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4 Years Ago A Journey Began!

Today, September 2, 2018 marks 4 years from the day I started eating clean; the day my life changed! True it has been a while since I wrote and so much has happened this year. Life is full of so many surprises, especially ones we never thought or even imagined would ever happen! This last year I’ve grown so very much, but there are those...

Together We Are Strong!

As we go through our lives day after day stop to take a small break from the hustle and bustle to rest our mind, body and soul! Looking around myself I see so many beautiful wonderful amazing lights shining brightly, giving me the strength, the love, the will power, the determination to move forward still, to do and be the very best I can...

To Be Your Best, Be You!

I grew up thinking I needed to always be this perfect individual and if I was not life would be miserable, full of sadness, disappointment, etc.! This was how I felt most of my life! What is living a perfect life supposed to look like? I read a book a new friend recommended to me back in April of 2016 ‘The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to...

Stepping Through The Fogginess!

There will be days your mind will seem to be foggy with all which goes on around you in life! This is when you need to stop to make time for yourself! You may be saying, “I don’t have time to stop, there is simply to much going on!” Please trust me when I say there is a way to create time for yourself, you need to trust yourself, love yourself and...

Create A Masterpiece Each Day!

We are all unique! Trust in yourself! Be yourself! Love yourself! Each start of day we all begin with a blank canvas were upon we create our day! If an unwanted mark shows up on the canvas while creating your day don’t look at it as a blemish, but create from it a beautiful work of art, embrace it, work with it and flow your day around it! Learn...

Personal Battles

It has been some time now since I started approaching my original goal weight of being 225 pounds. When I reached 250 pounds, I realized this was now much too simple of a goal so I made a new goal to lose a total of 220 pounds. Weighing 200 pounds sounded like a good number since my top weight was 420 pounds. When I first started my journey I...

Shattering My Own Personal Prison

It has been some time since I’ve written so I would like to update you as to where I stand in this journey of mine. It’s been 2 years, 6 months and 25 days since I started my journey to become healthier! The last 3 months my weight has been maintaining between 165 – 173 pounds (with the exception of getting sick in February where...

It’s Been Two Years Since I Started My Journey!

September 2 marks two years since I started my journey to become healthier by eating clean, exercising and clearing my mind. It hasn’t been easy, especially towards the beginning part of my journey – but it has been well worth the dedication and determination to move forward. Yes, I am still human! Yes, I still have those days I want...

Living Life As a Warrior

I started a new venture this week! CrossFit! I am now a member of Mission CrossFit in Mission Viejo, CA. After two days of working out in the gym I am sore! Sure I’ve been going to the gym to lift weights, I go walking, jogging and running, but CrossFit is a whole new arena that focuses on strength by improving fitness and health by working...

Creating & Living Our Dreams

Where do I begin? I use to dream of what it would be like living a life where I was 225 lbs. again! I would think about what people would say seeing me a normal weight! I use to think what girls would think of me being a normal weight, would they like to go out with me then? As I look back 10 years ago I saw myself as this overweight person who...

Target Weight Acquired – A New Goal Set

When I set out on my journey to become healthier back on September 2, 2014 I set my goal weight of being 200 lbs. Once reached I would then adjust and set new goals accordingly. It has happened! On April 22, 2016 I reached my goal weight of 200 lbs.! Actually, I ended up being below my goal weight weighing in at 199.00 lbs. The day I reached my...

Working Through Those Dark Days

It is inevitable we will all go through challenges in life. We will all come across those days of doubt, days of darkness, days of nothing going right. We can either give in or we can look past the darkness towards the small sliver of light trying to break through the darkness to help give us a hand so we are able to make it through what we may be...

Moving Towards My Goal Weight!

In the past I made challenges for myself only to find myself breaking them after an hour or after a day or two, or even after a week! I knew I needed to eat better to lose weight but eating better was so hard, I didn’t have time to prepare food, it was easier getting food already made! I also knew I need to exercise, but that too was hard as...

Anything is Possible – We Only Need To Believe!

I would see the articles and pictures of those who were overweight now enjoying life since they lost 100, 200, 300 plus pounds over the years. I would then dream that would be me someday, maybe! Back in the days when I dreamed I would be able to lose weight there would be this ever so small little voice in my head saying, “You can dream all...

Reflections Of The Past

My journey for becoming healthier continues to move forward with great success! I continue to clear my mind of ‘clutter’ built up from decades of self-doubt, feeling inadequate, feeling alone, etc. Yes, I grew up in a large family and I love them dearly! While in my younger years it was my love of family, my love of church, my love of...

One Year & Beyond

On September 2, 2014 I started eating clean to do one thing, become healthier by losing weight. 1 day turned into 2 days. 1 week turned into 2 weeks. At about week 3 of eating clean I realized it became more than just eating clean as I started to get more clarity in my mind about how I had been thinking and acting in life. So becoming healthier...

You Are Never Alone

I am still continuing on with my journey to become healthy. As it moves forward I continue to eat clean, go on my walks (jogging a bit too), head to the gym, work on clearing my mind, continue to pray for the strength needed to move forward and among many other things. As I continue to move forward in clearing the mind I am remembering things from...

I Cried The Other Day…

I Cried The Other Day… They were not tears of discomfort. Nor tears of shame. Nor tear of sadness, fear or pain. I cried tears of Joy. Of Happiness. Of Success. Of Achievement. The day was May 28, 2015 It’s Thursday morning, I awoke once again at about 5 AM, no alarm needed. Now lying in bed fully awake I try to remember the dreams I...

Our Journey’s Crossroads

There are times when we travel on our life’s journey where we reach a crossroad, or a fork in the road. On September 2, 2014 I reached such a place. I could either go towards the light and ‘choose life’ or go into the darkness and see what life will continue being had I not made the choice to start eating clean.  As I continue on...

The Beginning Begins Now

I told myself this week I would do better at keeping up with my journey online by writing at least once a week or if something big happens I would share it with others. I am staying true to my word. We humans all experience things in life that we want to block out of our mind, well it would be safe to say that about...

Time to Start Down a New Path

Starting on September 2, 2014 I started eating clean. Along with eating clean I started walking 20 – 30 a day for 6 days. About 4 months ago I make a goal and registered to walk in the LA Big 5K March 14, 2015. I completed this goal by walking the 5K in 1 hour 4 minutes 53 seconds on March 14, 2015. It is now time to up my challenge and...

Was It Just a Dream?

I was lying in bed unable to go back to sleep. It was only 4:18 AM, I had another 57 minutes of sleep time till 5:15 AM, the time I had set my alarm to wake-up to get ready for the 5K walk at Dodge Stadium that would be taking place. The date was March 14, 2015. It was November 7, 2014 at about 7:31 PM when I registered to participate in the LA...

The Fire Burns Within

As I am continue with eating clean I’ve been preparing for the 5K walk coming up this Saturday, March 14, 2015. Along with eating clean I also get up early in the mornings and go walking for 30 plus minutes. I usually do about 1 – 2 miles but I wanted to walk the 5K (3.1 miles) before officially walking it the day of. I started...

I Am Doing It!

I am definitely doing it – I am eating healthy by eating clean, I am exercising by walking and I am losing the extra weight I’ve put on over the last 20 years. Today is day 176 for eating clean! I tend to lose count when ask as this is a new way of life. I’m personally not counting, I only want to move forward and continue...

Seeing and Feeling a Difference

The minutes turn into hours, hours turn into days, days turn into weeks and weeks turn into months! Today is day 143 and I am making progress. People are able to see I am making progress on my goal in becoming healthier and to lose weight. As I stated in my earlier post ‘Getting So Much More Than Expected‘ only after I starting making...

Getting So Much More Than Expected

Some of you are asking, “How do you feel now you’ve been eating clean for over 100 days?” or “What is it you are getting out of doing this?” so I will try to answer as best I am able to. To start off, back when I started out on this journey I was only thinking about losing weight to become healthier. I had reached...

Jan. 1, 2015 – A Look Back At 2014

Happy New Year to all! Today is the first day of the 2015 and day 122 for eating clean. If there is one thing you plan to do this year let it be eating clean… I can honestly tell you from experience for eating clean the last 4 months you get so much more than just eating healthier! (New post coming soon with all the benefits I’ve...

Day 100

It’s been 25 days since I wrote on this blog – what can I say – I’ve been busy! I started writing a few times only to get pulled away. So now I sit ‘glued’ to my chair till I finish this and publish this post for all to read! Even in the times of being busy and being pulled in many different directions (well if...

Day 67

It’s now been a week since I wrote on my blog. I’ve kept in touch with people as I’ve either gotten too busy or my internet was down and logging onto the site to write was a challenge. So I wrote notes in a journal ‘hand written’ that is, on those days! So onto the third month of my journey I go. This month I plan on...

The Twenty Seventh Day – It Gets Easier!

The twenty seventh day of the second month or day 57 is what today is. In the office today was the beginning of ‘holiday sweets’ coming into the office. Pictured above are cookies with a big peace of chocolate on the top it with crushed candy canes sprinkled around the top. All I did was look and admired the sweets in front of me...

The Nineteenth, Twentieth and Twenty First Days

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were quite busy days for me. I tried to make the time to write something on the posts I just didn’t find the time to do so. So now I write Thursday morning to bring you up today on those days. Monday Day 49: It was an extremely busy day, I did at one point tell myself towards the end of day to just breathe. I...

The Seventeenth Day – Going Onward

I awake from a dream – not able to remember what it was about already but that it was not a good dream. The time is now 4:53 AM. It’s dark in the room. I’m now wide awake! I get up, turn on the lights and drink some water. Now I am fully wide awake if I was not just moments ago! I head to my computer and check emails –...

The Sixteenth Day – Friday Morning to Evening

The morning sun raises in the east, its rays now shining on the tops of the roofs brighten the day. Some of the sun’s rays find their way into my bedroom and gently urge me to wake up. Laying there in bed awake I now ponder the dreams still fresh in my mind. As they start to fade away I become more aware of the day I have ahead of me, it’s...

The Thirteenth Day

Today is the thirteenth day of the second month. Wow, going onto day 43! This has to be new personal record for me these last 15 years of starting something and really sticking to it. As I said before in other post I would think I make it three weeks so I can go and ‘reward’ myself by going to a fast food restaurant – not this...

The Eleventh Day – Spiritual Growth

Today is the eleventh day of second month since I started eating clean. Even with a awesome Sunday family dinner I was able to eat clean all day. I had tons of water and I even got exercise in playing with my nieces. So today was a awesome day. Okay, okay, the awesome Sunday family dinner was for me in celebration of my birthday this week. In...

The Eighth Day – Creating a Great Masterpiece Daily

Tonight it is the eighth day of the second month. I kept and did my ‘The Body Reboot’ challenge but it was just one of those days that was just there. Nothing exciting to say or report. I really didn’t feel like walking tonight but I got out there and walked. Instead of doing 30 minutes of walking I did 25 minutes of walking and...

The Seventh Day – Our Amazing Planet

We now come to the close of the seventh day of the second month for eating clean and doing ‘The Body Reboot’ Challenge. Today was a good day. I ate clean and did all my exercising, especially walking. Tonight for my walking time I walked for 35 minutes and went 1.43 miles. Walking is becoming easier day after day as I continue on. I...

The Sixth Day

Welcome to the sixth day of the second month, day 36 of eating clean. Today was a good day for eating clean and drinking water. When the time came to go on my nightly walk I really didn’t feel like going at first but once I was out there and walking for first few minutes I was able to continue going and I even pushed myself to go another 5...

The Fifth Day – Sailing With a Purpose

The Fifth day of the second month into the challenge to become healthy. Where do I begin this post? Let’s backup a few days ago, Friday of last week, this would be October 3, 2014. This day seemed to be a usual day – looking back at it now, this was by far a usual day. I started doing things that I had no idea I was doing. I’ve...

The Second Day – Anything Is Possible

The second day going into my new challenge ‘The Body Reboot’ I am happy to report that both the first and second day were a great success! I must admit that this really hasn’t felt like a challenge much yet! Why you ask? These are all things I want to be doing so I can lose the weight I need to lose to become healthy. These are...

The Journey Continues on a New Path

Today I start down a new path I found and unlock yesterday! Today I start my next challenge and journey in life. For the next thirty days I will do the following: no soda no fast food no artificial sugar or sugar no junk food no refined grains including white flour no processed meat no fat-free or low-fat products I will walk for 30 minutes 6...

Day Thirty – Today I Found a New Path

I did it! Thirty days of eating clean! Six days a week of walking! I feel awesome, I feel good and I feel empowered! Was it hard to stay on track with your ‘eat clean’ challenge? To be completely honest at looking back the full 30 days the answer would be No, this journey was not entirely hard! Did you have ‘hard’ days, yes...

Day Twenty-Nine – Life Struggles

One more day to reach Day 30 as I now embark on Day 29 today. I’ve already gotten my morning walk in and it’s now time to start working to make a living. Well, today was again another busy day. I was able to make it through and keep true to my ‘eat clean’ challenge. After 29 days eating clean is so much easier now to me...

Day Twenty-Eight – Being Strong

Monday Day 28 – I must say I am really impressed with myself for going this far thus far. I know I can do it and continue on! I can do it! Well today I got up and did my morning walking then went to work and had a very busy day working (did not go walking for lunch but I did stretch throughout the day). Later that evening I went walking from...

Day Twenty-Seven – Sunday

Day 27 – Sunday: Today was a day for relaxing the body from walking so I only did some ‘strolling’ today and this evening, other than that it was a great day and as for the ‘eat clean’ challenge I was able to stay true to this challenge. Hard to believe this month will be ending soon – but I plan to do the...

Day Twenty-Six

Today has been yet another very busy Saturday with work, meetings, etc. so I will not be writing all that much today. I will say that I did indeed keep true to my ‘eat clean’ challenge (Day 26) and I also walked 3 times today (morning, afternoon – I wasn’t sure if I would be able to get my evening walk in with all that was...

Day Twenty-Five

Today now comes to a close of day 25 and I am very happy to say that I am able to add yet another good star to the chart that is still not made for completing the day with my ‘eat clean’ challenge. I also drank lots of water so I am good with fulfillment.  I was also able to get both my morning and evening walk in (no I didn’t go...

Day Twenty-One – The Clearing After the Rain

Today is day 21 is now coming to a close! I am especially proud to say that I stuck with the ‘eat clean’ challenge for September even though work had (from what it looked like through the plastic lid) mini M&M’s. I merely looked to see what was on the table – at one glance I backed away and didn’t even think twice...

Day Nineteen – Unassuming ‘Things’

To tell you the truth I didn’t really know how day 18 was going to go since I was going to be driving for a good distance as I was going out of town for the weekend. I can report it was a great success. I even went out to eat at a restaurant for the first time since starting this challenge. I must say I did a really good job with staying on...

Day Seventeen – Life & The Living World

I cannot really believe myself this is day 17! Someone please wake me up from this dream I am having! Report for day 16: I got up at 6:13 AM and by 6:20 I was outside walking! It was already warm and the sun was still down below the horizon. I walked for 15 minutes. I continued on throughout the day but I did not walk again during my lunch break...

Day Sixteen – Motivation

Day 15 report! Another gold star for the chart for staying true to the ‘eat clean’ challenge! As for working out – I did my walking in the early morning as I said I would, when lunch time came it was about 104 degrees outside so I figured I would be safe and not tempt going out, even for a small 5 minute walk – I went...

Day Fifteen – Being Good to Yourself

Report of day 14 – I should start saying something different! I feel like I am repeating myself, but, I did made it through the day with my ‘eat clean’ challenge! I went walking for my lunch break, only 5 minutes since it was so hot outside! I drank tons of water! I went walking for 25 minutes and pushed myself to go (a bit)...

Day Twelve – Being True to Yourself

Today I start the weekend, the second weekend! Last week I was able to make it through so I plan to make it through the day today too. Before I get too much further I will need to report on Day 11, “I did it!” I must tell you that I almost didn’t go walking last night! I was so tired that I fell asleep. I woke up because one of...

Day Eleven – Making a Choice

Day 10 report – I made it through the day with ease! This really is getting easier to follow and to be more self-conscious of what I eat, how much water I drink and avoid thinking of things where I need to tell myself, “I don’t eat that!” I thought I would’ve had more thoughts of wanting chocolate, sweets, junk food...

Day Ten – Going into the Unknown

Onward into day number 10 with the ‘eat clean’ challenge I go! I am determined to make it and completed this challenge! Overcoming Fear & the Unknown I’ve taken on challenges before to eat better only to fizzle out just shy of 2 weeks. What I lacked those other times before is a support group, a network of people and having...

Day Nine – The Adventures’ of Life

NOTE: Now it’s been over a week I will write and post my thoughts once a day going forward. Last Night’s Adventure Day 8 recap – The day’s work is now done and it is time to pack up to head home for a nice relaxing evening. Maybe continue reading a good book, The Eye of The World. Start writing down thoughts of things I can...

Day Eight – One Week Accomplished

Today begins a new day and a new week! Onward and forward into Day 8! As I continue on with the challenge I set forth to ‘eat clean’ for myself into week 2 I am finding that eating and keeping on track with ‘eat clean’ is becoming easier. I also must say, that writing about this experience is helping me make it through each...

Day Seven – Can This be True?

Onward and forward I go into day 7! I personally cannot believe it’s now been 7 days into the ‘eat clean’ challenge – but I can tell you it is true for the following reasons: I am feeling much better than I did when I first started – both mentally and physically I am really putting myself out there – more so...