Posts Tagged ‘faith’

Are you as addicted to Pinterest as I am?! I absolutely love going on there to dream, to be inspired, to learn, and to grow. And, okay, to waste a ton of time. I find so many interesting ideas from Pinterest everyday, and I just wanted to share some of it with my readers on a regular basis. Hence Pinterest Perspectives.

It’s been awhile since I posted some of the inspiring pins I’ve found on Pinterest, so I figured today was as good a day as any to share some of the things that have kept my head in the game, lately.







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Are you as addicted to Pinterest as I am?! I absolutely love going on there to dream, to be inspired, to learn, and to grow. And, okay, to waste a ton of time. I find so many interesting ideas from Pinterest everyday, and I just wanted to share some of it with my readers on a regular basis. Hence Pinterest Perspectives.


“We can only appreciate the miracle of a sunrise if we have waited in the darkness.” ~Unknown

When I saw this photo on Pinterest, I knew I had to write a post about it.  It’s absolutely gorgeous, yet I find it so illuminating.  To me, this photograph epitomizes my weight loss journey.  My path has been long and incredibly daunting, but now, finally, I’m seeing the dawn of a new day.

The sunrise, my new life after VSG surgery, is still in the distance, but as the path symbolizes, it’s getting closer mile by mile, day by day.  I know I still have a way to go to reach my mini goal, but I’m also confident that it’s just a matter of time.

These past six weeks, seeing so much success while following Jenny Craig, have been amazing for me.  I’ve had a string of successes that show me that I CAN do it.  I do have the willpower within me, I just had to find the right path to follow to tap into it again.

Just like the serenity that is evoked in the photo, I have a calmness about myself lately.  I’m no longer anxious about how I can reach my goal, but instead I carry myself with the assurance that I will.  It’s only a matter of time.

I’m grateful to have this clarity, because it carries me through the times of temptation to skip a workout or indulge in a poor food choice. Knowing with all of my heart that my path ends with the sunset comforts and empowers me.

I can’t wait to see what lies beyond the sunrise!

“We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake… by an infinite expectation of the dawn.” ~Henry David Thoreau

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Autumn has arrived! Which means that life is back to normal – school’s in, my schedule is busy, and obligations abound. But I won’t use those as excuses to slack on my goals. The great thing about fall is that the weather is cooler and there are no holidays or other social commitments to derail me from strictly adhering to my food and workout plan. I’m determined that fall 2012 will be when I achieve my pre-surgery weight loss goal. Since weekday mornings are hectic, I’m moving my weigh-in day to Saturday. Saturday mornings I go to Zumba, so I’m already focused on health and fitness; it’s the perfect day to weigh in. Plus, Saturday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend. Throughout the fall, I’ll be giving Saturday progress updates called Fabulous Fall Weigh-Ins.

Week 4 on Jenny was a struggle.  The main reason was the pain I’m experiencing due to the plantar fasciitis.  It’s difficult for me to do simple activities like standing all day while I’m teaching or walking Sofi.  I let myself make excuses for why I could skip workouts, rather than finding workarounds, like riding my bike, swimming, or taking an aqua aerobics class.  This week I also gave into the feeling of wanting to snack on all things salty, and ate a few bags of buttered popcorn.  I also didn’t drink my minimum of 8 glasses of water each day, and I was lax about tracking my food in MyFitnessPal.  Then last night, I made some really poor choices late in the afternoon and through dinner.  I knew this morning’s weigh in wasn’t going to be pretty.

Okay, Bella, so what were the results on the scale?!!

This morning I weighed in at 306.4, which is a gain of 4.2 lbs this week. Which means I now have 25 pounds to go to reach the pre-surgery requirement. I’m disappointed that I let the pain get to me this week.  I’m frustrated that I basically wasted the money I spent on this week’s Jenny Craig food.  But I am proud that I faced the scale this morning, faced my JC consultant at my appointment, and faced all of you as I write this blog post.  I’m not hiding my mistake, but I am moving past it.

Even with this gain, I can see the difference this weight loss is making in the way that my clothes are fitting.  Now that the weather has gotten a bit crisper in the mornings and evenings, I’m wearing light cardigans and fleece sweatshirts that were much snugger on my hips last year at this time.  When I met up with BeautyJunkie824 last Sunday, she said she could see that my face was much slimmer than it had looked the last time we saw each other, about a month and a half ago. These little changes spur me on to keep going, because I know this program works, if I follow it.

This coming week is all about going back to basics for me.  Literally.  Even my menu plan for the JC food is back to week 1.  That’s the week I lost 9.6 pounds, and while I’m not expecting a huge loss like that, I do expect to take off all of the weight I gained this week, and then some.  I know a lot of the weight gain was water weight because I ate so much salty food this week, which means that it will come off fairly quickly as long as I stick to the program.  Here are my goals for this week ahead:

  • Eat on plan 100%.  This isn’t difficult because the food is tasty and satisfying.  I just have to talk myself down from cravings that might crop up. I had a string of success the first 3 weeks, and I can use that to motivate myself.
  • Track everything in MFP.
  • Drink 10 glasses of water each day.
  • Get in 45 minutes of activity every day.  Some days this will  be cleaning and walking Sofi.  Some days this will be more intense, like Zumba or riding my bike.
  • Take care of my plantar fasciitis by fulling committing to the treatment plan.  Daily exercises/stretches morning and night, ice/heat therapy, tennis ball/frozen water bottle massage, and a Dr. Scholl’s insert (buying that later today) for my shoes.
  • Blog more often and read more blogs.  I’ve been having trouble keeping up with this, but I need to make it more of a priority, because this wonderful community helps me stay on track,and I need to be more active in my participation in it.

I have faith in myself!

This morning I took one step in the right direction by deciding that I’m worth better service than I’ve been receiving at my JC center.  I’ve been less than happy with my consultant, who has a very negative, low energy personality.  She is far from motivating, and always seems like she just rolled out of bed at our morning appointments.   The entire center seems somewhat disorganized, which I can’t stand.  Also, this center isn’t open on Sundays, so I’ve been trying to make Saturday morning appointments work, but with my schedule, something’s gotta give.  I’ve been missing Zumba because I can’t make it back home from my 8am JC appointment to put my groceries away, eat breakfast, and make it to the gym by 10am.  Plus, at least once a month I proctor the SAT, which means that I have to move my appointment from Saturday morning to Friday afternoons, which again, throws things off.  So this morning I called another center, which is just a bit farther from my house than the first one, and I made an appointment for next Sunday at 8am. Now I can make my 10am Zumba classes on Saturdays again!   I also think the change in center/getting a new consultant will be good from a motivational standpoint.  This change to Sundays means that my weigh-in posts will also move to Sunday.

Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!

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Are you as addicted to Pinterest as I am?! I absolutely love going on there to dream, to be inspired, to learn, and to grow. And, okay, to waste a ton of time. I find so many interesting ideas from Pinterest everyday, and I just wanted to share some of it with you guys on a weekly basis. Hence Pinterest Perspectives.

I really couldn’t have said it any better myself.  I believe this with my whole heart, and I’m trying to show it through my actions.  I’m not perfect everyday, by any means, but I will never, ever, EVER give up on myself.  Because if I don’t believe in me, who else will?

The changes that I enacted this Sunday (which I’ll reveal soon, I promise) have been amazing for my self esteem and my belief that my goals are within reach.  I’ve recovered my willpower and my strength and it feels fantastic.


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Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It seems appropriate to choose a quote from MLK today, since in the U.S., today is the day we observe his birthday.  Dr. King’s message of tolerance, equality, and humanity has inspired millions.  Like so many visionaries, the world wasn’t ready for him.  It is so sad that his life was cut short, and sadder still that his dream hasn’t been fully realized, although I believe we’re closer than ever before.

Today’s quote is something that I have taken to heart in my weight loss journey.  While I cannot see the “whole staircase” that lies before me, I am willing to walk each step in order to achieve my goals.  It takes a great deal of faith in myself to believe that I will accomplish all of my goals, especially when there are obstacles (self-imposed and otherwise) that impede the path.  It is in those times that I have to go beyond “belief;” I have to KNOW that I will be able to attain my dreams amidst adversity.  It’s that sort of faith in myself that will insure that I make it all the way to the top of the staircase.

For those who are reading this in the U.S., I hope you’re enjoying the 3-day weekend! For those who aren’t off today, happy Monday, and I hope your workday goes quickly.

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