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One New Thing – Try Again

This week I’m going to try again. I’ve tried before. And failed. Tried again. And failed. Yeah, keep going… try – fail. try – fail. It’s time to try again.

Have you guessed it yet?

Exercise.

This week I’m going to try it a little differently. Last week I met Mark and Cathy Cornelison. You might remember Mark from Biggest Looser Season 13. He spoke at a women’s conference I attended last week. When I stopped by their table to chat, Cathy gave me a very simple, yet profound tip. The area we live in is covered with gorgeous trails. (She gave a specific number, but I didn’t take notes.) Just go for a walk.

Get Up, Get Out, Get Going! (Which was the theme of the conference!)

I think I can do that. Spend some time outside enjoying the beauty around me with the kids on a trail. Wow. That’s doable. That’s my One New Thing this week. What’s yours?

One New Thing – Top Five

When I started One New Thing back in October, I had no idea where it was going or what I would write about. I just did it. This week I’m taking a look at what the bloggy world thought was the most interesting. So here it is, the Top Five One New Thing posts.

5. Family Style

4. The Beginning

3. Paleo Plan

2. The One I FAILED

1. Kombucha!

Yes, the most viewed post was Kombucha! I’ll definitely be posting more about that topic! Be on the lookout for a post this week on the results of all my hard work!

What is YOUR favorite One New Thing? Did it make the list?

One New Thing – October 29th

Exercise
Some people love it. I am not one of those. It is a huge challenge. The movements just feel awkward and unnatural. Did I mention that it hurts? I avoid it. Sure I’ve started on programs.  At one time I had three walking buddies. We walked on different days at different times. Some days I walked twice. I think it lasted about one month… maybe two. It was a good thing – until the Texas heat swooped in and scorched the earth.
Last week my One New Thing was to start exercising again. I walked on three days! That’s good… But I need to work on it more. I started walking outside at 6 am, by myself, in the dark, and quickly turned around and opted for the treadmill. I noticed that I ended up watching more TV. I normally don’t turn on the TV in the mornings, except when I exercise (or I did on the whole three days that I attempted to exercise!). I always managed to leave the TV on – you know so I don’t miss the next segment one of the announcers has been telling me is a must-see! This week I want to keep walking but I am going to change something. When I am on the treadmill, I will watch a video or listen to a podcast of sermons. I am starting with all the messages we’ve missed our pastor preach over the past few months.
My One New Thing this week will be to exercise my spirit as I exercise my body.

“I wish” becomes “I AM!”

Darkness and fog surrounded me as I tied my shoes and started my morning walk. The sky began to lighten, but darkness still reigned the early morning hour. I walked alone, lost in my thoughts until I noticed my shadow. (Cue fairy dust music.) Long and lean, it stretched before me encouraging me to keep moving. As I watched my shadow, the thoughts that ran through my head were far different than a few months ago. Back then, my shadow would’ve mocked me – even if it stretched out long and lean, my eyes would not accept it that way. What changed my perception? One New Thing.

Participating in One New Thing has shifted my way of thinking. Instead of living in a state of “I wish,” I live in a state of “I am.”

  • I wish I were losing weight became I AM losing weight.
  • I wish I felt better became I AM feeling better.
  • I wish I didn’t suffer from food allergies became I AM doing all I can.
  • I wish I had time to cook healthy meals became I AM cooking healthy meals.
  • I wish I didn’t rely on coffee to wake up became I AM waking up alert.
  • I wish I spent more time in the Word became I AM spending daily time with God.
  • I wish my family ate healthy became I AM feeding my children healthy food.
  • I wish I felt like exercising became I AM exercising, even if I don’t feel like it.

It didn’t start overnight.

I did One New Thing at a time. I knew I needed to change so my health would change. Waking up and starting everything at once is hard. Probably impossible. In some warped way, I didn’t think I deserved to be skinny and fit. The fact is, you can’t be skinny and fit if you eat junk and sit around. So, I guess you can say, I didn’t deserve it. That sounds harsh, but if you don’t desire it, you won’t work for it. If you don’t work for it, you don’t deserve it.

If a man is lazy, the rafters sag;
if his hands are idle, the house leaks. (Ecclesiastes 10: 18)

Before I even realized it, and without even trying, my thinking changed. I see my shadow as long and lean and I accept it. Why? The answer is easy! I am actively doing good things for myself.

Anyone who guards what he says guards his life.
But anyone who speaks without thinking will be destroyed.

People who refuse to work want things and get nothing.
But the longings of people who work hard are completely satisfied.

Those who do right hate what is false.
But those who do wrong bring shame and dishonor. (Proverbs 13:3-5)

When you actively take care of yourself, you can’t help but think YOU DESERVE IT.

Maintain your bridge – work hard and don’t let your rafters sag!

One New Thing – October 22nd

The last few One New Things rocked my world. I planned on doing an easy One New Thing this week. Until…

I found out someone signed up and paid for our whole family to participate in a 5k Turkey Trot.

My One New Thing this week is to tie my shoes…

and get ready to run!!!! (or jog… Ok – probably walk – but I’ll be ready!)

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