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Day 88: To Tan Or Not To Tan?

December 3, 2021: To tan or not to tan, what do the experts say? As you all know, I use indoor tanning as a reward for me working out. For me, tanning is a reward for going to the gym and walking on the treadmill. It “signals” the end of my workout and punctuates that I did something good for my body. But, should I? According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, I should NOT be tanning as a reward or for any other reason! https://www.skincancer.org/blog/5-myths-indoor-tanning-busted/ Man, that bites! How come everything semi-fun is bad? I think brown fat looks better...

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She Won’t Forgive

She won’t forgive me for the wrongs I’ve done…now what? Last Sunday, I asked God to search my heart and show me if there was something left unsettled, someone I needed to ask forgiveness for… He revealed to me that there was such a person. And the battle in my mind began… Thoughts like; “She was more wrong than I was” “If anyone owes anyone an apology, it’s her!” “After all she’s put me through, You want me to apologize!” The war raged on… I ended up surrendering to God. I wrote to her my truth of the situation, making...

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Day 87: Fasting

December 2, 2021: Fasting to do or not to do? For me, because I am a Christian and called to fast, it is not an option, but a requirement. (One I have seriously been ignoring!) Especially when I’m struggling with something I really need God’s help! I haven’t fasted since before I start Optavia, but I need to now. (Have I ever warned you to be careful about what you pray for? lol) Last Sunday, I asked God to search my heart to see if there was anything “hanging out there” that I needed to take care of. Well… Turns...

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Day 86: The Importance Of Self-Worth

December 1, 2021: The importance of self-worth when on a weight loss journey, or rather, the journey of life can not be overstated! Knowing your worth (one of the eleven Integrity and Honor categories) is vitally important to your weight loss efforts… Even more so when the numbers on the scale say “you’ve fallen short.” You guys know of my plateaus and how difficult they are to get through! How much more difficult would they be if I beat myself up or let the numbers on the scale determine my self-worth? I struggle now as it is lol I have...

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It’s About a Relationship

Knowing about God is not enough, it’s not what He wants. It’s about a relationship, the most important relationship you’ll ever have. It’s not enough to know ABOUT God, you have to KNOW God. His heart, His love, His goodness… Is there a person in your life that you love, but have never met? Never spent any time with them, never got to know them… Can you say you love them or… would you have to say you love the thought of them; your future spouse you have yet to meet, a child you lost… To have a relationship with...

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Day 85: Reflecting

November 30, 2021: Reflecting on the past three months of my weight loss journey… about. I can see a huge difference in my face! It’s not only tan now, but it’s slimmer, not as round! I also don’t look as wide across the shoulders. I don’t have any full body pictures of when I started with Optavia…I didn’t take many pictures back then! But… I promise I will have before and after pictures going forward! I’m a little selfie-obsessed now lol. Then: I hated the fuelings I lived to eat! I was hungry all the time I thought the fuelings...

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Picking Up Trash

Picking up trash is one of the things I do whenever I go to a grocery store. I carry disposable gloves in my glove box and from my parking spot to the store enterance, I pick up discarded trash. (The gloves are a concession to my husband who insisted on them for my protection. In my haste to “tick” Integrity and Honor categories, I sometimes don’t think about my safety :/) Last night, I went to Walmart to get my brother a birthday cake because mom’s out of town and I couldn’t let his birth date go cakeless! It was...

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Day 84: 5 Cheat Day Considerations

November 29, 2021: After my cheat day, I realized how important cheat day considerations are. Consideration Number One: Figure out how to get the cheat food out of your house The one consideration that stands out in my mind the most is to have a plan to get cheat food items out of your house once your cheat day is over! I didn’t and that’s how my cheat day got extended for an additional morning! (Remember my “one more” piece of pumpkin bread? I cannot stress the importance of this consideration! Cosideration Number Two: “Helpful” statements from family members I...

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Becoming a Person of Integrity and Honor

Integrity and honor…two character traits I want to have, but the cost is high and my pride and sense of entitlement is strong within me! How can I be a person of integrity and honor when people are attacking me unjustly? When the whole world celebrates my get-ahead-at-all-costs mentality? When sacrificing for others is seen as being gullible and as proof that I am an easy target to take advantage of? When I’m being accused of something I didn’t do? When unfair circumstances in life…cripple me? When the death of loved ones, gone too soon, overwhelms me? When others are...

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Day 83: Diet Or Exercise?

November 28, 2021: Diet or exercise, which one is more important in weight loss? I used to think exercising was the most important way to go about losing weight… But… I have been proven wrong! When I first started Optavia, I didn’t exercise at all. I’m not even sure how far into working this program I was before I thought, “Hmm, maybe I should exercise a little too.” But every research article I read, stated diet is more impactful at weight loss than if one were to just exercise for weight loss. You can read one of the articles by...