Break it Down…

What if today was the first day of the journey? This was a strange and unexpected thought I had as I was getting ready for the day. l was thinking about all the ambition and hope that gives me the boost to take on big work. Life is so consuming, so hectic and it’s really easy to to take my health goals for granted. Ironically, taking my health goals for granted, would be a big mistake.

When life gets hard, that’s just when I need to dig in and bring my best self to the table. Eating berries and non-fat yogurt is an act of self-love precisely because it is good for me. It’s something beautiful that I am eating to make me stronger. Going to spin class is the thing that helps me to be strong for the challenges ahead. Working together, these are the actions I can take to run into the fights that life doles out.

We fail because we forget about ourselves. Weight loss, living a healthy lifestyle is becoming a practice I keep, not a means to an end. I couldn’t have had these insights without all the experiences I have had. My perspective is earned and has been shaped by my community. The people I trust and share with on Saturday mornings, and in this virtual space.

My heart is light, and I filled with gratitude and appreciation, and that helps take on the heavy burdens that we all are given. Thank you for walking this path with me, thank you for inspiring me, thank you for helping me to see beyond myself.

Day Twenty…

 

The day after Thanksgiving was met with a lot of enthusiasm to celebrate wellness and good health. I missed my 8:15 am spin class because it was so warm and snuggly in bed; however, I did get into the 9:30 am class, and the instructor was amazing. The class offered a high-intensity fun workout and I left the gym feeling fabulous. I am very grateful that I have found an activity that I truly enjoy. I keep thinking about Robert, a fellow #WW member, who shared a study that said people who maintain active lifestyles are more likely to maintain their weight loss. (Click here to read more)

The bagel store was hopping when I got there. I bought three bagels, hard-boiled eggs,  3/4 pound of Boars Head Ovengold Turkey, and a small vegetable cream cheese.  I still have not had a bagel because I am just not ready to give up all the points to eat one. It will happen one of these days just not today. I think if I ate all those carbs, I would crave more and in an effort to do a little post-Thanksgiving detox (as it were) today would not be the ideal day to indulge! So instead…

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3 ox BH Turkey; 1 hard-boiled egg; 2 oz cheese, vegetables, raspberries: 6sp

I really enjoyed breakfast. It’s so important for me to eat a variety of foods and that I really like my food. I could have eaten lower fat options for the cheese, but it wouldn’t taste as good to me. I’d rather spend the points on the foods I like to eat.

Word of the Day: Rise

I belong to a community of writers, (#TeachWrite) Teachers Who Write. Each day, Jennifer Laffin sends out a writing prompt into the internet and today I wanted to try my hand. She sent a little push with the Word of the Day, “Rise”.  Being a huge fan of words, I did a quick search and this what I found.

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Words of Wisdom

So how do I take this potent word, rise, and apply it me and my experiences? I am not so bold as to think that I am where I am because of my efforts alone. No doubt, I have had to work and sacrifice to be here; however, my rise is like a wave in the ocean. I am brought up by generations of hard work, love, and devotion. Then there is that bit of luck that is thrown in that may or may not be a kiss of divine intervention. I believe in the latter because I believe that this world is more complex than we realize.

I believe the rise is fueled by the embers of a personal belief that burn brightly from within the heart. I believe there is something sacred within each of us that we must stoke with both inspiration and grace. Going into this holiday season, I hope that I may meet that challenge and give more and be more and burn brightly so that I may rise and be worthy of this beautiful life.