My ‘fat secret’…
I woke up @ 5 a.m. this morning and made Cinnabon Cinnamon rolls for my hubby and I. I had 2 of them and some lemon-lime soda. I only mentioned that because I just logged my food on this super awesome website called FatSecret, which you can visit and create your own profile in efforts to maximize your attempts to lose weight at:
I created my account about a year ago, but due to neglect, a few minor injuries, etc.. I just stopped. However, after picking things back up and getting on the site, becoming an active participant, I am doing better with my food intake, watching calories (which is not hard because the food lookup tool has virtually every food there is in this world and counts the calories for you-or on occasion you may enter your own manually) and have been drinking a lot more water! I was drinking milk on occasion just to have something different but I am lactose intolerant so that was a bad idea…but it just tastes so good! I will not be drinking anymore Special K Protein Shakes, milk, eating yogurt etc… ever-after the painful reaction I had. I won’t take you there. Hahahah… For me, beginning the whole water substitution thing was very difficult, but my pants are very, very slowly getting a wee bit bigger. I am hopeful. Oh yeah, also, the website will send you weightloss goal reminders via email every 2 weeks or however often if you set a goal up on your page! Actually, I think getting an email from them that said ‘only 80 pounds to go’ opened my eyes, and really, really motivated me!!! 😉
I am not turning this blog into a weightloss documentary…I promise. Those are pretty neat. However, this is a matter that is extremely important to me, and really affects me and my every day life…so I guess you could say that its a part of me. This is who I am, and what I am dealing with, therefor stuff like that will be mentioned from time to time. My overall goal though for this page is to inspire others with my own struggles and positive experiences, goals, and ideas. That was why I originally began ‘Caged No More’ which is formally ‘Life Surge’ if you remember. Venting in a blog is a great thing to do, sharing is awesome, but to me, if I can inspire you, or uplift you in any way, then I have achieved my purpose. ;D
Prayer and Meditation…
I believe that it is vital to have something to believe in, something to stand for, a comfort, a refuge. Personally, I believe that Jesus Christ is The Son of the living God, The true Messiah, and that Christ died for our sins so that we may have everlasting life…and this is our hope, our salvation. I am not imposing my beliefs on anyone. I believe also that we are all human, we are all equal, no one is better than anyone else, we are all on a journey with our own experiences, our own stories and who am I to question yours? Exactly. I find peace through prayer and meditation in my own personal life. Prayer is different for everyone I suppose, but for me, I talk to God like he is a person, who longs to have a relationship with me, cares, and is available 24/7 to listen to all of my problems, worries, and hear me give thanks for all He has done for me in my life, the opportunities, and blessings like family, friends, etc.. I have found that in speaking to God all throughout the day on and off, silently or aloud when I am alone, I generally have a better day! The best day that I can remember recently was one where I stayed in a constant state of prayer and thanksgiving. I am not Oprah or Deepak Chopra, but I have a few good philosophies and ideas up my own sleeve. 😉 Rawr.
In mediation, personally, I do not use music or background sound a lot because I am very much a music freak and this distracts me. For me, mediation is simply sitting alone, trying to get to the core of my being and dwell there for a bit.
I strongly encourage EVERYONE to create a list of goals, and actually write them down on paper, or put them into your phone, tablet, PC or whatever. I think that when you can SEE what you want to accomplish you are more apt to actually accomplish it. I also believe that having little reminders around to encourage you along your journey is a great idea as well. For example, I have an old former driver license photo from about 4 dress sizes ago that is now taped to my monitor. Man, this is like the best place to put a weight-loss encouraging pic or anything else!!! Especially if your are a computer freak like myself. You can put Post-it notes there, up around the house, or a place like by your bathroom mirror, and as long as you actually read them and “see them” (Which I say because I can even have my walls covered in motivating things and ideas and not truly ‘see them’.) they will benefit you! Perhaps you have your own personal photos, icons, or quotes that really get you going and ignite the passion, the fire inside of yourself! Just do some soul-searching, brainstorming, and think on it. What really makes you tick???
Here’s what I have to say about having goals:
- Creating goals for yourself really opens your eyes to the present. You can truly see where you currently stand and where you would like to be-in any area of your life!
- Even if you do not actively write or record them someplace, just pinpoint what it is you want. Set focus. Once you have established this, I think you may sleep better at night…
- Goals can be shared. Get your friends, family, co-workers, fellow students, anybody on board with ya. Find someone or others with common interests and you might even boost your chances of achieving your dreams, or at least accomplishing them faster. I think peer support can really make a difference. Simply having a support system in general is a tremendously effective tool in the world of achieving goals!
- Give yourself a pat on the back! Praise yourself for those small changes, and baby steps that lead toward the big finish. You deserve it!
- Having something to work for, work on, work toward keeps us going. It can make a world of difference anytime in life. When you are struggling you can keep your mind busy…
What’s Your Passion For Today?
When you woke up, what was the first thing on your mind? We all have our troubles, disturbing or pleasant dreams, daily tasks and events to think on…I am just curious as to what makes you want to get up and give it a go? For some people who are struggling with things like clinical depression, or are going through transitions whether they be painful or not, Gasp, and then the feet hit the floor. Find your passion. You do not have to find your lifeslong purpose in one day. Not today…not necessary. Just find a reason to smile. A reason to celebrate today. You woke up, your heart is beating, you are reading this, you are alive, and you have been given another shot. So smile, my friend!
I love writing. I love pouring my soul out…letting it flow. I would probably get a lot more done with this blog if I could bring myself to more silence and turn this music off…I concentrate and my mind works better in silence when attempting to work on things.
There’s your daily dose of positivity from ME!!!