Random…

Okay, so I am trying to stay in the habit of blogging fairly often, even if I don’t have a specific thing to blog about every single time. Today is one of those days.

I have kind of had a pretty random day. I read a little bit more of my book today; I am currently reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett. It is a pretty great book, and I am very interested in the subject matter, but the language is pretty steep. I have not seen the movie yet, but I have heard that it is very good. I will probably check it out when I finish the book. I always prefer the book to the movie, but I enjoy watching movies as well. A while back, I finished what is probably my favorite book series of all time, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I was very impressed and was very surprised by how much I really go into those books. I am pretty excited that they are coming out with the first movie in March as well, even though I assume it will be pretty graphic so I may wait until I read some reviews before seeing it.

This brings me to something I pointed out to Travis today. I don’t remember there ever being a time in our marriage where we every really watched rated R movies. In fact, we made a commitment shortly after we were married that that would not be something we did. Basically, unless it was the Passion of the Christ, we don’t watch rated R movies. Well, today, I realized it has been so long since we have even watched a PG-13 movie. I love that instead of getting desensitized during this time when the world is glorifying sin more and more, I feel like we have become even more sensitive and I thank God for it everyday.

This year has been probably been one of the toughest times in my life from every aspect. There has not been a part of my world that has not been challenged this year. I actually have grown to appreciate it because it has taught me more about myself and what I am actually made of, and, to be honest, I am made of a lot better than I thought I was. I don’t mean this to sound boastful or to lift myself up. I mean it to give all glory to God and what He has done inside of me over the last few years to prepare me for what He knew was coming. I don’t WANT to go through hard times, but I WANT to be able to go through hard times filled with grace and mercy in my heart instead of bitterness, unforgiveness, and hatred.

Well, I think that is enough random revelations for one night. I know this is scattered, but for those of you that know you, you’d think you were used to it by now. I know hardly anybody reads this anyways, but it is great to by able to sort out a small portion of my thoughts to unwind for the night. : )

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Happy Anniversary!

4 years ago today, I married the most amazing man on the planet. Ever since that day, I have been blown away that God would create someone so amazing, and then give him to me. What an amazing gift. This could be the longest post in the world, but I will stop at this, I love you, Trav, and I love doing life with you and wouldn’t trade a single second.

P90X Update – Day 8

Ok, so today should have been day nine, but we adjusted our schedule a little bit. We had originally started our workout on a Sunday, but we wanted Sunday to be the day we can rest or do Stretch on, so we took a day off and are now starting week two. I already am starting to notice differences. I am definitely stronger and more flexible already. I was able to hold some of the yoga poses a little longer without tumbling over. I am also starting to feel a little more coordinated. I am not naturally a graceful person so this first week has been a little rough on my balance!

I am super excited to see how much difference 90 days is going to make. I am starting to have more faith in the system. Of course I was a little skeptical starting out, as most people are. I can honestly say that I think this is going to be an amazing experience that will strengthen me so much more than I could have ever imagined! Oh, and on a side note, I absolutely LOVE the Kenpo X workout. Not only is it an amazing workout, but I am also learning some self defense!

Tonight is Core Synergistics again…… ouch!

P90X Update…. Day 6

Ok, so I loved the leg and back DVD last night, not so in love with the ab ripper X though! I really felt my legs being worked, those one leg wall squats will kill you!

I feel like I am already getting stronger. It might all be mental, but I am ok with that until I start seeing the physical manifestation of my workouts! I still need to get better with the diet. Sometimes I do really good, and some days I just don’t think about it and before I know it I have eaten all the wrong things again. It is not that I am eating a ton of junk food or dessert, but instead of making egg white scrambles I will often eat a bowl of cereal. Oh well, I just have to keep at it.

Not a ton to update today, just that I am glad that tomorrow is our rest day, or we will do the Stretch X. I feel pretty accomplished!

P90X Update…. Day 5

First of all, thank you everyone for all the tips and encouraging words! I am super excited about what I am doing and am happy to see other people excited too!

So, last nights workout was Yoga X. It is an hour and a half of yoga that works and stretches every part of your body. Since my husband went to prayer last night, I waited for him to get home so we could do the workout together, but he didn’t get home until almost 10:00 and I had already been up super early because our girls had a Dr.’s appointment. Well, to make a long story short, for the past 2 months or so, my right wrist has been really hurting when I put any pressure on it at all. That made yoga quite a challenge to say the least, because you are basically balancing on your hands most of the time. Well, I made it about 30 minutes and had to quit because my wrist was hurting so bad. It was pretty frustrating to say the least because I was really enjoying the yoga.

So I have been trying to figure out what would have caused this pain, and many people have suggested carpal tunnel, but I couldn’t figure out what repetitive motion could have caused that. Well, last night I think my husband figured it out. I have a Sidekick for a phone and most of the actions are controlled by the track ball on the right side of the phone. I am on my phone constantly browsing, texting, etc. So I think that is the culprit. Well, I am going to try to use my phone some other way besides constantly scrolling with my thumb and am going to try taping my wrist and try the yoga again next week. We are going to move on to the Legs and Back DVD so we don’t get behind and I figure I won’t be able to do much yoga until my wrist heals up some. The pushups are hard enough!

Well, I was kind of bummed since that was the first night I hadn’t gone all the way through the workout, but, as Tony Horton always says, I am going to do my best and forget the rest! So, instead of being bummed, I am going to choose to BRING IT!!!!

P90X Update…. Day 3

Ok, I have to admit. I am not doing as well with the diet as I would like, but I am still working on it and taking it one day at a time. It is so much harder to push play when you are sore too! Today, I woke up, decided to try to get out of bed, but stayed there a little longer because I was so sore I could barely move. I know my body will just have to get used to actually using the muscles everyday, but it doesn’t make it that much easier right now.

Last night was Cardio X….. which I thought might be a little easier, which I guess it was compared to the Core Synergistics that we did the first day, but it definitely wasn’t easy. I got a little emotional because I let myself get discouraged when I couldn’t do a few of the things on the DVD. Well, I got over it and finished strong. I was pretty happy with myself.

Tonight, we do our first actual full on resistance, which I think is arms and shoulders. I will have to get creative seeing as I cannot do a pull up and my pushups are very girly. But, as Tony Horton (the trainer) says, I will do my best and forget the rest.

Now if I can just figure out a time I can do the DVD and not miss American Idol… Hmmmmm………

P90X Update – Day 2…..

All right guys, we were a little late starting it, but we have finally started our p90x challenge! Yesterday was day one, and let me say, OUCH! I am sore today! But I feel good! I am sticking to the diet for the most part…. I did sneak one small sliver of pizza today at work because there really wasn’t any other option available! Tonight we hit our 2nd workout hard! I know I will get used to it in a year or two ๐Ÿ™‚ but for now, I will work through the pain and soreness!

We decided to do before pictures on Saturday, so that we can always see where we started from, because sometimes looking in the mirror everyday makes it hard to see the changes and can get discouraging. I am super pumped about keeping it up. I know we are probably going to miss a day or two of the 90, but we will just catch right back up. We are taking a trip to Oklahoma soon and will probably be staying in a hotel halfway and I don’t think they would appreciate us doing our p90x workout right above someone elses room!

Well, I will keep you updated when I can! I just know I am still ready to BRING IT!!!!!!!

The plan….

Ok guys, it is no secret that I need to get in shape. Ok, so maybe not just get in shape but lose weight and get healthy too ๐Ÿ™‚ So, Travis had been talking about wanting to do P90X for what seems like forever and I was like, yeah, whatever Travis. Well, we were watching TV the other day and the P90X infomercial was on. That is it. I am hooked. We ordered it and bought some dumbells, yoga mats, and a pull up bar, and now we are ready to go. Well, as soon as the dvd’s get here in the mail. I thought this might actually be something worth documenting so from time to time I will give you an update. I guarantee it won’t be pretty most of the time. And no, before anyone asks, I am not putting a before picture until I see that I will get results. Otherwise, I will just have a fat picture with no improvement picture to distract everyone. ๐Ÿ™‚

So to help kick things off, Travis and I are going to be starting a 3 day fruit flush starting this Friday. It is basically just a cleanse to get us focused and rev our tastebuds up for healthy food! Once we get that out of the way, assuming the DVD’s are here, we will be starting day one of P90X on Monday.

So, I have to say that this should actually be quite comical for me since I am very uncoordinated and haven’t actually worked out hard in quite a while. For example, we bought the Iron Gym pull up bar, which actually works as a push up stand and support for your feet when you do sit ups and crunches. It is quite impressive. So anyway, I decide that I am going to get it out and put it together. Why not go ahead and see what this thing is all about. Well, I got it together, put it up on the door frame, and stared at it. After a brief pep talk to myself, I grabbed ahold of the parallel bars, lifted my feet, closed my eyes, and pulled with all my might. You know what happened??? Not a dang thing. I was still just hanging there. I couldn’t believe it! So I thought, well maybe I just need to give myself a little boost and jump a little. So, I got myself ready again, grabbed ahold of those bars, jumped, and………… I was still just hanging there within about 1 second. So I have a little ways to go. ๐Ÿ™‚ My goal by the end of the first round of 90 days (* I know I won’t be where I want to be in just 90 days, it might take me that long to be able to even do the dvd’s) anyways, my goal is to be able to do 1 pullup, unassisted by a chair or person, just me and gravity. ๐Ÿ™‚

So, you all know I am not disciplined enough to post everyday, and heck, after I start working out, I may be too sore to type, but I will update you as much as I can. Until then……… Goodbye.

Love.

What is the word that is most associated with valentine’s day? That’s right, the L word, L. O. V. E., love. I was thinking today about what I would use to define the word Valentine. I don’t mean where the day came from or why we actually have it on the calendar to celebrate each year, but what would I say makes someone your “valentine.” Here are a questions I think would need to be answered in order for someone to properly earn the label “valentine”:

– Do they make you happy?

-Do they make your heart flutter?

-Do they treat you the way you should always be treated, regardless of whether you hold up your end of the bargain or not?

-Do you feel safe and confident around them?

-Do you smile when their name is said out loud?

-Do you smile when you think of them?

– Can you imagine your life without them?

I think there could be a million more questions to add to this list, but I know one thing for certain. My valentine is my amazing husband and I am so blessed to have him in my life. Happy Valentine’s day Trav! I love you!

Just a thought…..

I just wanted to put on here, more for my own recordย than anything, that I feel something big stirring. I have no idea what it will be. All I know is that the last time I got this feeling, I ended up in Pensacola, Florida. Time to pray hard and be obedient!

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