Got Fat? Get Motivated! What Makes Determined Diva Happy

Happiness quote from me ~ "We have many choices and feelings, we choose how we feel; let's opt to be happy today. Happiness is a beautiful feeling." ~ D. Arevalo aka Determined D.
What Makes Me Happy ~ We have Choices

There are many things that make me happy.  I am not going to pretend that I am never sad, if I wasn't I would not be human. I would be lifeless, emotionless, a boring individual just wasting precious time and space.  Being sad is okay; but being happy and positive put you in a better place, in better spirits with an overall optimistic demeanor.
Life brings us many choices.  It's okay to be sad but when we dwell on sadness it gets us nowhere; it brings us to a dead-end with nowhere to turn.  When we accept sadness or mistakes and turn them into lessons and reflect on what brought us there, we can turn sadness into happiness.  Feeling sad?  Try smiling and letting go of any anger that may be bottled up inside.  It's okay to cry :). 
What makes me happy & "why". 
Family & Friends ~ Family and true friends are always there in times of need.  They know how you are feeling without having to ask.  A true family member and friend always knows how to make you smile; even when you are feeling sad.  They know how to turn sadness into happiness.
My children make me happy, just by giving me hugs or just by thinking about all of their wonderful accomplishments and smiles.  They somehow know how and when to bring happiness to any moment.  
Exercise ~ Exercise is something we do for ourselves. It makes us feel better physically and emotionally.  It also makes our outward appearance shine.  Choose an exercise that makes you feel like you accomplished something.  Even if you start with walking (this is how I initially lost weight) you will be up and moving.  It may take some trial and error before you find what exercise works for you.  Its okay, just do not give up! 

I also believe exercise allows individuals to release stress.  I know it isn't possible to be stress free at all times. I look forward to exercise as a big stress reliever and often leave feeling great and de-stressed! 
Nature ~ Get out and enjoy your day.  I truly enjoy walking or exercising outdoors.  I feel that it gives you a better work-out, walking or running up or down steep hills gives you more of a challenge.  Personally, I feel more motivated outdoors. 
I have a friend who does cross-fit.  When she lived in Virginia Beach, at times they would do their cross-fit sessions on the beach.  I think this is amazing.  There is something about just having the wind in your face and enjoying the beautiful surroundings whether it be the sand, waves, leaves, breeze, ocean, rain, or animals.  Embrace the beautiful life and creation around us. 
Motivating others ~ One of the main reasons I keep daily entries on this site is in hope of someone, somewhere (even if it is only one person) is inspired to go out with the notion that they can DO anything.  Nothing makes me more happy than to see someone smile or plan a goal that will lead to an accomplishment. 
I love to lead others to better places and opportunities; it is the reason I mentor college students, it is the reason why I want to teach professionally, it is the reason why I enjoy the field of management, it is the reason why I express my feelings and ideas through writing and the reason why I believe in second chances. 
Smiles are contagious ~    Smiles are okay to spread.  I smile often and try to laugh a lot.  One smile can make someones entire day. I used to see this everyday;
Smiling is contagious,
you catch it like the flu,
When someone smiled at
me today, I started smiling too.
I passed around the corner,
and someone saw my grin -
When he smiled I
realized, I'd passed it on to him.

I thought about that smile,
then I realized its worth,
A single smile, just like mine,
could travel round the earth.
So, if you feel a smile begin,
don't leave it undetected -
Let's start an epidemic quick
and get the world infected!!!
Happiness quotes, worth remembering:
"Remember happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think." ~ Dale Carnegie

"If you conduct yourself as though you expect to be successful and happy, you will seldom be disappointed." ~ Brian Tracy 
"Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier." ~ Mother Teresa
"The world always looks brighter from behind a smile." ~Author Unknown

****"The basic thing is that everyone wants happiness, no one wants suffering. And happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors. If your own mental attitude is correct, even if you remain in a hostile atmosphere, you feel happy." ~The Dalai Lama**** A CHOICE!

Remember happiness is truly a choice.
Be Happy Today & Always,

Determined D. XO

A (((Hug))) from me to you!

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  1. You are so motivational and your positive attitude really is contagious! That being said, what makes me happy is spending quality time with my husband and son, even if its just cuddling in bed with a movie or sitting by the fire. Knowing everyone is home, happy and healthy is when I am most content. :)

  2. This may sound cheesy, but my family is happiest when we are all together at Disney World. We just all get along there and are very content. After a very serious medical scare this year, we quickly planned a trip there as soon as the doctor allowed. It kind of reset us to a more normal state and of course made us all happy!

    We love to share this happiness with others and take them with us! The more the merrier!

  3. Hello Rachel & Ava,

    I am so excited you were able to enter the contest! Your stories are great! Family and especially children make what we do worth it at the end of the day!

    Enjoy the rest of your week!
    Good luck!
    Determined D.

  4. My new, larger family of four makes me happy! My husband and I are so lucky to have brought a beautiful little girl and boy into this world. After thinking I would never get pregnant, we found out on my 29th birthday that we were pregnant with our daughter who is now 22 months...then when she was only 13 months old, we found out we were pregnant with our son, who just arrived two weeks ago! We are so happy and blessed to have been so lucky! Our daughter is so smart and sweet and lovely! Getting to watch her grow has been the most amazing experience of my life...and now we get to do it all over again with our little man...nothing could make me happier! Seeing the world through your children's eyes is the most amazing thing!

  5. Thanks again for and S. Messier are reviewing all of the posts and winners will be announced tomorrow AM. Can't wait! Everyone is a winner!


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