Bring Giving Into Your New Living

When a fellow Weight Watcher approached me during a meeting to tell me she has some clothes to give away, I immediately became suspicious and said in my head, “HEY LADY, I’m not looking for a SUGAR Mamma!”

After knowing the lady for several months, meeting her children, and sharing cat stories, I felt it would be impolite to turn down this warmhearted lady. Besides that, she sits behind me and she could end up being one of those ladies who makes angry faces behind my back because I turned down her chance to give – I’ll  be forever wondering why she snaps her head around whenever I turn to greet people.

Several weeks ago she approached me with an offer about how she had some stuff that didn’t fit her son because they were way to thin for him. I recall trying to not picture this elderly lady with squinting eyes scanning over my body to see if  I would be a likely candidate to inherit these scrawny blessings.

“These jeans are way to thin for him and they’re supposed to fit me”, I said in my heart with skepticism.

Last meeting, a bag of neatly folded clothes was handed over to me.

Have you had the chance to bring giving into your new living by blessing another Weight Watcher with a word of comfort or a gift of some kind? 

A few days ago, I looked at this bag of toothpick-fitting clothing and shrugged my shoulders while saying with a reluctant heart, “I guess I should try them on in case she asks me how they fit.”

When I climbed into the hand-me-down-jeans and tossed on these new-to-me-shirts, I was overwhelmed with shock that these skinny clothes fit – perfectly. When I looked at the designer labels and saw that they were from American Eagle Outfitters, I raised my head in disbelief. It has been a long time since I’ve worn anything from the more popular franchises and I have always walked away from those stores feeling disappointed for allowing myself to get too heavy to fit into popular threads.

Tomorrow, I will be thanking this lady with a homemade appreciation card that I make for for friends and family during the holidays. Next month, I will be heading to the mall to shop for new clothes and guess what store I will be checking out first – American Eagle.

Track by Faith

Have you ever been worried about gaining back the weight you have lost? Perhaps you don’t really trust that if you keep tracking and staying within your point range, you will never have to go back to where you once were.

I try my best to not be worried about how my new clothes will not fit tomorrow because of weight gain. One way to weaken the grip that worry can have over me is to put my confidence and faith in tracking. I know that tracking has worked in the past. It has to work today and tomorrow, right?

Have you ever lost your balance in the program and gave consideration to not working the program and go on your own?

I wonder if I’m one of the those people in the program who has to leave the program only to come back twenty pounds heavier than ever before telling everyone “I tried it my way and failed at it, so i guess I have to be here every week (sigh).”
This program used to be easy and fun but now my arms are swinging around trying to bring balance back to my walk and I’m starting to stumble.

Have you ever lost the joy of Weight Loss and got tired of the same routines and felt like moving on but you sit back and wonder, what is there to move on to?

Ha ha (lol) I can get lost in cynical thinking and in the past I fed it until it became this big ball of frustration choking out the joy of living. I’m done with that attitude and I’m moving on to continue being excited about weight loss and healthy living.

Today I’m Tracking by Faith, Bringing Back My Balance and Delighting in Weight Loss.

Have a super terrific day friends.

Keep On Climbing!

Let the rain fall. Let it snow. Let the winds blow. We have come this far, we will continue to grow.

It wasn’t easy. We may have been queasy.

We trusted in the program to keep us from falling. We saw what we wanted so we kept on crawling.

There were times when our hands were sore and tracking was more of a chore.

What’s the big deal in watching every meal?

We were drawn to the sound of dropping our first pound.

And we heard each week while sitting in a meeting, “Don’t give up now on your healthy eating”

It’s the perfect timing to keep on climbing

Welcome to Your Life.

Welcome to Your Life: It Has Been Waiting for You!

Sometimes I wake up feeling as if I’m living a life that I don’t even own . Maybe I’m thinking about past disappointments and or uncertain as to where I’m going. There have been many days when I’ve awoken to a mind still wanting to hold on to whatever I was dreaming about. I often don’t want to wake up to the daily challenges and would rather fall back into the warmth and comfort of sleep.
Every morning I wander around my apartment with a blurred focus as I wait for my senses to dress up in my daily pursuits. I’ve learned from years of experience to tread softly because I could easily consume the largest breakfast ever and inject myself with a shot of depression or discouragement.
That’s why I’ve been hanging up a sign in my mind that says “Welcome to your life. It has been waiting for you!” 
Every day I separate myself from lingering dreams and climb into the skin surrounding this soul glued within. I break the chains of past failures and cut the strings of future fears. Have you ever noticed that best of you always waits patiently in the background for the chance to be let loose so that you can plunge into the-best-that-life-has-for-you? 
This is my life and every moment I’m alive I have been given the chance to own it. I can use to serve my faith, waste it away with reckless living and eating. I can sail the world or take a walk to admire what’s around me.
Do you own your life and what are you doing to embrace it?

Plant a Good Attitude.

 Plant a Good Attitude. Watch Yourself Blossom into Better Living.

A good attitude can sprout in the hardest of places if properly nourished. 
Not only am I eating healthier I’m also trying to nurture my thinking towards being more positive during the enjoyable times and times of difficulty. 
I’m pretty busy right now looking after my cousins kids and can’t concentrate on blogging, lol
How do you keep a positive attitude throughout the day?
Enjoy your day friends.

Serve Gratitude With Your Breakfast Food

While standing outside to catch the bus I was getting annoyed by the bitter cold temperatures and having to face the howling winds that were pushing me over. 

After participating in the early mall walking program, I saw a need to add some gratefulness to my day. Sometimes I can get a little cranky and frustrated by ordinary circumstances. For me it takes work and practice to add happiness and thankfulness to my routine and I’m getting better at it.
This morning I’m serving myself a huge helping of gratitude. I have so much to be thankful for such as having my own apartment, two adorable cats, clothes, food, spirituality, and healthier eating habits. 
What are you grateful for today and how can you add more gratitude with every breakfast food?

Losing Weight in Weight Watchers is Possible

For those starting Weight Watchers and for those who have a hard time with adding movement to their days: losing weight, is still possible.

During the first two months of being in the program, I was at a place in my life where I wasn’t able to move around much. I came to the program to get some help with my eating habits because they were out of control.

When I discovered that I was losing weight and bringing back the healthy me at the same time, I was greatly encouraged and it gave me more reasons to get moving more. Being  surrounded by people who shared my frustrations with working out and who had a history of eating more than what the body requires was a huge comfort and motivator.

Several months later, I was at a place where in order to continue to losing weight within a certain time frame, I needed to add more activity and movement. In addition to that, I found it helpful to pay more attention to what I was eating to see if I could make some more changes.

From what I’ve witness, most people can lose weight by just weight watching. There are a few people who may need additional help. The benefits of sticking to the program are huge and by losing 5% of your body fat, you have improved your health and longevity. I may not be able to do something active everyday but I try my best to walk at least three times a week.

Try your best to add more activity to your day, to track and weigh and to enjoy yourself through this exciting journey of being a Weight Watcher.

Climb the Tree Toward Healthy Victory!

I’ve been battling hunger these days. I’ve been facing a growing desire of wanting to eat carelessly.

I remember what it was like during the first few weeks of Weight Watchers. I had a ferocious appetite and I was on the hunt for junk food. It was my desperation in wanting a better life that kept me from cornering and devouring a lonely bag of chips. I wanted to drag every unhealthy bag of junk food into the valley of temporary fulfillment and feast away until there was nothing but a shinny, silver skeleton, reflecting the rays of an aching belly.
So what’s the point in Weight Watching if we always have to combat hunger pains? That’s one of the lies our body uses to lead us back into old living and thinking. Although there are tougher days, nothing is as bad as it once was.
Everyday I’m resistant and persistent in living better is something to be excited about. Every pound I’ve lost is a reason to celebrate. I remember what it took to climb into the tree of Weight Watchers Victory – I’m still climbing and hope you are too.

Have You Been Playing It Safe?

Last time I went shopping it was at a different grocery store. I was walking around the store wondering what to buy. I was starting to realize that my widow of options has significantly shrunk. I didn’t want to buy that over there because I didn’t have time to check the points and I couldn’t buy something different because I knew it would throw off my Smart Points routine.

I began to realize that I’m playing it safe, real safe.

For the past few months, all has been good, actually great. I know what works and I’m sticking to it. I’m getting scared to break out of my established habits and start adding different foods because it takes some effort and consideration and I don’t want to gain weight.

In the store I shop at every week, I know exactly what foods I need to buy to make it another week as a Weight Watcher.

I’ve been considering going back to the basics this week, getting in touch with some basic questions that gave me the confidence to get started as a Weight Watchers.

Have a great day.

Fraught with knots she fought to spot then caught the thought that brought her back to naught

I WAS FRAUGHT WITH KNOTS.

Last night I was awaken by a sudden panic attack. It was as if my body was leaping out of an unresponsive state to fight for another round of oxygen. The essence of me twitched and jerked before the Supreme Court of Life with a Judge pointing one hand toward fatality and the other hand towards vitality.

I FOUGHT TO SPOT

My hand was quenched and I pounded down on my chest to bring back another beat to my lifeless heart. I felt my face falling into the grip of eternity while I pleaded with God to give me just one more breath. I presented my case before the Judge and brought to his attention that a lot has changed since I’ve known him.  I used to be in a mess because of my thinking and being over weight caused major sleep challenges. I wasn’t sure if change could occur and overcoming paralyzing anxieties seemed impossible. I had no strength to confront the panic attacks of the night. They were like a gang of bullies surrounding me with insults and stabbing me with little kicks until my frightened figure gushed forth tears of abandonment.

THEN I CAUGHT THE THOUGHT

Every day I monitor my thinking with your help. I’m eating better, getting lots of exercise and I’m deepening my understanding of you through awakenings and soul searching prayer. I’m on the lookout and being watchful and mindful at your request. That’s why I can smile when I’m in physical pain and every day I’m hunting down the thoughts the contribute to unrestrained living. I’m getting out what’s in my head. I’m embracing a fresh encounter with reason and discovering new ways to be grateful for what I do have.

THAT BROUGHT ME BACK TO NAUGHT

You know, during the moments when the panic attack was subsiding, I wasn’t bothered by having to enter either fatality or vitality. In the past, my life was stuck on a Ferris wheel going nowhere and the path I’m currently walking on is filled with delicious cotton candy and the sweetness of life.

When you think it’s time to send your white stallions with angelic riders to catch me when I pass into eternity, I’m ready.

I have dipped my toes into sparkling beauty. I have tasted songs worthy of singing. I have felt peace flow into the rivers of my nervousness. I have listened to and felt the sound of tranquility.   If I am given one more day, one more hour, one more breath: then, I will catch those thoughts that take me back to naught.