Inspire Yourself ;)

When working toward any goal or even keeping yourself upbeat and in optimal mental shape it’s important to supercharge your environment with positive energy.

Since I started my weight loss journey last January I have grown a considerable collection of inspirational wall art and other items that I read every day.  Even when I have a bad day I read them and bring things back into perspective.
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The one that constantly serves as my biggest reminder is “Pray hardest when it’s hardest to pray.” It may take a minute to calm down and pray about what ever it is, but when I do I feel so much more at peace. 🙂
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My collection isn’t just limited to my room. I also extend the energy flow to social media by sharing a wide variety of motivational sayings on my personal Facebook, pin things to my board on Pinterest and favorite inspirational posters on Etsy.

What is your favorite motivational saying?

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

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The Blessings of Weight Loss

Good morning and happy Sunday everyone!

I have been blessed from my weight loss journey this past week and just wanted to share with you the things I am most thankful for.

More energy!
Yay! Finally! I went to a concert with my sister on Friday night and was actually energetic instead of my usual “This-sucks-I’m-exhausted-please-let me go to bed” demeanor. And although it sounds rude, in the past I was truly dead tired and would actually fall asleep while at other peoples homes due to my chronic fatigue. Talk about embarrassing…

Healing
My carpal tunnel has been non-existent this month and I have been able to work on crochet and knit projects for my coworkers. This is good also for my Etsy as I am able to work on new items. Yay! 😀

Physical Changes
I have been noticing that my body has been slimming down as a whole but the change in some areas are more obvious than others. Such as delightfully slimmer wrists and toned calves. 🙂 I’ve also noticed a dip in my arm that I have never seen before and my newest one – I can actually see the knuckle on my thumb! Woot!

Personal Victories
I have now passed my previous food tracking record of 14 days! I can do it and I am! It is now my goal to use every page of my 60-day food journal. 🙂

Doctor’s scales can be mean, however when I went for a followup appointment on Tuesday even her scale showed that I’ve dropped 12 pounds since I saw her one month ago. The doctor actually said that this is the lowest weight that I’ve been since I started going to her office 5 years ago! Wow!

I have declined candy, cake, ice cream, cookies and pizza this week. They are really tempting – believe me! But I want to be healthy more than the momentary joy that food can produce. My besties this week have been tea and lemon water.

Teamwork
When I started in September I knew that I couldn’t take this journey alone, so I asked Jesus to accompany me. I call on his assistance every day to help me stay strong and on track. When I encounter difficulties, I ask for his aid to see me through. Jesus is the best support I could ever have!

From the scale…
I have lost a total of 27lbs this year. 🙂 17.2 pounds to go until my 20%.

Final Thought: Motivation
One thing that I’ve learned over the last few months is that motivation is a procrastinator’s crutch. Motivation comes later after you have already started your journey to help keep you going. You don’t generally start anything with it – I know I didn’t have any when I started! Instead of waiting for motivation to inspire you, reflect on what change you want to see, make a decision, commit to it and start doing. Motivation will come as you start seeing results. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San