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ImageI was so moved by this picture when my mother shared it with me on Facebook. She took one look at it and instantly thought of me. I had spoken with my mom earlier that day about how I wanted to stop allowing my thought life to control my physical outcomes. I’ve spent most of my life entertaining self destructing thoughts and inevitably those thoughts had convinced me that I would fail at everything I’d ever try in my life. THAT’S HOW POWERFUL OUR THOUGHTS CAN BE! I have a God given talent as an artist but was always afraid to share my work with others in fear of rejection. I always had an issue with how I looked because I am so tall and lanky and because of a scalp condition, always had short hair. Needles to say I never thought I was pretty. Everything I started, I stopped before I could finish in fear of what would be expected of me. It took me five years between junior college and private school to complete my Associate of Science degree in computer technology. Afraid of failing, I never used that degree once I completed it. I was once approached about a modeling career. I simply responded, “I’m too shy.” I WAS AFRAID OF SUCCESS!

But a change came in my late 30’s when I experienced a new found faith in God. Over the last ten years I’ve fought my thoughts with what the Word of God said about me; “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” – Psalms 139:14, “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me” – Philippians 4:13, and my favorite, “For I know the plans I have for you,โ€ declares the Lord, โ€œplans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11. These words have helped me these last ten years to let go of some heavy baggage that was slowing me down and making me tired both emotionally and physically. My baggage included FEAR, HURT, GUILT and LOW SELF-ESTEEM. Before I found my faith in God’s Word, these burdens plagued my 20’s and half of my 30’s. That’s a long time to live in fear!!!

Today, I am not saying that I don’t still feel fear, but I no longer cower under it’s gripping hold. I face it head on! I’d rather do things afraid than always wonder what could have been. Funny thing too, every time I step out ‘on the water’ I realize that the real fear was all in my head and I’d say to myself, “What was I so afraid of? This isn’t bad at all?” Sometimes I fail and sometimes I succeed. The difference between my 40’s and my 20’s and 30’s is that in my 40’s I at least TRIED. Now, I’m proud to say that as 2013 draws to a close, I have completed my Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration, I have an online art gallery showcasing all of my paintings, and I sold my first painting two months ago!

Whatever your faith or belief, I encourage you to quiet those negative thoughts clouding your mind. Don’t be embarrassed to talk to someone you trust; a pastor, encouraging friend or family member, or even a psychiatrist. There’s nothing to be ashamed of! this is YOUR LIFE we’re talking about! When you do this, the weight of all that baggage that has held you down will feel lighter. Why? Because you will look down one day and see that you’ve dropped every burden you carried, to the ground! The key to a happier 2014 my friends is that you DO SOMETHING. Put this plan into action to make a positive change in your life. I haven’t even personally met you and I can honestly tell you that you are worth it!!! So let’s drop that baggage and experience a wonderful 2014!!!

with love,

Yoli Fae

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IMG_2335 (2) Well, this morning, I put in 2 miles on the treadmill and burned about 200 calories. I’m really testing my stamina in this summer heat and building up my leg strength, since injuring myself last November. I’m so excited! I’m also playing it smart, drinking lots of water:)

One thing I love about exercise is the mental healing it brings. Whether, I’m walking, running or doing a cardio workout like Turbo Jam or T25, I gain this feeling of power and feel indestructible. I really believe that is where even physical healing begins. You have to believe that you can beat whatever is plaguing your body. Of course, regular exercise and eating healthy foods like grains, fruits, vegetables and lean meats are essential to health and longevity. When you take care of your body you DO feel stronger and that affects your mind, emotions and even your spirit. That is why I exercise:) And it doesn’t matter what size you are!ย  What matters is your health. Remember, women are not all built the same. So, love the way God made you, choose healthy foods and get out there and take a brisk 30 minute walk!

Will keep ya’ll posted on my 5K…HUGS

Yoli Fae

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BB nmvI love the concept behind N.M.V.- loving yourself the way God made you and valuing your uniqueness. N.M.V. isn’t about being skinny. It’s about being healthy and fit spiritually, emotionally, and physically. In 2013 my goal is to share N.M.V. with as many people as possible through words of encouragement, helpful resources to aid with fitness goals as well as emotional health, and through video testimonials from those who subscribe to N.M.V. and want to share their triumphs, struggles and just encourage others who may be having a sad day. So, here’s to a new and exciting 2013 for N.M.V.!!!

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Haven’t been feeling well the last five days. It looks like I caught that nasty stomach flu that’s been going around. So, I’m home from work resting, taking my medicine,and blogging. I soooo HATE OTC medicine! Give me natural remedies any day! I read that honey boosts your immune system, so hot green tea with honey is what I’m having:)
Stay healthy my friends ;
Yoli

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It is a Life Style!

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You ARE the most beautiful part of the beauty you see around you!

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My inner peace became my outward beauty when I learned how to be comfortable in my own skin.

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