Getting Active Again!

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The snow has melted and the sun is out in beautiful Sedona! Time to hit the trails again and start shedding more pounds and feeling fit and strong once again!
I am establishing a nice mix of routines now that I hope will keep me motivated to kick off the next level of exercise necessary to achieve my goals. Being outdoors for me is always the the spark I need to feel alive and move more! I have also retuned to the gym to train on a bike and doing my ‘Curves’ routine to get strong. All of this will be preparation for our next vacation which will be to India and Nepal!! More on this coming soon…

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Failure and/or Success

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Failure and defeat are life’s greatest teachers they say… also I read an article re-defining failure which said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts…”

So begins my new year! I keep the last 10 lbs. lost off for several months but then the Holidays caused a HUGE stumbling block and here I sit with, most not all, of those 10 lbs. settled on my behind once again. What is my real problem? As the cartoons asks , what is my biggest obstacle? Am I so afraid of the success? Or the hard work? I would say NO to these. Am I easily distracted? Is procrastination a problem? That would be a YES!

I have identified a personality that prefers to focus on non-essentional to avoid what I really need and want. I habitually focus not on the goal but on allowing EVERYTHING to have equal importance, and the consequence is missing my real priorities! WHY?? Avoiding the discomfort and disruption required for change is on that list of priorities too! Way high on that list!  It needs to be taken down several knotches if not totally eliminated. Recognize that comfort zone is so COMFORTABLE!

To my credit one of my strengths is that I am very adaptable. While awareness is half the battle in making change happen, it is not enough to recognize what needs to be different, only action and conscious conduct can do that.

Establishing new habits is hard work and this month I will commit to : taking time to reflect and contemplate on what I need to do for myself…work on my indecisive nature by checking it several times a day…do my best to avoid the coping strategies from the past surrounding food whenever I feel uneasy…practice self-love by honoring my limits and boundaries..  These should keep me busy for some time.

So in keeping with my theme of  “Count it all a Blessing”, I will bless it and move on…gather up all my energy and desire to not surrender but continue on…

Blessings for YOUR journey!

In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer. -Albert Camus

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Winter Day Dreams

There stands my little ‘Rosalie’ statue out in my yard surrounded by snow that is taking it’s time to dissipate. Reminding me that things happen not on my timetable but in due course, in God’s timing! This I know for sure. Here I sit ready with all the anticipation of a New year ahead to begin 2015. I am making plans in my head of all the things I want to accomplish…but wait! Waiting is not on that list and yet wait I must. I have a serious cold that has settled me in bed to sleep and slow-down.

The past several years I have chosen to focus on a word or mantra rather than make a bunch of resolutions that weigh me down and mostly go unfulfilled. This year it will be BLESSINGS, count it ALL a blessing! So whether things look good or bad, I am up or down, I feel joyful or blue, there is pain or wellness, I will count it all a BLESSING! At this stage in my life I have learned to make plans but then let GOD be GOD!! And as I recognize that it all works to make me the person I am intended to be with all my imperfections, I count myself BLESSED! Winter day dreams aside I am looking forward to the sunshine again and the end of this cold :)

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Together for the Holidays!

Together for the Holidays!

From our family to yours! We wish you a special holiday season and may you have the best new year ever!!

Christmas was very special for us this year as it had been a good while since we had celebrated together! The boys were with us for several days and we eat and made ‘merry’ for sure. Here we are at the Martinez home having a beautiful Christmas Day supper. We hope and pray you had a blessed time with family and friends. We keep in our hearts all those who are having health issues and may otherwise be struggling. I realize this is not the best time of year for many people and may we never take our health and well being for granted.

My continual prayer this year is that we all have more up times and less down times. Most of all I am thankful for the love of family and friends!

Peace Be With You!

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The Weather Outside is Frightful…

IMG_0924It is difficult to believe that the weather has changed so dramatically in just a weeks time. But it is the case through most of the country and we certainly can’t complain too much here in the Southwest. It’s mostly cold, dark and dreary, with some showers off and on. Although I wish it wasn’t making the days so short, the rain is welcomed!
Another good thing is that it IS perfect knitting weather and I have a few projects still left to finish before Christmas. So the fire is so delightful…
Let’s all make the best of what God provides and I will remind myself to enjoy this view from my front window!

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Asi Amore…

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More Blessings…

Even more to be thankful for:

Great Grandma (G.G.) and beautiful Asi Amore Maldonado

Great Grandma (G.G.) and beautiful Asi Amore Maldonado

We celebrated with Dana (the proud Mommy) Maldonado, my niece and her princessIMAG0159 and we can’t forget the very proud Grandpa:IMG_1083

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Thanksgiving 2014

This year we visited my brother Danny and Alma for Thanksgiving. Mom was staying for a week and he is the proud owner of a new home in Whittier, CA.   A perfect little nest with a lovely park near by where I did my daily walks pre-holiday meals :)

The food was amazing, and the company even better!photo 1

Mami with sisters Iris and Clara

Mami with sisters Iris and Clara

photo 3My son David was with us. My brother Osvaldo and his wife Nancy came from Laguna Woods but we missed my son Michael who lives in Austin now. My middle brother Orlando and his wife were in Portland and they were missed too! Today Danny’s kids come by for a visit and we will see his newest grandchild, can’t wait!!

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One foot in front of the other…

THERE IS NO PERFECTION IN LIFE

ONLY THE PERFECT STRUGGLE

-Father Demetri Carellas

I continue to walk the trails of Sedona. I NEED TO BURN FAT! More than that I want to tone my body and amp up my metabolism and get in touch with my body on a daily basis. That was not always my goal as in my youth I was more interested in getting into my Calvin Klein jeans and looking good while doing it! But things have changed and now it’s all about living longer and better (well maybe looking good while doing it ;))

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On Chicken Point

 

Dave and I continue to do well on our juicing program and the scale is going in the right direction! I added a tracking device to my daily routine which tracks your activity and your sleep patterns. It is proving really handy and effective, here is the website for the Fitbit, if you are curious. Over the years I’ve learn a few things about my workouts; I am a great starter but have trouble with the long haul, I don’t like group exercising and do better on my own, I do enjoy music to motivate me and I do best outdoors.

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My indoor activities include knitting and I am keeping busy in the cold mornings by the fire and in my quilting studio. More pictures of quilts to come after the first of the year. Enjoy the fall weather!

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Reality Check vs. Negative Self-Talk

We all do it, one is healthy and leads in a positive direction and one does not.11-neg

I sometimes think it would be so nice if my mind could be quiet and I could be totally present to the moment! But that is rarely the case, more often than not, my mind is constantly active and the self-talk never ends. In my last post regarding change and my intentions for losing my excess pounds, dated back in September, I had great resolve and fortitude. I would like to report that it has not wavered but the reality is, being an  emotional eater, I have allowed myself to fall back on old habits and negative self talk. In the past month I have spent time looking at my triggers, how to replace over-eating for comfort with better habits and how to be more forgiving of mistakes and setbacks, these have been my focus this past month.

This journey has always been my most challenging and I am still struggling to find the right plan of attack. Currently I have joined Curves and am following an exercise program that includes workouts and hiking (as weather permits). In the past I have had great success with juicing green drinks so while my son David is visiting we are doing a ‘detox-cleanse’ and will be accountability partners. If you’re curious about juicing check out Reboot with Joe here. Activity and diet go hand-in-hand, for me to be successful I cannot do one without the other. So far this is how the plan is developing and I can report that I am feeling better physically and mentally even though the weight loss has been minimal, the scale is going in the right direction :)

Hike on a cold November morning with my son David:photo

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