Love this…

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Next time I don’t feel like working out, I’m going to remember this little guy.

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The Day After…

Today got off to a late, lazy start… I slept in til 10am, spent some time reading, and ate a delicious breakfast of greek yogurt, honey, and blueberries. I thought it was going to be harder to get back into the groove of things after the holidays but because I never fell out of it this year, it was actually quite easy! Exercise and healthier eating has become a part of my daily lifestyle rather than a means of weight loss and that has made a huge difference!

I have learned that so much more of it is about conquering the battle of the mind and habit than the body! Some of the things that have helped me overcome my unhealthy thinking were food and fitness advice from such sources as books, magazines, and websites, wise words from others who have experienced a similar journey as I have with food and exercise as well as from those who hadn’t, and the Word of God. The key is balance, not the number on the scale and if you can come to this realization then your ahead of about 80% of the female population.

Sooo… again this afternoon I laced up my shoes! Knocked out a 6 mile run and came back in for a good stretch!

Refueled with an egg sandwich for lunch and continued with the rest of my day!

Christmas in the Air!

This morning got off to a great start as I laced up my shoes and headed outside! Got to enjoy a 4.5 mile run towards a gloriously open sky. Headed back inside to get ready, wrap presents, and begin cooking with the family! To get things started off I brewed a hot cup of pomegranate green tea!

Added some presents under the tree…

 And started baking!

My beautiful sis did a fantastic job smashing the pecans…

These were our finished products!!! Green Bean Casserole, Sweet Potato Casserole w/ Pecan Oatmeal Topping, & dad’s famous Sour Cream Potatoes …Yum!

A Delicious slice of mom’s Strawberry & Chocolate Jiggle Fluff Pie anyone?

Cornish Hens… we each got our own miniature birds!

 And of course some fresh spinach salad to top it off…

Read the story of Jesus birth, then the present opening extravaganza began!!! My family all chipped in and bought me this fun picture b/c of my love for cupcakes! So sweet!

 Sis ‘n I for a classic Christmas pose…

 Then we finished opening presents, tooks some family pictures, and gathered ’round to watch “The Help,” one great movie.

Wow, what a fun day!

Harder than I thought…

So a few days ago I posted under my faith page that I was going to spend an equal amount of time in the Word and prayer as I do working out for 7 days and see how the Lord uses that to keep my mind balanced on food, fitness, and life. Well here’s the update…

Days 1 & 2 I didn’t workout so I spent my usual time in the Word before bed.

Day 3 I failed. Spent 45 minutes working out, ran 1.25 mile, did 20 minutes of intervals and 15 minutes on an elliptical. All was well as I planned to go home and head to my room to get some time alone with God, but instead was greeted at the door by my adorable little sister who wanted to sleep in my bed and tell stories!!… I totally caved! This left me about 5 minutes to spend in God’s Word and 5 more to say our prayers together.

Day 4 (today) This was the first day I’ve actually done it. wow, reality check!

…Conclusion thus far; I know this is a self imposed goal for a few days and my walk with God isn’t determined by a set routine I have…  but for me, it is an attempt to measure how much time I truly spend investing into my spirit vs. my body.

I’m excited to see how days 5-7 go!

Any Suggestions??

ZUMBA!

So tonight I tried Zumba for the first time!!! My sister’s been trying to get me to a class for a while now so I had to see what all the hoop la was about and to my surprise I was impressed… it was a blast!!!

Although it wasn’t until I decided to let go and really feel the music no matter who was watching that I really began to enjoy myself!!! At first all I could do was judge the slow pace of the class and the instructor’s funky skull covered pants (she had quite the 1980s aerobics flare) and think about how much more I could be accomplishing if I sneaked out and jumped on the stairclimber or treadmill… but once I decided change my attitude, to let go and just dance my heart out I realized that you really get as much out of it as you put in!  Adding my own style to the dance moves increased the intensity and made it my own, and her spunky attitude kept the fun coming!

Can’t wait to go again!!

What has your experience been with zumba?!

“FOMO”??

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So today when I was reading SHAPE magazine while sweating at the gym I came across an interesting article called “Fight FOMO” by Anna Maltby. It talks about how social media can actually cause higher levels of stress and anxiety because it causes many people to experience “FOMO” aka “fear of missing out.” This feeling can especially be heightened around the holidays when everyone is posting lots pictures of their fun festivities! This is so true!!! Funny, but true! Crazy how a tool that is supposed to help you feel more connected can do just the opposite! In fact, I’ve heard many stories of individual’s feelings getting hurt because they happened to run across pictures of an event that they weren’t informed of. Anna explains in this brief article how that seeing the exciting events happening in the lives around you can make you feel left out and can in some cases increase feelings of loneliness. Somehow a night in doesn’t seem as appealing when you hear of all the fun things going on around you. It can make it difficult to balance social time and time for personal rejuvenation! So how about shutting off some technology for a night and enjoying being in the moment with whatever YOU chose to do? Who cares what everyone else is doing! Have you ever experienced this??  

you can check out the full article at SHAPE.COM.