Time to Prepare

The day is almost here! Tomorrow I am going to relaunch my Juice Plus business! I renewed everything about a month ago, but I really wanted to kick things off at the beginning of the month so July 1st became the starting point.

I have been taking Juice Plus for a little more than a year now, but not regularly until about 6 months ago. It is the only change that I made in my daily routine so far. That changes tomorrow. My first change will be all about how and what I snack on throughout the day. I am dumping potato chips and fun size candy and adding healthier alternatives like fruits and veggies. This will be a big change for me since I really like chips and chocolate, but I have to do this if I want to get my belly back.

I also plan to get back on the road and walk 30 minutes everyday. I really like walking around my neighborhood now, plus there’s some cool wildlife around here that will start showing up on my Instagram account. If it’s raining, because it is summer time in Florida, I can do a 30 minute bike ride on Wii Fit Plus.

Last, but certainly not least, I am going to cut back on my Pepsi intake…again. Instead of just dropping it completely, I am going to ween myself off it. Today, I will keep a log of how many I drink throughout the day and start cutting it out from there and gradually decreasing it through the month of July. I want to be done with it by the end of the month.

I’ll keep you posted on how things are going. 🙂

Radical Authenticity: Removing the Layers

Am I guilty of “spending so much time trying to appear authentic and happy” that I’m exhausting myself? I don’t think that I am. However, I do admit that I’ve not revealed all of the struggles that I face daily while I’m posting on my social media networks. Is that kind of the same thing? This week’s Discover Challenge has me thinking that I should share more of myself and try to be as authentic as possible while I do it. This blog was to be a vehicle to do just that…and yet it sits here, day after day, without a word to show where I’m at or where I want to go.

It also seems like a great place to begin a 31-day blogging challenge that a friend shared on Facebook. So here I go…

Day 1: Introduction

The quick and easy stuff – I’m 39 years old, I’ve been married for almost 19 years, and I have 4 awesome kids. I’m a Christian and my family is very involved with our church. I serve in kids’ ministry and absolutely LOVE it! I volunteer with World Vision as a Child Ambassador and I’m also on the leadership team. I work part-time at a preschool and part-time as an independent distributor for Juice Plus. I have two degrees –  a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (Anthropology and Religious Studies) and a B.A. in English.

Now for some authenticity – I’m still carrying around a lot of weight that should be gone by now – my youngest is 13 so the baby-weight excuse is no longer valid. At my current age, it is difficult to motivate myself into doing the work needed to get rid of it, and it will only get more difficult as time passes. My husband and I have been together for almost 21 years. The first two years of our relationship was hindered by the fact that he was married to someone else. It was complicated and that’s putting it politely…but that’s the truth of it. My oldest son is unfortunately not mine by birth and that made his childhood and my relationship with him just as complicated.

I accepted Christ as my Savior at the age of 12. I was baptized at Heritage Baptist Church in Venice without a single friend or family member present and it still feels like it didn’t count. I know that it did but I miss not having anyone there to witness it. I’ve thought about being baptized again and maybe I will one day, but this is where I’m at now. Working with kids at church always comes with its own challenges, but the truth is I do really love it. All of the children I encounter become my own and I love all of them – no undiscovered tension there.

My volunteer work with World Vision has had years of success, but lately I’ve been in a big slump. I’ve wanted to quit a few times and God keeps pulling me back in. I really don’t understand why. Sometimes I feel like I’ve lost my passion for it, not for the kids or helping them of course, just in trying to find ways to reach new people. It would be great to have just one more successful event or encounter to knock me out of this feeling of failure and defeat.

I don’t particularly like working outside of the house but volunteer work doesn’t pay the bills and right now neither is my Juice Plus business. The second part of that is completely my fault – I’m not putting in the work. I have plans and ideas, but I also have just as many excuses to not get anything done.

As far as my two degrees are concerned, they are useful occasionally in conversations with others or helping the kids with homework, but they are not helping to pay the bills either. And the bills are killing me! I’ve never lived higher than just above the poverty line. I choose to stay home with my kids instead of seeking full-time employment. When they were old enough to be on their own and I did work full-time I was absolutely miserable! So…now I’m back to part-time and we’re struggling week to week again. I’m still not sure if I’m being selfish or if I am truly called into doing something else and this struggle is leading me to it.

So that’s it, the bits and pieces of me. It’s the concise version but I have 30 more days to fill in the gaps. Here’s a list of what’s coming up:

  1. Introduction
  2. 20 Facts About Me
  3. Meaning of My Business Name
  4. Earliest Childhood Memory
  5. My Guilty Pleasure
  6. 3 Personality Traits I am Proud of
  7. 10 Favorite Foods
  8. Old Photo of Me
  9. Piercings and Tattoos?
  10. First Celebrity Crush
  11. Most Proud Moment
  12. If I Won the Lottery…
  13. Favorite Quote
  14. What is in My Handbag?
  15. Timeline of My Day
  16. Dream Job
  17. Favorite Childhood Book
  18. What am I Afraid of?
  19. My Worst Habits
  20. Where I Want to be in 10 Years
  21. Something I Miss
  22. 10 Favorite Songs
  23. Pet Peeves
  24. A Difficult Time in My Life
  25. Best Physical Features
  26. 5 Favorite Blogs
  27. What Makes Me Feel Better, Always
  28. Last Time I Cried
  29. Top Things on My Bucket List
  30. Favorite Comfort Food
  31. Weird Quirk of Mine


Are My Eyes Deceiving Me?

That was kinda strange. I clicked on the Daily Prompt page and there were zero responses for today’s prompt: Embarrassing. I tried refreshing the page but nothing popped up. The post got 117 Likes but no one wanted to post about it? Weird…

Well…I’ll post something. I’m quite embarrassed by my sore legs right now. I went for a walk with my daughter this morning and my legs are sore. Just from a walk. Just 2.2 miles and my legs are aching. I’m embarrassed by this because I use to walk all the time and a mere 2.2 miles should not have this effect on my body. However, it’s exactly what happens when you’re capable but lazy.

As part of my one simple change journey (more on that soon), I started exercising again today. I’ve tried this before but it was mostly during times when I felt like I had to make a lot of changes at the same time. All of those attempts failed. That’s kinda embarrassing too.

UPDATE: Apparently no one, including myself, is “posting” due to a glitch on the page…lol! 🙂

Exercising Doesn’t Have to Suck

Just a few minutes ago, I posted my exercise for the day on Facebook. Nothing fancy…I just suffered through 20 minutes of Just Dance 3 on the Wii with my girls. The game itself is actually fun. It’s just a bunch of songs and dance moves I know (some I don’t) and I’ve always loved to dance, so it was cool…except the being out of breath part.

It didn’t help that I am ridiculously out of shape right now. I really have quite the sedentary life. I spend 8 hours a day behind a desk and I live in Florida…so going for a walk is only an option at the butt-crack of dawn or in the 90 degree afternoon. Needless to say, I never feel like going for a walk. Add to that my recent bronchial infection and you can see how I might have some difficulties with a dancing game.

Man, are they in trouble when my lungs catch up with my body though! Even in my current state, I managed to pull out a win or two, and that’s way more than I expected. I plan on doing it again tomorrow. 🙂

New Journey Begins

For a long time now, and on many different occasions, I’ve talked or written about needing to make some changes. My youngest is 13 now and I’m still carrying around the weight I put on during the three times I was pregnant. In total, I’ve gained about 70 lbs. That number is basically taking my current weight and subtracting my pre-pregnancy weight (the weight I was before I got pregnant the first time).

To be fair, I would be considered under-weight if I accomplished taking all of that off. I was pretty much skin and bones back then. I’m not trying to do that at all. However, I would like to knock off some pounds to get to a healthy weight – approximately 30-40 lbs actually.

I’ve tried a couple of different methods and they didn’t work out for one reason or another. One was way too expensive and it required me to change everything about my life-style and eating habits. Needless to say – I failed completely and gained an extra 10 lbs. Not trying that again!

It has always been obvious to me that I need to improve my eating habits and exercise more. Changing my eating habits is tricky because I don’t really care for most of the foods that are good for me…especially fruits and veggies. Exercising used to be easier because I was a stay-at-home mom, but now I’m working full-time and finding the time to move my body more is much more difficult.

Recently though, I’ve acquired two new options that might actually work…so here I go again.

That’s all I’m going to post about it for right now, but I hope that you will come back to learn more about what I’m trying and check to see if it’s actually working.

Until next time….