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!


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

~*Healthy Holidays PT 2*~

Part 1 can be found {here}

Best Laid Plans:

For those that do not want to wait for January to begin establishing new habits and want to get a jump on changes, having a plan in place is even more important or failure will almost be a certainty.

  • It is important to plan a menu and then prep the steps for each meal. Washing and cutting the vegetables ahead of time can make it easier and more likely for them to be eaten. 
  • Planning every meal of each day right down to the snacks you will eat will eliminate mindless snacking and make poor choices less likely. 
  • Prepare your meals in advance and have them ready to go in the refrigerator and keep healthy snack options available on the fly so you can munch and shop at the same time.

 Do you plan your meals?