Is that a question you have ever asked? Perhaps this one: How can I be more?
It seems we are plagued with the desire to do better, be better, look better, live better. Is that a product of our culture? It is a good product or a by-product? I am pondering that question deeply of late.
Here is my humble conclusion — we are made to improve. We are encouraged in Scripture to “fulfill” “race” “fulfill” and many more inspiring words. It is built into our DNA to try to be better. Continue reading
Well, I guess that isn’t true, so things do just “happen.” Like old age. It just happens, right. Of course you do have to exercise some semblance of sanity to make that happen. You know, like looking both ways before crossing the street, you know, stuff like that.
But other things … they don’t just happen. It takes us.
Our house doesn’t clean itself. Ever. Right? Our clothes do not magically wash themselves. Our car doesn’t refill itself with fuel. Our books do not get written by themselves. Our goals do not just surprisingly get met.
It takes us. Continue reading
I don’t mean to brag, but seriously. . . SERIOUSLY! It is just so good. So good, in fact, that I thought I would share it with you. I’m not a food blogger, so I’m not skilled at taking photos every step of the way. In fact, I find it a little frustrating to scroll through a dozen pictures to get to the recipe (sorry food bloggers). So, I’m just going to share it with you.
Because it is the end of Thanksgiving week! And I am so thankful for discovering that cooking this way can be delectable. For me and for meat-eaters as well. Continue reading
Seriously, I cannot begin to tell you how thrilled I am. I made it the entire length of the 60 Day Challenge I set for myself.
ALL THE WAY TO THE END!!!
Sometimes you just gotta stop for one second and be proud of yourself. Sometimes you gotta just pat yourself on the back and say YAY ME!
That’s where I am. However, I am absolutely not stopping here. I have set a Challenge for myself for the next 30 Days. AND I am joining with a friend for a series of 10 Day Challenges where we are pushing ourselves in one or two areas and holding each other accountable.
There is nothing like the feeling of success. Not. One. Thing.
Are you challenging yourself in an area right now? Please comment on this blog (below). Share it with the world. Make it public. It seems a little more real when you do.
I can’t wait to encourage you back.
Day 61 of the 60 Day Challenge!!!
I know what you are thinking. Vegan? What is that word doing on a post title?
On, more specifically, my post title???
Well, I’ve been on a health journey. I felt lead to put myself on a 60 day challenge (I talked about it already here.and here.) But I never would have expected it would take me here.
I would have argued with you if you said it would. Actually, I think I did argue about it. Continue reading
I’m not even half way through my 60 day challenge … but serious progress has been made.
How have I been doing on the whole “60 first day” thing? (You can read about that here.) Not fabulous. Not terrible.
When it is all said and done, that really isn’t bad, is it? Not bad, not great?
Somewhere in the middle is something to celebrate.
Somewhere in the middle means you are sticking with it. You aren’t so over-inspired that you might fizzle out, you aren’t so under-motivated that you don’t get up and work on it each day. Somewhere in the middle is safe from falling off the edge in either direction. It means you are focusing on forward, not anywhere else.
I have managed to re-inspire my motivation when it waned. I have stayed steady in my goals.
I am eating an 80-90% plant-based diet (kind of difficult to switch to that) and I am getting movement and sunshine every day. I also began juicing twice a day.
The result so far?
- 7 pounds lost
- 12 points down in my glucose level
- BP completely normal
- Dramatic improvement in my kidney
Yes, it is work. Every single day. Work. Hustle. Try. Repeat.
But totally worth it.
Whatever your goal, your pursuit, your dream, you goals — stay the course. Every little thing you do counts. Every tiny step gets you closer. Stay the course.
I am anxious to see what day 60 will bring. I know anxious is rather a negative word. But that is what I am.
There should never be a time in our life when we are not working on something.
So, what are you working on right now?
Are you improving a skill? Learning a new one?
Strengthening your body? Finishing a home project?
Mastering a recipe? Trying to grow some veggies? Continue reading
Tip #1 — DON’T MAKE A BIG GIANT DEAL OUT OF IT.
Sometimes we drive our own selves crazy. Don’t go intensely into it. Just start. Scribble a list. Don’t make a list of gourmet meals you have never cooked before. Begin with your regulars. Don’t read 400 blog posts about it and 2,317 Pinterest recipes.
- Pull out a piece of paper
- Go to your kitchen
- Open your pantry, your fridge, and your freezer
- Write down the main dish items you have on hand
- Add a side dish or salad
It’s not really embarrassing, just sort of weird.
I’m addicted to meal planning.
Truly. I know, weird. Continue reading
You are probably expecting something momentous with that heading. Or mind-boggling. Or really spiritual. Or …
Here it is …
I gave up all sweeteners in my tea and coffee!!! Yay me!!! Way to go, Pat! Continue reading