Wednesday, January 01, 2014
I face today, the first day of 2014 with mixed emotions. The new year always brings about hope--a fresh new start, a clean slate, mine to do with as I will. It reminds me of getting new school supplies every year. Everything was always clean and fresh, with no marks, and I could "embellish" my notebooks with whatever little drawings or sayings, rants or causes that I supported, etc. But there was always something about making that first mark. It would no longer be clean and fresh, pure, and without "blemish". The simple act of simply writing my name on it, changed it. Altered it. There was no going back.......
...anyway, as I sit here contemplating what I want 2014 to look like, I see that fresh, clean, pure sheet of paper before me. What do I want my first "mark" of 2014 to be. That first mark that will "change" everything....
...but...I am (not so gently) reminded as I scold myself that I have been here before. I have sat at the dawn of a new year 50 times before. I won't hold myself responsible for many of those being a child, but for the last say...20 first days of the new year, I have sat and pondered the same question, "What do I want (insert year) to look like?" and realize that making that first mark was not enough. Nothing changed over the course of the year as the excitement wears off, old habits sneak back in....and I find myself right where I am today...over and over and over and over.
This has got to stop!
I can take two approaches----
~1~ Change nothing and be right here in the same place on the first day of 2015.....
~2~ Make a real plan of action and stick to it and be in a different, better place on the first day of 2015.
What should my first "mark" be?
Nutrition. I have to get back to eating clean, unprocessed foods. The last couple of months with being sick, I have really let my eating habits slip. Way too many convenience foods, and not nearly enough fresh fruits and vegetables. And I feel it. I am sluggish at best right now. Time to detox the pantry and fridge of all the "junk" that has accumulated over the holidays.
No more on the run eating, and especially no more eating crap just because it is the holidays. I eat crap and I feel like crap! Ugh! I also need to get back to tracking better. I have been using another place to track, but think I will come back to Spark for tracking both nutrition and exercise.
...okay...there...I have made my FIRST mark on my new year. No turning back.....
What does your new year look like today?
Saturday, March 16, 2013
This week's challenge for the 5% community/Team Starfish is having breakfast every day AND finding a new breakfast recipe on SparkRecipe each day. As I pulled up SparkRecipe to look for my recipe for the day, I was amazed at some of the recipes I found. I don't take advantage of SparkRecipe nearly enough, and I need to change that. I had mentioned during the pre-challenge assignments that I needed to find or create some new recipes because things in the kitchen were getting a little boring and repetitive. SparkRecipe has hundreds and hundreds of recipes that are nutritious, easy on the wallet, and quick and easy to make. Why am I not using this site more often?? Doh!
I also want to add more protein into my diet, and I found recipe after recipe this morning that had over 20 grams of protein! Wow! New recipes and more protein, too? Score!
So, if you haven't ever checked out SparkRecipes, hop on over, and check 'em out! Definitely worth looking into!
Friday, March 08, 2013
I have to start by saying that I really did enjoy the blogging challenge this past week. I think it is a great challenge to have in the beginning of the main challenge, as everyone is posting something, and reading, and commenting. I think it gives everyone a wonderful chance to get to know each other early on. (group )
I didn't do a blog yesterday. I woke up with a headache, and after going to the gym, it became a full-blown migraine about an hour into my work out. I had to force myself to at least log on and post my numbers for the day so that I wouldn't lose the chance to be a SUPER STARfish for the week. I have a hard time focusing on anything bright during a migraine, and the computer screen fit into that category. On a good note, I only get a migraine once or twice a year, so heres hoping that yesterday's was my first and last for this year.
I am behind in the questions for the challenge. Let me see if I can get caught up. Yesterday's question was "Do I need some motivation or advice?"
Absolutely! I will take motivation and advice in any shape and form I can get it. Sometimes, just hearing something, or reading something, is enough to make me work out harder, or try something new, or make me want to be better at everything.
Hmmm...do you think more motivation would ever be a "bad" thing?? ...Maybe in the case of an eating disorder, but then I wouldn't consider motivation to do a "good" thing (like work out more) turned into a "bad" thing (eating disorder) a normal scenario. At least not in my head. So anywayyyy...feel free to give me as much motivation and advice, prayers, lucky vibes--whatever you got! I welcome it all! (especially the prayers part!)
Today's question is "Is there anything else you would like to share?"
Yeh! I want to tell you guys how much I love "talking" to you everyday. You do give me motivation and strength, and lift up my spirits, and push me everyday to do a little better than yesterday...whether you know it or not. I love my and .
Y'all have a great week coming, and don't forget to post your weigh in tomorrow.
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
I don't have much time this evening, but I wanted to at least check in for the challenge.
Today's question is "What can I improve on?"
I would definitely have to say for me it would be time management. I am busy, and I get a lot of things accomplished every day. But with spring coming, I will be busy putting in the gardens, both flower and vegetable, and between the gardens, yardwork, and not having a Pastor things are getting a little more hectic. Add to that two different Bible studies a week, one I lead and one I attend, and teaching the adult Sunday School class, and two dogs, an almost 13 year old son, and a hubby who is on a crazy work schedule of 12 hour days 6-7 days a week. Whew! Makes me tired just typing all that.
With time being a little "crunched", especially on Sundays and Wednesdays, I have little time to be on the computer this evening. I wanted to get my blog done, and I still want to try and check out a couple of the other blogs.
I have a couple of appointments tomorrow...Yay! I desperately need a haircut, and that is one of my appointments.
I think I might be rambling tonight. I am exhausted tonight. See ya tomorrow!!!
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Today's question is " How are you doing day to day?"
I am good.
Really. I don't mean for that to sound glib or dismissive, as in, "Eh...I'm good".
I am active every single day. I have not been sick this winter except for a head cold a couple of weeks ago. I am having pains in my left hip, and they are usually in my right hip, so no sure what is going on there, but could it be a good sign that my right hip hasn't been achy?
My nutrition is still under par on protein and calories, but I am striving to add peanut butter in my snack which is helping my protein intake some. And I am doing a protein shake after my workouts.
The trees are budding, the robins are back and busy, and I am itching to get out and start preparing and putting in this years gardens. (My favorite thing to do).
I am not without problems, but nothing life threatening.
I am feeling very thankful and blessed these last couple of weeks.
Life is good!
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