This weekend was quite a momentous one for many reasons. First I have to start with Sunday. I was at church, bowing my head as our pastor was praying and all the sudden was hit with a strong emotion. I felt God's presence on my heart telling me to put a stronger effort into my marriage. It was such a strong emotion within me, that I began to cry. I had never experienced anything like that and I just wanted to share it here. I talked with DH last night and apologized to him for my rude behaivor. He was very appreicative and we even prayed together last night-something very new for us as a couple who's been married 8 years and together close to 18 years.
On Saturday, I got a lot of cardio in. I went and helped paint the new church office. I was there for about 4 hrs and had a great time and so did my daughter! After that, I was to go to a special Spark meet up with all the local Sparkers. My daughter surprised me when I asked her if she wanted to come and said yes. For those of you who haven't seen my daughter, she is 5 1/2 and so I thought for sure she would be bored meeting up at Caribou Coffee but she was an angel. PINKCARLAFIT's daughter even watched her while we took a quick trip into Rei across the street (I think we have found a new babysitter
This was a special meet up though, because CAROLYN1213 was visiting relatives in Virginia (she lives in Indiana) and was planning to attend. I was very blessed and fortunate to be have been able to meet Carolyn. Because I got there a little late, we didn't get to talk very long, but she made/left a huge impression on me. Friday night I had briefly checked out her page. But on Saturday, I went back to her page and really started pouring through a lot of her previous blogs. I got so much out of them. Between that and actually meeting her, I felt like...my cup runeth over. I felt like it was just what I needed when I needed it. I was already in someone what of a positive frame of mind. But meeting Carolyn and reading those blogs was just the boost I needed to push me further than I have wanted to go in quite some time-a couple of years really. And for that, I am truly grateful.
I am so happy I have this picture as a memory of that day! It was day that has started new beginnings for me.
Actually the whole past weekend has...
When I look at this picture, I love the smile on Emma's face. I also want to see future pics with her being able to wrap her arms around me fully!
Last night, I made a bold move and posted a note on my Facebook page. You see, I can be myself here. But on FB, well there are my family and friends, my cyber friends and then there are people I knew in high school when I was a size 12/14. So in order to prepare myself for a 90 day challenge I decided to embark on, I wanted to come clean and ask for support from them. And so that's just what I did. And I feel so good for doing so.
The only down part for me in all of this is that a few weeks ago I had a falling out with a good friend. We have been friends for close to 3yrs. She has been very supportive of me with my financial struggles and has gone over and above with spoiling my daughter. But unfortunately, we are not speaking. Well, we are, but only because we work with each other-I schedule in the hospital and she calls our office for time or for changes in her schedule or many other things on a daily basis. We are very professional but we have not spoken with one another in a friend way in over 3 weeks. That's one side of it. The other side is that she is similar to me in weight frame. However, I tend to discuss weight loss/exercise etc more than she does. I really do miss talking with this friend. But I am really concerned that my continuing this friendship at this point, may be a detrement to my own progress. Don't get me wrong, she has always beens supportive of my past attempts to lose weight. It's just that I don't feel our goals for weight loss areone in the same. I also feel like I'm more sedentary when we hang out. I called my Mom last night because I knew she would understand and give me good feed back-which she did!
So for right now, I'm just going to focus on my new leg of my journey. I will pray for her and our friendship and leave the rest to God.
My last bit of news (wow this is getting kinda long, eh
) is that I am making plans to go back to school. I was on FB one day last week and came across one of those ads but didn't click on it. Well, somehow, later on, I did click on it. And low and behold, what was it? Bachelors of Science in Nutrition Science!!! Wow...talk about timing. This is all coming together so well. (My cup runeth over!!!) I have my Associate's and as I've said here often, I'd like to become a Children's Fitness Specialist. This was actually the name of the certification. Here at the hospital, though, they would not pay for classes unless they led to a degree. So Simone is now going to pursue that degree! This evening, on my way home from work, I will go by the local community college to pick up my unofficial transcripts so that I can fax them to my Admissions Advisor tomorrow. Then I will find out exactly what will be transferable, what will not and how long it will take.
I am just so happy right now you guys! God is SO present in my life and I feel great about it all! I am truly blessed!
As I mentioned briefly, today starts the 90 Day Challenge I've joined. I'm quite STOKED about it! My goals for the challenge are as follows:
1. Exercise consistently 10 minutes a day-something challenging not just walking in place.
2. Eat 1 freggie a day-since I am currently unconsistent here and sometimes go days without, this is a big step.
3. Lose 30-35 lbs by the end of the challenge. Since I'm wanting to lose 51 between Thanksgiving & Christmas, I feel this is very doable!
So there you have it! My life summed up over the past week...I'm so psyched because I know that life has so much to offer me. I'm going to continue to be positive and work this challenge, my workouts and just everyday life with all I have in me.
Life is short..PLAY HARD