Friday, January 06, 2012
You know, there are many moments of pure joy on this journey to health....that first hike with the family again, the new energy, the new optimism, the feeling of regaining control over food and chronic illness, getting my wedding ring back on, meeting new friends, praying for them and cheering them on and being on the receiving end of their encouragement and prayers, setting goals and achieving them.
But you know what gives me utter bliss?
buying smaller undies!
Monday, January 02, 2012
My 20yo daughter gave to me the book, "Walking the Walk, Getting Fit with Faith" by Leslie Sansone for Christmas. It is a 30 Day Faith building, health building devotional/journal.
I am going to do the journaling here on my blog for the month of January. I thought it would be a wonderful way to start 2012.
Jan 1 - Arise and Walk!
I John 2:6
Faithful thought-- Today is today. By walking with spirit, I'll make it a great day. And tomorrow will be even better.
Action- Stop criticizing yourself. Stop evaluating your performance....just DO it.
Affirmation- The strength I need it get fit is already inside me. Starting today, I will call on the strength everyday, and I know it will guide me.
Exercise for the day---stretching and relaxing yoga after a 3.5 hour car ride home.
Jan 2 - Walking on Purpose!
I John 3:18
Faithful thought- My body is my temple. When I honor my body, I honor God.
Action- as you go through your day, ask yourself if each action and choice fits with your purpose.
Affirmation- "Every day I walk, I walk in devotion."
Exercise for the day-- Walking warm up, 10 minutes, Strength training, 10 min. stretching yoga, 10 min.
Jan 3- Speaking Truth to power
Faithful thought- I love my body and will treat it with respect (including my thoughts about it).
Action- look yourself in the eye in a mirror and say 3 positive things about yourself
Affirmation- "Walking makes me feel like a brand new person. I love to walk!"
my exercise for today- walking dvd, a15 minute mile and stretching yoga, 10 minutes.
Jan 4 - Getting a Hand from Above
Faithful thought- Thank-you, Lord, for giving me the confidence and energy to accomplish my goals.
Action-first thing in the morning, focus on God and ask Him to be with you throughout your day. Don't get up until you've communed with God.
Affirmation- "I have everything I need for success because I've tapped into the Greatest Source of Energy in the universe and today I will use it to get through my day."
Exercise for day- a 1 mile walk outside.
Jan 5 - Being Thankful
Faithful thought- Thank-you God for the gift of my life. I promise not to waste it!
Action- make a list of things you are thankful for....from the big things to the little.
Affirmation- "Today I appreciate the little things--the roof over my head, the smiles of friends and family, the energy in my body as I walk."
Today I did morning yoga and I hope to take a walk outdoors in the lovely afternoon.
Jan 6 - Taking a Spiritual Inventory
Faithful thought- God is a part of every step I take.
Action - Write down your beliefs then grade yourself on how well you've acted upon those beliefs.
Affirmation- "I am a whole person. Everything I do today will be a perfect reflection of my beliefs."
Today I will walk outside in the wonderful 64* afternoon.
Jan 7 - Self Love
Faithful thought -I feel the divine spark in my body and soul and do everything I can to further God's plan.
Action- pretend your body is your child and treat and talk to yourself like you would your child if the child over-ate, or didn't exercise. Counsel yourself like a wise, loving parent would. Love yourself like a wise, loving parent would.
Affirmation- I am a creation of God's love, excellence, and beauty.
Today I will do a relaxation yoga routine to end the week.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
My favorite part of winter is sitting at my kitchen table in front of the patio door, drinking tea (now green tea), watching snow fall and the birds at my feeders. Here's some photos from last winter.
Count the Cardinals
we've had as many as 26 cardinals, but only during the occasional southern Indiana severe snow storms.
Tail-less cardinal (daughter's cat got his tail feathers)
ground feeders...many are visitors from Canada
Here's the list of birds we have visit us in winter:
In the creek
Mallard Duck, up to 20
Great Blue Heron, 3-4
Wood Duck, up to 4
At our feeders
Cardinal, (4-20 pairs depending on the weather)
Catbird, 1 pair
Chickadee, 2-3 pairs???
House Finch, 2 pairs
Goldfinch, small flock
Dark-eyed Junco, small flock, winter visitor from Canada
Mourning Dove, large flock, yum! yum!
American Tree Sparrow, small flock
Fox Sparrow, small flock
House Sparrow, small flock--nasty birds
Song Sparrow, small flock
White-Crowned Sparrow, small flock, winter visitor from Canada
White-Throated Sparrow, small flock, winter visitor from Canada
Tufted Titmouse, large flock
Towhee, 2 pair depending on how deep the snow is
Downy Woodpecker, 2 pairs
Hairy Woodpecker, 1 pair
Red-Bellied Woodpecker, 2 pairs
In our woods
Great Horned Owl
Migrates Through and/or seen on occasion flying over our creek
Bitter cold February day
Friday, December 23, 2011
It is now Friday evening.
Taking the advice of my precious SparkFriends, I did climb into my garden tub and took a long bubblebath soak (B&BW's Carried Away scent), then climbed back into my jammies and warm bed and napped 3 hours. After a late lunch and shower, I felt better. I've taken it easy the rest of the day and am now back in jammies again, sitting by a warm fire, and doing well.
I hate fibro flare-ups!! But I am thankful it happened today and not on Christmas day.
Merry Christmas everyone! See ya'll Monday!
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