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One Little Word, Again!

It’s a new year and that means I need a new word. Last year I chose “Revivify” as my watchword.

to restore to life; give new life to; revive; reanimate. This rut I’m in needs to be filled in and a new path taken.

I didn’t have a huge overhaul this past year, but I do believe I lived up to my word. I’ve done several races in the past couple of years, but I was getting bored with it and about ready to stop all together when a friend suggested we try an obstacle race. This is wayyyy outside of my comfort zone, so I said yes! What better way to get out of my rut than to try new things to challenge myself!

In fact, I did several races that were a little different for me. First was the 5K Foam Fest, then the Color Me Rad 5K, and last I signed up for a Zombie run (that’s actually this June). Unfortunately, exercise was about the only thing in my life that I changed. I started doing my own weight workouts and I joined a running group. I completed the Muddy Trails 5K even though I said I wasn’t going to do it again. Then, I completed two new races: Run Thru the Woods 5 Miler at Thanksgiving and the Texas 1/2 Marathon on New Year’s Day! I was going to do the 10 for Texas with Mike, but it was right after my throat surgery and I had to give my admission to someone else.

On the health front, I joined MyFitnessPal and met some wonderful people. One of which was the impetus for me trying the different races than I was used to! Hi Amy! I also joined Move More, Eat Well and learned a bit about health and digital scrapbooking. Again, I met some lovely people in this group!

I do feel that I’ve grown spiritually in the past year as well. I’m also more open to trying new things/adventures than I would have been any other time! This year I did my best to try and view things from other people’s perspectives and give back where I could.

All in all, 2012 was a pretty good year (despite having lost two beloved uncles and a scare with my Grandma). Now, however, I’m back to needing a word for 2013 and I’m having a hard time figuring out what it should be. I have some big changes coming up this year that could throw me off my game. With that in mind, I believe I want 2013 to be my year of balance. 2010 was my year of “Transformation“, 2011 I was “Shine“ing, and in 2012 I wanted revivification. See a pattern here?!

I need to balance being healthy with enjoying life. It’s not all or nothing. If I eat poorly at one meal, one day, one week, or even one month I’m not going to give up but I’m going to slowly steer this ship back in the right direction and keep on chugging on. Time at work needs to be balanced more fully with quality time with Mike and my family. Yes, “Balance” will do nicely!

Stack of Stones

Whole30 Day 2

Oh.my.goodness…I’m in a mood today. Just…bleh…blah…bleah. I’m only on day two and I want to quit. I don’t want to quit because I’m craving chocolate (which I am!) but because I don’t like feeling this way and I don’t like that I can’t seem to get my calories right. I was low yesterday and will be low again tonight. Eventually, I should be able to figure it out but good grief…this is kickin’ my butt. I have a run tonight but I’m not anticipating it going very well for me. I’ll keep my fingers crossed! I decided to start tracking my meals here. I may not do every day but a weekly update. We’ll see. It’ll be something worth looking back at when I figure out what foods agree and don’t agree with me!

Day 1, November 19, 2012
Breakfast: Banana, Almond Butter, 2 Hard Boiled Eggs
Snacks: Grapefruit and Cashews
Lunch: Turkey Harvest Salad from Panera, no dressing or cheese
Dinner: Chicken Noodle-ss Soup
Exercise: None…too tired.
The soup was better than I thought it was going to be. I expected it to be a bit bland, but the Dijon mustard helped spice it up a bit! My first day went pretty well. I wasn’t really wanting sugar, so that’s a good thing! Since I didn’t properly fuel my body, my workout didn’t happen today. That’s ok, I’m running on Thursday (my normal day off) so it should all work out.

Day 2, November 20th, 2012
Breakfast: Banana, Almond Butter, 2 Hard Boiled Eggs
Snacks: Grapefruit, Cashews, Larabar
Lunch: Chicken Noodle-ss Soup (not as good the second day)
Dinner: Grilled Chicken with Cilantro
Exercise: 3 Mile run along the Waterway
I woke up in a sour mood. Even was able to sleep in some. Mike keeps asking me what’s wrong, but I can’t tell him what it is because I just don’t know. The Whole30 people say this will happen but I didn’t expect it like this. I went for a 2 mile walk at lunch hoping to boost my serotonin levels and hopefully perk up some. It was a nice walk but didn’t really help! My run went really well. I was able to run faster than I have in a while but I think that’s just because I kept trying to keep up with my running group. I normally run by myself so I don’t have that extra push. Again, calories were too low…really need to figure this out. I don’t want to eat less than my BMR for too long. I’ve worked too hard to boost my metabolism as is.
 

Prototype #1

My friend’s (Jackie) mother found out that I enjoy sewing and issued a challenge for me. She was wanting a “Bridge bag” that she could take with her when she plays bridge to hold her score card and money instead of having to take her purse. With that in mind, I put together the first trial bag to see how it works and what needs to be changed. My lovely husband played model for me!

I really like how the outside turned out with the decorative stitching (hard to see in this picture) and beautiful wildflower fabric.

I think the bag needed to be a little wider to make it work better. I also wasn’t too hip on the pocket I put in for the scorecard. Once I put the lining in the bag the pocket got quite loose. That’s one thing I will need to fix. I also need exact measurements of her card to make sure the pocket is the right size! I also added a pocket for her money with a small spot to add a pencil or pen.

I’m not thrilled with it, but I’m happy with the outcome. I have something to solid to build from for the next one. I think I’ll add some magnets to close the top on the next one.

I don’t play Bridge so I’m not sure what all she would need.

Anyone else have any suggestions?

Mail Call…

Look what came in the mall the other day!!! A little while back I was chosen by Amanda Jean as a guinea pig for a fun quilt challenge she set up for herself. I was so excited that I think I had my scraps packed up and shipped off the next day!

She had posted the finished result on her blog, and I promise I tried not to look before it came in…but I just couldn’t do it. However, when I opened the package I was just as excited as I think I would have been if I hadn’t looked. She did an outstanding job!!

I love the loopy quilting. I think that makes the quilt pop! This little quilt will make a great addition to my sewing room!