Monday, February 03, 2014
So, weight loss is tough. It takes so much longer than the initial motivation lasts! Well, I'm slowly gaining weight and getting frustrated with myself, so I'm stepping up and taking control once again.
I leave for Israel in a month. I'm determined to lose 10 pounds be then. I know I can do it if I stay focused.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
I took 13 youth, ages 10-13 to a retreat this weekend along with another adult leader. The retreat was a lot of fun. The kids got to go ice skating, and ate at a pizza buffet, and went to an indoor bouncy house playground. They really enjoyed themselves. Our theme for the weekend was Dare to be a Daniel and we learned about who Daniel was, what he did, how trusting God made a difference in his life, and how they, too, could be a witness for God by being obedient, disciplined, and trusting.
All in all, a fun weekend.
We had car trouble on the way home. Ugh. There was also some bad weather, but we managed to get home safely only 4 hours later than I had planned.
I ate way too much during the weekend, but I must have stayed active enough because I didn't gain any weight.
Back home and back to a routine now.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
I started Jillian Michaels' Ripped in 30 DVD, which consists of 4 workouts, one per week for 4 weeks.
She is tough. Like she really kicks my butt.
Today I started week 3 and I killed! I quit halfway through, because it was tough.
But then I went back and did the full workout. I was pretty pathetic in the last half, but at least I got up and did it.
And now, for fun, a list of my favorite Jillian quotes:
This is your workout. Don't phone it in.
Don't make me come through your TV screen and kick your butt.
I want to bounce a quarter off your butt.
Don't forget to breathe, because I don't want you to pass out. If I were there, I wouldn't care, I've made people pass out before.
Your [insert muscle name here] should be screaming right now.
This kills. Well, you already bought the DVD.
Ooh, that hurts. I better stop, I might get a cramp. I can't get a cramp because I have to lead all of you.
This is the toughest workout I have ever designed (usually spoken right at the beginning).
Thursday, February 21, 2013
I have set a goal to lose 8 pounds in the next 4 weeks.
4 weeks from now is my birthday. Losing 8 pounds will be my birthday present to myself.
I have another goal to run a 5K in June. I want to be under 200 pounds by then. That's 15 pounds to lose in 4 months.
Goals are written out, posted by my bathroom mirror and I will reach them.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I started donating blood when I was in college. A friend of mine brought me with her to a blood bank where I made my first donation. Since then I've been a pretty consistent donor. I enjoy every part of the process--from the initial interview and the hemoglobin test (for iron level, can't donate if you're too low) to the phlebotomist sticking the needle to the snacks afterward. But why do I do it? Here are my reasons, starting with the noble ones:
1. Blood donations save lives
2. There is always a need for donated blood
3. Because I can now and I might not always be able
4. Because many people want to donate but can't, so I donate as long as I can
5. I have type O blood--the universal donor. With great blood comes great responsibility
6. Jesus gave his blood to save my life, and I want to follow in his steps (theologically, it's a stretch, but you have to admit it's a compelling reason)
7. Donating blood is a good excuse for a steak dinner
8. Watching the blood flow through the tubes
9. It's how I got the designation "Fountain of Ruth"
10. Showing off the colorful bandage for a few hours
11. Snacks!! The variety varies depending on the donation center. The best was the soup served at the donation center in Redding, CA
12. Freebies!! T-shirts, pens, travel mugs
13. Because I like vampires
14. The "be nice to me, I gave blood today" sticker
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