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.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
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.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
As I mentioned last entry I was going to a retreat center this weekend. I'm back from the center and I can't begin to tell you how refreshed and re-energized I feel.
The theme of this retreat was Holy Now! It started Friday evening and concluded with Sunday noon meal. The opening session they played the following video. The song is by Peter Mayer - "Holy Now".
The retreat was a great reminder of how precious we all are in God's eye. Life and the messiness that it entails brings me down, I'm trying to remind myself that no matter what happens, God is with me and in me and I am indeed a holy person because of that. We all are.
Genesis 1:31 - And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
I truly can't believe that it is Thursday evening. Where did the week go? It doesn't help that I have been battling a cold and I'm afraid that the cold is going to come out smelling like a rose on this round. I'm eating lots of fruits, veggies and exercising mildly trying to keep my immune system healthy. I'm envisioning my t-cells with little boxing gloves fighting and keeping my immune system stronger. No wonder I've been so tired; I'm exercising and don't even realize it.
Tomorrow, I'm heading towards my favorite retreat center for a weekend retreat. It's been a couple of years since I've been there and I'm looking for the time to reflect and re-group. This year's theme is the HOLY Now! This retreat will help me discover the true meaning of holiness and how it is around us and within us all the time. The timing couldn't be more perfect as I have been struggling with my faith lately. I'm open to God's love during this time.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
It's been raining pretty steady for the past couple of days and it sure is bringing my mood down. It's hard to get motivated when all I want to do is curl up on the sofa with a good book. I'm fighting those urges but, it is so tempting.
So, this morning I headed to the gym for some cardio. Today is a cross-training day for me so I like to mix it up with either elliptical, stationary bike or the stepper. The elliptical won today and I was able to belt out 55 minutes of a workout. A quick shower and out the door I want to tackle my grocery shopping list. Ugh, what to fix for the upcoming week suppers? Does anybody else struggle to fix wholesome, nutritious meals that will appeal to the whole family? I may have to take a look at the Spark cookbook and see if anything strikes my fancy. An hour later, I'm heading home. I got the groceries unpacked and have started tackling my pumpkins from the garden. I have about 20 of them that I need to get cooked, whipped, dished out into freezer bags and into the deep freeze for the winter months ahead. I have a total of 6 done...14 more to go. I don't think I 'll get them done today but, I got a good start on them.
Well, I have to get ready for a birthday party. Have a great Sunday! And now matter what the weather resist the urge to curl up. Trust me, once you get going, the momentum keeps you going..
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