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Ten Things of Thankful, more or less.

Another week…how does this happen? It just whizzes by. My grandma warned me about this. About 20 years ago now, she and I were having a chat and I said, “Grandma, seems like the years go by faster the older I get!” She said, in her very Southern Grandma way, “Honey, wait till you’re old as me. Life is just one big ole blur!” She is now 93 years young! And she is hilarious! I am thankful for her sense of humor. I honestly think she has gotten funnier with age. No, she is not senile—she’s just like a fine wine, getting better with age, I reckon.

I am thankful for Emma’s continued improvement. If her chasing her daddy around the kitchen two nights ago is any indication, I’d say she’s just about 100%. I am also thankful that she is very nearly completely caught up with the schoolwork she missed while she was recuperating from her Close Encounter of the Reptile Kind. Did I mention that I hate snakes? Now more than ever.

I am thankful for a movie date night with my two guys last night. (Emma got a better offer from the BFF.) We went to see the new Thor movie. Chris Hemsworth is quite lovely. There was the obligatory abs and chest shot. Completely unnecessary, but greatly appreciated, I am sure, by all the ladies who were attending  at the request of their menfolk. I think I speak for all of us, when I say, thanks, Mr. Director, for thinking of us girls.

I am happy to be on the homeschool prom committee again this year. I know, maybe that sounds crazy to some of you who have at some time served on such a committee. I was happy to be involved last year, especially since it was Jacob’s senior year and secretly (or not-so-secretly) I wanted to be on the committee so that a) Jacob would go and b) I would be helping at the prom the night of the event so I could make sure Jacob was okay and enjoying the evening. I dragged Clyn in on it as well. It was a big win all the way around. Jacob and his lovely date (his friend, Rebecca) had a great time with their group of friends. Clyn had fun. And I had a blast. It was a lot of work, but what made it so fun was the ladies on the committee. Many of them are serving again this year and I am so thankful for the friendships I gained, and deepened, and I am hopeful that we will able to put on another fantastic night for the kids who will be attending this year. For your enjoyment, a couple of throwback pics from last year’s extravaganza:

Pre-Prom  Post-Prom

I was happy to be able to get back to the gym this morning! I have missed the last couple of weeks of my beloved WERQ class because of the whole snake bite business and then Clyn had a foot issue as well and I needed to drive him to the doctor, as his driving foot was the problem. (Nothing serious, mostly annoying to him.) AND then my gym went and switched one of the classes I used to go to, to a day and time that I cannot go, so that kinda threw me off schedule as well. Anyway, I am glad to get back on track!

We {heart} Chick-Fil-AI am thankful for our weekly Saturday Chick-Fil-A trips. It is something we usually do as a family and we sit there and eat our “Chick’n” and chat about our plans for the day. Jacob inevitably removes his straw paper, twists it into a small projectile, puts it in his straw and blows, usually shooting it at his sister—which is funny (to the rest of us, not to Emma). We go pretty nearly every Saturday…enough so that they don’t ask us for a name for our order anymore. They already know it. When Emma and I have been out doing some shopping and we are meeting Clyn and Jacob there, the kid who is taking our order will say, “Will the guys be in today?” They know us. We know them. Traditions are nice.

Speaking of our weekly Chick-Fil-A visit—it is about that time! Hope you all have had a great week filled with lots of thankful stuff!


On the weekend, I link up with the Ten Things of Thankful Blog Hop to celebrate all the things I am feeling especially thankful for this week. You can join in the gratitude at Lizzi’s blog—Considerings.

Ten Things of Thankful


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Getting Fit Fridays {vol. 9 & 10}–My get up and go…

…has gotten up and went.

I know y’all have heard that saying.

It describes where I am, though I guess my get up and go hasn’t entirely gotten up and went. It is just harder to make myself do the things I know I need to do—mostly on the food front. I suppose you could say I am in a bit of a slump.

slow progressAnd before you say, “Hey, it isn’t Friday!” Just let the fact that there was no post last Friday and that this Friday’s post is occurring on Saturday clue you in to the chaos that has been my life the last two weeks and cut a sister a break.

Life has intervened. Prom committee meetings, Military Ball, Eye doctor appointments, Homeschool Co-op prep, Homeschooling, Extra-curriculars, Family visits, Etc. Life events thrown my way which upset my apple cart. This is something I have written about before and am aware is a struggle for me—to stay on track when I start feeling overwhelmed. It is that time of year when things start to go nuts.

Planning becomes difficult. Routines are changed. I feel so exhausted. But if I am truly honest, and I want to be, this whole thing is just hard. And like my friend Cris, when my perfectionism kicks in, I tend to shut down.

Yesterday, as I was driving to the gym for my WERQ class (that I really do enjoy), I was praying, “Lord, I am so tired. Why is this thing so hard?”

I heard that still, small voice say, “Because you want it to be easy.”

Oh really. *insert raised eyebrow here*

Truer words may never have been spoken.

Making good choices in my eating is hard. It takes time and planning. I want to eat what I want to eat. I want it to be quick and easy.

Getting fit takes time. I want it to happen now. I want it to be easy.

Results take hard, consistent work. I don’t like to work hard. I want to give minimum effort and get maximum results.

TRUTH: I am, by nature, a lazy person. I would like things to just happen. I want broccoli and lean proteins to miraculously appear on my plate at dinner time. I want cake to taste terrible so I won’t love it. I want my hips and thighs, okay, my whole body, to be about 6 times smaller than it currently is.

Oh, but wait…didn’t someone once say that nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work? Yep, his name was Booker T. Washington. And didn’t someone else say, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting to get a different result? Uh-huh, his name was Albert Einstein. Someone else said that in all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty. Yeah, that guy was King Solomon, only, like, the wisest king in Israel’s history. Oh, and he also said, the soul of a sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.

SO, while my nature is to be lazy and to want it NOW (think Veruca Salt from Willy Wonka singing “♫…don’t care how, I want it nooooow…♪”), I know that I have to keep on making even the smallest steps in the right direction and just say no to my natural inclination to throw the baby out with the bath water when I feel like I have really messed things up. I have to fight my urge to give up and give in to what I want at the moment.

Progress is slow. And though I have moments when I feel like I want to quit and I am tired and frustrated and I want to eat junk and I feel like there are a thousand other things I “need” to be doing besides working out, I know that slow progress is still progress.

The coming week is just as crazy as the last two. So, what am I going to do? I am going to write down what I eat. All the bites, tastes and licks too! I am going to continue with my workouts and give them more than I have been giving. I am going to ask for help when and where I need it. That may be the hardest thing of all for me. I don’t like to ask for help.

Most of all, I will not give up.

“Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted” ~David Bly


Getting Fit Fridays appears weekly here at Red Van Ramblings to chronicle my fitness journey and more importantly, to increase my accountability. Do you need to get back on the wagon? Do you need some help and encouragement? Join with me, if you’d like. We can do it—together.


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Getting Fit Fridays {vol. 8}–Yawn.

Whining ahead.

You have been warned.

TRUTH: I woke up tired this morning. Not just tired—sleepy. My knees are achy. My feet hurt. My shoulders are sore. And I am feeling over-extended in most areas of my life. Oh yeah, AND I want to eat a lot of stuff that I do not need to be eating. I did not want to go work out this morning. I was dragging.

But I went anyway…after popping a couple of ibuprofen, that is.

I am thinking that I need to take me some stock out in a certain name-brand manufacturer of said ibuprofen.

Mia Hamm QuoteSo, I went to my exercise class today, feeling tired, but glad to go. After all, it is Friday, which in and of itself is most deserving of the Friday Dance. Music has a way of bringing me out of a funk. After Celebration by Kool and the Gang and Hit Me With Your Best Shot by Pat Benetar, I was feeling the moves and feeling a little more perky. Hashtag-doingitanyway.

So, we are in week 8 of this thing. This is the point in time where the novelty of “heck yeah, I’m doing this thing!” begins to wear off. The proverbial honeymoon is over and you must fight, fight, fight the urge to give in to whatever tiredness, overwhelmed-ness or “man, I just want to eat that”-ness that punches you in the face when you get out of bed each day.

Here is where I find myself.

REALITY: This is no short term deal. No matter what the numbers show—or don’t show—I must keep on keeping on. This is for the long haul, if what I am really shooting for is health and fitness and not just some temporary phase I am going through. And regardless of how I am feeling at the moment, I must not let my emotions get the better of me. I have to dig down deep and overrule my innate desire to do just enough to get by.

When I am at the end of my own strength, I have to look to the true source of strength. The Lord God. My creator. The designer of this body I live in. The One who says to me, “do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10 NIV)

And so I press on!

Getting Fit Fridays appears weekly here at Red Van Ramblings to chronicle my fitness journey and more importantly, to increase my accountability. Do you need to get back on the wagon? Do you need some help and encouragement? Join with me, if you’d like. We can do it—together.


Filed under Getting Fit Fridays, Health and wellness