12/23/15 – Day 1!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 24, 2015 by Candice Cox

 

Just a quick update to let you know how today went:

Bible reading: Genesis 12-15

Exercise: 30 mins on elliptical

Water: 2L

Reading:  Reviewed The One Thing a bit more

Learned:  It’s better to identify what activities will produce the greatest results towards my goals.

Applied:  I reviewed the book again, set my goals and identified the key areas to focus on.

Shared:  I shared with a couple of people in Jamaica what I learned so they can declutter their to do lists and focus on what is going to really matter.

Taught:  Taught those same two ladies to do this for themselves and to teach it to those they know.

Audio:  done

Accountability to coaches:done

Add value: Met a lady in a wheelchair asking for money.  I sat a talked with her, found out her story, how she got there… in the wheelchair… asking for money… she shed tears just grateful for someone to actually care enough to ask.  I gave her a little something and a huge hug.   I think more than the money, looking into her eyes and actually caring about her made the biggest difference in her day.  It made me even more grateful to God for His many blessings.

Day 0

Posted in General, Health, Mental, Physical, Spiritual, Wealth on December 23, 2015 by Candice Cox

12/22/15 – Day 0 – Commitments

So in the remaining time of 2015 and into 2016, these are the things I will be focusing on and establishing as habits in my life:

  1. Daily Bible reading: Reading the Bible through once this year.  I’m not endeavoring to STUDY it, just to read it as a story, from cover to cover.  Thanks Colin 😉Goal.JPG
  1. Daily exercise: To get back to grad weight, 117 pounds.  This may vary a bit as I was slim fat (no muscle) and this time around I plan to have muscle!  So we’ll see if I get to 117… my guess is I will be more like 125/130.  In any case, I plan to lose 110 pounds or so.  So daily I will do min 30 mins of exercise or 10,000 steps on my fitbit.  Thanks Ray & Glo for the challenge.  As a side note, Ray & Glo challenged me to do this on October 25, 2015 and to date I am down 10 pounds so I need to step up my game!
  1. Feed my body right: For me, there are several changes I need to make as I had my gallbladder removed a while ago.  I need to up my water, decrease my caffeine,  eat low fat, high fiber diet, and supplement adequately.
  1. Daily reading to LAST: Reading with an intent on learning, applying, sharing and teaching.
  1. Daily listening to an audio: To improve my people skills and allow me to relate better.
  1. Daily accountability: I will be doing a quick daily post and a longer weekly post focusing on my health goals primarily but may post on other wins as well.   I will also be connecting either via a live call or voicemail to people I have chosen to be coaches and mentors.
  1. Getting out and adding value to people daily: I want to cultivate a go-giver spirit and mentality in my life.  I am a natural introvert and I plan to open my arms and my life and invite more people in.  I want to expand my sphere of friends and improve my network and break down my introvert walls.

I re-read the book THE ONE THING by Gary Keller and boy had I been violating all the things I should do to be successful!   I was consistently focusing on WAY too many things that matter WAY to little to my goals.  So the list above represents the few daily activities I need to do to advance toward my 2016 goals.  This is a far cry from the 17 daily activities I was fighting to do previously!

So yes I will be focusing on all these things, but not sure if you’ll get a daily post or not…. a weekly check in on the weekends is what you guys will get definitely though (and maybe a picture of my progress).

Thanks everyone!

I’m back.. again.

Posted in General, Health, Mental, Physical on December 22, 2015 by Candice Cox

12/22/15 – Day 0 – I’m back

Well I’m back after a 2+ year hiatus.

We are coming to the end of 2015 so of course, I, and millions of others, will be reviewing our year and goal setting for 2016.

One of the things I have been doing is reviewing my previous posts because I had a lot of insights and revelations that I somehow forgot and that has me in the same place in many areas, 6 years later!!!

How does someone focus on change and change minimally? *sigh*

Well the incredible Fenton Eng recently gave me some insight into this.  At a recent meeting, he said that goals and consistency is like a rocket ship taking off.  The majority of the fuel is used up in the pushing off from earth.  At some point, there is enough momentum that the rocket can continue on its trajectory, but with a fraction of the fuel.  The catch is, if the rocket was to have stopped before hitting that point of “mo”, it would not have enough fuel to get to its destination without refueling.  The start-stop, the lack of persistence, kills the journey!  (This is my paraphrase).

So for 2016 my word is persistence (to abide, continue steadfastly).  That means to stand firm and strong and to continue doing what I know is right despite circumstance, despite emotions, despite results.

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I’m coming back to posting blogs for a few reasons:

  1. Writing helps me organize my thoughts.
  2. I hoping my getting back up and fighting for my dreams and goals will inspire someone to do the same.
  3. Accountability – I will not only be sharing this on the blog but connecting it to my social media and there will be no hiding from my goals!

So here I am… AGAIN… LOL  Thanks in advance for joining me on this journey.

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My Endometriosis Journey

Posted in Health with tags , , , , on June 30, 2013 by Candice Cox
So last night I was woken up with sharp shooting pains in my lower right pelvic area and dull pains in my lower back, and down the right side of my leg.
Looks like my endometriosis is back in full force.
The reason I took to writing on this blog is to share my journey in life so others can learn from my victories, mistakes, etc.
I have been surfing the web as I’m laid up in bed and figured I should share with you all what I find.  Maybe someone out there will stumble on this and it may help them.  Maybe someone will share what they’ve found with me?
Anyway, I was diagnosed with endometriosis when I was 18.  At first they didn’t think it was endo because I was so young.  Then they realized I had been menstruating since I was 10 and that endo was a very real possibility.
If you’re like me, I had no clue what Endometriosis was.  Here’s the write up from www.mayoclinic.com

Endometriosis (en-doe-me-tree-O-sis) is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus — the endometrium — grows outside your uterus (endometrial implant). Endometriosis most commonly involves your ovaries, bowel or the tissue lining your pelvis. Rarely, endometrial tissue may spread beyond your pelvic region.

In endometriosis, displaced endometrial tissue continues to act as it normally would — it thickens, breaks down and bleeds with each menstrual cycle. Because this displaced tissue has no way to exit your body, it becomes trapped. When endometriosis involves the ovaries, cysts called endometriomas may form. Surrounding tissue can become irritated, eventually developing scar tissue and adhesions — abnormal tissue that binds organs together.

Endometriosis can cause pain — sometimes severe — especially during your period.

I had a laproscopy and the endo was confirmed.  Prescription:  birth control pills.
In my first month, the symptoms definitely got better, however I gained 30 pounds!
Yes this was the end of the world for me as an 18 year old.
At 19 I went in and had a procedure to clear out the lining deposits and continued on the pills.   I immediately got full relief and the doctor told me based on what he saw, I should have relief for about 10 years and I may have to go in for another procedure.
At that point, I also found out I have a retroverted (or tipped) uterus which is most like why I developed the endometriosis.
So funny enough, during that 10 years after the first clearing, I got pregnant (while on the birth contol pills) which is a miracle in so many ways, married, and pregnant 3 more times!   At the time of this writing, my kids are now 16, 15, 14 and 12-1/2.
I say funny enough because many women with retroverted uteruses have trouble with miscarriages.  On top of that, women with endometriosis often deal with infertility due to the scarring and tissue deposits.  And I was on birth control to boot!   Oh and with my second pregnancy, I was breast feeding!  Boy when God wants a child to come into the world, NOTHING stops Him! LOL!
So I ended up getting pain after having my last child, which was in and around 10 years after my first clearing.  So I went in and had another procedure and again, relief!
So last year (which was 11 years after the last procedure) I went in with pain again.  This time they told me that the clearing wasn’t an option as it would create too much scar tissue which would cause a host of other challenges.  My options, hormone therapy.
I declined.  I don’t want to do anything to mess up my already wonky hormones! 🙂
What have I done about it?  NOTHING! HAHAHA!  Seriously, the pain at that time was annoying but bearable; however, the pain has been getting harder to ignore.  So here I am… in bed… telling my story.  I will share with you what I find, other symptoms I’ve been experiencing, etc. in upcoming posts!

Day 167!

Posted in General, Inspiration, Mental with tags , , , on June 23, 2013 by Candice Cox

DAY 167 – 6/22/13

WEIGHT: 207.6 (12.1 pounds down)

BF: 39.8% (2.2% down)

SLEEP: 7h 31m

WATER: 1L

EATING: 1199 calories

ACTIVITY:  3411 steps, 16 floors, 2073 calories burned

THOUGHTS:

I’ve heard this many times that some of the greatest people got that way because they never grew out of student mode.   They always stayed like a three year old with their barrage of questions. Why? Why? Why?

I learned a valuable lesson in studying today.  Often when reading I just take notes as if I’m doing a summary.  Today in church I learned to read a section, write the questions that pop in my head, seek the answers to those questions, then write down more questions that arise as a result of those answers!

If you’ve never read like this, you have GOT to try it!

I just wanted to encourage all of you today to get into study mode.   Ask questions.  Ask hard questions.  Get into challenging discussions! (This is so hard for me being a non-confrontational person) It will enrich our lives!

Have an amazing day everyone!

God bless!

Day 166!

Posted in General, Health, Inspiration on June 22, 2013 by Candice Cox

DAY 166 – 6/21/13

WEIGHT: 206.8 (12.9 pounds down)

BF: 39.6% (2.4% down)

SLEEP: 4h 50m

WATER: 1L

EATING: 1282 calories

ACTIVITY:  3964 steps, 7 floors, 2078 calories burned

THOUGHTS:   Over the next few days I don’t expect to see any huge drops in my weight as it’s that time of the month.  Already my stomach has gained 3 inches as I’m beyond bloated!  From what I’ve read/heard from those who have lost huge amounts of weight… it’s an up and down process that overall trends downward.  So I’m not stressing over a few days of no loss or worst yet a gain for I know that the general trend will be down.

Have an amazing day everyone!

God bless!

Day 165!

Posted in General, Health, Mental, Physical on June 21, 2013 by Candice Cox

DAY 165 – 6/20/13

WEIGHT: 207.0 (12.7 pounds down)

BF: 39.6% (2.3% down)

SLEEP: 4h 57m

WATER: 1L

EATING: 1549 calories

ACTIVITY:  5230 steps, 0 floors, 2142 calories burned

THOUGHTS:

You know just when I think I’m on it, God put someone in my path to tell me a story to reveal that I need to step up my game!

I’ve been active (most days… not as much as I said I would be but I’m active). I’ve been watching what I eat (giving into temptations here and there but on a whole I’ve been watching what I eat), I’ve been drinking my water (most days).

So my friend Gema was telling me about this lady who lost 90 pounds in one year and has kept it off.  She was telling me how disciplined she is.  When offered ice cream, she declines.  When she had a protein shake, she burned it off with activity.  She runs and runs and runs.  She is committed.

Yep you’re thinking what I’m thinking.

No wonder I have hit a plateau.  I stopped being as strict with my decisions as when I first started.

Time to tighten up the loose decision making!

No more cheating on my progress!

Have an amazing day everyone!

God bless!

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