⬆️20lbs back up
⬇️11lbs back down and still counting
Pic1: Start of my journey, Pic2: 2.5 weeks ago, Pic3: Today.
It takes commitment, discipline and hard work. There is nothing easy about fighting temptation to binge or schedule in time for self with an already packed schedule or getting off track more times than you can count.
You know what else isn't easy? Being tired all the time, feeling heavy both physically and emotionally or just not caring about anything. When you are not taking care of yourself, it not only takes a toll on your body, but also your mental state. How do I know this? Because I've put my health and my well being on the back burner too many times. It never produces anything positive.
Life is always going to have ups and downs. Life will always throw you a curve ball when you least expect it. It's your choice how you respond to life. You can use all life's challenges as an excuse or you can face those challenges with courage and use those challenges to strengthen you and build your character.
Chose your hard friends. I've chose mine, and this time, it's producing positive results.
Why to read a book?
Many people say there are a lot of reasons to read a book (some say even 30), but in reality there are only 3 reasons to read a book. Anything else are just benefits.
1. Reason: read it for information. .
If you need new informations or some facts about specific topic, then take a look in the book is a great way to go.
2. Reason: reading for understanding.
Some things are hard to understand. That's why the writers explain them and add their insights they possesses. Also it can show you the things from a different perspective.
3. Reason: reading it for entertainment.
Anyone who knows how to read can read stories, romans or in fact any book there is and enjoy it.
You may not understand some of it at first. But with time and studying it, you will change. You will gain awareness and see the things you didn't notice before. And that is the true beauty of it.
And if you don't use the new information or the thing you have learned from the book, then it won't help you and you are just wasting your time.
There is so much power in changing your thinking from “Why did this happen to me?” to “What is this teaching me?”
The second we take away the victim mentality, the moment we take back our power and grow from the situation instead of wallowing in it.
How will you be powerful today?
Who are #they? It can be anyone or anything in life that represents a road block, setback or adverse situation in your journey of this #thing called #life.
ROMANS 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. #livethroughit#growfromit#learnfromit#facelifeforward🦋
Our thoughts are powerful!
It’s absolutely ok to feel all sorts of feelings. And FEEL them, don’t dismiss them. They are there to teach you a lesson and make you stronger. The trick is to not stay there too long. Feel it, acknowledge it, find the positive outcome, and LET IT GO!
MOM-FAIL😞Lost my temper today for the first time in years, and I’m really mad at myself about it. Spent a lot of time shopping for, paying for, and preparing this meal...and the kid wouldn’t eat it.☹️ In fact, she wouldn’t even take the plate, because the fish looked ‘too gooey’. Maybe it was work stress, or baby-daddy stress, or unrequited love stress, or the fact that the timer was going off and the next course was burning...but I yelled ‘TAKE THE PLATE, OR YOU’LL LOSE TV PRIVILEGES FOR YOUR WHOLE F-ING LIFE!!!’ I apologized for snapping, but this clearly shows I’m under too much pressure. Everything is magnified into a bigger deal for a single-mom; there is no backup food option; and you already used up your 2hrs of evening time, and you sure as sht don’t have the luxury of wasting precious food money! Luckily, I am taking steps to lighten my load in 2019 and recruit some help; and I have accomplished several things this year that are out of the way, and setting me up for next year! I feel super-guilty about tonight, but I’ll explain and make it up to her w/ice cream😒 I tried.😢
Glad I started documenting. Years of footage for generations after me. #learnfromit
I truly believe we go through things to make us stronger and wiser! Every obstacle I’ve been through in life has made me stronger and appreciate the important things in life more. I’m so lucky to have people around me who been there through thick n thin. Everyone who has hurt me has made me stronger and taught me lessons. #lifequotes#life#makesusstronger#learnfromit#notimefornegativity
💪🏼💡Just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you have to💡💪🏼
We all know these situations where something isn’t working properly or is missing altogether, but still we have to find a way to keep things going. That’s part of life and it’s perfect if we can find temporary solutions for unexpected problems.
But what if a temporary solution becomes a permanent state?
When you try to keep everything up and running, you push through and fight all the obstacles until it becomes your reality, your truth, your “normal”?
I just lately realized that I was doing exactly this for three years in the past without even realizing.
It took me close to 8000km distance, several month and a situation that triggered a ton of memories to get a clearer picture of my own situation.
When I heard myself speaking to someone else in a similar setting it made me think a lot. I thought about what I said and wish I had said.
In the end I realized maybe what I said and wish I had said in addition was the one thing I should have told myself years ago.
It’s good that we can handle such situations. It’s a sign of strength, of organizational skills, endurance and a lot more but still it’s not necessary to do it over and over again.
Pushing through and struggle isn’t the state we should be in for longer than absolutely necessary.
Even if you have the strength and power to do so, change the situation anyways and invest your power in something else, something that’s worse all the energy. ✌🏻
1 292 days ago
~Okay I’m not going to sugarcoat it ~
Yes it’s hard. Yes you have to put in the work. Of course it can be confusing and frustrating and difficult to figure out. 🤷🏼♀️SO WHAT
Those are the bumps and bruises that get you to your why.
Did you get a note saying that this would be easy?? Neither did I. Stop complaining that you are unhappy when you aren’t taking the steps to change it. Stop comparing yourself to others and where they are in their journey, only worry about how far you are going!
Stop expecting someone to hand you everything and think you don’t have to take the same road the rest of us did. Stop whining and #dosomething
I am here and ready to help you take your dreams & goals and make them a plan. I will push you, reminding you of those goals! I am here cheering you on and excited to celebrate when you crush them because I know how much those BUMPS can hurt. I believe in you!
I think this year, despite some deep deep downs, and some amazing ups... hitting this milestone has been one of the best ones of my life, I feel better in myself than I ever have on my own. I have been through some horrific things you couldn't imagine, I have lost some deeply loved ones and family, I lost my little ones, but I have gained self confidence, I have gained some power over myself and my life. I have made hard decisions. I have lost people I thought would be there forever, the "one" the "only" but I have gained/re-gained true friends, and loved ones, that I can count on one hand, but they are REAL and I love them so much for that! I have never felt more alive, more aware of my surroundings. I can read what people want from me better than ever, I can tell if you're being true with your heart or fake. I will not be used, or abused ever again. I have learned how to love and how to be loved. I have learned that I don't need anyone but myself to be okay, even if I don't feel it. I have learned that despite everything I have been through, everything I have learned throughout my life, that I am fine, I am positive and always will be, I love- no matter how much I have been hurt, and I will never stop. I also believe that once you're comfortable in your own skin it's a lot easier to be comfortable and happy in life. I am wiser, older, more mature and willing to listen. I don't judge. I have faith, I have wisdom, I have trust. I have ME. I am here for a reason, and it may not be 100% apparent yet but it will come to me. I AM HAPPY... even when I'm not, that's my choice. I will not let those things tear me down! I will continue to learn and grow. I have learned from all of this that I AM A FIGHTER, AND I WILL FIGHT THIS FIGHT UNTIL THE END! BE YOU, BE WEIRD, HAVE FUN!!! 💕💕👊🏻👌🏻👍🏻✊🏻🤘🏻🤞🏻✌🏻💥💥💥💥🙏🏻🙌🏻👏🏻 #GROWTH#KNOWLEDGE#WISDOM#LOVE#TRUST#POSITIVITY#POSITIVEVIBESONLY#FRIENDSHIP#FAITH#PAINISPOWER#LEARNFROMIT#EXERCISEISFUELFORTHEMIND
Every step is a step forward.
You can stop and look for a while to understand what happened and learn from it.
But you can never treat them as a regret because they are the reason why you made it through to the end. 👠👡👢 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 👠👡👢 #LearnFromIt#HighHeels#BootsOn
4 64 days ago
#fbf My maternal grandparents on the left (Marge & Bob) vacationing with close friends in the Catskills, NY in the 1940s. One of my favorite pictures of them. 📸 He was an organic chemist who loved photography, picnics, music & dogs; and she wrote poetry, majored in English, loved cats and to read, bake, cook, and garden. They had 3 children. My Mom was their middle child.
Their firstborn became a professional pianist and a college professor of music. She had 2 daughters. Their 2nd born sang, danced, and acted in plays all thru school & college and worked for facilitating services for people of all ages with disabilities. She had 2 daughters. Their 3rd child had a near genius IQ, joined the military and travelled to Europe, invented & patented a musical instrument, and lived off-grid in northern CA. He never married nor had children. He died long before his 2 older sisters of cancer of the jaw from smoking marijuana all his adult life. #learnfromit .
Are you really hard on yourself?
You mentally beat yourself up for every apparent ‘mistake’ and are your own worst enemy. In your mind, you genuinely believe that it’s just you that keeps messing up; everyone else seems to have things sorted.
Just because you think it, doesn’t mean it’s true.
In actual fact, we all make mistakes, mess up, say the wrong thing, hurt people. We’re human beings, it’s what we do. But, beating yourself up and being really hard on yourself for doing so isn’t helping you in the slightest. You’re not a bad person, a failure, or stupid. The key is to learn from what happened, and move forward with the intention of wanting to do better.
Our journeys here are rough at times, but hold the intention of wanting to keep moving towards happiness. Keep spreading the love everywhere you go, including inwards to yourself. Life is a marathon, not a sprint, and you don’t have to have it all figured out in one go ❤️ #dontbesohardonyourself#weallmakemistakes#youreahumanbeing#learnfromit