Saturday, August 14, 2010

Day 2 of Prep - Grocery Shopping

Food Label Reading
OH MY!  Dan and I just returned from our first, of many, grocery shopping trips!  Yes, of course we've been shopping before...but not with the knowledge we have now!  It was empowering and yet a bit over whelming as well!

In doing so we've discovered first hand a few Do's and Dont's...since the Dont's seem so negative, I'll just share with you the Do's!

Firstly:    DO go grocery shopping on any other day of the week besides Saturday!  Especially if it's your first "informed" shopping trip!  Most of our time was spent reading labels and searching for just the right products.  So if you were there...we apologize we were the one's blocking aisle 7...and 10!  Oh...and 14!

Secondly: DO eat before you go grocery shopping!  Today we remembered to do this!  But there have been many many many times before today that we would find ourselves slipping on our own drool as we walk the aisles filling our basket with all the comforts foods we could fit in it, only to find when we got home we forgot to buy meat!  We came home with most everything on our list and only a few extras that we looked up in our sugar/carb counter book.  Which leads me to item 3.

Thirdly:  DO stick to your list!  Be sure to make a list of what you NEED and keep focused!  Use blinders if needed!  Too many times we buy items that just sit in our cabinets or frig and expire because they really didn't fit into any real plan.  Therefore take time to make a general plan of your meals ahead of time.  This will not only help keep you on track but will help your *bottom line as well. 
*bottom can be alternately used for several meanings!!!

I believe it important when starting anything new in your life, you should take the time to prepare...not only in educating yourself, but also mentally and spiritually and physically if apropos.  This weekend is my Prep weekend for my journey which begins Monday.  So far I feel I am about half way there and will be fully ready by Monday to start living my Life To Its Fullest and leaving sugar where it the dust of my past!

Friday, August 13, 2010

The Journey Begins

Welcome to my journey into the rest of my life!

If you read my About Me page you will see that I am tired of not living life to its fullest!  My body is only 53 years old and yet it feels like I'm bumping 80!  I'm around 70+ lbs overweight and even though my sweet friends tell me I look fine... I don't feel so fine.

This journal is my public way of telling my story as I live it...the good, the bad, and the ugly!

I have set aside the next two days to mentally and spiritually prepare myself for the commitment I'm embarking on.  To lay aside the years of pain I have slathered over myself and others.  To thoroughly educate myself on my new lifestyle of eating, physical activity, and spiritual and mental empowerment.  Then on Monday, I will embark fully on this journey, emotionally, spiritually and physically prepared to Embrace and Live Life To Its Fullest!

I hope you will join me on this adventure of a lifetime!  We'll have a blast...if we allow ourselves to!


“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes.”  Charles Swindoll