30 Day Challenge

I am an easily intimidated person. Big projects make me procrastinate. For example, here is what is on my plate lately:

  1. Decorating my house: I’ve never had a house before, only college-type apartments. This is a biggie.
  2. Getting in shape: I can’t seem to make myself go allll the way to the gym, or get out in the cold, English autumn and run
  3. Eating/Cooking healthy meals: It is so much work to plan out meals and cook. Everyone says it is worth it in the end but I am having a hard time seeing that end!
  4. Keeping a scheduled devotion time: I am almost four months behind on the Berean Challenge (read your Bible in a year) and I can’t seem to get in the swing of regular devotions.

Knowing myself, I have decided to make this easy- bite sized, you may say.

  • This morning I had a banana and a stick of reduced fat, sharp cheddar cheese for breakfast. Normally, I would tell myself that wasn’t enough and eat until I was full, but I wasn’t all that hungry so I- wait for it- listened to my body and didn’t over eat. I will admit, I made some tasty tasty pumpkin spice scones last night (to celebrate the first day of autumn) and I had a bite of one this morning. SO DELICIOUS, but bad for the body, so I only had a bite.
  • I grabbed a devotional book by Christa Kinde and spent 40 minutes in Bible study. It was surprisingly delightful. The book is called Experiencing Spiritual Intimacy and it’s been gathering dust on my shelf for years because I thought it “too basic”. Well, guess what, it is pretty basic…and I don’t totally agree with every sentence, but it gets me in the Word and that is what is important here. It was the first meaningful devotional time I’ve had in weeks.
  • I rearranged (partly) my living room and scoured Pinterest for ideas on how to decorate my 1920’s, small (but many) roomed rental house. I think we are going to go with a minimalist, rustic look.
  • I completed DAY ONE of a 30 day challenge. It was on my to-do list “for later”, but those usually mean “for never” so I did it just a moment ago, dressed in jeans. I knew if it meant getting work out clothes on I would find a way to postpone it. Day 1 of 30, check. Which brings me to the title of this post….

For the next month (now to the end of October) I am going to do tiny things each day to better myself, my life, and my home. It is only noon right now and I already feel good about today. I still have a list of things to-do, but I know now that I can stop procrastinating and just do them!

 

~~Happy Hump Day, m’dears!~~

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Where Do My Priorities Lie?

Are you still reading? Because I’m still here…

…maybe not eating healthy, maybe not logging my meals, maybe not posting, and maybe not working out, but I am still here…somewhere.

I started a busy new job and am still trying to work out my new schedule. Tomorrow, despite being a Monday and slated to be a busy day, will be my first attempt at getting back into a healthy lifestyle. I am scheduled to stretch, jog, stretch, work abs (at home), and shower, all before 7:00 AM.

This week’s goal:

  1. Figure out my macros so I can begin eating to match them rather than a calorie goal (or worse- just whatever I want). I refuse to let myself become a bum.
  2. Slowly start running and renew my yoga practice (even if it is at home). My tendonitis has been really acting up lately and my yoga class (and indeed the gym) is 30 minutes away now that we moved into the new house.

Simply put, I’ve been lazy

But I deserve more than this. My husband deserves more than this. I want to freakin LOVE my body. If not now, when will I get in shape? No one said it would be easy. The whole¬†purpose of this blog is to motivate me into a healthy lifestyle. But a inanimate website won’t motivate me; I have to push myself. I promise I will try to post more too. ;)

On a nicer note, the weather is very Autumnal lately (my new British word and I love it). The weather is crisp and leaves slide across the pathways in the chilly breeze. I am loving it. ….oh and Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING! But not, because it is all sugar and fat. Let’s find the healthy alternatives.

Need to find a recipe for healthy (American) biscuits. I am a great lover of bread with my English breakfast tea (P.S. James Herriot. Awesome books)