As I write my post this afternoon, it is with extreme appreciation for the gifts I have been given, my unique skill set, and the opportunities God gives for me to use them. I drove to another region of NEPA today to speak with a group of MOPS moms about self-confidence.
I know. You’re thinking You? I was thinking that, too.
Me, Lori, speaking on the topic of indecision and confidence, and how we can learn to push back ugly procrastination that keeps us in bondage to the same old failed systems day after day, after miserable day.
I shared with the ladies about my Three Goals Thursday experiment. Sooo cool! There was a room full of gorgeous women at this meeting, ranging from young moms to more mature parents. They were a fun group!
I loved the opportunity I was given today to speak on such an important subject as self-confidence. Many of the women there were able to relate to what I shared, or at least it seemed as though they did from the number of head jiggles I got while speaking.
I love head jiggles!
Head jiggles let me know others “get” where I’m coming from. There was one lady in the back with long, dark hair this morning. I think she was wearing blue. She was such a great focal point for me during the talk. She smiled again and again, and gave me those head jiggles I like. She helped me stay focused and on track, and engaged during the sharing. Thank you, you dark raven-haired beauty, You! I appreciate you more than you know!
One amahzing woman at the meeting asked me if do any counseling? I don’t, but I do listen well, and I’m always glad to make a new friend and share my story.
A second beautiful daughter of Eve gave me a hug and said she has put together a personal list of likes and dislikes this year, her first venture into teaching people how to treat her. Woohoo, she “gets it” and she’s working on a workable plan to change her life. I love that!!!
It’s hard to change, but wow, the satisfaction that is ours when we do that hard work and keep pressing forward. Change IS possible-I believe!
I could go on and on about how exciting today’s time with Moms Of PreschoolerS (MOPS) was for me, but I have goals to set, so I guess I best get to it.
THANK YOU, Danielle, for inviting me to the meeting today. [Insert big puffy heart here]
MY THREE TEENY, TINY GOALS LAST WEEK
1 Continue exercising in the morning, 16-18 minutes in duration each day.
2 Continue meditating each day.
3 Take a 3-pronged approach to food accountability this week. What that means is that I will count calories one day, meal plan one day, and count sugar intake one day this week. I will not do these all on the same day, but will dedicate 3 days to better planning; an homage to my 3 Goals Thursday initiative.
HOW DID I DO?
First off, I think I offended someone this week, just by being me. That got me off to a rough start. What I shared with this other was raw, unfiltered frustration with the dieting process and my experiences of late. Sometimes I think people don’t understand how hard it is for some body types to shed the pounds. My last nerve was struck this week and I let it all hang out. Ooops! Not the best of strategies.
What is it momma taught us: If you can’t say anything nice, say nothing at all. Lesson learned, again!
Now to the goals:
No. 1: FAIL. Big Fail. On Sunday, I quit the exercising that has been causing me so much pain. I could not do it anymore. You know I have been wayyy diligent with these exercise sessions, but I just couldn’t do it this week. From Sunday until today, I have not done my morning exercises. I feel bad about that, emotionally, but my body feels so much relief. I am on the hunt for a new type of exercise that I can do that won’t hurt so much, but in the meantime I will count Goal No. 1 as a fail this week. Boo!
No. 2 SUCCESS. I carved out time each day this week to meditate with the Word in my lap. Meditating is such a satisfying activity you’d think I wouldn’t have to plan to do it, but I do. I’m glad I did this week.
No. 3 AWESOME! I frankly can’t believe I did as well as I did on goal No. 3, but I did really well. I discovered that it doesn’t take much sugar to exceed your sugar allowance when your calorie count is low. Not much at all! My meal planning day went better than expected, and on the day I counted calories 1553 of them buggers went in my pie hole and down the shoot. Not too shabby. I feel good about the completion of this goal.
NEXT WEEK’S THREE TEENY TINY GOALS
This week I am going to establish my goals around FUN ways of being active, and I’m going to spend some energy exploring new exercise options.
Here are my goals for this coming week…
1 Call the Y and the BW in my area to check on swimming options.
2 Plan meals 2 x this week, and count calories 2 days this week. Try to eat enough less that I am hungry before I get to the next week.
3 Talk to a professional about putting together a workable plan for losing 10 lbs before summer.
These are admittedly small goals for the week, but that’s what TGT is all about–keeping goals small enough that I can easily complete them. Keeping those fingers crossed and doing my part to make sure they get done.
Do you regularly eat so little that you’re famished by the time you get to your next meal? How do you do that?!