Friday, September 07, 2012
I've been reading Ashley Judd's memoir titled, All That Is Bitter and Sweet, and I love her candor in sharing her life experiences. I had always been drawn to her and to the strength of the characters she has played in the face of their adversity, and now I understand where that strength comes from. She discusses her battle with depression and its treatment. She also shares much of her experience as one of the faces that reach out to marginalized populations around the world- particularly trafficked women and children who are used as sex slaves.
One occasion in particular she is meeting with a group of young women who have either been rescued from or are in danger of being kidnapped for prostitution in India. This group helps to advocate for, protect, and educate these women. At the close of her conversation with these brave young women, she asks them all to share something about themselves that they love. Some could respond easily, while others struggled with identifying anything about herself worthy of acknowledgment. Ashley later reflected on this and was saddened by it. Read more about the projects and service work Ashley participates in here: ashleyjudd.com/
How important is it for us to recognize that which is good and honorable within ourselves? Immensely important! I'm not talking about arrogance about ourselves of course- just genuine acknowledgement that we are wonderful human beings, and we have unique bits of goodness in ourselves. To that end, I have decided to work on a list of what I love about me:)
1. I smile easily
2. I am eager to find the good in any situation
3. I love helping others
4. I am warm and friendly
5. I love my long hair that is highlighted with silver
6. I love learning new things
7. I love sharing what I know for the benefit of others
8. When I see someone in trouble, I reach out with help-whatever that may be
9. I am willing to give a voice to the silent
To be continued.............
Thursday, September 06, 2012
While I'm thrilled with my weight loss and reaching my ultimate goal, I have been pondering what my new goals might look like, because. let's face it- in order to successfully maintain, one needs to continue to set and work toward healthy goals.
Like I mentioned, I am very happy with my weight loss of 100 pounds and the fact that I have successfully maintained it for 6 months and counting, but I would like to improve my body composition and get my running routine back in service again. I had been gradually backing off on that over the summer, and it hasn't gotten better with a return to work. I need to make it a priority, and I have begun some research on properly fueling my body for better performance and composition. This is my new goal! I don't have it all mapped out in measurable benchmarks yet, but aim to complete that part in the next week or so.
Here's an article I have read recently on my research quest of the subject: Eat to Build Muscle-
There are several links within the article I have yet to explore and gather information to help me build my plan to reach my goal (which I obviously haven't specifically defined yet).
I've felt like I've been in a bit of limbo lately without having something specific to work toward, and I'm really excited about finally beginning to identify something new!
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
This weekend, while at my parents home with my kids, and my sister, brother, and their kids, I did something that I could not do the last time the kids all did this. They love to climb up onto the rows of big round hay-bales, and I couldn't climb up there before. My sister and I both climbed up there, and my dad took a picture of all of us (except my brother, because he had gone to meet some friends by the time we began this adventure). The kids have mentioned a couple of times about how surprised they were that their mother climbed up there with them..."you never did fun stuff like that with us before" ...and sadly that is true. This was my silly, fun moment, and I loved it. No worrying about looking like a fat girl struggling up there and failing at it anyway...I got up, on my own...at 40 years old- something I couldn't do at 25 or 35. I'll post a picture later- I'm at work and can't access it from FB while I'm here. I'll have to do it when I get home. I always wanted to be the mom who didn't get tired playing with her kids, and while it's too bad that I didn't get to give that to them as much when they were smaller, at least I can now, and I'll be able to chase grandkids when they come too....which could be in a few years or less...my oldest son is almost 20!
It was a great day!
Tuesday, September 04, 2012
I have recently noticed that I don't do a really good job of blogging things from my life on a regular basis, and a fellow sparker has even requested that I do so. I thank her for sending me that message, because I know I need to get better at this, and it always helps when others help to hold us accountable. No time at the moment, because I am at work, but I promise I will get better at this.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Did so much better my second time in the Moonlight Chase last night. It's a 4 mile run that started at 9pm. The entire course is lit up by a combination of luminaries and strings of lights that the homeowners along the route put up. The weather was better too. Last year I was so hot...it was really humid and not a breath of wind.
Here's a pre-race picture of my sweetie, me, my best girlfriend, and her sister-in-law:
I improved my time by 4 minutes this time!
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