Thursday, January 31, 2013

A Letter

A letter from myself to myself.

Dear Emily,

You can do this!  I know things get hard.  I know your brain just wants comfort foods sometime.  But don’t do it!  Don’t give in!  You’ve wanted this for so long, be strong.

In the past year how many times have you “restarted”?  WAY too many times to count!!  It’s normal.  It gets hard.  Our brains have been programmed and changing ANYTHING that you are accustomed to is not the easiest thing to do.

The thing that you have to do though, each time you slip up and give into your cravings, is not say “Oh well, I’ll do better tomorrow.”  NO!  Do better now!  So what, you slipped up?  That is no excuse to stop and restart tomorrow.  Tomorrow NEVER comes!  It’s always today.  Don’t do things that will make you regret yesterday.

Think of the future. 

Think of how you’re going to feel when you go to the mall.  No longer wondering “IF” but rather worrying about your funds.

Think of the pride you have now, because you’ve come SO far, but multiply it by 1,000,000 because you didn’t give up.

Think of how you’ll never be held back by yourself physically ever again.

Think of the strength you’ll have, physically, mentally, emotionally.

Think of how great you’re going to look.

Think of your future family and how what you’re learning now will help them to be healthy.

Think of yourself.  You deserve it.  You are strong.  You are beautiful.  You can do anything.

You deserve to be proud.  You deserve to be happy.  You deserve respect, not only from others but from yourself.  Don’t get in your way.  Remember the reasons why you’re doing this.

The future is now.  It’s made up of the choices you are making today.  Plan things out.  Take things slow.  Put yourself first, for once.  Your future is bright, and it’s full of successes and happiness.

You got this girl!
Peace and Blessings. Xoxo


Some Picspirations (made up that word now! haha):

For those reading this, I encourage you all to write a motivational letter to yourself.  One to reflect on when times get hard.  It was hard!  But eye opening, I had to remind myself SO much of my worth.  How many times do we put ourselves down and question whether we are worth making ourselves better?  We are!  Stop getting in you way.

Things have been going good for me.  I got sick, and rather than loosing weight, I gained.  So, I'm working on getting back to where I was two weeks ago.

Again, let me know how I can help you.  I'm here for you everyday. 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

My Goals...NOT Resolutions

Just a quick update on my week:  I've done good!  It was my birthday, and I even went out to eat a few times and I still lost weight!  I've stayed on track with my new healthy lifestyle, and I am SO happy!

Like I said last week, I have goals that are different from my resolutions.  My resolutions are set to help me become a better person.  My goals are just things I want to accomplish.  So here are my list of goals for 2013:  (Some of them are motivated by my weight loss.)

1.  Go skydiving.  I already have a few friends that are on board to do this.  You have to be at least 200 lbs. before you can go skydiving.   So this one is a goal and kind of a reward.  SO excited!
Do you like my awesome "Paint" project? :) haha

2.  Pay off debt.  I'm not swimming in it, but I am a student who doesn't really qualify for grants or scholarships.

3.  Get an Ipad.  Yup. :)

4.  Hike Havasupai.  My weight has always held me back when it comes to physical things, especially hiking.  By this summer I will be more fit and healthy, and I am going to go hike out to this B-e-a-UTIFUL place!

5.  This one is cliche, but...Take advantage of all aspects of life.  I want to LIVE my life and not in fear.  A lot of people don't know this about me, but I'm a scaredy-cat.  I get scared to meet new people (I sometimes have mini panic attacks and have to pump myself up), I get scared to do new things, I get scared when I'm not in my comfort zone, when I'm by myself (sometimes. I do LOVE going to movies by myself!).  This fear isn't a huge motivator, but sometimes it holds me back from meeting new friends or being myself 100%.  Well, no more...ish.  I know I'll still have bad days, but if a moment arises that scares me, I'm going to do it.  This is MY life.  I want to be as happy as possible, and this is MY year! :)

There you have it dearies.  This is the year of me!  By the end of this year I will have accomplished SO much and I'm so excited!  Last year was pretty awesome, but I get the feeling this year is going to rock! :)

How many of you are starting a journey of your own?  Remember that it's not just about losing weight, you really do need to observe all aspects of you life and make little changes here and little changes there.  That is what has helped me be successful thus far, and what will help me in the future.  If you need help, or motivation, just ask!  I will be your friend to help you when it gets hard, and I KNOW it gets hard.  I'm here for you all!  

Keep pushing through and making healthy choices!

Peace and Blessings!  xoxo

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

And there’s a hand my trusty friend!

I kind of wanted to write a post about New Year and resolutions, and the song "Auld Lang Syne" kept playing in my head.  So I wanted to find out what the heck the song really means, so before I start rambling on about weight loss journeys, here is the English translation of the original Scot's version of the famous song:

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne ?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely you’ll buy your pint cup !
and surely I’ll buy mine !
And we'll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine ;
But we’ve wandered many a wearyfoot,
since auld lang syne.
We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine ;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.
And there’s a hand my trusty friend !
And give us a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.

So, here's my trusty (hopefully!) hand my friends:

I taught a lesson this Sunday based on President Dieter F. Uchdorf's talk "Of Regrets and Resolutions", and it really got me thinking about making resolutions and the steps we need to take to achieve those new goals.  First off, a resolution is different from a goal, true they can be the same thing, but resolutions mean that you are resolute in your decision, that you will stick to it.  How unfortunate that many of us toss aside our New Year's resolutions within a week of making them?  Well, NOT ME! I say. :)

My resolutions this year:

  • Loose 60-80 pounds.  (I think it's healthier to do a range for my goal.)
  • During my lunch break at work, I will NOT go out to eat.  I will stay in the break room, make one of my Medifast meals, read my scriptures, and have a little me time.  By doing this I will actually be accomplishing 3 of more of my resolutions.  (Read on for those 3.)
  • 1.  Spend less money, by not eating out as much.  I was eating out at least once a day before, not good on the wallet or the waistline.
  • 2.  Stick to my Medifast meals.  If I stay on task with my meals, I only have 2 more meals once I get home, another Medifast and a Lean & Green meal, so much easier to figure out once I'm home.
  • 3.  Have a daily scripture study.
  • Kneel to pray every night.
  • Go to the temple at least once a month.
  • And lastly follow President Uchdorf's advice by:
    • Spending more quality/meaningful time with my loved ones.
    • Remembering and work on understanding more my divine potential.
    • Be happy.
There you have it, my resolutions.  I will be working hard at them, and some of them will be a challenge, but I am resolved to make myself the best version of me possible. 

So the question is, what are your resolutions?  What are you doing to make you the best version of you?

Coming up next:  How?  How do we make ourselves successful in our resolutions?  And my goals (which are different than my resolutions).

Saturday, January 5, 2013

New Year, New ME!

Who is as excited for this new year as I am?!  Well, I'm excited and terrified.  For the first time in my life, I have no clue what's in store for me this year, but I can just feel change around the corner.  I like to have some control over my life, so I'd like to have one change that was inspired by me...and you guessed it, this year is going to be the year I loose ALL of my chub!  And hopefully, it will be before the summer.
I know that I came back in October all gunghoe about starting back up...but then the election happened, which ruined me! haha
So, here I am, making a resolution to take care of myself this year.  Put myself first, and take care of something that has been a burden for far too long.

My first goal: to get to 220.  (I'm not sure what I am at right now, and I just ate, so I'll weigh in tomorrow.  I know, I'm not the most responsible blogger.)

My plan: Food: Stick to my Medifast meal plans.  Plan ahead.  Don't eat out.
Exercise:  Not this month.  I need to get back on track with my calories, which means I need to get my body used to having a smaller calorie intake.

So, there you go.  I'll report back tomorrow on my current weight, and we'll get back into this whole accountability blogging business.

Short and sweet this time.