Wednesday, January 01, 2014
So it's January 1st and that means, no matter where people have been, it's time for the obligatory blog
Last year, for 2013, my motto was: Expect Amazing. And God gave me amazing. I read my daily devotionals by reading 1) most of the Bible in a year and 2)Rick Warren's daily devotional. I pushed myself to do more walking than I ever had and added in lots of running splits. I connected with family, sometimes in times of sadness and sorrow, sometimes in times of happiness, but nonetheless, I connected. I made new friends and I met up with friends whom I'd only known cyberly (through Sparkpeople & FB) for 3.5 years. I also met up with another friend from cyber land-and her daughter-at Sweet Frog before we drove home from vacation.
I tried new things like banana ice cream in a blender by using only bananas and training for my first 5K.
This year is about strength. Finding my strength. Strengthening my faith and connection with Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and my connection to His Church. It's about strengthening my body through health and fitness and pushing myself to newer limits and completing my first 5K. It's about strengthening my marriage. It's about strengthening my relationships with family & friends. It's about having the strength to use what God has called me to do in His Church. It's about having the strength in my everyday life & in my career to serve others before myself. It's about strengthening my finances through tithing as well putting money in a savings account.
This year is also about making connections-with people I have yet to meet and the ones I already have with people I know and interact with.
So I still want to expect amazing this year, but I want to take it even further. I want to push myself beyond my comfort zone. I am doing the same 30 Day Challenge from Chalene Johnson (Think Turbo Jam & Chalean Extreme) that I did last January. I hope to make the principles she teaches stick-especially since it's free.
To keep it brief and to the point and in no particular order, here are some of my goals for 2014:
1. Lose my last 100lbs
2. Be stronger in my faith & connection to my church
3. Work on myself to be a better wife, mother, daughter, friend, and coworker
My plan is to break this down into daily/weekly/monthly goals. I am determined that this IS the year to shine. Who's with me?!??!?
Now is our time to shine! Let's ROCK 2014!
Friday, November 15, 2013
This week's question: What are some Thanksgiving traditions you have done or now do with your family?
My Thanksgiving's have always been unique as my Mom is French and obviously they do not celebrate the holiday. Also, Mom & I have never been very big turkey lovers. My Dad passed away in 2001 and from that point on, Thanksgiving became even more nontraditional
When my Dad was living, and I was an adult, I remember him having me help cut up veggies for his delicious sausage dressing and a crab salad recipe from a Louisiana chef on tv. I think that looking back, my thoughts on traditions seem to center around food
I believe last year when my DD was in 1st grade, she had to cut out pictures of our meals at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I remember we talked about grilled shrimp, capon, ham, coquille St Jacques (scallops in a yummy creamy wine sauce with mushrooms served on a shell), mash potatoes, French style green beans with garlic, butter & parsley. Mom used to order dessert of some sort from a catalog-chocolate usually.
This year we will have Thanksgiving at our apartment. Composing this blog has made me think of some ideas for what I would like to serve. What will you serve for Thanksgiving this year?
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Today I find myself struggling. It has been brought on by poor food choices and not really following my November plans (see previous blog). I will say I've had way too many bread, pasta items. Yesterday when I was off, I had Nature Valley granola bars, pumpkin spice bagels, pierrhogies and not enough water.
Today I think I will take it one breath at a time. I will focus on my completion of 3 liters of water and not having any of the bagels. I need to focus on progress, not perfection. I don't want to be my own worst enemy. I am definitely my worst critic at times
That which does not kill us can only make us stronger, right?
Saturday, November 09, 2013
My assignment for my A&I team is to blog about my October progress and November goals. I had already covered October in my previous blog (dated November 1) so that is why this part 2
To be perfectly honest, I really have not given much thought to my goals for this new month with the exception of fitness. But as the saying goes, when you fail to plan, you plan to fail!!
1. Nutrition-This is an area I really need to work on! With finances being tight at this moment, I have to go with what is easier on the checkbook, or check card. LOL. But I would like to start incorporating 2-4 freggies into my daily meals.
2.Nutrition-Also, from today til the end of the month, NO buying food at work. In other words, bring my meals with me. For the most part, I will buy breakfast and that serves as my meal for bfast and lunch. So no skipping meals either!
3.Water-A minimum of 3 liters (101.6 oz) per day.
4.Exercise-Walk/jog/run at least 4 days a week. I am signed up for my first next month and I need to be consistent with exercising. I am pretty good about this for the most part. But I need to bump up my intensity. When I was at the beach a couple of weeks ago for one of the funerals, I did horrible in sprinting a fairly short stretch. It was my DD(almost 8) and DH's male cousin who's a couple years younger than me. I am determined to do better than last place the next time we meet
5.Faith-Continue my early morning devotional readings to give me strength emotionally and physically on this journey we call life!
6.Thanksgiving-Having a healthy array of foods for that holiday. Last year we didn't have a traditional Thanksgiving as DH & DD traveled south to spend with DH's family while I stayed in the area with my Mom. Our Thanksgivings have become less traditional since my Dad passed away 12 yrs ago. My Mom is French so we always did things slightly different (no turkey) even before. But now it's even less traditional. I will have to see what we will do this year. I will make that a mission.
7.Organization of home-This is so important to me. I want to be able to invite friends and family over. I want to entertain. But our apartment is beyond out of control. So after reading a book at the beach this week, I think I am set to take the bull by the horns. It's more of a peace of mind. Now to just get the other members of the household on board
Here are 2 collage pics from my walks while I was at the beach earlier this week...
Even though it was cooler and a bit windy a couple of the days we were there, I SO enjoyed the fresh ocean air and getting away from the regular routine. Now that I'm back into the regular routine after the past couple of crazy weeks, it's on. I am showing my body who's boss! LET'S DO THIS!
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