Tracy Boone, Better Bodies Colorado.
Today was the best day. My sister and I went and bought food together so I can teach her how to eat on this plan. We are cooking a bunch of new recipes today together for the week. We both are so excited. It takes a lot of time to reteach yourself a new way of eating. It is really fun to have someone to do it with.
Both my sister and I have heart disease in our family. She is at the point I was when I started the new eating plan. We are going to get used to the plan and introduce it to my father, by the way, is the one who has heart disease. He had a heart attack when he was 54 years old and it changed his life forever. I want to turn his misfortune into something positive. My sister and I are committed to making a change and a difference in our families lives.
I was sitting here tonight watching my little boy lay on the floor with his dog in front of the fireplace with the Christmas Tree lit in the background. That is a memory I never will forget and will always cherish. I love peacefull moments like this. I want more and more of them in my life.
Today was the first day that I had without a really intense tooth ache from the surgery I had three weeks ago. I really feel my body is on the mend. This is the weekend so I am going to spend some time with my family and enjoy.
Monday I am starting my training back. I am so happy for that. I had great salad tonight. It was so good with some vinagrette. It was so good. I am so in the zone with my eating. I am experiencing new receiptes everyday. I am finally where I have always wanted to be with my nutrition. I am so happy and releived.
I love this time of year. December is one of my favorite months. The spirit of giving can bring out the best in everyone. I especially love watching kids and their reaction to all that is going on.
This is the time of year though that is really easy not to take care of myself. Those days are over. I am going to take the time to eat right, exercise and get plenty of sleep. As always, I need to get into reading more to feed my mind. I kind of got off track with that and my daily reading to keep my mind alert. I started reading today again.
Most of all, I want to take the time to stop and really enjoy my life and each day. I am so thankful for all that I have. At the top of my list is my family and my health.
Over the last 176 days I have been really focusing on creating a better life. I guess my whole quest was to get to the bottom of a lot of things. I still do have a lot of items I still want to work out before this venture is through on my Birthday which is June 9th. The one reason I wanted to do this is because I looked in the mirror and didn't see the person that I saw myself as being. After the three surgeries my body was completed trashed. I just wasn't feeling well. I wanted to h ave more tools to be a better parent. I wanted to set goals for myself and really focus on me being the best person I can be. I can honestly say that this has been a great learning experience for me. I would definitely highly recommend this to everyone to take the time to journal everyday for a year and focus on something until they got it in the direction they wanted it to be.
The one thing I am most proud of is that I have stuck with this daily. It takes a lot to come down to my office nightly and sit down to refelct and write. I find myself driven to do it. I want to many things more for my life than I have. I want to be a very healthy individual. It hasn't seemed that way for a long time. Now is my chance. I am not going to let this pass me by.
I tell you the one thing that I am very happy about is the gyms and the people in the gyms that our company helps. I can honestly say that I get up in the morning and can say that I really love what I do. I am so fortunate to have been able to be able to spend the last 19 years of my life working for this company. I could be doing so many other things, but this is where my heart has been for such a long time.
I started working out when I was twelve years old on my own. I remember realizing how I was picking up weight and so I instantly started eating differently and going out for a spring/run. I kept adding different exercises and this was the beginning of my journey. I remember being able to buy my first membership at 13 at a local women's gym when I was 13 I think. I was so excited. This will always be a big part of who I am and the passion behind it.
I am so happy and grateful for the opportunities I have had in my life to be able to do something I love for my life's work. Wow, pretty incredible when I think about it. I think about those days when I was younger and it gives me inspiration for each day. Now that I am older it is a little more challenging especially after so much surgery, but I still have the never give up attitude until I get the results. Never Quit, and do whatever it takes
Well I am down another pound today. I was a little low energy. Not feeling that great today. I am going to get a good night sleep tonight. I haven't been able to workout ever sense I had my back tooth pulled. I hope sometime this week I will feel good enough to do that in my mouth.
I need to do some Yoga, cardio and weight training. This has been so much harder recovering from than I thought.
I also need to get to the Chiropractor. I wasn't able to go as much as I needed to last week. I can really feel it. Tomorrow I will do that. I have been rubbing Arnicare gel on my neck and jaw.
Hopefully tomorrow I can be in better spirits. I need to pick myself up in the morning and get it going on. I think I might try some cardio for ten minutes in the morning and see if my tooth can handle it. We will see. I have ten more pounds to go to get back on track. It feels good.
Today is my day to talk about Faith. I tell you what it is so fun right now to watch the Broncos. To watch someone put their action with their faith. The results Tim Tebow has is so inspiring to watch.
I was watching one of my favorite Pastor's today on television, Joel Osteen. He has some awesome words that I want to share. He was speaking on having the right perspective. He was talking about a Pastor that was talking about a counseling session in general regarding attitude and perspective. He had a gentlemen in the office that was pretty distraught over his life. So the pastor said ok let's right down what is going right in your life and also those that are going wrong. So he began to say I am so sorry that your wife isn't doing well. The guy said, what do you mean my wife is fine. Ok let's put that on the good side. I am so sorry to hear that you lost your job. Again same response I still have my job. and the conversation went on and on. Needless to say the guy left in a much better mood, encouraged and with the right perspective.
One thing that the Pastor had mentioned today was, "If you complain you will remain. if you praise you will be raised".
Love this because the Word of God says, "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks". What am I focused on. If I am negative. To me that means I don't have my heart right. I know things can get tough, but life will always have it's challenges. Jesus went through really tough times with love and focus. If He can do that for me,
The one thing I never want to do is to take my health and my family for granted. I am so thankful I can eat without being in so much pain I couldn't breath. I never want to know what that feels like again. I thank Jesus everyday for bringing me through that and He will always get the Praise.
I have to say I have been on this eating plan that I have been talking about out o Dr. Caldwell's book "How to revere and prevent heart disease.". The longer I am on this plan the more satisfied I am with the foods I am eating. Everything down to the bread or wraps are very high in nutrients.
I tried the spicy potato soup and it is so good. I am trying to make a batch of new recipes until this becomes and easy more normal eating program for me. It feels so good because I finally feel I am on track for where I am supposed to be. I just didn't feel good with the foods I was eating and my abdomen showed it. I pulled on a pair of pants that I couldn't get on because of my stomach in a long time today. That is the thing about nutrition, everyone is different and sometimes it takes a minute to figure out the right formula but once you do it is for a lifetime.
We always have a small get together with the family the day after Thanksgiving to help eat all of the left overs. Everyone was there and then we play cards. It is lots of fun. I got to speak to one of my cousins tonight. This is a different one from last night. This woman is amazing. She has her masters in teaching. She is the sweetest person you will ever meet. It is amazing how I can see such an amazing person and all she sees is something that is not real. She says she is scared to go to a Yoga class because she is afraid what other people will think. That is just giving too much power to someone you do not even know. The reality is they do not know her, they do not know how incredible she is and if they did judge her negatively at all because of her appearance then they are the shallow person because all I see is how incredible she is which is why she is so incredibly beautiful.
We all have to get a grip and finally realize who we are. There is more to us than the outer appearnace and who is to say what is beautiful and what isn't. When we all can be comfortable in our own skin and be ok with who we are then only then are we strong. If we don't like our apearance because of our weight then you know what that is not our identity Our identity is who we are on the inside. If we want to change what we are on the outside then we need tp get to work. We have to quit beating ourselves up and embrace the beauty of who we are on the inside first.
Today was one of my favorite days of the year. How could you not love a day dedicated to family, be thankful, and helping others. I actually probably need to try and make everyday more like Thanksgiving. One thing that i am so thankful for is my health. I haven't always had that and I tell you I never want to take it for granted. Today at our family get together one of my cousins had mentioned how diet sodas has been shown to cause many conditions including Pancreatic Cancer. Well this cousin drinks tons of this stuff. There was everything in me that wanted to scream because her comment was well with all the pesticides on foods it is hopeless and you are going to die of something. That made me sad.
This lady is an awesome lady. She has a beautiful family. She just completed her Masters. I am always trying to fight the good fight. Don't I always say do your part. At least we should try and do the best that we can do. Why should we ever just give up like that. I love this girl. Again, I know what it is like to be sick and I guess I want for everyone not to take their HEALTH for granted. There are so many great alternatives out there. Life is worth fighting for. Health is worth fighting for I tell you the ones that have lost it would give anything to get it back. Take care of yourselves and never give up.