Wednesday, November 26, 2014
I am so so Blessed....just needed to pause and express my gratitude!
The Bible says, In everything give thanks for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
How effective it IS to Live this verse out daily. My life has been enriched through speaking words of gratitude. This exercise has changed me.
Our family played a thankful game yesterday where we took turns speaking a blessing over a person in the group as well as state how or why we are thankful. What a blessed evening it was!! We had to repeat it again this morning.
I AM THANKFUL FOR:
~ God's constant goodness
~ our new house
~ our amazing neighborhood
~ family who live close by...
~ the gift of being content in any & all circumstances
~ my foot feel better
~ my gym
~ my family has been without sickness since March( a miracle!) LOL!
~ the weather has stayed in the mid 60's for a few weeks - perfect!
~ my husband's growing business
~ my growing cello studio
~ my eldest daughter's progress in music and art
~ my eldest son's growing wisdom and kindness to others
~ my youngest daughter's constant cheerful spirit of goodness
~ my youngest son's smile and love of learning
Yesterday, our neighbor was teaching his 13 yr. old grandson how to build a HUGE picnic table. He wanted to give it away as they didn't need it. He graciously offered it to us. I was So Blessed to receive it. It seats 10! What a Blessing! I have always wanted a BIG picnic table.
Here's a DIY project that we did today ....getting into a wintry mode for sure.
Coffee filters work perfectly to make snowflakes. Gotta love pinterest. =)
Tomorrow we are hosting Thanksgiving dinner in our home....a first for us. I know it will be lots of FUN!
BTW - Our indoor Carnival Party was a HUGE success last Saturday - my son enjoyed his 8th birthday! For those who asked for pis, I ended up taking videos...so I don't have anything to share this time.
We had a lots of booths, pinatas, racing to eat rice krispy balls hanging from the ceiling, pinning the eyes on the "Minion", racing to knock down a dozen water bottles using the technique of putting pantyhose & tennis ball (in the toe of the hosiery) on your head and swinging your head...LOL!! This booth was hilarious to watch! We had a blindfolded diaper changing station too...and the men in our group challenged each other. Lol. All in all, it was great fun creating memories!
AS for me, I am still maintaining & making progress. I try to look at my stumbles as just a part of the whole picture. I learn from them and move on. I am still learning how to balance family, me and others. Everyone is equally important, but more often than not, I am still ending up scraping the bottom of the barrel for gym time.
I am sure I will figure it out in time.
Lastly, thank YOU for being such supportive Sparkling friends. I can count on you to lift me up, offer sage advice and simply listen. I truly value YOU!
Friday, October 24, 2014
Look how time flies::::.....almost a month ago, I blogged. I used to blog weekly.
Well, I suppose I'm a monthly blogger now - what a schedule we have with children now in junior high & enjoying Youth Group events! Praise God for ALL He provides in our lives - Blessings abound everywhere. And I love this time of year - Autumn has always been my Favorite season.
I have learned so much since I gave myself a pep talk one month ago. for your outpouring of support!
I reminded myself to skim through a familiar book, The Beck Diet Solution - nice bunch of reminders to maintain all of those small consistent steps such as: chewing each bite 20 + times, sitting down to eat, being mindful of every meal and learning to redefine "full". Great tools!
I am thankful to have a 24 hour gym that has a nice variety of ways I can work out.
Just purchased a new pair of shoes - the Saucony Guide 7. Nice arch support!
I adapted my circuit training program to fit my needs and I rather enjoy it. I am def. counting my blessings!
I think I have something figured out now - a PLAN to fit fitness into my schedule on a regular basis ...mind you - I said, "think"....:::so here's my PLAN.
I tried hitting my gym in the evening but our new sports schedule drew that plan to a disappointing halt. I then decided to squeeze my gym time in when I run my errands 3x/week, but alas that didn't quite work either...as that plan became inconsistent. LOL! So, I am now turning to my 3rd plan - "early riser plan".
Pray it works! ....the days are shorter, and my DH leaves for work a bit later; so, I think I will have ample time to make this a Success!
Trust me to find a way to make this work. Where there's a will, there's a way. Right?
I just want to create/maintain a steady "Laura's Get Fit/Stay Fit" time into our week.
Why is this so hard?
It is hard because I have other priorities...such as 6 cello students, multiple sports & music schedules, a growing Church Youth schedule, and my husband's business hours have been fluctuating. But life will always have inconsistencies; so, one must decide to "Just Do It"....make it happen, and it will. Then everything else will begin to revolve around the height of priority I am going to give to fitness.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
With my foot injury, and waiting for a doc to diagnose my foot, (I am on a LONG list of patients waiting to see a podiatrist), I confess that I have held a pity party a few times(...no party guests of course), and I have given into eating emotionally occasionally. . .and as of last week, I faced myself and admitted that this 'occasional' bad habit has become just that - a bad 'frequent' habit.
I am thankful that fitness ( being my true love) is and always will be, a Habit. I find very creative ways to spend time strengthening my body....using low impact cardio/or no cardio due to my foot injury.
So far - Success!
Do I know this mindless eating is self-destructive? Yes, of course I do. So WHY would I head in that direction when I know better.
Sometimes situations can feel complicated, messy & just plain hopeless. The key word here is "feel". . .because the fact is Hope is real, the answer is simple, and I know I need to just take the first step.
I feel so embarrassed & frustrated that I am at this place. I didn't want to blog about it either. But I felt led to share the truth with you, and I KNOW I need support.
...:::Perhaps someone else is going through a messy patch in life and might relate to mine. Or perhaps someone has a word of encouragement for me.....or a 2x4 to wack me with...LOL!
I think I strayed from "mindful eating" during the time while we were looking for a house....:::during our move and definitely during our construction days...LOL. This decision was such a bad choice( I don't KNOW just when I made the decision...rather it snuck in somehow). I now have such a deep hole to climb out of. . .or at least it feel as if I am in a hole. I need help climbing out.
I refuse to be led by feelings. I AM here, blogging. This is my first step. And as of yesterday, I made the choice to eliminate ALL quick bites....another name for "junkfood". I am committed to prepping my meals even if I have to wake up earlier. I am worth the effort. I still LOVE fruits/veggies TONS. Somehow along the way, I chose the easy way & I compromised. Oh, how costly that choice was. I have spaghetti squash cooked, a fridge full of veggies, whole grains and fresh fruit ready to carry out my PLAN.
For those of you that don't know, this summer has been FULL for all of us - a huge move, house under construction, a new job, my new cello studio, multiple sports schedules for our children...not to mention a new music calendar too, leaving our home church and in the process of finding a new one close to where we live. These are all emotionally charged events. I just thought I was strong enough. I feel like a failure for allowing myself to compromise. I used to RUN when life became challenging, but without that outlet, I have felt trapped. Perhaps that was when I gave in and turned to food. ....not sure, just thinking out loud.
OK, I'm all done now....:::Thanks for hearing me out.
I'm ready to be held accountable, to be faithful to my "mindful eating" PLAN, and to post my progress here. If I don't have time to blog I will post on my FEED.
Sunday, September 07, 2014
(Wow...I don't seem to have time to blog anymore....looks like it's been more than a month since I last blogged.)
I have been busy with bits of this & that at home.....:::finally putting a few finishing touches in our house. And with school beginning ....in full swing now, there's just no way.
A friend asked if I would share my home ideas...:::so here are my latest ones.
I saw this "scarf"...fell in love with the colors, and used it as a table runner. Then I used my own pottery & black iron pieces to accent the top of this antique buffet table.
...and above this buffet I hung another wrought iron "plate rack"...except I like books...and hanging-from-the-ceiling-butterflies.
Finally after some digging around in the garage, I found my candelabra and decorated it with autumn leaves and wired ribbon....it's home is on our dining room table.
Just hung my wrought iron hook fixtures in the foyer for guests....(shown is just one of a pair). Our home is always open to all as it is a source for choir class, my cello studio and of course our home school classes. We don't have a coat closet; so, these will have to do.
Love this find - these HUGE glass airtight jars hold so much, and have chalkboard labels....which I absolutely LOVE! Now I need chalk!
I remember showing you in one of my last blogs (Home Renovations) that I had left a few cabinet doors open....instead choosing to mount a fabric backing. I like the color/design that it lends the kitchen. I also got the fabric on SALE...always a plus!
This hanging candle piece was an $11 bargain ( originally $50)!! I like the delicate metal filigree and my children love to light it up anytime. We find excuses to do just that. . .like yesterday afternoon when a thunderstorm rolled in and the dark skies, and rain set us up for a perfect tea time together.....with candlelight.
So, that's all for now....& as I have learned by now - a home owner continues to tweak her house as time goes by with a neverending list... I can live with that.
At least it FEELS like home now. With bare walls and rooms still waiting for painting...etc, I still have my long list...The boys room is next...with painting & border...then the girls room needs painting and a mural of trees too. We will all get creative with brushwork! I'm looking forward to that.
Also, I have made that executive decision to paint my dark wood paneling in the living room....but that will take place down the road. Lol! These lists are fun to have.
I have reached a place where I can stop, survey my surroundings and be happy.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
It's been almost a month since I joined my new gym - Planet Fitness!!
...:::and I am feeling Ggrreat! Can I just give a holler for Fitness? Do you know how I spell f.i.t.n.e.s.s.? - health ....laughter.....balance.....energy!! Oh Yeah!
You know I haven't been running due to the REST my injured foot needs....and still needs. ((BUT)) I will add that ever since I joined the gym, and got back on track with what I COULD do, my foot has slowly improved.
I love my intervals with the ARC Trainer, cycling & elliptical....as well as my JOY in weight lifting! I involve what I CAN do and am feeling so much better.
It feels so good to be making progress once again albeit SLOW, but still Progress...:::to feel alive with energy I only receive from being FIT.
I wasn't sure if I could find an affordable gym close to home which would enable me to frequent the place at least 4 times/week thereby making it worth the annual cost. But here I am feeling at home in this gym - Praise the Lord for His direction, timing & faithfulness!
Also, my little sister joined the gym too and we have been meeting 2-3x/week.
She needed a motivator - she chose me.
...and, yes, I DO believe I will run again one day in the future. I have to keep the faith. Meanwhile, there is much to enJOY while I wait!
On another note: I have had several ongoing house projects going on....:::so I am keeping busy in that direction. I enjoy crossing off stuff on these long lists of mine. hee-hee...
And in addition to being busy with house improvements, I began to teach cello lessons in my home( something I have wanted to do for a long time), and I am continuing to teach our weekly children's choir too. Our summer concert is this Sunday. I can say that everyone is well prepared. We have a group of 8 very talented youth who will be singing 4 part harmony. I am so very proud of them.
Music makes the world go round. . .
Meanwhile, my sister is flying to Ohio for a scheduled surgery next week.
I would really appreciate your prayers for her healing & wisdom for the docs.
We are celebrating my beloved grandmother's 91st birthday on Sunday!
She is an AMAZING lady! What a blessing she is to everyone.
Lastly, my children are begging for a pug dog. We know they shed and everyone has allergies ( several have asthma). I wonder if I sweep every day, if that would do the trick...ya think?
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