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It's a Journey.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Since I started this journey in Sparks, there has been many ups and downs, ebbs and flows. Unfortunately, there's been a lot of down lately...down in the exercise minutes, down in the nutritious value of the food in-take, down in the amount of sleep I've been getting...and up on the scale. Ugh.

This past year has been fraught with more work hours than I signed up for; more volunteer headaches than a paid accountant would want; less sleep; less acceptance from extended family--nothing really new; more mess in the house--less importance on the mundane; more busyness from varied interests of my growing boys; less control as they continue to grow up; more peace as a I rely on My Strength and My Shield--My Rock and My Salvation.

And so I look forward to the new year with excitement. I'm still down 15 pounds from my original high. I have some amazing friends who I'd love to physically meet one day (hey...I've found one of my goals from my main page :) And I'm more optimistic than I've ever been in my life.

Life is good. And I'm excited about my continued journey!

  
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ABIGAILSING 1/8/2011 1:02PM

    I'm with you, girl. I want to lose the weight, but life seems to get in the way of that. BUT I am feeling better, doing better, eating better, getting healthier. I have maintained my weight where it is for a year. That is good. Now like you, I press forward on the journey, blessed to have friends like you to spur me on.
We can do this. Let's go! emoticon

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SAL1512 1/1/2011 6:43PM

    I am so encouraged by your positive spirit!
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SWIMLOVER 1/1/2011 9:18AM

  This is a Journey! We are all in this Healthy Journey together!
We Can Do This! emoticon I also want JESUS who is my
Rock, my Shield and my Salvation to be LORD over every area and
aspect of my life. I want HIM to be the LORD in control of my life. I know 2011 is going to be an healthier year for all of us! I am also excited about my continued journey! I am excited about our continued journey!
Happy New Year and May The LORD Bless this year for you!
Louise

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"Chocolate" Nuggets of the Day:

Saturday, December 04, 2010

If I'm looking at the christmas chocolates everywhere, these are the nuggets that I need to choose to nosh on:

1) We are all manufacturers. Making good, making trouble, or making excuses - H. V. Adolt

2) To reach my goals, I have to really want them. More importantly, I have to really believe that I can do it.

3) Every priority in my life needs to justify why it's there. If I can't come up with a good reason that actually comes from me, maybe it doesn't belong.



Now Nita...Focus emoticon

  
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SAL1512 12/11/2010 6:31PM

    It is so hard to resist all this food everywhere and then chocolate on top of it all!!! Thanks to Sparks, I learned about dark chocolate and I am developing a taste for it.
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DIANE7786 12/4/2010 1:05AM

    The great quotes will help through the holiday season. A few pieces of dark chocolate is healthy. Keeping our health priorities is healthier.

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GIVEUP30 12/4/2010 1:01AM

    emoticonusual I would want to go get some chocolate to eat but I am doing so much better this week... emoticon for you too...

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FRIENDOFBACH 12/4/2010 1:00AM

  Wow! I'm glad I'm upstairs. Just looking at this is making me hungtu,
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What is important?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Really. What is important?

Is it so important that I stress that my weight is not moving as quick as I want? Is it so important that I work 18 hours a day at work, volunteer stuff and cleaning the house? Is it so important that my couches don't match and that there's dust bunnies under the bed (that I can't see for the mess of toys!)? Is it so important to get approval from extended family members for the gift I've chosen or made for them? Is it so important?

Today's message at church service was from a local Reverend, a brother of a dear friend, and he didn't mince words. The obedience he showed in sharing that message was amazing. He asked, "Where are your priorities? Where do you go in times of trouble; in times of peace? Who (or what) have you based your foundations on? What have you put your faith in?" It was a profound message. Christ didn't say, "if I return". He said "When". Are you ready? Am I ready? Am I one of the five bridesmaids ready for the bridegroom, with enough oil, or will I be one of the five bridesmaids too busy to prepare, too busy to listen, too busy with other things, only to go through the motions like a dress rehearsal. And when it's too late, run for oil to return to the wedding feast and the doors are locked?

I have been struggling lately with the overload of being who I think I need to be, but am I really being what God needs me to be?

Do I need to put so much into the AC paperwork, at the cost of not making cookies with my little man of 7 years?

Do I need to stress about the pile of papers at work, if the boss isn't concerned because there are other "fire-projects"? Do I need to worry so much about what gifts I'm wrapping for those "hard-to-please" relatives who are unfortunately very closely related to me? Or can I just pick as my heart leads as my young man of almost 14 years does with a thoughtfulness that amazes me?

Do I need the house "magazine" clean (never accomplished this, but I stress to try!!) when I should just take my young man of almost 16 years and go outside city limits to look at the stars with him?

Do need to spend that extra ten minutes on the treadmill, or would I not be more productive focusing on some devotion "coffee" time with my best friend and Savior.

No. I do not need to "do" so much. I need to just "be". Make the cookies. Make "that thoughtful gift". Look at the stars. And just be, with the Lord, in prayer, in the Word, with my family, in peace. Because in doing this my heart will be focused on what the Lord has asked of me, not what man has demanded. Because in doing so, my heart will be prepared, my family prepared for the return of a King, not just a Christmas baby, but the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. The matters of the Spirit are more important to the Bridegroom, than dust bunnies and papers.

My heart. My soul. His purpose.

That is what's important.

  
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SAL1512 11/29/2010 10:44AM

    And YES, Jesus is the Reason for the season! He would want us to do what is really important. Thank you for the many reminders about what is important!

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SWAZY33 11/16/2010 12:13PM

    emoticon emoticon
Thanks for the reminder of just where our priorites should be :)

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HISFREESPIRIT 11/15/2010 3:22PM

   
J O Y

Jesus
Others
Yourself



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GETNFIT4GOD 11/15/2010 2:19PM

    YES!! YES!! YES!! I want my heart prepared, my family's hearts prepared, for the return of a King, not just a Christmas baby, but the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords!!!

THANK YOU for sharing, Nita, my dear sister in Christ!!

emoticonAmy =)

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WANTSZU 11/15/2010 11:28AM

    Great blog. JESUS is the important one in our lives. Thanks for sharing your thoughts in your blog.

Our pastor talked about the three T's yesterday in Bible study.
Time: How much time do we give to Jesus and worship.
Talent: God's gifts to us that we are to share with others.
Treasures: What we give to the Lord as our loving response for what He has done for us.

God's blessings to you.




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SWIMLOVER 11/15/2010 1:46AM

  Amen! You are so right! JESUS should be the most important ONE
in our lives. Then our family should be important. Our hearts should be for The LORD! Thank You so much for sharing such a beautiful blog!
GOD BLESS!
Louise

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Finishing the Day

Sunday, October 17, 2010

I was catching up on some of my "Healthy Reflections" today. I was reminded of a saying my husband has: "hang your work hat on the tree outside the front door. Do not pick it up until you leave for work the next day".

And we can apply that to everything: work, projects, hard-to-tackle problems or large hate-to-get-to messes in the ______(you fill in the blank) room. But the advice today was "If you can do your best and forget your worst, you've already got a head start on tomorrow." And it is so true. The hardest part I have is giving myself permission to forget. If I've done what I can on that pile of paperwork at the office, then at the end of my day, I'm done. If I've worked through the phone calls and emails of the AC committee, then I'm done for today. If I got the groceries bought for the week, but laundry isn't touched, I'm still done what I could for the day.

And there is so much freedom in knowing, I've done what I can in the time I've had and accept that I can do no more. And for me, there is then satisfaction. And that is what can move me forward tomorrow. Without accomplishments, I am less likely to keep moving forward. But if I acknowledge what I have done--no matter how small, it will all add up. As the old saying goes: "How do you eat an elephant?"
..."one bite at a time" emoticon

So...my mantra this week is: "Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could...
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer

and then maybe, no, probably, my stress levels will go down...a lot!

  
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SAL1512 10/19/2010 10:39PM

    That ending picture was such a chuckle! And then on top of it all that cute dog has a hat on! I would say that little pooch has finished his day!
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Goals, Choices, Motivation...

Sunday, October 10, 2010

It's a package deal. I hit burn out in this last month. The many hats of life had me running in too many directions. And I let it.

I lost my focus and my plan. I've been drifting this way and that...no...I've been more like an arcade ball shot off into a confined space!

But this last week, I've spent time each day reading a motivational note, AND DOING something to reach goals. I made sure I started my day with prayer and a devotion to keep perspective. I made sure I put in at least 20 minutes of cardio to keep my physical goals in mind. I made sure I did some research on my career training. I made sure I planned out what was going to be cooked each day, so that there were no surprises or excuses. I also made sure I took some steps to keep my kitchen re-design moving along. And at the end of the day, I made sure to SIT and read something relaxing.

And this has been the best week, I've had in some time.

And it all came down to MY focus on goals and MY choice to motivate myself and do it.

  
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GETNFIT4GOD 10/27/2010 3:11PM

    Dear Nita,

Thank you for your post...your honesty...your heart!

I hear God calling me out on the need to focus, re-evaluate, plan & carry through. In your post He has shown me what much of that looks like in basic form. Steps that I've taken in the past--simple planning, one step at a time--and yet I've seemed to get away from & make "simple but important" steps & goals look too complicated...allowing the enemy to make me go in circles again. These past few days, as I'm struggling with obedience & discipline in food choices & exercise--doing well one moment, & not so well the next--I look at my SP Name "GetNFit4God" and wonder, "Am I SERIOUS about that? I was...but the current fruit of my labor, or lack thereof, in food & exercise is almost SHOUTING something else. I need to stop the distractions, focus, lay out the basic steps AGAIN (because doing it AGAIN is much better than not doing it at all!) & move forward with Him.

Grateful to be on this journey with you, dear one!

Love in Christ,
Amy =)

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SAL1512 10/19/2010 10:36PM

    We all wear many hats!
My hat is off to you for the inspiring blog!
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ABIGAILSING 10/11/2010 3:28PM

    emoticonI'm inspired. Thanks, Nita.

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TURNINGJ 10/11/2010 9:36AM

    Yes, life definitely gets very crazy sometimes and it can tumble out of control...before you realize that life is controlling you - -instead of you controlling your life! It happens to me more than I'd like to admit!

hope you have another great week ahead (and another...and another).... =)

Jo-Ann

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SWISHSTARNAN 10/10/2010 8:08PM

  Great post! Keep up the good work!

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