Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sore Muscles

I am always surprising myself.  One of the big things that always surprises me is how fast I forget things.  I forgot how much energy I have when I work out.  I can accomplish so much more than ordinarily is possible for me.  I can focus better for longer.  I can make due with less sleep and still be functional.  I am happier. 

How is it that I forget these important, life altering details?  I think it is the shortsightedness caused by sore muscles and heavy schedules.  Yesterday I started my day with a migraine then my muscles started aching from the workout the day before.  It would have been so easy to not go to the gym.  I had every reason in the world to not go.  But I went.

The class I was going to attend was cancelled (another great reason to not go) so I went upstairs and worked on the elliptical for 30 minutes.  I felt rejuvenated and energized.  I know I should do more than 30 minutes but I did almost 3 miles so I felt pretty good about it. 

When I got home I was the flippin energizer bunny!  I got so much done around the house and even though there is still more to do, I know I can do it and it will be wonderful.  Shhhh...Don't tell anyone...I even had fun doing what needed to be done. 

This makes me think of other things I don't do because it's inconvenient or doesn't fit into my schedule or is on my "want to list" instead of my "need to list".  These things include, 1) reading my Bible regularly and consistently, 2) having girlfriend time, 3) playing games with my kiddos, and 4) dating my beloved.  All of these things fill my spirit and make me feel alive but they get pushed aside as if they are unimportant.  These are some of the most important things because they are all relational and that is what I was made for, relationships, first of all with my Lord and Savior and secondly with the people that He brings into my life. 

Maybe this new appreciation for old lessons will lead to more consistency and growth in more areas of my life. 

I hope you are abundantly blessed today in all that you do!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Yesterday I went to the gym to try the classes with visions of going every day and mastering the classes.  The latter part of that sentence is hysterical since I am coordination challenged but I like to dream big.

This morning I woke up and all my muscles ached and I have a migraine that I have not been able to shake.  Today's class is step and sculpt.  I am determined to at least make it to the gym and get some kind of work out in.  30-45 minutes between the treadmill and the eliptical could work but it really wasn't what I had in mind today.  My reward for going to the classes Monday-Wednesday is the Zumba class on Thursday. 

What to do?

I am determined to go and to get sweaty.  Migraine or not, I have to work out.  This is what happens to me frequently.  I am excited to get started and have high hopes and expectations then my body decides it doesn't want to succumb to my plans.  I hurt myself or have a flair up or come down with a migraine that refuses to die. 

Sorry Body, I am doing this for your own good.  You will thank me later.  Today you may rebel and throw a temper tantrum but you're going to have to do it my way anyways so the sooner you adjust to that, the better it will be for us.

I am determined to hit my goals.  I am not posting all of them here but I am committed and by posting my struggles and issues, maybe I will overcome them hopefully encourage someone else thru their struggles. 

Monday, November 28, 2011

What to do??

Every have so much on your plate that you are so excited about that you just don't know where to start?  Or you start too many things and get overwhelmed? 

I tend to start things very enthusiastically and then lose my motivation.   This time around I want to finish as strong as I start.  I don't want to give up part way thru.  I don't want to feel overloaded and lose focus on why I am doing what I'm doing. 

I've tried keeping the goals list in front of me.  I've tried scheduling my time to work on my goals.  I don't think keeping that appt with myself has been enough of a commitment.  Maybe what I need to do is put it out here in cyber space for all to see and critique and hold me accountable to. 

I am excited to meet up with friends at the gym everyday and try the classes the gym has to offer.  Maybe meeting someone there everyday will be the motiviation I need to go back day after day. 

I am going to read Billy 2 novels this month as well have him read to me on a regular basis, at least 4 times a week.  I don't know what novels we'll read but it should be fun.  Right now we are reading the Boxcar kids adventures #1 on my kindle.  I think he likes it better being the kindle instead of a book so I am going to try to get library books on my kindle so he can use it and see if that makes him more interested in reading. We'd love to read some more Magic Treehouse books. 

I am going to make Christmas gifts for the people who have blessed my heart over this past year.  This is a pretty big commitment and I hope to get them all made so no one gets left out and gets their feelings hurt.  Have I mentioned how much I love Pinterest?  If you see your gift on there, please know that when I saw it there, I thought of you instantly and had to make it for you!  It's how I am. 

There are so many things vying for our attention and our resources this season.  My biggest goal is to make sure my focus stays firmly where it belongs, on my God and Savior and on the family and friends I have been abundantly blessed by. 

Have an amazing day and be abundantlly overwhelmingly blessed today!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Time Flies

I am always amazed how fast time goes by!

Before I knew it we were on a plane heading to Hawaii after months of planning and saving.  Then we were home (9 days later that went in the blink of an eye).  Then it was Thanksgiving.  So crazy!

Hawaii was beautiful!  We didn't do all we wanted but we did what we needed to, rest and relax and enjoy us time.  It was wonderful!

Now I am preparing for Christmas!  I can't believe it!  I actually started making Christmas crafts tonight for gifts. I am so excited for Christmas.  I am going to make many of the gifts for the people that are important in my life.  It is right in line with the Advent Conspiracy project we do at church but it also touches a deeper part of me.  My mom would stay up late at night for weeks leading up to Christmas working on our gifts.  She made wonderful gifts.  She was very talented with a sewing machine.  I wish she would have been around longer so I could have learned more from her.  Her life was way too short.

There are so many people who have touched my life and I want to be able to bless them with a piece of myself.  I know, that probably sounds pretty cheesy but that's me.

So, just wanted to pop in here and say I'm still alive and well and am looking forward to all this months activities and fun times!

What are you doing for Christmas this year?  Do you buy gifts or make them?  Which do you prefer to receive?  Do you like a combination of both store bought and handmade?

Those are the thoughts and questions running thru my head at the moment.

Hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving and had much to be thankful for!