Monday, September 12, 2011
This morning I cut my ride down from 6 miles to just over 5, which I thought would really affect my calories burned, but actually I ended up riding a bit faster and didn't really burn that many less! Kind of funny. Also it seems the harder exercise isn't always better for me, because then I feel too tired and too hungry. It is the stuff that I can stick with and I like to do everyday that seems to be working better! I have exercised everyday this month for atleast 10 minutes, (most days it is 20-30) and I feel great. I've been waking up on my own at about 6:30 every morning, ready to start my day. My house has never been cleaner, and my fridge has never had as much healthy goodness in it. This is really an incredible life. It's hard to beleive that on the 16th it's only been a month. It feels like so much longer, in a good way. I can't even dream of not doing the things I am doing now. The exercise, the healthy food and GOOD sleep, it is all like a dream to me.
I have a really great day planned, taking prego shots of my about to pop sister-in-law at a really nice park. I am excited, I love taking photos of anything, but especially of my family. This is the first biological baby from my siblings, so we are all super crazy excited. He/she will be here within the next three weeks. I can't wait. I've got to snap those shots like crazy because this may be my last chance before the baby is born.
So, time to clean the house, dream up and make a delicious/nutritious lunch and go play in the park. My new work schedule is so wonderful! For the last two years I felt like I didn't have time to do all this, I worked 9-6 M-F, and 9-12 Sat, which left me with barely enough time to breath! Now I have Sun and Mon off and don't go in till 11:30 on weekdays. I feel so spoiled! And with my new spark life it really helps me to have the time and energy to do all the fun stuff I've been inspired to try this last month. Life is good.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Yes, I have lost 9 inches in less than a month. Can't really believe it, but it's true, the tape measure doesn't lie!!! Every time I am frustrated with the weight not coming off (even though that is going pretty well also) I measure myself, and EVERY TIME it goes down, atleast 1 inch. That is incredible. This lifestyle is the greatest gift I have ever given myself.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
I do remember where I was, I do remember how I felt, I do remember all the flags, even the one on the shopping cart of the homeless guy I passed by that shocking week. I had never felt a sense of patriotism until that week. Never known what it really meant to be united, to be one country under God. I can't claim that I feel that same feeling anymore, it was kind of a one off deal for me. But it did happen, I had never felt so proud to be American as I did in the weeks following September 11th, 2001. There was something intangible in the air, I can't describe it. See I work with the public, so I pick up on things from people, because I am around so many. Around tax time it's a certain feel in the air, Super Bowl quite a different feel, but the week or two after 9/11, that was a feeling I had never had before and have never had since. I felt like we could conquer the world if we had to, I felt united with every man, woman and child I met. I felt like we were one body, united for one cause, and that was to grieve and to heal. A decade later, watching the changes that have happened around me, both good and bad, I can't say that I understand why our troops are still dying abroad. I can't quite explain why I sill have young, wounded men filtering into the barbershop with expressions that only come to a face that has seen war. So today, as I look back on the last decade which shuttled me from 21-31, I must find the balance in all. And today particularly, I want to remember, and honor those that lost their lives in the tradgedy of 9/11 and have been losing their lives everday since then, and a special blessing for the families who live day in and day out missing their loved ones. It is a blessed life we live, and our troops deserve more than they get. They deserve special treatment, because they do a special job. So today, as you reflect on your last decade, and remember where you were and how it felt to be an American on this day in 2001, please have hope for a brighter tomorrow. Have hope for our troops, our country, our economy, our families and ourselves. We need every prayer, every hand united in the dream for our future. We are together in this, this boat doesn't sail straight unless all oars are paddling together. So go into your communities, into your jobs, into your homes, into your heart and feel the promises that the next decade can hold. Let it be the beating in your heart to create the life you want around you, and in the world. Be the change, you never know who you will influence. It's a rare kind of bravery that is needed in these times. A bravery to face every obstacle full on, with strength, and courage. We can do this. So dear ones, please be gentle today. Smile on your neighbor, hug your friends and family, be close, mourn the past, but dream of hope for the future. The children of today are counting on us to lead them through to a better tomorrow. I love you guys, thanks for being there, for being strong, and for being a force for positive change in the world, you are all priceless to me.
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