Closing out the year – Pt 1

There are many things needed to close out a year. It’s something that I usually just did haphazard I guess. I mean, it’s going to happen one way or another— “time and tide wait for no man.” But for the first time in my life, I feel compelled to really be purposeful.

At work, I have my list of things to do.
1. Enter contributions; 2. Print out Labels, 3. Print out Letters; 4. Stuff envelopes; 5. Print W-2’s and 1099’s. 6. Buy Stamps. etc. Closing out a year is part of the job. It’s important. I have legal implications.

At home, I usually just crossed off dates on the calendar. And ate a bunch of food on New Year’s eve. And regretted it the next day.

But this year seems different. My husband and I have been talking about having a family meeting  with the kids and reviewing the year (I thought it would be fun to look through pictures) and also set goals for 2016. Family and individual.

For example, in 2015 I started seeing  a Naturopath for my health and have made great advances in the area of healing my gut and losing weight and inches. In 2016 I want to increase the amount of greens I eat and I also want to add yoga, strength training and Zumba to my workout (which presently consists of 20-30 minutes 4-5 times a week on the treadmill while watching Netflix. This is a very attainable personal goal. I think.

 

Just because I can, doesn’t mean I should

Lessons from the food pantry:

1 Corinthians 10:23 basically says that. “I have the right to do anything, but not everything is beneficial.”

With my little food/mindset experiment, this verse rings true. Just because I have given myself a green light on eating this holiday season does not mean I will not suffer the consequences of eating foods that are not beneficial to my body. Now, don’t get me wrong. I was not naive to this. My focus was more on leaning towards “yes” and not depriving myself. But what I have gained is the knowledge that it is worth it more to “deprive” myself of the foods that wreak havoc on my body than it is to say “yes” to avoid making my holiday self angry. It is worth it more to feed the good than the bad. Continue reading “Just because I can, doesn’t mean I should”

For Christmas I gave myself 3 lbs

“I’ve got my mind set on you” – song name escapes me…

Anyhow, in my little “mindset experiment” – which is what I am calling it now- I have realized that it is very important to set parameters. I set my mind on allowing myself treats during this Christmas break…but I have to set boundaries on how much I can allow myself to have. I know, it’s an obvious move. But I was so focused on allowing myself these treats so I wouldn’t stress myself out that I ended up stressing myself out on whether or not I would be able to stop eating the treats… Continue reading “For Christmas I gave myself 3 lbs”

It’s all in the Mind

That’s what it is. A mindset. “Set your mind to it”. “Set your mind on things above”. That’s what I did 7 weeks ago when I told myself “you can do it! You can go 7 weeks without sabotaging your eating plan!” (It’s not a diet. You have to plan your food out or you will die. Well, half true. Or a quarter true. Another day, another story).

Anyhow, as I was typing… It’s a lifestyle – eating, that is. And 7 weeks ago Continue reading “It’s all in the Mind”

Half way there

I’ve seen many movies in my life and I often joke about how being forgetful lets me see many of those for the first time, again. But then there are many that I simply have fallen asleep through. Then there are some which I simply just stopped watching.

The bottom line is I am left out of the loop when I fall asleep or stop watching. And my opinion of that movie may be incomplete. Take “It’s A Wonderful Life” for example. For the longest time I would chime in  “I don’t like that movie” [reason escapes me]. Then I watched it with family [to be a good sport]. And I did NOT fall asleep. I realized at that moment that I had never seen the whole movie! And my opinion of the movie changed. I liked it! Because I saw the WHOLE THING and could then make an opinion on the whole movie.

So here is my point. Today I was reading about Anna the prophetess in Luke 2:37. I have heard this part before so it wasn’t totally new. But I never read her entire 3 verse story. Or rather, I had forgotten [?]. Anyhow, I kept reading in Luke and was then thinking about the Bible as a whole. A compilation of facts. It then dawned on me that was feeling left out on a good bit of it because I simply have not read it. I was out of the loop. Sure, there are parts that you naturally want to skip (Matthew 1:1-16 names of Jesus lineage— which IS important. I get it. There is a reason to show the lineage. But still…for the average reader zzzzzz).

And for those who have suffered through reading the Bible in it’s entirety…hats off to you. I applaud you [clap, clap, clap]. Now, why did I say suffered through? Do I mean it in the sense that it is some chore? Nope. Not really. But, it is hard work to sit and read. And digest. That’s why many simply don’t do it. But the reward– the payoff — to me is great. I realize I need to re-evaluate some priorities in my life. And one of those is reading about where I came from. My story. How I fit into this great Big plan of God’s.

(Small comparison here). In a way,  the beauty of re-watching a movie that you kinda forgot parts of makes it new again. Since the Word of God is alive and active, reading the bible over again is like seeing it for the first time in a new light.

hmmmmm