The Great Outdoors

No, I haven’t fallen off the planet…or the wagon. I have just been off the grid for a few days. I took 21 of my 7th grade students to our annual weekend camp out in Goliad, Texas. We had an awesome time and watched history come alive as we witnessed the reenactment of the Goliad Massacre. It was awesome!

My parent chaperones were amazing and the dads cooked incredible camp foods. I enjoyed the great outdoors and some good grilling. So, it was no surprise this morning when I saw that I was up a pound. I’m ok with that because it could have been way worse!

I was also able to spend some quiet time with God this weekend as I walked some of the trails. So, as exhausting as it was to camp with students, it was quite refreshing to be outside for 3 days. God answered some prayers for me that I look forward to sharing soon.

Triggers

As moms, I know we are all busy. Whether you work outside the home or not, it is likely you are going full speed ahead from sun up to sun down, and then some. There are certain seasons that are busier than others and right now, I find myself in a delightfully delirious state of chaos. I am going nonstop this time of year. My drive to work is about 45 minutes and sometimes I feel like we live on the road. I am a middle school teacher, so once I get to school, it is go time …one class after another and on most days, my conference time is gone before I even get started on the never ending to do list on my desk. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I am busy, very busy. Much like you, I assume. And when I am busy like this, it is so much more tempting to make the easy choice. The convenient choice. The wrong choice. Sometimes, out of pure exhaustion, I choose the drive thru rather than the grocery store. I grab the chocolate at work rather than the fruit. I hit snooze rather than get up to work out. The busyness can add major stress and fatigue to our lives that trigger us to choose the easy way. I have struggled with those triggers this week, but I’m calling them out and fighting back rather than give in. I haven’t won every time, but I have had some small victories. For example, my son has a major school project due this week and I found myself running all over town (make that two towns) looking for supplies. Last night, I was tired, stressed, it was almost 10:00 and I had a 30 minute drive home…alone…in my car. That’s a battleground for me. Alone in my car- that’s where I have had a pattern of serious binging. I thought about it. I could have talked myself right into a major free for all: “You’re tired, just a pick me up to get you home, chocolate sounds good, maybe something salty, you’re alone, you won’t have to share, no one will see.” Yeah, I thought about it and I know the enemy was trying to sweeten the deal. But, I didn’t do it. Instead, I texted one of my best friends and told her I was temped, and that I needed to voice my struggle. I don’t know, just saying it out loud gave me strength. Just calling it out, calling it what it was, gave me courage to decline the offer. Thanks, but no thanks, Mr. Enemy, you’ve already taken too much from me, you’re not getting me this time, not tonight. So I bought a bottle of water and drove home in peace. No torment, no guilt, no misery. Triggers are all around. I am definitely a stress eater and at times, I can fly through a binge without even realizing it. Right now, in the midst of the school year madness, I’m taking notice. I’m recognizing the triggers and I’m giving them to God. He is my Refuge and Strength! Thank you, Jesus!

It happened…

Mondays can be tough. Most Mondays are challenging because it’s back to the normal routine after a couple of days without one. I don’t know about you, but my weekends are always different and with kids, there’s always something going on. So there is no real routine. (But I recognize I do need to put a few things in place so that I don’t lose focus.) Yes, Mondays are tough, but I got up yesterday at 5:15 and did my workout anyway.

And then…it happened…today I woke up at 5:05 BEFORE my alarm! I just finished an awesome workout (DDP Fat Burner) and I feel great! Have an awesome Tuesday!

The Lord has won and Victory is in store!!!

Failing to Plan = Planning to Fail

It was tough to stick to my plan over the weekend. I didn’t work out and I had way too many extras that are not going to get me to my goal any time soon. I didn’t go totally overboard, but I was too relaxed and casual with me choices.

So this afternoon, I began preparing for a successful week. I made grab and go bags for myself and for my kids lunches. Having a plan makes all the difference!

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Four pounds down and I am…

Moving Mountains

Yesterday was a long day. I purposely did not work out because I needed to rest my muscles. However, I did still get up at 5:30 to spend time in the Word. I am really enjoying this new routine. I left my house at 7:00 am and after work and errands, I walked back through the door at 9:02 pm. Whew! I was exhausted. I was very tempted when my alarm went off this morning to hit snooze. Actually, I wanted to throw it across the room if you really want the truth. But instead, I got up. I put one foot in front of the other and I did my morning workout. Those first 2 minutes of the day seem so difficult, but it feels so good on the other side when I push through. It was a great workout (Fat Burner-DDP Yoga) and I felt awesome after I finished. Moving mountains…one pebble at a time! One early morning at a time! One good food choice at a time! One new habit at a time! OneĀ ounce of faith at a time! Thank you, Jesus!

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20

Seeking

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

Father, oh how I am seeking! Seeking you first. Seeking your kingdom, your forgiveness, your blessings, and your favor. I want to dwell with you. I am so humbled by the amazing peace, comfort, and assurance I have been feeling recently. What a difference from the defeat and despair that felt so present before. Thank you, God, for helping me to realign my focus and begin seeking You again.

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