Sunday, February 08, 2015

Feb 8 ~ Middleton Place

So today I didn't quite get in that mile! UGH. I promised honesty, right? I will post a picture instead…

I loved our visit to Middleton Place, right outside of Charleston, SC. We simply must go back in the Springtime, when the flowers are in bloom. Even still, this particular day in December held a beauty all it's own with the heavy skies, and dreariness. Winter, yes, but still and beautiful.

Tomorrow I will get back that mile. I am making progress, I am feeling stronger, and I don't have the pain in my elbows anymore!  Plus, my sweet husband bought me some cool workout clothes and I can't wait to put them to good use. Hey, anything for motivation, right? 

Sunday, February 01, 2015

FEB 2 - Stats

Blogging every day is hard. And apparently, so is walking a mile every day. Last Saturday, I missed it. So that's 2 days I've missed for the year! I'm still going though! 

I will share these stats though...  in JANUARY, I walked or ran 35 miles, burned over 6000 calories, and logged 39 activities. I'd say that is a HUGE improvement over my Jan 2014... I'm proud of my progress and I feel strong! (Shout out to the Runkeeper app! Find me there, and we can be friends :) 

Last week was a crazy week, but it was so good. I worked out at the Dan Kinney Center a lot (and we finally joined, too! I feel so legit.), I edited pictures, made orders, paid bills, made new friends, My daughter sang the National Anthem at a HS basketball game and she nailed it! My other daughter bought me a new instrument... A mountain dulcimer! And today I booked another wedding! 

I truly am learning that this journey is about progress, not perfection. I will have to really kick in my good eating habits, & then MAYBE I will see results. 

So keep checking in... I'll just have to share more pics to keep you interested, but I WILL be here! 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Jan 22 - Salad

I really cannot stand honey oak stained wood, so I apologize for the background of the pic. But I really loved my awesome salad tonight! So much so, that I felt it was blogworthy.
Greek Salad topped with chicken… Mmmm. Emma made a yummy salad dressing from scratch the other day, and I have been craving it ever since. 

 This salad was huge, and I was stuffed. I posted a photo of my food, which I never do, because there is quite a little victory in this. 
Today I had a great photo session with Carter, and we jumped in and out of the car all over downtown Springfield! As always, my reward for the drive home, is to swing through Ocean Zen and get sushi!! Don't judge. 

But not tonight. It's this consistency thing. I needed to just drive on home, where I have a wonderful fridge full of good stuff to make for myself. I am so blessed to even be able to say that!
So, tonight, I am thankful for this salad, for saying No to sushi, and fir awesome photo sessions. 

And YES, I have kept up my ONE MILE A DAY, usually doing at least that mile and/or a class! Feeling strong!

Jan 26 - REST

I simply cannot believe it. On Saturday - I TOTALLY FORGOT. That one mile simply slipped my mind!  I have made all this effort to get outside or hit the treadmill, I've walked in the freezing, cold rain, wind, after busy busy days, only to let it slip my mind?

 I feel like a failure.

I can explain… It was Saturday, we slept in, I studied my Bible, I made breakfast, I painted our bathroom ceiling all day, I ran to the grocery store, I made dinner, I had friends over… and then the day was over. Over, without that mile.

 OH WELL.  Life goes on, and we just pick it up again, right?

And you know what? I really, really needed that day to recover. I had hit the pavement hard all week, trying to build up my stamina, and my chins were killing me! Bootcamp also had made every muscle in my upper body scream all morning, so maybe I did just need the rest. I feel great now, and will probably be even better for it.

Lesson learned? There is a God watching over me, and protecting me, and He knows when I've had too much. My day was filled with productivity, and blessing, and I am completely grateful for that! NOT a failure. Absolutely NOT.

And just for your viewing pleasure, I thought I'd include a shot from our recent trip to Charleston, SC over Christmas - this is Middleton Place. Must. Go. Back. Soon!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Jan 17 - Good

Well, it seems as though I'm better at keeping my walking going every day, than I am at blogging every day. Yesterday was boot camp +1 mile on the track. Today is 1 mile outside… And I just don't have time for more today! 

But "here's the deal," (Greg-Ism) ... All it takes, is just a little at a time. JUST 1 MILE A DAY. 
I can't tell you how much better I feel already, and we are only 18 days into this year!

Today was so good... 1 mile walk in 40 degrees! Coffee with a dear friend! Booking a new Bride! Dessert making! And pulling off a great surprise party for Nathan's 18th birthday! 

And now it's time to post this so I can go to bed! Wouldn't you be tired, too? 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Jan 15 - Faithful

Just one mile a day? Done. I did 2 miles, actually. Oh and yesterday? Done. 

So, this verse was on my mind tonight, shared with me by a sweet friend:
Eph 3:20
"Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly, above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory in th church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end."

I always have lots of plans in my head. But the truth is, God has ideas and dreams that are far bigger & better than what I can even imagine. I am doing this little One Mile a Day challenge to gain consistency in my life. Faithfulness. But while my task is small, God is preparing me for more. I can't wait to be faithful again tomorrow! 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Jan 13 - Serious

I missed blogging yesterday! But I did NOT miss my mile! As a matter of fact, I'm sore as heck from boot camp yesterday, as well as strength training today! 
I love knowing I'm committed to this. I'm so sure I'm all in, that I bought new workout clothes. Yep, it's getting serious.
Tomorrow I'll give more insight to the Clean Eating and how that's going, too. 

Now, for some rest! 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Jan 11 - Expo

I know you're all out there just waiting to find out if I did it. Well I'm pretty sure I walked about 5 miles today, but I just don't have a pedometer/UpBand/FitBit to prove it. I'm still slightly disappointed, though. I wanted to gear up and do that mile in the freezing drizzle, & it would've made such a great blog post. :)
So I have to remember, that it's about progress, not perfection. 
Today was an incredible day! I got to meet 100's of brides, future brides, bridesmaids, mommas, (and even a groom or two) at the Metropolitan Bridal Show here in Springfield, MO. I truly had a blast, and in spite of the nasty weather, I think it was very well attended and super fun. Set up and tear down went smoothly, but it's exhausting work. A huge hug and thank you go to Nathan, Lauren, Emma, Stephen, Trevin, and of course, my sweet husband. I seriously could not have done it without you!