Saturday, February 25, 2017

More than a Number

It was January 29th, just a normal Sunday.  I hopped out of bed and onto my scale.  The number that I had been working so very hard for appeared on the screen. I had lost 100 pounds!  I did it!  I didn't feel much different.  I was excited but hesitant to shout it from the rooftops because I didn't want to jinx it.  That Friday, I weighed in at the nutrition club I attend and the magic number had disappeared.  I wasn't quite there yet, so I kept it quiet.  Shortly after my victory at home, I found a new number.  I went shopping for pants for a new job I was starting and a dress for some upcoming events.  That new number was a size 6.  I purchased pants and a dress in a true to me size 6!!!  I never ever imagined in a million years that I would fit into a size 6.  Due to some Valentine's chocolates and some unnecessary snacking, the number on the scale has increased a few pounds, but I am claiming January 29th as the date I reached my goal of 100 pounds gone (my size 6 still fits).  I did it! I really did it. Today, I had the opportunity to "shout it from the rooftops" by sharing my story on stage at our local Herbalife Success Training Seminar in front of over 400 people.  It lasted about 15 to 20 seconds, but it was so awesome to share how far I have come.

This journey has been long, 10 years in fact, and it is still not over.  I am here to say that I am more than a number.  God has given me the strength to persevere this far.  I have overcome so much more over the last 10 years that a scale can't measure.  I am stronger and happier than ever. I am becoming more confident.  I have a desire to help others with their own journeys, and I am doing so.  God has blessed me with skills to teach, and my passion is to teach kiddos how to be healthy.  I don't want any child to feel the way I felt as the fat kid.  God has a plan and purpose for everything.  It is time for me to use what He's given me to bless others around me.  I want to lead others to Him first and foremost, and then teach them how to get healthy in order to serve Him at their best. 

Walking by Faith,

Friday, February 24, 2017

The Pearl in Me

I recently learned about the different Gem personalities.  I am a Pearl with some Emerald in me.  I am a feeler, make everyone happy, organized chaos kind of girl.  I walk cautiously and decide carefully.  I think and think and think before I act.  I start something with good intentions and fail to follow through.  Hence this blog with lots of advice that I don't even apply to my own life.
I would tell you that all of that is about to change, but you will probably say, "I'll believe it when I see it."  Me too.  I am a continual work in progress.  I want to act. It is time for me to sow seeds of love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  I have to plant in order to reap the benefits of my efforts.  If I do nothing, I should expect nothing.  You reap what you sow.  You get what give. Plant carefully, and don't forget to plant.
Here's the link to the Gem Personality Test if you are curious about what gem you are: What Gem are You?

Walking by Faith,

Thursday, February 16, 2017

"O, Ye of Little Faith..."

In the past few weeks, I have had grand feelings about taking leaps of faith and trusting God with my life and circumstances and almost within the same thought I second guess it all.  I think, "Lord, this doesn't add up. Will I have enough?  What did I get myself into?  This is not what I expected."  Then I dive into his Word, and I am convicted and comforted at the same time by these words:
"Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." (Matthew 6:30-34).

I have nothing to fear. God has everything under control.  My job is to seek the kingdom of God.  Do the best I can today, because today has enough problems, and it is all that I have until God blesses me with a new day.  It is so simple to do and simple not to do.  Do what you can for God's glory.  He knows what he's doing, just do your part.

Walking by faith,

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Day 2

The day started well but ended with the Valentine's day munchies.  I did accomplish the following though:
  • 30 minute at home workout
  • Decent breakfast of protein packed oatmeal and 1/2 of a post workout shake
  • Team meeting at work
  • Day 2 in the classroom-still learning
  • Felt the Valentine love from a few of my new kiddos
  • Good dinner but I gave into some Valentine chocolate and some cookies
  • Received my first legitimate Herbalife check!!! Yay!
This is a good starting point.  I will learn from my mistakes, move forward, and never give up.

Walking by Faith,

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Day 1 of the Best of My Life

Today was Day 1.  I have stepped out in faith this year with a new job.  A new harvest of kiddos.  I plan to do right by them.  This is day 1 of  Action toward my goals.  I am no longer going to sit on the sidelines of life and let it pass me by.  Here are a few of my first steps.  They will be small to begin with, but I will take them.  
My day as follows:
  • at 5am I had a snack and quiet time
  • At 6am, Fit camp for an hour
  • Gym-Cardio for 20 minutes
  • Began my first full day in my classroom
  • Began this blog post and fell asleep typing
These are baby steps.  No more talk.  It's time to walk the talk.   I look forward to see where my decisions take me this year.  
Walking by faith,
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
~Hebrews 11:6

Sunday, September 25, 2016

"Thanks for Noticing"

Many of us look forward to growing up. But when we get there, we wish we were kids again with not a care in the world.  My life is not where I imagined it would be at my nearly 32 years of age.  I can paint a woe is me, "thanks for noticin'" Eeyore picture or I can paint a positive enthusiastic Tigger "that is with a T-I-double guh- ER" picture of my life right now.  It is all dependent upon my perspective and attitude.  Many days I feel like Eeyore rather than Tigger.  I feel like I am merely walking through life and existing rather than living life with purpose and impact.  It is time for me to take responsibility.  I am to be held accountable for my choices.  According to the wise Noah Webster, I am responsible-accountable to God to use the talents that He gave me.
I was able to use my talent of teaching today.  I am not sure I completely honored God due to lack of preparation.  I volunteered to substitute for a Sunday School class, but I failed to prepare till the very last minute.  I also got a tap on the shoulder this morning saying I had Children's Church.  Again, no preparation.  I thank God for the talent He gives me to teach even on the fly, but I know that God wants my best.  My best is to be prepared and passionate about what He wants me to teach.  I need to have a Tigger mindset that just oozes with confidence and enthusiasm in my own special way.  Also, whatever I don't like about my life, I have the ability to change.  It is time to make those positive choices that will get me closer to where I want to be.  I need to choose to be prompt, prepared, and passionate in anything I do.

"Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."
~1 Corinthians 10:31

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Never a Dull Moment

I work at a childcare center with an awesome harvest of three year old kiddos that God has so graciously blessed me with.  Yesterday was a day where some precious memories were made.  It started with one of my kiddos in line to wash her hands.  She said, "Watch this!" and she proceeded to cross her eyes.  We both laughed and she said, "My brother taught me that."

Snack time is always an exciting part of the day, and yesterday we had yogurt and animal crackers.  After a bit, I had several requests for more animals crackers, but there were not enough crackers to go around.  I announced to the class that there weren't enough and to eat what they were given.  All of a sudden, I hear this painful cry from one of my kiddos.  I asked, "What is wrong?" He looked up at me and said, "You made me sad."  I grabbed my mouth and walked away so I wouldn't laugh in front of him.  He wanted more animal crackers, and I squashed his dreams.

Later on, I caught another child who had already eaten her snack at another table with a snack in front of her. I didn't see her actually eating her friend's snack, but the opened yogurt and half eaten animal cracker on top indicated otherwise.  I asked her, "Did you eat this snack?" She answered back with no.  I asked again, when another friend spoke up and said, "Her nose is getting longer."

These are the moments when my job doesn't feel like a job.  I get to do life with amazing kiddos and look at life through their perspective.  It is a refreshing glimpse of the simplicity of life.  They make me smile, laugh, and enjoy my time with them.  There is never a dull moment, and I never know what a day will bring.