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Still Curvy

9 Jul

Hey friends!  Happy almost middle of July!

WHAT?!?  Where has the summer gone?  I can’t believe it’s already July 9th.  We’re at the point where there’s only a month left of summer camp.  I can’t believe how quickly the summer has flown by!  I guess that’s what happens when you work almost every day.

And we’ve been busy with other things too.  We kicked off the summer with a bridal shower, followed by our first wedding of the summer; we have 5 total!  We’ve been camping, had a garage sale, a Fourth of July cookout, and family stay with us.  Whew…I get tired thinking of how busy we’ve been.  And we still have much coming – the 4 other weddings, which include a trip to Minnesota and a trip to Idaho; black raspberry picking and jam/ice cream/whatever else we can think of making; and hopefully some fishing.  It’s been a pretty good summer so far!

The only thing I wish I’d been more on top of is going to Curves.  I’m still really loving the work out, but I’ve been a bit lazy.  I’ve been tired from working in the kitchen and having a fluctuating schedule.  But today, I made the decision to get off my lazy butt and get back to it.

I was more than a little nervous to go in and get on the scale.  I haven’t been eating well or terribly.  Kind of right down the middle.  And the only exercise I was getting, was my steps while in the kitchen.  But everything turned out ok.  I lost a couple pounds from my last weigh in and also lost 4 inches.

So, I started Curves on March 17.  Today is July 9.  So, in almost 4 months I’ve lost 12 pounds and 16.25 inches.  I’m so happy with these results!  Sometimes I wish it was more, but I can feel my body becoming more balanced and I’m happy I’m doing it with very little medication.  I’m actually weaning myself off the only medication I’m taking.  I am supplementing with vitamins.  I’m eating better, most of the time, but I know my body needs the extra push of vitamins and minerals.

I hope your summer is going well!  We’ve had beautiful weather, too!  It seems the rain comes exactly when we need it and then we have nice warm days.  It really doesn’t get much better than that!

Happy Spring!

9 Apr

Just a little something to brighten your day!

Happy FlowerThis is what I found after raking.  It was a wonderful little surprise! 🙂

LincolnI just couldn’t resist putting in a cute picture of this happy dog.  He is so excited to be able to explore the front yard again.

Being Selfish

17 Mar

Today I’m doing things just for me.  Today I’m being a little selfish.

As you may remember, the hubs and I are trying to start a family.  It’s been harder than we thought it would be.  And we’ve been somewhat passive in our attempts to make things better.  But today I did something to help.  Today I joined Curves.

I cannot tell you how excited I am about this!  The hubs and I have tried joining a gym before.  It didn’t work.  We went a few times for a couple months, but then nothing.  It was hard for us to get into a routine and stick with it.  It was hard to go and feel judged by the other members and the staff.  And lets be honest, we’re lazy.  But last week I decided to set up a meeting at our local Curves and see what it’s all about and if it’d be a good fit.  I’m so excited to say it is a good fit!  I think I’m going to get so much out of it.  And the woman who runs it is great!  She’s supportive, informative, and is going to keep me on track.  And, damn it, if all the little old ladies who were there this morning can do it, so can I!

I’m also very excited about my afternoon plans.  Eric got me a gift certificate to a spa for our anniversary in October.  And I haven’t used it yet.  Well, this afternoon, 80 minutes of massage heaven will be enjoyed.  Again, I am so excited!

Am I being selfish?  Or am I taking good steps toward self-care?  Sometimes it feels like the line is a bit blurred.  I don’t get massages very often; I think the last one was over 2 years ago.  And starting to make a life change with Curves is something that will help me and my family for the rest of our lives.  Is that really being selfish?

Well, either way you look at it, the day is still about me!  And I’m ok with that. 🙂

Discovering

20 Feb

This week has been one of many discoveries.  I love the image that comes to mind when I hear the word discovery.  I imagine Christopher Columbus sailing across the Atlantic to the New World, a baby putting one foot in front of the other, an almost 30 woman realizing what she wants is to stay home and take care of her hubby and home.

Ok, that last one was about me.  You caught me.  But seriously, I love staying home and taking care of my hubby and turning our house into a home.  I love the freedom of choosing a new daily adventure, whether it’s reading Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, spending time with my aunt and making sewing machine covers, or cleaning the bathroom.  Ok, maybe I don’t love cleaning the bathroom, but it does add variety to my day.  I love trying recipes and finding new favorites.  And spending time with you lovelies.

I’ve also rediscovered my love of reading.  I’ve always loved reading and have been a pretty avid reader most of my life.  But recently, I had fallen off the wagon and maybe read two books last year.  Two! MAYBE!!  This rediscovery is partially due to me new toy – a Nook HD.  My brother won it and didn’t want it, so lucky me!  I’ve been wanting a tablet or something for over a year.  Like I said, I love trying new recipes and a lot of them come from Pinterest.  I hated lugging my computer into the kitchen, so this was the main reason for wanting something else.  Who knew this Nook would get me reading again.  I LOVE that I can check out books from the library system.  It’s going to keep me busy for a long while.

And I love crafting.  Especially sewing and quilting.  But the discovery I made this week is that I’m afraid to jump off and try new things.  I would love to learn to sew clothes, but I’m terrified I’m going to suck at it.  Or ruin something.  And I wish I would have asked my great grandmother to teach me.  She’s made a ton of clothes!  But, I have a couple projects I need to do, so hopefully that will motivate me and get me to step out of my comfort zone.  And I’m sure everything will turn out fine, it’s just the initial jump.

I also miss my friends terribly.  I feel as though I’m drifting away from some of them.  I’m not sure what it is, but it’s not a good feeling.  I don’t live near most of them, in fact some live half way across the country.  But that’s never been an issue before.  Sure, we didn’t see each other all the time, but we’d talk on the phone.  And no matter how long we would go without talking, we’d always pick up where we left off.  But it feels like something has changed and I’m not sure what to do.  Any advice?

Phew…what a week.  So many discoveries.  And probably some I can’t remember off the top of my head.  I love the feeling of discovering something, or rediscovering something.  It makes everything new, even if it’s something you’ve been doing forever.

Here’s to making discoveries everyday!

What a week…

23 Jan

This week has been an up and down kind of week.

I woke up Monday to a grey sky and cold weather.  It was definitely a day to stay inside and snuggle under the covers, trying to keep the cold winter blues away.  Unfortunately, the blues found me.  It was also the day my great grandfather passed away.

We knew this day would come.  We’d been told a fair number of times it could happen.  And somehow, my great grandfather always pulled through.  Somehow he beat the odds.

But something changed this fall.  We were told he would probably pass in the next few months.  The week of Thanksgiving was hard.  He wasn’t doing well and we were preparing for what might happen.  But somehow, again, he pulled through.  He even got a little better.  He got to spend time with his bride of 73 years before Christmas and family was able to see him for Christmas.  The last time I got to talk to him was the day after Christmas.  He seemed to be in good spirit and I was so glad to get to talk with him.  I can’t wait to share more with you about this great man.

I also had a doctor appointment about my PCOS.  The last couple years have been a craziness of do I have PCOS?  What is PCOS?  And what do I do about it?  I’m finally on some medication because what I’d tried previously didn’t work.  I’ve also lost 3 lbs. since my last doctor appointment in November.  I know it’s not a lot, but it’s something.  And I’m proud of myself for finally getting my weight under control.  And not letting myself just be OK with where I’m at.  I’m ready to move forward and it’s a great feeling.

And so this week has had its ups and downs.  My hubby has held me while I’ve cried, made me laugh when I’ve needed it, and has held my hand throughout.  We’ve also spent a lot of time in prayer.  And prayer is an amazing thing.  It brings my heart and soul peace and always reminds me I’m not alone.

What’s up, cold Wisconsin?

7 Jan

So, as most of you have probably heard, or been bombarded by on Facebook, it’s cold here in the upper Midwest.  Not just below freezing.  Not just below zero.  But 28 degrees below zero, well that’s what it feels like anyway with the wonderful wind chill we have here.  Needless to say, we’ve mostly been in the house for the past couple days.  And boy do we get cooped up after a couple days.  Ok, maybe more than a couple.

I’ve also had a cold for the past week, which knocked me out most of last week.  And now the cold.  It’s been about 9 days of being inside and staying home.  Except for the trip to the store and church.  That’s it.  I probably shouldn’t have gone to those places either, spreading my germs around.  Oh well, we have to be filled.

And since we’ve been cooped up, I thought I’d get so many projects and other things done!  Nope, mostly the same pace as usual or a little slower depending on the day and where my cold fell in its nasty little process.  And there have been other things to worry about and consider.

Who are we?  Where are we supposed to be?  Are we too picky?  What do we do?  Where do we go from here?

Lately there has been a lot of seeking and not a lot of finding.  Stuck in the ever present feeling of how do we get out of this cold, winter funk.  And the more we seek, the less we seem to find.  And that cold winter feeling creeps into my heart.

We seem to have made a little progression in our seeking, however.  We have found a church.  If not for the long term, at least to fill us as we continue to seek.  We have chosen to be proactive instead of inactive.  We have chosen to warm our hearts with game nights and fellowship.  These things may not be what we are actively seeking, but they are things we have found.

And praise God for unexpected findings.

Jenny Noelle

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