When I started this blog, I was on a different level. The original blog title was “Creating an Amazing Life!”
I have evolved over the years…1982, 2005, 2013.
I was quite involved in a network marketing business. My goals and aspirations were money focused and recognition was super important to me.
In my initial blog posts, I outlined what I thought was my destiny or purpose. “Helping Others” was about driving my life to the next level (success in the financial and material realm) and helping others do the same. I laugh about it now, because I am on the success track but in a total different vehicle with a different end goal in mind.
If you asked me in April of 2013 about the notion of teaching middle school full-time, I would have said NO WAY! I have always entertained occasional substituting, but full-time teacher seemed unrealistic and overwhelming. Now, I can’t imagine doing anything else.
So, obviously I have grown – mentally, physically, and spiritually!
My purpose is to be a light on this seemingly dark path of life, illuminating the goodness in humanity.
I will always be in a state of perpetual growth, because to me that is truly living. For me, it ‘s not about money or material possessions. I’m about human capital (people) – the value is in humankind. I’m about encouraging as many people as possible to purposely enjoy this thing called LIFE.
Peace and blessings,
p.s. I am not selling anything, just happy to share.
My life is changing and I have to admit it is better than ever. Why didn’t I do this sooner? What were my barriers? I keep asking myself these questions! I am beyond happy in this very moment with the way I feel. I’m even pleased with how I am looking these days.
Drinking alcohol, drugging, or smoking cigarettes has never been an issue for me. My being clean and sober has to do with nutrition. I am no longer intoxicated by nitrates, sodium, sugar, or any other chemical designed to keep food on the shelf longer.
I posted the picture of my son and I on Facebook and someone said they thought I was a teenager like him. What a cool compliment! I really do feel younger. My skin is starting to glow. I am truly healing from the inside outward.
I know it is because I am eating clean and finally sober!
Lately, I have become quite a healthy cook! No cookbooks or recipes – I’m just creating delicious nutritional masterpieces that feed me all week long!
I am not following any specific “die-it” plan. I am listening to and feeling my body (intentionally) when I grocery shop and while cooking. The more colorful it is the better! So much flavor.
I am learning so much day by day about foods and harmful ingredients. I am even encouraging my students to eat more veggies an less candy. I bring in carrots or celery and they eat it! It’s new motivation for them instead of Jolly Ranchers, hot Cheetos, and Blow Pops!
I am so grateful for my palate – I would be doomed if I did not appreciate vegetables. Aside from terrific taste, you could not imagine the medicinal effects it has on the body. Both the spices and the veggies help my body to heal and transform.
I am not hungry or dissatisfied…FINALLY, I am achieving and fully embracing a healthy lifestyle.
It’s no secret that I enjoy being a part of the blogging community. I have had the pleasure of meeting and communicating with some amazing people all over the world without leaving home. While this blog is about my journey to better health, I would like to introduce you to my education blog where I share my experiences, both as a student and as a teacher. I will also blog about current news and events relating to youth and education in this country.
Not only am I teaching, but I am learning at the same time as a Rio Salado Teaching Intern. The Spring 2016 semester is beginning and I will have plenty to share!
To visit my education site, click this link and check it out! While you are there – leave me your email address for updates as I post.
Thanks for your time and attention!
It’s Friday night and I am in a celebratory mood. As I was driving away from school thinking about the wonderful week I had – it occurred to me that I would like to dine out. Many thoughts flooded my mind about whether or not I could handle eating out and not overeating or possibly binge on forbidden foods.
Where would I go? What will be my meal? What do I crave? The answers: Olive Garden, Citrus Chicken Sorrento on the light menu, and nothing in particular.
The server was very patient with me. I kept asking questions and changing my mind while ordering my dinner. It is important to know what I am going to eat. I care! I need to know about unnecessary calories and nutrient dense food – so I can avoid them. These days, servers in restaurants are accustomed to people like me. Especially during peak New Year’s resolution I vow to change my life season (January – March).
“No cheese, please. Is the vegetable pasta really healthy? Whole wheat isn’t the best option, but whole grain would be better! I can have the soup, but don’t eat the potatoes! NO BREADSTICKS!! Keep the after dinner mints (I use to devour as many as hit the table).” The server talked me through it all – so kind.
The meal was wonderful! The best part is – I could only eat half of it…really, physically only cared to eat half of it. That is huge!!! I am a reformed binge eater; so this is a serious milestone for me to be “normal” and know that one out of the two chicken breasts and half the vegetables is just fine. I am eating to live and not living to eat. I could cry tears of joy. Right now, that other portion is in my fridge and I am not obsessing over it.
I’m really starting to open up and trust my readers. I hope this helps someone who feels as hopeless as I once felt to know that it is never too late to turn it around and live the lifestyle you daydream about. Never give up!
Today, I wore a belt around my waste. A fancy wide sash that enhances my figure. It isn’t rolling up or down. It is comfortably staying in place. I feel wonderful.
Don’t laugh! Something so simple, means so much to this woman in transformation.
My students are no longer whispering, “Is she pregnant?” Instead I heard, “She’s wearing a belt – wow.”
I have decided to place my focus on health versus weight; therefore, there is no celebration about pounds lost (not yet).
My waist was non-existent just 17 days ago!
I am soaring like an eagle!
I think about how I would be feeling on the 7th of January if I had waited, until after New Year’s day, to begin my resolution. Because of the choices I have made, I am LIVING a much healthier lifestyle! It’s been 17 days! Eating clean and it is starting to really show.