Summer time blessings
Thursday, July 07, 2011
The first week of July and I am enjoying staying up late, reading novels on my Kindle for pleasure...even enjoying the blessing of AC on these too humid days. Enjoying having L home for his last break before his final college quarter.
I'm balancing my time with planning for fall services, education programs, ect. Also ignoring my 'study' in the spare bedroom I started just after the first of the year and have worked on with more spits than starts.
I'm thankful that I began SparkPeople this summer, days after I began the 5K Boot Camp training. Now 33 days into the program, I am spending a fair amount of time each morning logging in, reading articles, posting. Not sure how much time I will have once September hits, but I am thankful that I began this summer, when I have the time to let habits sink into my bones.
Today I moved from Stage 1 to Stage 2. I've been doing some of the Stage 2 habits already, but made the official move this morning.
After my 'down day' earlier this week, and reading some other blogs and articles that it is normal to have down days. I don't need to go looking for them, but I can accept those days when they come. One or two out of 30 days is human.
I am also thankful that I've begun SparkPeople in the summertime, well before the dark days of winter and SAD sets in. I have lived through SAD for over 13 winters now, I am learning to manage it and I will again.
I am thankful for the blessings of community, for being able to read the struggles and successes of others on this journey to healthy living. It reinforces my desire to encourage a parishoner who has recently begun treatment for Stage 3 breast cancer to respond to the support groups who have reached out to her. A Stage 3 diagnosis is not a death sentence inspite of what she feels. Our struggles are our own but knowing we aren't alone in them can make all the difference. God created and creates communities for our good.