I am hoping this blog inspires a desire in you to be at your physical potential. Losing weight in 2013, and setting up a lifestyle that allows us to keep it that way! I want this blog to allow me to motivate and to be motivated!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Mind/Spirit: Dignity - We want to maintain it!

Dignity - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary: ": the quality or state of being worthy, honored, or esteemed"

I am thinking a lot about the word dignity today because I just read Proverbs 31: 10-31. You know; the classic description of a virtuous woman. Well moreover Solomon is thought to be the predominant author of Proverbs ---- uhhhhhh, one of the wisest men to ever walk the face of the Earth!! I think the advice for how to attain the stature of a virtuous woman in your circle of friends and family is sound coming from the Holy Bible via Solomon! Why do we want to be considered virtuous by maintaining our dignity??? Because there are inherent rewards.

Here is my personal deciphering (of Proverbs 31:10-31) of what qualities that we need in order to keep our dignity in tact
How do you stack up?
A virtuous woman:
1. brings only good (and no harm) to her spouse
2. works eagerly
3. is an enterprising person
4. is opposite of a "sluggard" ----NOT LAZY!  (oh no)
5. shows good judgement (financially & morally)
6. does her work vigorously
7. possesses the strength to do her work (keeps healthy)
8. knows her worth (confident)
9. helps those in need
10. keeps her family clothed well and appropriately (and     herself as well)
11. takes care of her "nest" (makes it a comfortable place to reside)
12. gives wise counsel to family and friends
13. speaks with wisdom
14. avoids idleness


The rewards are real and like an athlete striving to win the ultimate competition- the necessary training may not be fun (the work and exhibition of selfcontrol may be difficult) but the rewards are well worth it!!!

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Body: feeling better!

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I appreciate that I am pretty much over my "summer cold". Today I feel better than I have felt in the past 2 weeks. I have not attempted my regular working out in 8 days!! Now feeling the urge to get to sweatin'!  Busy day may not allow it but I am definitely being more active today in general. It is so funny how we take our health for granted until some sort of illness, or discomfort sidelines us! I want to add this line to my prayer time: Thank you Lord for letting me wake up today with my health in tact! A healthy body is the house for our healthy mind and spirit!

I am ready to get back into my healthy routine! These things are a must for me:

*Eat 4 small (tiny) healthy meals (plan it out in the am)
*Exercise (get sweaty!)
*Take multi-vitamin
*Drink 8 cups of water         (1being  vitamin water zero)
*Get 8-9 hours of sleep

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Mind: Growth comes from thinking about money differently

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So many people waste money on fast food/convenience foods, alcohol, cigarettes, expensive motor vehicles, the latest cell phones, and  highly sought after name brand clothing. These are all the things that will make you poor and keep you poor. Indulging in any of these will almost certainly qualify you as a  poor money manager.
The wise money managers invest. They invest in businesses, trusts,  shares, quality assets, and even properties. They always have money to save and access. Their wise managing allows them to have more in the long run.

Simple idea -- to embrace: If you have $20.00 and spend $21.00 - You are not a wise money manager!

Now guess what????? I am a poor money manager!!!! It all starts with a confession and the desire to change! I want to inspire you to start spending less and learning about investing just as I am now desiring to do! It like anything else takes a different mind-set! We need to start thinking about money in a different way altogether!  Strive to make small money saving changes at first and join me in stopping the credit card madness! Let's become wise money managers!!!!
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Spirit: At the end of the day put it all behind you and look to being positive tomorrow!

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"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."

–– Ralph Waldo Emerson

I feel like "letting go" of the day can be a very healthy habit as this wise man prescribed! I am going to make that a habit that goes along with my evening prayer time. Let it go and embrace what the 'morrow might bring my way!!! Love it!
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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Mind/Spirit: Pride is the root of so many problems!

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Pride. What does that word mean to you? Well I am thinking today about the damaging kind of pride. The kind of pride that doesn't allow you to say "I am sorry". The kind that does not allow anyone to correct or give constructive advice to you. The kind of pride that doesn't allow others to help you or add to your life. The kind of pride that fills you up with jealousy and makes you resist the idea that you are not always the first choice, most talented, favorite friend etc. Well , the fact is your not those things 100% of the time! The kind that makes you devalue yourself when you are not getting promotions or attention. The kind of pride that makes you not ask for or accept help!!

Pride needs to be put aside in order to reach our potential as spiritual, intelligent, and constructive adults.  When you feel prideful in the negative sense you are shutting the door on admitting that you are needing to improve in certain areas. This shuts down growth! When you are unable to hear criticism without being sent into a defensive fit --- you are being prideful! I know this well because this is more likely my own response when I am criticized.

We must learn to look at ourself as an imperfect person that is gonna have lots of problems, struggles, and challenges. I am suggesting that we pray for Pride to get out of our way and that we begin to open ourselves up to the idea that we are growing when we admit our shortcomings willingly and begin to say "sorry" more, while accepting help from those that care.
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Spirit: Looking at others through a new lens of understanding

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Today I was overwhelmed with a feeling of love toward all  fellow members of mankind. Because, it dawned on me that we all have felt rejected at different times all through our lives! I happened to be sorta rejected by my own kids today (which is what got me wonderin' how many other Mamas feel that way when their children get to their teenage years). After I wondered about that I started thinking; well, all kinds of people male and female are rejected a lot too! We all have a chance to feel rejected as toddlers when not getting enough attention (by our own perception), or as a grade schooler by classmates, or even by certain teachers or coaches. We might not be good enough to play on a sports team that we want to be a part of etc. Sometimes it can be an unaffectionate, distant parent that leaves us feeling rejected. It can be a verbally abusive parent, sibling, or spouse. Sometimes instability in a home can cause us to feel unwanted and insignificant. What about just the rejection given out by the opposite sex!!!!! I know everyone has felt unwanted at one time or another. Take a moment and consider that everyone has probably felt rejected and then let that empathy flood your heart and soul. We are all just looking for acceptance and the feeling of being valued.  Let positivity and understanding flow out from your spirit and you will receive positivity in return. When someone is showing a bad temperament they are defending themself usually. Most of the time they are guarding against being rejected in one form or another. Let's all be kind and try to analyze the source of someone's rejection and aim to be more helpful.
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Monday, August 16, 2010

Body: getting it done even if you don't want to

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The Nike slogan ---- so fitting for my work-out today. Sometimes we have to tell ourself that we don't have to want to do it. WE just have to do it!!!!

I did my step routine and toning (1 hour and 15 min. long), and was so happy when I was done and felt successful largely due to the fact that I fought my lazy side and won!!!!

Just say out loud ----"just do it" and get busy. Your mind and spirit will follow your body --- it always does!!!

Saturday, August 14, 2010


Summer is waning!!!!!!!!!! Do something today that you can only do in the summertime!!! And immerse yourself into it completely!
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Mind: learning to control your thoughts is a skill

Have you ever really thought about what a problem is?-----
I think problems are mind made. The truth is perception plays a huge part on what we consider to be a problem. Have you ever known someone that  seems like everything they do and say is related to some kind of "problem"? I have! What I am saying now I believe ----- WE are faced with situations either to be dealt with or accepted! These situations are only a "problem" when we stew and stress over them.
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When faced with a difficulty decide what you can do to change this situation; then do it, or don't. Then accept reality. Dealing with uncomfortable feelings has to do with controlling your thoughts! I am a lot better at it than I used to be but I am still working on it.  It is a skill to be honed into an automatic way of thinking. Take a few minutes and really think about what is going on-- most of the time you are equipped to deal with what is happening to you at that moment. The rest of the mess should not hold your mind hostage! Maybe there are rare exceptions when there is pain to be dealt with but most of the time you have the power to choose to ask the question: "is this really hurting my soul?" or "is this really hurting me physically?" A lot of the time it might just be hurting your ego-- which is not who you really are! Your ego is mind made as well--- You are so much more than that! WE all have ideas and images of ourselves that we think is who we are, but God knows that you are His child and that one day you will spend eternity with Him. The guilty people are hurting themself and only truly hurting you if you allow them to! Hold your head up, and continue to treat people well. Change what you can and accept what you can't change. Well there really is one more choice that needs to be recognized : get rid of the source of discomfort.Sometimes this means leaving a source of distress behind. Often the source of distress is a habit or addiction. For me it is a way of thinking. It is time for me to live a more peaceful life and I welcome it. I hope you make the same decision.

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Mind/Body/Spirit: What does a day look like lived for the Lord?

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Parque Natural del Cap de Creus

When I first woke up I thought - "Today is mine to plan and do what I want to do". Then it the next split second I thought "Today is really the Lord's, turn it over to him". Bummer, right? Well I don't really think so -- I am willing to see how I feel about it at the end of this day. I hope some of you will join me in my attempt to hand this day over to God and live like I truly think He wants me to. So this begs the question-- What does a day like that look like? I got my Bible and said to myself even though I think I know -- I am going to look in the greatest source of guidance that we have--I found these things to help me know what to try to do for the day; Joshua 1:8  all verses paraphrased; read the book of Law (aloud) and meditate on it night and day, 1Ch 16:23 and Psalms96 both say>  sing and praise the Lord day after day, while Psalms 90:12 warns us to live well because our days are numbered(don't be foolish). Galatians 5 16:25, and Gal. 6:7-10 offers up 2 important facts, we are to live by the spirit and not the flesh, and the good ol' YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW! So I have gleaned out this---------------
When you begin your day know two things-- You are forgiven and given a fresh day, but you only have a certain number of days to live and being foolish (living by the flesh) brings no real happiness. Spend time studying and meditating on the Word, praise and even sing to the Lord (i will have my radio also tuned into contemporary christian as well), Do for others, and try to be in touch with the Holy Spirit that is residing inside you (allowing God to guide me). When you are living by the Spirit we are wanting to  help anyone that is in need (gladly), have an attitude of inner happiness (comes from knowing we have eternal life), promote harmony( make and keep peace), put up with others (what do you think patience means, duh?), do thoughtful deeds, show generosity, do what you say you are going  to do(be reliable), and humble yourself to the Lord while showing self-control (turn from sinful desires).

With all this in mind I feel blessed to be a Mother because I feel that ingrained into our day are a lot of opportunities to serve others. Maybe you never thought about it that way. I am not sure that I really have, but I will today. I plan on praising and meditating more as well as looking for chances to be helpful to others -- and run from my sinful nature. Good luck with your attempts as well!
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Friday, August 6, 2010

Mind/Spirit: new book study-

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Last night I met with 2 wonderful ladies to discuss the book So Long Insecurities by Beth Moore. We covered the introduction and 1st chapter. We have decided to cover 2 chpters at a time (once a week).  I am very excited about the potential  for spiritual growth.
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WE ALL HAVE INSECURITIES!!! This is a common problem and yes it is a problem because it holds us back! I want to leave you with a thought from the book:  when you are being insecure you are exhibiting a lack of faith. "I don't just doubt myself I doubt God about myself... He has chosen you too, and has appointed you to accomplish somethiong good. Something that matters..." We are loved by God and chosen by God! how wonderful!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Mind: First day back to School

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First day back to work - school inservice
School Inservices seem to waste our day but it was good to see everyone and there is a good thing about getting back to a routine; (for my mental benefit) I tried to listen and make something that was going on benefit me for the preperation of the school year --- I am afraid the lunch was the best thing about the day -- we were given Subway sandwiches! Too funny! Cheers to new beginnings and I hope and pray that I can maintain a great mental attitude during the next 3 days of Inservice activities. Tomorrow is a Special Area planning session - then working in our own schools - so there is potential to get more accomplished.
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