Energy Drainers- Things to ditch NOW to be successful on your journey to lose weight, get fit or just live an overall healthy life.

      “The secret of change is not to focus all of your energy on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates The way we think and feel has the power to control our mood and how we get through the day. If we wake up in a bad, negative space, chances are we are just going to call it a bad day and we will continue to be in a negative and unhappy place all day long.  We may not always be in control of the situations around us, but we have the control and the power as to how we are going to respond. Our mood can also determine how we react to situations throughout the day.  Our actions and how we treat others, including ourselves can sometimes be affected by our mood as well. There are things in life that I feel drain me and my energy and there are definitely things that I can allow to control my mood. So I am doing my best (I am still a work in progress) to ditch these negative energy drainers so that I can take back control and be the one in charge of how I feel and the mood that I am in.  In order to live a happy and positive life, it is important to be aware of things that can be draining to our physical and emotional health and wellbeing. Sometimes the things that may be stopping us from living our…

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Extreme Weight loss; The Ugly Truths || The Things That Nobody Wants to Talk About

Extreme weight loss.  Losing weight.  Beginning a new chapter of your life, starting a new journey, deciding to become the best you that you can possibly be.  We all hear others talk about how we can be anything we want to be and do anything we want to do.  We are told to follow our dreams and that anything is possible.  Often times, especially on a weight loss journey, we are told: “just do it.”   Part of having success is having a plan.  How can you be successful if you don’t know how to get there? I know people don’t like talking about the hard stuff or the stuff that may not be so pretty along the path to success or following our dreams.  But I think these hard moments are just as important as the pep talks and the “you can do its.”  The fact of the matter is, that losing weight is so much more than just losing weight.  It can get messy, complicated, scary and lonely.  It can take you down a dark path and make you feel lost and alone.  So what are some of the ugly truths of weight loss that I feel are so important and helped me become who I am today? Excuses…everybody has them and uses them as to why they can’t lose weight Yes, I made a bunch of excuses and justified to others and to myself why I would not and did not want to lose weight. It is…

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A Day Filled With Baseball…and So Many Non-Scale Victories (NSV)

    I am so happy baseball season is here! Something that you may not know about me is that I am a huge sports fan.  I have been a San Francisco Giants fan since birth.  Being born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, orange and black run through my veins.  You might be thinking what do baseball games and non-scale victories have to do with each other, but believe me Tuesday, April 3, 2018, was a day filled with so much more than just baseball. Going to baseball games has always been one of my favorite things to do.  When I was younger all I wanted to do was go to a baseball game on my birthday, but being a February baby, that was never possible!  When springtime hit, I was there! I was blessed to be able to attend the 2002 World Series, which was a huge highlight for me.  Seeing the Giants play in the World Series and actually being in the ballpark was a dream come true for me.  However, I do not like to talk about the outcome since the wounds have not healed yet.  I was also able to attend opening day many years ago with my dad and that was another very special day for me as well, even though we did, in fact, lose that game! It is hard to imagine a time when going to the ballpark was not a part of my life. Reality is…well, there was a…

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Wearing Yellow and Overcoming Self Doubt and Negative Self Talk

“You Should Not Wear Yellow” I remember I was once told that I could not wear yellow.  I don’t know if it was because of my hair, my skin tone…or my body shape?   But for whatever reason, that is just what someone told me.  I could not wear yellow. Something you might not know about me is that if you tell me I cannot do something, chances are I am going to do it.  My mom calls it stubborn, Kevin says it is the sassy in me.  I call it like this, I will be the one in charge of what I can and cannot do.  Yes, I am a bit sassy and may be stubborn at times, but if I set my mind to something then watch out!  What I want to happen is going to happen. Did I let her comment stop me from wearing yellow? Hell no!  I rocked yellow, even at 500 pounds.  Just because I choose to do or not do something, does not mean that what others say about me doesn’t affect me or bother me sometimes. Even if I am choosing to do or not choosing to do something, does not mean I never feel insecure.  Other peoples words still affect me even if it may not seem like it to someone just passing by. “I will not allow others opinions control what I can and cannot do” What I have learned is that just because I may feel insecure or self…

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