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! 🙂

Daily Prompt: Purpose

Well isn’t that ironic? Today’s prompt is about purpose.

I did something so stupid last night. Actually this stress-induced stupidity has been a week-long thing. However, I took it to a new level last night. Basically, I’ve slacked off a lot on healthy eating this week. I’ve taken my Juice Plus, no problem, but skipping breakfast and lunch has happened more than once this week. That’s exactly what I did yesterday…then picked up some fast food on the way home from work.

Yes…you could say my body was/is not very pleased with that decision. Here I am, home from work, trying to keep down a slice of bread. It was not a pleasant evening either.

What was/am I thinking? This is the complete opposite of what I’m trying to do and defeats the purpose of why I’m leaving my full-time job to focus on my God-given purpose. I need to feel better, healthier, and more in control of myself. What do I do? I let the stress take over, skip out on the natural energy I need, drink way too much soda, eat some gnarly food – and call it “surviving through the week.”

It’s like I know there’s a better me just dying to get out, but I want to wait until I have everything lined up and ready before I really dig in. What is that? I know I’m not the only one that does this. Studies have shown (don’t ask me which ones because I don’t remember) that a lot of people get so distracted by getting things in the right order to get something done that they actually never get to whatever that thing is and finish it. For example – someone who feels the need to finish laundry, clean the living room, and make out a grocery list before they can concentrate on writing a term paper. (I’ve been known to be guilty of this too!)

Now, there’s a bit of positive in the above example – at least the laundry’s done, the living room is clean, and you’re ready to go shopping. As for me today, the consequences of my distractions are not so pleasant.

Top 5 Ways I Avoid Fruits & Veggies

When it comes to fruits and vegetables, I am pickier than a 2-year-old. I know that they’re good for me. I know that they contain ingredients, nutrients, etc. I know that I should be consuming a lot more than I do now. However, I’ve never had a lot of success doing it…until now. But first, here are the top 5 ways I avoid them:

1) Just Say No…

Quite simple really, if I don’t like the taste or the texture, I just won’t eat them. Need some examples? In the (fresh) fruit category we have: peaches, pears, cranberries, oranges, papayas, melons, cantaloupe, cherries, prunes, dates, apricots and many more. I put “fresh” in parentheses because I don’t mind canned peaches and I do like a few of the above mentioned fruits in juice form. On the vegetable side we have: tomato, beet, sweet potatoes, cabbage, asparagus, and kale. I’m sure I missing a few veggies for the list but I think you get my point.

 

2) When I’m Done With…

Oh, this is a good one and happens all the time. I’ll walk into the kitchen and grab a portion of the main dish and maybe a side. Then I’ll say, “I’ll come back and grab some of those <insert veggie> after I finish this. Many times my walk-off is slightly validated by the fact that said veggies will make whatever bread I’m having too soggy for consumption. (I know some of you like wet bread, but I do not.) However, I still end up veggie-less because I’m full from the other foods I just stuffed my face with – sometimes on purpose.

 

3) Bad Teeth…

This one is kind of legit too. I really do have bad teeth and some veggies get stuck during the chewing process. Especially uncooked carrots and celery. Sometimes they hit the wrong spot and I end up in pain for a couple of days. What can I do? I don’t have a lot of money to spend on dental work right now…so cooked veggies are a must most of the time. Which brings me to…

 

4) Lack of Skills…

I don’t do the cooking around here. Just about everybody else in the house takes care of that and I make up for it in other ways. I can cook, but it usually requires a recipe if I’m in charge of making it. As long as everyone is okay with me not cooking, then I’m okay with that too. Nonetheless, if I want to whip up something for myself and I’m by myself, chances are good that I’ll skip the veggies for something easier to prepare.

 

5) Ten Million Pills…

Finally, the pills. I’ve tried a bunch of different supplements. At one point in my life, I was working on a plan that had me taking 27 different pills a day! That is not a good thing period, but especially not cool for someone who really dislikes taking pills in general. If I’m going to take part of my nutrition in the form of the pill…it needs to be worth it.

Here’s My Big Secret – There Isn’t One

For the past 30 days or so, I’ve been taking Juice Plus. In just 4 capsules a day, I’m adding loads of nutrition to my highly-lacking diet. It’s not a miracle diet and I haven’t lost or gained any weight. What it is – it’s my one simple change. It’s just one step in the right direction. And it’s only just the beginning! More simple changes to come…

Questions: Do you avoid fruits & veggies as bad as I do or is it just me? What ways/excuses do you use?

Starting Over

A blank piece of paper. A clean slate. A new beginning.

In just ten days, I will be at the beginning of a new adventure. Half of me is excited while the other half of me is full of anxiety. Obviously, I want to find success in whatever I do. I don’t want to add any more layers of crust to my crustiness. I want to start with a zero balance. I want a fresh start.

I decided to make one simple change on April 25th and it’s grown into an opportunity to do what I’ve always felt I should be doing. Now it’s up to me to follow through and see where I can take it. It’s time to take all that I’ve learned and put it into practice. I’m doing this for so many reasons and so far I’ve received positive feedback from those that matter most.

I don’t know how often I will be able to post about it until the transition is complete, but I will be working on the details nonetheless. Follow along if you want to see what happens. 🙂

 

Sorting Through the Crust

There’s been so much going through my mind today that I keep forgetting that tomorrow is Mother’s Day. Most of the day has been spent at my desk going through a lot of paperwork. Most of this paperwork exists because we made a series of bad decisions a few years ago that snowballed into a bit of chaos. That taste of chaos had many negative effects on our lives. I spent today trying to figure out the best way to fix it.

How appropriate that today’s Daily Prompt is Sacrifice.

We made a lot of sacrifices to pursue what we thought was the “right plan” for our future. It was not…well…somewhat. I mean, we’ve figured some things out, and learned things that have created opportunities to move forward. Definitely, we’ve been blessed in so many ways on the other side of that season of our lives.

Yet, some crust from the past still remains. We still have some debt issues I need to address. I’m still trying to figure out how to best balance work, home, and ministry. I’ve added 10 lbs to the 30 I wanted to lose. And none of these things can be resolved over-night or without sacrifice.

What can be cut? Where do I find the time? How…? Who…? When…?

So many questions and so little time to spend on finding answers. It seems like it’s never-ending and I’ve misplaced my Falcor. 😉

One Child At A Time

Hope…

Where did hope find me? Where did I find hope?

One simple memory. A child’s smile. A renewed attitude. The idea that the little things I do can make a difference. A big difference. Not just for me but for others.

 

Since today’s Daily Prompt is about hope…let’s just roll with that shall we?

 

Once, my sponsor child brought his letter to an end and wrote this to me:

Thank you for praying for me and my family. I and my family we pray for you every day for God’s blessings to you. Let me end by saying that I thank God every night since I found you. You came into my life when everything seemed so dark but you provided the light to find my way. You are so special to me.

~Dan , Uganda

The light to find my way? I did that? Did I really provide hope for this little boy and his family? I began this post with “where did hope find me.” I guess hope found me in Uganda 10 years ago. The memory of darker days from a small boy. The smile on his face that wasn’t there before. A new attitude of hope.

Here I am and there they are/were. So many opportunities for me and not so much for them. And yet…they were praying for God to pour out His blessings on me? Comparatively, He already has/had…

That little boy has grown up and moved away, but I’ll never forget how the hope I provided for him and his family renewed my hope that even the little things I do matter.

I’m sure I have more to say about the topic but my mind is tired from a hard day…so I’ll leave it alone for now. Hopefully, I’ll have some more World Vision Wednesday thoughts to share next week. 😉

Thanks for reading!

 

 

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. 🙂