Saturday, March 29, 2014
YOU ARE ENOUGH. When I logged into Spark, those 3 words jumped off the page at me. I stopped and whispered them to myself. It felt good so I said it again. And again.
I've been incredibly overwhelmed with life's curve balls lately. And when I'm overwhelmed I start thinking of what more can I do and what should I be doing differently. YOU ARE ENOUGH. Those words made me realize that I'm doing what I can and that I am enough. Life's curve balls are not about me not being or doing enough. It's just the part of life where things are hard.
I AM ENOUGH. I will get through this and those other life challenges that will surely come. I will because I am enough. I will because God says I am enough and sometimes He gives us more than we can handle so that we hand it over to Him.
I AM ENOUGH and so are you.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
With the promise of warmer temperatures and more sunshine, I'm ready to give my goals an overhaul. It's been a long winter and I've been in somewhat of a rut so I'm ready to change things up.
1. Get outside more. I have a very sedentary job that keeps me inside most of the waking day. I'm going to get outside for at least 15 minutes 3-4 times a week during my lunch break and then walk in the evening/weekends 4 times per week. I have a very low Vitamin D level which I take supplements for. These supplements don't seem to be helping in any great way. I've seen small increases but nothing significant. The best way to take Vitamin D is through sunlight so I know this outside exposure will help in more ways than one.
2. Keep on tracking. I'm currently on an 18 day streak of tracking my food. I track the good, bad and the ugly so that I'm accountable and can see patterns. One thing I've noticed is that there are "extras" I eat that I don't need. For example, a bread stick with a great meal. I don't need the calories and don't even want the bread stick. I ate it because it came with my food. I will continue to track all food, everyday.
3. Water, water, water. As I've been tracking my food and drinks, it's glaringly obvious I'm not drinking enough. Not just water but anything. For this goal I will focus on 6-8 glasses of water per day.
4. Dealing with stress. I haven't found the perfect tool or exercise for dealing with stress. I am going to keep trying different things to find what works best. The current items I'm trying are blogging, devotions and prayer. I'm looking at a Bible Study and yoga to also try.
I'm looking forward to shaking off the doldrums of winter and embrace Spring. Spring is a time of renewal and I'm going to work on a personal renewal of spirit and energy.
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Anyone who has flown in an airplane has heard the flight attendant explain that in the case of an emergency, place your oxygen mask on first, then help those around you. I understand why they say to do this. What good are you to those around you if you are dead? But do ya know what? I always heard it, understood why but processed it as "Yeah. Unless there are children or people who need help more than me. They come first."
I find that I've kind of taken this general approach to life. In my circle of friends and family, I have no problem trying to save them and help them. Actually I like doing it. I love the feeling of helping and making a difference in the lives of those around me. There's nothing wrong with that, right? Makes me a good, caring person, doesn't it?
This morning I had one of those "God Breezes" where things came to mind in an almost "slap yourself upside the head" kind of way. First, who asked me to help or save them? In almost all cases, no one did. When my Dad was dealing with his high blood sugar and losing weight, I sent him recipes, bought him a fitbit and cheered him on. When my husband was down and battling weight issues, I bought healthy food, a punching bag, new shoes, a fitbit and so on. I put my time and energy into other people and felt like I failed them when they stumbled. I put their success on me. Today it hit me that their journey is their journey. I can be supportive and if asked, offer help. However it's not my responsibility to save them.
This thinking led to the next obvious conclusion, it is my job to save myself first. Instead of looking for answers or expected reciprocated support in others, I have to do this for me. I need to put the time and energy I'm putting into others into myself. Because just like the flight attendant says "Put your mask on first so that you can help others".
I'm not sure why this is so difficult or why I throw so much of myself into others but I need to focus on me. It's my job to be there for them when they need me. Encourage them. Not save them. Not pour all my energy into them. It is my job to save myself so that I can be a role model for them. So that I can be my best self and be there when they do need me.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Each winter the cold temperatures and snow tend to drive me close to hibernation. The older I get I find that I like a little snow on Christmas and then I'm ready for Spring. However, here in Ohio Spring doesn't come until April or so.
So until then I'm going to focus on the following goals to see me through the cold months:
1. Drink 8 glasses of water per day. This is tough as I like to drink hot coffee and tea to warm myself up.
2 . More gym time. It's too easy to sit cuddled up, under a blanket this time of the year.
3. Better stress handling. #2 will greatly help.
4. Me time. This will help with the stress too. I'm planning to start a year long daily devotional January 1st. I'm looking forward to this time of meditation.
I know these goals seem basic and are things I shouldn't have to reinforce but winter is tough for me. I think I would have been a good bear with my hibernation instinct.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Dear Spark Recipes,
Each morning I log into my email and am greeted with a message from you. Typically these messages have yummy ideas for salads, chicken or healthy makeovers. However the majority of the recipes I've been greeted with this month are cookies.
The first few were lower calorie makeover cookies and I thought "Thanks for the alternatives.". But here we are a few days later and today's recipe for the 911 Emergency Cookie is well....too much! You are starting to rival the Food Network's 12 Cookies of Christmas. And I don't think that is a good thing.
If you would, please consider featuring other winter recipes such as soups, stews, crock pot meals and the like through the holiday season. As it is now, I'm starting each day with an insane craving for cookies that seems to be triggered by these emails. And with cookies, candy and treats being at every desk, party and function, I could use a little less temptation.
Thanks so much for listening. I truly appreciate the recipes and tips I've learned from you over the years. But please, back off the cookies!
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