Working Out: The Bane of Our Existence!

There was a small whisper in the back of my mind all day that kept saying, “You need to workout. You need to workout.” Of course, as usual, I ignored it. I came up with any excuse in the book:

-I had to clean

-I was hungry

-Just after this episode

-I need a nap

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-Just one more episode

-I just ate, I have to wait an hour

After many hours of finding a way around working out, I just made myself get up and do my yoga practice, and what do you know? I feel amazing! Isn’t it funny how we will go out of our way to avoid the smallest workout routine, however, once we have finally finished it, we feel so much better!? I am glad I finally made myself get up and Yoga! 🙂

Rain day = Cuddling with Stephen King!

We are experiencing one of our rare rainy days here in Arizona and I am going to take FULL advantage of it! I have my comfy blanket, my cuddly dogs, a nice fluffy pillow, and Stephen King’s Bag of Bones all laid out on the couch! I am getting ready to dive into the pages and get lost in the supernatural suspense of King’s words! I can’t wait!

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The Holiday

Whenever I watch the Holiday, with Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz, I always feel so romantic and festive! It is such an incredible movie! My mother has NEVER seen it, so I quickly changed that, and we are watching it now!

I highly recommend it!

Take Time for Yourself

This week I have been relearning that it is vitally important to take time each day to focus solely on myself. It doesn’t have to be very long. Just a few minutes would suffice. And in those few moments, I felt refreshed! With all the stress from various places in my life, I have been feeling stretched too thin. Unfortunately, being stretched thin does not include my body. I’m still sitting at a size 12, and have nearly the same number of mini m&m bags, cake, ice cream and a king sized candy bar to add onto my hips after this week! I tend to emotionally eat, and goodness these past seven days have been emotional! Since I was so bogged down with work I hadn’t given taking time to myself much thought. However I happened to stumble across alone time completely on accident…

I was giddily looking forward to unwinding at home on the couch When I got home from work today, but I received a text from my husband reminding me to go over to our neighbor’s house and feed their chickens. Grudgingly, and with excessive mumbling, I pried myself out of the soft cushions of the couch, grabbed the dogs, and headed to the neighbor’s house.

After feeding the chickens, the dogs and I were on our way home to finally indulge in some over dramatic television, when I realized how beautiful it was outside. I noticed the pups seemed to be enjoying the weather just as much as I was, so we walked on past our house. We walked for about twenty minutes. We enjoyed watching the sun set behind the rugged mountain tops. The sky was lit up with brilliant pinks, purples and reds, and the calmness of the desert in the evening was intoxicating.

It felt so good to just be out there with only my thoughts and my pups. It was so peaceful and relaxing. All the stress from work melted away and I felt renewed.

I think we all need to consciously remember to think about ourselves every now and then. Many of us put ambition, service, or career above our own needs, and we just end up burning out. We are not much use to anyone if our bodies and mental state is unable to keep up with our ever increasing demands. Time must be put aside to ensure we care for ourself so we can be a blessing to those around us.

Happy Friday!

Time to Relax!

Over the last few weeks I have had an intense amount stress at work because I have been stretching myself too thin. Today, we didn’t have work to Honor Veteran’s Day, so I am drawing boundaries and I am not going to work on any schoolwork. I am going to let go of my stress and just relax! Right now I am snuggled beneath my blankets with my husband and puppies, and it is wonderful! It feels great!

I am loving my day off!