Inspiration Thursday

15 09 2011

I can’t believe it’s already Thursday again! This week has flown by but I’m SOOOOO ready for this weekend! 🙂 Since it is Thursday it’s time once again to link up with Gussy Sews’ Inspiration Workshop! This weeks inspiration – Favorite Shop.

I don’t do as much shopping as I would like to be able to do. 🙂 But, there are few stores that are my fav other than the obvious (Target, Macy’s, Ulta…)




One of my favorite and most inspiring stores is IKEA. They have some of the most practical solutions for small spaces and organization without sacrificing style. I mean, who else offers chic styling while providing everything you would need for your home or a specific room without breaking your budget? And, even when I don’t purchase anything, I always walk away with a new idea or inspiration for my home.









Another favorite and inspiring shop is Barnes & Noble. From the moment I walk in the door I can sense the creative possibilities from the myriad genres, authors, styles etc. My first stop is (of course) the Starbucks counter where I order my venti soy no water chai tea latte (zen in a cup).


With latte in hand I begin to walk around until I end up in one section or another perusing whatever selections I feel led to. You see, inside of me is an author waiting to get out. 🙂 One day I just know I will write a book of sometime (until then, this blog is my writing outlet 🙂 ) I get so inspired by the DIY section, the Language section, the Self-help, etc etc etc. I could spend hours looking at recipe books, or fiction, or history… Reading is my passion, and B&N helps me get my fix. 🙂



What inspires you? What shops have you been to that fill you with inspiration to the point that you want to go and do something about it? Personally, I have to be careful not to replace food addiction with a shopping addiction. 🙂 BUT I do like to use “inspiration” trips to stores like I mentioned above to fill my time with something productive and useful rather than destructive and self-harming (i.e. over-eating, negative thoughts, etc). This journey I’m on is about self-discovery NOT just losing weight and getting skinny. So, where does your inspiration come from?





*Disclaimer: I have not been solicited by or received anything in exchange for mentioning these stores on this blog. I’m just sharing my opinion as a consumer.

Starting the week off with a BANG!

6 09 2011

The last couple weeks my cardio and point tracking goals have fallen by the wayside. I wanted to focus on those two things this week, but was a tad concerned because it was a holiday weekend. Finding the time Making myself exercise over a normal weekend is hard enough, but a three day weekend? Unheard of. 🙂 So imagine my surprise when I decided to go and walk the “loop” Monday morning! 

Including the walk from my neighborhood (and back) it was 2.37 miles.







This walk took 00:52:35. Not my best time, but it was SOOOOO hot it was rediculous. Even at 10am! Next time I will definitely bring water (duh!) which I’m sure will help because the last half mile I was really having a hard time due to the heat and thirst. (You’d think I would know these things since I’ve lived in Florida my WHOLE life. LOL)

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I did track points yesterday and I’m tracking today. This week is off to a great start! 🙂

Whirlwind of Change

1 09 2011

It never fails… Just when I think things are calming down, and I’m getting into a routine, something comes along to prove me wrong. I get that becoming comfortable often means becoming complacent. But seriously? Being the planner control freak that I am, I like to know what’s going on, when it’s happening, and what my role is to the letter. Unfortunately, life likes to throw 90 mile an hour curveballs at me on what feels like a daily basis.

I have several big HUGE unknowns in my life right now. I also have several “knowns” that are just out of my control at the moment and are driving me BONKERS! Just when I think I’m going to be able to tackle one of them, something else pops up and smacks me in the face and says, uh uh uh…

To top all of it off, I’m sick, again. I have a horrible flu like cold thing going on and I’m achy, congested and have a massive headache… Fun times!

This week I’m trying to focus all of my energy and control freakish-ness on making good choices, staying positive, and drinking LOTS of water. 🙂

Here we go…

29 08 2011

Last week was a turning point of sorts for me. My attitude and outlook have significantly improved – not just about food and exercise, but life in general. I had to deal with some heavy emotional and mental challenges, and I had to come up with a game plan of sorts. Certainly not an easy task, and I’m far from having all of it settled, but my outlook is better and that’s what is important, in my mind anyway.

So, let’s recap last weeks successes and where there is some room for improvement:

  • I did not track my points consistently each day, however, I am about 98% sure I stayed within my range based on what I did eat and my activity. This week the goal is to TRACK all meals so that I am 100% sure 🙂
  • I worked out for 30 minutes on two different days… almost there! My plan was to do some sort of activity over the weekend and that did not happen… so, this week I’m aiming for M/W/F and if I’m up for it I’m going to try going back to Bickram Yoga on Saturday since they have a $5 community class the 1st Saturday of the month (also, how is it September already?!?)
  • I blogged twice last week and while I had the best intentions of sneaking in that third blog, it just didn’t happen. This week, I’m starting out early with a Monday post and am hoping to crank out AT LEAST two more this week 🙂
  • Yoga/Meditation just didn’t happen… but I did get in an AMAZING nap yesterday. I know, I know… that doesn’t quite count, but it sure felt good!

Of course, as I was typing all of that out, I had the usual negative thought track begin to play in my head. BUT, I stopped it dead in it’s tracks. Did I accomplish each goal 100%. Nope. Am I ok with that? Absolutely! Last week was a better week than I’ve had in a while, and to top it off I’m looking forward to what I’ll be able to accomplish this week. What I am having a hard time with is I have a ton of ideas and things I want to do, but I want to remain consistent  with these goals before adding new ones. I think I’ll just start a list and sprinkle them in here and there as I feel appropriate.

Here’s to a great week!



8 06 2011

Yesterday started out great. The majority of the day I was not hungry, and rarely thought of food. I went to the gym, got home and cooked a yummy dinner, and was amazed that I was not hungry. Usually I am famished at dinner time, but tonight it took me forever to finish my bowl of homemade “Mexican Chili” (my own concoction 🙂 ). I was worried that I’d be really hungry later, but I had a good buffer of calories so I knew that I could have a sensible snack and still see a calorie deficit for the day.

And then, it hit. Not only was I a little hungry, I wanted to eat! Anything, everything, whatever I could find. Rather than giving in completely, I did have a snack. And then another snack. :-/ Granted, if I had eaten what I really wanted, I would have most likely consumed 1000+ calories. Luckily, that did not happen. But, I did manage to go over my calorie allotment, AND my choices were not that great… ugh…

Fast forward to today… I’ve basically eaten identical meals to yesterday, but I’m hungry! I’m feeling very munchy and it’s frustrating me. Here I thought I was doing so well, and really I have, but it feels like I’m going backwards today. And here I am again, trying to find that balance. Balance of making good choices while not depriving myself OR overindulging. Balance of not beating myself up, but learning from myself

At the end of the day, my food intake yesterday will not make or break my health goals. However, if I let every day be like yesterday (or worse) I will end up right back where I started. So today, in this moment, I’m pushing myself to continue making good choices, to not give up, to not give in. Challenges are a part of life. Yesterday was not my worst day, and that day may still be to come. What I have to focus on is the present. I can’t change what I did yesterday. But I can take this frustration, and learn from it in the hopes of making better choices when faced with the same emotions/thoughts/etc as I was yesterday. This is so much easier said than done. But I think it’s possible.

And for right now, that is more than enough for me. 🙂

Continuing on…

24 05 2011

I am still working at this health and wellness thing… It’s going to be a lifelong process I can tell! Since that is the case, I thought I’d start a fresh blog that showcases not only my health and wellness journey, but also the other aspects of my life. Hobbies, interests, what’s working, what’s not… But most of all, I want to continue to be a resource, an example (positive or negative! lol), and most of all, a friend.

I think everyone, no matter their size, has insecurities in one way or another. So I wonder, what would happen if we just stopped for a moment, and focused on good. What if we stopped criticizing, pointing out flaws, maintaining negative self talk, and instead began praising, pointing out our beauty and uniqueness, and began loving self talk?

The voice in my heart and head is very negative, but I’m sick of that. I’m sick of feeling unworthy, not good enough, not this or that… Because my best is good enough. My best today is not necessarily my best tomorrow or next week, but right now, in this moment, my best is all I have and it IS good enough.

This journey of mine is more than a weight struggle. It’s a journey to love and acceptance. It’s a journey to discovering the root of my insecurities and replacing them with love and respect and acceptance.

I hope to be real, and raw, and shocking in my openness and honesty. I want to be held accountable to my best and nothing more.

What if your best was good enough? What if what you have to offer is just right? What if the expectation was not only achievable, but positive and doable and required nothing more than what you have give?

These are the thoughts in my head lately… I’m tired of hating myself and feeling worthless. Because I’m beautiful. Right now. I may not be where I want to be, but for today, where I am is enough. Each choice, each decision is mine for the making. I can’t be better tomorrow if I don’t live in the moment today. So, this is truly a one day at a time, one moment at a time journey. Maybe,  just maybe, we can enjoy the ride rather than dread it! 🙂