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Things I love about my body...#2

Monday, January 27, 2014

I love my arms.

Do I have flab?

Heck yes.

Some call them bat wings.

I really don't like that term...

But you know what?

I like them. No, I LOVE them.

I see a definition. I am getting stronger.

And I remember a time when they were ALL flab.

These arms have carried both of my daughter's, rocked them, and still cuddle with and hold them. They give piggy back rides and tuck covers in.

They embraced my husband in our first wedding dance.

They've huddled

They've held prayers

They've taken "selfies"

They've struck a pose

They've held a comic (very important)

They've held a martini(also important)

They've held my nieces and nephews

They've hugged friends

They've held causes

They've fist pumped with Leslie Sansone(!!)

I'm the one directly behind Leslie to the right.

And they've pumped alongside me on every run.

They've clapped and encouraged my students during Walk Live class

They've been lifted up in victory

And...if I were a comic...they would look pretty bad ass.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:


    You are such an inspiration! Love all the pics. You are a beautiful woman of God, honored to call you a Sister in Christ emoticon

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MESEATURTLE 1/31/2014 11:32PM

    Looooveeee the blog !!!!!

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LINDAKAY228 1/29/2014 9:11AM

    Such strong and also gentle arms!

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FINDINGBOBBIE 1/28/2014 11:21AM

    emoticon emoticon Great blog!!!

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    Love this post. What a beautiful tribute to your arms. emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/28/2014 12:03AM

    How delightful! So many great reasons to love your arms . . . And now, you can love your entire you! WooHoo! Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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    Love this!!

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RUNNERRACHEL 1/27/2014 9:21PM

    Yes! Another awesome blog! Woot for your arms! Love it!

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UNICORN212 1/27/2014 7:35PM

    My fav is the prayers - though the kids and DH rank pretty high, too.....

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HOTPINKCAMARO49 1/27/2014 5:58PM

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    soooooo cool!!!!!! love what you did with that pic!

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Things I love about my Body....#1

Monday, January 27, 2014

In my sunny gals group the main challenge this week is to fall in love with yourself again! This week, every day write a blog about one thing you love and admire about yourself. We tend to be hard on ourselves. We are our own critics and worst enemy. It can be a physical or character trait. It could be something you've accomplished or something you're proud of. Brag about how wonderful you are!

I'm focusing on my body as its one of my resolutions to love my body...no matter what size.

Today I love...my LEGS. They are strong and have brought me through walking my first mile, then running my first 5k, then a 10k, a 15 k and then two half marathons! And lastly they carried me (along with God) through a full marathon this past October. They lead others to show them how potent walking can be. They are STRONG. they don't have much cellulite on them. They are muscular. I love my legs.

(Text in picture from Nikewomen.com)

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    I always thank God for my legs as I run. They are sore and aching during it, but they are STRONG. I praise God that I have the ability to run, to be active, and these legs help me lead my children on the path to Jesus!

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LINDAKAY228 1/29/2014 9:12AM

    Your legs have given you strength you didn't know you had!

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LINDAKAY228 1/29/2014 9:12AM

    Your legs have given you strength you didn't know you had!

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REENSKI 1/28/2014 10:15AM

    Fabulous! emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 1/27/2014 9:19PM

    Awesome! Love it! Great challenge. Embrace our bodies! Thanks for spreading this message.

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JESSALOU 1/27/2014 9:15PM

    YOU ARE SUCH AN AMZAZING LADY! I AM BLESSED TO "Know!!!!!!" This is an amazing blog!!!!! Makes me realize I have to get back to our sunny gals!!!!!!!! Love you Kathy! and your amazing thunder thighs!!!!1

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SEATTLESIMS 1/27/2014 7:15PM

    love it! I will always have Thunder thighs and look forward to the day I can bounce my grandkids on them!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/27/2014 7:14PM

    I LOVE this! I have thunder thighs too. No matter how much weight I lost, my thighs stopped getting smaller a year ago... Thanks for the positive spin on it!

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    so beautiful!

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STARPESCADO 1/27/2014 4:48PM


I always say - have feet strong enough to follow your heart - and legs can apply to this also!

You go! Woot! Woot!

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SGTSUNNY 1/27/2014 4:27PM

    You have wonderful legs! Thanks for sharing and reminding us of what is important!

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My Favorite Workouts (picture blog)

Sunday, January 05, 2014

For the sunny gal challenge this week we need to blog about our favorite workouts:

Here are mine (and I love the workout "dice" I got as a goodie when placing an order with Sparkpeople!)

(I ran on the treadmill at the Y this week, too cold, and didn't have my phone on me, so here's a picture from the marathon)

Next week?

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LUVTOBOWL 1/13/2014 10:50PM

    Really neat dice! Wish I had some.

Thanks for the nice pics,


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LINDAKAY228 1/10/2014 8:13AM

    Love the pics except the one's in the snow look really cold!

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AMBER281 1/5/2014 5:44PM

    Love the dice, that's such a neat idea

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SGTSUNNY 1/5/2014 3:42PM

    Love the dice and the workouts! emoticon

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    emoticon Very cool!

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POOKASLUAGH 1/5/2014 8:38AM

    That dice is SO AWESOME!!! I want one!

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RUNNERRACHEL 1/5/2014 5:30AM

Love the pictures! What a fun idea! emoticon emoticon

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CAMAEL100 1/5/2014 5:17AM

    Great ways to get exercise in in the cold weather.

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UNICORN212 1/5/2014 12:34AM

    Love the dice, Kathy! What do the other two sides say? Also, how is the furkid doing?

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IDICEM 1/5/2014 12:29AM

  Love the dice!

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I Choose Joy

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Ok, so I resisted it. I didn't want to pick just one word to define my 2014. But ever since I wrote my resolutions down, one word stuck with me and wouldn't let go. Joy.

Various things happened that I saw as signs that this word was to be mine for 2014:

I changed my cover photo on Facebook to a quote that I found great happiness in about joy

We had Christmas songs playing today and "Joy to the World" came on, after I tried to shake this word out of my head, and also "Joy, Joy, Joy".

We decided to start a Happiness Jar this year, before this word latched itself onto me. But you know, this word, joy, it makes me feel...happy. And I could use more of that in 2014. So I am going to seek joy in everything in 2014. It all came together, and who am I to resist joy?

Our Happiness Jar

If you want to choose just one word information about it is at the end of this blog.

JOY. It just feels right.

UPDATE: since posting this blog and choosing "Joy" as my word, I was opening old mail and found a Christmas card with one word on it:

Wow. Amazing how God chooses to give us these signs! I'm now even more sure of this word!

About One Word

One Word 365 is a community and a movement. It’s about forgetting resolutions and scrapping your list of goals that you’ll forget by next week – or be overwhelmed by in the same time frame. One Word 365 says:

Choose just one word. One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live. One word that you can focus on every day, all year long.

It will take intentionality and commitment, but if you let it, your one word will shape not only your year, but also you. It will become the compass that directs your decisions and guides your steps.

Discover the big impact one word can make.

One word. 365 days. A changed life.

Will you be brave and commit to just one word? Do you believe that one small word can have a big impact on your life, on your world?

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SPARKLISE 1/3/2014 5:59PM


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TRAVELGRRL 1/2/2014 2:55PM

    Wonderful blog~! May joy fill every day of 2014, for all of us!

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    What a terrific blog, and Joy is a wonderful word to focus on. I enjoyed all oft the photos on here and the inspiration this leaves me with as well. I think I will choose the word peace.
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    Awesome Blog!!!!!!!!!!!

My one word will be........SUCCESS

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STARPESCADO 1/2/2014 11:05AM

    Great blog - thanks for posting!

You Rock!

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POOKASLUAGH 1/2/2014 8:14AM

    Joy is such a great word, and I hope it fills every part of this year for you!

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BRENDAF761 1/2/2014 7:31AM

    emoticon emoticon My word will be ACHIEVE! Best wishes for you in 2014! I know you will have JOY in your life! emoticon

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    Great word! Mine is "Believe."

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GRLTAZ 1/1/2014 9:54PM

    I like this and I agree. Choose joy ! TC

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ALLUP2ME1 1/1/2014 9:32PM

    I love this concept! This took me some time, but my word for 2014 will be fortitude!

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My New Year's Revolution and Prayer

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.

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GRANDMABABA 1/2/2014 7:12AM

    May He bless each one of us with what we need to become the strong healthy people He created us to be.

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RUNNERRACHEL 1/1/2014 9:17PM

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing. That really blessed me. I pray God does those things you are praying for, and blesses you abundantly this year, dear Kathy. He has a plan and loves you so much. He wants us to be willing to let Him work in and through us and you are expressing your willingness to do that. Offering our lives for the new year--love that! I am reading Purpose Driven Life (What on Earth am I Here For? revised new version that's on sale on Kindle) and it talks about God having a purpose for our lives and it is about Him--focusing on what matters most and doing what God created us to be. You are doing that and He will do the rest. Stay faithful in what He asks you to do and He will complete the work He began.

Love to you and your family!

Happy New Year!

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RUDITUDI2000 1/1/2014 8:05PM

    This is so beautiful! I hope you don't mind, I printed it out and will add it to my daily renewal time with the Lord! Happy New Year to you! emoticon

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JR0124 1/1/2014 7:35PM

    I think those sound like great goals for the year!

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    I love it.... Great way to think about the new year! Thank you for sharing my sunny friend. emoticon

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STARPESCADO 1/1/2014 6:40PM

    Great blog!

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UNICORN212 1/1/2014 3:26PM

    "I am going to aim to do the things ..... that make my heart happy" - very profound words. Putting God first, the offering, the weight, the food - all of it will make the heart happy.


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