Wednesday, January 01, 2014
I love the New Year. I love setting goals and then looking back at the year and seeing how far you've come. I believe in the freshness of a clean slate, like the snow that is falling outside my window right now.
SARK, an artist and author, said that we should look at instead of making "resolutions", to start a revolution instead, and to do the things that our heart loves. I like that.
Also in Christian circles I've heard of instead of creating lists, choosing just one word. But to a writer, just one word is difficult to say the least. If I had to choose just one word it may be something like "Joy", "Strength", or "Faith". But those are all such different things.
So for me, in 2014, I am going to aim to do the things that make me happy, that make my heart happy, and help me reach my goals. But even more importantly, I am going to put God first.
My goals for 2014 are:
* I am going to reach my goal weight (lose 20 lbs) by staying within my calorie range and working out 4x per wk
* I am going to read the entire bible in a year
* I am going to get in enough water and more freggies
* I am going to swim and do yoga once a week
* I am going to renew my family and household, breaking old habits starting with me.
* I am going to yell less, and think before I speak more.
* I am going to worry less and pray more.
* I am going to rediscover my creativity and what makes me happy through writing, starting with once a week.
I started today off right, with the bible and a Sparkpeople egg white and spinach omelet
After I read my bible I checked my email and I received an email today with an important word from Wendy Blight, a Christian author.
She references Romans 12:1-2 which says:
"So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering ... Fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it ... God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you." (The Message)
She goes on to help us write a prayer (the rest below are Wendy's words and not my own)
Using this passage, let's write a New Year's Prayer. But not just any prayer. Reread Romans 12:1. There is a powerful little word tucked in that first sentence. Paul tells us to take our lives and place them before God as an offering.
Together, let's make a New Year's offering.
We can make all the resolutions we want, but we can't change ourselves. But when we willingly offer our lives to God, He will change us. The NIV translation of Romans 12:2 says, "...be transformed by the renewing of your mind." The renewing of our mind requires inward change and comes from God at work in us. It requires diligence on our part. It requires changing our thoughts, our priorities, and goals to be aligned with those of Christ.
It's baby steps. And it doesn't require changing everything all at once.
Let's begin today with our first step ... a simple prayer, offering our hearts to God.
Heavenly Father, I praise You this day as Elohim, God my Creator. You are the Author of my life. You are the Strength of my heart and my Portion forever. You are all I need. My heart's desire in this New Year is to grow closer to You. In knowing You better, I will know myself more because my identity is found in You.
I want to become a woman after Your own heart. God, I ask You to help me each day carve out time to spend with You. Give me eyes to see, ears to hear, a heart to receive, and a mind to understand all that You will teach me. Make my heart tender to hear Your voice each time I meet with You.
Take Your Word and penetrate my heart. Create a hunger deep inside my soul for more and more of You. May nothing else satisfy me more than You.
Give me a heart of humility. If there is anything in me that keeps me from hearing You, reveal it to me. Convict me. Move me to confession. Cleanse my heart and renew a right spirit within me so I can be in perfect fellowship with You.
Fill my heart with Your truth. Plant it deep so that it takes root. Move me. Change me. Transform me. Empower me to live out what I hear and learn.
Every day of this New Year, make my life one long walk of obedience in response to Your Word and Your Holy Spirit Who lives and reigns in me. Let Your love and Your Word shape my life. This is my prayer offering. I ask this in Jesus' Name, Amen.
Now let's commit together to pray our prayer throughout the year ... asking God to change us from the inside out ... in baby steps.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
In 2013 I didn't lose any weight. Not one single pound. For that matter, I also did not lose weight in 2012. Since my 100+ lb. weight loss achieved in October 2011 I have successfully maintained my weight loss for 2 yrs (that sounds a lot better than "I've been stuck in a plateau for 2 yrs., doesn't it?").
No, in 2013 I'm ending the year a few lbs heavier (thanks Christmas!) but a whole lot STRONGER. in 2013 I achieved so many things I honestly never thought I could.
So was 2013 a successful year? You tell me.
In 2013 I...
Trained for and ran my first half marathon and in the process met one of my best friends, Blaize...
I showed my girls the magic of the Cinderella castle...
I signed up for my first full marathon, inspired by Blaize and with the encouragement of my husband...and feeling that calling on my life...
...I decided to run for Team World Vision to give purpose to my running and to raise money and awareness for those in need of water...and to strengthen my walk with God...
I ran 9 miles with my Dad riding his bike alongside me!
I ran my SECOND half marathon with my good friend Jenn, running 13 minutes faster than the first time around...
I celebrated 14 years of marriage...it hasn't been easy, but we have made it through good times, and bad....and love conquers all...
I met Leslie Sansone, my biggest health inspiration, at a Walk Leader reunion and got to walk with her onstage at the Walk Concert in FL...
I was matched with Peyton in IR4, an amazing girl who gives even more purpose to my runs...
...I was asked to travel to L.A. to be in a Leslie Sansone DVD, a dream come true....and I got to meet Leslie AGAIN!
...I ran the furthest I've ever run...first 14 miles, then 16, then 18 and 19, and finally 20 in training for the marathon, all with the most amazing group of people, my 121:Run Team...
...I became good friends with Caitlin who surprised me by signing up for the marathon, she had never run more than a 5k before...but she felt God calling her to do this, too...
...it hasn't all been an easy road...I've stumbled along the way, in more ways than one...
But in the end, I drew closer to God, and I achieved more through His strength than I ever thought possible...
I ran a MARATHON!!!!
...I raised over $2,000 for Team World Vision for a water project that is breaking ground this January in Africa...
...and we decided to sponsor a child through World Vision that lives in the area of Africa that I ran for....Edna James...
Thank you, God, for an amazing journey in 2013. I can't wait to see what 2014 has in store.
THIS GIRL CANNOT WAIT! I have come a long way, baby! Next stop - goal weight in 2014, just in time for my 40th birthday and girls trip with my bestie Cheri and friends!!
Thanks to all of my family and friends that have supported me along the way!!
Flashback - NYE 2009, when I announced to my family I would lose 120 lbs...(I'm on the left with two of my sisters)
Christmas Eve, this year. I'm the second from the left in the red, and about 100 lbs. down with all of my sisters).
Saturday, December 28, 2013
I felt it, these past few days. The extra giggle of my stomach, the ache in my bones. I knew that it had happened. The dreaded holiday weight gain. I had managed to maintain over Thanksgiving, which was my goal, however I know that I slipped and fell off my plan during Christmas. I have time off of work,and that means wonderful family time with my husband and kids, but also more eating,more time lounging, and less time focusing on reaching my goal.
I stepped on the scale this morning and not only was it a gain, but back I to the 200's. I was devastated. I've been hovering around 200 for the whole month of December. Now I am over that at 205. My initial reaction was defeat. I won't lie.
When you take a break from fitness, an eating plan, etc., its hard to know how to get back on track. You forget that it was baby steps that got you where you are, and instead see it as a huge mountain to climb.
I started this journey doing the only thing physically I could do - walk. I started 5 minutes at a time, then added minutes until I could walk a full mile, then two, and so on. I then began to run. This past year I trained for and ran my first half marathon, and then a full marathon.
In my transition from walking to running, I forgot about the power of walking, especially in the winter. I did it for cross training and of course, teaching my class once a week, but I neglected my daily walks and now stepping on the scale and seeing that dreaded 5 lbs. i realize that i forgot my roots. Except I'm not going to view it as a sentence, rather as a learning experience and am going to get back to my roots of walking! I know what a difference it makes.
Thanks to my fellow walk leader Nancy for the inspiration, she has maintained her weight loss through the winters and I saw this picture she posted to her walk page this morning right after stepping on the scale and it gave me the inspiration to start walking again, one step at a time.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Ran for the first time this morning since the marathon -- I took a week off as prescribed by many, and I was plain depressed -- had the post marathon blues BIG TIME. Next time (and yes, there will be a next time!) I'm going to run anyway after a few days post marathon. It was difficult to get into it this week.
But this morning I went for a mile run and I feel great! This weekend is the Hot Chocolate 5K and I'm running it with my Dad, who said he really wanted to run a 5K with me although he has foot issues, so we will most likely walk most of it, but we will see. He wants to run, too.
For the marathon I run/walked, but this morning I ran the full mile out. That is something! And I also did some strength training beforehand, it is my goal to reach goal weight by the new year.
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