Keep It Simple

Sunday afternoon was peace and quiet loveliness for me. After weeks of rain we had a beautiful day of clear skies and sunshine. I went out back to just spend some time alone doing nothing. Suddenly I found myself taking off my shoes and socks rolling my jeans up to my knees and laying down on the grass. I experienced an overwhelming desire to just feel the ground beneath me, relax and soak up the sun's warmth. I did absolutely nothing but lay … [Read more...]

Health Not Hips

I have always (mostly) tried to live my life making sure that I remain in good health. God gave me this body and I better take care of it if I want to stick around to be a grandmother some day. Which I do! Several years ago I did a Beth Moore Bible study about the tabernacle and that study helped me to realize that my body is God's tabernacle and I need to care for it properly. I cannot do God's work if I am not in the best of health. My … [Read more...]

Shred-Pause (shhh, don’t tell Jillian Michaels)

OK, so I started the 30 day shred back in May - I fanatically and obsessively did 30 days in a row (besides Mother's Day and a family crisis day) and then continued with the thing five days a week for 30 more days. Since that time I have done the shred 3 to 4 days a week since. Well...Jillian is now sitting in the DVD player...waiting...to no avail. Yeah, I miss her - even have withdrawal symtoms. But after many days of 100 degree weather, … [Read more...]

Love, Hate and Jillian Michaels

I am happy to report I am still at it! The 30 day shred has hovered in the confines of my DVD player well over two months!  And I have just about gotten every word Jillian growls at me memorized. How do I do it? (You sit in wonder and ask.) Sheer stubborn determination... and the idea that the blood pumping so hard through my veins and the oxygen being forced in and out of my lungs will keep me around a long time so that I might someday be a … [Read more...]

Mom Can

Hey Mom...I have a suggestion, the next time you think, Nah, I can't do that! May I suggest you smack yourself upside the head and say out loud - "Heck yeah, that sounds fun - I can do that!" Sometimes I think as moms we do so much and work so hard that when it comes to just stopping and having fun we sabotage ourselves by thinking we can't take the time for the fun things in life. Shame on us. "I can't" is something we teach our children not … [Read more...]

Hubby Noticed Shred Results!

I am writing this post because I was asked to...by my husband. You see, he said something that I turned all around that left him standing, staring and asking, "What am I supposed to say to that?" The scene is as follows:  I'm in the laundry room, bending over throwing clothes into the dryer, he walks by, slaps me on the backside and declares, "Whoa that's a skinny little shredded bottom!" To which I say, "Oh great, what did it used to … [Read more...]

Jillian Michaels Shred…update

Just a quick post to let you know that Jillian Michael's 30-Day Shred is workin for me!Seriously ladies. I never would have believed that 20 minutes a day would make a difference so quickly, but in just 10 days...it has! My stamina is improving during the workout, I am not huffing and puffing as much as I was when I started. And...I am shrinking...really. My clothes are fitting loosely, body parts are toning, pounds are slipping … [Read more...]

My Butt Kickin

Oh yeah...I so got my buttocks kicked this morning!I normally am a walker, jogger, hiker just to keep myself healthy and the blood flowing - and to be OUTSIDE which I so, so enjoy! But every now and then I'll throw in something extra to challenge myself. Well, I have just found the greatest little something that I think you should try!Jillian Michaels, the loud and lovely lady from The Biggest Loser, has this great little DVD called the … [Read more...]

Photoshop Sucks

I just watched this video and it made me want to scream!Photoshop sucks... the pounds, wrinkles, sun spots, blemishes and natural curves, right off of your body. At what cost?The women who view magazine photos are daily being made to feel "less than" because they do not measure up to the women in the photographs. Hey, the women in the photographs don't measure up to the women in the photographs. Because the photos are NOT REAL.More importantly we … [Read more...]

I am Thankful for Good Health

THANKFUL THURSDAYDo you ever wonder how you will find time to exercise? Most of us "want" to exercise, but claim we just don't have the time because our plate is just too full. This is especially true of moms.I've learned through the years that you make time for what is important to you. So maybe the question is not whether or not you have time, but whether or not your health is of importance to you.I really enjoy walking, running and hiking. … [Read more...]