Wednesday, January 28, 2015

~*Surgery Prep*~

How prepared can you be for surgery? Honestly, not as prepared as you think you are! 

For Analina's first surgery with us here in the U.S. in December 2013 (goodness has it been that long?) I was prepared for a very difficult recovery, long hospital stay, and much drama and stress. I wasn't disappointed by girlfriends dramatic abilities but surprisingly she was outta there on the 4th night. Also, her incision healed quickly but her overall health and stamina did take a long time to return and it wasn't until March that I felt like she was back to baseline and I could stop holding my breath.

For Dalton's surgery in October we were expecting a quick recovery and little-to-no dramatics...boy, were we wrong! He was there for 15 days...not long when you think about it but a week longer than expected. Especially, for two parents of seven children who were driving back and forth

So...what are we expecting this time?
Well, the Surgeon is expecting a stay of one or two nights and a rather easy recovery. I have no idea this time...I'll wait and be surprised?!?!

 The Plan:

Stock up on the make-life-easy-for-Mama paper plates and poptarts!
Get a few meals in the freezer!

What is your fave freezer meal? 

Proverbs 16:3

Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
    and he will establish your plans. 


Friday, January 23, 2015

~*I've Gotta Try That!*~

During the many years that I have battled with my weight, and the reasons that I have gotten where I am, I have had several friends that have lost a significant amount of weight. As they relayed to me their success using this, that or the other weight-loss system, product line, or workout program, my heart would pound with excitement and I would inevitably think, "I've gotta try that!". This begs the following question...

In the end, did any of those things work for, me, specifically?

The short answer is no. 

Why didn't their methods work for me?

Because I had to find something that worked for me. For my body. For my situation. For my season of life. As the circumstances change the needs change.

I wasn't ready for the amount of work required to truly change my life. You have to buy into it and until you are ready then, well, you're not ready. 

I wasn't willing to invest in hundreds of dollars every month for various pills, supplements, drops, etc.

What worked for my friends for a short time never seemed to last more than a few months. Initially, I'd see all the excitement about their new found success, the groups they created to sell the products that seemed to have helped them, the posts they shared about others' success, and want to jump on board but something always held me back. Partly cost, partly fear over the crazy things in they put in those products, like the amount of caffeine, and partly because I felt that wasn't the right fit for me.

Weight-loss Envy

I think we all get a bit envious from time to time when someone hits the success we've been after for a long time. Be cautious of jumping on any new fads.

Cheer not fear:
Be their cheerleader; don't feel threatened by their success.

Feeling inferior on the exterior:
You are working hard and sweating it off so don't be put off by someones seemingly overnight success; use it to fuel your own success!  

Finding My Success 

Bobbi McCormick and her rocking {Shreds}!
Vemma Bod*e
Vemma Bod*e App (Apple and Android)
(who knew my body was so sensitive to all those extra carbs)
Chris and Heidi Powell 
Katie, over at Runs for Cookies, had a great post that resonated deeply with me. 

""Why are you dragging this out? Just do it and get it over with."

**Fuel your own success!**

Psalm 118:25
Lord, save us!
    Lord, grant us success! 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

~*Make a VoW*~

Have you ever vowed to do something? 
Did you complete the task that you challenged yourself to do or did your enthusiasm eventually wane?

As a child I memorized Bible verses weekly due to my involvement with the Awana Clubs. I enjoyed filling my heart with Gods Word, yet, eventually the habit ended, although I did keep up with studying and meditating on the Truth. 

Move Forward: 
As I have previously mentioned, 2014 was a rather difficult year for me in so many ways, and I was grateful to see it end. I desperately wanted to change a few habits, create new routines, and move forward.

Hebrews 6:1
Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God.

Making a VoW:

I have been working my way through the Run 4 God: Devotions book and have been enjoying the weekly bible memory challenge. When I was introduced to a lovely lady named Kijsa, earlier in December 2014, I realized what a great fit her VoW (Verse of the Week) product was with what I wanted to accomplish this year.

I utilized a picture frame I already had and the vinyl VOW decal went on easily. Her instructions are easy to follow and the product quality is top notch! I cannot say enough how much I love looking above my desk and seeing a sweet reminder of my weekly verse. 

Terrible picture....dun dun dun!

You can find Kijsa on {Etsy} 
The Verse of the Week {website}
Her {website}
And, of course, her {blog}!

Who cares what time of the year it is...if you want to consider *real* change in your life then start anytime but only make one change at a time. Diving into the Word of God and memorizing weekly verses will help give you clarity and direction to move forward. 

I am so grateful to Kijsa for the opportunity to review her quality product and make my own VoW!


Thursday, January 1, 2015

~*Not Quite Halfway*~

What does she mean, "Not quite halfway"? We're starting a whole new year!

I've not gone cuckoo on you, I'm simply referring to my weight loss goal. I'm not quite halfway there but I wanted to share anyway!

~*30 pounds*~ 
gone forever

30 pounds in 5 weeks

Praise God for the changes HE is making in me!

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

(Updated pics to come later...recovering from New Years Eve, currently!)

Monday, December 29, 2014

~*Looking Back and Looking Ahead*~

A Look Back:

Twas a good year physically and a tough year spiritually and emotionally. However, all those struggles have already begun to produce good fruit in my life.  

Physically, I have lost a bunch of weight (update soon), ran my first 5K with Sunshine, and realized I am stronger than I think I am. 

Spiritually, I struggled because I had no plan. I am a planner and need accountability to stay on track. The farther I got into the year the more desperate I felt, and eventually, I gave up. I stopped reading the Word, I stopped my long conversations with Him that go on all day and well into the night. 

Emotionally, I had to grieve. We had a very difficult loss in January that I have never spoken about publicly. You would think after so many losses I would be use to it but each and every single one should be fully grieved. Come October we had to grieve again when we realized we could not bring home our little guy. How broken I still am over that!

  Looking Ahead:

  Physical: I am signed up for a 5K in March and there are several more I would like to do. I am eying a 10K but I won't know until March whether or not I will physically be able to make it or not. I will update my goals/schedule tab at the top of the blog soon.

Spiritual: I was so blessed to begin reading through the Run for God: Devotions. This is transforming my relationship with the Lord. 

Memorizing bible verses is one of my goals this year with the help of making a VOW , which you can buy {here} (review coming soon). I still need to make my VOW board!
Not my board!

Emotional: The is only one goal I want to set under this category and that is to deal with some of my biggest stressors! Clutter and paper chaos are at the top of that list. I use to make too many goals each year and I failed in all of them. Less is more. Taming the paper chaos and purging our house are the only goals this year.  

How was your 2014?
What are your 2015 goals? 


Thursday, December 18, 2014

~*Healthy Holidays PT 4*~

{Parts 1, 2, & 3}

Merry Motivation:

Incentives work well for not only preschool classrooms but for the bigger kids at heart, as well. An old fashioned reward system can keep you moving, keep you eating well, and keep you focused on your plan.  One key factor to staying motivated is consistency because if you slack off on whatever system you set up then your motivation will slow to a crawl. If we intensely focus on our worries we cannot keep our focus on our goals.

Twelve Non-Food Rewards to Keep You Motivated:

  • Clothing/ Shoe shopping
  • Manicure/Pedicure 
  •  Massage (Yes, please!)
  • Book
  • Healthy cooking class
  • Girl’s night out! (Always motivating!)
  • Music
  • Kitchen gadget
  • Workout gadget (bic bands, sports bra, socks,)
  • Facial
  • New fragrance or candles
  • Magazine subscription
  • **Bonus** Tip jar
 **Bonus** The tip jar concept is easy to start. You simply place a monetary value on a workout and pay yourself each time you do said workout. You can add water consumption, healthy eating choices, and weight you have lost to the scheme and you will have a healthy little bonus to spend on yourself in a short period of time!
How do you reward yourself for hitting your goals?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

~*Healthy Holidays PT 3*~

{Parts 1 and 2}

Active Elf vs. Procrastinating Prancer:

If do not have an established fitness routine the best approach is to start slowly by simply moving your body by including holiday traditions that require active movement. Bundle up warmly and take a walking tour to enjoy Christmas lights or go caroling with a group of friends or family. Take the time deep clean your house before the festivities begin and make it an intense cleaning by working up a sweat. Throw on your fave Christmas music and have a dance party. Shovel the driveway and sidewalk to get your body warmed up in a hurry.
Consider more intense activities like ice skating, sledding, skiing or snowshoeing as your body becomes more accustomed to the new routine. Sign up for a fun run 5K and make it a new tradition for the family. 

Active Elves!

While joining a gym can be intimidating it, also, might hold the one activity that really clicks with you and keeps you moving. Most gyms offer classes of all sorts to fit every fitness level and taste. Commit to trying one new class a week in the beginning to find what makes you sweat the most and what you enjoy the best. If the gym is not an option for you then check the newspaper because many churches hold fitness classes that can be enjoyed with less intimidation than a gym might have.

Are you an active elf or a procrastinating prancer?
Procrastinating Prancer!