Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Next Step

Changing your life one day at a time can be tough.  No - is tough.  There's a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual journey all going on at the same time.  What's even tougher is doing it alone!  When I think back to all the times I tried to tackle this journey alone - they all have one thing in common:  failure.  When I started my journey in January of 2014 I didn't do it alone.  I didn't publicize it, but I had support from my husband and a friend who connected me with her online challenge group.  Support, accountability, encouragement - all things that are extremely helpful in this journey.

If you are trying to tackle this journey alone - just know there is support available for you.  I would love to walk with you on your journey.  We can connect 1-on-1 via e-mail, phone, social media.  You can join one of my Challenge Groups and connect with other individuals on the same journey as yourself.  Or you can join my newest group - an online bible study designed to support the mental & spiritual part of this journey.

A couple months ago I finished the book Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst.  This book is amazing and really helps with the mental journey.  Since finishing the book, the thought of sharing it with others via an online bible study has been on my heart (and although it is totally out of my comfort zone - I just can't shake it!).  So instead of trying to shake it or running the other way, I am going to embrace it and trust that God has a plan for the next 6 weeks!

If you'd like to find out more about the Made to Crave online bible study (via Facebook) you can click below.  You can also sign-up here if you are interested in participating.  The bible study will start the week of March 29, 2015.  I would love for you to join us!!!

You don't have to do this journey alone.  The hardest part to starting might be asking someone to support you - but it will be well worth it.  If you can't think of anyone in your life that would do this, then please connect with me.  I am happy to be that person for you!

So what is your next step?  Start the journey toward a healthier you?  Ask someone to support you on your journey?  Challenge yourself along the way? Whatever it is, take the next step.  You won't be sorry that you did!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin and this Journey

OK - so you are probably thinking "what do Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin have to do with a weight loss journey?"  Well, there's some great wisdom that comes from these two!  Today I ran across this great quote and thought it was so fitting for the journey.

You are BRAVER than you think.  It takes being brave to take that first step out of your comfort zone and into a new lifestyle.  It takes being brave to face the fear of failure (that for me was life long until a year ago) and choose to try again.  It takes being brave to step out into the unknown.  It takes being brave to do it over and over again, even when others aren't or are questioning why you are.  It takes being brave to do it for yourself when society says that is selfish.  It takes being BRAVE to reach out when you need help (I'm only an e-mail away).  You are BRAVER than you think!  

You are STRONGER than you seem.  You can choose the healthy option over the cookies, chips, soda or whatever is calling out to you.  You can commit to exercise and just when you think you can't do any more push yourself to do 1 or 5 or 10 more.  You do have muscles under that outer layer and with work they will grow, build and/or tone themselves up and eventually you will be able to see them.  Give yourself some credit - you are STRONGER than you seem!  Just push yourself a little and get ready to be amazed at your internal and external strength.

You are SMARTER than you believe.  If you are like me, you are smart enough to make excuses that convince yourself to do or not do something.  You are smart enough to make set the priorities in your life.  You are smart enough to know a healthy choice from an unhealthy one - and if you don't know you are smart enough to learn.  You are smart enough to reach out when you need help or accountability.  You are smart enough to set yourself up for success. You are smart enough to be honest with yourself through the process.

You are BRAVE, STRONG and SMART!  Use these to make the most of your life journey!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

My new favorite soup!

Along this journey I have challenged myself to try new recipes and new foods.  Pinterest has been a go to source for finding new things.  This fall I found this recipe from Recipes that Crock and I also found my new favorite soup!

First let me tell you that I've made this soup in the crock pot and on the stove (because I just couldn't wait).  When I make this soup I make a few changes to make it a little healthier.  Here's my version of this amazing recipe!

Instead of ground beef, I use extra-lean ground turkey.  I also substitute brown rice for white rice.  The last change I make is using chicken broth instead of beef broth.  Sometimes I've used all chicken broth and other times I've used a combination of the two.  It really just depends on what I have in my pantry at the time.  The last thing I do is an addition - a little trick from my favorite Tortilla Soup recipe.  I add a little A1 Steak Sauce and Worstershire Sauce to the soup.  I know what you're thinking - REALLY????? - because I thought the same thing.  But something about this little addition really kicks up the flavor factor of the soup.

When I make this soup on the stove top, I do not pre-cook the rice.  I just throw it in there and allow the soup to simmer until the rice is tender.  It usually takes about 45 minutes for brown rice.  

So if you are having some cold winter days give it a try!  It's delicious and healthy!  So good that it recently won the ribbon for Healthiest Soup at my school's SOUPer Bowl luncheon.

Pop over to Recipes That Crock for the complete recipe!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

First Things First

Probably the hardest part of this journey was taking the first step.  Last week at church our pastor said this "The first step to a new life is the last step in the old one."  Wow - I've never thought of it that way.  For me the first step was being honest with myself and it was tough.  Sometimes the truth hurts!

I am a master excuse maker and professional procrastinator.  And I can do them both well - together.  More than once I've told myself this "Oh it can wait - I work better under pressure any way."  Pretty masterful huh!

Well when it came to my weight I was an expert excuse maker.
*I just can't focus on that right now - there are more important things I need to focus on
*It's only a small brownie
*This is just the way God made me (Sorry Lord - please forgive me for using YOU as an excuse)
*I can't exercise - I'm too big
*I'm just too tired to (exercise, cook a healthy meal, go to the grocery store, or anything else I didn't really want to do)
*It's a special day
*Food is how we fellowship and spend time with friends
*It is selfish to focus time and money on me instead of my family

Oh I could go on and on and on and on and on!  I knew this had to stop if I was going to move forward.  I had to start being honest with myself first.  I had to stop making excuses and either do it or  don't.  But I had to make that decision with honesty.

I could read this everyday to remind myself of the truth!

I made myself 293.2 pounds.  I made myself lazy and out of shape.  I was responsible for the me that I had become so uncomfortable with.  And I was the only person that could change it.

First things first, have a heart to heart conversation with yourself.  What do you want to change in your life?  How did you get there?  How can you change?

Sunday, January 18, 2015

You Can't Change the Past

I really love this!  So simple and true.  Something that my head knows but my heart doesn't always want to believe.  But this past year has really helped me live the truth of this.  Since I started this journey I have said "one step at a time, one day at a time." Each step is changing the now, and changing the future.  I cannot go back and change what has already happened.  But my choices today can change the effects of my past decisions.  I can lose the weight I gained, make myself healthier form the inside out, and change the mental dialogue that the decisions of the past led to.  But I can't change what actually happened.  Honestly, I don't know if I would - even if I could.  All of my past has made me who I am today.  Without it, I don't know that I would have been strong enough or focused enough for the journey I am on today.

Don't focus on what you can't change.  If you are struggling with decisions or actions of the past, give them to God.  Let Him forgive you and fill you with peace.  Then seek Him in taking the next step forward.  The next step can change your now!