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Matthew 11:28

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Matthew 11:28-30

28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

May the comfort and the love of the Lord help our nation through this difficult time.

  
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LVMAMAW 12/15/2012 2:22PM

    Amen!

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NILLAPEPSI 12/15/2012 2:03PM

    Amen!!

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November Recap and December Goals

Friday, November 30, 2012

As the month of November comes to an end, I'm taking a moment to assess my goals for this month and how well I did:

1) Mr. Scale being put a way for the month...I'm giving myself a 'C' for this goal. I ended up weighing myself daily at the beginning of this week. I could feel my pants getting just a little bit tighter than normal, so I had to see what the damage was. I gained 5# this month! I know some people can go with out weighing themselves. At this point, I can't. I need to see the number to hold my self accountable. I know I need to work on this, maybe for my December goal, I could put the scale away and only weigh myself, once a week. We'll see...
2) Sit-ups/Push-ups...'A'. I had no problem with this one. The hardest part was remembering the day. Yesterday, I ended up doing them at 8:00pm at night but, I did them!
3) 360 minutes of exercise/week.....'A'. For next month, I'm bumping this total up to 400 minutes/week.
4) Daily Devotional....'B'. I missed a handful of days but, for the most part, this has become a good habit. I'll take 5 minutes before heading out the door for the day to read. By doing this, I'm able to contemplate the reading during my 20 minute commute to work. It's a great way to start the day.
5) 100 oz of water/day...'A'. I'm a water drinker. About two years ago, I gradually phased out my diet coke habit and I haven't looked back since. I'm lucky if I have a diet soda, once a month
6) Random Act of Kindness/day...'C' One the days that I remembered I accomplished this goal. Most days, I was so involved with myself, that I forgot about this one. I have a plan for next month, regarding this goal.
7) Read 60 minutes/day for my own enjoyment...'B'. Up until this week, I was doing wonderfully with this goal. I'm on a stay-cation this week and with all the errands and items on my to-do list, I've completely forgotten to read. Yikes!

On to December's goals:
1) Cut my coffee consumption to one mug (14oz)/day.
2) Weigh myself once a week. Today's motivational article has some great tips that I'm going to start working on. The article can be found here:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat
ion_articles.asp?id=1625


3) Donate blood. I use to donate many years ago and it was one of those things that has fallen along the wayside. During the busy holiday season, blood banks often face shortages of blood. It's a wonderful time of the year to start donating again.
4) Try one new veggie/recipe a week. When it comes to the dinner menu, I have fallen into a rut. With just my DH and I to cook for I have no reason not to try new items. So, next week, I'm going to try Kohlrabi. I'm also looking for new recipe ideas, so let me know if you have something tasty.
5) Stretching 10 minutes a day. I have absolutely no flexibility. Cardio, I kick butt. But, my hamstrings are tighter than banjo strings. I can't touch my toes, that's how tight I am. Need. To. Work. On. That.
6) Random Acts of Kindness. Since I didn't do so well with this goal in November, I'm going to try again in December. I follow this blog "Back to Her Roots" written by the wonderful Cassie. Every time I read her posts, I'm inspired to be a better person. She had posted a few months back, this post about the month of Intentional Kindness, which inspired me to do that for the month of December. Her post and download may be found here:
backtoherroots.com/2012/08/31/the-mo
nth-of-intentional-kindness/


Good luck to everyone as they reassess their goals for December.

  
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CANDYCANE2B 12/1/2012 10:45AM

    I love your goals!!! Good luck this month and yes, I weigh myself everyday! If I weighed myself once a month, I would be so far off the wagon, it would take me a long time to get back the lost ground!!!

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WONDERWOMAN 12/1/2012 9:33AM

    What a wonderful blog. Thank you for sharing your goals and progress. Many I want to incorporate into my plans, many I can already relate to.

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Update

Saturday, November 17, 2012

I'm not quite sure where the month of November has gone but, we are over half-way through! Next week is Thanksgiving, already. Yikes!! Somewhere between today and Thursday, I have 4 pies to make for our family get together.

My goals that I had set at the beginning of the month are going great. I've gotten in my water, 360 exercise minutes/week, sit-ups and push-ups.

For my devotional time, I spend just 10 minutes in the morning reading my daily devotional before heading out the door for the day. I have found it's a great way to start my work day; it centers me in God's world before heading out into my world. My random acts of kindness has sometimes been as simple as smiling at a stranger and saying hello. Another day, I purposely left my change in the vending machine for the next person to find. Nothing big but, I'm hoping those simple acts will have brightened someone's day.

As for Mr. Scale...I've struggled with this one. Not weighing myself is causing me to rely on myself and to honestly assess how I've been doing. Trusting myself and knowing that I'm doing the right thing by eating healthy and exercising have been very hard for me these past two weeks. I'm pushing forwarded with this goal but, there are some day's that I really want to cave in and see what the number is.

In Wisconsin it is opening weekend of deer hunting. I'm not hunting this year but instead I will be spending the day with two of my dearest girlfriends. They make me smile and laugh until my sides hurt. We are going to a few small towns and shopping at some local boutique stores. It should be a wonderful day and I'm going to savor every minute of it.


  
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WONDERWOMAN 11/17/2012 9:10AM

    Sounds like you are doing well in all areas. The scale thing is hard, very hard. But honestly once you get used to it, you will find it helps you live this life and journey more peacefully. Sometimes we do and sometimes we don't need to keep track quite as often as we think. Woo Hoo for all the positives you have accomplished so far this month. PS - come on over to RWAP and update your numbers on the challenge tracker thread. Tell everyone how you are doing on the chat thread.

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November Goals

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Thirty days. 30 days. Thir-Tee days. No matter how you write it, it's 30 days to make a change. Thirty days to challenge myself and head in a positive direction. Thirty days of looking forward to the future. Here are my goals for the month of November -

1) No more scale. I've taken Mr. Scale and put him underneath some old blankets in the back of my linen closet. I'm not sure if he'll ever see daylight again.
2) 15 sit-ups on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
3) 10 push-ups on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
4) 360 minutes of exercise/week
5) Read daily devotional
6) Read 60 minutes daily for pure enjoyment
7) 100 oz of water daily
8) Do one random act of kindness a day

With any challenge, there should be some kind of reward at the end. My reward (besides cultivating some great habits) will be a massage at my fitness center.

Good luck with your goals that you'll be working on in November.

Peace

  
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KALANTHA 11/10/2012 4:49PM

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DDHEART 10/31/2012 11:04AM

    Very nice! I love that you have given yourself a pure pleasure goal too!

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MNWILDCIN 10/31/2012 10:34AM

    Thank you for the reminder to get my goals written!!!
You have a great list, and a fabulous reward planned!!
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NUTRON3 10/31/2012 8:27AM

    great goals

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Excuse me while I have a talk....with myself

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Dear Sue,

You're such a wonderful person. You've achieved such success with your weight loss. But, you need to ease up just a bit. Please remember that you are so much more than that number on the scale. It's not going in the direction that you want it to and I can see the frustration that is causing you. You're analyzing everything you eat from how many calories it contains and whether or not it's a 'good' food or a 'bad' food. I bet you don't even realize the amount of time that you spend thinking about what you should or shouldn't have to eat for the day. I really hate to see you so tore up about this. You're a caring, nurturing person. Your laughter is genuine and your smile just lights up your face. You give a helping hand when ever asked. And often times lend that helping hand before being asked. I wished you would focus on those aspects more than about that 'number' on the scale.

And my goodness, and as for what you've achieved through exercising. Didn't you just finish a half-marathon in August and another one this morning? How awesome is that. Just imagine how just a couple of years ago, you couldn't even run the length of a block with out losing your breath. But, you know what? With determination, dedication and a desire to achieve good health, you did it!

The number on the scale doesn't even begin to tell half the story about what you've accomplished. This may hurt but, I wouldn't tell you unless I really cared about you. Maybe you should take a break from Mr. Scale? What? I know, I know, with any relationship it maybe hard to walk away but, I really think for your mental health you need to cut ties with him. How about this? Maybe think about taking just a short break, like say, a week? Just give a thought and let me know what you think. Like, I said, I wouldn't say anything but, I can see the frustration and stress that you're experiencing and you're too nice of a person to have to deal with that.

I'll let you go now, as I know that you've been busy with work, life, friends and family.

Hugs,
Sue

  
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DDHEART 10/29/2012 9:14AM

    We all need to have this talk with ourselves once in a while...well done!

Oh and BTW...congrats on another half under your belt!

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