Posts Tagged ‘motivation’

I am hoping that everyone had a great 4th of July holiday with their family, friends and neighbors. The kids and I had fun decorating the front porch earlier in the week and then fireworks with my parents on the 4th.  The good news is, we got the air conditioner situation figured out so now the kids and I have a/c. That is a massive, major plus especially during these heat wave… yuck. This heat can suck the life and motivation right out of the most determined person!

Even though, I am not making a lot of head way physically, I am learning a lot about myself as a person, woman and mother. For starters, I give up way too easily, lol! One of the ways I have been trying to overcome that flaw, is to push thru what ever it is I am feeling. If the kids are fighting, the baby is crying, the house is trashed and I have a headache, it is a lot easier to sit on the couch and watch the Law & Order marathon then it is to push thru the headache, discipline the kids, console the baby and clean the house. And after a full day of letting my family and myself down, the last thing I want to do is hop on that elliptical trainer and work out for an hour. It is just a good old fashioned ‘domino effect.’ I am my own worst enemy. One of the things I have to constantly remind myself is, Things are not going to change over night. Nor are they going to change within the first week. It shouldn’t come as a big surprise to anyone that I am a very impatient person. I guess that is another flaw I need to work on, lol! However, I refuse to quit and know that everything is going to fall into place, in due time.

I am very excited to announce that my 18 month old daughter, Faith, has finally taken her first steps. She was diagnosed with a genetic deformity called Chromosome 15q Duplication Syndrome (or Dup 15q for short) which has caused delays in her fine/gross motor skills among other developmental milestones (speech being one of them). One June 25th, while in Occupational Therapy, she took her first steps!! It was definitely a time for some serious celebration! I don’t think I could have posted it to Facebook fast enough, lol! When a couple has a child with special needs, caring for them and all of their medical issues can get very overwhelming. All of that gets doubled when there is only one parent in the picture, which makes it easy to forget all the little things in life that makes life worth living. When I am at my wits end I have to force myself to stop and remember all things I am thankful for. I strongly suggest that everyone Keeps a little journal to write down everything you love and appreciate in life. Write in it everyday… It only takes a couple of minutes but the positive effects are endless.  When you are having a rough day or in an overwhelming situation, pull the journal out and skim through the pages. I promise, it will instantly lift your spirits.

The Little Things


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Like most people out there,I  have struggled with weight, nutrition and healthy living. I know the older I get, the harder it will be for me to lose weight. I also know that if I can make the changes in my life to exercise and eat right, then ANYONE can. I challenge you to join me to reach your goals, what ever they may be. Do you want to lose weight, tone up, gain more flexibility, learn how to eat better, increase your energy & endurance levels? What ever your goal is, chances are, they are the same as mine. And if not, that’s fine too!

I am here to be completely honest about my weight loss journey and hold myself accountable for the choices I make. The reason I have failed time and time again, is because I never included anyone in what I was doing or the changes I was trying to make. The reason for that was so I didn’t have to deal with those people and their comments if I failed. I always went into my endeavor with blinders on, never taking my measurement and DEFINITELY not taking ‘before’ photos. I didn’t want any documentation that I was ever as big as I was! Like, if I ever got skinny I would be able to hide the fact that I was ever fat!

The reason this time is going to be different and I am going to succeed is because:

  1. There is no other option! Its that simple!!!
  2. I’m telling everyone in my life (and obviously on the Internet) about my plans to lose weight and get healthy. There will be no more hiding behind the curtain of shame.
  3. I have taken all of my measurements (and even added my own to the list), did a basic physical assessment & ACTUALLY took my “before” pictures. I keep all of that information accessible so that I see it everyday. It only motivates me to want to change those numbers and images into something that I can be proud of. This is it… I’M DONE BEING FAT.

I am going to make a very bold gesture, just to prove to myself how serious I am about getting healthy. I will post my “before” pictures and measurements for all to see, in the hopes that they will motivate others to make healthy lifestyle changes. I want people to see that I am a real person, with real struggles and body image issues… Just like you. Once a month, I will redo my measurements and assessment and post how I am doing. I will also post tips, advice and updates along the way to also help you. I encourage anyone and everyone to join me in the decision to live a healthier life. So, who’s up for a challenge?

**Please note that I am NOT a licensed nutritionist, medical doctor or fitness trainer. Any and all health related posts are from my personal experience, and nothing more then my opinions. What works for me, may not work for you. Before starting any exercise or diet regiment please consult with your doctor and discuss any and all health related concerns you may have.**

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