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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?

The Skinny on One New Thing

file000237525306The world has an obsession with SKINNY. It’s a love/hate/deny/embrace kind of obsession. People desire skinny and will destroy their bodies to get there. People look at skinny with a jealousy and hate. People close their eyes to skinny or see it everywhere. Yet what is skinny? Everyone’s perception of skinny is different, as well as beliefs about if it’s a good thing or not.

Am I skinny?

I’ve lost a lot of weight. According to my BMI, I went from overweight to normal. Remember the belt I tightened another 8 notches? I lost six inches!

But I don’t always feel skinny. When I go shopping, I still look at clothes that will hide what used to be there. When I look in the mirror, I smile at the changes. But on bad days, I just see what else needs to change – the flab that remains. One thing is for sure – Instead of getting on the scale to beat myself up, I get on to tell myself what a great job I’ve done.  Yet I still wonder if I’m skinny. The world has such a mixed up view on beauty and skinny that I don’t know what skinny is supposed to look like. So I’m going to stop looking for it. I’m going to stop asking that question.

One New Thing is NOT to promote skinny. As women, it’s easy to get caught up in the world’s mindset of that undefined word.

One New Thing is about striving for healthy living.

And if the pounds drop off (only to reach healthy) then it’s a good thing.

While I’m not looking for skinny, I am looking for healthy.

Am I healthy? It’s what I’m striving for!

And that’s what One New Thing is all about.

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 – Endure the Race

The Houston Marathon was yesterday. It was cold, rainy day. When I woke up, I didn’t want to leave the house. I don’t think any of the runners woke up and thought, It’s cold and rainy, I think I’ll stay home today. After months of hard work and preparation, a little bit of rain wasn’t enough to keep the runners from their long anticipated race.

As the New Year is still new and fresh starts are each morning, be encouraged to run the race before you.

My race is my health.

What is yours?

I’ll admit, this message is for me too. It’s been a discouraging week. I’ll share more about that in a detailed post later this week. There was one bright spot. I put on a belt I haven’t worn in a few months. When I started to tighten it, I couldn’t believe how much tighter I could fasten it! The leather is crinkled, cracked, and worn – it does not lie about where it used to fit. I counted 8 notches tighter! Next week I’ll tell you how many inches that equals and how One New Thing has spurred me on towards my goal! Until then, I leave you with this verse:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12: 1-3

One New Thing – Water

One New Thing is back for the New Year!

Last year I began a journey to healthy living. Quite a few changes needed to be made, but I didn’t think I could do everything at once, so One New Thing was born. (Tip: the underlined words in orange will link you to information on a different post!)

This year, many of you have at least one item on your list of Resolutions pertaining to healthy living. I challenge you to follow the One New Thing posts as you strive for your goals.

My One New Thing to start off the year – Water.

I know I don’t stay hydrated enough. Did you know that if you are thirsty, you are already showing signs of dehydration? I didn’t.

I found some interesting facts about water, especially drinking first thing in the morning.

As I start my mornings drinking water, I’ll also fill with the Living Water.

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,  but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13, 14

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. Psalm 42:1

What’s your One New Thing?

One New Thing – Hug a Little Tighter

Normally I write about getting healthy in my One New Thing posts. Not today. The only One New Thing appropriate for this week is to hug a little tighter.

There are no words to adequately portray the horror in Newtown. So I won’t even try. I’m just going to hug my kids a little tighter and pray a little more.

Many are speaking…

There are many I just don’t want to hear.

THIS message is one that touched my heart.

In Response to the Unthinkable – by Jeff Wells

Check it out. All the way to the end.

Then hug someone, just a little tighter.

“Friends, there are no easy answers to something like this. For every complicated problem, there are plenty of simple explanations – and they’re usually wrong. But this is what we’ve got – our great God.” -Jeff Wells

One New Thing – One Bite Not One Serving

Traveling for the holidays can be daunting for dieters or those with food allergies. If you think about it, the Holidays are daunting. Food is everywhere. Yesterday, while out-of-town at my sister’s, the downtown shopping district of their small town kicked off Christmas with an open house in the stores and business that lined the downtown shopping area. Really… it was a street. Make that two blocks – of shops. (I said small town, didn’t I?) Well, every store we went into participated in this Christmas kick off with food. Cookies, dips, hot tea and cider, even a mimosa (I may be travelling, but I’m still in the South) tempted me everywhere I looked. So I had a cookie. Along with it came a headache. And I’m still paying for the sip (OK… two sips) of a mixed drink laced with ice cream. *sigh*

This is my first holiday season that I know about my long and strange list of food allergies. Most of my food allergies are low-level and I can tolerate a bite here and there. ***I am NOT advocating going against doctor’s orders! My doctor gave me permission last week to – on occasion – try a food I haven’t had in a while, if I think I can tolerate it.***

In previous years, when people slept off the Thanksgiving Turkey, I slept off allergic reactions. This year I want it to be different. This year my One New Thing is one bite, not one serving and to stay away from the foods I react to – and I’ve even talking calories here – my hips sure react to those! Now, there are somethings that are oh-so-hard to pass up during this time of year. My sister-in-law has some cookies that just proclaim Thanksgiving is HERE! And what is Thanksgiving without sweet potato casserole?  On a few of my all time favorites, I’ll just have one bite – not one serving. There are some things I will have to say goodbye to forever and those items will not even get one bite. See you later, cornbread dressing and (sniff, sniff) egg nog. I will not let you ruin my holiday no matter how tantalizing you are!

For those of you just visiting my page today – thanks for stopping! This post is in a series I do called One New Thing. Check a few of them out and be sure to come back regularly to see what my One New Thing is next!

For those of you with food allergies, this is my first major travelling trip and it’s getting harder and harder to find safe foods the farther I travel from home. I would really appreciate your tips for travelling during the Holidays! When we went shopping, if I had known there would be food at every turn, a bag of snacks sure would’ve helped! So when am I going to learn to keep a bag on hand anyway? Well, I think I just learned that lesson!

For those of my regular readers, I may or may not post again this week. I have no idea if I will have access to internet or not. Enjoy this holiday season and know that I am truly thankful for each of you. Every time I receive a click on a page it feels like a “howdy-do” from a friend and comments are like hugs. I write because I love to, and I put it out there on this blog because I want to help people connect. For whatever reason, a few of you keep coming back week after week. I am so very thankful for you.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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