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April 27, 2014

happy birthday

Happy Birthday to ME!

 

Another year quickly goes by and I find myself celebrating another birthday (which beats the alternative!).  I look back at my last birthday and remember so many things that use to get to me, that I have now learned were just simple stepping stones in life.  So what have I come away with to start this new year?:

1) Laugh more often.  It’s not always as bad as it seems.

2)  Smile at others.  Just a simple smile can brighten someones day.

3) Be thankful for what I have.  So many are out there homeless and lonely.  Be thankful that I have a roof over my head and friends and family that love me very much.

4) Don’t be so hard on myself.  We all have our “bad” days and those days don’t last forever.  Pray. Ask God for guidance and strength and always look forward, not behind.

5) Self Image.  I am not perfect.  As a matter of fact there are more imperfect people in this world then there are “perfect” ones.  I may not like the way I look, but there is always someone who has it worse than I do.

6) Goals.  Set mini goals and strive for them.  When one is completed reward myself.  Set medium time frame goals and long term goals.  The bottom line is set goals which are achievable to feel good when the accomplishments are fulfilled.

7) Don’t complete a goal doesn’t mean to give up.  Brush myself off and get back in the game.

8) Say ‘I love you” more to those that are close at heart.  You never know what tomorrow may bring.

9) Remember those important dates in someone else’s life.  Like birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, milestone dates.  It takes just a minute to send a card or pick up the phone to  let them know you are thinking of them.

10) Don’t pass up the little things in life.  Some of the most beautiful discoveries are the most precious moments that quickly pass us.

11) Take a moment, daily, to thank God for all the greatness he has bestowed upon myself and my family.

12) Take better care of myself.  Eat cleaner, workout, journal and reflect on the good things more often.

13) And most important, love myself.  I often forget to do this because I am constantly criticizing myself.  I am a child of God and I have a purpose.  I may not know what that purpose is, but there is a reason I was made in his eyes.  Everyday I shall start the day with three positive self reflections and end the day the same way.

This is just a list I have for myself, and others may find it helpful as well.  Life is to short not to rejoice in the moment.  If you have some other thoughts you live by, please share.  I’d love to hear them.

Just me :)

May 20, 2013

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(Me on Sunday mornings when I have my weigh-ins )

While I was running I started to think about how great it feels to see improvements!  I am not a fast runner…more a walker and jogger.  My times are slow but today I improved by a minute and a half.  It is so rewarding to see that after all the hard work I have been putting in, it’s finally starting to show.  I have a friend that reminds me it’s not about getting to the end, but about the journey on your way there.  How true that is!!  So many times we are in a rush to quickly reach a goal, and seldom do we take a moment to appreciate the baby steps it took us to get there.

I want to appreciate every step in this journey.  I am setting small goals for myself and celebrate when each goal is met. I am trying to drop weight and get in the best physical condition I can achieve.  I gained around 10 lbs after my back surgery a couple of years ago.  Before that I was around 20 pounds overweight.  So you can say I have a total of 30 pounds I would like to say good-bye to.  So far I am down 8 pounds and pat myself on the back for doing so 🙂 I am logging my food daily using livestrong.com “My Plate” calorie tracker (livestrong website). I have it set up as an app on my iPhone and iPad and I am trying to stay within a 1200 – 1500 calorie range: 1200 for the days I don’t train and 1500 for the times I do.  This seems to be working well for me and I will continue on this path until I hit a plateau.

This weight loss journey is going to be a memorable one.  On top of  logging in my workouts,  food and blogging  here on WordPress, I am keeping a journal.  I try and write daily about my day and my feelings.  I read that keeping a journal helps you to clarify your thoughts.  I have found that it is helping me stay focused on my goals.  I also write down the things I have to be grateful for, and notice that my mood is elevated by doing so.

Besides the challenge of  physically improving myself, I am also working on myself spiritually and emotionally.  I believe in God.  I was raised as a Catholic and attended parochial schools all the way through high school.  I drifted away from Catholicism and later in my adult years (and very recently) found a Baptist church I connected with.  Along with attending services, I have come across a wonderful app from YouVersion that I use daily.  Here is the website YouVersion.  This is an awesome site and app if you want to read the bible, devotionals, and other spiritual material.  They have several plans to choose from and the best part is it’s free!   I have chosen several plans to read from and make sure it’s the first thing I do every morning.  It’s a great way to start the day!

So that leaves me with the emotional  part.  Probably one of the hardest parts to deal with….trying to love myself.  It’s so easy to put ourselves down and I have mastered this action.  I mean, I know I am a good person and all, but with my weight gain my self confidence and self esteem have just taken a dive. However, my workouts are a  godsend!  I can actually feel my self confidence and self esteem starting to peak around the corner.  Not fully there, but I can finally see a light at the end of the long dark tunnel.  Not a bright one, rather dim, but I know I am headed in the right direction and it feels good 🙂

So with all that being said, I will exit by posting my workout for today below.  Hope everyone is having a blessed day!

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This is an iFit workout, using the X9i treadmill.

Bright Angel Trail, Part 2

3 Miles  50:58  16:59/pace  (Slow workout due to injury)

Average HR: 128 bpm        Max. HR: 157 bpm

brightangeltrailpart2                      Google Grand Canyon

Picture above is my course outline.  Picture just below is how Google Maps gets their views of the hiking trails I am doing.  I wonder how much that thing weighs on his back?  I was able to complete this workout all in street view, with beautiful images of the Grand Canyon.