Saturday morning, hit the gym at 7:30, and worked out for 50 minutes.  Early morning workouts NEVER HAPPEN for me!
  • I really noticed how much weight and inches I've lost last night at Zumba!  I was much less self-critical!
  • I wore a dress with boots to work today and I noticed a bunch of space between my calves and the leather!

Challenges:  I struggle to think of any!

This week's dream focus: Continue working out; seek God in which direction to go; shut that Devil down at EVERY turn; HUSTLE in the pursuit of my dreams; keep viewing food as fuel; and KEEP INSPIRING MYSELF AND OTHERS!!!


Monday, October 7, 2013

Non-Scale Victories!


A weight loss journey is so much more than losing pounds and inches.  Don't get me wrong, I want to lose around 80 pounds (give or take) and about 5 to 7 dress sizes, but I can't focus on those numbers.  When they don't decrease fast enough I get discouraged and am tempted to beat myself up over it.  

The fact is we'll hit plateaus.  
We'll make mistakes.
We'll eat more than we should
We'll eat when we shouldn't.  
We'll stay home and watch T.V. when we should go to the gym.
We'll give into temptation.

The fact is... WE'RE HUMAN!

To keep my focus off those dang numbers, I like to celebrate my NSV's, or non-scale victories!  They're those little, awesome things that seem insignificant at the time but are really huge in your success!  

This morning, my mind-blowing NSV was putting on my smallest skinny jeans again!  I'd been so nervous to even try them on for fear I'd just be let down and discouraged, so I kept avoiding it.  I hadn't been able to fit into them comfortably since March or April, but I felt compelled to try them on this weekend and was THRILLED with the outcome!  I couldn't help but snap the picture above on my way into work!

And Saturday, I was up and at the gym by 7:30 (ON A SATURDAY) and worked out for 50 minutes!  For some people, that's not a big deal.  It's routine, even.  But for this girl, it was out of character and incredible!  I felt so good about myself, so proud!  It was an NSV I couldn't WAIT to share!

Don't dismiss those NSV's.  Recognize and celebrate them!  The more you do, the more you'll begin to notice them in other areas of your life. This positive outlook and optimistic way to view your world is infectious!  It will cause others to gravitate towards you and you can help them make good changes in their lives, too.

Don't forget to thank God for the blessings you're receiving.  We're so blessed!  

Be grateful!  
Be joyful!  
Be happy!  
Be an overcomer!