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I Believe…

Just as Jesus Christ has died for me and my sins, I would do the same, well I would do similar: die in His name…

I was just thinking today, as I prayed to God, “Wow, you know I could never repay my debts to God. I sin every day and it hurts me to think that Jesus went through everything He did because I’m a sinner; I’m a mess up. What do I do to deserve His forgiveness and redemption?” Then another question hit me: “What if someone came after me and said ‘Renounce the name of God.'” And it was life or death? Well, my friends, I’d die in the name of Jesus Christ.  I have faith in my Lord that He will provide for me and take care of me, though. I have faith that I may never have to face that situation.

I fear God, but not man. Now, it’d be a fib to say that I wouldn’t shake in my boots if someone was coming at me, I’d surely be scared. But, I’d be even more scared if come Judgement Day, Jesus denied me in front of His Father, denied me the Kingdom of Heaven, just because I feared man and denied Him. I want nothing more than to be in Heaven.  I know there’s so much more to life than just my earthly and worldly body life. I love Him. I follow Him. I’m a sinner and I’ll be a sinner until the Last Days, but I know He will forgive me.

I pray for myself for guidance and strength and I pray for everyone else that they may open their eyes and hearts. Walk by faith, not by what you see. Trust in Him, that He will provide and take care of you. He loves you unconditionally.  You may go through trials and tribulations, but that’s exactly what they are: trials. God wants to make you and your faith in Him stronger. No one knows why He lets bad things happen to innocent people, but that’s my explanation. I will forever just have faith in Him that He knows what He’s doing and trust in the Lord.

*Thank you, God, for all that I have and all that I will have. I trust you will provide and get me through any obstacle that may come my way. Help make me a better person each and every day and make good decisions. If I may fall from You, help me get up. Give me strength and give me guidance to make tough decisions. Let others see Your light who may not know You. Thank you. In Your name, Amen.*

Folks, give your heart to God today. Or if you already know Him, take some time out of your day to thank Him for everything He’s done for you. Just thank Him for letting you wake up today, for tomorrow is never a guarantee.

I love you all,

Ms Ari Marie

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Well, hello there!

Hey, all. It’s been way too long since I’ve last blogged. My apologies. Not that anyone really cares or reads this. Anyway, my senior year of college is now over and I am on another joyous summer break 😛 I loathe summertime. There used to be a time where I longed for the summer– to share my time off with my family,  relax, be away from people at school. Well, that has all changed. Since last year, meeting my boyfriend, I hate summer. He is my family now. My family is torn apart this summer anyway. My little sister moved out and my parents hate each other. I got myself a kitten to keep myself busy so I don’t end up with a terrible depression spell, like last summer 😦 I also am working all I can at my job at Target as well as got myself an internship so that I will hardly have a moment of free time. I’m a bit depressed already, but not nearly as bad as last year. Is that because my boyfriend and I are in a more secured part of our relationship, being together for over a year now? Or should it be harder to be apart? I have no idea. All I know is that this is our last summer of being apart because we will be getting an apartment together next summer. Fingers crossed. I do not know what the qualifications per each building are, but I could use all the prayers I could get that we get into at least one that we apply for!

God has been so gracious to me the last couple of months in helping me get the big things in my life that I’ve been praying for. He’s helped me gain motivation and determination in myself as well as strength to achieve my weight loss goals, which I have been praying for for some time now. I got a scholarship that I prayed so much for. I got more hours at Target so I can save up money for this apartment. I got better grades in school this year. I gained more confidence in myself. I got an internship after searching for one for some time and almost giving up hope. I prayed my whole life to find that one special person and I have now. Most recently I’ve been praying to get approved for a credit card so that one step towards getting an apartment would be completed and it happened. Now all I need is for the apartment to be approved when we apply next year. Please, please, please whoever reads this, pray for me. I cannot do another summer without my boyfriend. It is absolutely heartbreaking. He is my rock and the best person in my life. He is the only person who makes me feel wonderful all the time. We really want to start our lives together and start our own mini-family. God, please let this all work out. I have endless faith in You ❤

And, thank you all who read this who are willing to pray for us. It means so much to me.

There are 68 days left until school starts again… I also pray they go by quickly! I need my babycakes! Teehee. 

Here we go again… :)

Hello, all! It’s been a few days, but I wanted to see if this thing would actually go somewhere. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I have two followers, yes two! Haha, although it may not seem like a lot, that’s two more than I anticipated. Woo! 

Anyways, what shall I talk about today… hmm… 

Well, I’m feeling really good about myself today, why not talk about my recent weight loss? I want to not come off as bragging because I don’t ever feel that good about myself, but I want to motivate people who don’t think it’s possible for them to lose weight. I never did, so I never tried. Now, one can argue that I began my weight loss journey for all the wrong reasons. I started when I met my boyfriend. I was a lot bigger when I met him. In a sense, I guess it was good that he fell in love with me when I was heavier.  

I began dating my boyfriend in April of 2013, we fell in love in May (a bit soon, but it happened and we both knew it was the real deal). The semester ended on the 17th of May, so we had a long summer ahead of us, 3 and a half months, to be exact. It was tough for a new relationship, to be apart that long. Having a relationship over text messages and the occasional phone call sucks. Things get terribly misconstrued and it’s just hell. Well, things did, in fact, get misconstrued…

Everything was going very well until about the last week of June. We were texting about working out. He was going to start going to the gym. Now, at this point, I wasn’t close with his parents and my biggest fear was that his parents wouldn’t think I was good enough or pretty enough for him because I was heavier. I was scared. Then, I decided to ask a question I knew could have a terrible answer: “Would you like me better thinner?” His response: “Yes.” I remember the terrible, heart-dropping-into-your-stomach feeling and the insta-sob that happened immediately after reading that text. To make things worse, he texted back saying “That wasn’t supposed to sound that bad. I mean, wouldn’t anyone like their significant other to be?” My response, “No… I fell in love with you for you, not for who I thought you could become.” We talked until 9:00 am that morning. We mended things, but I still had unsettling feeling,  and so began my weight loss journey.

I started by downloading a weight loss app on my phone called Noom. It was probably the best thing I could have done. You log your current weight and your goal weight. Noom will ask you approximately how many pounds you’d like to lose a week (the maximum is 2/week) and then how long it will take you to achieve your goal.  It also tells you how many calories you should consume to get the pounds off in your preferred amount of time. You log in your meals and exercises and keep almost like a food and exercise journal. Trust me, it works wonders to keep a log!

Once I got in the swing of things and logged all my meals and learned to eat healthier and learn to exercise effectively, the pounds started melting off. I did about 30 minutes to an hour of cardio a day, plus the 30-day squat challenge (which is f-ing awesome!), and 200-400 crunches for toning. It was hard work, but totally worth it! Within 2 months, I lost 30 pounds.

Prior to this, I had an under active thyroid, which made me gain weight very easily and it gave me problems with my nervous system, such as producing too much cortisol in my blood stream, which made me basically to nervous and anxious to function. After those 30 pounds came off, I no longer had this problem! I went to the doctor to get blood work done and my doctor said all of my numbers were extremely good for my age and I was very healthy. I was so shocked!

Since the summer, I have managed to lose 20 more pounds, making my grand total 50 pounds lost and down 2 dress sizes. I’d still like to lose about 15 more, which would put me at my goal weight and the weight that fits the BMI for my height.

I’ve come a long way and I’m never giving up hope! True, my motivation wasn’t the greatest, but my progress-motivation was great! I now know that I can do anything I put time and effort into.  I truly believe ANYONE can do what I did. I was not very healthy when I began this and now I really am. YOU can do it. Believe in yourself and don’t give up, even if it gets too hard… push yourself. The end result will make you smile. 

 

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Until next time,

Ms Ari Marie