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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 Forth & Twenty Fifth Days

It is now day 55, Sunday evening  so I need to write about Saturday and Sunday. Both days went very well and both days ended up being busy. Saturday was busy with work and errands. Sunday with church things and meetings. The most important things about these two days were I was able to eat clean, do my mediation, walk and workout on Saturday...

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 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 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-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-Three – Battle in the Mind

Welcome to day 23 of my ‘eat clean’ challenge. Moving along, one day at a time, to complete my challenge for ‘eat clean’. Today was a busy day for me, which is a good thing, keeps me out of trouble! I got my morning walk in – it was much later in the day than normal, 10:30 AM, at least I was able to get it in and not...

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 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 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 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 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...

Day Six – Just a Few Hours to Midnight

The day come upon us as we woke this morning. We set out to do what we normally do on a Sunday. We played, we talked, we listened, we smiled (I am sure even if you don’t think you smiled you did – even in you needed to turn your face upside-down), we sat still doing nothing, we worked and some of us even took a nap! Now the sun has...

Day Six – Sunday

Today is Sunday. For me it’s a day of worship (going to church) and relaxing. I would normally fast (go without water or food for two meals) as today being the beginning of the month, hence the first Sunday, is what we call Fast Sunday and I personally feel I should continue doing what I’ve been doing the last 5 days as my body...