Month: April 2015

Progress Report

Happy Friday ladies! And as promised I’m here with my 1 month progress report. My doctor’s appointment was on this past Monday and I was down 7lbs! My doctor was very pleased and told me to keep up the good work. Needless to say though, I kind of had mixed feelings… I mean I was happy to have lost weight but I also knew that I could have done better than 7lbs. Honestly, yes I was taking the meds and not eating before 12p but there were days that I ate past 8p, days I didn’t log anything, foods I knew better than to be eating, and I did absolutely no exercise beyond typical daily walking. But I can say, this has lit a burning desire for me to want to do better and to make the extra effort.

To help with logging I’ve implemented the new rule of saying my blessing and logging my food and then eating it. The reward of blessing and logging my meals first is to be able to actually eat them afterwards. I must say this has really been working. I used to believe I would go back and log my food later and it would never happen, so this new rule has been the answer to the problem.

Let’s talk water intake… so since I don’t eat until 12p, I use my morning hours to drink, drink, drink. My goal is to drink at least 64oz of water before 12p. I use a 64oz (half gallon) water bottle. My ultimate goal is to drink a gallon a day but that’s still work in progress =)

 

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So for my exercise boost I knew I needed something I could physically monitor my progress, so I got a fitbit charge. I’m loving how it syncs to my phone and My Fitness Pal app. So this is my plan of attack for handling the exercise portion of my journey. I need all the motivation I can get so if you’re on either of these, let’s be friends! mfp: dewrema5832

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I hope this has been encouraging to someone. We must take control of our health ladies and love & take care of ourselves just as much as we love & take care of others in our lives.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Lucky Number 32

This past Saturday I was blessed to see 32 years of life. Wow….32….sounds kinda weird when I say it out loud (or as I type it lol). Nonetheless I am forever grateful to live to see another year of life because it definitely could have been another way!

I’ve always been big on birthday celebrations. As a single woman I would always plan something fun or “big” for my girlfriends and I to get into for my birthday. Whether it was a night out on the town or a Spring Dress birthday luncheon, I always made sure to plan something. Now that I’m a wife and a mother, things go a little bit differently in a sense. Yes it is still a big deal to me, but now it is in the hands of my husband to plan the logistics of my celebration.

Girlfriends, Hubby truly outdid himself this weekend! This was one of the best birthday weekends I’ve ever had! I started celebrating a little early with a fresh blowout and color on Thursday afternoon. I had to get cute for whatever Hubby had planned for me! He kicked off the actual weekend with a night out on the town Friday. We went to this nice little jazz spot in downtown Durham. The food was great, the atmosphere was intimate and the live music was phenomenal! I have to admit that I was feeling myself in my outfit that evening and I think Hubby enjoyed it too. J My actual birthday was a gorgeous day. We didn’t do anything extravagant. We took Sweet Pea to the Easter Jam at church and relaxed at home for the remainder of the day. I love these kinds of days where I’m able to spend uninterrupted time with my family; I wouldn’t have it any other way. Sunday morning we went to Resurrection Sunday Celebration service and enjoyed some of my Mama’s great cooking (and baking) afterwards. Again I want to say that this weekend was just what I needed to bring in a new year of life.

So I guess you are wondering what I received for my birthday gift. I actually wasn’t expecting anything big since I went to get my hair and nails done, but my amazing husband surprised me again. After getting missing from the house for about 2 hours, he walked in a huge gift wrapped box. Sweet Pea and I were both filled with excitement to see what was in the box. And when I opened it I screamed with joy as it is was something I’ve wanted for a very, very long time, but didn’t quite fit our budget. Now let me explain something to you I’m all about a fierce bag, the bigger the better. That’s exactly what I got…a hot pink Michael Kors bag was in the box!!!! I immediately emptied my current purse and switched to my bag. I’m not bragging in the least bit, I’m just grateful for delayed gratification and waiting for those things that I desire to come to me in the right timing. I could see all over Hubby’s face that he was proud that he was able to bless me with this gift and that his mission was accomplished for making this an outstanding birthday weekend.

So now I’m off to make this the greatest year of my life thus far. I’m not sure what my Father in Heaven has in store for me in this new year, but I pray that I remain within His perfect will so that I am able to be blessed with that which He has for me.

Happy Birthday to me!!!!!

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National Minority Cancer Awareness Week

Happy Tuesday! Some may not know, but this week is National Minority Cancer Awareness Week (April 5-11, 2015). As you follow our journeys through life expressed on our blog, you all will learn that my husband was diagnosed with cancer in 2014. I’m encouraging everyone to pay attention to your body and what it tells you. Be kind to it because it is your temple and God only gave us ONE! As it’s stated in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” (NIV) Get your annual check-ups, followup on your lab results, and ask all the questions you need, even if you think they’re stupid, crazy or too many. Get a second opinion. There are too many resources available to not be in tip top shape! Do your research. The American Cancer Society among other organizations offer great insight and tools to walk you through symptoms you may be experiencing, give you more knowledge in addition to what your medical professional has offered you, potential alternatives rather than traditional medicine.

The more you know, the more you realize how much you don’t know. The less you know, the more you think you know.
by David T. Freeman

Until we meet again….stay healthy 🙂

 

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Just For Me

One of the greatest celebrations for a Christian is upon us, Holy Week, which leads us through Jesus’ death, burial and Resurrection on the third day. We have so much to be thankful for and this week we should show Jesus (everyday really) just how appreciative we are. Let’s be honest, if it were not for what Jesus went thru, we would not be here today. He sacrificed so much just so that we could have the opportunity to have eternal life.

I’m going to get a little personal here. I’m just so full and utterly thankful for all that Christ did, just for me. I am in no way, shape, form or fashion perfect. I have done so many wrong things in my life that I’m ashamed of and even worse have not been pleasing to my Father in Heaven. When I read the story of Jesus’ death, how they beat him, cursed him, spat upon Him, it just makes my skin crawl. I feel so convicted that He did all of that for me, yet I fail Him daily not living up to or not representing Him or His Kingdom to my greatest potential. He hung on the cross in unbearable pain without any complaints because He knew the importance of Him fulfilling His purpose…me. I was the reason He went thru persecution, I was the reason He took the whippings, I was the reason He suffered the humiliation, it was all just for me.

I know it may sound cliché, but just the thought of what Jesus went through, pushes me to want to do so much better in my Christian walk and relationship with Him. But then again I guess it should make me feel that way. That is a constant reminder that my purpose in life is to live for Him and Him alone. I’m taking this week to do some serious soul searching. I want Jesus to know that it’s for Him I live and for Him I will die. I want to be completely sold out to Him. I’m not saying that I’m not already, but there is definitely some room for improvement.

So now I want you to make your thoughts about this post personal. If you have already proclaimed Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of your life, then I commission you to take this week as a reflection upon your life as well. Are you doing all that you can to push the Kingdom and tell people about the love of Jesus Christ? If not, what is it that you need to do to realign yourself with the things of God? For those ladies that are still on the fence and haven’t quite committed themselves fully to Christ, I invite you to do so. There is no greater decision than willing giving yourself to Christ and securing your soul’s resting place.

If you would like to read about all our Savoir endured for us, reference John chapters 18-20. For those of you that may need more of a visual picture of all Christ did not just for me, but for you too, watch The Passion of the Christ by Mel Gibson. I’m not able to get thru the scriptural reading or watching this movie without being filled with so much emotion. I’m not going to lie, it is very hard for me to image how Jesus must have felt through all of the physical pain but at the same time I am filled with so much joy that He went thru all of that, just for me.

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