Saturday, January 05, 2013
My dear husband. 2012 was a great year for us, in spite of some low points. We lost a couple of close relatives this year, but we are still relatively healthy and our kids are okay. I had to make some changes for the sake of my kids with where they go to school, but I am blessed that I even had an option to put them somewhere else. God is good all the time, and it is my plan to thank Him more this year than I ever have. So I'm starting today with my dh. This has been a long, up and down fight for me, trying to get this weight off. I can't blame it all on my dear babies, I was fighting weight before I ever became pregnant 14 years ago now (my oldest will be 13 in May). Anyway, my dh has joined the fight with me. We are planning meals together and cutting way back on portions. We are trying to drastically limit fast food, sweets, and those "white foods" like rice and potatoes. That sugar habit is hard to break, but my plan is to only use sugar in my coffee, but I won't be sharing that with my herbalist. I am planning to get consistent with taking the herbs he suggested, I will get there. The January challenge is helping me with exercise, so it is going well right now.
Nutrition has been my Achilles heel for quite some time, and I thank God for my dh helping me to come up with a plan. More importantly, he has been instrumental in helping me stay away from stuff I don't need. The older I get, the more I need a strong sense of community. I am a people person, in every sense of the phrase. Even at my jobs, I thought back to what mattered most to me, particularly in teaching. I have worked at four schools total, two of them at the same time. The pleasant experiences that I treasure the most happened at two of the four. What did they have in common? It wasn't that I had the best principals (although one of them is fantastic!), it wasn't that the parents were phenomenal (even though I have had some great ones), it was because I had a phenomenal team. As a Special Education resource teacher, I work with many different people. I can work with the worst in other areas, as long as I have a great team. Isn't it funny how you never stop learning about yourself and what makes you tick?
Even when I was younger, particularly during middle and high school, I remember that I would do a self check. If my relationship with my family at home was great (mama, daddy, sister), then that would determine, in my young mind, how the rest of my day would go. That's actually kind of scary to me now, that I put so much weight on those relationships. At the same time though, relationships are what life is all about, in my opinion. Relationship with God, family, spouse, kids, friends. You have to have some type of relationship with everyone you encounter. I have formed relationships with my students. It's just necessary. So today, I am thanking God for the relationship I have with my dh, and I thank God for creating him just for me. I'm grateful for all of my blessings, and I wait in anticipation for whatever else God has in store for me. I plan to do my part to invest in the relationships He has blessed me with, and with everyday He gives me, to start again.
Sorry for rambling. Have a blessed day.