As I surfed the net for a quote for today's blog I found this one and then smiled, it was written by me. Kind of funny, at least to me. I wasn't going to share it but decided it delivers the message I was looking for.
What are some of your favorite things to do? What do you need to do them? Is it something you do independently or are there others with you? When you are in a lull of life, what motivates and inspires you to keep moving forward and enjoying the little things in life?
A few thoughts to ponder today...although the deck is under a few feet of snow and there isn't any signs of spring in the near future, I am encouraged when I reread the above statement because warmer, sunnier, and brighter days are yet to come. Are you ready?
What are some of your favorite things to do?
We had a wonderful weekend for a few reasons. A surprise visit from our daughter started Friday off on a VERY good note and then the bad weather yesterday keeping her home an extra day, better yet. Thanks to the snow day called by our district superintendent, I was able to take Mary back to college myself and enjoy a few moments of mother-daughter time with her. God was nice enough to clear up the weather for our travels and as I type this blog, the snow and stormy weather returns.
Instead of rolling back over and sleeping in I got up with the alarm and got busy. The day started with a two-hour delay and my goal was to get ahead of the game before going to work. Three loads of laundry washed and dried and the dishes were done before the call came announcing the snow day. With this gift of time I smiled and went to my sewing room and started to enjoy some time puttering on my next project.
It is common to hear people say "I don't have enough time." and I'm guilty of this at times too so on a Snow-Day, I take advantage of this gift of time to catch up on things that keep getting moved onto the next list, or baking, or sewing, and sometimes (not often) I just vegitate and read a good book or watch Hallmark.
If you are gifted a day of time,
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.
"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms."
With the Christmas decorations tucked away now, it's time for a new placemat. I thought about what to make for him this time. My hope was to have something that could last him through the rest of the winter yet be encouraging and uplifting. I looked at blue materials and thought about doing a snowy scene but with Lake Ontario practically in his backyard, he doesn't need anymore snow reminders.
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What are you creating this weekend?
Do you create to encourage others?
Do you belong to a gym, workout at home, or a combination of the two? What works the best for you?
Do you track your daily steps? A friend gifted me the "Fit Bit Zip" last June and this inspired me to focus on achieving the daily 10,000 step goal. I noticed I started to sleep better at night when I reached this goal, especially when I completed this walking outside.
My goal isn't to wear a size 2 but instead to be healthier so I can live longer and hopefully live to be 100 or so. I know the risks associated with obesity and the various health risks triggered by carrying the extra weight. If I want to work until I retire and help raise my grandchildren like my parents did with our daughter, I need to be healthier.
According to the BMI and suggested target weight for my age and height, I need to lose between sixty-three and one-hundred four pounds! Yikes! Personally, this seems like too much weight and fear I'd look sick. My first mini goal is to fit into a size 14 comfortably, with wearing a size 12/14 as the ultimate goal.
I don't know how much weight this is but in order to reach this goal, I know it's time to start weight training alongside with my hour of cardio. I have the "Black Card" at Planet Fitness so I can always bring a friend with me. To have an accountability partner helps keep me focused and on task. What helps to keep you on task?
In order to keep the blog real and honest, I'm sharing my weight and BMI with you. My husband, daughter, and a few friends are my accountability parnters BUT to post this on my blog, OUCH! This motivates me not to roll over when the alarm goes off at 4:15 again. Please don't judge my numbers, one day and one workout at a time...I'm striving for health.
If you haven't checked your weight with a BMI chart, will you take a moment to check? If your number startles you, will you let this motivate you to be healthier? I hope so.
Height: 5 feet, 7 inches
Weight: 222 pounds
Your BMI is 34.8, indicating your weight is in the Obese category for adults of your height.
For your height, a normal weight range would be from 118 to 159 pounds.
CALCULATE YOUR BMI HERE
Are you ready to get healthy?
See you next Friday for another Fitness blog.
When is the last time you jumped in a puddle and splashed a friend?
Today's writing prompt: Write about a memory of puddle jumping or a write a tid bit about taking advantage of this fun activity as an adult? Who do you bring with you to jump in the puddle? How much laughter is there? Does this become a new habit?
I started strong in August and as the warmer weather lessoned, so did my motivation to monitor and track my goals. Thankfully, this desire returned around Thanksgiving and I'm slowly getting my groove back. I'll tweek my exercise goals for this year for a more effiecient way to track towards success.
In addition to my goals, I like to choose a theme verse and word for the year. This is something I started a few years ago after my friend and author, Elaine W. Miller shared with me. My goal is to have these selected by February 1st, I don't like to rush the Word and The Word God has for me each year. Good things come to those who wait, especially when you wait on the Lord. Do you pick a word and Bible verse at the beginning of the year? If you do, how does this help you throughout the year? If you haven't done this before, will you try this year and see how God works in your life through His Word?
I have other book ideas within me, even a fictional story but instead of sharing (or teasing as my Mom called it) at this moment, I'm holding off until I'm ready to commit 110% to the writing process and the time required to be successful. I do plan on keeping my creative juices in motion through sewing, crocheting, quilting, and writing. As I do this, I'll share snip-its on Saturdays when I have pics and stories to share. I'm calling it "Sew-Sensational Saturday" on the blog.
So do I have a list of goals? No, but I do have a plan and motivation to do so. THIS IS MY FIRST GOAL...TO SET MY GOALS! A peculiar goal don't you think. Is your first goal the same as mine or do you have your list started already?
What is ONE goal you are dedicated to?
Why do I write?
Writing to glorify God and help others! "Let me understand the teaching of your precepts; then I will meditate on your wonders." Psalm 119:27 (NIV)
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