I am excited to share with you a weight loss journey that we got a glimpse of last year. Catrina was featured in the February edition of the 2013 newsletter. Here is an update of her journey. If you have any questions for Catrina please put those in the comment section.
Have you heard this saying before? “Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me”. Well I’m here to tell you this is not true. Words will hurt you, especially the words you say about yourself.
When you are making a lifestyle change what you say can affect your attitude toward that change; I can do this vs. I can’t do this. The more you tell yourself something the more you are inclined to believe it. Words have power, what are you saying/declaring over your life?
Well it’s winter season again; time for coats, boots, hats, scarfs, and etc…. Winter is also known as the season where people stay inside their houses. What is the purpose of winter? And why is winter important? This is a question God had placed on my heart late last year. Since winter is the season most people are “inside” this can force us to look, be, and examine ourselves. Now some people may wonder how is this a good thing? This is good because during the new year everyone usually want to make some type of change. Winter gives us the chance to work on those changes, goals, and mindsets while allowing us to bring them into habit before we are out and about with people (who may not understand or support you). By using this unique opportunity to establish those habits in our lives it then can become a lifestyle for us. What lifestyle do you see for yourself? I want to challenge you to begin to create the lifestyle you want during this winter season while you still have time to cultivate it on the inside. So that when you go “outside” those truths, goals, and mindsets are already shaping your life and will help you to continue on your journey when you have distractions that might be found on the “outside”. I think we need to consider winter a good season and thank God for it!
Looks very good.
“The days are short, The sun a spark Hung thin between The dark and dark. (Poem by John Updike, “January”)
January has been a month of extreme cold & many sunless days. It has been a month of long days for me on photo shoots..arising before dawn and returning home way after dark. It has been a month to test the hearty, tire out the tireless and make us all yearn for lighter times.
In January I crave homey foods such as rich hot soups, winter greens salads with crusty homemade croutons, roasted vegetables of any kind topped with crumbly cheeses. Comfort foods that are easy to make but complex in flavor…dishes that I can whip up from whatever is in the pantry & refrigerator at any given time…dinners that require no grocery runs or long lists of ingredients.
This gluten-free “Rustic Ratatouille Tart” is one such dish…
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We have just begun a new year and most people have made goals they want to accomplish during 2014. When a new year comes in it seems like it’s a good time to “start over” and begin to do something different or new. One of the most recognized goals people have is to get healthy and lose weight. I want to share with you 5 steps that I am implementing on my journey to living healthy; I hope these steps can help you on yours also.
The first step is making a choice. You have to choose to start this journey. This is important because by making a choice you recognize this journey will have ups and downs but you have decided to work through those. This step is more of an intentional way to have a positive mindset during the process.
The second step is to make a plan. Planning helps you to have specifics available that will help you to stay on track. By having a plan it can help to stop some of the “unknowns” from happening. I want to put a warning here. Please don’t get stuck in the planning phase. It has happened to me; I planned and planned and didn’t “do” (take action).
The third step is to start implementing your plan. You may start off with small steps but it is a step in the right direction. A small step could be to buy more vegetables and stop drinking soda. When implementing your plan be careful not to start off with unrealistic goals because you may over stretch yourself and get overwhelmed; this could possibly cause you to give up.
The fourth step is to find a system that will help you track your progress. One of the purposes of tracking your progress is so you can see and recognized your changes which will help keep you motivated on continuing your journey. Some of the systems you can use to help track your progress are My Fitness Pal, Weight Watchers, Spark People, your doctor, a weight loss clinic, etc….. Warning: Sometimes when you accomplish these goals you will want to reward yourself. I would not recommend you reward yourself with food. If your trying to stop overeating rewarding yourself with food can become a habit of eating every time something good happens.
The fifth step is very important; get an accountability partner or coach. During a portion of my journey I had a couple of friends I was accountable to but sometimes a friend can be very restrictive or too lenient. Unless you are led to be answerable to that person you may have to look outside your immediate circle of friends because sometimes friends or family may not understand your struggles. Now please don’t get me wrong you NEED friends and family support during this process but they may not be the best accountability coach.
A bonus step is to find (seek) resources that will help you on your journey; be proactive! You can find these resources either online, through your circle of friends (relationships), or by another avenue. But remember your journey is your journey. No one can do it for you but if you need help please ask for it! Sharon
I will be continually updating this blog in January so please be patient with me during this process.
Any questions or concerns you have can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org; I most likely will change this in the future but for now send all inquiries here.
Thanks again, Sharon