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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Week 2, Day 2.. plugging along and struggling too!

Hey, I remember this place! It's where I posted my countdown to the HALF MARATHON!! 

Holy crow. Am I doing this??

You bet!! Weehaa! Hold on kids, It's gonna be a bumpy ride :)

I have been faithful with my c210k workouts and done 5 so far! I love this program, because I am not struggling/suffering, but it is making me sweat, and I feel like I am working at a totally manageable pace while improving.

I am still working through The Daniel Plan, and we have actually gotten to slow it down a little more due to the severe weather we've had, which put meetings off. I'm great with that, because this "40 day program" is only the very tip of the iceburg- I want it to help me figure out how to grow and expand by God's Grace for the rest of my life! I'll leave you with a couple of links. One is for The Daniel Plan, and the other is for the "Couch to 10K" app I'm using for my slow, steady training process.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Baby Steppin' and Not Regrettin'

Here I am, celebrating baby steps again!  I would probably get around a lot faster if I'd just grow up and take... Oh, I don't know... even TODDLER steps, for Pete's sake!!

I think I'm finally starting to get more in-depth- I mean something like a deeper than gut-level understanding- with this "baby steps" stuff!  We cannot be changed beings overnight!  We can, however, celebrate that we are working and renewing our commitment every single day (or, in my case, HOUR or MINUTE).

I am working on spending some time meditating and fueling my spirit by getting up earlier than the rest of the family.  I make breakfast, drink my water & coffee, and I read a little devotional.  Then I spend just a minute or two saying thanks and asking God to be with the people who have been on my heart.  This takes about 5 minutes.  Then I can check Facebook, email, read, or whatever else suits my fancy.  This does a few things- and don't be turned off if you are not a "reading devotions and praying" person.  Even if you don't subscribe to the Christian way of thinking, there are obviously a plethora of ways to find a routine of lifting your spirits before you start your day!  You know what they are- I'm not going to bore you with lists!  (Think: Gratefulness, breathing..)

I think if my heart is in the right place, my spirit/attitude is going to help me (in my case, I believe God will help me!) make more wise decisions and become less inclined to automatically choose the crappy ones.  It requires changing my whole mindset.  This is SO much harder than I ever thought.  This is SO much more than typing words and rephrasing and quoting the experts!  It takes work. and commitment. and lots of praying (or mindfulness).  Bad habits die hard!

I know what is right, and I know what the right choices are (most of the time).. yet I keep chosing to stay right where I am, making the same decisions- over and overandoverandover

So, if you beat yourself up for all the dumb choices you continue to make every single day- you know, the doughnuts instead of the oatmeal... or the oatmeal and THEN the doughnuts anyway... find a Bible and read Romans 7. It turns out, I am NOT alone when I shake my head at myself and want to cry out or give up!  Then, if you want to feel grace- I mean feel grace- follow Romans 7 with Romans 8.

I'm going to close with the Google definition of grace:

(in Christian belief) the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.

NO one has earned it, but we all have it!! 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year! Focus in Fourteen.

Focus in fourteen.  I'm still getting used to the motto and the huge meaning behind it!

I have my sights set high, but I'm NOT going to rush through the journey! I'm going to enjoy the baby steps and soak in every minute of learning, growth, and adjusting my path to my goals!  Progress, not perfection.

I talked about this, and today I have "officially" begun The Daniel Plan.  I have an awesome group of ladies who are sharing the journey, and I hope this 40-day study helps change my focus and purpose for wanting to find health- mental, physical, and spiritual!

What do you consider a successful day?

My day is successful because my focus was here:

1. Healthy Breakfast
2. Water (> 64 oz)
3. Vitamins
4. Exercise (I ran a mile- after four weeks of no exercise. whew.)
5. Only water after 7pm (I dumped my coffee out! woohoo! Now that's commitment)
6. Clear the sink before bed
7. Make a plan for tomorrow

It was a good day!  Was it perfect? Nope.  But did I accomplish better things today than yesterday? You betcha.

I'm off to make my plan for tomorrow and get to bed at a decent hour!

I wish you success and progress as you Focus in Fourteen.