Saturday, September 8, 2012

Happy and Inspired by Setting and Achieving Smaller Goals

Hello:

I am very excited and inspired to share some of my progress this past 6 weeks:

After the 6 week session of the Fab Four Challenge group, I have lost 13.8 pounds. Love the challenges everyday, and making sure I am logging everything I eat and all the exercise I do, helps hold myself accountable. I think this has really helped me by setting smaller goals to work towards. I had set a goal of 10 lbs in six weeks and and exceded it by 3.8 lbs. The great thing I think that pushed me hard was the overall ranking every week. They post the top ten people that had great weight loss and results for that week. Then they post the overall ranking out of all the participants. I was very pleased to be in the #3 position. I guess my competitive side kicks in and this helps to push me further every week.

We just started another session. In the next four weeks I am wanting to lose at least 8 lbs, by Oct 2nd. I really want to excede that too. I try not to dwell on the larger amount of weight I know I need to lose, and by focusing on smaller goals, I have been more successful.

I decided to purchase a ultra fitbit so that I could get my count of steps I walk every day. 10,000 steps is my goal. It has a feature to clock off when you go to sleep and you wear it on your wrist to monitor your sleep pattern. This morning when I checked, I slept 7 hours and I woke up after 2 hours and then every hour on the hour. Which we had thunderstorms come through last night with very loud thunder so I am thinking this could have affected my sleep pattern. Tonight I will see how it goes.

The great thing about the fit bit it can be synced up with my MFP account to get a better accurate calorie burn.

Here is a tip I have done at work. I made a poster that I have put up on my wall at work showing my goal to lose for the session and I post every week how much weight loss I have made. (even the gains). Yess one week I gained a pound, which I am convinced it was probably water retention. Or my friends told me muscle weight gain. (Now my co-workers know I am working on losing weight so this is just another way to hold myself accountable.)

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The following was taken from Fitbie.com - 7 Tips for Lasting Weight Loss

Two decades ago, comedian Billy Crystal joked that it’s better to look good than to feel good. Celeb trainer Dolvett Quince—who joined The Biggest Loser’s training team last season—believes the two go hand in hand.

The 38-year-old Quince Dolvett —starring in two just-released Biggest Loser DVDs, At Home Challenge and Calorie Knockout—takes pride in guiding people through “complete mind-body-soul transformations.”

One of the keys, he says, is to “really fall in love with this thing called fitness. It’s really the kindest thing we can do is to take care of ourselves like it really matters, to live that feeling and that lifestyle.”

to read the complete article go to:

http://fitbie.msn.com/tips/7-tips-lasting-weight-loss/tip/5



I am a true believer that to be successful you need to push yourself, and have a great support system. I feel that MFP has given me the best support.

Remember the time you put into helping yourself during your journey will get you closer and closer to your ultimate goal.

Good bye my friend,

Thank you for reading my post.

Lovey

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

FIND SOMETHING TO GIVE YOU THAT EXTRA PUSH OR DRIVE TO GET YOU STARTED AGAIN

Well I don't know why but I have started Over and Over with so many diets and I am fed up.  It has to be a life changing event.  I decided Now is the Time to change and get  started again. 

 Then a couple of weeks ago my precious niece sent me a message asking me where I was, she had seen me on Myfitnesspal in awhile.  I told her I was just not in a good place right now.  I wanted to be, but just wasn't there.  She told me about a Challenge Group called "FAB FOUR" that operates similar to the Biggest Loser Show.  I thought wow, that sounds like fun, maybe just what I need to get this butt into gear.  I used to be very competitive and thought hmmm I think this is what I need to do.

 So I joined, started tracking my food diary, exercise journal and doing the challenges everyday and exercising.  One of the challenges last week was "Do not eat 3 hours before going to bed"  I thought to myself.  I can do this.  The first two nights were the hardest.  I did not realize how much I would snack before bedtime.  But I did it the whole week and I am going to continue this challenge here on out.  (Honestly I am sleeping better too)

Then this past Tuesday was weigh in day.  I was very nervous.  But you do not know how exciting it was to step on the scale and see I had lost 4.6 lbs in a week.  Then today they posted this weeks biggest losers.  I was #4.  I made the FAB FOUR this week.  How cool is that.  Now that has just made me want to do it again so  I am going to be working out very hard everyday.
  
I had set my goal at 10 lbs to lose by September 4th.  I am going to work so hard to go beyond 10 lbs.  I told my husband that, when I pass the 10 lb mark I am going to take myself shopping for a new pair of walking shoes.

I am very lucky to have such a wonderful niece "Lynsey"  who asked me to join a group with her to lose weight.  Very honored to be on a new Weight Loss Journey together. 

When this six weeks is over, we will set a new weight loss goal and start another 6/8 week challenge.

So here's to keep moving forward.,and keep losing weight.  We are all worth it!

What are you waiting for?  Just Start Now, find what drives you, or what helps you push harder.

Thanks for reading.

Lovey Howell

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

"We are all Accountable for Ourselves"

Well here's to writing from my heart.  (I know I have not been on in awhile, I will try to do better)

Inspirational Quote:  (THIS IS A MUST DO FOR EVERYONE!)
 "We are all accountable for ourselves. Think of yourself as a precious commodity, and then protect your investment each day." - Monica Brant

Yesterday was my Birthday.  Turned 48 years old.  I am so thankful God chose my Mom and Dad to be my parents and they chose to give me life.  I wish my parents were still here to celebrate with me.  But one day we will all celebrate together again.  Tomorrow my twins, Lindsey & Brandon will turn 23 years old.  Man where has all the time gone?  Time flies whether we want it to or not, there is no way to stop time.  So make your time count.

My Birthday was wonderful.  My office gave me a Strawberry Birthday Cake.  (Which is my favorite)  They gave me Vera Bradley Bag, which is really great present.  A group of us at work decided to support one another as we start following weight watchers program.  This should be great, because we have each other to support one another.

Today I followed the Weight Watchers Points Plus program.  I think I did pretty good.  I am still going to log into MyFitnessPal program as well.  It monitors calories, but it is a great Diary to log Food, Exercise, Water and general notes about food or exercise.  I use the Notes to log in my WW Food Log and Feelings I may have felt that day.  I have eliminated the soda drinks from my diet and have been drinking lots of WATER!  (My WW Food Log is at the bottom of my blog.)

A friend of mine posted this and I just love this photo, had to share:  I think this is great, because WE DO MATTER!




I know lately I have not been doing what I am suppose to do, as far as living healthy.  Trust me this has cost me quite a bit.  I have gained some of the weight I had lost.  I don't know why I have strayed off the good path, but it is time to get back on track.  Woot Woot!  No more jumping the track.  I have decided not to beat myself up over it, tomorrow is a new day and I will strive to do my very best.

Promises Kept
God never promised in whatever we do that we'd always be happy and healthy too.
He never said life would be free of pain but He said He'd be there time and time again
to bolster our spirits, to lighten our way, to give strength and courage day after day.
To make us feel worthy, to give inner peace and from life's tensions a loving release.
---Ruth Scarbrough (from Minutes of God Inspirational Book)

Everyday can not always go my way.  But I am still going to give Thanks for the great things in my life and the many challenges that I may encounter.

Lord tonight I prayer that you forgive me for not having self control and not making the right choices in my life.  I still need your help, so I can take one step at a time, one day at a time.  I hope you let my Angel help me along the way!  Thank you, Amen.

He will give His angels charge of you,
to guard you in all your ways.
--Psalm 91:11

Angels are speaking to all of us--
Some of us are only listening better.
---Anonymous

This is another good INSPIRING Poem!  (I love this poem so I put it in this blog too)

The wings I see
Are tinged with gold
Time is endless
Or so I'm told
Feathery white
I know you're there
In my heart
I know you care
Over your shoulder
here we are
Staying close
Never Far
Wrap me up
Envelope me
I need you Angel
Can't you see?
Shield me now
Within your wing
Songs of Joy
We'll always sing
Hold me tight
And take me high
You belong to me
In my sky
Protect
And Love
And Nurture Me
I need you Angel
Can't you see?

---John Cameron

 
I had to share this picture because It is so true.  Strive to do your best, that is all you can do.




Anything is possible, just have faith that God will see you through everything.  No matter what happened today, tomorrow is a new day and a new start.

God believes YOU ARE WORTH IT!  So should you!!!

Remember, Have Faith, Believe in Miracles and never give up Hope. 
Faith is daring the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see!

Well I must sign off here for now, until next time my friends.  Take Care & God Bless.

Lovey (Gina) Howell

WW Food Log for Today:

29 WW Points -   Total used 25

BF = 4
0 - Coffee
1 - Hazelnut Sugar Free Creamer (1 TBS)
3 - Cherry Nutrigrain Bar

Lunch = 8
6 - WW Potato Soup
2 - WW Pineapple Angelfood Cake

Snack = 5
3 - Kraft Cheddar Cheese Stick
0 - Banana
2 - 100 Cal Almonds

Dinner = 6
6 - Beef Fajita

snack - 2
2 - 100 Cal Almonds

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Angels Everywhere!

Well here's to writing from the heart. 

Today being Valentines Day made it a very special day.  I prayed this morning for God's guidance and strength today and I had a terrific day.  My husband wrote a sweet poem to me on facebook.  Was very sweet and unique.  He is pretty amazing sometimes.

Tonight we went to a Valentine Banquet at our Church.  It was a pot luck dinner so everyone brought something.  The only drawback was I did not do very well on my diet.  Was not very disciplined.  UH OH!  I have decided not to beat myself up over it, because tomorrow is a new day and I will do better.

At the Banquet we had a group called the Strumdingers as entertainment.  They were very good.  They all played Ukulele's.  Really enjoyed their humor and energy. 

Although today didn't go quite the way I wanted it to as far as my self control over food, I am going to give Thanks for the great things in my life and the many challenges that I may encounter.

Lord tonight I prayer that you forgive me for not having self control and making the right food choices.  I did enjoy the food and entertainment provided at our Valentines Banquet and I know I could have done better.   I need my Angel to help me along the way!

"There is rejoicing in the presence of
the angels of God over one sinner who
repents."
---Luke 15:10 NIV

The thing is I should have asked for help before I went and I am sure I would have done better. 

He will give His angels charge of you,
to guard you in all your ways.
--Psalm 91:11

I read this poem when I get in a spot and need HELP.  Not listening caused me to STUMBLE.
 
Angels are speaking to all of us--
Some of us are only listening better.
---Anonymous

This is another good INSPIRING Poem! 

The wings I see
Are tinged with gold
Time is endless
Or so I'm told
Feathery white
I know you're there
In my heart
I know you care
Over your shoulder
here we are
Staying close
Never Far
Wrap me up
Envelope me
I need you Angel
Can't you see?
Shield me now
Within your wing
Songs of Joy
We'll always sing
Hold me tight
And take me high
You belong to me
In my sky
Protect
And Love
And Nurture Me
I need you Angel
Can't you see?

---John Cameron

 
I had to share this picture because I too often feel like crying when I step on a scale.







Anything is possible, just have faith that God will see you through everything.  No matter what happened today, tomorrow is a new day and a new start.

God believes YOU ARE WORTH IT!  So should you!!!

Remember, Have Faith, Believe in Miracles and never give up Hope. 
Faith is daring the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see!

Well I must sign off here for now, until next time my friends.  Take Care & God Bless.

Lovey (Gina) Howell


Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Mayonnaise Jar Lesson

Ok I borrowed this from one of my friends.  Really great Lesson.  Enjoy.
 
When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day is not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and two cups of coffee.

Photobucket A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.

When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and fills it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured it into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “YES”.

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

“Now,” said the professor, as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things - God, family,
children, health, friends, and favorite passions. Things, that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the things that matter like your job, house, and car. The sand is everything else -- the small stuff.” he said.

“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “There is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are
important to you...” he told them.

“So... pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Worship with your family. Play with your children. Take your partner out to dinner. Spend time with good friends. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the dripping tap. Take care of the golf balls first -- the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.

The professor smiled and said, “I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.”

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Remember, Have Faith, Believe in Miracles and never give up Hope. 
Faith is daring the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see!

Enjoy your cup of Coffee!

Well I must sign off here for now, until next time my friends.  Take Care & God Bless.

Lovey (Gina) Howell

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Have Faith and Be a WINNER

Hello, For now on I am writing my Blog from my heart.

I prayed this morning for God's guidance and strength today and I had a terrific day.  I felt stronger and able to resist a few food temptations.  I feel that my weight loss journey is finally on its way to success.  With God as my guide, Anything is Possible.

I pray that my friends that need a little support will get a few circle of friends for moral support and for their main support, Lean on God. 

I am finding strength too by reading something inspiring to help me through my day.  I am really loving this book I am currently reading  called "Angels Everywhere, Miracles & Messages" by Lynn Valentine.   If you have not read this book, I highly recommend it. 

I wish I had a Treadmill.  My old Treadmill finally broke down and is no longer working.  I want a Treadmill so I can build up to running a 5K.  That is one of my goals is to Run in a 5K.  First things first, I have to got to get my bills caught up and in order before splurging and making a new purchase of a Treadmill.  I have to make do with the equipment I have on hand.  I love my Elliptical Machine and Total Gym.  There are other issues in my life that are a little crazy right now, but with God's Strength I know I will be able to get these issue worked out.  I have FAITH and know everything I am going through is just to help me become a stronger person both physically and spiritually.  No more thinking I am a Failure, because I AM A WINNER and God Loves Me! 

Even when things don't go my way, I am going to give Thanks for the great things in my life  and the many challenges that I may encounter.

Lord tonight I prayer for your HELP!  Please send me an ANGEL to help me to stay strong and succeed and do your work.  Thank You.

an-gel  n.  An immortal being attendant
upon God; a very kind and
lovable person; a helping or
guiding spirit

If your trying to lose weight like me or even change a habit that you don't want to do anymore.  Remember, God is only a Prayer away.  I believe he will be the one to help us stay focused along our journey.  I know now that God is on this Weight Loss Journey with me, I will be successful.

Lean on God -- He wants us to want him to help us.  Just like a best friend, God will never let us down he will always be there for us.

So SMILE and BE HAPPY!

He will give His angels charge of you,
to guard you in all your ways.
--Psalm 91:11

Angels are speaking to all of us--
Some of us are only listening better.
---Anonymous

 
Print this poem off and carry it with you!  READ IT TO YOURSELF WHEN YOU STUMBLE.

WHISPER OF ANGELS WINGS!

Today, I stumbled and once again
Was lifted up by an unseen hand.
What comfort and joy that knowledge brings.
For I hear the whisper of angel wings.
The guardian angels God send to all
To bear us up when we stumble and fall.
Trust Him, my friend, and often you'll hear
The Whisper of angel wings hovering near.
--Author Unknown


WEIGHT CONTROL TIPS:  (taken from "The Calorie King - Calorie Fat & Carbohydrate Counter Book")  (There are 5 Tips)

 Tip #1 - Eat Sensibly
* Avoid fad diets.  Eat 3 sensible meals daily with adequate fruit and vegetables.
* Limit portion size.  Limit fats and high-fat foods, sugar soda and alcohol

Tip #2 - Exercise Daily
* Get active and exercise every day!
* Include muscle-strengthening exercises.  You'll lose more fat and keep it off.  You'll also feel and look better, and you can eat a little more!

Tip #3 - Reshape Eating Behaviors
* Be aware of eating habits and behaviours that lead to overeating.
*Also focus on social and emotional situations that lead you to snack compulsively.

Tip #4 - Keep a Food & Exercise Journal
* A journal helps you see exactly what you eat and drink, and how much you exercise. 
*An excellent motivator and proven weight loss aid and Keeps you honest!

(I have a Droid phone and use My Fitness Pal  App) (Look me up:  LoveyHowell1064)

Tip #5 - Arrange Moral Support
* Gain the support of family and friends.  Get extra professional help if required, from your doctor, dietitian, pychologists, exercise trainer or diet club.  BEWARE of family saboteurs who discourage from adopting a healthier lifestyle!   (I am using My Fitness Pal for extra moral support) 

KEEP MOVING:
Everyday, do at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise. (even if in 5 minute segments)

Before I sign off here I want to share this website I found in one of my SHAPE Magazines. http://abeforfitness.com/ Check this out. Has some really great 5 min exercise video routines you can do at your desk. I am going to try them when I take a ...break at work. I already started parking really far away from our Front Door so I get about a 5 min walk in. Everyday I have to go on our Post Office Run so I get to walk back and forth to my vehicle at least four times a day.
 
Anything is possible, just have faith that God will see you through everything.  No matter what happened today, tomorrow is a new day and a new start.

God believes YOU ARE WORTH IT!  So should you!!!

Remember, Have Faith, Believe in Miracles and never give up Hope. 
Faith is daring the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see!

Well I must sign off here for now, until next time my friends.  Take Care & God Bless.

Lovey (Gina) Howell

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Whisper of Angel Wings

Hello, Today I feel compelled to write my Blog from my heart. 

Things have been hard lately, I have really been trying to find my Inner Self so I will feel better about myself, which will help me everyday to be the best that I can.  I started reading this book called "Angels Everywhere, Miracles & Messages" by Lynn Valentine.  It is such a wonderful book.  If you love to read, this would be a good one to put on your list.  Just recently when I received the "Money from Heaven" which I wrote about in one of my other Blogs.  It made me realize that there are truly still Angels Among Us.

I have had so many encounters throughout my life that some may think of as just Chance, Good Luck or  coincidence.  I know deep down that My God has always looked out for me and allowed his angels to protect me in many different ways. 

I know right now I need his help.  I am at a place in my life where I don't like what I physically look like.  My weight has become a problem, and I am embarrassed that I have let myself get to this point.  I try on my own to be strong, exercise, eat right do what is right and I will do great for awhile and then I FAIL.  I am so tired of being a failure.  I know if I fail, I just need to get up, brush myself off and start over, tomorrow is a NEW Day!  I am so very thankful that I have another day to start over.  But I just want to begin, keep it going and succeed at losing weight. 

I am making tonight a plea and prayer to MY God to please HELP ME!  Send me an ANGEL to help me to be strong and succeed.  I know Life is not easy, but with his assistance I know can do this.

Some don't believe in miracles.
They say, "What happens is by chance"
They rush through God's creation,
Without a passing glance.

But for those that look and listen
throughout each previous day
They will find the tracks of Angels,
as they move along their way!
--Andie Hellem


If your trying to lose weight like me or even change a habit that you don't want to do anymore.  Remember, God is only a Prayer away.  I believe he will be the one to help us stay focused along our journey.  I don't know why I started this weight loss journey without him.  But after tonight he is going to be my partner.

So SMILE and put on your Happy Face and Happy Feet.  Our duty is to work hard so OUR Dream will come true.  BE HAPPY!

God Always has an Angel of Help for those who are willing to do their duty.  --  T.L. Cuyler

Print this poem off and carry it with you!  READ IT TO YOURSELF WHEN YOU STUMBLE.

WHISPER OF ANGELS WINGS!

Today, I stumbled and once again
Was lifted up by an unseen hand.
What comfort and joy that knowledge brings.
For I hear the whisper of angel wings.
The guardian angels God send to all
To bear us up when we stumble and fall.
Trust Him, my friend, and often you'll hear
The Whisper of angel wings hovering near.
--Author Unknown


These week I got to move one marble from the "Pounds to Lose Jar" over to the "Pounds Lost Jar".  Yea Me!   Even one pound was an accomplishment.



WEIGHT CONTROL TIP:  (taken from "The Calorie King - Calorie Fat & Carbohydrate Counter Book")  (There are 5 Tips) (Will add another tomorrow)

 Tip #1 - Eat Sensibly
* Avoid fad diets.  Eat 3 sensible meals daily with adequate fruit and vegetables.
* Limit portion size.  Limit fats and high-fat foods, sugar soda and alcohol

Tip #2 - Exercise Daily
* Get active and exercise every day!
* Include muscle-strengthening exercises.  You'll lose more fat and keep it off.  You'll also feel and look better, and you can eat a little more!

JUST FOR YOU TIP:
Anything is possible, if you just put your mind to it and have faith.  No matter what happened today, tomorrow is a new day and a new start.

God believes YOU ARE WORTH IT!  So should you!!!

Some things are true, whether you believe them , or not.
-- Nathaniel Messenger "City of Angels"

Remember, Have Faith, Believe in Miracles and never give up Hope. 
Faith is daring the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see!

Well I must sign off here for now, until next time my friends.

Lovey (Gina) Howell

Sunday, February 5, 2012

In The Woods - There's a dream waiting to come true for you.

Well had a terrific weekend.  Boy time flys by when your having fun.  I hope everyone has a terrific week and all your dreams come true.  I managed to get my laundry caught up but was a little lazy on getting the rest of the chores done this weekend.  Saturday it was raining really hard all night and in the morning, so I slept in.  It's nice to stay home and relax.  I went down and checked out the pond.  Rain has brought it up a little, still need quite a bit to fill it up.  I relaxed on my front porch swing some Saturday and listened to the birds and the wind blowing through the trees.  It is so amazing.  Have y'all ever watched the movie Phenomenon this weekend while sitting there listening to the Whispering Trees reminded me of this movie.


INSPIRATIONAL READING:  (Taken from Minutes of God)
In the Woods 

I do not need a clock
In this green place,
God is my time
With His eternal face,
The trees are tall and strong,
The sweet birds sing,
And silence seems to smile
On everything.

The sunlight fills my heart,
It leads the way,
Like the finger of God
This summer day,
It's a beautiful world
I make my own,
Walking with God
In the wood alone...

Marion Schoeberlein

Sunday was a beautiful day, after church I met with Christina, she is over the Youth Ministry.  We discussed getting the Puppet Ministry started at our Church.  I am very excited that I will be involved with this ministry.  When I was young I was involved in the Puppet Ministry at the Church I attended while int he Youth Group.  This has such great potential to reach our young children.  Not to mention spiritual growth for the Youth that will get involved as well.  Please pray for us, that God will give us the guidance to do his will.  Thank you.

Now regarding my Weight Loss.  I have been doing alright by eating the right foods and drinking water.  But I have been more on my computer than working out.  I have got to find some kind of balance so I can get somekind of workout everyday.



Great Sign.  Keeping the Faith is what I am really working on.  Here are a few helpful hints I read.  Keep on Keeping on.  Keep on Smiling.  ;o)


HEALTHY TIP:  (taken from January 2011 edition of Woman's World magazine.)
SMILE YOUR WAY YOUNGER! 
Forget pricey Botox and anti-aging creams!  All it takes to look instantly younger is a SMILE!  The proof:  Folks asked to guess the age of strangers in photos repeatedly thought those who were smiling were years younger than they really were.  As researchers explain, a smile makes you look upbeat, which we subconciously assocate with youth!


WEIGHT CONTROL TIP:  (taken from "The Calorie King - Calorie Fat & Carbohydrate Counter Book")  (There are 5 Tips)
 Tip #1 - Eat Sensibly

* Avoid fad diets.  Eat 3 sensible meals daily with adequate fruit and vegetables.
* Limit portion size.  Limit fats and high-fat foods, sugar soda and alcohol

I eat 5 small meals.  Acually 3 Meals and 2 Snacks works for me.

JUST FOR YOU TIP:
 
A Moment for You:  (taken from January 2011 edition of Woman's World magazine.)

There's a dream waiting to Come True for You!
 
We all want one: a change that ranges from a smaller number on the scale to a bigger number in the bank to less stress, more love, a fresh start or a second chance.  Whatever you hope for the hardest can be yours, because you have what it takes to make it happen!
 
Anything is possible, if you just put your mind to it.  No wonder what happened today, tomorrow is a new day and a new start.  YOU ARE WORTH IT!
Well I must sign off here,  Remember, Have Faith, Believe and never give up Hope.  Get up, and Get Moving.

Faith is daring the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see!

Good night my dear friends,

Lovey (Gina) Howell


Friday, February 3, 2012

Say It Now

Hey Y'all.  I hope everyone has had a wonderful week.  Boy I was glad today was Friday, now two days off.  I have got allot to do this weekend.  Get caught up on laundry and cleaning house.  Tomorrow is going to be a Me day. 
 
I am going to be working on a special project for my High School Reunion which I am excited about.  Going to work on it tomorrow as well. 
 
Today was very productive day at work, but I was so ready to get to this weekend.  Even though it is suppose to rain most of this weekend, (which I am very thankful for) I have several things to work to keep myself busy. 
 
This sign is wake up call for me.  No More Sodas.  I am a WATER Girl.  Love it nice and cold.  So if your still drinking Sodas or Colas, make the change to good water.  It's what our body craves.  So cheers, To a New Healthy You! 

WEIGHT LOSS TIP:  (taken from January 2011 edition of Woman's World magazine.
 
Secret to reaching your goal weight!
 
Cutting calories faithfully, yet success seems far off?  Blame subconscious weekend splurges, says the journal Obesity.  Less structure and more socializing on weekends makes us nibble more.  Solution?  Weigh yourself every Friday!  Seeing how well you've done all week makes it easier to resist Saturday and Sunday temptations!
 
 
INSPIRATIONAL READING:  (Taken from Minutes of God)
 
Say It Now
 
Why wait until tomorrow
 to tell someone you care?
For beyond the dawn tomorrow,
you my not find them there.
The past now lies behind us,
and tomorrow may not come.
We only have today, my friend,
to beat upon life's drum.
 
Friend, why not say, "I love you!"
to those that you hold dear,
For time is such a fragile thing
that death may soon appear.
Let others know you love them
so there's never a doubt.
The best time is now, my friend,
to try and work things out.
 
If you keep your love a secret,
it cannot multiply,
For love, when it's neglected,
begins to slowly die.
Go hug your wife and children -
Go shed a happy tear!
And love will pay grand dividends
each day throughout the year.
 
Clay Harrison
 
"I give you a new
commandment: that
you love one another as
I have loved you." 
John 13:34
 
The poem above is very special.  I hope each and everyone of you can find peace and happiness in your lives.  God  Bless.
 
HEALTHY TIP:  (taken from January 2011 edition of Woman's World magazine.

Tip to Add more JOY to your day! 

Got Stress - Erase Stress With a Phone Call!

Oklahoma State University researchers discovered that venting to a friend for a few minutes then switching to a more pleasant topic is the quickest way to burst a bad mood!  That's because keeping your emotions to yourself floods your body with stress hormones -- and getting them off your chest quickly lowers those hormone levels.
 
Well I must sign off here,  Remember, Have Faith, Believe and never give up Hope.  Get up, and Get Moving.

Faith is daring the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see!

Good night my dear friends,

Lovey (Gina) Howell

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Change Your Thoughts

Hey Y'all.  I hope everyone has had a wonderful week.  I know I have not been on in awhile.  But I am going to try to do better.  So many things have been going on which has kept me a little stressed.  But that's just how life is.  Last Saturday, I did get my vehicle back from the shop.  Boy it is so nice to be driving my own vehicle again.  I had been driving my husbands truck, but he was getting ready to go back to work and was going to need his truck.  It all worked out just perfect in its own little way.

Rick has gone back to work so I will be getting into a new routine.  Should not be too hard, just an adjustment period.  I don't know, I guess this week I have been a little out of sorts, because of this change in my routine.  But this is a good thing, changes are good, we just have to learn to deal with them the right way.

This sign is so true, we just need to remember it and try to stay focused on our goal.  We can change the way we have done things in the past and make new paths for us to travel. 

Oh yea the Weight Watchers Muffins I made last weekend.  The pumpkin, well I was not a huge fan, I took them to work and my co-worker Susan loved them.  I also made Chocolate/Diet Cream Soda cupcakes.  Oh My Goodness, they were fabulous.  I put them in an airtight container to keep them fresh.  They are perfect for a small desert after dinner.  Yes sometimes I ate two if my calorie intake was available.  Great Chocolate fix for me. 

I love to read, and Inspirational Items really help me along my way.  While I sorting through some old storage bins of mine, I found this little inspirational book that someone once gave to me.  These poems are so good I am going to share with y'all one at a time.  There maybe someone out there that needs the message.  This first one really hit me like a ton of bricks.  I know I should start my day earlier than I do.  Enjoy.
Rising Early
If you don't get up early,
As many folks do,
You miss a special beauty
That is Waiting for you.

There's a colorful sunrise
And the early bird's song.
The world is so peaceful
When nothing yet has gone wrong.

In this peace and quiet
It would be nice to stay,
To avoid all the turmoil
That fills every day.
---------------
Olive B. Elvin


While standing in the  checkout line at the grocery store, I picked up a Woman's World magazine for January 2012.  It has allot of good helpful information and I would like to share a few with you.  This little information might be just what we need for today. 

Tip to Add more JOY to your day! 

SMILE more with Music!

A recent study reveals that listening to your favorite songs increases optimism and joy while squashing negativity and sadness.  That's because hearing tunes you love triggers the release of feel-good endorphins in the brain.!


Well I must sign off here,  Remember, Have Faith, Believe and never give up Hope.  Get up, and Get Moving.

 
Faith is daring the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see!

Good night my dear friends,

Lovey (Gina) Howell

Friday, January 27, 2012

Glad to be at Friday. TGIF

Hey Ya'll.  Hope everyone has had a fantasic day, even though I did not get my vehicle back from the shop.  It is suppose to be ready tomorrow.  This weekend I am going to busy.  Will be helping my hubby get things together and do my Honey Do's this weekend.  lol

Followed my diet pretty well today, however I went over my calories.  When I got home from work, fixed Rick and I a good and health dinner.  It was nice to spend quality time with my husband.  I also made the Weight Watchers Pumpkin Muffins.  They were alright.  Tomorrow I think I am going to make a soda cake.  It is a cake made with a diet drink and cake mix.  I bought diet cream soda to use in mine. 


This is a great sign.  Too bad this saying isn't true.  I would be at my goal weight by now.  lol  

Well I must sign off here, 

Remember, Have Faith, Believe and never give up Hope.  Get up, and Get Moving.

Well I must sign off for the night.

Lovey (Gina) Howell



Thursday, January 26, 2012

Stay Positive

Well this morning I woke up at 6am, then turned over and slept until 7am.  (One of these days when I wake up early, I am going to get up and exercise.)  This morning Rick and I had to tow my vehicle to the auto repair center to get the fuel pump put on.  I was a little grumpy this morning because I felt guilty that I planned on getting up early and did not.  Then when I got in the truck realized was almost out of gas.  Rick was not happy that I did not get gas the night before.  Ooops.  But we survived and was able to get it dropped off at the shop and then he took me to work.

My work day was very productive.  At work I usually do very well eating healthy.  Its when I get home and relaxed I get a little reckless.  But tonight I made dinner and spent time with my husband.  Just when I was starting to get into LAZY mode I decided to go out to my studio and get a workout done.  I did a mile on my Eliptical for 30 minutes and got a 541 calorie burn.  I am really happy I did go and work out.  This weekend I am going to make my Weight Loss Jars with marbles, just another incentive to help me along the way. 




This sign says it all.  I am thinking of blowing it up, printing it and putting up in my studio.  It is very important to stay positive during your journey, even if your not feeling it.  Smile, its contagious and you will be surprised how better you will feel.  So Let's do it.

Remember make a commitment to change one thing a week and do it for 6 weeks and it will become a part of your routine.  Good Luck.

 Remember...Tomorrow is a new day, Get up, get moving, have faith, believe and NEVER give up HOPE.

Goodbye for now my friend, God Bless.

Gina (Lovey) Howell

 



 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

All the marbles!

I have been struggling this week.  I want so hard to be disciplined.  A couple of days of slacking is bringing me down and hurting my progress.  I go to work and do so good.  Get home and I just don't know what happens to me.  I am mentally tired and just want to relax and do nothing.  I have got to get a new game plan in place.  I am going to go to bed earlier tonight, get up earlier in the morning and try to get in a good workout.  I think I will do so much better exercising in the mornings.  I have drank some diet zero drinks these past two days.  Which is zero calories and not bad for me.  I really think it is a good diet drink.  But I feel  it would be in my best interest to just drink water.  I want to cut out the coffee but I am afraid of lack of the caffeine may make me drag a little or even cranky.  Oh we don't want that.  Seriously,  my niece told me about the Marble Visual Tactic. 

You need two jars or glasses.  One marked "Pounds to Lose" and the other "Pounds Lost"
You take marbles and count out how many pounds you want to lose and put them in the "Pounds to Lose" jar.  Every time you lose a pound you move a marble over to the "Pounds Lost" jar.  (vice versa if you gain)  Put it somewhere you can see it.  This way you will be more determined to turn away from the temptations.  Oh yea do not say DIET!  When I think of the word DIET it makes me want to binge really bad.  I know its Crazy to think like that.  So I decided to tell myself this is nothing more than a Lifestyle Change.  Make small changes in your behaviors, do them long enough they become good habits.

Yesterday I was at the dollar store and I bought my marbles.  I think this will help me allot.

I have been digging up old pictures for our reunion website.  They would like us to send our graduation picture (which I loved the size I was in HS) and a recent picture of us now.  (I am not liking this one)  It just shows me how much I failed over the years by not staying healthy and fit.  I know, boohoo.   I know that I got myself in this situation all by myself.  No one else to blame. 

Remember today is over, tomorrow is a New day to start fresh. 

Tomorrow I am using the "Money from Heaven" to get the New Fuel Pump put into my vehicle.  YEA!  I am thankful I have my husband's (gas gusseller) truck to use until I had the opportunity and money to get the Fuel Pump and get it put on my vehicle.

I am thankful for the following:  My God, life, health, church, job and the opportunity to choose to make changes to my life.

My motto, with God beside me I can accomplish anything as long as I put forth the effort and Have Faith, Believe and Never lose HOPE!  If we all stick together and encourage one another we will get through this journey successfully.  So get your marbles and let's get started.  Here's to a new Lifestyle change 

Thanks for reading,

Lovey (Gina) Howell



Sunday, January 22, 2012

And Their Tasty Too!

This morning got up early, had one of my egg muffins and a biscuit for breakfast, Got ready for church.  Which the sermon was so enlightening.  Always refreshing to renew my spirit and get ready for the new week ahead.  Below is my egg muffin recipe.

My Egg Muffin Recipe - 6 Eggs, 1 cup Birds Eye Frozen Bell Peppers, & Onions, 1/4 cup shredded cheese and 2 Jenni O Turkey Sausage Links (cut into little pieces) and 1/4 cup milk.  Mix all ingredients together.  Spray Muffin pan with PAM.  Pour mixture into each muffin hull.  (Makes 6 Muffins)  Cook about 20 minutes in oven of 375 degrees.  (These are great to put in Freezer bags, easy to reheat in microwave for quick breakfast)
(I eat them with a little picante sauce or put in flour tortilla for a breakfast burrito)    ENJOY!

My I LOVE LUCY plug.   AND THERE TASTY TOO! 

When I got home from church, I fixed my husband and I a really good lunch too.

John Morrells Smoked Turkey Sausage, (grilled with onions and a little HOG WILD BBQ sauce), Baked potato and Brussels sprouts.

This afternoon, I was a little lazy and all I wanted to do is watch LMN movies and relax.  I even took a nap.  Now tonight I look back and I am feeling guilty that I took that nap, I should have gotten outside and got a good walk in  or got a workout in my studio.  I am trying not to beat myself up because of it, because tomorrow is a new day. 

I just want to do the right things and stay motivated to keep moving and eating right so I can get to my goal.
When I was younger right before 7th grade I had gained allot of weight, My mom and  I went to an Overeaters Anomyous Meeting and joined.  What was great was my mom (God Bless Her) did this with me.  I also had a sponsor that I could call when I was having a bad day or was thinking of cheating on my diet.  It was wonderful, I lost weight and really became obsessed with exercising to keep my weight down.  Now I just wonder where that girl went.  Its me, I just want to get to that ME again.  My mom is not here to talk to anymore.  Everyday is a struggle for me to eat the right things, get moving and exercise.  I do not understand why I crave sweets.  But I am not giving up, I know that little girl in me that was strong and ate right and lost the weight is there, she just needs a little push and motivation to come back.  Please pray with me, that God grants me the strength to do what it takes to get there.  Thank you.

Something to look forward to is my 30th High School Reunion, I am very excited and can't wait to be able to see all of my friends and previous classmates.  This is going to be terrific.   

I have always wondered what kind of talent or purpose do I have on this Earth.  I know what is my passion, I love taking pictures, and I love creating all kinds videos.  I am honored to be able to put together such a personal memorial video for our Class of  82.  Classmates that we have lost over these past years. 
"The End of One Life is Just a beginning into another."

Remember get up, get moving and ttomorrow is another Day

Have Faith, Hope, and BELIEVE.  Never Give Up!

Thank you for reading.

Gina (Lovey) Howell

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Spiritual Journey - Money from Heaven

Spiritual Journey - Today I begin my blog with an amazing thing that happened to me today.  First I wake up late, (that is not the good part), to my amazement my alarm was not even on.  I know I set it before going to bed.  This morning I heard "WAKE UP GINA!"  I sat straight up looked at my clock and saw it was 7:25 am in this morning and I am running late big time.  No one around, honestly, I don't know who told me to get up.  But I just said ok daddy I am up an moving.  I love you and miss you very much.  I truly like to think my dad is still here watching over me.  I was definitely a daddy's girl.  Anyways regardless who yelled at me to get me moving, I  had to get ready for work.   Got ready, fed my kitty cats, my doggy Daphne and proceeded to fix some turkey bacon to take with me so I had some kind of protein to start my day.  Yesterday my husbandhad  brought in the mail and sat it on the kitchen table, I told him I would open it all this weekend.  I just didn't want to open junk mail or more bills.  But one piece caught my eye, it was adressed to both of us, their was no return address either.  I opened it and low and behold their was a money order and a note that said, "Money sent from Heaven for a new Fuel Pump.  God Bless."  I was at a loss of words and begin to cry.  I was so excited and very happy.  See my car broke down in December before Christmas.  Found out my fuel pump  needed to be replaced.  I have had to drive my husbands truck (which is a gas gussler).  Things have been really rough and money has been tight.  Just trying to catch up on bills is very had when you get behind.  I just have not been able to come up with the money to purchase a fuel pump and then have to pay labor to have it put on my vehicle.  Just last week I prayed to God to please help me, I just need a little help.  God I am going to let you take care of this.  God is so amazing!  This was an answer to my prayer.  There are ANGELS among us on Earth they do things that help us along our spiritual journey.  God guides them and they help guide us.  This is just one wonderful experience I will never forget.  I know there will be many situations I will encounter in the future and I have FAITH God will guide me along my journey right beside me, if need be he will carry me.  I pray that each of my friends and family experience many blessings throughout your life.  God Bless.

REMEMBER:  Have Faith, Believe and Never Lose Hope!  God is only a prayer away.

A message to my Guardian Angel doing God's Work,  THANK YOU!

STAND UP, GET MOVING AND MAKE IT A TERRIFIC DAY!

Thank you for reading,

Gina (Lovey) Howell

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Hello Lets Start this Journey Together

Welcome to my blog.  I am very new at this so bear with me as I tweak everything to make it perfect. 

I started this blog because I am on a journey to lose weight and rediscover myself again.  I remember the days when I was thin and how good it felt.  To be honest back then at 117 lbs I thought I was fat.  What was I thinking?


Throughout my life I have had many setbacks that periodically caused me to go into depression and I gain weight due to these events I had no control over.  Not to mention the ridiculous diets I endured and the yoyo weight loss and weight gain I experienced.  Seems everytime I was on top of the world and doing great, something would happen to knock me down and I would fail and fall back into bad habits.  Everytime this happens I always have weight gain.  Over the years I have dealt with many hard times from children's illnesses, hospital stays, divorce, and to losing both of my parents within a two year span.  I realize that I would just make excuses for being overweight.  NOW is the time for NO MORE EXCUSES.  I am alive and I am worth it.  So I have made up my mind and putting in the effort and making a commitment to myself to do whatever it takes to get to my goal weight again.

However messy life can be at times we need to remember everyday is a new day.  Whatever happened yesterday is done and gone.  I thank God everyday for another day to enjoy what it in store for me and to put my energy into making it a TERRIFIC day!

I have a job as a bookkeeper and is sometimes very stressful.  When I get stressed I am an emotional eater and tend to want to eat something, anything.  I am working on redirecting and trying to do something productive and healthy for me instead of reaching for some kind of food.  Trust me it is a challenge, but I know in the long run, getting healthy will extend my life and I will have more time here with my family and friends.

I am going to do my very best to record as much as I can everyday.  In a nutshell, I want to share my progress on weight loss, food, exercise and events that happen that day.  I am currently using My Fitness Pal to record my Food & Exercise diary.  It is a very helpful tool that helps me monitor my daily progress and how much exercise I need to do to stay well within my calorie intake.  Plus writing everything down helps keep me honest and held accountable for every calorie I intake.

I encourage everyone to find something to use as an incentive, something to keep you going in the right direction.  Every day that goes by, is going to go by whether your dieting, eating right, working out or not.  It is better to make small changes everyday, you will be surprised at the weight loss you will see.  I hope you will join me while I go on this life changing journey.

STAND UP, GET MOVING AND MAKE IT A TERRIFIC DAY!

Thank you for reading!

Gina  (Lovey Howell)