Thursday, August 28, 2014

Happiness Grows

I love the below thought...so very true for me. 

Though I think it hugely important to have goals and reasonable expectations of completing those goals...accepting the pace, the path and acceptance of those whose paths I cross along my way...that is where happiness lives!

When I have expectations that don't line up with reality...I get myself into trouble.

I am having to learn that acceptance is not about giving in or giving up..but rather, is about letting go...trusting, believing and being patient! As I learn that...My Happiness Grows!

Goodnight my friends! 


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Brave Enough To Keep Moving Forward! Go Team Clint!

So...I made it through day Two of Boot Camp...I think!!!  The jury is out!  I am already feeling a bit, what I might call, muscular discomfort...so I am guessing that by the time this 47 year old body gets out of bed in the morning...I will be in the advanced stages of  "Dear God, what have I done!"
I tried a new machine this evening.  First, just as a reminder, when I started this Journey 2 years ago, I began just walking...and swimming only to decide one fateful day to step on this evil machine call the Elliptical.  Yes...in the beginning, I struggled to get in 10 minutes on that machine without feeling as if I was going to collapse...but over time and after several major battles, I conquered the Evil Elliptical!!!! 

Tonight however, I met my new arch nemesis...

 
 
 
THIS machine is beyond evil...It is diabolical.  It looks doable.  It IS NOT!!  So..as part of our circuit training this evening, I had the option of doing intervals on the stationary bike OR 6 continuous minutes on Jacob's ladder.  I chose the ladder.  I need to prepare for climbing...Ladder climbing seems a good training option...so I say...I'll do the ladder...6 min...no big twig...I got this!!!  So...I get on....attach my safety harness...and I begin!!  First few steps...Yea...I got this...still feeling pretty confident....
 
ONE MINUTE PEOPLE....
 
ONE MINUTE and I retreated to the bike tout suite!!!
 
So...I now have a new foe to conquer.  I don't who the hell Jacob is...but his ladder bites!!!
 
But...watch out Jacob....I am comin' for ya!  It just may be a while before I get there!!!
 
Before I go....I want to share a picture of my young cousin Clint.  As most of  you know, he was in a serious boating accident July 4th weekend.  He gratefully survived the horrific accident; however, is having to learn to walk again with a prosthetic leg.  Clint lost his right leg in the accident but did not lose his brave spirit, sense of humor and wonderful heart!  Clint is currently in the hospital going through intensive physical therapy and learning to walk with his new leg.  It is a painful process, yet he is fighting through with this brave face!
 
 
He amazes and inspires.  He is BRAVE!  GO TEAM CLINT
 
As I write this tonight...My reality is that bravery is not the absence of fear...It is not a characteristic of the fearless...but instead, a characteristic of those who face fear with great faith...a characteristic of those that take the next step without full knowledge of where they are going...but are brave enough to keep moving forward!!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Trusting My Wings

So...post Day One of boot camp and I am still moving...even made it to the gym for a little cardio!

My goal is to keep moving so that my body does not have time to realize that it is  being stretched outside its comfort zone! :)

It felt like a little victory though....being able to survive Day 1 and make it to the gym tonite! Another step in a healthy direction!  No giant leap for Mankind...but a solid step along my Journey to De-Fluff!

Now...in an effort to be prepared for Boot Camp Day 2...I must rest...renew and replenish! 

My prayer every night is to be in God's Will....trust in His plans and have the faith and courage I need to Forge ahead.

There are days when this task feels a little daunting.  But I am surrounded by reminders of how blessed I am to be on this Journey...reminders of ALL the ways God lights my path...Even on days when I struggle. 

One of the biggest challenges I have faced and still face is truly and deeply BELIEVING that I CAN.

This blog has been my practice ground in many ways. The place where I write my truth...and the place I write truths that I am yet to believe! 

I received the below from my cousin Julie today...loved it!

I am learning to trust my wings...every day! 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Linguine Arms and Burning Lungs

So bootcamp started TODAY!

4 weeks....12 sessions...here we GO!

Today..according to our trainer Kevin, was  nothing too strenuous...just an opportunity to see where we each are  physically.  I know where I am...mid forties...50+lbs overweight with joints that reflect both my age and weight!

Four women...gratefully...all with a sense of humor...started this process today!

Good news...I enjoyed it...I survived it...i laughed through it...and did not puke! So I got that goin' for me!

I, for the 1st time, got to do the "battle ropes" exercise...you know the one where you pick up a big ass rope and shake it up and down...Well, for some reason I was all primed and ready to try that out...3 sets at 30 second intervals left me with linguine arms and sucking wind!!! Holy Toledo!!!

But...I did it! I thought my lungs would explode...but I did it!

I am going to go out a limb here and say that each day will be a little tougher...and there may be puking involved!!! ;)

But...I have got a Mountain to climb...so I will keep suiting up and showing up!!!

It feels good to push through burning lungs and linguine arms...to forge on knowing that I am working towards bigger goals and pushing past physical barriers that at one time, felt impenetrable! 

Pretty Cool...

As you many of you may know, for this ENTIRE Journey,  my Mom has posted signs of encouragement on the door leading from the garage to the house.  She changes them periodically...usually goal specific.  

Below is my newest sign!

Look out Now!!!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Expect Great Things...Great Things Will Happen

Happy Sunday!!  It has been a busy, HOT, day here in Houston, TX

The started with church, lunch...etc...followed by a baby shower for a friend's daughter-in-law. 

I must admit that I am feeling a little spent today and am not sure I have enough brain space for blogging...but here goes anyway!!! :)

But while at lunch (Chinese) ....I received the following statement in a my fortune cookie:

Expect Great Things and Great Things Will Happen


I like that...I like the idea that if I believe in the Good...the Good will come!

I am starting some big stuff this week...and I am nervous...But I proclaim right here and right now...that I expect great things this week...and I further expect great things this month and further more, This Year!!!! 

Oh...I know that expectations must be met with action, dedication and a willingness to work hard.  I know that Great things must be earned...but I also know this...If I don't believe that I am capable of great things...that great things will pass me by...zip right by me...because I was too busy expecting them NOT to happen!!

This weekend I took a little break from the intensity of this Journey...I took a little break...even ate a little cake...but tomorrow...it is back to business.  Back to embracing this healthy life so that I can continue to experience all of the GREAT things God has in store for me! 

As a side note...This is the fortune my Mom got at lunch:

Feeding a cow with roses does not get extra appreciation.


Yep....

So I will leave you with this..

Expect Great things this week...Expect Greatness and Great Things will come...BUT...do NOT expect any extra love if you feed your Cow a Rose!!!!


Just sayin!!!






Saturday, August 23, 2014

These Shoes Were Made For Walking

I have two loves that some of you may not know about...

1.  SHOES
      I love shoes...even shoes that I can't wear ( never been proficient in heels).  I have always particularly loved tennis shoes, athletic shoes, etc...one of my favorite parts of playing sports...was the purchasing of the sport-appropriate shoe...court shoes for VB, high-tops for basketball, cleats for softball...love...love...love!

2.  Photography
      I love taking photos...nature, animals, people...all subjects!  So...taking pictures of shoes...is the perfect storm for me...:)

At the very beginning of this Journey...I went out and bought workout "stuff" and SHOES were my 1st purchase!!

I photographed those shoes...along with my homage to Misty May headband and posted that pic to one of my very 1st blog posts.

Those shoes took the 1st steps on this amazing Journey.  They walked the 1st mile...my 1st 5K...climbed Enchanted Rock...and I posted many pics of my steps in those shoes.  I wore them OUT!

Year 2 of this Journey...brought 2 new pair of athletic shoes...and more pics!!! Those shoes climbed hills...walked miles...pushed through many bike rides and carried me through another 12 months of this miraculous Journey!

So today...Year 3 shoes were purchased....after painstakingly trying on 8+ pair of shoes...I picked the shoes that will start boot camp on Monday....these shoes will carry me into the third year of this Journey...they will walk many miles....climb a few hills...ride miles and miles on a bike and who knows what else!!!

So of course, I took pics...a little collage of the brave shoes that have carried this fluffy girl here and there and everywhere!

Weird maybe...but funny enough...for me, these shoes represent ALL the physical steps taken...all the work...all the miles that have gotten me here...to a lighter...healthier...happier me!!!

These shoes were made for walking...and that just what they did!!!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Big Love...Big Blessings!

Late Night! Short Post!

Great Night!

Great Friends! 

Big Love!

BIG blessings! 

Forging On

Faith-Filled

GOD-Powered!

Goodnight...Sweet Dreams!

Oh...here is where I am hangin' tonight

A little Hotel ZaZa time!