Here we go...Well hello! So, I never thought that I would ever have a blog but as I was going for a walk this beautiful morning the idea came to mind. Since I have been going through a lot of changes in my life as of late, I first thought that I should start keeping a diary. However, these days who actually writes anything with a pen and paper?!
Now, you may be asking yourself, "What does Sara-Marie have to say?"
There are many aspects of my life that are currently in transition so I figured that I would discuss the four important parts of my life that I value the most: Faith, Love, Career and Health.
Those that know me very well will know that I was raised in a very Christian home, the daughter of a pastor. Having a personal relationship with God has ALWAYS been extremely important to me...despite the many mistakes I've made in my life. (Most of them made in my crazy college years!). But being a Christian doesn't mean you are perfect...it just means you are forgiven!
As I get older, I realize more and more how crucial it is to keep God #1 in my life. The verse quoted at the start of this section has been a favorite of mine since I was very young. Let me tell you a story about this quote...
After losing my job a week or so ago (I'll write more about this later), I went to PA to spend time with my family. On Sunday morning, I was ironing my clothes for church and thinking to myself, "God, what am I going to do now?" At that very moment, my energetic 7 year old baby sister, Jubilee, jumps on top of the bed and in her best impression of my father says, "I've got a scripture for you!" Juby begins to read Proverbs 3:5-6 from her childrens Bible. I turn around, shocked, and say, "Where did you get that verse from?" She replies with a laugh, "It's the first page!" and runs back to playing with my niece and nephew in the other room. Many might take that as just a coincidence. But I know that God used my baby sister to reply to my innermost thoughts. It reminded me that no matter what I'm going through right now, I just need to trust in God. He will lead me to where He wants me to be.
Mark and I have been together for over two and half years. Just like any couple, we have gone through ups and downs, happy times and tough times. But just when I want to give up, I remember what he told me that one day. That our wonderful memories will be worth so much more than the troubles of the bumps in the road. Right now, our biggest struggle as a couple is TRUST. We know that trust is the most important aspect of a relationship so we are both committing to working on this. We know that we love each other, so our love will get us through this. Because LOVE ENDURES ALL THINGS!
As I mentioned before, I lost my job on Friday, October 23rd. While at first extremely devastating, I am taking this opportunity to rethink who I am, who I want to be, and most importantly what God wants me to do. So far, I've had some pretty good responses from a few companies and started interviewing this week. We'll see what happens but I'll keep you posted. All I know is that while I'm enjoying the time off from the 60-70hour work week I was used to, I also realize that I'm bored and I need to go do something. Fast.
SO yea...plain and simple: I need to lose weight. I need to be healthier. I want to be better. Like most women, I've tried 2840923840932 times, but I can't stick to it! A few months ago, I lost about 10 lbs and I was loving it! I loved the way I was feeling and looking and then I did what I always do...I STOPPED DOING WHAT WAS GIVING ME THE RESULTS! Why do we do this to ourselves?!
I weighed myself last Friday, 10/30 and I've gained back 5 of those 10 lbs I originally lost. Good news is that I'm still netting a negative 5lbs, but that still means I have 45lbs more to lose. I mean based on what a 5'2 young woman should weigh, I should probably lose more like 60lbs but let's face it. I'm Puerto Rican and God blessed me with some voluptuous assets...there is no way I could ever be a stick..nor would I want to be. I like my curves...I just want to keep them in check. I would like to use this blog to hold myself accountable to sticking to making healthy food choices and doing some type of exercise everyday. I don't want to do a crazy diet or anything I can't stick to. I want to keep things simple and really make lifestyle changes. Last night, I bought those new Reebok Easy Tone sneakers that are meant to help you tone your legs and butt by simply walking. I probably shouldn't be spending money when I don't have a job, but it's an investment in myself. (Check them out for yourself)
This morning I walked about 2.5 miles with these sneakers and let me tell you...after about 10 minutes you start feeling the difference. Right now, I already feel rather sore so they've got to be working! So my goal is to walk outside (or on the treadmill if the weather is bad) for an hour everyday and then do some type of toning exercises for half hour 3-4 times a week. I have the "Fitness Trainer" game for Wii and Exercise TV On Demand has tons of 30 minutes videos. Yesterday, I tried Kim Kardashian's Ab Video. (Don't judge me!) It was very interesting to say the least. If you can look past her perfect hair (which she wore down in soft curls!), boobs in your face because she was wearing a corset, big hoop earrings, and feeling seduced by the way she keeps saying "I feel the burn..." in a softy and sultry voice...the regimen was actually good. The video is really just watching her personal trainer tell Kim what to do and then of course you do the same thing. So I'll keep doing it..heck I wouldn't mind having a body like her.
Let's just take it one pound at a time...
If you've gotten this far, it means I haven't bored you to death! Yay! Thanks for reading...until tomorrow!