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Challenges

Challenges. These can be positive goals we decide to accomplish. They can also be negative circumstances we face in life. Whether they are positive or negative challenges have one thing in common.They are difficult. They require determination and willpower to achieve or move through.  At one point or another, we are all faced with challenges. How we face each challenge determines who we are and how we see the world.
Over the past few years, I have faced a number of different challenges, some of which I still battle. However, one particular challenge has changed me far more than I could ever imagine. Two and a half years ago I began losing weight. This was merely the first step in this challenge. The next step was by far the greatest catalyst for change in my life.
One year ago, February 21, 2011 to be exact, I began exercising. For a girl who never exercised much, this was a scary and daunting idea. However, I jumped head first into it and have never looked back. I realized I’ve said…

My Husband Rocks! ~ Valentine's Day

This week my husband rocks Valentine’s Day.  Every year Valentine’s Day is usually low key for the two of us. We rarely do anything too special to celebrate the day. Valentine’s Day I came home to a candlelight dinner. That would have been enough in and of itself, I’m not someone that needs a lot of fuss over Valentine’s Day. However, my husband planned a trip to Vegas that weekend after. He took me to an incredible dinner at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant. Then we saw Blue Man Group. It was a really nice evening topped off with him giving me two gift certificates, one to get my nails done and another to get a massage. He is so very thoughtful and I was truly surprised by everything he did for me. I am very lucky to have such an incredible husband.

My Husband Rocks ~ Reasons

Last week I came home to find this on the garage door.


Inside this was on the refrigerator.

This was on the stairs banister.
This was on the landing.
This was in the upstairs hallway.

And this was waiting in the bedroom for me. (Excuse the unmade bed and messy room.)

The entire house was lit by candlelight only.
This is why my husband rocks!

Perfection

Perfection. The word spawns fear or contempt in many. There is one area in life, more than likely many areas, in which we all fall below the mark. Some are on a constant pursuit of perfection. Others are content to live their lives in a more carefree manner.

I am not one of those latter people. I am a perfectionist. My mind tells me that if something cannot be done well, then to leave well enough alone. This constant pursuit of perfection is daunting and exhausting. It is part of who I am. However, this idea of perfection was further ingrained in me growing up. I was a pastor's daughter. I was taught I was to be an example to those around me, so I better not misbehave. This coupled with my propensity toward perfection only exacerbated my proclivity to perfectionism. (Wow that's quite a sentence with all those big words and alliteration.)

The pursuit of perfection has its pros and cons. The work I accomplish is done well. I make sure of it. In fact, I don't know how to turn…

Yo-Yo

Yo-yo. I feel like a yo-yo at the moment. I have been on this weight loss journey for 2 ½ years now. It’s not an unusual amount of time and I know this will be a lifelong battle. However, I want to be done with the weight loss stage. I want to move forward and I feel like I’m stuck. For the past 4 or 5 months, my weight has fluctuated a few pounds, back and forth and back and forth. It is getting old and I would just like some forward progress.
I understand the last few pounds tends to be the most difficult to lose. I get it. I am simply tired of being in this same range week after week, month after month. I have 23 pounds left to lose to meet my goal. It is so frustrating that such a small amount, compared to how far I have come, can seem so far away.
I think my biggest frustration is the fact that I do not know what to do to change things up. In the past when I hit a plateau I would simply tweak a few things here and there or try something new to get going again. This time is diff…