Friday, January 31, 2014
Here's the link to the Youtube clip or you can watch it below:
Theresa Borawski - Weight loss motivation - Tracks in the snow
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Hopefully you get to do something today that you love.......but if not, do what you have to do WITH love!
Mostly.... start the day by loving yourself......warts....rolls of flab....extra pounds.....excess skin....wrinkles......failings......shortcomings.....temptations.....and all!
The only way you will be able to love others...and allow them to love you in return.... is by first loving yourself. You are worthwhile. You are beautiful. You are worth the effort you are putting into becoming healthier and happier. You DO DESERVE to treat yourself well and take care of yourself. Even when we fail....even when we struggle....even when we give into temptation and disappoint yourselves....WE ARE CREATED in GOD's IMAGE....and He thinks we are beautiful in spite of our reflection in the mirror.
Make it a good day today....and keep your eyes open for all the ways that love is present in your life.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Make it a good day today!
Monday, January 27, 2014
I had a hot shower, a warm breakfast, and accomplished some things before I had to leave for work.
My car started even though the temperature is below zero.
I was able to walk away and resist that protein bar that was calling my name.....when I really wanted to eat it, even though I had already finished my breakfast.
The days are getting longer and by the time I got to work, I could see the sun beginning to rise over the horizon.
The Lake George postmaster, Paul E. Headworth, opened the office early for me so that I could mail the dozen or so packages of things I sold on EBay this weekend.
I saw 3 Road Commission trucks out working on the roads so I know that my drive home will be much less treacherous than this morning's drive.
Even though I was the first car in the parking lot at the college this morning (I'm always WAY TOO EARLY), the maintenance crew had the drive all plowed and the sidewalks all shoveled so I could easily get into the building.
The list will go on and on today.... WHY? Simply because I am looking for those blessings...those things to be grateful for....those little joys that surround us.
Let's see how big we can make our list today. What has made you go..."OH, YEAH...it's great to be alive" so far today????
Just so you know... I'd absolutely rather be sitting in my pajamas on the lazyboy looking out at the below zero weather and snow than getting ready to face the elements and go to work.....BUT.... I can't do that.....so I'm going to make the best of it. You likely would rather be doing others things today....but you have responsibilities and obligations. Why not make the best of the day anyway???
Stay positive...and stay on track! it's a new day!
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Saturday, January 25, 2014
It was easier with the first batch of things I listed and sold because I didn’t have any emotional connection with them. Many of the items were things that I only wore a few times or things that I never wore at all. Last weekend I brought a few bags of the largest items, 5X 6X and beyond, and began to sort through the items. As I inspected each garment, it seemed like there were so many memories attached to them. I admit that I am WAY TOO emotional about things. I remembered times I wore the item, especially the nicer things that I wore to work. I remembered the pain, the sadness, and the difficulty that I buried deep inside. I remember how hard it was for me to go to work, to get around, to attend meetings, to be seen by my peers in that motorized wheelchair, wondering how many of them were casting judgment on me.
Friday, January 24, 2014
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Theresa Borawski - Watching what we say
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Monday, January 20, 2014
Hope is wishing something would happen.
Faith is believing something will happen.
Courage is making something happen.
As I reflect on my journey these past few years, I can certainly see that Faith, Hope, and Courage played a significant role. Many times in life, we put our hope and our faith in things that we cannot control and then when things don’t turn out, we become disappointed and lose trust in ourselves and others. For example….we cannot control ‘things” like weather and time. We might say, “ I hope the sun shines for our picnic.” We might even involve God and say things like, “I claim a sunny day…or I have faith that God will make the sun shine,” but even if it rains, it doesn’t mean that God doesn’t exist or that He didn’t hear our prayer. It simply means that the sky was full of moisture and the clouds couldn’t contain it anymore. It has nothing to do with whether or not God loves us or hears our prayers. We simply cannot control the weather.
Sometimes our hope involves other people. “I hope that he changes his behavior and stops hurting me.” “I hope the new guy at work likes me.” “I hope that the Tigers win the World Series next year.” Certainly we can “Hope” or wish that things were different; that people were different; that the weather was favorable; that we win the lottery……whatever, but ultimately, we cannot do anything to make those things happen. All we can do is control ourselves….make ourselves as likeable as possible; set expectations for how we want to be treated; be prepared for whatever happens and whatever the weather may be.
Faith is similar. As the quote says, “Faith is believing that something will happen.” I am a woman of faith, but I’ve learned over the years that misplaced faith leads to heartache and disappointment. So many times I was sure that something would happen, that life would be different, that I’d have the perfect job, that I’d make a home with the perfect man, that I’d one day wake up and discover that I had the body of Bo Derek. (stop laughing! ) Over the years, through many heartaches and trials, I’ve learned that FAITH in anything or anyone other than God is misplaced. Over and over again throughout my life….even in the hardest times of grief and sadness….even when I wanted to just give up and die…..even when I found it difficult to even get up in the morning…..I have learned that NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS….God will never leave me and He will always give me what I need to deal with whatever comes my way. These days I don’t have “faith or believe” that I’m going to win the lottery, that I’ll become a millionaire, or become president of the United States, but I have faith that God can do…and will do… great things in my life, if I surrender and trust and DO MY PART!
In terms of my weight loss, I can see where Faith, Hope, and Courage were significant. It wasn’t until all three of these things came together that I was able to begin to change. I used to say, “ I hope that I lose weight someday.” “I hope that I can pass my classes in college.” “I hope I get the job I applied for.” Hope is the first step, but if we sit there with a bag of chips in our laps, never open up a text book or study, or fill out a job application, hope is futile. If we didn’t hope and wish that things were different, we’d never do something to help us reach our fullest potential.
Next comes faith. I could have HOPED for the rest of my life that I would lose weight, but until I had truly had FAITH and believed that not only COULD it happen but that it WOULD happen; that I could do it, not on my own, but with God’s grace, nothing would have happened. This step…BELIEVING…that things can change…is the hardest step because it involves the most trust, both in ourselves, our ability, our potential, and in a higher power that we may or may not have a loving relationship with. If you have been disappointed over and over again in life; if you feel that God has let you down in the past or dealt you a losing hand, then it will be hard to put your trust in Him. If you’ve tried repeatedly to lose weight, quit smoking or drinking, or commit to a plan of exercise, then it will be hard to believe that THIS TIME will be different. You need to work through it. You need to let those past failures go. You need to realize that you cannot do anything alone, but with God, you can do all things! If you trust Him….if you surrender your will…if you admit your powerlessness….you CAN AND YOU WILL….change your life. It all begins in your mind, though, and then your body cooperates. You must believe that it will happen, even when you don’t see progress…even when you give in to temptation….even when you, GASP….gain a pound or two (or more). When you truly believe…when you have faith in your partnership with God….then you will be strong and you will succeed.
Finally, comes COURAGE…..MAKING it happen. You can hope all you want. You can believe all you want, but until you let go of the fear of failing, of giving up, of hard work, and do SOMETHING…. then NOTHING will happen. I used to be consumed by fear; it controlled my thoughts. I was afraid of dying alone; I was afraid of losing my home because I couldn’t pay the bills and because we had an arsonist living in my neighborhood; I was afraid of losing my independence (heck, I couldn’t walk or stand up as it were) and having to move into a nursing home; I was afraid of being alone because I had pushed everyone away; and I was afraid to trust or love because I could not bear to lose another person to death. Mostly I was afraid of failing….at school….at work….and in my weight loss journey (that’s why I didn’t tell anyone I was trying to lose weight for several weeks.) Finding the courage to even TRY….was the hardest part of this journey. Being willing to say that it was ok if I faltered and realizing that nothing was ever going to change if I didn’t make an attempt, was a turning point.
None of these things….hope, faith, and courage….come easy, and none of us will ever practice them perfectly. I struggle daily with them, especially when I’m weary. In times of weakness, I doubt that I will be able to continue this journey. I lose faith in my OWN ability and forget that I cannot do ANYTHING alone. I fear that I will slip; that I will gain weight; that I will disappoint myself and others. Don’t think that even after you lose weight or successfully give up a habit that it will become easy. It doesn’t. It’s a daily choice. Just like yours. Every day I must continue to hope….and pray….and be grateful…..and have the faith and courage to keep going. You all help me do that, in much the same way that I hope that I help you.
So…today….wherever you are in your thinking….remember this…..if you haven’t yet come to the point of having hope, faith, or courage for yourself…. I have it for you.
This is my sincere wish for all of you:
I HOPE that things will be different and better for those of you that are hurting, sad, or struggling in any way, and desire to make a change.
I have FAITH that if you cooperate with your higher power and put for the effort, that things CAN and WILL change.
And I make the sincere promise that I will do anything I can to support you….to encourage you….to inspire you…..to help you find the COURAGE to make it happen!
None of us are ever alone on this journey.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
It's Sunday.....a day to rest, a day to celebrate, a day to enjoy the blessings of friends and family, but mostly a day to be grateful. Don't lose hope today...keep on believing that your miracle is possible. Have a wonderful, peaceful, day and try to recognize the good things that happen, even if you find that your day is filled with struggles and pain. Don't lose Hope. All things are possible!
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Friday, January 17, 2014
You have a choice to make today. I know what I’m going to do. I’m going to go to work. I’m going to eat healthy. I am going to stick with the plan. And mostly, I am going to be grateful that I don’t have to make the drive…or go through this journey….ALONE!
Make it a good day today!
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
It's lunch time! We're now 2 weeks into the New Year. How are you doing with your resolutions? Still trying to keep them, or still trying to get motivated to START doing them???? It's not too late. You can start today. You can start right now. Don't fret if you already 'blew it" (whatever it is). Start all over. Like the picture says....it take COURAGE to start. You've got this. You can do it. Ready.....Set....GO!
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Here is the Youtube link if you can't view the video.
Monday, January 13, 2014
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Saturday, January 11, 2014
If you didn't like the "view" in your world today, resolve to sit on the other side of the bus tomorrow! Remember....out outlook on life go hand and hand with the choices we make. What do you want your day to be like tomorrow?
Friday, January 10, 2014